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.
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.
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.
Senegal thrash Tunisia to reach AFCON finals
AFCON finals after emerging victorious against Tunisia.
Senegal reached their second Africa Cup of Nations final with an extra-time victory over Tunisia.
Both sides had penalties saved in normal time before Tunisia defender Dylan Bronn inadvertently headed the only goal of the game into his own net.
Mouez Hassen tipped Sadio Mane’s free-kick onto Bronn’s head as Senegal – who face Algeria or Nigeria – moved a step closer to their first Afcon title.
Clifford Aboagye joins Gallos de Querétaro from Atlas FC
Midfielder Clifford Aboagye will spend the 2019/20 season with Mexican side Gallos de Querétaro, completing a season-long loan move from Atlas FC.
“Looking ahead to the 2019 Apertura of Liga MX, we welcome the Ghanaian, Clifford Aboagye, who already has experience in Mexican soccer,” reads Querétaro’s statement.
Atlas FC also said in a Club statement: “Atlas FC reports that footballer Clifford Aboagye will go on loan to Club Querétaro.”
The Mexican Soccer Academy appreciates the time and effort they devoted during his stay at the club, wishing him success in the future.”
He played a very key role for Inter Allies, mastering a team to a debut Premier League qualification in 2013.
Later, he joined Granada CF in Spain and debuted with the first team on January 8, 2015 in a Cup match before making his debut in the La Liga.
In 2017, he arrived in Mexico and caught the attention of the national media, first spending a season on loan with Atlas and later permanent deal, thanks to the speed, technical conditions and vision of the game.
Aboagye won the Adidas Bronze Ball in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey in 2013, where Ghana grabbed bronze in the competition and also featured in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Kotoko turn down Orlando Pirates new bid for Songne Yacouba
Orlando Pirates have bid rejected by Asante Kotoko for Burkina Faso striker Songne Yacouba in the ongoing transfer window, Footballghana.com can report.
The management of the Porcupine Warriors have turned down a new offer from the South Africa Premier League giants.
According to reports, Orlando Pirates submitted a bid around $100,000 to sign Yacouba ahead of next season campaign.
Officials of Kotoko have asked the Buccaneers lads to table an improved bid around the region of $150,000 to $200,000 for the acquisition of the Burkina Faso import.
Yacouba emerged as a top transfer target for the Orlando Stadium outfit following his explosive performance at the Ghana Premier League heavyweights.
He is currently on holidays in his native country, Burkina Faso.
Footballghana.com understands that the Reds are willing to sell Yacouba following the arrival of George Abege, Adingra Moussa and Richard Arthur.
He scored two goals and provided five assists in his eight appearances for Asante Kotoko in their CAF Confederation Cup campaign last season.
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