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Newcastle United’s dressing room mood has improved recently – Atsu

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Newcastle United are currently enjoying a bright mood in their dressing room, according to midfielder Christian Atsu.

Rafael Benitez’s men suffered a poor run of games during the Christmas and New Year period but it seems their mojo is back after picking two wins in a row against Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City.

The Magpies have moved out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time in several months and have also made it to the fourth round of the FA Cup ahead of their Saturday’s fixture against Watford.

“When we lose games, you really have no idea what the dressing room looks like. You don’t know how we feel when we go back home; it’s like the whole week is miserable,” Atsu was quoted as saying by Chroniclelive.

“You don’t know how to get it out of your mind, and you don’t know what to do to make yourself feel better. We just want to see another game so we can do our best and win the next game.

“This is what we do for a living, and we have to be better and try to win more often. Everybody cares for this team and we just need to work harder to achieve what we want to achieve,” he said.

“Every game is important for us. The fans want to see us win each and every game, which is why they always turn up in their tens of thousands, home and away. Things have improved in the dressing room now and we are happy.

“It’s not just a Cup game [against Watford]; we want to win for the fans, so we will be prepared for that. We always put in our head that we have to win against the teams who are fighting in the relegation battle with us,”

He added: “We work really hard on those; we try to win every grease we put in a great effort against Chelsea, but in this game, it was very important for the team.

“We worked really hard, Cardiff couldn’t create any chances, we were defensively good and we attacked very well, too.

“It was a fantastic win for the team against Cardiff and we played very well. A clean sheet was very important for the team, too.

“I believe we shouldn’t be down at the bottom because, if you watched our games, we play well, we create chances, and then sometimes this season we have been unlucky in most of the games but we want to win against Watford and progress.”

Atsu has made 17 appearances in all competitions this season. He is expected to start against Watford.

Source: Goal.com

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Black Stars to beef up backroom staff ahead of Egypt 2019

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Black Stars to beef up backroom staff ahead of Egypt 2019

Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah, has confirmed that additions will be made to the team’s backroom staff ahead of the 2019 Afcon in Egypt.

Appiah has maintained that Ghana’s success at the competition will be dependent on how well the team prepares.

These extra hands are an indicator of what he intends doing.

The core of the additions that will be made will focus on scouting and match review duties.

“Automatically there will be some people to join the technical team.

“I have not yet made up my mind on them but there will also be three scouts to join the team who will be monitoring opponents.

“Hopefully in a week or two things should be put in place.

“We will also have a physical trainer and an analyst coach,” he revealed.

Ghana have been drawn in Group F with neighbours Benin, defending champions Cameroon and debutantes Guinea-Bissau.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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Waris on target as FC Nantes down giants PSG 3-2

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Waris on target as FC Nantes down giants PSG 3-2

Ghana striker Majeed Waris was on target for FC Nantes as they magnificently defeated giants PSG by 3-2 IB the French Ligue 1.

The visitors broke the deadlock of the game through ex Barcelona defender, Dani Alves who dribbled into space just outside the box after a pass from Paredes and then sent a right-footed curler effort to the top-left corner into the host’s net.

Three minutes after, Brazilian defender Diego Carlos powered home captain Rongier’s cross to restore parity for the home side.

One the stroke of half time, Waris tapped home a beautiful connection to make it 2-1 for the Canaries.

Diego Carlos hit his double and the third for FC Nantes in the 52nd minute to leave the visitors wandering on the field.

P.S.G reduced the goal deficit through Guclu in the 89th minute to leave the scoring 3-2.

Waris made way for Limbombe in the 90th minute whiles Enoch Kwateng was introduced into the game in the 87th minutes for former Manchester United and Brazilian defender, Fabio
Da Silva.

Nantes F.C seem comfortably on the league table as they are currently 14th and will play 17th placed Amiens S.C on Sunday in the round 33 game of the ongoing competition.

Source: footballmadeinghana.com

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MOYS denies $8 million budget for Black Stars

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MOYS denies $8 million budget for Black Stars

The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS), has denied media reports, which suggests that, an amount of $8 million, has been budgeted for the senior national team, the Black Stars for their participation in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

A statement signed by Mr. Elvis Adjei-Baah, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of MOYS said, “i can say that there is no budget approved yet or in place for the AFCON.

“There is a delegation currently in Abu Dhabi trying to get a camping facility for the national team, so there is no way we would have come up with a budget once that is not even sorted yet.

“Once everything is concluded and is appropriate, we would communicate to the good people of Ghana how much budget has been presented or approved,” it added.

The ministry has come under intense scrutiny in recent times over reports that, $8 million has been budgeted for the Black Stars ahead of their campaign in Egypt.

Source: ghananewsagency.org

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