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Ghana striker Kwesi Appiah dropped from Palace’s last game for lack of playing time  FIFA.com News

Ghana striker Kwesi Appiah was not played in English Premier League side Crystal Palace's final game of the season because the coach thinks he has not seen much of him.

Kwesi Appiah

Ghana striker Kwesi Appiah was not played in English Premier League side Crystal Palace’s final game of the season because the coach thinks he has not seen much of him.

Manager Alan Pardew was expected to give the Africa Cup of Nations revelation some playing time in the match against with Swansea City to show that the Ghanaian has some chance for the next season.

With nothing at stake as Palace has already secured their stay in the Premier League, dropping the Ghanaian player has not been popular.

But Pardew insists he left out the player for good reasons.

“It’s unfair on them and it’s unfair on me – I haven’t seen enough of them,” said the boss.

“Pre-season, for sure, they’re going to get games.

“I’ve had a good look at some of my players who have been out on loan, like Sullay and Kwesi (Appiah), to get a good indication of where they’re at.

“So none of them will be involved on Sunday.”

Godfred Donsah agent insists no official English bid in place for Cagliari starlet  FIFA.com News

Godfred Donsah could move to England

Godfred Donsah could move to England

By El Akyereko Frimpong

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Agent of Ghana U20 starlet Godfred Donsah – Oliver Arthur, has revealed there is no official bid from any of England’s top five clubs but insists there are interests from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. 

The 18-year-old, now in Ghana’s U20 camp ahead of the FIFA U20 World Cup, has dominated transfer talks in Italy and England.

Arsenal, Manchester City, West Ham United and Liverpool have all been linked with the versatile defender dubbed the ‘New Essien’.

But renowned Ghanaian agent Oliver Arthur who represents the player has declared there is no official bid from any of these clubs.

“Arsenal, City and Liverpool have expressed an interest, but again nothing official,” he told Tuttomercatoweb.

“I also read the news about Juventus but I must say that I have not talked to Cagliari and Juventus.

“At present, however, say that there has been no official contact.”

Donsah played 21 Serie A games for relegated Cagliari and scored twice.

Sulley Muntari’s reported ‘apology letter’ returned to Italy by relative – reports  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari's letter has reportedly been returned to him

Sulley Muntari’s letter has reportedly been returned to him

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Sulley Muntari’s reported letter of apology to the Ghana Football Association over his conduct at the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup has been returned to him by his relative, according to reports by Daily Soccer Ghana. 

The 30-year-old AC Milan star reportedly conveyed his apology in a letter through his ‘relative’ Mohammed Sulley to the Black Stars Management Committee chief George Afriyie over his bad-behaviour during Ghana’s botched World Cup campaign almost a year ago.

But Afriyie denied receiving any letter from the former Sunderland star in a radio interview on Accra-based Peace FM.

However reports on Daily Soccer Ghana on Saturday morning claim Mohammed has returned the letter to Italy after failing to deliver it to George Afriyie.

The Ghana Football Association has emphatically stated that Muntari would not be readmitted to the Black Stars until he officially apologises for his conduct.

Muntari is yet to officially comment on the reports as to whether he has issued an apology in writing.

He has not played for Ghana after being sacked from Ghana’s camp in Brazil along with Schalke 04 misfit Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Top South African clubs courting Local Black Stars trio Saka, Ainooson & Asamoah – reports  FIFA.com News

Godfred Saka could move to South Africa

Godfred Saka could move to South Africa

By El Akyereko Frimpong

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Four South African Premier Soccer League sides are keen on signing Ghanaian trio Godfred Saka, Abeiku Ainooson and Nathaniel Asamoah if they excel at COSAFA Cup tournament, according to reports in the local media. 

Accra-based Asempa FM have reported top South African sides including Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, Maritzburg United and Ajax Cape Town have all penciled down the trio.

But will make their decisions if the trio impress for the Ghana side in their games at the COSAFA tournament.

Defender Saka would leave Aduana Stars for a new adventure and would jump at the chance to move abroad. While central defender Ainooson does not seem to have resolved his future with Ghanaian champions Asante Kotoko.

Nathaniel Asamoah who is currently leading the top-scorers chart in the Ghana Premier League is on the radar of many Arabian clubs.

But could opt for a spell in South Africa with Maritzburg United specifically mentioned to be interested in his signature.

Ghana star Ayew to wear boots designed in Marseille colours for his final game for club  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew to wear boot for his final Olympique de Marseille game

Andre Ayew to wear boot for his final Olympique de Marseille game

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghana star Andre Ayew has unveiled the boots he will be wearing for his final game for French Ligue 1 giants Olympique Marseille.

The 25-year-old has confirmed his exit from the Stade Velodrome after Saturday’s final game of the season.

In marking his last game for Marseille, the deputy Ghana captain has unveiled the pair of boots he will be wearing as Marseille take on Bastia in a home fixture.

The workaholic winger has had the boots designed in Marseille colours to show his love for the club during his nine-season spell as player of the club.

Ayew will bring his seven season spell at Marseille to an end and is expected to join a top-tier European side next month with interest from England, Italy and Germany.

Hearts of Oak coach Herbert Addo to test match fitness of duo Bousson and Hayford in FA Cup game  FIFA.com News

Emmanuel Hayford at Hearts of Oak

Emmanuel Hayford at Hearts of Oak

By El Akyereko Frimpong

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Accra Hearts of Oak head coach Herbert Addo is set to test the match fitness of pair Emmanuel Hayford and Landry Bousson, who have made injury returns, in their MTN FA Cup game against Afienya City. 

Addo has named the pair in his 18-man squad for the game at the Tema Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Hayford returned to training before the Phobians embarked on the CAF Confederation Cup first-leg humiliation at Esperance de Tunis while attacker Bousson is also available after recovering from injury.

Bousson, an Ivorian international attacker, is likely to spearhead the Hearts of Oak attack while Hayford could claim a starting spot in the midfield.

The former Amidaus Professionals midfielder had been tethered by an ankle injury which had disturbed his season.

Hearts reached the stage after brushing aside Bolgatanga Man City at the El-Wak Stadium by 3 goals to nil.

Attacker Eric Kumi opened the scoring within eight minutes of joining the action in the second half and Mason October doubled the lead with a delicious free-kick before substitute Foovi Aguidi completed the emphatic victory with an injury time strike from the penalty spot.

Ghana star Accam thrilled to return to scoring form for Chicago Fire in Columbus Crew stalemate  FIFA.com News

David Accam happy with Chicago Fire goal

David Accam happy with Chicago Fire goal

By El Akyereko Frimpong

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Ghana attacker David Accam has admitted the difficulty in playing against Columbus Crew but expressed joy on his return to scoring form. 

Accam, 24, scored his second goal of the Major League Soccer campaign as he headed home a 58th minute goal in Chicago Fire’s 2-2 split with Columbus Crew at the Mapfre Stadium on Friday night.

The former Helsingborg IF star had his electrifying and lightening pace and skill on show as he wowed fans with his impressive footwork.

But most importantly the Black Stars player admitted his joy for his goal: “I’m really happy to get on the score sheet. My hard work and effort had paid off this time,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com in a post-match interview.

Sierra Leonean forward Kei Kamara had scored twice to put Crew 2-0 up but Accam inspired Frank Yallop’s men as they staged to a come-back to confirm their superiority over their host with Jamaican international Jason Johnson scoring the leveller in the 94th minute.

” It was difficult game for us but the guys battle really hard to come back from 2 nil,” he added.

Fire are without a win their last four league games but Accam believes the spirited display against Crew will serve as a push to end their winless run when they face Montreal Impact next weekend.

“It gives us a confident boost for our next game. We will take a lot of positives from this game,” he said hopefully.

Greek giants Olympiakos and Panathinaikos wrest for Everton misfit Atsu on loan from Chelsea  FIFA.com News

Christian Atsu could head to Greece

Christian Atsu could head to Greece

By El Akyereko Frimpong

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Greek Super League giants Olympiakos Piraeus and Panathinaikos are both plotting to sign Ghana star Christian Atsu on loan from Chelsea when the summer transfer window opens next month. 

Everton are certain to send back the 23-year-old to the Stamford Bridge after Sunday’s final games of the Barcleys Premier League season.

Atsu could not flourish at the Goodison Park after arriving on loan from Chelsea before the start of the season, making just five league appearances for Roberto Martinez’s side.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already resolved to send the former FC Porto starlet on another loan spell with Dutch and German sides keen to sign him.

But the newest contender to join the race for Atsu’s signature is Olympiakos who are seeking to improve their squad for next season’s European campaign.

Olympiakos boss Vitor Pereira believes Atsu was misused at Everton and can bring the best out of him at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki.

However, they must beat competition from home-rivals Panathinaikos who have also outlined their interest in signing the winger who won Best Player Award at the 2015 AFCON tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Olympiakos have already secured a spot in next season’s Uefa Champions League after winning the league title while Panathinaikos are fighting to secure a place in the play-offs.

Atsu is highly linked with a return to Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem.

La Liga outfit Celta Vigo enter race to snap up Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso from Rubin Karzan  FIFA.com News

Wakaso Mubarak on Celta Vigo's radar

Wakaso Mubarak on Celta Vigo’s radar

By Rahman Osman

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Spanish La liga side Celta Vigo are exploiting options of bringing Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso back to Spain after the midfielder made it clear he was not making his loan move with Celtic Permanent.

Wakaso, 25, endured a frustrating spell in Scotland despite a super start to his loan move from Rubin Karzan where he scored on his debut.

The former AshGold man has attracted interest from Monaco and Espanyol who are both willing to meet his personal contractual terms.

Espanyol however face a stiff competition from Celta Vigo who are luring Wakaso with a higher annual salary and assured game time.

The Vigo based club are currently 11th on the Spanish La liga table and are assured of beating the drop this season.

President Carlos Maurino is said to be a long term admirer of the combative Ghanaian midfielder and is willing to slot it out with rivals to secure the signature of Wakaso.

French giants Monaco leading race to secure the signature of Mubarak Wakaso  FIFA.com News

Wakaso Mubarak on Monaco's radar

Wakaso Mubarak on Monaco’s radar

By Rahman Osman

Follow the writer on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco are leading the pack to secure the signature of industrious Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso.

Wakaso is on the move this summer after failing to secure enough playing time in Scotland.

He is not favoring a move back to parent club Rubin Karzan who are willing to cash in on him if his buyout clause is met.

A host of clubs including former side Espanyol have all been linked with a move for the 25 year old midfielder who can play out wide.

But sources close to the player say it’s Monaco who are favorite to land him.

“Wakaso has been to France a couple of times and he has personally visited the city Monaco and from all that he is saying he likes the place,” a source close to the player told GHANAsoccernet.com

“A lot of interest has been generated but he is looking at the options that will give him game time and once that is sorted I am sure a decision would be reaches.”

Wakaso was a member of the Ghana squad which finished second in the just ended Africa cup of nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Hearts of Oak goalie Soulama insists all is not lost against Esperance  FIFA.com News

Abdoulaye Soulama, left, is confident of Hearts of Oak progress over Esperance

Abdoulaye Soulama, left, is confident of Hearts of Oak progress over Esperance

By Rahman Osman

Follow the writer on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Hearts of Oak and Burkinabe international goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye is confident that a comeback is on the cards when they face Tunisian giants Esperance in a fortnight’s time.

The Phobians were left with a stiff mountain to climb after being outclassed and outplayed in the first leg tie of their CAF confederation cup encounter against Esperance.

Herbert Addo’s men were badly exposed and were fortunate to have come off with a 4-0 deficit.

The defeat meant the Phobians will have to mount one of the greatest comebacks ever in the history of the CAF confederation cup if they are to reach the desired money zone of the competition.

And Soulama who is turning out to being a bargain since signing on from rivals Asante Kotoko believes anything is possible.

“It’s true we had a bad day in Tunisia but that is it for us its past and gone and we know what we have to do,” Soulama told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“We have another ninety minutes to play and in football that is a long time and anything is possible.

“We have to acknowledge that Esperance is a good side but that is it we can overcome them if we play to our full potential.”

Hearts are 10th on the Ghana league table after the first round of the league games and will be desperate to at least reach the money zone of the confederation cup.

U20 FIFA World Cup: Ghana captain Owusu Bempah looking for win against Columbia to wrap up pre-tournament campaign  FIFA.com News

Ghana U20 captain Bempah, right with head coach Sellas Tetteh, wants win against Columbia

Ghana U20 captain Bempah, right with head coach Sellas Tetteh, wants win against Columbia

By Rahman Osman

Follow the writer on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Ghana U20 captain Owusu Bempah is looking forward to a win when they face Columbia on Tuesday after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the previous warm-up game.

Coach Sellas Tetteh is putting the final touches to his team in Australia and will have the opportunity to test the level of development in the game against Columbia on Tuesday.

The team showed glimpses of improvement in the 1-0 defeat against Portugal but also showed defensive naivety leading to the only goal of the game that condemned them to a painful 1-0 defeat against Portugal.

Skipper Bempah says the game against Columbia is an opportunity to end their pre-tournament camping on the high.

“It’s been a great time here where we have pushed ourselves to the limit,” Bempah told GHANAsoccernet.com from the team’s base in Australia.

“We have to win against Columbia that will put us in the right frame of mind going into the competition itself.

“The entire team is great and we are confident that it would be one great campaign.”

The Black Satellites are in group B of the upcoming FIFA U-20 world cup and will take on Panama, Austria and favorites for the group Argentina with the top two automatically making the knock out stages of the tournament.

DAVID Accam’s important header inspires Chicago Fire to a crucial draw at Columbus Crew in America’s Major League Soccer  FIFA.com News

David Accam rushing to return after halving the deficit for Fire

David Accam wheels back to the center-spot with his team-mates after pulling a goal back

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghana international attacker David Accam scored with a crucial header and inspired Chicago Fire to snatch an important away point at Columbus Crew after a fight-from-behind 2-2 draw in the American Major League Soccer on Friday night. 

The 24-year-old had been the lone man working all night to loosen the gagged defensive wedlock of Crew after Sierra Leonean forward Kei Kamara had scored twice in either halves to put them ahead.

Kamara, a personal friend of Accam, has stolen the show with a brace and seemed to have determined who would return from the match with the maximum points.

But after Accam had had a powerful piledriver deflected away by the Crew keeper late in the first-half, he returned after the break to inspire Frank Yallop’s men to continue their dominance over their biggest rivals.

Nigerian international Kennedy Igboananike had worked himself into space inside the box but the close marking of a Crew defender caused his cross to deflect off his body before spurning around midair to Accam who had already outsmarted his marker to head the ball into the far right corner, leaving Steve Clark completely beaten.

After Accam’s goal, Fire gained more venom and impetus to push to the leveller. American-born half-Ghanaian Quincy Amarikwa was brought on and he punched his fist into the night air in agony as his cracking volley could only test the durability of the goal post.

But just when Crew thought they were booking their first ever win over Fire in four games, Jamaican international Jason Johnson stepped out of the dug-out and claimed a crucial leveller in the 94th minute though Accam had denied a brace moments earlier by Clark.

Michael Helegbe handed Top Scorer and Best Goal of the Season awards in Lebanon  FIFA.com News

Michael Helebge recieving his awards

Michael Helebge recieving his awards

Ghana forward Michael Helegbe swept the Top Scorer and Best Goal of the season awards at the annual Lebanese top flight end of season awards ceremony held on Friday night.

The 29-year-old finished his debut season for Tripoli SC with 19 goals in 23 matches (16 in the league) to emerge the top scorer of the division.

Helgebe’s thunderous 35-yard strike against Al-Nabi Shayth was also adjudged the best goal of the season.

The former Liberty Professionals and Medeama playmaker became an instant hit in just his first season with Tripoli.

He helped the side win the Lebanese Cup having missed out on the league title.

Helegbe’s success brings to fore his re-emergence after going off the radar for a while.

AshGold CEO Kudjoe Fianoo wants clubs to vehemently oppose paying VAT on players salaries and bonuses  FIFA.com News

Kudjoe Fianoo

Kudjoe Fianoo

AshantiGold CEO Kudjoe Fianoo says he is ready to lead a campaign to stop clubs from paying taxes on players’ salaries, winning bonuses and signing on fees.

Clubs in Ghana have also been asked to make SSNIT contributions for their players.

Fianoo believes the directive could cripple clubs if not opposed.

“I came back from Accra to realize that some offices from Ghana Revenue Authority have come to ask of taxes on our players’ bonuses,” he told Obuasi-based Shaft FM.

“Every club in Ghana is running at a loss in their final accounts every year.

“If this continues, I tell you football administration in Ghana will be dead.

“Am entreating all club to wake up. We the clubs produce talents to the national teams but what do teams get in return from the government.

“I am ready to lead this crusade “.

FIFA boss Sepp Blatter mourns coach Jones Attuquayfio’s passing  FIFA.com News

Jones Attuquayfio died two weeks ago.

Jones Attuquayfio died two weeks ago.

FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter has sent his condolences over the passing of former Ghana international and coach Cecil Jones Attuquayefio.

Mr. Blatter acknowledged the immense contribution made the late Attuquayefio to the development of football even beyond the borders of Ghana.

He further extended his condolences to the bereaved family and loved ones.

“Please accept my deepest condolences on hearing that former international player and manager Cecil Jones Attuquyefio have passed away. His contributions to the game will be remembered, especially for playing in the Ghana national team when it won the 1965 African Nations Cup as well as managing the Benin and Ghana national teams”, Mr. Blatter said in a letter sent to the GFA.

“On behalf of the members of the international football community, I should be extremely grateful if you could extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

“We would hope that in some way, our words of support may help a little of peace and solace in this time of sadness”, he concluded.

U20 World Cup: Ghana U20 to play Colombia next Tuesday in final warm-up match  FIFA.com News

Black Satellites

Black Satellites

Ghana’s U20 will play their final pre-tournament friendly against Colombia on Tuesday, May 26 before flying to New Zealand for the FIFA U20 World Cup.

The Black Satellites are currently in in Sydney Australia preparing for their tournament opener next Saturday against Austria.

Sellas Tetteh side were beaten 1-0 Portugal last Tuesday.

Ghana will also play Argentina and Panama at the tournament.

Ghana Premier League leading scorer Nathaniel Asamoah wanted by Misr El-Makasa  FIFA.com News

Nathaniel Asamoah

Nathaniel Asamoah

Egyptian side Misr El-Makasa are among four African sides who have enquired about the availability of leading Ghana Premier League goal king Nathaniel Asamoah.

But the Fayoum-based club, who are fourth on the table, must be prepared to face Sudanese side Al Merreikh and an unnamed Tunisia side for his signature.

Asamoah is in demand after banging 12 goals in 13 league appearances to end the first half of the Ghana top-flight.

“So far I can confirm that in Africa, four clubs have contacted us concerning him (Nathaniel Asamoah),” Medeama CEO James Essilfie told Bogoso-based Best FM

“The first one is an Egyptian club called Al Magasah and even with them they have proposed a figure and then Al Merreikh of Sudan who have spoken to us but have not made any official offer…..We also have made contacts with an Algerian club and a Tunisian club who have all not shown official will.

“So far it is the Egyptian club that have tabled an official bid and we will sit down to consider the offers.”

Asamoah is currently with the local Black Stars in South Africa for the local Black Stars.

Egyptian side Police Union reject Saudi offer for striker Nana Poku  FIFA.com News

Nana Poku

Nana Poku

Egyptian Premier League side El Shorta (Police Union) have announced they rejected an offer from an unnamed Saudi side for their Ghanaian striker Nana Poku.

The club’s director of football Ali Gheit confirmed on Thursday: “We refused an offer from a Saudi club who want to sign Saleh Rico and striker Nana Poku.”

The former Ghana Premier League goal king has been in top form since moving to the North African country for a second spell.

Poku is the El Shorta’s leading top scorer this term as the club lie tenth on the league table.

Agent of Godfred Donsah confirms English suitors amid reported West Ham interest  FIFA.com News

Godfred Donsah

Godfred Donsah

Godfred Donsah has been linked with a move to West Ham, whilst Arsenal and Liverpool have shown interest in him.

Donsah, 18, has been linked with a move to the Hammers by Calciomercato, and his agent has told TMW that there is definite English interest in the young midfielder.

Oliver Arthur said: “Arsenal, [Manchester] City and Liverpool have expressed an interest, but nothing official [in terms of offers].”

Arthur confirms that Donsah is wanted in the Premier League, but despite West Ham’s reported interest, he does not mention the East London club as one of his suitors.

It is believed that Donsah, being an all-action central midfielder, is being targeted by the Hammers as a replacement for Alex Song, who returns to Barcelona this summer at the end of his loan deal.

Donsah has little experience of top flight football due to his age, but he has impressed when taking to the field in Serie A, and has shown a great potential with his physicality and technical skills.

West Ham could have offered him consistent first-team football in the Premier League, but his agent’s dismissal of their interest suggests that a move to a different club is on the cards.

Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are all name-checked, although they have yet to offer a formal approach for Donsah, and it is likely that the youngster will be playing at one of those three clubs next season.

They can all offer European football, and Liverpool and Arsenal have a proven track record of utilising young players and developing them into first-team regulars.

West Ham have reportedly been the long-term admirers in him, but they will need to move quickly if they have a serious interest in signing the highly-rated Donsah this summer.