Kwesi Nyantakyi offers thoughts on FIFA Presidential elections

first_imgGhana football association president Kwesi Nyantakyi has shared his thoughts on the upcoming FIFA Presendential elections in Zurich.The upcoming election will see a new face to govern soccer in the world and champion a revolutionary and image cleansing scheme after the association had been dragged in the mud over the past few months.Nyantakyi spoke to the BBC and made the following remarks;ON THE ELECTIONS…“Each and every one of them has what it takes, now the choice is left with the electorate to decide amongst them who best qualifies for this job and that will vary from one individual to the other. I believe they will be looking at strong personality, they will be looking at organizational skills, they will be looking at experience in leading a football organization and they will also be looking at the ability to go through the storm and lead this organization through this turbulent time we find ourselves.”ON SEXWALE“I wish as an African, we have a strong candidate to represent the continent. When it comes to the FIFA election we don’t vote on where the person is coming from but rather on the basis of competence. We will not support an African because he is an African. We will support an African because beside being an African, he has the qualities to lead the organization. He is not leading CAF he is going to lead FIFA which is made of African and other federations. I believe that the position CAF took to back Salman was without prejudice to the rise of Mr Tokyo. He is our brother, he is an elder statesman, we respect and I regard him in  very high esteem. I wish he could make an impact but unfortunately he doesn’t appear that he is the right person for Africa to support at this material moment.” ON DECLEARATION BY CAF TO SUPPORT SALMAN.”The declaration of support by CAF the executives committee has no legal effect bending on members but it has a persuasive effect on members and to a very large extent. I believe the teaming members of the African football confederation will toll the line of CAF.  We have 54 countries and an overwhelming majority will support the call made by the CAF executive committee.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Friedman: Dodgers’ run of pitching injuries will pass, no need to trade for a starter

first_imgBut Friedman sees it as a storm the Dodgers will eventually pass through. With the non-waiver trade deadline about six weeks away, he does not anticipate searching the market for starting pitching help.“It is (a need) for the next week or two. But, no, we expect to get all these guys back in June and July which is going to put us in really good position,” Friedman said. “The silver lining of some of the injuries is obviously Walker’s performance and Strip’s performance which gives us even more confidence about our rotation as we look ahead.“We don’t need to (trade for starting pitching). Does that mean we won’t? I don’t know. But we don’t need to.”They did prove Wednesday that they can take starting pitchers off the DL as well as put them on it.Right-hander Kenta Maeda returned from his right hip strain to start against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. Left-hander Rich Hill might not be far behind. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Hill will make a rehab start with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. He is expected to go four or five innings, possibly as many as 75 pitches, to test the blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Hill has not pitched since he left his May 19 start after throwing only two pitches. But he has thrown multiple times in the bullpen and in simulated-game situations over the past two weeks since the blister calloused over.If Hill’s rehab start goes well, he could rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation during next week’s three-game series in Chicago. The idea of bringing him back in a relief role, testing the sustainability of his finger in that way for a time, has been dropped, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.Before Hill returns, though, rookie left-hander Caleb Ferguson will most likely make another start. Ferguson was not sent back to Triple-A on Wednesday to clear a spot for Maeda’s return (reliever Daniel Corcino was optioned back to Oklahoma City instead), a good indication that Ferguson will make another start on Sunday.In a more long-range development that could help the rotation, left-hander Clayton Kershaw threw another bullpen session Wednesday, a more extensive session than Sunday’s brief time on the mound. Roberts and Friedman were among those watching Kershaw, who has been on the DL with a lower back strain since May 31.“It was good,” Friedman said of the throwing session. “I wasn’t looking to see anything more than just normal delivery, ball out of hand. And those boxes were checked. … Every step along the way has been good.”Friedman said it was “a good sign” that Kershaw has been throwing off a mound less than two weeks after sustaining the injury. But he would not offer an educated guess on what this might mean for Kershaw’s return to the rotation.“I don’t think in terms of the date to expect him back then work backwards. I work forwards. I really do,” Friedman said. “As he’s progressing, today was a really big step to get off the mound then it’s – how does he come out of that? Then it’s – what is the next step to do in a responsible way. … It’s not so much thinking about that end date (when he can return). It’s more – what’s right in front of us?”ALSORight-hander Ross Stripling will start Friday on normal rest with left-hander Alex Wood moved back a day to Saturday. Wood will be pitching on six days’ rest. He has pitched on four days’ rest just once since April as the Dodgers try to nurse the adductor muscle injury in his left leg.“There are some things he’s been dealing with over the last month,” Roberts said. “But over the course of the last four or five days, he’s trended in the right way. He’s close to 100 percent. For me, it’s just more of being encouraged by the progression.”UP NEXTThe Dodgers are off Thursday.Giants (LHP Derek Holland, 4-6, 4.54 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Ross Stripling, 5-1, 1.65 ERA), Friday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense LOS ANGELES — Andrew Friedman’s days recently haven’t been totally consumed by figuring out who would start the next game for the Dodgers.“Only 94 percent,” the Dodgers president of baseball operations joked.The Dodgers have weathered a stretch that saw them put six starting pitchers on the disabled list. And Friedman has no theory to explain how that confluence of blisters and backs, microfractures and strains happened.“I have no idea,” Friedman said. “If you had told me at the end of the year this is what happened during the 2018 season, I would get it and understand. For it all to happen at the same time is something that feels like lottery odds.” Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching last_img read more

Nets clinch first playoff berth since 2014-15 with win over Pacers

first_img“We knew what it was going to take. Honestly we knew what we had to do. We knew how we were going to come together collectively and do it as a group. And that’s the outcome for us. The result was what we deserve.” For the first time since 2015, the Brooklyn Nets have clinched a playoff berth. pic.twitter.com/KBb1iWtNgS— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 7, 2019Star point guard D’Angelo Russell said the win gave him an “amazing feeling” after the game.”It’s for sure? Man, that’s crazy. I don’t even know what to think.”– D’Angelo Russell on the Nets making the postseason for the first time since 2015 pic.twitter.com/77YUf8nC9z— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 7, 2019″It’s an amazing feeling man,” Russell told YES Network. “We’ve got a great group of guys. Great coaching staff. I think it’s the best group to do this with man. It’s a lot of our first times doing it. It’s going to be a blast, I’m excited. Related News JaVale McGee thinks he ‘proved something this season’ with Lakers The Nets are going to the postseason.Brooklyn clinched its first playoff berth since 2014-15 with a 108-96 victory over the Pacers in Indiana on Sunday.center_img Russell, 23, made his first All-Star team this season. He leads the Nets in points (21.1) and assists per game (seven) in 2018-19 and has been a driving force behind Brooklyn’s success.The Nets now have a 41-40 record and currently sit in sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. They’ll likely have a tough first-round playoff matchup against the Bucks, Raptors or 76ers, though. Clippers open roster spot ahead of playoffs, could reportedly add new playerlast_img read more