Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

USA exact World Cup revenge on Ghana

_ The United States clinched an extraordinary, heart-stopping, last-ditch triumph over Ghana on Monday to give its World Cup campaign a magnificent start. John Brooks was the unlikely hero with an 86th-minute header that proved to be the winning goal in a contest where the U.S. was forced to defend for long periods under sustained pressure from the Ghanians. It ...

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Video: USA beat Turkey 2-1 in World Cup warm up

It was far from a flawless performance, but the US national team certainly won’t complain about a 2-1 victory with just one Send Off Series match remaining before they depart for Brazil. Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey, back in the team after a sore groin made him a late scratch vs. Azerbaijan, scored on either side of halftime as the ...

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USA 2-1 Turkey: 6 things Ghana should learn from Klinsmann’s tactics

Ghana’s World Cup opponents beat Turkey 2-1 in an international friendly played in New Jersey on Sunday evening. The United States are currently on a string of games they are calling the Send-Off Series before going to Brazil. After beating Azerbaijan 2-0 last week, the Americans got goals from Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey. Citi Sports editor Gary Al-Smith watched the game and picked some pointers ...

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Analysis: Kwesi Appiah’s 8 observations from Netherlands 1-0 Ghana

Two important things have happened in the last 24 hours. Ghana lost to Netherlands 1-0, and the final 23 Black Stars players were named for the World Cup. _ RELATED STORIES WE SHOULD HAVE SCORED GHANA MORE – VAN GAAL AKENTEN, GRUSAH DISAGREE ON GHANA READINESS FULL LIST OF GHANA’S 23 PLAYERS FOR BRAZIL APPIAH CONFIRMS AKAMINKO WOULD HAVE GONE ...

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Reaction: Akenten, Grusah disagree on Ghana performance v Dutch

Ghana Football Association technical director, Francis Oti Akenteng says he is satisfied with Ghana performance despite narrow defeat to the Netherlands in a 2014 pre-World cup warm up match. The Black Stars were condemned by an early goal from Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie. He had the easiest task of tucking home from close in the 5th minute thanks ...

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Kwesi Appiah confirms Akaminko would have made final 23

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is counting the absence of Jerry Akaminko from the World Cup as a big loss. The Turkey-based player landed badly in the 92nd minute of the pre-tournament friendly with the Netherlands on Saturday night. Doctors say a broken fibula cannot heal in time for Akaminko to take part in the tournament and Kwesi Appiah feels sad ...

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“We should have scored Ghana more” – Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal believes his Netherlands team were too lenient with Ghana despite winning 1-0 in Rotterdam. The pre-World Cup friendly on Saturday night was the second time the Dutch had beaten the Black Stars under these circumstances, having won 4-1 just before South Africa 2010. “We are too careless with the ball at times,” the Manchester United-bound coach told ...

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It’s on: Banku and Powers swear to fight for just 1 cedi!

It is happening live on May 15. Braimah ‘Bukom Banku’ Kamoko and Michael ‘Ayitey Powers’ Okine will set aside all the shenanigans and fight on Thursday. At the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday afternoon, the two promised a good show in the presence of  GBA President Peter Zwennes and the freshly-crowned Joshua Clottey. Citi 97.3 FM is the official English ...

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Jordan scores to keep Sochaux survival dream alive

Jordan Ayew scored in the French Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon to keep the slight hope of a survival for his loan side Sochaux alive. The Ghanaian joined the club from Olympique Marseille in the January transfer window on a loan deal. Sochaux went into the game against Nice on 34 points, four points behind the next available safe place ...

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AshGold given Tuesday deadline to respond to charges

AshantiGold have been charged for misconduct by the Ghana Football Association in relation to their MTN FA Cup quarter-final no-show last month. They have until 5pm on 7 May 2014 to respond to the charges. The Miners failed to turn up for the last-eight fixture against Asante Kotoko at the Accra Stadium on 13 April 2014. Three counts have been ...

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