In-form Foxes striker Vardy hailed as “fantastic” after late goal at Southampton

first_img However, he swiftly recovered from his disappointment and responded a minute into stoppage time by shooting powerfully into the top corner beyond Kelvin Davis to rescue a point. “Jamie Vardy is important for us,” Ranieri said. “If I was a player I’d think ‘Oh, Jamie can score, Jamie can score’ and this is important. “He’s got good stamina, and it’s good to think during the match ‘Jamie can score’. “Jamie in the Championship scored 16 goals, last season he (experienced) the Premier League, a lot of confidence he took with the (England) national team, and now maybe he’s more sure, more confident. “He’s fantastic. He ran a lot, pressed a lot, but also at the right moment was very, very clear to choose the best solution. “I think only of Leicester. If Roy (Hodgson) wants him (for England at Euro 2016), it’s good for him, good for Jamie, good for Leicester, good for everybody. “(We have a) good spirit, fantastic. To go down 2-0 is not easy, to recover. I have a very fantastic group. They believed everything could be possible. “We were desperate (in the second half). I told the players, ‘If we lose 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, it’s the same, we’re still losing’. Claudio Ranieri praised the “fantastic” Jamie Vardy after the in-form forward inspired Leicester’s comeback in their dramatic 2-2 draw at Southampton. “They believe, our fans believe, and this is very important.” Southampton had comfortably controlled the opening 45 minutes – Victor Wanyama was particularly effective in nullifying Leicester’s first-half threat – before struggling to react to the visitors’ intensity and eventual goals. Manager Ronald Koeman could be seen shaking his head at Leicester’s second goal, and was critical of their game management. “Your’re two-nil up, it’s a good performance so far, and great goals from set-pieces, but I have to recognise it was difficult,” he said. “Leicester showed great spirit, great belief, still after going two goals down. “We had best chance to kill the game from Sadio (Mane) but at 2-1 it was more difficult. Maybe (Leicester) were a little bit more fresh. “Maybe they need to understand when you can build up (play), play the long ball. If you watch the second half we didn’t have good possession. “We spoke about how we have to manage the second half, and we didn’t have the feeling that it’s over. We know they have unbelievable spirit and they’ve made it always difficult.” Press Association After their flat performance throughout the first half and conceding goals to Southampton’s Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk, Leicester’s Vardy scored twice to secure what had appeared an unlikely point for his team. Producing the finest form of his career, Vardy, who so far this season has scored nine Premier League goals and who has already spoken of the need to continue his prolific run if he is to make the England squad for Euro 2016, headed Leicester’s first goal before missing an exceptional 81st-minute, close-range chance to equalise. last_img read more

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US-based golfers make massive donation of gear to GGA

first_imgTHE Guyana Golf Association (GGA) announced that several hundred golf clubs and other equipment were part of a contribution to the development of the sport in Guyana from Bob Maibusch, owner of Pine Grove Springs Golf Course in New Hampshire, USA. Maibusch was contacted by GGA president Aleem Hussain. According to the president, the foreign pro golfer readily agreed to assist in the growth of the game; especially in light of the recent attention being given by women and children since the opening of the Nexgen Golf Academy & Driving Range.Bob and his daughter are heavily involved in the teaching, designing and operations of Golf courses around the United States andPro golfer and owner of Pine Grove Springs Golf Course in New Hampshire, USA, Bob Maibuschinstantly agreed to partner with the GGA in his words “for the love of the game”.Recently a number of clubs, balls, and other pieces of equipment were collected and shipped through the sterling efforts of Aleena and Bill Knight of New York and is expected to arrive in Guyana by month-end.Hussain said that the equipment was much needed and would supplement the previous sets contributed by Danny Ramnarain and Anwar ‘Buddy’ Shaffie, Colin Ming, and the Shafura Hussain Foundation over the past few months.“With the help of so many people, we are now in a strong position to provide equipment, balls and training for hundreds of students and newcomers to the sport,” said Hussain.Hussain said that the move also plays a role in golf development as recent talks with Sport Minister Charles Ramson Jr were fruitful. According to Hussain the minister acknowledged that golf is one of the sports which allow for social distancing, but at the same time still creates a fun outdoor atmosphere, especially for children who have their extracurricular lives halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.The Academy & Driving Range on Woolford Avenue is open from 08:00hrs to 17:00hrs daily with accommodation being provided for up to 20 persons per hour in accordance with social-distancing requirements. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

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Indomitable Lions Dismiss Eagles Threat

first_imgRUSSIA 2018 QUALIFIERSDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportIndomitable Lions Head Coach, Hugo Bross, has insisted that Algeria and not Nigeria that is the real threat to Cameroun’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroun and Zambia were paired in Group B of the Russia 2018 qualifier at the draws made last month in Cairo, Egypt.But the Belgian remains unfazed by the presence of the Super Eagles in the same group with the Lions.The Belgian told Cameroon Tribune wednesday that he is happy at playing away to Algeria in the first group fixture on October 3 – and Nigeria in Cameroun’s third game on August 28, 2017.“I am satisfied with the draw since we will be meeting Algeria and Nigeria at home first,” the 64-year-old former Anderlecht defender was quoted by Tribune.“This will enable us to readjust if necessary at home. But for the first game against the Fennecs, I think the pressure will not be on our side. Algeria knows they cannot afford to drop points at home, especially against direct rivals like us. It is for us to exploit this advantage to get a good result. Anyway, we must be in our best shape to face each of our opponents, especially mentally,” observed coach in his assessment of the chances of the Indomitable Lions.Similarly, veteran Cameroun defender, Henri Bedimo, believes the Lions, who stopped Nigeria from qualifying for Italy ’90, can secure their eighth World Cup berth and pile more misery on the Eagles.Led by the amazing Roger Milla the Lions snuffed Super Eagles out, including a 3-0 flattening.The Super Eagles are to start their round robin play on October 3 against Zambia which on paper will be their easiest match.With Nigeria’s five appearances at the World Cup, ball followers in the land are now apprehensive of what to make of the team’s fate in the quest for a sixth in Russia.Poor funding, organizational hassles and the inability to hire a coach to replace Sunday Oliseh, months after he quit the Eagles job, are some of the problems creating fears as the qualifiers are months away.Yet many of the green-white-green faithful remain optimistic and point out that Nigeria always performed better when either written off or with their backs up against the wall.They will also point out that, head to head, the Eagles have the edge having beaten the Central Africans 10 times and drawing six while losing only four out of the 20 times they have met.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced last week that the list of shortlisted coaches to be interviewed for the Eagles job is to be released tomorrow with all eyes on Frenchman Paul Le Guen seen as the front runner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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The FEF accuses the AFE of acting against the interest of the players and having a “hidden agenda”

first_img 3º.- That Labor union, after the meeting held on April 7, He distributed a press release to the media that contained a version of what happened that was contrary to what had actually happened. That, in order to preserve the right to receive truthful information provided in the EC, the RFEF sent the press a press release correcting the differences and inaccuracies with the reality of what had happened at the meeting, accompanying, to the first medium that asked us for it, the recordings that accredited it.4º.- What it is difficult to speak of the right to privacy, which is repeatedly alluded to in the letter, when the AFE has sent a press release on the contents of the meeting, held in the presence of more than 20 people, so that in no case can the quality of secrecy be preached from it. What’s more, even yesterday, AFE sent the press the letter sent to the RFEF referring to the aforementioned meeting. In fact, it has been the habitual practice of that Union to send to the media, even before being received in this Federation, all the letters and writings that are sent to us, with a manifest desire to make known the content of the issues that concern us .We want once again to show that the RFEF has limited itself exclusively to clarifying before the public what really happened, with the corresponding documentary support of the recording. From the AFE brief, it is inferred that what is intended to be considered “secret” is not the meeting, but the real manifestations of their representatives in it, given its nature clearly contrary to the union interests of Spanish footballers.5º.- It must be remembered that, for criminal purposes, all data or information belonging to the company that you want to keep out of the reach of certain people must be understood as secret. The persistence contained in the brief that the statements of the representatives of AFE in the Commission must be classified as secret, leads us to the suspicion that AFE has a “hidden agenda”, which is why it intends to hide its own manifestations from its affiliates and from public opinion and that is why it tries to prevent its dissemination with alleged criminal actions. 6º.- Finally, AFE, how could it be otherwise, can exercise as many actions as it deems appropriate, signaling that the exercise of these will not prevent the RFEF from complying with its obligations in order to inform to public opinion on the veracity of what happened in matters that affect them. “ The Spanish Football Federation has remitted a letter to the Association of Spanish Footballers where you remember that Interveners at the meeting of the coronavirus crisis monitoring committee were warned that it was being recorded. He also explains that not only representatives of the AFE, League and Federation participated in the telematic meeting. The letter is the response to AFE’s announcement of take legal action against the FEF for leaking the audio of the meeting.The letter acknowledges that audios were provided to prove that the version of what happened at the meeting corresponded to that offered by the FEF and accuses the AFE, and implicitly its president, of having defended a position “clearly contrary to the union interests of Spanish soccer players” and of having a “hidden agenda” for demanding that the deliberations be secret.The Federation note states the following“1º.- That the Commission, unlike what some have transmitted, it is not exclusively made up of AFE, LNFP and RFEF. On the contrary, as you are well aware, it is made up of representatives of the RFEF; President, Secretary General, representatives of different committees and departments, (President of the CTA referees, Medical Services, Futsal, F. Feminino, Amateur F, 2nd B and 3rd Division, Legal, Competitions, etc.), by representatives of the LNFP, the Union of Footballers AFE, the Union of Futsal Players AJFS, and the Union of Futsal Players AJFSF, clubs (Women’s Football and Futsal), without any of its members or participants acting in a private capacity or as legal advisers.2º.- That at the beginning of the first meeting, held on March 12, it was agreed, without opposition from any of the interveners, to record the conversations of the commission for the record.In any case, when the commission has met electronically, on the screens of each of the participants a red pilot appears at all times to inform that the recording is taking place of the entire meeting.last_img read more

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