Onduparaka vs Tooro: Caterpillars are fourth victory in six

first_imgOnduparaka have won three of their last five games. (File Photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueOnduparaka FC vs Tooro United FCGreen Light Stadium, AruaFriday, 05-04-2019 @4:30pmARUA – Onduparaka once again look like themselves in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.After a run of seven games without victory, the Caterpillars are now back in business, winning three of their last five.Having slipped down into 7th at some stage, the Arua based side are now back into contention for top three.Sitting 5th before a kick of the ball on Friday, they are just five points behind third placed URA and four adrift of Mbarara City who occupy fourth.Facing Tooro, they come up against a side that also has similar ambitions like theirs.Tooro have been one of the consistent performers this season with all that being down to their magnificent home form.Their only loss at home came in the opening fixture against Kirinya JSS, one they lost 2-1 at Kavumba.Wasswa Bbosa’s side then move to Buhinga after that game (vs Kirinya), where they played 11 league games, won 8 and drew three.However, they were forced to change their home ground once again and had to move to Wankulukuku where they have won their only fixture so far, defeating Bul FC 1-0 last week.With such impeccable home form, they would be expected to at least challenge for the title but that has not been the case due to a poor away record.Smart Obed’s side have managed only a single victory on the road this season with that sole win coming against Bul (0-1) back on 2nd of October.Tooro United have won only one game away from home this season (file photo)The rest of their games have culminated into five defeats and as many draws.Going to Arua, it will not be any easier again as they face a side that rarely lose at home.Onduparaka have lost only two League home games since joining the top tier in 2016 and those losses have both come against SC Villa (0-1) and KCCA FC (0-2), two of the biggest side in the country.The Key Players:Onduparaka will be looking to the likes of Ceaser Ochuti, Vianne Ssekajugo and Ezra Bida to steer them past Tooro United.For Tooro, they have Simon Sserunkuma, Mahad Yaya and top scorer Allan kayiwa, players who can inflict desired damage.Match Facts:This will be the 7th meeting between Onduparaka and Tooro United.In the first six, both sides have won twice, drawing the other two. One of Tooro’s victories came in the penalty shoot-out victory in the cup last year.This has been one of the lowest scoring fixtures during that period with only 8 goals scored between the two clubs in six games.Tooro have never defeated Onduparaka at the Green Light Stadium (D1 L1).Onduparaka head into Friday’s game having lost only one of their last seven League games (W3 D1). The loss came in the 1-0 defeat to Nyamityobora last month.At home, the Caterpillars are unbeaten in all their last 10 league games (W5 D5). All the draws in that period have come by virtual of a 0-0 result.Tooro also enter into the game on the back of some impressive form, having lost only one of their last 13 League games (W7 D5).However, away from home, Bbosa’s side are winless in their last 9 league games (D5 L4).The other games on Friday:-Nyamityobora FC vs URA FC @Kakyeka Stadium-Ndejje University FC vs Bul FC @Arena of VisionsThursday’s Result:-KCCA FC 1-1 Vipers SCComments Tags: onduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueTooro unitedlast_img read more

Go away Yankee imperialist Youll still buy our oil right

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – As unrest simmers in Caracas, a new crisis has erupted between Venezuela and the United States — yet another show of tension between two countries nevertheless bound by trade interests.Venezuela announced Sunday it was expelling three U.S. diplomats, accusing them of meeting with students leading two weeks of protests against the government of President Nicolás Maduro, successor of the late Hugo Chávez.Washington has said it is mulling a diplomatic response, and U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Venezuela to release detained protesters — earning renewed scorn from Caracas.Despite the rhetoric out of Venezuela, experts say economic realities minimize the threat of any serious disruption in ties.The ‘nationalist’ card When times get tough, it is convenient for the Caracas government to try to divert people’s attention with some old-fashioned nationalist chest-thumping, said Erick Langer, professor at the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University.“There are tremendous political troubles in Venezuela and the easiest thing for the Venezuelan government to do is to pull out the anti-imperialist-nationalist card,” he said.“Let them go conspire in Washington!” Maduro said Sunday, referring to the three consular officials declared personae non gratae.His government accuses the United States of maneuvering to “promote and legitimize efforts to destabilize” Venezuelan democracy — claims Washington has called “baseless and false.”Maduro’s bid to divert Venezuelans’ attention by blaming its northern ‘enemy’ is vintage Chávez, experts say.“They are returning to their central narrative. As the crisis mounts up they have to show that it is not the people rising against their economic incompetence but really a foreign-sponsored plot,” said Ray Walser, executive director at the Americas Forum.Protesters are angry over rampant street crime, shortages of basic goods, runaway inflation and an otherwise disastrous economy in the country with the world’s biggest proven oil reserves.So far, four people have died in violence linked to the protests, which are the biggest since Maduro was elected 10 months ago, after the leftist firebrand Chávez died of cancer.“One way to see how well the Maduro government is doing is to check and see what they say about the U.S.,” said Langer.U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday that Venezuela’s accusations “reflect a lack of seriousness on the part of the Venezuelan government to deal with the grave situation it faces.”Walser said “the expulsion of more U.S. personnel is only going to deepen the divide between the U.S. and Venezuela.”The two countries have not traded ambassadors since 2010, and were at opposite ends of the international political spectrum during the Chávez era from 1999 to 2013.Venezuela is the main obstacle to President Barack Obama’s strategic and diplomatic policy in Latin America. Venezuela accuses the United States of behaving as if it were running an empire.And while the U.S. aligns itself with like-minded countries such as Colombia or Mexico, Venezuela leads an anti-U.S. regional bloc called ALBA.Money talks Still, political tension is one thing, but money talks. The United States continues to be Venezuela’s top buyer of oil, paying in cold hard cash for 900,000 barrels a day.State-run oil company PDVSA, through its subsidiary CITGO, has three refineries and more than 6,000 service stations in the United States, which in turn sells thousands of products to Venezuelan companies.Talk nasty but do business gladly — “it is a huge contradiction” that keeps the threat of severing relations at bay, said Langer.He added that the disagreements are “symbolic more than anything else” and the political and economic effect of the anti-U.S. bloc led by Venezuela is minimal for Washington.“The U.S. government has made a calculation that it is in the greater interest of the U.S. and of its consumers that it continue to receive Venezuelan oil than it is to sanction Venezuela. They don’t want to make Venezuela the martyr,” Langer said.Tense historyThe bad blood goes back to 2002 when a coup, which Caracas says was backed by Washington, briefly deposed Chávez.In a huge surprise, Chávez and President Barack Obama shook hands at a regional summit in 2009.But a year later, the designated U.S. ambassador to Venezuela made some comments that irked Chávez, who rejected the nominee before he even set foot in Caracas.On March 5 last year, shortly before announcing the death of Chávez, Maduro expelled two U.S. military attaches. That erased the State Department’s stated desire for a fresh start.There have been attempts at patching things up. But Caracas gave up in July after the now U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, criticized Venezuela.In late September, Maduro expelled three other U.S. diplomats, including the charge d’affaires, accusing them of conspiring with the opposition.Washington regularly criticizes how Venezuela treats opposition parties and the media.In the United States, “there is concern over the stability of a neighbor in our region which impacts important allies, particularly Colombia,” said Walser.That interest involves issues like security, drug trafficking and Venezuela’s ties with Havana and Tehran.Still, “the U.S. is not going to actually involve itself in the current crisis, but it has its eyes on what is happening there,” Walser said. 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