Black Stars starting line-up v Ethiopia : Gyan benched as Ayews start

Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah has named Fenerbahce’s Andre Ayew,  Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace and BBC African footballer of the year contender Thomas Partey in his starting formation against Ethiopia on the occasion of Day 5 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series but there was no place for captain Asamoah Gyan on the start list. The game kicks off at 1:00PM Ghana time. The Black Stars are third on the Group F standings with three points but a win over the Ethiopians will take them to…

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Black Queens: Sherrifatu responds to Oshoala’s AWCON title declaration

Nigeria international Asisat Oshoala arrived in Ghana for the African Women Cup of Nations and on Friday she apparently declared Nigeria 2018 AWCON champions already. The Nigerians have won the competition record 10 times if the first two editions of 1991 and 1995 are counted but Ghana’s Sherrifatu Sumaila – voted Woman of the natch in Black Queens 1-0 victory over Algeria – has responded to the comments made by the Nigerian super star. “Well if that is what Oshoala is saying that they have won the competition already then…

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2018 AWCON: Priscilla Okyere suffers shoulder injury in Ghana’s opening win

Ghana midfielder Priscilla Okyere picked up a knock on her shoulder in the 1-0 win over Algeria on Saturday. The Black Queens opened their campaign at the 2018 Africa Women’s Nations Cup with a slim win over the North Africans before an expectant home crowd. Gladys Amfobea’s 13th minute thunderbolt proved enough to hand Ghana the much needed win. Saturday’s win however came at a cost as a couple of players picked up various degrees of knocks with that of Priscilla Okyere amongst the most visible ones. Okyere was seen…

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Day 1 of 2018 AWCON: 7 things we learned

Ghana and Cameroon got their 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) off to an ideal start with 1-0 and 2-1 wins over Algeria and Mali respectively in Group A on Saturday. The Black Queens recorded a slim victory over an Algeria side that largely improved in the second half and posed many problems to the Ghanaian team but Gladys Amfobea’s first half strike would remain the only goal of the game but this was not a championship winning performance from the Black Queens. And Cameroon would be asking questions…

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2018 AWCON : Cameroon beat Mali 2-1 to displace Ghana from top of Group A

The Indomitable Lionesses came from a goal down to defeat Mali by 2-1 in Group A’s second game on opening day of the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations and have moved to the summit of Group A with this result.  The team coached by Touongo Ndoko Joseph Brillant conceded first as Aissata Traore put Mali ahead in the 56th minute but Claudine Meffometou Tcheno equalized for the 2016 finalists in the 71st minute following a goalmouth melee. The Cameroonians did not waste any time at all and took the lead just…

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Partey up against Salah, Mane and two others for top BBC award

Ghana’s Thomas Partey is amongst a shortlist of five who will be vying for this year’s BBC Africa Player of the Year award. The 25-year-old who plays for Spanish giants Athletic Madrid is being recognized for his impressive exploits for both club and country with the nomination. Partey however faces stiff competition for the award with Liverpool duo Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane also nominated. Also in the five-man shortlist is Mehdi Bentia of Juventus and Napoli’s Kalilou Koulibaly. Salah won the coveted award voted for by the fans in…

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High temperature affected us in the first half – Algeria’s Benlazar

Algeria lost to Ghana by 1-0 in the opening game of Group A on Saturday afternoon and Algeria’s playmaker Myriam Yasmine Benlazar – in an exclusive interview with FootballmadeinGhana.com –  has spoken about the impact of the hot weather on her team’s first half performance. Ghana dominated most of the first half and saw Gladys Amfobea score a screamer in the 12th minute on Saturday afternoon of 29 degrees Celsius in Accra but the North Africans improved their performance and were the better side in the second half when the…

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Ghana 1 Algeria 0 : Black Queens player ratings

Winger Sheriffatu Sumaila was voted Player of the match against Algeria in the opening match of the Black Queens of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations as Ghana won 1-0 but how did her teammates performed? FootballmadeinGhana.com’s Gariba Raubil was at the Accra sports stadium on Saturday and rates the performances of Bashiru Hayford’s players. Goalkeeper Patricia Mantey – 6 Was one of those games in which the goalkeeper was not really tested and didn’t produce many big saves against the Algerians. Mantey still managed to keep a clean…

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2018 AWCON: Ghana goalkeeper Mantey suffers strange injury after Algeria win

Ghana goalkeeper Patricia Mantey has suffered an inexplicable injury in the aftermath of the opening 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations win over Algeria on Saturday evening. The 26-year-old hobbled into the Ghana bus with the aid of a member of the technical staff with her right ankle heavily strapped. An official of the Ghanaian continent told FootballmadeinGhana.com: “We saw her limping as we made our way back to the dressing room after the game [against Algeria].” Mantey was virtually on holidays in the Ghanaian post in the slim win…

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2018 AWCON: Algeria coach attributes attacking bluntness against Ghana to Bouhenni absence

Algeria coach Radia Fertoul concedes she missed the services of striker Naïma Bouhenni in the 1-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Ghana in the opening game of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations. Algeria offered almost nothing in attack as they succumbed to an early thunderous strike from Ghanaian defender Gladys Amfobea on Saturday. Bouhenni, 33, missed the tournament in Ghana having suffered an ankle injury. And coach Fertoul who herself took over the team only recently admits Bouhenni’s absence is a major setback of her team. “We had…

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