On a cold October evening in front of an announced crowd of just 210, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team proved to be too much to handle for the Leathernecks of Western Illinois as the Badgers pulled out a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night at the McClimon Complex. The win extended the Badgers’ home-unbeaten streak to 10 games, the longest such streak in the Big Ten.It felt more like two separate games than halves as the Badgers (9-2-1, 1-1-0 Big Ten) rebounded from taking just seven shots in the first half to put 20 shots up in the final 45 minutes.“I think the guys smelled that we could get after them in the second half,” head coach John Trask said after the game. “[Western Illinois head coach] Dr. Johnson and his players fought hard and denied us opportunity after opportunity, sliding in front of their goal, blocking shots and good goalkeeping. Compliments to our guys in finding one.”The difference proved to be none other than senior Tomislav Zadro who scored his third goal of the season, and ninth of his Badger career, off a rebound on his own penalty kick in the 80th minute.“It was a bad penalty kick,” Zadro admitted after the game. “I was lucky it bounced back and I had the presence of mind to follow it up.”Zadro’s aggressive play all night, after starting the game on the bench, allowed for the Badgers to keep the ball in the Leathernecks’ end of the field for the majority of the second half. In the 80th minute he was taken down inside the box, away from the ball, to set up the penalty shot.Trask credited the penalty to all of the hard work his team, and especially his defense, exerted through the first 79 minutes of the match.“As the game went on, none of their counters amounted to anything,” Trask said. “We snuffed those out quickly and I think that helped us psychologically continue to wear on them. Eventually I think the kid just grabbed [Zadro] because the level of frustration was building with their guys and they began to wonder how long they could hold out before the ball crossed that line.”Zadro’s aggressiveness was exemplified perfectly on a second-half corner kick where he thought he would catch Western Illinois’ goalie, Yves Dietrich, off-guard and tried to bend the ball directly into the far corner of the net. Dietrich made the save, but many of the fans and even some of the players on the field believed the ball crossed the line before the goalie was able to get his hands on it. When asked about the play after the game, Trask said, “We always argue for those but that would have been really tough on Western Illinois to say that that ball was definitely all the way over the line.”This was just the third shutout of the season for the Badgers, and as they head back into Big Ten play with a matchup in Ann Arbor, Mich., against the Wolverines on Sunday the team feels confident that they will be heading east after their strongest defensive showing thus far.“It was kind of a simple game plan,” Cochran said, “but it was just one of those games where we needed to get a goal and we couldn’t give up a goal. If we gave up a goal then anything could have happened.”All of the Western Illinois (3-10-0, 1-2-0 Summit League) counterattacks were met by a brick wall comprised of David Caban, AJ Cochran, Carl Schneider and Paul Yonga. Coach Trask pointed to the team’s ability to keep its shape and make the plays that they needed to as reasons for shutting down the Leathernecks’ counterattacks. It’s something that the Badgers have not always been good at.“It’s tough for players this age to have the ball all the time and not have to worry about defense,” Trask said. “It’s just like how when a goalkeeper doesn’t have to do anything for 85 minutes and then makes one big save, you know you’ve got an exceptional goalie. It’s easy to be a goalie when the ball is flying at your net every two minutes because the guy gets in the zone. It’s about being able to stay in-tuned with those little minutes and I thought we did a very good job of that tonight.”The 1-0 victory marked the fourth time in the past five meetings between these two teams in which that was the final result. The one time the score did not end up as a 1-0 Badger victory was last season when the two teams tied 0-0. Needless to say, the Badgers knew they were in store for a tough match.“Every time we play them it’s a 1-0 game,” Cochran said. “Regardless of what style they’re playing it is just a grind, a battle. They’ve got a good team and we were fortunate to come out of here 1-0.”
Mamobi emerged winners of the 2018 edition of the Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup after handing Madina a 2-1 defeat in the finals over the weekend.Mamobi lifted the trophy in a dramatic fashion after coming back from a goal down to score two late goals to lift the title.Madina, who lifted the trophy last year were hoping to win it for the second time and they looked on course to retain their trophy after taking the lead deep into the game. Mamobi, however, staged a late comeback with two quick goals to the admiration of all including the watching National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.With some few minutes to end the match, Mamobi equalized and as the game appeared to be heading for the penalty shootout, Mamobi snatched a dramatic late winner to spark wild celebrations from their supporters.The journey to the finals was a tough one for both sides as they had to overcome tough opponents. Madina tough sides Nima, New Town and their neighbours Ashale Botwe to reach the finals. Mamobi also eliminated Shukura in the preliminary stage, Nungua Zongo in the quarterfinals before knocking Alajo out in the semi semifinals each the finals.The Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup, which started in 2015, is organized by Crisp Communications under the auspices of the National Chief Imam. It brings together Zongo communities to celebrate the successful end of Ramadan every yearThe competition is also aimed at promoting friendship, discipline and unity among the youth of the various Zongo communities through football.Sixteen Zongo Communities from three regions of Ghana participated in this year’s edition. They were: Alajo, Ashaiman, Ashale Botwe, Darkuman, Fadama, Kasoa, Koforidua Zongo, Madina (defending champions), Mamobi, Accra New Town, Nima, Nsawam Zongo, Nungua Zongo, Sabon Zongo, Shukura and Tudu.The rise of the competition has been meteoric in three years after it started with only eight communities in 2015. The Royal Bank, for the third successive time, was the headline sponsor. Other supporting sponsors were Multi Pac Ghana Limited (producers of Perla Natural Mineral Water and 5 Star Energy Drink), Nasco Electronics, Ashfoam Ghana Limited, Afro Arab Group, and Holiday Inn Hotel.
Prepared by FFWPU RussiaExactly one month after holding a Family Festival in a town of Verkhneyarkeyevo in Ilishevsky District of the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, on June 11 2019, our members held a round table about family and marriage, in which district level officials took part.Alexey and Ilsiyar Pavlov, who reside in the town of Verkhneyarkeyevo , worked together with a government official to organize the round table, which was titled “Issues of Family and Marriage and Analysis of the Demographic Situation in Ilishevsky District over the Past Five Months.”The participants at the June 11 event included the heads of various departments of the district: the Civil Registry Office, Central Regional Hospital, social security, guardianship and trusteeship, committee on youth policy, mosque, and Department of Education. Andrey Burashnov, the leader of FFWPU for Yekaterinburg, also participated.The deputy head of Ilishevsky District for social issues, supported our initiative to hold a round table, saying that he needed to hold a meeting on the demographic situation and proposing to combine our efforts into one event.The round table was held in the district administration building, in a special room that is used for round table discussions. The program of the event was prepared by the Pavlovs, and the deputy head of the district sent out the invitations and led the meeting.All the department heads gave reports on their work and introduced statistics on demographics, sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, difficult teenagers and teenage pregnancies. Andrey Burashnov told about the activities of FFWPU and about the basic principles of a healthy family. Ilsiyar Pavlova’s presentation was about the family crisis and the need to actively work to overcome it, and Alexey Pavlov gave a report on the importance of introducing a course for schoolchildren on morality and preparing for a family.The roundtable was held in a warm, friendly atmosphere, which everyone enjoyed. There were many proposals for improving work with families. The deputy head for social issues stressed several times, when addressing the representative of the district department of education, to think about how to introduce a moral education course for schoolchildren.The positive result of the roundtable was that we met with some leaders whom we had not known before; they heard about the FFWPU and our ideas and reacted well.We also agreed to hold training for married couples from September at the “Family” Center of our friend who attended FFWPU conference in Moscow and who helped with organizing Family Festival one month ago. Organizing training for families goes in accord with republican policy to open family clubs.Alexey and Ilsiyar Pavlov also agreed to help organize a summer camp for children, which will be held by a mosque.We will continue to search for ways to spread God’s Word and Blessing.