Saudi World Cup team’s plane suffers engine fire

first_img\R Rostov-On-Don, Jun 19 (AFP) The plane carrying Saudi Arabia’s World Cup team suffered a fire in one of its engines as the players flew to Rostov-on-Don for their next match, the Saudi football federation said today. The aircraft landed safely after what one of the Saudi players called a “simple malfunction”.”It was a small fire in one of the engines, the right engine, but the plane landed safely,” association president Ahmad Al Harbi told Saudi sports TV channel KSA.One of the Saudi players, Hatan Bahbir, said in a video on the federation’s Twitter account: “We arrived safely and we are all fine… it was a simple malfunction’.” In the video, someone off-camera asks him if he was scared. He replies: “No, no. Well, of course we were scared a bit, but thank God.” The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said in a statement it “would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they’re heading to their residence safely”.The team were flying to Rostov-on-Don for their second match, against Uruguay on Wednesday, after they were thrashed 5-0 by Russia in the opening game of the tournament. (AFP) AQSAQSlast_img read more

1st T20I: Imran Tahir 5-wicket haul hands South Africa 34-run win over Zimbabwe

first_imgSouth Africa held off a late charge by Zimbabwe to win the first Twenty20 international by 34 runs on Tuesday.South Africa made 160 for 6 in its 20 overs and appeared to be cruising to victory when Zimbabwe was 70-7 in the 13th over.But a partnership of 53 runs off 19 balls between PJ Moor (44 off 21 balls) and Brandon Mavuta (28 off 14) brought Zimbabwe back into the game.Their partnership was broken by Junior Dala when Mavuta sliced a fill toss to third man and was caught by Lungi Ngidi. Zimbabwe lost its last three wickets in the space of three runs to be 126 all out.Moor, who hit four sixes in a row in the 15h over to kick start Zimbabwe’s late surge, was caught at long-off to end the match.Legspinner Imran Tahir took 5-23 for South Africa to continue his form from the one-day international series, which South Africa won 3-0.Rassie van der Dussen made 56 on his international debut for South Africa and was helped by 39 from David Miller and 34 from captain Faf du Plessis.South Africa’s second debutant of the game didn’t do as well, with opener Gihahn Cloete out for two in the first over.(With AP inputs)last_img read more