FIFA Sanctions another Change

first_imgThe two-tiered games between Liberia and Cote D’Ivoire aren’t only getting exciting but also interesting with the frequent changes of scheduled dates.However, as the days draw nearer, many Liberians and Ivoirians are eager to see the 13th and 15th matches.Besides the three changes of the dates, there has also been another change in match officials.According to the LFA Acting Secretary General, Emmanuel Deah, world football governing body FIFA has sanctioned the change of the 1st Assistant Referee for the first leg on Friday, November 13 at the ATS in Monrovia.Assistant Referee Mohamed Bitouta of Tunisa has been replaced by his countryman Herch Ramsi.Another Tunisian referee, Youssef Essrayri, has been named to take charge of Liberia’s first leg clash in the second preliminary round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup-Russia qualifier with the Elephants of Ivory Coast. Meanwhile, fellow countrymen Jridi Faouzi as the 2nd assistant and Slim Jdidi as fourth assistant will assist him.The referee assessor is Fall Ousmane from Senegal and the Commissioner is Mohamed Omar Abubaker from Kenya.Center referee Essrayri is no stranger to Ivory Coast. The Tunisian took charge of the international friendly between Morocco and Ivory Coast on October 9, which finished 1-0 in favor of the Elephants. It was Seydou Doumbia’s header from a corner in the 59th minute that separated the two sides in the Moroccan city of Agadir. The no-nonsense referee has issued a record 250 yellow cards and 21 red cards in 67 matches.In related news, the Lone Star of Liberia goes into the November 13 encounter seeking its first win against the Ivory Coast at the senior level. Liberia’s results against the Elephants after 13 meetings are three draws and 10 losses.Nine of the 13 meetings were played on Ivoirian soil, with the last taking place over 20 years ago.The two sides last played to 1-1 draw in a friendly encounter on June 16, 1995 in Ivory Coast.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

From China to the World Cup? Oscar eyes end to Brazil exile

first_img0Shares0000Brazilian midfielder Oscar has scored five goals in his last two games for Shanghai SIPG. © AFPSHANGHAI, China, Mar 8 – Oscar said he’s hoping to force his way back into the Brazil squad for this year’s World Cup after the former Chelsea star made it five goals in two games for Shanghai SIPG.The attacking midfielder, who moved to the Chinese Super League (CSL) last year for an Asian-record 60 million euros from Chelsea, has not been picked for Brazil since October 2016. But with the World Cup in Russia less than 100 days away, the 26-year-old has made a spectacular start to the new season in China, scoring a hat-trick in SIPG’s opener at the weekend in an 8-0 thrashing of Dalian Yifang.He followed that up with both goals in a 2-2 home draw with Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday and said afterwards: “I am very happy that I am in good form.“I have played for the Brazilian national team for five years and this year is World Cup year so I think I have the opportunity to go for that.“What I need to do is keep in good form for SIPG and keep playing the way I am now.”SIPG coach Vitor Pereira also pushed Oscar’s hopes of ending his time in the international wilderness, saying: “Oscar is a player who can make me smile all the time during the game.“Oscar’s ability is beyond doubt. If I was coach of Brazil, he would definitely be selected.“As the coach of SIPG, I am very happy working with him.”Oscar has 48 caps and 12 goals for Brazil, but national coach Tite appears unconvinced and already has a wealth of attacking options.There were suggestions that Oscar ruined his chances of playing again for his country when he moved to China.However, Tite started midfielder Renato Augusto of Beijing Guoan for Brazil’s friendly against England in November, and previously selected Shandong Luneng forward Diego Tardelli.Midfielder Paulinho was a mainstay of the Brazil team when he moved from Guangzhou Evergrande to Barcelona last summer.SIPG striker Hulk has not played for Brazil since June 2016 but will also be hoping to catch Tite’s eye as the clock counts down to the World Cup in June.Brazil are in Group E in Russia with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more