Ajax aiming to relive past glories

first_img Bosz believes his team’s trip to Stockholm to play Manchester United is proof clubs with limited budgets but talented young players can still have an impact, at least in Europe’s second-tier club competition. “For a long time people in Holland said it’s not possible for a Dutch team to play any finals anymore because the financial difference between the big clubs in Europe and the Dutch clubs is so big now,” he said. “But we’ve made it.” Ajax, runners-up to Feyenoord in the Dutch league this season, are back in a European final thanks to their renowned youth programme, which has for decades churned out talented stars, and the club’s knack for scouting stars of the future. Amsterdam was the first overseas stop for Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will miss the final in his home country because of injury. Ajax have uncovered another Scandinavian star in Kasper Dolberg, the 19-year-old striker who already has six goals in the Europa League this season and whose cool finishing has earned comparisons to Marco van Basten. Dolberg scored a goal in each leg of Ajax’s semi-final victory over Lyon. Partnering Dolberg up front will be 21-year-old Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore, who is on loan from Chelsea and set to again run into the manager who lured him to London – Jose Mourinho. Davinson Sanchez, a 20-year-old Colombian who has been one of Ajax’s most consistent defenders all season, is the only player in the team with experience of a major final – he won the Copa Libertadores in July 2016 with Atletico Nacional. Proof of impact AMSTERDAM (AP): A year ago, Ajax could dominate possession but struggled to stamp its authority on quality opponents. After one season in charge, coach Peter Bosz has transformed the long-dormant Dutch powerhouse into a dynamic team of young players who swarm forward in attack and are just as aggressive in defence. What has he changed to achieve the turnaround? “Almost everything,” Bosz said ahead of his team’s Europa League final against Manchester United in Stockholm today. “When I started, I knew how to play, but I didn’t know with which players,” Bosz said. “Now the players understand exactly what I mean – pressing, high pressing and high ball tempo, how we build up from behind, these kinds of things.” That philosophy is hardly new to Ajax. It’s the swift-passing style of play that won the Amsterdam club three straight European Cups in the early 1970s and the Champions League in 1995. But since a 1-0 victory over AC Milan in Vienna 22 years ago, and a loss on penalties against Juventus in the Champions League final the following year, Ajax have been largely left behind by free-spending European powers.last_img read more

Self-help the order of the day

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, residents of the forgotten community in Providence have resorted to contracting a private individual to weed the road shoulders along the road leading into the community. This is the road close to the Green Field Park entrance. Editor, I say forgotten because since the last election, nothing has been done in the community with regards to maintenance, sanitation and least of all, drainage and irrigation.This community was birthed out of the Housing Ministry’s ‘Turn Key’ initiative, under the previous administration. It was once brimming with potential. What a sight it was to see all of the brightly coloured homes lining the streets, which, because it was a new community, was finished with crusher run. Three years on and the streets are almost impassable. Nothing has been done since that time, even though the community has about 97 per cent occupancy. We were told that the roads would be completed when the community became populated. Again, this was under the previous administration and we have all been forgotten.With regards to the overgrowth of vegetation, the road leading into the community, which I mentioned earlier, is unsafe due to the thick vegetation on the sides. Cars passing on this stretch, made for two lanes, would have to take turns to pass each other, and the cattle walking on the already narrow roadway does not make it any safer. Concerned residents contacted the NDC who explained that the scheme was not yet handed over. When contacted, the Communities Ministry said that the NDC has responsibility for the area.The residents are now being given the royal push around. But, since the area is still our home, as citizens, we took it upon ourselves to repair the roads (using builder’s waste) and most recently, some have taken on the responsibility to clear the road shoulders.Even though it is commendable that the community is banding together, it is absolutely shameful that the Regional Authorities and the Ministry officials have totally forgotten this community. A community of young, tax-paying professionals. I gather that the future of community development is through self-help.Sincerely,Annmarie Singhlast_img read more

Another tour of duty for Schrock

first_imgSolon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga MOST READ Asian Cup goal scorer Stephan Schrock has put on hold his plans to retire from international football as he joins the Philippine squad in its China training camp that includes a friendly against the Chinese national team on Friday in Guangzhou.Schrock, who skipped the training camp in Bangkok in March, was among the key returnees from the Asian Cup squad in January as coach Scott Cooper aims to put together the strongest lineup for the World Cup Qualifiers starting September.ADVERTISEMENT Still the main creative player for his club, Ceres-Negros, Schrock will link up with former club teammate Patrick Reichelt, who has been in fantastic form with eight goals so far for Melaka United in the first division in Malaysia.Schrock had hinted of retirement after scoring against Kyrgyzstan in a 3-1 loss during the group stage of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. But the midfield dynamo has decided to continue playing for the Azkals as he takes on the leadership mantle of the squad that won’t have longtime players Phil and James Younghusband. The Younghusband brothers have been without a club since last December and were not selected by Cooper.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing View comments 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Baycenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES ‘Healing’ POC meet set June 13 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yulast_img read more

4-year-old dies in Tuschen accident

first_imgA Tuschen New Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), family is mourning the tragic loss of a four-year-old boy who was struck by a car on Tuesday in front of his home.The dead child has been identified as Ramkaran Mohan, called “Ram”, of Lot 1088 Tuschen New Housing Scheme, EBE. He took his last breath while receiving medical attention at the West Demerara Regional Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.Dead: Little Ramkaran MohanGuyana Times understands the child was reportedly struck down while returning home with his five-year-old brother and teenage uncle, after they went to a shop obliquely oppose their home to purchase a ball.Speaking with this newscast on Wednesday, the lad’s paternal grandmother, Bibi Nazmoon Khan, related to this newspaper that on Tuesday around 11:30h, Ram asked for permission to go buy a ball and his mother then asked the teenager to accompany him and his brother to the shop across the road.At the time, Ram’s mother was watching them from the veranda and they crossed the road and went into the stop. She then went back into the house and seconds later, the teenager rushed upstairs informing them that Ram was struck down and was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital.According to the grandmother, her adopted son along with the teenager who accompanied the brothers to the shop, related to them that he was standing at the corner of the road with each of the boys holding his hands, waiting to cross when the silver Toyota Primo, bearing registration number PVV 5084, struck the child.“The boy was waiting to cross with the two lil boys because he see the car coming so he was waiting for it to pass before they cross but then she (the car driver) swerve into the grass corner and hook the child. She run over the child and she drag him, she didn’t stop. The boy (teenager) had to run behind the car and stop the car, and then she knows that she had the child under the car,” the grandmother explained in tears.Khan added that the woman removed the child from under the vehicle and had someone nearby drive them to the hospital. At that point the family was still unaware of the accident. However, by the time they arrived at the medical institution, the child was being seen by the doctor and they were not allowed to see him.According to the distraught woman, due to the severe condition of her grandson, he had to be transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where he subsequently succumbed.“When we reach at Best (West Demerara Regional Hospital), the doctor called us in and told us that the baby skull is damaged and his brains scattered. He said there is nothing they could do, that the baby is not breathing off his own,” the woman related.Khan said that the doctors had Ram on a life support machine, feeding him oxygen to aid with his breathing; however, he was not responding to treatment. The distressed woman added that the doctors did not give up and were trying to put in a tube to see if the child would breathe on his own but unfortunately, they lost him.The accident occurred at about 11:30h but four-year-old Ram died sometime around 15:15h.The boy’s mother was too distraught to talk and was seen holding her youngest of two sons’ photo, crying uncontrollably. Meanwhile, the father expressed his anger at the way the Police Officers at the Leonora Police Station treated him on Tuesday night when he went to enquire about the case.The female driver has since been taken into Police custody and is assisting with the investigations.last_img read more

Shujaa drop to Challenge Trophy after Boks loss

first_img0Shares0000Oscar Ayodi in action for Kenya against France at the Cape Town Sevens in South Africa on December 9, 2017. PHOTO/World RugbyNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9- Kenya dropped to the challenge trophy – and will face Samoa on Sunday morning – after losing their second Group A match, going down 26-7 to series leaders South Africa at the cape Town Sevens on Saturday evening.Heading into the tie against the Springboks, Kenya needed to win to earn themselves a slot in the Main Cup semis for the second consecutive time after losing their opener against France, but they didn’t have enough to down the leaders and circuit defending champions. Shujaa started the tournament – the second stop of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – on a poor footing, going down 21-14 to France, but they managed to bounce back in the second tie with a 31-0 whitewash of Russia.But with a must win tie against a side that blanked them 48-5 a week ago in Dubai, Kenya couldn’t measure up to the height, the South Africans running in four tries, three of which were converted while Kenya only had one converted try for a consolation.Playing infront of the home crowd, the motivated Springboks dotted down first through Ruhan Nel who dotted down under the posts, finishing off a flowing move from the hosts. Branco du Preez booted home the conversion, South Africa going 7-0 up.Shujaa nonetheless drew back level when Ambaka sprinted into the try box from the left after Kenya won the ball straight off the restart, Sammy Oliech offloading for Ambaka. Brian Tanga added in the extras.Nonetheless, the resilient South Africans regained the lead, going 14-7 up via Kyle Brown’s try converted by du Preez.Brown sneaked in powering away from his marker after South Africa quickly started out a set piece after Nelson Oyoo had been sent to the sin bin.They took the comfortable lead into half time.In the second half, the Boks kept their dominance over Kenya and skipper Philip Snyman dotted down with Cecil Afrika booting home the extras after his side had regained possession from a counter rack.Seabelo Senatla then put the icing on the cake for the hosts with his 201st career try, sneaking down on the left. The effort from the conversion went wide, but the damage was long done.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Barrett brothers fire up Hurricanes as Rebels down Reds

first_imgIn Melbourne, the Will Genia-led Rebels ground out a 30-24 win to shore up their place at the top of the Australian conference, making the most of two Reds’ yellow cards.Tries came from Wallabies Marika Koroibete, Dane Haylett-Petty, and Tetera Faulkner, along with Anaru Rangi.At Eden Park, the Blues enjoyed 60 percent possession, but were repeatedly denied by desperate defence as the Hurricanes posted their fifth straight victory for a record second only to competition leaders Canterbury Crusaders.“We’ve won a few tight games and that builds character,” captain TJ Perenara said.“We were probably a little bit inaccurate around the middle of the park and that’s not good enough for us.”It was the Blues’ fourth consecutive loss and their eighth straight against the Hurricanes, stretching back to 2015.Blues fly-half Sam Nock opened the scoring with a try in the ninth minute, swooping on Patrick Tuipulotu’s pass.The ‘Canes scored against the run of play when Ngani Laumape stole the ball and sent Ben Lam off for a try with his first touch of the match.Jordie Barrett, playing at fullback, made two try-saving tackles to deny the Blues, then scored at the other end to give his chances of World Cup selection a timely boost.The Blues were camped on the Hurricanes danger zone early in the second half as Wellington conceded a string of penalties, culminating in a yellow card for Jeff Toomaga-Allen.The pressure finally paid off when Dalton Papalii crossed in the corner in the 60th minute, although a missed conversion kept the Hurricanes ahead 14-12.Another period of Blues dominance followed, but the Hurricanes again came out on top when Beauden Barrett snared a stray James Parsons pass and scampered away for an intercept try before Jordie sealed the win with a penalty.– Back to winning ways –In Melbourne, the Rebels desperately needed a win to set up the back end of the season after an impressive start to the year faltered with three straight defeats.“Was a good win, we had to grind it out there in some tough conditions,” said skipper Haylett-Petty.“We put pressure on them, especially when they had some (yellow) cards. We obviously wanted to get back to winning ways, but also our brand of rugby — and we did through patches there.”They had all the early possession, but made too many errors with a slippery ball and Bryce Hegarty kicked a penalty to put the Reds in front.When Reds skipper Samu Kerevi was yellow carded on 16 minutes for tackling Genia in the air, the Rebels grabbed the advantage with Koroibete busting through the defence for a try off a dominant set piece.They got their second after an intense period of pressure saw hooker Rangi flop over after a powerful driving maul from a lineout. Quade Cooper converted both times.Against the run of play, the Reds kept in touch with a try just before half-time as youngster Isaac Lucas got his first touchdown in Super Rugby.But with Scott Higginbotham in the sin bin at the start of the second stanza, the Rebels pressed hard and produced two tries in the opening 10 minutes, from Faulkner after a move from within their own half and then Haylett-Petty.Harry Hoopert pulled one back for the Reds from a rolling maul but the damage had been done and a late Reece Hodge penalty ensured the win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jordie Barrett (left) and his brother Beauden inspired the Hurricanes to victory over the Blues © AFP/FileWELLINGTON, New Zealand, May 10 – Beauden and Jordie Barrett inspired Wellington Hurricanes to a dogged victory over the Auckland Blues at Eden Park Friday, as the Melbourne Rebels snapped a three-game losing streak to beat the Queensland Reds.Each brother scored a try in the 22-12 win to maintain the Hurricanes’ recent stranglehold over their North Island rivals.last_img read more

Congo hero Were relishing Greek life

first_img0Shares0000Former AFC Leopards stars, Paul Were (right) and Jacob Keli in training with Harambee Stars on Thursday, September 3, 2015. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, September 3 – Speedy Harambee Stars winger, Paul Were is now a happy man at Greek outfit AEL Kalloni where he believes he is standing on the door step of featuring in the lucrative UEFA Champions League.Were’s future was mired in confusion when in June when he attempted to join league champions, Gor Mahia, from relegated Premier Soccer League side, Amazulu FC, but his International Transfer Certificate was not acquired in time for him to play in the second leg of the domestic top flight. The former AFC Leopards hero who penned a three-year contract with the SuperLeague club is hoping to get more playing time to attract the attention of top sides, Olympiakos Pireaus who are in this season’s Champions League group stage and fellow Greek giants, Panathinaikos.“Things are good with my new club, I have already settled. We are being treated well, given a house and car. It’s a competitive league so it’s up to me to be disciplined and work hard.“It’s a professional league and with that, I think it’s a good challenge for me because if I work hard and play well, I might go to England because we are playing with big teams that have been in the Champions League,” Were, who became a free agent after terminating his contract with Amazulu FC, narrated.Were revealed he had to cut short his stint with the Durban based club after lacking play time.He is looking forward to make his Kalloni debut when he returns from international duty when Kenya host Zambia in their second match of the Gabon 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers on Sunday.“I didn’t have play time in South Africa because the coach who signed me was sacked and the one who replaced him came with his own players and philosophy. But I’m sure at Kalloni, I will get play time and it’s a nice place for me to market myself.“My target is to play in Olympiakos or Panathinaikos. I joined when the team had finished their pre-season so the three weeks I was there, the coach wanted me to reach the level of other players. I believe the capability and skills I have will help my team win,” Were, who will don number 29 jersey, said.After two matches, Kalloni is at the bottom of the 16-team log after losing all their matches with the latest seeing them falling 4-0 to Panathinaikos where Were was an unused substitute.-Team work –Were, who scored the goal that saw his side draw with Congo Brazzaville, urged his team-mates to embrace team work in their game against the Chipolopolo.“This is our time and we should use it well because it will take long before we get a chance like this. We need unity, concentration, discipline and the support from fans and I’m sure we will make it.“Zambia are tactically and physically good but at the end of the day we have the advantage because we have many experienced players who play in different parts of the world. We are taking each game at a time.”Kalloni will be the fifth club for the FISA academy graduate after turning out for Mathare Youth, Tusker FC, Leopards and Amazulu.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Anything can happen! Roma star opens door to Arsenal or Liverpool move

first_imgArsenal and Liverpool target Miralem Pjanic has not ruled out a move to the Premier League.The Roma midfielder, who fired a stunning goal against Manchester City in a pre-season match in Melbourne on Tuesday, has been heavily linked with a switch away from the Serie A side.The Bosnian star, 25, joined Roma from Lyon in 2011 and has gone on to become a key player for Rudi Garcia’s men.However, Pjanic has revealed he is open to options this summer despite having a contract with the Stadio Olimpico side until 2018.“I’m happy where I am but anything can happen. When you’re a footballer you never know where you’ll play next season,” said Pjanic.“Anything can happen, it’s never simple for a player, but I try to live calmly and not listen to rumours that the journalists talk about.“I look only to the pitch, to my work, and then what happens, happens.“I’m happy though, the club is always working to do better and improve. I repeat I’m happy where I am and I’m focused on becoming one of the best in the world.” Miralem Pjanic 1last_img read more

Real Madrid chief protests club’s innocence after fielding ineligible player

first_img1 Florentino Perez protests Real Madrid’s innocence and says club will contest any Copa del Rey sanctions Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists the club will fight any sanctions for fielding an ineligible player in the Copa del Rey victory over Cadiz on Wednesday night.Denis Cheryshev, who scored the opening goal in the 3-1 win, should have been suspended after he received three yellow cards in the competition for Villarreal last season.Cheryshev was withdrawn from the action moments after half-time, when Real had realised their error, with head coach Rafael Benitez saying they wanted to “show good faith”.Last season Osasuna were kicked out of the tournament for playing an ineligible player while Benitez was in charge of Valencia when they were disqualified from the Copa del Rey having played too many non-EU players in a tie in 2001.But Perez believes that as neither the player nor the club were informed of the suspension that Real cannot therefore be disqualified from the Copa del Rey.Perez told a press conference: “The one-match ban for three yellow cards in our view is not effective because no-one has notified the player as specified in item 41.2 of the Disciplinary Code of the RFEF.”Earlier, Cheryshev confirmed he was unaware of an outstanding ban.He told his current club’s website, realmadrid.com: “I did not receive any notification from Villarreal to inform me that I had been banned from playing in the Copa del Rey.”last_img read more

Lazio willing to sell Everton, Newcastle and Swansea target Ogenyi Onazi

first_imgLazio are ready to cash in on Nigeria starlet Ogenyi Onazi – amid reported interest from Everton, Newcastle and Swansea.The midfielder has impressed in Serie A this season and clubs from the Premier League have taken notice.Everton, Newcastle and Swansea are all monitoring the 23-year-old’s situation as the January transfer window draws to close.And, according to TMW, the Premier League trio have been given a boost as Lazio are willing to sell.The Italian club have already received an offer of around £6million from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, but Everton, Newcastle and Swansea are now all expected to bid within the coming days. 1 Nigeria starlet Ogenyi Onazi last_img