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Nani ruled out

JOHANNESBURG, June 9 – Portugal suffered a shattering World Cup setback on Tuesday when Manchester United winger Nani was ruled out of the tournament after injuring his collarbone.The 23-year-old, who suffered the injury in training, has become the latest big-name withdrawal from the soccer showpiece joining the likes of England skipper Rio Ferdinand and Germany captain Michael Ballack on the sidelines.

"It’s very sad," said Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz. "But the most important thing is the cohesion of the team and that we all play together to get over it.

"We are a team, we play united with a lot of ambition. This is what I want.

"Nani is in pain. We carried out tests and the upshot is that he is not fit to compete," added Queiroz, after his team beat Mozambique 3-0 in a friendly in Johannesburg.

Nani, who has scored four goals in 34 games for his country to date – including three during qualifying – suffered the injury, which caused bruising, in training on Friday and he will now be replaced by Ruben Amorim of Benfica.

Under FIFA rules, a player can be replaced until the day before their first match.

Nani’s teammate Pepe, of Real Madrid, who played for the national team on Tuesday for the first time in six months after having suffered a knee injury, admitted he was stunned by Nani’s misfortune.

"It’s sad when a player has to miss the World Cup. But Nani is part of the team and each time we win at the World Cup, we will dedicate the victory to him," said Pepe.

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Danny, who was on target in Tuesday’s win, said he was sad to hear Nani would miss out.

"We’ll miss him a lot. It’s sad as he’s a great player – he was coming off some fine form," Danny told Portugal’s TVI.

Portugal go up against Brazil, Ivory Coast and North Korea in the World Cup finals which get underway on Friday.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. shadreck gondwe

    June 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

    its a sad news that such a good player should miss such a tough ,interesting cup sorry nani i love you

  2. Tom Wanyonyi Barasa

    August 13, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Mr Mudavadi.
    My question do you if you want my vote is! Is it economical to buy surplus sugar from Uganda to fill the shortage gap or buy from Brazil through cartels by Raila Odinga?. What benefits do we have from Brazil and Uganda economically? In other words, which country is valuable to Kenya?
    Is good to make noise just to get votes but have no solutions for Western Kenya economic problems. We cant protect that industry forever and we know it only benefits politicians who keep looting it.

    • kerbala

      August 21, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      Who said that kenya should instead import sugar from Brazil through cartels by Raila? Which Government has sunctioned this importation? who is making noise just to get votes? For your information Raila appointed more than a dozen Ministers from western when he was the prime minister in comparison to Uhuru who has only appointed a few sycophants to convince people like you that he has a govt which reflects the face of kenya while the fact is that the meat is reserved for mt kenya only.

      • Gabby

        August 28, 2015 at 7:15 am

        RAO has not condemmed the Brazil Sugar Connection in his latest new-found ‘crusade’ so there is an uncanny silence from him about this. Tom Wanyonyi and others have no recourse but to see a one sided politicization of this issue for the Western vote. Ever tried mixing politics with business? Only one side suffers; you don’t need an explanation to this – the business side à la Matiba et. al

  3. Caxton Hlestakov

    August 14, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Tom Wanyonyi i greet you, i agree with your views, we need to trade with Uganda than Brazil becouse of the proximity of the country to ours. Busia and Bungoma counties stand to gain much from the trade. however, Mudavadi should also be on the forefront in fighting to bring to book those responsible for the collapse of MUMIAS SUGER COMPANY. he should not only address and question the details of the bilateral arrang3ement signed by Uhuru, he should go further and ask for musco looters to be brought to book

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