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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Partey – Ghanaian continues to shine for Atletico – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Atletico Madrid‘s players Koke Resurreccion (R) and Thomas Partey during a training session

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 13:00


Ghana international Thomas Partey has continued his stunning run of form for club side Atletico Madrid, with the 24-year-old proving his versatility in a 5-0 walloping of Levante this past weekend.

Atleti remain unbeaten in this season’s Spanish La Liga, with Partey one of their outstanding players thus far.

The midfielder-come-fullback, held his own at right-back in the club’s 2-0 win over Roma in the UEFA Champions League before starring in the same position in league success on Saturday.

Having added goals to his game in a more advanced role in midfield, Partey has since proven his worth at fullback and surely if needed – he will play as a striker too!

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The run of form comes as just reward for Partey who struggled for game time in the Spanish capital leading up to the current campaign.

In total, the former Mallorca and Almeria man has played 18 games this season across all competitions, scoring four goals.

Atletico return to action this evening in the Copa del Rey with a clash against Elche.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Partey – Ghanaian sets sights on downing Roma – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey (2-R)

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 13:00


Eyes will be firmly set on Ghana international midfielder Thomas Partey as Atletico Madrid aim to finally ignite their UEFA Champions League campaign.

The Spanish giants are yet to register a win after four rounds of fixtures, with three draws and a defeat leaving their hopes of progression hanging by a thread.

Successive stalemates against Azerbaijan side Qarabag came as a huge blow to Atletico’s chances, but Diego Simeone’s troops can still haul in both Chelsea and Group C leaders Roma.

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Partey, who has been in good form for both club and country this season, will be eager to continue his rise having netted his first Champions League goal last time out,

The 24-year-old has scored four goals in 16 appearances across all competitions this season.



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Egyptian giants Zamalek to pay Ghanaian striker Junior Agogo $450 000


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 15:00


Latest reports involving Zamalek and ex-Ghana striker Junior Agogo is that FIFA has given the Egyptian side three months to pay the player.

The world’s football governing body has handed the White Knights a three-month period to pay their former striker’s $450 000 unpaid wages.

Agogo joined Zamalek from English side Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2008, but terminated his contract with the Whites just nine months after joining them due to unpaid dues.

The former Black Stars international featured on 11 occasions, scoring just three goals for the team and took the club to FIFA to settle the matter.

Earlier this year, and after the striker filed a complaint against the Whites, Agogo received a letter from FIFA ordering Zamalek to pay him his remaining wages which valued around $450,000.

Kingfut.com reports that the club’s board decided to invite the player or his agent to come to Cairo to solve this issue, assuring that a bank account will be made for the Ghanaian to deposit his late dues.

Moreover, the board also pointed out that the three-month period starts after the club officially receives FIFA’s decision.

Should the Cairo giants fail to pay their former player, disciplinary actions by FIFA will be taken against them.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Partey – The Ghanaian midfielder is a man transformed – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 08, 2017. 13:00


Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey looks a man transformed this season, with the Ghana international having added goals to his game.

The hard-running midfielder, who could only conjure 987 playing minutes for the Spanish club side last season – scoring once – has already accumulated over a thousand minutes during the current campaign.

Partey has played 15 times for Atletico this season across all competitions, featuring in all but one of the club’s Spanish La Liga encounters.

Often deployed in a defensive midfield role, the 24-year-old’s ability to not only create goal-scoring opportunities, but find the back of the net himself has been notable.

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With four goals to his name this season, Partey has proven that his hat-trick for the Black Stars in Brazzaville was not a fluke, and if anything, he should be deployed in a more attacking role more often.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Partey – Ghanaian nets wonder goal – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Atletico Madrid‘s Thomas Partey (2-R)

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 13:05


Ghana international Thomas Partey continued his goal-scoring form with a cracking strike for Atletico Madrid in a 1-1 draw against Qarabag in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The goal, Partey’s first in Europe’s premier cup competition, was not enough, though, to lead the club to all three points as the Spanish giants remain winless in Group C.

The 24-year-old is set to enjoy his most fruitful campaign yet, having cemented a place in the club’s starting 11 of late.

Having found his scoring boots, Partey is quickly establishing himself as an integral member of the squad – and will be hoping to continue the trend as Atleti turn their attention back to Spanish La Liga action.



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Ghanaian linked Eddie Nketiah off to perfect Arsenal start – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 17:30


Eddie Nketiah rose off the bench to great effect as Arsenal clinched a narrow 2-1 win over Norwich City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.

The 18-year-old, who was not even born when Arsene Wenger took aver as head coach at the Gunners, bagged a brace for the North London club as they sealed their place in the next round.

Nketiah scored with his first touch in the 85th minute to pull the sides level at the Emirates, before netting the winner in extra-time from a Mohamed Elneny corner-kick.

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Born in England, Nketiah is also eligible to play for Ghana at international level.

The forward has already represented the Three Lions at youth level, netting seven goals in four appearances.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Partey – Ghanaian key to Atletico’s cause – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 12:56


Thomas Partey is quickly establishing himself as a key member of Diego Simeone’s squad, and is on course to enjoy his best season at Atlético Madrid.

The 24-year-old has been the Argentine’s preferred choice in the defensive midfield position during the current campaign and has already racked up 11 appearances for the Spanish giants this season.

Partey has also added goals to his game and starred for Ghana in recent 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers – notably netting a hat-trick in a 5-1 thumping of Congo in Brazzaville.

The Black Stars ace could be in action for Atletico this evening as they take on Elche in a Copa Del Rey encounter.

Atlético are yet to taste defeat in the Spanish La Liga this season, but have made a slow start to their UEFA Champions League campaign – the club are winless after three group stage matches.



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Hammers bid for work permit for Ghanaian goalkeeper – Ghana Premier League 2017


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 19:00


Ghanaian Joseph Anang may soon be eligible to represent West Ham United in official matches, with the club attempting to secure a work permit for the goalkeeper.

The 19-year-old, who has played for Danbort FC and Wa All Stars in his young career, was signed by the Hammers during the European summer.

He impressed coach Slaven Bilic and his technical team during a trial and was offered a three-year contract.

Anang has been training with the West Ham first team but he is not available for selection in competitive games as he has yet to be granted a work permit.

West Ham have applied to the Home Office to gain the necessary paper work and are confident their bid will be successful.

Anang is currently third in line for the number one jersey behind Joe Hart and Adrian.

West Ham also have Africans Cheikhou Kouyate, Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew in their first-team squad.



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Birmingham want Ghanaian Acquah and Nigerian Onazi – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Afriyie Acquah in training with Sampdoria.

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 15:00


English Championship outfit Birmingham City FC are confident of signing Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi from Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor.

This has been confirmed by City manager Harry Redknapp when speaking to Sky Sports News on Thursday.

The latest reports have also indicated that City have also made a bid for Italian Serie A club Torino’s Afriyie Acquah.

Ghana international Acquah and Onazi are both central midfielders. English tactician Redknapp is reportedly preferring Onazi over Acquah.

“You’ve got to see what you can get really” Redknapp said.

“If you can get them both you’ve got to make a decision, if you can only get one you take him.

“But if you can’t get any…you just pray…I don’t know where you go, but we’re trying to get them in.”

Onazi, who is 24-years-old, made 32 league appearances for Trabzonspor last season and he scored two goals in the process.

Acquah featured in 20 league matches for Torino last season and the 25-year-old found the back of the net twice.



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Ghanaian international Agyemang Badu completes loan switch to Bursaspor – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 03, 2017. 14:00


Ghanaian international midfielder Agyemang Badu has thanked Udinese for his loan switch to Bursaspor.

Badu has since thanked the management of the Italian side as he will now play his football in Turkey in the upcoming 2017/18 season.

Reports reveal that the 26-year-old will spend the next season at Bursaspor after playing 29 times for Udinese last season.

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On the other hand, he also made five appearances at the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations for the Black Stars in Gabon.

“Wow wow wow, what a wonderful family I have been with for the past 7 years,” Badu said on social media.

“The president of Udinese and his family, management members, technical team, medical team, physiotherapists, all my colleague footballers, the media and my lovely supporters of Udinese.

“Thank you thank you for everything. God bless us all.”

The West African has been at the club since 2010 after joining from Ghanaian side Berekum Chelsea.



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Ghanaian Andrew Ayew ready for the 2017/18 English Premier League campaign


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Jul 30, 2017. 10:09


Ghana and West ham striker Andrew Ayew says he feels good and is looking forward to the 2017/18 English Premier League season.

The Hammers forward is hoping a full pre-season will help him pick up where he left off when the Premier Leagaue campaign begins.

Ayew ended the 2016/17 season in fine form, scoring five goals in the 13 appearances after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations in mid-February.

However, he admits the pre-season is very important and says he wants to ensure he prepares well this time around.

“I’m feeling good and working hard. We had long days in Austria and now we’re just at the beginning in Germany and we have a few games to come,” he told West Ham TV.

“We’re working hard here, trying to get fit, working together and getting to know each other, so it’s sweet.

“Pre-season is something which is very, very important and, for me, I’ve not been able to have a real pre-season for a long time because of the international games.

“I have always been coming back later, so to start the pre-season with the squad is quite good.

“I think I’m going to have a month or more with the squad before the pre-season starts so it’s a good opportunity for me to get myself back together and to feel good before the season.

“I think I was getting there [to my best form]. It was not my optimum, but I was getting there bit by bit by playing games. For me, it was a shame the season came to an end because I was starting to feel better after my injury.”



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Huddersfield eyeing Ghanaian Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu for £4.5million – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 15:00


Information from England is that new English Premier League club Huddersfield Town FC are weighing their options on signing Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu for £4.5million.

Reports indicate that the club’s manager, David Wagner has been impressed by the Black Stars international who plays for Italian Serie A side, Udinese.

According to The Sun, the Terriers boss is determined to make Badu his 10th signing since the side won promotion to the English Premier League two months ago.

The Ghanaian strong man reportedly caught the attention of the German tactician after watching the midfielder during Udinese’s pre-season friendly.

It is also mentioned that Huddersfield are looking for some steel in the middle of the park, and the Ghanaian could fit the bill as they are set to make their EPL entry.

Agyemang-Badu is tipped as the right man for the job considering his ball-winning ability and hunger for a move to England after spending seven years at the Italian side.

Furthermore, the 76-time capped Ghana international is likely to move to the EPL because of his ambitions to play in England.



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Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko hit by bus accident tragedy – Ghana Premier League 2017


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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 13, 2017. 16:00


Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko were involved in a fatal traffic accident last night when their team bus struck a stationery vehicle on the return trip from a league match against Inter Allies.

The vehicle was en route to Kumasi from Accra, where the team had suffered a 1-0 defeat, with the accident occurring in Nkawkaw.

“The accident occurred around 9:45pm at Nkawkaw, when our bus ran into a stationary vehicle. Personnel on the bus are generally fine. Some are however receiving treatment at the Holy Family Hospital, Nkawkaw,” Asante posted on their official Twitter page.

“Management requests that fans stay calm. A full statement on the incident will be issued in due course.”

It has been confirmed this morning that Kotoko’s assistant kit man, Kofi Asare, was sadly killed in the accident.

“Got three ambulances to rush the driver, [Steven] Polack and [Godwin] Ablordey [coach and assistant coach respectively] to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital,” Asante representative Thomas Boakye-Agyemang is quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“Okwahu United gave their bus to us so we sent the injured players to KATH too,” he added. “Our Assistant Equipment Officer Kofi Asare is, however, gone.”



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