It is the second time the games will be played across the Bismarck Seas.The biggest sporting extravaganza will happen in November. The hype of the fundraising started with convey of vehicles driving around Wewak town carrying out publicity for the fundraising.Team manager David Kaling said there are five prizes in the raffle draw fundraising.“First price will be a Toyota Land Cruiser, return trip for two to Kimbe (all expenses paid), Genset 12KVA, 32 inch TV and solar panel set,” Kaling told Loop PNG.He said the major prize was bought by the East Sepik Provincial Administration.“The Land Cruiser and trip to Kimbe to watch the PNG Games can be claimed anywhere in PNG,” Kaling said.He added that two corporate dinners to be staged in Wewak and Port Moresby will complement the fundraising drive.Tickets are sold at K200 and for more information Kaling can be contacted on mobile: 70460860.
PNG SP Hunters coach Michael Marum announced the team yesterday with great confidence that being back in the winning circle for the away games they have set a strong team to take on the Dolphins this weekend.“We have come again with another strong team for this weekend’s game against Dolphins, however, only a few changes will be made due to injuries but otherwise we will maintain the team that beat Tweed Heads two weeks ago,” coach Marum said.Captain Noel Zemming is being given eight weeks off the field undergoing reconstruction to his right knee as utility Justin Olam remains at centre.Hunters Halfback Watson Boas is still maintaining fitness in training and recovering from his knee injury but coach Marum says they have until Thursday to make a decision as they are waiting on the physio’s report from the doctors to see if he is going to be in the team this weekend or not.“With Watson Boas’s decision pending, we are working on that to have someone cover for him,” Marum said.Winger Adex Wera is also ill, however, Marum said he is taking medications with doctors working closely with him and he will be alright on game time.However, the ever present Bland Abavu will step in for veteran fullback Stargroth Amean this weekend. Stargroth has been given time off to sort out his family issues.The full team will be finalised on Thursday.
Tottenham Hotspur must beat West Ham United on Friday night to reduce the gap with Chelsea and hope the Premier League leaders falter under pressure, striker Harry Kane has said.Second-placed Tottenham can keep their title chase alive and cut the lead at the top to one point if they beat West Ham and Chelsea fumble against Middlesbrough three days later.“We just have to try to finish strong,” Kane told British media.“We’ve got another game Friday night and it’s good to play first. Hopefully, we can drop the gap to one point and then see what happens.”Kane said that Tottenham knew the pressure of playing later as they often played after champions Leicester City in the closing stages of last season and eventually faltered.“We know what it’s like from when Leicester were playing last year before us, and even today, that it’s good to play first and put the pressure on,” he added.“It will be a tough game away from home but hopefully we can get that win, put that pressure on and just wait and see.”Tottenham lost 1-0 at West Ham last year but beat their London rivals at White Hart Lane earlier this season.
Europe’s biggest clubs do not want any more changes to the Champions League in the next few years, they said on Tuesday, promising to avoid a repetition of the ‘soap opera’ which surrounded the competition last year.UEFA last year announced significant changes to the competition for the 2018-21 cycle, rearranging the group-stage slots in favour of the four top-ranked leagues — in effect Spain, England, Germany and Italy — at the expense of the smaller ones.The decision came amid reports that the biggest clubs had held talks over the creation of a so-called Super League if they did not get their way, and was criticised by some of Europe’s smaller leagues who said they had not been consulted.Andrea Agnelli, who was appointed chairman of the European Club Association (ECA) on Tuesday after Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stepped aside, said he did not envisage further changes for the subsequent 2021-24 cycle.“I am comfortable in stating that the majority is in favour of the Champions League as it is, and also for the 21-24 cycle, and that will give it some stability going forward,” Agnelli, the chairman of Italian champions Juventus, told reporters.“We are not expecting a soap opera going forward as the Champions League cycle is pretty much set for 2021-24.”Although Agnelli’s comments may put paid to further talk of a breakaway, they could also frustrate those who were hoping that last year’s changes could be reversed.Agnelli said he agreed with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin that the rich-poor divide in European football needed to be addressed, although not at the expense of further growth of the biggest clubs.“We want a competition that is interesting and we want to see games that reach the last minute with the result in the balance,” he said. “Stronger teams becoming stronger is not an issue but there are elements that need to be addressed.”Agnelli said he was not concerned about possible overspending by clubs in the transfer market during the summer, despite Paris St Germain smashing the record by splashing out 222 million euros ($264.11 million) on Brazilian forward Neymar.“If the system is healthy, those transactions are fair. This year’s numbers just confirmed the growth rate we had for the past seven years,” he said.He also suggested that UEFA’s break-even rule known as Financial Fair Play needed to be re-written, having achieved its initial goals of cutting overdue bills and overall losses.“As a manager you should be looking at the balance sheet and value creation in the long term, and not the Profit and Loss statement,” he said.“The P & L was the perfect tool to address the overdue payables and the overall losses of the system. Now that has been tackled, what are the best set of rules going forward?”
If England win the Nations League this year it will be a greater achievement than reaching the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia, captain Harry Kane said on Tuesday.England meet the Netherlands in the Nations League semi-finals on June 6 for the right to face either European champions Portugal or Switzerland in the final three days later in Porto.“To have a chance to win a trophy in an England shirt does not happen very often,” the striker told reporters. “If we win that trophy, in my eyes, it’s a better year than 2018.”Kane is preparing for England’s opening Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic on Friday and Montenegro on Monday.England topped a Nations League qualifying group that included 2010 world champions Spain and 2018 runners-up Croatia.Last year they reached the World Cup semis for the first time since 1990 before losing 2-1 to Croatia after extra time.“Hopefully, we can win some silverware. Of course, 2018 was fantastic but, for me, the main thing is the team and we want to win things. We want to make fans happy and be proud,” said Kane, who won the golden boot in Russia as top scorer with six goals.“People now expect us to do well and before the World Cup there was no expectation, so it’s great that we’ve turned that around,” Kane was quoted as saying by the BBC.“We’re the only team from the World Cup semi-finals to have got through their Nations League group, and we had probably one of the hardest groups.“That was big for us, to prove that it wasn’t just a one-off, that this team were really building for something special.”
Sevilla defeated Apoel Thursday at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in round 2 of Group A in the Europa League by 1-0.Sevilla’s coach Julen Lopetegui rested 10 players that started their last weekend Primera Liga game against Real Sociedad while Apoel’s German coach reverted to a back four with five players across the midfield.Sevilla took charge of the game from the first whistle and pegged Apoel back in their final third of the pitch. Despite their possession, Sevilla managed to prise open Apoel’s backline just once when Munir’s low cross found the unmarked Chicharito to open the score in the 17th minute.All Apoel had to show for in the first half was a speculative effort by Pavlovic that flew high.The second half followed the same pattern as the first with the Spaniards controlling play but rarely troubling Apoel’s goalkeeper Belec.As the half progressed Apoel enjoyed a five-minute spell where they pushed further up the field in search of the equalizer but first Jacolis failed to find the target from inside the area and then Al Taamari lost his footing as he was about to race clear on goal.After Apoel’s brief ‘rally’ Sevilla regrouped and took back control of the game and saw out the final twenty minutes with consummate ease.It was a gallant display from Apoel but they were up against one of the better teams of the Spanish league and the difference in quality was all too obvious to see even though Sevilla fielded a second-string side.In the other group A game, Qarabag FK picked up their first points after defeating Dudelange by 4-0 with three goals coming in the first half through Zubir in the 11th minute Michel on the half-hour and de Oliveira in the 37th minute. Quintana added a fourth in the second half.Sevilla leads the group with 6 points with Qarabag and Dudelange on three while Apoel remain without a point.