‘Gentle Giant’ Wendell Manifold dies in New York

first_img… Teammates remember stalwart defenderBy Ras WadadaTHE Pele FC continues to mourn the recent loss of the club’s first captain Wendell Manifold, who passed away due to cardiac arrest at the Brooklyn Downstate Hospital last Wednesday. Sunrise:23-051954 – Sunset 25-03-2020. The 65-year-old former student of Charlestown Secondary School had to be rushed to the Medical Centre via EMS after he took ill at home last Monday.The former national Under-18 captain who left Guyana in 1974 on a football scholarship to Clemson University in South Carolina, USA at the age of 20 is considered by his peers and many others, who were privileged to see the big 6-footer commanding and leading on a pitch, as the best defender ever to don the senior national colours.Chronicle Sport caught up with several players who played with ‘Dragga’ or ‘Ganghi Boor’ as he was affectionately known, and all expressed glowing tributes. Bert Smith, Administrator/Coach NY Santos:Dragga is the premier centre-back that I have seen coming out of Guyana, and probably the best ever. In New York he was always outstanding when he played for Blackpool FC and Santos FC. His versatility was, in fact, the reliability for the team because when a goal was needed he would calculatedly leave the defence to join the attack and either scored or assisted.He was rock solid in defence and in my estimation the best sweeper back Guyana has produced. Besides being an extremely talented player, he was an extreme human being off the field of play, a very nice person. He truly loved the game and still played in the Masters Over-50s with command and respect. Wendell ‘Figaro’ Sandiford, former Pele, GFC and (Youth and Senior) National Goalkeeper:Wendell was my first captain at Pele FC and it was a pleasure playing with him as my fullback cause he was like a wall in defence. We communicated well and had a fantastic understanding as goalkeeper and sweeper. I would always know when he played the ball back to me without being called out. What stands out in my memory of ‘Dragga’ as captain and senior player to the team is his advice along with instructions to younger players on all aspects of the game which enabled us all to improve and develop to the next level. He definitely moulded us, before he migrated to the U.S., into becoming the top football team in the country.His vast knowledge of the game at such an early age was phenomenal. He earned the respect on the pitch everywhere he played and no doubt Guyana has lost a great son of the soil. He will be missed. Brenthley Babb, former Pele and Santos FC midfielder:He was one of Guyana’s greatest-ever footballing talent, a defensive icon and leader. Wendell mastered every aspect of the defensive game and was an imposing and tenacious player with supreme confidence and at times demonstrated the skill and fluidity of a central midfielder.He was the most resolute tackler on any field, but always a gentleman off the field. Always he was encouraging and respectful to his teammates and opponents, even the least talented. Although he never represented Guyana at the senior level he was being compared, as a teenager, with the likes of the legendary Earl O’Neal, who at that time was Guyana’s top central defender. I must admit he was the most difficult defender to dribble and was enormously influential to me in my football. He will never be forgotten. Clyde ‘Farmer’ Browne former Santos and national defender:Wendell was the personification and face of Pele FC when it was formed. I was the coach in charge of the defensive section of the team and had the pleasure and honour to coach him. As the captain of the team he was an astute defender and is the reason why Pele FC became so successful.We were roommates at Clemson and became even greater friends mainly because of his jovial character. I always felt assured that he had my back both on and off the pitch. I have no doubt that myself and all of his former teammates will surely miss ‘The Captain’, but we all will forever cherish the great memories that he has left us. Gordon Alphonso, former national youth player and teammate at Clemson:“I had the privilege and honour of playing soccer with Wendell at the club, National U-17 level and at Clemson University. He was a very skilled player who played in defence with an icy coolness, fierceness and intensity. I always knew that with Wendell in defence our team always generated the feeling that we could not lose. He was not only combative but was a very good reader of the game and always aware of situations and how to counter.He was a defender and student of the game of the highest order. Off the field he was nothing short of a ‘Gentle Giant’ who was a very loving and caring person towards his friends and family. His conversations on life’s experiences were always a pleasure to engage him on. I am sure we all who had the honour to know him will surely miss him.Patrick ‘Labba’ Barton former Pele FC captain and youth and senior national player:“Wendell was a fullback who had tremendous attacking abilities whenever he chose to or saw the need to join the attacking flow. He was incredibly fit and had a great awareness without leaving too large a gap between him and the rest of the team which allowed him to quickly recover in the event of a counterattack by opponents. His main strength was his decision-making ability and he was always calm and composed under pressure and never panicked.He understood his teammates and was gifted with sound technical skills that allowed him to dominate any player within the 18-yards box which was his domain. I was fortunate to play with Wendell for both Pele FC and Blackpool FC in NY.Taking over the captaincy from Wendell when he departed for Clemson was a pair of huge shoes to fill but he had laid the foundation and set the bar. We will all be indebted to him for the success Pele FC enjoyed and surely he will be most remembered and missed. James ‘Berbice’ Paul, former Arsenal, Santos and National (youth and senior) player: With the passing of Wendell Manifold, Guyana has lost a gentle giant. That ‘gentle’, however, only applied to his cool demeanour off the field since on the pitch he was as cagey and resilient a baller as any. A tall, skilled and tenacious defender, Wendell commanded the centre-back position like a general. I had the honour of playing against him in his twilight years and though he had passed his prime he won most of the many battles we were engaged in at the notorious ‘Dust Bowl’ at Caton Park in Brooklyn.As a young footballer from Berbice I distinctly remember seeing his name and photos featured prominently in the newspapers and have also heard many stories of his outstanding contribution to the success of perennial league champion, Pele FC. He will certainly be missed.Wendell Peter Manifold will be buried this coming Wednesday in New York, but due to COVID-19 only immediate family will attend. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date for friends and well-wishers.Rise In Power Dragga/Ganghi Boor!last_img read more

The FA cuts Ladbrokes partnership, stating no more to gambling relationships

first_img StumbleUpon Share The English Football Association (FA) has confirmed that it has ended its ‘official betting partnership’ with Ladbrokes, just one year into its four-year contract (reported to be worth £4 million per year).Following an internal management review, FA governance has deemed the sponsorship to be inappropriate as the body has to act as supervisor for the sport’s integrity and its player behaviour.As English football’s ruling body, the FA deems it strictly illegal for its syndicated professional footballers, coaches, team management and associated staff members to wager on any football matches.Last April, The FA banned Burnley midfielder Joey Barton for 18-months after admitting to charges in relation to betting.At the time, the Barton (34) stated that he was ‘addicted to gambling’ having placed 1,260 bets on football matches between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016. Barton further stated that the ban ‘was excessive’ and that it had effectively ended his professional career in football.“I have fought addiction to gambling and provided the FA with a medical report about my problem – I’m disappointed it wasn’t taken into proper consideration,” Barton addedUK news sources report that FA management triggered a review, following the high profile cases of Joey Barton and non-league Sutton United’s FA Cup 5th Round draw against Arsenal, which had brought the game into disrepute following the Wayne Shaw ‘Piegate’ incident.Greg Clarke – The FA ChairmanFA Chairman Greg Clarke is reported to be the key decision maker, in wanting to distance the ruling body away from bookmaker marketing and promotions. Clarke detailed to FA governance that the body’s position was ‘incompatible’ with enforcing anti-gambling rules, through its association with a well-known UK bookmaker.On Thursday, FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said: ‘We would like to thank Ladbrokes for both being a valued partner over the last year and for their professionalism and understanding about our change of policy around gambling.’Responding to the FA actions, Ladbrokes CEO Jim Mullen accepted the decision taken by the governing body, further detailing that the firm would continue to advise the FA on matters of sports integrity.“The company would continue to work with the FA to ensure the integrity and trust of the sport is maintained for the fans of the game and the millions of customers who enjoy betting on it week in and week out”. Related Articles Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Blood pressure up worldwide More education, attention urged

first_imgOstergren joined experts from the London School of Economics and the State University of New York to assemble two teams of specialists and map what they call the coming crisis of hypertension: 1.56billion people are expected to have it by 2025. With funding from drug maker Novartis Pharma AG, they’re providing copies to governments and health officials around the globe; a briefing in Washington is set for Thursday. The report essentially calls for a cultural change. Consider: In the United States, commiserating about blood pressure readings is an accepted dinner-table topic. Because black Americans are at especially high risk – roughly 40percent are affected – hypertension has become a sermon topic at majority-black churches, and post-service screenings aren’t uncommon. The government even advertises about the condition. That adds up to an openness about blood pressure not seen in much of the world, says report co-author Dr. Michael Weber of SUNY’s Downstate College of Medicine. In some regions, “it’s sort of an insult to your manhood if you have to take a blood-pressure medicine,” Weber says, citing estimates that hypertension affects about one in three adults in Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela. “We need to break those barriers as well and make it perfectly fashionable.” The United States still needs to improve, too, Weber hastens to add. High blood pressure affects nearly one in three adult Americans as well, or 72million. About a third have their condition well-controlled, not nearly enough but better than other countries that track treatment, the report found. Normal blood pressure is measured at less than 120 over 80. Anyone can get high blood pressure, a level of 140 over 90 or more. But being overweight and inactive, and eating too much salt, all increase the risk. So does getting older. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The numbers are a shock: Almost 1 billion people worldwide have high blood pressure, and more than half a billion more will harbor this silent killer by 2025. It’s not just a problem for the ever-fattening Western world. Even in Africa, high blood pressure is becoming common. That translates into millions of deaths from heart disease alone. Yet hypertension doesn’t command the attention of, say, bird flu, which so far has killed fewer than 200 people. “Hypertension has gone a bit out of fashion,” says Dr. Jan Ostergren of Sweden’s Karolinska University Hospital, who co-wrote a first-of-its-kind analysis of the global impact of high blood pressure. The idea: to rev up world governments to fight bad blood pressure just as countries have banded together in the past to fight infectious diseases. International heart specialists welcome the push. “Even in the U.S., the majority of people with high blood pressure are not treated adequately,” says Dr. Sidney Smith of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who advises the World Heart Federation. And the dangers go well beyond the heart. High blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes and kidney failure. It also plays a role in blindness and even dementia. Patients seldom notice symptoms until organs already have been damaged. Yet treating high blood pressure before that happens is a medical best-buy. Improving diet and exercise can help. When that’s not enough, blood pressure drugs are among the oldest and thus cheapest on the market – 21cents a day for a leading diuretic. last_img read more