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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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Ghana Football Team: CAN Analysis Report…

Marfioso Analysis on the Ghana National Team @ AFCON 2012


Ghana_Football_Team_African_Cup_of_Nations_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_comTo be honest, I understand the frustration by Ghana fans & supporters… Coach Goran Stevanovic, promised many times that Ghana will lift the 2012 cup. He does not realize are nation is football crazy. We sleep, eat, and drink the sport. To say it and not deliver, you’re playing with the emotions of the whole country. Therefore, I don’t blame the fans reacting on instinct. As human beings we are emotional and say and do anything at the time of anger. The only thing I am against was the attacking Blackstar players. It was totally uncalled for. If you want to attack there play fine,  but to attack them a human beings, that went too far. Even, the death threats to Asamoah Gyan where totally out of charter for Ghana fuo. Slights adjustments need to be made to the national side. BabyJet needs a solid striking partner. We can take more positives than negatives from AFCON2012.

Huge positives:

– Opposition scored only a goal a game or Kwarsey gained a clean sheet

– The defence played well throughout the tourney

– John Mensah scoring twice on set pieces

– Goals being spread throughout the team {Defence, Midfield, Forwards}

– MVP on the backline: Co-MVP’s {Boye & John Mensah}

– MVP on the frontline:  {Badu & Dede}

– MVP keeper: Adam Kwaraey: 1 GA in group phase,

– 1 goal in knockout stages {2 v. Mali (w.e. game)}

– John Mensah’s professional tackle

– Jordan Ayew’s work ethic in the midfield and creative passing

– Kojo Asamoah’s ability to shoot in space, regained his confidence, turned it up his level of participation

– Boye’s relentless desire to cause frustration for the opposition on the back line

– Johna Mensah’s defensive/ offensive skills on the ball {Mr. Bulwark}


– The offside trap is being played way too high {for years}

– Taking unnecessary penalties {Vorsah, Boateng, Boye}

– We need to exercise calm after being fouled because teams do it to stop the flow of the game and get Ghana off their game

– The way we played the last game v. Mali {lost self confidence}

African_Cup_of_Nations_Ghana_Football_Team_Me_FiRi_GHANAPersonally, the coach should have given Jonathan Mensah more playing time because he has a gift for playing on  the back line. If you watched Oga Bulwark the way he worked Mali in the back, he worked them as if he was a forward. 
I noticed a maturity in his game v. Brazil last year. John Boye is a joy to watch. He is an exceptional player that will surely get regular national team call ups. Boye is the type of player the understands the defensive set up and is able to switch off to play another position if help is needed. His talent can’t be taught, his awareness is the most impressive I have ever seen in football.

Adam Kwarasey is the future and present of Ghanaian football. If he continues his rise, he will become one the best goalkeepers in Ghana history. People have to understand that AFCON2012 was the first big tourney of his career. Kwarasey is still on the learning curve. He has exceeded my expectations.  For a young lad, he has been able to keep his composure. Daniel Agyei is next in line but, for now I think he is too young. I believe he can do great things for the senior side and even be will become great also. {U-20 African Champion, U-20 World Champion, All Africa games champion} I applaud the bravery and strength of Anthony Annan in the wake of his mom’s untimely death. Dede Ayew, the future is bright for Abedi Pele Jr. and national team captain in the near future.

Biggest defensive plays of AFCON2012:

– Boye’s clearance off the line v Botswana

– John Mensah’s professional tackle outside the 18 v. Botswana

Ghana’s Biggest Offensive plays of AFCON2012:

– John Mensah’s 2 goals off corner kicks

– Asamoah Gyan’s free kick strike v. Mali

– Dede Ayew’s game winner v. Tunisia

– Badu’s long shot stunner v.  Guinea

– Gyan’s flick to Dede while he weaves though 2 defenders to score v.  Mali

Honourable mentions:

Jordan Ayew

Kojo Asamoah

Jonathan Mensah


Ghanaians Please exercise calm, the next AFCON is in 10 months away.

Promises should not be made but to put your best foot forward.

We need to support the team during ups and downs.

Football is about chances, there is a winner and a loser.

The future for the Ghana National team is bright and the strength is in team unity and youth.

Yours truly,


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Ghana Football Team: Ghana KO… but Why?

Let the inquest begin:

Zambia knock Ghana out of CAN 2012 !

I believe in the law of averages. So having seen Ghana go out of CAN 2008 at the semi-final stage, lose the final to Egypt two years later in 2010. Then surely 2012 would be the year Ghana go all the way and lift the cup? , Third time lucky and all that! well no actually, as yet again Ghana have come up short in a major tournament. I do also believe that since World Cup 2010 in South Africa Ghana have become victims of their own success whereby every time they take the pitch people expect miracles. Therefore average performances are over scrutinised by expectant fans, however I don’t think it was unrealistic to expect Ghana to reach the final or even win the competition with the players they have. So what went wrong this time? I’m afraid that question brings about more questions than answers.

Asamoah_Gyan__Christopher_Katongo_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_comIt felt a bit like the world cup 2010 all over. As again Asamoah Gyan was perceived to be the villain of the piece following his first half penalty miss. Many critics will say he chokes on the big occasion, but then you have to remember that he has also been the Black stars saviour many a time so to blame him solely is quite harsh, even though I did so initially, though is performances in the biggest games does come into question. Adam Kwaresey has also come in for some criticism during the campaign in what was his first major tournament in goal. I don’t think he can be at all blamed for Zambia’s winning goal which was a corker. The ironic thing about the match is that attacking wise Ghana played some of their best football. As it is fair to say they had not been at their best throughout the tournament notably against Botswana and Tunisia, but they still could not score the vital goal. Therein lies the problem for me and it is problem that can be traced right back to 2006 when Ghana exited CAN at the group stage. For all the talent we have in Midfield the same cannot be said of the striking department.

Thus I think the success at world cup only served to cover up this issue and our over reliance on Gyan for goals has become apparent over the years. You only have to watch Ghana at their best to see how many chances the midfield create, however they don’t score enough goals to compliment this especially on the big occasions. For all the chances Blackstars create they should really be finding the net a lot more often. If you compare the Ivory Coast, as well as Drogba, Solomon Kalou and Gervinho’s scoring records are not too bad at all. This can help ease the burden on Drogba, indeed Drogba reacted to his penalty miss against Equatorial Guinea by scoring a brilliant individual goal 5 minutes later.

How the Blackstars could do with an out and out striker who finds the net as regularly as Drogba does. Even a striker to play alongside Gyan to ease the burden, Dominic Adiyah (who was not included in the squad) looked like he could be that person at one time, more recently it has looked like Jordan Ayew but for all his talent I’m not convinced he can score regularly. If we can find two strikers that can work in tandem then I would like to see the manager to change the formation to 4-4-2. Our midfield is capable enough to make this work. Meanwhile the inquest into Ghana’s latest disappointment begins.

So what are your thoughts on the points raised above and the game itself? Should Gyan continue to be the teams penalty taker ? and importantly where do the Blackstars go from here? Remember this is not just a time to criticize and show frustration but also to come up with realistic suggestions the Blackstars can implement to move forward, improve and finally win that elusive trophy, for now the wait continues.

Leave your comments below?

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

CAN 2012 Match Report: Ghana Blackstars

Mixed fortunes for Mensah as Ghana labour to 1-0 win over Botswana

African_Cup_of_Nations_Ghana_Football_Team_Me_FiRi_GHANAThe Blackstars kicked off their CAN 2012 campaign with what was in the end a hard fought victory over CAN debutants Botswana in which they played most the second half with 10 men in Franceville. Ghana started unsurprisingly with Asamoah Gyan and Jordan Ayew up front with Sulley Muntari and Andre Ayew tasked with providing the creativity from midfield. Meanwhile for Botswana, Jerome Ramatlhakwane was leading their line but a notable absentee from their line up was influential midfielder Diphetogo “Dipsy” Selolwane who was unfortunatly for them was suspended.

For those who don’t know Ghana and Botswana are ranked as two of the most “peaceful” countries in Africa, but there was nothing peaceful about the start as a number of crunching tackles came in from Botswana. Ghana started well enough and were playing the ball around comfortably in the early stages. Full-backs, Inkoom and Painstil, were operating pretty much as wingers but still Ghana could not find a way through the well-marshalled Botswana defence.

Then came the goal! With John Mensah burying an in-swinging corner from close range. Skipper Mensah evaded his marker and Gyan helped the ball along nicely with the deftest of flicks at the near post. A well worked Ghana goal. At this point Ghana looked comfortable with the two Ghana frontmen Gyan and Jordan Ayew are linking up well. Subsequently just before half time Gyan broke into the Botswana box from the right, before firing one wide of the near post. A decent chance missed.

So to the second half and the Blackstars looked to pick up where they left off in the first half. Early on Gyan was making some great runs out wide, on the left this time. Then came the pivotal point in the match when goal scorer and captain Mensah was forced into a last ditch tackle as Ramatlhakwane is put clean through. Unfortunately it was a foul and earnt him a red card for bringing the striker down on the edge of the box. Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic reacted by substituting Sulley Muntari and bringing on defender Jonathan Mensah.

From here on in Ghana were forced to protect their lead. Botswana were surging forward regularly and the Blackstars were happy to let them have possession in less dangerous areas. Occasionally Ghana threatened on the counter attack with Anthony Annan going close after a great flick on from Gyan. However Ghana held on for a professional victory.

A lot of observers were hoping for an impressive performance from Ghana to justify their billing as one of the favourites for the cup. However at this early stage of the competition a win is a win.

What are your thoughts on Ghana’s opening match? Leave comments below

Ben JK Anim-Antwi