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first_img0Shares0000Singida United Assistant coach Mirambo Kamili during the pre-match press conference ahead of their SportPesa Super Cup match against Kenya’s Bandari FCDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 22 – Tanzanian outfit Singida United have admitted that they know little about Kenyan side Bandari FC as the two sides lock horns in the opening game of the SportPesa Super Cup on Tuesday afternoon in Dar es Salaam.Singida who reached the semis of last year’s showpiece in Nakuru losing 2-0 to eventual champions Gor Mahia have however indicated their desire to get to the final and target to bring down Bandari despite running in blind against them. “We are well prepared because we have experience in this competition having played in all three of them. We are ready for the Kenyans. Though we don’t know much about them, we have heardr that they are a god team and we are prepared for whichever way they will come in,” skipper and former Tanzanian international Nizaar Khalfan said.Singida are struggling in the Tanzanian league especially after some of the key players left and are currently placed 15th in the 20-team Vodacom premier League with 24 points, just two short of the relegation slots.On the contrary, their opponents Bandari are second in the Kenyan Premier League log and come into the match with an unbeaten run having won five of their opening eight games of the new campaign.Singida have won just one of their last five league assignments, a 2-1 victory away to Mwadui United.Singida United players walk out for warm up before their SportPesa Super Cup semi-final match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDespite the cold run of form, the side is determined tomake their chance count in the Super Cup.Assistant coach Mirambo Kamili believes that the set of Serbian coaches who have taken over the team have imparted positives in the squad and they will come in a better side to pick maximum points.“The coaches that have come in are very experienced as they have had good results elsewhere in this region and we have worked well so far. The experience they have instilled in us has given us belief. His methods are good and we are confident that against Bandari we will do well,” the assistant coach said.The side is under the tutelage of former Express FC coach Drugan Popadic who also came in with is own physical trainer.They should expect a tough duel against Bandari who are making their debut in the tournament and according to head coach Bernard Mwalala, their minimum target is to get to the semis.“We are ready and we know we are facing a tough side. They will be playing at home but with these weather conditions, we are also almost playing at home. We will give our best to win this game and I trust that my players are ready,” Mwalala opined.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFORMER county GAA star Martin Carney has spoken of how he felt playing against Donegal after he switched to play for Mayo.Carney left Donegal in 1979, after winning two Ulster titles, to team up with Mayo and found playing against his native county to be a surreal experience.“It was something I was very conscious of. I found it very strange playing against Donegal, found it difficult to adjust to it,” he said in an interview today. “I had been in Mayo for five years before I joined them, but Donegal was still the team whose result I would look out for and suddenly I was playing against them.“There was a lot of travel involved, but the commitment required then wasn’t anything like what is expected now.“Things were changing in Donegal too. The side I had come through with was just starting to break up and I saw my future, workwise and everything else, in Mayo.”Carney did have links to Mayo. His uncle Jackie was part of the 1936 All-Ireland-winning side and he later managed the side during their back-to-back 1950-51 successes. “I wasn’t an absolute stranger to Mayo by any stretch. I was well versed in their history and tradition, but it was still strange,” admitted Carney.“I remember playing against Donegal in a league match in my home town of Ballyshannon in 1985, that was a particularly tough, hard-hitting match.”By the time Donegal had their finest hour in 1992, Carney had long been ensconced in Mayo.He went to that year’s forgettable All-Ireland semi-final between the two sides and, in his own words, “kept the head down”.When Carney played for Donegal for the last time, he was operating in midfield alongside a gangly school kid called Packie Bonner who would shortly become Jock Stein’s last signing for Celtic. ends‘IT WAS STRANGE PLAYING DONEGAL’ ADMITS EX-COUNTY STAR WHO SWITCHED TO MAYO was last modified: March 12th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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