first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka’s Piston Mutamba vies for the ball with AFC Leopards’ Isaac Kipyegon (right) and Aziz Okaka (left) during their 2019 Kenyan Premier League first leg clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – Just a day after celebrating the club’s 55th birthday, AFC Leopards will have little time to party as their new found form will come under sharp focus when they face a stern Sofapaka test at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Wednesday afternoon.Ingwe banished a six-game losing streak with back to back victories over Sony Sugar and Tusker FC and the club will be looking to take that count to three when they take on third placed Batoto ba Mungu. AFC has been boosted with the news on Tuesday afternoon that their defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng will be eligible to play after the Harambee Stars defender received his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) from Sweden.“I am glad that I can finally play but I don’t think I am yet in a position to start because it has been long since I played. But I am ready if the coach wants me to start then I have to do my best,” Ochieng noted.He added; “This is the first step of my journey back to the top and hopefully I will give the best to the team.”Ochieng’s addition will be a huge plus for the AFC defense that had been leaking goals before their victory over Sony in Kakamega.Head coach Cassa Mbungo will also hope Ochieng’s experience in his vast career will help propel the team off the bottom half of the table as they are currently languishing at 14th spot with 16 points, five away from the top half.Sofapaka’s John Avire vies for the ball with AFC Leopards’ Isaac Oduro during their 2019 Kenyan Premier League first leg clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe first leg between these two sides ended 2-2 but it promises to be a cracker when they meet again at Bukhungu.Meanwhile, Sofapaka will go top of the standings with victory on Wednesday. They sit third with 30 points, just two shy of early leaders Bandari and a victory will put them on top of everyone.“That is the motivation we have as a team because, you can never count the matches you have not played. Being on top of the league is itself a morale boosting thing to the players and that is our target. To go up there and remain there,” Sofapaka coach John Baraza said.He added; “We expect a very tough game beyavse AFC are in good form and that means there is something positive they are doing. It is always tough against them and it will not be different this time.”Sofapaka will welcome back defensive stalwart Mousa Omar who missed last weekend’s massive 3-0 win over Chemelil Sugar in Awasi, but they will still be without the injured trio of Dennis Odhiambo, Michael Oduor and Mohammed Kilume.Fapaka head coach John Baraza shouts instructions on the touchline during the Kenyan Premier League match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on February 18, 2019“Dennis has trained very well and he is back up in contention. But we felt this match is too early for him but next week he should be available. Mohammed has just started light training but probably in the next three or four weeks we should be looking at him back,” Baraza opined.In the other midweek ties, Kariobangi Sharks will be at home against Nzoia Sugar at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, the reigning FKF Shield champions looking to get themselves back into title contention.After two draws in their last three games, Sharks find themselves dropping down to fifth spot with 26 points and boss William Muluya will be aiming to get back to winning ways against a Nzoia side that has lost four of its last five games.Nzoia, still without replacement for Nicholas Muyoti as head coach, are struggling to keep afloat and are 11th in the standings with 20 points.The first leg in Sudi ended 0-0 and it was the first time the sugar millers were getting a point off Sharks, the latter having won all the preceding four ties.KPL Wednesday midweek fixtures: Western Stima vs Chemelil Sugar FC – Kisumu – 3pmAFC Leopards vs Sofapaka – Bukhungu – 3pmKariobangi Sharks vs Nzoia Sugar FC – Kasarani – 3pm0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgIn 1963 the Co. Donegal Association of Parents and Friends with Intellectual Disabilities, originally known as Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped was established.Fifty years ago training, education and care for those in Donegal with special needs were totally neglected by the Health and Education Services locally.These services were available but only in distant locations such as Sligo, Galway, Dublin etc. The Association was established in co-operation with the then North West Health Board (now the HSE) and over the years special schools, training centres, residential centres, respite centres and areas of special needs were established in the County.In addition of psychiatric, psychological, therapeutic, speech and language, medical and many other services that has been provided in the County for those in need.Progress in the last 50 years has been such that Donegal is now one of the forerunners in Ireland in providing the necessary care for people with special needs.In more recent years, The Donegal Housing Association has been established which is an offshoot of the Association. The D.H.A in conjunction with the HSE, the Department of the Environment and the Donegal County Council are providing magnificent facilities in various locations throughout the County. None of these services or amenities would have come about without the necessary finance being made available to the Association.So much of this money was provided by the people of the County through their generous donations at our church gate collections, dances, sales of goods and functions of all descriptions, not least through gifts and legacies.This hard work and dedication of collectors and organisers of these fundraising events has to be acknowledged, but could never adequately be appreciated.The Association has gone from strength to strength over the 50 years.New members or interested groups are very welcome. A function to celebrate the founding will he held soon. DONEGAL NOW A FORERUNNER IN DEALING WITH PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DIFFICULTIES – SPECIAL REPORT was last modified: June 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalINTELLECTUAL DIFFICULTIESlast_img read more