Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

Tunisia: Injury rules Anis Ben Hatira out of Afcon


The Tunisian Football Federation has announced that Hertha Berlin midfielder, Anis Ben-Hatira will be out of 2015 African Cup of Nations due to injury. The Tunisian technical staff had earlier announced that the participation of the player is doubtful. On Monday, officials of the Carthage Eagles disclosed that Ben-Hatira’s medical tests has now ruled him out of playing for the ...

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No Andre, no Schlupp: rundown of Ghana’s first Spain training


Ghana had its first training session at the pre-Afcon camping in Seville without two players. Andre Ayew and Jeffery Schlupp are yet to join the side in the south of Spain as they took to the field on Monday evening. 24 players were supervised by Avram Grant and assistant Maxwell Konadu on the first of the 10 day retinue. Spain-based ...

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Harry Kane: the stats and analysis behind his remarkable rise

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When Harry Kane made his first start for Tottenham Hotspur against Sunderland last April, the tendency was to dismiss him as one of Tim Sherwood’s projects. Sherwood had already brought in Nabil Bentaleb and seemed to be pursuing a deliberate policy of promoting players he knew from the youth system as though to make a point about the inadequacy of ...

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Are you ignoring the Black Stars because you fear heartbreak again?


The energy, the buzz, the unbridled endearment, and the canticles by staunch believers for the Black Stars preceding a major tournament, are no where to be found. [contextly_sidebar id=”ztTS0vDGjc0B6aTN7eUwdkHtImeuKaPI”] With barely two weeks to the African Cup of Nations, no artiste in the country has composed a song for the four-time Africa champions. Our expectations which always hit high to ...

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Arsene Wenger confirms Podolski loan exit


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed recent reports Lukas Podolski will join Inter Milan on loan for the rest of the season. German forward Podolski has come increasingly frustrated with a lack of game time at the Emirates Stadium, having failed to make a Premier League start this season. [contextly_sidebar id=”mIerGOjIIxY3H902g5EGT5SRWnWUTr6Q”] The World Cup winner landed in Italy to conclude the ...

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Injury rules Senegal star Sadio Mane out of Afcon


Southampton’s Senegal winger Sadio Mane has been ruled out of this month’s African Nations Cup after picking up a knee injury in a Premier League win over Arsenal on New Year’s Day. [contextly_sidebar id=”BJPETErszbQ5e8VjzJBtIBJBzvJhGFQg”] “Sadio has an injured calf muscle, it will be four to six weeks (out),” Southampton manager Ronald Koeman told the club website on Sunday. “Senegal maybe will ...

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Atsu passes late fitness test to join Stars in Spain


Everton midfielder Christian Atsu has just made it into Ghana’s 26 man squad for pre-Afcon camping. The 22-year-old picked up a hamstring injury in Everton’s 0-1 loss at home to Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League on December 11 and was expected to return to first team training on January 10 this year. [contextly_sidebar id=”Kmmq4tEKhd71UCZAW0QZ0Zy3YpNKTxFj”] On loan from Chelsea, Atsu however ...

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Sokambi handed late Gabon call to replace Lemina


Gabon coach Jorge Costa has settled on a replacement for midfielder Mario Lemina to complete his team’s Afcon squad. Lemina rejected outright an invitation to honour his native country at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations set to begin in Equatorial Guinea in about a fortnight. The France senior team hopeful took to Twitter to reject the invite a few ...

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Waris’ Afcon chances still bright despite injury


Although Majeed Waris is injured, sources say Ghana will take the forward to the 2015 Afcon. Ghana boss Avram Grant dropped five players from his aforenamed 31-man squad from the Yuletide as a 26-man Black Stars setup leaves for Spain on Sunday. [contextly_sidebar id=”njWJSXPhGP4eZASaY3dhV7AjtfnNgVFc”] The crocked Waris is not part of the list going to the Seville training camp, but team ...

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Senegal boss Alain Giresse unhappy with Mongomo facilities

Senegal coach Alain Giresse

Senegal coach Alain Giresse is concerned about the lack of facilities in Mongomo, where his team will be based during the Group Stage at the Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8, 2015. The Frenchman said poor accommodation and substandard training pitches could affect the performance of his team during the competition. ...

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