MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “From here on, we’re going to play the tough teams so every experience that we could get is very important,” said Robinson after the Pirates secured a postseason berth for the first time with a 94-83 win over Perpetual Help on Thursday.Letran seeks to move up to solo third when it clashes with another Final Four contender, San Sebastian, in the first game at 2 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Knights have nailed back-to-back wins after a three-game slide to climb back into contention.And with the Jose Rizal U Bombers slumping, the Knights have a golden opportunity to consolidate their place in the next round.Letran coach Jeff Napa’s wards are coming off an 88-79 win over Mapua last week. But San Sebastian is also in fiery form, having beaten St. Benilde, 73-61, also last week. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody “Our game is slowly picking up after some soul-searching,” said Napa. “We’re ready to achieve our goals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Wednesday Group, Dreamchaser rule inaugural PBS OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Riding high on a 13-game winning run, Lyceum coach Topex Robinson knows it will only get tougher from hereon for the Pirates in NCAA Season 93.The Pirates, who clinched a Final Four berth last week, try to move closer to an elimination-round sweep when they clash with the desperate Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 View comments
Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West The quest to begin repairing the damage wrought by the brawl between the Philippines and Australia during their World Cup qualifying match on July 2 began almost immediately after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held a press conference Thursday to announce the fines and sanctions slapped by the international basketball federation (Fiba) on both countries.ADVERTISEMENT Panlilio, though, is confident that the game against Qatar can still be broadcast on various platforms so fans can still watch from their homes.“The logistics and the rest, Fiba said they will work with us on how to execute that,” he said. With report from Celest Flores-ColinaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With coach Chot Reyes and naturalized center Andray Blatche out of the roster for a varying number of games and several key players also suspended, Gilas Pilipinas will be hard-pressed to come up with a competitive squad when it faces Qatar at the start of the second round of qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup.“Obviously, we have to replace [Blatche] and it’s going to be part of the assessment,” said SBP president Al Panlilio during Thursday’s press conference at the PLDT offices in Makati City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’San Miguel Beer rookie Christian Standhardinger is the only player eligible on standby to take Blatche’s place, even as the SBP scours its roster of coaches for a replacement for Reyes, who was slapped a one-game ban. Blatche was suspended three games for his role in the fracas.PBA commissioner Willie Marcial reiterated that the national team will have all 12 professional clubs as a pool when it tries to fill a roster that lost 10 players and two coaches. MOST READ View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ PH Agilas in US Pony baseball Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 “He is always here to help the national team and during unfortunate times like this, the league is willing to step up,” said Marcial.Aside from Reyes and Blatche (three games), Fiba also banned assistant coach Jong Uichico (three games), scrappy forward Calvin Abueva (six games), Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz and RR Pogoy (five games), Troy Rosario, Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo (three games) and Matthew Wright and Japeth Aguilar (one game).The Fiba ban does not include the PBA so the players can still suit up for their mother clubs.Reyes was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs (approximately P535,000). Fiba also fined the SBP 250,000 Swiss francs (approximately P13.4 million) and Basketball Australia 100,000 Swiss francs (approximately 5.35 million).Australia, meanwhile, will lose three players to suspensions: Daniel Kickert (five games), Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker (three games) and Chris Goulding (one game).ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Panlilio said the Gilas players and coaches will serve the suspension during the country’s succeeding home games on Sept. 17 against Qatar, Nov. 30 against Iran and Dec. 3 opposite Kazakhstan.“We could probably make an appeal on the fines and suspensions but first we want to clarify these facts with the Fiba,” said Panlilio, who was accompanied by SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, deputy executive Butch Antonio and legal counsel Aga Francisco.“It’s a learning process for all of us. My advice to them is to compete hard, but not violently. We play for the country to win,” said Panlilio, adding that the Philippine hosting of Fiba World Cup in 2023 was never mentioned in the decision.The referees who officiated the abbreviated match won by the Boomers, 89-53, were banned from any international competitions organized or recognized by Fiba for a period of one year.The Fiba also punished the SBP by directing Gilas Pilipinas to play its next home game (against Qatar) behind closed doors.Panlilio admitted that having to play without the country’s “sixth man” is going to be “painful.”“I think it’s driving a lesson to everybody that we could have (responded during the heated match) in a better way,” said Panlilio. “Of course, it’s painful [without the] people who want to watch us live, the fans who have always been our sixth man in all these competitions.”The Philippines has also been placed under probationary status by Fiba for two more home games for a period of three years.“If there is no untoward incident in the Qatar game, the next game will be held with the public in attendance. Any time there’s a similar incident—I hope to God (there is) nothing more—then they can put us in a closed door again. In the next three years, we better have no similar incident,” explained Barrios.Panlilio saw the probationary period as a chance for the country “to show that maybe this is just a blip in our basketball history.” Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team
Deputy Director of Prisons, Senior Superintendent Gladwin Samuels, has denied that he gave instructions forDeputy Director of Prisons, Senior Superintendent Gladwin Samuels testifying on Tuesdaythe doors to be locked at the prison cell at the March 3 riots which left 17 inmates dead. Taking the stand at Tuesday afternoon’s session of the Commission of Inquiry into the deadly Camp Street jail unrest, Samuels refuted the testimonies of many inmates stating that he in fact gave instructions to open the door after he discovered the fire in Capital A.“I went in the prison yard down the step and I instructed that the door be opened so that those persons who wish to come out can come out,” Samuels testified.Samuels also told the Commission of the instructions which he gave after ranks encountered difficulty in opening the door in Capital A block. Samuels stated that he instructed to have the door to Capital B opened so that prisoners who were in Capital A could have used the hole they created in the wall to go across to Capital B.He also told the Commission of tensions that existed between prisoners in Capital A and B.“There are several persons from Capital A who have problems with persons from Capital B… the prisoners in Capital B indicated that they were receiving threats from the prisoners in Capital A as it relates to them coming out. We left the door to Capital B open and the officers went downstairs. That was with the aim of removing any confrontation with the prisoners so that they had a free passage to come outside,” Samuels posited.Earlier in his testimony, Samuels explained that he and the Officer In charge of Camp Street Prison, Kelvin Pilgrim, heard a loud bang on the expanding mesh which was discovered to be “a large chunk of concrete” that was broken from the separation wall. He further explained that these bricks were what inmates used to pelt Joint Service members. These hostile actions had caused Firemen to exercise caution in their attempt to out the blaze. With regards to concerns over use of force, Samuels stated that the Guyana Prison Service does not use teargas smoke or tasers.The Deputy Director was then asked to demonstrate on a replica of the prison door. At this stage, Samuels denied that any plastic cork material was used to block the door.Samuels further noted that the news of the riots spread very quickly as media operatives were called even before he exited the prison.“What was quite surprising was that from the time the prisoners said to call Kaieteur News, I went to the front gate and briefed him on the matter and by the time I exited the prison, there were photographers flashing me who were attached to Kaieteur News,” Samuels recounted.The Deputy Director also told Commissioners that his life and that of his family has been affected as people have been pointing him out as being responsible for the events leading to the prisoner’s deaths.Many of the prisoners had laid the blame on Samuels, stating that he had given the instruction for the door to be locked. He was sent on leave to facilitate the Commission’s proceedings. At least 15 inmates lost their lives principally attributed the fire while the Guyana Fire Service investigation revealed that 2 of the inmates died from causes other than the fire.Samuels was of the view that many of inmates’ testimonies may be slanted due to fear of attacks from fellow prisoners. The Deputy Director of Prisons will resume his testimony at this morning session where cross-examination is slated to occur.
The attention of this newspaper is drawn to a story carried in the Tuesday March 5 edition under the headline, “Mysterious Death of Matthew Innis Leaves Heightened Suspicion of Foul play”. It calls into question the competence and trustworthiness of the Liberia National Police and more importantly whether his death was officially sanctioned.According to the story, the mysterious death of Central Bank official Matthew Innis in what is alleged as a hit and run accident has left more questions than answers and heightened suspicions of foul play.The story noted that the death of Mr. Innis bears a haunting familiarity to that of the mysterious death of former LPRC Managing Director, Harry Greaves. Recalling the events leading up to his death, Harry is said to have gone to the RLJ Hotel to meet someone allegedly following a call he received.Greaves left his driver waiting outside the hotel in his car. He never returned and was instead found dead a day later on a beach in Monrovia near the Executive Mansion. In the case of Matthew Innis, he is said to have left for work on Saturday which, according to family sources, was quite unusual as he was off from work on Saturdays.To the shocking surprise of his family, he was discovered dead by some residents who went banging on their doors in order to awaken them and alert them to the presence of their relative lying dead on the road side not far from his home.Quite strangely, his phone went unanswered to several calls placed by family members to ascertain the whereabouts of Innis. According to family sources, by the time they reached the spot where the body of Innis was reportedly sprawled on the ground, the body had already been removed by the Police and taken to the ELWA Hospital, where family members first encountered his lifeless body.It was reported that the alleged hit and run incident had occurred around 2:00 a.m. and much to the surprise of the family and neighbors, the Police had taken away the body even before the family could arrive at the scene.At this stage it remains unclear just who were the Police officers who arrived at the scene and took away the body. What is however clear that is there were breaches of procedure by the Police and such breaches could likely adversely impact the outcome of an investigation. According to standard operating police procedures in homicide investigations, the initial duty of the responding Police officer is to arrive at the scene safely, defuse any dangerous situations, provide medical assistance, apprehend any suspects, secure the crime scene, identify witnesses and call for immediate assistance. It should be remembered that delays in arrival may cause some crucial observations or witnesses to go undiscovered.Further, the responding officer should ensure that the crime scene is not disturbed and he/she should take time to absorb all the details of the scene and document all observations.Next, the officer should check on the location and condition of the victim and observe all or any persons or vehicles leaving the crime scene and establish the identity of all persons present.Time of arrival, weather and lighting conditions should all be observed and recorded. The officer should ensure that he or she takes note of what is present on the scene that should not be there as well as what should be at the scene but is not there. The officer should limit access to the crime scene of unauthorized persons.Also, it is very important to note that protection of the crime scene is very important. Moreover, nothing should be moved or touched unless it is absolutely necessary and the officer should cordon off the area and prohibit entry to anyone. The officer can use tape, rope, barricades or even vehicles to cordon off the area and have an officer stationed at the entrance.Against this backdrop of the information provided, the Daily Observer is constrained to ask just why the Police dismally failed to observe these basic principles and procedures of homicide investigations.Firstly the Police failed to secure the crime scene. Further it failed to protect the scene by cordoning it off and protecting it. Instead, the Police drove away Innis’ vehicle away from the crime scene even before the family arrived on the scene. Additionally the Police failed to identify witnesses who may have been present at the scene.But perhaps the most blatant transgression of principles and procedures of homicide investigation was when the Police virtually abandoned the crime scene purportedly to take the victim to hospital but never to return to the crime scene. The family of Matthew Innis, as well as the public, has expressed concerns that he was actually murdered rather than hit by a speeding vehicle.The family particularly notes that, had the victim been hit by a speeding vehicle the tell-tale signs of the impact would have been visibly present on the body of the deceased.To the contrary, family sources say they observed bruises and scratches around the neck of the victim including wounds on his forearm suggesting that it was a defensive wound sustained while warding off his attackers. Moreover, according to family sources, Matthew had expressed strong opposition to Finance Minister Tweah’s takeover of the infusion exercise whose handling the PIT report concluded bordered on criminal behavior.And the fact that he ended up dead under mysterious circumstances just when public pressure on Finance Minister for accountability has begun to mount, raises a huge cloud of suspicion that Matthew Innis was actually murdered in order to keep a lid on further potentially damaging disclosures.Whatever may be the case, the Daily Observer is off the view that successful prosecution of possible suspects involved has been greatly undermined by what appears to be the incompetent handling of the homicide investigation by the Police from its onset.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The RCMP has now confirmed reports, that a bear was sighted, struck by a vehicle and, evenutally put down, in Northeast Fort St. John last Thursday night. Constable Jackelynn Passarell says police got their first siting report, from the area of 88th Street and 118th Avenue… [asset|aid=487|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fb5d3093418ee12c7e61a9c4cf59d434-Passarell_2_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement – Constable Passarell was unable to confirm witness reports, the bear was a grizzly but she did confirm, one investigating officer said it appeared the bear was ill or, had been suffering from a previous injury.
20 Manchester United have 10 players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj, Sergio Romero, Michael Carrick and Sam Johnstone. Tottenham Hotspur have one player entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Michel Vorm. 20 Leicester City have five players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Robert Huth, Leonardo Ulloa, Tom Lawrence, Matty James and Ben Hamer. 20 Brighton have 11 players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Sam Baldock, Tomer Hemed, Uwe Hunemeier, Gaetan Bong, Elvis Manu, Steve Sidwell, Liam Rosenior, Kazenga LuaLua, Bruno, Richie Towell and Tyler Hornby-Forbes. 20 20 20 Bournemouth have eight players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Dan Gosling, Marc Wilson, Marc Pugh, Artur Boruc, Rhoys Wiggins, Ryan Allsop, Baily Cargill and Harry Cornick. Crystal Palace have 12 players with their current contract set to expire at the end of the 2017/18 season – find out who those players are below, then click the arrow above, right, to take a look at who is entering the final year of their deal at each Premier League club – Yohan Cabaye, James McArthur, Bakary Sako, Joel Ward, Wayne Hennessey, Martin Kelly, Damien Delaney, Chung-Yong Lee, Hiram Boateng, Julian Speroni, Freddie Ladapo and Ryan Inniss. Everton have seven players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Ross Barkley, Aaron Lennon, Joel Robles, Aiden McGeady, Phil Jagielka, Gareth Barry and Matthew Pennington. Southampton have four players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Maya Yoshida, Jeremy Pied, Florin Gardos and Sam Gallagher. Newcastle United have five players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Jesus Gamez, Paul Dummett, Daryl Murphy, Massadio Haidara and Curtis Good. Swansea City have 10 players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Fernando Llorente, Sung-Yong Ki, Jack Cork, Kyle Naughton, Kyle Bartley, Leon Britton, Angel Rangel, Mark Birighitti, Oliver McBurnie and Kenji Gorre. 20 20 20 Huddersfield Town have five players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Nahki Wells, Chris Lowe, Martin Cranie, Kyle Dempsey and Jordi Hiwula. 20 Chelsea have five players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Nathaniel Chalobah, Loic Remy, Tomas Kalas, Lucas Piazon and Eduardo. 20 20 20 It’s a risky game to play in allowing a player to reach the final season of their contract.It’s at this stage that the clubs face the possibility of having to cash in on a key player – take Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil as examples – or seeing them leave on a free, to a club of their choosing, the next summer.With this in mind, we decided to take a look at the players entering the final year of their contract at each Premier League club.Find out who they are by scrolling through the gallery above. Stoke City have eight players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Jonathan Walters, Ryan Shawcross, Mame Diouf, Glen Johnson, Glenn Whelan, Peter Crouch, Phil Bardsley and Jakob Haugaard. 20 20 20 20 20 Watford have five players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Heurelho Gomes, Miguel Britos, Valon Behrami, Jose Holebas and Ben Watson. 20 West Ham United have four players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – James Collins, Diafra Sakho, Raphael Spiegel and Doneil Henry. Arsenal have 10 players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Carl Jenkinson and Matt Macey. Manchester City have three players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Fernandinho, Aleksandar Kolarov and Yaya Toure. 20 West Bromwich Albion have eight players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Gareth McAuley, Craig Dawson, James Morrison, Chris Brunt, Claudio Yacob, Callum McManaman, Hal Robson-Kanu and Boaz Myhill. Burnley have 10 players entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Michael Keane, Andre Gray, Scott Arfield, Dean Marney, Stephen Ward, Chris Long, Fredrik Ulvestad, Tendayi Darikwa, Tom Anderson and Kevin Long. Liverpool have one player entering the final year of their contract – find out who those players are below – Emre Can.
€10M rebuild under way at Letterkenny General HospitalBy Rachel McLaughlin: IT will cost €10M to rebuild Letterkenny General Hospital, a public meeting in the town was told today.The figure is substantially less than the estimates put forward recently.But it still represents half of the cost of the new Emergency Department destroyed in July’s flood. The HSE hospital group meeting also confirmed details of an engineer’s report published by Donegal Daily last month which showed that 57mm of rainfall in just 15 minutes caused the damage.The second public meeting of the Board of the West/North West Hospitals Group has been taking place at the Mount Errigal Hotel.The €10M cost will help restore 11 areas at the hospital after 70% of its capacity was wiped out in the disaster.Areas affected included the Coronary Care Unit, Emergency Department, Radiology Department, Haematology Oncology Ward, Kitchen & Dining Facilities, Laboratory, Main Out-Patient Department, Cardiac Investigations ad Medical Records & Office Accommodation. The design team has already been appointed and the scope of works identified. This has been carried out in parallel with the installation of temporary facilities such as the temporary ED and radiology departments.Within a month of the flood the diversion arrangements effected by the Emergency Department were stood down. The re-build of Emergency Department will be completed around the end of the first quarter in 2014 with the overall re-building project finishing by autumn 2014.“The flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital is regarded as the most significant disaster in the history of the state in the Acute Sector. We will ensure that the new buildings are restored in line with current standards in patient care, resulting in improvements in a number of areas,” hospital group boss Bill Maher said.The rebuilding works will include a new culvert costing approximately €250,000. A planning application has been submitted to Donegal County Council and it is expected that construction will start before year-end. The HSE and the West/North West Hospital Group is considering a report into the existing culvert and the flooding and it is expected that this will be published shortly.Mr Seán Murphy, General Manager at Letterkenny General Hospital, told the meeting that they are hoping to resume virtually all services at the hospital in the coming weeks but that they expect that it will be some months before they return to pre-flood conditions. “Unfortunately, service capacity and flexibility will remain disrupted as we continue to rely on temporary and offsite facilities and in-patient and out-patient waiting list targets at both Letterkenny and Sligo will be adversely affected and plans are being developed to address this,” he admitted.Hospital group chair Noel Daly praised staff and local volunteers who worked to clean up the flood mess and thanked hospitals in the North for providing cover.Tony O’Brien, Director General of the Health Service Executive insisted: “Letterkenny hospital will be strengthened not just by new and better infrastructure but by being part of the West/North West Hospital Group, enabling it to contribute to better integrated patient services.”More to follow… €10M TO REBUILD LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL, MEETING TOLD was last modified: September 17th, 2013 by John2Share 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:hospitalLetterkenny floodmeetingMount Errigal Hotel
A number of people across Donegal have been duped into giving their personal bank details in an elaborate text scam.People received the bogus texts todayHundreds of people received text messages claiming to be from the Revenue Commissioners office.The text displays a link to a fake website claiming to be from Revenue. The text claims the person is entitled to a refund for their end of year tax returns and are encouraged to fill in a bogus form.A number of people are believed to have filled in the form and given access to their personal bank details.A Revenue source told Donegal Daily they are looking into the scam.They stressed that the Revenue would never contact people by text message. “We believe a number of people have been affected but we don’t know the extent at this stage.“We don’t know if people have lost money but we would never contact anyone by text.“People should never give out their personal bank details,” he said. DOZENS OF PEOPLE CONNED IN HOAX REVENUE REFUND SCAM was last modified: November 18th, 2013 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:phoneRevenuescamtext
Tags: AFCON 2019Aliou CisseSadio ManeSenegaltop Senegal have never won the Africa Cup of Nations. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)Senegal will be featuring in their 15th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament and their third in a row since 2015. They are arguably the best African side to never win an AFCON title.In the 2019 edition, Senegal is in Group C alongside Algeria, Kenya and Tanzania.Senegal did not enter into qualification for the first four AFCON tournaments between 1957-1963.Senegal’s maiden appearance at the finals was impressive as they negotiated through the 1965 Group A alongside leaders and hosts Tunisia. However, they would go on to lose 0-1 to Ivory Coast in the third place playoff game.In the next edition in Ethiopia, the Lions Teranga could not replicate the 1965 form, finishing third in Group B, behind Congo-Kinshasha and Ghana.For the next 15 years, Senegal would either not enter into qualification or failed to reach the finals.Their next participation at the finals was in Egypt 86 but it was short-lived as Senegal could not get past the group stages. Despite winning two of their three group games, the Lions of Teranga finished third in Group A, bowing out because of scoring one goal less than Ivory Coast.In 1988, Senegal once again failed to qualify for the AFCON finals in Morocco. Algeria 90 would however see Senegal replicate their best finish at the finals. After finishing second in Group B, Senegal lost 1-2 to Algeria in the semis, before losing 0-1 to Zambia in the third place playoff game.The next two editions (92&94), would see the Lions of Teranga get eliminated at the quarter-finals stage after making it through the respective groups.For 96 and 98 editions, Senegal would fail to qualify for the finals. Their next appearance came in AFCON 2000, where they lost to hosts Nigeria in the quarterfinals.With what is always termed as the ‘Golden Generation’ of Senegalese football, Senegal would produce their best ever finish at the finals, finishing as runners ups. With the likes of El Hadj Diouf, Pap Diop, Khalil Fadiga, Amdy Faye, Aliou Cisse and Tony Silva, Senegal topped Group D which contained Egypt, Tunisia and Zambia. They went on to beat DR Congo 2-0 and Nigeria in the quarters and semis respectively.Senegal then faced defending champions Cameroon in the final. After 120 minutes of no goals, Senegal missed three penalties in the shoot-out, losing 2-3 in the end.Senegal lost their only final to Cameroon in 2002.The 2002 heroics would not be replicated the following edition as the Lions of Teranga were eliminated by hosts Tunisia in an ill-tempered encounter.A fourth-placed finish in 2006 was then followed up with a Group stage elimination and then failing to reach the finals in 2008 and 2010 respectively.Senegal would then return to the finals of 2012 where they once again failed to make it past the groups. In 2013, Senegal failed to reach the finals of African football showpiece.The Lions of Teranga once again bounced back and made it to Equatorial Guinea 2015 where they were placed in group C alongside Ghana, Algeria and South Africa. A win, draw and loss meant that Senegal was eliminated at the group stages, after finishing third.Senegal’s last show came in Gabon 2017. In a group which also featured Tunisia, Algeria and Zimbabwe, the Lions of Teranga won two games and drew the other to finish in top spot.At the quarters is however where their journey would end. After a 0-0 draw in 120 minutes with Cameroon, Sadio Mane missed Senegal’s last spot kick in sudden death to see his side lose 4-5.CoachAliou CisseCissé, 43, is a Senegalese coach and former player who has been in charge of the Senegal Men’s national team since 2015.Cisse took over as Senegal head coach in 2015.Having begun his career in France, he later played for English clubs Birmingham City and Portsmouth. Cissé was a defensive midfielder who also, on occasion, played at centre back. In early March 2015, Cissé was officially appointed as the head coach for the Senegal national team. The team qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 10 November 2017, with a 0–2 away win against South Africa. Ultimately, Senegal were knocked out in the group stage of the tournament after becoming the first team in FIFA World Cup history to be eliminated due to fair play tiebreaker rules.Star PlayerSadio ManeMane is a 27-year-old attacker who plays for Premier League side Liverpool. He started out at French side Metz in 2011/12 before switching to RB Salzburg the following season.From there, he joined the Premier League, first featuring for Southampton before joining Liverpool.At Liverpool, he has just won the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League, the club’s first since 2015. Mane has previously been voted in the Premier League team of the season twice and is the current Golden Boot holder of the English top flight after scoring 22 goals last season.Mana scored 22 League goals last season.Mane has scored over 140 goals for club and country so far.Projection: Semi finalsSenegal Fixtures at AFCON 2019-Senegal vs Tanzania, 23nd June-Senegal vs Algeria, 27th June-Kenya vs Senegal, 01th JulyComments