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2014 World Cup: Ghana midfielder Muntari set to make injury return for AC Milan  FIFA.com News

Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari has boosted hopes of making the Black Stars squad for the World Cup in June as he has returned from injury for AC Milan.

Sulley Muntari has been named in AC Milan squad to face Livorno

Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari has boosted hopes of making the Black Stars squad for the World Cup in June as he has returned from injury for AC Milan.

The 29-year-old has been named in a 23-man squad for his team’s match against Livorno in the Italian top-flight league on Saturday.

This shows that he has recovered from the calf injury that kept him out of action for two weeks which made some Ghanaians anxious with the World Cup looming.

Muntari picked up an injury while in action for the Italian giants in their match against Chievo two weeks ago.

The Black Stars midfielder pulled up with a calf injury and was replaced by compatriot Michael Essien a minute to half-time.

The former Inter Milan man is expected to be named in Ghana’s squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Milan squad to face Livorno: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Abate, Bonera, Constant, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Emanuelson, De Jong, Kaka, Montolivo, Muntari, Poli, Saponara, Taarabt, Balotelli, Pazzini, Robinho

Inter Allies coach Herber Addo fires Kotoko warning  FIFA.com News

Herbert Addo

Herbert Addo

By Rahman Osman

Inter Allies coach Herbert Addo has warned Asante Kotoko to forget about a win in Saturday’s First Capital Plus Premier League match in Accra.

The experienced tactician, a former Kotoko coach, says his side are eager to extend their 10-match unbeaten run.

Allies need the points to continue dreaming of escaping the drop after recording back-to-back wins against Hasaacas and Wa All Stars.

“Kotoko is a big club but we are on a mission to stay up and if we will stand a chance it’s in games like this that will count,” Addo told GHANASoccernet.com

“It’s a game we are looking forward to and want to take all points at stake.

“It won’t be easy but our position does not allow for any error.”

Kotoko have been forced to play their home match at the Accra Sports Stadium due to a Ghana FA home ban.

2014 World Cup: Ghana striker Majeed Waris battles Ibrahimovic for top French award  FIFA.com News

Abdul Majeed Waris has been nominated for the Ligue 1 player of the month of March

Abdul Majeed Waris has been nominated for the Ligue 1 player of the month of March

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Follow Akyereko on Twitter: @Akyereko

Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris has been nominated for the French Ligue 1 Player of the Month of March following his impressive performance for Valenciennes.

But the Spartak Moscow loanee must beat off competition from Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Stade Rennes attacker Ola Toivonen who are the other players nominated for the gong.

The 22-year-old’s performance far outclasses Ibrahimovic and his Swedish compatriot March in the Ligue 1 as he netted 4 times in 4 games. Ibrahimovic who has the reputation of being the most prolific striker in the Ligue 1 has bagged 25 league goals but only scored 3 of the 25 in March.

Toivonen, another Swedish international who joined Stade Rennes from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in January also scored thrice.

Waris’s statistics in the month leaves him a great chance of beating the duo to the award and pip Ibrahimovic particularly to it. His brace to stun Ajaccio and a strike each against Evian Thonon Gaillard and Stade Rennes.

The Swedish captain beat Waris to the Swedish Footballer of the Year Award in 2012 when the Black Stars striker was on a spell with BK Hacken in the Swedish Allsvenskan and won the Goal King Title after scoring 23 goals in a league season.

My sending off was harsh – Kotoko defender Abeiku Ainooson  FIFA.com News

Asante Kotoko defender Abeiku Ainooson

Asante Kotoko defender Abeiku Ainooson

By Ameenu Shardow

Follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Asante Kotoko defender Abeiku Ainooson feels hard done by his sending off in the 1-1 draw with Hasaacas in the Premier League match played on Wednesday.

The centre half received his second booking on the day to take an early shower with over 15 minutes left to play.

Ainooson exited the game played at the Essipong Stadium in Sekondi at a time his side were 1-0 up and coasting to another vital win in their bid to retain their Premier League crown.

But the champions succumbed to a late equalizer and could have gone on to lose the match if not for a resolute defensive display.

Abeiku Ainooson however says the decision to send him off – which affected this side’s rhythm – was harsh.

“First and foremost I want to apologize to the fans for getting sent off,” he told Metro FM.
“Throughout my football career this is the first time I have ever attracted a red card so it tells you I am not a dirty player.

“But I believe the referee was harsh on the day especially in giving me the first yellow card.

“He was always taking a foul against me in every tackle and in the end I think my sending off was unfair.”

The ex New Edubiase defender will now be serving an automatic one-match ban just when he returned from a month-long injury.

EXCLUSIVE: Ghana coach to name crocked Isaac Vorsah in provisional World Cup squad  FIFA.com News

Isaac Vorsah has been out for close to a year with a knee injury

Isaac Vorsah has been out for close to a year with a knee injury

By Ameenu Shardow

Follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will name Isaac Vorsah in his provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup even though the defender has not played competitive football for close to a year, GHANAsoccernet.com has been told by a reliable source.

The 25-year-old has been battling a serious knee injury he picked up last May while in action for his Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg.

Vorsah is yet to play a competitive match for both club and country since his injury but features very prominently in the thoughts of Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah with the 2014 World Cup barely two months away.

Red Bull Salzburg officials have assured of Vorsah’s fitness when Black Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu visited the player earlier this month.

The club claim they are unwilling to risk the Ghana defender to anymore injuries as the reason for not giving him games as expected.

But coach Kwesi Appiah has decided to give his dependable defender a shot at making the final 23-man squad for the World Cup if he is able to prove his fitness in the provisional squad to be named by May 13.

“Isaac Vorsah will be named in the provisional squad for the World Cup but the coach will take a final decision on him at the depth,” a source told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“The coach wants to give him [Vorsah] as much time as possible to prove himself worthy of a place in the final squad.

“So even though he will be named in the provisional squad, his place in the final 23 is not certain.”

Coach Kwesi Appiah however faces a dilemna as he is desperate to avoid any controversies with the call up of players deemed not fit enough to make the squad for the World Cup.

Vorsah has been an integral part of Ghana’s squad since making his debut in 2007.

He however missed the crucial parts of Ghana’s successful qualifying campaign due to the serious knee injury he sustained in May last year.

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Isaac Vorsah

2012 with Red Bull Salzburg2012 with Red Bull Salzburg

name: Isaac Vorsah

birth place: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

currentclub: Red Bull Salzburg

clubnumber: 25

position: Centre back

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years3: 2007–2012 | clubs3 = 1899 Hoffenheim | caps3 = 106 | goals3 = 4

years4: 2012– | clubs4 = Red Bull Salzburg| caps4 = 15 | goals4 = 1

nationalyears1: 2007– | nationalteam1 = Ghana | nationalcaps1 = 40 | nationalgoals1 = 1

pcupdate: 23:07, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

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Isaac Vorsah (born 21 June 1988) is a Ghanaian international footballer who plays for Austrian Bundesliga club Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah in South Africa to monitor players for limited World Cup places  FIFA.com News

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow

Follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is in South Africa to monitor his players before naming his provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars trainer left Accra on Wednesday night for the final leg of his monitoring of foreign-based players before naming his squad by May 13.

Coach Appiah will be tracking at first hand the exploits of players such as Fatau Dauda, Rashid Sumaila and Edwin Gyimah who play their football for South African Premier League clubs.

Appiah will also be checking in on Edwin Gyimah, Awal Mohammed, and Daniel Agyei who are all candidates for places in his squad for June’s World Cup in Brazil.

The Ghana coach will be meeting up with club officials of his interested subjects to get all the behind the scenes information including detailed reports on the state of their fitness.

The Black Stars coach is desperate to avoid any controversy which may arise from the selection of unfit players for the World Cup.

He will also be visiting the training grounds of his players to check on their activities and competitiveness with just four games to the end of the South African league.

Coach Appiah will return to Ghana on Wednesday April 23 to finalize his squad for the 2014 World Cup.

King Faisal President Grusah denies attacking Amidaus chief Baba Gado  FIFA.com News

King Faisal President Alhaji Grusah

King Faisal President Alhaji Grusah

King Faisal President Alhaji Karim Grusah has denied physically assaulting his colleague president of Amidaus Professionals Baba Gado insisting his opponent only wants to benefit from cheap publicity.

Grusah is being accused of manhandling his host in King Faisal’s thrilling 4-3 win over Amidaus Professionals in the midweek Premier League clash.

Gado claims the screens of his iPhones were smashed a result of the attacks from his host.

But Grusah in a sharp rebuttal says Baba Gado only wants to profit from cheap publicity in order to gain prominence as a President of a football club in Ghana.

“Gado cannot use me for publicity; he only wants to be known,” he told Metro FM.

“I didn’t touch him like he claims and in any case there were security officers there, why didn’t he report me to them?

“Or why didn’t he even report the case to the match commissioner?

“He is the President and Bankroller of a club but he is not known even in Tema where the team is based.

“So he only wants to use to garner publicity so that he comes into the limelight.”

Gado has since threatened to turn in the veteran football administrator to the authorities.

EXCLUSIVE: Ghana youth star Attobrah arrives in Germany for St Pauli trial  FIFA.com News

Asiedu Attobrah

Asiedu Attobrah

Ghana midfielder Asiedu Attorbrah has left the country to begin an eight-day trial with German second-tier side St. Pauli.

The New Edubiase playmaker arrived in Germany on Thursday night where officials of the Bundesliga II club welcomed him.

Attorbrah will train with the side for an unspecified period in his latest bid to land a deal with a foreign club.

The 19-year-old, who has been strongly linked to joining Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak, will be hoping to impress this term in order to seal a deal to play in the competitive German second tier league.

Attorbrah impressed for Ghana during the 2013 CHAN tournament in South Africa where he helped the home-based Black Stars to win silver.

The talented midfielder almost joined Israeli club Ashdod FC in 2012 but the deal fell through at the last minute.

Another reported move to American club Columbus Crewe failed to materialise.

2014 World Cup: Striker Asamoah Gyan tips Ghana to be Africa’s best side in Brazil  FIFA.com News

Ghana FA to extend expiring contract of coach Kwesi Appiah next month

Asamoah Gyan says the Black Stars will excel at the 2014 World Cup

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has predicted that the Black Stars will repeat their record of being Africa’s best team at the World Cup when the tournament kicks off in Brazil in June.

The Black Stars were Africa’s best side at the 2006 World Cup in Germany as they were the only African side to reach the last 16 of the tournament.

They repeated the dose at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when they reached the quarter-final only to be eliminated under bizarre circumstances by Uruguay.

Ghana has been Africa’s best team in the two previous tournament despite the presence of countries like Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Nigeria.

With all of these countries as well as Algeria joining the Black Stars as the African contingent, Gyan says the Black Stars are likely to repeat their good form for Africa.

“We left the last competition with a bang, although under strange circumstances. And the fans have still not forgotten about it so I believe that they will still be waiting to see what we can do again this time,” Gyan said.

“The team has been waiting a long time since the 2010 World Cup in which we reached the quarter finals.

“Being so close to becoming the first African team to reach the semi-final was a great triumph but painful at the same time and are really motivated to come back and achieve an even better result.”

“I believe that we can only get better this time at the World Cup.”

Ghana will play Germany, Portugal and the USA in the Group of Death.

2014 World Cup: Ghana assistant coach Konadu says Germany, Portugal are also afraid of Black Stars  FIFA.com News

Maxwell Konadu, Ghana assistant coach at the 2014 World Cup, says their group opponents are also afraid of facing the Black Stars despite fears among fans that they could be thrashed by the giants Germany and Portugal in the group phase on the tournament in Brazil.

Kwesi Appiah and Maxwell Konadu (right) will lead Ghana to the World Cup

Maxwell Konadu, Ghana assistant coach at the 2014 World Cup, says their group opponents are also afraid of facing the Black Stars despite fears among fans that they could be thrashed by the giants Germany and Portugal in the group phase on the tournament in Brazil.

The Black Stars have been drawn in the Group of Death where they face the United States, Germany and Portugal which has caused panic and fear among the Black Stars fans.

Germany boosts of some of world’s best players including several from European Champions League winning team Bayern Munich while Portugal has world’s best player Cristiano Ronaldo as one of their top players.

The USA suffered two defeats at the hands of Ghana at the two previous World Cup and with Jurgen Klinsmann in charge of the squad he is keen on overturning that record against the Black Stars.

But the former Ghana international striker says the preparatory plans of all the three countries Ghana will face at the World Cup shows that they are also afraid of being embarrassed by the Black Stars.

“If you look at their training programs, camping plans and spy games, you can also see that they are not very comfortable being in the same group with us,” Konadu said.

“For me I think this is not an issue we should be talking or thinking about. If they are as good as they believe they are then I think they shouldn’t be thinking of camping, or even spying on us from time to time.

“It’s all about preparation, once we prepare well, I believe that we can even top our group and that is very possible from where I stand.”

Ghana will open its World Cup campaign with a clash against USA before taking on Germany and Portugal.

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