By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu
FIFA has distributed a total of 800 new Adidas balls to the participating teams at the 2014 World Cup with Ghana set to receive its quota of 25 ahead of the tournament.
Each of the 32 qualified teams for next year’s event to be staged in Brazil is entitled to 25 of the new balls called ‘Brazuca’.
The ‘Brazuca’ is the new official ball manufactured by Adidas to be used at the World Cup.
The balls have been released to all the qualified teams in order for the players to get used to it before the tournament starts on June 12, 2014.
The balls will be used by the qualified teams during their friendly matches in preparation for the tournament which is now a little over six months away to kickoff.
The ‘Brazuca’ was first unveiled a day before the final draw for the World Cup held on December 6 in Bahia.
The new ball is said to have enhanced technical features geared towards making players enjoy playing the game of football.
The ‘Bazuca’ replaces the ‘Jabulani’ used at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Hearts of Oak assistant coach Ben Adjei has threatened legal action against people accusing him of sabotaging Mohammed Polo.
Polo took over from David Duncan who was shockingly dismissed by the club’s board in a decision which has been widely condemned.
The ex Ghana star has endured mixed reactions towards his appointment.
While some are ready to give him the benefit of the doubt to lead the side and prove his mettle, others remain pessimistic of his abilities.
Polo has enjoyed a win, a draw and suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat in his three-match reign of Hearts.
Rumours now gaining grounds is that Polo’s efforts in restoring the side to winning ways are being undermined by his number two who worked closely with his predecessor.
But Adjei has come out to deny these allegations and warned perpetuators of legal action if caught.
“How can anyone come up with such a though of sabotage?” he told Metro FM.
“I have worked with several coaches and none of them have had cause to complain about such a thing.
“This is very shocking because I always devote myself to work under any head coach and do my best for the club.
“These are machinations and thoughts of my detractors but I am not perturbed by their efforts.
“Those who matter in the club now my worth and that for me is paramount.
“If I get to hear these kinds of things from people I will take legal action against them.”
By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu
Goalkeeper Razak Braimah has revealed his move to Cordoba was inspired by his desire to be part of Ghana’s squad for the 2014 World Cup.
The 26-year-old sealed his move to the Spanish second tier side on Tuesday following hours of successful negotiations.
Braimah arrived from rivals Guadalajara on a free transfer after Spanish tax authorities forced for the club to be relegated from Segunda B after filing for bankruptcy.
The giant goalkeeper reveals to Ghana’s leading football website he was desperate for the move to start playing again in order to attract the attention of Ghana’s coach Akwasi Appiah for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
“I am very happy for this move and I want to thank everybody who made it possible for me to come here (Cordoba),” the ex Nania FC goalkeeper told GHANAsoccernet.com moments after he was presented as Cordoba’s latest signing on Wednesday afternoon.
“I am determined to work hard to regain a regular starting place here so that I can get back into the Black Stars team for the World Cup in Brazil.”
Braimah made an impressive debut for the Black Stars in the 2-2 draw with Turkey in an international friendly earlier this year.
He however dropped out of the side following his relative inactive club career.
His move to Cordoba will now help him fight for one of three goalkeeping places in Ghana’s squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Medeama winger Theophilus Anobah has hailed the capture of Michael Helegbe as a significant boost to the team’s chances in the Premier League and the CAF Confederation Cup.
Helegbe sealed a two-year deal with the club from Asante Kotoko some two weeks ago.
The capture of the former Liberty Professionals skipper has thrilled many Medeama fans as his experienced will prove crucial in the second round of the Ghana Premier League and the continental championship.
“Helegbe is a fine player and I’m glad that he has joined us,” Anobah said
“We also have Kofi Agyare from Kotoko and few more who have joined and so I believe we’ll find our rhythm at the right time.
“The capture of Helegbe and the other players are crucial for us. Good players who will bring a lot to the table.”
The Tarkwa-based side lie 6th on the table.
Medeama president Moses Armah says his side is ready to take Africa by storm in their debut season in the CAF Confederations Cup.
The Ghanaian side will begin their forays in continental competition with an away fixture against Panthers of Equatorial Guinea in February next year.
The Mauve and Yellows has however failed to inspire confidence after rather inconsistent performances that have left them 6th on the table.
But club President Moses Armah says his side is ready to make an impact and raise their own levels of performance to match any opposition.
“We are very much ready. Our sponsors are ready so are we. The board, management, playing body and the supporters are all ready,” Armah said
“Our performances this season have not been the best so far but we’re putting our house in order so that we will not disappoint our fans and Ghanaians in general.
“Everything has been put in place to ensure we do not only participate but make a serious impact next year.”
Medeama will host their CAF Champions League ties at the Essipong stadium.
In-form Elche striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom says he opted to join the Spanish outfit due to lack of playing time at Juventus.
The 20-year-old has hit the headlines in Spain with impressive performances since joining on loan from the Italian giants.
Boakye-Yiadom says getting regular action at Elche attracted him to join the newly promoted Spanish side.
“A couple of hours to the close of the transfer market in the summer I signed for Elche because at my age I wanted to play,” Boakye told TMW.
“It’s best not to stay on the bench. Though I initially wanted to stay at Juventus and have the opportunity to win a title, but at the end I decided to go out on loan.”
Stephen Arholu is urging Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah to give him a second opportunity ahead of next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The 25-year-old has come under intense criticism from Heart of Lions fans following recent questionable performances.
The ex-Medeama shot-stopper received massive flak for conceding a cheap goal during their Ghana Premier League defeat at Liberty Professionals with critics questioning his ability to stay at the top level.
But he says he has enough depth in quality to excel with the Black Stars if given the opportunity.
“I am ready to play for the Black Stars, I’ve conceded less goals in the Ghana Premier League as Hearts of Lions keeper,” he told Accra-based Oman FM
“ I only need another chance to justify myself to prove to Ghanaians what I am capable of.
“Representing your country is the highest honour you can have and if given the opportunity again, there is no way I won’t be ready.”
Aholu was part of Ghana’s squad at the last World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
Enoch Adu Kofi has earned rave praises from two of his Club Brugge team-mates despite his lack of regular action at the club.
The 24 year old might be struggling for playing time in the Belgian League with giants Club Brugge but he is well respected by his team mates.
Striker Maxime Lestienne and defender Thomas Meunier made ??an interesting revelation when they were asked by “The News “about whom they thought is the best player in the core of Club Brugge.
The duo quickly jumped behind the former OGC Nice player.
“Enoch Adu”, said Meunier and Lestienne was quick to agree.
However Adu gets very little playing opportunities lately, a situation that looks surprising to the players.
The two players were quick to compare the former Ghanaian Youth International to team mate Victor Vazquez.
“Victor Vazquez is strong, but what Adu does in training, is top class,” says Lestienne.
“Adu is technically strong and sees the game well” he added
“To wipe the ball from him is practically impossible,” Meunier goes further.
“Last season we were the best team in the Play-Offs with a midfield with Adu, Vadis Odjidja and Jesper Jorgensen.
“The problem now is that after he no longer plays we are suffering a lot as the team revolved around him”, says Meunier.
Adu Kofi has featured in ten of their last nineteen matches after joining last season in a 2million Euro deal.
Club Brugge are third on the Belgium Pro League table after nineteen matches. They trail leaders Standard Liege by four points.
Medeama winger Theophilus Anobah has urged the club’s fans to measure their expectations ahead of their participation in the CAF Confederations Cup next year.
The Ghanaian FA Cup holders have drawn Equatorial Guinean side Panthers FC in the preliminary stage of the competition.
The Mauve and Yellows have been far from convincing this term with inconsistent displays which has cast doubt about their ability to make any meaningful impact on the continent.
Anobah, who previously played for Ashantigold, wants the fans not to expect too much from the team in their debut Africa campaign.
“It’s the first attempt for Medeama” Anobaah told Radio
“I am asking the fans to keep on praying for us but they should not expect too much from the team.
“We are going to take the games one after the other and when we get t the finals that will be incredible.
“The team now has a lot of experienced players. We have beefed up with Kofi Agyare and Michael Helegbe and I know they are going to help us to get far in this competition.
“We will do our best so the fans should on supporting the team.
Medeama currently lie 6th on the table and will begin their continental forays with an away tie on the weekend of February 7-9, 2014.
By Patrick Akoto
Medeama have begun the search for a new coach with the future of Augustine Evans Adotey thrown into doubt, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
Adotey’s role as Ghana’s U17 female team coach is believed to have affected his concentration at the club level which has prompted the board to act fast.
The Mauve and Yellows lost 1-0 at home to struggling debutant Inter Allies last Sunday and go into the two-months break sitting 6th position in the Ghanaian top-tier, which is enough evidence for the board to act in time.
“We are looking for a new coach to help Abugri,” Medeama president Moses Armah said
“Allotey is very much part of this team but because of his duties with the Black Maidens, it’s important we get someone to take charge of the team.
“Anytime he (Allotey) is available, he is welcome to work. We’ve had that arrangement anytime he’s on national duty.
“We have the same arrangement with Nassam Yakubu and so there is no problem.
“But we’re looking at a coach who can help us transform our fortunes in the absence of the coach.
“Someone who can work with Abugri to ensure we return to winning ways.”
GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal that the FA Cup holders have two main candidates for the job, and will speak to them both in the coming days.
He’s a fringe player at Arsenal these days, and it seems Emmanuel Frimpong has an awful lot of spare time on his hands.
The youngster, who loves to share his life on social media, was clearly bored this week – so he opted to design his own football boots.
It wasn’t long ago that it was a shock to have white or red coloured boots, but Frimpong’s garish design features, red, green and yellow.
It’s also emblazoned with his infamous ‘Dench’ slogan, with the words ‘Frimpong is Dench’, along with the black star from the Ghana flag.
Long-standing Medeama director Mohammed Alhassan has been sacked.
The former chairman of Hearts’ National Chapters Committee has been relieved off his post following disagreements with the club’s top brass.
He seizes to represent the club at the Ghana FA in a move which has come as a huge surprise to many people.
Alhassan has been a key member of the Tarkwa-based side since its formation seven years ago.
But his open declaration to stand in an upcoming election to elect executives of the supporters’ front of Hearts is believed to have resulted in the decision to part ways with him.
He has also been accused in some quarters of disloyalty to the club.
Under-fire Hearts of Oak coach Mohammed Polo has launched a scathing attack at his critics and insisted ‘God will punish’ anybody who will sabotage him at the club.
A cross-section of players at the declared their support for former trainer David Duncan and credited the out-spoken former Ghana U17 coach for their revival.
And there are concerns a section of players want to see Polo fail at the club as they will not give in their best in games.
Despite admitting the impact of the absence of eight regular players in the humiliating record 3-0 defeat against Wa All Stars, Polo has ‘cursed’ his saboteurs.
“We have eight players missing with injury so there was nothing I could do.
But why will someone want to sabotage me? God will punish anyone who tries to sabotage me,” he told Accra-based Oman FM.
The former Ghana international is already receiving bashing from fans who feel he cannot handle the club after just three games in charge.
Since taking charge, he has won a game (Dwarfs), drew a game (Aduana Stars) and lost one (Wa All Stars).
The Asante Kotoko board has extended the mandate of Chief Executive Opoku Nti until further notice.
The ex-international was named acting CEO by the club’s owner Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in June after dissolving the board.
Nti has spearheaded the club to the summit of the Ghana Premier League table for the first round of the season.
He had a glittering football career and was a member of the Asante Kotoko Africa Cup winning squad in 1983.
Nti scored the winning goal that clinched the trophy for Kotoko against Al-Ahly in Kumasi.
Defender Philip Boampong has pledged to perform better than ever before on his return to Hearts of Oak.
The 23-year-old has rejoined the Phobians for the second half of the season haven ditched the side in 2012 for an adventure abroad.
The central defender who failed to sign an extension during his time with Hearts has nevertheless been re-admitted into the Phobian fold and will be ready to play once his registration is confirmed by the Ghana FA.
Boampong now wants to re-earn the trust and affection of the club fans by putting in his utmost best to help the side in their stuttering domestic campaign.
“I am grateful to Hearts for accepting me back,” he told Metro FM.
“I aim to play better than I was before because playing for clubs like Hearts and Kotoko is not easy.
“I have seen several players leave such clubs and never permitted to return.
“But I am very lucky to get this second opportunity and I am determined not to let them down.”
Hearts have dropped to third in the Ghanaian top flight and are now seven points behind leaders and rivals Asante Kotoko at the end of the first half of the season.