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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 Black Stars in departure lounge for Brazil 2014…

Ghana hammer six past Egypt in Kumasi to all but guarantee their place at next years World Cup

 

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Two goals from Asamoah Gyan helped the black stars to a historic 6-1 victory over Egypt in Kumasi to have fans all but booking their tickets for Brazil. The drubbing was the first time Egypt had conceded six goals in a match in thirty to years. It was a game that Ghana needed to get a positive result to set them up for the second leg but even the most optimistic Ghanaian could not have predicted such a thrashing.

There had been tension during the build-up to the game because Ghana had written to Fifa asking for the 16 November second leg to be switched from the Egyptian capital Cairo because of safety fears. Thus Ghana wanted to get off to a good start and boy did they.Gyan had a clear chance to put the hosts ahead inside 20 seconds but he hit his shot straight at Egypt goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy from 12 yards out.

However Black Stars skipper had only a few minutes to dwell on his miss as Abdul Waris touched on Michael Essien’s pass and the former Sunderland striker turned with pace and struck a smart low shot into the far left bottom corner. A second goal looked inevitable and it came after Essien left two defenders on the floor during a mazy run and, just as the Chelsea man appeared to have tried too much, the ball ricocheted off Gomaa into the Egyptian skipper’s own net. At this point the Egyptians looked stunned and needed something and it did when they were awarded a penalty after a foul on Mohammed Slaeh by  Rashid Sumaila.  The experienced Aboutrika took the penalty and sent Ghanaian keeper Fatawu Dauda the wrong way to make it 2-1. However Waris restored Ghana’s two-goal advantage on 44 minutes, heading in Muntari’s
cross.

Eight minutes after the interval, things got even worse for Egypt when they failed to clear a corner and Muntari’s bicycle kick attempt bounced up nicely for Gyan to nod in Ghana’s fourth goal. Shortly after the speedy Waris burst through on goal and was upended in the penalty area by
keeper Ahmed Elshenawi, who had come on for the injured Ekramy. Sulley Muntari made no mistake from the resultant spot-kick. Egypt’s misery was complete when substitute Christian Atsu drove in a fizzing shot from the edge of the box to send the Kumasi crowd into more celebrations.

Make no mistake this was a momentous result against a good experienced side who were the only team on the continent to remain unbeaten in qualifying. The result will go some way in silencing coach Kwesi Appiah’s critics who believe he is not up to the job.

If or should I say when Ghana make it to Brazil they will be only the fourth African side to qualify for three consecutive World Cup finals.

In the Black Stars we trust

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

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)

Ghana triumphs over Suda

Ghana grab vital win against Sudan in World Cup qualifier

 

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In their first match since the disappointing CAN 2013 tournament, Ghana made light work of Sudan by earning to a 4-0 victory in their World Cup qualifier at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi. Ghana needed to win convincingly to satisfy their fans and also close the gap on group leaders Zambia.

Before the match midfielder Sulley Muntari talked about how desperate the Black Stars are to reach Brazil 2014 to make up for the disappointment of CAN 2013. You could see the urgency in the Black Stars play as they begun the game on an aggressive note, giving little room to their Sudanese counterparts to operate.

It was striker, Asamoah Gyan who broke the deadlock on nineteen minutes before Mubarak Wakaso hit a half-volley to increase the lead. Which meant Ghana went into the break with a 2-0 lead. After half time, Sudan looked like the stronger side but failed to translate that into goals. They worked themselves into the game and Ramadan Agab should have scored when he was left with only the Ghana goalkeeper to beat but blasted his effort. The North Africans kept a little bit of pressure on the Black Stars as they took advantage of some slack passing.

Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah made some changes which saw the likes of Solomon Asante, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Emmanuel Frimpong joining action. The Black Stars still did not enjoy the majority of the in possession following the changes and resorted to counter attacks which produced two other goals; Spartak Moscow striker Abdul Majeed Waris got his name on the score sheet on his debut competitive match before playing a part in the fourth goal which was scored by Agyemang Badu.

The Black Stars remain second in Group D with six points, just one point behind leaders Zambia, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Lesotho. The group winners will advance to a decisive two-legged playoff that will determine Africa’s five representatives at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Although not a brilliant performance Ghana were ruthless in front of goal and will need to be in their remaining games if they are to qualify for the final round playoff. Another win against Sudan in the return match in June should put the Black Stars in a good position going into the final two games.

By 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)

Inspirational People:

THE GHANA BLACKSTARS!

 

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Ok so I’m aware that when it comes to the Ghana Blackstars, sometimes Ghanaians don’t want to hear it, since they many missed opportunities at the African Cup of Nations.

But come on, it’s inspirational Month& Ghana Independence Month so let’s be inspired. So please read on…

 

Let’s take it back to the unforgettable, 2010 World Cup, Ghana became one of the few African team to reach the World Cup Quarter finals. Yes, Ghana had to pay the penalty, but enough about that.

The courage, bravery and determination each player possessed during the World cup made the Ghanaian nation proud. Ghana had the whole of Africa behind them, Nigeria, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya… The whole Africa united, rooting for GHANA.

All the players, especially Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, John Paintsil, John Mensah, Andre Ayew…and not to forget the others – they all inspired me. WHY? Because, young boys like my little brother want to score a wicked goal like Asamoah Gyan. WHY? Because in my eyes they did not let us down, but showed true bravery and determination to make Ghana’s mark in football history.

Football is not easy.  In order for the Black Stars to get as far as the World cup, they had to qualify to play, and that itself was a lot of hard work. We have to praise them more… Give them more *VIM* So next time they can come back BIGGER, BETTER & STRONGER

The Black stars fought hard to make Ghana’s Mark in Football History.

MeFiRi GHANA are proud to say the Ghana Blackstars have inspired us!!

Have they inspired you? If yes then tweet us @MeFiRiGHANA & say why.

 

BY CLOUDIA

Sarkodie – You Go Kill Me (Azonto)

Ghana’s fastest rapper Sarkodie has finally released the video to the azonto anthem ‘You Go Kill’ featuring EL. The song which came out some few months ago generated a lot of hype for new dance craze in Ghana, AZONTO. Subsequently videos of people doing the azonto appeared all over the internet, with a compilation video of senior high schools in Ghana doing the azonto and Afro Mask Azonto in London on youtube proving to be the most popular videos around.

The official video of ‘You Go Kill Me’ was shot by Phamous Philms and sees “you know say money no be problem” rapper putting on his swag for a lady who seems uninterested in his advances and girls and boys doing their own versions of azonto behind a colourful graffiti backdrop. The video is well shot and includes cameos by Sulley Muntari and Castro among others doing the popular dance.

I think the boys did the azonto better than the girls?

What do you think?

Check the video out below:

By Yaa Nyarko