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Kotoko ready for Aduana, Asec

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Kotoko ready for Aduana, Asec

The Deputy Accra Representative of Asante Kotoko, Nana Kwame Dankwa, has noted that the team’s preparation towards Sunday’s Otumfuo Cup will not affect the club’s performance in the Normalisation Committee (NC) Special Competition.

The Porcupine Warriors are scheduled to play Ivorian giants, Asec Mimosas, at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the reign of their life patron, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Due to the new development, the Normalisation Committee (NC) of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has rescheduled all northern zone matches to Thursday, May 23.

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“As much as we are preparing for the Otumfuo Cup, we are still focused on the special competition, we want to top our group and qualify for the semi-finals and possibly go to Africa,” he told Graphic Sports Online in an interview.

According to him, the Otumfuo Cup is as important as the Special Competition and for that matter, Kotoko are attaching the same importance to it.

“It’s a vital match; as you know he (Otumfuo) is the owner of the team and once this match is to honour him, we should organise and perform well on the pitch. Management even took a decision that if the NC did not allow us to honour the match, we will rather pull out of the special competition,” Mr Dankwa revealed.

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Kotoko lead the Group A table with 21 points, but still, need to defeat Aduana Stars to guarantee their qualification to the semi-finals.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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2020 CHAN qualifier: Black Stars B fail to qualify for third straight CHAN tournament

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2020 CHAN qualifier: Black Stars B fail to qualify for third straight CHAN tournament

Ghana missed on qualification to the 2020 African Nations Championship on Sunday after drawing 0-0 with Burkina Faso in the final round qualifier.

The result meant the Black Stars B got eliminated 1-0 on aggregate after suffering defeat at home in the first leg tie at the Baba Yara Stadium.

The Local Black Stars beat the Stallions 4-1 on penalties two weeks ago en route to reaching the final of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations in Senegal.

But Maxwell Konadu and his charges could not replicate that feat and got knocked out of the competition.

Since losing the 2014 finals in South Africa, Ghana have now failed to qualify for the last two tournaments played in Rwanda (2016) and Morocco (2018).

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Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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Hearts beat Olympics on penalties to win 2019 Homowo Cup

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Hearts beat Olympics on penalties to win 2019 Homowo Cup

Accra Hearts of Oak prevailed on penalties to beat city rivals, Great Olympics, to win the 2019 Homowo Cup played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The teams were playing in the second leg of the match after last week’s goalless first leg and a winner needed to be found.

Hearts started well and went close in the 10th and 15th minutes of the first half with attempts from Emmanuel Mintah and Kofi Kordzi but they could not find the net until the 70th minute.

Mitchelle Sarpong scored for Hearts but two minutes later, Olympics were back in the game with a goal from Iddrisu Saler.

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There were no more goals in regulation time and so, penalties were needed to find a winner.

Hearts were perfect from the spot with their first three kicks but Olympics only scored one of their first three kicks and that gave the trophy to Hearts of Oak.

Source: citisportsonline.com

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Wafu Cup: We want to make Ghanaians happy by scoring Senegal in the final – Maxwell Konadu

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Wafu Cup: We want to make Ghanaians happy by scoring Senegal in the final – Maxwell Konadu

The Black Stars boss looks ahead to the tournament’s climax against the hosts.

Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu has set his sights on beating Senegal in the final of the Wafu Cup of Nations to re-affirm their status as the West African powerhouse on Sunday.

The most successful team in the history of the tournament with two titles, the home-based Black Stars are set for a showdown with the hosts at Stade Lat-Dior in Thies.

Ghana’s run to the final has come as a surprise to many considering the side’s pre-tournament preparation challenges and a 1-0 home loss to Burkina Faso in a 2020 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier two weeks to kick-off.

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“We have to thank the Ghanaian public for giving us their support,” Konadu said in a Facebook video.

“We started this campaign two weeks ago and in our run-up to the competition, we lost to Burkina Faso which wasn’t the best for our image but we did our best to rally the boys back, to motivate them and lift their spirit high.

“I think the loss [to Burkina Faso], although painful, told us a lot, that we needed to come here and fight it out.

“Yes we have made history but that is behind us now. We just want to go for the cup and make sure we make Ghanaians happy. We have to stay focused.

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“That is what we want to do. Yes, if we win it, we will make history.”

Ghana are defending champions of the tournament, the last triumph coming under Konadu when they hosted the competition two years ago.

The Black Stars had beaten Cote d’Ivoire 3-1 in the semi-final to make Sunday’s final.

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