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GHANA’S BLACK QUEENS REACH SEMI-FINALS OF WAFCON 2016

In case it escaped your attention a very important football match took place this weekend involving Ghana No it was not the Black Stars in action but the Black Queens, Ghana’s women football team

They defeated Mali a 3-1  on Saturday to book a place in the semi-finals of the 2016 Women’s African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Linda Eshun, Samira Suleman and Elizabeth Addo scored to hand the Black Queens all three points in their last group game, with Binta Diarra fetching Mali’s consolation at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.

With a 3-1 win over Kenya and a 1-1 stalemate with Nigeria prior, Ghana came into Saturday’s game requiring a draw in the least to make the last four.

Mali, in the other hand, had their job cut out as they needed nothing but a win to sail through.

Defender Linda Eshun put Ghana in front in after 37 minutes, capitalising on a blunder by Mali goalkeeper Goundo Samake to make it 1-0.

The Black Queens scored again 30 minutes later.

Following a neat buildup involving Juliet Acheampong and Portia Boakye, Samira Suleman had the easiest job of tapping in from close range.

Captain Elizabeth Addo made it three for Yusif Basigi’s ladies from the spot after she was fouled by Oumou Tangara.

Lala Dicko, nonetheless, pulled one back for Mali three minutes to full-time.

Ghana will face hosts Cameroon in the semi-final tomorrow, same day Nigeria take on South Africa in the other game.

The Black Queens, who are three times losing finalists, are in search for their first title at the championship.

Best of luck to Ghana’s women against Cameroon!

AFCON 2017: GHANA DRAWN IN GROUP D AND FACE FAMILIAR FOES

The Blackstars of Ghana have been drawn in Group D of AFCON 2017 alongside Egypt, Mali and Uganda as the draw was made yesterday in Libreville, Gabon.

Egypt, Ghana and Uganda will  be tired of the sight of each other having been drawn together in Group D only four months after they were placed in the same group for 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Seven-time African champions Egypt will be eager to revive their dominance after some years of under-performing, while Ghana are desperate to win their first title since 1982 and go one better than the runners-up spot they achieved last year and in 2012 and 1992.

Uganda’s last appearance at the tournament was in 1978, when they lost in the final to Ghana.

Gabon kick off the tournament on 14 January, with the final on 5 February.

The hosts appear to have been fortunate in the draw, pitched in Group A alongside debutants Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon and Burkina Faso.

This years competition has been described as the most open for years so promises to be an exciting team. Though one notable absentee are the 2013 winners Nigeria who failed to qualify.

The full group draw is as follows;

2017 AFCON – GROUP STAGES

Group A: Gabon (Hosts), Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Burkina Faso

Group B: Algeria, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Senegal

Group C: Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Morocco, Togo

Group D: Ghana, Egypt, Mali, Uganda

Will 2017 be the year Ghana finally end their 34 year wait for glory? Lets hope so!

Me FiRi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_Ghana)

Meet the Ghana World Cup Squad 2014: Introducing Asamoah Gyan

Captain Fantastic!

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Asamoah Gyan is known the world over as the man who missed the crucial penalty against Uruguay in 2010 World Cup quarter final in South Africa. He is also allegedly the man who needs 5 chances to score a goal and he is the man who briefly “retired” from international football. However He is the captain, the talisman and Ghana’s chief goal threat. Say what you want about him but his record speaks for itself. He is the man whose goals fired Ghana to the quarter final in the first place. He is also Ghana’s all time leading goal scorer (last scoring against Germany at 2014 World Cup) and the first African to score in three consecutive World Cups. Yes three!

Gyan is a dynamic powerful striker who some may argue has not yet fully reached his potential..

Having signed for Udinese in 2003 from Ghanaian club Liberty Professionals located in Accra, Gyan spent two years on loan at Serie B club Modena to gain match experience. Following some excellent displays during the 2006 World Cup, he attracted interest from Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow. Gyan returned to Udinese at the start of 2006, but in February 2007, Udinese pulled out of a deal to sell him in the January transfer window. The striker was on the verge of signing a 3-year deal with Lokomotiv Moscow for US$10.5 million, which would have been the fourth largest transfer fee in Russian football.

In August 2007 Gyan signed an improved 5-year contract extension to stay at Udinese until 30 June 2012 as a reward for his fine form.He remained there for just over a year then in July 2008, Gyan was signed by French Ligue 1 Club Stade Rennais , Gyan played 48 times for Rennes, scoring 14 goals. By the end of his stay at Rennes, he became a well known goal scoring figure, scoring 13 league goals in the 2009–10 season. However, Gyan only played three games in Ligue 1 the following season, taking his total appearances to 53, before he departed for Sunderland

After the 2010 World Cup, Gyan signed for Premier League club Sunderland on a four-year deal for record £13 million.. He scored on his Sunderland debut against Wigan Athletic after coming on as a substitute for Danny Welbeck. He finished his first season in English football with 10 league goals. Gyan took the squad number 3 shirt for the 2011–12 season, the same squad number he wears for Ghana. However in September 2011  went on a season long loan at UAE club Al Ain . He later signed a permanent five-year contract with the club on 6 July 2012 worth over £6m per season. He was the top goalscorer in the UAE league in the 2013 season and helped his team retain the league title.

Gyan made his debut for Ghana at the tender age of just 17 scoring on his debut against Somalia in 2003. He was included in the 2006 World Cup Squad and scored the fastest goal of that tournament against the Czech Republic. Along with Sulley Muntari he is the only player to have been selected in all three World Cup squads. He has made 80 appearances for Ghana scoring 41 goals.

If Ghana are now to make it to the second round of the World Cup he will surely have a crucial role to play.

Asamoah Gyan, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

LetsGoalGhana!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

#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

Click HERE to reserve your space

 

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

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Meet the Ghana World Cup Squad 2014: Introducing Andre “Dede” Ayew

Wing Wizard!

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He gave Ghanaians something to cheer about on Monday even if it was for only 4 Minutes. Andre “Dede” Ayew son of legendary Ghanaian footballer Abedi “Pele” Ayew sublime equaliser for Ghana against the USA gave us hope but it was not to be. The wing wizard and his team mates endured a frustrating night as for all their possession the final ball was not quite there and in then end his brilliantly worked goal was enough to avoid defeat.

Andre is a winger by trade but can also play in the “No.10” role behind a main striker. He is a talented player who possesses great balance and technical ability. Similar to his father he has an eye for goal but his record is not nearly impressive.

Ayew began his career at the tender age of ten playing for Nania, a club whom his father is currently the chairman of, in Accra, Ghana. After four years in the club’s youth academy, Ayew was promoted to the team’s senior squad at the age of 14. Ayew played at Nania for two seasons before departing the club and returning to France to play for his father’s former club Marseille.

798c19e9bca44d775d39cc2c790d28dfIt was at Marseille that Ayew began to make a name for himself. He made his debut for them in 2007 and spent a couple of seasons on the fringes of the squad before he was loaned out. However it was not until he returned in 2010 that he established himself in the first team and was voted Marseille Best Player for the season 2010–2011. He won two French cups in 2011 and 2012 and has racked up 34 goals for Marseille in his career including two hat-tricks,

Ayew is a seasoned Ghanaian international. At youth level, he  captained the Ghana under-20 team that won both the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. At senior level, Ayew made his debut in August 2007 against Senegal in London. He has since represented Ghana at the 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On 16 December 2011, a day to his 22nd birthday, he was named the BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2011 and  was crowned as the Ghanaian Footballer of the Year.

He has 50 Caps for Ghana with 6 goals and can add to that tally in Ghana’s forthcoming games against Germany and Portugal. He will need to be at his dynamic best if Ghana are to overcome what is now a daunting task to qualify for the second round.

#LetsGoalGhana

Ben JK Anim-Antwi(@Kwesitheauthor)

An Epistle Poem for Our fellow Black Stars…..

Dear Black Stars

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Dear Black Stars,

From our hearts to yours,

We say to you:

Have no fear brothers.

We believe in you !

 

There’s a reason why there is a star in the middle of the Ghana flag.

The star is a reminder of who you are.

You have a purpose. You are chosen !

You are black stars, set apart to reign !

 

Dear Black Stars,

Use your identity to score like stars, attack like stars and defend like stars.

Heaven is behind you and I hear applause.

I hear multitudes of people rejoicing over you.

Brazil world cup 2014, we are ready for you.

Warriors by nature, we won’t back down without a fight !

Viva Black Stars ! Make us proud

 

Adwoa Asideu (@AdwoaAsiedu777)

#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

Click Here To DOWNLOAD

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Let’s Goal Ghana!: Butterflies In Our Stomachs, Black Star Across Our Chests

After four years, our chance at redemption arrives – It’s Game Time

The FIFA World Cup…Arguably the most popular sporting event in the world.

Mesmeric. Monumental.
The one moment, every four years, where the Beautiful Game cloaks the entire planet in its glory.

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The time when family members and friends who don’t follow the bread-and-butter domestic leagues morph into die-hard supporters; people who scream loudest amongst us in fervent support of their nation, the footballing disease to linger in their systems for a few weeks and rage in their veins before dissapating slowly away to allow them to recover to normality.

For those countries whose national teams have been mainstays of the tournament – the Germanys, the Argentinas, the Brazils of this world – a place in the World Cup has become a birthright, a claim to greatness, a given in the sporting calendar every four years. Almost taken for granted (which, by the way, doesn’t numb or dull the ferocity of their support in any way).

For Ghana, such has been our impact that people forget that this is only our third World Cup.

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The first World Cup, we were all dizzy and light-headed at being present at our first World Cup – a long-denied privilege finally come to reality. We were just happy to be there, and we enjoyed the ride.

The second World Cup? We came back more disciplined. More focused on showing ourselves as not a novelty act, but a force to be reckoned with. By the time we reached the Quarter-Finals, nobody wanted to meet Ghana. We were feared. During the Quarter-Finals, the substance of our play under the South African moon led many to begin to ponder seriously that this Ghana team may be fated at the first African World Cup for a greatness no other African team had yet realised – a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

Let’s not talk about the conclusion to that particular chapter just yet – this is supposed to be a rousing, positive piece…

This World Cup?
Ghana arrives wiser. A conglomerate of experienced heads and effervescent youth. However, Ghana in the world’s eyes has a big problem. The group Ghana found itself in is undoubtedly a horror group, of an extremely intense difficulty.

There can’t be many amongst us who didn’t feel the air punched out of their stomachs when that group was finalised.

There can’t be many who first considered the prospect of a United States team hell bent on revenge, a Germany team as solid and efficient and powerful as any other, and a Portugal team which is home to the best (and arguably, in my opinion, most complete) footballer in the world – and felt good.

But then despair turned to pride, before beginning to turn to defiance.
Because as many of us began to slowly acknowledge, if any African team can get out of such a group, Ghana can.

We’ve done it twice before. We’ll do it again.

And that’s why our social media timelines have lit up in a blaze of red, gold and green. Faces have been painted. Songs have been written. Prominent figures in our community and the everyday Ghanaian have merged subtly into one massive body of support. Regardless of our talent, our natural place in the world, whether it be media, or fashion, or the arts – we are all converging under the three-tiered umbrella that the Big Six built in 1957. Time and energy has been spent building campaigns such as our own Let’s Goal Ghana campaign – not as gallows humour, for a team which is destined for abject failure, but as a rallying war cry for a nation which is confident it will shock the world again!

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2014. Our third World Cup. Ghana come prepared. Ghana come ready. We’ve never come to a World Cup willing to lay down and die for anybody. We’ve always come with intent, to give our best and give our all. Yes, like all great families, we have our issues. We’ve had our complaints over the years. Blood has threatened to turn bad, and relationships have threatened to turn sour. But as the World Cup commences, all of that has disappated – we have built bridges, forgiven, recovered from our most dejecting moment to stand taller and stronger than before. Now, we unite, with one common purpose. One common goal. To wave our great flag high and proud for the world to see. And to make the world fall in love with us once more with our flair and creativity.

The Brazil of Africa is hellbent on putting on a show and righting some wrongs. However, win lose or draw – our third World Cup is going to be one hell of a ride. So sit back, with your white jersey, your ice-cold supermalt in hand, butterflies in your stomach and black star across your chest – and enjoy the show.

It’s Our Time.

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Ghana Black Stars; “Nana Nyam3 ne kura y3n”

So I am not an expert when it comes to football… and I probably only ever watch football when the Ghana Black Stars are playing so that’ll be mostly during the African Cup of Nations or when the World Cup is on- but TRUST me whenever the Black Stars are on the field I become an instant expert on all things related to football! In fact I become a self-proclaimed coach and referee at the same time! It’s all part of the excitement!

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It’s been 4 years since ‘SUALEZ’… I need not say anymore! Some of us have moved on and some will forever curse the day ‘SUALEZ’ decided to do some stretching ‘INSIDE DE GOAL’ in the final minutes of a heated semi-final! Hmm… and all you people out there who criticised Baby Jet, please go and volunteer to take the next penalty shot wai, after you have run around the field for 100 minutes! As I said earlier I don’t know very much about football but when people say things like ‘ahhh chale akoa w3i dy3 wonim ball bo kura oo, mon schw3 ne nai’, whilst they are chopping banku and fufuo with supermalt on the side I get irritated! I’m just saying!2014fifaworldcupbrazil_-Group-G-Germany-Ghana-Portugal-USA

Anyway… it’s 2014 and we’re back in the game taking on the world in BRAZIL – Group G… please let us all bow our heads in prayer; psalm 23:4 says ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.’

Despite the fact that we have been placed in a very tough group, there’s hope my fellow Ghanaians, there is hope! The team spirit of the Black Stars alone is very encouraging and commendable. Watching videos of the boys singing and dancing before games is incredibly infectious and each time I join it ends up in a full-blown praise and worship session! NOW tell me which other team do you know of that can create such an atmosphere huh?!

With music playing a key role a number of Brazil 2014 campaign songs have recently been released in support of our Black Stars and one of my current favorites is titled Ghana Black Stars by Castro feat. Kofi Kinaata, check it out ya’ll! This track is on fire- it is very upbeat and brings together familiar tunes from recent hit singles such as ‘Adonai‘ and ‘Odo pa’.

Make sure you have all your gear in check; jerseys, flags and if you haven’t its not too late- go to Kumasi Market!!! Let’s all join in and continue to support our Ghana Black Stars with full ‘VIM’#LetsGoalGhana.

Nora Mistersky (@Ms_Nora_M)