Football Fans Killed In Ecuador Bus Crash

Bus Crash

 

Twelve people were killed and 30 injured when a bus carrying fans of Barcelona S.C., Ecuador’s most popular football club, crashed Sunday, officials said.

The bus was heading from the southern city of Cuenca to the coastal city of Guayaquil, where Barcelona is based, after a local tournament game.

The vehicle apparently ran off the road and flipped around 2130 GMT, Ecuador’s Transit Commission (CTE) said in a statement.

The president of Barcelona Sporting Club, former national goalkeeper and World Cup veteran Jose Francisco Cevallos, published the death toll on Twitter.

“We received the news of the accident of our fans… with much pain,” wrote Cevallos, who is also the governor of Guayas province where Guayaquil is located.

“We are making arrangements to quickly get the bodies to give them a Christian burial,” added Cevallos, who is also a former sports minister.

Transit authorities had initially said that 10 people had died and 35 were injured in the accident.

Cevallos later told reporters that a wake would be held for the victims at the football club’s home stadium in Guayaquil.

A firefighter at the scene of the accident, citing a witness, told Teleamazonas TV that the bus driver had tried to cut off another vehicle just before the accident.

In Sunday’s game, Barcelona tied 1-1 with Deportivo Cuenca. The rival team offered their condolences and “solidarity” via Twitter and offered wishes for the “quick recovery” of those injured.

Officials said the bus had passed its most recent safety inspection.

Traffic accidents are among the leading causes of death in Ecuador. According to the watchdog group Justicia Vial, on average seven people are killed and some 80 people injured each day in traffic accidents.

And 96 percent of those accidents are due to human error, usually the driver’s fault, according to the group’s figures.

AFP

Tears In Lima As Peru Bow Out Of World Cup

Peruvian football fans react as they watch their team’s Russia 2018 match against France played in Ekaterinburg, projected on a giant screen in a park in Lima on June 21, 2018. Peru fell 1-0 to France. PHOTO: CRIS BOURONCLE / AFP

 

Peruvians were reduced to tears Thursday as their team became the first from South America to be eliminated from the World Cup, having played only two matches and yet to score a goal.

From the Andes’ peaks to the Amazon jungles, a nation that rejoiced in their first appearance at a World Cup for 36 years was brought crashing down to earth by a single goal defeat to France.

“We’re already out,” a crestfallen Fernando Zelada said after watching Peru lose on a giant screen in Lima’s Miraflores district.

“Defeat is painful, all the more so because we lost because of a mistake. Nobody really got the better of us. We have to cry about the defeat and suffer it,” said Zelada, 49.

“We lost our way with Cueva’s penalty. It’s as simple as that,” wrote journalist Miguel Hidalgo on Twitter, referring to Christian Cueva’s miss from the penalty spot against Denmark in the first game which Peru also lost 1-0.

“Our team played too much football, for too few goals,” said TV commentator Eddie Fleischman.

In Lima and around the country, thousands of fans wore the team jersey as they watched the match in public squares, shops, bars and restaurants.

In the Amazonian village of Oxampampa, members of the indigenous Yanesha community, their faces painted for the occasion, pounded on drums as they watched the game on television.

“Proud of the boys. We’re building for a better times ahead,” said the spokesman for Peru’s Congress, Mario Bryce.

The country is taking some solace however from the performance of its team, which went down fighting.

“Losing doesn’t mean failing,” chimed in Peruvian author Jeronimo Pimentel on Twitter. “Peru competed at a high level. It didn’t happen for us this time.”

‘Leaving too soon’

“We are leaving too soon given the way we’ve played. Thanks, boys for bringing up back to the World Cup. We’ll get our revenge in Qatar. Go Peru!” said writer Renato Cisneros on Twitter.

“I don’t have a sense of defeat, more a sense of being ready for new challenges,” said leftist lawmaker Marco Arana.

“Losing this one is unfair, we should be going to the second round, but we weren’t able to nail it. Those of us who followed it here and abroad can only cry,” said 65-year-old Homobono Vilchez, who had his face painted in Peru’s colors and wore a fake Inca crown on his head.

Led by Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca, Peru have a chance to salvage some pride, and score a goal they richly deserve, when they play Australia in their last match.

AFP

Trump Gets Boos And Cheers From College Football Fans

US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he walks from Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 7, 2018, after spending the weekend at Camp David, the Presidential retreat in Maryland.
PHOTO: SAUL LOEB / AFP

US President Donald Trump received a mixed reception from football fans in America’s conservative south on Monday, a partial rebuke on his political home turf.

Tens of thousands of fans at a college championship game in Atlanta between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama booed and cheered has he took to the field for the national anthem.

A camera near the locker room where the Alabama players were exiting meanwhile appeared to catch one shout an expletive as he made his way to the field.

Some fans had been stuck outside for an hour during an unusually frigid and wet evening as the area around the stadium locked down for the arrival of the president’s motorcade.

Trump, who has made a respectful observation of the national anthem at sporting events a fiercely divisive political issue, stood at midfield and sang some of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” while remaining silent at other times.

The mixed reception could be a worry for the White House, coming deep in Trump country in a contest watched by fans from two nominally Republican states.

But the president’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. denied there had been any jeering. “Sounds like some serious cheering to me,” he wrote while retweeting a video clip of the incident.

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Calabar Tragedy: Ita-Giwa Leads Procession In Honour Of Victims

Women under the aegis of Mothers of Efik Kingdom have held a candlelight procession for the football fans who were electrocuted at a viewing centre in Calabar last week.

The procession was led by a former Special Adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa.

This came a week after up to 30 football fans were electrocuted at a viewing centre in Nyaghassang community in Calabar, while they were watching the Europa League clash between Manchester United and Anderlecht.

The women and many youths, dressed in black, started the candlelight procession from the Access School Junction road in the town to the scene of the tragedy.

Ita-Giwa said the procession was aimed at commemorating their death and drawing attention to the needs of the community.

She said, “For such a profound painful thing to happen to a community like this, is not something that we should be quiet about. We felt that, for innocent people to come and die like that for their passion for football, we should come out and remember the day that it happened.”

Ita-Giwa called on stakeholders and football administrators to make their presence felt in the community.

“The Nigeria Football Federation must come to the aid of these people. I propose that they should come and build a stadium and make this place a football community in future. We will not stop talking on your behalf, that the world must give attention to this community”.

The Secretary of Nyaghassang Clan, Iso Baasey Edem, also participated in the procession.

The group had earlier visited some victims of the incident who were receiving medical attention at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

Calabar Tragedy: Efik Mothers Plan Viewing Centre To Honour Victims

Calabar Tragedy: Akwa Ibom Gov. Sympathises With Cross RiverA group of women under the aegis of Mothers of Efik Kingdom have promised to rebuild the viewing centre in Calabar where disaster struck on Thursday.

Many football fans were electrocuted when a high-tension wire fell on the viewing centre while they watching the Europa League clash between Manchester United and Anderlecht.

The tragedy led to tributes from all over the world with Premier League giants Manchester United sending condolences to families of the victims.

On Saturday, the group led by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa visited the viewing centre in Nyasang Community to commiserate with the families of the deceased.

The women who laid a wreath at the viewing centre in memory of those that died, demanded a piece of land from the community for the construction of a new viewing centre.

Ita-Giwa told members of the community that the intention of the mothers was to build a modern viewing centre in memory of those that dies.

She said pictures of the football fans who lost their lives in the incident would be placed on the walls of the centre.

“As mothers, we are going to do our best to alleviate the suffering of people that lost loved ones,” she said.

Ita-Giwa called on football icons to support the project as a legacy for lovers of the game in the State.

The group promised to visit the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital where some of the Victims are currently undergoing treatment.

The Secretary of Nyasang Clan, Iso Bassey Edem, described the visit and attention the community was getting as a welcome development.

El Classico: Barcelona Captain Carlos Puyol Speaks

Barcelona centre back Carlos Puyol wants to celebrate his return to the team after a lengthy injury lay off with victory in this weekend’s El Classico.

The veteran defender had not played for 7 months following surgery on his knee but returned in Barcelona’s 0-0 draw with Osasuna last weekend playing the full 90 minutes.

After Gerard Pique picked up a hamstring strain against AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday, Puyol may be set for another start against Barcelona’s bitter rivals, Real Madrid.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday October 24, Puyol said “I am happy to be back with the team. It has been 7 difficult months but now I am back. I am happy and looking forward to play.”

Barcelona are currently top of La Liga after 9 games, with a 3 point cushion over Madrid who are back in third. They could strike an early blow in the title race if they beat Carlo Ancelotti’s side at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

“I think we have the chance to play a good match,” said Puyol. “Whatever happens, the league is not going to be determined after this match, there is still a lot to do. But it is a good opportunity to play well and get a sense of what we are going to face in the next months.

“Real Madrid is always a demanding team. They have very good players and they are improving a lot. They are confident and we will need to be on top to win. We will also have to be aware of their counterattack as they are very fast. We know them very well but we will have to play a very good match if we want to win.’’

“It is not a different match. But it is a top team to play against. Two of the best teams in the world playing and it has a bigger impact. Everyone talks about it before it takes place and afterwards too. But in the end it is only a football match, we get 3 points if we win it, but the impact is bigger.”

The draw against Osasuna was the first time Barcelona have dropped points this season.

Arsenal Can Win The EPL This Season– Wenger

 Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has assured fans of his ambition to win the Premier League title this season after eight years without winning any form of trophy.

For close to a decade now, the Gunners’ fans have watched in agony as their club continually make a place in the UEFA Champions League their only achievement and also recently losing cup competitions to lower division teams. Wenger is looking to avoid a similar situation this season to make sure there is no stone unturned to bring silverware to the Emirates.

Having been at the centre of all round criticism from the club fans and football pundits across the world, the Frenchman now believes Arsenal’s worst days are behind and is hopeful to win the title this year.

“Last season, we had a difficult start, but from the end of November to the beginning of May we redressed the results, the biggest disappointment – and for the first time in 17 years – was we lost in the cup competitions to lower division teams,” Wenger said.

“The Premier League is tight again this season. We need your [the fans’] support. We’ve had moments at the Emirates where we’ve not had that. But it’s our job to also inspire you.”

“We have huge ambition to win the league this season. At the end of May I’m confident we can have a very good meeting,” the Gunners manager concluded.

Arsenal defender, Nacho Monreal also shares his manager’s views with greater optimism “I would not say just one [trophy], I would say a few. Of course that is very tough to achieve,”

“The Premier League is very difficult, the Champions League, these are major trophies but we are on a good run. We are top of the table, it is still early doors, but we will take every game as it comes and at the end hopefully we’ll win a title.” Monreal told the club’s official website.

Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League table by virtue of a superior goal ratio. They have amassed 16 points from seven games and are level on points with second placed Liverpool.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has assured fans of his ambition to win the Premier League title this season after eight years without winning any form of trophy.

For close to a decade now, the Gunners’ fans have watched in agony as their club continually make a place in the UEFA Champions League their only achievement and also losing cup competitions to lower division teams. Wenger is looking to avoid a similar situation this season to make sure there is no stone unturned to bring silverware to the Emirates.

Having been at the centre of all round criticism from the club fans and football pundits across the world, the Frenchman now believes Arsenal’s worst days are behind and is hopeful to win the title this year.

“Last season, we had a difficult start, but from the end of November to the beginning of May we redressed the results, the biggest disappointment – and for the first time in 17 years – was we lost in the cup competitions to lower division teams,” Wenger said.

“The Premier League is tight again this season. We need your [the fans’] support. We’ve had moments at the Emirates where we’ve not had that. But it’s our job to also inspire you.”

“We have huge ambition to win the league this season. At the end of May I’m confident we can have a very good meeting,” the Gunners manager concluded.

Arsenal defender, Nacho Monreal also shares his manager’s views with greater optimism “I would not say just one [trophy], I would say a few. Of course that is very tough to achieve,”

“The Premier League is very difficult, the Champions League, these are major trophies but we are on a good run. We are top of the table, it is still early doors, but we will take every game as it comes and at the end hopefully we’ll win a title.” Monreal told the club’s official website.

Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League table by virtue of a superior goal ratio. They have amassed 16 points from seven games and are level on points with second placed Liverpool.

   

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has assured fans of his ambition to win the Premier League title this season after eight years without winning any form of trophy.

For close to a decade now, the Gunners’ fans have watched in agony as their club continually make a place in the UEFA Champions League their only achievement and also recently losing cup competitions to lower division teams. Wenger is looking to avoid a similar situation this season to make sure there is no stone unturned to bring silverware to the Emirates.

Having been at the centre of all round criticism from the club fans and football pundits across the world, the Frenchman now believes Arsenal’s worst days are behind and is hopeful to win the title this year.

“Last season, we had a difficult start, but from the end of November to the beginning of May we redressed the results, the biggest disappointment – and for the first time in 17 years – was we lost in the cup competitions to lower division teams,” Wenger said.

“The Premier League is tight again this season. We need your [the fans’] support. We’ve had moments at the Emirates where we’ve not had that. But it’s our job to also inspire you.”

“We have huge ambition to win the league this season. At the end of May I’m confident we can have a very good meeting,” the Gunners manager concluded.

Arsenal defender, Nacho Monreal also shares his manager’s views with greater optimism “I would not say just one [trophy], I would say a few. Of course that is very tough to achieve,”

“The Premier League is very difficult, the Champions League, these are major trophies but we are on a good run. We are top of the table, it is still early doors, but we will take every game as it comes and at the end hopefully we’ll win a title.” Monreal told the club’s official website.

Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League table by virtue of a superior goal ratio. They have amassed 16 points from seven games and are level on points with second placed Liverpool.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has assured fans of his ambition to win the Premier League title this season after eight years without winning any form of trophy.

For close to a decade now, the Gunners’ fans have watched in agony as their club continually make a place in the UEFA Champions League their only achievement and also losing cup competitions to lower division teams. Wenger is looking to avoid a similar situation this season to make sure there is no stone unturned to bring silverware to the Emirates.

Having been at the centre of all round criticism from the club fans and football pundits across the world, the Frenchman now believes Arsenal’s worst days are behind and is hopeful to win the title this year.

“Last season, we had a difficult start, but from the end of November to the beginning of May we redressed the results, the biggest disappointment – and for the first time in 17 years – was we lost in the cup competitions to lower division teams,” Wenger said.

“The Premier League is tight again this season. We need your [the fans’] support. We’ve had moments at the Emirates where we’ve not had that. But it’s our job to also inspire you.”

“We have huge ambition to win the league this season. At the end of May I’m confident we can have a very good meeting,” the Gunners manager concluded.

Arsenal defender, Nacho Monreal also shares his manager’s views with greater optimism “I would not say just one [trophy], I would say a few. Of course that is very tough to achieve,”

“The Premier League is very difficult, the Champions League, these are major trophies but we are on a good run. We are top of the table, it is still early doors, but we will take every game as it comes and at the end hopefully we’ll win a title.” Monreal told the club’s official website.

Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League table by virtue of a superior goal ratio. They have amassed 16 points from seven games and are level on points with second placed Liverpool.

Nigeria Settles For Draw Against Kenya

Nigeria’s Super Eagles survived a major upset to force Kenya’s Harambee stars to a 1-1 draw in the World Cup qualifier match for Brazil 2014.

Francis Nyambura shot the Kenyans into lead 9 minutes before the break.

Nyambura struck a fantastic free kick that threw Nigeria’s goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama off balance.

The Kenyans were on the verge of handing Nigeria a first home defeat until substitute Nnamdi Oduamadi crafted an equalizer to save Nigeria who is African Champions from recording a disgraceful one in the injury time.

Before the Nigeria –Kenya match which took place at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar a lot of bad blood has been generated between the two African countries with accusation and counter accusation.

It went further with the involvement of fans of both countries on the social media network Twitter; however with the way it stands a return match will square things between the countries as to who conquers who.

Cristiano Ronaldo, a player than Lionel Messi – Pedrag Mijatovic

A former star for Spanish giants Real Madrid ; Pedrag Mijatovic expressed his opinion on an issue that has been lingering in the midst of football lovers and pundits equally, who plays better complete football between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi?

A number of prominent football names, including Brazilian Ronaldo, have had their say on the matter, but it is the Argentinean that has won the award three times to Ronaldo’s one – the last three in a row, in fact.

To Mijatovic, he thinks Portuguese international and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo id more of a complete player than his fellow player Lionel Messi who plays for Argentina and Barcelona.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is “a more complete player” than his Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi, Pedrag Mijatovic said.

Giving his analysis, the former Los Blancos forward who during his days in the 90’s scored 29 goals in 90 league games during said the Portuguese forward’s ability to use both feet more comfortably and heading prowess made him a better player than the record goal scorer at Camp Nou.

Messi scored 73 in all competitions for Barcelona last season, but the Montenegrin was adamant that Jose Mourinho’s talisman should be the preference in any choice between the two players generally agreed to be the best in the world.

Though Mijatovic admitted that their movement and way of playing is totally different making them distinct players but for him, Cristiano is better than Messi as he is a more complete player, faster, more explosive with both feet as advantage also good with his head.

He said he sees Cristiano as not having any faults.

A touch of bias is being perceived here afterwards, as Mijatovic was director of football at the Bernabeu as recently as 2009.

EURO 2012: Balotelli vows to crush racial fans

While awaiting the opening of the EURO 2012 tournament this summer, racist fans got a note of warning from Italian striker and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli as he has vowed to ‘kill’ anyone  promoting racial abuse during the summer tournament and this will not apply to him alone but to other minority players.

Recalling Balotelli’s horrific racist incidents in the past, it can be said that he’s been there and knows how it feels to be racially abused on the field of play and on that ground has cautioned any potential racist fans and scene-makers to stay at home.

According the Manchester City Striker “I will not accept racism at all, it’s unacceptable. If someone throws a banana at me in the street, I will go to jail, because I will kill them.”

An incident that happened in Rome had bananas and banana peels hauled at Balotelli three years ago during the U-21 European Championships and he revealed how close he was to dealing with the racists himself.

“It was lucky that the police arrived quickly because, I swear, I would have beaten them,” he reflected. “I would have really destroyed them. I hope it never happens again.”

Aside that, Balotelli is hoping to have an incident-free tournament and he believes with that he can say he will fully enjoy the tournament like the rest of the world is hoping too.

The European Championships represent a chance for Europe’s top talents to compete at the highest level, and Balotelli hopes it passes without issues.