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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