Morocco’s blind football team has booked a place for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games after beating Cameroon 2-0 at the finals of the African football championships for the visually impaired. It was an entertaining and fitting final between the two sides in Douala, playing in front of a packed but silent crowd.North African defending champions Morocco’s double proved enough to hand the visitors a second title as well as the final slot to the blind football tournament at next year’s Paralympics.As the tournament continues to grow, participants and coaches have called for more countries to participate.
Torres has scored three goals in his past two matches, including the winner against Manchester City last weekend. Yet Mourinho has once again played down his role in the Spain striker’s sudden, and unexpected, resurgence. “I repeat I did nothing,” said the former Real Madrid coach. “I did what I always do in trying to get the best out of the players, but in a very normal way. “Fernando is responsible for his self-motivation and his commitment and the way he is working every day. “Why has he changed? Maybe it’s the team. “He’s a close friend of one of my players at Madrid, Alvaro Arbeloa. Arbeloa told me he was a fantastic professional and you will get the best out of him because you have common principles. “He knows him very well from Liverpool and the national team. He said you will have a good surprise with the person and the professional.” Mourinho has a full-strength squad available for the trip to meet Alan Pardew’s side. The Portuguese boss has a surprisingly poor record at St James’ Park having not managed to pick up a win there in the league during his first spell at Chelsea, a fact he was unaware of until now. “I didn’t ever win there? Well let’s try now,” he added. “We know we have one of our most difficult matches of the season. They have a good manager, a good team, good players and a good crowd. “They have just lost a local derby (against Sunderland) which will shake the pride of the players – and every time I played Newcastle it was always difficult. “Normally everybody tries to win against top teams, so I’m expecting a difficult match.” But as he tuned up for the trip to Newcastle, Mourinho put their recent fine form down to a squad of players who are all singing from the same hymn sheet. “A big team is a state of soul, a collective soul, and at this moment all my players have this,” said the Blues boss. “It doesn’t matter to the soul if you score or don’t score, if you play well or don’t play well. It is a good squad and good people, and we try our best every match. “It is the ambition to do well for the team, and the ones who didn’t play who are waiting for their turn, “It’s what they all do – the objectives of the team are more important than the individual. “They have individual ambitions and targets – they want to go to World Cup, to play every game, they don’t want to go on the bench – but the team is more important. “We are a team. I can speak individually to any of them but normally I just speak to my team.” One player to buy into this philosophy appears to be Fernando Torres, who is finally showing glimpses of the player Chelsea spent £50million on when they bought him from Liverpool nearly three years ago. Jose Mourinho says his Blues brothers are hitting the right note thanks to a little bit of soul. Chelsea head to Newcastle on Saturday on the back of a six-game winning run and knowing victory would take them top of the Barclays Premier League, for a few hours at least. Mourinho made 10 changes for Tuesday night’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win at Arsenal and will have to disappoint the majority of that team when he picks his starting line-up for the lunchtime kick-off. Press Association
SeniorsOur seniors stay second place in the league following a good victory over St. Michael’s in our final home match of the season at the weekend on a score line of 4-16 to 0-09, the next game will be the championship quarter final against Glenswilly on Sept 15th in Ballybofey.The under 21 side have reached the quarter finals of the championship after defeating Naomh Mhuire last Thursday in The Banks by 2-15 to 1-11, they now play Dungloe on September 21st. Under ageOur under 16s were knocked out of the league at the semi-final stage by Four Masters on Friday last, this week the attention turns to the championship where they play Na Rossa on Wednesday in the second leg at 7pm. The Under 13 play Naomh Mhuire next Saturday at 12pm in Towney they were defeated by Naomh Conaill in their opening game on Sunday last.BingoThere was no winner of the bingo jackpot. Winners on the night were: Eithne Campbell, Maggie O’Donnell, Mickey McGinley, Letty Doherty, Bridget O’Gara, Deirdre McLaughlin. Jackpot next week will be €3,600 on 51 numbers. LottoThere was no winner of the GAA lotto Jackpot. Lotto numbers were 5, 7, 11, 18, the lotto plus numbers were 7, 15, 22, 27. Consolation prizes went to Hannah Carr, Churchtown, Margaret Haughey, Churchtown and David Kennedy, Drimnafinnagle. The lotto jackpot will be €1,700 next week. GAA NEWS: KILCAR U-16s TO FACE NA ROSSA was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA NEWS: KILCAR U-16s TO FACE NA ROSSA
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