Atsu picks Senegal and Egypt as Ghana’s main threat at 2019 AFCON

Black Stars attacker Christian Atsu has picked Egypt and Senegal as Ghana’s main threat at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. The diminutive winger believes the Pharaohs and Lions of Teranga among the favorites for the continental showpiece which starts on Friday. Ghana has not won the AFCON trophy since 1982 but Atsu believes a determined Black Stars team can end the country’s drought. “This is the one I have to win and I believe the Black Stars can achieve it. I have so much faith in the current group,…

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Atsu wants to stay at Newcastle United for ‘many years’

Christian Atsu says he wants to stay at Newcastle United for “many years” as he targets a long and fruitful relationship with the Magpies. Despite interest from other clubs, the 27 year old revealed he was happy to continue at St. James Park under the stewardship of ‘father-figure’ Rafa Benitez. In May 2017, the Spaniard signed the winger on a permanent deal after Atsu initially  impressed on loan at the Club. “I’m very happy at Newcastle, I’m happy with fans, especially the manager Rafa Benitez and the entire staff. I would…

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AFCON 2019: Black Stars release jersey numbers for tournament

Ghana have released their squad numbers for the 2019 AFCON which is set to kickoff in Egypt on Friday. Skipper Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso and Thomas Partey maintained their jersey numbers from the last edition of the tournament in Gabon. Baba Rahman will wear jersey number 17, Christian Atsu has jersey numbered 7, Jordan Ayew gets jersey numbered 9 and Afriyie Acquah has jersey numbered 6. Debutant Thomas Agyapong, Kassim Nuhu, Joseph Aidoo have been handed jersey number 3, 15 and 18, respectively. Other AFCON 2019 first-timers namely…

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Damba trains unattached Razak Brimah

  Former Black Stars goalkeeper’s trainer Abukari Damba is training unattached Razak Brimah as the shot stopper seeks to get be in form for possible return to football. Brimah has been without a club since August 2018 when his contract with Mamelodi Sundowns was terminated. The onetime Black Stars goalkeeper is in Ghana and is now been trained by veteran Abukari Damba at the Kotobabi Wembley Park. Brimah who has not been called to the Black Stars since AFCON 201 where he did a video to insult Ghanaians for criticizing…

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Swedish legend Larsson to coach Ghanaian duo at Helsingborg

  Swedish icon Henrik Larsson will coach Ghanaian duo of Mohammed Abubakari and Mamudu Moro at Helsingborg. Larsson was appointed as head coach of HIF on Sunday replacing Per-Ola Ljung who left through mutual consent. Abubakari and Moro have been instrumental for Helsingborg this season and the appointment of Larsson will further bring the best out of the pair. “It feels great to be back in the club that you have a great history with. I am very motivated to start working. It is a fantastic inspiring challenge that lies…

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Kim Grant believes Hearts can win Ghana Premier League next season

Head coach of Accra Hearts of Oak Kim Grant has expressed his disappointment after his side’s defeat to Asante Kotoko but believes the Phobians can win the league next season. The Phobians were unsettled with an early goal through Fatawu Safiu but Christopher Bonney’s late penalty drew them on level and forced the game to penalty shoot out. Hearts of Oak eventually lost the penalty shoot out by 4-5 after Mohammed Alhassan missed his kick. Speaking to the media after the game, Kim Grant expressed his disappointed with the results…

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Gyan plays down Black Stars winless run ahead of 2019 AFCON

Asamoah Gyan has played down Ghana’s winless run ahead of this month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt following Saturday’s draw with South Africa in their final preparatory game. The four-time continental champions shockingly lost 1-0 against Namibia in their first pre-AFCON friendly match played at the Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence in Dubai last Sunday. But the Kayserispor forward insists there is no cause for alarm and is confident they will arrive at the tournament in great shape. “We have been working so hard for the past 10 days….

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Gyan blames weather after draw with Bafana Bafana

Asamoah Gyan has suggested that the weather conditions in Dubai was partly to be blamed for Black Stars struggles in their goalless draw against South Africa in their final pre-AFCON warm up on Saturday. The friendly which forms part of a pre-tournament arrangement ended goalless despite a very exciting and entertaining display by both sides. Asamoah Gyan’s late header could have handed Ghana a win here but was denied by the post. “We have been working so hard for the past 10 days. The weather is also not helping but…

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PRE-AFCON FRIENDLY: Ghana XI vs South Africa

Captain André Ayew will lead the Black Stars for Saturday’s friendly match against South Africa at the Police Academy Stadium in Al Jalal,Dubai. The match which is scheduled to kick off at 17h30(13:30GMT) is expected to be Ghana’s last training match as they prepare for the continent’s showpiece competition. South Africa based goalkeeper Richard Ofori will start in post for the Black Stars with Andy Yiadom and Agbenyenu Lumor on the right and left back positions respectively. Kassim Nuhu and John Boye will form the central defense pair while Kwadwo…

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