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Major boost as Asamoah Gyan makes training return for Al Ain  FIFA.com News

Gyan returns to light training for Al Ain

Gyan returns to light training for Al Ain

Al Ain have been handed a massive injury boost ahead of their big league clash against Al Ahli with the training return of Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan which also means he will be available for Ghana in next month’s clashes against Uganda and Togo.

The 28-year-old is struggling with a thigh strain which according to doctors of the UAE club should keep him out for seven days.

The Black Stars captain even flew in renowned Serbian therapist Mariana Kovacevic to accelerate his recovery.

Gyan appears to be responding well to the treatment as he started a personalized training on Saturday evening.

The influential striker trained away from the rest of the team in Saturday evening’s session at the Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium.

Zlatko Dalic’s side were paid a visit in training by board members of the club with the aim of inspiring the team ahead of Monday’s clash against Al Ahli.

One of the board members HE Mohammed Obeid Hammad said the club’s medical team will take a decision on whether Asamoah Gyan was fit enough to feature in Monday’s clash following his return to light training.

“Certainly, Gyan is still in rehabilitation phase and his participation in the game [against Al Ahli] or not will be determined by the medical staff,” he said.

Gyan’s return to training serves as a massive boost especially with reports flying around he could be out for nine weeks – a situation which would have ruled him out of Ghana’s 2015 AFCON qualifiers against Uganda and Togo in November.

Source: AsamoahGyan3.com

Kotoko claim agreement to re-sign Mark Sekyere in December  FIFA.com News

Mark Sekyere on his way to Asante Kotoko

Mark Sekyere on his way to Asante Kotoko

Asante Kotoko claim they have a principled agreement in place to re-sign midfielder Mark Sekyere.

The 24-year-old’s name was published as one of the registered players of the Ghanaian champions only for the move to fall through at the last minute.

Sekyere who plays for Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas is desperate to return to Kotoko having struggled to hit the heights since leaving the club in 2008.

Kotoko spokesman Ali Maradona explains an ‘outstanding issue’ with Sekyere’s current club affected his move but adds there is an agreement to sign him by December.

“Mark Sekyere has told us he has an outstanding issue to resolve with his club and that is how come we weren’t able to sign him,” he told Metro FM.

“He has given us the assurances that by December all these issues will be resolved to clear the way for him to sign for Kotoko.”

Ex Maritzburg United star Sarfo-Gyamfi back in Ghana to complete unfinished business  FIFA.com News

Ex Maritzburg United star Frank Sarfo Gyamfi

Ex Maritzburg United star Frank Sarfo Gyamfi

Winger Frank Sarfo Gyamfi says he is back in Ghana to complete an ‘unfinished business’ with Asante Kotoko.

The 20-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the champions to seal his return to the Ghanaian top flight.

Gyamfi left Ghana almost three-years ago to join South African club Maritzburg United.

And after his initial progress in the PSL, the ex Ghana U20 star’s performance dropped due to excessive injuries.

He is thus back in Ghana to ‘re-launch’ his career but he says he is on a mission to finish some unfinished business he left behind when he first left.

“Honestly, I believe I left something behind which I must come back and pick,” Gyamfi told Goal Ghana.

“I could have joined several teams even outside Ghana but I thought it wise to return home and finish what I couldn’t before leaving for South Africa.

“Kotoko is a great club and I believe we can make a mark this season both domestically and on the international stage [Champions League].

“I hope to win my first league title here but I will not promise the goal king.

“I will try my possible best to work towards that and score as many as I can to help the team achieve success.”

Gyamfi has already caught the eye of the Kotoko fans after scoring in the Super 2 friendly clash against Hearts of Oak.

Ghana, Nigeria players exlcuded from Spanish La Liga’s best African players shortlist  FIFA.com News

Players from Africa's top footballing countries Ghana and Nigeria were excluded from the three-man shortlist for the Best African Player in the Spanish top-flight last season.

Derek Boateng has been playing for Eibar in the Spanish top flight

Players from Africa’s top footballing countries Ghana and Nigeria were excluded from the three-man shortlist for the Best African Player in the Spanish top-flight last season.

With three players each from the two West African countries, it was expected that they would play a prominent part in the award but all of them were left out as the Spanish La Liga has named candidates for the Best African Player of the league in the 2013 – 2014 season.

Algeria international midfielder Yacine Braihim, who joined Porto from Granada in July, Moroccan Youcef Al-Arabi of Granada and Sevilla defensive midfielder Stéphane Mbia from Cameroon are the three nominees for the award.

Votes for the best candidate will be conducted online and internet users across Spain will be able to participate, according to La Liga.

The awards ceremony will be held next Monday and will include other categories like the best player from the American continent in the Spanish league.

The Nigerian players in the Spanish top-flight are Isaac Success, Ramon Azeez and Ike Uche while Ghanaian players Derek Boateng, Mohammed Fatau and Teye Patey.

Delayed league start affecting economy – Hearts defender Owusu Bempah  FIFA.com News

Hearts of Oak defender Owusu Bempah

Hearts of Oak defender Owusu Bempah

Hearts of Oak defender Owusu Bempah says the delayed start of the Ghana Premier League will inevitably have an adverse effect on economic activities.

The Ghanaian top flight has been delayed over what appears to be a never-ending legal tussle between King Faisal and the Ghana FA.

Faisal have secured a court injunction to prevent the GFA from holding its ordinary congress session – a prerequisite for the commencement of the football season.

The Kumasi-based club are ultimately contesting their relegation status after finishing amongst the bottom three clubs in last season’s campaign.

Faisal want to replace Aduana Stars as a Premier League survivor over a technicality but the Ghana FA’s disciplinary committee have ruled otherwise.

Many especially club administrators have complained over the draining resources with each passing day of non-competitive league action.

Owusu Bempa who captains the Ghana U20 team says players are also suffering but worse of it all is the effect the indefinite postponement is having on economic activities in the country.

“For us the players we are really worried by the delay of the league especially those of us with the national teams,” he told Metro FM.

“I am with the Ghana U20 team and players have to remain very competitive ahead of next year’s African Cup in Senegal.

“We only get the chance to sharpen our skills when playing regularly in the league.

“But it doesn’t affect only we the players. Whenever there is a league match, people come to sell and economic activities booms.

“So it also has an effect on economic activities.”

Ghana legend Sammy Kuffour reveals strong admiration for AC Milan star Sulley Muntari  FIFA.com News

Samuel Osei Kuffour

Samuel Osei Kuffour

By Rahman Osman

Follow Rahman on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Ex-Ghana defender Samuel Osei Kuffour has revealed great admiration for suspended Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari.

Muntari suspended indefinitely from the Black Stars for allegedly physically attacking Ghana FA official Moses Armah without provocation at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

The 30-year-old has since been in blistering form for his Italian side AC Milan by playing six out of the first seven games of the season and scoring two goals.

Kuffour, a Bayern Munich legend, revealed in an interview with Glitz magazine that he admires the attitude of the AC Milan Star both on and off the field.

“I like Muntari’s attitude and he gives his all whenever he is playing football,” Kuffour said.

Homosexual depiction of Sulley Muntari led AC Milan star’s attack on Italian TV presenter  FIFA.com News

Ghana star Sulley Muntari attacked and smashed the tablet of an Italian prankster because the television presenter depicted the devout Muslim as a homosexual who was having sex through his backside, it has now emerged.

Sulley Muntari fires warning at the Italian television prankster

Ghana star Sulley Muntari attacked and smashed the tablet of an Italian prankster because the television presenter depicted the devout Muslim as a homosexual who was having sex through his backside, it has now emerged.

The photomontage of the video of Muntari having a homosexual (click here to watch) relationship – which is seen by Muslims as one of the biggest sins, was shown to the AC Milan player which sparked his anger.

The video footage which is available of Ghana’s leading football news website, www.ghanasoccernet.com, shows the Ghana star bending over before an object commonly called ‘Bentua’ in Ghana is put in his anus, painting the pictures that he was having sex through his backside.

When shown the video by the Italian TV presenter who is a prankster, the AC Milan player was sparked into a threatening verbal tirade last week.

The famous Italian television presenter, Stefano Corti, whose television show, Reservoir Dogs is known for pranks and jokes, approached the Ghanaian with his jokes and pranks on his tablet.

But Muntari did not take kindly to what was shown him on the device as he snatched the tablet and smashed it to the floor in a furious rage while the whole incident was being filmed.

The television show which jokes about everything in the Italian society had the presenter showing Muntari fake edited video showing the Ghanaian almost naked in what looked like in a homosexual relationship.

Immediately he was shown the video on the tablet, the Ghana star reached out of the device before smashing the tablet to the floor, damaging it in the process.

He fired a warning to the television presenter Corti that he will physically attack him in future if he repeats the prank.

“You’re sick, I do not joke about these things. The next time you make a thing like this I’ll break your face,” Muntari warned the television presenter after smashing his tablet.

While the AC Milan players Maxi Lopez and De Rossi in the video laughed over it knowing that it was meant for the funny Reservoir Dogs show, Muntari did not take lightly to the fact that he was being depicted as a homosexual owing to his strong Islamic beliefs.

Click here to watch the video of how Sulley Muntari attacked the presenter and how he was depicted as a homosexual

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Ghana ace Kwadwo Asamoah admits Juventus need to step up after recent poor results  FIFA.com News


Kwadwo Asamoah

Kwadwo Asamoah

 midfielder  has admitted that the Old Lady haven’t been in the best form as of late and hopes the Turin giants can turn their luck around against  at home on Sunday.

Since returning from the most recent international break the Bianconeri have been unimpressive in both Italy and Europe, as they were only able to manage a 1-1 draw with  on October 18 and fell 1-0 to  in the  on Wednesday, but the 25-year-old is confident that the reigning  champions can improve as long as they remain competitive and change their attitude.

Asamoah spoke to JTV on Friday about the upcoming match with Palermo and what Juve need to do in order to secure better results, while also commenting on why he wears the number 22 on his shirt.

“We want to win against Palermo on Sunday in order to stay on top of the standings,” said the Ghanaian international.

“We’re aware that we can get past these recent struggles and win, but first we must change our attitude and our aggression.

“In the Champions League we’ve been going up against very strong teams. We have to be aware of our strengths and continue to grow from the first minute of every match.

“All of our opponents are formidable, but in the Serie A it’s difficult as the teams are compact in their defence.

“Anything can happen in the Serie A, but in the end everything depends on us. After the international break we have lost our rhythm a bit, so we must find it again immediately.

“My shirt number? My good luck number was 20 but it was already taken when I got here, so I chose 22 instead because I liked it a lot when I was younger.”

Koby Arthur: Sacked Birmingham City boss Lee Clark fears bigger clubs will lure highly-rated Ghanaian starlet from the Blues  FIFA.com News

Koby Arthur in action for Birmingham City

Koby Arthur in action for Birmingham City

Out-going Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has expressed worry over a possible loss of hugely talented Ghanaian youngster Koby Arthur and team-mate Demarai Gray. 

That’s because the outgoing Birmingham City manager fears predatory clubs could spirit them away from St Andrew’s.

The 18-year-olds started for Blues on Saturday, for the first time, against Bolton Wanderers. And the pair who have become a key part of the attack came under plenty of scrutiny.

“They (the supporters) have got to be excited about them, but worried,” he said before his sacking last week.

“Like I have said all along, the ages don’t bother me.

“I love seeing the two of them. I wanted them to both get on the pitch and they didn’t disappoint Saturday.

“They will make errors now and then, because they are 18. But they were the shining light for us – brilliant.”

Kevin Boateng: Schalke 04 without Ghana midfielder for Leverkusen Bundesliga trip  FIFA.com News

Kevin Boateng is out of Schalke's clash with Bayer Leverkusen

Kevin Boateng is out of Schalke’s clash with Bayer Leverkusen

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Follow Akyereko on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Schalke 04 are without Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng for their trip to Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga on Saturday. 

Boateng, 27, is battling with a knee problem and was replaced in the first-half of their Uefa Champions League win over Portuguese side Sporting CP and has been completely ruled out of action by manager Roberto Di Matteo.

“With him (Boateng), it doesn’t seem good and can’t play in the game,” he told reporters.

Boateng has been struggling with injuries since the start of the season and has completed just three league games for Schalke since the start of the season.

Protracted Kevin Mirallas injury return could pave way for Christian Atsu playing time at Everton  FIFA.com News

Christian Atsu carried by Lukaku during Everton's training in France

Christian Atsu carried by Lukaku during Everton’s training in France

Ghana winger Christian Atsu is expected to profit from injury to Belgian star Kevin Mirallas and make the Everton squad for their trip to Burnley on Sunday. 

Atsu, 22, on loan from Chelsea, has failed to make the Everton squad for their last three Premier League games but could make the squad as the Belgian has not fully recovered from his injury.

The 27-year-old has been sidelined since pulling a hamstring during the first half of last month’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Mirallas is yet to return to training and will definitely miss the Blues’ next four games.

And, boss Martinez could be forced to bring in the Ghanaian as the Belgian won’t be available anytime.

Ivorian Arona Kone, Bryan Oviedo and John Stones are all out and Atsu must capitalise on their absence to stake his place in the squad before they return from injury else he will fizzle out.

He came off the bench to play a cameo role in Everton’s 0-0 stalemate at Lille in the Uefa Europa League on Thursday.

Cameroon star Alex Song wants 2015 AFCON scrapped due to Ebola  FIFA.com News

Alex Song

Alex Song

Cameroon star midfielder Alex Song has called for January’s Africa Cup of Nations to be scrapped because of the deadly Ebola virus.

The bi-annual tournament is in doubt after Morocco pulled out as hosts and Ghana and South Africa – both tipped by CAF to replace them have been reluctant to host the showpiece.

Most of Africa’s top football stars and administrators have called on CAF to postpone the tournament due to the nature of the virus and interactive nature of football.

But the Confederations of Africa Football – CAF, have been neck-strong.

“If calling it off is the way to stop the spread of the virus then we have to do it. When you watch the TV you don’t know where it is going next,” he told the Mirror.

The Ebola virus has killed more than 4,500 people since the outbreak in west Africa. Song added: “We have a lot of African players here in the UK – and around in the world – if we can find a solution together to help the people we have to do it.

You can’t go somewhere and put your life and the lives of all the people coming in at risk.

I am worried because I have a lot of friends in the affected regions. Some people say: ‘Its only in Guinea, its not going to come to Cameroon’ but the truth is that people don’t have any information because the information does not go everywhere. So something has to be done to help.”

David Duncan: Ex-Hearts of Oak trainer keen to revive rivalry between Phobians and Olympics  FIFA.com News

David Duncan

David Duncan

Former Hearts of Oak head coach David Duncan is keen to revive the ‘old’ rivalry between his former club and newly-promoted Great Olympics. 

Duncan,50, has taken over as head coach at Olympics and is working silently to bring the club up to speed with the standards he desires.

Hearts of Oak and Olympic have had their decades old existing rivalry quenched due to Olympics long spell in the wilderness but after regaining promotion, Duncan is eager to bring back the good old days.

“It is my wish and desire to bring back that age old rivalry between these two great Clubs, because the league needs that excitement once more,” he told reporters at Olympics’ training grounds in El-Wak in Accra.

Its going to be exciting and I believe the fans are also looking forward to local derbies between the two clubs.”

Duncan was head coach at Hearts of Oak until he has mysteriously sacked by the club’s board last September.

Obed Owusu: Asante Kotoko new boys ready for first team challenge  FIFA.com News

Obed Owusu, in action for Kotoko, is keen to make starting grades for Kotoko

Obed Owusu, in action for Kotoko, is keen to make starting grades for Kotoko

Asante Kotoko new attacker Obed Owusu has admitted he has to work above himself to remain in competition for a regular starting place at the Ghana Premier League champions. 

Owusu, 25, joined Kotoko from Brong Ahafo-based Berekum Chelsea and is already fitting in at the Baba Yara Stadium.

Kotoko’s impressive attacking line boosts of Ivorian-born Burkina Faso hit-man Ahmed Toure, Abdullai Amadou, Dauda Mohammed and Abdul Latif.

The former Okwahu United man must fight to stay in competition for a regular spot and he says he is unfazed by the challenge.

“Yes, it is true there is competition here and that’s healthy for the team but I will work hard to play here because that’s why I’m here,” he told Accra-based Oman FM.

Kotoko coach Mas-Ud Dramani is keen to introduce further telepathy into his team as they prepare for both domestic and continental challenge.

Nuru Sulley: Hearts of Oak defender baffled by Ghana snub  FIFA.com News

Nuru Sulley is baffled by his snub by Ghana

Nuru Sulley is baffled by his snub by Ghana

Accra Hearts of Oak defender Nuru Sulley is perplexed by his continuous snub by the Black Stars. 

Though the 22-year-old excelled at the African Nations Championship earlier this year, playing along Kwabena Adusei in central defence but he has been consistently overlooked by Ghana coaches.

Kwabena Adusei, who was Nuru’s partner in defence was handed his debut Ghana call-up during last week’s 2015 AFCON qualifiers against Guinea but the Hearts of Oak has failed to make the squad.

“I don’t know why I’ve not been called up because I played regularly at the CHAN with him (Adusei) and I don’t know whether its because he is playing in South Africa,” he told Accra-based Oman FM.

Everyday people talk about the fact that home-based players are not given the chance unless they go abroad and this is an evidence of that.”

Nuru signed a contract for Al Nasr but has returned to Hearts following the indefinite suspension of the Libyan league due to the political crisis in the country.

“I have come back to Hearts and I’m ready to work and break into a starting spot though there are new lads in the squad and competition will be keen but I will work hard for my place,” he added.

Gossip column: Cleverley, Cuadrado, Garay and Valdes  FIFA.com News

Victor Valdes

Victor Valdes

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says the club has the option to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, on a permanent deal in January.


Chelsea and and Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado, 26, is just “details away” from signing a new deal with Fiorentina.

(Daily Express) 

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal refuses to rule out the possibility of signing former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 32, on a permanent deal.

(Daily Express) 

Van Gaal has identified Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay, 28, as the player to shore up Manchester United’s struggling back four.

(Daily Mirror) 


West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says his reputation as a long-ball manager is a myth created by managers he has beaten.

(Daily Telegraph) 

West Brom manager Alan Irvine may ask former Arsenal striker Ian Wright to help with the development of 21-year-old forward Saido Berahino.

(Daily Mail) 

Hull City manager Steve Bruce says he is glad he did not listen to the “horror stories” about Hatem Ben Arfa when he signed the 27-year-old French midfielder on loan from Newcastle.

(Hull Daily Mail) 

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand joined QPR on a free in July after 12 years at Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, 33, who has yet to feature in the first team this season because of an ankle injury, gave manager Louis van Gaal a boost by playing 64 minutes of an Under-21 match against West Ham on Friday.

(Manchester Evening News) 

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is unhappy at having to start the season with just six senior defenders in his squad.

(Northern Echo) 

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had ruled out bringing in a specialist defensive coach, and insists he will continue to give 24-year-old striker Mario Balotelli opportunities in the first team.


Former England captain Rio Ferdinand, 35, is considering retiring from football at the end of the season.


Crystal Palace deny rumours of an imminent takeover by US billionaire Joshua Harris.

(Daily Mirror) 


A couple of Premier League footballers spent Friday night watching their former clubs on their laptops. Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski

cheered on FC Koln’s 1-0 win 

over Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, but Hull City’s David Meyler saw

Cork City lose to Dundalk 

in their League of Ireland title decider.

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin – it could be you!

Charlie Austin, 25, may be on Premier League wages, but the QPR striker

still bought two tickets  

for this weekend’s Euromillions lottery.

Tim Howard posted a picture of a children’s team in New Jersey wearing false beards in tribute to the 35-year-old Everton and United States goalkeeper. “Not a bad looking group!” he



Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero admits he knew enough swear words at the age of 10 to shout at Michael Owen when the England striker scored against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, but says he later idolised the former Liverpool striker.

(Daily Mirror) 

Torquay United mascot Gilbert the Gull has been accused of challenging some of the club’s supporters to a fight.

(Daily Mail) 

Kotoko plan seasonal ticket sale for VIP supporters  FIFA.com News

Asante Kotoko seasonal tickets

Asante Kotoko seasonal tickets

Asante Kotoko are planning to institute a seasonal ticketing system for their VIP fans in the coming football season.

The innovation forms part of management’s ways of enhancing the club’s resource base.

The move is also to give the club’s high profile fans some form of prestige and comfort in assessing their matches.

The seasonal tickets will cover all home games of Asante Kotoko including games in their impending CAF Champions League campaign.

Supporters will be required to pay a one-off lump sum to purchase the seasonal tickets which will be renewable on a seasonal basis.

“We get a lot of request for VIP tickets and therefore we have decided to establish a season ticketing system for VIP fans,” Kotoko spokesman Ali Maradona told Kotoko Radio on Metro FM.

“It is another innovative way of raising money for the club.”

Goalkeeper Soulama blames Ghana Premier League delay for Burkina Faso bench role in AFCON qualifiers  FIFA.com News

Abdoulaye Soulama

Abdoulaye Soulama

Hearts of Oak new signing Abdoulaye Soulama has blamed the Ghana Premier League No-show for his bench role in last month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with Burkina Faso.

The experienced goalkeeper was expecting to be handed the No.1 role with Daouda Diakite of Free State Stars injured.

But the lack of competitive action saw the former Kotoko gloves man warm the bench.

“I am very worried with the current situation because every league has commenced its 2014/2015 football season but Ghana does not even know when the league is starting,” Soulama told Hearts News.

“To me, I don’t see any urgency in their actions. They must feel for us and the owners of the clubs too because time and money is just being wasted. The league should start very soon so that we can start working again.”

The Ghana Premier League has delayed due to a legal dispute between relegated King Faisal and the Ghana Football Association.

Abedi Ayew: Marseille legend credits Marcelo Bielsa for Les Phoceens fine form  FIFA.com News

Abedi Pele

Abedi Pele

Olympique Marseille legend Abedi Pele has highlighted the influence of new coach Marcelo Bielsa this season.

The Argentine trainer has been an influential figure at the Stade Velodrome and guided them to the summit of the league.

Marseille have a seven-point lead at the top with defending champions PSG in second-place.

Ghana legend Pele, three-time African Footballer of the Year, credits Marseille’s turnaround this season.

“He brought the spirit, determination, fight and aggression in the players, and has angered the public. Bielsa has the same players as last year, but he has instilled a positive mindset and they are a lot of fun to watch.”

Video: Ghanaian star Daniel Amartey scores wonder goal in Europa League  FIFA.com News

Amartey celebrates the wonder strike he scored for his Danish club

Amartey celebrates the wonder strike he scored for his Danish club

Ghanaian midfielder Daniel Amartey scored a wonder-goal in his first strike in European competition, helping his Danish club to a 1-1 draw against Belgian side Club Brugge in the Europa League last night.

The Ghanaian youngster’s goal is attracting huge media reviews in Europe on Friday with many touting it as one of the best goals so far in the competition.

Amartey put FCK ahead with just a minute remaining, but substitute Víctor Vázquez replied to earn the Belgian side a Group B point.

Amartey’s 89th-minute volley, which is his first in European competition, looked to have won the game for the Danish visitors .

But, three minutes later, Club Brugge midfielder Víctor Vázquez struck to rescue a draw.

Ghanaian midfielder Daniel Amartey scored a wonder-goal in his first strike in European competition, helping his Danish club to a 1-1 draw against Belgian side Club Brugge in the Europa League last night.

Amartey celebrate his goal

It appeared they were a spent force once Amartey’s superb volley from 20 metres put FCK ahead.

But two substitutes combined to earn Club Brugge a point, Lior Refaelov finding Vázquez, who stroked in a low shot from the edge of the box.

Watch Amartey’s goal below