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Black Stars To Play Deportivo In Test Game
Ghana will play a test game on Thursday against second-tier side Asokowa Deportivo at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The game at 16:00 GMT against the local side, who are involved in the Division One League will be the Black Stars' only test match ahead of Sunday's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sudan.

Kwesi Appiah's side arrived in the Ashanti Regional capital on Wednesday afternoon after one workout in Accra the day before.
March 21, 2013
Kotoko's Suffer Derby Loss In Chase For The Top
King Faisal claimed the all the bragging rights after beating rivals to win the Kumasi derby in the Glo Premier League on Wednesday.

Faisal, who were caught in the relegation zone before kick off rallied from a goal down in the first half to win the outstanding match-day-17 game 2-1 at the Baba Yara Stadium.

The defeat, Kotoko's second in the season will cost them their hopes of closing in on the top spot, though they have a game in hand.

Kwabena Adusei gave the Porcupine Warriors the lead after 42 minutes when he scored from the spot after Kotoko were awarded a penalty.

Kotoko held onto the lead to end the first half 1-0.

Thirteen minutes after recess, Faisal drew level when former Hearts of Oak player, Tetteh Nortey scored.

With the game coasting towards a draw, Kofi Owusu stunned the large Kotoko following at the stadium when he struck the match winner in the 88th minute.

Faisal are now out of the bottom three while Kotoko are placed fifth on the table.
March 21, 2013
Medeama Drag King Faisal Coach To Ethics Committee
Medeama have reported King Faisal coach Mallam Yahaya to the Ethics Committee of the Ghana Football Association for levelling bribery allegations against them.

Ex-international Yahaya alleged that Medeama president Moses Armah have been paying referees for bias officiating after his side's match day 18 1-0 defeat to the Tarkwa-based side.

But SC Medeama in their attempt to bring sanity to the game want the former Borussia Dortmund star to provide evidence to back his claims.

"We need to make sure the ethics committee looks through and make pronouncements on that because if we don’t do it the perception will be out there that we bribe referees to influence them," Albert Commey, Medeama Executive Vice Chairman, said.

"We know we don’t do that so for us it is appropriate we report to the Ethics Committee to take the matter up."
March 21, 2013
Muntari Looking To Make Playing In Kumasi Count Against Sudan
Black Stars midfielder Sulley Muntari says playing at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi always give them an edge over their opponents.

The last time Muntari played for the Black Stars was at the same venue where Ghana thrashed Lesotho 7-0 in a World Cup qualifier last June.

The AC Milan player-who is making a return to the team after missing out on the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa due to an injury-says the Black Stars will always be favourites playing in Kumasi.

"We believe that is a good ground for us, we always win our games there and see the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu there so it is like a second home to us," said Muntari

Ghana are second on the Group D qualifying table with three points and three points behind leaders Zambia who play less-fancied Lesotho.
March 21, 2013
MTN FA Cup: Draw For Fourth Round
  The FA Cup Committee has confirmed Wednesday, Match 27, 2013 as the draw date for the Round of 16 in the MTN FA Cup.

The live draw will see sixteen teams entered comprising of teams from the Premier and Division One Leagues.

The Premier League has eight sides who have reached the last 16 with seven clubs from the second-tier league ahead of the draw.

A third-tier side can make the last 16 draw if Agbozome Weavers eliminate Asante Kotoko next month when they play in their outstanding Round of 32 fixture.

And that will complete the list of qualifiers for the next stage matches.

Qualified teams for Round of 16 draw

Amidaus Professionals, Rainbow FC, Guan Stars, Hearts of Oak, Tudu Mighty Jets, Aduana Stars, Medeama SC, Berekum Chelsea, Gold Stars, Heart of Lions, Tema Youth, Nania FC, AshantiGold, Eleven Wise, Starke FC, Agbozome Weavers/Asante Kotoko 
March 21, 2013
Sellas Targets Ghana Consistency
Sellas Tetteh is banking on continuity to bring the best out of his Black Satellites team going into the decisive final group game at the 2013 African U-20 Championship.

The Black Satellites after an opening loss to Egypt boosted their chances of reaching the last four with a 1-0 win against West African neighbours, Benin on Tuesday.

“I used the same team that played the first game against Egypt as l wanted continuity,” Sellas said.

“I believe in this team and knew they would ensure victory over Benin.”

Ghana need to avoid defeat against hosts, Algeria when both sides meet in Ain Temouchent on Friday in the final Group A match to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.

“This win is good for the morale of the team going into a crucial third match against hosts Algeria,” the Ghana coach said.

The eight-team finals will see the top four teams qualifying to represent Africa at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
March 21, 2013
New Boxing Academy For Odododiodoo
The first vice-president of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Reginald Thompson, has hinted of a soon-to-be-established boxing academy in the Odododiodoo Constituency in the Greater Accra Region to train the youth.

Mr Thompson, the only member of the previous GBA administration to be retained in office at the recent GBA congress, said his position would afford him the opportunity to continue with his contribution to the sport.

“I love the sport; I grew up at James Town and was part of boxing in the town. It is now time to make boxing a lucrative venture in Accra,” Mr. Thompson, who doubles as the CEO of James Quagraine and Co., an accounting firm, said.

He said his first task would be to form a team to hunt for talents and groom them through the academy system to churn out the next generation of Ghanaian boxers.

Mr Thompson pledged his support for new GBA president, Peter Zwennes, as he carries out the vision of the new administration to make the sport more attractive.
March 21, 2013
NFF Say Kenya Responsible For Their Troubles
Nigeria say Kenya are responsible for their own travel troubles in Nigeria, and chose a dilapidated primary school to train despite being offered a much better pitch at National Stadium, Lagos.

On Wednesday, pictures emerged showing Harambee Stars players training on a grassless ground in Lagos, and their officials reportedly blaming their Nigerian counterparts for shoddy arrangements

But NFF official Bola Oyeyode, who is the coordinator for the game, told KickOffNigeria.com that the Kenyans had no one to blame but themselves.

“To start with, they were playing hide and seek about their travel arrangements,” Oyeyode began. “They refused to communicate their arrival date to us despite numerous letters from us to them.

“In all those communications, we copied their embassy here and Fifa and we still have the letters here.

“It was only on Monday afternoon that they wrote to us informing us they would arrive on Wednesday afternoon.

“Even their embassy was finding it hard getting information out of them. an embassy official called Mr Tony was doing his best to help us, but even he could not get anything out of them.”

When information eventually came, it was too limited, according to Oyeyode.

“They told us they were coming with a 25-man delegation, but didn't give us any names, so we could not book the connecting flight to Calabar early.

“When it was getting late, we used our relationship with the airline to book 25 seats with no names, only for them to arrive with a 35-man party.

“In their letter, they never said they wanted to train in Lagos. The arrangement was for them to come in and fly straight to Calabar. But their flight arrived at noon, and the flight to Calabar is usually at 11am.

“At no time did we discuss anything about a chartered aircraft. Even our own team, who are African champions, flew to Calabar on a regular commercial flight.”

Regarding the training ground, Oyeyode said the Kenyans picked the substandard ground on the advise of one of their ‘consultants’.

“We went out of our way to book the training pitch of the National Stadium in Surulere for them at very, very short notice.

“But they refused to go there, after they were advised but one their men on the ground here, and they chose that primary school to train.” 
March 21, 2013
Wenger's Destroyed My Son
WOJCIECH SZCZESNY’S dad last night accused Arsene Wenger of destroying his son by forcing him to play when he was injured.

Maciej Szczesny claimed Arsenal boss Wenger made the keeper fight on through a shoulder injury and return too quickly from a toe problem.

Wenger dropped Szczesny last week and his dad accused the Frenchman of using him as a scapegoat for Arsenal’s woeful season.

Szczesny Snr, a former Polish international keeper, said: “All those who think Wenger made the right decision about Wojciech should think where his worse form came from.

“Wenger already started to look for a scapegoat and found Wojciech. You don’t do such things. Obviously, he is in worse form now than a year ago but not for no reason. He had two bad injuries.

“With the first he played through April and May last season.
“It was unreasonable that he got persuaded by an experienced manager.
“I have huge complaints for this manager.
“He played with Wojciech’s health and Wojciech got persuaded to do this stupidity.

“Mr Wenger messed up a lot during April and May last year. I don’t blame a young man that he got persuaded — I would be persuaded, too.”
Arsenal have recorded 2-0 wins over Bayern Munich and Swansea since Szczesny, 22, was replaced by Lukasz Fabianski.

Speaking to a Polish newspaper, Szczesny Snr added: “Wojciech’s form is a result of playing with injury for two months and that he had a problem with a metatarsal in August.

“He recovered from it but after a week he was playing again in the Premier League.

“How is it possible? He is not training properly for about a year and whose fault is it? His?

“No, it’s the fault of an experienced coach and that he doesn’t take care of Wojciech’s form and his future.”
March 21, 2013
Wojciech Szczesny Apologises For His Father's Criticism Of Arsene Wenger
Wojciech Szczesny has publicly apologised following his father's criticism of his treatment by Arsenal. Maciej Szczesny, himself a former Polish international, accused Arsène Wenger of making his son "a scapegoat," amongst other things.

Now, his son, who is away with the national team at a training camp, has released a statement to clear up any misunderstanding.

"I would like to apologise for the comments made by my father which have been used by both Polish and English media," he said. "I'd like to make it clear that those were the views and opinions of my father and not mine, and although I respect his views I cannot accept them as I find them disrespectful to the club I truly love.

"I have been at Arsenal football club for seven years now and I have always shown my full respect to the club, Arsène Wenger, all the coaching staff, my team mates and the fans. I've always felt that I received great support from the manager and the fans and I am fully focused on getting back to my best.

"I am proud to be a part of Arsenal and I see my future at this great club." 
March 21, 2013
Injury Blow For Sudan Ahead Of Ghana Clash
Sudan have been dealt a major blow with injuries ruling out two key players for this weekend’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Ghana.

The Desert Hawks will be without Al-Hilal duo, midfielder Omer Bakheit and striker Mudathir ‘Careca’ At-Taieb for the Group D encounter billed for Sunday, March 24 at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi.

Information gathered by GNA Sports indicates that the duo sustained the injuries whilst in action for their clubs during the CAF Champions League 1/16 round first leg with Ivorian champions, Sewe San Pedro in Abidjan last Sunday.

The absence of the two players integral to the team’s plans will serve a bitter pill for head coach Mohamed ‘Mazda’ Abdallah, who is confident his charges will stretch the Black Stars to their fullest limit.

Al-Taieb, 24, the Desert Hawks most consistent striker in recent times was joint top scorer when Sudanese clinched bronze at the 2011 African Nations Championships (CHAN) on home soil.

Bakheit on the other hand is one of the most experienced players in the squad having made his debut few years ago.

In their absence, Abdallah has handed a surprise call up to 22-year-old midfielder Mohamed Musa from rivals Al-Merrikh to make up for the void.
March 21, 2013
Morale High In Black Satellites Camp For Algeria Task
The Black Satellites are in high spirits for their final Group A match at the African Youth Championship against Algeria.

The team spent an hour and a half on the artificial turf at the El Amria pitch.

Head coach Sellas Tetteh worked with trio Kennedy Ashia, Michael Anaba and Ebenezer Assifuor on goal scoring for more than 20 minutes.

Assistant coach Yaw Preko trained with the midfielders and defenders on the other half of the pitch.

The team needs a draw against the tournament hosts to secure a place in the semi-final and book a 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup qualification ticket.

Ghana are second in the Group with three points behind leaders Egypt who are on six.
March 21, 2013
Debutants, Frimpong And Otoo Score In Test Game
Black Stars debutants Mahatma Otoo and Emmanuel Frimpong scored in Ghana's 5-0 test game win against second-tier side Asokowa Deportivo.

The game at the Baba Yara Stadium saw coach Kwesi Appiah play two different sides in both halves.

After the first 45 minutes, the Black Stars were up two-zero with goals coming from Otoo and Frimpong.

There were also three other first-timers in the side that played the first half as Yaw Frimpong, Baba Rahman and David Accam all enjoyed a run out.

The Black Stars returned from the break with a new squad and were rewarded with three more goals through Majeed Waris, Agyemang Badu and Mubarak Wakaso

The test game formed part of the Black Stars' preparations ahead of Sunday's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sudan.

First half

Adam Kwarasey, Yaw Frimpong, Baba Rahman, Jonathan Mensah, Mohammed Awal, Emmanuel Frimpong, Solomon Asante, Rabiu Mohammed, Mahatma Otoo, David Accam, Albert Adomah.

Second half

Fatau Dauda/Daniel Agyei, Harrison Afful, Kissi Boateng, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Kwadwo Asamoah, Agyemang Badu, Sulley Muntari, Majeed Waris, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso.
March 21, 2013
Ghana U20 Captain Suspended For Algeria Match
Ghana will miss the services of captain Lawrence Lartey for their final African Youth Championship Group A match against Algeria on Friday due to suspension.

The centre-back received his second yellow card of the tournament after a 43rd minute booking in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Benin.

Lartey has been a towering figure at the back and will be missed for his runs forward and timely interceptions at the back.

In his absence, Israel-based Baba Mensah will partner Joseph Attamah Larweh in Ghana's backline for the dicey encounter. 
March 21, 2013
AYC 2013:Egypt Beat Hosts Algeria To Reach AYC Semis
Egypt became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the 12th Orange CAF U-20 Championship taking place in Algeria after beating the host 1-0 in Ain Temouchent on Tuesday night.


Midfielder Ramy Rabiaa headed powerful past the goalkeeper on the stroke of half time.

The Pharaohs beat Ghana 2-1 in their first group game on Saturday and with six points, they are assured of finishing in the top two and that also means qualification to the FIFA U-20 World Cup to come later in the year in June and July.

The derby had its fair share of passionate and feisty football but clear cut chances were few and far between. The Egyptians made more meaningful use of the ball and possession and looked sharper on attack, with efficient use of wing play.

Urged on by a full capacity crowd the hosts tried hard to match their opponents and perhaps were trying too hard as passes often went astray and shots were hurried but you couldn’t fault them for commitment and passion.

The flowing football and supportive play in the midfield by the Egyptians helped them wrestle that area in their favour in the first half forcing Algerians to drop deep and leaving their strikers with little assistance upfront.

The two keepers were kept busy with the Algeria keeper impressive as he constantly thwarted the danger on his goal. In one such move he was quick off his line to dive down and stop Rabiaa’s shot after the Egyptian had dribbled his way into the box.

At the other end the crosses from Algeria were well watched most of the time by the goalkeeper and his safe hands clasped the majority of the shots from a distance by the Algerians.

In the second half Algeria threw their all at it and wrestled back the midfield control as they started bombarding Egyptian goal with crosses and shots.

Algeria’s constructive play wasn’t always rounded up with the right final touch or decision and with each broken down move the gasps in the stadium became louder.

Towards the end Algeria almost got the equalizer but Egypt down to ten men in stoppage time after substitute Mohmoud Hammad got his second yellow during a scuffle hung on for victory over their arch rivals, who now need to beat Ghana on Friday to entertain any hopes of making the semis.
March 20, 2013
Kevin-Prince Boateng Will Rescind Decision Not To Play For Ghana - Muntari
Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari has revealed his AC Milan teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng is getting closer to rescinding his decision to quit the Black Stars.

Muntari also disclosed that the Germany-born player consistently talks about the national team, showing that he still loves the national team despite quitting the Black Stars about two years ago.

The 26-year-old stunned the world with his decision to retire from the Ghana national team in 2011 just over one year after securing a nationality switch to play for the country of his father.

Boateng’s decision was even more startling especially after excelling with the Black Stars at the 2010 World Cup which helped him to secured a bumper cash move to the Italian Serie A giants AC Milan.

Despite quitting the national team, the ex-Germany youth international consistently sent goodwill messages to the Black Stars team during the 2013 Nations Cup.

These messages, usually posted on the Milan star’s Twitter page, is seen by many as overtures towards his return to the Black Stars.

The German-born’s club teammate, Muntari with whom he played together with during their days at Portsmouth now hints at Boateng’s return.

“Prince is a cool guy, he is a good guy. He was having some little problems that is why he decided to stay apart,” he told MTNFootball.com.

“But he always talks about the national team so hopefully one day he will change his mind and come because definitely we need him here.”

Muntari is one of the star names expected to lineup for the Black Stars when they take on Sudan in a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
March 20, 2013
Boye Demands Focus For Crucial Qualifier
John Boye knows Ghana need to be at their best over the weekend as they face Sudan in a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier.

The Black Stars, second on the table and three points behind the top play the Nile Crocodiles on Sunday at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi in a Group D match as the Round II qualifiers reaches the halfway stage.

After two consecutive World Cup appearances in 2006 and 2010, Boye is among a band of new faces pushing for their tournament.

“Every player wants to play in the World Cup and this is the World Cup qualifier.

“It’s very important for me and very important for each player,” Boye said as the Black Stars got their preparations underway for the game on Sunday.

The central defender says that a win will be important for everyone, especially their fans.

“We have to win so that the fans who were down because of the Afcon [Africa Cup of Nations] can boost their morale.

“I think it’s a very important game for us,” the Rennes defender added.
March 20, 2013
Kotoko Return To Premier League Action
Asante Kotoko return to the domestic competition as they continue their title defence and chase the top in the Glo Premier League.

The Kumasi derby on Wednesday against King Faisal will test the Porcupine Warriors' push for the top after their impressive outing in the Caf Champions League.

On the other hand, it will determine Faisal's hopes of moving out or remaining in the relegation zone for another week.

The game at the Baba Yara Stadium will be Kotoko's first of two outstanding matches in the league as they are seven points adrift the summit.

In another outstanding match on Wednesday, New Edubiase will be at the Agyemang-Badu Park where they take on home team, Aduana Stars.
March 20, 2013
FIFA Job: Lagos SWAN Congratulates Oliseh
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Lagos Chapter, has congratulated Nigeria's former captain, Sunday Oliseh, on his appointment into the Technical Study Group of the World football governing body, FIFA.

Chairman of Lagos SWAN, Fred Edoreh, described Oliseh's appointment as a clear recognition of his brilliance, not only as a player that successfully captained the Super Eagles for years but also as a well trained coach.

"Lagos SWAN heartily congratulates Nigeria's former captain, Sunday Oliseh, on his appointment into the FIFA Technical Study Group" Edoreh said in a statement Monday.

"The appointment has further proved that Nigeria has great potentials in football development resource" the Lagos SWAN Chairman remarked.

"We are proud of Oliseh and we urge the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to take optimum advantage of the appointment" the statement further read.

Chairman of Lagos SWAN, Fred Edoreh, described Oliseh's appointment as a clear recognition of his brilliance, not only as a player that successfully captained the Super Eagles for years but also as a well trained coach.

"Lagos SWAN heartily congratulates Nigeria's former captain, Sunday Oliseh, on his appointment into the FIFA Technical Study Group" Edoreh said in a statement Monday.

"The appointment has further proved that Nigeria has great potentials in football development resource" the Lagos SWAN Chairman remarked.

"We are proud of Oliseh and we urge the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to take optimum advantage of the appointment" the statement further read. 
March 20, 2013
Black Stars To Dine With Asantehene
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene will host Ghana’s Black Stars at a dinner on Thursday before facing off with Sudan in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sudan in Kumasi on Sunday, footy-Ghana.com understands.

The dinner date which is scheduled for the seat and official residence of the Asantehene, the Manhyia Palace will have the entire Black Stars team and handlers at the event.

During the 2013 Afcon, the overlord of the Asante kingdom was supposed to visit the Black Stars in Nelspruit ahead of the semi-finals clash with Burkina Faso in fulfilment of a promise made them but their busy schedule which included the visit of the vice-president of Ghana curtailed the visit.

The Black Stars will now have the opportunity to dine with their number one supporter on the soil of the venue of Sunday’s match.

The Asantehene earlier visited the team ahead of their first game in this World Cup qualifying campaign and they went on thrash Lesotho 7-0 in June last year. 
March 20, 2013