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Cameroon lodge age protest against Ghana U17 squad, Black Starlets hit back  FIFA.com News

Cameroon demanded that photographs should be taken of players they suspect for age cheating

Cameroon demanded that photographs should be taken of players they suspect for age cheating

Cameroon could lodge a protest with the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) against Ghana for allegedly fielding overage players as some Black Starlets players were subjected taken pictures for proof in their quest to lodge the complaint.

The Black Starlets also hit back by also requesting that some players of the Cameroon U17 team should also be photographed for a similar exercise by CAF as they also doubt their ages.

Indomitable Cubs claim seven of the Black Starlets players who defeated the host 2-1, in the 2015 African U-17 Championship qualifier at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadiun in Yaoundé, at the weekend are overage.

The players, Benjamin Aseidu, Moses Nyarko, Felix Quaye, Henry Medarious, Issah Abbas, Isaac Twum and Jonah Osabutey had their photographs taken before kick-off as the Cameroonians seek boardroom points.

The Starlets are on the brink of qualifying for the 2015 African U-17 Championship following the results on Saturday, with the return fixture scheduled for Ghana in a fortnight.

Goals by Ernest Agyiri and Abass in the first half offered Ghana a head-start ahead of the return leg which will see the winner qualify for the tournament in Niger.

Meanwhile, Black Starlets coach, Paa Kwesi Fabin has told GNA Sports “We are unperturbed about their claims and allegations. We know our players are clean and passed the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test even before they we registered for the qualifiers.
“Cameroon raised those concerns before the game and I confidently told them to go to CAF because I knew we had nothing to worry about.”
Ghana are perennial favourites for the competition.

REVEALED: Government refused to pay ex-Black Stars coach Appiah’s bonuses despite win in Togo  FIFA.com News

The suspicion that the sports ministry's quest to have Kwesi Appiah removed as the Black Stars coach is gaining firm ground as it has been revealed that the authorities refused to pay him his bonuses despite guiding the team to victory over Togo in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kwesi Appiah was removed as the coach of the Black Stars

The suspicion that the sports ministry’s quest to have Kwesi Appiah removed as the Black Stars coach is gaining firm ground as it has been revealed that the authorities refused to pay him his bonuses despite guiding the team to victory over Togo in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

According to a report by in the Daily Guide newspaper, Appiah and his technical team returned home empty-handed after guiding the Black Stars to victory in Lome in their last African Cup qualifier.

The coach and his technical team managed to win on foreign land against their Togolese counterparts, yet they did not receive any financial reward, like had been the practice.

According to a source, government, who are paymasters of the team, had doubted that the coach could snatch victory in Lome, so they did not make any financial provision for the technical team.

“Do you believe that the coach and technical team have not been paid their allowances and bonuses since the match against Togo,” a highly placed source said.

The team’s inability to win before home fans five days earlier in Kumasi after their Brazil fiasco looked to have formed the basis for the decision of the sports ministry.

Before the Togo clash, pundits considered victory in ‘Togoland’ as a remote possibility, taking into account the home side’s quest to win at all cost, having lost their first Nations Cup qualifier against Guinea.

Coach Appiah however proved his critics wrong by fighting from a goal down to beat the Hawks of Togo 3-2 before a fanatic crowd in Lome.

The win notwithstanding, what many thought to be a rumour before the game became a reality when his employers terminated his two-year contract, 24 hours after the Togo win.

AFCON 2015: Caf stands firm on Guinea’s home venue against Ghana in qualifier  FIFA.com News

CAF says Guinea must play at a neutral venue

CAF says Guinea must play at a neutral venue

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) insists that Ebola-hit Guinea’s home match against Ghana next month will be played at a neutral venue despite reports that they have been cleared to host the match in Conakry.

Caf in August ordered matches to be played at a neutral venue due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea and other countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia.

This means Guinea will host its Group E match against Ghana in Casablanca next month despite reports in Conakry that they match will be hosted there.

CAF said that there has been on change to Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers venue order despite some reports of relocation to their home venue after Ebola fears.

Caf says the measure will remain in place until its executive committee re-examines the situation this week during its meeting in Addis Ababa.

“Contrary to recent false claims disseminated by a section of the media, to create the impression that the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) has granted Guinea the green-light to host matches at home, CAF wishes to affirm that the circular dated 12 August 2014 which stated that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone cannot host matches on their territories due to the Ebola outbreak still holds,” a statement from CAF read on Tuesday.

“It was mentioned in the circular that a new assessment of the situation will be discussed in mid-September 2014 in consultation with the World Health Organization and the CAF Medical Committee.

“The CAF Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on 19-20 September 2014 at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, to decide on further precautionary measures with respect to countries hit by the Ebola outbreak.”

The Guinea Football Federation played its 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo in Morocco which they won 2-1.

The Group E tie was played in Casablanca on 5 September.

Caf told Sierra Leone and Guinea to move their home matches, and the latter arranged to play their game against Togo in Morocco.

Caf said last month that the action is “a preventative measure to avoid mass gatherings that could facilitate the spread of the virus”.

It stated on its website: “Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus.”

Caf added that it would “reassess the situation in mid-September in order to allow or not these affected countries to receive teams and organise Caf competitions”.

It added that “each national association receiving delegations must communicate the necessary information delivered by health authorities to ensure the reception of teams… and if necessary to provide additional checks at arrival points”.

The outbreak started in neighbouring Guinea and spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

To date, the World Health Organisation has reported 1848 cases of Ebola, which have resulted in 1013 deaths mainly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Guinea’s group also includes Uganda.

The qualifying competition will decide the 15 teams to join hosts Morocco at the Nations Cup finals in January and February next year.

Guinea not allowed to host Ghana on home soil in 2015 AFCON qualifiers  FIFA.com News

Guinea

Guinea

Guinea will have to play the Black Stars at a neutral ground after CAF confirmed they are still not permitted to host 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers matches in their country.

CAF’s decision to bar Guinea alongside Liberia and Sierra Leone from hosting matches on their territories due to the Ebola outbreak still holds.

A new assessment of the situation will be discussed later this month in consultation with the World Health Organization and the CAF Medical Committee.

The CAF Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on 19-20 September 2014 at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, to decide on further precautionary measures with respect to countries hit by the Ebola outbreak.

Guinea played their opening qualifier in Casablanca where they triumphed 2-1 over Togo but lost to Uganda 2-1.

The Syli Nationale are expected to host the Black Stars on 10 October.

Uganda coach Micho laments Kwesi Appiah’s axing as Black Stars coach  FIFA.com News

Milutin Sredojevic, coach of Uganda.

Milutin Sredojevic, coach of Uganda.

By Rahman Osman

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Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has lamented the sacking of Kwesi Appiah as Ghana coach claiming the constant hiring and firing by African countries retards the development of the game on the continent.

Appiah was dismissed despite collecting four points from a possible six from the two opening games of the AFCON 2015 qualifiers.

The Ghana FA claimed both parties reached a mutual agreement to go separate ways last Friday.

Appiah’s exit came days after drawing 1-1 with Micho’s Uganda at the Baba Yara Stadium.

“We spoke well after the game and he was really confident of winning the next game,” Micho told GHANASoccernet.com.

“We all have bad days in the office and football is not logic you win some draw some and lose some but the most important thing is having the ability to always play the game in the right spirit.

“Another important aspect of the game people forget is continuity and that really important we have it in this continent.

“I am really sad to hear he has been sacked.”

 

 

Dwarfs coach JE Sarpong advices local coaches NOT to apply for Black Stars job  FIFA.com News

JE Sarpong

JE Sarpong

By Rahman Osman

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Ebusua Dwarfs Coach J.E Sarpong has warned all indigenous coaches not to apply for the vacant Black Stars job to forget it, saying the Ghana FA prefers an expatriate.

The experienced trainer believes it will be waste of time for an indigenous coach to put his application since he will not be considered.

“I will not apply for the job and I tell you that any local coach who applies for the job is wasting his time,” Sarpong told GHANASoccernet.com.

“The FA is clearly on a hunt for a foreign coach so if a local coach ventures I believe it’s a complete waste of time.”

Kwesi Appiah’s reign ended last Friday after the Ghana Football Association reached a mutual agreement to part ways with the 54-year-old.

He made case for indigenous African coaches after qualifying and leading the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup finals.

But it looks like Ghana’s inability to progress from the Group stage and the bore 1-1 draw with Uganda at home in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

I didn’t watch Agyemang-Badu’s decisive penalty kick in Ghana’s historic U20 feat, recounts Rabiu Mohammed  FIFA.com News

Rabiu was part of the historic Ghana U20 squad of 2009

Rabiu was part of the historic Ghana U20 squad of 2009

Midfielder Rabiu Mohammed has revealed turning his back at Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu’s decisive penalty kick that won Ghana the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2009.

The Black Satellites became the first and only African country to have won the U20 World Cup after beating Brazil on penalties despite playing most of the game with a man down.

Daniel Addo had been sent off within 20 minutes which saw Sellas Tetteh’s side defend throughout the game and at times looked very vulnerable to conceding.

But the team’s immense unity and determination coupled with a stroke of good luck saw the dominant Brazilians held throughout 120 minutes of football and into sudden death in the penalty shoot outs.

Agyemang-Badu stepped up to take the winning penalty after Brazil had offered the opportunity through a missed kick in sudden death.

The then Recreativo Huelva loanee tucked his kick in neatly, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to win the World Cup for Ghana.

Rabiu Mohammed in recounting the memorable night in Cairo reveals though he was confident Agyemang-Badu was going to score, he refused to witness the kick due to the bubbling emotions.

“I had been replaced so I was on the bench,” he recounted on the latest episode of GFA TV to air on Metro TV this Sunday at 2pm local time.

“I knew Agyemang-Badu was an expert in penalty kicks so I had no fears when he went to take it.

“I just wanted him to get on with it so we can finish the game.

“But there was heightened anxiety even though I was extremely confident in Agyemang-Badu’s ability to score.

“So I didn’t watch the kick and all I saw was he taking off his shirt and we chasing after him. I never saw that kick.”

The Kuban Krasnodar man also relived the difficult period during the game following the early sending off of Daniel Addo.

“The sending off came twenty five minutes to halftime so it was very tough on us.” Rabiu recalled with nostalgia.

“Things were not easy and Dede Ayew was the captain. So we had to change our game plan, we committed ourselves to defend and ceded possession to Brazil.

“So the Brazilians had a filled day with possession with their skills and all. The fans were hailing them but then Dede Ayew told us to keep holding our ground and never to be worried about how they were playing most of the game.

“We had at the time had some experience playing in Europe so we were quite conversant with doing the hard tactical stuff.

“They were playing all the football and we were doing all the defending. Then we went in for halftime and there we decided were weren’t going to play a striker.

“So Dede Ayew had to slot in at the left-full back position and the others also took defensive positions. I remember [Dominic Adiyia] dropped into the right wing position too.

“We didn’t want a goal, we wanted to prevent one. So after 71 minutes the Brazilians started crying on the pitch and it gave us more confidence to fight on.

“Then when they got chances, they messed them up. It was there that we realized that the gods were with us.”

The full version of Rabiu Mohammed’s riveting interview with GFA TV airs this Sunday on Metro TV at 2pm local time.

Modena expects Ghanaian Salifu back from injury for Serie-B clash at former club Catania  FIFA.com News

Amidu Salifu could come up against his former side this weekend

Amidu Salifu could come up against his former side this weekend

Modena midfielder Amidu Salifu could be facing his former side Catania in the Italian second tier this weekend.

The 21-year-old Ghanaian is expected back from injury for the Canaries’ crucial away game to Catania on Saturday.

Salifu is currently on loan at Modena from top flight side Fiorentina.

He played out the 2012-13 season at Catania where he was also on loan.

The ex Vicenza man could now be making a return to the Stadio Angelo Massimino as an opponent.

Sensational Ghanaian youngster Bernard Mensah eyes Ghana call  FIFA.com News

Bernard Mensah is hoping for a Ghana call

Bernard Mensah is hoping for a Ghana call

Portuguese-based Ghanaian youngster Bernard Mensah is hoping to earn a call-up from Ghana following his explosive early season form for Vitoria Guimares in the Primeira Liga. 

The 19-year-old former Fetteh Feyenoord Academy graduate has hit a rich vein of form as he has bagged four goals in his last four games for Vitoria Guimares and scored to deny FC Porto a win on Sunday.

And, he is hoping his fine form would earn him a call-up from Ghana.

“I am always ready for my country and will honor their call anytime any day,” he told All Sports.

Vitoria Guimares early season form has seen them gone second on the table and Mensah hopes to keep them propelling.

“My expectation for this season is to win almost all of our games so we can be on top and everyone should watch out for surprises.”

Derek Boateng still without Spanish La Liga debut for Eibar  FIFA.com News

Derek Boateng is still without an Eibar debut

Derek Boateng is still without an Eibar debut

Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng is still without a Spanish La Liga debut for new-boys Eibar after warming the bench in their 1-0 home loss to Deportivo La Coruna on Monday night. 

The 31-year-old former Fulham midfielder watched the entire game from the bench at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa as another game went without him tasting action.

Eibar manager Gaizka Garitano did not see the former Black Stars regular as an option as he exhausted all his three substitutions during the tie.

Boateng signed for Eibar in mid-August and was hoping to relaunch his tatter career at the La Liga minnows but things have not progressed in a desirable way.

He has warmed the bench in all of Eibar’s opening three games of the La Liga.

Hearts of Oak confirm arrival of Burkinabe keeper Soulama ahead of proposed move  FIFA.com News

Abdoulaye Soulama has arrived at Hearts of Oak

Abdoulaye Soulama has arrived at Hearts of Oak

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghanaian Premier League giants Hearts of Oak have confirmed the arrival of Burkina Faso international goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama ahead of his proposed move to the club. 

Soulama is expected to ink a 3-year-contract at Hearts by the close of the week.

“Yes he [Soulama] is in our camp and we are hoping to complete the deal to make him an official Hearts of Oak player,” Hearts spokesperson Muheed Saeed told Accra-based Oman FM.

Hearts have missed out on Ivorian striker Ahmed Toure as the striker who scored in the GHALCA Top-Four tie with Heart of Lions, has signed for rivals Asante Kotoko.

But Muheed has promised fans the club will sign an equally good striker before the closure of the Ghanaian transfer window.

“Toure wasn’t our player, he asked to join the club and as an adult, decided to change his mind so we can’t force him to sign for us but I can assure fans that before the end of the transfer window, we will sign an equally good striker,” he added.

Aduana Stars confirm Kotoko talks over defender Godfred Saka move  FIFA.com News

Aduana Stars have confirmed Kotoko are in talks to sign defender Godfred Saka

Aduana Stars have confirmed Kotoko are in talks to sign defender Godfred Saka, left

Aduana Stars have confirmed talks are advanced with Ghanaian champions Asante Kotoko over a possible signing of defender Godfred Saka. 

Kotoko have reportedly tabled a $20,000 offer but Aduana Stars want them to cough up $35,000 before sanctioning the deal.

“Talks are still ongoing. We have been toggling between figures. Kotoko came up with an offer which has not been accepted yet so Saka is still Aduana Stars’ player,” Aduana Stars CEO Albert Commey told Accra-based Asempa FM.

Saka has been on the radar of the Porcupine Warriors since the 2012/13 season but have failed to meet Aduana Stars’s demands for him.

Hearts of Oak also made a bid for the defender but are yet to table an offer.

Kotoko to unveil Ahmed Toure on Wednesday after securing 3-year deal with the Ivorian striker  FIFA.com News

Kotoko will unveil Ahmed Toure on Wednesday

Kotoko will unveil Ahmed Toure on Wednesday

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghanaian champions Asante Kotoko have announced they will unwrap Ivorian striker Ahmed Toure on Wednesday in a short ceremony at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. 

The Porcupine Warriors beat bitterest rivals Hearts of Oak to the signature of the 27-year-old and bring him back to the club on a three-year-contract.

Kotoko reportedly splashed $30,000 to gazump Hearts of Oak out of the battle.

“We will unveil him [Ahmed Toure] on Wednesday in a short ceremony before we play B/A United in a friendly game at the Baba Yara Stadium,” Kotoko spokesperson Alhaji Ali Maradona told Accra-based Oman FM.

Though Kotoko claim the striker has ink the deal, they admit he is yet to pass medicals.

“Yes we have signed him but he will undergo medicals today and will seal the deal,” he added.

Toure emerged as a transfer tussle between Hearts of Oak and Kotoko after shinning for Hearts in the off-season GHALCA Top-Four competition, re-igniting Kotoko’s interest and his eventual return to the club.

Ghanaian midfielder Adu Kofi seeking Malmo FF miracle at Juventus in Uefa Champions League clash  FIFA.com News

Enoch Adu Kofi training ahead of Malmo's clash with Juventus in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday night

Enoch Adu Kofi training ahead of Malmo’s clash with Juventus in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday night

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Former Ghana U17 midfielder Enoch Adu Kofi says Malmo FF are seeking to earn a point at Juventus in Tuesday night’s Uefa Champions League clash though he admits the Italians are favourites.

Adu Kofi has travelled to Turin with the Swedish Allsvenskan title-holders and according to Adu, they are hoping to frustrate Juventus to a draw at the Juventus Arena.

“Our views is to get a point here and try to play our best football,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

Juventus are the book-makers favourites to claim qualification from Group A which also includes Spanish side Atletico Madrid and Greece’s Olympiakos Piraeus.

But Adu, who joined Malmo in the summer transfer window from Belgian side Club Brugge after completing a loan spell at Norwegian side Stabaek, believes hard work can push them through.

“Yes its always about hard work and playing to hel each other in the team. Everybobdy knows here knows its not going to be easy but we will play to our best and see the outcome,” he added.

The 24-year-old has already debuted in the competition after playing for Danish side Nordsjælland four seasons ago at a tender age of 19.

Ghanaian attacker Kingsley Boateng thrilled with his match winner for NAC Breda in Holland  FIFA.com News

Kingsley Boateng thrilled with his strike for NAC Breda

Kingsley Boateng thrilled with his strike for NAC Breda

Ghanaian attacker Kingsley Boateng is delighted his lone strike won the three points for NAC Breda at Dordrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday night. 

The 20-year-old decided the fate of the game when he struck in the last three minutes of the game at the GN Bouw Stadion.

Boateng, who joined Breda from AC Milan, confidently outmuscled two Dordrecht defender before rounding up the keeper to slot into the empty net to claim the maximum points for Breda and hand them their second straight.

“I’m glad I was able to get the winning and thus can help the club. I thought long that it would be a draw but luckily we grabbed points with few minutes left,” decision Boateng.

“In the first half we played with less intensity, they have had opportunities to hurt us. Duel went up and down. They had chances and we had chances. In the second half we came out more often, and I moved to play deeper. Their defenders were not so fast and that showed at the goal,” he added.

Boateng is playing his debut season in the Dutch top-flight and is tipped to explode.

David Accam hits double in Helsingborg 3-1battering of AIK Solna in Swedish top-liner  FIFA.com News

David Accam netted a brace for Helsingborg on Monday night

David Accam netted a brace for Helsingborg on Monday night

Ghana attacker David Accam hit a brace for Helsingborg in their 3-1 thrashing of AIK Solna in the Swedish Allsvenskan top-liner on Monday night.

The 22-year-old set up the first goal for Christoffer Andersson before scoring twice within the last three minutes of the first-half to seal victory for the Reds at the Olympia.

Accam resumes his scoring run in the Allsvenskan and is now the top-scorer of the league with 14 goals following her brace on Monday night.

Accam firstly organized a free kick that Christoffer Andersson elegant put into the top corner from close range in the 38th minute. Then he made himself the other two goals in the 42nd and 45th minutes, and both times rounded Accam AIK goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren.

Victor Pálsson stood up for the gig to Accams first goal with a sweeping pass as the Ghanaian managed to finish off by dribbling by Carlgren and put the ball into the open goal.

Mattias Lindstrom then stood up for second assist two minutes later when he got past two defenders and found Accam who again rounded Carlgren, feinted down Alexander Milosevic and rolled into 3-0.

Accam is still without a Ghana debut despite being handed call-up on four different occasions.

Ghanaian stars set to dazzle in Europe’s flagship club competition as Champions League action returns  FIFA.com News

Kwadwo Asamoah training ahead of Juventus' Uefa Champions League game on Tuesday

Kwadwo Asamoah training ahead of Juventus’ Uefa Champions League game on Tuesday

Ghanaian players are expected to dominate the headlines on Tuesday night and perpetuate it on Wednesday as the Uefa Champions League returns. 

Juventus are targeting the last eight as a minimum for Juventus, according to manager Massimiliano Allegri but they have a cause to wary as they face Swedish side Malmo FF at the Juventus Arena.

According to Uefa’s technical watchers, Allegri is expected to start Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah ahead of France’s Patrice Evra as he hopes to navigate victory on home grounds. Enoch Adu Kofi, 24, is sure start in midfield for Malmo and will clash with Asamoah in the middle.

Adu Kofi is hoping for a good form against Juventus

Adu Kofi is hoping for a good form against Juventus

American-born Ghanaian Joe Gyau, who made the Borussia Dortmund squad for their weekend triumph over Freiburg will be hoping to maintain his place in his first team squad as they take on Arsenal.

Winger Frank Acheampong will be hoping to translate his swashbuckling form which saw him score over the weekend for Anderlecht at Lierse SK in a 2-2 draw. Anderlecht make a trip to Turkey to take on Cesare Prandelli’s Galatasaray side.

German-born Ghanaian attacker Karim Bellarabi is expected to lead the charge for Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen 04 as they play away to France’s AS Monaco on Tuesday at the Stade Louis II.

On Wednesday, suspended Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is in Schalke 04 squad that is travelling to the Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea.

Ajax Amsterdam manager Frank de Boer is expected to name Dutch-born Ghana youth defender Kenny Tete in his squad to face Paris Saint-Germain.

Fatau Dauda must fight for his place at Chippa United after South African keeper impressed in his absence  FIFA.com News

Fatau Dauda must fight for his place at Chippa United

Fatau Dauda must fight for his place at Chippa United

Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda failed to break into Chippa United’s first team squad after returning from the international breaks, sparking new concerns over his starting role at the South African club. 

The 28-year-old was in between the sticks for the Black Stars against Uganda but was axed for the 3-2 win over Togo in Lome as he dropped to bench and was expected to command a first team place at Chippa United after his limited activity.

But he returned to his club on Thursday and failed to break into their first team squad for their 2-0 away triumph over Moroka Swallows on Sunday, a situation that could be attributed to fatigue.

South African keeper Mbongeni Mzimela who claimed Dauda’s place in the game is vastly experienced in the league after playing five seasons on the top-flight.

Dauda must work to regain his first choice gloves at Chippa or risk suffering the fate he endured at Orlando Pirates in his one-season spell at the club but Mzimela is bent on fighting for his role at the club.

SC Tripoli hold surprise birthday party for new signing Micheal Helegbe  FIFA.com News

Michael Helegbe

Michael Helegbe

By Rahman Osman

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Ghanaian midfielder Michael Helegbe was treated to a surprise birthday party on Monday afternoon by his new club Tripoli SC of Lebanon.

The former Medeama player turned 30 today and had a cake-cutting ceremony by his teammates and club officials before training.

Helegbe wasted little time in adapting to life in Lebanon and has raked in four goals in his last six appearances so far in pre-season games.

Birthdays have become something important for footballers after Manchester City’s Yaya Toure got angry with his club for forgetting his birthday.

Italian Serie B side expect Modena expect Ghana midfielder Amidu Salifu back from injury  FIFA.com News

Amidu Salifu to return to training

Amidu Salifu to return to training

Italian Serie B side Modena are expecting to have Ghanaian youth international midfielder Amidu Salifu back from injury. 

The Canaries were without the 21-year-old missed Modena’s narrow 1-0 win over Pro Vercelli with a slight injury however their manager expects the former Fiorentina midfielder to return to training ahead of their trip to Catania.

Salifu, featured 29 times for Modena in the Serie B on loan from Fiorentina, and is hoping to better his performance in the current season.

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