Vinny Perth ‘impressed’ with new signing Nathan Oduwa

first_imgNATHAN ODUWA is hoping for some stability at Dundalk as he prepares to play in his sixth country in five years.The former Spurs starlet has completed his move to Oriel Park having been a free agent since leaving Hapoel Hadera last summer.1Credit: SportsfileThat is the same club which signed Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe – who topped the League of Ireland scoring charts last year during a loan spell with Derry City – last month.Israel was the latest pitstop for the Londoner who also played in Scotland during a loan spell with Rangers, with Slovenia’s Olimpija Ljubljana and Vejle in Denmark.Oduwa said: “My agent told me to come over and have a look at Dundalk and I was surprised at the standard and the facilities, to be honest.“In England, they don’t really talk about the League of Ireland too much but the gym facilities, changing rooms and canteen here is of European standard.ONLY 24“I’m only 24 but I’ve travelled to a lot of places and I’ve learned a lot.“The world of football can be very cut-throat and players like to have security and be somewhere where they are happy to play and express themselves and I feel like I have that at Dundalk. I’m just raring to go now.”Oduwa spent a decade on Spurs’ books without making the first team but picked up first-team experience during temporary stints with Luton Town, Colchester United and Peterborough United as well as Rangers.The attacker was also capped by England up to under-20 level and by Nigeria’s under-23s.Dundalk head coach Vinny Perth said: “Nathan is someone we have tracked for a while.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’“He trained with us last week and we were really impressed with him. He can play left-wing, right-wing and we also feel he could operate as a centre forward.“Career-wise, he probably made a couple of wrong decisions over the past couple of years but he’s got real pedigree and this is the first time he has felt at home in a group for a long time.“He’s had loads of options and he has been to lots of different clubs over the past few months but this felt more like a home move for him. It’s an opportunity for him to rebuild his career.”last_img read more

BBC, AP to Engage Weah

first_imgPesident Weah (left) said that he has no grudge against Jonathan Paye-Layleh (right) and that the journalist is free to return home from his “vacation”-As Paye-Layleh ReturnsIn a rather dramatic move, BBC stringer Jonathan Paye Layleh has returned to the country barely a month following his flight into exile out of fear of harm by zealots of populist Liberian President George Manneh Weah. Paye Layleh fled the country following remarks by President Weah accusing the journalist of undermining his advocacy for human rights during the course of the Liberian civil war.Paye Layleh’s return is said to have been influenced first and foremost by his mentor, retired media executive Kenneth Yarkpawolo Best of the Daily Observer who in its April 9, 2018 editorial entitled, “Jonathan, Come Home You Have Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself” and by the Liberian media in general including the Press Union of Liberia. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as well as the Associated Press (AP) is reported to have weighed in on the matter.It may be recalled that Paye Layleh fled the country a little over two weeks ago in the wake of remarks by President Weah accusing him of undermining his advocacy role for human rights during the course of the Liberian civil war. President Weah made the remarks at a press stakeout with visiting UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed in response to questions posed by Paye Layleh who sought to know whether President Weah would establish a war crimes tribunal as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation report.But President Weah’s rather knee-jerk response, accusing Paye Layleh of being against him at the time when he was advocating for human rights during the Liberian civil war, triggered Paye Layleh’s flight response. Out of fear Paye Layleh wrote President Weah a letter seeking clarification. When the response appeared not to be forthcoming, Paye Layleh wrote another letter threatening to put himself in harm’s way by lying prostrate in the way of President Weah’s convoy to end his life.The Executive Mansion responded with a statement that read “The Office of the President clarifies that as a long-time champion of human rights and an ardent advocate of peace and social justice, he only sought to remind Mr. Paye Layleh during his response to question asked, that when he was advocating for justice and creating awareness of the gross human rights violations that were being perpetrated against the Liberian people during the fourteen years civil conflict, he (Paye-Layleh) and others were bent on undermining his efforts by depicting a positive image of the carnage.”Rather than help, the statement from the Executive Mansion further inflamed the situation and triggered even stronger response from the media as well as from the public with statements calling President Weah’s professed commitment to media freedom into question. Paye Layleh, much to the surprise of the public later surfaced in New York City apparently to seek asylum from perceived persecution in Liberia.His sudden and surprise return to the country barely a month after he fled has led to a flurry of suggestions and speculations that the BBC and AP through the British and French governments may have prevailed on President Weah to reconsider his position and pave the way for Paye Layleh’s dramatic return.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video: Arsenal starlet struts his stuff in America

first_imgLast week both Arsene Wenger and Thierry Henry sang the praises of Gedion Zelalem as Arsenal prepared to face New York Red Bulls in America.The starlet was promised game time over in the United States as he looks to make a name for himself with the Gunners, where his team-mates are all huge admirers of his potential.The Germany Under-17 international, who could also play for America or Ethiopia, in the end, played the first 45 minutes in New York and didn’t do too badly.Zelalem kept things simple after being handed a role at right wing and displayed intelligence on the ball and an eye for pass, although he still appears a touch lightweight.The youngster was also slightly unadventurous when handed the chance to run at his full-back, but overall Wenger will no doubt have seen plenty of positives in the performance.And you can see a video of Zelalem’s performance above…last_img read more