Migne wants a ‘sea of red’ in Ghana clash

first_img“In Egypt when I was with Congo, we played for the World Cup qualification and the whole stadium was full in red color. It will be interesting to see all the fans in red, even if it is 30,000 but in Kasarani we can have more. I want to see everyone in red color on Saturday,” the tactician said as he rallied fans to come in behind the team.Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has printed 45,000 tickets for the tie and interestingly, none was available in advance with all the tickets being sold on match day.But, Migne has urged fans to give them a push in a match he says will be tough and will need all available motivation to ensure they pick maximum points.Ghanaian players in training at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 7, 2018 ahead of their 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I know Ghana is a huge opponent and it is one of the best five teams in Africa. I saw their last games against Iceland and Japan and it will require a huge performance for us to win against them on Saturday, but we need the fans behind us,” the French tactician said.The tactician has hinted that he will not be sitting back against the Ghanaians, saying he will field an attacking team for the game, going for goals and a possible win.“My philosophy is to try to win first. We need to play like a team, as a unit. I don’t want to pack a bus infront of my box. Sometimes it can happen but my philosophy is to try to be opportunistic and show something interesting on the pitch,” the tactician said.This will be the first real test for the tactician since his appointment, a first competitive match in his tenure. He has been in charge of six matches, two friendly games and the three matches he played at the Four-Nation invitational tournament in India.Harambee stars Head Coach Sebastien Migne shares words with deputy captain David Owino during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on September 5, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe lost his first game in charge, 1-0 against Swaziland in a friendly with local based players at home before winning against Equatorial Guinea. In the India tournament, the tactician won 2-1 against New Zealand and 4-0 against Chinese Taipei.Their two losses came from the hands of India, losing 3-0 and 2-0.Migne says he is not under pressure ahead of his first match in charge.“I am not nervous. Why should I be? This is my job and I am used to it. Maybe there’s small pressure because it is a crucial game but I like the pressure. I am sure my players will give their best on the pitch,” said Migne.The tactician has a headache as far as putting out a competitive squad is concerned. Brian Mandela and Ayub Timbe are suspended, skipper Victor Wanyama is out with fitness issues, Paul Were is injured and now, defender David Owino might miss the tie with a hamstring injury.“I am confident that I have a strong team and everyone is ready. I have only three days with the whole squad, it is not enough time but at least I know the players,” the coach opined.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne shouts instructions to players during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on May 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe has insisted that his long term plan is on the 2021 AFCON and has said he should not be crucified basing on this AFCON qualification campaign as he needs more time to build a strong team.He has also insisted that as far as the 2019 qualification campaign is concerned, the two home and away games against Ethiopia in October will be the most crucial.“Ghana, yes, it will be important, but for me, the most important is Ethiopia. If we can win the two games against them, then we play a Cup final against Sierra Leone at home. If we get points against Ghana it will be good but it will be tough,”“We know that Ghana is better than Kenya, we can’t lie about that. But in one game, we can do something. In football, everything is possible,” Migne opined.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne gestures during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on September 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7- Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has urged fans to turn out in large numbers at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Saturday when they take on Ghana’s Black Stars in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier.The tactician wants the 60,000-seater stadium to buzz in deafening crescendo and fans flood the stadium to shout their voices hoarse as Stars look to put their 2019 AFCON qualifying campaign back on track.last_img read more

DEPUTY JOE McHUGH COMES OUT FIGHTING FOR RURAL POST OFFICES

first_imgDeputy Joe McHughFINE Gael deputy Joe McHugh has welcomed a decision to review postal services in order to retain them across the state.Commenting on the issue of Post Offices today DeputyMcHugh said: “There is no doubt that the postal service in Ireland plays a vital role in communities, and that this role is magnified even more so in rural communities. The local post office is more often than not located in the heart and hub of local towns and villages and can act as a social venue for those who are in more isolated areas, like farmers, for example.“This Government is committed to the long-term viability of An Post and figures I had requested from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources highlight that over the last three years, there have been 17 post office closures. While any closures are regrettable and we are doing our very best to avoid them, the fact that there were 72 closures in 2010 alone highlights the very serious issue facing postal services throughout Ireland. “I have been working closely with An Post and my colleagues on the ground, meeting with Postmasters from around Co. Donegal, including Fanad, Milford and Dunfanaghy, a group from Bunbeg in Dublin, and a group in the Inishowen Peninsula.“I worked closely with the Greencastle Community and Fine Gael Councillor Mickey Doherty in successfully retaining a twelve month extension to the postal service in the area. I also attended a public meeting in Carrigart, addressing concerns regarding the retention of Carrigart and Downings post offices.“I very strongly welcome the Government’s announcement that there is to be a cross-departmental group established to review what role the state can play in ensuring the future and success of our postal services. This will encourage all Government Departments to seriously pursue the potential of a payments service in respect of each of their Departments.“While we must acknowledge that with the ever-changing face of communication and the mediums by which we connect with people, that the traditional make up of post offices is not feasible in the long-term. We also need to acknowledge that there has been a serious drop in the volume of mail being sent by people and as with most things, post offices must adapt and find new purposes for their very important and sustainable role in society. “There are a number of actions which could be taken that I believe could add to the strength and role of post offices throughout Ireland. For example, Bank of Ireland’s UK entity has been an exclusive partner to the Post Office in the UK and has been providing financial services and products to customers since 2003. This partnership has, according to the bank “become one of the UK’s fastest growing financial service providers with almost three million customers and a savings book of £18 billion and the leading supplier of foreign exchange in the marketplace.“There is no reason why something similar couldn’t work here in Ireland. I understand that some of these financial services and transactions can be complex and there are legacy issues regarding trust in banks that the UK is not facing. However we need to explore these avenues which are having very positive effects on the UK Postal service to see if they can be tailored to suit the Irish market. An alliance between post offices and customer banking/ financial services has the real potential to strengthen the offerings of post offices around the country while allowing customers financial options which would not be otherwise available to them without having to travel further.“Another possibility could involve post offices taking responsibility for all driver license issuing. In Co. Donegal, for example, many people are finding it difficult to renew their driver’s licenses as they now have to travel to Letterkenny or Donegal Town, since the cross over to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) came into effect. Alternatively this service could be offered through a local Post Office, saving people time and money while increasing the responsibility of the postal service.Fine Gael Councillor Noel McBride, reiterated: “It is not the policy of this Government to see closures of any post offices. I welcome the ongoing debate because it leaves the door wide open to everyone to submit suggestions and ideas around ensuring that the vital role post offices have, particularly in rural communities like ours where quite often, the post office is at the hub of the village or town.“I have been working closely with Deputy McHugh on this issue and I intend to continue working closely with the Council and my Fine Gael colleagues in finding solutions to successfully address the challenges facing post offices as a result in decline of postage mail that will enforce the long-term viability of an essential part of local communities.” Concluding, Deputy McHugh, “I think it’s important to highlight that it is not in anyone’s interest to see Post Offices closing down and the Government have repeated their commitment to ensuring the viability of as many Post Offices as possible. The Postmasters in local offices have long played a vital role in the community and we want to ensure that this tradition continues into the future, while adapting to its surroundings and changes in how people communicate with each other.”DEPUTY JOE McHUGH COMES OUT FIGHTING FOR RURAL POST OFFICES was last modified: May 8th, 2014 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)last_img read more