GHANAsoccernet.com - Latest Football News, Football Headlines, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures GHANAsoccernet.com brings to you the latest news on Ghana soccer, soccer, Ghana league, league Sunday, England league, league fantasy, Spain league, Italy league, France league, Nigeria league, Germany league, Egypt league, fantasy football, English football, English football league, football, world football, football news, etc.2014-04-19T23:12:10Z http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/feed/atom/WordPress Admin <![CDATA[Sundowns coach praises Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila on vital goal-line clearance in Swallows win]]> http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/?p=251165 2014-04-19T23:05:37Z 2014-04-19T23:05:37Z Rashid Sumaila

Rashid Sumaila

By Rahman Osman

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has hailed the vital goal-line clearance by Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila pin their 1-0 win over Moroka Swallows on Saturday.

The Black Stars defender proved his mettle once more again when he came on as a second half substitute to help the Brazilians in their match towards the PSL title.

The ex Asante Kotoko loanee has been reliable whenever called upon and did not disappoint after replacing Alje Schut at the start of the second half.

Pitso Masomene men took the lead through forward Teko Modiso early on in the game and had to dig deep to maintain the lead as Swallows threw everything at them in a bid to get something out of the game.

Rashid Sumaila’s last ditch clearance from a corner kick after goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene had been already beaten earned him rave reviews from his coach who is beginning to feel the trophy in his hands.

“That was a close game and I felt Swallows gave their best maybe a point would not have been a bad result but if you win games like this then you begin to dream that this year could be yours,” Mosimane said after the game.

“You can clearly see that Rashid [Sumaila] clearance was as important as Teko’s goal and those are the moments which decides seasons.

“We can now feel it with two games to go our destinies are in our hands and we have to maintain our nerves.”

The win moves Pitso Mosimane’s men six points clear at the top of the table, with second placed Kaizer Chiefs having two games in hand.

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Admin <![CDATA[Ghana FA Vice President Fred Crentsil impressed by excellent display of Black Starlets in friendly tournament]]> http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/?p=251163 2014-04-19T23:02:17Z 2014-04-19T23:02:17Z Black Starlets flying high in Namibia

Black Starlets flying high in Namibia

By Rahman Osman

The Vice President of the Ghana FA Fred Crenstil has been left marvelled by the quality of football that has been showcased by the Black Starlets the 4-Nation tournament in Namibia.

Paa Kwesi Fabin’s team made a strong statement in their first game by thumping German juvenile side Westphalia 3-0.

The Black Starlets followed up with another 3-0 thrashing of South but not before edging out host Namibia in a thrilling 2-1 win.

The team has racked up incredible eight goals in three games and have conceded just one.

The impressive statistics of the Ghana U17 team at the friendly tournament has blown away the Ghana FA veep who accompanied the team to Namibia as the chairman of the Black Starlets’ Management Committee.

“The guys are really doing well, maybe the goals alone do not tell the whole story,” Fred Crenstil told GHANAsoccernet.com

“They play matured football and their understanding of the game is really impressive.

“The youth level is equally as important as the senior side and we need to ensure continuation and it begins here.

“I must say most people did not envisage this top level performance from the team but it has really left me beaming with smiles knowing that Ghana will always produce top level performers.”

The Black Starlets will face German side Westphalia on Sunday afternoon at the Swakopmund Sports Complex.

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Admin <![CDATA[Hellas Verona Ghanaian whiz kid Godfred Donsah debuts in Serie A]]> http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/?p=251158 2014-04-19T22:47:57Z 2014-04-19T22:47:57Z Godfred Donsah receiving a yellow card on his Serie A debut

Godfred Donsah receiving a yellow card on his Serie A debut

Ghana youth midfielder Godfred Donsah played his first Serie A match by climbing off the bench in Hellas Verona’s 2-1 win at Atalanta on Saturday afternoon.

The 17-year-old replaced the experienced Massimo Donati, who had opened the scoring on 53 minutes, in the 68th minute.

After nine minutes on the pitch at the at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, he was booked by referee Daniele Minelli for a strong challenge.

Coach Andrea Mandorlini had handed the Ghanaian bench-places in 10 of the club’s 33 Serie A games this season.

Donsah is a highly rated talent in Italy, according to his agent Oliver Arthur.

He is a member if Ghana’s U20 squad preparing for the 2015 African Youth Championship qualifiers.

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Admin <![CDATA[2014 World Cup: Ghana coach monitors Rashid Sumaila in vital Sundowns win]]> http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/?p=251160 2014-04-19T22:42:52Z 2014-04-19T22:41:08Z Rashid Sumaila impressed before Kwesi Appiah

Rashid Sumaila impressed before Kwesi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow

Follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah was in the stands to watch defender Rashid Sumaila in action for Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Stars trainer took his place in the VIP section of the Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg to take a closer look at one of the candidates for the limited 23 spots for the World Cup.

Appiah however had to wait until the start of the second half to see his prospective World Cup defender in action.

The 21-year-old impressed especially in the last minutes of the game when he had to make a goal line clearance to help his side to a vital but slim win over Moroka Swallows.

Sundowns had taken an early lead through Teko Modise and put up a resolute defensive display to take the crucial three points.

The ex Asante Kotoko loanee came on at the start of the second half to replace Alje Schut to make a strong case for his inclusion into the Ghana squad for the 2014 World Cup with his sterling performance which earned the praise of his coach Pitso Mosimane.

Sumaila will have a one-on-one meeting with coach Kwesi Appiah on Sunday before the Black Stars trainer heads out to monitor other players.

The Ghana coach will return from his official duty in South Africa on Wednesday to finalize his squad for June’s tournament in Brazil.

He will name a provisional squad for the tournament by May 13 after which non-residential camping will begin in Accra in late May.

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admin <![CDATA[Ghanaian midfielder Duncan facing uncertain future at Livorno after coach Di Carlo’s sacking]]> http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/?p=251157 2014-04-19T23:12:10Z 2014-04-19T22:40:25Z AC Milan Brazilian forward Kaka, right, challenges for the ball with Livorno midfielder Joseph Duncan, of Ghana, during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Livorno at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy

AC Milan Brazilian forward Kaka, right, challenges for the ball with Livorno midfielder Joseph Duncan, of Ghana, during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Livorno at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Ghanaian midfielder Joseph Duncan is facing uncertain future at Italian side Livorno after the club fired coach Domenico Di Carlo and rehired Davide Nicola.

The relegation-threatened side fired Duncan’s mentor following a 3-0 loss at AC Milan on Saturday which plunged the club into the relegation zone.

The Tuscan club announced the move on its website on Saturday, with four rounds remaining in Serie A.

The defeat left Livorno second from bottom, two points above last-place Catania and three behind Sassuolo and Bologna.

The bottom three clubs will be relegated.

Nicola was fired in January, then Attilio Perotti, the club sporting director, was put in charge for a week before Di Carlo was hired.

There could be a glimmer of hope for Duncan as he had previously worked under Nicola and could be given starting roles at the club but with the technical changes the new coach could experiment with some changes in his playing staff.

In 34 matches, Livorno has won just six, with seven draws and 21 losses.

Last season, Nicola led Livorno up from Serie B.

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Admin <![CDATA[Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari plays historic 50th game for AC Milan]]> http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/?p=251153 2014-04-19T22:22:18Z 2014-04-19T22:20:47Z Sulley Muntari makes 50th appearance for Milan

Sulley Muntari makes 50th appearance for Milan

By Ameenu Shardow

Follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari reached another milestone in his impressive football career by making his 50th appearance for AC Milan in the 3-0 thrashing of Livorno on Saturday.

The 29-year-old was playing his 50th game in a Rossoneri shirt when he came on as a second half substitute on his return from injury in the Serie-A game at the San Siro.

Muntari made an initial loan move to Milan on transfer deadline day in January 2012 while on international duty with the Black Stars at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea from cross-town rivals Inter.

The former Portsmouth man had returned from a six-month loan stint at English Premier League club Sunderland following his extensive bench warming role at Inter first under Gian Piero Gasperini and then under Claudio Ranieri.

Muntari returned to Milan after the Nations Cup to score on his debut on February 19 in a Serie-A away game against Cesena.

The Ghana international never looked back as he revived his career from virtual obscurity under manager Massimiliano Allegri.

Sulley Muntari's 'ghost goal' against Juventus

Sulley Muntari’s ‘ghost goal’ against Juventus

His revival included what was later known as the ‘ghost goal’ in a crucial game against Juventus when he headed in a cross which was adjudged never to have crossed the goal line when indeed it did by 30 centimetres.

The game ended 1-1 which helped Juventus’ bid to clinch the Serie-A title when it could have easily headed the other way had Muntari’s goal been given.

The Black Stars enforcer later made his move permanent as a free agent when his contract ended with Inter in the summer of 2012.

The ex Udinese man then faced a tragic moment when he picked up a bad knee injury while playing a local football match in his native Ghana while on summer holidays.

The injury kept him out for most parts of the 2012-13 season.

Sulley Muntari celebrates Champions League goal against Barcelona

Sulley Muntari celebrates Champions League goal against Barcelona

He however returned strongly to again etch his name in Milan folklore by scoring a second against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League with fellow Ghanaian Kevin-Prince Boateng scoring the opener – Milan however failed to hold onto the 2-0 advantage to exit the competition at the Round of 16 stage.

Muntari has since gone on to make other memorable appearances for the Rossoneri including infamous sending offs and other explosive strikes up to this point when he made his 50th appearance for the European giants.

GHANAsoccernet.com salutes Sulley Muntari on his meteoric milestone at AC Milan.

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Admin <![CDATA[Michael Helegbe wills Medeama to make history by clinching Confederations Cup on first attempt]]> http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/?p=251151 2014-04-19T21:06:52Z 2014-04-19T21:06:52Z Michael Helegbe

Michael Helegbe

By Ameenu Shardow

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Medeama midfielder Michael Helegbe believes the side can make history by clinching the CAF Confederations Cup on just their first attempt.

The Yellow and Mauves are just two games away from making it through to the group stage of the competition where they face Congolese club AC Leopards.

Medeama are only making their debut African campaign by virtue of their success in last season’s MTN FA Cup.

The Tarkwa-based club have however impressed and are the only surviving Ghanaian club in African club competition this season.

Helegbe who only joined the club in the second half of the season believes the side can go on to make history for the club and Ghana football.

“This is the first time Medeama is taking part in the Confederation Cup, and as a player and as a group; our aim is to achieve history for the club and nation,” he said.

“We are working very hard, and it has been showing in our games.

“We are two games away from groups stage now, and I believe our focus and aim is still on course.

“As a player, you need to win a trophy for the club; yes we do talk about the Confederation Cup, and our aim is to work very hard and be in the group stage.”

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Admin <![CDATA[Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila plays part in tough Sundowns win]]> http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/?p=251148 2014-04-19T20:44:42Z 2014-04-19T20:44:42Z Rashid Sumaila in action for Mamelodi Sundowns

Rashid Sumaila in action for Mamelodi Sundowns

Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila came on as a second half substitute to help Mamelodi Sundowns to a crucial 1-0 win at Moroka Swallows on Saturday.

The vital win extends the lead of the Brazilians at the top of the South African top flight with main title rivals Kaizer Chiefs having two games in hand.

Sumaila came on at the start of the second half to replace Alje Schut in the game played in Johannesburg.

The Black Stars contributed his bid to a resolute defensive performance in the second half to ensure the three points were safe for Pitso Mosimane’s side.

Sundowns have now stretched their lead to 61 points but have played two games more than closest contenders Kaizer Chiefs who are on 55 points with just two games left.

This means Sundowns remain in the driving seat for the championship which will go all the way to the final game of the season.

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Admin <![CDATA[Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah keeps clean sheet to help Cordoba to another important win]]> http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/?p=251146 2014-04-19T20:33:52Z 2014-04-19T20:33:52Z Razak Brimah has been a consistent performer for Cordoba

Razak Brimah has been a consistent performer for Cordoba

Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah kept a clean sheet while helping Cordoba to another vital win in the Spanish third tier.

Goals from Fran Serrano and Damian handed the Caliphs a 2-0 win away to Lucena which pushes them further away from the relegation zone.

Brimah has started each and every single game for Cordoba since his arrival in January from bankrupt CD Guadalajara.

The 26-year-old has managed to help the side’s revival as they remain consistent with their improvement from their then precarious position in the league.

Jose Antonio Romero’s side were second from bottom at the time of Brimah’s arrival but have now climbed to 11th with just three games to end the season.

The ex Nania FC goalkeeper hopes to catch the eye of Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah with his consistent displays in order to be selected into the Black Stars squad for the 2014 World Cup.

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