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England home games ‘unfair’ says Croatia’s Modric

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LONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 12  – Croatia captain Luka Modric claims England have been given an unfair advantage in Euro 2020 after all three of their group games were scheduled for Wembley.

England start their European Championship campaign against Croatia on Sunday before hosting Scotland on Friday and the Czech Republic on June 22.

Several teams are playing their group matches on home turf due to UEFA’s decision to stage the tournament across 11 cities.

Italy kicked off the delayed event with a 3-0 win against Turkey in front of their own fans in Rome on Friday.

But England have a potentially decisive advantage, with two last 16 matches, both semi-finals and the final also being played at Wembley.

Real Madrid midfielder Modric is unhappy that England will have 22,500 fans at Wembley, while there are no official tickets allocated to Croatian supporters.

Asked if England have an unfair advantage, Modric told the BBC: “I think so, yes.

“Everyone would say teams at home with a crowd, that there is a slight advantage.

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“It’s a shame there won’t be a lot of Croatia supporters because we always feel their presence when they are there.

“But it is how it is. We need to focus on the pitch and don’t get bothered about the environment.”

– ‘Very aggressive’ –

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Modric was part of the Croatia team that defeated England in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia.

England have drawn and beaten Croatia in the Nations League since that meeting and Modric admits Gareth Southgate’s side are a significant threat.

“I rate them very highly. For sure, they are one of the favourites for this tournament,” Modric said.

“I expect an English team that will be very aggressive, very powerful from the beginning with the public at its side.”

England were accused by Croatia of having an arrogant attitude ahead of the World Cup semi-final three years ago.

“That arrogance is not so much related to the players and to the national team but to the people around them. Some of the journalists and commentators,” Modric said as he tried to play peacemaker.

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“Recently I’ve not read much media outlets. I’m looking forward to the match and I don’t want to say too much about what’s on the other side.

“Of course they will be offensive and aggressive. They are at home, in front of their journalists. They will be motivated. But we are the same.”

While England are one of the tournament favourites, they could be vulnerable at the back, with Manchester United’s Harry Maguire struggling to be fit in time to face Croatia.

Modric hinted Croatia would try to exploit that potential weakness as he said: “I can’t go into details but we’re prepared very well.

“The coach worked a lot with us about what we’re going to do and what we’re going to try and exploit. Tomorrow you’ll see which weaknesses.

“In big competitions we’ve presented very good games and sometimes the nuances have prevented us from going to the top.

“Expectations are great. Our people expect a lot, we expect a lot from ourselves. We are really looking forward to the Euro and I hope we show our true self.”

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Sewage Menace in Pipeline, Residents Cry For Help

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By Milo George

Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.

The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.

They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes.
“We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said.
Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage.
‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.


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Solberg Jnr replaces Pierre-Louis for WRC Safari – KBC

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Hyundai Motorsport World Rally Team has made a change to it’s WRC2 team for Safari replacing Pierre-Louis Loubet with 19 year old Oliver Solberg.

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The change of crew hands young Solberg an opportunity to resume his family dream on the fabled Safari which was first held from 27 May to 1 June 1953 as the East African Coronation Safari in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika as a celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Solberg Senior finished the WRC Safari 5th on the 1999 and 2000 editions driving a Ford Focus and navigated by his eventual Championship- winning navigator Phil Mills. In 200 and 2002, Petter retired on Safari after he lost a wheel and suffering engine gremlins on both occasions.

Oliver was forced to withdraw from last week’s Rally Italia Sardegna after his father, 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg, tested positive for coronavirus.

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Oliver was gearing up for his second top flight World Rally Championship outing with Hyundai at last weekend’s s Italian event.

However having been in contact with his father, Oliver was compelled to remain in quarantine in a hotel in Porto for 14 days as per the FIA Appendix S regulations.

The FIA’s Appendix S COVID-19 protocol and national government regulations offer clear quarantine instructions for those in close contact.

“You can imagine, I am more than disappointed by this news. I am a little bit devastated,” The 19-year-old Solberg told www.motorsport.com last week.

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WRC Safari Rally Event Secretary Helen Shiri confirmed Oliver’s Safari participation saying: “Hyundai WRC 2 team car number 7 has changed the crew from Driver Pierre-Lous and co-driver Florian Haut-labourdette both from France to Oliver Solberg (Swedish) and  Co-driver Aaron Johnston (Ireland). The car, a Hyundai i20 Coupé, remains intact.”

Meanwhile, it’s been a meteoric rise for the son of world champion Petter.

Less than two years after his maiden rally in a four-wheel drive car, the teenage sensation was competing at the WRC’s top level.

Aged just 17, Oliver became the youngest winner of a European Championship rally in 2019.

With a father and a mother from a well-known Swedish motorsport family and a former Production WRC competitor in her own right, there was a sense of inevitability that a career at the wheel was inevitable for Oliver Solberg. 

Solberg’s early years were spent racing in crosskarts.

In 2012 he won the Norwegian Championship before a step up to a higher class brought consecutive title wins in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In 2019 Solberg stepped into R5 machinery, driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 in the Latvian/Estonian/Baltic Rally Championship. He took to the increased power immediately and racked up five class wins on his way to the championship title.

He also followed in his father’s footsteps to join Subaru Motorsports USA. He drove a latest-spec Impreza STI, winning three of the six rounds

After making his WRC debut at the 2019 Rally GB, Solberg stepped into a full WRC campaign in 2020, driving his own Polo R5 alongside a partial campaign with Skoda Motorsport.

The WRC returns to Africa for the first time since 2002. The Safari of old has evolved to fit the modern-day WRC, but its character remains with challenging closed dirt roads, stunning picture-postcard scenery and exotic wildlife.

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Three more suspected robbers arrested along Southern by-pass – KBC

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Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent spate of robberies targeting motorists along the Southern by-pass.

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The three were arrested in Kibra by detectives based in Langata.

Their arrest follows a detailed analysis and investigations of the robberies, with detectives employing cyber and forensic analysis techniques to identify the beneficiaries of the crimes.

Boniface Winjira Unganyi, the proprietor of Basement Crew mobile shop within Lindi in Kibra, was arrested as the key suspect after a total of 102 mobile phones suspected to have been stolen from victims were recovered from his shop.

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Also arrested were 35-year-old Alex Mboya, who was found in possession of a victim’s phone, and a 16-year-old minor, studying at a secondary school in Langata.

Five other suspects have been arraigned in recent weeks in connection with the violent robberies.

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