TOTTENHAM fell to another Premier League defeat as they twice threw away a lead to go down 3-2 at home to Wolves.And boss Jose Mourinho appears to be desperate to solve their defensive problems in the summer transfer market by signing Man Utd’s Chris Smalling.Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua’s big fight with Kubrat Pulev WILL take place at Spurs.Follow all the latest news and developments from North London below…Ian Tuckey3 Mar 2020, 9:30 pmJOSE TIPPED FOR MAJOR SIGNINGSFormer Spurs midfielder Michael Brown insists Jose Mourinho still has the pulling power to bring in massive summer signings.Tottenham boss Mourinho is under fire after three straight defeats, cautious tactics and blaming the absence of recognised strikers.But Brown said: “He’s a fantastic manager. He has a great record. He’s a good attraction, Mourinho, regarding recruitment and players wanting to come and play for Spurs.“The stadium is magnificent, training ground, so there will be many, many players out there who will want to sign.“Someone with that experience, to have a bit of adversity with the injuries and be up against it, if there’s ever a manager that can deal with these problems then it’s Jose Mourinho.”Ian Tuckey3 Mar 2020, 7:27 pmWINKS’ NOD TO JOSEHarry Winks claims Jose Mourinho was right to say Spurs should be much tougher after Wolves leapfrogged them into sixth place with Sunday’s 3-2 win.Tottenham midfielder Winks said: “What he said to us in the dressing room was spot on.“We are a very good side and when we play our football and defend with aggression, but there were moments in the transition on the counter-attack where we could have been more cute and been more like a winning team. “If we stop the counter-attacks earlier, then we come away with the win.”Ian Tuckey3 Mar 2020, 6:23 pmICC WOETop Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham will miss out on pre-season games in Asia after the International Champions Cup fell victim to the coronavirus. This summer’s tournament is set to be smaller, with matches just in Europe, North America and Australia. The three Premier League giants took part in the popular competition last year, with 18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood making his United breakthrough. But the BBC say ICC organisers believe there is too much uncertainty over the virus outbreak to include games in Asia this time around. The schedule has yet to be finalised but matches set for the USA are unlikely to be affected. A spokesman for ICC promoter Relevant Sports told the BBC: “The health and safety of fans, clubs, players, staff and partners are our top priority. “Asia remains a key component of our global growth strategy and we look forward to hosting matches in the market in the near future.”Alex Terrell3 Mar 2020, 5:16 pmMOURINHO ON PARROTTThere were calls for Mourinho to play the Irish teenager during the home defeat to Wolves.The Portuguese said: “He is not ready. “He is a good kid, a good talent, a kid we want to help, a kid who needs help outside the pitch, we are going to take care of and he is going to have his real opportunity in the right moment.”Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 2:41 pmPROUD BUT DOWNHarry Winks admits it was a proud day to captain his boyhood club vs Wolves but largely remains disappointed following the poor result.He said: “It was a really proud day for me and my family to captain Spurs, but it does take away the special honour when you lose the game.” Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 2:20 pmDIDN’T SEE THAT COMINGFormer boss Andre Villa-Boas has the highest win rate of Spurs manager in the Premier League despite getting sacked after 18 months.Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 2:09 pmIN THE RECORD BOOKSTottenham’s new man has certainly got off to a bright start. 🇧🇪 🎉 Happy birthday, @AlderweireldTob #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/qRgabI2Aq1— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 2, 2020Alex Terrell2 Mar 2020, 11:19 amSPURS FIXTURESHere are Tottenham’s upcoming games.Weds Mar 4: Norwich (H) – PLSat Mar 7: Burnley (A) – PLTues Mar 10: RB Leipzig (A) – CLSun Mar 15: Man Utd (H) – PLFri Mar 20: West Ham (H) – PLJake Lambourne2 Mar 2020, 10:16 amSPURRED ONBREAKING: Anthony Joshua will fight Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.The Brit world champion will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against the Bulgarian bruiser.Pulev said: “I am happy to have the opportunity to show the world how strong I really am.”Jake Lambourne2 Mar 2020, 9:49 amMOU TO COMEJose Mourinho has claimed that Moussa Sissoko is on course to return to action within the next month.The French midfielder hasn’t played since injuring his ankle on New Year’s Day.Mourinho said: “I think Moussa will give us some matches this season. He went outside, started a little bit. “Next week we’ll have a different phase of his recovery. In an optimistic but realistic situation, I’d expect Moussa to play a few weeks of football with us.“It could be like six weeks of football with us. The whole of April and half of May. In normal conditions, we’re going to have him back by end of March or beginning of April.”Jake Lambourne2 Mar 2020, 9:19 amMAINE ROADFormer Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas has questioned Jose Mourinho’s to start Eric Dier at centre-back to face Wolves.Speaking on Match of the Day 2, he said:”I’m not sure if Jose Mourinho has watched Toby Alderweireld over the last three years, but as a centre half with the ball at his feet, there aren’t many more comfortable or with a better passing range than Toby Alderweireld.“I get his method, pace out wide and if he wanted someone who could come out with the ball, but you have got one of the best centre halves at doing that.“I am happy to reserve judgement on Jose until the start of next season, because I want to see certain players leave and other players come in.“But at the minute I am worried at what I am seeing in terms of the performances.”Jake Lambourne2 Mar 2020, 8:49 amDIER MOVEJose Mourinho has explained why he started central midfielder Eric Dier at the back instead of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.The decision to name him in the line-up caused confusion amongst Spurs fans, as their side lost 3-2 against Wolves on Sunday.He said: “Eric [Dier] played very well. I think Eric played very well. So I think if Eric’s performance was not as good I would understand the question but I think it was very good.“The thinking was simple, the thinking was Davinson [Sanchez] and [Japhet] Tanganga are the two fastest central defenders that we have.“Eric is the one who by nature is a midfield player so playing in the middle between those centre backs is the one who is normally more comfortable to step up, he’s more comfortable with reading the game and passing.”Jake Lambourne2 Mar 2020, 8:19 amDECISION DAYSpurs target Dayot Upamecano says he will not decide on his future until the end of the season.Arsenal reportedly lead the £52m race for the RB Leipzig star.However, the French defender was quoted by Football.London as saying: “I feel very comfortable in Leipzig. I love my teammates, the staff and my club.“At the moment I am still under contract until 2021. It is my duty to continue to train well and play my games.“Even if I know that there are clubs that want me, I stay on the ground with both feet, that’s for sure.“We will discuss my future with my advisors and my family at the end of the season.“Naturally [I am honoured to be linked to clubs like Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Arsenal].“But as I said, I’m in Leipzig and I want to achieve my goals with the club.“I don’t feel like talking about anything else right now. I want to end the season with Leipzig in the best possible way and nothing else.”Sam Street2 Mar 2020, 7:29 amSMALL CHANGEJose Mourinho is seeking a summer reunion with Chris Smalling as he looks to strengthen Spurs’ backline.The on-loan Man Utd star, 30, has impressed at Roma and previously played some of his best football under the Special One with the Red Devils.And Tuttosport believe Spurs currentlly head the Italian side in the queue for the centre-back, who would cost around £17m.Tottenham appear in need of reinforcements at the back after a 3-2 humbling at home to Wolves yesterday.Joshua Jones2 Mar 2020, 6:18 amMORNING SPURS FANSTottenham’s top four hopes are fading by the week after they suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Wolves on Sunday.Jose Mourinho’s men were 2-1 up at half-time thanks to goals from Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier.However, the visitors fired back through Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez, resulting in Wolves leapfrogging Spurs in the table.Mourinho blamed the defeat on “mentality mistakes” and has demanded his side to be more “ruthless” in their pursuit of Champions League football.The North Londoners are now five points off Chelsea with ten games remaining.And they will be looking to bounce back on Wednesday when they travel to Norwich in the FA Cup.Hugo Lloris could miss out after injury ruled him out of the Wolves match.And reports claim Spurs are already plotting a move for a new goalkeeper this summer.It’s believed Watford veteran Ben Foster is in Mourinho’s sights.And he reckons the 36-year-old can push Lloris for the No1 shirt despite his age.Anthony Chapman2 Mar 2020, 9:57 pmKANE COMEBACKEngland and Tottenham striker Harry Kane is making good progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury which threatend to rule him out for the rest of the season AND Euro 2020.There is now a possibility of Kane featuring before the end of the season, Mourinho said: “I would say he is a little bit ahead… Just speculating a bit, the feelings are good… everything is going well.“Hopefully the feeling is right and he can help us in the last few games of the season.”England boss Gareth Southgate will also be keeping an eye on the sttikers progression, as he will look to include the captain in the team for this summers UEFA Euros.Anthony Chapman2 Mar 2020, 9:00 pmHONESTY’S THE BEST POLICYSpurs midfielder Harry winks says “honest conversation” with boss José Mourinho has helped turn his form around.The English midfielder has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot so far during the early stages of Mourinho’s reign.winks said: “I had an honest chat with the manager and he told me what he believed I needed to do.“It was just an honest conversation, which I respect massively.”Winks has taken it all on board and said: “I have been playing more and it is important that I keep those levels and intensity becasue I want to stay in the team.”Anthony Chapman2 Mar 2020, 7:51 pmREUNIONTottenham boss José Mourinho is reportedly interested in signing Chris Smalling, who he previosuly managed at Manchester United.Smalling has spent the season in the Italian capital with Serie A side Roma where he has been a regular feature, and has been impressive.According to Calciomercato, Roma are desperately trying to sign the English defender as they fear Tottenham could swoop in.If the 30-year-old does join Tottenham, it will be a reunion with old boss Mourinho.Roma remain just shy of United’s £17m demand.Anthony Chapman2 Mar 2020, 7:18 pmEMIL FORSPURSAccording to Sports Bild, 28-year-old Swedish midfielder Emil Forsberg has been offered to Tottenham.Forsberg has made 24 appearances across all competitions this season for German side RB Leipzig scoring nine, whilst also getting four assists to his name.José Mourinho is keen to add to his side this summer as it is notoriously difficult to complete a squad overhaul midway through a campaign in the January transfer window.It would take around £17m to bring him to North London and the Swedish international’s possible arrival could indicate a departure from Tottenham.Anthony Chapman2 Mar 2020, 5:59 pmZERO TO HEROAhead of today’s clash with Wolves, SunSport’s Tottenham man Paul Jiggins sat down with Toby Alderweireld.The Spurs defender admits he does not see himself as a star – although jubilant schoolchildren proved otherwise.He said: “For me it is still strange to see people react like that when they see me.“I do not see myself as a big star or anything like that.“It’s strange and nice when people are always happy to see you.“I am no big deal. I don’t see myself as some sort of superstar so it makes you proud to know you inspire people, especially children.”Richard Forrester2 Mar 2020, 4:54 pmSPURS TOP-FOUR HOPE Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish are increasingly looking unlikely as they slipped to a 3-2 home defeat in the Premier League to Wolves.Fellow hopeful’s Manchester United were earlier tipped by Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness to beat the North London club as well as Chelsea to the fouth placed spot.Tottenham may also have to see out the rest of the season without a recognised striker.Souness said on Sky Sports: “Chelsea are havinga blip at the wrong time and Spurs have both of their man forwards out.“I see United making the top-four.”Load more entries… 🥳 Wishing two of our former managers a very happy birthday today! 🎉 #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/7XSiaNyOGC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 2, 2020Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 11:59 amBIRTHDAY BOYThe Belgian centre-half turned 31 today! Steven Bergwijn is just the third Spurs player to score in his first two home #PL appearances#TOTWOL pic.twitter.com/clB1KE6ZDo— Premier League (@premierleague) March 2, 2020 Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 2:01 pmPUT ME AT THE BACKThe former Sporting defender admits he must now start playing in his ‘best positon’, revealing: “It’s not new. I always knew it would happen eventually.“With Pochettino, we spoke about it over many years, not just this season.“The most important thing is the team, what the team needs from its players at that time.“But now I’m at a stage in my career where I want to be playing in my best position.”Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 1:54 pmPUT ME AT THE BACKEric Dier finally comes clean on his preferred position, revealing he prefers playing centre-back.He said: “I have always been very politically correct on the subject because of many different reasons but it’s something that isn’t new for me.“The old manager [Pochettino] knew where I stood for a long time about my position and centre-back is where I see my future and I think where I can be the best I can be.“With Pochettino, I started to play there this season, in the two games before he left, and I’m happy I got the chance to play there under Mourinho.”Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 1:05 pmDOUBLE TROUBLESpurs wish their former bosses Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Redknapp a happy birthday.
By Yankuba JallowEx-Private Sait Darboe has on Thursday the 21st February 2019 given a detailed narration about the 11th November massacre of soldiers.“We were going for two things; we either take over the State House or go to the grave yard,” the witness said while explaining the readiness of the counter coups plotters of 11th November 1994.About the July 22 Coup PreparationHe said Lt Edward Singhatey used to talk to them (the junior soldiers) about how they feel about the army as well as the presence of the Nigerian soldiers in the army. He added that Singhatey used to ask them how they feel about the government.“Edward used to tell us that they were up to something and when they are ready, we will be informed about it,” the witness said.He told the Commission that Lieutenants Yahya Jammeh, Edward Singhatey and Sadibou Hydara used to hold meetings somewhere in the Yundum Barracks called ‘the Bahamas’.“The ECO-Company was the company used to do the coup d’état. Edward Singhatey used to come and tell us that they wanted to get rid of the government and replace it with another one,” he stated.He said without the junior soldiers, the July 1994 coup won’t have been successful.July 22nd Coup dayHe said the coup was scheduled to take place on the 21st July 1994 at the airport where President Jawara would have been arrested. He said before they departed for the airport, the weapons were inspected by RSM Jeng to ensure that they were all emptied because we were not supposed to go with live rounds at the airport.“Yahya Jammeh and Edward Singhatey were both armed,” he said.He said at the airport, both Edward Singhatey and Yahya Jammeh had their pistols filled with live rounds.“The plan was to gun down President Jawara by Edward Singhatey. Yahya Jammeh was supposed to release gunshots into the air and disclose the coup at the airport and demand Sir Dawda to surrender. Sanna Sabally was left at the Yundum Barracks with a platoon and they were heavily armed. They were supposed to take over the airport security because we were all not armed,” he said.“The plan was to capture the Yundum and Fajara Barracks and as well capture the State House,” he said.He said at the airport, Singhatey and Jammeh were both disarmed and the guard of honour couldn’t take place. He added that they went back to the Yundum Barracks and held a discussion with Edward Singhatey, Sanna Sabally, and Sadibou Hydara on the way forward since their plan became futile. He said whilst they were meeting, Singhatey, Sabally, and Hydara were with their passports, planning to flee the country but they were discouraged by the junior soldiers to stay. He said the coup leaders including Edward Singhatey and Yahya Jammeh were to be arrested on the 22nd July 1994 by the authorities.“We told them to stay and not to worry about them being arrested because they can still make it (stage the coup),” he said.The Nigerians did not play anything in July 1994He said on that night, the junior soldiers took over the Yundum Barracks and it was the same night that Lieutenant Basirou Barrow assured Yahya Jammeh of his support to the coup.“We were going for two things; we either take over the State House or go to the grave yard,” the witness said.On the early morning of July 22nd, they seized vehicles and headed to Banjul because they were in a haste to avoid Yahya Jammeh, Edward Singhatey, Yankuba Touray, Sanna Sabally and Sadibou Hydara being arrested. He said before they left for Banjul, the seized vehicles were taken into the Yundum Barracks for soldiers who were deemed to be the loyalist to the coup to board on them.He said Edward Singhatey was dropped at the airport junction with few soldiers to take charge of the airport and when they reached Westfield, the GAMTEL connection wires were removed and the Gendarmerie officers guarding the place were arrested and taken to the Yundum Barracks.The witness told the Commission that he was armed with an RPG and another weapon type. He explained that he joined Sabally to invade the Fajara Barracks with not more than 15 soldiers. He said they entered through the back gate of the Barracks and began firing into the air which caused the Gendarmerie officers and their families to run in different directions. He added that the Gendarmerie later fired back at them and after about 15 minutes they (the Gendarmerie) surrendered.“The Fajara Barracks was taken over after the armory was captured,” he said.He said they mounted a checkpoint at the back gate of the Barracks and he, Sergeant Ousman Sonko (the former Interior Minister) and one Sisawo Fatty were assigned by Sanna Sabally to go to GAMTEL to disconnect all wires so that there won’t be any communications from outside the world. He said they didn’t go to GAMTEL instead they went to Yundum Barracks to collect ammunitions from Lt Basirou Barrow and took them to Sanna Sabally at the Fajara Barracks as well as supplied Yahya Jammeh and his group who were around the Mile II Prisons and the soldiers stationed at the Denton Bridge.“We returned to the Fajara Barracks and informed Sanna Sabally that the mission was accomplished although we didn’t go to any GAMTEL station,” he said.A day after the coupHe said they went to the State House and he was attached as an escort under Yahya Jammeh.“After taking over the State House, the junta failed us because they couldn’t fulfill their promises. We were frustrated with Junta,” he said.He said they were promised by the coup leaders that after a successful coup, they will be allocated each with a plot of land, improve their conditions (welfare) and as well take them for overseas training. He said Lt Basirou Barrow was supposed to be the leader of the Junta but he declined owing to his weakness in public speaking.“At this time, Sanna Sabally pointed a pistol to Yahya Jammeh and told him that ‘you are the chairman’ and Jammeh responded to Sabally that you are the vice chairman,” he adduced.He said Yahya Jammeh was not a complete soldier and he was not much known by the soldiers. He added that soldiers joined his group, not because of him but the presence of Captain Sonko.“Yahya Jammeh was not a tactical soldier because he couldn’t lead a section of an army to talk less of a platoon,” he said.He said the soldiers that supported the coup were not up to 40 and mainly young with the ranks of Private and Lance Corporal. He said in October 1994, he was posted at the Yundum Barracks.He said the AFPRC leadership created mistrust among soldiers in the Barracks by passing an order that no two soldiers are allowed to hold private discussions.“We felt angry and that was the cause of November 11 attempted coup,” he said.November 11He said one Sergeant Fafa Nyang used to tell him that they were planning to get rid of the AFPRC government and one ‘Dot Faal’ used to brief him on their ongoing plan to stage the coup.“The November 11 attempted coup was well planned and the leaders were trusted soldiers in the army including Lt Basirou Barrow. The plan was to attack the State House and get rid of the Junta,” he said.He said the coup plan was leaked to the Junta.“The idea of the November 11 coup was well known to the Junta members,” he said.He said on the 8th November 1994, all the AFPRC Council members except Yahya Jammeh and the then Chief of Defense Staff, Lt Colonel Baboucar Jatta came to the Yundum Barracks to address them about the coup. He said the delegation was headed by Sanna Sabally who told them that the coup won’t work. He said Sabally told them to unite and become a family and not to try to create problems in the country. Thereafter, he said Edward Singhatey released three gun shots into the air.He said Lt Barrow was transferred to the Fajara Barracks but this has not affected the coup plan because it was not abandoned.According to the witness, on the 10th November 1994, one Buba Jammeh, a brother to Yahya Jammeh was the chairman of the Council called Sanna Sabally and informed him that some soldiers were moving within the Barracks armed.He said in the evening of the 10th November, they were all discouraged because they didn’t see their leaders to carry on with the planned coup. He said in the evening, he jumped over the fence and went home in Bakau. He said whilst in Bakau at night, he heard gunshots from the Fajara Barracks.He said in the morning of the 11th November, he went to the Yundum Barracks dressed in military uniform and later went to the armoury and took arms because the situation was fragile.“I climbed a truck and saw the dead bodies of Lieutenant Basirou Barrow and ‘Dot Faal’ lying,” he said.He said a few moments later, he turned and saw a group of soldiers beating Sergeant Fafa Nyang around the cooks’ house within the Barracks. He said the soldiers who participated in beating Sergeant Nyang included Sergeant Alagie Kanyi, Lance Corporal Colley, Baboucar Sanyang, Buba Jammeh and many other soldiers. He said Sergeant Nyang suffered before he died because he was tortured until his waist got broken. He said at this time, the four Council members in the persons of Edward Singhateh, Sanna Sabally, Yankuba Touray, and Sadibou Hydara, as well as Momodou Badjie (the current security adviser to President Barrow) and CDS Baboucar Jatta, were all present.“Lance Corporal Colley shot Sergeant Fafa Nyang in the dug grave because he was buried alive,” he said.He said it was Sanna Sabally who passed the order that all those involved in the coup should be executed.“Lt Barrow, Sergeant Nyang and ‘Dot Faal’ were all buried in one grave and I was viewing the soldiers whilst they were burying them,” he said.He said the place where they were buried was not deep and those who participated in their burial included Alagie Kanyi and Baboucar Sanyang. He added that some soldiers were also arrested and detained in relation to the coup.“Lt Colonel Momodou Badjie was present at the time of the execution of the captured soldiers on the 11 November,” he said.He adduced that Badjie who is currently the security adviser to President Adama Barrow was present at the range where the captured soldiers were butchered.The Execution of the captured soldiersHe said the captured soldiers included Lt Gibril Sey, Lt Buba Jammeh, Bakary Manneh, Cadet Sillah, Corporal Dampha (who was not executed) among others. He said the group that executed these captured soldiers were headed by Sanna Sabally. He said the group members included Momodou Badjie, CDS Baboucar Badjie, Edward Singhateh, Peter Singhateh, Sadibou Hydara, Yankuba Touray and their soldiers (guards).He explained that it was RSM Papu Gomex who tied the hands of the captured soldiers and packed them into a land rover.“They were taken to Lance Corporal Bojang’s Range behind the Nyambai Forest which is about 4 to 5 kilometres from Siffoe,” he said.He said the executed bodies were taken back to the Yundum Barracks by the group and placed around the cooks’ house.“They were killed with the use of a gun. These people were butchered; one of them had his leg broken and eye removed. They had blood all over their bodies,” he said.He said later, the Council members went to the Independence Stadium to witness the match the Gambia played against Liberia.“Before they left for the Stadium, Sergeant Ceesay who was detained was called out from the cell where he was detained and shot by Corporal Mboob in the presence of the Council members and their entourage,” he said.The Burial of the executed soldiersHe said they were buried next to where Lt Barrow and 2 others were buried.“Alagie Kanyi cut the legs of Sergeant Sey with an axe because he was tall so that he could fit,” he said.His Biography and Career in the ArmyHe said he was born on the 1st January 1970 in Bakau Kachically. He said after completing schooling in 1989, he joined the Gambia National Army (GNA) and remained as a Private Soldier until July 1994. He said he was sent to Liberia in the year 1991 under the ECOMOG for 10 months and when he came back, he was posted at the Yundum Barracks. He said he was under the Company headed by Captain Lie Conteh; where Lieutenant Edward Singhateh and Lieutenant OB Mbye were the platoon commanders. He said their company was called the ECO-Company.