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Chiefs need to be more clinical

first_imgThe limping visitors will take a no-excuse approach into Friday’s match at Eden Park featuring two teams seeking to avoid twin losses to start their season.Both fell short in the South Island last weekend – the Blues beaten 41-34 by the Highlanders before the Chiefs conceded late tries in a 45-23 lesson from defending champions the Crusaders.Assistant coach Neil Barnes believes that score was unflattering and doesn’t want to alter much.”I thought the guys played well last week, as we were right in that game until the death. If we had taken our chances before that it could have been a different result,” Barnes said.”We reviewed the game and we’re happy with some of the performances hence we’ve rolled out a very similar group.”There could have been more changes but two players have been cleared of concussion symptoms – starting wing Sean Wainui and benched loose forward Mitchell Brown.The injury list is still in double figures, with two All Blacks – fullback Charlie Ngatai (knee) and lock Dominic Bird (shoulder) – scrubbed out from last week’s side while Test prop Kane Hames remains out with illness.Taranaki winger Declan O’Donnell has joined the squad to replace Tim Nanai- Williams after the Samoan international suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.”At the end of the day the strength of the team goes back to the 36th player you’ve got, and at the moment we’re using everybody,” Barnes said.”You don’t pick people you don’t trust, and we’re quietly confident the boys coming in are going to do the job for us.”Barnes is predicting a physical battle against a Blues forward pack which held sway when the teams met in a pre-season fixture in Te Kuiti.last_img read more

Samukai May Lead Liberia Basketball Association

first_imgIt may be one of the most important good news for basketball fans and teams at the beginning of 2014 as one of the long serving and passionate promoters, Abraham Samukai, is likely to lead the Liberia Basketball Association as its president.Information reaching the Daily Observer yesterday said there is a consensus among basketball leaders to petition Mr. Samukai to lead the leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association.“Samo has been a good leader, considering his support to the K-Delta Basketball Team, and leading the LBA will demonstrate his commitment to push basketball to another level,” a long time follower of basketball told the Daily Observer yesterday.He said the K-Delta Basketball Team has education and healthcare assistance for its members and with sports and education being encouraged in the country; his presence will bring fresh ideas to Liberian basketball.Another former basketball player said Samukai was in the administration of former president Tarr Harris, when the organization was known at the time as Liberia Basketball Federation, LBF.“It was one of the most successful administrations in basketball history,” he said.It is therefore no understatement that with all things being considered, Abraham Samukai could be the man to infuse new blood into the administration of basketball in the country.Meanwhile, a source from Samukai informed the Daily Observer that basketball owners need corporate support to ease the financial burden on private team owners.During a recent interview with the Daily Observer, Mr. Samukai said the Government of Liberia must also make sports development a priority.“The government,” he said, “has a commitment to develop the physical abilities of the young people and therefore with sports’ intrinsic values of fair play and respect for rules, it is in the government’s interest to make their development paramount.”He said much must be done in both the public and the private sector to move Liberian basketball to another level.Meanwhile, a source close to Samukai yesterday said he may consider any request by the members of the LBA to consider leading the LBA in a quest to improve on the game in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more