‘Expect a lot this season’

first_imgNodley WrightGleaner WriterAn own goal in the 41st minute, a clinical finish from Lennox Russell in the 45+ and Andrew Phang strike in the 48th minute from the penalty spot gave defending champions Arnett Gardens a convincing win over the encouraging debutants UWI FC on Monday night in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).The above statistics speak to the outcome of the match, but what will not be borne out by that is the importance of and increasing influence of Vishinul Harris on the Arnett Gardens team. The 22-year-old, who was a part of Jamaica’s Under-23 team which failed recently to qualify for the Olympics, was unplayable when he wanted.It was on one of his ‘hot knife through butter’ runs that he was brought down in the second half to earn the penalty, which Phang dispatched with ease. That and more gave the former Charlie Smith player enough to feel encouraged.”Actually, I have to give thanks for all things. The Father has made this possible. I just continue to work hard. I know I am still developing and that I have a lot to learn about the game,” he said.Monday night’s performance, Harris said, is only a start of what is to come later on in the season, as he works to raise his game.”You can expect a lot from me this season. My aim really is to make myself a better player and I am really looking forward to shining this season.”Last season was an injury-plagued one for me as I got a lot of injuries and played just about 10 games. Right now I am working hard on my fitness and trying to stay healthy and once I am healthy you will see what I can do,” stated Harris.The fire in Harris, who also played Under-20 football for the country, was fuelled by the country’s failure in to qualify for the Olympics.”It (not qualifying for the Olympics) was a big disappointment for the country in that we did not go any further in the competition and that we have never in our history. We have never qualified for the Olympic Games in football and we believed we could have done it so not getting it done was a big disappointment. It is really unfortunate as I was really looking forward to it and am working to make up for that disappointment now,” he said.With representing his country at football in the Olympics out of the way, there is just the Reggae Boyz now for Harris and that he said requires a lot from him.”It is still my dream to play for the country at the highest level, but it will take a lot of work and dedication from me. There is a team right now in competition so for me to get a chance I will have to show that I can do it and I am prepared to do that,” he declared confidently.last_img read more

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Solid casting required for repairs – Vaughn

first_imgHope Canal Bridge… as remedial works cost Govt $37.3MRepairs on the $350 million Hope Canal Bridge will cost the Government $37.3 million; a sum which critics are saying is way too high but Chief Works Officer at the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Geoffrey Vaughn, said the work would require heavy solid casting since the bridge should be a sturdy construction.Vaughn stated that tenders were submitted and the relevant body is currently accessing theses to determine if the tenders will be awarded. When questioned on why the engineer estimated that price, he said there are talks that the construction of an entire nursery school costs less than repairing the bridge, “but what they are not seeing is that it would take hollow blocks to build a nursery school while the construction of a sturdy bridge would require much solid casting.” “It means more cement, more steels. It means more everything,” he said. The defective bridge has being posing a threat to those traversing, with commuters fearful that it will collapse. However, road users can breathe a sigh of relief because bids were opened last Tuesday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) for its rehabilitation. The Public Infrastructure Minister had stated that the Ministry was considering seeking funding for its repairs in the 2017 Budget but the Finance Ministry insisted that the rehabilitation is a matter of urgency.Therefore, Patterson had indicated that they have “made a case to re-programme some of our funds to make this a priority”. Three companies have since submitted bids for the bridge project – KP Thomas and Sons Contracting Incorporated, BK International Incorporated and HNauth and Sons. The bridge, commissioned in 2014 by former President Donald Ramotar, was contracted to the tune of $349.6 million to DIPCON Engineering Company. It was highlighted that the company had voiced their concerns to the previous Administration about the design of the bridge but those reservations were ignored by the previous Board of Directors of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority. Recently, Patterson said a team led by Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Furguson, carried out an extensive report on the bridge and a decision was made to have the remedial works go to tender. The bridge, which is one of three modules of the US$15 million Hope Canal Project, is 74.4 metres in length with a 47-metre sloped advance on both sides.last_img read more

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REMARKS BY H.E. MRS. ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF…

first_imgAmbassador PACIFICIVice President Boakai,Dean and Members of the CabinetThe Doyen and Members of the Diplomatic CorpsMembers of the Fourth EstateDistinguished Ladies and GentlemenMr. Ambassador:Your tenure comes to an end when we should have been celebrating the tremendous achievements made over the last five years of collaboration between Liberia and the European Union since your arrival here. The unwelcomed    intrusion    of    the    deadly   Ebola   virus outbreak has however muted the national mood for celebrations. We would have preferred therefore were you to stay on a little longer with us.Since your arrival five years ago, we have accomplished much in our partnership with the European Union. Your assignment in 2009 which coincided with the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty saw the EU Office transformed into a fully-fledged Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Liberia. Our partnership went from humanitarian assistance to development cooperation.  With passion and drive, you helped to bring about the realization of the Liberia-EU Dialogue under Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement; the entry into force in 2013 of the Liberia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement on governance and trade in forestry products, and the framework for discussion leading to the conclusion of a Liberia-EU International Fisheries Agreement. Liberia has joined others in the region in concluding the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU which will help to bolster the Liberian economy.We however do have some unfinished businesses. Among these is the issue of visas for Liberians and the hardship they endure when they have to travel to neighboring countries to obtain visas before embarking on their journeys to EU countries or in transit there. It is our ardent wish, that building upon your efforts, your successor, will prioritize this and other concern.As you depart at this time when we are still confronting the onslaught of the Ebola Virus, we wish to express with deepest gratitude the European Union’s response to the crisis from the onset of the epidemic.Excellency, as you leave us to join your beloved consort, family and professional colleagues, I am pleased on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia, and in my own name, to bid you farewell and implore the blessings of long life and prosperity upon you, and for success in your future endeavors.At this juncture, let me grant your wish. By the authority vested in me, as President of the Republic of Liberia, you are hereby permitted without restriction to go fishing in any waters within the territorial confines of the Republic of Liberia. I know by granting said wish, Liberians are going to see you once again on our shores.Kindly convey our best wishes to His Excellency Herman Van Rompuy, outgoing President of the European Council and my heartfelt congratulations to His Excellency Donald Tusk, President-elect of the Council.I Thank You!TOASTDrink with me to a successful end of tour of duty and a safe departure of Ambassador Attilio Pacifici. Long live, Liberia, Long live the EU and Long live EU-Liberia relations.Share 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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Everton ‘open talks to sign’ World Cup star after impressive displays

first_img Vida is currently catching the eye with some impressive performances at the World Cup Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Vida only joined current club Besiktas in January LATEST Vida is currently representing Croatia at the World Cup, and if he continues his run of good performances Besiktas could bump up the centre-back’s current £13.2m asking price.But it has been suggested that Everton have already got the ball rolling on their move, with Leicester also said to be considering an approach. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The 29-year-old only arrived at Besiktas in January, following five years at Dynamo Kyiv, and made 13 league appearances for his new club. TOP WORK Latest transfer news Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Everton have opened talks with Besiktas over a summer swoop for Domagoj Vida, who has also been linked with Leicester.According to Fanatik, Everton are currently negotiating with the Turkish club about landing the defender before the window closes. targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing moving on Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? three-way race However he could be set to leave just six months later with clubs impressed by Vida’s form for club and country.last_img read more

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Arsenal target could join Paris Saint-Germain this summer

first_imgArsenal could be facing a transfer blow after passing of the English deadline with target Ousmane Dembele possibly joining Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Daily Mail.The Gunners were linked with a move for the Barcelona ace late in the window with the player even being spotted with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Matteo Guendouzi. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele could be on the move again this summer. Latest Transfer News Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer TOP WORK But with the market closed in England, it now seems PSG are attempting to land the World Cup winner, 21.Dembele was coached by Thomas Tuchel during his time with Borussia Dortmund and there could now be a reunion.It’s being reported Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique has approached Barcelona about doing business, which would see the winger play alongside compatriot Kylian Mbappe. LATEST targets RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signinglast_img read more

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DONEGAL MINOR STAR LORCAN REWARDED FOR HIS ‘ELECTRIC’ PERFORMANCE

first_imgLorcan O’Connor received his award from Patrick McCarney, Customer Relationship Manager, Electric Ireland after his star performance in his team’s win over Antrim in the Electric Ireland Ulster Minor Football Championship.Donegal minor star Lorcan O’Connor will be hoping he can repeat the stunning performance he produced against Antrim on Sunday in the Ulster decider next month. O’Connor was in blistering form and was awarded the man-of-the-match award as he and his Donegal team mates blasted past the Antrim challenge and booked their place in the Ulster MFC.Donegal haven’t contested an Ulster final since 2006, a team which featured current Donegal stars Michael Murphy and Martin McElhinney. Declan Bonner will be hoping his young charges can take back the Ulster minor crown to Donegal for the first time since 2006.Donegal have delivered impressive performances over Derry and Antrim en route to the Ulster MFC decider and will be fancied to capture the title.The Donegal senior side will be attempting to recapture the Ulster title they relinquished last year to Monaghan and Donegal supporters will be dreaming of a ‘dream double’ in Clones on July 20th.  DONEGAL MINOR STAR LORCAN REWARDED FOR HIS ‘ELECTRIC’ PERFORMANCE was last modified: June 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Declan BonnerdonegalLorcan O’ConnorMFCnewsSportlast_img read more

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Youth urged to build better future

first_imgThe youth must take ownership of the NDP.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Leo Makgamathe said the youth must not simply fold their arms regarding the future. Dr Laurine Platzky says the NDP is a long-term plan for a stronger, more competitive South Africa.(Images: Brand South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Leo Makgamatheprogramme manager for civil society, Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122.RELATED ARTICLES• Implement NDP in everything you do• To SA youth: ‘make NDP yours’• Investing in African youth• Young people: own your destiny!Siobhan CassidyThe blueprint for the future depends on its youth: this message came through loud and clear when Brand South Africa sat down with about 150 teens in Cape Town.Leo Makgamathe, the agency’s programme manager for civil society, said that if young South Africans, who “will be knocking on the door of executive positions in 17 years’ time”, sat “folding their arms” instead of taking ownership now, the National Development Plan (NDP) risked not being implemented by its target date of 2030, if at all.He was speaking to recipients of The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment at a Play Your Part–NDP outreach meeting at Herschel Girls’ School on Saturday, 7 September.The President’s Award, which celebrates 30 years of youth development in South Africa this year, is a voluntary programme that seeks to provide a holistic framework for purposeful self-development of young people between the ages of 14 and 24. There are more than 15 000 youth taking part in the award, drawn from schools, community youth groups, residential youth facilities and correctional centres.“Most of the participants are between the ages of 16 and 18, which means many of them will be in their early 30s when the NDP is implemented in 2030 – they will be in the prime of their careers then. That’s exactly why they need to start owning this plan,” Makgamathe said. Giving the opening address, he congratulated the participants for their excellent work and encouraged them to continue on this path of active citizenry.Long-term blueprintDr Laurine Platzky, the deputy director-general of governance and integration in the office of the Western Cape premier, added her voice to the call to action in her keynote address. She outlined the NDP, explaining that it was the long-term blueprint for a stronger, more competitive South Africa. The plan belonged to individual South Africans, and depended on action from them.The President’s Award participants shared inspiring personal accounts of best practice models of community service. They outlined various initiatives they had created or for which they had volunteered under the award’s community service component. Projects described included painting a dilapidated school, taking care of youngsters whose parents had failed to collect them after they had completed treatment at a tuberculosis hospital, and cooking and serving porridge to underprivileged children before school.Janine Hanson, the operations director of The President’s Award, referred to these as the small acts of kindness that made up a caring society. She set the stage alight, energetically congratulating participants for working towards making South Africa known as a country where people cared about each other.The Cape Town event followed a similar dialogue and action workshop in the Eastern Cape a week earlier. A third workshop, in Gauteng a week later, is the final in the series. The meetings are aimed at highlighting the objectives of the NDP and the role young people can play.Makgamathe said many young people were already involved in community initiatives, but they seldom realised that the work they were doing was contributing towards a broader realisation of the NDP. The workshops sought to reaffirm the work they were doing as well as to elevate it on a national scale. “Take what they are doing in Western Cape, add what they are doing in East London and in Gauteng … we have a nice tapestry of community initiatives which are led by young people.”He hoped that by showcasing such young leaders other young people would be inspired to start playing their part today, not 20 years down the line. For its part, Brand SA promotes active citizenship through its Play Your Part campaign.The President’s AwardThe President’s Award is a voluntary challenge open to youth aged 14 to 25. It is about challenging oneself and being true to oneself. It encourages:• Personal discovery and growth;• Self-reliance;• Independent responsibility;• Perseverance;• Responsibility; and,• Service to the community.It is an international award, recognised globally that helps participants to develop many life skills, team skills, friendships and a connection to a broader society. There are three award levels – bronze, silver and gold – and four sections:• Service – to learn how to give a useful service to others;• Physical activity – to encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement of performance;• Skills – to encourage the development of personal interests and practical skills; and,• Adventurous Journey – to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery while undertaking a journey in a group.last_img read more

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Goel promises to look into Aizawl-AIFF standoff

first_imgKolkata, May 5 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said he will speak to the All India Football Federation on the issue of I-League champions Aizawl FC threatening a fast unto death if they are left out of a proposed unified leagues top tier. “As far as the controversy between Aizawl FC and Indian Super League (ISL) is concerned, Im going to talk to the AIFF. Definitely I would like to take their case up at AIFF,” Goel said during his inspection of the Saltlake Stadiums preparation for the U-17 World Cup in October. Goel, however, said hes yet to receive any official letter from the I-League champions. Ironically, Aizawl are not a part of the merger plans and stare at relegation into second division. In the new ISL, the existing eight clubs will be joined by at least three I-League clubs. The AIFF is in talks with Bengaluru FC, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. In a statement, the club said it had submitted a “formal claim to the AIFF to continue in the top league even after proposed merger of the existing top league with the ISL.” Aizawl FC said they would approach PM Narendra Modi and Asian Football Confederation president Salman Bin Ibrahim Al- Khalifa if they are denied an opportunity to defend their I- League title next season. The Mizo side also threatened to resort to fast unto death if the AIFF relegates the club to the second division, as is being widely speculated. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Premier League: Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial fire Manchester United into top four

first_imgManchester United rolled to their 10th win in 11 games under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday, climbing into the top four in the Premier League for the first time since the opening weekend.Paul Pogba fired United ahead from an impossibly tight angle in the 14th minute, springing in behind the defence and onto a pass from Anthony Martial on the left, turning and shooting first time between keeper Sergio Rico and the near post.Martial doubled the lead nine minutes later in style, collecting the ball on the halfway line, jinking past Denis Odoi and racing all the way into the area before stroking his shot beyond the reach of Rico.Fulham had begun the game brightly, creating four shots in the first five minutes, but their chances petered out and they seemed to lose confidence as United controlled the ball for long periods.WWWWWWWWDWW pic.twitter.com/hGid1WyXgYManchester United (@ManUtd) February 9, 2019Their best chance was in the opening minute when Andre Schurrle broke forward and floated the ball across the area and down into the path of Luciano Vietto. The Argentine, however, sent his shot just wide of the far post.United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku had an anonymous first half, outshone by his two French team mates. But he helped create the penalty that led to the third goal when he charged forward to pass to Juan Mata, who was bundled over inside the area by Fulham’s Maxime Le Marchand.advertisementPogba converted from the spot to put the game beyond Fulham’s reach, and was then substituted, most likely to keep him fit ahead of a tough schedule in the coming weeks.United face French champions Paris St Germain in a Champions League last-16 tie, Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round, and host arch-rivals Liverpool all within the month.The win at Fulham lifts United into fourth place in the league, ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Manchester City on Sunday.Pogba appeared happy with the result but remained focused on his side’s busy schedule ahead.”The good atmosphere helps the team, and for me, being more in the box gives me more chances to score… There’s still a long way to go and we have a lot of big games coming up,” he told BBC.We can’t stop singing this! #MUFC #FULMUN pic.twitter.com/ZoIv2BUncoManchester United (@ManUtd) February 9, 2019Fulham remain in relegation territory in 19th place, and they too have a tough schedule ahead. Yet to win away from home this season, their next three visitors at Craven Cottage are all powerhouses – Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.Schurrle came off near the start of the second half, giving way to Cyrus Christie as the Cottagers looked for ways to get themselves back in the game.But luck was not on their side at all, with Ryan Babel somehow managing to miss a golden opportunity from barely two feet out in the closing minutes, sending Joe Bryan’s cross onto the post and out.The crowd, unimpressed at the Schurrle substitution and the very late introduction of promotion heroes Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney, booed Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri off at the end of the match.last_img read more

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Dzeko the Destroyer to give Chelsea a scary Halloween

first_imgUEFA Champions League Chelsea in for scary Halloween with Dzeko in best form of his career Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 2 years ago 22:25 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Dzeko Halloween 2 Goal UEFA Champions League Chelsea Roma v Chelsea Roma Manchester City Serie A Edin Džeko Opinion After a dire first season at Roma, the Bosnian has proven himself one of the best strikers in the world, as underlined by his Ballon d’Or nomination The morning after Edin Dzeko had become Roma’s newest centurion, he was hailed by both Tuttosport and the Corriere dello Sport as the new king of the Eternal City.It caps a remarkable rise for a striker once cruelly referred to as ‘Edin Cieco’ (‘Blind Edin’) by bemused supporters during a debut season at the Stadio Olimpico blighted by horrendous misses.Dzeko first goal 7/2 with dabble Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I am personally proud to reach 100 appearances in a Roma jersey and, after my first year, nobody thought that was possible,” he acknowledged after Roma’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on October 18.Indeed, many pundits felt that Roma had been ripped off – despite only paying Manchester City a grand total of €15 million for Dzeko in 2015.The Bosnian contrived to squander one open goal after another during his first season in Serie A – there was one miss against Palermo that Dzeko himself says was inexplicable – and he ended the campaign having netted just eight times in 31 outings.A move to Galatasaray was rumoured but Dzeko was not about to give up. He refused to walk away.Edin Dzeko Roma PS“Rome is similar to Bosnia,” he told Il Messaggero in January. “The people don’t just criticise you, they insult you. So, I’m used to it.”I did think about leaving because you do when you don’t play… but I decided to stay and I was convinced of that, even after the final game of the season, against Chievo.”I didn’t play but I said to myself, ‘I’m not leaving here.’ “And that was my decision; no one asked me to stay. I saw it as a challenge to win.”I went on holiday, I switched off and I started over.”Indeed, Dzeko impressed Luciano Spalletti with his determined attitude and prolific performances in friendlies ahead of the 2016-17 season.He saw a difference in Dzeko and he gave him all of the encouragement in the world in order to convince the forward that he could win over the notoriously demanding Roma fans.”I told him that I had confidence in him and even flattered him a bit, as that’s necessary too sometimes,” the former Giallorossi coach explained in April.”Dzeko has now started believing he’s a top striker. He can feel the confidence of the club and his team-mates, who have improved with him and in turn fuelled his confidence.”Edinh had to suffer the judgements made about him last year but he’s a smashing lad, loves the dressing room banter and trains well.”He’s humble and polite. He just needed to discover his form.”Luciano Spalletti Edin Dzeko Roma PSHe did exactly that, equalling the club record for goals in a solitary Serie A season – set by Rodolfo Volk in 1930-31 – by striking 29 times to claim the 2016-17 Capocannoniere award. Indeed, since the start of last season, he has scored as many goals as Cristiano Ronaldo (49) and, across Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues, only Lionel Messi (70) and Edinson Cavani (58).Spaletti’s summer departure for Inter, coupled with the sale of Roma’s creative fulcrum Mohamed Salah to Liverpool, seemed to spell trouble for Dzeko, who took a thinly veiled swipe at the tactics employed by new coach Eusebio Di Francesco after being left isolated during a dour 0-0 draw at home to Atletico Madrid in September.”I scored many goals last season,” he mused, “but this year it’s tougher and I didn’t touch the ball many times tonight.” However, Di Francesco promptly “cleared the air” with his No.9, coinciding with Dezko rediscovering his very best form.Big Five Leagues Top Scorers PSThere were six goals in his next four Serie A matches, as Roma forced their way back into the title race, while he struck three times in his next two Champions League appearances, against Qarabag and Chelsea, to propel the Giallorossi into second place in Group C.It was the opening goal in the brilliant brace at the Bridge that really stood out, with his first-time volley evoking memories of Andriy Shevchenko – whom Dzeko idolised as a child in Sarajevo. Ahead of the return match versus Chelsea  on the night of Halloween on Tuesday, Dzeko is again expected to give Antonio Conte’s men a big fright.The striker feels that in his two years in Italy he’s learned more about the game, and himself, than he did during his previous eight, in England and Germany.Dzeko is now 31 but is playing better than ever before, as underlined by his Ballon d’Or nomination. “I don’t feel old,” he has said. “I want to keep playing regularly and at a high level.”It’s taken him a long time to get to this stage and it’s never been easy, so he’s determined to enjoy it for as long as possible.In short, the King of Rome is not about to give up his throne any time soon.last_img read more

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