Portugal’s Joao Mario to miss Confederations Cup
LISBON – Portugal midfielder Joao Mario will miss the upcoming Confederations Cup with a calf muscle injury, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has confirmed.
The Inter Milan player featured in a 4-0 friendly win at home to Cyprus last weekend but will now sit out Friday’s trip to Latvia in a World Cup qualifier and the Confederations Cup.
The tournament begins in Russia on June 17 with the European champions facing Mexico in their opening game in Kazan the following day.
Joao Mario’s withdrawal leaves Portugal with a squad of 23 including Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined up with his team-mates on Tuesday evening, fresh from helping Real Madrid win the Champions League last weekend.


Zambia freed 31 Chinese

Zambia freed 31 Chinese held for illegal mining: China
BEIJING – Dozens of Chinese nationals who had been held for illegal mining in Zambia have departed the African country to return home, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
China had complained that Zambia provided no strong evidence of crimes committed by the 31 arrested in the copperbelt town of Chingola, including a pregnant woman and two victims of malaria.
But Zambia’s immigration chief had told the media the Chinese would have to be deported for violating the law.
“After repeated representations by China’s Foreign Ministry and its embassy in Zambia, on the afternoon of June 6, the 31 Chinese citizens that had been seized and detained boarded a plane and left Zambia to return home,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
In a letter, the 31 had expressed their “satisfaction” with the Chinese embassy’s efforts on their behalf, Hua told a regular news briefing.
Chinese companies have invested more than $1 billion in copper-rich Zambia, but there has been animosity, with some Zambian workers accusing firms of abuses and underpaying.
In 2012, Zambian miners killed a Chinese supervisor and seriously wounded another in a pay dispute at a coal mine. Zambian police charged two Chinese supervisors at the same coal mine with attempted murder two years earlier, after the shooting of 13 miners in a pay dispute.
Resource-hungry China is investing heavily in Africa, a supplier of oil and raw materials, such as copper and uranium, but critics have warned its companies take with them their poor track record on workers’ rights and environmental protection.


5Killed in Capetown

Five killed in Cape storm
*Editor’s note: This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
JOHANNESBURG – Five people have died in the worst storm to hit the Western Cape in 30 years.
Western Cape Disaster Management urged residents to remain indoors as the storm was expected to increase in severity.
A family of four died in a fire caused by lightning Kraaifontein.
A 60-year-old man tragically died when an informal housing structure collapsed in Lavender Hill on Wednesday morning. Another man was seriously injured.
Western Cape Disaster Management spokesman James-Brent Styan said flying debris had caused many injuries.
Disaster management’s Styan said: “The forecasters are warning us of wave crests hitting 12 to 13 metres along the subcoastal areas of the Western Cape. This is unprecedented, we don’t really know what that impact might be on our coastal areas.
So we’re calling on people along the coast to take care, to avoid the beaches, stay away from beaches “please, stay indoors as far as possible at least until tomorrow afternoon [Thursday]. We expect the storm to start dying down by then.”


News  in Jupiter

Juno mission unveils Jupiter’s complex interior, weather and magnetism
SYDNEY – The latest observations of the Juno spacecraft are helping astronomers uncover the true nature of Jupiter in unprecedented detail. Many of the findings were unexpected.
Since July 2016, Juno has been revolving around Jupiter – the largest planet in our Solar System – in a highly elongated, 53-day orbit. This allows a clear view of its poles while the spacecraft ducks in and out of the strong radiation regions that surround the planet.
The first results of Juno observations were released in
two studies published in Science last week. They reveal a very new picture of the Jovian interior, its atmosphere and magnetosphere.
Of course it’s not only the observations from Juno that are helping us better understand Jupiter. Simultaneous monitoring from ground based telescopes such as the ones on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, where I was recently, are also helping.
Here I am on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Marcel de Vriend
But first to the latest Juno discoveries.
The atmosphere
Juno’s multiple passes over polar regions of the planet revealed stunning images of swirling cyclones, some almost as large as Earth.
There is no banded structure visible in these images, in contrast to Jupiter’s equatorial regions. There is no hexagon or a central vortex in the southern polar region like the one that the Cassini probe observed in Saturn’s north polar atmosphere.
It also appears that a high-altitude thin cloud or a haze, of yet unknown composition, hovers over both poles of Jupiter.
Juno’s view of Jupiter’s south pole from an altitude of 52,000 kilometers. The oval features are cyclones, up to 1,000 kilometers in diameter.

Juno’s radiometry measurements can probe the atmosphere to the unprecedented depth of 350km. This takes it below the frozen ammonia cloud top that we usually see in visible light images of the planet, with atmospheric pressures up to 240 times greater than on Earth’s surface.
Astronomers have already studied the rich and dynamic Jovian weather system since the first space observations of its atmospheric composition and profiles from the Voyager probes . But the previous deepest atmospheric measurements could be considered skin-deep when compared with Juno’s latest observations.
Only in one specific area of the planet was the atmosphere studied up to a depth of 100km. That was in 1995, when the Galileo probe descended into a so-called “hot spot”, a dark region between ammonia clouds that glows strongly in infrared light. Galileo’s probe measurements found this region surprisingly devoid of any water vapour clouds, as would have been expected below ammonia cloud.
Now, for the first time Juno’s radiometry allows a global view of deep atmosphere, showing that the banded pattern extends deeply below the visible tops of the clouds.
The measurements of ammonia content in these deep layers reveals an unexpected and dynamic mixing similar to the Hadley cells in Earth’s atmosphere. This is where masses of hot air rise in equatorial regions and move polewards, before plummeting in the tropics and returning towards the Equator close to Earth’s surface.
One of the goals of the Juno mission was to measure water content in the Jovian atmosphere, which has implications for understanding Solar System formation.
So far Juno has confirmed that the hot spots are indeed very dry regions of descending air with humidity less than 10%.

The magnetosphere
Since the discovery of strong radio emission from Jupiter in the 1950s – implying the existence of a magnetic field around the planet – every new space mission has slowly added to the ever so complex picture of the Jovian magnetosphere.
The Juno mission is designed to make an unprecedented leap forward in the understanding magnetic field generation processes and also to make a detailed map of the planet’s magnetosphere.
One of the most spectacular consequences of interaction between the magnetosphere and atmosphere of a planet is an auroral display, similar to the northern and southern lights on Earth.
Jupiter’s ‘southern lights’ as captured by Juno. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SWRI)
The JADE, JEDI and Waves instruments placed on Juno are used to measure the energies of particles that plummet into the polar regions and smash into atmospheric gases, mainly hydrogen that emits radiation, which we see as aurora.
The ultraviolet and infrared maps of this emission allow us to measure how the top layers of the Jovian atmosphere heat up and cool, as well as to understand the dynamics of the magnetosphere.
But why is the magnetosphere worth our attention? Planetary magnetospheres act like protective shields that deflect space radiation harmful to life.
Only planets that can produce magnetic fields have magnetospheres and, lucky for us, Earth has one too. But besides Earth, only the giant planets in our Solar System have appreciable magnetospheres.
Juno measured magnetic field in regions closer to Jupiter than ever before, and the results were very different than the predictions from the previously used models.
The observed magnetic fields are stronger and also more spatially variable than previously assumed. Since it is understood that a magnetic field is formed in the cores of planets via dynamo process, this suggests that magnetic field formation region is actually much larger than expected.
This, in turn, in combination with Juno’s measurements of gravitational field around the planet, tells us that our previous ideas about the core of the planet may have to be revised.
For example, the textbook images of the rather compact core of metallic hydrogen is not consistent with Juno observations. The metallic hydrogen core could be as large as the half of Jupiter’s radius.
Back on Earth
During Juno’s closest approach to Jupiter – while the probe makes critical observations of Jovian weather, magnetism and gravity – some of the largest telescopes on Earth support the mission with imaging and spectroscopy of the giant planet.
Although the spatial resolution of such observations is no match for imaging from Juno, ground telescopes have a global view of the planet.
During the sixth approach of Juno to the planet on May 19, some of us were using telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
I used a high-resolution infrared spectroscope at the Gemini telescope to map the full extend of auroral hydrogen emission around both planetary poles, while my colleagues were taking infrared images of the same regions at the Subaru telescope.
It is exciting to participate in this critical ground base support of the Juno mission, when the international astronomical community joins for a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a very unique view of our giant neighbour.
Here I am in front of the terminals to the Gemini Telescope, in Hawaii. Jen Miller
It is also amazing to have a support from many amateur astronomy groups that joined in observations of visible light from the planet.
The raw images from the Juno’s visible light camera are available on the Juno website for public use. People are invited to process such images and submit their work for viewing.
Future goals for Juno
Juno’s unique orbit allows for making spectacular images of regions not visited in previous missions. The probe also comes much better equipped than some of its predecessors to visit the planet.
The first results from the mission are already suggesting future revisions, or at least adjustments to models of Jupiter’s atmosphere, interior and magnetism.
This unique study of our largest giant planet will hopefully bear implications on the understanding of the formation and composition of similar but much hotter giant planets discovered around other stars.


Explosion rock funeral in tense kabul

Explosions rock funeral in tense Kabul
KABUL – At least 15 people were killed and wounded as explosions rocked the funeral of an Afghan politician’s son who died during an anti-government protest over spiralling insecurity in Kabul, raising tensions in a city already on edge.
Witnesses reported three explosions at the burial site of Salim Ezadyar, who was among four people killed on Friday when the protest degenerated into street clashes, with police firing live rounds to disperse hundreds of demonstrators.
The hilly site was littered with bloodied corpses and dismembered limbs, local television footage showed, with one witness telling AFP that “people were blown to pieces” due to the impact of the blasts.
“We don’t know what caused the explosions. Initial reports show 15 people have been killed and wounded,” interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said on Twitter.
The funeral was attended by senior Afghan government officials including Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, but his office told AFP that he was unhurt.
Kabul city was on lockdown on Saturday with armed checkpoints and armoured vehicles patrolling the streets to prevent a repeat of Friday’s protests.
Hundreds of demonstrators calling for President Ashraf Ghani to step down clashed with police on Friday, prompting officials to beat them back with live rounds in the air, tear gas and water cannons.
The protesters were voicing anger over a truck bombing on Wednesday in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter that killed 90 people and wounded hundreds, the deadliest attack in the city since 2001.
Before the blasts at the funeral, authorities had sealed off roads in the centre of the city, citing the threat of new attacks on large gatherings of people.
“We have intelligence reports that our enemies are trying again to carry out attacks on gatherings and demonstrations,” Kabul garrison commander Gul Nabi Ahmadzai said earlier Saturday. “We hope that people will stay away from protests.”
But dozens of people still gathered on Saturday under a tent close to the presidential palace calling for Ghani’s government to resign, but the assembly was largely peaceful.
“Any government attempt to disrupt our fair and just demonstration will show their complicity with terrorist groups and the perpetrators of Wednesday’s attack,” said Asif Ashna, a spokesman for the protesters.
“It is the duty of the government to ensure security to the protesters… and the government will be held responsible for any violence.”
Kabul has been on edge since the bombing, which highlighted the ability of militants to strike even in the capital’s most secure district, home to the presidential palace and foreign embassies that are enveloped in a maze of concrete blast walls.
Residents of the city have demanded answers from the government over the perceived intelligence failure leading to the bombing, which underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan.
Friday’s killings will likely further inflame passions as protesters prepared to attend their funeral ceremonies on Saturday.
The United Nations and a host of international allies have urged the protesters for restraint.
“The enemy seeks to manipulate the people’s anger and sadness to create division and sow instability,” the US embassy said in a statement.
“Now is the time to stand unified and announce to the enemies that Afghans… will not allow cowards to break the resolve to achieve a stable and peaceful nation. The enemies of Afghanistan cannot win. They will not win.”


Lesontho veterans lead

Lesotho veterans lead race to be prime minister
MASERU – Two veteran former prime ministers lead the field in Lesotho’s election on Saturday, in a vote likely to result in another coalition government for the landlocked mountain kingdom.
The country’s political landscape has been dominated for years by party splits and fragile coalitions.
Pakalitha Mosisili

Mosisili, the 72-year-old leader of the Democratic Congress (DC) party, is running to serve as prime minister for the third time, having stepped down after losing a no-confidence vote in March.
He was first premier from 1998 to 2012, and returned to power in 2015 after a snap election.
Despite his long years in office, critics accuse him doing little to improve standards of living for the majority of people in the country who languish in poverty, and he is often seen as aloof.
His removal in March came after he failed to hold together his seven-party coalition as in-fighting overshadowed government business.
After returning to office in 2015, Mosisili styled himself an anti-corruption crusader.
The former university lecturer entered politics as a student in 1967, when he joined the former ruling Basutoland Congress Party (BCP).
In 1998 he was elected leader of Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), after it split from the BCP.
Mosisili left the LCD to form the DC in 2012.

Thabane, a former prime minister and leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC), was targeted by a putsch in 2014, prompting him to flee to South Africa, where he lived in exile for two years.
The 77-year-old returned home in February, saying he still feared for his life.
Thabane came to power in 2012 as head of the country’s first coalition government, formed after an inconclusive vote.
But the alliance was marred by political bickering, which culminated in the August 2014 coup attempt led by the army.
He sought exile in South Africa after soldiers attacked police posts and surrounded his official residence.
“I am taking a huge risk by going back to Lesotho,” he told South African media outlets ahead of his return earlier this year.
“The threat on my life is still there. However, politics is a risky business.”
An old hand in Lesotho politics, Thabane founded the ABC in 2006 after years of manoeuvring between parties.
He remains popular in urban areas, and a sea of supporters clad in yellow, the party’s colour, gathered to welcome him upon his return.
He previously served as foreign minister and home affairs minister.

Moleleki, leader of the newly formed Alliance of Democrats (AD), defected from the governing coalition in December.
He joined Mosisili when he founded the Democratic Congress in 2012, before breaking away to form the AD.
“We have been in the politics of killing one another,” the 66-year-old told supporters at his party’s inaugural rally in January.
“We formed a new party because we want to end politics of hostilities.”
As natural resources minister, Moleleki was accused in 2013 of abuse of office for facilitating a licence for a diamond mine.
He was acquitted of the charges in March 2017.
ovement for Economic Change
At 39, Mochoboroane, the former minister of small-business development, is the youngest of the main players.
He was secretary general of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) until his ousting early this year.
In February Mochoboroane founded the Movement for Economic Change (MEC) — yet another addition to the Lesotho’s crowded political arena.
Described by an ally as “young, fresh, dynamic, innovative and unconventional”, he hopes to draw support from young people in a country where veterans dominate politics

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KV Oostende star Jali consider offers from southafrica


The former Orlando Pirates midfield maestro is in the final 12 months of his contract at the Belgian club
KV Oostende midfielder Andile Jali will consider returning to the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
The 27-year-old player is expected to leave the Belgian First Division A side during the upcoming Transfer Window.
PSL giants Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are both believed to be monitoring Jali’s situation at Oostende.
His agent Mike Makaab of Prosport International has revealed that the South Africa international has offers from Europe and South Africa.
“We are looking at a move for him‚” Makaab told
Times Media Digital.
“We have been contacted and there has been some interest from both Europe and South Africa,” he added.
“But if he does come back to South Africa it will have to be a lucrative deal for him‚ because he is now an experienced player who is a regular in the national team,” he concluded.
Jali, who made 21 appearances for Oostende during the 2016/17 season, was linked with a possible move to English Championship side Leeds United last year.
However, the move never materialized and the Eastern Cape-born player stayed for another season at the Ostend-based side.

Sports, World

Score s today

AIRTEL TO 8 MALAWI-Silver strikes 10 -9 Noma Pernaty
CAF Champions League
CAF Confederation Cup
23:00 SMOUHA
UEFA Champions League

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Alves juve have been promised 


The Italian side face Real Madrid in the final in Cardiff on Saturday and the Brazilian claims they have been promised a reward for victory
Dani Alves has joked that Juventus players have been promised a Ferrari each if they defeat Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.
‘Buffon can’t beat Ronaldo to Ballon d’Or’
The Italian side will face Zinedine Zidane’s men in the showpiece game in Cardiff, having vanquished Monaco in the semi-finals.
Juve are well-known for their defensive solidity, and that has been aided by Alves’ stoic performances at right-back, while he has also chipped in with three goals at the other end.
And the Brazil star – formerly of Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona – has claimed that the club’s president has promised him and his team-mates a brand new supercar each if they emerge victorious.
“The only additional motivation is that the president [Andrea Agnelli] has promised us a Ferrari,” he told reporters.
“I hope the president will keep his word.”
Juve last won the Champions League in 1996.


Ebola out break in Congo

Ebola outbreak in Congo under control

KINSHASA – Democratic Republic of Congo has not recorded a new case of Ebola in 21 days , the maximum incubation period for the disease, and is now in a phase of heightened surveillance, the health minister said on Friday.

“At this stage, we can say that the spread of the epidemic has been brought under control, and that’s thanks to the quality of national and international experts dispatched to the zone,” Oly Ilunga Kalenga told reporters in the capital, Kinshasa.

Ilunga said that authorities had confirmed four cases – up from two previously – and that three other cases were considered probable.

Four people have died in the outbreak, which was first declared on May 11 in Congo’s isolated northeastern rainforest near the border with Central African Republic.

Health authorities have approved the use of a new experimental Ebola vaccine but say it will only be deployed if a new case is confirmed outside existing chains of transmission.

The current outbreak is Congo’s eighth, the most of any country. The deadly hemorrhagic fever was first detected in its dense tropical forests in 1976 and named after the nearby river Ebola.




Mugabe  urgues party to stop


Mugabe urges party to stop jostling to replace him

MARONDERA – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe called on Friday for unity in his ruling Zanu-PF party, which has been riven by infighting over who will eventually succeed the world’s oldest leader.

Mugabe, 93, wants to seek another five-year term next year, having ruled since independence in 1980.

The veteran leader, who looks increasingly frail, has made two trips this year to Singapore for medical checks, which his spokesman said were for his eyes. Private media have reported that Mugabe has prostate cancer, which officials deny.

Addressing a Zanu-PF youth rally in Marondera town, some 70 kilometres, east of Harare, Mugabe said different party factions were preoccupied with plotting how to take over from him, saying some of the plots had assumed tribal overtones.

“That kills the party. Stop it, stop it. We do not want to start to fight each other before the time comes,” Mugabe said.

“Be at peace, the time will come, it’s certainly coming. Congress will decide,” Mugabe said, referring to the five-year gathering of the party that chooses the Zanu-PF leader, due to take place in 2019 when Mugabe will be 95.

Some party officials have been privately lobbying for the meeting to be brought forward to December, allowing Mugabe’s successor to contest next year’s vote.

At Friday’s rally Mugabe made a lengthy pitch to youth voters ahead of the 2018 elections, promising to hand over farms and fund construction of housing apartments for youths.

Young people comprise nearly half the population and bear the brunt of chronic unemployment. They are also the ones most likely to turn their backs on Zanu-PF, either by supporting the opposition or leaving the country for better economic prospects.

Zanu-PF youth leader Kudzai Chipanga said young party members would support no one but Mugabe for president.

“As long as you are there, you are our life president. There is no one with a name that qualifies to go on the ballot box except that of Gushungo (Mugabe’s clan name),” said Chipanga.


Amid frustration by Malawi muslim


Amid frustration by Malawi Muslim women on the removal of headgear when processing driver’s licence, Department of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) has disclosed that an agreement has been reached that will see Muslim women not completely removing headgear.

According to a statement issued by DRTSS, its management and Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) had serious talks that helped to come up with a concrete decision on the matter.

Malawi women could wear hijab in driving licenses

“Muslim women may not be required to remove the headgear entirely but they should at least expose necessary facial features for facial recognition,” reads the statement.

DTRSS has further elaborated that all procedures undertaken by the department in processing every document are governed by the Road Traffic Act 1997 and Road Traffic Regulations 2000.

According to Regulation 8 a (iv & v) of the Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Regulations 2000, every applicant’s photograph must depict only the head and shoulders, and show the applicants full face without headgear.

“It is in this respect that clients who wish to have their images captured at DRTSS offices are requested to remove their headgear in order for the system to capture necessary features for facial recognition,” reads the statement.

DRTSS has in the statement assured all Muslim women and the general public professionally that it will be assisting everyone accordingly.

“DRTSS would, therefore, like to assure all Muslim women and the entire general public that it will endeavour to execute its roles and mandates in line with the legal framework and professionally without necessarily discriminating, victimising or marginalising anybody on the basis of creed, tribe, colour or social economic status,” says DRTSS through the statement.

Muslim women in the country have been expressing concerns for always being ordered to completely remove headgear at DRTSS offices whenever they want to process driver’s licence and other documents.

According to Islamic beliefs, a Muslim woman is only supposed to show off his face to her close relatives and husband but doing that to other people is unlawful




One dead  several injured in chitipa



One dead, several injured on road accident in Chitipa

Malawi Police Service vehicle overturned several times in the wee hours of Wednesday killing one person and injuring many others in Chitipa district.


Chitipa Police Public Relations Officer Glado Simwaka told MBC that, the vehicle number MP 2122 was coming from Misuku in the district and as it was descending Kelenge Hills where the driver of the vehicle is believed to have lost control of the vehicle and later overturned.

“The vehicle had 13 people on board, driver inclusive, and as the vehicle was descending the hills the driver couldn’t control the vehicle before hitting a tree and overturned,” said Simwaka.

“In the vehicle there was a prosecution team from police, prison officers, authorities from the judiciary who were coming from court proceedings at Misuku,” Simwaka added.

The Police Publicist said following the accident, the victims were rushed to Chitipa district Hospital where the driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead.

Meanwhile 12 other people have sustained serious injuries and are receiving treatment at Chitipa District Hospital.




44 immigrants died Niger desert

44 migrants, including babies, die in Niger desert

AGADEZ, Libya – At least 44 migrants, including women and babies, were found dead after their vehicle broke down in the desert of northern Niger while on the way to Libya, local officials said Thursday.

“The number of migrants who died in the desert is 44 for now,” said Rhissa Feltou, the mayor of Agadez, a remote town on the edge of the Sahara desert that has become the smuggling capital of Africa.

The Red Cross, which said “at least 44 migrants have died”, has dispatched a team to the site “to gather information” on the circumstances.

A security source who asked not to be named said “the sub-Saharan migrants, including babies and women, died of thirst because their vehicle broke down”.

In early May, eight migrants from Niger, five of them children, were found dead in the desert while on their way to Algeria.

Also in May, soldiers on patrol in northern Niger rescued around 40 migrants from various west African countries who had been abandoned in the desert by people-smugglers while travelling to Libya.

The group included citizens of The Gambia, Nigeria, Guinea, Senegal and Niger, all hoping to reach the Libyan coast so they could cross the Mediterranean to Europe.




Zuma appoint s news acting police commissioner

Zuma appoints new acting police commissioner

JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma has appointed Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba as the Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service with immediate effect.

The acting tenure of Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane came to an end today






Spinach and squash salad 


Spinach & squash salad with coconut dressing



Roasted butternut squash, lime-marinated onions and spinach leaves dressed with coconut cream make the perfect winter buffet salad



plus infusing




Nutrition: per serving


Fat 5g


2g  Carbs






Nutrition and extra info

kcal fat saturates carbs


Ingredients Method

1 large butternut squash or pumpkin, deseeded but skin left on

2 tbsp

1 large red onion, sliced into thin rings

2 , zest of 1, juice of both

½ x 160ml can coconut cream

2 tsp

1 tsp golden caster sugar

2 x 100g bags baby leaf

olive oil


fish sauce





Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the squash into bite-sized pieces, toss with the oil and seasoning, then roast for 30-40 mins until golden and tender.

Leave to cool.

Toss the onion rings with the juice of 1 lime and set aside while the squash roasts.

Make the dressing.

Whisk together the remaining lime juice, the zest, coconut cream, fish sauce and sugar. Cover and leave to infuse in the fridge for 10-15 mins, or until ready to serve.

When ready to eat, toss together the squash, spinach and onions, and serve with a generous drizzle of the dressing.



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Chelsea moses Dropped




The red-hot Blues’ star has been excluded from Gernot Rohr’s squad for next month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Bafana Bafana

Victor Moses has been dropped from Nigeria squad to face South Africa in June 10’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier billed for Uyo.

The winger played a crucial role in Antonio Conte’s men English Premier League triumph – though they bowed to Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

The Super Eagles will be hoping for a winning start in their quest to book a ticket for Cameroon 2019, after missing the last edition staged in Gabon.

Topping the list is Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho alongside Arsenal young sensation Alex Iwobi and Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi.

Others include Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Ogenyi Onazi, Simon Moses, Leon Balogun and Arsenal target Henry Onyekuru.

Zamalek defender Maroof Youssef was handed a surprise call-up with Dele Alampasu getting the nod owing to Carl Ikeme’s injury.

All invited players are expected in Abuja on Friday, June 2 before departing to Uyo on Tuesday.


Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); William Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Maroof Youssef (Zamalek FC, Egypt)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United FC)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Henry Onyekuru (KAS Eupen, Belgium); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany); Olanrewaju Kayode (FK Austria Wien, Austria)


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Car confederation cup





Amakhosi have once again beared the brunt of their supporters after another season without silverware

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is pleased with his contribution to the club, but he expressed his disappointment at their inability to win trophies this past season.

“Thank you for the compliments, but for me it’s difficult to say that I had a great season, or so far I’ve achieved accolades whilst the team didn’t do well,” Tshabalala told the media on Wednesday.

“I’m even embarrassed to say that I did well. I’ve won goal of the month twice. We didn’t have a good season. That’s what overshadowed everything. That’s the biggest thing for me – to contribute and help the team win at least one trophy. I didn’t achieve that. So, I’m very disappointed about that,” Tshabalala said.

The Glamour Boys finished a position higher than the previous campaign, but they still didn’t do enough to take part in next year’s Caf Confederation Cup.

Earlier this week, legendary Chiefs midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha slammed underperforming players at the club, saying only Tshabalala and Willard Katsande were good enough to play for the team.

“I think obviously, playing for a team like Chiefs calibre expectations are higher. You are required to perform week in and week out for a team that is known for winning trophies,” Tshabalala said.

“And when we don’t win trophies, yes we will get criticized. And when we win games, we will still get criticized. And I think it’s how you take criticism. We have to thrive on criticism. Whenever you’re being criticized there are always positives to take out of that, and it builds you as a person. I personally think that we share it as a collective. It’s not tennis, it’s not golf, but football. So, it requires everybody’s effort and contribution to make it a success,” he continued.

“So, I cannot point out players and say, ‘Player 1 didn’t do well, Player 2 didn’t do well’… No, as a player, what I did do to help the other players? It was not enough. So, we didn’t do it as a collective, hence we have to take the punishment as a team,” Tshabalala concluded.