Delaney predicts good times ahead

first_imgCrystal Palace captain Damien Delaney has warned the Eagles are ready to ruffle some more feathers in the Barclays Premier League this season. Alan Pardew’s men picked up where they left off in May with another impressive away display in a hard-fought 3-1 victory at newly-promoted Norwich. After weathering early pressure from the hosts, when Canaries striker Lewis Grabban missed from inside the six-yard box, Palace went ahead through Wilfried Zaha just before the break and then doubled their lead when Delaney knocked the ball in at the far post following a well-worked corner. Eagles boss Alan Pardew, who was appointed in January and guided the club he once played for to a 10th-placed finish last season, believes the squad is now streetwise for the challenges ahead. “We have good experience for the Premier League, even though it is only our third year it’s a massive quality and if there is one thing Norwich are going to need to gain it’s that kind of nous. We are really strong on that,” Pardew said. “When they got a goal back we knew not to panic. Last year we won a lot of games exactly like we did here.” Palace, though, then had to dig in when substitute Nathan Redmond pulled a goal back before Cameron Jerome saw what would have been an equaliser chalked off by Premier League debutant referee Simon Hooper, who called a foul against the striker for a high boot. The visitors made sure of an opening-day victory when Yohan Cabaye, a £10million summer signing from Paris St Germain, slotted in a third goal during stoppage time. Arsenal are next up at Selhurst Park, with fixtures against both Chelsea and Manchester City also in the coming weeks. Delaney, though, sees no reason why Palace should not tackle any team head on. “That is what we are about, and have been for a couple of seasons, putting bodies on the line, getting blocks and really digging in when the going gets tough. If we can keep those traits and with the quality we have added, hopefully it can be a good year for us,” the Republic of Ireland defender said. “With guys like Cabaye, who are going to be important when we are at home and see a little bit more of the ball. With him, and Punch (Jason Puncheon), Wilf (Zaha), Yannick (Bolasie), Connor Wickham and Muzza (Glenn Murray), the attacking talent is there. “We are looking forward to it and it is our job at the back to give them a platform to go and win it, so that we are not 2-0 down and having to climb mountains.” Delaney added: “This has been the change we were looking for, without losing the plus points that we have, if we can add to it then hopefully it will be a better season.” Press Associationlast_img read more


Abuja Bubbles for Weightlifting Tourney

first_imgAll is set for the first national weightlifting tournament to be staged by the Mohammed Yahaya led board of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) at the Abuja National Stadium.The tournament that is scheduled to run from today, December 6 through December 8 is attracting a good number of states and weightlifting clubs from different parts of the country.Media chief of the sports federation, Louis Okoro, said the tournament would be used to select weightlifters who would be flying Nigeria’s flag at major international meets next year. “The national open trials we are staging in Abuja would be used to select the lifters that would be flying our flag at major international championships next year. We are looking forward to the IWF World Championship in Lima, Peru and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast,” Okoro stated.He further disclosed that each lifter would pay a participation cum doping fee of N2,000, while states and clubs are to pay an affiliation fee of N20,000.He stressed that all the lifters are to be properly insured before featuring in the competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Ezzat Eid vs. Grand Cape Mount: Audit Committee Set up to Investigate Claim

first_imgA five-man committee has been set up by Grand Cape Mount County to audit business documents of the Madina Rock Crushers (MRC) owned by Lebanese businessman Ezzat Eid.The audit committee is clothed with the responsibility to ascertain whether Mr. Eid has complied with rebuilding of over 30 houses allegedly damaged by his company’s rock blasts.The committee, headed by Cape Mount Senator Abel Massaley, is also mandated to review financial documents of the Madina Development Associations (MDA), the group responsible to liaise between the county and the MRC.The perusal of financial documents of the two institutions is owed to counter-claim of burden.The committee was established on Saturday, July 11, in a general meeting at the Madina Town Hall, and is expected to report on Saturday, July 17, 2014 in the same venue at 11.Members of the Committee include District # 2 Representative Mambu M. Sonii, Mr. Carsemu B. Brown, Chief of Office Staff of Senator Edward B. Dagoseh, Development Superintendent Tenneh Simpson-Kpedebah and Alex K. Balo, the chairperson of the County for the National Civil Society Council of Liberia.The committee was set up as a result of a three-day protest carried out by women and youths from the towns of Madina, Mankoh and Soh in demand for the rebuilding of over 30 houses broken down allegedly due to rock blast.The aggrieved women lamented that about 37 families are homeless while more than 12 persons are seeking medical attention at the Gbenejii Hospital.Madam Yatta Dosii, the County Chairlady told journalists that the demonstration stemmed from failed negotiation with the management of MRC.The youths under the banner, “Concerned Youths,” headed by Mohammed Dosii, have petitioned the management of MRC, cataloguing six points to be addressed to end the protest.The protest was read before a representative of the management of MRC, Arnu, Madina Commissioner Kasor Kadii, the Regional Chief Superintendent of Police in Region, Daniel B. Gotojuwee along with some officers of the Grand Cape Mount Police Detachment.Important amongst the points were the reconditioning and reconstruction of damaged houses, review of the 20-year contract between the town and the MRC, and the improvement of workers at the MRC.Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Audit Committee, Senator (Atty.) Massaley promised to tell the truth and wrong.He said the county is bigger than anybody, and everybody is responsible and important to the county.For their parts, Representative Sonii and Mrs. Kpedebah urged the women and youth to remain peaceful and await the findings.The MDA comprises nine men, and Blama A. Freeman is the president.According to reports, MRC is a US$80 million company and has signed a 20-year agreement to run from 2013 to 2033.The reports further says, MRC gives about $15,000 quarterly to MRC as royalty fees for the rock, and annual land fees of about US$35,000 as well as US$15,000 annually for scholarships.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more