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Ghana angered by late Gabon equalizer, game ends in melee – The Zimbabwe Mail

Gabon players celebrate at the end of the African Cup of Nations 2022 group C soccer match against Ghana at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)



YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Ghana conceded a late goal to draw with Gabon 1-1 and also had a player red-carded for a punch on an opponent after the final whistle as their African Cup of Nations game ended in a melee on Friday.

The result left four-time African champion Ghana, which famously hasn’t won the Cup of Nations since 1982, third in Group C behind Morocco and Gabon.

Ghana substitute Benjamin Tetteh was the man sent off after the game ended for landing a punch on Gabon’s Aaron Boupendza as players and team officials pushed and shoved each other on the field at Yaounde’s Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium. Boupendza raced into the middle of the post-game melee and Tetteh greeted him with a right hand. Tetteh is heading for a ban.

While Ghana also frets over a possible group-stage exit, Morocco is through to the last 16 in Cameroon after a 2-0 win over debutant Comoros in the day’s first game in Group C.

Senegal continued to struggle at the start of its African Cup and drew with Guinea 0-0 in Group B, although that result left both teams in good shape to qualify.

The battle of Liverpool stars Sadio Mané of Senegal and Naby Keita of Guinea never really materialized at Kouekong Stadium in Cameroon’s western city of Bafoussam. Keita did get yellow-carded for a foul on Mané, though.

A scuffle breaks out after the final whistle between Gabon and Ghana players at the end of the during the African Cup of Nations 2022 group C soccer match between Gabon and Ghana at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
A scuffle breaks out after the final whistle between Gabon and Ghana players at the end of the during the African Cup of Nations 2022 group C soccer match between Gabon and Ghana at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

That was nothing compared to Tetteh’s right hook for Ghana.


Ghana’s anger erupted at the end because it felt Gabon’s goal in the 88th minute was against the spirit of the game. Ghana had intentionally put the ball out of play so one of its players could get attention from medical staff. Gabon didn’t give it back and instead started a move that ended with substitute Jim Allevinah sweeping a shot across Ghana goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott and into the bottom right corner.

“It’s very small of them. Very small. I’m disappointed in them,” Ghana captain Andre Ayew said.

It started so well for Ayew when he unleashed one of the goals of the tournament in the 18th. He turned away from his marker and hit a shot from distance that rocketed into the bottom left corner.

Ayew was substituted after Gabon’s goal and gave the first signs of real ill-feeling between the teams when he shouted and gestured angrily at Gabon coach Patrice Neveu as he walked past him on the sidelines.

With the incident that led to Gabon’s goal simmering, the fracas after the final whistle erupted quickly, and Ghana’s Joseph Paintsil also got a yellow card from it.

Gabon’s late equalizer was tempered by news earlier in the day that striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was diagnosed with “cardiac lesions” — as has two of his teammates — after they all contracted the coronavirus.

Aubameyang had come out of isolation and was expecting to make his return to the Gabon team against Ghana, but medical checks by the Confederation of African Football found evidence of the heart lesions and he was ruled out by CAF’s medical commission.

It could mean an end to Aubameyang’s tournament without the Arsenal striker playing a game, although the Gabon Football Federation suggested the diagnosis wasn’t serious and the medical officials “did not want to take any risks.”

Meanwhile, Malawi beat Zimbabwe 2-1, coming from 1-0 down with a brace by Gabadinho Mhango. Malawi is playing in its first African Cup since 2010 and only its third ever, and gave itself a chance of reaching the second round.

The top two teams in each of the six groups qualify automatically for the round of 16 as well as the four best third-place teams.

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Bawa and Raghuvanshi’s blistering tons power India to 405/5 against Uganda – The Indian Express

Raj Bawa and opener Angkrish Raghuvanshi smashed blistering centuries to power a COVID-hit India to a mammoth 405 for five against Uganda in their inconsequential final Group B match of the ICC U-19 World cup here on Saturday.

This is the highest total in this edition of the tournament.

Having already sealed a quarterfinal spot despite missing five players owing to COVID-19, including skipper Yash Dhull, record four-time champions India meant business as Bawa and Raghuvanshi took the Uganda attack to the cleaners.

India’s highest score in the U-19 World Cup remains 425 for three set against Scotland in 2004, while Australia hold the world record score of 480 for six against Kenya in 2002.

Invited to bat, opener Raghuvanshi scored 144 off 120 balls while Bawa remained unbeaten on 162 off just 108 deliveries.

The duo shared 206 runs for the third wicket to take the game away from Uganda.

While Raghuvanshi hit 22 fours and four sixes, Bawa decorated his innings with 14 fours and as many as eight hits over the fence, as India recorded their second highest score in the history of U-19 World Cup.

After Raghuvanshi’s departure, Bawa continued with his attacking instinct and clobbered the Uganda bowlers to all parts of the ground.

It was a one-way traffic as the Uganda bowlers had no answers to the Indian onslaught.

For Uganda, Pascal Murungi picked up three wickets for 72 runs.

Pakistan beat Papua New Guinea in a Group C match in Port of Spain

In a one-sided Group C match, Pakistan defeated PNG by nine wickets.

Pakistan bowled out PNG for 50 after they opted to bat first and then chased down the target in 12 overs, losing just one wicket.

Afghanistan set 262-run target for Zimbabwe

Afghanistan rode on skipper Suliman Safi’s 111 and Nangeyalia Kharote’s 50 to post a competitive 261 for six against Zimbabwe after opting to bat.

Brief Scores:
India: 405 for 5 in 50 overs (Raj Bawa 162 not out, Angkrish Raghuvanshi 144; Pascal Murungi 3/72).

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ICC U19 World Cup: Bawa and Raghuvanshi's blistering tons power India to 405/5 against Uganda – Times of India

TAROUBA (Trinidad): Raj Bawa and opener Angkrish Raghuvanshi smashed blistering centuries to power a COVID-hit India to a mammoth 405 for five against Uganda in their inconsequential final Group B match of the ICC U-19 World cup here on Saturday.
This is the highest total in this edition of the tournament.
Having already sealed a quarterfinal spot despite missing five players owing to COVID-19, including skipper Yash Dhull, record four-time champions India meant business as Bawa and Raghuvanshi took the Uganda attack to the cleaners.
India’s highest score in the U-19 World Cup remains 425 for three set against Scotland in 2004, while Australia hold the world record score of 480 for six against Kenya in 2002.
Invited to bat, opener Raghuvanshi scored 144 off 120 balls while Bawa remained unbeaten on 162 off just 108 deliveries.
The duo shared 206 runs for the third wicket to take the game away from Uganda.
While Raghuvanshi hit 22 fours and four sixes, Bawa decorated his innings with 14 fours and as many as eight hits over the fence, as India recorded their second highest score in the history of U-19 World Cup.
After Raghuvanshi’s departure, Bawa continued with his attacking instinct and clobbered the Uganda bowlers to all parts of the ground.
It was a one-way traffic as the Uganda bowlers had no answers to the Indian onslaught.
For Uganda, Pascal Murungi picked up three wickets for 72 runs.
Pakistan beat Papua New Guinea in a Group C match in Port of Spain
In a one-sided Group C match, Pakistan defeated PNG by nine wickets.
Pakistan bowled out PNG for 50 after they opted to bat first and then chased down the target in 12 overs, losing just one wicket.
Afghanistan set 262-run target for Zimbabwe
Afghanistan rode on skipper Suliman Safi’s 111 and Nangeyalia Kharote’s 50 to post a competitive 261 for six against Zimbabwe after opting to bat.
Brief Scores:
India: 405 for 5 in 50 overs (Raj Bawa 162 not out, Angkrish Raghuvanshi 144; Pascal Murungi 3/72).

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IPL 2022 auction: Shreyas Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, David Warner expected to be top draws – Firstpost

India batter Shreyas Iyer and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal along with Australian dasher David Warner are expected to be the top draws as over 1,200 players registered themselves for the Indian Premier League mega auction scheduled for next month.

Apart from Shreyas and Chahal, the 10 teams are likely to be involved in bidding war for Indian players like senior opener Shikhar Dhawan, batter Ishan Kishan, the pace duo of Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar, the top two wicket takers of the last edition Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan, spinner Rahul Chahar and all-rounder Washington Sundar.

The above bunch of Indian players is expected to attract anywhere between Rs 7 to 15 crores (between USD 1 to 2 million).

File image of David Warner. Sportzpics

File image of David Warner. Sportzpics

Among foreign players, Warner, South African Kagiso Rabada are likely to fetch big bucks along with England’s Mark Wood, Australia’s Mitchell Marsh, New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Australia’s Pat Cummins. Veterans Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo could still keep their franchise Chennai Super Kings interested.

“Total of 1,214 players (896 Indian and 318 overseas players) have signed up to be part of the IPL 2022 Player Auction,” the IPL said in a statement on Saturday.

The two-day mega auction is slated to be held in Bengaluru on the 12 and 13 February.

This is the initial list of players. All 10 teams will be sent the following the franchises will revert with the names of the players they are interested in.

The list will then be pruned for the auction.

A total of 33 players have been retained/picked ahead of the Player Auction. The existing eight IPL franchises have retained a total of 27 players, including MS Dhoni by Chennai Super Kings, Rohit Sharma by Mumbai Indians and Virat Kohli by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The two new IPL teams have picked six players with Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul being named captain of the Ahmedabad and Lucknow franchise respectively.

Some of other other big names retained include Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Kane Williamson, Jos Buttler and Glenn Maxwell to name a few.

The big names to miss out are Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Mitchell Starc, Sam Curran and Chris Gayle.

First player registration from Bhutan

More than 200 players who have registered are capped international players, while 62 uncapped foreign players have also thrown their hat into the ring.

An unnamed player from Bhutan has registered for the lucrative league while a record number of 14 cricketers from USA have signed up for the auction.

Australia tops the overseas list with 59 players while 48 cricketers from South Africa have also put forth their names.

West Indies (41), Sri Lanka (36), England (30), New Zealand (29) and Afghanistan (20) are some of the other countries from where numerous players have registered their names.

There is also representation from Namibia (5), Nepal (15), Netherlands (1), Oman (3), Scotland (1), Zimbabwe (2), Ireland (3) and UAE (1).

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