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Kerr wants Simba in SportPesa Super Cup final

first_img“It’s a big win for us. The big prize is to go to England and what an opportunity it is for players to go to the UK and play against a Premier League team. It’s a great opportunity and I got to prepare my players mentally now for semis and hopefully get to the final and hopefully meet Simba,” the tactician said after his side’s win over JKU.Simba will book a slot in the semi-finals against Kakamega Homeboyz should they beat Kenyan side Kariobangi Sharks in their quarter final tie on Monday.If the Wekundu wa Msimbazi beat Homeboyz and Gor beat either Singida United or AFC Leopards who clash in the last semi on Tuesday, then Kerr’s dream final will fall in place.Kerr meanwhile was pleased with the performance of his charges against JKU though he admitted his players might have underrated the Zanzibaris who gave a good account of themselves despite suffering the 3-0 blanking.Gor Mahia winger George Odhiambo is tackled by JKU’s Suleiman Mwinyi during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Credit to JKU because they came over here and did their best. At the end of the day you got to look at Zanzibar league and the Kenya league and you have to give credit when they try,”“At the end it was a difficult game for us because psychologically in the players’ minds, they thought it was certain it will be an easy game. We didn’t start well and in the first 15 minutes we were really poor,” lamented the tactician.Kerr also lambasted the Afraha Stadium pitch, at some point referring to it as a cow field, noting that it made it difficult for his team to play their usual one-two passing game. The pitch had previously hosted a comedy show and with the rains, wasn’t at its best.Meanwhile, JKU tactician Salum Omar was pleased with his side’s performance, saying only three crucial moments decided the tie despite giving their all for the game.“It is how football is sometimes and we take the result and the lessons. We lost because Gor are physically stronger than us and it was difficult to challenge them, also consider that we are fasting as well though it is not an excuse,” the tactician noted.While JKU go back to Zanzibar to focus on the defense of their title, Gor will be shifting attention to the semis where they will play the winner between Singida United and AFC Leopards who clash on Tuesday afternoon.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi is congratulated by teammate Cercidy Okeyo after scoring during their SportPesa Super Cup clash against Zanzibar’s JKU at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Either team will be tough. AFC is always a tough game and considering they have just come from a Cup game, they might be tired. Singida have a new coach after their former left for Azam and you can’t really tell how they will line up but all in all any of them will be a tough opponent,” the coach said.The winner of the tournament not only walks home with Sh3mn, but also an opportunity to travel to England to face Premier League outfit Everton FC in a friendly match at their Goodison Park home ground.Gor won the title last time out and played Everton at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, losing 2-1.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shouts instructions from the touchline during his side’s SportPesa Super Cup clash against Zanzibar’s JKU at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 4- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has jokingly said he wants to meet his former employers, Tanzanian Premier League champions Simba SC, in the final of the SportPesa Super Cup after his side booked a semi-final slot on Sunday.K’Ogalo made light work of Zanzibar league champions Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) beating them 3-0 with George Odhiambo, Godfrey Walusimbi and Meddie Kagere scoring while Simba will later on Monday afternoon face Kariobangi Sharks in their quarter final match.last_img read more

DWP water price hike months away

first_img Officials cautioned that such price factors are highly volatile, changing practically every day. While they await the results of the audit and the DWP’s next move, the Neighborhood Council activists who mobilized last year to secure a place in the rate-setting process are generally pleased. “They have actually lived up to the agreement very well,” said Jacque Lamishaw, immediate past president of the Winnetka Neighborhood Council. Jim Alger, president of the Northridge West Neighborhood Council, said there is now an unprecedented level of transparency at the utility thanks to the agreement with neighborhood groups. Alger predicts a “thorough debate” once any new increase is proposed, but he said it will likely focus on matters the City Council controls, such as weighing a rate hike in light of the DWP’s annual hefty transfer to the city’s general fund. Several of the neighborhood council members involved in negotiations with the DWP said if an independent review underscores the need for a reasonable rate hike they would accept it. “There’s always going to be the percentage that’s going to say no, no, no, no matter what,” said Louise Stone of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council. “But when someone comes forward to you in good faith and when we presented it to them in good faith – saying we’re not questioning how you do business; we just want to know how you go about these things – how could we say no?” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The City Council had voted a month before, however, to require the DWP to arrange an independent financial review before implementing the hikes. The council awarded a $360,000 contract in late October to Barrington-Wellesley Group to conduct the probe. The results will determine how the utility proceeds with any rate change, Battle said. Once a decision is made, the utility has agreed to give neighborhood councils three months’ notice before the item goes before the DWP Commission. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s new DWP commissioners have said they want to dig deep into department spending to cut waste before approving any rate hike. Finally, the rate situation is susceptible to wider economic and environmental factors. DWP officials said in November that increased demand for hydroelectric energy due to high natural gas prices could boost water-side revenues and reduce the need for the planned rate hike. With this year drawing to a close and a review of Department of Water and Power finances still ongoing, the soonest a planned water rate increase could come would be in the spring, officials said Thursday. DWP officials proposed raising water rates in January, but the hike is contingent on a lengthy review and community notification process that is only in the early stages. “We’re waiting to see what comes out of this financial review,” said Darlene Battle, a spokeswoman for the utility. “After we get this we’re going to be meeting with the neighborhood councils and community. Everything is very preliminary.” The Board of Water and Power Commissioners gave tentative approval last June to a 3.8 percent increase for early 2006, to be followed by similar hikes over each of the next four years. last_img read more