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Portugal manager dismisses journalists who tried to discuss Ronaldo troubles at Juventus ▷ Kenya News

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– Fernando Santos was in no mood to answer negative questions on Cristiano Ronaldo

– Ahead of their EURO qualifiers, the Portugal manager shot down questions on the player’s conduct

– Ronaldo was criticised for leaving the Juventus stadium before the match against AC Milan was finished

Portugal national team manager Fernando Santos was forced to shut down journalist who kept pestering him on the trials of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at club level.

Ronaldo, as TUKO.co.ke reported, has been trending in the past week but it has not been for his typical footballing prowess.

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Ronaldo joined Portugal for their EURO 2020 qualifiers. Photo: Getty
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The 34-year-old has instead attracted mass criticism for his actions during Juventus’ 1-0 win over AC Milan on Sunday, November 10.

A clearly agitated Ronaldo was subbed for the second game in a row by manager Maurizio Sarri while the game was deadlocked and the Old Lady went on to win 1-0.

Ronaldo left the stadium before the match ended in a move that has been thoroughly criticised by several stakeholders including his own team mates who reportedly demanded a personal apology.

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The international break might have come at the perfect time as it offers Ronaldo and Juventus a chance to reboot and perhaps bury the hatchet.

Portugal manager dismisses journalists who tried to discuss Ronaldo troubles at Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo(pictured) during a past match. The Portuguese star is part of the squad in the EURO qualifiers. Photo: Getty
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But despite being on international duty, it seems his super stardom sometimes works against him as his acts on Sunday were followed up by journalists in Portugal.

Ahead of their EURO qualifier against Lithuania on Thursday, the Portugal manager was on media duty where he completely played down questions involving his superstar forward.

One journalist asked Santos about Ronaldo’s conduct and the manager retorted by simply saying his situation was being blown out of proportion because of his place in the football star tier.

“Everyone wants to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo. Everyone wants to give their opinion on him. If that substitution was with any other player, no one would talk about it,” he retorted.

Despite making it clear he would not be talking about Portugal’s record goalscorer on a personal level, another journalist took the chance and at this point, Santos lost his patience.

“I won’t talk about Cristiano anymore. For me , the Cristiano theme ends here,” he added.

Santos went on to insist Ronaldo was match-ready for the qualifiers despite all that was happening on club level.

Juventus are currently top in Serie A and are unbeaten under new boss Sarri, although Ronaldo has not necessarily enjoyed his best spell this season.

Currently , he has scored five goals in Serie A, which are nine behind top scorer Ciro Immobile who has 14.

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Sewage Menace in Pipeline, Residents Cry For Help

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By Milo George

Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.

The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.

They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes.
“We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said.
Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage.
‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.


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Solberg Jnr replaces Pierre-Louis for WRC Safari – KBC

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Hyundai Motorsport World Rally Team has made a change to it’s WRC2 team for Safari replacing Pierre-Louis Loubet with 19 year old Oliver Solberg.

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The change of crew hands young Solberg an opportunity to resume his family dream on the fabled Safari which was first held from 27 May to 1 June 1953 as the East African Coronation Safari in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika as a celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Solberg Senior finished the WRC Safari 5th on the 1999 and 2000 editions driving a Ford Focus and navigated by his eventual Championship- winning navigator Phil Mills. In 200 and 2002, Petter retired on Safari after he lost a wheel and suffering engine gremlins on both occasions.

Oliver was forced to withdraw from last week’s Rally Italia Sardegna after his father, 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg, tested positive for coronavirus.

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Oliver was gearing up for his second top flight World Rally Championship outing with Hyundai at last weekend’s s Italian event.

However having been in contact with his father, Oliver was compelled to remain in quarantine in a hotel in Porto for 14 days as per the FIA Appendix S regulations.

The FIA’s Appendix S COVID-19 protocol and national government regulations offer clear quarantine instructions for those in close contact.

“You can imagine, I am more than disappointed by this news. I am a little bit devastated,” The 19-year-old Solberg told www.motorsport.com last week.

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WRC Safari Rally Event Secretary Helen Shiri confirmed Oliver’s Safari participation saying: “Hyundai WRC 2 team car number 7 has changed the crew from Driver Pierre-Lous and co-driver Florian Haut-labourdette both from France to Oliver Solberg (Swedish) and  Co-driver Aaron Johnston (Ireland). The car, a Hyundai i20 Coupé, remains intact.”

Meanwhile, it’s been a meteoric rise for the son of world champion Petter.

Less than two years after his maiden rally in a four-wheel drive car, the teenage sensation was competing at the WRC’s top level.

Aged just 17, Oliver became the youngest winner of a European Championship rally in 2019.

With a father and a mother from a well-known Swedish motorsport family and a former Production WRC competitor in her own right, there was a sense of inevitability that a career at the wheel was inevitable for Oliver Solberg. 

Solberg’s early years were spent racing in crosskarts.

In 2012 he won the Norwegian Championship before a step up to a higher class brought consecutive title wins in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In 2019 Solberg stepped into R5 machinery, driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 in the Latvian/Estonian/Baltic Rally Championship. He took to the increased power immediately and racked up five class wins on his way to the championship title.

He also followed in his father’s footsteps to join Subaru Motorsports USA. He drove a latest-spec Impreza STI, winning three of the six rounds

After making his WRC debut at the 2019 Rally GB, Solberg stepped into a full WRC campaign in 2020, driving his own Polo R5 alongside a partial campaign with Skoda Motorsport.

The WRC returns to Africa for the first time since 2002. The Safari of old has evolved to fit the modern-day WRC, but its character remains with challenging closed dirt roads, stunning picture-postcard scenery and exotic wildlife.

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Three more suspected robbers arrested along Southern by-pass – KBC

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Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent spate of robberies targeting motorists along the Southern by-pass.

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The three were arrested in Kibra by detectives based in Langata.

Their arrest follows a detailed analysis and investigations of the robberies, with detectives employing cyber and forensic analysis techniques to identify the beneficiaries of the crimes.

Boniface Winjira Unganyi, the proprietor of Basement Crew mobile shop within Lindi in Kibra, was arrested as the key suspect after a total of 102 mobile phones suspected to have been stolen from victims were recovered from his shop.

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Also arrested were 35-year-old Alex Mboya, who was found in possession of a victim’s phone, and a 16-year-old minor, studying at a secondary school in Langata.

Five other suspects have been arraigned in recent weeks in connection with the violent robberies.

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