Greece Football League side Panserraikos were linked to Uganda international young striker Herman Wasswa, but the deal has been left ignored.
The former Masaka LC and SC Villa striker was a free agent after he decided to ignore the new deal his club Kampala CCA offered him. He wanted a biggest quest, so he was particularly looking out for a fresh challenge. The player’s agent Geoffrey Kayemba confirmed that other clubs were keen on landing the forward this summer, due to his combination of qualities.
There were reports linking Jinja based Uganda Premier League club Bul to the player. Kawowo Sports reported that the agent of the player confirmed that Bul reached out with the hope to land the player, but reported that Wasswa was yet to sign a deal.
“The truth is, Bul just like many other clubs are interested in signing Herman [Wasswa]. But that just that nothing has happened,” Kayemba said. Also, Kayemba confirmed reports linking Wasswa to a move to Greece to play for Panserraikos: “There is also interest from some Lebanese club, and other Ugandan sides but a decision on his next destination will be known soon,” trying not to be too specific.
Olympiakos received a major shock just at the start of a new season after manager Marco Silva announced his resignation with immediate effect. Silva has taken this decision after talking with the club’s board, who have moved in swiftly to appoint Victor Sanchez.
The former Deportivo La Coruna manager will immediately take charge of the club, who are in preparations for the new season. Silva claimed that he has had to take this decision due to personal reasons, but it has been rumoured heavily in Portugal that Silva will be given a job alongside Fernando Santos at the national team level.
The Deputy Minister of Sport Stavros Kontonis filed a report to the European footballing body over the provocative banner that fans displayed when Albania played Switzerland at the Euro 2016 tournament that is ongoing in France.
The banner read “GREECE IS GUILTY REMEMBER THE GENOCIDE IN CAMARA 100,000 ALBANIAN VICTIMS.”
The banner claimed the country remains guilty over allegations of genocide of Chams, following WWII. The Greek Deputy Minister sent the complaints to UEFA arguing that the banner was “provocative, defamatory, unhistorical and offensive to Greece.” He questioned how it was raised, given the major security concerns and planning. The so-called ‘Cham issue’ was also raised ahead of the recent official visit to Albania by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias.
Kostas Fortounis signed the dotted lines, extending his contract with champions Olympiakos Piraeus.
The deal with will remain valid till the year 2020 successfully shut all speculations over the future of the Greek midfielder when he signed on Friday.
Fortounis, 23, netted 25 goals in 53 games for the club, playing in attacking midfield position. His performance attracted interests from lots of clubs in England with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly tracking him on the back of the best season of his career. On signing the contract Fortounis said:
“I would like to thank the president, I’m delighted that I’ll continue my career here and I’ll give everything to make sure we are always champions and win trophies.”
Fortounis scored twice in 19 games for his country and picked up the Super League’s top scorer with 18 goals this past season. He broke the record when he became only the third player in his club’s history to record double-digit figures for goals and assists in one season. The Greece international was also largely responsible for 43rd league crown victory of the club. This made the club add a high release clause in the new deal to keep him tied with the Erythrolefki. The new deal is offering him roughly €1 million a year, doubling his previous agreement of €400,000. The new release clause is now €20 – €25 million is he decides to leave before 2020.
Panserraikos managed to recover their form and beat Zakynthos 2-1 in a well-contested match.
The game itself was won in the first half with 2 goals coming from Tsim and Papatzikos.
However, it was the host who started the match well and created some chances at the onset of the game. Kastaniotis will fire a shot that will miss the target. Panserraikos will gradually come back in the match and take control of the midfield. They will be rewarded in the 23rd minutes when Tsim will steal the ball from a Zakynthos player and fired a strong shot that will give the goalkeeper no chance.
Just a few minutes later, the host will have an opportunity to equalize with Zaire. His shot will rebound off the post and go out of play.
After this occasion, Panserraikos will retake control of the game and create chances after chances. In the 33rd minute, they will be awarded a corner which Papatzikos will score to make the score 2-0. Zakynthos will struggle to create any chances until the break, and both teams reached half-time with the score 2-0.
Following the stadium ban imposed on Olympiakos, the game was played in an empty stadium, but this did not prevent Olympiakos players from enjoying themselves on the pitch. They demonstrated the same cohesion, determination and technical abilities that allow them to win the Greek Super League with 6 games to spare.
Olympiakos started the game well and kept possession of the ball for long periods of the match. Panthrakikos was happy to let their opponents have the ball provided they do not create goal scoring opportunities against them.