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Amin Lamptey questions CK Akonnor’s Black Stars appointment

Ace sports journalist Mohammed Amin Lamptey has questioned the criteria used in appointing Charles Akonnor as head coach of the Black Stars.

On Tuesday, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) appointed Charles Akonnor as its new national team coach to replace Kwesi Appiah.

The 45-year-old has stepped up from his role as an assistant coach of the team following the departure of Kwesi Appiah early this month. Appiah’s contract was not renewed after two and a half years of being in charge.

According to media reports, the government insisted on having a local coach in charge of the team and Akonnor emerged as the best option.

However, Amin Lamptey believes there are many local coaches with rich resumé than the former VfL Wolfsburg captain.

“We should know the criteria and conditions under which CK was appointed because we have equally good coaches who are better than him to do the job,” Lamptey quizzed on Happy FM.

“We can’t compare him to Maxwell Konadu, Sellas Tetteh or Ibrahim Tanko.”

Akonnor made 41 appearances for Ghana and scored 12 goals.

He captained the Black Stars after the retirement of Abedi Pele. He participated in four Africa Cup of Nations; 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000.

Akonnor made his name in Germany where he starred for Fortuna Koln, Wolfsburg and SpVgg Unterhaching. He also had spells with Danish side before calling time on his career in Cyprus with Alki Larnaca.

His coaching started at Sekondi XI Wise in 2009. His big move came almost immediately as he was signed on as the head coach of Accra Hearts of Oak in 2012.

He then went on to join Dreams FC before Ashantigold and Asante Kotoko.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Asante Kotoko handed stadium ban for crowd violence

Asante Kotoko have been banned temporarily from using the Baba Yara Stadium for their home matches in the Ghana Premier League following Sunday’s misconduct by fans.

The disgruntled followers of the club went berserk and wanted to physically assualt referee Charles Bulu after the 1-0 defeat to Berekum Chelsea.

The melee deteriorated when a policeman fired rubber bullets- to disperse the crowd- which hit the eye of fan an innocent fan.

A Ghana FA statement read: “Following incidents at the Baba Yara Stadium during Asante Kotoko’s Premier League match with Berekum Chelsea on Sunday, the GFA Executive Council has decided to temporarily ban Asante Kotoko from playing its matches at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium pending the adjudication of the matter by the GFA Disciplinary Committee.

“The GFA Executive Council at its meeting on Monday, January 13, 2020, decided to trigger the provision of Article 14(2) of the GFA Premier League Regulations.

“Article 14 (2) of the GFA Premier League Regulations states that: “the GFA may order the closure of any league centre/venue where the safety of clubs, match officials and/or spectators cannot be guaranteed.”

“The GFA Prosecutor shall prefer charges against any person/party found to have breached any provision of the GFA Regulations or Disciplinary Code.”

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Chibsah on target as Gaziantep FK breeze past Menemenspor

Ghanaian midfielder Yusif Rahman Chibsah netted for Gaziantep FK in their 3-1 win against Turkish lower-tier side Menemenspor in a friendly encounter on Thursday.

Gaziantep engaged in their first game of the year in preparations for the second half of the Turkish Supalig.

It was a worthwhile practice for the Red and Black outfit as they showed much improvement in the second half after playing almost an even game in the first half where they went up 1-0 through Güray Vural.

Goals from Kenan Özer and Rahman Chibsah in the 66th and 76th minute respectively put Gaziantep FK in the driving seat before Mehmet Boztepe grabbed a consolation forMenemenspor in the 89th minute.

Chibsah was the only Ghanaian to feature for Gaziantep in the match as Aziz Tetteh and Patrick Twumasi were not named in the squad

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Secretary General of Sudan FA confirms talks with Coach Appiah

Dr. Hassan Abu Gabal, Secretary-General of the Sudanese Football Association, has confirmed discussions with former Black Stars coach James Kwasi Appiah.

According to Dr. Gabal, the processes of choosing a coach for the national team had reached an advanced level as Coach Appiah is one of the coaches that had held talks with them.

Information gathered by the GNA Sports from an impeccable source in Sudan said, Coach Appiah remains one of the many options at their disposal after they had received several CV’s from other coaches.

The Secretary-General said they were yet to finalise their choice for the team but were closer to arriving at a decision soon.

The Sudanese Federation announced its desire to hire a new coach to succeed the Croatian Zdravko Lugarucic, and received a large number of CVs for the coaches wishing to train the Falcons.

Coach Appiah, whose contract expired in December last year is one of the few coaches targeted by the Sudanese Federation to take up the job.

Source: ghananewsagency.org

GFA offers conditional media rights to all radio stations

The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has decided to make Radio Commentary Broadcast Rights available to all radio stations in Ghana for non-cash considerations.

The rights would be offered to all radio stations who accept the GFA’s conditions associated with the rights including promotion of the competitions, protection of the products and for mileage (adverts and LPMs) for the GFA, sponsors and partners of the competitions.

For management purposes, the GFA has also decided that it would offer the rights to major media groups of companies based on the terms and conditions associated with the rights.

For all other radio stations not affiliated to the major media groups, the GFA would offer the same terms and conditions to them through the major media groups.

The GFA therefore reiterates that the rights are available to every radio station in Ghana provided they accept the terms and conditions through the major media groups or the GFA.

In instances where a radio station is not able to reach an agreement with any of the major media groups, they can contact the Communications Department of the GFA to link them with a partner media group provided they are willing to accept all the conditions.

The GFA would publish the list of all media houses which are licensed or sub-licensed to run commentaries on any of its products upon signing of the relevant agreements by the media groups and their affiliates and partners (any radio station that gets a sub-license from the media group).

It said there would be clauses in the agreement between GFA and the major media groups which would ensure that the condition given to the major media groups by the GFA will be same as what they will give to any partner radio stations.

Source: ghananewsagency.org

Jeremie Frimpong not interested in leaving Celtic

Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong has reiterated his desire to remain at the club and win more trophies in Scotland.

The right-back joined Celtic from Manchester City in the summer and has been a revelation.

So many players have used Celtic to enhance their careers and move on to sign for English Premier League clubs.

But Frimpong is not thinking about that at least for now.

He responded to Daily Record about a possible transfer by saying: ”No, I’m at Celtic and this is where I’m staying. The fans love me and I love them so I’m staying here.”

Frimpong has already made 12 first-team appearances in all competitions.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

CAF release top three nominees for flagship awards

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has released three nominees for the flagship awards “African Footballer of the Year” for 2019.

Egypt’s and Liverpool player, Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Manchester City and Sadio Mane Senegal & Liverpool were the three top players nominated for the top award, together with top nominees for other categories.

The winner would be announced at the CAF Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 7 January 2020, at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt.

According to CAF, the shortlist of top three nominees for each award category was reached following votes from a CAF Technical & Development Committee and a panel of media experts with emphasis on the nominees’ performance during the year under review, 2019.

It also included votes from a select panel of CAF Legends, made up of former winners of the prestigious African Player of the Year award.

The legends took part in the voting process for the Player of the Year (Men & Women).

The final phase of voting for the men’s and women’s African Player of the Year, as well as the male and female Coach of the Year, would be selected by Head Coaches/Technical Directors and Captains of senior national teams from CAF Member Associations.

Meanwhile, the Interclubs Player of the Year would be decided upon by the Head Coaches and Captains of the group phase of the current season of CAF Interclubs competitions.

The event will celebrate African footballers and officials who have distinguished themselves during 2019. There will also be several new award categories in recognition of exceptional contributions to African football and inspiring individuals.

Below are the top three (3) contenders for all the categories are as follows (in alphabetical order):

African Player of the Year

Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)

Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

African Women’s Player of the Year

Ajara Nchout (Cameroon & Valerenga)

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)

Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Beijing Phoenix FC)

African Interclubs Player of the Year

Anice Badri (Tunisia & Esperance)

Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek)

Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)

African Youth Player of the Year

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)

Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria & Villarreal)

Victor Osimhen (Nigeria & Lille)

African Men’s Coach of the Year

Aliou Cisse (Senegal – Senegal)

Djamel Belmadi (Algeria – Algeria)

Moïne Chaâbani (Tunisia – Esperance)

African Women’s Coach of the Year

Alain Djeumfa (Cameroon)

Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)

African Men’s National Team of the Year

Algeria

Madagascar

Senegal

African Women’s National Team of the Year

Cameroon

Nigeria

South Africa

Source: ghananewsagency.org

Boakye-Yiadom set to work under Inter legend Dejan Stankovic

Ghana striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom could work under Inter Milan legend Dejan Stankovic at Red Star Belgrade in the second half of the Serbian Super League.

According to report in Italy, Stankovic will be presented by Red Star on Saturday, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €400,000 a season.

This will be the 41-year-old’s first proper managerial position, having so far worked as just an assistant to Andrea Stramaccioni at Udinese in 2014-15.

Since retiring from professional football in 2013, he has also worked as both a team co-ordinator and youth-team coach for Inter.

He will replace Vladan Milojevic, who was sacked for failing to lead the Serbian side into at least the Europa League knockouts from their Champions League group.

Despite that, they are 11 points clear of city rivals Partizan Belgrade at the top of the Serbian League.

Meanwhile, Yiadom has scored 5 goals in 20 matches in all competitions for the club in the ongoing season.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Baba Rahman plays full throttle for Mallorca on injury return

Ghana defender Baba Rahman returns from a two-month injury lay-off to help Real Mallorca beat El Àlamo in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.

The left-back sustained the injury whiles in action for the side during their 4-2 defeat against Getafe in September.

After several weeks of absence from action, the 25-year-old rejoined his teammates in training at the Sports City of Son Bibiloni a fortnight ago.

He was handed a starting berth when they travelled to the Estadio Facundo Rivas on Wednesday to engage El Àlamo in the round of 64 stage of the Spanish Cup.

Rahman was able to see out full throttle of action as Mallorca pipped the lower-tier side 1-0 courtesy a 93rd minute own goal by Abraham Contreras.

Meanwhile, his compatriots and teammates Baba Iddrisu Mohammed and Lumor Agbenyenu did not make the match-day squad as they were rested for Saturday’s crunch encounter against Sevilla.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

30 facts about Black Stars captain Andre Ayew as he celebrates his 30th birthday

Black Stars forward Andre Ayew marked his big 30 today.

A number of people have wished him well on his birthday with various pictures of the Swansea star making the rounds on Twitter.

At Citi Sports, we’re marking his birthday a little differently. We’ve gathered 30 facts about Andre, one for each of his 30 years.

1. Bienvenu

Despite representing Ghana at international level, Andre Ayew was born in France, specifically in Seclin, a small town in Lille. Before he made his first appearance for Ghana, he was eligible to play for the French National team

2. A Black Star

Andre made his debut for the Black Stars against Senegal on August 21, 2007, having been called up to the squad by Ghana’s coach at the time, Claude Le Roy.

3. 86 caps

Andre Ayew has earned 86 caps for the national team over the years since his debut. His 85th and 86th caps came in the AFCON 2021 Qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.

4. Debut delight

Andre Ayew scored his first-ever goal for the Black Stars against Burkina Faso on 19 January 2010 at the AFCON tournament. It was even more special because it was Ghana’s winner.

5. 15 goals

Andre Ayew has since scored 15 goals for the Black Stars. His last goal was Ghana’s second goal at the 2019 AFCON against Benin.

6. Rising star

He made his professional football debut in 2007 for Marseille at the age of 18, making 13 league appearances in his first season.

7. Club star

He has played for six different clubs across his career; Marseille, Lorient, Arles-Avignon, Swansea City, West Ham and Fenerbahce.

8. Goalfest

His highest scoring season was in 2011-12 season, where he netted 16 times for Marseille in 39 games.

9. Swan for life?

Andre Ayew has been signed by Welsh club Swansea on two different occasions, the first on a free transfer in 2015 before they signed him back from West Ham United for a fee believed to be around £20 million.

10. Welsh goal king

He has so far scored 25 goals for Swansea City since he first moved there, including nine already in the Championship this season.

11. Hammers splurge

Andre became West Ham United’s most expensive player (at the time) when he moved them from Swansea for a fee of £20.5 million.

12. Million-pound buy

Andre has commanded a total transfer fee of over £40million from his moves to West Ham and to Swansea. He started his career at Marseille and moved to Swansea on a free transfer from the French club.

13. Club success

Dede has won four major honours at club level, all at Marseille – two French League Cups and two French Super Cups.

14. Premier baller
He has scored 21 Premier League goals and is the second-highest Ghanaian goalscorer in the league.

15. Goal machine?

Ayew has scored 106 goals for his various clubs in France, Britain and Turkey. He has also played over 400 games in all competitions

16. Loaner

Andre Ayew has been out on loan to three different clubs over the course of his career, to Arles Avignon and Lorient while at Marseille and to Fenerbache from Swansea

17. Captain fantastic

Ayew led Ghana’s U-20 side to a fantastic treble; the WAFU Cup, the AFCON and the World Cup in 2009.

18. Player of the Year

He was named BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2011. That same year he was named Ghana Player of the Year.

19. CAF’s Best

Andre has been named in the CAF Team of the Year three times; in 2010, 2011 and 2015.

20. Continental ever-present

Andre has made an appearance at six African Cup of Nations tournaments for the Black Stars; in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019

21. Eye for goal

Dede Ayew is Ghana’s top goalscorer at the AFCON with nine goals. He was also joint top scorer at the 2015 AFCON with three goals.

22. World stage

He has also been part of the Black Stars’ last two World Cup campaigns; in 2010 in South Africa (a year after his U-20 triumph) and in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

23. Global scorer

Andre has scored two World Cup goals, both at the 2014 World Cup. He scored Ghana’s only goal in the 2-1 loss to USA before scoring in the 2-2 draw with Germany.

24. El Capitan

He was named Black Stars captain by coach Kwesi Appiah on 24th May replacing Asamoah Gyan. He led the side at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.

25. Prodigal son

He quit the national team in 2013 having been dropped for that year’s AFCON tournament, however, he returned to the squad later that same year.

26. The nearly man

Andre has finished as runner-up at the AFCON with the Black Stars twice, in 2010 and in 2015. He was in the Ghana squad that finished in 3rd place in 2008 as well.

27. By Blood

Andre Ayew was almost destined to go into football as he is the son of three-time African Player of the Year, Abedi Ayew Pele.

28. Family ties

He’s the second of his father’s four children and is sandwiched between fellow footballers Rahim and Jordan.

29. Husband, Father

Andre is married to Yvonne Ayew and has a daughter named Inaya.

30. Mon nom est?

His full name is André Morgan Dede Rami Ayew. He is usually called Andre Ayew or Dede Ayew.

Source: citinewsroom.com