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Ghana Football Team: 25 Man Squad…

Coach Pavi names his 25-man Blackstar Squad

Ghana National team coach, Goran Stevanovic names his Ghana 23 to represent @ AFCON2012

Here is the official 23 man list name and squad numbers as they seek to end their 30 year drought;

1 – Daniel Agyei

2 – Daniel Opare

3 – Asamoah Gyan

4 – John Paintsil

5 – John Mensah

6 – Anthony Annan

7 – Samuel Inkoom

8 – Agyemang Badu

9 – Derek Boateng

10 – Andre Ayew

11 – Sulley Muntari

12 – Prince Tagoe

13 – Jordan Ayew

14 – Masahudu Alhassan

15 – Isaac Vorsah

16 – Adam Kwarasey

17 – Lee Addy

18 – Jonathan Mensah

19 – Charles Takyi

20 – Kwadwo Asamoah

21 – John Boye

22 – Ernest Sowah

23 – Mohammed Abu

Coach Pavi has submitted his 23-man list for AFCON2012 to Confederation of African football (CAF) on Wednesday.

The two man that where axed form the squad are;
New Edubuiase striker Emmauel Baffoe and South Korean based striker, Derek Asamoah.
They have both returned to their respective club teams.

Tournament debuts:
Derek Boateng, Adam Kawarsey, Charles Takyi, Ernest Sowah, Mohammed Abu, John Boye, Daniel Opare, Jordan Ayew

Andre Ayew will don the famous #10 his father wore 30 years ago when Ghana won their last nation’s cup.

Jordan Ayew will don his brother’s old number #1, as they keep it in the family.

When the Ayew brother’s line up for 1st time at AFCON2012 they will be the 1st family to all play for the Ghana national side at the African Cup of Nations (dad, bothers, and sons)

Abedi Pele {AFCON-1982}
Andre Ayew & Rahim Ayew {AFCON-2010}
Andre Ayew & Jordan Ayew {AFCON- 2012}

Kwadawo Asamoah has given up #10 to wear the #20 instead. He feels that a pressure will be lifted off him and wants to respect this history behind the jersey.

Ghanaian-Norwegian goalkeeper will make his debut at the African Cup of nation’s tournament and will wear the #16 jersey.

Ghanaian midfielder, Michael ESSIEN will miss the tournament due his knee injury and won’t be able to cover effectively in time.

The Nations Cup run begins for Nkrumah’s boys on Tues. January 24th v. Botswana

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Ghanaian Football: Black Stars Star Retires…

KPB Retirement at 24 to damage Black Stars ?

I have to admit when I first heard this news I was not that surprised. In fact in my last blog post (of 02 November 2011-Black Stars handed tricky draw for CAN 2012). I questioned the fact as to whether KPB would even be in the squad for CAN such has been his absence from the Black stars team since the World Cup last year.

Kevin_Prince_BoatengBoateng’s retirement certainly came as shock to the Ghana FA though. GFA president Kwesi Nyantaki described Boateng’s retirement as a ‘devastating blow‘ to the country and went on to claim the midfielder’s decision to quit damages Ghana’s hopes of winning the Nations Cup. Nyantaki went on to say; “I am very, very surprised because I least expected something like that to happen especially at a time very close to the Nations Cup,””This comes at the time we were banking on the availability of all our key players, including Kevin, so this news came as a thunderbolt. It was not taken lightly at all. It really shook all of us to the core”.

So there were strong words from the GFA president on Boateng’s retirement. But what were his reasons for doing so. Well he has claimed that his decision was based on his injury record was behind his decision and the physical demands of playing for both club and country at high levels are taking a toll on his health. The more cynical amongst us will say he has turned his back on Ghana and rushed into the decision especially considering his young age in footballing terms. I have even heard accusations from some that Boateng used Ghana, when switched nationality last year to represent the Black Stars, just to secure more profile for himself and for an opportunity to play on the biggest stage i.e. world cup.

Whatever the real reasons behind his decision the Black Stars will move on. His decision does not leave Ghana lacking in the Midfield department. As youngsters Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew as well as Michael Essien, Anthony Annan and Sulley Muntari are still available for the national team.

Ultimately Boateng’s retirement is a blow for the Black Stars. Simply because he is a good player and has been in good form for his club side AC Milan in Italy this season but Boateng has hardly featured for the Black Stars since the World Cup last year so I guess the writing on the wall.

Let us know your thoughts below

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Kwesi Nyantaki

Ghana Football: CAN 2012 Draw…

Black stars handed tricky draw for CAN 2012

The draw for the group stages of the African Cup of Nations 2012 took place over the weekend and the Black stars were handed a tough but manageable group. They were drawn in group D along with Botswana, Mali and Guinea with games against these opponents taking place in Franceville in Gabon.

Ghana_Football_Team_CAN_2012_Me_FiRi_GHANAGhana are undoubtedly one of the favourites for CAN 2012 along with Ivory coast but the will have to be careful in Group D. West African rivals Mali and Guinea who have proven to be no pushovers in their recent appearances in the continental tournament thus have a very good pedigree in CAN 2012. Whilst Botswana are underdogs with nothing to lose and teams like that are always dangerous in competitions, they were also the first African nation to qualify for the finals so cannot be written off or taken lightly.

Former Black stars international defender Tony Baffoe shares a similar view. After draw took place he told BBC reporters; Botswana will be very excited and it’ll be a big motivation for them to play against giants like Ghana,”. “It’s important for us to attack the first game well [because] big teams mostly start slowly [at the Nations Cup].” “There are no minor teams any more. That’s not just words – it’s very important to take your opponents seriously, because there are always surprises at a tournament.”

So the Black stars will need to be on their toes to avoid any shock results in the group stages. However our recent performances and record in the tournament should all give us confidence that the Black stars should qualify for the quarter finals with the minimum of fuss. One thing for sure are best players ; the likes of Gyan, Dede Ayew, Annan, Agyemang-Badu, Asamoah & Muntari will have to be on top form if we are to lift the CAN trophy, and It will be interesting to see if Kevin Prince Boateng makes the squad after being absent for most of the qualification campaign. Though this might be the year one of the younger Black stars makes their mark.

The full draw for the group stages of CAN 2012 is as follows;
Group A: Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Senegal, Zambia (Bata)
Group B: Ivory Coast, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Angola (Malabo)
Group C: Gabon, Niger, Morocco and Tunisia (Libreville)
Group D: Ghana, Botswana, Mali and Guinea (Franceville)

What are your thoughts on the draw and  do you rate Ghana’s chances ?

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi

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Ayew becomes a Father

Andre Ayew proud to be a Baby Father !

The  Blackstars midfielder Andre Ayew has become a father for the first time!  It has been stated that Dede burst  into tears of happiness as he witnessed his 7lb 10oz daughter. The joyful father announced the birth to his mother by telephone while his father The Great Abedi pele was said to be in France to support new father and mother.

Andrew_Dede_Ayew I have to say what a cute beautiful couple the proud mother and father make, but we know many female fans hearts will be shattered… but nevertheless let’s rejoice for the coming of new life and a new BOUNCING BABY GIRL. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the young player, and thank him for his superb contribution in the Black stars, Welcome to fatherhood.


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Ghana v Nigeria: 11th October 2011


Event: Ghana vs Nigeria
Date: 11th October 2011
Venue: Watford FC Football Stadium
Address: Watfod Football Club, Vicarage Road Stadium, Vicrage Road, Watford, WD18 0ER
KO:  7:45 PM
Tickets: http://www.watfordfc.com/page/MatchbyMatch/0,,10400~2388448,00.html

Leave your score predictions below.

Bare in mind that Ghana have won the last few meetings, BUT Nigeria did beat Argentina 4-1 and yes Lionel Messi was playing (imagine)

Ghana vs Brazil

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Ghana Vs Nigeria: The Best of Rivals

When Ghana and Nigeria take to the field to play Ghana  on October 11th 2011, Nigeria will be trying to end a run of successive defeats against the black stars. Often it’s hard to gage the importance of friendly games but such is the rivalry between the two nations and the fact that Nigeria have not beaten Ghana for five years! (2006 African Cup of nations where Nigeria won 1-0). So it can be argued Nigeria have a few scores to settle. The last time the two teams met was at the 2010 African cup of nations, where an Asamoah Gyan header settled the game 1-0 to Ghana.  Subsequently in the summer of that year Ghana enjoyed a successful World Cup campaign whilst Nigeria suffered an early exit at the group stages (which led to their own president banning them from playing competitive football!, this ban was later lifted after pressure from FIFA).

Prior to that Ghana have triumphed against the Super Eagles 4-1 in 2007 and 2-1 in the CAN 2008. So It is fair to say over the past five years Ghana have had the better of Nigeria and have become one of Africa’s best teams whilst Nigeria have slipped behind. Does this mean the Super Eagles will be itching to beat the Black Stars? Well Like I have said before no team will want to lose and the pride of their fans are at stake.

The result may depend on the players each team fields in the match at Watford. In Ghana last friendly England were criticised for fielding a so called “weakened “team against the Black Stars, so it will be interesting to see who plays. Naturally fans want to see the best players so let’s hope the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Sulley Muntari, John Obi Mikel and Peter Odemwinge will be in action on 09 August. Win, lose or draw I will just be satisfied with a good performance from the Black stars. However deep down a loss to Nigeria won’t sit with me too well such is my passion for Ghana and the fact we are playing our west African cousins. We need to maintain the bragging rights, so boys do us proud !

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Ghana vs Swaziland: 2 games in 4 days…

Busy Black Stars! 2 games in 4 days to test squad

So the Black stars kick off their double header of games today with the African nation’s qualifier against Swaziland in Accra. It will begin the start of a busy few days with the team then flying to London to face five times world champions Brazil in a friendly match.


The latter match definitely is the most eye catching but essentially the game against Swaziland is more important. Ghana go into this penultimate qualifier on the brink of qualification for the African Nations Cup 2012 tournament. They are currently both tied at the top of Group I with Sudan with ten points apiece. With the Black Stars leading on goal difference alone, Friday’s home match against Swaziland represents a perfect opportunity to boost their goal tally. Swaziland have conceded three goals in each away game so far and Ghana will want to go to Sudan for their final tie needing just a draw to qualify.  In effect this is a must win game for the Black Stars! If we want to virtually sure of qualification for 2012.


Then to the showpiece game against the samba boys on Monday. If anything there should be a brilliant atmosphere at Fulham’s craven cottage, when Brazil and Ghana’s colourful fans fill the stadium. But what of the game? Well we know Brazil play an exciting brand of attacking football every game and whoever is playing.

Ghana_Football _Team_Ghana_Black_Stars

Let’s hope the Swaziland game does not take too much out of the Black Stars and they can produce an exciting committed performance. Similar to that we saw against England at Wembley earlier this year. The match could see the debuts of two Ghana based players selected for the first time, they are; Ernest Sowah of Berekum Chelsea and Asante Kotoko striker Nathaniel Asamoah. Michael Essien is of course injured so is not include. However one shock omission from the squad is Kevin Prince-Boateng who does not make the squad, and far as I know he is not injured so can’t quite understand that decision.

The Black Star squad for the two matches is as follows;

Goalkeepers: Richard Kingson (Unattached), Adam Larsen Kwarasey (Stromgodest), Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea)
Samuel Inkoom (FC Dnipro), John Paintsil (Leicester City), Isaac Vorsah (TSG Hoffenheim), Jonathan Mensah (Evian Thonon-Gaillard), Lee Addy (Red Star Belgrade), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), John Mensah (Olympique Lyon)
Midfielders: Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille), Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu (Udinese), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan) Anthony Annan (Vitesse Arnhem), Albert Adomah (Bristol City), Rabiu Mohammed (Evian Thonon-Gaillard), Derek Boateng (FC Dnipro)
Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland), Prince Tagoe (TSG Hoffenheim) Dominic Adiyiah (Karsiyaka), Jordan Ayew (Olympique Marseille) Nathaniel Asamoah (Asante Kotoko)

What do you think of the two matches?
Would you take a win over Swaziland as opposed to a win over Brazil?
And what do you think of KVP’s omission from the squad, should he have been included?

Get in touch via @ www.mefirighana.com , Facebook or Twitter and have your say.

Now at that’s left to do is wish the Black stars the best of luck in both games. Let’s hope by the end of Monday we are celebrating two victories !

Ben JK Anim-Antwi