Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

Cameroon drop Alex Song from Afcon squad

Alex Song

Cameroon international midfielder, Alexandre Song, has been dropped from Cameroon’s Afcon 2015 squad. This is just days after it was widely reported that he was due to inform his club, West Ham United, of his desire to play in next month’s tournament in Equatorial Guinea. [contextly_sidebar id=”d2DJKr9wjAg8ZBDrycpjnSrgHlwp6ggK”] Already the Hammers will be without the Senegalese pair of Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate, who have ...

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Kotoko’s 2015 Champions League squad out

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Asante Kotoko will be working with a squad of 24 players in the opening stages of the 2015 Caf Champions League. The official squad made available to that will be handed to the Ghana FA for onward submission to the Confederation of Africa Football has four goalkeepers, nine defenders, seven midfielders and four strikers. [contextly_sidebar id=”FglzebjWWB5BKdcV204oNENmjVb5TM9N”] The squad of 24 ...

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Burkina Faso choose to camp in South Africa

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put

Burkina Faso will conduct their final preparations for the 2015 Afcon edition in Mbombela. The West Africans are expected to name their squad for the competition by December 27 and will fly to their camping base in South Africa on January 2. [contextly_sidebar id=”dKiZwFXcWb9iah6JbNUDonk73QhnA0Pi”] Finalists in the last edition, the Stallions have secured to preparatory games – the first is against ...

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Jerry Akaminko injury situation gets worse


– Defender Jerry Akaminko is still struggling to make a full recovery from an ankle injury which kept him out of Ghana’s squad for the 2014 World Cup six months ago. The 26-year-old is still locked up in rehabilitation, gym and ball work and is yet to make a return to competitive action for his Turkish club Eskisehirspor. Akaminko was ...

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End of an era: Katongo snubbed in Zambia Afcon squad


Zambia coach Honour Janza has named a 26-man preliminary squad for the 2015 African Nations Cup and as expected there is no place for veteran forward Christopher Katongo. The BidVest Wits striker has fallen out of favour with Chipolopolo and was not involved in the latter part of their qualification campaign. There are three players from the Premier Soccer League ...

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Tanzanian giants Yanga appoint Van der Pluijm as new coach


– Tanzanian giants Young Africans have announced the signing of Hans van der Pluijm to lead their team this season. The Young Africans board axed their former coach, Marcio Maximo, last week before signing the Dutchman on an 18-month deal. “They called me last week Sunday and Monday, and I travelled to meet them. On Thursday we had an agreement and by Saturday ...

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The new names in Avram Grant’s impending Afcon squad


– Avram Grant is expected to shock Ghanaians with new faces for the country’s Afcon squad. Grant has already given his list to the Ghana FA but it has yet to be released. Many youngsters are speculated to be handed their first senior calls. Bernard Mensah (Vitoria Guimares), John Antwi (Ismaily SC), Daniel Amartey (FC Copenhagen), Enoch Adu Kofi (Malmo ...

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Only a miracle will give Gyan 2014 African Player of the Year – Odegbami


– By Segun Odegbami Football without super stars is like tea without sugar. We are in the season of celebrating the super stars of African football, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. ...

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Senegal captain Mohamed Diame doubtful for Afcon


– Injured Senegal’s captain Mohamed Diame is in a race against time to be fit for the 2015 Afcon. Senegal are Ghana’s opponents in Group C. The Hull City midfielder suffered a knee injury in their 1-1 draw with Everton on December 3. He had earlier been diagnosed to return by Christmas but further tests have ruled him out into ...

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Police, Dzamefe Commission wade into Afriyie-Ankrah bribery allegations


– The World Cup Commission of Inquiry and the Ghana Police Service are studying the ongoing allegations leveled against former Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah. Citi Sports sources at the Justice Senyo Dzamefe led-commission say that since the three-member body has not yet submitted their report to the President, they are concerned that sections of the media may be overstepping their boundaries ...

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