Salah retains African award to seal great day for Egypt

first_imgSalah found scoring difficult early in his professional career and was nicknamed “chancentod” (chance killer) by the Swiss media.– Off-target –Later, playing for Chelsea in a League Cup tie, the Egyptian was so off-target with a goal attempt that the ball trickled over the touchline for a throw-in.Unhappy with his two-goal return, Chelsea lent Salah to Italian outfits Fiorentina and Roma, then sold him to the latter club.Salah blossomed in Rome, averaging close to a goal every two matches, and Liverpool paid almost 37 million pounds (about $47 mn/41 mn euros) to sign him two years ago.The Egyptian had his share of setbacks last year, too, with an injury in the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid also keeping him out of a World Cup defeat by Uruguay.He returned to score against hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, but the Pharaohs exited their first appearance at the global showpiece in 28 years without securing even one point.Salah netted twice and missed two penalties three months later in a 6-0 Cup of Nations rout of Niger and snatched the late winner in a 3-2 victory over Tunisia in the same competition.Having defended his Player of the Year title, his next goal will be to match the four straight wins in the competition by former Manchester City and Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure.The other male awards went to France-born Morocco coach Herve Renard, the Mauritania national team, and Moroccan Achraf Hakimi in the youth category.South African Chrestinah Kgatlana was voted Women’s Player of the Year and South Africa coach Desiree Ellis and the Nigeria national team were the other female winners.The Goal of the Year award also went to Kgatlana. Share on: WhatsApp Dakar, Senegal | AFP | Mohamed Salah completed a memorable day for Egyptian football by retaining his African Player of the Year award in Senegal Tuesday.The 26-year-old Liverpool star finished first with club-mate Senegalese Sadio Mane and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the other finalists.“I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row,” Salah said soon after receiving his trophy in Dakar.“My thanks go to my family, my team-mates and my fans and I dedicate this trophy to my homeland, Egypt.”It was an identical outcome to last year when Salah became only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to be voted the best footballer in Africa.Egypt crushed sole rivals South Africa 16-1 earlier on Tuesday in a CAF executive committee vote in Dakar to decide which country succeeded Cameroon as 2019 Cup of Nations hosts.Delays to preparations and concerns about security resulted in the central African nation being replaced as hosts, and they will stage the 2021 tournament instead.While the 15-vote winning margin for Egypt was unexpected, the success of Salah was anticipated as he continues to score regularly for the English Premier League leaders.Salah netted 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season — his first with the Anfield club — and has bagged 13 Premier League goals so far this season.Ironically, Aubameyang has scored one league goal more than Salah, topping the charts with Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane on 14.Salah was born in a northern Egyptian town Nagrig and used to make eight-hour return trips on buses to train with Cairo-based El Mokawloon (Arab Contractors).Spotted by scouts from Swiss club Basel, he moved there in 2012 before joining Premier League giants Chelsea two years later.last_img read more

Local Singer Goes on Racist Rant in Nail Salon, Apologizes on Instagram

first_imgAfter more profane remarks, she tells the nail salon employee:“Go back to your f-in country.”The employee replies to Monica, “I’m not even going to say anything to that.”Monica retorts: “B****. I’m smarter than y’all. As a matter of fact, b****, I’m an independent artist, recording artist, and I’m going to “f***ing blow the f**** up.”She then tells them that someday they are going to want her to have her nails done at the salon.“Check me out, Corina Monica, Stay Flossy.” “Stay Flossy” is the title of one of her songs.She concludes the encounter by saying, “I hope you f***ing lose this place and you go the f*** back to your country.”On Friday, Monica issued an apology on Instagram:Monica describes herself as an independent artist, songwriter and entertainer from Pompano Beach on reverbnation.com. She was born in Romania and moved to Florida at the age of 9.She adds that growing up in South Florida had a major influence on her style. Last Thursday, Monica posted on Twitter she was officially moving to Tampa. The nail salon where the incident occurred is located in Tampa. A Pompano Beach woman, who refers to herself as an independent recording artist, has issued an apology following a racist rant that was captured on cell phone video at a nail salon.It started when a nail technician was unable to finish doing Corina Monica’s acrylic nails.Monica begins by saying:“You took my nails off, what am I supposed to do now?”One of the employees tells her she can have her nails done by another professional.Monica fires back. “Oh, that’s real professional.”The video was posted on Twitter account Fifty Shades of Whey (WARNING: Graphic language. Viewer discretion is advised.)She then asks the woman, “Where you from?”Monica apparently is unaware she is being recorded when she says: “Why do you come to this country, work here, and don’t do what’s right for our citizens? You make money, you live in my country and you’re going to tell me you can’t do my nails b***tch?”Posted a new song: “Corina Monica – Stay Flossy (Master)” https://t.co/Ri8o6yVeri #music https://t.co/XXsZKGqtdu— Corina Monica (@CorinaLucaciu) July 14, 2020last_img read more

UPMC Sports Medicine to provide pre-season physicals for local High School athletes

first_imgPITTSBURGH– UPMC Sports Medicine will host a single session of pre-season physical examinations for high school athletes participating in the 2010-11 fall, winter and spring sports seasons. The exams will be conducted by UPMC primary care sports medicine physicians with the assistance of certified athletic trainers. Physicals will begin at 8 a.m., Sat, July 31, at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, 3200 S. Water St., South Side.The cost is $30 for UPMC-contracted schools or $35 for non-contracted schools. Payment is by cash or check only.Physical examinations, required by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association for high school sports participation, can help to identify any pre-existing medical conditions for musculoskeletal problems in young, growing athletes.To participate, individuals must pre-register by calling (412) 432-3770. Students must attend with a parent or guardian and bring any paperwork required by their respective schools.last_img read more