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Polo urges Black Stars to rise above recent controversies to win 2019 AFCON

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Polo urges Black Stars to rise above recent controversies to win 2019 AFCON

Former Ghana international Mohammed Polo says the Black Stars will not be forgiven should they allow off-pitch issues to disrupt their focus of winning the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The Black Stars are one of 24 teams vying to claim gold at the June 21-July 19 championship, where they will face Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau in the group stage.

The team’s departure for a pre-tournament camp in the United Arab Emirates was heralded by a captaincy dispute, which prompted an intervention by Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo.

“In a human institution, things like this will happen and it has been resolved, that is what the president has done,” Polo, a member of Ghana’s 1978 Afcon-winning side, told Nhyira FM.

“For the sake of mother Ghana, they have to resolve it [internal issues] amicably and go out there as a team because they need to do everything possible to win.

“If they don’t do that [win], mother Ghana will not forgive them.”

Veteran striker Asamoah Gyan sensationally retired from international duty over being stripped of the captaincy but rescinded his decision two days later following a plea by Akufo-Addo.

The armband was then officially handed to Fenerbahce attacker Andre Ayew, who will be assisted by Inter Milan ace Kwadwo Asamoah, while Gyan has been moved on to the more advisory ‘General Captain’ role.

Ghana, currently in a training camp in the United Arab Emirates, will open their continental campaign against Benin on June 25, face Cameroon on June 29 and wrap up their group phase against Guinea-Bissau on July 2.

The team are set to play Namibia and South Africa as part of preparations for the Afcon finals.

Source: Goal.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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