MANCHESTER, England (AP): JosÈ Mourinho does not doubt that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be a success at Manchester United. It just might take some time. Mkhitaryan, a $33.5 million signing from Borussia Dortmund in July, has not played for United since being substituted at half-time in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the Premier League on September 10. He sustained a minor injury on international duty with Armenia in early October but hasn’t even been in United’s 18-man squad for recent games. That’s some fall in status for a playmaker who had 23 goals and 32 assists for Dortmund last season, was the German league’s player of the year, and was widely touted as one of the shrewdest Premier League signings of the off-season. Mourinho said yesterday that Mkhitaryan is not injure, and was just struggling to adjust to the English game. “Some players find it very easy, whereas others need more time. They need time to feel the intensity, the aggression, the game without the ball, and the competitiveness,” Mourinho said. “The realities are often different, particularly in terms of the competitiveness. It doesn’t matter who you are against, you have to play at the highest level otherwise you will not be able to do it. Micki needs time to become the top player he knows he can be.” That is nothing new to Mourinho. He said the same happened with Willian at Chelsea and Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid, in Mourinho’s two previous coaching jobs. “It happens with defenders, but it is often easier for them to adapt than attackers,” Mourinho said. “In Micki’s case, the process was interrupted by injury, which does not help … . Being out for a month meant he has had to go through the process of getting match-fit, then once he has that, he needs the competitive level to do it. We believe him, and, sooner or later, there will be no problem.” Before that first start for United in the derby, Mkhitaryan appeared three times as a second-half substitute.
Alluding that some persons were of the misconception that they could be awarded contracts because of a ministerial or political connection, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on Friday set the record straight by stating that there should be no distrust in the system because the Ministry would be interrogating every contract.Patterson made this declaration at the opening of the Procurement Symposium at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, East Coast Demerara. He stated that when they took office they were approached by persons with contracts for employment but when they interviewed them it was disclosed that “these people” never submitted a tender.He stated it is because of this distorted system that persons ended up having “complete distrust in our procurement system” and were under the impression that the process was there to empower “certain contractors,” while the other entrants did not stand a chance.Labelling it as a misapprehension, Patterson affirmed that his Ministry, along with the Finance Ministry would not allow it to live on. He indicated that the Public Infrastructure Ministry had started to interrogate the tenders received, and what they found were some glaring omissions.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonHe stated that persons were not completing their forms or providing sufficient information for them to be awarded the contracts. He added that his Ministry is guided by procurement laws and they cannot subvert them, so if proper tenders are not submitted then contractors would not “stand a chance” at getting contracts.Indicating that some persons were expressing frustration with the government and declaring that “this is not what they voted for,” Patterson stated that if they voted for law and order, then they should not expect anything less; thus the path to acquiring contracts would be transparent and open.“Not because you voted for change means that automatically you have voted yourself a contract. We stand for law and order…and I’m sure you would not want us to go down a path that is not open and transparent,” he said.Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Annette Ferguson stated that the objective of the symposium is to educate the existing and new suppliers of civil works and services on the procurement requirements legislations.She stated that public procurement is a very critical issue for the government since more than 70 per cent of the National Budget accounts for public procurement, approximately $160B annually. The Ministry of Finance estimates that public procurement accounts for 27 per cent of the country’s GDP.Former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran contended that as a result of weaknesses in the system of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), the government loses approximately $28B annually due to corrupt behaviour in public procurement, which includes sole servicing of drug contracts, contract splitting, inflated engineer estimates, evaluation bias on behalf of favoured contractors, the use of inexperienced contractors, the absence of competitive bidding in some cases and over-payments to contractors.This has raised significant concerns within the Ministry, Ferguson said, adding that the symposium is thus “timely and pushes to increase transparency and fairness and eliminate corruption throughout education of the procurement act and regulations.”She stated that the Ministry anticipates that from this symposium they will attract more suppliers of works and services to enhance the competitive bidding process: “We hope that new suppliers with the requisite education and qualifications will be able to qualify and produce quality works and services.”She indicated that it will advance the reputation of contractors and “the government will get value for money, the citizens are happy and there is less financial burden on the treasury”.At the symposium new entrants were educated on the National Procurement Act and the prequalification for contracts, as well as how to become compliant with the Guyana Revenue Authority, National Insurance Scheme, and local insurance companies.They were able to learn about the bid evaluation process and were privy to a simulation bid submission. This simulation highlighted the “dos and don’ts” of bid submissions and provided participants with realistic examples. Moreover, focus was placed on informing participants on the contract award process, as well as the protest process.
The forward has been a long term target for Leopards and his addition to the club will boost the scoring fortunes that have been heavily reliant on Ezekiel Odera.Also signing for the club from Thika United is midfielder Musa Saad who has previously played for Nairobi City Stars and he joins the 13-time Kenyan Premier League champions on a two-year deal.“I think they are very good additions to the team especially Mukangula because the coach had insisted so much on a striker. We are sure his qualities will be of huge value to us in the second leg,” AFC Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaida said.He added; “We will be looking for at least three more signings; one striker, a midfielder and a defender. But if we got two of our targets, then I think we will still be okay.”AFC Leopards are currently placed fourth in the Kenyan premier league standings with 31 points, nine short of arch rivals Gor Mahia who lead the log on an unbeaten run.Zapata remains confident that despite the gulf of difference between the two sides and Gor still having four matches at hand, Ingwe are in a good way to quench their two-decade wait for the league title.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Posta Rangers midfielder Jerry Santo passes the ball under pressure from Thika United’s Eugene Mukangula during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on September 23, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18- Eugene Mukangula has become Argentine coach Rodolfo Zapata’s first signing at AFC Leopards with the striker joining Ingwe from struggling Thika United, putting pen to paper on a three year contract on Monday afternoon.Mukangula went straight to AFC Leopards offices to finalize the deal having just arrived from Narok where he donned the Thika United jersey for the final time on Sunday evening in their 3-0 loss to Sofapaka.
Bengaluru FC have reached an agreement with Carles Cuadrat to further the Spaniards stay with the Indian Super League (ISL) champions in a new two-year deal that keeps him with the Blues till the end of the 2020-21 season, the club announced on Wednesday.Having taken over the reins from Albert Roca at the end of the 2017-18 season, Cuadrat, in what was his first stint as head coach of a team, led the Blues to their sixth title in as many seasons when they beat FC Goa in the ISL final at the Mumbai Football Arena in March this year.”I am delighted to continue my stay at a club that functions like a closely-knit family. I have spent three years at Bengaluru FC and the fact that I’m willing to add two more is a testament to how happy I am at the club and in the city. We achieved success last season and I would like to build on it. Importantly, we will be competing in Asia again and that’s a challenge we are all relishing. All footballing reasons aside, the love and support the fans have shown me definitely had a part to play in my decision of signing on a new deal,” said Cuadrat.Two more years of the Boss! #CarlesStays pic.twitter.com/iYePKDe7LPBengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) May 8, 2019Cuadrat, who arrived at the club as Roca’s assistant in 2016, took over from his mentor last year in what was a seamless transition. And while he kept the foundations that Roca laid, intact, Cuadrat brought his own ideas to the table that the dressing room were quick to credit as the reason the Blues got across the finish line in the ISL.advertisementUnder the Spaniard, Bengaluru became the first team in the history of the ISL to have won the title after finishing on top of the table in the group stages. The Blues also boasted of an unbeaten record at home through the season.Speaking on the deal, club CEO, Parth Jindal said: “After winning the Indian Super League last season and getting the team to perform the way it did, Carles attracted attention from a host of clubs in the country and even the continent, who wanted to secure his services. However, the fact that he has chosen to stay with Bengaluru FC is a fantastic testament to his belief in the project of this club and country, which is to put Indian football on the world map. He’s turned down lucrative deals to stay with us, and that is a very encouraging sign.”Given his La Masia background, he has been the perfect mentor for the young Indian players and that is an important aspect for us at Bengaluru FC. I am certain we will enjoy more success with Carles at the helm.”Also Read | AIFF to interview candidates on Thursday, Stimac front-runner to be new coach