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Magpies await Mbemba visa verdict

first_img Press Association A statement on Newcastle’s official website said: ” Following an agreement between Newcastle United and Anderlecht for the transfer of Chancel Mbemba, the player has been in Newcastle and has agreed personal terms with the club and undergone his medical. “The documentation in relation to the club’s application for a governing body endorsement (GBE), required in order for Mbemba to obtain a visa, was submitted to the FA on Wednesday morning (22nd July). “Unfortunately, the FA are unable to consider the club’s application until Thursday of next week (30th July). The FA advised the club they were not able to convene a panel any sooner.” Mbemba is set to join new Magpies signings Georginio Wijnaldum, who arrived from PSV Eindhoven, and former Anderlecht team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic at St James’ Park this coming season. Newcastle have agreed a deal to sign defender Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht that hinges on a work permit being granted.center_img The 20-year-old DR Congo international completed his medical in Newcastle and agreed personal terms with the Barclays Premier League club. Mbemba still needs to obtain a visa to complete the deal. last_img read more

Illini bottle up Badger offense

first_imgAgainst Iowa last weekend, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team created chance after chance by advancing the ball down the flanks, sending in the cross and getting a hit on the ball from the goalmouth. In that game, the Badgers went ahead and won 2-0 with that tactic.Wisconsin applied the same strategy against No. 17 Illinois on Sunday, but this time the crosses never connected and the match ended in a 0-0 stalemate after two overtime periods.Throughout the game, Badger midfielders Kodee Williams and Lauren Cochlin repeatedly managed to get past the outside backs to send in the ball from the corner, but came back empty-handed, mostly because there was rarely more than one player in the box waiting for the incoming pass.That rendered the task of clearing the ball easy for Illinois’ center backs.“If we want to do some crossing, they have two very smart center backs and they’re good in the air, so finding those seams were difficult,” head coach Paula Wilkins said.Meanwhile, Illinois’ plan of attack concentrated on advancing the ball through the center of the field, which proved to be a formidable challenge for Wisconsin’s midfielders.If the Badgers hoped to capitalize off of a quick counterattack down the flanks, they were going to need the midfielders to transition quickly and position themselves in the box for the cross.Unfortunately for the Badgers, the Fighting Illini midfield tied up Wisconsin’s just enough to quell any threat from the cross.“I think it’s a little disappointing, especially when we’re countering and getting crosses in, you really want to have at least more than one player in the box,” midfielder Monica Lam-Feist said. “I think that’s what we really need to work on, just digging deep and getting players in the box.”And with the midfielders in the center of the field being slowed on defense, severe limitations were placed on how the Badgers could spread the ball around. The quick counterattack had nowhere to go but to the sidelines.“Credit to them because they made us work a little bit in the midfield,” Wilkins said. “Mostly because we had some of our center midfielders working so hard defensively I don’t think we did a good job of spreading the ball around.”Wisconsin’s best opportunity from the corner came in the 48th minute when Williams outran her defender down the right sideline, approached the goal and fired a shot to the far post from 10 yards out. The shot didn’t make it by Illinois goalkeeper Alexandra Kapicka, however, who made a diving save.The trouble with the cross marked the theme of the game as it featured a minimal amount of threatening chances, with almost none coming in the first half. Possession of the ball went back and forth across the field, but neither team was able to convert.Though their offensive threat was drained, the Wisconsin midfield did well to keep a victory within reach and its nine-game shutout streak alive by clogging up Illinois in the center of the pitch.At halftime though, Wilkins and the rest of the team elected to stick with their gameplan. But so did Illinois.“The team that was going to change gears and go for it was going to make the difference in the game and I don’t think anybody ever really changed gears,” Wilkins said. “It was weird, you’d think that of two teams who (also) played on Friday, but we both had seven days off.”Instead, Wisconsin hoped to convert on its chances simply by putting forth more effort.“We just realized that we just have to raise the level here,” Cochlin said. “The team that was going to raise the level and raise the standard was going to come away with the result and we tried to do that but unfortunately it didn’t go our way.”last_img read more