Tony Becca | Land of my birth, I pledge to thee

first_img The good players always came back, however, and they came back through players like Michael Holding, Jeffrey Dujon, Courtney Walsh, Patrick Patterson, James Adams, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Fidel Edwards, Carl Hooper, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Brian Lara, Ian Bishop, Richie Richardson and Curtley Ambrose, and many more before them. The West Indian islands have always produced good players, and the players always, or most times, won titles. When Jamaica take to the field in March in their bid for the regional title, they will do so without some of their top players, without Gayle, Samuels, and Russell, and they will do so definitely without Nkrumah Bonner and Sheldon Cottrell. Win or lose, it will not be the same to me. I am a West Indian, and I love West Indies cricket. But I am a Jamaican-West Indian. Jamaica is the land of my birth. As Chris Gayle said recently, however, and apparently quite easily and with a smile on his face, “This is franchise cricket,” the four words that cover up everything else, some quite understandable (family), some understandable (money), and some not so understandable (money, and more money). In today’s world, in the mad rush for money, and more money, the four words, “this is franchise cricket”, trump loyalty, and sacrifice (even for those who would not any longer have to make the sacrifice). The cricketers go wherever they want to go, so, too, do the nurses, the teachers, and whoever wants to do so, and thank God, they are free so to do. To Carlos Brathwaite, however, for his commitment to Barbados and West Indies cricket, for leaving the Sydney Thunder and the Australian Big Bash and for deciding to play, after his brilliant last-minute blast of four consecutive sixes, carried the West Indies to victory in last year’s ICC World T20 Championship and pushed him to the top of the world’s “most wanted” list, for Barbados and the West Indies in the region’s Super50 tournament, well done and good luck. That’s a good example, a perfect example, and one that brings new hope for West Indies cricket. Some may say that sport today is business, and that it is just a part of modern-day business. That may be so. In the West Indies, however, in West Indies cricket, the franchise system must be different, and it must be different if only for reason. The franchise is used for club-to-club transactions and not for country-to-country transactions. In other words, it is used at the level below international representation, thus making it a good system for countries like England, Australia, India, and South Africa, for countries like the USA, Jamaica, and Barbados, and places like that. The West Indies, however, and West Indies cricket, therefore, are unique. The West Indies is made up of 12 sovereign countries, 12 independent countries, and of countries with their own governments, their own constitutions, their own money, their own national anthems, and their own flags, etcetera. And not one of these governments, at least not to my knowledge, has given anyone the authority to fiddle with the constitution of their country by making a citizen of another country a citizen of their country for the purposes of cricket. Neither have they given them the authority to sell off one of their players to another country, and only for cricket at that. Once upon a time, when the West Indies were the best in the world at cricket, their cricketers all played for their respective countries, and they played well. The competition was good, and those countries which were not so good tried to develop themselves until they themselves became good. Those days, the players were good, and the countries won and lost matches and tournaments. When they won tournaments, the countries celebrated, and when they lost, the countries looked around, built again, and tried to come again. Those who proposed and passed the franchise system, West Indian-style, probably have never heard the song, “Land of my birth, I pledge to thee, loyal and faithful, strong and free”. If they had, they probably would not have suggested it, much less forced it on the people of the West Indies. As good as the franchise system sometimes can be, it is not good for the West Indies, and especially not for those Jamaicans who are touched by the words, “This is my Jamaica, my Jamaica”, or for those, even though they are West Indians also, who are influenced by the words of another song, “I vow to thee my country”. The franchise system is a system used in sports, along with the name of a club or a community, to make money, and as much money as possible. It is hardly ever used to lift the standard of sport. Its main intention is not to improve sport by switching players around, from club to club, or from community to community, but rather to haul in money through the sale of players in an effort to win trophies, or simply to field a good, competitive team for the satisfaction of winning and to make more money. It is a simple matter. If I cannot produce a good player, I can go and buy one, and if I am not satisfied, I can go out and buy another. It is much easier than attempting to produce a good player. It is easier, and much cheaper, to find a good scout, or a not so good scout, to find a player. The franchise system is a money system, even though it has left many a club, even the biggest of them, deep in debt and living close to the bank despite the appearance of affluence. The clubs, particularly the European football clubs, are becoming more and more, and day by day, properties of American, Chinese, and Russian billionaires. GOOD PLAYERS COME BACK MODERN-DAY BUSINESSlast_img read more

Poor Social Studies Education Claims

first_imgThe Dean of the William V.S. Tubman Teachers College of the University of Liberia (UL), Euphemia K. Abdullai, has noted with that Social Studies (Sociology) is not taught well in Liberian schools, thereby causing society to face deviant behaviors from young people.She made the observation recently while addressing students on the UL Fendell campus, outside Monrovia. Madam Abdullai stressed that many teachers only read the text in Social Studies books, but cannot clearly explain in details with examples that will make students see themselves in the picture as well as understand the subject.According to her, cultural values and norms should be taught in the way that students will know why it is good to go by them, noting, “It will help them understand who they are and how different they are from others.”She said because Sociology is not properly taught to enlighten students of their culture and norms, they are not appreciative of their culture and do not respect their leaders.“Social Studies helps people to have concern for others around you and to obey certain orders from leaders including parents, but because these things are not properly taught, deviant behaviors have always begun with children that are brought up in the home, society and schools,” she added.She also observed that because Social Science is not taught with deeper understanding about society and its basic constituents, many young people and some adults do not have respect for their leaders, but feel they know more than those who lead them.Dean Abdullai also told the students that there is a difference between education and literacy and that no one should consider older folks who did not go through contemporary academic process to be uneducated.“These people in their own rights are educated, and they use it to settle social matters arising in their respective communities.  You don’t tell them that they are uneducated,” she said.Differentiating education from literacy, Dean Abdullai said, “Education is the process of developing skills to produce goods and services to society, while literacy is the ability to read and write.”By education, the Teachers College Dean stressed that one can make use of his/her skills to produce something beneficial to him/her society, unlike literacy that only prepares one to be able to read and write.Definition provided by the UL Teachers College Dean counters claims by Liberians that they are educated when they enter into the academic process.Since UL resumed academic activities on March 17, the William V.S. Tubman Teachers College Dean is one person who has given hope to students that classes would truly continue.Instructors and deans have been staying away from campus for reasons yet be known, but some insiders have hinted this newspaper that they are yet to be paid by the UL Administration.Regardless of what the situation may be Dean Abdullai has been going from class to class urging students to attach seriousness to their lessons, praying with them for God’s mercy as they continue their educational sojourn.These activities on the part of the Dean led some of the college’s instructors and students to say, “We hope God will add about two more decades to your life to still be with us, Dean.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pastors, Apostles, Prophets Endorse Dr. Mills Jones

first_img– Advertisement – The Destiny Ministers for Excellence, a group of Christian organizations in Monrovia, has endorsed the presidential bid of former Central Bank Governor Dr. Joseph Mills Jones.At the event held yesterday at the headquarters of the Movement for Economic Change (MOVEE) in Monrovia, spokesman Bishop Jeremiah Nimely said Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, after careful examination of all the presidential aspirants, stands out as the one with the requisite leadership credentials to deliver the people of Liberia.Bishop Nimely said, “Dr. Jones cares for his fellow citizens, and he has always said Liberia is a land of possibilities where every Liberian child can live to his/her full potential.”In a statement, he said, “Dr. Jones is a transformational leader whose hand prints are clearly seen from the work he did at the Central Bank of Liberia when he served as Executive Governor.”Dr. Jones is the standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) and has vowed to change the living conditions of Liberians because “poverty is not Liberians’ destiny.”Bishop Nimely said the group, comprising of pastors, apostles, prophets, as well as 150 congregational churches of Destiny Ministers for Excellence, ordinary Liberians, including rural residents, are living testimonies of his handiwork.He said Liberia is at a crossroads and the political clock is ticking rapidly towards October 10 when Liberians will go to the polls to decide who their next president will be.“It is our civil responsibility to do so, but more than that, we as pastors and religious leaders, considering our role as the moral compass of society, believe that these elections are very crucial to the sustenance of our peace and democracy. In so doing, we feel much more obliged to provide guidance for our fellow compatriots,” Bishop Nimely said.“We painstakingly evaluated all the presidential aspirants on the basis of love for nation, patriotism, demonstrated capacity, sober-mindedness and a national vision in which every individual’s vision is reflected, and found Dr. Jones as unmatched,” he said.Bishop Nimely noted that the above-mentioned characteristics are virtues befitting a national leader that will lead “us as a nation from the valley of despair and hopelessness to a veranda of possibilities and hopefulness,” and as such the group has resolved to support the presidential aspirations of Dr. Joseph Mills Jones.“We are prepared, when the time comes, to galvanize more support and campaign for you, Dr. Jones, everywhere to win the October 10 presidential elections. We will leave no stone unturned; we stand by you, Dr. Jones, for you are the hope of Liberia,” Bishop Nimely said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Dr. J. Mills Joneslast_img read more

2018 CAF Champions League: LISCR FC vs. Al-Hilal of Sudan

first_imgLISCR Captain Daniel Woto appreciating fans after his team’s qualification to the finals of the FA Cup (Photo Credit: T Kla Wesley)LISCR FC have been drawn against Sudan’s most successful football club, Al-Hilal, in the preliminary rounds of the 2018 CAF Champions League. Both teams were paired yesterday during the draw held at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.Al-Hilal, 25 times Sudan Premier League winners, will travel to Liberia for the first leg that will begin on 9-11 February and later host LISCR in the return leg in Omdurman, Khartoum State.LISCR will be returning to the annual CAF tournament since they last appeared in 2013 during the 49th edition, which was their second consecutive appearance. The ‘Shipping Boys’ failed to cross the preliminary round in their two appearances.This is the first time both teams will be clashing in the continental competition.In 2012 LISCR were thrashed 5-0 by BereKum Chelsea of Ghana following a 2-0 and 3-0 away and home victories. Later in 2013, Cameroonian side Union Douala became the stumbling block for LISCR after defeating the Liberian champions 3-1 on aggregate.However, LISCR’s opponents Al-Hilal have more experience in the tournament. Next year’s edition will mark the Sudanese club’s 31st appearance. Recently in the 53rd edition, the Sudanese club nicknamed ‘Seed al-balad’ (The Leader of the Country), finished in the group stage as one of the top 16 clubs after finishing at the bottom of Group A having accumulated 4 points out of 6 games.The 1992 losing finalists have reached two finals, five semifinals and made 8 appearances in the CAF Confederation Cup. Al-Hilal emerged as 2017 champions of the Sudanese Premiere League to reach a record 26th league title.The winner from LISCR’s match will go against the winner of the Athletic Club Léopards of the Republic of Congo and AS Togo-Port of Togo match in the first round.During yesterday’s draw Mamelodi Sundowns, Al Ahly, Wydad Casablanca, 2017 CAF Confederation Champions TP Mazembe and 2007 winners Etoile du Sahel were exempted from the preliminary rounds after given a bye into the first round slated for March.Twenty-seven (27) teams will qualify for the first round and will be joined by the five teams given a bye in the first round.2018 CAF Confederation Cup: ELWA United Get AS Onze Créateurs de Niaréla of MaliLiberia’s representative to the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup ELWA UnitedIn the CAF Confederation Cup draw, Liberia’s representative ELWA United, were paired against Malian side AS Onze Créateurs de Niaréla in the preliminary rounds of Africa’s secondary club football competition.ELWA United became Liberia’s next representative to the CAF secondary club competition after reaching the final of the domestic FA Cup against LISCR who had already won the championship-booking their slot to represent Liberia in the CAF Champions League.Liberia was this year represented in the Confederation Cup by Monrovia Club Breweries who were shockingly defeated 3-0 away to J.S Kabylie in Algeria. Breweries won the first leg 2-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt pays AFC financier $170M annually to store condoms – Jagdeo

first_img… spends less than half on healthcare delivery for entire regionThe controversial contract between the Public Health Ministry and Alliance For Change financier, Larry Singh’s Linden Holding Inc, on Friday for the second day running, attracted the attention of the National Assembly and the nation heard that Government is in fact spending more on that contract in one year than it spends for the entire budget for healthcare services in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo dropped the bombshell announcement – an announcement that was not formally challenged by Government speakers – that while Government has inked a contract to pay Linden Holdings Inc, the 2017 Budget has in its allocations $88 million for healthcare delivery services for Region Four.According to Jagdeo, Government has in fact opted to spend twice as much toOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo as he addressed the National Assemblystore condoms in the Sussex Street, Georgetown facility owned by Singh.He told the House that a perusal of the estimates revealed too that the entire Budget for education delivery in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) is set at a meagre $97 million as against the $170 million Government has earmarked to pay Singh for the storage of materials at the substandard Sussex Street property.Jagdeo recalled that Government had defended the decision to secure the bond by handpicking Singh through the sole sourcing method by pointing to the emergency demands at the time, saying it was urgently needed.According to Jagdeo, in one year, Government is paying close to $170 million for effectively a bottom house, saying, “remember they say we could not wait, had to get it done immediately because the drugs spoiling, the condoms spoiling.”“We are spending $170 million to this individual,” Jagdeo said as he juxtaposed that with the healthcare delivery service Capital Budget for Region Four being only $88.8 million.“You are spending twice as much on a bond to store condoms than that of entire health services budget for Region Four,” he reiterated.The Opposition Leader noted too that, “We are spending almost as much on this bond as the entire Capital Budget for Region Eight [Potaro-Siparuni],” which hePublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton along with other parliamentarians inspecting contents at the Sussex Street Bondoutlined is budgeted at $206 million. “Is that not shameful.”Jagdeo said the same scenario also obtains in the allocations of monies across other regions such as Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) where the entire capital projects are budgeted at $228 million.“The fiscal space was all eaten up on greed and falsehood and lack of transparency in procurement,” according to Jagdeo, as he responded to Government’s claims that finances are scare.last_img read more

Red-hot Matadores resume playoff run

first_imgLa Mirada (21-7) is led by Siemens, who averages 15.6 points per game. Williams, who came up big down the stretch against St. John Bosco on Tuesday, is scoring at an 11.8 clip with Robbins is putting in 10.8 points per contest. Compton (25-3), the Moore League champion, is coming off a 68-53 victory over Harvard-Westlake in the second round. The Tarbabes are led by junior Demar Derozan (21.9 ppg) and senior Edgar Garibay (14.1 ppg), who scored 28 points with 12 rebounds against Harvard-Westlake. Compton also has a win over traditional power Dominguez. La Habra is the lone area boys soccer team still alive in the CIF-SS divisional playoffs, which continue today with quarterfinal games. The Highlanders, who improved to 25-3 after a 4-3 victory over Diamond Ranch in the second round on Wednesday, play host to South Hills today at 3 p.m. La Habra, which finished second in the Freeway League is led by Edgar Bran, Jacob Baron and Bryan Aanderud. Bran scored two goals and had an assist in the win over Diamond Ranch. South Hills (13-3-9) upset top-seeded Santa Ana in the second round, scoring a 3-1 overtime victory. Three area schools – Montebello, Whittier and La Habra – continue their quest for CIF-SS girls water polo championships today with semifinal games. Montebello (23-5), the Almont League champion, will face Corona del Mar (21-6) in a Division I game at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park in Irvine. Heritage Park is located at 4601 Walnut Ave. The Oilers advanced to the semifinals with a 12-5 victory over Edison before holding off Long Beach Wilson, 13-1, in the quarterfinals. Corona del Mar, meanwhile, has cruised through the first two rounds, scoring routs over Long Beach Poly (13-1) and El Toro (11-2). Whittier (22-6) looks to hold its top seeding when it faces Chino Hills (25-6) in a Division III game, scheduled for 3 p.m. at Commerce Aquatorium. The Cardinals have faced little resistance in the first two rounds, scoring a 15-3 win over South Pasadena and a 9-4 decision over Upland. Chino Hills has survived two close encounters. The Huskies opened the playoffs with a 6-5 win over Downey before slipping past Arlington, 11-9. In Division VI, La Habra (18-14) faces El Segundo (22-3) at Mira Costa High. The Highlanders scored a 12-1 win over Santa Ana in the first round before beating Elsinore 8-6 in the quarterfinals. La Habra advanced to the semifinals with a forfeit win over Loara on Tuesday. The finals in each division are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. Santa Fe’s Marcus Orona, one of the favorites to win a state title, leads a list of 16 area wrestlers who will compete at the CIF-SS Masters Meet, scheduled for today and Saturday at Carter High School in Rialto. Wrestling begins at noon today and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Carter is located at 2630 N. Linden Ave. in Rialto. Orona, who competes at 119 pounds, is one of three area wrestlers who come into this weekend’s meet after scoring individual CIF titles last week. He is joined by California’s Matt Melendrez (140) and Schurr’s Julian Zuniga. Orona, who was top seed in his weight class at the Inland Division championships last week, won his title after scoring three falls and a major decision before winning a tough 3-2 decision over Westlake’s Arian Ghaffari in the final. Melendrez’s win was just as impressive. He scored three falls before upsetting top-seed Daniel Couts of Santa Fe in the semifinals and beating Masson Blow of Lompoc in the final. Like Melendrez, Schurr’s Zuniga was a surprise winner at 215 pounds. He scored two falls before three solid wins over Brent Pyles of Temescal Canyon, Daniel Turner of Jurupa Valley and Eduardo Marquez of Temecula Valley. Santa Fe will have an area-best five wrestlers at this weekend’s competition. Also competing for the Chiefs, besides Orona, are Dimitri Crouch (103), Couts (140), Miguel Garcia (189) and Lenny Romero (275). Three other area schools – California, El Rancho and La Mirada – will have three wrestlers each competing. California’s list, besides Melendrez, includes Ruben Warr (130) and Nik Noriega (152). El Rancho will have Joseph Salas (119), Tony Fernandez (189) and Billie Rivera (215) with La Mirada bringing Justin Gonzalez (125), Jeff Blanco (160) and Bud Coit (275). La Habra has one qualifier for this weekend’s event – Aaron La Farge (103). The top eight placers at the Masters advance to next weekend’s CIF State championships in Bakersfield. steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img La Mirada High School continues its quest for a CIF-Southern Section boys basketball title when it plays host to Compton in a Division I-AA quarterfinal game tonight at 7:30. The Matadores, who beat highly ranked Artesia earlier this season, have won 10 of their past 12 games. They are coming off a 63-54 victory over St. John Bosco. La Mirada had 16 points from sophomore Derrick Williams and 13 each from seniors Josh Robbins and Taylor Siemens to close the game with a 12-0 blitz. last_img read more

Event to fight hunger

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Grace raised $57,000 last year in its biggest individual fundraiser. “It’s a critically important event for us because we can’t run the program if we don’t have the money,” Baker said. Tickets are $100; the event starts at 5:30p.m. For information, call (661) 940-5272 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 LANCASTER – One of the Antelope Valley’s most prominent charities wants to fight hunger with laughter. Grace Resource Center, which provides food and other essential services to thousands of the Antelope Valley’s homeless and poor each year, will host a charity event tonight that will feature a dinner, auctions and live entertainment, including an appearance by popular Christian comedian Mike G. Williams. A Night of Grace will be held at Eliopulos Pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Grace executive director Steve Baker said the 10th charity dinner is the first that will feature a comedy act. “It’s going to be different having a comedian. Hunger is no laughing matter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time trying to defeat it.” last_img read more

Hybrids have Toyota hoping to see green

first_imgTOKYO – Toyota’s commitment to hybrid automobiles was on full display Thursday when it unveiled its most expensive gasoline-electric vehicle yet – the $124,000 luxury sedan Lexus LS. Executives at Japan’s No. 1 automaker are fully convinced that hybrid cars are the way of the future. And they’re betting that growing consumer concern about the environment – and higher gas prices – will lure even wealthy buyers to the new model, which went on sale Thursday in Japan for 15 million yen and will arrive later elsewhere. Executive Vice President Masatami Takimoto denied hybrids were “a transitional technology” that will be replaced by more advanced ecological technology in the future. “As long as cars exist, the need for hybrid technology will remain,” Takimoto said. Toyota Motor Corp., which introduced its first hybrid, the Prius, 10 years ago, sold about 300,000 hybrids worldwide last year, and it plans to sell a million hybrids a year sometime after 2010. Although all the world’s automakers are working on hybrids, Japan’s No. 1 automaker has dozens of patents on the technology and has sold more hybrids than any other automaker. The most common hybrids today switch between a gas engine and electric motor to deliver better mileage and reduce emissions that cause global warming. But Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe said the technology for hybrid systems can be applied to power other types of vehicles, which run on fuel other than gas, including biofuels and hydrogen. “The hybrid system is a core technology that can be applied anywhere,” Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe told reporters. Toyota, which has introduced two other hybrid Lexus models, said the hybrid LS went on sale in Japan Thursday. Starting next month, it will roll out gradually in Europe, North America and Asia, including China, and other regions. Toyota expects to sell 7,000 Lexus LS cars in 2007, including 4,000 in Japan. The company did not give other regional breakdowns. The success of hybrids has been a big plus for Toyota’s image at a time when concerns about the global environment and soaring gas prices are growing. Watanabe said he hopes hybrid Lexus models will further enhance Toyota’s value.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

Three things we learned today at the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Just in time: Toni Kroos saved Germany’s World Cup hopes in stoppage time against Sweden © AFP / Odd ANDERSENSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 23 – Germany staved off an early World Cup exit by the finest of margins thanks to Toni Kroos’s brilliant stoppage-time goal, but continue to trail an impressive Mexico side in Group F.Belgium, meanwhile, produced one of the few free-scoring performances of the tournament so far with Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard in fine form for the Red Devils. Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the World Cup today.Never count Germany outThe world champions were staring elimination at the first hurdle at a World Cup for the first time since 1930 when Kroos stood over a free-kick with 94 minutes on the clock in Sochi.One majestic swipe of the Real Madrid midfielder’s right foot and Germany are suddenly a threat to win the competition again.But there remains plenty of room for improvement. Joachim Loew’s decision to drop Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil wasn’t a resounding success as Germany struggled to create chances and were opened up on the counter-attack just as they were in defeat by Mexico.But Kroos’s brilliance has handed the holders a lifeline. Count them out at your peril.Brilliant BelgiumIn a World Cup where the favourites have largely failed to shine and struggled for goals, Belgium have so far stood out as a class apart.Lukaku moved level with Cristiano Ronaldo as the tournament’s top scorer on four goals, but an ankle ligament injury may prevent the Manchester United striker from fighting for the Golden Boot.After Panama and Tunisia, Roberto Martinez’s men face a steep step up in opposition, starting with England in Kaliningrad on Thursday.But their place in the last 16 should already be guaranteed by then with Martinez promising to ring the changes and they may even prefer to finish second in Group G.The group winners look set for the tougher side of the draw that could contain Brazil, Germany and France.Mexico making a noiseOne of the best supported nations in Russia, Mexican fans have flooded across the Atlantic in tens of thousands and their side are making just as big an impression on the pitch.After the emotional highs of beating Germany in their opening game, there was no hangover in Rostov as Juan Carlos Osorio’s men kept South Korea at arm’s length despite some rough treatment from the Asians and deservedly claimed another three points.Work still needs to be done with Mexico needing to avoid defeat against Sweden to be sure of making the last 16 for the seventh straight World Cup.On the last six occasions, that is as far as Mexico have gone. But there can be high hopes of making the quarter-finals this time around, particularly if they top the group to avoid a potential last-16 clash with Brazil.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pickford pens new six-year deal at Everton

first_img0Shares0000Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford signed a new six-year deal with the Premier League side on Wednesday © AFP / Adrian DENNISLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 26 – England number one Jordan Pickford said he believes moving to Everton was the key factor in him starring at the World Cup as he signed a new six-year deal with The Toffees on Wednesday.Pickford didn’t make his England debut until after joining Everton from Sunderland for £30 million ($39 million) in June 2017, but just a year later played a major part in Russia as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years. “When I made the move last year, I thought Everton would be a great club to come to and the right step in my career,” said Pickford.“Getting the opportunity to become England’s number one was down to being at Everton, I believe, and being able to put in solid performances week in and week out.“Coming to Everton, a massive club with a massive history and seeing how passionate and determined the fans are, it’s inspired me to perform week in and week out and it’s moved my career on, without question.”Things haven’t yet gone as well at club level for Pickford, though, as Everton finished a disappointing campaign in eighth last season and are currently 12th in the Premier League after six league games under new boss Marco Silva.However, Pickford wants to go onto become a “legend” at Goodison Park.“This is a great club for me and, hopefully, we can get the success for the fans to earn the right to be a legend at Everton one day, each and every one of us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more