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2015 AYC: Ghana – Gabon qualifier moved to Accra  FIFA.com News

Sellas Tetteh

Sellas Tetteh

The final qualifying match for the 2015 African Youth Championship qualifier between Ghana and Gabon has been moved to Accra.

The Black Satellites were initially billed to play the first leg tie at the Tamale stadium but the fixture will now take place at the Accra sports stadium due to financial difficulties.

Coach Sellas Tetteh’s side have adopted the Tamale stadium as their home venue and enjoy massive support any time they play in front of the home fans.

But financial constraints have forced the Ghana FA to shift the game to the capital.

“We planned to play [Gabon] at the Tamale Sports Stadium. In recent times, that’s where we play our home games but the Sports Ministry has made us understand that this one should be honoured in Accra because of some financial constraints,” Management Committee Chairman George Afriyie confirmed.

The Ghanaians will be eager to record a convincing win from the first leg to make the return encounter a mere formality.

The 2015 African Youth Championship will be hosted by Senegal from March 8-22.

Feature: Why African countries don’t win the World Cup  FIFA.com News



Ever since the legendary Pele predicted in 1977 that an African country would win the World Cup by 2000, many people have agonized over why, 14 years on, the continent has not delivered, despite an abundance of talent.

There are many reasons for the failure. Essentially, the problems of African soccer come down to the fact that the game is run the way many African governments are run – with indifference, incompetence and corruption. Forget the public good. It is all about taking care of oneself.

Since Egypt first played in the World Cup in 1934, the best Africa has done is reach the quarter-finals. Cameroon did it in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.

Ghana came close to making history in South Africa, only to be denied further advancement by the notorious Luis Suarez, who used his hand to stop a goal that would have put Ghana in the semi-finals.

Ghana missed the ensuing penalty kick to seal its fate, and Brazil 2014 was a step back as no African country even made it to the quarter-finals.

Africa is failing not for want of talent. The continent has produced some fantastic players who play in some of the best leagues and are household names around the world. Teams like Ivory Coast and Ghana are laden with stars but there is no team spirit.

They falter when it really matters. And they fail because of the poor leadership and corruption of people who run the game, the greed and indiscipline of the players and the short tenure of many coaches. One World Cup and they are gone. They just don’t stay long enough to perfect a winning system.

The big problem is that top officials running African football, going all the way to the continental federation, are often embroiled in corruption scandals that have a corrosive effect on the players.

In Brazil, Ghana’s top football official was snared in a match-fixing sting operation involving plans to fix friendly games. The same official badly botched the country’s World Cup preparation.

Poor organization left the players stranded at an airport for nine hours. Players lost equipment they needed for training. On the 12-hour flight to Brazil, the players rode in the cramped coach section, while the top official, his wife and children, enjoyed a comfortable ride in business class.

And in Brazil, players’ hotel rooms were flooded. One senior player described the World Cup preparation as “a nightmare from start to finish.” Back home after the Brazil misadventure, this official remains in charge. There is no accountability.

The players have their own demons, however. The indiscipline of African players is legendary. Many have been suspended at big tournaments for refusing team orders or abusing officials. The Cameroon team, for instance, threatened to not fly to Brazil in a dispute over bonuses.

It wasn’t the first time. The day before its crucial win-or-go-home game against Portugal, the Ghana players boycotted training, threatening a strike unless they got their bonuses. The government had to rush $3 million cash by chartered plane to Brazil for the players to avert a national calamity. And it is not as if these players are paupers. Needless to say Ghana lost the game.

In many parts of Africa, the days when wearing the national colours was a matter of great pride are gone. Now, it is all about money. When players see officials living large on their sweat, they demand their share or else. But there are exceptions.

The Algerian team reportedly donated its winnings to the people of Gaza. The Greece players refused any bonuses, saying they play for the people. And German midfielder Mesut Ozil used his winnings to pay for surgery for sick Brazilian children.

Until competent and less corrupt officials run African football, and pride is restored to wearing national colours, the continent will not win the World Cup. Time flies and Russia 2018 will soon be upon us. Can an African team win it all? It is possible, but I am not holding my breath.

Ghana’s boys U15 to play in international tourney in South Korea in August  FIFA.com News


Ghana’s Under-15 team will participate in an annual invitational tournament in South Korea next month.

The players, who have been picked from the Airtel Rising Stars, will take part in the tournament between August 28-29.

Veteran coach Emmanuel Afranie will take charge of the side ahead of the tournament which is meant to give the youngsters the international exposure needed to excel to at the top level.

“The Committee has decided that Coach E.K Afrani will lead the Under-15 team to the South Korea invitational Tournament which will be played between 28-29th August this year” Ghana Football Juvenile Committee Chairman, George Afriyie confirmed.

“The players will come from young talents selected from the Airtel Rising Star Competition. Even though it will be the first of its kind for Ghana, I have every confidence that we will put up the desired performances to showcase our young talents which we will count on for the future of Ghana football.

Udinese sporting director denies Masahudu Alhassan is joining Eintracht Frankfurt.  FIFA.com News

Masahudu Alhassan

Masahudu Alhassan

Udinese have denied that defender Masahudu Alhassan has been sold to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The club’s sporting director Christian Giaretta in an interview with Sportitalia has dismissed reports that the Ghana international will leave to join the German Bundesliga side.

The left-back has been training with Les Zebrettes for pre-season and looks set to stay at the Stadio Fruili.

He spent last season on loan at Latina where he helped them to reach the Serie B promotional playoffs after playing 42 matches and scored one goal.

Alhassan signed a five-year contract with Udinese from Genoa last year.

Trialist Godfred Asante plays in Sigma Olomouc friendly win  FIFA.com News

Godfred Asante

Godfred Asante

Trialist Godfred Asante played his first match for Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc in their 3-2 pre-season friendly win over FK Mohelnice, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively report.

The combative midfielder played 79 minutes and seems to have impress head coach Augustin Chromy.

The ex Heart of Lions player arrived in Czech Republic on Monday and has quickly been thrown into the battlefield.

Visa problems delayed his departure from Ghana.

AC Milan to decide Michael Essien’s future in two weeks  FIFA.com News

Michael Essien

Michael Essien

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien’s future at AC Milan will be decided in the next fortnight.

Italian agent Fabrizio Ferrari has revealed the former Chelsea midfielder’s situation will be settled well before the closure of the summer market.

“I spoke today with the agent of the Ghanaian,” he told SportItalia, “And he said before anything that he wanted to speak with (Milan coach Pippo) Inzaghi and begin preseason with Milan before figuring out where they go next.

“I think within a fortnight, we will meet to understand the situation. He’ll take fifteen days to figure out how he will fit in this new project.

“He is a player with great international experience. If healthy, I think he can still give a lot.”

Essien moved to the San Siro in January on a free transfer and made only seven appearances for the club.

He has been named in AC Milan’s squad currently touring the United States of America.

Egyptian outfit Al Masry sign Berekum Chelsea defender Wilson Akakpo  FIFA.com News

Wilson Akakpo

Wilson Akakpo

Berekum Chelsea centre-back Wilson Akakpo has joined Egyptian Premier League side Al Masry on a three-year deal, the club have confirmed.

Akakpo will stay with the Port Said-based side until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Al Masry coach Tarek Yehia watched the video clips of the hard-tackling player and quickly advised club chairman Yasser Yahya to sign him.

Wilson Akakpo

Wilson Akakpo

Akakpo will partner Islam Salah after dispensing the services of Hisham Abdel Raouf and Nigerian Okora Akitchoko at the end of last season.

The 22-year played two seasons for Berekum Chelsea in the Ghana Premier League from Ho Hot Steel FC.

He is the first player to be sold by the local club who are in need of cash after bankroller Emmanuel Kyeremeh who relocated to Canada.

Jerome Boateng hits back at brother Kevin over pre-World Cup attacks on Germany  FIFA.com News

Kevin Prince Boateng and Jerome Agyenim Boateng greet before their World Cup clash in Brazil

Kevin Prince Boateng and Jerome Agyenim Boateng greet before their World Cup clash in Brazil

Germany World Cup winner Jerome Boateng has hit out at his own brother Kevin-Prince of Ghana for questioning their title credentials before their tournament in Brazil.

The flamboyant ex-Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan star Kevin criticised the Germans before the World Cup saying Joachim Low’s squad lacks “characters and leaders” when the going gets tough.

Many tipped Germany to top the group, but Kevin said Germany lack the characters to make the difference.

“You need characters when you go into a tournament with so much pressure. I don’t see anyone in the Germany team who could handle this and might be able to carry the team along,” Kevin said before the World Cup.

“Whenever things matter, they don’t make it,” he added.

The Germans defied Kevin and went on to win the World Cup in emphatic fashion by brushing hosts Brazil aside before defeating Argentina 1-0 in the final.

Now his brother Jerome has taken to Twitter to hit out at Kevin who claimed that the Germans lack the ‘characters’ to help them win the title.

“Characters? Absent characters? World Champion!,” Jerome tweeted in the German language in the wake of their clinching of the World Cup in direct reference to Kevin’s criticism before the tournament in Brazil.

Kevin opted to play for Ghana, the country of his father, in 2009 and was up against his half-brother and Germany right-back Jérôme Boateng at the World Cup in the match which ended 2-2.

German-born Boateng, the brother of Germany international Jerome, opted to play for Ghana only months before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but featured in every game and helped the Black Stars to the quarter-finals where they were controversially eliminated by Uruguay.

After a three-year hiatus, Kevin  returned to the Ghana team ahead of the 2014 World Cup but his campaign ended in disgrace as he was kicked out from the Black Stars squad for disciplinary problems.

Boateng ultimately decided to switch allegiances when he was excluded from the Germany under-21 squad in the summer of 2009 on disciplinary grounds.

His exclusion game only days before the team, which included Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer, Sami Khedira and Mats Hummels, travelled to Sweden to win the European Championships.

Mass exodus hits relegated King Faisal as bulk of players apply for floating status  FIFA.com News

Alhaji Grusah has got new task

Alhaji Grusah has got new task

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While Alhaji Grusah is tirelessly fight the Ghana Football Association and preparing for a FIFA appeal, he seems to have more problems crippling his efforts as majority of his players have applied for floating status at the GFA’s Status Committee. 

Grusah’s hands getting more sticky and must clean the spill quickly if he is to keep his team together to stage a fight for a return to the Ghanaian top-flight next season.

According to claims in the local media, over 60% of the club’s players have applied for floating status at the Ghana Football Association’s Player Status Committee,  the paper which would give them the guarantee to leave the Kumasi-based club and join new once.

While the outspoken and controversial administrator has taken to persuasive means to convince the players to rescind their decisions, according to the reports, he could as well lose majority of them as his hands are sticky with unpaid bonuses and salaries for months.

An aggrieved player told Sports Crusader: “When I signed for the team in the 2009/10 season, I was supposed to have been given five thousand Ghana cedis, (GH 5000). But as I am talking to you now, I have only been given five hundred cedis (GH 500) since 2010.”

Grusah has threatened to report to the Ghana Football Association to FIFA over what he claims to be an unfair relegation of his club, an action he is yet to take.

SA-based midfielder Edwin Gyimah in a shock move to Mpumalanga Black Aces  FIFA.com News


SA-based midfielder Edwin Gyimah in a shock move Mpumalanga Black Aces

Edwin Gyimah is moving to Black Aces

South Africa-based midfielder Edwin Gyimah has been shockingly loaned by SuperSport United to Mpumalanga Black Aces on a one year loan deal.

According to one of South Africa’s leading football newspapers Soccer Laduma, the Black Stars midfielder has been sent out to the little-fancied side even though he is a key player for SuperSport.

Just last week, Gyimah was linked to a move to Turkey, but in a twist of events, the Ghanaian defender-cum-midfielder has joined Clive Barker’s team for the 2014/2015 season, according to the report.

Gyimah joined SuperSport in 2011 from Ghanaian club Wa All Stars, and made his international debut a year later.

He had looked set to join a club in Europe, with Turkey being the likely destination, but it now seems he will continue his career in South Africa for at least another season.

Gyimah made 23 appearances in the PSL for SuperSport last season, and scored one goal.



Ghanaian Charles Sapong strikes consolation goal against Manchester City in pre-season friendly  FIFA.com News

Ghanaian Charles Sapong scored for Kansas against Manchester City

Ghanaian Charles Sapong scored for Kansas against Manchester City

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American-born Ghanaian Charles Sapong grabbed the consolation for Kansas City when English champions Manchester City battered them 4-1 in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday night. 

An all-conquering Manuel Pellegrini side proved ruthless in attack but the Ghanaian attacker had earlier restored hopes of a Kansas challenge when he cancelled a Bruno Zuculini early-minute strike.

The tone of the contest was set early as Zuculini raced the Etihad giants into the lead with power and precision into the bottom left corner of Sporting KC’s goal.

However Sapong restored hopes for the host at the Sporting Park when Benny Feilhaber’s cross into the area found Sapong, who had time to take a touch and finish past the stranded Willy Caballero on the half-hour mark.

The 25-year-old’s strike could not prevail as City took the game to their hosts and scored three more times.

Adu Kofi penalty propels Stabaek to Norwegian Cup quarters  FIFA.com News

Enock Adu Kofi, first from front, celebrate the victory with his side

Enock Adu Kofi, first from front, celebrate the victory with his side

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Ghana youth midfielder Enock Adu Kofi’s last-gasp penalty lifted Stabaek to a 2-0 victory and propelled them to the quarter-finals of the Norwegian Cup on Wednesday night. 

Stabaek dominated the game and hoarded a 1-0 lead handed them by Ivorian international Luc Kassi and the chance came for them to top up their lead and put the game to bed, the 2007 Ghana U17 midfielder stepped up, aimed for the bottom right corner and picked his spot to send Bob Bradley’s side through.

The 23-year-old, who is owned by Belgian side Club Brugge will join Swedish champions Malmo FF after the expiration of his loan deal on 31 July, has been one of Stabaek’s main-men in the competition following his impressive showing in midfield and Wednesday’s game proofed another testament of his influential play as he controlled the middle with hands of experience, sealing off any likely threats from the opposition.

Stabaek are billed to face Haugesund in their quarter-final test and Kofi’s influence is expected to be crucial for them.

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong starts trial with Austrian side Sturm Graz today  FIFA.com News

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong starts trial with Austrian side Sturm Graz today

Emmanuel Frimpong start trial with Sturm Graz today

Ghana and ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong will start trials with Austrian side Sturm Graz today (Thursday) to test his fitness before signing a contract, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The 22-year-old has already agreed the contract with the top-flight side but the Austrians want to be sure he is fully fit before the deal is sealed.

Frimpong has already reached a deal on his salary and the terms of his contract after visiting the club earlier this month but doubts over his fitness remain after suffering serious knee injuries in his young career.

Even though he successfully underwent a medical at the club when he visited them at the start of the month, doctors are unsure of his physical condition.

This prompted the decision to give him a try-out before he seals the bumper deal on a free transfer after being released by English side Barnsley.

“Three weeks ago, we carried out the medical checks at Emmanuel. Now we want to test, on the advice of our doctors, his physical condition in daily training,” Sturm Graz general manager Gerhard Goldbrich said.

Frimpong, 22, came through the youth ranks at Arsenal and looked set to have a bright future in the game but the distractions off the pitch and injuries took over as his progress on the pitch stuttered.

His time at Arsenal came to an end in January of this year as they allowed him to leave for Barnsley who got rid of him as the season ended.

Frimpong was sent off on his debut for two tackles in a matter of minutes to confirm the downward spiral in his career, and now for someone who was set to star for Arsenal in their first-team, he is set to play in Austria with Sturm Graz.

Some fans may remember Graz were the Austrian opponents for Rafael Benitez’s first competitive match in charge of Liverpool in 2004 as they attempted to qualify for the Champions League.

It is certainly a huge step down in Frimpong’s career but it may be the kick he needs to reignite his faltering career.


Frimpong played nine games for Barnsley, picking up five yellow cards and one red card.

Kevin Boateng in action for Schalke as Royal Blues humiliate lower-tier side Rosenheim 11-1 in friendly  FIFA.com News

Kevin Boateng played for Schalke

Kevin Boateng played for Schalke

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Suspended Ghana international midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was in full-time action for Schalke 04 who went goal crazy as they pelted fifth-tier side TSV 1860 Rosenheim 11-1 in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old who joined the Schalke pre-season training earlier this week, was started by manager Jens Keller and he lasted the entire duration of the match as Nigerian Chinedu Obasi, Max Meyer, Choupo-Moting and Höger all scored to register a record win for Schalke.

During recess, an entirely new squad was introduce by manager Keller but Boateng was maintained as he played the entire 90 minutes of the game.

The former AC Milan star is into his second season with Schalke after joining them from the Serie A giants last season.

Ghana duo Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien model in new AC Milan D&G suits  FIFA.com News

Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari

Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari

Ghana duo Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien modeled in the new white AC Milan Dolce and Gabbana suits.

AC Milan players in their new white D&G suits

AC Milan players in their new white D&G suits

The World Cup players were part of the Milan players who visited a D&G shop in New York on Tuesday afternoon.

Sulley Muntari and his AC Milan teammates.

Sulley Muntari and his AC Milan teammates.

AC Milan are on pre-season in US to prepare for upcoming campaign under new coach Filippo Inzaghi.


Ghana trio Kwarasey, Abu and Boateng suffer Uefa Champions League heartbreak  FIFA.com News

Kwarasey , Abu and Boateng kicked out of Champs Lge

Kwarasey , Abu and Boateng kicked out of Champs Lge

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Ghana trio Adam Kwarasey, Mohammed Abu and Bismark Adjei-Boateng have been eliminated from the prestigious Uefa Champions League along with their club – Stromsgodset after suffering defeat against Romanian side Steaua Bucuresti on Wednesday night. 

Kwarasey and Abu were in full-time action for the Norwegian title-holders at the Arena Na?ional? in Bucharest as they slipped to a further 2-0 defeat to exit the competition on a 3-0 aggregate.

Stromsgodset went into the second-leg tie in Romania after losing the the first-leg a fortnight ago at their own backyard and they could do little to alter their fate on Wednesday evening when they made their trip to Central Europe as two late second-half strikes from Cornel Râp? and Nicolae Stanciu consigned them to a 3-0 aggregate loss.

Kwarasey manned the post in the entire duration while Abu played in midfield but Manchester City loanee Nana Boateng was unused.

Ghana FA chiefs enchanted by talents of Airtel Rising Stars final  FIFA.com News

Winners of 2014 Airtel Rising Stars final in Sunyani.

Winners of 2014 Airtel Rising Stars final in Sunyani.

The Ghana Football Association has described the 2014 Airtel Rising Stars as the blueprint for soccer development in Ghana after supervising the national finals of the competition in Sunyani.

The crème de la crème of young football talent from all ten regions in Ghana converged on Sunyani to compete for the title of the national champion of Airtel Rising Stars.

However the individual honour of being selected to represent Ghana at the national Under 15 level was the most challenging award that both the male and female players were in quest of.

“ There will be two selections from here” announced Ghana Football Association Executive Committee Member George Afriyie after sitting through two days of breathtaking football.

“The first team will go to Gabon to play in the Airtel Rising Stars Africa Championship. The second team will go to South Korea to play in a special Under 15 World Invitational tournament. The quality we have seen here is very high and we have no doubt the footballers you have seen in Sunyani today will be wearing the jersey of the Black Stars in the near future.” Said George Afryie.

Airtel Rising Stars finals winners celebrating.

Airtel Rising Stars finals winners celebrating.

Zone 4 of Airtel Rising Stars this year comprising the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions won the boys competition with a 3-0 win over Zone 2 comprising the three Northern Regions in the finals. Zone 1 which is made up of Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta Region finished the tournament with a bronze place.

The Girls competition was won by Zone 1 with Greater Accra and Volta Region dominating the team. The Central and Western Regional female team won silver while the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo team settled for Bronze.

While the soccer was hailed as top notch, the support from the fans at the stadium was brilliant and got to a crescendo in the boy’s gold medal match which the combined Ashanti and Brong Ahafo team had vowed to host and win.

Lucy Quist, the Managing Director of Airtel was full of praise for the players for their hard work but charged them to bring honour to Ghana by winning in both Korea and Gabon.

“On May 28 this year, we launched the 2014 Airtel Rising Stars project. The aim was to  tap into your potential as future football stars. You are the best of about 20,000 young footballers who took part in the selection process and I am proud of what you have achieved. At Airtel, we believe in the power of potential. We have identified your incredible talent. Now we will help you leave your dreams to become the best in the world” said Lucy Quist, the Managing Director of Airtel.

“Now as you go to Gabon and Korea, remember that you must make Ghana proud by winning and I have no doubt that you will succeed.” Lucy Quist further observed.

The Deputy Regional Minister of the Brong Ahafo Region, Honorable. Justice Samuel Adjei commended Airtel Ghana for their investment in Youth football and the great work they have done on Airtel Rising Stars.

“Airtel is creating the future with this tournament. The football I have seen here tells me the future is bright for Ghana Football. Off course Zone 4 which comprises BA and Ashanti won and that is my zone so I am extremely happy. However Ghana is blessed to have this Airtel Rising Stars tournament which is helping the Youth to discover their talent,” said Hon. Justice Samuel Adjei.

Forty boys and twenty girls will begin camping on August 18 for both Gabon and Korea. The two lists will then be pruned down to 16 boys and 16 girls for Gabon while 18 boys will head to Korea.

Both the Gabon and Korea tournaments begin on August 25, 2014.

“We have a task to win both the Airtel Rising Stars Africa championship in Gabon and the invitational tournament in Korea. We have enough talent to do that but now the work must begin immediately” concluded George Afriyie, Chairman of the National Juvenile Committee of the Ghana football association.








CONFIRMED: Kotoko striker Siedu Bancey completes move to Egyptian side Smouha  FIFA.com News

Siedu Bancey

Siedu Bancey

Egyptian Premier League side Smouha have announced the signing of Asante Kotoko striker Seidu Bancey.

The 24-year-old scored 11 goals last season to emerge second top scorer of the Ghana Premier League.

He was scored the winning goal which gave Kotoko a 2-1 win in the final of the MTN Ghana FA Cup against Inter Allies at the

Bancey was a member of Ghana’s silver medal winning team at the 2014 African Nations Cup in South Africa.

Transfer Tavern: Hearts of Oak planning to gazump Hasaacas for midfielder Sumaila  FIFA.com News

Hearts of Oak have entered into the race to sign Atia Sumaila

Hearts of Oak have entered into the race to sign Atia Sumaila

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Ghana Premier League giants Accra Hearts of Oak could outmuscle Sekondi Hasaacas for the signature of powerful midfielder Atia Sumaila, according to reports in the local media. 

The 24-year-old is a free agent after finishing his contract with CAF Champions League campaigners Kpando Heart of Lions and is seeking a different challenge.

Hasaacas are looking for experienced hands to add to their midfield and have targeted signing the former Medeama SC man however, they could miss out on him as Hearts of Oak are set to step into the race to land the player.

Incoming Hearts head coach Herbert Addo is a long-standing admirer of the midfielder and has recommended his signing.

Ghanaian youngster Arthur nets brace for Birmingham U21 friendly win over Wigan  FIFA.com News

Ghanaian Koby Arthur scores brace for Birmingham U21s

Ghanaian Koby Arthur scores brace for Birmingham U21s

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Ghanaian teen sensation Koby Arthur put on show a lively display and bagged a brace for Birmingham City U21s in their 5-0 romping of Wigan Athletics in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday. 

The 18-year-old former Chelsea and Manchester United target opened the scoring early on with a low shot from the edge of the area and added to his personal tally just after the hour with a 20-yard drive which squirmed through the legs of the Wigan keeper to put Blues four goals to the good.

The Ghanaian’s energetic and glistening show impressed the watching Birmingham City first team manager Lee Clark as he could earn a place in his first team squad for the upcoming season.

Arthur, who is heading into his third season at the St. Andrew’s Stadium, was fielded in just a single first-team game last season by Birmingham City and spent part of the season on loan at Conference League side Lincoln City, where he played six times.