Superb Stars thump Sudan

first_imgA superb team performance ensured the Black Stars of Ghana beat Sudan by four goals to nil in a World Cup qualifier played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.Asamoah Gyan opened the goal harvest with a tap-in early on in the first half with Wakaso getting the second later on in the half.Abdul Warris etched his name on the score sheet with a superb leap and a sumptuous header in the second half and provided the assist for Agyemang Badu later on in the second to end the Ghana rout against Sudan.After another botched Nations Cup tournament, the Stars had to win this match to boost their own confidence and to rally the supporters behind them.For Coach Akwasi Appiah this match meant so much for him and for his continued stay as coach of the Stars. He had to deliver. The thousands of fanatic supporters who had trooped to the Kumasi Stadium several hours before the match wanted him to and he did. The team did.Gyan and Waris combined well in attack for the Stars and within few minutes the Spartak Moscow striker forced a superb save from Maghoub El Muz in post for Sudan. Gyan however shot the Stars into the lead in the 18th minute with the easiest of tap-ins after he was set up by a header from John Boye.Mubarak Wakasu increased Ghana’s tally in the 37th minute with a well taken shot just at the edge of the 18 yard box.The Espanyol attacker wrapped his foot around the ball to connect an immaculate cross on the right from Harrison Afful.The Stars could have been up by a wider margin but Gyan’s set pieces were wayward.The Sudanese lacked ideas and hardly tested Fatau Dauda for most part of the first half. After recess Gyan was forced out of the game with a muscle strain and Agyeman Badu came in.Skipper Sulley Muntari was also subbed for Solomon Asante early in the second half but it was the Sudanese who appeared to have benefited from the changes.The Sudanese controlled the game but hardly created any goal scoring opportunity.Waris against the run of play teasingly outwitted his marker in the 18 yard box and was brought down for what appeared to be a legitimate penalty but the referee surprisingly had him booked for diving.In the 75th minute, the Spartak Moscow striker soared above his marker and headed home a cross for Ghana’s third. Eight minutes later, Waris selflessly set up Agyemang Badu for the final goal.Sweet victory it was for the Stars, particularly for Waris who earned his first cap and his international goal.last_img read more

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Dwyane Wade sets sail into retirement with ‘Banana Boat crew’ looking on

first_imgDwyane Wade says he can retire a happy man and expressed his gratitude to the rest of the “Banana Boat crew” for being courtside at the Heat legend’s swansong on Wednesday.The three-time NBA champion ended his illustrious career with a triple-double of 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 113-94 loss to the Nets at Barclays Center. LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony were there to witness Wade’s last hurrah.Wade felt it was a fitting that his close friends were reunited for his last NBA appearance. Related News “Obviously, it means a lot [to have them here],” Wade said. “They know that I will always be there for them, especially in a moment like this.”No matter what I’m doing, I will be there for their last game. It was cool to see those guys over there. I’m glad they came, but at the same time I wish they weren’t here because the whole time they kept telling me to shoot, shoot, shoot. “But it was great. We’ve got a brotherhood. Those are my brothers.”No better way to go out than in front of your best friends…Bigger Than Basketball. #Brotherhood pic.twitter.com/bcc0ug0Oxd— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 11, 2019Wade added: “For me I’m happy with this season. Unfortunately for the organization, our team, we weren’t in position to make the playoffs, but I’m happy to say I completed it.”I almost messed it up when I fell on the scorer’s table. But it’s been great. I’m thankful for it and I can retire and be happy about my career, my body of work and everything I’ve been able to accomplish.”center_img LeBron James and other stars in crowd for Dwyane Wade’s final game Dwane Casey: Playoff-bound Pistons have more in storelast_img read more

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