Press Association “We know it’s tough because we have been very inconsistent but we are capable of doing it.” Norwich sit four points off the relegation zone with eight matches remaining, while the win saw Saints usurp Newcastle in eighth. Victory was a fine end to a week which saw Ralph Krueger appointed chairman, but manager Mauricio Pochettino was frustrated at the end by Saints’ slack defending at the end. “It’s a great lesson that we have to learn from today’s game,” the former Argentina defender said. “We’re a young side that’s still growing and the main lesson today is that, obviously, the game is not finished until the final whistle has blown. “I thought the game was overall controlled. It is true that when Rickie Lambert came on his contribution was very good and was great for the team and also Sam Gallagher’s contribution was very good. “It is true that we’re well satisfied with the game at 3-0, but it goes to show that when you lose a little bit of focus, you lay your guard down, we basically made two quick mistakes, we conceded two soft goals and, again, it is a lesson we have to learn.” It was not all bad at the end, though, as 18-year-old Gallagher managed to net his first Premier League goal to secure victory. “We all know what Sam has been going through,” Pochettino said, referring to the recent passing of the striker’s father. “He has been going through a really tough time. It doesn’t change his situation, but it will go a long way to making him happy and his surroundings and his family – everyone around him that wishes the best for him. It will be a good thing for him.” Under-fire manager Chris Hughton could understand Norwich supporters’ anger after the relegation-threatened side slipped to defeat at Southampton. The odds on Hughton leaving Carrow Road shortened after the loss on the south coast, where the Norwich boss was subjected to chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” after making a triple second-half substitution. “For the majority of the game a very good Southampton team were better than us and if you concede three goals like we did you make life very difficult for themselves,” Hughton said. “It’s never nice to hear those chants but I understand. We have more than 2,000 supporters who have travelled to watch the game and it’s their club and team, and they want to see a team competing. “What they saw for too long was a Southampton team that were better than us. It’s never nice but you have to take the criticism on the chin.” Southampton had a three-goal lead heading into the final five minutes courtesy of efforts from Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez, only for sloppy play to allow Johan Elmander and Robert Snodgrass to net. However, Norwich were unable to eke out a draw and teenager Sam Gallagher put the game out of sight in stoppage time. “The two goals certainly flattered us,” Hughton said. “If the game had finished 3-2, it wasn’t a 3-2 game. They were far better than us today. “But we did get the two late goals so if I am looking for any pluses then we have shown enough character in that final period to get back into the game, irrespective whether we deserved it or not. Despite staging an improbable late comeback at St Mary’s, the Canaries were unable to avoid falling to a 4-2 defeat – their fifth in succession on the road. Given they face Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the final four fixtures, matches like the one at Southampton are the kind of games Norwich need to win if they are to beat the drop.
Ghana is expected be reinstated as a member of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after the national association received a donation of 10,000 US dollars from the CEO of McDan Shipping, Danny McKorley to settle arrears with the international body.Ghana was slapped with a ban by the ITF earlier this year after accruing three years of unpaid affiliation fees with the international body. Ghana was given a grace period which was stretched to this year.During the grace period youngster Isaac Nortey took part in the world junior championship in Switzerland while the junior national team also participated and excelled in an ITF West Central African tournament in Lome, Togo. The ban prevented Ghana from partcipating in any ITF-sanctioned activity after it was activated.This included administratve courses, tournaments and scholarship programmes for talented players.At a brief presentation ceremony at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr McKorley, who is a tennis enthusiast said “the decision to support the sport is inspired by my passion for the sport and I wanted to extend this gesture to support the national association to restore the image of the nation. There are many undiscovered tennis talents in the country which can be unearthed and when they are supported they can go places.” Mr McKorley also used the opportunity to announce his outfit’s plan to build an ultra-modern tennis arena in Accra as well as introduce the McDan Open tournament on the local tennis calendar. “Tennis is a big sport all over the world and its rather sad that Ghana has to experience this problem. At my company we are committed to fulfilling our social responsibility and also want to help the sport to develop,” Mr McKorley told Joy Sports. Youth and Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah who received the cheque on behalf of the GTA encouraged more corporate support for sports to enable non-football disciplines grow. Ghana tennis has seen major challenges over the last few years most of which are financial. Due to the lack of sponsorship, the Ghana Tennis Association (GTA) has had major challenges organising tournaments. This is also compounded with the nation’s inability to qualify from Euro-Africa Zone Three of the Davis Cup. The junior national teams have remained Ghana’s brightest spot in tennis with consistent medal-winning performances at major tournaments.
Ninety-nine years ago the birth of the Copa America, the sport’s oldest continental competition, brought about a rapid change to the game of football.Held almost annually in the early years, the tournament fostered a dramatic rise in the standards of South American sides – made evident when Uruguay arrived unheralded at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris and walked off with the gold medal. They enchanted observers with the beauty of their play and led to a question being asked: how can we find out which really is the best team around, given that professionals cannot enter the Olympics?The answer, of course, was the creation of the World Cup – first staged, and won, by Uruguay, just 14 years after they had claimed the inaugural Copa.Since then, the Copa has been through a number of phases, at times playing host to the best football in the world, at others neglected. It was brought back in 1987, and taken round all of South America’s10 footballing nations, but it found itself overshadowed by another significant development in South American football – the introduction, in 1996, of the marathon format of World Cup qualification, where all 10 nations play each other home and away, a change which has done wonders for the standard of the less traditional nations.For a few years the Copa seemed superfluous, and between 1997 and 2004 four versions were played, all with plenty of understrength teams. Since then, though, the Copa has found its place in the calendar.The 2015 edition begins today. [See also: Group A preview and Group B preview] –BrazilNumber of Copa America titles: 8Last Copa title: 2007Coach: DungaFinish in the most recent Copa: Quarterfinals Player to watch: Neymar literally broke his back trying to carry the Selecao at the World Cup in Brazil. Will the Champions League’s top-scorer finally get some help in Chile?Greatest player: Pele — Simply known as ‘The King,’ the three-time World Cup winner is considered the sport’s greatest player ever.Greatest achievement: The 1970 World Cup. Regarded as one of the greatest teams the game has ever seen, Brazil, led by Pele, swept through the 1970 World Cup in Mexico with a swashbuckling panache that would become the standard by which all other teams would be measured.– ColombiaNumber of Copa America titles: 1 Last Copa title: 2001Coach: Jose PekermanFinish in the most recent Copa: Quarterfinals Player to watch: James Rodriguez became a global star in Brazil. What will the outrageously talented No. 10 do for an encore in Chile?Greatest player: Carlos Valderrama — The hair sparked curiosity, but his skill demanded attention. El Pibe was the unquestioned star of Colombia’s golden generation and captained his country in three World Cups.Greatest achievement: The Copa America title in 2001 and the fifth-place finish in World Cup 2014. Colombia captured its first Copa America crown on home soil in 2001. Their run to the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals was their best finish in the competition.– PeruNumber of Copa America titles: 2Last Copa title: 1975Coach: Ricardo GarecaFinish in the most recent Copa: SemifinalsPlayer to watch: Paolo Guerrero is fresh off a big-money move to Brazil’s Flamengo, and the former Bayern Munich striker will be counted on to find the net in Chile — if he can shake off an ankle injury picked up in training. Greatest player: Teofilo Cubillas — The best player of Peru’s golden generation of the 1970s, Cubillas is perhaps best known for his audacious, outside-of-the-boot, free-kick goal against Scotland in the 1978 World Cup.Greatest achievement: The 1975 Copa America. A Cubillas-led Peru raised the second of its South American titles in 1975, needing penalties to beat Brazil in the Copa America final.–VenezuelaNumber of Copa America titles: 0Last Copa title: NeverCoach: Noel SanvicenteFinish in the most recent Copa: SemifinalsPlayer to watch: Jose Salomon Rondon, 25, looked at home leading the front line for Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Champions League this season. The Copa America is a stage that won’t overawe the young gun.Greatest player: Juan Arango — Venezuela, for years a CONMEBOL doormat, has seen its fortunes change completely since 2000, and Arango — La Vinotinto’s captain and caps and goals leader — has been at the forefront of their evolution.Greatest moment: The 2011 Copa America semifinals appearance. Venezuela’s march to the Copa America semis in 2011 improved upon the country’s quarterfinals appearance — its first — in the 2007 edition.[See also: Group A preview and Group B preview]–