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Introducing YOU to Richard Kojo Asante

Me FiRi GHANA Proudly presents……Richard Kojo Asante

Young Inspirational Footballer!

I feel extremely honoured to write about this humble young Ghanaian, Richard Kojo Asante, who also goes by the name spitzke!! Richard was Born to Ghanaian parents, born and raised in Germany, Hamburg where he then moved to England at 11 years.

At just 19 years of age, things seem to be gong spectacular for the young footballer. Having been asked to play for the *GHANA’s UNDER 23’s Football Team* this summer, Yess! certainly nothing can stop him! I’m bursting with excitement for this young footballer because of his determination and motivation to strive to be the best of the best!

I had a lil catch up with the inspirational young footballer:

What is your aim or motive?

My aim is to be a role model to young Ghanianas and to achieve all my dreams I’ve always wanted to achieve. I want to make sure the younger generation can look up to me. I wanna give everything back to my mum, she’s sacrificed a lot for me, I owe her a lot.

Tell the team how did you get into football?

Well it started from when i was 4 years old and my dad discovered that I had a gift and talent so my sister Vesta kept taking me to football training even when it was raining really hard and struggled to get to training and she was always there for me.

What team do you play for ?

Well at the moment am on loan at Northampton own reserves till the summer and will be returning back with an option to have a trail in the summer at Fulham FC which I am quite excited about. Also I have been asked to play for Ghana under 23s in the summer so maybe that might just happen if I think I am ready.

Do you look up to any footballers and why?

Yes there are a few players I look up to like my all time hero Thierry Henry and Michael Essien and Andre Ayew. They are great players and I learn a lot from watching them play each week in the top leagues and champions league. I get inspired by them and watching them live. Especially Thierry Henry, he has made me want to play football even more. The passion in English football is incredible to watch that’s one of the reasons why I love football.

Who/what influenced you to your chosen pathway? Where did your football passion start from?

I was influenced by my dad and everyday I played football in school I got in trouble sometimes for playing football way too much lol but yeah that’s how much I loved it when I was younger.

Can you imagine yourself doing anything else apart from football?

Ermm well no I don’t think so, all I wanted to play is football, especially when I was younger, so I had no other dream other than playing footy, I had the faith and belief that I will become a footballer and maybe one day, the greatest, who knows .

Share with the team your best motivation line?

Never give up and give 100%.

Are you proud to state ‘MeFiRi Ghana’?

Yes I’m very proud MeFiri Ghana am blessed to be from there, I love everything about Ghana.

Do you think your culture has inspired your chosen pathway?

Yeah, I think it did because my parents kept pushing me into football and I just want to inspire the young Ghanaian kids out there.

Are you doing anything positive outside your football career?

Well hopefully soon I’m going to start my charity to help get kids off the streets in Ghana and get them into schools. My ultimate dream is to open a football academy in Ghana I have faith that this will come true.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the new Dance craze Azonto, rate yours 1-10

Of course I’ve heard of Azonto well I’ll rate myself a 10 out of 10. I am the Azonto king lol well am pretty good so maybe a 8 out of 10 to be fair, I have been doing it a lot.

Any last words from you?

I wouldn’t be here without the help of God he kept beside me ”

All you young Emmanuel Frimpong, Micheal Essien and Asamoah Gyan’s.. follow him on twitter @AsanteS23

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Andre Ayew handles Aymen Mathlouthi

CAN 2012 Match Report: Ghana beat past Tunisia to reach Semi-final

 

Andre_Ayew_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_com_Ghana_Football_Team_CAN_TournamentThe Blackstars won a tight game against Tunisia 2-1 after extra time to reach the semi finals of CAN 2012. In what was a tense and at time bad tempered match an awful error from Tunisia goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi, gifted the goal to Andre Ayew and gave Ghana the victory. The match also saw Aymen Abdennour sent off. Ghana started with a familiar line up with Asamoah Gyan leading the attack supported by Andre Ayew and Sulley Muntari on the flanks John Mensah also returned in place of John Pantsill. For Tunisia as expected their playmaker Youssef Msakni returned to the side. Ghana started the game brightly passing the ball about with purpose and they forced an early corner on ten minutes. It was from that corner that Ghana took the lead through John Mensah. The Ghana skipper evaded his marker to head in strongly from close range after a near post flick on from Muntari. A great start for the Blackstars.

Most observers expected Ghana to kick on from there but they failed to control the game as expected and Tunisia came back into it with considerable possession. Then a burst into the Ghana box from Dhaoudi Zouhaier was followed by him chipping a delicious ball to Sabeur Khalifa, who heads in decisively at the far post past the diving Kwarasey in the Ghana goal. Tunisia were back in the game and you had to say deservedly so, just before half time Ayew put a header wide.

Early in to the second half Ghana goalscorer and captain John Mensah picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Isaac Vorsah. The half remained tight but Tunisia came close after a lovely one-two in the box between Khalifa and Msakni, who fired just over when it seemed to be heading into the roof of the net. Then it was Ghana turn to come close when . Gyan then gets in behind the Tunisia defence, only to be stopped at point-blank range by Tunisian keeper Mathlouthi, a very good save. The Blackstars started to look the more likely but could not break through.

Ghana_Football_Team_African_Cup_of_Nations_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_com_1So to extra time and you could feel the tension. Surprisingly eight minutes into the first period Gyan was substituted for Prince Tagoe.  However four minutes later the Blackstars took the lead when Mathlouthi dropped the ball horribly from a harmless cross from Agyemang Badu to the far post, right in front of Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew who tapped in gratefully. Then controversy as Aymen Abdennour’s perceived elbow on Ayew, eventually earned him a red card from the referee, after a very long delay. There were heated scenes soon after as several players from both teams became involved in a fracas. However Ghana held on for the win to make it to the semi finals of CAN for the third time in a row.

In what was a tight game Ghana had to show resolve to get through and got lucky with the second goal. However the play acting throughout the match from the Tunisians was distasteful and disrupted the rhythm of the game. It is clear that Ghana will have to step up their game against an attacking minded Zambia, but a game against the Tunisians was always going to be difficult.

What are your thoughts on the game? Leave your comments below

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Ghana Football News: Weekly Update

In this week news update,

1. Prince Boateng ends marriage
2. Ghana Amputee National team claim Silver
3. Goalkeeper Daniel Adjei is in France on trials
4. Ghana Blackstars Football Coach  is ready to make a big announcement, and
5. Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien returns to training.

1. Ghana Midfielder, Kevin-Prince Boateng has divorced his Wife after 4 years of marriage. The reason for the split was a series of arguments that cause them to go their separate ways. His wife and son have returned to Berlin, Germany to live with her mother.

2. Congrats to the Ghana Amputee football team who finished in 2nd place at the Amputee Nations cup in Accra, after losing 4-3 via penalties.

3. Ghana International Goalkeeper Daniel Adjei is in France on trials with French Division 2 side RC Lens. The young Ghanaian is looking to secure a contract with the side that was relegated from top flight last year.

4. Ghana national team coach Goran Stevanovic will hold a press conference to release his full and final squad for the African nation’s cup on December 15, 2011 in Accra, Ghana.

5. Chelsea midfielder, MICHAEL Essien, returned to training on Friday. Essien took part in various and dribbling drills. His road to recovery is looking impressive. He will return to full training with his teammates at the end of December.

Don’t forget to Vote Andre Ayew for the 2011 BBC African Player of the Year. To cast your vote click on the following link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/bbc_african_footballer_of_the_year_2011.shtml?ocid=AFOY_BBCAfricanFootball

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