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AFCON 2015: Ghana 1-0 Algeria…

Commeth the hour, Commeth the Gyan!

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Asamoah Gyan came off his sickbed to secure a dramatic late win for Ghana against Algeria in their second match in Group C. Ghana’s captain who had missed their opening game defeat to Senegal with a bout Malaria came up trumps again for the Black Stars with a goal which has breathed life into Ghana’s hopes of reaching quarter finals.

In a game of very few chances, Gyan snatched an unlikely victory when he latched on to a long ball from Mubarak Wakaso and angled in a drive in stoppage time.

Algeria missed the only other clear chance when Nabil Bentaleb side-footed well wide from 12 yards in the first half. The game had looked set to remain goalless until Gyan’s late strike. The striker has now scored in each of his last six games for the Black Stars,

In a very scrappy game Ghana failed to muster a single effort at goal in the opening period as the Algerian defence, well marshalled by returning captain Madjid Bougherra. Algeria were the better team in the first half but Ghana improved after the breaks. Howveer Gyan  could not direct a difficult diving header on target and dragged another shot well wide and Ghana striker Jordan Ayew flicked over an improvised volley at the near post after being set up by his brother Andre.

Algeria missed a Bentaleb fizzed a low shot wide of the right post after being played in by Brahimi. Thus it was left to Gyan to score the winner with a couple minutes to go in injury time

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At his post match press conference Ghana coach Avram Grant stated: Asamoah Gyan was not fit – he didn’t train like he needed to – but he’s Asamoah Gyan, if you look at the stats and his behaviour in the dressing room.

 

“You know I have been coach of some of the great players – he’s one of the greatest. First – he always scores when you need him. Second – he’s good for the spirit of the team – he’s a very good captain.”

So it’s all play to for on the last day in Group C with Ghana facing South Africa and Algeria up against Senegal. A win would secure a place in the quarter finals but a draw may still be enough.

In the Black Stars we trust!

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

 

Ghana Black Stars To Go With Experience

Veteran goalkeeper Kingson, Muntari and Jordan Ayew return to Ghana Squad for WC Play off with Egypt

 

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Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has announced his 25-man squad to face Egypt in the sides’ 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off on 15 October

He sprung a major surprise by including veteran goalkeeper Richard Kingson in his squad.  Kingson, 35, returns after a two-year absence and is joined by Sulley Muntari, Jordan Ayew and Jerry Akaminko for the first-leg match. Kingson is a veteran of the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and brings with him a wealth of experience. It is obvious that Kwesi Appiah as opted for experience in the first match against a notoriously tough opponent.

It will be interesting to see if Kingson actually starts the game or if he is merely in the squad to pass on wisdom to Fatau Dauda and Adam Kwarasey. Either way I’m sure his inclusion will have it’s benefits on the squad as a whole. Sulley Muntari an equally experienced campaigner also returns to the squad after missing the final group game last month. Muntari’s inclusion will provide plenty of competition in Ghana’s midfield and it could prove a headache for Kwesi Appiah to select his best midfield combination. Though I’m sure it’s a headache he would rather have for a game of this magnitude.

The full squad for the match against Egypt is as follows;

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Richard Kingson (Doxa Katokopias, Cyprus)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), David Addy (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal), Baba Abdul Rahman (Greuther Furth Germany), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United, South Africa)

Midfielders: Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Emmanuel Frimpong (Arsenal, England) Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kevin Prince Boateng (Schalke, Germany), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem, Holland), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France)

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Jordan Ayew (Marseille, France), Mahatma Otoo (Sogndal, Norway).

No doubt this best squad available to Kwesi Appiah but will they do enough to give us the advantage in the first leg?

Lets get talking! In the Black Stars we trust!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

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)

The Black Stars match review

The Magnificent 7!

 

Adiyiah shines as Ghana thrash Lesotho in opening world cup qualifier

 

Kwesi Appiah’s reign as Ghana Manager got off to a great start as the Black Stars put seven goals past Lesotho in Kumasi. In a rare start Dominic Adiayiah shone as he scored two goals in the rout. Not even a power outage after 54 minutes could stop the onslaught as Ghana who had been 4-0 up by that stage added three more goals to their tally.

Enjoying dominant possession, Ghana created a number of chances but it was not until the 16th minute that they breached the opponents’ defence when skipper for the night Sulley Muntari scored a spectacular goal. The AC Milan midfielder played a one-two with Emmanuel Agyemang Badu before unleashing a cracker beyond keeper Kholuoe Phasumane.

Down, but the visitors refused to give in and attempted to force their way into attack only to meet a rocky Ghanaian defence. Dominic Adiyiah atoned for earlier misses when he turned Mokhehle Thapelo inside just outside the area before unleashing a pile driver for the second goal after 24 minutes.

Nerves took a better part of Lesotho and as they wobbled the Ghanaians took advantage to fetch the third goal through Jordan Ayew with a minute left on the clock for the first half. Not content with the score line, Ghana went on the offence from recess and with the Lesotho defence back-pedalling, Adiyiah fetched his second on the 50th minute.

Four minutes later the floodlights went off and when power was restored, the electrifying pace with which the Ghanaian played never diminished. With a midfield well oiled by the presence of Derick Boateng and Kwadwo Asamoah, Ghana stepped up the pace completely taking charge on the wings where most of the moves were initiated with Harrison Afful on left side of defence and Inkoom on the right back playing key roles.

The Black stars were getting more men behind the ball and it came as no surprise when Christian Atsu scored a spectacular debut goal on the 86th minute. As the Lesotho kept themselves on the back foot Ghana went for the kill again with Jordan Ayew scoring on the 90th minute while Akaminko completed the rout two minutes into added time.

So a great start for Appiah and his team.

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)