Saudi football needs complete overhaul

Updated 15 January 2013

Saudi football needs complete overhaul

Last Saturday, our national team sadly left the GCC Cup too early. Due to our very poor performance, nonetheless. We didn’t deserve to stay a minute longer. We need a complete overhaul in our football. We have players and a coach who seems to be demotivated, even uninterested. It was as if they couldn’t wait to leave the tournament. The spirit is lost, how do we get it back?
Mr. Rijkaard, our coach is a non- Saudi who handles the national team contractually. He gets a big check but can’t make a big play. So far, he only managed to beat Yemen 2-0. I think we need a new coach.
Another issue could be the bad effects on the players of our sports media including ex-players who are have very biased opinions on certain players. I noticed that Hilal players get constant criticism. Don’t they know that it’s actually the national team and the players should not be defined by Al-Hilal or Al-Ahli anymore. They’re all playing as one team.
But the most important of all is more time and patience. Let’s get real, our FIFA ranking is 126. That should say it all. We are at the bottom. We must start over and improve our performance. Let’s get on the right track.

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Sri Lanka 244 all out in 1st innings of 2nd test vs New Zealand

Updated 24 August 2019

Sri Lanka 244 all out in 1st innings of 2nd test vs New Zealand

  • New Zealand batted for two overs and went to lunch on the third day at one run without loss
  • Sri Lanka won the first test by six wickets in Galle and looks to sweep the two-test series

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Dhananjaya de Silva scored his fifth test century to rally Sri Lanka from trouble and reach a competitive 244 runs in the first innings of the second test against New Zealand on Saturday.
New Zealand batted for two overs and went to lunch on the third day at one run without loss.
De Silva walked in to bat when Sri Lanka was 93 for four and saw quick wickets fall at the other end pushing Sri Lanka to 131 for six. He survived at nine when fast bowler Trent Boult dropped an easy high catch off his own bowling; but he made good his luck and held the Sri Lanka innings together facing 148 deliveries hitting 16 boundaries and a six.
He shared 41 runs with No. 8 batsman Dilruwan Perera (13) and 43 runs with Suranga Lakmal (10) at No.9.
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne made 65 while opening the batting.
Sri Lanka resumed day three at 144 for six and left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel trapped Perera lbw for New Zealand’s first breakthrough for the day.
Fast bowler Tim Southee continued his good run from the second day, taking two more wickets to finish with four for 63. Boult had three for 75.
Sri Lanka won the first test by six wickets in Galle and looks to sweep the two-test series.