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‘Liverpool are streets ahead’: United legends turn on Mourinho

first_imgJose MourinhoLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP |  Jose Mourinho came under fire from Manchester United legends after his side’s dismal display in a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool that underlined just how far they have fallen.Mourinho’s side were out-classed by Liverpool as Xherdan Shaqiri’s late double killed off United at Anfield.United were fortunate to be level when Jesse Lingard cancelled out Sadio Mane’s opener, but Mourinho’s team paid the price for another disjointed performance that left them languishing 19 points behind table-topping Liverpool.With United trailing fourth placed Chelsea by 11 points, Mourinho heads into the hectic Christmas period facing fresh calls for his dismissal.The former Chelsea boss has overseen United’s worst Premier League start after 17 games amid reports of numerous rifts with key players including French World Cup winner Paul Pogba and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez.Gary Neville, who won eight Premier League titles as a United defender in the Alex Ferguson era, admitted Liverpool are so far ahead of his old club now that questions must be asked about Mourinho’s job security.“Liverpool are streets ahead. Streets. Not one of the United midfielders can pass a football. Not one of them,” Neville told Sky Sports.“I find it staggering. United were awful. They were hanging in there for a bit but the only real team who were going to win the game was Liverpool. It’s not good enough.”– ‘Out of control’ –Asked if Mourinho should part ways with United, Neville questioned the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who was criticised by Mourinho in the close-season for failing to land his transfer targets. “Will Mourinho leave? I think it will happen, my preference would always be to get to the end of the season. But the board room is so naive it’s unbelievable,” Neville said.“To give him an extended contract, knowing his cycle of every three years, was incredible. The minute he came back from pre-season he was at it and the club was out of control.“Nobody above him can handle him. They don’t know what to do with him, they don’t know what to say to him. They don’t know what he’s going to say at every press conference. It will cost a fortune to lose him now.”Roy Keane, working as a pundit for Sky Sports, was equally scathing of United’s limp effort in a grudge match that always drew the best from the tough-tackling former Manchester United captain in his playing days.Keane accused Mourinho of assembling a team that is a pale intimation of the club’s glory days.“If you came down from the moon today and knew nothing about football you’d say United are an average Premier League side. Nothing more. They are Manchester United of the 1980s, they can be a decent cup team,” he said.“I did fear the worst today and it could have been a lot more. Towards the end Liverpool just toyed with them. United were not at the races.“I certainly believe a lot of the players playing for United today are not good enough for Manchester United.”Pogba was an unused substitute and Keane sees no future at Old Trafford for the France midfielder, who has already quit United once before to join Juventus.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Andrew Stewart Tamale; East Africa’s freestyle football champion

first_imgHis brother Isaac Mwesigwa who also doubles as his manager took on to pushing the passion and prides in Tamale’s achievements. He boasts in his favourite skill, ‘around the world’ trick which he uses to balance the ball on the bridge of the foot, flick it up to knee-level, loop the leg round the ball as it falls, and allow it to land back on the bridge.To him, freestyle football is more of a talent which is largely self-taught and grasped out of passion.Tamale is the last born of his parents. He went to Kiwatule Parents School for primary education. He joined Kyambogo College School where he completed ordinary level but the environment couldn’t allow him explore his talent.“Fellow students and teachers only got to know about my skill in the media like newspapers and TV,” he says.It was during his advanced education at Rise and Shine High School that he had greater opportunity to explore his skill. During advanced level, he started signing contracts for the game including with soda giants Crown Beverages and the latest being digital TV service provider GOtv. Tamale has participated in several national and international tournaments and received his first award three years ago as Talented Youth Star of the year for two consecutive counts. He is also a two time champion for East Africa; a title that he holds to date.In Uganda, Tamale says that the sport is less developed and lacks competitions to up the skills and interest more people. He, however, has plans of rolling out competitions locally so that more young people can get to know about the sport.Tamale has plans of keeping within the sport for the next five years and quit at a time when more young people have taken it up.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3 Andrew Stewart TamaleKampala, Uganda | AGNES E NANTABA | Andrew Stewart Tamale, also known as Andy Skillz, is a 22 year old freestyle footballer who reigns as two time East African free style champion. Freestyle football is a sport in which athletes compete to perform various tricks using a football.The game remains a rare and unique sport although it’s growing worldwide. This explains why Tamale is the only known Ugandan who plays the juggles the ball left right and centre.Tamale says that the sport involves doing short performances of about three 30-second performances or a single minute-long performance depending on the stage of competition and the competition’s structure. In other countries, it’s played in teams but not in Uganda or east Africa because it’s very hard since it’s largely self-taught.“Evaluation is based on difficulty, originality, all round skills, trick execution, mistakes, and variety,” says Tamale,“Players are not allowed to touch the ball with the hands or arms”.For the last four years, Tamale has been performing for crowds and has starred in company advertisements, opening school games, and entertaining guests at corporate parties and weddings.Tamale initially played ordinary soccer in 11 and seven positions until he chose to specialise in freestyle. For him, watching Youtube videos featuring famous soccer players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane sparked off his love and training for the game. The videos showcased players performing tricks that Tamale never believed would be possible to pull off but was pushed to replicate. And so during his primary seven vacation, his mother Josephine Kirabo (RIP) bought his first ball and boots. Even when his father, Prosperous Ssentongo (RIP) never believed that he would craft a career out of the game, he still pushed on and has since never looked back.“My father wanted me to focus on pursuing formal education,” he says,“I stumbled a lot trying to replicate the tricks for a long time until I grasped.”last_img read more

Inside Conditions…“Hart” to Heart

first_imgKent Bey, Dan Hart and Treshawn Feldman at PNC Park.A little over a week ago, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) Creative Arts Corner (CAC) Bedford Avenue audio/video center made the annual pilgrimage to PNC Park to chronicle the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates have permitted the American Youth Journalism Corps (AYJC) students all access to the PNC press box for the past nine years.One of the primary facilitators and supporters of the project has been and continues to be Dan Hart, the assistant media relations director for the Pirates.Aubrey BruceIt is very rare, one might say almost impossible that the urban youth of today are afforded an opportunity to watch and film a MLB team at batting practice as well as have a pregame meal with professional media and sit and cover a game from the” Ivory Tower.”From the beginning of the AYJC in 2005 and continuing on with the CAC during the past few years, Dan has welcomed the students to the behind the scenes world of professional sports public relations and media management.He has been an inspiration to many young minds that hail from some of the “forgotten areas” of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region that could only dream about photographing and shaking the hands of  Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, ex-St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, and Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.CAC Sudents Treyshawn Felton and Jory Strothers at PNC Park.In one of his past interviews with Creative Arts Corner students in 2012, Mr. Hart told the student’s that one of the things that could help them pursue a career in sports journalism or media relations was to “get involved with the sports information department immediately upon enrolling at [the college of their choice].”  He went on to say that; “the day that I was accepted at Point Park [University] I asked about work study.  I had just been accepted that same day, laying the ground work for fall. At that time that I was accepted at Point Park they really didn’t have a sports information department, they had somebody that just did it.”After performing internships with the Penguins and the Steelers, Dan Hart has become one of the Pirates media “big men on campus” but that lofty position did not close or turn his heart away from at-risk youth who have been disenfranchised and are less fortunate than most.When Dan Hart allows CAC and AYJC students into the MLB world; that does not mean that he will be spending his time with students from Mt. Lebanon, Fox Chapel or Upper St. Clair.When he opens up the PNC Park press box to the CAC students and staff he is helping to mold the futures of kids from North View Heights, the Hill District, Homewood  and many other “urban traumatized” areas.Mr. Hart is `truly helping save and steer the lives of young people in real time.  When Dan welcomes students from CAC tread on the hallowed Pittsburgh Pirates playing field to film and record the Pirates on their turf; he doesn’t just meet them face to face but they truly connect “Hart to heart.”Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741last_img