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Ikechukwu Ezenwa allays injury fears ahead of Libya clash – football news

Ikechukwu Ezenwa was taken off in the first half of Enyimba’s 4-2 quarter-final loss to Kano Pillars on Sunday in Gombe, but he insists that the injury was not serious.

Ezenwa earned a starting place following the absence of injured first-choice goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai but he could not finish the encounter after suffering a face injury from a collision.

The incidence saw him replaced by Friday Achimugwu, and there are fears he will not be ready for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification versus Libya in Uyo.

“I thank God that the injury against Kano Pillars was not that serious,” Ezenwa told media.

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“I will be fit for the Libya game and prepared to hit the Super Eagles camp on Monday.

“It was just because of the hit at that point in time and I was not able to see very clearly which made me leave the field of play.

“But after the game, I have recovered very well due to the ice and treatment from our (Enyimba) medical team.”

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I-League 2018-19: Mohun Bagan rope in Egyptian playmaker Omar Elhusseiny – football news

Mohun Bagan announced the arrival of Omar Elhusseiny as their fifth foreign signing for the upcoming I-League season on Tuesday.

The official statement from the Kolkata giants read, “We are pleased to announce that we have selected Mr. Omar Nabil Rashad Elhussieny an attacking midfield player from Eygpt after consultation with Head Coach Mr. Sankarlal Chakraborty as the fifth foreigner. 

“The player will come to Kolkata and shall undergo a complete medical and physical fitness test. During this time the Head Coach will observe him and after a successful conclusion of the tests, we will sign him.

“He has applied for his visa today and is suppose to receive the same by Thursday, October 11, 2018. The player is most likely to come to Kolkata by Saturday, October 13, 2018.”

The 32-year-old comes from Maltese First Division club Żejtun Corinthians, for whom he scored twice and assisted four goals last season. The Giza-born’s claim to fame came in the 2014-15 season while playing for  Levadia Tallinn.

The Estonian champions demolished San Marino side La Firoita 8-0 on aggregate in the first qualifying round, out of which one goal came from Elhusseiny’s boots. 

Elhusseiny also has prior experience playing in Asia when he turned out for Persela Lamongan in the Indonesia Super League in 2015-16, scoring nine and creating a further 14 in just 19 appearances.

The twelfth edition of the I-League kicks off on 26 October with Bagan opening their campaign the next day away at Gokulam Kerala. The Mariners also confirmed the announcement of their sixth and final foreigner in the next few days.

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India: Stephen Constantine – We are not going to China to lose – football news

Facing neighbours China will be the right kind of evaluation for the Indian team, three months before the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, feels head coach Stephen Constantine.

Talking to the media before the Blue Tigers’ last training session before they board the flight to China on Tuesday, Constantine opined that the preparation for the game could have been better.

“Of course, it’s a problem because we don’t have much time to do what we really need to do. Going forward, I know that we have FIFA dates but we need a little bit more time. (Training only) 1-2 days before we go to play a game is difficult,” the London-born coach commented.

The first set of Indian Super League (ISL) fixtures ended on Sunday and Constantine could only spend less than 48 hours with the whole assembled squad before they board the flight. “The boys that played on the 7th (Sunday), they arrived on the 8th lunchtime (Monday), they couldn’t train that day otherwise we are going to get injuries, muscle tears and stuff like that.

“So, when we get the players from the clubs, because they have had games, they need at least two days to recover before we can start putting them in and we don’t have that time because in four days we play,” he complained.

The former Rwanda coach also spoke on the fitness levels of the players. “When they come into camp and we have time, we will test their levels. We can’t test their levels after they’ve played a day or two before. Most of them have had two games in the ISL and they’ve been training with their teams, hopefully, that’s going to be okay.”

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Constantine also revealed that ATK striker Balwant Singh would miss the match due to a bizarre reason. “In another bit of news, Balwant Singh has had to drop out of the squad because his passport’s (remaining validity) is not exactly six months, it is five months and a week. It’s frustrating because Balli has done really well in the last 18 months with me. He is a player that we value very much and of course, he would have had some game time. But, there you go,” he informed.

The 55-year-old reiterated his wish to give youth more of a chance in national colours saying, “Look, I believe in building for the future and that’s what I came to do when I started. We’ve given 44 debuts in the last four years and I would say more than fifty per cent of them are under the age of 23, which is good for Indian football in the future and we hope that more and more youngsters are coming, of original age by the way, into the leagues so that we can use these players. I don’t care how old they are, the thing is are they good enough?”

When asked if more of those youngsters would be given a chance against Team Dragon on Saturday, Constantine hinted that he would be tempted to try out a couple.

“You wake up in the morning and say this is your eleven. Then something happens today and that is not your eleven or we have a Balwant situation. It fluctuates but I have an eleven in my head, the best eleven for this particular game and by the time Saturday comes, I can put that eleven in.

“But, if I don’t, we have enough players and for me, if there is an opportunity to blood a younger player, I will do that. I took an Under-23 team to the SAFF (Championships). I don’t know how many people have done that and I did it for a specific reason because those players ordinarily wouldn’t be here.

“There are 13 of them (in the squad now) because I saw them in action against Pakistan, the Maldives, I saw them in the final where there was pressure. The Pakistan game was a huge game for these young boys and they did very well. You can only find out about a player when he is under pressure.”

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Talking up the opposition, who are ranked 76th in the world, he said, “China are obviously a good side, they play some good football, they like to play possession football but they also like to press high so it’s going to be a difficult game for us but these are the games that we have to play under pressure. They are a great indication of where we are and how far we need to go. It’s a friendly game but we will go out (positively) as I am sure they will.”

Lastly, the Briton emphasized the need for the players to go all out. ” You play for India. If you play Chess or Backgammon (for the country), you take it seriously. You are representing 1.4 Billion people. I can’t tell you the importance that I put on these games, friendly or no friendly.

“You are playing for India. Friendly is only in the word. These boys are gonna wanna go to the Asian Cup. They are gonna have to play for that position. We are not going there to lose. We will try to win the game. Okay, it is very difficult but our objective as always when we step on the pitch is to try to win. If we don’t win, we will take the positives out of the game and we take it from there. 

” One has to be fully aware of what’s gonna face us in the Asian Cup. Big stadium, big crowd, China are a top team in the region and it’s gonna be very very tough and those are the kind of games where we find out how good we are or how far we have to go,” he expressed.

The match at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium at Suzhou City, Jiangsu province is scheduled to take place on Saturday, with the kick-off at 5.05 PM IST.

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Zimbabwe Warriors suffer Divine Lunga injury ahead of DR Congo – football news

Zimbabwe international defender Divine Lunga has withdrawn from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying squad to face DR Congo, after suffering an ankle injury on Sunday.

The Warriors clash with the Congolese Leopards in the Group G top-of-the-table contest away in Kinshasha on Saturday, befopre the return leg in Harare three days later.

No new player will be summoned for the camp as a replacement because Bloemfontein Celtic left-back Ronald Pfumbidzai will take Lunga’s place and he’s already in the squad.

“Lunga was injured on Sunday and there is absolutely no chance that he will be in the team,” Zimbabwe team manager Wellington Mupandare told The Herald.

“The coaches are not going to call in any replacements. They have indicated they will work with the 22 players in the camp.

“I think we have a large pool already and there are players in that squad who are capable of playing in the position as well.”

Lunga’s withdrawal from the team adds on to the injury woes that has blighted the Warriors camp since the beginning of this campaign.

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SuperSport striker Evans Rusike has also been ruled out of the match with an injury, while Tino Kadewere of French League 2 side Le Havre is another casualty.

Veteran striker Nyasha Mushekwi has been enjoying terrific form in China but is injured for the Warriors.

Defender Costa Nhamoinesu also claims to be injured but he has been playing for his Czech Liga club Sparta Prague.

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Man City academy update: Matondo & Simmonds among the goals – football news

Manchester City’s youth teams had their ups and downs in September, with an injury-depleted Under-23s side often borrowing the U18s’ better players.

The club do not have high hopes for the Elite Development Squad this season; with a number of players out on loan, surviving in the Premier League 2 is said to be the aim behind the scenes. However, the EDS are actually third in the table, just one point off the top.

To sum up their somewhat strange predicament, they are the division’s top scorers with 20 goals, but they have also conceded 20 goals, more than any other team.

There was also a big victory in the Checkatrade Trophy, but the U19s were well beaten in the Uefa Youth League, the priority competition for City this season.

The U18s showed that there is plenty of talent coming through the ranks at the Etihad Stadium, with several youngsters starring after stepping up to the U23s, although the team itself only won one of four games in September.


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Rabbit Matondo Manchester CityRabbi Matondo (Credit: Manchester City)

Rabbi Matondo, who scored three times for the EDS in August, bagged a hat-trick in September in what was an up-and-down month for Paul Harsley’s side.

City made strides forward in the Checkatrade Trophy but were resoundingly beaten in the Uefa Youth League, a competition that the club had hoped to do well in having reached the semi-finals last season.

After starting September with a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham, despite dominating possession, shots, shots on target and corners, City’s U19s were then beaten 4-1 by Lyon. 

The Blues were chasing the game throughout and they were unable to build on Felix Nmecha’s goal, which had cut the French side’s advantage to just one. 

A young EDS side, with several players borrowed from the U18s to cover for injuries, then bounced back with a 3-2 victory against Derby. Felix Nmecha, 17, and 18-year-olds Lorenzo Gonzales and Benjamin Garre bagged City’s goals. Nmecha opened the scoring with a fine curling effort and also set up Gonzalez, while Garre finished off a fine assist by Adrian Bernabe, who made his debut for Pep Guardiola’s senior side against Oxford in the Carabao Cup.

City then beat Crewe 4-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy, with Tom Dele-Bashiru, Gonzalez, Taylor Richards (penalty) and 17-year-old Henri Ogunby getting the goals.

They rounded off the month with another 4-1 victory, at Swansea, where Matondo grabbed his hat-trick. The 18-year-old proved deadly when put through on goal, with Tom Dele-Bashiru and Ian Carlo Poveda (twice) providing fine through balls. Jeremie Frimpong, 17, also got on the scoresheet.


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Manchester City Under-18s(Credit: Manchester City)

Keke Simmonds was the stand-out performer for City’s U18s in September, although it was a poor month results-wise for the team.

Simmonds scored four of City’s six goals last month, although only one of those came in victory.

City began the month with a 2-2 draw against Derby, with Simmonds scoring both, and were unfortunate to draw 1-1 with Sunderland in their next game, as the 17-year-old again got on the scoresheet.

Simmonds has been at City since he was eight and has proven to be a dangerous option whether playing on the left or through the middle of a front three as he has come up through the ranks.

The Blues slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Everton – with several players called up to the U23s to cover for injuries – before bouncing back to beat Leicester by the same scoreline in the Premier League Cup. Simmonds opened the scoring before Lewis Fiorini, who had scored in each of City’s first three games, added a double.

D’Margio Wright-Phillips and highly rated Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, who both trained with Guardiola’s senior side last month, also showed flashes of their potential.

Henri Ogunby, who hit a hat-trick in August, did not get on the scoresheet for the U18s but did when coming on as a substitute for the U23s.


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Manu Garcia was named in L’Equipe’s team of the week following his performance in Toulouse’s 2-1 victory over Guingamp at the start of September. The 20-year-old Spanish playmaker picked up his first assist for the club in a 66-minute appearance. He played regularly in Ligue 1 last month, featuring in every game and completing the full 90 minutes for the first time, albeit in defeat to Saint-Etienne.

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Brandon Barker, 22, also kicked off the month with an assist for Preston, but he sat out the next game and was restricted to late appearances off the bench for the club’s two following Championship games, before being reinstated, in a central striker role, for defeat at West Brom.

Girona, City’s sister club, won their first match of September and grabbed an impressive 2-2 draw at Barcelona in September, before losing to Betis and drawing with Huesca. Douglas Luiz was named on the bench for the draw at Camp Nou but started Girona’s other three games last month, while Aleix Garcia started against Barca and Huesca, though he was withdrawn at half-time against Messi & Co. Patrick Roberts came off the bench for 17 minutes in the win against Celta and draw with Betis.

Tosin Adarabioyo started five games for West Brom in August, but of the Baggies’ five league games in September he played just two minutes. He did play 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup, though that was a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

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‘Christian has no chronic injuries’ – Eriksen’s agent reassures Tottenham fans – football news

Christian Eriksen’s agent has revealed the exact details of the Tottenham star’s fitness issues, stating that, contrary to reports, he has not suffered any serious injury.

The Denmark international was forced to sit out Spurs’ last four games in all competitions with an abdominal issue, which he picked up during the team’s 2-1 win at Brighton last month.

Tottenham had been preparing for a long spell without Eriksen after Denmark boss Age Hareide stated on Monday: “Such an injury can be chronic and it is true that Tottenham also fears that.”

However, Martin Schoots – the player’s representative – has assured Spurs supporters that the true meaning of his words was lost in translation.

“Some international media have translated Hareide’s words badly,” Schoots told Standard Sport.

“Christian has no chronic injuries — nobody has said that. He just has an injury related to some fatigue and, for that reason, he is having some rest.

“That is normal because, otherwise, it would not heal.

“Somebody has not translated well. Christian is doing everything to be back as soon as possible.”

The 26-year-old has been a fixture in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI over the last few seasons and, prior to his injury, Eriksen was once again proving his worth in the middle of the park, pulling the strings with his superb range of passing and slick technical ability as Spurs climbed into the Premier League’s top four.

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In his absence, Pochettino’s men have picked up wins against Huddersfield and Cardiff City, while also progressing to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, but they did suffer a 4-2 defeat against Barcelona at Wembley in the Champions League.

After the international break, Tottenham will resume their Premier League campaign with a clash against West Ham at the London Stadium.

It remains to be seen whether  Eriksen will make the trip, but this latest news will at least alleviate any fears that he could have been facing an extended period on the sidelines.

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Victor Wanyama: Kenya are focused to get a good result against Ethiopia – football news

Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama says the focus is on Wednesday’s game against Ethiopia in Group F Afcon qualifier.

The Tottenham Hortspur midfielder missed the 1-0 win against Ghana last month following an injury, but has now returned to full fitness. The skipper is confident of a good outing as he aims at helping the national team return to the continental scene for the first time in about fifteen years.

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“Ghana game is gone, the win is gone and now we should turn our attention to Ethiopia game. It is crucial and we should give our maximum concentration to it; a win will put us in a good position to qualify for the finals. It is something we want to achieve but we cannot do that without winning matches like this.

“The preparations have been good, and the spirit is high; the depth in the squad is encouraging and I have faith we can do better.”

Kenya are jointly top with Ghana, both on three points while Ethiopia are bottom with no point after Sierra Leone were banned by Fifa over political interference.

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Maradona: Messi let down by Mascherano and Argentina traitors – football news

Diego Maradona has reiterated his call for Lionel Messi to turn his back on the Argentina national team after being let down by team-mates such as Javier Mascherano and “traitors” within the FA.

The Barcelona superstar is currently weighing up his international options on the back of a disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign.

He has ruled himself out of contention for current selections, with interim coach Lionel Scaloni being forced to call upon others as the No. 10 jersey is rested alongside a talismanic figure.

Messi has offered no indication as what his future plans will be, after earning 128 caps to date, but an iconic countryman has urged him to remain in exile.

Maradona believes the 31-year-old forward lacks the full support of those around him, with colleagues and administrators failing to divert unfair criticism away from a man who often has to shoulder the expectations of a nation by himself.

The 1986 World Cup winner told Infobae: “That’s why I am telling him not to come back and take all of the blame. 

“We will mourn him because there is no other player like him, but just as Messi falls, so does the AFA.”

Maradona added, with former Barcelona star Mascherano singled out as a senior figure who should have done more to defend those around him in Russia: “It is very easy to say that Messi is to blame, but they are going to kill the kid. 

“And this kills me because if there are comrades who really love Messi, they should have come out and defended him, not press silence. 

“I was wrong about Mascherano, I thought he was a leader. Today, I have to say that Mascherano is not what I believed, but that mistake is totally mine, not his.”

Diego Maradona Uruguay Argentina 2009

Maradona has previously claimed that he would be willing to return for a second spell as coach of the Argentine national side, with it even suggested that he would fill such a role without pay.

He has, however, backtracked on that stance, with there no longer a desire on the part of a man now working with Mexican side Dorados to join forces with those at the AFA.

“I won’t return,” said Maradona.

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“I’m really looking forward to doing a lot of things here and in the national team there are a whole bunch of traitors, so I’m not going back. 

“We wanted a new AFA and we got [Claudio] Tapia. I’m guilty in that as well. He came to ask for support and I said yes. 

“He told me a lot of things and then did nothing, he did not call me anymore. That’s betrayal and I spit in the face of traitors.”

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Carrick not eyeing Mourinho’s job at Man Utd – football news

Michael Carrick is not setting his sights on Jose Mourinho’s job at Manchester United, with there no desire on his part to step up out of an assistant role “any time soon”.

Having taken the decision to head into retirement at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, the former Red Devils midfielder now forms part of the coaching staff at Old Trafford.

He has been offered a baptism of fire in his new post, with United’s struggles in 2018-19 seeing serious questions asked of Mourinho and his ongoing presence in the dugout.

Various candidates have been mooted as possible successors to the Portuguese, but Carrick insists he is not looking to succeed his mentor a few months into a steep learning curve.

The ex-England international told The Times: “I don’t want to throw that out there and say I’d want to be United manager.

“It would be amazing to be a manager, but I am not in a position to call that.

“It’s not fair or respectful to be going down that route at this stage.

“It’s gold dust having Jose there to draw on what he’s doing and learn from him.

“I’m really enjoying it. It’s a role that I never thought at this stage of my coaching career that I would get.

“I’m not there as an intern to try and just learn. I’m there to do a job as well and at the same time try to improve myself.

“It’s kind of about learning what works for certain lads. Do they need an arm around the shoulder or a bit of a dig in the ribs to liven them up? Those are the skills of coaching and managing.

“I’m not blasé enough to think that I’m going to be a manager. The truth is: I don’t know.

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“I’m at that stage now where I’m thinking: ‘Will he make it or will he not?’ Everyone can’t make it. I’ll just have to give it my best shot and see where it takes us.

“I’m not chasing it. I’m in a fantastic position right now. I’m not looking to get out of that position any time soon because I want to do something else.”

Carrick hung up his boots at United following a 12-year stint at Old Trafford which delivered 464 appearances and a number of major honours, including five Premier League titles and a Champions League crown.

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UKM’s Sulaiman insists on more than winning, even in the final – football news


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


University side UKM FC head coach Sulaiman Hussin can be described as the few remaining coaches in Malaysia who are steadfast in their insistence on doing more than making sure that their team win.

Having made a college education or degree a requirement in the players he signed to his roster, he is also always ready to field local players over their foreign counterparts. 

And no one is going to criticise this, so long as he produced the goods. Playing in the Premier League for the first time ever this season, the Varsity Boys secured safety, before reaching the final of the inaugural edition of the Challenge Cup.

The way they played in their first leg final match against Terengganu FC II on Monday typified the former Kuala Lumpur player’s mentality.

The sky opened up just before the match and would not let up well past the final whistle, rendering the fragile Shah Alam Stadium pitch slippery and pockmarked from early on, but his side battled hard in the match. In the first half they had to come back from a goal down through Nigerian forward Michael Ijezie’s strike, and started the second piling on the pressure on the visitors, buoyed by a boisterous 500-strong crowd, comprising of mostly students from the university that they represent; the National University of Malaysia.

The Turtles soon caved in from the relentless midfield pressing, with their own midfielder Sebastien Thuriere knocking in an own goal to give the underdogs an unlikely lead in the 73rd minute. However, Sulaiman’s charges was caught napping, and conceded a quick equaliser just two minutes later. The match would end tied at 2-2.

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Speaking in the post-match press conference, Sulaiman remarked of his pride at the way his charges defied the poor conditions to play their usual game.

“I never thought much of the supposed home ground advantage, moreso with the weather we had just now. I am proud of the way the boys played although we could only get a draw. They came back from a goal down, and even led the game for a short while.

“They started the game needing quite sometime to adjust to the conditions, so I told them at halftime that this could not go on; we needed to attack from the start in the second half. Even though the pitch was not conducive, I still wanted them to play an open game; to make short passes.

“But the tie is still very much open, and we’ll go to Kuala Terengganu for the second leg to win the tie and the cup,” he explained.

According to the trainer, the absence of two of his foreign players; Nam Se-in and Redouane Zerzouri, due to injuries became a source of further delight for him, as the local players replacing them in the starting line-up turned in admirable performances.

“I only fielded two of my foreign guys just now because the other two are still injured. In their stead, I picked two local boys who had not played in a long while.

“And credit to them, they took their chance and ran with it; they produced good performances. Of course I want Se-in and Redouane to recover in time for the second leg, but I’m confident that should the worst outcome happen, the local boys can impress. After all, this is their chance to be scouted by top teams next season,” Sulaiman explained earnestly.

The second leg will take place next Monday, with the records favouring Tengku Hazman Raja Hassan’s charges. The two teams have met five teams this season including the latest clash; with the Turtles winning three encounters and the remaining two ending in a draw.

But maybe, just maybe, this time victory will be on the side of the team that strives to do more than just win matches.

 

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