Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

FA official: “Kwesi Appiah sacked because he disrespected us”

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– Kojo Yankah, the Ghana FA chairman in the Central Regional is the latest name to say that Kwesi Appiah was sacked because he was disrespectful. In the space of a few days, both Yankah and the FA’s spokesperson Ibrahim Sanni Daara have both hinted that this was the reason for axing the 54-year old coach. “The decision to sack ...

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BREAKING: Rajevac to get two year deal, refused technical adviser job

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– Ghana is set to name Milovan Rajevac as the new coach of the Black Stars on a two year deal. He replaces the embattled Kwesi Appiah after Citi Sports indicated that the Serbian passed his interview on Thursday. A former boss to Appiah between 2009 and when he unceremoniously left the team after South Africa 2010, “Milo” Rajevac was ...

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Kwesi Appiah praises Black Stars’ character in Togo win

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Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has heaped praise on his players for their in picking up all three points against the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in their second game of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Black Stars, who were dumped out of the World Cup in the group stages, have been under constant siege from supporters who have ...

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AL-SMITH: Appiah, Ayew and Gyan behind the scenes of Togo 2-3 Ghana

Scoreboard at the Stade Kegue in Lome at the end of the qualifier. ©Gary Al-Smith

— Lomé, TOGO – The scoreline speaks of a breathless game but it was the body language that spoke loudest. Ghana delivered a resilient performance for a crucial 3-2 away win on Wednesday, taking them second in Group E of the Afcon 2015 qualifiers. Journalists have long stopped taking what the Ghana team say in press conferences very seriously – because it ...

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Horace contradicts Elvis again, Govt ‘overpays’ caterers $215,000

L-R: Horace Ankrah and Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah [Composite: Citi Sports]

– The state may have been cheated of more than $15,000 a day in overpayments to caterers alone during Brazil 2014. That, multiplied by the two week period Ghana took part in the World Cup, adds up to more than $215,000. Tuesday’s sitting was day 17 of the ongoing probe into Ghana’s participation at the tournament. The Dzamafe Commission heard ...

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Nigeria avoid a global football ban from Fifa

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Fifa has confirmed that African champions Nigeria have avoided a ban from global football. The threat of suspension was lifted after Aminu Maigari was allowed to continue as president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). His position has been questioned by Chris Giwa, whose election last month Fifa refused to recognise. “Conditions in our correspondence of 3 September have been ...

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Togolese fans can’t wait for Ghana match

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Fans of the Togolese national team, the Sparrow Hawks, are very eager to face neighbours, Ghana, on Wednesday in the AFCON 2015 qualifiers. The match, which will be played at the Stade de Kegue in Lome, is the second of the opening group fixtures in the qualifying series and for the Togolese team it is an opportunity to score their ...

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Injury rules out John Boye rule from Togo v Ghana qualifier

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John Boye has been ruled out of Ghana’s upcoming 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo on Wednesday. The Black Stars defender pulled up during Monday’s training session at the Accra Stadium and had to be helped off by medics. GFA Spokesperson, Ibrahim Daara said: “[John] Boye picked up an injury to his ankle in training. “He was looked ...

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