Umtiti suffers injury in training

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter France defender Samuel Umtiti has picked up a calf injury in just the second session since Barcelona returned to training from the coronavirus quarantine, the Spanish champions announced on Saturday.Barca said that Umiti picked up an injury to his right calf during Saturday’s training session at the club’s Joan Gamper facility, but did not specify how long the 26-year-old would be out for. Spanish media report that he will be unavailable for two or three weeks, so will likely be back in time for a potential June 20 restart for football in Spain as the country attempts to loosen coronavirus restrictions.The 26-year-old Umtiti joined Barca from Lyon in 2016 after he helped France to the final of Euro 2016.He had further success with France in their successful 2018 World Cup campaign.He played 16 times for the Catalan giants this season before play was suspended in March, and was twice injured earlier in the campaign, causing him to miss 10 matches between September and November last year.Barca returned to training at the club’s facility on Friday after almost two months on lockdown in defence against a virus that has killed over 26,0000 in Spain. Footballers in Spain restarted training following the announcement last week of a government plan that aims to end quarantine for professional players.Individual training sessions are the first step to what La Liga hopes will be a return to action in June that will complete the 2019-20 season behind closed doors.Tags: CoronavirusFC BarcelonaJoan GamperSamuel Umtitilast_img read more

U-23 AFCON: Ghana eyes final Olympic ticket today

first_imgGhana’s hopes of playing Olympic Games football for the first time since 2004 will hang on a victory against South Africa in Friday’s 3rd/4th place playoff match in the U-23 AFCON tournament in Egypt.The Black Meteors face South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium to see which team gets the final ticket in Tokyo 2020.Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire already have the other two by virtue of their place in the AFCON final.Ghana suffered a painful 3-2 penalty shootout loss to Cote d’Ivoire on Tuesday and they will have make amends and beat South Africa for the place in Tokyo.Head coach, Ibrahim Tanko, has said that he and his technical team have given the players the needed boost for the match and is confident that they will rise above the loss to the Ivorians and attain their objective.“The semifinal defeat is history now. We spoke with the players and they know the importance of this match. There is one last chance to go to the Olympics and we will do everything not to miss it.”His sentiments are shared by team captain, Yaw Yeboah who believes that going to Japan will be the way to reward themselves after going a very challenging qualifying series and the main tournament.“It will be a very complicated and tough match. With all what we’ve done, it will be difficult to leave without anything at all. We will give our best to get this Olympic qualification.”The match kicks off at 2:30pm Ghana time in Cairo and it precedes the final between Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire.last_img read more

Residents fear threat of leaning pole at Wismar Housing Scheme

first_imgResidents of Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) are concerned about a pole which has been leaning on an electrical wire along the roadway in the area, which they consider a serious threat. The pole,The slanted pole at Wismar Housing Schemewhich is situated in close proximity to the Wismar Hill Nursery and Primary schools, has been in the same position for several weeks now, residents fear the danger it poses to the school children. They are calling on the relevant authorities to look into the situation and to have it rectified before the situation worsens. A resident in the area pointed out that the pole, which is leaned over the centre of the roadway, appears to be falling closer to the ground as time progresses.“This pole been like this for weeks now and like nobody ain’t care. It’s like they’re waiting for something to happen before they can fix it. School children passing here daily to go to school and yet still,” the resident pointed out.Residents and school children traverse the area constantly on a daily basis, given it is one of the main thoroughfares. It is unclear if the pole is the property of the electricity or telephone company; however, concerned residents are calling for urgent attention to be paid to the situation as soon as possible.last_img read more