Ghanaian striker John Antwi registered his ninth goal of the Egyptian Premier League campaign in Ismaily’s 2-0 win at Wadi Degla on Tuesday night.
The 21-year-old opened the scoring in the 76th minute before Mahmoud Hamad doubled the lead with two minutes left on the clock.
Antwi recently returned from injury and will be delighted to find his scoring boots again.
Ismaily are six points behind Group B leaders Petrojet in second place but have two games in hand.
Nyansegu community is still celebrating bragging rights as kings of Tigo Community Soccer in Tamale after beating hosts Water Works over the weekend.
Nyansegu, the very last community to register for the soccer event were rank outsiders and hardly believed in their own chances of winning the Tamale leg of Ghana’s most participatory soccer event.
Tamale paraded a host of soccer talent from the three biggest clubs in the region namely Real Tamale United, Guan United and FC Utrecht.
Nyansegu had none of these celebrated soccer players in their team yet managed with tenacity and perseverance to get to the semi-final where they beat the FUO community bursting at the seams with about six RTU players in their line-up.
“Persistence and belief won us this tournament,” said Coach Maccarthy who describes himself as the Director of Football in Nyansegu.
“Nobody gave us a dog’s chance against water works in the final. But we believed in ourselves.
“They even had more popular players but we believed in our teamwork and here we are with the gold medals, the money and more importantly the trophy for Tamale.
“My brother I have heard about Tigo community Soccer on Television, on the radio, on the internet and read about it in the newspapers. When you hear that it is community football, you think it is easy. My brother, it is not easy at all.
“This competition is tougher than even playing in the division one and division two leagues. The players are many. Sometimes I was wondering if all of them were from Tamale here or they were imported from Bawku, Bolga and other areas.
“And the games were aggressive. Everybody wanted to win. But now I can only celebrate Nyansegu. The community will be very proud of us after taking home this trophy. My boys will be heroes,” McCarthy said.
Aside the thrill of the game, Tigo’s Community Care effort at health screening residents of Tamale for free and encouraging them to donate blood was broadly welcome and appreciated.
Mahmoud Tanko who donated blood said: “I heard the advert on the radio and I said wow! Why don’t I come and check if I have diabetes or blood pressure. The nurses checked for me and they said I was in good health.
“Other people were donating blood to the Tamale Teaching Hospital so I said why not? They refreshed me nicely and said I will get a blood donor’s certificate so I am very happy.
“My only sadness is that my team, Moshe Zongo did not win. They came third after losing to Water Works in the semi-final but we have never seen a combination of good football and health campaign like this hear until Tigo community Soccer came here so I really enjoyed myself.”
The Territory Manager of Tigo in the Northern Region Sir Louis Attibiga was excited by the success of the Tamale leg of Tigo Community Soccer.
“What we look for in Tigo community Soccer is an opportunity to impact Tamale positively. First the Chief of Tamale, the Venerated Naa Dakpema Alhassan Dawuni performed the Opening Ceremony and you could feel the Spirit of Tamale here.
“The Health screening was successful with almost fifty pints of blood and many people also checked their health status. And then there was the football with scouts selecting some players who will get opportunities in the future to change their lives. This has been great from the Tigo view point.” Said Sir Louis.
Bechem United have petitioned the Ghana Football Association over the appointment of Referee Reginald Lathbridge for Thursday’s Premier League match against Aduana.
The Hawks are asking the Referee Appointment Committee and the Premier League Board to change the match referee in the interest of Fair Play.
A letter read: “Referee Reginald Lathbridge has a history of bias against Bechem United and we do not believe in his ability to officiate the match fairly
“His appointment is inappropriate for this occasion because of the perceived lack of integrity in his official duties in the eyes of our supporters.
“Throughout our fixture history with Aduana and other teams, referee Lathbridge has always caused outrage, fear and panic due to bias officiating.
‘‘It happened in our Division One bids to the Premier League against Aduana and our matches in the Premier League so we are certain he will remain bias against us, in violation of FIFA’s Fair Play rules.”
Ex-Manchester United Africa chief scout Tom Vernon claims David Accam’s exceptional qualities put him above many, many Ghanaian players at the moment.
The 23-year-old, who plays for Helsingborg is keen to make Ghana’s World Cup squad after blistering run in the Swedish top-flight.
The former Right to Dream Academy graduate has hit the right code at the right time, with just less than two months left for the start of the global showpiece in Brazil.
Vernon believes Accam’s special qualities will aid the Black Stars immensely if he manages to gatecrash the squad.
“I think if you look at the options for Ghana going forward, He (Accam) offers something which you can’t really say any of the other players offer,” he told the Accra-based Power FM.
“What you want is different solutions to the problem that you face. So when you look at the attacking players that you have on the bench, you don’t want two guys who can do the same thing for you.
“From what I see, there’s not a player in Ghana at the moment who can do the things that Accam can do.
“That’s not to say that he’s one of the best players, but his skills are unique and he’s showing that in Sweden at the moment.
“The Swedish league is not the biggest league and that’s maybe working against him a little bit but he’s managing to impact almost every week and that’s the key.
He has scored seven goals in all competition for Helsingborg this season.
One of Ghana’s most accomplished sports presenters Moses Foh-Amoaning is expected to liven the screens this World Cup season with a stimulating and action-packed 30-minute documentary series dubbed “Brazil 2014, World Cup Soccer Fiesta”.
The renowned lawyer and ace commentator will anchor the show which will enchant many lovers of the game from their comfort of their homes.
The captivating, 15-part programme will keep fans glued to their TV sets over the next 16 weeks leading to the Brazil World Cup in June with a unique and tantalizing blend of stimulating expert panel discussions on the teams and players to watch out for at this year’s Mundial, gripping and timeless archival footages of 84 years of World Cup history.
The highly interactive programme will offer viewers an elaborate e-platform on Twitter, Skype, and Facebook and boundless opportunities to win excellent prizes from sponsors during the quiz and SMS competitions.
Book a copy of Monday’s edition of the Graphic Sports for scheduling and channel details.
By Ameenu Shardow
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Ghana defender Awal Mohammed insists he is not troubled by the inability of coach Kwesi Appiah to monitor him during his time in South Africa.
The Black Stars trainer is still in South Africa to check on his squad hopefuls for the 2014 World Cup.
Appiah was in the stands to see Rashid Sumaila play over the weekend.
He followed it up with a visit to Sumaila and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.
Kwesi Appiah was however unable to travel to see Awal Mohammed in action for Maritzburg United ahead of his return to Ghana on Wednesday.
His limited visits to Ghanaian players is being interpreted as hints towards the players he will be naming in his squad for June’s tournament in Brazil.
The ex Asante Kotoko defender however says he is not worried by Appiah’s perceived neglect having been engaged in a telephone conversation with the Black Stars coach.
“The coach took my number and spoke to me but he was unable to visit me,” Awal told Happy FM.
“South Africa is a big country and I don’t expect the coach to travel to all areas just because he is in the country.
“But he spoke to me and I am happy with that.”
Kwesi Appiah will be finalizing his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup on his return to Ghana.
Ex-international defender Frimpong Manso has backed the decision of the Ghana FA to hire the services of an expatriate video analyst for the Black Stars ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
The Ghana FA has decided to engage the services of the head of video analysis of English giants Manchester City as part of measures to strengthen the technical team for June’s tournament in Brazil.
Frimpong Manso, who previously coached the country’s Under-17 team, is thrilled with the decision.
“It’s a good thing and I’m happy the FA is going for him,” he said
“I was in South Africa at the last World Cup and saw the importance of a video analysis.
“They did an amazing work and so the idea of going for another analysis is exciting for me.
“We are in the modern era and so we must adjust to the latest trend of international standards.
“Their work is unique and it will go a long way to help the Black Stars excel in Brazil.
The additional expert will be working alongside Michael Okyere who is the substantive video analyst of the Black Stars.
The extra video analyst is one of several other experts being appointed by the Ghana FA as members of the Black Stars’ back room staff for the World Cup.
The support team includes famous Serbian therapist Mariana Kovacevic, an additional doctor and masseur.
They are being contracted on a short-term basis solely to help Ghana’s third successive appearance at the World Cup finals.
Ghana defender Daniel Opare has assured Standard Liege fans he will be fit for Sunday’s Belgian Pro League championship playoff cracker against Anderlecht.
The right-back twisted his ankle in Monday’s 0-0 draw at Club Brugge but stayed on to play the entire duration.
“I twisted my ankle a bit but I could eventually play through,” the versatile wing-back said in a post-match.
“But that’s okay. I will just fine.”
Opare has been in top form this term and made 24 starts in 25 league appearances in the regular season.
The 23-year-old is expected to be named in Ghana’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.
Elche midfielder Michael Anaba admits he’s still developing as a player and not obsessed about breaking into the first team of the Spanish side.
The former Kotoko combative midfielder is yet to break into the first team – but has become a constant feature for the youth side.
Elche manager Fran Escriba is keeping a close eye on the progress of the Ghana youth international, who is making waves at the youth side.
The ex-Kotoko combative enforcer is determined to work on all areas of his game to break into the senior team.
“I am learning all the time. It’s a learning curve for me and so I’m really enjoying my time here,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com
“Here in Spain, it’s more of a passing game where you have to run and work your sucks out a lot.
“Obviously it’s a bit different from my time at Kotoko but I’m adjusting well.
“I know it’s just a matter of time before I make my senior debut.
‘I always say I am learning. Every day, I want to train and I want to learn. That’s all I want to do.
‘I just want to be a better player and give everything for this club.’
The 19-year-old has been an important piece for the youth side since he joined at the start of the season.
By Ameenu Shardow
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TP Mazembe are unable to travel to Ghana to play in a friendly match to mark the 15th year anniversary of Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu II.
The Congolese giants were billed to play Asante Kotoko as part of events to commemorate the 15-year reign of the Ashanti King.
The club has however written to organizers of the friendly match to seek postponement of the planned date for the game due to a clash with their domestic fixtures.
TP Mazembe’s inability to travel to Ghana on the scheduled date has thrown the entire organization of the one-off game into great doubt.
“Chances are that the match will not come on as earlier scheduled,” a member of the planning committee Sometymer Otuo Acheampong told Happy FM.
“We had planned to have TP Mazembe take on Kotoko but they have written to inform us of the change in their domestic fixtures.
“Their league was suspended but all of the sudden they have recalled their domestic league.
“So their arrival in Ghana has been put in great doubt and there are no plans for now to have any replacements.
“And there is also nothing we can do about the scheduled date.”