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first_imgRelatedPosts Kano offers scholarship to students with special needs CAF ready to support Egypt with missing AFCON trophy COVID-19: FG to end evacuation of Nigerians — PTF Mohamed Salah could miss the start of the next Premier League season with a potential call-up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The coach of Egypt’s U23 has made it clear he intends to include Salah as one of the team’s three overage players. Speaking to ON Sport TV, Shawky Gharib confirmed he is due to hold talks with Salah, although the Liverpool forward will ultimately have the final say over his potential participation in Japan. “We have to send a preliminary list of 50 players. Salah will be the first on the list as an official call-up,” Gharib said. The tournament begins on July 22, with the final taking place on August 8 – the same weekend in which the current Premier League season began in 2019. If Salah chooses to join the national squad, he will undoubtedly miss Liverpool’s entire pre-season schedule and would likely need some period of rest before linking up with his club teammates. Salah’s summer break last year was limited as he took part in the Africa Cup of Nations, where Egypt were knocked out at the round of 16. Salah could miss even more football for Liverpool next season after hosts Cameroon announced the AFCON will be moved from the summer to January 2021. The tournament was due to be held in June and July, but due to weather conditions in the country at that time of year, the Cameroon Football Federation has decided to stage it between January 9 and February 6.Tags: EgyptMohamed SalahShawky GharibTokyo 2020 Olympicslast_img read more

first_img Press Association Steven Gerrard insists Wayne Rooney should still be the go-to man for England at Euro 2016. Rooney, who took over as England skipper when Gerrard retired from international duty in 2014, became his country’s all-time leading goalscorer in September but his recent club form has drawn criticism. While other English stars have been scoring for fun Rooney has only managed two goals in 15 Premier League appearances this term, but Gerrard feels Rooney offers more. center_img “Jamie Vardy is doing well, Harry Kane is doing well but in a big game who is England’s best chance of scoring?” Gerrard told the Daily Mail. “Does anyone think it is not Wayne Rooney in this room? If there is a penalty in the last 10 minutes to progress out of a group or into a quarter-final who would you want to take it? “Who does everyone in the dressing room at Manchester United and England look to for inspiration? Who are they all hiding behind pressure wise when it isn’t going well? Wayne Rooney does more than just score goals, he has an impact on the whole team and squad.” Rooney’s struggles have been highlighted with United currently on an eight-match winless slump, which has seen them dumped out of the Champions League and slide out of the top four. Gerrard feels it is only a matter of time before Rooney turns things around and believes fans should support him as he tries to do so. He added: “He has said he is not in the best form of his life but people need to support him and help get into better form for England and United. The easiest thing to do is point fingers and say ‘get him out’ – I’ve been there when you are under a bit of pressure and everyone is having a go. “No one wants to turn that round more than you do but you need help. I’m not saying nobody should criticise him, but let’s analyse it properly. He hasn’t lost ability. And he’s probably the only person capable or proven to get the goals you need to progress in a tournament.” last_img read more

first_imgOllie Jung | Daily TrojanHey, remember when the season ended three weeks ago?Members of the media hate being wrong, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to eat crow right now. After USC got humiliated 49-14 at Notre Dame last month, fans and analysts alike dismissed the Trojans as a mirage. No one was spared: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold was dubbed overrated, people called for head coach Clay Helton to get the axe (along with pretty much everyone else on his staff) and the squad as a whole was slammed for a perceived lack of effort. Considering how hapless USC looked against the Fighting Irish, it was difficult to dispute — no matter how stubbornly Helton insisted the team’s season-long goal of winning the Pac-12 Championship remained within reach. The College Football Playoff dream was dead, and with no semblance of momentum on their side, the Trojans looked like they were heading toward a late-season collapse.“There’s no bright spot to look to anymore,” I wrote the week after Notre Dame. “It’s hard for me to believe that Helton and company will suddenly clean things up to win the Pac-12, which means that after all the fanfare, it’s just another lost season.”Then USC reeled off back-to-back wins over Arizona State and Arizona. The Trojans made a surprising jump all the way to No. 11 in the most recent CFP rankings, and a win at Colorado on Saturday can clinch the Pac-12 South with one game to spare in the regular season. I suppose I could still ultimately be proven right — the Trojans haven’t been overly consistent on either side of the ball even during their recent wins. Right now, though, I thankfully sound like an idiot.Despite climbing six spots in the rankings, USC remains outside the serious playoff discussion barring an insane final month across college football. But this isn’t a lost season — not even close. If the Rose Bowl weren’t acting as a playoff game this season, the Trojans would have their sights set on a repeat New Year’s trip to Pasadena, and a conference championship would be the program’s first since 2008, when Pete Carroll roamed the Coliseum sidelines.In fact, this season has the potential to be USC’s best since the Pete Carroll era. The team has up to three games left in the regular season (assuming it reaches the Pac-12 Championship). If they manage to win out and seize the conference crown, the Trojans will enter their bowl game — likely a marquee New Year’s Six matchup against another top-15 side — with an 11-2 record. One more victory to wrap up the year would put them at 12 wins: the highest total since Carroll’s 12-1 farewell season. Were people really saying “fire everyone” three weeks ago?Not to say that a Pac-12 title or big bowl game are already a given — we’ve seen too many mistakes this season to assume anything. The Trojan defense has been prone to giving up the occasional big play all season (as illustrated by Arizona’s furious comeback last weekend), and the offense has sometimes tired out the defense with repeated three-and-outs between quick scoring drives. But if the Trojans manage to stay disciplined, Colorado shouldn’t be able to out-play them. The Buffaloes (5-5) sit in the Pac-12 South cellar, and more than half of their wins came in a season-opening homestand against Colorado State, Texas State and Northern Colorado. Colorado does sport a sharp 4-1 record at home thanks to the trio of victories, but it has split its only two conference games so far in Boulder — a loss to Arizona and a win over Cal.Meanwhile, the Trojans are getting stronger and healthier. This weekend, they look forward to the return of redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Christian Rector, who has broken out as a pass-rushing force for USC this season, and junior running back Ronald Jones II looks to approach the 200-yard rushing mark for the third consecutive game. After scoring 40 or more points just twice in their opening eight weeks, the Trojans have now scored 97 points across their last two tilts. Unsurprisingly, they go into Boulder as close to two-touchdown favorites.Of course, it would be classic USC to crush fans’ souls just as the team pulls us all back in. It would take a collapse of epic proportions to miss the Pac-12 title game, but you wouldn’t put it past this maddening squad, which has looked dominant at points against Stanford and Arizona but played down to the level of Western Michigan and Oregon State. Nevertheless, the Trojans also have the opportunity to build on last season’s Rose Bowl success in 2017 and put all doubts about Helton’s leadership to rest.Yes, it’s hard to fathom, but USC can actually finish this season better than last year’s thrilling campaign. There’s still plenty of opportunity for the Trojans to blow it yet and limp to another four-loss campaign. But with four more wins, the Trojans will be conference champions and victors of another New Year’s Six bowl.This season’s a long way from dead.Oliver Jung is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Jung Money,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

first_imgThe Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah has praised the efforts of Gulf Energy and sister company Legon Cities Football Club for its continued support of the activities of the Ghana Armed Forces.Major General Oppong made these remarks during the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a 150 bed accommodation for trainees of the Military at the Bundase Training base in the Greater Accra Region.The COAS who represented the Chief of Defense Staff Lieutenant General Obed Akwa for the occasion remarked that the soldiers’ accommodation had come at a very opportune time as the Military High Command places a lot of premium on dignified accommodation for its trainees.The Trainees who are currently being housed in tents and a dormitory have over the years been at the mercy of the weather which they have had to make do with.The Army Commander further added that his vision, among others, was to see to the upgrade of his forces in the area of accommodation and extend that into other facets including and not limited well-constructed road network within the camp and the provision of utilities.On his part, General Manager of Gulf Energy and Legon Cities FC Martin Agboyo who represented Board Chairman Richard K. Atikpo revealed that His companies are committed to enhancing the lives and welfare of the everyday Ghanaian as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities with the military not being an exception.Chief of Army Staff, Major General Oppong-Peprah expressed profound gratitude to the companies for the donation and assured them that the building would be put to good use and properly maintained.In recent times, Gulf Energy and Legon Cities FC have supported Governments efforts at curbing the dreaded COVID 19 by providing items including Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), disposable bed sheets rolls, Video Laryngoscopes, Dissecting Forceps, bedsteads, bedside Desks, carrier stretchers, examination beds, wheel chairs, food trolleys, metro shelving, suction machines and more to support their operations at the Isolation Centre of the EL-Wak Sports Stadium. The funding of the projected would also be supported by Structures and Logistics Company Limited. Tags: Ghana Premier LeagueLegon Cities FC Source: Legon Citieslast_img read more