BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) — Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has asked the “hand of God” to deliver the world from the coronavirus pandemic and allow normal life to resume.The World Cup winner referred to his hand-assisted goal in the 1986 World Cup after Argentine football chiefs voted to end the current season as well as suspend relegation, saving Maradona-managed bottom club Gimnasia from the drop.“Today this happened to us and many people say it is a new hand of God,” said Maradona, alluding to his infamous goal against England.“But today I’m asking for that hand to end this pandemic so people can go back to living their lives, healthy and happy.”Then-Argentine Captain Maradona responded to the controversy over his goal at the World Cup in Mexico by saying “it was the hand of God!”Argentina went on to beat England 2-1 in the quarter-final.On being thrown a lifeline by the suspension of the season, he told Argentine daily Clarin: “It’s not the ending we had wanted; we were convinced we could save ourselves on the pitch.”Argentina has been on lockdown since March 20 against the coronavirus, which by early last Wednesday had infected 4,114 people with 207 deaths in that country.The 59-year-old Maradona, appointed to manage struggling Gimnasia in September, said clubs in Argentina are facing years of financial difficulty.“Hopefully it is understood that we have to face what’s coming together, for the good of football. No one is like Rambo in this war, because even Rambo loses against this.”
“I told myself that, eventually, with all the magnificent players I played alongside for Cameroon, we could have won the World Cup,” he said.“It wasn’t to be. That is the only trophy I didn’t manage to win but I had some unforgettable moments with that team.”Part of a golden generation that featured Rigobert Song, the late Marc-Vivien Foe and Geremi, Eto’o believes he has left a legacy by helping bring through the next generation. Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana is one player to have emerged from the Eto’o Foundation.He has also been asked to do work for the Confederation of African Football, but he says it is only a matter of time before he returns to football in a more hands-on role.– Coach in Europe –“I know my next challenge will be to win at least as much as a coach as I did as a player,” he said.“I would like to coach in Europe, and then one day return to Africa and win there. I don’t know how to lose.“I am lucky to have made history at different clubs. I have a lot more doors open to me than others, but you need to be prepared.“I want to learn, have all the qualifications, understand how things work either in my own businesses or in my future career, in order to come back in 12 or 24 months and start a new career, which I hope will be just as beautiful.”But having won the Champions League playing for both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, whose style is he more likely to be replicate?“I am a fan of Guardiola. I love football and I think it’s important to win in style.“Football is like going to the theatre: it is great to go to the stadium and see a spectacle. When you watch Guardiola’s teams play, you never get bored.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Samuel Eto’oParis, France | AFP | Samuel Eto’o is convinced that he is the best African footballer of all time and is now targeting more success as a coach, the Cameroon great told AFP in an exclusive interview.The 38-year-old is pondering his next step after hanging up his boots in early September, bringing the curtain down on his playing days with a brief spell turning out for Qatar Sports Club.“There comes a point where you have to look for other challenges. That is what I have chosen to do. I have had a wonderful career,” Eto’o told AFP during a visit to Paris.His career spanned more than 20 years in which he won 18 major trophies, including two Champions Leagues with Barcelona and another with Inter Milan. He also won the Africa Cup of Nations twice with Cameroon as well as Olympic gold in 2000.One prize that did get away from him, however, was the Ballon d’Or. Liberia’s George Weah, in 1995, remains the only African to have claimed that award, but that does not change Eto’o’s belief that he is the best player to have come out of the continent.“I don’t need to lay claim to anything, it’s just a fact. Whether you accept it or not, it’s a fact,” he said, as frank and outspoken as ever.“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. You know, as an African, you are always being judged. What is unacceptable is that the first people to do it are always the Africans. They can’t take anything away from me because I am proud to be African.“When I look at where I came from and how far I got, I tell myself that I am entitled to be proud. That doesn’t mean I am big-headed, far from it. It is just that, in this world, people like puppets and I don’t accept being one.”– ‘Could have won World Cup’ –Eto’o also turned out for the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea, but for all he won in the game, it is his first major title with his country that sticks out when asked for his fondest memory.“I would say my first Africa Cup of Nations (in 2000), because it was my first AFCON, an unforgettable moment, and I had come away from the 1998 World Cup in France with the hope of making history,” he said.“I wasn’t a starter in that magnificent team but in the end I worked my way into the side and contributed. It is a beautiful memory.”Eto’o also went to four World Cups but never got beyond the group stage with the Indomitable Lions.
Seed germination testing helps seed dealers and farmers to have a glimpse of how the seed will perform in a field when favorable growing conditions are available.Moreover, farmers know that they make a good investment when seeds tested germination rate or percentage is high.Despite, the other laboratory methods used to know seeds’ germination potential, the “Ragdoll Method,” is one common and even cheaper means that Liberian food crop farmers can benefit from.Materials needed to employ this method are; seeds, thread, the towel of handkerchief size and tight tube, stick or pencil.Seed Germination Test Process• Sample selection at random• Composite (mix the samples selected for composite sample)• Select 100 full seeds at random to test for germination but also for big seeds (peanut, soybean, corn) count 50 to test for germination.• Arrange seeds in rows of 10• Wet the towel and allow free water to drip off, afterward lay the wet towel flat and add seeds.• Carefully wrap the cloth around a stick, tight tube or pencil. Also, use the thread to tighten the towel/cloth by wrapping the thread from one end to another.• Submerge ragdoll in water for few seconds• Place the ragdoll in a safe place to avoid rats and birds damage.• In every 24 hours, repeat the submerging activity for three to five days• After 3-5 days check the number of seeds sprouted• Calculate germination percentage by calculating seeds sprouted by dividing it by total seeds used and multiply the dividend by 100. Germination percentage from 80% upward is considered good for planting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After creating a flutter by claiming that India were not “mentally prepared” for the pre-World Cup warm-up matches, cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said his comments were misconstrued and he did not imply that the team was battling fatigue.”It was not fatigue at all. It is the mental preparation level…to be in the same scenario…to be 100 per cent for a (warm-up) game,” Dhoni clarified ahead of the second warm-up match against New Zealand on Wednesday.”We are more used to prepare for a game 100 per cent and all of a sudden you have to prepare for a warm-up game which I have not played many, right from the start of my career from school cricket or district,” he explained.”It was a different scenario and you have to prepare differently.With inputs from PTI
Ex-Chelsea No2 Alessio admits they considered Dzeko, but…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea assistant coach Angelo Alessio admits they considered a move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko when Antonio Conte was in charge.However, no serious offer was made for the Bosnia international.”A lot has been talked about, but there was never a real negotiation,” Alessio told RMC Sport, when asked how close Dzeko was to signing for Chelsea.But he reiterated an agreement between Chelsea and Roma was not in the pipeline.”Yes, he likes players who have the characteristics of Dzeko: a high point, structured and which brings the team up,” Alessio added.”But in the end there was never a real negotiation between the two companies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say