The 5th Grade SLS Cardinals hosted the St. Nicholas Trojans Tuesday evening and came away with a 23-14 victory which is their second win a row and third victory in their last four games.St. Louis had six players score led by Ben Miller with 9 points. Other scorers were Sully Hill (4 points), Sam Laloge (4 points), and Christian Mack, Santiago Schutte, and Max Amberger all with 2 points. Sam Laloge led the Cardinals with 6 rebounds while Max Amberger grabbed 3 rebounds. Christian Mack and Ben Miller tied for lead in steals with 2 each. The Cardinals next game is a rematch versus the Trojans on Thursday, November 30th at St. Nicholas.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.The Cardinals 6th Grade team won 25-24 to improve to 7-2 on the season.STL Scoring: Hank Ritter – 11 pts.; Carson Meyer – 8 pts.; Preston Conway – 2 pts.; Conner Miles – 2 pts.; Evan Flashpohler – 2 pts.Rebounds: Thomas Lohmueller – 5; Hank Ritter – 5; Carson Meyer – 3.Steals: Hank Ritter – 3. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jerry Roell.
The paper stated that; “while there were no minutes for him to savour, Ezenwa did gain one valuable souvenir from his short time in Russia – Lionel Messi’s match shirt.“At the full-time whistle there was a complete contrast of emotions. As the Argentina stars celebrated wildly on the pitch the Nigeria players laid still on the floor.“Once the celebrations and commiserations were over, Ezenwa made his move, collaring Messi in the tunnel to ask for his shirt.“The 29-year-old, who has 24 caps to his name and plays his football for Enyimba International back in Nigeria, appeared to have been the only player to ask Messi for his jersey.“Having not played, Ezenwa had nothing to offer in return but Messi was more than happy to oblige and handed his shirt over,” it reported yesterday.The Argentina superstar scored a stunning goal against Nigeria to break the deadlock – and open his account for the tournament – before Marcos Rojo bagged a late winner to book their spot in the last-16 of the World Cup.In the pre-tournament interview with Thisdaysports in March this year, the third choice goalkeeper did not hid his admiration for the talented goal poacher during the last World Cup trophy tour in Lagos.According to him, “it’s a career achievement to be face to face with one of the legend of the game on world stage and If I were to be between the sticks in the final group match against Argentina, I want to assure our teeming fans that I have the antinode to stop Messi in dead ball situations and to some extent other contending goal keepers can stop him as well,” he affirmed.Super Eagles came within minutes of reaching the knockout phase after Victor Moses had cancelled out Messi’s strike from the penalty spot but fell just short after Rojo’s clinical finish in the box.Argentina face a difficult challenge against tournament favourites France in the last-16 tomorrow at the Kazan Arena.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kunle Adewale reporting from St. Petersburg, Courtesy StarTimesSuper Eagles of Nigeria’s third-choice goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa who did not taste action in the three matches Nigeria played before elimination, all the same may have fulfilled part of his life time ambition. A sweat drained jersey of Argentine football legend, Lionel Messi to his sports library, if at all he has any.According to English tabloid, The Mail, moments after the match at Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night in Russia with all the Super Eagles players yet to come to terms with the elimination of the team with less than five minutes to full time, Ezenwa was able to shroud off the disappointment to seek for the legend’s soaked shirt as a souvenir!
Avram Grant has responded to criticism of his selection with six changes to the Ghana team that to Senegal on Saturday.The Black Stars will start with Daniel Amartey after first choice Jonathan Mensah failed to recover from an injury sustained against Senegal. John Boye will be the youngster’s partner.In goal, nine after losing his spot, Fatau Dauda comes back in post ahead of the much-maligned Razak Braimah.Harrison Afful remains one of Ghana’s consistent players in the last two years, but he will have Jeffrey Schlupp coming in after the Leicester man missed the recent Afcon.The team will play a 4-3-3, with Rabiu Mohammed and Emmanuel Agyemang Badu back in the starting lineup after six games following the overtaking performances of Afriyie Acquah and Mubarak Wakaso as the Afcon wore on.Ghana’s speedy lineup is punctuated by the presence of Christian Atsu and Frank Acheampong on the flanks with the target man being Italy-based Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, whose consolation strike against Senegal is rewarded. Captain of the day Andre Ayew plays alongside in attack.Ghana XI v Mali: Fatau Dauda; Harrison Afful, Jeff Schlupp, Daniel Amartey, John Boye; Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Rabiu Mohammed; Frank Acheampong, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu; Richmond Boakye-Yiadom.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith