0Shares0000FBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted Lionel Messi played in a friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday due to a “contractual issue” even though the striker was left out of last weekend’s loss to Levante © AFP/File / PHILL MAGAKOEBARCELONA, Spain, May 19 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted Lionel Messi played in a friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday due to a “contractual issue” even though the striker was left out of last weekend’s loss to Levante.Levante’s shock 5-4 victory ended Barca’s hopes of completing their first ever unbeaten La Liga season in what was their 37th, and penultimate, match of the campaign. The result placed added scrutiny on Valverde’s decision to rest Messi, who was not even included on the bench at the City of Valencia Stadium, as Barca chased an equaliser in the final 20 minutes.But Messi did come on as a substitute in South Africa three days later as Barca took part in a friendly to contribute to celebrations marking 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.“In South Africa I played him for 15 minutes because of a contractual issue,” Valverde said on Saturday. “But he has helped us a lot and the idea now is to rest him.”Messi has made 57 appearances for club and country this season and with Barcelona’s domestic double already confirmed, his next focus is Argentina and this summer’s World Cup.Valverde indicated Messi is also likely to be spared Sunday’s final league game of the season at home to Real Sociedad.“Messi has played a lot of big matches, even sometimes playing with discomfort,” Valverde said. “Now the plan is to rest him a little.”Barca will be hoping to finish on a high against Real Sociedad as Andres Iniesta plays his final game for the club.Iniesta joined Barcelona’s academy 22 years ago and Valverde accepts the Spaniard will be impossible to replace.“We shouldn’t make the mistake of trying to find an Iniesta replica because we’re never going to find one,” Valverde said. “We will all have to make up for his absence together.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Kathmandu: India Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri on Saturday inaugurated a building of Koteshwor Multiple Campus in Kathmandu District, which has been constructed with India’s grant assistance. The Koteshwor campus, established in 1990, is a non-profit, non-governmental community college. Affiliated with Tribhuvan University, the campus offers Bachelors level education courses in humanities and Masters level in management. The campus is affiliated with the National Examination Board and it offers ten-plus-two program in management and humanities as well. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The campus has over 3,700 students, around 60 per cent of whom are girls. The new three-storied building is constructed with the Government of India’s grant assistance of Nepalise Rs 45.1 million. It comprises 18 classrooms, office room and an administration complex. The Indian Embassy said the new building will boost learning environment in the region. Ruling Nepal Communist Party leader Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, former foreign secretary Madan Bhattarai and Chairman of District Coordination Committee Shiva Sundar Raj Vaidya attended the inauguration function.