No bad blood with Sterling- Rodgers

first_imgHe declined to confirm where the 20-year-old was going or how much for, but British media say Sterling will go to Manchester City in a deal worth over £49 million ($76 million, 68 million euro).“The club has agreed with another club a deal for him to be transferred. Subject to a medical that will go through,” Rodgers said.“Contrary to probably the last week or so in terms of what was written, Raheem and I have always remained very strong in our relationship and have been right up until we left. So there’s no issue there,” he added.His comments confirm the closing stages of what has become this summer’s most acrimonious transfer.Sterling’s refusal to commit to Liverpool has angered the club’s supporters, who jeered him at an end-of-season awards dinner.Rodgers’s relationship with Sterling cooled considerably when the player turned down a lucrative new contract worth £100,000 per week in January this year.Two months later, Sterling’s relationship with the Liverpool hierarchy became even more strained when, in an interview with the BBC given without the club’s approval, he confirmed he had rejected the Reds’ latest contract offer.Sterling’s agent, Aidy Ward, then added to the growing rift by saying his client would not sign a new deal with Liverpool even for “£900,000 a week”.– Fans flock to hotel –English football commands a huge following in Thailand and it is not uncommon to see entire skyscrapers in Bangkok decked in advertising featuring stars from the premier league.Despite being named in the 30-man squad for the pre-season tour, Sterling was left behind by Liverpool when the club flew out to Thailand, where his teammates will play the Thai All Stars on Tuesday night before moving on to Malaysia and Australia.Players were greeted with traditional flower garlands on arrival at a luxury hotel in downtown Bangkok as fans in the football obsessed country jostled for a glimpse of their favourite players.New signings James Milner, Danny Ings and Nathaniel Clyne are all on the trip.Rodgers said his focus was on players who have joined his squad rather than dwell on those who have chosen to leave.“At this moment in time the interest is with the players that are here. The key for us is that it is the overall team that is important,” he said.Sterling joined Liverpool from QPR’s academy in 2010 and has since scored 23 goals in 129 senior appearances for the club.He made his senior England debut in 2012, scoring one goal in 16 appearances.Liverpool finished sixth in the Premier League last season and so missed out on the Champions League, whereas runners-up City have qualified for European football’s elite club competition.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling. PHOTO/FileBANGKOK, July 13- Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed Monday his team plans to sell Raheem Sterling to a rival club as he played down reports of an acrimonious rift over the restless England forward.Speaking in Bangkok where Liverpool have begun a pre-season overseas tour, the Northern Irish manager confirmed Sterling would leave, subject to passing medical tests.last_img read more

Kimanzi coy over Mathare’s title chances

first_imgVictory over the 2010 champions ensured the Slum Boys maintain their top five consistency since the beginning of the season, but Kimanzi, who guided Mathare United to their first ever KPL title in 2008, is keen to play down the significance of the feat with 14 round of matches remaining.“We have a short term objective of attaining 28 points in the second leg after managing 27 in the first leg. So if we can score more points than we did in the opening leg, then we will have achieved our target,” Kimanzi, who is the most qualified tactician in East Africa, affirmed.“The title will depend if we can hit our own target, if we can get over 28 points we will have achieved our target, then we will see what other teams have and see if we will be in a good position to win the league,” the former Harambee Stars head coach added.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi is targeting over 30 points in the second leg.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.Kimanzi revealed after the game against Ulinzi that he was surprised his charges could manage to get into the system quickly after a month-long break and he was positive the good start will motivate the team to an unbeaten second leg.“We are surprised because we didn’t expect to get the rhythm after a break, sometimes you drop the tempo especially the mentality to fight but they did a good job. I didn’t expect we get the rhythm up to 80 percent after being forced to change our game plan.“By the time we were stopping the league for mid season we were losing the rhythm as Mathare United but today (Saturday) I didn’t expect we create many chances in a span of 20 minutes but more importantly we managed to get at least one goal.”Kimanzi bolstered his squad in the June transfer window recruiting three players, keeper Wycliffe Kasaya, Cliff Mandere Nyakeya from Gor Mahia Youth and Ronald Okoth Ronald from Western Stima.Wycliffe Kasaya is hoping to make a comeback to the national football team Harambee Stars.PHOTO/FILEOf the three, the head coach heaped praises on Kasaya, who returned to top flight football for the first time this season after plying trade at second tier side Nakumatt FC.“Kasaya won the game for us; he brought a different character in our defence and it’s very nice because it gives the opponent the opportunity to struggle to beat our back-line. He is still young and has room to improve and I think he is enjoying his stay here which is important,’ Kimanzi underscored.The last time Mathare United won the Kenyan Premier League title Kimanzi was at the helm of the team and eight years down the line, the UEFA B Licensed coach will be looking to repeat the same feat.If he manages to lift the title, Kimanzi will write another history with his old time club, having been the youngest coach to ever lead a Kenyan club to a national premier league title, then at 32 years.During his heydays as a player, he captained Mathare United to its first Moi Golden Cup trophy in 1998.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi gives instructions to players.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, Kenya, July 4 – Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi believes the victory over Ulinzi Stars can lay the foundations for a possible Kenyan Premier League title challenge.Wyvone Isuza goal helped put the Mathare United within two points of leaders Tusker FC and saw them stay on track for their second KPL title as the season entered the grueling second leg.last_img read more