‘We lost our minds’ – Liverpool manager reacts to thumping at Watfo


first_imgLONDON (AP): Liverpool slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Watford in the Premier League yesterday, while managerless Swansea drew 0-0 at home to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium. Liverpool now trail the Champions League places by five points after their latest loss, while Swansea stayed in the relegation zone after taking a point. Watford took the lead at Vicarage Road after only three minutes. Nathan Ake poking in after stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, replacing the injured Simon Mignolet, dropped a corner. Odion Ighalo then netted twice, with a composed finish in the 15th, before heading in unmarked in the 85th as Liverpool were punished for a stagnant and unimaginative performance. Manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side’s reaction to conceding early contributed to the rest of their display. “We lost our minds after the first goal; we lost our compact formation,” Klopp said. “The reaction has to be better. We came here to do something really different than what you saw. Hopefully, it is the most disappointing moment in my whole Liverpool FC life from now on.” NO WORRY FOR WATFORD Liverpool failed to offer anything in attack that worried Watford, which played at a higher tempo and with more attacking intent throughout the encounter. The victory is their fourth in a row in the Premier League and leaves them only a point behind Tottenham in fourth, on 28. “We are fighting a lot; we are very competitive,” Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores said. “I feel completely happy with the performance and the players. We are playing against amazing teams, but we control the matches.” In Wales, Swansea missed some good chances in the first half against West Ham as theyfailed to claim the victory that would have lifted them out of the relegation zone. Andre Ayew, Ki Sung-yueng and Jack Cork failed to convert opportunities as Swansea stayed in the bottom three, two points adrift of safety. West Ham substitute Enner Valencia almost won it for the visitors late on, but his strike was tipped over the bar by Lukasz Fabianski as Slaven Bilic’s side settled for their third straight goalless draw. Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis challenged his team to be more ruthless in attack. “We can all see that we are lacking a cutting edge,” Curtis said. “At least we looked like a Swansea City team again, but we need to find something in the final third.”last_img read more

Car wash, art gallery


first_img11 November 2003In Johannesburg’s Alexandra township there’s a car wash business called the Eksclusive Boyz Kar Wash. On the wall of the car wash is a mural of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko, created by MSE (Mzantsi Street Effects), a group of young graffiti specialists from Alex.The Eksclusive Boyz Kar Wash doubles as an exhibition space for Alex artists, exhibiting local artwork on its premises in an effort to develop skills in the community and, at the same time, to attract customers.Last year, Chris Maseneke and Mphane Tlhoaele of Eksclusive partnered with law firm Webber Wentzel Bowens to sponsor a young artists’ competition with the objective of uncovering local talent – and received over 100 entries from artists of 21 years or younger.This year, additional support from public-private initiative Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) enabled the competition to be promoted more widely in Alex, and following an extensive campaign on Alexandra community radio station ALEX FM, 110 entrants submitted work on the theme “Christmas Wish”.Work by 35 finalists, selected by a panel of judges, will be exhibited at the Upstairs@Bamboo gallery, Rustenburg Road, Melville, from November 11 to 17, and at the Webber Wentzel Bowens offices in Illovo from 21 November to 24 December. The art works will all be on sale, with proceeds going to the artists.The winners will be announced at a special event on November 21, and five winners will receive prizes totalling R17 000.Last year’s competition winner, 18-year-old Mandla Mavundla, said he “wanted to prove a point to those people who think that Alex doesn’t have talent. I believe that people in Alexandra suffer a lot and need a saviour. I believe that the person who will help our people in Alex will be born in Alex and understand the standard of living in Alex.”Some of the artworks from last year’s competition can be viewed on the Webber Wentzel Bowens website.Basa CEO Nicola Danby said the partnership between Webber Wentzel Bowens and Eksclusive “shows clearly how the corporate sector can engage positively and imaginatively with the community, and make a real difference to people’s lives, through the arts.”Basa, a joint initiative between government and the business sector, aims to promote sustainable partnerships between the private sector and the arts that will, in the long term, benefit the community at large.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

‘Magnificent Fridays’ for Boks, Proteas


first_img25 January 2011The government has launched a “Magnificent Friday” campaign to encourage South Africans to get behind the country’s national sporting teams, three of which are gearing up for World Cups taking place this year.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, along with the national rugby, cricket and netball associations, launched the campaign in Pretoria on Friday.Mbalula called on all citizens to wear their favourite team’s jersey, as well as participate in the numerous activities in the pipeline, every Friday leading up to the respective World Cup tournaments.The 2011 Cricket World Cup, taking place in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, starts next month, while the Netball World Championship takes place in Singapore in July, and the Rugby World Cup kicks off in New Zealand in September.“Every Friday is going to be a rocking Friday,” Mbalula said at Friday’s launch, which was broadcast live on SABC2’s Morning Live programme. “Every Friday will be magnificent. Through this campaign, we are building a movement of excellence and success.“The response this morning from South Africans was fantastic,” Mbalula added. “We want to make things happen in the area of sports in this country, we want people to understand that we are alive, vibrant and we rock!”Next Friday, the Magnificent Friday campaign will be taken to Park Station in Johannesburg.“Through this campaign, we want our people to rally behind our national teams, but we are also deepening nation building, and we want our people to demonstrate passion for their various sporting codes.”Mbalula said Magnificent Friday would kick off in his department with staff members wearing the three national team’s jerseys. “Throughout the campaign, we will be leading from the front, along with the Department of Arts and Culture.”The minister added that he expected players to reciprocate by demonstrating their fighting spirit on the field and by “making the nation proud”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more