However, Roberto Carlos stated that Neymar now “is happy at Paris Saint-Germain” and he encouraged him to continue playing “with joy, as he has been doing lately”, because that is the “Neymar that everyone likes to see”.Likewise, bet on the return of Madrid defender Marcelo to Canarinha, because he is considered “the best left winger at present”, despite the fact that the Brazilian coach, Tite, has lost confidence in him in recent calls.“Everyone deserves a new opportunity and I think Marcelo is growing again to return to being the Marcelo that I saw play, with joy, who does things that only he can do on the field, “he explained.“I hope he returns to the national team and disputes the position with Filipe (Luis), Alex Sandro Y Renan Lodi“he added.He was also asked about the situation of his former teammate in the selection, Ronaldinho Gaucho, who is in preventive detention in Paraguay, accused of using false documentation, and who he hopes will soon be released again.“We are going to wait to see what the Justice decides. I do not think that he is participating in something illegal (…) He always tried to be very correct. I do not know if they are holding him to find other people,” he said.Roberto Carlos said that Ronaldinho’s image “is worldwide” and that, despite its legal problems, “will not lose the charisma” that accompanied him throughout his sports career. “All I want is for him to get out (of prison) as soon as possible,” he stressed. 10 The former Brazilian soccer player Roberto Carlos affirmed this Thursday in an interview with Fox Sports Radio that, if it depended on him, Neymar would already be a Real Madrid player “long ago”, as well as he wanted a quick release for Ronaldinho Gaúcho, in preventive detention in Paraguay. “If it were up to me, (Neymar) would already be here a long time ago, but life is not as one would like, “said the former Real Madrid player and world champion with the Brazilian team in 2002.“These great players always have to play in the best clubs in the world. Real Madrid today is a reference for any player. Do you want to win the Champions League? Come for Real Madrid“, full.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo– says PPP will review all dealsOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is calling on Government to pay close attention to the ongoing feud between the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and NICIL’s Special Purpose Unit (SPU), noting that the two state agencies have “damning” issues that need to be fixed.Jagdeo’s comment comes on the heels of a recent visit to the Albion Estate in Berbice by President David Granger, who told residents and workers that he was there to fix things.“…I am not here to bury the sugar industry. I am here to find out what your problems are. I have come to fix things…,” the President was quoted saying in a lengthy statement from the Ministry of the Presidency last week.However, Jagdeo posited that the Head of State first needs to fix the issues between GuySuCo and the NICIL-owned SPU, which are being played out in the public.“He went there to fix things… [But] he can’t fix the relationship between GuySuCo and NICIL – two state entities – and all it takes for him to do is to call them in his office and say cut out this nonsense, I want to see where the money is being spent. That’s all it requires [but] he has to go to Albion to tell people that he’s fixing things,” Jagdeo contended.In a statement on Wednesday, the sugar corporation accused the SPU, which was set up by NICIL to oversee the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets, of unprofessionalism and criticised its approach to divestment.According to the Opposition Leader, the strongly worded missive from GuySuCo is damning.“A state agency accusing the SPU of undermining privatisation, of engaging in illegal acts, of recruiting the consultant to do the valuation [of GuySuCo’s assets] on the basis of a personal relation. That is the valuation that Guyana now must accept in the privatisation process [when] GuySuCo itself has grave concerns on how the consultant [PricewaterhouseCoopers] was recruited,” he noted.Moreover, it was noted that the sugar corporation is yet to be given a copy of the valuation report prepared by the United Kingdom-based consultant. “This is the most damning thing. If this doesn’t require a Commission of Inquiry, nothing does,” the Opposition Leader contended.Nevertheless, Jagdeo went on to talk about the fact that GuySuCo is being kept in the dark when it comes to the transactions on its immovable and moveable assets.“So clearly, GuySuCo doesn’t know what is being sold out and what they’re keeping, and they don’t get any information. They are just like us in the public domain,” the Opposition Leader stressed.In fact, he reiterated claims of SPU removing assets from GuySuCo’s serviceable register to the unserviceable in order to sell them out.Furthermore, he went on to outline that the sugar corporation, which has been downsized by the coalition Government to just three estates – Albion, Blairmont and Uitvulgt, is questioning the scrap metal dealings involving the Wales, West Bank Demerara, estate.Back in April, reports had emerged that scrap metal from GuySuCo, worth some $3 billion, was sold to a mysterious buyer, but the proceeds from the sale were not received by the corporation.The Government has been silent on this transaction and despite the Business Ministry having overall responsibility for the scrap metal trade, former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had distanced the Ministry from the sale when questioned by Guyana Times in April.Against this backdrop, the Opposition Leader told reporters on Thursday that NICIL has been bypassing the structure put in place for the privatisation of state assets. In fact, he noted that the agency is selling out “blocks of land” at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, including lands that were earmarked for the scrapped Specialty Hospital project.He added too that lands, at Liliendaal and Wales, are also being leased by NICIL and/or the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission. To this end, Jagdeo noted that if the PPP returns to power then all of these deals will come under scrutiny.“I want to warn the businessmen and those who are engaged in this, that if they believe this will fly in the long run and that we are not going to come back and look at all these transactions, they have it wrong because we’re going to do that. We’re not gonna tolerate this wanton giveaway of the resources,” the Opposition Leader posted.In the meantime, this fallout between GuySuCo and NICIL comes just days after the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU) met with officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), airing their concerns about the divestment process and the lack of transparency.
“I need shoes, equipment and proper training, but there’s nothing.”At sunset, friendly football matches are played on patches of open ground across the capital, with teenagers like Salim kicking up clouds of dust.The pitches have no markings, are full of holes and the goal posts are almost always without a net.“There is nobody to motivate me,” said Salim, a resident of Tuti Island, where the Blue Nile and White Nile meet in the capital.“I hope the revolution changes this,” he said, referring to the months-long mass protest movement that led to the ouster of longtime president Omar al-Bashir in April.Many say Bashir’s three decades of iron-fisted rule sidelined the sport — a national pastime.There are no competitive youth leagues in Sudan, meaning young players like Salim can only play in friendly matches between local clubs.Their skills are further cramped by poorly maintained pitches, which cause regular injuries that often end many talented players’ careers before they even take off.The matches are “disorganised” and players lack any kind of training or management, said the vice president of the Sudanese Football Association, Al-Fatih Bani.Local clubs avoid improving facilities because there are no competitive leagues for youths, he said.While there are some 30 well-maintained pitches in the country, they are privately owned and open only to the elite, Bani added.– Poor record –Sudan has never qualified for the World Cup, even though the country was a pioneer of the sport on the continent.Along with Egypt and Ethiopia, it helped to found the African Football Confederation, but has only won the African Cup of Nations once in 1970 when it hosted the tournament.The last time Sudan qualified for the continent’s biennial tournament was in 2012, even though it has been expanded to a 24-nation format.In 1989, Omdurman-based Al-Merrikh became the only Sudanese team to win an African club trophy.Sudanese football fans are often seen sporting the shirts of international clubs instead of their national team, the result of its poor record brought on by decades of official neglect, according to Bani.“Many talented players do not get the opportunity to improve and advance,” said Monzer Hassan, a coach of a youth team.“A complete lack of football academies deprives these talented players from honing their skills,” he said, adding that every player dreams of playing for the two leading Sudanese clubs, Al-Hilal and Al-Merrikh.A Sudanese player has never been picked up by a European club, said Bani, but the country is a lucrative destination for foreign players as Sudanese clubs are hungry for professionals.“Bashir’s regime hurt the sport immensely,” said Mohamed Harun, an Al-Hilal board member.“His Islamic regime considered football a tribal activity that did not deserve support or investment.”For those like Salim or Bani, the revolution that ousted Bashir could herald a turnaround.“I hope the revolution gives a strong push to football in Sudan,” said Bani.0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“There are no facilities or the equipment we need,” said Salim, son of a farmer, before booting a ball across a dirt pitch in a Khartoum neighbourhood.KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jul 30 – He has no kit or support system but 17-year-old footballer Emad Salim hopes Sudan’s uprising will bring a boost to his beloved sport and help its players step onto the world stage.“There are no facilities or the equipment we need,” said Salim, son of a farmer, before booting a ball across a dirt pitch in a Khartoum neighbourhood.