New Edubiase President Abdul Salam Yakubu says Ghanaian clubs need a minimum of $1m to enable them compete favourably in African club competitions.
Ghanaian clubs have failed over the years to make meaningful impacts in both the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.
Ghana’s representatives in African club competitions have often blamed their inability to creditably rough shoulder against the best clubs on the continent due to lacking funds.
New Edubiase suffered from this syndrome when they fell in the early stages in their maiden campaign in the Confederations Cup following the death of their major financier David Lamptey.
Club President Abdul Salam Yakubu says Ghanaian clubs need at least $1m to compete favourably in Africa.
“Clubs is Ghana, I tell you can compete in Africa but for the lacking funds,” he told Metro FM.
“Playing in Africa is no joke, it is very expensive.
“No wonder the North Africans dominate the competition because they have a lot of financial help from their governments.
“Ghanaian clubs can compete favourably but money is needed.
“If you want to play and compete in Africa, you’ll need at least $1m.
“Berekum Chelsea proved it with their maiden campaign with the injection of huge investment.”
Ghana FA technical director Francis Oti Akenteng has urged for fans’ patience on the debate over quota selection system for local players, insisting the demand is premature.
The experienced football administrator says it’s unfair for fans to criticize Avram Grant after the Israeli overlooked locals in his squad to face Senegal and Mali in an international friendly this month.
Only Ashantigold goalkeeper Fatau Dauda caught the attention of the 60-year-old in his latest squad which has sparked uproar over supposed neglect of local players in the Black Stars.
Chairman of the Premier League Board, Welbeck Abra-Appiah is at loggerhead with the country’s federation president Kwesi Nyantakyi amid claims and counter claims over the selectionn quota for local players in the team.
But Ghana FA technical director Francis Oti Akenteng is urging for cool heads as the former Chelsea trainer will require time to select any local player into his team.
“I think he has had the opportunity to witness only two local league matches. I don’t think it is even enough. Let us give him the opportunity and the time and see what he can do. For now it is too early,” Akenteng told Starr Sports
The Ghana Football Association will hold a stakeholders meeting on Monday 30th March for the FIFA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries.
The new regulations will supersede the FIFA Players’ Agents Regulations from 1st April, 2015.
Representatives of Premier and Division Clubs are expected to meet at the GFA Secretariat (Conference room)to deliberate on the modalities for the new FIFA regulation.
The stakeholders will also be taken through the new regulations to ensure compliance and better understanding of it.
A similar seminar will be held at the Regional Football Associations for clubs at the lower tier and colts clubs.
With the coming into force of the FIFA Regulations on Working with the Intermediaries, the previous Player Agent licensing system shall be abandoned and all existing licences issued by the GFA will lose its validity with immediate effect on 1st April, 2015 and shall be returned to the GFA.
The new FIFA Regulations on working with Intermediaries was approved by the FIFA Executive Committee on 21st March, 2014 at its meeting at Zurich. Switzerland.
Ambitious Ghanaian second-tier side Techiman City have appointed Alhaji Iddrisu as the club’s new technical director, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm.
The club has also confirmed the appointment of former Real Tamale United shot-stopper Michael Abu as their new goalkeepers’ trainer, replacing Mohammed Damba.
Techiman City, owned by fast-rising football administrator Kwadwo Ntim, is keen to make the club an attractive brand in the Brong Ahafo region.
City have endured a decent run in the National Division One League and currently lie 10th on the table with seven points.
The Ghana U23 team management committee bought the club from Tony Benneth two years ago.
AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari will ONLY be considered for a return to the Black Stars until his apologises to the Ghana FA, spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara has said.
Muntari, 30, is serving an indefinite suspension from the Black Stars after he was sacked from the team’s camp during the 2014 World Cup over disciplinary grounds.
The midfielder was guilty of an unprovoked physical attack on an executive committee member of the Ghana FA during the country’s shameful conduct in the South American country.
There have been many clamouring calls for the recall of the former Sunderland man but Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara insists he will only return if he offers an unqualified apology to the federation and Ghanaians.
“If Sulley wants to play for the Black Stars, there are modalities he must follow. The rule has been set and even Grant knows this, so he won’t return until he apologizes,” FA spokesman Sannie Darra told GTV.
The midfielder has struggled for form in recent time at AC Milan with reports in Italy suggesting that he will be shipped out at the end of the current campaign.
Striker Kwesi Appiah will begin training with Reading after his international involvement with Ghana.
The 24-year-old has been loaned out to the Royals for the remainder of the season as he goes in search of regular first team football.
Appiah, who recently put pen to paper to further extend his contract at Crystal Palace has made just 10 appearances for the Eagles since his arrival from Margate in 2012.
His temporal move to Reading is the latest in a series of similar loan moves to Cambridge United, Notts County and AFC Wimbledon.
Appiah is currently with the Black Stars team for the international friendlies against Senegal and Mali in France.
He appears to be a mainstay on the Ghana team since impressing at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
A return for Appiah from the latest international break will now see him train with his new side Reading.
Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi has jokingly said that Kenya wants him to end their federation after mediating the dispute over the league.
Nyantakyi was appointed by FIFA to help reach a deal with Kenyan Premier League and the Football Kenya Federation over who had the rights to organize the country’s league.
He returned home early this week after reaching a rapprochement with the two parties.
Satisfied with his performance, Nyantakyi said some members asked he could be the permanent head of the country’s federation.
“After our meeting to solve the crisis in Kenya, some of the Kenyan FA members asked the FIFA officials if it was possible for me to be their FA President in addition to being Ghana FA boss,” Nyantakyi said.
Ghana U20 management committee chairman Winfred Osei has revealed players are owed bonuses after playing at the African Youth Championship.
The players are yet to be paid bonuses for winning bronze at the tournament in Senegal due to a communication gap between the Ghana Football Association and the Sports Ministry.
“We had sent a budget to the Ministry and within the budget we stated the figure for the qualification bonus, unfortunately when the money was being paid there was some miscommunication between the FA and the Ministry and only the first installment was paid,” he told citifmonline.com
“We are going to state our case at the FA for the difference to be added because it makes communication with the boys very difficult.
“What you communicate to these under 20 boys is really key because throughout the competition we gave them assurances.
“Our argument is that if there has been any change in relation to the money the Ministry should have updated us so that when we are relaying information we will present issues as they are.”
South African Premier Soccer League side Ajax Cape Town are assessing Ghanaian striker Kofi Nti Boakye.
The former Asante Kotoko player arrived at the club this week and must do more to impress head coach Roger de Sa.
Boakye has two weeks to fight for a deal from the Urban Warriors.
The 27-year-old will be trying out with Nigerian duo, Idris Ahmed and Ehiz Guobadia.
Boakye is available on a free transfer after parting ways with newly-promoted Egyptian Premier League side Misr El Makasa.
He also had an ill-fated spell with Libyan side Al Ahli where he quit after five months into a three-year contract.
Striker Gilbert Fiamenyo says he is prepared to extend his contract at Hearts of Oak.
The 22-year-old is out of contract with the Accra-based side at the end of the current campaign.
Reports suggests the former Heart of Lions hitman is dragging his feet on an extension offer tabled by Hearts in an attempt to milk more money from the club.
But the striker who is currently the leading scorer in the Ghanaian top flight with eight goals says he is ever ready to sign an extension at Hearts.
“My contract at Hearts is up at the end of the season but I am prepared to extend my contract,” he told Angel FM.
“I cannot refuse to extend my contract at Hearts.”
Fiamenyo joined Hearts of Oak three seasons ago after a four-year stint at Heart of Lions.
Ghana U20 assistant coach Yaw Preko is drawing positives from his team’s bronze medal feat at the African Youth Championships.
The Black Satellites lost two games throughout their campaign in Senegal to finish third.
Sellas Tetteh’s side also managed to secure qualification as one of four representatives from Africa to feature at the FIFA U20 World Cup later this year in New Zealand.
Assistant coach Yaw Preko believes the AYC has provided the appropriate platform to thoroughly assess his team and make needed corrections ahead of the World Cup.
“It was a good experience because we have been able to weight our negatives as against our positives,” he said.
“The most important thing is not only getting a medal but also qualifying for the World Cup.
“We have a lot of work to do but I am sure we will be ready by the time the World Cup comes along.”
Ghana is drawn in a tough group at the FIFA U20 World Cup alongside Argentina, Austria and Panama.
Ex Ghana striker Augustine Arhinful has passed a damning verdict over the quality of players at Hearts of Oak, insisting no single player from the Accra-based club is worthy of a Black Stars call up.
There is an ongoing debate as to whether home-based players deserve call ups to the Black Stars which has been recently dominated by foreign-based players.
While Premier League Board chief Welbeck Abra-Appiah is pushing for a quota system in the national team for locally-based players, Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi insists only the best players will be invited regardless of where they play.
But former Black Stars striker Augustine Arhinful after seeing at least four matches of Hearts of Oak in convinced none of their players have the quality for a national team call up not even leading scorer Gilbert Fiamenyo.
“I have seen about four or five matches of Hearts of Oak this year and I have never been impressed,” he told Skyy Power FM.
“No one can tell me that Hearts of Oak currently, one of their players deserve to be in the Black Stars.
“I have watched Gilbert Fiamenyo play, even his attitude in the game is not the best.
“He is a good goalscorer but 70 percent of the time he is walking so who does the job to present him scoring opportunities?
“We have to do constructive arguments and criticisms so that we can move on as a people.”
Ghana U20 doctor Prince Pambo is ordering clubs to give at least a two-week rest to players who just returned from the African Youth Championships.
Most of the players with the Black Satellites team are key to several of the Ghana Premier League clubs.
These players are in some instances needed by clubs go salvage their season in various domestic competitions.
But Dr. Pambo says the Black Satellites players are worn out after their participation in the African Youth Championships where Ghana won bronze and thus need rest.
“The players are just coming off a grueling competition and would need some rest – at least a two-week rest will do,” he said.
“Therefore I urge the clubs to allow the players to take a breather.
“I understand that some of the clubs desperately need their players to help them in their various competitions but then you will not get the best out of them now.
“The best option now is to give them the needed rest for them to recover their form.”
AC Milan duo Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari are on the verge of being shipped out of the club following their below performance in their 3-0 friendly win over lower side AC Reggiana on Wednesday, the Italian media is reporting.
The two Ghanaian players were thrown into the hat by manager Filipo Nzaghi but their midfield partnership was disappointing.
While Essien has not really integrated in the Milan squad, Muntari has been a pale shadow of himself this season.
Reports in Italy suggest the Ghanaian internationals will not fit into the Milan project and will be shipped out at the end of the current campaign.
Indeed tuttomotoriweb.com is reporting on Friday the two players should go away from the club in June following massive fans distrust towards them to enable the club bring in quality players to overturn their downward spiral.
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Asante Kotoko midfielder Jordan Opoku, has spoken for the first time on a reported frosty relationship between him and striker Ahmed Toure by claiming such reports were cocked up.
The highly respected midfielder was accused of not passing the Ivorian hit-man due to his astronomical wages.
Kotoko struggled to win games and went seven without a win in that difficult period with coach Mas-Ud Dramani paying the ultimate price for an uninspiring start to the domestic season.
But midfield power house Jordan Opoku says those claims were carefully engineered due to the difficult period the team was enduring.
“They are part of the game and I read them and laugh because it was a difficult time for the club and people wanted to find reasons for that,” Opoku told Citi FM
“I have never had a problem with Ahmed and we all were suffering due to the state of the club.
“I feel they were made up to tell a side of an untrue story which does not help the team nor the players involved.”