Tiger hopes to play Masters in two weeks

Tiger Woods continues to struggle with back issues but the 14-time major champion has not ruled out playing the Masters in two weeks. 

"God, I hope so," Woods said when asked by "Good Morning America" host Michael Strahan if he would be able to play in the upcoming Masters. "I'm trying. I'm trying every day to get back and play. 

"I love that event. It's meant so much to me in my life. It's the first major I ever played back in '95. It has so much history and meaning to me that I'd love to get back.'' 

Woods appeared on the ABC show in New York to promote his new book, "The 1997 Masters: My Story.'' He won the first of his majors 20 years ago at Augusta National by a record 12 shots at age 21. 

Woods has not played a golf tournament since back pain caused him to pull out of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3. 

The 41-year-old Woods is attempting to recover from two back surgeries in 2015 that led to a 17-month layoff. 

"I need to get back physically," Woods said Monday on ABC. "I know the mind is sharp. I just need to get the body willing to do it. I haven't been able to train like I used to or practice like I used to. It's been harder. My priorities have changed a lot. My kids now dominate my life, and I think that's a good thing." 

Earlier this month, Woods said in a statement that there was no timetable to his return. 

Woods, a winner of 79 PGA Tour events, has until the first day of the Masters on Thursday, April 6 to decide whether he is playing. Past champions of the Masters are invited to participate for life and there is no commitment deadline

Kenya’s ruling party, the Jubilee Party of Kenya unveiled it’s manifesto ahead of elections scheduled for August on Monday night, giving sports a couple of seconds in the event.
 
In their promises to the nation in the buildup to the August Polls, various Cabinet Secretaries made addresses to the nation, unveiling their achievements and laying forth promises in the coming years. Spectacularly absent was the Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario.
 
Before assuming power in 2013, President Kenyatta had pledged at least five new stadia to the nation, in addition to refurbishing the existing facilities. However, to date, that is still a pipe dream. With CS Wario absent, persistent queries on social media would force the day’s Master of Ceremonies to pose the question to the deputy president William Ruto, minutes to the close of the event.
 
“In 6 months time, the stadium in Wote will be complete as will that one in Chuka. In 3 months, the stadium in Moyale will be complete. In 6 months, another stadium in West Pokot will be complete and that will be historic. In a couple of months the stadium in Kiambu will be complete,” Deputy President William Ruto defended their administration, adding, “The President issued a title for a stadium in Nyeri, and that too is underway. In Mombasa, we had challenges with ownership of the land and that is being sorted. We already have signed contracts and are ready to go. We also have challenges in Kisumu as a dumpsite is still close to the stadium, hampering any development works. Once that is cleared, we will be good to go.”
 
The upcoming 2017 IAAF Youth Championships also formed part of Ruto’s response, where he noted that the Government had set aside well over 300 million shillings to refurbish Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums.
 
Sports fanatics on social media however, remained critical of the Uhuru administration.
 
One Twitter user, @JumbaLuvai posted: There is an existing stadium beside the dump site Ruto referred to in KISUMU #JubileeManifesto
 
@Maxmasei posted: Nothing for western to smile about...a stadium in moyale bt none in Western?? #Jubileemanifesto
 
Another, @mwende_s posted : Wait..how long does it take to build a stadium..we don't want rushed promises that will collapse on us.#JubileeManifesto
 
Despite the promises, Kenya is still struggling with a handful of stadia, and the nation’s chances of hosting the CHAN 2018 tournament hangs in the balance, thanks to ill preparation.
 
 

Gor Mahia added themselves to the list of teams who have qualified to the next round of the Go TV Shied tournament after overcoming Nairobi Water 3-1 on Sunday 25 June, 2017 in Thika.

Nairobi Water were first to score, Robinson Shitandi giving them the lead after a run from the midfieldto the opponent’s goal. Kenneth Muguna however cancelled the lead in the 35th minute after being fed beautifully by Innocent Wafula.

George Odhiambo gave Ko’galo the lead for the first time in the match after an assist from the scorer of the first goal to take the scores to 2-1 in favour of Gor Mahia. Wllington Ochieng sealed the win for the Green Army in the second half to confirm a spot for them in the next round of the competition.

A brace from recently signed striker Paul Odhiambo inspired Tusker to a 5-0 against SS Assad in the opening round of Go TV Shield on Sunday 25 June, 2017 at the Mbaraki Stadium.

Tusker started the rout in the 6th minute, Clifford Alwanga heading past keeper Swaleh to take the defending champions ahead. Paul Odhiambo then opened his account in a Tusker shirt in the 26th minute, with an assist from Brian Osumba to double the scores for the Brewers.

The former Sofapaka man grabbed his brace seven minutes into the second half after being teed up by Abdul Hassan, with Noah Wafula taking the scores to 4-0 just shortly after coming on. Khamati sealed the victory for the visitors with a goal of his own in the 80th minute to ensure that Tusker make it to the next round of the competition.

Ulinzi Stars vs Wajiji FC

In Machakos, Ulinzi Stars scrapped past Nairobi Regional League Side Wajiji FC in a 1-0 win on Sunday 25 June. The lone goal was scored by Enosh Ochieng in the 45th minute through a header to take the Soldiers to the next round.

 

It was another day of huge score line margins in the Go TV Shield Tournament after KPL side Sofapaka recorded a 9-1 win against Silver Bullets on Sunday 25 June, 2017.

First half

It was a good day for Sofapaka as they put nine past Division two side Silver Bullets. Umar Kasumba started the onslaught in the 8th minute from the penalty spot after Robert Okumu had handled the ball inside the penalty area. He registered his second in the 26th minute, heading home a Wesley Onguso throw. The third goal for the Ugandan came in style minutes before halftime after a pass from Feni Ali.

Second half

Kasumba wrapped up his scoring activities in the 67th minute, scoring his fourth goal of the match and his substitute came in and continued the work, scoring just a minute after coming on. Silver Bullets got a consolation goal through Gabriel Wandera, who scored a sublime free kick to change the scores to 5-1. Rogers Aloro also got himself into the score sheet, scoring a penalty in the 75th minute.

Feni Ali’s 81st minute goal, Mango’li’s 87th debut goal and Karani’s penalty summed up the thrashing of Bullets to take the full time scores to 9-1.

 

AFC Leopards, Kakamega Homeboyz, and KCB are through to the next round of the GoTV Shield after day one of the first rounds of matches played on Saturday, 24 June 2017. Also through are Kenpoly FC, Palos, Nairobi Stima, Sony Sugar, Zetech University, Bandari and Kariobangi Sharks

Kakamega Homeboyz was up against Division Two side Naivas, the Premier League side emerging 1-0 victors. Homeboyz would find it hard against their resilient opponents with the teams ending it even at the break. Naivas however withered in the second half, eventually falling to a 63rd minute Lamine Diallo header. Homeboyz held on to the slim lead to proceed to the next round. The match was played at the Camp Toyoyo grounds

Zetech vs Tandaza

Earlier on at the same venue, Division Two side Zetech University edged out Nairobi Regional League side Tandaza on post-match penalties. Tandaza had taken a 1-0 half-time lead through a goal by Walter Orango. In the second half, Zetech scored two goals in three minutes through Augustus Mukaisi and Joseph Thiongo to make it 2-1. Tandaza were reduced to ten men when Bryan Oriedi was sent off for a second bookable offence but managed a late equalizer through captain Joseph Oketch. In post-match penalties, Zetech scored seven and missed three while Tandaza scores six and missed four

AFC Leopards, Palos

Palos also got through to the next round at the expense of Division One Side Griffin with the match ending 5-1. Mike Owino, Alex Waiswa and Job Omuse, and a brace by Suleiman Manjenga were enough to see the National Super League side through. Laban Odhiambo’s 13th-minute opener turned out to be Griffin’s consolation. Later on, at 4.15 pm, AFC Leopards humiliated Dero FC 15-1. Hotshot Vincent Oburu scored five to add to a brace by Marcellus Ingotsi, a goal apiece by Jackson Juma, Musa Mudde, Robinson Kamura and Ian Otieno and four goals by Whyvonne Isuza. Both matches were played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu

Kariobangi Sharks

2016 second runners up Kariobangi Sharks kickstarted their campaign with a 3-2 win over Bungoma Superstars at the Sudi Stadium in Bungoma. Reuben Wanyonyi and Daniel Juma were on target for the home team with Mike Isabwa, Sanneh Ebrimah, and Wycliffe Otieno netting for Kariobangi Sharks

At the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, Nairobi Stima edged out home team Machakos United 4-1 to progress to the next round. Visiting Bandari then brushed aside Uweza 3-1KCB also won 3-0 against Division One side Poror Mote while Sony Sugar were 3-0 victors over Timsales. Both matches were played at the Afraha Stadium

KCB also won 3-0 against Division One side Poror Mote while Sony Sugar were 3-0 victors over Timsales. Both matches were played at the Afraha Stadium

Sofapaka’s new signing Bernard Mang'oli has been included in the starting line up to play Silver Bullets in the first round of Go TV Shield in Machakos.

They will be seeking to make an impact on the tournament which they failed to participate in last season due to financial constraints. Below is the starting lineup for

Sofapaka:

1. George Opiyo (GK) 2. Willis Ouma 3. Wesley Onguso 4. Humphrey Okoti 5. Rogers Modest Aloro 6. Bernard Mang'oli 7. Ezekiel Okare 8. Hillary Echesa (cpt) 9. Umaru Kasumba 10. Ali Feni 11. Timothy Luda

Substitutes:  1. Juma Reuben (gk) 2. Kennedy Odour 3. George Maelo 4. Maurice Odipo 5. Hansel Ochienge 6. Michael Odour 7. Meshack Karani

The Go TV action continues on Sunday 25 June, 2017 with seven Kenyan Premier League teams set to fight for a place in the next round of the competition.

Defending champions Tusker FC will begin their quest for title defence against SS Assad at the Mbaraki Stadium in Mombasa while Sofapaka face Silver Bullets in Machakos. Gor Mahia will seek a place in the next round like their rivals when they clash with Nairobi Water in Thika, with Nakumatt FC facing Bigot FC at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.

Below is a full list of Sunday matches:

Sunday

Avant Garde vs Ushuru 1:00 pm              Camp Toyoyo
 Balaji FC vs Coast Stima 3:00 pm            Camp Toyoyo
Bigot FC vs Nakumatt 2:00 pm                 Afraha Stadium, Nakuru
Bondo United vs Nzoia Sugar 3:00 pm       Moi Stadium Kisumu
Butterfly FC vs Leysa FC 2:00 pm              Thika Sub County Stadium
Eldoret Youth vs Nakuru All Stars 3:00 pm Kipchoge Keino Stadium
Elim FC vs Vihiga United 4:15 pm              Afraha Stadium, Nakuru
Muranga All Stars vs Bidco United 3:00 pm Muranga Stadium
Nairobi Water vs Gor Mahia 4:15 pm          Thika Sub County Stadium
Peter Kenneth vs Wazito 3:15 pm               Camp Toyoyo
Rain Forest vs Agro Chemicals 3:00 pm       Oserian Grounds
Silver Bullets vs Sofapaka 1:00 pm              Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos
SS Asaad vs Tusker 3:00 pm                       Mbaraki Sports Club
Transfoc vs Western Stima 3:00 pm             Kenyatta Stadium, Kitale
Wajiji FC vs Ulinzi Stars  3:15 pm                 Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos

Vincent Oburu's days at AFC Leopards seem to be taking off well as he bagged his sixth goal for the Club in just five matches. On Saturday against Dero, the teenager nearly equaled Livingstone Madegwa's goal record in a single match. Perhaps for lack of history knowledge, the lads would have helped him seal that historic feat.

As the final whistle blew, the much chided and  under fire side in the Club's history which saw only a sizeable crowd follow them to Kisumu did not know they were breaking a 50 year old record in the goals scored by the Club in  a single match since the Club's founding in 1964.

Leopards made minced meat and took a  1-15 win over Dero in the FKF Cup in Kisumu in the first round of the FKF Cup.

Vincent Oburu and Whyvonne Isuzza also broke Demonde Selenga's seven year record at the Club  after each bagged a hat trick in the match since the Club's promotion to the league in 2009.

Oburu scored five goals, Whyvonne Isuzza bagged four goals, the highest tally by any of the Club's players in a single match in the post promotion era.

Prior to that. the last player to score a hat-trick at Leopards was Demonde Selenga in 2010 in the sensational 4-3 comeback against Kenya Commercial Bank  in the KPL at City Stadium that saw a Harry Gentle free kick  grab all the vital points with Leopards fighting from 3-0 to win the  league match.

AFC Leopards longest record in a competitive match since promotion to KPL is the 6-2 win over Posta Rangers in Mumias in the KPL.

Highest goal scored by the Club

On June 18, 1967, AFC Leopards walloped Homabay Silver Stars  13-1 lin the league. On that day, Livingstone Madegwa scored 6 goals.

In the Football Association Cup results since 1986, Leopards has had some other high scoring matches.

1988: AFC Leopards  5-1 Ruiru Prisons
1994: AFC Leopards  6-0 Alaskan
1995: AFC Leopards  5-1 Kakamega Posta
1996: AFC Leopards  6-1 Gusii Mwalimu
2013: AFC Leopards  5-0 Wazee wa Kazi
2017: Dero FC         1-15 AFC Leopards  

British No 3 Dan Evans has announced that he tested positive for cocaine in April and he will be provisionally suspended from 26 June.

Evans, who is ranked 50th in the world, claims he took the illegal substance out of competition and for reasons "completely unrelated to tennis".

The 27-year-old called an impromptu press conference at the Novotel hotel in London on Friday afternoon, where he took no questions but made a statement

Evans said: "This is a very difficult day for me and I wanted to come here in person to tell you guys face to face.

"I was notified a few days ago that I failed a drugs test in April where I tested positive for cocaine. It's really important you know this was taken out of competition and the context was completely unrelated to tennis.

"I made a mistake and I must face up to it. I do not condone for one second to anyone that this was acceptable behaviour.

"I've let a lot of people down - my family, my coach, my team, sponsors, British tennis and my fans.

"I can only deeply apologise from the bottom of my heart. This has been an extremely sad and humbling experience."

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) have released a statement stating they were "very disappointed" at the news.

"We are very disappointed at the news that Dan Evans has tested positive for a recreational substance. We absolutely condemn any form of drug-taking and will support the process which needs to take place.

"We are in touch with Dan and we will offer appropriate guidance, support and education to him on how best to address the issues he now faces."

The Birmingham-born player climbed into the world's top 50 earlier this year after an excellent upturn in results, which included reaching the last 16 of the Australian Open in January. In May 2015, he had dropped as low as 772nd.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said Evans provided the positive sample at the Barcelona Open on 24 April and he will be provisionally suspended from 26 June.

A player can be banned for up to four years for an anti-doping violation, according to ITF rules.

Report by Skyports

 

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is reportedly demanding a new contract with wages of £200,000 per week – the same as Blues team-mate Eden Hazard and as Manchester United ‘keeper David de Gea.

The Belgium international has established himself as one of Europe’s top shot-stoppers in his time at Stamford Bridge, and is now looking to more than double his current earnings.Courtois, 25, is currently on £90,000 a week, and his current deal runs until 2019, meaning the Blues may want to get the dispute resolved soon.

Real Madrid have been linked with Courtois in recent times, with the Spanish giants also looking at the likes of De Gea as they plan a big-name signing in goal this summer.Courtois’ demands have reportedly seen Chelsea put off contract talks for the time being, though they hope to reach an agreement with the former Atletico Madrid man before the start of the new season, according to the Daily Mail.

Manchester United are in talks to complete the transfer of Alvaro Morata, who has reportedly ignored Zinedine Zidane’s pleas to stay with Real Madrid.

The Spain international has been strongly linked with a move away from the Bernabeu for much of the summer, and is now being tipped to finalise his switch to Old Trafford.United are in need of strengthening up front after the departure of veteran front-man Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Morata has done all he can to help force a move through.

Marca claim that Los Blancos boss Zidane had been keen to keep hold of the 24-year-old after some fine performances as a squad player last season, but his attempts have proven unsuccessful.

Jose Mourinho is said to have swayed Morata by guaranteeing him a key role in his United side for next season, something he has been unable to achieve at Real.Morata started his career with the Spanish giants before spending two seasons at Juventus, where he impressed with more regular football, convincing Real to buy him back last summer.

Galatasaray coach Igor Tudor has blasted outgoing winger Bruma‘s attitude and behaviour, saying the new RB Leipzig signing is harder to deal with than Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Bruma’s excellent form for Galatasaray in the second half of the season – in particular since Tudor took over at the Turkish club in February – has earned the Portuguese winger a move to German side Leipzig.

The 22-year-old scored 11 league goals this campaign for Galatasaray, finishing the campaign as their top goalscorer, although the club was only able to finish fourth in the Super Lig.

However, despite his impressive form, Tudor has claimed Bruma is suffering from an attitude problem and was not thrilled with how the wide-man behaved both on and off the field this season.

And the 39-year-old coach – who played at Juventus with Zlatan Ibrahimovic – believes that Bruma’s temperment is worse than what the Swedish icon displayed during their time together in Italy.

The Galatasaray coach told Bild: “I like Bruma a lot, he is still young, but already a top player.

“But the fact is that there are 20 more players in a squad. They all listen to you, except Bruma. I played with Ibrahimovic at some point and have experienced a lot throughout my career.

“But I have never seen someone behave like Bruma. It might be the way he was raised. He crossed a line.”

 

Bastia have confirmed that they have been further demoted to the third tier of French football after the DNCG found financial irregularities.

Bastia were relegated from Ligue 1 this season, finishing bottom of the division, and had been preparing to start the new campaign in Ligue 2.

However the DNCG, the organisation responsible for monitoring the financial accounts of professional football clubs in France, have recommended a further demotion for the club.

Bastia were the subject of an audit on their books on Thursday and the club have shared a statement from the regulation officers, which shows that the club have been sent down another division after failing to guarentee they had the finances to compete in Ligue 2.

The statement read: “Following it’s audit today before the DNCG, Sporting Club Bastia has been given notice of a provisional relegation.

“The delays obtained via appeal will allow the club to sell it’s players as best as it can and balance the books before the next audit.”

Bastia – who will now play in National 1 – have endured a torrid campaign with the side only relegated by three points.

The club recently lost an appeal over a forfeited match against Lyon in April, during which the match was suspended due to crowd trouble. The French Footbal Federation determined that Bastia fans were responsible and awarded the result to Lyon.

Had Bastia won that game they would have remained in Ligue 1 on goal difference.

 

 

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has made history for the Chile national team tonight by moving ahead of Marcelo Salas to become their all-time leading scorer on 38 goals.

The 28-year-old scuffed home a left-footed effort from close range after a woeful error by Gunners team-mate Shkodran Mustafi in the Germany defence to confirm his status as an all-time great for his country.

Sanchez has been a Chile international since all the way back in 2006, and managed his feat in his 111th appearance for the South American giants.

It is worth noting that Eduardo Vargas is also still active for the Chile squad and is just four goals behind Sanchez in the all-time leading scorer ranks.

 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly growing in confidence that he can sign Kylian Mbappe in a world-record transfer deal this summer.

The France international is one of the most in-demand players in world football at the moment after a stunning breakthrough season for Monaco in 2016/17.

Real Madrid are also among the contenders for the 18-year-old’s signature, while reports today claimed Paris Saint-Germain had made a world-record £123million bid for him.

However, Arsenal believe they can pip Europe’s top clubs to Mbappe, with Wenger apparently gaining confidence over a deal in the last 48 hours.

The Gunners boss is now said to be preparing a rival bid to Monaco for the teenage forward, which would exceed the amount PSG have put on the table, according to football.london.

Arsenal need signings up front this summer due to fears over Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation and apparent desire to leave for rivals Manchester City.

 

Manchester United have been given the green light to make a move for Gareth Bale after Real Madrid admitted that they would be willing to sell the 27-year-old, according to reports in France.

L’Equipe claims that Zinedine Zidane and Madrid president Florentino Perez met with Kylian Mbappe last week in order to persuade the Monaco forward to move to the Spanish capital this summer.

During their conversation, Zidane and Perez reportedly told Mbappe that they would be willing to offload one of Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo or Karim Benzema in order to guarantee him more playing time next season.

L’Equipe claim that out of those three players, Bale’s transfer would be the most likely and United could now follow up with a bid, given their long-standing interest in the Wales international.

Earlier this month, reports claimed that Bale was open to the idea of joining United but Madrid would command a £100 million transfer fee.

United have held talks with over a deal for Bale, although Madrid’s hierarchy are reportedly split over their decision to sell the forward they signed from Tottenham for £86m four years ago.

 

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Kenyanstar: Thank you for your time. Tell us about your football journey so far.

John Ndirangu: I started playing competitive football at Nakuru AllStars when I was in form 2, by then the club was in playing in Nationwide League. I was with them all along, even when they got promoted in 2014 to the Kenya Premier League.  As a footballer, I have faced both difficult and easy times.

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JN: I rarely talk too much, and people say my face is soft. So, Softie.

KS: Please tell us about your time at Nakuru AllStars.

JN: It was a bit hard for me since there were the demands on the pitch and at the same time I was schooling. I had to carefully plan my time. However, sometimes it was difficult for me because I had to leave school for training and when I got back to class I was so tired and couldn't focus fully.  

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JN: First, I would like to thank Robert Muthomi. He took me as his son, he took care of me,he used to advise me and  managed me well. I also thank everyone who coached me. During my time there, I learnt something from all coaches and this made me grow to who I am today. My teammates were also supportive, as football is a team sport and you support each other. 

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Following the news that Serena Williams was two months pregnant when she won the Grand Slam, Rev. Fred Nile MP, has called for the world champion to be stripped of the title, claiming “foetal personhood” means she was unfairly advantaged.

“She was playing doubles in a singles tournament!” Nile screamed at the ‘Day of the Unborn Child’ protest.

“I believe that ‘life at conception’ should be the law, and that clearly means two people won the Grand Slam,” said Nile, who is both an avid fan of professional tennis and aggressively campaigning to legislate how people use their uterus.

“That’s clearly against the rules!”

However, feminists argue Nile’s view that pregnancy is a sporting advantage shows ignorance to the realities facing those who are pregnant.

“Serena Williams was in control of her own body during the Grand Slam tournament, and as such has the right to her title, and the right, always, to bodily autonomy”, said Immy Grantson, an outspoken activist campaigning for progress on women’s issues.

“Williams, like all people, has the right to choose what she does with her body: whether that be powerful backhands, and/or be pregnant”, said Grantson.

This comes at a crucial time in New South Wales legislation. Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi’s End12 Campaign hopes to make it legal for world class athletes to choose whether or not they are pregnant.

When asked for comment by The Garter Press, Venus Williams, who lost to Serena Williams under the now contentious circumstances, said she was “excited to be an aunt”.

Former Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga has come out to praise the Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino for the key role he has paid in developing the career of his brother Victor Wanyama.  

The Kenyan International skipper has been a vital part of the Spurs midfield, prove of just how much Pochettino trusts Wanyama. Big Vic first played under the Argentine gaffer at Southampton and were later reunited at Tottenham last summer.

“He (Wanyama) said Pochettino is the coach who has made him. He’s the one who, when Victor came to Southampton, he taught him what to do and how to play, all the things. He’s the one who taught him everything and made even more qualities for Victor. He gave him exposure and confidence. If you don’t have confidence from the coach, you cannot perform well. He’s helped him a lot,” Mariga told ESPN.

Pochettino’s favorite 3-4-2-1 formation has suited Wanyama perfectly as he provides cover to the wing backs when they move forward to attack, something that has put Wanyama in favor with both the manager and the Spurs supporters.

The midfielder will be expected to take his spot back in the starting XI for the FA Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea at Wembley this Saturday evening after a minor injury.

As the title race stiffens and Spurs still on track for the cup glory, Wanyama may just be the rock Tottenham needs to win the first trophy in over years.

Tanzanian government have informed SportPesa Limited that they also want to see a Tanzanian team play against Everton on July 12 at the National Stadium. Gor Mahia are the ones with the opportunity after winning the SportPesa Super Cup finals.

Director of Sports Development in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Yusuph Singo confirmed that they have asked the betting firm to organize a friendly match between Everton and one of Tanzania's bigwigs.

``We have asked them (SportPesa) to organse a special friendly match between Yanga and Simba later this month,'' said Singo.

``If all goes well, the winner of the match will confront Everton at the National Stadium. I am sure many local soccer fans would like to see the English Premier League team face one of the top teams in the country,'' he added.

 

Everton are considering a pre-season friendly in Tanzania as part of their expected new sponsorship deal with SportPesa.

Drogba had been without a club since leaving MLS outfit Montreal Impact in November, after rejecting a move to Brazilian giants Corinthians in February.

However, the 39-year-old Ivorian striker has finally found a home in Phoenix, where he will also be part of their "MLS expansion franchise ownership group."

Phoenix are in their fourth season in the USL, 12th in the Western Conference with one win after three games.

"I have taken my time in deciding what I wanted to do next and am really excited about the opportunity at Phoenix Rising FC," said Drogba.

"After seeing firsthand the potential for expansion of the sport in North America and getting to know the ownership group in Phoenix, I am convinced that I can help them develop their organization on and off the pitch.

"I look forward to their continued success in the USL, and no city is better positioned than Phoenix for expansion into the MLS."

Drogba - a two-time African Footballer of the Year – scored 23 goals in 41 competitive appearances for the Impact, having won four Premier League titles and the Champions League among other trophies with Chelsea.

"We want our club and our city to be synonymous with international excellence, and Didier Drogba is a testament to Phoenix Rising FC's commitment to that mission,” said Phoenix Rising club governor Berke Bakay.

"Soccer is an international language understood by sports fans all over the world, and we want to help inspire fluency among new fans everywhere we play throughout North America."

Work has been completed on the first proposed venue for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar - the Khalifa International Stadium. More than five years before the tournament kicks off, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has confirmed extensive renovations on the 40,000-seater venue are now finished.

The renovations include the installation of revolutionary cooling technology promised during Qatar's successful bid, which will keep the pitch at an optimum 26 degrees and the stands somewhere between 24 and 28 degrees.

SC secretary general H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi said: "The completion of our first stadium more than five years before the Qatar World Cup begins is an important milestone that reflects our determination to deliver a tournament the entire Arab world is proud to be a part of.

"As we promised in our bid, our innovative stadiums offer an unrivalled experience to fans and players alike. I'm proud we can show these off to the world and welcome fans with the hospitality this World Cup will be remembered for."

The stadium, originally constructed in 1976, will first host the 2017 Emir Cup final on Friday and will also be the venue for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

Qatar Football Association (QFA) president Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani added: "Khalifa International Stadium is close to Qatari hearts and has seen some of Qatar's biggest sporting occasions over the years since it was first launched in 1976.

"It is therefore a fitting venue for the biggest match of Qatar's football calendar, the 2017 Emir Cup final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd, and we look forward to welcoming fans into the magnificent remodelled stadium on Friday evening."

Former Tottenham striker Souleymane Coulibaly has accused the Egyptian club of treating him “like a slave” and “traumatising” his family.

Coulibaly joined Spurs in 2011 from Siena for £1.5m but failed to make any senior appearances.

He has played for Grossto, Bari Fc, Pistoiese, Peterborough United, Newport County and later Kilmarnock where he left in January to agree a three-and-a-half year deal with Al Alhy. He later returned to England without the club’s permission, prompting the Egyptian Premier League champions to lodge a complaint with FIFA.

The 22-year-old Ivorian has now claimed his actions were because of mistreatment while in Egypt, saying his family has been left “traumatised” by the experience.
Coulibaly added that Al Ahly had confiscated his passport which prompted him and his family to “flee” back to England at the first possible opportunity, and that he is willing to accept a ban from FIFA for his actions.

He said in a statement: “I’m not crazy, I left for a reason. I’m very sorry but I could not stay in that team anymore. My passport was held hostage. I was forced to do what I was told, for example bow down and pray every time I scored. I did not feel comfortable in the team and environment. I have tried my hardest for five months but I have reached my limit.

The team wasn’t welcoming. They never passed the ball so I had to fight and struggle in order to score. The coach forced me to play how he wanted me to play. I can’t play being forced to follow orders. If I didn’t obey the orders I was taken to the office and yelled at. My wife and kids are traumatised. My family is Christian and didn’t feel comfortable practicing their religion in the country.

I’ve been playing and working hard since I started without the right to a break. I left without saying because I had to flee the first chance I had a hold of my passport. They treated me like a slave all because of money. If FIFA are going to ban me I am willing and ready to accept the ban. My peace of mind and safety are what are most important to me.”

Al Ahly president Mahmoud Taher has since denied Coulibaly’s statement. Taher believes that Coulibaly’s accusation comes in response to Al Ahly’s complaint to FIFA and insists the club will not back down.

The club president’s statement read: “We deny all of Coulibaly’s allegations. What he claims never happened and he was never mistreated or abused by the club’s coach or players. Logically, if he was being abused he should have immediately spoken about this as soon as he left us, not after we filed a complaint to FIFA.

Al Ahly will not be blackmailed and will not back down until Coulibaly pays for what he did. This is a false accusation and a lie. He thinks that by saying this we will withdraw our complaint and back down but Al Ahly will not be blackmailed.”

Wilfried Zaha has rejected Gareth Southgate’s suggestion that he had imposed a timescale to be selected again by England, effectively holding the national team to ransom, and has defended his right to instead represent the country of his birth, Ivory Coast.

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