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Modric Reveals Zidane Comments that Spurred Him On To Balloon d’Or Glory

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Luka Modric has credited Zinedine Zidane with giving him the confidence to fulfil his potential and claim a maiden Ballon d’Or.

Modric was crowned the world’s best player on Monday, ending the 10-year stranglehold of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the prize.

The Croatia midfielder won three consecutive Champions League titles under Zidane before the 1998 Ballon d’Or winner left in the wake of their most recent triumph in Kiev in May.

But Modric says a meeting with Zidane shortly after his arrival in the job in 2016 was key to his surge to the top of world football.

“Here is something I will never forget: When Zinedine Zidane became Real Madrid coach, he called me into his office after training,” Modric told France Football. “He told me how he was seeing me as a player and what he was expecting from me.

“He said I was a very important player for him. And he said that he saw me as a Ballon d’Or winner one day.

“When someone like Zidane, with his personality and his career, says that to you, it gives you a lot of confidence.
“I admired him and I respected him a lot when he was a player.

“He saw me as someone like him, calm and a bit shy. He wanted me to open myself more. He made me a very important piece of the team when the team was playing very well.

“These words from Zidane helped me to go further on the pitch.”

 

 

 

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Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018

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Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second time in a row.

The 26-year-old beat Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Thomas Partey to the prize.

The Premier League’s player of the year scored 44 goals in 52 games for Liverpool last season.

“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” said Salah.

As well as inspiring his club to the Champions League final, Salah scored twice for Egypt at this year’s World Cup, having netted both goals in the match which took his country to the tournament for the first time since 1990.

“There have been many good moments in 2018,” he added. “The game against Roma at Anfield [Champions League semi-final first leg] was unbelievable. I’m scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the league. That’s always a great feeling.”

Salah said his aim for 2019 is “to win something with the club so everyone is excited”.

“I try to push myself every day to help the team win something,” he added.

The BBC received more than 650,000 votes this year – a record for the award.

Salah becomes the first player since Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha to win in consecutive years.

Salah opens scoring for Egypt with smart finish
The former Chelsea player signed for the Reds from Roma in the summer of 2017. He scored 15 goals and made 11 others for the Italian side in 2016-17 as they finished second in Serie A, their best league placing for seven years.

In a phenomenal start to his Liverpool career, Salah scored 19 goals in his first 24 appearances. He went on to beat the previous record of 31 goals in a 38-game Premier League season shared by Luis Suarez for the Reds in 2013-14, Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United in 2007-08 and Alan Shearer for Newcastle in 1995-96.

Mohamed Barakat (2005) and Mohamed Aboutrika (2008) are the other Egyptians to have won the award.

Previous winners

2017: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt)

2016: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City & Algeria)

2015: Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast)

2014: Yacine Brahimi (Porto & Algeria)

2013: Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast)

2012: Chris Katongo (Henan Construction & Zambia)

2011: Andre Ayew (Marseille & Ghana)

2010: Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland & Ghana)

2009: Didier Drogba (Chelsea & Ivory Coast)

2008: Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly & Egypt)

2007: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal & Togo)

2006: Michael Essien (Chelsea & Ghana)

2005: Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly & Egypt)

2004: Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)

2003: Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)

2002: El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool & Senegal)

2001: Sammy Kuffour (Bayern Munich & Ghana)

Source: bbc.com

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Big Money Move: Prince Mukadi Gbramoni Leaves NTV For Pio TV

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aMultiple award winning sports presenter and Head of Marketing at Zaa Radio in the Northern Region, Halid Prince Mukadi Gbramoni, in the next couple of weeks will leave Northern Television (NTV)  based Pio Tv. www.tamaleonline.news can authoritatively report.

The indifaticable Zaa Sports presenter has sealed a  mouthwatering two year deal with the station, at a whopping cost of GHS100,000 (One Billion) including bonuses and other specialty packages after both parties finalized talks Wednesday evening.

Management of Pio TV spoke exclusivelwith Tamale Online News indicating that Prince Mukadi Gbramoni will start work in January 2019.

According to the management, the station couldn’t look at further but to pick Mr Mukadi who was unanimously agreed as the best candidate for the  job.

Prince Mukadi Gbramoni will host the Pio TV Sports Hour, Sports News Anchor and on the Morning Show respectively.

Prince Mukadi is a stand-alone presenter whose incomparable style of presentation has earned losts of admiration among his colleagues, competitors and has a larger listenership base in the Northern Region and beyond.

His provabial intros, in-depth analysis and up to speed update on the latest news in the world of sports has also earned Mr Mukadi numerous accolades popular amongst all “Sapashini” (Sports Warrior) by majority of the listening public.

He has consistently won the sports personality awards over the last three and four years and is currently nominated for the Hyperlink Media Awards as Sports Personality of the Year and Sports Program of the Year (Zaa Sports).

However, Prince Mukadi position at Zaa Radio remains unchanged. He’s still the regular host of Zaa Sports Show on 99.FM and the Head of Marketing division.

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Abdul-Majeed Bawa confirmed as substantive Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA)

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He had been acting as Director-General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) for the past eight months but at a meeting of the NSA governing board on Wednesday November 28, 2018, it was unanimously decided that he should be made a substantive head.

A letter signed by the board chairman of the authority, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang which has been seen by Graphic Online noted that the board has been watching with keen interest his performance as a deputy Director General and after eight months in an acting capacity as Director General, the board has come to the conclusion that he distinguished himself and discharged his duties creditably.

The letter added that his confirmation will enable him to have the peace of mind and the courage to take difficult but necessary decisions in the performance of his administrative functions to the benefit of the authority and sports in general.

Speaking to Graphic Online, Abdul-Majeed Bawa said he will discharge his duties dispassionately and treat all sporting disciplines equally.

He expressed gratitude to the board for reposing confidence in him and promised to put Ghana sports on the highest pedestal in the annals of the country’s history.

 

 

 

Source: Graphic Online

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