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Ghana winger Albert Adomah believes strike duo Stuani, Kiki will spearhead Boro this season  FIFA.com News

Albert Adomah

Albert Adomah

Ghana winger Albert Adomah says duo Cristhian Stuani and Kike have more than enough quality to spearhead Boro’s automatic promotion charge.

That’s the view of Albert Adomah, who captained Boro during Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Oldham Athletic in the Capital One Cup first round.

Stuani, a £3.6m signing from Espanyol, scored twice on his first start – and caught the eye in a clinical attacking display from Aitor Karanka’s side.

That was of stark contrast to Sunday when Boro laboured in their Championship opener at Preston, but Adomah has no doubts that Stuani and Kike can lead the team’s top two tilt.

“(Stuani) is a finisher, like you saw,” Adomah said when asked about the ex-Espanyol forward following the win at Oldham.

“If he gets a chance he’ll score, just like Kike.

“All of our strikers, if you give them a chance they’ll score – we just have to create for them.

“At the weekend (against Preston) I felt bad for Kike as we didn’t create many chances for him, and sometimes it’s harsh on him as it’s easy to criticise the lone striker.

“But today, we saw that if we create chances for any of our strikers, they’ll finish. It doesn’t matter if you’re worth £5m, £1m or £200, they just have to be given the chances to score.”

Boro’s attacking options are likely to be further boosted by the arrival of Leicester forward David Nugent, with Riverside chiefs hopeful that a deal can be concluded by the weekend.

The Teessiders are fine-tuning the details of the 30-year-old’s move to Boro, and have been in discussions with the player since the clubs agreed a fee worth £4m.

While Boro are confident of getting the deal over the line, the Championship clash against Bolton on Saturday could come too soon for Nugent.

Frank Acheampong’s move to Marseille hits the rocks following coach Marcelo Bielsa’s resignation  FIFA.com News

Promising Ghana  international Frank Acheampong

Promising Ghana international Frank Acheampong

Highly rated Ghana winger Frank Acheampong’s move to French giants Marseille has stalled following the sudden resignation of Coach Marcello Bielsa.

Acheampong is seen as a rising star in European football with his pace and ability to maintain his balance when in flight endearing him to a lot of clubs across Europe.

Recent reports have strongly linked him with a move to Marseille with Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa a huge admirer of Acheampong’s talent.

The deal however looks uncertain now following the unexpected resignation of Bielsa after just a game into the new season.

The 22 year old Ghana international will now have to wait and see if Bielsa’s successor will be interested in bringing him to the Valedrome.

Each Ghana Premier League club pockets US$ 14, 864 after First Capital Plus Bank pays final tranche of season’s sponsor money  FIFA.com News

Ghana

Ghana

Each Ghana Premier League club has become GHC 55,000 (US$ 14, 864) richer after title sponsors First Capital Plus Bank paid the final tranche of US$ 1million as the season’s sponsorship money.

The Corporate Affairs of First Capital Plus Bank Nana Yaw Kesse revealed to the Graphic Sports that the outstanding amount was paid into the GFA’s accounts on 03 August.

He explained that the cedi equivalent to the US dollar was pegged at the hedged contract rate of GHC 2.38 to $1.

Though delayed, the money seems to have come at a time when all the 16 clubs need money badly in the heat of their respective campaigns, with three matches to end the season.

This is the third installment of sponsorship money so far disbursed by the First Capital Plus Bank to the clubs this season.

According to Mr Fianoo, the clubs received the first tranche of GHC 34,000 just before the commencement of the league, while the second installment was paid at the start of the second round, making it a total of GHC123,000 per club.

When contacted, the chairman of the Premier League Board (PLB), Mr Welbeck Abra-Appiah, said since the money represented the last payment for the season by the league’s headline sponsor, “a whole lot of expenditure would have to be considered before determining the clubs’ share.”

The Bank’s $2m per season sponsorship for the elite league is in its second year.

Danish giants FC Copenhagen tracking AIK Solna defender Ebenezer Ofori as replacement for Ghana defender Daniel Amartey  FIFA.com News

FC Copenhagen want Ghana youth defender Ebenezer Ofori

FC Copenhagen want Ghana youth defender Ebenezer Ofori

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Danish giants FC Copenhagen are tracking Ghanaian defender Ebenezer Ofori as likely replacement for versatile defender Daniel Amartey as they ponder the sale of the Black Stars defender to English side Leicester City, according to reports in Sweden. 

Copenhagen manager Ståle Solbakken has admitted they are likely to lose Amartey with Leicester City leading the race to land him.

Solbakken has confirmed he was in Sweden on Monday to watch Solna on Monday to monitor a number of players in the derby between AIK and Djurgarden and admits he is interested in Ofori.

“I was in Stockholm on Monday to see the local derby and so have tried to find out why I was there. I was there to watch a good football game in an international framework. It’s a great way to see the players and in a framework that is similar to the international. That was why I was there. I want a view and it was not more than that,” he said.

Football Direkt expert Mårthen Bergman has confirmed Ofori is the most likely candidate to replace Amartey at Copenhagen.

“He has been one of Allsvenskan’s top players throughout the year, and given that he is only 20 years so it would have been strange if there are many, many clubs have their eyes on him,” he said.

The former New Edubiase United player, 20, is worth close to 3 million Euros.

Ofori has featured in 18 out of AIK’s 19 league games this season.

Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey to benefit from Diego Simeone variant tactics at Atletico Madrid  FIFA.com News

Thomas Partey training at Atletico Madrid

Thomas Partey training at Atletico Madrid

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey is expected to benefit from Diego Simeone’s variant tactical plan for the upcoming season at Atletico Madrid. 

The 22-year-old former Tema Youth midfielder is set to remain at the Stadio Vicente Calderon as Simeone has kept him in his pre-season squad despite interest from a number of La Liga clubs.

According to experts who have monitored the pattern of the Argentine gaffer’s pre-season scheme, he is likely to employ 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 formations.

The 4-2-3-1 means Simeone will need a good blend of experience and youth energy in his squad for both domestic and European campaigns. Experienced legs like Koke and Raul Garcia are expected to feature regularly while Partey blends with the pair.

Thomas Partey with Koke

Thomas Partey with Koke

Though Partey is widely expected to remain at the club, he has remained coiled over where he will play in the upcoming season as the transfer window is still opened.

Ghanaian attacker John Antwi hits FOUR goals in Al Ahly goal-raid in Egyptian Cup  FIFA.com News

Ghanaian attacker John Antwi scored four time on his debut for Al Ahly

Ghanaian attacker John Antwi scored four time on his debut for Al Ahly

By El Akyereko Frimpong

Follow the writer on Twitter: @AkyerekOfficial

Ghanaian international attacker John Antwi marked his debut for Egyptian side Al Ahly by scoring a double brace in their 13-0 whitewashing of fellow top-flight side El Gouna in the Egyptian Cup on Thursday evening. 

The 22-year-old former Hearts of Oak player took to the field for the first time in the Ahly colours and he made a strong statement by scoring four incredible goals to steal the highlights of the game.

Ahly took advantage of Gouna’s experimental style to rewrite the records in Egyptian football as they recorded the biggest ever win in a competitive game in Egypt.

It was also the night El Gouna handed a competitive debut to 14-year-old starlet Zeyad El-Seheify who was introduced before the start of the second-half.

Antwi scored twice in either halves after netting in the 18th, 27th, 79th and 82nd minutes of the tie at the Petrosport Stadium in Kattameya.

Antwi returns to the Egyptian top-flight following a failed spell at Saudi side Al Shabab. He won the Egyptian Golden Boot award twice during his spell at Ismaily and is widely expected to lead the lines for the African giants in their domestic and continental campaign.

Ghanaian midfielder Carlos Ohene wins Cypriot Super Cup with AEL Limassol  FIFA.com News

Ghanaian midfielder Carlos Ohene celebrates with his team-mate

Ghanaian midfielder Carlos Ohene celebrates with his team-mate

Ghanaian midfielder Carlos Ohene has opened his season with a trophy in Cyprus after winning the Super Cup with AEL Limassol who defeated bitter rivals APOEL Nicosia to lift the coveted title on Wednesday night. 

The 22-year-old was in full-time action at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia as skipper Marios Nicolaou scored the winner penalty after APOEL’s Marios Antoniades and Giorgos Efrem had both previously skied their efforts.

The game had finished 0-0 in what was an up-and-down contest during the 90 minutes after which referee Christos Nicolaides blew immediately for penalty kicks.

Tomas de Vincenti and Semir Stilic had both gone close early on while Adrian Sardinero and Mesca looked threatening at the other end.

APOEL continued to waste chances much to the frustration of coach Domingos Paciencia who once again lost a home tie with their trip to Kazakhstan for their Champions League playoff first leg against FC Astana fast approaching. Efrem and Stilic again went close while Frank Feltscher attempted to test Boy Waterman.

APOEL’s Joao Guilherme and AEL’s Carlos Ohene both missed the last chances of the 90 minutes.

The title becomes the first for the former Ghana U20 midfielder who joined Limassol four seasons ago from Alki.

He took to Facebook to express his joy at winning the title with AEL Limassol: “I want to thank God for yesterday’s win and the fans [for] the support [which] was amazing.”

Liberty whiz kid Latif Blessing denies saying he’ll never play for either Hearts of Oak or Asante Kotoko  FIFA.com News

Latif Blessing (left) and Asante Kotoko's Richard Mpong

Latif Blessing (left) and Asante Kotoko’s Richard Mpong

Liberty Professionals midfielder Latif Ata Blessing has denied media reports he has vowed never to play for Asante Kotoko or Hearts of Oak.

According to the talented winger, his comment was quoted out of context insisting that the two clubs are the dream teams of every young Ghanaian player.

“One journalist misquoted me with a story about Kotoko some time ago that I said I will never play for either Kotoko or Hearts. I told him for now am too small for both teams because I don’t want any trouble for myself like what Toric Jibril went through,” Blessing told GHANASoccernet.com

“The next day it’s all over in the media that I said will never play for both teams.

“Because of that issue, I have been warned never to grant interview to any media man again even if I win the man of the match.”

Blessing who was made a ball boy when he went to Kotoko is now the sensation of the Dansoman-based club with explicit performances which has seen him win multiple Man of the Match awards.

The 18-year old added that the two clubs are the target of every player in the country and that it will be detrimental for him to have said that he will never play for either Kotoko or Hearts.

“Every player dreams of playing for either Kotoko or Hearts. So how come I will say I won’t olay for them? It is never true that I said that”, he concluded.

WAFA U16 reach quarter-final of 2015 Next Generation tournament; to face Red Bull Brasil  FIFA.com News

SALZBURG,AUSTRIA,13.AUG.15 - SOCCER - Red Bull Salzburg, Next Generation Trophy. Image shows Valencia CF and West African Football Academy. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner - For editorial use only. Image is free of charge.

SALZBURG,AUSTRIA,13.AUG.15 – SOCCER – Red Bull Salzburg, Next Generation Trophy. Image shows Valencia CF and West African Football Academy. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner – For editorial use only. Image is free of charge.

Ghanaian side West African Football Academy advanced to the quarter-final of the 2015 Next Generation U16 tournament after beating RB Leipzig 1-0 in their final Group D match.

Aminu Mohammed, who was voted best player at last year’s tournament, scored the only which gave the side four points to progress.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mohammed and Richard Danso scored as coach Sadiq Abubakar’s side drew 2-2 with Spanish side Valencia.

West African Football Academy will face Red Bull Brasil on Thursday.

 

 

‘Unhappy’ Ghana defender David Addy terminates contract with Waasland Beveren  FIFA.com News

David Addy

David Addy

Ghana defender David Addy is available on a free transfer after terminating his contract with Belgian side side Waasland Beveren.

The 25-year-old left back is unhappy at the club and wants a fresh challenge elsewhere after only one season in the Belgian Pro League.

AfricanFootball.com understands the player reached an agreement to part ways with the club last week.

“David was unhappy at the club and wanted to move on so he requested to part ways with the club. It had nothing to do with his performance,” a source close to the player told AfricanFootball.com

Addy made 27 appearances last season.

He moved to Belgium on a free transfer after seeing out his contract with Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes.

PICTURES: Ghana Sports Minister cuts sod for construction of new stadium for New Edubiase  FIFA.com News

Sports Minister Dr. Mustapha Ahmed with New Edubiase FC President Abdul Salam Yakubu at the ceremony

Sports Minister Dr. Mustapha Ahmed with New Edubiase FC President Abdul Salam Yakubu at the ceremony

Sports Minister Dr. Mustapha Ahmed did the official sod cutting for the commencement of work on the construction of a new stadium which will be the home of Premier League club New Edubiase.

The Sports Minister was joined by the Chiefs of the New Edubiase community and the President of New Edubiase FC at the sod cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

New Edubiase have been alternating between Berkwai and the Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi for their home matches in the Ghanaian top flight.

The completion of the new stadium will now see the club permanently based in New Edubiase.

Below are pictures of the sod cutting ceremony on Wednesday:

New Edubiase FC to have a new stadium

New Edubiase FC to have a new stadium

The Sports Minister interacting with the Queen Mother of New Edubiase

The Sports Minister interacting with the Queen Mother of New Edubiase

Feature: Asiedu Attobrah and New Edubiase; Who bears the cost ?  FIFA.com News

Asiedu Attobrah

Asiedu Attobrah

The current position taken by one of my most admired players in the Ghanaian league Asiedu Attobrah, with regards to discontinuing his playing career with New Edubiase,  has really tickled me and I can’t hold on anymore.

I need to comment because I admire the player not because he plays for my club but because he had a promising future.

Having played for the club since division one into the premier league, I think Attobrah has taken more from the club than he has given, hence his decision to discontinue his stay with the Yenko Nkoaa boys shall be regretted if not rescinded.

I believe, as part of the criteria for selecting players into any of the national teams, any player must first belong to a team. Yes, one must be affiliated to a club before he can be called a player. For this basic reason, Attobrah owes New Edubiase a lot.

If for nothing at all, my good friend and brother should have looked at his world cup appearance at the U20 level as a yardstick to reconsider his decision. Arrogance is never an attribute of a future star. Attobrah must come again.

But come to think of it, maybe the management of my darling club could have also done something to curb the situation to convince the boy to stay. Our clubs must check that. Waiting for players’ contracts to expire before renegotiating is something our clubs must desist from.

Why must we wait for contracts to end before talking about them again. Don Mahatma Otoo and Accra Hearts of Oak, Yaya Mohammed and Asante Kotoko, Daniel Darkwah and Aduana Stars (with just a month left on his contract), and the list goes on.

But must Attobrah get angry? Who will his anger affect?  Does he need Edubiase to get a better contract or Yenko Nkoaa needs him now?
In any case, is it true that he was the highly paid player in the club?

What did Joe Abu Salam take him to Cote D’Ivoire for?  Am told they went for a travelling visa. Well, did Salam go there because of himself or for the player? Asiedu, think twice.

If Attobrah wants to know why he needs the club more than the club needing him, he should ask himself the number of matches he has played this season. Yes, how many matches has he played and what were their impact on the team’s position now?

He played against Inter Allies which ended 2-0 in favour of Allies and against Kotoko which ended 2-2. So in effect, if the games should even be attributed to Attobrah’s influence, he has only been able to get just a point for Yenko Nkoaa. Asiedu must wise up.

My advice to Attobrah is that he should go back to the leadership of the team, Alex Ackumey, Abdul Salam Yakubu and Joe Abu Salam and apologise for staying away from the club after the returning from the U20 world cup and take back his orange shirt for his own future. Asiedu must never forget that no club will sign a clubless player.

#awordtothewise…..

Schalke chief jumps to Kevin Boateng’s defense, rubbishes claims Ghana star failed a medical at Sporting Lisbon  FIFA.com News

KP Boateng

KP Boateng

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has rubbished claims Kevin-Prince Boateng failed a medical at Sporting Lisbon in a dramatic merry-go-round over the future of the Ghana star.

It was widely reported that the deal for the 28-year-old fell through over image right.

But in a rather dramatic twist, the Sporting Lisbon’s International relations official Augusto Inacio revealed the former AC Milan man failed a medical  due to his prolonged knee injury.

But Schalke chief Horst Heldt has lifted the lid on his botched move to the Portuguese side and says contractual disagreements culminated in the collapse of the two-year deal.

“Kevin has had a meeting with his advisors. We’ve cleared up the unsuccessful negotiations with Sporting Lisbon, who’ve confirmed to me that talks broke down as a result of several contract details rather than any medical condition,” he told the club’s website

“The two sides simply couldn’t come to an agreement, as the dispute didn’t rest on just one point. Ultimately, they couldn’t find a compromise.”

Boateng has been suspended by the German Bundesliga side and is looking for a new club.

The 28-year-old has been linked with Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad, Galatasaray and Lazio.

Ghana defender Daniel Opare to wear favourite No.4 jersey at Augsburg  FIFA.com News

Daniel Opare

Daniel Opare

Ghana defender Daniel Opare will wear his favourite No.4 jersey at new club Augsburg.

The 24-year-old completed his move to the German Bundesliga side on Thursday after agreeing a three-year contract.

Opare, a versatile wing back,  has been signed as a replacement for compatriot Baba Rahman who is set to finalize his move to English champions Chelsea.

Opare was signed by Spanish giants Real Madrid after the 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup in Korea but he could not break into the first team due to injuries.

He later signed for Belgian Pro League side Standard Liege where he garnered a lot of first team experience including games in the Europa League and the qualifiers to the UEFAChampions League.

The former AshantiGold player later signed for Portuguese side FC Porto where he was loaned Turkish side Besiktas for the second half of last season.

Kwadwo Asamoah facing uncertain Juventus future with Italians swooping for Chelsea duo  FIFA.com News

Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is facing an uncertain future at Italian giants Juventus who are plotting a double swoop for Chelsea stars Juan Cuadrado and Ramires.

Kwadwo Asamoah has been struggling to recover from injury

Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is facing an uncertain future at Italian giants Juventus who are plotting a double swoop for Chelsea stars Juan Cuadrado and Ramires.

The talented Ghana star has not played for the Serie A for about one year now because of some knee operations he has had after a serious injury.

The Daily Mail report that the Italian side have made an enquiry and are awaiting the Blues’ response.

The arrive of the two players will limit opportunities for Kwadwo who is fighting to return to action to seize a position in defence or midfield of the Old Lady.

The Chelsea duo struggled for game time last season but Jose Mourinho has insisted he wants to keep them.

Cuadrado signed for the Blues in January in a £24million deal.

But the Colombia winger only made four starts for the Stamford Bridge side.

Ramires meanwhile signed for Chelsea in 2010 but struggled with injury last season.

Kwadwo was a key player for Juventus before injury struck and his position was taken by ex Manchester United star Patrice Evra.

Zouma keen on playing in left-back for Chelsea before Ghana defender Baba Rahman arrives  FIFA.com News

With defender Baba Rahman's move to Chelsea facing unexpected delays, the English club's French ace Kurt Zouma says he is happy to fill as the left-back as the Ghanaian sorts out papers before arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Baba Rahman has been linked with a Chelsea move

With defender Baba Rahman’s move to Chelsea facing unexpected delays, the English club’s French ace Kurt Zouma says he is happy to fill as the left-back as the Ghanaian sorts out papers before arriving at Stamford Bridge.

The 20-year-old played at left-back for Chelsea last weekend when they drew 2-2 with Swansea and he is in line to start in the position against Manchester City this weekend.

The Blues sold first-choice left-back Filipe Luis to Atletico Madrid this summer and are yet to complete the formalities for Baba Rahman to arrive.

But Zouma insists he will play where Mourinho puts him as Chelsea prepare to face title contenders City at the Etihad Stadium.

“Because I’m right-footed I have never played at left-back. It was different for me positionally so I had to learn quickly and adapt to it,” Zouma told chelseafc.com.

“It’s really not a problem because the boss needed me in that position and I have to give everything for the team.

“They were good experiences for me because I played the games and I always want to be on the pitch enjoying myself. I’m feeling very well.”

Chelsea are currently trying to lock down Baba Rahman’s transfer from Augsburg.

The 21-year-old Ghanaian is valued by his club at around £21million, although Chelsea have been pushing for the fee to be reduced.

They were also reportedly keen on Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam, who could cost the club around £11m.

Augsburg sporting chief hails Daniel Opare’s capture but admits his ‘development is not complete’  FIFA.com News

Daniel Opare

Daniel Opare

Augsburg sporting director Stefan Reuter has hailed the capture of Ghana defender Daniel Opare but admits his ‘development is not complete’

Opare, 24, completed a three-year move from Portuguese giants FC Porto on Thursday.

The Ghana international will be hoping for an injury-free season after struggling with the setback during his spell at the Portuguese giants.

And Augsburg sporting director Stefan Reuter has expressed delight in the signing of the talented Black Star but admits his ‘development is not complete’.

“Daniel is a young, talented player who has already gained match practice at various clubs in Europe.” he told the club’s website.

“But we are sure that his development is not yet complete.”

Opare may not get the chance to play alongside his international teammate Abdul Baba Rahman, who is set to join English powerhouse Chelsea.

PICTURES: Ghana defender Daniel Opare completes Augsburg switch  FIFA.com News

Ghana defender Daniel Opare with his new Augsburg jersey

Ghana defender Daniel Opare with his new Augsburg jersey

Ghana defender Daniel Opare has sealed a three year deal with German Bundesliga outfit Augsburg, GHANAsoccernet.com brings you pictures of the 24 year old’s move to the Bundesliga.

Daniel Opare has signed a three-year deal with German outfit Augsburg

Daniel Opare has signed a three-year deal with German outfit Augsburg

Daniel Opare

Daniel Opare

VIDEO: Ghana defender Daniel Opare itching to join new German club Augsburg  FIFA.com News

Daniel Opare has signed a three-year deal with German outfit Augsburg

Daniel Opare has signed a three-year deal with German outfit Augsburg

Ghana defender Daniel Opare has revealed he’s itching to join his new club Augsburg.

The 24-year-old signed a three-year deal with the German outfit on Wednesday after leaving FC Porto, as exclusively reported by Ghana’s leading football portal, GHANAsoccernet.com.

The Ghana international says he’s anxious to meet his new teammates and looks forward to Bundesliga challenge.

Ghana legend Abedi Pele paints gloomy picture of domestic league, fears it could collapse  FIFA.com News

Abedi Pele

Abedi Pele

Ghana legend Abedi Ayew Pele has painted a gloomy picture of the domestic league, claiming it’s in shambles and fears the growth of the game could choke in the country.

In a killer blow to several strides being made to enhance the growth of the game in the West African country, the three-time African footballer of the year, painted a dire consequence for the growth of the sport and asks for remedial steps to be taken to restore hope.

Ghana’s domestic top-flight has come under criticism with constant claims of its downward spiral decent successes chalked at the international level.

The former Marseille talisman has painted a devastating picture of the local league and claims it will take a decade to fix the situation.

“I have mixed feeling… mixed feeling in the sense that as well as we have played well in the World Cup and in the African cup and we’ve not being able to bring any trophy home makes me a little bit worried for the future”, Pele told Citi FM

“If you look at our league..it’s in shambles, I mean the league we’re not bringing out developing players and we’re not bringing players from the premiership to even the national level so there is a danger.

“The future is not bright at all and I’m very very worried.

“Today you can look around yourself and ask how many of our players do we have who are playing in the top leagues and when you answer that question you see that the danger is still ahead of us.

“And that is why I don’t want to speak, I’m just quiet watching but I’m seeing the danger coming.

The iconic Ghanaian figure added: “Very soon we will have a serious problem and we will be seeing the situation crumbling gradually and then we will start blaming people,”

“When (Ghana Football) is already damaged what can you do….it will take you another five years or ten years to repair and it will be too late because our countrymen and our football lovers cannot wait for that kind of time for football to be come back to its level.

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