Thursday, 30 June 2016

McDan Open 2016: Nigeria"s Top Seed Targets Ultimate

Nigeria’s leading tennis player, Michael Moses is confident he will win the 2016 McDan Open West Africa Championship which is currently ongoing at the Tennis court of the Accra Sports Stadium.

Moses, who is currently ranked 1,402nd in the World and number one in Nigeria, has been in great since the start of the competition on Monday June 27.

And speaking in an interview, the highly rated Nigerian said his ambition is to win the ultimate.

“Winning this tournament is my top priority. I am not taking the tournament for granted… I won the last edition of the National Communication Commission Championship. Hopefully, with the form, I can win the McDan Open,” Moses stated.

The 2014 and 2015 Abridged Governor’s Cup winner however was quick to admit that winning the competition’s trophy would not be easy since it is a tournament involving top players from West Africa.

McDan Open 2016: Nigeria"s Top Seed Targets Ultimate

Official: Ibrahimovic Confirms Man United Move

Former Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finally confirmed his next destination is with the record 20-times English Premier League champions, Manchester United.

Since the former AC Milan forward confirmed his departure from the Ligue 1 champions, media reports has linked him with a move to England and even to his old Dutch club side, Ajax side but the well-built lanky attacker has cooled the rumours confirming he’s signing for Manchester United.

A screenshot of Ibrahimovic confirming Manchester United as his new club
A screenshot of Ibrahimovic confirming Manchester United as his new club

Ibrahimovic, who played for Spanish giants, FC Barcelona has taken to his official Facebook account to confirm Old Trafford as his next stomping ground.

“Time to let the world know. My next destination is Manchester United.”

Ibrahimovic is expected to sign a one year deal with the Jose Mourinho side who are aiming at getting back into the UEFA Champions after finishing the 2015/16 season in 5th place.

Official: Ibrahimovic Confirms Man United Move

uniBank Appoint Dede Ayew as Brand Ambassador

uniBank (Ghana) Limited, commonly known as uniBank, an indigenous private bank in Ghana has named Ghana Black Stars deputy captain, Andre Ayew as the bank’s brand ambassador on a five year deal.


The two parties after a smooth negotiations decided to put pen to paper and make their newly found relationship official.

The Swansea City midfielder who finished his debut season in the English Premier League (EPL) as the club’s top scorer in all competitions will use his fame, image and value as a player to help boost that of the Ghanaian owned bank outside the shores of the West African country.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the bank Dr Kwabena Duffuor Jnr said after the signing, “they are looking forward to a fruitful relationship with the former Marseille play-maker whose values are in line with the bank.”

The financial benefit details of the contract were not disclosed; the short but memorable ceremony was witnessed by officials of the award-winning bank and Maya Ayew – mother of the Ayews and wife of former Ghana Black Stars captain and arguably Ghana’s best ever player, Abedi Ayew ‘Pele’.

Current Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan and first ever Ghanaian coach to qualify the Black Stars to a World Cup final, Kwesi Appiah, were previous ambassadors of the official bank of the senior male Ghana national team on a two year deal each.

uniBank is one of the twenty-eight (28) commercial banks licensed to operate in Ghana.

uniBank Appoint Dede Ayew as Brand Ambassador

Super Sport To Televise 2016 President"s Cup

South Africa Television giants, SuperSport, has won the right to telecast 2016 President’s Cup match between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.

The media house were locked in negotiations with the hierarchy of GHALCA on Monday, and were officially given the greenlight to televise the match to the continent.

According to sources, the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), organisers of the President’s Cup played annually on Republic Day in honour of the sitting president, asked them to give the feed to two local television stations in Ghana.

It is unclear which two local TV stations have been contacted to beam the match as sources with notable partners of Super Sport, Ghana Television (Gtv) and Metro Tv have revealed that ‘they are unaware of such arrangement.”

The 2016 President’s Cup will be played across the country.

Ebusua Dwarfs v Cape Coast Vipers

Sekondi Hasaacas v Eleven Wise

Karela v Nzema Kotoko

WAFA v Heart of Lions

B.A United v Tano Bofoakwa

Techiman City v Berekum Chelsea

RTU v Utrecht

Bolga All Stars v FC Tanga

Super Sport To Televise 2016 President"s Cup

Cobblah Decry Players Inexperience

Jimmy Cobblah has decried Inter Allies’ lack of experience when it matters most for the team to grind results.

The Eleven Is To One suffered their seventh defeat of the 2015-16 Ghana Premier League (GPL) when they met Berekum Chelsea at the Golden City Park on Wednesday.

Two goal from Saddick Adams (penalty) and Tei Nii Horsu were enough to leave Jimmy Cobblah with headache after the game.

“In the first half we were on top of our game, but in the second half they came in strongly and our problem was our goalkeeper,” the former Wa All Stars coach said in his post match press conference.

He explained that: “This (Salifu Saed) is a new goalkeeper who has never tasted a premier league match before. He just from a second division side and it was obvious that he was lacking experience.

“I think inexperience let us down because we played very well but we are having many of our players on our injury list so I think despite losing, I am very proud of the players because some are new players and some of them have not played all season.”

“So I think they really did well but the way forward for us is to take every match seriously.” he stated.

Cobblah Decry Players Inexperience

Feature: Who Dares An Untouchable Wa All Stars?

The 2015/16 Ghana Premier League leaders, Wa All Stars, have made their best start to a league season since they gained promotion to the elite division of Ghana Football three years ago.

Their performance cum results have not wowed many a GPL fan, due to alleged preferential officiating in their favour. Decisions which have gone against them have seen the Referees Review Panel (RRP), a body instituted to oversee the performance of match-day officials, punish the officials in question for decisions they claim were ‘malicious’.

The situation appears to be even more grim, considering also that, officiating in their matches, especially away from home – and notably against Ghana’s two biggest sides ( Hearts of Oak during the first round of the league and Kumasi Asante Kotoko during their match week 17 encounter), has been earning popular attention than their actual display.

Hearts vs Wa All Stars
Hearts vs Wa All Stars

The latest incident is their match week 17 clash against the Porcupine Warriors, who they (Wa All Stars) defeated in their first meeting of the on-going 2015/16 season.

In the 20th minute of the Hearts match, supporters of the Phobia boys threw water bottles and other objects onto the field of play, as well as, at the assistant referee 2 for allowing what they perceived as an offside goal (video evidence, however, later justified the assistant referee’s decision) causing Hearts fans, to, at half time, hurl objects at the match officials, while they made their way to the dressing room.

In the second half, anytime a decision went against Hearts Of Oak, their supporters threw water bottles and other objects at the two assistant referees and onto the pitch.

Reports reaching mentioned there was near-mayhem at the Kumasi Sports Stadium, had it not been for the timely intervention of Ghana Black Stars and former Kotoko midfielder, Agyeman Badu, Opoku Nti and Edmund Ackah who stepped up to stop fans from venting their spleen on referee Dally Gagba who they accused of bias officiating in Kotoko’s league match with Wa All Stars.

Kotoko vs Wa All Stars
Kotoko vs Wa All Stars

Though Kotoko won by a solitary goal, it took the intervention of the 3 gentlemen who actually climbed to the Upper Terrace of the VIP to prevent the fans from throwing objects at the referee and his assistants while they were leaving the pitch after the game. The fans were infuriated by the 2nd half performance of the referee so much so that, that the Communications Manager of the club, Kwaku Ahenkorah, had to take the public address system to plead with them not to do anything that could land the club into trouble.

Critics opine that, the “integrity of referees are questioned” when some of their decisions go against Wa All Stars” and that, “they are influenced”.

Others are of the opinion that the RRP’s decision to suspend Referee Alexander Nsiah and Assistant referee Shine Ayitey for awarding a ‘dubious penalty’ in favour of Bechem United in their match-day 8 game against Wa All Stars, implied that, the referees are not supposed to make mistakes, that they are super human and also, that, even if they make mistakes, they are not honest ones.”

With these incidents, especially the ones against Wa All Stars’ closest competitors in the title race(Hearts and Kotoko) in hindsight, would one be far from right in making the inference that Kwesi Nyantakyi( President of the GFA)’s ownership of the club(Wa All Stars) is remotely influencing referees’ preferential treatment of the Wa-based side?

Kindly share your views below.

Feature: Who Dares An Untouchable Wa All Stars?

Neymar Set to Sign New Barcelona Contract

Neymar is close to signing a new contract with Barcelona that will tie him to the La Liga champions until June 2021.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that the Brazil forward does not want to leave and the club wants to keep him.

The 24-year-old – who has two years left on his current deal – has been linked with a host of top European clubs, with reports in the Spanish media on Thursday suggesting Manchester United are launching a “total offensive” to sign him.

Neymar Jr has been named in Brazil
Neymar Jr has been named in Brazil’s 23-man squad for the Rio Olympic games

But Bartomeu told a news conference on Thursday: “Neymar does not want to leave Barca and we don’t want him to go.

“In the next few days we will announce his contract renewal for five seasons.

“It’s normal that many clubs are interested in Neymar but our club members need to be calm because our club’s lawyers and Neymar will iron out the minor details in the coming days.”

Neymar Jr. in action for Barcelona
Neymar Jr. in action for Barcelona

Neymar completed his third year at Barca in 2015-16 and scored 31 goals in 49 appearances to help the club win La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

He did not play at the Copa America this month in order to rest but is currently in Brazil and will compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Neymar Set to Sign New Barcelona Contract

Yahya Mohammed Reveals Secret Behind Scoring Form

Aduana Stars’ high flying forward, Yahaya Mohammed, has revealed the secret behind his enviable scoring form in front of goal.

The former Kumasi Asante Kotoko forward, who started the season poorly, appears to have discovered his goal-scoring boots and has been in red-hot form adding to his goal tally yesterday as Aduana thrashed Ebusua Dwarfs by three goals to nil.

The former Al Ahly Tripoli striker, acknowledged the immense influence the appointment of Romanian head coach, Chioba Aristica, has had on him after a torrid start to the on-going campaign under former coach, Nureeden Ahmed, who resigned after a home defeat.

“We got a new coach (Chioba Aristoca) and through his training, got me back in shape as well as motivating me. He also instructed me as to what to do on the field of play. And this gives me every right to thank the coach and on my performance it is all about the training and the prayers,” he said.

Yahya Mohammed revealed he has set a Black Stars call-up target and with this form, will be difficult for the technical handlers of the senior national team led by Avram Grant, to

ignore him in a national assignment, once he is consistent.

Yahya Mohammed Reveals Secret Behind Scoring Form

Wa All Stars Captain Defiant Despite Kotoko Defeat

Talismanic captain for Wa All Stars Hafiz Adams remains bullish about his side’s chances in the championship after their 1-0 defeat at Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

The energetic right back ruled out any monumental setback on his side’s long term aspiration of winning the Ghana Premier League at the end of the season.

The ambitious right back played down the first defeat suffered by the league leaders in six matches but called for quick response from his team mates ahead of the Ashgold clash at the Wa Park.

A 68 minute header from captain Amos Frimpong won the game for the Reds at the Baba Yara Sports stadium to end the unbeaten run of Wa All Stars in the division.

Speaking to after the defeat at the Baba Yara Hafiz Adams allayed any fears haboured by the teaming fans of the club.

“Football is a game of chances and to have lost to Kotoko cannot be the end of the season for us. We played our usual game and won applause from the crowd away from home even in defeat. We will response as usual and this cannot be the end of our season or dent our chances of lifting the trophy at the end of the season. We are WA ALL Stars and fear none in the league”, Hafiz Adams said.

Wa All Stars maintain top spot in the division even after the defeat but will need to avoid defeat at home to Ashgold to consolidate their place atop of the division.

Wa All Stars Captain Defiant Despite Kotoko Defeat

Bulgaria Based Ghana Youth International Excited About The Quality Of The GPL

Bulgarian based Ghanaian defender Daniel Sowatey has expressed his excitement at the quality of the Ghana Premier league despite lacking a headline sponsor.

The Shumen utility centre back ranked the domestic Championship as one of the best in the African continent amidst legal tussles and managerial setbacks.

The former National Under 20 star heaped praises on the home based players for their aesthetic execution of their raw talents across the league centres.

The former Great Olympics and Amidaus Professional versatile defender commended the media for the mass coverage offered the league and it’s players both at home and beyond.

speaking to sports crusader on the Ghana Premier league’s progress in the past years, the ex Black Satellites defender endorsed the GPL.

“Many people prefer European football to the Ghana Premier league but our current season has been exceptional. It has outgrown all expectations from the followers and it’s organisers. It is almost at par with the best leagues in the continents”, Sowah told sports crusader.

On the local media, the robust defender ticked the boxes for the Ghanaian media.

“The media has been very integral in the progress of the league so far. Their platform is one tool that can usher our players and the league at large. I think we should lease with the media house to package the league to the outside world “, Daniel pleaded.

The Ambidextrous midfielder turned defender starred prominently for Shumen across the 2015/16 but look set move with options on board.

Bulgaria Based Ghana Youth International Excited About The Quality Of The GPL

Rio 2016: Michael Phelps qualifies for his fifth Olympic Games

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has qualified for his fifth Olympic Games after winning the US 200m butterfly trials.

The 18-time gold medallist retired after London 2012 before returning to the pool in 2014.

He was arrested for drink-driving later that year and was banned from competitive swimming for six months.

Phelps, 31, said after qualifying: “That was probably harder than any swim I have had in my life.”

He is the first American male swimmer to make five Olympic teams.

Phelps said he felt the achievement was greater because of “the ups and downs we’ve gone through in and out of the pool to get to this point”.

Elsewhere, 400m freestyle world champion Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin, a five-time medallist in 2012, both qualified for Rio after finishing first and second respectively in the 200m freestyle.

Rio 2016: Michael Phelps qualifies for his fifth Olympic Games

Hearts American Fans Present Gift to Forward

Hearts of Oak supporters wing based in the North America, the National Chapters Committee 10 yesterday presented in-form striker, Cosmos Dauda with an undisclosed motivating gift.


The former Tudu Mighty Jets striker has been in scintillating form since the commencement of the 2015/16 league season and in the match week 17 encounter against Liberty Professionals took his tally for the season to 7 in 17 league games. A representative of the Chapters executive committee was in Ghana and presented the lanky forward with his gift after the game at the Accra Sports Stadium.


And Dauda has taken to his official Facebook wall to acknowledge receipt of the present and also appreciate the morale boosting item.

Cosmos Dauda receives his motivating gift from a representative of North America Chapter 10
Cosmos Dauda receives his motivating gift from a representative of North America Chapter 10

“A special thanx to our Noble supporters ‪#‎Chapter110‬ ‪#‎NorthAmerica‬ for the Motivational gift…Want U to know I recieved it🎁…It’s a Process…I really do appreciate and together as a Team we ll live up to expectations…God bless U all..‪#‎CD14‬,” he wrote.


Dauda will look to reward the North American fans immediately with a goal and win over arch rivals, Kumasi Asante Kotoko on Friday when Ghana’s two most successful football clubs reignite their rivalry in the 2016 President’s Cup at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Hearts American Fans Present Gift to Forward

Nolito In Manchester to Finalise £13.8million City Deal

Manchester City will complete the £13.8million capture of Spain forward Nolito within the next 24 hours.

Spain’s exit from Euro 2016 has accelerated City’s pursuit of Nolito, who has arrived in Manchester to complete his move.

Nolito will become new City boss Pep Guardiola’s second signing, following the £21m capture of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

City triggered the buy-out clause in Nolito’s Celta Vigo contract this month and have beaten off interest from Guardiola’s former club Barcelona to sign the striker.

He was pictured in Manchester restaurant San Carlo on Wednesday as his transfer drew closer:


Nolito, 29, who scored 12 goals in La Liga last season, is set to sign a three-year contract after undergoing a medical in Manchester.

The forward was a regular feature in Spain’s line-up in France and scored once in the win over Turkey.

Nolito will become City’s second signing after Ilkay Gundogan.

Nolito In Manchester to Finalise £13.8million City Deal

Rio 2016: Neymar and Douglas Costa in Brazil Olympic Squad

Barcelona’s Neymar and Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa have been named as over-age players in Brazil’s Rio 2016 Olympics squad.

The third permitted over-age player is Palmeiras goalkeeper Fernando Prass.

Gabriel Barbosa, the teenage Santos striker who scored on his Brazil debut last month, is one of five forwards in the largely under-23 squad.

Under-20s coach Rogerio Micale will manage the side after Dunga’s sacking following the Copa America.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Prass (Palmeira), Uilson (Atletico Mineiro).

Defenders: Marquinhos (PSG), Luan (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Zeca (Santos), William (Internacional), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro).

Midfielders: Thiago Maia (Santos), Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rafinha (Barcelona), Felipe Anderson (Lazio).

Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Gabriel Barbosa (Santos), Luan (Gremio).

Rio 2016: Neymar and Douglas Costa in Brazil Olympic Squad

GHALCA Announce Rates For Hearts-Kotoko Prez Cup Clash

Organiser’s of the annual President’s Cup, the Ghana League Club Association (GHALCA) has announced the rates for the upcoming clash between Ghana’s two most successful clubs, Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

The rates for 2016 President’s Cup between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko stands as:
Popular stand/ Osu Stand – GH¢ 10.00
VIP lower – GH¢ 15.00
VIP upper – GH¢ 20.00
VVIP – 50.00

Kotoko will be looking at defeating once again their arch-rivals after they pipped them by a lone goal (Goal keeper Soulama Abdulae’s howler) during their meeting in the 2015/16

Ghana Premier League first round fixture.

But the Phobians are bent on revenging the defeat and also aim at retaining the the trophy as the defending champions.

GHALCA Announce Rates For Hearts-Kotoko Prez Cup Clash

Belgium Youngster Completes Chelsea Medicals

Marseille youngster, Michy Batshuayi is edging closer to a move to Chelsea after passing a medical in Bordeaux, according to Sky sources.

Batshuayi, who is currently away on international duty with Belgium at Euro 2016, has been linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs after scoring 17 goals for Marseille in Ligue 1 last season.

The 22-year-old was given special dispensation to leave the Belgium camp by head coach Marc Wilmots and was met by Chelsea’s team doctor in Bordeaux ahead of a £33m move to Stamford Bridge.

He passed his medical on Wednesday afternoon and the player’s camp is confident a deal will be wrapped up by the weekend.

Batshuayi has attracted offers from West Ham and Crystal Palace while Belgium team-mate Toby Alderweireld said that he hoped the forward would join him at Tottenham next season.

However, Batshuayi is now expected to become Antonio Conte’s first signing as Chelsea manager despite the club not being able to offer European football.

He was due to appear at Belgium’s news conference on Wednesday afternoon but was pulled out shortly after midday at the request of Marseille.

Belgium Youngster Completes Chelsea Medicals

David Accam"s Brace Earns Chicago Fire US Cup Quarters

Returning to form Ghanaian forward, David Accam extended his Major League Soccer (MLS) goal scoring form into the cup ties as his brace book Chicago Fire a quarter final berth.

The striker cum winger registered two quick goals to earn Chicago Fire a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew.

The former Right to Dream Academy forward took his season tally to 8 goals in 9 matches with two stupendous strike to extend Chicago’s US cup journey.

Accam accounted for his lost time on the treatment table with four goals in his last four matches since returning from injury for the high flying Chicago based MLS.

Ethan Finley’s 79 minutes spot kick for Columbus had little impact on the game as the Ghanaian import carted his side into the last eight.

David Accam"s Brace Earns Chicago Fire US Cup Quarters

Ultimate Bankers League To Kick off On September 4

Ghanaian Banks will for the first time engage each other in battle for bragging when the first edition of the Ultimate Bankers League kick off on Sunday September 4, 2016.

The league is an initiative of Ultimate Events and Sports Agency and is aimed at creating an avenue for various banks in Ghana to have fun, release stress and also create an atmosphere for networking through football.

The league will also provide an opportunity for young men who have given up on their dreams of becoming football and ventured into banking, to continue playing the beautiful game while pursuing their banking careers.

The Ultimate Bankers League will not interfere with office work as it will only be played between the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Sundays.

All the matches will take place at the Lizzy Sports Complex in Accra and participating Banks will only be allowed to register a maximum of 22 players over the age of 18.

The maiden edition of the league will run from September 4 to October 9, 2016.

Ultimate Bankers League To Kick off On September 4

Euro 2016: Southgate Rejects England Job

Manager Gareth Southgate has announced that he will not be taking over as England coach, even on an interim basis, according to report in the Telegraph.

It had been widely believed that the England Under-21s coach would be the man to take the job after Roy Hodgson’s resignation earlier this week following the team’s shocking Euro 2016 defeat against Iceland.

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn believed that he was the right man for the job, but Southgate has shut him down.

It is understood that the former England defender does not believe this is the right step for him at this stage in his career.

The FA had hoped that the first World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in early September would be led by Southgate on a temporary basis, with the FA then looking to secure a permanent manager.

Even this has been turned down by Southgate.

The report further suggests that the FA will now turn to former manager Glenn Hoddle, who it hopes will hold a temporary position as caretaker while a permanent Hodgson replacement is found.

Slaven Bilic, Laurent Blanc, Arsene Wenger and Eddie Howell have also emerged as potential candidates for the FA.

Euro 2016: Southgate Rejects England Job

Barcelona and Lyon Reach €30m Agreement for Umtiti

According to L’Equipe, the French defender will arrive at the Nou Camp on a five-year contract, albeit for €10m more than Barcelona wanted to pay for the 22-year old.

L’Equipe announced on Tuesday through its official Twitter account that Olympique Lyon and Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of 22 year old French defender Samuel Umtiti. According to the French newspaper, the switch will set the Catalan club back €30 million,€10m more than they had originally planned for.


Umtiti, who should start France’s Euro 2016 quarterfinal encounter with Iceland due to the suspension of Rami, can play on the left side of the back four as well as in the middle.

An explosively quick player, Umtiti is big and physicaland also a decent shot at goal.


Barring any last minute hitches, he’ll sign a five-year contract at Camp Nou and will become direct competition for Mascherano and Mathieu, as well as offer back-up to Jordi Alba now that Adrianohas left the club.

Barcelona and Lyon Reach €30m Agreement for Umtiti

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Volta GJA Beat Akatsi North District In Anniversary Match

As part of their 4th Anniversary celebration as a district, the Akatsi North District hosted the Volta Regional branch of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) in a football game at the Ave Dakpa Senior High School park.

The GJA team, which comprises of predominantly members from the Volta Regional capital, Ho, got the better of the their host, urging them out 3-2 in a keenly contested encounter.

They journalists scored the first goal of the game just under 15 minutes through Mawunyo Atitse before the Akatsi North District equalized with a long range effort 5 minutes to end the first half.

However, the GJA Volta team scored their second goal 2 minutes into the second half through Davis Attuquaye Clottey, after he received a beautiful return pass from Rustum Gameli Senorgbe, placing the ball at the left corner of the goalkeeper.

The goal motivated the GJA Volta team further to possess the ball in midfield making the Akatsi North District just run around in frustration.

Their superiority paid off with a third goal which was scored by Eric Fiawornu, who left the Akatsi North goalkeeper with no chance.

However, it was Akatsi North District that had the last bite of the cherry with a stunning long range effort that left many of the journalist wondering.

The goal proved  to be nothing more than a consolation with the match finally ending 3-2 in favour of GJA Volta.

Speaking to the media after the fun filled event, the DCE of Akatsi North District, James Gunu thanked the GJA for honoring the invitation and also recommended them for their exceptional performance on the field.



Volta GJA Beat Akatsi North District In Anniversary Match

Liberty Coach Bemoans Poor Display

Head Coach of Liberty Professionals, George Lamptey has said that his side did not play well during their 1-1 with Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday.  

Hearts started the game the strongest and their effort in the first half was paid off when inform striker Cosmos Dauda beat his marker to give them the lead on 29 miss.

But the Scientific Soccer Lads recovered their rhythm in the second half, getting the equalizer through striker Bernard Arthur who was later sent off for a second yellow card.

However, the Dansoman based side could not go on to win the ties despite some obvious lapses in the Phobians defense.

And addressing the media after the game, Trainer George Lamptey expressed dissatisfaction about his side’s performance.

According to him, Liberty could have easily repeated what happened in the in the first round had they played a little bit better.

He indicated that Hearts of Oak style of play in the game made it difficult for his players to adopt.

Lamptey further revealed the reason behind his decision to start the with the traditional 4:4:2 formation instead of the usual 4:3:3.

“I decided to go with the 4:4:2 because of officiating in recent times. Referees don’t protect Blessing if he is playing central so I decided to play him on the wings to protect him.

“But once we went down, I had to revert to our normal style and we equalized “, Lamptey concluded.

Liberty Coach Bemoans Poor Display

GPL Report: Frimpong Power Kotoko To Second

Big players arise when they are needed. Leaders step up and take responsibility when it matters most. The Asante Kotoko’s armband is not antonymous to leadership.

Leading Porcupines comes with responsibility and Amos Frimpong has shown his presence when the team needs a leader on the pitch for the second time on the bounce.

Having led a team threatened off the pitch last Sunday to earn a point against a side who made visitors look second fiddle — powering in the equaliser with a thumping header, Amos Frimpong downed league leaders Wa All Stars at the Baba Yara sports stadium on Wednesday to lift the Porcupine Warriors to second — a step above bitter rivals, Hearts of Oak who were held to a one-all draw at the Accra sports stadium by Liberty Professionals.

It was a difficult game for Asante Kotoko as a resolute midfield and defensive play by Wa All Stars nullified their threats. When the Porcupines managed to break through occasionally, they squandered their chances. Bennett Ofori, Obed Owusu and substitute, Duada Mohammed were all culpable, with Bennett Ofori the worst among trio.

Enos Adepah’s men went on the break a number of times but the Kotoko defence, comprising Edwin Tuffour and Ahmed Adams in the middle; Amos Frimpong and Samuel Kyere on the laterals were bullet proofs. Wa All Stars can’t be overlooked for wastefulness too.

Both sides were frustrated for their profligacy, and as Kotoko searched that precious goal to avoid falling behind wider at the tender age of the second round of the 2015-16 Ghana Premier League (GPL), Amos Frimpong led by example and thumped home the first and only goal of the game after 67 minutes — his second goal in two successive games.

Neither side could fined the back of the net again and Kotoko go second on the league log, 1 point less than leaders, Wa All Stars.

Kotoko line-up: Ernest Sowah, Amos Frimpong, Samuel Kyere, Edwin Tuffour, Ahmed Adams, Theophilus Nyame, Sarfo Gyamfi, Stephen Nyarko/Kwadwo Poku, Obed Owusu/Dauda Mohammed, Bennett Ofori, Eric Donkor/Emmanuel Gyamfi.

Bench: Atta Kusi, Ohene Brenya, Emmanuel Osei, Ofori Antwi.

GPL Report: Frimpong Power Kotoko To Second

Wimbledon : Federer Survives Second Round Elimination Scare

Roger Federer has ended Marcus Willis’s fairytale Wimbledon run in tennis’s real-life David versus Goliath battle.


The mighty Federer, seven-times champion and 10-times finalist, denied the sentimental favourite and world No.772 in straight sets to join defending champion Novak Djokovic in the third round.


Willis, who captured the hearts of Britain with his charge from pre-qualifying to the second round, at least made Federer sweat in the Swiss master’s 6-0 6-3 6-4 win.The lowest-ranked qualifier to win a grand slam match in 28 years settled after a nervy first-set bagel to finally clinch his first game after exactly half an hour.


The crowd’s deafening applause after the breakthrough almost raised the closed roof on centre court.


With his unorthodox style of dunks and slices off both wings, Willis even conjured a break point for an improbably 4-2 lead in the third set before Federer’s class prevailed.


The 17-time major champion reeled off four straight games to secure the match in one hour and 25 minutes.

Willis, who took his season earnings from less than £300 to more than £50,000 for his seven wins over the past fortnight, will return to coaching and league tennis in Coventry on Thursday night.

“I can hold my head high. I’ve had a fantastic few weeks,” the 25-year-old said after revelling in the unforgettable experience.


“If I’m playing well and competing with Roger Federer for a couple of sets, I’m doing the right thing.”


While Willis’s captivating run is over, Federer remains on track for a record eighth crown after advancing to the last 32 for a 14th time.

Wimbledon : Federer Survives Second Round Elimination Scare

PSG Set To Hijack Arsenal"s and Tottenham"s Key Target

Paris Saint-Germain have identified Alexandre Lacazette is one of their man summer transfer targets.


However, the 25-year-old is also wanted by a number of other big European clubs, including Arsenal. According to L’Equipe (via talkSPORT), Arsenal and PSG are leading the chase for Lacazette, with a battle about to emerge and a fee of £45 million being mentioned by The Telegraph.


Lacazette, who was surprisingly left home from Euro 2016, scored 23 goals in all competitions last season, including 21 in the French top flight. He’s ready to leave Lyon after coming through the youth ranks of the Ligue 1 club and making his senior debut on May 5, 2010.


Next, PSG are also considering making a move for Dutch topscorer Vincent Janssen. According to L’Equipe (via Get French Football), the Ligue 1 giants will battle Tottenham for the services of the 22-year-old.

The Spurs are working on a deal for the Dutch international, who scored 32 goals in all competitions last season for AZ, while Bundesliga club Wolfsburg have also made an approach. However, PSG are considering a bid in the area of £12-13 million.

PSG Set To Hijack Arsenal"s and Tottenham"s Key Target

Confirmed : Leicester City To Complete Signing of Uche

Leicester have confirmed they will complete the signing of young Rayo Vallecano striker Raul Uche Rubio for an undisclosed fee on July 1.


The Premier League champions have landed the highly-rated 18-year-old on a four-year deal.After beating off competition from a host of teams, Leicester have seemingly signed the forward as one for the future with Uche set to join up with the Foxes academy next month.

‘I like the Premier League. Leicester fits the profile, they are hard-working,’ Uche told Spanish publication AS this week.


‘I think I will adapt well. My style of play is more like English than Spanish football. I have a more physical game.’


‘Until recently, I did not know much. My agent told me there was someone from England but I did not know the team.’


‘When I found out, we went over and decided to sign for them.’


Uche is the second Spaniard to sign for Claudio Ranieri’s side this summer following the arrival of defender Luis Hernandez from Sporting Gijon.

Confirmed : Leicester City To Complete Signing of Uche

GPL Match Report: McCarthy Scores In Dreams Win Over Edubiase

Dreams FC Goalkeeper, Philemon McCarthy made became the first gloves man to score in the Premier League this season when he opened the scoring during his house side’s 2-0 win over New Edubiase at the Theatre of Dreams on Wednesday.

The former Black Stars stopper, so it his side into the lead just 10 minutes into the second half with a great finish before forward Eric Gawu scored a second to seal the victory for the Dawu based side.

New Edubiase, before the opening goal had looked solid in defense denying Dreams on a number of occasions.

However, with just 10 minutes into the second half, Edubiase were shocked by Dreams FC with the goal coming from an unlikely source.

Goalkeeper, Philemon McCarthy, in his attempt to clear his lines saw a fairly harmless hit the back of the Edubiase net, becoming the first goalkeeper to score in this season’s league.

Dreams, after taking the lead continued to pile pressure on the visiting team in the dying embers of the week 17 encounter.

The consistent pressure from the newly promoted side paid off when veteran striker, Eric Gawu, coming off the bench, managed to beat his marker to score his second goal of the season to seal the victory for coach CK Akonnor’s m

GPL Match Report: McCarthy Scores In Dreams Win Over Edubiase

GPL Match Report: Hearts Fail to Beat 10-man Liberty

Hearts of Oak failed to make their numerical advantage count as they were held by 10-man Liberty Professionals during their week 17 Ghana Premier League (GPL) fixture.

The Phobians playing as the away team at their favourite Accra Sports Stadium home ground started as the brightest of the two sides, creating a pocket of chances n consequently registering the first shot on target through the in-form Cosmos Dauda, who hit a powerful low shot that hit the top right corner of Stephen Kwaku’s goal after he was brilliantly put through by the entertaining attacking midfielder, Razak Patrick.

Liberty 1-1 Hearts
Liberty 1-1 Hearts

The Scientific soccer lads immediately responded but Hearts were saved by the cross bar after Sarfo Samuel headed a corner kick straight towards Ebo Mends who saw his goal-bound header bounce off the crossbar.

Liberty Professionals, from then, dominated the game as Hearts were forced to clear their lines with consistent pressure from George Lamptey’s boys.

Caretaker coach of Hearts, Sergio Traguil, who was managing his first official game since his appoitnment, was animated in his technical area throughout the game urging his men forward for the first goal of the game.

Liberty Professionals celebrate their equalizing goal

The instructions paid-off as the man of the moment, Cosmos ‘Neymar’ Dauda, from a counter-attack, was played through by Samudeen Ibrahim and with a sweet first touch, easily skipped past Anthony Nimo and shot with his left foot into the right corner of Stephen Kwaku’s goal to give the Phobians the lead in the 34th minute.

Dauda nearly got his second of the game after picking up a loose ball and just 13-yards from goal,blasted his effort wide off the target as Hearts took a one goal lead into half time.

Hearts fans applauded the team, after referee Awal Mohammed blew his whistle, in acknowledgement of Sergio Traguil’s promise of a Barcelona-esque style of play known as ‘tiki-taka’ on display.

Patrick Razak celebrates Cosmos Dauda
Patrick Razak celebrates Cosmos Dauda’s opening goal

Liberty Professionals, with just five minutes into the second half, got the equaliser from a Latif Blessing assist; a sweet pass from him that found Bernard Arthur in the midst of two Hearts of Oak defenders, who gently tapped into the net to get the home side the equalising goal. The nimble-footed Blessing nearly made it two for Liberty after he skied a lovely cross from Richard Antwi with him unmarked from 12-yards to Samuel Akrugu’s goal.

From then, Liberty appeared to be the hungrier of the two, trying to get the second goal but huffed and puffed to no avail as they had to finish the final 20 minutes of the game with 10-men after Bernard Arthur was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Robin Gnagne.


Pic Credit: Senyuiedzorm A. Adadevoh

GPL Match Report: Hearts Fail to Beat 10-man Liberty

Bejaia Bag A Point Against Medeama

Algeria’s MO Bejaia managed to come back with a point after playing to a 0-0 draw against Ghana’s SC Medema in their CAF Confederation Cup, Group A match on Wednesday.


The match was held at Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium in Ghana on Wednesday with the visitors aiming for a positive result.


Following the draw, the Crabs now have four points and sit at number two behind leaders TP Mazembe who have six points.


Bejaia came looking for an early goal as they were motivated after beating Young Africans of Tanzania 1-0 in their opening group match.


Despite their hunger and motivation for this tie, they failed to unlock the hosts defence and it was 0-0 at half time.


The second half saw both sides chasing a goal as they showed desperation in an aim to bag the full three points.


However, goals were not easy to find for the the two giants and the match ended in a dull goalless stalemate.



Bejaia will now take aim at their next opponents which is Mazembe in their next match away in Lubumbashi on July 17.


Looking at the hosts, they remain rooted at the third spot with one point. Their next match against Yanga in Tanzania is on July 15.


However, the trip to Dar es-Salaam depends on their President Moses Armah who has threatened to pull out of the tournament before the match due to lack of financial support from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).


Source :Africanfootball

Bejaia Bag A Point Against Medeama

Ghana Premier League Live Update: Liberty vs Hearts of Oak

Follow live update of the match week 17 encounter between Liberty Professionals and Hearts of Oak.

Ghana Premier League Live Update: Liberty vs Hearts of Oak

Ghana Premier League Live Update: Kotoko vs Wa All Stars

Follow live update of the match week 17 encounter between record Ghana Premier League Champions and third placed on the log Kumasi Asante Kotoko and first placed team Wa All Stars.


Ghana Premier League Live Update: Kotoko vs Wa All Stars

Coach Keni Finally Lands In Japan

Former Accra Hearts of Oak coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi has finally arrived in his native japan after parting ways with Ghana’s Premier Club.

Yatsuhashi arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday after leaving the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Monday.

Coach Keni tweeted by saying; “Safely landed in Tokyo as of last night. I am glad to see my wife who I have not seen while I was coaching in Ghana. I hope everyone is doing well?

The Japanese-American parted ways mutually with the Phobians a couple of week ago after guiding them to finish fourth at the end of the first round of this season’s Ghana Premier League (GPL).

They finished the first round with 26 points from 15 games, just two points behind the leaders a All Stars.

Under Coach Keni’s mandate, Hearts finished the first round of the GPL as the only undefeated side away from home, winning four and drawing four of the eight games they played away from the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra.

It is understood Coach Keni will undertake an upgrading course while he is away, and, he has said he wants to work in Ghana again after he completes his programme.

Coach Keni Finally Lands In Japan

Liberty Did "No Wrong" Changing Match Venue - PLB

The organisers of the Ghana Premier League (GPL), Premier League Board (PLB), have told in an interview that, Liberty Professionals did no wrong changing match venue for their match week 17 encounter against Hearts of Oak.

The Dansoman-based side have divided the football community with their decision to change league venue from their favourite Dansoman Park popularly known as the Carl Reindorf Park to the Accra Sports Stadium.

But Tamimu Issah, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the PLB, has, on behalf of the body, mentioned that Liberty Professionals did no wrong per the regulations of the Ghana Football Association.

“Liberty wrote to us (PLB) ahead of time to ask for permission to use the Accra Sports Stadium for their match week 17 encounter against Hearts of Oak. The reason stated by the management of Liberty was their expectation of more spectators than their home venue can accommodate,” he told

“We granted their permission because it does not flout any of our regulations – the Accra Sports Stadium is an approved league venue and it is within the jurisdiction of the two clubs (Accra). Should Liberty have requested to play away from Accra, that request won’t have not be granted as it will be to the Away side’s disadvantage and would have compromised sporting integrity,” he added.

Liberty will be looking to do a league double over the Phobians as they won the first encounter by a lone goal after they bossed the entirety of that game.

Liberty Did "No Wrong" Changing Match Venue - PLB

Berlin FC Banned From Using Ohene Ameyaw Park

The Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association has ordered a TEMPORARY BAN on Berlin FC from using the Nana Ameyaw Park (Techiman) as its home venue with immediate effect.

This decision has become necessary due to the unfortunate incident that occurred during their GN Bank National Division One League (DOL) Match-Day 16 encounter with FC Tanga played on Saturday, 25 June, 2016.

Officials of Berlin FC allegedly prevented the GFA/DOL cameraman from entering the inner perimeter to cover the match and prevented the referees from entering the dressing room during recess till the police intervened.

This decision is in accordance with Article 15(2) of the GFA General Regulations which states that “the GFA may order the closure of any league centre where the safety of clubs, Match Officials or Spectators cannot be guaranteed”.

The Division One League Board will determine the venue for the club’s subsequent home matches in accordance with the provision of Article 15(3) of the GFA General Regulations.

This order is without prejudice to the determination of the case pending before the Disciplinary Committee.

Meanwhile, the Disciplinary Committee has been charged to hear the case in accordance with the GFA Regulations.

Ghana FA

Berlin FC Banned From Using Ohene Ameyaw Park

CAA Championship: John Ampomah Unhappy With Silver Medal

Ghanaian Javelin Thrower, John Ampomah has expressed dissatisfaction about his performance at the just-ended African Senior Championships in South Africa despite winning a silver medal. 

The captain for Team Ghana threw 75.22m in the men’s javelin to pick the silver medal with the gold going to South Africa’s Sunette Viljoen .

And speaking in an interview upon the team’s arrival in Accra, Ampomah revealed that he failed to meet his personal expectation during the 5-day competition.

“I was expecting something, but it was rather unfortunate that I couldn’t meet my expectation”, he said, adding that,  “my expectation was not just to win a medal, but also to throw certain distance that I have been chasing the whole of this year. But I think it’s still not over. As for the medal, I was hoping for, at least, a gold, but it was rather unfortunate”.

Ampomah further revealed that he fell short on some technicalities but was quick to note that, he will be ready for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.

“It is just a little technical aspect that I am missing, the strength is there, no injuries, it is just little technical aspect I miss all the time, so, I am going to work on that this coming weeks before Rio and I think I would be good by then”, he stated.

Team Ghana Returned from the 20th African Seniors Championship with six medals and finished sixth on the medal table.

CAA Championship: John Ampomah Unhappy With Silver Medal

CAF Confed Cup: Medeama Confident Of Victory Over Bejaiah

Head Coach of Medeama SC, Prince Owusu is confident about his team’s chances in Wednesday’s CAF Confederations Cup game against Algerian club MO Bejaia at the Essipong sports stadium.

The Ghanaian side will need to pick up  all three points at stake in order to brighten their chances of progressing to the knock-out stages following their disappointing 3-1 defeat to TP Mazembe in their first group match.

And speaking to the press in the build up to the tie against Bejaia, the Mauves and Yellow Trainer says his players know what is at stake.

“My guys know what time it is right now, we need to go in for the victory”, Owusu noted.

“We learnt TP Mazembe has won their game and that is good for us; that is what we wanted, so we have to do our part well to make sure we win today”, he added.

Medeama are currently bottom of the group B table with no point but a win will revive their hopes of qualifying to the semi final of the competition by moving them above Bejaiah in Second place.

CAF Confed Cup: Medeama Confident Of Victory Over Bejaiah

GPL Preview: Liberty Professionals vs Hearts of Oak Match Facts

Liberty Professionals have set their sight on a league double against Hearts of Oak when the pair meet in match week 17 fixture later today at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The Dansoman based side will be hoping to ad to their superiority of nine wins against the Phobians in 33 previous meetings.

Here are the full match facts between Liberty Professionals and Hearts of Oak.

Match Facts: Liberty vs Hearts

Total matches played = 33

Liberty Professionals wins = 9

Drawn matches = 5

Hearts of Oak wins = 19

*Liberty Professionals have lost just two of their last six matches in the premier league.


*Hearts of Oak have lost only one of their last six premier league games.


*Liberty Professionals have lost two of their home matches in the premiership this season.


*Hearts of Oak are unbeaten in their last eleven away fixtures in the premier league.

They have won four and drawn four this season.


*Liberty Professionals have been able to beat Hearts of Oak just twice in their last seven meetings in the premiership.


*Hearts of Oak have won six of their last ten visits to Liberty Professionals in the premier league.


*The “Scientific Soccer Lads” have kept just two clean sheets in their last nine premier league games at home.

*The Phobians have managed to keep seven clean sheets in their last eleven away matches in the league.

GPL Preview: Liberty Professionals vs Hearts of Oak Match Facts

Hearts Trainer Vows To Attend Technical Meetings

Accra Hearts of Oak’s interim coach, Sergio Traguil has vowed to attend the club’s technical review meetings after every match day.

Technical review meetings at the Accra based club became subject of speculation in the media during the stewardship of Kenichi Yatsuhashi, who constantly walked out and sometimes boycott the meeting.

The Japanese trainer had constantly complained about the composition of the technical review panel.

But withTraguil set to take charge of his first Hearts game on Wednesday, the Portuguese tactician has said his attitude will be different from the Japanese trainer because he believes in team work.

“I don’t feel there is anything wrong if I report to the board because I think this will even improve the game because it is teamwork”, Traguil told Starr FM in Accra.

“This will be the opportunity to address some relevant issues to improve so many things”, he added.

Sergio Traguil was in the VIP section of the Accra Sports Stadium when Hearts beat Dreams FC last Sunday.

Hearts Trainer Vows To Attend Technical Meetings

GPL Update: Dreams FC Going For Fourth Home Win

Sensational Dreams Football Club will be attempting to win their fourth home game of the campaign when they play New Edubiase United in the Match-Day 17 Ghana Premier League (GPL) encounter on Wednesday.

Their home record stands at three wins, four draws and one defeat in their debut season in the Ghanaian top-flight league.

They have scored 10 goals and conceded eight in the GPL so far, and will feel confident of improving that tally in their ninth home game of the season.

Dreams have not won in their last two GPL games, drawing 1-1 with Accra Hearts of Oak at Dawu in the last game of the first round before losing 0-1 to the Phobians in Accra as the second round of the competition began last Sunday.

They will therefore be eager to get back to winning ways at the Dawu base where their record so far this season has been impressive.

New Edubiase United are bottom of the GPL log and, are fighting desperately to avoaid relegation.

They will therefore look tomake things extremly difficult for Dreams FC even in their own backyard as they chase their second away win of the campaign.

In the first round tie played at the Len Clay Stadium, Obuasi, Dreams FC were 1-0 winners and, on home soil, would be the odds on favourites to collect the three points at stake.

GPL Update: Dreams FC Going For Fourth Home Win

Olympic Champion Set To Miss Rio Games

Australian Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson looks set to miss the Rio Games through injury.

Pearson, 29, who won gold at London 2012, has torn her hamstring in training, Australian media reported on Wednesday.

Australia’s track and field captain only returned from injury in June but appears unlikely to make the Olympics, which start on 5 August.

She is due to hold a news conference on Thursday.

The Australian Olympic team’s chef de mission, Kitty Chiller, said “it doesn’t look good” for Pearson.

“It is just such a shame for a fantastic champion, a fantastic fighter and if she doesn’t run in Rio I’ll be very, very sad for Sally and the team,” Chiller added.

Meanwhile, the Australian Olympic team tweeted: “Sad to read injury reports on Sally Pearson. She was fighting to be fit for Rio.”

The 2011 world champion and 2008 Olympic silver medallist missed the end of the 2015 season after shattering her wrist competing in Rome.

The athlete has struggled with track times since her return and finished last at Norway’s Diamond League event earlier this month.


Olympic Champion Set To Miss Rio Games

Messi Must Go On, Says Maradona

Lionel Messi has been urged to reconsider his international retirement by Argentina legend Diego Maradona and the country’s president.

The forward, 29, quit after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina were beaten by Chile in the Copa America – a fourth major final loss in nine years.

“Those saying he should quit don’t want us to see what a disaster Argentinean football has become,” Maradona told La Nacion newspaper.

“Messi must go on.”

Maradona, who captained Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup and managed the team at the 2010 World Cup, added: “Messi has to stay because he will reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia in conditions to become world champion.

“The lads have to be supported more to help him take the team forward.”

Messi said after Sunday’s defeat that for him, the national team was “over” and that “it hurts not to be a champion”.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri said he called Messi to tell him “how proud he feels of the national team’s performance and asked him not to listen to the criticism”.

He added he hopes to meet the player next week and convince him to return to the national team.

“The truth is that it’s good fortune, a joy, a gift from God to have the best player in the world in a country like ours that is so football-crazy,” added Macri.

Messi has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with his club, Spanish side Barcelona.

But his only major international honour is Olympic gold at the 2008 Games.

Defeat on Sunday was the second time in two years Argentina have lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties, while they were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.


Messi Must Go On, Says Maradona

Bayern Munich Open Title Defence Against Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich will open their defence of the Bundesliga title they won last season with a home game against Werder Bremen at Allianz Arena.

This will be Carlo Ancelotti’s first official match in charge of the Bavarians after taking over from Pep Guardiola at the end of last season.

The German top-flight announced its full schedule for the 2016-17 campaign on Wednesday, with Bayern hosting Bremen on August 26.

Last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund are at home to Mainz, while the pick of the opening fixtures sees Borussia Monchengladbach host Bayer Leverkusen as the teams who finished fourth and third respectively last season go head-to-head.

Promoted club Freiburg start at Hertha Berlin, while RB Leipzig’s first Bundesliga match having risen through the leagues will see them travel to Hoffenheim.

Bayern’s first match against rivals Dortmund will take place at the Signal Iduna Park on match-day 11.

Bayern have won 26 league titles – a record – with last season’s success making them the first team to win four in a row.

Bundesliga 2016-17 opening day fixtures:

Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen

Borussia Dortmund v Mainz

Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen

Hertha Berlin v Freiburg

Cologne v Darmstadt

Hamburg v Ingolstadt

Augsburg v Wolfsburg

Hoffenheim v RB Leipzig

Eintracht Frankfurt v Schalke

Bayern Munich Open Title Defence Against Werder Bremen

GPL Preview: Liberty Target League Double Over Hearts

Hearts of Oak will be seek to avenge a defeat later today when they play as guest to Liberty Professionals in the GPL at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Liberty Professionals dominated the entirety of the first round fixture with midfield wizkid, Latif Blessing, being a thorn in the flesh of the Phobia defence as they took all three points, courtesy a slim 1-0 win.


The Dansoman-based side have moved home grounds from the Carl Reindorf Park to Accra Sports Stadium particularly for this game with no information coming from their management as regards the rationale behind the venue change but’s source reveals it is aimed at realising significant financial gains – as they hope Hearts fans will troop-in in their numbers to see their side try to avenge their previous defeat.

Liberty’s last league game ended in an away loss to Cape Coast giants, Ebusua Dwarfs, last Sunday in match week 16 and will hope to revive a promising season by completing a hopeful double over their regional rivals.


Recently recruited players, Derrick Appiah and the returning Kennedy Ashia, could make the match day squad and hope for a league debut against the second placed team on the log.

Hearts started life after former coach, Kenichi Yatsuashi on a high note, with a hard-fought 1-0 home win in match week 16 against league debutants, Dreams FC.

Newly appointed caretaker coach, Sergio Daniel Traguil, is expected to manage the team from the technical area this time around after securing his work permit certificate.

GPL Preview: Liberty Target League Double Over Hearts

GPL Preview: Kotoko Host Wa Al Stars

It is a battle for supremacy as Asante Kotoko host Wa All Stars at the Baba Yara sports stadium on Wednesday — the second game in three days for both sides in the second round of the 2015-16 Ghana Premier League (GPL).

Both sides recorded contrasting results last weekend — Wa All Stars amassed all points at stake against Berekum Chelsea whilst Asante Kotoko could only negotiate for a point against Techiman City.

Wa All Stars v Asante Kotoko

And with the Porcupine Warriors having their sight on the league crown, Michael Osei will assemble his arsenals to ensure they avoid losing all six points to the Wa-based club who dropped them to 5th with a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture before they moved up to third after winning their final game of the first round.

Wa All Stars v Asante Kotoko

Asante Kotoko were the only team to earn a point away from home in the first game of the second round, and will be buoyed by not only by the result but the performance they displayed against a side who have had a stupendous at home since the opening day of the season — with former Champions Berekum Chelsea and Aduana Stars being culprits.

Asante Kotoko and Wa All Stars have met 17 times in Ghana’s top flight domestic league. The Porcupine Warriors have been superior in this encounter, winning 9 drawing 5 and losing only 3.

At the Baba Yara sports stadium, home grounds, the two sides have met 8 times in the league, with Kotoko achieving 75% success — 6 victories, 1 defeat with the other ending in a stalemate.

Wa All Stars v Asante Kotoko

Recent games between the two sides have ended 3-1 either in favour of Kotoko or All Stars.

In the 2013-14 season, the Porcupine Warriors won this fixture by 3-1, and the Wa-based club avenged the defeat with the same scoreline a season later.

Asante Kotoko again thumped the visitors 3-1 last season, but a bullish Wa All Stars will be confident of their chances.

According to Enus Adepah, Kotoko’s best in this game will be a draw.

Team News

Theophilus Nyame and Evans Quao sustained injuries on Sunday, but the duo were treated and discharged. Evans Quao is ineligible to play in this encounter, and Michael Osei would either start Ohene Brenya or Osei Agyemang in his place.

The latter was impressive until he was sidelined by an injury.

GPL Preview: Kotoko Host Wa Al Stars

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Afcon 2016 Beach Soccer: Ghana Black Sharks to face Kenya

The Black Sharks of Ghana have been handed another tricky duel in the qualifiers for the 2016 AFCON Beach Soccer tournament as they face off with Kenya in the first round.

The Sharks currently ranked 7th in Africa will play their Kenyan counterparts in Nairobi on the weekend of 26th to 28th of August with the return leg to be played at the Laboma Beach Soccer Arena on the weekend of the 16 to 18 of September, 2016.

The 2016 AFCON Beach Soccer Tournament will be held in Lagos, Nigeria.

Beach Soccer Ghana will release full details of the Black Sharks preparations in due course.

Afcon 2016 Beach Soccer: Ghana Black Sharks to face Kenya

AC Milan Agree Montella Deal

A deal has been agreed between AC Milan and Sampdoria coach Vincenzo Montella, with the Rossoneri ready to pay an annual €2.3 million for his services.

However, although the two parties are content with the deal, Sampdoria have a clause blocking the deal in an attempt to keep their coach and Milan will have to pay to buy-out that particular clause in his contract.

Successful meetings between vice-president Adriano Galliani and Montella’s agent took place on Monday night, with President Silvio Berlusconi happy to close the deal on a two-year contract for Montella.

With just this one last step to be completed, it is believed a fee of €1.1 million, paid to Sampdoria, will be enough to confirm Montella’s appointment at the San Siro.

The 42-year-old was in charge of Catania and Fiorentina before making the move to the Blucerchiati last year, and an official announcement confirming the appointment is expected to be made soon.

He will take over from Cristian Brocchi who oversaw the latter stages of a disappointing Diavolo campaign last year, and who is now ready to step down.

AC Milan Agree Montella Deal

Unai Emery Appointed PSG Manager

French Ligue 1 Champions, Paris Saint German (PSG) have appointed Unai Emery as their new manager after partying ways with Lauren Blanc.

The reigning domestic Champions landed the Spanish trainer with one eye on European glory having won the Ligue 1 consecutively for the past four seasons.

The ‘Parc de Princes’ outfit have failed to stamp their authority on Europe’s elite club competition despite the galaxy of stars and the depth of their riches by their Arab owners.

Laurent Blanc steered the Parisians to a record breaking championship trophy and run of 30 plus in the division without defeat but his UEFA Champions League exit at the quarters eventually cost him his job.

His replacement, Emery, has however dominated European football with three successive UEFA EUROPA league trophies with Spanish side FC Seville.

The 44-year old former Deportivo La Coruna, UD Almeria and Spartak Moskow trainer inked a three year deal with the ambitious French club and look set to hijack the transfer market in search of Ibrahimovics replacement.

Unai Emery Appointed PSG Manager

GPL: Officials For Match Week 17 Announced

Match officials for this week’s round of matches in the Ghana Premier League (Match day 17) have been announced.

The following are Match officials Week 17:

MATCH: Dreams vs Edubiase

Venue: Dawu

REF: Awal Mohammed

ASST 1: Alhassan Yahaya

ASST 2: Augustine Akugre

4TH REF: Isaac Quaye

MC: Nana K. Opare- Akufu

MATCH: Liberty Professionals VS Hearts of Oak

Venue: Dansoman

REF: A.D Mohammed

ASST 1: Ashitey Amarh

ASST 2: Sylvester Bonuedi

4TH REF: Maxwell Hanson

MC: Kweku Eyiah

MATCH: Aduana Stars vs Ebusua Dwarfs

Venue: Dormaa

REF: Uriah Glah

ASST 1: F.D Ocansey

ASST 2: Ibrahim Ashong

4TH REF: Sylvester Adsoku

MC: Paul Ayamba

MATCH: Hasaacas vs Bechem (Thursday)

Venue: Sekondi

REF: Desmond Abbey

ASST 1: James Osafo

ASST 2: A.F Zakari

4TH REF: Wiseman Ghansah

MC: Ewuzie Sagoe

MATCH: Berekum Chelsea vs Inter Allies

Venue: Berekum

REF: Fred Andoh

ASST 1: Abu Willams

ASST 2: S. Opoku Boateng

4TH REF: S.B Bortey

MC: Stephen Kpen

MATCH: Kotoko vs Wa All Stars

Venue: Kumasi

REF: Emmanuel D. Gagba

ASST 1: B.A Crentsil

ASST 2: Benjamin Samari

4TH REF: Samuel Suka

MC: A. Annan Lomotey

MATCH: Ashanti Gold vs Techiman City

Venue: Obuasi

REF: Timothy Obuobisa

ASST 1: J.B Smith

ASST 2: Nii Kotey Kotei

4TH REF: Prince Amoah

MC: A.S Seidu

MATCH: Wafa vs Medeama (Postponed)

Venue: Sogakofe

REF: Otis Oppong

ASST 1: Eric O. Mensah

ASST 2: Frank Bossman

4TH REF: Amofa Sarkodie

MC: Ofori Antwi

GPL: Officials For Match Week 17 Announced

Kotoko Ready to Avenge Wa All Stars Defeat

Kotoko’s quest to win this season’s Premier League will receive a major boost on Wednesday should the team win over Wa All Stars in their match day 17 fixture at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.


The Porcupines drew 1-1 away to Techiman City in their last game and they are expected to bag the three maximum points in their midweek clash.


Wa All Stars, who currently lead the league table with 31 points, beat Kotoko 1-0 in the first round. Kotoko now have the chance to avenge that defeat not alone to consolidate their position on the table, but to also make their teeming supporters happy.

For a team that once led the pack and were dislodged only for them to recapture the top spot again, Wa All Stars have the wherewithal to stretch Coach Michael Osei and his team. The Wa based side certainly won’t be mincemeat. Kotoko have actually found them quite a hard nut to crack in most of their encounters although the fabulous lads have eventually emerged victors.

Wednesday’s game isn’t likely to be any different from what have been witnessed overtime. Kotoko must expect a tough challenge. That makes interim head coach, Michael Osei’s task difficult.


His assignment looks difficult not because he and his team can’t win; it’s difficult because they haven’t been convincing especially with the FA Cup loss in Kumasi about two weeks ago still fresh on the minds of some passionate fans.

It’s for Michael Osei and his players to prove beyond doubt, that, they have what it takes to wrestle the league leaders for the three points and as well protect their pride. To that end, the Porcupines have been preparing feverishly for the match. They have been training well with each of the players in camp eager to impress the coach to earn selection.

They are expected to hold their last major training ahead of the game on Tuesday at Adako Jachie and according to Coach Michael Osei that session wouldn’t be too “demanding” since it is to put final touches on their preparation.

The match will kick off at 3pm. The gate fees are as follows: Popular stand – GHȼ5; Centre line – GHȼ8 and VIP – GHȼ20. Kotoko fans should expect a good performance plus a sweet win

Kotoko Ready to Avenge Wa All Stars Defeat