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Sack Kwesi Appiah – Ghanaians react to AFCON exit

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Sack Kwesi Appiah – Ghanaians react to AFCON exit

Sack Kwesi Appiah – Ghanaians react to AFCON exit

Ghanaians are calling for the head of Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah following the team’s disappointing exit from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Striker Caleb Ekuban became the villain as Tunisia defeated Ghana 5-4 on penalties to advance to the quarter final of the tournament.

Immediately after the match, a campaign for the axing of Kwesi Appiah was launched on various social media platforms particularly Twitter with the hashtag DropThatCoach being dominant in the trending issues on that space.

The online campaign appears to resonate with the notion of majority of Ghanaians on the streets of Accra who believe that the game would not have travelled to penalty shootouts had Kwesi Appiah been expedient with his substitutions.

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They accused the coach of allowing his vendetta against Asamoah Gyan to override the interest of the nation. They noted that Gyan’s arrival in the game gave the Stars the attacking impetus that they lacked in the second half of the match.

Another factor which they observed contributed to Ghana’s exit from the tournament is Kwesi Appiah demeanor and body language which they hold do not inspire and motivate the players.

“Tactically Kwesi Appiah is not good.He was poor throughout the tournament. You look at the Tunisians and you see that it’s not the players who won the game but the coach. He substituted a players and they scored, he substituted their goalie and brought on one who saved a penalty then it clearly shows that Kwesi Appiah is not a good coach. He should be sacked before he gets to Ghana”, he said.

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An overwhelming majority of the respondents believe that Kwesi Appiah’s successor should be a white coach. They said that a white coach will command the respect of the players and have authority over the team.

Source: www.ghanaweb.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.

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.

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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.

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“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.

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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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