I’ll never watch that game again: Green

first_imgGreen’s 50th and final match for the Storm ended in heartbreak with Melbourne conceding a late converted try to fall two points short of their second premiership in five seasons. The 30-year-old didn’t have a lot of time to mull over the disappointment, packing up his belongings for Sydney’s northern beaches after inking a two-year deal with the Sea Eagles.Following stints with the Eels, Sharks, Bulldogs and Storm – plus time with Hull KR and Wigan in the English Super League – Green is looking forward to the challenge ahead as he and his new teammates look to make amends after missing the finals in 2016.”It was hard. I’ll probably never watch the game again. It’s not something I’ve really looked back on, to be honest,” Green said of the grand final loss. “I came up to Sydney about two weeks after the game, packed all my stuff up and moved straight to Manly. My family and I had a month to ourselves over here before I started training. “It wasn’t an ideal situation for us and it didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to. We had a really successful time down there in the two years I was there. We were deep into the finals [in 2015] and then got into the GF last year.”I guess I didn’t have anyone to bounce off…but after I stopped feeling sorry for myself, it probably got a little bit easier because these boys were ripping into training and were a month deep into the pre-season when I turned up. “Results from the previous year were the furthest thing from their mind and they were just worried about working hard and starting again.”  Green’s move north is a reunion of sorts with coach Trent Barrett after the pair played together at the Sharks in 2009. “It was a hell of a lot different to when I was there. I was 21 when Baz was at Cronulla,” Green said. “I learnt a few really importing things about the game from Baz then. I probably didn’t realise how important they were until I got a little bit older. He was one of my favourite players growing up so I’ve got an enormous amount of respect for him.”I guess he was under a fair bit of pressure when he came back to the NRL and played. At Cronulla he was a really big signing and he was going to be a big chance of taking a lot of pressure off the club. Ricky (then Sharks coach Ricky Stuart) brought him to the club to elevate us to new heights. “He’s still the same person, he’s still got the same principles, he’s still a hard worker, and they’re the things that have rubbed off on the group.  “He’s really good for our playing group, he’s got really clear, simple messages, everyone’s under no illusions because he gets his point across. He’s very relaxed, but he’s been getting the best out of the playing group in the pre-season so far.”Barrett’s relaxed demeanour is slightly different to what Green was used to in Melbourne, but the five-eighth was quick to defend Storm coach Craig Bellamy, blaming the networks for always showing him at the most inopportune moments.  “He’s a little bit more relaxed than Craig. Craig’s not as angry as everyone thinks, but he just gets in some bad shots on the TV sometimes.”last_img read more

24 Guyanese commence overseas training as technicians

first_imgAs oil giant ExxonMobil seeks to develop its local content, the first batch of the country’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) technicians, recruited by the oil company to work on the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, has embarked on their Advanced Systems Training at the Cape Brenton University in Canada.Operations and Maintenance trainee Earl WilliamsThe one-year training exercise, which is expected to conclude in 2020, will focus on four specific areas, namely: electrical, mechanical, instrumentation, and operations as the 24 trainees have already completed basic systems training in the four disciplines, earlier this year.According to ExxonMobil, upon completion of the one year training in Canada, the trainees will continue on the job training on the FPSO as it aims to develop a diverse and skilled workforce that can meaningfully contribute to its operations in Guyana.During brief interviews with some of the country’s newest operations and maintenance technicians, the same level of enthusiasm was expressed as they described the experience at their ongoing training.One trainee, Earl Williams, who specialises in the mechanical craft, has described the overseas training experience as life changing, as he plans to make full use of the opportunity awarded to him.“I hope to achieve the knowledge, especially in the mechanical field and to be able to execute it efficiently on the FPSO at the best of my ability…this has been a great opportunity for me, not just in a training perspective, but as an individual,” Williams stated.Meanwhile, Kathy James, one of two females in the batch, is of the view that the opportunity will pave way for her to represent Guyana.“I can’t find the words to describe how happy I am for this opportunity. It is something wonderful and I know it will serve well in the future,” she expressed.ExxonMobil Guyana’s development model for operations and maintenance employees is designed for trainees to advance from Technician I to III over time. The intent is to enhance their capacity to such a level that they are able to replace an experienced international worker.In the coming year, another batch of approximately 50 technicians will be recruited and undergo similar training.last_img read more

Pac-10 basketball: Ducks look fresh

first_img“I feel like we are playing very good basketball at the right time of the year,” Kent said. “We took a couple of days off before (the) Washington State (game) and we’ve been re-energized. We are just one of those teams that is peaking at the right time.” Oregon (25-7) flourished, as it usually does, with its speedy backcourt. Freshman Tajuan Porter and junior Malik Hairston combined for make 18 of 25 shots and score 46 points. The Ducks shot 62.5 percent from the field, outrebounded Cal by four and built a 21-point halftime lead. “I thought Oregon really stepped up in the first half and really got off to a great start, knocking down some shots,” Cal coach Ben Braun said. “I thought our guys really came out in the second half, and I thought it was indicative of the fight in this team – the energy and the passion.” Cal cut the Ducks’ lead to six points at 59-53 on a Ryan Anderson shot inside with about eight minutes left, but that was as close as the Bears would get. Hairston drove the lane and converted a three-point play to put the Ducks up by nine points with seven minutes left, which made Braun put his hands to his head and grimace. Reserve guard Alex Pribble yelled: “D-up fellas!” from the bench, but Oregon’s guards were too quick. They figured they would be able to take advantage of Cal’s tired legs. The Oregon Ducks could be crowned king of Los Angeles. UCLA’s basketball team owned the city before its crippling loss to Cal on Thursday. The way Oregon is playing, one more victory, and it will be the toast of the town. The Ducks ran out to a big lead, then survived a big scare from Cal but ultimately held on for an 81-63 win in Friday’s tournament semifinals at Staples Center. Oregon has won five in a row after suffering through a stretch in which it lost six of eight. Coach Ernie Kent credited a break he gave his team before a game against Washington State on Feb. 22 for refreshing the Ducks. center_img “Just run them,” Porter said. “They played three games in three days and we just wanted to keep them fatigued.” Porter had a game-high 24 points and Hairston added 22. Anderson and Theo Robertson each had 17 for Cal. Cal (16-17), already saddled with injuries, lost backup center Taylor Harrison to a knee injury, and he didn’t play in the second half. The way Oregon is playing, it might not have mattered. jill.painter@dailynews.com (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Doctors treat Everett in new way

first_imgDoctors are following the playbook in treating Buffalo Bills football player Kevin Everett’s severe spinal cord injury except in one notable regard: pumping icy cold saline into his veins to try to prevent further damage. Although the treatment is experimental, it is more science than science fiction, and also is being tried on stroke and brain injury patients. “There are compelling reasons why one might want to try it” in a case like this, said Dr. Gary Steinberg, chairman of neurosurgery at Stanford University. He had no role in Everett’s case but has tested the body cooling treatment. Everett’s prognosis remains uncertain. His doctors were encouraged by signs on Tuesday that he could move his legs and arms – a day after saying he stood little chance of making a full recovery. They also have said that his spinal cord was intact rather than severed – a very good sign. Doctors say that it is far too soon to know whether he will be left with any paralysis or its extent. “Walking out of this hospital is not a realistic goal, but walking may be,” Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, the team’s orthopedic surgeon, said at a news conference in Buffalo on Wednesday. That does not mean a return of his career, though, said Dr. Joseph Maroon, team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center specialist who was consulted on Everett’s case. “If he ever does regain function, no neurosurgeon would ever permit him to play football,” Maroon said. Everett suffered a fracture and dislocation of his spinal cord in the neck area during a game Sunday night against the Denver Broncos. Watching it on television from home was Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich, scientific director for the Miami Project, a spinal cord program affiliated with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The program is among several in the United States that has led research into moderate hypothermia, or cooling the body a few degrees to try to limit swelling, inflammation and the cascade of events and chemicals that cause further damage after an initial neurological injury. Dietrich sent an urgent e-mail to fellow neurosurgeon Dr. Barth Green, who knows Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson. Who did what next is unclear, but doctors say Everett received the experimental cooling therapy in the ambulance, even before X-rays and other tests could show the extent of his injury and the treatment he would need. The goal of the treatment is “to cool the tissue a few degrees to reduce its need for oxygen and to reduce its metabolic rate” and limit secondary damage from chemicals the body releases after the initial injury, said Dr. Elad Levy, a University of Buffalo neurosurgeon who treated Everett. On Monday, as Everett’s temperature began to rise, doctors decided to try cooling his body again, using a slightly different system. This time, a hollow tube called a catheter was inserted into the femoral vein in the leg near the groin. Cold saline was circulated inside the catheter, indirectly cooling the blood as it flowed through the vein. “We did this here at the University of Pittsburgh in the 70s,” but with a different method of threading a catheter directly over the spinal cord, Maroon said. The treatment had to be done within three hours of injury to have any benefit and was extremely cumbersome, he said. For that and other reasons, it was largely abandoned until recently, when doctors have resumed testing it through different cooling methods for stroke and brain injury patients. “Not a lot is known about it for spinal cord injury,” said Steinberg at Stanford, where it mostly is done in some stroke and head injury cases under an experimental protocol. Other aspects of Everett’s care are more routine. He received large intravenous doses of methylprednisolone, a steroid to limit inflammation and swelling, and had decompression surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal cord. Doctors initially operated from the front of his neck, removing the injured disk and bone impinging on the spinal cord, and realigned it. They filled the space where the disk had been with a bone graft – whether from a cadaver or his hip isn’t known – and put in a titanium plate to stabilize the neck area. Surgeons then turned him over and operated from the back of his neck, fusing the vertebrae above and below the fracture, and putting in four screws and two small rods. Long-term results from such operations can vary widely, said Maroon, the Steelers’ surgeon who published a paper in the April issue of Journal of Neurosurgery on this topic. He has operated on about 30 athletes. On Wednesday, Everett was successfully removed from the respirator though doctors say it could be a struggle to keep him breathing on his own. A stroke and blood clots in his legs are other possible complications they are trying to prevent. He showed more ability to move his legs and a little more in his arms, but has no movement or function at all of his hands. He is getting nourishment from a feeding tube, and his mother is at his side. “She understands that this is a life-changing event,” and that “the story will change over months to years,” said Dr. Kevin Gibbons, another University of Buffalo neurosurgeon who has been treating Everett.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Things to Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Barry Diamond and Kira Soltanivich will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. Sierra Club hike up Trail Canyon to the falls will meet, 9 a.m. Saturday at the entrance to Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Dave Morrow at (661) 254-5245. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. Western Music Concert will feature The Messick Family Band and cowboy poet J.D. Seibert, 7 p.m. Saturday in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Call (661) 254-4584. “The Skin of our Teeth” will be presented, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday in the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $8 at the door. Call (661) 259-7575, Ext. 212. Care For Your Heart Health Fair will offer free screenings and education about the risk of heart disease, 2-4 p.m. Friday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call Victoriana Donnelly at (661) 253-8761. “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Skinny Little Twits will perform original and classic rock music, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Saugus Swapmeet at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 259-3886. Live Bird of Prey presentation, 11 a.m. Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny takeaway worker had a knife held to her face as two men robbed her on Monday evening.Woman was held at knifepoint.Margo Harkin was working at the Hot Plate beside the Swilly Inn takeaway in Gortlee when two men burst in.The men padded her down before demanding to know where the cash was. They eventually got away with a small sum of cash.Ms Harkin was left unhurt but said she was terrified after the incident.Gardai have launched a full investigation into the robbery and are studying CCTV footage in the area.  WOMAN HAS KNIFE HELD TO HER FACE IN LETTERKENNY TAKEAWAY ROBBERY was last modified: January 14th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalHot PLate takeawayletterkennyrobberySwilly Innlast_img read more


first_imgA number of Donegal victims of French conman Francois de Dietrich have now contacted Gardai after losing money in the infamous €20 million scam.Donegaldaily.com has learned that detectives from Letterkenny are now interviewing at least a DOZEN people in relation to the get-rich-scheme.Up until recently Gardai had only received a small amount of official complaints about the missing investment money. But that number is now growing rapidly as De Dietrich refuses to return to Ireland to answer charges against him.All these investors contacted the Gardai in recent weeks to make official complaints after De Dietrich fled the country with their cash.The detectives have taken statements about their investments and their dealings with the businessman who was based in Ballybofey until before Christmas.One of the men interviewed told donegaldaily this morning that more and more people are coming forward to tell how they lost money in the scheme. “I think there is a lot of embarrassment around the scheme that people haven’t wanted to go public on it.“People have been thinking that they would eventually get their money back but that’s beginning to look less likely.“I think most people who invested in the scheme now realise they will be lucky to get their money back nevermind make any profit from it,” he said.At least 200 people from across Donegal invested various sums of cash in the scheme with De Dietrich’s company ETIC Solutions.The company claimed they could make a profit of 40% on the initial investment in a matter of just weeks by buying liquidated stock and selling it on at huge profits. A small minority of people did receive a profit but most have been left high and dry despite promise after promise by ETIC Solutions.De Dietrich has been sentenced to 18 months in prison by the High Court in Belfast for contempt of court.However he has twice failed to appear and nobody is certain of his whereabouts at present.Ends GARDAI NOW INTERVIEWING A DOZEN DONEGAL PEOPLE ABOUT €20M SCAM was last modified: April 19th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Francois de DietrichLetterkenny Gardaiscamlast_img read more

No Child Left Behind helps English learners

first_img Unfortunately, many of those who would alter No Child Left Behind are in danger of making the legislation much worse in ways that would be especially harmful to the neediest children. Those who have proposed changing NCLB for the most part follow the lead of the National Education Association, which would completely remove English language learners from the existing accountability system. This would be an educational disaster for a number of reasons. It would create incentives for schools to segregate English-learning children into “nonaccountable” categories and simply leave them there, outside the pale of English competence, until they eventually drop out of school. Our English-learning students deserve better, and as the size of that population continues to grow dramatically in many school districts, NCLB has shown that it is starting to make a real difference for them. This is no time to reverse direction, just because entrenched interests are unwilling or unable to produce results. Don Soifer is an education analyst with the Lexington Institute, which recently published “Making Uneven Strides: State Standards for Achieving English Language Proficiency Under the No Child Left Behind Act.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With 11 California school districts currently suing state authorities over the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the 2001 legislation has become a lightning rod in the debate over how to improve public education. The act sets bold goals for improving student achievement, but are those goals achievable? The results are not yet in. But for one critical category of students, English language learners or ELLs, the law is clearly having a positive impact. My organization, the Lexington Institute, has just completed the first comprehensive study analyzing the progress individual states are making toward meeting the ELL requirements of No Child Left Behind. Our study found that NCLB – while itself still a work in progress – is making a substantial difference in the education of English learners at the classroom level. Specifically, we compared what the states with the largest populations of English learners have done to comply with NCLB, and how successful those changes have been. We found that NCLB is already leading to unprecedented improvements in how ELL students are taught in classrooms around the nation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In measuring accountability for student academic progress, No Child Left Behind requires schools to show adequate results for all students, and also for each of a number of subgroups broken down by such factors as students’ sex, ethnicity and income level. In addition, there is another subgroup for students with limited English proficiency, which is arguably the most controversial category. If there’s no improvement in the performance of each subgroup over a period of time, then schools risk losing substantial federal dollars. In other words, to hold educators accountable, NCLB took the historic step of linking large increases in federal education funding to requirements that schools produce adequate, or at least improving, student academic achievement in each subgroup. As with many broad-based reform plans, aspects of NCLB certainly have not been immune from the Law of Unintended Consequences. But the strong opposition from much of the education establishment and the teacher unions to the tough accountability requirements is misguided – especially when it comes to teaching immigrant students. We found that most states do a significantly better job measuring English fluency and tracking students’ progress toward fluency as a result of NCLB. Further, it appears that students learning English in federally funded English instruction programs are now making significantly more progress than before NCLB was passed. In some ways, California already has a big head start on most states. As the first state to adopt a single statewide English proficiency test, California is better positioned to meet NCLB requirements. last_img read more

Volleyball Opens Drake Invitational With A Gritty 3-2 Win Over Omaha

first_img Full Schedule Roster Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Ia.) led the Bulldogs with 18 kills to match a season high while sophomore Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.) had a career-high 42 assists. Junior Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) notched a double-double with 12 kills and a team-high 22 digs to help the Bulldogs improve their record to 6-2. Des Moines, Iowa — The Drake University volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Omaha, 3-2, in the first match of the Drake Invitational, Sept. 7, at the Knapp Center. Preview In the final set to break the tie, Drake started off by scoring the first point and engineers a 10-7 lead to force the Mavericks into a timeout. Following the timeout, Omaha was unable to stall the Bulldogs with Drake prevailing, 15-13, to take the first match of the Bulldog Invitational. Drake fell behind early in the first set with an 8-1 deficit and never recovered in falling, 25-11. In the second set, the Bulldogs and Mavericks were tied early, 8-8, but the Mavericks scored 12 of the next 15 points to take a 20-12 lead and cruise to the 25-16 set win. “We went to the 5-1 after the first set, and it didn’t pay off in the second, but we stuck with it, and eventually it paid off,” McBroom said. “I’m proud of how we hung together through a tough mental test. We’re still a young team trying to work together and gel. It’s a work in progress.” Live Stats Watch Live The Valley on ESPN3 Next Game: Photo Gallery center_img The Bulldogs, led by three players with double-figure kills, defeated the Mavericks by set scores of 11-25, 16-25, 25-21, 25-17, 15-13. Box Score (HTML)  After the intermission, Drake took the match’s momentum with a late, 4-2 spurt that gave the team just enough cushion to prevail, 25-21 behind 14 kills with six of them coming from Cheek. “I’m proud of our team in holding it together to finish well,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “We just weren’t clicking and were playing nervous at home in front of a home crowd for the first time this season. It just wasn’t our team out there early. We made a few substitution changes to try to bring some life to the court and that paid off tonight.” In the fourth set, the Bulldogs opened up a 21-10 lead. Omaha was able to draw within six points, but the Bulldogs staved off the charge to force a fifth set. Southeast Missouri State 9/8/2017 – 3 p.m. Story Links Box Score (PDF) Omaha (2-4) hit .214 in the match as Bella Sade had 18 kills. Sydney O’Shaughnessy provided 52 assists while Claire Mountjoy had 21 digs. Drake continues play in the Drake Invitational Friday with two matches. Drake’s day begins versus Southeast Missouri State at 3 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. contest against San Jose State. Both matches will be broadcast on The Valley On ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Part One: Predicting the round of 16: Will Cranes shock Senegal?

first_imgUganda finished second in Group A.The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 will start on Friday, June 05 with two games.After the tournament was increased to 24 teams, it means the last 16 will be a knockout round as opposed from the usual group stage.The 2019 edition in Egypt has already treated us to a few shocks and one or two pre-tournament favourites have so far lived up to the billing.Who will shock the world of football and which favourite will continue into the last 8?-Morocco vs BeninMorocco are yet to concede a goal.The Atlas Lions breezed through Group D with a perfect three victories in as many games.Despite putting up dominant performances, Morocco failed to score as many goals as the chances they created suggest. Out of the 8 shots on target, Herve Renard’s side scored only three goals and the Frenchman will be concerned as they head into Friday’s encounter with Benin.With the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Sofiane Boufal, Youssef En Nesyri and Mbark Boussoufa, Renard’s concerns will however be limited as his side has a crop of very potent attackers, all of whom who are yet to click into top gear.The concerns upfront, aside, Morocco were impressive at the other end as they conceded just three shots on target (0 goals) throughout the group stages, the least by any other side at AFCON 2019.The defensive pairing of captain Medhi Benatia and Romain Saiss currently looks more solid than any other in the competition and can be tipped to produce another top-notch performance against a Benin side that dragged themselves into the round of 16.The Squirrels were in Group F alongside two African football giants in Cameroon and Ghana plus Guinea-Bissau.Whereas they can be forgiven for drawing their two games against the Indomitable Lions (0-0) and Black Stars (2-2), Michael Dussuyer’s side still failed to take care of Guinea-Bissau, drawing 0-0, something that leaves a lot of questions on whether they can produce a shock against Morocco.Benin drew all their Group game.Captain Stephane Sessegnon and Steve Mounie will need to be at more than 100% if Benin are to pull off one of the greatest shocks in AFCON history.Last meeting: Morocco 6-1 Benin (13-11-2014)Prediction: Morocco 2-0 Benin-Senegal vs UgandaThis fixture has already headlined the post-round of 16, with Ugandan players going on strike over bonuses. The Cranes sat-out training on Tuesday, only returning the following day after their Federation had accepted to pay $6000.All this comes after the Cranes negotiated their way into second place in Group A, losing only one of their three games.Sebastein Desabre’s side have been one of the most impressive sides at the tournament so far, defeating DR Congo 2-0, drawing 1-1 with Zimbabwe before going down to host Egypt 0-2 last Sunday.Uganda lost only one of their three group games.Their expansive style of play and fearless approach has seen them win over neutrals at the tournament and in Denis Onyango, they have the best goalkeeper at the competition. They also have a certain Emmanuel Okwi who is among the top scorers at the competition having already scored two goals.They come into the game having lost only three competitive games since February 2017 and it is a record that Senegal will have at the back of their minds.However, the Lions of Teranga are one of the favourites to win the tournament.Aliou Cisse’s side who finished second in Group C behind Algeria, are yet to hit full gear as evident in their loss to the Desert Foxes on Match-day two.Captain and Star-player Sadio Mane got off the mark with a brace against Kenya on Monday and him along with Balde Keita will be tasked with carrying Senegal into the last 8, something they are so capable of.Mane scored twice in the victory over Kenya.Last meeting: Senegal 0-0 (06-06-2017)Prediction: Senegal 1-0 Uganda -Nigeria vs CameroonNigeria lost their last group game.One of African football greatest rivalries of all time will open a new chapter on Saturday afternoon as Cameroon and Nigeria clash once again.The two sides may not possess the brightest of rosters currently but their clashes always tend to light-up the Africa Cup of Nations.They last met at the finals in 2004 with Nigeria defeating Cameroon 2-1 at the quarter-final stage.At the 2019 edition, both are yet to impress as they struggled to progress through their respective groups. Despite winning both of their first two games in Group B, by a 1-0 score-line, Nigeria went on to loss 0-2 in their last game against Madagascar, finishing second.For Cameroon, The drew twice and won one of their Group F games, qualifying for the round of 16 in second place behind Ghana.Clarence Seedorf’s side only defeated minors Guinea-Bissau, requiring two second-half goals, something that leaves a lot to be desired.Cameroon only won one game in the group.Both sides will bank on stars to get into the last 8. Nigeria have Alex Iwobi, John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and the young Samuel-Chukwueze while Cameroon boosts of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Clinton N’jie, Toko Ekambi and Christian Bassogog.Last meeting: Cameroon 1-1 Nigeria (04-09-2017)Prediction: Nigeria 1-1 Cameroon (Cameroon win on penalties)-Egypt vs South AfricaThe hosts were one of only three nations to collect maximum points at the group stages and are highly fancied to win this tournament.Egypt won all their group games.Javier Aguirre’s side defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 on opening day, took care of DR Congo 2-0 before powering past Uganda by the same scoreline last Sunday.The three victories have been achieved minus hitting the highest of tones, something which should worry their round of 16 opponents, South Africa and whoever stands in Egypt’s way.Bafana Bafana on the other side will be feeling lucky to be in the last 16 after barely impressing in the groups.Stuart Baxter’s side lost two of their three games, defeating lowly Namibia 1-0 in the other. Among the last 16, surely, they are the one side who never produced a worthy performance at the group stage and will be forgiven if they try to approach Saturday’s game against Egypt cautiously.South Africa lost two games in Group D.Egypt will once again look to Mohammad Salah for inspiration but in Muhammed Trazeguet, they have another player capable of taking care of South Africa.Bafana Bafana will be praying Lebo Mothiba finally arrives at the tournament after three horrible performance. They also have Percy Tau who is capable of winning any game on a given day.Last meeting: South Africa 1-0 Egypt (06-09-2016)Prediction: Egypt 2-1 South AfricaAlso read: Part Two: Predicting the round of 16: Who will reach the AFCON last 8Comments Tags: AFCON 2019 Round of 16Ahmed MusaAlex IwobiBeninCameroonClinton N’jieDenis OnyangoEgyptEmmanuel OkwiEric Maxim Choupo-MotingHakim ZiyechJohn Mikel ObiMoroccoNigeriaRenard HerveSadio ManeSebastien DesabreSenegalSouth AfricaSteve MounietopUgandalast_img read more