Both sides are in the unusual position of not having any Tipperary senior hurling panel members in their squads.Because of this the game is the only senior hurling action in the county this weekend.The teams came through closely fought semi-finals with Nenagh Eire Og seeing off Borrisoleigh by just 2 points while Burgess had the same winning margin over Kilruane. It’s Eire Og’s first divisional final since 2009 with manager Liam Heffernan saying it’s indicative of the strength in North Tipp hurling.That game at McDonagh Park throws-in at 3.30 on Sunday afternoon.
Former Black Stars skipper, Stephen Appiah, has revealed that former AC Milan midfielder, Gennaro Gattuso, was the most challenging opponent he came up against in his professional career.Appiah faced several midfielders in his time in Italian football which lasted from 1997 to 2005 and then from 2009 to 2011. In those two spells, he played for Udinese, Parma, Brescia, Juventus, Bologna and Cessena.Despite the number of opponents Appiah played against, he believes that Gattuso gave him the most problems especially during the Ghanaian’s time at Udinese.“The toughest player I faced was Gennaro Gattuso and that was when I played for Udinese. We faced Salernitana, a team from the Southern part of Italy and that was where Gattuso was playing at the time.He was so difficult to play against and he even broke my tooth by the time match came to an end. He just would not allow you to go away with the ball.He was really the toughest among the likes of Emerson, Demetrio Albertini and the many others I came up against.”Appiah was speaking on Betway’s Live Instagram chat with fans on Saturday, May 9.