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Scotland captain Charlie Peet says his team are looking to take inspiration from their senior counterparts ahead of the ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup starting this week.

The Scots begin their campaign on Friday against Sri Lanka in Guyana, before also taking on the host nation West Indies and Australia.

Peet’s team may only have been at the World Cup as a late replacement for New Zealand, who withdrew over quarantine issues, but the skipper believes Scotland can once again impress on the international stage.

He said: “The senior team are obviously a huge inspiration for what they did at the T20 World Cup [making the Super 12s].

“Quite a few of our guys play with and rub shoulders with the first team quite a lot, so to see them put in those sorts of performances against the best teams in the world gives us the inspiration to think that we can do the same.”

The left-arm spinner also revealed that, while his team are raring to go now preparation is complete, the news on their participation took a while to sink in.

He added: “It was obviously a pretty big surprise for us to find out we’d qualified when we were all extremely disappointed with the way the qualifiers turned out. It was quite surreal when we were told, it didn’t really sink in for a while.

“But after that we got straight back into training and we had a good couple of tough months at the indoor centre.”

Unlike Scotland, who were at the 2020 tournament, Uganda are at their first U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in 16 years, after last qualifying for the 2006 edition in Sri Lanka. They are in a tough-looking group B alongside India, Ireland and South Africa, but will be desperate to make an impact after so long away from a major finals.

Captain Pascal Murungi says his team’s performance levels and overall development, is just as important as their results. He believes just to have the experience of a World Cup is already a huge success.

“For us every game will be like a final,” Murungi explained. “We’ll try to give the best of ourselves. It is not about us saying ‘we have to win two games or it’s a failure’. Our mind-set is totally different, but we just want to show what we can do.”

Although his team lost to Scotland in their final warm-up game the performance-levels didn’t concern the Ugandan skipper.

He added: “That was a warm-up game and we were trying a few different strategies, it was all part of the final preparation. I think now we are ready to deliver our best over the next few weeks. We just want to get the best out of ourselves I believe we can do that.”

Former-finalists Sri Lanka have also been given a tough draw on paper. They will face three-time champions Australia and host nation the West Indies, as well as Scotland in Group D. But facing the Scots first could provide an opportunity for Farveez Maharoof’s team to build momentum in their attempt to qualify for the Super League play-offs.

They also laid down a marker with a warm-up win over Ireland on Monday. Skipper Dunith Wellalage says his side are in a good frame of mind heading into their opener and believes they will have the required fight to challenge their first-round opponents.

“We have a good side and my players are really excited for the World Cup,” he said. “We’re in a good mind-set and this World Cup is a good opportunity for us. In the last few months, we played a first series against Bangladesh and then a second against England.

“After that we went to the Asia Cup and were the runners-up. Now we’re at the World Cup and have prepared really well. Our strength is our batting. We have a good batting line-up and a good balanced side.

“The first match we play is Scotland and then Australia and West Indies. I think the West Indies and Australia are good sides so I think we can give a good fight against those teams.”

Wellalage is also pleased that one of his country’s most successful captains of all-time, Mahela Jayawardene is working with the under-19 team as a consultant coach during the tournament, providing invaluable experience to the younger group.

He added: “Mahela has helped our team and he has a great knowledge. We can do a great job with him.”

Ireland captain Tim Tector, the third consecutive Tector brother to captain Ireland U19s at the World Cup spoke ahead of their first match against Uganda.

“It’s great to have them (Jack and Harry) do it before, they were able to give me a few tips before I came out here. It’s certainly a weird one being the third brother to do it – I’ve had a lot of questions about it but it’s great we’ve all been able to do it.

“Jack was the first to get into cricket, he started when he was seven or eight but where we lived a few years ago we had quite a big garden at the back, and we played a lot of backyard cricket and we were always talking about cricket around the dinner table.

“We have Uganda first up and our focus is on that first, we are pretty confident for that game but you’ve got to take it one game at a time. India will be a different challenge in itself – none of us have ever played a game on TV before so that part about it will be a bit different. There’s always going to be a few nerves about playing those big games, but I think when the time comes and when we step over the rope we will be ready to go.”

Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea suffered a 250-loss to an impressive UAE side in Monday’s warm-up match. But their captain Barnanbas Maha is hopeful his team will be better for the experience.

He said: “We were a bit rusty after travelling. But we are here to learn and compete. And I think we can learn a lot from that match and hopefully prepare ourselves for the Pakistan game (on Saturday).” - International Cricket Council


To mark the Club’s 122nd anniversary, AC Milan - via Fondazione Milan - is celebrating its commitment to social responsibility, a key value of the Club, with the announcement of a charity project in collaboration with UNICEF in support of children in South Sudan.

At the heart of the initiative is the journey of a very special Rossoneri jersey from the 2016/17 season with “Balotelli 45” printed on the back. The jersey was discovered and photographed by Danish war photographer Jan Grarup during a trip to South Sudan to document the effects of the severe floods, which have ravaged the country for years, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless and without access to food and clean water.

In the village of Canal on the Nile river, the photographer met a young boy wearing an AC Milan jersey that - torn due to wear and tear - had evidently been repaired and stitched together on many occasions. Being an AC Milan fan himself and in admiration of the dedication and passion reflected in a shirt that he dubbed a ”work of art”, Grarup asked the boy if he could swap his AC Milan jersey for a new one and subsequently donated it to the Club. The Club immediately accepted the donation as a symbol of the belonging, dedication and passion, which unite Rossoneri fans around the globe, in spite of their age or social status.

As such, from today, this special jersey from South Sudan will be put on display in the Mondo Milan museum at Casa Milan - the Rossoneri’s HQ in Milan - in a new exhibition dedicated to the educational and social projects implemented by Fondazione Milan. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to donate money for the many initiatives and campaigns - taking place in Italy and abroad - promoted by the Rossoneri’s NGO. - , THE AC MILAN OFFSIDE

Photos @ Ghana Football Association @Feguifoot


Ghana, Tanzania and Guinea progressed to the fourth of the African qualifiers for the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup, Costa Rica 2022 after positive results in their third round of matches on Saturday.

Ghana saw off Zambia with a narrow 1-0 win in Cape Coast, as Burundi and Tanzania played out a 1-1 draw in Ngozi, while Senegal suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Guinea in Conakry on the same day.

In Cape Coast, the Black Princesses were aiming to leverage on their home advantage against the Zambians, following a drab goalless first leg draw in Lusaka a fortnight ago.

CAF Women's Champions League breakthrough star Evelyn Badu was the heroine as her 35th minute's lone effort gave the West Africans the crucial victory over their COSAFA counterparts at the Cape Coast Stadium.

The defeat did not only dashed Zambia's maiden qualification dreams but also confirmed the elimination of all COSAFA representatives from the ongoing qualification campaign after the earlier exits of Botswana and South Africa.

Ghana, on the other hand, will square up with Uganda, who edged South Africa, in the fourth round of the qualifying series scheduled to be held in January 2022.

Meanwhile in Ngozi, Tanzania did the minimum required to advance, with the crucial point against Burundi sealing their progression.

After a nervy 3-2 first leg result in Dar es Salaam, the eight-woman Tanzanites had a dream start when they broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the match courtesy of Emeliana Isaya Mdimu's strike.

The Burundians, however, fought back to level moments later but they could not further find the back of the net as their depleted visitors held on till full time to guarantee a spot in the next round.

Having progressed, Tanzania will take on Ethiopia in all CECAFA fourth-round showdown for a place in the final stage.

Elsewhere, Guinea sought to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit against Senegal and they began on a high, finding the opening goal through Nambinty Sylla in the 38th minute.

The Guineans pushed for more goals and Fanta Sanda Camara doubled the lead to see the home side levelled on aggregate against their fellow West African foes on the brink of half time.

The Senegalese, however, resumed the brightest side as they went on to earn a priceless away goal off the foot of Walimata N'Diaye four minutes into the second half.

Although Nana Camara scored in additional time for the hosts, her late effort was not enough to see them through as the visitors progressed on away goals rule after a 3-3 aggregate score.

In the next phase, Senegal will seek to fancy their chances against Morocco after the North Africans sent the Gambia packing from the qualifying series, following a 9-1 aggregate victory. - Confederation of African Football

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