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Daily Nation : February 6th 2014
70 | Sport 0 | Sport n n the UK, says Big Vic DAILY NATION Thursday February 6, 2014 BRIEFLY LONDON Giant-killing Sheffield beat Fulham in FA tie Third-tier Sheffield United scored in the last minute of extra time to dump sorry Premier League strugglers Fulham out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory on Tuesday. The fourth-round replay at a rain-soaked Craven Cottage was almost completely devoid of goalmouth incident and looked destined for penalties until Shaun Miller snatched a dramatic winner in the 120th minute. PARIS Ibra double steers PSG into Cup final Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck early and late on Tuesday to keep Paris Saint-Germain on course for a domestic double as the Ligue 1 leaders edged past Nantes 2-1 to reach the final of the League Cup. Ibrahimovic struck his first FILE | AFP Southampton’s Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama celebrates a goal which was then disallowed during their English Premier League match with Swansea City on October 6. Go to Kenya and check out the talent, Wanyama tells EPL scouts BY PAUL REDFERN Nation Correspondent LONDON K enya captain Victor Wanyama has urged England’s premier- ship and other league sides to come and have a look at the football talent that is on offer in Kenya. Speaking to the Evening Standard newspaper following his long-awaited return from injury in the game at Fulham – which his club Southampton won 3- 0 – Wanyama said that he hoped his high profile would at last put Kenya on the world football map. At present the top English sides tend to restrict their searches for new talent to the west African region where the top African players in the Premier League come from. Players in Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana have become regulars in English club sides over recent years but there is still no-one apart from Wanyama from east Africa. Raise the profile “Everyone back home is looking up at me to show people that Kenyans can play and open doors to others. We Kenyans have a lot of talent. It’s just that we don’t have scouts going there. I hope I will raise the profile so in the future the scouts go there. Then our players can show their skills,” he said. Wanyama made history on his Southampton debut in August as it meant Kenya became the 100th country outside of the United Kingdom to have a Premier League player. He also spoke of the irony of being labelled the new Patrick Viera as when he was a child in Nairobi, the midfielder wanted to be like the former Arsenal star and, during Southampton’s earlyseason rise to fourth, some pundits said they could see a touch of Vieira in his play. “People did say I play like Vieira. I like going forward from midfield. The manager does not ask me to stay back but you have to pick the moments to go.” goal in this season’s competition to put PSG ahead after just five minutes at the Stade de la Beaujoire. Olivier Veigneau responded with an equaliser nine minutes from the end but Ibrahmimovic popped up with his second of the match. LONDON Laudrup sacked as manager of Swansea Swansea City have parted company with manager Michael Laudrup, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. The 49-year-old Dane was appointed on a two-year contract in June 2012 and led Swansea to a maiden trophy in the League Cup last season, but they have won only one of their last 10 league games in the current campaign. MIAMI Beckham to become MLS team owner David Beckham was poised to confirm yesterday that he will own a team in Miami, boosting further his global profile and that of Major League Soccer. It has been one of the worst-kept secrets in world football that the former England star intends to exercise his option to buy an MLS club and wants to bring it to Miami, with the plan contingent on a deal for a privately funded stadium.
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