Samira FC, qualified leaders of Group A in Zone One Regional Playoff in Bomi CountyFirst Third division team to reach FA Cup Semi-finalIt was not a good moment for the Samira FC after bowing out of this years’ FA Cup in the semi finals against ELWA United. The team lost to United 2-6 on aggregate after conceding a 0-2 defeat in the First leg and 2-4 in the Second leg.But the Sinkor based side, nick named, The Scoring Scorpions is proud to have reached that stage of the competition; becoming the first Third division club to have entered into semi finals.It was a huge task to reach that far having been paired against tough opponents from round one of the competition, but due to what the team described as proper preparation and determination and love for the game as key factors behind its success, it managed to have defeat three top opponents from the first division including current FA Cup holders, Monrovia Club Breweries, Mighty Barrolle and Jubilee FC.Team Chief Executive Elvis Sirleaf congratulated his team for the good fight during its participation in the competition, adding that the team did not only enter the competition as participants, but to make an impact, “that I think we have done.”Having made history in the competition, the Scoring Scorpions through its Chief Executive, also frowned on some activities that occurred during the later stages of its participation.According to Mr. Sirleaf, as football stake holders need to do more if football must improve in the country.“I think we are playing a lip service every time we say we want to improve youth football, especially some of the actions coming from people at the helm of power within our association,” he said.Mr. Sirleaf, a former Deputy Director General at Renaissance Communication Inc, said it was his hope that his team and other teams will go into every match and play fairly and void of any influence. He expressed disappointment over the influence of a senior staff of the Football Association during the team’s last match.“When you have very senior staff of the Competition and the FA who also has serious ties to my opponents, a team owned by the current president of the Football Association, cheering for that side and sitting on the playing pitch screaming at people as we played both legs, I am sadly disappointed,” Mr. Sirleaf narrated.ELWA United sponsored by Srimex Oil and Gas Company, is believed to be owned by LFA boss Musa Bility, with affairs coordinated by the LFA Director of Competition, Ansu Dulleh.Sirleaf said his team’s concentration is now on the Regional Playoff games scheduled to be played in Bomi County, where the team hopes to qualify for the national playoff and subsequently the 2nd Division. He thanked his technical and administrative staff, the players, fans and supporters for standing with them throughShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AA: Of course we do, but there’s no use in complaining about it. People have underestimated us all year, and we just continue to win. We’re used to playing the underdog role, so this is nothing new. DN: What do you hope to prove over the next few weeks? A 5-foot-11 post player on the Grant of Van Nuys girls’ basketball team, Amirkhanyan has registered team highs of 13.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the Lancers. She’ll be relied upon Friday night, when Grant hosts Crenshaw of Los Angeles in the first round of the City Section playoffs. DN: You guys are the only undefeated team remaining in the City Section, yet you were given the No. 4 seed in the City playoffs. Do you feel like you and your teammates were overlooked? AA: That we’re the best team in the City Section. A lot of people have doubted us, so winning it would be that much sweeter. We’re not overconfident, though. We know there are a lot of good teams out there that are just as hungry as us. DN: On Friday, you host 2004 City champion Crenshaw. Do you expect to be challenged in the first round? AA: We haven’t played them this season so we don’t know exactly what to expect. I’m sure they’ll be tough, but we’re confident we can play with anybody in the City Section. DN: Top seed Taft of Woodland Hills has won an area-best 19 consecutive games. You could potentially face them in the semifinals. Who would be favored if that game were to take place? AA: They’re the No. 1 seed. I guess that makes them the favorite. Hopefully, we can prove that theory wrong.
DONEGAL County Council has been left with a €30,000 bill after diesel-laundering criminals dumped thousands of litres of sludge at the side of a Co Donegal road.Superintendent Leo McGinn confirmed Gardaí and Customs are investigating the gang which left an astonishing 33,000 litres of diesel sludge near a quarry at Ballintra.The dumped substance is one of the biggest ever left in the State; and is six times the amount dumped in Louth in the past six months. Donegal County Council will have to export the waste to Germany where toxic waste experts will dispose of it.But it doesn’t come cheap – at €1,000 for every 1,000 litres, according to Louth Council which has had to deal with years of criminal gangs dumping the sludge.The waste is created when gangs remove dyes from agricultural diesel. The laundered fuel – now clear – then causes huge damage to cars which use it.Supt. Leo McGinn said gardaí were notified last Saturday night that a trailer had been left near a quarry at Ballymagroarty, Ballintra. “This causes a serious environmental problem for the authorities,” said Supt McGinn.He appealed for anyone with information on the gangs to contact officers in Ballyshannon Garda Station.Forensics officers have examined the containers as part of the investigation, he said.Gardaí in Ballyshannon are on 071 98 58530. REVEALED: COUNCIL LEFT TO PICK UP €30K COST OF SENDING DIESEL SLUDGE TO GERMANY was last modified: February 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BallintraBallyshannonDonegal Daily first with the big storiesGarda investgationREVEALED: COUNCIL LEFT TO PICK UP €30K COST OF SENDING DIESEL SLUDGE TO GERMANY