‘Mikel erred by swapping Chelsea for Chinese club’

first_img The midfielder played for the Blues from 2006 to 2017 and went on to win the Champions League, Europa League, English Premier League, and FA Cup, among other titles. However, he left for China despite offers from other teams to stay in the UK. “[Mikel] was a solid defensive midfielder, though I don’t think his career ended up so well especially after leaving Chelsea,” Okwemba told Goal on Friday. “The mistakes he made in his career was going to China, at that stage; he still had a lot to offer. Things took a negative twist after the move, and he never recovered. “He became a different player from the one we were used to seeing.Advertisement AFC Leopards legend, Charles Okwemba feels former Nigeria international John Obi Mikel made a big mistake by ditching Chelsea for Chinese outfit Tianjin TEDA in 2017. “I feel like he denied Africans of some potential in him we would still be seeing today, but that’s life, it happens at times because of different reasons.” Despite enjoying success while at Chelsea and spending a decade with the London side, Okwemba is not convinced Mikel ranks among the best midfielders from the African continent. “At some point, he lost consistency and struggled to have an impact. Playing as a holding defensive midfielder at club level then taking up an advanced role in the national team was a misguided advise,” Okwemba added. read also:Etebo: Super Eagles will miss Mikel,Ighalo “I rate him as an average player in Africa, he had the potential to be among the best but he failed to utilize it.” The 33-year-old is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor, after falling out with the club management over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Lakers guard Avery Bradley to miss another week; Kyle Kuzma questionable for Dallas

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Well, I’m just happy for him because it’s no fun sitting, especially when he’s off to such a strong start to his season,” he said. “So I’m just happy he’s going to get out and sweat a little more and start his progression towards the future.”There was other discouraging injury news: Kyle Kuzma did not practice Saturday afternoon, after spraining his left ankle late in the third quarter of Friday’s 125-103 victory over Washington. While he attempted to play through it, he left the game for the locker room early.He’s questionable to play against Dallas on Sunday afternoon.Aside from losing DeMarcus Cousins in the offseason, the Lakers have largely been dealing with minor, nagging injuries. Many of these have been borne by Anthony Davis, who has missed just one game but has been hit with shoulder and rib injuries during the season.Davis said it’s unlikely that he, much less the rest of the Lakers, will change his style of play to be more cautious about getting hurt. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Locking into Sunday won’t be a problem for the Lakers, who are facing Dallas for the first time since a thrilling 119-110 overtime victory over the upstart Mavericks on the road. Since that game, second-year forward Luka Doncic has been lighting the league aflame: He’s third in the league in scoring (30.8 ppg), second in assists (9.6 apg) and 17th in rebounding (9.9 rpg). Following a 42-point outburst in Phoenix on Friday night, Doncic became only the third player in NBA history to average a triple-double while scoring at least 30 points per game.His stat-sheet filling has drawn comparisons to Lakers star LeBron James, but the Lakers don’t necessarily agree with that. Vogel still acknowledged preparing to guard Doncic – who had 31 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in the last game – was going to make him lose sleep. Danny Green compared him to another natural scorer with some craftiness.“I compare him to a bigger Lou (Williams), where he gets to that left hand, and he gets that step back or fadeway, and you can’t really touch him,” Green said. “You’ve got to make sure you play good defense without fouling him.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed EL SEGUNDO — For the first time in weeks, Avery Bradley hit the practice floor.There was some good news Saturday following Bradley’s medical re-evaluation: The Lakers’ starting guard was cleared to start “basketball progression.” But the nebulous term means Bradley, who has dealt with a hairline fracture in his right leg, has further to go. He will also miss at least four more games, bringing his total to 13 missed starts for the 17-2 Lakers.The Lakers haven’t lost a game among the nine Bradley has missed, but the impact has been felt defensively: The Lakers have slipped in defensive rating from first to fifth. They’ve sported just the 10th-best defensive rating in the NBA over the past nine games (106.3).Bradley’s recovery has progressed from swimming and running on an Alter-G treadmill to now being able to bear full weight on his injured leg. He’s been a sideline presence as well. Frank Vogel was glad to see him back doing basketball activities.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “I don’t play careful,” he said. “If I’m gonna play, I’m gonna play. And I do what I gotta do to help the team win. So I still play the same exact way. If I step on the floor, then I’m gonna give it my all.”Lakers kick off challenging stretchAfter going 14-1 in November, one of the best records in a single month in franchise history, the Lakers face a significantly rockier challenge.After facing 11 opponents with losing records last month, December will flip the script: 10 of the Lakers’ 14 upcoming opponents are above .500. That comes with the additional difficulty of playing nine road games (the Lakers have yet to lose away from Staples Center).While the Lakers spouted off typical cliches about taking one game at a time, they also recognized how difficult the slate will get. Vogel called for a mental reset from his team.“Today we did talk about, ‘OK, in November we had a great month. That’s behind us. We’re 0-0 now,’” he said. “So every night is going to be a little more difficult than we faced last month. Yeah, we set the stage for what this month is going to look like and now, let’s lock into this one game.”Related Articleslast_img read more

Džeko, Barbarez and Teletović congratulated to golden Basketball Players: These Boys are a Miracle!

first_imgThe cadet national basketball team of B&H won the gold medal at the European Championship in Lithuania and impressed the entire nation. Congratulations started arriving from all sides, and Edin Džeko and Mirza Teletović were among the first ones who congratulated to golden boys.“In the hall in Kaunas I scored nine shots for three points once, and now I am 90 times happier than then. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the champion of Europe! These boys are a miracle. Thank you for making us so proud! Gold! I cannot believe it. This is fantastic. Congratulations to the profession, the Union and especially to the players,” wrote Teletović on his Twitter profile.B&H national team football player, Edin Džeko, also wrote on the social networks.“Champions of Europe! These boys are magnificent and the only thing I regret is that I will not have the opportunity to welcome these golden guys at the airport, but there will be opportunity to shake their hands! You conquered Europe, and in Kaunas, from where we went to the World Cup in Brazil, and congratulations on your spirit and desire! Now celebrate, you deserved it!” said Džeko in his message.The former captain of our national football team, Sergej Barbarez, watched the match with Lithuania in Kaunas as well, and he shared his feelings on Twitter. He mentioned the emotional finale and comments of Sabahudin Topalbećirević Baho and wrote that he actually made him cry. (Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more