Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

Legendary Stephen Appiah retires

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It’s been coming for awhile. One of Ghana’s most loved captains finally hangs his boots. The player, who has the honour of being the first captain to lead Ghana to the World Cup, was the definition of a “people’s man”. From his days with Hearts of Oak in Accra, to the glory days with Juventus and the transfer to Fenerbahce, ...

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Gyan, Badu and Acheampong suffer various degrees of injury

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Asamoah Gyan and two other players in the Ghana team are suffering knocks, it has been confirmed. The team has been camping for the past 13 days in Seville and they leave for Equatorial Guinea later on Wednesday. Briefing the media on the situation, Black Stars management committee George Afriyie gave names of the other knocked players. “The team has ...

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Ghana head to Equatorial Guinea today

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The Black Stars are done with their ten-day camping in Seville and now head to Equatorial Guinea. A final training session on Tuesday night wrapped it up. Sources say the team worked on physicality, tactics and shooting. In that time, Ghana beat second-tier Portuguese side Olhanense 3-0 in Portugal last week and followed up with a 1-1 draw with Dutch ...

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Ivory Coast supporters in visa muddle

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With less than a week to the Africa Cup of Nations kicking off on Saturday January 17, supporters of Ivory Coast are still unsure whether they would obtain visas to the host country Equatorial Guinea. The central African country has no embassy in Ivory Coast, meaning prospective applicants must travel to either Ghana or Benin Republic to submit their forms. ...

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Ghana rivals step up Afcon preperations

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Group C at the Afcon is setting up to be fiercer with its teams continuing preparations. Ghana’s group opponents are Senegal, Algeria and South Africa. Favorites Algeria played and drew 1-1 with Tunisia, who will also be in Equatorial Guinea, on Sunday in a friendly. Elsewhere, Senegal, who Ghana face in their opening game of the tournament, beat Gabon 1-0 ...

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Glo extends CAF Awards deal

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Telecommunications company, Globacom, has extended the sponsorship contract for the prestigious CAF Awards to 2018. The renewed partnership, signed by glo and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will see Globacom remain as the headline sponsor of the annual CAF Awards for the next four years. The signing ceremony took place on the eve of last Thursday’s 2014 Glo-CAF Awards ...

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Afcon warm-up: Kalou winner beats Nigeria

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Salomon Kalou scored a late winner as the Ivory Coast warmed up for the African Nations Cup with a 1-0 win over Nigeria in a friendly international at Sheikh Zayed Sports City on Sunday. Cheick Tiote took advantage of a Nigerian error to cross for Kalou to score in the 84th minute. The Ivory Coast compete in Group D at ...

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I’m staying at Barcelona – Messi

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi insists he does not want to leave and says reports he demanded coach Luis Enrique should be sacked are “lies”.It was reported the 27-year-old wanted to leave after a row with Enrique. “I have no intentions of leaving for any team, not Chelsea nor Manchester City,” he said, after inspiring a 3-1 victory over Atletico Madrid. ...

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Burkina Faso smash Swazis 5-1 in Afcon warm-up

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Burkina Faso smashed Swaziland 5-1 in an international friendly as they prepare for the Afcon. The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finalists recovered from conceding an early goal to win in Nelspruit on Saturday. Nthunzi Mkhonto jolted the Burkinabes into action after scoring in the first seven minutes. But it took all of three minutes for the losing finalists of ...

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