Guiao takes it easy after loss to China, gives Clarkson, team a break

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Monster game by Phelps gives Phoenix win in Abueva debut LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img MOST READ Philippines players wave to the crowd after their 82-80 loss to China in their men’s basketball game at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)JAKARTA—Gilas Pilipinas joined a large Filipino community for lunch on Wednesday, taking time out from the 18th Asian Games to recharge and get ready for what coach Yeng Guiao had said before will be the team’s defining game here.The Nationals hardly looked like a group that was coming off a heartbreaker at the hands of mighty China. Instead, the 82-80 loss by this hastily assembled squad pumped its confidence and gave fanned hopes of a medal finish for the Philippines in the country’s favorite sport.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil To do that, Guiao plans something different for a country that has inflicted some of the most painful basketball losses on the Philippines.“Korea has a different system and they don’t rely too much on their big men,” Guiao said. “We have to prepare for their quickness and we need to be efficient. We saw some adjustments we need to make after the China game, and we will work on that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Guiao was all praises for Jordan Clarkson, the Cleveland Cavailers standout in the NBA, who gave it his all until he cramped up in the dying minutes of the game.“What more can you ask of him? It shows he really wanted to win it for the country,” said Guiao, who gave Clarkson and the rest of the squad a break on Wednesday. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We need this (rest). I told them that they can go out, do anything, except no women,” said Guiao in jest, an obvious reference to the four Japanese players sent home by their basketball federation a couple of days back for “paying women for sex.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Junior Harambee Stars eye African Cup slot

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars Under-17 players walk off the pitch after a friendly match at the Camp Toyoyo grounds in NairobiNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – The Harambee Stars Under-17 side arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Wednesday ahead of the CECAFA Junior Championship which kicks off on Saturday.The CECAFA Championship will also be used as a qualifier to the Nations Cup which will also be held in Tanzania, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) having decided to zone the qualifiers with each region producing two representatives. With East Africa hosting the Championship, only the winner of the tournament will qualify or if Tanzania wins, the losing finalist will earn that ticket.Kenya is eyeing that slot of qualifying for a continental championship for the first time.“It is very possible because we have trained well for the past two and a half weeks and I feel that this team we have is able to compete for that slot. It is going to be tough though but we will do our best to ensure we get that ticket,” head coach Michael Amenga told Capital Sport before the team departed.Kenya is in Pool B with South Sudan, Djibouti, Uganda and Ethiopia and will start their campaign next Tuesday against South Sudan. A top two finish will guarantee them a spot in the semi-finals.Harambee Stars Under-17 head coach Michael Amenga issues instructions to the players walk during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo grounds in Nairobi“It is a very tough group because at this moment in football, there is no small or big team. Each team is capable of doing well. We will give our best in all the matches and treat every one of them as a final,” the tactician further added.Kenya finished fourth in last year’s tournament played in Burundi after losing 4-1 to Uganda in the play off. They had won 4-0 against Burundi, drawn 0-0 with Ethiopia and lost 1-0 to Somalia in their group matches.They went on to lose 2-1 to eventual champions Tanzania in the semis. This year, Amenga believes he has a stronger team hence a bigger chance of making it to the final.However, he is worried with the unavailability of several dependable players who were held on to by their schools due to last week’s Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) games which ended in Eldoret.The Harambee Stars U17 team in action during a friendly match against Gor Mahia Youth“We tried to ask them for some players even during the games to come for the MRI and registration but they could not release them. I have almost eight players from schools who I could not get and it is such a pity. We also have three players who are in Norway with MYSA (Mathare Youth Sports Association),” lamented the coach.He added; “I would like to ask the KSSSA if they can agree to work closely with the federation to ensure that we have access to these players for such competitions in future. Always as Kenya, we want to field the strongest team.”Kenya has never played in the continental championship and with them coming closer to home in Tanzania, there will be motivation enough for them to fight for the lone ticket.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more