Joleon Lescott signs for Aston Villa

first_img “I am very pleased to bring Tiago into the football club,” Sherwood told avfc.co.uk. “He’s someone I have been aware of for some time and I am looking forward to working with him. “He’s a young guy who I believe will enhance the group here.” The defender has signed a two-year deal at Villa Park after spending just over 12 months with the Baggies. Lescott passed a medical on Tuesday and the move ends a long transfer chase for Villa, who wanted to sign him before his move to Albion last summer. Press Association Lescott made 39 appearances, scoring once, for West Brom after joining from Manchester City on a free transfer last summer. But the arrival of Jonny Evans from Manchester United last week meant the Baggies were prepared to let the 33-year-old former England international leave. He was behind Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson but did start Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League win at Stoke. Lescott won the Barclays Premier League twice while at Manchester City, while he also helped them win the FA Cup in 2011 and League Cup last year. Villa also completed the signing of 18-year-old keeper Matija Sarkic from Anderlecht. Villa further strengthened their defensive ranks with the loan signing of Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori. The 22-year-old Portuguese, a £7million buy from Sporting Lisbon in 2013, has yet to play a first-team game for the Reds and has had loan spells at Granada and Bordeaux. Press Association Sport understands Villa will pay a loan fee of about £1million for the centre-back with the option to buy at the end of the season for a figure, depending on appearances, between £6million and £9million. Aston Villa have completed the signing of Joleon Lescott from West Brom.last_img read more

KPL calendar to switch to August-May format

first_imgThere will be no usual June mid-season break with the final match of the league expected to be on October 6 while the 2018/2019 season will kick off in December, to run till September 2019.“This will carry on until the cycle completes itself to have the season starting in August and ending in may. For example, the 2019/2020 season begins in November, running until August, the following season will start in October until July and so on. This should fall in place by 2023,” Oguda explained to Capital Sport.“We were informed of this by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) last month and now we have to pay the price by sacrificing the June break. This is a CAF directive and they also said that the league winner must be announced by mid October so that’s why we end the season early,” Oguda further added.KPL CEO Jack OgudaHe also said; “We will have matches on weekends and midweek to cover this up. But we will only have the tough period this year.”Clubs will have to carry the weight of congested fixtures especially Gor Mahia who are playing in the CAF Confederations Cup group stages for the first time. The club will now seemingly get used to playing up to three matches per week in the midst of travels.Kenya has been running its league from February to November with a month-long break in June. Most coaches have had an issue with the calendar, pointing it out as one of the reasons Kenyan clubs struggle in CAF Competitions.They say that while Kenyan clubs begin their campaign just after pre-season, most other countries usually have their leagues going on and the players are usually fitter.In East Africa, Tanzania and Uganda already have their seasons following the European calendar and it has proved tough for Kenyan clubs to play pre-season friendly matches against their counterparts due to the difference.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia will be seeking to win a record 17th KPL title. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) calendar is set to switch to the August-May format by 2023 under a directive from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda has said.Consequently, as the country’s top league begins its journey to mirror the European leagues format and one practiced by a huge section in Africa, teams will have to bear the brunt of the switch beginning this season.last_img read more