Hockey coach chairs Saints
Premier League club Southampton on Wednesday named Canadian ice hockey guru Ralph Krueger as their new chairman. The 54-year-old, who has never previously worked in soccer, succeeds Nicola Cortese, who stepped down in January. A former ice hockey player and NHL coach, Krueger most recently worked as a consultant to Canada’s gold medal-winning ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. “I am honoured to take on the role of chairman of Southampton Football Club and the [holding company] group,” Krueger said in a statement published on the club Web site. Italian banker Cortese left Southampton in January after overseeing the club’s resurrection from bankruptcy and the English third tier to the Premier League. Owner Katharina Liebherr took over from Cortese on a temporary basis when he stepped down, but Krueger will now be responsible for the day-to-day running of the club. He will be joined at St Mary’s by a new director, Hans Hofstetter.
Malawi quit Nations Cup
Cash-strapped Malawi have withdrawn from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition, the national soccer association said on Wednesday. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu told reporters in the commercial capital, Blantyre, that a shortage of government funding meant the country could enter only one CAF competition. And FAM chose the African youth championship over the Cup of Nations following a government request to prioritize development. “We prioritized the youth championship over the Cup of Nations because our government has stressed the need for football development,” Nyamilandu said. Malawi were not among 21 countries exempt from a three-round qualifying competition ahead of the final group phase to decide which teams advance to the 2015 tournament in Morocco.
Favre, ’Gladbach sign deal
Borussia Moenchengladbach announced on Wednesday that coach Lucien Favre has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the Bundesliga club until June 2017. The 56-year-old Swiss, whose existing deal was due to expire at the end of next season, has enjoyed a successful period in charge of the Foals since arriving at the helm in February 2011. “Lucien has done exceptional things for us in the past three years. His name is inextricably linked with avoiding relegation in 2011 and our return to European football in 2012,” sporting director Max Eberl told the club Web site. Former Hertha Berlin coach Favre steered Gladbach to Bundesliga survival against the odds in 2011 and took them to fourth place in his first full season. They finished eighth last season and also lie eighth with 10 games of this campaign remaining.
World Cup to recycle
World Cup organizers on Wednesday said that an estimated 320 tonnes of solid waste that the June 12 to July 13 event is expected to generate will be sent for recycling. The government World Cup Web portal said organizers expect each match to generate about 5 tonnes of recyclable waste, based on the experience of last year’s Confederations Cup. Teams of recyclable material pickers, 840 in all, will be deployed across the 12 venues and what they pick up will be sent to recycling cooperatives. Organizers are also rolling out a public awareness campaign aimed at fans as part of a sustainability strategy.