Abdul Majeed Waris has described his first international goal as a ‘great feeling’ after starring in Ghana’s 4-0 win over Sudan in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.The Black Stars striker, who scored in the 79th minute to make it 3-0 and bring up his first international goal, expressed his delight at the result and his own personal performance.“It [first goal for country] is a great feeling and the victory is good success for the nation,” Waris said after the game at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday.The win helped the Black Stars close the gap at the top in Group D, where they are now one point behind with three more matches to go in the second round stage of qualifying.“Everybody knows how important it is for Ghana to qualify for the World Cup. We will keep on working hard and do our best for the nation.”Waris played alongside Asamoah Gyan, who opened the scoring in the first half and the Spartak Moscow player has hailed his partnership with the Ghana captain. “He [Gyan] is a great partner and we talk to each other. Everybody will like to play with him and take part in that,” he said.
Schoolboy football is being played this season with an increase in the number of substitutions allowed for each team. Opinions are mixed about the change which permits five substitutes to be used. Veteran coach Bradley Stewart is one expert who is in favour of the change. Speaking earlier this week, coach Stewart indexed the value of the new substitution provision by the number of additional players who get game time. “I’m of the view that schoolboy football is a developmental competition and it would provide more opportunities for more players,” he said. Weighing the pros and cons of the new provision, he said that top teams with. developed players might suffer a bit. However, Stewart thinks it is largely beneficial. “It also gives teams at the lower end of the schedule opportunities to put more players in the game and hopefully develop these players a little faster than with three substitutions per game,” he postulated. Stewart, who has coached at the school, club and national levels, encapsulated the merits of increased the number of substitutions from three to five for the high school footballer, saying: “The view is that if you don’t play, you can’t develop, so if it is that you get playing time, then one expects that you develop that much faster.”