Tag Archives: FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers

“We lacked sharpness against Congo”- Kwesi Appiah

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Black Stars head coach, Kwesi Appiah, admits that his team did not have the needed precision in attack to get them the victory against Congo Brazzaville on Thursday in Kumasi. Ghana needed a late goal from midfielder Thomas Partey to draw 1-1 at home with the Red Devils in match the team needed to win if they would get a ...

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Seamus Coleman suffers broken leg in Republic of Ireland draw

Seamus Coleman succeeded Robbie Keane as captain of the Republic of Ireland (Image credit: Getty Images)

Republic of Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman suffered a broken leg during his side’s goalless draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium. The Everton defender, 28, was given oxygen before being carried off following the challenge with Neil Taylor, who was sent off. Coleman is expected to have surgery in Dublin on Saturday on what is believed to be a double ...

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Gyan injured in training, could miss Egypt-Ghana tie

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Black Stars skipper, Asamoah Gyan, suffered an injury in training on Tuesday and there are concerns that he could miss Ghana’s tie against Egypt in Alexandria on November 13. Gyan missed his club, Al Ahli Dubai’s 6-0 win over Hatta on Wednesday and he said to UAE news portal, 24, that he would have tests on Thursday for a full ...

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Ghana to face triple threat of Salah, Sobhi, and Elneny in Alexandria

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The Black Stars will have to brace themselves to face the might of Egypt’s Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mohamed Salah (AS Roma) and Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) when they face the Pharaohs at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on November. The trio was named in Hector Cuper’s foreign-based call-ups for the match on November 13. In addition to Sobhi, ...

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Black Stars hold final training session at the Tamale Stadium

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The Black Stars held their final training session at the Tamale Sports Stadium on Thursday ahead of their FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda on Friday. The team arrived in Tamale on Wednesday and it has been training since then under the supervision of head coach Avram Grant. 24 players are in the team’s camp and they will hope ...

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Avram Grant names squad to face Uganda in World Cup qualifier

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Ghana coach Avram Grant has named 23 players for Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda in Tamale. Norway-based midfielder Gilbert Koomson was handed his first Black Stars call-up in the squad. Midfielder Enoch Adu Kofi, who plays in Sweden, returns to the national team for the first time since December 2014. Captain Asamoah Gyan will lead the team that ...

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Switzerland beat Portugal in 2018 World Cup qualifying

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Switzerland beat European champions Portugal 2-0 in their opening World Cup 2018 Group B qualifier on Tuesday. Breel Embolo and Ahmed Mehmedi scored first-half goals for the hosts, who had Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka sent off in stoppage time. Portugal were missing Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Real Madrid forward injured since July’s Euro 2016 final. Beaten finalists France got their ...

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World Cup 2018: El Salvador ‘refuse bribe to fix match’

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El Salvador’s national football team say they have refused a bribe to fix Tuesday’s World Cup 2018 qualifying game against Canada. At a news conference, the team members played an audio recording of the person allegedly making the bribe. Canada must beat El Salvador in Vancouver and hope Mexico defeat Honduras in the final round of Group A games to ...

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Injury-time Lallana strike gives Allardyce first win as England boss

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Adam Lallana spared England’s embarrassment with an injury-time strike as Sam Allardyce’s reign started with victory in Slovakia. England struggled to break Slovakia’s resistance in this opening World Cup qualifier – even when they were reduced to 10 men after captain Martin Skrtel’s 57th-minute dismissal for a foul on Harry Kane. Allardyce claimed before the game that he might be ...

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