Guinea-Bissau v Ghana: Kick-off time, team news, head-to-head, form and more

first_imgGhana must avoid defeat in their final group game against Guinea-Bissau to qualify for the Round of 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Black Stars recorded their second straight draw after playing out a 0-0 scoreline with defending champions Cameroon. They had their moments during a tense encounter and hit the post in the second half through substitute Kwabena Owusu.Kwesi Appiah’s men are still in search of their first win at the tournament and need a win on Tuesday to advance to the knockout stage. Read: Kwesi Appiah promises much better show vs Guinea-BissauGuinea Bissau, on the other hand, held Benin to 0-0 draw in their previous group match.  They produced a spectacular rear-guard performance to shutout Benin with some last-ditch defending.  But their poor record at the Africa Cup of Nations means they will need to be at their very best to come anywhere close to matching Ghana. The Djurtus have never won a match at the Afcon. Their poor attack is unlikely to get its first goal against Ghana.The Black Stars have a pacey yet creative attack led by Jordan Ayew.  The trio should ensure that the Black Stars breach a Guinea Bissau defence that is likely to struggleWhat is the kick-off time of Guinea-Bissau vs Ghana?The match is scheduled for 16:00 GMT.  What is the head to head record between two teams? This will be the first-ever meeting between Guinea Bissau and Ghana.Team News: Who is available, injured or suspended for Guinea-Bissau vs Ghana?Guinea-Bissau have no injury or suspension concerns ahead of this match.Manager Baciro Candé switched from a 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 formation and that saw Guinea-Bissau earn a point against Benin. He is expected to stick with it.  Ghana head into the must-win match with their squad rocked by injuries and suspension.Winger Christian Atsu has been confirmed out with a hamstring injury, joining Thomas Agyepong on the sidelines. Samuel Owusu will make his first start in their absence.Andre Ayew and Jonathan Mensah are doubts after sustaining knocks in Saturday’s stalemate against Cameroon.Kassim Nuhu is suspended but the Black Stars should be able to cope with his unavailability due to the return of John Boye from suspension.Predicted starting XI Guinea-Bissau: Jonas Mendes – Mamadu Cande, Marcelo Djalo, Juary Soares, Nanu – Buru, Sori Mane, Piqueti, Pele, Mama Balde – Toni Silva. Ghana: Richard Ofori – Baba Rahman, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Andy Yiadom – Mubarak Wakaso, Thomas Partey, Kwadwo Asamoah – Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Samuel Owusu.— Follow all the tournament games with #JoyAFCON. There’s live radio commentary on Joy 99.7FM, post-match programs on Joy FM, JoyNews TV (available via MultiTV Digibox and on DStv channel 421), Joy Prime (on DStv 281), analysis shows, and fan zones. Follow complete social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with @JoySportsGH.last_img read more

Josh Rosen is not to blame for Cardinals fallout, and Dolphins offer redemption

first_imgThat came a year after the Cardinals took Rosen with the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and Rosen said, “nine mistakes were made ahead of me.”  SN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Live pick tracker | Day 1 winners & losers | Best availableYou could argue Rosen was the bad guy then, especially after a career at UCLA where he was known more for the hot tub in his dorm room and his opinions on politics, student athletes and everything in between. The Bruins had an 18-19 record in his three seasons on campus, and UCLA coach Jim Mora lost his job. Rosen had not proven anything up to that point.  It was fair to call Rosen the bad guy then because he had not proved anything at the next level.  The Cardinals did not give him that chance. Rosen started on 13 games on a miserable team that had no chance of winning right away. He took 45 sacks and the three wins were not pretty.  Still better than Jared Goff, who was 0-7 as a rookie starter before taking off with Sean McVay. Rosen did not have the luxury to sit and learn like Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. Imagine if the Colts had ditched Peyton Manning after his rookie season, in which Indianapolis finished 3-13 and Manning finished with 26 TDs and a league-worst 28 interceptions.MORE: Cardinals set new NFL precedent in drafting Kyler MurrayThat is the precedent Arizona set with hiring Kliff Kingsbury and drafting Murray with the No. 1 pick. The second Kingsbury was hired, there was no chance that Rosen and Murray would co-exist on the same roster.  Still, Rosen was made out to be the bad guy this time.  Why? He stopped following the team on Twitter and Instagram? The Cardinal sin, right? Nobody should care about that, but they do. NFL Network’s Steve Smith launched into Rosen with a heated rant Friday afternoon and asked the question, “You’re mad that they brought some competition in here?” Smith also said Rosen brought the stigma with him from UCLA into the NFL. Goodness… Steve Smith just UNLOADED on Josh Rosen.— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) April 26, 2019Smith has a point, but name a No. 1 pick that doesn’t get the starting job at some point. Dating back to Manning, that just does not happen. Rosen could compete for the starting job, but he was never going to win that with Kingsbury and Murray on board. Not a chance.  Rosen is a quarterback, not a receiver, and this was an organizational decision made without him as part of the future. Arizona ran a bunch of draft smokescreens, failed to trade Rosen before the NFL Draft and let his value sink to a second-round pick. It is almost a disservice to Rosen, who had more long-term value than New York’s Daniel Jones and is not that much different than Washington’s Dwayne Haskins, the other first-round quarterback in this year’s draft. Imagine if the Redskins ditch Haskins for Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa next season. Somebody will ditch their quarterback for Trevor Lawrence in 2021.  Josh Rosen is not the bad guy this time.  That won’t stop the effort after Arizona traded Rosen a day after selecting Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Rosen is headed to the Miami Dolphins, who traded the No. 62 pick in the second round to land a potential franchise quarterback.   That is the precedent the Cardinals have set with ditching their top-10 pick after just one season. It’s an offshoot of the college football quarterback carousel, which has become more active than ever with the transfer portal.  Rosen isn’t the first quarterback this happened to, and he won’t be the last. That comes with another chapter, too.  Miami offers perhaps the first chance for Rosen to prove it after he was told he’s not good enough. That didn’t happen at UCLA, where he had moments of brilliance, like the time he led the Bruins to a 34-point comeback in a 45-44 victory against Texas A&M. That didn’t happen at Arizona, which moved in a different direction and is entitled to that with the Kingsbury-Murray connection. Everybody wants to see if that works.  center_img Rosen will get his chance in Miami with first-year coach Brian Flores at a place that has been looking for its franchise quarterback since Dan Marino — who had a then-record 48 TDs in his second season. Perhaps it’s Rosen who can finally pick up where Marino left off and prove there were “nine mistakes” one year and one more the next.  Rosen can be the good guy this time.  He’ll find out it’s a lot easier to be one of those, too.last_img read more