Sacked after defeat to India, Thailand head coach praises Sunil Chhetri & Co.

first_imgSacked after defeat to India, Thailand head coach praises Sunil Chhetri & Co.Thailand head coach Milovan Rajevac was sacked hours after India’s stunning 4-1 win. He said his side’s opponents thoroughly deserved to take all three points.advertisement Press Trust of India Abu DhabiJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 13:27 IST Milovan Rajevac was sacked by the Football Association of Thailand after losing 4-1 to India (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFootball Association of Thailand sacked head coach Milovan Rajevac after teams lossThailand were humiliated 4-1 by India in their opening AFC Asian Cup group matchRajevac after the loss had said India thoroughly deserved to take all three pointsThe humiliating loss to India in the Asian Cup has resulted in Thailand head coach Milovan Rajevac’s sacking but the Serb was effusive in his praise for the Stephen Constantine-coached side.Rajevac, who was sacked by Football Association of Thailand hours after India’s stunning 4-1 win on Monday, said his side’s opponents thoroughly deserved to take all three points.”They (India) absolutely deserved to win the match. For us, the first half was mostly okay, even though we conceded the opening goal after a corner of our own. In the second period, India were more aggressive, and they clearly wanted the victory,” Rajevac said.The NEW second highest (active) International goalscorer @chetrisunil11 pic.twitter.com/8lLG1XrIAv#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019″We under-performed after the break. At the start of the second half we conceded an early goal which forced us to open up a little as we tried to find an equaliser. The real problem for us was that we did not have a response to India’s aggressive style of play.”The Serbian, who took Ghana to the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after stints in Qatar and Algeria, was appointed Thailand head coach in April 2017. He then signed for a two-year contract extension in February last year.But recent failures in the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation Cup, where the five-time champions crashed out with a semifinals loss to Malaysia, caused a fan uproar.Rajevac’s assistant Sirisak Yodyardthai will take over as interim head coach for the rest of the tournament, beginning with the team’s group match against Bahrain on Thursday.advertisement”I would like to announce the termination of the contract of the head coach of the Thai national team Milovan Rajevac and also announce the appointment of Sirisak Yodyardthai to perform the duties with the team,” FA Thailand president Somyot Poompanmoung said in a statement.”…FA Thailand has fully supported the preparations of the national team with the intention of producing better results than before. But the result (against India) is not what is expected of the Thai national team and that our supporters deserve,” he said.India are now on top of Group A with three points ahead of Bahrain and hosts United Arab Emirates, who are tied on a point apiece after their drawn opening match.Also Read | AFC Asian Cup: India not getting carried away with the win, says Stephen ConstantineAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play againstAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri overtakes Messi as India thrash Thailand 4-1 to create historyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Milovan RajevacFollow ThailandFollow CoachFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow IndiaFollow Sunil Chhetrilast_img read more

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UN officials urge eradication of sexual violence in Africas Great Lakes region

“Sexual violence not only wreaks havoc in the lives of individual women and girls – it also causes lasting damage to the social fabric and economies of the Great Lakes region,” Ms. Migiro told the Fourth Ordinary Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.“We see it in failed harvests, lost productivity, fractured families, protracted insecurity and reduced political participation,” she added, emphasizing the need for access to health, psychosocial and judicial services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. They must also be assisted to rebuild their lives, she said.Ms. Migiro urged heads of State and government gathered at the summit to ensure that the ICGLR’s Protocol on Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence against Women and Children, as well as the Protocol on Judicial Cooperation, are enshrined in national laws.The Deputy Secretary-General said she was encouraged by the recommendations of ministers in charge of gender in the region, which cover key areas, including prosecuting perpetrators, supporting victims and strengthening national legal and financial capacities.She pointed out that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a UN system-wide effort to end violence against women, including domestic violence, harmful traditional practices and sexual violence as a tactic of war and terror. Those efforts include the UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls campaign launched in 2008.Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, urged leaders in the region to ensure that all relevant government departments – justice, defence, security, education and interior – and not just ministries in charge of gender and health – are engaged in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.“We have seen that rape can be a life sentence for the survivors,” said Ms. Wallström. “They are sanctioned socially and economically. Their freedom of movement, health and human dignity is denied.“By punishing the perpetrators, we can lift this burden of blame and shame from the backs of innocent victims. Formal accountability, recognition and redress can make the difference between rape being a traumatic event, and rape being an event that permanently destroys lives and livelihoods.“In short – this is everyone’s business – from gender experts to generals; from local police to regional and international peacekeepers. We must continually expand the circle of action.”She said the UN stands ready to deploy a newly-constituted team of experts on the rule of law to assist governments affected by conflict to strengthen institutional safeguards against impunity. All national and regional early-warning mechanisms should also be attuned to the risk of impending, ongoing or escalating sexual violence to trigger rapid response, she added.“To disarm the weapon of rape, we must recognize – once and for all – that it is not a ‘private’ issue to be silenced. It is a political and security issue that demands a political and security response,” said Ms. Wallström.The ICGLR was set up in the wake of the 2002-2006 war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with the assistance of the African Union, UN and aid donors.It is intended to facilitate the implementation of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the region signed in December 2006 by 11 heads of State and government – Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. While in Uganda, Ms. Wallström has held meetings with a series of senior Government officials from the region, including Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. 15 December 2011Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today stressed that efforts to restore peace and stability in Africa’s Great Lakes region will not come to fruition unless the scourge of sexual violence is completely eradicated and justice systems are strengthened to end impunity. read more

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