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Harrison Afful pats teammate Jonathan Mensah for Columbus Crew Defender of the Year award

Harrison Afful has congratulated his international and Columbus Crew teammate Jonathan Mensah for being named the club's Defender of the Year. The Black and Gold announced this alongside other winners for the this on Monday afternoonMensah made 26 starts on 27 appearances amidst a deep Crew SC backline and was twice named to MLSSoccer.com's Team of the Week.On the year, Mensah totaled 78 aerial duels won and ranked top-10 in the League in headed clearances with 65.Additionally, the centerback scored the game-opening goal in a 3-2 road win over the New York Red Bulls on July 28, 2018.Afful acknowledged Mensah's achievement and posted on Instagram:  ''Congratulations bro @jomens25 ✝ #AllGloryToGOD.''This year Columbus Crew were eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoffs at the semi-final stage by New York Red Bulls.  View this post on Instagram Congratulations bro @jomens25 ✝ #AllGloryToGODA post shared by kingharrison25 (@kingharrison25) on Nov 19, 2018 at 1:57pm PST

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Women’s football should be about empowering our communities and country

The Africa Women’s Cup of Nations is currently taking place in Ghana. But are women playing football really important? More than anything else, says championship coach and points to the Right to Dream academy as a beacon.Didi Dramani is a highly respected man in Ghanaian football. Twice leading Kotoko to the championship in the Premier League and later coach in the GFA, where he took responsibility of the Black Queens and later led the U/17 girls to bronze medals at the World Cup.When he watches the Africa Nations Cup right now in Ghana, he sees much more than just 22 ladies playing each other. He sees the empowerment of his country’s biggest unused resource. – In this country, we have not been good enough at giving opportunities to our potential leaders and role models to let them grow into what they can become. And therefore, we are also preventing them from achieving this. The girls and women of our communities can and will contribute to the further development of Ghana and the rest of Africa. And we need them to, says Didi Dramani. -This is much bigger than football. Our generation of girls and women will prove,…

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VIDEO: Watch the Black Queens final training session ahead of Mali clash

The Black Queens held their final training at the El Wak Sports Stadium in Accra ahead of their second Group match against Mali. The tournament hosts are seeking early qualification to the semi-final with a second straight win after Saturday's 1-0 success over Algeria.The Female Eagles want to avoid early elimination after losing their opener 2-1 to Cameroon.At the last tournament in Cameroon, the Black Queens beat Les Aiglonnes 3-1 in their final Group B match to qualify as the second best team.Watch the final training session of the Black Queens:  

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AWCON 2018: Mali coach Houssein Saloum promises to give Ghana a tough match

Mali coach Houssein Saloum has warned the Black Queens to expect an improved side on Tuesday in their second Group A to be played in Accra.Les Aiglonnes are seeking to bounce back to winning ways after a 2-1 defeat to Cameroon on the opening day.They face the hosts who got their campaign off to a winning start after nicking a slim 1-0 win over Algeria earlier on Saturday.But coach Saloum is assuring all and sundry that they have corrected all mistakes and ready to show a strong fist for the match,''The previous game is gone and we have learnt from it. We went back to the drawing board and have been working hard ahead of the next game,'' he said at the pre-match conference.''The Cameroonians were good but we were fatigued before the game and though we were on top, everything just turned against us.''We have worked on it at training and we are looking forward to the Ghana game.''We have learnt our lesson and the game against Ghana will be very tough for us because anything short of a victory and we become the first team to exit the competition and that…

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Ghana ace Jonathan Mensah voted Columbus Crew Defender of the Year

Columbus Crew ace Jonathan Mensah has been voted the club's Defender of the Year.The Ghana international was selected by his teammates as the club announced the annual team awardsThe two-time World Cup veteran had a solid season, playing in 27 matches and the team only allowed 1.19 goals per game when he was on the field.Mensah helped the team to earn eight of its 10 shutouts over the season and was second in the squad in clearances per game (4.3) and third in interceptions (0.8) and blocks (0.6).He scored a goal against the New York Red Bulls that helped Crew SC to a 3-2 victory.Mensah's was twice named to MLSSoccer.com’s weekly Team of the Week: in Week 12 following a road match against the New England Revolution and in Week 29 following a road match against FC Dallas.He played his second season for the Blood and Gold since moving as a Designated Player from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. Defender of the Year: @Jomens25 He started in eight of #CrewSC’s 10 shutouts this season pic.twitter.com/ZzNmgPIlX0— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) November 19, 2018

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Striker Emmanuel Toku earns Ghana U20 call-up for WAFU Zone B tournament next month

Former Ghana U17 star Emmanuel Toku has been invited to Ghana U20 team for next month's WAFU tournament in Togo.Toku, who plays for Division Two side Cheetah FC, has been called up by coach Jimmy Cobblah who is preparing the Black Satellites for the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations.The 17-year-old was a key player for the Black Starlets side which won silver at the 2017 Africa U17 Championship in Gabon and also at the FIFA U17 World Cup in India.Ghana have drawn rivals Nigeria, Benin and Niger in Group B for the 2018 WAFU B U20 Cup.