Samira FC Proud of Making History

first_imgSamira FC, qualified leaders of Group A in Zone One Regional Playoff in Bomi CountyFirst Third division team to reach FA Cup Semi-finalIt was not a good moment for the Samira FC after bowing out of this years’ FA Cup in the semi finals against ELWA United. The team lost to United 2-6 on aggregate after conceding a 0-2 defeat in the First leg and 2-4 in the Second leg.But the Sinkor based side, nick named, The Scoring Scorpions is proud to have reached that stage of the competition; becoming the first Third division club to have entered into semi finals.It was a huge task to reach that far having been paired against tough opponents from round one of the competition, but due to what the team described as proper preparation and determination and love for the game as key factors behind its success, it managed to have defeat three top opponents from the first division including current FA Cup holders, Monrovia Club Breweries, Mighty Barrolle and Jubilee FC.Team Chief Executive Elvis Sirleaf congratulated his team for the good fight during its participation in the competition, adding that the team did not only enter the competition as participants, but to make an impact, “that I think we have done.”Having made history in the competition, the Scoring Scorpions through its Chief  Executive, also frowned on some activities that occurred during the later stages of its participation.According to Mr. Sirleaf, as football stake holders need to do more if football must improve in the country.“I think we are playing a lip service every time we say we want to improve youth football, especially some of the actions coming from people at the helm of power within our association,” he said.Mr. Sirleaf, a former Deputy Director General at Renaissance Communication Inc, said it was his hope that his team and other teams will go into every match and play fairly and void of any influence. He expressed disappointment over the influence of a senior staff of the Football Association during the team’s last match.“When you have very senior staff of the Competition and the FA who also has serious ties to my opponents, a team owned by the current president of the Football Association, cheering for that side and sitting on the playing pitch screaming at people as we played both legs, I am sadly disappointed,” Mr. Sirleaf narrated.ELWA United sponsored by Srimex Oil and Gas Company, is believed to be owned by LFA boss Musa Bility, with affairs coordinated by the LFA Director of Competition, Ansu Dulleh.Sirleaf said his team’s concentration is now on the Regional Playoff games scheduled to be played in Bomi County, where the team hopes to qualify for the national playoff and subsequently the 2nd Division. He thanked his technical and administrative staff, the players, fans and supporters for standing with them throughShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Massimiliano Allegri commits future to Juventus by signing new deal until 2020

first_imgDouble-winning head coach Massimiliano Allegri has committed his future to Juventus just days after suffering a heavy defeat in the Champions League final.The 49-year-old Italian, who guided Juve to the Serie A title and Coppa Italia glory only to watch his team lose to Real Madrid in Saturday’s European Cup final in Cardiff, will remain in charge until 2020.A statement published on Juve’s official website on Wednesday read: “Massimiliano Allegri has renewed his relationship with Juventus until June 30, 2020.“Since his arrival in July 2014, he has allowed the team to continue on its path of growth in Italy, which began three years earlier, and increasingly consolidate its position as a top European team.“In this case there is nothing better than to let the statistics do the talking: under his leadership, in Italy Juventus have won three league titles, three Italian Cups and one Italian Super Cup, thus rewritten the history of Italian football, having won six consecutive league titles and three national cups one after the other: a triple double.“And then in Europe, where Juventus, with two Champions League finals in three seasons and fifth place in the UEFA rankings, is now one of the most acclaimed teams.“In other words, Juve and Allegri have grown up together. They are continuing to do so.”Allegri, who won the Scudetto with AC Milan in 2011, was widely regarded as an unpopular appointment when he succeeded the successful Antonio Conte at Juve three years ago.However, he soon won the Bianconeri faithful round by winning the league in his first season, which ended with a Champions League final appearance against Barcelona that Juve lost 3-1.He won the Coppa Italia in 2015, too, and made it another league and cup double in his second year in the Turin dugout.In May the Bianconeri sealed their sixth straight Scudetto – an Italian record – and the third under Allegri, while an impressive European campaign secured another shot at continental glory.Juve lost in Cardiff, though, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice in a 4-1 Real victory.Critics suggested Allegri might seek a new challenge, but following talks with the Juventus hierarchy he has decided to sign a contract tying him to the Allianz Stadium for the next three seasons. 1 Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri last_img read more

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Antonio Conte in fall-out with Chelsea chiefs and could QUIT – shock reports

first_img1 Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea has been plunged into doubt amid reports of a fall-out with club chiefs.The Italian enjoyed an outstanding first season as Blues boss, guiding them to the Premier League title and into the final of the FA Cup.But Conte has stalled on a signing a new long-term contract and it is now being claimed in the Italian media that there are tensions behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.The 47-year-old is said to be unhappy with the club’s lack of investment in the transfer market this summer.He believes a number of high-quality additions are needed as Chelsea prepare to return to the Champions League next season.Conte also reportedly wants a ‘direct line of communication to owner Roman Abramovich’ and greater control over the recruitment of staff.There also appears to be a difference opinion within the club over Diego Costa.Conte has told Costa via text message he can leave this summer, but the Chelsea hierarchy are keen to keep hold of the striker.Chelsea have yet to comment on the reports but will not want to lose the popular Italian. Antonio Conte last_img read more

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