Cabaye joined the Magpies in 2011 and ended his impressive first season by joining up with his national squad for Euro 2012, but the non-stop season took its toll. Cabaye said that only a groin injury which sidelined him for much of the current campaign gave him time to recuperate and recover from his illness. Cabaye added: ‘Depression? I am not afraid to say that. It was that. I started with Newcastle in June 2012 and for the very first time, I didn’t have any winter break so then to resume in July 2012, it was very difficult. “Maybe it is difficult to start again after a big competition such as the Euros, but my body didn’t allow me to do what I wanted to do.” Cabaye explained how his groin injury and resulting surgery allowed him to go home to Lille and spend time with friends. It was that overdue period away from the game that helped nurse him back to full health. Cabaye said: “Physically I feel perfectly fine now and I am keen to fight for the club. I want to give twice as much to save the club from the drop. I want to prove to the fans that they can trust me and I can defend the Newcastle colours. “Now that episode is over, I have much more fun going to daily training sessions. I realise how lucky I am.” And the Frenchman said he was “reassured” by reading books by Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal, who had both been through similar experiences. Cabaye told L’Equipe: “I was reassured by reading the books of Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal, who both talked about the same thing. They talked about post-competition depression and the need to have a break.” Press Association Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has revealed how he overcame a battle with depression brought on by a rigorous club and country schedule last year.
The Professional Golfers Association of Ghana (PGA), has congratulated three of Ghana’s professional golfers for their encouraging performance at the just ended 2017 Mongomo Professional Golf Open Championship in Equatorial Guinea.The three professional golfers, Vincent Torgah, the 2017 West Africa Champion from Tema Country Golf Club, Emos Korblah of Achimota Golf Club and Kojo Barnni, who won the just ended 4th edition of the Gold Fields Championship in Damaang, Tarkwa placed 15th, 16th, and 21st positions respectively.Public Relations Officer (PRO) for PGA, Nana Prempeh, said the competition which was to run for four days, had the third day disrupted by a heavy downpour.Vincent Torgah on the first, second and third days played 73, 73 and course par respectively making a total of 218.Emos Korblah scored four over par in the opening day but bettered his play on the second and third days with one under and course par respectively which brought his three days to 219.Kojo Barnni started with four over, continued with one under in day two and finished by scoring course par with 221 in total. Nana Prempeh said PGA congratulated the trio for their performance considering the number of countries that participated and the calibre of golfers at the championship.Peter Karmis from South Africa won the championship whereas Follet Smith from Britain claimed the second position.He said the three-day championship, saw golfers drawn from over 34 countries from Europe, Africa and Asia and I can confidently say we are proud of the performance of the team that represented Ghana.Meanwhile, Torgah and Barnni will move to Nigeria to participate in another championship which will tee-off on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.Emos Korblah is expected to return to Ghana today (Tuesday) December 18, 2017. Nana Prempeh used the opportunity to appreciate the support from the media and has encouraged them to do more in support of golf in the country.‘’We [PGA] will like to appreciate the media for their enormous role in promoting golf in the country. The contribution has been great and fantastic. However, we will appeal to the media to do more in supporting golf in Ghana,’’ he added.