Jose Mourinho: Meneja wa Man Utd atakiwa kufafanua kuhusu Man City

Meneja wa Manchester United Jose Mourinho ametakiwa kufafanua aliyoyasema kabla ya bebi ya Jumapili ambapo walilazwa na Manchester City 2-1 uwanjani Old Trafford.

Chama cha Soka England (FA) kimemtaka Mreno huyo kufafanua zaidi kuhusu aliyoyasema katika kikao cha kabla ya mechi Ijumaa akizungumza na wanahabari.

Mourinho alidai wachezaji wa City huanguka kwa urahisi sana.

Alisema: “Upepo kidogo tu na wanaanguka.”

Mourinho amepewa hadi saa 18:00 GMT siku ya Jumatatu kutoa ufafanuzi huo na FA.

Mourinho, 54, alisema pia kwamba hafikiri angeruhusiwa kutoa ujumbe wa kisiasa akiwa pembeni mwa uwanjani kama alivyofanya Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola majuzi alivalia utepe wa manjano – ishara ya kulalamika dhidi ya kufungwa kwa wanasiasa waliokuwa wanatetea uhuru wa jimbo la Catalonia, Uhispania. Pep anatokea eneo hilo la Catalonia.

United walishindwa kwenye debi hiyo na City wakaweka mwanya wa alama 11 kati yao na United kileleni Liig ya Premia.

Mourinho aidha alimwagiwa maziwa nje ya vyumba vya kubadilishia mavazi vya wachezaji Old Trafford baada yake kulalamika kwamba wachezaji wa City walikuwa wanasherehekea ushindi huo kupita kiasi.


Chelsea wapewa Barcelona Ligi ya Klabu Bingwa Ulaya

Chelsea wamepangwa kukutana na Barcelona hatua ya 16 bora katika Ligi ya Klabu Bingwa Ulaya, Tottenham nao wakapewa mabingwa wa Italia Juventus baada ya droo kufanywa.

Viongozi wa Ligi ya Premia Manchester City watakutana na FC Basel ya Uswizi, Manchester United wakutana na Sevilla wanaocheza La Liga nao Liverpool wakutane na FC Porto ya Ureno.

Mabingwa watetezi Real Madrid watakutana na Paris St-Germain.

Klabu tano kutoka England zilifuzu kwa hatua ya makundi msimu huu, ambayo ni rekodi.

Chelsea ndio pekee wa Uingereza waliofuzu wakiwa wa pili kutoka kundi lao, klabu nyingine zote zilimaliza kileleni.

Washindi wa makundi watakuwa ugenini mechi za kwanza 13/14 na 20/21 Februari na nyumbani mechi za marudiano mbamo 6/7 na 13/14 Machi.

Fainali itachezewa Kiev mnamo 26 Mei.


Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Manchester City

Manchester City lost for the first time in 29 matches as Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk won to join City in the last 16 of the Champions League.

A much-changed City, who had already secured top spot in Group F, fell behind when Brazilian Bernard curled a shot past Ederson from 15 yards.

Shakhtar doubled their lead as Ismaily capitalised on an Ederson error and tapped the ball into an empty net.

Sergio Aguero scored an injury-time penalty after Gabriel Jesus had been fouled by Bohdan Butko, but City could not extend their unbeaten record in 2017-18.

City had been hoping to become the first British club to win all six of their group matches in one Champions League season, but instead suffered their first defeat since Arsenal beat them 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final on 23 April.

Who can City and Shakhtar face?

For the first time in Champions League history, there will be five English teams in the last 16 after Liverpool thrashed Spartak Moscow to win Group E.

It means City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham all won their groups, while Chelsea came second in Group C.

The draw for the last 16 takes place at 11:00 GMT on Monday at Uefa’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland and teams from the same country, or who played in the same group, cannot face each other.

Despite winning Group F, City could still face a two-legged match against Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, Italian champions Juventus or reigning European champions Real Madrid, who beat them in the Champions League semi-finals two seasons ago.

However, the Premier League leaders could also face less daunting ties in the shape of Swiss side Basel, Spanish team Sevilla or Portugal’s Porto, while Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham are three of the potential seven sides Shakhtar could be up against.


Magufuli mourns former Taifa Stars coach Bendera

FORMER national soccer team, Taifa Stars Head Coach, Joel Bendera is no more. According to the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) Head of Communications, Aminieli Aligeisha, Bendera died at around 4:20 pm yesterday, while undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Aligaeshi said the late Bendera was admitted at the hospital yesterday afternoon where he was referred to from Bagamoyo Hospital. He said doctors fought hard to save his life, unfortunately they could not make it.

The late’s wife, Flora was quoted as saying that her husband developed breathing complications last Saturday and was treated in Korogwe, before being transferred to Bagmoyo Hospital.

Meanwhile, President John Magufuli has expressed shock and sadness following Bendera’s death. President Magufuli has sent condolence message to the bereaved family and friends.

According to a statement released yesterday by the Director of State House Communications, Gerson Msigwa, President Magufuli said that the late Bendera will be remembered for his noteworthy contributions he made while serving the country in various capacities.

“Bendera was brave and hard working leader. He was very cooperative and always wanted to achieve tremendous success from the work he was doing. It is a big loss,” said the president.

Bendera will be remembered for guiding Taifa Stars into the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals hosted in Nigeria in 1980, the only time the team had ever competed in the continental top competitions.


Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid

Eden Hazard says Chelsea do not fear facing Paris St-Germain or Barcelona in the Champions League last-16 after his side were held to a draw by Atletico Madrid and missed out on top spot in their group.

As it stands, Turkish side Besiktas are the only other possible opponents for the Blues in the knockout stages.

“It’s not a problem who we get, we are Chelsea,” said the attacker.

“We know PSG and Barcelona are very good but we are a top team too. We can do anything.”

Chelsea had dominated against Atletico until the opening goal, with Alvaro Morata going close and Hazard almost weaving through the visiting defence.

But Saul Niguez escaped the attentions of Tiemoue Bakayoko to plant home a header from Fernando Torres’ near-post flick-on after 56 minutes.

Chelsea piled forward as time ebbed away, and Stefan Savic turned Eden Hazard’s cross into his own net as the pressure hold.

But, with Roma beating Qarabag in the Italian capital, Chelsea could not find the second goal and the victory needed to regain the lead in Group C.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claimed afterwards that whoever his team draw “won’t be happy to play us”.

Spartak Moscow or Sevilla may yet become possible opponents if Wednesday evening’s matches change the standings in Group E, where Liverpool currently lead the way.

But the unsettling prospect of taking on either free-spending PSG or five-time champions Barcelona over two legs hung over Stamford Bridge at the final whistle.

Chelsea had plenty of chances to leap-frog back over Roma in the group with Morata and substitutes Willian and Michy Batshuayi all missing glorious chances in a frenetic final 15 minutes.

Against Besiktas, whose last taste of Champions League knockout football was in the 1992-93 season, such attacking invention should be enough.

Whether it would undo one of the continent’s superpowers is far less clear.

“When you play this competition and go through, you must be ready to face the best teams. We know we can play those three,” said a defiant Conte.

The Italian even suggested that English teams are stronger, relative to overseas opposition, earlier in the tournament before a busy fixture list and lack of a winter break take effect.

“When you arrive at the final stage English teams have a lot of games in the legs. It makes it problematic to win,” he added.

For Atletico Madrid, the draw marked the end of a curiously weak Champions League campaign.

The damage had been done to the Spanish side, semi-finalists last season and runners-up in two of the last four, long before this creditable point however.

Draws at home and away to Azerbaijani underdogs Qarabag earlier in the campaign ultimately left them with too much ground to make up as they finished four points shy of Roma and Chelsea.

The club’s new Wanda Metropolitano stadium will instead host Europa League football in 2018. Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, currently ineligible because of a ban on Atletico registering new players, will be available by then.

His new club, toothless at Stamford Bridge, could do with his trademark snarl. Antoine Griezmann, who has scored seven goals in an underwhelming campaign, lurked wide and dropped deep, but rarely threatened.

Instead it was strike-partner Torres, on his return to the club where he scored 46 goals in 172 games, who provided the more telling touch, setting up Niguez’s goal before departing to a standing ovation from both sets of fans.

Manchester City 2 – 1 West Ham United

Manchester City came from behind to win a record-equalling 13th Premier League match in a row with victory over stubborn West Ham at Etihad Stadium.

Angelo Ogbonna’s header on the stroke of half-time put the lowly Hammers ahead, but Nicolas Otamendi responded with a predatory finish shortly after the break.

David Silva won it for City, acrobatically converting a Kevin de Bruyne pass with seven minutes left.

Victory meant Pep Guardiola’s side re-established their eight-point lead over Manchester United, who they play at Old Trafford next Sunday (16:30 GMT).

They also equalled the longest winning run within a top-flight season, matching Sunderland and Preston (1891-92), Arsenal (2001-02) and Chelsea (2016-17).

West Ham, though, have set a club record for the fewest points after 15 Premier League matches – they have just 10.

The Londoners had their chances – as well as Ogbonna’s goal, Michail Antonio almost pounced when Ederson spilled the ball, and Manuel Lanzini forced the goalkeeper to save at his near post.

But it always looked as though City’s pressure would tell and, shortly after De Bruyne’s free-kick was palmed away, Gabriel Jesus skipped through and slid the ball to Otamendi, who scored.

Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, De Bruyne and Jesus had further chances before Silva won it for the home side, but there was still time for the Hammers to go close, with Diafra Sakho shooting just wide after Marko Arnautovic pulled the ball back.

Silva’s strike made this the fourth game in a row City have won thanks to a goal scored in or after the 83rd minute. Sterling had scored the past three, having also hit an injury-time winner at Bournemouth in August.

A home victory always looked the likeliest result, with City extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to 28 matches.

They were made to fight for the points, though, and Silva’s late winner was one of 18 shots they had in the second half.

While City have been in full flow for much of the season, they have also shown their resilience – taking a league-high 10 points from losing positions.

Prior to their late winners against Huddersfield last month and now West Ham, City had won only one of their past 30 games in which they had been behind at half-time.

That combination of silk and steel has taken them eight points clear at the top, and it will take something special to stop them.

Despite the defeat, there was plenty for Hammers boss David Moyes to take heart from as his side kept the league leaders at bay for almost an hour.

The first half was particularly encouraging and, though a deflected strike from Silva extended Adrian, West Ham had better chances through Antonio and Lanzini.

They looked defensively solid and confident in their gameplan, and Moyes’ only disappointment will be they could not keep it up.

Jesus’ half-time introduction made a difference, but Sane, De Bruyne and Silva – who had not been at their best in the first half – also began to influence things.

City had had six shots to the Hammers’ four prior to that, but Adrian was forced into a string of saves as the hosts bombarded his goal in search of a winner.

Adrian, who came in as Joe Hart was unable to face his parent club, was a standout performer but the Hammers had opportunities of their own despite the absence of strikers Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez.

And the agonising nature of this defeat was summed up by the reaction of former City defender Pablo Zabaleta when Silva’s shot hit the back of the net.

Mshambuliaji wa Vital’O asaini Stand United

Stand United “Chama la Wana” katika kuhakikisha inajinasua kutoka mkiani kwa kumnasa mshambuliaji wa  Vital’O ya Burundi, Ndikumana Selemani.

Stand United imeanza vibaya Ligi Kuu ikiwa moja ya timu tatu za mwisho huku tatizo lao kubwa likiwa ni safu ya ushambuliaji.
Katika kuhakikisha tatizo hilo linakwisha uongozi wa timu hiyo umemsajili mshambuliaji huyo Mrundi bila ya kuweka wazi amesaini mkataba wa miaka mingapi.

Kocha Msaidizi wa timu hiyo, Agustino Malindi alisema tayari mshambuliaji huyo ameshatua  Shinyanga.

“Tunawashukuru viongozi wetu kwa kufanikisha hili dili kwani huyo mchezaji ni bonge la mshambuliaji,”alisema Malindi.

Hata hivyo kocha huyo alisema lengo lao ni kuongeza washambuliaji wanne ili kumaliza tatizo la umaliziaji ndani ya kikosi chao.

Mwenyekiti wa timu hiyo, Dk Elyson Maheja alisema wanataka kuona klabu hiyo inafanya vyema katika ligi hiyo.

“Tutaongeza nguvu ndani ya timu hiyo kwani ipo katika nafasi mbaya kwenye msimamo wa Ligi Kuu hivyo ni lazima tupambane ili tuweze kupata matokeo mazuri,”alisema Maheja.


Watford 2-4 Manchester United

Manchester United “should have been smoking cigars” in their Premier League victory over Watford, manager Jose Mourinho said.

United were leading 3-0 until the 77th minute when Watford netted twice in quick succession to set up a tense finish. But Jesse Lingard scored a stunning fourth for the visitors, picking the ball up inside his own half and driving forward into the box to settle the match.

Ashley Young scored twice against his old club, drilling in a precise finish from the edge of the box, before curling in a stunning 25-yard free-kick six minutes later and Anthony Martial tucked in a cool finish from 18 yards out.

Brazilian Richarlison looped a header against the crossbar for Watford, but Troy Deeney scored a penalty and Abdoulaye Doucoure poked home from inside the area with six minutes to go.

“The second half should have been five or six-nil, it was easier to score than the first. We missed chances,” Mourinho said.

“Out of nothing, they got a penalty for 3-1, then it was a different game. It was an easy match to win comfortably. At 3-2 the game is in the balance then Lingard had the initiative to kill the game.”

United cut the deficit to five points on unbeaten leaders Manchester City, although Pep Guardiola’s side can re-establish their eight-point advantage when they host Southampton on Wednesday.