Syracuse to play No. 3 Clemson at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 8, 2015 at 2:05 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) will host No. 3 Clemson (9-0, 6-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m., SU announced in a tweet early Sunday morning. The game will be televised on ABC and played in the Carrier Dome.The Orange is coming off a 41-17 loss at Louisville and has lost six consecutive games. The Tigers beat Florida State one week after the Seminoles took down Syracuse.SU is 1-2 all-time against Clemson including a 41-0 Gator Bowl victory in 1996. But Syracuse has lost to the Tigers in each of the past two seasons by a combined score of 65-20. The Orange is 0-2 in games this season at 3:30 p.m. Commentslast_img read more

AUDIO: Playing Against Kano Pillars Is Not Special – Ogunbote

first_imgRelated Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facing Kano Pillars in Sunday’s mouth-watering Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash is like any other game, according to the Technical Adviser of Enyimba, Gbenga Ogunbote.Seven-time champions Enyimba confront Pillars, who boast of four NPFL titles, at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar in a Match Day 32 encounter as the league enters the home stretch.The fixture has been dubbed the star-match this weekend considering the pedigree and rivalry between the two sides, but Ogunbote is of the opinion that the remaining seven matches this season are equally as important.“We have seven games to the end of the season and every game at this stage is a big game,” the former Sunshine Stars said. “So we are seeing the game (against Kano Pillars) like just any other game. I must confess to you every game at this stage is big.“Every match we play now is important; more importantly the one we will be playing tomorrow (Sunday). The moment we play it, it brightens our chances of getting into the continent. That makes it very, very important.“Like I said, at this stage where you can count the games with your fingers, you should be able to know that every match you play now is important and tomorrow is inclusive.”In an exclusive chat with, the Enyimba gaffer stated that his team is ready and fired up for the eagerly anticipated clash against Pillars.“We have the game tomorrow (Sunday) and everybody is in top gear waiting for tomorrow (Sunday). And we’ve done everything humanly possible within the confines of the rules of the game.“I can say we have done everything. All we are just waiting for is tomorrow (Sunday),” Ogunbote declared.The Peoples Elephant will remain 4th on the NPFL table even with a win against the ‘Sai Masugida’ on Sunday while 10th-placed Pillars would move up on the log with an unexpected victory against Enyimba.last_img read more

Big Match Preview: Gyan doubtful as Stars look to avenge 2003 Rwanda defeat

first_imgMatch: Rwanda v GhanaVenue: Amahoro Stadium, KigaliDate: Saturday, September 5, 2015–In 2003, a Jimmy Gatete strike at the Amahoro Stadium against Ghana dented the Black Stars’ chances of making it to the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia.Rwanda qualified at the expense of Ghana, making it their first and only AFCON appearance up to date.The defeat against the minnows still remains a scar for Ghanaians. They know the Stars’ absence from the 2004 Afcon still remains the only AFCON Ghana has missed in the 21st century.Rwanda v Ghana 2003 was the game which saw the end of Germany’s Bukhard Ziese’s reign as head coach for the Black Stars. Twelve years on, the two teams are set to lock horns once again for another AFCON slot. A lot has happened since the two teams met with Ghana on the rise and Rwanda arguably on the same level as all those years ago.Ghana has made three World Cup appearances and made it to the grand finale of two AFCONs while Rwanda are still struggling to make an impact on the continent.The Amavubi’ have chopped and changed coaches, including acquiring the services of Ghanaian Sellas Tetteh at a point, to improve their fortunes all to no avail.On Saturday, Ghana start as favourites coming on the back of a 7-1 thumping of Mauritius in Accra. The Rwandans, however, will not go down easy as they also come into this game buoyed by their 1-0 win over Mozambique in Maputo courtesy Ernest Sugira’s strike. Both Rwanda and Ghana fine-tuned their preparations for this game with wins over Ethiopia and Congo Brazzaville respectivelyJohn McKinstry’s side have been in camp for about a fortnight as they plot Ghana’s downfall whereas Ghana have had barely five days to train for this tie.The 30-year old trainer is however skeptical about the state of the pitch in Kigali when the two teams lock horns. “The pitch is in a bad state. It is the worst state since I came here” When I first came to Kigali, more than five months ago, the pitch was really good. It was in a very good condition when I first came.” He further believed his side can be punished against a Ghana side who have bags of experience heading into this game“Will Ghana be as forgiving? If we concede possession to Ghana 50 times in the game because controlling the ball is a little bit more difficult on a hard and bumpy surface, Ghana can punish us.” Stars coach Avram Grant is preaching caution ahead of this game as he looks desperate to avoid the happenings of twelve years ago. “Rwanda is a very good side and very tricky. They have very good players so we have to be careful. They went and got three points in Mozambique so we have to give our best on Saturday,” Grant said. “I think it will be a tough match but we have to play good football so that we get a good result. What we have to do is to stay focused and concentrate on Saturday’s match.” TEAM NEWS GHANA: Asamoah Gyan remains a major doubt after  missing training with an injury. Swansea forward Dede Ayew is expected to play his first competitive game for the Black Stars since their AFCON loss in February after missing the Mauritius game through injury.He and Bournemouth based Christian Atsu are expected to provide width in the midfield which will also comprise of Afriyie Acquah and new Las Palmas signing Mubarak Wakaso.The back four and keeper are likely to remain unchanged with Afful, Rahman, Jonathan Mensah and John Boye all expected in.The major change may be upfront depending on Grant’s tactics and Gyan’s availability.Should Gyan be absent, Bernard Mensah or Richard Boakye Yiadom will be expected to partner Jordan Ayew up top. Mensah’s inclusion will mean a lone striking role for Jordan with Mensah dropping behind or Boakye Yiadom’s inclusion will mean a two-pronged attack. TEAM NEWS RWANDA:John McKinstry’s side is largely dominated by home-based players.Skipper Haruna Niyonzima is expected to pull the strings from midfield while AS Kigali striker Ernest Saguire leads the line up top.Rayon Sports’ keeper Eric Ndayishimiye who got substituted in the game in Maputo is likely to start in goal while  foreign based central defenders Salomon Nirisarike and  Emery Bayisenge will form the pair at the heart of the Rwandan defence.      `    `–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img