Tag Archives: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Wakaso feeling good about Black Stars return


Mubarak Wakaso says he is happy to be back with the Black Stars team and he feels great to be with his colleagues in the national team. Wakaso is getting his first call under Kwesi Appiah since the coach was appointed in May this year. Some observers had expressed worry about the midfielder’s absence from the group but the Alaves ...

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Asamoah Gyan to undergo thigh scan on Thursday


Black Stars skipper, Asamoah Gyan, will undergo a scan on Thursday to see the extent of the thigh injury he suffered during the team’s training at the Cape Coast Stadium on Wednesday. Gyan pulled out of the session and stayed on the sidelines as the rest of the team went through their paces. The Kayserispor forward is returning to the ...

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Black Stars to prepare in Cape Coast for Egypt assignment


The Black Stars arrived in Cape Coast on Tuesday to begin preparations for the match against Egypt on Sunday in the final 2018 World Cup qualifier. Coach James Kwesi Appiah named 23 players for the assignment and has decided to pitch camp min Cape Coast 5 days before the tie. In terms of points and impact on the qualifiers, the ...

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2018 WC Qualifiers: Mo Salah out of Ghana clash

Mohammed Salah was crucial for Egypt in Brazzaville (Image credit: Reuters)

Egypt Head Coach Hector Cuper has left out Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah in his final 25-man squad to face Ghana in their final FIFA World Cup qualifier on November. The Pharaohs who have already secured qualification to their first World Cup in 27 years will be without Salah who has been their lead marksman throughout the qualifying rounds. The 25 ...

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Robben retires from international football

Arjen Robben scored at three World Cups for the Netherlands (Image credit: Getty Images)

Netherlands captain Arjen Robben has retired from international football after his side missed out on a place at next summer’s World Cup in Russia. Robben scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Sweden – but they were not enough for the Dutch to reach the play-offs. The Bayern Munich forward said: “It hasn’t been an easy decision but I ...

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Messi hat-trick sends Argentina to Russia 2018

Lionel Messi scored his first hat-trick in World Cup qualifying matches (Image credit: AFP)

A Lionel Messi hat-trick ensured Argentina came from behind to win in Ecuador and avoid missing a World Cup finals for the first time since 1970. The 2014 runners up began the day sixth in the group and needing a top-four place to qualify automatically. They made a terrible start in Quito, losing a goal inside 38 seconds, but fought ...

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FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying: Five factors behind Egypt’s successful campaign


Egypt ended a 28-year absence from the World Cup after a remarkable campaign in the African qualifiers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Under the stewardship of Argentinian coach Hector Cuper, the Pharaohs finally fulfilled their long-awaited dream, even if their return to the world stage was not always plain sailing. FIFA.com looks at five factors that proved critical to ...

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Gyan pays for Black Stars chartered flight to Accra from Congo


Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan, came to the rescue of the team on Tuesday in Brazzaville by paying the full cost of flying the team on a chartered craft back to Accra from Brazzaville after their 2018 World Cup qualifier. Gyan’s gesture was needed after the government failed to secure the flight despite an initial agreement to do so. The ...

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Black Stars frustrated on arrival in Brazzaville


Black Stars were held up for two hours at the Maya-Maya Airport in Brazzaville after their arrival in Congo Brazzaville for the 2018 World Cup qualifier to be played later on Tuesday. The team, which had 21 players and a number of officials led by GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, could not quickly go through immigration processes despite the efforts of ...

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