Akram Afif, Aspire graduate, example of successful player for the Asian federation

first_imgBelow the title “check your spherical character and which player you’ll be”, the Asian federation talked about in an article the names of the six footballers highlighting the traits of every in flip, and requested six questions on the character of the player who They want to comply with their example by way of the solutions. The members will get in contact with their idol. In the article Akram Afif was named as one of the greatest strikers in Asia Given his velocity, superior skills, and talent to attain or help, qualities that qualify him to be a tricky rival for defenders.Akram Afif graduated from Aspire Academy, one of the graduates of the Academy in the subject of soccer, since he was awarded as the greatest footballer in Asia final 12 months, participated in the victory of Qatar for the first time in its historical past and was the holder of the champion of the Asian Cup of soccer that was held in the Emirates at the starting of final 12 months. Akram has achieved many victories with Al-Sadd FC and the nationwide staff of QatarIn addition to being one of the gamers they might stand out in the Qatar World Cup 2020.The Qatari striker has the aptitude to attain and provides assists at the identical time, he shares the first place of high scorers with the Algerian player Baghdad Bounjah with 12 objectives, figuring out that Akram was runner-up with Bounjah final season scoring 26 objectives in opposition to 39 objectives by the Algerian. Afif performed Spain at Villarreal and Sporting Gijón, and in Belgium with Aubin Membership. The Asian soccer federation proclaimed six excellent soccer gamers as influential examples in the subject of Asian soccer in addition to examples for newbie gamers to comply with their example, amongst them was Akram Afif, striker of the Qatar nationwide staff and player of Al-Sadd FC. Graduated from the Academy of Sports activities Excellence Aspire, is already a triumphant example of one of the greatest gamers in Asian soccer. Along with Akram Afif the others had been: the South Korean skilled, Solar Hyung Minplayer of the Tottenham Hotspur, the Iranian Serdar Azmon footballer of Zenith from St. Petersburg from Russia the Syrian Omar Khreibin player of the Saudi Helal yielded to Pyramids Egypt, and the player of the Chinese language nationwide staff Wu Lee, footballer of Espanyol, and the Australian Samantha Kerr, skilled in Chelsea.last_img read more

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first_imgSimmons fails again in Heat lossBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):West Indies opener Lendl Simmons failed to score for the third time in four outings as his Brisbane Heat slid to an eight-wicket defeat to Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash here yesterday.Sent in at the Gabba, Heat rallied to 175 for six from their 20 overs, with opener Jimmy Peirson top-scoring with 51 from 36 balls and Nathan Reardon hitting an unbeaten 40 from 32 deliveries.The right-handed Simmons faced two balls before perishing in the second over leg before wicket to seamer Michael Neser with seven runs on the board.English leg-spinner Adil Rashid was brilliant, taking two for 17 from his four overs.In reply, Strikers raced to their target in the penultimate over with opener Tim Ludeman getting 57 not out off 49 balls; Mahela Jayawardene stroking 53 of 30 balls; and Travis Head, 50 off 25 balls.Bonners shines before rain takes overBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner stroked an entertaining half-century, but rain forced the abandonment of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ opening game of the Regional Super50 after only 38 overs at Warner Park here Thursday.Opting to bat first in the day/night encounter against Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Hurricanes had reached 187 for five when the adverse weather ended the game prematurely.Both teams were awarded two points.In the time available, Bonner hammered 65 off 69 deliveries with six fours, while opener Shane Jeffers hit 47 and left-handed partner Chesney Hughes, 28.Messi set to get5th FIFA best player prizeGENEVA (AP):Lionel Messi is favoured to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on football’s top individual prize.Messi already has a 4-3 lead in their career duel for the annual FIFA prize but has recently been eclipsed by his great rival.That changed in 2015 when Messi inspired Barcelona to regain the Champions League title among five major trophies to none for Real Madrid, despite Ronaldo’s relentless goalscoring pace.Barcelona’s dominance also helped Brazil star Neymar earn a place on the three-man shortlist for the first time.The Catalan club can sweep the men’s honours with Luis Enrique heading the coaches’ shortlist after becoming European champion and winning the Spanish league and cup, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.Luis Su·rezsuspendedBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Barcelona striker Luis Su·rez was suspended yesterday for two Copa del Rey matches for insulting rival players.The referee’s report for the heated match at Camp Nou that ended 4-1 for Barcelona on Wednesday said Su·rez insulted Espanyol players in the tunnel after the match.Referee Juan Martinez Munuera’s report states that Su·rez told Espanyol’s players: “I am waiting for you. Come here. You are trash.”The ban will rule the Uruguay striker out of the return leg set for next week at Espanyol’s stadium and possibly the first leg of the quarter-finals.last_img read more

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Match-winner Morris looking to reignite career

first_imgSubstitute Ricardo Morris was the difference between title aspirants and former champions Harbour View when both teams met in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) Monday night highlight game at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium. The win improved Portmore United’s tally to 40 points, two more than Arnett Gardens and sole leadership on the league. Morris, gifted enough to be invited to the Reggae Boyz squad as a 17-year-old – but has found himself out of the Portmore starting team – rose from the bench in the 60th minute to add the quality that was sadly lacking but for the flashes shown by the now lighter-hued Paul Wilson. After a number of moves, which failed to get the desired result, it came off for Morris in the 72nd minute as he collected a lovely pass, and dribbling at pace, he cut open the defence, rounded the goalkeeper, and steered home from a narrowing angle to light up the previously dull Harbour View atmosphere. ELATED PLAYER “I feel very happy knowing that I am the one who went on and gave my team the winnings,” the elated player said after the game. While not happy with the amount of time he has spent on the bench so far this season, Morris said that he was happy for the opportunity. “No, no no! The bench is not where I should be, but I am happy that I am in the squad because I had to go home to keep my daughter’s birthday party on Saturday, and I am very happy that I got even a minute this evening. This goal is dedicated to my daughter for sure. She turned four on Saturday,” said the man who starred for St James High School in the daCosta Cup competition alongside Allan Ottey and Fabian McCarthy. Morris opened the season with a double strike in a win over Montego Bay United and scored his third goal of the season a few games after that in a win over Waterhouse but had to wait until the 20th game of the season to get his fourth. “This is my fourth goal of the season. I scored two in the opening game and one against Waterhouse, which was about the fourth or fifth match of the season, but I have not played consistently since then. “I see myself trying to leave the country again to go overseas – anywhere. My desire is to play professionally abroad. I am always putting in the work, but no offers have come as yet, but I am confident it will come,” added the 23-year-old, who had a brief stint with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2014. “I am so happy that we are leading the league now. We just have to keep working hard to stay up there. What you will see from now on is me commanding a place in the starting 11,” he promised.last_img read more

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UPDATE: Vere dominate Douglas Forrest 800m

first_imgVere Technical’s athletes were in dominant form earlier today in the 800 metres at the Douglas Forrest meet inside the National Stadium, showing their strength in winning in all three classes. Leading the way was Britney Dixon in Class II, who produced the fastest time on the day, stopping the clock at 2:18.37 to defeat, Shanique Masters of Hydel who was second in 2:21.19. Dixon’s team-mate, Monique Campbell was third in 2:22.88. Aleitha Fearon finished in the top spot in the Class I event with a time of 2:20.94, ahead of Hydel’s Sherona Stewart, 2:22.26 with Mico University’s Dawnalee Loney coming in third overall in 2:23.62. Alisha Skyer closed out the wins for Vere in Class III after stopping the clock at 2:25.14 to better her peers. St Jago’s Taletho Green continued from where he left off last year, as he had an easy win in the Boys 5000 metres, taking the event in 16:04.98 with his team-mate Kyle Morgan finishing second in 16:24.84 ahead of Mico University’s Romario Foote (16:48.85) in third.last_img read more

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Chelsea thrash Man City 5-1 in FA Cup

first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 5-1 victory against an under-strength Manchester City side yesterday, while London rivals Crystal Palace and West Ham also advanced.Palace defeated Tottenham 1-0 and West Ham came from behind to thrash second-tier Blackburn 5-1.At Stamford Bridge, City manager Manuel Pellegrini showed that the focus was on his side’s Champions League last 16 first-leg match against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday – handing five players their debut.”I have 13 (fit) players. I cannot take the risk to have one more player injured” Pellegrini said, when asked if he had devalued the FA Cup by fielding a weakened team. “I think we did the correct thing.”Defeat ended City’s chance of an unlikely quadruple, while Chelsea head for a quarter-final against Everton – the team they beat in the 2009 FA Cup final, during Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink’s first spell in charge.When Chelsea took the lead after 35 minutes, it was two of Pellegrini’s senior players – rather than the youngsters – who were at fault.Diego Costa was allowed space on the six-yard box between Aleksandar Kolarov and Martin Demichelis and, when Eden Hazard hooked the ball across goal, Costa had as much time as he liked to stoop and head powerfully past Willy Caballero.The lead only lasted two minutes. City forward Kelechi Iheanacho received a pass on the right and spread the ball into Chelsea’s six-yard area. Cesar Azpilicueta tried to clear, but David Faupala stretched out a leg in anticipation and scored a debut goal.COINS THROWNAs he celebrated with teammates in the corner of the pitch, coins were thrown at the City players from the stand where Chelsea fans sat.”There were coins thrown to the Man City players in their celebration,” Hiddink said. “We condemn it. I condemn it strongly. Those people, they should not come into stadiums.”Faupala’s goal marked an encouraging first half for City’s youngsters, but Chelsea’s experience proved too much after the break.Hazard, whose movement and passing resembled the player who propelled Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, threaded in Willian in the 48th and he finished ruthlessly, lashing the ball fiercely past Caballero and into the far corner.Five minutes later, Chelsea added a third when Fernandinho made a feeble attempt to clear Willian’s corner, and Gary Cahill fired in from the edge of the area.Hazard then marked his impressive display with a goal, whipping a free kick low past Caballero in the 67th, before substitute Bertrand Traore scored with a header in the 89th.It could have been a heavier defeat for City, but Caballero saved a 75th minute penalty from Oscar.”It is a boost in the confidence for the players. We are making steps (forward),” Hiddink said. “There is not much left in the league for Chelsea, to be honest, so we focus on the games in the FA Cup.”Elsewhere, Crystal Palace dumped London rival Tottenham out of the competition.Martin Kelly hit the decisive goal for Palace at White Hart Lane just before half-time, controlling a pass from Wilfried Zaha before firing past Michel Vorm.Tottenham came close to equalising in the second half, through Christian Eriksen, who was denied by a smart save from Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, and Alan Pardew’s side held on for a narrow victory.”It wasn’t our day,” Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli said. “There are a lot of disappointed lads in the dressing room, but we will move on.”West Ham avoided a fifth-round upset with a 5-1 comeback victory at Blackburn.Ben Marshall put the hosts ahead with a low, left-footed strike after 20 minutes, but Victor Moses equalised six minutes later.Dimitri Payet then put West Ham ahead with a free kick, and Emmanuel Emenike struck twice in the second half, before Payet got his second in stoppage time.Chris Taylor was sent off for Blackburn and Cheikhou Kouyate for West Ham, both in the second half.”After the first 20 minutes, we played fantastic,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said. “We played really great football and it looked easy.”Crystal Palace are away to Reading after yesterday’s quarter-final draw, while West Ham will play the winner of today’s tie between Manchester United and third-tier Shrewsbury.last_img read more

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Ambusley has high praises for MBU’s ‘Black Jesus’

first_imgMontego Bay United FC winning captain Dwayne Ambusley said he strongly believed that the team’s ‘Black Jesus’ would be the saviour in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final a week ago.The man Ambusley referred to as ‘Jesus’, Dino Williams, came off the bench in the 69th minute, and with the game tied at 1-1, scored the winning goal at the 80th minute against Portmore United at the Montego Bay Complex in Catherine Hall.”I refer to him (Williams) as Jesus because he has been our saviour. He always saves us,” Ambusley told The Gleaner at the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ)/RSPL presentation ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium last Thursday evening.Williams was in doubt for the final due to a leg injury. And, with the competition’s top marksman, Owayne Gordon, leaving on loan to the United States days leading up to the final, a saviour was needed.”He was touch and go for the final,” Ambusley disclosed. “I was the one who requested the change as I wanted him into the game from early,” the captain stated.After the game, Ambusley naturally was happy.IMMENSE JOY”The joy is like none other, better than the first time we won two years ago,” Ambusley pointed out. “We had not beaten Portmore in three previous games, so this one is sweeter.”Ambusley also said that the team was not distracted by the off-the-field issues raised by his chairman, Orville Powell, concerning the playing of the game.”The team was always focused on the game. We were not concerned about other things,” reasoned the 35-year-old midfielder, who joined Montego Bay United, then Seba United, some six years ago from Montpelier FC.”I’ve always dreamt of playing in the Premier League locally, so I went to Seba. And now, we have won two national titles to add to the other two won at Seba,” he said.Ambusley was a member of the Rusea’s High School team that won the Ben Francis knockout trophy in 1996.- M. S.last_img read more

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T&T coach slams English League Two club

first_img Disrespectful to trinidad “I think that was very unprofessional and, quite frankly, they showed disrespect to the Trinidad and Tobago international programme, because I am sure if it was England who called him, or Ireland, or Wales, they would let him go.” Hoyte joined the north-west England club in June following relatively short stints with Dagenham and Redbridge and Gillingham. He has played every game of the season, with Barnet winning just two of their five games to lie 18th in the 24-team league. Had Hoyte played today with T&T, he would have missed Barnet’s next game on September 5. Hart said the situation wœas one that needed to be sorted out and said the player also needed to be more decisive. “It is certainly a situation that I am not going to look upon lightly with other players, as well, if it comes up. I will enter discussions with Gavin because he has to also put his foot down with the club,” said Hart. “Quite clearly, going into World Cup is extremely important, players are on top of their game and playing regularly for their clubs and, of course, we want to have proper relationships with the involved parties.” He added: “There will be no situation like this come World Cup qualifying because we will have to know from the onset whether the player is coming or not, and take action accordingly, depending on the matter at hand.” SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (CMC) Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart has slammed English League Two club Barnet FC over its failure to release defender Gavin Hoyte for the country’s international friendly against Mexico today. The 25-year-old was scheduled to join the team here last weekend but never showed up for his flight. He later said the club had asked him to miss the fixture. An upset Hart accused Barnet of ‘bullying’ the player and having little regard for the Trinidad and Tobago national programme. “I was not pleased with how his club handled it. Basically, they bullied the player,” Hart said. “They told him he would be available and they would release him, and then just hours before he is supposed to get on the plane they refused to let him go and then place the player in a situation where he is in a scrap with the club and the manager.”last_img read more

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Thompson, McPherson impress indoors

first_imgWorld Championships 200-metre silver medallist Elaine Thompson looked at home on her indoor debut, twice clocking 7.14 on a day that saw her finishing second to her Dutch rival Dafne Schippers in the 60m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena yesterday.Just like she did in the 200m final at the World Championships in Beijing last August, Schippers led Thompson to the line with a time of 7.10, with third place going to Ewa Swoboda (Poland), who clocked 7.15 seconds.Thompson’s run makes her the joint fastest Jamaican in the event so far this year along with Simone Facey, who also ran 7.14 earlier this month.Competing in her first individual indoor 400m race, Stephenie-Ann McPherson became the fastest Jamaican this year after posting 52.05 to win ahead of Seren Bundy-Davies (Great Britain), 52.10 and Lisanne De Witte of The Netherlands, 52.49.In the men’s 60m, Julian Forte ran 6.64 for fourth place in the heats before improving in the final to a personal best 6.63 and a sixth-place finish behind winner Sean Safo-Antwi (Great Britain), 6.56. Another Briton, Richard Kilty, the defending World Indoor champion, finished second in 6.57 with third place going to American Mike Rodgers, 6.60.Rusheen McDonald was sixth in the men’s 400m in 49.38 seconds. The win went to Pavel Maslak, 46.02, of the Czech Republic, who finished ahead of USA’s Calvin Smith, 46.45 and Great Britain’s Jarryd Dunn, 46.67.With the IAAF World Indoor Championships fast approaching and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association set to name their team this week, it’s left to be seen who will be available for the March 17-19 championships which takes place in Portland, USA.last_img read more

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Organisers pleased with participation in Kingston City Run

first_imgKINGSTON:THE speed is not quite like that taking place at the annual ‘Champs’ now taking place at the National Stadium.However, the competition was just as intense at the Kingston City Run, where thousands of patrons turned out for the fourth staging on Sunday, with runners and walkers participating in the 10K, 5K, and half marathon through the streets of the Capital city. Plus, there was ideal weather.”I was encouraged by the number of entries,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, president, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, conceptualisers of the event that attracted close to 4,000 participants. “In fact, we almost reached the limit that we could accommodate.”Troy Pennington made the most of the lovely early-morning conditions and won the men’s title in the 10K, in 36 minutes, 48 seconds.On the female side, Heather Facey shone brightest, landing the 10K in 47 minutes and 55 seconds.Olivia McKoy, the former Olympian, showed that she’s still on top of her game in winning the women’s 5K, in 23 minutes and 26 seconds; while Shawn Pitter, who has had a number of successes on the circuit, took the men’s 5K in 16 minutes and 41 seconds.Pauline Murphy was the leading female in the half marathon, clocking one hour, 37 minutes and 49 seconds to claim the top female spot; while in the men’s equivalent, Kemar Leslie reigned supreme with victory in one hour, 16 minutes and 49 seconds.Many of the competitors spoke highly of the organisation, marshalling, and convivial atmosphere, which helped to make the event enjoyable for all ages. The morning inspiration was brought by both Edna Manley dancers and drummers and members of the Campion College drum core.Most entrants were local, but some participants came from overseas, including a group of friends from Belgium, who started planning a two-week vacation to Jamaica, then heard about the Kingston City Run and in a moment decided to extend their vacation by another week.”We kept hearing about Kingston City Run. It was a chance to experience the beauty of Jamaica and also see some of the historical sites,” said Sam Clusters, theatre manager for Kinepolis.”After being here for two weeks, partying in Montego Bay and Port Antonio, we knew it would be really nice to see Kingston in a different way. We have been here a couple of days and we really love the vibes in Kingston,” admitted Clusters.Madden-Greig said: “Whatever your nationality, age or ability, the Kingston City Run is about getting everyone active while having fun and raising as much money for charity and the local community as possible. Everyone, whether here in Jamaica or overseas, looks forward to experiencing Kingston in a way that has been described as eye-opening and beautiful by our participants.”last_img read more

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Edwards to undergo surgery

first_imgLONDON (CMC):Ex-West Indies speedster, Fidel Edwards, will undergo surgery today to deal with a broken ankle sustained here last week during a freak accident.The right-armer, who was expected to spearhead Hampshire’s attack in the English County Championship which bowled off earlier this month, broke his ankle while playing football in warm-ups ahead of the final day’s play against Yorkshire last Wednesday.He was attempting to kick the ball when his foot got stuck in the turf, causing him to fall over in pain.”Unfortunately Fidel has had a serious break and will have to undergo surgery on Tuesday,” Giles White, Hampshire’s director of cricket said.”It’s a real shame for him, he has been unbelievable since he has been with us and has become an extremely popular member of the club.”We will support him through his recovery and look forward to having him back in a Hampshire shirt as soon as possible. He is a class act and the team will miss him.”The 34-year-old Edwards was brilliant for the club in just a handful of matches towards the end of last season, snaring an amazing 45 wickets.Hampshire on Monday announced that Edwards’ former Windies teammate, Tino Best, would be brought in as cover.last_img read more

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