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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Ghana set to play Namibia today in warm-up match

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Ghana set to play Namibia today in warm-up match

2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Ghana set to play Namibia today in warm-up match

The Black Stars will take on Namibia in their first pre-2019 Africa Cup of Nations friendly on Sunday June 9.

The match will be played in Dubai where the four-time African champions have been camping since Monday.

Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah will also get to see his players compete for a slot in the final squad which will be sent to CAF before midnight of Monday, 10 June, 2019.

Appiah is expected to name his final 23-man squad for the tournament after the friendly.

The Black Stars will take on South Africa in their second friendly game to be played four days later.

Ghana will begin their campaign against Benin on June 25, 2019 at the Ismaili Sports Stadium.

Below is the provisional 29-man squad for the tournament.

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), Nuhu Musa (St Gallen, Switzerland), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey), and Mohammed Alhassan (Hearts of Oak, Ghana)

Midfielders

Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionle, Italy), Ebenezer Ofori (New York FC, USA), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew ( Fenerbache, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland), Yaw Yeboah (Numancia, Spain), Abdul Fatawu (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).

Strikers

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

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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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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