Ghanaian striker Yakubu Mohammed has shamed Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa by scoring his debut goal in the South African top flight to hand Maritzburg United a priceless win over Polokwane City on Saturday.Mohammed had arrived in South Africa early last month to originally sign for the Buccanneers from Ghana Premier League side AshantiGold.He was however labelled an ‘unfit’ player after being given only 30 minutes in a game during his trials with Pirates. Coach Roger De Sa later passed a damning verdict on the Ghanaian – claiming he was simply not fit enough to be signed.“He had one session and after 30 minutes he pulled off. He was out of breath and he couldn’t keep up,” he said.“So I mean really are we going to sign a player who can only do 30 minutes of training?“You must remember that if you are going to bring in a foreigner he must be better than what you have. “That’s why our national team struggles, because every foreigner that arrives here with a half a CV, we sign. We’ve got to think local if they are not better than the locals.”De Sa’s damning comments over the player raised several doubts of the quality of the Ghana Premier League as Mohammed was one of the leading performers in the Ghanaian top flight.Mohammed with a battered reputation however managed to impress Maritzburg coach Ernst Middendorp who decided to hand the forceful striker a four-year deal.The former Ghana Premier League Goal King contender wasted no time at all in repaying the massive faith reposed in him.After sending his powerful free-kick over the crossbar in the fifth minute, shooting wide of the upright seconds later, Mohammed blasted in off a rebounded free kick in the 68th minute to send the home crowd into frenzy. His spectacular strike happened to be the match winner that hands Maritzburg their first win of the new season.Mohammed’s strike despite bringing great joy to followers of the Team of choice will leave fans of rivals Orlando Pirates ruing their missed chance of signing such a quality striker due to a suspected case of incompetence and impatience on the side of their coach Roger De Sa.
Franklin Mitchell4 Kossuth131 Hancock332 RecoveredNew Recovered Butler303 Wright1168 Area Total24517 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Winnebago Worth61 Mitchell91 DES MOINES — 18 more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in our immediate listening area.According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, in the 24-hour period ending at 11 o’clock this morning, four new cases were confirmed in Cerro Gordo County; three each in Butler and Floyd; two each in Franklin, Hancock, and Wright; and single cases in Mitchell and Worth.That brings the area’s total since the start of the pandemic to 534 — 294 in Wright; 53 in Cerro Gordo; 52 in Franklin; 33 in Hancock; 30 in Butler; 24 in Floyd; 20 in Kossuth; 13 in Winnebago; nine in Mitchell and six in Worth.17 more people from the area have recovered — eight in Wright; four in Franklin; two in Butler; and single cases in Cerro Gordo, Hancock and Kossuth — for a total of 245.Statewide over the same 24-hour period, seven more people have died for a total of 677; 357 more cases have been confirmed for a total of 24,737; 327 more people have recovered for a total of 15,453. Worth Cerro Gordo271 Cerro Gordo534 Cerro Gordo1 Area Total53418 Floyd243 Winnebago11 Hancock Butler162 Wright2942 Mitchell Kossuth Kossuth20 Hancock201 Butler2 Franklin184 Franklin522 Winnebago13 Floyd1 Floyd17 Worth3 Deaths Wright Area Total4