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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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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Fatawu eager to work hard for another Black Stars chance

Kumasi Asante Kotoko attacker Abdul Fatawu Safiu has revealed that he feels down for not making the Black Stars final squad for AFCON 2019 but he will continue to work hard. Fatawu was part of the provisional 30-man squad who went to Dubai for training camp but was dropped last week as the Kwesi Appiah settled on his final 23. The Kotoko forward pointed out that he feels disheartened with the snub but is the coach choice and it must be respected by all. “I am disappointed of course as…

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Christian Atsu hopes fourth time is the charm at 2019 AFCON

Black Stars winger Christian Atsu hopes fourth time is the charm as he prepares for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The Newcastle star is one of the most experienced players in Kwesi Appiah’s 23-man squad having featured in the last three editions. The 27-year-old’s best moment came at 2015 AFCON, hosted by Equatorial Guinea/Gabon, where he helped Ghana to a second place finish and was adjudged the Player of the Tournament. Ahead of this year’s tournament which kick starts on June 21, Atsu is confident he can help end…

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Atsu haunted by 2015 AFCON final defeat to Ivory Coast

Christian Atsu has revealed that he is still haunted by the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals defeat to Ivory Coast. The Black Stars had managed to exceed all expectations by reaching the final where they outplayed their West African counterparts. Ghana had the better chances in regulation time, hitting the woodwork twice with Christian Atsu‘s 25-yard shot and André Ayew’s effort from a tight angle. It ended 0-0 after 120 minutes and the match inevitably went to penalties. The Black Stars blew a two-goal lead in the penalty shootouts to…

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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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AFCON Friendly: South Africa hold Ghana in Dubai

The Black Stars of Ghana were held to a goalless draw by South Africa in a closed-door game at the Police Park in Al Jalal, Dubai. The game which was the final practice game for both sides saw the Black Stars parading most of the players who featured in the qualifiers but still failing to find the back of the net. Ghana dominated the game in midfield where Inter Milan star Kwadwo Asamoah was at his maximum best but still could not find the cutting edge at the final third…

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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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