Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas explains why Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will lose to Burnley

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first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will lose to Burnley, according to Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas has explained why he believes Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will lose to Burnley in the Premier League this weekend.The Blues travel to Turf Moor on Saturday evening sitting fourth in the English top-flight and having beat Ajax in the Champions League during the week.Lampard’s side were thumped by Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season but have recovered well to impress both domestically and in Europe. Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas explains why Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will lose to Burnleycenter_img Lampard says he’s not ‘scared’ of AjaxTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:20FullscreenLampard says he’s not ‘scared’ of Ajaxhttps://metro.co.uk/video/lampard-says-hes-not-scared-ajax-2033242/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Nicholas, however, expects the Blues to suffer a defeat on Saturday and says he doubts whether Chelsea will be able to ‘cope’ with Burnley duo Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Chelsea have been more consistent than I thought what with the shift of Frank Lampard coming in and everything that came with it,’ the Arsenal legend told Sky Sports.‘In essence, it was clear-cut with the transfer situation. If Tammy Abraham scores he stays in the team and for me, Mason Mount is good enough to stay in the side.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Callum Hudson-Odoi has signed a new contract and so will feature, Willian is back in good form and Jorginho has been great.‘Fikayo Tomori is also playing well, but I am not sure whether the Chelsea centre-backs have a partnership to cope with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood when they get the service that they do.‘If there is an upset of the weekend then I am looking at this match. The Burnley style may not be attractive to some people but it is so effective. Burnley 2-1 Chelsea.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Oct 2019 9:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.7kShares Chelsea beat Champions League rivals Ajax during the week (Picture: Getty)Chelsea clinched an impressive victory over Ajax on Wednesday night and Lampard said it was evidence of his ‘babies’ coming of age.The former Chelsea and England midfielder said: ‘I’m delighted with every element of the performance.‘I think we’re allowed to be excited tonight. That’s the blueprint. There are no excuses for us now. That’s the standard and we can’t drop it.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The young players are still babies in terms of Champions League minutes so this was a huge test for them.‘There was a good balance of young players and experience. We need to realise the things that made that happen tonight because Ajax are a top, top team.’Burnley are currently eighth in the Premier League having amassed 12 points from their first nine games of the season.MORE: Arsenal legend mocks two players and slams Unai Emerylast_img read more

Ray Parlour urges Mikel Arteta to sell Alexandre Lacazette to fund further Arsenal signings

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first_imgAdvertisement Comment Mikel Arteta has been urged to sell Alexandre Lacazette to fund new Arsenal signings (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour has urged Mikel Arteta to sell Alexandre Lacazette to fund further Arsenal signings this summer.The Gunners have secured permanent deals for Willian, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares so far this summer but Arteta is keen to bolster his squad further before the window shuts in October.Arsenal only finished eighth last season – ten points adrift of the top-four – and Arteta is hoping to see two or three more players arrive through the doors at the Emirates.But with Arsenal’s transfer budget affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Arteta may be forced to sell before he buys and Parlour says Lacazette could make way.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told talkSPORT: ‘Lacazette will be the one, the asset. You look at the assets they’ve got, there isn’t many really.‘They’ve got Aubameyang, but with him you’re not going to get as much as you’d like because, currently, he’s only got a year left on his contract.‘Probably the asset will be Lacazette. I know Juventus were interested in maybe buying him. Advertisement Lacazette has been linked with a move away from the Emirates (Picture: Getty)‘Sometimes you have to lose a player to bring players in. You do need to freshen up the dressing room.‘I like Lacazette, he’s a decent player, but we have Eddie Nketiah and it’s all about whether he can step up now and improve as a centre-forward.‘That’s what Arteta will be looking at in training, “is he good enough to play week-in week-out as a striker?” Probably not at the moment, but he can improve and probably can do in a couple of years’ time.”More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal identify Martinez replacement as Arteta sanctions saleMORE: Owen makes prediction for Arsenal v Liverpool Community Shield clash Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Aug 2020 6:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link749Shares Ray Parlour urges Mikel Arteta to sell Alexandre Lacazette to fund further Arsenal signingslast_img read more

GulfSlope encounters oil sands at Canoe well in Gulf of Mexico

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first_imgGulfSlope Energy has informed that its Gulf of Mexico well targeting the Canoe prospect has encountered oil sands.According to GulfSlope, the well was drilled to a total of 5,765 feet measured depth (5,700 feet true vertical depth) and encountered no problems while drilling.“A full integration of the well informed and seismic data will be performed for further evaluation of the shallow potential of the wellbore and the block, and to define commerciality of these oil pays. The well is being temporarily abandoned with multiple open hole plugs to be set across several intervals,” the company said.The well is equipped with a mud-line suspension system for possible future re-entry. A deeper subsalt prospect on VR 378, for which the block was originally leased, is not yet drill-ready and is pending further seismic enhancement, GulfSlope said.Tau prospect nextThe Rowan Ralph Coffman jack-up rig is expected to be under tow to GulfSlope’s Ship Shoal Area, South Addition Blocks 336/351 location by August 31, where drilling will start on the Tau Subsalt Prospect.This will be the inaugural well in GulfSlope’s Phase 1 Subsalt Drilling Portfolio of high potential prospects, which will test Miocene reservoirs beneath thick salt sheets on the shelf in 300 feet to 400 feet of water depth. At a planned depth of 29,860 feet measured depth (26,132 feet true vertical depth), the Tau Prospect exploratory well is projected to drill one of the thickest sub-seafloor geologic sections in Gulf of Mexico history almost five miles below the seafloor.GulfSlope is the operator of the Tau well with a 20 percent working interest. Delek GOM Investments LLC, a subsidiary of Delek Group Ltd. (“Delek”) will have a 75 percent working interest and Texas South Energy Inc. will own a five percent working interest.last_img read more

Motorist dies in road mishap

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first_imgThe crash happened around 10:35 a.m. on July 7. The sedan driver was identified as 45-year-old Percival Diamante Andrada, a resident of Barangay Mansilingan. James Cloud Nieze of Barangay Taculing died on the spot due to head and body injuries, a police report showed. Motorist pass by the area in Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City where James Cloud Nieze died after his driven motorcycle crashed against a sedan on July 7. POLICE STATION 4/ BCPOcenter_img The suspect was detaisned in the lockup cell of Police Station 4, facing charges. /PN BACOLOD City – The motorcycle he was driving crashed against a sedan in Barangay Estefania.last_img read more

INDOT refreshes campaign sign placement rules

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first_imgAurora, In. — As primary elections approach, the Indiana Department of Transportation reminds Hoosiers that campaign signs are prohibited from state right-of-way according to Indiana Code 9-21-4-6.  INDOT personnel are required by state law to remove all unauthorized signs within the state right-of-way.Areas that should remain sign-free include:IntersectionsInterchangesRights-of-way that run parallel to highwaysWhere the right of way is not clearly marked, boundaries may be estimated as the fence line, the back of the ditch or behind utility poles.INDOT personnel will remove campaign signs and other illegal signs from right-of-way—pursuant to code —as they are encountered in normal highway maintenance activities.  Crews may also remove a specific sign if it presents an immediate safety risk, such as being too close to the roadway or creating a sight obstruction. Campaign signs placed off the right-of-way will not be removed.Removed signs will be taken to the nearest INDOT facility. Campaign signs may be claimed by the owner between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays.INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews.To report signs placed in the right-of-way, contact INDOT customer service online here or by phone at 855-463-6848.last_img read more

July 17 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings

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first_imgXtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 1,171; 2. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,141; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,113; 4. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,110; 5. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,099; 6. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,096; 7. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa, 1,092; 8. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 1,077; 9. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,070; 10. Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa, 1,062; 11. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,060; 12. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif., 1,059; 13. Michael Densberger, Lincoln, Neb., 1,044; 14. Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan., 1,036; 15. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 1,031; 16. Dustin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,030; 17. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1,028; 18. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa, 1,024; 19. Kyle Wilson, Salinas, Calif., and Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan., both 1,005.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 724; 2. Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, 696; 3. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 686; 4. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 659; 5. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 654; 6. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 635; 7. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 631; 8. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 603; 9. Ben Nading, Ankeny, Iowa, 593; 10. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 570; 11. Daulton Maassen, Avoca, Iowa, 557; 12. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake, Iowa, 551; 13. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 548; 14. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 535; 15. Curtis Glover, Des Moines, Iowa, 513; 16. Ben Seemann, Waterloo, Iowa, 501; 17. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 499; 18. Mike Garland, Morrison, Ill., 493; 19. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 491; 20. Jerry King, Waterloo, Iowa, 487.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 741; 2. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 734; 3. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 724; 4. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 712; 5. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 595; 6. Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, 563; 7. Jeremy Schultz, Hutchinson, Minn., 540; 8. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 519; 9. Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn., 517; 10. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, and Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., both 512; 12. Jesse Cripe, South Haven, Minn., 500; 13. Regan Hawkins, Troup, Texas, 496; 14. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 495; 15. Dustin Sargent, Cleveland, Minn., 470; 16. Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn., 460; 17. Kyle Sargent, St. Peter, Minn., and Casey Abbas, Lennox, S.D., both 457; 19. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 454; 20. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 450.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,187; 2. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 1,172; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,163; 4. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,135; 5. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 1,121; 6. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,119; 7. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,113; 8. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,104; 9. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 1,103; 10. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 1,099; 11. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 1,094; 12. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,089; 13. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn., 1,085; 14. Norman Chesmore, Rowley, Iowa, 1,048; 15. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,047; 16. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis., 1,043; 17. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 1,030; 18. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm, Iowa, 995; 19. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn., and Chad Bruns, Wayne, Neb., both 989.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,168; 2. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,155; 3. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,133; 4. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, 1,120; 5. Cory Probst, Worthington, Minn., 1,119; 6. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 1,113; 7. Tiffany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb., 1,110; 8. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,099; 9. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,096; 10. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,089; 11. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,080; 12. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger, Iowa, 1,079; 13. Tyrel Smith, Goodland, Kan., 1,049; 14. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, and Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, both 995; 16. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 990; 17. Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn., 980; 18. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 965; 19. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 937; 20. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 926.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 1,184; 2. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 1,179; 3. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 1,171; 4. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,163; 5. Lucas James Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,156; 6. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,153; 7. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,149; 8. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, and Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., both 1,146; 10. Cody Knecht, Whittemore, Iowa, 1,083; 11. Sam Robert Wieben, Dysart, Iowa, 1,079; 12. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 1,062; 13. Kevin Bethke, Neenah, Wis., 1,051; 14. George Nordman, Mason City, Iowa, and Nate Whitehurst, Mason City, Iowa, both 1,023; 16. Brandon Williams, Des Moines, Iowa, 998; 17. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 989; 18. Ryan King, Montour, Iowa, 982; 19. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 973; 20. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 946.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,140; 2. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 927; 3. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 884; 4. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 830; 5. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 817; 6. Jesse Baldwin, Aztec, N.M., 813; 7. Michael Maraschick, Midland, Texas, 751; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 744; 9. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 733; 10. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 701; 11. Jeffrey Kaup, Woodward, Okla., 630; 12. Thomas Bennett, Bastrop, Texas, 592; 13. Levy Galmor, Elk City, Okla., 590; 14. TJ. Green, Robinson, Texas, 555; 15. Roger Armstrong, Carlsbad, N.M., 546; 16. Brad Shirley, Springtown, Texas, 531; 17. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, and Steve Wade, Waco, Texas, both 524; 19. Logan Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., 523; 20. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 517.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,195; 2. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,177; 3. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,150; 4. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,145; 5. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,130; 6. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 1,093; 7. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,089; 8. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,088; 9. Dalton Kron, Algona, Iowa, 1,082; 10. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 1,051; 11. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,021; 12. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, 893; 13. Drew Johnson, Sioux City, Iowa, 889; 14. Devin Jones, Clear Lake, Iowa, 833; 15. Jacob Kofoot, Bode, Iowa, 831; 16. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 825; 17. Nikki Taylor, Welcome, Minn., 723; 18. Trent Orwig, Wayland, Iowa, 700; 19. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 693; 20. John Whalen, Ainsworth, Iowa, 684.last_img read more

Ex-Magpies chairman defends Pardew

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first_img He told talkSPORT: “If you don’t give the guy the right ammunition, he’s not going to win. “I’m the last one to tell them to start changing managers because I had quite a few in my time there. Sometimes you have got to bite the bullet, though. “Where Pardew is concerned, if you don’t give him the money to buy players, then you are going to get into trouble. “Newcastle must buy players in the close season. Pardew has been told to achieve 10th position at worst, and he has done what he was asked to do. “The best manager in the world is not going to be successful if he isn’t given the money and the right players.” Pardew is currently in the process of thrashing out a summer transfer strategy with owner Mike Ashley, managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr as he attempts to rebuild his squad. Press Association The 52-year-old came under intense criticism as the season drew to a close with a run of seven defeats in eight Barclays Premier League games. However, Shepherd believes Pardew has not been given the backing he needs in the transfer market. center_img Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has defended current manager Alan Pardew as he fights to win over the club’s fans.last_img read more

Ronald Koeman hails Southampton and Swansea as Premier League model clubs

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first_img Both sides have captured the imagination in recent years, with the south Wales side winning the Capital One Cup and establishing themselves as a Premier League force after promotion in 2011. Swansea’s attack-minded philosophy and ability to replace outgoing stars is akin to that of Southampton, who have improved season after season since themselves returning to the top table three years ago. The teams go head to head in the league on Saturday at St Mary’s. Last term represented Saints’ best-ever Premier League campaign, just like Swansea, and both sides are looking to kick on after more impressive summer business. “Like us, Swansea in my opinion is an example how you have to do the football business,” Southampton manager Koeman said. “They have a very good coach and manager, they try to play attractive football. “They lost some good players, signed some other good ones and are still fighting for a high position on the table. “We can compare Swansea to our team and that’s maybe the reason it’s a difficult game for both teams. “Look back at last season and we won in Swansea and they won here. It’s close and it’s detail that makes the difference this Saturday.” Southampton’s Holland midfielder Jordy Clasie remains sidelined for the clash against Garry Monk’s side, although Ryan Bertrand could make his first start of the season after recovering from a knee injury. The left-back made his return off the bench in Wednesday’s 6-0 mauling of MK Dons, which earned a Capital One Cup last-16 tie at home to Aston Villa. The performance in Milton Keynes pleased Koeman, especially the determination to fight until the end, and makes him confident they could replicate Saturday’s opponents’ success of 2013. “We like to win and will do everything to win the League Cup,” the Dutchman said. “We know it’s difficult because still all the big ones are in the tournament but, maybe finally with some home games starting with Aston Villa, we maybe have a chance to reach the final of the League Cup which is a dream for the club and the fans and we will do everything to do that.” Graziano Pelle missed the trip to MK Dons after a kick to the foot but is set to return for the visit of Swansea, while Jay Rodriguez will hope to continue his impressive return to action after missing last season recovering from a serious knee injury. “He’s showing his qualities and we know and Jay by himself knows he was a long time out of real competition and you need time to come back on your level,” Koeman said. “Little by little he’s more close to 100 per cent and these kind of games are important for the player to get the minutes and the physical and the quality to be 100 per cent. “At this moment he gives competition to other players in front.” Ronald Koeman believes Southampton and Swansea are examples of how to conduct “football business” on and off the pitch. Press Associationlast_img read more

UEFA gift is symbolic of GFF’s International Relations Strategy – Forde

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first_imgPRESIDENT of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde, has called the commissioning of the two buses, gifted to his federation by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), symbolic of their International Relations Strategy, which he noted continues to bode well for the reputation of Guyana as a football nation. A partnership, which was only recently formalised between GFF and UEFA, has ticked off its first major achievement with Guyana benefitting from the donation of two minibuses through the UEFA Assist Programme.The UEFA Assist Programme, which was set up in 2017, provides support for the other confederations and their member associations in four specific areas – capacity-building (football and operations), development of youth football, infrastructure projects and helping UEFA’s member associations to create cooperation programmes with associations from outside of Europe.At the commissioning ceremony on Friday afternoon at the GFF headquarters in Section K, Campbellville, key officials spoke of initiative and how significant it is to the development of local football.“These strategic partnerships are essential to our quest to acquire badly-needed football development resources along with technical and administration capacity,” Forde told the gathering of reporters and other football officials.According to GFF president, the “buses were donated by UEFA, and I am so humbled and grateful for this kind gesture. I would therefore like to express my sincere gratitude to Mr Aleksander Ceferin – President of UEFA, for his generous contribution to the Development of Guyana’s Football. I wish to also thank Ms Eva Pasquier and Mr Howard McIntosh for working closely with me over the past year to consolidate the bilateral partnership between the GFF and UEFA.”Forde pointed out that the buses will contribute to significant savings to the operation of the GFF’s Academy Training Centre (ATC) programme, which will allow the federation to fully implement the next phases of their ground-breaking National Youth Development Structure.Head of UEFA’s International Relations, Eva Pasquier, noted that the “UEFA Assist programme is proud to support the GFF in their continuous effort to develop football in the country. When we learnt that there are young players walking for hours to play the game and then they walk back, the provision of the minibuses is just a perfect thing to do – bringing people and football together.”Howard McIntosh, One CONCACAF and Caribbean Project Senior Manager, reasoned that the confederation’s governing body was “proud to facilitate any collaborative efforts in the Region to assist in the development of the beautiful game. This gift will help GFF to continue its many programmes which have yielded success for GFF and Guyana.”Contributing to the development of football has long been one of UEFA’s central objectives. UEFA Assist aims to increase solidarity and enhance football development to tackle the needs of national associations and confederations outside Europe.Over the years, UEFA has demonstrated its commitment to reinforcing relationships with other confederations by providing ad hoc support and signing memorandums of understanding with all five of its sister confederations.UEFA Assist institutionalises this ongoing support of other associations and confederations in terms of knowledge-sharing and football development.The main scope of UEFA Assist is essentially to share knowledge and best practices to help UEFA’s sister confederations to develop and strengthen football within their respective territories. UEFA Assist is designed to provide practical assistance and offer support through development activities.Capacity-building (operations and football), Development of Youth football, Infrastructure and UEFA member association support are listed as the four pillars of the programme, with each providing specific support to member associations and confederations worldwide.last_img read more