Citi Sports’ Nathan Quao returns with his weekly column and today, he talks about the soap opera between the Black Queens and Ministry of Youth and Sports and Sanchez’s hat-trick against Leicester City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.
Black Queens vs Sports Ministry
I have been following this episode for a while and the longer I look at it, the more upset I become at the Sports Ministry.
The Black Queens won gold at the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville after beating Cameroon and they are due some financial rewards. At least, that’s what the understanding was before Ghana’s contingent left for the Games.
But eight days after arrival, the team is still at the M-Plaza Hotel in Accra and it seems they are not ready to leave until they have been given their money.
They are very right to take that stance because for many years, the attitude towards the women’s national football teams has been very poor and the Queens are simply fed up with the lack of respect from the authorities.
The Ministry wants to pay USD 2,000 to the team for winning the gold medal and the Ministry says this arrangement was agreed on before the Games.
Even if this is the case, what about the bonuses for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Certainly, the Queens won some matches before their unfortunate elimination when they faced Cameroon, did they not?
We await to see how this plays out eventually but what I take away from this is the Sports Minister needs to get serious with his act. There is no need to take a hard stance on this matter especially when the Queens have not been given the best of treatment when it comes to financial rewards.
The best thing for him to do is to fully understand their demand and find a solution that will please the Queens and keep him in their good books.
Sanchez hat-trick, First goal taste for Rooney, Kane
I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday’s matches in the Barclays Premier League. There was a lot of attacking intent from teams as they went for wins to improve their lot on the league table.
But my vote for the weekend’s Best Player goes to Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean had not been as great as expected when the season. The demands of leading his country to win the Copa America left him short of fitness in the first few matches of the season but he looked very good against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
He recorded 7 shots, scored 3 of them, gave 3 key passes, 8 dribbles and had a 10.0 rating from football stats database whoscored.com.
Those are the numbers that have always come up when Sanchez and for Arsenal, they will hope that Saturday’s showing at the King Power is a preview of what he will do against Manchester United this weekend.
He must do so because the Gunners are undefeated in 35 of their last 38 home matches in the Premier League.
Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane also got their first taste of scoring league goals this season and I am sure they are happy with that but Kane will be grateful to the gods for good fortune because his goal was scored from an offside position and Kyle Walker’s cross that led to a save from Caballero which was cleared for Eric Dier to drill home was taken from an offside position.
But these incidents do not take anything away from Tottenham Hotspur. They were massive against Manchester City. The courage to keep fighting at 1-0 down and the hunger to hunt for more goals was very admirable.
I remember seeing them beat Chelsea 5-3 last season in similar fashion but they have to keep these outings on loop so that they can give themselves to go back to playing top level European football.
For Rooney, Manchester United fans will demand a lot more from him as the season progresses. He has the intelligence of Mata playing in midfield and the determination of Martial up top with him so the numbers should stack up.
He has a great chance on Wednesday when Man United face Wolfsburg in the UEFA Champions League.
Wazza must be the man that day.
Jordan Spieth for winning the FedEx Cup and bagging 977, ooo pounds sterling. Wow!!!!!
Lewis Hamilton for winning the Japanese Grand Prix and equaling the late Ayrton Senna’s record of 41 wins on the race track.
The British driver has risen to the top of his craft and he seems to have built the confidence that makes the difference between champions and nearly men.
I would have have mentioned the trend on Twitter in relation to the alleged ‘plagiarising’ of pictures from a certain football ground in England but I will let it go.
Have a great sporting week, folks!!!
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