Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

Anticipated Oil Cup kickoff called off by broke organizers

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The first Oil Cup tournament involving Hearts and Kotoko has been called off due to cash constraints. The other two teams slated to have been part were Medeama and Hasaacas, and it was aimed at celebrating Ghana’s oil. Due to have started on Friday, it has been called off by the organisers, Absolute Peace International (API). The Oil Cup tournament was ...

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GFA to kick out “unnecessary” people from Black Stars camp

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– The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is to embark on some changes in the travelling plans of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations by axing individuals whose roles are not deemed crucial to the team during tournaments. The changes, which will include ridding the Stars of individuals whose roles are not deemed crucial to the team during tournaments, are geared ...

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Tullow Oil & Right to Dream Academy launch Takoradi school programme

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– Tullow Oil Ghana Limited has in collaboration with the Right to Dream Academy (RtD) launched the first branch of the RtD School Programme at a ceremony in Takoradi- offering scholarship opportunities to talented children from the Western Region The ceremony which attracted officials from Tullow Oil and RtD was also graced by the presence of the Minister of Youth ...

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Sergio Ramos confident of agreeing Real Madrid contract

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– Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says he does not expect any problems in reaching an agreement over a new contract with the club. Ramos’ current deal runs until June 2017, but persistent speculation has held that he is seeking a pay-rise after making such a crucial contribution to last season’s Champions League triumph, and there have been reports linking ...

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Ghana’s Afcon bonuses set for heavy cuts

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– Ghana’s sports authorities have announced drastic changes to the bonus structure of the Black Stars in the coming African Cup. The country’s Ministry of Youth and Sports is proposing a new bonus package for the upcoming 2015 tournament. According to the new proposal, each player will get a flat match appearance fee of $5,000 per game irrespective of the ...

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Ghana’s group opponents Algeria will fail! – Morocco coach

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– Morocco coach Badou Zaki has stoked regional fires after saying Algeria will fail at the Afcon. Algeria are hot favorites in the coming African Cup after a good year at senior level and with individually fine players. [contextly_sidebar id=”vuV495FG9ipNZ7Vv7sUPahsWIIHPLsBr”]But the boss of the Atlas Lions says the Fennecs will crash out of the group stage. “ I do not ...

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Jose Mourinho backs Frank Lampard departure from Chelsea

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– Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says letting Frank Lampard go last summer was the right decision for the club’s future. Lampard, 36, initially joined MLS side New York City on a two-year deal before signing for sister club Manchester City on loan until the end of December. City are battling Chelsea for the Premier League title and want to extend ...

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Brendan Rodgers must stay at Liverpool – Robbie Savage

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– Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers must keep his job, but the club should sell striker Mario Balotelli and buy a defender, according to Robbie Savage. Rodgers has come under pressure after a start to the season that has left the Reds 11th in the Premier League and out of the Champions League. But Savage said: “Rodgers is the man that ...

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Tunisia’s Yahia wants Afcon excuse because ‘he’s not ready’

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– Tunisian defender Alaedinne Yahia has been excused from the upcoming Afcon. The experienced French-born centre-back has 22 international caps and was a member of the Tunisia squad that won the 2004 Afcon. [contextly_sidebar id=”IaX2lFT9e5PRrr5gvdSi8q6Qi3NO0tal”] He informed head coach of the Carthage Eagles that he was not ready for the African competition in Equatorial Guinea yet. Yahia, 33, only signed a ...

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EPL managerial job interests Zinedine Zidane

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– French football legend Zinedine Zidane has shown interest in managing a English Premier League side. The 42-year-old expressed his desire Tuesday to take the next step in his coaching career and he’d be tempted by a top job in England, reports Xinhua. “The future lies in doing something else and to be able to take the reins of a ...

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