March 2011


England v Ghana: More Than Just A Game – Pt 1

 

In less than two weeks England will take to the field against Ghana in front of a sell out crowd at Wembley stadium. The anticipation amongst Ghanaians is high and rightly so it will be the first time England have played Ghana in an International match at Wembley and it will be a chance for Ghana to test themselves against established Premier league players.

For me this is a statement of intent from the Ghanaian FA to take the national team to the next level, a statement which has been backed unanimously by the Ghanaian Diaspora in the UK.  Twenty one thousand of us to be exact (the biggest International away crowd at Wembley ever !) who will be there cheering the black stars on come March 29 and you can guarantee there will be thousands of Ghanaians up and down the country watching elsewhere in their homes and at bars etc.

The fact that the English Football Association have chosen to play this friendly in between crucial European championship qualifying games against Wales ( 26 March) and Switzerland ( 04 April) is a huge compliment to Ghana. It shows England view Ghana as an emerging power not just in African football but world football and see the game as useful to England in preparing for their qualifiers.

But as the build up to the match begins to the match itself another issue needs to be considered; this match is not only a chance for Ghanaians to go out and support the black stars but also to represent the Ghanaian culture. It’s a chance for us to bring the passion, vibrancy and goodwill of Ghana to where many regard is the home of football: Wembley Stadium.

The game will also be shown live on terrestrial TV (ITV 1), so we need to be looking on point and representing Ghana to the fullest. We need to have our flags, ME FIRI GHANA TOPS, black star shirts and quite frankly anything that bears Ghana’s name on it.

Let’s not also forget that this event will see a huge gathering of Ghanaian people in one place. Probably the biggest Ghanaian gathering the UK has ever seen. I don’t think an Independence rave, Party in the park or your aunties wedding has ever brought in a crowd of twenty one thousand Ghanaians.

People this is big! Do not underestimate this event. Men and women could meet their future partners, babies could be born late that evening (If we win!) and Asamoah Gyan could be doing his skank live at Wembley stadium.  I personally know families who are travelling together to the game; aunties have already prepared their Tupperware ready to stuff them full of jelloff.

It’s going to be an event to remember and if you can’t be at Wembley then make sure you’re watching, preferably in a Ghanaian establishment. Let’s all represent for our culture on the 29th.

Black stars we stand ready.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Asamoah Gyan eyes England friendly game

Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan is looking forward to the friendly clash with England later in the month and is pleased he will not have to travel far for the game.

The Black Stars take on the Three Lions at Wembley on 29th March in a sell-out match in London, although they take on DR Congo two days earlier.

Sunderland ace Gyan, 25, admits it can be tough when travelling for friendly matches abroad but admits he has to do the job for his country.

“Sometimes for friendly games, if you travel from Europe to South American countries, it’s a long flight and everything,” he said.

“That is what we have to do. We are sportsmen and we have to travel.”

Michael Essien continues to take a break from the national team and will not face some of his Chelsea team-mates so Ghana’s new coach Goran Stevanovic opts for a tried and tested combination with one new cap and one recall.

Daniel Opare of Standard Liege gets a recall and striker Nathaniel Asamoah from Asante Kotoko is called up for the first time.

Meanwhile, Jordan Ayew misses out on the 24-man squad so he will not play alongside his brother Andre for the two games.

Fulham defender John Pantsil is eagerly anticipating the friendlies and admits it is still an honour to play for Ghana.

He said: “It is very important. Every player wants to play for his national team and it’s a good achievement.”

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England vs Ghana: Me FiRi GHANA Clothing

So its more than 10 years since England have “invited” a football team from the African continent to play them at the historical, legendary, now 21st century stadium of Wembley. Now, when we Ghanaians are about to chop some Banku, Jellof, Yam or whatever your heart may at this point desire, traditionally we invite the immediate people around us to chop with us, right?

Kelewele

Kelewele

We don’t know about you, but if someone invites us to chops some of their Papaye fried rice for instance it may bring a tear to our eye. Why you may ask?? Well because that indicates a sign of respect, an appreciation of who we are… Well, we just had to breakdown this historic occasion with food, to illustrate the magnititude of the occassion on March 29th with the match between England and Ghana.

Ghana-Football-Team

Ghana-Football-Team

So, given the occasion, ensure that you are representing in your Ghana Colours with your Me FiRi GHANA Clothing. Order yours today:

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When someone asks you “What does your top mean?”, please, say with pride (and a cheesy smile) “I’m from Ghana“.

And if they ask what the paint splashes and Symbol represent, let them know that:

Red: The blood shed fighting for independence in 1957

Gold: The mineral wealth of Ghana

Green: The rich vegetation of the nation

Symbol: This is Gye Nyame and means “Except God” and is the symbol of Supremacy of God

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Its A Part of You…

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Ghana’s Cocoa Board Banker Bid For $2 Billion…

The Ghana Cocoa Board is receiving bids from banks for a $2 billion trade-financing facility for cocoa purchases in the current year and the next crop year, said Deputy Chief Executive Officer Yaw Adu-Ampomah.

The board is seeking $500 million more than it did last year for the purchases, Adu-Ampomah said in a phone interview today from Accra, the capital.

The board has purchased 713,000 metric tons of cocoa beans from farmers in the first 22 weeks of the current season that began in October, compared with about 400,000 in the same period a year earlier, he said.

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