Something From The Weekend: Kidiaba's victory dance; Adel Taarabt; Ticketed fans denied entry; Kenny Miller; Football's biggest fan
Monday 31 January 2011
Kidiaba's victory dance
The best celebration in world football was seen again this weekend, courtesy of TP Mazembe goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba. His side won the African Super Cup, beating FUS Rabat on penalties in Congo. He then sat down on the pitch, with legs extended, and bounced around the penalty area. It has the appearance of a man riding an invisible pedalo in choppy waters but it is certainly worth finding on YouTube.
'I'm ready to go to United'
You certainly cannot fault Adel Taarabt's confidence. The man whose sparks of brilliance have guided QPR to the top of the Championship has announced that he is "not against the idea" of moving to the Premier League leaders and is ready for the challenge. He might just be a better magician than Gabriel Obertan, one supposes.
Ticketed fans denied entry
Security at the Asian Cup final in Qatar on Saturday was so rigorous that not even valid match tickets were sufficient to grant 700 fans entrance to the stadium. Extra measures were in place because of the attendance of the heir to the Qatari throne, and so hundreds of people were denied Japan's extra-time victory over Australia despite paying for the privilege. Jassim al-Romaihi, director of the organising committee, was kind enough to say that those denied entry "can go to our website and they can protest regarding this". England fans denied entry in 2022 might not be so gracious.
Miller opens Turkish account
Kenny Miller showed Turkish fans what he does on Saturday, scoring his first goal for Bursaspor in a 2-0 win over Galatasaray. He was offside, and he controlled the ball by accident, but if the directors that chose to pay him £50,000 per week had ever watched him play for Rangers then they cannot have been too surprised.
Football's biggest fan
Foreign fans of English football are no longer noteworthy, but Kazuaki Kandastill managed to surprise this weekend. The Japanese student flew to England to watch Torquay United's FA Cup defeat to Crawley Town. Kanda claims, quite plausibly, to be "the only Japanese Gulls supporter", and was only in the country for six hours before flying back to Japan.
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