Wimbledon order of play on Saturday

first_imgOrder of play at Wimbledon on Saturday, prefix number denotes seeding, all times GMT. Third round unless stated.CENTRE COURT (1200)5-Simona Halep (Romania v 26-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands)John Millman (Australia) v 2-Andy Murray27-Jack Sock (U.S) v 6-Milos Raonic (Canada)COURT ONE (1100)1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v 28-Sam Querrey (U.S) T/F 6-7(6) 1-6Alize Cornet (France) v 9-Madison Keys (U.S)15-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) v 22-Feliciano Lopez (Spain)COURT TWO (1000)Carina Witthoeft (Germany) v 4-Angelique Kerber (Germany)10-Petra Kvitova (Czech Rep) v Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) T/F 5-7 0-0 (second round)last_img read more

Djokovic parts ways with coaching team in bid to boost results

first_imgWorld number two Novak Djokovic has parted company with his coaching team in a bid to halt a run of poor results which culminated in a quarter-final exit at the Monte Carlo Masters last month.A winner of 12 Grand Slam titles, the Serb has suffered a noticeable dip in form since winning his maiden French Open last June, relinquishing top spot in the ATP rankings to Briton Andy Murray five months later.He made a shock second-round exit at the Australian Open to Uzbek Denis Istomin, followed by successive defeats to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco and Indian Wells, before being beaten by Belgian David Goffin in Monte Carlo.On Friday, the 29-year-old announced that he would part ways with his coach Marian Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch, and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic.“I am forever grateful to Marian, GG and Miljan for a decade of friendship, professionalism and commitment to my career goals,” he said in a statement. “It was not an easy decision, but we all felt that we need a change.“I want to continue raising the level of my game and stamina and this is a continuous process… I am a hunter and my biggest goal is to find the winning spark on the court again.”Djokovic’s overhaul by Murray at the top of the rankings ended a run of more than two years as number one for the Serb, who has spent a total of 223 weeks at the summit during his career.Djokovic added that he would take his time before naming a new head coach.“I feel like this is a new chapter in my life,” he said. “My career was always on the upward path and this time I’m experiencing how it is when the path takes you in a different direction.“I have been on the tour long enough to know how to manage daily routines and I don’t want to rush my decision… I will inform the public when I find the right person, but for now I thank you for your support and understanding.last_img read more

Leicester set to reject monster Manchester United offer for Maguire

first_imgManchester United’s €78 million offer for Harry Maguire will be rejected as it falls short of Leicester’s valuation, PA understands.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to add an elite-level centre-back, with the Old Trafford club targeting the England defender just as they did last summer.However, Leicester do not want to sell Maguire and are under no financial pressure to let the 26-year-old leave the King Power Stadium.Manchester City are also reportedly interested in the former Sheffield United and Hull player, but United have made their move with an offer in the region of €78m.Maguire is currently on holiday having been given an extended break following his part in England’s Nations League campaign in Portugal.And, while not the type to agitate for a move, PA understands the centre-back has made Leicester aware he is open to exploring other opportunities.That is a different stance to last summer, when interest was swatted away by the Foxes before the England international signed a new and improved deal through to 2023.United have already signed right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace in a deal rising to €55m, while they are keen on Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff having also snapped up Daniel James from Swansea.Burnley’s James Tarkowski is a potential replacement for Maguire at Leicester but the Foxes have Filip Benkovic returning from a loan spell with Celtic, where he worked with Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers before the Northern Irishman moved to the midlands in February.Maguire joined Leicester from Hull for €19 two years ago and has made 76 appearances for the club, scoring five times.He also has 20 caps for England, scoring once in last summer’s 2-0 World Cup quarter-final win over Sweden.last_img read more

Singapore proposes total ivory ban, calls for public feedback

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has proposed a total ban on the sale and purchase of all forms of elephant ivory products in Singapore.Display of elephant ivory in public would also be banned, except when used for educational purposes, such as in museums or zoos.AVA has opened its proposal to public comments until Dec. 27 this year. The Singapore government has proposed a complete ban on the domestic trade of elephant ivory in the country.The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), the agency responsible for safeguarding animal and plant health in Singapore, announced Nov. 28 that the proposed ban, under the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act, would completely prohibit local businesses and individuals from selling or buying all forms of elephant ivory products in Singapore. Display of elephant ivory in public would also be banned, except when used for educational purposes, such as in museums or zoos. The proposal does not list any other exceptions. AVA has opened its proposal to public comments until Dec. 27 this year.International trade in elephant ivory is banned — Asian elephants were placed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1975, while African elephants were added to the list in 1989, prohibiting all global trade in the species and their products. But the ban does not extend to domestic trade. Singapore, while a party to CITES, allows domestic sale and purchase of ivory that’s been proved to have been imported or acquired prior to the elephant species being placed in Appendix I of CITES. The proposed ban aims to put a complete stop to this local trade.The proposal also plans to give stakeholders a three-year grace period during which they can decide what they want to do with their existing stocks of elephant ivory products. “Local businesses and individuals who own ivory can consider keeping, donating, or destroying the ivory,” the AVA said.African elephants in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Image by Rhett A. Butler.In recent years, some of the world’s major ivory markets, including China, Hong Kong and the U.K., have either enforced or announced domestic ivory bans. Singapore’s proposed total ban on domestic ivory trade is a step in the right direction, conservation groups say.“This is welcome news after China implemented its domestic ban on ivory sales earlier this year and recently upheld its 25-year ban on rhino horn and tiger parts,” Peter Knights, CEO of WildAid, a U.S.-based environmental NGO, said in a statement. “With Singapore joining the global community in prohibiting ivory sales and thus doing its part to help alleviate the poaching crisis, Japan remains the last major ivory market that allows legal sales.”Despite the international ban on ivory trade, elephant poaching for the illegal ivory trade continues unabated. Every year, an estimated 40,000 African elephants are killed by poachers to meet demand for ivory, mostly from East and Southeast Asia. Some have argued that the legal domestic trade keeps ivory demand alive, creating a cover for illegal trafficking.The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a statement that Singapore’s proposed ban “makes no exceptions in the closure of the domestic ivory trade, placing it ahead of similar bans around the world.” But the group added that the ban could be made more “robust and stringent” with the inclusion of measures such as ensuring that retailers declare their inventories immediately, and suspending the issuance of import and export licenses for pre-CITES ivory. This would “ensure that the ban will not lead to stockpiling of new ivory or increased supply or demand in other countries,” WWF said.The group also recommended increasing penalties for illegal wildlife and ivory traders, increasing inter-agency cooperation within Singapore, and reducing the grace period to one year instead of three.Banner image of African elephants by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Elephants, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Crime, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Ivory, Ivory Trade, Mammals, Trade, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking last_img read more

“Watch De Ride 3” returns to NCC for Education Month

first_imgFollowing the successful staging of the final production in the “Watch De Ride” trilogy earlier this year, the local theatrical spectacular is set to return to the National Cultural Centre (NCC) for a special Education Month edition, billed forThe cast of “Watch de Ride” receiving the award for Best Production at the National Drama Festival 2013Friday, September 15.This is as the Education Ministry launched its annual month of activities celebrating the accomplishments of the sector while promoting growth.The third edition of “Watch De Ride” – subtitled “Snapchat Blues” – is set to take the NCC by storm once again, but this time in a special matinee show for an audience of secondary school students in an attempt to enlighten the young mindsPlaywrightRonald Hollingsworthon a number of pressing social issues, while promising an entertainment-packed presentation.The dramatic comedy seeks to shed light on the Guyanese “minibus culture”, which was brought into the home of an unsuspecting family. This situation unfolds as while the parents were at work, their school-age children use their absence as an opportunity to partake in a series of experiments, implicating them both physically and emotionally.On that note, the play opens with a burst of thrilling events which lead to a series of intense complications and ultimately conflicts, with the highlighted themes pitting the children against their parents as well as neighbour against neighbour.Adding to that, the production also explores the cultural expectations of societies, particularly those enshrined in traditional gender roles versus the changing moresDirector Sheron Cadogan-Taylorof the youth.The “Watch De Ride” series was written by Guyanese playwright Ronald Hollingsworth, with Part Three “Snapchat Blues”, being staged under the directorship of veteran theatre maven Sheron Cadogan-Taylor.Cadogan-Taylor in explaining the dynamics of the play noted, “Many times over, young adults in our lives make choices that weigh heavily on parents and society in general. The play brings the complexities of secrets, impulsive decisions, lies and trade-offs out from under the carpet and thrust them before the audience.”The renowned local director further pointed out, “The audience may ponder on ‘what ifs’ and what may happen next in the drama; the chances taken by the young adults in the drama creates some unimaginable problems for their families.”“Watch De Ride 3” could be considered a classic based on the subject matter and its philosophical underpinnings as it puts a timely question to parents and guardians of today’s youth.Bringing the intricate plot to life is a cast of dynamic local performers that include Nelan Benjamin, Kimberly Fernandes, Mark Luke-Edwards, Sean Thompson, Nicola Moonsammy, Nathaya Whaul, Leon Cummings, Simone Dowding, Sophera Waldron, and Paul Budnah.The cast and crew have announced that they are working assiduously, pushing to set the Cultural Centre stage ablaze as they return with the one-day spectacular.“Watch De Ride 3” Education Month edition provides the perfect opportunity for those who missed the first staging of the production or others who simply want to catch it all over again.Students wishing to cash in on the educational entertainment that is “Snapchat Blues” can do so by purchasing a ticket at the reduced cost of $500. The show is set to commence at 13:00h.last_img read more

MASSE NAMED U SPORTS FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

first_imgMasse won four individual and two relay gold medals, while breaking four OUA records in the process. The native of LaSalle, Ont., won the 50 and 100m backstroke events for the fifth time in her career, earning OUA major grand slam awards for both, while tying her own OUA record in the 50-metre race. After also winning the 50m freestyle for the second straight year on Day 2, Masse earned a grand slam by winning her fourth career 200m backstroke title in OUA record time on Day 3. To top it all off, she helped the Blues to OUA record-breaking performances in the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays. The swimming phenom finishes her career undefeated at the OUA championships, having never lost a race.  Two weeks later, the kinesiology major was named the national Swimmer of the Year for the fourth straight season as she led the Varsity Blues to a silver-medal finish at the 2019 U SPORTS Odlum Brown Swimming Championships in Vancouver.  The 2017 FINA world champion earned three grand slam awards for her four career victories in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke events. Masse bettered her own U SPORTS long course record in the 200-metre event by almost two full seconds in 2:08.70. She also earned the national silver medal in the 50 butterfly.  Kylie Masse from the Toronto Varsity Blues women’s swimming squad is the U SPORTS Female Athlete of the Month for February 2019.The fifth-year swimmer capped off her Varsity Blues career in dominant fashion. At the OUA championships, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist earned her fifth consecutive OUA Female Swimmer of the Year honour in leading the Varsity Blues to their sixth straight provincial title.  Story Links In addition, she helped lead the Blues to gold-medal victories in all three relays, including two Canadian club and three U SPORTS records. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Infantino backs 48-team World Cup with 16 groups

first_imgA letter outlining the new format was due to be sent to the members of the FIFA Council on Wednesday, the source said, adding that the format was “preferred by president Infantino.”Under the new format, the source said, “every qualified team would play at least two group matches. The top two in each group would then go through to the last 32.”The FIFA Council will vote on several proposals at their January meeting: whether to maintain the current World Cup format of 32 teams, extend it to 40 teams or go to 48 teams. In the latter case they will vote on whether to have an initial play-off before 32 teams go into a group stage, or whether to go with Infantino’s now preferred option.The successor to the disgraced Sepp Blatter had previously floated the idea of having 32 teams going into a play-off round, with the 16 winners joining another 16 sides in the group stage.The play-off matches would be staged in the country hosting the finals, but would mean the losers go home after just one game.“This way, every team is guaranteed at least two matches and then we have knockout matches from the last 32,” the source added of the 16-group proposal.“Furthermore, this formula offers two advantages. Each confederation has a guaranteed number of qualified teams and it is easier to understand for spectators, television companies and sponsors.”The source added that this format “seems to be liked” by the different federations.FIFA president Gianni Infantino © AFP/File / Roman KruchininThe proposal to change the format of the competition is driven by a desire to increase income from marketing and television rights, even if the costs would also increase with an expanded tournament.Infantino, formerly Michel Platini’s right-hand man at UEFA, said recently he was in favour of a World Cup jointly organised by several countries to share out the burden of providing facilities for the tournament.“We don’t want white elephants,” he said in reference to stadiums that have been built for past World Cups and then left without a purpose after the tournament. “We want facilities that will last.”Infantino was general secretary of UEFA when European football’s governing body expanded the European Championship from 16 teams to 24 for this year’s finals in France.They also approved staging Euro 2020 in 13 different countries around the continent.And the Swiss-Italian has also been looking to expand the FIFA Club World Cup from the current seven-team format to a 32-club competition and hosting it in June instead of December.This year’s competition in Japan begins on Thursday, with Real Madrid the favourites.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany are the current World Cup holders after their 1-0 victory over Argentina in the 2014 final in Rio de Janeiro © AFP/File / Fabrice CoffriniLausanne, Switzerland, Dec 7 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to expand the World Cup finals to 48 teams featuring 16 groups of three starting with the 2026 tournament, a source within world football’s governing body told AFP on Wednesday.Infantino, who had until now proposed a 48-team event but with a traditional 32 countries advancing to the finals, will submit his latest proposal at a FIFA Council meeting in Zurich on January 9-10.last_img read more

Police arrest man in Van Nuys rape

first_imgVAN NUYS – Police have arrested a 32-year-old grocery store worker they think is responsible for at least three sexual attacks in the San Fernando Valley, including a June rape in Van Nuys this summer. Fernando Lopez Garcia was arrested about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Beverly Glen Marketplace in the 2900 block of Beverly Glen Circle, where he worked, Los Angeles police Detective John Eum said. He is being held on a rape charge at the Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $300,000. He was pulled over for a traffic stop July 18 near Sherman Way and Sepulveda Boulevard, Eum said. At the time, police were looking for a man who raped a woman inside an elevator June 10 in Van Nuys. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Lopez Garcia matched the description – a Latino, 20-30 years old, 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-5 with a medium build, a ponytail, brown eyes and a smooth complexion. Lopez Garcia is 5-foot-5 and 135 pounds. They believe he cut his hair to conceal his identity, Eum said. Officers brought him in for questioning but didn’t have enough evidence to keep him. “We were unable to positively identify him at that time through photo lineups,” he said. “We did interview him again and he again denied any involvement in any of the sexual assaults.” He was arrested for misdemeanor indecent exposure in the 14800 block of Vanowen on Sept. 17. The victim ran out into the street and flagged down the police, who arrested Lopez Garcia, Eum said. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge and was released from jail. But police took his DNA. When detectives this week got word that his DNA matched that taken in the June 10 sexual assault, police rearrested him. In that case, a woman told police she was raped by a man with a ponytail in an elevator near Sepulveda Boulevard and Valerio Street, police said. Detectives also believe the ponytailed suspect came up behind another woman and grabbed her between her legs about 9 p.m. June 22 in the 6600 block of Sylmar Avenue. Twenty five minutes later, what appeared to be the same man groped a woman near her apartment in the 6800 block of Bevis Avenue. She screamed and the man fled. ——————————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool report: Arsenal and Inter Milan stars top Klopp’s January wish list

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Inter Milan forward Gabriel Barbosa his top two January targets, according to reports in Germany.The Anfield boss been given £40million to improve his squad this transfer window and has been linked with numerous moves to boost his Premier League title bid.Having seemingly missed out on Borussia Dortmund flyer Christian Pulisic and a bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brand likely to wait until the summer, Klopp has turned his attention to Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to Bild.The England international has been unable to nail down a regular first-team spot at Arsenal – alerting clubs to his current situation at the Emirates Stadium.Links between Liverpool and the 23-year-old first surfaced in December, but at the time Klopp branded those reports as ‘nonsense’.Yet, reports in his native Germany are still claiming that the Reds boss is hoping to tempt the youngster to move to the north-west.The German newspaper also claims Brazilian forward Barbosa is a realistic target, with the 20-year-old unsettled at Inter Milan, although he is only likely to join the Merseyside club on loan. Liverpool are reportedly chasing deals for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gabriel Barbosa 1last_img read more

Ex- Arsenal and Spurs star talks about suicide and surviving a terrorist attack

first_img 3 Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has openly discussed contemplating suicide.At the age of 16, the former Togo international moved to Ligue 1 side Metz in an attempt to make it in Europe.However, after struggling to support his family at home, Adebayor admitted to feeling like a failure and tried to take his own life. latest Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 3 Emmanuel Adebayor has endured plenty of hardships throughout his life tense revealed SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ center_img whoops gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Now playing for Istanbul Basaksehir, the 35-year-old has endured more than his fair share of hardships in life. Although his career has taken him from Monaco, London, Madrid and now to Istanbul, Adebayor has had to roll with plenty of devastating punches thrown at him by life.After his father died, Adebayor admitted to becoming the ‘captain’ of his own family. In 2007, as captain of the Togo national team, reports claimed he was threatening to pull out of an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone because of a row over bonus payments.Adebayor received death threats, but then scored twice in the game, only to be suspended by the Togo federation along with two of his team-mates.And then, in 2010, the Togo captain was forced to carry his creaming teammates into hospital when the national team bus was ambushed by terrorists travelling through Angola. The former Manchester City striker caused controversy with this controversial celebration against former side Arsenal in 2009 JIBE Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea “I was 16,’ he exclusively told the Daily Mail. “All I wanted to do was help my family out but they put huge pressure on me. I could not cope with it. When a family is poor, everyone is poor and there is huge solidarity. People will take a bullet for you. But when one makes it, it is like you owe everyone.“At Metz I was on maybe £3,000 a month. My family asked for a house worth £500,000. The club were tired of me because of my behaviour. I remember sitting on my bed one night and just thinking ‘What am I doing here? Nobody’s happy with me, so what is the point of living?’“There was a pharmacy below my apartment. I bought packet after packet of tablets. They did not want to sell it to me but I said it was for a charity in Togo. I made the preparations, I drank all the water. I was ready to go. Then I called my best friend at midnight.“He told me not to rush, that I have things to live for. ‘You have the potential to change Africa.’ I thought “You are a dream-seller and I am not buying any dreams right now.’ But he took me out of the moment. I thought God must be keeping for something.” MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Sky News 3 Prior to the 2010 African Cup of Nations, the Togo national team bus was attacked by gunmen as it traveled through the Angolan province of Cabinda Of the attack, the former Crystal Palace striker said: “For 42 minutes, all we heard were gunshots. Left, right, front and back. I just heard friends shouting but we could not move or do anything.“As captain, I told everyone to call their families. I called my girlfriend and I told her ‘Listen, I am about to go.’“She said ‘Go where?’ She was pregnant. I said ‘If the child is born, if it is a boy, name him Emmanuel Jr. If it is a girl, name her Princess Emannuela. She said ‘What are you talking about?’ And then I just had to say ‘I will call you later if I am still alive.”last_img read more