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Fish On

Posted in myekaaeu on May 31st, 2020

first_img Ron Nuzzolo Warm weather means plenty of fish around “Fish On!! Fish On!!” – that’s what New Jersey anglers are saying after taking advantage of the unusually warm weather this weekend. Striped bass fishing was exceptionally good, as anglers were picking bass right from the surf in Sandy Hook and a good number of bass were released along the surf. Once again the white storm shad produced most of the action. John Russo of Keyport reported releasing up to 25 stripers from 18 to 21 inches in a little over two hours. Monmouth Beach was boiling at one point, according to Bob Sweeney of Middletown, who released over 35 bass in the surf. You can’t do that in the Florida Keys; only the Garden State can produce such action in January. All aboard the Mack Express According to my friends at, they reported from the Miss Belmar Princess and the Golden Eagle that everything was going very well. Anglers fared nicely with good-sized mackerel covering the decks and filling coolers. Mackerel fishing is underrated, to say the least. Get the kids, pick a nice day and get out there. Where else can you hook three, four and five fish at a time? Believe me, you will be hooked. It’s a great confidence builder if you haven’t had much success fishing in the past. The Mud Hole is a buffet with all the Ling you can eat. Capt. Matt on the Norma K III is reporting red hot ling action, with most anglers catching 15 to 25 ling per trip, along with a good mix of sea bass and porgies on the off-shore wrecks. Dean Kastagnola of Ocean Township was high hook with 32 ling. Rich Napoliello also had a great day with 27 in the cooler. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all of the tautog action that was seen this weekend. Down south, I spoke to Wayne Smith who went out on the Searcher ll from Barnegat Light for tautog. Most anglers picked a great day Saturday and hit their limit. Jeff Calandra, from Princeton Junction, was the pool winner with a 9-pound whopper tautog. Wayne Smith from Jackson maxed out and topped the day with a 6-pound tautog. Once again this brings me to my point. I mentioned six different species of sport fish right in our backyard and I didn’t even talk about cod fishing yet. Did I mention it’s January? Just a little tease for those cod lovers – keep reading “Fish On” weekly and you won’t be disappointed. In my last article, I mentioned a great event for all anglers right here in the Garden State. Sunday was the last day at the 24th annual Garden State Sportsmen Show in Edison. I did attend the show on Sunday with my family. It was nice to see so many New Jersey residents introducing their kids to hunting and fishing. I can report camaraderie and smiles from all those who attended. It is never too early to introduce this passion to your children. Fishing is one of the only sports that can last a lifetime. There are so many of us who have cherished memories of fishing with our grandparents, parents and friends. The show was not only very educational, but I was able to replenish my tackle box with some fair bargains. Overall, it was a really fun show for the whole family. Did you know? The world-record striped bass was landed in Atlantic City. On Sept. 21, 1982, Albert R. McReynolds landed a 78.8 pound monster. Since world records are usually off the chart, the estimated age of Mr. McReynold’s fish is approximately 25 to 30 years old. Finally I want to thank you for your e-mails. If you have any questions, need advice or want to share a story or photo with our readers, please send them to me at Striped Bass Conversion Chart Length12″ . . 13″ . . 14″ . . 15″ . . 16″ . . 17″ . . 18″ . . 19″ . . 20″ . . 21″ . . 22″ Age . . 1 . . 1 . . 2 . . 2 . . 2 . . 3 . . 3 . . 3 . . 3 . . 4 . . 4 Max. lb. . . 1.0 . . 2.0 . . 2.5 . . 3.0 . . 3.5 . . 4.0 . . 4.5 . . 5.0 . . 5.0 . . 6.0 . . 6.8 Avg. lb. . . 1.0 . . 1.5 . . 2.3 . . 2.5 . . 3.0 . . 3.5 . . 4.0 . . 4.3 . . 4.8 . . 5.0 . . 5.8 Min. lb. . . 1.0 . . 1.0 . . 2.0 . . 2.0 . . 2.5 . . 2.8 . . 3.0 . . 3.5 . . 4.0 . . 4.3 . . 4.8 Length . . 23″ . . 24″ . . 25″ . . 26″ . . 27″ . . 28″ . . 29″ . . 30″ . . 31″ . . 32″ . . 33″ Age . . 4 . . 5 . . 5 . . 6 . . 6 . . 6 . . 7 . . 7 . . 8 . . 8 . . 9 Max. lb. . . 7.5 . . 8.3 . . 8.8 . . 10.0 . . 11.0 . . 12.0 . . 12.9 . . 14.0 . . 15.0 . . 16.7 . . 17.8 Avg. lb. . . 6.3 . . 7.0 . . 7.8 . . 8.5 . . 9.8 . . 10.3 . . 11.0 . . 12.3 . . 13.0 . . 14.5 . . 15.8 Min. lb. . . 5.0 . . 6.0 . . 6.3 . . 7.0 . . 8.0 . . 8.8 . . 9.7 . . 10.3 . . 11.0 . . 12.0 . . 13.0 Length . . 34″ . . 35″ . . 36″ . . 37″ . . 38″ . . 39″ . . 40″ . . 41″ . . 42″ . . 43″ . . 44″ Age . . 9 . . 10 . . 10 . . 11 . . 12 . . 12 . . 13 . . 13 . . 14 . . 14 . . 15 Max. lb. . . 19.0 . . 20.5 . . 22.0 . . 23.5 . . 25.5 . . 27.2 . . 29.5 . . 31.0 . . 33.5 . . 36.3 . . 39.0 Avg. lb. . . 16.5 . . 18.0 . . 19.5 . . 20.7 . . 22.0 . . 24.5 . . 26.0 . . 27.3 . . 29.7 . . 32.0 . . 34.0 Min. lb. . . 14.0 . . 15.5 . . 16.8 . . 17.5 . . 19.0 . . 20.7 . . 22.0 . . 23.0 . . 25.0 . . 27.0 . . 29.0 Length . . 45″ . . 46″ . . 47″ . . 48″ . . 49″ . . 50″ . . 51″ . . 52″ . . 53″ . . 54″ . . 55″ Age . . 15 . . 16 . . 16 . . 17 . . 17 . . 18 . . 18 . . 19 . . 19 . . 20 . . 20 Max. lb. . . 41.0 . . 44.0 . . 47.5 . . 51.0 . . 54.0 . . 58.0 . . 62.0 . . 65.0 . . 68.0 . . 73.0 . . 80.0 Avg. lb. . . 36.0 . . 38.7 . . 42.0 . . 44.0 . . 47.0 . . 50.0 . . 55.0 . . 58.0 . . 60.0 . . 64.0 . . 70.0 Min. lb. . . 30.5 . . 32.5 . . 35.0 . . 37.0 . . 39.0 . . 42.0 . . 45.0 . . 47.0 . . 49.0 . . 52.0 . . 56.0last_img read more

River Plate win Libertadores Cup

Posted in myekaaeu on May 26th, 2020

first_imgBy Luis AmpueroArgentina’s River Plate completed the most remarkable transformation in the team’s history on Wednesday when they beat Mexican club Tigres 3-0 to guarantee their third Libertadores Cup triumph.The win came four years after the Buenos Aires club were relegated for the first time in over a century and means that under the stewardship of Marcelo Gallardo they now hold both of South America’s top club competitions, having won the Copa Sudamericana in December.“The history of this club is about fighting for these kind of competitions,” said midfielder Leonardo Ponzio. “Today is the greatest that you can achieve as a club and we did it.”Lucas Alario, the 22-year old striker who only joined the club in July, got the opener on the stroke of half time when he dived to glance home a curling cross from Leonel Vangioni.Carlos Sanchez was felled in the penalty box with 74 minutes gone and then hammered the spot kick past Nahuel Guzman before Ramiro Funes Mori guaranteed the victory when he rose to head home a corner four minutes later.The result gave River a 3-0 aggregate victory after the first leg in Monterrey ended scoreless.The match was scrappy with 44 fouls and nine yellow cards but River were superior throughout in constant rain and heavy conditions at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.The result gives River their third Libertadores title, the South American equivalent of Europe’s Champions League, following triumphs in 1986 and 1996 and means they will travel to FIFA’s Club World Cup in December.River won the tournament in spite of being the last-placed of the 16 teams that qualified for the knock out phase in April.They only advanced into the quarter-finals after their arch rivals Boca Juniors were disqualified from the tournament when a Boca fan attacked River players in the tunnel at half time in the second leg.They lost the home leg of the quarter-finals against Cruzeiro but destroyed the Brazilians 3-0 in Belo Horizonte, before overcoming Paraguayan side Guarani, the surprise package of the competition, in the semi-finals.The final was a particular triumph for manager Gallardo, who played for the club when they beat Colombian side America of Cali to win the title in 1996.Gallardo was barred from the dugout after being sent off in the first leg but joined the team as they rode around the stadium in an open-topped bus.Thousands of River fans stayed behind to watch and thousands more congregated in the centre of Buenos Aires to celebrate the win.“They deserved it,” said Rafael Sobis, a Tigres player who won the trophy twice with Brazilian side Internacional.“They should enjoy it. Life goes on.”last_img read more

Kiwi Steven Adams snubbed again for All-Star game

Posted in myekaaeu on May 14th, 2020

first_imgThe NBA announced the reserves for the East and Western Conferences on Friday, with Adams missing out to the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nikola Jokic on the West bench.The road to his first All-Star call-up was always a steep one for the OKC fan favourite against such quality big men, including Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert, who also missed selection. The Western Conference bench will be represented by Towns, Aldridge, Jokic, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard.The news was better for Australian Ben Simmons, who was controversially overlooked in 2018.The Philadelphia 76ers star put up record rookie numbers during his first full season, but to his dismay and that of many NBA pundits, Simmons was snubbed.The point guard has been named as one of the reserves on the Eastern Conference bench.The other Eastern reserves are Victor Oladipo, Kyle Lowry, Blake Griffin, Khris Middleton, Bradley Beal and Nikola Vucevic.Oladipo will have to be replaced, after he suffered a season-ending leg injury last week.The Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving and Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker were named the East’s starting guards.The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard and 76ers’ Joel Embiid make up the East’s imposing front court.The Western Conference starters is lethal with LeBron James partnering with Kevin Durant, Paul George, Stephen Curry and James Harden.The power is now in the hands of respective captains LeBron James and Giannis Anetokounmpo who will pick the All-Star game lineups in high school yard form.James will have the first choice on player as he received the most votes and then the two will alternate picks, but they must select the eight remaining starting players first, before moving onto the named reserves.last_img read more

‘Strong start bodes well for Spurs’ title hopes’

Posted in myekaaeu on May 14th, 2020

first_imgFormer Tottenham Hotspur defender Lee Young-pyo is backing his old club to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, with the return of fellow South Korean Son Heung-min to bolster the side after their strong start.Spurs, who won their first three games of the new campaign before slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Watford, resume their bid for a first league title since 1960-61 when they take on high-flying Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be boosted by the return of Son, who was not featured since mid-August after joining South Korea for the Asian Games, and Lee is confident Tottenham are in a strong position.“I’m always watching and focusing on Tottenham because they’re my old team and this season has been a great start,” Lee, who played for Tottenham for three seasons from 2005 to 2008, told Reuters.“The last few seasons the start hasn’t been good but this season with three wins to start is great. And they have Son Heung-min to come back and he will bring more power for them.“This is a great chance for Spurs. Some people have complained that there have been no new players but it makes for a better combination because they know each other and this is great for them.”Son returns to the squad having helped his country win gold at the Asian Games, which secured the 26-year-old an exemption from military service that could well have damaged his football career.“The army is important for our nation, but two years out of football finishes your career,” said Lee, who earned his own exemption as part of the South Korean squad that reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals on home soil.“It’s very important for Son Heung-min, for his career, our national team and for Tottenham.”Lee believes the current Korean crop led by Son can build on their success at the Asian Games — an under-23 tournament which permits three over-age players per team — when they play in the more demanding Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.“In that age group, when they play in Asia they always become champions, they are strong,” Lee said of their Asian Games triumph.“But our target is not Asia, we need to go to the Olympics and the World Cup. This team isn’t bad but not at the level of our generation. We need to wait and see.“Every single time we have a great chance to get the title in the Asian Cup, and in the UAE, it’s also a great chance they can do it. And I’m confident they can do it this time.”last_img read more

Infantino plans for new global tournaments back on FIFA agenda

Posted in myekaaeu on May 14th, 2020

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans for two new global tournaments are back on the agenda at the governing body with officials set to discuss the proposals on Friday.FIFA’s ruling council meets in Kigali, Rwanda and Infantino’s plan for a new ‘mini World Cup’ and an expanded Club World Cup feature among the items for discussion according to the agenda document.FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment and it was not clear if the plans will be put to a vote.Infantino wrote to FIFA Council members in May outlining his plans which he says are backed by a ‘solid and serious’ group of investors willing to spend $25 billion over a 12-year cycle starting in 2021.The letter did not outline the identity of the investors but several media reports have stated that Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group is heading the consortium.However, the plans were strongly opposed by clubs and leagues in Europe and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said the plans were ‘highly cynical and ruthless mercantilism’ and accused FIFA of selling the soul of the game.The plans did not feature on the agenda of FIFA’s congress in Moscow in June.Infantino’s proposals would bring about major changes to the international calendar.The proposals outline what would effectively be a mini-World Cup, featuring eight international teams, every two years in addition to the traditional event.The tournament, known as the ‘Final 8’, would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition.In the May letter, it was suggested that the new tournament would take place every October and/or November of every odd year starting from 2021. The Confederations Cup, currently staged every four years in a year before the World Cup, would be abolished.The annual Club World Cup, which currently features seven teams, would be expanded to 24 teams and moved to once every four years, according to the proposals.last_img read more

Laurie Foster | That false-start problem

Posted in myekaaeu on January 19th, 2020

first_img What is hurtful is that the debacle with the start of the semi-finals of both women’s and men’s 100m last Friday is a repetition of the same exercise last year. It happened then with US collegiate athlete Jonielle Smith when she lined up at the trials for the 2017 London World Championships. The major point of concern this time around rests with the seeming inconsistency in treatment of alleged false starts by Yohan Blake and Oshane Bailey. Regardless of what the problem was, it led to apparent disenchantment of the athletes, who were not a part of the indecision, not only in the race in question but those standing behind awaiting the following heat. Kemar Bailey-Cole, in the contentious race, exited the scene having been ready to go for at least 20 minutes. Bear in mind, that he was on comeback after injury problems in the last few years. Also, having to wait for what appeared to be an agonising period was another recuperating athlete, Jordan Forte, who managed to advance when the race eventually got going, but had his injury comeuppance at mid-race during the final, less than two hours after. Is this what our top athletes should expect when they attempt to qualify to represent their country? The JAAA should be busy trying to cauterise this problem, as the athletes are screaming out for some solution. Foster’s Fairplay’s concern goes somewhat deeper than the false-start rules. There is a growing problem surrounding what happens to the country’s young athletes between Penn Relays at the end of April and trials for regional and international competitions in mid-June. This is the year for the IAAF World Under-20 Championships, previously called the World Junior Championships. Two athletes whose lights shone brightly in the earlier period were nowhere to be seen come the time for global representation. As a final point to be made, the JAAA should not have any difficulty in making the relevant contact to find out if there has been any approach to any of our young athletes from a foreign country. Surely, this would empower them to make a definitive statement as to what is happening with the two young athletes referred to above. Do they not believe that the matter is well within their jurisdiction, hence the need to pursue? Will someone please tell Foster’s Fairplay, what is the meaning of the term ‘governing body’? For feedback: email – DISENCHANTMENT Another edition of the country’s National Senior and Junior Track and Field Championships was staged last weekend at the National Stadium. There are complaints that speak to lack of competence and accountability in meet management by the organisers, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). Any group that sees negative criticism of the JAAA as a necessary duty must, by now, be weary from engaging in that exercise. Foster’s Fairplay is no different. This is because of the lack of response from the governing body or a visible attempt to apply remedial action. Protests have come from two top coaches of professional training camps, Glen Mills and Stephen Francis. Their responsibility during the period when Jamaica was sitting pretty atop the sprinting world included world record holders and global medallists like Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson. When coaches of this unquestionable quality lash out, it is time to apply the brakes and listen. They speak with the authority and experience of world-respected knowledge of the subject on which they comment.last_img read more

Greater transparency not only from politicians, but from private sector

Posted in myekaaeu on January 14th, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,Recent comments by the former Petroleum Presidential Advisor, Dr Jan Mangal, provided for interesting reading; more particularly where he comments on the “stages of influence” that oil companies exert to make countries forfeit their wealth.Dr Mangal has said: “The oil company and their agents will first influence the politicians. They do this very well. They do it all the time all around the world (in the rich countries as well). This has already happened in Guyana. Then they will influence the private sector by giving them some contracts. This has already happened in Guyana, judging by the words/actions of the private sector, judging by how some prominent Guyanese have suddenly gone quiet or changed their tune.”The latter point, regarding the private sector, is particularly interesting. Politicians will be frowned on for having engagements (contracts, etc) with the oil companies, but what about the heads and executives of private sector groups?Guyanese are treated to an endless stream of comments from private sector officials, which are portrayed as impartial positions. But how can we be sure? The answer, I think, and more so to lend greater credibility to voices from the private sector, could lie in there being full disclosure.Maybe it is time that there is a declaration by private sector heads and executives, in particular, about what contracts or agreements they are engaged in with ExxonMobil. Maybe it is time that Guyanese are made aware of how these heads and executives of private sector groups are personally benefiting from the oil company.Guyanese have also been treated to the trend where private sector groups bring in consultants for oil and gas forums; another attempt to lend credibility, in my view, to some of the positions taken. But we have seen that some of the very consultants who were brought in were linked to the oil companies – as was the case with Rystad Energy. It was Dr Mangal himself who pointed out that Rystad Energy was part of the company’s lobbying machinery.I agree with Dr Mangal when he says: “The odds are stacked against Guyana, but Guyana can succeed.” But such success, I think, can be realised if we start with greater transparency from not only the politicians, but also from the private sector groups and their heads and executives.Sincerely,Baldeo Mathuralast_img read more

Suspected bandit shot by police

Posted in myekaaeu on January 13th, 2020

first_imgA 23-year-old suspected bandit of Laing Avenue, Charlestown, Georgetown was on Friday shot to his right foot by police moments after he and an accomplice were cornered after robbing a Bourda Market vendor of 0,000 in cash.The suspect is presently under guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Reports are that a 56-year-old vendor had just arrived at his Pike Street, Kitty residence and was about to open his gate when the suspects confronted him. The men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, held the vendor at gunpoint and relieved him of the bag containing the money before making good their escape. The police were alerted, and responded promptly.They cornered the men in Kitty, but the bandits opened fire on the police ranks. The police returned fire, hitting one of the bandits, who fell to the ground while the other escaped. A portion of the loot has been recovered in his possession.And acting on information, police conducted a search on a house at Duncan Street, Newtown, during which an unlicensed revolver and two live rounds of ammunition, along with one spent shell, were found.Four males and two females who were at the house at the time of the police search have been arrested. One of the females is said to be the girlfriend of the wounded suspect.The police are continuing their hunt for the second bandit as investigations continue.last_img read more

Ex-F1 driver Mark Webber to quit motor sports at end of season

Posted in myekaaeu on January 12th, 2020

first_img0Shares0000Mark Webber won nine races during a 12-year career in F1 before moving into endurance racing in 2014 © AFP / Guillaume SouvantPARIS, France, Oct 13 – Australian ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber will retire from motor racing after next month’s Six Hours of Bahrain, the final leg of the World Endurance Championship, his Porsche team said on Thursday.Webber, 40, won nine Grand Prix races during a 12-year career in F1 that saw him finish third in the championship on three occasions before moving into endurance racing in 2014. A world endurance champion in 2015, Webber will become a Porsche ambassador following his retirement and work as a consultant for the German sports car manufacturer.Webber and his Porsche team-mates Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley have won the last three races this season, but the trio remain a distance behind the second Porsche team, who lead the standings with three stages remaining.“I have arrived where I belong,” Webber said in a statement. “Porsche is the brand I always loved most and the one that suits me the best. The 911 is iconic – it has got elegance, performance and understatement, and is never intrusive.“I will miss the sheer speed, downforce and competition, but I want to leave on a high and I’m very much looking forward to my new tasks.”Webber partnered four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel as Red Bull collected four successive constructors’ titles from 2010-13 before leaving F1 for a new challenge.He has won seven endurance races since making the switch and also finished second at last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.Webber will compete in Sunday’s race at Fuji in Japan, at Shanghai on November 6, and then end his racing career in Bahrain on November 19.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cagey Cecafa semis on the cards

Posted in myekaaeu on January 12th, 2020

first_imgKilimanjaro Stars had struggled in the pool stage, gaining their place in the quarter finals as the lowest ranked qualifier. But surprisingly, they seized the initiative from the word go, transforming themselves into potential winners.In the early kick-off of the double-header at the National Stadium, Uganda stifled the spirit of a Zimbabwe team that had shown promise in earlier matches and Cranes duly triumphed by a similar margin.Semi-final pairings on Thursday will be: 2.00pm – Sudan v Rwanda; 4.00pm – Uganda v Tanzania Mainland.Zimbabwe 0 Uganda 1Hamisi Kiiza, who is sufficiently familiar with the pitch at the 60,000 seat National Stadium, where he frequently turns out for his Dar-es-Salaam club, Young Africans, hogged the limelight after his 14th minute goal pushed the Cranes into the semi-finals.The Cranes played their traditional game of power, speed and sustained pressure, to deflate bloated expectations of the Zimbabweans who had looked formidable in their 2-1 defeat of Tanzania Mainland in their last Group ‘A’ match on Saturday.After Qadir Amini tested Uganda goalkeeper Abel Dhaira with a powerful free kick in the fourth minute, all action shifted to the Zimbabwean side with the Cranes speedy Sula Matovu on the left wing a constant threat.Matovu did all the work for the goal, quickly shifting up the gears on the left to deliver an inviting cross that was met by the head of Kiiza.Zimbabwe’s answer was in their best attack of the half which came in the 26th minute when Bernard Ngoma advanced in the area after beating Godfrey Walusimbi and Isaac Isinde, but the Cranes skipper, Andrew Mwesigwa, cleared the danger.Mwesigwa, who plays for Kazakhstan side Ordbaasy, almost doubled Uganda’s lead in the 23rd minute but his goal bound header was pushed away by Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova.Mike Sserumaga was next to spurn an opportunity, lashing his shot against the post from 10 meters out after Matovu had set him up.The Zimbabwe Warriors returned from recess in much better shape with Ngoma, Charles Sibanda, Tapiwa Khumbuyani and Benjamin Marere all having a go at the Cranes backline.Tony Mawejje forced a fine save from the Zimbabwe ‘keeper on 53 minutes but the first real chance of the second half was for the Warriors seven minutes later when Benjamin Marere beat Godfrey Walusimbi on the left. But Sibanda’s intended lob with Mwesigwa and Isaac Isinde beaten on 68 minutes went over the bar in what was the best chance for the Zimbabwe to draw level. The player lay prone in the turf for over a minute to rue the miss.Tony Mawejje was denied by Chogova’s fingertip touch as Uganda looked to finish of the contest.At the other end Sibanda had two great chances fall his way but his touches let him down with the goal at his mercy.Malawi 0 Tanzania Mainland 1Playing with new found conviction, home side Tanzania pulled off an upset 1-0 win against Malawi to astound their sceptical home fans.Nurdin Bakari sent home an unstoppable shot on 36 minutes to send the National Stadium stands into rapture.Earlier, Ramadhan Chombo only needed to pick his spot but aimed straight at a Malawi defender with their keeper stranded.“We have received a lot of criticism from journalists and the fans but we are still in the competition,” Tanzania coach Charles Boniface Mkwassa could not help saying.Initially, the Malawi Flames saw better of the ball but it was Kilimanjaro Stars who put their chance to count after looking dangerous in the penalty box.Bakari, who had for long troubled Pililani Makupe, Ndaziona Chilemba and company in defence, controlled Mrisho Ngasa’s pass, then his fine execution with the outside of his right boot sent over 40,000 home fans into raptures.Thomas Ulimwengu should have given Kilimanjaro Stars the lead earlier after Ngasa’s deft work on the right but his weak shot was cleared out of danger by the Malawians.Coach Kinnah Phiri’s Flames returned a different package after the breather and Tanzanian skipper and goalkeeper Juma Kaseja came to the fore.Ndaziona Chatsalira, John Banda and Joseph Kamwendo all tested Kaseja as the Flames turned up the pressure cooker.But counter attacks from Tanzania kept them at bay. Ngasa’s solo run from his own half, beating a forest of bodies before Malawi’s James Sangala made a desperate interception, was the highlight breakaway for the besieged Kili Stars.Mkwasa’s men held off Malawi’s late challenge to book a repeat of last year’s edition semi final against Uganda. Then, the Kilimanjaro Stars carried the day 5-4 on spot kicks after normal time had ended goalless.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania, December 7- Thursday’s semi final line-up in the ongoing Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup are likely to serve two cagey encounters judging by the displays in the quarters stage.On Tuesday, defending champions Tanzania Mainland timed themselves perfectly; coming to life for the first time in the tournament to register an upset 1-0 victory that ended Malawi’s run in the tournament.last_img read more