Duncan doesn’t “lose sleep over claims” he’s won no serious trophies

first_imgAsante Kotoko coach David Duncan has often been mocked for failing to win a major silverware – especially the Ghana Premier league title.He came close to doing that five years ago with AshantiGold but was denied on the last day of competition as they lost out to Aduana Stars.Duncan could reverse that should Kotoko win the final of this year’s MTN FA Cup final in the coming weeks. But the tough-talking coach reminded all about his trophy laden coaching career.“Interestingly, I also consider the other trophies that I have won on some repute because they have international dimension. If you win a cup against Mamelodi Sundowns coached by [former Bafana boss] Gordon Igesund of all coaches in an invitational tournament and I hear people say I haven’t won anything, I don’t lose sleep over that at all,” he told Joy Sports in an exclusive interview.“And then again with Free State Stars if you could win against the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates managed by top coaches in an invitational tournament, I consider those trophies to be huge achievements.“I don’t want to go into some of these controversies where our league is concerned. I don’t lose sleep over those things that I haven’t won. I like the kind of trophies I have won. I won the Swag Cup against Kotoko in 2006, and those are the competitions when you win you realized you’ve won something.” “You know how our league goes. When somebody plays against another person it is a different thing all together and I don’t lose sleep over what people describe as not winning a major tournament. The kind of trophies I have won, I hold them very dear to my heart.”Duncan took over the Reds job from Didi Dramani, who won two league titles and an FA Cup.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports on Facebook/Twitterlast_img read more

Emma Watson Pushes UN Campaign to End Gender Discrimination

first_imgShare2Tweet17ShareEmail19 Shares September 22, 2014; Washington PostThis past Saturday, Emma Watson delivered a powerful speech to the United Nations confronting the issue of gender inequity and a world that is still willfully complicit in discrimination. The speech comes in the midst of the NFL domestic violence scandals and President Barack Obama’s “It’s On Us” campaign, which NPQ readers may also be following.As a goodwill ambassador for UN Women, Watson launched the HeForShe campaign at the UN summit in a speech geared toward dispelling misconceptions about feminism and engaging men to recognize how detrimental gender discrimination can be not only to women, but to men as well.“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong,” said Watson in her address. “It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals…. We can all be freer, and this is what HeForShe is about.”The message comes at an auspicious time, just a day after the Obama administration initiated the “It’s On Us” campaign against sexual assault on college campuses. It, too, targets men and encourages them to avoid the pitfalls of the bystander effect. Efforts by nonprofits such as Men Can Stop Rape have already been underway to create allies in men to speak up when a friend is trying to take advantage of an intoxicated woman and stop gender-bashing comments.In our modern world today, not only do women contend with emotional, physical, and mental abuse, but they are now also made to bear digital abuse as well. Take the world’s reactions to the recent nude photograph hacking scandal involving several female celebrities, like Jennifer Lawrence and, most recently, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian, among others. There was much discussion in the media of how women are sexualized in ways where men would absolutely not receive the same treatment. Others went on to blame the women for taking the private pictures in the first place.In truth, the heart of this abuse is gender discrimination, because the media would not react in the same manner if a male celebrity’s privacy were violated, as some have already noted. When Dylan Sprouse’s nude photos surfaced, the outrage was directed at his being a former star on the Disney Channel, rather than that he posed for the picture for an ex-girlfriend. Prince Harry’s photos from Las Vegas two years ago were quickly laughed off as a royal joke.However, as Watson observed, we must be very careful that our discussions of violence against women do not devolve into “man-hating” and that we are cognizant of the related problems faced by men:“Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society…. I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help for fear it would make them less of a man. In fact, in the UK, suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 to 49, eclipsing road accidents, cancer and heart disease. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either.”Rather, the important (and perhaps game-changing) takeaway from Watson’s speech, the recent happenings in the NFL, the celebrity photo scandal and the White House campaign, is that gender discrimination is a losing war for both women and men. Finding equal footing among genders is going to take a combined effort and, as noted by Watson, the HeForShe campaign is such a collaboration.—Shafaq HasanShare2Tweet17ShareEmail19 Shareslast_img read more