Kenya Handball, Soccer teams warn opponents ahead of Africa Beach Games

first_img0Shares0000NOCK Vice President Waithaka Kioni presenting kit to team Kenya Handball Men Captain in Mombasa. Photo/NOCKNAIROBI, Kenya, June 13 – With less than 24 hours to the official opening of the inaugural Africa Beach Games in Sal, Cape Verde, the Kenya Beach Handball and the men’s soccer teams have set their sights on the podium finish.The teams arrived in Sal on Thursday ready for the competition that will see the men’s and women’s handball teams launch their campaign on Friday while the Soccer team will kick-off their tournament June 19. The men’s handball team has been drawn in a tough pool where they will face former champions Egypt and Nigeria, a pool that head coach Fareed Mohammed is optimistic of maneuvering through, especially now that none of the teams have a background of the other.“Almost a quarter of the teams that will be participating it will be the first time, so its not Kenya only, so the team has prepared well, and we are going to work hard to ensure we win. We have done our research well in knowing our opponents, so we are going to surprise them,” the coach stated. We have had three build up matches and we believe we selected the best.”His captain warned his charges against underrating any opponent, urging them to take a match at a time.“The preparations have been good, and we have positive mind towards the championship, and we believe we will bring the trophy home, we have bonded well, and we hope that the same spirit will continue in Cape Verde,” the skipper underscored.The women’s captain, Magdalene Muthoni beamed with confidence is looking forward to having a good performance.“We have trained well, and we are so prepared to go and win, we have monitored our opponents, learned new tactics and we are ready to take them on. On the pitch we are all equal,” Gathoni said.-Beach Soccer-Kenya will only be represented by the men’s team in the beach soccer who are not new in the game.The team has competed in various tournaments before, losing to Ghana in the qualifying competition and this time, head coach Rajab Babu said that will be a motivation as they head to Cape Verde.“From the preparations we have not had enough time to train, but we are happy for the opportunity to represent the country and I hope this time we will get a good result not like when we faced Ghana in the qualifiers. The boys are catching up very well, we played friendly matches against Uganda, Zanzibar and Tanzania that enabled us to improve on our mistakes.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chilean court OKs extradition of Peruvian ex-leader Fujimori

first_imgSANTIAGO, Chile – Chile’s Supreme Court on Friday approved the extradition of Peru’s former president, Alberto K. Fujimori, on charges of human rights abuses and corruption during his time in power in the 1990s. The ruling, which cannot be appealed, may have broader influence, legal experts said. In Latin America and elsewhere, former heads of state have normally been able to avoid extradition, even between countries with treaties, or they have been sent for trial before special tribunals, usually after political negotiations between governments. The very fact that Chile’s judiciary seriously reviewed the case at the request of Peruvian prosecutors was exceptional, and the judges then treated Fujimori, Peru’s president from 1990 to 2000, like any ordinary citizen, handling his case in its own courts. After the ruling, Fujimori, 69, continued under house arrest in a mansion in this capital city, where he has been since June while awaiting a ruling on the extradition request. He arrived here in 2005, en route from exile in Japan back to Peru, where he had wanted to return to power. Fujimori faced a return home on Friday under very different circumstances than he had hoped. The prospect of his trial and imprisonment in Peru seems certain not only to undo those ambitions, but also to introduce a polarizing and potentially destabilizing figure back into Peru’s politics. “For me this is an opportunity to return,” Fujimori said in comments on Friday on Peruvian radio, “because my objective is to reunite with the people.” “I’m physically and emotionally prepared to deal with this situation,” he said. Fujimori has retained a loyal following in Peru despite the revelations of abuse and generalized corruption in institutions controlled by him and his former spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos. Even today the government of President Alan Garcia relies on votes from pro-Fujimori lawmakers to approve legislation, and declarations from prison by Fujimori could alter Peru’s political landscape. “This is not the best scenario for Alan Garcia, since Fujimori will almost certainly make waves,” said Jose Ugaz, a Peruvian lawyer who was a special state attorney investigating Fujimori and Montesinos. “But it is a clear victory against corruption and impunity.” Peru’s comptroller general has estimated that Fujimori received $43.2 million to $59.4 million from the national intelligence service from 1992 to 2000, and he is accused of arranging the transfer of $15 million in state funds to Montesinos shortly before the collapse of his government. In addition, Fujimori is accused of human rights abuses related to the activities of the Colina Group, a secretive squad of military intelligence officers believed to have carried out more than two dozen extrajudicial killings in the early 1990s. The squad carried out killings in which 25 people died in 1991 and 1992.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more