Costa Rica coach Wanchope in stadium fist fight PANAMA CITY (AP): Costa Rica soccer coach Paulo Wanchope landed in a fist fight while watching his country’s Under-23 team play in Panama. Video of the altercation shows Wanchope trying to enter the field through a gate in the stands. He appears to push a youth guarding the gate and then clashes with a man who punches and kicks him before police intervene. Local news reports indicate Wanchope was irritated at refereeing during Tuesday night’s pre-Olympic match, which ended 0-0. Wanchope took over Costa Rica’s team last year after a career as one of Central America’s most famous forwards. He played for several years in the English Premier League and was a star on the national team. Mexico, last month, fired its national team coach Miguel Herrera for allegedly punching a television broadcaster. Costa Rica’s soccer federation said in a statement that it was waiting to compile all the information available before commenting on the incident. Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo in running for UEFA Best Player award NYON, Switzerland (AP): Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez of Champions League winner Barcelona will compete with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award for last season. UEFA says the three stars topped a Europe-wide poll of journalists who chose from a 10-player shortlist. The same 54-member panel picks a winner on August 27 at the Champions League group draw in Monaco. Messi and Ronaldo had a season-long duel for the Champions League scoring record and resume this season tied on 77 goals. Suarez is nominated despite starting his season in late October after serving a FIFA fan for biting at the World Cup. The Uruguay forward scored the decisive goal in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final. Five Juventus players were shortlisted.
“I am happy to get this award on the first month with the club, but I am disappointed that we have not been able to get good results. Hope we can start the month of May well and get back to winning ways beginning with the game on Sunday,” Johana said after earning the award.The midfielder formerly with Mathare United received 33 percent of the online votes ahead of Tim Söderström who polled 28 percent, Nikola Petric with 24 percent and Fritiof Björkén with 15 percent.Harambee Stars midfielder Eric Johana has been voted as the player of the month at his Swedish top flight club IF Brommapojkarna after impressing in the first six games of the season. Photo/COURTESYBromma have not had a good start to the season and have lost all four of their last five matches. They started the season with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Norrköping before bouncing back in the second match with a 2-0 win over Hacken, Johana providing the assist for the opener.However, they have lost the tempo with consecutive losses against Hammarby, Elfsborg as well as giants Malmo and Ostersunds. Their next fixture will be on Sunday against Michael Olunga’s former side Djugardens at their Grimsta IP home ground in Stockholm.Bromma is also home to another Kenyan international David Ochieng who has played all the last three fixtures after a slow introduction having missed a huge part of the pre-season.“It has been a tough start but I know everything will turn out okay. I am glad that I am getting playing time and getting accustomed to the new league. I know with time we will start getting results because we have a good team of very talented young players,” Ochieng noted.Bromma earned promotion to the Swedish top flight at the end of last season. Both Ochieng and Johana are confident that despite a tough start to life at the top, they will not be relegated at the end of it all.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars midfielder Eric Johana was named the best player of the month for his IF Brommapojkarna club. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, May 2- Harambee Stars midfielder Eric Johana has been voted as the player of the month at his Swedish top flight club IF Brommapojkarna after impressing in the first six games of the season.Johana joined the club in December from fourth tier side Vassalund and has played part in all the six games, though the club has been on a run of four winless matches.