What's next for U-23 coach Donovan Duckie?

By George Davis, Wayne Lewis& Mariah Ramharack August 01, 2019

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    Waterhouse of Jamaica will be the first team to take a crack at reigning Scotiabank Concacaf League champion CS Herediano of Costa Rica when the two sides meet in the first leg of their 2019 SCL Round of 16 series on Thursday night at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

    The Caribbean club is making its maiden voyage in the SCL and will be relying on Andre Fletcher and Keithy Simpson to handle the goalscoring duties.

    Both Fletcher and Simpson tallied two goals in Waterhouse’s second place finish at the 2019 Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship.

    The SCL is familiar territory for Herediano, who took home the crown in the 2018 edition by showcasing a dazzling brand of attacking football, combined with solid defensive play.

    The hot boot at present for the Ticos belongs to Francisco Rodriguez, who has three goals in his last two Costa Rican Apertura 2019 matches. Another threat is Jose Guillermo Ortiz, who has two goals this season and scored in last year’s SCL.

  • Ribery hopes to play to 40 but won't be Ronaldo rival Ribery hopes to play to 40 but won't be Ronaldo rival

    Franck Ribery hopes to play on beyond the age of 40 after joining Fiorentina but says he does not intend to be a rival to Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Ribery's 12-year stay at Bayern Munich concluded when his contract expired at the end of the 2018-19 season, in which he won a ninth Bundesliga title.

    Following prolonged speculation about his next move, the former France winger agreed a two-year deal with La Viola.

    And Ribery, who plans to follow in the footsteps of Serie A veterans such as Francesco Totti, is aiming to lead Fiorentina back into the Champions League.

    "We have had a very long negotiation, but I am very happy to be here in Florence," said the 36-year-old.

    "I saw great motivation and great confidence in me from the management, and that is why I am here. Naturally, my wife also helped in the choice, because my family is very important.

    "I am very motivated, I always want to play. I have a two-year contract and I want to be decisive and help the young players. I want to give something new to this club, I want to bring Fiorentina into the top three of the table.

    "I came here to help my team, which is Fiorentina. I am not here to be a rival to Ronaldo. Serie A is a great tournament with many excellent players. Inter bought well on the market, as did Juventus.

    "The thing I appreciate the most is that people here love and live for football. It's a wonderful experience and I want to enjoy myself on the field.

    "Football is my life. It's the reason I wanted to remain in Europe and I was fortunate to find Fiorentina. I hope to continue playing until the age of 40, just like Francesco Totti."

    Fiorentina open the new Serie A season at home to Napoli on Saturday but Ribery is not expecting to be involved.

    "I am not ready to start, but I am happy that I got to train with the squad today, which is very different to training by yourself," he added. 

    "I need a week or two to be ready to play, but if the coach [Vincenzo Montella] tells me that I'm needed, I will step up."

  • Former Ghana international Junior Agogo dies, aged 40 Former Ghana international Junior Agogo dies, aged 40

    Former Ghana international Junior Agogo has died, aged 40.

    Agogo played 27 times for his country and scored 12 goals – including three during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, where the Black Stars secured a third-placed finish.

    His former clubs include Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, both of whom have tweeted to pay their respects to Agogo.

    FIFA said its thoughts are with the forward's friends and family.

    A well-travelled player, whose career took in stints in Scotland, Egypt, the United States and Cyprus, Agogo suffered a stroke in 2015 and told a BBC documentary that he suffered from subsequent struggles with his speech.

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