COSAFA Cup 2019: Uganda Cranes to face South Africa in Plate semis

first_imgThe Cranes team that started in the shoot-out loss to Lesotho on Saturday. (PHOTOS/FILE)The Uganda Cranes will take on hosts South Africa at the on-going COSAFA Cup.After both sides were eliminated from the main tournament, they dropped into the Plate contest where they will face one another on Tuesday, for a place in the final.Uganda fell to Lesotho 3-2 on penalties on Saturday following a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes.It was a disappointing game for the Cranes who dominated from start to finish but kept on missing clear-cut chances.In the shoot-out, Paul Mucurezi, John Revita and Mustapha Kizza all failed to convert and hence lost to Lesotho, for the first time in history.Revita (R) was one of three Ugandans who missed penalties on Saturday.For South Africa, they were also eliminated in similar fashion by Botswana on Sunday.The Bafana Bafana drew 2-2 with their opponents after 90 minutes and then lost 4-5 on penalties.South Africa’s led 2-0 in normal time with 29 minutes to play before seeing their advantage wiped out by Botswana.The two will face off on Tuesday as they fight to stay in contention with 100, 000 SA Rands.The other Plate Semi Final-Comoros vs MalawiThe COSAFA Cup Quarter final resultsSaturday, 01-06-2019-Lesotho 0(3)-0(2) Uganda-Zimbabwe 2-0 ComorosSunday, 02-06-2019-South Africa 2(4)-2(5) Botswana-Zambia 2(4)-2(2) MalawiComments Tags: COSAFA Cup 2019John RevitaMustapha Kizzapaul mucureziSouth AfricaUganda Craneslast_img read more

Benitez ready to attack shaky Saints

first_imgRafael Benitez believes Chelsea can return to winning ways at home by seeing off Southampton tonight.The Blues have enjoyed some excellent away results under Benitez but the interim manager was barracked by fans during back-to-back home defeats against Swansea and QPR.But Chelsea scored eight against Aston Villa and put six past Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge, proving that they can be lethal on their own patch.That does not bode well for a Saints side that have looked shaky at the back at times this season and were recently thrashed 5-1 by Chelsea at St Mary’s in the FA Cup.Benitez said: “We have confidence that we can do well. We scored many goals against Aston Villa and Nordsjaelland.“The last two [home] games were difficult because they had 11 players behind the ball and we have to find a way to overcome that.“If we take our chances it will be totally different because the game will be more open and we will have the space we are looking for.”Click here for our Chelsea v Southampton quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

On the trail of the Big Five

first_imgThe Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant,buffalo and rhino – are a feature of game viewing at Exeter.(Image: Chris Thurman) Knowledgeable guides ensure that guestsnever miss an opportunity to spot ananimal, whether big or small.(Image: &Beyond Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Valeri Mouton&Beyond Africa+27 21 532 5861 RELATED ARTICLES • Call of the wild in Sabi Sand • Holidays that save the world • Kruger’s animal populations growing• Get close to the wild at MosetlhaChris ThurmanThere are those who will tell you that it doesn’t matter how you spend your time in the bush, or where you stay – it’s enough simply to be there. To some degree, this is true; certainly, no matter what your accommodation and game-viewing is like, it’s better than being in the office.After only a few hours at Exeter River Lodge in the Sabi Sand private game reserve, however, I couldn’t help reflecting that it was different to any bush experience I’d enjoyed before.It wasn’t just that our luxuriously appointed room looked out onto the Sand River, giving us a view of buffalo crossing the water or baboons loping down to the shore. It wasn’t just that the ever-available but never-intrusive staff treated us like royalty. It wasn’t just the food, or the wine, or the afternoon teas. It wasn’t the private plunge pool, the masseuse, the quirky collection of books or any of the other distractions to while away the day.Over and above these pleasures, the highlights of the trip were the morning and evening game drives.A good game ranger is many things: a raconteur, a sturdy outdoorsman or woman, a walking encyclopaedia of information about animal, bird and plant life.He or she can tell you, for instance, that a hunting leopard can leap up to 22m in a second – not very encouraging when you’re about 20m away – and will explain why the same leopard rubs its neck in the mud around a watering-hole (so that it can mark its territory by brushing the mud against trees and thus leave a more durable scent).Not just the Big FiveA major advantage of going on a private game drive is that rangers in different vehicles are in constant radio communication, increasing your chances of great sightings. But our ranger at River Lodge, Ryan, ensured that no drive was a headlong rush from one Big Five member to another.Along the way we also learned about the less glamorous animals, like the numerous species of buck whose presence is so often taken for granted. Kudu, for instance, have big ears and therefore the best hearing, which means they are less skittish than other antelope and provide the most reliable alarm call to anyone tracking big game on foot.Furthermore, we were reminded, if you’re only looking for creatures with four legs, you miss out on half the action.There is an abundance of bird life pursuing the same herbivorous and carnivorous habits as gravity-bound mammals: we saw a juvenile fish eagle on a high branch, trying to crack open a tortoise (don’t worry, it ended well for the tortoise; the eagle dropped him, he fell on his shell and survived).And you don’t have to be a birder to appreciate the exquisite colouring of a lilac-breasted roller.The more time you spend in the bush, the more you appreciate the minutiae – admiring rare flowers that only bloom for a couple of weeks each year, or discovering – courtesy of your ranger – the subtle interactions that take place between interdependent elements within an ecosystem. Oxpeckers remove ticks from buffalo and giraffe; desiccated termite mounds become lairs for warthog and hyena.Best of all, with an experienced tracker assisting the ranger in locating game and a radio always at hand, you’re guaranteed to see a greater variety than you would on your own. And once you’ve spotted something in the distance, you don’t have to strain with binoculars just to catch a glimpse of a horn or tail – the ranger shifts down a gear, engages the diff lock on the 4×4 and you head off-road to take a closer look.What would a late afternoon game drive be without a sunset pause for a cup of coffee or a gin and tonic – and, of course, some snacks to tide you over until supper? Then it’s time to enjoy the magical world of the bushveld at night.Rangers and trackers are careful not to interfere too much with nocturnal activity; and, after many years of conservation efforts, the animals have learned to tolerate the human presence because it is neither intrusive nor threatening.Non-intervention policyWhere possible, the principle of non-intervention is applied. In some cases, however, humans have to undo the damage caused by previous interventions which may have been less well-intentioned or well-conceived. A good example is the challenge of decreasing the prevalence of tuberculosis in the buffalo population: up to 70% of buffalo in certain Kruger-Sabi herds have bovine TB.The solution is an intriguing one – raising disease-free young buffalo who suckle on domesticated Jersey cows before being released into the wild. This has been quite successful, and also provides a curious proof of nature overcoming nurture. The buffalo calves have to learn to suckle from the side as all Jersey calves do, but when they become mothers in turn, they follow their instinct and let their young suckle from behind. This is a vital survival tactic, because it means that cow and calf can keep walking, and allows buffalo herds to keep moving even while the young are suckling. Another little-known fact is that buffalo milk makes delicious Feta cheese!Of course, the conservation programmes being implemented in South Africa’s game parks also require ongoing vigilance against human threats. The recent increase in rhino poaching is a case in point. Countering this disturbing trend requires not only stricter policing within our reserves, but also broader campaigns to stop both the international demand for rhino horn, particularly in east Asia, and the local suppliers. These are the “foot soldiers” of poaching who have no other means of livelihood.Certainly, staying at a place like River Lodge is a luxury. But our natural heritage should be a shared, public concern – protecting it is the responsibility not of the few, but the many.last_img read more

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first_imgTell us how you Play Your Part in contributing to positive change in South AfricaAre you a patriotic South Africa who makes a positive social change in your community, have you made a difference in the lives of the people of South Africa? If that’s you, Brand South Africa would like you to share your story and encourage others to play their part in their communities.Play Your Part is a nationwide programme, driven by Brand South Africa, created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to encourage South Africans to use their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Its objective is to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Send us your story accompanied by a picture or a video and we will feature it on our websitelast_img read more

Postage stamp on Bengal’s Rosogolla

first_imgA postage stamp and special cover were released here on Friday to mark 150 years of the invention of ‘Bengal’s Rossogolla’ by Nabin Chandra Das.Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Firhad Hakim, who released them along with J. Charukeshi, Post Master General, Kolkata Region, referred to the long dispute between Odisha and West Bengal over Rosogolla. After years of contesting claims, the Geographical Identification tag for “Bengal Rosogolla” was given to West Bengal in November 2017. Earlier this year, the State government observed November 14 as Rosogolla Day to mark one year of obtaining the GI tag.last_img read more