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Argentinian Football Association requested for football restart amid COVID-19

first_imgBUENOS AIRES: The Argentinian Football Association (AFA) has presented new sanitary protocols to the government as it seeks to end a four-month COVID-19 shutdown.The document was published on the AFA’s official website on Tuesday along with a letter signed by the entity’s President Claudio Tapia to Health Minister Gines Gonzalez, reports Xinhua news agency. “I am writing to inform you that the Argentinian Football Association created a medical commission to establish a protocol that allows our affiliated clubs to return to training when the conditions allow it and when the national government authorises it,” the missive said. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa It added that the commission, led by AFA medical director Donato Villani, had consulted a diverse range of medical experts while drawing on experiences in other countries. The AFA suspended its competitions on March 17 and canceled the rest of the 2019-20 season in April. President Alberto Fernandez has said the government will only sanction the sport’s return when there is no risk to the health of those involved. Argentina has over 103,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, more than 1,900 of which have been fatal, according to official figures. (IANS) Also watch: Flood continues to Wreak Havoc in Dibrugarhlast_img read more


September 20, 2020 0

Cricket News Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar deepen India’s ‘problem of plenty’ for 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup

first_imgIn the five-match series against the England Lions, Rahane smashed 59 and 91 and looked in good touch. Rahul, who was suspended from the tour of Australia along with Hardik for their ‘outrageous’ comments on the show Koffee With Karan, is also in the mix having scored 89 in the four-day game against the England Lions in Wayanad. However, Rahul’s form across all formats has been average in 2017 and 2018. However, Prasad reiterated that Rahane had a good chance as his form in the domestic circuit has been good.”In domestic cricket he has been in form. He is very much in contention for the World Cup,” Prasad said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar have given the Indian cricket team plenty of depth due to their performances in the recently concluded tours of Australia and New Zealand. However, this has also presented the MSK Prasad-led selection panel with plenty of headaches as they prepare to pick the 15-man squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be held in England from May 31. Pant was the star with the bat and behind the stumps during the tour of Australia in which India won the Test series 2-1. Shankar, on the other hand, chipped in with a vital 45 that helped India win the Wellington ODI and in the absence of Virat Kohli, he batted at No.3 in the Twenty20 Internationals in which he blasted 43 in the Hamilton T20I which India lost by four runs.In an exclusive interview to ESPNCricinfo, MSK Prasad has said that Shankar and Pant are in contention for a spot in the World Cup squad. “The progression of Rishabh in the last one year is phenomenal across the formats. What we actually felt is he needs a bit of maturity now, gain more experience. That is reason we have included him in India A series wherever possible. In whatever opportunities he has got, Shankar has shown the skillsets required at this level. We have been grooming him through India A tours in the last two years. But we will have to see where he can fit in the dynamics of this team,” Prasad said on the opportunities for both Pant and Shankar.The current line-up of the Indian cricket team has plenty of players who select themselves. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli form the top three while MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Ambati Rayudu are the players who shore-up the middle order along with Kedar Jadhav. With the inclusion of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as pacers and Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as the spinners, there are only two or three spots where there will be intense competition. Pant and Shankar are not the only two players, with Ajinkya Rahane also in the mix as well as KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya. India won a bilateral Test and ODI series for the first time in Australia.India won a ODI series in New Zealand after 10 years.The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played in England from May 31. highlightslast_img read more


September 19, 2020 0

Ranked teams meet as No. 20 Illinois hosts No. 9 Maryland

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 Maryland (18-4, 8-3) vs. No. 20 Illinois (16-6, 8-3)State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois; Friday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two ranked teams meet as No. 9 Maryland visits No. 20 Illinois in a Big Ten showdown. Maryland has two wins and zero losses against ranked opponents this season, while Illinois has won one of its four games against ranked teams. February 6, 2020 Ranked teams meet as No. 20 Illinois hosts No. 9 Marylandcenter_img LEADING THE CHARGE: The Terrapins are led by Jalen Smith and Anthony Cowan Jr.. Smith is averaging 15.2 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while Cowan is putting up 16.3 points and 4.3 assists per game. The Fighting Illini have been led by Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu, who have combined to score 29.8 points per outing.CLAMPING DOWN: The Fighting Illini have given up only 61.2 points per game to conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 68 per game they gave up to non-conference competition.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Dosunmu has made or assisted on 46 percent of all Illinois field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 33 field goals and 24 assists in those games.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Maryland’s Eric Ayala has attempted 96 3-pointers and connected on 24 percent of them, and is 5 for 20 over his last five games.STREAK STATS: Illinois has won its last seven home games, scoring an average of 69.4 points while giving up 55.9. DID YOU KNOW: Illinois is ranked eighth among Division I teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 36.9 percent. The Fighting Illini have averaged 12.7 offensive boards per game.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more


September 19, 2020 0

Gallery: Syracuse football holds annual spring game in Carrier Dome

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September 17, 2020 0

Writing as Mom’s eyes, ears

first_imgMom didn’t react well to the adriamycin, or the cytoxan.This was Jan. 4, 2005, a Tuesday. My dad was carrying my mother as they slammed through the front door of our Burbank home. She was having difficulty even standing alone, and so he walked her through the house and onto the bed.This Tuesday marked week one of chemotherapy treatment, coming roughly six weeks after the breast cancer diagnosis.Full recovery · One year after missing the Trojans play for a national championship because of illness, Kim Kaufman and her son Joey were in attendance at the 2006 Rose Bowl to watch USC play the Texas Longhorns. — Courtesy of Joey KaufmanI was 14. My brother Matt was 11; my sister Kelly had just reached 7. We sat in the family room, watching football. Meanwhile, Mom collapsed on her bed, nauseated. She proceeded to vomit. A couple hours later, the nausea subsided and she finally caught some sleep.We dared not move from the couch. We stayed and stared at the TV. We didn’t know what to say.Dad later emerged from their bedroom. He said he would take care of the rest and assured us Mom would be fine. We nodded.He was right. She would be — it’d take a year, but yes, she would be fine. Dad didn’t lie. She still is fine.But on that January night, at least, Mom was missing the game.The game was the 2005 Orange Bowl, also the BCS national championship game. Undefeated USC, Dad’s alma mater and, by association, the official college football team of the Kaufman household, was facing No. 2 Oklahoma.But Mom couldn’t see any of it. She couldn’t see the touchdown passes from Matt Leinart that sliced the Sooners’ secondary. She couldn’t see the Trojans’ “Thunder and Lighting” duo of LenDale White and Reggie Bush that dodged one defender after another. She couldn’t see a Shaun Cody and Mike Patterson-led defensive line that put opposing quarterback Jason White on his back on about every down.But she could at least do this: She could wake up the next morning and read the newspapers. She could see that big headline from The Los Angeles Times reading “Conquest:” USC had defeated Oklahoma, 55-19.You see, it was not uncommon for Mom, because of chemo, radiation treatment or some doctor’s appointment somewhere in Los Angeles, to miss seeing our Trojans play that year.No matter, though — she always had the papers. And she trusted the newspapermen to bring her the news of the team. Was anyone hurt? How were those freshmen coming along? She’d always smile, too, when a picture of Leinart and his wavy surfer hair landed in print. He was her “sweetie,” we teased.She didn’t always have the chance to witness everything that happened on the field with her own eyes. She relied on others, the reporters on the sidelines and in the press boxes, to paint the scene.Seeing this, I always admired those newspaper writers.In full disclosure, I had an interest in sports journalism from a young age, mostly because I discovered I was about a foot shy of ever having any chance to play center for the Los Angeles Lakers. Though I had little idea of what exactly journalism entailed, I wanted to work in sports.Watching Mom read the paper, though, firmly cemented the goal of sports writing in my brain, and it gave me a greater purpose. I too would deliver the news to readers. I would tell them about their favorite teams. Maybe they were also missing the games because of something traumatic. They couldn’t always be around to smell the grass, to listen to the crowds, to feel the excitement. They wouldn’t always be in the stands.So I promised to be there for them, in order to tell those stories.Luckily enough for me, the Daily Trojan provided me with a chance to do just that. Covering USC sports for the last four years, and last two and a half years with this column, allowed me to live up to that set standard.I’d cover Mom’s Trojans the best I could.I’d capture moments, from women’s water polo’s NCAA championship season my freshman year to the most recent disappointing football season, where business remained unfinished. I’d chronicle teams and players.I’ve seen Notre Dame Stadium (blaring “Crazy Train” and all) go from deafening to silent in one Jawanza Starling fumble recovery. I’ve seen Jacki Gemelos return to the basketball court after a fourth ACL surgery. Perhaps, most amusingly, I’ve seen Lane Kiffin as normal, talking about his own dad, Monte, and how, in a way, he was much like Brooks Hatlen from the movie The Shawshank Redemption.Not every moment captured USC on its brightest day.I’ve also seen the Trojans’ Rose Bowl dreams die in the mud after one swift, crushing and now infamous Anthony Barr sack of Matt Barkley. I’ve seen more press releases in response to NCAA-related allegations than I’d like to recount. I’ve seen basketball coach Kevin O’Neill explain the irreversible effects of scholarship limits to about every media member amid a school-worst 26-loss season.It wasn’t exactly the rosiest four years — pun intended.But there was no shortage of things to tell, and I tried to do those stories right. It was my turn. It was my turn to describe what the crowds looked like and what they sounded like. It was my turn to highlight players and coaches, peel back a layer and show the person. It was my turn to make sure I didn’t miss a single moment. Because this time, there’d be at least a few readers such as Mom relying on me.I remember Ron Hock, a religion professor my junior year, telling me how he would read my column on his train ride back to his Palm Springs home. I remember the handwritten notes from Kent Hollenbeck, a Ventura County dentist whom I met for the first time in January, thanking me for my updates on men’s basketball, of all sports.That was all I needed.I wanted to depict USC athletics, both accurately and vividly. I wanted people to feel as if they were there alongside me.Forever, this will be my own “Mom Rule.” Joey Kaufman has served as a columnist since Spring 2011. To comment on this story, email Joey at jrkaufma@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.last_img read more


September 17, 2020 0

Syracuse gets power surge in 7-1 win over Niagara

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 18, 2018 at 9:33 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Alicia Hansen jogged into home plate with a smile as she was enveloped by the mob of teammates waiting for her. She was barraged with helmet taps, customary after hitting a home run.As the group eventually dispersed and headed to the dugout, a voice behind Hansen questioned her in a shocked tone, “You’re a home run hitter?” Hansen didn’t know who said it but wasn’t surprised by their astonishment.“I’m not the biggest home run hitter,” the junior said, laughing. “So, it was big for me to get a home run. I’m one of those hitters, I’m going to sprint until I see it over the fence, because I never know.”The shortstop’s third-inning home run gave Syracuse (23-18, 5-11 Atlantic Coast) a lead it would never relinquish en route to a 7-1 victory over Niagara (10-25, 2-4 Metro Atlantic) on Wednesday. It was the first of two home runs in the game for the Orange, marking the first time all season that SU has hit multiple home runs in a game. After starting the season in a power-hitting slump with three home runs in its first 35 games, Syracuse has now hit six in as many contests.The power surge has coincided with the Orange’s return to Syracuse after playing 33 of its first 37 games away from home. That includes Wednesday’s doubleheader, in which SU combined to hit three home runs and score 17 total runs in the sweep of the Purple Eagles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think as a team we’ve found our stride a bit as the season goes on,” Bryce Holmgren said. “We’ve always hit better at home. It’s kind of ironic, because we don’t get to practice much at home, but … we’re just more comfortable here, you get to sleep in your own bed, the little things make a difference for us.”A Holmgren hit by pitch set up another RBI opportunity for the Orange, thanks to Gabby Teran’s triple the next at-bat. Teran, who leads the team in home runs with three, hit a gap shot to right-center that originally looked destined to be a double. Head coach Mike Bosch tried to hold Holmgren at third on the play, but she ran through the sign after seeing that Teran was heading for third.The relay throw was sent to third base but was mishandled by Niagara’s third baseman thanks in part to Teran’s slide. The ball skipped towards the Syracuse dugout, and Teran ran home to score.“It pumps our batters up, pumps our entire team up,” starting pitcher Alexa Romero said. “To know that we have power right now and that our hitting’s on and that we’re gonna get runs.”While Romero’s performance in the circle ensured that the Orange wouldn’t need many runs in order to win, the offense kept coming. The final two hits of the game were both of the extra-base, pinch-hit variety for SU.First, Andrea Bombace batted for Hannah Dossett with a runner on first. She wasted no time with her opportunity, smacking an opposite-field home run to right center to push the Syracuse ahead, 7-1. The very next batter, Gianna Carideo, batted for designated hitter Jessica Heese and nearly replicated Bombace’s result. The backup catcher turned around a fastball to the right-center gap, this time one-hopping the fence and sliding into second for a double.Bombace entered the game with just four hits in 33 at-bats while Carideo had just three hits in 32 at-bats, but the current power surge appears contagious for the Orange.“It was a high-intensity and high-energy game,” Hansen said. “Every game we’ve had that everyone’s been involved energy-wise, it’s always been a great outcome for us.”Syracuse has found its power stroke for the first time all season. With 10 games left on its schedule — nine coming at home — the Orange likely needs its newfound-trend for extra base-hitting continues.“We were literally on the road for two months straight. It wears on you a little bit,” Bosch said. “They’ve had an opportunity here, past week and a half to get a little bit of rest. The familiarity of being home, your own ballpark, some things that go right instead of going wrong, all those play a factor, we’ll see if we can continue that the next week and a half.” Commentslast_img read more


September 16, 2020 0

Top 5 sporting events to attend at Syracuse this fall

first_imgAnother season of Syracuse sports begins with seven men’s and women’s sports at the start of the school year. Syracuse football is ranked in the preseason coaches’ poll, women’s basketball was ranked No. 10 in an early ESPN list and SU men’s basketball faces multiple rivals in the beginning of its schedule.Here are the top five sporting events to attend at Syracuse this fall:1. Syracuse football vs. Clemson, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. Syracuse football’s home openers in the last two seasons have been against Central Connecticut State and Wagner, respectively. In 2019, the defending national champions return to New York for the Carrier Dome’s first football game of the season. College GameDay hasn’t released its location for Week 3, but Syracuse is a likely destination. The Carrier Dome is sold out, and both teams are likely to be ranked entering the clash. Syracuse pulled off a historic upset the last time the Tigers came to the Dome. Quarterback Eric Dungey carried the Orange past the defending national champions, 27-24, in 2017. Last season, the Orange went to Memorial Stadium in Clemson and led by 10 points with 12 minutes remaining before Clemson’s then-third string quarterback Chase Brice led two touchdown drives to win the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo team in the nation has played Clemson tougher than SU in the last two seasons, and while the Orange will be underdogs yet again, fourth-year head coach Dino Babers has shown an ability to pull off significant upsets with the Orange. 2. Syracuse basketball vs. Virginia, Nov. 6 Syracuse football opens its home schedule with the defending national champions. Basketball does too. As a part of the launch of the ACC Network in 2019 — along with the conference’s expansion to a 20-game schedule — one opening ACC game will be played before nonconference play begins.Virginia is headed to the Carrier Dome as the first game of the Orange’s season. Both teams are replacing their top talent, as SU lost Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett, while UVA had three players — De’Andre Hunter, Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome — who were drafted in the NBA Draft. The Cavaliers have thrashed the Orange in their last two trips to the Dome. Virginia made 18-of-25 threes in March en route to a 79-53 win. In 2018, UVA held SU to 44 points in a 15-point victory. 3. Syracuse basketball vs. Iowa, Dec. 3 Syracuse basketball will host Iowa on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Orange are 3-3 since joining the ACC in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and have won two straight. The Hawkeyes earned a No. 10 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, defeating Cincinnati in round one before falling in overtime to No. 2-seed Tennessee. According to KenPom.com, Iowa is the second-best team on SU’s nonconference schedule. Two seasons ago, Tyus Battle hit a critical corner three with less than a minute left to propel the Orange past Maryland. Without that three, SU would’ve likely missed the NCAA Tournament, preventing its Sweet 16 run. Conference play usually decides the Orange’s tournament fate, but Iowa presents a chance for SU to grab a win over an additional postseason team.Amy Nakamura | Co-Digital Editor4. Syracuse women’s basketball vs. Oregon The Orange traveled to Eugene at the start of the 2018-19 season and lost a 75-73 thriller that came down to the final possession. As part of an agreed home-and-home, SU will host the Ducks in 2019-20. The Orange were upset in the second round of the NCAA tournament on their home floor in March by South Dakota State, but are ranked No. 10 in ESPN’s early Top 25 rankings. Oregon point guard Sabrina Ionescu won the Wade Trophy and Wooden Award, two honors given to the best player in college basketball. The 5-foot-11 point guard averaged 19.9 points and 8.2 assists per game in her junior season. Oregon earned a No. 2 seed in March, losing to Baylor in the Final Four.The Orange look to be national contenders again, and the Ducks will be their toughest home test of the nonconference slate. The time and date of the game have yet to be officially announced. 5. Syracuse men’s soccer vs. Louisville, Sept. 13One day before SU football hosts Clemson in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse men’s soccer plays its biggest home game of the 2019 season. Louisville finished the 2018 season ranked No. 3 in RPI and began the 2019 season No. 14 in the preseason United Soccer Coaches poll.Syracuse begins its conference schedule with the Cardinals, and kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. The Orange played the Cardinals to a 2-2 tie in Louisville last season, and lost 2-1 at home in 2017. While the Orange play No. 4 Wake Forest, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 10 Duke all on the road, the Cardinals are the highest-ranked team headed to SU Soccer Stadium in the fall. 2018 leading goal scorer Tajon Buchanan was drafted by the MLS’ New England Revolution, but the Orange’s other top goal scorers — Massimo Ferrin, Sondre Norheim and Ryan Raposo — will return. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 21, 2019 at 1:10 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more


September 16, 2020 0

AFCON 2019: Nigeria Beat S’Africa, Move into Semi-final

first_imgThe Super Eagles were deserved winners and should have been ahead by more goals when Williams pushed Oghenekaro Etebo’s free-kick onto the bar.However, in the second half, South Africa equalised from a set piece that bounced off the back of Odion Ighalo for Bongani Zungu to level for Bafana with a header.It took a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check to confirm it was not an off side goal.Substitute Moses Simon’s corner kick was tapped into Bafana net by central defender, William Troost Ekong to give Nigeria the winner in the 89th minute. All attempts by the South Africans to find an equaliser in the added four minutes failed to produce any result.The win extends South Africa’s record of never having beaten Super Eagles at the Nations Cup finalsNigeria is to play the winner of the quarter-final clash between Algeria and Cote d’Ivoire in the semi final.Earlier in the first quarter final match between Senegal and Benin Republic, the Teranga Lions snatched the semi final ticket with a lone goal scored by Everton man, Idrisa Gueye.Gueye started and finished a move which saw Liverpool’s Sadio Mane tee up his team-mate to score in Cairo.The Video Assistant Referee introduced from the quarter-final stage yesterday had two goals scored by Mane disallowed for offside after VAR checks.Benin’s Olivier Verdon was sent off near the end of the game for a foul on Gueye.Before Gueye’s goal, his first in Egypt, Benin – who had reached this stage without winning a match in normal time – almost took the lead after a horrific mistake by keeper Alfred Gomis.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles of Nigeria booked a place in the semi final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday night with a 2-1 defeat of South Africa’s Bafana Bafana at the Cairo International Stadium.Villarreal’s exciting forward, Samuel Chukwueze put Nigeria in the lead in the 27th minute after collecting a perfect cross from Arsenal man, Alex Iwobi from the left flank of the South African goal area.Chukwueze’s first attempt bounced off a Bafana defender before burying the rebound into the back of the net of Ronwell Williams in goal for South Africa.last_img read more


September 8, 2020 0

Obrigado… Betway sponsors MiBR Comeback

first_img Share Anthony Werkman, BetwayBetway furthers its coverage and presence within esports, confirming that it will sponsor the newly reformed ‘Made in Brazil’ (MiBR) team.The partnership represents Betway’s second esports team sponsorship, with the bookmaker acting as a lead sponsor of Counter Strike outfit Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP).Coached by Ricardo “DEAD” Sinigaglia, a leading figurehead in the Brazilian esports’ scene, the MiBR team has had one of the most colourful histories in esports.Founded in 2003, MiBR is Brazil’s oldest esports team, however, in 2012 the outfit dissolved.In 2018, Sinigaglia announced that MiBR would return to Counter-Strike competitions backed by new investment from leading esports franchise ImmortalsMIBR will appear in its comeback competition July 3-8 at ESL One Cologne.  Betway will receive significant rights and assets within the deal including access to MIBR’s star players for the creation of exclusive content.Betway’s Anthony Werkman, said: “Betway is delighted to support the revival of MIBR. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with them in bringing CS:GO fans closer to the team through exclusive content. “Esports is an extremely important part of our portfolio, and through the sponsorship of MIBR, we will continue to cement ourselves as a significant part of the CS:GO community.“We always strive to give back to esports fans by bridging the gap between the event and betting slip through producing great content and exciting markets in which fans can play.”Betway joins K-Swiss clothing, Tinder and Mountain Dew as lead sponsors of MiBR. As team backers, Immortals has confirmed that the team will relocate to Los Angeles to train and practice at the Immortals campusAri Segal, President and COO of Immortals and MIBR, said: “The pace of change in esports continues to accelerate and over the last several months, triggered in part by the repeal of PASPA, we see continued acceptance and adoption of legalized gambling in esports and around the world.“Establishing Betway as a founding sponsor of MIBR delivers professionalism and legitimacy to the esports gambling market in a way that most other names in this category could not. We are excited by the opportunity to develop new esports fans through this unique channel.” Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020last_img read more


August 30, 2020 0

Appiah pleased with versatile Asamoah

first_imgBlack Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has praised Kwadwo Asamoah for being very versatile and says he brings an extra quality to the national team.Since the turn of the year, Asamoah has operated from a left back role for Ghana and started the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in the same opposition as the Black Stars drew 2-2 with DR Congo.Asamoah apart from his attacking forays from a deeper position, capped a great performance with goal at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday and Appiah believes the player adds some extra to Ghana’s dynamic play.The goal was the player’s first at a Nations Cup tournament.“Kwadwo [Asamoah] is a utility player, he does very well in any position you put him in,” Ghana’s coach Kwesi Appiah said.The player was pushed up the field in the last 10 minutes of the entertaining Group B match and although Ghana did not always have things their own way, Appiah says he was satisfied with the performance of the Juventus player. “He defends very well and for me, he did very well at the back.”The Ghana coach explains that, Asamoah’s defensive role did not deprive the team any attacking presence.“We had competent people up-front who could play almost the same as he could have done.“He being at the back was no problem. But in the second half, I decided to bring him up front to increase the attack,” he added.“It’s just unfortunate that [we did not get] what we were expecting, automatically when you go into a first game, you expect to get a win, unfortunately, we could get it today.” Ghana plays Mali, who top the group on Thursday.last_img read more


August 28, 2020 0