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Ghana U20 assistant coach Preko calls for calm ahead of Gabon qualifier  FIFA.com News

Yaw Preko

Yaw Preko

Ghana Under-20 assistant coach Yaw Preko has warned against pressing the panic button ahead of the side’s trip to Gabon for the decisive qualifier for the 2015 African Youth Championship. 

The Ghanaians have their work cut out for them after being held to a disappointing goalless draw at home two weeks ago.

They leave for Libreville on Wednesday night with only one mission – to secure qualification to next year’s championship in Senegal.

Ghana assistant coach Yaw Preko has called for calm in the wake of the growing apprehension among local fans.

“We have to be patient and don’t get discouraged. We have been in such situations in the past and have managed to surmount the challenge,” he said

“We know our destiny is in our own hands and so we have to take it.

“We want to qualify to the African Youth Championship and the only way to do that is to negotiate a win past Gabon.

“It’s going to be very difficult but I believe we can do it. We don’t need to panic and take the game as it comes.”

The Black Satellites clinched silver at the 2013 African Youth Championship in Algeria and went ahead to win bronze at the World Championship in Turkey.

Hearts midfielder Abanga not in a hurry to move abroad  FIFA.com News

Kofi Abanga is not in a hurry to move abroad

Kofi Abanga is not in a hurry to move abroad

Midfielder Kofi Abanga is not in a rush to move abroad as he eyes a successful season with Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak.

Injuries have rocked the 26-year-old of showcasing his immense talent since he joined the Accra side from Aduana Stars.

He is now fit again and has been fully involved in the side’s pre-season so far.

Abanga says he’s not in a rush to seek greener pastures abroad and wants to play a key role for Hearts this term.

“I am not in rush to move abroad at all. I have suffered from so many injuries and I’m very delighted to be back again,” Abanga said

“I want to take my time and help Hearts recapture the Premier League crown. That is where my focus is.

“When the time comes for me to move, I will do so but at the moment Hearts is m focus.”

Medeama to take legal action against Petrojet, Egyptian agent for tapping Anobaah  FIFA.com News

Theophilus Anobaah has been illegally tapped by Petrojet

Theophilus Anobaah has been illegally tapped by Petrojet

Medeama will take legal action against Petrojet and Egyptian agent Mohammed El Zayat for illegally tapping Theophilus Anobaah, the club has confirmed. 

The Ghanaian side are incensed with the Egyptian club for signing their duly contracted player without recourse to the club.

Petrojet announced the signing of the 23-year-old on a three-year deal last week but the deal has been put on hold after the Ghana FA refused to grant the player his International Transfer Certificate.

The Tarkwa-based side have vowed not to let him go without a fight and insist he’s still contracted to them till 2016.

The ambitious Ghanaian side are also angry with Egyptian agent Mohammed El Zayat who lured the player to sign for the Suez-based side.

They have vowed to report his conduct to world governing body, FIFA and stop him from further exploiting Ghanaian players.

Theophilus Anoobah's contract with Medeama.

Theophilus Anoobah’s contract with Medeama.

“We will take legal action against Petrojet and the Egyptian for tapping our player without our consent,” club president Moses Armah told the club’s official website.

“We have insisted that we have a contract with the player which runs out till 2016 and so we’ll ensure that the proper thing is done.

“You don’t just wake up one morning and decide to sign a player without recourse to the club.

“We are not interested in what he (Anobaah) told them. What is of prime importance to us is that he has duly signed a contract extension with us.

“We’ll get to the bottom of this matter no matter what. It’s not proper and we’ll not allow anybody to swindle us.”

Zayat is believed to be responsible for tapping many Ghanaian players, using deceit to lure them to sign for clubs abroad without their parent clubs getting a dime.

He has dealt with several Ghanaian players including Kofi Nti Boakye and Yahaya Mohammed who left Kotoko without the club getting a penny from their sales.

Ghanaian midfielder Mensah weaves magic for Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal  FIFA.com News

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Ghanaian midfielder Bernard Mensah is making headlines in Portugal following his breathtaking performances for top-flight side Vitoria Guimareas.

The youngster has started his career with Guimareas in a blistering fashion, scoring two goal in three appearances for the Portuguese outfit.

He has continued to weave magic at the European side and could gatecrash one of Ghana’s national teams.

The hardworking midfielder wants to develop his game to make impossible for Ghana to ignore him.

“I want to work in my team. With this I know the national team handlers will not overlook me in future call ups,” he said

n 2011, Mensah was invited to the depleted Black Stars squad that was set to play a friendly with Nigeria and trained with the rest of the squad at the Vicarage Road Stadium in London but has since not earned a call-up.

He is currently in his second season with the Braquinhos, having joined in 2013/14 season and having scored 11 times in 28 outings for their youth side.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan tips Zambia as title contenders for 2015 AFCON  FIFA.com News

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has tipped Zambia to reach the finals of the Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Asamoah Gyan arrived in Zambia on Wednesday afternoon

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has tipped Zambia to reach the finals of the Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Black Stars skipper paid a glowing tribute to the Chipolopolo despite the huge recent rivalry between the two countries in recent matches.

Gyan, who plays for Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), made this prediction on Wendesday afternoon when making a brief stop in the Zambian capital Lusaka.

The Black Stars captain made a stopover at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) on his way to Malawi for the United Nations AIDS (UN-AIDS) Stop the Goal Campaign, that Zambia was one of the strongest sides on the continent.

The Ghanaian captain said Zambia worked hard to win the 2012 AFCON title and was confident that the Chipolopolo will be one to watch out at next year’s edition.

“No one gave them (Zambia) a chance in 2012 but the team really worked hard to win the title and I am sure Zambia will be one of the strongest contenders for the title next year,” Gyan said.

Zambia beat Ghana 1-0 in a match that saw Gyan miss a penalty in the semi finals at the 2012 AFCON finals and repeated the result during the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Ndola but lost 2-1 in Kumasi.

Gyan said he was looking forward to playing the Chipolopolo in Morocco.

Meanwhile, UNAIDS institution capacity adviser Kenneth Mwansa said the Stop the Goal Campaign was aimed at ensuring youths were kept away from vices that could put them at risk of acquiring HIV.

Mwansa said it was why his organisation was using celebrities like Gyan, who are role models to the youths.

He said Gyan had taken a long journey to as far as Brazil and many other parts of the world before he hands over the ball to Malawi where it will be signed by the President Peter Mutharika.

Ex-Ghana youth star Boahene prepares for pre-season with Ahli Tripoli in Tunisia  FIFA.com News

Kwame Boahene signing for Libyan side Ahli Tripoli

Kwame Boahene signing for Libyan side Ahli Tripoli

Ex-Ghana youth midfielder Kwame Boahene is in Ghana in Ghana to complete paperwork as he prepares to start his career with Libyan side Ahli Tripoli.

The 20-year-old penned a three-year deal with the North African side last week, as exclusively revealed by Ghana’s leading website, www.Ghanasoccernet.com over the weekend.

He will join the Libyan champions early next month in Tunisia for pre-season ahead of their involvement in next season’s CAF Champions League.

He has sneaked into town to prepare for the journey ahead with massive expectations on him to excel at the club.

Boahene, touted as one of the finest Ghanaian young players,  made the surprise move to Libya after impressing heavily during a trial session with Egyptian side Petrojet.

Officials of the Libyan outfit moved quickly to sign him during Petrojet’s pre-season training at Alexandria.

The former Ghana Under-20 star joined Medeama last season from Liberty Professionals.

Medeama winger Anobaah in fresh trouble, Ghana FA blocks ITC to Egyptian side Petrojet  FIFA.com News

Theophilus Anobaah

Theophilus Anobaah

Medeama winger Theophilus Anobaah’s shocking move to Petrojet is on the verge of collapsing after the Ghana FA refused to issue the Egyptian outfit with the player’s International Transfer Certificate, GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal.

The Ghana FA has refused to grant him his request following doubts over his availability.

Petrojet confirmed the signing of the Ghanaian international on a three-year deal last week despite doubt surrounding his status.

The Tarkwa-based side insists he has two more years left on his existing deal – a claim which is being challenged by the 23-year-old.

Medeama have suspended him indefinitely after he refused to turn up for training with his conduct reported to the Ghana FA.

The player is believed to have convinced the North Africans about his supposed free agent status through the suspected connivance of his Egyptian agent Mohammed El Zayat, which influenced the Suez-based side to sign him.

However, GHANAsoccernet.com understands that the blocking of his International Transfer Certificate has angered officials of Petrojet who are considering pulling out of the deal.

They have asked the player to return to his native country to resolve the matter with growing conviction he misrepresented himself to the club.

The Egyptian outfit could also be in trouble if Medeama decide to take legal action against them for luring their player without their consent.

Despite fighting his contract with the Mauve and Yellows publicly, GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal that the player has begged club president Moses Armah privately to let him go since he is aware of the repercussion on his promising career.

Anobaah is a fine talent but his future is being threatened by his disregard for contractual obligations to the Ghanaian side.

Free agent Emmanuel Frimpong denies rejecting move to OFI Crete  FIFA.com News

Emmanuel Frimpong

Emmanuel Frimpong

Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has denied rejecting a move to play under ex-AC Milan star Gennaro Gattuso at Greek side OFI Crete.

The Daily Mail claimed the former Arsenal player was offered a 12-month deal but the midfielder turned it down.

But Frimpong claims that is untrue.

“Just would like to say that I have not turned down a chance to work with Gattuso,” he posted on his Twitter page.

“He’s a manager who can help me as he has played in my position before. I am in no rush to make a move.”

Frimpong has been without a club following his release from Barnsley at the end of last season.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Ghana winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie joins Portuguese club Boavista  FIFA.com News

Quincy Owusu Abeyie joins Boavista

Quincy Owusu Abeyie joins Boavista

Ghana winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has sealed a move to Portuguese club Boavista FC on a free transfer, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The 28-year-old joins his 9th professional club after mutually terminating his contract with Greek club Panathanaikos last year.

Quincy has since been in search of a new club and was recently lined to a return to England with Championship side Blackpool.

The Ghana international has however sealed a shock move to the Portuguese top flight strugglers and hopes his arrival will serve as a catalyst to turn things around at the club.

“I am delighted to be here and anxious,” he said after sealing the move.

“I hope that we (Boavista) able to take a positive season.”

Boavista are yet to reveal the terms of Quincy’s move – the number of years he signed and the money involved.

VIDEO: Asante Kotoko present treble to sponsor MTN  FIFA.com News

Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Watch video of Asante Kotoko’s presentation of the three titles they won last season to sponsor MTN.

Watch the video of the presentation below:

 

PHOTOS: Global Village share acquisition of Great Olympics  FIFA.com News

Watch pictures of the 40 percent share acquisition of Ghana Premier League club Great Olympics by Global Village.

Global Village have acquired 40 percent shares in Great Olympics

Global Village have acquired 40 percent shares in Great Olympics

 

Global Village have acquired 40 percent shares in Great Olympics

Global Village have acquired 40 percent shares in Great Olympics

 

Global Village have acquired 40 percent shares in Great Olympics

Global Village have acquired 40 percent shares in Great Olympics

Global Village have acquired 40 percent shares in Great Olympics

Global Village have acquired 40 percent shares in Great Olympics

Global Village have acquired 40 percent shares in Great Olympics

Global Village have acquired 40 percent shares in Great Olympics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celtic new boy Mubarak Wakaso wants to hit the ground running  FIFA.com News

Mubarak Wakaso signing his loan deal for Celtic.

Mubarak Wakaso signing his loan deal for Celtic.

Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso has announced his excitement at completing a year-long loan move to Scottish giants Celtic.

The 24-year-old has moved from Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan and has the option to make his move permanent after the expiration of the deal.

Wakaso has been itching to leave Eastern Europe after only a season there where he made only 14 appearances and scored two goals.

After sealing his switch on Wednesday, he posted on his Twitter page: “Happy to have signed on loan at Celtic for the season. Can’t wait to get started with the Hoops.”

Wakaso has previously played for Spanish top-flight sides Villarreal and Espanyol.

 

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan arrives in Malawi to raise HIV/AIDS awareness  FIFA.com News

Asamoah Gyan arrived in Lilongwe on Wednesday evening

Asamoah Gyan arrived in Lilongwe on Wednesday evening

Asamoah Gyan was given a surprise reception in Lusaka on Wednesday afternoon where he made a brief stop on his way to Malawi.

The Black Stars captain was mobbed by fans upon his entry to the Kenneth Kaunda Airport in the Zambian capital where he was received by officials from the Zambian FA and representatives of UNAIDS.

The 28-year-old left his base in the UAE immediately after Al Ain’s return from their heroic qualification to the semi finals of the AFC Asian Champions League against Al Ittihad on Tuesday night.

Gyan is expected in Malawi to continue with the UNAIDS awareness campaign against HIV/AIDS – Protect the Goal.

The Ghana striker however made a quick stop in Zambia where he was treated to a rapturous reception.

The ex Sunderland hitman signed autographs and took pictures with some of the fans gathered at the airport.

The Ghana international is now in the Malawian capital in Lilongwe but will soon make the trip to Blantyre where he is to attend a ceremony with the country’s President Peter Mutharika on Thursday.

Gyan is accompanied by the his spokesman and business manager Samuel Anim Addo alongside Steve Bed and Dr. Angela El-Adas from the Ghana Aids Commission.

Source: asamoahgyan3.com

PHOTOS: Asante Kotoko present treble to sponsors MTN  FIFA.com News

Watch pictures of Kotoko’s presentation of the three trophies they won last season to title sponsor MTN.

Kotoko present trophies to MTN.

Kotoko present trophies to MTN.

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

 

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

Asante Kotoko present trophies to MTN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearts coach Herbert Addo frustrated in transfer market  FIFA.com News

Herbert Addo is an unhappy man

Herbert Addo is an unhappy man

Herbert Addo feels irritated over Hearts’ slow progress in the transfer market, GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal.

The former African champions are struggling to meet the asking prize of their transfer targets.

They have been linked with moves for several high profile players including goalkeeper Stephen Adams, free agent Yakubu Mohammed and New Edubiase playmaker Asiedu Atobrah but have been unsuccessful so far due to the huge prize tag placed on them.

Clubs are demanding exorbitant fees for their players which has left the former Inter Allies coach hugely frustrated in the transfer market.

Hearts ambition of wrestling the Premier crown from the arch-rivals Kotoko is being threatened as they have not made any significant signing this term.

They have only managed to bring in low-profile players like Ebusua Dwarfs defender Prince Atinga and Medeama’s Sumaila Attia.

Shockingly the 2000 African champions are struggling to attract top players, barely a month before the start of the new season.

Addo is desperate to land his intended target to help him recapture the crown this term, having played catch-ups to Kotoko over the last three seasons.

The last won the league in 2008 and are gradually losing their status as a powerful force in Ghanaian football.

Emmanuel Frimpong turns down the chance to work with Gennaro Gattuso at OFI Crete  FIFA.com News

Emmanuel Frimpong

Emmanuel Frimpong

Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has turned the opportunity to team up with Gennaro Gattuso at OFI Crete down.

The former Arsenal midfielder is without a club following his release from Barnsley at the end of last season.

But he was offered a 12-month deal at the Greek club, who are managed by AC Milan hero Gattuso.

Frimpong, however, has decided against moving to Greece despite having the opportunity of working alongside Gattuso, who was also a defensive midfielder.

The 22-year-old, who helped establish popular clothing brand Dench alongside UK rapper Lethal Bizzle, has also recently failed to agree a contract at Strum Graz.

The midfielder had a three week trial at Austrian club but couldn’t agree on a contract.

 

 

Lille president confirms interest in Ghana striker Majeed Waris  FIFA.com News

Abdul Majeed Waris

Abdul Majeed Waris

Lille president Michel Seydoux has confirmed Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris is on their wish list this transfer window.

Les Dogues are keen to bolster their squad after failing to reach the Group stage of the Champions League-losing to Portuguese side FC Porto in the playoffs.

The French Ligue 1 outfit has targeted the Spartak Moscow player as a replacement for Ivorian star Salomon Kalou who is set to join a Bundesliga side.

“Majeed Waris? This is an interesting player. It is better that I tell you the truth that he interests me. He is part of a list of players we are following ” Seydoux told RMC in an interview.

Waris spent the second half of last season on loan at relegated Valenciennes where he scored 9 goals.

Hearts decide against signing Liberty defender Nelson – report  FIFA.com News

Alfred Nelson w

Hearts have decided against signing Liberty Professionals defender Alfred Nelson,media reports in Ghana have claimed.

The Ghanaian powerhouse have been linked with the centre-back during the transfer window but his decision to abandon the club in search of new challenge abroad seems to have angered the capital-based side.

Nelson objected to a move to their city rivals and travelled to Egypt for a trial session with top-flight side ENPPI.

But he failed to convince the North African of his qualities, forcing him to restart negotiations with Hearts.

However, the 2000 African champions have decided against signing him as concerns over his fitness grows.

Nelson has not fully recovered from an injury he picked up last season and will require time for the injury to heal completely.

Wakaso to start Celtic training on Thursday after completing switch, to wear No.43 jersey  FIFA.com News

Wakaso to start Celtic training in Thursday after completing Scottish move

Mubarak Wakaso will start training with Celtic on Thursday

Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso will start training with Scottish side Celtic on Thursday after completing the loan deal that will see him wear the No.43 jersey for the club.

The 24-year-old singed the one-year loan deal with the option to buy on Wednesday.

The Ghanaian internationalist will be at Celtic Park tomorrow (Thursday) to start training with the club.

He will go straight into Ronny Deila’s plans for the visit to Dens Park at the weekend.

Joining from Russian club, Rubin Kazan, the winger moved there after spells in Spain with Espanyol, Villareal and Elche following starting his career in his homeland with Ashanti Gold.

The 24-year-old has 19 Ghanaian caps and featured against both Germany and Portugal in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He becomes Celtic’s fourth summer loan signing following similar deals for Jason Denayer, Jo Inge Berget and Aleksandar Tonev.

Great Olympics near sensational appointment of coach David Duncan  FIFA.com News

David Duncan nears return to Great Olympics as coach

David Duncan nears return to Great Olympics as coach

Great Olympics are in advanced talks to appoint David Duncan as the new coach of the side.

The ex Hearts of Oak trainer was present at the club’s event to mark the acquisition of 40 percent shares by Global Village on Wednesday.

Great Olympics board member Fred Pappoe revealed at the event the club was looking to install their former player as their new coach.

“I would like to inform you that the club is in talks to appoint our former player David Duncan as the new coach,” he said to a response of cheers from the club’s fans at the event.

“This is someone who has excelled in Ghana and in Africa, South Africa to be precise.

“The deal is not yet done. There are a few issues to sort out and therefore you should pray so that by the end of the week we can make the announcement.”

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