Chloe Logarzo dedicated her first ever World Cup goal to team-mate Laura Alleway, as Australia fought from 2-0 down to beat Brazil 3-2 on Thursday.Alleway was ruled out of the tournament just days before the Matildas kicked off in France, the centre-back having suffered a foot injury.It was a blow that hit the whole team, but Logarzo in particular, who revealed just why after her strike in their second group game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Asked what the tape around her arm was, she replied: “This is for Laura Alleway.“She got injured before [the tournament] so my goal celebration was for her because she sings ‘Superwoman’ [by Alicia Keys] to me before I play.“She sings it every game,” the midfielder continued.“She sits right next to me so it was hard for me to lose her but she sang to me in the phone so I listen to it before I go out.“I know, that’s so cheesy! She’s in the grand stand watching us, she wasn’t going to miss a game.”Alleway wasn’t the only person that Logarzo had in mind though as Australia defied the odds to keep their World Cup dream alive.“That win was definitely for Ante [Milicic, head coach],” she said, with him having come under fire after the Matildas’ defeat to Italy.“The criticism has come more on his behalf and it’s really disheartening for us to hear that because the amount of belief that he’s instilled in us and the amount of work that he’s put in is just incredible.“I don’t think people see that so that’s definitely for him.“We’re not listening to the criticism,” the 24-year-old continued.“We have belief in our team and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says.“Ante’s given us that belief and what we have within this team is something special. If no one sees it, we definitely have the belief to show them.“I don’t know if you saw it but the amount of emotion that came onto that field was just incredible.“It was finally the football that we wanted to play. I think we showed the world what we have and it was the relief that we’ve been waiting for.”The rivalry between Australia and Brazil showed once more in what was a passionate game of football, influenced even further by Alleway’s absence and the recent criticism.After netting in a World Cup in what Logarzo calls “a dream come true”, the Matildas now have one final group game against Jamaica and they can still top Group C by winning it.“We could [top the group] but we need to take one game at a time. We can’t be thinking about that.“Jamaica will be a hard game, we can’t really take it lightly. The World Cup is showing right now that everyone has stepped up a little and we just need to get our recovery on track and think about the next game.“If we keep level-headed and not get ahead of ourselves I think the momentum can push us all the way through but we need to just not be on our high horse.”Australia take on Jamaica, who face Italy on Friday, on Tuesday, June 18.
11 February 2009Sudan has made tremendous strides towards peace and recovery in the past few years, but major challenges such as lack of clean water, high maternal mortality and low school enrolment require the sustained support of the country’s partners, the top United Nations relief official there said today. The UN and its partners still need $1.5 billion of the $2.2 billion sought for the 2009 Sudan Work Plan, which was launched last November and covers humanitarian and early recovery needs throughout the vast African nation.Almost half of the funds sought in what is the world’s largest humanitarian appeal are earmarked for the war-torn region of Darfur, where an estimated 4.7 million people continue to be in need of assistance after six years of conflict. “Sudan has taken tremendous strides towards peace and recovery in the past few years,” UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ameerah Haq told a news conference in Khartoum, noting that the UN and partners have been successful in delivering basic services such as food, water and shelter in many parts of the country over the past four years. Among the other achievements, she cited the building of the first all weather roads in Southern Sudan around Yambio; over 8,000 teachers trained for enhanced education across Sudan; 6.5 million children receiving vitamin supplements; and over 686,000 households receiving food assistance.“But there are still enormous challenges. Humanitarian and social indicators in many parts of the country are alarming,” added Ms. Haq, who is also the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Sudan. “In the south, more than half the population does not have access to clean water, and the number of mothers dying in childbirth is one of the highest in the world, and the number of people immunised one of the lowest. “In some eastern states malnutrition rates are above the emergency threshold, and in several regions school enrolment rates are among the worst worldwide,” she reported.In addition to addressing those challenges, Ms. Haq also stressed the UN’s commitment to tackle important environmental issues. “Sudan’s natural resource base has been damaged by decades of conflict. It is critical to reverse this damage,” she stated.The 2009 Work Plan is the result of collaboration by government, donors, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and covers a total of 910 projects across 10 sectors.