Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

Cameroon settle for pre-Afcon camping at home

Alex Song

– Cameroon will begin their preparations for the 2015 Afcon with a camp from 5 January. According to official sources, the team will meet in Yaounde and train for three days, play a friendly with fellow finalists Congo DR and then head across the border to Gabon for eight days. [contextly_sidebar id=”sUeqgP67gjLFiZw1IdndkdUWUiISg8UR”] The four-time African champions have not been at the ...

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Ghana’s Afcon 2015 budget being finalized – Mahama Ayariga


– Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga says his outfit is done with Ghana’s budget for the African Cup of Nations. This comes  after a lot of back-and-forth between the Ghana FA and Ayariga’s office about how much should be taken for the competition. “We will try and finish off the budgetary issues and then put in the request and try and get ...

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Appiah, Desailly to join Avram Grant in Black Stars backroom


– Former World Cup winner Marcel Desailly and ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah will be part of the Ghana bench during the 2015 Afcon. Desailly’s role was confirmed by a former chairman of the Ghana FA, Alhaji Mohammed Nurudeen Jawula to the state-owned Graphic Sports paper on Monday. [contextly_sidebar id=”wm516eYX2poKDaevPBqdOv6GHw4zvTMj”] The 46-year old has long been linked with a coaching role for ...

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Could Atsu miss Afcon after Europa League injury?

Christian Atsu

– Christian Atsu suffered a hamstring strain on Thursday sparking fears he may miss the Afcon. The player was given a rare start for the Toffees in the Europa League game which they lost 1-0 to Kuban Krasnodar. Team boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed the 22 year old may have suffered the injury. “The only real negative of the night ...

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Q & A: Dede Ayew speaks on Ghana’s Afcon 2015 group


– Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew has taken his turn to speak about the Black Stars’ chances at the 2015 Afcon. The Marseille man made a scoring return from injury in his side’s 3-1 home win over Metz in the French Ligue 1 last weekend. Ayew who captained Ghana to the historic 2009 U-20 World Cup winning feat has given his ...

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Black Stars want to camp in Abu Dhabi


– Just like 2013, Ghana could be using Abu Dhabi as its camping base for the 2015 Afcon. First-hand information available to indicates that the Ghana FA officially mentioned their intention to use the Zayed Sports City in UAE as camping base when they met to discuss the Black Stars’ budget for the 2015 Afcon with the sports ministry ...

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Ghana group opponents Senegal ponder Morocco or Gabon camp


Ghana group opponents Senegal will hold their camping base for the 2015 Afcon in either Morocco or Gabon. This has been revealed by the president of the country’s football federation, Augustin Senghor but the final decision lies in the hands of French manager Alain Giresse. [contextly_sidebar id=”OgoHZ4v4Q2qfELfjP6wdte40GuqPP8Rn”] “It is the coach who has the last word. He has expressed the wish to ...

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Falcao’s wife hits back at LVG fitness claim

radamel lvg

– Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao is “100 percent ready to give everything” according to wife Lorelei Taron who hit back at manager Louis van Gaal’s suggestion that the Colombian is only fit enough to play 20 minutes. Van Gaal said Falcao must play in the second team before he would be considered to start a game and “was not ...

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“Only preparation will bring Ghana Afcon glory” – Damba

Abukari Damba (left)

– Former Ghana goalkeeper Abukari Damba says that the success of the Black Stars in next year’s AFCON in Equatorial Guinea hinges on how well new head coach Avram Grant can groom his squad before the commencement of the tournament. Ghana’s group has already attracted the tag group of death after being paired with continent juggernauts Algeria, South Africa and Senegal. “What ...

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Mali boss fears balance in Group D

Henry Kasperczak, Mali boss

– Mali coach Henry Kasperczak said he was expecting to fall in an easier group than Group D, which also comprises Guinea, Ivory Coast and Cameroon. “We didn’t get a cool group. We fell into another group of death. During the last two editions Mali finished off with bronze, which we are supposed to maintain or ameliorate,” Kasperczak said. “For ...

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