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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Baba Amando backs Andre Ayew to lead to Ghana to AFCON glory

A former Ghanaian international, Baba Armando Adamu has sensationally said André Ayew has the needed qualities to the country to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt after he was named the team's substantive captain.Head coach of the Black Stars, Coach Kwesi Appiah appointed the Fenerbache forward as the permanent captain of the team ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.This follows a meeting with the top brass of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalisation Committee (NC) after which approval and full backing was granted to the plans of the coach.The 29-year-old replaces Asamoah Gyan, as captain of the Black Stars.According to Armando, the former Olympique Marseille forward has shown tremendous leadership qualities and will be able to take the team to greater heights.“Dede (Andre Ayew) is like a younger brother to me. He is an excellent player and has shown since infancy that he has the charisma to lead.” Armando told footballmadeinghana.com“He did it with the Under 20 in Egypt in 2009 and several times that Gyan was indisposed or on the bench he stepped in perfectly. This is not new to him, we will support him in…

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: This is why Asamoah Gyan lost his Black Stars captaincy to Andre Ayew

Knocking aside past nuances, head coach of Ghana’s senior national team, James Kwesi Appiah had always been impressed by Andre Ayew’s charismatic drive in the Black Stars squad.Sources suggest, Appiah who made Gyan captain in 2012, began to lose faith in his leadership of the playing body, whispering to his deputy Ibrahim Tanko of the possibilities of moving the captain’s band to another arm.Parading himself as a comic figure and aiding mild defiances in camp, a couple of senior players of the national team began to lose faith in Gyan, questioning his maturity and emotional intelligence.In the eyes of many, Gyan had fallen too short of the high standards set by beloved ex-skipper Stephen Appiah who being a blend of all that is good on the football field, was also a most level-headed team leader who put the national interest above personal agenda.Gyan seemed to be more thrilled by the fun side of the captaincy, doing less on the responsibility aspect and was gradually fading in influence in the squad.Intimate reports suggest, Kwesi Appiah is a big fan of Ayew’s command over the playing body and the willingness of his teammates to listen to him…

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Baba Rahman hails Stade de Reims fans after victory over PSG

Ghana left-back, Abdul Baba Rahman has hailed Stade de Reims fans following their massive support during the win over Paris Saint Germain on the final of the French Ligue 1.Reims recorded a shock 3-1 win over the already champions to consolidate their 8th position on the league standings.The former Dreams FC left-back who opened the scoring before providing an assist in the victory did not bask in glory alone as he acknowledged the importance of their vociferous fans in the win.“Good win yesterday to end the season and happy to be on the scoresheet. Thanks to the fans for their support from the first day I arrived here.”Good win yesterday to end the season and happy to be on the scoresheet..Thanks to the fans for their support from the first day I arrived here ⚪️ @StadeDeReims pic.twitter.com/y8xPtU4Bcl— baba abdul-rahman (@babarahmangh) May 25, 2019 Baba has been in swashbuckling form for the Red and White lads since joining on a loan deal from Chelsea during the winter transfer window.He has been named in Ghana’s 29-man provisional squad ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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Bernard Mensah signs three-year deal with Kayserispor

Ghana midfielder Bernard Mensah has officially joined SuperLiga side Kayserispor on a three-year deal.Last week, Kayserispor agreed terms with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid to sign the Ghana midfielder on a permanent basis.The talented midfield dynamo spent the 2018/19 season on loan with the Anatolian Star and impressed.This prompted the club to agree a three-year deal with the 24-year-old.Mensah who missed out in the Black Stars provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations scored three goals in 21 appearances for Kayserispor last season.He joined Atletico Madrid from Getafe prior to the start of the 2016/17 season but failed to break into the squad which saw him return to his former Club Vitória Guimarães on loan before extending his loan spell to Turkish Club Kasimpasa.

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Manchester City’s Tom Dele-Bashiru reacts after scoring first goal for Nigeria

Manchester City midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru has reacted after scoring his first international goal for Nigeria in the 4-0 win over Qatar in the ongoing 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.The 19-year-old who switch his international allegiance from England to the West African nation prior to the summer tournament but the youngster got the third goal for Paul Aigbogun side after the break on 68 minutes.Born in Manchester, the attacking midfielder became provisionally cap-tied to Nigeria following his maiden appearance for the West African giants on Friday evening.”I scored my first goal for Nigeria in my very first game for the team. I’m over the moon. We gave it our all today,” Dele-Bashiru told Fifa website. ”We’re a strong side and have got a lot of technically gifted players. I think we can go a long way at this tournament.”Dele-Bashiru represented England at U16 level before committing his international future to Nigeria.

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In-form Baba Rahman thanks Stade de Reims fans after role in victory over PSG

Ghana defender Abdul Baba Rahman has thanked the Stade de Reims fans following their massive support during the win over Paris Saint Germain on the final of the French Ligue 1.Reims recorded a shock 3-1 win over the already champions to consolidate their 8th position on the league standings.Baba, who opened the scoring before providing an assist in the victory, did not bask in glory alone as he acknowledged the importance of their vociferous fans in the win.“Good win yesterday to end the season and happy to be on the scoresheet..Thanks to the fans for their support from the first day I arrived here.”Baba has been in swashbuckling form for the Red and White lads since joining on a loan deal from Chelsea during the winter transfer window.He has been named in Ghana’s 29-man provisional squad ahead of the 2019 Africa Cip of Nations in Egypt.

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Ghana youth star Ibrahim Sadiq delighted to score debut goal at Danish side FC Nordsjælland

Ghana U-20 winger Ibrahim Sadiq has expressed delight in scoring his first senior goal for Danish side FC Nordsjælland in their victory over giants FC Copenhagen. The Right to Dream Academy graduate climbed off the bench to score in injury time to seal a 3-1 victory for the Wild Tigers at the Telia Parken.Compatriot Mohammed Kudus had opened the scoring just at the stroke of half time before Robert Skov leveled for the home side.Andreas Skov Olsen scored in the 72nd minute to put Nordsjælland in the lead before Ibrahim Sadiq, who replaced the Danish attacker confirmed victory with a sublime finish.”I am very happy to have scored,” Sadiq said after the game. “We played as a team and it was great to come in and participate. It was a perfect ball I got from Dams (Mikkel Damgaard), and I had to score it,” he added.Mohammed Kudus, Godsway Donyoh and Ibrahim Sadiq played vital roles as FC Nordsjælland finished the season in 6th place.

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Ex-RtD stars Kudus & Sadiq score for Nordsjaelland to stun Danish giants FC Copenhagen

Former Right to Dream Academy duo Kudus Mohammed and Ibrahim Sadiq fired FC Nordsjaelland as they stunned FC Copenhagen  in the Danish Super League.Both teams went into the game on the back a three-match winless run.But it was the Wild Tigers who exhibited urgency and nearly opened the scoring in the early parts of the game but FC Copenhagen goalkeeper Jesse Joronen thwarted Andreas Skov Olsen‘s effort.FC Nordsjaelland incessant pressure paid off in the 43rd minute after Mohammed Kudus put them into the driving seat with a close range finish.FC Copenhagen however came back strongly in the second half and pulled level through Robert Skov in the 60th minute.But FC Nordsjaelland soon themselves ahead again after Andreas Skov planted his smart effort into the top corner.Coach Flemming Pedersen brought on Ibrahim Sadiq in place of Andreas Skov in the 81st minute as they went in search of the killer goal.Sadiq repaid the faith shown in him by the coach and deservedly grabbed a goal in the 92nd minute.

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BREAKING NEWS: Ghana’s Bernard Mensah signs three-year deal with Kayserispor

Ghana midfielder Bernard Mensah has completed a three-year deal with Turkish SupaLiga side Kayserispor.Last week, Kayserispor agreed terms with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid to sign the Ghana midfielder on permanent basis.Mensah spent the 2018/19 season on loan with the Anatolian Star and impressed.This prompted the club to agree a three-year deal with the 24-year-old.Mensah who missed out in the Black Stars provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations scored three goals in 21 appearances for Kayserispor last season.He joined Atletico Madrid from Getafe prior to the start of the 2016/17 season but failed to break into the squad which saw him return to his former Club Vitória Guimarães on loan before extending his loan spell to Turkish Club Kasimpasa.

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Baba Armando backs André Ayew to lead Black Stars to glory in Egypt

Former Ghana attacker Baba Armando Adamu believes André Ayew has what it takes to lead the Black Stars to end their 37-year trophy drought after the Fenerbahce star was named the team's substantive captain.On Friday, Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah appointed Ayew as the permanent captain of the team ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.This follows a meeting with the top brass of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalisation Committee (NC) after which approval and full backing was granted to the plans of the coach.The 29-year-old replaces Asamoah Gyan, as captain of the Black Stars.According to Armando, the former Olympique Marseille forward has shown tremendous leadership qualities and will be able to take the team to greater heights.“Dede (Andre Ayew) is like a younger brother to me. He is an excellent player and has shown since infancy that he has the charisma to lead.” Armando told footballmadeinghana.com“He did it with the Under 20 in Egypt in 2009 and several times that Gyan was indisposed or on the bench he stepped in perfectly. This is not new to him, we will support him in all areas for him to succeed.”Armando…