Rohr Warns Eagles to Ignore Rajevac Distraction

first_imgNigeria top the qualifying group with three points ahead of favourites Algeria and Cameroun, who are on a point each.“This (sack) may be the motivation Algeria need to play against us,” warned the experienced Rohr, who led Nigeria to win 2-1 in Zambia at the weekend.“It will be difficult for a new coach to put together a team in three weeks for our match, but possibly the assistant coaches could manage it.”The Algeria Football Federation (FAF) has already announced that Rajevac assistants, Nabil Neghiz and Yazid Mansouri are in temporary charge and will lead the team for next month’s trip to Nigeria.FAF President, Mohamed Raouraou, has admitted it will be impossible to name a permanent coach before next year’s AFCON in Gabon.Meanwhile, the FAF president has insisted that Algerian players were not to blame for the departure of Serbian coach.Raouraoua however admitted there were heated discussions in the dressing room after the home draw with Cameroun, but later frayed nerves calmed down.“The players were not behind the departure of the coach,” the top official told Algeria TV.“Things happened in the dressing room, which is something quite normal in other stadiums around the world, whether for clubs or national teams.“Sometimes these discussions are heated, but they always calm down at the end of the game. And that’s what happened this time.”The FAF boss said they have since swung into action to replace Rajevac. Rolland Courbis and Rudi Garcia are among the coaches being targeted.Courbis has handled local club USM Alger, while Garcia was in charge of Roma.And latest reports suggested negotiations are on-going with former China and Lyon coach Alain Perrin as possible replacement for the Serbian.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIERKeno Edhowo with agency reportSuper Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has warned his wards that the sensational dismissal of Serbian Milovan Rajevac as head coach of the Algerian senior national team could well work in favour of the North African nation when they visit Uyo next month in continuation of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.Player-power has forced Rajevac out in Algeria, who tackle Nigeria on November 12 in a crucial World Cup clash after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Cameroun.last_img read more

Along came Polley

first_imgOne of the general rules when choosing a college is to make sure your decision is as informed as possible, meaning that a campus visit is all but a must. However Badger sophomore tennis player Nolan Polley, decided that when he heard his coach was going to become the men’s tennis head coach at the University of Wisconsin, he knew all he needed.Before last season began, Polley learned that Greg Van Emburgh, his long-time high school coach and assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, got the nod to head coach UW and Polley, in a classic display of loyalty packed up and headed north to a school he had never before visited.”That just means that he has a lot of faith in our head coach if he’s going to transfer and go with a guy who — he’s never set foot on this campus,” assistant coach Danny Westerman said.Polley has developed into the No. 2 singles player on the Badgers in his first year since transferring from the University of Kentucky, compiling an 11-3 record in spring play while remaining a top student in the classroom as well.Last fall, the Lexington, Ky., native player led Wisconsin with 13 singles victories, finishing 13-5 overall. His most notable win came as an unseeded player against Indiana’s Dima Ishtuganov in the championship match of the Big Ten tournament.”[It was] definitely the best moment of my tennis career,” Polley said. “Going into it I didn’t really have any expectations, but I went in there with nothing to lose and played as hard as I could — got through a couple tough three set matches and came out as the winner. That’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”The power-serving left-hander takes control of his matches by serving well and executing on volleys. Being left-handed is a key to his success because it provides different angles and spins that the typical right-handed player isn’t used to seeing.”In tennis, that different serve and different spins help to kind of throw [the opponent] off a little bit,” Polley said. “And you just don’t see a lot of lefty’s in tennis.”Polley uses this difference to his advantage, making a mark already in just his first year at Wisconsin.”I think Nolan has really raised his level up this year. Obviously by doing well, in not only his dual matches, but winning the Big Ten’s in the fall, I think he realizes that he can be a top player not only in the Big Ten, but also on a national level.” Not only is Polley dedicated to tennis on a continual basis, but he’s committed to school as well. He plans on majoring in mechanical engineering.”Nolan, he’s probably what exemplifies a student-athlete,” Westerman said. “I mean he’s just bringing it today and all year, coming in it has been a joy for me to work with him. He takes care of his schoolwork, [and] takes care of it on the court.”Polley didn’t always show the poise and abilities seen today on the tennis court. He began playing sports at a young age, trying everything before settling on tennis around 13. He attributes his decision to commit to tennis because he was good at it and his dad played as well.Polley’s first real chance to bask in the limelight was in high school where he led Dunbar High to its first-ever state championship during his junior year. In his senior year, they repeated as State Champs.”It’s a really big deal in Kentucky, for high school I guess, and it was fun to go out there and help my team,” said Polley. “In my junior year we won the state championship for the first time. That was really fun. Then to repeat my senior year was just extra.”Between matches, practices and schoolwork, Polley doesn’t get much time to himself. But when he does, he enjoys lying down on a couch and catching whatever’s on Comedy Central. He also enjoys getting in a good round of golf.For the rest of the season and beyond, the loyal and hardworking Polley will try to lead by example, and hopes to move forward because he is just as hungry as ever to add to his already impressive list of accomplishments.”He’s starting to really find his own way in what his ability in tennis is and I think really his best years are to come,” Van Emburgh said.last_img read more

Lopetegui: “Granada is one of the most complicated rivals”

first_imgEverything indicates that Óliver Torres will be the substitute for Banega in the midfield, although the coach did not want to give too much sugar to his pupil for his good game in the Copa del Rey: “I don’t like to focus on individual performances. When the team is well, everyone gets reinforced. We have many games in a few days and we have to dose the efforts well. “Finally, Lopetegui discarded Jordán and Carriço for the match, although he hopes to have them available from next week. Julen Lopetegui appeared in the press room from the Sports City of Seville to analyze the clash on Saturday against Granada, team he praised: “Already in the first leg they made us a very good game. It is a team that knows how to attack and defend and is one of the most complicated rivals because in all home matches in which they have not scored they have been scored escaped by details. “last_img read more