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Posted by: | Posted on: January 14, 2020

SKD Sports Complex: A Stadium of Memories

first_imgBecause the Capitol Building, which is undergoing renovation, is by law the venue for the presidential inauguration ceremony, the legislature was forced to legalize SKD Sports Complex as the venue for this historic instance.Upon hearing its name, many Liberians are at once reminded of inspiring and horrible moments. But of course, despite those good and bad moments, the memories of the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex will never fade away.Built in 1986, the SKD sports complex continues to record moments that will go down in history. Some of these historical moments date back to the 80’s during the regime of the man the facility was named after, former President Samuel K. Doe.Ironically, as some sort of twisted fate, the stadium was actually commissioned by President William Tolbert, who the then Master Sergeant Doe fatally removed in a 1980 coup d’état. Eventually, the sports complex became the home of the national team, the Lone Star, and a place of attraction, where thousands of Liberians could not afford to miss the home games of the national team during probably its most memorable performing days.Although Liberia was later hit by civil unrests, the facility became a unifier. Warring factions laid down their arms to assemble at the stadium to watch their national team play, which lessened as the war intensified. Nevertheless, at the height of the war, the stadium became an area of protection where thousands sought refuge as there was nowhere safe to seek shelter. Thanks to Providence, those bad old days have been firmly relegated to the past, where it is hoped they would stay.It was also at the SKD that most of the country got to witness the skills of our most talented footballers, including no less than our new President, George Manneh Weah, and his cohorts.Arguably, the most memorable moment so far must be Monday’s hosting of the inaugural ceremony of Liberia’s 24th president, George Weah.The national legislature on January 19 adopted and signed a Joint Resolution to change the venue and city of the 2018 Inauguration from the Capitol Building in Monrovia to the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville – the first time this has ever happened.Moreover, this occasion reminded the newly elected president of his personal adventures against other national teams.“The Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, renovated by the Chinese, where this inaugural ceremony is being held, is where I gained my exposure to the football world. It does not only stand as a monument of Chinese friendship toward Liberians, but it also stands as a symbol of peace and reconciliation for the Liberian people,” Weah said in his inaugural speech.“Today we stand at this venue united for one purpose: Liberia. This is the time that we put away our political differences to work together in forging a new Liberia, where the affordability of all goods and services will no longer be a luxury of the privileged, but rather a right for all Liberians.”Not only will this venue be remembered by President Weah for its part in his march to his ascendancy of the nation’s highest position, it will also be remembered by the thousands of Liberians who fought their way through its gates to witness an inaugural ceremony for all times – the first and historic democratic transition of power from one democratically elected president to another since 1944.SKD will always remain ‘A Stadium of Memories.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 6, 2020

Man City’s title triumph: 5 defining matches

first_imgMan City 5 Liverpool 0 (September 9)Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane celebrates scoring against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFAfter two relatively low-key wins in their first three matches, this stunning demolition of Liverpool served as an early sign that City were a different proposition from the team that struggled to impose themselves the previous season.Liverpool were already trailing to Sergio Aguero’s predatory finish when the visitors had Sadio Mane sent off before half-time for a high challenge on Ederson.City made the most of their numerical advantage, adding a second before the break through Gabriel Jesus, who netted again after the interval.Leroy Sane struck twice late on to give City their biggest win over Liverpool since 1937 and hand Jurgen Klopp’s men their first defeat of the season.Chelsea 0 Man City 1 (September 30)Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scored the match-winner against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on September 30, 2017 © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISWhile City’s eye-catching style of play has had the purists purring, Pep Guardiola’s men also have a ruthless side that has served them well in their toughest tests.Facing champions Chelsea was a chance to send a message to their challengers and City were up to the task.They had scored 16 goals in their previous three league games but needed only one to move to the top of the table at Stamford Bridge.City were without Aguero, who had sustained a rib injury in a car crash, but Kevin De Bruyne made sure the Argentina striker wasn’t missed as he slammed in the winner in the 67th minute.De Bruyne’s long-range rocket foreshadowed a majestic campaign from the Belgian midfielder.Man City 3 Arsenal 1 (November 5)Sergio Aguero in action against Arsenal on November 5, 2017 © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISRecords were starting to tumble as City cut down their rivals one by one and Arsenal were no match for the runaway leaders.De Bruyne’s opener and an Aguero penalty put City in command and although Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back for Arsenal, Jesus wrapped up the points from close-range.City had won nine consecutive league matches, a club record for a single season, to open up an eight-point lead at the top.“We cannot deny the last two months have been amazing,” Guardiola said. “We knew how important this game (was). The players gave an amazing performance.”Man Utd 1 Man City 2 (December 10)Manchester City celebrate victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on December 10, 2017 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFTaking a giant step towards the title at the expense of Manchester United was a sweet moment for City, whose mature performance at Old Trafford was the season’s signature moment.With United eight points adrift of the leaders before kick-off, City dominated from start to finish to leave their bitter rivals trailing in their wake.David Silva hooked home in the 42nd minute, only for United to level in first-half stoppage time through Marcus Rashford.City defender Nicolas Otamendi was the unlikely match-winner early in the second half.Guardiola’s side became the first team to win 14 successive English top-flight games in a single season, prompting United manager Jose Mourinho to concede the race was probably over before Christmas.Tottenham 1 Man City 3 (April 14)Jesus and Sterling got City back to winning ways at Wembley on Saturday to show why they are deserving champions. © AFP / Ben STANSALLAfter by a distance their worst week of the season as City blew the chance to seal the title on home soil against United and were dumped out of the Champions League quarter-finals 5-1 on aggregate by Liverpool, they showed why they are champions by bouncing back against Spurs at Wembley.Tottenham hadn’t lost in the Premier League since the sides last met in December, but in truth were lucky to escape without a much more severe beating.Jesus and a Ilkay Gundogan penalty put City deservedly 2-0 up inside half an hour.But having surrendered leads to United and Liverpool in the previous seven days, the visitors could have stumbled once more when Christian Eriksen brought Spurs back into the game before the break.Instead, City imposed their will again in the second period as Raheem Sterling grabbed a third and was still angry at himself for missing a host of other opportunities to make the scoreline even more convincing.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Same again: Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League trophy in 2014LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 15 – Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday when closest challengers Manchester United stumbled to a shock 1-0 defeat to West Brom.Having swept to the title in dazzling style, here AFP Sport looks back at five matches that played a key role in City’s success this season:last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 27, 2019

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S DRAW WITH AN EAGLAIS IN ULSTER LEAGUE CLASH

first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA News: The final Registration Day takes place this coming Saturday 28th February from 12pm to 3pm in the Clubhouse.Anyone who has not already done so and wishes to be a member for the coming year must complete their Registration form this Saturday. Please note that Lotto Subscribers must also attend to fill out a new Registration Form for this year. Contact Anne Forde on 086 8342449 with any queries. Well done to Rose Boyle and Kaneshia Mc Kinney who were part of the County Senior Ladies panel which comprehensively beat Clare in the league in Kilmihil on Sunday.Well done also to our members of the county Under 14 and under 16 squads who recorded wins at the weekend. Hard luck to our players on the minor squad on their narrow defeat.There is a very important meeting for all Junior and Senior Ladies players upstairs in Boal’s Goals on Wednesday night at 7pm. This will precede training at 8. It is vital that all players are represented.The Topaz Cash for Clubs promotion is now into its second week and we ask all members to continue their efforts to support this fundraiser. Simply ask the cashier to stamp the St. Eunan’s card every time you fill up by €40 or more in Tobin’s Station. You can also collect stamps at other Topaz Stations and drop completed cards into Tobin’s on the Port Road for collection by the club. The Tráth na gCeist Bord County Final will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel this coming Friday night, commencing at 8.00pm. Please note that this quiz is for adults (over 18s). Anyone interested in taking part can contact Oifigeach na Gaeilge Fergus McGee on 086 8544445.Best of luck to Colaiste Ailigh who are playing in their first ever Ulster Bank Ward Cup final on Wednesday night in Celtic Park, Derry against Magherafelt NRC. Throw in 7pm.The Underage Hurling and Football Academies continue weekly indoors at the Aura Leisure Centre. Hurling Academy is on Friday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and Football Academy on Sunday morning 10am to 11am. New members always welcome from all parts of Letterkenny.The Senior team drew their second Ulster Club League game with An Eaglais last weekend to remain undefeated so far.Keep an eye on the Club Facebook page for this week’s lotto numbers. Anyone who wishes to have anything included in the weekly notes, please email gareth.mcglynn@hotmail.com before 9pm on a Monday evening.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S DRAW WITH AN EAGLAIS IN ULSTER LEAGUE CLASH was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesSportSt Eunanslast_img read more