Cristiano Ronaldo intends to continue with Portugal until Euro 2024, shutting down any notion that this year’s World Cup could be his last major international tournament.
The veteran attacker has struggled for form this season at the club level with Manchester United FC, dropped by Erik ten Hag and mostly kept on the sidelines by a positive upturn in results.
But his place in Fernando Santos’ Portugal squad has never been in doubt, with the 37-year-old leading his country in their Nations League matches with the Czech Republic and Spain this week.
Speaking at the Quinas de Ouro awards, where he was feted, Ronaldo revealed his ambitions to remain with the national team for another major tournament cycle, taking him through to the age of 39.
“I hope to be a part of the national team for a few more years. I still have the motivation, and my ambition is high,” he stated. “My path here is not over. We have many quality youngsters. I will be at the World Cup, and I want to be at the European Championship, too.”
The Portugal superstar added, “It has been a long road, and I want to take the opportunity to say that the road is not over yet. You’ll still have to put up with me for a little while longer.”
Ronaldo’s only major honour at the international level came at Euro 2016, albeit he missed most of the final victory over France following an injury.
Portugal will hope for a successful tournament in Qatar, where they are the top-seeded nation in Group H, alongside Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana.
Djokovic complains about nagging wrist, eyes ATP Finals
Novak Djokovic on Monday said he was bothered by a wrist problem during the Laver Cup in London, and his lengthy absence from the Tour recently could be the reason.
“I have been struggling with my right wrist for the last four, five days, to be honest. I have been keeping it under control,” Djokovic told reporters.
The three-day tournament in London’s O2 Arena was Djokovic’s first event since the Serb won his 21st Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in early July.
He had missed the North American hardcourt swing and the U.S. Open due to COVID-19 vaccination.
But he produced a dazzling performance on his return to the Tour on Saturday by winning his singles and doubles matches.
However, he lost to Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime on the final day of the competition on Sunday.
“The two matches of Saturday probably had an effect. Sunday was not easy. I couldn’t serve as fast or as accurately as I would like to. That has affected the whole game,” he said.
Djokovic said qualifying for November’s ATP Finals in Turin remained his goal.
He will play a tournament in Tel Aviv this week, followed by an event in Kazakhstan next week and then the Paris Masters at the end of October.
His Wimbledon victory guarantees him a spot in the Tour-ending finals if he remains ranked in the world’s top 20.
Djokovic, currently ranked seventh, said the wrist issue could be due to a combination of factors.
“Could be (the effect of) not playing matches almost three months, and then conditions here are such that the balls are really big and slow,” he said. “You always have to generate a lot of wrist action and speed, which could be the case why I have been feeling soreness.”
CAF disqualifies Volcan Club for failing to play Champions League match
The Interclub Organising Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has disqualified Volcan Club de Moroni from the ongoing 2022/2023 CAF Champions League.
The club from Comoros were disqualified after they failed to arrive and honour their Champions League first preliminary round fixture.
They were to play against hosts La Passe FC of Seychelles.
After the conclusion of the preliminary first-round matches, their case was brought before the committee, which went on to apply the competition’s regulations, basing its decision on Article IX 10.5.
“It is the duty of the visiting team to organise its travel arrangements in a way that permits it to arrive at the venue of the match at a reasonable time ahead of the scheduled date of the match,” the CAF committee said.
La Passe FC have now automatically progressed to the second preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.
Katsina United FC invite 120 indigenous players for screening
The Katsina United FC management has invited 120 indigenous players across 34 local government areas of Katsina for a talent hunt and screening.
Club’s spokesman Nasir Gide disclosed this in a statement. According to him, the screening will be held between September 28 and October 6 at Muhammadu Dikko Stadium Katsina.
The invited players are expected to arrive at the venue by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
“The exercise is meant to revamp the team and also to give more chances and playing time to the home-based players,” said the statement.
The club’s director of football development, Saleh Yusuf, said the players’ slot depended on active football teams in the local government areas.
“Katsina local government, being the centre, carried 20 slots with some of the players from the Junior Katsina United FC. The director stated that feeding and accommodations will be provided to all the invited players,” the club explained.
It added, “The invited players are therefore urged to exhibit sportsmanship and discipline during the screening and assured that fairness and just consideration will be done to whoever deserves to be registered with the club.”
The club thanked Bishir Gambo-Saulawa, the sports commissioner, for giving the state home-based players a chance to exhibit their talents.
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