Irreplaceable Aaron Ramsey inspires Arsenal to 2-0 win against Napoli

first_imgAaron Ramsey was Arsenal’s man of the match (Picture: Getty)Napoli better get used to the sight of Aaron Ramsey.The Juventus-bound midfielder will be a rival of the Serie A club next season when he moves to Turin on a free transfer in July.With a mouth-watering move on the horizon, it would have been easy for Ramsey to down tools but it’s a measure of his professionalism and character that he remains such a prominent part of this Arsenal side.There was long-term logic behind Arsenal’s decision to withdraw their contract offer to the Welshman but when did football become a logical sport? The decision was purely financial and barely factored in the asset that the club is losing. With every passing week and every performance the decision looks further and further away from being the right move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe irony is that when the club come to replacing Ramsey this summer, they’ll be searching for a midfielder with exactly his profile. Few midfielders in world football possess his engine, his ability to work box-to box or his knack for finding space in a crowded penalty area. Players of Ramsey’s quality are simply either not available or they come at a premium, something Arsenal cannot afford at this moment in time.It seems counter-productive, even factoring in Ramsey’s hefty wage demands, that the club are willing to offload a £50m+ midfielder for free and hope to replace him with someone for half the price. Comment Can Arsenal attract – or afford – a player of Ramsey’s quality this summer? (Picture: PA)Arsenal can, at least, enjoy Ramsey while he’s here and he continued his long goodbye by putting the Gunners on course of the Europa League semi-finals.Napoli, second in Serie A but 20 points behind leaders Juventus, had won just two of their last six games and their nerves were evident from the first minute against an Arsenal side with the third best home form in the Premier League.Unai Emery made five changes to the side that were beaten 1-0 so comprehensively by Everton on Sunday. In came Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who both improved the Gunners at least when they came on at Goodison Park – as well as Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech and Lucas Torreira.Ramsey was in a midfield two with Torreira and the pair harassed the visitors from the get-go, confining Carlo Ancelotti’s side to their own half.Napoli didn’t sustain an attack until the 12th minute but as soon as they came out, they were countered and to ruthless effect.A beautiful Arsenal goal 😍Aaron Ramsey finishes off a brilliant move to put the Gunners ahead!Awesome football 🙌 pic.twitter.com/yC9NErkEQ0— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 11, 2019Ramsey started the move by playing a one-two with Ozil and continued his run into the box when it was given out wide to Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman played in the overlapping Ainsley Maitland-Niles and his stretching touch played it back to Ramsey, who converted with ease.Napoli were rocking but Arsenal knew they’d need a victory of note to take to Naples given their patchy away form this term that’s seen them win just five times on the road in the Premier League.They didn’t have to wait long to double their lead, though. It came from Ramsey’s partner in crime, Torreira, when he stole possession midway inside Napoli’s half. He still had plenty to do but the Uruguayan sold Fabian Ruiz with a fantastic dummy before seeing his effort from 25 yards deflect in off Kalidou Koulibaly. Torreira’s deflected effort put Arsenal 2-0 up (Picture: AMA)Opportunities were there for Arsenal to apply a third before the break but neither Lacazette nor Aubameyang could supply the finish.AdvertisementAdvertisementNapoli had to wait for their first significant chance and it came on the cusp of half-time when Lorenzo Insigne was left free on the edge of the box but the forward blazed his effort over to ensure Arsenal kept their two-goal advantage.It was perhaps Arsenal’s best 45-minute display of the season, rivalling the second half performance in their 4-2 win against rivals Tottenham in December.Emery’s side were guilty of taking their foot off the gas after the interval. A two-goal advantage in the home leg is surprisingly precarious given its a healthy lead but the Gunners looked undecided whether to push for a third or to stick with what they had. Emery, a three-time winner of the Europa League, was happy with his side’s display (Picture: Getty)Their leaky defence means the Gunners are likely to need a goal in Italy to book their place in the final four but with Ramsey in this form they’ll have confidence they can.AdvertisementTonight was another reminder of Ramsey’s quality. He will be Arsenal’s loss and Juventus’ gain but for now he should just be enjoyed.MORE: Lionel Messi’s nasal scans come back clear after injury vs Manchester United Irreplaceable Aaron Ramsey inspires Arsenal to 2-0 win against Napolicenter_img Ancelotti will be encouraged by Napoli’s second half display (Picture: Getty)There was a golden chance for Ramsey to grab his second of the night but he skied over Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cutback ten minutes from time. It was a rare mistake in what had been a near faultless performance.Napoli improved and should have grabbed a crucial away goal. Their best opportunity fell to Piotr Zielinski but the Pole smashed over his effort when he was rolled in by Insigne’s pass across the box.The miss summed up the Italians’ night. They bore all the hallmarks of former manager Maurizio Sarri in that they were tidy and precise in possession but they lacked a killer instinct in forward areas.There were opportunities for Arsenal to round off the victory in the dying stages but they’ll take a healthy and deserved two-goal lead to Naples. Sean KearnsThursday 11 Apr 2019 11:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link909Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Jamie Carragher worried by Mikel Arteta’s response to David Luiz horror show for Arsenal against Man City

first_img Comment Advertisement Jamie Carragher worried by Mikel Arteta’s response to David Luiz horror show for Arsenal against Man City Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 7:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link176Shares David Luiz was sent off for the second time this season during Arsenal’s defeat vs Man City (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘People keep talking about experience, sometimes it’s one of the most overrated qualities.‘It doesn’t matter how old you are. David Luiz is not good enough for Arsenal. They’ve got a young French lad coming in next season, they’ve bought Mari, they need another one because they’ve still got Sokratis. Mustafi played tonight.These are not good enough. ‘The problem with someone like a David Luiz, you think you’ll do this and do that and get the best out of him. You won’t.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘People at the top of the club, if they are deciding that David Luiz is not getting this year extended that is right. If Mikel Arteta thinks he should get that year I think that’s wrong. ‘I’d be really worried as an Arsenal fan if Mikel Arteta felt David Luiz should get another year at Arsenal. I’d be worried if he was my manager.’MORE: Gary Neville picks out Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi for praise despite Man City maulingMORE: Bacary Sagna mocks Arsenal over David Luiz red card in Manchester City defeatFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Jamie Carragher was critical of Arsenal’s performance after Mikel Arteta’s side lost 3-0 at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher admitted he would be worried were he an Arsenal fan listening to Mikel Arteta intimating he wants David Luiz to extend his contract following another calamitous individual performance against Manchester City. The former Chelsea centre-half could leave the club less than 12 months after he arrived, with his contract due to expire at the end of the month. Arsenal have the option to extend for a further year but are yet to make a concrete decision on Luiz’s future.Arteta left his most senior player out of last night’s starting line-up but was forced to introduce Luiz to the fray following an injury to January loan signing Pablo Mari, who was making only his second Premier League appearance.AdvertisementAdvertisementLuiz was subsequently at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opening goal on the stroke of half-time when he allowed Kevin de Bruyne’s pass to reach the City winger. Worse was to follow four minutes after the restart when he was handed his second red card of the season for bringing down Riyad Mahrez inside the penalty area.ADVERTISEMENTAfter the match Luiz accepted responsibility for a sub-par performance and conceded he should have made a definitive decision on his own future sooner. Arteta, meanwhile, stood by the Brazil international and all but admitted he wanted the player to stay put, which sounded the alarm bells for Sky Sports pundit Carragher. Advertisementlast_img read more

GAM confirms liquidation plans for absolute return funds

first_imgIt expected to make another payment to investors later in September and further distributions “in the coming months” as less liquid assets were sold, GAM said.“GAM’s priority is to maximise value for the fund investors throughout the liquidation process, while ensuring equal and fair treatment to all,” the company’s statement said.“Because these funds have a mix of mainly liquid assets and some less liquid assets, GAM is focused on ensuring balance between value maximisation with speed of liquidation.”For investors wishing to remain invested in the strategy, GAM said it would launch a new UCITS fund “in the coming weeks”, while a new Cayman Islands-based fund was also in the pipeline.Investors have been queuing up to take their money out of the fund range after lead manager Tim Haywood was suspended on 31 July. Dealing in the funds was subsequently halted after a large number of investors attempted to pull out of the strategies.An internal investigation had identified problems with Haywood’s risk management and record keeping. No other strategies or funds were affected, GAM said.GAM chief executive Alexander Friedman said: “The suspension and the subsequent decision to liquidate the funds has been a difficult process, but necessary to ensure that we deliver on our principles of acting in the best interests of all fund investors and treating them equally and fairly. This does not take away from the fundamental strength of GAM as a diversified asset manager. “We have spent the past few years restructuring GAM into a more efficient business with a less volatile earnings profile, while continuing to build out high performing, specialist strategies that are relevant for our clients. This has made GAM better positioned to weather a challenging environment, and we believe we will continue to attract clients to our platform and deliver value to our investors in the years to come.” Swiss asset manager GAM is to restructure its absolute return bond funds, liquidating the majority of assets in the CHF7.3bn (€6.3bn) strategy in the wake of a wave of redemption requests.The company said in a statement this morning that it expected to begin meeting withdrawal requests from “early September”.GAM said it expected to realise between 74% and 87% of the assets in its Luxembourg- and Ireland-domiciled UCITS unconstrained and absolute return bond funds.Between 60% and 66% of a Cayman Islands-based fund and its related Cayman and Australian feeder funds would be realised in early September, it added.last_img read more

Escape to a country retreat in Tallebudgera Valley

first_imgThe entertainment pavilion has a billiard table and wet bar. The house is on a 1ha block.The second floor is dedicated to the master bedroom, which includes an ensuite, kitchenette, walk-in wardrobe and Juliette balcony.The property also has an entertainment pavilion with billiard table and wet bar as well as three stables with tack rooms and three paddocks.Mrs Vidgen said it would be sad to say goodbye to their home.“We no longer ride horses and with the children grown up with families of their own, it is sadly time to downsize,” she said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe home has been renovated to bring it up to a more modern standard.Extending the second floor, asphalting the long driveway, building a timber entertainment deck and adding an in-ground solar heated pool were among the biggest changes.It now resembles a contemporary country ranch.Mrs Vidgen said the kitchen and entertainment deck were her favourite spots in the house.“To entertain family and friends, the spacious, fully renovated kitchen makes catering a breeze,” she said.“(I love) overlooking the spectacular valley views while having meals on the deck.”There is a formal loungeroom with combustion heater, separate dining area and a multipurpose room that could be used as a home office, family room or gym on the first floor. The ultimate country retreat.FANCY a country retreat with an entertainment pavilion, resort-style pool and horse stables?A acreage estate at Tallebudgera Valley has hit the market for the first time in 24 years.Owners Wendie and Peter Vidgen bought the property on Monday Drive, which runs off Tallebudgera Creek Rd, in 1994.Mrs Vidgen said the secluded position with plenty of outdoor space attracted them to it.“(It was) the view, the serenity and privacy the location offered and the ability to have horses,” she said.They have renovated the four-bedroom, three-bathroom house. The resort-style pool is surrounded by a tropical garden. Indoor and outdoor living blends seamlessly. The property also has three stables with tack rooms and three paddocks.last_img read more

Ethics dispute erupts in Belgium over euthanasia rules

first_imgYahoo.com 17 February 2018Family First Comment: Why would NZ even want to go near this type of scenario….“Some experts say the case as documented in the letter amounts to murder; the patient lacked the mental capacity to ask for euthanasia and the request for the bedridden patient to be killed came from family members… Although euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002 and has overwhelming public support, critics have raised concerns in recent months about certain practices, including how quickly some doctors approve requests to die from psychiatric patients.”Make a submission against euthanasia in NZ – submissions close 6 March – www.protect.org.nzA disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world’s most liberal euthanasia laws.The case is described in a letter provided to The Associated Press, written by a doctor who resigned from Belgium’s euthanasia commission in protest over the group’s actions on this and other cases.Some experts say the case as documented in the letter amounts to murder; the patient lacked the mental capacity to ask for euthanasia and the request for the bedridden patient to be killed came from family members. The co-chairs of the commission say the doctor mistakenly reported the death as euthanasia.Although euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002 and has overwhelming public support, critics have raised concerns in recent months about certain practices, including how quickly some doctors approve requests to die from psychiatric patients.The AP revealed a rift last year between Dr. Willem Distelmans, co-chair of the euthanasia commission, and Dr. Lieve Thienpont, an advocate of euthanasia for the mentally ill. Distelmans suggested some of Thienpont’s patients might have been killed without meeting all the legal requirements. Prompted by the AP’s reporting, more than 360 doctors, academics and others have signed a petition calling for tighter controls on euthanasia for psychiatric patients.READ MORE: https://www.yahoo.com/news/death-dementia-patient-stirs-belgium-euthanasia-fears-084645936.htmllast_img read more

Loreen-Bannis gets major award in New York

first_imgPhoto credit: GIS NewsShe can now be called a woman of great esteem, after being granted a major award in Brooklyn, New York at the weekend.Laureen Bannis-Roberts, Liaison officer/Diaspora affairs for Dominica and former parliamentarian, said her hard work in the field ofpolitics has brought her the “Woman of Great Esteem Emerald Award.”The prize established by Jamaican-born Reverend Sylveta Hamilton-Gonzales in 1995, is a division of QKingdom Ministries Inc. and recognizes the extraordinary contributions of women worldwide to the advancement of human rights and world peace.“I must say I felt very humbled to have received this award from this prestigious institution,” Bannis-Roberts stated.She also received a citation from the New York City council and a certificate of special congressional recognition on Saturday March 26th.Mrs. Bannis-Roberts, expressed gratitude to her family, colleagues, friends and her former consituency; “I want to thank the father, the Almighty Father for his blessings, my husband, my father, my children, my brothers and sisters and  the rest of my family and friends for their support and encouragement over the years. I want to thank in particular Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and my former cabinet colleagues, for working together and ensuring that I could perform to the best of my ability. I also want most importantly to thank the residents of the Castle Bruce constituency and all those who have supported and prayed for me over the years. She expressed profound gratitude and appreciation to Ms. Jean Joseph for nominated her, “I want to thank Ms. Jean Joseph and an outstanding Dominican living in New York who has nominated me for this most prestigious award.”“Hard work and perseverance has paid off and commitment to country and passion to serve has not gone unnoticed.”The former Castle Bruce MP has vowed to continue working with Dominica “to ensure that we continue to move Dominica to the next level.”More than 140 women from 27 countries have been honoured with the Woman of Great Esteem Emerald Award.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Loreen-Bannis gets major award in New York by: – March 28, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 88 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Cardinals Square Off Against Trojans

first_imgThe St Louis 7th grade boys basketball team hosted the Sunman-Dearborn Trojans on Thursday and were able to come away with a good win 31-25.The game started off with Sunman-Dearborn controlling the inside and that coupled with the Cardinals unable to convert some short shot around the goal allowed the Trojans to take a 8 – 4 about half way during the 1st quarter. But St. Louis fought back on defense and was able to tie the score by the end of the quarter at 10-10. In the 2nd quarter, St Louis played tough defense on the Trojans and were to knock some shots putting the Cardinals up 23 – 14 at half time. In the second half, St. Louis struggled a bit to score but their defense continued to keep the Trojans in check and the Cardinals were able to secure another victory by the score of 31 – 25.The scoring for St. Louis consisted of Freeland with 2, Schebler 2, Oesterling 13, Ratcliff 6 and Voegele 8. After to getting off to a slow start, the Cardinals defense all played well as a team as they created turnovers and worked hard keep the Trojans off the board.  The scoring for Sunman Dearborn was led by Luke Collinsworth with 14.The Cardinals record now goes to 20-2. The next game is next Tuesday against St. Nicholas. The game will be played at Milan beginning at 6:00.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.On 8th grade recognition night, the St. Louis Cardinals 8th grade boys basketball team defeated a short- handed Sunman-Dearborn Middle School team by a final score of 31 to 19.The Cardinals, after enjoying a 15 to 10 lead at the half , held the visiting Trojans at bay in the 3rd quarter, and took a 27 to 10 lead going into the final stanza.Jacob Deutsch was aggressive inside the paint and finished with a game high 8 points. Evan Vogelsang had the touch from the outside connecting on a pair of 3’s. Adam Cox and Jonathan Deal followed with 5 points each. Charlie Dice had 4 points and Zach Harmeyer added a trey. Zeb Streator did not make the scoring column, but a couple of block shots seem to ignite his Cardinal teammates.  Joey Gutzwiller, Keegan Weberding, Aaron Weber, Eli Tuveson, and Abe Peetz assisted in the scoring and provided solid defense.The 9-11 Cardinals will finish the regular season Tuesday night against St Nicholas.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.last_img read more

James Milner: Liverpool must learn to close out games to avoid ‘mental problem’

first_imgLiverpool vice-captain James Milner accepts the players have to find a way to close out winning situations to avoid it becoming a mental problem. Milner, leading the side in the absence of the injured Jordan Henderson, admits it will get worse unless the Reds can break their habit. “That’s something that we have to address and make sure it doesn’t become a mental problem,” he said. “It is frustrating. It was a disappointing way to draw. “We didn’t have too many chances after they scored and that was another disappointment. “We didn’t react and mentally we didn’t have that reaction to go again after they scored.” Substitute Christian Benteke looked like he had settled a turgid encounter with a thumping 77th-minute header, but Sadio Mane forced home an 86th-minute equaliser from close range – only to spoil his afternoon by getting sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time. Klopp was disappointed with the concession of the goal, which came from a free-kick at which they were not strong enough defensively in the air. The German recognises this is a problem which stems back to long before he took over, but has urged the players to stop allowing themselves to be worried by what has dogged them in the past when it comes to set-pieces. The team registered an eighth draw in nine matches when they were pegged back to 1-1 by Southampton on Sunday and, like on five of the previous occasions, it was their inability to hold onto a lead which cost them. Manager Jurgen Klopp, who is still looking for his first win after three draws since taking over, noted the issue in his post-match comments when he said: “We didn’t believe any more that we could turn this game (after conceding the equaliser), and that is a problem.” “You hope nothing happens when a ball goes in the air – I have seen things like this not only with my team but other teams. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Klopp said. “You see the ball in the air and you think, ‘Oh my God’. That is what you have to change. “I hope I am not the only person in the stadium who felt it was not the end of the world. “We can work with this result. We can work with this performance of the team. “If I had the feeling these guys were not ready for fighting then it would be really bad news, but everyone saw how ready they are and that is the most important thing.” Klopp has stressed since replacing Brendan Rodgers at the helm just over a fortnight ago that there will be no quick turnaround in fortunes. He knows it will take time to implement his methods, but Milner believes they are edging closer to where he wants them to be. “We’re not that far away,” the England midfielder added. “We’ve only lost two games this year. We have drawn eight of the last nine or something ridiculous like that. “We’re not a million miles away. We know we need to improve and know we can improve. “We feel we can perform a lot better but we’re not losing the games, looking on the positive side.” Benteke’s third goal of the season was a powerful header from Milner’s cross, and his team-mate knows getting the Belgium international back from a hamstring injury which sidelined him for a month will boost Liverpool’s chances going forward. And that does not even take into account the missing Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings. “It wasn’t bad, was it?” Milner said of Benteke’s goal. “We don’t want to talk too much about injuries. It’s an easy excuse and we don’t want to go down that route – we’re better than that. “We have quality players regardless of our injury list, but to get Christian back is great. “The strikers we have at the club offer different things. They’re a good mix, and there will be a lot of changes to the way we play.” Southampton manager Ronald Koeman also took the positives from a point at Anfield – a result which maintained Saints’ unbeaten away form in the league this term. “It is very positive,” said the Dutchman, whose side won at Chelsea and have drawn their other four matches on the road. “It is one point, one point, one point, one point, but out of the five, Chelsea and Liverpool are difficult away games that tells how we grow as a team. “We are a bit unhappy with the way we played, and that is a good mentality.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Egypt’s goalkeeper thrilled as World Cup record looms

first_imgYekaterinburg, June 14: Egypt’s goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadary on Thursday said he would be thrilled to be the oldest player to ever take part in the FIFA World Cup, when the Pharaohs take on Uruguay.At 45 years and 151 days, Al-Hadary would break the record for the oldest player to compete in the tournament, presently held by Colombia’s Faryd Mondragon (43 years and three days), if he plays against Uruguay on Friday in the Egyptian national team’s first Group A match.”(If I play) I will be the happiest man in the world. I have played a lot of matches and have achieved many victories at the international level,” Al-Hadary said at a press conference. “Reaching the World Cup after 25 years of hard work is incredible. We tried it every four years, and did not make it. I always worked hard … and we hope to win.” IANSlast_img read more

Football regaining momentum in Essequibo

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyFOOTBALL fans are still passionate and devoted to the sport on the Essequibo coast. Despite this however, placing the ball within the nets has been quite a herculean task for the administrators.President of the Essequibo Football Association,Compton HaynesPresident of the Essequibo Football Association,Compton HaynesPreviously, very little was done to sustain the development of the sport either through school competitions, systematic coaching or having adequate infrastructural facilities,so as to create a stimulating environment.I vividly recalled the golden moments during the mid-80s and 90s when the game reigned supreme in the Region. Quite a number of clubs became popular and captivated the imagination of the public.Too close to call were the strength and charisma of Scramblers and Queenstown United Football clubs,since they both were skillful teams. I even remember witnessing the wizardry of Joseph Livan, Dexter Stephney, Compton Haynes, Ken Hercules and Albert Belfield among others who had Ronaldo- like status when they were on top of their game.The clubs then were also continuously engaged in games and functioned efficiently. It was during the 2000s and beyond though that the sport began to wane as the Essequibo Football Association (EBA) became dormant, if not decimated beyond recognition.It was only in 2014 that there was an attempt to resuscitate the Association with the installation of an Interim Management Committee (IMC) under the stewardship of Mr. Walter Joseph.Former President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Mr. Christopher Matthias was instrumental in this regard and there was some interest shown once again. Subsequently,a fully constituted body was formed in 2016 and elected former Scramblers’ left wing defender and Coach Mr. Compton Haynes as President.The Association once again became a constituted member of the GFF, a position they had relinquished due to their inactivity. Upon his elevation to the post and given his commitment and technical expertise, Mr. Haynes has been a tower of strength in having the sport resurrected beyond the sidelines.Competitive football is now ongoing through competitions at various levels as the ball weavers now enjoy some degree of hope and satisfaction while playing.A visit to any of the venues,either the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground or along the Coast line leading to Charity in the North or Queenstown to the South, one would be captivated by the enthusiasm and skills on display.This is indeed quite an encouraging prospect since I am convinced of the talent which exists in Essequibo given my observation and even intimate interaction with a wide cross section of the community based clubsI have also noted that coaching is being done at these venues in the afternoons and this is a welcome development.Commendations must therefore be extended to the Essequibo Football Association for their proactive approach since there was an element of despair that previously stymied the sport within the Region.In fact,teams from the interior are now being integrated; a distant thought which seemed beyond the comprehension of previous Administrators.Such vision is responsible for the renewed interest in football and this is due mainly to the astuteness of Mr. Haynes’ leadership and his keen focus on capacity building within the clubs.His approach has been quite resolute in trying to encourage various stakeholders including the business community and schools to remain active in the sport.Only recently, a quantity of equipment was donated by the GFF through its President Mr. Wayne Forde during his visit to the Region.Indeed,I can only view this as a positive correlation between the two bodies and for football in Essequibo as I envisage the outcome to produce national players and even Coaches and Referees.I am proud to mention Mr. Sherwin Moore who is now a national and international Referee and who has his roots in Essequibo.Those in the Region have been impressive as well during local matches and from all indication they are keen to perform at the next level too.I was also informed that four Under- 17 players were called to trials in a bid for national selection. The signals therefore are encouraging. Notwithstanding the continued challenges though and while not many goals have been scored thus far, the net is becoming increasingly vulnerable for the Essequibo Football Association to score in a big way as I am optimistic they will and endure beyond ninety minutes of success.last_img read more