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Sampdoria midfielder David Duncan eager for another Ghana call-up after missing 2015 AFCON  FIFA.com News

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David Duncan is keen on playing for the Black Stars

 

By Prince Botwe

Ex-Ghana U20 midfielder Alfred Duncan says he was delighted after his recent call-up to play for the senior national team the Black Stars ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Italy-based player caught the eyes of the technical handlers of the Black Stars late last year after featuring in just three games with some impressive showing for Serie A side Sampdoria side.

He was named in the provisional squad for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea but was not named in the final squad for the tournament.

The ex-Inter Milan midfielder featured in 26 games for Sampdoria but said playing for the Black Stars was one of the happiest days in his career.

“Since the day I started playing football that was my happiest moment” Duncan told an Accra based Radio station over his recent call-up into in the Black Stars.

“I do not think of certain things and for me that was a surprise because that was the first time I had joined the first team (of Sampdoria)”.

Duncan made his debut for Ghana against Cape Verde way back in November 2012 and had since not been invited but the midfield dynamo believes he can follow in the footsteps of his former national U20 team-mates Baba Rahman and Frank Acheampong.

“It is just a matter of time. I believe the likes of Baba Rahman, Frank Acheampong had the opportunity to play for the Black Stars because of the previous experience they had with the team, but I know my time will also come,” Duncan said.

“I will not hesitate to join the team when I am invited. Though the team has a lot of midfielders I am still not afraid”.

Following his impressive performance in the midfield for his club last season, the club has extended his contract to 2019 but his former club Inter Milan has the right to buy the player if they wish.

Haven helped the Satellites to win bronze at the U20 World Cup in Turkey two years ago.

Duncan is keeping fingers crossed for that moment to don the senior national team jersey.

Ghanaian striker Derek Asamoah signs new deal with English side Carlisle United  FIFA.com News

Ghanaian striker Derek Asamoah signs new with English side Carlisle deal

Derek Asamoah signs new deal with English side Carlisle

Ghanaian striker Derek Asamoah has put pen to paper on a new deal with English fourth tier side Carlisle United, the club have confirmed.

The forward signs a short-term contract which will keep him at the club until the end of 2015.

Given his journeyman reputation, it is no surprise that the Ghanaian has not been tied down on a long term deal, with his longest stint at any club in his 15 years as a professional being three years, which he spent at Northampton Town between 2001 and 2004.

Since then, he has spent just a season per club, bar a two year stay at OGC Nice, playing in Bulgaria and South Korea, amongst other locations.

Carlisle manager Keith Curle believes that the six-month contract is good for Asamoah, saying that the player “needs to be hungry if [the manager is] going to get the best out of him,” with the deal giving him “that extra edge” on the pitch.

However, despite this initially implying otherwise, Curle’s comments suggest that Asamoah is committed to the club, as the player was “ready to sign his contract” as soon as he returned from his holiday and, as a result, “there were never any real issues.”

A real Journeyman

The 34-year-old began his career with Slough Town, a semi-professional side based in the South of England.

Three goals in eight league games for them as a 19-year-old had Northampton interested in the player and, after a trial, he would sign for them.

Asamoah spent three years with the club, scoring 30 goals in 112 league games before joining Mansfield Town in 2004.

From here, he enjoyed spells with Lincoln City, Chester City and Shrewsbury Town, before a two year stay in France with Nice, albeit one during which he failed to play for the club’s first team.

He returned to the UK in 2009 to play for Hamilton Academical in Scotland, before time in Bulgaria with Lokomotiv Sofia and in South Korea with both the Pohang Steelers and Daegu FC.

Asamoah returned to England last summer and scored five goals for Carlisle last season. His efforts were key as the club survived the drop to the non-league, finishing 20th in League Two.

Ghanaian winger Andre Ayew starts pre-season training with Swansea City  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew begins Swansea City pre-season

Andre Ayew begins Swansea City pre-season

Ghana star Andre Ayew has joined up with his Swansea City’s team-mates for the first time as he has started pre-season training with the English Premier League side.

The Ghana deputy captain joins the new team-mates after sealing a shock move to the club earlier this month.

The 25-year-old travelled back to South Wales to join his new team-mates for the beginning of their pre-season campaign ahead of the new English season.

Swansea pulled off a major summer coup by signing the steamroller, who spent nine seasons at French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille, on a four-year deal.

Ayew is expected to feature prominently for Gary Monk’s side as they embark on a busy pre-season campaign including trip to Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach in friendlies.

 

Ghana legend Stephen Appiah touched by huge turnout for his farewell match  FIFA.com News

An emotional ex-Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has thanked Ghanaians for the massive show of support during his farewell game at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Stephen Appiah

An emotional ex-Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has thanked Ghanaians for the massive show of support during his farewell game at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

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Appiah, brought an end to glittering career that saw him represent Ghana at all the various national levels; Starlets, satellites, Meteors and the Black Stars, one of only few Ghanaian players to have chopped such feat.

The 34 year old summoned arguably the highest turn out at the Accra Sports stadium for the first time since Ghana’s quarter final victory over Nigeria in 2008.

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The game also saw all living past Presidents of Ghana, grace the event to give their endorsement to a man whose dedication and desire put the name of Ghana on the world footballing map at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

“I wasn’t expecting this crowd but Ghanaians have shown their love and it doesn’t surprise me. Right from my colts days, they have always shown me love and respect and I want to thank all Ghanaians for their love and prayers. Without them I couldn’t have reached this far. I thank them,” Appiah said.

“Well I think the Stephen of today is the same Stephen Appiah 30 years ago. I think what makes us different is our characters. People get a little and they start thinking that they are above everybody but I put my feet down till today and I think that is why everybody is talking.”

“What I want to tell them is they shouldn’t rush in life. They should let the passion come before they start thinking of money. They should respect their elders, respect their coaches, follow instructions and work harder”.

Cameroonian international Samuel Eto and Togolese international Emmanuel Adebayor were amongst a host of football icons who entertained thousand who trooped to the stadium to say farewell to a man they affectionately call “Tornado.”

By: Rahman Osman/citifmonline.com/Ghana

Match Report: Great Olympics 1-0 Liberty Professionals – Godwin Attram’s strike peck Liberty  FIFA.com News

Veteran striker Godwin Attram scored the only goal of the game for Great Olympics as they ended their winless run with a slim 1-0 triumph over rivals Liberty Professionals at the Accra Sports Stadium. 

 

Match Report: Brong Ahafo United 1-1 Hearts of Oak – Relegation-trapped Apostles hold ten-man Phobians in Sunyani  FIFA.com News

Hearts of Oak drew with BA United

Hearts of Oak drew with BA United

Ten-man Accra Hearts of Oak shared the spoils with relegation-threatened Brong Ahafo United side in a 1-1 draw at the Coronation Park in Sunyani in the Ghana Premier League on Sunday. 

Former Hearts of Oak midfielder Nana Egyiri gave the troubled side some respite when he converted a penalty-kick in the 8th minute to put them ahead but injury returnee Selasi Adjei stunned the ambitions of the hosts with a 41st minute equaliser.

Hearts were reduced to ten men in the 65th minute when defender Joseph Owusu Bempah was marched off for a bad tackle on a United player midway into the second-half.

The Apostles went into the game under controversial circumstances after doubts were cast over their ambitions to honour the match with their sacked CEO bolting to Italy with their registered strips and player eligibility cards.

But the club’s new management led by Nana Frimpong, put their house together and raised a side that were able to frustrate Herbert Addo’s side at least for most parts of the game.

After Egyiri’s early opener, the hosts fans cheered on their side hoping to end their winless run over the giants since a heavy 4-1 hammering in the 1994 season but were left disappointed when Selasi Adjei pecked the scoring for Hearts who would slid further down the ladder.

Match Report: Inter Allies 1-0 Wa All Stars-Baba Mensa’s solitary strike enough to sink visitors  FIFA.com News

Inter Allies football club

Inter Allies football club

Coach Paa Kwesi Fabian was given a respite after weeks of near misses with a 1-0 victory over visiting Wa All Stars.

Inter Allies have endured a difficult start to the second half of the league season while Wa All Stars came into this at the back of impressive victories that saw them climb to 2nd on the league log.

But all counted for nothing when Baba Mensah took advantage of a mix up in the defense of the visitors to put the eleven is to one side ahead on the 53rd minute.

The game brought the best out of the home side who exchanged passes to the delight of the home fans but all the beautiful play could not produce the much desired second goal.

Both side had chances but none could add a goal leaving the scoreline 1-0 in favor of the home side.

Ahmed Toure strikes late to clinch vital win for Kotoko against Bechem  FIFA.com News

Ahmed Toure scored the late penalty to hand Kotoko win

Ahmed Toure scored the late penalty to hand Kotoko win

Asante Kotoko needed a late penalty to post a 2-1 win over Bechem United on Sunday as they continue with their bid to end a bad run of results.

Striker Ahmed Toure converted the spot kick three minutes from time to clinch all three points for the champions.

Kotoko had taken a 17th minute lead through Dauda Mohammed who finished off a neat build up.

David Duncan’s side however failed to score anymore goals for the remainder of the half despite having the lion’s share of possession.

Their profligacy was punished at the start of the second half when Aminu Mohammed equalized for Bechem United.

The visitors, spurred on by their goal went on to control most part of the second half – frustrating the entire Kotoko bench and more especially the fans.

The passionate supporters of the Kumasi-based giants have been very critical of the commitment of their players in recent weeks.

It appeared that this focus was going to deepen until Kotoko were awarded a late penalty which was converted by Toure to steal all three points before their not too impressed fans.

Match Report: Aduana Stars 1-0 WAFA – Derrick Saseraku’s lone strike propels Fire Boys  FIFA.com News

Aduana Stars defeated WAFA

Aduana Stars defeated WAFA

Aduana Stars reclaimed the second spot on the Ghana Premier League table after narrowly beating Sogakope WAFA 1-0 at the Nana Agyeman Badu Park in Dormaa Ahenkro on Sunday afternoon. 

Midfielder Derrick Saseraku claimed the maximum points for the hosts when he connected home from a free-kick in the 57th minute.

WAFA, who had stepped on an impressive running form, showed a lot of energy and skill to hold Aduana to their game for the entire first-half creating a couple of chances.

But Kwabena Ameyaw’s tactics works for his side in the second-half as Saseraku netted invariably to seemingly dent the spirit of the visitors.

After the opening goal, Aduana should have scored more as they upped the ante but Elvis Opoku and Richard Arhin all wasted glorious chances.

Match Report: Heart of Lions 1-1 Berekum Chelsea- Honours shared on neutral ground  FIFA.com News

Heart of  Lions players celebrating

Heart of Lions players celebrating

Heart of Lions played out a 1-1 draw with Berekum Chelsea at the Len Clay Stadium on Sunday.

The Kpando-based side were playing their first match from the banned Kpando Park due to crowd violence.

Striker Sackey profited from a spilled ball from Berekum Chelsea goalkeeper John Moosie and he toe-poked into the net.

Before the goal, Lions had been in control and directing affairs especially from midfield.

Earlier, striker Kofi Owusu tried and was unsuccessfully with his headers.

The second half, Berekum Chelsea improved the play and tightened the midfield by re-assigning Bennett Ofori to abandon his wing play.

But on few occasions Lions had few scoring opportunities but lacked the cutting the edge to make them count.

Lions lost the ball in midfield after mis-communication between Prince Acquah and Osman Muntaka close to the centre circle.

Substitute Latif Salifu picked it up and raced with it and released Asiwome Fumador, who controlled inside the box before shooting into the net for the equalizer.

His effort was directed by foot of centre back Asiamah Badu.

After that, it was a see-sawing contest with both sides getting chances but no goal was scored.

Match Report: Sekondi Hasaacas 2-0 AshantiGold – Frederick Quayson brace stuns Miners in Sekondi  FIFA.com News

Hasaacas defeated AshantiGold 2-0

Hasaacas defeated AshantiGold 2-0

Former Asante Kotoko star Frederick Quayson steered Sekondi Hasaacas to a memorable 2-0 victory over league leaders AshantiGold in the Ghana Premier League on Sunday at the Essipong Sports Stadium. 

The experienced powerful attacker made the Miners pay for a series of defensive blunders as the Do-Boys further moved away from the relegation zone.

AshantiGold were fighting to recover from the midweek defeat against Asante Kotoko in the MTN FA Cup quarter-finals but Hasaacas’ passion to move away from the relegation edged them to secure all the maximum points.

Quayson netted both goals in the first-half with a brilliant finish in the 19th minute before finishing off the game two minutes from the end of half-time.

AshantiGold tried to stage a comeback in the second-half but Hasaacas’ determination to hold on to their kept AshantiGold at bay as they recorded their second straight defeat in all competitions.

The results will not affect AshantiGold’s leadership status on the table but Hasaacas have moved on 28 points swapping places with Hearts of Oak who were held at B/A United.

Ghana gives legendary captain Stephen Appiah befitting farewell with three Presidents in attendance  FIFA.com News

Thousands of Ghanaian football fans, among them President John Dramani Mahama, and two ex-presidents Jerry Rawlings and John Agyekum Kuffuor filled the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday to witness a memorial match in honour of former Black Stars skipper Stephen Appiah.

Stephen Appiah

Thousands of Ghanaian football fans, among them President John Dramani Mahama, and two ex-presidents Jerry Rawlings and John Agyekum Kuffuor filled the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday to witness a memorial match in honour of former Black Stars skipper Stephen Appiah.

Appiah joined other international stars to play in the one-off game to officially announce his retirement from active football after more than two decades of an illustrious professional career, reports Xinhua.

The match between a select national side and Appiah XI featured a galaxy of stars such as Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, ex-Dutch international George Boateng, Togolese forward Emmanuel Adebayor, former Italian star Guiseppe Coluci and a host of others.

Appiah, known as “Tornado”, captained Ghana to its first-ever World Cup appearance in Germany in 2006 and was the leader of the Black Stars squad that came close to hitting a semi-final berth at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

From the sandy pitches at Indadfa Park in Accra where his career was honed to the grassy green field in Turin, Italy, where his career blossomed, Appiah’s tells a great true story of a Ghanaian patriot who with nothing, from nothing, rose to become a global icon, thanks to the power of football.

The former Juventus star said he was honoured to represent Ghana both on and off the pitch.

Appiah, who was capped 67 times for the Black Stars of which he managed to score 14 goals, has been an inspiration to the entire Ghanaian youth and beyond.

Former Liverpool and Ajax forward Ryan Babel joins Asamoah Gyan at UAE side Al Ain  FIFA.com News

Former Liverpool and Dutch international forward, Ryan Babel, is set to join Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan at UAE side Al Ain after signing for the Arabian Gulf League champions.

Ryan Babbel has join Al Ain on a two-year contract

Former Liverpool and Dutch international forward, Ryan Babel, is set to join Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan at UAE side Al Ain after signing for the Arabian Gulf League champions.

Al Ain officials were not available for comment to confirm the move, but the player’s agent, Winnie Haatrecht, was quoted in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf as saying they have “signed a contract for two years”.

He added: “Ryan is now on vacation and in the beginning of July the medical test will take place.”

According to the agent, the player is on a lucrative deal.

“It is clear from the contract, it speaks how much they appreciate him,” he said.

If the move is confirmed by Al Ain, Babel, 28, will fill the void left by winger Miroslav Stoch after the Slovakian returned to Turkish club Fenerbahce following his season-long loan spell.

At Al Ain, Babel will play with Asamoah Gyan, the Ghana international and fellow former English Premier League player for Sunderland.

Gyan has played four seasons at Al Ain and scored 90 goals in 74 league matches.

Al Ain last season extended their record of winning the league title to 12 but fell short in the two cup competitions and failed to go beyond the round of 16 in the Asian Champions League, where they were beaten by AGL rivals Al Ahli.

Club management has remained mum on their transfer dealings, but aside from retaining Gyan, an overhaul of their four-man foreign contingent is in progress.

Babel began his professional career at Ajax, graduating from the club’s youth set-up to the senior team in 2004.

He moved to Liverpool on a five-year deal in 2007 and made 142 appearances in his three-and-a-half year spell at Anfield.

Babel left the Premier League club to join German side Hoffenheim for a reported fee of £8 million (Dh46.2m), signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.

He returned to Ajax on a one-year deal after buying out the remaining year of his contract with Hoffenheim. He did not extend his contract at the Dutch club, deciding for a move to Kasimpasa in Turkey.

Babel has 43 caps for the Netherlands, but his more recent appearance was a 3-0 defeat to Germany in 2011.

Dzamefe Commission: Ghana FA to challenge report on 2014 World Cup money  FIFA.com News

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) will challenge the findings of an inquiry which questioned how more than US$3.5 million meant for the team’s preparations for last year’s World Cup was used.

Ghana played at the 2014 World Cup

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) will challenge the findings of an inquiry which questioned how more than US$3.5 million meant for the team’s preparations for last year’s World Cup was used.

The GFA also said on Saturday it was offended by the inquiry’s description of an equipment manager who received a $100,000 appearance fee for the World Cup in Brazil as a “ball boy.”

A report released this month said the GFA must explain how it spent $1.5m from Fifa and another $2m from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, who is the sponsor of the national team.

Also, GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi, a senior African football executive, should account for $200,000 given to him by the government to organise a friendly match ahead of the World Cup, the inquiry’s report said.

In response, the GFA said that there were several “misleading and inaccurate conclusions” and it had instructed its lawyers to challenge the report’s findings in court.

The GFA did not say which specific parts of the report it disagreed with, but it appeared to be most upset with the description of Ismail Hamida, the national team’s kit manager, as a “ball boy.”

Hamida was one of several members of Ghana’s management team at the World Cup in Brazil to get $100,000 in “appearance fees”, according to the inquiry. Hamida, the players and coach Kwesi Appiah all received $100,000, as did the masseuse and video analyst.

“We wish to state that the commission’s description of the kit manager or equipment officer as a ‘ball boy’ is hideously inappropriate,” the GFA said.

The commission that drafted the report was seeking to “mock” the official, the GFA said.

Following the release of the report, Ghana president John Mahama ordered an audit to investigate how the GFA spent the $3.5m in World Cup preparation money.

Mahama’s instructions also said a $200,000 payment from the government to federation head Nyantakyi for a warm-up game ahead of the tournament should be further investigated “to clear any doubt of double funding and/or misappropriation of funds.”

Nyantakyi is a member of Fifa’s associations committee and sits on the Confederation of African Football’s top executive committee. He is also the president of the West African Football Union.

Fifa declined to comment on the inquiry, but it said Ghana’s football body had received its full amount of $8m in prize money from Fifa for the 2014 World Cup.

Ghana’s campaign at the tournament was chaotic, with players threatening to go on strike over unpaid bonuses. The government flew $3m in cash to Brazil to keep the players from walking off the job.

Quarter-finalists in 2010, Ghana were eliminated in the group stage in Brazil without winning a game.

Ryan Giggs tips Ghanaian to follow in the footsteps of Ronaldo, Beckham as Manchester United free-kick expert  FIFA.com News

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has tipped Memphis Depay, the striker of Ghanaian parentage to become the club's next free-kick talisman, following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham.

Ghanaian striker Memphis Depay has joined Manchester United

Ryan Giggs tips Manchester United new-boy Memphis Depay to follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham

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Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has tipped Memphis Depay, the striker of Ghanaian parentage to become the club’s next free-kick talisman, following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham.

United have a star-studded list of former free-kick takers going back through their history, and assistant boss Giggs believes Depay could have what it takes to match their achievements.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Giggs said: ‘One thing we probably have lacked since Cristiano – and Becks before him – is free-kicks. And it looks like Depay has a great track record from free-kicks as well.

Memphis Depay became Manchester United's first signing of the summer when he joined from PSV Eindhoven

Memphis Depay became Manchester United’s first signing of the summer when he joined from PSV Eindhoven

Depay has already received praise from Ryan Giggs, who believes he will be a success at Old Trafford

Depay has already received praise from Ryan Giggs, who believes he will be a success at Old Trafford

Giggs says Depay can follow in the footsteps of great United free-kick takers, such as David Beckham (above)

Giggs says Depay can follow in the footsteps of great United free-kick takers, such as David Beckham (above)

‘Over a season, if you can score more from free-kicks and corners it adds up and makes a real difference in winning games. So, no pressure… but hopefully he’ll score 10 free-kicks every year.’

Aside from free-kick ability, there are sure to be comparisons drawn between the player Giggs was at United, and the player Depay can become. The former United man – who made 963 appearances for the club – played in the same position as the young Dutch star for most of his career.

According to Giggs – who knows a thing or two about the Manchester United crowd – Depay will go down well at Old Trafford.

‘[Depay] is the kind Old Trafford will warm to,’ Giggs continues. ‘He’s an exciting player, but there’s also substance behind it. He was top scorer in the Dutch league and got plenty of assists as well.

Depay is likely to become Manchester United's free-kick taker, and Giggs hopes he will score 10 a season

Depay is likely to become Manchester United’s free-kick taker, and Giggs hopes he will score 10 a season

There are likely to be comparisons drawn between United legend Giggs (left) and new boy Depay

There are likely to be comparisons drawn between United legend Giggs (left) and new boy Depay

United assistant boss Giggs says the club have lacked a proper free-kick since Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured)

United assistant boss Giggs says the club have lacked a proper free-kick since Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured)

Depay can scores free-kicks like Ronaldo and Beckham

 


‘He’s a “United” type. Our fans demand exciting players, players who can get them off their seats and score spectacular goals.’

While playing for PSV Eindhoven last season, Depay netted 25 times in all competitions, playing a major role in helping the club to the Eredivisie title.

He’s certainly exciting, and at 21 years old has the potential to create a special career at Old Trafford, much like the man heaping praise on him ahead of the new season.

Giggs played on the wing for much of his United career and Depay will hope to follow in his talented footsteps

Giggs played on the wing for much of his United career and Depay will hope to follow in his talented footsteps

Depay and Louis van Gaal (left, in 2014) originally know each other from international duty with Holland

Depay and Louis van Gaal (left, in 2014) originally know each other from international duty with Holland

What a waste of money! Tottenham went on £110m spending spree following Bale sale… but FOUR of their expensive imports are already heading for the exit door  FIFA.com News

When Tottenham used the money from Gareth Bale’s £86million move to Real Madrid to fund a £110m spending spree in the summer of 2013, Garth Crooks declared that his old club had ‘sold Elvis and bought the Beatles’.

(From L-R) Tottenham’s new signings Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela during the photocall.

Tottenham went on £110m spending spree following sale of Gareth Bale… now four of the purchases are heading for exit door

Guiseppe Colucci: Stephen is one of the most dedicated players I have played with  FIFA.com News

Stephen Appiah with Guiseppe Colucci

Stephen Appiah with Guiseppe Colucci

Former Cesena skipper Guiseppe Colucci has heaped praise on retired Ghana skipper Stephen Appiah by saying he is one of the most dedicated players he has worked with.

The 34 year old played with Guiseppe in the 2010/2011 season in the serie A, a moment which hold special prominence to Appiah.

Colucci who has had stints with clubs including Roma and Bordeaux says Appiah stands amongst the most dedicated players he has had an opportunity to work with.

“Appiah is a great personality and a dedicated footballer,” The former Italy U20 star said

“I have played against and with really good players but definitely one of the most dedicated I have played with is Stephen.’”

The Italian will leave Accra on Sunday back to his base in Italy after playing in the farewell game.

Liberty Professionals wunderkind Blessing hungry for more success after radiant display in victory over Kotoko  FIFA.com News

Latif Blessing, challenging a Kotoko player from right, is keen to shine again

Latif Blessing, challenging a Kotoko player from right, is keen to shine again

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Liberty Professionals whizkid Latif Atta Blessing has expressed hunger for further success after masterminding Kotoko’s defeat in the Ghana Premier League last weekend. 

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder orchestrated Kotoko’s downfall at the Alhaji Sly Tetteh Memorial as the Scientific Soccer Lads fought from a goal down to claim a 3-1 victory.

Liberty are seeking to perpetuate their resurgent form in the Premier League with a positive results over regional rivals Great Olympics.

“It was a great win and I was happy for the opportunity to play and be influential in the win. I’m hoping to get more playing time to build on my performance against Kotoko. I’ve a lot to show Ghanaians and the rest of the world,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

Blessing, who made his debut as a 16-year-old for Liberty Professionals in the current Ghanaian league season, reveals he was once rejected by Kotoko when he trialed out with them as a 14-year-old boy in the 2011/12 season.

“I trained with Kotoko in the 2011/12 season but they told me I’m talented I was too small and I can’t take me so I returned to my village,” he revealed.

The youngster joined Liberty Professionals from Ghanaian lower-tier side Blessing FC.

Ex-Cesena skipper Giuseppe Colucci to depart Ghana today after participating in Stephen Appiah farewell game  FIFA.com News

Former Cesena skipper Guiseppe Colucci

Former Cesena skipper Guiseppe Colucci

Former Cesena midfielder Giuseppe Colucci is set to depart Ghana today after playing in Stephen Appiah’s farewell game.

The 34 year old was a team made of Appiah during his time with Cesena and made the Ghana international a deputy skipper of the side.

Colucci who was one of the stars to arrive for the game played his part as thousands turned out to bid farewell to one of Ghana’s illustrious sons.

The former Italy U2o star will now return to Italy today after partaking in the two day ceremony which begun with a dinner and culminated with sell out football match.

 

John Mensah credits retired Stephen Appiah for the current Black Stars appeal  FIFA.com News

Former Ghana skipper John Mensah

Former Ghana skipper John Mensah

By Rahman Osman

Follow on twitter @iamrahmanosman

Former Lyon and Sunderland defender John Mensah says Stephen Appiah is the reason why the Black Stars is now attractive.

Mensah, reminded many of his undoubted talent when he played in Appiah’s farewell in Accra on Saturday.

A member of Ghana’s world cup squad in 2006 and in 2010, Mensah has acknowledged the influence of Appiah in the run up to Ghana’s historic world cup campaign in 2006 and says that was the moment that turned the light of the footballing world to Ghana.

“Appiah deserves this and more. He has done a lot for this country and this is the least we can do for him.

“Now the Black Stars is very attractive but we all know that he was an influential figure in qualifying us for the world cup and since then you know how things have become.

“We can only wish him well in his next chapter of his life.”

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