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Official: Medeama announce 10-man management team, Kwabena Asante appointed vice capo  FIFA.com News

Medeama_SC_logoMedeama have appointed experienced football administrator Kwabena Asante as its new vice-president in a strong 10-man management team announced on Friday night.  

Mr. Asante will head the new-look managerial set-up of the Mauve and Yellows following the disbandment of the former management team.

James Essilfie has retained his position as the Chief Executive Officer of the club with Alfred Owusu appointed the deputy Chief Executive for Special duties.

Tony Nkrumah Boateng has maintained his place as the club’s Communication Director while young enterprising Ebenezer Aidoo has been appointed as the Brands and Marketing Manager of the club.

Other members of the management team include Victor Kwadwo Adimah and the Director of Champion Oil in Tarkwa, Joseph Cobbinah as well as Stephen Dankwa-Smith.

The rest include Emmanuel Asafua and chairman of the National Supporters Union Kwadwo Ackon.

Club president Moses Armah has reconstituted the management team who have been tasked to return the club to the top of Ghana football.

Ghana starlet Atsu agrees in principle to join Everton  FIFA.com News

Atsu agrees Everton deal

Atsu agrees Everton deal

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghana starlet Christian Atsu has agreed in principle to join English Premier League side Everton from giants Chelsea, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm. 

GHANAsoccernet.com confirmed on the 22-year-old is close to a switch to the Goodison Park for a season-long loan and the Toffees have moved even closer to securing his signature.

Chelsea left out the winger they signed from Portuguese giants FC Porto out of their pre-season squad and have considered a range of offers lined up for him.

The Blues have agreed to allow Atsu follow Romelu Lukaku to Everton as a loanee.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has identified Atsu as a perfect replacement for Spanish starlet Gerard Deulofeu who has rejoined Barcelona after finishing his loan contract at the club.

Atsu showed flashes of brilliance for Ghana at the World Cup and this has attracted huge interest around him.

Released Kotoko goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama linked to Hearts move  FIFA.com News

Soulama Abdoulaye could be heading to Hearts

Soulama Abdoulaye could be heading to Hearts

Departing Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama is reportedly in talks to make a shocking move to Hearts of Oak.

The 34-year-old has been released by the Ghanaian champions – ending his seven-year stay with the club in the process.

Soulama is however not short of suitors as Hearts of Oak are said to be interested.

The Phobians are in the market for a proven goalkeeper as back up for the injury-prone Philemon McCarthy.

The Burkinabe has emerged as an option being considered by Hearts in case they fail to land their preferred choice of Foli Adade.

AshantiGold are also said to be interested in the former ASFA Yennega goalkeeper who played for Burkina Faso at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations staged on South Africa.

Italy-based goalkeeper Alima Sadia has not abandoned Black Queens dream  FIFA.com News

Alima Sadia

Alima Sadia

Italy-based goalkeeper Alima Sadia has revealed her dream of playing for the Black Queens if given the opportunity.

The former Kumasi Asante Kotoko ladies goalkeeper was named the best female goalkeeper in Italy for the 2013/2014 season.

Sadia played in all 36 matches for Laghi Calico Femminile and emerged as the best player of the match in 20 out of the 36 league games.

Her performance for her team has made a star within the female league in Italy.

“My dream is to serve my country Ghana and whenever my country needs my service I will always be there for my home and homeland Ghana,” Sadia said in an interview.

Sadia started her career in Kumasi before moving to Accra to play for Mawuena Ladies before finally moving to Italy.

 

 

 

Video: Jerry Akaminko steps up rehabilitation swimming pool work out in Ghana  FIFA.com News

Jerry Akaminko

Jerry Akaminko

Ghana defender Jerry Akaminko has step up his rehabilitation from an ankle injury he sustained just before the 2014 World Cup.

The Ekiserhirspor center back has been given time off to visit his family in Ghana but is strictly maintaining his rehabilitation program.

The 26-year-old no longer requires clutches to aid his movement and released a video of him having a kick about with a friend to show the extent of progress made in his recovery.

The rough tackling defender has now released another video doing some rehabilitation works in a swimming pool while in Ghana.

Watch video of Akaminko’s work out in the swimming pool below:

Africa was not ready for the World Cup- Legend Oppong Weah  FIFA.com News

Monrovia, Liberia -  June 25, 2013:  George Wea at his home in Monrovia. (Photograph by Morgana Wingard).

Monrovia, Liberia – June 25, 2013: George Wea at his home in Monrovia. (Photograph by Morgana Wingard).

By Rahman Osman

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Liberia legend George Oppong Weah says the lack of adequate preparation cost the Africa’s representatives to excel at the just ended 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.

The 1995 FIFA World Footballer of Year was not impressed with the performances of Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria.

Only two (Algeria and Nigeria) advanced from the Group stage but suffered exits at the first knockout round.

Algeria were by far the best performing African country at the tournament, succumbing to a slender 2-1 defeat to eventual winners Germany.

Nigeria were stopped at the round 16 by France while much-fancied Ivory Coast again buckled at the group stage despite being drawn in a relatively comfortable pool.

Ghana and Cameroon rocked their own campaigns with pay disputes.

Weah says Africa’s quintet was ill prepared for the tournament.

“Africa was not ready for the World Cup. I was in Brazil from the 12 June till the final day,” he exclusively told GHANASoccernet.com

“I was an analyst for one of the TV stations and most of us on the set all felt this was the tournament Africa had to impose ourselves.

“Africa has always had wonderful players but that doesn’t win championship. It’s a collective effort of the team.

“You have four years to prepare for the World Cup and a month to put your preparations into practice and most often than not we fail as a continent.

“Ghana had a very solid team and I feel devoid of the off-the-field matters they could have gone far whiles Cameroon in their last group game also showed what they were capable.

“Germany did not have the best individually but collectively they were the best.”

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Kotoko star Ofosu Appiah approached by Latvia to switch nationality  FIFA.com News

Ofosu Appiah

Ofosu Appiah

In-form Ghanaian defender Ofosu Appiah is being courted to declare his international allegiance to Latvia, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The 23-year-old, who plays for top-flight side Skonto FC,  has been the most talked about foreign player in  Latvia.

The former Asante Kotoko has churned out impressive displays for the side which has caught the eye of the Latvian federation who have approached him to switch allegiance, Ghana’s leading football outlet can reveal.

At just 23, Appiah lacks very little as he has improved tremendously since he left South African side Jomo Cosmos last year.

He has balance, confidence and very strong in the air and has shown enough strength and ability that he can mix it up with the boys in the big leagues if he gets the chance.

The Latvian FA are hoping to entice him with a mouth-watering offer to prize him away from Ghana as he continues to improve week-in-week-out.

GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal that Appiah will make a firm decision in the coming weeks as he is eligible to play for them since he has not represented Ghana at any competitive level.

He has emerged as a target for a number of  unnamed clubs in Europe but  Skonto FC  are reluctant to release him due to his colossus talent.

DONE DEAL: Ghana defender David Addy seals two-year contract with Belgian club Waasland-Beveren  FIFA.com News

David Addy completes move to Waasland-Beveren

David Addy completes move to Waasland-Beveren

Ghana defender David Addy has officially completed his move to Belgian club Waasland-Beveren, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The 24-year-old signed a two-year contract with the club on Thursday having passed a routine medical.

Addy arrives as a free agent having finished off his two-year contract with Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes.

He has been handed the no.7 shirt in the initial two-year deal with a view of signing for a third year once he impresses in East Flanders.

The former FC Porto man has been training with the side for the past days after strucking a verbal agreement with officials of the club.

Addy’s confirmed signing brings to an end series of reported interest from several European clubs – in particular that of English duo Derby County and Crustal Palace.

He was also said to have listened to offers from Club Brugge and Standard Liege before settling on Waasland-Beveren.

AC Milan not targeting Ghana winger Andre Ayew  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew subject of intense transfer talks

Andre Ayew subject of intense transfer talks

AC Milan have quenched talks over a possible move for Ghana winger Andre Ayew.

The club is on a hunt for a left-footed winger – leading to reports they could be making a swoop for Andre Ayew or Hatem Ben Arfa.

Milan’s preferred signing is Torino’s Alessio Cerci but his heavy price tag is proving a huge stumbling block.

The Rossoneri have therefore been looking at other options with reported mentions of Ayew and Ben Arfa.

But the club’s official media channel has confirmed that both Andre Ayew and Ben Arfa are not targets for manager Fillipo Inzaghi.

Rather, the Italian giants are reportedly looking at Costa Rica’s 2014 World Cup sensation Joel Campbell.

Ayew has been a subject of intense transfer talks for the past three seasons.

He has on all these occasions been considered not for sale by his French club Olympique Marseille.

VIDEO: Adam Kwarasey hails Norwegian midfield magician Martin Odegaard  FIFA.com News

Adam Kwarasey

Adam Kwarasey

Adam Kwarasey has hailed the qualities of his Stromsgodset IF teenage sensation Martin Odegaard, given him a seal of approval to play at the international level.

The attacking midfielder – who became the youngest player to make his debut in Norway’s top flight with his first appearance for the club this year – has all the signs of being a future star with his seriously impressive outings for Stromsgodset.

Not only can Odegaard dribble comfortably around one, two or even three players, but the 15-year-old also creates assists, scores classy goals and is not afraid of showing off some cheeky tricks as well.

Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard

The Ghanaian international has backed the midfield magician to earn a national team call-up.

“If there are those who are best in the league, he (Odegaard) is one of them and so should be in the national team,” Kwarasey told TV2

He has been linked with Europe’s finest at the tender age of 15, and is already the Norwegian Tippeligaen’s most talked-about player.

 

Cameroon assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko feels ready for Black Stars job  FIFA.com News

Ibrahim Tanko

Ibrahim Tanko

Cameroon assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko has reiterated his interest in the Ghana job if the position becomes vacant.

The former Borussia Dortmund striker has handled several clubs as assistant coach and yet to fully take charge of side on his won.

At the just ended World Cup finals in Brazil, he deputized for Volker Finke, his former coach at Freiburg, in-charge of the Indomitable Lions.

Tanko, who worked as youth team coach at Freiburg before leaving to assist Finke at Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds, says he will never turn down Black Stars job.

“Well, I wouldn’t say I have my gaze on the Black Stars job but in the future if I am considered why not?,” Tanko told ghanasportsonline.com

“I am a Ghanaian and I will forever be ready to serve my country but for now my focus is on my job as the assistant coach of the Indomitable Lions.

“I can’t stay idle and wait for the Black Stars job; I am working so if at any point in time the GFA deems it fit to call me I wouldn’t say no but for now my focus is on my job as coach of Cameroon.”

Fetteh Feyenoord acquires Red Bull Academy in Ghana  FIFA.com News

Red Bull Ghana

Red Bull Ghana

Feyenoord Academy finalized the acquisition of Sogakope-based Red Bull Soccer Academy on Thursday.  

The handing over was done after officials of both parties agreed terms.

This means the Gomoa Fetteh-based side will now take control the facilities at Red Bull.

Players of Red Bull Soccer Academy will also be enrolled into the Feyenoord system.

Gomoa Fetteh Feyenoord secured a return to the Ghana Premier League this season.

Hearts is as attractive as European giants Real Madrid, raves owner Togbe Afede XIV  FIFA.com News

Togbe Afede XIV in a hearty chat with board members Nyaho Tamakloe and Commodore Mensah

Togbe Afede XIV in a hearty chat with board members Nyaho Tamakloe and Commodore Mensah

Owner Togbe Afede XIV believes Hearts of Oak is as attractive as European giants Real Madrid and that it is practically impossible for anyone to turn overtures from the club down.

The Executive Board Chairman presented his new technical crew headed by the experience Herbert Addo to the media at a ceremony on Thursday.

Addo will be assisted by the likes of Stephen Abugri, Edward Ansah and Sabahn Quaye in a technical assembly that excites every Hearts fan.

There are however rumours that Hearts’ preferred choice of Mas-Ud Dramani was turned down by the Asante Kotoko coach.

This the club owner has dispelled by insisting Hearts’ attractiveness is as huge as Real Madrid for anyone to turn away from.

“Let me say that we were pleasantly surprised since the position of the head coach became vacant that almost every coach in Ghana wanted to be with Hearts of Oak,” Togbe Afede XIV said.

“And there was not one coach that we approached who declined.

“It is like in Europe, if Real Madrid calls, you have to run.

“So I think Hearts of Oak has got a solid attraction to the coaches and players and I think that has been extremely helpful in bringing the likes of Herbert, Abugri and Sabahn Quaye to the fold.”

Hearts have not won the Premier League title since 2009 and their plight has annoyingly been worsened by the three successive league triumphs of bitterest rivals Asante Kotoko.

They however still consider themselves as the biggest club in Ghana and are hoping their newly constituted technical team will return the side to its past glory in the coming season.

Do you agree with Togbe Afede XIV that Hearts of Oak is as attractive as Real Madrid?

Can the newly constituted technical team return the club to its glory days?

What more do Hearts of Oak need to make them a formidable side once more again?

Make your thoughts known by commenting in the dialogue box below….

Feature: Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah needs support not dismissal  FIFA.com News

Kwesi Appiah

Kwesi Appiah

Going to secondary school and growing up in Kumasi in the 1980s, the last Ghanaian soccer personality back then that I would support would never have been Ghana’s current soccer head coach—Akwasi Appiah.

This was because Akwasi Appiah, irrespective of his skills, played for Kotoko soccer club; and, regardless of my Ashanti lineage, I have never been an enthusiastic fan of the team (no disrespect, Kotoko is a great team).

I was a strong Phobia (Hearts of Oak) fan and still am, if I happened to live Ghana now. I’m Hearts of Oak for life! Back in the day in Kumasi, the only time I would suspend my “hostilities” toward Kotoko players, including Akwasi Appiah, was when they wore the national (Black Stars) jersey. For me, Ghana is larger than Kotoko- or -Hearts Sporting Clubs.

So why give this personal context? The effort here is to try to let any fair-minded reader understands that this article is not meant to be a blind support or endorsement of Akwasi Appiah because of some personal relationships or connections.

Rather, we’re all trying to look at the Black Stars’ disappointed results in Brazil in holistic and disinterested contexts devoid of personal vendetta and innuendoes. It’s normal to embark on some soul-searching and ask questions (productive?) whenever things failed to meet expectations.

However, in the quest for self-introspection we also need to employ the services of common sense and fairness to help us reach well-informed conclusions. More often, it seems like some Ghanaians tend to jump into rush conclusions owing to blind supports based on personal connections such as tribes, local soccer team affiliations, sycophancy, and what have you, at the expense of national interests. Strong adherence to this school of thought is destroying Ghana!

Indeed, there may be some Ghanaians who oppose Akwasi Appiah as the Black Stars’ coach based on some well-founded reasons; whereas many others just dislike the fact that Ghana does not have a foreign (or neutral?) coach who has no tribal affinity in the country.

The latter group of Ghanaians seems to find it convenient to put all the blame on the head coach and the corrupt Ghanaian soccer officials about the subpar performance of Ghana camp in Brazil. Strangely, though, these people appear to think that the players are somehow above reproach; they are tin-gods, and can’t or should not be held responsible for anything that occurred during the 2014 World Cup event.

The issue I have with these folks who parade the preceding line of unexamined thinking is that they ignore the fact that world-class stars such as Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo, Nyemar, Drobga, and the like, do not play for their national teams to make money. Rather, they use their respective national teams’ platforms to advertise their immense skills and talents and in the process enhance their market value at the club levels.

That is where the money flows. No doubt almost all Ghanaian players are aware of this reality. This phenomenon explains why all the up and coming players struggle and beg to be selected to represent the country on the national level until some of them become rich and famous and then begin to thumb their noses on the nation that provided them the ladder to climb to success.

We all agree in toto that the Ghanaian soccer officials (government, GFA…) must stop their misleading tactics and award the players what is due them in timely manner.

On the other hand, too, what happened in Brazil leading to Ghana’s abysmal soccer campaign cannot be taken away completely from the doorsteps of the so-called senior players in the squad.

So, as some Ghanaians hastily begin pointing the accusing fingers solely at the technical team led by Akwasi Appiah, they must also realize that it does not matter the tactical efficiency of a coach, if the players are not in the proper psychological mindset all the efforts will come to nothing.

The assumption by some Ghanaians that Akwasi Appiah is not a good coach because he could not replicate or better Ghana’s record in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa ignores some notable facts.

Aside from being the first Ghanaian-born coach ever to qualify Ghana for the World Cup, undoubtedly Appiah was caught in the crossfire of an intractable problem that had been simmering for years and reaching its breaking point in 2014.

In a way, some of the players used whatever legitimate concerns they might have had to intentionally or unintentionally sabotage all the efforts put in place by their coach.

Thus, before some of us start lamenting over the so-called incompetency of the current head coach and pontificating about the virtues of foreign coaches let’s dispassionately take a good look at the subtext of the Ghanaian soccer headlines or the problems first.

At this point, Akwasi Appiah needs all Ghanaians support to build a formidable team and not removal. Sure, the Ghanaian soccer officials are corrupt and liars to the core, but Muntari and co. were not above blame; they could have reacted differently in the interest of the Ghana and the fans. Give us a break; Ghana has done a lot for these players!

Juvenile Football chief George Afriyie says national U17 league will boost Ghana football  FIFA.com News

Black Starlets

Black Starlet

Ghana Juvenile Football Committee chairman George Afriyie says the introduction of the national Under-17 football League will help unearth talents for the national teams.

Starting next season, the Ghana FA will organize an U17 league for clubs to replace the reserve league for U20 players.

The main idea of the innovation is to encourage and educate young footballers to combine football and academics to the highest level, and also aimed at improving youth football development in the country.

Afriyie, who doubles as Ghana U20 management committee chairman, says the latest direction will boost football in the country.

“It is my prayer that all the clubs will see the need to embrace this project. That is the future of Ghana football and I can see it feeding our senior sides with lots of intelligent players,” Afriyie told sportscrusader.com

“Our Premier League clubs also stand a good chance to benefit in that going out to buy players at the end of every season would be minimized.”

Feature: Former Arsenal midfielder’s career frompeak to bottom  FIFA.com News

Emmanuel Frimpong

Emmanuel Frimpong

A player, who was once described as “a winner” by Arsene Wenger, has surprisingly run out of luck and now finds himself as a free agent after spending over three years at one of the biggest clubs in England, Arsenal.

Emmanuel Frimpong joined Barnsley Football club in January 2014.

However, after just four months at the club, Frimpong was released from his contract after Barnsley were relegated from the Championship.

Frimpong currently finds himself club-less, and obviously wondering what went wrong along the way.

The 22 year old has had to face a handful of injuries in his till now short career. In August 2010 he suffered from anterior cruciate ligament injury which kept him out for nine months.

Following his recovery, he was promoted from Arsenal’s reserve team and made his Premier League debut for Arsenal against Newcastle in August 2011.

He had a total of 16 appearances for Arsenal. A player who was willing to work hard, young and as fresh and exciting as Frimpong was, it was a shame that he was seen warming the bench more than he was seen on the pitch.

Despite being less involved, he managed to make a Champions League appearance against Udinese.

Most of his time at Arsenal was spent on loan at numerous clubs in order to get playing time, which he got.

It was evident why many clubs were wowed by him. At such a young age he had made several appearances in the Premier League and even appeared once in the Champions League. He was seen as a player willing to shine and give it his all against any team.

In January 2012 Frimpong joined Wolverhampton Wanderers for a loan till the end of the season.

He made five appearances for the club, but in his fifth appearance he ruptured a cruciate ligament in his right knee which ultimately ended his season and he was returned to Arsenal.

Following a brief six week long loan at Charlton Athletic, Frimpong joined Premier League side Fulham on loan in January 2013 for the remainder of the season.

However, from then his performance dropped significantly. Once against he managed to only make six appearances for Fulham, with an average performance score of 56.

There was a clear drop in his defensive abilities, winning just 44% of his tackles and enacting over twice as many fouls as he suffered.

Though he still had the will and charm in him to play effectively, such a poor tackle success rate for a top flight fast paced game was unmistakably not enough.

The first half of the 2013-2014 season was spent by him at Arsenal, gathering dust in the storage, only needed if absolutely necessary.

He then eventually moved to Championship side Barnsley, hoping to get a bit of playing time and re-polishing his game.

Frimpong played against Sheffield Wednesday on his debut, playing quite impressively for 30 minutes after which he was sent off for a second yellow card.

This pretty much set his future at the club. He still managed to make a number of appearances for this club, featuring nine times. However, he did not play for Barnsley after the end of March.

He was reportedly more interested in the ladies up North than he was on things going on at the pitch.

According to the media, one of the greatest dilemmas for the Ghana international was how we was supposed to ‘draw girls’ if he played for Barnsley, posting this on instagram before deleting the post a few moments later.

The youngster has been a part of many such controversies which were often seen as ‘jokes’ by him.

He posted a mocking ‘taxi for David Moyes’ picture, and also posted an edited picture of striker Nicklas Bendtner holding the Fifa Ballon d’Or.

He was once fined £6,000 by the FA following rude comments made on twitter directed at a Tottenham Hotspur fan. He even created his own brand known as ‘dench’.

I guess karma does do its work on people who deserve it. Admittedly enjoying laughing at the prospect of other players, Frimpong has given the world enough reason to laugh at him.

Maybe it was his reported lack of interest with football prospects, lack of skill, scars from injuries, or just sheer bad luck that hindered his career, Frimpong has now found himself without a club, ultimately halting his career unless another side is willing to buy him and give him an another chance.

The only question that now remains for the football starlet is ‘what now?’

By Lamine Nasir:

Former Kotoko striker Eric Bekoe linked with shock move to rivals Hearts of Oak  FIFA.com News

Eric Bekoe

Eric Bekoe

Ghana striker Eric Bekoe has been lined with a shocking move to Hearts of Oak.

Media reports in Ghana suggests the former Asante Kotoko goal poacher is in subtle talks to join the Phobians.

Bekoe is a free agent following his departure from Berekum Chelsea earlier this year after the expiration of his contract.

The 27-year-old has made a full recovery from a horrific broken leg injury and has been training on his own to keep up his fitness.

Hearts on the other hand are looking to sign a striker to boost their forward line ahead of the start of the new season.

The experience of the former Petrojet man could prove beneficial for Herbert Addo’s side in the coming season.

Bekoe’s status as a free agent also makes him an attractive preposition for the Phobians as there is no transfer amount involved since he is unattached.

But the player’s fitness record remains a concern.

Ghana’s women AFCON opponents South Africa open camp  FIFA.com News

South Africa women's national team coach Vera Peuw

South Africa women’s national team coach Vera Peuw

Ghana’s opponents for the African Women Championship South Africa started camp yesterday and will hold their training sessions at the Nike Centre in Soweto and the Bedfordview FC grounds.

The Bayana Bayana are in Group B alongside the Black Queens, Cameroon and Algeria.

Coach Vera Pauw has arranged an international friendly match against Namibia in Durban on Sunday, August 10.

“We are ready for this next challenge, we will play Namibia on the 10th August, and we are very happy they agreed to play us. We are at a stage where we need all the matches we can get. Later this month we will be visiting a few areas around the country, while getting ready for the 2014 African Women’s Championships,” she said accoding to a press release by SAFA.

This will also be used as qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the top three teams qualifying to represent Africa in the showpiece in Canada next year.

EXCLUSIVE: In-form Ghana defender Ofosu Appiah earns nomination in Latvia  FIFA.com News

Ofosu Appiah is in top shape in Latvia

Ofosu Appiah is in top shape in Latvia

Ghana defender Ofosu Appiah has been nominated as the Player of the Month of July in the Latvian top-flight league, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The Skonto FC strong centre-back has earned his fourth nomination since joining the Latvian side.

The 23-year-old has been towering for the side with impressive displays at the back for the Riga-based side.

The former Asante Kotoko defender must however fend off competition from Gints Freimanis of JK Jelgava, Edgars Gauracas of Spartaks Jurmala and FK Ventspils’ Kaspars Dubra to win the individual award.

The Ghanaian international has been voted Player of the Month on two occasions by the Latvian Premier League board.

Kotoko ready to cut loose unhappy defender Joseph Ochaya  FIFA.com News

Kotoko flop Joseph Ochaya wanted back home

Kotoko flop Joseph Ochaya wanted back home

Asante Kotoko chief Samuel Opoku Nti has confirmed the imminent exit of defender Joseph Ochaya.

The Ugandan youngster refused to report back to the club for pre-season as he tries to force a move away from the Ghanaian champions.

Ochaya is reportedly wanted back by his home club Kampala City Council who are yet to officially register their interest.

The 20-year-old has been unable to live up to his high billing since he joined Kotoko two seasons ago.

And Opoku Nti says Kotoko is all too willing to ship off the Ugandan after detecting he was unhappy at the club.

“The boy appear not happy with us and has since returned to his country,” Nti revealed.

“He is not the most vital player for us and therefore we are prepared to let him go if indeed he is not happy with us.”

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