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Everton Defender Yerry Mina Spoke About His Beginnings

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Yerry Mina, now central to Everton’s plans, reviewed the season and his evolution as a footballer. In addition, he revealed one of his anecdotes about his beginnings in the world of football.

verton have a chance to draw level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League this Sunday. This and much more was discussed by Yerry Mina in his talk with ‘AS’. The Colombian was delighted with Everton’s performance.

“Things are going well. The fans are excited, but this has just begun, is very long and difficult. We must emphasize the work that is being seen, is very competitive. It is important to highlight the work that is being done, both on and off the pitch. From the first player to the groundskeeper or the gardener we focus. You can see that we give everything on the field”, assured the Colombian central defender.

He praised Carlo Ancelotti’s attitude: “Carlo is great. He gives you confidence. When you make a mistake, he doesn’t judge you or point at you. He tells you: ‘Don’t worry, everything is fine’. That makes a difference, I appreciate it very much. In other teams it’s not like that. He comes to talk to you, he laughs with you like one of the others. It’s very important that he has a special way of maintaining leadership”.

“James is a fantastic player. Many doubted his quality, but he has proved to be a top performer. He trains well, he eats well and he is thinking all day long about things that will make him better. After one day with him you realize that he is a top professional. I have learned a lot from him. He is my bread and butter, we are always together and I take the opportunity to observe”, said Yerry Mina.

He told us how he got started in the world of football: “My dad marked me a lot. He was a very good goalkeeper and I, which is something that not many people know, also started as a goalkeeper. He told me: ‘Jump, I don’t see you there’. So I found another position for myself. As I wasn’t very fast at the time and a bit chubby, he found another place for me. I went on to play as a midfielder”.

Finally, he talked about his time in Barcelona. “I always try to work hard, because when I don’t play I think I’ll get the chance. When the coach trusts you, it’s fundamental. You can do things. They are difficult moments that one passes. It did help me to see who was with me. There were a lot of people who walked away. I send a big hug to my family, to those who were always with me. What I am going to try is to always do things, not to seek the applause of people, but to glorify God,” he concluded.

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AFCON: Why I nearly stopped Moses Simon from playing football – father

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Super Eagles winger Moses Simon may not have had the opportunity of playing at the ongoing AFCON 2021 in Cameroon after his father Simon Otene Ijegwa revealed he nearly stopped him from playing football.

Speaking in old interview obtained by IDOMA VOICE, the player’s father, who is a retired soldier from Obagaji in Agatu LGA of Benue State, revealed he always beat the younger Moses then for playing football and refusing to go to school.

He said: “You know, those of us from Idoma speaking part of the country prefer farming to school.

”I had vowed that since I didn’t have the opportunity of acquiring western education, all my children must go to school.

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“But for him (Moses) he always goes late to school because of football. I had a bulala (horse whip) that I used in whipping him each time he refuses to go to school on time because of football.

“I flogged him because since I didn’t go to school, I wanted to make sure all my children are educated.

“So, I became happy when he took both his education and passion (football) seriously.”

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EPL: Sargent nets brace as Norwich beat Watford to climb out of drop zone

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Josh Sargent scored twice as Norwich secured a crucial 3-0 victory on the road against relegation rivals Watford.

Norwich looked marooned a matter of weeks ago, but their fortunes have been revived by Dean Smith – and the win was his 200th as a manager.

For Watford, the loss drops them below Norwich into the relegation zone, and Claudio Ranieri’s Hornets are heading in the wrong direction.
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The visitors started the brightest and had a good chance to go ahead in the early stages.

Sargent picked the ball up on the right flank, cut inside to unleash a strike but his effort was wide of the mark.

After a poor half in terms of quality, Watford slowly grew into the game, and had a great chance to head into the break with the advantage.

Josh King made a run down the right flank in behind the Norwich defence and crafted an inviting ball towards the oncoming Moussa Sissoko, who could not sort his feet out and sent the ball well wide.

Early in the second half Norwich broke the deadlock. Sargent, who looked threatening all evening, latched onto a Teemu Pukki cross that was clipped in behind the 21-year-old, but after some incredible improvisation, he managed to get a flick on it with a trailing leg and put the Canaries ahead.

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There was an 11-and-a-half minute delay in the second half as a section of the Vicarage Road lights went out, but after consulting with both managers referee Mike Dean decided to play on with most of the lights still active.

Minutes after play resumed, Sargent doubled Norwich’s lead with a brilliant header, rising highest at the back post and guiding the ball beyond the outstretched Daniel Bachmann.

An own goal from Juraj Kucka, minutes after coming on, rubbed salt into Watford wounds.

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Howe defends Newcastle’s Saudi trip despite ‘sportswashing’ fears

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Eddie Howe confirmed on Friday that Newcastle would travel to Saudi Arabia for a training camp despite a fresh warning from Amnesty International that the kingdom was “trying to sportswash their appalling human rights record”.

Relegation-threatened Newcastle, who are 80 per cent-owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), will fly to the Middle East after their Premier League game at Leeds on Saturday.

Amanda Staveley’s consortium bought the club in October against a background of concern over the Gulf state’s human rights record and accusations of “sportswashing”.

But Howe, who was appointed as Newcastle boss the following month, insisted the focus would be entirely on football.

“It’s a football decision,” he told his pre-match press conference, confirming the trip, which had been widely reported.

“We’re doing it for the benefit of the players, the group, in our fight to stay in the division, and that’s my only thought.

“The facilities and everything around the trip are going to be first-class. We will train and we will train hard and we will train in preparation for our next game, so that’s always going to be my only focus.”

Staveley’s consortium had to give assurances to the Premier League of the separation between the PIF, of which Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the chairman and club chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan the governor, and the Saudi state in order for its takeover to be approved.

Asked whether he would be happy to meet the Crown Prince and if that might prove a distraction, Howe added: “There’ll be no distraction from my side.

“As I said, it’s about the training and making sure that the players are focused on our next game. We’re just doing it in a different environment to bring the group closer together.”

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Amnesty International UK, however, warned that Newcastle’s trip could become “a glorified PR exercise for Mohammed bin Salman’s government”.

Chief executive officer Sacha Deshmukh said: “A training camp like this could easily turn into yet another PR opportunity for the Saudi authorities, who are clearly pursuing an aggressive policy of trying to sportswash their appalling human rights record.”

He said Newcastle players and staff ought to be prepared to speak out about human rights while in Saudi Arabia.

“If the Newcastle training camp becomes a glorified PR exercise for Mohammed bin Salman’s government, it will prove once again that sportswashing human rights crimes is the name of the game here, not football,” he added.

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Newcastle, second from bottom of the Premier League after just one win in 20 matches, have brought in defender Kieran Trippier and forward Chris Wood this month but further new signings have proved elusive.

“It’s been a slightly frustrating week for us in the transfer market,” said Howe.

“We obviously know we’re against a deadline and we’re desperately trying, everyone connected with the club, desperately trying to improve the squad, working very hard behind the scenes.”

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