Top-scorer in Jordan Premier League switches to the Saudi Pro League

Polish striker Lukasz Gikiewicz has joined Al-Batin
Updated 12 July 2018
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Top-scorer in Jordan Premier League switches to the Saudi Pro League

LONDON: Al-Batin have made a bold statement by signing the top-scorer in the Jordan Premier League last season.
Lukasz Gikiewicz has signed for the Saudi Pro League club on a free transfer from Al-Faisaly where he scored 14 goals last season. The much-traveled striker, who has signed for his 16th different club, will add much-neeed firepower to the Al-Batin frontline that misfired last season, scoring just 35 goals in 26 games. Even second-bottom Al-Raed scored more than them last season.


Gikiewicz has experience of playing in the Gulf as he joined Al-Wahda in 2015, but he lasted just five months before moving to Thai outfit Ratchaburi.
Gikiewicz was one of five new signings announced on Wednesday by Al-Batin who have clearly decided to revamp their squad under Romanian coach Ciprian Panait.
Colombian midfielder Misael Riascos, Brazilian defenders Joao Gabriel and Lucas Tagliapietra and midfielder Andrés Fernandes Gonçalves have all joined the Al-Samawi who have finished 12th and 11th since being promoted to the top flight.


‘Welcome back’: Alex Ferguson at United game for first time since brain operation

Updated 22 September 2018
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‘Welcome back’: Alex Ferguson at United game for first time since brain operation

  • Ferguson, who managed United for 27 years, was left fighting for his life after being rushed to hospital in May
  • Ferguson, speaking to MUTV, admitted it was a big moment to be back at the stadium where one of the stands is named after him

MANCHESTER: Alex Ferguson made an emotional return to Manchester United on Saturday for the first time since the club’s legendary former manager had emergency brain surgery.
Ferguson, who managed United for 27 years, was left fighting for his life after being rushed to hospital in May.
But the 76-year-old Scot has made a good recovery and a picture of Ferguson arriving at Old Trafford ahead of United’s Premier League clash with Wolves was posted on United’s official Twitter account on Saturday.
The picture’s caption read: “Welcome back to Old Trafford, Sir Alex.”

Ferguson, speaking to MUTV, admitted it was a big moment to be back at the stadium where one of the stands is named after him in recognition of his incredible achievements with United.
“I’m really good. Obviously it’s been a long journey and I’m gradually making steps forward, doing what my son tells me and what the doctors tell me, so, yeah, I’m really good,” he said.
“I’m a bit nervous, to be honest with you, maybe a bit tense really because I think my last game was Arsenal back in April. It was a long time but it’s great to be back and I just hope we get a win today.
“It’s great to go back to the stadium and it’s going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts, things like that. It had to happen some time and I’ve been looking forward to it. The important thing was getting the right time and the right rest before coming to a game.
“It’s bound to be emotional. Particularly when I take my seat in the box. That will be something, you know. I’ll be glad when it gets over and the game starts and I can enjoy it.”

Asked about the messages of support he had received, Ferguson added: “It was unbelievable.
“There were thousands of cards, and they kept arriving at Salford Royal Hospital. I’d left by that time but they kept coming and kept coming. The number of emails, texts and personal cards to the house, it was just amazing. It really was.
“I’m overcome by it and overwhelmed by it. I think, if you remember, I did the message to thank the people who had taken the time to send me messages. It was really important to do that.
“Some of the doctors are here (as special guests) who did the operation and I thought it was the right thing to do. It’s great to be back.”
United also posted a message on their Twitter feed encouraging fans attending Saturday’s game to be in their seats 15 minutes before the 3pm kick-off “as we prepare to honor Sir Alex’s return.”
Ferguson, who retired in 2013, won 38 trophies during a 26-year spell in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.
Prior to that he won 11 trophies with Aberdeen.