The new national coach of Algeria, Djamel Belmadi, the bureaucratic process has begun in the Algerian soccer federation to summon the Racing Santander goalkeeper Luca Zidane with the absolute team, local press reported today.According to the prestigious newspaper Echouruk, the technician met with the son of Zinedine Zidane before the outbreak of the crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic and the goalkeeper gave his approval to process the application for an Algerian passport based on the roots of his family in the North African country.“The Green Foxes of the Desert”, one of the most powerful teams in Africa, they had already tried other times to attract the Real Madrid keeper – transferred to Racing this season – but according to Algerian media and sources close to the federation consulted by Efe, it has been Belmadi who has achieved the final push.Algeria’s idea is that Luca Zidane could be ready for the World Cup qualifiers in the fall and for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) scheduled for next January in Cameroon, in which he will defend the title obtained in the last edition. The 21-year-old goalkeeper has already been selected at a young age by France, the team with which the U-17 European won, and will have to compete for the position with the holder, Raïs M’Bolhi (Al-Ettifaq – Saudi Arabia) and his eternal alternate, Azzedine Doukha (Al-Raed – Saudi Arabia), both 33 years old.Algeria, a country with a long tradition in the World Cups, tries to recover its potential after the elimination in the 2014 World Cup, in which it managed to go to the second round, plunged it into an acute political and results crisis that caused it to parade through the bench to a dozen coaches, including the Spanish Lucas Alcaraz, until the arrival of Belmadi.Engaged in a process of reconstruction and rejuvenation, new and veteran stars like Manchester City winger Riad Mahrez play in their ranks, the Betis central defender Aïsa Mandi, the midfielder Yacine Brahimi (Al-Rayyan SC – Qatar), playmaker Nabil Bentaleb (Newcastle) or striker Islam Slimani (Monaco).
The last great joy of rayismo is one year old. That April 28, 2019, the franjirrojo team beat Real Madrid (1-0), thanks to a penalty goal from Embarba. The Vallecanos faced that game as bottoms and had only added five of 18 possible points since Paco Jémez’s return to the bench. The permanence was very difficult, but the victory against the whites made it possible: He was six points with three days ahead. That day, when a General Election was also held, Rayism regained faith in a salvation that never came. Ironies of fate, the franjirrojos suffered the same outcome in their last two league wins against Real Madrid (1-0, in the 18-19 and 1-0, in the 96-97), the descent.Rayo faced that date without his Tomás pichichi (He added 39% of the total goals) for the del fear clause ’. However, the coach bet on Javi Guerra, who ended up being the target of Vallejo’s penalty. A grab that González Fuertes, at the request of Cordero Vega, reviewed on the monitor. Controversies on the sidelines, the redheads came out with the hunger that gives the need. Before 1-0, Pozo had already put Courtois in serious trouble twice.. While only Marcelo worried Alberto in the first part. After the break, Bale ran into Vallecano behind and Alberto and the locals, spurred on by a stadium to burst, continued to tread the rival area. This is how Paco explained, in The Coaches’ Voice, where was the key: “With our three midfielders and two insiders, who got inside a lot and left the lane to the sides, we tried to create superiority in the middle so that Madrid did not have the ballSince it was very dangerous there. You had to take it off and make him run a lot to steal it. That’s how we get possession and get inside. “Of that eleven Alberto, Tito, Mario Suárez, Pozo and Baby continue (Abdoulaye is on loan at Depor) in the ranks of Rayo in Segunda. Paco, author of the best post-match phrase, also remains on the bench: “I thought I would never win against Madrid, I can die calmly now.” The bad role of the franjirrojos as visitors and their defensive fragility condemned them the following day against Levante (4-1). The happiness did not last long …
He’s a quick, highly effective ahead, who likes to face out always and voracious when he steps on the rival space. A headache for any protection. His statistics, not surprisingly, have additionally attracted the consideration of the Spanish staff: he was known as by Julen Guerrero for the U-15.Subsequent 12 months, when the competitors resumes, will turn into the nice reference of the first Cadet of Madrid. In La Rojita his place is in the U-16, though the aspiration of the younger striker is to sneak into the squads of the U-17 (one 12 months older than him), who in 2021 has a World Cup qualifying Euro forward. It’s troublesome, though in the event you keep that sense of aim you can not rule something out … Iker Gil (Zaragoza, 2005) is the aim man for the Actual Madrid youth staff. Earlier than any presentation, it’s higher to let the numbers communicate for him: he arrived in Valdebebas in 2017 and in simply three seasons (the latter incomplete attributable to the coronavirus) he has scored 120 targets. Crack statistics.Trying again, Gil began scoring targets in groups from his metropolis, Zaragoza. La Muela, Oliver and La Amistad noticed him pierce the nets from a younger age earlier than he took the first leap of his profession: He entered the Zaragoza quarry in 2015. There he maintained his development, which aroused the consideration of Actual Madrid.Arriving in Valdebebas didn’t weigh him down and he paid off from the starting: 33 targets in 24 video games as Infantil B (to which I’d add two extra in the Champions Cup). It was solely his letter of introduction, as a result of in the second marketing campaign as a Actual Madrid participant he fully uncovered himself: 51 targets in 24 duels (greater than two per sport). This 12 months, earlier than the break, he had 32 targets in the 18 video games performed with Cadet B. The change in class didn’t alter him.
The year 2015 is over. Whew! Good news. I am of the opinion that sports in general took a massive beating, with scandals and corruption allegations taking away headlines from the ones who make sports exciting and entertaining – the athletes themselves.That is not to say that the athletes who excited and entertained us were ‘saints’. What last year’s headlines revealed was that those who were supposed to administer the competitions and ensure fairness were there only to enrich themselves and their ‘pardeees’.I view all evidence of malfeasance and corruption as equally abhorrent. Therefore, there is no scandal worse than another. The multiple arrests, allegations, and confessions of the administration of world football, FIFA, take the lead position mainly because of the extent of the problem. But the revelations in athletics, WADA, and the IAAF should not be viewed as any less than what is going on in FIFA. Corruption is corruption, and as Dick Pound is quoted as saying: “In the old days, sport was well outside of anything that governments had focused on. They were all private organisations, and they were run kind of informally like clubs, and so on, and they have tried to pretend that they can do that even in 2015 … and they can’t.”It simply won’t work in this day and age; you have to be more transparent, which doesn’t mean that you have to run around buck naked, but people have to understand how a decision was reached, and by whom, and for what reasons, and that sort of thing never used to happen. There was a code of silence. Sport has got to change, or it’s going to be changed.”The world, now really a global village, means that Jamaica is not immune from the stain of the revelations.In football, the local administrators have steadfastly continued to use a formula for a return to the World Cup that has failed repeatedly, but in the past, such failures were pooh-poohed by a confident president, who knew that he could rely on his contacts and ‘pardees’ in FIFA to arrange international games, tours, and invitations to international tournaments to keep our football relevant.GLOOMY 2016?Now, with a business partner with FIFA clout under house arrest and other ‘friends of Caribbean football’ constantly looking over their shoulders at moves and statements by the female attorney general of the United States, things do not look good for 2016.The hiring of a German coach with a salary package that could not be supported by local financing, coupled with the inability to compensate ‘foreign’ Jamaicans who are used to ’nuff’ money when playing for Jamaica, will end with the failure (again) of this nation to qualify for another World Cup.In cricket, the present regional administrators of the sport have rubbished a report prepared by a CARICOM subcommittee on cricket – that they initiated and for which they handpicked some of the members – determined to continue on their merry way, owing millions of US dollars to the Indian cricket board, antagonising and alienating our best cricketers, and insulting island prime ministers, regardless of what the fans and the other cricketing nations think of West Indian cricket.In track and field, the present administrators have steadfastly refused to answer the reasonable questions raised by colleague columnist Laurie Foster re ‘peculiar’ occurrences regarding tickets bought and used for athletes who did not travel to a particular meet.Dick Pound’s quote in the first paragraph rings true.”There was a code of silence. Sport has got to change, or it is going to be changed.”May 2016 be the year when sport rids itself of corruption! The first salvo in the fight for change is term limits for ‘volunteers’ in administration! Then, 2016 can be better than 2015.It must be better for sports’ sake.
The Jamaica Scorpions made a disastrous start to their 2016 NAGICO Super50 campaign at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday. Hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force crushed the Scorpions by 84 runs in their Group B match. Scores: Red Force 221 all out off 47.2 overs; Scorpions 137 all out in 42.5 overs. The Scorpions’ innings was undermined by fast-medium bowler Marlon Richards, who bagged five for 36 in his allotted 10 overs. He got good support from left-arm bowler Yannick Ottley, who took two for 16 in 4.5 overs. Top batsman for Jamaica was Brandon King with 26. Earlier Evin Lewis slammed 74 with six fours and three mighty sixes to lift the Red Force to their match winning score. Other useful contributions came from Rayad Emrit (43) and Richards 31. Damion Jacobs (three for 40), Nikita Miller (two for 27) and Tamar Lambert (two for 34) were the leading bowlers for Jamaica. In St Kitts, the Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated Guyana Jaguars by one run under the Duckworth/Lewis Method in their rain-affected match. Scores: Volcanoes 214 all out off 50 overs (Devon Smith 91, Sunil Ambris 47, Liam Sebastian 27; Gudakesh Motie 3-32, Steven Jacobs 3-40). Jaguars 122 for four off 26 overs (Assad Fudadin 44 not out). In St Augustine, Trinidad, Barbados Pride defeated ICC Americas by four wickets. Scores: Americas 183 all out off 43.1 overs (Alex Amsterdam 73, Nitish Kumar 25; Sulieman Benn 4-40, Ashley Nurse 3-23). Pride 184 for six off 42.5 overs (Jonathan Carter 51 not out, Kevin Stoute 40, Justin Greaves 22 not out; Timil Patel 2-30, Timroy Allen 2-36).
Tomorrow’s game Points standing – 8:40 p.m.: Harbour View vs UWI FC – Harbour View Stadium. TODAY’S GAMES With the Red Stripe Premier League entering round three in the preliminary stage, another interesting set of games are scheduled. Among the upcoming fixtures will be a clash between fierce rivals Arnett Gardens and Tivoli Gardens today at the Anthony Spaulding Complex, starting at 6 p.m. Defending champions Arnett are on a high with an unbeaten run of seven games. The ‘Junglists’ have won six and drawn once in that run. They are currently in second position on 42 points, just one behind leaders Portmore United. On the other hand, Tivoli Gardens are in the relegation zone in 11th position on 19 points in the 12-team league. Despite the huge gap that Arnett hold over Tivoli, whenever the teams meet, a tough game is expected. Arnett must be very high on confidence following a gutsy 2-1 win against Portmore United last Monday night. However, Tivoli’s woes continued as they were edged 1-0 by UWI FC in their last fixture. IMPRESSIVE FORM While Arnett are highly favoured to win the game and continue their impressive form, Tivoli will be looking for points to move out of the drop zone. Arnett, under the guidance of coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite, have scored a league-high 34 goals from 22 games and will be gunning to add to this at home. The diminutive striker Kemal ‘Tull’ Malcolm is the team’s leading marksman with 10 goals. He should receive good support from Newton Sterling, Vishinul Harris, Leon Strickland, captain Oneil’ Bigga’ Thompson, and Ranike Anderson – who moved from Tivoli to Arnett during the transfer window. Tivoli have certainly struggled this season with only five wins, four draws and 12 losses. With Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey back in charge after he resigned in 2014, his first order of business is to turn around the fortunes of the club he guided to championship honours in the past. Players such as AndrÈ Morgan, Junior Flemmings, Jermaine Johnson and Rohan Reid will have to step up in order to get a positive result. In other games, Boys’ Town should get the better of last-placed Rivoli United; Portmore United are expected to bounce back against Humble Lion; Waterhouse will have a tough encounter against Montego Bay United; and the Reno FC – Cavalier encounter could go either way. – 3 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Rivoli United, Barbican Complex. – 3 p.m.: Reno vs Cavalier, Frome Complex. – 5 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Portmore United, Effortville Community Centre. – 6 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Montego Bay United, Waterhouse Stadium. – 6 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Tivoli Gardens, Anthony Spaulding Complex. P W D L GF GA GD Pts Portmore 22 13 4 5 27 17 10 43 Arnett 22 13 3 6 34 19 15 42 MoBay 22 11 8 3 34 13 21 41 H Lion 22 8 8 6 18 17 1 32 H View 22 7 9 6 23 22 1 30 UWI FC 22 8 6 8 24 29 -5 27 Cavalier 22 7 6 9 18 21 -3 27 B Town 22 7 6 9 23 30 -7 27 FC Reno 22 5 9 8 20 30 -10 24 W house 22 4 8 10 20 28 -8 20 Tivoli G 21 5 4 12 23 30 -7 19 Rivoli U 21 4 7 10 20 28 -8 19
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Jamaica’s junior Sunshine Girls produced a convincing performance to trounce hosts Barbados and clinch the Caribbean Netball Association Jean Pierre Championship at the National Stadium here on Friday night. In the long-anticipated clash of the unbeaten teams, Jamaica started strongly and never relinquished the advantage, as they stormed to an emphatic 35-21 result. Their success was propelled by goal shoot Lori Daley, who scored 24 goals from 32 attempts, while Zandra Cohen provided support with 11 from 12 attempts. For Barbados, goal attack Brianna Holder scored 11 from 19 attempts, while the usually prolific Tower Lorde was a perfect eight from eight. Jamaica threatened to put the game out of sight from the first quarter when they stormed to an 11-2 lead at the first break. In the second quarter, they outscored their opponents 9-5 to lead 20-7 at the half-time whistle. Jamaica again dominated in the third quarter, thanks to Cohen, who netted seven from seven, while Daley sank four of her five attempts. They were virtually assured of victory, leading 31-12 at the start of the final quarter and even though they were outscored 9-5 by the Barbadians, the Caribbean powerhouses were never in any real danger of losing. Jamaica ended on 35 points, four clear of the second-placed Barbados, while Dominica were a distant third on 22 ahead of St Lucia, courtesy of goal average. Grenada and Bermuda were fifth and sixth, respectively, after finishing on 17 points each, with Trinidad and Tobago second from last on eight points. Antigua and Barbuda finished without a win or a point. Dominica’s third-place finish came after they came from behind and produced a thrilling final-quarter effort to edge Bermuda 21-20 in a close contest. They were down 3-6 after the first quarter, 10-11 at half-time and had fallen behind by five, 12-17, at the start of the final period. However, goalshooter Celena Langlaise came up huge when it mattered, sinking eight goals from nine attempts, as Dominica outscored the Bermudians 9-3 to snatch victory. Overall, Langlaise finished with 20 from 25 attempts, while for Bermuda, Donnauri Robinson shot 15 from 21. Meanwhile, Grenada trounced the hapless Antigua 47-8, behind Brianna Durant’s 21 from 26 attempts and fellow goal shoot Carlene Alexander’s 21 from 28 attempts. In the other game of the evening, St Lucia beat T&T 31-18. ASSURED VICTORY
With Back-to-School activities moving into high gear, Caymanas Park will stage the eighth running of the Seek Exercise Book Trophy race over 1300 metres for open allowance horses with a purse of $1 million.The race returns after a two-year absence, during which Book Empire Limited, manufacturer of Seek exercise books, turned their attention to rebranding and the promotion of its new composition mixed colour books.Significantly, 10 of the 11 races on the card will carry the names of Seek products, including the Seek Composition Colour Trophy over 1100 metres, Seek Double Line Trophy over a mile and Seek Scrapbook Plaque over 1000 metres straight.CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr said he anticipates a highly competitive race among the eight horses declared for the Seek Exercise Book Trophy.”Right now the open allowance class is the most competitive at Caymanas Park, and with this race attracting seven of the starters in the August 1 Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy race run over 1200 metres on August 1, which resulted in a blanket finish involving five horses, it should go down to the wire,” predicted Miller.”Back in action from that race are the winner TRADITIONAL PRINCE; the runner-up FORTUNEONEHUNDRED; SCOOP JORDYNE, who was third, and EDISON, who finished a mere half a length away fourth,” added Miller, who also named this year’s 1000 Guineas winner PUDDY POOH, who has worked well, and PETE’SWILDONE as others who could enter the reckoning.”All in all it promises to be a well-supported raceday driven by the back-to-school theme, not to mention that Book Empire will be giving away 2,000 exercise books at the track, mostly to its many customers from the Portmore Communities,” he concluded.TRADITIONAL PRINCE, who shoulders topweight of 57.0kg, will again be ridden by Aaron Chatrie, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED by in-form Robert Halledeen, SCOOP JORDYNE by leading jockey Shane Ellis, EDISON by champion apprentice O’Brien White, PUDDY POOH by former champion Wesley Henry and PETE’SWILDONE by four-time champion Omar Walker.- O.C.
Jamaica will be aiming to retain their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Under-20 title when they oppose hosts Haiti in the final today at the Sylvio Cator Stadium in Port-Au-Prince, starting at 6 p.m. The young Reggae Girlz advanced to the final following a 2-1 win against Puerto Rico in one semi-final on Wednesday night. Simone Wark sent the Jamaicans ahead in the third minute, and Deneisha Blackwood made it 2-0 in the 64th minute. Puerto Rico pulled a goal back when Alejandra Carrion scored in the 83rd minute. In the other semi-final, Haiti blanked Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) 2-0. With Wednesday’s wins, Jamaica and Haiti advanced to the CONCACAF stage of the World Cup qualifiers. Puerto Rico and T&T will battle for the final spot in the third-place play-off. The CONCACAF tournament will be staged in Honduras in December. Meanwhile, president of the Jamaica Football Federation Captain Horace Burrell has congratulated the young Reggae Girlz for qualifying once again for the CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s tournament. “I am indeed extremely proud of our female footballers and wish them well in the final against Haiti,” Burrell stated in a media release.
SANTA, Jamaica’s premier and largest amateur golf charity tournament, will again be held at the Constant Spring Golf Club for two days during the Christmas season. The junior segment opens on Saturday and the adult tournament on Sunday.SANTA, which stands for ‘Seeing A Need, Taking Action’, has helped over 20 different charities since 2001 by contributing over $30 million in money, time, equipment and materials.Just last year, $2.2 million was raised for needy charities, and in the Christmas spirit of giving, the organisers aim to raise $3 million this year.Main beneficiaries for this year’s 15th anniversary will be the Wortley Home, Boys’ Town Infant & Primary School, Sickle Cell Foundation and Laws Street Trade Training Centre.On Saturday, the juniors section will cater to all skill levels and allow a maximum participation of 50 golfers up to 17 years old. In addition to playing 18 holes, there will be Red Tees category, as well as 100, 150 and 200-yard categories.Over the past year, Constant Spring Golf Club has been mentoring a group of youngsters through the CSJP (Citizens’ Security & Justice Programme). A select group of these youths will participate as a team on the junior day. It is expected to be a creative and fun day with lots of kid-based prizes such as small electronic devices (tablets, etc.) and gift certificates to the golf shop and several others of interest to juniors.Adult golfersOn Sunday, the adult section will open to all adult golfers with a Jamaica Golf Association registered handicap. Each adult player, up to a maximum of 144, will get to play a full round of 18 holes. In addition to the coveted Facey Cup, there are approximately 35 main prizes, including 55-inch LED televisions, as well as other electronics and gift baskets.For the first time last year, SANTA extended the event over two days. It was a winning strategy that attracted a record number of golfers.The event is presented for the third consecutive year by title sponsor the CB Facey Foundation, which is Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust’s charity arm. The Gleaner, Heineken, Jamaica National, Jamaica Broilers Group, ICWI, Proven, CSJP, Hot Off the Press, Whistling Frog, BCIC, and JMMB return as sponsors, while RJR, JNBS, Supreme Ventures, Couples, Mary Brown’s Corner Texaco, Pepsi, Guardsman, Microlabs Ltd, Scientific and Medical Supplies, among others, have added their support to SANTA.A number of national players are expected to participate, including Sean Morris, Radcliff Knibbs and Peter Chin, president of JGA.Registration is now open at Yes Golf Shop (924-5170) at Constant Spring Golf Club. Entry, inclusive of entertainment and food, is $12,000 for adults and $4,000-$7,000 for juniors.