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2019 AFCON Qualifiers: Ghana suffer shock defeat to Kenya

Written by | September 8, 2018 | 0
Ghana fell to a shock 1-0 defeat away to Kenya in their second Group F game of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Saturday. An own goal from defender Nicholas Opoku just before half-time gave Kenya, who had a man sent off, a famous victory in Nairobi. The Black Stars were seeking their second straight win after an emphatic 5-0 victory over Ethiopia in the opening game, but Kenya with a masterful defensive display were able to deny Kwesi Appiah’s charges. Kenya’s breakthrough came in the 39th minute after a period of consistent Ghana dominance. Eric Johana delivered a fine cross into the Ghana box and, under pressure from Michael Olunga, Opoku diverted the cross into his own net. However, the Black Stars had enough chances to have been at least level. First, Edwin Gyasi

FIFA worsens Nyantakyi’s woes, extends his suspension

Written by | September 5, 2018 | 0
World Football governing body FIFA, has extended its ban on former Ghana FA chief Kwesi Nyantakyi from all football activities by an additional 45 days. The CAF first vice president was initially suspended on 8 June for 90 days by the adjudicatory chamber of Fifa’s the Ethics Committee. The committee is carrying out a formal investigation into Nyantakyi after he was filmed apparently accepting a “cash gift”. The extension of the ban will commence on 6 September 2018. The statement said. Background   Mr Nyantakyi, was filmed in undercover investigation by ace undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas taking $65,000 (£48,000) from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman. Some of the footage from Anas’ film was later broadcast by the BBC World Service’s investigation’s

Ghana stripped of hosting rights for Women’s AFCON 2018

Written by | August 27, 2018 | 0
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has stripped Ghana of the hosting rights of the 2018 African Women’s Championship (AWCON) in November. With just three months before the start of the competition, CAF has been left unimpressed with the progress work at venues for the competition which led to the decision to axe Ghana. CAF President Ahmad Ahmad revealed that they were talking to some countries to take over as hosts of the two-week tourney with Kenya withdrawing their interest in hosting the competition. He, however, he remained confident that a new host will be announced in September. “We are engaging several countries and should be able to announce a host during the CAF Extraordinary General Assembly in Egypt next month,” Ahmad told KweséESPN. Ghana won the rights to

Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne out for three months

Written by | August 18, 2018 | 0
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will be out for three months because of a knee injury. The Belgium international, a second-half substitute in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal, suffered the injury in training on Wednesday. City say De Bruyne, 27, has a lateral collateral ligament lesion in his right knee, but does not need surgery. He missed 12 games in 2016 after injuring the same knee during an EFL Cup semi-final victory over Everton. De Bruyne was City’s player of the season last term, scoring 12 goals and providing 21 assists as his side won the Premier League and EFL Cup. He is likely to miss league games against Liverpool (7 October), Tottenham (28 October) and Manchester United (11 November), and the opening Champions League group games.

Ronaldo given two-year prison sentence over tax charges

Written by | July 27, 2018 | 0
Cristiano Ronaldo will accept a two-year prison sentence and a fine worth  €19 million (£16.9m/$22.15m) after striking a deal with Spanish authorities over tax charges. The ex-Real Madrid striker, now at Juventus, pleaded guilty to four charges of evasion between 2011 and 2014 worth a total of €14.7m. According to EFE, that amount has been reduced in his guilty plea to €5.7m, although taking into account fines, interests and other cost the sum ascends to €19m. The charges were initially denied by Ronaldo and his management company Gestifute, with the player answering tetchily whenever questioned over the matter. After reports emerged that the Spanish government had rejected an initial offer to settle the case, Cristiano wrote on Instagram “Don’t try to spoil the beautiful

FIFA Best Player award shortlist: Mbappe, Modric in; Neymar out

Written by | July 24, 2018 | 0
World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric are among the contenders to end Cristiano Ronaldo’s hold on FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player award after the shortlist was announced on Tuesday, but Neymar was not among the nominees. Ronaldo, who has won this honour in both years of its existence, is once again nominated, but faces arguably his toughest challenge yet, following so many impressive performances in Russia.   FIFA.com ✔@FIFAcom OFFICIAL | The nominees for #TheBest FIFA Men’s Player 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo Kevin De Bruyne Antoine Griezmann Eden Hazard Harry Kane Kylian Mbappe Lionel Messi Luka Modric Mohamed Salah Raphael Varane For the period 3 July 2017-15 July 2018 4:00 PM – Jul 24, 2018 10K 7,206 people are talking about

Transfer news: Barcelona sign Malcom from Bordeaux

Written by | July 24, 2018 | 0
Barcelona confirmed on Tuesday the signing of Malcom from Bordeaux for 41 million euros plus 1m in add-ons. He agreed a five-year deal to move to the Camp Nou, with a release clause expected to be fixed at €400m. Barcelona sign Malcom Roma had announced on Monday they had reached a deal with Bordeaux subject to a medical and personal terms being agreed but Barcelona hijacked the move at the 11th hour. Roma supporters had even gathered at the airport in Italy’s capital city to welcome Malcom on Monday night, but he never arrived. Instead, terms were being negotiated with Barca, who had gazumped Roma’s bid, which was reported to have been in the region of €32m. FC Barcelona ✔@FCBarcelona Bem-vindo Malcom! Welcome! #EnjoyMalcom #EnjoyBarça 18:24 –

2018 World Cup: Holders Germany knocked out after losing to Korea

Written by | June 27, 2018 | 0
Defending champions Germany have been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup after losing to South Korea in Kazan. Kim Young-gwon’s 92nd-minute goal, awarded after a video assistant referee decision, left four-time winners Germany on the brink of elimination. Then six minutes into stoppage time, with Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in possession in the opponents’ half, Ju Se-jong gained control of the ball, launched it forward and Son Heung-min tapped into an empty net to score the second. It is the first time since 1938 that a Germany or West Germany side has not advanced beyond the first section of the tournament, as Joachim Low’s side – top of Fifa’s world rankings – finish bottom of Group F. Sweden finish top of the group, with Mexico second, and South Korea third. Eighty years

Gov’t to dissolve GFA after #Number12 exposé

Written by | June 7, 2018 | 0
The government is taking steps to dissolve the Ghana Football Association (GFA). This follows investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ damning exposé on football. In a statement signed by Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, government said it is  “shocked and outraged” by the contents of the exposé which was premiered at the AICC on Wednesday. “Having regard to the widespread nature of the apparent rot involving top GFA officials, top NSA officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees, Government has decided to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved. Government will shortly thereafter, announce provisional measures to govern football activity in the country, until a new body is duly formed,” the statement said. The extent of corruption in

How Referee Samuel Suka Exchanged Asante Kotoko’s Destiny With A Goat & GH¢2000 Bribe

Written by | June 7, 2018 | 0
Somewhere in the month of March, 2017, Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko sporting club had an encounter at the Accra Sports Stadium.   On the day, diehard fans of Kumasi Asante Kotoko went home not happy because of a decision made by centre referee Samuel Suka.   Barely seven minutes left on the clock, Hearts of Oak had no goal in the game as their match day opponents Asante Kotoko. Then from no where, bang! Penalty. Referee Samuel Suka blew his whistle claiming Ahmed Adams had handled Samuel Yeboah’s shot in the box. Fans went wild. Fast forward, Vincent Atingah converted the penalty kick excellently to make Hearts carry the day. A little over a year on, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ investigative journalism has revealed that Super Clash goal did not just come by from a ball