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Ghana Football Association want neutral venue…

Ghana ask for World Cup qualifier to be moved from Egypt

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The Ghana Football Association has asked Fifa to move the return leg of their 2014 World Cup play-off tie against Egypt to a neutral venue. With dozens of people killed over the weekend in the latest clashes in Cairo the GFA is concerned about security.

“We are seriously concerned about the security and safety of our delegation and spectators if the match is played in Egypt. Events in the country pointedly indicate that our delegation could be exposed to danger as the violence and insecurity in the country continues relentlessly,” reads the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) letter to FIFA published on their official website.

Egypt have cancelled two successive premier league football seasons due to crowd violence and has been in turmoil since the army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July this year following mass protests against his rule. The security situation became worse when more than 50 pro Morsi supporters died and hundreds were injured in clashes with security forces around Tahrir Square on Sunday. Spectators had been banned from football stadiums since February 2012 when more than 70 fans died in Port Said during clashes between rival supporters.

Thus the GFA eluded this point in their letter which continued to read; “The GFA is gravely concerned that for the past two years Egyptian authorities have only allowed football matches to be played without spectators yet Ghana has reportedly been asked to play Egypt in Cairo before fans,”.

The Egyptians have unsurprisingly rebutted these concerns. They insist there is no reason for the Ghanaian’s “trouble-making.” The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) spokesman Azmy Megahed said; “We are in communication with the governing body of football to explain the matter and Hani Abou-Rida (FIFA executive committee member) is currently making great efforts to solve the problem,”

EFA president Gamal Allam also added; “These claims are unfounded and we reject all demands to play the game outside Egypt. We are capable of securing any game, not just the Ghana one. Ahly and Zamalek have been playing their games in the African Champions League in Egypt without any problems”.

So naturally the Egyptians have come out fighting and the GFA are sympathetic to the political situation in the country but claim the security of their fans and players is paramount.

The match is due to be played on 19 November in Cairo but they may change as we await FIFA’s response. Do you think the GFA are right to have concerns submit this request ? or should they just accept that qualifier be played in Egypt and trust the authorities to guarantee the safety of the Ghana squad and supporters?

Lets get talking!

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

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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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Ghanaian Celebrity: Michael Essien the Bison

So Michael Essien has finally announced his return to international football after a one year absence (felt longer actually). He will be available for the Black stars next game; the African nations qualifier against Congo on 06 June 2011. Essien said; I am fully ready to return to the Black Stars for our next Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo in June,” he also added ; “I really want to help my country to qualify for the next year’s Africa Cup of Nations so I am ready to join my colleagues to help the country to qualify.”

This will be welcome news to many Ghanaians but I have to say the Black Stars have not exactly missed him (we reached the African nations final and World Cup quarter final without him) and emerging players such as Kwado Asamoah and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu have shone in central midfield in his absence.

 Furthermore the reason for his hiatus was in order for him to regain his form and fitness following a series of injuries. However for me since he has returned from his most recent injury the midfielder nicknamed ‘the bison’ has looked anything but and in fact the name ‘the sheep’ might be more apt to sum up his recent performances.

Some of you may think I am being harsh; but such is the standard Michael Essien has set over the years seeing him play average games does not sit well with me.  I’m used to see him dominate midfield, make crunching tackles and driving runs into the opposition half and to be honest I haven’t seen much of this since his return.

There is a suggestion that he may not be able to simply walk straight back in the team and regain his place (as Stephen Appiah and Sulley Muntari found in the world cup). As I mentioned before other players have done well in his absence and Ghana have developed an effective system of playing without a him, it will be interesting to see how the coach accommodates him.

However his return can only be good for Ghana such is his pedigree and hopefully pulling on the Black stars will help him rediscover his form and produce the type performances that earnt him the nickname “the bison”

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Memories: OHTV interview Me FiRi GHANA

With there being another pending Ghana friendly International football match being scheduled for this summer, we were reminiscing on that historic day when Asamoah Gyan scored the equalizer (winner) against England at Wembley Stadium