“Juan has been popular within the group, although doesn’t speak the language let, but always has a smile on his face, so all the new players have fitted in very well off the pitch.” Howe added: “It is nice to have done some early business, but it is all relative because we lost players earlier in the season and so we are really just trying to replace those numbers, to make sure we have enough strength in depth to attack the second half of the season.” Bournemouth are 16th, a place and two points below Norwich. “A win would be really important for us. Our home form has been patchy so we want to start a consistent run,” said Howe, who could be without midfielder Matt Ritchie because of a dead leg. “We know the importance of the games in this month, all we can do is give our best to achieve what we want to.” Howe said: “It goes without saying we like Lewis a lot, from his previous spell here, he knows what we want and we know him, that is really important when you have a short period of the season left. “He has not had a lot of football in the past few months, so that plays a part in our thinking, how match fit is he? So we will make a decision on that. “I don’t think any player has to pull me to say they are desperate to start, because that is a given with anyone in my squad.” Howe i s confident Bournemouth’s new signings are made of the right stuff to help keep the club in the Barclays Premier League. The Cherries have been busy in the January transfer window. As well as Grabban, they have recruited Roma forward Juan Iturbe on loan and paid a record £12million fee for Benik Afobe. “It is early days, but all three of our new players are really good characters,” Howe said at a press conference. “Lewis knows us from having worked with us before, so there are no issues with him, he can acclimatise very quickly because he knows the majority of the players anyway. “Benik is a good character and young player again, so there is no problem with him fitting in. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has yet to decide whether to unleash striker Lewis Grabban against his old club Norwich at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday. The 28-year-old rejoined the Cherries in an £ 8million deal earlier this week, having left in June 2014, and came off the bench during the second half of the 3-1 home defeat by West Ham on Tuesday night. Given the player’s lack of first-team football this season – having fallen out of favour at Carrow Road after being unable to move during the last transfer window – Grabban may have to wait for a chance to show Norwich manager Alex Neil what he can do against players he was training with just last week. Press Association
OF the questions asked of sport infrastructure within Guyana, the one frequently asked by the cycling fraternity is: “When will we get a velodrome?” For months there has been chatter concerning a velodrome being built in Guyana to further the advancement of cycling within the country. There has been an overwhelming amount of letters sent to high offices within the country with this theme.In a recent Chronicle Sport article, former national cycling coach and two-time Olympian, Victor Rutherford, had some input in the discussions.“Guyana is the only major country in the Caribbean and South America that doesn’t have a track; Suriname has, Barbados has, Jamaica has, Trinidad and Tobago has at least five. We have the potential for cycling,and history shows that,” Rutherford contended.Rutherford also recounted his days of cycling,which attracted large crowds at the Seawall Bandstand, and his belief that those days can return with the construction of a velodrome.His organisation is the Guyana Cycling Association of North America (GCANA).Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, when asked by Chronicle Sport about the velodrome, stated that talks relating to the velodrome were still at the discussion phase.“The biggest issue at hand right now is (that) of space to house the velodrome, as well as funding for the project.”Jones also added that he was open to discussions with the Guyana Cycling Federation with regard to the velodrome and funding.“Once funding can be identified along with the space, the plans for a velodrome can become a soon reality,” stated Jones.A velodrome is an arena for track cycling which is done indoors.
Coach David Duncan will be formally introduced to the media and the general public at Kotoko’s secretariat in Kumasi on Thursday at 9:30am.Duncan, who arrived in Kumasi on Wednesday is expected to meet management before Thursday’s event. Kotoko and Coach Duncan have agreed on a two-year contract.Coach Duncan was in Algeria, where Kotoko drew 0-0 with MC El Eulma last Saturday.Although Duncan was in the North African country only to “observe” proceedings ahead of the second leg game, he ended up on the bench, teaming up with deputy coach, Michael Osei to secure what many have termed as a “desirable” away result.