SINGAPORE—Eduard Folayang needs just one more step to get back to the title conversation, but it won’t be cakewalk for the former ONE lightweight champion.Chatri Sityodtong, ONE Championship’s Chariman and CEO, said it’s imperative for Folayang to win his match against undefeated Russian wrestler Kharun Atlangeriev (11-0) for him to get a shot at the lightweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT Sityodtong: Unstoppable Dreams ‘would be greatest night’ in ONE China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls And as if fate intervened, Folayang lost the title on his home country of the Philippines at Mall of Asia Arena.Sityodtong, however, has high hopes for Folayang after the Filipino stayed off the cage for almost half a year since the stunning loss to Nguyen.“Eduard has had a long rest, so it’d be great for him and when I spoke to him he’s hungrier than ever,” said Sityodtong of the 34-year-old fighter. “He’s like a 21-year-old Eduard, he’s hungry and he’s worked so hard.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Eduard needs to be at his best and if he’s able to pull out a win impressively, then he’s back,” said Sityodtong said Monday during the press conference for the Unstoppable Dreams card at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.“But if he loses, obviously it’s a downward skid for him. This is a high-stakes fight for Eduard and his career hangs in the balance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFolayang’s (18-6) reign as the ONE lightweight champion lasted for 364 days after he beat he beat Shinya Aoki for the gold on Nov. 11, 2016 at Singapore Indoor Stadium, the same venue for his return fight on May 18.The legendary Team Lakay member needed just one more day to achieve a yearlong reign but current champion Martin Nguyen denied that feat when he knocked out Folayang in the second round to unify the lightweight and featherweight belts.
There will be no usual June mid-season break with the final match of the league expected to be on October 6 while the 2018/2019 season will kick off in December, to run till September 2019.“This will carry on until the cycle completes itself to have the season starting in August and ending in may. For example, the 2019/2020 season begins in November, running until August, the following season will start in October until July and so on. This should fall in place by 2023,” Oguda explained to Capital Sport.“We were informed of this by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) last month and now we have to pay the price by sacrificing the June break. This is a CAF directive and they also said that the league winner must be announced by mid October so that’s why we end the season early,” Oguda further added.KPL CEO Jack OgudaHe also said; “We will have matches on weekends and midweek to cover this up. But we will only have the tough period this year.”Clubs will have to carry the weight of congested fixtures especially Gor Mahia who are playing in the CAF Confederations Cup group stages for the first time. The club will now seemingly get used to playing up to three matches per week in the midst of travels.Kenya has been running its league from February to November with a month-long break in June. Most coaches have had an issue with the calendar, pointing it out as one of the reasons Kenyan clubs struggle in CAF Competitions.They say that while Kenyan clubs begin their campaign just after pre-season, most other countries usually have their leagues going on and the players are usually fitter.In East Africa, Tanzania and Uganda already have their seasons following the European calendar and it has proved tough for Kenyan clubs to play pre-season friendly matches against their counterparts due to the difference.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia will be seeking to win a record 17th KPL title. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) calendar is set to switch to the August-May format by 2023 under a directive from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda has said.Consequently, as the country’s top league begins its journey to mirror the European leagues format and one practiced by a huge section in Africa, teams will have to bear the brunt of the switch beginning this season.