Kenya’s hopes of making it to the knockout phase of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals now hangs in the balance after a resounding 3-0 defeat against Senegal on Monday night.The East African side had never defeated the West African nation at Afcon, losing twice and drawing once in the three previous games.It was the Harambee Stars who got an early chance when Michael Olunga, who has scored two goals in the tournament already, almost capitalized on a weak back pass but his effort sailed over the bar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Three minutes later, Philemon Otieno fouled Sadio Mane about 30 yards from the goal, but Patrick Matasi cleared the danger.Kenya was lucky not to have conceded a penalty when captain Victor Wanyama handled the ball in the danger zone. The referee waved play-on amid protests from the Teranga Lions players who felt otherwise.Matasi was called into action in the 22nd minute to deny Babacar Niang. The striker had danced past three Kenyan defenders, but he could not beat the custodian.In the 26th minute, the Saint George goalkeeper once again was called into action, this time around denying Idrissa Gueye.The best opportunity for the Senegalese came in the 29th minute when Musa Mohammed fouled Saliou Cisse in the danger zone. The referee correctly awarded them a penalty and Mane had a chance to score his first goal of the tournament. Matasi, however, guessed right to deny the Liverpool star from the spot.At the stroke of half time, Matasi was once again called into action, this time around pushing out a well-placed header from Ismaila Sarr. Kenya were relieved to hear the half-time whistle.Senegal started the second half from where they left, as the Harambee Stars comfortably sat back aiming at getting at least a point to advance to the knockout phase. Saivet almost broke the Kenyan’s resilience in the 52nd minute, but his ferocious rocket was well saved by the impressive Matasi. Harambee Stars’ first real chance fell to Dennis Odhiambo in the 60th minute, but the Sofapaka midfielder was denied by the Senegal custodian who managed to send the ball out for a fruitless corner.A few moments later, The Lions of Teranga deservedly took the lead; a cross was brought in from the right by Lamine Gasama and the Kenyans failed to clear it. The ball eventually fell to Sarr whose first-time effort found the back of the net.Mane doubled the advantage in the 70th minute; a long ball was played into the Kenyan half, Mohammed failed to clear the ball and it fell to the forward who easily beat Matasi to seal the win.It became worse for Kenya in the 77th minute when Otieno conceded a penalty after a reckless tackle on Sarr. The Gor Mahia man received his second yellow card and was sent off. Mane beat Matasi this time, making it 3-0 to crown Senegal’s thrashing of Harambee Stars.Kenya XI: 18. Patrick Matasi, 20. Philemon Otieno, 3. Abud Omar, 2. Joseph Okumu, 5. Musa Mohamed, 21. Dennis Odhiambo, 12. Victor Wanyama, 8. Johanna Omollo, 7. Ayub Timbe13. Eric Ouma and 14. Michael Olunga.Subs: 1. Faruk Shikalo, 23. John Oyemba, 4. Joash Onyango, 15. David Owino, 6. Bernard Ochieng, 17. Ismael Gonzalez, 11. Francis Kahata, 10. Eric Johanna, 19. Ovella Ochieng, 16. Paul Were, 9. John Avire and 22. Masud Juma. read more
Vadodara: Seven persons, including four sanitation workers, died on Saturday after inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning sewer of a hotel in Vadodara district of Gujarat, officials said. The incident happened shortly after midnight at Darshan Hotel in Fartikui village of Dabhoi tehsil, around 30 km from Vadodara city, police said.Three employees of the hotel were also among those killed. “The sanitation workers had been roped in to clean the sewer. When one worker failed to come out of the manhole, others went inside to check, but all of them died of asphyxiation,” informed in-charge district collector Kiran Zaveri. “We rushed to the site soon after learning about the incident and teams of the fire brigade from Vadodara Municipal Corporation and Dabhoi civic body launched rescue work. They took out the bodies of the deceased after three hours of efforts,” he added.
Osaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for home after concluding his three-day visit to Japan where he attended the G20 Summit and met with the world leaders including US President Donald Trump. During his stay in Osaka, Modi took part in a series of summit sessions, bilateral and multilateral meetings. This was Prime Minister Modi’s sixth G20 Summit which was held on June 28-29. He arrived here on Thursday and met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and held wide ranging talks on the global economy, issues of fugitive economic offenders and disaster management and announced that the Indian President will participate in the coronation ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in October. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony On Friday, Modi held bilateral and plurilateral meetings with many leaders, including US President Donald Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping On Saturday, the Prime Minister met the presidents of Indonesia and Brazil separately and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties and enhance cooperation in trade and investment. During his meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the two countries set an ambitious USD 50 billion target for bilateral trade by 2025. Modi also invited the G20 countries to join a global coalition on disaster resilience, saying disasters require quick and effective remedial measures as they invariably affect the poor the most. PM @narendramodi leaves for Delhi after the #G20 Summit in Osaka, where he took part in a series of Summit sessions, bilateral and multilateral meetings,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.