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MLS Update: Dominic Oduro scores as Montreal Impact beat New York City FC; Gershon Koffie stars in Whitecaps win at Seattle Sounders  FIFA.com News

ontreal Impact defender Ambroise Oyongo (2) congratulates forward Dominic Oduro (7) on his goal running with midfielder Dilly Duka (5) as New York City FC defender Andres Mendoza (2) reacts in the first half of an MLS soccer game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, August 1, 2015, in New York. KATHY KMONICEK / AP

ontreal Impact defender Ambroise Oyongo (2) congratulates forward Dominic Oduro (7) on his goal running with midfielder Dilly Duka (5) as New York City FC defender Andres Mendoza (2) reacts in the first half of an MLS soccer game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, August 1, 2015, in New York. KATHY KMONICEK / AP

Ghana striker Dominic Oduro opened the scoring in Montreal Impact’s 3-2 win over New York City FC on Saturday.

Oduro’s goal was in the fifth minute when got on the end of Laurent Ciman’s long ball and slipped it through NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders’ legs before tapping it home.

Ignacio Piatti made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute with a chip shot finish from another long ball.

David Villa closed NYCFC’s deficit to 2-1 on a penalty kick.

The Impact restored their two-goal lead thanks to Piatti’s penalty kick in the 84th minute, and Thomas McNamara quickly answered for NYCFC a minute later.

Former Chelsea star Frank Lampard made his debut for New York City FC as a 69th minute substitute.

Elsewhere, former Ghana youth midfielder Gershon Koffie last the entire duration as Vancouver Whitecaps travelled to Seattle to thrash Sounders 3-0 on Saturday night.

Ghanaian midfielder Buaben relishing Hearts return to Scottish top-flight  FIFA.com News

Ghanaian midfielder Prince Buaben is desperate to show that Hearts can bridge the gap between the Scottish Championship and the Premiership top six.

Ghanaian midfielder Prince Buaben is desperate to show that Hearts can bridge the gap between the Scottish Championship and the Premiership top six.

Ghanaian midfielder Prince Buaben is desperate to show that Hearts can bridge the gap between the Scottish Championship and the Premiership top six.

Last season Hearts skated to the title in Scotland’s second tier, but came a cropper in both cups when faced with Celtic and will have their top-flight credentials put to the test in today’s opener with St Johnstone.

Sceptics point out that Hearts’ results against the Hoops – 3-0 and then 4-0 defeats – proves that they have a huge gulf to close going into a league campaign.

But with new players at Tynecastle and the same old belief in place from last term, Buaben is confident they can hold their own.

Buaben said: “We played Celtic twice last season but I don’t think there was a lot in it. Celtic are a big club with great players. We have good players too but we will have to try and play better than them.

“Staying in the league is the top priority. It’s our first season back in the Premiership and everyone has their own opinion about what we could do, but we can only focus on ourselves.

“If we go on a run and win the next 10 games, you never know.

“But we just have to do what we did last season, keep winning games and see where we end up.”

John Sutton has fond memories of his two years with the capital club despite losing out when the club plunged into administration.

How Ghana winger Owusu-Abeyie nearly led Chelsea hot-shot Diego Costa astray in Spain  FIFA.com News

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie

Diego Costa’s time in Spain could have been wholly different had the future Chelsea striker allowed himself to be led astray by one-time Arsenal prospect and Ghana international Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.

Extracts from a new book about Diego Costa, published by The Guardian, reveal the forward struck up an unlikely friendship with Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.

The Amsterdam-born winger was once seen as of the Gunners’ brightest prospects, having moved to North London as a schoolboy in 2002.

But a poor attitude and off-the-field problems saw Quincy jettisoned by Arsene Wenger in 2006, with the Ghana international moving to Spartak Moscow.

A couple of years later and Quincy was on the move again, signing for Celta Vigo in Spain on loan.

It was here that the Arsenal star-that-never-was first encountered Diego Costa.

According to extracts from the book “Diego Costa: The Art of War” by Fran Guillen, the pair struck up quite a friendship, with Costa often defending his teammate from hard tackles by opposition defenders.

Speaking in the sections posted on The Guardian website, teammates Antonio Nunez and Roberto Lago both recall the pair’s bond, though they struggled to understand how a friendship could have been formed in the first place.

“They were always together,” Nunez said.

“The rest of us couldn’t understand how they communicated, because one of them could only speak Portuguese and the other stuck to English all the time.”

Lago explained the system the pair had in place: “Diego told me how they did it: ‘I don’t speak English so we use sign language instead.’”

But despite the closeness of their bond, Lago also revealed many players in the squad were concerned by the pairing: “We were actually worried that he would be led astray by Quincy, who was a bit of a rebel.”

At the time Costa was young and highly impressionable star, who had gone to Celta on loan from Atletico Madrid to gain more first-team experience in Spain’s second tier.

Quincy, by contrast, was already something of a troublemaker, having been released by Ajax at an early age and later sold on by Arsenal having previously been involved in numerous incidents.

The most notable of these came when the player was arrested following an incident at a PFA dinner – as reported by the Evening Standard at the time.

Most recently with Boavista in Portugal, the 29-year-old had his contract with the club terminated back in February and has remained unattached ever since.

Had he held more sway over Costa who knows, Chelsea may have looked like an altogether different beast today.

Andre Ayew shows versatility for Swansea in final friendly ahead of opener against Chelsea  FIFA.com News

Ghana playmaker Andre Ayew showed his versatility and persistence in Swansea City's final preparatory match ahead of the start of the English Premier League on Saturday.

Swansea City’s Andre Ayew of during the Pre-Season Friendly match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

Ghana playmaker Andre Ayew showed his versatility and persistence in Swansea City’s final preparatory match ahead of the start of the English Premier League on Saturday.

The Black Stars deputy captain was in action for 75 minutes as the Swans warmed up for their collision with the champions with a drab goalless draw against Deportivo La Coruna.

The son of legend Abedi Pele played in two different positions as they wrapped up their preparations ahead of the start of the league on Saturday.

Garry Monk’s men face the demanding task that is a trip to Chelsea on the opening day of the Premier League season in seven days’ time.

It is safe to say Jose Mourinho’s team will be considerably tougher opponents than a Deportivo outfit who only just avoided relegation from the Spanish top-flight La Liga in the spring.

But while Monk would have preferred to sign off before Chelsea with a home victory, he is only too aware that it is dangerous to read too much into pre-season results.

This time last year, after all, Swansea were thumped on their own patch by Villarreal. Seven days later, they won at Manchester United.

Swansea ought to have been in front inside six minutes against Deportivo, after Wayne Routledge won possession and rolled the ball across the edge of the penalty area towards Bafetimbi Gomis.

Seeing that Andre Ayew was better placed behind him, the Frenchman swept the ball on with his heel.

The healthy Liberty crowd rose in anticipation, but Ayew did not catch his shot properly and centre-back Alex Bergantinos made a sliding block to save Deportivo.

The pattern for the first half had been established early on, with Swansea controlling possession and territory but lacking the quality to do damage in the final third.

They kept probing, with Ayew and Gomis showing good persistence down the left before the striker dragged a 25-yard shot wide of the target.

Jonjo Shelvey, who was preferred to Gylfi Sigurdsson in the No. 10 role, looked the player most likely to make something happen in the first period.

Swansea almost opened up their La Liga opponents up just before the break when Routledge slipped in Ki Sung-Yueng down the right, but his inviting pull-back was cleared by Arribas as Ayew loomed.

The Ghanaian was operating on the left flank with Routledge down the right and Shelvey the most advanced of three midfielders.

But Ayew switched to the right at the break as Routledge made way for Jefferson Montero and Sigurdsson replaced Shelvey.

A goal would have been welcome, but Monk will not be too concerned about results until next Saturday evening.

SWANSEA LINE-UP

Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (capt), Taylor (Tabanou ht), Cork, Ki, Shelvey (Sigurdsson ht), Ayew (Dyer 75), Gomis (Eder 75), Routledge (Montero ht). Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Bartley, Rangel, Grimes, Britton, Fulton, Emnes.

Ghana midfielder Gyimah to complete Orlando Pirates switch this week  FIFA.com News

Edwin Gyimah

Edwin Gyimah

Ghana midfielder Edwin Gyimah will complete his move to South African giants Orlando Pirates this week, according to his agent.

The Ghanaian midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Mpumalanga Black Aces from SuperSport United, has long been sought after by the Buccaneers.

Gyimah’s transfer to Orlando Pirates looks to have been completed after the player posted a picture of himself in the club’s colours.

He trained with the side on Friday and his agent Mike Makaab admits that the deal will be sealed this week.

Makaab said: “We hope to finalize early next week. It’s almost done.”

Gyimah will become the Bucs’ seventh off-season signing after Gift Motupa (Baroka FC), Felipe Ovono (Deportivo Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea), Tendai Ndoro (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Luvuyo Memela (Cape Town All Stars), Thembinkosi Lorch (Maluti FET College) and Roger Majafa (Polokwane City).

Ghana striker Asamoah scores for English side Carlisle, Osei in action  FIFA.com News

Derek Asamoah scored for Carlisle Town

Derek Asamoah scored for Carlisle Town

Ghanaian striker Derek Asamoah scored for English third tier side Carlisle United defeated second tier club Oldham 3-1 in their penultimate pre-season friendly with Kevin Osei also in action for the home side.

Angelo Balanta, Derek Asamoah and Steven Rigg grabbed the goals as Carlisle United beat higher-division opposition for the second time in a week.

Summer signing Balanta opened his Carlisle account with a 29th minute goal against League One side Oldham.

Veteran frontman Asamoah doubled the Blues’ lead with a 56th minute header.

The Latics, manager by ex-Carlisle defender Darren Kelly, pulled one back through sub Rhys Murphy on 65 minutes.

But Blues sub Rigg got his first goal of the summer when he buried a diving header six minutes from time.

It meant United recorded their second pre-season victory in the space of five days, after Tuesday’s 4-3 win over Preston.

Skipper Danny Grainger missed a 13th minute penalty for the Cumbrians.

After Asamoah was tripped by Frazer Kerr, defender Grainger – who scored two spot-kicks against Preston – fired his attempt wide of the left-hand post.

Asamoah scored his goal when he doubled United’s lead after the break.

It was a flowing move started by keeper Mark Gillespie’s throw to Patrick Brough, who charged down the left and saw his cross nodded over Cornell by Asamoah, with Charlie Wyke finishing it off as the ball crossed the line.

The Blues have one more friendly before next Saturday’s big kick-off at Mansfield, with a behind-closed-doors game against Queen of the South planned for Tuesday.

United: Gillespie, Miller (Sweeney 46) Atkinson, Raynes (Hammell 85), Grainger (Meppen-Walter 77), Brough (Kearns 81), Kennedy (Dicker 64), Joyce (Hery 46), Balanta (Walker 81), Asamoah (Rigg 71), Osei (Wyke 46). Not used: Hanford, Ibehre, Archibald-Henville, Thompson.
Goals: Balanta 29, Asamoah 56, Rigg 83

Asante Kotoko management in emergency meeting following armed robbery attack on contingent  FIFA.com News

Asante Kotoko are involved in emergency meeting

Asante Kotoko are involved in emergency meeting

Asante Kotoko management are holding an emergency meeting following the armed robbery attack on the club’s officials and players on Sunday dawn.

Players and officials of the Porcupine Warriors were subjected to physical assault by gunmen at the Tadoma Hotel in Taifa – Accra, ahead of their Ghanaian Premier League Super Clash with rivals Hearts of Oak in Accra.

General Manager Samuel Opoku Nti and George Kennedy were tied together as the gunmen assaulted players before leaving the hotel with cash and other valuable possessions of the Kotoko squad.

The robbers also angrily collected mobile phones and other collectibles of some players and flushed into a WC.

But the 23-time Ghana Premier League champions have not served any notice of their intentions to call for postponement of the highly anticipated week 25 clash at the Accra Sports Stadium.

“We had gone to the hotel earlier in the day to motivate the team but sadly we got the news of the attack by the robbers on our officials and players. But we are well ready for the game but obviously it is a sad happening ahead of the game,” Boamah told Happy FM’s Joe Debrah.

Kotoko and Hearts are both struggling to break free of relegation shackles as they each seek a win over the other.

But Kotoko are particularly aiming for a victory over the Rainbow club as they have lost both of their games in the calendar year.

BREAKING NEWS: Armed robbers attack Asante Kotoko contingent ahead of Super Clash with Hearts of Oak  FIFA.com News

Asante Kotoko players attacked

Asante Kotoko players attacked by armed robbers in Accra

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Asante Kotoko have been dealt a huge psychological blow ahead of their Ghanaian Premier League Super Clash with bitter-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak following an armed robbery attack on the team’s contingent in Accra at Sunday dawn. 

General Manager Samuel Opoku Nti and George Kennedy were tied together as the gunmen assaulted players before leaving the hotel with cash and other valuable possessions of the Kotoko squad.

The robbers also angrily collected mobile phones and other collectibles of some players and flushed into a WC.

But the 23-time Ghana Premier League champions have not served any notice of their intentions to call for postponement of the highly anticipated week 25 clash at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The Porcupine Warriors Operations Manager George Kennedy and two other players were subjected to physical assaults by the gunmen at their base at the Tadoma Hotel in Taifa – a suburb of Accra, a Kotoko official Chairman Boamah confirmed on Accra-based Happy FM.

No injuries have been reported but questions are being asked about the security of the team as they were apparently unguarded by security officials.

“We had gone to the hotel earlier in the day to motivate the team but sadly we got the news of the attack by the robbers on our officials and players. But we are well ready for the game but obviously it is a sad happening ahead of the game,” Boamah told Happy FM’s Joe Debrah.

Kotoko and Hearts are both struggling to break free of relegation shackles as they each seek a win over the other.

But Kotoko are particularly aiming for a victory over the Rainbow club as they have lost both of their games in the calendar year.

Kwame Bonsu’s brilliant assist helps consign Kwakwa and Donyoh to defeat Swedish top-flight  FIFA.com News

Kwame Bonsu helped Gefle to win

Kwame Bonsu helped Gefle to win

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghanaian youngster Kwame Bonsu provided the crucial assist that helped Gefle IF to record a narrow 1-0 victory over Falkenbergs in the Swedish Allsvenskan on Saturday. 

All three Ghanaian players were involved in the game but it was Bonsu who triumphed over the former Manchester City players.

Both Donyoh and Kwakwa are graduates of Right to Dream Academy in Ghana and signed contracts with English giants Manchester City.

The former Heart of Lions midfielder, 20, brilliantly laced through the visitors defence before laying a well articulated pass for Johan Bertilsson to finish off in the 23rd minute.

Bonsu, who joined Gefle from Swedish second-tier Mjallby, was making his first start for the Gefle and he made a big impact by assisting the only goal of the game for his side.

The victory turns out to be a good one over his Ghanaian compatriots Enock Kwakwa and Godsway Donyoh who were both brought on midway through the second half by the losers.

Match Report: Inter Allies 2-1 Heart of Lions- Allies account for relegation battlers to go second  FIFA.com News

Inter  Allies

Inter Allies

Inter Allies put ten-man Heart of Lions in the relegation mire following a 2-1 home win at the Tema Sports Stadium on Saturday.

‘Eleven Is To One’ took a first half 2-0 lead through Baba Mensah, from the spot-kick, and Frederick Yamoah.

Midfielder Issah Yakubu was whacked down inside the box by Michael Annan and referee Desmond Abbey.

Centre-back Mensah picked the ball and firmly planted it bottom corner in the 27th minute.

Just before the half-time whistle, Yamoah- operating on the left winger- rushed on Prosper Avor inside the box and collected the ball before slotting home.

After the break, Lions looked quiet sharper but could not break down the Allies defence marshaled by Joseph Aidoo, Baba Mensah, Abass Mohammed and Simon Martey who was later substituted.

But when the Kpando-based side were on top on their game, stand-in captain Benjamin Agyare was sent off for two yellow cards.

His second was a silly tackle on Eliasu Fuseini on 70 minutes.

But when he thought the match was heading for a 2-0 scoreline, Lions pulled one back in stoppage time with a beautiful volley from Isaac Quansah.

Inter Allies moved to second place temporarily while Lions remained 13th on the table.

Magnificent Ghanaian winger Ernest Asante scores EIGHTH goal of the season for Stabaek in Norway  FIFA.com News

Ernest Asante resumed scoring in Norway

Ernest Asante resumed scoring in Norway

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghanaian international winger Ernest Asante scored his eighth goal of the season with a splendid opener for Stabaek in their 2-0 triumph over Valerenga in the Norwegian top-flight league on Saturday. 

Asante, 26, fired Bob Bradley’s side ahead as early as the 11th minute following a brilliant footwork by Norwegian international Muhamed Keita.

The former Manchester United triallist had not scored in his last three games for Stabaek after striking the winner against Stromsgodset in late June.

But he took his determination to the pitch as he powered his side into the lead and involving in the sequence of play that brought about the second goal scored by Ivorian Luc Kassi.

While he was shining in the game, his Ghanaian compatriot Kamal Issah was also playing the entire minutes of the game for Stabaek.

Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye disappointed to be sitting out epic clash against Kotoko  FIFA.com News

Hearts of Oak's Soulama Abdoulaye

Hearts of Oak’s Soulama Abdoulaye

By Rahman Osman

Follow on twitter @iamrahmanosman

Experienced Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye says he is disappointed to be sitting out the super clash against Kotoko due to suspension.

The Burkina international and former Asante Kotoko man will miss the game as he serves his last game as a result of a straight red card he picked up in the game against Hearts of Lions in Cape Coast.

Hearts will have to go with either Tetteh Luggard or young Seidu Mutawakilu for the must win encounter.

Soulama who is the team’s first choice says he has no doubt his colleagues can hold the fort but reveals disappointment in sitting out what could potentially be a season defining game.

“It’s obviously a big disappointment that I will not be playing but sometimes that is the way football is,” Soulama told GHANAsoccernet.com

“I am certain that the team will do its best in my absence and get the desired results for us all.”

The Phobians are 14 with 29 points after 24 round of games whiles Kotoko are 12 with 32 points having played the same number of games.

2016 Olympic Games Women’s qualifier: Black Queens eliminated by Cameroon  FIFA.com News

Ghana women's national team eliminated from Olympic Games qualifiers by Cameroon

Ghana women’s national team eliminated from Olympic Games qualifiers by Cameroon

Ghana’s Black Queens have been knocked out of the qualifiers to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on the away goals rule after drawing 2-2 with Cameroon in Accra on Saturday.

Both sides were tied 3-3 on aggregate and the Indomitable Lionesses progressed to the final qualifying round.

Yusif Bassigi’s side were holding the advantage after drawing 1-1 in the first leg in Yaounde two weeks ago but they failed to make it count.

Dodgy refereeing conspired against the Queens as the late Cameroon equaliser was scored from a cross after the ball had crossed the line for a goal kick for Ghana.

The visitors tactics of delaying play and holding up play after they got the equaliser sealed the doom of the Black Queens who lacked the ability to stop the powerful and technically gifted visitors.

Cameroon will now face Ivory Coast for a place at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.

Asante Kotoko’s Eric Ofori Antwi says he is braced up for titanic clash against sworn rivals Hearts of Oak  FIFA.com News

Asante Kotoko goalie Eric Ofori Antwi

Asante Kotoko goalie Eric Ofori Antwi

Asante Kotoko’s impressive goalkeeper Eric Ofori Antwi says he is looking forward to tomorrow’s historic clash against Hearts of Oak.

Antwi has established himself as the Porcupine warrior’s undisputed number one under David Duncan.

The ex-Ghana Under-20 shot-stopper will be in post as his side plot to grab all three points in Accra when they come up against Hearts of Oak.

The Phobians have had a season to forget and currently sit on 14 position with the real possibility of going down if they lose against Kotoko on Sunday whiles Kotoko will drop down to 15th if they lose and other results go against them.

Eric Ofori Antwi says despite the below par season both sides have endured he is looking forward to the clash with real excitement.

“Hearts of Oak against Kotoko is big game and everyone wants to play a part,” Antwi told GHANAsoccernet.com

“It’s not going to be an easy game but like every player I am ready for the game and looking forward to it with real excitement.”

“We know that it’s not been the kind of season we all envisaged but we have an opportunity to make things better.”

 

Christian Atsu yet to recover from back injury as he misses Bournemouth’s last pre-season game at Hoffenheim  FIFA.com News

Christian Atsu training at Bournemouth

Christian Atsu training at Bournemouth

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghana ace Christian Atsu could miss out on Bournemouth’s Premier League opener as he could not recover in time from a back injury to play in the Cherries last pre-season game before the start of the new campaign. 

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was hoping for the return of the 23-year-old for his side’s last pre-season game in Germany but he could not gain match fitness as he missed out of the squad that held German Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim to a 0-0 stalemate.

Atsu had to undergo further medical test on Wednesday to fully appreciate the full extent of his back injury and was understood to be ready for the last pre-season game.

But as it turned out Atsu was not included in the Cherries squad as he was left out to work on his full recovery.

Bournemouth will open their Premier League campaign with a home test against Jordan Ayew’s Aston Villa.

Inter Allies skipper Joseph Aidoo touts side’s mental toughness after hard fought 2-1 win over Lions  FIFA.com News

Inter Allies defender Joseph Aidoo

Inter Allies defender Joseph Aidoo

By Rahman Osman

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Inter Allies captain Joseph Aidoo says his side showed tremendous mental toughness to hold out and win 2-1 against Heart of Lions in Ghana Premier League on Saturday.

Goals from Sherif Deo Mohammed on the 28th minute and that of Yamoah Opoku Fredrick gave the Eleven is to one side a comfortable 2-0 score line in a one sided first half.

Coach Paa Kwesi Fabians side however had to grind out the result after a spirited second half display from the visitors who had Baba Mensah pulling one back for them.

The goal gave Lions something to fight for and had Inter Allies fighting for their lives to pick up all three points.

Jospeh Aidoo who kept in a shift to ensure three points was secured on the day says the team showed remarkable character to secure all the points.

“We played very well and the team showed that we can hold on to win games,” Aidoo said

“We understand that sometimes the most important thing is that you pick up the points and the team showed that we can do that.”

“For me the team deserves credit for the way we played today.”

The win sends Inter Allies to 3rd on the league table with 39 points.

Ghana forward Jordan Ayew flourishes on full debut for Aston Villa in 3-3 stalemate at Nottingham Forest  FIFA.com News

Jordan Ayew celebrates a goal with his Aston Villa team-mates

Jordan Ayew celebrates a goal with his Aston Villa team-mates// Photograph: Aston Villa Twitter Page

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghana forward Jordan Ayew played his full debut and lasted the entire duration for English Premier League side Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon as they drew 3-3 with Nottingham Forest in a pre-season game.

Villa boss Tim Sherwood lined up the former Olympique Marseille striker in attack as he partnered ex-Chelsea striker Scott Sinclair who bagged a hat-trick for the Villans.

The 23-year-old came close to winning the game for Villa in the 78th minute when he broke free on the right and cut down through two Villa defenders before flying a shot just off target.

Though the Black Stars forward could not get on target, his contribution in attack influenced manager Sherwood to keep on for the entire duration of the game.

He had earlier debuted in Villa’s 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers but he played only the last 13 minutes of the game.

Jordan, the third son of African football legend Abedi Ayew, joined Villa from French Ligue 1 side Lorient for 14 million Euros.

Baba Rahman set for Chelsea medicals as Augsburg leave him out of Toulouse friendly squad  FIFA.com News

Baba Rahman is set to leave Augsburg

Baba Rahman is set to leave Augsburg

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghana defender Baba Rahman is likely to fly to the London to undergo medicals with Chelsea in the coming days as Augsburg seem to be preparing for life without the full-back. 

The 21-year-old versatile lateral defender is set to fly to West London for medicals ahead of a proposed €25 million switch to the Stamford Bridge.

Though Augsburg have not officially made a statement on the transfer, Rahman’s agent Sascha Empacher has confirmed the Premier League champions have made the offer.

In what appears to be a readiness to sell the former Asante Kotoko defender, Augsburg conspicuously left him out of their squad that played against French Ligue 1 side Toulouse on Saturday afternoon.

Augsburg leave out Baba Rahman from friendly squad

Augsburg leave out Baba Rahman from friendly squad

Following Filipe Luís’ sale to Atlético Madrid after just one season at the Stamford Bridge, José Mourinho has stepped up his search for a replacement left-back this week.

Augsburg rejected an initial offer of around €20m (£14m) for the player they signed from Greuther Fürth only last summer for £1m but are now poised to agree to the transfer, which also contains significant bonuses.

Renowned Dutch journalist Martin Vos talks to GHANAsoccernet on Ghanaian duo Shadrach Eghan & Mustapha Yahaya at FC Twente  FIFA.com News

Mustapha Yahaya is likely to have his contract terminated by FC Twente

Mustapha Yahaya is likely to have his contract terminated by FC Twente

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Dutch Eredivisie side FC Twente are on the verge of terminating the contract of Ghanaian youth midfielder Mustapha Yahaya, GHANAsoccernet.com has learnt. 

The 21-year-old earns 414,000 Euros a year and has contract until 2017 but he has failed to break into the FC Twente first team squad since joining three seasons ago.

Twente are looking for a solution and have asked the midfielder to train separate from the squad, meaning he could be axed from the team before the start of the season.

Renowned Dutch journalist Martin Vos explains to GHANAsoccernet.com why he think Yahaya is likely to head for the exit gates at the club.

“He’s training separately from the main group and as a non EU player he costs the club a lot of money. He costs 414,000 Euros a year,” the Dutch football expert explained.

First year he was not well motivated. He did not want to learn Dutch. Last season he started learining Dutch but half way he was gone.

Vos has been following the exploits of Ghanaian players at FC Twente and he discusses why Shadrach Eghan could excel last season at the club.

He had a shoulder operation. He started the season with a injury and after that he played some minutes but the he had his surgery.

When he returned the club was on fire – almost bankrupt, angry fans. I’m sure the coach protected him from that. And if I’m right his mother also passed away that period.

Shadrach Eghan, right

Shadrach Eghan, right// Photograph: Martin Vos – Facebook

So last season shouldn’t be counted. This year he’ll be substitute. They tried him as striker but we just signed Michael Olaitan and he’ll be the number 9.

Shadrach is a 10 but we have Ziyech for that positiion. He’s Dutch international. Assist king of the Dutch league. So he’ll be sub, but he’ll get his chances. He can also play right wing in a feee role.

So first eleven no, but the coach is a fan of him so I think he’ll get his minutes.”

Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey getting on well at Atletico Madrid pre-season  FIFA.com News

Thomas Partey with Atletico Madrid team-mates

Thomas Partey with Atletico Madrid team-mates

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghanaian midfielder talent Thomas Partey is gelling well at Atletico Madrid and look set to hold down a place in their squad as he is excelling on pre-season. 

The 22-year-old is with Diego Simeone’s first team squad in Japan and has featured prominently in the club’s pre-season campaign.

“Pre-season is going fine and I’ve already played games here so everything is going well,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

Partey has been linked with a loan move to La Liga side Getafe but it appears he is going to remain with the former La Liga champions for the 2015/16 calendar year.

The former Tema Youth starlet has had loan spells at Real Mallorca and Almeria – where he scored four goals last season.

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