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Premier League Clubs to observe minute’s silence for CK Gyamfi  FIFA.com News

Ghana League

Ghana League

The Premier League Board has directed that a minute’s silence should be observed before kick-off at all First Capital Plus Premier League match venues as a mark of respect to the former Ghana coach and player Nana Charles Kumi Gyamfi who passed away on Wednesday.

The legendary C.K. Gyamfi was the first African footballer to play in Germany, when he joined Fortuna Dusseldorf in 1960. He also played for both Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.

As a coach, he successfully coached the Black Stars to three African Cup of Nations titles (1963, 1965 & 1982) which makes him one of the most successful African coaches.

In recognition of the passing away of the ex footballer and national team coach, all premier players are also expected to put on black armbands during the weekend’s Premier League matches.

Kotoko crisis deepens as deputy PRO blames club’s Operations Manager Kennedy for FA Cup final defeat  FIFA.com News

George Kennedy (left) has been accused.

George Kennedy (left) has been accused.

By: Sheikh Tophic Sienu @desheikh1 on twitter

Asante Kotoko’s Western Regional Circles Deputy PRO Stephen Marfo has descended heavily on the Operations Manager George Kennedy of the club accusing him of using the club for his personal gains after their FA Cup final loss to  last Sunday.

According to, Marfo the Operations Manager contracted his relatives to prepare the foods and buy other consumables for the team during the team’s stay in the Sekondi ahead of playing Medeama at the Sekondi

In an interview Marfo disclosed that the regional executives of the club in each of the regions are tasked to perform all those functions anytime the team travels to that particular region and it was their responsibility to handle  those tasks only to realise that the Operations Manager of the club has asked a relative to perfom those tasks at the expense of the club.

“Whenever the team is coming to the Western Region, it is our duty to look for hotels and get all things set for their arrival. The food for the players is the responsibility of Circles 7 and 14.  This has been the normal practice,” Marfo said.

“We make sure we provide them with enough but if they will tell you the truth, the boys were not even properly fed. George Kennedy is doing business with the team and that cost us a lot.

“He contracted his relative to cook the foods for the team as well as finding a hotel for them. In the end the food was not enough for the players and we have paid dearly for it.”

Asante Kotoko are currently battling it out with the Disciplinary Committee of the FA after a protest filed by rival Hearts of Oak which has seen six points deducted from the accumulated points of the team.

EXCLUSIVE: Francis Dadzie joins Indian side North East United in South Africa for pre-season  FIFA.com News

Francis Dadzie

Francis Dadzie

Ghanaian striker Francis Dadzie has teamed up with his new side North East United in South Africa for pre-season training.

The Indian Premier League side started preparations on Wednesday and will stay in the rainbow nation till 20 September.

Francis Dadzie in South Africa with his new club  North East United.

Francis Dadzie in South Africa with his new club North East United.

Dadzie has joined North East United on loan from Ghana Premier League outfit Bechem United.

Ghana FA technical chief Oti Akenteng wants suspended Muntari pardoned if he apologises  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana FA technical chief Francis Oti Akenteng is pushing for the recall of suspended midfielder Sulley Muntari once the Al Ittihad ace grovels over his conduct during a wretched 2014 World Cup campaign.

Muntari, 31, has been told in plain language, he will only be reconsidered for international duty if he shows remorse for his bad behaviour in Brazil.

But the temperamental figure has refused to render an unqualified apology for the incident which courted massive international embarrassment to the West African country.

The former AC Milan man was sacked from Ghana’s camp after he physically attacked former Black Stars management committee member Moses ‘Parker’ Armah during a meeting to address grievances surrounding their unpaid appearance fee.

But Ghana FA technical boss Francis Oti Akenteng wants authorities to forgive him unconditionally if he shows total remorse for his conduct, insisting he still has a lot to offer.

“Sulley Muntari is our child so we don’t have to cut off a body part because a baby urinated or defecated on it. We have to rub the dirt off and accept the person back,” he said

“If I was to be in the administration (of the Black Stars) and we discover that Sulley’s absence in the team leaves a hole, what prevents us from accepting him back into the team?” he queried.

“I still believe that Sulley Muntari will have to apologize first and then it will be up to the coach to scout him and find out if he is in shape and needed for the national team. To me, there is no problem in accepting him.”

“He has to apologize first and the authorities will accept and bring him back into the team.”

Muntaris is still regarded as a valuable asset to the national team having chalked 83 caps with 21 goals.

 

 

Inter Allies appoint goalkeeper Kwame Osei as captain for the remainder of the season  FIFA.com News

Goalkeeper Kwame Osei

Goalkeeper Kwame Osei

Inter Allies have appointed goalkeeper Kwame Osei for the remaining two games of the season.

Osei replaces Joseph Aidoo who has been loaned out to Swedish club Harmmarby on a short-term loan deal.

The agile goalkeeper was chosen to lead the side by the club’s coaching staff in consultation with management on Thursday.

He will be in charge for the remaining two games of the season against Bechem United and Medeama.

Osei’s future as captain of the Tema-based club will largely depend on whether Joseph Aidoo extends his stay at Harmmarby.

Turkish and Italian clubs monitor Airtel Rising Stars National finals  FIFA.com News

During the Airtel Rising Star 2015 country Tour to uncover unidentified U-15 talented Kids ©Christian Thompson/BackpagePix

During the Airtel Rising Star 2015 country Tour to uncover unidentified U-15 talented Kids ©Christian Thompson/BackpagePix

Three scouts of European football clubs are monitoring thirteen players from the 2015 Airtel Rising Stars National finals held in Sunyani over the weekend.

All the players the scouts have penned are boys despite some impressive performances from the female teams who took part in the competition.

Gold honours for the Girls’ category was taken by the Greater Accra region while the Brong Ahafo Region won the Boys’ event.

Oddly, Brong Ahafo only entered the competition as hosts as they were beaten by the upper West region in the zonal qualifiers.

The B.A lads beat Northern Region in the finals while bronze honors went to Greater Accra Region.

Ashanti Region picked up second position in the Girls Category with the Upper West region winning bronze.

Blessing Shine Agbomadzi from Ashanti Region and Sule Mohammed from Brong Ahafo region emerged the overall best players of the 2015 Airtel Risng Stars competition.

Yaw Boateng who scouts for Turkish club Fenerbahce said “ The talent in this competition is so much. I have taken seven players that I want Fenerbahce to see. I would make the arrangement for them to be seen by the Chief scout either in Ghana or to send them to Turkey. I believe that exposed to right environment, they will grow technically and become good players for the national teams. This work by Airtel has really brought about this important step for these kids. I have been following Airtel rising Stars in the media. I was in two minds whether to come or not but after coming to see the level of talent, my mind has been blown wide open.”

Boateng’s assertion is corroborated by Francis Oti Akenteng, the Technical director of the Ghana football Association.

“We will build the next national Under 17team from here. The talent is fantastic. Thy just need to play together and we can take it from there. The players are genuinely young and they have a great future ahead of them. Airtel has done extremely well with this competition. The challenge now is how we take it from here,” said Oti Akenteng.

Girls Champions during the Airtel Rising Star 2015 country Tour to uncover unidentified U-15 talented Kids ©Christian Thompson/BackpagePix

Girls Champions during the Airtel Rising Star 2015 country Tour to uncover unidentified U-15 talented Kids ©Christian Thompson/BackpagePix

Sam Sarpong, the Sales Director of Airtel Ghana, the sponsors of the competition said “Airtel is here to ensure that your talent is seen. Airtel is here to ensure that you live your dream and Airtel is promising you that we will never abandon you. We will support you in every conceivable way till you become the global superstars and national team players you always dream to be” said Sam Sarpong.

The 2015 Airtel Rising STras competion is the biggest and most authentic talent hunt competion at the juvenile level. At least 20,000 players at the under 15 level were evaluated by development coaches all around the country and screened into regional teams who then played in zonal championships before the national finals in Sunyani.

“We are confident we have seen the very best players at the under 15 level in Ghana.” Concluded Kwame Gyan, the Brand Assets manager of Airtel Ghana.

“we have been as far as War and Denu and we have seen some amazing talent. But we have discovered anybody who is out there and chosen the very best. Now lets set them on the path to success” said kwame Gyan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot race expected in Ghana FA Ex.Co elections; 11 aspirants file for six Premier League slots  FIFA.com News

Executive Committee

Executive Committee

The Elections Committee of the Ghana Football Association has closed nominations for elections into the National Elections Committee of the Association.

At close of nominations eleven people their filed their forms to contest elections as representatives of the Premier League, eleven people also submitted forms to be elected as representatives of the Division One League.

Two people submitted forms to contest the single slot available to the constituent bodies while twenty people in all filed their forms for the various Regional Football Associations.

There are six available slots for the Premier League, four slots for the Division with each region electing a chairman who will serve on the national executive committee.

The vetting process is expected to begin on Friday September 4 with the Electoral Committee expected to present its report by September 9.

The Appeals process will also end on Monday September 14 with elections set for Monday September 28 for the constituent bodies and Tuesday September 29 for the Premier and Division One positions.

The RFA elections will begin from October 2- 12 before the GFA Ordinary Congress on 14th October, 2015 where all newly elected members of the National Executive Committee will be sworn in.

Below is the full list of individuals who filed at close of nominations:

PREMIER LEAGUE
1. George Afriyie (Liberty Professionals)
2. Kingsley Osei Bonsu (Bechem United)
3. Kofi Manu (B.A. United)
4. Delali Eric Seneyah (Inter Allies)
5. Samuel Opoku Nti (Asante Kotoko)
6. Kodjo Fianoo (Ashgold)
7. Frank Nelson Nwokolo (Hearts of Oak)
8. Albert Commey Aryeetey (Aduana Stars)
9. Nab Benjamin Eyison (Hasaacas)
10. Emmanuel Larbi Amoah (Medeama)
11. Frederick Acheampong (New Edubiase)

DIVISION ONE: 
1. Kweku Abaka Eyiah (Tarkwa United)
2. Wilfred Kwaku Osei (Tema Youth)
3. John Frederick Mensah (Ebusua Dwarfs)
4. Fred Crentsil (Techiman City)
5. Ronald Joojo Duncan (Proud United)
6. Otuo Acheampong Barima Boadaa (Asokwa Deportivo)
7. Oloboi Commodore (Sporting Mirren)
8. Kofi Poku (D’International)
9. Kurt E.S. Okraku (Dreams FC)
10. Ebo Kobina Appiah (KFC Samosa)
11. Jones Abu Alhassan (RTU)

CONSTITUENT BODIES
1. Leanier Afiye-Obo Addy (RAG)
2. Habiba Atta Forson (Women Football)

REGIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Greater Accra :
1. Nii Kormeite Doku
2. Eugene Jacquaye
3. Mohammed Aminu Lenient Dauda

Volta Region:
1. Francis Dogbatse
2. Mawutor Agbavitor

Central Region:
1. Matthew Narh Doe
2. Roy Arthur

Western Region:
1. Kojo Yankah
2. Anthony Osei
3. Alhaji Fuseini Mahama

Brong Ahafo region:
1. Augustine Asante
2. Ralph Gyamerah

Northern region:
1. Adam Munkaila Nassam
2. Abdulai Alhassan
3. Alhaji Karim Mahama Sanni

Upper East Region:
1. Salifu Shaibu Zida
2. Gambila Boison

Ashanti Region:
1. Osei Tutu Agyemang

Eastern Region:
1. Lawal Abdul Ganiyu

Upper West region:
1. Alhaji Daudi Sadugu Yahaya

Hearts interim coach Eddie Ansah confident side will thrive against Berekum Chelsea without key duo  FIFA.com News

Foovi

Hearts stop-gap coach Eddie Ansah insists the side will thrive without potential duo Abdoulaye Soulama and Foovi Aguidi ahead of their crucial penultimate League match against Berekum Chelsea.

Soulama, a Burkinabe and Togolese Aguidi are on international duty with their respective native countries in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Aguidi could return in time for the must-win game as Togo travel to Djibouti for their second group game on Friday but doubt hangs over Soulama’s availability.

But interim coach Eddie Ansah is unperturbed about the potential absence of the two players for the game against the Blues.

“Football is a team game. Soulama will be out because he is on national duty; Foovi too has gone but we believe he

[Agudi] will be coming before our next game,” Ansah told the club’s official website.

“They play on Friday so he is likely to report on Saturday. We will definitely have Foovi around but for Soulama, I don’t think we will have him around.”

“But I think we have others around to do the job for us.”

Ex-Rwanda captain Karekezi backs current Amavubi to repeat 2003 feat against Ghana  FIFA.com News

Olivier Karekezi

Olivier Karekezi

Former captain Olivier Karekezi has tipped Amavubi Stars to get a good result against Ghana when they clash in the top of the table 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group H qualifier on Saturday at Amahoro stadium.

Karekezi, now 32, was part of Amavubi side that beat Ghana 1-0 at the same venue to qualify for the 2004 AFCON finals tournament in Tunisia and believes the current team has potential to pull off another upset against the Black Stars 12 years later.

However, after missing the 2004 finals, the Black Stars have not failed to qualify for a single tournament ever since—they reached this year’s final in Equatorial Guinea only to lose to Ivory Coast, while Rwanda is looking for a second appearance in the Nations Cup finals.

Speaking to Times Sport by telephone from Sweden on Wednesday, Karekezi said, “We have good players who can make a difference against any team and, personally, I believe the national team will get a good result against Ghana.”

Asked to compare the current Amavubi team and the one that qualified for the 2004 AFCON, the former APR forward said, “It’s quite hard to compare the two teams because they are totally different in many aspects.

Nonetheless, this team have a chance if they give their best and follow the coach’s instructions.”

Karekezi, who made his international debut in 2000 and went on to become the country’s record goal scorer with 25 goals in 55 appearances, added that, “In football, we rely more on preparations and if they have prepared well physically and mentally, they will get a good result.”

“Ghana are very strong and will come into the game on Saturday as favourites but Amavubi players don’t need to be afraid of anything, they just need to go on to the pitch determined and believing in themselves.”

Karekezi retired from international football in August 2013 after 13 years with the national team, and says he has faith in the current team, “I believe players like Haruna Niyonzima (captain), Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, Jean Claude Iranzi and Ernest Sugira can cause Ghana problems.”

Group H leaders Ghana are expected in Rwanda this morning ahead of the Saturday clash.

Source: New Times

2017 AFCON: Injured Bologna midfielder Godfred Donsah predicts Ghana’s triumph over Rwanda  FIFA.com News

Godfred Donsah

Godfred Donsah

By Patrick Akoto

Injured Bologna midfielder Godfred Donsah is predicting victory for his native Ghana ahead of Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda.

The Ghanaians take on the Amavubi at the Amahoro stadium in their second group H game.

The team recorded a nervy 3-2 win over Congo Brazzaville in an international friendly on Tuesday to serve as real boost to the side ahead of the tie.

And young midfielder, Godfred Donsah, whose senior international debut has been delayed due to a shoulder problem, is predicting win for the team.

“Best wishes to the Black Stars. Will be watching the qualifier. It will be a win,” he tweeted.

Donsah was handed his debut call-up by Avram Grant but pulled out after he suffered a shoulder injury, which will keep him out for two weeks.

Ex-Marseille chief says Man United could break €100m barrier to sign Ghana star Andre Ayew  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

By Patrick Akoto

Ex-Marseille president Pape Diouf claims Manchester United could break the €100m barrier to sign Swansea red-hot midfielder Andre Ayew next season.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a blistering start to life at the high-flying club, sticking out of the block in the early stages in his debut season.

The Ghana international has impressed heavily with an impressive scoring rate of three goals in four matches for the Swans, prompting talks stellar clubs will be chasing for his signature next season.

Ayew was voted man-of-the-match for Swansea as he single-handedly delivered the killer blow to United in their 2-1 triumph at the Liberty stadium last Sunday.

And former Marseille chief Pape Diouf expects Swansea to make a €100 million profit on the Ghanaian super star.

“Last Sunday, little Andre Ayew beat Manchester United practically all by himself,” Diouf is quoted by RMC. “And I see that this same Manchester club have bought a young 19-year-old from Monaco [Anthony Martial] for almost €80m.

“Maybe next year, if he continues to play like he is playing, Ayew will be bought for €100m by Manchester United.

“Ayew left Marseille for zero euro. I looked after him, I was his tutor, he was part of the family and he leaves us like that for zero euro, when Martial is worth €80m.

“That’s the demonstration of what’s happening these days at Marseille.”

United completed a shocking £36m signing of French teenager Anthony Martial on the final day of the transfer window and the former Marseille boss believes Andre will cost United a much higher fee.

Comment: Karanka should be the bigger man and back down over Adomah  FIFA.com News

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By Scott Wilson

Sometimes after an argument, it takes a bigger man to back down.

Digging your heels in is all well and good, but if it is going to cause you damage in the long term, it is surely advisable to swallow your pride, let bygones be bygones, and begin the process of repairing the relationship that has been damaged.

In the wake of Tuesday’s transfer deadline, that is the position Aitor Karanka finds himself in as he ponders what to do with out-of-favour winger Albert Adomah. If he is obsessed by winning a personal battle, the Middlesbrough head coach could find himself losing the fight that really matters.

To recap, Adomah has found himself omitted from the last two Boro squads after he clashed with Karanka in the wake of last month’s 1-0 defeat to Bristol City. Adomah thought he should have been playing against his former side, Karanka did not take kindly to being told what to do, and an argument ensued that had looked like ending the midfielder’s Boro career.

Only, with no one coming up with an acceptable offer before the transfer window closed on Tuesday, it didn’t bring Adomah’s time on Teesside to an end. Or at least it doesn’t have to unless Karanka chooses to continue his cold-shoulder treatment right up to the opening of the Football League loan window next Wednesday. At that point, he can begin the process of moving on the 27-year-old again.

It is difficult to second guess Karanka, but if his past actions are anything to go by, it is hard to imagine him offering an olive branch to a player who challenged his authority in front of the rest of the squad in a manner that has subsequently become public knowledge.

The Spaniard puts a lot of stock in his authoritarian attitude, and while it would be wrong to suggest that he rules by fear, he certainly likes his players to know who is in charge. His fondness for chopping and changing his starting side relies on his squad accepting there will be times when they are taken out of the limelight, and he might understandably feel that he will be weakened if he is perceived to be going cap in hand to Adomah and offering him forgiveness.

Are any of those good enough reasons to continue ostracising a player who could play an important role in a possible promotion push though?

Adoma KarangaAdmittedly, we were not in the dressing room a couple of weekends ago so we did not know quite what was said, or how far any personal criticism went. But assuming the argument did not stray too far beyond the limits of what can be regarded as a fairly normal falling out between employees at a football club, surely it does not serve anyone’s interests to continue prolonging it?

The deadline-day arrival of Carlos de Pena has increased Middlesbrough’s midfield options, but Adomah remains one of the most talented attacking players within the squad.

He is the only naturally right-footed winger available to Karanka, and made 43 Championship appearances last season, scoring five goals. With Mustapha Carayol having been loaned to Huddersfield, he is one of the few wingers in the squad boasting genuine pace, and prior to last month’s fall out, he had been a popular figure amongst both his team-mates and the Boro fans.

Albert Adomah Brighton goalIs it worth throwing all of that away over an argument? Adomah would have to accept that he cannot demand to be a first-team regular, but provided he is willing to display a degree of contrition, it should not be too difficult to reintegrate him into the squad.

The alternative is to loan him out, in the hope of selling him permanently in either January or next summer. That might shave a few thousand pounds off the wage bill, but assuming that Adomah would only move to one of the bigger clubs in the Championship, it would potentially hand a valuable asset to a team that could find themselves battling against Boro come the final weeks of the season.

While Adomah would be ineligible to face the Teessiders, he would be available to score some potentially crucial goals for a side that might turn out to be one of Boro’s promotion rivals.

That would not make any kind of sense, but to avoid it, Karanka will have to make the first move. Steve Gibson will almost certainly be led by his head coach, so it is up to Karanka to draw a line under last month’s events and pledge to move on.

In the eyes of some, that might weaken his authority. To plenty of others, however, it would be interpreted as an impressive display of maturity and a welcome willingness to put the needs of his club above a desire for personal validation.

Rising Kwasi Donsu wants to star for Medeama in African campaign  FIFA.com News

Kwasi Donsu wants to excell with Medeama in Confederation Cup

Kwasi Donsu wants to excell with Medeama in Confederation Cup

Medeama forward Kwasi Donsu admits he wants to make an even bigger impact with the side in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup.

The youngster has been one of the star performers for the Mauve and Yellows this season.

Donsu’s was highly influential for Medeama on their road to success in the MTN FA Cup competition.

Their success in the knockout tournament has qualified them back into Africa where they will represent Ghana in the next edition of the Confederation Cup.

Donsu now says he wants to prove himself on the bigger African Inter-club competition platform.

“I am really looking forward to our campaign in Africa,” he said.

“I want to do well for the team in Africa and prove to everyone how good I am.

“Africa is a good platform for me to showcase my talent and I want to make full use of this opportunity.”

David Duncan dismissive of choking tag at Kotoko – insists he is built to always take the toughest jobs  FIFA.com News

David Duncan

David Duncan

David Duncan insists he is not daunted by the task of being the coach of Asante Kotoko.

The 51-year-old has once more again come under immense pressure after failing to lead the side to FA Cup success against Medeama.

Duncan has been subtly blamed for Medeama’s dominance in the FA Cup final match played last weekend.

The former Hearts of Oak trainer thus extends his barren run of winning a major title in his coaching career.

Some have now suggested the tough-talking coach is beginning to crack under the pressure associated with being the coach of a huge club like Kotoko.

But Duncan remains adamant he is unfazed by the herculean task that comes with his job as he is used to taking up tough roles in his career.

“This is not my toughest job,” he insisted.

“I took over at Hearts of Oak when they were 15th and finished the season in 7th.

“I started a new season and we were second after 11 games.

“I took Olympics from the bottom and took them into the top four and since I left they have been battling with relegation.

“I came to Kotoko, I don’t know which position they were but there was a coach and I came so it meant they were underperforming.

“And now where is Kotoko, 3rd. This is not the toughest job. I take the toughest jobs.”

Ghanaian duo Yakubu and Awal Mohammed excel as Raja Casablanca march on in Moroccan FA cup  FIFA.com News

Ghanaian duo Awal Mohammed and Yakubu Mohammed

Ghanaian duo Awal Mohammed and Yakubu Mohammed

Ghanaian striker Yakubbu Mohammed grabbed a goal on the 55th minute to help Raja Casablance post a 1-0 victory over Kawkab Marrakech.

Yakubu who joined the Moroccan giants from Ghana Premier League side AshGold only eight days ago wasted little time in endearing himself to fans of the Green Castle after scoring the only goal against Kawkab Marrakech in the Moroccan FA Cup.

The former AshGold forward was played through on goal by Abdoulaye Bamaamer which he coolly slotted home on the 55th minute.

Fellow Ghanaian Awal Mohammed was his usual commanding self at the back and helped his side keep a clean sheet on the day.

Nathaniel Asamoah was unable to play a part in the game as he still awaits clearance from Moroccan football federation.

 

VIDEO: Watch Mohammed Yakubu’s sublime debut goal for Raja Casablanca  FIFA.com News

Mohammed Yakubu

Mohammed Yakubu

Watch Mohammed Yakubu’s debut goal for Raja Casablanca in their 1-0 win over Kawkab Marrakech on Wednesday in a Cup match.

 

Ghanaian midfielder Isaac Cofie eyes improvement at newly-promoted Italian side Carpi  FIFA.com News

Isaac Cofie

Isaac Cofie

By Patrick Akoto

Ghanaian midfielder Isaac Cofie is keen to grab regular playing time at newly-promoted Italian side Carpi.

The 24-year-old joined the White and Reds from Genoa on a season-long loan.

The ex-Chievo Verona enforcer is eyeing regular playing time after struggling for game time at Chievo.

“I feel so happy about my move to Carpi because it is an opportunity as well as responsibility to still play at the highest level in Italy. It is also an opportunity to keep me improving and maturing in the game,” Cofie told Goal.

“I chose Carpi because they showed real interest in me and to be part of their project. I also feel I can compete for more playing time here as compared to the other clubs that showed interest in me.

“My expectation is to work hard and get more playing time, but the most important thing is to help Carpi stay in the Serie A. Avoiding relegation is the fundamental objective of the club.”

Ghana defender Baba Rahman named in Chelsea’s squad for 2015/2016 UEFA Champions League  FIFA.com News

Ghana defender Baba Rahman

Ghana defender Baba Rahman

Ghana defender Abdul-Baba Rahman has been named in Chelsea’s squad for their 2015/2016 UEFA Champions League group stages.

The 21-year-old was named a 23 man squad with fellow new comers Begovic and Pedro Rodriguez.

Rahman is yet to feature for the English Champions after failing to come off the bench in Chelsea’s 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

The former Augsburg defender will however be boosted by his inclusion into the Champions league group stages as he aims to put up a challenge for the left back position of Jose Mourinho side.

Chelsea’s full squad:

SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Asmir Begovic, Djamal Blackman. 

Defenders:Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Garry Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Baba Rahman, Kurt Zouma. 

Midfielders: Fabregas, Oscar, Matic, Ramires, Mikel, Willian, Hazard, Kennedy, Traore. 

Strikers: Radamel Falcao, Pedro Rodriguez, Diego Costa, Loic Remy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

 

 

 

 

AFCON 2017: Rwanda coach laments about poor pitch for Ghana clash  FIFA.com News

John McKinstry

John McKinstry

Rwanda head coach Johnny McKinstry has decried the poor state of Amahoro stadium grass pitch ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana on Saturday.

“The pitch is in a bad state. It is the worst state since I came here” When I first came to Kigali, more than five months ago, the pitch was really good. It was in a very good condition when I first came,” the Northern Irish trainer told Times Sport.

McKinstry warned that playing on a hard and uneven pitch means the teams are more likely to turn over the possession more often to the opposition.

He added that, “There is no doubt about that. Yes, it impacts both teams. Last week we beat Ethiopia, they were good but they are not a world-class team. When we lose possession to Ethiopia, we generally have time to regroup, get organised.”

“Will Ghana be as forgiving? If we concede possession to Ghana 50 times in the game because controlling the ball is a little bit more difficult on a hard and bumpy surface, Ghana can punish us,” noted the 30-year-old tactician, who is nonetheless eyeing maximum points against the Black Stars.

Rwanda are second in Group H, tied on three points with table leaders Ghana, who walloped Mauritius 7-1 in Accra in June.

Amavubi defeated Mozambique in Maputo and the home side is seeking to replicate their form in their first leg tie against the star-studded Black Stars side that is expected to arrive in Kigali this morning, a day after their friendly against Congo Brazzaville, whom they beat 3-2.

Ghanaian striker Yakubu Mohammed scores debut goal for Raja Casablanca in Cup win over Kawkab Marrakech  FIFA.com News

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By Patrick Akoto

Ghanaian striker Yakubu Mohammed scored his first goal for Raja Casablanca in their 1-0 win over Kawkab Marrakech in the Moroccan Cup on Wednesday.

Mohammed, 25, scored the match-winner in the 56th minute at the Stade Mohamed V ahead of the return fixture next Wednesday.

The Ghanaian produced an inspired performance as he played full throttle in the cup match.

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