“When the crowd is chanting ‘Roger’ I hear ‘Novak’,” freshly-crowned Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic said with a smile on Sunday.A fairly implausible claim, perhaps, but the comment hinted at the phenomenal feats of mental strength and focus the Serb deployed in beating Roger Federer in the longest singles final in the tournament’s 133-year history.“It sounds silly,” he conceded, “but it is like that. I try to convince myself that it’s like that. It’s similar ‘Roger’ and ‘Novak’,” he added laughing.The absurdity of the claim was comical, but the lengths to which Djokovic had to battle the almost blanket support for his adored Swiss opponent was no joke.The Serb had fought his great rival, and most of the 15,000-Centre Court crowd, for almost five hours before securing a 7-6)5) 1-6 7-6(4) 4-6 13-12(3) win for a fifth Wimbledon crown.“It was probably the most demanding, mentally most demanding, match I was ever been part of,” the 32-year-old said.“I mean, that was one thing that I promised myself coming on to the court today, that I need to stay calm and composed, because I knew that the atmosphere would be as it was.”UNYIELDING INTENSITYBefore the match, all the talk had been of records, statistics and places in history, but Sunday’s showpiece boiled down to something far more elementary – a battle of artistry versus industry.Ultimately, Djokovic’s unyielding intensity and athleticism prevailed in the face of Federer’s beautiful, hypnotic, flowing strokes as the two preternaturally gifted men toyed with their own different forms of perfection on one of the world’s greatest sporting stages.While Federer’s mercurial shot play brought constant gasps of admiration from the crowd, Djokovic’s super power, while less obvious, prevailed.The top seed and defending champion was mentally rock solid. His concentration was absolute. His focus unwavering.He never hit the ball with the same panache as the second-seeded 37-year-old Swiss, he never had the crowd shaking its head in disbelief, but he was a wall.“I thought most of the match I was on the back foot actually. I was defending. He was dictating the play. I just tried to fight and find a way when it mattered the most, which is what happened,” said the world number one.“I just told myself before the match, I’m going to try to switch off as much as I can from what is happening around us, and just be there, be present.“I thought I could have played better. But at the same time one thing that probably allowed me to come back and save match points and win this match was the mental stability in those moments.“You need to be constantly playing well throughout five hours if you want to win a match like this. I guess there is an endurance part. But I think there is always this self-belief. You have to keep reminding yourself that you’re there for a reason and that you are better than the other guy.”OBDURATE DEFENCECompared to Federer’s flashing strokes, the 32-year-old Serb’s obdurate defence is never likely to win a crowd over. But that is not to say there is not a form of brilliance in the Djokovic resilience.It saw him claim a Bjorn Borg-equalling fifth Wimbledon crown, and allowed him to narrow the Grand Slam gap in the spread between the ‘big three’.So ultimately, there was no escaping the statistics.Djokovic now has 16 major singles titles, Federer has 20, with Spain’s Rafa Nadal — Federer’s semi-final victim — squeezed between them on 18.“It seems like I’m getting closer,” Djokovic said. “But also they’re winning slams. We’re kind of complementing each other. We’re making each other grow and evolve and still be in this game.“The fact that they made history… motivates me as well, inspires me to try to do what they have done, what they’ve achieved, and even more.“Whether I’m going to be able to do it or not, I don’t know. I’m not just a tennis player, I’m a father and a husband. You have to balance things out.”Post final press conference, delight for Djokovic, despair for FedererFederer does everything right but falls short on match points Mind tricks help Djokovic to fifth Wimbledon crownBy Ossian Shine How did Roger Federer end up losing the 2019 Wimbledon final?It was a question that was being asked over and over again at the All England Club on Sunday after the crowd favourite did almost everything better than Novak Djokovic – except convert the two match points he earned deep into the fifth set.Those two misses at 6.21pm local time (1721 GMT) on Sunday are likely to haunt the Swiss great for many years to come and maybe even for the rest of his life.When Federer was 8-7 40-15 up on his serve, he was a shot away from holding aloft the Challenge Cup for a record ninth time and claiming a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title.Aged 37 and 340 days, he was a shot away from becoming the oldest man to win a major in the professional era.The fact that the one single winner he needed so much never came on Sunday will hurt – and hurt badly.Only 48 hours after Federer had said how tennis can “sometimes be brutal” as “there are no draws in our sport”, he felt the full brunt of those feelings when a forehand wide on his first match point followed by a cracking cross-court passing shot winner from Djokovic on the second killed off his dreams.After the Serb had battled on for another 46 minutes to complete a heart-stopping 7-6(5) 1-6 7-6(4) 4-6 13-12(3) win in the longest singles final in Wimbledon history — with the clock finally stopping at four hours 57 minutes — the first words Federer uttered were: “I will try to forget (this final).“I don’t know what I feel right now. I just feel like it’s such an incredible opportunity missed, I can’t believe it.”Neither could the majority of the 15,000 crowd who created a raucous football stadium-like atmosphere on Centre Court.CRAZY CLIMAXFans were so desperate to see Federer win a 21st major – and widen the gap with Rafael Nadal (18) and Djokovic (16) – that they started giving standing ovations to every error flying off the Serb’s racket as the match headed towards a crazy climax.But for all the partisan cheers and roars, it was top seed and defending champion Djokovic who ended up crawling over the finishing line as he picked up his fifth Wimbledon title.Federer, meanwhile, became the first man to lose a Wimbledon singles final after holding match points since 1948 when John Bromwich failed to convert three of them against Bob Falkenburg.For a player who sets milestones almost every time he steps on a court, this is not one he will be in a rush to stick into his own personal scrapbook.Federer is no stranger to coming off second best from being a point away from victory — he suffered the same fate against Kevin Anderson in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals and versus Djokovic in the 2011 U.S. Open semi-finals.However, even the world number three will be wondering how he could have outclassed his great Serbian rival in almost every department and still not ended up with the trophy he called that “golden thing”.The statistics suggested Federer should have won.The second seed produced more winners (94-54), won more break points (7-3), had a higher first serve percentage (63-62), served more aces (25-10) and, most tellingly, won more points during the contest (218-204). But Federer did not win.Three weeks shy of his 38th birthday, he will not want to get consumed by the “what ifs” that will no doubt play over and over in his mind.No matter where Federer goes or what he does, even he will find it difficult to escape the question: Will he ever get a better chance to win that 21st major title?The Swiss has now featured in the two longest men’s singles finals at Wimbledon.Eleven years after he described his defeat by Nadal in the 2008 five-set twilight epic as “brutal”, Federer was again left wondering what went wrong.“I know what I did well, how close I was. You try to forget, try to take the good things out of this match. There’s just tons of it,” said Federer.“Similar to ’08 maybe. For now it hurts, and it should, like every loss does here at Wimbledon.“Sure there’s similarities (with the defeat in 2008). I’m the loser both times, so that’s the only similarity I see.”
The Liberia National Union (LINU) said it regretted joining the governing Unity Party (UP) coalition in 2011 that led to the party winning the polls.The party executive said they are also disappointed with the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led administration’s failure to take Liberia from the pit of backwardness to prosperity as was highly expected of her leadership. LINU officials made the remarks at the party’s 19th anniversary held in Monrovia. LINU was one of several parties, including the Liberia Action Party (LAP) and the Liberia Unification Party (LUP) that joined the UP coalition in 2011. The government has failed to create the jobs it promised to the growing number of unemployed youths and professionals, LINU saidCorruption remains a major driver in the government, and the President is unable to show the impact of her fight against the vice, but rather gives it different names ranging from “Public enemy #1” to “Vampire,” the party stated.LINU’s political leader, Nathaniel Blamah, made the remarks at the party’s headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia.Mr. Blamah said over 85 percent of Liberians continue to live in abject poverty, while the few minority swim in an ocean of material wealth.“There are millions of disinherited Liberians throughout this country (who) dare only to dream about a good life,” Mr. Blamah said. With a population of about 4.1 million and massive unemployment rates, ushering in a courageous and dedicated leadership remained the only beacon of hope for destitute Liberians, who felt that by the election of this administration would come a joyous daybreak to end the human suffering, Blamah pointed out.Meanwhile, in the face of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown, LINU has urged the government to be robust in strengthening the security sector at all levels.“We strongly believed that the provision of the needed logistics to the security sector will enhance performance in addition to more training and better incentives, the LINU leader said. Founded in April 1997, LINU’s first standard bearer was Dr. Harry F. Monibah, vice president to former President Samuel K. Doe. LINU participated in the elections of July 19, 1997.“Just at a time when the transition to democratic rule was nearing, LINU lost its political leader, Dr. Monibah, in a tragic motor accident in the USA,” Mr. Blamah said.During the 2005 elections, the party elected John Morlu as its standard bearer. It, however, did not participate in the 2011 elections, but instead joined the UP in a coalition thereby endorsing the re-election of President Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…ushers in Chinese New YearThe Chinese New Year was celebrated in fine style at the soon-to-be-opened New Thriving Restaurant at Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD). Ushering in the Year of the Rooster was President David Granger.The President, while addressing the gathering of Chinese nationals and other invited guests, called for a deepening of the bonds of friendship betweenThe welcoming committee in the soon-to-be-opened New Thriving restaurantGuyanese and Chinese. Granger noted the proficiency of Chinese nationals in Guyana and lauded their contribution to the country.“You are welcome today, as you were welcomed in 1853. Guyana will continue to observe the 12th of January as Chinese Arrival Day to commemorate the contribution of our Chinese community to the enrichment of our culture and the development of our nation.”On January 6 of this year, Granger had issued an executive order designating January 12 as Chinese Arrival Day in Guyana (as it was January 12, 1853 that the Chinese first arrived). The notice had pointed out the significant contributions made by the Chinese to the growth and development of Guyana.“Their imprint could readily be seen in Guyanese cuisine and in their involvement in commerce as shopkeepers and businessmen. It is hoped that Chinese Arrival Day will foster a greater appreciation for their history and contributions and further enrich the cosmopolitan nature of Guyana’s citizenry,” the notice stated.Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun, called on Chinese nationals living in Guyana to do their best to live up to the expectations of the people of Guyana and the Guyanese Government.The 2017 New Year is the Year of the Rooster. Coming after the Year of the Monkey, this New Year is called a Fire Rooster Year, as it is also associated with the element fire. The Chinese believe that both the Zodiac sign and the element play key roles in someone’s personality and destiny.
A stunning Jermain Defoe strike 10 minutes from time handed Roy Hodgson’s England a 2-1 win, their first over the Italians since a 2-0 friendly victory in 1997.It may not, however, make up for the pain of June’s Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat on penalties to the same opponents.England had to come from behind, with Daniele De Rossi heading in to give the Euro 2012 runners-up a 15th-minute lead before Phil Jagielka equalised 12 minutes later with another header.But just when the match seemed to be petering out to a draw, Defoe finished off a counter-attack led by fellow substitute James Milner before sending a 20-yard shot arrowing into Salvatore Sirigu’s top-left corner.“It was a spectacular goal, and a great way to win the game,” said Hodgson. “It’s something none of us who have watched him play for Tottenham over the years, and have seen the quality he has, are surprised about.”In Bayamon, Santi Cazorla and Cesc Fabregas scored goals in the opening half for world champion Spain, who beat Puerto Rico, stretching their unbeaten streak to 12 straight matches.It marked the first match for Spain since winning back-to-back European Championship titles last month.Cazorla scored in the 42nd minute and Fabregas added a second goal in the 45th with a low volley.Marc Cintron scored 19 minutes into the second half for Puerto Rico as he beat Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina.In Frankfurt, Argentina, whose World Cup ambitions died in a four-goal thumping at German hands two years ago in South Africa, turned the tables with a 3-1 win, despite Lionel Messi mising a penalty.The hosts ended up with 10 men and were struggling once they lost inexperienced goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler after he upended the onrushing Jose Sosa.Germany’s 20-year-old rookie Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Borussia Moenchengladbach took his place between the sticks — then promptly saved a poor Messi penalty.Messi — who shattered Europe’s goalscoring records last season with 73 goals in total for Barcelona in 60 games to beat German Gerd Mueller’s mark of 67 set in 1972-73 — would not be denied, however, and was at the heart of a fine win with the second goal in 52 minutes.His effort all but wrapped things up after a curious opening goal saw Sami Khedira knock the ball over his own line for the opener in first-half injury time following Real Madrid teammate Angel Di Maria’s corner.Di Maria set the seal on the victory when he rifled home a left-footer from 30 yards with 11 minutes remaining.Brazil secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Sweden at the soon-to-be demolished Rasunda Stadium, centrepiece of the 1958 World Cup finals the Brazilians won after beating the Swedish hosts 5-2.With Pele and other members of that team looking on, second-half replacement Alexandre Pato scored a quick-fire brace in the 84th and 87th minutes, the latter a penalty, to secure victory.Leandro Damiao, golden boot at the Olympics, had duly opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a powerful header to ensure Brazil’s dominance over a Swedish side missing injured captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic.In the northern port city of Le Havre, Didier Deschamps’s first game at the French helm ended in a 0-0 stalemate with Uruguay.It was the fourth consecutive match between the countries to finish goalless, although France twice struck the frame of the goal in their first match since Laurent Blanc left his post after their quarter-final exit at Euro 2012.“The most difficult thing in football is to score a goal,” said Deschamps.“We did some good things. We created quite a few opportunities against a team who know each other well. Their starting XI has lots of players with more than 50 caps. We had seven players with less than 10 caps.”Elsewhere, Belgium notched up a 4-2 victory over the Netherlands, Switzerland scored a convincing 4-2 win over Croatia and Scotland saw off Australia 3-1.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, France, August 16 – England pulled off their first victory over Italy in 15 years in a friendly on Wednesday, while world champion Spain eased past Puerto Rico 2-1.Visiting South American giants Argentina and Brazil also notched up comfortable victories over Germany and Sweden.
0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, February 28 – SuperSport United have laid the bait to prey on AFC Leopards when the two clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in their opening CAF Confederation Cup first round clash on Saturday according to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) side captain, Bevan Fransman.While Ingwe coach, James Nandwa, admitted little knowledge on their opponents, who incidentally played live on their parent satellite television channel SuperSport against Bidvest Wits that is available here on Tuesday, Fransman said they would study videos on Leopards shot by their spies who were sent here in the past week to snare their Kenyan rivals. “We don’t have much information on them yet, but hopefully our analysts can bring some information back and inform us over the next two days more about them,” Fransman, told South African website The Citizen.Nandwa told Capital Sport on Thursday, “This is the first time for a Kenyan team to play against a South African team (arch rivals Gor Mahia did play Hellenic, now Benoni Premier United in 1993) and even when I was playing I never met them, so I don’t know the team well.”Leopards chances of beating the two-time PSL champions are now in doubt since they are set to depart Nairobi for Cape Town on Friday night after CAF declined their plea to push the tie on Sunday.“It will be difficult for us to adapt the environment if we arrive there on Friday and play the next day (Saturday). My players will also be fatigued and that may affect our performance,” Nandwa added.Ingwe were forced to reschedule their Thursday morning departure to Friday after their visas were not ready from the South African High Commission.This incident calls to questions the efficacy of their officials in planning for the trip since they knew application for South Africa visas take seven working days after they claim to have taken the traveling documents last Friday.With Matsatsantsa having all their squad, Leopards on the other hand will head down south without three key players, forward Allan Wanga, who picked up a knee injury during a training session, left back Abdalla Juma, who has two yellow cards and Harambee Stars midfielder Peter Opiyo, who is ruled out over a detained passport.Both teams enter the continental tie having failed to register victories in their last domestic league matches, where Leopards were held to a goalless draw by 2010 champions Ulinzi Stars while SuperSport suffered a 3-2 loss to Bidvest.Both SuperSport and Leopards skippers says their teams are looking to bounce back in the continental competition and the league results will not affect their performance.“We are mentally prepared for the match and these are two different competitions, every game has its own game plan. Since we started by winning in the confederations Cup in the preliminary round, we hope to give our best and continue with the good run,” Leopards captain Martin Imbalambala, stated.“It’s important. Maybe it’s a good thing that we’re playing so soon after that disaster against Wits.“Maybe it’s a good thing to get it off the mind, get it out the system, get back on the field playing put things right and get back to winning ways,” his opposite number asserted.Nandwa is targeting an away goal and a clean sheet so that they can increase their chances of qualifying for the second round, when they invite them for the return leg in Nairobi.Jackson Saleh will partner James Situma, Edwin Wafula, and stopper Joseph Shikokoti at the back in place of Juma. Bernard Mang’oli will replace Opiyo in the midfield alongside Ugandan Musa Mudde, Charles Okwemba and Augustine Etemesi while Paul Were who missed the return leg of the preliminary round against Defence FC steps in for Wanga to combine with Jacob Keli upfront.Leopards marched into the first round following a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory over Ethiopian side Defence FC while SuperSport edged out Botswana outfit Gaborone United 3-0 in the preliminary round to seal their progression.Senegalese striker, Mame Niang, who scored all the goals against Gaborone United and was on target on Tuesday in the PSL is the danger man Leopards will hope to keep quiet to achieve what would be an unlikely away result.Ingwe are placed 11th in the Kenyan Premier League after playing two matches while SuperSport are placed 3rd in the PSL with 32 points after from 20 matches.The crunch will kick-off at 9:15pm local time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Akida who had promised to translate her league form to the national team had started in a front three that also had deputy skipper Mary Kinuthia and debutant Mary Achieng who started in the absence of the injured Neddy Atieno.First choice custodian Samantha Akinyi also sat out of the match as she was yet to recover and in her place Vivian Akinyi started, marking her competitive debut in national colors.Akida gave her team the lead on the half hour mark, shocking the two-time Portuguese champions who had played second fiddle in most of the opening exchanges.Benfica were awakened from their sleep with the early goal and they started attacking in impulse, but Kenya managed to hold on to the lead until half time.The second half was even better with Akida showing her imperious form with two more goals, completing a hatrick and a huge morale boosting win for head coach David Ouma and his team.They will now shift their attention to their second match of the round robin tournament and they will be playing against home side Espanyol.Other teams in the tournament are Elche, Real Betis and the Venezuelan national team.Speaking to Capital Sport from Valencia, Spain, team manager Doreen Nabwire lauded the girls for the performance, saying they had to overcome high temperatures and nervousness to wade into an opening day win.“The weather was an obstacle to both teams as it was 42 degrees when we started. However, it affected them the most since I think for us we are kind of used to extreme heat. They appeared exhausted and so it worked to our advantage,” Nabwire said.She adds; “We were a bit tensed at the beginning. They appeared stronger and more experienced. Plus they are this year’s Portuguese League and Cup champions.They were tactically and technically good. But as you know most of our players are equally technically good. We were able to contain them the first half, got a few chances but we’re unable to utilize. In the second half we played better.”The former Kenyan international is optimistic the team will play better in the second match, though she concedes it will not be a walk in the park against a better Espanyol side.“The win is a huge motivation. Tomorrow Espanyol will play Benfica so we have a chance to go watch them as we prepare to face them,” Nabwire adds.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets midfielder Christine Nafula wheels past a Benfica opponent. PHOTO/COTIFVALENCIA, Spain, July 31- Spedag forward Esse Mbeyu Akida scored a hatrick as Harambee Starlets began their campaign at the COTIF invitational football tournament in Spain on a roll, beating reigning Portuguese champions Benfica 3-0 in their opening match.The pint-sized forward with 13 goals in six Premier League matches was in red hot form as Starlets showed maturity especially building on towards their debut in the African Cup of Nations in November.
1 One huge question is how will the Gunners defence line-up. A swathe of injuries and lack of depth in defence means Wenger has no choice but to play at least one of his senior stars at the back.Given the importance of both Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, we believe the likeliest selection will be Calum Chambers partnering Hayden and Bellerin on the right. With Wenger confirming that Nacho Monreal is still recovering from injury, Kieran Gibbs will probably get the nod to start on the left.Coquelin’s frequency to play in the Capital One Cup suggests he will get the nod on Tuesday, with Mathieu Flamini a probable partner to offer greater protection to a very young defence.This fixture will also provide the Gunners’ squad players the chance to show what they’re made of, so expect Costa Rican sensation Joel Campbell to start, as should Tomas Rosicky and the out-of-favour Lukas Podolski, who could well be on the move come January unless his game time increases.In attack Arsenal are once again limited. Wenger has confirmed that Yaya Sanogo will miss out, while it would be counter-productive to play Danny Welbeck, so this is the perfect opportunity to give Chuba Akpom a chance. Wenger recently lauded the youngster’s goalscoring abilities, hinting that he could get more chances in the coming weeks.Arsenal fans, how do you think you’ll line-up on Tuesday evening? Comment below… 1 Arsenal face Southampton on Tuesday It proved to be the perfect weekend for Arsenal as the Gunners put their midweek disappointment behind them with an impressive 3-0 victory over Aston Villa, allowing them to close the gap on the Premier League’s early pace-setters.Boss Arsene Wenger will be keen to keep that winning mentality going, but with a crucial weekend derby clash with Tottenham starting to come into focus, he will have some serious selection decisions for the Gunners’ Capital One Cup fixture against Southampton on Tuesday.The Saints have surprised many under Ronald Koeman this season, and come to the Emirates riding their own wave of optimism.Wenger however, has cryptically suggested that he will once again use the competition as a test-bed for his blossoming youngsters, talking up the chances that Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin, Isaac Hayden, Chuba Akpom and Semi Ajayi will play some sort of role.While it seems unlikely that all five of these will start against Southampton, this is the perfect opportunity for Wenger to offer much needed game-time to some of those that are reaching important stages in their careers.Below is how Arsenal could line-up:
1 Matej Vydra and Bradley Johnson each bagged a brace as Derby dismantled Hull, whose wretched form on the road continued to haunt them in a humiliating 5-0 defeat at Pride Park Stadium.Vydra scored either side of Sebastian Larsson skying a spot-kick that would have brought Hull level and City trailed 4-0 at half-time after Curtis Davies and Johnson got on the score-sheet.Johnson was also on-target just before the hour mark to leave the visitors counting the cost of a third successive away defeat in all competitions.Hull have not won on their travels since October last year and have suffered 19 losses in 22 games during that period.Their shortcomings were ruthlessly exposed by a Derby side who bounced back from a 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United before the international break to record their biggest win since November 2014.The Rams made two changes following the collapse of Maikel Kieftenbeld’s move from Birmingham while Hull made four with three new signings making their debuts.Tom Huddlestone and Davies were facing their former club, who fell behind to Vydra’s superb free-kick after a quarter of an hour.Vydra was tripped a couple of yards outside the area and he sent the ball around the left edge of the defensive wall and past Allan McGregor’s despairing dive.Hull were given a great chance to equalise in the 27th minute when Ola Aina was pulled down by Tom Lawrence at the back post but Larsson made a complete hash of the penalty, spooning his kick high over the bar after a stuttering run-up.It proved a costly miss because Derby extended their lead in the 34th minute when David Nugent ran through the middle of the defence too easily and laid the ball back to Vydra, who smashed the ball in from 12 yards.The night got even worse for Hull four minutes later when they conceded a corner which Lawrence swung over and Davies got in front of a defender to head inside the right post for a goal on his 400th league appearance.McGregor denied Vydra but from the corner, Hull failed to clear and Lawrence whipped the ball back in for Johnson to tap in unmarked at the back post to complete a great first half for Derby but a desperate one for the visitors.It was now a case of damage limitation for Hull but after Jarrod Bowen just failed to connect with a diving header, they handed Derby a fifth in the 58th minute.Michael Hector tried to be too clever with a clearance from the goal-line and only got it as far as Johnson just outside the box. He took a touch before firing past McGregor.Aina did force Scott Carson into a save when he tipped over the right-back’s header in the 69th minute but by then many of the visiting fans had left Pride Park trying to come to terms with what they had witnessed. The loss marked a third successive away defeat in all competitions for Hull
1 Watford manager Marco Silva once again refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with the vacant Everton job.The Portuguese coach is one of the favourites to take over at Goodison Park following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, although the Hornets are reportedly unwilling to let him leave.Silva has said very little about his future since Koeman left the Toffees on October 23 and, ahead of his side’s Premier League game at Newcastle on Saturday, he would talk only about the game.“I don’t like to talk about speculation about these things. I’m here to talk about our match, about Newcastle-Watford, nothing more,” said the 40-year-old.“Sometimes I talk and after it is going the other way (misinterpreted).“I don’t give one more word about this situation.”Watford’s high turnover of managers during the past few years has prompted some pundits to suggest Silva should jump at the chance of a possible move to Merseyside.The Hornets’ Italian owner Gino Pozzo has dispensed with four managers during the past three years; Billy McKinlay, Slavisa Jokanovic, Quique Sanchez Flores and Walter Mazzarri.When asked if it was difficult to be loyal to the Hertfordshire club based on that statistic, Silva said it was a question for Pozzo to answer.He said: “If you want, our owner Gino Pozzo (can) come here and you make this question for him, OK?“You know what is most important for me? I tell you; Newcastle-Watford, my team (and) tomorrow’s training session.”Silva has led his eighth-placed team to five victories from their opening 12 top-flight matches and they are perhaps unlucky not to have more points following some unfortunate defeats, including at Chelsea and Everton.Weekend opponents Newcastle are out of form following just one win in seven, but Silva expects a tough test against Rafael Benitez’s side at St James’ Park.“It’s a really difficult game for us. (They are) a good team with a very, very good coach,” Silva said.“They feel a fantastic support behind them and I believe it’s a very good challenge for us.“We need to prove during the match on the pitch that we want to win more than our opponent.” Watford manager Marco Silva is wanted by Everton
LETTERKENNY CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA & FRIENDSLove:live Music Ireland’s National Music DayBy Víctor YélamoTo celebrate Love: Live Music – National Music Day Ireland next Friday, April 8th, theLetterkenny Children’s Orchestra and the Regional Cultural Centrepresent a Classical Music Recital with music by Bach and Gluck andother compositions performed by the junior ensemble and friends. Founded in 2009, the Children’s Orchestra is an initiative of theSzabó-Yélamo String Duo. The Children’s Orchestra aims to complementthe weekly individual instrumental lessons and to motivate beginnersto work as a team, and also to develop social skills. The ensemblecomprises string players aged 7 to 13, students of OrsolyaSzabó-Yélamo, Lucia Spacirova, Brian Bergin and Víctor Yélamo – whoalso conducts the ensemble.The Children’s Orchestra trains and prepares string players for theDonegal Youth Orchestra; some of its members have already joined thelarger ensemble. They made their performance debut in February 2010 aspart of the Szabó-Yélamo Concert Series at RCC, with great feedbackfrom music teachers and the general public. They got nationalinvitations to participate in the Junior Orchestra Festival of theCoole School of Music (Gort, Galway).The group would like to thank Anne McHugh (principal) and all thecaretakers of Errigal College for allowing the Children’s Orchestra touse their premises for our Monday rehearsals.Letterkenny Children’s Orchestra and Friends is a great opportunity tocelebrate the future of Classical Music in Donegal. At the same timewe celebrate the children of today who will entertain and delightcoming generations; we also celebrate the National Music Day ofIreland through this free event, starting at 5.30pm at the Gallery ofthe Regional Cultural Centre. Letterkenny Children’s Orchestra and FriendsFriday 8th April, 5.30pm.Music by Bach, Gluck and othersRegional Cultural Centre, LetterkennyCo. DonegalAdmission is freeVenue: Regional Cultural CentreLocation: Cove Hill, Port Road Letterkenny, Co. DonegalTime: 17:30 – 18:10Tickets: freeOrganiser: Letterkenny Children’s OrchestraContact: Víctor YélamoLETTERKENNY CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA HOST RECITAL FOR NATIONAL MUSIC DAY was last modified: April 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)