Ghana’s Daniel Opare wanted by Stoke, Everton & Watford – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 26, 2017. 12:00

The Premier League trio of Stoke City, Watford and Everton are reportedly keen on signing Augsburg’s Ghanaian defender Daniel Opare.

The Sun claims that Opare has a host of clubs hoping to sign him for a cut-price fee of £2.5million, given that his contract will expire at the end of the current season.

The Ghanaian’s fan club includes Stoke, Watford and Everton – who are all in need of quality full-backs – but they face stiff competition from across the continent.

The likes of AC Milan, Sevilla and Olympique Marseille are also tracking Opare, who has enjoyed a fine season for Bundesliga side Augsburg so far in 2017/18.

The German club wants Opare to sign a new deal to keep him at the WWKArena, but have so far been unable to reach any kind of agreement over terms.

Opare can play on either flank has also been on the books of Standard Liege, Porto, Besiktas and Lens in his senior club career.

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Thomas Partey: Instability hurt Ghana’s 2018 hopes – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 05, 2017. 10:00

Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey has said that the national team’s instability played a major role in their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The Black Stars swapped out coaches midway through the campaign, with James Kwesi Appiah returning to the team to replace Avram Grant.

Under the Israeli’s guidance, Ghana claimed just one point from their first two Group E matches and have never been able to make up the ground on Egypt, who secured qualification with a game to spare.

“It was a shame to lose Avram Grant because he is a great manager,” Partey told Kwese ESPN. “Now, Appiah is here and he is also a great coach.

“Each one comes with their own ideas and as the managers changed, there were changes in the team so we needed some time to settle,” he added.

“I think that is why qualification did not go well.

“We are disappointed not to have qualified but our focus now is to keep pushing in order to improve.”

The Black Stars will wrap up their qualification campaign with a clash at home to Egypt next weekend, where only pride will be at stake.

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FIFA rejects Ghana’s protest against Daniel Bennett – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Oct 15, 2017. 12:00

FIFA have rejected Ghana’s complaint against South African referee Daniel Bennett and his assistants following last weekend’s World Cup qualifier away to Uganda.

Ghana were denied what looked to have been a legitimate last-gasp winner due to an incorrect offside call from the assistant.

The Black Stars were hoping for a similar outcome to Senegal, who were successful in seeing their loss to South Africa last year – which was handled by discredited Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey – annulled by FIFA.

However, FIFA have rejected Ghana’s appeals, with the organisation stating that “no proceedings will be opened around the World Cup qualifier match Uganda vs. Ghana”.

Egypt have secured top spot in Ghana’s group to claim World Cup qualification for the first time since 1990.

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Ghana’s Faisal Osman ruled out of U-17 World Cup – Ghana Premier League 2017

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 11:00

Ghana defender Faisal Osman has been ruled out of next month’s 2017 U-17 World Cup due to injury.

The centre-back picked up an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury during training and it has been deemed sufficiently serious to rule him out of the tournament which starts on October 6.

The Young Vipers player has been released from the Black Starlets’ training camp in Abu Dhabi to return home and receive treatment.

Osman was a key figure in Ghana’s team which finished as runners-up at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

The U-17 World Cup will be held in India from 6 to 28 October. Ghana have been drawn in Group A and will face Colombia, the United States and hosts India.

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Ghana’s World Cup hopes suffer crippling blow in Kumasi – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Thievy Koulossa Bifouma of Congo

Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 20:01

A late goal from Thomas Partey was not enough to ease Ghana’s woes as they remain on the cusp of seeing their 2018 FIFA World Cup hopes go up in smoke following a 1-1 draw to Congo at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Friday.

The Black Stars have qualified for three successive World Cup’s, but look sure to miss out on a ticket to Russia as they remain winless in Group E with Uganda and Egypt leading the way.

For Congo, a point on their travels will serve as some motivation, but in reality the result does neither team any good as they remain well off the pace heading into the reverse fixture in Brazzaville.

The Red Devils made a positive start and hit the front as early as the 18th minute through Thievy Bifouma.

Josef Attamah looked nervy from the onset and it was his mistake that ultimately led to the opener as Fabrice Nguessi pounced to tee up Bifouma for a clinic finish, 0-1.

Ghana went in search of a reply with Partey looking the most likely, his rasping effort well saved by Barel Mouko in the 38th minute.

Congo 1-0 up at the break.

It was no surprise to see Harrison Afful introduced at right-back following the interval, and it was he who threatened in the 70th minute. The USA-based defender unlucky to see his shot rattle the side-netting.

Jordan Ayew was denied by Mokou soon after before Partey stepped up to the plate with both Asomoah Gyan and Andre Ayew substituted.

The Atletico Madrid man finding the back of the net following a defense-splitting pass by Christian Atsu with 85 minutes on the clock.

Too little to late, though, for Ghana who will need a miracle if they are to book a ticket to the world showpiece in Russia.

Ghana (0) 1 (Partey 85′)

Congo (1) 1 (Bifouma 18′)

Ghana: R.Ofori; Attamah (Afful 46′), Mensah, Amartey, Schlupp – Partey, E.Ofori, A.Ayew (Poku 68′) – Atsu, J.Ayew, Gyan (Agyapong 62′)

Congo: Mouko; Itoua, Baudry, Mayembo, Badila – Avounou, Gandze, Bahamboula (Dambou 83′) – Nguessi (Ndinga 56′), Bifouma, Dore (Tsoumou 71′)

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From impossible to possible – Ayew talks up Ghana’s 2018 hopes – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Andre Ayew of Ghana reacts

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 18:30

Andre Ayew has talked up Ghana’s chances of overturning a significant deficit and securing qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Ayew was part of Ghana’s squads at the 2010 and 2014 tournaments in South Africa and Brazil respectively.

However, the Black Stars’ hopes of reaching Russia 2018 are looking pretty slim: they trail Group E leaders Egypt by five points.

The West African heavyweights need to defeat Congo in impending back-to-back clashes in Kumasi and Brazzaville, and hope that the Pharaohs drop points in their matches against Uganda.

It may seem a tall order, even for a side of the Black Stars’ pedigree, but Ayew believes that qualification is still a realistic achievement.

“I’ve been to two [World Cups] but we’re in a difficult spot at the moment,” Ayew is quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“We’re in a difficult spot, but hopefully we’re going to make it to the World Cup.

“It’s an important year for us and if we do it, we’ll turn something that was impossible into something possible, so our country would be on fire.

“We’re going to try to make it happen. We have the belief, we have a great squad and I think we can do it.

“I’d like to go to my third World Cup. It’s not every player who has the chance to go to have even one World Cup, so if I have the opportunity to go to a third one, I need to do everything possible to make that happen.”

Ghana’s first clash against Congo in Kumasi on Friday evening kicks off at 17h30 CAT and AfricanFootball will have LIVE coverage of the clash.

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Austria loan on the cards for Ghana’s Tekpetey – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

epa05646037 Schalke’s Bernard Tekpetey (L) argues with Nice’s goalie Yoan Cardinale during the UEFA Europa League football match between FC Schalke 04 and OGC Nice at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 24 November 2016. EPA/INA FASSBENDER

Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 07, 2017. 17:00

Austrian first division side SC Rheindorf Altach look set to sign Ghana striker Bernard Tekpetey on loan for the 2017/18 season.

GHANASoccernet reports that the 19-year-old, who is contracted to German Bundesliga giants Schalke 04, is being sent on loan to gain first-team experience.

The teenager joined Schalke in early 2016 after a successful trial period with the club. However, he has seen little playing time with the first team, instead appearing predominantly for the reserves.

Tekpetey, who was a member of Ghana’s squad at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, will hope to impress on loan in Austria, with his contract at Schalke set to come to an end in 2018.

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Huddersfield linked with Ghana’s Rahman – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Ghana defender, Baba Rahman

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jul 12, 2017. 10:00

Chelsea’s Ghanaian left-back Baba Rahman has been linked with a move to Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town.

The 23-year-old Black Stars player joined Chelsea from Augsburg in 2015, but struggled to establish himself as a regular.

Rahman then joined Schalke 04 on a season-long loan deal in 2016 and impressed in the Bundesliga and European competitions.

However, his campaign in Gelsenkirchen was cut short when he picked up a serious knee injury at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and returned to Chelsea for rehabilitation.

There have been rumours that the player will return for another loan spell at Schalke, while the likes of Newcastle United, Everton and Bournemouth have also been linked with Rahman.

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Report: Bursaspor close in on Ghana’s Majeed Waris – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 15:00

Turkish Super Lig side Bursaspor are reportedly closing in on a move for Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris.

GHANASoccernet reports that new Bursaspor coach Paul Le Guen has targeted the Black Stars attacker as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Waris scored nine goals for Lorient last term, though it wasn’t enough to prevent relegation from Ligue 1.

The 25-year-old has played in Turkey before, having endured a difficult spell with Trabzonspor in 2014/15.

Bursaspor club president Ali Hay has confirmed talks with Lorient in regards to a possible transfer have gotten underway.

“We talked to his coach. We want to buy him [Waris] or borrow [loan] him. We have good news,” said Hay.

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USA the biggest threat in World Cup group – Ghana’s Eric Ayiah

Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 10, 2017. 19:30

The United States will be Ghana’s biggest threat in their group at the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India, according to Ghana captain Eric Ayiah.

The Black Starlets, who were runners-up at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon back in May, will be playing in their first U-17 World Cup since 2007.

This past weekend’s group stage draw for the tournament placed them in Group A alongside hosts India, the United States and Colombia.

“Now we know the countries in our group but we don’t know anything about the teams so it’s going to be difficult,” Ayiah told Starr FM, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“But we are going to prepare very well to face them.

“USA may be our biggest contenders because they are a football country, but we will work harder to overcome them.”

Ghana will face Colombia in the tournament’s opening match in New Delhi on October 6, followed by games against the USA and India at the same venue on October 9 and 12 respectively.

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Turkey’s Kayserispor sign Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana challenged by Ali Gabr of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 16:00

Turkish club Kayserispor have signed Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan on a two-year contract.

The Black Stars captain joins from Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, having spent last season on loan at United Arab Emirates club Al Ahli.

The transfer will see Gyan return to Europe for the first time since 2012, having spent the last five years in Asian football.

“Our President, Dr Erol Bedir has reached personal terms with world famous footballer Asamoah Gyan to join Kayserispor,” read an official statement from the club.

“We have agreed a two-year deal with an option of addition one year with the Ghanaian.”

Kayserispor will hope Gyan’s arrival helps them rise up the Super Lig table, with the club having finished just above the relegation zone in the last two years.

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Ghana’s Asamoah: I will return to the Black Stars soon – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jun 14, 2017. 16:30

Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has announced that he will soon end his three-year absence from the national team.

The 28-year-old Juventus player has not featured for the Black Stars since 2014, with injuries and a desire to focus on his club career seeing him have a ‘sabbatical’ from the national team.

Asamoah could have returned to the Ghana team earlier this year for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, but he asked to be excluded from Avram Grant’s squad.

The versatile midfielder is now ready to return to the Black Stars set-up and add to the 60-plus caps he has accumulated in his international career.

“Well, very soon, I will join the team,” Asamoah said at the Calcio Trade Ball in Accra on Tuesday.

“I left the team due to injuries and I needed to get better because I knew that the nation had more talent.

“Even in my absence, I see that the team has replacements and I am happy that I am doing well now.”

After a couple of years marred by major injuries, the Ghanaian appears to have recovered full fitness.

“I did not want to come back to the team when I was half-fit,” Asamoah added.

“I want to come back while I’m playing regularly and doing well with my club.

“Within a short time, I will join the team again.”

This opens the door for Asamoah to be included in Ghana’s squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Congo in late August and early September.

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Reaching 50 goals speaks for itself – Ghana’s Gyan – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jun 14, 2017. 16:00

Asamoah Gyan says he is “blessed” to have reached the 50-goal mark for Ghana and says the achievement does all his talking for him.

Gyan netted his 50th goal for the Black Stars this past weekend when he opened the scoring in a 5-0 win over Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

In hitting a half century of goals at international level, Gyan has joined an exclusive club of African players to have reached this milestone.

Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia), Hossam Hassan (Egypt), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) and Samuel Eto (Cameroon) all surpassed the 50-goal mark for their respective national teams, and Gyan says joining them is an achievement which speaks for itself.

“For me, the numbers say it all. I don’t need to blow my own horns. The statics that I have done for the national team [is clear],” he told Starrsportsgh.

“I have nothing to say; it is left with the people to judge it, and me joining these legends – talking about Drogba, Hossam Hassan, Eto’o Fils – as you said, I feel blessed and really thank God for what he has been doing for me so far.”

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Majeed Waris was Ghana’s best in Europe – Gyan – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jun 13, 2017. 17:00

Majeed Waris was Ghana’s top performing player in Europe this past season, according to Asamoah Gyan.

Waris scored nine goals in 35 Ligue 1 appearances through the campaign, but his efforts weren’t enough to prevent relegation for Lorient.

Despite his side’s slide out of the top flight of French football, Gyan believes Waris had an excellent season.

“Waris is my best Ghanaian player in Europe this season,” Gyan said in an interview with Metro TV, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“Seriously, Waris was in top form, he was scoring some good goals, though Lorient were relegated I feel he had a fantastic season with them.”

Waris and Gyan will vie for a place in the Black Stars’ starting XI when they play further friendlies against Mexico and United States in late June and early July.

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Ghana’s Gyan celebrates 50 goals for the Black Stars – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana wins a header from Denis Iguma of Uganda as Hassan Wasswa of Uganda (l) and Andre Ayew (cl) of Ghana look on during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Jun 12, 2017. 18:30

Asamoah Gyan has expressed his delight after he scored his 50th goal for the Ghana national team this past weekend.

Gyan brought up a half century of goals for the Black Stars with a strike in Ghana’s 5-0 win over Ethiopia in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.

Futher goals from John Boye, Ebenezer Ofori and a brace from Raphael Dwamena completed the Black Stars’ emphatic triumph in Kumasi after Gyan had opened the floodgates with his 10th minute strike.

Gyan has become just the fifth African to score 50 or more goals for his national team, following in the footsteps of legends Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia), Hossam Hassan (Egypt), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) and Samuel Eto (Cameroon).

“Personally I’m very happy with my achievements in terms of the national team level,” Gyan is quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“First of all I have to thank the Almighty for the 50th goal and for what he’s done for me.

“Secondly, I’d like to thank my teammates, those I started with in 2003 till now. They are also included because without them I couldn’t achieve this feat.

“Thirdly, I’d like to thank the fans that turned up today, honestly I was so surprised with the attendance of the crowd, so I think they played an important role in this victory, hence I dedicate this 50th goal to the whole of Ghana and my teammates.”

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