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first_imgMatch OverviewGhana’s hopes of qualifying for another Olympic games have taken a turn for the worse as Egypt came back from behind twice to beat the Black Meteors by three goals to two in Cairo on Monday, November 11, 2019.Yaw Yeboah gave the Black Meteors an early advantage, tapping home from close range to stun the Egyptian team and the fans that had come to cheer them on.However, eleven minutes later, Mostafa Mohammed headed home to level the game.The Black Meteors took the lead again with just a minute played in the second half, Samuel Obeng Gyaaba capitalizing on a defensive blunder to restore Ghana’s advantage.Ramadan Sobhi was awarded for his hard work with a goal, latching onto a parried shot by Kwame Baah in the 82nd minute to set up a frenzied final few minutes.The hearts of Ghana were shattered as substitute, Ahmed Yasser Rayyan, headed in a perfect cross from a Sobhi corner kick to gift Egypt the win.Ghana now has just a point from two games and must beat Mali to have any hope of making it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.So how did Ghana go from two leads and a potential three points to a loss, zero points and the strong possibility of heading home and waiting for the 2024 Olympic Games?Kingsley Fobi vs Ramadan Sobhi battleThe Egyptian captain, Ramadan Sobhi, had a very good game and scored the Pharaoh’s crucial equaliser.In the 33rd minute of the game, Fobi received a yellow card and that left him very nervous leading him to stay away from 50-50 tackles and not being too aggressive on the night.From that point onwards, Sobhi gave Kingsley Fobi a very terrible time on the right flank of the attack of the Pharaohs.It was a complete mismatch of skill, pace, and intelligence and Fobi struggled all night to contain his opponent.Due to the fact that the Ghanaian right-back could not match the trickery and pace of Sobhi, most of the attacks mounted by Egypt came from that end of the pitch.Kwame Baah and the ‘hero-villain’ performanceIt was one of those nights for Ghana’s number one shot-stopper as he was both the good and bad guy for the Ghanaians.After a shaky start that cost Ghana an Egyptian goal, Baah quickly woke up and saved as many Egyptian efforts as he could. He was the barrier between the hosts and loads of goals and he was very reliable behind a Ghanaian defence that, though present in terms of bodies and people, was absent when it came to duties and functions.But even the greatest heroes do feel tired and Baah was no longer impregnable.He could have done a lot better with Mostafa Mohamed’s 17th-minute equalizer as he dived a little too late.The goalkeeper was again to blame as he parried a shot to the feet of Ramadan Sobhi who was lurking in the 16-yard-box of the Black Meteors.The change from 4-1-4-1 to 4-2-3-1Ibrahim Tanko tweaked his formation to be able to accommodate the free-flow of attack from the Egyptians, a change that resulted in minimum effect as the attackers of Egypt mounted incessant pressure on the Ghanaian defence.Simon Zibo and Issa Abass who started in the first game against Cameroon were sacrificed for Isaac Obeng Gyabaa and Eric Lomotey.Obeng moved upfront, replacing Kwabena Owusu who was shifted to the left side of attack.The defensive midfield pair of Agbekpornu and Eric Lomotey failed to have an impact on the match as the Pharaohs utilized the weak links through the wings.Agbekpornu did not have a good game and that led to constant pressure on Fobi.Evans Mensah did not double up with defensive duties as the left side of the Ghana setup was found wanting.With the 4-2-3-1 setup, the Black Meteors could have relied on the short passes, the trickery, and flair of Kwabena Owusu and Evans Mensah who would have been deployed in their natural positions other than the long balls.Anytime the Black Meteors scored, they could not string enough passes together to hold off the immense pressure from the Pharaohs.The Black Meteors will now have to beat Mali on Friday while hoping that Egypt defeat Cameroon so they will have a chance of making it to the last four of the tournament.last_img read more


first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Brian Horsch · 260 weeks ago I would like to know who was in charge of scheduling, and overseeing the construction to see that it was NOT on schedule to be finished for the start of school. This has to be a huge inconvenience on parents, daycare providers, teachers: the list is endless. When is this week going to be made up? Another black eye for Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Here are updates of other events at USD 353 surrounding the delay of school for a week:•The Wellington High School Freshman orientation is still on for tomorrow as scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Bus transportation will not be provided for freshman orientation.•Wellington High School/Wellington Middle School Cross Country runners for August 18-21 will start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, 8 a.m. on Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and 3:30 p.m. on Friday.•All other sports practices will go on as originally scheduled.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more


first_imgPronger’s name is not engraved on the Stanley Cup. Niedermayer’s name is listed three times. Pronger is a former winner of the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman. He’s been nominated again this season. Niedermayer also is a former winner of the Norris and is one of the finalists this season with Pronger and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings. So alike and yet so different, Pronger and Niedermayer form quite a combination for the Ducks. Although they do not often play together, they can be considered the top one-two punch in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger stands 6-foot-6. He’s outgoing, funny and always willing to chat – even when he acts like he’d rather be getting a root canal. Scott Niedermayer is 6-1. He’s reserved, guarded in his comments to reporters and certainly not prone to playful banter. Pronger, 32, hails from Dryden, Ontario, and was a member of the gold-medal winning Canadian Olympic team in 2002. Niedermayer, 33, was born in Edmonton. He also won gold in 2002. Together and separately, they led the Ducks to franchise records for victories (48) and points (110) during the regular season and matching 4-1 series wins in the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now it gets tougher. The second-seeded Ducks face the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference finals. Game 1 will be Friday at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. General manager Brian Burke traded for Pronger last summer for just this moment, to ensure that the team’s march to the Stanley Cup finals is not derailed for a second consecutive season. Burke signed Niedermayer as a free agent in the summer of 2005 in order to give the Ducks a bona fide superstar on their blue line. “My hunch was he was going to be a great player in the NHL,” Burke said of Pronger, whom he drafted second overall while serving as general manager of the Hartford Whalers in 1993. “He’s delivered for us. “Scotty is just a joy. You don’t realize how good he is until you watch him play every day.” Pronger is averaging 31:13 of ice time and Niedermayer 29:45 during the playoffs. Pronger has three goals and eight assists for a team-leading 11 points in 10 playoff games. Niedermayer has one goal and four assists. “It’s been an easy transition,” Pronger said of joining the Ducks after helping to defeat them in the conference finals last season while with the Edmonton Oilers. “We’re able to learn from each other in practice and throughout the course of the games.” Niedermayer signed with the Ducks after having played his previous 13 seasons with the New Jersey Devils. In Anaheim, he joined his younger brother, Rob, two years after helping to defeat the Ducks in the 2003 Stanley Cup finals. Scott Niedermayer said he appreciates what Pronger has brought to the Ducks. “Adding a player like Chris who contributes in all areas of the game, that’s what you like to see,” he said.. “You like to see your team get better. We sort of complement each other in what we’re able to do, what we bring to a situation like this. It’s been fun and easy.” Pronger is usually matched with Sean O’Donnell. “He’s the best I’ve ever played with, as far as all-around game,” O’Donnell said of Pronger. “Having him as a partner has been great for my year. He’s a smart player. He’s got a long reach. He’s strong as a bull.” Niedermayer most frequently plays with Francois Beauchemin. “He’s helped me in my career a lot,” Beauchemin said. “I wasn’t playing much before I got to play with him. It’s been great just to watch him and see his work ethic. … Scotty’s a quiet guy. When he does talk, the guys listen to him.” Either Pronger or Niedermayer is almost always on the ice, badgering opponents at one end of the ice or looking for scoring chances of their own at the other. Pronger has a heavy shot from the perimeter. Niedermayer, a supremely gifted skater and puck-handler, has a more subtle offensive game. “There’s a toolbox in every player,” Minnesota Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. “Their toolbox is a little more filled with stuff. … Pronger, he’s a decent skater, but he’s better in the defensive zone. Niedermayer, he’s just different. He’s just skating, skating, skating. It’s so easy for him.” Lemaire was a member of the great Montreal Canadiens’ teams of the 1960s and ’70s, an eight-time winner of the Stanley Cup. He played with some great defensemen, including Guy Lapointe, Larry Robinson and Serge Savard. Pronger and Niedermayer each played with superb defensemen before they arrived in Anaheim. Pronger was partnered with Al MacInnis for many years with the St. Louis Blues. Niedermayer played with Scott Stevens in New Jersey. “He has no real weaknesses,” O’Donnell said of Pronger. “It must be frustrating for opponents to play against him.” Said Beauchemin of Niedermayer: “He uses his skating ability as a weapon. We play well together because we read each other. When one is in the corner, the other is in front of the net.” Teemu Selanne, the Ducks’ leading scorer during the regular season with 48 goals and 94 points, has played against both. It wasn’t until he played with them that he could truly appreciate their games, however. “The biggest thing that surprised me is how smart they are,” Selanne said. “The thing about them is they just don’t make mistakes.” [email protected] dailybreeze.com (310) 540-4201 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more