Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

Arsenal strike late to beat Crystal Palace


Aaron Ramsey scored in stoppage time to break the resolve of Crystal Palace and give title contenders Arsenal a winning start to their league campaign. Managerless Palace looked set for a point but had forward Jason Puncheon sent off for a second offence in the 89th minute before Ramsey pounced. The visitors took a shock first-half lead when Brede Hangeland ...

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“We don’t know how many fans went to Brazil. We never kept minutes” – Sports Ministry


– CLICK HERE FOR ARCHIVE OF DAILY SUMMARIES DAY ONE  DAY TWO DAY THREE – Alhaji Abdulai Yakubu has no idea how many Ghanaian supporters were sent to Brazil on the ticket of government. The Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports was speaking on day four of the Presidential Commission hearings into the recently ended World Cup. “My lord, the ...

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CAF statement on Ebola threat to Afcon 2015 qualifiers

Herve Renard's Ivory Coast will be affected by the Ebola-related rescheduling

Ebola is spreading fast across the West African sub-region and as Afcon 2015 qualifiers come around, the Confederation of African football has responded to fears. “CAF will maintain its schedule of matches on the entire continent, except for 3 countries: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, which have recorded a great number of cases. CAF has decided to ask the three ...

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Government v Ghana FA: What you should know

GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi

Is Fifa justified in intervening in what it regards as political interference? Is the Government right in prying the GFA’s affairs? Goal explains Much is misconstrued – and much overlooked as well – as political interference in football. Either way, Fifa frowns on it. But exactly what does Fifa itself regard as political interference in football? Below is a summary ...

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Swedish lower division player scores 21 goals in one game!

Sweden v Germany - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

Yanick Djouzi Manzizila broke a 60-year-old Swedish scoring record with 21 goals in a game but they won’t be added to his season tally after his demoralised opponents quit the league. The 25-year-old forward scored almost at will for Kongo United as they beat Balrog Botkyrka Sodertaelje – who had three players sent off – 30-0 in their division seven ...

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Abdul Aziz Yusif move to FC Smouha confirmed

Abdul Aziz Yusif

Egyptian top flight side FC Smouha have announced the signing of hot prospect Abdul Aziz Yusif. But the duration of his contract and the cost of securing him from the defending Ghana Premier League champions are not yet clear. Yusif will be re-uniting with his club mate Siedu Bansey who signed for the Alexandria-based side two weeks ago. He scored ...

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Abdul Razak gets Qatari coaching gig

Abdul Razak

Former Asante Kotoko coach Abdul Karim ‘Golden Boy’ Razak has agreed to take charge of Qatari second-tier side Al Marthiya. The ex-international has been identified as the man to guide then to the Qatari top-flight after several unsuccessful attempts. “After the two-week training tour, we will return to Qatar, where I will append my signature to the contract which will ...

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U20 Women’s World Cup: Hayford thrilled with Ghana grit

Black Princesses keeper Victoria Adjei was sterling

Ghana Under 20 Women’s coach Bashir Hayford is upbeat about progression after their opening day win. After seeing his side edge hosts Canada 1-0 in their FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup opening game, Hayford knows advancement is within reach. “It was a good game, I appreciated all that I’ve seen tonight. And at the end of the day, the best ...

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Ghana to hire technical help for Kwesi Appiah?


Sources tell that Ghana are looking at hiring a technical director to help the embattled Kwesi Appiah. Following the team’s World Cup first round exit, an intense period of introspection has reportedly led to high-ranking officials asking for help for Appiah. The coach himself is on holiday in South Africa and the timing of these rumours could not be any ...

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