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Mohamed Salah‘s dazzling season at Liverpool, which has delivered 41 goals in all competition, has seen him snatched the PFA Player of the Year award for 2017-18, fending off competition from De Bruyne and Harry Kane.

Salah was crowned the PFA Player of the year at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening, with City’s winger Sané voted as young player of the year.

The two players have both had mind blowing seasons at their respective clubs but it was Salah who stole the show at the award function on Sunday.

The Egyptian has scored 31 Premier League goals in 33 appearances in what has been a remarkable debut campaign for Salah since making the move to Liverpool from Roma in the summer.

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To win, the Egyptian beats off competition from the Manchester City trio of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané and David Silva to wind up as the second African player to win the award after Riyad Mahrez of Leicester in 2016. Tottenham’s Harry Kane came third, with De Bruyne second.

However, Salah has been awarded not just for his goal contribution to the ‘Reds’ season but for his selfless team play, scoring 41 goals in his first season at Anfield as Jürgen Klopp’s side have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Salah who became the first Egyptian to win the award, Speaking on the stage, he said:

“It’s an honour to be the Player of the Year for the Premier League, especially as it’s voted for by the players.

I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,”

“Hopefully I’m not the last one! I’m very proud to win and I’ve worked very hard.

“I think from day first I left the Premier League, it was always in my mind that I wanted success here.

“I didn’t get the chance at Chelsea so I was clear in my mind that I would return.

“I think I left and then I came back as a different person, a different man, and a different player.”

 

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Salah in a pre-recorded video during the awards. He said:

“It is really rare in football that you win as an individual, an individual trophy because it is a team game. But in this, the team lives from personalities, from characters, from players.

“I am really happy that I had the opportunity to be your manager last year. And I think this award – you are voted from all the other players in all the leagues in England – is an unbelievable honour, so you can be really proud and your family can be really proud. On behalf of the LFC family, again congratulations.

“It was a fantastic ride so far, but you know we have still a few yards to go. With the best wishes for your future here at LFC, your manager.

“And now please grab the trophy and come home, we play on Tuesday.”

Meanwhile, in the other categories, Fran Kirby, who played in Chelsea’s 3-1 home loss to German side Wolfsburg in the first leg of the Women’s Champions League semi-final on Sunday, won the ladies’ player of the Year Award.

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Fran Kirby won the Women’s Player of the Year crown

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Sane was the winner of the Young Player of the Year award

While Bristol City’s Lauren Hemp was named the young player of the year. The PFA’s Merit award posthumously to Cyrille Regis, the former West Brom forward who passed away in January. The award was an acknowledgment of Regis’ spearheading role in changing the states of mind towards black footballers in England.

 

 

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FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

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Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.

Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.

Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.

As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.

The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.

FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

International match calendar and release of players.

The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.

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The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.

2020 financials and 2022 budget

The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.

FIFA Arab Cup 2021™

The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.

 

 

 

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

 

 

 

 

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?

The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.

Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.

Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.

The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.

It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.

The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.

READ ALSO: Super Eagles: 9 Players Who Netted On Debut

Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.

Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.

In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.

Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.

Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.

Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.

However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.

 

 

 

 

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