Trinidad’s Nakhid questions credentials of Platini

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):FIFA presidential candidate David Nakhid, the former Trinidad and Tobago captain, is questioning the credentials of rival Michel Platini, who is also seeking to replace Sepp Blatter as president of the world’s football governing body.Nakhid, who is seeking the support of the Caribbean Football Union’s (CFU) 25 FIFA nations, is also questioning Platini’s long-standing association with Blatter and his ability to enact changes to a global body that has been rocked by scandal.Platini, the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), has been a FIFA executive committee member for 13 years.”Platini has been positioning himself as a reformer, but how can that be?” Nakhid said.”Those who are vying for the post should be scrutinised and looked at. How can someone claim to be free or not tainted when he has been part of the circle that has basically brought football down a sorry path?”Promise of consultationsNakhid has focused his campaign on a promise to consult rather than impose changes to the 32-team World Cup and to ensure that richer nations spread their wealth to the developing world.He also wants to overhaul FIFA’s management structures to ensure that technocrats rather than people like disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner would sit on audit and finance committees.”There has not been the scrutiny placed on (Platini) as has been placed on, for example, Sepp Blatter,” Nakhid said.”On several occasions, I was blacklisted by Jack Warner for the national team because I advocated the rights of players who were inadequately paid. We need to change that type of leadership from that maximum power leadership. Something that involves consultation, that will lessen the corruption, that goes on and increase expertise.”Nakhid needs the support of five of FIFA’s 209 federations by October 26 to compete in the FIFA presidential elections carded for February 26.”I fought against Jack Warner since I was 24 years old,” said Nakhid, who played in Europe between 1988 and 1995 for Grasshoppers in Switzerland, Waregem in Belgium and PAOK in Greece.”I fought against him when everyone was afraid to fight against him and I paid the consequences. Now, it’s in vogue to do it.”Nakhid moved to Lebanon to join Al Ansar before signing up with the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer between 1997 and 1998.Before ending his career at Al Ansar between 2000 and 2001, he played at Al Emirates in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

2016 Women’s Super League: Here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick off

first_img Chelsea are looking to retain the Women’s Super League title this season 3 3 Who are the favourites this season?Last term the title was won in dramatic fashion, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all in with a chance of lifting the trophy on the final day of the season. It was the former who were named champions, beating Sunderland 4-0 to claim a domestic double having also sealed the FA Cup.This trio are expected to again be battling at the top but all eyes are fixed on City, who have invested heavily in their squad since joining the WSL in 2014, to deliver.Who might struggle?Newly-promoted Doncaster Rovers and Reading could predictably find life at this level challenging. Interestingly, both sides face one another on the final day of the season, in what could be a key battle at the bottom of the table. They will, however, take inspiration from Sunderland’s quick start to life after making the step up. Liverpool, following a difficult last season, could again struggle. Despite promoting Scott Rogers from assistant to manager and making nine signings in the summer, bringing the average age of the squad down to 23, losing key pair Fara Williams and Asisat Oshoala to rivals Arsenal has been a major blow.Who should we look out for? Sunderland striker Beth Mead finished top scorer last season with 12 goals to her name. At only 20-years-old, excitement is rising over her future at club and international level. If she can continue her goalscoring form, it won’t be long before she becomes a regular in the senior England side.center_img The 2016 Women’s Super League gets underway tonight.Here, we provide all the crucial details ahead of kick off…When does it start?The 2016 WSL begins this evening, with the opening fixtures taking place on Wednesday 23 March and Thursday 24 March.Who kicks off against who?The opening fixtures are as follows:Wednesday 23 MarchManchester City v Notts County – Academy Stadium – 19:00 kick offLiverpool v Birmingham City – Select Security Stadium – 19:30 kick offArsenal v Reading – Boreham Wood FC – 19:45 kick offThursday 24 MarchDoncaster Rovers Belles v Chelsea – Keepmoat Stadium – 19:45 kick offSaturday 26 MarchSunderland v Reading – Hetton Centre – 18:00 kick offWhat happened last season?Sunderland were the surprise package of last term, spending the opening few weeks at the top of the table before drifting off amid the challenge from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.As for the title, it went down to the wire, with the above all in contention. Here’s how proceedings finished: Is there TV coverage?BT Sport continue as the leading broadcast partner of the FA WSL.TV schedule, so far, is as follows:Doncaster Rovers Belles v Chelsea7.15pm, 24 March (BT Sport 1)Manchester City v Arsenal2.30pm, 28 March (BT Sport 1)Arsenal v Chelsea7.15pm, 21 April (BT Sport 1)Sunderland v Manchester City7.15pm, 29 April (BT Sport 2/BTEX1)Notts County v Liverpool3pm, 2 May (BT Sport 1)Birmingham City v Reading7.15pm, 19 May (BT Sport EU/BTEX1)Chelsea v Sunderland7.15pm, 25 May (BT Sport 1)last_img read more