Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya’s new coach Paul Put has warned his players to expect Rwanda and Libya to be at full strength when they meet in the group phase of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.In his first game since taking over from Stanley Okumbi last month, the Belgian-born Put’s experimental team face Rwanda in the tournament opener at the Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega on Sunday.“Rwanda have shown their quality having qualified for the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) by beating Ethiopia in the play-offs.“They are expected to bring their top players, and Libya too will field their best team as they seek to use the tournament as a build-up for the CHAN finals in Morocco in January, which have also qualified to take part,” said Put.“The tournament will give me the opportunity to look at the local players. Our goal is the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but it is important to have a good result. “We will have to learn by our own mistakes, and see how the team will perform. But the players want to prove themselves, and playing at home will be an extra motivation for them.”Kenya last won the Cecafa Cup in 2013 when Allan Wanga scored both goals in the 2-0 victory over Sudan in the final in Nairobi.Following Zimbabwe’s withdrawal on Wednesday, nine national teams, including cup holders Uganda will take part in the December 3-17 championships. The matches will be played in Kakamega in Western Kenya and the eastern town of Machakos.Zimbabwe, the reigning Southern Africa Cosafa champions, were expected to take part as a guest side, along with Libya.Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansReturning for the first time from an off-season injury, Oly Town Artesians goalkeeper JJ Olson made 26 saves and held the high-powered Bellingham offense to just two goals over the first three quarters on Saturday night, and was voted Western Indoor Soccer League Defensive Player Of The Week for week 10 by league coaches and club operators.The Saint Martin’s grad played a game for the ages. On The Pavilion’s small field that traditionally yields high scores and against the #2 team in the league both in record and in scoring who scored 14 goals on the Artesians earlier in the season, Olson held Bellingham to just one goal at even strength in a 5-4 loss. He made 26 saves despite facing constant pressure while Oly Town’s offense struggled to keep possession in the second half. Eventually, the Hammers took advantage and scored two power play goals and scored once with a man advantage after pulling their goalkeeper to add a sixth attacker.This is Olson’s second WISL Player Of The Week award. The Lakeville, Minnesota native took home the prize last season with a big 7-5 win over the Tacoma Stars Reserves. In his fourth season with the Artesians, Olson has started the most games at goalkeeper and has the most wins of any goalkeeper in club history but was only able to play in one game this season. Injuries beset Oly Town keepers this season. Ryan Perkins and Bradley Hanson both suffered season ending injuries early on. Defender Ryan Fakkema was converted into a keeper and played admirably in five games.This was the third Player Of The Week award for the Artesians this season. Eli Boatright was named Offensive POTW for his game tying goal in a 4-4 week nine draw in Snohomish. And Chris Pugh was also named Offensive POTW last week for his hat trick against the Oly-Pen Force.The Oly Town Artesians wrapped up their league schedule with Olson’s grand performance, but they will host one more game this Saturday night with Austin Kelley Night, an annual celebration of soccer in memory of friend and teammate Austin Kelley. First kick in the friendly between the Artesians and the Oly Legends is set for 6:30 at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.Stay up to date with the Artesians during the off-season and heading into the 2019 Evergreen Premier League season by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.
Emergency workers and supporters from Two River area towns gathered outside Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center April 10 to show their appreciation for health care workers as they changed shifts. For story, see page 3. Crowds in front of Riverview Medical Center gave cheers and thanks to doctors, nurses and other health care providers. Story and photos by Lynne Ward Residents from all over the Two River area came out to cheer, sing, clap and wave banners, signs and American flags. Emergency workers and first responders from many surrounding towns, including police, EMS crews, fire companies and others, came out to cheer on the nurses, doctors and other health care providers on the front line fighting the coronavirus. With sirens sounding and lights flashing, the town of Red Bank showed its appreciation to the Riverview staff. Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center was the site of an impromptu outpouring of thank yous for staff April 10. The surprise event was organized by Red Bank Fire Chief Scott Calabrese. Former Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEO John Lloyd was in attendance, as well as River view board members and Kelli O’Brien, chief hospital executive, and Jennifer Smith, executive director of Riverview Medical Center Foundation, just to name a few. It was a magical evening in Red Bank, one full of emotion and hope. RED BANK- A crowd of well-wishers – most of them wearing gloves and masks converged outside side Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center Friday evening, April 10 as health care workers were changing shifts. Many also chipped in to deliver dinner to the health care workers, some of whom were able to watch the fanfare from the windows of the hospital’s upper floors. This article originally appeared in the April 16th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.