Tunisia, DR Congo seize last eight berth

Tunisia, DR Congo seize last eight berth
Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks eliminated from Africa Cup of Nations over goal difference following goalless draw
the host nation which is due
to be played at the tiny Ebebiyin stadium on Saturday,
creating a potential organisational headache for the
Confederation of African
Veteran Belgian coach
Leekens said: “Tunisia are
happy, Congo are happy,
Equatorial Guinea are happy, everyone is happy! Life
is great!
“It won’t be easy because
they were fantastic yesterday.
I am happy for the country
but now we want to qualify.
“It will be difficult because they will have the fans
behind them but I am quite
The other half of the draw
will start to become clear on
Tuesday, when Group C concludes with Algeria taking on
Senegal in the capital Malabo
while Ghana and South Africa clash in Mongomo.
All four sides are still in
contention to qualify with
myriad potential different
However, Alain Giresse’s
Senegal are in pole position
and know a draw will take
them through.
Ghana and Algeria will
both definitely advance with
wins, while South Africa
must win and hope other
results go their way.
BATA (Equatorial Guinea)
became the latest two teams
to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of
Nations late on Monday after playing out a 1-1 draw in
The result, coupled with a
goalless stalemate between
Cape Verde and 2012
champions Zambia under a
tropical deluge in Ebebiyin,
allowed the two nations to
secure their berths in the
last eight of the competition.
Georges Leekens’ Carthage Eagles can now look
forward to a meeting with
host nation Equatorial
Guinea on Saturday, when
DR Congo will take on their
neighbours Congo Brazzaville in an equally fascinating
Tunisia, tipped by some
as genuine contenders to
win the competition at its
outset, knew that a win would
see them progress to the
knockout stage as winners
of Group B, and they were on
course to take all three points
when Ahmed Akaichi headed
home his second goal of the
tournament just past the halfhour mark.
However, the Leopards
fought back to equalise just
before the midway point in
Group B
At Ebebiyin
Cape Verde 0 Zambia 0
At Bata
Tunisia 1 (Akaichi 31) Democratic Republic of Congo 1
(Bokila 66)
Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
Democratic Republic of Congo’s Jeremy Bokila (second from right) scores a goal against Tunisia during their African Cup of Nations Group B match in Bata late on Monday.
the second half, when Dieumerci Mbokani headed down
for substitute Loteteka Bokila to finish. And that proved
enough for DR Congo to
progress as runners-up behind the Tunisians thanks
to events on the other side
of the small country.
In Ebebiyin, torrential
rain, thunder, lightning and
a swirling wind made good
football impossible, although
Zambia missed a last-gasp
chance to snatch victory and a
last-eight spot when Mukuka
Mulenga shot wide.
It was the second consecutive first-round exit for
the Zambian Chipolopolo
(Copper Bullets) after they
lifted the trophy against all
the odds three years ago.
Elimination proved a bitter
blow too for the Cape Verde
Blue Sharks, who reached the
quarter-finals in their Cup of
Nations debut two years ago
but this time go home by virtue of having scored one goal
fewer than DR Congo.
“It is a fantastic feeling.
We worked for it and we
deserved it. But we need to
score goals and were lucky
Cape Verde and Zambia only
drew,” said captain Youssouf
Mulumbu after DR Congo
qualified for the last eight
for the first time since 2006.
They will now face their
neighbours from across the
Congo River for just the
fourth time in the competition, and the first in 41 years.
And this meeting will be
extra special because of the
Claude Le Roy connection
Abhijith bowls ISM to victory over ISWK
bowling performance from
Abhijith Nagarajan who
ended with figures of 5 for
23 off 5 overs, Indian School
Muscat (ISM) recorded a 45run win against Indian School
Wadi Kabir (ISWK). The Al
Turki Enterprises-sponsored 25 overs a side Under
16 match played during the
weekend at the Municipality
Ground No.1 at Al Amerat.
Opting to bat ISM scored
194 for the loss of 6 wickets
off the 25 stipulated overs,
thanks to a 108-run opening
partnership between skipper
Wasim Ali 82 (48b, 13x4)
and Paritosh Bhatt 34 (39b,
4x4). Hemil Maheshkumar
36 (26b, 4x4) and Isaac Jon-
athan 25 (26b, 2x4) chipped
in useful contributions.
Brijesh Gandhi and Mohit
Badiyani claimed 2 wickets
each conceding 40 and 43
runs respectively off 5 overs
ISWK in reply scored
149 for the loss of 7 wickets
off 25 overs with contributions from opener Ivan Manjila who made a run a ball 38
(4x4), his partner Karan
Koshy 27 (38b, 3x4) and
Mayukh Misra 22 (17b).
In another Al Turki Enterprises sponsored Junior
League U-16 match played at
the same venue, Mohammed
Khalid with tantalising bowling figures of 5 for 23 off 3
overs helped Indian School
Al Seeb (ISAS) clinch a massive 8-wicket win against Indian School Al Ghubra (ISG).
Winning the toss and opting to bat ISG were bowled
-- the Frenchman now in
charge of Congo Brazzaville
who took the Leopards to the
last eight in 2006 and also
coached them at the last Cup
of Nations two years ago.
“They will be tough opponents with an established
coach. It will be more than a
derby and it will be very difficult for us, and hopefully for
them too,” said the current
incumbent of the DR Congo
bench, Florent Ibenge.
Meanwhile, Tunisia can
look forward to a clash with
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*DR Congo
C. Verde
* denotes teams qualified
GA Pts
out for a measly 90 runs off
16 overs with only opening
batsman Mohammed Salman
getting into double figures
scoring 25 (28b, 2x4). Mohammed Sumer with figures
of 3 for 12 off 3 overs lent
valuable support to Khalid.
Oman Tribune
ISM – 194 for the loss of 6 wickets off 25
overs (Wasim Ali 82, Hemil Maheshkumar
36, Paritosh Bhatt 34 and Isaac Jonathan
25; Brijesh Gandhi 2/40 and Mohit Badiyani
2/43); ISWK – 149 for the loss of 7 wickets
off 25 overs (Ivan Manjila 38, Karan Koshy
27 and Mayukh Misra 22; Abhijith Nagarajan 5/23); Points: ISM - 2 points (9 Games
– 16 points) and ISWK - Nil points (9 Games
– 16 points).
ISG – 90 All Out off 16 overs (Mohammed
Salman 25; Mohammed Khalid 5/23 and
Mohammed Sumer 3/13); ISAS – 92 for the
loss of 2 wickets off 9.1 overs (Mohammed
Feshal 39 and Mohammed Sumer 35 N.O);
Points: ISAS - 2 points (9 games – 9 points)
and ISG - Nil points (8 games – 5 points).
BOC – 217 for the loss of 3 wickets off 25
overs (Vikram Nabira 98 and Vivek Iyer 62);
PSM – 204 All Out off 24.4 overs (Ubaid Ullah 116 N.O.; Harikeshav Pramod 3/25 and
Aswin Unnikrishnan 3/28); Points: BOC – 2
points (8 Games – 10 points) and PSM – Nil
points (10 Games – 13 points).
ISG – 267 for the loss of 3 wickets off 20
overs (Aryan Shinde 166 N.O. and Sanin Fahad 53); MCCC ‘B’ – 83 All Out off 18 overs
(Nishant Sridhar 27; Dhruv Faraswal 4/2);
Points: ISG – 2 points (8 Games – 9 points) and
MCCC ‘B’ – Nil points (5 Games – Nil points).
ISM ‘A’ – 152 for the loss of 3 wickets off 20
overs (Azeem Ali 75 N.O. and Chahel 21);
ISWK – 145 for the loss of 7 wickets off 20
overs (Joel Biju 40 and Shah Nouman 22;
Vrishab 2/16 and Shaurya 2/27); Points:
ISM ‘A’ – 2 points (6 Games – 10 points)
and ISWK – Nil points (6 Games – 9 points).
BDSM – 207 for the loss of 3 wickets off 20
overs (Rehad Islam 70 N.O., Mohammed Ali
63 and Adnan Alam 36; Muzahir Raza 2/20);
MCCC ‘A’ – 128 for the loss of 5 wickets off
20 overs (Muzahir Raza 35 and Shrivatsan
Balajee 30; Alip Mortaza 2/12); Points:
BDSM – 2 points (9 Games – 11 points) and
MCCC ‘A’ – Nil points (6 Games – 5 points).
S. Korea star Park
in doping shock
SOUTH KOREAN OLYMpic swimming star and national icon Park Tae-Hwan
fought to clear his name on
Tuesday as he reeled from
the shock news that he failed
a doping test.
The four-time Olympic
medallist blamed an injection
given by a hospital for the result, the second high-profile
Asian swimming case in recent months after China’s
Sun Yang.
In a statement, Park’s
management agency Team
GMP said the 25-year-old
-- dubbed “Marine Boy”
and with an Asian Games
pool bearing his name -- was
stunned by the news.
The agency said he was
injected at a South Korean
hospital while receiving chiropractic treatment before
last year’s Asiad in Incheon.
“At the time, the hospital
offered to give Park an injection and he repeatedly asked
if it contained any illegal
substances,” GMP said. “The
doctor said there would be no
problem. And yet it turned
out the injection contained
a banned substance.”
Agence France-Presse
The AKAW Karate School students celebrate their victory in the Open Karate Championship 2015. The championship was held at JSKA headquarters in Al Dhahira Ibri on
January 16. More than 40 students trained by Sensei Bava Ahammed from 3 branches
(Al Mabela, Al Ghubra and Muladha) of AKAW Karate School participated and won
more than 37 medals in different categories. The team captains were Jeevan. PV and
Amal Nasser (Black Belt). It proved a great experience for the students to participate in
such a competition under the guidance of Sensei Bava Ahammed and Said Al Kharusi,
the Chairman of Akaw Karate School.
Squash event
on Feb. 20
The Oman tennis delegation that left for Kuwait to take
part in the GCC Cup for Under 18 and Under 14 from
January 24 to 29. The delegation comprised Saeed Al
Barmani (head of delegation), Ahma Al Balushi (Administrative) and Abdallah Al Yahyaee (accompanied official)
and both the teams. The under 18 team comprised Younis
Al Rawahi, Abdullah Al Barwani and Amar Al Khanjari,
while Moneer Al Rawahi, Eyad Al Khanjari, Abdullah Al
Raissi, Ali Al Sarhani formed the under 14 team.
of in Oman but the Ministry
of Sports Affairs is going all
out to make a new beginning
for the sport in the Sultanate
by conducting the first-ever
squash tournament on February 20 and 21 at the Bowsher
Complex in Muscat.
The idea of the Sports Ministry is to promote the game and
in order for that to happen
there will be competitions held
in U-16 and one competition
will be an Open category.
Interested participants may
contact Taher Al Barwani on
Attic Outdoors rally to stay unbeaten
ATTIC OUTDOORS REmained unbeaten in the
Oman Cricket-organised
‘F’ Division T20 tournament when they registered a
3-wicket win against Newrest
Wacasco in the match played
during the weekend at the
OAC ground No.3 at Seeb.
Opting to bat, Newrest
Wacasco scored 172 for the
loss of 4 wickets off 20 overs.
Captain Sandeep Rajan top
scored with 66 (39b, 6x4)
while other useful contributions came from Dipu RS.
33 (34b, 3x4), Bibin Sasi
33 ((26b, 3x4) and Deepak
Gakhar 30 (19b, 4x4).
Attic Outdoors in reply
were reeling at 61 for the
loss of their five top order
batsmen but recovered to
reach 176 for 7 wickets at
the end of 20 overs. Anwar
Kaatil Moulakkad batting at
No. 7 remained unbeaten on
52 (38b, 2x6 and 3x4) while
Vikas Sharma 31 (27b, 2x4)
and Sarfaraz Ahmad 24 (11b,
2x6 and 1x4) added useful
Shajivan ended with bowling figures of 3 for 17 and
Krishna Raja picked up 2
wickets conceding 30 runs.
In another ‘F’ Division
T20 match at the same
venue, Enhance Royals
aided by a quick 47 (22b,
10x4) from opening batsman Anand Pathi and thereafter a brilliant bowling performance of 3 for 26 off 4
overs defeated Orange Mart
by 11 runs.
Invited to bat Enhance
Royals scored 171 for the
loss of 9 wickets at the end
of 20 overs with contributions from skipper SN Hari
Krishnan 25 (13b, 4x4) and
Nathar Al Balushi 24 (18b,
Oman Tribune
Newrest Wacasco – 172for the loss of 4
wickets off 20 overs (Sandeep Rajan 66,
Dipu R.S. 33, Bibin Sasi 33 and Deepak
Gakhar 30); Attic Outdoors –176 for the loss
of 7 wickets off 20overs (Anwar Kaatil Moulakkad 52, Vikas Sharma 31 and Sarfaraz
Ahmed 24; Shajivan 3/17 and Krishna Raja
2/30); Points: Attic Outdoors - 2 points (6
Games – 11 points) and Newrest Wacasco Nil points (6 Games – 8 points).
Enhance Royals –171 for the loss of 9 wickets off 20overs (Anand Pathi 47, S.N. Hari
Krishnan 25 and Nathar Al Balushi 24); Orange Mart – 160 for the loss of 7 wickets off
20overs (Shyam Lekshman 35, Anup Rajan
34 and Gopakumar 23; Anand Pathi 3/26
and SN Hari Krishnan 2/28); Points: Enhance Royals - 2 points (5 Games – 5 points)
andOrange Mart - Nil points (6 Games – 5
Trust Oilfield Strikers – 170 for the loss
of 8 wickets off 20 overs (Thushar Verma
105; Denzil Miranda 3/23 and Arvind Singh
2/30); Khalsa United – 171 for the loss of
3 wickets off 18.4 overs (Sushil Kadam 53,
Mohammed Danish 49 and Arvind Singh
33); Points: Khalsa United - 2 points (6
Games – 7 points) and Trust Oilfield Services
- Nil points (5 Games –6 points).
Dhofar Automotive –58 All Out off 12 overs
(Shamsudheen 3/6, Wajid Akram 3/15 and
Dilip Patel 2/15); Trust Oilfield Services –
61for the loss of 1 wicket off 4.3 overs (Wajid
Akram 29 N.O); Points: Trust Oilfield Services - 2 points (6 Games – 8 points) and Dhofar
Automotive - Nil points (6 Games –1 point).