Exclusive: Vitolo reaches an agreement with Atletico Madrid

first_img After four years with Sevilla, there is an agreement between all three parties for the 27-year-old to become the first signing at Atletico this summer.  Sport.es Simeone wants to take advantage of the Spanish international’s versatility, given he can play at right-back as well as in a range of forward positions.  Vitolo will cost Atletico 40 million euros, which is the cost of his release clause and there was also some interest shown by Barcelona.  IN SPORT.ES Sevilla forward Vitolo Machín has an agreement in principle to join Atletico Madrid for the 2017-18 season.  Noticia SPORT: Vitolo llega a un acuerdo con el Atlético de Madridcenter_img Upd. at 10:21 22/05/2017 Regardless of the potential transfer ban, Vitolo was Cholo Simeone’s top target. The Argentine coach want to push a deal no matter what happens with the outcome of their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport — even if it means he can’t play until January 2018.  CEST Talking recently, Vitolo said that “if Sevilla intend to sell me, I will accept it, it’s a decision between both parties, so we will see. There’s still nothing yet.”last_img read more

Coach and student Yogeshwar and Bajrang talk about the Olympic dream

first_imgYogeshwar and Bajrang shared their 2020 Olympics plansAdvertisement 3vk0vNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsrhj0kaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekyf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lWould you ever consider trying this?😱787Can your students do this? 🌚0fuuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Bajrang Punia were recently interviewed by PTI on the sidelines of their preparation for the 2020 Olympics.Advertisement Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and Bajrang Punia shared plans for the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsWhen asked on why he decided to call it a day, Yogeshwar Dutt alluded that he did so in order to train Bajrang for gold. “If it was not for Bajrang, I would not have quit the mat. I would have competed more and may be could have moved up a category. But I thought, it is a right decision. He is only 24. Since his junior days, he showed spark. I want people of India to see Yogeshwar in Bajrang now. I had a long career and I don’t want that Bajrang gets affected,” said 36-year-old.When Bajrang was asked how he could maintain such a hectic training schedule, he replied that he had to overcome three temptations. “I always wanted to have a cell phone. But When I started playing international events in 2010, Yogi Bhai advised against it. I have never gone for sight-seeing after my competitions abroad. I have never been to a cinema hall. Whatever movies I have watched, I have watched on TV.”Advertisement Salute to Bajrang and Yogeshwar’s sacrifices so that they can bring glory to the nation. Let’s hope that they strike gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Simple scan a life saver

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS THE Rotary Club of Pakenham will be conducting the bowel scan program over the month of May….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Adam Challoner Wins Connacht U11 Boys Trophy

first_imgAdam Challoner from Mountbellew was the winner yesterday of  Connacht u-11 Boys Trophy in County Sligo golf club. Adam shot a 74 gross off 11 handicap for 44 pts and qualifies for the All Ireland final in Headfort golf club in Kells next month. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Masterson set to Captain Connacht in Challenge Cup Clash with Worcester

first_imgEuropean Rugby Challenge Cup Round 4, Kingston Park, Newcastle, England 20/12/2015Newcastle Falcons vs ConnachtNewcastleÕs Sonatane Takulua and Eoghan Masterson of ConnachtMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie Eoghan Masterson is set to captain Connacht in their Challenge Cup game against Worcester in the Sportsground tomorrow (3pm). The 24-year-old takes his place at number 8 in a back row that includes Eoin McKeon at blindside and James Connolly at openside. There is also a new-look front row from the team that started the round one bonus point win away to Oyonnax. Denis Buckley comes in at loosehead and Dave Heffernan and Dominic Robertson-McCoy are included at hooker and tighthead respectively.  In the backs, Bundee Aki returns to the centre alongside Eoin Griffin in the centre. Tiernan O’Halloran is also back in the side at full back after a brief injury.center_img Connacht’s record try scorer in European competition Matt Healy, who scored two tries in the opening round, is included in the starting XV.He spoke to reporters about the challenge that Connacht face tomorrow: “We had a great travelling support last week in Geneva and we were delighted with the bonus point win. So, we had a review of the Oyonnax game and very quickly moved on and started focusing on Worcester. We are delighted to be back in the Sportsground in front of our home support. Worcester will bring a big challenge, they had a good win last week and, like ourselves, will be looking to gain a bit of momentum this weekend.”#CONvWORKick-off 3.00pm:(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Darragh Leader, Bundee Aki, Eoin Griffin, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Quinn Roux, James Cannon, Eoin McKeon, James Connolly, Eoghan Masterson (Capt)Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Cillian Gallagher, Jarrad Butler, Kieran Marmion, Craig Ronaldson, Cian Kelleher.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Micheal Donoghue Looks Ahead To Antrim In The National Hurling League

first_imgGalway Manager Micheal Donoghue Spoke To Sean WalshAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/MICHEAL%20DONOGHUE%20PRE%20ANTRIM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Eight players have been added to The Galway Senior Hurling panel ahead of their National Hurling League Opener with Antrim on Sunday next in Pearse Stadium. They are Shane Cooney of St Thomas, Conor Cosgrave of Ardrahan, Sean Linnane of Turloughmore, Brian Concannon of Killimordaly, Joseph Mooney of Loughrea, Shane Bannon of Clarinbridge, Kevin McHugo of Tommie Larkins and Jack Coyne of Castlegar. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Galway will be without a number of players from the team that won the All Ireland title in September ahead of their National league opener against Antrim on Sunday with the likes of Captain David Burke and Player of the Year Joe Canning not expected to play until later on in the competition.last_img read more

Galway girls in opposition for O’Connor Cup final

first_imgGalway county stars Shauna Molloy (St Fursey’s Headford) and Louise Ward (Kilkerrin Clonberne) of University of Limerick will go up against Sarah Gormally (Kilkerrin Clonberne) and Aine McDonagh (Maigh Cuilinn) of UCD in an intriguing O’Connor Cup Ladies Football final at 4pm today in Grangegorman. UCD edged out UCC with a late goal in a thrilling semi-final yesterday while UL were much too good for Queens as they qualified for the final for the 6th year in a row. University of Limerick 7-16 Queens Belfast 2-9UL team v QUB: C Moore (Cork); Shauna Molloy (Galway), C McGrath (Waterford), A Kelleher (Cork); Louise Ward (Galway), L Ryan (Clare), J Cregg (Roscommon); S Kelly (Cork), F McHale (Mayo); R Delee (Limerick), E Needham (Mayo), S Howley (Mayo); H O’Donoghue (Kerry), E Scally (Cork), R Howard (Tipperary). Subs: E Fitzpatrick (Tipperary) for Needham (40), F Tagney (Kerry) for Howley (40), O O’Dwyer (Tipperary) for Cregg (46), S Murphy (Kerry) for Scally (50), A Healy (Laois) for McGrath (50). UCD 2-7 UCC 1-9UCD team v UCC: L Bruggner (Kerry); K McGrath (Waterford), Sarah Gormally (Galway), R Flynn (Mayo); N Carr (Donegal), N Collins (Dublin), M Byrne (Dublin); M Lambe (Dublin), T O’Sullivan (Dublin); A Murphy (Kerry), Aine McDonagh (Galway), L McCartan (Westmeath); C Mohan (Monaghan), D Beirne (Leitrim), K Boyce Jordan (Westmeath).Subs: C Foxe (Wexford) for Mohan (29), A O’Reilly (Kerry) for Boyce Jordan (51).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email NUIG ladies were beaten in the O’Connor Shield final by DCU yesterday, while GMIT’s ladies won the Donaghy Cup for only the second time after beating Marino Institute in DIT by 6-13 to 1-13. last_img read more

Baseball: April 11 Scoreboard

first_imgThree Southland teams picked up conference wins Friday night via the shutout. Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana blanked McNeese State and UIW, respectively, by the scores of 3-0 while Nicholls silenced Central Arkansas 4-0. Other solid pitching performances included Lamar beating New Orleans 9-1, Oral Roberts beating Stephen F. Austin 11-1 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi topping Houston Baptist 14-1. Rounding out Friday action was Sam Houston State defeating Abilene Christian 8-3.Northwestern State 3, McNeese State 0LAKE CHARLES, La. – One run in the seventh inning and two in the ninth was plenty for Adam Oller in a complete game shutout to force the Northwestern State baseball team in a three-way tie for first place in the Southland Conference with a 3-0 win over McNeese State Friday at Cowboy Diamond.  |  Northwestern Recap  |  McNeese RecapSoutheastern Louisiana 3, UIW 0HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana right-handers Andro Cutura and Dylan Hills combined to pitch a five-hit shutout Friday against Incarnate Word, 3-0, in Southland Conference play at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.  |  Southeastern Recap  |  UIW RecapNicholls 4, Central Arkansas 0THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University baseball team blanked the University of Central Arkansas 4-0 in the series opener on Friday at Ray E. Didier Field behind opportunistic hitting and stifling defensive play.  |  Nicholls Recap  |  UCA RecapLamar 9, New Orleans 1BEAUMONT, Texas – Will Hibbs put together another strong start on the mound, and the Cardinal offense gave him plenty of support as the Lamar baseball team beat visiting New Orleans 9-1 at Vincent-Beck Stadium on Friday night.  |  Lamar Recap  |  UNO RecapOral Roberts 11, Stephen F. Austin 1NACOGDOCHES, Texas – For the second time this season, the Oral Roberts University baseball team opened a conference series with a mercy rule victory as the Golden Eagles defeated Stephen F. Austin on the road 11-1 on Friday.  |  ORU Recap  |  SFA RecapTexas A&M-Corpus Christi 14, Houston Baptist 1HOUSTON, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team saw its offense explode in its series opener with Houston Baptist, as they picked up a 14-1 run-rule victory in seven innings Friday at Husky Field to snap a three-game losing streak.  |  A&M-Corpus Christi Recap  |  HBU RecapSam Houston State 8, Abilene Christian 3HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Shortstop Corey Toups hit a pair of home runs behind Jason Simms’ solid start on the mound to lead Sam Houston to an 8-3 win over Abilene Christian at Don Sanders Stadium Friday. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 4:00 p.m.  |  Sam Houston Recap  |  ACU Recaplast_img read more

Liverpool transfer news live: No Deadline Day signings, ex-keeper joins Man City

first_imgSome speculation today about Shaqiri’s future but been told there’s zero chance of #LFC offloading him. https://t.co/vL1GVH9rDR— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLigue 1 side Monaco are interested in signing Xherdan Shaqiri. Swiss outlet Blick are reporting that the Ligue 1 side would be willing to pay Shaqiri, 27, a salary of €6million a year. However, the report also suggests Liverpool will not be willing to sell the Switzerland international, who is contracted at the club until 2023. It reads: “AS Monaco are ready to offer the Liverpool star (contracted until 2023) a yearly salary of 6 million euros net.“In Monaco, players pay no taxes, in England that would be worth 12 million euros (gross, before tax deduction). In England, it can be assumed that he earns around 8 million euros gross (4 million net).”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLiverpool youngster George Johnston has completed a permanent transfer to Feyenoord.The centre-back, 20, captained Liverpool’s U23s for a large part of the 2018/19 campaign, has completed his move to the Eredivisie club. Johnston, who has represented Scotland at Under-21 level, joined the Reds’ academy aged nine and became a regular in the Under-18s during the 2016/17 season. George Johnston has completed a permanent transfer to @Feyenoord. Everyone at #LFC wishes George good luck at his new club. 🙌https://t.co/IlThjYknpi— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp has heaped praise on ‘sensational young player’ Ki-Jana Hoever. Hoever, 17, signed a new long-term Anfield contract last week and celebrated it with a solid display in a victory over Lyon in a pre-season match. He also made an appearance for the Reds during an FA Cup match in January when he was 16 and is the youngest player to represent the club in the competition. Klopp told liverpoolfc.com: “Ki-Jana is a wonderful kid and a sensational young player who can learn so much. Especially in the Napoli game when he came on, on the left side, it was maybe his best 15 minutes in the pre-season.“You can from time to time, especially the physical demands were really heavy for him to take. “You forget so quickly these boys are so young. He’s still 17, it’s just crazy. But everything will be fine, he’s a fantastic footballer and I’m really happy that we have him for longer.”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLiverpool defender Nat Phillips has signed a new long-term contract with the club before joining Stuttgart on loan.The centre-back joins the German second tier side for the 2019/20 campaign and becomes the latest departure after Harry Wilson and Taiwo Awoniyi’s temporary exits were confirmed on Tuesday.Phillips was part of the club’s tour of the United States last month, however, the signing of Dutch youngster Sepp van den Berg has bolstered Liverpool’s defence. FirstPrev1 of 32NextLast5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonOvie Ejaria has joined Championship club on a season-long loan with the move to become permanent next summer. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp responds to questions on whether he was offered Philippe Coutinho this summer. The Liverpool boss said: “No answer, I don’t make big comments on these things. “And it’s not really likely we will do (any business) – if you want more excitement go to Everton!” 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeLiverpool legend John Barnes says Manchester City, Liverpool or Leicester should sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech. The winger caught the eye of several clubs following a series of impressive displays for the Dutch champions last season.“I think (Hakim) Ziyech, the Moroccan at Ajax would be a great signing for the Premier League,” Barnes told bonuscodebets. “I think he could do very well here.”READ MORE5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson is set to move to Manchester City on a season-long loan. City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to add some experience to his squad for the season ahead. And Carson’s current club Derby are happy to see the ex-England international spend the twilight of his career with the Premier League champions. Carson moved to Liverpool from Leeds in 2005 but never made an impact on the Reds’ first-team and eventually left to join West Brom in 2008. 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeOvie Ejaria could leave Liverpool on a permanent deal today. The midfielder, who has not played for the Reds since January 2017, has had loan spells with Sunderland, Rangers and Reading. And The Reading Chronicle claim the Royals are considering making a permanent move for Ejaria.The 21-year-old only signed a long-term contract with Liverpool last summer.5 months ago8th August 2019MarcLatest from talkSPORT sources:– Nketiah agrees to join #LUFC– Luiz arrives for Arsenal medical– Coutinho only wants #LFC move– Austin in talks with #WBAStay tuned to @talkSPORT throughout #DeadlineDay for all the transfer latest.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/MfwEEvUaO4— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019MarcBREAKING: Philippe Coutinho’s loan move to Tottenham is now fully dead.Coutinho would only consider joining Liverpool if he came back to England.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/EnldAM4D1j— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019MarcSimon Mignolet has hailed Liverpool as the biggest club in world football after bringing his Anfield career to an end.Asked what Liverpool will mean to him, the Belgian goalkeeper said: “What it means to me is that it’s a big family. It’s a big club in the world, the biggest thing that always struck me the most is when you go abroad and see how the club is being followed. “Not only with the performances on the pitch but also the connection around it, the support it gets, the following it gets. “I don’t think there is a bigger club in the world than that, where the fans are so passionate about being a Red, about following Liverpool and about treasuring Anfield. “I think that’s where Liverpool is very big and it was a big honour to represent this club and I will always treasure that.” “Just stay who you are.”@SMignolet returned to Melwood to say farewell to colleagues and friends at our training ground today 🙌— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonXherdan Shaqiri also rejected a ‘lucrative offer’ this summer to play in China.Swiss outlet Blick have also reported that a Chinese club tabled a “lucrative offer” to sign Shaqiri, but the 27-year-old has decided to turn down a big-money move to the Far East.The transfer window in England closes at 5pm on Thursday. 5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJournalist James Pearce has poured cold water on speculation linking Xherdan Shaqiri with a move to Monaco, however. Pearce, who has recently become LFC reporter for The Athletic UK, says he’s been told Liverpool will not be offloading Shaqiri this summer. He tweeted: “Some speculation today about Shaqiri’s future but been told there’s zero chance of lfc offloading him.” 5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonSimon Mignolet has given one last farewell to Liverpool fans. The goalkeeper spent six years at Anfield before moving to Belgian side Club Brugge at the weekend and had one last message to the Kopites. At today’s official unveiling of the impressive @trentaa98 mural commissioned by @TheAnfieldWrap. Just a Trent cross-field pass from the stadium. #LFC pic.twitter.com/MPhmIvDvd3— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp is ‘very positive’ about the introduction of VAR for the new Premier League season. Video assistant referees will be available in the league throughout the 2019/20 campaign. Liverpool get their campaign under way when they host Norwich on Friday night and Klopp has welcomed the introduction of the new technology to the game. He said: “It was good, it was really good when they showed us the process pretty much. “It looks really interesting and it looks safe, as much as you can be safe when human beings are involved. That’s how it is. But a lot of things will be clear; I think with offside we will not have a lot of problems because that will be extremely clear and all the other things are still interpretation, but that’s normal. I saw it can be pretty quick in the decision-making.“I’ve followed it now for two years in Germany, it was not the easiest start but now it has kind of settled and now you have discussions about other things after the game, but still have the discussions about decisions obviously. So football will not miss anything.“And in the stadium I think it will be fine. Yes, there are moments when a team is celebrating and somebody is telling them it was a bit too early, but these things are part of the deal. Apart from that, I’m very positive about it.”5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp says he’s expecting a lot from Naby Keita this season. The midfielder has struggled to fully establish himself at Liverpool and last season was a campagn disrupted by injury. But Klopp is backing Keita to have a better time of it in 2019/20. Klopp said: “You could see already that he’s much more settled in the team: completely different body language and everything is different. “It was ups and downs last year, still he is building 100 per cent fitness. “It’s good, I was really happy with how the influence of Shaq, Naby and Adam was; we expect a lot and he expects a lot and rightly so.” 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeJurgen Klopp has confirmed Sadio Mane ‘could’ be ready to play in Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich on Friday. The 27-year-old was one of the club’s late returns in the summer due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.Klopp said: “He looks fit. [Thursday] was the first session with the team. He looks absolutely okay. Yes, he’s an option. We will see.”center_img 5 months ago8th August 2019MarcPhilippe Coutinho would only consider spending time on loan at Liverpool, talkSPORT understands.As reported earlier in the week, four Premier League clubs – Tottenham, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool – were keen on bringing the midfielder to England as Barca agreed to let him leave.However, he rejected the chance to join Spurs, while Man United would prove to be a tricky deal considering his Anfield past and Arsenal are well stocked in midfield. Ovie Ejaria has today completed a season-long loan switch to @ReadingFC with an agreement for the move to become permanent next summer.Everybody at #LFC wishes Ovie the best of luck in his future career 🙌— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson has completed his season-long loan deal top Manchester City. ✍️ We are delighted to have signed Scott Carson from Derby County on a year-long loan deal.Welcome, Scott! 💙🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/XOAbPJqpTP— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonTHE TRANSFER WINDOW HAS CLOSED.A quiet Deadline Day for Liverpool, a quiet transfer window for Liverpool.Just the three signings this summer with Sepp van den Berg, Harvey Elliott and Adrian moving to Anfield. Liverpool’s focus will now be on their first Premier League game of the season, where they entertain Norwich on Friday night. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFive Liverpool players have been nominated for positional awards at last season’s Champions League. The Reds won the competition after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final. And five of their players are in contention to win individual accolades. They are: Alisson Becker (Goalkeeper), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk (Defenders), Jordan Henderson (Midfielder) and Sadio Mane (Forward). You can see the full shortlist for each award by clicking HERE. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonA mural of Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold has been unveiled on a road near their home of Anfield. Alexander-Arnold made his competitive debut for the Reds’ first-team in October 2016 and is now their first choice right-back. He played a huge part in helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season. And local lad Alexander-Arnold has been honoured with this mural on Sybil Road, which is a five-minute walk from Liverpool’s home ground. Nathaniel Phillips has today signed a new long-term contract with #LFC and immediately joined @VfB on a season’s loan.Good luck for the season ahead, Nat 👊https://t.co/q3hB3IFj6l— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJoe Gomez credits the Liverpool supporters for helping them go unbeaten at home in the Premier League for two seasons. Jurgen Klopp’s men haven’t lost a match at Anfield in the Premier League since April 2017 and kick off their 2019/20 campaign at home to Norwich on Friday night. Speaking to liverpoolfc.com about the club’s impeccable home record, Gomez said: “It’s weird, it’s sort of just flown in the sense that you don’t really take it in.“I think you just see each game as that individual game. But when you look back at that stat, it’s special.“I think it’s a credit to the supporters. The atmosphere they set makes it very difficult for people to come to Anfield.“Hopefully it’s something we can continue. If we do that this year, I’m sure we’ll be in a good place. Obviously [Norwich] will be the first time back since Madrid. It’s always special playing at Anfield, I think that’s one of massive pluses at being at this club.“We know how much of a historic place it is and how good the atmosphere is. All the lads are looking forward to it.”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonPhilippe Coutinho will turn down a loan move to Tottenham, talkSPORT sources understand. Former Liverpool star Coutinho has struggled for form since completing his mega money move to Barcelona in January 2018. In a bid to help him get his confidence back, Barca appear happy to let Coutinho go elsewhere on loan. Liverpool have been linked with him as have Arsenal and Tottenham in recent days but talkSPORT understands that the Brazilian will not be joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side. BREAKING: Philippe Coutinho set to turn down a deal to join Tottenham on-loan.– talkSPORT sources understand.Tune in for more big transfer news.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/vgvhV5yoc9— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 7, 2019FirstPrev1 of 32NextLastlast_img read more

Africa helicopter service hub for SA

first_img25 September 2012South African defence equipment manufacturer Denel and Russian Helicopters, a leading international designer and manufacturer of helicopters, have signed an agreement to create a helicopter servicing hub for sub-Saharan Africa.The agreement was signed at the 7th Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria last week.Through the agreement, Denel Aviation, a division of Denel, is now the only company in sub-Saharan Africa accredited to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for models produced by Russian Helicopters.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Denel chief executive Riaz Saloojee said the agreement would significantly expand the company’s business in Africa and strengthen its position as the premier provider of MRO services on the continent.Sub-Saharan maintenance hubDenel Aviation CEO Mike Kgobe said Denel’s objective was to become the maintenance hub for most of the modern commercial and military aircraft operating in sub-Saharan Africa.“The agreement represents the culmination of a long-standing partnership between the two companies,” Kgobe said.Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov said civil aviation was a high-growth market in Africa, and that Russian Helicopters was well positioned to be a market leader on the continent for years to come.“We see great potential for our helicopters in countries across Africa, and are delighted to be working with Denel Aviation to provide a complete customer care programme for our clients on the continent,” Petrov said.Skills transferFrom October, Denel Aviation technical staff will attend an intensive training programme on the latest Russian Helicopters technology and procedures in the eastern Siberian city of Novosibirsk.This will mean that teams of Denel Aviation engineers and technicians will be deployable at short notice to perform emergency repair work on helicopters across the continent.For deeper-level MRO work, the aircraft will be transported to the company’s facilities close to OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg.“Our knowledge of the African geography and climatic conditions, and the track record of our products that have been extensively deployed in operational conditions, make us a logical partner of choice to the military and civilian markets on the continent,” Kgobe said.Russian Helicopters manufactures an extensive line-up of versatile and resilient helicopters for purposes ranging from cargo and passenger transport to medevac and search-and-rescue missions, fire-fighting, corporate transportation and offshore in the oil and gas sector.Russian Helicopters has been sole vendor of Russian-built civilian helicopters to foreign clients since consolidation of the country’s helicopter manufacturing sector was completed in 2010.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more