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Ex Ghana captain Stephen Appiah visits Juventus to invite them to his testimonial match  FIFA.com News

Stephen Appiah with his former Juventus teammate Pavel Nedved

Stephen Appiah with his former Juventus teammate Pavel Nedved

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ex Ghana captain Stephen Appiah is in Italy to handout invites to his friends to attend his testimonial match in June.

The 34-year-old is on an European tour to raise awareness about a game being organized to honour him for his selfless dedication to the Black Stars in Accra.

Appiah is hoping to use his close connections to woo a massive number of easily recognized current and past footballers into making the trip to Ghana for the event.

The testimonial game has been fixed tentatively to come off on June 13.

Appiah visited his former club Juventus at their Vinovo training facility where he met up with his former teammate and now club director Pavel Nedved.

The former Fenerbahce man is believed to have invited Nedved for his testimonial game.

There are even hints of further support for the game to be offered by Juventus including the possibility of having some of it current stars travel to Ghana for the game.

Appiah is expected to make similar trips to his other former clubs to present an invitation.

Ghanaian youngster Divine Naah tries boxing skills in day off at NAC Breda  FIFA.com News

Divine Naah in sparring session

Divine Naah in sparring session

Ghanaian youngster Divine Naah took to boxing on Wednesday after being given some time off at NAC Breda.

The 18-year-old appears to have won himself a regular starting place after impressing on his debut last month.

Naah is amongst some of the few players at the club who will not be involved with their national teams during the international break.

He thus took time off to try out his boxing skills at an unnamed gym.

The Right to Dream Academy graduate is substantively a player of English giants Manchester City.

He is currently on his second loan stint at NAC Breda having played for Stromsgodset also on loan last season.

Naah is one of the foreign-based players expected to join the Ghana U20 team for the FIFA U20 World Cup later this year in New Zealand.

Hiram Boateng: Ghanaian midfielder signs two-year Crystal Palace contract extension  FIFA.com News

Hiram Boateng

Hiram Boateng

Crystal Palace Ghanaian midfielder Hiram Boateng has signed a new contract with the club until the summer of 2017.

The 19-year-old has agreed an extension to his current deal, continuing his long association with the club having been a part of the Palace academy since the age of eight.

Boateng made his first-team bow in an FA Cup third-round replay at Stoke City in January 2013 before appearing at the same stage of the competition, a year later, against West Bromwich Albion.

The Londoner has also had a loan spell at Crawley Town towards the end of the 2013/14 season.

Boateng said: “We’ve been talking about things since December and it got sorted out last week.

“I spoke to (Alan Pardew) quite a bit, I’ve had a few sessions with the first team and he came to watch some of our development games at Tooting and Mitcham.

“He said he liked what he saw and he wants me to kick on and get some more aspects to my game.

“It’s great being in and around the first team and it’s good watching that level of players and seeing how they cope in a Premier League game. It’s what I want to be doing soon.”

Wakaso-Atsu resume Play Station rivalry in Ghana camp  FIFA.com News

Serious-faced Mubarak Wakaso battling Christian Atsu on the PS console

Serious-faced Mubarak Wakaso battling Christian Atsu on the PS console

Mubarak Wakaso and Christian Atsu resumed their rivalry on the Play Station console after arriving in the Ghana camp ahead of the friendly matches against Senegal and Mali.

The Black Stars duo have been battling each other for supremacy in the football video games.

Wakaso who in recent times have been the victor appeared to be on the end of a hiding in a picture posted by Atsu on Wednesday.

The on loan Celtic player, in a shirt over boxer shorts was wearing a serious look as he struggles to come to terms to the might of his ‘small boy’.

Atsu in the posted picture had the tag: “I’m killing @mmjuniorwakaso22 in PS.”

The Black Stars are currently camping in Paris ahead of their first friendly match of this month against Senegal on Saturday.

Ghana will also play Mali next week Tuesday in another friendly.

Match Report: Local Black Stars 1-0 Namibia- Stephen Baffour strikes at the death  FIFA.com News

Local Black Stars

Local Black Stars

Ghana’s home-based national team struck at the death to beat Namibia 1-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in an international friendly.

Berekum Chelsea striker Stephen Baffour climbed off the bench to score late on for the local Black Stars who were second best on the day.

It was goalmouth melee and the opportunistic striker trapped the ball before firing home for the winner.

Namibia looked organized but could not break down the Ghana team which started camping only on Monday.

Head coach Maxwell Konadu, who lead a select band of players to win silver at the last CHAN tournament in South Africa, is testing his side for their 2016 qualifiers.

Ghana’s starting line-up:

Mozart Adjetety- Amos Korankye, Joshua Otoo, Emmanuel Akuoko, Alfred Nelson, Malik Akowuah, Alhassan Nuhu, Noah Martey, Yakubu Mohammed, Nathaniel Asamoah, Bernard Morrison.

Lionel Messi tops France Football’s list of richest players  FIFA.com News

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi tops France Football magazine’s list of richest players for the fifth time in six years after hitting an estimated 65 million euros ($71.3 million) in revenue last year.

The Barcelona forward edged Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo in the list, with Barcelona striker Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva and Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie completing the top five.

The French magazine, which ran its survey for the 17th time, makes its estimations by adding salaries, bonuses and advertisement revenues.

According to France Football, Ronaldo earned 54 million euros ($59.2 million) last year, while Neymar cashed in 36.5 million euros ($40 million).

A total of 12 players, including Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) and Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), earned more than 20 million euros ($21.9 million) last year.

Kotoko thrash third-tier Paga Crocodiles 4-0 to advance in MTN FA Cup  FIFA.com News

Kotoko players sitting on the grass less pitch

Kotoko players sitting on the grass less pitch

Ghanaian champions Kotoko progressed to the round of 32 in the MTN FA Cup after thumping Paga Crocodiles 4-0 in their delayed fixture on Wednesday.

Richard Oti opened the scoring for the Porcupine Warriors on the grass less pitch at Bolgatanga to end the first half.

The Porcupine Warriors resumed the second half reinvigorated and scored the other three goals through Richard Mpong, Obed Owusu and Emmanuel Asante.

The massive win will serve as real boost to the side ahead of Sunday’s Ghana Premier League game against Liberty Professionals.

 

CAF club licensing seminar will improve our local league-Technical director Francis Oti Akenteng  FIFA.com News

Anthony-Baffoe at the CAF seminar

Anthony-Baffoe at the CAF seminar

By Rahman Osman

Follow on twitter @iamrahmanosman

Head of technical directorate at the Ghana Football Association Francis Oti Akenteng says the knowledge acquired from the partaking in CAF’s club licensing seminar will have a positive effect on the local league.

The highly respected technical instructor attended the seminar with African football guru’s Anthony Baffoe and immediate past Asante Kotoko head coach Mas-Ud Dramani.

The trio joined 60 others who had been carefully selected for the seminar which schooled them on the detailed requirement of the new CAF club licensing rule.

In an era where the professionalism of club administrator have been questioned in Ghana Akenteng says the knowledge from the seminar will come as a solution to numerous challenges experienced in the domestic league.

“The knowledge we have acquired should help develop our teams in the local league,” Akenteng told Citi FM

“’I was there Tonny and Mas-Ud were also there and things we learnt were priceless.

“We are looking to impacting to our colleagues so we can all improve our leave.”

“We have had challenges but with this educative seminars should provide solutions to some of them.”

 

Black Stars set for first training in Paris on Wednesday with 20 players  FIFA.com News

Black Stars

Black Stars

The Ghana Football Association has confirmed 20 players have arrived in the Black Stars camp in France ahead of the friendlies against Senegal and Mali.

Midfielder Seidu Salifu and Leicester defender Jeffrey Schlupp are yet to arrive in camp as the team holds its first training session on Wednesday evening.

Coach Avram Grant handed call-ups to Salifu and his former U-20 teammate Ebenezer Assifuah for the friendlies.

Atalanta based Richmond Yiadom Boakye and midfielder David Accam were also included in the squad after Baba Abdul Rahman and Mahatma Otoo suffered injuries over the weekend.

Captain Asamoah Gyan has been excused for the two friendlies as he is continuing with his recovery from a slight injury at his club side.

In his absence, midfielder Andre Ayew is set to lead the Black Stars for the two matches.

Ghana will take on take Senegal at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre on Saturday evening before their match against the Eagles of Mali at Stade Sébastien Charléty three days later.

Bechem United midfielder Noah Martey wins Ghana Premier League Player of the Month  FIFA.com News

Noah Martey

Noah Martey

The PLB Judging Panel has named Bechem United midfielder Noah Martey as Player of the Month for February in the First Capital Plus Bank Premier League.

The 19-year-old scored a total of five goals in the month, setting the record as the only player to score in five consecutive matches.

He managed to score two away goals and scored in each of the three home games in February.

Martey will receive a prize of 500 Ghana Cedis from the league’s title sponsor First Capital Plus Bank.

Doctors allay injury fears of Mahatam Otoo with initial tests clearing Norway-based striker  FIFA.com News

Mahatma Otoo hit with thigh injury

Mahatma Otoo hit with thigh injury

Ghana striker Mahatma Otoo has been told by doctors his recent thigh injury is not as serious as initially feared and that he should return to action ‘soon’.

The 23-year-old has been replaced in the Black Stars squad for this month’s friendlies against Senegal and Mali over the injury sustained last week while in action for his Norwegian club Sogndal.

Initial tests conducted on Wednesday reveal the former Hearts of Oak captain has suffered no tear in his muscles.

Further tests are however required to determine how long he will be out for.

“Doctors say the injury is not serious after the first test,” Otoo told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“They say I will return to action soon but then I need to do more tests to know when exactly I will return.”

The injury setback is a massive blow for Mahatma Otoo who was hoping to get precious international game time under his belt in the friendlies against Senegal and Mali on Saturday and Tuesday respectively in France.

He has since been replaced by Chicago Fire striker David Accam.

Ex-Kotoko chief Dr Sarpong reveals how Opoku Nti stabbed him in the back leading to his premature exit  FIFA.com News

Samuel Opoku Nti is reported to have stabbed Dr KK Sarpong in the back

Samuel Opoku Nti is reported to have stabbed Dr KK Sarpong in the back

Ex-Kotoko Executive Chairman Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong has made a chilling revelation about how current General Manager,  Samuel Opoku Nti, maligned him during his tenure, leading to his infamous exit.

The celebrated Chartered Accountant is reported to have told Kumasi-based Metro FM his personal assistant at the time worked against his administration with a view of landing the top job.

He labeled as unprofessional, unethical and regrettable the conduct of the current Kotoko General Manager and admits he feels hurt over his behaviour.

“Through the instrumentality of Mr Kwadwo Mpiani, former chief of staff of president Kuffour I employed Opoku Nti as my personal assistant and used my own money to pay him” Dr Sarpong is quoted by Kumasi based Metro FM.

“In spite of that, Opoku Nti goes ahead to take documents to Serebour to malign his boss. If I have done something wrong say it to me, treat me like your boss! Serebour has admitted and apologized; another man has also admitted and apologized. Because he wanted the job, but for me I never asked for the Kotoko job, it is not something I would ordinarily accept because I did not knew much about football”

“I used to pay him from my own money and they can come out and dispute that if that was not the case, he takes documents to Serebour and says if I travel I do this and do that. I mean it’s not fair! It is very painful unprofessional, unethical, regrettable!

” So if am saying I regret taking up the job, this is one of the basis.”

The 60-year-old quits the club in 2013 following mounting but unsubstantiated allegations of financial misappropriation.

He helped to re-brand Kotoko by securing multiple sponsorship deals locally and the famous partnership agreement with English side Sunderland.

He has begun work on the Kotoko Adako Jachie Project which involves a befitting training ground and office complex when he angrily left the post.

The former Tema Oil Refinery boss has also made attempts to revive the club’s academy which has been in shambles since he left.

Dr Sarpong won two back-to-back Ghana Premier League titles.

Since assuming the role, current chief Samuel Opoku, who holds a UEFA License B coaching certificate, has been criticized for his ‘school boy’ managerial style at the club

Congo based Solomon Asante latest to arrive in Black Stars camp  FIFA.com News

Ghana and TP Mazembe midfielder Solomon Asante

Ghana and TP Mazembe midfielder Solomon Asante

By Rahman Osman

Follow on twitter @iamrahmanosman

TP Mazembe midfielder Solomon Asante is the latest Black Stars player to arrive in camp ahead of this weekend international friendlies.

The 24 year old diminutive midfielder is again enjoying a splendid season in Congo and arrived in camp on Wednesday morning to begin training with his international team mates.

The former Berekum Chelsea midfielder’s arrival means Fatau Dauda, Daniel Amartey, Jordan Ayew, Dede Ayew  and Ebenezer Assifuah are all confirmed to be in camp with the numbers expected to sky as the day grows up.

Asante was a key member of the Black Stars squad during the AFCON qualifiers but struggled to get into the team during the competition itself.

His form has been solid since and he will look to get a run out to stake a claim in the team.

Ghana will play both Senegal and Mali on the 28 and the 31st respectively of this month respectively.

Right To Dream Academy beat Rotherham United for second Europe tour win  FIFA.com News

Right To Dream Academy players in the dressing room

Right To Dream Academy players in the dressing room

Right To Dream Academy recorded a second victory on their Europe tour with a 4-3 win over the youth side of League One side Rotherham United on Tuesday.

They opened their tour of Europe with a 2-0 win over the U18 side of English League 1 side Preston North End last week.

Right To Dream Academy are on an eight-week tour of Europe and lined up friendlies to give players the requisite exposure.

Last year, they have won the U17 version of the Gothia Cup by defeating Swedish side Mjällby 7-6 on penalties.

Injured goalkeeper Lys Gomis pulls out of Senegal squad to face Ghana in friendly  FIFA.com News

Lys  Gomis

Lys Gomis

Italy-based goalkeeper Lys Gomis has withdrawn from Senegal’s squad to face Ghana and Le Havre in this month’s international friendlies in France due to injury.

Gomis, who was among four goalkeepers invited by Aliou Cisse, suffered a broken nose last Saturday’s Serie B side between his side Trapani against Bologna.

He was unconscious on the hour mark after a collision with an opponent and was rushed to the St. Anthony Trapani hospital where he was revived.

“Yesterday (Saturday) at the Trapani-Bologna match, I got a headache and I broke my nose. I went to the hospital. I’m sorry, but I cannot answer the call of the national team. I really wanted to go, but that’s for next time. Hi all Senegalese!,” Posted the goalkeeper on his Facebook account.

BOMBSHELL: Four Ghanaian players falsify passports to get into Black Meteors  FIFA.com News

Malik Jabir

Malik Jabir

By Patrick Akoto

Four Ghana Under-23 male team players falsified their passports to get into the team, a top Ghanaian FA official Oduro Sarfo has sensationally revealed.

The four players travelled with the team to Mozambique for the first leg tie of the qualifiers for the 2015 All Africa Games last weekend.

Luckily, officials of the Olympic team detected the anomaly in their passports early and stopped them from featuring in the game to avoid any potential embarrassment.

The four players, whose identifies GHANAsoccernet.com is withholding, have more than one passport with different birthdays.

The Black Meteors lost 1-0 against their host and an outspoken member of the Black Maidens team Oduro Sarfo has revealed the players falsified their passports to be in the team.

“ We have a situation where about four of the players changed their names and ages to get into the Black Meteors for the trip to Maputo. One player called Goza changed his name to Kudjo Mensah and also changed his name to get into the team,” he told Accra-based Happy FM

“I realized this development immediately the first squad was called so I reported my observation to the chairman of the U-23 team and he has begun investigations into this development so as to deal with it.

Oduro Sarfo is unhappy with the selection criteria for the team during their recent international friendly against Egypt insisting the call-up of Hearts goalkeeper Mutawakilu Seidu was suspect.

“I just couldn’t imagine how a goalkeeper like Eric Ofori Antwi who has graduated from the under-20 team, would be left out and Mutawakilu Seidu would rather be called.”

The fabrication of players’ ages continues to be a problem for football in Africa and South America especially.

Suspicions about true ages of some Ghanaian footballers date back many years with Ghana being banned at the Under-17 level the recent example.

Ghana have a rich tradition of seemingly promising youngsters who mysteriously fail to fulfill their potential due to age-cheating an and falsified documents.

The growing phenomenon of age-cheating forced world governing body, FIFA, to introduce the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which subjects young players to determine their true ages.

Referee Joseph Lamptey listed for 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup finals  FIFA.com News

Referee Jospeh Lamptey

Referee Jospeh Lamptey

Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartey Lamptey has been nominated as one of the match officials for the FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be held in New Zealand.

Lamptey joins a list of referees from around the world who will be at the tournament which is scheduled to begin from 30th May to 20th June, 2015.

Ghana’s U-20 side, the Black Satellites have also qualified to the competition and have been paired in Group B alongside Argentina, Austria and Panama.

The Black Satellites recently won bronze at the African Youth Championship in Senegal after beating Mali 3-1 in the third place match.

Kotoko must be stripped off league title for submitting ‘cooked’ financial statement to GFA, claims Hearts supporter Aziz Futah  FIFA.com News

Kotoko won the league title last season with an eight-point gap

Kotoko won the league title last season with an eight-point gap

Ex-Hearts of Oak management member Haruna Aziz Futah wants their arch rival Asante Kotoko to be stripped off their league title over claims of lodging ‘cooked’ financial statement to the Ghana FA for the 2013/14 season which paved the way for them to play in the league.

The prominent supporter of the club says he is ready to substantiate his claims against the champions by petitioning the Ghana FA to show that the Porcupine Warriors did not submit audited accounts for them to play in the league.

It is however unclear whether there is a GFA regulation that punishes clubs by way of point-deduction for submitting unaudited accounts.

Aziz Futah however remains adamant he will pursue the matter to have Kotoko stripped off its league title won last season.

“It is a foul play on the side of Asante Kotoko,” he said.

“I have checks that the account lodged by Kotoko the GFA is not properly audited.

“I am going to write to the GFA to bring this issue to the fore.

“If I am able to prove my claim then I would demand that Kotoko is stripped off the 2013/14 league trophy.”

Kotoko won last year’s Premier League crown with a massive eight-point gap against second-placed Heart of Lions.

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Jordan Ayew blasts Lorient teammates for ‘kid mistakes’ in defeat to PSG  FIFA.com News

Jordan Ayew scored the consolation goal for Lorient

Jordan Ayew scored the consolation goal for Lorient

Ghana striker Jordan Ayew has lashed at his Lorient teammates for committing ‘kid mistakes’ in their 3-1 defeat to PSG.

Les Merlus slumped to their 16th defeat of the season last Friday away to the champions.

The defeat sees Lorient slide down the Ligue 1 table and are now just a place above the relegation zone.

But Jordan Ayew who scored the consolation goal for Lorient in the defeat to PSG criticized his teammates for making ‘kid errors’ to hand the win to their hosts on a silver platter.

“We handed them [PSG] gifts, we made mistakes of kids,” the Ghana striker lamented.

“You get paid by teams like that when you make such mistakes.

“It’s always the same since the beginning of the season.

“We had a chance to make a draw but we made kid mistakes.”

Norwegian giants Stromsgodset sign massively talented Ghanaian Abdul-Basit Agouda  FIFA.com News

Abdul-Basit Agouda has signed a professional contract for Stromsgodset

Abdul-Basit Agouda has signed a professional contract for Stromsgodset

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Norwegian Tippeligaen giants Stromsgodset have tied down hugely talented Ghanaian attacker Abdul-Basit Agouda for the next five seasons, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm. 

Agouda actually signed his professional contract with Godset in June 2014 but in the terms it is supposed to take effect from January 2015.

The 16-year-old joined Godset from third-tier side Skeid two seasons ago and has immensely demonstrated great quality while playing for Godset’s U16 side, attracting eyes from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Abdul-Basit Agouda signing his contract with Stromsgodset

Abdul-Basit Agouda signing his contract with Stromsgodset. Photograph: Stromsgodset Official website

He joins Ghanaian pair of Mohammed Abu and Bismark Adjei-Boateng who have both spent seasons at the club and understand the terrain.

Agouda has swooped several youth award and is expected to translate his massive talent into professional display for Stromsgodset when the Norwegian league season starts.

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