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‘Sick’ Ex-King Faisal boss Odotei fires Nyantakyi over Black Stars technical adviser job  FIFA.com News

Vicent Odotei Sowah

Vicent Odotei Sowah

Ghana FA presidential hopeful Vincent Sowah Odotei feels ‘sick and tired’ with the decision to appoint a technical adviser for the Black Stars.

An avid critic of the Kwesi Nyantakyi-led administration, Sowah Odotei is livid with the decision to appoint a technical adviser for coach Kwesi Appiah.

The Black Stars trainer requested for a technical help after Ghana’s disastrous campaign at the World Cup in Brazil.

The Ghana FA set-up a three-man committee to firm up the adviser for the team ahead of the qualifiers for the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco.

But the former King Faisal boss has launched a tirade at the Ghana FA president in particular, claiming he’s sick and tired’ with the administrative style of the 44-year-old.

“ I realize that this Nyantakyi and his administration are a joke and I will not apologise for that,” he told Adom FM

“They keep going forward and backward because they don’t have a plan. Over the last ten-years I have consistently told you that Nyantakyi is just good at doing try and error.

“He has succeeded in manipulating everybody to accept that he’s the best person to administer football in the country meanwhile he cannot do anything.

“Here we are! We’re talking about technical adviser. How can technical adviser fit into the long term plan of the FA?

“He has taken the management of our football so low. The money that you will pay the technical adviser can’t you save the money and channel it into other things like giving it to football people?

“He must take the bold decision about Kwesi Appiah and stop pushing things under the carpet.

“I believe if the FA was his private job, he will not add him to his wage bill and will immediately take a decision on him. We are just sick and tired of what Nyantakyi is doing.” he fumed.

It is widely believed that Serbian Milovan Rajevac has been settled on as the technical adviser for the Ghanaian trainer.

No consortium was formed amongst travel and tour agents for 2014 World Cup  FIFA.com News

Travel Matters chartered the flight for Ghana fans to Brazil

Travel Matters chartered the flight for Ghana fans to Brazil

Chief Executive Officer of Travel Matters, Ivan Cudjoe insists no consortium was formed by the travel and tour operators appointed by the Sports Ministry to airlift Ghanaian supporters to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

Former Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and Project Coordinator for the 2014 World Cup, Fred Darko had earlier told the World Cup Commission a consortium was formed by three travel and tour firms in order to discharge their task of taking fans to Brazil.

Travel Matters were said to have led the ‘joint-venture’ of the travel agencies by chartering a flight originally to cater for his corporate clients.

He was later approached by the other two appointed travel agencies to absorb their quota of fans – prompting the formation of the consortium according to Afriye Ankrah and Fred Darko.

But the head of Travel Matters Ivan Cudjoe in a sharp rebuttal to earlier submissions made to the commission by the ex Sports Minister and the Project Coordinator says no consortium was formed at any point in time during the preparations towards the 2014 World Cup.

“There was no consortium formed,” he told the Commission on Monday.

“None whatsoever in all our deliberations.

“We met with the Chief of Staff – with the other travel and tour operators- and he asked us to go and do a good job.”

Mubarak Wakaso’s Celtic debut delays after warming bench on Sunday  FIFA.com News

Mubarak Wakaso

Mubarak Wakaso

Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso’s debut for Celtic has delayed after warming the bench in their Scottish Premier League 1-1 draw at Dundee United on Sunday afternoon.

The 24-year-old completed his loan move from Russian side Rubin Kazan in midweek but Ronny Deila named him in his squad.

Wakaso will have to wait until after the international break to see if he can play his first match for the Bhoys.

Celtic face Aberdeen at home on 13 September and that could be his breakthrough.

He is expected in Ghana early this week to join his Black Stars teammates prepare for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda at the Baba Yara Stadium on Saturday.


Gilbert Fiamenyo confident Hearts will clinch League title this season  FIFA.com News

Gilbert Fiamenyo wants to win League title with Hearts

Gilbert Fiamenyo wants to win League title with Hearts

Hearts striker Gilbert Fiamenyo remains defiant about his side’s chances of reclaiming the Ghana Premier League crown this season.

The Premier League title has eluded the club for the past five years as they have painfully watched on as their arch-rivals Kotoko keep winning year after year.

Hearts are determined to stem the tide this season and have vowed to recapture their lost glory.

However, the dream could be scattered as they are believed to be struggling to land their targeted players.

The club has not made any high-profile signing with reports suggesting the financial demands from the players have become a stumbling block.

But striker Gilbert Fiamenyo, who joined the side from Heart of Lions two seasons ago is confident Hearts will win the league this season.

“We know it’s going to be pretty tough this season but with hardwork, commitment and determination, we can win the league,” he said

“The players are aware that we cannot disappoint our fans again. They have suffered for far too long and it’s time we make them happy.

“I am convinced that this season will be our year. We have to win the league and cannot offer any more excuses.”

Hearts lost 1-0 to Heart of Lions in the annual GHALCA top-four opening game on Saturday.

Ghanasoccernet.com partners GTV to launch TV programme on Ghanaian players abroad  FIFA.com News

Host Willie Graham (left) with Ghanasoccernet.com duo Patrick Akoto (right) and Akyereko Frimpong-Manso (middle) on the Top 11 show Sunday night

Host Willie Graham (left) with Ghanasoccernet.com duo Patrick Akoto (right) and Akyereko Frimpong-Manso (middle) on the Top 11 show Sunday night on GTV Sports Plus

Ghana’s leading football website, Ghanasoccernet.com partnered Ghana Television to launch a TV programme that highlights the performance of Ghanaian players abroad on Sunday nights.

The one-hour interactive and exciting show dubbed ‘Top 11’ focuses on the highlights of the performances of several Ghanaian players in the various leagues globally.

The Top 11 will seek to bring to fore the quality of players who earn call-ups into the Black Stars as their weekly performances will be put to the spotlight.

The highly-entertaining show will also seek to lower controversies that have characterized the call-ups of players into the various national teams.

The maiden edition of the show focused on the performance of a  number of Ghanaian players who thrilled during the weekend with Elvis Manu, Sulley Muntari, Karim Bellarabi, Baba Abdul Rahman, Jeffrey Schlupp and Jordan Ayew dominating the discussion.

The Sunday night show which airs on GTV Sports Plus will highlights goals and performances of Ghanaian players in the major leagues as well as the relatively unknown ones.

The ‘Top 11’ football magazine is a collaboration between GTV Sports Plus and Ghana’s leading football website,  Ghanasoccernet.com.

The show is hosted by renowned sports journalist Benjamin Willie Graham and airs every Sunday night from 7-8pm on GTV Sports Plus.

Southampton join race to sign Ghana ace Andre Ayew  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

English Premier League side Southampton have now entered the race to sign Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew.

The Saints will make a move for the player if their attempts to sign Nathan Redmond from Norwich fail.

Southampton have lost five players this summer transfer window and are eager to sign quality replacements.

Ayew, who is contracted with Olympique Marseille, has been targeted by Ronald Koeman but it is unknown if the Ghana international will be interested.

Marseille are keen to cash in on the winger before the summer transfer window closes tonight.

The 24-year-old personally rejected a move to fellow English Premier League side Hull City

Leicester City defender Jeffrey Schlupp excited to be making Ghana return  FIFA.com News

Jeffrey Schlupp is making a return to the Black Stars

Jeffrey Schlupp is making a return to the Black Stars

English-based defender Jeffrey Schlupp is excited to be rejoining the Black Stars having been dropped for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 21-year-old has been handed a recall to the Ghana team for this month’s opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Uganda and Togo.

Schlupp was dropped from the final Black Stars squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He is one of the major beneficiaries of the selection shake-up made by coach Kwesi Appiah following Ghana’s disappointing exit from the 2014 World Cup.

All packed and ready for Ghana return

All packed and ready for Ghana return

His form with English Premier League club Leicester City at the start of the season made him an obvious choice for a return to the Black Stars.

The ex Manchester United trialist posted a picture of his packed luggage and his passport on Twitter to show his excitement at his imminent return to the Ghana national team.

“Looking forward to meeting up with the Ghanaian squad again,” Schlupp tagged in his Twitter post.

Schlupp has only made two appearances for the Black Stars with his last being the 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands in the pre-2014 World Cup friendly played in Rotterdam.

He is expected to arrive in Ghana on Monday night to as the Black Stars commence training for Saturday’s 2015 AFCON qualifier opener against Uganda in Kumasi.

Striker Gilbert Fiamenyo hopes for injury-free campaign at Hearts  FIFA.com News

Gilbert Fiamenyo

Gilbert Fiamenyo

Striker Gilbert Fiamenyo is hoping for an injury-free season at Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak this term. 

Fiamenyo has struggled with recurrent injuries since he joined the capital-based side from Heart of Lions.

The 24-year-old is expected to play a key role for the former African champions this term but prays for an injury-free season.

“I am ready for the new season and delighted that everything is going as planned,” he said

“I hope to stay fully fit this season and the seasons ahead. Injuries took a toll on me last season but I hope the situation changes.

“I believe when I’m fully fit the sky cannot be the limit for me.”

Fiamenyo has not lived up to expectations since he joined Hearts two years ago and reported to have clashed with former coach David Duncan

Frank Sarfo Gyamfi undergoes Kotoko medical; set to sign one-year deal  FIFA.com News

Frank Sarfo Gyamfi

Frank Sarfo Gyamfi

Winger Frank Sarfo Gyamfi is set to complete his move to Asante Kotoko after undergoing a medical at the weekend.

“Sarfo Gyamfi had his medical at the Stadium Clinic this weekend and he has been the only player so far,” Kotoko team doctor Dr. Kwaku Boateng told GHANASoccernet.com

The Ghana youth international is available on a free transfer after parting ways with South African top-flight side Maritzburg United.

Gyamfi was close to securing a loan move to Kotoko last season but the deal fell through at the eleventh hour.

He has Ghana Premier League experience after playing for Wa All Stars before signing for Maritzburg in 2011.

Breaking News: Ghana striker Abdul-Majeed Waris in shock move, joins Turkish giants Trabzonspor  FIFA.com News

Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris has completed a shock move to Turkish giants Trabzonspor after signing a four-year contract, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris has completed a shock move to Turkish giants Trabzonspor after passing his medical on Monday

Ghana striker Abdul-Majeed Waris has completed a shock move to Turkish giants Trabzonspor after signing a four-year contract on Monday, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The 22-year sealed the permanent move from Russian giants Spartak M0scow on Monday morning, Ghana’s leading football news outlet www.ghanasoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

Waris signed the deal after passing a medical in the Turkish capital of city of Istanbul on Monday morning.

Waris prayed in a Turkush mosque early on Monday morning before undergoing the medical in Istanbul

Waris prayed in a Turkish mosque early on Monday morning before undergoing the medical in Istanbul

The move for Waris means the French side Lille’s hopes of signing the Ghana star has collapsed as predicted by Ghanasocccernet.com on Saturday as they were unable to come up with the  €4m demanded by Russian club Spartak for the striker.

Waris spent the second half of last season on loan at relegated French side Valenciennes where he scored nine goals which sparked interest from several French sides in his services.

The Black Stars striker was one of the best strikers in France last season when he spent six months on loan with Valenciennes.

Waris struggled to cement a regular place at Spartak Moscow sparking his interest to leave the club for other leagues in Europe to maintain his form and keep his place in the Ghana national team.

Waris with the agents who brokered the deal in their car to sealing the deal

Waris with the agents who brokered the deal in their car to sealing the deal

Following his desire to leave Russian, 12 clubs turned their attention to the Ghana star who enjoyed a fairly successful loan spell at Valenciennes in the second half of last season.

Spanish duo Malaga and Granada alongside German club Hertha Berlin were all reported to have joined the chase to sign the Ghanaian.

Lens, Lille, Saint Etienne and Bordeaux were also been mentioned as interested parties.

But Trabzonspor were the only club to have met the price demands of the the Russian club Spartak Moscow to sign Waris.

Watch video of the performance of Ghana striker Majeed Waris who has joined Trabzonspor


Rahim Ayew frustated by Kotoko defeat to AshGold in GHALCA Top 4  FIFA.com News

Rahim Ayew

Rahim Ayew

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Asante Kotoko defender Rahim Ayew admits he is disappointed with their opening 1-0 defeat to regional rival Ashanti Gold in the GHALCA Top 4.

The Porcupine Warriors were made to pay dearly for their wastefulness in front of goal after Francis Adjei pounced on a loose ball late on that should have been dealt with by the Kotoko defence to grab all three points for the miners.

The league and FA cup champions tried to stage a comeback but AshGold held on to record a moral boosting win against Kotoko.

Ayew admits the score line did not tell the whole story.

“We played well but we were all expecting to win which unfortunately did not happen,” Ayew told GHANASoccernet.com

“You know when you are champions you are expected to win almost every game and we will have to quickly refocus for the second encounter.

“I am down now but I have to start thinking about the second leg.”

AshGold striker Emmanuel Baffour praises teammates for Kotoko win  FIFA.com News

Emmanuel Baffour

Emmanuel Baffour

AshantiGold striker Emmanuel Baffour has lauded the effort of his teammates after a hard fought 1-0 win over Asante Kotoko in their GHALCA Top 4 opener at the Baba Yara Stadium.

A solitary goal from Francis Adjei ensured Kotoko succumbed to defeat at their own back yard.

Kotoko now face a daunting task of overturning the deficit in the return leg on Wednesday to stand a chance of progressing to the final.

Experienced goalkeeper Robert Dabou pulled off a fabulous save in the dying minutes of the game to protect the score line.

Baffour, a former Ghana Premier League goal king, praised his teammates for their all hands on deck approach.

“The entire team has done well. We gave our all and held off a strong opponent,” he said.

“The team has been trying out new ways in preseason and I think it’s beginning to replay.

“Hopefully we can build on from here.”


Andre Ayew facing anxious moments over England move tonight – QPR, Swansea, Newcastle, Hull keen  FIFA.com News

Ghana winger Andre Ayew is facing some anxious 24 hours as he is expected to sign for an English club by tonight's deadline with QPR, Swansea, Hull and Newcastle all interested in signing the youngster.

Andre Ayew is attracting interest from many English sides

Ghana winger Andre Ayew is facing some anxious 24 hours as he is expected to sign for an English club by tonight’s deadline with QPR, Swansea, Hull and Newcastle all interested in signing the youngster.

QPR are facing stiff competition in their attempt to complete a last-minute deal for Andre Ayew, with Swansea City also reported to be keen on the 24-year-old.

The Marseille winger is keen to complete a move away from the French giants with the Premier League his preferred transfer destination.

QPR had previously led the way for the Ghana international, but they could now face a fight to recruit the attacker amid rumours of growing interest from the Swans.

Harry Redknapp is desperate to add some quality to his Rangers squad, with the London club gearing up for another relegation battle.

Swansea boss Garry Monk, meanwhile, has identified Ayew as the ideal addition to his group, with the Welsh club keen to build on the positive start they have enjoyed in the Premier League, having won three games from three so far.

The mood around QPR, meanwhile, has been lifted after the club recorded their first win of the season at home to Sunderland.

Redknapp is still eager to complete a deal for Ayew following the departure of Loic Remy to Chelsea.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew wants to sign the Ghana international winger on loan for the 2014/15 campaign.

The Marseille man is on the verge of a loan transfer to the Premier League.

Ayew, who has been regularly linked with a move to England in previous seasons, has found first team opportunities somewhat limited in recent months and could now be heading for an exit.

Marseille had hoped to sell the player but with a shortage of interest in a permanent deal, Ayew is now set for a loan transfer to England instead.

Marseille will receive approximately 1.25 million euros for approving a loan deal.

Valued at around £10 million for a permanent deal, a transfer tug-of-war could ensue in the next 24 hours, with Swansea unlikely to give up easily.

Ayew was one of the few shining lights for Ghana at the World Cup in Brazil, scoring well-taken goals against the USA and Germany during the group phase.

Maritzburg defender Awal Mohammed talks up Ghanaian team-mate Mohammed Anas credentials  FIFA.com News

Awal Mohammed

Awal Mohammed

Ghana defender Awal Mohammed has tipped compatriot and Maritzburg teammate Mohammed ‘Mike’ Anas to take the Premier Soccer League by storm.

Anas scored and provide an assist on his debut in the 3-0 win over Maritzburg United last week.

The 24 year old is the latest Ghanaian to join the Team of Choice after John Pantsil and Awal at the club.

Awal says it will not be long before clubs in the league take notice of Anas’ potential.

“I like to play against intelligent strikers that make you bring the best out and Mohammed Anas is just that kind,” the former Kotoko defender told Africanfootball.com

“I train with him on daily basis and I can tell you he is strong and very swift one that will bring something different to our attack this season.

“It won’t be long before he starts grabbing the headlines.”

Wakaso posts bizarre tribute to Sherlock Holmes after mistaking detective outfit as Celtic tradition  FIFA.com News

Celtic new boy Mubarak Wakaso might need to brush up on his detective skills…after posting this bizarre tribute to ­Sherlock Holmes.

Celtic winger Wakaso Mubarak photoshopped as Sherlock Holmes on Instagram

Celtic new boy Mubarak Wakaso might need to brush up on his detective skills…after posting this bizarre tribute to ­Sherlock Holmes.

The image of Wakaso in the detective’s distinctive outfit was originally posted as an in-joke on a fans’ website.

But the Ghanian winger thought the deerstalker and pipe was the chosen look for Hoops fans.

He posted the photoshopped image on his Instagram account, saying: “New life with new ­tradition…the great fans of Celtic did this special picture of me is their traditional wear. Great great great to be part of the family of Glasgow Celtic.”

One fan said: “The image was done for a bit of a laugh by posters on a fan site.

“But it looks like Wakaso expects everyone to be decked out like Sherlock Holmes at Celtic Park. He is in for a bit of a surprise.

“But the fans loved it when he posted the picture.”

Social media fan Wakaso, 24, also posted a photoshopped picture of himself in the Hoops ahead of completing a loan deal from Russian side Rubin Kazan last week.

He hopes the switch will eventually become permanent.

The winger became manager Ronny Deila’s fifth signing to the club.

But his move to Celtic represents a a new start after he was left devastated by the death of his baby boy in January.

His four-month old son became ill while visiting family back home in Ghana. His agent was not available for comment.

Fernando Torres reunites with Ghana star Michael Essien at AC Milan  FIFA.com News

Fernando Torres has linked with Michael Essien again

Fernando Torres has linked with Michael Essien again

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Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has reunited with his former Chelsea team-mate Fernando Torres at AC Milan after Spanish international completed a two-year loan move to the club. 

Chelsea have confirmed the move that has ended a three season spell at the club after joining for a British transfer record of £50m in 2011.

Torres, 30, joined Essien at the Stamford and the duo play for the Blues for the three seasons and will now play at the same club for the next two seasons.

The ex-Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker scored just 20 goals in 110 league appearances during his spell at Stamford Bridge, but was part of the club’s 2012 Champions League success.

AC Milan’s young Ghanaian striker Akuetteh in critical condition after being knocked down by train in Italy  FIFA.com News


Akuetteh (first-from-left) is tipped for greatness

AC Milan’s talented Ghanaian striker Isaac Akuetteh is fighting for his life in an Italian hospital after being knocked down by a train in the town of Como.

The 15-year-old, who is regarded as one of the brightest talents in the youth football in Italy today, was hit by a moving train on Sunday afternoon leaving the youngster fighting for his life.

The accident occurred in the Italian municipality of Cadorago in the Como province during the Sunday after shopping hours which attracted a very large crowd.

Akuetteh was rushed to hospital where he has been under intensive care and Ghanaian senior players at AC Milan Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien are said to have visited on Sunday night after their match.

AC Milan top officials and coaches also visited the youngster in hospital before posting a statement on their website wishing him speedy recovery.

“Isaac, all of Milan is with you and hoping for the best. Do not give up,” the AC Milan statement read.

While several versions of the story have been widely reported, some Italian newspapers claim the youngster had his headphone on while listening to music in the lead up to the accident.

The 15-year-old Italian-born Ghanaian is the lead-man for Bertuzzo Roberto’s Settore Giovanile boys bagging an incredible 21 goals in 17 games for the Rossoneris last season, as Ghana’s leading football news outlet www.ghanasoccernet.com first reported on his exploits last year.

Akuetteh is one of the three Ghanaian youngsters at AC Milan and is keen to follow the path to greatness.

He could join the Milan primavera squadra next season due to his immense quality and precocity despite his tender age.

He’s at Milan with Nigel Kyeremateng and Kingsley Boateng, who has already played for Milan’s first team but is now playing for Dutch side NAC Breda

Transfer Tavern: Portugese giants Benfica to make last attempt to sign Ghana midfielder Rabiu Mohammed  FIFA.com News

Rabiu Mohammed on benfica's radar

Rabiu Mohammed on benfica’s radar

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Portuguese giants Benfica will make a last-gasp attempt to sign Ghana midfielder Rabiu Mohammed from Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, according to reports in Portugal. 

Benifca have maintained their interest interest in the 24-year-old and will try to make a last attempt to secure him before the summer transfer window shuts tonight.

The former Liberty Professionals midfielder is willing to move to Portugal but Benfica and Kuban must agree on a fee for the transfer to materialise with a loan move also a viable option.

Rabiu joined Kuban from French Ligue 1 side Evian Thonon Gaillard.

Ghana defender John Boye marks Turkish Super Lig debut for Kayseri Erciyesspor  FIFA.com News

Ghana defender John Boye made his debut for Kayseri Erciyesspor on Sunday night

Ghana defender John Boye made his debut for Kayseri Erciyesspor on Sunday night

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Black Stars defender John Boye marked his Turkish Super Lig debut by playing full throttle for Kayseri Erciyesspor who drew 0-0 with giants Trabzonspor on Sunday night. 

The 27-year-old partnered Senegalese international Abdou Mangane in central defence and the duo were able to prevent Trabzonspor from defying the Erciyesspor defence.

Boye joined Erciyesspor from French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes after the 2014 World Cup and has began on a good note by commanding a first team place.

Ghanaian winger Ernest Asante scores match-winner for IK Start in Norway  FIFA.com News

Ernest Asante scored for IK Start

Ernest Asante scored for IK Start

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Ghanaian winger Ernest Asante scored the match-winner for IK Start who resisted a Sogndal fight-back to book a 3-2 win in the Norwegian top-flight league on Sunday night. 

Ghanaian striker Mahatma Otoo has netted twice to put Start in trouble waters at the Sør Arena but the former Fetteh Feyenoord winger scored from the spot with six minutes of regulation time left to win the match.

Zlatko Tripi? and Rolf Vikstøl scored for Start but Otoo ensured the visitors stay in the game but Asante stepped up to the challenge and fired home a spot kick he won to record victory for his side.

Asante, 25, has netted 7 times this season for Start.