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Mbappe not on Messi’s level yet, says Guardiola

first_imgBut the City boss, when asked by reporters on Friday to compare Mbappe with Lionel Messi, whom Guardiola managed at Barcelona, reacted cautiously.“Nobody can sit at the same table as Messi. Maybe Mbappe, he’s a top player, he will be an outstanding player, I’m pretty sure of that.“But to equal what Messi has done in 10 or 12 years, or Cristiano (Ronaldo), for example, we have to wait. I appreciate Mbappe wouldn’t like me to put more pressure on his shoulders.”Guardiola said Argentine forward Messi had produced his best season after season.“I think Messi has the numbers of 60-70 games every season, in the big games, always being there to score and assist, never injured, always plays every three days, never injured because he controls his body,” he said.“That’s why I don’t think we help with hypothetical suitors for him, saying you are going to be the new guy. So let Mbappe have the fantastic career he will have and after we”ll see in the future.”Guardiola also said he had warned his Manchester City stars about the perils of social media although he has no intention of curbing their use of it.A number of City players, in particular new French international full-back Benjamin Mendy, are prolific users of social media.Former Monaco defender Mendy was widely criticised when he mocked Brighton’s Lewis Dunk on Twitter after he scored an own goal in the match against City on the opening day of the season.Guardiola, 46, admits that it is an area that he does not understand but, while he is happy for his players to continue to use it, he has issued a message of caution.“No,” said Guardiola when asked if he intended to limit players’ use of social media. “They can communicate, it’s part of their lives now.“Today is a different world than what I lived in. Maybe in my period if we had Twitter I’d use Twitter.“I just want respect for the other ones. I don’t want to see disrespect for team-mates, the opposition, the club, for the fans, for the issues happening in the world. That I don’t want to see from my players, and we spoke about that.“Of course, everybody is free, I’m not a guy to say ‘ban that, ban that’. They are adults, some of them are fathers, but respect, be careful what you write, be careful what you say because I don’t want other guys to feel uncomfortable with what they say on Twitter.”0Shares00(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares00Paris Saint-Germain’s French striker Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match against Celtic September 12, 2017 © AFP/File / Andy BUCHANANMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 16 – Pep Guardiola says new Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has plenty to prove before he can be considered on the same level as the all-time greats after Arsene Wenger said he could be the next Pele.The Arsenal manager heaped praise on the French teenager, who joined the Paris giants from Monaco in the transfer window, linking up with Brazilian superstar Neymar to form a frightening forward line.last_img read more

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Women of excellence: Pontsho Manzi, working for female unity and empowerment

first_imgAs part of her image-consulting business, Pontsho Manzi works with women to build their self-esteem through empowering workshops on image management.Businesswoman, globally recognised inspirational speaker, facilitator, coach and image consultant Pontsho Manzi has a cause close to her heart: women empowerment, female unity and the forging of an authentic sisterhood that encompasses confidence, self-esteem and mutual upliftment without competition or envy.A qualified HR practitioner by training, Manzi is executive chair and CEO of Botlhokwa Group, the holding company for Recrutrain, FabImage and Bonisa Media. She is also an author, the founding editor and publisher of Fabulous Woman magazine, and the creator of South Africa’s first inspirational diary for women, Diary for Fabulous You.Passionate about female empowerment, youth development and leadership, Pontsho is also the founder of the non-profit Fabulous Girls Foundation and FabWoman Awards.In 2013 Pontsho realised there were no awards to recognise the ethical values embodied in female empowerment and unity. So she launched the Fabulous Woman Awards to celebrate the foundational principles of ethical womanhood. These are first awards in South Africa that recognise both girls and women in an effort to spread the spirit of sisterhood and cross-generational bonding to all of the country’s women.On the professional side, in 2004 Pontsho formed Recrutrain, an HR consulting and training company that delivers innovative staffing and training solutions to both private and public sector organisations in South Africa and the SADC region. During her early years of recruiting and training she saw a need to link her business with image consulting, as many candidates consulted her for advice on self-image and image management.As part of the image consulting business, she identified a need to work with women and build their self-esteem through empowering workshops on image management.The feedback from workshops propelled her to delve into the image consulting business and she in 2006 she qualified as an image consultant with the Image Academy of South Africa, a member of the Institute for Colour and Image Consultants for Men and Women in California, USA.With her business acumen, Pontsho launched FabImage in 2007 as a separate company to offer image consulting services to companies and individuals in South Africa and the SADC region. She has delivered talks to organisations and businesses that include GIBS Business School, MTN, MultiChoice, HPCSA, Old Mutual, SASRIA, Kumalo Green, Sasol, MAN, Transnet, the Department of Labour, Vodacom and Cell C.In 2009 Pontsho founded the non-profit FabGalz Foundation, with the aim of empowering young women and girls. Despite a demanding business schedule, she still coaches girls on character building, leadership skills, self-esteem, personal branding and impression management throughout South Africa. She sits on the board of VK Foundation and Young Women in Business Forum.In 2011 she created and launched an annual inspirational diary for women called Dairy for Fabulous You, produced by her newly formed publishing company, Bonisa Media. This was Manzi’s bold foray into the media world and another platform to discuss important issues that concern women.The response from women whose lives she had touched through the diary was overwhelmingly in support of a more frequent publication. So in 2012 Pontsho launched Fabulous Woman Magazine to offer inspiration to women on a quarterly basis, and was amazed by the reach the magazine gave her in her quest to address women’s issues.Through both the diary and magazine, Pontsho has come full circle back to her original purpose to encourage dialogue among women and strive for a cause close to her heart: women empowerment, women’s unity and the forging of an authentic sisterhood.A devoted Christian and philanthropist, Pontsho scooped two awards at the 2014 DTI South African Premier Business Awards: Young Entrepreneur Award and Play Your Part Award.She was also a finalist in the 2014 Women for Africa Awards: International Media Woman Category. In 2011, she was the Winner of Anne Dreyer Rising Star Award, and in 2012 a nominee for South African Most Influential Women and the Shoprite Woman of the Year Award in the Heroine Category. Pontsho was also a finalist in the Heroine Category of Feathers Awards 2013.She has featured on SABC 3, ETV, CNBC Africa, Good Morning Africa, SAfm, Radio 2000, Kaya FM and many more, and been profiled in print media publications at home and abroad.last_img read more

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Luis Suarez has Barcelona on course to win 2 titles in Spain

first_imgSerena Williams returns, Fed Cup ‘start of a long process’ That scoring run has played a key part in Barcelona establishing a commanding nine-point lead in the Spanish league, and making the final of the Copa del Rey. In those semifinals against Valencia, Suarez scored the sole goal in the opening leg, and gave two assists in the second leg this week in an aggregate 3-0 win.Suarez said an injury to his right knee in August kept him from playing his best as Barcelona was adjusting to new coach Ernesto Valverde, and to Neymar’s record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain which broke up the formidable attack trio with Suarez and Lionel Messi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was very worried, not so much for not scoring, because I have been through these dips before. (But) my knee felt bad and I was afraid it would affect me psychologically. My attitude and level of intensity weren’t the same,” Suarez told Barcelona’s La Vanguardia newspaper this week. “Then in November I felt great. I could rest, recover and change my outlook psychologically.”Asked by Valverde to help out more in constructing than finishing attacks, the Uruguayan striker saw his production suffer and managed only five goals in his first 14 matches. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez looks on during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Luis Suarez hitting his stride is a big reason why Barcelona is on course for two titles in Spain this season.Suarez has shaken off his troubles scoring during the first three months of the season and netted 14 in his last 15 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Read Next But as Barcelona settled under Valverde and its players kept winning without Neymar, Suarez is once again flourishing as its No. 9.“Neymar’s exit was a blow to our morale,” Suarez said. “But we pulled through it because of the mentality and the confidence of our coaches, which has been fundamental, spectacular. . Tactically, we have also changed. Before, we had the problem that teams would hit us on counterattacks, but we solved that by strengthening our midfield and playing with our wing backs higher up the pitch.”Both of Suarez’s assists at Valencia came when he slid over to the left flank of the attack, a spot that once belonged to Neymar.He helped put Barcelona in charge shortly after halftime by passing for Philippe Coutinho to score his first goal for the side.Suarez used a sleek change of foot to breeze past Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay before he sliced a cross to the far post where his former Liverpool teammate hooked the ball back inside the other upright.ADVERTISEMENT Suarez next came close to also setting up Messi, only for goalkeeper Jaume Domenech to save his shot after Suarez found Messi near the penalty spot.Suarez did his part to make it 2-0 with eight minutes remaining when he pressured Valencia defender Gabriel Paulista and intercepted his pass. He then stayed upright when avoiding a tackle before he slid the ball over for Ivan Rakitic to fire home.Suarez said he has learned the value of being a team player, not just a scorer, while helping Barcelona win six major titles in the past three seasons.“When I arrived here I told myself that it would be difficult to adapt my way of playing,” Suarez said. “I needed more space, I was used to playing in the Premier League. But even though I have fewer spaces, I fulfill my role in the square meters that I do have. And I notice that when I pressure defenders to recover the ball it spreads to the whole team.”Second to Messi on the La Liga scoring list with 16 – plus three in the Copa del Rey – Suarez went scoreless through all six games of the Champions League group phase.Yet he has been on fire since Barcelona played its last European match on Dec. 5. Suarez found the net in 10 of his next 11 matches.After Spanish league matches against Getafe and Eibar, Suarez will get his chance to break his dry run in Europe on Feb. 20 when Barcelona starts its Champions League round-of-16 tie at Chelsea.Suarez’s career has been tarnished by his bad behavior, including three incidents of biting an opposing player. His last bite of an Italy defender in the 2014 World Cup spurred Liverpool to sell him to Barcelona.While maintaining his aggressive style, Suarez has avoided any serious outbursts or violent incidents in Spain.“You have to take advantage of every small detail,” Suarez said. “I can argue with a defender and I have more chances of getting him sent off. and the defender can do the same with me. There is a limit, of course, but squabbles form part of the essence of football.” MOST READcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Suarez missed last year’s Copa del Rey final after being sent off in the semifinals, and he was at risk of missing another final if he picked up a yellow card on Thursday.His clean play means that, barring injury, Suarez will feature in Barcelona’s attack against Sevilla on April 21 when it will seek a fourth consecutive cup. 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Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo misses game with sore right knee

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Greek Freak is averaging 27.2 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, putting him among the league’s top 10 in both categories. Milwaukee visits Sacramento on Wednesday.The NBA-leading Bucks were also missing guards George Hill (strained left groin) and Sterling Brown (right wrist). Budenholzer says Hill likely will be out at least a few games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBulls guard Kris Dunn (migraine) and forward Otto Porter Jr. (strained lower left leg) also missed the game. LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations From left to right, Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic, center Brook Lopez, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sit on the bench late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO— Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore right knee.Coach Mike Budenholzer says Antetokounmpo worked out Monday and the Bucks are “hopeful” his absence is “very short term.”ADVERTISEMENT Karl-Anthony Towns returns to Wolves lineup after harrowing highway crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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