NETHERLANDS Railways has announced plans to run additional fast passenger services from summer 1998 on routes where parallel roads are subject to acute traffic congestion. Within the Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Den Haag conurbation known as the Randstad, six to seven extra trains will operate each hour, giving a basic service of at least four trains per hour on routes to Amersfoort, Eindhoven and Arnhem. The lines to Schiedam, Zoetermeer, Gouda, Worden and Hilversum will be served by fast trains every 30min.The new services will run all day and at weekends; NS hopes to attract an extra 50000 passengers a day. The limited-stop trains will be accommodated by withdrawing lightly-used stopping services, prompting independent operator Lovers Rail to renew a request for paths for its own proposed Randstad Express service. This proposal was turned down by infrastructure company Railned last year on capacity grounds (RG 9.97 p510). oNS Reizigers and regional bus company Oostnet are to form a joint venture known as IGO+ which will operate the Zutphen – Winterswijk and Doetinchem – Winterswijk secondary routes from 1999 (RG 3.97 p133). It is hoped that the use of lightweight diesel railcars and one-person crews will help reduce operating costs down to the level where 50% are met by ticket receipts.
In its report for the previous year, the investment manager had said exclusions and the associated re-weighting had detracted 1.17 percentage points from performance since 2016.Norway’s Ministry of Finance first issued guidelines for the observation and exclusion of companies from the NOK7.8trn (€856bn) sovereign wealth fund in November 2004. The guidelines involved one set of criteria relating to specific product types, such as tobacco and weapons, and another based on corporate behaviour that risked, for example, human rights violations, environmental damage, and gross corruption.The first set was broadened to include coal last year, and the second set widened to include greenhouse-gas emissions.In December, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System decided to remain out of tobacco investments, despite a study from one of its consultants that showed the ban had cost it $3bn (€2.8bn) in lost returns between 2001 and 2014. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) missed out on an additional 1.1% gain on its equity portfolio over the past 11 years through excluding stocks on ethical grounds, according to the fund’s manager Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM).In its 2016 return and risk report, NBIM said in the context of its ethical investment: “Over the last eleven years, the equity benchmark index has returned 1.1 percentage points less than an index which is unadjusted at constituent level.”Between 2006 and 2016, product-based exclusions – such as bans on tobacco and weapons manufacturers – reduced the return on the equity index by close to 1.9 percentage points, NBIM said in the report.“This effect has to some extent been mitigated by the positive contribution of the conduct-based exclusions, primarily the environmentally based exclusions of mining companies,” the report said. Other exclusion criteria, meanwhile, had only a minor effect on the return on the benchmark index, NBIM said.
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Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood could yet play again this season after his shoulder injury proved not to be as serious as first thought. However, the Uruguayan said on Thursday: “He has had the operation. Everything went all right, he is fine, so he starts his recovery next week. “It’s difficult to put a time on it because in the end, it was better than we thought. “Initially when they went in and they checked, it was not as bad as they thought, so it will probably be shorter, but it’s difficult to say a time.” Summer signing Vito Mannone has made the most of Westwood’s absence, starting the club’s last 15 games since taking over from the Irishman during the 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Hull on November 2. Indeed, such has been the former Arsenal keeper’s form for the Black Cats that Manchester United have been credited with an interest in signing him to provide back-up to David de Gea. Coincidentally, reports of United’s interest started to circulate as Sunderland were linked with a move for Millwall’s David Forde, the man who has replaced Westwood as the Republic’s number one, with the former Coventry man’s current contract due to expire during the summer. Meanwhile, Sunderland appear to be closing in on the loan signing of central defender Santiago Vergini. Press Association Sport understands that a deal has been agreed for the 25-year-old Argentinian, who currently plays for Estudiantes. Vergini is expected to join the Black Cats, currently battling to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League, until the end of the season. The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international has now undergone surgery to correct the problem which has sidelined him since November last year. Manager Gus Poyet admitted earlier this month that a lengthy period of rehabilitation would make it unlikely that Westwood would figure for either club or country before the end of the current campaign. Press Association
Paul Lambert has tipped Christian Benteke to leave Aston Villa this summer. Press Association Lambert brought Benteke to England for around £7million from Genk and he has scored 49 goals in 101 games since. And the Scot believes Saturday’s 4-0 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal could have been the 24-year-old’s final game for Villa. Lambert, speaking at the Tesco Bank Football Challenge at Hampden Park, said: “It looks like if he is going to go, it will be this year. “But I had it every year I was there that he probably wanted to go, because he was playing that well, you can’t stop teams coming in with that level of money. “It depends how Aston Villa want to view it now. If Christian goes maybe they will get money to buy someone. But as a goalscorer and a player, he’s top class. “I saw it a few years ago. In his first year at Villa he was only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi in terms of goalscoring ratio, which was an incredible achievement. “He’s certainly good enough. He’s only 24, he’s got years ahead of him. Okay he didn’t have a good game on Saturday but he is a top, top player.” The Belgium international is expected to command a fee of around £30million but Lambert believes he will be value for money. The former Villa manager, who brought Benteke to the club in 2012, believes the striker could complete a big-money move in the coming months. Benteke has been linked with Liverpool and boss Tim Sherwood, who replaced Lambert in February, has confirmed he has a “substantial” release fee clause in his contract. He said: “What is anybody worth now? You don’t know. Transfer fees are ridiculous for players you would never think would move for that amount of money. “But if you go by what Benteke brings in terms of his goalscoring ratio, he’s certainly up there if you are going by modern day values.” Meanwhile, fellow forward Andi Weimann is assessing his options at Villa after being left out of their FA Cup final squad. The striker could leave the club in the summer under Tim Sherwood’s rebuild, Press Association Sport understands. His FA Cup final snub is just one of the reasons why Weimann is considering a move after struggling for game time under boss Sherwood. Weimann was an unused substitute in their final six Barclays Premier League games before being left out of the cup final squad as Villa lost 4-0 to Arsenal on Saturday. Staying at Villa Park remains and option for the Austria international but he is aware his days could be numbered after falling out of favour, starting just once in Sherwood’s four-month reign. He scored four goals in 35 games this season but failed to find the net in the Premier League after November. Sherwood has confirmed he has told some players they can leave with the futures of Aly Cissokho, Carles Gil and Philippe Senderos also in doubt.
New Delhi: Australia won the toss and chose to bat in the first ODI in Sydney. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up his 100th wicket by removing Aaron Finch while Kuldeep Yadav got rid of Alex Carey. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh slammed fifties but both could not carry on. Peter Handscomb played some attacking cricket and notched up his second fify and a late burst from Marcus Stoinis helped Australai reach a good score. The hosts blasted 93 runs in the last 10 overs to help them reach a great score. In response, Virat Kohli’s side got off to a disastrous start as they lost three wickets for four runs but a partnership of 138 runs between MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma kept India in the hunt. Dhoni’s 68th fifty and Rohit’s record 22nd century was the key as India stayed in the contest but once Rohit fell cheaply, India lost the initiaitve and lost the game by 34 runs as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. (SCORECARD) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Peter Siddle will play his first ODI after eight years while Nathan Lyon also makes a comeback. Jason Behrendorff will make his ODI debut. Here are the playing XIsAustralia: Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey(w), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason BehrendorffIndia: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed It is all over. Australia have won the game by 34 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Rohit Sharma’s 133 kept Virat Kohli’s side in the hunt but once he was dismissed, India could not gain momentum. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:13 (IST) Rohit Sharma has now hit the most sixes against a single opposition as he keeps India in the game. However, Ravindra Jadeja falls for 8 and Australia are now into the tail. Fifth ODI fifty for Usman Khawaja and his partnership with Shaun Marsh has put Australia on course for a big score. Finch’s side will be hoping that the partnership carries on. 15:08 (IST) Rohit smashes his fourth six as he continues to tear into the Australian bowling. This is wonderful batting and one feels India have the advantage. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:14 (IST) 12:34 (IST) 15:50 (IST) 09:29 (IST) Rohit and Dinesh Karthik are struggling to get going as Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson maintain a tight line and length. The asking rate has gone over 10. 08:05 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Jason Behrendorff has claimed a massive wicket of MS Dhoni for 51 as he is trapped in front with a delivery that zips back in. That is a big, big blow and unfortunately, India do not have reviews. The ball was pitching outside the line of leg stump. WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja breaks the dangerousd stand and Khawaja has been trapped LBW for 59. The flatter ball and it spins back in slightly, Khawaja misses the sweep and is rapped on the pads. The umpire gives it out and Australia review but the ball is clipping leg stump. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Dhoni slams his 68th fifty and the crowd erupt in Sydney. He has finally come good and this might shut the critics up for some time now. 14:19 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Disastrous start for India. Australia have reached 288/5 and India have started in disastrous fashion. Shikhar Dhawan is LBW to Jason Behrendorff while Jhye Richardson took two wickets of Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu cheaply. India are in deep trouble at 4/3 after four overs. 14:14 (IST) 15:20 (IST) 13:40 (IST) 13:51 (IST) 07:34 (IST) Rohit Sharma slams his 38th fifty and Dhoni comes close to his half-century as Glenn Maxwell concedes two boundaries in his first over. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Peter Handscomb is dropped by Ambati Rayudu but he falls next ball as he holes to Shikhar Dhawan at deep cover. Ends a magnificent knock of 73 and India have taken a wicket at the right time. Alex Carey is looking in great touch as he capitalises on some loose bowling from Khaleel Ahmed. He also smashes a boundary of Bhuvneshwar as Australia look to rebuild. WICKET! The inswinger works wonders for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Full ball darting back in, Finch gets the inside edge and the ball crashes into the stumps. 100th wicket for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Yet another six by Rohit Sharma, his third and his six-hitting ability against Australia continues. The partnership between Dhoni and Rohit has gone past fifty. The rejuvenation is on for India. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Dhoni hits the first boundary of the innings and he almost survives a catch off Stoinis as he miscues the pull shot off Siddle. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Aaron Finch has said the key to success will be having plenty of wickets towards the death overs. However, Virat Kohli losing the toss might not be a bad idea afterall. He is the master chaser. Rohit Sharma hits a six off Peter Siddle while Dhoni finally gets going with a six off Nathan Lyon. That is a way to break the shackles. Dhoni, in particular, has played a slow knock with six runs off 35 balls. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 09:19 (IST) 15:14 (IST) 09:48 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:29 (IST) Rayudu concedes two boundaries as Usman Khawaja nears a well-made fifty. This is the kind of partnership Australia will need if they have to get to a big total. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 12:58 (IST) 10:32 (IST) Kuldeep’s figures take a big hit as he concedes two sixes, one off Stoinis and other of Handscomb. He ends with figures of 10-0-54-2 but Handscomb has notched up his second ODI fifty. Timely knock and Australia will be hoping to get a target in range of 280-290. 10:58 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 10:43 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rohit Sharma hits yet another six and shatters a record in the process. India are still staying in the hunt. 13:25 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 07:36 (IST) Australia have totally dominated the powerplay and India will have to do a massive rebuilding job if they have to stay in contention. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Marcus Stoinis is a hard-hitting batsman but surprising that Glenn Maxwell has not come out to bat. He could have made a big difference in the batting. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 07:32 (IST) Rohit Sharma is finding the gaps with perfection. He is nearing a century and Dhoni is also giving him valuable support. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rohit Sharma gets off the mark with a massive six off Jason Behrendorff. India need more hits from him. 09:34 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 12:30 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja are starting to rebuild for Australia. Khawaja, in particular, is looking good for a fifty. Ambati Rayudu is into the attack now. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET! Marsh has thrown it away. He has not made it count. Marsh miscued the lofted drive and holes out to Mohammed Shami at long on. Ends a good knock but he has fallen at a wrong time. 09:57 (IST) 08:43 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 14:23 (IST) Handscomb breaks the shackles by drilling a cover drive to the deep extra cover fence and Bhuvneshwar Kumar cannot stop it despite a dive. Nathan Lyon concedes just four runs in the 41st over. Good over and the pressure mounts. 08:01 (IST) WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav, you beauty. He bowls the slider and it kicks up from the Sydney deck. Carey is cramped for the cut and he edges it to Rohit Sharma at slip. Australia in trouble and they could have been in evern greater trouble if Usman Khawaja was trapped LBW, however, the ball was just pitching outside the line of leg stump. Fifty for Shaun Marsh. It has been a splendid knock from the left-hander who is currently facing tremendous pressure for his poor show in the Tests. Can he make it count? 10:23 (IST) 14:28 (IST) 14:50 (IST) Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets some movement and raps Finch on the pads but the appeal for LBW is denied. Khaleel Ahmed struggles with his line and length. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:51 (IST) 11:17 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:18 (IST) Shaun Marsh gets going with a boundary as he flicks Mohammed Shami to the deep midwicket fence. He was in good control of the shot there. So far, 16 overs are up and the asking rate is hovering near seven. The odd thing is: There have been three sixes in the entire innings but no boundaries. This partnership is vital for the Indian side. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Mohammed Shami comes into the attack and he bowls the right channels immediately. Khaleel Ahmed is struggling to contain the flow of runs. A warm welcome to the first ODI between India and Australia from the Sydney Cricket Ground. 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ALL the bad blood, racing grudges and other issues will be put on the line from today as Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) hosts its Clash of Champions international event.The two-day event begins today with qualifying and three races.Street Tuner and Miracle Optical Sport Tuner Considered the group one of circuit racing, a lot of drivers have made their entry from here. The Sport Tuner itself has a particularly interesting battle brewing from the last race meet. An alleged fuel irregularity against Raymond Seebarran has put him plumb in the path of Shan Seejatan and that battle will be renewed later today when they meet on the track. While the battle may have come down to just banter in the last few days, definite undercurrents will flow.Group TwoPossibly one of the most competitive groups on race day, fans are often kept on their toes during this race. Coming out of the last event, there is definitely going to be a point to prove between Shan Seejatan and former Caribbean group three champion Paul Vieira.The duo went toe-to-toe at the last instance with Vieira finishing a close second but this time around, who knows the outcome? Toss in Rameez Mohamed, Chet Singh, Trinidad’s Aaron Achan and Darrel Singh and Barbados Ahmed Esuf and there is sure to be a more mouthwatering prospect.Group ThreeThe returning Stefan Jeffrey renews his battle with Vishok Persaud in this class after the former had mechanical issues in the last round. Still, they will have to fight with longstanding group three campaigner, Danny Persuad, as well as the Toyota Starlet crew of Rameez Mohamed, Motilall Deodass and Anand Ramchand.Starlet CupAgain, the big three in Rameez Mohamed, Motilall Deodass and Anand Ramchand will meet on the track to decide the best of the best but returning drivers Syad Hassan and Afraz Allie are eager to get themselves on the podium, so this should be an interesting class. Add in Allan Da Silva and fans can expect action from laps one through 10.Group FourAndrew King is expected to be out in full force to defend his championship from all challengers, chief of which is expected to come from Kristian and Kevin Jeffrey. The former, a two-time Caribbean Champion will also be eager for some on track action at the event after missing most of the year. There is also the dark horses in Vishok Persaud and Neil Persaud (not related), as well as Danny Persaud and there is sure to be a battle worth watching.Radical Sr3Zane Maloney has positioned himself as the man to watch in this class having flown in from Europe to be a part of the Radical Caribbean Cup 2019. The reigning British F4 Champion will come up against Kristian Jeffrey as the lone Guyanese with his dad Sean, uncles Mark and Stuart and Jamaican William Myers on track. Trinidad’s Kristian Boodoosingh is also expected in the mix.SuperbikesSimilarly, team Mohamed’s Enterprise and their riders are the men to beat with Harry Truelove and Richard Cooper returning alongside newcomer Dan Lindfoot. Their challengers are returning former champion Nikhil Seereeram, Steven Vieira and Matthew Vieira who are no pushovers.Action begins at 10:00hrs today and 08:00hrs tomorrow with adults being charged $2 000 for entry and children $1 000. Children under 10 years are free.
Both Rivers and Lagos states have expressed readiness to win the maiden edition of the Governor Wike Wrestling Championship, which kicked off at the main bowl of the Alfred Diete Spiff Sports Complex in Port Harcourt at the weekend.This is just as the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung will join Governor Nyesom Wike to declare the championship open today. Dalung will also unveil the logo and mascot for the African Wrestling Championship, which Rivers State is hosting in 2018.Rivers State Sports Council Wrestling Head Coach, Oyonomunude Eli, in a chat with sports journalists expressed the readiness of the stateâ€™s wrestlers to sweep all medals available in the championship.According to him, Rivers is the home of wrestling and as such, they were adequately prepared to surmount their opponents and prove that they were not just hosting but ready to win in a free and fair contest.He disclosed that Rivers was presenting 60 male and 30 female wrestlers in both freestyle and Greco-Roman events, adding that they were prepared to compete well.Also speaking, the Secretary of Lagos State Wrestling Association, Somade Ganiat, declared that they were not in Port Harcourt for mere participation but to cart away available gold medals.She stressed that Lagos is the grassroots of wrestling in Nigeria and would prove same on the mats as the events unfold. She expressed satisfaction with the facilities at the venue, saying they were top class.Meanwhile, Commonwealth gold medalist, Adekuoroye Odunayo has dropped the gauntlet, saying she is ready for any opposition at the championship.While expressing satisfaction with the state of facilities provided for the championship, she stressed that the mats would do the talking against her opponents.As at press time, 25 states and 5 wrestling clubs have been registered and cleared to participate in the championship.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s historic women’s soccer team, the Reggae Girlz have vowed that they will not play another soccer match for Jamaica until they are paid their salaries from this summer’s world cup campaign.Several members of the Reggae Girlz team, namely Bunny Shaw, Trudi Carter, Ashleigh Shim, Chinyelu Asher, Havana Solaun, Toriana Patterson, Allyson Swaby, and Lauren Silver, took to social media to announce the strike, with an image that read “No Pay No Play”.Reggae Girlz star player Khadija “Bunny” Shaw, under her Instagram post, wrote:“First Caribbean team to qualify for a World Cup. We have made a lot of sacrifices to wear the colors of Jamaica. We have respected and worn the colors with pride. We are in a position where we are literally fighting just to get paid by legal agreements. This ain’t just about money, it’s about change, change in the way women football is viewed especially in Jamaica. We deserve more and they can do better. For this reason, I along with my teammates won’t be participating in any future tournaments until being paid.”The JFF President, Michael Ricketts responded to the allegations of unpaid salaries, saying he does not know what could have possibly prompted a strike. According to Ricketts, the players are owed US$120,000 and half that amount was transferred through Sagicor Bank last week.During that time, team manager Jean Nelson had been in communication with the players informing them that some money had been transferred to their accounts and that the balance would be paid once they received the US$750,000 earned at the World Cup, to be paid at the end of September.But the players have insisted that they have not been paid the US$60,000 that Ricketts claimed to have been sent. “My teammates and I have not received any money. Our agreement ended on August 30 and today is September 2 and there is nothing pending,” Lauren Silver.In anticipation that they would not have been paid in a timely manner, the Reggae Girlz have come together, forming their own union to contest the JFF’s claims.No Financial Support From The JFFThe Reggae Girlz were the first Caribbean team ever to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup earlier this summer, and received an outpour of support from fans all over the world for being the underdogs of the tournament. Another aspect of the Reggae Girlz journey that gained worldwide media attention was the lack of financial support they received from the JFF.While the winners of the Women’s World Cup, United States were vocal about receiving equal pay, Jamaica’s team were also battling the same issue. The Reggae Girlz have been completely cut off TWICE by the JFF, receiving no support for jerseys, training gears or other necessities. Many of the girls had to work other jobs to support themselves, only practicing when they could get time off.The change came when Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob Marley, stumbled upon the Girlz team, heard of their financial difficulties and decided to help.Marley, along with Alessandra Lo Savio, a co-founder of the Alacran Foundation, which does philanthropy work in Jamaica, and head coach Hue Menzies (who took on the job without a salary), gave the Reggae Girlz the financial and mental support they needed to make the 2019 Women’s World Cup.Despite the support they receive from Marley and company, the team still struggles financially and the JFF has not done enough to prove that they are in support of the team.
When the 18th FIBA Basketball World Cup tips off in China on Saturday, more African teams will be present than ever before.Angola, Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Nigeria will keep the African flag flying in the extended tournament that sees 32 countries competing in eight venues throughout the vast country.Africa’s history in the competition is a checkered one, with Egypt finishing fifth out of 11 teams at the first competition in 1950. Thereafter the continent had to wait until 1974 before another African team would participate at the showpiece event of international basketball.And since then, although at least one African team has qualified for the round of the last-16 in the last few tournaments, that is as far as they got.The outgoing president of FIBA Africa, Hamane Niang, is hoping that things will change.and said that the world could see the continent play a strong role at these championships.“For a very long time, African teams came to the World Cup to limit the damage as used to be said. What has been positive is that the African teams have played without any anxiety and on an equal footing with their opponents,” said the Malian, who is set to become the sport’s governing body’s president at the FIBA Congress in Beijing.The highest-ranked African team in the competition in Nigeria, who will travel to China with plenty of experience, having several NBA – or former – NBA players.They have been drawn into Group B, where they will face Argentina, Russia and South Korea.The star on the side is 6’9 forward Al-Farouq Aminu, who last month signed a 29 million dollars three-year contract with the Orlando Magic after leaving the Portland Trail Blazers, where he averaged 9.4 points and 7.6 rebounds this season.Other stars on the side are 35-year-old Ike Diogu, who spent seven years in the NBA before moving to Asia, where he currently plays for Shimane Susanoo Magic in Japan, as well as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Joshua Okogie.The shooting guard Okogie is, together with Coach Alexander Nwora’s son Jordan, the youngest player in the squad at 20.The other four teams also have their fair share of experience in their sides, with Senegal though, not naming recent Boston Celtics signing Tacko Fall and Minnesota Timberwolves big Gorgui Dieng in their squad as the players want to concentrate on their NBA clubs.The West Africans will be competing in Group H against Australia, Canada, and Lithuania.Tunisian Salah Mejri, who was released by the Dallas Mavericks earlier this year, will be looking to put in some solid performances in Group C against Spain, Puerto Rica, and Iran to find a new club.The two other African teams, Angola and Côte d’Ivoire are in Groups D and A respectively.Arguably the biggest African name in basketball will not actually be playing for an African team as Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was born in Greece to Nigerian parents, will be starring for Greece.The 24-year-old swingman, who is on a four year, 100 million dollar contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, made history early in his career by being the first player to finish a regular season in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.Antetokounmpo, whose brother Thanasis is also in the Greek squad, was named the NBA Most Valuable Player earlier this year.African fans will be able to watch the FIBA Basketball World Cup live and HD on the StarTimes sports channels as the leading digital-TV operator in Africa has secured the exclusive right to the prestigious competition.