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Ghana Black Stars Name Provisional AFCON 2017 Squad

Ghana Black Stars Coach Avram Grant revealed his provisional squad at a GFA Press conference this morning. A notable omission from the 26 man squad was Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City which has come as surprise to many. A less suprising omission was key player and Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah  who was struggling to make the the required fitness level following a series of knee injuries.

Otherwise the squad is full of familiar faces including the likes of the Ayew brothers, Asamoah Gyan, Daniel Amartey  and Christian Atsu.

The Black Stars will travel  to the United Arab Emirates for a training camp from where Grant will reveal his final squad of 23 by the 4 January deadline set by CAF (Confederation of African Football)

The tournament kicks off in Gabon from 14 January –  5February 2017 to Ghana are in Group D and they will face games against Mali, Egypt and Uganda.

The Black Stars kick off their tournament  against Uganda on 17 January 2017

The full 26 man  Squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Adam Kwarasey (Rosenborg, Norway), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars, Ghana)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom(Barnsley, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke, Germany), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), John Boye (Sivasspor,Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Anzhi, Russia), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)

Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos, Greece), Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England), Ebenezer Ofori (AIK Stockholm, Sweden), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Samuel Tetteh (Leifering, Austria), Joseph Larweh Attamah (Başakşehir, Turkey)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ahli, UAE) Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Abdul-Majeed Waris (Lorient, France), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), Bernard Tekpetey (Schalke, Germany), Rahpael Dwamena (Austria Lustenau, Austria)

 Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

The Player everyone was talking about…It’s Kwesi Appiah!

The Newest Blackstar and his rapid rise to fame!

The disapointment of Ghana losing the AFCON final on penalties to Ivory Coast is still very fresh in everyone’s mind. However there were a lot of positives to take from the tournament, particularly the performances of individual players who significantly raised their game. There was one player in particular who’s name was on everyone’s lips. Picture a light skinned face being imprinted in your mind. You know someone is a star when their charisma and talent cannot be overlooked, who else this can be but the one and only Kwesi Appiah!

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Having  been named as a Man of the Match for his exceptional performance in Ghana’s 3-0 win over Guinea in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter final clash, it is not surprising why he has the whole of Africa rooting for him.

Kwesi Appiah played his full competitive debut and scored his first international goal to get Ghana through to the semi-finals. He fearlessly stroke a second goal just on the nick of half-time and played a part in the opening goal which was scored by Christian Atsu.

Born in Thamesmead, London, Appiah’s career is still growing from strength to strength. The 24-year-old British Ghanaian striker is currently on loan at Football League side Cambridge United.Kwesi Appiah is on a second loan stint from top tier side Crystal Palace and has scored six times in 18 appearances this season. Kwesi Appiah has enjoyed a rapid rise to fame. It was only 4 years ago he was a supporter at Wembley watching Ghana take on England and now he is playing for them in an international tournament!

His father has played a huge influence in his decision making relating to career choices and Kwesi Appiah has always had a soft spot for the Ghana Black stars. He states “My dad’s been the biggest influence in my career so it would have been silly not to take that side of things. I had a lot of Ghanaian culture in my life while I was growing up, and he’s been very supportive of me throughout so it’s my way of repaying him and my family. I’ve always been a Black Stars fan – you might even have seen pictures on Twitter of me at games supporting them – so to be here now is amazing.”

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Kwesi Appiah has been an asset to the Ghana Black Stars team and has fitted in brilliantly well with the whole squad particularly with his enthusiasm and his love for dancing. I am certain that the Ghana Black Stars have welcomed him with open arms and have given him a sense of belonging.

Here at Me Firi Ghana, we are proud of the rise of Kwesi Appiah and we would like to wish him every success with his football career. Greater things are coming his way and his hard work will surely establish him as a permanent fixture in the Ghanaian side  .

Check out the video below of Kwesi Appiah dancing for his teammates at the Africa Cup of Nations. It’s great to see the star being free, that’s what being a Ghanaian is all about.

Adwoa Asiedu (AdwoaAsiedu777)

Spotlight on New Black Stars Coach…

Avram Grant appointed as new Black Stars Coach

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After some thorough reflections and discussions, it is clear to see that a new light has shone admist the cloud of the unknown. It has been reported that Avram Grant has been appointed as the new Black Stars coach after agreeing a 27 month contract according to Ghana’s football association.

Does the name Avram Grant sound familiar? Let’s delve into some history of the newly appointed Black Stars coach.

Grant was the former coach for Chelsea who suffered defeat by Manchester United in the 2008 European Champions League final. He was most recently the technical director at Thai side BEC Tero Sasana. Avant Grant’s credentials include coaching at Partizan Belgrade from 2012 to 2014, during which time he directed the club to their fifth successive Serbian championship. Besides, Grant has international experience having spent four years at the helm of Israel’s national side. Grant replaces Kwesi Appiah who led the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but departed the job in September. It is also believed that Grant will lead the Black Stars in January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

GFA President Kwesi Nyantekyi had these generous words to say about the new coach:

Avram Grant is a motivator and an organiser. We needed someone with a certain stature or pedigree who can manage the egos of our players as well as their expectations and those of Ghanaians in general.

“He has managed a lot of top-class players, and coping with high profile players has been the bane of many African coaches. We believe his quality will turn things around for us.”

Who isn’t eager to see the new coach in action and see if he truly is the hailing hero that we’ve all been anticipating for. No pressure Avram Grant. We can only hope that he will be an inspirational force to our dear Black Stars.

Adwoa Asiedu (@AdwoaAsiedu777)

AFCON 2015 Qualifier: Ghana 1 -1 Uganda

Ayew Penalty Salvages Draw for Black Stars as fans stay away in Kumasi

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Ghana was forced to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Uganda in its opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday. The Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi was noticeably empty as fans decided to stay away after a dismal World Cup riddled with off-the-field problems.

Kwesi Appiah’s men made an unconvincing start to their qualifying campaign in Kumasi. Without Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng  (suspended indefinitely because of disciplinary problems) the host toiled against their opponents, ranked 45 places below it in the world.

After Tony Mawejje had given Uganda the lead at the end of the first half, Ghana was grateful to receive a controversial penalty that Andre Ayew confidently dispatched to earn the hosts a point

Ghana made the brighter start, and captain Asamoah Gyan was twice denied by fine saves from Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango. Those stops proved crucial on the stroke of halftime as Mawejje gave the visitors the lead with a shot from the edge of the area that bounced awkwardly in front of Fatau Dauda and flew into the corner.

Ghana reacted strongly at the start of the second half and was level in the 50th minute. Abdul Majeed Waris was judged to have been felled inside the box and, after protests from the Uganda players fell on deaf ears, Ayew sent his spot kick straight down the middle.

Uganda almost retook the lead immediately, but Dauda tipped Brian Umony’s low effort onto the post. Although Ghana had much the better of the final half an hour, Appiah’s men were unable to force a winner and will now travel to Togo for their next Group E qualifier Wednesday, while Uganda will host Guinea

 

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_Ghana)

#LetsGoalG​hana: Disappoint​ment / Inspiratio​n / Hope / Belief

Confession: I just couldn’t do it

I couldn’t bring myself to write after our defeat against USA, amidst the feel-good motivation of Me Firi Ghana’s already exceptionally-successful #LetsGoalGhana campaign. Any spill from my downtrodden dreams and bruised emotions would have been profusely negative and contrary to the Let’s Goal Ghana message.

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You see, like most I was disappointed.

Disappointed in what I thought was a team selection which was arrogant and disrespectful to the USA team in equal measure.

Disappointed in finding our foundation of defensive discipline blown away in seconds – both from kick-off, and from the restart of the match after we had gotten back into the game.

Disappointed that we had seemingly gone from being seconds away from becoming the first African nation to enter the World Cup semi-finals, to potentially being on the plane back to Kotoka after only our second game.

Disappointed in wrong decisions being made during a game where the USA were there for the taking – wrong passes, wrong runs, wrong shots. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

And after watching Germany, World Cup specialists, dismantle Portugal effortlessly…well, things looked very ominous for us…

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In disappointment, one tends to seek inspiration. And my inspiration was found in the neck of the official Ghana football kit. Embroidered on it is the following message: ‘Stars represent hopes, dreams, legends. This shirt earned its stars with strength and courage. It’s stitched with the pride of Ghanaians everywhere. It’s built on the belief that anything can happen. Believing is in our nature.’ Inspiration. Inspiration triggered hope, and fuelled the inherent belief woven into the shirt.

The belief that anything can happen.

Post-USA game, #LetsGoalGhana underwent metamorphosis. It became a rallying call, picking up the crestfallen and reminding them that anything is possible! Reminding the despondent that believing is in our nature! That we earned the stars on our shirt with ‘strength and courage’ – and if we applied those traits to this game, who knows what we could achieve? That regardless of how things looked, it was not over!

Optimism amongst Ghana supporters blossomed as we watched reigning champions Spain, former masters of football, get taught a footballing lesson by Chile.Optimism grew when we watched Costa Rica, anointed the doormat of their group, qualify ahead of England, Italy and Uruguay. And just before our time underneath the World Cup lights presented itself again, we almost, almost, saw lowly Iran put the mighty Argentina to the sword. This was fast becoming a World Cup where anything was possible.

So we too had right to believe anything was possible when we finally took on Germany. Just as we had believed anything was possible when we were first drawn into the group of death. Disappointment. Found inspiration. Triggered hope. Fuelled belief.

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Where onlookers expected Ghana to arrive humbler, the Ghana team still entered the stadium as they always do: brave, loud, triumphant! They didn’t shy away from the monumental job at hand, to keep the German machine at bay. They didn’t quieten down their faith in fear of dashed hopes and the possibility of missed dreams. They came prepared to lay it all on the line.

And so it proved. Ghana crackled with attacking verve and creative class. The defence looked stronger, more purposeful. Germany thought they were meeting a team willing to roll-over and die, accepting the fate that most had already written in the stars for them. But they didn’t prepare themselves for Black Stars hungry to shine brighter than ever on the footballing world’s grandest stage. Disappointment. Found inspiration. Triggered hope. Fuelled belief.

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The pale imitators of the team we know and love had not made their way to the stadium this time. The real Ghana finally showed up on Saturday. In front of a viewing population of millions worldwide, the great entertainers of the World Cup turned up. And we gave the Germans a game. We gave them the shock of their lives. Where last tournament we granted them three points, this time we shared the spoils with one of the World’s best.

Following the draw, social media timelines effervesced with plaudits, praise & pride. Profile pictures proudly dripping in red, gold and green hue. Finally, we had arrived. The Ghana team, just like myself and the hopes of many of Ghana’s supporters, needed to get lost for a while before it was able to find itself again.

Now, as the dust settles in Fortaleza (after we produced what many are proclaiming to be the best match of the tournament so far) instead of disappointment in defeat, you have Ghanaians disappointed that we didn’t beat a team with legitimate claims to win the World Cup this year! Can you imagine? Our story has changed. Our objectives have shifted. Disappointment. Found inspiration. Triggered hope. Fuelled belief.

One more chapter of this group remains – let’s see how we write it. Be grateful, however, that in a game where most people didn’t give us a chance, and many Ghanaians had come to with little hope, our Black Stars have managed to give us our Licence to Dream again. For our third and final game in this Group of Death, let’s finish the job. Let’s shock the world again.

Let’s Goal Ghana!

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

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

17:00 GMT
Argentina V Iran

20:00 GMT
Germany V Ghana

23:00 GMT
Nigeria V Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Join the peoples Social Media campaign supporting Ghana’s BlackStars using hash tag#LetsGoalGhana

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#LetsGoalGhana World Cup Social Media Tool Kit

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Me FiRi Ghana’s #LetsGoalGhana World Cup Social Media Tool Kit

For pre game and in game commentary, express your views using our social media tool kit of creative images

The toolkit has been designed with you in mind.

It contains charismatic images intertwined with exuberant quotes, well known Ghanaian sayings and outbursts of humours banter.

Be part of the campaign, share in the fun and download the toolkit below!

Ps. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #LetsGoalGhana

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Meet the Ghana World Cup Squad 2014: Introducing Kevin Prince Boateng…

The Gifted One

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Kevin Prince Boateng is a charismatic player who divides opinion amongst are Ghanaian fans. There are some who question his commitment to the cause and suggest he only shows up when there is a World Cup to be played given his acrimonious retirement in November 2011 where he citing fatigue from travel as the reason behind his decision. However just under a year later he was too return , was welcomed with open arms and he maintains he is now here to stay.

There is no doubt his return however timely or coincidental some suggest, is a huge boost to Ghana. An attacking midfielder by trade Boateng has been used in several positions across the forward line. He is known for his intense dynamism; physical strength, extreme aggression, endurance, immense work rate acrobatics, foot speed, and ball-juggling tricks. He is a gifted player capable of doing the unexpected that gives Ghana another option going forward.

Boateng started his career with the club Reinickendorfer Füchseoateng in Germany . He then signed for Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga in July 1994. In 2006 he was nominated as one of the best youth players in Germany. Boateng left the Bundesliga in 2007 to play in the Premier League first  Tottenham Hotspur and later for Portsmouth FC where he won a League cup and played the final of the FA Cup in 2010. He later moved to Genoa CFC and then AC Milan in Serie A, in 2011 where he remained until 2013 when he went back to Germany to signe for FC Schalke of the Bundesliga.

Boateng has eleven caps and two goals for the Ghana , and was among the ten players nominated for African Footballer of the Year in 2010 and 2011. In May 2010, Boateng announced that, as he was yet to receive his first senior cap for Germany and confirmed, he had accepted an offer from the GFA to play for Ghana. Boateng held his first training session with his team Black Stars in Ghana, prior the 2010 FIFA World Cup in May 2010. He was later cleared to play for Ghana by FIFA, and made his debut in a 1–0 victory over Latvia in June 2010.

He was one of the Ghana’s star players at World Cup 2010 in South Africa. His highlight coming in the second round against the USA where he opened the scoring with a powerful drive from long range. Though he received a huge backlash for his initial retirement, he is the backing of the majority and remains a vital part of Kwesi Appiah’s squad.

Kevin Prince Boateng, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

#LetsGoalGhana

Check out this amazing goal from Boateng whilst playing for Milan against Barcelona in the Champions League.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Meet the Ghana World Cup Squad 2014: Introducing Samuel Inkoom….

Mr Versatile!

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The Ghanaian right back Samuel Inkoom is one of the survivors of the 2010 World Cup squad. In fact he was in the starting 11 which took to the field in Johannesburg to play Uruguay in that epic quarter final. Four years on and he is almost a certainty to start Ghana’s group games given the experience he has built up over the years not to mention his talent.

Inkoom is a right back by trade but can also play wing back in a 3-5-2 system or also right wing in a standard 4-4-2 system. Its versatility like this that may prove vital if Ghana want to progress to the latter stages of the tournament. Having made his first appearance for the senior team in 2008 and played at U-17 and U-20 level, Inkoom knows the rigours of international football.

He began his career in Ghana. In 2009 he moved from Asante Kotoko to FC Basel in the Swiss Premier Legaue on a three-year contract. He made his Basel debut in a 2–0 defeat to FC St. Gallen in July 2009. He was a member of their double trophy winning team in 2010, which included the Swiss Championship and domestic cup.

In 2011 Inkoom moved to FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine where he remains today. However In February 2013 Inkoom moved to Bastia on a loan deal for the rest of the 2013-14 season.The following season Inkoom was on the move again on six-month loan, this time to Greek club Platanias in January 2014.

With 44 caps for Ghana he is one of the most experienced defender in the squad at the age of just 25! His experience will be vital if Ghana are to qualify from a tricky group.

Samuel Inkoom, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

#LetsGoalGhana

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Meet the Ghana World Cup Squad 2014: Introducing Adam Kwarasey…

A Safe pair of hands!

 

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Adambathia Larsen Kwarasey is quietly cementing himself as Ghana’s first choice keeper ahead of the likes of Fatau Dauda and Stephen Adams. His recent excellent performance against the Netherlands in Rotterdam will do his chances of starting in the World Cup no harm at all. He was arguably Ghana’s best player and kept the scoreline to a respectable 1-0.

Born in Oslo to a Ghanaian father and a Norwegian mother ,the 6ft 3 inch Kwarasey started out playing youth football with Trosterud and Vålerenga in Norway.After moving to Strømsgodset, he made his debut in May 2007. Kwarasey was the captain of the club when Strømsgodset in 2013 won the Norwegian league titltle for the first time since 1970.He also won the Kniksen Award as the best goalkeeper in the 2013 season. It was in November 2007 that Kwarasey declared that he would play international football for Ghana,  even though he would later play a friendly match for the Norway under-21’s.

In October 2010, Kwarasey received his Ghanaian passport and became eligible to play for Ghana.On 30 July 2011, Kwarasey was called up tothe Ghana national team for a match against Nigeria. That match was postponed due to security reasons,although Kwarasey confirmed his intention to become Ghana’s first-choice goalkeeper. He made his international debut for Ghana in September 2011 in an 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland,before playing in a friendly match against Brazil at Craven Cottage in London three days later.

Kwarasey was named to Ghana’s 23-man squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations but did not play a match as Kwesi Appiah favoured Fatou Dauda at the time much to the surprise of many observers. However this time around he looks to have found form at the right time and is favourite to be first choice between the sticks for Brazil.

Adam Kwarasey, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

See below for  Kwarasey in fine form in  a friendly against Brazil!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)