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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)

Ghana’s World Cup 2014 Group opponents: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

The Lowdown on Ghana’s World Cup Group 

Ghana are hoping for a chance of redemption after the excruciating heartbreak & scandal of the quarter-finals of WC2010. However only the naïve would deny we were handed anything but a mountainous task, with Group G being the only group of WC2014 in which all four teams had reached the knockout stage of WC2010. Let us review the enemies of progress which stand in the way between Ghana& progression to the knockout stages…

TEAM ONE: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (FIFA Ranking: 13th)

The opponents against which Ghana have had their finest moments

Defeated twice by Ghana, the USA will be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of being third-time lucky against a Ghana team quickly becoming an established thorn in the side of the Americans.

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Tottenham legend & former World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann is the coach who may argue that with this squad he has the best chance of succeeding where others have failed. The midfield is USA’s strong point, run by midfield maestros Michael Bradley & Jermaine Jones. The big question mark is the defence – they haven’t settled on an established defensive strategy or partnership throughout this qualifying campaign, and have arguably been left mostly untested over the past couple of years – so regardless of their midfield talent, and the scoring prowess of Clint Dempsey, Landon Donavan& Jozy Altidore, who knows how the defence will hold up against Baby Jet and Co.?

TEAM TWO: GERMANY (FIFA Ranking: 2nd)

Boateng v Boateng

We meet another familiar face in Germany, who defeated us by a single goal in WC2010. The Germans are known for efficiency and technical prowess. They have usurped Spain as the Kings of the Continent, culminating in last year’s Champions League Final being an All-German affair.

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Germany is a team which must surely be counted as not only favourites to win the group, but also amongst the handful of favourites to win the trophy outright. Amongst an embarrassment of youthful footballing riches in the form of players such as Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller & Mario Goetze, is one Jerome Boateng. Germany v Ghana will be Boateng v Boateng II, as the brothers face-off once again in an international battle on the biggest stage of them all. It is destiny’s cruel joke that the Boateng Brothers were handed this draw just as the bad blood which had begun between them during the build-up of Ghana/Germany I at WC2010 was beginning to settle…

 

TEAM THREE: PORTUGAL (FIFA Ranking: 5th)

Ronaldo.

Admit it. When the Portuguese were drawn, he was the first person to come to mind. And with good reason. Portugal is an admirable footballing nation. However amongst their ranks is a man who in my opinion is the most complete footballer today: Portugal’s joint top all-time goalscorer – Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo aside, studying this Portugal team gives room for hope and optimism. They are noted for playing a possession game, and hold a mass of experience in their ranks. This Portuguese ‘Golden Generation’ reached the last 4 of WC2006, and the semi-finals of Euro 2012. However, we must keep in mind recent history – if not for an amazing 4-goal salvo from Cristiano, they may not have even qualified against Sweden. And let’s not forget that World Cup qualification was a struggle, with draws against the ‘might’ of ‘giants’ such as Northern Ireland and Israel. This is the team against which I feel our hopes for progression hang upon – this will be the deciding match.

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Against the backdrop of a legendary rivalry, international success has been argued as the yardstick which will ultimately prove who is the greater player: Messi or Ronaldo. For Ghana’s sake, I hope Ronaldo waits four more years before he hands his ballot paper in…

Having been in the ‘Group of Death’ at each of its two World Cups, Ghana should be feared and not fear anyone. We have stood tall amongst giants in the past. Ghana is a nightmare for many if not most of the teams – a peerlessly powerful team with blistering pace & silky skill in all quarters; a beautiful oxymoron of footballing ability. We did not wish for so many years to be a part of the World Cup party to face nobodies – we wished to put our best against the best there is. The Brazil of Africa are going to their second home in 2014 to make that statement clear.

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Regardless of the opposition, whatever happens, I am confident that the world will once again fall in love with the Black Stars.

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Kwesi Appiah names Ghana squad for vital World Cup qualifier

KPB, Ayew and Essien recalled but no place for Muntari

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Kwesi Appiah has named a 26 man squad for the vital World Cup qualifier against Zambia on 06 September. This was always going to be an interesting squad selection since Kwesi Appiah had the services of Kevin Prince Boateng and the Ayew brothers to call on so their inclusion or non inclusion was going to be a contentious issue.

Thus in true Ghanaian fashion Kwesi Appiah has got us all talking by including Kevin Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew and surprisingly Michael Essien in his squad. But there is no place on the list for Marseille’s Jordan Ayew or AC Milan’s Sulley Muntari.

Essien has not played for Ghana since facing Congo in June 2011 and his inclusion gives Ghana a boost. However many people will argue that he is not the player he was two years ago and thus may not be guaranteed a place in the starting line up. The same can be said of Andre Ayew and Boateng though I would suggest these two are more likely to start the match than Essien.

On the players omitted, Jordan Ayew may be feeling a little disappointed he has not been selected amongst the strikers. Sulley Muntari may be wondering what his future in the Ghanaian squad is after being overlooked despite the GFA had accepting his written apology in relationto incident in the dressing room following the 2-0 win over Lesotho in June. The incident adds to a long list of misdemeanours in the international career of Muntari and may well signal the beginning of the end of his career.

The squad will begin a training camp for the Zambia match, as well as a friendly in Japan four days later, in Kumasi on 2 September.

The Black Stars know a draw on 6 September will take them through to the final round of World Cup play-offs.  Zambia must win the match in Kumasi if they are to progress to the play-offs

 

The full squad is as follows;

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Razak Braimah (Guadalajara, Spain)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United, South Africa)

Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Yussif Raman Chibsah (Sassuolo, Italy), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mubarak Wakaso (Espanyol, Spain), Christian Atsu (Porto, Portugal), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium).

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France), Kevin Prince Boateng (AC Milan, Italy), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Mahatma Otoo (Sogndal, Norway).

 

What do you think of the squad? are you pleased by the return of the trinity (Ayew, KPB & Essien) and was Appiah right to drop Essien?

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

The Black Sheep return to the Black Stars

KPB joins the Ayew Brothers in confirming his return to the Ghana national team

 

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Like three Black sheep returning to their shepherds flock, the Ayew brothers and now Kevin Prince Boateng have ended their hiatus from the Ghana national team by announcing they are ready to return. I don’t know how to feel about their return, logic tells me I should be pleased as they are three of our better players. Though on the other hand I must admit I felt some contempt about the way they came to their decisions to quit the team in the first place.

Kevin Prince Boateng last played for the Black Stars in October 2010 and “retired” just after a year later in November 2011. At the time he claimed his body could not cope with the demands of both international and club football. Many Ghanaians (including myself) saw this as a lame excuse and concluded he only used Ghana to play in the 2010 World Cup and secure a transfer from his then club Portsmouth, who had just been relegated from the premier league. However now it seems he has had a change of heart as GFA Chairman Kwesi Nyantekyi had announced that Boateng agreed to return to the Black Stars before Ghana’s against Sudan in June.

This has now been made official by Boateng himself in a letter stated; After a few consultations, I have decided to change my decision and confirm my availability to play for the Black Stars whenever I am needed,”. In response the GFA said it is delighted with Boateng’s decision to return claiming it will “surely re-energise the Black Stars for our future challenges

In the case of the Ayews, Andre claimed a breakdown in his relationship with Ghanaian FA left him with no option to quit. While his brother took exception to being dropped for the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa. In June they both announced they are returning to the team without any set conditions. They said after a meeting with the GFA in June; “We cannot play football with conditions. We play football with our heart. There are no conditions set to our comeback.

All three players may be in line to make their comebacks against Zambia in Kumasi next month should Kwesi Appiah include them in his squad.

The return of these players is ultimately good for Ghana as the Black Stars need their best players available to them if they are going to achieve success on the pitch. However these players should not assume they are going to walk straight into the team. They have to be picked first and it will be interesting to see particularly in the case of Ayew’s if Kwesi Appiah includes them in the squad for Zambia. During the Black Stars disappointing  CAN campaign in South Africa, two players to come away with any credit were Christian Atsu and Wakoso Mubarak. Both young exciting attacking wingers in the similar mould of Andre Ayew /Kevin Prince Boateng, will be of the view that they merit a place in the first team on current form.  Oh yes the return of the Ayews and KPB will provide a selection headache for Kwesi Appiah but I’m sure it’s a headache he would rather have before a vital game with Zambia.

So with three more “retired” players back in the fold, all we need now is for Michael Essien to return or do we? That’s another debate for another time…

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Ghanaian Celebrity: Kevin Prince Boateng

Okay so the ladies man may just get a few more ladies after watching this video. When we first saw this we wanted to fast forward to the very end to see if this was for real (but that would just spoil the anticipation).

No, we are not going to spoil the fun for you neither, so watch the video below to see if Mr Kevin Prince-Boateng is really the man in the mirror doing the Michael Jackson rendition…

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

England vs Ghana: Me FiRi GHANA Clothing

So its more than 10 years since England have “invited” a football team from the African continent to play them at the historical, legendary, now 21st century stadium of Wembley. Now, when we Ghanaians are about to chop some Banku, Jellof, Yam or whatever your heart may at this point desire, traditionally we invite the immediate people around us to chop with us, right?

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We don’t know about you, but if someone invites us to chops some of their Papaye fried rice for instance it may bring a tear to our eye. Why you may ask?? Well because that indicates a sign of respect, an appreciation of who we are… Well, we just had to breakdown this historic occasion with food, to illustrate the magnititude of the occassion on March 29th with the match between England and Ghana.

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So, given the occasion, ensure that you are representing in your Ghana Colours with your Me FiRi GHANA Clothing. Order yours today:

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When someone asks you “What does your top mean?”, please, say with pride (and a cheesy smile) “I’m from Ghana“.

And if they ask what the paint splashes and Symbol represent, let them know that:

Red: The blood shed fighting for independence in 1957

Gold: The mineral wealth of Ghana

Green: The rich vegetation of the nation

Symbol: This is Gye Nyame and means “Except God” and is the symbol of Supremacy of God

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Its A Part of You…

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Asamoah Gyan & Ayew Shortlisted…

Ghana’s impressive performance in this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa is still receiving significant recognition.

Three of the players who were outstanding in the tournament have been shortlisted for the 2010 CAF African Footballer of the year award.

One of the three Ghanaian players is Asamoah Gyan, the Sunderland striker who scored important goals for Ghana, but also painfully missed a crucial penalty kick that would have sent Ghana into the semi finals in the World Cup.

The other two are Midfielder Andre Ayew and Kevin Prince Boateng of AC Mlian.

What is clearly impressive is …

Ghanaian Footballers name for CAF Award

Three Ghanaian players including Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan have been shortlisted for the 2010 Caf African Footballer of the Year award.

France-based midfielder Andre Ayew and Kevin Prince Boateng of AC Mlian also were named in the ten-man shortlist.

They will face a tough challenge from three-time winner Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon and Chelsea’s Ivorian duo of Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.

Egyptian duo of Mohamed ‘Geddo’ Nagy and Ahmed Hassan were also named.

The three Ghanaians were instrumental for the Black Stars who were the only African country to reach the quarter finals of June’s World Cup in South Africa.

Gyan and Ayew played in the young Ghana side that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in January.