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New Al Ahly coach Juan Carlos Garrido targets CAF Champions League title  FIFA.com News

CAF Champions League

CAF Champions League

Juan Carlos Garrido sets off this weekend on a journey he hopes will end with him becoming the first Spanish coach to win a CAF club competition.

The 45-year-old former Villarreal, Club Brugge and Real Betis boss has signed a two-year contract to guide Egyptian club Al-Ahly, winners of a record 18 African titles.

And the Spaniard who began coaching when only 24 gets his first experience of CAF football when Ahly host Ivorians Sewe San Pedro Saturday in the Confederation Cup.

Taking charge of such a formidable force boosts his chances of emulating coaches from England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and various east European states.

Ahly supporters hope Garrido can help the Cairo ‘Red Devils’ dominate Africa like another Iberian peninsula coach, Portuguese Manuel Jose, did during the previous decade.

Jose took Ahly to four Champions League and four Super Cup titles between 2001 and 2008 – an eight-title haul that is a CAF record for a coach.

“Winning Egyptian and African competitions and playing attractive football are my major goals,” Garrido told the Cairo media after replacing caretaker coach Fathi Mabrouk.

“Our desire to build a new team of young players was the main reason behind the signing of Juan Carlos,” added Ahly football director Alaa Abdel Sadek.

Ahly lead Group B in the mini-league phase of the second-tier CAF competition on goal difference from Tunisians Etoile Sahel after each side collected five points from three matches.

Confederation Cup group debutants Sewe lie third, two points adrift, after three consecutive draws and Zambians Nkana prop up the standings with a solitary point.

The top two finishers after a double round of fixtures advance to the semi-finals with Ahly and fellow former African champions Etoile firm favourites.

While Ahly host Sewe at Cairo Stadium, Etoile make the long journey south to tackle Nkana a few hours earlier in Zambian copper-belt city Kitwe.

Despite lacking several injured stars, including leading 2010 Africa Cup of Nations goal-scorer Mohamed “Gedo” Nagy, Ahly are expected to secure maximum points.

They held Sewe 1-1 in Abidjan during June with Burkinabe Moussa Yedan putting Ahly ahead on the stroke of half-time and Edem Akrofi levelling.

Etoile came from behind three times against Nkana in Mediterranean resort Sousse to win 4-3 with Guinean Khalil Bangoura snatching the late winner.

Serb coach Dragan Cvetkovic makes his CAF debut for the Tunisians after veteran French handler Roger Lemerre did not renew his contract.

Cameroonians Coton Sport can become the first qualifiers for the semi-finals if they defeat Ivorian visitors ASEC Saturday and Malians Real Bamako do not win at Congolese AC Leopards Sunday.

That scenario could well materialise as Coton triumphed 3-2 at ASEC during June and Leopards won 2-1 at Real.

Coton top Group A with seven points, 2012 Confederation Cup winners Leopards have five, ASEC two and Real just one.

Muniru Sulley’s CFR Cluj advance in Europa League qualifiers  FIFA.com News

Muniru Sulley

Muniru Sulley

Muniru Sulley’s CFR Cluj advanced to the next round of Europa League qualifiers after beating Serbian side Jagodina 1-0 away on Thursday evening.

The younger brother of AC Milan star Sulley Muntari lasted the entire duration who advanced 1-0 on aggregate after a 0-0 draw at home last week.

CFR Cluj line-up

CFR Cluj line-up

CFR Cluj have now set up a third qualifying round tie against FC Dinamo Minsk, who defeated MYPA 3-0 on aggregate, next month.

Sulley put up a man-of-the-match performance in the first leg and replicated that at the Gradski Stadion.

Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien absent as Olympiakos thrash AC Milan  FIFA.com News

Michael Essien

Michael Essien

Ghana duo Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari was excluded from the AC Milan set-up which lost 3-0 to Olympiacos at the BMO Field of Toronto.

The Black Stars players have been part of the Rossoneri pre-season squad in the USA.

It only took 16 minutes for the Greek side to take the lead when a cross found Dominguez all alone in the box and he beat Gabriel with a right foot finish.

Poli came close to equalising on 30 minutes but was just inches away from turning the ball into the back of the net but it was Olympiacos who continued to be the more dangerous side throughout the first half.

And just four minutes into the second period Olympiacos doubled their lead when Diamantakos beat Bonera to the cross.

The Rossoneri responded immediately with Saponara but his turn and shot only found the base of the post and the ball did not cross the line.

Milan kept pushing forward in search of a goal and had their chances from a series of corners but Inzaghi’s men failed to find the back of the net and were punished again on 78 minutes when Bouchalakis unleashed an unstoppable shot from 30 metres out that finished in the top corner.

Black Princesses defeat Canadian side GS United in pre-U20 Women’s World Cup friendly  FIFA.com News

Black Princesses defeat Candian side GS United in pre-U20 Women's World Cup friendly

Ghana fans are solidly behind the Black Princesses to excel at the World Cup

The Black Princesses under the watchful eyes of Coach Bashir Hayford and his assistant Dora Zutah blanked G-S United 2-0 in their second friendly since arriving in Canada for the FIFA U20 World Cup 2014.

The game took place at the L’Amoureaux Sports Centre, 100 Silver Springs Blvd. (Scarborough) Toronto, on Tuesday July 22, 2014 under flood lights.

The girls gave a good account of themselves with their crisp passes. The only snag was they could not utilize the many chances that came their way.

Fatima Alhassan was in control of the midfield as she consistently fed the strikers with very good passes.

Grace Adams and Edem Atovor scored the 2 goals to the delight of the Ghanaian soccer fans who thronged the complex to cheer the Princesses on to victory.

The score line could have been higher had it not been the stopper for G-S United who made heroic saves.

The girls also hit the post thrice in the game. According to Coach Hayford, he is training the girls to go all out to bring the trophy to Ghana. Earlier on Friday July 18, 2014, the Princesses drew 1-1 with North Mississauga Panthers in their first friendly match in Canada.

The average age of the Black Princesses is 18 years. They have been drawn with hosts Canada whom they play in the opening game of the tournament on Tuesday August 5 in Toronto’s BMO Field (National Soccer Stadium during FIFA events).

Also in the same group A are Finland and Korea DPR.

Ghana will play their second match against Korea DPR in Toronto National Soccer Stadium on Friday 8, August 2014 and meet Finland in Moncton New Brunswick on Tuesday August 12, in the last match of the group stages.

Coach Hayford and his technical team are doing everything in their power to make Ghana proud by bring home the cup.

The 34 member squad made up of 23 players, technical team and officials is led by Mr. Osei Tutu Agyeman, chairman of Team Black Princesses.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan delighted to remain at Arabian peninsula after Al Ain contract extension  FIFA.com News

Asamoah Gyan middle is delighted to have signed contract extension at Ain

Asamoah Gyan middle is delighted to have signed contract extension at Ain

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Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has expressed delight after inking an ‘improved’ two-year-contract for UAE giants Al Ain on Thursday. 

The 2014 World Cup Ghana hit-man committed a further two-years to his current contract to keep him at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium until 2018.

Though general consensus was for a return to Europe after an inspiring display in Brazil in Ghana but he rather opted to remain at the club he signed from Sunderland in 2011.

And, the former Udinese man is delighted to stay.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan, right, is delighted with new deal at Al Ain

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan, right, is delighted with new deal at Al Ain

“I am very happy to extend my contract here until 2018 and I thank the club’s board, management and all the fans for their support,” he said in a statement on his official website after signing the deal.

“I have been happy here since I arrived in 2011 and I hope to help the side to keep winning.”

The Ghana record-holding all-time top-scorer has exceeded over 100 goals for Al Ain.

Sulley Muntari to speak out over World Cup chaos, vows his commitment to Ghana  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari to speak out over World Cup chaos, vows his commitment to Ghana

Sulley Muntari says he will speak out over the chaos in the Ghana World Cup camp

Sulley Muntari has vowed commitment to Ghana but insists he will speak out in the near future about the circumstances leading to his sacking from the Black Stars World Cup in Brazil.

The AC Milan ace says he will not exchange his country for any place even though he was booted out of the Ghana camp in disgrace during the tournament in Brazil last month.

Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng were suspended indefinitely from the national team and sent home from the World Cup for disciplinary reasons.

Ghana’s two biggest stars were axed just hours before their crucial World Cup Group G match against Portugal on Thursday.

Muntari was reported to have physically attacked GFA official Moses Armah while Boateng verbally insulted coach Kwesi Appiah during a heated team meeting.

Since then Muntari has been subjected to public ridicule for the attack on Armah and his indefinite suspension from the national team means he is ruled out of the Black Stars in the immediate future.

The AC Milan midfielder says he will not turn his back on Ghana but will also have his say on the issues in the Ghana camp at the right time.

“[Ghana] is my country. I love my country; I can never exchange any place with my country but [you know] there are certain things that I want to say but I’ll say them at the exact time,” Muntari told reporters.

“For now, I don’t want to talk about it but my country is always going to be my country,” the AC Milan star said.

The Ghanaian squad had been in a state of rebellion over unpaid appearances, with the country’s government believed to have sent out in excess of US$3million (£1.8m) on a chartered plane to Brazil to pay the players in an attempt to appease the situation.

Watch video of Sulley Muntari’s interview in New York below

Transfer Tavern: Ghana champions Asante Kotoko complete Owusu signing from Berekum Chelsea  FIFA.com News

Obed Owusu has joined Kotoko from Chelsea

Obed Owusu has joined Kotoko from Chelsea

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Ghana Premier League champions Asante Kotoko have bolstered their ranks with the signing of Berekum Chelsea influential attacking midfielder Obed Owusu, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm. 

The player finally has passed medicals and sealed a three-year move to the Baba Yara Stadium after lengthy negotiations over financial agreement with the Blues.

Owusu had been on the radar of the Porcupine Warriors for the past two seasons and has been signed following the recommendation of head coach Didi Dramani.

The central midfielder, who can also play in an attacking role, is expected to pack bags and baggage to Kumasi and join his new team-mates.

Owusu achieved over half a century league appearances at Chelsea and netted just over ten times.

Transfer Tavern: Want-away defender Saka could follow Herbert Addo to Hearts  FIFA.com News

Godfred Saka might end up at Hearts

Godfred Saka might end up at Hearts

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Ghana Premier League giants Accra Hearts of Oak could capture exciting full-back Godfred Saka from Aduana Stars, according to reports in the local press. 

The Phobians asked new head coach Herbert Addo to bolster his squad for the upcoming 2014/15 season while he makes a decision on their participation in the CAF Confederations Cup.

Hearts current squad boost of a rich blend of youth and experience, a mixture which excites Addo who turned the fortunes of Inter Allies round with a relatively young and inexperienced squad.

However, he will like to bring in four new signings to fortify his squad and he has included Saka on his wanted list.

Hearts have made two botched attempts to sign the former Right to Dream Academy graduate but Aduana blocked both moves in the past.

But Herbert arrival at the capital club could boost their chances of landing the player who scored fives times last season as he guided the youngster and an inexperienced squad to win the Ghana Premier League on their debut season.

Transfer Tavern: Aduana Stars’ Akuoku tops Herbert Addo wishlist  FIFA.com News

Herbert Addo is keen to bring Emmanuel Akuoku, right with Ghana keeper Adams, to Hearts

Herbert Addo is keen to bring Emmanuel Akuoku, right with Ghana keeper Adams, to Hearts

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Herbert Addo is set to make Aduana Stars midfielder Emmanuel Akuoko his first official signing at Hearts of Oak, GHANAsoccernet.com has learnt. 

The experienced gaffer signed a two-and-half-contract to make him his first official signing since arriving at the club.

Addo has penciled down four strong target before the closure of the Ghanaian window and he is keen to bring in the box-to-box midfielder who helped him win the Ghana Premier League at Aduana Stars on their debut season.

Emmanuel Akuoko could join Hearts

Emmanuel Akuoko could join Hearts

Akuoko has confirmed on his official Facebook page that he would not be with the Dormaa-based side for the upcoming season as he hopes to join a new club.

The have a perfect rapport and Herbert wants to re-establish his successful relationship with the midfielder by making his first signing.

Asamoah Gyan becomes Ghana’s highest ever paid footballer, to earn $60m by 2018  FIFA.com News

Asamoah Gyan has become the highest ever paid Ghanaian footballer following his latest bumper deal with his UAE-side Al Ain that will earn him at least $13m per year.

Asamoah Gyan has become the highest ever paid Ghanaian footballer

Asamoah Gyan has become the highest ever paid Ghanaian footballer following his latest bumper deal with his UAE-side Al Ain that will earn him at least $13m per year.

Others bonuses depending on the team’s results will rocket his annual earnings to about $15m which makes him by far the highest earning player from Ghana.

The charismatic striker stands well above Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Andre Ayew who are the other top earning footballers from the country.

Following the new deal he signed on Thursday, Gyan will earn $250,000 weekly before winning bonuses as well as appearance fee in various competitions will further boost his earnings.

He could earn up to about $60m by the time his contract comes to an end with the UAE side before the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Muntari, Essien and Boateng earn around $10m annually while Ayew, who is Marseille’s highest paid player, earns about $8m but the huge taxes (about 40%) the quartet pay in Europe dwarfs their wages.

Ghana’s other top players in the past like Abedi Pele, Sammy Kuffuor and Anthony Yeboah did not earn what the current generation are raking in.

Gyan enjoys tax free earnings in the UAE which means he will keep all the money he earns without paying anything in taxes.

He extended his contract with Al Ain until 2018 and the deal suggests he is not interested in moving to Europe

The Ghanaian striker, the UAE top flight’s leading goalscorer for the past three years, has committed his future to the Garden City club following a relatively successful Brazil World Cup.

Since joining in 2011, originally on loan, Gyan has scored 82 goals in 66 league matches.

Gyan, who led Ghana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, previously played for Sunderland in the English Premier League.

AC Milan ace Sulley Muntari launches first attack on Ghana FA over World Cup shambles  FIFA.com News

the 29-year-old said.  Muntari who has been branded as a ‘black sheep’ together with KP Boateng during Ghana’s 2014 World Cup debacle however attempted to shelve a follow-up question asking if he didn’t feel loved at the national team but went on to speak of his love for Ghana and promised to make a statement on his ‘bitter’ World Cup experience at an appropriate time.  “[Ghana] is my country. I love my country; I can never exchange any place with my country but [you know] there are certain things that I want to say but I’ll say them at the exact time. For now, I don’t want to talk about it but my country is always going to be my country,” he stated.  Muntari who was recently handed a new contract by Milan says he is concentrating on having an improved season with the Rossoneri. Milan are currently on a pre-season tour in the United States.

Sulley Muntari implies the Ghana FA cannot be trusted

AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari has launched a disguised attack on the Ghana Football Association in his first statement since being booted out of the World Cup by implying that the federation cannot be trusted.

The Italy-based midfielder, who was speaking at the pre-season training camp of his club in New York on Thursday, suggested that he did not have ‘peace’ in the Black Stars camp in Brazil.

Muntari insinuated that their needs in the Black Stars camp were not met and did not feel loved during their participation in the World Cup in Brazil.

The midfielder was booted out of the Ghana camp for physically attacking Black Stars management committee member Moses Armah during a meeting with the players over the delayed arrival of their appearance fees at the World Cup in Brazil.

According to reports, the AC Milan star attacked the respected Ghana FA Executive committee member in an unprovoked manner during a meeting at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

When asked to compare his experiences in the Ghana World Cup camp to the AC Milan training, Muntari said: “Well, AC Milan family is totally different; you can trust AC Milan family.

“They give you exactly what you want so at any time you want to give whatever you have inside you. So it always feels good to be loved and be back where you have peace.”

This revelation by the player takes the rift into uncharted territory after previous moves by his family to smoke the peace pipe with Moses Armah over the attack.

Muntari’s father, Alhaji Muniru Sulley, has already issued a public apology on behalf of his son and promised will move a step further to bridge the difference by holding a meeting with the owner of Medeama Sporting Club in the Ghanaian top-flight.

This was not the only scandal to occur in the Ghanaian camp during the country’s shambolic appearance at the world stage as Kevin-Prince Boateng was also sent home for verbally insulting the coach Kwesi Appiah

The players had threatened not to board a flight to Brasilia to face Portugal in their crucial game until they received the $3.8 million they were owed following several failed promises of the arrival of the money.

The Ghanaian government had to send a plane with the money to them.


Mpumalanga Black Aces announce permanent transfer of Edwin Gyimah  FIFA.com News

Standing from left to right. Mario Morfou, Edwin Gyimah, Clive Barker & George Morfou

Standing from left to right. Mario Morfou, Edwin Gyimah, Clive Barker & George Morfou

South Africa Premier Soccer League side Mpumalanga Black Aces have announced that Ghana midfielder Edwin Gyimah has joined them on a permanent deal.

Reports claimed Gyimah had been loaned to AmaZayoni from SuperSport United in one of the shock transfers this season.

The 23-year-old was a key player for SuperSport United last season and targeted by European clubs

But statement by Mpumalanga Black Aces read: “Aces today met with the agent and player and signed an outright purchase for a permanent transfer to AmaZayoni.”

Aces chairman Mario Morfou was excited to have negotiated a genuinely top-class player and now firmly believes that the squad has a pedigree to be very competitive this season.

“Edwin is an excellent player and a genuine marque signing and we are delighted to have him playing in the Aces colours this season,” Morfou who told blackaces.co.za that despite media utterances of a loan deal, the player had been bought for an undisclosed fee.

Gyimah will join Aces at training today and is expected to play a friendly against Baroka FC on Saturday.

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan extends Al Ain deal, to remain in UAE until 2018  FIFA.com News

Ghana striker presented to the press after signing the contract extension at Al Ain

Ghana striker presented to the press after signing the contract extension at Al Ain

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has signed a new contract extension at Al Ain in a deal which will keep him at the UAE club until 2018 and to diffuse any thoughts of his return to Europe.

The Black Stars captain was presented to the media shortly after signing the new deal in Dubai.

Gyan had only returned for pre-season training on Monday having been granted an extended leave in his native country after playing for the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 28-year-old signed for the Dubai-based club on an initial loan deal from English Premier League club, Sunderland in 2011.

He however reached a deal with the club and the Black Cats make his initial loan move permanent and signed a four-year contract in the summer of 2012.

Gyan has been sensational for the Boss since his arrival – powering the side to back-to-back league titles with his aplenty goals.

The club’s board have now moved quickly to secure the future of their lethal striker by extending his deal to two more years upon hints of interest from clubs in Europe where many believe the former Udinese man belongs.

Gyan in his response, told his official website; asamoahgyan3.com moments after signing the deal that: “I am very happy to extend my contract here until 2018 and I thank the club’s board, management and all the fans for their support.

“I have been happy here since I arrived in 2011 and I hope to help the side to keep winning.”

Gyan has scored over a 100 goals for Al Ain and is currently the leading scorer in the Asian Champions League with 10 goals.

He is expected to play his first game for his club on his return from holidays on Friday when Al Ain face Al Nasrr in the club’s annual International friendly tournament.

Orlando Pirates coach benches Fatau Dauda against Kaizer Chiefs in PSL curtain-raiser  FIFA.com News

Fatau Dauda

Fatau Dauda

Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic has decided to stick with first choice goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa at the expense of World Cup goalkeeper Fatau Dauda for this weekend’s Carling Black Label Cup at Soccer City.

The Bucs will take on their perennial rivals Kaizer Chiefs in this weekend’s curtain raiser ahead what promises to be a nail-biting season.

Dauda will not start despite having an impressive display at the tournament in Brazil.

The Ghana international played second fiddle to Meyiwa last season, playing only three games despite arriving with a huge reputation.

Dauda has stated he is willing to move on if he cannot be guaranteed playing time as his continual stay on the bench nearly cost his position at the national level.

The 28 year old will not be short of suitors if he indeed decides to walk.

But for this weekends Carling Black Label cup Vladamir Vermezovic has decided to stick rather than twist barring any last minutes challenges.


Chiefs: Khune – Gaxa, Mashamaite, Mathoho, Masilela – Katsande, Maluleka, Letsholonyane, Lebese – Mphela, Nkhatha

Pirates: Meyiwa – Jele, Sangweni, Mahamutsa, Matlaba – Segolela, Myeni, Manyisa, Klate – Majoro, Erasmus

SIX Ebusua Dwarfs players apply for floating status- reports  FIFA.com News

Ebusua Dwarfs

Ebusua Dwarfs

Ebusua Dwarfs are on the verge of losing several first team players following their relegation from the Ghana Premier League last season.

Reports say as many as six players have applied for floating status due to the expiration of their contracts.

The players include Ricky Adjei Mensah, Vincent Atingah, Frederick Boateng, Francis Attuquaye, Issac Kwain and Gambo Faisal.

Dwarfs will be playing in the Division One League Zone 2B.

Freddy Adu joins Serbian club, his 10th team in as many years  FIFA.com News

Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu

In the latest chapter of what will surely be a great (and very long) documentary one day, Freddy Adu has signed with Serbian club FK Jagodina — his 10th club in as many years after making his MLS debut at just 14 years old.

Adu, who turned 25 last month, started his career with DC United and won the MLS Cup in his first season amidst overwhelming and ultimately unfair comparisons to Pele.

After three years there, he moved to Real Salt Lake for one season and then made the move to Europe to play for Benfica. He played one season for the Portuguese side before getting loaned out to Monaco, Beleneses, Greek club Aris and Turkish side Rizespor.

He returned to MLS in 2011 with the Philadelphia Union and then had a brief stint with Brazilian club Bahia in 2013.

Since being released by Bahia in November of last year, Adu has had trials with English club Blackpool, Norweigen club Stabaek (coached by former U.S. national team manager Bob Bradley) and Dutch club AZ Alkmaar. Now he’s with Jagodina.

According to Jagodina’s official website, Adu’s first impressions of the club and city are “phenomenal.”

He will attend their Europa League qualifier against Cluj and begin training with the team on Friday as he completes the small matter of actually signing a contract in the coming days.

The club’s website also notes his lasting fame for being one of the all-time greats in the Football Manager video game.

EXCLUSIVE: Hearts make official approach for Medeama striker Hans Kwoffie  FIFA.com News

Hans Kwoffie

Hans Kwoffie

Hearts have made an official approach for Medeama striker Hans Kwoffie, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

Speculation has been surrounding the former Heart of Lions forward’s future as stories linking him with a move away from Tarkwa continue to persist.

However, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm that the Accra giants have tabled an official bid for his services ahead of the start of the new season.

It is however unclear if the move was sanctioned by newly-appointed coach Herbert Addo.

Kwoffie struggled with an injury last season and played a cameo role in their domestic campaign.

He has long being linked with a move to Accra but Hearts’ inability to meet Medeama’s asking prize has scattered the deal on two previous occasions.

Hearts are keen to bolster their squad and have identified the forward as the man to bring a little more potency and versatility to the team next season.

EXCLUSIVE: Isaac Vorsah’s delayed recovery caused by infection  FIFA.com News

Isaac Vorsah

Isaac Vorsah

Ghana defender Isaac Vorsah suffered an infection on his knee after an operation which has delayed his return to Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The 26-year-old was battling his way into full fitness after he suffered the setback two months ago.

He was expected to play for Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup but failed to recover in time for the global showpiece.

GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal that the strong centre-back suffered an infection on his knee which has delayed his return to full fitness.

“He (Vorsah) had an infection that caused him problem again after the surgery,” Red Bull Salzburg manager Adolf Hütter

“He has cruciate ligament injury and it’s important to let it heal.

“It is also important to speak as a coach with him and give him confidence.

“The most important thing, however, remains that Isaac is quickly recovered and again has fun at the football”.

The Ghanaian international has neared full fitness and should be ready for the start of the Austrian League.

Newly-appointed manager Adolf Hutter has revealed he will not sell the towering centre-back.

Nigeria FA boss Aminu Maigari dismissed  FIFA.com News

Aminu Maigari

Aminu Maigari

The executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday dismissed president Aminu Maigari after he was impeached for misuse of funds.

Vice-president Mike Umeh will serve as acting president.

A statement from the executive committee meeting said that “after thorough and exhaustive deliberations” on the secretive nature of the federation’s financial dealings and a “failure to call a meeting of the executive committee for the past eight months” during which time many important decision were made, the board had passed a vote of no-confidence on Maigari.

It therefore approved his immediate dismissal from the NFF executive committee on grounds of financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration.

Umeh will preside over the affairs of the federation pending the composition of the new NFF executive committee after the elections on August 26.

It is believed that eight of 13 executive committee members signed the impeachment motion.

Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda reveals using $100,000 World Cup earnings to buy a house  FIFA.com News

Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda

Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda

South African-based goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda has revealed using his earnings from the 2014 World Cup to buy a house in Accra.

The 29-year-old was one of the recipients of $100,000 given each Black Stars player as appearance fee for the tournament staged in Brazil.

With players blowing their cash on things widely considered as unnecessary, the Orlando Pirates glovesman believes he has put his earning to good use by purchasing a house.

“Because I couldn’t win [a single game at the World Cup and get a winning bonus], I went there [Barclays Legon Branch] to withdraw money and not to deposit money because I didn’t get money.” Dauda narrated on Metro TV’s Sports File program.

“I know people will say we got $100,000. I came home [from Brazil] on a Sunday [June 29th] and rested until Wednesday [July 2nd] when I went to buy a house so that I know that I used the money that I got for something reasonable.”

Dauda has done well to gather meaningful investment with his earnings since joining the Black Stars fold.

His move to Orlando Pirates last year has massively boosted his cash inflows for him to be able to cater well for his family.