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Kingsley Boateng propels Bari to victory over Modena in Serie B  FIFA.com News

Kingsley Boateng scored the only goal of the game for Bari

Kingsley Boateng scored the only goal of the game for Bari

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghanaian forward Kingsley Boateng scored the only goal of the game for Bari as they pipped Modena 1-0 in the Italian Serie B on Saturday evening. 

The 20-year-old AC Milan loanee grabbed the solitary goal of the game for Bari in the 24th minute and lasted till the 70th when Giuseppe De Luca replaced him.

The goal marks his first in the Serie B for Bari since joining them from NAC Breda where he was on loan from AC Milan.

Saturday’s goal is expected to go a long way to motivate Boateng on his development as he had struggle to find the back of the net since his days in Holland.

 

William Owusu: Ghanaian forward hits brace for FC Antwerp in Belgium  FIFA.com News

William Owusu scored a double for FC Antwerp

William Owusu scored a double for FC Antwerp

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Follow Akyereko on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghanaian forward William Owusu Acheampong scored twice for FC Antwerp who managed a 4-2 win over RWS Bruxelles in the Belgian second-tier league on Saturday. 

The 25-year-old struck in the 37th minute to level the scoring for Antwerp after the hist had taken the lead before he secured the maximum points for Antwerp with a 93rd minute strike.

Owusu’s double has now taken his season tally to ten goals from 27 games.

The former Gil Vicente and Westerlo forward is now climbing up the ladder in the top-scorers chart with his latest goals.

Divine Naah: Ghanaian whizkid makes Dutch Eredivisie debut with NAC Breda  FIFA.com News

Divine Naah debuted for NAC Breda

Divine Naah debuted for NAC Breda

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Follow Akyereko on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Gifted Ghanaian midfielder Divine Naah marked his debut in the Dutch Eredivisie with NAC Breda in their 1-1 stalemate with FC Twente on Saturday. 

The 18-year-old Manchester City loanee climbed off the bench in the 63rd minute to replace Belgian defender Gill Todor Swerts at the De Grolsch Veste before 27,100 fans in Enschede.

Naah, a product of Ghana’s Right to Dream Academy, joined Breda in the winter transfer after leaving Stromsgodset where he spent last season with the Norwegian giants.

It was the first time Naah was enjoying action for Breda since his arrival, he had sat on the bench in Breda’s previous game in the league.

There is much talk about the qualities of the youngster which led to Manchester City offering him a deal at a tender age but has yet to showcase it.

Manchester City are closely keeping tabs on Naah’s development at Breda where he joins Ghanaian compatriot Jeffrey Sarpong.

BA United in turmoil; CEO announces dissolution of technical and management teams  FIFA.com News

BA United's young CEO Roy Arthur

BA United’s young CEO Roy Arthur

Ghana Premier League basement club BA United have announced the dissolution of the technical and management teams.

The club’s official Twitter account announced on Saturday night:

 

The casualties include assistant Anthony Awuah, goalkeepers’ trainer Osmanu Iddrisu, team manager Prince Atta Twumasi and physical trainer Sampson Tetteh.

Masseur Isaac Tannor, equipment officer Evans Yeboah and Isaac Wereko (Welfare Manager) have been sacked.

Also, management members and all committees have been disbanded.

It is suspected that this directive forms part of the drastic measures to stop the rot at the club since returning to the

BA United have been poor in the Ghana Premier League having recorded just two wins, six defeats and one draw.

Confederation Cup: Hearts set date with Senegalese side Olympique de Ngor  FIFA.com News

Hearts of Oak

Hearts of Oak

Senegalese side Olympique de Ngor are opponents for Hearts of Oak in the first round stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.

They progressed from the preliminary round after beating Cameroonian side Unisport Bafang 3-1 at home on Saturday to seal a 3-2 aggregate win.

Olympique de Ngor will host Hearts at the Stade Ngor on 14 March and the return leg in Accra on 05 April.

Hearts qualified 1-0 on aggregate on Saturday after drawing 0-0 with AS Police in Cotonou, Benin in the return leg clash.

Ghanaian striker Junior Dadson hits hat-trick as Harlow thump Barkingside  FIFA.com News

TREBLE: Junior Dadson (centre) scored three for the Hawks

TREBLE: Junior Dadson (centre) scored three for the Hawks

Ghanaian striker Junior Dadson netted a first-half hat-trick as Harlow Town thumped Barkingside 5-2 to stay top of the Ryman North League in the lower tiers of England on Saturday afternoon.

Barkingside’s Calvin Poku opened the free scoring first half, but Dadson was on hand to level the game just a minute later.

David Cowley scored direct from a corner before Junior Appiah got in on the act during the seven goal first half bonanza.

The Side captain Joe Bricknell put the visitors on the comeback trail with a goal.

But Dadson showed his class with two more goals in the 27th and 31st minute to wow the 250 in attendance inside The Harlow Arena.

The victory means Harlow stay top of the division one, point above Needham Market.

Breaking News: BA United head coach Frimpong Manso “leaves on mutual consent”  FIFA.com News

Frimpong Manso

Frimpong Manso

BA United head coach Frimpong Manso has parted ways with the club on mutual consent, the club have announced.

Manso, who guided the Sunyani-based club back to the Ghana top-flight last year, has struggled to keep the club afloat.

He managed two wins; one draw and six defeats in the nine week old First Capital Plus Premier League.

A statement on the club’s official Twitter account read: “We wish announce that head coach Frimpong Manso has quit the club on mutual consent.

“On behalf of the CEO, we wish F. Manso well because we owe him a lot for guiding us back to the GHPL after 10 years in the “wilderness”.”

BA United are at the foot of the table with seven points.

 

Middlesbrough coach Karanka questions Ghana coach over Adomah exclusion from AFCON squad  FIFA.com News

Middlesbrough coach Karanka questions Ghana coach over Adomah exclusion from AFCON squad

Adomah was not part of Ghana’s squad for the AFCON

Middlesbrough coach Aitor Karanka has questioned the decision by Ghana coach Avram Grant to exclude winger Albert Adomah from the Black Stars squad that finished second at the recent Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

The wide man was not part of the Black Stars 23-man squad that played in the tournament in Equatorial Guinea even though he was part his country’s team at the World Cup in Brazil about six months before this year’s competition.

Adomah was disappointed to be dropped from Avram Grant’s squad just before last month’s tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Ghana were beaten in the final by Ivory Coast, but Karanka believes the wide man’s exclusion has spurred him on but believes he should have been part of the Black Stars in Equatorial Guinea.

“I think he deserved to go, because he’s a very good player but I don’t know what is happening with his national team,” Karanka said.

“I think it was good for him because it meant he was very committed here. He is a very important player for us, not just on the pitch but in the changing room as well.

“He’s a good character. He’s always joking but working hard. He’s a winner and his personality is good. For me, it was good he didn’t go, but he did deserve to.”

Adomah scored his first goal since October in Tuesday night’s win over Bolton Wanderers at the Riverside Stadium, but it is the winger’s defensive duties that have earned praise from his Spanish head coach.

Karanka revealed the 27-year-old has been working to improve that side of his game recently and he filled in at right-back during the defeat to Leeds United.

In attacking terms, Adomah hasn’t quite hit the heights of last season when he scored 12 goals, but Karanka’s philosophy of building from the back has meant a change in the attacker’s role.

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VIDEO: Watch the two goals scored by Asamoah Gyan in Al Ain win over Fujairah  FIFA.com News

Video: Watch the two goals scored by Asamoah Gyan in Al Ain win over Fujairah

Asamoah scored two goals in the UAE on Saturday

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan returning to his scoring ways as he scored twice on Saturday for his UAE side Al Ain to defeat Fujairah 3-0 in their top-flight league match.

Watch video of the two goals by the Ghana captain below:

Prince Buaben’s Heart of Midlothian record historic 10-0 league win over Cowdenbeath  FIFA.com News

Prince Buaben's Heart won 10-0

Prince Buaben’s Heart won 10-0

Ghanaian international midfielder Prince Buaben was absent for Heart of Midlothian but watched from the stands as they mauled Cowdenbeath 10-0 in the Scottish Championship on Saturday. 

It was a perfect ten for Robbie Neilson’s Hearts team today, but despite the relentless battering the Jambos handed out to Cowdenbeath, the head coach insisted he was already focused on the next game.

In an astonishing 90 minutes, the Championship league leaders dished out a footballing lesson, with five goals in each half, including a three-minute-and-thirty-four-second hat-trick from Genero Zeefuik, and two wonder goals from Sam Nicholson and Alim Ozturk.

Morgaro Gomis notched his first Hearts goal with a Panenka penalty, Jamie Walker continued his good run of form with his ninth of the season and Osman Sow came off the bench to notch his first goals since October to complete a famous 10-0 triumph.

Buaben missed the game with injury but will be exceedingly happy with the outcome of the game.

Kwame Karikari scores in Halmstad BK triumph over Syrianska in Swedish Cup  FIFA.com News

Kwame Karikari celebrates his goal for Halmstad BK

Kwame Karikari celebrates his goal for Halmstad BK

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Follow Akyereko on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ex-Ghana youth forward Kwame Amponsah Karikari scored his debut competitive goal for Halmstad BK who posted a 3-0 win over Syrianska in the Swedish Cup on Saturday. 

The former AIK Solna striker struck his debut goal in Halmstad BK colours with a fine 51st minute finish.

Karikari had earlier assisted the opening goal for Halmstad before scoring his own goal in the six minutes into the second-half.

While Karikari was scoring for Halmstad, defender Joseph Baffo and midfielder King Osei Gyan both played for Halmstad BK.

Patrick Amoah scores but Nasiru Mohammed’s BK Hacken eliminates his Huddinge  FIFA.com News

Patrick Amoah scored for Huddinge IF

Patrick Amoah scored for Huddinge IF

Ghanaian forward Patrick Amoah scored the consolation goal for Swedish lower-tier side Huddinge IF but they lost 3-1 against BK Hacken in the Swedish FA Cup. 

Huddinge finished the game with ten men but Amoah’s goal came in the 59th minute when Hacken had already taken a two goal lead.

While Patrick was scoring for Huddinge, Ghanaian pair of Nasiru Mohammed and Mohammed Abubakari were in action for Hacken and played the entire game.

Johnathan Opoku maintains scoring run as he powers Oss to victory in Holland  FIFA.com News

Johnathan Opoku scored for Oss

Johnathan Opoku scored for Oss

Dutch-born Ghanaian forward Johnathan Opoku perpetuated his impressive scoring run by scoring the only goal of the game for Oss as they downed Fortuna Sittard 1-0 in the Dutch second-tier league on Friday. 

The 24-year-old registered his 11th league goal of the season by scoring in the only goal of the game with ten minutes left to play at the Frans Heesen Stadion.

The goal which settled the scores between the two clubs has now helped Oss to surge up the ladder as they occupy 8th place.

For Opoku, it means he has now scored 6 times in his last seven games for Oss in the Eerste Divisie.

Referee sends off wrong player in Man United win over Sunderland  FIFA.com News

Oshea

English football’s refereeing crisis deepened on Saturday when Roger East sent off the wrong player during Manchester United’s game against Sunderland at Old Trafford.

Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown was sent off by East despite the fact it had been his colleague John O’Shea who had fouled Radamel Falcao in the penalty area.

East stuck to his mistaken decision even as O’Shea told him he had been responsible for pulling back Falcao.

East even consulted other officials via his earpiece and yet did not change his decision.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet said east had sought to justify his decision by saying two fouls had been committed, one by each player.

Poyet said: “It was so quick and the two players were together. I didn’t really know. The referee said there were two fouls, the first one committed by John O’Shea, the second by Wes Brown. He said the second one was the one for which Wes Brown was sent off.”

The incredible blunder happened just hours after Fifa rejected the chance to begin a trial of video technology.

East’s error is the latest in a series of blunder by Premier League officials, but Sunderland will be able to appeal on the grounds of mistaken identity and Brown’s card seems certain to be overturned, and O’Shea suspended instead.

The penalty was clearly correct, as Falcao had been fouled, and Wayne Rooney drove home the 66th-minute spot kick to break the deadlock in what had until then been an uninspiring game.

It was Rooney’s first league goal since Boxing Day and he added a second after 84 minutes as United claimed a 2-0 victory despite a largely unconvincing performance. Angel Di Maria, who struggled badly, was substituted at half-time.

 

Phil Ofosu-Ayeh: Ghanaian defender suffers defeat with relegation-threatened VFR Aalen  FIFA.com News

Phil Ofosu-Ayeh

Phil Ofosu-Ayeh

Ghanaian defender Phil Ofosu-Ayeh played full throttle for VFR Aalen in their 2-0 defeat at Sandhausen to compound their relegation woes in the German second-tier on Saturday.

The soon-to-be Ghanaian international was booked in the 42nd minute for a rough challenge on an opponent.

Aalen, lying in the relegation trap net were desperate for the maximum points but goals from Aziz Bouhaddouz and an own goal from Sascha Mockenhaupt piled more misery on the side.

The 23-year-old has been a real steel in defense for Aalen but a number of factors have conspired against their fine start to the season.

They currently lie 17th on an 18 league table.

Big blow for ‘greedy’ Ghanaian agents as FIFA’s new transfer system takes effect April 1  FIFA.com News

Chris Forsythe has been handed a three-year ban

Chris Forsythe has been handed a three-year ban

By Patrick Akoto

Greedy Ghanaian FIFA agents have been dealt a sucker punch with FIFA expected to cancel their role in player transaction starting April 1.

The world governing body will instead work with intermediaries who will be entitled to only 3% of player’s transfer fee.

FIFA want to clamp down on many of such quack agents who are enriching themselves at the expense of their client with the new system expected to allow football teams deal directly with each other, rather than using agents.

Many African players have been exploited by agents who enjoy the chunk of the booty from their sweat.

The FIFA Regulations signal a dramatic de-regulation of one of the most controversial and lucrative business activities in football: agency.

Ghanaian agent Christopher  Forsythe has been slapped with a three-year ban for his role in a match-fixing scandal which rocked the FA last year.

He has appealed against the ban.

From the 1 April 2015 the system of licensing football agents will be abandoned and all existing football agents’ licences will cease to have effect immediately.

The Ghana Football Association will have a major say on who represent a player as the intermediary must register with the federation.

The purpose of the licensing system is to refer back to FIFA’s own justification for it, “to raise the professional and ethical standards for the occupation of players’ agent in order to protect players, who have a short career.”

The in-depth reform of the existing players’ agents system was decided back in 2009 by the 59th FIFA Congress in order to address several shortfalls that had been identified within the licensing system.

This decision was followed by a lengthy and extensive consultation process with representatives of all relevant members of the international football community, including member associations, confederations, clubs, FIFPro and professional football leagues.

Mas-Ud Dramani: Kotoko coach leaves for Egypt to head CAF course  FIFA.com News

Mas-Ud Dramani

Mas-Ud Dramani

Departing Kotoko coach Mas-Ud Dramani leaves for Egypt next month to supervise a Club Licensing seminar course in Cairo.

The former Ghana Under-17 female team coach will travel with the FA’s technical director Francs Oti Akenteng.

The two-day CAF workshop takes place between March 15-17.

Dramani will officially part ways with Kotoko when he returns from the trip.

Hearts hold AS Police to qualify to next stage of CAF Confederation Cup  FIFA.com News

Hearts

Hearts

Hearts are through to the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup after grinding out a pulsating 0-0 draw against AS Police in the reverse fixture of the competition on Saturday.

The Ghanaian managed to grind out a draw in the return leg fixture to progress on a one-nil aggregate win.

Hearts have struggled for form on the domestic scene but are slowly making progress on the continent.

The former African champions kept the composure in the midst of intense pressure to ensure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

The Accra-based side are warming their way on their return to continental football and awaits their next opponent.

They will play either Unisport Bafang of Cameroon or Senegalese side Olympique de Ngor in the next stage of the competition.

Majeed Waris: Ghana striker to make injury comeback in 7 days  FIFA.com News

Abdul Majeed Waris

Abdul Majeed Waris

Majeed Waris could make his long-awaited comeback from injury in Trabzonspor’s clash with Mersin ?dmanyurdu on March 9.

The Ghanaian striker has been sidelined since he suffered an injury in December last year but returned to training this week.

The 23-year-old has started light work as he aims to regain full fitness with his schedule date expected to be next week.

Waris missed the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Equatorial Guinea due to the setback, his second major tournament which has eluded him.

Kevin Boateng suffers heavy defeat with Schalke in Revierderby against Dortmund  FIFA.com News

Kevin Boateng

Kevin Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng enjoyed game time for Schalke as they lost 3-0 against Dortmund in the Revierderby on Saturday.

The Ghanaian international was replaced after 64 minutes by Barnetta as they suffered the setback at the Signal-Iduna-Park.

The Royal Blues had looked impressive of late too, with just one defeat in their last six Bundesliga games helping Roberto Di Matteo’s side march to fourth place in the German top division.

But goals from Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Reus left them gasping for breath.

But sides have struggled in the Champions League over the past couple of weeks, with Schalke losing to Real Madrid and Dortmund to Juventus.

Dortmund are up and running after a difficult start to the season and lie 9th on the league table.

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