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The News Review:

* Soccer News of Monday, 24 February 2003
* Soccer News of Thursday, 20 February 2003
* Waterford News & Star (printer friendly version)
* SI.com – Soccer – World: Kerkrade eyes Europe after Excelsior win -…
* WVU suspends guard indefinitely
* Young guns go for it

Soccer News of Monday, 24 February 2003
ghanaweb.com – Feb 24, 2003
Top on his priority, according to Bukhard, is qualification for the 2004 African Nations Cup in Tunisia. Ghana’s next game in that competition is at home against Uganda. Then, most importantly, for the German, is qualification to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “That is where Bukhard wants to take Ghana even though there are a number of football officials who would have wished he never got his second chance. Bukhard’s decision to take Ghana to the Federation of International Football’s arbitration committee after he was sacked in 1991 meant for most officials that the German was unfit to come back here as coach. It was and is still being asked: How can you employ someone who has taken you to court? But 12 years down the line, the German believes he did nothing wrong in dragging the football power men before the international body. “I signed a contract with the FA that said that any party that felt dissatisfied could seek redress at Fifa’s arbitration committee… Joe Aggrey, the prolific sports writer and long-standing president of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana, and a fierce critic of all former sports administrators. Hear him: “He must be realizing by now the truth in the adage, “talk is cheap” as his presence in the ministry does not appear to have impacted in any positive way on the fortunes of sports in Ghana. Bagbin regretted that football which is the single most popular and significant sporting activity in the country has fared worse and deteriorated since the NPP administration started two years ago. Giving a litany of mishaps on the sporting scene, the MP for Nadowli said Ghana was kicked out of the 2002 World Cup in 2001 amidst a bribery scandal involving $25,000, which resulted in FIFA sending a warning and caution letter to the Football Association (FA). As if that was not enough, Asante Kotoko lost the final in the Cup Winners Cup competition to a Moroccan club right here in Ghana, while the juvenile sides at the national level also performed very badly and to crown it all, both the Satellites and Starlets were kicked out at the preliminary stages of the finals. The MP blamed the lackluster performance of the Black Stars on the absence of a substantive coach, following the existing rifts between the minister and the FA chairman, which has reduced the ministry into a “rudderless vessel of confusion. The minority leader noted that the situation in other sporting areas has been much worse and wondered why a contingent of only 25 athletes to the Manchester games were accompanied by 65 officials, adding, “clearly a waste of the nation’s resources.

Soccer News of Thursday, 20 February 2003
ghanaweb.com – Feb 20, 2003
The present Ghana Football Association administration has soiled itself fairly well in public over the past three years that they have been in office, but nothing so far compares to their handling of the selection of a substantive coach for the senior national team the Black Stars. From the infamous Adidas jersey issue, the Samuel Osei Kuffour sacking in Mali and the association’s inability to find sponsorship for the local league, the FA has often conveyed an image of a body whose decisions are mostly flawed. But the latest coaching issue has left the FA’s public image battered and drawn a wedge between the key players in the body as officials haggle over who is responsible for the mess. The mess is simple but with serious implications for Ghana Football. German Bukhard Ziese entered a contest with two other coaches for the Black Stars job and impressed so much that the interview panel had no option but to recommend him for the job on a substantive basis… And he is promising a great time for Ghana football. “I know I have the backing of the people and I am convinced that together we can make the Black Stars great. I am a German and I want to take Ghana to the 2006 world Cup in my home country”. He is close now but, as this FA has shown, anything can happen. Source:Ghanaian Chronicle.

Waterford News & Star (printer friendly version)
Waterford News – Feb 21, 2003
As a result of his actions Keane will (or at least should be) always remembered as the man who let his country down in the 2002 World Cup Finals, and to be fair it shouldn?t be because whatever else Keane is, he was a magnificent player for Ireland. I have nothing but admiration for his ability, for all he has achieved but events in Saipan and happenings since have soured his legacy, have tainted his legend in an Irish shirt. To claim that he is quitting international football on medical advice is, in my opinion, poppycock. I wonder will Alex Ferguson now rest his captain for certain non-crucial games, will Keane only be required to play in those ?mustwin? matches and will we see him sitting in the stands ?resting? more often? Will the Manchester United captain now miss the Worthington Cup? Will he miss the FA Cup, a competition the Corkman himself professes not to be too enamoured with? I will be very surprised. Keane stated that he would not play for Ireland again while Mick McCarthy was manager. McCarthy is no longer the manager. Instead we have a born and bred Irishman in Brian Kerr, a man who has achieved unrivalled success at underage level, a man who is every bit the perfectionist Keane is and yet, the Corkman has turned his back on the approach made by Kerr… Let us spend no more time, let us waste no more column inches, let the discussion now die. Let us move on and build for the future. As I wrote last week, I wish the FAI would turn to Kerr and tell him to forget about Portugal 2004, to concentrate of the World Cup in 2006 and begin to build for future, give the likes of John O?Shea and Stephen McPhail the chance to grow into seasoned international pros. The Keane question is now, thankfully, gone for good now, it was a cynical end, announcing his retirement on the eve of Brian Kerr?s first game in charge but, if I?m honest, that last stroke, the last thumbing of his nose didn?t really surprise me. We haven?t been led to expect any better.

SI.com – Soccer – World: Kerkrade eyes Europe after Excelsior win -…
SI.com – Feb 19, 2003
rights to the 2006 tournament already have been purchasedby a company headed by Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garberand formed by MLS investor-operators Anschutz Entertainment Group,The Hunt Sports Group and Dentsu Inc. For the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea, The WaltDisney Co. ‘s ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC turned over time slots to MLS,which sold ads and paid production costs. Lithuania appoint Liubinskas as coach VILNIUS (Reuters) — Lithuanian Football Federationappointed Algimantas Liubinskas as new national team coach onWednesday after Benjaminas Zelkevicius resigned earlier in theday. The LFF said in a statement that Liubinskas, who was theunder-21 coach, would be assisted by FBC Kaunas trainer SauliusSirmelis and Valdas Ivanauskas.

WVU suspends guard indefinitely
pittsburghlive.com – Feb 21, 2003
She also led the team with 42 steals. FOOTBALL

Mike Riley was introduced for the second time as Oregon State’s football coach — four years after he left the Beavers for the NFL. “I guess the world really is round,” Riley said a day after accepting a seven-year deal to replace Dennis Erickson, who left to coach the San Francisco 49ers. The 49-year-old Riley coached the Beavers in 1997-98 before bolting to become head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Most recently, he was defensive backs coach of the New Orleans Saints. Jermaine Lewis, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the 2001 Super Bowl, was released after failing to work out at wide receiver for the Houston Texans… The IOC executive board postponed a decision on cutting eight Olympic events, saying it wanted to give the sports’ governing bodies more time to prove they deserved a place at the games. The move, on the first of two days of IOC meetings, means the disciplines — from freestyle wrestling to team synchronized swimming — are all but guaranteed a place at the 2008 Beijing Games. SKIING

Germans Sven Fischer and Kati Wilhelm won the sprint events at yesterday’s biathlon World Cup meet. SLED DOG RACING

Canadian Hans Gatt won the Yukon Quest International sled dog race, becoming the first musher to win the event two years in a row. With a team of nine dogs, Gatt completed the course in 10 days, 16 hours and 28 minutes.

Young guns go for it
go.com – Feb 18, 2003
18, 2003Young guns go for it Uli Hesse-LichtenbergerArchive Germans, as you know, are reserved and considered. Rare are the cases when we act emotionally or make binding statements on the spur of the moment. On the whole, this only happens when we’re asked to go to war or hand out awards to football people. Last August, Bayer Leverkusen’s Klaus Toppm?ller was voted Germany’s ‘Coach of the Year 2002’. That there were still four months to come in 2002 didn’t seem to make much of a difference – but as it turned out, these would be long weeks indeed for Leverkusen. The club collected only 20 points from the 17 league matches played between August and December, and when the winter break arrived, Toppm?ller’s job was already hanging by a thread. ‘In January, we’ll make a fresh start,’ announced Bayer’s business manager Reiner Calmund, ‘and there will be no more excuses… The fleet-footed dribbler Aliaksandr Hleb hails from Belarus, the striker Ioannis Amanatidis has Greek parents, while Kevin Kuranyi’s descent is melting-pot-stuff: he was born in Brazil to a German father and a Panamese mother, his grandfather is from Hungary, his great-grandfather from Denmark. However, he grew up in Germany (as did Amanatidis) and is a German U21 international, together with Christian Tiffert and Andreas Hinkel, who also started against Schalke. Kuranyi is the star of this clutch, scorer of the 88th minute goal that beat Lille and got Stuttgart into the UEFA Cup, and there’s many people who think he’ll partner 1860’s Benjamin Lauth upfront at the 2006 World Cup. But all five are pretty good ?and not one of them is older than 21. When Stuttgart train, they sometimes have an ‘old versus young’ match, and players who are 24 have to join the ‘old’ team to make up the numbers there. It means they can play alongside the Bulgarian Krassimir Balakov (36) or the Croatian Zvonimir Soldo (35). But it also means they’ll probably lose.

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