Low to miss Germany’s upcoming qualifiers

first_imgGermany coach Joachim Low will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia after he was injured in a “sporting accident”.The German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed Low’s treatment is proceeding well, but the 59-year-old has been advised by doctors to rest for the next month.Low will be replaced by his assistant Marcus Sorg and goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke for the trip to Borisov on June 8 and subsequent visit of Estonia three days later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Nevertheless, Low plans to remain in contact with them and team manager Oliver Bierhoff around the fixtures.”I’m feeling well again, but I have to relax a bit over the next four weeks,” Low said in the DFB’s statement.”I’m in constant contact with my coaching team, and we’ll be in close contact with each other around the two matches.”Marcus Sorg, Andy Kopke and Oliver Bierhoff have a lot of experience and together we will bridge this short break. “Bundestrainer Joachim Löw wird bei den kommenden beiden EM-Qualifikationsspielen gegen Belarus und Estland durch seinen Assistenztrainer Marcus Sorg vertreten.Alle Infos https://t.co/2LgDS81354 pic.twitter.com/hB2lUokOyR— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) May 31, 2019Bierhoff remains confident everything will run smoothly despite Low’s absence, and that all decisions will be discussed with him.He added: “The most important thing is that Jogi will be fit in a couple of days, and even though you know he would like to be at the training ground it is right for him to relax.”Marcus Sorg and Andy Kopke know the procedures and the team very well, they discuss everything closely with Jogi anyway.”Germany began their Group C campaign with a 3-2 win away to Netherlands in March, as they set out to eradicate the underwhelming 2018 World Cup campaign from their memories.Northern Ireland lead the pool heading into the next round of fixtures, having won both of their first two matches.last_img read more

Lack of cooperation prompts UN to close Angola human rights office

The United Nations announced today that it will close its human rights office in Angola, after authorities in the southern African nation decided not to sign an agreement that would have formally established the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country.OHCHR, which has had a presence in Angola since 2003, has been asked by the Government to cease its activities in the country by 31 May, according to a news release issued by the Geneva-based Office. This came “after the authorities decided not to proceed any further with negotiations on establishing a formal Memorandum of Understanding similar to those under which OHCHR usually operates in other countries.”UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said she “respected but regretted” the Government’s decision.“We look forward to examining any fresh initiatives the Government may suggest in line with its voluntary pledge to the Human Rights Council to increase its cooperation with my Office,” Ms. Arbour said.Over the past five years, OHCHR has been working to increase awareness of human rights in Angola, which was devastated by a 27-year civil war that finally ended in 2002. In addition to helping to establish a national human rights institution, the Office also assisted the Ministry of Justice in the area of alternative mechanisms of justice, and promoted the inclusion of human rights education in primary and secondary schools.OHCHR was also helping the Government in preparing its national reports to various human rights treaty bodies. 18 April 2008The United Nations announced today that it will close its human rights office in Angola, after authorities in the southern African nation decided not to sign an agreement that would have formally established the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country. read more