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CAN 2013: The Blackstar team

Appiah names his Blackstars for CAN 2013

 

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Ghanaian national team coach, Kwesi Appiah has named a 26 man squad for the 2013 African nations next month in South Africa amid huge media scrutiny in Ghana. Whilst the majority of the squad inclusions were not a surprise, notable omissions came in the shape of former Captain John Mensah and striker Jordan Ayew.

Both Mensah and Ayew were in the CAN 2012 squad that bowed out at the semi-final stage to eventual winners Zambia. Their omissions ultimately come as a surprise as Ayew has been in decent form for his club Marseille whilst Mensah’s vast experience alone would be beneficial to the squad, especially the younger players.

Unsurprisingly there is no place for Michael Essien, who asked to be left out in order to focus on his club career. One player who was secured his place is Christian Atsu who has been in scintillating form for club (FC Porto) and country and Appiah and the rest of Ghana will be hoping this continues come January.

Appiah believes he has picked a squad good enough to win in South Africa next month, and he will trim the squad down to 23 players after a training camp in the United Arab Emirates, where Ghana will play friendlies against Tunisia and Egypt.

The full 26 man squad is as follows;

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

Defenders: John Paintsil (Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Israel), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Kissi Boateng (Berekum Chelsea), Wakasu Mubarak (Espanyol, Spain), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Isaac Vorsah (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumaila (Asante Kotoko), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg United, South Africa).

Midfielders: Andre Ayew (Marseille, France), Christian Atsu (FC Porto, Portgal), Anthony Annan (Osasuna, Spain), Derek Boateng (Dnipro Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine), Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Albert Adomah (Bristol City, England), Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France), Solomon Asante (Berekum Chelsea).

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Emmanuel Clottey (Esperance, Tunisia), Boakye Yiadom (Sassuolo, Italy), Yahaya Mohammed (Amidaus Professionals).

Do you think Appiah was right to leave out Jordan Ayew and John Mensah? And can this squad deliver Ghana’s first nations cup title since 1982? We’ve waited long enough!

Leave your comments below.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Me Firi Ghana scoops award at GUBA 2012!

Me Firi Ghana’s WAM Campaign wins ‘Best Charity Organisation’ at GUBA Awards 2012!

Last Saturday night marked another landmark event in the Ghana/UK social calendar – the annual Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards. Over the last couple of years, GUBA has built on its reputation as the must-attend event on the Ghana/UK social calendar, and as it had done so with its predecessors,  GUBA 2012 definitely lived up to expectations.

The brainchild of Ghanaian media personality Dentaa, GUBA awards rewards Ghanaians in the UK who have significantly contributed to their community. From businesses and entrepreneurs to fashion designers, music artists to community workers, GUBA recognises exceptional individuals and organisations of Ghanaian heritage.

Held at the prestigious Park Plaza Hotel in central London, the night was definitely one of glitz and glamour, and attending celebrities adding a touch of glam on the red carpet included Ghanaian rapper ASEM, Holby City star and GUBA patron Hugh Quarshie, footballers Fabrice Muamba and John Mensah, Ellen Thomas, Jeanette Kwakye and Jimmy Akinbola.

ITV newsreader Charlene White and TV host and radio presenter Henry Bonsu did an excellent job as hosts for the event, and overall the night was a resounding success. Providing entertainment for the night were Mista Silva, J Appiah, the Davidson Band and Eddie Kadie and Fabrice Muamba, who took to the stage to perform the azonto! A list of GUBA 2012 winners can be found here.

However, the highlight of the evening for me was when Me Firi Ghana’s WAM (What About Me) Campaign won the Best Charity Organisation. With 2012 being WAM’S third year running, the response we’ve received so far has been overwhelming, and we at Me Firi Ghana would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you who voted for us and for supporting what Me Firi Ghana stands for.

*As you all know Christmas for us at Me Firi Ghana means one thing – WAM Campaign!! This year’s WAM will be in Ghana from the December 20-30th 2012, so to those of you going back to the motherland during this period and want to help out, we’d love to hear from! Getting involved in WAM is an opportunity to give back to those less fortunate, so let’s come together to make a difference. We look forward to seeing you guys!*

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Email: info@wamcampaign.org

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THE GHANA BLACKSTARS!

 

The Ghana Black Stars

 

Ok so I’m aware that when it comes to the Ghana Blackstars, sometimes Ghanaians don’t want to hear it, since they many missed opportunities at the African Cup of Nations.

But come on, it’s inspirational Month& Ghana Independence Month so let’s be inspired. So please read on…

 

Let’s take it back to the unforgettable, 2010 World Cup, Ghana became one of the few African team to reach the World Cup Quarter finals. Yes, Ghana had to pay the penalty, but enough about that.

The courage, bravery and determination each player possessed during the World cup made the Ghanaian nation proud. Ghana had the whole of Africa behind them, Nigeria, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya… The whole Africa united, rooting for GHANA.

All the players, especially Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, John Paintsil, John Mensah, Andre Ayew…and not to forget the others – they all inspired me. WHY? Because, young boys like my little brother want to score a wicked goal like Asamoah Gyan. WHY? Because in my eyes they did not let us down, but showed true bravery and determination to make Ghana’s mark in football history.

Football is not easy.  In order for the Black Stars to get as far as the World cup, they had to qualify to play, and that itself was a lot of hard work. We have to praise them more… Give them more *VIM* So next time they can come back BIGGER, BETTER & STRONGER

The Black stars fought hard to make Ghana’s Mark in Football History.

MeFiRi GHANA are proud to say the Ghana Blackstars have inspired us!!

Have they inspired you? If yes then tweet us @MeFiRiGHANA & say why.

 

BY CLOUDIA

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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CAN 2012 Match Report from Ben…

Super goals from Asamoah Gyan & Ayew give Ghana Football Team victory over Mali

The Blackstars virtually assured themselves a place in the quarter-finals of the CAN with win over Mali. In a much improved performance from the first game two stunning second half strikes from Asamoah Gyan and Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew was the difference in Franceville.

Ghana made two changes from the first match against Botswana with Jonathan Mensah coming in for suspended skipper John Mensah. Playmaker, Kwadwo Asamoah also returned to the side in place of Jordan Ayew, while John Pantsil took over captain. For Mali star player Seydou Keita shook off a slight injury to retain his place in their starting line up. The game started at a high tempo with the Ghana having the lion share of possession. Asamoah had a shot from 25 yards which was spilled by Guinea keeper Soumaila Diakite but Sulley Muntari could only put his follow up shot wide under pressure from the defender.

As the half went on Mali began to grow into the game and were unlucky not score when a free kick from Cheick Diabate hit both posts (yes both!) after beating Ghana keeper Kwaresey. Mali midfielder Abdou Traore then saw his follow-up sail over. Towards the end of the half Ghana hit Mali on the counter attack with Pantsil playing a ball into the penalty box and Dede Ayew glancing his header agonisingly wide. A decent chance one would have to say.

To the second half and Ghana come out knowing they have to do more to get the win. They started with more purpose and 10 minutes into the half Dede Ayew zips in a shot at Diakite, which the Malian goalkeeper spills, but does well to prevent a follow-up from Gyan. It was looking increasingly likely that something special would be needed to break the deadlock and then it came; when Gyan opened his Nations Cup account in some style by curling in beautifully a free-kick from just outside the area beautifully into the top corner. A wonderful goal.

The goal gave Ghana more confidence as they began to come forward. The Blackstars doubled their lead 12 minutes later with a brilliantly-taken solo effort from the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year ‘Dede’ Ayew. Fellow goalscorer Gyan back-flicked the ball into his path cleverly, then Ayew did the rest himself by wrong-footing the Mali defence before switching feet skilfully and firing home with his left at the near post. Another great goal. Ghana were in the driving seat and held on for a vital deserved win after a better second half performance.

Ghana now go into the last game needing just a point to win the group. Guinea’s 6-1 win in the other game means they Mali and even Botswana (a very small chance) could still qualify.

What are your thoughts on the game? Leave your comments below

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Win 2 Tickets To England v Ghana with MeFiRi GHANA!

Were you one of the unlucky ones who couldn’t get a ticket to the England v GHANA game?

Do you want to be a part of a historic footballing event?

Do you want to support GHANA and be a part of this momentous occasion at Wembley Stadium?

Well, you have the chance to win 2 FREE Tickets to the match here at Me FiRi Ghana.com by taking part in this simple competition courtesy of Winkball.

All you have to do to have a chance of winning is upload a 10 second video of yourself telling us how much you LOVE GHANA and why you deserve to be at the game on March 29th.

Be as creative and crazy as you like because remember, the best video will win.

Just visit http://www.winkball.com/register and send your video message to info@mefirighana.com.

After you register it will take you to your own personal page. This process will take only 1 mins 38 seconds.
– Click on record a wink
– After you have recorded your video click next,
– Click on the tab send to friend,
– Give your video a title and type your:
name age,
email address and
contact number into the description space,
– Type in our email address: info@mefirighana.com,
– Click add
– Click send
– Then your video entry will be sent to us! Simples…

Good Luck

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To enter a competition you must be:
1.(a) UK resident; and
(b) 16 years old or over at the time of entry.
2. Competitions are not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of Me FiRi GHANA
3. No purchase necessary.
4. Only one entry per person.
5. If you want to enter a competition you may enter via the Winkball website. Email, Facebook or Twitter entries are NOT valid
6. Sending an e-mail is not proof that we have received your entry. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason.
7. The winner will be the entrant who is deemed to have the best video entry selected by the managing director of Winkball, Dr James Ohene-Djan
8. The closing date is as specified in each competition, and MeFiRi GHANA reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time
9. If you win a competition, we will notify you by post and e-mail. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. All video entries will be judged on the 1st 10 seconds, any footage after 10 seconds will be disregarded
11. By entering the competition you agree to participate in such promotional activity and material as MeFiRi GHANA may require.
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13. Winner is responsible for transport to and from the game
14. No part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
15. If an advertised prize is not available, we reserve the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.
16. Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.
17. MeFiRi GHANA reserves the right to amend these rules at any time. MeFiRi GHANA may also create rules which will apply to a specific competition only. If we do this we will publish the amended competition rules and/or specific competition rules on the relevant competition page

England v Ghana: More Than Just A Game – Pt 1

 

In less than two weeks England will take to the field against Ghana in front of a sell out crowd at Wembley stadium. The anticipation amongst Ghanaians is high and rightly so it will be the first time England have played Ghana in an International match at Wembley and it will be a chance for Ghana to test themselves against established Premier league players.

For me this is a statement of intent from the Ghanaian FA to take the national team to the next level, a statement which has been backed unanimously by the Ghanaian Diaspora in the UK.  Twenty one thousand of us to be exact (the biggest International away crowd at Wembley ever !) who will be there cheering the black stars on come March 29 and you can guarantee there will be thousands of Ghanaians up and down the country watching elsewhere in their homes and at bars etc.

The fact that the English Football Association have chosen to play this friendly in between crucial European championship qualifying games against Wales ( 26 March) and Switzerland ( 04 April) is a huge compliment to Ghana. It shows England view Ghana as an emerging power not just in African football but world football and see the game as useful to England in preparing for their qualifiers.

But as the build up to the match begins to the match itself another issue needs to be considered; this match is not only a chance for Ghanaians to go out and support the black stars but also to represent the Ghanaian culture. It’s a chance for us to bring the passion, vibrancy and goodwill of Ghana to where many regard is the home of football: Wembley Stadium.

The game will also be shown live on terrestrial TV (ITV 1), so we need to be looking on point and representing Ghana to the fullest. We need to have our flags, ME FIRI GHANA TOPS, black star shirts and quite frankly anything that bears Ghana’s name on it.

Let’s not also forget that this event will see a huge gathering of Ghanaian people in one place. Probably the biggest Ghanaian gathering the UK has ever seen. I don’t think an Independence rave, Party in the park or your aunties wedding has ever brought in a crowd of twenty one thousand Ghanaians.

People this is big! Do not underestimate this event. Men and women could meet their future partners, babies could be born late that evening (If we win!) and Asamoah Gyan could be doing his skank live at Wembley stadium.  I personally know families who are travelling together to the game; aunties have already prepared their Tupperware ready to stuff them full of jelloff.

It’s going to be an event to remember and if you can’t be at Wembley then make sure you’re watching, preferably in a Ghanaian establishment. Let’s all represent for our culture on the 29th.

Black stars we stand ready.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Asamoah Gyan eyes England friendly game

Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan is looking forward to the friendly clash with England later in the month and is pleased he will not have to travel far for the game.

The Black Stars take on the Three Lions at Wembley on 29th March in a sell-out match in London, although they take on DR Congo two days earlier.

Sunderland ace Gyan, 25, admits it can be tough when travelling for friendly matches abroad but admits he has to do the job for his country.

“Sometimes for friendly games, if you travel from Europe to South American countries, it’s a long flight and everything,” he said.

“That is what we have to do. We are sportsmen and we have to travel.”

Michael Essien continues to take a break from the national team and will not face some of his Chelsea team-mates so Ghana’s new coach Goran Stevanovic opts for a tried and tested combination with one new cap and one recall.

Daniel Opare of Standard Liege gets a recall and striker Nathaniel Asamoah from Asante Kotoko is called up for the first time.

Meanwhile, Jordan Ayew misses out on the 24-man squad so he will not play alongside his brother Andre for the two games.

Fulham defender John Pantsil is eagerly anticipating the friendlies and admits it is still an honour to play for Ghana.

He said: “It is very important. Every player wants to play for his national team and it’s a good achievement.”

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