Egypt FA chief sacks coach, then quits after shock AFCON exit

first_imgSaturday’s match saw rank outsiders South Africa stun the record seven-time African champions whose line-up included Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and who were among the favourites to win the tournament.Rida had led the Egyptian FA since 2016, in a three-year reign marked by controversy, including a 2018 World Cup fiasco that saw the Pharaohs fail to get out of the group stages after losing all of their matches.The location of the team’s training base in Grozny, the capital of Muslim-majority Chechnya, spurred widespread criticism — especially from human rights groups — over concerns of abuses by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, supported by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.The federation has also feuded with Salah, the reigning African Footballer of the Year and won the Champions League last month with his club Liverpool, who has accused the body of misusing his image inside the country.Recently the reinstatement of a player who had been banned following sexual harassment charges had provoked further widespread criticism of the Egyptian FA on social media.Egypt’s coach Javier Aguirre came in for criticism for his management of the side during the African Cup of Nations, with Egypt legend Wael Gomaa accusing the Mexican of having “no tactics or strategy”.Following Saturday’s defeat, Aguirre said he alone took the blame for the host nation’s disastrous campaign and indicated he would hold talks with the Egyptian football association over his future.Egypt had been tipped as leading title contenders on home soil but came unstuck against a South African team that only scraped through into the knockout phase via the last of four spots reserved for the best third-place sides.Thembinkosi Lorch scored the only goal of the last-16 match in the 85th minute to give South Africa a stunning victory.“No decision until this moment. I spoke to the players in the dressing room, and tomorrow (Sunday) will speak with EFA officials,” Aguirre said after the final whistle.“I think the game was open and there were chances for both teams. The only difference was the goal for South Africa,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egypt coach Javier Aguirre will hope to get the country fully behind his team with a win in the opening matchCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 7 – The president of the Egyptian Football Association Hani Abou Rida resigned late Saturday and “sacked” his technical team after the hosts’ shock elimination from the African Cup of Nations.The decision had been “a moral obligation” said the Egyptian FA in a statement after “disappointing Egypt’s supporters” in a 1-0 defeat to South Africa, adding that all board members had been invited to resign.last_img read more

Confirmed: David Flitcroft unveiled as new Swindon Town manager

first_img David Flitcroft David Flitcroft has been unveiled as the new manager of Swindon.The 43-year-old former Bury boss is tasked with leading the Robins back to Sky Bet League One following this season’s relegation.Town, who were reported to be interested in former England international Teddy Sheringham, have been managerless since parting company with Luke Williams early last month.Announcing the arrival of Flitcroft, a statement on the club’s official website read: “The club has taken its time over this appointment as it was vital after relegation that we got the right man to take the club forward and give us the best chance of promotion back to League One at the first time of asking. We are convinced David is this man.“David has a fantastic footballing background as a player, a coach and a manager and most importantly knows this level of football and how to get out of it, having guided Bury to promotion from the Sky Bet League Two during the 2014/15 campaign.“David has been given a very competitive budget and will now begin the job of putting a squad together with the aim of competing at the top of League Two.”Flitcroft, who began his management career at Barnsley in 2012, has been out of work since being sacked by the Shakers last November. 1last_img read more

Peter Crouch reveals embarrassing incident with Xabi Alonso’s wife at Liverpool

first_imgPeter Crouch has revealed a chance meeting with Xabi Alonso’s wife in a hotel led to Liverpool teammate Jamie Carragher giving him nothing but stick.The Stoke City man thought he had a shot with Nagore Aranburu, but was completely unaware she was in a relationship with the midfield maestro. gameday cracker The pair played at Anfield together, before Crouch moved to Portsmouth Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions predicted scrap 3 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 3 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update silverware latest tense Crouch has revealed he once thought he had a chance with Xabi Alonso’s wife The former Bayern Munich married Aranburu in 2009 – presumably to stop Crouch cracking on with her Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos “I told the lads in training, ‘honestly, she’s beautiful, I think I’ve got a shout here.’ Jamie Carragher called a few other senior players over, ‘tell them again, Crouchie.’“So I did, ‘amazing. Dark-haired. Spanish-looking. I’m in there.’ It turned out she was Xabi Alonso’s partner.“She was doing a bit of work to practise her language skills. He was nice about it. So was she. Carra less so.” Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won revealed Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Shortly after joining from Southampton in 2004, the 6″7 striker was staying at the Hope Street Hotel – the same one Aranburu was working in.It’s fair to say their encounter was short-lived, to say the least.Writing in his column in the Daily Mail, Crouch revealed: “On signing for Liverpool I stayed at the Hope Street Hotel.“On reception was a girl so good-looking I couldn’t quite believe she was smiling at me all the time. 3 Most read in football BEST OF How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings The England international is currently promoting his autobiography, How To Be A Footballer, and also revealed how Roy Keane managed to convince him to sell a sports car with just one look! Crouch has since married Abby Crouch, with whom he has three children.The hilarious footballer’s was once famously asked what he would be if he wasn’t a footballer, to which he replied; “A virgin.”last_img read more


first_imgGAA Fundraiser Proves Huge DrawA fundraising draw being held by Four Masters GAA Club in Donegal Town is gathering huge interest as a result of the main prize which consists of two tickets for the All Ireland Final between Dublin and Mayo and if that’s not enough it includes €250 spending money!The purpose of the fundraiser is to raise badly needed funds to pay for the further development of the brand new training pitch. Eamonn Gorrell, Club Chairman commented: “The draw is extremely necessary to pay-off our financial obligations in respect of the €330,000 bank loan that facilitated the purchase of the site and the development of the training pitch.“This development which began in July 2010 is up and running for teams to train on in the last month. It is part of an overall development programme to ensure that the Club can continue to provide state of the art facilities for the community.”Mr Gorrell added: “The interest in the tickets has certainly gathered momentum recently, we are getting people from across the country and in the diaspora abroad visiting the website to get tickets in the hope of winning tickets to what many are hoping will be a classic footballing encounter. There is great demand by footballing fans to be there and this is driving the fierce interest in our fundraiser”.Tickets are priced at €5 each or book of 5 for €20, books are on sale from committee members and on the Club’s website, For further information telephone Club Secretary Deborah on 087 986 0192. The draw will take place on Thursday 19th September 2013 in Dom’s Pier One at 9.00pm GAA: FOUR MASTERS ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKETS FUNDRAISER PROVES A HUGE DRAW was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUBwin all-ireland final ticketslast_img read more

Reseda forgets, then forfeits

first_img The Hunters (3-1) were ahead 26-0 when the game was halted. Reseda officials, Regents coach Alonso Arreola said, apparently knew a doctor was not present but failed to inform officials until late in the third quarter. “I guess our administration knew about it from the beginning,” Arreola said. “We were told that the team doctor thought it was a 7 o’clock game. It’s unfortunate, especially for the kids – we just played for nothing, no stats or anything.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Monday’s game began at 3 p.m. Originally scheduled last Friday night, it was postponed because of the Topanga Fire’s impact on San Fernando Valley air quality. Canoga Park quarterback Vincent Argott had completed 13 of 22 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns, two to Kyle Boas. – Sherry Perez Kennedy 20, El Camino Real 14: Chris Gadalla rushed for 120 yards on 28 carries and Matt Gentile for 85 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown as Kennedy of Granada Hills defeated visiting El Camino Real of Woodland Hills. Kennedy (4-0) quarterback Kenny Everett threw two second-half touchdown passes, a 38-yarder to Diego Contreras and a 22-yarder to Justin Reeves, for a 20-7 lead. ECR’s Michael Derby rushed for 104 yards on 15 carries. After neglecting to arrange for medical personnel for its football game Monday afternoon against Canoga Park High, Reseda was forced to forfeit the nonleague encounter – after the teams played most of three quarters. Canoga Park was awarded the victory after officials, upon learning no medical staff was present, walked off the field with 1 minute, 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter. center_img – Justin Frank Cleveland 33, Hollywood 0: Cornorris Atkins gained 88 yards on four carries, caught two passes for 110 yards and scored two touchdowns as host Cleveland of Reseda (3-1) amassed 515 total yards. Atkins, Travis Wallace, Jeremy Obando, Chris Martinez, Ewayn Pigford and Khalil Paden combined to rush for 318 yards on 33 carries, and Obando completed 6 of 15 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. – Jack Pollon University 57, Poly 7: University of West Los Angeles (4-0) scored on every first-half possession en route to a 36-0 halftime lead and totaled 423 yards in a rout of Poly of Sun Valley (1-3). Uni’s Jason Robinson completed 7 of 10 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards and three TDs on four carries. The game was postponed Friday night and moved to University because of the Topanga Fire. – Kirby Lee Campbell Hall 28, Brethren Christian 0: Jurian Terpstra returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, and Campbell Hall of North Hollywood (5-0) routed Brethren Christian of Huntington Beach (3-1), its third shutout. Brandon Scott rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries to lead Campbell Hall, No. 3 in the Daily News’ Small Schools rankings. – Kevin Connelly Chatsworth at San Fernando: Administrative miscommunication led to cancellation of Monday’s game, which had been rescheduled from Friday because of fires. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDust down your old joypads as the ‘Retro Gaming Night’ returns in the Orchard Inn in Letterkenny to raise funds for young Paul Doherty’s “Mammy, I Want to Walk Fund”. Gamers will be able to battle Bowser, Ryu, Space Invaders and Ms Pac-man as they relive their past with consoles such as the Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, Atari, Spectrum, Playstation, SEGA Medadrive and many more.Who among us doesn’t remember? Fighting with your older brother about who got to be Mario and who got to be Luigi? Struggling to play your mate’s Mega Drive because the “controllers were just too different”? Being blown away by the shear realism of Goldeneye on the N64? Or even better – the images of pac-man running around his maze and Lara Croft being incessantly followed around by her butler have been burned onto our collective retinas. The first great gamer generation has grown up, but that doesn’t mean it has forgotten it’s heritage.Relive past glories. Beat personal bests. Re-enact old rivalries. Who remembers the combination of buttons that resulted in Blanka’s electric shock? Or the secret short-cuts in Sonic? Who went from World 1 direct to World 4 on Super Mario Bros? (don’t tell me you wasted your time actually playing worlds 2 and 3!)In a world which today tolerates Flappy bird and Minecraft as genuine games; in a time where games are geared ‘at the masses’; in an age where the Nintendo Wii can become a viable console (good God). In these troubled waters, perhaps it’s time for true gamers to unite.Take your joypad in your hand. Write your cheat-codes on your hand. There will be no outcasts here. Sega, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox, Atari, and Spectrum; all versions and iterations welcome. Because on the 5th of November 2014 in the Orchard Inn, Letterkenny, gamers take back their games! The time for talk is over. Now is the time for play.Doors are open from 4pm for all ages and U12’s must be accompanied by an adult. There will be games and spot prizes for the younger gamers and later on in the evening the older generation, who grew up with cassette tapes and cartridges will have a chance to prove themselves, as they compete to win prizes and the chance to become the ‘Ultimate Retro Gaming Champion 2014’ and win the coveted Golden Joystick .A number of local businesses have shown their generosity by donating prizes and a draw will take place on the night. The Radission Hotel, Tesco, Irwin’s Electrical, Brian McCormicks, Xtra-Vision, Century Cinemas, Stateside, Sony Center, Easons and SMYTHS Letterkenny who have donated an X-Box 360 and more.SO WHO IS PAUL DOHERTY?Since 5 year old Killygordon boy, Paul Doherty could talk he always said “Mammy, I want to walk”. It broke his mum’s heart to see him stuck in a wheelchair not been able to run about with his brother and sister or even to be able to pick up a toy from the floor that he wanted to play with. “Paul is a happy boy, playful and full of devilment! As his mother, I always fought to get him the services and therapies he needed. While the HSE gave Paul what they could they could never offer him the opportunity to be able to walk.Then I came across an operation in America called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR). The operation involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg.“Paul has been assessed for this operation and has been accepted. The neurosurgeon (Dr. Park) in St. Louis hospital, Missouri expects Paul will be able to walk with the aid of crutches and a walker if he gets the operation. This operation has been a successful part of cerebral palsy treatment in the USA for years.“We need to raise a minimum of €60,000 for Tree of Hope to realize Paul’s dream of walking to be a reality. This would cover the cost of the operation and the first 4 – 6 months of a two year physio programme which all has to be funded by us privately as there is no HSE funding available for such an intense programme”.IT’S GAME ON TO HELP LITTLE PAUL DOHERTY TO WALK FOR THE FIRST TIME! was last modified: October 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalpaul dohertyRetro Game NightWALKlast_img read more

Anam Cara to reach out to bereaved parents in first monthly meeting of 2018

first_imgAnam Cara Donegal, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, is hosting its first monthly meeting of 2018 on Thursday 11th of January from 7.30pm-9:00pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.The meeting offers parents a safe and comfortable forum where they can connect with other bereaved parents who will understand the depth of their grief and loss.Anam Cara CEO Sharon Vard stressed that this event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age of the child or children, the circumstances of their death, or whether this was recent or not. For those considering attending but unsure, Vard suggests they visit the website,“There, in their own time, parents can watch our short videos with testimonies from bereaved parents and couples who have attended Anam Cara events. The videos, which are just four minutes each, show parents interviewed on topics like A Dad’s Grief, Sudden and Traumatic Death, and The Grieving Family.”Anam Cara services are offered free of charge, and one of the fathers who attends the group urged bereaved parents to give it a try.“There is no pressure to talk, yet you feel supported by the other parents who know how desperately hard it is after your child has died. Like so many bereaved parents Anam Cara has been my lifeline.” A parent who attended a recent Anam Cara Donegal meeting said: “What I heard was so familiar to me, I felt less alone and understood.”For more information see or ring their Information Line on 085 2888 888.Anam Cara to reach out to bereaved parents in first monthly meeting of 2018 was last modified: December 27th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anam Caraletterkennymeetinglast_img read more

Strong outlook for SA banks: S&P

first_img29 January 2008Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s says the outlook for South Africa’s banks is robust, with strong growth and minimal exposure to subprime mortgages likely to support profitability in 2008 and 2009, Business Day reported on Tuesday.At the same time, S&P cautioned that the country’s banks “also faced growing macro-economic and political risks from rising inflation in an overheating economy and uncertainty over the presidential succession next year,” Business Day said.S&P noted in its report – “South African Banks Balance Robust Growth With Rising Risks in 2008” – that SA’s banks have enjoyed strong earnings growth over the past five years, thanks to deregulation in the banking sector coupled with national gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates of 5% to 6%.According to Business Day, S&P predicted that growth in SA’s banking sector would “slow somewhat” in 2008, due to relatively high inflation and interest rates.However, “with significant infrastructure projects coming on stream, partly in preparation for the 2010 World Cup, we still expect this year to be a positive year for bank revenues,” said S&P credit analyst Jerome Chui.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Parrikar one of the best political leaders of the country: Venkaiah

first_imgThe vice president of India M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is “one of the best, ideal political leaders of our country”. He said this while complimenting Mr. Parrikar who was conferred an honorary doctorate by NIT Goa at its 4th convocation ceremony.“He deserves many such things. I am not in politics. I am not in Vinay Tendulkar’s party (Goa BJP president who was in the audience). I have retired from politics, but not from public life,” said Mr. Naidu. The Chief Minister was not present at the function as he is at AIIMS, in New Delhi, undergoing treatment.Mr. Naidu said, “Manohar, as I could see from earlier days to now, is an exemplary character — honest, disciplined and innovative. How could a man who used to be the Defence Minister of India leave the post to become Chief Minister of his own State. Goa is small in size and yet love for his native place, motherland that made him do this,” he said. “We are missing him. We all pray to the Almighty to give him back his good health and enable him to work for the welfare of the people again,” he added.last_img read more

Won’t let BJP treat us in this manner, says Chirag Paswan

first_imgThe Lok Janshakti Party, a key constituent of the NDA, is likely to go it alone in the Jharkhand Assembly election as the BJP is yet to respond to its demand for six seats. The LJP may contest in 37 seats.The LJP made public its dissatisfaction on a day when the BJP lost its oldest ally, the Shiv Sena.“Yes, I wanted to contest in Jharkhand with the BJP. It has been over five weeks that I wrote letters to BJP president Amit Shah, working president J.P. Nadda and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, listing the six seats we want to contest. These six seats were the ones where the BJP had performed badly in the previous elections,” Chirag Paswan, the newly appointed president of the LJP, told The Hindu. Mr. Paswan said he was willing to compromise and his party would have been ready to bring the number down to 2 to 3. The LJP acted after the BJP released its first list of 52 candidates on Sunday. Among these 52 seats are those demanded by the LJP, including Jarmundi, Panki and Latehar. In the 2014 Assembly election, the BJP had given the LJP a token seat, Sikaripara, where it did not even have a candidate. Finally, a BJP candidate fought on the LJP symbol.‘Inconsequential seats’“I got an indication from the BJP that this time they want to repeat what they did in 2014. They want to give us a few inconsequential seats where we have no presence or even candidate. This time, the LJP is not ready for this kind of treatment,” Mr. Paswan said. The party’s State unit was also eager to go it alone, he said. The LJP has not spoken to the BJP after it released the first list. On Saturday, Mr. Paswan met Om Mathur, the BJP’s in-charge for Jharkhand, but did not get any assurance. “This happens too often. In an alliance, it is necessary for them to give the allies clarity. I have repeatedly told this to the BJP. If you delay your decision, it affects the performance of the alliance too. They are meting out a similar treatment to the All Jharkhand Students Union Party (AJSUP),” Mr. Paswan said. The seat-sharing arrangement between the AJSUP and the BJP has not been announced yet.Mr. Paswan lauded the Shiv Sena for walking out of its alliance with the BJP. “The Shiv Sena stood by whatever it said right from day one… It has the right to exit the NDA for its future,” he said.last_img read more