Nakumatt not worried about relegation

first_img0Shares0000Nakumatt FC head coach Anthony Mwangi shares words with midfielder Clinton Kiziavuki during their Kenyan premier League match against bandari on April 29, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30- Nakumatt FC head coach Anthony Mwangi is not worried about the club’s future in the Kenyan Premier League despite a run of 10 winless matches that culminated in their  2-1 home loss at the hands of Bandari FC on Sunday.Nakumatt sit at the foot of the standings with a paltry seven points off 13 matches having won only once this season, beating Nzoia Sugar by a solitary goal in Bungoma on February 17. “I am not worried at all that we might end up in relegation. We have only played 13 matches and there are 21 more games to go. We are only three points off safety and I am pretty sure things will stabilize soon,” the tactician told Capital Sport after their match against Bandari.The club started the season slow following tough financial times, but a recent takeover by city politician Francis Mureithi breathed a new lease of life and they hope his coming will aid them back up the standings.Nakumatt FC defender Eugene Ambulwa clears under pressure from Bandari’s Shabaan Kenga during their Kenyan Premier League match on April 29, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Despite the fact that we have finally found a sponsor, there are things that are yet to take shape. It is those small small details that are still keeping us shaken but once everything settles down, we will be okay,” the tactician noted.He added; “Since the season began, this is the only week that we have trained consistently throughout and we have been forced to do double sessions to cover up for the lost time. This cannot take effect now but later on in the season,” the tactician noted.With no mid-season break as the league starts the process of conforming its calendar to the European format, Mwangi hopes his side can start picking results early enough and build up.Their next assignment will be against Zoo Kericho on Sunday.-Bandari third-Meanwhile, Bandari strengthened their hold on third spot following the win over Nakumatt and head coach Ken Odhiambo believes it is a process of getting the team ticking.Bandari FC coach ken Odhiambo remonstrates on the touchline during their Kenyan Premier League match against Nakumatt on April 29, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe dockers have picked seven points off their last three assignments and Odhiambo is pleased with the run, hoping that they maintain it till the final day of the season.“At this moment, the most important thing for us is getting the team together because we have so many new players, almost 80 percent. We are not concentrating on the position we want to finish but looking at improving how we play,” Odhiambo noted.Despite winning against Nakumatt, Odhiambo wasn’t impressed with the performance of his side but he hopes they can improve over the next few games.“We played 60pc well and despite winning I was not happy with how many things went. Our passing wasn’t very good and decision making in the final third wasn’t good as well,” the coach noted.Bandari are only two points behind second placed Mathare who raced from a goal down to draw 2-2 with leaders Gor Mahia in the late kick off at the Kenyatta Stadium on Sunday.-Kimanzi pleased-Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi gives a thumbs up during his Kenyan Premier League match against Gor Mahia on April 29, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHead coach Francis Kimanzi was pleased with the fighting spirit exhibited by his players especially after back to back losses and he hopes the point can inspire them back to their early season form.“If you get a point against a team you are close to on the log you appreciate. I think it is good that we have the belief. We lost against Wazito but that is a match we were robbed. This is a match we know that we got what we worked for,” the experienced coach said.He added; “It is motivating that after we drop six points on the third match you get a point, then maybe in the fourth game something better happens.”Mathare are three points behind leaders Gor Mahia who have two matches at hand. Kimanzi believes they can push to challenge for the crown though he reiterates it is not a priority to them after merely surviving relegation last term.-Matano masterstroke-In other results from this weekend, Robert Matano picked up a second consecutive win in charge of Tusker FC as the brewers beat Sony Sugar 3-2 at Ruaraka.Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano (right) confers with his assistant Charles Okore during their Kenyan Premier League match against Wazito on April 25, 2018 At Camp Toyoyo. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTusker had blown away a 2-0 lead with Sony tying the match at 2-2 but Boniface Muchiri scored against his former side in the 89th minute of the game to hand Matano a win.The shock result of the weekend however came in the late kick off at the same venue when Wazito FC stunned title chasing Sofapaka 1-0 via a Piston Mutamba goal.Wazito have managed to steady their ship on their debut in the top flight league and the win over Sofapaka will be a huge morale booster for the debutants.KPL weekend resultsSaturday: AFC Leopards 2-2 Vihiga United.Sunday: Thika United 0-3 Nzoia Sugar FC, Tusker 3-2 Sony Sugar FC, Sofapaka 0-1 Wazito , Posta Rangers 0-0 Kariobangi Sharks, Ulinzi Stars 2-0 Chemelil Sugar , Nakumatt 1-2 Bandari FC, Mathare United 2-2 Gor Mahia.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Why Neymar’s ‘big brother’ Ganso failed to become a superstar

first_imgSevilla What has happened to Neymar’s ‘older brother’? Why Ganso failed to become a superstar Daniel Edwards 16:13 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ganso Sevilla Granada LaLiga Getty Images Sevilla UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Manchester United Manchester United The Brazilian’s career has stalled after a positive start to life in Spain, another setback for the languid playmaker who plays at his own pace After taking so long to make it to Europe, the pairing of mercurial playmaker Ganso and a Sevilla side winning plaudits across the continent under the swashbuckling leadership of Jorge Sampaoli looked a match made in heaven. The marriage, however, has turned sour after just 12 months, meaning another false start for a player whose attitude has constantly betrayed his outrageous talents.The arrival of the more pragmatic Vincenzo Montella at the Sanchez Pizjuan acted as the final death knell for a move that never quite realised its potential even alongside Sampaoli and his successor, Eduardo Berizzo. Ganso, 28, has not made a single appearance since the Italian walked through the gates of the Liga club, and barring some sort of miracle will be watching from afar once more on Wednesday when Sevilla host Manchester United in their Champions League encounter.He wants out of the club immediately, as agent Giuseppe Dioguardi recognised publicly at the start of February. “I have proposed the immediate termination [of Ganso’s contract],” Dioguardi stated following a meeting with those in charge at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I have said that his numbers show the player has what it takes to be a star in Spain, he just needs minutes.”Nobody who has paid close attention to Ganso’s career from its beginnings as teenage Neymar’s partner in crime at Santos would dispute his talent. At his best the lanky, languid No. 10 is a joy to watch, controlling the tempo of Sevilla’s attack with an insolent flick of the boot or shake of the hips and filling infinite Youtube highlight reels with his tricks.Indeed, after countless fitness problems over the years it appeared that at the start of the current season the Brazilian was ready to finally make the breakthrough. Ganso started all five of the Andalucians’ opening Liga fixtures, scoring twice and wowing fans as Sevilla won four and drew one in that period to make a clear statement of their title intentions.“He is working at a different rhythm, he has made a great effort to break into the team and I am overjoyed with his form,” Berizzo said of his enigmatic talent back in September. It proved a false dawn, however. Ganso then disappeared from the first team for two whole months, and since September has started just two matches and scored once, a dramatic equaliser to peg back Maribor in the Champions League.Now, with Berizzo gone and Sevilla slowly piecing together a season that had fallen apart towards the end of 2017, Ganso would appear to be wholly surplus to requirements. And there are few takers elsewhere, either; on a recent trip to Portugal Dioguardi offered his client to Porto, Benfica and Sporting, and failed to attract interest from either of the three giants.Ganso GFX“Sporting are not involved and have no interest,” club coach Jorge Jesus signalled when asked about the player. “I know him well, like everyone in Brazilian football. He was part of a great team in Santos with Neymar.“He is creative, strong with set-pieces, but not very intense for European football.” Jesus may have touched on Ganso’s fatal flaw: in a game which favours physical intensity above all else, his lackadaisacal elegance just has no place.Standing majestically upright when he takes the field, head perched on the long neck to which he owes his nickname (‘Goose’ in Portuguese), Ganso above all else prides himself on his vision. Now he must use that impeccable sight to take a long, hard look at himself.Neymar’s ‘big brother’ had it all to be one of the best. But while the current PSG superstar realised that incredible natural ability alone would not be enough to cut it in Europe; he worked arduously on the physical side of the game, putting in the hard yards and making himself an asset first to Barcelona, and now the Ligue 1 leaders.Ganso has not been able to make the same jump and wed his natural feel for the game with the application necessary to establish himself among the elite. If he does not learn the lesson soon it may be too late, leaving him as one of the clearest cases of wasted potential of the last decade.last_img read more

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