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AYC 2015: Senegal gain confidence ahead of tournament kick-off  FIFA.com News

Joseph Koto

Joseph Koto

African Youth Championship hosts Senegal received a confidence boost ahead of their continental campaign after recording two back-to-back wins over South Africa and Zambia in warm-up friendlies.

They defeated ‘Amajita’ 1-0 at the Diambars Institute last Saturday, thanks to a lone goal from Ibrahima Wadji just before the break, before sealing a victory by the same scoreline over the young Chipolopolo at the Léopold Sédar Senghor Stadium on Tuesday, with a second-half winner from Alassane Diouf.

For their third appearance at the junior tournament, the Senegalese will be looking for a last four achievement and a qualification for the U-20 FIFA World Cup New-Zealand 2015, after finishing 8th in 1993 and 6th in 1995.

National coach Joseph Koto called-up a 21-man list including 9 foreign-based players for the show-piece event.

“We travelled inside and outside the country and have set up the best possible squad,” Koto confirmed at a press conference.

Senegal will kick off the 19th edition of the African Youth Championship against Nigeria at the Léopold Sédar Senghor Stadium in Dakar on Sunday, before facing Côte d’Ivoire on March 11 and Congo on March 14 in their other Group A encounters.

SENEGAL U-20 SQUAD FOR 2015 AFRICAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP

Goalkeepers: Lamine Ba (Dakar Sacré Cœur), Ibrahima Sy (Lorient, France), Seydou Sy (Monaco, France)

Defenders: Alassane Sylla (Diambars), Moussa Wagué (Aspire), Racine Coly (Brescia, Italy), Elimane Cissé (Diambars), Pape Abdou Cissé (Ajaccio, France), Andali Nou Corréa (Dakar Sacré Cœur), Mohamed Sané (Dijon, France).

Midfielders: Roger Gomis (Louhans Cuiseaux, France), Sidy Sarr (Mbour Petite Côte), Mamadou Loum Ndiaye (US Ouakam), Alassane Sow (Saragosse, Spain), Soro Mbaye (Sedan, France).

Forwards: El hadj Malick Niang (US Gorée), Alassane Diouf (Darou Salam), Moussa Koné (Dakar Sacré Cœur), Ibrahima Wadji (Mbour Petite Côte), Omar Goudiaby (Guédiawaye FC), Sékou Goudiaby (Real Vallecano, Spain)

EXCLUSIVE: Kotoko approach ex-Medeama trainer Roberto Paullete for coaching job  FIFA.com News

Carlos Roberto Paullet

Carlos Roberto Paullet

Ex-Medeama coach Carlos Roberto Paullete has exclusively told GHANAsoccernet.com he’s been contacted for the Asante Kotoko job.

The Peruvian claims he’s been approached by top officials of the club to replace Mas-Ud Dramani.

“Some top Kotoko officials have called me twice to take up the job,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com

“And so I am waiting for them as we speak. It will be great honour to return to Ghana and manage one of the biggest traditions in Africa.

“It will be a dream come true for me. Hopefully they will get back to me so I can take the offer.”

However the claim by the former South End United trainer is in sharp contrast with Kotoko’s official position of not engaging a foreign coach.

The Porcupine Warriors have ruled out signing an expatriate as pressure mounts on the management team to find Dramani’s successor.

Ex-Hearts trainer David Duncan was initially tipped for the role but that move has been put on ice with reports suggesting he’s not favoured by the club’s Life Patron Otumfuo Osei Tutu 11.

The former Ashantigold trainer seems to have carved an irreparable damage on his association with Kotoko following alleged unsavory comments he made against the club during his spells at Ashantigold and Hearts.

Robbers attack and shoot three Kano Pillars players travelling in team bus for Nigerian Premier League match  FIFA.com News

Kano Pillars' Gambo Muhammed.

Kano Pillars’ Gambo Muhammed.

Three players of Kano Pillars, Gambo Mohammed, Eneji Otekpa and Adamu Murtala, were shot on Thursday afternoon at Abaji/Lokoja/Abuja road on their way to honour the Nigeria league opener in Owerri against Heartland this weekend.

The Pillars bus was attacked around 1pm in the afternoon and three players were shot while two others sustained injuries.

The club media officer Idris Malikawa told AfricanFootball.com that the players were shot and all the injured players are receiving treatment in Lokoja as they urged the LMC to shift the match.

“Our team bus was attacked by armed robbers this afternoon at Abaji between Lokoja and Abuja on the way to Owerri for the game against Heartland. Three of our players, Gambo Mohammed, Eneji Otekpa and Adamu Murtala, were shot on the hand,” Malikawa disclosed.

“Ubong Ekpai and Reuben Ogbonnaya sustained injuries on their hands too. They are all receiving treatment in a hospital in Lokoja. Thank God no life was lost.

“We have notified the LMC of the incident and urged them to postpone the match against Heartland.”

Ex-Ghana defender Adu Sarpei completes UEFA Pro Licence coaching badge  FIFA.com News

Hans Adu Sarpei

Hans Adu Sarpei

Ex-Ghana defender Hans Adu Sarpei has received his UEFA Licence A badge, paving the way for him to kick-start his coaching career. 

The 38-year-old is now qualified to take charge of any top-flight side in Europe after completing the course.

The former Ghanaian international took charge of German lower division side Tus Bruchhausen.

He played at the highest level in the German Bundesliga including Schalke 04, Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen.

Sarpei played at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa where Ghana reached the quarter-finals.

He was a sports analyst on German television station Tele5.

Feature: Playing Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien among AC Milan’s 4 biggest regrets over the past 12 months  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari

AC Milan should have regrets for the past 12 months. They failed to make the Champions League for the first time in a decade. They dropped down to the bottom half of the Serie A table. And they lost every bit of class along the way.

What’s left is a squad playing in an empty stadium with an inexperienced coach, an oft-injured captain and a leaky defence. The Rossoneri cannot even win two games in a row. It’s sad times indeed.

The club made some poor choices to get to this point.

Milan have not allowed their youngsters the time to properly develop, and instead have played washed-out scrubs, who have perpetuated the current cycle of mediocrity. They forced one club legend to retire and then fired him as coach. Then they hired another, only to threaten the manager with the axe yet again, according to Sportmediaset (h/t Forza Italian Football).

Let’s take a look at Milan’s worst decisions in this span of time.

Playing Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien

It’s not a coincidence that whenever Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari play together, the team does not play well.

They have not touched the pitch since their disastrous performances in a 3-1 loss to Juventus early in February. However, injuries to Riccardo Montolivo and Nigel de Jong could open the door for the Ghanaian duo.

The problem with them is that they are slow—slow even by Serie A standards. Plus, they habitually turn over the ball. Despite those factors, they were given playing time ahead of some promising prospects.

Furthermore, Muntari was handed the captain’s armband for the Juventus match. There is not a player less deserving of the armband than Muntari. The captaincy lost any shred of honour it had left then and there.

Keeping M’Baye Niang on the Bench

Milan moved 20-year-old M’Baye Niang to Genoa on loan.

The resulting irony is palpable. Niang could not get any substantial minutes at Milan, so he ventured to a club ahead of the Rossoneri in the standings and immediately started games and scored goals. It’s proof that Milan’s so-called “youth movement” does not exist.

Niang has been one of Genoa’s standout players since joining the team. He has an air of calmness when playing—not aloofness, but a sense of lulling opponents into a sense of false security. He can also provide the assists, and his runs are penetrating.

Niang is a dynamic player, exactly what Milan are missing. He has already told Genoa newspaper Il Secolo XIX (h/t Football Italia) that he wants to keep playing there.

Firing Clarence Seedorf

Clarence Seedorf played with a strong personality, and he coached the same way. He was fired not six months into his first stint on the bench.

Seedorf retired from the game to rejoin Milan in this new capacity. He did not have the benefit of a pre-season or a full transfer window. He largely inherited a troubled squad.

Some of the players, according to Goal.com’s Stefan Coerts and Mark Doyle, did not like him. Therefore, it was easier to sack the coach.

Seedorf nonetheless achieved good results. He had more points after 19 games than his predecessor, Massimiliano Allegri, or his successor, Filippo Inzaghi.

The Dutchman brought back a sense of accountability to Milan, highlighted by his benching of captain Montolivo. Seedorf may not have been the answer, but he was certainly ready to fight the disease of mediocrity at Milan.

And it cost him his job.

Hiring Filippo Inzaghi

Milan decided to replace one inexperienced manager with another. They promoted Filippo Inzaghi from the youth team, and at first he seemed to re-energize the club. Players ran over to him, hugged him, celebrated goals with him. But that togetherness slowly disappeared.

Inzaghi’s starting XI has changed on a weekly basis. Milan have not played with the same centre-back pairing for more than a couple of weeks—if that long. Injuries have played a part, but Inzaghi has ultimately been the biggest hindrance to any form of consistency.

For someone who spent his formative coaching years at the youth level, Inzaghi has not been too kind to the young players. Riccardo Saponara and Niang were forced to leave, and now Suso and Marco van Ginkel are struggling for time. Inzaghi is demonstrating poor management skills.

Liberty coach George Lamptey raves over the future prospect of budding star Eli Agbeko  FIFA.com News

Eli Agbeko will be the next biggest star from Ghana according to George Lamptey

Eli Agbeko will be the next biggest star from Ghana according to George Lamptey

By Ameenu Shardow

Follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Liberty Professionals coach George Lamptey believes youngster Eli Agbeko will probably be the biggest talent to emerge from the club.

The 19-year-old is yet to play this season having just recovered from a long-term injury.

Agbeko was nominated as the Most Promising Star at the end of the 2011-12 Ghana Premier League season.

Injury has however taken its toll on the youngster who is now working his way back to full sharpness to make a first team return with the Dansoman-based.

Coach George Lamptey is raving over the future prospects of the left-footer who is already being tracked by foreign agents.

“Eli Agbeko I think will be the next biggest thing in Ghana football,” Lamptey told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“He has everything a player needs. He is like Christian Atsu – very skillful and quick.

“If not for the injury, I am sure he would have been playing in Europe by now.

“The thing however is that he is still young and still developing so we’ll need to be patient with him.”

Lamptey adds: “He is just returning from injury so we are being careful with him.

“I think after the next two games, he will be ready to play again.”

David Duncan set to miss out on Kotoko coaching job  FIFA.com News

David Duncan set to miss out on Kotoko coaching job

David Duncan set to miss out on Kotoko coaching job

Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko will not appoint David Duncan as Mas-Ud Dramani’s successor, GHANAsoccernet.com understands.

Officials of the Porcupine Warriors are under intense pressure from the club’s supporters’ umbrella body to hire the ex-Hearts of Oak tactician.

But their dream is on the verge of being scuttled with Manhyia expected to kick against the move over ‘friendship ties’.

There are fears the club’s life patron, Otumfuo Osei Tutu 11 will kick against the move due to his close association with the majority shareholder of their sworn rivals Heart of Oak Togbe Afede XIV.

The world respected king is believed to have been briefed on the reasons that led to the infamous departure of the tough-talking trainer from Hearts, prompting widespread reports that Otumfuo will not sanction the move.

Despite Duncan pedigree in the West African country, top officials of Manhyia are still hurting over certain negative comments he made against the club during his spells at Ashantigold and Hearts.

Former chief executive Jarvis Peprah led a campaign to kick against the appointment of the former Free State Stars coach, claiming he has unbridled hatred against the most powerful Ghanaian side.

Samuel Opoku Nti’s management are awaiting an express direction from the Life Patron before deciding on their new coach but insiders have told Ghana’s leading football website, GHANAsoccernet.com that he won’t be Duncan after all.

It seems Duncan will have to repair his image with the club to have any realistic chance of handling the two-time African champions in the foreseeable future.

However Kotoko’s options for a top-notch coach are few after ruling out a move for an expatriate.

Black Stars coach Avram Grant arrives in Ghana tonight, set to focus on local league  FIFA.com News

Black Stars coach Avram Grant arrives in Ghana tonight, set to focus on local league

Ghana coach Avram Grant

Coach of the Black Stars, Avram Grant will arrive in Ghana today after taking a short leave after the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Grant will be going round some league centres to watch some of the First Capital Plus Premier League matches with Black Stars management Committee chairman, George Afriyie.

Coach Grant will later join the Black Satellites in Senegal for the Africa Youth Championship which kicks off on the 8th of March.

Avram Grant guided the Black Stars to the finals of the 2015 AFCON where they lost to Ivory Coast on penalties.

I am unaware Asamoah Gyan will resume penalty duties for Ghana, says brother Baffour  FIFA.com News

Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan

Ex-Ghana striker Baffour Gyan, who is the closest adviser and mentor of Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan, says he’s in the dark over reports his brother will reconsider his decision not to take penalties for the country.

Gyan is quoted as saying he will reassess his current stance on the emotive matter following the side’s penalty ache defeat to Ivory Coast in the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations held in Equatorial Guinea.

The Al Ain attacker has declined penalty duties with the Black Stars after he came under massive attack in the wake of two important penalty-misses against Uruguay and Zambia between 2010 and 2012.

The ex-Ghana international who has massive influence of the Black Stars captain says he’s unware over reports his brother will sleep over calls to reconsider his spot kick boycott.

“I cannot answer this. Honestly, I don’t know where this is coming from.”

He was tactically substituted in the dying minutes in that game to avoid taking part in the spot kick.

 

Liberty captain Alfred Nelson charges youngsters to step up in absence of Kennedy Ashia and Tamimu Muntari  FIFA.com News

Kennedy Ashia on national team assignment

Kennedy Ashia on national team assignment

By Ameenu Shardow

Follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Liberty Professionals captain Alfred Nelson has charged the club’s youngsters to step up to the plate in the absence of impact players Kennedy Ashia and Tamimu Muntari.

The Dansoman-based side have to make do without the duo who are away on national team assignments.

Liberty have struggled to score goals this term in the First Capital Plus League.

All the seven goals they’ve scored so far in the Premier League has come from midfielders like Ashia and Tamimu and from the defence.

Their absence will thus have a major effect on the form of the side.

But captain Alfred Nelson believes the duo’s absence presents a unique opportunity for fringe players and youngsters at the club to prove themselves.

“Ashia and Tamimu are not with the team for now and I think it will affect us because of how important they’ve been for us,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“But this means there are opportunities for other players and they must make full use of it.”

Liberty are currently 10th in the Ghanaian top flight after nine rounds of matches.

Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard reveals reason behind consoling weeping Andre Ayew after AFCON final  FIFA.com News

Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard has revealed that the strong bond between him and the Ayew family inspired him to console Andre Ayew during his irrepressible weeping when the Elephants defeated the Black Stars in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations last month.

Andre Ayew was consoled by Herve Renard

Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard has revealed that the strong bond between him and the Ayew family inspired him to console Andre Ayew during his irrepressible weeping when the Elephants defeated the Black Stars in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations last month.

Ayew shed uncontrollable tears after the Black Stars lost to Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations final in Equatorial Guinea because it was too much to bear.

The Ivory Coast Coach Herve Renard, who is a former assistant coach of Ghana, spent several minutes after match consoling Ayew after the Black Stars lost to the Ivorians on penalties in the final.

Renard says he feared Ghanaians would reject the player while the relationship between his family and that of Ayew spurred him to engage the Marseille star to calm him down.

“I was afraid of being rejected by the Ghanaians. So when he was alone, I went”, the former coach of Sochaux wrote in his France Football column.

“It made ??me sad to see him like that. I great affection for Jordan and Andre. I lived a year in Ghana, their little sister was educated with my daughter, we do not live far from each other.

“I just wanted to comfort him, even if it did not make much use. I think he did not hear me I said Even Yaya and Kolo Toure, among the greats, lost two finals and ended up finally winning. I told him that I was sure that one day he would win with Ghana.”

Ayew said he had to shed uncontrollable tears after the Black Stars lost to Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations final because it was too much to bear.

That was the Marseille player’s second Afcon final loss with the first being Angola 2010 against Egypt.

The four-time African champions succumbed in a 9-8 penalty shootout against the Elephants on Sunday in Equatorial Guinea, a game that was a total repetition of Senegal 1992.

“The feeling of losing a second Afcon final got me very emotional and I couldn’t control it,” Ayew told the press in Accra. “It was really difficult for me to take.”

According to him, the Black Stars were the best team of the final and should have annexed the trophy.

“I thought we just deserved the trophy. We played well and put in a lot of effort,” he said.

Ayew, who was voted the top scorer of the tournament, scored three goals and provided two assists.

OFFICIAL: Ex-international Mohammed Gargo appointed BA United head coach  FIFA.com News

Mohammed Gargo

Mohammed Gargo

Ex-Ghana international Mohammed Gargo has landed in Sunyani to take charge of BA United after agreeing a short-term deal with the struggling Premier League side.

A statement on the club’s Twitter account confirmed: “Former Black Stars player Mohammed Gargo has been appointed the head coach of the club for the rest of the season.”

 

Gargo, who guided Real Tamale United to the Division One League promotional playoffs last year, replaces Frimpong Manso.

He has had some experience Premier League experience after leading RTU three seasons ago but failed to rescue them.

The ex-Udinese and Genoa star will take charge of his first match on Sunday against Wa All Stars in Ghana Premier League.

BA United are at the foot of the table with seven points from the available 27.

Rashid Sumaila enjoying vital experience in Kuwait with Al Qadsia  FIFA.com News

Rashid Sumaila

Rashid Sumaila

Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila believes he is picking up vital experience playing for Kuwaiti club Al Qadsia.

The 22-year-old has already established himself as a regular starter under a month of joining the club on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Sumaila was handed to Al Qadsia on a five-month loan deal for an undisclosed fee.

He has since been an integral member of the team in both their domestic and continental campaigns.

The former Asante Kotoko loanee who was part of Ghana’s squad for the 2014 World Cup says he is drawing vital lessons from the experience of playing in Asia.

“Since I came here, I have got more experience about how the Asian competition is,” he told Sportscrusader.com.

“We played in the qualifiers of the Asian Champions League and now, we are in the Asian Federation Cup.

“We also have another competition – the Prince Cup – to compete in and the league is also ongoing.

“So I must say it is a revealing experience for me and I hope to cap it all with trophies at the end of the season.”

Source: Sportscrusader

Ghanaian youngster Thomas Agyepong has genuine chance to be hit at Man City – agent  FIFA.com News

Thomas Agyepong

Thomas Agyepong

By Ameenu Shardow

Follow on Twitter @aloomeenu

UK-based football agent Keith Sharpe insists Ghanaian youngster Thomas Agyepong still has a future at English giants Manchester City.

The former Ghana U17 team captain has just turned 18, making him eligible to sign a professional contract with the Citizens.

The Ghanaian youngster is however likely to be sent out on as part of Man City’s model of helping their youth players gather experience.

There are however precedents in the past to show that not all players who are sent out on loan by the English giants return to the side.

But football agent Keith Sharpe who has close working relations with the English champions believes Agyepong stands a genuine chance of making it at City.

Agyepong is considered one of the brightest emerging stars to have graduated from the famous Right to Dream

“He [Ahyepong] has a real chance, he can impact any team he plays in,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“Just like [Divine] Naah, the challenge we have with all of the younger non- EU players initially is qualification for the special exemption to get the UK work permit.

“This is why we work closely with [Man] City to find top level clubs in Europe where they can play first team football.”

Ghana defender Awal Mohammed impressed by intense competition in Asia  FIFA.com News

Ghana defender Awal Mohammed now with Al Shabab

Ghana defender Awal Mohammed now with Al Shabab

Ghana defender Awal Mohammed is impressed with the intensity of competition in Asia.

The central defender currently plays his club football in oil-rich Saudi Arabia for Al Shabab.

Awal joined the Riyadh-based club barely a month ago but has already established himself as a regular starter for the side.

The 26-year-old impressed on his debut where he managed to tame the prowess of Asamoah Gyan in Al Shabab’s draw with Al Ain in their opening group match in this season’s Asian Champions League.

Many have however doubted the level of competition in Asia – with critics regarding it’s as the platform for ageing stars from Europe to cash in on retirement.

But Ghana defender Awal Mohammed has hailed the heightened level of competition in the region – insisting the level of intensity is always improving.

“The level of competition here has impressed me a lot,” the ex Asante Kotoko player told Sportscrusader.

“I never thought the intensity of the game here was this high – it is higher than South Africa, no doubt about that.

“The wealth of the clubs here makes it possible for them to sign a lot of international players which has raised the standard of the game here.

“The Asian Champions League is even richer in terms of quality.

“And this is a football loving country as well so the stadiums are always full.”

Travelling Ghanaian players are always laughed at in their pursuit for greener pastures, Daniel Agyei reveals  FIFA.com News

Daniel Agyei played for Free State Stars

Daniel Agyei played for Free State Stars

Goalkeeper Daniel Agyei has revealed traveling Ghanaian players are ‘laughed at’ in their pursuit for better remuneration.

Quality in the domestic leagues keep eroding due to the alarming rate of player exodus.

The players are always in the haste to travel abroad primarily to earn better wages to improve on their livelihood.

Only a few are lucky to land good clubs in Europe while the majority find themselves plying their trade in countries not noted for their football just to earn a decent living.

Goalkeeper Daniel Agyei who has returned to Liberty Professionals after a failed stint in South Africa with Free State Stars says Ghanaian players are mocked at on their travels abroad in search of ‘money’.

“They always laugh at us that we can’t stay in our country but rather traveling to come and look for money,” the 2009 U20 World Cup winner told Sportscrusader.

“But the truth also is that we don’t earn that much in Ghana so we have to travel.

“If I had stayed in Ghana, I don’t think I would have been able to get certain things for myself and my family.

“But then, we are always laughed at and it is something we’ve had to live with.”

More Ghanaians to play in 2015 Major League Soccer; Goalkeeper Kwarasey and Accam to debut  FIFA.com News

David Accam

David Accam

The 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) season will witness more Ghanaian interest when the competition commences on the weekend of March 6, 7 and 8.

Apart from the usual torchbearers, Patrick Nyarko, Dominic Oduro and Gershon Koffie, the 20th edition of the MLS will officially welcome Ghanaian stars Adam Larsen Kwarasey, David Accam and Kwadwo Poku into the league.

Majority of Ghanaians will shift focus on the Eastern Conference where old faces Dominic Oduro and Patrick Nyarko represent Impact De Montreal and Chicago Fire respectively.

Eastern Conference will have new Ghanaian entrant David Accam doing battle for Chicago Fire while youngster Kwadwo Poku plays for New York City FC.

Western Conference will have their fair share of the Ghanaian representation when another old face Gershon Koffie represents Vancouver Whitecaps with goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey, another new entrant, representing Portland Timbers.

Striker David Accam joined Chicago Fire from Swedish side Helsingborg while goalkeeper Kwarasey made a switch from the Norwegian League to the MLS.

Kwadwo Poku played for Atlanta Silverbacks in the North American Soccer League (NASL) before his audacious move to franchise NYCFC.

Meanwhile, some Ghanaian-born Americans will lighten up the season with their natural Ghanaian soccer flair.

Kwame Watson-Siriboe will feature for NYCFC with Kofi Opare doing battle for DC United. While C. J Sapong competes in the colors of Philadelphia Union, Houston Dynamo will parade Kofi Kwarteng Frempong Sarkodie while Gyasi Zardes continues his remarkable LA Galaxy story that has already caught the eyes of coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Ghanaian-born English player, Lloyd Sam is also expected to represent Red Bull in the Eastern Conference.

By Richard Adjei Yirenkyi

Ghana legend Malik Jabir blasts ‘greedy’ Osei Kofi over cash snub  FIFA.com News

Reverend Osei Kofi

Reverend Osei Kofi

Ex-Ghana international Malik Jabir has launched a stinging potshot at another former great Osei Kofi, labeling him as a ‘greedy’ person who extorts money from authorities for his personal gains.

Malik Jabir is angry after being sidelined in the payment of monies to retired footballers who won the Africa Cup of Nations title for the West African country.

The former Kotoko great claims he was ignored in the whole process and has taken on the vociferous member of ‘the 1963 and 65’ winning group.

Rev Osei Kofi led the campaign for ex-players to be rewarded for their selfless service to the nation, leading to the government paying GH¢ 1.7m in fulfilment of a pledge made by Ghana president John Dramani Mahama in the run up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

But Malik Jabir, the current Olympic team coach, has been fuming with rage after being snub in the sharing of the booty.

He launched a scathing attack on the former Ghana star and claims Osei Kofi is greedy and only thinks about his pocket.

“President Kuffuor gave us an amount of 500 million (old Ghana cedis) on the quiet which was received by Osei Kofi and as we speak, I don’t know the whereabout of that money,” he fumed on Oman FM

“He again received the money from president Mahama on behalf of the old players and yet I have not received my share.

“This is what happens when you have such greedy individuals masquerading as genuine people seeking the warefare of players. They only make noise and create the impression old players have been totally neglected and yet when monies are paid, he shares it with his cronies.

“That cannot allow to be continued. He must be stopped. Go and find out how many people got their share of the money.”

The wild allegations against Osei Kofi is a damning verdict on his integrity and credibility as he is seen as the leading figure who has been championing the interest of old players.

It is believed that the four-time African Champions have been jinxed by the former winners of the tournament after government failed to fulfill promises made to them decades ago.

And the payment of the money is believed to have erased the curse, leading to the Black Stars silver-medal feat at the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Liberty captain Alfred Nelson targets top four finish  FIFA.com News

Liberty Professionals captain Alfred Nelson

Liberty Professionals captain Alfred Nelson

By Ameenu Shardow

Follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Liberty Professionals captain Alfred Nelson believes the side is capable of finishing in the top four despite their early struggle in the Ghanaian top flight.

The Dansoman-based club are currently 10th in the First Capital Plus League but have struggled to score goals.

Liberty have managed to score only seven goals in the nine games played so far this season.

Coupled with financial challenges, many doubt the club’s credentials to escape the relegation fight they were so entangled in last season.

But captain Alfred Nelson believes the side has the potential to make at least a top four finish this term.

“I believe a top four finish target is realistic and achievable this season,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“We lost a couple of players at the start of the season which has accounted for our difficult start [to the season].

“But we are beginning to pick up again and I believe we can make it to the top four this season.”

Ex-Ghana international Mohammed Gargo linked to vacant BA United coaching job  FIFA.com News

Mohammed Gargo

Mohammed Gargo

By Rahman Osman

Follow on twitter @iamrahmanosman

Former Ghana midfield power house Mohammed Gargo, is close to taking up the coaching position of premier league strugglers BA United after holding talks with club executives this week.

Gargo, has had stints with Real Tamale United and New Edubiase as head coach since hanging up his boots.

Sources close to Gargo have confirmed to Ghanasoccernet.com that Gargo has held meetings with high ranking members of BA United on the view of taking up the coaching position.

“Gargo has been holding meetings with some of the top officials of BA United and it won’t be long before he takes up the job,” A source close to Gargo told Ghanasoccernet.com

“The idea of coaching the club certainly interests him.”

BA United languish at the base of the First Capital Plus premier league with just 7 points from nine games.

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