John Costigan, who was games master at the school for many years, believes victory over Ard Scoil Ris means that people will have a new set of heroes to join the winning team of 1978.The match against the Limerick school, who will be playing in their fourth final in seven years, takes place at McDonagh Park in Nenagh at 2 o’clock.Costigan is optimistic that the current Our Lady’s line-up can bring the cup to Templemore.
He was born in Sarajevo in 1991 and the destiny brought him and his parents to Stuttgart, where he lives now. As he says, he never stopped feeling like a Bosnian. The hero’s name is Asmir Osmanagić, he is a bachelor in mechanical engineering, and currently a student of master studies in the same faculty. At the same time, he is a referee in football matches, and he has been dealing with that activity since the age of 14.Asmir’s story begins in a somehow classical way, he is a boy who got to love the football ball when he first met with it and started training the most popular sport.“Stuttgart has around 100, even 150 football clubs, and the most famous ones are VFB Stuttgart and Stuttgart Kickers. I started my career at the age of six in MTV Stuttgart. Since I has issues with asthma, my parents decided I should reduce football activity and start swimming or playing tennis. That did help me with asthma, but football was in my heart,” says this 24-year-old.Asmir continued training swimming and tennis and playing football recreationally with his friends. One anecdote from a simple football match with friends brought him to the black shirt and a whistle.“When I was about 12 years old, I was playing football with my father and friends. One man, who was then in a club from Stuttgart, noticed that I have a lot of sense for football and asked me whether I wanted to be a referee. Although it is unusual that someone starts dealing with that at such an early age, I accepted the challenge and already at 14 I judged my first match. It was raining and I judged a U12 match, those were boys who were only two years younger than me,” Asmir remembers.Already at the age of 15 Asmir started judging matches of seniors and it was evident that he has a great potential. Thus, the fast progress and transition to stronger leagues and competitions was not surprising.As of the next season, he will be a referee in the third German league that was won by Dynamo Dresden in the past season and in which teams such as Hansa Rostock, Energie Cotbuss, Fortuna, Osnabruck and others compete. He was also a referee in matches where numerous BiH international players played.Asmir no longer has asthma issues thanks to regular trainings and healthy lifestyle. When asked about his career of a referee in the future, Asmir said:“For now, I do not see myself in the second leaguer or in Bundesliga. I am focused on the third league where I will try to justify trust and opportunity. I just want to be as good as possible in this and if in the next several years I get a chance to go to a stronger league, I will be happy to take it. Currently it is very difficult to make prognoses. I also have hard times, I am dedicated to university and judging, while my friends party. I travel a lot, now I will even cross greater distances, but I know that will pay off one day,” said Asmir Osmanagić, one of the youngest referees in the history of the German third league.(Source: korner.ba/photo: korner.ba)
On Saturday July 4, citizens of the remote village of Malangai in Zota District, Bong County celebrated the arrival of safe drinking water in their community.The more than one thousand inhabitants of this farming community just on the edge of the Guinea border had fetched water from muddy, infested ponds and other shallow water holes since its 50 years of existence until recently when Mission to Liberia, a US based charity, came to their rescue with the construction of a hand pump.The group’s intervention followed a publication in the Daily Observer newspaper on the deprivation of safe drinking water that the people of Malangai have endured for decades.Prior to the recent construction of the hand pump, water related diseases topped illnesses that affected residents of the community. Also a major hardship faced by Malangai residents was the long distance they had to travel to fetch water putting at risk children and women who are the water carriers for their families.Speaking at the turning over ceremony, Mr. David Fenkpolo, who implemented the project for Mission to Liberia, outlined the group’s contribution to Liberia’s development in rural communities.Mr. Fenkpolo stated that his organization has been involved with the construction of hand pumps as well as contributing significantly to the education sector of Liberia. He recounted the donation of a consignment of text books to the Cuttington University as well as secondary schools in the county.The dedication of the hand pump was celebrated by the locals who praised Mission to Liberia with traditional songs of appreciation and redemption.Town Chief Victor Juah took the lead to voice his appreciation to the American charity for bringing them life through the provision of a hand pump that would provide them safe drinking water.“Our people will never forget Mission to Liberia family for the work you have done for us,” Chief Juah said.He said the people of Malangai will ensure that the hand pump is used for the intended purpose and measures were already in place for its maintenance.After decades of drinking infested, muddy water Malangai residents can now enjoy the taste of safe, clean drinking water.Residents confident that with the hand pump in the community, they will begin to experience better health, void of water-borne diseases.The Daily Observer gathered that like Malangai before its hand pump arrived, there are many rural communities across Bong County that do not have access to safe drinking water.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)