Walter Moore quits professional football

first_img… turns attention to coachingBy Rawle ToneyWALTER Moore, who will go down as one of the best defenders Guyana has ever produced, has decided to call it a day on his playing career, for both club and country, and has now shifted his attention to coaching. Moore, 35, who has made over 100 caps for Guyana, dating back to his time donning the colours of the Golden Jaguars at the U-15 level until his last appearance for country in their lead-up to the Gold Cup, during the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers.Having played locally for Santos FC, Georgetown Football Club (GFC), Fruta Conquerors, Alpha United and Slingerz FC, the 35-year-old Moore featured in Trinidad and Tobago’s Pro-League with North East Stars and Morvant Caledonia, the USL with Charlotte Eagles, the Kazakhstan Premier League with FC Vostok and Astana FC, and later settled in Finland where he suited up for FF Jaro and AC Oulu.“Well it started for me as a young boy watching football on TV and playing in the playground and I knew I wanted to play football. I guess it was in my blood,” Moore reflected with Chronicle Sport.He said his late mother, Yvonne Moore, was not convinced that he can make a living from playing the sport he loved and pushed him to choose another profession. However, despite not being known for being disobedient to the woman he called his ‘backbone’, Moore ignored his mother’s concerns and stuck with his beloved craft.“I got so much negative feeds from people about how footballers from Guyana never make it and was determined to prove them wrong,” Moore stated, and pointed out that his Mother eventually saw his passion and encouraged him to follow his dreams.“To be honest it happened all so fast! I went from the U-15 national team all the way to senior team, to Trinidad to the USA then Kazakhstan and now Finland, where I’m married and settle with my family. I can say I enjoy it all; met some good people and friends and I thank God for this.”Moore, who is now a UEFA B Licensed Coach and is currently in the process of acquiring his A Licences, encouraged aspiring local players, to stay focussed and “that you can be whatever you want, all it takes is the mind-set to make it no matter how hard it seems.”last_img read more

Afcon 2015 hero Copa Barry retires from international football

first_imgIvory Coast goalkeeper Copa Barry has retired from international football nearly a month after his team won the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.The 35-year-old, who plies his trade at Belgian side Lokeren, was the hero of the 2015 Afcon final against Ghana, when he saved two spot kicks and transformed the decisive shot during the nerve-racking penalty shootout.“Every good thing has an end. I have decided to put an end to my international career with the Elephants of Ivory Coast,” he told Ivorian TV RTI on Monday.“I have always been proud to wear the shirt of Ivory Coast team. Good luck,” he said.Barry is the second player from the Afcon-winning squad to retire after defender Kolo Toure, who made his announcement three days after their triumph.Groomed at the Abidjan-based Asec football academy, Barry joined the national team in 2007, winning a total of 83 caps. TP Mazembe new signing Sylvain Gbohouo has long been picked as Barry’s replacement by coach Herve Renard, playing all five matches at the 2015 Afcon before being sidelined for the final due to injury.–last_img read more

B&H Football Team in Group for Draw With Other European Teams

first_imgThe International Football Federation (FIFA) announced today the groups that will be involved in the draw for the World Cup in Brazil. The B&H team was placed in hat 4 with other European teams.FIFA ranked nine teams in these hats, and there will be a draw to determine a team that will be placed in hat 2 with teams from Africa and South American, which is currently seven teams.-Hat 1: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Columbia, Belgium, Uruguay and Switzerland.-Hat 2: Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria and Cameroon.-Hat 3: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, Iran, South Korea and Australia.-Hat 4: Netherlands, Italy, England, Portugal, Greece, B&H, Croatia, France and Russi.The group drawing for the World Cup will be held on Friday at 17:00 according to Central European Time.(Source: Fena)last_img read more