Ajax confirm loan deal for Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo

first_img Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has joined Ajax in a season-long loan deal, the Dutch giants have confirmed.The 22-year-old Frenchman has failed to make an impact with the Gunners since arriving from Auxerre in 2013.He spent the second half of last season on loan at Crystal Palace, though injury restricted him to just 11 appearances for the Eagles, while he was left out of Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Singapore.With Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott ahead of him in the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger is keen for the starlet to gain more experience at the top level.“I believe he needs to play,” the Gunners boss recently said. “He is ready and he will get an opportunity to play in the Champions League.”And, after flying to Holland for talks with coach Frank de Boer and sporting director Marc Overmars, Sanogo will join the Amsterdam club for the forthcoming campaign.“Ajax have reached agreement with Yaya Sanogo and Arsenal,” a statement on their official website read.“The attacker is leased from the English club… and the agreement has a term of one year, until June 30, 2016.” 1last_img read more

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Mike Mutebi: Not reaching Champions League group stages is failure for KCCA FC

first_imgLUGOGO – KCCA FC will be attempting to overturn a first-leg deficit on Friday afternoon when they host African Stars in the return leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary round.Despite taking a 1-0 lead in the game played in Windhoek on August 10th, KCCA lost 3-2 in the end and are now required to score at least once, if they are to progress to the next phase of qualifiers.While speaking at the pre-match press conference, KCCA FC head coach Mike Mutebi noted that it will be ‘failure’ if his side fails to reach the group stages.“It will be taken as a failure if we fail to reach the group stages of the champions league because we have reached such standards.”KCCA FC have indeed set the bar high that they will be favourites to take care of African Stars and then negotiate their way into the lucrative group stages.The last time Mutebi’s side was in the Champions League, they reached the group stages, eventually finishing third in group A which consisted of Al Ahly, Esperance and African Stars.Despite holding the favourites tag in the contest, the Kasasiros will be without three key players from their previous continental campaigns. The trio of Timothy Awany, Allan Kyambadde and Patrick Kaddu have all departed the club in the current offseason.Asked about the departures and if KCCA FC will miss them for the game, Mutebi was quick to suggest that he has the players to fill their (Awany, Kyambadde and Kaddu) void.“Our target is to reach the group stages which will in turn help in nurturing our boys like it was the case for those three.“We currently have 28 players who are ready to compete so I am not worried about the departures.“I am optimistic that the players that I have will do the job despite their age.It should also be noted that KCCA FC have made three major signings ahead of the current season.The Kasasiros signed John Revita, Simon Sserunkuma and John Revita, three players who can be viewed as replacements for Awanyi, Kyambadde and Kaddu.However, all eyes will be on Allan Okello as the team seeks to avoid last season’s humiliating exit at the hands of Otoho. Mutebi’s side was eliminated by the Congolese outfit in the 1st round of the Confederations cup.Okello has been in scintillating form of late and he scored two of KCCA’s three goals in their 3-1 win over Onduparaka FC in the Pilsner Super 8 last Friday.Okello (left) has been in good form of late.The 20-year old who was also present at Thursday’s press conference assured the media that he and his mates will do all they can to ensure KCCA FC reach the next stage.“Me as I player, always give my best for the team, noted Okello.“We are currently not under any sort of pressure and tomorrow (Friday), we will go all out and try to win the contest.“We very much know we have to be at our absolute best to win the contest.About African Stars, Okello had this to say;“African Stars are a good team with good players and we will respect them but we know we are going to try and defeat them.”The winner between KCCA FC and African Stars will take on either Lesotho’s Matlama and Angola’s Petro de Luanda.Comments Tags: African Starsallan kyambaddeallan okelloCAF Champions LeagueJohn RevitaMike MutebiOtoho Doyopatrick kadduSimon SserunkumaTimothy Awanytoplast_img read more

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Will the Warriors’ youth movement eventually pay off?

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – As the Warriors have navigated through a grind otherwise known as the regular season, they drove through various speed bumps.They have handled complacency. They have faced every opposing team’s best effort and scouting report. They absorbed two overlapping injuries to their All-Stars in Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. They even had some in-fighting …last_img read more

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BJP fights a tough battle in Panaji by-poll to retain the seat after 25 years

first_imgAfter 25 years of continous dominance over the Panaji assembly constituency, the Bharatiya Janata Party sans Manohar Parrikar is fighting a tough battle on Sunday to retain its winning streak. One of the highlights of the Panaji by-poll is that Goa election authorities have tried to make the polling infrastructure 100% accessible, by getting the stakeholders into confidence over accessibility audit and a tie-up with EazyMov taxi operators to help persons with disability(PswD) voters to cast their votes smoothly. One of the 19 booths of the constituency would be entirely managed by PswD. Panaji has 115 such voters.The stakes are high for the BJP as far as the by-election to four assembly seats, including Panaji, holds the key to the survival of the BJP-led coalition government headed by Pramod Sawant ho succeeded Parrikar after his death on March 17. At present, the government has a thin majority of 20 in the truncated House of 36.In addition to this, BJP has been facing internal bickerings after it denied ticket to Parrikar’s elder son Utpal after allowing him to be projected as a front-runner for the Panaji ticket. The chances of a win for BJP candidate Siddarth Kuncaliekar, a former aide of Parrikar and two-time MLA (while Parrikar was away in Delhi in 2014-17 as Defence Minister) in Panaji hinge on the vote-splitting ability of former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar, who is in the fray on Goa Suraksha Manch ticket. The regional outfit was floated and mentored by Mr. Velingkar after he was sacked as RSS chief in Goa following his fallout with Parrikar over the issue of medium of instruction at the primary school level. As the election campaign came to an end on Friday evening, both Congress and BJP said that they are confident of winning. CM Sawant dismissed claims made by the Congress about ousting his government soon.“Congress should not dream of forming a government. The dream will never be fulfilled. Our alliance and independent MLAs are all together. There is no question of the government falling,” Mr. Sawant said on Friday. Three assembly by-polls for the constituencies of Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem had been held on April 23.Both BJP and the Congress are currently tied with 14 MLAs each in the State legislative assembly.Meanwhile, Congress said that BJP would lose the by-polls 4-0, leading to the ouster of Mr. Sawant’s government. “The BJP will have to bid goodbye to its government after results are declared. The people are tired of their lies and misgovernance,” State Congress president Girish Chodankar said. The others in the fray include Aam Aadmi Party’s Valmiki Naik, who can play spoilsport for the Congress. Knowing the importance of the Panaji by-poll for his government, Mr. Sawant has virtually camped there for last several days and tried to undo the damage done to the party over the Utpal Parrikar-ticket issue. Mr. Utpal and his younger brother Mr. Abhijat too had joined the campaign. The month-long campaign was also marked with controversies which included a rape victim (who had accused Atanasio Monserrate, now the Congress candidate for the Panaji by-poll in 2016 when she was a minor) going missing and a mysterious assault on the BJP candidate Kuncalienkar. The campaign also saw the Congress attack Mr. Kuncalienkar, accusing of him of alleged scams in creating infrastructure for the Smart City project in Panaji, a charge which the BJP candidate has denied. Panaji has total voters of 22,485 — 10,698 male and 11,787 female. The constituency has seen a voting average of 60-70%, except during 2012 Assembly election. In 2012, Parrikar, who won the seat for six terms, won with a record victory margin of 6,000. The voting was a record of 78.85%.In the 2017 by-poll, Parrikar had defeated his Congress rival Girish Chodankar by 4,803 votes. Parrikar had won 63.47% of the total votes polled, while his opponent polled 32.56%.last_img read more

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