AFCON 2021Q: ‘The pitch was terrible’ – Dede Ayew slams São Tomé astroturf

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana beat São Tomé and Príncipe 1-0 in their second AFCON 2021 Qualifier pon Monday, November 18, 2019.A Jordan Ayew second-half penalty was the difference between the two teams on the day.However, the main talking point after Ghana’s encounter with São Tomé and Príncipe was definitely the poor state of the astroturf.Prior to the encounter, concerns had been raised about the pitch by head coach, Kwesi Appiah and Atletico Madrid star, Thomas Partey.The Stars suffered more in the opening stages of the match due to the artificial surface at the July 12 National Stadium but after a while, they managed to string passes together and built up a bit of a pattern.Although quite average, the Black Stars triumphed over the Falcons and True Parrots at the July 12 National Stadium.After the victory, Andre Ayew highlighted the difficulty in playing on that kind of turf.“I want to congratulate the boys for this win.The pitch was terrible. We dominated the game, I think we had about 80% ball possession and we could have scored more but it was a very difficult pitch to play on”.The Black Stars now tops Group C with six points and we will play Sudan in the third round of qualifiers in August 2020.last_img read more

LeBron James: It’s ‘unfair’ to expect so much from Lakers’ young players

first_imgLeBron James is aware the Lakers haven’t lived up to expectations, but he doesn’t think the team’s youth is to blame.Instead, the 34-year-old star came to the defense of his teammates and said he doesn’t think the amount of pressure placed on his young teammates is fair.  LeBron James’ former Cavs teammates refuse to count him out of playoffs Here’s the full video of LeBron James on how youth impacts the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/YmfTUp8IYd— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) March 6, 2019James, who signed with the Lakers during the offseason, has led Los Angeles to a 30-34 record and he’s in danger of missing the postseason for the first time in 14 years. Including Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets, the Lakers have 18 games remaining in the regular season to try and pass the Spurs (eighth in the West), Kings (ninth) and Timberwolves (10th) to sneak into the playoffs.James reiterated, however, that it’s not fair to point to Los Angeles’ youth as the problem because they are still learning. He also explained that it’s an unusual situation to be in because there isn’t another team in the league that has this type of challenge. “It’s unfair to those guys for us to continue to — we want them to learn, we want them to learn, we want them to learn — I want them to learn,” James said. “But also we have to understand that they’re young as well and they’re going to make mistakes. You just try to limit the mistakes as much as possible. You look at all of the 16 teams right now, the best teams in our league right now, just look at the guys they rely on every single night to be able to come through for them. If they have a young guy it’s probably one or two of them.”He added: “It’s been tough on us.” “You have four guys in our top eight rotation that you have to really rely on, and it’s unfair to them to ask for so much when they’re in their second or third year. We have Zo (Lonzo Ball), Josh (Hart), Kuz (Kyle Kuzma) and B.I. (Brandon Ingram). And we had Zu (Ivica Zubac) at the time,” James explained Wednesday, per the Los Angeles Times. “That’s like five out of our top nine guys that we rely on, and they’re in their first and second year. You can’t find one other team in our league right now that has to rely on that much every single night from their young guys that’s in their first or second year.” Related Newslast_img read more