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Ghana striker Jordan Ayew confident Sochaux can beat the drop  FIFA.com News

Ghana striker Jordan Ayew confident Sochaux can beat the drop

Jordan Ayew exchanges greeting with Jibril Cisse after a match for Sochaux

On-loan Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew believes there is still time for Sochaux to stave off relegation from the French top-flight. 

Les Lionceaux’s 2-0 defeat of Toulouse last weekend saw it climb above Valenciennes into 18th, closing the gap to safety to five points.

It still looks a big ask for Herve Renard’s side to beat the drop but Ayew, who joined on loan from Marseille in January, is confident it can do it.

“For several weeks, we have been doing very good things,” he told L’Equipe ahead of the trip to Reims.

“Unfortunately we have not always been rewarded with the results but we really believe.

“Maintaining our top-flight place will be difficult but it is still possible. Everyone wants Sochaux to remain in Ligue 1.”

To do that, Ayew will need to produce more performances like that seen against Toulouse, when the Ghanainternational opened the scoring and provided the assist for the other.

“I think I played a good match,” he said. “Since my arrival, we have been waiting for me to be more decisive.

“I am always giving my all because Sochaux offered me the opportunity to get playing time.

“I remember when I moved on loan in January, there were people who said that I was crazy to such a poorly-ranked team, that I would have few opportunities and so on.

“I knew that I was a good choice and I do not regret it.”

Ayew will again lead the line at Stade Auguste Delaune, where Reims can welcome back midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from suspension.

Ghana U17 to play Westphalia in final of four-nation Namibia tourney today  FIFA.com News

Black Starlets

Black Starlets

Ghana’s U17 will face German side Westphalia on Sunday afternoon in the final of the four-nation tournament in Namibia.

The Black Starlets are huge favourites to lift the trophy after beating the Europeans 3-0 in their tournament opener.

Ghana scored eight goals after three rounds of matches and conceding only once against Namibia in the 2-1 win and topped with nine points.

Westphalia finished in second place with six points.

France-based Jonathan Mensah delighted with Jordan Ayew’s scoring form  FIFA.com News

Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew

Evian TG defender Jonathan Mensah has been impressed with compatriot Jordan Ayew’s scoring form and says it is a massive boost for Ghana ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals.

The centre-back has been on the fringes since making a return from suspension two months ago but could not hold back praising the Sochaux striker.

Ayew, 22, scored last week for the second consecutive time in the French Ligue 1 and has now tallied three goals in 12 appearances for the club in January on loan.

Mensah believes the Olympique Marseille owned player is on the verge of recapturing his old form.

“I have to mention my countryman Jordan Ayew’s recent goalscoring form. He’s demonstrating the talent we all know he has at Sochaux,” Mensah wrote in his monthly blog.

“His performances had been good prior to the goals but as with all strikers they live and breathe goals.

“I am sure that the goals has given him the confidence which will carry him through till the end of the season…a plus for Ghana with the World Cup looming.”

Ghanaian youngster Warden hoping to improve at Levidiakos in Greece  FIFA.com News

Ghanaian striker Eric Warden wants to improve at Levidiakos

Ghanaian striker Eric Warden wants to improve at Levidiakos

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Follow Akyereko on Twitter: @Akyereko

Ghanaian youth attacker Eric Warden has aimed to improve his playing statistics after a debut spell with Levidiakos in the Greek Super League. 

The 21-year-old former Bechem United striker moved to Greece from Spanish side Celta de Vigo and joined second division side Fokikos in the 2012/13.

After an impressive first season with Fokikos where he scored 9 nine times in 23 games, he moved to Levidiakos in January to spend the second half of the season with the club but could only manage 3 Super League games due to an eye injury.

However, he has targeted improving performance to aim more playing time.

“I did an operation in my left eye so I wasn’t really active this season but when I recovered I managed a couple of games for the club but I hope to improve and transform my performance last season from Fokikos,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

Warden is one of the few players plying their trades in the Greek Super League.

2014 World Cup: Striker Mahatma Otoo set to clash with Kwarasey’s Stromsgodset in Norwegian top-flight  FIFA.com News

Ghana striker Mahatma Otoo is set to face Adam Kwarasey in Norwegian league

Ghana striker Mahatma Otoo is set to face Adam Kwarasey in Norwegian league

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Follow Akyereko on Twitter: @Akyereko

Ghana striker Mahatma Otoo is expected to lead the Sogndal front-line as they take on Adam Kwarasey’s Stromsgodset in the Norwegian Tippeligaen on Sunday afternoon. 

Sogndal are still without victory in the three-week old Tippeligaen season and are afoot the table while Stromsgodset, the title-holders, are top of the table with an unbeaten run as they head to the Fosshaugane Campus. 

Otoo’s scoring form in the league has not been that convincing since joining them last season from Ghana Premier League giants Accra Hearts of Oak and will aim to improve against Stromsgodset who have defensive problems.

Prospective Ghana World Cup first-choice keeper Adam Kwarasey will be between the sticks for Stromsgodset while Otoo faces him in attack.

Midfielder Mohammed Abu is also expected to play in the game for Stromsgodset.

2014 World Cup: Ghana midfielder Agyemang-Badu urges Udinese to maintain impressive form  FIFA.com News

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is urging Udinese to keep pace after holding Napoli

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is urging Udinese to keep pace after holding Napoli

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Follow Akyereko on Twitter: @Akyereko

Ghana star midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has urged his Udinese to continue their climb up the table after the Zebrette held Napoli to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Friuli on Saturday.

The 23-year-old played full throttle for Udinese and was involved in the sequence of play that resulted in Bruno Fernandes’ 54th minute effort to cancel out Jose Callejon’s goal and earn a point against a highly-fancied Napoli side.

Badu believes Udinese are on the right path and told Sky Sport Italia after the match that the Bianconeri need to continue this form until the end of the season.

“We played a good game, after the first goal we responded. Bruno Fernandes scored a beautiful goal and we have to continue like this to improve our standings,” he said.

“Juventus is a strong side but we recovered immediately against Napoli.”

Udinese committed a barrage of errors in the first-half and Napoli could have killed the tie off but they allowed the home side stage a strong fightback in the second-half to peck the scoring.

Badu’s impressive performance on the afternoon comes good for both club and country as the season draws to a close and look set for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

2014 World Cup: Leicester City’s Ghanaian defender Jeffery Schlupp suffers injury  FIFA.com News

2014 World Cup: Leicester City's Ghanaian defender Jeffery Schlupp suffers injury

Jeffery Schlupp suffered injury on his left leg on Saturday

England-based defender Jeffery Schlupp’s hopes of playing at the 2014 World Cup is hanging in the balance after suffering injury in the English second tier on Saturday.

The Leicester City left-back was taken off in the 77th minute of their 1-0 win against Queens Park Rangers at the King Power Stadium.

Liam Moore came on for Schlupp who suffered the left leg injury following a challenge from Bobby Zamora.

Schlupp, who was being monitored by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah with the World Cup just about two months away, could lose his chance if he fails to recover in time before the 23-man squad for the tournament in Brazil is named.

He will find the extent of his injury by Monday before a decision is made whether he will stay out for long or not.

Schlupp is touted as the man to solve Ghana’s left-back problems with Cristiano Ronaldo scheduled to face the Black Stars with Portugal in June.

Sundowns coach praises Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila on vital goal-line clearance in Swallows win  FIFA.com News

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.

Ghana FA Vice President Fred Crentsil impressed by excellent display of Black Starlets in friendly tournament  FIFA.com News

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.

Hellas Verona Ghanaian whiz kid Godfred Donsah debuts in Serie A  FIFA.com News

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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Ghana striker Jordan Ayew confident Sochaux can beat the drop thumbnail

Ghana striker Jordan Ayew confident Sochaux can beat the drop

On-loan Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew believes there is still time for Sochaux to stave off relegation from the French top-flight.
Ghana U17 to play Westphalia in final of four-nation Namibia tourney today thumbnail

Ghana U17 to play Westphalia in final of four-nation Namibia tourney today

Ghana’s U17 will face German side Westphalia on Sunday afternoon in the final of the four-nation tournament in Namibia.
France-based Jonathan Mensah delighted with Jordan Ayew's scoring form thumbnail

France-based Jonathan Mensah delighted with Jordan Ayew's scoring form

Evian TG defender Jonathan Mensah has been impressed with compatriot Jordan Ayew’s scoring form and says it is a massive boost for Ghana ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals.
Ghanaian youngster Warden hoping to improve at Levidiakos in Greece thumbnail

Ghanaian youngster Warden hoping to improve at Levidiakos in Greece

Ghanaian youth attacker Eric Warden has aimed to improve his playing statistics after a debut spell with Levidiakos in the Greek Super League.
2014 World Cup: Striker Mahatma Otoo set to clash with Kwarasey's Stromsgodset in Norwegian top-flight thumbnail

2014 World Cup: Striker Mahatma Otoo set to clash with Kwarasey's Stromsgodset in Norwegian top-flight

Ghana striker Mahatma Otoo is expected to lead the Sogndal front-line as they take on Adam Kwarasey's Stromsgodset in the Norwegian Tippeligaen on Sunday afternoon.
2014 World Cup: Ghana midfielder Agyemang-Badu urges Udinese to maintain impressive form thumbnail

2014 World Cup: Ghana midfielder Agyemang-Badu urges Udinese to maintain impressive form

Ghana star midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has urged his Udinese to continue their climb up the table after the Zebrette held Napoli to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Friuli on Saturday.
2014 World Cup: Leicester City's Ghanaian defender Jeffery Schlupp suffers injury thumbnail

2014 World Cup: Leicester City's Ghanaian defender Jeffery Schlupp suffers injury

England-based defender Jeffery Schlupp's hopes of playing at the 2014 World Cup is hanging in the balance after suffering injury in the English second tier on Saturday.
Sundowns coach praises Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila on vital goal-line clearance in Swallows win thumbnail

Sundowns coach praises Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila on vital goal-line clearance in Swallows win

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.
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