2013 Cowbell Tour (Stage 11): Prosper Agbo dethrones Tetteh-Djanmah

first_imgProsper Agbo ended the two year reign of Henry Tetteh- Djanmah to become the 2013 Cowbell National Cycling Champion.Agbo kept his cool throughout the final day of the tour (24km criterium within suburbs of the capital) by meticulously riding behind his team leader, Francis Tetteh, during a ferocious pace closed circuit race in Accra.“I don’t even know what to say, but thank God; this is the happiest day of my life” said Prosper Agbo, whilst wiping his tears of joy.Immediately the whistle of the Race Commissiare triggered the riders into action, team Die Hard decided to dictate the pace of the race, by attacking, but All Stars riders led by Emmanuel Sackey and the 17 year old sensation, Frank Awuku Akuffo, responded in equal measure with a swift attack.Team Die Hard fought as wounded lions to help their lead rider, Tetteh Djanmah to retain his title with a series of attacks initiated by, Nuru Paddy, Moro Egala and their youngest rider Abdul Razak Umar, who was seeking to win the White Jersey (Best Young Rider).All stars did not budge; they rather took the fight to their opponent. When they succeeded by countering the attacks, they then initiated their own attack.Francis Tetteh and Prosper stayed safe in the peloton. Occasionally Francis had to escape the peloton to counter some of the attacks from other teams such as Young Stars.Samuel Anim, winner of the Green and Red jerseys throughout the competition, proved it was not a fluke.He refused to be drawn into needless attacks, and came out only when necessary, to do what he does best: win ‘Point Chauds’, to keep a firm grip on his Green Jersey.This situation of attacks and counter attacks increased the tempo of the race and eventually kept the bunch together, when the riders realized that it will go down to the wire. 100m to the end of the last lap, the cheering supporters at the Accra International Trade Fair Centre, were treated to an inevitable field Sprint.Henry Tetteh Djanmah, knowing his reign had ended, because he could not sustain a breakaway throughout, wanted to at least win a stage victory, which eluded him throughout the tour.He was first to kick out of the bunch with his teammates Moro, and Nuru.The determination, pace, strength and power of Samuel Anim carried him to take the chequered flag, winning his 6th stage victory in the Process.last_img read more

Man United target scouted as Italy reach Euro 2016 knockout stage

first_img Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts after missing a shot 1 Manchester United are being heavily linked with landing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer.After four years full of goals and trophies at Paris Saint-Germain, the 34-year-old is seeking pastures new.His time at Euro 2016 with Sweden will allow him to showcase his talents, to those who maybe aren’t clued up on their Ligue 1 action.And after a quiet game against Republic of Ireland, he faced Italy on Friday afternoon. But how did he get on against the likes of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini?Find out as we ran the rule over the Red Devils target…CreativityWhen in between the lines, Ibrahimovic looked neat and tidy as he tried to combine with John Guidetti and the tricky Emil Forsberg. Some of his passes weren’t the greatest though.Meanwhile, his dribbling allowed him to escape a number of tough situations as Azzurri shirts swarmed him.In fact it was often his movement that created Italy the most problems but towards the end following Italy’s goal, he was mainly used as a battering ram to head the ball on.AggressionThe Swedish looked pretty calm throughout, despite possible frustrations and feelings of urgency as the match went on. He remained composed in tight situations but did give away a clumsy foul in the penalty area when he could have swivelled and shot.Ibrahimovic did appear intensely focused and even when he missed an easy opportunity, despite it being ruled offside, he seemed geared up to bounce back and maintained his high levels of concentration.MovementAlthough starting alongside ex-Manchester City star Guidetti, Ibrahimovic actually played deeper to assist his midfield and pick up passes, but the two did occasionally switch this up.When the ball entered the final third on the flank, Ibrahimovic quickly peeled towards the back post, ready to receive any aerial balls, but against an uncompromising Italy back line this wasn’t too effective.When possible, the striker dropped left to annoy Andrea Barzagli, who will have been identified as a weaker link in the Italian back-three, but even Ibrahimovic couldn’t disrupt the Juventus trio too much.His drifts left also allowed Leipzig star Forsberg to move centrally and squeeze the Italian midfield with his compatiots, but it took him until the 42nd minute to register a touch inside the Italian penalty area.Around the hour-mark, a bent run saw him called offside, which was correct. Better timing would have seen him through on goal, though.His running to engage the three centre-backs was impressive but he again strayed offside before he missed an open goal, even though it wouldn’t have counted.FinishingLimited to just two chances, both in the air, in the first half, Ibrahimovic wasn’t really able to show his shooting ability.Aerially, he was narrowly beaten to the ball by Giorgio Chiellini on the first occasion, while for the second he was unable to nod the deep cross to the back post on target.Ibrahimovic did have his blushes spared approaching the final 20 minutes of the match when he spooned a shot over from just two yards out, thankfully he’d been flagged offside.Meanwhile, an attempt from just outside of the box was blocked easily as he tried to get Sweden an equaliser following Eder’s opener.ConclusionManchester United’s move for the player won’t hinge on this one game, but it may reinforce Jose Mourinho’s decision to sign the player. His intelligent movement and ability to play off a fellow striker will make him an asset.Ibrahimovic did not have a bad game and was really the most likely of Sweden’s player’s to make something happen, but the battle-hardened Juventus trio of Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini did not make his life easy as he tried to spark his nation into life.His shooting was never really tested but his movement, stamina and creativity were good against a well-drilled Italy side. His deep-lying role, though, may see Wayne Rooney convert fully into a midfielder as currently they would occupy a similar position for the Red Devils.last_img read more

Second-half latest: Chelsea 1 PSG 2 (Agg: 2-4) – Blues facing Champions League exit

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal left Chelsea needing to score three times in order to stay in the Champions League.Diego Costa hauled his side back into the tie by scoring 10 minutes after Adrien Rabiot’s goal, but the Blues striker went off in the second half after appearing to pick up an injury.And worse followed for Chelsea when Angel di Maria’s cross was volleyed in from close range by Ibrahimovic.Paris St-Germain, 2-1 up from the first leg, scored after 16 minutes at Stamford Bridge.Di Maria played the ball into the penalty area and Ibrahimovic drifted away from Branislav Ivanovic before crossing low from the right for Rabiot tap in.Ivanovic had earlier prevented a PSG goal by sliding in and clearing the ball after keeper Thibaut Courtois had been beaten by Di Maria’s angled shot.After going ahead, the French champions seemed to be in control. But Chelsea battled on and were rewarded by Costa’s 26th-minute strike – his 11th goal in his last 15 matches.Willian exchanged passes with Pedro and set up the Spain international, who showed great composure to shift the ball away from Thiago Silva and fire into the net.But by the midway point of the second half, PSG were firmly on course for the quarter-finals.Costa went off on the hour mark and Ibrahimovic scored seven minutes later.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa (Traore 60).Subs: Begovic, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Srinagar, Jammu Mayors get Ministers of State status

first_imgMayors of Srinagar and Jammu civic bodies have been granted a status equivalent to that of Ministers of State (MoS), according to an official order.The order, issued by Additional Secretary Subash Chhibber on August 20, said the hospitality and protocol department shall make necessary insertion in the J&K State Warrant of Precedence with the approval of the competent authority.“Sanction is hereby accorded to the grant of status equivalent to Minister of State (MoS) to the Mayors of SMC (Srinagar Municipal Corporation) and JMC (Jammu Municipal Corporation) within their territorial jurisdiction,” the order said.The elections for the municipal corporations were held in four phases in October last year after a gap of 13 years.People’s Conference leader Junaid Mattu and BJP leader Chander Mohan Gupta are the Mayors of SMC and JMC, respectively.On August 5, the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two Union Territories—Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.last_img read more