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General Manager Oduro Sarfo unaware of reported sale of Berekum Chelsea  FIFA.com News

Berekum Chelsea reportedly up for sale

Berekum Chelsea reportedly up for sale

Berekum Chelsea General Manager Francis Oduro Sarfo says he is unaware of plans to put the club up for sale.

Reports are rife in the local media that club owner Emmanuel Kyeremeh wants to sell the club.

Kyeremeh has been away for over a year now – entrusting its running into the hands of Chief Executive Officer Nana Kwame Nketia and General Manager Oduro Sarfo who says news of the club’s imminent sale has come as a surprise to him.

“He [Kyeremeh] has not informed me he is selling the club so I don’t know what to say in response to these reports,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“We are here preparing the team ahead of the start of the Premier League and that is where our focus lies.”

Kyeremeh is in Canada for medical care according to the Ghana FA.

He has been unable to make a return to Ghana over a year now even after the death of his father who will be buried on Saturday.

Ghana coach to have sit-down with cast-away goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey after opening 2015 AFCON qualifiers  FIFA.com News

Cast-away Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey

Cast-away Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will give Adam Kwarasey a hearing before taking a final decision on the international future of Norway-based goalkeeper, the Ghana FA has confirmed.

The 26-year-old was one of the major casualties of coach Kwesi Appiah’s latest Black Stars squad for upcoming assignments against Uganda and Togo.

Kwarasey questioned the competence of Ghana’s goalkeeper’s trainer Nassam Yakubu after he was dropped for Fatau Dauda after the Black Stars’ opening game at the 2014 World Cup.

His post-tournament comments did not to have gone down well with coach Kwesi Appiah who ultimately decided to drop the Stromsgodset shot-stopper from his squad.

And even though this reason for his recent omission from the Black Stars team is an open secret, the Ghana FA says coach Kwesi Appiah will look to reconcile with his goalkeeper after games against Uganda and Togo.

“Regarding Adam Kwarasey, his comments after the World Cup have not been helpful,” GFA spokesman Ibrahm Sannie Daara said at a press briefing on Friday.

“He questioned the competence of the technical team and also questioned the basis for inviting some players.

“If a statement is made about why a player is called or why someone was left out, it has a potential of bringing a rift into the team.

“And when these things happen, there is the need to deal with it behind closed doors and ensure it is resolved before he comes back into the team.

“After this qualifier, the technical team will look to meet with Adam Kwarasey to address his issues so that if there is an opportunity for him to come back to the team, then so be it.”

Ghana will thus be without Kwarsey when they host Uganda in their opening 2015 AFCOn qualifier on September 6 in Kumasi.

The Black Stars will make a short trip to face neighbours Togo five days later in Lome.

Ghana’s economy weak to bid for 2017 AFCON – Karl Tuffour  FIFA.com News

Ghana

Ghana

Ace Sports journalist Karl Tuffour says the Ghana’s economy is to weak to bid for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations hosting rights.

The country’s sports minister Mahama Ayariga announced early this week that there is huge government guarantee to bid for the rights.

But the host of Sunday Night Live on Ghana TV, believes the timing is wrong for Ghana to bid for the tournament.

“It would have been good for us as a country if the economy was good. But looking at the current situation, I don’t think I will support the bid,” he said.

“Looking at the country now, we need hospitals, schools, etc. and cannot invest in the building of stadia, training grounds and other residential facilities.

“If you go to South Africa now, their economy is in shambles as a result of the 2010 World Cup. After building new stadia and training grounds for the tournament, most of them have all been left idle.

“However, the state must bear the cost of maintaining the facilities. So I will never advise the government to bid for the hosting”, he added.

CAF has announced it will be accepting bid from prospective countries until 30 September after Libya withdrew.

Ghana FA wants Black Stars technical adviser installed ahead Uganda clash  FIFA.com News

Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara

Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara

The Ghana FA wants to have its technical adviser installed and present for the Black Stars’ opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda.

The GFA has set up a three-man search team to make recommendations towards appointing a competent hand to augment the efforts of coach Kwesi Appiah.

The GFA, according to reports have to choose between Serbian trainer Milovan Rajevac and Dane Flemming Serritslev who emerged the cuts after a final shortlist.

And even though the committee tasked to make recommendations towards the appointment is yet to complete its work, the Ghana FA says it wants its new man in place before the Black Stars take to the field against Uganda on September 6.

“As I speak now the committee tasked to bring forth a name is yet to deliver on that front,” Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara said at a press briefing on Friday.

“But our expectation is to have this appointee in the stands to see our game against Uganda. We want to hit the ground running.

“The committee is however yet to complete its work but the GFA wants to have him by the time we play against Uganda.”

Loanee Mubarak Wakaso says he will use FOUR games to convince Celtic about permanent deal  FIFA.com News

Mubarak Wakaso

Mubarak Wakaso

Mubarak Wakaso has set himself a target of just FOUR games to convince Celtic to activate the option to buy clause they agreed when they took him on loan from Rubin Kazan.

The Ghanaian winger admits he would have jumped at the chance to make the move permanent right from the start.

But now he has finally arrived after having to wait for a work permit, he wants to showing he is worth the reported £4m his Russian club want for the 24-year-old.

Wakaso has no wish to return to Kazan, where he failed to settle in the year since he moved there from Espanyol.

He already feels right at home in Glasgow. And, when asked if he would have preferred the move to be a straight transfer from the outset, he replied emphatically: “Yes, because I am not here just to have fun or to make use of the city or club.

“I am here to work hard and to be part of Celtic for many years.

“I hope to persuade Celtic quickly that we can make this permanent.

“I am willing to use maybe three or four matches to convince them.

“Then I hope they will agree to make the transfer permanent.”

Wakaso insists he is fit and ready to go. He hopes Ronny Deila, who he met only briefly when he signed, will give him his debut in Sunday’s SPFL game at Dens Park against Dundee.

The little buzz bomb – who played in this summer’s World Cup finals – revealed he had other offers, but believes Celtic is a good fit for him.

Having played for Elche, Villarreal and Espanyol in Spain before his move to Rubin Kazan – where his wages increased six-fold – Wakaso is ready to put down roots.

He revealed international team-mate, Michael Essien, was among those who advised him to jump at the chance to join the Hoops and said: “Everything has a fresh start, and, when you begin to play, you will see how it is.

“There are difficult situations, and easy situations, so I know what I face.

“I know what will come, and I’m ready for it.”

Black Stars players to sign dreaded contracts ahead of opening 2015 AFCON qualifier against Uganda  FIFA.com News

Black Stars to sign contract before facing Uganda

Black Stars to sign contract before facing Uganda

The Ghana FA will enter into a formal agreement with the Black Stars players on their code of conduct, amount of bonuses to be paid them and the mode of payment before they face Uganda in their opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara confirmed that the players will be made to sign formal contracts with the Ghana FA and the Sports Ministry as a corrective measure to some of the issues that bedeviled the team at the 2014 World Cup.

Ghana’s camp during the tournament staged in Brazil was rocked by the delayed payment of appearance fee which is considered as the main reason behind the Black Stars’ first round exit from the competition.

And even though the GFA and Sports Ministry are adamant the terms of contract will not be forced onto the players, the GFA spokesman insists a formal agreement will be in place before Ghana opens its 2015 AFCON qualifiers on Saturday.

“On Tuesday we have planned a meeting with the players that is between the players and officials of the GFA and the Sports Ministry to discuss issues of their contract,” Sannie Daara said at a press briefing on Friday.

“The contract with the players will be signed before our match against Uganda.

“As you are aware, we had some issues at the World Cup and we want to address these issues with the signing of this contract.

“The contract will contain their code of conduct, the amount to be paid and the mode of payment. We want to put on record that the mode of payment will change.

“Either by bank transfer or through the issuance of a cheque.

“We are confident that the players will not oppose this and I am sure a lot of them have hear the reactions of Ghanaians after the World Cup.

“The meeting will be used to formally introduce the new Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga to the players.”

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah expects to have a full house by Monday night ahead of the team’s departure to Kumasi – the venue of the match – the morning after.

The Black Stars will play a trial match against a lower tier club in Kumasi on Thursday before facing Uganda in the qualifier on Saturday.

Breaking News: Moro Abubakar ditches Hearts to sign for Serbian club Donji Srem  FIFA.com News

Moro Abubakar has left Hearts to sign for Serbian club Donji Srem

Moro Abubakar has left Hearts to sign for Serbian club Donji Srem

Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak have suffered a major blow as their powerful midfielder Moro Abubakar has swerved the Accra side to sign for Serbian top-flight club Donji Srem, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The 23-year-old became the latest signing of the Serbian top flight club after inking a three-year deal as a free agent on Friday.

Moro Abubakar had been part of Hearts’ pre-season preparations despite being out of contract with the Phobians.

There was a general feeling at the club that their captain would commit to a fresh deal.

But Abubakar after weighting his options have decided to ditch the Ghanaian giants as he goes in search of greener pastures.

It is unclear the terms under which the ex Mighty Jets star left the club since he was one of the players coach Herbert Addo had pencilled down to play an integral role in his new look side.

The new coach had axed some senior players including Emmanuel Ansong and Eziekel Tetteh but Moro Abubakar wasn’t touched despite being out of contract with the club.

His departure will therefore be a massive blow to the Phobians who expect a solid team to challenge for honours in the coming season.

Hearts have not won the Ghana Premier League since 2009 and have had to endure the pain of watching their arch rivals Asante Kotoko dominate the domestic scene.

The Phobians will open their pre-season GHALCA Top 4 competition on Saturday against Heart of Lions at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Hearts agree to play in GHALCA Top 4 after resolving appearance fee dispute  FIFA.com News

Hearts of Oak

Hearts of Oak

Hearts of Oak are resolved their difference with GHALCA and finally decided to play in the Top 4 tournament which starts on Saturday.

The Phobians refused to accept a cheque for GH?12,000 as part payment of their appearance fee and insisted on taking the full GH?15,000 as agreed.

But after discussions on Friday, Hearts sorted things out with the organizers and will take to the field on Saturday to face Heart of Lions.

“Yesterday (Thursday) were were arguing with GHALCA over the part payment of the appearance fee that made to us,” Hearts spokesperson Muheeb Saeed told Joy FM

“The agreement was that they were giving us GH?15,000 each but yesterday we were handed a cheque for GH?12,000 and we had some arguments with them and there were a few threats and I think it was those that were treated as we decided not to participate.

“We have been to the GHALCA this morning and we have been able to resolve the issue of the remaining GH? 3,000 that GHALCA is suppose to give to us.”

CONFIRMED: Burkinabe goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama agrees to sign for Hearts of Oak  FIFA.com News

Abdoulaye Soulama

Abdoulaye Soulama

Burkina Faso goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama has confirmed he has reached an agreement to sign for Hearts of Oak on a free transfer.

Soulama will undergo medical after next month’s double 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Asante Kotoko released Soulama three weeks ago after seven years with the champions and was heavily linked with AshantiGold.

“We are talking and we just finished saying everything but I’m going for national team” Soulama told Kumasi-based Angel FM

“They send the invitation for the qualifiers but we finished everything just that I will go and do medical after I come back.”

Black Queens issue bonus ultimatum ahead of Women’s Nations Cup  FIFA.com News

Black Queens

Black Queens

Ghana’s senior female football team, the Black Queens, have threatened to boycott their preparations towards the African Women’s Championship (AWC) and possibly the continental tournament, if their qualification bonus is not paid by tomorrow, August 30.

The Queens have been at their Prampram camp since July preparing for the October 11-25 tournament in Namibia, but with their qualification bonus yet to be paid, the players have developed cold feet over their preparation.

The issue of qualification bonus also reared its head in the Queens camp this week, with the players demanding that the bonus earned over the four matches won be paid immediately.

“We are not concerned about qualification or winning bonus. All we want is our money. The Maidens suffered delay in payment. The Princesses have also suffered the same fate and what is due them is being denied them with this technicality over qualification or winning bonus,” said one of the players on condition of anonymity.

“We have always been given this kind of treatment when it comes to the payment of bonuses and allowances.

“Anytime we ask, the coach and the assistant, as well as management members, they always tell us to be patient. We have been patient since May when we qualified, now our patience is running out and we will no longer train if the money is not paid by August 30,” said another player, in an interview with the Graphic Sports.

Indeed, last Tuesday, the players almost boycotted training but rescinded their decision with the timely intervention of the head coach, Yussif Basigi and his technical team.

The coach, who confirmed the threat from the players, was worried that the situation had also affected the morale in camp.

“It is a worrying situation which must be addressed as soon as possible to avert any problem with our plans towards the Nations Cup.”

Checks by the Graphic Sports indicated that the Youth and Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga, held a meeting with the team’s management last Wednesday and promised to resolve all issues in respect of payment of bonuses to all the national teams.

Celtic fans are not happy despite Wakaso Mubarak deal  FIFA.com News

Mubarak Wakaso

Mubarak Wakaso

Celtic completed the loan signing of Ghana winger Wakaso Mubarak on a day in which their transfer policy came under fire following their failure to qualify for the Champions League.

The 24-year-old, who played at the World Cup finals, arrives on a one-year loan deal with Celtic having the option to buy the player from Russian side Rubin Kazan.

He is Ronny Deila’s fifth signing of the summer but Celtic have still to pay a transfer fee since Neil Lennon quit as manager.

Free agent Craig Gordon was Deila’s first signing before Cardiff forward Jo Inge Berget, Manchester City defender Jason Denayer and Aston Villa winger Aleksandar Tonev arrived, all on loan.

Former Espanyol and Villarreal player Wakaso was set to sign before the first-leg draw against Maribor but work-permit issues held him up until after Celtic crashed out of the play-offs with a 1-0 home defeat on Wednesday night, which sent them into tomorrow’s draw for the Europa League group stage.

That defeat might have an impact on their bid to buy Sporting Gijon forward Stefan Scepovic.

The Serbian has been quoted as saying he has several options other than Celtic, including PSV Eindhoven, but Hoops manager Deila said after the home defeat by Maribor that discussions were ongoing.

Celtic’s transfer policy has come under ever-increasing scrutiny over the summer with criticism exacerbated by their 6-1 aggregate defeat by Legia Warsaw, which was overturned following an administrative error by the Poles, and now the loss to the Slovenians.

Celtic have taken in more than £30million in transfer fees since the end of the 2012-13 season, during which time they beat Barcelona.

But their failure to obtain adequate replacements for the likes of Gary Hooper, Victor Wanyama and Joe Ledley has now seen them miss out on Champions League income of about £15million.

However, despite criticism of a lack of spending this summer, they have shelled out close to £15million on players since May 2013, but with limited success.

Only Virgil van Dijk has looked like fitting Celtic’s recent ideal profile of a young foreign player who develops at the club and is then sold on for a profit.

The Dutch defender arrived for a fee of about £2.6million and has been linked with an £8million switch to the likes of Newcastle and Southampton.

Others who have come in for similar fees have failed to make their mark – Portuguese forward Amido Balde, Finland striker Teemu Pukki, and Dutch winger Derk Boerrigter.

Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen has made more of an impact but could not help Celtic overcome Champions League opposition they would expect to beat, while Israeli midfielder Nir Bitton and Australia’s Tom Rogic have failed to add to the team.

While Wanyama and previously Ki Sung-yueng made the club a huge profit there were also earlier abject and expensive failures including the purchases of Mo Bangura and Efrain Juarez.

Celtic’s wage structure has prevented them signing more expensive players.

The only Scot to arrive before Gordon in recent years has been Leigh Griffiths, who has struggled to win over Deila after scoring seven goals last season after joining from Wolves in the final moments of the January transfer window.

Ex-Uganda star Obwiny wants Cranes to fight Ghana for draw in Kumasi  FIFA.com News

Uganda

Uganda

Ex-Uganda international Philip Obwiny says the Cranes only chance of qualifying over Ghana for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco lies in doing the home work perfectly and forging some point or two away.

Uganda are pooled in Group E together with four-time African champions Ghana, Emmanuel Adebayor’s Togo and Guinea.

The Cranes first assignment is away to Ghana in Kumasi on September 6 before hosting Guinea in Kampala four days.

Uganda must finish in the top two to qualify for the tournament in Morocco automatically or pray they end as the third best-placed team from all seven pools if they are to progress.

Obwiny, who scored in the 1-0 victory over Ghana in the 2004 Afcon qualifiers, is not counting much from the trip to Ghana but believes the Cranes must build their foundation on home games if they are to stand a good chance of qualifying.

“To be honest, I’m not counting much on our away games against Ghana and Togo,” he told supersport.com.

“But if we are to stand a very good chance to qualify then we must win all our home games (nine points) and then force a draw against Guinea since we shall all be in a neutral ground.”

However, while Caf have directed that the September home group games involving Ebola affected Guinea and Sierra Leone be played in neutral venues, the continental body will review the decision mid next month; meaning that Guinea could still host Uganda on November 19.

Obwiny says if Uganda go into the match against Ghana as clear underdogs but believes that the Cranes can still pull off a surprise.

“They are better than us in all aspects,” he said, adding, “They have better quality players who play in bigger European leagues; a few of ours play in not very strong European leagues and some even don’t start.

“Ghana will also have the strong home support and are well motivated with strong government support.

“We go to Ghana with a 30 per cent chance and Ghana, for obvious reasons have a 70 per cent chance. But in football, there is always a surprise element and that could work to our advantage.

“When we went there in 2003 (2004 Afcon qualifiers), no one expected anything from us, but we came out with a point (1-1).”

Injured Ghana defender Jerry Akaminko arrives in London to see specialist  FIFA.com News

Jerry Akaminko has arrived in London

Jerry Akaminko has arrived in London

Turkish-based defender Jerry Akaminko has arrived in London to continue with his rehabilitation of an ankle injury which kept him out of the 2014 World Cup.

The 26-year-old is in the final stages of his recovery from the nasty injury which saw him miss a chance to make the Ghana squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Akaminko is expected to return to full scale training with Eskiserhirspor by the middle of September.

He has been limited to gym and pool sessions to help build his muscles to be strong enough to withstand the rigorousness of full scale.

The former Heart of Lions man is expected to visit a specialist and undergo some more therapy sessions during his stay in London.

His imminent return will also be a source of joy for Ghana as he will be needed for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Premier League fixtures being held up over King Faisal dispute  FIFA.com News

Premier League fixtures being held up

Premier League fixtures being held up

The Premier League Board chairman Welbeck Abra-Appiah says the fixtures for the new season are ready but cannot be released due to the legal tussle involving King Faisal.

The fixtures for the 2014/15 season are yet to be released with barely a month to the tentatively set date for the start of the Ghanaian top flight.

The PLB however say the fixtures have been ready for a while now but have been asked to hold on due to the ongoing legal tussle involving King Faisal.

“The fixtures are ready but we are unable to release them because of the issue of King Faisal,” Abra-Appiah said.

“Because of that issue the venues for the Premier League game is not yet set so we have been asked by the FA to hold on until all these outstanding issues are resolved.”

King Faisal are contesting their relegation from the Premier League over a technicality against Aduana Stars.

The Kumasi-based club have lost its case but are heading for an appeal.

Ghana winger Christian Atsu is ‘honoured’ to be playing alongside Samuel Eto’o at Everton  FIFA.com News

Christian Atsu will be working with Samuel Eto'o at Everton

Christian Atsu will be working with Samuel Eto’o at Everton

Ghana winger Christian Atsu says he is ‘honoured’ to be working alongside Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o at Everton.

The ex Bercelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea star completed a two-year free transfer move to Goodison Park earlier in the week.

The ex Cameroon captain is expected to complement the striking efforts of his ex Chelsea teammate Romelu Lukaku who had arrived earlier this summer.

Eto’o will also be charged to guiding the young lads at the club through his massive experience across Europe.

One of such youngsters will be Christian Atsu who is with the Merseysiders on a season’s-long loan deal from Chelsea.

The 22-year-old couldn’t hide his joy at the prospect of working side by side with Samuel Eto’o.

“It is an honour to play in the same team as this legend @setoo9 [Samuel Eto’o],” Atsu said in a tag to an Instagram post of him at the two-time Champions League winner.

Eto’o could make his Everton debut against his ex club Chelsea this weekend.

Atsu is however not eligible for Everton as he cannot feature against his substantive club as per his loan move.

Ex-star George Boateng laments Aston Villa’s slide in Premier League  FIFA.com News

George Boateng

George Boateng

There will be one spectator watching Aston Villa vs Hull from his Malaysian home with much interest.

The current manager of Kelantan FA is George Boateng – a likeable, funny, and down-to-earth former claret-and-blue ace who is carving a career for himself as a boss in Asia.

Boateng also played for the Tigers between 2008-2010, six years after leaving Villa where he made over 100 appearances.

Having enjoyed a run to the FA Cup Final and regular top-eight finishes during his time in Birmingham, the Dutchman finds it hard to accept Villa’s recent struggles.

“I follow Villa very closely because everywhere I go abroad I get recognised from my Villa days,” said Boateng.

“Whenever I meet Hull fans they all want to talk about the Phil Brown half-time team talk on the pitch, which many still remember.

“I am more critical of Villa, though.

“I think both clubs have different agendas and both are going about their business in different ways, but with the same target which is Premier League survival.

“It’s very painful for me to see Villa going from a top-five Premier League team to a bottom-five Premier League team in recent years.

“The goalposts have dramatically moved because normally they should be playing to get into Europe and win a cup but it’s my former team Hull who have achieved that.

“They should be proud of their achievements up in Humberside.”

Boateng reckons the summer signings at both clubs will help them this season but not necessarily in the short term.

“The players that have come to Villa are more experienced and, yes, it’s good for the dressing room, but I am not sure if they will improve the team immediately,” he said.

“I know that financially Villa is not as big as it used to be under Doug Ellis and there are not as many players who get the fans excited these days, which is a real shame because it’s such a fantastic club with a great fan base.

“I think Joe Cole is a great signing, though. He has so much experience and he is very versatile so he can fit in anywhere in the midfield.

“Senderos should be a decent defender for the club, also.

“Hull fans won’t be happy with me for saying this but I think Villa should have looked at Curtis Davies again. He has great leadership skills and he knows the club and the city.

“I like the way Steve Bruce has gone about his business since the promotion and, slowly, Hull City is becoming the other Tottenham team from Humberside with Livermore, Huddlestone and Dawson already there.

“I am not sure if it was wise to sell Shane Long, especially with Snodgrass being out for a while.”

Schalke 04 coach backs Kevin-Prince Boateng to rediscover fine form  FIFA.com News

Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Kevin-Prince Boateng.

By Rahman Osman

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Schalke coach Jens Keller is confident his star player Kevin Prince Boateng will soon rediscover his form following a disappointing start to the season.

The Ghana international has come in for severe criticism after his below-par performance in the season opener 2-1 defeat at Hannover 96.

But Keller has backed Boateng to come to the party if he is able to shake off a knee injury and play some part in their match against defending champions Bayern Munich.

“Boateng is a special player and we have spoken and we both understand he has to improve,” Keller said

“His quality is very clear and we have to be patient with him since every player goes through period.

“I am confident he has the ability to respond in a positive way.”

Sulley Muntari to play alongside Ronaldinho, Maldini in Rome charity match next month  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari

Ghana ace Sulley Muntari is among a host of football stars who have been invited to play in this year’s Rome Charity game.

The exhibition match has been organized by Pope Bergoglio to raise funds for less privileged children in Buenos Aires.

The AC Milan star will play alongside retired stars like Ronaldinho and Paolo Maldini on Monday 01 September 2014.

He will get to play alongside his current coach Pippo Inzaghi, a Milan legend, Andriy Shevchenko and Alessandro Nesta.

Uganda, Rwanda accept joint 2017 AFCON bid  FIFA.com News

Uganda player

Uganda player

The Football Federations of Uganda and Rwanda have accepted a joint bid together with Kenya to co-host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Early this week the Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya indicated they were ready to bid before he contacted his counterparts in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

But the Uganda FA President, Moses Magogo told AfricanFootball.com that they have accepted the joint bid, but will still have to consult with the government.

“Yes we are okay with having a joint bid, but having the Afcon in our region is not a small matter. We have asked Kenya to make the request formal in writing so that we can consult with the government to see if they can give us clearance on this,” said Magogio who said hosting such a big event has issues to do with security.

On Friday the Rwanda FA also accepted Kenya’s request for a joint bid, but their Ministry of Sports and Culture indicated that they will also first have to consult with other stakeholders.

“I will have to discuss with stakeholders to see if Rwanda can back this bid but I believe East Africa has the infrastructure to host the continental tournament,” said Rwanda’s New Sports Minister Joseph Habineza.

This development comes after Libya who had been selected to host the 2017 Afcon event pulled because of the political instability on-going in the country that has led to delays in plans to build stadiums.

Libya had hoped to build 11 stadiums at a cost of US$314 million to be able to host a successful event.

CAF say that countries wishing to host the tournament have until September 30 to express their interest. A decision on Libya’s replacement will be made next year.

GHALCA pays GHc 15,000 appearance fee each to clubs for Top 4 tournament  FIFA.com News

GHALCA chairman Alhaji Ali Raji.

GHALCA chairman Alhaji Ali Raji.

All clubs for the 2014 GHALCA Top 4 tournament will be paid a participation fee of GH¢15,000, the organizers have confirmed.

The Ghana League Clubs Association failed to secure a headline sponsor for the pre-season tournament but have decided to make some financial commitments to the clubs.

“We have had difficulties with tying down a headline sponsor but GHALCA has resolved to give the clubs GH¢15,000 as participation fee,” GHALCA chairman Alhaji Ali Raji told Graphic Sports.

“GHALCA is also looking at allowing the clubs to make four substitutions during the games. This will afford the clubs maximum opportunities to test their new signings.”

This year’s tournament will be competed by league champions Asante Kotoko, Heart of Lions, Hearts of Oak and AshantiGold.

Hearts of Oak play Heart of Lions in Accra on Saturday and Kotoko travel to AshantiGold on Sunday for the first leg matches.

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