By Mike Seium Amazing achievements that were due to pay dividends in time are starting to bear fruit in 2017 already. Young Eritreans by heritage are embarking on great success stories in the international soccer arena.
A 19 year old midfielder and play maker who was a member of the Swedish champion from last year IFK Norrkoping has been bought by Belgian premiere league team “KAA Gent” also known as “The Buffalo“.
This move comes at a time when another Eritrean star Alexander Isak is being courted by one of the world’s top teams Real Madrid.
Tess as he is known by his nick name was born in Eritrea and went to Sweden at a young age where he excelled as a player through the Swedish youth academy. The very elated Belgian team expressed their satisfaction as they signed the midfielder to a contract for 3.5 years.
The team adds that “Tesfaldet Tekie is a young, talented midfielder of Eritrean origin who at the age of eight moved to Sweden.” Tekie was also praised by his new team as a creative midfielder with lots of skill and an excellent passer.
Norrkoping traded Tess for about 16 million Swedish Kronar according to some reliable sources. It is also to be noted that Heerenveen in the Dutch premier league and French first division Lille were interested in the young man.
Tesfaldet Tekie becomes one of IFK Norrkoping’s top trades in a long time. It is to be recalled that Tess also played 32 games in the Swedish premier league in two seasons. The young 19-year-old was also named to the U21 national team at a young age of 18. Congratulations to Tesfaldet for his incredible achievements.
Meanwhile in Holland, a young Eritrean-Dutch by the name of Hennos Asmelash made his debut when he came in the 87th minute for his team ADO Den Haag as they took on the very same team that was attempting to buy Tesfalidet Tekie from Sweden.
Hennos Asmelash making his debut in the Dutch Premier League.
After being picked on the senior selection squad during the winter training camp, the young Hennos left a good impression on manager Zeljko Petrovic who is the head of ADO Den Haag.
Hennos Asmelash made his debut in the Premier Dutch League when he came in for Trevor David. Hennos is a strong defender and his potential is unlimited. This past fall he was also included on the national squad of the Dutch under 18 for a friendly game against Italy at the San Giorgio Stadium in Caorle.
In a major turn of event between Wed. January 19th, 2017 and the next coming few days, the young Eritrean – Swede phenom Alexander Isak will be dotting the ink and finalizing his deal with Real Madrid. According to information from reliable sources, Real Madrid would like to keep Alexander in Spain and not allow him to go back to AIK.
He would then be playing and training with the B Team until summer time at which point he can join the main team. He would still have to fight for a slot for the right to play alongside Ronaldo. It is expected that Ronaldo may also be present at the signing and may confront Alexander about his recent statement that “Messi” of Barcelona was one of his favorite players in the spirit of sportsman. Whether Alexander stays in Sweden or leaves for Spain he is for sure to be an inspiration to millions of young people and Eritreans.
Focus on the things that you want to do and the sky is the limit. Sport is just one medium by which you can inspire people and become the best. It must be noted that it comes in hand with your well being and education.
Alexander and the other two stars along with Henok Goitom, Golgol Mebrhatu and others who have represented their Eritreanism have been outstanding citizens with good values. It is within that spirit that Eri-International sports wants to share their stories with you. We will continue to inspire and uplift so that more and more young athletes in every sport, young scientists, engineers, doctors, leaders, business executives and just plain good citizens are doing their share to help build a better world and contribute to their land of origin ERITREA even if it is just signing contracts.
Getting the name ERITREA out there is a huge contribution.
Within the spirit of the many people including those who had the opportunity to become great athletes and more but decided to help make sure that “ERITREA” stays independent and becomes a thriving nation, we should always keep that in mind.
Cristiano Ronaldo subject to enormous £260million bid from Chinese club
An unnamed Chinese club has offered Real Madrid €300 million (£260 million) for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the player’s agent.
However, the bid has been rejected by the Spanish club, with the former Manchester United winger said to be content with life at the Bernabéu.
“From China they’ve offered €300 million to Real Madrid and more than €100m per year to the player [Ronaldo],” said his agent, Jorge Mendes. “But money is not everything. Real Madrid is his life. Cristiano is happy at Real Madrid and it is impossible to go to China.
“The Chinese market is a new market. They can buy a lot of players, but then again it is impossible to go for Ronaldo. Cristiano is the best player in the world and best ever. It is normal to have some offers.”
The news comes after Carlos Tevez agreed to join Chinese Super League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in a deal which will reportedly make him the highest paid player in the world.
The former Manchester United and Manchester City striker has signed a two-year contract and, although no financial details were announced in the move from Boca Juniors, reports suggest he is set to earn £615,000-a-week. The 32-year-old is the latest high-profile capture by a Chinese club after Shanghai SIPG last week signed Brazil midfielder Oscar from Chelsea for a fee of around £52 million.A statement on Shenhua’s official website read: “Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC reached a transfer agreement with Argentina Club Atletico Boca Juniors. Carlos Alberto Tevez has officially joined Shanghai Shenhua.”
Tevez will team up with former Newcastle strikers Demba Ba and Obafemi Martins at Shanghai Greenland Shenhua while he will be managed by Gus Poyet, formerly of Tottenham and Chelsea.
The Argentina international joins a growing list of big-name players to head to China, which includes Graziano Pelle, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Jackson Martinez and Hulk.
Carlos Tevez is set to become the highest paid player in the world
Tevez began his seven-year stint in England at West Ham following a controversial move, alongside international team-mate Javier Mascherano, from Corinthians in 2006.
He helped the Hammers avoid relegation before moving to Manchester United, where he won the Champions League, two Premier League titles and the League Cup.
After two seasons at Old Trafford he switched allegiances to Manchester City in 2009 and helped to end the club’s 35-year wait for a trophy when claiming the FA Cup in 2011.
Tevez also played a pivotal role in securing the Premier League title for City from under the noses of their neighbours on a dramatic final day of the 2011-12 season.
Chelsea’s Oscar is moving to Shanghai SIPG, in another big-money move to China CREDIT: AFP
A move to Juventus followed, where he won successive Serie A crowns in 2014 and 2015, and last year he helped his hometown club Boca Juniors claim the Argentine Primera Division title.
A statement on Boca’s official website read: “Club Atletico Boca Juniors reached an agreement with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of China for the transfer of Carlos Tevez, respecting the player’s willingness to continue his football career in the Asian country. “Good luck Carlitos! You will always be in our hearts.”
Eritrean Tesfom Okubamariam elected African cyclist of the year 2016
Published on Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 19:16| | Updated 21/12/2016 at 19:47
The jury chaired by Bernard Hinault, with Chris Froome as an honorary member this year, elected Eritrean Tesfom Okubamariam African cyclist of the year.
While the South African of Lampre-Merida, Louis Meintjes 8th of the Tour de France, left favorite, the jury preferred to reward this time the purely continental fiber. “I saw Tesfom Okubamariam when Amissa Bongo Tropical in January stand up to the professionals , says Bernard Hinault. He still had the leader’s shirt on the eve of the finish. He deserves this trophy because he also gave in his way a beautiful image of African cycling but with fewer resources than the Africans who run in the World Tour teams. It’s all to his credit. ”
Without a team for 2017
At the age of 26, Tesfom Okubamariam, a training partner of Daniel Teklehaimanot in Eritrea, won the African Continental Championship this year and dominated the UCI Africa Tour rankings. Good performances that do not prevent him from being without a team for 2017, the Sharjah Team of the United Arab Emirates where he would run this year having just decided to stop the adventure last week. “I hope this award will allow me to find a new team for next season,” said the winner.
Isaac could become the youngest national team player
Alexander Isaac, 17, has been selected for Janne Andersson’s squad in January.
He gets the playing time he will become the youngest player in the A-team then “Putte” Chef debuted over 97 years ago.
– What fun, great fun, fun to be part of a record, says Janne Andersson.
On May 29, 1919 did Rudolf “Putte” Chef, 17 years and 334 days, debut in the Swedish national team against Finland.
Not since then has a younger player pulled on the Swedish national team shirt.
But now another AIK are saxifrage listing. Alexander Isaac was today selected for the January tour of Janne Andersson and he is he still available for the game when the matches are taking place in early January, he will be about 230 days younger than Cook.
“Glad to be part of the record”
– But he’s not just because he’s young but he’s good. He was affectionate, says Janne Andersson.
Are there any challenges that he is a player who is only 17 years in a squad?
– No, he is in an environment dagigen with adult players so I see no separate need there.
Now there is still an obvious chance / risk that there will not be any national team debut in January tour of Alexander Isaac. Several big clubs tugging at AIK successor and he may well be sold before the next international.
– If they become professionals before we go, we must deal with it then, says Janne Andersson.
The tour starts January 3 January and includes internationals against Ivory Coast and Slovakia.
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