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Troubled African champions Nigeria drop out of FIFA top 40, Ghana edging close  FIFA.com News

Nigeria, who are struggling to overcome their recent woes, have dropped five places in this month's FIFA rankings, dropping out of the top 40 down to 42nd in the world fellow struggling side Ghana have dropped to 35th.

Nigeria are struggling to make things work for them since the World Cup

Nigeria, who are struggling to overcome their recent woes, have dropped five places in this month’s FIFA rankings, dropping out of the top 40 down to 42nd in the world fellow struggling side Ghana have dropped to 35th.

Nigeria’s drop from last month’s 37th comes after they lost and beat Sudan in their last two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers earlier in the month.
Super Eagles interim coach, Amodu Shuaibu, will now have another goal – to steer Nigeria back up to the rankings the African Champions deserve.
World Champions, Germany, have maintained the top spot in the world, with Argentina and Colombia in second and third place respectively.

Ghana defender John Paintsil delighted over his progress at SA side Maritzburg  FIFA.com News

Maritzburg United's Ghanaian midfielder John Paintsil says that he is more than happy with how his career at the club is progressing.

John Paintsil is enjoying his progress in the South African top-flight

Maritzburg United’s Ghanaian midfielder John Paintsil says that he is more than happy with how his career at the club is progressing.

Paintsil joined the Team of Choice prior to the start of the season, having turned out for National First Division outfit Santos for the 2012/13 campaign.

The 33-year-old has played a key role in Martizburg’s rise to third in the Premiership standings, and he says he has fitted in well at the KwaZulu-Natal club.

“I must admit that is been great for me since I joined this team, I was initially worried because there was so much on my mind after the few months with Santos and even for the national team,” Paintsil told Football411′s Ghanaian correspondent Russel Wiafe.

“I wanted to join a big club to make a statement for myself, and now I think that gradually I am getting to my old form back.

“This team is a good team, the coaches and the players give their all and no wonder we have started well in the PSL, we want to make sure we qualify for the CAF Champions League and make a case for ourselves in the league.

“We know is not going to be easy because there are equally good teams that want to get to where we are.”

Steve Komphela’s side recorded a comprehensive 4-1 victory over SuperSport United on Wednesday, a result which Paintsil feels will send a message to other teams.

“The win against SuperSport United was a clear statement that we want to achieve something this season and the seasons ahead,” he said.

“The fans and the people here are amazing and we will keep on doing our best in the league.”

Nigeria FA wants friendly with Local Black Stars, Ghana FA yet to respond  FIFA.com News

Nigeria have written to the Ghana FA seeking a friendly against the Local Black Stars next month but the Ghanaian authorities are yet to respond even though players of the team are currently inactive because of the legal case slapped on the league.

Maxwell Konadu is the coach of the Local Black Stars

Nigeria have written to the Ghana FA seeking a friendly against the Local Black Stars next month but the Ghanaian authorities are yet to respond even though players of the team are currently inactive because of the legal case slapped on the league.

The match will put the home-based players of the national team in action as the GFA fights King Faisal in court over their demotion ton the second tiers.
However the Ghana FA is yet to respond to the request from Nigeria as this would have been the perfect opportunity to keep the players of the Local Black Stars active while they fight out the court case.
General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation Musa Amadu has confirmed they are yet to get any responses for their request of friendly matches for the home based Super Eagles for the opening of the ultra-modern Uyo International Stadium.
Amadu also confirmed that they have written to the football federations of Tunisia, Ghana and Algeria for them to play Nigeria’s home based Super Eagles team, but are yet to get any responses for the proposed November 6 fixture.
“We have written to Ghana, Algeria, and Tunisia to play our home based team during the opening of the Uyo International Stadium but we are yet to get any responses from them,” Musa told Hot FM.
“Hopefully they will respond and agree to the terms so that we can have any of them for the friendly match,” he said.
The newly built 30,000 capacity Uyo International Stadium will host the Super Eagles’ 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on November 19, and is regarded as one of the best stadia in Africa.
The edifice was built to bear similarities with Bayern Munich’s Alianz Arena, the Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing China, and the FNB Stadium  in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Hearts of Oak MD declares competitive wins over rivals Kotoko defeat in friendly  FIFA.com News

Gerald Ankrah

Gerald Ankrah

Managing Director Gerald Ankrah has declared wins for Hearts of Oak whenever they play rivals Asante Kotoko in the Premier League.

The Phobians will be operating under an entirely different technical set up when the Premier League commences.

Experienced Herbert Addo leads the fray on the bench in what many Hearts fans believe will be a turnaround season.

The club have also made some exciting but relatively unknown signings as they continue to build the side to mount a stern challenge against Kotoko.

And despite Hearts stuttering against their arch rivals in their Super 2 friendly tie, ManagingDirector Gerald Ankrah is confident his side will claim the maximum points off Kotoko in competitive Premier League games.

“That was a friendly and we treated it as such but when the league starts, they [Kotoko] will not even take a point from us. I can assure you,” he told Happy FM.

“The technical team are working and the team has not yet hit its optimum.

“But I can assure you they will not take any points from us.”

Uganda move AFCON qualifier against Ghana to Kampala, date for match confirmed  FIFA.com News

Uganda have moved next month's crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana to the capital city of Kampala despite playing previous qualifiers in Namboole, GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal.

Uganda will play the Black Stars at the National Stadium in Kampala

Uganda have moved next month’s crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana to the capital city of Kampala despite playing previous qualifiers in Namboole, GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal.

The Uganda FA has also confirmed to Ghana’s leading football news website www.ghanasoccernet.com that the match will be played on Saturday, November 15.

The Cranes are desperate to win the match to brighten their chances of reaching the tournament in Morocco and have moved the match to the capital to reduce the travelling time for the home side.

The Cranes have played most of their recent matches at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole but the move to Kampala has also been seen as an attempt to garner massive support for the home team.

They have lined up a friendly against Ethiopia to prepare to face the Black Stars in the crucial match.

Coach Sredojevic says that any build-up for the team ahead of the Ghana game will be very welcome because it will help him organize the team better.

Ethiopia Walia Ibex who caused a major upset beating Mali in Bamako 3-2 in a 2015 Afcon qualifier last week will also use the game to prepare for their next home game against Malawi in Addis Ababa.

The Cranes who lost their last two matches to Emmanuel Adebayor’s Togo will have to be at their best against Group E table leaders Ghana if they hope to revive their qualification hopes.

The Cranes are third in Group E with four points behind Togo and Ghana.

Guinea are bottom of the log with four points, but with a poor goal difference.

AC Milan ace Michael Essien sings Torres and Honda praise  FIFA.com News

Michael Essien

Michael Essien

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien believes the contributions of his former Chelsea teammate Fernando Torres and Keisuke Honda can help propel AC Milan this term.

Essien and his Milan teammates have been impressive this term after a disappointing seventh-place finish last season.

The Rossoneri are currently fourth on the league table after seven rounds of matches.

Essien says they can count on Torres and Honda to contest for titles this term.

“We have a great group here and great players who are always ready when they have to step up,” Essien said.

“Fernando Torres is a great player. I see him training at his best every day. I am sure that he’ll help us a lot throughout this season and that he will soon start to score many goals.

“Honda just finds himself in such an incredible form. He always plays for the team and also scores lots of goals.

“I really hope he can carry on scoring and keep doing well.”

Uganda line-up Ethiopia friendly to prepare for AFCON qualifying clash against Ghana  FIFA.com News

Uganda have lined up a warm-up international friendly against Ethiopia before they host Ghana in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Uganda will play Ethiopia before facing Ghana

Uganda have lined up a warm-up international friendly against Ethiopia before they host Ghana in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The friendly between the two sides will be played on November 9th at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole in a bid to prepare to face the Black Stars a week later.

Edgar Watson, the Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) confirmed to AfricanFootball.com on Thursday that the match will be organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.

“The Ministry of Health want to use the game to sensitize the public on HIV and will also carry out free testing for fans during the game,” explained Watson.

The game will be timely for Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic ahead of their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Ghana on November 15 in Kampala.

The Cranes who lost their last two matches to Emmanuel Adebayor’s Togo will have to be at their best against Group E table leaders Ghana if they hope to revive their qualification hopes.

Coach Sredojevic told AfricanFootball.com that any build-up for the team ahead of the Ghana game will be very welcome because it will help him organize the team better.

Ethiopia Walia Ibex who caused a major upset beating Mali in Bamako 3-2 in a 2015 Afcon qualifier last week will also use the game to prepare for their next home game against Malawi in Addis Ababa.

The Cranes are third in Group E with four points behind Togo and Ghana. Guinea are bottom of the log with four points, but with a poor goal difference.

Alfred Duncan: Sampdoria midfielder fears AS Roma backlash in Serie A  FIFA.com News

Alfred Duncan

Alfred Duncan

Sampdoria midfielder Alfred Duncan fears AS Roma’s response to their humiliating 7-1 defeat in the Champions League when the two sides meet on Saturday in the Serie A.

The Blucerchiati host the Giallorossi at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris in a crunch league encounter.

Duncan hopes to earn some game time after impressing on his debut in last week in the 2-2 draw at Cagliari.

“Roma lost in the Champions League against Bayern and will want to redeem themselves in the league,” Duncan said in an interview with Sampdoria TV.

“From our side there is a desire to score points and we will do our best to cause trouble.

“I’m happy now. I am working to find more playing time as possible knowing that it will not be easy.”

Duncan is on loan from giants Inter Milan.

Ghana’s Black Stars drop down in latest FIFA world, Africa rankings despite victory  FIFA.com News

Black Stars

Black Stars

Ghana have dropped two places on the latest FIFA ranking released for the month of October on Thursday despite defeating Guinea and holding the same opponent in an away qualifying match in the month under review.

The Black Stars also dropped one place in the ranking for Africa as Cape Verde have overtaken the Black Stars following their excellent showing in the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifies.

The 1-1 draw with Guinea in Casablanca and the return leg 3-1 win at the Tamale Sports Stadium in qualifiers ensured the team are now ranked 35th.

However with points supposed to be earned for the victory at home over Guinea and the away draw, Ghana were supposed to have risen in the ranking.

This will be an ammunition for the critics of the FIFA world ranking who have questioned the formula used in deciding the best countries in the world.

In Africa, Algeria remain in charge at the apex and followed by Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia in that order.

The first three positions in the world are unchanged from last month.

Germany have held on to the top spot despite a difficult start to their UEFA Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

Portugal (9th, up 2) are making their first appearance in the top ten since July and Belgium (4th, up 1) have leapfrogged the Netherlands (5th, down 1) to achieve their highest ranking yet.

Meanwhile former table-toppers Spain (10th, down 2) have slipped down as far as tenth following their defeat against Slovakia (24th, up 16) and Switzerland’s (12th, down 2) poor start in the Euro 2016 qualifiers has seen them drop out of the top ten altogether.

First Capital Plus Bank explains delay in paying prize money for league champions Kotoko  FIFA.com News

Ghana Premier League.

Ghana Premier League.

Ghana Premier League title sponsors First Capital Plus Bank claim they were unaware about financially rewarding champions Asante Kotoko.

According to the Ghanaian wholly owned financial institution, they thought the amount was included in the sponsorship money for the league.

Kotoko won their 23rd league title in June but have still not received their prize money.

The Porcupine Warriors were presented with a cheque for GHC 65,000 but the sponsors say they can’t be blamed for the delay.

“The truth of the matter is that, we initially thought the prize money for the champions was part of the sponsorship deal with the FA, because we had asked them [GFA] to present us the full budget for the League, only for them to inform us later that they did not include the prize money to the budget,” Marketing Manager for First Capital Plus Nana Yaw Kese is quoted by Ghanasportsonline.

“So that is the main reason why this has happened. But we are working on it and we will make sure we sort out Asante Kotoko.”

Ghanaian striker Mohammed Anas hailed as ‘prolific goal scorer’ by Maritzburg coach  FIFA.com News

Ghanaian striker Mohammed Anas hailed as 'prolific goal scorer' by Maritzburg coach

Mike Mohammed has been labelled as a prolific scorer by Maritzburg coach

Ghanaian striker Mohammed ‘Mike’ Anas has been labelled a ‘prolific goal scorer’ by Maritzburg United head coach Steve Komphela in the South African top-flight following the attacker’s heroics last night.

The Ghanaian, who scored on his debut for the club in August, came off the bench to net the Team of Choice’s fourth as they recorded a 4-1 win over SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The former Mbabane Swallows striker has impressed Komphela and the former Bafana Bafana caretaker coach explained how the club signed the forward.

“Anas is a prolific goal scorer, he had done very well in Swaziland and the he was recommended to come through [to Maritzburg],” Komphela explained.

“We had a look at him, we had been screening a lot of strikers and the departure of Yakubu Mohammed and Orlando Smeekes created the void, so we had to fill the gap and we looked at Anas.”

Komphela believes the striker has the technique to adapt to any situation, but revealed that he still has to work on a few things, notably combining well with his teammates.

“We saw a guy who has strength, he can hold the ball, play with the defender at his back, got a relative amount of technique to survive in any situation, he is a fighter,” Komphela added.

“There is still a certain amount of values we are trying to install into him. An element of hunger, humility, selflessness.

“We know strikers are selfish so we say yes be selfish, but play with others, it seems to be working.”

Maritzburg’s win over Matsatsantsa rocketed them up the table to third spot.

Ghana ace Michael Essien wants more playing time after impressive show against Verona  FIFA.com News

AC Milan's Michael Essien (L) is challenged by Atletico Madrid's Juanfran during their Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan February 19, 2014.           REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)  Picture Supplied by Action Images

AC Milan’s Michael Essien (L) is challenged by Atletico Madrid’s Juanfran during their Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY – Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
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Ghana midfielder Michael Essien wants to build on his first start of the season for AC Milan after Sunday’s Serie A win over Hellas Verona.

Essien was impressive after replacing suspended Nigel de Jong in the starting line-up and did creditably well partnering compatriot Sulley Muntari.

The former Chelsea man, who battled injuries at the start of the season, announced his readiness to feature more games for the Rossoneri.

“The game against Verona wasn’t easy but we gave our best and we came out on top,” Essien said.

“Personally, it was great to earn my starting place back on the pitch. I play where Inzaghi asks me to play. It doesn’t matter where.

“He is our manager and obviously he is important to us. He is doing a great job.

“He leaves us a lot of freedom on the pitch, he encourages us to fight in every situation and we play some good football.”

Sampdoria defender Lorenzo De Silvesteri praises debutant Alfred Duncan  FIFA.com News

Alfred Duncan

Alfred Duncan

Sampdoria defender Lorenzo De Silvestri has praised Ghana midfielder Alfred Duncan who impressed on his debut last Sunday.

Duncan, on loan from Inter Milan, replaced Roberto Soriano pulled out during the warm-up ahead of their match against Cagliari.

He lasted 76 minutes before being substituted by Alessio Romagnoli at the Stadio Sant’Elia where they earned a 2-2 draw with ten men.

“I would like to make a special mention to Duncan who had never played and had a great game,” Silvestri said about Duncan’s performance.

Germany star Sami Khedira could replace Michael Essien at AC Milan – reports  FIFA.com News

Michael Essien

Michael Essien

Michael Essien could find his place in the AC Milan side blocked if the Italian giants sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira in the New Year.

The Ghanaian has played a key role in their recent surge under new manager Filippo Inzaghi, but past has shown injuries could soon begin to take their toll.

Cult hero

Whatever the club Essien has always impressed with his attitude and capabilities for hard graft, and was moved on to the San Siro after an eight-year spell with Chelsea.

Injuries and a loan to Madrid saw him pushed out of Stamford Bridge, with Jose Mourinho dismissing his faithful disciple into the grateful hands of Inzaghi.

Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Ramires and Oscar meant there was no place for him in the Portuguese’s squad that have now lie top of the table in the Premier League. At Madrid he was used sparingly and often watching from the stands in games as Mourinho’s empire crumbled, but still made a respectable 34 appearances in which he scored twice.

However since moving in January his career at the San Siro has been dogged by injuries, with this season currently the shining light of his time in Italy.

Essien dispensable?

Khedira is amongst the world’s finest defensive midfielders and could shine in absence of the 31-year-old. Toni Kroos’ arrival has left him marginalised in the Spanish capital, with Luka Modric and James Rodrigues also above him in the pecking order.

Carlo Ancelotti is keen to further break up the La Decima winning squad after allowing Angel Di Maria to join the Louis Van Gaal revolution at Manchester United, whilst Spanish  international Xabi Alonso left for Pep Guardiola’s impressive Bayern Munich side.

The jury is still out as to whether Kroos has done enough to deserve his place in the side despite starring at the World Cup in Brazil, but Khedira is likely to be allowed to leave for pastures new after impressive since his move in 2010.

Uncertain future

It is still very much a time of chop-and-change in Milan after the departures of both Massimiliano Allegri and Clarence Seedorf last term, with the giants looking to return to the Champions League after this year’s absence.

Inzaghi has got them off to a winning start with the likes of Fernando Torres, Jeremy Menez and Keisuke Honda to the fore, and currently trail league leaders Juventus by just five points.

The future is bright for Essien’s side but they may just fulfil their potential without him in their ranks.

Injured Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan undergoing intensive treatment for early return  FIFA.com News

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is undergoing intensive treatment in the a top hospital in the UAE to get him fit to play for Al Ain in their league matches from next week.

Asamoah Gyan got injured while playing for his club last Friday

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is undergoing intensive treatment in the a top hospital in the UAE to get him fit to play for Al Ain in their league matches from next week.

Al Ain first team doctor Boban Dangubic has revealed that the Ghana international has been undergoing treatment twice a day to ensure his quick recovery.

An intensive two-shift treatment programme has been designed for Gyan to be fit before the scheduled League break.

Gyan, who only returned from Ghana’s African Cup of Nations qualifier and injured himself after he came on in the second half against Al Dhafrah last Friday, underwent a radiation test at the Al Ain Hospital.

“We will be racing against time to have Gyan back before the break starts. We are hoping that he will respond well to the treatment and recover soon,” the Croatian doctor Dangubic said.

The UAE giants are seeking to get him fit for the trip to Dubai for the mouth-watering fixture against defending Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ahli, next Monday.

Al Ain’s ace marksman Asamoah Gyan, who missed the League game against Emirates on Wednesday night, will be racing against time to be fit for that game.

With the UAE side seeking to defend their league title, Gyan’s presence will be vital.

 

 

Vincent Atingah: Hearts of Oak new boy reveals snubbing Asante Kotoko  FIFA.com News

Vincent Atingah

Vincent Atingah

By Rahman Osman

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Hearts of Oak new signing Vincent Atingah has reveals he turned down a move to join Ghanaian champions Asante Kotoko.

The highly rated centre-back signed a three-year deal with the former African champions from relegated Ebusua Dwarfs.

Atingah was signed to replace Nuru Sulley who was sold to a Libyan club and has formed formidable partnership with Ivorian Robin Gnagne.

He says he snubbed a lucrative deal from Kotoko to sign for Hearts.

“I was approached by several clubs including Kotoko but I have always wanted to be with Hearts of oak,” Atingah told GHANASoccernet.com

“The challenge is exciting and I am confident that we will have a solid season ahead.”

Daily Graphic Boss Bans Asamoah Gyan’s Name & Pictures From State-Owned Newspapers  FIFA.com News

The Editor-In-Chief of 'Daily Graphic', Kenneth Edem Ashigbey, has taken the recent attack on one of his reporters, Daniel Kenu, to the extreme by powerfully banning the name and photographs of Ghana Black Stars captain from all newspapers published by the state-owned company, indefinitely.

Asamoah Gyan has been banned from the Daily Graphic for no apparent offence

The Editor-In-Chief of ‘Daily Graphic’, Kenneth Edem Ashigbey, has taken the recent attack on one of his reporters, Daniel Kenu, to the extreme by powerfully banning the name and photographs of Ghana Black Stars captain from all newspapers published by the state-owned company, indefinitely.

The ‘Herald’ gathered and indeed, observed that for some time now, the name and images of Asamoah Gyan alias, “Baby Jet”, have not appeared in both the Daily Graphic and Graphic Sports as the powerful Ken Ashigbey, has pitifully banned them over the brutality suffered by the Graphic’s reporter from Baffuor Gyan, senior brother of the senior national team captain.

Even, when Asamoah Gyan, scores a goal for the Black Stars, his name does not appear in the newspapers as a result of the strict orders of Mr. Ashigbey, the Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited.

The decision, has left some staff wondering about the source of Mr. Ashigbey’s arrogant powers, while many others also tell ‘The Herald’ that the decision to ban the Ghanaian captain from the newspapers, is a confirmation that management of the state-own company, has significantly deteriorated, since Mr. Ashigbey’s appointment.

For instance, when the senior national team played and defeated their Guinean counterpart; Syli Nationale, the Ghanaian captain’s name and image did not appear in the Thursday 16, edition of the Daily Graphic, despite brilliant performance and a goal in Tamale, the previous day.

Apart from the Daily Graphic, the Graphic Communications Group Limited owns the Graphic Sports, Mirror, Graphic Business, as well as Junior Graphic, and none of the above mentioned his name or used his image.

Additionally, ‘The Herald’ is informed that the Managing Director, has blacklisted Daniel Kenu by ensuring that his name is not associated with the Graphic Communications Group Limited. Insiders told this paper that currently, the Kumasi-based reporter, writes stories for the Daily Graphic, but he is not acknowledged as the author of those stories.

Mr. Ashigbey, is said to have practically interdicted Mr. Kenu and consequently set up an internal committee to investigate the Ashanti Regional reporter to unravel the circumstances behind his withdrawal of the assault case against Baffour Gyan and his goons.

Inside the offices of the Daily Graphic, are unsubstantiated claims that Mr. Kenu, collected a whopping US$75,000 from the Gyan family, hence his unceremonial withdrawal of the case without first notifying Ken Ashigbey, who have taken the newspaper’s fight against Baffour Gyan and his goons, rather personal.

Sources within Graphic Communications Group Ltd, have hinted The Herald that the Mr. Ashigbey-led management felt letdown by the reporter, having rallied a nationwide support for him at the time of the incident.

The Herald is informed that Daniel Kenu, has since submitted a report from a clinical psychologist detailing the hypertensive-related stress he was going through when the attack occurred and why he had to stop pursuing the case to save his life and that of his aged and ailing mother.

But the decision to ban names and images of Asamoah Gyan and his brother, The Herald gathered was a one-man decision taken by the Mr. Ashigbey, after his nationwide call on Ghanaian journalists to boycott a planned press conference organized by the Gyan brothers through their lawyer, a couple of weeks ago, which was ignored.

The Graphic boss on his Facebook page on Tuesday, September 23, had written: “I will urge all journalists to boycott this press conference. People who assault journalists want us to cover them.”

According to him it will be a “sin against all who have died in the cause of duty and all who are still being assaulted. I urge all Ghanaian Journalist & Media persons & house once in our live to stand for what is right.”

Interestingly, the victim, Daniel Kenu, surprised his boss and many, when he dropped the assault charges against Baffour, citing health and personal reasons, including the sudden death of his uncle, who had earlier, prevailed upon him not to drag the Kenu family name in the mud by going ahead with the assault case against the ex-footballer and his thugs in Kumasi.

Mr. Kenu, was attacked after a press conference in Kumasi, for demanding whether Asamoah Gyan, had used ace-Ghanaian musician, “Castro”, for rituals to boost his football career.

The artist and his girlfriend, Janet, mysteriously went missing at Ada, while jet skiing on Volta River in July, this year.

Meanwhile, the committee set up by the management of Graphic to investigate Mr. Kenu is to among other things establish if the reporter, has breached the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on whether unilateral withdrawal of the assault case without recourse to management was justified.

It was said that management had written to him to consult it before taking any action on the matter, while a lawyer was appointed to assist him on any move he intended to take regarding the case.

Also, the committee would also establish the issue of misconduct, indiscipline, disloyalty, as well as an alleged embarrassment caused the Managing Director, Mr. Ashigbey and the company as a whole.

Source: The Herald

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Adu Kofi: It was a strange second-half for us  FIFA.com News

Enock Adu Kofi

Enock Adu Kofi in action for Malmo is gutted by Atleti loss

Ghanaian midfielder Enock Adu Kofi is gutted after his Malmo FF slipped to a 5-0 loss against Spanish side Atletico Madrid in Wednesday night’s Uefa Champions League clash. 

The Swedish champions held their Spanish counterparts well for the opening 45 minutes of the game but the second-half turned strange for the Sky Blues as Atletico run rout, netting five times to snatch a lopsided win.

“We played very well in the first-half and should have held on in the second-half but we lost our concentration and they took advantage of that to score more goals,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com after the game.

The visitors, who were the first away outfit to play at the Vicente Calderón in the European Cup 48 years ago, held out until the 48th minute when Koke scored from close range.

The midfielder then set up goals for Mario Mandžuki?, Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godín before substitute Alessio Cerci added a fifth in added time.

Frank Acheampong: Ghana youth winger rues Champions League loss against Arsenal  FIFA.com News

Frank Acheampong in action against Arsenal

Frank Acheampong in action against Arsenal

Ghana youth international winger Frank Acheampong believes Anderlecht did not deserve to lose against Arsenal in Wednesday night’s Uefa Champions League clash in Belgium. 

Anderlecht were fell 2-1 at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock despite taking a second-half lead through Andy Najer.

The English Premier League side staged a strong performance to claim victory with Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski scoring twice late in the game.

Acheampong in an area tussle with an Arsenal defender

Acheampong in an area tussle with an Arsenal defender

And, Acheampong believes Anderlecht did enough to win the game.

“We shouldn’t have lost this game, because we played better and we had it in our power to kill it off in the first half,” he said in a post-match interview.

The former King Faisal playmaker lasted the entire duration of the game for Anderlecht who could have enhanced their qualification chances with a win.

But despite the loss, the 21-year-old remain defiant of progress.

Frank Acheampong in action

Frank Acheampong in action

This was a great chance to bounce back into the race to qualify, but we blew it. But we are not giving up, because there are three more matches to play in the group so we will wait and see what happens.”

Elvis Manu: Danish legend Jon Dahl Tomasson reveals he is a big fan of Ghanaian attacker  FIFA.com News

Elvis Manu has had praises from Danish legend Tomasson

Elvis Manu has had praises from Danish legend Tomasson

AC Milan legend Jon Dahl Tomasson has revealed he is a big fan of Dutch-born Ghanaian attacker Elvis Manu who is making waves in Europe. 

The former Denmark captain who is manager at Dutch side Roda JC Kerkrade last managed the 21-year-old when he was assistant trainer at Excelsior Rotterdam when Feyenoord loaned him out to them two seasons ago.

Manu’s form for Feyenoord in the Uefa Europa League has drew raving reviews from soccer pundits across Europe but Tomasson is not surprised by the form of the youngster.

“I was assistant coach at Excelsior when he came there from Feyenoord on a one year loan. I became a big fan of him from the very first day I saw him,” he said.

“At Excelsior he really had to learn to behave as he received three red cards in a season, but it has been a good school. Elvis has now been transformed and changed quickly, much better than two years ago.

He is an opportunist, has speed, strength and scoring ability. He is one of the best young strikers in Europe now.”

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