Indonesia rocked by injuries ahead of crucial Laos clash
Indonesia coach Alfred Riedl has admitted that his side are low on morale ahead of their must-win AFF Suzuki Cup clash with Laos on Friday.
The Merah Putih must defeat the already-eliminated Laotians if they are to have any chance of joining the Philippines in qualifying for the semi-finals in Group A.
However, four-time finalists Indonesia must accomplish the task without Dutch-born striker Sergio van Dijk and midfielder Imanuel Wanggai.
Riedl said: "We have two players out due to injuries - this is our striker Sergio van Dijk and our midfield player Imanuel Wanggai.
"They will not be on the list tomorrow, but the rest are OK.
"We are looking forward to this match against my former team Laos and hopefully we can land a win so we don’t go home completely empty handed.
"I would be happy to win the match against Laos because we are not in a situation right now where we can think about a high score. We have to win as our team is very down."
Indonesia will need the Philippines to dispatch hosts Vietnam during their simultaneous kick-off on Friday. On top of that, they will have to make up for a goal difference of seven goals on the Vietnamese.
While his team remains in the equation, Riedl isn't expecting a lot of help from the Azkals.
The Austrian said: "For the match between Philippines and Vietnam, I am expecting a close match with a close result.
"I don’t believe one of the teams can win by a high score."
Booth wants Laos win
Their opponents won't be offering any favours either.
While Laos do not have nothing but pride to play for, coach David Booth has called on his troops to exit the competition with a flourish.
The Englishman said: "We are in a very similar situation for both teams tomorrow. At this moment we have no points and two losses and our goal difference is very poor, but we also don’t want to go home empty handed. We don’t want to go home with nothing from what we have tried to do.
"I think we proved in the last game if we have to defend we can defend. We could have probably kept the game at 1-0, but we decided at 1-0 we might try to score."
Source: AFF Suzuki Cup official website
Police ‘pressed me to the ground’, claims HK student leader Joshua Wong
Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong on Thursday accused police of using violence against him during his arrest.
The 18-year-old Wong and another student leader, Mr Lester Shum, were taken into custody on Wednesday as authorities moved in to clear the pro-democracy camp in the district of Mong Kok.
Mr Wong, a key figure in the movement that has paralysed parts of Hong Kong, was charged with obstructing the work of police officers and released on bail on Thursday.
“They (police) had pressed me to the ground to limit my movement and injured me in the process,” he told reporters outside the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court.
“This caused injury marks to my neck and face and they consecutively, six to seven times, tried to hurt my body including my private parts,” he said.
Mr Shum, 21, also alleged police had used violence when arresting him.
“They had used fists to punch and feet to kick me in the process. They had used their knees to bump me and kicked me in the waist,” Mr Shum, who like Mr Wong was released on bail late on Thursday, said.
“They had also pulled on my hair and pressed my head to the ground, this happened twice,” he said.
News footage of the arrests did not appear to show the pair resisting.
About 150 protesters were taken into custody when authorities tore down barricades and tents in Mong Kok, one of three main protest sites, in a major blow to the movement.
Mr Wong said he has been banned from the area for two months as part of his bail conditions.
He said: “I can’t go to the Mong Kok area before Jan 14. I feel mystified.”
His lawyer Michael Vidler told the court that the “motivation for this prosecution is political”.
Both he and Mr Wong were pelted with eggs as they left the courthouse as tensions run high in Hong Kong over the future of the struggling pro-democracy movement.
Cong Vinh expected to lead Vietnam to victory over Azkals
Former champions Vietnam need just one point from their Group A match against the Philippines on Friday to secure a place in the final four of the AFF Suzuki Cup.
It is a far cry from their surprise exit from the last edition of the tournament in 2012 and striker Le Cong Vinh, whose injury-time header famously won the 2008 edition for Vietnam, may be the Red Jersey's hero once again.
The prolific striker has scored one goal apiece in Vietnam's two matches - a sensational strike in their opener against Indonesia and a poacher's effort against Laos.
It took his AFF Championships tally to 11 and the all-time leading scorer of Vietnamese football needs one just more goal to draw level with Asean legends Bambang Pamungkas of Indonesia and Thailand’s Kiatiusk Senamuang.
While Vinh's status has brought along close scrutiny on his performances in his home country, Vietnam coach Toshiya Miura constantly defends his star player from criticism.
Vietnam forward Le Cong Vinh leads an attack through two Laos players during an AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup football match at Hanoi's My Dinh stadium on November 25, 2014.. Photo: AFP
The Japanese said: “I think he played very well against Laos. (In the) first half, only he knew where the weak spots were in their defence.
"He also made chances and scored a goal. I think for a striker that is good. It does not make sense to complain about him."
Although Vietnam are three points ahead of Indonesia and hold a seven-goal advantage in Group A, Miura is not thinking about playing it safe or losing against the Philippines even though they could still lose the match and qualify for the semi-finals.
He said: "I expect a good game and to win the game.
"First game and second game, in my opinion, I fielded the 11 best players.
"It is a big tournament so of course I want to bring the best player to make the semi-finals."
Vietnam's passage into the final four could be made easier if Philippines head coach Thomas Dooley opts to rest some of his star players.
The American said: "Obviously we would like to win the group stage so that we can have an advantage in the semi-final (playing second leg at home) but also I would like to rest a couple of players.
"It is difficult - I will make a decision tomorrow after talking to a couple of players about how they feel. I always like to start with the best team, and right now that is what I am thinking of doing.
"But the final decision will be made tomorrow."
The Philippines will be without defender Juan Guirado (pulled muscle) and striker Patrick Reichelt (twisted knee) while and Vietnamese goalkeeper Tran Nguyen Manh could be ruled out with a nose injury.
Source: AFF Suzuki Cup official website
Man, 69, succumbs to dengue
A 69-year-old man died of dengue on Thursday (Nov 27).
The Chinese man, living at Chuan Terrace located in an active dengue cluster, was admitted to Mount Alvernia Hospital three days ago.
During an inspection of the area, the National Environment Agency (NEA) detected 20 counts of mosquito breeding.
Measures to kill mosquitos in the area are ongoing and residents have been encouraged to cooperate.
There has been a consecutive dip in the number of dengue cases reported over the last five weeks.
149 cases were reported in the week ending Nov 22, 10 cases lower than the previous week.
But the NEA has urged everyone to remain vigilant in preventing mosquito breeding by doing the 5-step Mozzie Wipeout:
1. Change water in vases and bowls on alternate days
2. Remove water from flower pot plates on alternate days
3. Turn over all water storage containers
4. Cover bamboo pole holders when not in use
5. Clear blockages and put BTI insecticide in roof gutters monthly
26 detained in M'sia after police raid massage joints offering 'sex for dessert'
Eat to your heart's content, then have sex for "dessert".
Three supposed traditional massage joints were raided by anti-vice officers on Monday (Nov 24) for providing customers with free meals before choosing a partner to have sex with.
The joints, in Bandar Sunway, Selangor, copies a tactic used by spa operators who offer customers a "package deal" of free meals and then sex.
Operating under the pretence of parlours providing massage services, police ambushed the three joints after being tipped off.
Twenty-six people were detained, mostly Vietnamese women aged between 18 and 32.
"They are all suspected of being involved in prostitution activities," said a police spokesman.
Source: The Star Online
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It's sheer fun on Sheares Bridge. TNP illustration
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Childcare teacher, 52, who dropped boy, 2, on the floor, jailed
The childcare centre teacher who was filmed grabbing a two-year-old boy then dropping him onto the floor last July was jailed three weeks on Thursday (Nov 27).
Siti Hadijah Mohamed Sin, 52, who was a teacher with My First Skool childcare centre, at Block 192, Toa Payoh Lorong 4, had heaved the boy backward onto the floor twice, causing him to suffer a fractured leg.
About 20 of her family members turned up in court and gave her a teary send-off.
Read the full report in our print edition on Nov 28.
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Man arrested for suspected outrage of modesty at Promenade MRT station
A 33-year-old man has been arrested in a case of outrage of modesty at a train platform in Promenade MRT Station.
The suspect is believed to have touched an 18-year-old girl's lower body as she was alighting from the train in the evening of Nov 25.
The victim confronted the suspect, who was subsequently detained and arrested by police.
Police are still investigating the incident.
Twitter tributes pour in for Aussie batsman Phillip Hughes who died from head injuries
Twitter was abuzz with tributes pouring in for Australian batsman Phillip Hughes who died from injuries during a domestic cricket game this week.
He did not regain consciousness after being hit on the head by a bouncer.
Australia's legendary wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist summed it all up in his tweet (above).
Prime Minister Tony Abbott led the tributes in a statement minutes after news broke of the death.
He said: "Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams. His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family.
"What happened has touched millions of Australians. For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration."
Here are some of the tweets from fellow cricketers.
Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann leaving St Vincent's Hospital after the death of Hughes. PHOTO: AFP
Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar led tributes in India, calling the death a "sad day for cricket". PHOTO: AFP
Australian batsman David Warner weeps as he leaves St Vincent's Hospital with partner Candice Falzon. PHOTO: AFP
Hughes, who played 26 Tests, collapsed after being hit by a Sean Abbott bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Reports said he suffered a fractured skull and catastrophic bleeding in his brain.
Source: AFP, The Sydney Morning Herald, Twitter