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Amidu Salifu to miss Arezzo game against Virtus Entella

Former Ghana youth international Amidu Salifu will miss Arezzo game against Virtus Entella in the Siere C league match.The 26-year old has been left out of the match day squad ahead of tomorrow’s game.Amidu who is on-loan from Fiorentina has featured in nine games for Arezzo this season.Arezzo are placed fifth on the league log with 58 points and will need a win in this game to climb up the table.Below is the squad for the gameGoalkeepers : Bertozzi, Pelagatti;Defenders : Zappella, Sereni, Pelagatti, Luciani, Burzigotti, Pinto, Sala, Borghini;Midfielders : Buglio, Foglia, Serrotti, Basit, Remedi, Benucci, Tassi, Sbarzella, Belloni;Attackers : Zini, Brunori, Cutolo, Persano, Rolando.

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Gov't yet to approve 2019 AFCON budget- Dan Kwaku Yeboah

Spokesperson for the Ghana Football Association Normalisation Committee Dan Kwaku Yeboah has refuted claims in the media concerning the $8 million budget allocated to the Black Stars for  the AFCON 2019.According to him government is yet to finalize the budget for the AFCON which is slated for June.The reported $8 million if approved will also see to the winning bonus of the players increased from $5,000 to $10,000 at the tournament.“The budget for AFCON 2019 is not ready yet. All that we are hearing are rumors and media speculation as usual. But am sure the budget will be out a few days before the team departs for their camping base either in Abu Dhabi or Turkey, he told Joy FM.He also added Ghanaians should expect an increase in the budget for the AFCON because the winning bonuses to the players should they progress to the final match will be more than the prize money for the AFCON.“The Black Stars take a minimum of $5,000 as winning bonus per player. So if you are winning all the 6 or 7 matches and you are paying $5,000 per player, times the number of matches times the number…

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FIFA General Secretary hails Ghana legend Tony Baffoe over AFCON draw role

FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura has heaped praise on Ghana legend Anthony Baffoe for his excellent role during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations draw in Egypt.Baffoe was the lead conductor of the draw for Africa's flagship football competition which was held in the Egyptian capital five days ago.The former Ghana international, who is the deputy General Secretary of CAF, led some African football legends to conduct the draw for the 24-team tournament to be held in June.Baffoe was joined by Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast, Senegal's El-hadji Diouf, Mustapha Hadji of Morocco and Egyptian star Ahmed Hassan in conducting the draw which has been widely praised.Now FIFA chief Samoura, who attended the draw, has taken to social media to praise the for Ghana star for the effective and effortless way the former defender conducted the draw.”.@AnthonyBaffoe wonderful work as #AFCON2019 draw conductor. Well done my brother,” the general secretary of FIFA wrote on Twitter while hailing his role..@AnthonyBaffoe wonderful work as #AFCON2019 draw conductor. Well done my brother. pic.twitter.com/UY72L7Ifdz— Fatma Samoura (@fatma_samoura) April 12, 2019The continent’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, conducted the draw for the 2019…

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South Africa replace Zimbabwe as Cosafa Cup hosts

The 2019 Cosafa Cup will be staged in the South African coastal city of Durban from May 25 to June 8, serving as vital preparation for the region’s Africa Cup of Nations-bound sides.The prestigious regional tournament was set to be hosted by Zimbabwe, but the country pulled out at the last minute.Angola, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are all teams that will be heading to the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt from June 21-July 19, and so will be able to use the Cosafa Cup to camp and play in high-quality competitive internationals just weeks before the continental showpiece.“We are delighted to host what we believe will be the best ever Cosafa Cup in Durban, a city steeped in sporting history with the most magnificent facilities,” says COSAFA President Dr Phillip Chiyangwa.“Apart from the prestige of being crowned regional champions, there is also much more for competing teams to play for this year, with not only the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, but also the 2020 African Nations Championship qualifiers in July and August.“At Cosafa we pride ourselves in the opportunities we give our nations to compete at the highest level,…

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah hopes to have a fit squad ahead competition

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has stated that he is hoping to have every member of his squad fit ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Ghana are seeking to end their 37-year wait for continental success, having won their last title in 1982.The four-time Africa champions have come close to ending their drought at the last six tournaments, having reached the semi-finals, and even going as far as the final in 2010 and 2015.With just 65 days to the commencement of the biennial tournament, coach Appiah has indicated all that is left is for his players to stay fit at the end of the regular season for final assessment before he announces his team.“I should say about 98%. But you see along the line we keep monitoring the players because there might be injuries sicknesses along the line. So all what we are praying for is to make sure that our players are all fully fit with no injuries.”“As I speak Harrison last week had a broken jaw so we are hoping that he recovers including some few other players that we know they have had issues with small injuries. By two or…

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Coach Kwesi Appiah hoping to parade fit squad for tournament

Coach Kwesi Appiah has disclosed that he is hoping to get a fit squad to take to this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament earmarked to be hosted by Egypt.With less than two months to the start of the continental showpiece, the gaffer has the headache of selecting a final squad capable of breaking the 3-decade jinx of not winning the AFCON trophy.After calling different players for the qualifiers, the former Al Khartoum manager in an interview with Joy FM has indicated that he is sure of 98% of players who will make it into his final squad for the 2019 AFCON.According to him, all that is left is for his players to stay fit at the end of the regular season for final assessment before he announces his team.“I should say about 98%. But you see along the line we keep monitoring the players because there might be injuries sicknesses along the line. So all that we are praying for is to make sure that our players are all fully fit with no injuries”.“As I speak Harrison last week had a broken jaw so we are hoping that he recovers including some few…

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Hearts, WAFA clash at Sogakope Sunday

Premier League giants, Accra Hearts of Oak, will be hoping to break a long-standing jinx at the Sogakope Park when they face WAFA in a seventh-week southern zone top liner of the ongoing Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalisation Committee (NC) Special Competition on Sunday.Having achieved two successive victories over Ebusua Dwarfs and Liberty Professionals in Accra, Hearts, who started the competition on a poor note, are gradually finding their feet and an important victory over the WAFA lads will signify an improvement in their play.The Phobians will hope to make amends at the same venue, where they lost 0-5 two seasons ago, by seeking much-improved results this time around but need to work extra hard to change the script on Sunday.The academy boys are second on the Southern Zone log and remain unbeaten in five matches, having won twice and drawn three times, making Sunday’s clash with Hearts a fine opportunity for them to climb up to the top of the table with a win.With an impressive home record to boast of, WAFA start as favourites, and Coach Kim Grant must devise an effective strategy to stop the high-flying WAFA side.Liberty Professionals will welcome Dreams…

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Dortmund sporting director hails Otto Addo's appointment

Borussia Dortmund will strengthen its coaching and junior team with former DFB coach Michael Skibbe (53) and ex-Ghanaian international Otto Addo.Ex-Bundesliga coach Skibbe, once an assistant to DFB team principal Rudi Völler at the national team, was last responsible for the Greek national team, Addo in the league rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach at the interface between junior and professional field acted.Skibbe will coach the U19 and head coach of all youth teams, Addo takes over the newly created function as a “talent trainer” in the interface between junior and professional. “With Michael Skibbe and Otto Addo we are professionalizing ourselves in the fundamentally important transitional area of the age groups U17 to U23, in order to ensure a constant high permeability to the professional department,” commented sporting director Michael Zorc. Junior coordinator Lars Ricken added: “With these personal details, we are making a sustainable and strategic commitment to the future in order to train our young players in the best possible way.”Both take on July 1, 2019, their service at the black and yellow.

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Dasoberi Emmanuel Newton named among CAF instructors

For being a model federation as far as the club licensing is concerned on the entire African continent, Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has reaped big.Uganda has been confirmed as the host for a high profile CAF club licensing workshop.The workshop will be conducted in two batches, the first starting on 22nd – 23rd April and the second on the  25th – 26th April 2019.Both workshops will be held at Sheraton Kampala Hotel, where 52 participants coming from 26 countries have been duly confirmed.It will be the third time that Uganda is hosting CAF organized sanctioned events in a space of one year.FUFA Club Licensing Chairman Rogers Byamukama confirmed the latest developments during the weekly press conference at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala on Wednesday.Byamukama was joined by the federation club licensing manager Ivan Kintu Bayige during the press conference.After successfully hosting the CAF Junior Referees programme and the meeting for CAF futsal and beach soccer committee, CAF has once again entrusted FUFA with yet another opportunity to host another CAF workshop. This is the confidence that CAF has in Uganda. We have prepared well to host the CAF Club Licencing Workshops….