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18 SPORT Monday, January 8 2018 | NEW ERA Philippe Coutinho - Phillipe Coutinho Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Liverpool have reached an agreement for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho. The player will sign a contract for the remainder of the season and 400 million euros. Barcelona after demonstrating his class as a player with Liverpool and the Brazilian national side. Born on 12 June 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Coutinho is one of the most The Brazilian has shown his talent and class at the highest level with and the Brazilian national side. journey in his hometown with Vasco de Gama and at the age of just 18, new stage of his career at Serie A giants Inter Milan with whom he would go to make his Champions After two and half seasons in Milan and six months in Barcelona Coutinho made the move to the Premier League when he signed for Liverpool in January 2013. Champions, the Brazilian quickly A versatile attacking force The Brazilian is a versatile presence in the squad as his technical His attacking instincts also mean that he is equally at home in a more advanced role on the wing. Coutinho is quick and always willing to take on defenders and his nose for goal 13 times for Liverpool last season. A Brazilian international since Copa América in 2015 and 2016 for his country as well as playing a vital part in helping the ‘canarinha’ qualify for the 2018 World Cup Federer lauds Hingis after Hopman win former Hopman Cup teammate Martina Hingis on his career after guiding Switzerland to their third success in the mixed teams tournament in Perth, on Saturday. Federer looked primed for his Australian Open title defence when world No 4 Alexander Zverev in cic in straight sets to level the tie against Germany. The Swiss duo then claimed the tournament with a straight-sets win For the 36-year-old Federer, it was a second title in Perth, having - he teamed with Hingis. At that time, Federer was just 19 and was yet to win at an ATP event. He said the time spent with Hingis in Perth had a profound effect on his career, which now includes 19 Grand Slam singles titles. Hingis was the youngest ever Grand Slam champion and world No 1, spending 209 weeks at the top Grand Slam singles titles. Federer visited Perth with Hingis twice, once as a hitting partner and then in 2001 as her teammate, and said it shaped his career. “I could look up to her and think, strong and so consistent at such a young age,” the Swiss star recalled. with hard work and dedication when I was younger, I thought it was more all talent,” he added. Federer was thrilled to add a second Hopman Cup to his glittering resume and said it was a very “It is totally different to when was the apprentice and she was the master,” he said. matches in the tournament prior to set against the 20-year-old Zverev, 6-7 (4/7), 6-0, 6-2. man Cup last year and came out all ous as the set slipped away, dropping his racquet after missing an easy wards the roof. However, he turned the net more often and using drop shots to catch Zverev napping. The frustration changed sides of the net as the German copped a code after disputing the chair umpire’s decision to replay one of his serves during the second set. Zverev’s serve, and resolve, was shot, which sealed the win. starting last year at No 1, then maintained her perfect singles record 6-1 to level the tie. Bencic, who was ranked seventh in the fourth and sixth games. That set the scene for the mixed some stunning returns on the Zverev Federer to claim the title with an emphatic 4-3 (5/3), 4-2 win under the Fast4 format. – Nampa/AFP

Monday, January 8 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 19 Hughes sacked as Stoke manager - side’s shock FA Cup third round brink of being dismissed prior to Pondering the future… Mark Hughes the contract of manager Mark - match, former Manchester City “Has it changed anything (his ternoon? Is it any different from the end of the season, it might be - - them fresh for a match against - cism for the former Manchester – Nampa/ AFP Upbeat Useb living the dream with the Warriors New kid on the block… Brave War- winger Des Useb The Brave Warriors are the underdogs in a strong group featuring Ivory Coast, Zambia and Uganda. Staff reporter Windhoek MTC Premiership returnees Life sensation Desmond Useb is up- representing Namibia at this year’s African Nations Championship Namibia is pitted in the group - from Outjo in the Kunene Region, cards cost Cheetahs - “I joined Life Fighters this sea- “I’m so happy and excited and - continue doing my best for my infringements, and in the ensuing - at the start of the current campaign and featured in 14 games and is here I am in Tunis and going to a dream coming true for me and as they reappeared, to open up an To their credit, the Cheetahs did Caucus… Dejected Cheetah’s players pondering their next move. - Marrakesh, Morocco on Sunday and confronts Uganda four days The Warriors line-up is as follows: Loydt Kazapua, Ted - Kambanda, Dynamo Fredericks, Martin, Abes Iimbondi, Kumbee Katjiteo, Des Useb, Vitapi Ngaruka, Ita Keimuine and Himeezembi Additional informa-

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