Belgium Warns Canada: “Safeguards are an Illusion”

first_imgWhen euthanasia laws were passed in 2002, Belgians were promised effective safeguards to protect the vulnerable. What has transpired since is nothing short of abuse, ignorance and a widening of the law. In this video, Belgian doctors, lawyers and advocates give a stern warning to Canada and to the rest of the world: when it comes to assisted death, government ‘safegaurds’ are truly an illusion – a door to abuse.last_img

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through April 30

first_imgIMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 718; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 712; 3. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 650; 4. Jeffry Sheppard Jr., Golden Valley, Ariz., 619; 5. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 606; 6. Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., 516; 7. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek, Ariz., 494; 8. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 433; 9. R.C. Whitwell, Bakersfield, Calif., 428; 10. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 426; 11. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 424; 12. Johnny Morris Jr., Queen Creek, Ariz., 416; 13. John P. Gober, Poolville, Texas, 408; 14. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa, 404; 15. Don Earven, Globe, Ariz., 403; 16. Josh Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif., 383; 17. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 376; 18. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood, N.D., 375; 19. Sean Stewart, Bullhead City, Ariz., 373; 20. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 372.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 40; 2. Brian Harris, Davenport, Iowa, 39; 3. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill., 38; 4. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 37; 5. Mike Garland, Morrison, Ill., 36; 6. Stephan Kammerer, Blue Grass, Iowa, 35; 7. Rick Wages, Colona, Ill., 34; 8. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 33; 9. Brunson Behning, Davenport, Iowa, 32; 10. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 31; 11. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 30; 12. Mike Zemo, Davenport, Iowa, 29; 13. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., 28; 14. Shawn Mulvany, Moline, Ill., 27; 15. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 25; 16. Jason Pestka, Long Grove, Iowa, 24; 17. Kelly Pestka, Preston, Iowa, 23; 18. B.J. Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 22; 19. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 21; 20. Jason Bert, East Moline, Ill., 20.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 372; 2. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 371; 3. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 309; 4. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 256; 5. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 217; 6. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 206; 7. Chris Kelly, Oklahoma City, Texas, 200; 8. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 188; 9. Brandon Long, Wichita Falls, Texas, 177; 10. Regan Hawkins, Troup, Texas, 172; 11. Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, 168; 12. Bryson Oeschger, Amarillo, Texas, 159; 13. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 158; 14. John Carney II, Lubbock, Texas, 154; 15. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, 150; 16. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 139; 17. George White, Fort Worth, Texas, 138; 18. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 137; 19. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 132; 20. Claud Estes III, Godley, Texas, 126.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 478; 2. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 467; 3. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 466; 4. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 427; 5. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 411; 6. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 405; 7. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 365; 8. Dustin White, Lamesa, Texas, 363; 9. Cary White, Lamesa, Texas, 356; 10. Steven Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 354; 11. Manny Baldiviez, Chula Vista, Calif., 344; 12. Casey Woken, Ogallala, Neb., and Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, both 332; 14. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 329; 15. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., 325; 16. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 310; 17. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 309; 18. Randy Killen, Des Moines, Iowa, 307; 19. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, and Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, both 301.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 417; 2. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 414; 3. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, 411; 4. Leonard Jones, Yuma, Ariz., 397; 5. Leonard Manos, Yuma, Ariz., 374; 6. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 370; 7. Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., 357; 8. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 336; 9. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 321; 10. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger, Iowa, 316; 11. Tyrel Smith, Goodland, Kan., and Gerald Spalding Jr., Abilene, Texas, both 297; 13. Garrett Hager, Hays, Kan., 289; 14. Mason Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 288; 15. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., and Dustin Griffiths, Ottumwa, Iowa, both 284; 17. Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., 281; 18. Andrew Burg, Grimes, Iowa, 275; 19. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 271; 20. Hayden Wade, Waco, Texas, 270.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 690; 2. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., 522; 3. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 515; 4. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 432; 5. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 412; 6. Josh Hensley, Atwater, Calif., 399; 7. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 366; 8. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 366; 9. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 363; 10. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., 358; 11. Corey Clayton, El Centro, Calif., 347; 12. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn, Iowa, 332; 13. Jeremy Hoff, Copperopolis, Calif., 326; 14. James Dupre, Yuma, Ariz., 321; 15. Sam Robert Wieben, Dysart, Iowa, 314; 16. Lucas James Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 306; 17. Joshua Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., 298; 18. Austin Carter, Jamestown, Kan., 283; 19. Cody Daffern, Brawley, Calif., and Brandon Dale, Memphis, Mo., both 282.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 471; 2. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 461; 3. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 433; 4. Michael Maraschick, Midland, Texas, 432; 5. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 380; 6. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 364; 7. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 338; 8. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, Texas, 314; 9. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 293; 10. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 288; 11. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 285; 12. Tanner Houston, Odessa, Texas, 283; 13. Levy Galmor, Elk City, Okla., 276; 14. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 270; 15. David Sanford, Abilene, Texas, 242; 16. Shane Priddy, Merkel, Texas, 238; 17. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 235; 18. Trevor Foley, Iowa Park, Texas, and Steve Wade, Waco, Texas, both 232; 20. Junior Dosher, Hobbs, N.M., 227.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 310; 2. Trent Orwig, Wayland, Iowa, 309; 3. John Girdley, Wayland, Iowa, 294; 4. Dalton Kron, Algona, Iowa, 267; 5. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 266; 6. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 256; 7. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 251; 8. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 247; 9. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 236; 10. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 228; 11. Art Herzog, Hays, Kan., 225; 12. Kiowa Higdon, Hays, Kan., 224; 13. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 223; 14. Danny Sims, Decatur, Texas, 215; 15. Danny Sassman Jr., Fort Dodge, Iowa, 211; 16. Randy Murphy, Ellis, Kan., 206; 17. Nathan Barton, Dighton, Kan., 198; 18. Devin Jones, Clear Lake, Iowa, 196; 19. Brant Bachman, Weatherford, Texas, 191; 20. John Whalen, Ainsworth, Iowa, 185.last_img read more

Pioli pens new AC Milan two-year deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge AC Milan have handed manager Stefano Pioli new terms on his contract after seeing Ralf Rangnick make a sensational U-turn on his decision to join the club.Milan have confirmed Pioli has put pen to paper on an extension, which will see him remain with the Serie A club until 2022, despite widespread anticipation that Rangnick would be joining from Leipzig, where he holds a head of sport and development role. According to Sky Sports, Leipzig and the Red Bull company have used the last few days to convince the German manager to sign a 24-month renewal at the club and spurn the advances of Milan, who have courted his attention for several months.This news was announced during the commentary of Milan’s match against Sassuolo, citing close sources to Rangnick that he had decided to continue with Leipzig.However, Milan would not have been willing to pay the £6.4 million (€7m) release clause to bring him on board before his contract with the German club expired.Rangnick at Milan would have been an innovative market operator, taking on a unique role comprising three elements: coach, technical supervisor of the transfer market and responsible for the communication of all the technical staff.The excellent results obtained by Pioli and the unconditional support of many players, including Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebic, would have put Milan in difficulty in choosing a new coach. Tags: AC MilanRalf RangnickSerie AStefano Piolilast_img read more

Di Canio refutes claims of dispute

first_img Di Canio said: “There was no training ground bust-up as some are reporting and many of the players have since sent me messages thanking me for my time as their manager and helping them improve as footballers. “We could see that results had not gone as well as any of us had hoped, but I felt as a team we could turn things around.” Di Canio was widely credited with keeping Sunderland in the Premier League last season after replacing Martin O’Neill at the end of March. He became an instant hero after inspiring a famous 3-0 win over north-east rivals Newcastle at St James’s Park in only his second game in charge. But despite bringing in 14 new players over the summer, his side took just a single point from their first five games of the new season. Di Canio said: “When you bring in 14 new players, many from overseas and very few with Premiership experience it is going to take time for them to adapt to the English game and to gel as a team. “As I have said many times, I love English football and I feel that my time at the club has been unfairly cut short as given the chance, I am certain that had I been allowed longer, I would have been able to develop the team to achieve the success Sunderland fans desire.” Di Canio was dismissed after just 13 games in charge following the 3-0 defeat at West Brom last month, amid suggestions some of the club’s senior players had been instrumental in his removal. But, in a statement, the Italian described the reports as “wholly untrue” – and repeated his belief that he was capable of turning the club’s poor start to the season around. Paolo Di Canio has broken his silence over his sacking by Sunderland to deny reports of a training ground bust-up and insist he should have been given more time at the Stadium of Light.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Black man dies after encounter with Minneapolis police “I can’t breathe”

first_imgA protest being organized by a number of local activist groups, including the Minneapolis NAACP, Communities Against Police Brutality, and Black Lives Matter Twin Cities is planned for Tuesday night at the scene of the incident. The FBI is opening up an investigation after a fatal encounter on Monday between Minneapolis police and an unarmed black man.On Tuesday police released a statement saying the man had a medical incident during an attempted arrest. However, in the video posted by Darnella Frazier on Facebook it is clear that an officer was using unnecessary force with his knee on the man’s neck for at least seven minutes. You can hear the man say “I can’t breathe” several times before he loses consciousness.The man was identified by family as George Floyd.According to Minneapolis police, the encounter between Floyd and officers happened shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, when police were called to the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South on a report of a man allegedly attempting to use a fake check at Cup Foods.When officers arrived they found Floyd in a car near the store, and he appeared to be intoxicated, police said.When officers told him to step out of the vehicle, he got out, and police say he physically resisted officers.Minneapolis Police spokesman said “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and officers noticed that the man was going into medical distress.” An ambulance arrived and took Floyd to Hennepin Healthcare, where he later died, police say.In the video that went viral overnight, it shows the white officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck behind a squad car. Floyd is seen unarmed, not resisting arrest, yet the officer does not take his knee of his neck. After about five minutes, Floyd stops moving and appears unconscious. Bystanders beg the officer to stop using so much force and to check Floyd’s pulse. The officer on Floyd’s neck does not lift his knee until medical personnel arrive even though he was already unconscious.Leaders in Minnesota are calling for the officers involved to be held accountablelast_img read more

Southall eye QPR’s proposed training base

first_imgThe owners of Southall FC want to redevelop the Warren Farm site QPR are hoping to turn into their new training ground.West London Sport revealed last month that the facility near Osterely Park is Rangers’ preferred option for an improved training base.The club plan to leave their current headquarters at Harlington later this year and a number of possible alternatives have been identified.AdChoices广告Warren Farm is their first choice but Southall, who play in the Middlesex County Premier League, are backed by wealthy local investors and also intend to submit proposals to Ealing Council.And they are expected to argue that their plans for a state-of-the-art complex would be of greater benefit to the local community.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

CWI begins regional search for selectors

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced on Wednesday that it had started the recruitment process for selectors for all of its teams.This is part of the new mandate for the structure of its selection panels which was approved at the regional governing body’s last directors meeting on September 7 and 8 in Tobago.CWI said in a media release: “A total of 21 prospective candidates for the selection panels were identified by the Selection System Review Task Force, chaired by CWI vice-president, Dr Kishore Shallow, and 18 have since confirmed their interest.Imran Tahir celebratesthe wicketof Steven Jacobs.“The candidates have participated in a first-round exercise which will be used to determine a shortlist for follow-up interviews. The selection panel interview process is planned for completion by October 18.”CWI directors approved new structures for the selection panels that see the marquee West Indies Men’s and ‘A’ teams now being chosen by a group that includes an executive selector, a selector, the team’s head coach and three scouts.The usual support for theGuyana Amazon Warriors.A panel that includes a Talent Identification Manager, male selector and each team’s head coach will now select all West Indies Boys’ age group teams and will also have the responsibility of identifying and managing the development pathway for these players.All West Indies Women’s and Girls’ age group teams will be chosen by a single panel comprising an executive selector, a selector and the team’s head coach.CWI directors have also formalised the match day selection panel which will choose the team that takes to the field.When present, the Executive Selector/Talent ID Manager will chair the meeting; if not, the head coach.A selection analyst will support each panel, providing critical statistical and analytical data.last_img read more

Police Golfer Wins Ikeja Lady Title

first_imgNine handicapper, Alaba Adetunji, a police officer has won the 2017 Ikeja Ladies Club Championship. The event was concluded at the Ikeja Golf Club in Lagos recently.Adetunji outsmart over 80 other competitors for the title where she returned 164 gross score over 36 holes pipping nearest contender, Chinyere Alamu, with nine shots.“I am overwhelmed by the support accorded me by all here; the caddies, my fellow players, and most especially my office, The Nigerian Police Force, who encouraged me with more practise time,” she said after lifting the winner’s price.The win is her first after winning the event in 2013 and 2014. Alamu was gracious in defeat, she said Adetunji ” deserved the honour”. Pamela Wu placed third at the event.Chairperson of the Ladies Section of the club, Mrs Oby Jolayemi, said the event was a reward for the outstanding effort that lady golfers have put into their effort this golfing season.“We have a very impressive lady’s section and a lot of players are all showing huge interest in the game. This event is traditional Major here and we are pleased with turn out of players from here and other golf clubs.” Of note is our men’s section who have been very supportive of our activities led by Captain Niyi Latinwo and our various ceremonial players who supported our Championship: Princess Yew Anderson Onileere; Johnson Ndukwu and Muyiwa Kupoluyi”Other winners at the event included Linda Obieze who beat Nkoli Moka with six shots to win the nett prize at the event with 150 nett leaving Soukuna Fatumata to the third place.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Young Badgers to rely on senior goaltenders

first_imgUW goaltender Scott Gudmandson will be counted on to anchor a young men\’s hockey team this season.[/media-credit]Mike Eaves lost a lot at the end of last season. The Wisconsin men’s hockey team said goodbye to 345 points produced by 12 players. Seven senior forwards graduated. The guy the players elected as the team’s next captain was one of four underclassmen to leave for the pros early.What’s a head coach to do?Well, as some guy from New Jersey said, you’ve got to hold on to what you’ve got. And in Eaves’ case, that’s two senior goaltenders.Prior to last weekend’s season-opening tournament in St. Louis, Eaves said the Badgers would need to lean on returning senior netminders Scott Gudmandson and Brett Bennett. With 10 freshmen joining the team, Wisconsin wasn’t sure what it was going to get on the offensive side of the puck. It’s too early to say the nine goals UW scored in its two games will allay those worries.“I think coming into the season, we knew that we were going to be a little more defensive-oriented team,” Gudmandson said.Still, young guys will make mistakes. Eaves is hoping the veterans in goal will steady the team when those issues arise.“I think with their experience and their ability to play, they’ll be able to cover up some of the young mistakes we’re going to make,” he said. “That helps us grow as a team, it’s always easier to grow when you don’t get burned on some of the mistakes you do. So hopefully they’ll be able to do that, and this weekend was a pretty good indication.”Entering last season, it was an open competition between Gudmandson and Bennett, a transfer from Boston University. This season, it’s much the same, with Gudmandson getting the start in Friday night’s 4-3 loss and Bennett posting a shutout in UW’s 6-0 win over Holy Cross.Eaves has no problem not having a de facto No. 1 goaltender, praising the efforts of both his netminders.“”They both won big games last year, no question,” Eaves said. “We forget that Brett beat Denver, beat Minnesota.”Last season, Gudmandson was able to take over the starting job, due to Bennett going down with a shoulder injury in December. Gudmandson would get the larger share of starts after the injury, eventually pulling away and becoming the Badgers’ No. 1 guy.While Bennett beat No. 1 Denver in January, making 30 saves in the 4-3 win, he also was pulled in a game against Minnesota-Duluth for allowing two goals in the first 3:12 of play. He didn’t look the same after the injury.“If I had my brace here, I’d let you wear it and you can tell me (how it affected me),” Benentt said. “It’s one of those things where you’ve got to fight through it. You never ever use that as any kind of excuse. I’m just glad to be healthy and looking forward to this season.”Wisconsin rode Gudmandson all through the playoffs, eventually making the national title game. But with a healthy Bennett back in the fold, Eaves wants both his goaltenders to anchor his team.“Last year, it was healthy competition; it brought out the best in both of us,” Gudmandson said. “Hopefully it will do the same again. I know we both want to be that starting guy, I know for sure I want that to be my net. I really don’t want to share it. But I can only control what I can control.”The duo’s numbers last season were good, but not staggering; Gudmandson finished 20-5-4 on the season with a 2.34 goals-against average, while Bennett went 8-6, with a 2.82 GAA. By comparison, 2010 WCHA player of the year Marc Cheverie had a 2.08 GAA and six shutouts for Denver.Many critics pointed to Wisconsin’s goaltending as the one weakness in the 2009-2010 team, especially during its NCAA run. But the experience Gudmandson and Bennett gained last year is crucial in fueling the expectations of the two this season.“You can’t put a price on that,” Eaves said. “That’s why it’s important they play well for us, because that will help us get off to the kind of start that will help us in the long run.”“I think it’s huge,” Gudmandson agreed. “You can’t take experience away; it’s something that’s invaluable.”And with experience comes confidence. Last year, the confidence came from an explosive offense that was shut out just three times and one of the most talented defensive corps in the nation.This season, that confidence might have to start at the other end of the ice. With a young team, it will be up to the guys trying to stop goals to keep the Badgers on course.“I think confidence for a goaltender is like for a quarterback in football. The whole team, they have to have confidence in the quarterback in football, and if they don’t, things are going to break down, Gudmandson said. “It’s the same thing in hockey, the whole team’s got to have confidence in the goalie, they’ve got to know he’s going to make saves back there, otherwise things are going to break down up front.”Serving as the go-to guys this season doesn’t faze either goaltender. While the Badgers’ offense was able to mask any deficiencies in net by scoring four goals a game last season, it could be very different this year.But that’s just fine by the both of them.“Me and Scott talked about it. We know that we’re going to have to be really important to this team if we’re going to do something special this year,” Bennett said. “We’re ready to shoulder the load.”last_img read more

Leon Balogun Still in the Cold

first_imgAfter not featuring much for Brighton and Hove Albion last season, Leon Balogun had hoped to launch himself back to reckoning with a good outing at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, it was however not to be. He was a substitute in most of the matches and his only first start at the competition against Madagascar, his primary school error cost Super Eagles the game. With three matches into the new Premier League season, he is yet to feature for the Seagulls and has expressed his frustrationAfter having not featured at all for his English Premier League club this season, Brighton and Hove Albion, defender Leon Balogun has confessed his frustration and anger and the Super Eagles centre-back has revealed how he is dealing with the annoyance and frustrations that come with not playing regularly for his club, nevertheless admitting that he has to respect the decision of the manager.Maintaining that football is a collective game, the 2019 AFCON bronze medal winner says he’s however willing to sacrifice his game time for the good of the team. Brighton suffered a 2-0 loss to Southampton over the weekend, but Balogun was not involved despite the club’s manager Graham Potter preferring a three-man backline.Speaking with Brila FM, Balogun confessed that it gets tough sometimes but he is determined to stay unbroken by the situation. “I’m not happy about not playing as a regular, but then again, it’s about the collective thing and you have to respect the decision of the manager always.“It’s not always easy, am not going to lie. There are times when i’m angry but you have to try and stay in that positive mood and am a very optimistic person. I have to be patient, unfortunately again, but it’s nothing that will break me.”The 31-year-old defender, who is in the final year of his contract at Brighton, has struggled to feature regularly for the Seagulls since joining on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract with German Bundesliga side, Mainz 05 shortly before the 2018 Russia World Cup as he has failed to dislodge the centre-back pairing of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk in the Brighton’s defence.Balogun made only 10 appearances for Brighton in his debut season and has been left out of the Graham Potter’s matchday squad in their opening three Premier League games this season.“On Leon Balogun, I think he should move to get regular playing time. We tell them sometimes that it’s better to play in a smaller club than to go to a big club in the Premier League and you don’t play.“He’s not getting any younger at 31 now, which means that if he’s not playing, it will be more difficult for him to be fit,” Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr expressed.After making just seven appearances for the Chris Hughton side last season, Balogun admitted: “It’s been difficult but that’s the manager’s call, I’ve just got to get on with it and hope for a chance. I really hope to play a significant role in my first Africa Nations Cup for Nigeria, but first I want to keep working hard to make a strong case for regular games at Brighton,” Balogun told BBC Sport.His dream of using the 2019 AFCON in Egypt as a launchpad did not come to pass, however, as his outing at the biennial competition was abysmal with his elementary error against debutant, Madagascar still fresh in the memory of most Nigerian soccer fans.Balogun indeed admits he must play regularly for his club if he’s to remain untouchable in the national team.“It’s very frustrating not to be involved but you can only keep your head up by focusing on helping the club when called upon. What is important is to always put myself in the right place as usual. If I am needed anytime to start a game or come in, I’ll be ready for that, it’s all I can do,” he said.When he moved to Premier League side after nine years of playing in the German League, he admitted it would not be a walk in the park donning the colours of the Seagulls as he has to fight for the shirt with the two central defenders already in the club fold- Dunk and Duffy. However, his opportunity came earlier than he expected as he came in as a substitute in just two weeks into the Premier League against Manchester United.Balogun indeed expressed delight with his home debut for Brighton & Hove Albion after he shone brilliantly for the homers.“Thanks everyone (Brighton & Hove Albion) for the warm welcome. Couldn’t really have wished for a better debut in the EPL, beating Manchester United at home!,” Balogun tweeted. “I had expected the Premier League to be quicker, but they told me this is always the kind of game you play against United. They like to slow it down a little bit sometimes,” the Nigerian defender said.The then Brighton manager, Hughton expressed his delight with Balogun’s debut performance.“In Balogun, you have someone you know won’t be phased. He’s played at a very good level and played in the World Cup this summer,” Hughton said then.Balogun’s central defence partner, Shane Duffy said he was delighted with Balogun, saying, “He’s fitted straight in. He’s a big character in the changing room. He’s got a big voice. He’s played with big players in big games. That’s why you bring in players like that. They push us. He was great. That’s another plus for us, that strength in depth with top players. You pick up injuries and suspensions so you need these kinds of players to step in.”However, the Super Eagles defender remains just a fringe player in the team.Balogun hasn’t made the sort of impact envisaged at Brighton. The Nigerian was expected to stroll into Hughton’s team after joining on a free transfer from Mainz in 2018.Despite an incredible career that has spanned over a decade, Balogun would have still felt like a little boy when he heard of Brighton’s interest last summer. England is favourite destination for African football tourists, especially Nigerians.It was a first-hand experience. The Bundesliga was all he knew. Born in Berlin to a Nigerian dad, the 30-year-old took his first footballing lessons at hometown club, Türkiyemspor Berlin. He then practiced his craft at five other Deutschland sides, including Werder Bremen.The Premier League is different. There’s more cash, quality players, odds and managers as well as better coverage. Balogun didn’t want to be left. He had no qualms moving abroad. That decision is already hurting the Nigerian.Balogun is the third choice in Hughton’scentre-back hierarchy behind Duffy and Dunk. He’s been featured nine times across all competitions albeit the only contribution was a screamer against Crystal Palace. While Hughton deserves some slack for the limited game time, Balogun is culpable too.Indeed, the Nigerian has an imposing physical presence, standing at 6ft 3. He is fearless in tackles and brave on the air. He provides additional threat during set pieces and could occasionally provide that odd goal to win games. However, Balogun isn’t gifted in terms of pace.At 31, the Nigerian doesn’t have age on his side. He must improve to break the Duffy-Dunk duopoly.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more