Round-up: QPR eye double deal and sign Anastasiou, Whites want Mancienne, Oskan-Clarke reaches final

first_imgQPR are close to signing two players who helped Watford win promotion to the Premier League last season.Rangers are poised to bring in Italian centre-back Gabriele Angelli, 26, from the Hornets, while 30-year-old midfielder Daniel Tozser (pictured above), who was on loan at Vicarage Road from Parma, is due to undergo a medical on Friday.The R’s today signed 17-year-old midfielder Michael Anastasiou, who was previously on Tottenham’s books, on a contract until the end of the season.And Sandro is finally returning to the club after being issued with a work permit – but Chris Ramsey says the Brazilian will not walk straight into the team.Sandro is due to arrive back in London on FridayFulham are also looking to add to their squad – they’ve made a bid for Nottingham Forest’s former Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne, who spent two seasons at QPR on loan.As for Chelsea, boss Jose Mourinho will make a return to Porto after the Blues were drawn against his former side in the Champions League.Mourinho will return to Porto in the Champions LeagueThere continues to be speculation over the future of Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi, with Turkish side Besiktas reported to be interested.And West Drayton’s Shelayna Oskan-Clarke produced the finest performance of her career to make the final of the women’s 800 metres at the World Athletics Championship.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bloemfontein ready for Confed Cup

first_img30 March 2009Bloemfontein has declared itself ready to host the 2009 Fifa Conferations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup, with a R314-million upgrade to the Free State Stadium now complete.Addressing the media at a conference at the Stadium, Mangaung Executive Mayor Playfair Morule said the revamped Stadium would be officially opened on 4 April, when the Cheetahs host the Brumbies in a Super 14 rugby clash, followed by a Premier Soccer League contest between Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates on 5 April.The South African Press Association (Sapa) reports that seating capacity at the Free State Stadium has been increased by 8 000 to 46 000. In addition, the facility now boasts 100 private suites with 200 seats, as well as a VIP suite which has been upgraded to 650 seats.The size of the media centre has been increased, while more parking is now available and security features at the ground have been improved.Under budgetGeorge Mohlakoane, chief executive officer of Mangaung 2010, said the upgrades cost R9.5-million less than the allocated budget of R325-million. That money will now be used to improve the Seisa Ramabouda Stadium, the home of Bloemfontein Celtic, which will be used as a training venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Morule also said measures had been taken to ensure that the Confederations Cup is well supported. Concerns have been expressed about the slow pace of ticket sales for the showpiece event, and about the slow buy-in by South African football fans, who have a culture of making last-minute purchases when it comes to sporting events.He said Bloemfontein and the Free State Department of Sport have allocated R8-million towards a “mass mobilisation” programme to make sure the stadium is full during Confederations Cup games.Four Confederations Cup matchesThe Free State Stadium will host four Confederations Cup matches, starting on 15 June when five-times World Cup winners Brazil face Egypt.On 17 June, world number one Spain will take on Iraq, followed by a showdown between the European champions and Bafana Bafana on 20 June.Bloemfontein will also host one of the semi-finals on 24 June, with the winners of Pool A – made up of South Africa, Iraq, New Zealand, and Spain – facing the runner-up in Pool B – featuring the USA, Italy, Brazil, and Egypt.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more