Messi: Barcelona are not dependent on me

Lionel Messi insists Barcelona are not dependent on him, despite producing more match-winning goal heroics with a brace in the 2-0 Champions League victory at Celtic on Wednesday.

Messi opened the scoring by converting Neymar’s chipped pass then slotted in from the penalty spot to wrap up the win and secure top spot in Group C.

The striker’s double took his tally for the season to 18 goals in all competitions for Barcelona, but he played down his importance to Luis Enrique’s team.

“I don’t consider talk of Barca being Messi-dependent to be praise or a concern, because it’s not the case,” Messi said at an Adidas promotional event on Thursday.

“I’m in the best team in the world, [Barca] don’t depend on one player.”

Messi did not take questions about his future, amid speculation he is set to sign a new Barcelona contract, but he accepted his side’s next LaLiga match, at Real Sociedad on Sunday, where they have not won since 2007, will be tough.

“Anoeta is a complicated stadium where we haven’t won in years,” he said. “[Sociedad] always make things tough for us there and it’s going to be a hard game.

“In football these days it’s important to be organised. To have a team that is well-organised is the most important thing. To have a good team, everything starts there.”

Barcelona are four points adrift of leaders Real Madrid heading into this weekend.
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mCheza partners with Green Sport Africa to nurture new talents in Football

Gaming platform mCHEZA in partnership with Green Sports Africa have declared the 2016 Gold Cup Tournament open which commences from Monday 15th August at St. Marys School, Lavington, and closes on Saturday twentieth August at KRFU grounds, Ngong Road.

Mcheza sponsors Green Sport Africa soccer tournament, Gold Cup 2016

147 groups from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda have affirmed interest, which is 40 a greater number of groups than in the 2015 season.

Amid the competition, players stand an opportunity to be scouted by neighborhood and provincial clubs including Vipers from Uganda, Azam from Tanzania, Harambee stars, Gor Mahia and Bandari FC from Kenya, APR from Rwanda and TP Mazembe from Congo. The groups will likewise stand an opportunity to secure trials for openings in clubs in Africa and Europe, with grant open doors into the Green Sports Academy kindness of mCHEZA.

Talking amid the declaration, mCHEZA Chief Executive Officer Peter Karimi attested mCheza’s dedication to nurturing, and welcomed more youth to enroll for the competition. He additionally praised the Green Sports group for their nonstop endeavors to professionalize football in the nation.

“As part of our company’s social pillars, nurturing talent ranks high among our business objectives. Green Sports have been able to rope in scouts from leading football clubs in the region to witness their level of professionalism in managing football. The teams which will participate at the tournament are able to receive the exposure they need to take their talent to the next level,” noted Peter.

On his part, Green Sports Africa Co-founder and competition coordinator George Ouma communicated over the development of talent in the nation and encouraged players to practice well for a chance to play in national clubs.

“Beyond looking for players to sign up at the Green Sport Academy, we are offering the participants the opportunity to get signed up by local and regional clubs beyond Kenya’s borders whose scouts will be present. We therefore urge players to practice well as this opportunity may earn them a leading club,” said George.

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