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Yobo doesn’t need coaching experience to be on Eagles bench — Bosso

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Ladan Bosso, President of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, says former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, does not need coaching experience to succeed as Super Eagles Assistant coach. Bosso made the assertion against the backdrop of raging criticism trailing the Nigeria Football Federation’s recent appointment of Yobo as replacement for Imama Amapakabo, an assistant coach of the Super Eagles. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja, Bosso maintained that Yobo’s experience as a player and knowledge of the game would come even as he learns on the job. He said: “Most of the Super Eagles players basically are based in Europe. “He is used to those places. “The Super Eagles players on ground will also give him respect because he’s an ex-international and has captained the team.” Bosso said three basic criteria were required before appointing a national team coach: playing experience, certification and work experience, adding that Yobo ticks the first two boxes. According to him, there is no much coaching required at the Super Eagles level, but more of coordinating, tactics and management of players. He said: “I can tell you that at the Super Eagles level, there is no much coaching. “It’s mainly coordinating, tactics and management of players unlike in the age-grade teams.” The former U-20 national coach called on fans and football stakeholders to support the Super Eagles technical crew led by Gernot Rohr as they seek to turn around the team. NAN reports that Yobo, 39, had 101 caps for the Super Eagles and featured in three World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments before retiring in 2014.Tags: Africa Cup of NationsGernot RohrImama AmapakaboJoseph YoboLadan BossoNigeria Football Coaches AssociationNigeria Football FederationSuper EaglesWorld Cuplast_img read more

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Maryland runs away from Syracuse in ACC tournament final

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Atlantic Coast Conference championship was a game for Syracuse to prove its worth. To solidify its hold on the nation’s top ranking and a conference it had joined this year.It was a chance to get redemption for its only loss this season, and show that the tide was shifting in a matchup it had only won once in 15 tries.But as Maryland rushed the field as the final seconds ticked off the clock, No. 1 Syracuse (16-2, 6-1 ACC) was only left with what could have been in a 13-7 loss to the No. 2 Terrapins (19-1, 6-1) in the ACC tournament final on Sunday in front of 687 people in Chestnut Hill, Mass.“That was an outstanding Maryland team,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “… I thought they did a great job of getting turnovers when they needed and ground balls in the second half. I think that was the biggest difference.”Maryland started quickly out of the gate, scoring the first two goals of the game, as it eventually built a 6-3 lead. But each time the Terps seemed to have a grasp on the game, the Orange responded.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Maryland made it 2-0, Syracuse scored two of its own. After UMD built up the three-goal advantage, Syracuse hung around to make it 7-5 going into halftime.In the second half, though, Syracuse wasn’t able to respond. A two-goal lead quickly became five, and any hope the Orange had to win its first-ever ACC tournament was quickly dashed.The difference for SU came at the draw circle, a place it’s dominated all season. Kailah Kempney and Kirkland Locey couldn’t get it going, losing 13-of-22 on the game, which led to a 27-to-15 shot advantage for Maryland.“They obviously dominated the draw control, especially in the first half, just winning the possessions,” Gait said. “I think our defense was under pressure all game long — couldn’t get possession for 70 percent of the game.”Kayla Treanor finished with three goals to lead Syracuse, but it wasn’t enough. Brooke Griffin and Taylor Cummings both collected hat tricks to lead the Terrapins.Syracuse came into the day as the No. 1 team in the country, but needed a win to validate that ranking.It had its opportunity, but came up well short.The Orange will now return home to finish up the regular season against Loyola (Md.) on Saturday at the Carrier Dome before awaiting its seeding for NCAA tournament, which starts the weekend after.“We didn’t quit,” Gait said. “Played until the end. And we have lots more lacrosse left this year.” Comments Published on April 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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Guatemala retrial of exdictator Ríos Montt suspended

Guatemala retrial of exdictator Ríos Montt suspended

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY — A retrial in Guatemala of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, accused of genocide, that was supposed to start Monday has been suspended following defense challenges, lawyers for both sides said.The Guatemala City court that was to hear the matter behind closed doors “decided to suspend the start of the trial of former general Ríos Montt because of three pending petitions to resolve,” one defense lawyer, Jaime Hernández, told reporters at the court house.The Central American country’s constitutional court in 2013 ordered the retrial after overturning Ríos Montt’s conviction and 80-year prison sentence on the same charges.The new trial was to take place without the presence of 89-year-old Ríos Montt, who is said to be senile and bedridden in his home in a wealthy district in the capital.Ríos Montt ruled Guatemala in 1982 and 1983 at the head of a military government. His reign took place at the height of a bloody 36-year civil war that ended in 1996.He is accused of being responsible for the murders of 1,771 indigenous Mayan Ixils. His lawyers claim the allegations are “political” and in any case their client is now incapable of understanding the charges against him.According to the United Nations, some 200,000 people died or were forcibly disappeared during Guatemala’s long, brutal conflict.Read the U.N. truth commission’s report here. Hernández said one of the petitions delaying the start of the retrial argued that Ríos Montt was too senile for it to go ahead.Another sought the recusal of a judge who sat on the initial 2013 trial.And the third wanted to separate his case from the public trial of his intelligence chief, which was supposed to take place at the same time under the same court.Rights activists and the families of those killed have been hoping for a fresh conviction against Ríos Montt.Amnesty International has said the trial was a “major test” for Guatemala’s justice system and an opportunity for it to show its commitment to upholding human rights.Hector Reyes, a lawyer for the Human Rights Legal Action Center that is one of the plaintiffs, said: “We fear that the defense is using legal delaying methods and that this trial … will end up being cancelled.”If that happened, he said, “it would be a revictimization of our victims.”Recommended: How Guatemala’s former dictator Ríos Montt dodged a stay in a notorious psychiatric hospital Related posts:For justice in Guatemala, ‘2 steps forward, 1 step back’ Guatemala high court paves way for new genocide trial against ex-dictator Ríos Montt Guatemala detains 13 retired military officers for war crimes Guatemalan ex-police officers accused of assassinating Myrna Mack investigator to finally stand trial Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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