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2 local players, Waris dropped

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2 local players, Waris dropped

2 local players, Waris dropped

Home-based players, Abdul Fatawu of Kotoko and Hearts of Oak’s Mohammed Alhassan failed to make Coach Kwesi Appiah’s final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt later this month.

The final list, which was confirmed to the Daily Graphic by Coach Kwesi Appiah yesterday, also saw striker Abdul Majeed Waris, Black Meteors skipper, Yaw Yeboah and US-based Ebenezer Ofori missing out.

This means both Fatawu and Alhassan could feature in Sunday’s Tier 1 semi-final clash between Hearts and Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The Stars coach settled on his final squad after the team’s first international friendly against the Brave Warriors of Namibia which saw the second string Ghanaian side losing 0-1 in Dubai last Sunday.

The 29 players who were in camp was first reduced when St Gallen defender, Nuhu Musah, was ruled out by a knee injury last week Wednesday.

Below is the final 23 players who will represent Ghana at Egypt 2019 scheduled for June 21 to July 19.

Goalkeepers

Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati Zigi (Sochaux, Montbeliard, France), and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).

Defenders

John Boye (Metz, France), Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Baba Rahman (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe A.S, Turkey), Kassim Nuhu, (Hoffeinham, Germany,) Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belguim), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey).

Midfielders

Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionle, Italy), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia).

Strikers

Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey and Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain).

The Stars will play their final pre-AFCON friendly against Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Saturday, before flying to Egypt for the tournament on June 20.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Portugal beat Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Portugal beat Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying

The Juventus forward has now scored 93 international goals, 16 behind Iran legend Ali Daei’s world record.

He scored an early penalty, before Vytautas Andriuskevicius equalised.

Ronaldo’s 20-yard shot went in off the head of Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus and he scored two more from Bernardo Silva passes, before William Carvalho’s injury-time fifth.

The result keeps Portugal in an automatic qualifying place, five points behind Group B leaders Ukraine.

It was an eighth international hat-trick for 34-year-old Ronaldo, who also scored four against Andorra in 2016.

Serbia moved up into third place in the group with a 3-1 win at Luxembourg, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring twice.

Source: bbc.com

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Kenya cannot stand in our way – Black Queens Coach

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Kenya cannot stand in our way - Black Queens Coach

Madam Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo Head Coach of the female national football team, the Black Queens has said Kenya, will not be a stumbling block to their quest of qualifying to the next round of matches for the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers.

Madam Tagoe made this known in an interview in Accra after the Queens did a double over their Gabonese counterparts 5-0 in aggregate over the two legs played.

According to her, though she is building a formidable team for the future, their aim of qualifying to the next Olympic Games still remained a priority and Kenya would not stand in their way.

“Kenya would not be a difficult game for us, we have played them in their backyard before and it ended in a draw.

“I believe with the crop of players I have put together coupled with a little more of camping time and the right blend, we would gel and Ghanaians would see good results.

“We have a target of qualifying to the Tokyo 2020 Games and we are determined to take each game at a time, so Kenya wound not stand in our way, they are women like us and we would see to them,” she said.

The coach said the team was well determined and focused and there is nothing like pressure to distract them.

A goal each from Queens captain Portia Boakye and Juliet Acheampong in the 16th and 75th minute helped Ghana to beat Gabon by 2:0 in Accra, after beating them 3:0 in the first leg in Libreville to book a date with Kenya in the next qualifying match.

Source: Ghananewsagency.org

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GFA Congress: Clubs adopts new statutes; elective congress imminent

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GFA Congress: Clubs adopts new statutes; elective congress imminent

The Ghana League clubs have today September 5, adopted new statues for the governing of Ghana Football Association at an Extraordinary Congress held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra.

After hours of deliberation upon the proposed Normalisation Committee statutes, the clubs finally accepted to go with the revised statutes.

Out of 123 Delegates present at the Congress, 115 voted “YES” in support of the adoption of new GFA statutes. More than 75% required and thus Statutes has been adopted.

Below are some of the changes made

– 12 members on the Executive Committee Members (ExCo)

– 120 delegates accepted (formally 123)

– a 2-term of office of 4 years for the President and 3 terms for other ExCo members

The NC President notified the Clubs they cannot have a board member which is more the company’s code of 12. The Clubs obliged and reduced their previous number (15) to 12.

Below is the breakdown

5 Premier League reps

3 DOL reps

2 RFA reps

1 Women’s League rep

1 President with an automatic vote

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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