Ramon Nunez completed a wonderful Copa Centro America by helping Honduras to clinch the tournament with a 2-1 final victory over Costa Rica.
Nunez, who agreed a new extended contract before leaving for the tournament was named as the Most Valuable Player of the competition, capping an excellent few weeks. The attacking midfielder had scored twice in the group stages before missing the semi-final with an injury. His return for the final helped to inspire the Honduran side to triumph in the competition for the third time.
He dedicated his MVP award and the side’s victory to the people of Honduras saying: “We performed a spectacular tournament where we all worked together.”
Meanwhile in the Asia Cup, Neil Kilkenny played the closing 20 minutes of Australia’s 6-0 semi-final win over Uzbekistan. The Socceroo’s will face Japan in the final on Saturday.
Leeds United’s fringe players took part in a behind closed doors friendly against Sheffield United on Tuesday at the clubs Thorp Arch training ground. A strong Leeds side took on a much younger side representing the Blades and ran out 2-1 winners. Billy Paynter opened the scoring for Leeds, with Lloyd Sam netting the winner with a close range header. Leeds included returning loanees Adam Clayton and Mike Grella, as well as Neil Collins and Richard Naylor in central defence. Youngsters Zach Thompson was given another run out and former Leeds captain Ian Snodin’s son Jordan had a taste of the action replacing Grella.
First Team coach Ian Miller told Leeds United.com: “It was a good competitive game of football and was more than a useful exercise for the players involved to keep them fresh.”
Hughes: Leeds saved my career.
Andrew Hughes has been telling the Yorkshire Evening Post how his spell at Elland Road saved his football career.
The 33 year old left the club on Friday after 3 ½ years to move to npower Championship strugglers Scunthorpe United on an 18 month deal. Hughes was the first player to join the club after the 15 point deduction and admitted: “It’s been the biggest honour of my footballing and working life to play for this club. I genuinely mean that.”
Hughes admitted that the supporters of the club re-invigorated his love for the game thanks to their fervent support of the side. “I can’t thank the fans enough,” he continued. “I know it sounds like a clich