With no traditional first-innings points on offer, getting as many bowling points as possible will be the primary aim for the Jamaica Scorpions heading into today’s fourth and final day of their Digicel WICB Four-day Championship showdown against front-runner Barbados Pride at Sabina Park.This is according to Jamaica’s head coach, Robert Samuels.The encounter, which has been affected by rain and a waterlogged outfield from the opening day, is currently headed for a draw after Barbados closed the third day on 153 for four in their first innings.This is in reply to 224 posted by Jamaica in their first innings, of which in-form opener John Campbell made 60; all-rounder Derval Green, 40; and captain Nikita Miller, 24 not out.Out-of-favour West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach, with three for 27, and his new ball partner Justin Greaves, two for 49, claimed most wickets.”There’s no first-innings points, so the bowling and batting points and fast-bowling points, are now important,” said Samuels.”Four wickets down for 150-odd runs, Barbados are a little bit ahead, but we hope to pull it back tomorrow, get the other wickets, get some points, and then look to bat out the day,” he added.Resuming the day on 157 for eight, Jamaica were lifted past the all-important 200-runs landmark, which offers one batting point, by Miller and Green.The duo, who came together after the fall of fast bowler Reynard Leveridge’s wicket with the total on 167, put on 57 runs for the final wicket.Green hit three fours during his 56-balls innings, which lasted one hour and 11 minutes, while Miller gathered two fours off 113 balls during his two hour and 32 minutes stay.”It was a good knock by the skipper, who was not out at the end, and Derval Green, who came in at number 11,” commented Samuels.”Their knocks helped to put us in a decent position where we earned a batting point, which, in recent years, has been very elusive. We just now need maximum bowling points.”AT QUEEN’S PARK OVAL: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force reached 287 for seven in their first innings before rain brought a premature end to the third day of their third-round game against Leeward Islands Hurricanes.Only 35 overs were possible because of rain.Scores: Red Force 287 for seven (Kyle Hope 86, Isaiah Rajah 69, Roshon Primus 42 not out; Kieran Powell 3-29).SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st Innings(overnight 157 for eight)J. Campbell c Phillips b Williams 60S. Thomas c Brooks b Roach 2J. Blackwood c Chase b Greaves 0D. Thomas lbw b Greaves 3+C. Walton c wkp Rampersad b Roach 5A. McCarthy c Brooks b Warrican 22F. Allen c Roach b Williams 19D. Jacobs c Brooks b Chase 30*N. Miller not out 24R. Leveridge b Roach 1D. Green c Warrican b Charles 40Extras (b6, lb9, w3) 18Total (all out, 86.2 overs) 224Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-4, 3-16, 4-21, 5-52, 6-90, 7-129, 8-156, 9-167, 10-224.Bowling: Roach 18-8-27-3, Greaves 17-4-49-2, Stoute 7-2-26-0, Warrican 18-3-56-1, Charles 14.2.4-29-1, Williams 10-3-16-2, Chase 2-1-6-1.PRIDE 1st InningsO. Phillips c Campbell b Green 4A. Alleyne b Allen 66S. Brooks b Jacobs 44R. Chase lbw b Miller 23*K Stoute not out 0+M Rampersad not out 0Extras (b5, lb9, w2) 16Total (4 wkts, 48.3 overs) 153To bat: K Williams, J Warrican, K Roach, J Greaves, N Charles.Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-116, 3-153, 4-153.Bowling: Leveridge 4-0-17-0, Green 8-3-17-1, Blackwood 1-0-1-0, Jacobs 14-1-52-1, Leveridge 19.3-2-47-0, Allen 2-0-5-1.Position: Pride trail by 71 runs with six wickets intact.Toss: Pride.Umpires: J. Williams, N. Duguid.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite SEA Games: Perlas Pilipinas rallies to stun Thailand National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments Anthony Beram wins 200m dash. Photo from @KL2017/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines got two golden triumphs in athletics, through Aries Toledo in decathlon and Anthony Beram in men’s 200m dash late Wednesday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.Just when the country was prepared to have a dry day, 23-year-old Toledo tallied 7,433 points after 10 events to capture the gold medal at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Toledo defeated Thailand’s Suttisak Singkon who had 7,411 and Vietnam’s Bui Van Su who tallied 6,737.Quickly after, Beram clocked 20.84 seconds to crown himself the 200m sprint king, besting Jirapong Meenapra of Thailand (21.22 seconds) and Malaysia’s Thevarr Gunasegaran (21.26 seconds).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Marco Vilog placed second in the men’s 800-meter run (1:49.91) while Mark Harry Diones also captured silver in men’s triple jump (16.63m).Fil-American Kayla Richardson, meanwhile, crashed out of the podium in the women’s 200m. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ What’s in store for your animal sign this year Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu
View comments MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES “We hit our target,” said chief trainer Joven Jimenez, whose next aim is to bring up Ancajas’ weight on fight night Saturday at the same venue.READ: Jimenez says Ancajas will put on a showTo do that, Ancajas will eat every three hours, taking bigger servings each time.According to Jimenez, who supervised Ancajas’ stationery jogging with intermittent burst of speed and improvised “sauna” session, 128 pounds would be ideal, the same weight when Ancajas fought against Japanese Teiru Kinoshita in Brisbane, Australia, and Irish Jamie Conlan, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.In the second weigh-in Saturday morning, however, Ancajas must not go beyond 125 as mandated by the sanctioning body.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jerwin Ancajas and Israel Gonzalez (right) put up fighting stance after Friday’s weigh-in. Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas—Making weight is the least of Jerwin Ancajas’ concerns.A kilo over the limit Thursday night, Ancajas did little workout at his hotel room yet tipped the scales at an ideal 114.75 pounds in the official weigh-in held at American Bank Center Friday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Read Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Just like in their stare down Thursday, Gonzalez provided some anxious moments when he moved too close and threw a piercing look at Ancajas, who did not blink.Tension vanished just as quickly when Gonzalez offered a handshake, then patted Ancajas at the back.Gonzalez’s actuations were not all for show, according to Ancajas, as he could see and feel the Mexican’s determination to wrest the crown he took from Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo in Taguig in 2016.“But I won’t let him have it,” said Ancajas, who dreams of being recognized as a great Filipino champion like Pacquiao, the late Flash Elorde and Pancho Villa. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Trainer Joven Jimenez says Jerwin Ancajas will put on a show Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak READ: Ancajas steals limelight from main boutSo confident was Ancajas that he’s going to be cleared for his fourth defense of the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown that he did not even look at the registered figure, leaving it to MP Promotions representative Joe Ramos and matchmaker Sean Gibbons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe smiled and waved at the group of Filipinos in attendance, before leaving the makeshift stage to have his first meal for the day—three hard boiled eggs washed down with warm water.His opponent, Israel Gonzalez came in lighter at 114, a pound under the limit, and was also cheered on by fellow Mexicans. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMira Costa went into Friday night’s nonleague contest hoping to gain momentum going into next week’s Bay League opener. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Newport Harbor and running back Danny Miller had other ideas as the junior ran for 201 yards and a touchdown to lead the Sailors to a 39-30 nonleague victory at Newport Harbor. Newport Harbor quarterback Andrew McDonald passed for 180 yards and three touchdowns. “He’s a terrific runner,” Mira Costa coach Don Morrow said of Miller. “They have a very good quarterback and wide receiver. They are three good weapons. We knew that going in, but we just didn’t stop them when we needed to.” Mira Costa (2-3) got on the scoreboard first when senior quarterback Sean Kelly hit Jon-Mikal Personius for a 34-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter. NONLEAGUE: Mira Costa fails to slow down Newport Harbor. By David Rice CORRESPONDENT Early in the second quarter after Newport Harbor had cut the Mustangs lead to 7-6, Kelly scored on a 4-yard quarterback draw to give Mira Costa a 14-6 lead. But Newport Harbor (4-1) scored on two straight possessions with McDonald finding Henry Pyle for a an 8-yard touchdown pass and J.B. Green on a 6-yard touchdown pass to give the Sailors a 20-14 lead. With Newport Harbor leading 20-17 midway through the third quarter, Kelly capped an 80-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard sneak to give the Mustangs the lead, 24-20. “Our offense played well tonight, especially our passing,” said Kelly, who threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 80 yards and two more scores. “This nonleague schedule helped us to get ready for the real season – league play.” With Newport Harbor leading, 31-24, with just more than seven minutes to play in the game and Mira Costa driving, Kelly attempted an option pitch to running back Adrien Dotson. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Dotson did not catch the pitch and Newport Harbor recovered on the Mustangs’ 48-yard line. Two plays later, McDonald gave Newport Harbor a 15-point cushion when he hooked up with Green for a 37-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion gave the Sailors a 39-24 lead with 7:42 remaining. Mira Costa drove down the field, scoring with four minutes remaining on Kelly’s second touchdown pass – a 6-yard strike to junior Michael Tam to pull the Mustangs within 39-30. Mira Costa elected to go for a two-point conversion, but Dotson was stopped short of the goal line on a run to clinch the win for Newport Harbor. “We couldn’t afford to turn the ball over tonight as every possession was important in the game,” Morrow said. “After we scored the last touchdown, we decided to go for two because had to at least once to have a chance.” Next week Mira Costa plays defending Bay League champion West Torrance in their league opener.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Group 2Naomh Conaill finish with 100% recordArdara 1-08Naomh Conaill 2-11 Already through the to the quarter-finals following convincing wins over Dungloe and St Eunan’s, Naomh Conaill completed their group campaign with a 100% record with a win against neighbours Ardara.The only real blot on the copybook for the N.Conaill men was a late red card for Leon Thompson, but despite going ahead early with a Conor Classon goal, Ardara never really had what it took to get them over the line.Goals from John O’Malley and a second half strike from Daragh Gallagher helped the Glenties men to victory with six points to spare.CHAMPIONSHIP: NAOMH CONAILL FINISH WITH 100% RECORD was last modified: August 30th, 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:ArdaraNaomh Conaill
talkSPORT.com round-up all the top gossip from Tuesday’s papers and online… Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Matic plays every match he is fit for Chelsea are set to pay Antonio Conte a rumoured £11million as their former managed has decided to wait until next summer before taking a new job. (Mirror)West Ham hope to sign Samir Nasri, as well as ‘another important Premier League player’, who remains unnamed. (France Football, via Sport Witness)Nasri underwent a medical with the Hammers on Monday ahead of sealing a move to the London Stadium. (Evening Standard)Santiago Solari will sign a contract to become Real Madrid’s manager until the end of next season having impressed in his short spell as caretaker. (Marca) BEST OF Solari will pen a deal until June 2020 Juventus are willing to offer Man United their choice of three players in order to get Paul PogbaAthletic Bilbao, Roma and Atletico Madrid are all vying to land Man United’s Ander HerreraArsenal have been joined by Sevilla and Valladolid in the race for Roma striker Patrik SchickBesiktas are hoping to sign Loris Karius on a permanent deal, according to president Fikret Orman Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Latest Football News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 4 Manchester United are believed to be interested in signing Jerome Boateng, Bayern Munich’s Germany international. There is reportedly a 70 per cent chance the defender will seal a transfer away from the Allianz Arena. (Bild)Red Devils chiefs are also considering sacking manager Jose Mourinho if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League by finishing inside the top four. Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham coach, has been lined up to replace Mourinho. (Sun)Mourinho has frustrated some members of his squad by continually selecting Nemanja Matic despite his poor form. Matic played under Mourinho at Chelsea, and some players feel the Serbia international is untouchable. (Times) Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE Guardiola has been a huge success at Man City Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice Arsenal’s 17-year-old midfielder Ben Cottrell is being tracked by Borussia Dortmund and Marseille. (Sun)Kevin De Bruyne has been tipped to return earlier that expected from a knee injury, with the Belgium international set to be ready for December 4’s trip to Watford. (Guardian)Newcastle are pushing hard to sign Yacine Brahimi, the Algeria winger, who currently plays for Porto. (El Gol Digital)A Football Association plan means Premier League clubs would need at least halve their 25-man squads made up of homegrown players. (Times) REVEALED shining RANKED 4 huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories…EXCLUSIVE: Vinnie Jones compares passion at Bellew vs Usyk to lack of passion in Manchester derbyEXCLUSIVE: Shaun Goater on Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – On Sterling’s showboating against UnitedEXCLUSIVE: Olly Murs says Man United missed Pogba in Manchester derbyEXCLUSIVE: Danny Murphy says Pep Guardiola would have been great as Manchester United boss 4 REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Galaxy coach Steve Sampson said he already can tell a major change in the 27-year-old’s demeanor. “When he’s happy with himself and he’s contributing,” Sampson said, “it’s only going to help his confidence.” It also will help the Galaxy, the 2001 Open Cup winners who will take on a team that beat them 1-0 in last year’s quarterfinals. Minnesota has eliminated three Major League Soccer teams in this year’s competition — Real Salt Lake, Colorado and defending Cup champion Kansas City — and is attempting to become the first non-MLS team since Rochester in 1999 to win the Cup. Ramirez said the importance of tonight’s game has not been lost on the players or coaches this week. “This team has really had an up-and-down season,” he said, “and we understand that. To put ourselves in position where we are right now, on a high note, and continue to play at a high level and compete for a spot in the final is a big motivator for us right now.” Kickoff is at 8. “Now I have much more confidence,” he said after practice this week. “I’ll play differently on the field. Thankfully, this goal did come and hopefully, many more are on their way.” “We’ve had excuses for part of the year, but we don’t have excuses now,” Landon Donovan remarked. “This is a game we need to win, period.” Sampson said the Galaxy has plenty of respect for the Thunder, which plays in the United Soccer League’s first division. “I’ll tell you how much we respect them,” he said. “We’re going to field our very best team, and we know we have to put forth a very good effort. That’s how serious we’re taking this. Minnesota, on any given day, can beat any MLS team. “We know that. We just don’t want it to happen on Wednesday.” — Larry Morgan can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272, or by e-mail at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CARSON — Galaxy midfielder Guillermo Ramirez goes by the nickname “Pando,” which roughly translates into “Bow-legged.” Former Los Angeles standout Mauricio Cienfuegos, however, said it’s more like “bad luck” in nearby El Salvador. That could help explain Ramirez’s fortunes this season until last Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rapids. Ramirez, the captain of the Guatemalan national team, had just one assist in 19 previous games before he converted a penalty kick to close out the scoring in a 4-1 victory over the Rapids. It’s understandable, then, that Ramirez feels good about himself heading into tonight’s U.S. Open Cup semifinal match against the Minnesota Thunder at Home Depot Center.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Kellogg and Asbury are scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 27. William Hoffman, a former store clerk, was sentenced in October 1999 to life in prison without parole, plus 10 years, for using a claw hammer and a gun to ambush and murder Cowles on Aug. 12, 1997. Prosecutors have said that Hoffman was solicited by Preasmyer and conspired with Preasmyer, Kellogg and Asbury to commit the crime, therefore making them all principals in the murder. At the time of Hoffman’s trial, prosecutors couldn’t establish a clear motive for the killing. Hoffman did not know Cowles, a young electrician who worked for his family’s business, and officials said at the time that he may have been persuaded by someone else to kill Cowles. Witnesses testified during the trial that Hoffman told them he killed Cowles for Cowles’ girlfriend, but she denied having anything to do with his death. LANCASTER – A 25-year-old woman who was 16 when her boyfriend was beaten and shot to death in their Lancaster apartment bedroom has been ordered to stand trial for his murder. A man already is serving a life sentence in prison for the 1997 slaying of 21-year-old electrician Ricky Cowles Jr., but prosecutors have filed murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges against Amy Preasmyer and two other people. Preasmyer had told investigators that she arrived home an hour after the murder and found the victim lying in their bedroom, shot in the head. Preasmyer; Jennifer Kellogg, 26, who lived with the Preasmyer and Cowles in the Gadsden Avenue apartment; and David Asbury, 27, have been charged in the case. Hoffman, who was arrested in April 1998, told several people within days of Cowles’ slaying that he had committed the crime, officials said. Those witnesses waited months before telling authorities. Cowles, who worked in his father’s electrical contracting business, did not know Hoffman, but the men had mutual friends, officials had said. Sheriff’s deputies said the killer was waiting for Cowles inside his apartment in the 43400 block of Gadsden Avenue. Cowles arrived shortly after 9 p.m., after working late fixing lights at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Family members and detectives said nothing inside the home had been touched or taken, and there was no obvious sign of forced entry. With detectives stymied by a lack of cooperation of witnesses, the victim’s family offered a $10,000 reward to anyone giving information leading to the arrest of the killer. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Full Schedule Roster Story Links Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Bradley University 9/30/2017 – 7 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team rallied back to defeat the visiting Illinois State Redbirds, 3-2, at the Knapp Center Friday, Sept. 29, evening. The win was the Bulldogs’ seventh-straight and opens up a 3-0 start to Missouri Valley Conference play for the first time since 1996.Drake (14-3, 3-0 MVC) prevailed by set scores of 25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 24-26, 15-13. The Bulldogs’ balanced attack was led by three hitters with double-figure kills including senior Kyla Inderski’s (Urbandale, Iowa) team-high 15 kills on 45 attempts. She also chipped in 17 digs for her sixth-straight double-double. Junior Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) also added a double-double with 11 kills and 19 digs while freshman Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) added 10 kills on 33 attempts. Setter Paige Aspinwall (Maple Grove, Minn.) guided the offense with 33 assists and also added 11 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.Defensively, Kylee Macke (Ankeny, Iowa) led the digs column with 30 and Natalie Fry (Allen, Texas) had a career-high seven blocks.Illinois State (9-8, 2-2 MVC) was led by a game-high 23 kills from three-time first team All-MVC honoree Jaelyn Keene. Setter Stef Jankiewicz posted 55 assists while Courtney Pence had 42 digs.Drake started to pull away in the middle of the first set and were able to build a comfortable lead for the rest of the way to earn the 25-19 win. Cathryn Cheek had five kills and five digs, leading the team in both categories for the first set.The second set was all Redbirds early before the Bulldogs took a timeout trailing, 18-15. Drake came out of the timeout on fire, closing out the set on a 10-4 run to take the set, 25-22. The third set was back and forth for the majority of the set, but the Redbirds went on an 8-2 run in the middle of the set to build a small cushion. That deficit became too large for Drake to overcome, as ISU took the set 20-25 despite a late Drake push.In the fourth set, Drake got hot late and went on an 8-3 run to take the lead at 23-20 with Inderski racking up six kills. However, Illinois State answered by winning six of the last seven points and taking the set, 26-24, to force a fifth set.Illinois State led most of the final set, but the Bulldogs were never out of it. After trailing by as many as three, Drake tied the set at 11-11 late in the set. Another lead change and tie ensued before Cheek buried a ball on the ISU side of the court to win the set, 15-13, and the match, 3-2.The Bulldogs continue their homestand Saturday afternoon when they host Bradley at the Knapp Center for a 7 p.m. match. Bradley is 0-4 in the MVC after falling in three sets at UNI Friday night. Box Score (HTML) The Valley on ESPN3 Watch Live Photos Gallery
15 February 2010 Decorated names that do not need a second mention hold various individual records for the Fifa World Cup. The legendary Pele holds the record for being part of a World Cup winning team: he collected three winner’s medal, in 1958, 1962 and 1970. Diego Maradona has the most World Cup appearances as captain, with a tally of 16 matches. Cameroon’s great striker, Roger Milla, remains the oldest man to have played in a World Cup: when he turned out for his country in 1994, he was 42 years and 39 days old. Thulani Ngcobo, who is on the terraces every time South African Premier Soccer League club Kaizer Chiefs plays, will seek to join these football luminaries in the Guiness Book of Records when Africa hosts its first Fifa World Cup in June and July. The 29-year-old has vowed to break the individual record for watching the most matches in a single tournament after winning a competition held by Fifa partner MTN, which was looking for South Africa’s number one fan.‘One in a lifetime opportunity’ “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and I am very confident of succeeding in being the best fan of not only this historic World Cup but also in the world,” said Ngcobo, who will be going to 38 matches during the World Cup as the winner of the competition. Ngcobo said he will be out to better the present world record of 20 games, and gave an insight into his calculated schedule. “I have lined up 38 games that will begin with the opening match when Bafana Bafana play Mexico and end with the final on 11 July.” The South Africa Kaizer Chiefs supporter views the opportunity to break the world record as the second biggest development in his lifetime romance with football. “Nothing can beat the day South Africa won the right to host this World Cup, not even this competition. It was not only a victory for my country but for the whole African continent, and I remember celebrating like there was no tomorrow when we won the 2010 bid. “We are a poor continent, and most of us football fans would have died without attending a World Cup match. However, with it here, we can show off our love for this great game while we also get the opportunity to see the best football talents in the world showcase their skills,” said Ngcobo.2010 benefits ‘already visible’ The Tshwane/Pretoria-based fan points out that the World Cup benefits in his country are already visible. “Our road networks and airports have undergone a major facelift. A lot of job opportunities have been created for our people.” However, his face beams when he talks about the football facilities that have been built in preparation for the international football feast. “We will have enough football pitches for our football matches. Nothing irritates me more than being told that a match has been postponed or shifted to make way for rugby. I specifically remember some time ago, when the Telkom Cup final was moved at the last minute from Ellis Park [in Johanneburg] to Mafikeng because the venue had been taken over by a rugby match. Those days are now gone.” Ngcobo, who claims to watch as many as four matches per week, believes eclipsing the 20-match record would be a stroll in the park. “My sponsors have arranged two matches per day, which is really easy to achieve, given that logistics such as transport and accommodation have also been well planned and are also sponsored.”Rewriting the history books With that taken care of, he intends to enjoy all his matches, and has already picked his favourites. “The opening game will obviously be very emotional for me. I cannot wait to see the spectacular opening ceremony and cheer on Bafana Bafana as they kick off the tournament against Mexico. Like me, they will also re-write the history books in that moment. “The final will be even more special as I will also be celebrating fulfilling this challenge at the magnificent Soccer City Stadium.” Besides, the opening game, Ngcobo highlighted the exciting prospect of watching Brazil, Italy, France, Spain and Cote d’Ivoire in action. “A few years back, I could only dream of seeing players like Lionel Messi, Kaka, Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Ronaldo kick a soccer ball.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee