Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 29th 2014 Contents PORTO---Radamel
Falcao has left hospital
in northern Portugal
after successfully under-
going surgery on a torn
ligament in his left knee.
Leaning on crutches
the Colombia striker left
Porto Trindade hospital
where knee specialist Jose
Carlos Noronha operated
on him Saturday.
Carlos Ulloa, head of
the Colombian Football
accompanied Falcao to a
hotel in the city of Porto,
where the striker will rest
and recuperate for three
weeks before flying back
to his club.
Noronha told reporters
Monday that Falcao had
a 50 per cent chance of
being fit enough to play
in the World Cup with
Colombia set to play its
first match against
Greece in Brazil on June
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CAPE TOWN---Nike and the
South African Football Associa-
tion announced a five-year spon-
sorship deal yesterday which sees
the American sportswear label
replace German manufacturer
Puma as kit supplier to the strug-
gling former World Cup host.
The sponsorship begins February
1 and Nike said it will make a "lim-
ited edition" kit for Bafana Bafana's
friendly against Brazil in Johan-
nesburg in March. The agreement
also allows South Africa's national
team to use the Nike training cen-
tre in Soweto, which was built
around the 2010 World Cup.
Neither party disclosed any
financial details. Nike also has deals
with the national football feder-
ations of Brazil, England, France,
Korea, the Netherlands, Portugal
and the United States.
Puma ended its agreement with
SAFA last year over allegations of
match-fixing in the country's pre-
World Cup friendlies in 2010, citing
"inappropriate responses from
within the (South African) football
organisation" to the allegations.
FIFA asked South Africa to inves-
tigate the allegations in late 2012
but little has been done, even after
the South African government
promised an inquiry.
SAFA President Danny Jordaan
said the Nike deal was part of the
process of rebuilding South Africa's
battered football reputation with
the team also severely criticised at
home for poor recent perform-
South Africa's sports minister
said last week that the team was
"a bunch of losers" after its early
elimination on home soil at the
African Nations Championship -
a lower-level tournament for
Africa's home-based players. Min-
ister Fikile Mbalula said South
Africa should forget about its cur-
rent generation of "useless" foot-
ballers and look to the future.
South Africa also failed to qualify
for the World Cup in Brazil when
it was beaten to Africa's 10-team
final playoffs by minnow Ethiopia.
In the wake of the on-field fail-
ures, SAFA head Jordaan said there
would be an extensive review of
the national setup, including a pos-
sible change in team colours and
possible abandonment of the
famed Bafana Bafana nickname,
which SAFA cannot market
because it didn't secure the copy-
SAFA chief executive Dennis
Mumble said the Nike deal was
"extremely positive because Nike
is one of the most well-respected
sports brands in the world." (AP)
Nike, South African football
announce sponsor deal
ACCRA---The Ghana Football Association says
the Black Stars will play the Netherlands in a pre-
World Cup friendly in Rotterdam on May 31.
GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi says it will be "the
tough test we need ahead of the World Cup."
Ghana made the quarterfinals in South Africa four
years ago, equaling the best performance by an African
team. It will play Germany, Portugal and the United
States in a tough Group G in Brazil.
The Netherlands lost to Spain in the 2010 final
and will face the world champion again in Group B,
along with Chile and Australia.
Ghana also travels to Montenegro during its prepa-
rations. The Dutch have other games against France,
Ecuador and Wales before opening their World Cup
against Spain. (AP)
FRANKFURT---The Bundesliga reports its ninth
straight earnings record in the past season, growing
by 4.4 per cent over the 2011-12 season.
Its annual report published yesterday says the
operative profit was at an all-time high of €383.5
million (US$523.44 million).
Earnings reached €2.17 billion (US$2.96 billion)
and 17 of the 18 top-flight clubs were in the black
before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation
ZURICH---Fifa says it imposed a
worldwide lifetime ban on Lebanese
referee Ali Sabbagh, who agreed to
fix an April 2013 match in Singapore
in exchange for sexual favours.
The Asian Football Confederation
had already banned Sabbagh from ref-
ereeing and attending stadiums this
FIFA also extended 10-year bans on
Sabbagh's assistants, Ali Eid and Abdal-
lah Taleb, to apply globally.
In other match-fixing cases already
handled by national associations, FIFA
applied a worldwide 14-year-ban on
former Slovakia international Ivan
Hodur for involvement in fixing top-
tier league matches.
Fifa provisionally suspended English
semi-professional players Hakeem Ade-
lakun and Michael Boateng, who are
facing criminal prosecution, and an
unidentified El Salvador national team
play Ghana in
Bundesliga sets another
Falcao leaves Portuguese
hospital after knee surgery
Fifa bans Lebanese refferee
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