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Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Harrison Afful vie for Sports Writers Footballer of the Year on Saturday  FIFA.com News

SWAG awards

SWAG awards

Black Stars trio Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Harrison Afful will vie for the Sports Writers Association of Ghana Male Footballer of the Year.

The winner will be announced during the 40th edition of the gala at the Banquet Hall of the State House.

Gyan would be remembered for his feat at the FIFA World Cup where he scored two goals to become Africa’s all-time top scorer in World Cup history, in addition to his pivotal role in Al Ain’s league triumph.

Similarly, Ayew had a smashing season with Olympique Marseille and played a key role in Ghana’s World Cup campaign in Brazil, scoring two important goals.

Afful enjoyed a successful season with Tunisian giants, Esperance, winning the CAF Champions League and also putting up impressive performances for the national team, particularly at the World Cup.

Abeiku Ainooson, Kwabena Adusei and former Bechem United star Augustine Okrah will compete for the Premier League Player of the Year.

Jennifer Cudjoe will be awarded as Female Footballer of the Year and Dedication and Valour will be presented to Ali Jaarah.

Referee of the Year will go to FIFA referee Joseph Odartey Lamptey.

About 25 sports personalities, teams and corporate bodies will be honoured for their achievements in the various sporting disciplines.

VIDEO: Watch Ebenezer Assifuah’s finish against Liverpool in the Europa League  FIFA.com News

Ebenezer Assifuah celebrates his goal for FC Sion against Liverpool

Ebenezer Assifuah celebrates his goal for FC Sion against Liverpool

Ghana attacker Ebenezer Assifuah scored the leveller for Swiss Super League side FC Sion in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield in the Uefa Europa League on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old cancelled out an Adam Lallana early minute opener for the Reds with a close range finish in the 18th minute.

Watch the goal scored by the 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup Golden Shoe Award winner below.

Imperious Ebenezer Assifuah stuns Liverpool with a composed finish at Anfield in Europa League  FIFA.com News

Ebenezer Assifuah celebrates his goal for FC Sion against Liverpool

Ebenezer Assifuah celebrates his goal for FC Sion against Liverpool

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghana international attacker Ebenezer Assifuah dominated the headlines at Anfield after scoring the equaliser for Swiss side FC Sion in their 1-1 stalemate with Liverpool in the Uefa Europa League on Thursday evening. 

The 22-year-old former FIFA U20 World Cup Golden Shoe Award winner raced swiftly through the Liverpool back to break the Reds defence and cancelled out an Adam Lallana early opener.

Assifuah’s 18th minute stood as the English giants failed to restore their lead before the break. Adam Lallana had scored first to sent the Anfield population into jubilant mood relishing a victorious night over the Swiss Super League title-contenders.

But Assifuah employed his quick feet to elude Jordan Ibe on the right before approaching the Liverpool box with full confidence and slotting the ball in between the legs of Mignolet – the Liverpool keeper.

Sion returned from the break to pile more pressure on the host and Assifuah could have won the game for the visits in the 68th minute following yet another frantic move on the right. He broke free from two Liverpool defenders, held the ball inside the box at his will before hammering a shot at goal but Mignolet thwarted it away.

Liverpool created a host of chances but in an intensified second-half exchanged but Sion held on and resisted efforts from Philip Coutinho and Origi.

The goal is his first of the competition for Sion and his second of the season.

Ghana’s football destiny in the hands of these 10; find out who they are  FIFA.com News

George Afriyie retains seat

George Afriyie retains seat

By Rahman Osman

Follow on twitter @iamrahmanosman

The Ghana Football Association went to the polls Tuesday September 29, to elect 6 premier league and 4 division one league representatives to the Executive Committee board of the Ghana Football Association.

Like any other election, there were surprises with some bigwigs losing out to make way for new entrants. Only three of the current executives retained their positions.

George Akwesi Afriyie

George Afriyie retains seat

George Afriyie retains seat

Mr. Afriyie, affectionately known as the Chief of Staff of Ghana Football Association became known in the football circles when he bought Swedru All Blacks with his business partners from Japan.

He brought professionalism to the Swedru based club who became known as Gamba All Blacks kitting the players with European standard football kits and a bus. Like the saying ‘Good things do not last long’, internal wrangling with the founder of the club and Swedru fans meant he couldn’t sustain it and had to sell the club back to them.

He replaced the late Jordan Anagla as the Black Satellites management committee chairman and helped the team to win bronze in Turkey.

He is now the Management Committee chairman of the Black stars; and under his reign, the team came 2nd in the 2015 AFCON.

Samuel Opoku Nti

Samuel Opoku Nti

Samuel Opoku Nti

Known as ‘Tarkwa Polo’ during his playing days at Tarkwa in the Western Region,  he became known as Lord Zico at Kotoko.

He was the fans’ favourite in Ghana football before the exploits of Abedi Ayew Pele in France. He is one Kotoko player to have scored the fastest second half hat-trick against Hearts of Oak.

He also scored the only goal to help Kotoko beat Al Ahly to lift the then African Club Championship in 1983.

He was crowned Best Player in Africa by the African Sport Writers Association that year.

On the national team front, he won the AFCON with the Black Stars in 1982.

In the field of administration, he is the General Manager of Asante Kotoko leading them to win a historic League and FA Cup double in 2013/14 season.

Frank Nelson

Frank Nelson won on the board of Hearts of Oak

Frank Nelson won on the board of Hearts of Oak

Frank Nelson won the elections on the ticket of Accra Heart Oaks. The Nigerian-born business man has been with Hearts Of Oaks for over a decade working in various management position at the Accra-based club.

Currently a board member of the club, he comes to the executive committee with a lot of experience being part of  glorious Hearts of Oak club in the past years.

Albert Commey

Abert Commey  CEO of Aduana

Abert Commey CEO of Aduana

He became a known face in Ghana football when he succeeded Randy Abbey as the Public Relations Officer of Accra Hearts of Oaks.

He was the Vice President of Medeama SC and helped the then newly bought club to win the MTN FA Cup at the expense of Asante Kotoko.

After series of internal wrangling,  he left to serve as the Chief Executive of Aduana Aduana Stars.

Delali Seneya

CEO of Inter Allies Delali Senaya

CEO of Inter Allies Delali Senaya

When Inter Allies joined the elite division in the 2013/14 season, pundits tipped them for relegation but thanks to the prowess of Mr. Delali Senenya, they proved everyone wrong and have now secured a place in the league.

Delali Senaya has been able to brand Inter Allies beyond the falling of the average Ghana Club.

They are visible on social media, they have an up-to-date website, and they wear branded jerseys all thanks to the administration skills of Mr. Delali Senaya.

Nana Benyin Eyison

Nana Benyin

Nana Benyin Eyison

Uncle Nab they call him. He’s been single-handedly running Sekondi Hasaacas for some time now. His high-point in Ghana football is that he remains the only football administrator to run both men and women’s club. Hasaacas has a ladies team who are champions of the National Women’s League.

He’s been able to sustain Hasaacas both the men and women’s teams, with home grown players from the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis. His management style is to pick players in the youth and lower division league in the Western Region.

Wilfred Kweku Osei Palmer

Wilfred Osei Palmer

Wilfred Osei Palmer

Tema Youth’s Osei Palmer will be serving in the executive committee for the 2nd term. Tema colts football was a big thing in the 90s where young footballers were afforded the chance to exhibit their football skills, it died off as there was no football  club to annex the talents churned out by the colt clubs.

Thanks to Palmer and his club Tema Youth, young talents in Tema now have a chance to exhibit their skills at the professional level as almost all the Tema Youth  players were picked from Tema colt clubs. Palmer’s know-how and experience in youth football has made him the management committee chairman of the Black Satellite, the
national U20 team.

Kurt E.S Okraku

Dreams FC Kurt Okraku

Dreams FC Kurt Okraku

Dreams FC. He was born into football with his grandfather one of the founding members of Accra Hearts Of Oaks. He is noted for his knowledge in branding and youth football. Now the chairman of Dreams FC, Himself a sports consultant he’s been able to discover and afford chances to young talented footballers to developed their talent.

Notable of his products is Baba Rahman of chelsea. Abeiku Ainosoon of Kotoko is another client of his. Within a few years he’s been able to lead Dreams FC to the elite division (coming season) from the 3rd level of Ghana football. With Kurt in the executive committee we have a suitable candidate to succeed Kwesi Nyantekyi in future.  He is one of the major reasons for the revival of the FA cup competition.

Kweku Abaka Eyiah

Tarkwa United Lawyer Kweku Eyiah

Tarkwa United Lawyer Kweku Eyiah

Tarkwa United a lawyer by profession, Mr Eyiah has been part of the GFA legal team. In our part of the world were the FA is always caught up in  legal battles it’s good to have legal brains in the executive body of the FA.

John Fredrick Mensah

Fredrick Quayson

Fredrick Quayson

Representing the Mysterious Club He has been in football for long in the central region and is the brain behind the swift return of Ebusua Dwarfs to the First Capital Plus Premier League. One of the founding members of GHALCA and a former PLB member who loves to work on the quite.

Didi Dramani welcomes appointment of technical director for Kotoko  FIFA.com News

Mas-Ud Dramani

Mas-Ud Dramani

Mas-Ud Dramani says he would have had no problem with the appointment of a technical director if he was still coach of Asante Kotoko.

A major financier of the dethroned Premier League champions Dr. Kwaku Frimpong appear to be imposing the appointment of a technical director on the club.

Dr. Frimpong had held and concluded discussions with Danish trainer Tommy Moller Nielsen to become the club’s new technical director.

This appointment is however met with stiff opposition from the club’s management headed by Opoku Nti.

There is a firm belief that current head coach David Duncan will reject the appointment of a technical director whose work will be to supervise the technical department of the club.

But Mas-Ud Dramani who was replaced with Duncan following a string of poor results midway the just ended league season says he would’ve welcomed this appointment provided the person being appointed has a superior qualification.

“I wouldn’t have any problem with the appointment of a technical director provided that person is above me in terms of credentials and experience,” he told Kumasi-based Angel FM.

“There is a clear distinction between the work of a head coach and a technical director.

“The technical director should be able to analyze the game to the understanding of a head coach and make suggestions towards improving the team.

“So I don’t see why a coach will have a problem with the appointment of a technical director.”

GHALCA to expand Top 4 competition to involve Kotoko  FIFA.com News

GHALCA chairman Alhaji Ali Raji

GHALCA chairman Alhaji Ali Raji

The Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) are considering expanding their annual off-season Top 4 competition to involve teams that finished in the top six of the just ended season.

This move is to ensure that Asante Kotoko who finished 6th takes part in the competition.

GHALCA plan to use the participation of both Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak to attract sponsors for the competition.

The Executives of GHALCA fear the absence of Kotoko from the Top 4 competition will hurt their chances of securing sponsors.

There is thus considerations to have the competition expanded to involve the top six finishers in last season’s Premier League.

This however is not the first time GHALCA has tried to expand the Top 4 tournament.

It will be recalled that the body extended the completion to cover the top eight teams back in 2011 which they called the G8 competition.

GHALCA however remain indebted to participants of the G8 tournament which has since been reverted to the usual Top 4 tournament.

Aduana Stars plot massive clear-out, ten players to be affected  FIFA.com News


Aduana Stars plan to release ten players, mostly senior players, this off-season to free up space for new acquisitions new players to join the Dormaa side.

The ‘Fire’ club looks to revamp the side after coming close to yet another Premier League success in the just ended campaign.

Aduana finished second to AshantiGold in the Premier League with a margin of six points.

The Dormaa-based club feel the team is aging with the existence of several veteran players.

The club thus look to release 10 of their players mostly senior players to make way for much younger players ahead of the start of next season, GHANAsoccernet.com is reliably informed.

Coach Abdul Rahman Ameyaw will be meeting executives of the club in the coming days to identify the senior players to be transfer-listed.

Didi Dramani reveals he was ordered not to speak English to Kotoko players  FIFA.com News


By: Sheikh Tophic Sienu @desheikh1 on twitter

Asante Kotoko former coach, Mas-ud Didi Dramani has made a despicable revelation claiming he was ordered not to speak English to Kotoko players as the players do not understand the language.

The CAF Technical Instructor in an interview with Ghanasoccernet.com revealed that he struggled to get the management of the club to understand his philosophy during his early days at the club but eventually had them on his side after they understood him.

In the despicable revelation, Didi Dramani said late board member of the club Jerry Asare ordered him not to speak English to the players as the players do not understand the language.

He added that Jerry Asare also asked him not to use Ipad in coaching since he appears so sophisticated.

“At the end of my first round in my first season at Kotoko, during Dr. K.K Sarpong’s era, we met to evaluate the first round. I, Dr. Sarpong, the late Jerry Asare and some few others,” Didi said.

“I remember the late Jerry Asare said I like keeping my Ipad too much and coaching is m ore practical. And I told him I need to plan on paper before I go to the field.”

“… and we all laughed over it. There were other comments that I don’t speak twi to the players and I always speak English to the players meanwhile they don’t understand the language.”

“So that day when I returned to training, Kwabena Adusei was speaking English to me and I told him I have been ordered not to speak English again,” Didi concluded.

The former Kotoko gaffer won two league trophies and one FA Cup trophy in his thirty month stay with the Porcupine Warriors and admits that certain things that may not be regarded important are held in high esteem with the club.

Hearts initiate moves to sign Yusif Abubakar as substantive coach  FIFA.com News

yusif abubakar

Hearts of Oak have initiated unofficial talks towards the appointment of Yusif Abubakar as their next coach, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

Representatives of the Phobians have been holding behind-the-scenes talks with Abubakar who is currently the coach of relegated Premier League club Heart of Lions.

Hearts are looking for a substantive replacement for Herbert Addo who parted ways with the club in the middle of last season over a string of poor results.

Eddie Ansah who was handed temporal reigns is also interested in landing the job on a substantive basis.

The Accra-based club are receiving applications from coaches interested in taking up the vacant post.

There is however a group conducting a covert head-hunting operation.

Yusif Abubakar has been identified by this group as competent enough to take up the job.

Yusif Abubakar once coached Hearts of Oak before he left to take up a job with Berekum Chelsea.

Black Queens bonus saga shows GFA helps to diffuse tension with players – Sannie Daara  FIFA.com News

The Ghana FA (GFA) says the stand-off between the Black Queens and the Sports Ministry has highlighted the good work of the federation in preventing public rows between players and government over delayed bonuses.

The Black Queens caused the President to intervene in the bonuses matter

The Ghana FA (GFA) says the stand-off between the Black Queens and the Sports Ministry has highlighted the good work of the federation in preventing public rows between players and government over delayed bonuses.

The GFA insists the public humiliation the country faced during the 2014 World Cup over the delayed bonuses of the Black Stars was not caused by the federation as it rigorously defended government.

Yet some members of government blamed the GFA when the players boycotted training sessions at the tournament in Brazil even though the ministry failed to honour its promises of paying the players.

The GFA believes that the situation has given the nation the opportunity to see how difficult it is to negotiate with players for the bonuses.

Players of the Black Queens, who won the gold medal at the recent All African Games in Congo refused to leave their team until in Accra until all their outstanding bonuses were paid.

It took the intervention of President, John Dramani Mahama to calm their nerves after they were paid $5,000 with the promise that the remainder would be paid at a later date.

Director of Communications of the GFA, Ibrahim Sannie Daara, says the gridlock between the Black Queens and the Sports Ministry highlights the good work the GFA has done over the years in relation to player bonuses.

“This episode brings to light what has been happening all along that the Ghana Football Association has been playing a very good role between government, national team players and the Ministry in trying to solve problems before they arise,” Sannie Daara told Citi FM

“The same happened at the World Cup where we stood in the middle and we tried to fight the corner of the government and the Sports Ministry.

“In the end, we were accused falsely. Today we can see that it has happened again and this is what you get when the GFA is kept out of the loop.

“I hope that this will help people will appreciate what the GFA has done consistently to defend the state’s corner.

“Instead, the FA gets demonised and I pray that all the negative noise that tags the FA as being one thing or the other will cease.”

The Black Queens had been demanding a $23,000 each as payment of their bonuses owed them for winning gold in the women’s football tournament at the just-ended All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville and for playing in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifiers.

Ghana was exposed to global ridicule at the World Cup in Brazil when $4m had to be flown to pay agitated their appearance fees.

Government made several failed promises to the players over when their monies were going to be paid.

It was the GFA who pleaded with the players to leave their pre-tournament camping base in Holland and USA without their monies being paid by government at the promised time.

Despite the failed promises, the management of the team, which is the GFA, continued to beg the players to play in competition until the player refused to training after three week of unheeded promises by government.

After all these efforts by the government a commission set up to investigate the matter put all the blame on the GFA, when the federation was rather defending the government.

The Dzamefe Commission failed to answer why the monies promised by government was not released at the promised time and no government officials were held accountable for the mess created which subjected the country to international disgrace.

“I could have won the league or taken Kotoko to relegation”– Didi Dramani  FIFA.com News


By: Sheikh Tophic Sienu @desheikh1 on twitter

Former Asante Kotoko head coach, Mas-ud Didi Dramani has revealed that his presence at the club till the end of the season was not a guarantee that he could have defended the league title, insisting he could have equally taken the team to relegation.

The Black Princesses coach was asked to proceed on leave by the management of Kumasi Asante Kotoko in February and ended up mutually parting ways following a poor start to the season.

Many football enthusiasts have since blamed the management for arriving at the decision which saw the absence of the coach attributing the team’s sixth place finish to the act but the gaffer believes that his presence at the club was not a guarantee for the league trophy.

“In football there are times that things change. A coach can have a bad season but I believed that the team would peak while the season was ongoing,” Didi told GHANAsoccernet.com

“Maybe if I had stayed on at Kotoko, the same thing or worse could have happened. Or maybe I could have defended the title. Football is not simple logic,” he added.

“It is only Allah who could know what would have happened. You never know what will happen the next day. My presence in Kotoko could have been better or worse.”

Nigerian football fans set up alternative Premier League – on Twitter  FIFA.com News

Nigerian football fans set up alternative Premier League – on Twitter

Players warm up ahead of a Twitter Premier League game in Lagos, Nigeria. Photograph: Eromo Egbejule

On weekends in Nigeria, getting together to watch the English Premier League features on almost everyone’s to-do list.

Bars and restaurants draw significant crowds to screenings of live games, and at least four pages of most newspapers are dedicated to the Premiership – with the local league relegated to what little space is left.

On social media you’d be forgiven for thinking Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are Nigerian teams, such is the volume discussion and dissection after each game.

The country is football-mad, yet the local Premier League is sorely neglected. The Nigerian Football Federation is seen as corrupt and ineffective, and there is little interest in homegrown footballing contests. Attendance at league matches averages about 200 people, with stadiums left tellingly empty.

Things are so bad that Lagos and Abuja, the biggest cities, have no teams in the Nigerian league at all.

But in a bid to redress the balance, football fan Efeoghene Ori-Jesu has taken it upon himself to create a semi-professional league with the few resources available to him – his friends and his 4,000 Twitter followers.

In May last year, Ori-Jesu set up his own tournament, choosing a local AstroTurf pitch in Lagos as the venue. Four teams were formed from his Twitter followers and other users of the social network – a mix of rank amateurs and semi-professionals. With virtually no budget, talk of the new league spread across Nigerian cyberspace and locally, via word of mouth.

All of Ori-Jesu’s teams were named in homage to the most popular Premier League clubs: the Red Devils for Manchester United, the Blues for Chelsea, the Guns for Arsenal – and the Rebels for all the others.

“The Twitter Premier League [TPL] started with a challenge to all the coaches and pundits on the English Premier League on Naija [Nigerian] Twitter,” explains Ori-Jesu, who also works as a petroleum engineer outside Lagos.

“We said ‘Hey, if you think you know so much about football, why not put your passion to work in an actual football league here in Nigeria?’”

The first match, held on 29 May last year, drew a crowd of more than 500 people – and the number has steadily increased at each game since.

Since last year, there have been four TPL “seasons”, and with each the league has become the number one trending topic in Nigeria on Twitter.

— Dark Master (@CHIMMYXIV)
April 27, 2015

this TPL thing started as a joke, it’s become something. I’m so proud of you guys.


— Nwa Ka Ibe Ya (@Dikachim)
September 8, 2015

The beauty of @theTPL is that it’s given lots of young people belief that they can truly be and create whatever they truly believe in.


But the organisers have gone further than just organising a few friendly matches: each team has its own website, weekly training sessions, cheerleaders, medics and all the accompanying paraphernalia of a standard football league team, engaging with their new fans through giveaways and club photo shoots in a bid to grow local support.

For the fifth and most recent edition, held on 5 September in Lagos, drones were even deployed to capture the games from above.

— Pete (@Texazzpete)
September 7, 2015

Aerial footage #drone #tpl5 @HL_Blue pic.twitter.com/sHNnJVC2Q4


The teams are currently independently funded by corporate sponsors. Though the first edition of the TPL was free, now tickets are sold for up to 1,000 naira (£32).

“The TPL is now incorporated as a company with a board of directors,” Ori-Jesu says. The teams have market themselves with dedicated publicity reps, photo sessions and more, and have signed sponsorship deals with companies including Samsung and Smile Nigeria, a leading internet service provider that streams the football matches online for free.

Osisiye Tafa, a banker and former player for The Blues – who were runners-up in in the most recent edition – says the draw of the Twitter Premier League is the sense of camaraderie: “It’s like high school all over again because the TPL has been able to create a community that people want to be a part of,” Tafa says.

People across the country are beginning to take notice, with many observers suggesting it could be a successor to the floundering Nigerian league.

Ifreke Inyang, editor of the Daily Post and a respected sports pundit said: “The buzz that takes over social media – and the regular conversations before and after each event – is amazing. It shows that things can actually work when there’s an innovative, forward-thinking set of people in charge.

“The TPL has everything the Nigerian league doesn’t at the moment – buzz, organisation, sponsors, audience. [Nigerian football federation] officials need to study how they have done it,” Inyang said.

Ori-Jesu says TPL could be a local alternative to the English Premier League. “People just want something a bit more relatable, something a bit more within reach, and they may well find our events to be just that. One thing the Nigerian football scene lacks is the opportunity to enjoy football in a more informal setting, as well as proper youth feeder teams for our national team, the Super Eagles.”

The league now has six male teams and has been extended to include two women’s team, The Panthers and Tsarinhas. Interested teams can also contact the league board to join in, and Ori-Jesu says player signings and transfers could soon be introduced.

“Football teams in the developed world are in your space and in your face. You hear what the players are doing, you hear their voice and know their story even before you know the story of your local league side in Nigeria.

“That’s what TPL does. We are in your face, online. We tell you what is happening with the teams, and this helps the audience identify with us and share our passion.”

Eric Opoku commits his future to AshGold despite interest  FIFA.com News

Eric Opoku

Eric Opoku

Ashantigold midfielder Eric Opoku insists he will not leave the club despite mounting interest from rival clubs.

The club’s assistant captain has been linked with a move away from Obuasi with Kotoko believed to be the front-runners for his signature following an impressive campaign .

But the youngster has moved to water down on the reports insisting he will be staying with the miners.

“I will stay with Ashgold for next season and not moving to another club .Is either i stay or move abroad .There is no place like here,” he told Obuasi-based Shaft FM.

Opoku was crowned the Most Dedicated Award during a gala to reward deserving players last week.

SHOCK: Nigeria striker Brown Ideye reveals Super Eagles players engage in ‘juju’ and witchdoctors  FIFA.com News

Nigeria footballer star Brown Ideye has SHOCKINGLY revealed that players of the country's national team the Super Eagles seek the assistance of black magic 'juju' and its witchdoctors to be successful in matches on their football careers.

Brown Ideye says Nigerian players use juju in their careers

Nigeria footballer star Brown Ideye has SHOCKINGLY revealed that players of the country’s national team the Super Eagles seek the assistance of black magic ‘juju’ and its witchdoctors to be successful in matches on their football careers.

The Greece-based striker has confirmed the long-held suspicions that players do the Nigeria national team have been engaging in these acts even though he has adviced them against it.

The Olympiakos attacker says the players continue to use the services of the witchdoctors despite the advice they get from him which has left him helpless.

admits that Nigerian players seek the assistance of herbalists in order to make it as footballers.

“I know players who get involved with the juju men and they can’t get out. It’s a trap. They might get short-term benefits, but in the long run they pay for it. Juju men have a lot of influence,” Ideye told the Mirror.

“These are men who are just trying to make themselves rich and tell you they can make your life perfect.

“If things like that worked then instead of Messi and Ronaldo winning world player of the year it should be some African players.

“I would advise players not to follow this route but it’s their choice, I can’t stop them.”

In a report by the Sun, top Premier League players are using black magic to try and improve their games.

It claims the superstitious stars are paying thousands of pounds to witchdoctors in a bid to find another level.

The players are visiting Juju men in West Africa, where they are shown how to conduct bizarre rituals that are also said to break the curse of injury.

Emmanuel Adebayor claimed earlier this year that his mum used black magic to ruin his form in front of goal for Spurs.

Do you think African footballers use juju? Do you think it is right to use juju? What do you think can be done to get African players to get to the level of top players? Make your views known in the box below:

Kotoko set to gazump Ashitey from arch-rival Hearts  FIFA.com News

Ollenu Ashitey

Ollenu Ashitey

Kotoko are hoping to sign Hearts outcast Ollenu Ashitey as the transfer market heats up in Ghana. 

The youngster is believed to be unsettled in the capital following a difficult campaign in the recent concluded season.

The former D’international playmaker is considering opting out of his contract which expires next year in search of regular football.

Ashitey has confirmed has admitted he’s held initial talks with Kotoko but inists he will only leave with the blessing of the 2000 African champions.

“Yes it’s true Kotoko officials have spoken to me but at the moment I’m still a player of Hearts,” he told Cape Coast-based ATL FM

“I want to respect my contract and so they (Hearts) will decide my future.

“But of course football is my career and so it will be better to go to a place where you can get regular playing time. We have to wait and see how things go in the coming days.”

Kevin-Prince Boateng to start AC Milan training today  FIFA.com News

KP Boateng

KP Boateng

Schalke outcast Kevin-Prince Boateng will start training with AC Milan today (Thursday).

The Italian outfit confirmed on Wednesday that the 28-year-old will hold training session with the club until December 31 as he sorts out his future.

The Ghana international is without a club since being frozen out at Schalke and failed in several attempts at landing a new deal elsewhere.

Boateng will hope to convince Milan of his fitness with a view of signing a permaent deal with the club in January.

The former Galatasary target failed to land deals with Portuguese side Sporting CP and Saudi side Al Ittihad.

Ghana FA congratulates Nigeria ‘siblings’ on 55th independence anniversary  FIFA.com News

The Ghana FA has sent a glowing message to their Nigerian rivals as their English speaking West African neighbours celebrate their 55th independence anniversary.

Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has congratulated Nigeria

The Ghana FA has sent a glowing message to their Nigerian rivals as their English speaking West African neighbours celebrate their 55th independence anniversary.

The Ghana Football Association, sent in their Independence greetings. “Happy Independence Day to our Nigerian siblings,” Nigeria’s neighbours and football rivals wrote.

As Nigeria marks 55 years as an independent country on Thursday, Super Eagles players have taken to Twitter to join millions of Nigerians both home and abroad to celebrate the day.

AS Monaco defender, Elderson Echiejile, calls on every Nigerian to live as one and in peace in his Independence Day message. “As we mark our 55th Independence Day today, I urge us all to continue to live in oneness. Let’s make our country greater.”

“The strength of any nation is in her unity. May we continue to live in peace and make a greater nation. Happy Independence,” he wrote.

Injured Eagles central defender, Kenneth Omeruo, also had an Independence Day message to his compatriots. “Happy independence day to all Nigerians all over the world,” Omeruo wrote on Twitter.

Haugesund defender, William Troost-Ekong, tweeted: “Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Nigerians. 55 years and counting.” Watford striker, Odion Ighalo, added: “God bless Nigeria. Happy Independence.”

Feature:How David Duncan has confirmed his status as the ultimate choker  FIFA.com News

Asante Kotoko Coach David Duncan

Asante Kotoko Coach David Duncan

It’s easy to think coach David Duncan has been Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s hero this season.

After all, when he picked the Porcupine Warriors up from the throes of despair in March this year, Kotoko didn’t look like they could end the season in 6th place with 42 points.

Yet so they finished and, had the club been a bit more thorough in tying their administrative knots, could have reached even higher on the table, and with a greater points tally, in the final analysis.

But even a runner-up finish (for that’s where the extra six points docked for fielding the unqualified Obed Owusu against archrivals Accra Hearts of Oak would have left Ghana’s record champions) wouldn’t have done Kotoko’s season enough justice. For all their troubles, Kotoko still had a good shot at securing a slew of silverware, even with Ashanti Gold running away clear with the Premier League title Kotoko had won three times in as many seasons prior. They only had to win a game each to pick three of the four titles they were well-positioned to grab, namely, the Independence Day Cup, President’s Cup, and Otumfuor Cup. Minor trophies, yes, but worth winning for a team that had been eluded by the major prizes. And, talking about major prizes, Kotoko eventually meandered their way to the final of the MTN FA Cup as well.

On all four occasions, however, Kotoko choked, and Duncan was utterly clueless as he watched his charges capitulate time and again. A 3-0 thumping in the Independence Day Cup final saw Kotoko offer Accra Great Olympics a rare memory of pleasantness before their [Olympics’] swift return to the bowels of Ghanaian club football. Four months later, Oly’s city cousins Hearts dealt Kotoko another final heartbreak courtesy of a narrow shootout victory to claim the President’s Cup.

Next came the failure to defend the FA Cup annexed last year, with a 2-1 loss to Medeama SC in Sekondi on the eve of their 80th birthday. The last attempt at a respite was delivered in the form of the Otumfuor Cup, a trophy that had the endorsement of the club’s Life Patron, the Asantehene, plastered all over it. It indeed was a gift for Kotoko, an opportunity to save face and avoid a barren season while also affirming superiority of sorts in their domestic rivalry with freshly-crowned Ghana league champions ashgold. Sadly, in front of their own, Kotoko came up short once more, whacked 3-1 by the triumphant Miners.

Hardly a feather in Duncan’s cap, you’d agree. For a coach who asserts himself so much, it is very underwhelming that the former Ghana U17 boss has only ever won four trophies–the SWAG Cup (ashgold, 2006), the Macufe Cup (ashgold, 2006), the Phakisa Cup (Free State Stars, 2008) and the President’s Cup (Hearts, 2013), all challenged by no more than a quartet of clubs–in a 13-year managerial career. Needless to say, half or more of those trophies won’t even make their way onto any top coach’s CV.

Worse still, even those largely soulless rewards–a category into which all [the aforementioned trophies Kotoko had realistically been in contention for in 2015] but the FA Cup belong to–seem to slip through Duncan’s grasps these days, illustrating just how far he is from winning those that actually matter.

So while Duncan–reportedly set to be ousted by a certain foreign coach–may yet survive the wind of change currently sweeping Kotoko (with some quarters speculating that club General Manager Opoku Nti has already been replaced) perhaps on evidence of how he salvaged Kotoko’s league woes, his reputation as a choker on the big stage, a mere firefighter than the successful know-all we are occasionally tempted to believe he is, is still pretty much underlined in red ink now.

Duncan might think himself a Jose Mourinho but, at best, he only cuts a sorry Claudio Ranieri-esque figure.


Fatau Dauda handed captain’s armband for Local Black Stars  FIFA.com News

Fatau Dadua brutalGoalkeeper Fatau Dauda has been handed the captain’s armband for the CHAN team.

The Ashantigold shot-stopper has been handed the leadership reign of the team as they prepare to face Ivory Coast in the first leg qualifier for the CHAN tournament next year.

The 30-year-old, who is a member of the mainstay Black Stars team is expected to use his experience to lead the team.

The Local Black Stars are currently training in Obuasi ahead of the first leg qualifier in Accra on October 18.

 “I have been given the captain’s armband so I have to be able to encourage and psyche up the young players to do well,” Dauda told Accra- based Peace FM.

The former Orlando Pirates glovesman is expected to be included in Ghana’s squad for the international friendly against Peru and Canada this month.

They won gold with menstrual cramps and we denied them crumbs  FIFA.com News


You may not be a woman. You may be too young to have a wife. You may not have a daughter or a girlfriend. But if you are old enough to read this, you may have a sister or female classmate. So you should understand what I’m about to say.

Once every month, most girls and women go through hell. For some, menstrual cramps are so serious that they end up in the hospital.

This means if you have a football team made up of young ladies preparing and playing a tournament over a period of one month, you are sure to have each one of them undergoing their menstrual cycle in the process. So when you see those ladies in jerseys straining every muscle and prepared to break every limb to hold aloft the flag of the nation, you need to think beyond the game.

Beyond the smiles and jubilation that come with victory and the pain and anguish that come with defeat is excruciating pain borne with peerless stoicism. That is the spirit of resilience of the so-called ‘weaker sex’. And that is the untold story of female athletes and sportswomen such as the senior national female soccer team of Ghana, the Black Queens.

That is the untold story of the ladies who hoisted the flag of Ghana and won gold at the just-ended the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville despite their menstrual cramps. When they got home we denied them their crumbs. Yes, what we promised them were crumbs when compared to what we offer their male counterparts. And we denied them when they returned. Until that breaking news came.

Yes, on Tuesday evening there was breaking news. It was news that that was not supposed to be news in the first place. Someone’s incompetence forced it into being. And we broke it.

What was this news?

President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed forces sent an order from New York, where he is attending the General Assembly of the United Nations. His message was simple: pay the Black Queens $5000 so that they could leave the M-Plaza Hotel, where they have been staying since they arrived from Congo Brazzaville.

The Black Queens had won gold at the tournament. Each player was supposed to receive $5,000 each as winning bonus per the arrangement they reportedly had with the ministry of Youth and Sports prior to the tournament. When they returned, they were handed only $2000.

And what did they do? They rejected this demeaning offer, that paltry sum of insulting reward from the Ministry and vowed to remain at the M-Plaza Hotel until they received their payment. After many discussions and meetings, we were told the players would leave if they got their $5000 each. But the Ministry would not budge. In response, the ministry stopped paying for their stay at the hotel. We are told the hotel refused them food and the coach of the team had to go to Nima to buy wayside waakye for the players. The Ghana Football Association led by Kwesi Nyantakyi, stepped in, promised to take care of the bills when the Ministry stopped paying. The GFA further started serious talks with the ministry to resolve what has become a national disgrace until the President stepped in.

Reports say the president was very upset at the treatment of the Black Queens. “Do I have to personally get involved in order to resolve every issue?” President Mahama reportedly said when he was told was what was happening back home.

But why not, Mr.President? Why must you not personally get involved? Our elders say “if you send a foolish child on an errand, your feet will rest but your heart and mind will not know peace.” Sending an incompetent adult is like sending a foolish child. And that is what you did at the Sports Ministry.

Mr. President, you appointed Dr. Mustapha Ahmed as a Minister of State in Charge of Development Authorities. He was instrumental in operations of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA). He, together with some officials of SADA, embarked on some unprofitable and questionable trips and supervised the spectacular mess in the program that was meant to alleviate the suffering of the poor masses in the Savannah zone. When the mess of SADA was revealed in investigations, you changed the board, changed the CEO and gave Dr. Mustapha Ahmed a new position. You did not punish anybody for their roles in SADA. You gave Dr. Mustapha Ahmed a bigger responsibility. You sent him to head the Youth and Sports Ministry. So in my view, you are personally responsible for every mess that Dr. Mustapha Ahmed will cause.

That is a subject of another day. Today, let’s focus on our ladies who won gold despite their menstrual cramps but were refused the crumbs until you stepped in.

Mr. President, you helped to end the shameful disregard for the Black Queens. And I commend you highly for this. If the reports we are getting are true, you will do well to ensure that the three years of outstanding bonuses due the Black Queens are also paid to them. We wait for your arrival and swift action.

But even as we wait for you, I have a few things to say. There is so much injustice done to other teams and sporting disciplines. Some people have argued that when the Black Stars play in the World Cup, they give the nation more money than any other team does. What they have forgotten is that, the Black Stars were not neglected when they were virtually ‘waste materials’. Their performance at the Africa Cup of Nations was as hopeless as their attempts to qualify for the World Cup. We did not stop funding them and encouraging them

We invested in them. And they are now doing what is making us proud. In the same way, if we invest in the Black Queens and other teams, we shall have strong teams.

In terms of the bonuses paid, it is painful to think about it. When the Black Stars played their AFCON qualifying match, they received $10,000 as bonus. When the Black Queens played in a tournament and won gold, we are offering them $2000. This does not make sense considering the fact that the Black Queens players do not play in leagues that pay them. Their only solace for staying in the sport is the hope that they will one day be called to play in the national team and get some reward. So why are we denying them their due?

The Captain of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, earns about $300,000 a week. The captain of the Black Queens, Mercy Myles, earns practically nothing for her trade. When Asamoah Gyan plays a qualifying match for Ghana and earns $10,000 while Mercy Myles wins a whole tournament and cannot get $10,000 it doesn’t make sense. To worsen matters, the Black Meteors who also won gold at the All African Games four years ago were given $14,000 each. This is injustice. And we must cure it.

Beyond paying the Black Queens their crumbs, the Sports Ministry, National Sports Council and the GFA should sit down and overhaul the sports sector. The Ministry of Black Stars should be disbanded. Let’s have a Ministry of Youth and Sports.

And get serious with sports in this country.

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