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Kumasi Asante Kotoko defeat Abusua Dwarfs in pre season friendly.

Asante Kotoko and Abusua Dwarfs locked horns at the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast. The match was to test the readiness of these two premier league sides for the upcoming season.

The Ghana Football Association has scheduled December 28 for the start of the new football season. Clubs in the country have been busy in the transfer market and also preparing for the new season.

Kotoko started the match with Osei Kwame, Samuel Frimpong, Patrick Yeboah, Wahab Adams, Empem Dacosta, Justice Blay, Emmanuel Gyamfi (C), Collins Ameyaw, Richard Arthur, Songne Yacouba, Kelvin Andoh.

Captain Emmanuel Gyamfi broke the deadlock on the 22nd minute to give the visitors the lead.

In form striker Sogne Yacouba doubled the lead for the porcupine warriors on the 68th minute. The visitors controlled the game from the blast of the whistle to the final whistle on the 90th minute.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko is set to face Takoradi based team Sky Fc on Sunday as part of the preparation toward the new league season. They will also face their arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak in the President’s cup finals on 15th December.

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Lionel Messi has been crowned the Ballon D’or for the six time.

Fc Barcelona and Argentina star, Lionel Messi won his sic (6th) Ballon d’Or today. The Argentine player was competing for this accolade with twenty-nine other players. This calendar year has been good for Lionel as he has virtually won everything individual awards this year.

This is the first time the player is winning the award. He beat off competition from Christiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe Vigil Van Dyke among others. Vigil Van Dyke was one of the favorites to win the award after an impressive performance for Liverpool FC and the Netherlands this year.

The award was presented by former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. Luka Modric who was last year’s winner handed over the golden ball to Lionel Messi.

Read also: List for Ballon D’or Nominees Out.

Lionel Andres Messi goes into the history books as the only player to win the Ballon d’Or for the sixth time.

The award comes just a day after the superstar led his team Fc Barcelona to win against title contender Athletico Madrid as the Estadio del Metropolitano. The match was set for a draw when the Argentine’s solo effort resulted in the 1 – 0 win on the 88th minute.

Messi is regarded as one of the best players of all time. His consistent form over the last decade has led to people’s say that he is the best player ever to walk the surface of the earth.

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Jordan and Partey nominated for CAF top award.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released the list of African players vying for the African Footballer for 2019. The thirty-man shortlist includes players from the continent who are excelling for club and country.

The comes with two Ghanaian players. Jordan Ayew and Thomas Tei Partey were included in the list. The Crystal Palace striker and Athletico Madrid midfielder have both proved their worth for club and country. Due to this, their nomination comes as no surprise.

The two players have been instrumental for their respective clubs and country in the year under review.

Liverpool’s duo Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane are part of the 30-man shortlist. They are bookmakers’ favorite to win the award.

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Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund).
André Onana (Cameroon & Ajax).
Baghdad Bounedjah (Algeria& Al-Sadd)
Carolus Andriamatsinoro (Madagascar & Al Adalah)
Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon & PSG)
Ferjani Sassi(Tunisia & Zamalek)
Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)
Idrissa Gueye (Senegal & Paris Saint-Germain)
Ismail Bennacer (Algeria & AC Milan)
Jordan Ayew (Ghana & Crystal palace)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)
Kodjo Fo Doh Laba (Togo & Al Ain)
Mahmoud Hassan”Trezeguet” (Egypt & Aston Villa)
Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania & Genk)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
Moussa Marega (Mali & Porto)
Naby Keita (Guinea & Liverpool)
Nicolas Pepe (Côte d’Ivoire & Arsenal)
Odion Ighalo (Nigeria & Shanghai Shenhua)
Percy Tau (South Africa & Club Brugge)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance)
Thomas Teye Partey (Ghana & Atlético Madrid)
Victor Osimhen (Nigeria & Lille)
Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria & Leicester City)
Wilfried Zaha (Côte d’Ivoire & Crystal Palace)
Youcef Belaili (Algeria & Ahli Jeddah).

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Black Meteors fail to qualify for Olympics.

The Black Meteors today failed to t=beat their South African counterparts in the under 23 African Cup. The Meteors had earlier failed to beat the Ivorian under 23 team in the semi-finals. That meant that the Meteors had to win their match against South Africans in the 3rd / 4th game.

The Meteors were down by a goal to nil in the 15th minute after defender, Habib Mohammed scored an own goal. The Meteors team was unable to get the equalizer in the first half.

Five minutes into the second half, Evans Mensah got the needed equalizer. The Ghanaians players lifted their game and piled pressure on their opponents after the equalizer.

Read also: Kwabena Owusu leads the Black Meteors to semis.

On the 62nd minute, South African midfielder Kamohelo Mahlatsi restored their lead with his first touch as a substitute from the bench. The meteors tried continued to mount pressure on the opponents until striker Samuel Gyabaa equalized on the 85th minute. The game ended in a 2 – 2 draw and the game went to the penalty kicks.

Malepo missed the first penalty kick for the South Africans but Margeman, Mukumela, and Luther scored whiles Lomotey, Evans and Abass went on to score for Ghana.

Kingsley and Cudjoe missed their penalties and this, therefore, means that the Ghanaian team has failed to book automatic qualification to the Olympic games.

The African representatives at next year’s Olympics will be Egypt, Ivory Coast, and South Africa.

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GFA anounces the start of the 2019/2020 season.

The Ghana Football Association has confirmed the start of the new season for Ghana’s football. The country has been without football since June 2018 after the Number 12 expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which brought to light the rot in Ghana’s football. The world’s football governing body FIFA took over the administration of football in Ghana after the former GFA boss, Kwasi Nyantakyi was banned from any football activity.

A group of people led by Dr. Kofi Amoah was appointed by FIFA to form the Normalization Committee and they introduced the NC Special Competition.

After the election of the new GFA president, the new administration has released the draft calendar for the 2019/2020 season.  The calendar gives details of all activities leading to the commencement of the new football season. That is, from player registration to submission of jerseys and venue to workshop for clubs among others. The new season is for the Premier league and the lower leagues.

The new football season is set to start on 21 December 2019 and expected to end in July 2020. The 35-week league will see clubs battle it out for the ultimate prize. The new league season promises to be exciting as clubs prepare for it.

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Jose Mourinho appointed new Head Coach of Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspurs have appointed Jose Mourinho as the new Head Coach replacing ousted Mauricio Pochettino. The club released a statement via its website to make this announcement.

The official release on their website stated “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Head Coach on a contract that runs until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Jose is one of the world’s most accomplished managers having won 25 senior trophies. He is renowned for his tactical prowess and has managed FC Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Manchester United. He has won a domestic title in a record four different countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain) and is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League twice with two clubs, FC Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010. He is also a three-time Premier League Champion with Chelsea (2005, 2006, 2015).

Commenting on the appointment, Chairman Daniel Levy said: “In Jose, we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honors at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”

Speaking on his appointment, Jose said: “I am excited to be joining a Club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”

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Fans storm pitch after Black Stars win. [video]

The Black Stars showed an impressive performance against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.

In their quest to bring back the love of football to the country, the Black Stars showed an impressive performance against the South Africans. The journey towards this match saw the national team players engaging with the local people in the Central Region.

The Ministry of Sports also revised the gate fees for the match in a bid to encourage more fans to show up at the stadium and the fans did not disappoint. The stadium was filled to capacity and the hopeful fans expected nothing but the best from the Black Stars.

Thomas Partey broke the deadlock on the 36th minute after the South African goalkeeper had put up a show-stopping performance to deny the stars at goal.

The Black Stars built up their momentum in the second half and piled a lot of pressure on the Bafana Bafana but failed to put the ball in the net. On the 80th minute, debutant Mohammed Kudus scored a magnificent goal to give the Black Stars a 2 – 0 lead.

After the final whistle, the excited fans stormed the pitch to congratulate the players. The number of people who got onto the field was overwhelming and the players had to be rushed to the dressing room and the security team had to disperse the spectators.

Comparing the Cape Coast Stadium to other national stadiums in the country, it is easier for any fan to get onto the pitch at any time since there is no fence around the inner perimeter. It is high time the government checks to prevent any unforeseen circumstance. Before the match came to an end, a young man identified as Awal Suleman invaded also invaded the pitch and was arrested by the security personnel.

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Kwabena Owusu leads the Black Meteors to semis.

The Black Meteors have qualified to the semi-finals of the ongoing under 23 African Cup of Nations in Egypt after beating their Malian counterparts 2 – 0.

The Meteors, going into this match had a slimmer chance of qualifying as they were sat at the 3rd position with only one point. They drew their first match against Cameroon and failed to beat the host Egypt after going up twice in that particular match. On the other hand, the Cameroonians were able to beat their Malians in their second match. This made qualifying for the Meteors very dicey because they needed to win their last match against and hope that the Egyptian beat the Cameroonians in the last group match.

The match against the Malians was a cagey one as both teams failed to break the deadlock in the first half. At the beginning of the 2nd half, Ghana made their first substitution. Stricker Kwabena Owusu came in for midfielder Robin Polley.

It seemed the match was headed for a draw as both teams failed to convert their chances. On the 74th minute substitute Kwabena Owusu scored the first goal and added another goal on the 85th minute to put the match beyond the reach of the Malians.

On the other side, a brace from Egyptian goal poacher, Mostafa Mohammed sealed the qualification for the Black Meteors as Cameroon failed to level pegging after getting a goal back.

The Black Meteors will now wait for their semi-final opponents from group B. They could face South Africa, Nigeria or the Ivory Coast, depending on the outcome of the group B games tomorrow.

We wish the Meteors all the best in their subsequent matches.

Kotoko sacks coach after four months.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko has terminated the contract with their coach Kjetil Zachariasen 10 days after exiting the CAF Confederation Cup. The club released an official statement on Wednesday to confirm the rumors that had been speculated in the media about their contractual agreement with Kjetil. “Management has terminated the contract with Norwegian Coach, Kjetil Zachariassen after a meeting at the club secretariat in Kumasi today”.

The reason for the termination of the contract was due to the club’s failure to progress to the group stage of the CAF champions league and their subsequent exit from the confederation cup. According to the club the continuation of the contract was tied to the performance of the club in the African competition.

Read also: Kotoko gets a narrow win over San Pedro.

Kjetil Zachariasen was appointed head coach of the club in July as a replacement for Charles Kwablah Akonnor.

Zachariasen made his name with AshantiGold SC after replacing Svetislav Tanasijevic in the second round of the Normalisation Committee (NC) Special Competition.

The Norwegian coach guided the Miners to clinch the Tier 2 of the NC Special Competition and qualified the team to the CAF Confederation Cup for the 2019/2020 season.

Black Meteors fail to beat Egypt.

The Black Meteors of Ghana started the match on a high note after they broke the deadlock just six minutes into the game with a goal from the skipper Yaw Yeboah. However, the lead lasted for only 10 minutes as the host equalized on the 17th minute.

The Black Meteors found themselves on top again just a minute into the second when Samuel Obeng took advantage of a weak pass from the Egyptian’s defender, Mohammed Abdelsalem to send the ball past the goalkeeper.

On the 55th minute, Sobhi’s rebound header could have been the equalizer for the Egyptians but was ruled offside.

The Black Meteors could not contain the pressure the Egyptians mounted on them and on the 82nd minute, Egyptians drew level pegging.

That was not the end as they continued to put pressure on Ghana to get the winner and finally, their efforts paid off after Rayyan headed into the net a corner kick from Sobhi on the 88th minute.

Egypt has booked its place in the next stage of the competition while Ghana lies in the 3rd position with one point. The black meteors are on the brink of exit from the tournament.

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Kotoko gets a narrow win over San Pedro.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko escaped with a skin of the teeth after managing a narrow 1 – 0 win against their Ivorian counterparts San Pedro Football Club.

The Kumasi based club had the opportunity to make amends after the match was called off on sunday. The match could not continue in the second half after a heavy downpour made it difficult to play on the pitch and as per the FIFA regulations the match had to be postponed to the next day.

The match was a keenly contested one and both teams managed to test eachothers’ goal keepers but failed to break the deadlock in the first half.

The match was set for a draw before Asante Kotoko’s striker, Songne Yacouba, was brought down inside the 18-yard box during the stoppage time. The referee whilstled for penalty and Naby Keita calmly sent the ball inside the net.

This means Kumasi Asante Kotoko will go to the final leg of the tie with one goal up. This will be a difficult task as the visitors have proved to be a formidable side.

Do you fancy Asante Kotoko’s chances of qualifying to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup away from home?

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GFA decides: Kurt Okraku eleceted as new GFA president.

The Ghana Football Association has elected Mr. Kurt Okraku as the new FA President. Mr. Okraku will be incharge of football administration for the next four years.

Kurt had votes out of the 120 total votes cast. The election went to the second round after none of the candidates was able to obtain the 50% plus one vote. Mr. Kurt Okraku had 44 votes, Mr. George Afriyie had 40 votes, Mr. Fred Pappoe had 6 votes, Mr. Yaw Amponsah had 27 votes, Amanda Clinton 0 vote and Mr. George Ankomah Mensah also had 0 vote.

Ms. Amanda Clinton and Mr. George Ankomah were automatically eliminated from the race in the second round. Mr. Fred Pappoe also dropped out of the race and this meant, three candidates were left to contest at the second round.

At the second round, Mr. Kurt Okraku was able to garner 59 votes whiles Mr. Afriyie and Mr. Amponsah obtained 43 votes and 16 votes respectively. The 59 votes did not guarantee Kurt the win as it only represented 49.6% of the total votes which was less than the required 50% plus one vote.

The election had to go to another round to decide between Mr. Okraku and Mr. Afriyie. However, Mr. George Afriyie conceeded defeat and congratulated Kurt as the winner.

As per the statutes of the the GFA, Mr. Okraku could not be confirmed as the winner since he was unable to get the 50% plus one vote.

At the end of the third round of voting Mr. Kurt Okraku had 93 votes out of the 97 votes cast which represented 96% of the total votes. Mr. Okraku was declared the winner of the elections by the elections committee of the football association.

GFA vote to increase the number of premier league clubs.

The first agenda at the Ghana Football Association (GFA) extraordinary congress was issues relatng to litigation. Accra Great Olympics and King Faisal FC took the GFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and the ruling from CAS was for the GFA to re-instate the two clubs in the premier division.

The congress was divided as some members opposed to the Normalisation Commissions'(NC) proposal to increase the number of premier league teams for the 2019/2020 season to accomodate the two teams and put an end to the litigation issues . According the proposal by the NC, if congress is not satisfied with the 18-team league it can revert to the 16 team league after the 2019/2020 season by relegating 5 clubs.

Lawyer Ntow Fianko was of the view that increasing the number of Premier League clubs will need an amendment in the statutes of the GFA rules so he raised the motion to shelve the proposal of the NC. However, Mr. Randy Abbey had a different view and he sought to advice members to be a little flexible and less legalistic with the issue so that they can ratify the proposal of the NC. He further stated that it will help the new Football Association to start on a clean slate.

The house took a vote and 64 members out of the 120 voted for the motion to increase the number of Premier League teams from 16 to 18 teams for the 2019/2020 season.

Do you think the decision to of the congress to increase the number of teams in the premier league is the best?

CAS reject application for Provisional & Conservatory measures

The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has rejected the application for provisional and conservatory measures filed by Wilfred Kwaku Osei.

In a letter  dated 25th October 2019, the president of the Appeals Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sports ruled that,

  1. “ The application for provisional and conservatory measures filed by Wilfred Kwaku Osei on 14 October 2019 in the matter of CAS 2019/A/6517 Wilfred Kwaku Osei vs Ghana Football Association is rejected.
  2. “The costs of this Order shall be determined in the final award or any final disposition of this arbitration”.

The GFA will go ahead with its 25 October 2019  Extraordinary Congress (Elective) as scheduled.

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GFA Elections: Randy Abbey and George Amoako elected to the Executive Council.

The members of the Executive Council for the Ghana Football Association have been elected today, 24th October, 2019. The elected members will form part of the new administration to steer the affairs of Ghana’s football for the next four years.

Former GFA spokesperson, Mr. Randy Abbey is one of the three Division One League Clubs representatives who have been voted onto the new Ghana Football Association (GFA) administration. The other two members from the lower tier are Mark Addo and Samuel Anim Addo.

Mr. Abbey came first with 26 votes followed by Mark Addo and Samuel Anim Addo with 25 and 19 votes respectively. Alhaji Grussa who was also vieing for one of the slots was unable to make it as he ganered only 9 votes to occupy the 7th position.

For the Premier Division, CEO of Kumasi Asante Kotoko together with four others have also been elected to join the Executive Council. Medeama Board Chairman, Dr. Anthony Aubynn; Berekum Chelsea’s Nana Sarfo Oduro; AshantiGold CEO, Frederick Acheampong and Bechem United chairman Kingsley Osei Bonsu were the other members.

Dr Anthony Aubynn won the elections with 14 votes, Frederick Acheampong came second with 11 votes, George Amoako and Kingsley Osei Bonsu were third with 10 votes as Nana Oduro Sarfo picked the fifth position after earning 9 votes. Frederick Moore 8 votes and Albert Commey 7 votes were sixth and seventh respectively.   

They join already elected Habiba Atta Forson (Women’s rep) and Linford Asamoah (Regional FA rep) on the Executive Council with the final position up for grabs on Friday, 25th October, 2019.

We wish them all the best and we hope that they will be able to revive Ghana’s football.