Veteran basketball official, Howard McCatty, has agreed with the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (ISSA) competition’s director, George Forbes, that the referees are to blame for the incident which forced game one of the ISSA Southern Conference under-19 basketball final to be ruled null and void and ordered replayed.McCatty, a former basketball president and currently a referees’ trainer and technical commissioner, said the match officials erred by not ensuring that the teams were checked, even though others are sometimes assigned to fulfil this task.”They (referees) should have checked the identification cards before the game started. But, here in Kingston, we usually have someone checking it, and they (refs) thought it was checked by the table,” he explained.CHECKING ID’S”But I would put the blame on the referees because a technical commissioner should be at the table to check all IDs. In Northern (Conference), I check all IDs before the games starts,” he added.Calabar won game one of the series, only for Camperdown to launch a protest against their opponents for not having their IDs available for the game.However, ISSA investigations revealed that Calabar had no IDs. Camperdown did not have their full complement either and, as a result, a replay was ordered. Forbes blamed the match officials for not upholding the rules.”Our rules are quite simple, and that is you must have an ISSA-issued ID. The referees are the ones causing the problem. How do they know that a player has an ID? If I am the referee and I know you and I say you can play, that does not mean you satisfy the criteria,” Forbes said recently.McCatty admitted that sometimes schools have ID issues when they come to games, and insists that once it can be verified that a player is legitimate, they try to accommodate the schools as best as they can. However, he says next season, there will be no room for such leniency with the regulations.
The social and economic issues faced by people in Donegal have been highlighted today while Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hosts his rural Cabinet meeting in the county. Government ministers have gathered in Oideas Gael Glencolmcille this Thursday afternoon for their final meeting before the summer recess.With Ministers travelling far from Leinster House, the event has led Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty to put the experiences of people living and working in Donegal under the spotlight. The Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson says the rural Cabinet meetings should be “something of substance rather than for optics”.Deputy Doherty said: “Here in Donegal we know all too well of the many social and economic issues which exist here and which, for as long as any of us can remember, have plighted this region and have earned us the moniker of ‘the forgotten county’.“When we look at almost every possible metric which measures economic and social performance we here in Donegal remain an outlier.“Poverty continues to afflict the lives of ordinary people with census data having consistently identified communities across Donegal as having some of the highest levels of deprivation to found anywhere in the state.” Deputy Doherty has also raised the issue of Donegal’s lack of high-quality infrastructure, which he says is impacting prosperity in the region:“In terms of infrastructure, the county has no rail link, no motorways and survey after survey has found that homes and businesses here have access to some of the slowest download speeds in the state both in terms of mobile and fixed-line data. “Essentially, if you’re from Donegal you are much more likely to be affected by poverty, to have a lower level of educational attainment, to be unemployed or out of work, while you also have the added burden of having poorer access to basic services and supports.”The Donegal Deputy has said that “progressive policies” are needed to tackle the county’s issues.Mr Doherty said: “The people of Donegal are well known for their ‘can-do’ attitude and there is a genuine entrepreneurial spirit in the county, something which is readily seen in the many small and medium sized businesses which – in spite of a challenging business environment – continue to be successful. “It is just a pity that more isn’t being done at government level to bolster these businesses and support the badly needed employment they provide in our communities.“So while today’s meeting of the Cabinet in Donegal is to be welcomed, I remain sceptical of this government’s willingness and ability to seriously address and remedy the many economic and social issues people living here experience in their daily lives.”Donegal’s issues brought to the fore as Cabinet meets in county was last modified: July 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
The utterly butterly Amul girl was one of the best political commentators we have ever had: Bharat Dabholkar
Bharat DabholkarAmul wasn’t an advertising campaign, it was a drooly, mouth-watering, once-in-a-lifetime, never-before, never-again dream come true. This little girl created by Sylvester daCunha and drawn by Eustace Fernandes has, today, at the age of 50, the timeless beauty and youth that would put many a socialite to shame.Although many,Bharat DabholkarAmul wasn’t an advertising campaign, it was a drooly, mouth-watering, once-in-a-lifetime, never-before, never-again dream come true. This little girl created by Sylvester daCunha and drawn by Eustace Fernandes has, today, at the age of 50, the timeless beauty and youth that would put many a socialite to shame.Although many of us helped her grow through the decades, her real father was this inimitable doodhwala named Verghese Kurien. If it wasn’t for him, and his faith and confidence in letting us groom her as we deemed fit, the little girl would have been stunted like so many other brilliant advertising ideas do. Creative people you find penny a dozen, a client who says don’t show me what you do, you don’t need my approval, just do it, is as we say in Sanskrit, na bhuto, na bhavishyati. The Amul girl owes her existence and her ever growing fame to him.She was born like that, and once she got going, she changed faster than a woman changes her mind or a politician his party. She was funny, witty, innocently brutal but never taking sides, and never hurting. She was Gujarati, Bengali, Madrasi, Marathi and whoever else the region and topic needed her to be. There is a saying in Hindi: Paani re paani tera rang kaisa, jisme mila do lagey uss jaisa.She personified that in her many avatars. She was faster than your daily newspaper, and she had more fans than most Bollywood superstars. She didn’t promote butter, she spread smiles and happiness. And that made Amul the mind-bogglingly undisputed market leader. A whole generation grew up looking forward to what she would say and in that, she was second to only one man, the common man of R.K. Laxman.She dabbled in sports, in festivals, in fashion, in films but she was best when she dabbled in politics. Both national and international. She made mundane, murky political happenings bearable by looking at their lighter side. Whether punning on the names of contestants for the chief minister’s chair in Haryana (Devi ke Bhajan ki Bansi bajey-toh Hari ana Amul laike) or showing MGR, as the filmstar in his film Onnai Vida Maten (I won’t leave you), which she changed to vennai vida maten (I won’t leave butter). Or commenting on the continuation of Sharad Pawar’s domination in ‘It’s Sharad ritu all year round-with Amul’ or on Rajiv Gandhi, one of the few good-looking leaders in India and his party symbol in ‘Hand some winner-Amul’. Or after a harsh Budget by the then finance minister, saying ‘Stop V P ing and SING-Amul butter costs less’. Or welcoming then French president Mitterrand (pronounced mitterron) by saying ‘Hamare French mitteron ke liye-Amul Butter’.advertisementOr gloating over the fate of struggling political parties by saying ‘It has majority in every house-Amul’. Or in a country driven by regional strife, showing how scattered slices of bread can stand together if buttered: ‘United we stand-Amul the bond that unites’. Or ‘Amul’s Rajya in every Sabha’.When Maggie Thatcher and her Tory party won the British election, the Amul girl saluted her with ‘HisTORYic choice-utTORYly, butTORYly Amul’. She even welcomed Zia-ul-Haq, the president of our friendly neighbourhood country, by saying ‘Pyaar se Zia bhar aaye-jab Amul Butter khaye’. Even the nam conference didn’t escape her attention: What’s in a NAM?-lots of goodness if it’s Amul. Or when she demanded basic needs for the common man with ‘roti, kapada aur makhhan-Amul makhhan’. When the Central Government announced a five-day working week, the Amul girl asked, ‘What do government employees still do seven days a week? Eat Amul.’ And in that hoarding, the Amul baby, dressed as a government employee, was shown eating Amul with both her feet on the table and the words ‘eat Amul’ written under the table. Some saw a whole new hidden meaning in that. That the words ‘eat Amul’ were written under the table signified a whole new meaning to them. (This extra bit of cheekiness was not intended but never denied either. Till now.)And her saga has continued for 50 years. A new comment every week. Week after week. The list is endless. So many to remember and too many to include. The utterly butterly Amul girl was one of the best political commentators we have ever had. And by far, the prettiest.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Ask any OSU fan what most excites them about this coming fall and chances are you’ll get answers regarding the offense. Mason Rudolph’s Heisman hopes. The ridiculously deep and talented receiver pool. Will Justice have its day?!But in order for Mike Gundy to take his place on the recently-vacated Big 12 mountaintop, it’s the defense that is going to have take a step forward in 2017. That defense, self-labeled with the “We’re Takin’ It Back” moniker has always seen its effectiveness directly tied to its ability to dispossess the opposition.Mike Gundy recognized that fact when discussing the similarities between his upcoming squad and the one he coached to a Fiesta Bowl win in 2011.AdChoices广告“The good news is that we may be better on defense than we were then,” Gundy told media members in early spring “but those teams were really good at forcing turnovers which allowed us to get more opportunities so we could outscore you.“A lot of what we do in this league has come down to that anyways. The strategy that we talk about, based on what our personnel is and what we think we can do in all three phases.“There are a lot of similarities. I hope it turns out that way.”While scheme and a calculated emphasis on forcing turnovers in practice definitely helps, the best of Gundy’s defenses have featured at least one dynamic playmaker in the secondary.The 2008, 2009 and 2010 teams had opportunists like Perrish Cox and Andrew McGee. The Cowboys finished in the top 15 nationally in interceptions each of those three years. In 2011, Justin Gilbert and Brodrick Brown led the Cowboys to a No. 2 finish nationally in picks.Since then, it’s been a seesaw of sorts. OSU was 65th in interceptions in 2012, 55th in 2014 and 35th in 2016. In the odd-numbered years they’ve fared drastically better. No. 2 in 2011. No. 3 in 2013 and No. 14 in 2015. Those seasons’ results corresponded to win totals of 12, 10 and 10, while the Cowboys’ dip in turnovers resulted in seasons of eight, seven and 10 wins during the even-numbered years.If the recent trend is anything other than coincidence, Oklahoma State should be looking at another top-15 finish in picks. And if that’s the case, who will that playmaker be?There’s Adrian Baker, the grad transfer from Clemson. Or possibly one of the young corners that Gundy and Co. seem to like so far. But the strongest candidate to be the lead ball hawk has been on campus for four years.Ramon Richards has settled nicely into his new role as a full-time safety. It’s a move which puzzled many when Mike Gundy announced it this past spring, especially since Richards was the only cornerback on the roster (at the time) with any starting experience.But this is not the first time Richards has undergone a position swap. He played defensive back occasionally during his last two years of high school but Richards was known as a state champion quarterback.After being thrown into a starting corner role as a true freshman, Richards took his lumps. But over his three seasons in orange, he’s gone from a reckless gambler who could follow up any huge play with a blown one, to a more consistent defender and a vocal and spirited leader of the Cowboy defense.But Mike Gundy knows that some of that recklessness will never leave Richards. And that’s what he’s counting on.“My personal opinion, I’m not a defensive guy,” Gundy admitted during his opening spring press conference “but he’s [Richards] better out there roaming around than he is locked into a certain area.”Gundy talks about Ramon like that middle child who sometimes makes you want to pull out part of your mullet but that you also love just a little more than the rest.“He’s like one of those people that you work with that you’re talking to and they never look at you because they’re thinking about something else and working over here on something,” Gundy said. “That’s how Ramon is, so he’s better roaming around and freelancing and seeing what’s going on out there.”And Ramon has little trepidation about the change. He’s confident in his instincts. Richards has either led the team or shared in the lead in interceptions the last three seasons. He also enters 2017 as the active career leader among Big 12 players.“It’s been great. It’s been amazing,” Richards said through his signature smile. “I love the position and I’m excited for the potential that I have. For one, ball skills. I’ve got my hands on a lot of balls. I got to make sure that I catch them. Two, bringing the young guys up and letting them know that they are not just here to fill in. They are here to make plays and go a step further.”As Gundy and Richards enter their last fall together, expectations couldn’t be higher. The dynamic duo of Rudolph and Washington have decided to return for their final years. The schedule sets up nicely as the Cowboys welcome the Big 12’s big boys to Stillwater. It’s an odd year(!) If Gundy’s Cowboys are going to reach their potential in 2017, believe that Ramon Richards will be a big part of it.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Another former Oklahoma State player could soon be gracing the sidelines of an NFL team.According to Andy Patton of USA Today, Carson is expected to make the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. The former OSU standout was taken in the seventh round of April’s NFL Draft with pick No. 249.After he was drafted, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had good things to say about Carson.“I really love this guy because he’s so physical and tough the way he ran. You haven’t heard a whole lot about him. He hadn’t run the ball a lot but when he did, he to me made a great statement of his style and a style that we really covet… He’s really aggressive. He hammers it and I think you guys are really going to like him when you see him.”While practice squad players don’t typically see the field, as USA Today’s Patton notes, the Seahawks have a habit of late round picks panning out in the long run.“Expect Carson to have an impact with the Seahawks in the future, but it likely will not be in 2017 unless multiple injuries occur to the current group.”Whatever happens this year, Carson has a chance. Especially if he can continue to make moves like this in the NFL.
Transfers Fekir, Draxler & 15 summer transfer targets in Ligue 1 Robin Bairner 04:58 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Transfers Ligue 1 France’s top flight has long been a source of low-cost, high-quality players for some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Here’s some who could be on the move.
Liverpool Champions League draw: Manchester City face Liverpool in quarter-finals Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 19:13 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Bayern München Roma Juventus Manchester City Barcelona Sevilla Real Madrid While the two English clubs face off in an intriguing tie, there is a repeat of last season’s final for Real Madrid and Juventus Liverpool have been drawn to face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals.Meanwhile, two-time defending champions Real Madrid have been tasked with a clash against Juventus – a repeat of last season’s final – while Barcelona will tackle Roma and Sevilla’s reward for ousting Manchester United is a meeting with Bayern Munich.It is, however, the clash between the two Premier League clubs that is the tie of the round. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Reds swept past Porto 5-0 over two legs to reach the last eight of the competition while Pep Guardiola’s men defeated Basel with almost equal ease, seeing the Swiss off 5-2.The clubs have played twice already this season, with City getting the better of Jurgen Klopp’s men 5-0 when the sides met in September – a match infamous for Sadio Mane’s challenge on home Ederson, which left the goalkeeper with a gruesome injury and saw the Liverpool attacker sent off.Klopp’s side have better memories of their meeting in January, though. The Reds won a storming match at Anfield 4-3, with Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Mane and Mohamed Salah all on target. Leroy Sane had levelled for City at 1-1, but their late rally through Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan proved fruitless.”I’ve said it before and it’s still the truth, it’s always common in a draw that you’ll get your neighbour, more or less, but to be honest I don’t mind, really,” Klopp told the club’s official website. “It is exactly like it was before – we take what we’ve got. Now it’s Manchester City, let’s go.”We’ve lost once and we’ve won once against them in the league – and I don’t think they thought before the best draw they could have got is Liverpool. That’s a sign for us and how strong we can be.”We are for sure not the favourites in this round, but in the last eight there are not a lot of favourites – maybe two of them, Bayern and Barcelona – but thank god it’s football and nothing is decided. “We have a few games to play until then, but I am really looking forward to it and we will give it everything.”Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “It’s a very difficult one. We like to travel and to go to another country in the Champions League but it is what it is.”We know each other very well, they are a very offensive team, the truth is it is going to be a great couple of games and we are going to see good football.”It is just the second time in history that City have reached the last eight of the competition. In 2015-16, they defeated PSG 3-2 on aggregate but lost to Real Madrid in the semi-finals.Liverpool, on the other hand, have won the European Cup on five occasions.The other eye-catching tie sees Juventus seek revenge upon Real Madrid for the 4-1 defeat they suffered in last season’s final at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Cristiano Ronaldo’s double that day sent Zinedine Zidane’s side en route to become the first team to win the Champions League in successive years, but they have endured a disappointing season domestically and are out of the title running in La Liga.Barcelona lead the way in Spain by eight points and can afford to focus their energy on Roma, while Bayern – 20 points clear in the Bundesliga – can do likewise for their tie against Sevilla.Man City v Liverpool and Barcelona v Roma will be played on April 4 and 10, while the other two ties will be played on April 3 and 11. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Liverpool v Manchester City ‘We’ve beaten them’ – Salah and Liverpool have no fear of City Sacha Pisani 10:34 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool v Manchester City Mohamed Salah Manchester City UEFA Champions League Liverpool v Watford Watford Premier League Liverpool The forward and team-mate will not be daunted by their Champions League quarter-final showdown with the Premier League leaders Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah insisted the Reds do not fear runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City ahead of their blockbuster Champions League tie.It will be an all-English affair when Liverpool and Premier League champions-elect City go head-to-head in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.City are 16 points clear atop the table and 18 ahead of third-placed Liverpool in the Premier League but Jurgen Klopp’s men are not daunted by the task ahead, having been the only side to beat Pep Guardiola’s team in the league this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Salah, who scored four goals in Liverpool’s 5-0 rout of Watford on Saturday, will likely have to play a big part if Liverpool are to advance past their Premier League rivals. The Egyptian’s goals on Saturday saw him pass Fernando Torres’ record of 33 competitive goals for a player in his debut season at Anfield, and now has club legend Ian Rush in his sights along with runaway leaders City. “I don’t believe that City have always been superior to other clubs this season in the Premier League – despite what everyone says,” he said after Saturday’s showing. “We have beaten them for a start.”The Champions League always depends on the draw, but we don’t fear any rival, whoever they are.”We’re in the quarter-finals and have the same chances of winning as each of the other seven teams.”Salah, whose Liverpool host City at Anfield on April 4 before travelling to Manchester for the return leg six days later, added: “There are many big clubs still in the competition but you have to remember Liverpool are a great club in Europe too. In these knockout ties, anything can happen.”The 25-year-old international forward has been a phenomenon since arriving from Roma at the start of the season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions – 27 of those in the Premier League.The Reds have just one match, against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, before playing City in the first leg of their quarter-final. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Saturday was the first time the Cowboys took to the field since T. Boone Pickens died.Oklahoma State topped in-state foe Tulsa 40-21 on Saturday, three days after Pickens’ passing. He died after donating $652 million to the university in his lifetime. He helped build OSU’s athletic program to what it is today without throwing a ball or calling a play. And helped is an understatement.It’s no secret Pickens and OSU football coach Mike Gundy didn’t always see eye to eye, but the two had a relationship built on respect, Gundy said after the Tulsa game.“It’s sad,” Gundy said. “Mr. Pickens and I went head-to-head a lot. He won most all of them. But I had a lot of respect for him, and I think he respected me. Between Mr. Pickens and President (Burns) Hargis, Coach (Mike) Holder, and myself, we won a hell of a lot of football games and been successful. He’s been his own boss for 70 years, and I’ve been mine for 15. So sometimes you have confrontation, but I have a ton of respect.”The Cowboys wore commemorative “BOONE” stickers on their helmets against Tulsa and will for the remainder of the season. The university is holding a public “Celebration of Life” on Sept. 25 at Gallagher-Iba Arena for Pickens.Pickens was mentioned on College GameDay on Saturday morning, and there was a moment of silence for Pickens before Saturday’s game despite OSU being on the road.The Pokes won’t be back in the palace that Pickens built until their Sept. 28 matchup against Kansas State. It’s sure to be an emotional day, just as Gundy said Saturday was.“It’s kinda sad, ya know,” Gundy said. “It’s sad knowing that he’s not there. It really is, and it feels weird. We’ll have a couple nice tributes to him, and them I’m sure we’ll have some stuff at Karsten Creek and on campus for him to remember his legacy forever.”Here’s @CoachGundy on @boonepickens and his legacy with @CowboyFB & @OSUAthletics. “It’s sad knowing he’s not here. We won a hell of a lot of football games and been successful.” pic.twitter.com/jMRp3jWEmR— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 15, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
World Cup ‘Playing with Ronaldo is a dream’ – Andre Silva wants to lead World Cup bid alongside world’s best Chris Burton 21:33 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal The Real Madrid superstar opened his tournament in style with a hat-trick against Spain and an AC Milan forward is not hoping to offer assistance Andre Silva admits it is “a dream” to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, with a Portuguese team-mate considering the Real Madrid superstar to be “the best in the world”.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner lit up the World Cup with his first outing at Russia 2018, with a stunning hat-trick netted in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain.Ronaldo is the only iconic performer to have delivered the level of performance expected of him so far, with the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar having struggled for Argentina and Brazil respectively. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Silva believes the 33-year-old can always be relied upon to produce the goods and is hoping to be handed a starting berth alongside him against Morocco on Tuesday after joining the action against Spain off the bench.The AC Milan forward told reporters on an illustrious colleague: “Playing next to him is a dream.”He is the best in the world. I can say that makes things easier.”Things come out more natural, sometimes passes that could be more difficult he facilitates. We understand each other very well. It’s good to play alongside him.”I occupy spaces. In the movements, we open spaces for each other.”Victory in their next outing would leave Euro 2016 winners Portugal in a strong position to progress out of Group B.Silva believes they are capable of collecting a priceless victory, but is also aware that Morocco – who lost 1-0 to Iran in their opener – will be a tough nut to crack.The 22-year-old added: “I consider Portugal stronger than Morocco, but the game will not be easy. Morocco has merit.”There are no favourites and I do not think we are favourites for the World Cup.”Everybody knows Morocco, there are a lot of players that were born in Europe, I think 17, and the game with Iran could have been different.”Already we know they did not concede goals in qualifying and in the opening game they were only defeated by an own goal in the final moments.”We have to trust in ourselves. We will find a way. If we show all our collective and individual quality will go well.”