Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong has scored his first club for Turkish club Bursaspor in their 4-2 away win at Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday.The 24-year-old central defender, who joined Bursaspor from Gent last summer, opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he smashed the roof of the net from close range.?⚽️ @wtroostekong pic.twitter.com/uecEom9Lu5— bursatimsahı ? (@timsahreis) September 16, 2017Troost-Ekong made his Super Eagles debut in June 2015, playing all 90 minutes of Nigeria’s Nations Cup qualifier against Chad and has gone on to form a formidable Super Eagles defensive pairing with Mainz defender Leon Balogun. RelatedBursaspor Unveil New Signing Shehu AbdullahiJanuary 24, 2018In “National Team”Super Eagles Star Troost-Ekong Bids Farewell To Bursaspor Ahead Of Udinese MoveAugust 17, 2018In “Europe”Exclusive: Troost-Ekong Targets Improved Udinese Season (AUDIO)October 27, 2019In “Nigeria”
Roger Federer achieved tennis greatness with an intoxicating blend of athleticism, artistry and unflinching nerve. Yet for all his fluid genius, the measure of a career often boils down to cold numbers.Seventeen grand slam singles titles, three more than any man who has played the game, have been won by the Swiss maestro.But it is eight grand slam events and counting since the graceful sportsman, who ticked off major accomplishments like clockwork during his years of dominance, has won a grand slam.At age 33, with the clock ticking down on an extraordinary career, Federer faces a golden opportunity to add to his majestic legacy at the US Open starting on Monday. (Reuters)At age 33, with the clock ticking down on an extraordinary career, the father of two sets of twins faces a golden opportunity to add to his majestic legacy at the US Open starting on Monday at the US National Tennis Center.Federer is in form and his primary nemesis, 2013 US Open winner Rafa Nadal, has withdrawn due to a wrist injury, elevating the Swiss to second seed and ensuring he can only meet top seed Novak Djokovic should they both reach the final.World number two Nadal, the Spaniard with 14 major titles of his own, has beaten Federer 23 times in 33 career meetings, and taken nine of their 11 career collisions in grand slams. The other member of the ‘Big Four’ who have dominated men’s tennis the past decade, 2012 US Open winner and 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Britain, is still struggling to regain top form after having back surgery, further suggesting a possible storybook run by Federer.SWISS MARVELAfter a disappointing 2013 season in which Federer was affected by a bad back, skeptics wondered whether he might be heading down a slippery slope toward retirement.Federer believed otherwise, proclaiming his continuing love for the game, even down to the long hours of practice, and insisted he would remain a grand slam threat.The Swiss marvel has proved there is plenty left in the tank. Federer has been the best player over these summer months, battling Djokovic in an epic five-set Wimbledon final before falling just short, and reaching four successive finals during the lead-in to the US Open including a victory at the Masters 1000 Western & Southern in Cincinnati.He scoffed at the notion of an imminent changing of the guard after impressive results from some young, big hitters at Wimbledon, including semi-finalists Milos Raonic of Canada and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, and Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios, who was ranked 144th when he ousted Nadal in the fourth round.”If I’m playing well I feel like I can control the field to a degree,” said Federer.”I do believe the top guys are the ones we know and who are still going to be deciding outcomes of the bigger tournaments, like the Masters 1000s and the grand slams and the World Tour Finals.”He may well have more to add beyond his record streak of reaching 23 successive grand slam semi-finals through the 2010 Australian Open. Beyond his record 36 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals through the 2013 French Open.Beyond the 10 successive grand slam finals he appeared in through the 2007 US Open.A victory at Flushing Meadows would make him the oldest grand slam winner since Andrew Gimeno won the 1972 French Open at 34, and oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall’s triumph as a 35 year old in 1970.Victory for Federer would bring him a sixth US crown, snapping his tie with Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras once again allowing him to hoist a gleaming grand slam trophy – a sensation he has enjoyed more than any man in tennis.
GECOM’s foot-dragging on electionsThe brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin on Tuesday filed private criminal charges against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman and the three Government Commissioners for conspiracy to breach the Constitution of Guyana.The charges were filed by complainant Marcel Gaskin against Retired Justice James Patterson, Vincent Alexander, Charles Corbin and Desmond Trotman. The charges, which were filed by Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin on March 12, 2019, stated that the four defendants, during the period of December 22, 2018 and March 9, 2019 conspired to breach Article 106 of the Constitution of Guyana, which provided for the holding of General Elections in Guyana within three months from December 21, 2018.The case comes up for hearing before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday.Only on Tuesday, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Commissioners walked out of the statutory meeting at GECOM after the issue of house-to-house registration was on the agenda instead of General and Regional Elections as mandated by the Constitution of Guyana.Since the passage of the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018, there has been much criticism about GECOM’s preparedness for the mandated General andGovernment Commissioners Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles CorbinRegional Elections.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Clause 7 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Guyana states that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had initially committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo but have since changed their position.Since the passage of the motion, by a vote of 33-32, on December 21, 2018, however; persons aligned with the coalition have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman and the husband of sitting Minister Cathy Hughes, who told State media that half of 65 is 32.5, but when rounded to the nearest whole number, this would be 33 as there is no half member.Following a challenge of this in the High Court, acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruled that 33 is the majority. The Government has since challenged the Chief Justice’s ruling in the Court of Appeal. That case continues today at the Court of Appeal.Clock tickingWith nine days remaining before the constitutional deadline for holding elections expires, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn on Monday reminded that the clock was ticking, even as a civil society group urged President Granger to announce a date for the polls.“The Constitution is the supreme law… There is the three-month clock, which is still ticking, it hasn’t been stayed yet…,” the United Kingdom envoy told Guyana Times during an exclusive interview at his Bel Air Gardens residence in Georgetown on Monday.After March 21, 2019, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government effectively becomes illegal. The only way this can change is if the parliamentary Opposition – the PPP/C – votes for an extension of the life of the Government, but Opposition Leader Jagdeo says he will do so only if the Head of State announces a date for elections before the expiration of the current voters’ list on April 30, 2019.However, President Granger is not keen on doing so, as he is pushing for house-to-house registration, a process which can conclude in November 2019.Constitutional crisisGuyana has never been in such a situation before, and some experienced political analysts, including distinguished lawyers, have predicted that the country will head into a constitutional crisis.Pressure has been mounting on the coalition Administration to adhere to the Constitution of Guyana, and for the President to call a date for elections soon.President Granger has been insisting that he has to await guidance from GECOM before he executes his presidential responsibility.However, the Civil Society Forum – an organisation comprising several Non-Governmental Organisations, as well as the Private Sector, trade unions and religious groups – argues that this position adopted by the Head of State was “unacceptable”.In a statement on Monday, the Group said: “Giving GECOM effective power to determine when elections will be held is a position for which no constitutional support exists.”It said this “manoeuvre” revived the misgivings and insecurities generated by the controversial selection of the current Chair of GECOM, Justice Patterson, who now has the casting vote on when elections would be held.In February, United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka urged the State to demonstrate its integrity and respect Guyana’s Constitution.“Recent political developments triggered by the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly are a test for Guyana’s strength and integrity with regard to the effectiveness of the rule of law and governance,” Tanaka said.She lauded acting Chief Justice George for demonstrating the independence and integrity of the Judiciary when it comes to protecting the Constitution of Guyana.The acting Chief Justice had ruled that the no-confidence motion was validly passed 33-32 in the National Assembly and the Cabinet has to resign in keeping with constitutional provisions of Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) respectively.Consequent to the declaration that the 33-majority meant that the motion was carried, Justice George observed that the President and the Ministers could not, therefore, remain in Government in accordance with Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) of the Constitution after three months.