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EXCLUSIVE: Kwarasey to leave Stromsgodset on Sunday, offers pour in for Ghana goalkeeper  FIFA.com News

Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey will play his last match for Strømsgodset on Sunday after opting not to extend his expiring contract with the Norwegian giants, ending his seven-year stint with the club, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

Adam Kwarasey will leave Norwegian giants Stromsgodset on Sunday

Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey will play his last match for Strømsgodset on Sunday after opting not to extend his expiring contract with the Norwegian giants, ending his seven-year stint with the club, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The 26-year-old, who is the captain of the title holders, decided on Friday not to extend his contract as the season in Norway comes to an end.

With offers flowing in from Norwegian, Danish clubs  and other European clubs, the Ghana top shot stopper will leave the club to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

The match against Molde which is the last of the season will be his last for the club led captained to the league title last season.

The goalkeeper, who plays for Ghana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has confirmed that Sunday’s match against Molde will be his last for Strømsgodset who are unable to meet his contract extension terms.

“It will be my last. Yes indeed,” Kwarasey said.

Kwarasey joined Stromsgodset from rivals Vålerenga in 2007 as a youngster and has been the club’s first choice since 2010.

Kwarasey says he will join a new club soon as this will strengthen his bid to be the permanent Ghana first choice goalkeeper.

He helped Strømsgodset to the league title last year and are currently in fourth place in the Norwegian premier league this season.

Molde have already been declared champions for this season.

My son is a workaholic and deserves career success, says Sulley Muntari’s dad  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari is now an integral member of the AC Milan squad

Sulley Muntari is now an integral member of the AC Milan squad

Alhaji Muniru Sulley says he is not surprised by the meteoric rise of his son due to the AC Milan star’s insatiable appetite for hard work.

The 30-year-old now plays for one of the biggest clubs in the world and is amongst the few chosen ones to have played for both Inter and AC Milan.

Muntari first moved to Europe as a teenager to join Udinese from Ghana Premier League club Liberty Professionals.

His move to Italy however preceded a trial at English giants Manchester United where he was not signed to a permanent deal.

The feisty midfielder impressed and stuck with the Udinese first team after just one season with the reserve side to kickstart what will eventually be an impressive club career.

Muntari later moved to England to join Portsmouth where he impressed to win back a return to Italy to sign for giants Inter Milan.

And just when many thought he had nothing more to offer and with loan stints at Sunderland, Muntari joined Inter’s cross town rivals where he has now become an integral member of the side.

The 30-year-old’s dad says he is not surprised by the sterling career of his son which he attributes to his tireless efforts and appetite to train constantly.

“Sulley is a very hardworking player,” Alhaji Muniru told Asempa FM.

“He trains even when he is sick. It is an endowment he has – being a workaholic.

“That is why he succeeded at Udinese within a short time.”

Ex Kotoko board member Kennedy Agyapong buys Azumah Nelson’s book for $30,000  FIFA.com News

Kennedy Agyapong with ex Ghana President JJ Rawlings at the book launch

Kennedy Agyapong with ex Ghana President JJ Rawlings at the book launch

Ex Asante Kotoko board member Kennedy Agyapong was amongst three high profile personalities to have bought the first copies of legendary Azumah Nelson’s book launched on Wednesday.

Agyapong pledged GH¢100,000 (over $30,000) alongside former Ghana President Jerry Rawlings and business mogul Sir Sam Jonah to capture the first three copies of the 278-page book.

Titled, ‘The Professor’ (the life story of Azumah Nelson) the book authored by Ashley Morris captures the steady rise of Azumah Nelson from obscurity to become a world conquerer through hard work, dedication and discipline.

Azumah Nelson remains Ghana’s biggest boxing export who ruled the world for 10-years before hanging up his gloves in 1998.

His book launch thus drew a wide range of high profile personalities who admired the progress of the ‘Professor’.

Kennedy Agyapong who stood on behalf of his Kenpong Group of Companies to pledge GH¢100,000 to buy one of the first copies of the book which was auctioned at the launch on Wednesday.

“We at Kenpong are doing this is to celebrate a personality who made us all proud, he is
worth supporting and encouraging,” Agyapong popularly known as ‘Cappuccino’ said after the event.

Ex Ghana President Jerry Rawlings, who launched the book declared it a must read book for all especially the youth saying, “ This book is a must-read one,
am not promoting it for its sake, but  its content has the ability to
change the psyche of Ghanaians especially the youth.”

“It makes you want to read the next page, it endorses Azumah’s lineage, culture, and ancestry as well as Ghana culture.

“He became a champion when the country was going through trying times but succeeded in putting smiles on the faces of many.”

Proceeds from the book sale will be used to support the Azumah Nelson Foundation.

Gerald Asamoah: Ghana-born German star fined 17,000 Euros for drunk-driven  FIFA.com News

Gerald Asamoah

Gerald Asamoah

Ghanaian-born German striker Gerald Asamoah has been fined 17,000 Euros for drunk-driven.

The Schalke forward was found guilty of the offence when he appeared before a German court  on Thursday.

The incident took place in March this year when he lost control of his Volkswagen Phaeton and hit a tree under the influence of alcohol.

The 36-year-old has also had his license revoked for seven months as he suffered light injuries during the accident.

The player has issued a statement to apologise for the incident. “As a father of children you should not such a foolish thing. Even as a celebrity you can’t just do what you want.”

Marseille talisman Andre Ayew still brooding over Stade Rennes defeat  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew is still brooding over Marseille’s 2-1 defeat at Stade Rennes in the French Cup on Wednesday.

The French Lique 1 leaders were knocked out from the first hurdle after their surprised defeat at Rennes.

The Ghanaian international has expressed shock at their exit from the cup competition.

“This game was played on details, it should be closer to the mark it hurts because it’s a cup knock out match but there was a good spirit, desire, determination,” he said

“I’m really disappointed for everyone because we really wanted to do something.”

Marseille are still four points clear of PSG at the top of the French League table.

Lorient striker Jordan Ayew eyes PSG scalp  FIFA.com News

Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew

Lorient striker Jordan Ayew has charged his teammate to be step up to the plate when they come up against ‘ beatable’ PSG in the French Lique 1 on Saturday.

The Les Murlus, who are currently just above the relegation zone welcome the mega spenders to the Stade Yves Allainmat – Le Moustoir stadium hoping to record a famous win.

The 22-year-old expects a beautiful game against their opponent and says they are beatable despite the array of top stars in their set-up.

“The game against Paris is a beautiful formation, with each team having quality players,” said the Ghanaian on his club’s official website.

“This is a very big game for us but they are not unbeatable. We will play our card thoroughly and make every effort to get a result.

“It is a beautiful match for the public. For us, all matches are important and whether PSG or any other team, we want to win.”

The Ghanaian international scored the match winner for Lorient in their 2-1 win over Evian in the French Cup on Tuesday night.

Marseille midfielder Andre Ayew has no problem with sending off against Lyon  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew has no qualms with referee Lionel Jaffredo for sending him off in their 1-0 defeat at Lyon.

The Marseille talisman received a yellow card during the game at the Stade Gerland, ruling him out of the clash against PSG.

The 24-year-old says he respects the decision of the centre referee following raging debate over the card.

“It would have preferred to see two yellow so I could play in the next game but it’s decision of the referee and I respect that,”he said

“I requested for clarification from him and I’m okay.”

Marseille are leading the Ligue 1 log with 25 points, four clear points ahead of second-placed PSG.

AC Milan star Muntari suspended for Palermo match  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari

AC Milan will be without midfielder Sulley Muntari ahead of Sunday’s Seria A game against Palermo.

The 30-year-old has picked accumulated yellow cards which has ruled him out of the must-win game at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

The absence of the influential midfielder will be a massive blow to the Rossonerri who are desperate to return to winning ways after dropping valuable points at Cagliari on Wednesday.

Muntari’s compatriot Michael Essien, Marco Van Vinkel and Bonaventure will fight to replace the suspended midfielder.

Ghana drop goalie Fatau Dauda ahead of Uganda, Togo AFCON qualifiers – report  FIFA.com News

Fatau Dauda dropped

Fatau Dauda dropped

Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda will be dropped for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations double-header against Uganda and Togo with John Boye expected to stage a return, according to reports in the local media.

Dauda, who currently plays for Ashantigold will lose his place in the team with Norwegian-based Adam Kwarasey, expected to take his place.

The former Orlando Pirates shot-stopper will be sacrificed for his inactivity at club level with Maxwell Konadu expected to keep faith with Stephen Adams and Spain-based Razak Brimah.

According to the Ghanaian media, defender John Boye will take his place in the team after recovering from an injury with Kwaben Edusei likely to be dropped for the qualifiers.

Lorient striker Jordan Ayew will be included in the set-up despite been ruled out of the game against Uganda as he will be eligible to play against the Hawks in Tamale.

The Black Stars are firmly sitting comfortably at the summit of the table with eight points, two more than second-placed Togo.

Spanish trainer Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez to be named as new Ghana coach – report  FIFA.com News

Spanish coach Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez will be named as the new Ghana coach ahead of the Black Stars Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda next month, a local radio station has reported.

Spanish coach Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez

Spanish coach Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez will be named as the new Ghana coach ahead of the Black Stars Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda next month, a local radio station has reported.

According to a report on the local radio station Joy FM, Jimenez will be named as the new Black Stars coach by next week to replace Kwesi Appiah who was sacked last month.

According to the report, the 50-year-old is said to have stolen the march of Michel Pont and Avram after excelling during an interview session two weeks ago.

The Ghana FA is keen to end speculation about who will take over from Kwesi Appiah by announcing the Spanish as the new coach of the Black Stars as an executive committee member of the Ghana FA claims.

The Spanish popularly known as ‘JIM’ was appointed at La Liga side Levante UD on 9th June 2011, replacing Getafe CF-bound Luis Garcia.

After two draws in the first two rounds, Martínez coached the team to seven consecutive wins; including a 1–0 home triumph against Real Madrid which led the league during several rounds

He exhibited promises to manage and has the experience of managing big stars and big egos, which could come in handy with respect to players like Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien and Kevin Prince Boateng and other egoistic characters yet to sprout in the near future.

Avram Grant is the ‘dream leader’ to handle Black Stars – Okraku  FIFA.com News

Avram Grant

Avram Grant

Ghanaian football consultant Kurt Okraku feels Avram Grant is the ‘dream leader’ the Black Stars require to end the country’s search for a continental crown.

Grant, a former Chelsea manager is the leading contender to replace Kwesi Appiah after impressing during an interview session with the Ghana FA two weeks ago.

The 59-year-old is among three coaches who are being considered for the hot job and the former Administrative Manager of the Ghana League Clubs Association believes the Israeli is the best fit for the role.

“From the long list of coaches who applied or showed interest in the job, three appeared before the search committee. These three were Avram Grant, Micheal Pont and Juan Ignacio Jimenez, formerly the coach of Rayo Vallecano. Clearly it’s an easy route for one person,” he said

“From the above list of three, one will be surprised if the GFA can look beyond Avram Grant as he clearly stands tall on all fronts. We should be blessed that after all the years, we have finally been able to come close to naming a dream leader for our Black Stars.

“ Why would Ghana look beyond the best amongst the 3 who were interviewed? We are blessed to have him in the final three and for once we will have a leader in our dressing room.”

The co-owner of second-tier side Dreams FC also said the European tactician has the ability to manage the egos of the star-studded Ghanaian players.

“Clearly from the list of three, he is the most experienced, having coached in Israel, in England, in Serbia and in Thailand. Again he is the coach who has won many trophies as the main man. The most recent is the success he chalked in Thailand.

“Avram has coached and managed big name players and also players with big egos. Apart from managing the dressing room of the Israeli national team, Mr. Grant has handled Kevin Prince Boateng before, managed the dreaded Chelsea dressing room which had a lot of big players including but not limited to Didier Drogba, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech so why can’t he manage the small dressing room of Ghana?

Clearly he has a lot of experience in this regard and will be a great father figure for Ghana in our dressing room.” he concluded.

The Ghana FA are in the final phase of announcing the new trainer for the Black Stars.

Ghana spared from hosting Ebola AFCON as CAF considers Morocco’s postponement quest  FIFA.com News

Ghana's jitters about hosting the 2015 African Cup of Nations over Ebola fears look to have been allayed, as CAF is considering Morocco's request that they will stay as hosts if the tournament is postponed to June.

Ghana sports minister Mahama Ayariga

Ghana’s jitters about hosting the 2015 African Cup of Nations over Ebola fears look to have been allayed, as CAF is considering Morocco’s request that they will stay as hosts if the tournament is postponed to June.

Ghana was left as the only country interested in hosting the event if Morocco pulls out despite fears in the country that the disease could spread in the West African country.

Now the Confederation of African Football has agreed in principle to the postponement of the Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015, according to Moroccan media.

The reports follow a meeting held in Yaoundé on Wednesday between CAF President, Issa Hayatou and representatives from the Moroccan Ministry of Sports, the Moroccan football association (FRMF) and the country’s health authorities.

Morocco have again requested that the tournament, scheduled to be held between January 17 and February 8, be postponed voicing concerns over the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and proposed to move it to June 2015 or January 2016.

Issa Hayatou would be willing to meet their request, according to Moroccan daily As-Sabah which means Ghana will no longer be considered as the host of the competition.

Early this month, current hosts Morocco said they wanted the tournament to be postponed because of Ebola, but the Confederation of African Football (CAF) insisted it should be held as planned from 17 January to 8 February.

Countries including Egypt, Ghana and South Africa expressed an interest in holding the tournament if Morocco withdraws.

However, South Africa’s sports ministry shot down the idea last week leaving Ghana and Egypt as the remaining countries interested in taking over as hosts of the competition.

However, Ghana has been left as the only country standing to replace Morocco now after Egyptian authorities dodged their initial interest in taking over from Morocco.

The Confederation of African Football has canceled all football in the three countries most affected by Ebola – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – until further notice, but says it is following the advice of the World Health Organisation that travel bans will not help curtail the outbreak.

However, the request of countries wanting to host the tournament will be discussed at the next meeting of the CAF Executive Committee scheduled for 2 November in Algiers, on the sidelines of the second leg of the CAF Champions League final.

Progress report on Chelsea’s Everton loanee Christian Atsu  FIFA.com News

Christian Atsu

Christian Atsu

Ghana winger Christian Atsu has been at Everton for over two months, and we are perhaps in a position to evaluate his contribution to date.

Naturally, when writing a progress report for any player, it is important to consider what is expected of them, as well as their contribution and output.

Atsu’s arrival at Goodison Park was accompanied with much excitement.

When his signature was secured, Roberto Martinez spoke warmly about what he expected from the winger-cum-forward [via the Daily Mail]: “We are really excited and are desperate to welcome him to Finch Farm (training ground) to allow him to feel the Everton way quickly.

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He had every right to be so gushing, in Atsu he was acquiring one of Africa’s brightest young talents. The former FC Porto man may be small in stature, but he is a forceful operator and difficult to knock off the ball. Similarly, he boasts fine finishing and crossing ability which, when allied with his devastating pace, makes for an effective wingman.

Atsu may never have featured in the Premier League, but he already has experience that few in the Everton squad have. He has featured in the World Cup, the Champions League and the Africa Cup of Nations, and is a former Portuguese champion.

There’s no doubting that Atsu is raw and in need of refinement. His passing, for example, is one area that particularly needs work.

Considering his abilities on either flank, the Black Star is surely set for great things.

This is where Roberto Martinez comes in. The Spaniard is one of the masters of the slow build; he enjoys a burgeoning reputation for polishing raw talents and forging accomplished Premier League performers from the unrefined makings of a star.

At Wigan Athletic, he helped in the development of the likes of James McCarthy, James McArthur and Callum McManaman.

“Christian is a experienced young man and to be that experienced at a young age is incredible.

“He had a really good spell in Portugal then a big move and has played a lot of games in Holland. Playing in a World Cup with Ghana will give him a lot too.

“He can play on both wings, play through the middle and has appreciation of space.

“Technically he is very gifted and will fit extremely well. He has the hunger and desire to want to show what he can do in the Premier League and we feel we are ready to give him that opportunity.”

At Everton, players such as Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and John Stones have flourished, while Barcelona were also keen for the formerReal Sociedad man to work with one of their young prodigies—GerardDeulofeu—last season.

He has also spoken openly about the value he places in youth [via The Mirror]: “Young players bring you that unknown quantity that allows you to reach higher aims,” he began.

“We have the stability of the senior players who week in, week out, give you a solid level. But the youngsters are very important in trying to help us push ourselves into something bigger.”

Last season, Deulofeu joined Everton and was asked to bring more movement, pace and directness to the Blues’ attack. His decisions were occasionally rash, and he certainly drifted out of games, but he was unpredictable and added another dimension to the Toffees’ attack.

The loan spell was a success, so much so that he earned a Spain call-up and was backed for a first-team spot with Barcelona by Martinez. As reported by Sky Sports, via Mundo Deportivo, the manager said: “He is ready to play for Barcelona because he has special talent, certain qualities that make him stand out.”

Atsu arrived at Goodison Park amidst a serendipitous collection of conditions. He appears to be in the right place to contribute regularly for a top-half Premier League side and he should benefit from the tutelage of Martinez.

The limit of Everton’s squad and resources, and the demands of a Europa League push and the battle for the EPL top spots should ensure that Atsu receives ample playing time to prove himself to the fans on Merseyside.

It is against this context that any Atsu progress report must be considered.

Based on the great expectations that accompanied his arrival, it’s faire to say that the Black Star hasn’t delivered.

He has started only one Premier League game, where he played an hour in the defeat against Crystal Palace. His other appearance in the top flight came against Arsenal, when he entered as a late substitute but was impotent as the Gunners stole the points away from Martinez’s side.

In other competitions, his contribution has been similarly limited; he has only completed the 90 minutes for Everton on one occasion, in the League Cup against Swansea City and brought precious little to the table as the Blues delivered possibly their worst performance of the season.

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He is yet to win with his new club, but at least he has avoided defeat in his last two fixtures with the Merseysiders; Atsu was replaced after 45 minutes against Krasnodar away and only played the last 10 against Lille on October 23.

It’s hardly a start to set pulses racing. The minutes have been scarce and the points have been even scarcer.

Upon Atsu’s arrival at Finch Farm, Martinez admitted that it would take time for the youngster to find a place in the first team, and that he was initially looking at the Ghanaian to be a squad member [via The Daily Mail]: “That would be a really good positive move to boost the squad. How ready he will be to have him in the team, it’s too early to tell but we want Christian to be part of the squad as soon as we can.”

Surely, we are still to see the best of Christian Atsu in an Everton shirt. Over at West Ham United, Diafra Sakho has exploded into action in the Premier League—it has helped that he has joined a team playing excellently.

Atsu, on the other hand, hasn’t had this luxury. Everton started the season badly, and even after winning their last two matches, they are still only down in ninth place. They have won as many games as they have lost so far this season.

As things start picking up for the Blues, as the team begin playing with more confidence, we can expect more from the side’s more exciting players.

At this point in time, it’s hard to give anything other than a negative conclusion for Atsu’s start to life at Everton. He has rarely featured,hasn’t ignited and has shown little of the talent that brought him toGoodison Park in the first place.

If we revisit this feature some months down the road, however, one suspects that the West African’s class, pedigree and personality will have shone through.

CAF agrees to postpone 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to June over Ebola fears  FIFA.com News

Africa's football governing body has agreed in principle with Moroccan authorities to move the hosting for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to June, the Moroccan media has reported.

Issa Hayatou is considering moving the AFCON to 2015

Africa’s football governing body has agreed in principle with Moroccan authorities to move the hosting for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to June, the Moroccan media has reported.

According to the reports, the Confederation of African Football has agreed in principle to the postponement of  January’s Africa Cup of Nations because of the threat of Ebola.

The reports follow a meeting held in Yaoundé on Wednesday between CAF President, Issa Hayatou and representatives from the Moroccan Ministry of Sports, the Moroccan football association (FRMF) and the country’s health authorities.

Morocco have again requested that the tournament, scheduled to be held between January 17 and February 8, be postponed voicing concerns over the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and proposed to move it to June 2015 or January 2016.

Issa Hayatou would be willing to meet their request, according to Moroccan daily As-Sabah.

However, CAF have refused to comment on the matter and a final decision is expected to be taken by Sunday when the Executive Committee of the continental body meet in Algiers.

Everton enter race to sign soon-to-be-free Ghana forward Andre Ayew  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew will be a free agent next summer

Andre Ayew will be a free agent next summer

Everton have ignited the Merseyside rivalry with Liverpool by entering the fray in the chase to sign Ghana forward Andre Ayew.

The Blues want to snatch the 24-year-old – who is free to enter a pre-contract agreement with any club in January – from the claws of Liverpool.

Ayew will be one of the most attractive transfer targets as he is out of contract at Marseille next summer.

The Ghana international has also rejected an offer to renew his contract with the French Ligue 1 leaders to further endear him to suitors.

Ayew has featured in all ten of Marseille’s league games so far this season and has helped lift the club to the top of the table, seven points clear of big spending PSG.

He has also been a key figure for his international team for several years featuring in World Cups and African Nations Cups.

At 24 years old he has talent, experience and the potential to develop even further! He could prove to be a terrific addition to whichever team he ends up at.

Tactically Ayew should be able to fit almost seamlessly into either team’s style of play, acting as a supporting player to either Mario Balotelli or Romelu Lukaku.

He is ideally suited to the type of role currently occupied by Coutinho and Sterling at Liverpool or Steven Naismith at Everton, linking midfield and attack, drifting in from wide positions and combing with strikers to cause problems for opponents.

Liverpool would seem like the more likely choice for the Ghanaian, with a greater history of trophies and success, currently playing in the Champions League and fighting to qualify again for next season.

They would also probably be able to make Ayew a more financially lucrative offer, and money often seems to be the deciding factor in modern football.

But Everton will be looking to use their African presence at the club to lure the son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele – in particular Samuel Eto’o – who is a close pal of the Ghana international.

First team opportunities may also be more limited at Liverpool than at Everton.

Ayew will no doubt be confident of his ability to win a place in the starting line-up but players like Coutinho and Sterling are already well established fan favourites and with Lallana and Markovic adding further depth there would be a lot of competition at Liverpool.

Everton are another team with plenty of creative talent and depth in their midfield but there would definitely be place to fit Ayew into the squad.

Leon Osman has been a key figure for Everton for a decade but he is now 33 years old and while still a highly talented player is reaching the latter stages of his career.

A player like Andre Ayew would be an ideal long term replacement if Everton were looking to the future.

Ayew could seize that opportunity for regular first team football and if he produced the sort of form he is cable of he would be able to follow in Osman’s footsteps and become a favourite with fans at Goodison Park.

The potential would be there for Ayew to become a hero at Everton and he should seriously consider taking the chance to become a key figure at Goodison over a bigger pay packet, should Liverpool offer it.

Ayew will feel he has the ability to make the same sort of impact at Anfield and he is an obviously talented player but should he sign for the club to find that he doesn’t get the chance to play regularly he may waste a portion of his career and it could hinder him in the long run.

The move to Everton would guarantee he would be given the chance to play and to show what he is capable of in one of the best league’s in the world.

Should he take that chance and prove he has the quality he will be able to progress his career much further than he would waiting for the chance to play at Liverpool.

Brazil legend Pele to watch Ghana’s Black Stars in friendly against Nigeria  FIFA.com News

Brazilian icon Pele invited for Nigeria-Ghana friendly clash

Brazilian icon Pele invited for Nigeria-Ghana friendly clash

World football icon Pele, has been invited to witness Nigeria’s international friendly against Ghana being used to commission the newly-built stadium in Uyo.

The Brazilian superstar is amongst several high profile dignitaries including Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan invited to the official opening of the 30,000 ultra-modern Akwa Ibon International Stadium.

The match which is being recorded as a full international friendly will unfortunately not feature any of the most prominent players from both sides due to their involvement in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.

Nigeria's new Akwa Ibom International Stadium

Nigeria’s new Akwa Ibom International Stadium

The home-based senior sides – used for the CHAN tournament – will thus be used for this friendly match.

The newly built 30,000 capacity stadium will host the Super Eagles 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on November 19.

The edifice was built to bear similarities with Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena, the Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing China, and the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sulley Muntari’s dad makes public apology over World Cup attack, AC Milan star to follow  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari expected to make public apology soon

Sulley Muntari expected to make public apology soon

Alhaji Sulley Muniru has made a public apology on behalf of his son, Sulley Muntari over his disappointing behaviour during the 2014 World Cup but the AC Milan star must do same before his expected return to the Black Stars.

The 30-year-old assaulted a high ranking Ghana FA official in what appears to be a lead reaction to the agitation over delayed payment of appearance fees to the Black Stars players.

Muntari physically assaulted Black Stars management committee member Moses Armah and also destroyed some of his belongings including smashing his lap top and mobile phones.

The ex Inter Milan man was hours later sacked from the Ghana camp in Brazil and has since been handed an indefinite ban from the team.

GHANAsoccernet.com has reported that the AC Milan star was preparing an official apology to be sent to the Ghana FA to pave a way for his return to the Black Stars.

But his father, Alhaji Muniru Sulley is already softening the grounds ahead of his son’s expected public apology.

“I speak on behalf of my son to apologize to everyone who in one way or the other have been offended by the actions of Sulley [Muntari],” Alhaji Muniru told Asempa FM.

“He is not a bad boy as many perceive but then first thing first.

“I apologize and it is just unfortunate that Moses [Armah] Packer has been a victim of this [his fury].

“I have told him [Muntari] to leave everything to God.”

Muntari will be considered for a return to the Black Stars only when he shows genuine remorse by an official apology.

He must also submit himself to the disciplinary code of the team and assure he will refrain from such poor behaviour in future.

The Black Stars have meanwhile missed the quality of the AC Milan star.

The Ghana team continues to struggle to return to its best form ahead of its expected participation at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations which it hopes to win.

Uganda coach concedes difficult 2015 AFCON qualification task ahead of clash with fired-up Ghana  FIFA.com News

Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic

Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic

Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic admits his team has an almost impossible task to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as they come up against a fired-up Ghana next month.

The Cranes have a ‘mountain’ to climb after losing last month’s double header against Togo.

The two poor results leaves Uganda third in Group E with just four points and facing a real prospect of not making next year’s finals.

They now have to beat Ghana at home in next month’s clash and avoid defeat against Guinea in their final game to probably seal automatic qualification.

But the Cranes will be coming up against a Black Stars side which appears to be returning to full confidence following a hard fought 3-1 win over Guinea in the last round.

Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic concedes his team have put themselves in a very difficult position but remains upbeat of their prospects.

“Yes, the hill has now become a mountain making it very difficult but I trust my boys,” he said.

“Playing against Ghana is like a bicycle racing in formula one. But with the appropriate techniques, we shall qualify.

“Ghana is a huge football country with thousands of talent but our target is to qualify.

“The task was becoming less and less difficult after we got a point in Ghana and beat Guinea, but Togo has made it very difficult now.”

Defender Abeiku Ainooson insists he is not ‘hungry’ at Kotoko  FIFA.com News

Abeiku Ainooson

Abeiku Ainooson

Asante Kotoko defender Abeiku Ainooson has denied media reports of being impoverished to the point of asking for a bailout from his mother.

The 24-year-old is reported to have turned to his mother for financial help to sort himself out of his current predicament in Kumasi.

Ainooson’s alleged financial problems is linked to the delayed start of the Ghana Premier League where players now only have to rely on their meager salaries as against earning hefty bonuses for winning competitive matches.

But the Ghana CHAN star says these ‘derogatory’ reports of being impoverished are palpably false.

“It is not true that I am hungry here in Kumasi,” he told Happy FM.

“I only granted an interview that since the league is not in session, aside it affecting my form it makes players broke because there is no winning bonus.

“These were my words and they were twisted to make it look as if I said I am hungry and that I had to call for an emergency bailout from my mother.

“That is never true. I am the bread whiner for my family, my mum and my siblings so how come I will now turn to them for financial bailout?”

Ainooson is currently out injured with a muscle problem.

He is however expected to return to action well in time for Kotoko’s defence of the Premier League whose start date remain a mystery for now due to a court injunction.

Ghanaian striker John Antwi wants to retain Egyptian Goal King crown  FIFA.com News

John Antwi was crowned Goal King in Egypt last season

John Antwi was crowned Goal King in Egypt last season

Ghanaian striker John Antwi says he is poised to retain his Goal King crown in the Egyptian Premier League.

The 22-year-old’s 11 goals for Ismaily in the regular season was just enough to hand him the top scorer’s prize in last term in the Egyptian top flight.

Antwi’s hot form was truncated over Ismaily’s failure to reach the playoffs of the Egyptian season.

The ex Hearts of Oak hitman has already scored over one-third of his last season tally and is hoping his good start to the new season will see him finish top scorer once more again.

“I am very happy with my form so far at the start of the league,” he told Happy FM.

“I have played all six games and thankfully I have scored four goals.

“I hope to keep up my form so that I retain my Goal King award after this season.”

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