Ja’s Bailey on UEFA’s Golden Boy shortlist

first_imgHot-shot Jamaican striker Leon Bailey celebrated his nomination for the prestigious UEFA Golden Boy award with a first-half goal in KRC Genk’s 3-1 win over Italian outfit Sassuolo in the Europa League yesterday.Bailey, 19, continued his rise as one of European football’s most prized youngsters after being named on the 40-man shortlist, which contains the most impressive under-21 players on the continent.The UEFA Golden Boy award is presented by sports journalists to the most impressive young footballer in Europe and has, in the past, been handed to the likes of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero of Manchester City, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, Alexander Pato of Villarreal, Mario Balotelli of French club Nice, and another Jamaican-born player, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.HOGGINGHEADLINESBailey has been hogging headlines in Belgium and across wider Europe after a string of impressive performances for his club, which has also seen him linked to several major clubs in England, Spain, and Italy.The attacker, who is yet to be capped by Jamaica’s senior team, scored in the 25th minute to cap a day that saw him listed among the likes of household names Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa (Inter Milan), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Kingsley Coman, Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Amadou Diawara (Napoli) and Marco Asensio (Real Madrid).Yesterday’s net shaker improved Bailey’s seasonal return to seven goals and four assists in eight games in all competitions.He played a key role in Genk’s qualification to the Europa League after bagging seven goals and serving up 11 assists in a breakout season last year, which saw him receiving the nod as the best young player in the Belgian top flight.Bailey is the poster boy of Craig Butler’s Pheonix Academy, which has its roots in Jamaica but has had considerable success in sourcing the European market with young Jamaican talent, which also includes Butler’s son Kyle, who is also in the Genk system.andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Road Construction Blocked in Ganta

first_imgThe reconstruction of the Gbarnga, Ganta to Guinea highway has finally reached Ganta, but there still remains confusion about properties in the right of way, with many wondering when payment will be made to those property owners in order for them to relocate.Caterpillars were seen approaching Ganta city center, bulldozing and removing old pavement to make way for the new. However, the procedure seemed to be hampered by the nearness of stores and shops to the road and their owners’ refusal to move until they are paid for their properties.“We are willing to move, but we want the payment of the money to be done before we leave,” said one Gbeadeh who has his shop very close to the road.The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works, has done all the appraisals of properties that fall in the right of way, but paying property owners to vacate has remained the problem.In all the cities through which the highway passes, the structures near the road were demolished by the owners before road building equipment arrived, an investigation by the Daily Observer has confirmed.In Ganta, however, nobody is in the mood to vacate due to the delay in the payment of the resettlement package for their properties.“The Chinese are in high gear to finish this work sooner, but it appears that the government is delaying with payment for the properties along the road and this is why it is taking so long for the people to move,” said Oldpa Abuja, a businessman. “When will the people be paid and what time will be given them to leave?” he asked, saying, “This is actually embarrassing.”When contacted, Public Works Resident Engineer in Nimba County, Lahaison Waritay, said the payment to property owners has been prepared by the government and soon (he did not indicate how soon), all those who have their properties from Jackie Guest [House] in Ganta to the Guinea border will be paid.Last month a high powered delegation led by the Minster of Public Works, and including representatives of the World Bank, the EU and the Chinese Construction Firm (Chico), paid a one -day working visit to Ganta to provide the citizens with information about the type of road that was going to be built. In the meeting it was disclosed that the entire road work from Gbarnga to the Guinea border is expected to be completed by July this year.Property owners interviewed by the Daily Observer said, “If the government pays us, we will find somewhere quick to build something and move, but we cannot move if we don’t get our money.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fiorentina weigh up move for Liverpool and Tottenham target

first_img1 Yevhan Konoplyanka in action for Dnipro Fiorentina are weighing up a move for Liverpool and Tottenham target Yevhen Konoplyanka, reports in Italy claim.The Ukraine international has been linked with a move away from Dnipro for some time now, having been the subject of much interest during the summer transfer window.West Ham reportedly had a £12m bid rejected, while Liverpool and Spurs were also said to be monitoring the situation.Konoplyanka’s current contract runs out at the end of this season and the 24-year-old has told Dnipro that he has no plans to sign a new deal.That means the winger would be available on a free next summer, a proposition that has attracted the attention of a host of English clubs.However, according to Tuttosport, Fiorentina are now contemplating a January move for Konoplyanka in attempt to beat off any competition for his signature.The January transfer window will be the last time Dnipro can source a fee for the midfielder and as such he could be available for around £8m.last_img read more

Akira Nishino to leave role as Japan manager after World Cup elimination

first_img Japan were knocked out the World Cup by Belgium at the round-of-16, losing 3-2 despite leading 2-0 at one stage Nishino was the JFA’s technical director before becoming manager in April 2 It was the first time Japan have made it to the World Cup knockout stage since South Africa 2010.The Japanese Football Federation announced on Thursday that Nishino will not remain as coach when his term ends in July, having penned a contract to the end of the World Cup when appointed manager in April.JFA president Kozo Tashima said: “We [JFA] will not persuade Nishino to stay on the job, as his time as manager for the Japan national team ends.”The JFA plan to decide on their new manager by the end of the month.“I’ve coached the team with the thought that I will only do this until the end of the World Cup. I think I’ve fulfilled my duties,” Nishino said of his departure.“I had a lot of feelings inside me. But the players had a much stronger determination. Akira Nishino will leave his role as Japan manager following Samurai Blue’s elimination from the World Cup.Nishino only took the reins in April following Vahid Halilhodzic’s dismissal, going on to guide Japan out of their group and to a brave round-of-16 defeat to Belgium. 2 “We built upon what my predecessor left for the team and we played wonderful soccer. The team has what it takes to advance to the round of eight in four years in Qatar.”Nishino was the JFA’s technical director before becoming manager, but there is no clarification as to whether he will return to his previous role following his departure.last_img read more