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Frank Acheampong: PSG join AS Roma in race to sign Ghana youth winger  FIFA.com News

Frank Acheampong is on the radar of PSG

Frank Acheampong is on the radar of PSG

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain have penciled down Ghana youth winger Frank Acheampong as replacement for Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore who could leave the club in January, according to reports in Belgium. 

But they are facing competition from Italian Serie A side AS Roma who have already declared their intentions of signing the 21-year-old.

PSG are likely to lose Moura, the Brazilian attacker in January while Pastore could also leave to join Chelsea and manager Laurent Blanc is considering the artful Ghanaian international is capped once by the West Africans as replacement.

GHANAsoccernet.com broke the news of AS Roma’s interest in the youngster last weekand media reports in Belgium have confirmed the Italians interest.

Acheampong arrived at Anderlecht from Thailand three seasons ago and has been influential for the Pro League title-holders, helping them excel in the Uefa Champions League this season.

Jacob Kingston: Hearts of Oak to sign highly-rated Laryea Kingston son on professional contract  FIFA.com News

Jacob Kingston is set to earn a professional deal with Hearts of Oak

Jacob Kingston is set to earn a professional deal with Hearts of Oak

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Follow on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghana Premier League giants Accra Hearts of Oak are set to sign teenager Jacob Laryea Kingston who is a son of former Ghana star Laryea Kingston, according to reports in the local media. 

Jacob, 16, is playing with the Phobians’ reserves side Auroras but Hearts’ technical team headed by Herbert Addo have been keenly watching the progress of the attacking midfielder who is cast in the mould of his father who is a cult figure at the capital club.

The youngster is among a fine collection of youngsters who are cropping at Hearts’ youth side and is rated better than Emmanuel Odartey who is his age mate.

Odartey, a holding midfielder, has already made a couple of first team appearances for Hearts of Oak despite his tender age and scored in a friendly win last week.

Hearts’ youth team coach Dauda Lutterodt Jacob is in the books of Herbert Addo as he continues monitoring the progress of the youngster.

“Yes the technical team has seen him play a couple of times and is impressed with his performance and they feel that having him on board will help him become a better player,” he told Sports Crusader.

“We have spoken to him and believe that Auroras will be the best start for him considering his age so when the next transfer window opens he will sign for us.”

Kwadwo Asamoah pumped up for Juventus Champions League trip to Olympiacos on Wednesday  FIFA.com News

Kwadwo Asamoah training

Kwadwo Asamoah training

Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is raring to feature for Juventus in Wednesday’s Champions League match against Olympiacos.

The versatile player sat out Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Sassuolo in the Serie A after returning late from the international break.

He posted a picture of himself training and Tweeted: “Training yesterday. Looking forward to our @ChampionsLeague game vs Olympiakos #BeliefOverHope.”

Juventus are second in Group A but tied on points with leaders Atletico Madrid and third place Malmo FF and bottom side Olympiacos.

 

 

 

UAE giants Al Ain table 2.4 million euros for Ghana striker David Accam- report  FIFA.com News

David Accam

David Accam

UAE giants Al Ain are reported to have offered a 2.4 million euros to sign in-form Ghana striker David Accam from Helsingborg.

The 24-year-old is second top scorer in the Swedish Allsvenskan with 17 goals; four of leader Lasse Vibe of Goteborg.

But Helsingborg are yet to confirm the offer from the Arabian Gulf League side.

Accam is reported to be on the wanted lists of clubs in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France and Russia.

Promoted English Premier League side Leicester City are said to be interested.

Five top English clubs keen on signing Ghana star Andre Ayew  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

The Ghana winger Andre Ayew is wanted by five top-flight clubs in the English Premier League on a free next summer.

Ayew has edged closer to a Premier League move by rejecting Olympique Marseille’s latest contract offer.

Liverpool, Everton, Swansea, Hull and West Ham are all keen and are watching developments.

Ayew plans to run down his deal in France in order to seal a dream switch.

Marseille are refusing to break their wage structure keep the 24-year-old, who wants £50,000 a week.

But he knows he can earn that bumper salary if he quits to cross the English Channel on a Bosman next year.

Andre Ayew: Olympique Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa hails Ghana winger’s influence  FIFA.com News

Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa has hailed Andre Ayew's influence

Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa has hailed Andre Ayew’s influence

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Olympique Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa has hailed the influence of Ghana winger Andre Ayew on his side’s ‘improved’ form in the French Ligue 1. 

Andre, 24, has started all ten of Marseille’s Ligue 1 games, completed eight and scored twice, assisting three goals.

Bielsa has completely turned around the fortunes of Marseille after taking over as new manager since the start of the season and Argentine gaffer has hailed the influence of Ayew who is being linked with a move away from the club.

“I think as each game passes, the influence of André Ayew progresses,” he said.

His participation in matches, gradually adds value to the team and it increases overall performance of the team,” he added.

Andre has been linked with a January move to English Premier League under-performers Liverpool as he contract with Marseille is set to run out next summer.

Edwin Gyimah: Tragedy as Ghana midfielder loses brother, misses Black Aces win  FIFA.com News

Edwin Gyimah has lost his brother

Edwin Gyimah has lost his brother

Ghana midfielder Edwin Gyimah has lost his brother and was permitted to stay out of action by South African Premier Soccer League side Mpumalanga Black Aces during the weekend. 

The 23-year-old conspicuously missed out of action for Black Aces as they managed to post a 3-2 win over Moroka Swallows on Saturday afternoon.

And, it has now been revealed by the former Wa All Stars midfielder was given permission to spend time with his family in Ghana after losing his brother.

Gyimah was part of the Ghana squad that played drew and won against Guinea in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers last week.

LIFESTYLE: Kevin-Prince Boateng Nike FC collection  FIFA.com News

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng

For Holiday 2014, Nike F.C. turns its focus toward Berlin, Germany — a breeding ground of young football stars who have taken their skills from the streets to glory at the world’s most celebrated tournament.

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Football is rooted in the German consciousness. For many people, especially those in Berlin, passions are born on local bolzplätze, small-sided concrete pitches that are the signature of the city’s parks. Berlin, a city known for its grit, has produced an equally tough form of football — and footballer.

Here, Nike F.C. members Kevin-Prince Boateng, a notoriously combative midfielder, and his brother Jérôme, a rock-solid defender who recently wrote his name in the history books in Brasil, honed their skills on Berlin’s unforgiving battlegrounds.

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng

 

The brothers say the experience gave them an edge that training on grass never could. Learning to play on Berlin’s harsh concrete pitches has pushed progress in German football, influencing every player with a will to win as solid as the surfaces they grew up playing on.

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng

This season, the Nike F.C. Glory Tee and Nike F.C. N98 live on as integral members of the Nike F.C. lineup. The Glory Tee maintains its classic design while the N98 receives a small update, trading in its Nike F.C. crest for a clean block logo.

A new addition, the Nike F.C. Scarf, pays homage to the football supporter’s essential accessory while the Nike F.C. AW77 Crew’s bold stripe signifies the audacious German playing style.

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng

 

Emblazoned with a series of stars, the Nike F.C. AW77 Hoodie and Nike F.C. Stars Top celebrate the climax of Europe’s premier club competition taking place in Berlin in 2015.

Misfiring Mario balotelli sparks Liverpool chase for Andre Ayew  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

English giants Liverpool are set to sign Marseille forward Andre Ayew due to Mario Balotelli’s profligacy, according to reports in Ghana.

The 24-year-old is coming to the end of his contract with the Ligue 1 club meaning Brendan Rodgers would be able to snap up the Ghanaian star on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Rodgers is becoming increasingly frustrated with miss-firing Mario Balotelli, who is yet to register a Premier League goal, and could turn to Ayew in the summer or try and bring him to Anfield for a cut-price fee in January.

Liverpool have struggled to replace Luis Suarez since his summer move to Barcelona and have also had to deal with an injury to Daniel Sturridge.

They signed £10m Belgium youngster Divock Origi but immediately loaned him back to former club Lille.

Liverpool struggled to overcome bottom club QPR this afternoon, needing a late Steven Caulker own-goal to clinch three points from a five-goal thriller which moved the Reds up to fifth, with Balotelli missing a number of chances leading to a Twitter meltdown.

Prior to today they had only scored ten goals in seven league matches, with Raheem Sterling top scorer with three.

Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Muntari hits brace to help El Jaish win in Qatar Super League  FIFA.com News

Mohammed Muntari

Mohammed Muntari

Ghanaian Mohammed Muntari scored a brace for El Jaish in their 2-1 win over Qatar Sports Club in the Qatarian top-flight on Friday.

El Jaish went down in the 19th minute when Korean striker Cho Young-Cheol struck stunning free-kick.

The second-half had slightly more bite with the introduction of Muntari.

The 20-year-old mid-fielder enlivened the encounter as he first cancelled Cho’s goal with a superb header in the 58th minute and two minutes later scored his fourth goal of the season to give his team a 2-1 lead with an assist from Hasan Magid.

El Jaish maintained their third position in the Qatar Stars League.

EXCLUSIVE: Michel Pont DEMANDS US$ 50,000 salary and US$ 10,000 each for two assistants  FIFA.com News

Michel Pont

Michel Pont

GHANASoccernet.com understands that frontrunner for the Ghana coaching job Michel Pont is demanding a US$ 50,000 salary and wants to come along with two assistants.

According to sources, the two assistants will also receive a US$ 10,000 salary each by the Ghana Football Association.

This means employing the 60-year-old will cost Ghana US$ 70,000 a-month and that will mean current coach Maxwell Konadu will be relieved of his post.

Pont was interviewed by on Friday by a panel comprising Ghana FA Executive Committee trio Fred Crentsil, Fred Pappoe and George Afriyie.

Also on the panel is CAF instructor Ben Koufie.

The select committee will meet on Monday to present their report to the Executive Committee for consideration.

Footballer in India dies after somersault injury  FIFA.com News

Footballer

Footballer

A footballer has died of injuries he sustained after landing awkwardly while celebrating a goal during a state-level league match in India, organisers of the Mizoram Premier League have announced.

A footballer has died of injuries he sustained after landing awkwardly while celebrating a goal during a state-level league match in India, organisers of the Mizoram Premier League have announced.

Peter Biaksangzuala, a midfielder for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC – a club based in the north east of the country, damaged his spinal cord after attempting a series of somersaults to celebrate his equaliser in the fixture against Chanmari West FC last Tuesday.

The 23-year-old was taken to Aizawl Civil Hospital and underwent surgery on his spine, but died of his injuries on Sunday morning.

A statement on the Mizoram Premier League’s official Facebook page read: “Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala lost his fight for survival after he suffered a fatal injury while celebrating his goal.

“It has been a sad day for Mizoram football and the demise of the footballer shook his team-mates, footballers and fans alike all over Mizoram.

“Peter was a defensive midfielder who had always been aggressive and hard working, a true team player. Like most defensive midfielders, he was excellent at reading the game, breaking up attacks and protecting his defenders.

“Peter’s club Bethlehem Vengthlang FC will retire his jersey no. 21.”

Bethlehem Vengthlang coach Danny Lalduhawma added: “Peter was a lad with good manner who always maintained his discipline on and off the pitch. I don’t think there are many like him.”

Richmond Boakye dedicates goal to parents who marked 25 years of marriage on Sunday  FIFA.com News

Richmond Boakye-Yiadom

Richmond Boakye-Yiadom

Ghana striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom dedicated his last-gasp goal which earned Atalanta a 1-0 win over Parma to his parents who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

The on-Juventus striker came of the bench in the 76th minute and sealed the win for the Nerrazuri on the 90th minute mark.

Boakye was celebrating his second league goal for the club and helped them end the chain of four defeats in a row.

“I want to start by thanking God who helps me and gives me strength. Victory today was for the team that does not give up and ran till the end.

“I dedicate this goal to my mother and my father, who today celebrate 25 years of marriage.

“The three points? They are very important. We suffered previous defeats, but now we enjoy this victory gives us confidence for the next matches.”

Michel Pont favourite to land Black Stars job after interview with GFA  FIFA.com News

Michel Pont has been interviewed by the Ghana FA

Michel Pont has been interviewed by the Ghana FA

Swiss Michel Pont is in the lead to become the next head coach of the Black Stars following the weekend’s interview with the Ghana FA, GHANAsoccernet.com has learnt.

The 60-year-old has emerged the favourite to land the vacant job after his financial demands discussed during his interview conducted last Friday fell within the range of the GFA.

Pont is said to have requested for a monthly wage of $50,000.

He also made a request for the appointment of two assistants of his choice with each costing $10,000.

His demands was the least amongst the three coaches interviewed by the GFA over the weekend.

The demands made by Avram Grant and Juan Ignacio Jiminenz were considered highly expensive – way beyond the budget of the GFA – sources tell GHANAsoccernet.com.

The interviewing panel are expected to table their report which will include recommendations on who to appoint before the Executive Committee on Monday for further deliberations.

The Ghana FA have served notice of their intention to pay mega-dollar to land a quality trainer to be the substantive replacement of Kwesi Appiah.

The GFA however insists it will not over-burden itself with huge financial commitments to the incoming coach and has ask interested applicants to lower their demands to within the range of their budget.

The Executive Committee will ultimately have the final say on who becomes the next Ghana coach.

That decision will be accompanied by the regular source of the coach’s remuneration considering the seed money being provided for by headline sponsors of the Black Stars GNPC.

There is however the possibility the GFA may resort to head-hunting once an agreement – especially financial demands – is not reached with any of the shortlisted applicants.

Lagos to host 2014 Glo-CAF Awards in January  FIFA.com News

CAF

CAF

The 2014 Glo-CAF Awards will take place on Thursday, 8 January 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Awards Gala will see players and officials who have distinguished themselves during the year (2014) receiving honours for their achievements.

Legends of the game including the prestigious African Player of the Year and winners in 15 other categories will be unveiled during the Gala night.

Other categories are African Player of The Year (Based in Africa), National Team of The Year, Club of The Year, Referee of the Year and Coach of The Year.

The rest are Most Promising Talent, Women’s National Team of The Year, Women’s Player of The Year, African Legend, CAF Fair Play Award, Youth Player of the Year and Platinum Award.

Africa’s finest XI will also be revealed on the night that will be attended by the crème de la crème of the continent’s football icons.

There are also two new categories; Goal of the Year and Save of the Year, to be decided by votes from the public.

Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure was decorated African Player of the Year for the third time at the last edition held on 9 January 2014 in Lagos, whilst former Ahly and Egypt talisman, Mohamed Aboutreika scooped the Player of the Year (Based in Africa).

This is the third time Lagos will be hosting the event after 2008 and 2013. Previous host cities include Abuja (2005), Accra (2006, 2009, 2011, 2012), Lome (2007) and Cairo (2010).

Nigerian telecommunication giants, Globacom has sponsored the annual awards Gala since 2005.

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Find out who made the GSN-GTV SPORTS PLUS TotW  FIFA.com News

Team of the Week

Team of the Week

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Ghanaian players returned to action after the international break and GHANAsoccernet.com in collaboration with Ghana Television’s Sports Plus channel pick the outstanding performers of the weekend. 

South African-born defender Kwabena Adusei has made the squad for the first time and there is a return for defender Mitch Apau who is shifted to central defence.

GHANAsoccernet.com’s Akyereko Frimpong Manson unwraps the TotW in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation.

ADAM KWARASEY – Keeper

Kwarasey was in post for Stromsgodset in the Norwegian Eliteserien and helped them win 2-1 against Lillestrom, making crucial saves and important attack initiating kicks.

NANA ASARE – Left-back

The 28-year-old was impressive for KAA Gent who shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Sporting Charleroi on Sunday in the Belgian Pro League.

BABA RAHMAN - right-back

After setting up a goal for Ghana in the 2015 AFCON qualifier against Guinea in mid-week, the 21-year-old returned to club duty and came off the bench to set up a goal for Augsburg in their 2-1 reverse at Mainz 05.

KWABENA ADUSEI – central defence

Returned from international duty to score for Black Aces and set up a goal when they beat Moroka Swallows 3-2 in the South African Absa Premier Soccer League on Saturday.

MITCH APAU – central defence

Apau distinguished himself with a commanding performance for Westerlo in the Belgian Pro League.

MICHAEL ESSIEN – central defensive midfield

The ex-Chelsea man enjoyed his first 90 minutes of the season and was in good shape for AC Milan who beat Hellas Verona 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

SULLEY MUNTARI – right wing

Muntari had another great game for Milan, having the freedom to switch between roles with Essien shoring up in central midfield.

ANDRE AYEW – left wing

Marseille enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win over Toulouse and the Ghana star was at the heart of their impressive performance.

ELVIS MANU – supporting attacker

Netted twice for Feyenoord who won 2-1 against Heracles Almelo on Saturday. His goals virtually won the match for Feyenoord.

PATRICK TWUMASI – forward

The 20-year-old continues to gun for the top-scorer award in the Kazakhstan Premier League. He netted his 7th goal of the competition, helping Astana to win 3-1.

RICHMOND BOAKYE-YIADOM – Atalanta

What is more impressive than coming off the bench to score the match-winner for your club? Boakye-Yiadom stepped out of the dug-out and scored the winning goal for Atalanta to help them win 1-0 in the Serie A on Sunday afternoon.

 

Marseille ace Andre Ayew eyes Lyon scalp after Toulouse triumph  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

Olympique Marseille star Andre Ayew is targeting victory against Lyon next week after beating Toulouse on Sunday to maintain their seven-point lead in the Ligue 1.

The Ghana winger played the entire duration after returning from the international break to help Marseille post a 2-0 win courtesy Nicolas Nkoulou and Andre-Pierre Gignac.

Ayew says the next important thing is to take all three points against Lyon in next week.

“After this game the most important thing is the game next week against Lyon,” Andre beIN Sports.

“We all know how important next Sunday will be and we have to ensure we pick up all three points.

‘’We have to recover quickly because we looked tired getting to the end.

‘’When I see Marseille fans this happy it makes me proud and glad at what we are doing at the moment.

“We also have to have in mind that it’s the ending that matters and we should not ignite anything.”

Middlesbrough’s Albert Adomah: Albion did not threaten us much  FIFA.com News

Albert Adomah

Albert Adomah

Winger Albert Adomah felt Brighton Hove and Albion did not offer much of a threat to his side Middlesbrough in their 2-1 win on Saturday in the Championship on the road.

The Ghana international scored the second goal before Albion pulled one back

He believed Middlesbrough had a pretty comfortable afternoon on the South Coast.

But Adomah admitted any win against the Seagulls is an achievement.

“Last season we beat them 2-0 and here we’ve beaten them 2-1, so it’s a great achievement to win here two years running,” Adomah said.

“Getting the three points was the main target even though it wasn’t a great game – and we deserved to win.

“When you take the lead you can sometimes relax and with Brighton being at home they were going to put us under pressure. They scored from a set-piece which was a bit disappointing but apart from that they didn’t have many chances.”

Ghana FA impressed with interviewed trio for Black Stars coaching job  FIFA.com News

Avram Grant

Avram Grant

Ghana Football Association vice president Fred Crentsil has expressed satisfaction at the performance of the three European coaches interviewed for the vacant Black Stars job.

Former Switzerland assistant coach Michel Pont faced the panel on Friday before Juan Ignacio Jimenez from Spain and former Chelsea boss Avram Grant were interviewed the next day.

The interview panel will forward a report to the Executive Committee before a decision can be taken on who deserves to handle the Black Stars.

Crentsil says he and his other members were impressed with the interviewed trio.

“We had a fruitful interview with the three coaches and I was particularly impressed with all of them,” Crentsil said

“Take note that we are a group so it’s not just one man’s opinion.

‘’We will have to meet and take a decision but if the majority do not agree with the performance of all then we might have to cast the net open again.”

Crentsil also admitted they wrote to former Real Madrid boss Bernd Shuster but did not get a reply from him.

‘’Yeah we contact him pertaining the interview but we are yet to hear from him, I guess we will just make use of the three interviewed,” he added.

Ex Ghana captain Adjoa Bayor wants Black Queens return  FIFA.com News

Ex Ghana captain Adjoa Bayor

Ex Ghana captain Adjoa Bayor

Ex Ghana captain Adjoa Bayor says she remains desirous of making an international return to the Black Queens.

The 35-year-old has not receive an international call up since leading the team to the last Africa Women’s Championships in 2010.

Most of Bayor’s generation were chopped off to make way for youngster in the Black Queens.

The team have however since struggled to hit the same heights achieved in the past – slumping to another low after failing to go beyond the group stage of the 2014 Africa Women’s Championships.

Bayor, who was named African Woman Footballer of the Year in 2003 insists she remains active and will welcome a return back to Black Queens if called upon.

“We were all sacked from the Black Queens with the excuse that we have aged but I still play active football,” the Immigration Officer said.

“I am very active and can still play for the Black Queens and therefore I will welcome an invitation back to the team.”

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