Bafana ready for African Nations Champs

first_img6 January 2014Coach Gordon Igesund has declared himself happy with his players after two gruelling training sessions in Cape Town over the weekend. Bafana Bafana are preparing for the African Nations Championship, which South Africa will host from 11 January to 1 February.The competition features national teams made up of players who ply their trade in their home countries only.‘Important’Speaking to Daniel Mothowagae of City Press, Igesund said: “After beating Spain, we should carry on with the habit of winning and [the African Nations Championship] is a type of tournament where it is important for the team to do well.“The challenge is to get Bafana going to a point that we get into the top eight in Africa, so that we can be seeded when the draw for big tournaments is made.”Igesund is a little behind in his preparations for the event after a mini training camp, from 27 to 30 December, had to be called off due to the reluctance of clubs to release their players, but that has now been resolved, even though the competition falls outside of Fifa’s competition window.‘A great feeling’Mamelodi Sundowns ‘ midfielder Hlompho Kekana, speaking at the training camp, said he was looking forward to the event, and expressed his confidence in Bafana Bafana. “It is always a great feeling to represent your country and I am happy to be here.” He said. “If you look at the players, you can see they want do to well for South Africa.“It is a big tournament for us local-based players and we want to show everyone what we are capable of doing. We intend to do well, very well and we are really looking forward to the start of the tournament.“There is a lot of confidence in the team and the mood is high. As hosts we are expected to go all the way and that is our focus,” he concluded.With the South African national team now in camp, six of the 16 teams have now arrived for the African Nations Championship. The winners of the first African Nations Championship in 2009, the DR Congo, are already in the country, along with Gabon, Libya, Mali and Mauritania.Group ABafana Bafana are in Group A with Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria. They kick off the tournament on 11 January at 18:00 when they face Mozambique at the Cape Town Stadium.Tunisia is the defending champion. They defeated Angola 3-0 in the final of the 2011 African Nations Championship in Sudan.last_img read more

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Tim Cook: About That iPad Number…

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The weak spot on Apple’s September quarterly earnings report was the iPad sales number: 14 million shipments, down from 17 million in the June quarter.That’s almost three times as many as the number of Macs Apple shipped during the quarter, but it reflects only 26% growth from last year and 18% fewer iPads than the June quarter. Hardly a growth rate to be ecstatic about when the bold prediction is that the iPad/tablet industry will grow to zoom past the PC industry.Tim Cook’s comments on Apple’s earnings call should soften the blow a little.He said:The drop in iPad sales (to people) from the June quarter wasn’t as big as the reported drop in iPad shipments (to the sales channel). This is because iPad channel inventory had grown by 1.2 million units in the June quarter, so the September quarter didn’t have that same boost.This also affected year-over-year shipment growth, as the year-ago quarter was also uncharacteristically strong. It, too, included channel inventory build.So: iPad sales to people, or “sell-through,” actually increased 44% year-over-year, vs. the 26% in reported “sell-in,” or shipments.14 million shipments actually “exceeded” what Apple had anticipated. Apple expected a seasonal decline in September quarter iPad shipments vs. June quarter iPad shipments. OK.One reason Apple expected a sequential, seasonal decline: Because K-12 sales taper off after the June quarter, while higher-ed sales pick up in the September quarter. And higher-ed customers are still buying notebook PCs for the most part. (Mac laptop sales grew 9% year-over-year and grew 31% from the June quarter.) I don’t know how large edu-related sales are for either the iPad or Mac businesses, but this sounds plausible.People also delayed iPad purchases because of new product rumors.Fair enough. One quarter isn’t a reason to get worried about the iPad, anyway.But two big questions remain:How big is the iPad market really going to get? Is this something everyone’s going to have, or a luxury gadget?How will the iPad mini affect the overall iPad business? Especially if there are severe shortages during the holidays.See you again to go over this in January. Tags:#Apple#iPad Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img dan frommer Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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