September 2011

Ghana Vs Nigeria: The Best of Rivals

When Ghana and Nigeria take to the field to play Ghana  on October 11th 2011, Nigeria will be trying to end a run of successive defeats against the black stars. Often it’s hard to gage the importance of friendly games but such is the rivalry between the two nations and the fact that Nigeria have not beaten Ghana for five years! (2006 African Cup of nations where Nigeria won 1-0). So it can be argued Nigeria have a few scores to settle. The last time the two teams met was at the 2010 African cup of nations, where an Asamoah Gyan header settled the game 1-0 to Ghana.  Subsequently in the summer of that year Ghana enjoyed a successful World Cup campaign whilst Nigeria suffered an early exit at the group stages (which led to their own president banning them from playing competitive football!, this ban was later lifted after pressure from FIFA).

Prior to that Ghana have triumphed against the Super Eagles 4-1 in 2007 and 2-1 in the CAN 2008. So It is fair to say over the past five years Ghana have had the better of Nigeria and have become one of Africa’s best teams whilst Nigeria have slipped behind. Does this mean the Super Eagles will be itching to beat the Black Stars? Well Like I have said before no team will want to lose and the pride of their fans are at stake.

The result may depend on the players each team fields in the match at Watford. In Ghana last friendly England were criticised for fielding a so called “weakened “team against the Black Stars, so it will be interesting to see who plays. Naturally fans want to see the best players so let’s hope the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Sulley Muntari, John Obi Mikel and Peter Odemwinge will be in action on 09 August. Win, lose or draw I will just be satisfied with a good performance from the Black stars. However deep down a loss to Nigeria won’t sit with me too well such is my passion for Ghana and the fact we are playing our west African cousins. We need to maintain the bragging rights, so boys do us proud !

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Brazil vs Ghana: Full Match Report

Denied by the Ref?
Brave Black Stars lose out to Brazil in showpiece friendly..

Mike Dean! Is a name that will live long in the memory of many Ghanaian fans. He is of course the referee who yesterday sent off Ghanaian full back Daniel Opare and in many people’s eyes ruined what had the makings of a great game and of course Ghana’s chance of winning !.

As I took my seat next to OBE television’s Kwaku Ofosu-Asare in the media seating area the atmosphere was started to build in the stadium as the teams came out for the national anthems. I remember looking at my team sheet and comparing the two line-ups and it was clear the Brazilians had the most experienced team out on the pitch (Ronaldihno and Lucio to name but a few as well as the exciting Neymar were all in the starting eleven) nevertheless I was quietly confident about the Ghana team and their chances.

The Black stars made a real positive start to the game with the team setting a good tempo and winning two early corners. Derek Boateng and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu looked like they were stamping their authority on the midfield whilst Jordan Ayew (brother of Andre Ayew) and Sulley Muntari were linking up well, with Daniel Opare looking lively on the left flank.  So with 20 Minutes gone Ghana were clearly on top with Brazil not threatening too much, although they did have the ball in the net but goal was ruled out for off side. Then came the turning point as Daniel Opare received his second yellow card and was sent off! (I Didn’t even see the first to be honest) for a foul on Brazil’s captain Lucio this was greeted by a  chorus of boos from the Ghanaian fans and left a sour taste in the mouth with a lot of people feeling disappointed they were now watching an uneven match.

How Ironic then that minutes after the dismissal Brazil would take the lead as Leandro Damaio drifted into space (which surely would have been covered by Daniel Opare in the left back position) unopposed to slot the ball coolly past Adam Kwarasey in the Ghana goal after a fine pass by Fernandihno. It was Damaio’s first goal for Brazil and I must say he took it really well.

At half time we were treated to scantily clad Brazilian samba dancers in the rain! It was compelling viewing J and went down well with all the men in the crowd !. So to the second half and the battle on the pitch was not the only battle going on. As Ghanaian and Brazilian fans took part in a chanting match in an attempt to drown out each other’s noise. I would say the Ghanaians won this contest as there were more variety to our chants, such as; “Away, Away”, “ we go score you, we go put pepper in your eyes”, “Brazil u don’t know da ting we are teaching you da ting” and a passionate rendition of the national anthem (hand on heart moment here).

Back to the action and Brazil picked up where they left off with Ghana looking like they were hanging on at times. Adam Kwaresey in the Ghana goal in particular was in inspired form keeping out Brazil with a string of superb saves notably from an Alexandre Pato header and Ronaldihno free kick. The Black stars however were resolute in their display and defended excellently with centre half Jonathan Mensah producing several last ditch tackles and keeping the score line to a respectable one, as the full time whistle blew both teams received ovations from the fans. Overall Brazil deserved their victory but there is no doubt the sending off changed the game and I maintain had Ghana had eleven players on the field for the whole of the match Brazil would have “seen pepper”!

I caught the last 5 minutes of the Ghanaian post match conference where Black stars Coach Goran Stevanovic addressed reporters. Some of the topics discussed were the fine performance of the goalkeeper and whether given the fact Ghana had many injuries was this the best time to play Brazil just one full day after an important CAN qualifier?

I left the stadium feeling disappointed by the result but pleased with the performance in the circumstances. There were a few positives to take out of the match; Adam Kwarasey “man of the match” performance will do a lot to encourage us that there life after Richard Kingson. Jordan Ayew looked lively and dangerous on what was a rare start for him and the way in which our young squad acquitted themselves at the beginning of the game bodes well for the future.

Have your say on the match/views expressed and leave your comments below………

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Brazil vs Ghana: Score Predictions?

Samba vs Afrobeats

Ronaldinhio vs Gyan

Best of South America vs Best of Africa

Me FiRi GHANA want to know what YOUR score predictions are.

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We personally feel that Ghana can really test the Brazilians. It is a shame however that Asamoah Gyan will not be playing having strained his thigh muscle against Ghana’s 2-0 win over Swaziland in the African Cup of Nations qualifier victory…

Ghanaian Dance: AZONTO Dance

Can you really dance like these guys?

This Dance is the bangers & mash or if we are keeping it real, this is the Banku & Okro Soup (Not Stew, its all about the soup)

Look out for Me FiRi GHANA Camera checking out who has the best Azonto routine

By Trey’ C

Ghana’s Economy Still Growing…

Ghana’s economy is recovering with growth expected to exceed 13% in 2011.

The start of oil production as well as strong activity in other areas of the economy are reasons which have contributed to this.

Ghana’s inflation rate is now firmly in single digits, and the cedi has remained broadly stable against the dollar.


What is inflation?
Inflation is defined as a sustained increase in the general level of prices for goods and services

So, given the positive news the question is, are YOU or will you be investing in Ghana? (whether it’s by starting your own business or buying land)

Have Your Say and Leave Your Comments Below…

Ghana News: Sammy Kuffour Testimonial

Former Black Stars defender, Sammy Osei Kuffour announced his retirement from football on 01.09.11 after a long and illustrious club career in Europe winning the Uefa Champions League with Bayern Munich in the 2000-01 season and also played for the likes of Livorno, Nuremberg, AS Roma, Ajax and Torino.



Osei Kuffuor made 59 appearances for the Ghana Black Stars and represented Ghana at the 2006 World Cup.

BUT, he will end his career with a MASSIVE testimonial match at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi, THIS DECEMBER guys!



Former Manchester United strikers Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke are pencilled in for the match, along with Samuel Eto’o, Alex Song, Stefan Effenberg, Shaun Bartlett, Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert, with proceeds of the game going to a Kumasi-based orphanage.(Catch the WAM Campaign out in Kumasi at the beginning of January too :-))

Stay tuned for more information…

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Win 2 FREE tickets to see Brazil v Ghana!

Me FiRi GHANA have TWO tickets to give away FREE (yes FREE) to go and watch Ghana vs Brazil this Monday at Fulham FC Ground

If YOU want the chance to win a pair of tickets to the hotly-anticipated international friendly simply answer the following question:

Who is the captain of the Ghana Blackstars Team?

A: Asamoah Gyan
B: Jonathan Mensah
C: John Mensah

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Winner will be announced Sunday at 9pm


Ghana vs Swaziland: 2 games in 4 days…

Busy Black Stars! 2 games in 4 days to test squad

So the Black stars kick off their double header of games today with the African nation’s qualifier against Swaziland in Accra. It will begin the start of a busy few days with the team then flying to London to face five times world champions Brazil in a friendly match.


The latter match definitely is the most eye catching but essentially the game against Swaziland is more important. Ghana go into this penultimate qualifier on the brink of qualification for the African Nations Cup 2012 tournament. They are currently both tied at the top of Group I with Sudan with ten points apiece. With the Black Stars leading on goal difference alone, Friday’s home match against Swaziland represents a perfect opportunity to boost their goal tally. Swaziland have conceded three goals in each away game so far and Ghana will want to go to Sudan for their final tie needing just a draw to qualify.  In effect this is a must win game for the Black Stars! If we want to virtually sure of qualification for 2012.


Then to the showpiece game against the samba boys on Monday. If anything there should be a brilliant atmosphere at Fulham’s craven cottage, when Brazil and Ghana’s colourful fans fill the stadium. But what of the game? Well we know Brazil play an exciting brand of attacking football every game and whoever is playing.

Ghana_Football _Team_Ghana_Black_Stars

Let’s hope the Swaziland game does not take too much out of the Black Stars and they can produce an exciting committed performance. Similar to that we saw against England at Wembley earlier this year. The match could see the debuts of two Ghana based players selected for the first time, they are; Ernest Sowah of Berekum Chelsea and Asante Kotoko striker Nathaniel Asamoah. Michael Essien is of course injured so is not include. However one shock omission from the squad is Kevin Prince-Boateng who does not make the squad, and far as I know he is not injured so can’t quite understand that decision.

The Black Star squad for the two matches is as follows;

Goalkeepers: Richard Kingson (Unattached), Adam Larsen Kwarasey (Stromgodest), Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea)
Samuel Inkoom (FC Dnipro), John Paintsil (Leicester City), Isaac Vorsah (TSG Hoffenheim), Jonathan Mensah (Evian Thonon-Gaillard), Lee Addy (Red Star Belgrade), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), John Mensah (Olympique Lyon)
Midfielders: Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille), Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu (Udinese), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan) Anthony Annan (Vitesse Arnhem), Albert Adomah (Bristol City), Rabiu Mohammed (Evian Thonon-Gaillard), Derek Boateng (FC Dnipro)
Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland), Prince Tagoe (TSG Hoffenheim) Dominic Adiyiah (Karsiyaka), Jordan Ayew (Olympique Marseille) Nathaniel Asamoah (Asante Kotoko)

What do you think of the two matches?
Would you take a win over Swaziland as opposed to a win over Brazil?
And what do you think of KVP’s omission from the squad, should he have been included?

Get in touch via @ , Facebook or Twitter and have your say.

Now at that’s left to do is wish the Black stars the best of luck in both games. Let’s hope by the end of Monday we are celebrating two victories !

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Ghana News: 2012 Olympics Ban lifted!

Ghana’s sports ministry was “relieved” by the reinstatement of its national Olympic committee by the IOC and said on Wednesday it will organize new elections to allow athletes to compete at the 2012 London Games.

Minister of Youth and Sports Clement Kofi Humado told The Associated Press that Ghana was now sure it would take part in the Olympics after the passing of a new sports law, one of the prerequisites laid down by the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC suspended Ghana in January because of government interference in the Ghana Olympic Committee. The penalty was lifted on Friday after a meeting of the IOC’s executive board in Daegu, South Korea.

The IOC suspended Ghana on Jan. 13 after the government apparently wanted to install Francis Dodoo, a former Olympic triple jumper, as head of the GOC. That was in breach of IOC rules that do not allow governments to interfere in national Olympic committees.

Ghana has won four Olympic medals _ a silver in boxing in 1960, bronzes in boxing in 1964 and 1972, and a bronze in men’s football in 1992. It sent about a dozen athletes to the 2008 Beijing Games.

It also participated in the Winter Olympics for the first time at Vancouver 2010, with skier Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong its only competitor.