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Messi brace as Argentina hit seven

Argentina strolled to a 7-0 friendly win over Hong Kong on Tuesday, with superstar Lionel Messi and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain both netting a brace.

Coach Gerardo Martino started with a second-string side that saw Barcelona’s Messi, Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero of Manchester City all on the bench.


Messi came on with half an hour of the match remaining. By then the score was already 4-0 but soon the little wizard had made it five, playing a neat one-two before dinking the ball over goalkeeper Yapp Hung-fai.

He was then instrumental in Argentina’s sixth, pulling the ball back from the byline to give Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica the easiest of tap-ins from inside the six-yard box.

It was Gaitan’s second goal of the match. The first came just before half-time when he cut in from the right and smashed the ball in with his left foot.

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Just a minute earlier Higuain had scored his first, heading down a cross from the left.

The forward got his brace and Argentina’s fourth with a simple pass into a open goal less than ten minutes into the second half.

Sevilla’s Ever Banega had opened for Argentina on 19 minutes, pouncing on some woeful Hong Kong defending.

Yapp fumbled a weak effort which landed at the feet of Lee Chi-ho who scuffed a clearance straight to Banega, for the midfielder to drill the ball home.

With five minutes to go Messi scored his second and Argentina’s seventh, taking the ball down beautifully with his left foot before going past three Hong Kong defenders and rifling it low into the corner.

Other stars who didn’t start for Argentina included Sergio Romero, Pablo Zabaleta, Javier Mascherano, Martin Demichelis and Erik Lamela.

Manchester City’s Zabaleta entered the fray on 60 minutes with Di Maria and Mascherano coming on ten minutes later -- all three coming through the match unscathed.

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Luis Suarez is likely to play his first competitive game for Barcelona in La Liga’s “Clasico” against Real Madrid

Luis Suarez is likely to play his first competitive game for Barcelona in La Liga’s “Clasico” against Real Madrid later this month and he says it is no coincidence his biting ban expires the day before one of the biggest fixtures in world soccer.

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Fifa sidelined the controversial Uruguay striker for four months and banned him for nine competitive internationals after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

The ban ends on October 24, meaning Suarez, who had already been sanctioned twice for biting opponents and once when he was accused of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, could run out at the Bernabeu the following day if selected by Barca coach Luis Enrique.

“You know, I’m the kind of person who believes that things happen for a reason,” Suarez said in an interview published on Barca’s website (www.fcbarcelona.es) on Tuesday.

“Out of all 19 teams in the league, it’s precisely against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu that I’ll make my comeback,” added the 27-year-old. “There must be a reason.”

Suarez has been training hard with his new teammates to make sure he is ready for action when the ban expires and he does not appear to have lost his instinct for goal.

He netted a double for Uruguay in a 3-0 friendly win over Oman on Monday, his second appearance for the South Americans on their tour of the Middle East after he played in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia.

Suarez will join Lionel Messi and Neymar in a formidable Barca attack and he said he was “hungry” to help the club return to winning ways after they failed to win major silverware last season.

“All I can say is that I have arrived with the desire to be a success at Barca that I am hungry to win titles,” Suarez said.

“I have the chance to play for the team that I have always wanted to play for and it’s a chance I intend to make the most of. I want to show the fans that I want to be a success at Barca and to help my teammates as much as I can.”

Suarez said he had found it difficult to admit to his attack on Chiellini and it had taken him a few days before he was able to “face the truth”.

“Those were days when I didn’t want to know about it. I just wanted to be with my wife and children, who supported me through that time.

“I didn’t want to listen to anybody, or speak to anybody. I didn’t want to accept it.”

He admitted he had made mistakes but said he had been wrongly accused of racism over the Evra incident.

“I was accused without evidence and that’s what grieved me the most,” he said.

“The others were actions when it was me who did wrong. I accepted that and asked for forgiveness but the racism thing, when I was accused without evidence, that did upset me.”

Barca are two points clear of Valencia at the top of La Liga after seven matches and host Eibar on Saturday.

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Weekly moots (debates of law) Moots no. (5) of 2014

                     

‘’Moots are literally known as debates of law explored to law students as an educational exercise by listening to qualified lawyers or barristers debating before judges, the students gradually learns not only the law but also how court business are conducted or otherwise defined inter alia as; a mock trail set up to examine a hypothetical case as an academic exercise’’.

 

BRIEF FACTS

 

On or around 12th September, 2004, “the national Minister of Labor, Public Service &Human Resource Development, a lawyer by profession Ngor Kolong Ngor was being quoted by the local   media houses in the Republic of South Sudan as well as the regional particularly Uganda and Kenya to have issued an administrative circular which has been marked as a ministerial circular no.007/2014 directing employers in the Republic to limit employment of foreign workers to certain level and that the priorities in employment be always given to the local workers ”.  Ms. Mary Keden Abuk, a South Sudanese widow whose husband was killed during the liberation struggle, arrived in Juba yesterday from Uganda with her three kids after being denied access to sell tea at Kampala’s street and as result, she can’t afford to pay school fees to her kids especially after the family source of income (cattle) were looted by the Rebel in Bentiu of Unity state. She seeks legal advice on the following legal issues:-

1. Whether she has a right to bring a legal action to enforce the ministerial circular so that the foreign workers quit jobs in South Sudan similar to what she experienced in Uganda?  

2. What remedies are available to Ms. Mary Keden Abuk ? 

3. How can the interest of unemployed local workers be protected?

                       Resolutions:-

 

As to the issue no.1, for Ms. Mary Keden Abuk, to bring legal action to enforce the said ministerial circular, she must establish that the said circular is either a law enacted according to the recognized process or a subsidiary legislation enacted by authorized body. In the instant case, the circular was neither enacted by the national legislative assembly   whose duties is to enact laws nor a subsidiary legislation enacted or issued by an authorized body but issued by the national Minister of Labor whose duties is to issue administrative circular to regulate the labour affairs in the absence of the enabling laws governing the labour. As such, she could not bring legal action to court of law to enforce the same circular as the courts shall have no jurisdiction to entertain the matter. However, other institutions could still implement the said circular as an administrative order to regulate their affairs in regard to the labour employments.   

As to the issue no.2, the remedies available to Ms. Mary Keden Abuk   shall be mainly either to; raise a suggestion on the ground of what is known as suggestion from a concerned good citizen to the minister of Justice to initiate the labour bill to be adopted by the National Council of Ministers and thereafter be sent to the national legislative assembly to be enacted as law or approach her (MP) member of parliament in the national legislative assembly to raise a motion to have the Labour Bill enacted immediately and alternatively she could persuade her  ministry of foreign affairs and international corporation to apply reciprocal treatment, a well known custom between states in the  international law which means if the Republic of Uganda or Kenya do not allow citizen of the Republic of South Sudan to do certain job within their jurisdiction, the Republic of South Sudan would be entitled to apply the same treatment to their citizen in its jurisdiction.

 As to the issue no.3, these moots believe that the only way to protect the interests of unemployed citizens in this county is not by issuing ministerial circular but rather to enact labour laws that would have embodied   legal provision to punish any employer who shall employ foreign workers in a job supposed to be done by local workers as it was the case in Kenya in the late1960s when it revoked licenses from Asian who preferred to remain non-citizens and the Uganda during   Idi Amin Dada when non-citizen of Asian citizens were expelled from Uganda. The situation is even worse in Tanzania and Ethiopia where non-citizen is hardly employed.

Law applicable (Legislations considered):-

 

1) Section 38 of the investment promotion act, 2009, provided that:-

(1) Employee of enterprises owned by foreign investors in South Sudan regardless of nationality shall be subject to the laws applicable in South Sudan and principle of equal pay for equal job. 

2) Labour relations between enterprises owned by foreign investors and theirs employee may be regulated by their labour agreements, which agreement shall not establish standard lower than the mandatory requirements of the applicable law in South Sudan.

3) Without prejudice to the provisions of labour laws applicable in South Sudan, investors shall have the right to employ managers of any nationality in order to conduct investment and business activities.

4) Investors shall have the right to employ non-managerial staff of any nationality, provided that South Sudanese citizens of similar qualification and experience shall be given preference in recruitment.   

 

2) Section 43 of the investment promotion Act, 2009, provided that:-

Without prejudice to the provisions of this act, the Southern Sudan investment authority shall:

(i) Protect the interest of the indigenous communities in whose areas investment shall take place, and 

(ii) Ensure that indigenous enterprises and investments are promoted, encouraged and protected.

 

Recommendations:

 

Either The national Ministers of Labour and Justice to initiate labour bill and immediately present the same to the national council of ministers for approval  before it is enacted as law by the national or The national legislative assembly to adopt a motion to have the labour bill enacted so that to protect unemployed local workers in the country.

 

About the author

Mr. Kiir Chol Deng Achuil is practicing advocate in Juba and runs his own legal firm under the name and style of Kiirdit & co. Advocates. He is the author of these weekly moots (debates of law) and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Pochettino makes his point for Spurs aganist Arsenal

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rom Gerry Francis to Tim Sherwood Arsène Wenger has beaten every Tottenham manager since 1996, then seen them off for good, nine in all: English, Scots, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese. It is early days, and an air of impermanence hovers over every Spurs’ manager, but Mauricio Pochettino may prove harder to shift.

Here, the Argentine’s developing team secured a battling draw at the Emirates and even scented a rare victory over their bitter rivals when Nacer Chadli put them ahead early in the second half. That dream died when, amid intense pressure, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain equalised with 16 minutes left.

Many a recent Spurs team would then have folded, but Pochettino’s side made up in steel what they lacked in silk, holding on even with five minutes’ added time. It was their supporters who were singing at the final whistle.

It was not just the two dropped home points that left Arsenal in a funk. Aaron Ramsey suffered a hamstring injury, Mikael Arteta was invalided out with a calf problem, and Jack Wilshere hurt his ankle. The first two may well be out for a month while Wilshere is at the very least doubtful for Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Galatasaray.

By contrast Pochettino seems to have options aplenty, with the latest being Ryan Mason. The boy from Enfield was given a surprise Premier League debut at the grand old age of 23, and after loan spells at Yeovil, Doncaster, Millwall, Swindon and French club Lorient. Mason scored as a substitute for Spurs in midweek, in the Capital One Cup tie against Nottingham Forest, and that was enough to persuade Pochettino to make him one of three changes from the XI beaten at home by West Bromwich Albion in the League last weekend. Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose returned,  with Vlad Chiriches, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembélé omitted.

 

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Wenger sent out the same team that won 3-0 at Villa Park last Saturday, which meant Alexis Sanchez was on the bench along with Santi Cazorla and, perhaps surprisingly given this was a derby, Mathieu Flamini. Not that any team with Wilshere is going to lack midfield bite. It was no surprise that he was soon into what became a lengthy list of cautions in Michael Oliver’s book during a first half that promised more than it delivered.

Arsenal, for much of the half, were in control but rarely stretched Hugo Lloris. Arsenal’s best opportunity fell to Danny Welbeck, who skinned Vertonghen on the halfway line and sped away, but delayed his shot long enough for Younes Kaboul to make a crucial block.

Tottenham perked up towards  the end of the half but Emmanuel Adebayor, to the delight of the home support, Christian Eriksen and Chadli, each wasted fine opportunities, barely testing Wojciech Szczesny.

Arsenal continued to look the brighter side after the break but were undone by an error of their own making shortly before the hour. Calum Chambers fed Flamini deep in his own half but the Frenchman dallied and was mugged by Eriksen. The ball was switched by Erik Lamela to Chadli who, this time, finished sweetly inside the far post.

Within a minute Arsenal almost levelled, Per Mertesacker heading a set-piece towards the right goal but being athletically denied by Lloris.

These events finally woke the home support, who roared Arsenal on. With Wilshere limping, and close to a second yellow, Sanchez came on to fill the creative void left by Mesut Özil’s inability to repeat last week’s performance at Villa.

The pressure built, but Spurs looked secure, until Lamela made a hash of a simple clearance. The ball came to Sanchez who squared to  Cazorla. His shot was diverted by Kaboul causing it to elude Welbeck but not Oxlade-Chamberlain. who lashed it in at the far post .

Arsenal went for the jugular, penning Spurs back, but with Chambers’ attempt to repeat Phil Jagielka’s derby dazzler fizzing just over the bar, Spurs held on. They had not seen much of the ball, and Wenger’s complaints about time-wasting had some validity.

“They took every second to make the game last,” he said. “They tried to gain time to slow the game down. The referee should have done something about it. People pay money in the stands to watch football. He should book them straight away.”

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Edin Dzeko double earns Pellegrini three points

Manuel Pellegrini has never made any secret of the fact his faith in Joe Hart is of the temporal variety, and while leaving the England goalkeeper out of a midweek Capital One Cup tie could be categorised as rotation, leaving him out of a vital League game will be taken as confirmation Hart is no longer the Manchester City manager’s automatic first choice.

Rotation it was though, insisted Pellegrini. “It was important for Willy Caballero to play not just one game, and Joe Hart had played eight games in 32 days,” said the Chilean, after seeing his side pegged back after scoring twice in the first 11 minutes, before class told in the second period.

“We started the game playing very well, dominated, scored two goals, then conceded an unlucky own goal and Hull grew, but I was very calm at half-time, because  I felt if we kept playing the same way we were going to win the game in the second half,” said Pellegrini.

Caballero made some decent saves without looking particularly impressive, though the 32-year-old had little chance with either of the goals he conceded, the first a header steered past him by his own defender Eliaquim Mangala, the second a penalty, also conceded by the young French centre-half.

 

The ease with which Sergio Aguero accelerated past a static Hull back line and into the penalty area after 40 seconds did not bode well for the Tigers, although goalkeeper Allan McGregor blocked the striker’s effort from an angle. The portents were to be very quickly fulfilled. A poor clearing header from Michael Dawson gave Pablo Zabaleta the chance to slip the ball through to Aguero, again finding space in the right-hand side of the penalty area.


This time the angle was more favourable, and Aguero’s unfussy volley gave McGregor no chance. Having received one wake-up call, however, Hull turned over and went back to sleep. Edin Dzeko was unmarked  four minutes later when he received David Silva’s pass, turned, and curled in a fine shot.

City then handed Hull a way back. Whether the slight deflection on Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross from the right persuaded Mangala he needed to get his head to the ball only he could say, but facing his own goal, he left Caballero stranded as the ball flew in at the near post.

Belief flooded back into Hull, although it might have gone straight back out had Aguero, yet again free on the right of the Hull area, not shot an inch wide of McGregor’s far post.  In the event they levelled shortly after the half hour, when Mangala bundled over Abel Hernandez  as the Hull striker drove past him into the penalty area. A brief dispute between Hernandez and Nikita Jelavic over who should take the penalty having been resolved, apparently by Dawson, Hernandez sent Cabellero the wrong way from the spot.

The chances kept coming. Hernandez saw a header comfortably saved by Caballero, while at the other end Dzeko headed a James Milner cross just over. Early in the second half, a 25-yard shot of thunderous power from Yaya Touré rebounded off the outside of McGregor’s right-hand post, but as the half progressed Hull began to chase shadows.

David Silva in particular began to find increasing amounts of space  and was allowed to drift across the front of the Hull area before slipping the ball to Dzeko. The Bosnian’s angled shot was not particularly powerful, but it was accurate enough to beat McGregor. Having re-established a lead, City made no further mistakes. Hull huffed and puffed, and Jelavic tested Caballero, but it was the away team who completed the scoring, and almost inevitably it was Frank Lampard, on as a substitute, who was on hand to convert Zabaleta’s pull-back, the former Chelsea midfielder’s fourth goal in three City appearances.

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Everton vs Wolfsburg match report: Tim Howard hands Everton clear advantage

At the fourth attempt an English side beat a German one this week, although not quite as emphatically as the scoreline would have you believe. Tim Howard was by far the busier keeper tonight but he did not allow Wolfsburg to take their chances while the Germans were rather more generous.

Felix Magath may have had other things on his mind on the day his contract was terminated by Fulham but, if he had the opportunity to watch the team he took to the Bundesliga title in 2009, he would have shuddered at the defensive errors that Everton rammed home, emphasised by the way Kevin Mirallas, slipped through by Samuel Eto’o calmly clipped home Everton’s fourth.

 

Wolfsburg, three down with fewer than 50 minutes remaining, kept attacking, skimmed the side of the post, struck the side netting and the palms of Howard’s gloves while wondering how they had lost this game. Ricardo Rodriguez’s wonderfully struck free-kick amid the last embers of the night was no more than they deserved.

For Everton, the return of European football to Goodison Park may not have been as feted as the return of the Champions League to Anfield, but this felt like a big, significant night for the blue half of Merseyside.

The opening fixture of the Europa League this may have been, but Roberto Martinez treated it with the utmost seriousness. The Everton manager selected his strongest possible team, the one that had beaten West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

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As a club who finished fifth in last season’s Bundesliga, Wolfsburg are better than two of the teams Liverpool will encounter in the Champions League and they began confidently with Kevin De Bruyne dominant in midfield.

However, when the tie was summed up, Wolfsburg, still searching for their first win in this season’s Bundesliga, could claim to have had more possession and chances but rather less of the luck, especially with the first and third goals. The second stemmed from a goalkeeping error.

The one that sent Everton ahead was, however, superbly constructed and an example of Martinez’s brand of football at its best.

For a Scottish footballer who has taken a keen interest in the referendum, this will have been a long night for Steven Naismith and he began and almost finished the move that sent Everton ahead.

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The flowing play took in James McCarthy and Leighton Baines, and it was the England left-back who created the opening for Naismith with a fine pull-back. The Scot’s shot was cleared by Ricardo Rodriguez but the ball cannoned off the back of his goalkeeper, Diego Benaglio, and skidded into the net. To add injury to insult, it also knocked out one of Benaglio’s contact lenses.

He would not have enjoyed a replay of Everton’s second. Benaglio should have held Mirallas’s shot which was parried needlessly back into Baines’ path. In one season, Baines assisted more goals than anyone else in the Premier League and he has not lost the knack. Seamus Coleman beat his marker to the cross and Martinez punched the air; his strategy seemingly vindicated before the interval.

Within a couple of minutes of the restart, the game was for all practical purposes done, although Robin Knoche’s foul on Aiden McGeady looked to have been outside the area. Nevertheless, having had a hand in the first two, Baines was not going to spurn an opportunity from the penalty spot to score one himself.

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Spain crash out of World Cup after Chile loss

Defending champions Spain slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Chile and crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday after their second defeat in five days. Chile's victory — through goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Arranguiz — made the South Americans and the Netherlands the first teams to go through to the second round.

After a golden era that saw them win the European Championships in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2010, Spain have suffered a dramatic fall from grace. They equalled Italy's unwanted record in 1950 of being booted out of the World Cup after just two games.

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 Spain returned home in shame

It was Chile's first win over the Spanish in 11 meetings. Spain's confidence seemed to have evaporated after their 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands in their first Group B game on Friday. Coach Vicente del Bosque dropped established stars Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez but it had no impact in the charged atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

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Croatia Boost Hopes as Cameroon Bow Out

Cameroon have crashed out of the FIFA World Cup after a resounding 4-0 defeat to Croatia in which they were reduced to ten men

The Indomitable Lions were second best throughout this Group A encounter in Manaus, which ended with their European opponents having boosted their hopes of vying with Brazil and Mexico for a place in the Round of 16.Croatia now know that the winner of their final group phase encounter with El Tri will advance, while Cameroon will conclude their doomed campaign against the hosts.

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Croatia crashed Cameroon out of the World Cup

Niko Kovac's side had impressed in spells against Brazil in their opening match and their class told in this encounter, with the outcome rarely in danger from the 11th minute onwards. That was when Ivica Olic, 34, became his country's oldest World Cup goalscorer, firing home first time with his left foot after being teed up at close range by Ivan Perisic's perfectly weighted pass.

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