“So it’s for Franck to fight hard and wait for his opportunity.” Tabanou’s two Swansea appearances to date have come in Capital One Cup ties against lower-league opposition and he has rarely made the matchday squad for Premier League games. But Monk said he was disappointed that Tabanou had spoken publicly about his frustration in the French media. “These situations are very common now and I look at them as a player being very poorly advised,” Monk said. “It’s disappointing to hear those type of things and it doesn’t benefit the player in anyway shape or form. “Your job as a professional footballer is to get your head down and do everything you can for the manager to pick you. “That means working harder than any other player in your position, less talking and more action. “That’s the way it should be as a professional footballer and it amazes me that players talk in the newspapers. “It’s not clever and it makes me think that the player is ill-advised and should have a look at himself.” However, Monk says that Tabanou, who signed a three-year contract last summer, will not be leaving Swansea in the January transfer window. “I brought Franck to the club because potentially I think he’s a great talent,” Monk said. “He’s working hard and I’m happy with him. “What he needs to realise is he has to work as hard as you can and give the manager no excuse whatsoever. “That’s his job, but at this moment Neil’s not giving the shirt up.” Press Association “I have never been used to this. The hardest thing, is to see that there is not even competition. I am not even in the squad,” Tabanou was quoted as saying in L’Equipe. “I cannot stay like this. If this continues, we will make a decision in December. But, me, I am just asking for my chance.” In the interview, however, Tabanou, who said he told his agent to ignore interest from Dynamo Kiev, Sevilla and other clubs because his preference was to join Swansea, admitted he was “not cutting it” at training when he first moved to Wales and “he was under what was required” physically. Tabanou said his fitness results were now “one of the best” at Swansea but Monk feels the 26-year-old has to show patience for a first-team opportunity. “When Franck came to the club I was surprised to see he wasn’t at the level of others in certain elements,” Monk said. “I told him that and a lot of the staff and myself have worked with Franck to get him up to the level of what is needed and required to play in this team. “Unfortunately for him, in the period it’s taken him to get to that level players in his position are already there and playing games, so they’re ahead of him. “Look at Tayls (Taylor). He came in flying straight away in pre-season and he’s ahead of Franck. Tabanou joined Swansea from St Etienne in a £3.5million deal in June and had been expected to push Wales international Neil Taylor for a first-team spot at left-back. But Tabanou has yet to play a single minute in the Barclays Premier League and spoke of his frustration in French newspaper L’Equipe this week, asking why Swansea had bought him in the first place and saying he would consider his future ahead of the January transfer window. Swansea manager Garry Monk admits he was surprised by Franck Tabanou’s physical condition when he arrived at the club last summer and says the France Under-21 international has been playing catch-up ever since.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will visit USC on May 3 for two events hosted by the USC Student Interfaith Council.“We are very excited that the Dalai Lama has accepted the USC Student Interfaith Council’s invitation to speak on campus,” said Varun Soni, Dean of Religious Life at USC. “We see this as an extraordinary and unique opportunity and are very excited for this to take place.”The first event will take place in the morning at the Galen Center, where the Dalai Lama will give a public talk on secular ethics, religious pluralism and the relationship between spirituality and science. A question-and-answer session moderated by Dr. James Doty, board member of the Dalai Lama Foundation, will follow the lecture.The Dalai Lama will participate in a panel of scholars, also including USC neuroscience professor Antonio Damasio and USC professor of philosophy and law Gideon Yaffe, in an event that afternoon at Bovard Auditorium. The panel will talk about consciousness, cognition and contemplation.Sarrah Shahawy, student leader of the Student Interfaith Council, said she believes the Dalai Lama’s choice to speak at USC is a testament to the Student Interfaith Council’s high level of involvement for advocating religious discussion.“USC is a leader in interfaith work as a university, and we are a very active organization, especially compared to ones at other schools across the country,” Shahawy said. “We strive to work towards fostering an interfaith community, and are very committed to working across ethnic divides.”Shahawy also said she expects student turnout at both events to be extremely high because of the Dalai Lama’s strong influence on religion in the 21st century.“This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity, especially since the Dalai Lama is starting to cut down on his worldwide tours,” she said. “It truly is a huge honor that one of the foremost religious leaders of our time, who has devoted his life to making the world a better place for all, is coming to our campus.”Tickets to both events will go on sale online Sat., March 12, and over the phone Mon., March 14.Students can buy tickets at a discounted price of $20 each for up to four tickets to each event. USC faculty and staff are eligible to buy up to two tickets for a discounted rate of $50 each for the event taking place at Bovard.Proceeds from both events will be donated to the Dalai Lama Foundation. Students should also expect to receive an e-mail from the USC Ticket Office with additional information about pricing and availability.More information about both events will be available at dalailama.usc.edu. The website is expected to be open to traffic tomorrow.
Legon Cities FC striker, Sadick Sule, has laid down a strong warning to Asante Kotoko ahead of their Week 2 Ghana Premier League clash on Friday at the Accra Sports Stadium.Sule has boldly declared that he will score two goals against the Porcupine Warriors in the first meeting of the two teams this season.Sule and his team grabbed a 2-2 draw against Liberty Professionals in Dansoman in the opening round of the league season and Sule is hoping that they will get their first victory of the season and that feat will be powered by two goals from him.“I am very confident and on Friday I will score two goals against Kotoko God willing. It is something I have planned to do I believe we will take the 3 points.Going up against Kotoko is no big deal for us because we are footballers just like that are. We are well prepared to take all the points at the Accra Sports Stadium so we are not worried at all. We know who they are but we also believe in our capabilities.”The match is the first non-weekend league game of the season and it is the first of three matches at the Accra Sports Stadium in Week 2 with the other two being Inter Allies vs Bechem United on Saturday and Great Olympics vs Aduana Stars on Sunday.Legon Cities FC lie 10th on the league table with a point while Kotoko are 6th with 3 points.