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U -17 AFCON : Golden Eaglets Face Tricky Test Against Angola

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets are looking to secure a place in the semi-final of the Africa U -17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania when they take on Uganda today (Saturday) in their final Group A game at the Chamazi Stadium, Mbagala, Completesports.com reports.Contrary to widespread thought, the Golden Eaglets, despite leading the group with six points , following wins in their opening two games against Tanzania and Uganda are yet to seal a semi-final and U17 World Cup spot.Uganda who rallied back from the 1-0 defeat to Angola in their first game by thrashing hosts Tanzania occupy second position in the group with three points.The East Africans along with Angola who are third on the log with three points but with an inferior goal difference still have an open chance of scaling through.Hosts Tanzania are without a point following defeats to Nigeria and Uganda and are already out of the race.To progress, the Golden Eaglets need at least a point to be on the safe side and avoid a shock early elimination from the competitionA loss for Garba’s boys against the CECAFA champions and a huge win for Angola against Tanzania can dampen the promises…

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I hear it when people sing praises or bash my father in the media- Akonnor's son

Charles Kwablah Akonnor's son, Kimmarky has revealed that he follows with close attention his father's job at Asante Kotoko. Akonnor and his two sons appeared at the Adako Jachie training complex on Thursday as the Porcupine Warriors prepared for the remaining games in the Special Competition.The eldest of the two sons, Kimmarky praised his father's performance since taking over the Kotoko job and admits he listens attentively what people say about his dad in the media.“I think My dad is doing very well,” Kimarky to Asantekotokosc.com . “I follow the games and the results are very good. I hear it when people sing his praises and/or bash him in the media.”C.K Akonnor was appointed coach of Asante Kotoko in October last year.He guided the team to the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup, their first time in eleven years.The Porcupine Warriors currently lead Zone A of the GFA Special competition.

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Special Competition: Officials for Match Day 6 named

Referees for Match Day Six of the GFA Special Competition have been announced with games set for Sunday, 21st April. Matches will be played across the length and breadth of the nations with the big one lined up in Sogakope between WAFA and Hearts of Oak.Asante Kotoko will not feature this weekend as Wa All Stars' stance is yet to be determined.Below are match officials for the weekend's games. Elmina Sharks vrs Karela UtdRef J. A AmenyahAst1 Kwesi BrobbeyAst2 Francis OcanseyAst4 Isaac OseiLiberty vrs Dreams FCRef Ali AlhassanAst1 Issahaku MohammedAst2 Alhassan YahayaAst4 Hassim YakubuInter Allies vrs DwarfsRef Latif Abdul AdaariAst1 Dakura SogloAst2 Timuah BabaAst4 Alfa Ba AdenWAFA vrs Hearts of OakRef Kennedy PaddyAst1 Joseph AyambilaAst2 B. A CrentsilAst4 Obed DanquahBechem Utd vrs Aduana Stars.Ref Ernest BarfiAst1 Paul DosuAst2 Richard AppiahAst4 Thomas AliboMedeama vrs Eleven WondersRef Isaac QuayeAst1 Alex AnningAst2 Alex OsamAst4 Emmanuel GrahamChelsea vrs AshgoldRef Frederick SaminaAst1 Tijani MohammedAst2 Bawa HarunaAst4 James Taylor

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Bechem United U-17 crash out of Dallas Cup after defeat to Cedar Stars

Ghana's Bechem United U-17 team have been eliminated from the Dr. Pepper Cup in Dallas, United States after falling to a lone goal against Cedar FC. A defensive error from the young Hunters in the 38th minute sealed their fate in a game that was dominated by the Ghanaians.After several attempts in the second half, the very impressive Bechem United could not find the back of the net.The defeat means it is the end of the road for the Hunters in the competition after some jaw-dropping performances in the group stages that saw them white-wash their opponents.Despite the defeat, Freddie Etsiakoh said after the game, “the game was a story of being new to the system, we played better than them but they scored through one mistake and they defended throughout.””Falling at the quarterfinal stage of the competition was great achievement being debutant at the Dallas Cup. The team will return next year stronger and better,” he added.

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Baba Yara could have been compared to Ronaldo and Messi if he was still playing- Ibrahim Sunday

Legendary Ghanaian football Ibrahim Sunday has picked ex-Asante Kotoko star, Baba Yara as the greatest player to emerge from Ghana. The 1971 Africa Footballer of the year, drew comparison between Baba Yara and two of the best ever to grace the  sport in recent years, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.According to Ibrahim Sunday, Baba Yara was on “another level” in reference to some of Ghana's greats like Abedi Pele and even himself.“All the players came during their time, if I talk about Baba Yara a lot of people don’t know about him but he was the greatest player of his time. Fantastic player!,” he told Footballmadeinghana.com.“We had several others who were also great but Baba Yara was on another level. The President of France back then made a famous remark that ‘Ghanaians don’t know anything apart from Babayara’,  at a time without as much media coverage as today he was making waves all over the world.“If he was playing today, he would’ve been compared to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.”Baba Yara was named after the Kumasi Sports Stadium following his role in the history of Ghana Football.

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Kotoko C.E.O George Amoako warns against unlawful attempt by clubs to sign Sogne Yacouba

Chief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko, George Amoako has warned clubs against illegally attempting to snatch their Burkinabe attacker, Sogne Yacouba. The striker is on the radar of several top clubs on the continent, with Zesco United and Orlando Pirates expressing interest in signing the player.Last week, there were reports the 26-year old has agreed personal terms with the South African giants, which was later rubbished by his Ghanaian representative Mr, Gyasi Jantuah.However, George Amoako insists the player will only be transferred if clubs go through the legal FIFA process.“Yacouba is currently injured and I’m still waiting for his medical report after a new scan. We have a one-year deal with him now and any club who wants him must go by the Fifa rules,” Mr. Amoako told Nhyira FM.”We have already warned some clubs who were acting against laws on player transfers that we might report them to Caf because that’s rubbish,” he told Nhyira FM.“We have been contacted on the availability of our players but we prefer keeping it private because we want to focus on the Special Cup and qualify for Africa again and we don’t intend selling any of our lads.”

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Special Competition: Inter Allies striker Nsungusi Effiong sets sights on golden boot

In-form Inter Allies striker Nsungusi Effiong has sight on winning the top scorer award in the ongoing Normalisation Committee Special Competition.The Nigerian has netted three goals, two behind leader Fatawu Safiu of Asante Kotoko.“I’ll say the secret behind my current form is taking instructions from the coach and sticking to them strictly”, he told Footballmadeinghana“And also I do a lot of personal training off the pitch and like the saying goes hard to work pays,” he said.“My personal target for the NC competition is to win the top scorer of the competition,” he affirmed.Inter Allies are four points adrift of the playoff spot after five games played in zone B 

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Ghana's Jeffrey Schlupp and Jordan Ayew nominated for Crystal Palace Player of the Season award

Ghana's Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp have been nominated for the Crystal Palace Player of the Season award which will be announced on April 24, according to the club’s official website.Several other players are also in contention for the gong including top scorer Winfred Saha, captain Luka Milivojevi, Andrew Townsend, Mamadou Sakho, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick van Aanholt.Schlupp, who joined Crystal Palace in January 2017, has made 18 league appearances for the club this season, scoring four goals.Ayew, who is on loan from Swansea City, has netted just once in 18 games involving 13 starts.Both players are hoping to make Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah’s final list for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next June, following their inclusion in the team that played the final qualifying game against Kenya last month.

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Kevin-Prince Boateng fails to make Barcelona's squad for La Liga clash against Real Sociedad

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has named his squad for the La Liga home match against Real Sociedad with Kevin-Prince Boateng not included in the list. The former Ghana international has been dropped yet again for an important assignment.  ⚽ #BarçaRealSociedad #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/kffkoVqykT— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 19, 2019He featured for the first time in two months last week as Barcelona were held goalless by La Liga bottom club Huesca. Kevin failed to deliver the match and was rated as the flop of the match by many portals.Kevin was brought in to offer stiff competition to striker Luis Suarez but since arriving hasn't proven his worth to his manager.He has made a total of three appearances – one in Copa Del Rey and twice in La Liga.He hasn't played a single minute in the Champions League and it appears he will not as he barely even makes the bench.  Barcelona need nine points from their remaining six games to secure La Liga title. 

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John Boye off the mark as FC Metz edge closer to Ligue 1 promotion

Ghana defender John Boye netted his debut goal as FC Metz earn a vital victory in the title race, with Frederic Antonetti’s men going eleven points clear at the summit of the Ligue 2.GFC Ajaccio started the stronger at Stade Ange Casanova, but were ultimately lacking in the final third.After FC Metz were put under the cosh for most part the first half, they came out strongly in the second stanza.Their improvement was rewarded in the 53rd minute when John Boye shot them into the lead with a close range finish.In the 76th minute, Ibrahima Niani sealed the win for the Maroons with a clinical strike.The win took FC Metz to 71 points after 33 round of games, 11 points above Stade Brest.They need just a win from their next five games to be crowned Ligue 2 champions.