West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson insists his club have no intention of selling Peter Odemwingie and have had no offers for the forward.Fulham were widely reported to be chasing the 30-year-old Nigerian.But Hodgson said: “He’s not for sale. I don’t know where these stories come from. It sounds like mischief making to me.”AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SOUTH Africa’s selectors will reveal tomorrow whether veteran batsman Hashim Amla will be part of the country’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Amla, 36, is one of the game’s all-time great one-day international players but his recent form has been poor, while increasing age has meant that he has slowed down in the field.Amla scored only 51 runs in four innings in South Africa’s shock Test series loss against Sri Lanka earlier this year and did not play in the first three one-day internationals against the tourists, although Cricket South Africa stressed he had not been dropped.He was due to play the final two one-day games against Sri Lanka but withdrew because his father was seriously ill.After more than a month out of cricket, Amla returned for the Cape Cobras franchise in a domestic Twenty20 competition in early April but his first three matches yielded only 28 runs.He showed signs of promise for the Cobras on Sunday with an innings of 32, his joint-highest score in any form of cricket since a one-day series against Pakistan in January.In his past 50 international innings across all formats, stretching back to October 2017, Amla has scored just one century.It’s the first prolonged run-drought of Amla’s stellar career, particularly in ODI cricket, where he holds the record as the fastest batsman to every 1 000-run milestone between 2 000 and 7 000 and is on track to be the fastest to 8 000 as well.For all of Virat Kohli’s dominance of ODI cricket, Amla has made a habit of chasing down the Indian maestro to each 1000-run milestone; Kohli was the fastest to 5 000, 6 000 and 7 000 runs before Amla got there faster than he.With captain Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller and JP Duminy all seemingly certain of selection, there is probably room for only two more top-order batsmen in a 15-man squad.Amla’s rivals for a spot, Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks, have both been in good form recently, with Hendricks named man-of-the-series in the recent Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka after a poor one-day series had seemingly scuttled his chances.Markram and Hendricks are also outstanding fielders.The other big debate ahead of the squad announcement is the identity of a back-up fast bowler to the likely trio of Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi.Newcomer Anrich Nortje was impressive in the one-day series against Sri Lanka and although he was forced to withdraw from the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a shoulder injury, he is expected to be fit for the World Cup.While he has not played in a one-day international since February last year, Chris Morris has been picked by several experts in their preferred World Cup squads because he can bowl at more than 140 kph and is a hard-hitting lower-order batsman.Three wickets for the Delhi Capitals against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday took his total to 11 in six matches in this year’s IPL.Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius are likely to be picked as all-rounders, while Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi are South Africa’s probable spin bowlers.It is unlikely that a back-up wicketkeeper to de Kock will be chosen, with Miller seemingly being groomed as an emergency gloveman.
… No to preferential treatment for players who turned up for WC qualifiersREGIONAL cricket commentator and analyst, Fazeer Mohammed, has rubbished claims that players who showed up to play for the ICC World Cup qualifiers should have been given preferential consideration when the final squad was selected by Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Tuesday.Of the 16 players who took part in the qualifier in Zimbabwe last year, which secured the team a place at next month’s World Cup, nine have been included in the final squad.Two-time T20 World Cup winner Marlon Samuels is the most notable absentee in a list that included Jason Mohammed, Devendra Bishoo, Nikita Miller, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell and Kesrick Williams.In this instance, scribbled on the final list submitted to the ICC on Tuesday, the most notable inclusion would perhaps be that of Andre Russell who turned down the chance to represent the region at the qualifiers, after stating that he had not sufficiently recovered from injury.The situation has sparked debate in some areas, particularly the exclusion of Samuels, who had not played cricket for some time, due to an injury but expected to be fit for the World Cup.In an interview with the SportsMax Zone, however, Mohammed insisted cricketing reasons should be the only consideration in selecting the squad.You remember in the days of the Kerry Packer era when the West Indies lost their Packer players for a period and the likes of Alvin Kallicharan and even Malcolm Marshal and so on came into the West Indies squad. From the moment that was sorted out and the World Cup came up in 1979 all the top players were back,” Mohammed added.“There is no room for sentiment in competitive sport. I understand recognising the roles played but are we selecting a squad as a favour for turning up or are we selecting a squad to be competitive or even getting to the winning stage of the World Cup?” (SportsMax)
THE 2018 Rupununi Football Association (RFA) Champions League (CL) winners, Tabatinga Football Club, were favourites to defend their title this year before they were banned and they feel that they were harshly penalised by the Rupununi FA.The RFA had banned the club’s senior male team late last month prior to the semi-finals of the CL for the reminder of that competition (scheduled to conclude today) and for two subsequent competitions.Although the FA did not officially disclose the reason for the ban, Chronicle Sport was informed via a letter to the club that the ban was the result after several of the Tabatinga FC members had played for a team called Juventus in the municipality of Bonfim in Brazil (which borders Guyana).The constitution dictates that players are not supposed to play in unsanctioned competitions, especially outside of their jurisdiction.The club said that the ban was wrongly directed, since senior members claimed the ban should have been directed to the players who travelled and competed without the knowledge of the executives of Tabatinga FC, and not to the club as a whole.President of the FC, Lowrenzo Sampson, said that the RFA acted on emotions and not by the rules that are in place to deal with disciplinary action against clubs.“Our club officials were never given a chance to defend our club. The RFA claims they did an investigation in the matter at hand to which no one from our club was asked any question(s) on the situation … they did not call us to a hearing, they did not even respond to our letter seeking a hearing … the RFA has a disciplinary committee and the matter never went to the committee.”According to information from the club, they were the ones who brought the infraction to the attention of the FA and sought clarity on the way forward.Captain of the club, Emerick Williams, told Chronicle Sport that he was in Brazil at the competition when he saw four Tabatinga FC players in action. He said that as a former member of Juventus, he was invited to be in a team photo and he accepted, but did not play any game.He said that upon returning to Guyana he informed the club’s executives, who attempted to deal with the issue.“We kept a meeting and then wrote the RFA to inform them what had transpired and asked them about the penalties for these players who played in Bonfim unknown to the club. After we did not get a response, we kept another meeting to sanction the players. We banned them from club activities for the rest of the year and fined them.”Williams said that the club then received a letter from the FA indicating that the club as a whole had been banned. The club captain said that the banned stemmed from assumptions and not facts, since according to the letter, seen by Chronicle Sport, he was also listed as having played for Juventus in the recent tournament – an accusation he has vehemently denied.In the letter sent to Sampson, the FA indicated that the club had knowledge of the transgressions of the players.“… after proper investigative methods were carried out, it was concluded that your club Tabatinga FC had full knowledge of some of your senior male players being part of another club…,” both the president and club captain have denied these claims.Sampson added that: “Our club should have had a chance to defend ourselves…the RFA handed out a declaration form to each club to have their players complete and return so to protect the club, but yet when the players infringe they punish the club. This is very wrong. I don’t think the RFA is being led the way it should be.”When asked for a comment, the RFA declined the Guyana Chronicle’s request, indicating a comment will not be made on the matter at this time.
MANCHESTER, England, (CMC) – West Indies lost their gamble with Andre Russell’s fitness on Monday when the injury-plagued all-rounder was forced out of their beleaguered World Cup campaign, after failing to recover from a long-standing knee injury.The injury-plagued 31-year-old managed just four games of West Indies’ six outings in somewhat of a farcical experiment and will now be replaced by batsman Sunil Ambris, who was a part of the side’s pre-tournament camp in Southampton last month.Russell’s withdrawal comes as little surprise despite West Indies’ insistence he would continue to feature in the World Cup campaign.The Jamaican has been in visible discomfort throughout the tournament, often hobbling around while fielding and repeatedly forced to leave the field for treatment during matches.He missed the Windies’ outing against New Zealand and in his last match against Bangladesh one week ago, also struggled in sending down six overs.All told, Russell managed just five wickets from 19 overs at an average of 20, and made 36 runs from three innings, including a two-ball ‘duck’ against Bangladesh.His biggest impact came in his side’s opener against Pakistan when he snatched two wickets for four runs in a hostile three-over spell that helped send the Asians crashing for a meagre 105 in Nottingham, setting up the Windies’ only win to date.Captain Jason Holder had acknowledged following the eight-wicket defeat to England that Russell was struggling with fitness issues but said they planned to do everything possible to have him available for the rest of the tournament.“It’s been difficult so far for him. We have been trying our best to keep him on the park, but it is proving difficult,” Holder told reporters then.“Going forward, we have to persist. He is here for a reason. We think he can be a match-winner for us. We have just got to cope with him. Got to do everything we possibly can with him to keep him on the park.”There had been question marks over Russell’s fitness especially after he lasted just a single One-Day International against Bangladesh last July before the same injury ruled him out of the three-match series.He was subsequently called up to for the last two fixtures of the five-match series against England last February only to sit out both through injury.However, a successful Indian Premier League where he plundered 510 runs at an average of 56 and grabbed 11 wickets, enticed selectors to give him the nod for the crucial World Cup campaign.Ambris, meanwhile, will now link up with the squad here ahead of Thursday’s clash with unbeaten India as the Caribbean side, virtually out of the running for a top four spot, seek to end their campaign strongly.The 26-year-old was a member of the squad which toured Ireland for the Tri-Series involving the hosts and Bangladesh, scoring 278 runs at an average of 92, including a career-best 148 against Ireland.
THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) held a half-day workshop last Friday with National and Academy Training Centres (ATCs) coaches in observance of Child Protection Week, which was observed under the theme: ‘Promoting Social Change to Stop the Violation of Children’.The workshop, held at the GFF boardroom, was facilitated by Senior Child Protection Officer Ms M. Woodroffe and the Agency’s Legal Officer Ms. T. Williams.Woodroffe outlined the objective of the workshop: “It was done to raise awareness of the prevalence of child abuse and to have proactive involvement of key stakeholders in enabling the safety, protection and preservation of the rights of children. This includes changing mind concepts, attitudes and behaviours towards children.”In opening comments at the session, GFF president Wayne Forde said education about child protection issues is vital for coaches and will become part of coaches’ continuous education.“As football administrators, we have a moral duty to protect children from those who may betray their trust and take advantage of them. It is therefore important that we educate everyone who will come into contact with players on what is considered acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. Coaches will now have to undergo Child Protection training each year in order to retain their coaching licence.”In an invited comment, Woodroffe added that “the forum also enabled the strengthening of collaborative efforts and initiatives for the support of children, families and communities in promoting social change.”Child Protection Week was observed from September 22 to 28.
(REUTERS) – World Athletics is working to restart a shuttered athletics season and studying any changes that may be needed in the qualifying process for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, president Seb Coe said on Friday.The governing body is hoping to offer a series of meetings that may begin in August and run to October so athletes can get back in to competition as quickly as possible when it is safe to do so due to the coronavirus pandemic, Coe said in a letter addressed to the athletics community.“We don’t yet know the date for the Games next year,” Coe said, “but once they (the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government) have made it, we will look at what, if any, impact that decision has on our World Athletics Championships Oregon 21.” Many expect the championships in Eugene, Oregon, to be moved to 2022. Athletics’ global governing body also hopes to provide an answer as soon as possible to any changes to the Tokyo Olympics qualifying process, Coe said.World Athletics began reviewing its Olympic qualification process after the IOC and sports federations agreed that all athletes currently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Games will remain qualified for next year’s event. “In athletics the primary qualification avenue is by meeting the entry standards set out in March 2019,” Coe added.“Once those places are allocated, the remaining athletes are drawn from the world ranking list. As of today, all athletes who have met the entry standards for their event will remain qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. This is approximately 50% of the places.” A major review is also underway of the global calendar of events, not just for the next two years which will see some major disruptions, but for the long term.The decision comes as athletics’ Diamond League series announced on Friday it has cancelled its meetings through June but hopes to have a late season.“The priority for all of us right now is to contain the pandemic, stay healthy and stay home,” Coe said, “but where we can, continue to drive our sport forward.“The world will not be the same after this pandemic.”
THE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) has selected five coaches to participate in a Virtual seminar to be run by the Americas Boxing Confederation.The seminar will commence at 14:00hrs today and will be conducted by Jose Laureno of Puerto Rico.The main topic is: Returning to training after the pandemic.Terrence Poole, MS and Sebert Blake will be joined by Orlon Rogers, Clive Atwell and Joseph Murray.Steve Ninvalle, vice-president of the Americas Boxing Confederation and president of GBA, was tasked with organising the participation of the English-speaking Caribbean.Ninvalle, in a release, said this region will be represented by over 80 coaches from 15 countries.
T20 has evolved to the extent that teams now back themselves to chase two runs a ball over the last eight – or even last ten – overs of matches.Those sorts of chases, however, usually involve flat pitches and line-ups packed with hitting talent. Yesterday, Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) probably wouldn’t have backed themselves when Kieron Pollard walked to the crease on a slow Queen’s Park Oval pitch with 87 runs needed from 44 balls, with five wickets in hand.This was a Knight Riders line-up that lacked Sunil Narine at the top and Dwayne Bravo in the middle. This was a pitch on which Lendl Simmons, the batsman at the other end when Pollard came in, had hit three sixes but no other boundaries while scoring 31 off 26 balls.Simmons fell soon after Pollard came in, in the 15th over, for 32 off 29. That over, bowled by Mitchell Santner, and the 16th, bowled by Rashid Khan, brought Knight Riders only six runs in total. That left them 62 to get off 24 balls.Only a handful of players are capable of pulling off such a task, and Pollard has shown repeatedly – despite having been written off on multiple occasions – that he’s one of them.This, given the modest support available to him from the other end, would be one of his best knocks if he could pull it off, and he did, laying waste to the Tridents’ death bowlers as if he were a 16-year-old ringer in an Under-12s game, launching nine massive sixes in a 28-ball 72 to ensure the Knight Riders stretched their perfect start to the tournament into their sixth game.Seventy-two, off nine balls. When Pollard was at the crease, the batsman at the other end, plus extras, combined to score 7 off 12 balls.TRIDENTS’ ALL-ROUNDERS COME TO THE FOREBefore Pollard’s innings, a different T20 game took place, and it would be prudent to note at the outset that Pollard played a key role in that game too.With Dwayne Bravo absent, he assumed the role of slower-ball specialist, mixing up his pace, changing his angles constantly – going over and around the wicket every alternate ball against the left-handers – sending down four overs – including the 16th and 20th of the Tridents’ innings – and conceding only 27 runs.That apart, though, the most influential performers were Tridents’ all-rounders. They had begun sluggishly with the bat, but Ashley Nurse, Rashid and Santner – spin bowlers primarily, but excellent hitters at the death too – clattered a combined 39 off 18 balls to give them a more than fighting total of 148.Jason Holder, the Tridents’ premier all-rounder, had failed with the bat, but he got his short ball to behave unpredictably off the pitch and delivered a double-wicket maiden in the second over of the chase.Rashid then bowled a single-wicket maiden, and the Knight Riders ended their Powerplay 27 for 3. Santner, for his part, used his seam-up variation cleverly and kept forcing the batsmen to hit the ball where he wanted them to hit it.Nurse had made an important contribution with the bat, but his one over went for 13, with Simmons launching two half-volleys for big sixes. When not handed freebies on a platter, though, Simmons struggled to score quickly, and with the rest of the top order utterly failing to get going, the Tridents were soon in a seemingly unassailable position.POLLARD ENTERSHayden Walsh, Patriots’ fourth spinner, was also having a pretty good game. When he dismissed Akeal Hosein in the 13th over, his figures read 2.4-0-12-1. Not bad at all. But his first ball to Pollard was a sign of what was to come. It may have been a pretty good wrong’un to most other batsmen, but Pollard’s reach allows spinners only the smallest margin for error, and he slog-swept it for an emphatic first-ball six.When the 17th over began, Pollard had only hit two sixes – the other a ridiculously effortless loft over long-off, off Rashid – in 13 balls. By the time it ended, he had hit four more. With each, Pollard made the young leg-spinner doubt himself a little more, and by the time the over ended he was firing in quickish darts with little spin on them. That isn’t to say he would have held Pollard back if he’d bowled differently, of course.The contest now took on an entirely different complexion, and the next over brought the Knight Riders the sort of luck a winning team often needs in T20. Sikandar Raza had sacrificed his wicket off the first ball, just to get Pollard on strike, but only two runs came off the next three balls as Raymon Reifer tied Pollard and Khary Pierre down with his left-arm angle and changes of pace.The fifth ball was a pretty good ball too, a slower bouncer, but a top-edge got Pollard four runs. Then came a leg-side swipe off a blockhole ball on the stumps – it was a bit of a miscue, off the inside half of the bat, but all that mattered was that it sped away for four. It also brought up Pollard’s fifty, off 22 balls.The Knight Riders needed 31 now, off 12 balls, and there was nothing fortuitous about Pollard’s next two significant interventions. Holder had set a field for the wide yorker, and he got his line right and his length almost right, but almost isn’t enough sometimes. He erred in both line and length next ball, and Pollard launched him for another big straight six.There was still one final twist, of course. Pollard lifted the first ball of the final over beyond the long-on boundary to bring the equation down to 9 off 5, but was run-out next ball, Holder firing in a spectacular throw – no bounce, straight into the keeper’s gloves – from long-on, to catch him short of retaining the strike.It could have gone either way, but the big error came from the bowler, Reifer, who sent down a wide and possibly high full-toss with 7 needed off 3. Pierre slashed it over point for six, and all but sealed a wildly improbable win. (ESPN Cricinfo)
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has praised the Senate of the Federal Republic for a marvelous job, after the Red Chamber passed the much-awaited NFF Bill following a third reading on Tuesday.â€œToday will go down as one of the most remarkable in the history of the Nigeria Football Federation. I am very excited. With the passing of this Bill, we now await the very important assent of Mr. President. Once Mr. President gives assent, I assure you the NFF can achieve so much. â€œI am not only thinking of what the present NFF administration can do; I am thinking of what subsequent NFF boards after our tenure will be able to do, as the Bill is futuristic as well.â€œFor us, the passing of the NFF Bill means we can now make our programme even more robust and proceed apace with our vision of building a sustainable football culture for our dear country, through driving private sector involvement and investment,â€ Pinnick said on Tuesday evening.The key highlights of the NFF Bill include legislations to ensure the entrenchment of the enabling environment for the development of football in Nigeria and to drive private sector participation and investment at all levels.Fundamentally, the Bill has now domesticated the NFF Statutes, recognising its sanctity, as approved by the NFF Congress and endorsed by FIFA as the supreme laws for governance of the functioning, organisation, administration and operations of the federation, as well as recognition of football by the Federal Government as a national asset entitled to special privileges and concessions to foster its growth at all levels.The Bill further provides for special concessions and tax holidays by the government to sponsors of football in Nigeria and has clear financial reporting provisions to further entrench transparency in the activities of the NFF, such as publishing of accounts annually.These will set the NFF on a path of sustainable growth and ensure it operates within international best practices and as a business to strengthen the social and economic impact of football to the nationâ€™s economy.On Tuesday, on the floor of the Senate, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports and Youth Development, Senator Joseph Obinna Ogba, presented the report of his committee, which was followed by a clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill and a voice vote by the senators. â€œAll these court cases against football do not augur well for our country. It is important that we repeal the Act (2004) and enact the NFF Bill to sanitise football administration in this country,â€ Ogba said.The former NFF vice president went further: â€œIt has become necessary to repeal the Extant Act. This is because it requires a lot of amendments to bring it into agreement with FIFA â€“required international best practices. It is to give it the required boost.â€œThe Bill has no financial implication because it is only seeking for a change in the name of the football body in order to achieve greater and better results in the future. It seeks to ensure that only those who are actually involved in competitive football matches are members of the Federation and not just organizations and establishments as contained in the Extant Act.â€œAlso, the Bill makes provision for the professional development of football at all levels in accordance with international best practices and to enable the credible participation of our teams in international competitions. The committee strongly believes that through this piece of legislation, the objectives as expressed in the long title of the Bill and explanatory memorandum will be achieved.â€In his contribution, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki praised the committee for a great job.â€œThe message here is for us to bring Nigeria in line with best practices and best ways to administer football in the country. This has been an embarrassment over the years, but with the passage of this Bill, the grey areas will be taken care of.â€The countryâ€™s football ruling body was founded as Nigeria Football Association in 1945. However, at its Annual General Assembly in Makurdi, Benue State on 24th July 2008, Congress approved the change of name to Nigeria Football Federation.The Act of Parliament 2004 as the legal instrument for administering the game in Nigeria replaced the Decree 101 of 1992.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram