Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has urged fans to be ‘patient’ with Victor Osimhen, hit back at kit design complaints, former coaches, the Government, and UEFA. The patron attended the first pre-season training session on Monday, in which striker Osimhen scored his opening goal. “The fans ought to be patient with him because Osimhen hasn’t played in seven months and still needs to get to know Italian football,” De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss. Promoted Content8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeMeet The World’s Most Striking Animals Here7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon Napoli are so far the only Serie A team to have fans attending pre-season training, thanks to ticket sales and social distancing to keep COVID-19 at bay. read also:Osimhen to make Napoli debut in pre-season friendly on Friday “I hope that we can open the stadiums up very soon too because playing behind closed doors is an own goal for all of Italian football. You are offending millions of fans who could then turn their backs on you, so be careful.” De Laurentiis also had a message for ex-Napoli coaches Maurizio Sarri and Carlo Ancelotti. “Gattuso lets nobody off the hook. If you want to prove yourself for this club, you have to give everything, not be semi-resting the way we had in the recent past… “It’ll be an interesting season, as Juventus have Andrea Pirlo, Inter have reinforced, Roma are under new ownership, Fiorentina will try to do better in their second year. “However, it’s pointless spending money if we then have to play behind closed doors, it’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard! Just because we’ve got the Euros coming up next summer doesn’t mean we have to destroy the club teams by playing three times a week. “Nobody ever raises their voices to complain. UEFA are supposed to be working for us, not us working for UEFA. I want to see what happens when knee ligaments start popping all over the place.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “I urge the fans to give him time and space, so he can help the team. Rino Gattuso won’t give anyone an easy time. I see every now and then the media say I paid €47m! Evidently I ought to start publishing the contracts. In Germany, where they are very reliable, they always talk about gross wages and not net.” This wasn’t the only message the President had towards Napoli supporters. “We’ll put the new kit on sale from August 27. I saw your complaints, but someone who complains cannot be a real Napoli fan. We chose the red colour of the sponsor along with designer Kappa because it had the most aesthetically pleasing design.”
IN fading light, Floodlights Masters won a tense and exciting final versus Wellman Masters last Sunday by 3 runs, in a specially arranged 15 overs-a-side softball tournament, used as a fundraiser for the Jai Hind Cricket Club of Albion on the Corentyne Coast in Berbice.The final was played in brilliant sunshine and on a billiards table-like outfield. With all four teams stepping up preparations for the prestigious International softball cup tournament, the Guyana Softball Cup 7, which is scheduled to be played in Guyana on November 3, 4 and 5, a keen competition was expected and so it was.In the first semi-final, home team Albion Masters lost to their Demerara counterparts, Floodlights Masters, by 21 runs.The visitors were inserted to take first strike and opener Uniss Yusuf started like a bullet from a gun, racing to 42 with five sixes and one four to give his team a solid start of 42 between himself and Troy Ramsaywack.After he was caught on the square leg boundary, the run rate slowed up. Floodlights Masters ended on 132 for 6 off their allotted 15 overs. Essequibo’s prolific all-rounder Ramesh Narine supported with 22 and Patrick Khan 14. Bowling for Albion Masters, R Mangli took 2 for 18 from three overs.The home team in reply lost wickets regularly ending on 111 for 9. Mangli with 21, Zahir Hussain 32 and Mangli 21 threatened briefly. Clive Canterbury took 4 for 17, while supporting with two for 20.In semi-final number two, Wellman Masters made light work of Parika Defenders by 9 wickets. The East Bank Essequibo-based team won the toss and batted first but mustered 95 all out. At one stage, they were 54 for 9, but Fazil Baksh came to the crease and brought respectability to the score as he contributed 28 not out.In reply, Patrick Rooplall stroked a fine half-century to lead the visitors to a comfortable 9-wicket win.In the grand finale, Floodlights Masters took first strike and amassed 144 for 6 wickets off their allotted 15 overs. The classy Narine compiled an attacking 66 not out consisting of seven fours and three sixes. He got support from Yusuf who made 41 with three fours and four sixes. Skipper Ricky Deonarine chipped in with 12 not out.In reply, Wellman were always in the hunt with Lloyd Rooplall at the crease. He batted magnificently until he was run-for 48. Greg DeFranca supported with 20 and Jagdish Persaud 22. Three run-outs hurt the Wellman chase.At the presentation ceremony that followed, members of the Floodlights Association made a donation of $75 000 to the event.Trophies for the winning team and runners-up were presented. Ramesh Narine took the MVP and man-of-the-match in the final awards. Some of the sponsors were Permaul Trading, Trophy Stall, Hussain Poultry and Massy Distribution.
“The competition must end, even if it has to be in July or August in Catalonia.” This is how decisive Joan Soteras, president of the Catalan Football Federation (FCF), has shown himself after the meeting he has had today in Terrassa with the presidents of the clubs, as stated by Diari de Terrassa himself. “If we can compete in mid-May, the competition will be over. We can alter the foundations of a competition that has started,” he said. Regarding the contracts that end on June 30, the president added that “there are legal formulas to resolve it.”In line with what the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) decided on Tuesday, the Catalan Federation has also made it clear that the leagues that depend on it must be ended as long as they have the approval of the Ministry of Health to resume the activity and the calendar can be squared. That affects grassroots football too. “The stated will of the FCF is to end the competition this season as long as there are sufficient dates, and considering the health of all the members of the federation as the main priority. For this reason, the resumption of the championships will be authorized at the moment in which the health and sports authorities allow it.”, Communicated. To do this, he has sent another statement to the football clubs to ask them to cancel all the friendly matches and tournaments that were scheduled for the months of June and July, a time when the base football championships have already ended and the to prepare the next season. Thus, the priority is to finish all the leagues of all the categories.While waiting for normality, the FCF may run into the inconvenience that the dates coincide with the end of the schools and with the family holidays: the competitions usually end the last week of May or the first week of June. “The FCF Executive Commission has decided to suspend all authorizations for approved friendly matches during June and July, which may be revoked for reasons of public interest and to guarantee the order of the official competition”, reads the internal statement sent to sports entities.