Women’s water polo falls to UCLA

first_imgIt was a rough Saturday in Westwood for the USC women’s water polo team, as the No. 3 Women of Troy couldn’t find their scoring touch and fell to No. 2 UCLA by a score of 9-5 in both teams’ regular-season finale.Like most matches between these two crosstown rivals, the energy and atmosphere was unlike any normal regular-season game.Not only were there bragging rights on the line, but it was also UCLA’s Senior Day, and Bruin fans came out in full force to pack Spieker Aquatics Center. The Women of Troy (21-3, 4-2 MPSF) were ready to play spoiler in Westwood, but the excitement of the game was soon gone after the Bruins (21-2, 5-1 MPSF) scored the first goal of the game and held onto that lead for the rest of the afternoon.Scoring woes and missed opportunities for USC, plus timely goals by the Bruins, would ultimately cost the Women of Troy the game, as they fell into an early deficit by halftime and were never able to fully recover.The five goals scored against the Bruins were USC’s second lowest scoring output this season, the lowest being the 5-3 loss to UCLA at the UC Irvine Invitational back in February. Scoring typically hasn’t been a problem for the Women of Troy this season though, as USC leads the MPSF in offense with 17.57 goals per game while also managing to outscore opponents by a whopping 409-111 margin.Head coach Jovan Vavic notes that his team could be deadly when they are clicking on offense, but against UCLA, that scoring prowess was fleeting.“We have been very, very good scoring-wise against a very good defensive team like [No. 1-ranked] Stanford where we scored nine goals in regulation, and against any other opponent, we have been in double digits,” Vavic said. “Cal kept us at less than 10 goals and UCLA too, but against every other opponent, we’ve scored 10 goals or more. We know we can be the most dangerous team in the country.”USC, however, just couldn’t find the back of the net on Saturday, scoring just one goal in the first frame, none in the second, three in the third and just one in the fourth.From the start, the Bruins came out of the gates hot, as UCLA’s Kodi Hill scored 33 seconds into the game. Four minutes later, a 6-on-5 goal by Alys Williams pushed the Bruin lead to 2-0 before senior driver Monica Vavic notched goal of her own to end the first frame with a 2-1 score in favor of the Bruins.UCLA would then add two more goals in the second frame while blanking USC, taking a 4-1 lead into halftime.The Women of Troy would make it interesting in the third frame, as freshman utility Hayley McKelvey scored once, and Vavic added another 6-on-5 goal to cut the deficit to one. Just as the Women of Troy came close, however, another goal was on the board for UCLA, and the Bruins held the score to 5-4 going into the final frame.Despite the comeback efforts by the Women of Troy, the fourth period was ultimately all about UCLA, as they would outscore USC by a 4-1 margin.A goal by Mackenzie Barr and another by Hill in the opening minutes pushed the Bruin lead back up to three before Vavic converted a five-meter penalty shot that was earned thanks to junior                           two-meter player Jayde Appel with two minutes left on the clock. But that was the closest USC would get, as UCLA would manage to score two more goals before the whistle blew to end the game with a 9-5 win.UCLA was led by attacker Rachel Fattal, who scored four of her team’s nine goals, and goalie Sami Hall, who recorded eight saves on the day. The Women of Troy were led offensively by Vavic’s three goals, while McKelvey and sophomore driver Stephania Haralabidis added one goal apiece. Freshman goalie Victória Chamorro was once again steady in the cage for USC, tallying 11 saves on the day. Chamorro deflected a number of 6-on-5 scoring opportunities and five-meter shots for the Bruins throughout the game, but ultimately, the high-powered UCLA offense was too much for the Women of Troy to handle.The lone bright spots for USC on Saturday were the performances by Chamorro and Vavic.The Brazilian goalie’s 11 big saves in the cage was good enough for game-high honors, while the All-American first-team driver Vavic moved up the ranks in MPSF history for career goals scored.Her 88 goals on the year is already second-most ever in a single season at USC, while her hat trick against the Bruins upped her total to 279 career goals, giving her sole possession of No. 2 all-time in MPSF scoring history.With anywhere between two and six games left in the season depending on conference and NCAA tournament results, Vavic needs just eight more goals to surpass current record-holder Molly Smith of Pacific, who recorded 286 career goals between 1997-2000.Despite the loss, Vavic still thinks his team can make a strong push when they head into the MPSF Tournament next weekend.“Our team still has better chemistry this year compared to last year, I think. Winning a close game against Cal, and also being down to Stanford at home by three goals and then coming back to tie that game, those are the signs of a team that doesn’t quit,” Vavic said.USC must now prepare for the upcoming MPSF Championships this weekend in Tempe, Arizona, where the Women of Troy have earned the No. 3 seed. USC will face off against No. 6 San Jose State Friday at 12:30 p.m. MST.last_img read more

Celebrate Haitian Heritage Month In South Florida

first_imgMay is all about celebrating Haiti across the US and South Florida. There are a number of activities you can participate in during this Haitian Heritage Month.Here is a list of events in South Florida::May 1-31stLakou Lakay art exhibit at North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132nd St., North Miami. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9:30 a.m– 5p.m. Friday and Saturday; Closed Sundays. Free.May 10thHaitian Heritage Day Celebration, 6 to 8 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr.May 11thScreening of “Kafou,” a dark-comedy with English subtitles directed by Haitian filmmaker Bruno Mourral, 7 p.m. at the Overtown Performing Arts Center, 1074 NW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33136. $5 for Overtown residents and $13 for general admission.Black Lounge Film Series Screening of “Liberty in a Soup” 4-5:30 p.m. at Culmer Overtown Braqnch Library, 350 NW 13th St. Free. RSVP here. SPICE IT UP! Miami Haitian Heritage Month Celebration “Real Men Cook” 7 p.m. Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., Miami. Cost $50. RSVP at 305-492-7868 or EventBrite.Performance: Jamilah Sabur “Beneath the rivers, there are no borders,” 8 p.m. Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr.May 12thTap Tap Unveiling, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., MiamiMay 13thJoël and Mushy Widmaier in concert, 6 to 9 p.m., Amaturo Theater at Broward Performing Arts Center, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets $23.58 – 35.00, available at Ticketmaster or Broward Center.May 16thPre-Compas Fest Unplugged, 7 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr. Cost $20. Call 855-736-7420 or EventBrite.May 17thA Conversation With…Diaspora Speaks, Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., Miami. FreeHaitian Compas Festival Kickoff Party featuring NuLook, Sweet Micky, T-Vice, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. $40. For more information call 305 945-8814.May 18thSounds of Little Haiti – Haitian Flag Day edition — featuring former Haiti President Michel Martelly, aka “Sweet Micky” 6 p. m. Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., MiamiYouth art competition: Forever 1804, presented by Kultural Kontractors, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Little Haiti Cultural Complex visual arts building, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami.Afrikin 2018| art, culture and fashion, 6 to 11:45 p.m., 144O Biscayne Blvd., Miami.Haitian Compas Festival All Black Affair featuring Nulook, Djakout  #1, Harmonik, KAI, and Mikaben, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. $40. For more information call 305 945-8814.May 20thHaitian Compas Festival All White Affair After Party featuring Kreyola, Vayb, Djakout #1, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. $40. For more information call 305 945-8814May 21stHaitian Compas Festival Official After Party featuring Roody Roodboy, 5Lan, Harmonik, Kai, DJ TonyMix, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. Pembroke Pines $40May 25thPoetic Lakay, 7 to 11 p.m., Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., Miami.Best Nation Ayiti, 9 a.m. to noon. Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami.May 26thAnniversary of the official naming of Little Haiti and Caribbean Market Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Caribbean Marketplace and Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 5925 NE Second Ave. Miami.May 28thThe Haitian Compas Festival sponsors a Mass in memory of departed Haitian musicians at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame d’Haiti Catholic Church, 110 NE 62nd St. Miami.May 30thLittle Haiti Senior Day, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr.May 31stLakou Lakay: In My Own Backyard – Mother’s Day edition. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd.Haitian History Bee finale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stephen P. Clark, 111 NW First St., Miami.last_img read more

European Leaders Warn COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Be Close

first_img“I said we would throw everything we could at finding a vaccine,” Johnson wrote in The Mail on Sunday newspaper. “There remains a very long way to go, and I must be frank that a vaccine might not come to fruition.”Johnson added that Britain is taking “baby steps” toward reopening, “trying to do something that has never had to be done before — moving the country out of a full lockdown.”“Despite these efforts, we have to acknowledge we may need to live with this virus for some time to come,” Johnson cautioned.He said the U.K. needs to find new ways of controlling the coronavirus. Those methods include more testing for people with symptoms, as well as tracing the contacts of infected people.Coronavirus has infected over 4.6 million people and killed more than 312,000 worldwide to date, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has reported nearly 89,000 dead in the pandemic and Europe has seen at least 160,000 deaths. Two major European leaders have issued warnings to their citizens that the world needs to adjust to life with the coronavirus, and that people cannot wait to be saved by a yet-to-be-developed vaccine.Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the comments over the weekend.With 36 million newly unemployed people just in the United States, economic pressures are building to reopen and return to some sense of normalcy, even with the risk of new waves of infections and deaths.Conte is allowing restaurants, bars and beach facilities in Italy to open Monday, the same day that church services will be allowed to resume and shops can reopen.″We are facing a calculated risk, in the awareness … that the epidemiological curve could go back up,” Conte said late Saturday. “We are confronting this risk, and we need to accept it, otherwise we would never be able to relaunch.”He added that Italy could “not afford” to wait for a vaccine, as health experts believe one could still be months or even years away.“We would find ourselves with our social and productive fabric heavily damaged,” Conte said.For his part, Britain’s Johnson, who was hospitalized last month with COVID-19, told his citizens on Sunday that there is a possibility that a vaccine may not be developed at all.last_img read more

LU’s Ashworth, NSU’s Williams, SHSU’s Krueger Garner Weekly Soccer Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Haylee Hulse, Central Arkansas; Caitlyn McDonald, Sam Houston State; Juana Plata, Lamar; Shayla Spearman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Honorable Mention: Brooke Hanson, UIW; Emma Hawkins, Central Arkansas. Offensive Player of the Week: Lucy Ashworth, Lamar – Jr. – Forward – Manchester, EnglandThe league leader in points (41), Ashworth found the back of the net twice in a shootout win over ACU that saw seven goals scored in the final third of the match and three in the final nine minutes. She tied the match in the 70th minute with her first goal and scored the game-winner in the 89th minute before assisting on the final score 41 seconds later. Ashworth carried that momentum into Sunday’s win, netting the opening goal in the 17th minute against UIW. Honorable Mention: Clara Bornet, Central Arkansas; Kyleigh Hall, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Allyson Halliday, Stephen F. Austin. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Lucy Ashworth, Northwestern State’s Kalee Williams and Sam Houston State’s Tatum Krueger are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Williams, a sophomore defender, earns her first Defensive Player of the Week award after clocking 111 minutes on the back line in a 1-1 week for the Demons (8-7-1, 5-2-1 SLC), who clinched a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament with a 3-1 win over Houston Baptist on Sunday. NSU hits the road for the final time to take on Nicholls at 4 p.m. Friday before a 1 p.m. showdown with Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday. Ashworth picks up her third Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season after tallying three goals and an assist to lead the first-place Cardinals (10-6, 7-1 SLC) to a pair of thrilling victories over in-state foes Abilene Christian and UIW last weekend that clinched a conference tournament berth. LU looks to maintain its six-match winning streak in the final roadtrip of the season at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Friday and versus Houston Baptist at 1 p.m. Sunday. Goalkeeper of the Week: Tatum Krueger, Sam Houston State – Fr. – Goalkeeper – Mansfield, TexasKrueger logged all 180 minutes in goal, stopping Nicholls’ only attempt on goal and stopping all four of Southeastern Louisiana’s shots on frame as the Bearkats outscored their opponents 8-0 on the weekend. She has not allowed a goal in 219 minutes going back to the first of their three-straight wins on Oct. 13 against McNeese. Defensive Player of the Week: Kalee Williams, Northwestern State – So. – Defender – Frisco, TexasWilliams and the Demons’ defense did all they could in a tight loss to A&M-Corpus Christi, limiting the Islanders to just three shots and one on goal – the lone goal of the match. NSU capped off the weekend with a 3-1 win, holding the Huskies to just nine shots and three on frame, and Williams scored the Demons’ first goal in the 14th minute. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Needing a pair of wins and some help to secure a return to the Southland Conference Tournament, the Bearkats (7-7-1, 5-2-1 SLC) did just that thanks to Krueger’s excellent net-minding. The freshman from Mansfield, Texas, claims her first Goalkeeper of the Week honor after recording a pair of clean sheets against Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls. SHSU faces a tough roadtrip that includes a 5 p.m. match at UIW on Friday and a 1 p.m. start at Abilene Christian on Sunday.last_img read more

Urey Senses Plot to Frustrate 2017 Elections

first_imgBusinessman turned politician, Benoni Urey has described as a “calculated attempt” the ongoing so-called political tension in Monrovia to thwart the upcoming 2017 presidential and general elections. The All Liberian Party political leader said the recent trend of events, evoked by the mysterious death of former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC), Harry A. Greaves, Jr., makes one to believe that there are plans to avert the 2017 elections.Since the lifeless body of Mr. Greaves was discovered on the beach at the back of the old Planning Ministry, several persons have called for a thorough investigation into circumstances that led to Mr. Greaves’ death.Mr. Urey observed that the ongoing situations are being created to present a state of insecurity so that the 2017 elections would not be held.“I think people want to cause confusion that we do not go to elections in 2017. And we must go to elections. We demand that the electoral process be free, fair and transparent so that the people’s rights will be respected,” Urey told reporters at the RIA where he had gone to received some guests from the United States.He said no one can stop the holding of the elections, “because Liberians are anxiously waiting that period to get the desired changes they need.” The ALP leader has meanwhile frowned at what he termed as the use of “excessive force” allegedly by the Liberia National Police (LNP) during recent street protests in demand of the release of activist Vandalark Patricks. He also called on both the police and leaders of the protestors to exercise restraint, adding, “We must all be careful, tolerant and remember that where one person’s rights stop, is where another person’s rights begin. I will also talk to our people to be a little bit calm and orderly.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Harambee Stars go designer for ‘Cairo look’

first_img0Shares0000The Harambee Stars consignment of outfits for the African Cup of Nations arrive at the team’s base in Marcoussis, Paris.PARIS, France, June 14 – Harambee Stars will not land in Cairo in your usual tracksuit or jersey and shorts, but have gone for a clean French look for their sojourn to the land of the pyramids ahead of next week’s African Cup of Nations.Stars have picked up a smart-casual outfit from renowned French designer Emannuelle Khan which they will don on their way to Egypt next week Wednesday. According to Wikipedia, Emmanuelle Khanh (12 September 1937 – 17 February 2017) was a French fashion designer, stylist and former model.  She was particularly known for her distinctive outsize eyewear, and was considered one of the leading young designers of the 1960s.Harambee Stars defender Philemon Otieno poses with his Emmanuelle Khahn suit after picking it up from the deliveryThe consignment arrived at the team’s training base at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on Thursday night. The entire team, from the players, members of staff and members of the delegation will all drape in the outfit.It includes a white shirt, beige khaki pants and a navy blue coat. The outfit will be officially unveiled to the whole world on Wednesday morning, when the team departs for Cairo.“This is something great, I think we will look awesome,” said defender Musa Mohammed, with a huge chuckle on his face.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea sign £22m star ahead of Man United plus four more done deals for the Blues to sort before deadline day

first_img 3. Axel Witsel: Another central midfielder to provide more protection to the defence? – Witsel sitting next to Nemanja Matic in the middle would allow for Cesc Fabregas to attack more, providing those crucial assists and weighing in with goals, too. Considering Ramires is being linked with Juventus, a move for Zenit man Witsel (above, centre) does not seem so outlandish. The Chelsea defence would also be greatly improved as it may even allow Kurt Zouma to move into central defence to play alongside either Stones, Terry or Cahill. Italian club Milan have been linked with Witsel, however. 4. John Stones: The manager wants to strengthen his defence and the Everton man is a top target – It looks like Chelsea target Antonio Rudiger will join Roma instead of the Blues, but Mourinho appears set on improving his defence and has been open about his pursuit of Stones. The club are expected to offer Everton as much as £35m for the 21-year-old centre-back. 5 5 Chelsea are sorted in the goalkeeper and striker departments.However, some fans believe the club need more reinforcements in defence and in attack.POLL: IS JOHN TERRY’S FORM ON A SLIDE IT WON’T RECOVER FROM?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see five players who would be welcome with open arms at Chelsea.Have we missed anyone out? Which player would you like to see become a Blue? 5 5 5 1. Ross Barkley: The attacking midfielder to appease fans? – Barkley has begun the season in great form, but given Everton are likely to sell John Stones, it seems highly unlikely they will also let 21-year-old midfielder Barkley follow. Some Chelsea fans feel the club need another attacking midfielder and just rely on Eden Hazard. Barkley has said previously he enjoys playing behind the striker, taking opponents on, creating and having shots. Is he the right player to fill that hole? 2. Paul Pogba: Expensive, but a superb midfielder in both attack and defence – His would be an expensive transfer, but Chelsea are one of the few clubs able to afford Pogba. The Juve man is one of the most highly-rated central midfielder and his club have been open in claiming a huge offer would leave them with no choice but to sell the 22-year-old France international. 5. Pedro: Barcelona forward has many qualities and goals are one of them – to find out who Chelsea can sign next, click the arrow above – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is believed to want reinforcements, something many fans would agree with. Another defender, midfielder and a quality attacker are reportedly priority signings, so here, talkSPORT looks at possible additions, beginning with Pedro, who looks like signing for Chelsea ahead of Manchester United. last_img read more

DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LIMITED TO HOST INDOOR CAR-BOOT SALE

first_imgDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) is considering running two of the following courses to be part funded by the ETB: Calligraphy with Janet Deane, Carpentry: Turning old pallets into something useful, Interior Decorating/Upcycling, Creel-making or First Aid.Please contact the DCL office on 074 9737678 if you would like to show interest – we will run with the two most popular courses from this list.DCL Walking Group will be meeting Tuesday mornings at the Dunkineely Community Ltd offices/the Manse every Tuesday morning at 10am for a leisurely 40 minute stroll or 30 minute fast walk followed by a cuppa for those that want to. Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) Indoor Car-boot Sale is on Bank Holiday Monday 27th October at 10am in Dunkineely Community Centre.Why not come along and get a bargain at a great Community event.Stalls ranging from Bric-a-brac/Furniture/Books/Clothes/Household or your own creations!Stalls cost €10. Anyone wanting to book a stall please contact the DCL office on 074 9737678. Tables must be provided by the stall holder. Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page). DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LIMITED TO HOST INDOOR CAR-BOOT SALE was last modified: October 7th, 2014 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:DD LocalDD NoticeDunkineelyFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

PARENTS SET TO TAKE TO THE STREETS OVER SNA CUTS AS DONEGAL TD DEMANDS ACTION

first_imgThe Special Needs Parents Association is calling all parents to attend demonstrations on Wednesday at Market Square in Letterkenny as a local TD called on government representatives to oppose cuts.Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue is calling on the government TDs in Donegal and across the country to oppose a further 12% cut in education supports for children with special needs.The Dáil will debate a Fianna Fáil motion over the next two days, calling on the government to reverse what it describes as a ‘deeply damaging cut that will hit every school in the country in September’. Deputy McConalogue explained: “All Deputies have the opportunity to do the right this week and put a stop to the direct targeting of children with special needs for further cuts in September.“This motion deplores the 12% cut in resource teaching hours announced last week – a cut that will hit more than 42,500 students with special education needs. The cut directly contradicts the government’s decision to match the increase in pupil numbers with an increase in mainstream teachers in September. We believe that it is unfair and unreasonable that children with special needs are not being given the same treatment.”The Fianna Fáil motion calls for a corresponding increase in resource teaching hours and Special Needs Assistants to cater for the increase in the school population in September.It calls on the government to lift the cap on resource teaching and SNAs to ensure that every child with special needs receives at least the same level of support that they received this year. It also calls on the government to set a strict timeframe for the full implementation of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act and to provide a proper and coordinated framework for the inclusion of all pupils in suitable education settings.Deputy McConalogue added: “This erosion of special education must stop. I am appealing to all TDs to stand up for local schools and stand up for the most vulnerable children within the school system. Support this motion and ensure that no child with special needs suffers yet another reduction in support when schools resume in September.” PARENTS SET TO TAKE TO THE STREETS OVER SNA CUTS AS DONEGAL TD DEMANDS ACTION was last modified: June 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PARENTS SET TO TAKE TO THE STREETS OVER SNA CUTS AS DONEGAL TD DEMANDS ACTIONlast_img read more

Bengo, Ikara on verge of joining KCCA FC

first_imgSteven Bengo during his first spell at KCCA FC. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–After two-time defending champions KCCA FC confirmed that their trio of defender Isaac Muleme, goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan and striker Derrick Nsibambi will be leaving the Lugogo based side this January, the hunt for new recruitments is in full gear.Reliable sources indicate that veteran midfielder Steven Bengo and youthful goalie Tom Ikara are poised to become the first signings for the Kasasiro Boys this transfer window.Bengo has been at Express FC for the first half of the season where he has failed to impress and is now a free agent after his short term deal with the Red Eagles expired.The former Bunamwaya and SC Villa playmaker has been training with KCCA and their coach Mike Mutebi confirmed that the club was interested in signing him in a short term deal.“I think Bengo will be playing for us come the second half of the season,” said Mike Mutebi when he was asked about Bengo.“Yes he is training with us and i can confirm that we are interested in signing him,” Mutebi added.The move makes a lot of sense as Bengo would be a direct replacement for departing Allan Katerega who is belived to have left the Kasasiro Boys after talks of signing a permanent contract broke down late last month.Kateregga who has not turned up for training with KCCA is belived to be headed for Czech republic where is will have trials at an unidentified club.Bengo was with KCCA till the end of the 2013/14 season and if the deal materializes, he will be playing for the Lugogo based side in his second spell.News from Jinja suggests that Kirinya JSS shot stopper Tom Ikara will also be joining KCCA January as replacement for Zambian heavyweights, Nkana Red Devils bound Benjamin Ochan.Ikara has been one of the stand out performers in the league for the last one and half years and would surely add value to the team.He has also featured prominently in the National team’s set up of late and was also one of three goalkeepers who represented the country at the just concluded CECAFA Senior challenge cup in Kenya.With KCCA number Charles Lukwago also in fine form since the start of this season, it will be an interesting battle between him and Ikara for the number one Jersey at Lugogo.Former SC Villa midfielder Alex Kizza is also training with KCCA FC at the moment but it remains to be known whether the league and cup double winners I last season will be signing him.Commentslast_img read more