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Visionary soccer academy for SA

first_img11 July 2007World football is coming to South Africa in 2010 and French star Patrick Vieira, 31, is hoping to add to his 100-plus international caps at Africa’s first World Cup. He’s also hoping to see another of his dreams come to fruition by 2010: the building of a Diambars Football Academy in South Africa.Vieira is one of the founders of the Diambars Institute, a pioneering football academy that provides African boys with a real education and a genuine chance of making it in professional football – without being exploited along the way.Launched in Saly, Senegal four years ago, Diambars has proved a huge success and Vieira, along with his friends, wants to take that success forward in the host country of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.In a statement issued last month, Vieira announced the institute’s intention to open the second Diambars academy in South Africa. “Our goal has always been to expand the Diambars Football Academy across the globe, and we decided South Africa would be our next step,” Vieira said.“We want to build on the momentum behind the World Cup to promote the idea that football can be a great instrument to advance education and promote social and human development”.Giving back to football, and to AfricaDiambars – meaning “champions” in Senegal’s Woloof language – was the brainchild of Bernard Lama and Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, long-time teammates at French clubs Lille and RC Lens, who dreamed of giving back to soccer what the game had given to them.After Adjovi-Boco’s retirement, he roped in former French junior international Saer Seck, who was heavily involved in the game in Senegal, and Patrick Vieira, who had left Senegal with his mother at the age of eight to seek a better life in France.It took just five minutes of explanation from Seck to gain Vieira’s backing. Vieira had been wondering how he could give something back to the country of his birth. Diambars would be about more than just giving money, it would be about becoming actively involved. He liked the idea.The plan was to use Senegal’s passion for soccer to promote education. Senegalese President Abdulaye Wade gave the project his backing by donating a 38-acre piece of land on which the first Diambars Institute would be built.In France, the Nord-Pas de Calais region financed a feasibility study before becoming the association’s first partner, soon to be joined by France’s ministry of cooperation.On 24 May 2003, Bernard Lama, Jimmy Adjovi Boco, Patrick Vieira and Saer Seck laid the foundation stone of the Diambars Institute for boys between the ages of 13 and 18. By November of the same year, the institute began its first classes, and in mid-2004 Diambars undertook its first European tour. By September 2005, the school was able to house boarders.Education firstDiambars focuses first and foremost on the education of its pupils: about 70% of their time is dedicated to schooling.Graduates from the school are sold to clubs, but not before they turn 18, and their “transfer fees” are reinvested in the school, and in funding the roll-out of academies across Africa.Ensuring the scholars receive a good education also helps prevent the exploitation of the boys.Europe looks to Africa to find new talent at affordable costs. A mere £2 000 is often enough to attract players with potential to European clubs and academies; in some places in Africa that is a lot of money. For those that don’t make it, the consequences can be terrible.Jean-Claude Mbouvin of the charity “Culture Foot Solidaire” says he knows of 800 African boys who have been effectively lost in Europe. Other people put the figure as high as 5 000 children.Not every young player is going to make it, not even every scholar of Diambars. The institute, though, offers them protection against unscrupulous agents. Should a player’s goal of playing professional football not work out, they have a good, solid education to fall back upon.Even if boys are fortunate enough to secure a contract with a club, Diambars keeps close tabs on their progress, with the staff of the academy, including the professional players that support it, continuing to provide guidance and protection.‘Keep the ball moving’Today, Diambars has some heavyweight partners, including Fifa and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). Corporate sponsors include Adidas, Cadbury, and Air France.Current and former players – apart from the founding quartet – who have lent their support to the cause include Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly, Robert Pires, Alliou Cisse, Claude Makelele, Ferdinand Coly, William Gallas and Mickael Sylvestre.Besides the football academy in South Africa, Diambars recently announced another new project: “Keep the Ball Moving”, an online competition-cum-education programme aimed at schoolchildren. The aim is to establish a multimedia classroom that combines soccer with education.The institute is hoping that Fifa will help fund “Keep the Ball Moving”, which will be launched in Senegal and France to start with, followed by South Africa and Scotland.Diambars is ambitious, it’s exciting, and it’s working.Now it’s South Africa’s turn to benefit from the hands-on contribution of some of the world’s biggest soccer stars, who know what it takes to be successful, who know the pitfalls, and who know how to make things a little bit easier for those with dreams of becoming professional players. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Springboks off to winning start against World XV

first_img9 June 2014Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer declared himself pleased with his team’s performance after they defeated a strong World XV 47-13 at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.The match proved to be ideal preparation for the international season for the Boks as Meyer was able to give his full squad a run-out.Made to work hardDespite the big margin of victory, they were made to work hard for the win by a team laden with big names. It was only after the break that the men in green and gold managed to take charge of the contest.They scored six tries in total and picked up a lot of momentum in the second half of the match after leading only 18-13 at the break.Meyer, however, warned that the first of two tests against Wales, to be played in Durban on Saturday, will be another big step-up for his team, as the Welsh are a settled team.‘Wales will be well prepared’“Wales will be well prepared,” Meyer said. “They are a quality side with big backs, which will give them go-forward ball. They also played together in the Six Nations, while we are just starting out.”The coach said he was happy with a number of aspects of his team’s play and feels they will be much better prepared with another week of training.“This match was important to us, because we have to play together as a team to become better. I believe we are a very dangerous team when we play with quick ball and that was something that I was unhappy about at the break. I had some harsh words for the players about the penalties conceded in the first half.“In the second half, we applied ourselves better at the breakdown and we scored some very good tries. To score six, seven tries against a side with the quality of this World XV is very pleasing,” he reckoned.No injuriesThe Springboks departed for Durban on Sunday with no immediate injury concerns.“There are no injuries, and that is great news for us,” said the coach, who had a large number of players unavailable for selection for the World XV match because of injuries.“We also scored some great tries with a number of them coming from the training fields, so I am happy. We knew it was going to be tough and we came though well.”Matfield satisfiedSpringbok captain Victor Matfield, who returned to team for the first time since 2011, said the side’s play improved pleasingly as the game progressed.“In the beginning, we did not execute well, but once we managed to get into their half, we played well,” said Matfield. “It was a very good World XV, which gave us a lot of problems in the beginning.“On a personal level, it was good to be back playing for the Springboks again. It always remains a massive honour.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Facebook’s Next Privacy Issue & How To Opt Out

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#privacy#web You will be prompted to enter your name, address and email address. Datalogix says people will be out of the program within 30 days. dave copeland In what is likely to become the next privacy controversy for Facebook, the social-media giant is working with a big-data firm to correlate off-line purchases with ad views on Facebook.And, surprise, opting out is trickier than Facebook’s typically difficult procedures. The data aggregator is Datalogix, which claims to have information about consumer transactions worth $1 trillion and about almost every U.S. household. Most of that data comes from retailer loyalty-card programs, and includes hashed email addresses and phone numbers, and purchases linked to those accounts, according to a report issued by the nonprofit privacy-advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation.The EFF report didn’t make clear how long Facebook has had access to the data, which will help Facebook understand how ads on the social network impact real-world purchases. Being able to do so would make the social network more popular with advertisers.Execs at Facebook told the foundation said that Facebook is after group patterns, and isn’t tracking any individuals’ purchases. Facebook also will disregard information not linked to one of its participants, according to the foundation. We’ve asked Facebook and Datalogix for comment and will update this post as soon as we hear back from them.The foundation report says that if you’re on Facebook, you are automatically in this data-sharing arrangement. There is no mention of this program on Facebook.com. How To Opt OutOpting out requires you to go to the Datalogix privacy page, which means that even most Facebook privacy-philes won’t know about the program.At the privacy page, scroll down to the “Choice” section and click on the link in the last sentence of the paragraph that gives you the option to “opt out of all Datalogix-enabled advertising & analytic products.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Muylayam Singh Yadav’s aide Ram Sakal Gurjar joins BJP, SP calls him backstabber

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party (SP) leadership in Agra is shocked and surprised after local leader Ram Sakal Gurjar joined the BJP. Gurjar has been a long-time aide of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and had also served as Uttar Pradesh’s sports minister. He joined the BJP in New Delhi on Wednesday (April 3).While senior party leaders refused to comment on this, local SP leaders in Agra were openly vocal against Ram Sakal Gurjar. They accused him of “backstabbing” Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and party president Akhilesh Yadav by joining hands with the BJP.Besides Gurjar, former Fatehabad MLA Rajendra Singh also returned to the BJP after a brief stint in the Samajwadi Party. It is being rumoured that Rajendra Singh was the brain behind convincing Gurjar to join the BJP.Samajwadi Party Agra (city) president Wajid Nisar said Hurjar’s political career was built by the SP. “He will never get the same respect in the BJP as he got in the SP. Gurjar should be aware that the Narendra Modi government is not returning to power in May. When that happens, the SP-BSP alliance will not accept him back in the party, no matter how much he pleads.”SP’s district president Ram Sahai Yadav said, “Gurjar has his eyes set on the UP assembly elections that will be held in 2022. He plans to contest it on a BJP ticket, thinking that a BJP tag will ensure his victory. He should know that outside the Samajwadi Party, he is nothing except a backstabber who will be discarded by the BJP when his utility is over.”advertisementALSO READ | Will your acche din manifesto come after polls, Akhilesh Yadav ridicules BJPALSO READ | Modi would’ve said he killed Ravana had he gone to Sri Lanka: Ajit SinghALSO READ | Your complete guide for 2019 Lok Sabha electionsALSO WATCH | Case registered against SP leader for sexist remarks against Jaya Pradalast_img read more

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a month agoAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: Real Madrid improving a lot

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: Real Madrid improving a lotby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes they face an in-form Real Madrid today.In typical Cholo fashion, the Argentine shunned questions about either off-field or non-footballing matters.”I think that Real Madrid have very good players and when they take advantage of the spaces they are tough to defend against,” he responded, despite the question being on what he thought of Barcelona’s 300-euro fine for approaching Antoine Griezmann before his transfer to the club.”Bale is growing, Benzema is in fine form and Hazard has great qualities,” he added, independently of the initial question.Asked who were favourites, Simeone felt that there was very little in it, though he did note Madrid’s recent improvement.”These types of matches are tight and are defined by details which sway the game to one side or another.”Real Madrid improved a lot in Seville, and continued in that way against Osasuna even when they made changes. I imagine they will continue on that path,” he stated. last_img read more

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4 days agoThiago Motta confirms he’s taking charge of Genoa

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thiago Motta confirms he’s taking charge of Genoaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThiago Motta has confirmed he’s taking charge of Genoa.Motta has accepted Genoa’s offer to become their new coach, replacing Aurelio Andreazzoli.The 37-year-old former midfielder played for the Rossoblu during the 2008-09 campaign.He retired from professional football at the end of 2017-18 and spent last season coaching PSG’s Under-19 team.TMW caught up with Motta as he arrived in the Ligurian capital and told its correspondent he was “ready to get going”. last_img

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Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell declares for 2016 NFL draft list of

OSU redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell celebrates the Buckeyes’ 44-28 win in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Credit: Samantha Hollinshead | Photo EditorThe storm of Ohio State underclassmen leaving for the NFL draft continues to pick up steam. On Saturday night, redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee announced his intentions to turn pro, joining Cardale Jones, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott.Now, just two days after OSU topped Notre Dame 44-28 in the Fiesta Bowl, redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell is joining them. In a screenshot posted to his personal Twitter account Sunday morning, Powell announced his decision to surrender his final year of eligibility to head to the NFL. “First off,” the Bedford, Ohio, native wrote, “I want to thank God for blessing me with the ability to have a decision on whether or not I should go to the next level.“With that being said, after deep prayer and consulting with my family, I will be forgoing my final year of eligibility at The Ohio State University.”Powell, who has already graduated with a degree in marketing and won a national championship, wrote that he has “accomplished almost every one” of the dreams he had after committing. Initially recruited to Columbus by Jim Tressel, Powell blossomed over his four years as a Buckeye, both on the field and off it. His exuberant, fun-loving personality matched with his football ability made him a favorite amongst members of the team and fans.  “I came as a young boy with a dream,” Powell wrote, “but (I‘m) now leaving as a grown man with a dream. I really enjoyed the four seasons I’ve been at OSU. I have built a very special bond with my teammates that I will cherish forever.”Powell registered five tackles and an interception in Friday’s Fiesta Bowl. He nearly had another pick, but a targeting penalty on Bosa in the first quarter negated it. In his three seasons on the turf, the 6-foot-3 Powell accumulated 195 tackles and eight interceptions. The list of OSU underclassmen leaving for the NFL now sits at five, and others, such as wide receiver Michael Thomas and safety Vonn Bell, are widely expected to bolt for the next level. Underclassmen wishing to declare have until Jan. 18 to do so. The 2016 NFL draft is slated to begin April 28 and last through April 30. read more

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Ohio State baseball Thank God we got into this tournament

On the final day of the regular season, the Ohio State baseball team (31-25, 11-13 Big Ten) clinched the final spot in the Big Ten Tournament, but the scene was far from picturesque. The Buckeyes were swept in their final three regular-season series against Indiana, but advanced to the conference tournament because they held a tiebreaker advantage after finishing in the three-way tie for the final spot with Illinois and Minnesota. OSU coach Greg Beals said he was unaware of the tie-breaker scenario and thought the season had ended after his team’s Saturday loss against Indiana. “I did think it was over when we lost,” Beals said. “It was a crazy two-minute period of time when you go from trying to figure out how to tie the game up, then we lose and figuring out what I’m going to say to these guys.” Then, Beals got the good news. “I was met by Brett (Rybak), our (sports information director), and he tells us we’re in,” Beals said. Following this past weekend’s conference action, the Buckeyes had the best record of the three teams against common Big Ten opponents and won the tiebreaker. Sophomore first baseman Josh Dezse said it was incredible to find out the team made it in the Big Ten Tournament. “We thank God we got into this tournament,” Dezse said. “When we found out at the end of the game, we thought we were out and it was not pretty. When we found out we were in there, we couldn’t help but smile even though we were just swept. It was kind of weird because we didn’t know what to do, what coach was thinking. Do we smile? Are we happy or are we not happy? We had mixed emotions.” Players said it was tough playing the Indiana series and they didn’t stay loose as they had throughout the season. “All season we’ve played loose and felt that’s when we play our best baseball,” said sophomore outfielder Tim Wetzel. “Lately we haven’t been doing that. We’ve been pressing a little too hard and you can’t do that in this game. You have to play loose and fast and that’s what we’re going to try to do this tournament.” The Buckeyes finished the regular season with the most walks (264), sacrifice flies (31) and stolen bases (84) in the Big Ten. In addition to team accomplishments, Dezse was named to the John Olerud watch list for the best two-way player in the nation. “It’s like having two players in one,” Beals said about Dezse, who is the team’s first baseman and closer. “You have a limited number of scholarships and when you’re putting a team together, it’s really huge.” Dezse hit .305 with five home runs and 32 RBI, all of which were second-best on the team. Dezse led the team in saves with seven and also posted a 3.08 ERA. Sophomore pitcher John Kuchno led the Buckeyes in wins with an 8-3 record. However, sophomore pitcher Jaron Long led the team in ERA among starters with 2.29 and was the Buckeyes’ Friday night starter throughout Big Ten play. “He’s our guy and he’s proven that he’s our guy,” Beals said. “He’s earned the respect and confidence of our team. We knew that he had the ability and that he has a knack for knowing how to pitch.” The Buckeyes came into the season with what Beals said were “ramped-up expectations.” Beals said before the season, the team watched the movie “Miracle” and players drew inspiration from the story and will use it in the Big Ten Tournament. “With the U.S.A. team, I just keep going back to what did they have to lose,” Dezse said. “They had nothing to lose. Same with us, make us the underdog, whatever. We’re here to play and we’re here to win. We have enough talent here that we’ll be just fine.” The Buckeyes’ first game of the tournament is at 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus. The Buckeyes’ second game will be based on the result of their game and the result of the noon game between Nebraska and Michigan State. read more

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Ronaldo now 100 Juventus freekick taker – Pjanic

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is now the primary free-kick taker at Juventus, reveals teammate Miralem PjanicPrior to Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid last month, it had been Pjanic and Paulo Dybala who would regularly take the free-kicks for the Bianconeri.But now it’s the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who gets the priority going forward.“Cristiano is here now, someone who in the past few years has shown he is best in the world,” said Pjanic, according to Di Marzio.“At first when we trained on free kicks it would either be me or Dybala to take it. Now, it’s 100% him.“He is a tremendous free kick taker.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The last free-kick Ronaldo scored came back in the World Cup when he memorably equalised for Portugal in their opening game against Spain.The 33-year-old hasn’t got off the mark yet for Juventus after attempting 14 shots in his first two competitive matches.Although he did register an assist in Old Lady’s 2-0 win over rivals Lazio last Saturday.Ronaldo will have another chance to break his duck away to Parma this Saturday.last_img read more