Pictorial: Gor, Esperance share spoils in Champions League

first_imgGor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava defending well against Esperance defender. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions, beaten 3-2 at home by the same opponents four years ago had an opportunity to finish the first leg with a handsome score-line, but their scoring let them down on an afternoon they should have had more than three goals.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr in deep thought. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr drinking water. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts after a missed chance. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr analyzing the match as his side fluffed chances against Esperance of Tunisia in the first leg of the CAF Champions League First Round. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance goalkeeper Sherifia had twice produced brilliant saves to ensure his side remained in the game, while also playing his fair share of time wasting antics, slowing down the pace of the game.Esperance Keeper Noel Ben Cherifa stop an attempt on goal from Kenyan champions Gor Mahia. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAWithout a natural right-back as both Wellington Ochieng and Karim Nizigiyimana are out injured, Gor head coach Dylan Kerr took the gamble of pulling wide a central defender, putting Joachim Oluoch in the position.Gor Mahia’s Joash Onyango reacts after missing a header against Esperance during their CAF Champions League match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIt was Esperance who were the first to produce a goal scoring chance, Youssef Blaili finding some shooting space from 30 yards out but the ball rolled wide.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi trying to get the ball from an Esperance player. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance Head Coach Ben Yahia. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGaining confidence that they could actually open up the Tunisians, Gor played more attacking football and in the 27th minute had another chance when Kagere was sent through on the left by Odhiambo, powered into the box but his eventual shot went wide.Gor Mahia’s talisman Meddie Kagere in action against Tunisian giants Esperance during their first leg First round encounter at Machakos Stadium on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia talisman Meddie Kagere launch an attack with team-mate Jacque Tuyisenge. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia’s George ‘Blackberry’ in action against Esperance. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia talented winger George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo against Esperance’s Fosseny Coulibaly. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance resulted to time wasting and the center referee Egyptian Gehad Zaghloul did not spare them.Esperance players slowing down the pressure as center referee Gehad Zaghloul gives directions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance players in time wasting tricks. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere and his team-mate Jacques Tuyisenge reacts after an attempt. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge keeping under-pressure Esperance keeper Noel Ben Cherifa on toes. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno vies for the ball against Esperance du Tunis’s Fouseny Coulibaly during a CAF Champions League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGor Mahia’s Ernest Wendo vies for the ball against Esperance du Tunis’s players during a CAF Champions League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluVictory away in Tunis or any kind of a draw with scoreline will see Gor sail through to the prestigious group stages for the first time many years.Gor Mahia die hard fan Jaro Soja rallying behind his team. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans rally behind their team at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos during their o-o draw against Esperence of Tunisia in the first leg of the CAF Champions League. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7 – Gor Mahia displayed an eye-catching football but the Esperance shot-stopper Noel Ben Sherifia stood tall to deny them in a 0-0 draw first leg of the CAF Champions League First Round. Here is how it went down in pictorial at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday. Gor Mahia players jostle for space with Esperance during their CAF Champions League first leg First Round. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia captain, Harun Shakava has rallied his team-mates to put in hard yards of training even as they eye place in the history books by being the first Kenyan team to progress to the group stages since Tusker in 1994.last_img read more

Networks should stop writing off viewers

first_imgTHE writers and entertainment-related business will lose money, the studios will lose scripts, but will viewers seeking real quality entertainment be losing anything by the Writers Guild strike? For this viewer, hardly anything will be lost. I don’t blame the writers for wanting to reap some of the profits that the powers that be are making off the Internet and other revenues that weren’t conceived of in the past. But in addition to sharing the eggs laid by the golden goose of the electronic age, maybe it’s time for the writers to also strike for better scripts and for some real entertainment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre They can’t fool me with their insipid, so-called reality shows. What’s real when there’s a camera crew there with food, water and trailers filming everything? How their vast audiences are taken in by this is beyond me. Decades ago, Newton Minnow, then chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, coined the phrase “vast wasteland” to describe television. Today it’s vaster and more wasted, and not in a good, narcotic way. It only takes two hands-worth of fingers to count my favorite look-forward-to entertainment shows. Every Monday night from January on, we have a family countdown waiting for “24” to come on. Now, because of the strike, “24” should be in the can just about the same time its star, Kiefer Sutherland, goes to the can for DUI. That accounts for one network. Sorry, NBC, your shows didn’t come close to making the list. CBS has four with “Jericho,” “N.C.I.S.,” “C.S.I” (the original, not the rip-offs) and “Numbers,” and ABC’s “Boston Legal.” That’s not to say there aren’t other good entertainment shows on; they’re not my shows de soir. Even in the good ol’ “wasteland” days, I could count on almost every night being filled with intelligent adult entertainment in prime time. The bottom line for the networks is that their bottom lines are shrinking, and they better wise up to the fact that many of us want real quality entertainment, not the tripe they’ve been serving up. The second thing is they must stop mucking around with their schedules. Running a show for six episodes and then rerunning it is ridiculous. Pop for some extra shows. They also must stop pre-empting shows for inane specials or sporting events. When I go to ABC at 10 on Tuesday night, I want my James Spader and Bill Shatner to be there, not John Stossel with one of his idiotic exposés. The networks wonder why they are losing viewers in droves. Get a program schedule and stick to it. Sometimes a show is off the air for so long it’s difficult to remember what night is aired. Now if you’ll excuse me while I lie my aching back down for an hour of mindless clicking while I look for something to entertain me. Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills, a freelance writer and former editor of the Tolucan.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