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Ghana winger Christian Atsu returns to Chelsea for medical treatment  FIFA.com News

Christian Atsu out with a muscle problem

Christian Atsu out with a muscle problem

Ghana winger Christian Atsu has returned to Chelsea to receive medical treatment despite the retention of his loan agreement with Everton.

The 22-year-old is out with a muscle problem in an Europa League game against Russian club Kuban Krasnodar earlier this month.

Atsu has now returned to Stamford Bridge to receive superior treatment in a bid to return him to full fitness ahead of schedule.

“We have sent him back to Chelsea and he’s receiving medical attention there,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez revealed.

“We’re working together with them to make sure he comes back as quickly as possible.

“We’re pretty confident that he’s not going to be too bad.

“These sorts of injuries happen to players like Christian who are sprinters.

“With these muscle injuries you have to monitor them and be careful they are fully fit.

“We’re trying to make sure he’s back in the next two to three weeks maximum.”

Atsu’s loan switch to Everton however remains active despite his return to Chelsea to receive medical treatment.

The Ghana international is expected back at Goodison Park in the New Year where he is expected to return to first team action.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan adopts motherless triplets  FIFA.com News

Chief Executive Officer of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation, Samuel Anim Addo with the triplets

Chief Executive Officer of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation, Samuel Anim Addo with the triplets

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has through his foundation assumed guardian responsibilities for triplets whose mother is deceased.

Chief Executive Officer of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation Samuel Anim Addo visited the motherless triplets at their home in Okwampa, near Bawjiase in the Central Region of Ghana on Saturday morning to make the declaration.

The nine-month male triplets; named Francis, Frank and Franklin lost their mother a month after their delivery while the whereabouts of their father is unknown.

The Asamoah Gyan Foundation was made aware of the situation through a child advocacy foundation named Golden World.

Chief Executive Officer of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation, Samuel Anim Addo meeting with the family of the triplets

Chief Executive Officer of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation, Samuel Anim Addo meeting with the family of the triplets

The triplets will remain in the custody of their external family under the new arrangement with all cost related to their feeding, healthcare, education etc taken up by the Asamoah Gyan Foundation.

“The Asamoah Gyan Foundation is doing a lot of things on the quiet to impact positively on the lives of Ghanaians,” Chief Executive Officer of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation Samuel Anim Addo said during his meeting with the family of the motherless triplets.

“This [assuming guardian responsibilities of the triplets] adds to the already existing things that we are doing.

“I am very happy to see these lovely boys. And thankfully they are triplets which is consistent with the favourite number of Asamoah Gyan, three.

Officials of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation making their way into the home of the triplets

Officials of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation making their way into the home of the triplets

“We will be catering for each and every need of these kids, their education, health, feeding and also guide them so they become responsible citizens of the nation.

“We don’t know the talents in these kids, who knows, they could part of the next generation of Asamoah Gyans.

“And even if they don’t, they could become doctors, engineers, pilots and what have you to help this nation in future.

“We are therefore coming in to ensure that these kids realize their fullest potential. That is what the Asamoah Gyan Foundation stands for.”

Asamoah Gyan Foundation officials with the local juvenile team in Okwampa

Asamoah Gyan Foundation officials with the local juvenile team in Okwampa

Officials of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation including the Al Ain star’s lawyer Kissi Adjabeng then proceeded to briefly observe a juvenile football game at the Okwampa local pitch.

The foundation pledged to assist the local juvenile team with football kits and equipments and also help improve on their technical capacity with a sponsored program of bringing in experienced coaches.

The most talented ones will also be assisted to move to clubs and academies with superior facilities in ensuring they realize their maximum potential.

Source: AsamoahGyan3.com

2015 AFCON: Ghana opponents South Africa confident of winning trophy  FIFA.com News

South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba says he is confident his side will emerge from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations' Group of Death and go on to win the trophy at the Equatorial Guinea tournament.

South Africa want the AFCOn title

 

The Bafana Bafana are in a really tough group with Algeria, Ghana and Senegal – and they will certainly need to be at his best if they want to top the group that contains teams that are ranked higher.

Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba this week named a provisional 34-man squad for the 2015 continental showpiece and has players who can compete with the tough sides in the group.

And Mashaba has certainly made his intentions known. He is not interested in just making up the numbers. He wants Bafana to go all the way.

“We want to win the Cup,” said Mashaba.

“Often we go into these competitions and we only talk about making the next round or such like. We want to get to the final, that’s the aim.”

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (KV Kortrijk, Belgium), Brilliant Khuzwayo, (Kaizer Chiefs), Jackson Mabokgwane (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Siyabonga Mpontshane (Platinum Stars).

Defenders: Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk, Belgium), Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Patrick Phungwayo, Thabo Matlaba (both Orlando Pirates), Thulani Hlatshwayo, Siyabonga Nhlapho (both Wits), Kwanda Mngonyama (Maritzburg United), Mzikayise Mashaba (Mamelodi Sundowns), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town), Ntsikelelo Nyauza (Orlando Pirates).

Midfielders: Andile Jali (KV Oostende, Belgium), Asavela Mbekile, Bongani Zungu (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers, England), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Wits), Thuso Phala (SuperSport United), ReneilweLetsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Jabulani Shongwe (Wits), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mondli Cele (Maritzburg United), Thamsanqa Sangweni(Chippa United), Vuyisile Wana (Moroka Swallows).

Strikers: Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren, Belgium), Bongani Ndulula (AmaZulu), Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), David Zulu (Chippa United), Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth, England)

Kotoko defender Abeiku Ainooson will blame delay in league start if he is unable to make AFCON squad  FIFA.com News

Abeiku Ainooson

Abeiku Ainooson

By Rahman Osman

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Asante Kotoko defender Samuel Abeiku Ainooson says the delay in the start of the Ghana Premier League could hamper his chances of making Avram Grant’s Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Ainooson won the best defender in last season’s MTN FA Cup and also voted the best defender in the First Capital Plus Premier league.

He has picked up from where he left off last season with assured displays in Kotoko’s friendly games.

Despite being in good shape, Ainooson admits the lack of competitive matches can hinder his chances of playing at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

“For me I am ready to serve my nation and I believe in my abilities and will be very happy to be named in the squad for the tournament. But it will take a miracle for that to happen because of the delay of the league,” Ainooson said.

“However I have my fingers crossed to see what comes up when the names of the called up players are revealed.”

Ainooson was a member of the local Black Stars squad which placed second in South Africa last year at the African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Tunisia seek pre-Nations Cup friendly with Ghana  FIFA.com News

CAF

CAF

By Rahman Osman

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The Tunisian Football federation is seeking a friendly game with Ghana ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Carthage Eagles head Coach Georges Leekens is seeking a high profile friendly and has identified the Black Stars as a suitable dress rehearsal ahead of the tournament.

Both Federations are however yet to confirm if an agreement has been reached.

Tunisia are in Group B alongside 2012 winners Zambia, Cape Verde and DR Congo.

 

 

Sports Ministry advises supporters set for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations  FIFA.com News

Ghana fans

Ghana fans

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has advised prospective football officials and supporters to make arrangements ahead of time before travelling to Equatorial Guinea for the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2015) which begins on January 17.

According to the ministry, there were limited hotels in the city of Mongomo where the Black Stars will be based during the AFCON and as result  hotels will be in  high demand, and expensive.

A statement signed by Michael Frimpong, the head of public relations, MOYS, said the Ghana mission in Equatorial Guinea had made arrangements for six houses  each with 52 bedrooms with prices ranging from 50,000 (CFA) (US$100) to 80, 00 CFA (US$160) per room for the fans.

The ministry however warned that  the  prices might shoot up as a result of high demand, urging Ghanaians to make arrangements ahead of time in order to avoid inconveniences.

“There are three major hotels in Mongomo where the Black Stars will be based; they are Hotel Mongomo, Hotel Akoakam and Hotel Ovono Nfa. Information gathered indicates that the football teams may be hosted in these three hotels.

“There is also Hotel Fabiola Mongomo with 76 rooms ranging from 40,000 CFA (US $80) to 100, 000 CFA (US $ 200) per room daily and Hotel plaza Mongomo with Twenty (20) bedrooms ranging from 30,000 CFA (US$ 60) to 45,000 CFA (US$ 90) per room”.

Source: Graphic Sports

Ex-Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah bags US$ 15,000 monthly salary in-charge of Al Khartoum SC  FIFA.com News

Kwesi Apiah

Kwesi Apiah

Ex-Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will earn a US$ 15,000 monthly salary as new head coach of Sudanese side Al Khartoum SC, the Ghana News Agency has reported.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup coach finalized his move on Wednesday afternoon after agreeing a two-year deal to lead the capital club.

Appiah has been tasked to end the duopoly of giants Al Merreikh and Al Hilal.

“Kwesi Appiah has signed a two-year contract with Al Khartoum and was unveiled today. He will be earning 15,000 dollars a month. He is loved here and hopefully we have will have a successful time together,” a club source is quoted by the Ghana News Agency.

Appiah, 54, will lead the club in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers after the military-owned team finished fourth last season.

He will be assisted by compatriot Prince Owusu.

AC Milan’s Ghanaian teen Isaac Akuetteh makes amazing recovery after train collision  FIFA.com News

Isaac Akuetteh

Isaac Akuetteh

Ghanaian teenager Isaac Akuetteh is set to make a full recovery and return to action for AC Milan after being struck by a train in preseason.

Akuetteh is expected to be back playing in January, six months after he was hit by a train.

The 15 year-old was struck on August 31. As he was listening to music on earphones, he did not hear the train arrive as he went over the crossing.

He was in serious condition and kept in a coma to help him heal, but his recovery has been remarkable.

Ex-Black Stars midfielder Nii Odartey Lamptey fears AFCON bonus cut can affect team  FIFA.com News

Nii Odartey Lamptey

Nii Odartey Lamptey

By Rahman Osman

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Ex-Black Stars striker Nii Odartey Lamptey says the Sports Ministry should be wary of the retrospective effects of slashing the winning bonus of the Black Stars from US$15,000 to US$ 5,000.

The Black Stars will go into next year’s Africa Cup of Nations competition at the back of having their hefty winning bonus cut down to U$ 5,000.

But the former Aston Villa fears the latest proposal can have adverse effect on the team.

“These are players that are uneven. If the ministry feels that some of the players are well to do and decide to slash the money they should be wary of what could follow,” Lamptey said

“I feel the communication could have been done better, these are players that we could engage them and let them understand our current situation.

“I am sure if we communicate well with them we could reach an amicable situation, if not it could spell doom.”

Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey helps Almeria win at Celta Vigo in Spanish top-flight  FIFA.com News

Thomas Partey shined against Celta Vigo

Thomas Partey shined against Celta Vigo

Ghanaian youth international midfielder Thomas Teye Partey played full throttle for Almeria and helped them manage a 1-0 away win over Celta de Vigo in the Spanish La Liga on Friday night. 

The 21-year-old who is on loan at Almeria from Atletico Madrid, was impressive in midfield – steering the game from the middle and contributing to diffuse opposition strategies from the middle.

Partey has been in fine form for Almeria since the start of the season and Friday night’s game was his 13th start out of available 15.

FEATURE: Three rising Ghanaian stars Avram Grant must call up  FIFA.com News

It’s the job you have coveted, prayed for, been interviewed for. Then on that bright morning or dry afternoon, amid the clutter, the call comes through. You have the job! That feeling! Relief laced with delight.

I know it, and you do too. We also know that kind of excitement is pregnant with anxiety; a wee bit, no matter how big or small the role, apprehension lurks in the very deep recesses of your thoughts. However, we also know that, when you eventually suit up to start, you enjoy some amount of liberties.

At this stage, you are given room to trip and tumble. It’s also the stage you should garner all the resources from your bosses while they are still smiling with you. Avram Grant, new coach of Ghana’s Black Stars is at this honeymoon stage.

In as much as Grant seems to have bedded in comfortably, he needs to make some big calls, sort of lay down the marker. Soon he will call up a preliminary squad for the forthcoming 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Equatorial Guinea.

While drawing that list, he will receive plenty of unsolicited tips. Just like the many well-wishers out there, I couldn’t resist recommending three players for him to consider.

Frank Acheampong

Frank Acheampong

Frank Acheampong

If the name Messi is ever attached to a player’s name, then you know that player must be special. Frank Acheampong earned that alias whilst playing for Ghanaian side, King Faisal Babies for his unique technique and ability to juggle the round leather.

That however seems ages ago. Frank moved to Thailand and subsequently to Belgian top side Anderlecht. Primarily a winger, Frank has developed his all round game. Though a bit of surprise to see him at left back for Anderlecht in this season’s UEFA Champions League, Frank proved his versatility with commendable performances.

He has so far made a total of 24 appearances in both the UEFA Champions League and Belgian Jupiler Pro League, scoring 2 goals and making 4 assists.  Adaptability aside, Frank’s strengths are his pace, trickery and industry.

Those attributes are a manager’s delight when looking for a conventional winger or improvised wing back. Grant should watch tapes of the 2013 World Youth Championship in Turkey where Frank was key; scoring and assisting goals as the Satellites grabbed bronze.

Granted that the Black Stars team is stacked with loads of wingers, but Frank is admittedly, in better shape than some of these wingers and his invitation will be reward for good form and confirm Avram’s assertion that form is top criterion for call ups.

Bernard Mensah

Bernard Mensah

Bernard Mensah

“Cagliari and Atalanta chase Mensah”, “AS Monaco monitoring Ghanaian starlet”. The headlines have been screaming all year. Close watchers of the game have raved about him. Question is, why not?  How a lot can change in a year.

12 months ago, Mensah was with the reserves of Portuguese side, Vitória Guimarães SC. After a solid 26 appearances for the reserves last season, he gained promotion to the senior side this season, where he has made 12 appearances and caught the attention of European clubs and scouts.

Majestic is how his performances can be described, he moves with such grace, holding possession before releasing team mates in scoring positions. He also has a unique eye for goal too.  It is no wonder he has scored 4 goals and made three assists from his attacking midfield position.

For a Black Stars team in desperate need of a genuine playmaker, Mensah fits that role, after all, he has been doing it all season. Ask Vitoria fans why their season has been stellar and why they are in second position and they will mention two words: Bernard Mensah. Mr. Grant, watch and learn.

Daniel Amartey

Daniel Amartey

Daniel Amartey

Grant clearly, would be concerned about the Black Stars leaky defense. It has been shipping goals for fun, so much so that the team hasn’t kept a clean sheet in 17 months. Crucial to the stability and efficiency of any defensive unit is the center back pairing.

Jonathan Mensah and John Boye, the regular center backs have not inspired confidence in the last 12 months and that could be down to some level of complacency due to lack of competition. Just like how Jonathan got the opportunity at a young age, Grant needs to infuse a player who has been having commanding performances at center back in Europe.

Enter, 20 year old Daniel Amartey of Danish side, F.C. Copenhagen. Amartey started out in Ghana with Inter Allies before transferring to swede side, Djurgardens IF, where he featured mainly at center back.

His current team, F.C. Copenhagen, have deployed him mainly in defensive midfield where he has made a combined 25 appearances and scored 3 goals this season.  At 6ft, Amartey’s physical presence and ball playing ability from the back should provide both cover and initiative should Grant offer him the opportunity.

Should Grant heed my advice and make these call ups, It would be my turn to experience that feeling when I see the players dressed in the Ghana shirt. Nothing beats that feeling. Mr. Avram Grant, it’s your call.

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French side Stade Rennes put John Boye’s 2012/13 cup winning shirt on display  FIFA.com News

John Boye's jersey is on display at Stade Rennes

John Boye’s jersey is on display at Stade Rennes

French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes have officially put on display John Boye’s jersey to mark their French Cup triumph in the 2012/13 season. 

Though the  Ghana defender has left the French club and is now playing with Turkish side Kayseri Erciyesspor, Rennes are still honouring him for his influential display in the title winning campaign.

Boye helped Rennes appear in three league cup finals during his four season spell at the club and won one of them.

He joined Rennes in the 2010/11 season from Ghanaian side Kpando Heart of Lions and is the only Ghanaian to have won a title with them with John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan failing to achieve the feat while with the club.

Curtis Obeng: Former Manchester City starlet returns to Swansea City after loan spell at Newport  FIFA.com News

Curtis Obeng has returned to Swansea City

Curtis Obeng has returned to Swansea City

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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English-born Ghanaian defender Curtis Obeng has reverted to English Premier League side Swansea City after ending his loan spell with Newport. 

Obeng, 25, was farmed out to Newport County in the English League Two and he made a total of five league appearances, playing 375 league minutes.

However, after seeing the end of his loan period, he has returned to Swansea City to see the possibility of breaking into the first team squad.

Swansea signed the Manchester-born two seasons ago, but he has failed to make it to the top stage to play in the English Premier League.

Michael Essien’s agent hints midfielder will leave Milan after June  FIFA.com News

Michael Essien could leave Milan in June

Michael Essien could leave Milan in June

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Michael Essien’s agent Fabien Piveteau has revealed his client has been in contact with some clubs and might leave AC Milan after June. 

Essien, 32, has been linked with a January move to Turkish side Trabzonspor.

But the powerful French agent has watered down the reports and insists the ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder will remain at Milan until June.

“Essien will stay at Milan until June. Some teams like him, and he had contacts with other clubs, but he tied to a contract with Milan and wants to stay at the club until June,” he said.

Essien joined Milan from Chelsea in January 2014 and is on his second season with the club.

Ema Boateng: Ghanaian midfielder says Helsingborg will miss Black Stars attacker after Chicago Fire move  FIFA.com News

Ema Boateng, left, and Accam were the most raceful of players at Helsingborg

Ema Boateng, left, and Accam were the most raceful of players at Helsingborg

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghanaian midfielder Ema Boateng has expressed delight at David Accam’s move to American Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire but says Helsingborg will miss the Black Stars attacker. 

Chicago Fire officially announced the signing of the 24-year-old on Friday but failed to reveal any details of the contract.

The attacker leaves Helsingborg where he played two seasons with together with Ghanaian compatriot Ema Boateng who is also from the same football academy with Accam in Ghana.

Boateng has expressed delight about Accam’s move and says Helsingborg will miss the gifted the Ghana international attacker.

“He was a key player in our campaign last year so I feel like we will miss him, but at the same time, I’m happy for him he got this transfer that he’s been chasing for a while,” he told GHANAsoccerent.com.

In a post on Facebook, Boateng hilariously said Accam is going to miss his tight tackles at training when the season starts.

Boateng giving Accam a tackle at training at Helsingborg in the Swedish league last season

Boateng giving Accam a tackle at training at Helsingborg in the Swedish league last season

“David [congratulations] on your transfer man. I’m sure you are really [going] to miss these tackles in training,” he posted on his Facebook account.

Boateng is seen as the player to replace at Accam at Helsingborg as he is cherished for his quality in attacking midfield.

Ghanaian striker Accam vows to make Chicago Fire impact, expresses gratitude to his former clubs  FIFA.com News

Ghana striker David Accam has expressed gratitude all all his former clubs and vowed to make a huge impact at his new MLS side Chicago Fire.

Accam signd for Chicago Fire on Friday night

Ghana striker David Accam has expressed gratitude all all his former clubs and vowed to make a huge impact at his new MLS side Chicago Fire.

The 26-year-old joined the Fire on Friday from Helsingborgs after spending the past three years with the Swedish giants.

Accam, who is a Ghana international, was grateful to his former clubs who helped to mould his career while assuring Chicago fans he will make the place his home.

“I’ve had an amazing journey in soccer so far, and I’m thankful to everyone and every club that has helped me along the way – Right to Dream, Hartpury College, Nike Academy, Ostersund and Helsingborg.

I know that Chicago is going to be a great home for me, and I’m looking forward to giving everything I have to become part of the Fire family, with my teammates, the club staff and of course, the fans, especially Section 8,” Accam said when referring to the club’s powerful supporters group.

Accam came through the Right To Dream Academy that has produced a number of current U.S. college stars.

He first moved to England on a academic scholarship before playing for non-league clubs Ledbury Town and Evesham United.

He spent the first half of 2012 with Ostersunds FK of the Swedish third division before joining Helsingborgs in August.

Video: Watch all the goals scored by Chicago Fire’s new signing Accam in Sweden this term  FIFA.com News

American side Chicago Fire have signed Ghanaian striker David Accam as its second Designated Player signing of the off-season.

David Accam has joined Chicago Fire

American side Chicago Fire have signed Ghanaian striker David Accam as its second Designated Player signing of the off-season.

He joins the Fire after spending the past three years with Swedish club Helsingborgs IF, where he scored 30 goals in 62 Allsvenskan matches.

Ghanaian striker, 24, scored 17 in 25 appearances for Helsingborg in 2014, becomes second Designated Player on roster for 2015.

Watch videos of all the goals scored by Accam for Helsingborg in 2014 below

American giants Chicago Fire complete signing of Ghana attacker David Accam  FIFA.com News

David Accam has joined Chicago Fire

David Accam has joined Chicago Fire

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Follow Akyereko on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghana striker David Accam has sealed a move to American top-flight giants Chicago Fire from Swedish side Helsingborg, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm. 

The 24-year-old inked the deal on Friday following Ghana’s leading football news outfit GHANAsoccernet.com breaking the news last week of the player’s move to the  MLS.

Fire have now won the race to sign the Ghanaian player who was being chased by several clubs in Europe and Mexico.

“I’m really excited to be a part of MLS and the Chicago Fire,” said Accam.

“The commitment that the Fire showed me was the main reason I chose Chicago over other offers that I had.

“I would also like to thank the coach Frank Yallop and the owner Andrew Hauptman for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play for the Fire. I cannot wait to repay their faith.”

Even though the deal is pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and his P1 Visa, Yallop is delighted to have signed one of the hotly chased players going into the winter transfer window.

“David is an exciting, creative player with a goal-scoring mentality,” said Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop.

“I’m pleased that David will be joining the Fire. He’s a key piece as we continue to build a deep squad in preparation for the 2015 season and we’re looking forward to having him on our team.”

Per MLS and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

David who scored 17 Allsvenskan goals for Helsingborg IF last season, expressed joy at his move to the Chicago-based side, thanking head coach and other officials saying he cannot to repay.

He becomes the third active Ghana international to move to the American top-flight, joining goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey and Samuel Inkoom.

Andre Ayew rules out January exit from Marseille, wants to win Ligue 1 title  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew is being chased by a host of clubs

Andre Ayew is being chased by a host of clubs

Andre Ayew has ruled out leaving Olympique Marseille in January – insisting he wants to win his first ever Ligue 1 title before his possible departure from the club.

The 25-year-old is out of contract in the summer with ongoing talks to extend his stay with the French giants.

Marseille are torn between a decision to sell their talismanic forward in January or risk losing him as a free agent when his contract runs out.

But the Ghana international is desperate to pick up his first Ligue 1 winner’s medal with Marseille with the club maintaining its one-point lead over PSG.

The son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele has now confirmed he wants to remain with the side at least until after winning the Ligue 1 title with Marseille.

“I want to stay and I would be champion with OM,” he said on Friday morning in response to rising rumours over his uncertain future at his club.

“I remain open to discussions and I have very good relationship with the president.”

Ayew has been with Marseille throughout his juvenile and professional career except for a short loan stint at Arles Avignon in 2009.

Ghana duo; Muntari and Essien make Milan traveling party for Roma clash  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari was part of the Milan squad

Sulley Muntari was part of the Milan squad

Ghana duo Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien were named in AC Milan’s 23-man squad for their Serie-A clash against Roma on Saturday.

The two Black Stars players were part of the Milan contingent that boarded a chartered train to Rome on Friday afternoon.

Filippo Inzaghi’s side are hoping to secure a famous win over the second-placed team in Serie-A to aid their top three finish ambitions.

The Milan team earlier in the day hosted club owner Silvio Berlusconi who was making his weekly visit to their Milanello training facility.

He spent three hours with the team during which period he inspired the players to go all out for the win against Roma.

Berlusconi then left the training facility in his helicopter before the team made their way to the train station for their trip to the Italian capital.

Milan are currently 7th in Serie-A – three points adrift the final Champions League qualification slot which is currently occupied by Napoli.

Milan squad:

Abbiati, Agazzi, Diego Lopez, Albertazzi, Alex, Armero, Bonera, Mexes, Zaccardo, Zapata, Essien, De Jong, Montolivo, Muntari, Poli, Saponara, Bonaventura, El Shaarawy, Honda, Menez, Niang, Pazzini, Torres.

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