Rabat- The technical director of the Moroccan football team, Jamal Fathi, considers the controversy over Moroccan-Belgian footballer Marouane Fellaini to be overstated, explaining that it was Fellaini who refused to join the Moroccan team.After his brilliant performance with the Belgium team in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, especially in his most recent match against Japan, the Moroccan-Belgian player Marouane Fellaini has caught the attention of Moroccan sport followers lately. As a result, many Moroccan fans have blamed Fathi, a former Moroccan Olympic team coach, for not recruiting Fellaini into the national team.In response to speculations about Fellaini on social media, Fathi reported to the daily Moroccan newspaper “Al Akhbar” that everyone can join the Moroccan team without exception. He said he had already given a chance to Fellaini to join Morocco in 2005, but Fellaini could not prove himself good enough for the national team at that time. Fathi recalled that he was behind the appearance of some talented players like Benatia, El Ahmadi, and Dirar, in addition to many local players.“Some people have a short memory. We had already sent an invitation to Fellaini to join the national Olympic team. However, he declined the invitation. He was even playing for the Belgian team that we faced in Belgium and we beat 3-1.”“Mohamed Fakhir had also sent Fellaini a second invitation to play with the national team of Morocco, but his invitation was expressively refused, favoring the Belgians’ team,” he added.Fathi does not understand the reactions and criticisms brought over the emergence of Belgium’s defender in the 2018 World Cup. “We must end this story that has lasted 13 years.”Fathi denied claims that he had said “Fellaini’s physique and height were not those of a footballer.” He stressed that this talk cannot be made by a national sports coach who operates within a training and coaching framework.“My position within the training system, whether at the local, African or international level, requires me to set an example for other national coaches,” he concluded.
“I just sat there and listened to their horrible stories,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers said after visiting some of the refugees in eastern Chad’s Touloum transit centre. He called for intensified efforts to bring peace to the Darfur region of western Sudan where the conflict between rebel movements, militias and the Government has also displaced an estimated 1 million people internally. Noting that the refugees seemed very traumatized, Mr. Lubbers added: “There’s no immediate prospect for them to go back now. UNHCR’s role is to accommodate them in Chad until it is safe for them to go back to Darfur.” It could be “months and months” before they could even begin to think of returning home, he said.Touloum houses more than 4,800 refugees, many of whom live in huts made of branches and UNHCR plastic sheeting. Some told Mr. Lubbers they fled after their villages were bombed by a plane, then attacked by militia. They walked for days to Tine on the border and built makeshift shelters before being moved by UNHCR to the safer site of Touloum.Today the High Commissioner is scheduled to meet the UN Special Envoy to Sudan, Tom Eric Vraalsen, in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2013 1:10 pm MDT US consumer debt increased $13.6B in August but credit card use fell for 3rd straight month WASHINGTON – Americans cut back on using their credit cards in August for a third straight month, a sign that consumers remain cautious about spending.Consumers increased their borrowing $13.6 billion in August to a seasonally adjusted $3.04 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Monday. That’s a record and it followed a gain of $10.4 billion in July.Once again, the increase in borrowing was driven entirely by auto and student loans. A measure of those loans rose $14.5 billion to $2.19 trillion.But credit card debt dropped $883 million to roughly $850 billion. The decline could hold back consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 per cent of economic growth.The report highlighted trends that have surfaced in the post-recession economy.The measure of auto and student loans has risen 8.2 per cent from a year ago and in every month but one since May 2010. But credit card debt is essentially where it was a year ago. And it is 16.9 per cent below its peak hit in July 2008 — seven months after the Great Recession began.Slow but steady job growth and small wage gains have made many Americans more reluctant to charge goods and services. Consumers may also be hesitant to take on high-interest debt because they are paying higher Social Security taxes this year.At the same time, the weak economy is persuading more people to attend college. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York quarterly report on consumer credit shows student loan debt has been the biggest driver of borrowing since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009.The Fed has just started separating out student loans from auto loans. But that data are two months behind the report. For June, the most recent month available, student loans totalled $1.18 billion while auto loans totalled $841 million. Those figures are not seasonally adjusted.The economy grew at a modest 2.5 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Most economists expect growth slowed in the July-September quarter to an annual rate of about 2 per cent or less, held back in part by weaker growth in consumer spending.Analysts had thought that consumers would step up spending and help drive faster growth in the final three months of the year. But a partial government shutdown has now lasted a week and will leave hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks. That is likely to further dampen consumer spending and hold back growth in the October-December quarter.The consumer credit report is one of the few government reports issued since the shutdown began. The Fed kept operating because it does not depend on budget appropriations from Congress.The Fed’s borrowing report tracks credit card debt, auto loans and student loans but not mortgages, home equity loans or other loans secured by real estate.