… Remembered as hardworking and dedicatedTHE Guyana Karate College is mourning the loss of one of its founding members and instructors, Sensei Lavern Jones.Jones, who passed away on May 12 was one of the founding members of the GKC and Board of Trustee member since its inception in 2005.She was also an instructor at GKC and specialised in teaching the children’s class.According to Senior Instructor Sensei Jeffrey Wong, Jones’ passing will surely have an effect on the college as her guidance to the youngsters was essential to their success in both regional and international tournaments.“We will greatly miss her when it comes to training and even in everyday life. She was a wonderful person and a great influence on the youths of the GKC and I know her passing will be taken hard by those with whom she shared a special bond,” said Sensei Wong.Meanwhile head of the GKC and International Karate Diagaku (IKD) Sensei Frank Woon-A-Tai, in a statement said, “She suffered a stroke when I was in Guyana last February. I visited her in hospital and she was later discharged.”“She was a dedicated karate instructor and began her training in the early 1970s under Shihan Keith DaCosta, 7th Dan. Sensei Lavern was one of my most loyal and trusted students and I will miss her terribly.”“(My wife) Maureen and I, as well as IKD, send her daughter and loved ones our most sincere condolences. She is now at peace with the Lord.”Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.
Arsenal, Man United, Wolves, Celtic and Rangers have discovered their opponents for the 2019/20 Europa League group stage.All five British teams were in the hat when the draw took place in Monaco, but they’ve all avoided each other having been drawn in separate groups.Manchester United face a couple of long-distance midweek trips after being drawn in a Europa League group with Astana of Kazakhstan, Partizan Belgrade and AZ Alkmaar.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are set to play in Group L and their away clash with Astana will see United make a 6,000 mile round trip to Nur-Sultan.Last season’s finalists Arsenal have been drawn against Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege and Vitoria Guimaraes.Frankfurt reached the semi-finals last term before being knocked out by Chelsea.Wolves have been put in a group with Besiktas, Braga and Slovan Bratislava.Scottish Champions Celtic will play Lazio, Rennes and Cluj – the Romanian club who knocked them out of Champions League qualifying.Rangers, meanwhile, were placed with Porto, Young Boys and Feyenoord.Europa League group stage draw in full:GROUP A: Sevilla, APOEL, Qarabag, F91 DudelangeGROUP B: Dynamo Kyiv, Kopenhaven, Malmo, LuganoGROUP C: Basel, Krasnodar, Getafe, TrabzonsporGROUP D: Sporting CP, PSV Eindhoven, Rosenborg, LASKGROUP E: Lazio, Celtic, Stade Rennais, CFR ClujGROUP F: Arsenal, Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege, VitoriaGROUP G: Porto, Young Boys, Feyenoord, RangersGROUP H: CSKA Moscow, Ludogorets, Espanyol, FerencvarosGROUP I: Wolfsburg, Gent, Saint-Etienne, OleksandriyaGROUP J: Roma, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, WolfsbergerGROUP K: Besiktas, Braga, Wolves, Slovan BratislavaGROUP L: Manchester United, Astana, Partizan Belgrade, AZ Alkmaar Source: talkSPORT
Former France World Cup winner and captain, Marcel Desailly says preventing people from overstaying in the office is key to the progress of football in the country.The Ghana Football Association (GFA) from 2005-2018 was run by the former boss of the FA, Kwesi Nyantekyi until he was forced to step down following Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s Number 12 expose.According to Desailly, rotating leadership at the top of the FA is a key part of the development of football in Ghana.“First of all not to allow someone to take in hostage the federation (GFA) and the Ghanaian football. Kwesi [Nyantekyi] had been in football for far too long, since 2006 I think when he came into the system until the recent move by Anas.So now we have somebody new in the system, I think we should’ve two or three terms and finish his work and have someone else to bring in a new set of ideas to help improve the game”.Background of Marcel DesaillyMarcel Desailly was born as Odenke Abbey to Ghanaian parents. He, however, got his name changed when his mother got married to the head of the French Consulate in Accra.He was has played for several elite European clubs like Olympique Marseille, AC Milan and Chelsea Football Club.He was a member of the French national team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and also captained the team to victory in the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003.He currently resides in Ghana and is involved in a lot of footballing activities in the country.