Thursday, April 15

Tag: Skippers

Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return
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Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return

The Blancos have omitted the skipper from their squad for their European opener at Santiago Bernabeu Sergio Ramos will miss Real Madrid's clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League while Eden Hazard's fitness is improving as he nears a comeback from injury. Los Blancos captain Ramos took a knock to his knee in Saturday's shock 1-0 La Liga loss to Cadiz and was absent from Tuesday's training session ahead of the club's opening European fixture of the 2020-21 campaign at Santiago Bernabeu. With the first Clasico of the season against Barcelona taking place on Saturday, head coach Zinedine Zidane said he was unlikely to risk exacerbating the issue.
Ajayi: I leant a lot from former Arsenal defender Mertesacker
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Ajayi: I leant a lot from former Arsenal defender Mertesacker

The 26-year-old Super Eagles centre-back has praised the impact of the former Gunners skipper on his football career West Bromwich Albion defender Semi Ajayi has revealed he learnt a lot during his stint at Arsenal especially from the club's former captain Per Mertesacker. The Nigeria international joined the Gunners youth academy in the summer of 2013 from Charlton Athletic after impressing on trial and went on to spend two years with the side. Ajayi, however, was not afforded a single first-team appearance before his departure from the Emirates Stadium, but has explained the lessons he leant during his time with the side has continued to help him in his career.
How Harambee Stars captains can learn from Keane and Drogba – Omollo
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How Harambee Stars captains can learn from Keane and Drogba – Omollo

The former defender explains why notable skippers have always been of help to their teams Former Harambee Stars defender Sammy Omollo has pointed out key qualities Kenyan captains must have and figures worth emulating in order to drive the team to success. Omollo, who is currently taking charge of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Posta Rangers, has been a captain of the national team before. Omollo says the team leaders must be courageous enough to point out things that must be hailing their teams. He gave an example of Gor Mahia's previous skipper Austin Oduor whom he says the current captain must always emulate.
Kane and England will be boosted by delayed Euros – Redknapp
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Kane and England will be boosted by delayed Euros – Redknapp

Skipper and talismanic striker can find feet again in Premier League next season before spearheading challenge next summer The postponement of Euro 2020 for a year due to the coronavirus is a big blow for football fans but it could play right into the hands of England and their talisman Harry Kane, says Jamie Redknapp. Kane has not kicked a ball in anger since sustaining a hamstring injury at Southampton on New Year’s Day and faced a race against time to be fit for the scheduled start of the Euros in mid-June. The England skipper has scored 25 goals in 40 England appearances - which is 11 more than Wayne Rooney at the same stage of his international career - and his potential absence this summer would have been a major blow to England’s chances.
Dani Alves would be a hit at Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool’ – Kleberson
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Dani Alves would be a hit at Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool’ – Kleberson

The 36-year-old will lead Brazil out in the Copa America final on home soil against Peru on Sunday Former Manchester United and Brazil midfielder Kleberson says his old international teammate Dani Alves could be a hit at Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool after the full-back's departure from Paris Saint-Germain. Alves left the Ligue 1 champions last month after winning back-to-back titles during his two-year spell in the French capital. The 36-year-old, who is set to skipper his country when they take on Peru in the Copa America final on Sunday, is yet to reveal what his next move will be in club football.
Afcon 2019: Elimination will be painful due to our quality – DR Congo captain Mulumbu
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Afcon 2019: Elimination will be painful due to our quality – DR Congo captain Mulumbu

The Leopards skipper believes the star-studded nation’s poor start at the Nations Cup finals will be to blame if they are eliminated Democratic Republic of Congo captain Youssouf Mulumbu hopes the nation’s 4-0 hammering of Zimbabwe at the Africa Cup of Nations hasn’t come too late, as they look to avoid elimination. The Leopards were defeated by Uganda and Egypt in their opening two fixtures of the biennial showpiece before mauling the Warriors on Sunday night. Mulumbu, who was an unused substitute for the defeats, captained the side to victory against Zimbabwe and hopes they make it into the next round owing to the quality the team possesses.
Fingers crossed they do the right thing for Chelsea’ – Lampard & Morris seen as a gamble by Wise
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Fingers crossed they do the right thing for Chelsea’ – Lampard & Morris seen as a gamble by Wise

The former Blues skipper believes handing the managerial reins to relative rookies would be a brave call for a club with such lofty expectations Frank Lampard would be a managerial gamble for Chelsea, says Dennis Wise, but the former Blues captain has his “fingers crossed they do the right thing” if an emotional appointment is made. A club that have made a habit of making changes in the dugout find themselves back in the market for a new boss. Maurizio Sarri was returned to his native Italy at Juventus after just one season in England, leaving a sizeable void to fill at Stamford Bridge.
‘An immature captain’ – Former Matildas question Kerr’s comments
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‘An immature captain’ – Former Matildas question Kerr’s comments

Australia's captain hit out at critics after her side's win against Brazil, but a former skipper felt it showed signs of immaturity "There was a lot of critics talking about us but we're back so suck on that one!" Those were the words of Sam Kerr following the Matildas stunning comeback win against Brazil and though full of passion, her comments were a sign of 'immaturity' according to former captain Cheryl Salisbury. The Matildas most-capped player concedes experience is a big factor in such moments and hopes Kerr can become more diplomatic moving forward.
Everyone makes mistakes’ – Henderson backs England to respond after Netherlands setback
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Everyone makes mistakes’ – Henderson backs England to respond after Netherlands setback

The Liverpool skipper believes the Three Lions will learn from their errors in Thursday night’s Nations League defeat England midfielder Jordan Henderson has backed his international team-mates to react in the ‘right way’ following the disappointing defeat to the Netherlands on Thursday night. The Three Lions went down 3-1 to the Dutch in extra-time of the UEFA Nations League semi-final and, as a result, will play Switzerland in Sunday’s third-place play-off, with the Netherlands going on to face hosts Portugal in the showpiece final later that evening. The loss to Ronald Koeman’s men was made even more frustrating for England fans given that two of the goals resulted from defensive errors.
‘We have made real progress’ – Noble proud of West Ham season
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‘We have made real progress’ – Noble proud of West Ham season

The Hammers skipper is optimistic for the future after securing a top-ten finish in Manuel Pellegrini's first season in charge Mark Noble has revealed his pride at how far West Ham have progressed this season in a thank you message to the club's supporters. The 2017-18 campaign was a difficult season for the Irons both on and off the pitch. They continued to struggle to adjust to life at the London Stadium, with fans complaining about the atmosphere and how far away from the pitch they were due to the running track. There was also a divide between supporters and the club's board, with crowd unrest at their home game with Burnley resulting in several pitch invasions and a group of fans trying to get to owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
‘My worst fear is to be a single mum’ – Victoria Kimani speaks on marriage and her dream man
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‘My worst fear is to be a single mum’ – Victoria Kimani speaks on marriage and her dream man

Kenyan singer, Victoria Kimani, has revealed that she would love to get married some day and have children.   However, Victoria says she is willing to wait until the right man comes along, because she keeps falling in love with 'bad boys'.   "My love life is dead, I'm not dating anyone. There is someone I want to date, but you know I don't really think he wants to date me. I think I go for the wrong kind of guys, I think I go for like bad boys and that's not good,"Victoria revealed in a candid interview with Citizen TV's Betty Kyalo. "Now I do want to settle down and have babies but I really need to be with the right person, because my worst fear is to be a single mom. I would like my child to grow up with mom and dad at home. So I'm willing to take my time, rather t...

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