Rabat – Head coach of Morocco’s national football team, Herve Renard, told reporters that the first match of a tournament is always tough. “What happened today proves this” explained Renard after the Atlas Lions game against Namibia on Sunday, June 24. He also congratulated Namibia and their coach Ricardo Mannetti for his team’s performance. The game against Namibia was the team’s first match in the African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2019 tournament.Morocco won Sunday’s game thanks to a late own goal scored by Itamuna Kemuine, giving Morocco a three points. Morocco’s next CAN match will be against Ivory Coast on Friday, June 28.“We face Cote d’Ivoire next and we have to get ready for that important match,” Renard said.In addition to his comment on the performance, Renard also expressed surprise at the lack of water breaks during the game.“Why were the players not allowed to drink during the first half and the second half? How is it possible?” Renard said.Read also: Morocco Ranks First in African Beach Games in Cape VerdeRenard referred to the decision of the referee to not to provide players with ‘minutes off’ for water, amid soaring weather in Egypt.“I was very surprised. Strange. If you play football you know you need to drink something, especially after 20 to 25 minutes.”He called on organizers to “think” about the players.
Senaratne said the second illegal act of the President was to dissolve Parliament after he found he did not have the numbers to show a majority in Parliament.Former Parliamentarian Ajith Perera said that the UNP will meet the Elections Commissioner tomorrow (Saturday) to discuss the legality of the move to dissolve Parliament. He said that the President first took the unconstitutional decision to sack the Prime Minister and prorogue Parliament. He said the UNP will expect the Elections Commissioner to seek the intervention of the Supreme Court against the illegal actions of the President.Asked who the UNP Prime Ministerial candidate will be at the election, Ajith Perera said that first the UNP and the public need to challenge the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament and the next step will be to discuss the Prime Ministerial candidate of the UNP. (Colombo Gazette) Senaratne told reporters at a late night press conference at Temple Trees that there were reports the Department of Elections will seek the opinion of the court on the dissolution of Parliament and announcement of snap elections. The United National Party (UNP) said that the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament was illegal but the party will still face the election.Former UNP Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne said that the UNP and the United National Front (UNF) will form a broad coalition to contest the election.