Aside from familiarity, Garcia lauds Nambatac, Sollano for their work ethic

first_imgRey Nambatac and Jom Sollano. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFamiliarity is key.And for coach Caloy Garcia, having players who aren’t strangers to his system is huge as Rain or Shine plots its way back to contender status this coming season.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES With the new batch of Rain or Shine rookies coming in, Garcia likes what he sees from his group going forward.“It’s going to be a good competition for us every practice and every game. The ones we got, I’m sure, will complement the team,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award That’s why he didn’t shy away from drafting his former Letran studs Rey Nambatac and Jom Sollano in the first two rounds of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.“They played for me before in the NCAA and they’re familiar with me. It just so happened that they fell in our laps,” Garcia, who coached at Letran for two seasons, said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMore than his attachment with his former Knights, Garcia noted that what made him decide to pluck the two, alongside third round pick Michael Juico of San Sebastian, is their grit, something that he is in the look out for in a player.“Basically, they’re hard workers. Rey and Jom won a championship together so they have the experience. It’s all about them working hard and that’s one of the things I look for from the players, the ones who want to work hard, play hard, and give their 100 percent every practice and every game,” he said. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson PBA Board to decide Narvasa’s fate in annual planning Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

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Betway rewards fan with AFCON fully paid trip

first_img0Shares0000Betway country manager Leon Kiptum announcing the winner who will watch live Harambee Stars take on Algeria in Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – With Kenya playing in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years, one lucky fun Stephen Oketch will get to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience after betting firm Betway gifted him with a fully paid trip to watch the opening match pitting Harambee stars and Algeria June 23 in Egypt.Oketch was the lucky winner of the Road to Egypt promotion, which ran from the March 4 to April 28. His prize is an all-expenses-paid trip for him and a partner to watch the Kenyan national team, the Harambee Stars, live in Egypt for their Cup of Nations match as they take on Algeria June 23 in their opening match.Out of the many Betway Kenya customers who participated in the promotion, Stephen Oketch emerged as the winner of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.In addition to watching the Harambee Stars take on the best teams in Africa, the six-day trip will include a visit to some of the most popular Egyptian tourist attractions including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and the Papyrus Institute.To be entered into the draw, players simply had to place a bet on any soccer event from the 4th of March to the 28th of April.Each bet would earn the player an entry into a weekly draw to win cash, smartphones, and Free Bets, as well as an entry into the grand prize draw to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Egypt to watch Kenya take on Africa’s best.“Betway Kenya is pleased to give Stephen and his partner this great and once in a lifetime opportunity to experience African football at its best. We take pride in giving our customers memorable sporting experiences such as this one through our various products.” Leon Kiptum, Betway Country Manager said.“We encourage more people to continue playing with us and stand a chance to win just like Stephen,” Kiptum added.As one of the most popular sports betting brands in the country, Betway Kenya has rewarded many of its registered customers with great giveaways through its various promotions such as 4-To-Score, in which Doreen Kanana was a winner this month. Betway would like to congratulate Stephen Oketch and wish him and his partner well on their trip.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Five players not good enough for Liverpool including Jordon Ibe

first_img 3. Jordon Ibe – The 19-year-old has undoubted potential, but the loss of Raheem Sterling immediately prompted suggestions among fans and pundits that Ibe is actually the better player. Talk about ramp up pressure on Ibe to perform! He may well prove better than Sterling in the long run, but whereas his former team-mate was able to blossom very quickly alongside the brilliance of Suarez and Sturridge, Ibe is on the fringes of a team nowhere near that level right now and the danger is that playing him too often in a team struggling for cohesion will slow his progress. Ibe possibly should have continued to develop on loan, with a more established wide attacker signed to replace Sterling. Or at least give the more mature Markovic a shot. The pressure is on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, after his side fell to a tame 3-1 defeat at Manchester United. Despite picking up seven points and three clean cheets from their first three games, the defensive problems that have beset Rodgers’ reign look to have returned as the Reds have now shipped six goals in their last two.BRENDAN RODGERS: BACK HIM OR SACK HIM? SEE HOW NEARLY 20,000 PEOPLE VOTED, JUST CLICK HEREBut who’s not cutting it for Liverpool on the pitch right now, as they bid to reclaim their place in the Champions League?Click the right arrow to see the five players that aren’t good enough for Liverpool right now.Disagree with our picks? Comment below. 5. Dejan Lovren – Lovren looked like an established Premier League centre half at Southampton, resulting in Liverpool willing to spend £20 million on the defender, but time has shown that he was probably made to look better than he is by Saints’ overall defensive set up. The Croatian made six defensive errors last campaign, more than any other Liverpool player. 5 4. Kolo Toure – The Ivorian defender has won two league titles and three FA Cups in his career, but that was with much better sides than the current Liverpool team and, frankly, Toure is well past his best. His time at Liverpool has been riddled with defensive mistakes, most notably the back-pass at the Hawthorns in 2014, which ended up costing the Reds two vital points in the title race. 5 2. Simon Mignolet – The Belgian goalkeeper made a poor start to the 2014/15 season, leading to him being dropped for what Rodgers described as an indefinite period, starting with a trip to Manchester United. Mignolet was reinstated to the team after an injury to reserve ‘keeper Brad Jones, and his form improved, but his poor aerial ability promotes nerves among the Liverpool back four. 5 1. Martin Skrtel – click the arrow above to see four more players who shouldn’t be playing for Liverpool – While Lovren and Mignolet get their fair share of criticism, Skrtel seems to fly under the radar, but the Slovakian has been pretty much a constant in Liverpool’s poor defending under Brendan Rodgers. Seemingly first choice centre back under Rodgers, Skrtel’s positioning and often nonsensical fouls hardly help the Reds’ defensive cause. Only Lovren made more defensive errors than the Slovakian for Liverpool last year. 5 5last_img read more

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