Lukaku scored the third goal in Sunday night’s 4-1 defeat of a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur for his second goal of the club’s pre-season tour of Asia. In the absence of Fernando Torres, who is on holiday following the Confederations Cup, and with Manchester United clinging on to Wayne Rooney, Lukaku is bidding to take his Blues opportunity after a successful loan spell at West Brom. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is wary of comparing Romelu Lukaku with Didier Drogba. But despite the Belgian sharing similar traits to Ivory Coast forward Drogba, who was a key member of Mourinho’s squad first time around and who scored the Champions League-winning penalty in 2012 before leaving Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea boss was not prepared to make a direct comparison. “We have to respect Didier, because Didier’s unique in Chelsea history,” Mourinho said. “And we have to respect Lukaku and the best way to respect Lukaku is not to compare him with a legend of Chelsea Football Club. “The kid is good.” Another player keen to do well is Bertrand Traore, who is a 17-year-old Burkina Faso international, in his second six-week trial spell at Chelsea. After impressing academy coaches in 2012, Mourinho watched a DVD of the athletic midfielder before inviting him to the Asia tour. As he is not 18 until December, Chelsea and Traore must wait to sign a permanent deal. Mourinho added: “Now we want to keep him. We have to wait until he becomes 18 to try to get a permit for him to stay in England. It’s the rules and we have to accept them.” Mourinho hopes forward Kevin de Bruyne’s knee injury is not serious after the Belgian was injured in the act of scoring the second goal of the victory at the Shah Alam Stadium. Mourinho said: “When he was on the floor and asking for a change, everybody on the bench, we thought the worst. “The first assessment by the doctor was that it was not the ligaments for sure and if it is something in the meniscus, then it has to be a very small injury. “So we believe it is not an important injury and hopefully it isn’t because the kid is a fantastic player and is showing to you match after match and showing to me in training that he is going to be a key man on the pitch.” Press Association
Share the experience Gary Saddler, senior vice-president, sales, worldwide, Sandals, implored the travel agents to keep selling Jamaica as a top golfing destination when they returned to the United States. “Go back home, sell this hotel and sell golfing. Share with your customers your experience of Jamaica,” he said at Saturday night’s awards ceremony. Young Jamaican golfing talent, 17-year-old Romaine Evans, wowed competitors with his driving prowess from the ladies’ tee at the 14th hole in a Sandals Foundation benefit. Competitors contributed a token US$10 to the foundation to have Edwards and Zandre Roye, two of 23 young players adopted by the programme, tee off from the par-five hole, on their behalf. The contribution will go towards the Sandals Foundation, which continues to nurture young Jamaican golfers such as Roye and Evans, who won the junior title at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in St Croix, United States Virgin Islands, in July, which led to him being invited to participate in the prestigious Duke of York Young Champions Trophy, September 9-11, at Prince’s Golf Course in England. Other winners at the tournament included Roland Farrar, putting contest; Sharon Tonti, closest to pin, female; Junior Rodney, closest to pin, male; Paula Mullins Worster, longest drive, female; Nick Middaugh, longest drive, male; Team Four, Larry Field, Sr, Larry Field Jr, Dennis Field and Nick Middaugh, best-dressed team; Team 21, Rose and Jeff Stevenson, Catherine Byrne, and Sheila Golden, most honest score. TEAM 23, comprising Junior Rodney, Karen Scantlebury, Albertha Brown, and Jacqueline Bass, won the Travel Weekly US Travel Agents Golf Tournament at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios at the weekend. Team Four, made up of Larry Field Sr, Larry Field Jr, Dennis Field, and Nick Middaugh, were runners-up in the two-day tournament. More than 120 travel agents from the United States competed in the event staged by Sandals Resorts, playing two days of golf over 36 holes. In its 13th year, the tournament is used to familiarise travel agents with the local resorts in the Sandals chain and highlights Sandals Golf and Country Club as a top Caribbean golfing destination.