Comoros v Ghana: 10 quick facts about Avram’s current Black Stars

first_imgWhat: World Cup 2018 QualifierMatch: Comoros v GhanaDate: November 13, 2015– ASAMOAH GYAN SET TO HIT 50 GOALSThe Black Stars captain is on the cusp of hitting 50 international goals for Ghana. Having made his debut for Ghana at a tender age of 17 in 2003, the precocious striker has grown in leaps and bounds to become arguably the most prolific striker to don the Black Stars jersey.In 93 appearances, Gyan has 48 goals.And with two games coming up against Comoros in the space of four days, many will not bet against him hitting the big five-oh. His career with the Stars has been topsy turvy. He possibly could have hit the 50 goal mark earlier had he not gone on a self imposed exile in 2012. All the same, there will be no better place to reach this landmark than on home soil. Hopefully, the fans in Kumasi will be treated with this historical moment. –AVRAM GRANT’S FIRST GAME IN KUMASIThe fans in Kumasi may be treated with what possibly could be a history defining moment should Gyan net his 50th Ghana goal but amidst all of this will be Avram’s Grant first game in charge at the Baba Yara Stadium. The Israeli will be in the Kumasi dug out for the first time since his appointment barely a year ago. In this period, the Stars have only played one home game – and it was in Accra against Mauritius. Other games for the Stars during Grant’s tenure have been in Equatorial Guinea, France and Rwanda. What does Avram have in store for the Kumasi fans? –JORDAN AYEW COULD HIT DOUBLE DIGITS IN GOALSThe Aston Villa striker is already in his best goal scoring year for the Black Stars after bagging four goals in 2015. It’s his highest since his Ghana debut in 2010. He scored in Ghana’s semifinal win over Equatorial Guinea, a brace against Mauritius and the winner against Congo. Jordan is currently on nine goals at senior level and, with two matches on the horizon, is set to reach double figures. He had a slow start to his international career but the talented striker is slowly, but surely, finding his feet. And with Asamoah Gyan negotiating the age bend into his 30s, Jordan can grab the chance to spearhead the Ghana attack for some time to come. –CHRISTIAN ATSU MISSES FIRST COMPETITIVE GAME UNDER AVRAM GRANTOne of the mainstays of Avram Grant’s setup has been Bournemouth winger Christian Atsu. Irrespective of his poor club form, the winger has never been overlooked by the Israeli coach. In all eight competitive games this year, Atsu has starred.The script will certainly be different this time with the winger out of the squad with an injury. The mantle will now fall on either Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe), David Accam (Chicago Fire) or new boy Samuel Tetteh (WAFA) to provide the width for Ghana on the right flank. Atsu last missed a competitive game for Ghana almost a year ago (19th November 2014) when he failed to make Maxwell Konadu’s team against Togo in Tamale. –SAMUEL TETTEH COULD MAKE GHANA DEBUTThe youngster could make his debut for the Black Stars. The WAFA attacker has risen through the ranks at the academy side as well as for the national youth teams. Only in the year 2015, Tetteh has featured for the national under 20 team, the national Olympic team and the local Black Stars.His year could be complete should he make his debut for the Black Stars. The only remaining member in current Black Stars set-up who made a step up from the Satellites to the local Black Stars to the Black Stars is midfielder Emmanuel Agyeman Badu. –RABIU MOHAMMED HAS NOT MADE A COMPETITIVE START SINCE SENEGAL LOSSBadu’s midfield partner in the 2009 under 20 World Cup triumph is yet to start a competitive game for the Black Stars since their 2-1 defeat against Senegal in January. The emergence of Afriyie Acquah and Mubarak Wakaso as a duo have pushed the strong tackling midfielder down the pecking order. The pair have started every competitive game for the Black Stars since Ghana’s 2-1 win over South Africa in the Afcon – with the exception of the Mauritius game where Agyeman Badu replaced Acquah. Rabiu will have to bide his time and hope to force his way back into the Stars team soon.– PHIL OFOSU AYEH COULD MAKE COMPETITIVE DEBUTThe young full-back could make his competitive debut for the Stars in these two upcoming games. Ayeh featured for Ghana in the 1-1 friendly against Canada but is yet to feature in a game of real importance. The Comoros double header offers him a perfect opportunity to represent his country in a competitive game. As to whether he could displace Harrison Afful is solely based on his performances and how best he impresses Avram Grant. All in all, Ghanaians will be itching to see the stuff Ayeh is made of.–EBENEZER ASSIFUAH CALLED UP, WILL HE FINALLY PLAY?Assifuah was called up to the squad to face Rwanda in September but did not feature. The FC Sion has been in good goal scoring form for his club side and, despite bursting onto the scene in 2013, he is yet to play for the senior national team. The Comoros tie affords him a good chance to prove his worth especially if Ghana get an impressive away win on Friday.–SAMUEL TETTEH IS THE FIRST LOCAL OUTFIELD PLAYER TO BE CALLED UNDER AVRAM GRANTOne criticism of the Israeli trainer has been the little or no attention he has given to the local leagues. But he has finally called up an outfield player who plays in the local premier league. Till date, all local players called up have just been ‘keepers. Tetteh’s call up brings to an end a two-year spell without a local outfield player in the Black Stars. The last time an outfield player was called was in June 2013 when Kwesi Appiah called then Hearts of Oak forward Mahatma Otoo.–MORE THAN 2 LOCAL PLAYERS CALLED UP FOR FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARSTetteh’s inclusion also means more than two local players have been called up for the first time since 2012. The squad has had a maximum of 2 local players for a considerable period of time. The 2012 squad comprised of Ernest Sowah, Richard Kissi-Boateng and Emmanuel Clottey who were at Berekum Chelsea and Ben Acheampong of Kotoko. They were called up by Kwesi Appiah for his first official games in charge of Ghana against Lesotho and Zambia in the 2014 World Cup qualifier.–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

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Lakers waive Troy Daniels, creating open roster spot for possible move

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers NEW ORLEANS — The Lakers’ first free agent signing of the summer and the last man off the bench has been waived.Troy Daniels, 28, is no longer on the Lakers’ roster as of Sunday, when the 3-point shooting specialist and the team came to an agreement that allowed the Lakers to get an open roster spot and Daniels to find a new team with more playing available playing time.Lakers coach Frank Vogel confirmed an ESPN report shortly before Sunday’s game in Smoothie King Center, where Daniels had already parted ways with the team. A minimum salary player, Daniels averaged four points and 11 minutes in 41 appearances this season. The Lakers characterized his departure as a casualty of dwindling minutes on a guard-heavy roster.Daniels had been a healthy scratch in five of the Lakers previous nine games as the team worked on shortening to a playoff rotation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He’s just a victim of an experienced team with great depth,” Vogel said. “I just got off the phone with him and told him if circumstances were different, if we had more of a younger wing core, I know that he would be playing 15, 20 minutes a game for us and we wouldn’t have skipped a beat and would have been stronger in some areas.”It came down to a matter of timing: Sunday was the final day a player could be cut and still eligible to compete for a playoff roster if Daniels is able to find another team to sign with. Multiple media outlets have also reported the Lakers are set to work out Dion Waiters, a guard who played for Miami this season and was waived by Memphis after a trade, on Monday as they search for more playmaking and scoring from their backcourt. Among notable free agents, shooting guard Allen Crabbe was also waived by Minnesota earlier in the week.Vogel said no signing was imminent for the Lakers, but they wanted to give Daniels a leg up on finding a landing spot if they did have to eventually make a move.“If we were to do something and cross that road at some point, and we had to use Troy’s roster spot, then Troy would be left out in the cold,” he said. “So we wanted to do the right thing by the player and also obviously give ourselves some flexibility if we need to make some type of move in the future.”Daniels tweeted about the move on Sunday evening after it was announced, wishing “my brothers on the squad” good luck.center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years “Absolutely one of the hardest decisions of my life,” he said. “But it was best for ME..! I’ve been tested in my life before and I have came out the storm on my feet every time. What a pleasure it was to be apart of such a unbelievable organization of the @Lakers”.It’s the second big roster move the Lakers have made in a week, after signing Markieff Morris and waiving DeMarcus Cousins last Sunday. The Lakers have generally played the market conservatively this year since trading for Anthony Davis last summer — they notably did not make a move at the February trade deadline.ESPN reported that general manager Rob Pelinka was expected to take his time to use the roster spot. NBA teams are also now able to sign 10-day contracts.last_img read more

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Real Madrid lose again as Alaves crank up pressure on Julen Lopetegui

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Alaves had a great chance on the counter as Jony broke down the left, but, after charging into the penalty area, he could only drag a low shot wide.Bale again tested the Alaves keeper with a free-kick from distance, which Fernando Pacheco gathered at the second attempt.As the clock ticked down, Nacho sent in a cross from the left, which Mariano headed over.There was, though, still enough time left for the home side to snatch all three points when Garcia bravely nodded in from close range after Ruben Sobrino’s effort had been saved by Courtois. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 3 huge blow Former Spain boss Lopetegui expected a response from his side following their midweek loss and initially Real produced a positive start.After nine minutes, Karim Benzema saw his goalbound header from full-back Alvaro Odriozola’s cross hacked off the line by Alaves defender Ximo Navarro.At the other end, Jony just failed to get on the end of a long pass upfield which would have put him clear. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED As the half-hour mark approached, Bale, who had missed the trip to Moscow because of a minor groin problem, crashed a 25-yard free-kick straight into the wall.Los Blancos saw plenty of possession during the closing stages of the first half but failed to find a telling pass in the final third as Alaves defended resolutely.Lopetegui made a change for the second half, sending on Mariano to freshen up the attack in place of Benzema.Jony set up Ibai Gomez with an early chance, but Real defender Raphael Varane was alert to clear before Ruben Duarte tested Courtois with a long-range effort.With 20 minutes left, Bale cut in from the right wing and sent an angled shot over the far corner. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Sergio Ramos takes his anger out on the turf Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury center_img RANKED BEST OF REVEALED Alvares celebrate the winner Alaves further increased the pressure on Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui as Manu Garcia’s goal deep into stoppage time secured a shock 1-0 win at Mendizorrotza.Los Blancos had slumped to defeat away to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday night, which came on the back of a goalless draw at home in the Madrid derby and a 3-0 loss at Sevilla. 3 Despite recalling the likes of captain Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and fit-again Gareth Bale, Real again lacked a cutting edge in the final third.Despite conceding large spells of possession, Alaves stuck in with their illustrious visitors and were rewarded when substitute Garcia headed in from close range during the fifth minute of added time.Real remain second, level with leaders Barcelona but having played a match more, while Alaves are third, also on 14 points. It was back-to-back defeats for Madrid MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won silverware Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more

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