Clarke wants Berahino deal done

first_img “That is what I am trying to do with him here and I think he is happy to work with me along those lines. “My own personal opinion is that he is not quite ready for full international football. “It is not for me to tell Roy (Hodgson, the England manager) how to do his job, but that is my personal opinion. “People are trying to push him too far too quickly. Give the boy time to grow and develop.” Berahino, who had come on as a substitute just after the half-hour mark for hamstring-injury victim Billy Jones, swept the ball in from just inside the box having received it from Stephane Sessegnon’s cut-back. Gareth McAuley headed in Chris Brunt’s corner in the 83rd minute to wrap up West Brom’s win as managerless, rock-bottom Palace sunk to a ninth defeat in 10 league games this term. The visitors created some notable opportunities, such as when Adlene Guedioura – who subsequently departed the field on a stretcher with damaged ribs following a collision with Boaz Myhill – saw an early shot saved by the Baggies goalkeeper, and when Mile Jedinak was only able to head wide from a good position in the second half. Ultimately, though, the Eagles did not have enough, suffering a seventh straight loss in what was caretaker boss Keith Millen’s second match in charge since Ian Holloway’s departure by mutual consent. The wait for Holloway’s permanent successor to be confirmed goes on, and Millen said: “It is not an easy situation, with all the speculation about when the manager is going to come in and who it will be. “The players have been focused – I don’t think you can accuse them of not concentrating on the job in hand. But it is a tough time for everyone at the club really. “The chairman is not going to rush into it. He needs to appoint the right person. “But I think the sooner someone does come in, the better – then there will be new ideas, a fresh voice and hopefully a little bit of luck maybe that I don’t think we are getting at the moment. Then things can change.” Asked if he knew when it might happen, Millen said: “No, I don’t. I spoke to the chairman on Friday and he’s busy doing what he needs to do. “He told me to continue this week, so we are planning this week’s training ready for the Everton game (next Saturday).” Meanwhile, Clarke has confirmed that Victor Anichebe and Nicolas Anelka were left out of the Albion squad for the Palace match due to a hamstring problem and a virus respectively. And asked post-match for an update on that situation, Clarke said: “We are in negotiations with Saido’s representatives and if I was the club, I would get it done as soon as possible. “He has had a good season, and long may it continue.” Off the back of Berahino’s rapid emergence, there has been talk of him potentially breaking into the full England squad in time for next summer’s World Cup. It is not talk welcomed by Clarke, who has been wary of the weight of expectation being placed upon the Burundi-born player. “It is hard for me if you (the media) want to write about it,” Clarke said. “All I would say is that he is a young boy that, a few weeks ago, nobody was talking about. “You have to keep the level of expectation down. In this country we are too quick to push people forward as the next big thing. “For Saido, the most important thing is that he continues to develop as a player. Berahino’s 44th-minute strike in the contest at The Hawthorns – his second top-flight goal, following up his winner at Manchester United in September – took his overall tally for the campaign to 10, including four goals for England Under-21s. Talks between the 20-year-old, who is reported to currently be on £850 a week, and the Baggies over a new deal are ongoing. West Brom head coach Steve Clarke expressed his eagerness for Saido Berahino’s new contract with the club to be finalised after the forward scored his sixth Albion goal of the season in their 2-0 Barclays Premier League win over Crystal Palace. Press Associationlast_img read more

Van Gaal: Battle will go on

first_imgLouis van Gaal has warned Manchester United they still have much work to do before they secure Champions League qualification. Van Persie candidly admitted on Monday that he had under-performed this season. But he looked like his old self for long periods on Saturday and h is goal was out of the top drawer. Van Persie watched Daley Blind’s pass float over his left shoulder before he stabbed the ball past Mark Schwarzer first time with his right boot. Replays showed the striker was lucky the goal was allowed to stand, though, as he was marginally offside. Van Gaal felt for his opposite number Nigel Pearson, and admitted such errors will only be stopped if more technology is introduced into the game. “I think also it was offside but it always happens in games that the referee or a linesman are not in a good shape at that moment but you cannot avoid that,” Van Gaal said. “You need modern techniques always and when you don’t use them in this modern time it shall happen every game.” While United have City in their sights, it is a completely different story for Leicester, who remain rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League. The Foxes are three points from safety but defender Ritchie De Laet is still confident his team will not be relegated. “The United game was a bonus game, no one was expecting us to take anything from it,” said De Laet, who left United for Leicester three years ago. “But our confidence is still high. “I think we can get out of it. You just have to look at the last five performances. We have had three wins out of them so we know we can give teams a good game. “We still have everyone to play around us and those are the important games.” Van Gaal, meanwhile, has told Adnan Januzaj he must show him why he deserves to be a regular in the United starting XI. Saturday was the first time Januzaj had started successive games for the club since the first week of November. Van Gaal has told the 19-year-old, who is reported to have attracted interest from Paris St Germain, he faces tough competition to play at Old Trafford on a regular basis. “He has a lot of talent but you have to perform that talent in the matches and in training,” Van Gaal said. “The competition is high and also that’s difficult to manage for players. “I’m looking every week and every day the players have to show it. “I’ve said to players, I’ve said to Falcao, I’ve said to (Juan) Mata and I’ve said to Januzaj.” Van Gaal said the fact that David Moyes handed Januzaj a lucrative contract during his first season in the senior side proved the midfielder is good enough for a club of United’s stature. The Dutchman also revealed that another young prospect, Paddy McNair has signed a contract extension. “The former manager (Moyes) has chosen him to play (Januzaj) from out of the youth and he had an extension of his contract, so then you know that he is a Manchester United player,” Van Gaal said. “Paddy McNair, now, is coming from out of the youth, he has extended his contract, so he is a Manchester United player.” The win lifted Van Gaal’s team to within five points of second-place Manchester City and also went some way to appeasing the fans who watched their team play out an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Cambridge last week. But Van Gaal reminded his players following the win that the season is far from over. “No, because (only) at the end of the league matches we divide the titles and not at this moment,” the United boss said when asked if he could sense Champions League qualification was getting closer for his men. United have a winnable set of fixtures coming up against West Ham, Burnley, Swansea, Sunderland and Newcastle. But Van Gaal is aware he still has to travel to Liverpool and Chelsea in the last third of the season and he believes the fight for a top-four finish will go right down to the wire. “It shall be a big battle to the end,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “That is a big battle. West Ham has lost (to Liverpool on Saturday). “One competitor shall lose.” United returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Leicester at Old Trafford. Robin van Persie put United ahead with a sublime finish and Radamel Falcao added his fourth for the club before Wes Morgan’s own goal helped United avenge their embarrassing 5-3 reverse at the King Power Stadium last September. Press Associationlast_img read more

Jordan Ayew smashes window during Crystal Palace training session [PHOTOS]

first_imgBlack Stars forward, Jordan Ayew, may be finding the target consistently in the Premier League for Crystal Palace but in training, his aim has been a little wayward.At the end of a recent training session, Jordan took aim and fired.The effort was way off its intended target, unless the target was a helpless glass window, which promptly shattered.This drew some laughter from his teammates and Palace staff who documented the ‘crime’ by taking photos.To his credit, Jordan immediately claimed responsibility, rising his hands and the players made their way off the pitch.Palace posted the incident on YouTube as part of their ‘CCTV’ series.Find Jordan’s glass-shattering moment at 3:34 in the video below:last_img

Carli Lloyd: It was ‘disappointing’ to hear U.S. Soccer’s sexist lawsuit arguments

first_imgUnited States women’s national team star Carli Lloyd has spoken out about U.S. Soccer’s sexist legal arguments against her team that caused widespread outrage.In court filings released last month, the American soccer federation argued that its women’s national team did not deserve the same amount of money as the men’s team because, in part, the women are not as strong or fast as the men and have less responsibility. MORE: How USWNT will be affected by postponement of Olympics”The job of MNT player (competing against senior men’s national teams) requires a higher level of skill based on speed and strength than does the job of WNT player (competing against senior women’s national teams),” the federation stated.The outrage over that legal argument led U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro to resign, and for the federation to change its legal team and scrap the sexist strategy it had used.Though there was plenty of backlash in March, U.S. Soccer’s strategy had previously been made clear by court filings released in February that included an exchange where a lawyer asked Lloyd if she believed the women’s national team could be competitive against the men’s national team.”I’m not sure,” Lloyd replied. “Shall we fight it out to see who wins and then we get paid more?”The USWNT filed suit in March 2019, alleging that U.S. Soccer was violating the law by paying unequally because of their gender. With a trial currently set for May, Lloyd said she was dismayed to see her federation’s legal arguments against the four-time World Cup champions, explaining her now-infamous retort to the U.S. Soccer lawyer.”I don’t have the physical attributes and the speed and the strength that male athletes are born with,” Lloyd told Sports Illustrated. “None of us women do.”There are some incredibly skillful women that play soccer, and it was just disappointing to hear over and over again the argument of us not being as skilled as the men. “So I had to find some funny remarks just to kind of keep the whole mood light. That was just one of them that came out and went public.”Lloyd went on to suggest that training camps involving the USWNT and USMNT could help instill more unity among American players. “As a whole, we need the culture to change,” Lloyd said. “We need everybody to feel united. I wish that we integrated more with the men’s team.”last_img read more

When the Wells Run Dry

first_imgIt’s a common saying that you never miss the water until the well runs dry.  Well, year after year, this adage plays out in countless communities across Liberia. As Saran Kaba Jones, CEO and Founder of the WASH NGO FaceAfrica, puts it, “It begins with WATER.”From water to tend our crops, to water used for cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene, from water for construction, to water used in washing our hands to prevent the spread of disease, every single sector of human endeavor thrives on the availability, accessibility and affordability of water. As a nation and a people, we may lack many things but one thing we can all agree on is that water is not one of them. Our vast transboundary rivers, beautiful lakes, seemingly endless rainfall and abundant groundwater supply so readily accessible by means of hand-dug wells are all reflections of how endowed Liberia is in freshwater resources. Within and along our national boundaries, non-saline water exists in such volumes that it could literally re-vegetate the Sahara. What seems to be lacking is the adequate means to convert this vastly abundant, untreated, under-utilized natural resource into safe, sufficient and accessible water that meets World Health Organization standards for drinking, domestic and agriculture use. That, unfortunately, is where we fall short.Needless to say, if the Ebola outbreak has taught us anything, it has reminded each of us of the importance of potable water in minimizing the spread of disease. Just take a look around you, almost every single home, office, public gathering, and place of worship or leisure nationwide now has a bucket of chlorinated water for mandatory hand-washing at the entrance. The now instilled habit of washing our hands has become so common a practice in our daily lives in the fight against the deadly EVD that most people are left feeling very uncomfortable without. No doubt, water has been in the forefront of it all.While significant strides have been made in the fight against Ebola nationwide, as we strive to put an end to this gruesome chapter and hopefully revive the dormant sectors of our society, the critical concern surrounding sustained access to potable water nationwide cannot be ignored. Families need water to drink, to cook, to clean, and most importantly, in the continued fight against Ebola, to wash their hands.As we approach the peak of yet another dry season, when the water table tends to drop and shallow wells and surface water sources run dry, history will sadly repeat itself, leaving thousands across Liberia to scramble for water for months on end. Some way, somehow, the lingering question of the availability, accessibility and affordability of safe water must be answered.One proactive approach would be to strategically ensure that people have sustained access to sufficient water at the domestic and community levels. In areas where annual water shortage is known to be very high, it is recommended that local authorities, relevant line ministries and the NGO community consider contingency measures such as: 1) drilling of boreholes as opposed to shallow hand-dug wells — which have a tendency to run dry by February-March; 2) water trucking and establishing of chlorinated service points in various communities, where necessary; 3) the provision and administration of chlorine at hand-pumps, wells and other water sources known to remain viable throughout the dry months; and 4) routine testing of drinking water sources for chlorine residual and bacterial contamination as a protective means of preventing other potential water-borne illnesses such as cholera and diarrhea.  As a caveat, these measures should be employed with advice from a WASH specialist, as water situations are unique from one location to the next. The proposed water testing exercises can be coordinated through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare making use of its existing Environmental Health Technicians in the various counties. These few strategies, though not exhaustive in nature, can help contribute to on-going WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) efforts and ensure that all citizens continue to observe the basic yet highly protective public health measure of regular hand-washing.While the Ebola death tolls may have considerably decreased nationwide, the need to maintain the gains made thus far cannot be overemphasized. According to the United Nations, “Water is critical for sustainable development, including environmental integrity and the alleviation of poverty and hunger, and is indispensable for human health and well-being.”Let’s not wait until the wells run dry to acknowledge the critical role potable water has played in the national and regional fight against Ebola.  Let’s not wait for severe water shortages to realize that in a water-scarce situation, a mother would most likely opt to cook a pot of rice with a single bucket of water to feed her children as opposed to or using that same water just to wash hands.As a nation, a people, policy makers, policy enforcers, service providers, caregivers, health workers, opinion leaders, aid community, let’s chart a new course this New Year and move away from trying to find cures to problems we can readily prevent.  French Environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau once said, “We have the ability to provide clean water for every man, woman and child on the Earth. What has been lacking is the collective will to accomplish this.”  Cousteau argues that addressing the elusive question of potable water for all year round is possible, but he concludes by asking, “What are we waiting for?”  Let’s not wait to miss the water, only when the wells run dry.Magdalene Matthews holds an M. Sc in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, Cyprus International Institute; She is also the Author of RISE! Redeeming the Future of Liberia, a Practical Guide to Self-Development. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mortaza says Bangladesh a force in limited-overs cricket

first_img– skipper satisfied with team combinationBy Clifton RossBangladesh Captain Mashrafe Mortaza says his team’s reputation in limited-overs cricket is not to be taken lightly, as the visitors prepare for the first ODI against Windies on Sunday at the Providence National Stadium.Bangladesh arrived in Guyana on Friday night, looking for a new start in a new format following a nightmare 2-0 loss in the Tests. Mortaza, who has been one of the driving forces behind the Asians’ success in limited-overs cricket, said during the pre-match training session at Providence on Saturday, that the Tigers were tailor-made for this format and were banking on their track record.Bangladesh Captain Mashrafe Mortaza and West Indies Captain JasonHolder share a moment at Providence ahead of today’s ODI“I think this format suits us a lot and we have a good combination. West Indies have two good batsmen at the top, but we have to be positive and do what we can do to win like bowling in the right areas and we can get their top order out, then we can have some fun,” said the Bangladesh Captain.The all-rounder highlighted that the Windies star-studded team, which include Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis and others, will be a force to reckon with, but is backing his vast bowling options to deliver.As an experienced campaigner with 187 ODIs under his belt and 238 wickets to his credit, the 34-year-old said his past experience having played at Providence back in 2007, will be key for his team as they look to set a decent target, should they bat first. “I played a long time here, back in 2007, so I’m not sure what to expect, but I think around 250 or 260 can be a good score.”The skipper pointed out that the experienced pair of batters in all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan and wicket-keeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has been doing their jobs for the team and he expected the rest of the team to lend support to the two senior players, along with explosive opener Tamim Iqbal.Windies Captain Jason Holder said that he was fixed on maintaining the same form the team exhibited in the Test series. He noted that while the shift in format required some sort of transition, his team and the players were more than ready to get their 2019 World Cup campaign underway with a win in the ODI series.The two teams endured a few days of vigorous practice and net sessions as they sought to keenly transition from Test to 50-Over mode. Gayle, Russell, and Guyanese Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo and Shimron Hetmyer all had good net sessions on Saturday under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Stuart Law, Toby Radford, Corey Collymore and others.Russell returns to the ODI side since 2015, while Gayle has had mixed results over the past few months, but would still play a key role for his team throughout the limited-overs series.Bangladesh conducted their session shortly after lunch under guidance of former West Indies pacer turned Coach Courtney Walsh, who ensured his players got an adequate feel of Providence and its conditions with just hours left to the start of the ODI series.Today, the first of two ODIs at Providence bowls off from 09:30h.last_img read more