Suarez ‘100%’ fit for England

Sete Lagoas – Uruguay striker Luis Suarez said
on Monday he felt “100 percent” recovered from
knee treatment and was ready to face England in
Thursday’s Group D showdown in Sao Paulo if
called upon.
The prolific Liverpool forward’s cartilage surgery
went smoothly last month, but he remains short
of match fitness and missed Uruguay’s surprise
opening 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica.
Coach Oscar Tabarez is staying mum on
whether Suarez might start or come on for the
game against England, who also lost their first
match, 2-1 against Italy.
“I’m 100 percent, otherwise I wouldn’t be here,”
Suarez told Uruguayan reporters at the team’s
training camp in Sete Lagoas.
“I knew it would be difficult (to be ready for) the
first game, but if the proper time was left then I
was going to be 100 percent afterwards. I’ve
done everything I had to do.
“I’m training today with the team and I feel in
good condition. I never lost the joy and the
desire. I never thought I would miss the World
Given the importance of Thursday’s game, with a
loss for either side probably ending their hopes
of progressing beyond the group stage, Tabarez
may well gamble on playing Suarez.
Having terrorized Premier League defences all
season, Suarez will have relished seeing a few
frailties exposed at the back in England’s 2-1
defeat by Italy.
“We hope Luis is fine and plays but if not, then
it’s up to the rest of us,” Uruguay captain Diego
Lugano said.


Rooney trains with substitutes

Cape Town – The Football Association has
reacted to speculation about striker Wayne
Rooney’s place in the England team by
explaining that he trained with back-up players
at his own request on Monday.
Playing in an unfavoured left-sided role, Rooney
produced a subdued display as England lost 2-1
to Italy in their opening World Cup game in
Manaus on Saturday.
He trained alongside the substitutes from that
match at England’s Rio de Janeiro training base
on Monday, prompting reports in the British
media that he may be dropped for his side’s
second Group D game against Uruguay on
But in a statement on Twitter, the FA said that
the Manchester United striker was merely eager
to maintain peak fitness between matches.
“Contrary to reports, @WayneRooney requested
additional training and worked with a wider
group of players on Monday,” it said.
“Following a recovery session on Sunday a
number of players continued two-day post-
match recovery on Monday. Rooney was not in
that group.”
England coach Gary Neville has praised Rooney’s
willingness to play on the left and declared that
manager Roy Hodgson’s back-room staff were
more than happy with his performance against
“Can Wayne play on the left? I’ve seen him play
in England games past on the left, I’ve seen him
play for Manchester United on the left,” Neville
told ITV.
“He’s played there I don’t know how many times
in the last six or seven years, because you need
to accommodate different players and different
“He’s a team player. He will sacrifice himself for
the team. In terms of performance, not one of the
coaching staff came off thinking that Rooney had
played badly at all.”

USA break Ghana hearts

Natal – United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann
celebrated his 50th game in charge with a
memorable 2-1 win over Ghana in their World Cup
Group G clash on Monday.
Clint Dempsey scored the opener after just 30
seconds and German-born John Brooks headed a
dramatic winner.
Andre Ayew equalised for Ghana eight minutes
before the end. But Brooks’ first goal for his
adopted country avenged defeats to the same
opposition in the past two World Cups, the latter
when Ghana went on to the quarter-finals.
The United States had got off to the dream start as
Dempsey sent defender John Boye the wrong way
and cut inside the penalty area sending a sweetly
struck sidefooted effort into the far corner of the
Dempsey’s strike partner Jozy Altidore wasted a
terrific chance in the 17th minute as he dithered
too long when well set up and a Ghanaian defender
managed to divert his shot for a corner.
Five minutes later Altidore saw his part in the
match and probably the World Cup end when he
pulled up clutching his left hamstring and
collapsed to the ground in agony.
Dempsey too was in the wars as later in the first-
half he required minutes of attention after Bowe’s
knee connected with his nose as they both went
up for the ball prompting a furious reaction from
Klinsmann on the sidelines.
Ghana came out with much more purpose in the
Ghana eventually got the goal they had been
threatening to score when a brilliant backheel by
Gyan teed up Ayew and he fired it past Howard.
The Americans, though, refused to lie down and
Brooks’s brilliant downward header restored their
lead for good this time.

FIFA defend empty seats

Rio de Janeiro – FIFA says no-show fans explain
why just one of the first 14 World Cup matches
played to a full stadium.
Only Argentina’s 2-1 win over Bosnia-
Herzegovina had 100 percent attendance, with
74,738 spectators at Maracana Stadium on
Brazil’s opening win against Croatia had 436 no-
shows in Itaquerao Stadium, Sao Paulo. It was
99.3 percent full.
Television pictures show patches of empty
lower-tier seats at most matches.
The best match had the highest rate of
unclaimed seats: A 92.8 percent turnout for the
Netherlands beating Spain 5-1 in Salvador on
FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer says fans are
not offering tickets for sale through FIFA’s
Fischer says “most are uncollected tickets
because people who have not been coming to
the match have not put them on the resale



Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect have
attacked again
along the Maiduguri- Beneshiek- Damaturu road
on Thursday
evening. About ten commuters and motorists were
reported to
have been allegedly killed. An eyewitness who
anonymity said:
“the gunmen suspected to have been from
Sambisa Forest
enroute a new destination attempted to cross over
the busy road
on Thursday evening, and on sighting vehicular
ordered drivers of two vehicles to stop, and when
the drivers
refused, they opened fire on the vehicles.
immediately when the terrorists rushed to the ill-
fated vehicles,
they opened fire on the occupants before using
knives to
slaughter ten of them. Some motorists upon
sighting the danger
had to make u-turn and quickly drove to
Maiduguri, while others
found their way back to Beneshiekh and
Damaturu, where they
reported the incident to security operatives”.
Immediately the security operatives had a gun
fight with members
of the sect. Some members of the sect died while
others fled into
the nearby bush.
A security operative however confirmed the
incident. He said
“about 10 people were killed while some vehicles
were seized on
Maiduguri- Beneshiekh road by suspected


An explosion ripped through a football viewing
centre in Damaturu,
northern Nigeria, on Tuesday, residents said, as
fans gathered to
watch the World Cup.
The blast at the Crossfire venue, in the Nayi-Nawa
area of the state
capital of Yobe, happened at about 8:00 pm (1900
GMT), just as
tournament hosts Brazil kicked off against Mexico.
There were no immediate reports of deaths but
hospitals were
reporting casualties being brought in, medical
sources said.


Less than a week after multiple explosion killed
over 200
people in Jos, the Plateau State capital, another
round of
explosion has gone off in the city Saturday night,
residents and
a security official say.
Residents say the explosion occurred along
Bauchi Road near
the University of Jos, Jos North Local Government
The sound of the explosion was heard in Jos
South LGA, about
25 kilometres away from the scene.
A witness, Tank Shittu, who rushed to the scene
five minutes
after the blast, said the explosion occurred near a
car park, few
meters away from a security checkpoint.
The spokesperson of the Police State Command of
the Nigeria
Police, Felicia Ali, confirmed the incident but said
details were
still sketchy.
A resident said the suicide bomber died 20
metres from a
viewing centre where football fans gathered to
watch the
ongoing final of the UEFA Champions League
between Real
Madrid and Athletico Madrid. That could not be
verified at this time.
Multiple explosions had on May 20 occurred
around the ever-
busy Jos Main Market, between Railway Terminus
and the
temporary site of the Jos University Teaching
Hospital, killing
over 200 people.
Details later…