Names In The News
Switzerland football coach OTTMAR HITZFELD "will quit after the World Cup in Brazil next year." However, he will continue his work as a TV analyst with a German cable network. Hitzfeld: "I like doing it, I'm always right" (REUTERS, 10/17). ... Porto center-back ELIAQUIM MANGALA has recruited JORGE MENDES as his new agent, "leading to speculation that he is inching towards a move to Chelsea" (SPORTS MOLE, 10/17). ... India Sports Minister JITENDRA SINGH "has expressed his desire to organise a felicitation function" in honor of cricketer SACHIN TENDULKAR and hoped that the legendary batsman will "work with the Ministry in future to promote sports in the country" (PTI, 10/17). ... Brazilian football legend PELE "broke down in tears on Wednesday as he recalled his celebrated career during the launch of a new book." The 500-page limited edition book weighs 15kg and has "a recommended retail price" of $1,700 (XINHUA, 10/16). ... Dutchman JACCO VERHAEREN was named as Australia's new swimming team head coach on Thursday. Verhaeren replaces LEIGH NUGENT, "who quit the post in March after poor results" at the 2012 London Olympics (XINHUA, 10/17). ... SuperSport CEO HAPPY NTSHINGILA "has decided to step down." Ntshingila "has been ill for a few months." Ntshingila said, "While recuperating I decided in the interest of my long-term health to not return to my position as CEO of SuperSport." Ntshingila "agreed to stay on in an advisory role to the MultiChoice Group CEO, assisting in marketing and other strategic initiatives" (SOWETAN LIVE, 10/17). ... Indian football Technical Director ROB BAAN, whose two-year contract with the All India Football Federation ends this month, "is set to extend his term for another year." There has been speculation that Baan would be leaving his post at the end of his term (PTI, 10/16). ... Bowing to pressure from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket South Africa is likely to keep CEO HAROON LORGAT "out of any future engagement with the Indian Board to ensure that the marquee tour by India goes ahead without any further hiccups" (PTI, 10/17).