LONDON (AP): Arsenal have issued a rare statement on Arsene Wenger’s future that gives no indication whether he will still be manager next season. Supporters protested against Wenger as Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich on Tuesday. On Arsenal’s website, chairman Chips Keswick says “we respect that fans are entitled to their different individual opinions but we will always run this great football club with its best long-term interests at heart.” Wenger, who last won the Premier League 13 years ago, has yet to say whether he wants to prolong a reign that started in 1996. Keswick says “Arsene has a contract until the end of the season. Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.”
SOME IMPROVEMENT “We want them to qualify much like the seniors … this year, we had eight teams from the parishes and it’s an improvement, but it’s not there yet,” Jureidini added. Speid believes they can win this and other international youth tournaments, like the Under-15 Cayman Airways International Youth Cup, which both clubs are currently participating in. “I participated in the Cayman Under-15 and won. We didn’t get proper representation the two years Harbour View went (CONCACAF Under-13). They weren’t good enough. If the best team had gone they would have done much better,” he added. Meanwhile Jureidini says getting up to standard and competing consistently should be the objective. “Winning these tournaments is irrelevant. While winning is good, it is not the most important thing. It’s proper development, proper exposure and doing the right thing,” he said. Since its inception three years ago, the CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League has generated a great deal of interest among local clubs, but most have been unhappy with the process used to select representatives for the tournament. The staging of a qualifying tournament this year to select the country’s representatives has been hailed as a massive improvement by Harbour View’s general manager Clyde Jureidini and Cavalier’s technical director Rudolph Speid, but both insist that it still needs improving. Cavalier won the KSAFA Under-13 title in 2014 and 2015 and Speid was unhappy that Harbour View got the CONCACAF nod both years, but he’s now pleased that an attempt is being made to select the best team. “I was winning the league and they never chose my team. Now they have a play-off. But before, they just chose Harbour View for two years … and Harbour View came last and I won,” he said. “But it’s better … at least they chose eight teams … this process is really an upgrade,” he added.. Jurideini also welcomes the new format. He, however, was quick to explain his club got the first two invitations. “The two years we were selected randomly, they wanted teams or combination of teams that have done well historically or were doing well, but neither process is perfect,” he explained. However, discussions with participating clubs and local interests led to the implementation of a qualifying tournament.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It just wasn’t getting better fast enough,” she said. “But I’ll be back next year. I’m trying to stay positive.” Tulikihihifo initially thought she’d be able to return from the injury, suffered during the preseason, by the beginning of November, but her recovery process has been slower than expected. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Without her in the lineup, the Matadors have struggled. After a 76-70 win Monday at UC Riverside, CSUN is 4-10 and 1-2 in Big West play. Tulikihihifo has not played in a game this year. “Ofa commanded a lot of respect from opponents, and without her, we have had to create a new identity,” first-year coach Staci Schulz said. “But other players have been able to produce in her absence and make key contributions to help us win.” – Ramona Shelburne Cal State Northridge women’s basketball player Ofa Tulikihihifo will redshirt this season with a stress fracture of her left tibia. Tulikihihifo, a senior guard, is a three-time All-Big West Conference first-team selection. She has led the Matadors in scoring each of the past three seasons.