English football club Arsenal on Friday appointed former midfielder Mikel Arteta as their new manager.
Arteta, who made 149 appearances for Arsenal between 2011 and 2016 before joining Manchester City’s coaching staff, replaces sacked fellow Spaniard Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium.
Arteta said he was confident he would have the London club challenging for top honours again and asked for patience after being appointed head coach on a 3-1/2 year contract on Friday.
“This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game,” the former Arsenal captain said in a statement here
“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it.
“I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”
Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League table, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, after five victories in 17 matches this season and travel to 16th-placed Everton for Saturday’s early kickoff.
Emery was sacked last month after Arsenal’s 2-1 Europa League home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt which extended their winless run in all competitions to seven games, their worst streak since February 1992 under George Graham.
Soon after Arteta’s appointment was announced, the 48-year-old Emery told the BBC that Arsenal had made the right choice in appointing the rookie.
“He really is prepared to make that next jump,” Emery said. “I do believe this is a good decision and I would also like it to be a good decision.”
Arteta, who has never managed a club before, was named by British media as one of the candidates in the running to replace former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in 2018 before the club appointed Emery.
The 37-year-old has enjoyed great success at City, assisting Pep Guardiola as he guided the club to successive league titles.
“We met several top-class candidates and Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the perfect person for us,” Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi said.
“We look forward to him getting down to work and bringing the best out of our squad as we work to get our season back on track.”
After Arsenal’s 3-0 league defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, interim boss Freddie Ljungberg urged the club to make a quick decision on their next permanent manager.
Arsenal director Josh Kroenke, son of the club’s majority owner Stan Kroenke, and Sanllehi both thanked Ljungberg for his three-week stewardship.
CAF postpones CHAN to an unknown date due to Coronavirus
The confederationof African football CAF ya today March 17 2020 postponed the 2020 edition of the CHAN which was scheduled to take place in Cameroon
The decision comes after two teams pull out of the tournaments over increasing fear of the coronavirus
In a letter addressed to secretaries of the different national federations, the continent’s football managing body says the decision was taken due to the unpredictability of the spread of the virus and numerous travel restrictions across the continent.
They letter states that, even though the situation in Cameroon is under control, CAF cannot take “unnecessary risk” hence the need to postpones the tournament
The football body will announce a future date for the event, letter reads in part.
As European nations shutdown their leagues and sporting tournament due to the virus , CAF was under increasing pressure to do same and avoid risking the population and players as the virus creeps to Africa.
The deadly coronavirus has affected about 180000 persons, killing over 7000 and about 50 000 have recovered according to WHO reports.
Cameroon has recorded 10 cases as at today and two of them have been treated.
Impartial Buea? Population ignore calls for lockdown,boycott Mountain race
The population of Buea have been carrying on their normal activities today Saturday February 22nd 2020.
Streets are busy this morning early as shops are open, roads bussy and people going their business as usual despite calls for one day lockdown by Ambazoniana activists to frustrate the Mount Cameroon race of hope.
But despite the clear snub from the population, they have also refused to tAke part in the race, denying the annual event the much needed pomp and celebrations it once enjoyed before the crisis.
This 25th edition of the race is Dubbed the race of peace and the Mount Cameroon race of hope will bring together national and international athletes who compete to challenge the chariots of the gods and conquer the highest mountain in West and Central Africa.
CHAN 2020 draws: Host Cameroon in a tough group
Hosts Cameroon will open their Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) 2020 campaign against Zimbabwe after the draw was conducted on Monday evening in an intriguing and elaborate ceremony at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports de Yaoundé in the capital, Yaounde.
The Indomitable Lions are taking part in the CHAN tournament for the fourth time and will look to improve their best performances that saw them reach the quarter finals on two occasions, Sudan 2011 and Rwanda 2016.
The other teams to be drawn in Group A are Burkina Faso, playing in the tournament for the third time and Mali who lost the 2016 final to DR Congo.
Meanwhile, defending champions Morocco were seeded in Pool C and will square out with debutants Togo in their opening match. Togo qualified for their first ever CHAN after beating 2018 finalists Nigeria in the final qualification round.
They will also have Eastern Africa representatives Uganda who have qualified for every edition as well as another CECAFA region team, Rwanda.
In Group D, Zambia, Guinea, Namibia and Tanzania will square out.The tournament’s most successful team DR Congo who have won the tournament two times will headline Pool B where they compete against neighbors Congo Brazaville, 2014 champions Libya and Niger.
Two former Cameroon national team players, Stephen Tataw and Salomon Olembe assisted CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu to conduct the draw.
The two former internationals who are now serving Cameroonian football added glamour to the event that was also attended by the Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Ngute, the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi , CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, members of Local Organising Committee amongst others.
The tournament will be held in Cameroon for the first time ever from April 4-25. The cities of Douala, Limbe and the capital Yaounde will host the matches in the three week bonanza.
Total CHAN 2020 final draw
Group A: Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe
Group B: Libya, DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Niger
Group C: Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Togo
Group D: Zambia, Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania
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