Thursday 25 May 2017
(APA 05/24/17)
Ghanaian soccer fans on Wednesday expressed the hope that their team will progress to the final of the ongoing U-17 tournament in Gabon, when they meet Niger in a semi-final berth later in the day. The team garnered 7 points to top Group A after beating Cameroon 4-0, Gabon 5-0 and a goalless draw with Guinea, making it the team that has not conceded a goal in the tournament so far. It was also the first team to qualify for the FIFA India U-17 tournament during the tournament with its captain, Eric Ayiah, fighting for the golden boot award with 4 goals. Jones Ampiah Biney, a soccer fan, said: "I am very hopeful that with...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
Ghanaian international midfielder Christian Atsu's performances for Newcastle United in regaining their Premier League status earned him a permanent move from champions Chelsea on Wednesday. The 25-year-old -- who scored five goals in 32 Championship appearances as the Rafael Benitez-coached Magpies topped the table -- signed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The transfer to Newcastle is subject to Atsu successfully reapplying for a work permit. "We are happy to sign a good player," Benitez told the club website. "He's shown us that he's a good professional and someone who is very keen to learn and improve. "Christian has been a key part of our promotion campaign and he wants to help us to build something for the future."...
(Ghana Web 05/17/17)
Black Stars Head Coach Kwesi Appiah has raised fresh hope of the return of both Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng after suggesting that the two will be considered for selection for the team provided their performances merit a call-up. Both players were banished and subsequently suspended indefinitely from the team after an incident during the 2014 World Cup campaign. Muntari was booted out after he was alleged to have made an unprovoked physical attack on an Executive Committee member of...
(Xinhuanet 05/08/17)
Ghana's deputy sports minister Pius Hadzide on Friday condemned the racist attack on former Black Stars midfielder Sulley Muntari who plays for Pescara in the Italian Serie A, calling on the Italian FA to take firm unbiased and fair steps to ensure that such actions do not repeat themselves. The Ghanaian international walked off the pitch in Pescara's game against Cagliari last Sunday after fans of the home side rained racist insults on him. He was subsequently handed a one-match...
(AFP (eng) 05/06/17)
Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari's one-match ban for leaving the pitch in protest at racial abuse has been overturned, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said on Friday. The Ghanaian walked off just before the end of last Sunday's Serie A game at Cagliari after angrily confronting home fans, claiming to have been racially abused before being booked. The 32-year-old received an automatic one-match suspension following his dismissal as he was initially booked for dissent, before receiving a second yellow for leaving the field. But the sanction was lifted by the FIGC's appeal court.
(AFP (eng) 05/03/17)
World players' union FIFPro urged Italian football powers Tuesday to quash Sully Muntari's yellow card for leaving the pitch over the weekend, after fans hurled racial abused at the Ghanaian player. The former AC Milan and Inter midfielder dramatically left the field Sunday while playing for Pescara at Cagliari after he angrily confronted Cagliari fans, claiming to have been racially abused before being booked. While leaving the pitch in frustration and murmuring "Basta! (Enough)", Muntari went to address more supporters,...
(AFP (eng) 05/02/17)
The United States will take on old rivals Ghana in a friendly international on July 1 as they build-up to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, it was confirmed Monday. US Soccer said in a statement the match would take place at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut. "Ghana is certainly a team that brings different challenges, and it's the type of competition we need as we continue to develop our program," US head coach Bruce Arena said in...
(Ghana Web 04/26/17)
In-coming Black Stars coach, James Kwasi Appiah has held a closed-door meeting with Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo, www.footballghana.com has reported. The meeting which was held on Tuesday at the Flagstaff House precedes Appiah's official announcement as coach of the senior national team. The 56-year-old is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Ghana Football Association (GFA), an appointment which has the blessing of President Akufo-Addo. Appiah's visit to the seat of government precedes a similar trip to the Ministry...
(AFP (eng) 04/18/17)
Michael Essien and Carlton Cole are facing problems in Indonesia after their new club admitted it had not obtained work permits for the ex-English Premier League players. The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country's best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league. But the club is now set to be questioned by immigration authorities after the...
(Ghana Web 04/06/17)
Ghana's inactivity during the FIFA date for international friendlies has cost the Black Stars on the world ranking after slipping two places. The Black Stars are now ranked 45th in the world but still remained eighth in Africa as FIFA took into account 129 games played. Egypt remained the Africa No.1 country as they moved up one place to 35th on the table; followed by Senegal, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. Ghana could not accumulate points after failed to arrange for...
(Graphic Online 04/04/17)
Norfolk State University (NSU) freshman Martha Bissah's MEAC-leading 800-meter time was among the highlights in a runner-up team finish for the NSU women's track and field team at the Colonial Relays hosted by William & Mary over the weekend. Bissah, the MEAC indoor champ in the 800m, ran her first race at that distance this outdoor season at W&M. She won her heat in 2 minutes, 8.45 seconds. Bissah was third overall in the field behind American's Brianna Belo and...
(Graphic Online 04/04/17)
Barring any last minute change of mind, former Black Stars coach, James Kwasi Appiah, is set to make a comeback to the senior national team as the head coach following his recommendations by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) six-man search committee and pending approval from the FA’s Executive Committee (ExCo). The Search Committee last Friday interviewed three applicants — Kwasi Appiah, Frenchman Willy Sagnol and Belgian Hugo Broos currently with Cameroun — shortlisted from the hundreds of applicants last month,...
(Ghana Web 03/28/17)
What was supposed to be harmless and genuine quest for information might have landed two top officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in trouble per Papua New Guinean laws on sexual harassment. Isaac Addo, the acting FA General Secretary, and Nanabanyin Eyison, a member of the GFA’s Executive Committee and also chairman of the management committee of the national female Under-20 team, are battling to clear their names of charges of sexual harassment brought against them by the Ethics...
(Ghana Web 03/24/17)
Legendary Ghanaian coach Herbert Addo has passed away at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra after battling a short illness. Herbert Addo’s health had been deteriorating and was recently admitted at the Emergency Medical Ward. Herbert Addo is reported to have died around 11 am on Friday. He was 65. Addo coached the Black Stars in 1980. Herbert Addo won the league title with Asante Kotoko (1988), Goldfields S.C now Ashgold (1994/95 and 1995/96), Accra Hearts of Oak (2002), and...
(BBC News Africa 03/21/17)
A footballer whose post-match interview went viral after he thanked his wife and girlfriend has denied being unfaithful. Ghanaian Mohammed Anas, of South Africa's Free State Stars, told the BBC he was referring to his daughter. "My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend. That's what I was talking about. I don't have a girlfriend," he said. Anas said he was not worried about his wife's reaction. He said he was surprised how many people had watched the...
(AFP (eng) 03/20/17)
Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey was on Monday banned for life by world football's governing body FIFA for match fixing. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had already slapped a three-month ban on Lamptey after he awarded South Africa a controversial penalty in their 2-1 victory over Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on November 12, 2016. "The official was found guilty of unlawfully influencing match results," FIFA said in a statement. Zurich-based FIFA said it was dismissing charges...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(Ghana Web 03/14/17)
Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has advised the Ghana Football Association to appoint a local trainer as the next Black Stars coach. The GFA are on the verge of appointing a new coach for the team following Avram Grant's departure after the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. With some clamouring for an appointment of a local coach others are of the view that the job should be given to an expatriate. Appiah believes giving the job to a...
(Ghana Web 03/09/17)
Ghana legend Wilberforce Mfum has questioned the stature of Rev. Osei Kofi, rejecting constant claims by the ex-Kotoko star he's the best ever player to have emerged from the West African nation as 'comical'. In a damning assessment of the self-acclaimed 'greatest footballer', the hard-hitting Mfum claimed Osei Kofi was a 'kid' who failed woefully during his time at Hearts of Oak and was only revived when he cross-carpet to join rivals Asante Kotoko. The debate about the greatest footballer...
(Ghana Web 03/03/17)
Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is ready to make a return to the Black Stars team, a close source to the player has revealed to Ghanasportsonline.com. The player has been out of the Black Stars team for almost two years now due to injury. Asamoah exempted himself from the Ghana squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after hinting he will like to focus on is Club career. Information gathered by Ghanasportsonline.com indicates the 27-year-old is now ready to join...

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