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Mourinho had no time to re-train up-coming players, says ex-U20 star

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Former Flying Eagles star, Emmanuel Sarki, has revealed how Jose Mourinho was sometimes unforgiving of young players’ mistakes during their time together at Chelsea.

Sarki was a member of Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets team in 2003 and the U-20 team that finished as runners-up in the 2007 African Youth Championship.

The 33-year-old had a trial with Chelsea in 2006, joining the club’s reserve team from Lyn Oslo. During his trial, Sarki had the opportunity to train with the Blues first team.

During that period, Chelsea were managed by Jose Mourinho in his first spell as the club’s coach. Sarki was involved in a few of Mourinho’s training sessions, and he revealed that the Portuguese tactician is very strict with young players.

“Mourinho didn’t’ have patience with the young players,” Sarki told The Athletic.

If we lost the ball, it was like,” Fucking hell, what are you doing? You cannot control the ball! What the fuck are you doing” Swearing in Portuguese, too. I forget the words.

However, Sarki revealed former Ghana international Michael Essien always encouraged him, and that boosted his confidence.

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“But Michael always told me I was a good player and just reminded me to bring the ball down, control and pass,” he added.

“If you need to dribble, dribble. If you don’t need to, just pass. You are strong. You are fast, too. If you can, just push the ball past and run, run, run because they cannot catch you.”

“He was the guy who really helped me and made me have a lot of confidence.”

But despite Mourinho’s impatience, Sarki revealed the former Spurs manager wanted him at the club and had high hopes in him.

“After that, Mourinho eventually had faith and believed in me. He thought I’d be one of the players he could rely on if I received a European passport or played for the full Nigerian national team, but that never happened,” the ex-Westerlo star added.

Despite playing for Nigeria’s U17 and U20 teams, Sarki never got to play for the Super Eagles. He later represented Haiti’s national team, earning four caps.

The 33-year-old was eligible to represent Haiti through his maternal grandmother, who was born in the country.

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Gifted Cole boxing talent hunt attracts 500 Boxers

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Over 500 boxers have indicated interest in the third edition of Gifted Cole boxing talent hunt slated to hold on Saturday in Lekki, Lagos.

Speaking on the event, undefeated boxing champion, Gifted cole, said: “I am eager to see Nigerians dominate boxing and after what we saw during the 4th edition where a dumb and deaf boxer Segun thrilled fans.

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“We have decided to continue to engage grassroots boxers and the third edition promises to be greater than the previous editions.”

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Gifted cole boxing academy has also promised a brand new car for the best boxer of the day and the sum of One million naira, while the second placed and the third placed boxers would smile home with the sum of N500,000 and N300,000 respectively.

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Tyson Fury must face Whyte in next defence: WBC

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World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury must face Dillian Whyte in his next title defence following a ruling on Tuesday by the World Boxing Council (WBC).

The WBC said Whyte has now been installed as mandatory challenger to Fury, who retained his crown with a thrilling knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in October.

“The WBC hereby orders the start of the free negotiations period pursuant to the WBC Rules & Regulations for the mandatory bout between WBC World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury and Mandatory Challenger and WBC Interim World Champion Dillian Whyte,” the WBC said in a statement on Twitter.

The WBC initially said in October Fury would only have to face Whyte if he was unable to arrange an undisputed world title fight with Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, the unified WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion.

However after the 30-day window for Fury and Usyk to agree terms expired, the WBC have now moved to install Whyte as Fury’s next opponent.

Whyte last month accused Fury of “running away” from a planned showdown.

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“Fury has been mandated to fight me twice… he just keeps making excuses,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“Hopefully now he’s got no choice. What’s he going to do? Throw the belt in the bin and run away from more money than he got to fight Wilder?”

Usyk is expected to face a rematch against former champion Anthony Joshua in early 2022. Usyk outclassed Joshua in September to dethrone the former unified champion.

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Rangnick confirms two imminent Man United backroom appointments

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Ralf Rangnick has confirmed two imminent additions to his backroom team at Manchester United.

The German arrived at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim managerial successor last week following Michael Carrick’s caretaker stint in charge, winning his first match against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

While Carrick subsequently relinquished his role as first-team coach and left the club in something of a surprise, the likes of Mike Phelan, Darren Fletcher and Kieran McKenna all remain from the old coaching regime.

Rangnick was expected to confirm his own backroom additions in due course and confirmed speculation at a press conference held before Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Young Boys that former American international and New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC head coach Chris Armas would be arriving as assistant coach.

Sport psychologist Sascha Lense is also set to join United, but Rangnick insists there won’t be sweeping changes behind the scenes.

“It won’t be that many,” Rangnick said of his backroom additions. “So far I’m very happy to work with the staff I have met last week and they gave me a lot of help in the last couple of days in preparation of the Crystal Palace game.

“We have decided to bring in a sport psychologist with Sascha Lense. He’s from Germany, he is a former Second Division player. I used to work with him for three years at Leipzig.

“He will be introduced to the team as soon as he’s got his visa and work permit, so I very much hope that we will have him on board either tomorrow or at the latest on Thursday.

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“I will also have one other assistant coach with Chris Armas, who used to be the assistant coach at the New York Red Bulls under Jesse Marsch. That was five years ago when I first met him.

“Since then we have met quite frequently, also in my role as head of global for Red Bull.

“For the last three-and-a-half years he was head coach for the New York Red Bulls and for Toronto in the MLS and he will again hopefully be able to join us in our next two days.”

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