By Dialogo March 09, 2009 BOGOTA, March 7, 2009 (AFP) – Five Colombian soldiers were killed and eight were injured after an explosion during an inspection in a remote rural area of the department of Meta (center), the General Command of the Armed Forces said. According to the military report, the incident occurred when the soldiers were inspecting a recently found underground cache. The cache, located in a highly mined zone, was discovered by troops deployed to a registration and control area in the Cano Cabra sector, a rural location of Vista Hermosa in the department of Meta (center), the command added in a press release. The soldiers belonged to the Omega Joint Task Force, a troop specializing in the war on the leftist guerrillas. On this matter, the command said that “the Armed Forces of Colombia will not cease operations against the terrorist groups that have caused so much damage to the Colombian people.” The media has reported that the soldiers were searching for caches in which the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) conceal weapons and explosives. Hours earlier, the Army had learned about the discovery of a cache matching that description which had been found in the Cano Correntoso village, a rural town of Puerto Rico, which is also in Meta. According to this report, 89 pistols of various types were found, along with as 20 revolvers, six rifle chargers, a machine gun bipod, a mortar with targeting devices, a mortar tube, and one machine gun cannon. The FARC is the largest guerrilla group that has been fighting in the country for the past 44 years, and according to the Army its strength has dropped from 11 to 7 thousand combatants because of the policy of President Alvaro Uribe’s government to fight the rebel organization.
A late goal from Wilfried Zaha rescued Manchester United from a second successive pre-season defeat against Japanse side Cerezo Osaka on Friday.A 91st minute equaliser from Zaha snatched a draw for United, who twice went behind in the friendly match.United manager David Moyes has now lost two and drawn two of his first four games in charge of the Manchester club.In humid conditions in Osaka, United showed glimpses of quality but struggled to dominate their weaker Japanese opponents.A low driven strike from Kenyu Sugimoto saw Osaka rewarded after creating numerous scoring chances in the first-half.After the break United midfielder Shinji Kagawa missed a penalty against his former club but redeemed himself minutes later when, with his back to goal, he turned to fire a shot through the Urawa keeper’s legs.Osaka then took the lead for the second time in the match through an incredible Tohru Minamino long-range effort that flew past Anders Lindegaard into the United top corner.Jesse Lingard came close to equalising, dragging a shot just wide of the Osaka post in the 85th minue. Zaha then popped up to secure a draw for United in the dying moments of the game to spare manager Moyes’ blushes.United next face Chinese opposition in Hong Kong against Kitchee on Monday 29 July.
Asante Kotoko reached the quarter-finals of the MTN FA Cup competition after edging the Storm FC Academy 5-3 on penalties at Nkawkaw Park.Michael Osei’s men fought from a goal down to clinch victory on the penalty shootout.Storm showed early determination and bossed the midfield with eye catching soccer and got the breakthrough when Emmanuel TwumasiFrimpong scored the opener in the 15th a powerful pile river. The scoreline remained the same till halftime.Kotoko upped their game in the second half and were duly rewarded with attacker Bennett Ofori scoring in the 53rd minute to level the scoring.Kotoko were unable to find the winner in regulation time as they were denied by some excellent goalkeeping from Abdul Rauf. In the nerve wrecking penalty shootout, Academy youngster Isaac Mensah skied Storm’s third kick allowing Emmanuel Asante to score the decider as Kotoko triumphed 5-3 on penalties.OTHER RESULTS:WAFA 1-0 EMMANUEL FCLIBERTY 1-0 SAMARTEX– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports