Thursday, December 9

Tag: Captaincy

Solskjaer told to remove Maguire as Man Utd Captain
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Solskjaer told to remove Maguire as Man Utd Captain

Former Manchester United player, Paul Parker, has told current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to strip Harry Maguire of the captaincy because he is not “a good fit”. Parker insists the decision to make Maguire the skipper “didn’t make any sense”. Following the departure of Ashley Young in January 2020, Maguire was installed as United’s new captain. “Manchester United gave Harry Maguire the captain’s armband too early. “It surprised a lot of people, it didn’t make any sense and it hasn’t been a good fit from day one. “With captains, it is not about who has the biggest transfer fee or who is the best player. There’s much more to it than that. “He isn’t the right player to be a captain at this moment in time. He has a lot in his game that needs rectifying,” Par...
‘That win was for you’ – Mwepu dedicates Zambia win vs Mauritania to new President Hichilema
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‘That win was for you’ – Mwepu dedicates Zambia win vs Mauritania to new President Hichilema

The Chipolopolo captain says their opening win in the qualifiers at Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott is for the new Head of State Zambia captain Enock Mwepu had dedicated the team’s 2-1 win against Mauritania in their opening match of the World Cup qualifiers to newly elected President Hakainde Hichilema. The Chipolopolo got off to a flying start in their Group B campaign after goals from Mwepu and Prince Mumba enabled them to beat the hosts, who pulled a goal back through Amadou Niass. It was Mwepu, who was handed the captaincy armband hours into the game, who set the ball rolling with the opening goal in the 10th minute when he slotted home from a neat finish.      
Ollie Robinson runs through India as England level series with thumping innings win at Headingley
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Ollie Robinson runs through India as England level series with thumping innings win at Headingley

Ollie Robinson led the charge as England tore through India on the fourth morning at Emerald Headingley to clinch a comprehensive innings and 76-run win in the third Test. The England seamer dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara (91) and Virat Kohli (55) in the first hour to start the charge and finished with Test-best figures of 5-65 as the tourists crumbled. India had started the morning with hopes of salvaging something from the match but lost 8-63 in the session in a collapse to rival their 78 all out in the first innings. Craig Overton claimed two wickets in three balls to finish the job for England, who draw level at 1-1 in the series with two Tests to play. The win was also the 27th of Joe Root's captaincy, the most of any England skipper in the history of Test cricket. Eng...
Dias is becoming a ‘real captaincy candidate’ at Manchester City, says Dunne
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Dias is becoming a ‘real captaincy candidate’ at Manchester City, says Dunne

The former defender thinks the Portuguese star has all the necessary qualities to inherit leadership duties at Etihad Stadium in the coming years Ruben Dias is fast becoming a "real captaincy candidate" at Manchester City, according to Richard Dunne. City spent £65 million ($90m) to bring Dias to Manchester from Benfica last summer, and the Portuguese justified the club's initial investment in his talent by playing a key role in their run to a fifth Premier League title. Dias struck up a formidable partnership with John Stones at the back as Pep Guardiola's side finished with the best defensive record in the division, and Dunne believes he can reach even greater heights in the coming years.
Wanyama: I want to be first captain to win MLS title with CF Montreal
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Wanyama: I want to be first captain to win MLS title with CF Montreal

The Harambee Star explains what he wants to achieve with the MLS side after being named the captain of the side Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama has stated he will fight to win the title with CF Montreal as the captain of the side. The 29-year-old player was named the captain of the Major Soccer League side at the start of the current campaign and speaking in an interview with the team’s Online TV, Wanyama has explained his main target is to make sure the team wins the title under his captaincy. “I just want to be a leader who shows the rest by example, you know I want to set the tone and I also want to be the first guy to win the title, I also want to be the first guy to drive the team well forward,” Wanyama said.
Liverpool Striker, Mohamed Salah Confirmed as new Captain of the Egyptian National Team
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Liverpool Striker, Mohamed Salah Confirmed as new Captain of the Egyptian National Team

Liverpool striker, Mohamed Salah has been named as the new captain of the Egyptian national team, the EFA announced on Monday. The national team captaincy has been an issue for a long time now, with many football fans and pundits urging Egypt coach Hossam El-Badry to hand Salah the armband and move away from the tradition of giving the armband to the most senior player in the squad. Salah, 28, is not the oldest in the national team but the Egyptian Football Association disclosed in the statement that the coach met with older players in the squad who supported the move. "Hossam Al-Badri, the coach of the national football team, has decided to award the captain's armband to Mohamed Salah," the Egyptian Football Association said in a statement on Monday. "The decision came aft...
Arteta Decides on Aubameyang’s Status as Arsenal Captain
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Arteta Decides on Aubameyang’s Status as Arsenal Captain

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has decided he will not take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang off captaincy duties despite his disciplinary issues last weekend, according to the UK Sun. Aubameyang was dropped to the bench for Arsenal’s Premier League derby win against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after the striker broke the club’s rules by arriving late to a team meeting ahead of the game. The Gabonese international looked furious on the bench throughout the match at Emirates. He did not also take part in the post-match warm down, choosing to leave the Stadium early instead. Some had suggested Arteta may choose to strip Aubameyang of the captaincy in order to further punish the 31-year-old for his behaviour. However, Arteta considers that the issue has been dealt with and does not w...
Maguire Sends Message To Man Utd Over Captaincy
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Maguire Sends Message To Man Utd Over Captaincy

Manchester United defender, Harry Maguire, has said it was a huge honour for him to be the captain of the club. He also thanked Man United for the support offered him as a captain of the Red Devils following the incident in Mykonos last week. Maguire was found guilty in a Greek court after an incident in Mykonos last Thursday night. The centre-back was handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence, after being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery. Maguire told BBC Sport: “You see a lot of reports going around and it’s such a huge honour to be captain of Manchester United, something I’m really proud of. It’s a massive privilege to even play for the club, never mind being a captain. Obviously, it is not my decision to make, but ...
Van Persie denies being offered Arsenal contract before Manchester United transfer
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Van Persie denies being offered Arsenal contract before Manchester United transfer

The Dutch centre-forward revealed he wasn't given new terms to stay in north London before his move to Old Trafford Robin van Persie says he wasn't offered a new contract at Arsenal before making his sensational transfer to Manchester United. The Netherlands striker gave up the captaincy with the Gunners in 2012 to join the Red Devils in a £24 million ($29m) deal. Van Persie went on to win the Premier League title with United the following season - and spent three campaigns at Old Trafford. With his move to Manchester seen as a betrayal by Arsenal fans, Van Persie insisted he wasn't handed a new deal to stay in London, but conceded he regrets the way he departed. "It was not only between me and Arsene Wenger, there was more happening with Ivan [Gazidis] of course and the way h...
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Everton defender Mason Holgate admits captaincy ambitions

Everton defender Mason Holgate admits he has captaincy ambitions. However, Holgate has no intentions of usurping current club skipper Seamus Coleman just yet. “Obviously that would be a massive, massive honour," the Toffees defender said when asked if he hopes to be named captain in the future during a Q&A with fans on the official club website. “It would be great to do that but at the moment we've got Seamus [Coleman] who's a fantastic captain and has helped me massively ever since I've been at the club and done so many things for me. I think the whole changing room has got so much respect for him. “So to learn off him and have him as a captain at the moment is great and I think the whole changing room can say that and vouch for that themselves."
Asamoah Gyan admits being ‘upset’ with ‘wrong timing’ of Kwesi Appiah’s decision to strip him off Ghana captaincy
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Asamoah Gyan admits being ‘upset’ with ‘wrong timing’ of Kwesi Appiah’s decision to strip him off Ghana captaincy

Asamoah Gyan has admitted he was upset with Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah’s decision to take captain armband away from him because he felt the timing was wrong. The 33-year-old was stripped of the captaincy a month to the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt. His assistant Andre Ayew was confirmed as substantive captain while he was elevated to General captain position. “I was very very upset but I wanted to play it safe. I didn’t want to be seen as causing confusion in camp. The timing was wrong. I think it should have come earlier, months before not when the time is near for the tournament,” he said on Super Morning Show, Friday. “A coach can make a decision and I have to abide by it but for me, I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong. It has happened i...
Afcon 2019: Appiah’s quality questioned by ex-GFA boss after Ghana’s fiasco
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Afcon 2019: Appiah’s quality questioned by ex-GFA boss after Ghana’s fiasco

Nyaho-Tamakloe believes the Black Stars coach's poor decisions led to the team's underwhelming output in Egypt Former Ghana Football Association president Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has blamed coach James Appiah for the Black Stars' disappointing performance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt, citing the dramatic captaincy change a month before the tournament as proof of the coach's lack of self-confidence. In the hunt for their fifth continental title, the west Africans suffered a shocking exit from the competition in the Round of 16 following a penalty shootout defeat to Tunisia. It was the first time Ghana had failed to make the quarter-final of the tournament since 2006.
Ghana legend Yeboah slams Gyan’s captaincy issue as immature and unprofessional ahead of Afcon
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Ghana legend Yeboah slams Gyan’s captaincy issue as immature and unprofessional ahead of Afcon

The former Leeds United and Frankfurt ace shares his thoughts on the Black Stars leadership on the back of recent issues Just when Ghana's recent captaincy controversy seemed to be dying down, former international Anthony Yeboah has waded into the topic. Last month, the Black Stars armband hogged the headlines as Asamoah Gyan shockingly retired from international duty over his displeasure of being stripped of the captaincy ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). Then he rescinded his decision two days later following a plea from Ghana president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. "Retiring from the national team because of captaincy purely shows immaturity and unprofessionalism," Yeboah, who is widely remembered for his exploits for English side Leeds United and German o...
What Solskjaer will Offer Pogba to Snub Real Madrid Move
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What Solskjaer will Offer Pogba to Snub Real Madrid Move

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is ready to offer Paul Pogba a captaincy role, in an effort to convince the midfielder to stay at the club, ESPN reports. Solskjaer is looking for a new captain, with Antonio Valencia set to leave on a free transfer at the end of the month. Ashley Young, who signed a new one-year deal in February, is in line to take over from Valencia as club captain, but with Solskjaer looking to sign a new right-back this summer, the 33-year-old is likely to have to settle for a reduced role next season. Pogba, who was stripped of captaincy duties by Jose Mourinho, is one of the names in the frame. Solskjaer is hopeful that handing the 26-year-old more responsibility, will help end speculation over his future. The Frenchman has been heav...
Solskjaer to Name New Manchester United Captain
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Solskjaer to Name New Manchester United Captain

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is ready to make Paul Pogba his new captain, after Antonio Valencia leaves the club this summer, the Daily Mirror reports. Valencia’s 10-year spell at Old Trafford is set to come to an end, with United refusing to offer the veteran defender a new contract. David De Gea, Chris Smalling and Pogba have all worn the armband this season, but the Frenchman will be offered it on a full-time basis. Pogba has impressed since Solskjaer returned to Manchester United in December, scoring 11 goals including Saturday’s brace against West Ham. The midfielder has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but United are unwilling to sell and want to hand him the captaincy to give him more responsibility...
Mauro Icardi Stripped of Inter Captaincy
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Mauro Icardi Stripped of Inter Captaincy

Argentina international, Mauro Icardi has been stripped of Inter captaincy, not only that, he has also been left out of squad list for their Europa League clash. Inter have now named goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as their new club captain. Icardi has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid recently, as talks over a new contract at San Siro continue to stall. His and wife Wanda Nara has insisted that her husband will commit his future to Inter, but speculation is likely to be fueled after the club’s latest announcement. Wanda has stated her belief that Icardi should be offered a much larger wage packet to reflect his standing in European football while also admitting that several top clubs from Spain, England and France have already expressed an interest in him. Icardi i...
Ahmed Musa To Quit Super Eagles Over Captaincy Row
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Ahmed Musa To Quit Super Eagles Over Captaincy Row

Leicester City star Ahmed Musa may join the list of players who quit the na­tional team unceremoniously as he is considering resigning from international football. It was gathered that Musa feels disrespected after the cap­taincy drama before the match against Senegal in London, when he was dropped from leading the Eagles for Ogenyi Onazi to be announced as new team leader. The player and his managers are claiming that he was “disre­spected” after he was overlooked as captain and has not been fair­ly treated in the national team. “Ahmed was very unhappy with the drama in London and he is seriously mulling with the idea of putting a stop to his international career” “He does not enjoy the con­fidence of the Eagles coach and so sees no point in carrying on in the Eagles.” An a...

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