THE FIFA Goal Project in Jamaica situated on the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus was on Monday officially renamed the University of the West Indies/Jamaica Football Federation/Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence in honour of the late president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).Captain Burrell died on June 6 in the United States after a year-long battle with cancer.Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of UWI Mona Campus, Professor Archibald McDonald, revealed during the unveiling ceremony that the Centre of Excellence will be incorporated into the soon-to-be established Faculty of Sport and will offer courses for local coaches and players.The ceremony was attended by several stakeholders in Jamaican football as well as former Technical Director Rene Simoes under whose guidance Jamaica qualified for the FIFA 1998 World Cup in France to become the first nation from the English-speaking Caribbean to do so.The renaming ceremony forms part of a series of activities aimed at honouring the legacy of the late JFF president whose body lay in state at the National Arena in Kingston yesterday, June 27. No pictures were allowed to be taken during the event that took place between 10:00hrs and 14:00hrs (11:00hrs to 15:00hrs ECT).A Thanksgiving Service will also be held at the National Area today, starting at 10:00hrs (11:00hrs ECT) where a number of local artistes will deliver musical tributes.
Mkhitaryan had featured in 11 games during the Europa League campaign and his absence will be a big blow as Arsenal look for the victory they need to qualify for next season’s Champions League.“We have written to UEFA expressing our deep concerns about this situation,” the Arsenal statement added.“We’re also very sad that a player will miss out on a major European final in circumstances such as this, as it is something that comes along very rarely in a footballer’s career.“Micki has been a key player in our run to the final so this is a big loss for us from a team perspective.”Armenia captain Mkhitaryan skipped the Gunners’ Europa League fixture against Qarabag in October because of tensions caused by a dispute over the Nagorny Karabakh region.Azerbaijan and Armenia have feuded over Nagorny Karabakh since Armenian separatists seized the territory in a war that claimed about 30,000 lives in the early 1990s.A ceasefire was agreed in 1994 but the two countries remain locked in a bitter dispute with frequent exchanges of fire, and tensions are such that Mkhitaryan also did not travel to Azerbaijan with former club Borussia Dortmund for a Europa League match against Galaba FK in 2015.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Henrikh MkhitaryanLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku amid fears over his safety.Mkhitaryan’s well-being was a concern for Arsenal due to the tense political dispute between Armenia and final hosts Azerbaijan.The Premier League club have decided against Mkhitaryan travelling with the rest of Unai Emery’s squad for next Wednesday’s game.“We are very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea,” an Arsenal statement announced on Tuesday.“We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of the squad but after discussing this with Micki and his family we have collectively agreed he will not be in our travelling party.”Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the UK, Tahir Taghizadeh, had insisted Mkhitaryan would be free from any threat of violence, but it was reported the star didn’t believe he would be safe on the pitch.“Having considered all the current options, we had to take the tough decision for me not to travel with the squad to the UEL Final against Chelsea,” Mkhitaryan tweeted.“It’s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often for us players and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it. I will be cheering my teammates on! Let’s bring it home.”