Dutch doctors’ scheme ditches commodities following review

first_imgCredit: Darko Stojanovic The Dutch doctors’ pension scheme has cut its allocations to Chinese equities and commodities“The divestment of the last and most complicated investments came with calculated losses, which we deemed acceptable relative to the profits generated by the initial allocation,” the scheme told IPE.The pension fund said it had now fully committed an €80m allocation to investments in care home properties as an impact investment, adding that the 10 assets it already owned had generated a result of 5.4%.The scheme has a hedge fund allocation of almost €5m. SPH has been divesting this position since 2016.The occupational pension fund posted an overall investment loss of 0.9%.Future plansLast year, SPH introduced a new framework for balance sheet management, focusing on its risk budget. An important part of the new setup was a funding level-based matrix for strategic asset allocation, which would direct its investment policy towards an increasingly defensive asset mix and interest rate hedge as the scheme’s funding level improved.At year-end, its interest rate hedge position stood at 69%. It said the cover had contributed 2.6 percentage points to its overall return. In contrast, it lost 1.6 percentage points as a result of its currency hedge.The board also said it had started evaluating its current arrangements in order to improve the sustainability of its pension plan. The outcome would be used as input towards a new administration system to be introduced in 2022, the board said, when its current provider provider PGGM aimed to replace its current system.Dutch pensions publication Pensioen Pro, citing SPH, reported that the reorientation could also lead to the pension fund taking its administration in-house, or co-operating with another self-administrating scheme.The occupational pension fund granted its participants additional pension rights of 3.1%, based on its coverage ratio of 138.6% at the end of 2018. However, it said the indexation bonus was still short of its target of 2.25% plus wage inflation, which amounted to 4.2% in total.Last year, SPH replaced PGGM with BlackRock as manager of its interest rate-matching mandate of government bonds and interest swaps. It said the change followed the appointment of Achmea Investment Management as “co-ordinating” manager.SPH reported administration costs of €598 per participant. It spent 28bps and 6bps on asset management and transactions, respectively.The GP scheme has 11,670 active participants, 1,288 deferred members and 7,095 pensioners. SPH, the €11bn Dutch occupational scheme for general practitioners, has divested its 4% allocation to commodities following an investment review.In its annual report for 2018, the scheme said it had concluded that commodities offered “limited value” to the scheme and that access to the risk premium was getting increasingly complicated.“As the market is getting smarter, it is necessary to keep on developing a clever strategy,” it said. “We have estimated that the risk premium of simply keeping a commodities allocation had become insufficient.”The pension fund reported a 15.2% loss on commodities for 2018, but this still represented a slight outperformance relative to its benchmark. SPH also cut its Chinese equity holidngs last year, preferring instead to focus on broader benchmarks and equity mandates.In its annual report, it said that it had lost 10.5% on emerging market equities, attributing the result in part to the performance of Chinese equity.The doctors’ scheme made a 22.4% loss on private equity in 2018, in the last phase of a gradual divestment of the asset class that began in 2011.last_img read more

Seabed Solutions Joins Subsea UK

first_imgNew marine services firm Seabed & Offshore Solutions (Seabed Solutions) has joined industry trade body Subsea UK.Launched in January 2019, Seabed Solutions is led by managing director Martin Sisley, a former board member of Subsea UK.He previously held senior positions at James Fisher Marine Services, Red7Offshore, and Ocean Installer.Seabed Solutions will work with the association to increase brand awareness, the company said.Martin Sisley said, “Joining Subsea UK is a great move for us. The network brings together operators, contractors, suppliers and key contacts from the sector, which for a new business is a huge help.”Seabed Solutions will provide total solutions for all seabed related matters during the life-cycle of offshore energy assets (offshore wind, wave, tidal, oil & gas, and associated infrastructure).Seabed Solutions has been formed through the collaboration of Martin Sisley, offshore energy consultancy Nautilus Associates and a group of specialist investors.last_img read more

Thornton is fastest at Knoxville for another IMCA Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour win

first_imgRicky Thornton Jr. made it three straight Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour wins Thursday night, collecting the $2,000 checkers at Knoxville Raceway. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline)KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 19) – Ricky Thornton Jr. added another career highlight-type IMCA Modified feature win to a resume that’s already full of them Thursday night.Thornton led start to finish of the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour main event at Knoxville Raceway, earning $2,000 for his series record third straight victory.“This win is huge,” the Arizona transplant said. “Growing up, we all watched the Knoxville Nationals and to win in only my third race here is just great.”Thornton had gotten caught in a wreck while running near the front in last year’s tour event at Knoxville. Traffic wasn’t an issue in Thursday’s Dynamic Drivelines Dirt Duel as Thornton took charge from outside the front row. Cayden Carter was close behind but a caution with six circuits left in the 25-lapper cleared the track ahead of the leader.Carter, Richie Gustin, Jacob Murray and 2017 race winner Chris Abelson rounded out the top five.“The biggest thing was that I was able to set my own pace,” said Thornton, qualified multiple times for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “I wanted to be able to save my tires and I was able to do that.”Cory Van Zante led all 20 laps from the pole in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, taking the checkers ahead of Cody Olsen, defending race winner Curtis Van Der Wal, Cory Rose and Dusty Masolini.“This place has a lot of fame and history behind it. I remember going to the Knoxville Nationals when I was a kid,” said Van Zante. “To win here is a dream come true.”The race ran caution-free and Van Zante had put one lapped car behind him before collecting his career second feature win. His first had come earlier this season, his fifth in the class, at Marshalltown.“The track was fastest around the bottom. You definitely had to hit your marks or somebody would take advantage,” Van Zante said. “There were a lot of good cars here tonight.”Forty-nine Modifieds and 33 Northern SportMods vied at Knoxville.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Clive; 2. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 3. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 4. Jacob Murray; 5. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 6. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 7. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 8. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 9. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 10. Todd Van Eaton, Orient; 11. John Parmely, Phoenix, Arz.; 12. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 13. Al Hejna, Clear Lake; 14. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 15. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 16. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 17. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; 18. Shane DeMey, Denison; 19. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 20. Derrick Stewart, Ainsworth; 21. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 22. Jeremy Thornton, Casa Grande, Ariz.; 23. Brennen Chipp, Waterloo; 24. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 25. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 26. David Brown, Kellogg.Northern SportMods – 1. Cory Van Zante, Sully; 2. Cody Olsen, Omaha, Neb.; 3. Curtis Van Der Wal, Oskaloosa; 4. Cory Rose, Boone; 5. Dusty Masolini, Des Moines; 6. Thomas Van Dyke, Halbur; 7. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 8. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 9. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 10. Thomas Egenberger, Des Moines; 11. Colton Livezey, New Sharon; 12. Jack Housley, Des Moines; 13. Adam Shelman, Ames; 14. Frank Packer, Queensland, Ariz.; 15. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 16. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward; 17. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 18. Daniel Brau, Brooklyn; 19. Tim Plummer, Norway; 20. Shane Paris, Muscatine; 21. Billy Dyer, Johnston; 22. Charlie Weber, Sigourney; 23. Scott Brau, Brooklyn; 24. Michael Carter, Marion.last_img read more

Baby Face, Bobby Girl shine at first GOtv Boxing Night Mini

first_imgRelatedPosts Flykite announces postponement of GOtv Boxing Night 21 Real One, Baby Face, Esepo to headline GOtv Boxing Night 21 GOtv Boxing Night 20: Organisers promise to provide adequate security, ease traffic control West African Boxing Union welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, and rising female super featherweight boxer, Cynthia “Bobby Girl” were the standout performers at the maiden edition of GOtv Boxing Night Mini, which held on Saturday at the Rowe Park Sports Complex in Lagos.        Baby Face was all menace and speed, knocking out Saheed Lawal in the third of their eight-round national challenge duel.  Lawal, who was a replacement for Dennis “The Range” Mbat, who pulled out on account of an accident, gave a good account of himself in terms of defiance. But the WABU champion’s volume punching at velocity was too much for him, as he was quickly in a daze, forcing the referee to stop the fight.                                                Ogunsemilore, who won her fight by knockout at GOtv Boxing Night 19, confirmed her status as a boxer to watch out for. She defeated Roliat “Mummy’s Pet” Akinsanya by unanimous decision in a thrilling super featherweight bout. The Range boxer exhibited composure and guile beyond her age to outwit her similarly impressive opponent.  In the lightweight category, WABU champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, stopped Ola Adebakin in the first of the scheduled eight rounds. Waheed “Showmax” Shogbanmu got the better of Semiu “Jagaban” Olapade. The cruiserweight duel at the show saw fan favourite, Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi defeat Olajide Olatunji via unanimous decision.    Among dignitaries at the show were Sola Aiyepeku, Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission; Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, President Nigeria Boxing Board of Control; Remi Aboderin, WABU President and NBB of C scribe; and Jennifer Ukoh, Public Relations Manager, GOtv.   Tags: GOtv Boxing NightSaheed Lawallast_img read more

India Women Win FIH Women’s Series Finals

first_imgHiroshima: An impressive Indian women’s hockey team on Sunday won the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 after defeating hosts Japan 3-1 in the Final held here at the Hiroshima Hockey Stadium. The Indian team was helped by an early goal from Captain Rani in the 3rd minute, but conceded an equalizer in the 11th minute as Japan’s Kanon Mori scored. A brace from Gurjit Kaur scored in the 45th and 60th minutes, however, saw India register an emphatic victory. The World No. 9 Indian team had already qualified for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers 2019 on Saturday after securing a place in the final of the competition. IANSAlso Read: International Hockey Federation (FIH) announces partnership with Dream11last_img read more


first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)GLENDALE, Ariz. ? Oh, well, nobody’s perfect. Except maybe Eli Manning.A masterful magician when the stakes were highest, Manning engineered one of the best drives in Super Bowl history Sunday to help the New York Giants squash the New England Patriots’ run at history-making perfection with a 17-14 victory.In a game, and a finish, that showed precisely why the Super Bowl has become America’s favorite spectacle, Manning led the Giants 83 yards in little more than two minutes. He capped it with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left, to win what easily could go down as the best Super Bowl ever.“An unbelievable game and an unbelievable feeling,” Manning said.“The greatest victory in the history of this franchise, without a question,” said owner John Mara.It was a scintillating closing chapter to a crazy week that seemed to have everything: the perfect team; the upstart underdogs; the cover-boy quarterback in Tom Brady; the kid brother in Manning.America loves an underdog, and the Giants, with their stirring victory, etched themselves as one of the best this game ? or any sport ? has ever seen.The star was Manning, the scruffy younger brother of Peyton, who won his own Super Bowl last year, and sat in the corner of a skybox for this one, squirming and agonizing over every play.Now both Mannings have a championship and a Super Bowl MVP to their names and Brady ? well, he’s still got the looks, the supermodel girlfriend, Gisele Bundchen and three Super Bowl titles of his own.With the loss, New England finishes 18-1, and the 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the only team to go undefeated from the start of the season through the Super Bowl.Their coach, Don Shula, was on hand, ready to congratulate the Patriots. Instead, he figured to be sipping champagne, continuing a tradition the Dolphins have enjoyed every year when the last undefeated team finally gets its first loss.“What a great football game this was,” Shula said. “What I learned today was how tough it is to go undefeated.”His Dolphins remain alone thanks to Manning, whose 13-yard game-winner came four plays after he escaped a cadre of Patriots engulfing him, threw the ball up for grabs ? how, exactly, did he do that? ? and watched receiver David Tyree jump and somehow pin it between his hands and his helmet for the 32-yard reception.That kept the drive going, and it will be Manning’s mastery that everyone remembers ? not Brady’s coolly efficient 80-yard touchdown drive moments earlier.This game was such a back-and-forth stomach-turner that it seems a great bet to break the record for Super Bowl viewership (94.08 million) and give the advertisers their money’s worth on the $2.7 million they spent for each 30-second spot.It might even force the conversation Monday to be about football, not just commercials or halftime shows.For the record, Tom Petty did a four-song halftime set, closing, appropriately, with “Runnin’ Down A Dream.”Some highlights on the commercial side included Shaquille O’Neal as a winning jockey in a big horse race, Richard Simmons barely avoiding being squished on the highway and Will Ferrell playing a ? well ? not-so-fit pro basketball player who also likes beer.Funny as those were, the best show was on the field.It was a tight, taut defensive battle for three-plus quarters ? but anything but boring.Then it was taken over by two quarterbacks ? one already a star, the other yearning to escape the shadow his father Archie and big brother Peyton have cast over the family, and the sport, for many years now.Earlier in the week, Eli said it was flattering being compared to Peyton because “he’s at the top of his game, and I’m still trying to get my game up to his level.”“I never thought about them even playing college ball, much less pro football, much less winning Super Bowls or MVPs,” Archie Manning said. “It wasn’t in the plan. We tried to raise kids. We raised kids just like other parents raised their kids.”Eli Manning’s dazzling final drive capped a four-week stretch of nearly flawless playoff football during which the Giants were underdogs in every game they played, but won them all.They were 12-point underdogs for this one, not as big as the New York Jets when they stunned Baltimore in 1969 to make good on Joe Namath’s guarantee ? or the Patriots when they won their first title in 2002 against the Rams.But how to argue with the magnitude of this upset?All year, the Patriots were unbeatable, even when these same Giants gave them their toughest test of all in the last game of the regular season, a 38-35 final that gave New York the confidence it needed.last_img read more

The other gameday playbook: Inside DPS’ command center

first_imgAntonio Soria spotted the scalper standing in the middle of Trousdale Parkway as he surveyed footage. At first glance, nothing in the frame seemed suspicious, but Soria knows how to find the needle in the haystack. “Have you ever seen, for example, a group of ants? All of them are traveling one way,” said Soria, who works for the Department of Public Safety. “Put an object around it. They’ll go crazy, because they’re trying to avoid it.” To Soria, the ants are fans on their way to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 13, and the “object” is the scalper, a person who illegally re-sells tickets for that evening’s game. And he’s right — it’s obvious that the fans heading to the game are avoiding him.Soria works in the Unified Command Center, a building just east of campus where multiple law enforcement offices assemble for every event at the Coliseum. Each department is here for a specific, different reason: The California Highway Patrol has jurisdiction over state property like Exposition Park, the Los Angeles Fire Department handles medical emergencies and the FBI handles general large-scale emergencies. DPS and the Los Angeles Police Department deal with minor threats and criminal infractions at each game.Antonio Soria, the DPS surveillance operations manager, scrolls through live CCTV footage of campus and the Coliseum. (Sasha Urban | Daily Trojan)Of the 33 biggest football schools in the country, Sports Illustrated ranked USC 22nd for gameday safety, with an average of 20 incidents per gameday last year. But unlike most universities, USC shares its stadium with a professional team, and USC is located in the second-largest city in the United States, making the campus and surrounding area more susceptible to crime. As far as DPS Chief John Thomas knows, USC’s surveillance collective is the only one of its kind among Pac-12 schools. “In the event that something happens, all of the entities that will be first responders to an incident are right here,” Thomas said.Bob Green, formerly the LAPD Operations-South Bureau commanding officer, brought the command center model to USC five years ago. He modeled the system after the National Response Plan, which the federal government describes as “a guide to how the Nation responds to all types of disasters and emergencies.”“The whole rationale is to build relationships between all the first responders and have a plan before an incident happens so we can help [prevent] and predict potential problems,” Green said. Around 30 law enforcement officers are involved in the operation that takes up a single, slightly crowded room. Two projection screens showing CCTV footage line the front wall behind a desk with two monitors. Various maps of the Coliseum and campus decorate the walls and tables, along with a television playing TMZ on the screen in the corner.Considering the influx of people on campus, the tone of the room is noticeably calm. Elizabeth Carreño, the DPS community relations manager, even studies in her spare time. But the room’s collective ability to act procedurally is not by chance. Many of the people in the room have been working in the UCC since its inception in 2013.“We know each other very well and we’re constantly communicating,” said CHP Lieutenant Adam Smith. “And that’s helped with the activity of the command center.”Antonio Soria’s monitor showing 25 CCTV transmissions on campus and in the Coliseum. (Sasha Urban | Daily Trojan)The eye of the stormThe heart of the operation lies in the hands of Soria, the DPS surveillance operations manager. He stands at the front of the room, scrolling through around 40 of the nearly 3,000 cameras positioned on and around campus, looking for inconsistencies and common problems.  Almost every officer in the room cited intoxication as the primary concern — 40 percent of incidents on game days last season were alcohol-related, according to the Sports Illustrated report. And the UCC is accustomed to seeing fans stumble around campus on the CCTV screens. At one point after kickoff, the room observed a fan who appeared intoxicated as he made his way to a bench near Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street, accompanied by two women.“The whole rationale is to build relationships between all the first responders and have a plan before an incident happens.” — Bob Green, former LAPD Operations-South Bureau commanding officer“He’s got the wobbles!” one officer called out. When the man approached the end of the sidewalk, another officer yelled, “Get him out of the street!” DPS eventually deployed two CSC workers to help the man, at which point Soria moved on to a different CCTV transmission.But on this day, heat and alcohol-induced emergencies were not as prevalent as they typically are, Thomas said. Instead, Soria and other officers noticed scalpers and vendors on campus. Some were selling hot dogs, but others broke trademark laws by hawking unauthorized USC gear.  “Our response next time will be to increase enforcement of that and possibly even having individuals from another entity, ABC or trademark licensing, doing some undercover stuff to be more effective,” Thomas said.Along with the UCC, two other command stations can zoom and swivel the CCTV cameras: one next to the DPS headquarters on McClintock Avenue, the other inside the Coliseum. But Soria has primary authority, giving him the ability to override the other two centers if he needs to control the image. With this ability he has seen some things on the cameras that sound like they belong in an episode of “Punk’d.” He once caught a man peeing in the stands of a soccer game at the Coliseum, completely unaware of the camera behind him. “And then he finally turns and looks at the camera and they all started laughing, kind of like, ‘No one’s looking, right,’” Soria said. “And then of course we put that information down because he had done that. [Officers] went out there, and they escorted him off the Coliseum.”The ins and outsLinda Sandefur is an LAPD dispatcher for the Coliseum, but on game days she is also a liaison between the Coliseum and UCC. She said that because not everyone is on the same radio network, her job is to relay information for incidents that affect multiple departments. Sandefur recalled an incident last year when law enforcement stopped a man who ran into the Coliseum with a knife.“We had to work with everybody,” Sandefur said. “The outside people knew that he was coming, they had a description, but they had to try to get ahold of him.” She said everyone inspected the camera footage while she followed radio transmissions until FBI agents caught the suspect by chance.But save for a few exceptions, UCC typically manages traffic in and out of the Coliseum, including getting over 300 members of the Trojan Marching Band into the stadium about an hour before kickoff. The L.A. Department of Transit blocks cars from turning onto Exposition Boulevard, and the county’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority cuts off light rail service as the band members cross the street. Tyler Dixon, an LAFD captain, said that this UCC has become a model for other command centers in the L.A. area. “About two or three years ago, we had the first Los Angeles fleet week,” Dixon said. “The model for the unified command post for that event used this command post as the best practice.”He said the center was also an example for the Special Olympics a few years ago, and that the 2028 Olympics will use the same model. Former Incident Commander Bob Green said that UCC is also beneficial for building relationships during pre-planned events so that first responders have common terminology for unplanned ones. “It’s a very structured way to do business and it’s proven its worth,” Green said. California Highway Patrol Lieutenant Adam Smith (in beige uniform) and his colleagues jokingly pretend to observe something on a monitor in the Unified Command Center, located east of campus during USC football games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Sasha Urban | Daily Trojan)last_img read more

Syracuse football’s 5 keys against LSU

first_img Published on September 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 8 Louisiana State (2-0, 2-0 Southeastern) on Saturday at noon with its once-fifth-string quarterback in line to start. Here are five keys for the game.For the rest of The Daily Orange’s coverage of SU-LSU, click here and follow along on Twitter @DOSports.1. Stopping Leonard FournetteThe Heisman Trophy candidate’s high school coach said the only way to stop him is with kryptonite. Fournette ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries against Auburn last week. Though it’s come against weak competition, SU’s defense has allowed just 46.7 rushing yards per game.2. Zack Mahoney leading Syracuse’s offenseAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter coming in midway through last week’s game against Central Michigan and eventually playing every snap of the Orange’s only overtime drive, Mahoney is in line to start against the Tigers. Just a couple weeks ago, the sophomore walk-on was the fifth-string quarterback. He specialized in the triple option when he first came in last week, but converted a crucial third-and-five with a 13-yard pass to Kendall Moore.3. Syracuse playmakers stepping upLast year, in a 38-20 loss to Florida State, wide receiver Steve Ishmael had 93 receiving yards and two touchdowns while running back Prince-Tyson Gulley ran for 80 yards. What could have been a bigger blowout was limited to just 18 points and this week Syracuse faces another national powerhouse. Taking on a team that scored 45 points against then-No. 18 Auburn, SU will need playmakers like Ishmael, wide receiver Brisly Estime and running back Jordan Fredericks to break off big plays.4. Battle in the trenchesLSU’s shortest starting offensive lineman is 6 feet, 5 inches tall and its lightest is 303 pounds.  That’s the same height as Syracuse’s tallest defensive lineman on its two-deep depth chart, defensive tackle John Raymon. The Tigers’ brutes have paved the way for Fournette and despite Syracuse’s Ron Thompson, Luke Arciniega and Donnie Simmons putting in strong recent performances, they have a chance to shred the Orange.5. Capitalizing on Deion Jones’ first-half suspensionThe Tigers’ starting weak-side linebacker and leading tackler Jones won’t play in the first half after targeting an opponent last week. So far this season, LSU hasn’t used much depth and plays its starting linebackers most of the time, according to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate. One of Jones’ strengths is his ability to go sideline-to-sideline, so if the Orange can get the ball to its playmakers on the outside, it might be able to take advantage of his absence. Commentslast_img read more

USA’s Beasley doubtful for World Cup

first_imgIs the United State of America’s national team left back DaMarcus Beasley’s World Cup hopes in jeopardy? Unknown at this point, but the Puebla star was forced off the field in the first half of La Franja’s 2-1 victory at Pachuca on Saturday, with an anxious wait now ensuing to find out the extent of the injury.Beasley struggled as early as the eighth minute and was taken off in the 40th, with Puebla leading 1-0. The former Chicago Fire star featured at left wing back for the visitors when he was on the field, with Michael Orozco Fiscal missing out due to his own injury turmoil.The World Cup starts in a little more than 50 days.Meanwhile, it was also a disappointing night for Jose Torres and Tigres UANL, with the Monterrey club falling 3-0 at León. The American went the full 90 minutes in defeat but couldn’t wrestle control of the midfield away from La Fiera. Torres could only shoot into the hands of Christian Martínez when handed a half-chance in the 55th minute.The result leaves Tigres outside of the playoffs and with no realistic possibility of making the postseasonlast_img read more

PROFILE: Al-Ahly Shendi

first_imgAl Ahli Shendi is located in northern Sudan situated on the East Bank of the Nile River. The club was founded in 1943 and has no league or cup title up to date.The Sudanese club qualified this year’s CAF Confederations Cup by virtue of placing third in the Sudanese League, 11 points behind champions Al-Merikkh. They qualified to the second round after drawing a bye in the first round.They then beat Congolese side St.Eloi Lupopo in the first round on the away goal’s rule to set up a date with Medeama. The club boasts of a 10,000 seater stadium called Shendi stadium. The team is predominantly made up of Sudanese nationals with Nigerian striker Osunwa Collins Kelechi and midfielder Yasir Mozamil Mohamed the only ones to find the net for the Sudanese in the competition so far. The club is currently managed by Brazilian Mirandinha. He is a former professional Brazilian footballer who won four caps for the Brazilian national team.  – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more