Outgoing Everton manager David Moyes has paid tribute to the players he has overseen during his time at the club. Moyes is leaving Goodison Park this summer after over 11 years in charge to replace the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, with the 50-year-old’s final game as boss of the Merseyside outfit being this Sunday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Chelsea. Speaking at the Toffees’ end of season awards ceremony on Thursday night, Moyes was keen to praise the efforts of those who have played under him, and he said: “The memories I’ve got from Everton are going to live with me for a long time. I often think how lucky I am to not only have great players but great men. For that, I thank them all.” He added: “The character the players here have had is great. All the players in my time here have been great. I brought all the players in the current group to Everton, barring Ossie (Leon Osman) and Hibbo (Tony Hibbert). “I take full responsibility for the players we have here and I’ve always wanted to give the players everything we can and tell them that we will be challenging at the top of the league. “I always tell them we will keep getting better, and I believe we have. The group of players we have got are great. The way they work means they police themselves. “On the training ground every day, they are the ones who demand it of each other and after my time, they won’t allow it to change because there are too many players with the same approach. They know the standards we’ve set and what is required.” Phil Neville has been linked with the Everton post and there has also been talk of Moyes taking the departing club captain, who was not offered a new contract by the Toffees, with him to United. Moyes said of the defender: “He is a great man. He is someone who has been a great player and is a great ambassador for the club. “If Phil Neville could take a job up anywhere…he is really, really good at what he does, he is going through his coaching badges just now and he would be a good choice for any club.” Press Association
Kotoko forward, Abdul Fatawu Safiu, has made the team’s coach, C.K. AKonnor, a very happy man and he did not hide his excitement after the team’s 2-0 win over Berekum Chelsea on Wednesday in the Normalisation Committee Special Competition.Safiu scored a delightful Panenka penalty in the second half of the game to seal the result and take his tally to 6 in the competition.After the game, Akonnor shared his opinions of the player to the media.“He is doing well. He is brave and he has shown his qualities and he is telling that we did a good thing to bring him here to Kotoko. We are very happy to have him.”Safiu is currently leading the scorer’s chart in the competition after having scored against 2 against Eleven Wonders and AshGold respectively and single strikes against Bechem United and Berekum Chelsea.The expectations are that he will continue his scoring ways in the second round with Kotoko playing at Berekum Chelsea.Kotoko currently lead the Zone A table of the Special Competition with 13 points from 6 matches played.