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VIDEO: Captain Muntari scores consolation goal for Milan as Man City raid Italians in pre-season friendly  FIFA.com News

Muntari scored for AC Milan

Muntari scored for AC Milan

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Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari got his name on the score-sheet on the day he was handed the captaincy in a pre-season match against Manchester City though the English title-holders humiliated them 5-1 in a friendly.

  The 29-year-old pulled a goal back for the Rossoneris three minutes before the break at the Heinz Field but the Etihad giants went ahead to score again as they showed the Italians an idea of their own standards.

Playing his first game since the start of the pre-season, Milan manager Fillipo Inzaghi handed the armband to the Ghana international who was sacked from the Ghana camp during the World Cup and he overly impressed though his team was unconvincing.

City were too slick and clinical for a poor Milan side who were left chasing shadows as they fell 4-0 behind with just 26 minutes played and the Italians have now lost their opening two ICC matches.

But before heading for the break, Muntari claimed a close range finish to hand Milan faint hopes but City went ahead to score another goal.

Muntari kept his head up to tap home a goal-mouth scramble in the 42nd minute.

Michael Essien was introduced mid-way through the second-half to replace Andrea Poli but he could not help alter the fate of the game for his side.

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Frank Acheampong thrilled with season opening goal for Anderlecht  FIFA.com News

Frank Acheampong thrilled with Anderlecht strike

Frank Acheampong thrilled with Anderlecht strike

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Ghana youth winger Frank Acheampong is happy after getting his season to a right start by scoring the opening goal for Anderlecht in their 3-1 thumping of new-boys Mouscron Peruwelz on Sunday afternoon. 

The influential 20-year-old playmaker fired Anderlecht ahead on the 16th minute mark to register his opening goal of the campaign.

And, the former King Faisal man insists his goal means a lot to him but taking the maximum points remains the ultimate.

“Feel great [for] the 3 points. Really grateful to God,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

Acheampong impressed on his debut season with the giants by netting thrice in nine starts and got his bid to impose himself in the current season to a right start with his goal.

AC Milan manager Inzaghi hands captain’s armband to Sulley Muntari for Rossoneris City test  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari leading the Milan team

Sulley Muntari leading the Milan team

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AC Milan boss Fillipo Inzaghi has given a strong indication of his preference for Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari by handing him the captain’s armband in their pre-season tournament against English giants Manchester City. 

The 29-year-old scrolled onto the pitch at the Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, leading the Milan side as they go seeking for their first pre-season win since arriving in the USA.

After sitting out of the four previous games played, Muntari was named in the Milan squad for the first and Inzaghi, who took charge after the departure of Clarence Seedorf, named him as his captain for the game.

In a strong squad that excluded Mario Balotelli and Michael Essien, Muntari is expected to marshal the Rossoneri midfield.

Ghana winger Acheampong inspires Anderlecht victory in opening weekend of Belgian Pro League  FIFA.com News

Frank Acheampong scored for Anderlecht

Frank Acheampong scored for Anderlecht

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Ghana star winger Frank Acheampong inspired Anderlecht to a 3-1 victory over newly-promoted Mouscron-Péruwelz on Sunday afternoon at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock in the Belgian top-flight league. 

The 20-year-old raced Les Mauves et Blancs into the lead with a patent 16th minute goal but the visitors pecked the scoring through Anice Badri just after the hour mark.

However goals from Aleksandar Mitrovi (72nd) and Matías Ezequiel Suárez (80th) handed a decent victory to Besnik Hasi’s side on the opening day of the season.

Acheampong, a member of the Ghana U20 squad in 2013 and capped once by Ghana, scored thrice last season in 24 appearances but seems to have opened the season on a brilliant note after seeing full-time action and scoring on the opening day of the season.

Black Satellites step up preparations for African U20 qualifier with 3-1 triumph over Might Jets  FIFA.com News

Sellas Tetteh's charges beat Mighty Jets 3-1

Sellas Tetteh’s charges beat Mighty Jets 3-1

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Two brilliant well-rehearsed first-half strikes lifted Sellas Tetteh’s Black Satellites side to a decent 3-1 victory over Ghanaian second-tier side Mighty Jets in an action-packed friendly game at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday. 

Attacker Sam Tetteh registered the first goal of the afternoon for the Satellites with a 13th minute fine finish before King Faisal striker Sulley Mohammed cushioned the lead in the 22nd minute.

Nicholas Mensah halved the deficit for the Division One campaigners with an outstanding dispatch two minutes before the break.

Christopher Bonney, who was among the second batch of players, scored the third goal with a sensational long range effort.

This was a game that received minimum publicity but got attendance under an unexpected fashion with most Ghana Premier League clubs sending scouts to watch the side.

Hearts of Oak’s assistant trainer was spotted in the stands assessing the qualities of Bechem United playmaker Emmanuel Asante who is their target. Inter Allies scouts were also on attendance as well as Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Sellas Tetteh was made to field a side that excluded the nimble-footed Patrick Asmer who was away with B/A United in the Division One Play-offs.

In his place, Sellas Tetteh introduced New Edubiase United midfielder Asiedu Attobrah who was involved in the opening goal but was taken off four minutes before the break after proving jittery and picking a ‘silly’ booking in the 36th minute.

18-year-old Leicester City U20 regular Aaron Opoku-Fordjour who is on trials with the side was left on the bench. The gifted forward had bagged 18 goals in  20 outings for his Leicester.

In a conducive atmosphere at Osu, it was the Satellites who claimed the lead just 13 minutes into the game. Asiedu won the ball back and played a quick 1-2 with Sulley Mohammed who centred for Sam Tetteh to finish.

The Satellites continued to boss the midfield and opened gagged space and created chances. Jets forced the Satellites to employ experience and Sulley Mohammed got the second goal.

A cross into the box was deflected back into the path of Sulley Mohammed who thumped the ball non-drop into the roof.

No major attacking incidents were recorded until 3 minutes before the break.

Joe Adjei handballed in the box and penalty was awarded to Jets. Nicholas Mensah gathered confidence and volleyed past Michael Sai in the Satellites goal.

Sellas Tetteh made wholesome changes during the bring but still left Leicester starlet Opoku on the bench and the second got a goal with Kotoko’s Christopher Bonney scoring from a belter.

But nine minutes to the end, the English-based was given a bite of the cherry as he was introduced for the injured and he was put through for a finish but he effort quirked wide off target.

Ghana U20 First Line-up: M. Sai; O Bempah, E Asante, Joe Adjei, L Abubakr, K. Yeboah, Francis Kumi, A Attobrah, F Agyei, Sam Tetteh, S Mohammed

Ghana U20 Second Line-up: M. Odom, C Bonney, E Asante, J Adjei, K Boateng, P Boateng, P Asare, I Quansah, B Tetteh, D Tetteh, N Martey.

Zonal Division One Play-off Match Report: RTU 3-2 West African United  FIFA.com News

RTU won their opening play-off match against W.A United

RTU won their opening play-off match against W.A United

Real Tamale United took a giant step towards returning to the Ghana Premier League with a hard fought 3-2 win over West African United in the Middle League Playoff game played at the Sekondi Essipong Stadium on Sunday.

The Northerners raced into an impressive 3-0 lead in the first half through Wisdom Kelly, Kwabena Emmanuel and Awal Masawudu.

The win looked inevitable at halftime with West African United struggling to contain their hosts.

They however returned the more determined side in the second half – taking full advantage of a complacent RTU to score two goals and mount a late scare for the Tamale supporters.

RTU however held on despite a late surge from the visitors to take all three points in their opening playoff match.

Zonal Division One Play-Off Match Report: B/A United 2-0 Berekum Arsenal  FIFA.com News

B A United beat Berekum Arsenal 2-0

B A United beat Berekum Arsenal 2-0

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A double second-half strike from Samuel Norgbey and Charles Oppong handed Brong Ahafo United an all-important 2-0 victory over regional rivals Berekum Arsenal in the Zone 1B Play-Offs on Sunday afternoon at the Robert Mensah Stadium. 

A Norgbey 77th minute penalty gave B/A United the lead before Oppong cushioned the lead for the Sunyani-based side in the 83rd and send them top of the section.

The Robert Mensah Stadium offered a perfect platform for United and Arsenal to resume their regional rivalry away from home but the maximum points available for grasp soared their impetus.

United, who have the former Ghana international defender – Frimpong Manso, issuing instructions from the dug-out showed a lot of discipline and brilliance with Ghana U20 attacking midfielder Patrick Asmer and Gideon Awuni dazzling in the middle.

But their over-aggression in midfield fetched them the first booking of the match. Anokye Badu went into a flying tackle on Arsenal’s Osei and Daniel Laryea – the center referee rushed over to prevent a possible confrontation before flashing a card to the young defensive midfielder.

 

Arsenal occasionally came into the game with  Emmanuel Osei coming close on three occasions within the opening quarter of an hour. First first attempt came from a sole move which saw him traverse the United back-line but his innocuous hit was coolly collected by Osei Collins.

United nearly claimed the lead five minutes before the break. The slippery Patrick Asmer created space for himself in the middle before blitzing a darting drive which was blocked off the line.

After break, both sides tried to impose themselves on the game but none of them could take the lead until the 77th minute when United won a penalty. Fred Paintsil skirted in the Arsenal area, successfully beat his markers but was fouled inside the box.

Referee Laryea pointed to the spot. In a bid to ease the mounting tension his side, Frimpong Manso infected a change and when things settled, Norgbey Samuel stepped up and fired home for the opener.

Johnson Kyere fed a ball to Charles Oppong and he stormed off to slam the ball past the Arsenal keeper for the second goal.

Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew offered to AC Milan – report  FIFA.com News

Ghana utility play-maker Andre Ayew may end up signing for AC Milan after being offered to the Italian Serie A giants on Sunday.

Andre Ayew has been linked with many clubs

Ghana utility play-maker Andre Ayew may end up signing for AC Milan after being offered to the Italian Serie A giants on Sunday.

According to the Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport was offered to the club on Sunday as he is seeking a move away from French side Marseille.

The lack of title ambition by Marseille is said to have sparked the talented player’s desire to leave the club who are keen on keeping him.

Seeking reinforcements on the wings, the Rossoneri could be tempted by player profile of the 24-year-old, whose contract with Marseille expires in 2015.

AC Milan must fend off competition with Serie A campaigners Napoli who are said to have offered 10 million euros for the winger.

If the Rossoneri fail in their bid to sign him, they have lined up Torino’s Alessio Cerci as a Plan B.

The 24-year-old is under contract at Olympique Marseille until June 2015 but has been highly tipped to leave the Stade Velodrome.

Ayew scored two goals at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil despite Ghana’s early elimination.

He had a quiet campaign last term due to injury and managed 25 Ligue 1 appearances with six goals in return.

Yusif Chibsah handed No.10 jersey by Turkish side Alanyaspor,  FIFA.com News

Yusif Chibsah

Yusif Chibsah

Ghana midfielder Yusif Chibsah has been handed the iconic number 10 jersey by his new club Alanyaspor, the Turkish second-tier side.

The former Asante Kotoko is noted for his favourite no. 17 which has been favourite his turning a professional.

After his unveiling, the talented midfielder posted on his Instagram page: “Second time in my life to have NO.10 but first time as PRO. Looking forward for the 17 thou #Alanyaspor.”

Chibsah has signed a one-year contract with newly promoted side from Swedish top-flight side Djurgarden IF.

The 30-year-old has begun training with the side and promised to help them realize their dream of gaining promotion to Super League.

Albert Adomah says he’s garnered ‘immense’ experience from playing at the World Cup  FIFA.com News

Albert Adomah

Albert Adomah

Winger Albert Adomah has admitted that playing for Ghana in the World Cup in Brazil was an ‘immense’ experience.

The Ghana international admitted playing for his country in Brazil was something to savour.

“As a person that is the first time I have been involved in something massive,” he told Boro’s website.

“Even some of greats haven’t played at a World Cup.

“Gareth Bale is worth £80m and he hasn’t played there.

“For me to experience that was immense.

“It was held in Brazil, so what do you expect but happy, dancing, cheerful people?

“It’s the home of Samba.”

Al Ain put Asamoah Gyan on special training program to boost his fitness  FIFA.com News

Asamoah Gyan interacting with the coaching staff of Al Ain

Asamoah Gyan interacting with the coaching staff of Al Ain

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has been put on a special training program at Al Ain to help him return quickly to full fitness.

The 28-year-old only began pre-season training with the side on Monday evening having finished his extensive holiday stay in his native country.

Gyan was considered not match fit enough to take part in the Internati0ona Friendly Championship which Al Ain eventually won.

According to the official website of the former Sunerland striker, the coaching staff of Al Ain have put Gyan on a special training program to help him gain fitness parity with his teammates who have been in pre-season training for over a month.

Gyan will join the side for their pre-season tour of Austria at the end of this month.

Al Ain coach Zlatko Dalic wants his influential striker at his best during this period as they near towards the start of the season.

Al Ain are desperate to avoid the poor start they endured last season which ultimately saw them cede the league title to rivals Al Ahli.

They therefore want to ensure all their players, especially Asamoah Gyan is in tip top form ahead of the start of next season they consider as a campaign of redemption.

Transfer Tavern: Fiorentina send Ghana youth star Acosty on loan to Modena  FIFA.com News

Ghana's Acosty has returned to Serie B to sign for Modena

Ghana’s Acosty has returned to Serie B to sign for Modena

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Italian Serie A side Fiorentina have sent Ghana youth forward Maxwell Boadu Acosty to Serie B side Modena on a season-long loan spell, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm. 

The 22-year-old rejoined La Viola after ending his loan spell at Serie B side Carpi but manager Vincenzo Montella has shown he has no plans for the attacker by sending him away from the Stadio Artemio Franchi to Stadio Alberto Braglia where he will spend the upcoming season.

Acosty did not enjoy a very flourishing loan spells last season as he abandoned his stint at Chievo Verona in January to join Carpi where he started just 3 games and played 12 times in general.

A Fiorentina statement confirms the move: “ACF Fiorentina announce that it has sold on a temporary basis the right of the player Maxwell Boadu Acosty (Class ’91) to Modena FC,” a statement on Fiorentina’s official website read.

Acosty, a former of member of Ghana’s U23 side, has experience from playing in the Serie B after playing for Juve Stabia and Carpi in previous seasons.

Belgian giants Standard Liege interested in Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda  FIFA.com News

Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda is set to leave South African side Orlando Pirates for Belgian giants Standard Liege following his exploits at the World Cup.

Fatau Dauda has been warming the bench in South Africa

Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda is set to leave South African side Orlando Pirates for Belgian giants Standard Liege following his exploits at the World Cup.

The former Ashanti Gold shot-stopper is desperate to leave the Absa Premiership giants after enduring a torrid time at the Buccaneers.

Dauda is eyeing a move away from the Parktown-based outfit, after attracting interest from Belgian giants Standard Liege following some impressive showing at the World Cup.
He has revealed that following his performances at the World Cup, Daniel Opare, a World Cup team-mate and ex-defender of Standard Liege, was contacted by the Belgian club to reach Dauda.
“Just after the game against Germany, Daniel Opare (Ghana defender) told me his coach at Liege wants to speak to me,” Dauda is reported to have told the Ghanaian media.
“I spoke to him but I believe everything for now will depend on my agent,” he concluded.

The shot-stopper endured a forgettable 2013/14 PSL season in South Africa and the former Ashanti Gold player could only make three appearances for the Buccaneers.

The Accra-born keeper made two appearances at the 2014 Fifa Brazil World Cup tournament against European powerhouses Germany and Portugal.
In the past, the 29-year-old goalie, whose Bucs contract expires in 2016, has been linked with a possible move to North African and Middle Eastern teams.

Ghana prospect Kingsley Boateng perpetuates scoring run at NAC Breda pre-season  FIFA.com News

Boateng celebrating a strike for NAC Breda, scored his fourth goal of the pre-season

Boateng celebrating a strike for NAC Breda, scored his fourth goal of the pre-season

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Ghanaian-Italian forward Kingsley Boateng grabbed his fourth goal of the NAC Breda pre-season campaign by netting the second for them in their 2-0 triumph over FC Volendam on Saturday evening. 

The 20-year-old slammed home a powerful low-drive in first-half stoppage-time to cushion the lead for the Yellow Army at the Sportpark Berg.

Breda, who were playing their eighth pre-season game were eyeing victory and Moroccan Adnane Tighadouini set the right tone when he connected home from the area in the 18th minute to open the scoring.

Kingsley Boateng crabs second goal of NAC Breda pre-season

Kingsley Boateng crabs second goal of NAC Breda pre-season

Volendam, an Eerste Divisie side, fought strongly to restore parity but Boateng melted the resistance of their defence when he quirked to control a Tighadouini pass before coolly sending a neat effort to the left, beating the Volendam keeper.

The new signing from AC Milan netted a brace on his debut game in a 16-0 romping of DSE before scoring in their 4-0 win over Bruse Boys.

Ghana’s U20 women brush aside Burlington Bayhawks in pre-World Cup friendly  FIFA.com News

Burlington Bayhawks U21 Grace Grafham,right, edges Ghana's Fatima Alhassan off the ball, to gain control of the play.

Burlington Bayhawks U21 Grace Grafham,right, edges Ghana’s Fatima Alhassan off the ball, to gain control of the play.

Ghana’s U20 women’s team continued their impressive preparation with a 3-1 win over Burlington Bayhawks U21 in a friendly in Canada on Saturday.

Hundreds of local fans of the beautiful game turned out to take in the friendly with  the visiting Ghana U20 women’s soccer team.

The Black Princesses are preparing  for the upcoming U20 FIFA World Cup and the Bayhawks are coming off their recent Ontario Cup win.

Despite a last minute change in venue from the scheduled City View Park in west Burlington, a good crowd of several hundred made their way to Norton Community Park in Alton Village to take in the match.

The Ghana U20 women’s team went on to defeat the Bayhawks 3-1.

Ghana kicks off their FIFA U20 group A play in Toronto, taking on Canada at the National Soccer Stadium on Tuesday August 5th at 8p.m.

Everton line up £20m Lukaku bid to secure Ghana’s Atsu on loan from Chelsea  FIFA.com News

Everton are looking to complete the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea to ensure the arrival of his Ghanaian team-mate Christian Atsu on loan.

Christian Atsu is wanted by English side Everton

Everton are looking to complete the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea to ensure the arrival of his Ghanaian team-mate Christian Atsu on loan.

Chelsea loaned Lukaku out to Everton last season, guiding the club to Europa League qualification with 15 league goals in 31 appearances.

And Roberto Martinez is reportedly lining up an £20m bid for the Belgium international’s services this summer.

The Toffees are keen to sign the 21-year-old striker on a permanent deal to loan Ghana winger Atsu, because they are unable to loan two players from the same Premier League club.

Atsu, 22, enjoyed a fine season-long spell at Eredivisie side Vitesse last term, scoring five goals and assisting six.

Bundesliga side Wolfsburg and Serie A champions Juventus are also heavily linked with a move for Lukaku, but the Belgian is reported to be favouring a Goodison Park return.

Andre Villas-Boas signed the target man from Anderlecht in the summer of 2011 but is yet to score a goal for Chelsea in his 15 outings.

Edwin Gyimah a key signing for South African side Black Aces – Coach Barker  FIFA.com News

Edwin Gyimah a key signing for Black Aces – Coach Barker

Edwin Gyimah a key signing for Black Aces – Coach Barker

Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Clive Barker says the addition of Ghanaian midfielder Edwin Gyimah to his squad is one of a few key signings in preparation for the next season in the South African top-flight.

Gyimah joined AmZayoni on loan from SuperSport United.

He is understood to have fallen out of the grace of Matsatsantsa coach Cavin Johnson.

“He will definitely have an impact next season,” said Barker. “We are trying to make sure that we not only build a strong squad for the PSL but a winning team. I think we had a great season last season, and the only way to better that is by improving our game and obviously winning our games.”

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

He has been linked with a possible move to Europe, with Turkey being the likely destination, but the deal is understood to have crashed and Gyimah will be spending yet another season with a PSL side.

“I am happy with how the team looks now,” added Barker, ” and we hope for a much better season.”

Aces take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the opening weekend of league fixtures.

Ghana forward Kevin-Prince Boateng in funny picture depicting comedian Steve Urkel  FIFA.com News

Kevin-Prince Boateng poses as Steve Urkel

Kevin-Prince Boateng poses as Steve Urkel

Ghana forward Kevin-Prince Boateng has released a hilarious picture in a Schalke kit with a pose depicting that of comedian actor Steve Urkel.

The 27-year-old is a known fan of Urkel who played a lead role in the hit comedy television show Family Matters.

Urkel is known for his hilarious nerdy looks on the television show – wearing huge eyeglasses, flood pants held by suspenders and multicoloured cardigan sweaters.

Boateng posted his hilarious picture alongside that of Urkel on his Instagram page with his Schalke jersey tucked into his shorts all the way to his belly – a type is dressing known in Ghanaian parlance as ‘pinpinees’.

The former AC Milan star has began pre-season training with the German club following his disgraceful end to his World Cup campaign with Ghana.

He was thrown out of Ghana’s World Cup camp for allegedly disrespecting coach Kwesi Appiah and officials of the Ghana FA.

Asamoah Gyan wants to play in fourth straight World Cup for Ghana, Al Ain coach reveals  FIFA.com News

Asamoah Gyan has played in three World Cups for Ghana

Asamoah Gyan has played in three World Cups for Ghana

Al Ain coach Zlatko Dalic has revealed Asamoah Gyan’s ambition to lead Ghana to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The 28-year-old hopes to remain relevant to the course of the Black Stars by the time the next edition of the mundial takes place in four years time when he will be 32.

Gyan has sat out only one of the 12 World Cup games of the Black Stars since their debut participation in 2006.

Sceptics believe the ex Sunderland man would have run out of steam to help his country effectively as he has done in previous campaigns at the next World Cup.

But Al Ain coach says his influential striker is determined to play in his fourth straight World Cup for the Black Stars at Russia 2018.

“Gyan wish to appear in the World Cup in Russia for the fourth time,” he disclosed.

The Black Stars captain was presented with awards by the club in recognition of his milestone achievements at the 2014 World Cup on his return for pre-season training.

Gyan finished the tournament as the all-time top scorer for Ghana and also now holds the record as the highest scoring African in the history of the World Cup finals.

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