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Here we go again!

 Ghana qualify for yet another CAN finals

Ghana booked themselves a place at CAN 2013 with a workmanlike performance against Malawi in Lilongwe.  With Ghana leading 2-0 from the first leg they were overwhelming favourites to go through but they were made to work for their win with the only goal of the game coming from Afriyie Acquah on his international debut.

Ghana started the game very well taking just three minutes to get into the lead after the Parma midfielder applied the finish to a well-worked short corner from Andre Ayew. Ghana went on to control the rest of the early stages of the first half, but had to rely on Adam Kwarasey’s reflexes to prevent being pegged back.

Both teams then went through a period where they threatened the goalkeepers with dangerous efforts. Asamoah Gyan was presented with a number of chances to double the lead first from a free kick which the goalkeeper did well to get to before he failed to connect with a well-placed Ayew cross as the Black Stars went into half time with a one goal lead. Christian Atsu also had an effort on the Malawi goal which was comfortably saved.

The second half almost started like the first with Ghana seemingly in control but Atsu could not get his effort on target after getting past a couple of players. It took some good positional awareness from defender Isaac Vorsah; however, to prevent the Flames from going in front as he diverted a goal bound header wide before John Boye made the clearance.

Malawi continued to rally but the Black Stars saw out the game to book a place in South Africa for the 2013 African Cup of Nations. Overall Ghana should be pleased in the manner of the qualification which has seen the emergence of two players (Christian Atsu & Afriye Acquah) tipped for great things. No doubt Ghana will be amongst the favourites for the competition in South Africa but will need to learn from mistakes of earlier this year, when again tipped for glory they crashed out at the semi-finals to eventual winner Zambia.  Here we go again!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@KwesiTheAuthor)

Ghana Football News: Weekly Update

I apologize to all my loyal followers, I had to deal with a family emergency. Now I’m back to give you your weekly fix on Ghanaian footballers worldwide.


1. Nyantakyi named to FIFA Olympic committee for London 2012

2. Ghana – China PR Confirmed

3.  K. Asamoah signs w/ Juventus

4. Acquah signs w/ Parma F.C. on Loan

5.  Boakye-Yiadom signs w/ Juventus

6.  Canadian based Ghanaian scores 2nd goal of the season


1.  Ghana Football association president, Kwesi Nyantakyi has been named to be a part of the FIFA Organizing Committee for the 2012 summer Olympics. The GFA boss will supervise the way men and women’s matches are put together and will be based in Coventry, West Midlands, UK

In his 3 week absence, Hearts Of Oak CEO, Fred Crentsil will take over his acting duties.

“The Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world and offers a lot of benefits,”

“It offers a lot of training and benefit to whoever has the opportunity to be a part of it.”

“I believe that when I go the experience I gain will impact positively on my return on football in this country.”
-Kwesi Nyantakyi Ghana FA, president

2. Ghana v China PR friendly confirmed

The Ghana Football Assoocation President, Kwesi Nyantakyi has confirmed that the Blackstars of will face the Lóng Zhī Duì  aka Team Dragon of China in A FIFA International friendly on Wednesday August 15, 2012 in Beijing, China.

This match will be used a tune tune up ahead of the 2013 African Cup qualifier in September versus Malawi.

“The Black Stars will play China in a friendly match on 15 August to prepare the team for the game against Malawi,”
-Kwesi Nyantakyi, GFA President

3. Congrats to Ghana international, Kwadwo Asamoah who signed a three year contract with Juventus worth €9 million ($11 million US).

4. Ghana international, Afriyie Acquah has secured a season long loan from Palermo to Parma F.C.

“Parma FC announce that they have acquired midfielder Afriyie Acquah from Palermo. The Ghanaian player arrives on loan with the right of redemption by half and he is already at Levico Terme and available to coach Donadoni.”

5. Congrats to Ghana U-20 international, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom has inked a 4-yr deal with Italian champions, Juventus.

The midfielder inked the deal at $5 million US from Serie A side, Genoa. Boakye-Yiadom becomes the third Ghanaian in Juventus history to be signed

1. Stepehen Appiah – 2003, €6 million (8 million US)
2. Kwadwo Asamoah – 2012, €9 million  ($11 million US)
3. Richmond Boakye-Yiadom – 2012, €3 million ($5 million US)

6.  S/O to Canada based player, Gershon Koffie who scored the opener in the 18′ for the Vancouver Whitecaps to give the Ghanaian midfielder his second on the season.

The Whitecaps added a another in the 27′ but unfortunately, they could not hold the L.A. Galaxy as they saw the back on the net twice in the 81′ & 87′ to salvage a draw.

Ghanaian Midfielder, Gershon Koffie scores in the 18′ versus the LA Galaxy on 07.18.12

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