Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi sorry for partying following Copa del Rey closing defeat

Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi has apologised for partying in Madrid hours following his side’s 5- loss to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey closing.

Mundo Deportivo posted photographs uploaded to Twitter of N’Zonzi in a nightclub, and N’Zonzi, who played the whole game, mentioned he was sorry and tried out to explain his steps in a movie posted on Sevilla’s Twitter account.

“It can be tricky for absolutely everyone and for us, much too, as we were not joyful with our performances,” N’Zonzi mentioned. “A single has to recognize that it really is not easy for a player mentally to play just about every three days. For example, I live alone, I’m often alone at home, I go to prepare and then I occur again to rest.”

He mentioned that he decided to go out following the game mainly because his family members and pals ended up with him on Saturday.

“I went out mainly because I believe the most crucial detail in everyday living is well being,” he mentioned. “If we are wholesome, everyday living cannot be much too negative. I choose for people today to say about me that I did not play properly alternatively than I went out last night.

“Individuals have to recognize that we have an everyday living and that is tricky to be pretty focused and believe just about football. I recognize I made an error and that is why I’m apologising to the Sevilla fans. I will proceed to function and fight as I often do on the pitch.”

Sevilla president Pepe Castro told his club’s website mentioned that N’Zonzi will be sanctioned for his steps mainly because he has damaged principles.

The club emphasised profitable the Copa, which would have been their first since 2010, and N’Zonzi and his teammates ended up booed by fans as they returned to Seville on Sunday.

Sevilla missing 2-1 on the mixture to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League previously this thirty day period and have struggled in La Liga. They are seventh and in threat of missing out on European levels of competition next season.

“As president, I have to request our fans for forgiveness,” Castro mentioned. “It can be been a season of ups and downs and we can’t be joyful mainly because we did not contend on Saturday. If you don’t do that in this sort of an awaited and wished-for closing, you can’t be joyful. Everything went badly. You can lose, but not in the way we did.”

The loss places tension on Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella, the previous AC Milan boss who changed Eduardo Berizzo in December.

Sevilla has gained 5, drawn four and missing seven of their league games underneath Montella and will resume their domestic marketing campaign at Levante on Saturday.

“The administration council will choose the steps it believes can support in our past 5 games that stay in order to be in Europe,” Castro mentioned. “We shall see what final decision we choose, but it really is a time to continue to keep a cool head and believe what is best for the club. We are in getting in touch with Montella and our coaches, [who are] involved with the problem.”


Steven Pienaar eyeing South African Absa Premiership crown – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 17:00

New Bidvest Wits midfielder Steven Pienaar says he wants to help the club defend their Absa Premiership crown.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder was speaking to the media on Tuesday during the club’s unveiling of their new 2017/18 home and away jersey in Johannesburg.

Wits managed to lift the South African league trophy for the first time in 96 years when they dethroned Mamelodi Sundowns last season.

‘Schillo’ was unveiled by the Clever Boys together with Daylon Classen, Kobamelo Kodisang, Bokang Tlhone as well as Slavko Damjanovic from Montenegro.


“My goal is to win the league – that’s why I joined the club. It’s going to be tough but we’re going to fight every game to make sure we win as many as we can, and fight for every trophy available,” said Pienaar.

“My main goal, though, is to win the league and just enjoy playing football back home, while also trying to help the young players coming through.

“It’s an interesting process because there’s a lot of talent – like ‘Kobamelo Kodisang’ (KK), who, when I saw for the first time in training, I thought ‘wow’! That’s something that will push me as a player as well.

“I need to be on my toes so that I can push him and make sure he goes in the right direction, so it’s good to have all the talent and young, gifted players in the squad.

“It’s also good for the coach because I think he’s going to have a lot of headaches this season.”

Coach Gavin hunt will want to hit the ground running when they face Golden Arrows in the MTN8 Cup quarter-final on Friday, 11 August at Bidvest Stadium.

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‘Steven Gerrard did nothing for his country’ – El Hadji Diouf

El Hadji Diouf and Steven Gerrard clash at Ewood Park in 2010

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 16:30

Speaking about his spat with former Liverpool and England international, Steven Gerrard, Senegal international El Hadji Diouf says ‘Stevie G’ did nothing for his country.

The Senegalese legend previously had a fall-out with former Reds teammates such as Jamie Carragher and skipper Gerrard.

Speaking to the BBC, the Lions of Teranga legend revealed his problem with Gerrard, but says the difference is he did something for Senegal, unlike the former England international.

The 36-year-old bagged the CAF African Footballer of the Year Award twice and was key for his country during the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea as they reached the quarter-finals as they also beat defending champions, France.

“I have no problem with him. He [Gerrard] is a strong character and I am a strong character,” said Diouf to the BBC.

“‘Stevie G’ was a very good player. People like him in Liverpool but he never did anything for his country.

“I am Mr El Hadji Diouf, Mr Senegal but he is Mr Liverpool and Senegal is bigger than Liverpool and he has to know that.

“We put Senegal on the world map. Before the World Cup nobody knew Senegal, but after the World Cup everybody wanted to know where Senegal was.

“What (Diego) Maradona of Argentina did for his country is what I did for Senegal. I was one of the biggest men at the 2002 World Cup.

“We were colonised by France. Most of the businesses are run by French people here and to beat them was a big thing for us.”

Diouf is now working in Senegal as president Macky Sall’s adviser on sport as well as running his own sports newspaper business in Dakar.

Meanwhile, the former Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers forward added that his life is all about sport, yet the government cannot do it alone.

“My life is about sport but the government cannot do everything alone, they need help from people like me,” Diouf adds.

“The president believes in me and that’s why when I finished playing football, he called me and told me he wants me to help because the young generation believe in me – I am an example to them.”

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Keagan Dolly draws inspiration from Steven Pienaar – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Keagan Dolly of South Africa challenged by Paul Katema of Zambia during the U 23 African Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Zambia at Stade Leopold Stadium,Senegal on the 01 December 2015

Bertin Basson

Sunday Jun 18, 2017. 20:00

Keagan Dolly hopes to see more South African footballers making the move to Europe in the near future.

In an interview with BBC Sport the Montpellier man revealed that he admires what the likes of former Everton and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Steven Pienaar achieved – further stating his wish that more Bafana Bafana stars present and future will follow suit.

“You need to be prepared for challenges and I think with South Africa we tend to be complacent, enjoy living at home where the spotlight is on us, so we don’t want to leave the comfort zone,” Dolly told BBC Sport.

“If you want to develop and test yourself among the best footballers in world football, then I would encourage more South African players to go abroad,”

“I felt like I wanted to challenge myself, embrace new culture, new football and face something completely different.

Dolly added: “You look at Steven Pienaar [former Ajax Amsterdam, Borussia Dortmund, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder] who has spent over 15 years in Europe; you can only draw inspiration from him.”

Andile Jali, Tokelo Rantie, Kermit Erasmus, Bongani Zungu and Lebogang Phiri spearhead an exciting crop of South African players currently plying their trade abroad.

The likes of Liam Jordan and Luther Singh lead the next generation with the country’s growing focus on doing well in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup also helping Bafana Bafana’s cause.

Dolly,24, starred for Mamelodi Sundowns as the Brazilians lifted the 2016 CAF Champions League crown.

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