RelatedPosts African Games: Sand Eagles captain urges teammates to be focused Ex-Captain of Super Sand Eagles condoles with Agbo’s family Assistant Coach of Super Sand Eagles, Agbo, is dead There were much upsets on Day 2 of the ongoing COPA Lagos tournament as the Super Sand Eagles lost to the defending champions, Terranga Lions of Senegal, 2-5. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Eagles lost to the Lions in an intense match. The last match of the Day 2 saw the Eagles conceding two goals in the first half of the game and managing to pull one back in the same first half. The Senegal team continued their dominance as they pulled another goal to extend the lead before Nigeria’s Emeka Ogbonna pulled one back for the Eagles, after which Senegal doubled the lead in a seven-goal thriller. The first match of the day between Kebbi BSC and Gidi Sharks also had a 13-goal harvest as Gidi Sharks recorded 8-5 scoreline against Kebbi BSC to bag the second win of the tournament. The second match of the day between the tournaments whipping boys, Pepsi FA, and Ghana’s representative, Sunset Sports, also had a record win of 18 goals. The Sunset Sports handed the Pepsi FA 15-3 defeat. The third match between the world champions, Brazil and England, also recorded a wide win margin as the Samba Boys handed the Three Lions 6-2 defeat. The Brazilians dominated the game, leaving England to rue the second defeat of the tournament after a 3-7 whipping by Nigeria. Nigeria’s Godwin Zaki, in an interview on the sidelines of the match, said his team would like to put the result behind them to focus on the last match against Brazil. Zaki said: “We need to put this defeat behind us to focus on the all-important match against Brazil tomorrow, if we want to take anything out. “Tomorrows match is a must-win for us. “We need to move on.”Tags: COPA LagosSuper Sand EaglesThree Lions of England
Sunday’s sailing conditions were a complete opposite to the first day’s racing as a strong north-easterly averaging 17 knots proved a challenge for some teams and caused multiple capsizings to be witnessed. After the second round robin, which needed to be called short due to the blustery conditions, Bangkok Prep was in the lead followed closely by Pattana, both commendable results and qualifying both teams for the finals.In the first of three final races, Bangkok Prep produced one of the strong results of the competition, beating an enthusiastic Pattana. In the second race Patana A came back strongly to beat Bangkok Prep and set up a showdown between the teams for the final championship deciding race.The juniors battled for supremacy of the seas.The final race was set amid a carnival atmosphere of spectators at the Sunset Bar as the contenders, Bangkok Prep and the 2014 Champions Pattana, jockeyed for position at the race start line. Blustery conditions continued and the race was on. The crowd at this point were on their feet with cheering at a fever pitch for their respective teams. After a hard fought battle in windy conditions, Patana was narrowly beaten by Bangkok Prep who deservedly won the Championship. Lycée Français placed third overall, with Harrow fourth and Regents in fifth.High winds on Day 2 made sailing conditions tough for everyone.RVYC Commodore Thomas Whitcraft congratulated all the sailors for their competitive spirit and thanked all schools, parents and members who contributed to such a spectacular event. Presenting the awards, Commodore Whitcraft commented: “We’ve had a spectacular weekend of match racing and it’s encouraging to see the professional level of youth sailing in Thailand. I would also like to thank the international schools involved, our sponsor JVK International Movers, who helps make this all possible, and also the commitment of the parents and friends.“Finally, congratulations to Bangkok Prep School who have the honour of holding and defending the Thailand Junior Team Racing Championships perpetual trophy at the next regatta to be held in 2016,” the Commodore said in closing. Amid mixed sailing conditions out in the bay, the second Thailand Junior Team Racing Championships were held at Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) in Pattaya on Saturday and Sunday January 10-11. Five teams competed in RVYC sponsored RS Quba two-handed dinghies, representing leading international schools teams from; Bangkok Patana School, Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School, Harrow International School Bangkok, Lycée Français International de Bangkok and Regents International School Pattaya.Junior sailors from Bangkok Prep. School stand atop the podium with the trophy as the teams from Bangkok Patana School (left) and Lycée Français (right) look on.The first day of racing on Saturday saw a ‘round robin’ of elimination races with each team sailing three boats with two crew each, over a challenging course. Unfortunately light winds on the day, down to two knots, proved challenging for the crews and some of the races needed to be postponed until the following day. At the end of the first round robin and after four hard fought races, Bangkok Prep came out on top with four wins followed by Patana with three wins, with Lycée Français in third, Harrow in fourth and Regents bringing up the rear.
The military pulled out after the 2014 coup and has not returned to complete the work, leaving the project in a state of limbo.The Eastern National Stadium development on Soi Chaiyapruek 2 was slated to include a 20,000-seat football stadium, indoor arena, competition-sized swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts and 10 practice fields spread over 254 rai.The plan was for it to serve as a hub for sports and recreational activities on the Eastern Seaboard. To date, however, only Phase 1 – the indoor arena and a section of concrete terracing for 5,000 seats at the football field – were completed, in 2010.Still outstanding are the other 15,000 seats, the swimming pool, grandstands and roof – about 536 million baht in investment.Begun in 2009, then-mayor Itthiphol Kunplome’s pet project saw grass planted and construction of about 90 million baht in work completed before a series of design and construction delays halted proceedings.Itthiphol then diverted 140 million baht in stadium-construction funds to beautify the landscape on Pattaya Beach, work that was wiped out less than a year later when the mayor pushed through a plan to widen Beach Road.With less money to build, city hall demanded cost cuts and price concessions from the contractor. Claiming the delays actually made the job unprofitable, the contractor quit, leaving the city with no money and no company to build Itthiphol’s dream stadium.City officials said they searched for a construction company to do the job at a lower price but, apparently, couldn’t find anyone but military conscripts to do the work on their budget.The army was supposed to provide labor, equipment, and construction materials with Pattaya pledging to pay the military 536.5 million baht for construction. The army said it would begin construction within a month and finish the project within three years and four months.The army staged its coup two months later and the contract fell by the wayside.Pattaya City Council Chairman Anan Angkanawisai stated the obvious for the press that a lot of money has been invested in the project with no result.The council will look again at the project to see if it can be jump-started again. After taking on street vendors, property encroachers and speedboat captains, the military is ready to tackle Pattaya’s biggest white elephant: the 20,000 seat football stadium that still isn’t finished after eight years in the works.Col. Popanan Leuangphanuwat, Deputy Commander of the 14th Military Circle and members of Pattaya Council paid a visit to inspect the half finished 20,000 seated football stadium on Soi Chaiyapruek 2.Col. Popanan Leuangphanuwat, deputy commander of the 14th Military Circle, led an inspection of the Eastern National Stadium project Jan. 12, following up orders from the junta to investigate reasons for delays in major public works projects.Ironically, it was the army that dropped the ball in completing the 774-million-baht complex.The football stadium (top right) was to be the focal point of the sports complex scheme which also included the National Indoor Arena, Olympic sized swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts and 10 practice fields. (Photo courtesy Space Architects)The Royal Thai Army’s 1st Development Division was contracted in 2014 to complete the work begun in 2008 after Pattaya City Hall repeatedly failed to find private-sector contractors able to do the job.