Category: Ghana


Christian Atsu: ‘Sometimes what’s happened to me seems like a miracle’

Newcastle winger remains close to his roots in Ghana and takes inspiration from ‘father figure’ Rafael BenítezIt is a very long way from Ghana’s Ada Foah to Hillsong church on Newcastle’s Westgate Road – and not merely in miles. Christian Atsu has made…


Corruption, murder and how Ghana’s football has ground to a halt

It is eight months since Ghana’s last domestic game after a bribery scandal exposé that may have led to a journalist’s assassinationAt 4:49pm, the final whistle of an outstanding top flight match between AshantiGold and Aduana Stars was blown in the mi…


Journalist who exposed football corruption shot dead in Ghana

Exposés by Ahmed Husein, who died in Accra, had also lifted lid on corruption in judicial systemAn undercover Ghanaian journalist who helped expose corruption in African football has been shot dead in Accra.Ahmed Husein was part of a team led by award-…


Ghana to dissolve football association over bribery allegations

Documentary shows officials allegedly taking kickbacksGhana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi implicated by filmGhana has decided to dissolve its national football association a day after officials, including the body’s president, were shown in a documentar…


Mavis Appiah ploughs lonely furrow for female coaches in Ghana

Former university footballer now managing a second division men’s club is determined to take herself even higher up the ladderThe Brong-Ahafo region in Ghana is not unused to producing sporting talent. It boasts Ghana captain and former Sunderland reco…


Where it went wrong for the teams who missed out on the World Cup

Fans from 21 countries explain why they will be staying at home next summer. Holland were unlucky, Italy were mismanaged and Mongolia were a disasterFive points out of a possible 18 from our games against Belgium, Greece and Cyprus proved fatal. Greece…


Dom Dwyer scores acrobatic volley on his debut as USA beat Ghana

• English-born forward scores opening goal
• Kellyn Acosta adds second from free kick
• Asamoah Gyan scores and has penalty saved

Dom Dwyer scored in his international debut as the US beat Ghana 2-1 on Saturday in an exhibition match ahead of the Gold Cup.

Dwyer, a 26-year-old English forward who gained American citizenship in March, put the hosts ahead in the 19th minute with an acrobatic volley. Joe Corona’s shot ricocheted off Jorge Villafana and into Dwyer’s path, with the striker volleying in with his left foot.

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Under-20 World Cup has put galaxy of stars on road to global superstardom | Devarshi Lodhia

England’s Dominic Solanke joins Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero in elite group by winning tournament golden ball, but it is no guarantee of a great career

An Argentina side boasting a midfield trio of Juan Román Riquelme, Esteban Cambiasso and Pablo Aimar and a defence featuring Walter Samuel won their second consecutive Under-20 World Cup, using José Peckerman’s floating 3-5-2 formation to devastating effect in Malaysia. Argentina’s top scorer, Bernado Romeo, despite playing alongside future Serie A, La Liga, Champions League and Copa Libertadores winners, did not enjoy such a distinguished career, managing four caps for the national side in a career that came to an underwhelming end in 2012 at San Lorenzo.

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Kevin-Prince Boateng: ‘Mandela shook my hand and said: my daughter wants to marry you’

Las Palmas’s former Spurs and Portsmouth midfielder talks about fighting racism, speaking at the UN and waking up one day ‘looking like 50 Cent: that’s not me’

“I was so nervous. I was sweating. My legs were trembling.” Kevin-Prince Boateng was a long way from the Berlin streets where he grew up; a long way from the football pitch too, although it was a game that brought him to the United Nations in Geneva. It was March 2013. It was also, he says, “the craziest moment of my life” – and his is some life. There’s a lot to discuss as he eases into a yellow chair: from the eight clubs in four countries to playing his brother at the World Cup and meeting Nelson Mandela. Who, incidentally, tried to marry him to his daughter. But first, this.

It’s some time before Boateng heads out past the technicians laying cables and across the grass at the Estadio Gran Canaria where he plays for Las Palmas on the island that’s become home. “You know, I’m always honest,” he says, getting up. That much has become clear over an hour spent talking with sincerity and humour: good times and too-good times; things people don’t see, like loneliness, and things they do; talent and personality, confrontations and convictions, always willing to make a stand. “I’ve never lacked guts, for good or bad.” That much is clear too.

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Cameroon beat Ghana to earn place in Africa Cup of Nations final

• Cameroon 2-0 Ghana
• Michael Ngadeu-Nadjui and Christian Bassogog scored for Cameroon

Cameroon will face Egypt in the African Nations Cup final after a 2-0 win over Ghana.

Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui cashed in on a defensive mix-up in the 72nd minute, before Christian Bassogog scored a second on the break in stoppage-time at the Stade de Franceville.

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Cameroon v Ghana: Afcon 2017 semi-final – live!

6.19pm GMT

Hello and welcome to a heavyweight clash that will determine who gets to face Egypt on Sunday for the right to be crowned champions of Africa. Ghana and Cameroon are two of the continent’s mightiest football nations but it has been a painfully long time since either of them were kings – especially for Ghana, who haven’t been No1 in Africa since Toto were No1 in America with Africa. Sorry, that’s an unwieldy way of saying 1982. As for Cameroon, they’ve won the tournament four times since then but it has still been 15 years since they could be called the Indomitable Lions without someone raising a quibble.

Funny thing is, Cameroon have exceeded expectations by even making it to the semi-final this time. I could elaborate on that but there’s no point because Jonathan Wilson already has. Ghana, meanwhile, will catch all manner of flak if they fail here, what with them having stuttered for much of the last two years. Progressing to the final would go some way towards atonement, though for full redemption they would have to reverse an annoying recent trend of defeats to Egypt. We’ll peruse the line-ups shortly, but in the meantime you

could consider The Fiver’s bold forecast for this match.

11.27am GMT

Cameroon: Ondoa, Oyongo, Fai, Ngadeu, Teikeu, Siani, Djoum, Zoua, Moukandjo, Bassogog, Tambe

Ghana: Brimah; Acheampong, Afful, Amartey, Boye; Wakaso, Acquah, Partey, Atsu, A Ayew, J. Ayew

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Afcon 2017: Ayew brothers drive Ghana past DR Congo and into semis

• Ghana win 2-1 and play Cameroon on Thursday
• Egypt beat Morocco 1-0 and will face Burkina Faso on Wednesday

Ghana reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals for the sixth tournament in a row after Jordan and André Ayew secured a 2-1 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo in a rough-and-tumble match.

Related: Egypt 1-0 Morocco: Afcon 2017 – as it happened

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Avram Grant: ‘When you say tiki-taka, it starts with Bob Paisley’

The Ghana coach believes mentality is key to sporting success and is working to instil a winning one as they chase success in the Africa Cup of Nations

Avram Grant knew he was going to get pelted with bottles and other missiles, but he walked out of the tunnel anyway, leading his Ghana team through the barrage. Getting off the pitch at half-time in the Cup of Nations semi-final two years ago had been hard enough; getting back on for the second half, through a Malabo crowd that had come to the abrupt realisation that (at least until they brought in a helicopter midway through the second half) a police force that had repressed it for years was all but powerless in the face of mass dissent, was far harder.

Walking out first, overtly demonstrating leadership, was a conscious decision by the former Chelsea manager. “Sometimes you need to show them,” he says. “Because the atmosphere … my assistant said to me: ‘I’m not going. There’s too many stones around.’ I said: ‘Don’t worry, nothing will happen.’ But I didn’t know … the helicopter that was right over my head. It was crazy. But we won, so it’s good.”

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Mohammed Salah takes Egypt to Group D top spot with win over Ghana

• Mohammed Salah scores only goal of the game
• Uganda and Mali exit after 1-1 draw

Mohammed Salah blasted home a free-kick to give Egypt a 1-0 win over Ghana and top place in Africa Cup of Nations Group D as the first round of matches ended on Wednesday.

Salah’s rasping 10th-minute strike sent Egypt to the head of the standings with seven points and Ghana, who won their first two games, finished second on six.

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Egypt v Ghana: Afcon 2017 – live!

6.42pm GMT

Egypt: Essam El-Hadary, Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hegazy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Mohamed Salah, Abdallah El-Said, Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’, Marwan Mohsen

Ghana: Brimah Razak, Andy Yiadom, Samuel Afful, Jona Mensah, John Boye, Daniel Amartey, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Andrew Ayew, Christian Atsu, Samuel Tetteh, Asamoah Gyan

10.59am GMT

Hello. Welcome to what could be an odd affair. Odd because, with Ghana currently top of Group B and already assured of a place in the quarterfinals and Egypt needing only a draw to qualify as runners-up, winning may not be the best outcome for either side. That is because the group runners-up will get to play their quarter-final in Oyem, while the winners must remain in Port Gentil, where the atrocious pitch has been blamed for scruffy performances by many teams and injuries to several players. So never mind the prestige of topping the group or the identity of the opponents in the next round (Morocco for the group winners, DR Congo for the runners-up), both teams may be thinking more about the venue.

Maybe, then, we’ll be treated to drama of a similar stripe to the magnificent Barbados-Granada spree of 1994 (for more on that, see this). Then again, maybe not. Avram Grant’s team selection does not suggest he’s taking this lightly, as he’s decided against giving Asamoah Gyan or Andre Ayew a day off (full teams news to follow). And Hector Cuper certainly can’t take the liberty of resting anyone, as a loss today would leave Egypt vulnerable to being leapfrogged by Mali, who will be deadset on denying Uganda a consolation win in today’s other match. So the signs are that Grant is not going to attempt to be crafty by plotting the ideal route forward and will instead just try to gather momentum by settling an old score: Ghana have not been particularly fluent despite winning both their matches so far and, what is more, Egypt beat them 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in November, so avenging that would be both sweet and encouraging. In short, larks ahoy!

#Ghana fans are poised to support the #BlackStars for tonight’s #afcon2017 match against #Egypt. #GoGhana #can2017 @ASAMOAH_GYAN3 @AyewAndre

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Ghana v Uganda: Afcon 2017 – live!

2.58pm GMT

Afternoon all. Group stages of tournaments are funny things. On the one hand you can have lots of cagey, uncertain performances by teams not really sure what they’re doing yet, but on the other, with the jeopardy of a knockout away from the thoughts of teams, you can see some goal-filled, chaotic encounters. Thus far – and with the caveat that we’re only six games in – we’ve seen both, with Togo and Ivory Coast jousting their way cautiously to a 0-0 draw last night, but Zimbabwe and Algeria weighing in with a 2-2 draw and Guinea-Bissau holding the hosts on the opening day. A mixed bag indeed.

So what will today hold? Well, the good news is that the managers don’t like each other, so that adds a little needle to the whole affair. As you’ll have read in Ed’s piece linked below, Ghana big dog Avram Grant and Uganda boss Milutin Sredojevic – ‘Micho’, to you – go back a long way, and have a habit of haranguing each other in public. Lovely stuff.

9.15am GMT

Nick will be here soon enough. Until then, read Ed Aarons’s piece on Micho the meticulous:

“Uganda was the first country in Africa that I worked in and your first love stays with you forever,” sighs Milutin Sredojevic – known as “Micho”. “I love and respect the country and feel it is a part of me.”

As international coaches go, it’s fair to say the man who has taken Uganda to their first Africa Cup of Nations finals since 1978 takes his job very seriously. On Tuesday the Cranes face Ghana in a rematch of their 2-0 defeat against the Black Stars in the final nearly 40 years ago as they attempt to qualify from a group that also includes Mali and the seven-times winners Egypt with a squad that is almost totally comprised of players from clubs in Africa.

Related: Afcon 2017: Micho the meticulous gives Uganda hope of 1978 repeat

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Afcon 2017: a group-by-group guide to the Africa Cup of Nations

The players, teams and managers to look out for as Ivory Coast defend their title in Gabon in the tournament that kicks off on SaturdayGabon Continue reading…


International football: 10 things to look out for in World Cup 2018 qualifying

Ramsey’s Wales return, Yiadom’s controversial Ghana inclusion, Southgate and Strachan heading in opposite directions and a fairytale comeback for Falcao

Gareth Southgate is at the beginning, Gordon Strachan could be approaching
the end. But both managers are under pressure before Friday night’s
qualifier at Wembley. While Southgate has shown that he is not afraid to
make big calls, dropping Wayne Rooney for the fortunate goalless draw in
Slovenia, England’s caretaker oversaw underwhelming performances in his
first two matches and would not be seen as an inspiring permanent appointment
if his team fails to convince against Scotland. The return of Harry Kane
and Raheem Sterling should enhance England’s threat, however, and it is
Strachan who has bigger problems. Robert Snodgrass has been in fine form
for Hull City and the jinking winger could give England’s defence plenty to
think about, yet Strachan’s stock is perilously low after last month’s
defeat to Slovakia
and defeat in this match would surely be the final straw. JS

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2017 Africa Cup of Nations draw: Algeria and Senegal face off in Group B

• Hosts Gabon paired with Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso
• Cup holders Ivory Coast to face Togo, Morocco and DR Congo

Hosts Gabon were handed a favourable draw for January’s Africa Cup of Nations, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s side to face Cameroon, Burkina Faso and the debutants Guinea-Bissau in Group A while the heavyweights Algeria and Senegal will face off in Group B.

The buildup to the tournament, which begins on 14 January, has been dominated by doubts over where it will be staged as the aftershocks of Gabonese presidential elections continue to be felt.

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From reality TV to Red Bull Arena: Gideon Baah’s strange trip to MLS

A journey that started on Ghanaian reality TV show back in 2007 now finds Red Bulls defender Gideon Baah plying his craft thousands of miles from home

Gideon Baah never frets about his career as a professional soccer player. “I’m a very religious person and I believe in God,” he told the Guardian. “Everything that happens to me is the will of God. I know with him in my life, anything is possible.”

Soft-spoken, the defender’s route into professional soccer was far from conventional. A reality TV star in his native Ghana, Baah appeared on MTN Soccer Academy. “It was the first show of its kind in Ghana, so it was a very big thing there,” Baah explains.

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