‘Panama squarely in T&T’s sights’ PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Even though Trinidad and Tobago are eyeing wins in both upcoming World Cup qualifiers in the space of five days, midfielder Kevan George said they will be fully concentrated on the first assignment against Panama today. “Right now it’s not an option,” said the 27-year-old, who plies his trade in the North American Soccer League. “We have to come together as a unit and get a result on Friday.” T&T face a tricky double-header, with CONCACAF giants Mexico the next opponents next Tuesday. After suffering defeats in their opening games of the confederation qualifying final round last November, the hosts know that only two positive results will revive their flagging campaign. Panama and Mexico are yet to lose in the competition, with both winning one and drawing one to sit third and second, respectively, on four points. Sarfraz: WI series vital for morale KARACHI, Pakistan, (CMC): Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes positive results on the tour of West Indies starting this weekend will be important in boosting team morale in the wake of yet another cricket corruption scandal. Five players were recently suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board on charges related to spot-fixing during the just-concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL), casting a dark shadow once again over Pakistan cricket. Two of the players Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were members of the limited overs side and will now miss the Twenty20 and one-day series against West Indies. “I don’t want to comment on the PSL issue, but yes, we are going through tough times, and we need to do well in the upcoming series to boost our people,” Sarfraz said prior to the team’s departure for the Caribbean on Tuesday. Pakistan face West Indies on Sunday in the first Twenty20 International at Kensington Oval in Barbados before contesting the remaining three games of the series at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. English FA condemns ‘insulting’ fan chants at Germany game LONDON, England (AP): The English Football Association has condemned “insulting” chants by fans at Wednesday’s game against Germany, referencing past wars between the countries. Before the 1-0 loss on Wednesday, England fans booed the Germany anthem and sang distasteful songs referencing the First and Second World Wars. FA chairman Greg Clarke said yesterday that “the behaviour of a section of the England support in Dortmund last night was inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing.” Clarke expressed frustration that supporters chanted “songs that could be regarded as insulting to others” and said the FA is trying to address the problem with fan groups.
23 July 2014The Proteas were busy doing battle with Sri Lanka in the first cricket test on Nelson Mandela Day, but they took time out of their busy schedule on Tuesday to contribute to a worthy cause by hosting a coaching clinic for visually impaired cricketers in Colombo.The clinic is part of the “Seeing is Believing” campaign, which aims to raise funds for Sri Lanka’s visually impaired cricket team, which will be contesting the World Cup in South Africa in November.‘Our way of giving our 67 minutes’“Mandela Day took place while the first test match was on in Galle, so we sort of see this coaching clinic as our way of giving our 67 minutes for Mandela,” Kyle Abbott said in a statement.“The “See is Believing’ campaign is doing wonders for the visually impaired cricketers in this country and we are humbled to have played a part in raising funds for the initiative.”Fund-raising activitiesThe Proteas and Sri Lankan cricketers have been involved in various fund-raising activities this week, and have managed to raise nearly one million rupees for the charity so far.“We take so much for granted on a day-to-day basis. These players are enjoying themselves in a sport that we enjoy as much, but with disadvantages,” Abbott added.“It was incredibly touching to see the players and youngsters enjoying their cricket so much. We hope our contribution can help their cause and hopefully give them a good chance of excelling in a sport they love.”Cricket South Africa contributed to Nelson Mandela Day in South Africa by building a mobile library for the SOS Children’s Village in Mamelodi.South African rugbySouth African rugby, led by Springbok wing Bryan Habana, played their part in the Nelson Mandela Day celebrations by helping uplift the community in Nyanga, east of Cape Town, on Friday.Habana was accompanied by staff members of the South African Rugby Union (Saru) as they gave 67 minutes of community service at Monwabisi Old Age Home and the Nyanga Stadium, the home of the Lagunya Rugby Club, in Nyanga.Activities included cleaning at the old age home and taking part in a TAG Rugby clinic where Habana tested his skills against the children.Habana also read to the children of the community in Nyanga, promoting reading as part of Saru’s Boks for Books campaign.‘It’s a privilege to give back’“Former President Nelson Mandela played such a massive role in our wonderful country and it’s a privilege to be able to give back in his honour,” said Habana.“The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better. By getting involved in Nyanga today, we’re doing our small part in helping to empower the community.“We’re very fortunate that we are able to give back to the people and to serve fellow South Africans, no matter where they are from.“I’ve experienced first-hand how rugby can play a role in uplifting our fellow South Africans and it’s something that is very dear to me,” he concluded.SAinfo reporter