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Ghana winger Christian Atsu marks first Everton start with defeat  FIFA.com News

Christian Atsu

Christian Atsu

Ghana winger Christian Atsu made his full Everton debut in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Place in the English Premier League.

Manager Roberto Martinez handed the 2014 FIFA World Cup star a role on the left wing and did impress.

But his efforts could not help the Toffees from suffering defeat in front of their home as Steve Naismith substituted him on 64 minutes.

Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the 9th minute but Mile Jedinak levelled from the spot on the half hour mark.

Yannick Bolaise made it 3-1 by the 69th minute before Leighton Baines pulled one back with seven minutes to go.

Black Meteors to play Liberia in 2015 CAF U23 Cup qualifiers first round  FIFA.com News

Black Meteors

Black Meteors

Ghana will face West African neighbours Liberia in the 2015 CAF Cup U23 finals first qualifying round.

The Black Meteors will host the first leg at dates yet to be announced by the Confederation of African Football.

A successful two-legged tie for Ghana will see them play Congo in the second qualifying round.

Should they survive that test too, they will face Nigeria in the final qualifying round which looks like a difficult qualification route for Malik Jabir’s boys.

The second edition of the CAF U23 Cup will be hosted by DR Congo from 5-19 December  next year with eight teams.

The top three finishers at the finals will qualify to the 2016 Olympics Games to hosted by the city of Rio de Janeirio.

Legend Abedi Pele was at Stade Velodrome to watch Andre Ayew and Marseille win  FIFA.com News

Abedi Pele at the Stade Velodrome.

Abedi Pele at the Stade Velodrome.

Marseille legend Abedi Pele was at the Stade Velodrome to watch his first son Andre and his former side beat Rennes 3-0 on Saturday in Ligue 1.

Andre played the entire duration for Marcelo Bielsa’s side who needed two goals from Andre Gignac and Romain Alessandrini to blunt the visitors.

Marseille temporarily moved to the top of the table and that will excite the ex-Ghana captain.

Abedi won the UEFA Champions League with Marseille in 1993.

Ghana quartet taste defeat with TP Mazembe at ES Setif in Champions League semis first leg  FIFA.com News

Ghanaian quartet at TP Mazembe

Ghanaian quartet at TP Mazembe

Ghana trio Yaw Frimpong, Solomon Asante and Gladson Awako were handed starting roles as TP Mazembe suffered a 2-1 defeat at Entente Setif on Saturday in the CAF Champions League semi-final first leg.

But midfielder Daniel Nii Adjei was an unused substitute at the Stade du 8 Mai 1945 in Setif.

Head coach Patrice Carteron replaced Yaw Frimpong and Solomon Asante with Kabaso Chongo and Thomas Ulimwengu in the 81st and 87th minutes respectively

All three goals came in the second half after an equally eventful first half littered with missed chances by both side mostly off set pieces.

Mazembe took the lead in 51st minute through an own goal by Setif defender Said Aroussi when he deflected in a Rainford Kalaba cross.

Setif equalised three minutes later in rather controversial circumstances when Younes headed in Ali Lamri cross from close range from a seemingly offside position.

It took referee Neant Alioum of Cameroon two minutes to make a final decision in the midst of Setif protests after conferring with his first assistant who had raised his flag for offside.

Mazembe continued to press but were unlucky to see Ghana midfielder Gladson Awako goal-bound shot in the 65th minute cleared off the line.

Abdelmalek Ziaya broke Mazembe’s hearts with the winner in the 88th minute when he turned Zambia defender Chongo Kabaso inside-out before unleashing an unstoppable volley to beat goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba.

Meanwhile, the two sides meet in the final leg on September 27 in Lubumbashi to decide who goes through to the two legged finals set for the weekend of October 25-26 and November 1-2.

Ghana midfielder Wakaso Mubarak can become a Celtic cult hero after debut goal  FIFA.com News


Wakaso Mubarak can become a Celtic cult hero after debut goal at Salzburg

Wakaso celebrates the goal he scored on his debut for Scottish side Celtic

Wakaso Mubarak can become a Celtic cult hero after debut goal at Salzburg

  • Celtic manager Ronny Deila hadn’t seen Wakaso Mubarek play before signing him on loan
  • The Ghanaian scored on his Celtic debut in the Europa League
  • Mubarek is on loan from wealthy Russian club Rubin Kazan

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Ronny Deila had never seen Wakaso Mubarak in the flesh when he gambled on a one-year loan deal for the Ghanaian winger.

Yet it took just one look at the stocky 24-year-old to detect a Celtic cult hero in the making. A potential crowd pleaser who can fulfil the Norwegian’s craving for genuine pace and width in his team.

Cast into the starting line-up in pressing circumstances against Salzburg in the Europa League, the World Cup star marked his debut with a stunning 14th-minute goal. His general display raised hopes that Celtic have made an astute capture. For 12 months, at least. Possibly longer, depending on price.

Wakaso Mubarak scored on his Celtic debut during the 2-2 draw away at Salzburg in the Europa League

‘I hadn’t seen him play live before he came here,’ Deila admitted. ‘I have my people I trust and a scouting department here I’m working with every day. They know what I’m after.

‘Wakaso has played in good clubs, like Espanyol, at a high level. I have contacts in Spain and they were seeing very positive things about him. I can now see why.

‘It looks like he could become a fans’ favourite at Celtic. Our fans like quick players, players who can go past people and who have energy. Wakaso had that in his game on Thursday night.

‘That’s the kind of team we want to be. We want to be similar to how Red Bull Salzburg were – that’s our goal. Maybe not so wide, but very aggressive and hungry to win the ball. Wakaso showed that level.’

Noted for a raft of yellow and red cards during his time in Spanish football, Wakaso brought aggression and flair to Celtic’s attacking efforts. He also brought a flair for the dramatic, one instance of rolling around following a heavy challenge from a Salzburg player showing a hint of cynicism.

Yet Deila prefers to couch what he brings to the Celtic team in more diplomatic terms.

‘He has a lot of confidence,’ the Parkhead manager continued. ‘African players are different from European players, of course. It’s a different culture. But I’ve worked a lot with African players and they need to be loved, like everyone else. I think he will develop.

‘It’s good that he’s been in Europe now for many years. Had he come straight from Africa, then I would have been more afraid.

‘It’s also easier to be like that in an attacking rather than a defensive position.

‘He’s working hard and tactically he’s been good. He knows the game.

‘He takes cares of himself. He has natural talent there. But he needs time, he has a lot more to come.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila had never seen the Ghanaian play before sanctioning a one-year loan move

‘He needs to be quicker and sharper, but that will come when he gets games.

‘He didn’t get back to Scotland from international duty last week until the Friday night, so that’s why he didn’t play against Aberdeen. I hadn’t seen him in training.

‘But he trained well this week, so he got the chance against Salzburg. He was very good in the game. It was very nice to see.

‘He gives us another weapon in the wide midfield positions. He can eliminate players, get past them and he is good on the ball. That’s what I wanted to see and I’m happy for him.’

Wakaso’s 14th-minute strike, a controlled first-time effort from the edge of the box showed what Deila described as ‘fantastic technique,’ adding: ‘I hope he does more of that. It was a difficult shot to take on. He had a positive impact on the game. I want wingers who can work the pitch both ways, defensively and offensively, and he can do that. It’s very positive for us.’

To suggest Wakaso has already shown enough for a permanent agreement would be premature. On loan from wealthy Russian club Rubin Kazan, there is also no guarantee Celtic could afford him.

If the Scottish champions wish to sign Aleksander Tonev or Jo Inge Berget, they already know what they must pay. Asked if the same applied to Wakaso, Deila was nimble on his feet.

‘I know what the fee is,’ he said, ‘but I won’t share it. We’ll see if it’s affordable but there is always a negotiation.’

That sounded for all the world like he wouldn’t be within their price range, but the Parkhead boss insisted: ‘We wouldn’t bring him here if it was not possible.’

Wakaso is one of four loan players, Celtic paying a fee for just one player when they signed Serbian Stefan Scepovic for £2.2million.

The early signs are mixed. Tall, but not imbued with great physical strength, Scepovic is no Chris Sutton. In two games against Aberdeen and Salzburg, his impact has been constrained to fleeting glimpses of ability.

Wakaso (left, next to Stefan Scepovic) has all the tools to become a cult hero at Celtic Park this season

‘I think he was better in the second half against Salzburg,’ said Deila. ‘He came more into the game.

‘He hasn’t played much and he needs to adapt. I see in training and in games that he has good qualities. I know in time he will succeed here.

‘He needs to work on his physical side. It’s more physical here than in Spain and he needs to work on his upper body.

‘He needs more power but he’s into the training and wants to develop so that will come.’

Scepovic, himself, admits he needs to bulk up and adapt to a Scottish game significantly more physical than he is accustomed to.

‘I need time to get used to Scottish football but I think hard work on the training pitch and gym will make things okay,’ said the new Bhoy.

‘I will get a programme for the gym and, in time, everything will be how I expect.

‘Sometimes strikers don’t score for three games but then score in two or three in a row.

‘The most important thing is we won the game against Aberdeen and then took a point away in Europe.

‘Now we have to concentrate on the game against Motherwell.’

Captain Scott Brown was returning to Scotland via Germany yesterday after missing Celtic’s flight home. Unable to produce a urine sample for drugs testers before Salzburg Airport closed, the skipper is expected to play against Motherwell tomorrow.

Adam Matthews, James Forrest, Charlie Mulgew and Mikael Lustig are still out, while Scepovic is also struggling with a dead leg. John Guidetti is available after being ineligible for the Europa League.


Former Kotoko star Seidu Bansey says he’s ready to explode for Smouha FC  FIFA.com News

Seidu Bansey and Smouha chairman.

Seidu Bansey and Smouha chairman.

Former Asante Kotoko striker Seidu Bancey says he has settled in well at his new club FC Smouha in the Egyptian top-flight.

Bancey is yet to find his scoring boots which made him Kotoko’s top scorer last season.

“We are training and enjoying ourselves on the pitch,” Bancey told GHANASoccernet.com

“It’s a new environment but football is a universal language and I am more than settled in now.

“I am just waiting to hit the ground running and for to remain injury free.”

Smouha are second on the Egyptian Premier League table after two rounds of matches.

Gladsom Awako predicts win for TP Mazembe to win at ES Setif  FIFA.com News

Gladson Awako

Gladson Awako

Gladson Awako is confident his side TP Mazembe will beat Entente Setif in Algeria on Sunday in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semi-final.

The Lubumbashi-based club are tipped to win this year’s CAF’S flagship club competition having been the most consistent team so far.

Coach Patrice Carteron and his team held a five-day camping period in Accra before flying out to Algeria on Thursday ahead of the game today.

Awako says the Ravens are in top form to win away and make the return leg an academic exercise.

“We have worked hard all season and the preparations in Accra have built us up both psychologically and physically,” Awako told MTNFootball.com

“I am certain that we will win very well to make the second leg easy for us.

“The feeling among the guys is great and we will look to cease every opportunity to make things work for us.”

Video highlights of Asamoah Gyan’s sublime goal for Al Ain in league opener  FIFA.com News

Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan

GHANAsoccernet.com brings you the video highlights of the classic goal scored by Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan in the UAE league opener on Saturday.

The Black Stars attacker opened his scoring account in the UAE as Al Ain beat Al Wasl 2-0 on Saturday night at home.

He received a sweet pass from  Mohamed Abdulrahman and finished off sublimely with his right foot from the left. 

Slovakian Miroslav Stoch powered in a superb free-kick at the death to wrap up the win.

Watch the highlights now and enjoy!

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CAF bans Guinea from hosting AFCON clash against Ghana in Conakry  FIFA.com News

Ghana's away match against Guinea in next month's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier will be played at a neutral venue after CAF ruled on Saturday that bans on three countries from hosting matches will stay in place because of Ebola fears.

Guinea have been banned from hosting Ghana in the AFCON qualifier in Conakry

Ghana’s away match against Guinea in next month’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier will be played at a neutral venue after CAF ruled on Saturday that bans on three countries from hosting matches will stay in place because of Ebola fears.

CAF’s executive committee decided on Saturday that bans on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone hosting any international matches because of fears of spreading Ebola will be maintained.

This means Guinea’s clash with the Black Stars scheduled for 10 October will be played at a neutral venue robbing the Sylli National from getting home support for the game.

The match is expected to played in Morocco where Guinea played their previous match against Togo this month.

The three west African countries – at the epicentre of the outbreak of the highly contagious disease – had originally been banned from hosting all games until mid-September but that has now been extended indefinitely, CAF announced.It means Guinea and Sierra Leone must again move scheduled African Nations Cup qualifiers to alternate venues next month.Guinea had to play its opening group game against Togo in Morocco earlier this month and also last weekend staged an under-17 qualifying tie in Casablanca.

Sierra Leone could not find an alternate venue for their qualifier against the Democratic Republic of Congo 10 days ago and instead ceded home advantage to their opponents.

Liberia have no scheduled international matches in the near future.

Ebola has infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa this year, mainly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, killing 2,630 of those, according to the World Health Organisation. The disease has also been reported in Nigeria and Senegal but these two countries have not been banned from holding games by CAF.

The epidemic has brought sport to a complete standstill in both Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Guinea were ironically on Saturday named as a future host of the Nations Cup finals in 2023 at the same meeting of CAF’s executive committee in the Ethiopian capital.

Teams from the affected countries were also subjected to vigorous checks before being allowed to play matches in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ivory Coast and Uganda earlier this month.

Sierra Leone had a walkover in their Nations Cup playoff tie when the Seychelles refused them entry because of fears over spreading the virus.

Ex-Hearts star Moro Abubakar debuts for Donji Srem in Serbian top-flight  FIFA.com News

Moro Abubakar

Moro Abubakar

Ghana midfielder Moro Abubakar played the entire duration on his competitive debut for ten-man Donji Srem in their 1-1 at Cukaricki in the Serbian Super Liga on Saturday.

The former Hearts of Oak captain starred in a defensive role to help his new side earn a point on the road.

Abubakar joined the Pecinci-based side on a free transfer after ending his contract with Hearts.

He played his first match Doni Srem in a friendly against Indiji in a friendly last Tuesday.

Ghana to vote for Sepp Blatter in FIFA election after CAF’s unanimous support for Swiss  FIFA.com News

Ghana will vote for Sepp Blatter in next year’s Fifa presidential election after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided throw its weight behind the Swiss administrator who is widely seen a keen supporter of Africa football.

Sepp Blatter will enjoy Ghana’s support at next year’s FIFA elections

Ghana will vote for Sepp Blatter in next year’s Fifa presidential election after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided throw its weight behind the Swiss administrator who is widely seen a keen supporter of Africa football.

CAF unanimously voted on Saturday at the meeting of its executive committee in Addis Ababa to support Blatter who is massive supporter of the development of African football.

It is a symbolic boost for the 78-year-old Swiss incumbent, who announced earlier this month he would be standing for a fifth term in a reversal of a previous promise to retire at the end of his current term.

“Africa will offer unananimous support to FA president Sepp Blatter at the next elective assembly,” CAF general secretary Hicham el Amrani announced at a press conference.But the decision has not binding on the 54 members of CAF, who have previously defied CAF president Issa Hayatou.

However, the continent tends to vote in favour of what CAF orders which means Ghana will fall in line to get the Swiss to stay in office for another term.

The decision is a massive boost for Blatter as the candidate who gets the support of Africa normally coasts to victory.

And while Africa is facing a big onslaught from Europeans particularly Michel Platini, UEFA chief, who has recently fought for a raft of changes in the international football calendar which will negatively African countries.

If Blatter stays in office, it will prevent Europeans from having their way in forcing through further changes which will negatively affect football.

Ironically Blatter became Fifa president in 1998 when African associations ignored the instructions of Hayataou, who had an alliance with the Uefa president Lennart Johansson, who lost to Blatter.

In next May’s election Blatter could come up against the 56-year-old Jerome Champagne who this week announced his intention to run against Blatter.

The former French diplomat used to be a special advisor to Blatter before leaving world football’s governing body in 2010.

But he must still find a minimum of five countries to nominate him.

Asante Kotoko 4 B/A United 3: Ahmed Toure fails to score in Porcupine Warriors pre-season triumph  FIFA.com News

Larbi Koomson scored as Kotoko brushed aside BA United 4-3

Larbi Koomson scored as Kotoko brushed aside B/A United 4-3

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Ivorian hit-man Ahmed Toure came off the bench to mark his return to Asante Kotoko but failed to register his name on the score-sheet as the Porcupine Warriors laboured to a 4-3 victory over Ghana Premier League returnees B/A United on Saturday. 

The 27-year-old, a $30,000 signing, tossed onto the pitch in the 68th minute as replacement for winger Frank Gyamfi amidst wild cheers and excitement but failed to find the back of the net.

Kotoko beat rivals Hearts of Oak to secure a return for their former striker and officially unveiled him before kick off at the Baba Yara Stadium.

United, led by former Kotoko star Seth Frimpong Manso proved a Himalayan opposition for the Ghanaian champions as they made them work for their victory.

Former Ghana U20 winger Latif Salifu who joined Kotoko from Berekum Chelsea opened the scoring for Didi Dramani’s side but United equalised through attacker Richard Quartey and Samuel Norgbe converted from the spot to shot the Apostles 2-1 ahead.

United maintained their lead until Obed Owusu struck the leveller for Kotoko in nick of time before the break. The former Berekum Chelsea midfielder headed home in the 45th minute. The Apostles defence could only stand and admire the power and desire with which he outjumped everybody to nod the ball home.

Kotoko won a penalty just 3 minutes into the second-half after Sarfo Gyamfi was felled inside the box and Larbi Koomson elected himself to blast the ball past the United keeper.

United capitalised on a weakness in the Kotoko defence to pull even but substitute Prince Baffoe sent home a brilliant free-kick to seal the win for Kotoko.

Ghanaian youth forward Donyoh scores consolation goal for Falkenberg in Sweden  FIFA.com News

Godsway Donyoh scored for Falkenberg but they lost

Godsway Donyoh scored for Falkenberg but they lost

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Ghanaian youth striker Godsway Donyoh netted the consolation goal for a hapless Falkenberg side who slipped to a heavy 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Örebro in the Swedish Allsvenskan on Saturday afternoon. 

The 19-year-old former Manchester City triallist came off the bench in the 58th minute and halved the deficit for his side with an 84th minute clinical finish.

But the visitors, proving prolific in attack and a handful for the hosts defence, grabbed another goal to cement the win and consign Donyoh’s side to their fifth league straight defeat.

Donyoh’s goal was his fourth of the season in his 13th game.

Nasri Mohammed: BK Hacken’s Ghanaian hat-trick hero hungry for more goals  FIFA.com News

Nasiru Mohammed is hungry for more goals

Nasiru Mohammed is hungry for more goals

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Ghana youth star Nasiru Mohammed is hungry for more goals after his hat-trick buried Brommapojkarna in the Swedish Allsvenskan on Saturday. 

The 2011 Ghana U17 captain is determined to make up for his failures to rake in goals since the start of the season and make his mark with the Yellow and Blacks as the Swedish season draws closer.

Before Saturday’s hat-trick, Nasiru had managed just four goals in 17 games so far in the season but is now looking sharp after gaining consistent playing time.

“I’m happy to score because scoring a hat-trick comes few and far between so I’m very happy because it makes me want to score more goals and I will try to score more before the season ends,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

Nasiru was signed by Hacken three seasons ago as replacement Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris but has not been able march the standards left by the Trabzonspor striker.

Divine Naah: Ghanaian starlet marks professional debut for Stromsgodset in Norwegian top-flight league  FIFA.com News

Divine Naah marked his first professional league debut on Saturday

Divine Naah marked his first professional league debut on Saturday

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Ghanaian youth star Divine Naah played his debut competition career league game on Saturday by making a late appearance for Stromsgodset in their 4-0 thrashing of Bodø / Glimt in the Norwegian Eliteserien.

The 18-year-old climbed off the bench to replace Norwegian youngster Iver Fossum in the 87th minute at the Aspmyra Stadion and played just a cameo role in the game as the Eliteserien title-holders had already killed off the game.

Naah, a former Manchester City triallist and graduate from Ghana’s Right to Dream Academy, joined Stromsgodset in the summer transfer and had to wait until Saturday to play his first professional game.

His arrival at the club restores the number of Ghanaian players to four after joining Ghana keeper Adam Kwarasey, midfielder Mohammed Abu and Manchester City loanee Nana Boateng.

When Stromsgodset manager David Nielsen decided to hand Naah his debut, it also signalled a good news for Ghana as four Ghanaian players were on the pitch for Stromsgodset in the game.

Kwadwo Asamoah triumphs over Muntari as Juventus stun AC Milan in Serie A derby  FIFA.com News

Kwadwo Asamoah helped Juventus to beat AC Milan

Kwadwo Asamoah helped Juventus to beat AC Milan

Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah triumphed over his Ghana team-mates Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari in the Italian Serie A top-liner as Juventus managed a narrow 1-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro on Saturday night. 

Both Muntari and Asamoah lasted the entire duration of the game with the Black Stars duo picking yellow cards at the dying embers.

But Michael Essien had  to watch the full proceedings from the Milan substitute bench.

Tevez, who scored both goals in Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League win over Malmo, played an exquisite one-two with Paul Pogba before flicking the ball past Christian Abbiati midway through the second half.

Asamoah Gyan: Ghana captain opens Arabian Gulf League with a strike for Al Ain  FIFA.com News

Asamoah Gyan scored for Al Ain on Saturday

Asamoah Gyan scored for Al Ain on Saturday

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan scored the opening goal for Al Ain who posted a 2-0 win over Al Wasl in the Arabian Gulf League on Saturday evening. 

Gyan opened the scoring for Al Ain in the 36th minute before former Chelsea midfielder Miroslav Stoch cemented the win for Al Ain with a late 91st minute strike.

It was Al Ain’s opening game of the brand new UAE season and the Black Stars captain scored his first goal in the opening game of the season.

Kwadwo Asamoah: Juventus midfielder insists Old Ladies are ready for Milan duel  FIFA.com News

Kwadwo Asamoah is sure Juventus is ready to face AC Milan

Kwadwo Asamoah is sure Juventus is ready to face AC Milan

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Ghana international midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah insists Juventus are all but ready psychologically to face AC Milan in the Serie A’s top-liner on Saturday night.

Asamoah returns to the flank at the San Siro after playing in central midfield during the 2-0 Champions League victory over Malmo.

“We know this is a very important game tonight, so we are above all ready psychologically,” Asamoah told Sky Sport Italia.

He is not the only Ghana international on the field, as Milan start Sulley Muntari with Michael Essien starting from the bench.

“We didn’t talk about this match. We do tend to talk, but not this week…” he laughed. “We are facing a motivated Milan side who are riding on enthusiasm, but we are ready.”

Milan go into the game with a 100% record in the Serie A, having won both of their opening games.

Milan also defeated Juventus 1-0 in the off-season TIM Cup tournament.

Kwesi Appiah’s sack won’t stunt Black Stars growth, says ex-Ghana defender Sam Johnson  FIFA.com News

Black Stars

Black Stars

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Ex-Ghana defender Sam Johnson does not expect the dismissal of Kwesi Appiah to affect the ambitions of the Black Stars.

Appiah was relieved of his duties two weeks ago just a day after he had led the team to beat Togo 3-2 in Lome in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

He spent 29 months in-charge including qualifying and leading the team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Ghana Football Association is expected to name his successor before the double AFCON qualifiers all against Guinea next month.

Johnson believes the team can pick themselves up against and become a force on the continent.

“Kwesi Appiah himself knew he was not going to be the coach of the Black Stars forever,” the former Anderlecht star told GHANASoccernet.com

“Coaches will come and coaches will go but the most important thing is the continual progress of the team.

“As professionals as the players are, I am sure they will put this behind them with the backing of the FA to get back on track.

“One of the things that makes football beautiful is the unpredictability of the game and this is just part.”

HAT-TRICK HERO: Ex-Ghana U17 skipper Nasiru scores thrice for BK Hacken  FIFA.com News

Nasiru Mohammed netted a hat-trick for BK Hacken

Nasiru Mohammed netted a hat-trick for BK Hacken

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Sensational Ghana youth star Nasiru Mohammed netted a hat-trick for BK Hacken in their 5-1 demolition of Brommapojkarna in the Swedish Allsvenskan on Saturday afternoon. 

The 20-year-old made a huge statement about his massive talent by scoring in the 12th, 64th and 91st minutes at the Grimsta IP in Stockholm.

Nasiru who is seen as a replacement for Ghana striker Majeed Waris at Hacken has had ups and downs this season but on Saturday afternoon, he went out of hands for Brommapojkarna as he punished their defensive frailties.

The hat-trick has taken his season tally to six in 18 games.

Young midfielder Richard Donkor was unused as he watched the game from the bench while Bechem United loan striker Augustine Okrah could not make the Hacken squad for the game.