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Ghana and Nigeria Rugby Announces Annual President’s Cup

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The Ghana Rugby Football Union (Ghana Rugby) and the Nigerian Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) Presidents, Messrs Herbert Mensah and Kelechukwu Mbagwu, announced the creation of an annual President’s Cup that will be played on a home-and-away basis.
The first President’s Cup will be played this year between two President XV teams of the rugby nations on 27 April in Accra-Ghana and on 4 May in Lagos-Nigeria.
The 2019 President’s Cup will also form part of the preparations of Ghana and Nigeria for the 2019 Rugby Africa ver Cup that is scheduled to take place in Nigeria between Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana and Madagascar from 6 June 2019 to 17 June 2019.
According to Mensah a principle decision was reached between himself and Kelechi Mbagwu in Marrakech-Morocco during the 13th General Assembly of Rugby Africa to kickstart possible wider international cooperation with the President’s Cup.

“Everybody knows that the tournament structure of Rugby Africa falls short to give Rugby nations in Africa enough match exposure to ‘breed’ the next Rugby World Cup participants besides for South Africa and Namibia. Even Rugby Africa has asked Members to seriously look at friendly internationals between regional states,” Mensah said.
According to Kelechukwu Mbagwu, President of the NRFF, Nigeria and Ghana have had a long and exciting history of sports rivalry.

“It’s been the very best of rivalries, the rivalry between Siblings. I remember those epic Nigeria/Ghana soccer matches-: the Green Eagles against the Black Stars and the Nigeria/Ghana sports festival when Modupe Oshikoya ran against Alice Annan. Those are the thrilling images I see when I think of this new Nigeria/Ghana tussle,” Mbagwu said.
The NRFF President continued to say that he is proud and honoured to be amongst the founders of what can only be seen as a traditional coming together of two mighty brothers of whom mother Africa can be justly proud.
Mbagwu concluded by saying, “Ghana have set themselves an extremely high bar with their dynamic and vital President, Herbert Mensah, leading the way but when we get on the field it will be a different story. Long live the Nigeria/Ghana detente.”
Mr Charles Yapo, Rugby Africa Development Manager for the Region, said that this is a very good initiative that will strengthen the relationship between these two nations in terms of rugby and allow players to have a little more play time.
“It is also an opportunity to encourage other rugby nations to follow in the footsteps of Ghana and Nigeria. For the 2019 season Rugby Africa encourages and supports this kind of initiative. Congratulations and Rugby Africa is at your side,” Yapo said
About Ghana Rugby
Ghana Rugby is the official full member of both World Rugby (2017) and Rugby Africa in Ghana-West Africa and is responsible for the management and development of the Game Rugby Union in the country. The Union is governed by a Constitution and administers five KPAs (Key Performance Areas) namely: (1) Youth Development & Growth through the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme, (2) Women in Ghana Rugby, (3) Training & Education, (4) Domestic Competitions and (5) International Performance.

 

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FIFA receives record number of expressions of interest in hosting FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

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This is the largest-ever list of member associations (MAs) to have submitted formal expressions of interest to FIFA with a view to hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.


ZURICH, Switzerland, March 19, 2019/ — Following its invitation to all member associations (MAs) to express their interest in submitting a bid to host the final competition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, FIFA has received a total of nine expressions, namely from the following MAs (in alphabetical order by country):

• Argentinian Football Association
• Football Federation Australia
• Bolivian Football Association
• Brazilian Football Association
• Colombian Football Association
• Japan Football Association
• Korea Football Association (expressing interest in a joint bid with DPR Korea Football Association)
• New Zealand Football
• South African Football Association

This is the largest-ever list of MAs to have submitted formal expressions of interest to FIFA with a view to hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, the first edition of which was held in 1991.

All interested MAs have been sent the respective overview and bidding registration documents, and will have until 16 April 2019 to submit their bidding registration to FIFA. The full bidding timeline can be found here.

In line with the principles outlined in the overview document available on FIFA.com and with the bidding for the FIFA World Cup 2026™, FIFA will implement a fair and transparent process, which will include a clear evaluation model as well as a concrete commitment to sustainability and human rights. All bid books will be published in full on FIFA.com in October 2019.

Based on the FIFA Statutes, the FIFA Council will appoint the host(s) of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. As communicated in the overview document and confirmed by the FIFA Council at its recent meeting in Miami, the result of each ballot and the related votes by the members of the FIFA Council will be open and made public.

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Ghanaʼs Herbert Mensah appointed as Representative of the Rugby Africa Board

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Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby (http://GhanaRugby.org), has been incorporated as Representative of the newly elected Rugby Africa Board.

This step followed after a new Board was elected for Rugby Africa in Marrakech-Morocco on 2 March 2019.

The officers of the Executive Board were elected ex officio, unopposed:

President: Khaled Babbou (Tunisia)

Vice President: Andrew Owor (Uganda) Treasurer: Tano Elvis (Ivory Coast) Secretary General: Jurie Roux (South Africa)

The 27 voting members, by secret ballot, elected the 7 officers of the following Executive Committee (EXCO):

Rolande Boro (Burkina Faso), Aaron Jani (Zimbabwe), Clement Sinkamba (Zambia), Nasser Bougja (Morocco), Herman MʼBonyo (DRC), Paulina Lanco (Burundi), Guedel NʼDiaye (Senegal).

Herbert Mensah was invited to the first Board Meeting of the new Executive Committee and the new President, Khaled Babbou who seated Mensah by his side, announced that Mensah has been appointed as Representative who shall be, without exception, permitted to attend all meetings (for full duration) of the EXCO.

Ghana Rugby withdrew all its six nominations for the election prior to commencement of the elections after which the newly elected President, Khaled Babbou, brought Mensah to the front of proceedings and lifted his hand in acknowledgement of the signal by Mensah and Ghana Rugby that it will support the new Board in the interest of Rugby in Africa. When asked Mensah stated that unity was more important if Africa Rugby was to tackle it’s compliance, constitutional and data management issues which would strengthen the image and assist with the issue of raising much needed independent funds for the continent!

According to Mensah, the General Meeting was preceded by intense discussions with Babbou and other key stakeholders and the withdrawal of nominations followed after assurances were given that Mensah will be brought into the fold and that a total review of the Rugby Africa Constitution will be high on the agenda of the New Board.

Mensah said, “In order to ensure that the Constitution safeguards the interests of all Members and provides scope for the Board to expand its capabilities it has become essential to review the constitution in totality. To this end, Mr Babbou has given me the assurance that the Board will establish a Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) with the mandate do a critical evaluation of the current Constitution and formulate recommended changes for presentation to the Board.

Mr Mensah also said that he has also been given the assurance that an urgent investigation into the adoption of an online rugby management system for all Africa Rugby Unions will be investigated.

“Player registration and management is not only a key governance evaluation criteria for Unions, but it is also a means to bring about enormous efficiency benefits for Unions that should reduce the administrative burden and streamline the process of player and tournament management.

Mensah has previously indicated that the biggest challenge of Rugby Africa is to find sustainable funding for the programmes of Rugby Africa from sources other than World Rugby.

“If the ‘Rugby Africa Offerʼ is packaged properly and professionally backed by the right individuals who will be accountable for the employment of the funds and the delivery of the benefits sought by investors, sponsors and donors there is no reason why Rugby Africa canʼt go out and find the money it needs to fill the current gap that restrains it from delivering its mandate to its Members,” Mensah said.

It is expected that Mensah will play a key role in the structure that will be set up to look at the funding issues of Rugby Africa.

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Offiah happy as Nigeria to host rugby league championship

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RUGBY LEGEND Martin Offiah is “delighted” that Nigeria has been chosen to host the second Middle East Africa (MEA) Rugby League Championship, which will take place over a week in October and is likely to comprise of two groups and a final, all at a single venue.
It will be the second MEA Championship to be played in Africa, the first in 2015 as part of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers, when Lebanon travelled to and defeated South Africa over two matches.

“I’m certain the expanded competition will be a success in Nigeria and I would like the Nigerian people to get behind us and show how great the country and Africa can be for the sport,” said former professional Ade Adebisi, vice chairman and general manager of the Nigeria Rugby League Association.
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“This tournament will be a fantastic avenue to showcase the raw talent in Africa and the Middle East and what rugby league has to offer outside of traditional boundaries.”
It is also planned to host a regional educational event for coaches and match officials around the championship. The decision to hold the tournament in Nigeria has been endorsed by Rugby Football League Hall of Fame Offiah, who said: “Being of Nigerian heritage, I am always delighted when I see fellow countrymen express their athletic prowess.
“It makes me very proud that my parents came from a small village in the state of Onitsha and now a statue of their son sits outside Wembley Stadium in London thanks to this great sport.
“It is my honour to support the NRLA on their journey into the world of international rugby league.”
Participating nations will be announced in March.

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Zambia – Rugby : National Youth Teams Announced

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From the 105 initial list which was compiled from both Copperbelt and Midlands, 15 more boys were given a chance to showcase their rugby prowess
LUSAKA, Zambia, February 11, 2019/ — Saturday 9th February, 2019 will forever be a memorable day for alot of young players from a cross section of schools and clubs in Zambia.

From the 105 initial list which was compiled from both Copperbelt and Midlands, 15 more boys were given a chance to showcase their rugby prowess.

” These final trials have really been National because we had 7 boys from as far as Livingstone in Southern Province, and it was apparent to everyone that their trip was not a holiday but they meant to serious business” says ZRU Communications Manager Tom Chaloba.

“After a rigorous selection process, the selection committee has picked 15 players for u18 and 35 under 20 players who will go for residential camp for the upcoming international tournaments,” he reviewed.

“As a Union we are keen on giving our young players as much exposure on the international scene as possible, hence all these programs being undertaken in this regard” Chaloba concluded.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU).

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Ex-footballer Efe Sodje and brothers jailed over fraud

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FORMER FOOTBALLER Efe Sodje has been jailed over fraudulently taking tens of thousands of pounds from a charity he set up to help poor children in Africa.
Sodje, 46, and his two brothers Stephen and Bright were all found guilty and jailed for the fraud in 2017 but reporting restrictions have only now been lifted as the separate trial of Sam Sodje, a former Reading and Nigeria footballer, has concluded.
Sam, 39, was cleared of money laundering on Monday.
The Sodje brothers established the Sodje Sports Foundation in 2009. They claimed the charity would help poor children in the Niger delta but the money donated through fundraisers they organised was used for their own personal spending.
Because there is no record of what happened to the cash donations made at any of the events, the National Crime Agency have been unable to identify exactly how much the Sodjes profited from the fraud.
At least £34,000 was collected via the Sodjes’ personal bank accounts. None of the funds raised reached any children in need.
NCA deputy director Chris Farrimond said: “Bright, Efe and Stephen Sodje promoted themselves as generous, community-minded, figures when they were knowingly defrauding people who thought they were helping deprived children in Nigeria.
“NCA financial investigators built a detailed picture of the movement of money in and out of the foundation and showed beyond doubt that for most of the foundation’s existence there was no charitable purpose.”
Efe, described as “the face” of the charity was sentenced to 18 months in jail. He was convicted of receiving £7,500 from the fund and an unknown amount from a clay pigeon shooting event.
Bright, was jailed for 21 months. He was convicted of taking £3,000 from the charity and signing £18,000 worth of checks to relatives.
Stephen was convicted of taking £30,000 from the charity. He was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.
Tracy Howarth, head of regulatory compliance at the Charity Commission, said: “The public rightly expect those running charities to be motivated solely by a desire to further their charity’s purpose, and to behave in ways that inspires trust in their charity and charitable endeavour more widely. The individuals convicted here did the opposite: they misused their privileged position to exploit donors and supporters, and their financial gain came at the expense of the children and causes the charity was supposed to support, and of the trust and goodwill that the donors and supporters of charity place in those responsible for charity.
“I am proud of the Charity Commission’s instrumental role in helping to secure this outcome; we worked closely with the National Crime Agency, and provided vital evidence and witness statements to the court. The outcome of this case sends a strong message that the deliberate, wilful and cynical abuse of charity for private financial gain will be investigated – and will not go unpunished.”
Akpo Sodje, 37, is still wanted in connection with the fraud after fleeing the UK during the investigation. A European arrest warrant has been issued for him.

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Army, Police, 1,576 Teams To Participate In 2019 Anambra Football Season

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The Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police, the Nigerian Navy and about 1,578 football teams  will take part in the 2019 Anambra Football Season billed to kickoff on Feb. 1 .
Tony Oli, Chairman of Anambra Sports Development Commission (ASDC), made the disclosure at the pre-season and tournament news conference on Tuesday in Awka.

Participants at pre-season parley include ASDC Sports at the local governments, primary and secondary school education officers and representatives of the  institutions that will play in the competition.
He said the football season which was inaugurated on Nov. 30 last year would end at the Chuba Ikpeazu Mini Stadium, Onitsha on May 27.
Oli said ASDC branded footballs had been distributed to all participating teams.

According to him, 1, 062 primary schools will compete in the U-13 Kiddies Cup, while 258 Secondary schools will jostle for the Governor’s Cup in the Academical game.
He said teams from 63 markets would trade tackles in “Market Exchange” for the Traders Cup, while 179 Communities will play for the Kings Cup or Community Shield and eight tertiary institution slug it out in the Uni-games Cup.
“We also have Security Challenge Cup where football teams from Police will play against DSS, Navy against the Army, Immigration against the Prisons Service and NSCDC against FRSC in their opening matches.

“In all there are six cups and they are going to run concurrently from the official kick off on Friday.
“Part of our support to ensure the success of the programme is the procurement of standard branded football which have been distributed to all participants,” he said.

The chairman said the primary school games would be played on Fridays, while that of the  secondary schools would be on Saturdays.
He said that part of the purpose of the football seasons was to awaken sports consciousness among the youth, communities, security agencies and school children.
Oli urged local government education and sports officers to ensure that the programme ran through smoothly, adding that the leadership of the schools and organisations represented were expected to kit and mobilise the teams.
“This is aimed to raise football to enviable height in Anambra, we want to restore the golden days of our state in sports.
“It is part of the conscious efforts at achieving that purpose, the governor has given his support and I urge us all to make it work ,” he said.


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Mohamed Salah crowned African Player of the Year, second time in a row

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Mohamed Salah of Egypt is the African Player of the Year 2018, for the second time in a row, it was announced in Dakar, Senegal Tuesday night.
He beat two other competitors shortlisted with him, Liverpool team mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang of Arsenal.
“I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row,” Salah said soon after receiving his trophy.
“My thanks go to my family, my team-mates and my fans and I dedicate this trophy to my homeland, Egypt.”
It was an identical outcome to last year when Salah became only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to be voted the best footballer in Africa.
Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa was crowned African Women’s Player of the Year 2018 at the Aiteo-CAF awards, while Nigeria’s female team won Women’s National Team of the Year.
Achraf Hakimi was named African Youth Player of the Year 2018.
Mo Salah was also not surprisingly named among Africa’s Best X1 players that did not include any Nigerian.
Other players are Aubameyang, Mane, Mahrez, Keita, Partey, Koulibaly, Bailly, Benatia and Aurier.
Onyango as the goalkeeper completed the Africa Eleven.
Mauritania are the Men’s national Team of the Year.
The coaches were also recognised with Herve Renard winning Men’s coach of the Year and Desiree Ellis, coach of the Bayana Bayana, winning Women’s Coach of the Year.

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Egypt Named Host Of 2019 AFCON

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The Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, has named Egypt as the host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

CAF named Egypt ahead of South Africa after officials voted at their executive meeting in Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday morning.
CAF had to come up with a new host for AFCON 2019 after stripping Cameroon of the hosting rights due to country’s inability to handle a 24-team tourney.
Apart from failure in infrastructural upgrades, CAF also had concerns about the political instability in the country.

Egypt, which will host the tournament for a fifth time, has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which will kick off in June.
Cameroon has been given the chance to stage the finals in 2021.

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Floyd Mayweather makes $9 million in 139 seconds

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The boxing legend knocked down Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa three times in the first round during a fight in Tokyo.

2019 IS off to a good start for Floyd Mayweather.
The American boxer took to social media to share videos of his huge bundles of Japanese Yen after earning $9 million dollars for his win over kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an boxing match in Tokyo.
The 41-year-old knocked Nasukawa to the floor three times in just over two minutes before his young opponent’s corner threw in the towel.
Nasukawa, a kick boxer, ended the contest in tears whilst Mayweather grinned from ear to ear inside the 37,000-seater arena.

 

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FULL TRANSCRIPT: Read Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s quotes from first interview as Manchester United manager

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he was delighted to be ‘home’ after conducting his first TV interview since taking over the reins at Manchester United.
Solskjaer was appointed their new interim boss this week to replace the sacked Jose Mourinho and will be in the position until the end of the season.
The Norwegian insists he is relishing his six months in charge and that he has learned from his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
He also claimed he is open to playing youngsters and is aiming to get United’s players back to enjoying football again.
Here, you can find the full transcript from Solskjaer’s first TV interview since being confirmed as United’s manager.

Ole on the homecoming
Thanks first of all, it’s great, it feels like coming home I have to say. It’s been a few whirlwind days over the course, it has been very hectic but it’s just great to see everyone again.

Ole on the next six months
Well it’s six months, I’m going to enjoy the ride. I’m back home. It’s about seeing the players, seeing the staff and of course just being myself. I know the club is in the process of finding a new manager and I’m just going to be myself in the meantime. With me of course is Kieran and Michael and the rest of the staff we just want to get the players enjoying football I’m looking forward to seeing the supporters again.

Ole on festive period
You certainly get to see the players in a game, in a pressure situation, but I think just the amount of games coming up is no problem because you have got this squad, an amazing squad of players we have got. We have got 23, 24 players, they are all quality and they will all get a chance with the amount of games coming up and they will have a chance to show they are Manchester United players.
Yeah of course, we are in the result business, we want to win games of course that is mine and the staffs job to make sure the players do. We just want to see them play the football they can do.

Ole on the set-up behind the scenes
We have got a great setup at the club. The analysts came in this morning, they watched Cardiff. Of course I have watched Premier League, I’ve seen all the teams so I know a little bit about them but it’s not about the opposition, it’s about us. It’s about Manchester United and making sure the players know what they can do, we want to see them express themselves, so my main focus will be on us and how we want to the team to play and then we will give them one of two things about the opposition.

Ole on rotation
Playing games is the best time of your life. The more games you get the better it is. For me as a manager now it is great because you have to rotate so you get to see many players and they will get the chance and everyone in the squad knows I’ve got a chance now because whatever has happened it has happened so from now everyone starts on a clean slate and we want players to perform and to give them the chance.
You have got to start somewhere, of course you look at a couple of performances I’ve seen in the last few games but you look at the team, you pick a team now and you move on but they will all get chances.

Ole on his pride as a United player and now manager
Yeah how long will that last. You know as a player I gave everything I had and now walking out, leading this team and being a part of this team, that’s what I am. I’m a part of a huge team. We are playing for our supporters, playing for pride, playing for the club, its history, but to be honest it is going to be very, very special I have to say. I’m good at controlling emotions so I won’t be that emotional, but when I came back with Cardiff a few years ago in 2014, it was a strange, strange feeling. It was one of the most unrealistic ones I have ever had being on the other side, now I’m on the right side and I can’t wait for it.
Yeah you are proud but it is not about my pride, I’m proud of my career as a player, I feel like I’m a part of this club, I know this club and I understand this club but of course being in the gaffer’s seat is special.

Ole on past memories and relationship with the club
Wow. I can’t just talk about just one [memory at Old Trafford] but of course my debut when I came on and scored. I turned around, Eric’s the first one who celebrated with me. It was a weird feeling but suddenly it became part of you, you know you look forward to coming out at Old Trafford. That’s what you want the players to be, how I want to feel now. I think I will feel at home when we go out there, I think more it’s about the players being proud about their performances and the supporters being proud when we walk off the pitch.
Yeah it’s home. I’ve got to say it is home. There are so many here that are still here from when I was a player and a coach in the reserves and I have brought some Norwegian chocolate for them so I think they are happy.

Ole on Ferguson’s influence
Time flies when you enjoy it, I think I have had about 300, 400 first team games now as a manager and at the reserves so yeah 10 years more or less I have been coaching a team. You become more confident of course, the more mistakes you make the more you learn. I have made a few mistakes through the years but I have won the league, I have won cups, I have been relegated, so I feel I’m getting to know the occupation but it’s about man management, it’s about managing players, managing people, managing staff, talking to everyone and getting the best out of everyone and I have to say I had the best teacher. The boss (Sir Alex Ferguson) is and will always be the best at how you manage people so my management involves around what I learned from him.
Yeah, he’s been the biggest influence but then again I’m a different personality. I have just got to be myself, you have to ask the people I have managed. I like people, to speak to people, engage with people. I want to see them express themselves whether it’s working in the canteen, being a physio, a player, a coach, I just want to see everyone express themselves, so that makes me happy and when your team plays well and express themselves.

Ole on Mike Phelan
You know the first thing I thought about, I’m youngish still, Kieran and Michael, young, and I thought I want some experience with me. I rang Mick [Phelan] but he was doing a coaching course up in Burnley so I couldn’t get hold of him until it must have been 3, 4 O’clock in the afternoon. I had got the phone call earlier on in the morning, so it was one of them hectic ones, but he has been here, he has done it all, he’s worked with the gaffer more closely than I have. He’s an incredible, calming influence around me and his football knowledge is really, really good.

Ole on Michael Carrick
It’s strange again. When he (Carrick) was signed, of course I played with him for a season, I was a coach in the first team and in the reserves and I watched Michael evolve, develop, he has been a top, top player for us. He filled Roy Keane’s boots, it’s not easy coming in and taking his number and to be honest, a couple of days when I was home and last night on Wednesday, I have spoken with him lots on the phone recently and he’s been great.
That was his debut yeah. That was rainy. I actually had the captain’s armband on when I came on and scored the goal. Louie (Saha?) passed me the ball. I remember that game so he came in and you know we had three years without winning a trophy, 03-04, 04-05, 05-06, we didn’t win the league in those three years. He came in and we won the league 06-07. Michael knows what it is about being a Manchester United player and being a winner because we have got to get used to winning again and challenging for trophies.

Ole on young players
Yeah I have done and I have always been interested and of course being a manager in Molde in Norway that kind of you know that range of players, I have been trying with Nicky a couple of times to get players on loan to Molde a couple of times so yes I have kept an eye on the academy. Kieran’s done a great job with the academy, now he’s in with the first team and is really highly regarded. It’s the same with coaches, us players, you want them to know what Manchester United is about and he’s been there now for a few years and I think that link between the academy and the first team is crucial, it’s because we bring players and develop players in a certain way and then they know when they get to the first team this is how we want to play.

Ole on United’s tradition
That’s the identity, that’s our identity, I was in the reserves as well myself so I’ve been on that side of it. The link between the first team and the academy, I know first-hand how important it is that me and Nicky, me and Ricky and me and Neil that we speak a lot because it’s in our tradition. That doesn’t just go back to the Class of 92, it goes back even further than Sir Alex and to Sir Matt Busby. He had a saying and I will never forget it: “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough”. I really hope that I can be a part of that tradition and there are some great youngsters coming through I have to say. I watched the Chelsea game the youth cup game here the other day and that was a fantastic result and performance.

Ole on David De Gea
Yeah, I have spoken to David and Emilio [Alvarez] (goalkeeping coach) and he loves Emilio, he really, really is so complimentary about him. We have one of the best goalkeepers, the best goalkeeper in the world. He has been player of the year so many times over I think eight years, and he is still a young keeper developing so that’s fantastic for me to come in. Maybe I’ll have to do some finishing training with him just to peg him down a little bit.

Ole on Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford
Of course yeah. I remember I gave Jesse Lingard his debut in the reserves away to Burnley and because the youth team just had a game the day before, he didn’t play in the youth game so he played in my team in the reserves. We were playing Burnley and within two minutes, this little tiny kid, he goes into a 50-50 with this massive 6 foot 5 centre back, who is now playing at Burnley as well, Kevin Long and I remember it still he absouletly clattered him that little kid. There was no fear in him and I thought you’ve got a chance. Kevin Long had to come off unfortunately but Jesse showed me then there was something and Mark Dempsey with me at Molde, he had Jesse since he was seven and it’s one of them we spoke about a lot when I was over in Molde, but the way he has developed is fantastic and of course I had Paul [Pogab] in the reserves, not for long because he went past the reserves and up to the first team very quickly he was that special of a talent. Marcus [Rashford] I knew about, I watched Marcus when he was very young. He was three or four years younger than Jesse so he was just on his way up and I knew about him so those are the three that I have seen since they were kids. It’s great to see them now playing like they do.

Ole on speaking to the squad
That’s one of the first things you do as a manager, you get to know the people, you get to speak with them. I have spoken with most of them today, I just haven’t had the time to get round to everyone, I have got a few other things to do but it seems like a great set of lads, professional, just wanting to do well and want to learn. Of course I spoke to Kieran and Michael about them, but I will spend a lot of time over the next few weeks to get to know the players.

Ole on facing PSG in the Champions League
Yeah we beat Sevilla actually the year they won, the third year they won the Europa League, we beat them in Molde. Ahh fantastic you know, that was Monday I was watching not knowing anything about what’s happening here and you think PSG, what a fantastic chance. You know the special nights at Old Trafford, you know the floodlight nights, like the manager always talked about, the boss, you’ve got top talents to play against our great top talents, you’ve got Neymar, Mbappe, Cavani, those types of players, those are the nights Man United come to the fore, that’s when I can’t wait for it but we have got many more games before that. We want to build a foundation now and go into the game against PSG with confidence. If we can do that, great.

Ole on his Treble winning goal in 1999
There has been a few times I’ve been reminded yeah and I have had a few pats on the back. That was the best night of my life and I have to say it was a great night. Twenty years on the 26th of May, there’s a reason behind these grey hairs, it’s not just about worry and management, it’s been 20 years. It’s unbelievable how time flies.

Ole on what makes Man Utd’s DNA
First thing I felt when I came to Manchester United is that it’s a family club. I was so amazed when I got to see how close-knit everybody was. It’s a family but then again then I developed and you see the winning instinct and it’s about giving youngsters the chance. I have built, not me building Molde, call it my Molde, this is my Molde. Manchester United is Molde. History, tradition, giving youngsters a chance to play football and winning and it’s unbelievable how it’s developed since I came in 1996. It’s huge. It’s the biggest club in the world, the best supporters in the world, we have got the best players in the world.
Ole’s message to fans
It’s great being back home, I just, as I was when I was a player, I promise I will give it everything I have got for us to have success. I will do my very best along with the staff to get the players playing and to enjoy themselves I can’t wait to get it going.

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Meet the skin doctor : DR IFEOMA Ejikeme

DR IFEOMA Ejikeme, an NHS medical consultant and highly experienced aesthetic medicine doctor, has achieved more in her 34 years than most of us could hope to in a lifetime.
Medical director of the Adonia Clinic, Dr Ejikeme has travelled the globe for extensive training in medicine, including a postdoctoral fellowship in head and neck surgery.

 

 

ENTER NIGERIA Winning Sunday with The Young Netpreneur for the Week :Ken Nwadiogbu @kennwadio

 

Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994) is a Nigerian born Multidisciplinary Artist, popularly known as KenArt, whose practice is primarily centered around hyper-realistic drawings and works on paper.
Nwadiogbu believes that the society speaks- This voice inspires his art, which evaluates, interrogates and challenges socio-political structures and issues within the society. In his reply to this society, he is able to inspire one or two people to also re-valuate their socio-political structures as we know it. The desire to change his society and the way people think is what drives him to create art every day. Gender equality, African cultures, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
Nwadiogbu was born in Lagos, Nigeria and holds a B.Sc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His art career started in the university, and with no formal training, has pushed him to become one of the most interesting young contemporary artists from Nigeria, creating works that question life- calling out some of the problems and becoming very grounded in human consciousness..
Nwadiogbu has been featured in lots of local and international group exhibitions and fairs, including the Insanity exhibition, sponsored by Frot Foundation, in Omenka Gallery, Nigeria; the TMC’s It’s Not Furniture, curated by Winifred Okpapi; the Artyrama’s group exhibition curated by Mr Jess Castellote; Art X Lagos, sponsored by Artyrama Gallery, in Lagos, Nigeria; the Moniker Art Fair, sponsored by Creative Debuts, in Brooklyn, NYC; the Anti-Trump show organised in UK; the Afriuture Exhibition by Ramati Art Africa in association with Commonwealth Africa Summit, in Toronto, Canada; amongst many others. He has been televised and publicized on different platforms like Guardian Life, Tush Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Candid Magazine, Bored Panda, BBC, CNN, and more as well as inspiring and encouraging young creatives through public speaking appearances like TEDx. He co-founded Artists Connect NG, the largest Nigerian artist gathering that took place at Lekki Leisure Lake, in Lagos, Nigeria.
To Nwadiogbu, Art is indeed timeless, it is his solace and hiding place, a safe haven he has found to be devoid of restrictions, boxes and boundaries.

 


 

 

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