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AFCON 2015: Ghana 1-0 Algeria…

Commeth the hour, Commeth the Gyan!


Asamoah Gyan came off his sickbed to secure a dramatic late win for Ghana against Algeria in their second match in Group C. Ghana’s captain who had missed their opening game defeat to Senegal with a bout Malaria came up trumps again for the Black Stars with a goal which has breathed life into Ghana’s hopes of reaching quarter finals.

In a game of very few chances, Gyan snatched an unlikely victory when he latched on to a long ball from Mubarak Wakaso and angled in a drive in stoppage time.

Algeria missed the only other clear chance when Nabil Bentaleb side-footed well wide from 12 yards in the first half. The game had looked set to remain goalless until Gyan’s late strike. The striker has now scored in each of his last six games for the Black Stars,

In a very scrappy game Ghana failed to muster a single effort at goal in the opening period as the Algerian defence, well marshalled by returning captain Madjid Bougherra. Algeria were the better team in the first half but Ghana improved after the breaks. Howveer Gyan  could not direct a difficult diving header on target and dragged another shot well wide and Ghana striker Jordan Ayew flicked over an improvised volley at the near post after being set up by his brother Andre.

Algeria missed a Bentaleb fizzed a low shot wide of the right post after being played in by Brahimi. Thus it was left to Gyan to score the winner with a couple minutes to go in injury time


At his post match press conference Ghana coach Avram Grant stated: Asamoah Gyan was not fit – he didn’t train like he needed to – but he’s Asamoah Gyan, if you look at the stats and his behaviour in the dressing room.


“You know I have been coach of some of the great players – he’s one of the greatest. First – he always scores when you need him. Second – he’s good for the spirit of the team – he’s a very good captain.”

So it’s all play to for on the last day in Group C with Ghana facing South Africa and Algeria up against Senegal. A win would secure a place in the quarter finals but a draw may still be enough.

In the Black Stars we trust!

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)


Me FiRi Ghana House: Live Screening of Ghana vs Germany in London

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With England on the brink, on Saturday we turn our attention the England’s ‘adopted’ country of choice GHANA as they take on England’s arch nemesis Germany in a must win game. We’ve team up with our good friends at SPIN London and the Cellar Door team to bring an exclusive screening taking place in the heart of London, Shoreditch.

WHEREAt the Old Street Terrace, on top of the Old Street Tube Station – literally on top of it!

WHENSaturday 21st June

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Come and have enjoy this unique experience where we’re bringing you a BIG SCREENFOOD andDRINK from beginning to end. For those of you lacking in appropriate Ghanaian merchandise, we’ll be retailling Me FiRi Ghana Products on site too.

Entrance is via the stairwell in Old Street tube station.Doors open ready for the first kick off at 17:00.

FIXTURES: Saturday 21st June

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Ghana’s World Cup 2014 Group opponents: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

The Lowdown on Ghana’s World Cup Group 

Ghana are hoping for a chance of redemption after the excruciating heartbreak & scandal of the quarter-finals of WC2010. However only the naïve would deny we were handed anything but a mountainous task, with Group G being the only group of WC2014 in which all four teams had reached the knockout stage of WC2010. Let us review the enemies of progress which stand in the way between Ghana& progression to the knockout stages…


The opponents against which Ghana have had their finest moments

Defeated twice by Ghana, the USA will be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of being third-time lucky against a Ghana team quickly becoming an established thorn in the side of the Americans.


Tottenham legend & former World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann is the coach who may argue that with this squad he has the best chance of succeeding where others have failed. The midfield is USA’s strong point, run by midfield maestros Michael Bradley & Jermaine Jones. The big question mark is the defence – they haven’t settled on an established defensive strategy or partnership throughout this qualifying campaign, and have arguably been left mostly untested over the past couple of years – so regardless of their midfield talent, and the scoring prowess of Clint Dempsey, Landon Donavan& Jozy Altidore, who knows how the defence will hold up against Baby Jet and Co.?


Boateng v Boateng

We meet another familiar face in Germany, who defeated us by a single goal in WC2010. The Germans are known for efficiency and technical prowess. They have usurped Spain as the Kings of the Continent, culminating in last year’s Champions League Final being an All-German affair.



Germany is a team which must surely be counted as not only favourites to win the group, but also amongst the handful of favourites to win the trophy outright. Amongst an embarrassment of youthful footballing riches in the form of players such as Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller & Mario Goetze, is one Jerome Boateng. Germany v Ghana will be Boateng v Boateng II, as the brothers face-off once again in an international battle on the biggest stage of them all. It is destiny’s cruel joke that the Boateng Brothers were handed this draw just as the bad blood which had begun between them during the build-up of Ghana/Germany I at WC2010 was beginning to settle…




Admit it. When the Portuguese were drawn, he was the first person to come to mind. And with good reason. Portugal is an admirable footballing nation. However amongst their ranks is a man who in my opinion is the most complete footballer today: Portugal’s joint top all-time goalscorer – Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo aside, studying this Portugal team gives room for hope and optimism. They are noted for playing a possession game, and hold a mass of experience in their ranks. This Portuguese ‘Golden Generation’ reached the last 4 of WC2006, and the semi-finals of Euro 2012. However, we must keep in mind recent history – if not for an amazing 4-goal salvo from Cristiano, they may not have even qualified against Sweden. And let’s not forget that World Cup qualification was a struggle, with draws against the ‘might’ of ‘giants’ such as Northern Ireland and Israel. This is the team against which I feel our hopes for progression hang upon – this will be the deciding match.


Against the backdrop of a legendary rivalry, international success has been argued as the yardstick which will ultimately prove who is the greater player: Messi or Ronaldo. For Ghana’s sake, I hope Ronaldo waits four more years before he hands his ballot paper in…

Having been in the ‘Group of Death’ at each of its two World Cups, Ghana should be feared and not fear anyone. We have stood tall amongst giants in the past. Ghana is a nightmare for many if not most of the teams – a peerlessly powerful team with blistering pace & silky skill in all quarters; a beautiful oxymoron of footballing ability. We did not wish for so many years to be a part of the World Cup party to face nobodies – we wished to put our best against the best there is. The Brazil of Africa are going to their second home in 2014 to make that statement clear.


Regardless of the opposition, whatever happens, I am confident that the world will once again fall in love with the Black Stars.

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Ghana Football News: Weekly Update

This week in review of Ghanaian footballers plying their trade abroad: 

1. Ghana ends AFCON2012 campaign in 4th place

2. John Mensah Named to AFCON2012 Best XI

3. Muntari joins new teammates

4. Jordan Ayew gets game winning goal

5. Asamoah Gyan gets back to his scoring ways

6. Kevin Prince scores in champion’s league

1. The Ghana National team ended their quest for the  2012 African Cup in 4th place. They faced Mali and lost by the scoreline of 2-0. After the heartbreaking semi-final  loss to Zambia 1-0 the spirit was sucked out of the players. Blackstars should lift their head high that they lost to the eventual AFCON winners,  the copper bullets of Zambia.

2. Ghana captain, John Mensah has been named to the CAF African Cup 2012 all star team. Mensah is the only Blackstar who made the  team of the tourney as he netted twice in the competition. Kwadwo Asamoah made the substitutes bench XI.

3. Ghana international, Sulley Muntari has joined cross town rivals Ac Milan on loan. The midfielder was on  loaned out the winter transfer deadline. The talented Ghanaian has since joined his new team mates after the Nations cup. The Rossoneri will face Cesena on Sunday with Muntari in the Starting XI. He’ll play from the first minute” – Massimo  Allegri, Ac Milan coach, when asked if Sulley will play. His contract with Inter expires this summer. 

4.  Jordan Ayew used his recent experience on national duty, to come off the bench  smashed a nasty game winner in 54′ as  as Marseille smash Bourg-Peronnas 3-1 in the French Cup on Wednesday. 

5. Babyjet returned from the African cup in style as Asamoah Gyan, scored the game winner in the 62′ as Al-Ain win 2-0 over FC Dubai on wednesday night.

6.  Former Ghana International, Kevin Prince Boateng shines his first game back after his thigh injury. Prince opened the scoring in the ’15 with a dangerous volley as Ac Milan blanked Arsenal 4-0 in champions league. 

Should he return to the national team?

Here is a clip of his goal v. Arsenal in Wednesday’s champions league match

This is the weeks news for Ghanaian footballers  worldwide.

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Ghana Football Team: CAN Analysis Report…

Marfioso Analysis on the Ghana National Team @ AFCON 2012


Ghana_Football_Team_African_Cup_of_Nations_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_comTo be honest, I understand the frustration by Ghana fans & supporters… Coach Goran Stevanovic, promised many times that Ghana will lift the 2012 cup. He does not realize are nation is football crazy. We sleep, eat, and drink the sport. To say it and not deliver, you’re playing with the emotions of the whole country. Therefore, I don’t blame the fans reacting on instinct. As human beings we are emotional and say and do anything at the time of anger. The only thing I am against was the attacking Blackstar players. It was totally uncalled for. If you want to attack there play fine,  but to attack them a human beings, that went too far. Even, the death threats to Asamoah Gyan where totally out of charter for Ghana fuo. Slights adjustments need to be made to the national side. BabyJet needs a solid striking partner. We can take more positives than negatives from AFCON2012.

Huge positives:

– Opposition scored only a goal a game or Kwarsey gained a clean sheet

– The defence played well throughout the tourney

– John Mensah scoring twice on set pieces

– Goals being spread throughout the team {Defence, Midfield, Forwards}

– MVP on the backline: Co-MVP’s {Boye & John Mensah}

– MVP on the frontline:  {Badu & Dede}

– MVP keeper: Adam Kwaraey: 1 GA in group phase,

– 1 goal in knockout stages {2 v. Mali (w.e. game)}

– John Mensah’s professional tackle

– Jordan Ayew’s work ethic in the midfield and creative passing

– Kojo Asamoah’s ability to shoot in space, regained his confidence, turned it up his level of participation

– Boye’s relentless desire to cause frustration for the opposition on the back line

– Johna Mensah’s defensive/ offensive skills on the ball {Mr. Bulwark}


– The offside trap is being played way too high {for years}

– Taking unnecessary penalties {Vorsah, Boateng, Boye}

– We need to exercise calm after being fouled because teams do it to stop the flow of the game and get Ghana off their game

– The way we played the last game v. Mali {lost self confidence}

African_Cup_of_Nations_Ghana_Football_Team_Me_FiRi_GHANAPersonally, the coach should have given Jonathan Mensah more playing time because he has a gift for playing on  the back line. If you watched Oga Bulwark the way he worked Mali in the back, he worked them as if he was a forward. 
I noticed a maturity in his game v. Brazil last year. John Boye is a joy to watch. He is an exceptional player that will surely get regular national team call ups. Boye is the type of player the understands the defensive set up and is able to switch off to play another position if help is needed. His talent can’t be taught, his awareness is the most impressive I have ever seen in football.

Adam Kwarasey is the future and present of Ghanaian football. If he continues his rise, he will become one the best goalkeepers in Ghana history. People have to understand that AFCON2012 was the first big tourney of his career. Kwarasey is still on the learning curve. He has exceeded my expectations.  For a young lad, he has been able to keep his composure. Daniel Agyei is next in line but, for now I think he is too young. I believe he can do great things for the senior side and even be will become great also. {U-20 African Champion, U-20 World Champion, All Africa games champion} I applaud the bravery and strength of Anthony Annan in the wake of his mom’s untimely death. Dede Ayew, the future is bright for Abedi Pele Jr. and national team captain in the near future.

Biggest defensive plays of AFCON2012:

– Boye’s clearance off the line v Botswana

– John Mensah’s professional tackle outside the 18 v. Botswana

Ghana’s Biggest Offensive plays of AFCON2012:

– John Mensah’s 2 goals off corner kicks

– Asamoah Gyan’s free kick strike v. Mali

– Dede Ayew’s game winner v. Tunisia

– Badu’s long shot stunner v.  Guinea

– Gyan’s flick to Dede while he weaves though 2 defenders to score v.  Mali

Honourable mentions:

Jordan Ayew

Kojo Asamoah

Jonathan Mensah


Ghanaians Please exercise calm, the next AFCON is in 10 months away.

Promises should not be made but to put your best foot forward.

We need to support the team during ups and downs.

Football is about chances, there is a winner and a loser.

The future for the Ghana National team is bright and the strength is in team unity and youth.

Yours truly,


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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

CAN 2012 Match Report: Ghana Blackstars

Mixed fortunes for Mensah as Ghana labour to 1-0 win over Botswana

African_Cup_of_Nations_Ghana_Football_Team_Me_FiRi_GHANAThe Blackstars kicked off their CAN 2012 campaign with what was in the end a hard fought victory over CAN debutants Botswana in which they played most the second half with 10 men in Franceville. Ghana started unsurprisingly with Asamoah Gyan and Jordan Ayew up front with Sulley Muntari and Andre Ayew tasked with providing the creativity from midfield. Meanwhile for Botswana, Jerome Ramatlhakwane was leading their line but a notable absentee from their line up was influential midfielder Diphetogo “Dipsy” Selolwane who was unfortunatly for them was suspended.

For those who don’t know Ghana and Botswana are ranked as two of the most “peaceful” countries in Africa, but there was nothing peaceful about the start as a number of crunching tackles came in from Botswana. Ghana started well enough and were playing the ball around comfortably in the early stages. Full-backs, Inkoom and Painstil, were operating pretty much as wingers but still Ghana could not find a way through the well-marshalled Botswana defence.

Then came the goal! With John Mensah burying an in-swinging corner from close range. Skipper Mensah evaded his marker and Gyan helped the ball along nicely with the deftest of flicks at the near post. A well worked Ghana goal. At this point Ghana looked comfortable with the two Ghana frontmen Gyan and Jordan Ayew are linking up well. Subsequently just before half time Gyan broke into the Botswana box from the right, before firing one wide of the near post. A decent chance missed.

So to the second half and the Blackstars looked to pick up where they left off in the first half. Early on Gyan was making some great runs out wide, on the left this time. Then came the pivotal point in the match when goal scorer and captain Mensah was forced into a last ditch tackle as Ramatlhakwane is put clean through. Unfortunately it was a foul and earnt him a red card for bringing the striker down on the edge of the box. Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic reacted by substituting Sulley Muntari and bringing on defender Jonathan Mensah.

From here on in Ghana were forced to protect their lead. Botswana were surging forward regularly and the Blackstars were happy to let them have possession in less dangerous areas. Occasionally Ghana threatened on the counter attack with Anthony Annan going close after a great flick on from Gyan. However Ghana held on for a professional victory.

A lot of observers were hoping for an impressive performance from Ghana to justify their billing as one of the favourites for the cup. However at this early stage of the competition a win is a win.

What are your thoughts on Ghana’s opening match? Leave comments below

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Afrobeat Lovers: DJ Abrantee Afrobeat Mix

Choice FM Golden Boy unleashes his 1st ever mixtape



Entertaining, Energetic, Charismatic and witty are the words often used to describe Choice FM’s popular drive time presenter DJ Abrantee. In addition to hosting Choice FM’s Drive Time show 6 days a week, DJ Abrantee is the brainchild and voice behind the New Afrobeats Radio show each Saturday from midnight to 2am on the station.

Dj_Abrantee_Afrobeat_Music_Me_FiRi_GHANADJ Abrantee’s Afrobeats Show has proved immensely popular since its first air-date in April 2011 trending on twitter and has subsequently taken the UK Clubs by storm in recent months with his sold out Afrobeats UK & Ireland Tour. It was only a matter of time that his pioneering ideas, vision and music made it to a compilation format of a MIXTAPE full of the very best Afrobeats music ever heard on these shores! With the likes of MOBO Founder Kanya King retweeting about his show, Popular Footballers Asamoah Gyan, Emmanuel Frimpong, Emmanuel Adebayo to name a few as fans, and Hip Hop superstars Rick Ross, Fabulous requesting DJ Abrantee to host their concerts. DJ Abrantee’s popularity knows no end. It seems the world will certainly be his Afrobeats Oyster in 2012.

The Afrobeat Mix Tape, Vol 1 which features some of The UK and Africa’s Biggest Afrobeat Artists including Wizkid, Iceprince, May7ven, Atumpan plus much more with 32 of the biggest tracks, hosted by DJ Abrantee, including skits/drops from some of the biggest names in music such as Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk, Lethal B, PSquare plus others.

With most reputable DJ’s now including an “Afrobeats set” during their club nights, we are certain this mixtape will make its way in their mixes, the music collection of every afrobeat lover and find its place in the UK Mainstream arena with exclusive unreleased tracks, exclusive remixes including specials from of the biggest names in Afrobeats music.

Be first to Listen online to the mixtape go to www.abrantee.com/afrobeats or reply by email to press@dlauk.com for a physical copy for give-aways, reviews and competitions .

We anticipate your support on this ambitious release and solicit your input to flood the net, journals, blogs, publications, newspapers, TV screens and radio about this exciting project with DJ Abrantee.

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Ghana News: GUBA Awards…

2nd Annual GUBA Award celebrates achievements of Ghanaians in UK

GUBA_Ghana_UK_Based_Achievement_AwardsThe GUBA Awards took place on Sunday 6th of November in London to celebrate the achievements of Ghanaians in the UK. The star-studded event which took place at the Park Plaza Riverbank attracted the crème de la crème of Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians alike in the music, film, business, sports, radio and fashion industries. Stars who graced the event included Sway, Anton Ferdinand, Asamoah Gyan, Jeanette Kwakye, Lethal Bizzle, Hugh Quarshie, Nadia Buari, M3nsa, Charles Thompson and many others.

GUBA, which stands for Ghanaian UK Based Achievement awards, was founded by media personality Dentaa to celebrate, acknowledge and support Ghanaian-based businesses and individuals in the UK. This year, the award also recognised non-Ghanaians who had significantly contributed to the Ghanaian community and culture. The event was a hosted by former BBC 1Xtra radio presenter Ras Kwame and actress Ellen Thomas and saw performances by FOKN Bois M3nsa and Kubolor, Stephanie, Lyrical Soldier and Juyliaa. The night was a spectacular success and having an award ceremony that celebrates the achievements of Ghanaians not only portrays a positive image of Ghana but also inspires Ghanaian businesses and individual to do more for their country. So a big well done to the GUBA organisers for putting on such a wonderful event and congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

Winners List:



BEST SHIPPING | Speedlink Travel and Freight




BEST RADIO PRESENTER | Kwaku Owusu Frimpong

BEST CLUB DJ | Neptizzle





BEST EVENT | All White BBQ & Ghana’s Official 54th Independence Celebration Dance

BEST CHARITY | Ghana Education Project

BEST GHANAIAN ASSOCIATION | Ghanaian Community in Bradford

RISING STAR | Fidel Frimpong & Emmanuel Frimpong


SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT | Wanlov & M3nsa – “Coz of Moni” First Pidgeon musical

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT | James Barnor – 50 year photography career

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT | Kwami Sefa Kayi – Popular running morning show in Ghana / 11 years

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT | Samuel Awuni – Cocoa Farmer


By Yaa Nyarko