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Kearney coy on Nikorima joining Warriors

first_imgNikorima has been left out of the Broncos side to play South Sydney tomorrow with Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold saying he needed time to ponder his future.Seibold has said he couldn’t guarantee the out of form Nikorima a future at the NRL club beyond 2020.An announcement on Nikorima’s early release from the Broncos is believed to be imminent and Kearney confirmed the Warriors had offered Nikorima a four year deal from 2020 but Brisbane appear ready to let him go sooner although Kearney was sensitive about discussing Nikorima’s immediate future.”Whatever happens this year or (in the future) that’s in the (Broncos and Kodi Nikorima’s agent) hands and that’s all I need to say about that,” said Kearney.”I’m happy to talk about Sunday’s match and who’s available and who’s not available but that’s all I have to say on the (Nikorima) matter.”Senior Warriors players have dismissed concerns about Nikorima’s patchy form for Brisbane saying his arrival at the club would be a “great buy”.”I think it genuinely is going to be a great buy for the club,” said hooker Isaac Luke.Kearney was happier to talk about the NRL conceding a refereeing error effectively cost his side a win over the Melbourne Storm last week.The NRL’s head of football Graham Annesley said earlier this week that the referees made an error in awarding Melbourne a decisive penalty in the Storm’s 13-12 win.While frustrated Kearney said it’s good the NRL can admit the mistake “which wasn’t always the way in the past.””I get that everyone makes mistake but in that situation it was pretty tough to take given the circumstances of the game but you’ve got to live with it and I am hoping that we get a couple of those (decisions going our way) in the near future.last_img read more

Brazilian football star Kaka announces retirement

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL ‘One of football’s greatest talents’He won the Copa del Rey in 2011 and was part of Jose Mourinho’s team that won the league crown a year later, but he fell out of favour in Madrid and returned to Milan on a free transfer in September 2013.Kaka was unveiled as the face of Major League Soccer’s expansion franchise Orlando City in 2014, heading home for a brief reunion with Sao Paulo ahead of the US club’s debut season in 2015. He scored the MLS team’s first ever goal and was the North American league’s highest-paid player for three years running before leaving Orlando in October.Kaka scored 29 goals in 92 international appearances for Brazil, although having been overlooked for the 2014 World Cup on home soil he was also ruled out of last year’s Copa America Centenario by injury.In November, media reports said he had been considering a move to Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng in the Chinese Super League.Spain’s La Liga paid homage to Kaka on its Twitter account, saying: “One of football’s greatest talents is hanging up his boots after a glittering career.”However, Kaka said his transition off the pitch wasn’t being taken for granted.“The fact of having had successes as a professional player does not mean I will or won’t be a good manager. So I want to prepare myself for this going ahead, to study, to follow, to be closer to certain clubs, especially those where I played,” he told Globo. COMMENT SHARE December 18, 2017 Published on sport Former Brazilian World Cup champion Kaka announced his retirement as a player, suggesting that a management career at his old club AC Milan could be on the cards.“I am preparing to continue in football and to have a different role, but I will no longer be a professional player, an athlete,” the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner told Globo television. “I would like to take part in a club in a role more like…a manager, a sporting director—someone between the field and the club,” he said.Kaka, 35, said AC Milan “recently made this proposal”.On his Twitter feed, a devout Christian Kaka, who was part of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning team, wrote: “Father, It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus’ name. Amem.”He started his storied career with Sao Paulo in Brazil, where his performances attracted the attention of Europe’s leading clubs and prompted a move to Milan in 2003.It was while at Milan that Kaka picked up the Ballon d’Or, awarded annually to the world’s best player. He was the last player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to receive the prize.He also helped the Italian side to a Serie A title in 2003–04 and propelled Milan to 2007 Champions League glory, scoring a competition-best 10 goals as the club were crowned kings of Europe for the seventh time.The hugely talented attacking midfielder joined Real Madrid in 2009 for a then world record transfer worth 68 million euros ($89 million, £56 million), but Kaka struggled to consistently reproduce his top form in the Spanish capital. × football COMMENTSlast_img read more