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Abu Bakr enters new contract talks
Defender Radanfah Abu Bakr has commenced new contract negotiations with Lithuanian club FK Suduva following the end of the 2017 season in which he helped the club capture the Lithuania Premier League title for the first time in its existence.
Abu Bakr, who has also played in Denmark, is currently back home and intends to make the best of the time while here for the Christmas holiday.
“The long season has taken a lot out of me both physically and emotionally, so I plan to enjoy my break, away from the game, with family and friend,” Abu Bakr said.
“I’m in the process of finalising my contract extension. Pre season starts mid-January and I want to help the team build on our success this season. I’m especially eager to test myself in the club’s Champions League qualifying campaign,” he added.
In 2017, FK Suduva became the first Lithuanian football club after Zalgiris Vilnius and FK Ekranas to pass three qualifying rounds in European competition in 2017-18 Europa League.
Reflecting on the league success, Abu Bakr said, “It’s an extraordinary feeling to win any league, but especially so in Europe. I’m grateful to God for rewarding our hard work and sacrifice with this historic achievement. it’s the club’s first ever league title so that makes it extra special.,” he said.
Jones goes for second MLS Cup
National team defender Joevin Jones will be hoping to finish his time with Seattle Sounders on a second straight title-winning note when he takes the pitch for them against Toronto FC in the MLS Cup Final on December 9.
Jones was superb for Seattle in their 2-0 win over Houston Dynamo last week and followed up with another deft delivery that led to Clint Dempsey’s goal in Thursday’s 3-0 win over Houston.
“Obviously it would be great to leave Seattle on a winning note. It would be great to win the MLS Cup once again and I’m really looking forward to a performance that will help us bring it home,” said Jones who is due to join Bundesliga 2 club, SV Darmstadt in January.
Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer has already said that he expects Jones to be a complete professional following his decision to leave the camp back in September.
“He understands where he is with me and with his team-mates,” Schmetzer said. “He has to prove to them that he is absolutely, fully committed up until December 9 and that will dictate how he plays, when he plays.
“People make mistakes. There’s no getting around that. As far as I’m concerned, it’s put to bed.”
Jones has been nominated for the CONCACAF top defender award for 2017.
Shaun Fuentes served as an appointed FIFA Media Officer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals and is also a CONCACAF Champions League and tournament’s press officer.
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