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Hundreds of Muslims Endorse Weah

first_imgWeah addresses a crowd of Muslims who endorsed him over the weekendTwo days after the lifting of the prohibition on the runoff presidential election by the Supreme Court, hundreds of Muslims have endorsed the Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George M. Weah, describing him as the best candidate for the country.The endorsement, which was held over the weekend at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town, brought together imams and women and youth groups.Bobby M. Sheriff, Sr., who read the endorsement statement, said they strongly believe that Sen. Weah is prepared to address issues affecting Liberia and its people, as well as working with everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.He said the coalition represents all sectors of Liberia, because its members hail from villages, towns, and cities with many of them being students, market women, teachers, motorcyclists, farmers, street vendors, engineers, doctors and much more.“We want to first thank all of those who turned out to vote during the first round of the elections and also thousands of Muslims who worked hard with their various political parties in reaching thus far and showing to the world that Liberians are peaceful. Today, we are joining a political revolution and it continues until victory is certain,” Sheriff said.“The United Muslims Organization of Liberia, in collaboration with twenty other Muslim groupings, including imams, unanimously agreed to support Weah of the CDC for the runoff election.”He said they will continue to work hard to ensure the election of a government that will represent the entire population of Liberia, and not just a few.“We have come to make a conscious decision that will be in the interest of Liberia, because Liberia needs a different kind of leader that will bring real and positive change. Over the time, we have had the opportunity to speak and interact with Liberians, including Muslims who have said that this election is about their needs,” he said.Sheriff said they believe that Weah is the next president of Liberia, and endorsing him is the best decision, adding, “Weah is prepared to address issues affecting the country through the evaluation of the CDC platform.”According to him, a CDC government will create thousands of jobs for the people, build the country’s infrastructure and make Liberia all inclusive.“Weah will build roads, schools, provide access to electricity in various homes and businesses, and support the agricultural sector. This election is about bringing health services to the people and reducing the unemployment rate that affects the people, especially college graduates,” he said.Many Muslims gathered at CDC headquarters to endorse the presidential bid of Sen. Weah.Accepting the endorsement, Senator Weah said he was pleased to see such an overwhelming turnout to ensure a CDC victory at the end of the pending election.“We are delighted to accept your endorsement and want to assure you that our government will seek the interest of both Muslims and Christians. We will make sure that Muslims and Christians will work together and move together in harmony,” he said.Sen. Weah said he was excited to see political parties and individuals coming together after the first round of the elections, which speaks of togetherness.“We are your leaders, do not be afraid to talk to us because we are humans, and can make mistakes. For Liberia to move forward, we all need to work together and advance. Your ideas are needed and would help in making Liberia a better place,” Weah said.According to the Senator, every Liberian played a part in destroying the country, adding that “it is time to fix it” under his leadership as President of Liberia.“I want you to be prepared for the rebuilding of Liberia. Don’t make Weah president and sit at home, because we need your support and ideas. If you are a market woman, your idea to make others advance will be appreciated,” he said.The national chairman of CDC, Nathaniel McGill, lauded the Muslims for the endorsement and promised to work with them. “As the runoff proceeds, VP Boakai will have to face the country’s giant. I am sure that we will win the elections at 80 percent,” he boasted.McGill said the CDC government is prepared to not only retire Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, but will also provide a retirement package for him, including security.“I know that Weah is a good man and we want to assure VP Boakai of his total benefits,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Pres. Weah Pushes for ‘Timely Passage’ of Dual Citizenship, Others…

first_imgPresident George M. Weah delivers his second Annual Address to the Joint session of the Legislature on January 28, 2019. (Photo: Leroy M. Sonpon, III)President George Weah, on Monday, January 28, 2019, called on members of the 54th Legislature to pass the “Dual Citizenship Bill,” and a number of proposed laws, which have been submitted for enactment and are known as “Essential Bills” for the development and prosperity of the country.During his second Annual Message to the 54th Legislature at its second session at the William R. Tolbert Joint Chambers in the Capitol Building on January 28, 2019 when President Weah thanked the lawmakers for the spirit of cooperation between the Executive and the Legislature branches of government.The President’s push for the legislation of Dual Citizenship, which he once made at the same venue, would be the second instance in two years.It may be recalled that after the 16 days discussion the President’s 1st Annual Message in 2018, Grand Kru County District #2 and House’s Judiciary chairman J. Fonati Koffa submitted four bills on “Dual Citizenship and Owning of Properties”, but these have since been in Joint Committee’s room.They are “resolution amending certain provisions of the Constitution of THE QUALIFICATION I AMENDMENT), resolution amending certain provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia (THE QUALIFICATION II AMENDMENT), resolution amending certain provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia (THE CITIZEN AMENDMENT) and resolution amending certain provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia (THE PROPERTY AMENDMENT).Besides the Dual Citizenship Bill, the President also wants the Legislature to approve into law “An Act to Amend the Liberian Codes Revised, Penal Law of 1978 of the Republic of Liberia, Chapter 11, by repealing Sections 11.11,  11.12 and 11.14 to be known as the Kamara  Abdullah Kamara Act of Press Freedom; the Domestic Violence Bill, An Act to name certain roads and bridges within the Republic of Liberia, and An Act to amend the Revenue Code of Liberia, Phase One of the Reform Tax Code of Liberia A.D. 2000”, to adopt a modernized customs code (2018).Others are “An Act to amend Part III, Section 15.2 (a) of An Act to Repeal the Act incorporating the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation of 1993 and to enact, regulate and supervise National Lotteries, Lotto and games of chance, International Convention on the Simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures (as Amended, known as the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) and ECOWAS CUSTOMS CODE.”The President stressed that the enactment of the proposed legislation has significant implications for the achievement of the country’s pro-poor agenda for national renewal.The President in his second annual message congratulated the Legislature for the passage of some essential laws, including additional financing for the West African Power Pool-Cote d’ Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Power Interconnection Project and amendment to the Original Project Financing Agreement between Liberia and International Development Association; Land Rights Act;  Bali Island and the Mahatma Gandhi Multi-Purpose Conference Center; Local Government Act; Land Rights Act; Investment Incentive Between the Government of Liberia and Fouta Corporations; and An Act Ratifying the Agreement for the Establishment of the Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK).He also spoke of other bills to be concluded and submitted to the Legislature for ratification, including an action for the establishment of free tuition for undergraduate students in public schools, the National Youth Act, and the Revised Liberia Bank for Development and Investment Act.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mahdia businesswoman shoots miner during attempted rape

first_img…suspect battling for life at GPHCA 36-year-old miner who allegedly attempted to rape his former employer is currently battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after he was shot three times by the woman.Reports are that late on Thursday night, the now wounded man was imbibing at his former employer’s premises at Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). Reports are at about 00:45h on Friday morning, the man sneaked into the woman’s mining camp and then entered her sleeping area as she was asleep. He allegedly attempted to remove her underwear when she woke up and reached for her firearm, which was in close range. The woman fired three shots towards her perpetrator. He received gunshot wounds to his stomach and arms.The police were subsequently contacted and the woman, who is a licensed firearm holder, informed the cops that she shot the man in self-defence.The suspect was rushed to the Mahdia Hospital but as a result of the extent of his injuries, he was air-dashed to the city and taken to the GPHC where his condition has been listed as critical.Meanwhile, the businesswoman is assisting Police with investigations.Just last month, a 46-year-old miner was hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, charged for engaging in sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent on August 10, 2018.Odingo Emanuel also known as “Dingo” of Bamadai Landing, was not required to plea to the charge when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann MacLennan.The matter was held in-camera.Bail was granted in the sum of $250,000 and the matter was then transferred to the Kamarang Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

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Major sectors show decline – BoG report

first_imgThe Bank of Guyana (BoG) Annual Report for 2018, showed a declining trend among most of the major economic sectors in Guyana including gold, rice and sugar.“… the output of sugar, rice, gold and fishing declined, reflecting poor weather and road conditions as well as lower domestic demand from regulatory requirements,” the report stated.It was noted that the total gold declaration declined last year by 6.2 per cent, which is 83.3 per cent of the targeted amount of 736,000 troy ounces for 2018. This level of production, the BoG pointed out, reflects lower declarations from small and medium scale miners, which went down by 14.5 per cent.“The local gold mining industry was hampered by increased smuggling activities and impassable roads in the hinterland regions, caused by heavy rainfall which delayed maintenance works.In contrast, the two large foreign gold mining companies’ combined production increased by 8.6 per cent. The companies’ – Troy Resources and Guyana Goldfields Inc – shared overall declarations was higher, at 41.5 per cent compared to 35.8 per cent in 2017.RiceWith regards to rice, the Central Bank noted that this sector declined by 0.5 per cent to approximately 626,684 tonnes, which was 101.5 per cent of the targeted amount of 617,353 tonnes for 2018.“This outcome stemmed from poor weather conditions, paddy bug infestation, lesser hectares harvested and lower crop investments. In the first half of 2018, output of rice was 3.8 per cent lower than the 2017 level and was 52.6 per cent of the overall production,” it outlined.Additionally, the report stated that acreage harvested last year reduced by 4.1 per cent to 86,631 hectares, compared with 90,341 hectares in 2017. Further, during the second half of 2018, production was 297,173 tonnes while acreage harvested decreased by 1.7 per cent to 80,528 hectares compared with 81,914 hectares in the previous year.SugarMeanwhile, the sugar sector declined by 23.8 per cent, that is, 90.6 per cent of the targeted amount of 115,447 tonnes for 2018. This outturn, the report said, was due to structural reforms of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), unfavourable weather conditions and lesser supply of quality canes. This resulted in the output being lower in both the first and latter halves of last year by 30.6 per cent at 34,451 tonnes and 20.0 per cent at 70,191 tonnes, respectively.There was also a 6.2 per cent decline in the fishing sub-sector against a 1.0 per cent growth in 2017.“The overall amount of shrimp and fish catches decreased by 6.2 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively, attributed to market challenges, the implementation of rigorous international certification requirements and increased seaweed infestation.”Despite these performances, however, the agriculture sector expanded by 1.5 per cent in 2018, showing a growth of 0.4 per cent over 2017. The BoG said this growth was buoyed by higher output of livestock, forestry and other crops, which more than offset the shortfalls in declining sectors.In fact, the livestock sub-sector expanded by 23.1 per cent from a decline of 2.8 per cent in 2017. This performance was due to increased output of poultry meat and eggs by 36.7 per cent and 11.9 per cent respectively, resulting from strong consumer demand. Livestock growth was also driven by higher pork and beef production of 21.6 per cent and 0.7 per cent respectively due to enhanced production practices and better breeds.ForestryIn the forestry sector, the output of roundwood and total logs increased by 13.4 per cent and 4.3 per cent respectively, on account of favourable demand in the construction industry and improved foreign market conditions. But the output of sawnwood declined by 7.1 per cent, attributed to poor road and weather conditions.MiningMeanwhile, the overall mining sector improved by 2.9 per cent following an 8.8 per cent decline in 2017. This outturn was due to the increase in bauxite output and quarrying activities, which offset the shortfall in gold declarations.Bauxite production increased by 31.9 per cent, representing 101.4 per cent of the targeted amount of 1,897,205 tonnes for 2018. The bauxite industry experienced greater production of Metal Grade (MAZ), Chemical Grade (CGB) and Refractory Grade (RASC) bauxite by 34.4 per cent, 29.2 per cent and 9.6 per cent respectively, as a result of stable demand.Following the growth trend, total diamond declaration increased by 19.1 per cent to 62,111 carats, due to favourable market demand and an increase in average export price by 5.8 per cent to US$180.1 per metric carat from US$170.3 per metric carat at the end of 2017.On the other hand, the manufacturing sector increased marginally by 1.0 per cent, relative to the 4.2 per cent growth in 2017. This was as a result of increased production of light manufacturing products and rice milling by 5.2 per cent and 0.2 per cent respectively. Manufacturing goods grew on account of increased production of stockfeed by 11.8 per cent, paints by 6.5 per cent, liquid pharmaceuticals by 4.5 per cent and alcoholic beverages by 3.8 per cent due to higher market demand.The services sector, which accounted for 53.7 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018, grew by 4.5 per cent relative to 3.6 per cent growth the previous year.“This outcome reflected increased activities of wholesale and retail trade, rental of dwellings, financial and insurance as well as other services by 8.1 per cent, 7.5 per cent, 5.2 per cent and 14.0 per cent respectively,” the report stated.According to the BoG, Guyana’s economic growth rate was stronger at 4.1 per cent for 2018 when compared to the 2.1 per cent growth in 2017. This, it noted, was because of higher production of bauxite, livestock, forestry and other crops as well as increases in construction, manufacturing and service activities coupled with favourable commodity prices, greater investment expenditure and moderate domestic demand, which were also major factors influencing growth.Nevertheless, the Central Bank projects that Guyana’s economy will grow by 4.4 per cent at the end of 2019 with an expected increase in the major economic sectors.The agriculture sector is expected to expand by 3.2 per cent, due to the increases in other crops by 4.0 per cent, production of rice by 3.4 per cent and the output of sugar by 3.2 per cent.Meanwhile, the mining and quarrying sector is forecasted to increase by 3.4 per cent from the growth in bauxite production by 10.0 per cent and gold by 1.7 per cent. The services industry is estimated to grow by 3.7 per cent on account of higher outturns of wholesale and retail trade by 5.0 per cent and transportation and storage activities by 3.5 per cent. The construction and manufacturing industries are projected to increase by 10.5 per cent and 3.8 per cent respectively. The inflation rate is forecasted at 2.5 per cent on account of moderate increases in food and fuel prices.last_img read more

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Lambert delighted with Aston Villa’s start to the season

first_imgAston Villa manager Paul Lambert has declared his delight as they continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.The Villans held Newcastle United to a 0-0 draw at Villa Park, which means they are yet to concede so far this campaign.And after a tough time last year, Lambert is enjoying every moment.“We’ve started really well and we’re playing really well,” beamed the Scottish manager.“Things are really positive at the football club at the moment and two clean sheets [in two games] is a solid base for us.“I’m delighted with the start we’ve made.”last_img

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Uganda to host 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge

first_imgUganda last hosted the competition in 2012 where they won 2-1 against Kenya in the final stated at the Namboole National Stadium in Kampala.FIFA President Gianni InfantinoAt the same event that was officiated by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and CAF boss Ahmad Ahmad, members attended the inauguration of the Regional FIFA Development Office which will be based in Addis Ababa to cater for the development programmes of CECAFA and the North Zone.For the second year running, FIFA will fund five activities among the seven that members endorsed the hosting rights to various countries that will commence June to end in December as part of regional football growth.The programs funded by FIFA are the Under 17 Challenge Cup in Eritrea, Under-17 Women Challenge Cup in Kenya, Under-20 Women Challenge Cup in Uganda, Senior Women Challenge Cup in Tanzania and Under-20 Men Challenge Cup in Uganda.“FIFA has really helped us in terms of developing football in the region especially women and youth which are the core areas of tapping talent. The Kagame Cup and Senior Challenge Cup is upon us the CECAFA Secretariat to fund it and the good thing is that members have committed to support it and ensure we don’t miss it. This year all the competitions will be successful,” Musonye told Capital Sport.This year all the competitions will be successful,” Musonye told Capital Sport. Photo/FILEThe meeting that was held on the sidelines of the Africa Union Summit, will see a setting up of a development office in Addis Ababa.CECAFA is among three regions in Africa that were selected to host FIFA regional offices, with others being set up in Dakar, Senegal and Johannesburg in Sourth Africa.Other tournaments will see the highly competitive Kagame Cup return to Rwanda in July under the sponsorship of Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Azam TV.0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye. Photo/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12 –The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup returns this year, with Uganda hosting the regional football competition in December after members endorsed it during a consultative meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday.Having not been held in 2018 after Kenya withdrew the hosting rights, members of the oldest regional body committed to contribute to a solidarity fund that will guarantee the staging of the annual competition.last_img read more

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Pleasure Faire holds annual School Day

first_img“They read and learn about Queen Elizabeth and the 16th century in their books at school and it’s great to give them a look at what it was really like. The atmosphere here really brings it all to life for them,” she said. The Renaissance PleasureFaire was started in 1963 near Malibu by a schoolteacher and was staged in Devore for 16 years before coming to the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area last year. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAnnette Valverde, 34, of Covina, said she urged her daughter to wear a costume so she’d feel like she was part of the Faire. “We came last year and we saw people wearing peasant dresses and flowers on their heads so I made her a costume so she could really feel like she was going back in time,” Valverde said. While many students liked the arts and crafts, which included glass blowing, painting and fortune telling, Garrett Griffin enjoyed the food. “I think the food is the best part about it; look at this turkey leg, it’s so big,” said Griffin, 12, a student at Day Creek Middle School in Rancho Cucamonga. “It’s so old-fashioned here and it’s awesome.” Rikki Kipple, the Faire’s artistic director, said School Day was created to give students a real life history lesson. IRWINDALE – Thousands of students visited the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area on Friday and got a taste of the Elizabethan era at the 44th annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire and Artisan’s Market. The Faire’s second annual “School Day” event played host to more than 10,000 students who came from schools throughout Southern California. “We read about the Renaissance and Queen Elizabeth in school and now we are here,” Katie Gurrola, 11, of La Puente said. “Seeing everything they have is so fun.” Students spent the day at the re-creation of the 16th century English village surrounded by craftsmen, knights, merry minstrels, folk singers and jousters. last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: CONGRATS TO ROSSES AC’S MacRUAIRI ON GREAT ULSTER RUN

first_imgWell done to Odhran Mac Ruairi who ran a very strong race and high finish in the Boys u17 Ulster championships last weekend in Ballybofey.Congratulations to Fiona on a fantastic run recently in the New York City Marathon.Following a meeting of the adult athletes, it has been agreed to move training to a Tuesday night in the Estate in Gweedore at 7pm starting Tuesday 17th November. All levels are welcome to come along including beginners.There will also be a Thursday evening session at 7pm in the Estate and weekend long runs starting from the Blue Bridge. Sportshall Athletics continues Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair on Monday evenings from 6 pm to 7 pm. Sportshall continues in Dungloe on Mondays also. There will be two sessions: Session One: for children born 2006, 2007 and 2008 from 5.45 pm to 6.45 pm. Session Two: for children born 2005 and older from 6.45 pm to 7.45 pm.Parents/Guardians please note we cannot accommodate younger children at session two for health and safety reasons.The club adult Presentation Night will be held on Friday 20th November in Bonnars of Mullaghduff gathering about 9pm. It will be a great night to catch up and remember back through the recent marathon stories as well as the many successes and achievements by club athletes over the course of a very successful year. All adult club members are encouraged to come along.Some Upcoming fixtures: 15th November, Remembrance 10k, Ballybofey. Paul McGee continues to coordinate and lead the training groups and anybody looking to be part of this group is very welcome – contact Paul McGee on 0879256528. ATHLETICS: CONGRATS TO ROSSES AC’S MacRUAIRI ON GREAT ULSTER RUN was last modified: November 10th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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GARDAI SMASH COPPER CYLINDER GANG

first_imgGardai quiz the two suspects close to the Polestar Roundabout this afternoon. Pic copy Donegal Daily.BREAKING NEWS: Gardai have smashed a gang suspected of being behind the theft of copper cylinders.Members of the gang were caught red-handed with the cylinders in Letterkenny just before 1pm.The two members of the gang fled but were apprehended by Gardai close to the Polestar Roundabout. Thieves are making cash by selling on the copper cylinders.In a follow-up search detectives have come across a number of cylinders in waste ground on the Canal Road between the ALDI store and the local Letterkenny Town Council offices.They are continuing to search the area.Two of the cylinders, one of which was partially cut up, were found close to the edge of the road.It is understood the men were moving the items when they were caught. Dozens of the copper cylinders have been taken from vacant houses and sold for cash to scrap dealers.  GARDAI SMASH COPPER CYLINDER GANG was last modified: June 28th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:copper cylindersdonegalgangGardailetterkennytheftlast_img read more

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Batambuze, Odongkara on the move

first_img Tags: Robert OdongkaraShafickBatambuzeUganda Cranes Batambuze (left) after signing for Gor Mahia on TuesdayUgandan left back, Shafick Batambuze completed a move to Kenyan giants Gor Mahia on Tuesday evening.The former Simba and SC Villa defender had previously been at Tanzanian side Singida FC which he joined last year.The 24 year old who has featured in three official games for the Cranes since making his debut in 2016 has of late been a journey man, playing for Muhoroni, SC Villa, Western Sitima, Sofa Paka, Tursker and Singida in a period of seven years.At Gor Mahia, he joins a list of Ugandans who have featured for the reigning Kenya Premier League champions including Khalid Aucho, Geofrrey Baba Kizito and Godfrey Walusimbi.He comes in as a direct replacement for Walusimbi who joined Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs last month.In a related development, Ugandan goalkeeper Robert Odongkara has joined another Ethiopian club, Adama City on a two-year deal.Odongkara has been plying trade at St. George for seven years before leaving the Horsemen at the end of last season.Odongkara has been at St. George for the last seven years (file photo)He had been linked with a move to Wolwalo Adigat University but the deal could not materialise hence choosing to stay in the ‘Horn of Africa’.The 29 year old former SC Villa and URA custodian moved to Ethiopia in 2011 and subsequently guided St. George to 5 league titles.In the process, he was also named best goalkeeper in the Ethiopian league for five times.His new side Adama City is based in the city of Adama and host league games at Abebe Bikala Stadium.Adama City finished 5th last season with 44 points accumulated in 30 games.Comments last_img read more

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