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Arsenal fans react to reports of Partey wanting Emirates transfer

Arsenal fans have taken to social media to give their reaction to the rumours making round that Thomas Partey has decided to join the club in the summer.

The Atletico Madrid ace has been heavily linked with a transfer to Arsenal and Manchester United in the upcoming summer transfer window.

But according to a report on The Telegraph, the Ghana midfielder has informed his close friends that he prefers a move to the Emirates Stadium ahead of Old Trafford.

Some Arsenal fans have given their take on the reports that Partey wants to make the switch to the North London outfit.

Source: Ghana Soccernet

FIFA clears Asante Kotoko

World football governing body, FIFA has closed its file on the issues relating to player, Kwame Bonsu, Asante Kotoko and Esperance.

In a letter dated May 4, 2020 and signed Head of Players’ Status at FIFA, Erika Montemor Ferreira; FIFA said it would “proceed to the closure of the file” after the amicable agreement between the two clubs.

FIFA’s correspondence came two days after it received a communication from Closemarking Consult, the firm that aided Kotoko in the matter, explaining that the two clubs have successfully resolved the issue.

Esperance had earlier delayed in paying Bonsu’s transfer fee in view of the unresolved issues around the signing of Emmanuel Clottey. Kotoko would subsequently be fined US$240,000 by FIFA with the breakdown as follows – transfer fee US$180,000; accrued interest, US$45,000 and legal charges – US$15,000.

A pact was however reached between Kotoko and Esperance to waive the US$45,000 accrued interest; US$150,000 being Bonsu transfer fee paid as part payment to offset the US$180,000 debt with the remaining US$30,000 rather paid by Kotoko.

With the necessary payments thus made and acknowledged by Esperance and FIFA, Kotoko now have a clean bill of health and would suffer no transfer ban in consequence.

Source: akscgh.com

Dr Nyaho Tamakloe resurrects Sulley Muntari rumours

Hearts of Oak board member Dr Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe seems to revived Sulley Muntari’s move to the club after revealing ‘we’ve reserved a jersey for him’.

The Phobians released a statement last week to quash rumours the former Inter Milan and Portsmouth star had signed for them to revive his career.

Muntari has been without a club since leaving Spanish second-tier side Albacete in the summer of June, 2019.

The former Ghana international training in Accra to maintain his fitness as he looks to relaunch his career.

It looks like Hearts are ready to offer him a route.

”For the past two years, Hearts of Oak have been telling Sulley Ali Muntari that we’ve reserved a jersey for him. Anytime he’s ready to play, he knows what to do,” Dr. Tamakloe told Accra-based Angel FM.

Source: Ghana Soccernet

Why Ivory Coast ex-footballers snubbed Didier Drogba and voted massively for Sory Diabaté

Shockwaves spread like wildfire when news emerged on Sunday that Ivory Coast former footballers snubbed their own colleague Didier Drogba by voting massively for long-standing FA loyalist Sory Diabate in the FA presidential elections.

The Chelsea great and former African Footballer of the Year had ZERO votes in the first phase of the election for the person to take over from Sidy Diallo as the FA President.

All the votes went to Diabate, who had served for years as the assistant to Diallo, as the little known but influential figure went on to humiliate the legend with a thumping him in the highly symbolic votes.

It was expected that Drogba’s team-mates would overwhelmingly vote for their famous colleague but soon it became clear that the ex-players preferred the experienced football administrator.

Why Didier Zokora didn’t vote for Didier Drogba and why Drogba had zero votes from the Association of former players. Some little facts to let you understand the story better.

It is not envy. The old players don’t hate the Chelsea legend. What happened was natural and backed by common sense. You would do same if you were in the same scenario.

In September 2019 Didier Zokora – who played with Drogba in the national team for 12 good years – was appointed to the Technical Directorate of the Ivory Coast Football Association.

The man behind this appointment was the vice president of the Ivory Coast FA (pictured) named Sory Diabaté who is also the Ivory Coast League boss.

In fact, nine other former footballers including the great Abdoulaye Traore, Youssouf Fofana, Ibrahim Bakayoko, Kone Ibrahim and others were appointed into similar positions by the FA.

By so doing most of them became engaged and found jobs in football as ex-national stars. At least they are salaried staff of the Ivory Coast FA and they won’t be “begging around”.

Again this man – Sorry Diabaté – was key in helping at least 10 former footballers acquire their coaching license free of charge. None of them paid a penny.

So in 2020, this same man Diabaté declares intention to be Ivory Coast FA president and the Association of Former footballers go to the election room to decide which candidate to support and you want that to be Drogba? Because he belongs to them? Hell no. That would have been a cruel way to pay Diabaté back. What the former players did was the sensible thing to do. I will do same.

Other factors worked against Drogba. He is not liked in the Ivorian media as a criticism of his knowledge of domestic football grew. He is accused of not having an interest in domestic football. He has not watched even one match locally. He launched his Presidential campaign via an interview with a French television station. It did not go down well with many Ivorians.

He was in Egypt for the recent AFCON but didn’t visit the Ivorian team in camp. His cardinal sin with his team-mates is that he didn’t even inform the former players that he was contesting for the position.

They don’t hate Drogba. It was a hard decision and they decided this way. The ex-footballers voted to support somebody who was at their services about one year ago. This is only natural and common sense support this decision.

Zokora played with Drogba. Yes, that is true but he didn’t vote for him and he could not have voted for him. Diabaté won over his heart long ago.

Source: dailymailgh.com

Myron Boadu is Dutch top-flight’s best player for 2019/20 season

Statistics have shown that Ghanaian striker Myron Boadu is the best player of the Dutch top-flight league before it was recently halted by Coronavirus.

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, most of European football’s top leagues have ceased play. Should that instigate the cancellation of the leagues, the Player of the Year award will go to the AZ Alkmaar attacker.

The youthful and exciting AZ Alkmaar are level on points with Ajax after 25 matches, and their central striker is arguably the top performer in Eredivisie.

AZ’s midfield stalwart Teun Koopmeiners, Ajax stars Hakim Ziyech and Dusan Tadic, and Feyenoord’s Steven Berghuis are all in with a shout, but the 19-year-old self-confessed Manchester United fan Myron Boadu has been the best so far.

Boadu has had to overcome two serious injuries in his young career, with the previous two campaigns being ruined by spells on the sidelines.

Thus, 2019/20 is his first full season, and he is proving to be a brilliant, versatile performer, who is equally dangerous around the penalty area as inside it.

With 14 goals and six assists, his contribution is massive – and he is a big game player too.

He scored the last-minute winner against Ajax in December, and netted early against the champions again in AZ’s 2-0 win at Johan Cruyff Arena in March.

Those goals enabled the underdogs to dream of a sensational title triumph if the season is to be completed.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Best African Players From The Weekend

SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv enjoyed another great weekend of football action, with the continuation of the 2019/20 Premier League, La Liga and Serie A campaigns.

The best African footballers from the weekend must surely include Liverpool’s African attacking duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who each scored as the Reds came from a goal down to defeat Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The victory not only saw Jurgen Klopp’s charges return to winning form (following a shock defeat to Watford in the previous round) but also brought them closer to a first title in the Premier League era: following Manchester City’s defeat to Manchester United in the derby on Sunday, Liverpool need just six points from their remaining nine matches to claim league glory.

Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Jordan Ayew scored a goal to see Crystal Palace defeat Watford 1-0 and virtually secure survival in the top flight, while poor Moussa Djenepo was sent off in Southampton’s 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle United.

Italy’s Serie A continues to be disrupted by the spread of the Coronavirus, but the league at least managed to complete five matches – the pick of which saw Juventus defeat Internazionale in the ‘Derby d’Italia’ on Sunday night.

Elsewhere in Serie A, Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer were unable to prevent AC Milan falling to a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Genoa, while Mohamed Fares helped SPAL claim a 1-0 win at Parma to lift themselves off the foot of the table.

In Spain’s La Liga, the Ghanaian pair of Lumor Agbenyenu and Baba Mohammed, as well as Ivorian Junior Lago, helped Mallorca to a 2-1 win at Eibar which boosts their survival hopes, while Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo and Roger Assale helped Leganes win 2-1 away to a Villarreal team which featured Samuel Chukwueze and Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa.

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Why Asante Kotoko and Aduana Stars were afraid to play with 11 men

It was an interesting spectacle on Wednesday when Asante Kotoko and Aduana Stars each fielded 10 players in the first half of their Ghana Premier League clash in Dormaa.

The game, which ultimately ended 1-0 in favour of home side Aduana, was undoubtedly the top-liner of the matchday 11 round of games.

In the end, Samuel Bioh’s 94th-minute effort dramatically secured all three points for the hosts at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park.

For what is believed to be for superstitious reasons, Aduana and Kotoko each fielded 10 men in the first half, holding onto a conviction the team who first put 11 men on the pitch would end up as the losing side.

At the start of the game, each team held on to a member of their starting XI on the sidelines, portraying the player to be receiving treatment for a late injury just before kickoff while waiting for each other to first send on their 11th player onto the pitch.

Aduana held off Farouk Adams from completing their set while Kotoko did same with Martin Antwi.

Their antics, which briefly delayed kick-off, went on until the end of the first half as neither side was ready to take the plunge with their 11th man.

On their return for the second half, however, both teams sent 11 players each onto the pitch.

Things looked headed for a draw in the keenly-contested tie until Bioh scored a dramatic winner in the fourth minute of injury time to win it for Aduana.

The victory has left the Fire Boys in third position on the league table, one place above the Porcupine Warriors.

Two-time African champions Kotoko are the most successful club in the history of the Premier League with 23 titles. Aduana have two titles to their name.

After the match, some fans took to social media to share their amazement at Wednesday’s bizarre incident.

Source: Goal.com

Kotoko counting the cost of playing in empty stadium

Asante Kotoko are counting the cost of their home ban handed to them by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) recently, saying the development had affected their performance in the 2019/2020 Ghana Premier League (GPL).

“We have missed the support of the teeming Kotoko faithful,” Coach Maxwell Konadu told sports journalists in Kumasi, stressing that their absence had impacted negatively on the overall morale of his players.

The Porcupine Warriors were handed a five match home ban by the country’s football governing body, the Ghana Football Association (GFA), which was later reduced to three, following disturbances at the Baba Yara Stadium after Kotoko were beaten 0-1 by visiting Berekum Chelsea.

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 which infer 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”.

Following further appeals, Kotoko, consequently, were ordered to play their next three home matches behind closed doors, a development which seemed to have dealt a big blow to the two-time African champions in terms of gate proceeds and the massive support they enjoy at home.

The Porcupine Warriors had so far honoured two of the said three matches – beating Dwarfs 2-0, and drawing 1-1 with Liberty Professionals in their match day five and seven, respectively.

According to Coach Konadu, playing behind closed doors at their favourite Baba Yara Stadium was not the best of things to have happened to the Porcupine Warriors in recent time, especially as they aspire to win the league.

Kotoko is currently placed in the fifth position on 13 points, and three points adrift of league leaders, Aduana Stars.

They are billed to serve their last home ban with a crucial encounter against Ashgold S/C in the coming days.

Source: ghananewsagency.org

Sunderland offer £10 million plus Borini to sign Andre Ayew from Swansea

English Championship side Sunderland FC have made an offer of £10 million plus a player to try and convince Swansea City to sell Andre Dede Ayew to them, reports in England have revealed.

The Ghanaian international is enjoying a very good campaign in the ongoing 2019/2020 English Championship season where he has established himself as one of the best players of the Swans and the league as well.

His outstanding display has attracted interest but he has in the weeks leading to the opening of the January transfer window assured fans of Swansea that he will stay until the end of the season.

In a recent development, it has been revealed that Sunderland has raised their interest in the Black Stars attacker and has made an offer of £10 million plus experienced forward Borini.

Though Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce refused to confirm the inclusion of the player in the deal, he has not denied the interest from his team in Ayew.

In a recent interview, the gaffer shared: “I can’t speculate on that. Me saying I’m willing to use Fabio would upset Fabio; me saying that Ayew is definitely someone I want for this club means that Swansea could say I have upset this player by saying that I actually want him.”

Meanwhile, Swansea manager Steve Cooper has time and again expressed that he wants Ayew to stay. It is very unlikely the Ghanaian will be allowed to move at this point in the window.

Source: footyghana.com

World Cup draw: Africa’s winners and losers

Winners: Tunisia

This isn’t the first time Tunisia have gone under the radar as far as qualifiers are concerned, and it won’t be the last!

A fairly convincing argument could be made that the Carthage Eagles are the true winners of Tuesday’s draw.

For Pot Two, they avoided all of the major threats, and instead have been pitted against a dysfunctional Zambia side who haven’t been the same since Wedson Nyirenda’s exit and were defeated at home by Zimbabwe in November.

Similarly, Equatorial Guinea have failed to build on their strong Afcon performance on home soil in 2015 and are one of the more favourable teams to draw from Pot Four.

Losers: Cameroon

The Indomitable Lions drew the short straw in Tuesday’s draw, being handed the Ivory Coast—giants who began the day in Pot Two—and now facing a tricky route to the playoffs.

Cameroon are Africa’s most successful team in terms of World Cup qualification—they’ve been there seven times before—but this is a side that appears to have lost their way.

The Clarence Seedorf didn’t work, they were dumped out of the Nations Cup by Nigeria after an unconvincing group stage showing, and were recently held at home by Cape Verde.

Winners: Benin, Madagascar, Tanzania

The Democratic Republic of Congo were the lowest ranked of the 10 seeds for the qualifying draw, and that position was even somewhat generous considering their form in 2019.

They were generally poor at the Nations Cup, apart from one magical afternoon against Zimbabwe, and are an unknown quantity following the departure of Florent Ibenge and the arrival of Christian Nsengi-Biembe.

Unfortunately for them, they’ve been pooled against Benin and Madagascar, two sides who demonstrated at the Nations Cup that they know how to take down teams much stronger than they, and a Tanzania side who boast quality going forward.

Obviously, the Leopards will be hoping that their superiority will tell and that the strong trio in their group will take points off each other, but their own vulnerability represents an opportunity for Benin or Madagascar.

There’s talent there, but Toni Conceicao is a wildcard choice as head coach, and Wilfried Zaha and Nicolas Pepe have the quality to end Cameroon’s Qatar hopes prematurely.

Mauritania, in Pot Three, could be a banana skin, but ranked 100th in the world—compared to Tunisia’s 27th—they would do well to repeat the 0-0 draw they managed against the Carthage Eagles at the 2019 Afcon.

Losers: Kenya

The Harambee Stars will—rightly—be buoyed by their recent away draw against Egypt in the Afcon qualifying campaign, giving Kenya confidence that there is life after Sebastien Migne.

They also proved themselves against Ghana during the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers, memorably defeating the Black Stars 1-0 en route to Egypt. With a favourable draw, the Pot Three team could realistically have harboured hopes of making the playoffs.

However, while they might be pleased to have been pitted against Mali—one of the weaker seeds—the presence of neighbours Uganda in Group E will represent a stern test.

The Cranes were among the strongest teams in Pot Two, and are a nation on the rise following the fine work of Sebastien Desabre and Milutin Sredojevic.

They have the quality to overtake Mali into top spot, and Kenya must be hoping that a derby atmosphere can ensure a ‘levelling of the playing field’ or that Uganda take time to settle under new coach Johnny McKinstry.

Rwanda, the Pot Four team in Group E, will also represent a stern test for the Stars.

Winners: Senegal and Algeria

he two Afcon finalists remain the strongest teams in Africa, and they’ll both be encouraged by their group stage draws.

None of the three teams in Algeria’s group qualified for the Nations Cup in 2019, and Burkina Faso are a shadow of the side who reached the final in 2013 and finished third at the Afcon four years later.

Niger and Djibouti represent two of the three weakest possible draws they could have received from the two lesser pots, with the Riverains de la Mer Rouge—ranked 184 in the world—the weakest nation still standing.

For Senegal, the presence of Togo—potentially an ominous threat in Pot Four—shouldn’t cause too many sleepless nights, while Congo-Brazzaville were the weakest and Namibia the second weakest teams in pots two and three according to the Fifa rankings.

The Teranga Lions and the Desert Foxes will only have themselves to blame if they don’t make the playoffs.


Source: Goal.com