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Here we go again!

 Ghana qualify for yet another CAN finals

Ghana booked themselves a place at CAN 2013 with a workmanlike performance against Malawi in Lilongwe.  With Ghana leading 2-0 from the first leg they were overwhelming favourites to go through but they were made to work for their win with the only goal of the game coming from Afriyie Acquah on his international debut.

Ghana started the game very well taking just three minutes to get into the lead after the Parma midfielder applied the finish to a well-worked short corner from Andre Ayew. Ghana went on to control the rest of the early stages of the first half, but had to rely on Adam Kwarasey’s reflexes to prevent being pegged back.

Both teams then went through a period where they threatened the goalkeepers with dangerous efforts. Asamoah Gyan was presented with a number of chances to double the lead first from a free kick which the goalkeeper did well to get to before he failed to connect with a well-placed Ayew cross as the Black Stars went into half time with a one goal lead. Christian Atsu also had an effort on the Malawi goal which was comfortably saved.

The second half almost started like the first with Ghana seemingly in control but Atsu could not get his effort on target after getting past a couple of players. It took some good positional awareness from defender Isaac Vorsah; however, to prevent the Flames from going in front as he diverted a goal bound header wide before John Boye made the clearance.

Malawi continued to rally but the Black Stars saw out the game to book a place in South Africa for the 2013 African Cup of Nations. Overall Ghana should be pleased in the manner of the qualification which has seen the emergence of two players (Christian Atsu & Afriye Acquah) tipped for great things. No doubt Ghana will be amongst the favourites for the competition in South Africa but will need to learn from mistakes of earlier this year, when again tipped for glory they crashed out at the semi-finals to eventual winner Zambia.  Here we go again!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@KwesiTheAuthor)

Ghanaians at LONDON2012

BOXING: Results

 

Ghana’s 1st athlete, Isaac Dogboe competes in

Boxing – Men’s Bantam (56kg)

Satoshi Shimizu (JAPAN) DEF Isaac Dogboe (GHANA)

Round 1 – Ghana wins 4:3
Round 2 – Ghana wins 3:2
Round 3 – Japan wins 5: 2

JAPAN wins 10:9

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Another Ghanaian Rising Black Star!

THE CATE SCHOOL’S EMA BOATENG NAMED

GATORADE NATIONAL BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Former U.S. National Team Star and Gatorade Michigan Boys Soccer Player of the Year Alexi Lalas Surprises Standout with Elite Honor

Gatorade National Player of the Year Ema Boateng

 

Native Ghanaian Ema Boateng of the Cate School in Carpinteria, California was named the 2011-12 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year during a press conference held at the Cate School on 17th May. Former U.S. National Team Star and former Gatorade Michigan Boys Soccer Player of the Year Alexi Lalas surprised him with the award during class.

Who:

Ema Boateng (2011-12 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year)

  •   Scored 32 goals and passed for 19 assists this season
  •   Led the Rams to a 20-2-1 record and the CIF-Southern Section Division VII tournament championship this past season
  •   Was a repeat selection as the Southern Section Division VII Player of the Year
  •   Concluded his prep soccer career with 79 goals and 49 assists
  •   Two-time Division VII First Team All-State honoree
  •   Maintains a 3.75 GPA in the classroom
  •   Signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the UC Santa Barbara this fall

Background

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. In addition to athletic excellence, the award recognizes academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.

This year celebrates the program’s 27th anniversary. In that time, Gatorade has honored more than 11,000 State Players of the Year and 234 National Players of the Year, including many of today’s top professional athletes, such as Peyton Manning, Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker, Kerri Walsh, Derek Jeter, and Emmitt Smith. For more information, visit www.playeroftheyear.gatorade.com

Watch the video Ema Boateng being honoured below: