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Ghana triumphs over Suda

Ghana grab vital win against Sudan in World Cup qualifier

 

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In their first match since the disappointing CAN 2013 tournament, Ghana made light work of Sudan by earning to a 4-0 victory in their World Cup qualifier at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi. Ghana needed to win convincingly to satisfy their fans and also close the gap on group leaders Zambia.

Before the match midfielder Sulley Muntari talked about how desperate the Black Stars are to reach Brazil 2014 to make up for the disappointment of CAN 2013. You could see the urgency in the Black Stars play as they begun the game on an aggressive note, giving little room to their Sudanese counterparts to operate.

It was striker, Asamoah Gyan who broke the deadlock on nineteen minutes before Mubarak Wakaso hit a half-volley to increase the lead. Which meant Ghana went into the break with a 2-0 lead. After half time, Sudan looked like the stronger side but failed to translate that into goals. They worked themselves into the game and Ramadan Agab should have scored when he was left with only the Ghana goalkeeper to beat but blasted his effort. The North Africans kept a little bit of pressure on the Black Stars as they took advantage of some slack passing.

Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah made some changes which saw the likes of Solomon Asante, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Emmanuel Frimpong joining action. The Black Stars still did not enjoy the majority of the in possession following the changes and resorted to counter attacks which produced two other goals; Spartak Moscow striker Abdul Majeed Waris got his name on the score sheet on his debut competitive match before playing a part in the fourth goal which was scored by Agyemang Badu.

The Black Stars remain second in Group D with six points, just one point behind leaders Zambia, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Lesotho. The group winners will advance to a decisive two-legged playoff that will determine Africa’s five representatives at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Although not a brilliant performance Ghana were ruthless in front of goal and will need to be in their remaining games if they are to qualify for the final round playoff. Another win against Sudan in the return match in June should put the Black Stars in a good position going into the final two games.

By Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@kwesitheauthor)

What has happened to the Black Stars?

Are the Black Stars in Decline?

 

 

It’s been over a month since Ghana were acrimoniously dumped out of CAN 2013 by Burkina Faso. Since then coach Kwesi Appiah has been fiercely criticised by the media and fomer players alike – the Ayew brothers have announced their ‘temporary’ retirement from international football and left back John Pantsil found himself in trouble with the law.

There is no doubt the Black Stars are among the best teams in Africa but how long will that last? The dizzying heights of World Cup 2010 are now in the past and with the retirement of Jordan and Andre Ayew the team has lost two very good attacking options at a crucial time. What is more worrying is that the Ayew brothers have joined an illustrious list of Ghanaian players who have decided on an “early retirement”. Michael Essien, Kevin Prince Boateng, Asamoah Gyan and now the Ayew brothers are among Ghana’s best players to have made this decision. So you have to ask the question, is the Ghanaian FA doing enough to support the players and more importantly, how many more will decide on this course of action?

Of the current crop of players like Wakaso Mubarak and Christian Atsu who have impressed, there are serious questions over the team as a whole being able to deliver on the biggest occasions. Ghana’s elimination at the semi final stage against Burkina Faso at this year’s CAN was bitterly disappointing not least because with the Ivoirians already out this was arguably the Black stars best opportunity to win it in recent years.

Asamoah Gyan looks a shadow of his former self whilst Kwado Asamoah, a man of whom much was expected had a disappointing tournament. Now Ghana who go into a huge World Cup qualifier against Sudan on March 24 do so against the backdrop of off field troubles and huge pressure.

The Black stars are in desperate need of three points as they look to close the gap on group D leaders Zambia, who have a three point advantage with only group winners qualifying for the final round of qualification. Whilst it’s still early days the thought of Ghana not qualifying is unthinkable.

Kwesi Appiah has named his squad to face Sudan and recalled AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari whilst Emmanuel Frimpong of Fulham has been given his first cap. Alsi returning to the squad are Abdul Majeed Waris, who recently signed to Russian giants Spartak Moscow and Democratic Republic of Congo-based defender Yaw Frimpong.

 

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals).

 

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Yaw Frimpong (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Richard Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Baba Abdul Rahman (Greuther Furth, Germany), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Isaac Vorsah (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg United, South Africa)

 

Midfielders: Emmanuel Frimpong (Fulham, England), Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Christian Atsu (FC Porto, Portugal), Wakaso Mubarak (Espanyol, Spain), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Albert Adomah (Bristol City, England)

 

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), David Accam (Helsingborg, Sweden), Mahatma Otoo (Hearts of Oak)

 

It’s make or break time for Ghana. Do you think they have what it takes to get through this difficult period or is this beginning of a downward spiral for the Black Stars?

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

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Ghana Youth Day is here!

GHANA HIGH COMMISSION UK HOSTS SECOND EDITION OF BIANNUAL EVENT – GHANA YOUTH DAY

 

The Ghana High Commission UK and Ireland will be holding the second edition of its biannual event, the Ghana Youth Day. The focus of Ghana Youth Day is to encourage young people to achieve their goals without resorting to gun and knife crime which continues to affect the black community. After the death of another teenager from the Ghanaian community, the Ghana High Commission supported by Tullow Oil – the event’s main sponsor – recognises the importance of such an event geared towards the future of tomorrow – the youth.

The day will showcase the talented and successful from the Ghanaian / black community who have been characterised as ‘Achievers’. This is to emphasise the message that with dedication and hard work, young people are able to be the person they aspire to be like the achievers in attendance. The event theme ‘Our Youth; Our future’, has continued on from its predecessor as it is understood that there is still more to be achieved for the benefit of young people and the wider community.  We anticipate that the high calibre of achievers involved will continue the vision that success is possible for all without the need for resorting to a weapon.

Ghana Youth Day will be held at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham. This is significant to the day as Tottenham is one of the areas notably affected by gun and knife crime, has a large Ghanaian community and also the starting point of last summer’s riots. We feel that Ghana Youth Day is playing its part in rebuilding the community.

The event will see young people being given the opportunity to discuss issues with their peers, participating in talks hosted by various speakers and Q&A session with the Achievers. Notable patrons to the event will include the award winning actor Hugh Quarshie, ITV newsreader Charlene White and the Ghana Youth Day patron, premiership footballer Emmanuel Frimpong. Other notable attendees are yet to be confirmed.

Ghana Youth Day is supported by various organisations from the Ghanaian community including Ghana Union, Noble Friends, Akwaaba UK, Ghanaian Londoners and MeFiri Ghana. The Ghana High Commission UK is taking an active role to prevent any further losses of young life and hopes that it can depend upon various areas of the community, particularly the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community as a whole to assist in its cause to do so. Ghana Youth Day is aimed at young people between the ages of 11 and 25 however, encourages support from all generations as the issues affect us all.

Kobby Mensah-Kumah, chairman of the Ghana Youth Day Organising Committee says: “The Ghana Youth Day is in its second term and we aim to make this year more successful, building on the strength of the previous event. Yet again, we are mourning the sad losses of a young life to violence. We are hoping the Ghana Youth Day and its partners can help to make a difference in the lives young people by showing them a different path – one that is fruitful without the use of destructive tools but rather enriching them with tools for success”.

Further information on the event can be obtained from the Ghana Youth Day website at www.ghanayouthday.com or via twitter (@Ghanayouth) and facebook.

Afrobeat Lovers: DJ Abrantee Afrobeat Mix

Choice FM Golden Boy unleashes his 1st ever mixtape

DJ ABRANTEE AFROBEAT

MIXTAPE VOL 1

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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WAM Campaign Ambassador: Emmanuel Frimpong

The WAM Campaign was launched at the Ghana High Commission (UK) on Friday 3rd of June. This video gives an insight into why WAM Ambassador and Arsenal Footballer Emmanuel Frimpong decided to get involved.

WAM is a Project designed to provide a gateway which connects young people to Ghana. The aim is to provide an accessible gateway to connect young people with Ghana and to give back and develop opportunities for orphans and less fortunate young people in Ghana through participating in the development programme in December in Ghana and through organizing volunteering/fundraising activities. The word WAM is an acronym which stands for “What About Me” and the slogan for the WAM Campaign is “What About Me? It’s Not about ME”.

To get involved in the WAM Campaign, please contact Jacqueline at: Jacqueline@mefirighana.com