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Ex-Sports Minister details how Ghana used ‘juju’ to beat Egypt 6-1 in 2013

Tuesday, October 25, 2013, has been etched in the history books of Egypt as one of the nation’s dark days in football.

It was the day that Ghana’s Black Stars soared high above the Pharaohs and inflicted on them, their heaviest defeat in a World Cup qualifier.

A rampant Black Stars side eased past Egypt with an emphatic 6-1 victory at the Baba Yara Stadium.

A brace from then skipper Asamoah Gyan, an own goal from Gomaa, solitary strikes from Sulley Muntari, Majeed Waris and Christian Atsu ensured the Black Stars ran riot over the Egyptians whose consolation came through the legendary Mohammed Aboutrika.

A game which was billed to be tightest of the qualifiers became a lopsided affair with Ghana’s midfield duo of Muntari and Essien producing a performance of a lifetime.

It’s the game that then Porto youngster Christian Atsu used to announce his presence to Ghanaians with his quick-feet and swashbuckling skills in the cameo.

But behind the display of great football and tactical ingenuity by Kwesi Appiah, lies the untold story of a state-sponsored juju operation that aided the victory.

Last week, a then spokesperson of the GFA revealed that a Sport Minister at the time exhumed the body of a dead goal to help Ghana beat Egypt and GhanaWeb can confirm that the said Minister is Joseph Yamin who served as a deputy to Elvis Afriyie Ankrah.

Yamin, in an interview with www.ghanaweb.com denied exhuming the goat himself but confirmed that the state, upon the advice of some spiritualists had to perform some rituals to help the Stars secure victory over the Egyptians.

The former Deputy Sports Minister confirmed to being part of delegation that visited two places in Kumasi to dig out some items which had been planted with the aim of causing the Stars to lose the game.

He also clarified that he was not part of the team that uncovered the body of the goat but was informed by the police officers.

Yamin who claims to be an avowed Christian said the importance of the game compelled him to approve and be part of the mission.

Interestingly, the substantive minister at the time, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah denied having knowledge of the operation and distanced himself from it.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

‘Wonder goal’: Premier League remembers Tony Yeboah’s strike against Wimbledon

A legend, a hero and one of Ghana’s greatest ever footballers in the 20th century, Anthony Yeboah dazzled fans everywhere he played.

Tony Yeboah, on 21st August 1995, broke the hearts of Liverpool fans as he hit a thunderous volley past kepper David James.

Yeboah’s powerful volley in the 51st minute took his tally to 16 goals in 18 starts for Leeds United and helped his side maintain a 100% record in the league at the time.

The former Ghanaian striker joined Leeds United for £3.4m from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 1995.

The goal poacher scored 24 goals in 47 appearances in his time at Elland Road in his time with The Whites.

Before joining Leeds United, Tony Yeboah made a name for himself in Germany where he played for Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Saarbrücken.

However, it was at Frankfurt where he gained more international recognition, playing 123 games and scoring 68 goals across all competitions.

The ex-Black Stars striker started his career at Kumasi Asante Kotoko, then moved to Cornerstones in Kumasi for two years between 1983 and 1985.

He then played for Okwahu United for a year before joining FC Saarbrücken in 1988, where he was one of the first black players to play in the German Bundesliga.

After impressing at Saarbrücken, Eintracht Frankfurt priced him away from the club.

From been booed by home fans to club captain, Tony Yeboah distinguished himself as a prolific goal poacher for the Bundesliga club.

He left Germany to England, playing for Leeds United and then moved back to Germany, joining Hamburger SV after a two-successful-year stint in the Premier League.

He finally hanged his boots whilst playing for the Qatari club, Al-Gharafa Sports Club.

Tony Yeboah was a member of the Black Stars team, playing in three Africa Cup of Nations.

He is Ghana’s third-leading goalscorer in the senior national team with 29 goals in 59 appearances.

Source: citisportsonline.com

Gyan dreams of taking the 2010 World Cup penalty against Uruguay again

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has revealed he is still haunted by his famous penalty miss against Uruguay during the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

In what was the last kick of the game, the frontman, who currently plays club football for Indian fold NorthEast United, struck his injury-time kick against the crossbar, breaking the hearts of millions of Ghanaians and Africans.

Had he converted, he would have sent the Black Stars into the semi-final of the World Cup – the first by any African nation.

“In the 2010 World Cup, we were knocked out in the quarter-final in controversial circumstances,” Gyan told Outlookindia.

“It was against Uruguay, and I missed a crucial match-winning penalty towards the end of extra-time, after a Luis Suarez handball.

“The penalty miss is something that I will never forget. It’s part of my life now. I am not the only player, who missed a crucial penalty.

“We could have become the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-final. Sometimes when I am alone, I think about it and it still hurts.

“I feel, ‘Oh! Maybe we can play the penalty again so that I can redeem myself.’ Life goes on, I need to forget about it and live my life.”

Ghana have since 2010 not gone close to the quarter-final of the World Cup.

In 2014, the Black Stars suffered a group stage exit while in 2018, they failed to qualify for the tournament altogether.

Gyan, though, has gone on to become Ghana’s most-capped and all-time top scorer.

Source: Goal.com

George Afriyie runs away from GFA Presidential debate

George Afriyie has declined an invitation by the Normalization Committee to participate in a debate for the GFA Presidential hopefuls ahead of the upcoming elections.

The Okyeman Planners Bankroller is the only aspirant out of the six vying for the vacant top seat to have turned down the opportunity to sit face to face with his opponents to engage in the battle of ideas.

It remains quite unclear what George Afriyie’s strategy is, but one would have thought a candidate seeking to steer a new GFA administration would have been graceful enough to crave the indulgence of the football fraternity he intends to serve.

In any case, Kurt E.S. Okraku, Amanda Clinton, Fred Pappoe, Nana Yaw Amponsah, and George Ankomah Mensah have all agreed to square off on Monday October 21 at the Physicians and Surgeons Centre in Accra at 6:30 p.m.

The much anticipated debate will broadcast live on GTV, Joy FM, and Happy FM, as well as all affiliate media platforms (radio, television, online, social media) of the three media partners.

The GFA Presidential debate will focus on key areas affecting the development of Ghana football and questions would seek to elicit solutions-based responses from the presidential candidates.

Source: footballmadeinghana.com

GFA Elections: List of delegates to vote on October 25

The Ghana Football Association has released the official list of delegates for the 2019 GFA Extraordinary (Elective) Congress to be held on 25th October 2019 at the College of Physicians & Surgeons in Accra.

The list comprises of delegates from all 16 Premier League Clubs, Division One League Clubs, Women’s Elite League Clubs and other constituent bodies pursuant to Article 26 of the GFA Statutes.

DELEGATES LIST FOR 2019 GFA ELECTIVE CONGRESS – 25TH OCTOBER, 2019
PREMIER CLUBS

S.NO. CLUB NAME

PREMIER CLUBS

S.NO. CLUB NAME
1 BECHEM UNITED NANA KWASI DARLYN
KINGSLEY OSEI BONSU
2 WAFA EMMANUEL A. ADANSE
GEORGE OFOSU HENE PEPRAH
3 KARELA UNITED LAWRENCE SAFORO K. KUDJOE
ABENA BUACHIWAA BRIGIDI
4 BEREKUM CHELSEA FRANCIS ADJEI YEBOAH
OBED NANA NKETIAH
5 ASANTE KOTOKO NANA AKWASI GYAMBIBI
GEORGE AMOAKO
6 DREAMS FC AMEENU SHARDOW
KURT E. S. OKRAKU
7 WA ALL STARS MAXWELL TERRY AIDAM
FRED KWESI AGBENYO
8 LIBERTY PROF. GEORGE AFRIYIE
LINDA ANSONG
9 ADUANA ATTA YEBOAH
GEORGE GYAWU
10 ELEVEN WONDERS TAKYI ARHIN
MESHACK ASANTE AMEYAW
11 MEDEAMA MOSES ARMAH
TONI AUBYNN
12 EBUSUA DWARFS SAM NANA BREW-BUTLER
JONAS COMMEY
13 INTER ALLIES WILLIAM KLUTSE
DELALI ERIC SENAYE
14 HEARTS OF OAK HON. VINCENT SOWAH ODOTEI
ELVIS HESSE HEMANN
15 ELMINA SHARKS GEORGE WIREDU
KELVIN ABOAGYE YEBOAH
16 ASHANTIGOLD FREDERICK ACHEAMPONG
KWAKU FRIMPONG
DELEGATES LIST FOR 2019 GFA ELECTIVE CONGRESS – 25TH OCTOBER, 2019
DIVISION ONE
S. NO. NAME OF CLUB NAME
1 BYFC ALHAJI SHERIFF SEIDU
2 NEW EDUBIASE ABDUL-SALAM YAKUBU
3 VIPERS JUSTICE KOFI BOISON
4 SAMARTEX ALEX OSMON ESHUN
5 OLYMPICS FRED PAPPOE
6 UNITY FC RICHMOND OSEI
7 DEPORTIVO AMIDU ABDULAI
8 HASAACAS SAMUEL ARBUAH
9 KING FAISAL ALHAJI AHMED A. KARIM
10 PROUD UNITED RONALD JOJO DUNCAN
11 UNISTAR ROCKSON COFFIE
12 ACHIKEN N. ADU-ABANKRO ACHEAMPONG II
13 TAMALE CITY JONES ALHASSAN ABU
14 B.A UNITED NANA YAW AMOAKO 11
15 KINTAMPO FC YAKUBU MOHAMMED KAMILE
16 STEADFAST ABUBAKARI ABDUL-DAIM
17 GBEWAA FC MOHAMMED IDDRISU
18 NKORANZA WARRIORS LESLIE KUKU BARTELS
19 WA SUNTAA DAUD ARIF
20 PAGA CROCODILES JAMIL ATIPAGA
21 NSOATRE MAN FC ANTHONY BENNETT
22 AMIDAUS AHMED GAMBO
23 OKYEMAN PLANNERS JACKSON KOFI ASARE
24 STAR MADRID FREDERICK BOATENG
25 VISION MICHEAL OSEKRE
26 KOTOKU ROYALS GILBERT KWESI YANKSON
DIVISION ONE
DELEGATES LIST FOR 2019 GFA ELECTIVE CONGRESS – 25TH OCTOBER, 2019
27 UNCLE T NICHOLAS ADDO
28 YOUNG WISE SAMUEL AGYIN
29 AGBOZUME WEAVERS MENSAH AGBOVOR
30 KRYSTAL PALACE DAINE DARKO BOATENG
31 PHAR RANGER YAW AMPONSAH
32 HEART OF LIONS RANSFORD ANETEY ABBEY
33 GOLDSTARS KWASI ADU
34 NANIA ALHAJI A. K. M. OLIVER
35 PACIFIC HEROES ERIC OPPONG YEBOAH
36 SWEDRU ALL BLACKS STEPHEN ATTO QUAYSON
37 TECHIMAN CITY CHARLES KWADJO NTIM
38 NEA SALAMINA DANIEL ASANTE
39 BEREKUM ARSENAL K. NTOW FIANKO
40 BOFOAKWA YAW BOATENG GYAN
41 YOUNG APOSTLES GERALD DAMOAH DOMFEH
42 TEMA YOUTH WILFRED KWAKU OSEI
43 ACCRA LIONS ISHMAEL HAMIDU
44 DANBORT DANIEL BORTEQUAYE ANGENU
45 NZEMA KOTOKO MARK ADDO
46 TUDU MIGHTY JETS ABUBAKAR NALLAH
47 SKYY FC WILSON ARTHUR
48 RTU
DELEGATES LIST FOR 2019 GFA ELECTIVE CONGRESS – 25TH OCTOBER, 2019
CONSTITUENT BODIES
S.NO. CONSTITUENT NAME
1 AMPEM DARKOA LADIES NANA OPOKU FOSU GYEABOUR II
2 ASH-TOWN LADIES FRANK TODD AMOAH
3 HASAACAS LADIES EVELYN NSIAH ASARE
4 SOCCER INTELLECTUALS IVY AIDOO
5 LADY STRIKERS F.C CHRISTIAN ISAAC MENSAH
6 PEAPLPIA LADIES ADAM MEMUNATU
7 FABULOUS LADIES HABIBA ATTAH FORSON
8 POLICE LADIES HANNAH NUNU
9 JUVENILE FOOTBALL ABUBAKAR KASIM
10 JUVENILE FOOTBALL MICHAEL K. FIADUSE
11 COACHES ASSOCIATION PROF. JOSEPH KWAME MINTAH
12 COACHE’S ASSOCIATION JOHN KWAME QUAYSON
13 REFEREE’S ASSOCIATION JOHN BISMARK DEBRAH
14 REFEREE’S ASSOCIATION THOMAS RICHARD KOFI ATTIFU

15 SESSA VIVIAN AGGOR

16 FUTSAL SAMPSON OSEI-YAW

17 BEACH SOCCER ASS. OF GHANA YAW AMPOFO ANKRAH

18 PFAG NATHANIEL LARYEA

19 PFAG ALHASSAN YUSSIF CHIBSAH

20 SCHOOLS & COLLEGES SPORTS

Source: ghanafa.org

Atletico Madrid to double Thomas Partey’s salary

Atletico Madrid are set to reward Thomas Partey with an improved contract to ward off interest from other clubs.

The 26-year old current contract ends in 2023 and with his price tag set at €50 million, Atletico Madrid are preparing an improved contract that will see his release clause at €100 million.

According to reports, Partey has been linked to clubs such as Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester United after his impressive performances for the Madrid club this season.

The Atletico Madrid board have decided to double his salary in order to tie the player down at the club.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

VIDEO: Juliet Bawuah’s Documentary Piece On 15-Year-old Bukom Boxer

In Bukom, a 15-year-old Boxer, Michael Nelson, a.k.a ‘Mayweather’ is following his passion.

With visible affection for boxing, the Ga-speaking community located within the Central Business District continues to offer an outlet for established and emerging boxing talents.

TV3’s Juliet Bawuah spent two days with the young talent, who wants to become a world champion by the age of 20.

Atletico Madrid in talks to renew Partey’s contract

Atletico Madrid are currently negotiating a new deal with Thomas Partey as they look to fend off interest from European rivals.

The Madrid outfit is making efforts to improve Partey’s salary and also increase his €50 million release clause.

Goal understands that an agreement is imminent between both parties and it will be made public before Christmas.

In January 2018, the Ghana midfielder penned a five-year deal to remain at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium until 2023.

Since he made his first-team debut back in 2015, Partey has established himself in Diego Simeone’s team as a key player.

The 26-year-old has scored two goals in nine matches this season

Source: Goal.com

Jordan Ayew comfortable in any system – Crystal Palace coach

Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has disclosed that he feel good in any system deployed by Roy Hudson at Crystal Palace.

Ayew has scored three goals this season including the winner against Aston Villa last weekend at the Villa Park.

The 27-year old is enjoying one of his best start to the season and attributes that to the manager’s system.

”I am buzzing. I am enjoying myself,” Ayew told Palace’s social media platform.

“Like I said, the most important thing is the team and the team has made things easy for me as well – to settle in easy and things are going on well for all of us so it’s positive,” he added.

“I feel comfortable in this system. I feel comfortable in any system. The most important thing is to play-to be on the pitch,” he added.

“That’s what I want.’ Of course, if the manager wants me to play in a different position or system, as well as I’m on the pitch I don’t have a problem.”

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

2019 WAFU Cup: Senegal dispatch Mali to set final date with Ghana

Senegal have booked a date against Ghana at the final of the ongoing WAFU Cup following a 2-0 victory over Mali on Wednesday

Second-half goals from Ibrahima Drame and Elhadji Kane steered Serigne Dia’s men past the Eagles in an eventful match at the Stade Lat-Dior.

Wednesday night’s fixture turned out to be a physical contest with both teams throwing in tackles in the opening 45 minutes.

Mali skipper Moussa Kone was the first player to go into referee Boureima Sanogo’s book after bringing down Moussa Ndiaye. They were forced to make an early substitution after Kone appeared to have picked up an injury with Amadou Camara coming on.

The teams went into the break level despite several attempts with aerial balls in Thies.

Senegal started the second half as the better side and their hunt for an opener paid off in the 51st minute.

Ousseynou Niang drove through the Mali defence before laying an assist for Drame to score.

The Teranga Lions had another chance to double the lead a few minutes later but Assane Mbodji blasted his effort way off target.

The game continued with much more intensity from both teams, however, Senegal doubled their lead with a penalty.

Ousseynou Niang was brought down in the penalty area by an on-rushing Cheick Cadri and Kane stepped up to convert the resulting kick.

Mali were further dealt a blow in the encounter as second-half substitute Ibourahima Sidibe was shown a straight red card for a clumsy tackle.

Senegal ended the game on a high as the deafening noise of the home fans spurred them to the final of the regional competition.

They will be looking to win the 2019 WAFU Cup trophy when they lock horns against Ghana in the final on Sunday.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com