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Kenya acquires passport for Zimbabwean born Chris Mbama ahead of Ghana clash

Kenya midfielder Chris Mbamba is set to debut for the Harambee Stars against Ghana after securing his his East African passport from the Immigration department.Mbamba was born in Zimbabwe to a Namibian father and Kenyan mother.He schooled in Sweden and also enjoyed a short stint at English side Port Vale.Despite featuring for Sweden as a youth international, he has decided to play for Kenya as a senior international.He travelled on a Swedish passport to Kenya where he impressed coach Sebastian Migne.Mbamba is part of the 24-man squad expected in Accra on Thursday to face the Black Stars in a final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier who decide who tops Group F.

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Mybet.africa offer double win for Black Stars and Meteors qualifiers

Online betting firm Mybet.Africa has launched a promo dubbed 'Double Win Promo' which will see fans get the chance to win big when they place a bet on the 'double header' encounter involving the Black Stars and Kenya, and also the Black Meteors against Gabon. According to Mybet, fans who deposit 30 Ghana cedis and above on the day of the Black Stars match would get 10 Ghana cedis bonus and would have to bet 30 Ghana cedis on both the Black Stars and the Black Meteor match on one bet slip to get 5 Ghana cedis refund on the slip whether win or loss.In a ceremony to unveil the promo, Mybet.Africa indicated, “football fans would celebrate double victory and win double for themselves as both national teams are expected to win their respective game.”The Black Stars will take on the Harambee Stars of Kenya in their final AFCON qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.Both teams have already booked their places at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which has been slated for June in Egypt.Kwesi Appiah and his charges will be hoping to avenge their 1-0 defeat against Kenya in the first leg…

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Happy FM presents recommendation to Normalisation Committee

Happy FM, Ghana’s number one sports station, has presented a proposed amendment to the status of football administration in Ghana to the Normalisation Committee.This forms part of the station’s efforts to sensitize, demystify and ensure the smooth running of sports administration in Ghana.The delegation, made up of Ohene Bampoe Brenya, host of Happy FM’s ‘Anopa Bosuo’ morning sports show; Austin Ampim, Director of Finance at Global Media Alliance Broadcasting Company (GMABC); Jerry Ofori, Head of Events at GMABC and Nii Ogbamey Tetteh, Public Relations Account Manager at GMABC, on March 20, 2019 presented the proposed amendment to Alex Asante, Ag. FA General Secretary at the GFA office in Accra.Presenting the report to the Ag. FA General Secretary, who received it on behalf of the chairman of the Normalisation Committee, Dr. Kofi Amoah,  Ohene Bampoe Brenya stated that for close to 9months, Happy FM’s ‘Anopa Bosuo Sports’ has been championing a campaign dubbed ‘Nkontabuo’. This campaign focuses on promoting transparency and accountability in sports,  following the famous  Number 12  exposé by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.He added that the recommendation forms part of the findings from the project.“As part of the ‘Nkontabuo’ campaign, Happy FM…

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Black Stars to attach all seriousness to Kenya game- Kwesi Appiah

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has revealed that the Black Stars will “attach all seriousness” to the Kenya game on March 23rd. The senior national team host the Harambee Stars in the final AFCON 2019 qualifier on Saturday, with both teams having already qualified for the competition in Egypt in June.Despite booking a place at the biennial competition, coach Kwesi Appiah has reiterated the importance of a win for his side against Kenya.“In any game that Ghana plays, it is important to win and to attach it with more seriousness. I believe Kenya has got a very good team, this is my last call up and it is important we try to get a win,” he told reporters.After the game against Kenya on Saturday, the Black Stars will host Mauritania in an international friendly on March 26th.Coach Kwesi Appiah disclosed that the game will provide him with an idea of the team to parade for AFCON 2019.“I should have a rough idea of my AFCON squad after the games but you should never get to the level where you think this is my team, because they have got a lot of games in their various clubs…

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All the Afcon qualification permutations

The remaining teams to make up the 24-team field for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be decided when the final round of qualifiers takes place from March 22-24.Fourteen sides have already sealed their spot, including hosts Egypt, for the tournament that runs from June 21-July 19.That leaves 10 places still up for grabs in what is likely to be an intense final round of matches.SuperSport.com assesses the permutations in each of the qualification pools.GROUP A- Senegal and Madagascar have already sealed their qualification ahead of their meeting in the final round of matches in Dakar on March 23.- Madagascar can finish top of the pool with a win or a score draw that includes six goals or more.- It is a first-ever qualification for Madagascar for the continental finals.- Sudan and Equatorial Guinea are the other teams in the pool and meet in their last game in Omdurman.GROUP B- Morocco have already qualified as they travel to eliminated Malawi in their last game, needing a draw to seal top spot.- Cameroon need just a draw at home to Comoros to seal their passage, but a surprise defeat…

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Togo referee Kokou Hougnimon Fagla ban for life by Fifa

Fifa has banned Togolese referee and football official Kokou Hougnimon Fagla for life after finding him guilty of corruption.Football's world governing body ruled he accepted bribes to manipulate an unspecified international friendly.The findings came from Fifa's investigation into various international matches that convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal tried to manipulate for betting purposes.Fagla has been “banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level” and fined US$3,000.Source: BBC

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2019 AFCON qualifier: Kenya coach Sebastian Migne piles pressure on Zesco striker Jesse Were to rise to occasion against Ghana

Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne wants more from Zesco striker Jesse Were.Migne insists he has not made up his mind regarding the striker ahead of Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana away.Despite his brilliant form for the Zambian club, Were is yet to make an impact with the national team despite numerous call-ups.He was a last-minute call-up for the current camp after Japan-based Michael Olunga picked an injury.“Were has a good mentality but he has yet to show me that he can deliver at this level. It is a different ball game playing in the Zambian league and at the international level,” the Frenchman said.He added: “I have not made up my mind on whether he will travel to Ghana. He has one training session to convince me that he can play on Saturday.”The 29-year old forward has not scored a single goal for the national team in 23 appearances.But he has been very successful at club level scoring a combined level of 64 goals when he played for Mathare United and Tusker in the Sportpesa Premier League (SPL).He has scored 16 goals for Zesco which he joined in 2016….

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Thomas Partey named among 10 best midfielders in the world

We are reaching the business end of the 2018/19 season of football and like every other season, we have witnessed brilliant football all around the world. In football, every position is important, but the midfield governs a team's performance.The midfielders breakdown opposition play by making timely interceptions, they dictate the proceedings in the middle and they also create goalscoring opportunities. The midfielders also tend to do the dirty work for the team, so that their attackers can do the damage upfield.It was pretty difficult to pick out the top 10 midfielders in the world at the moment, as there have been a number of brilliant performances in the middle of the park. Before beginning with the slideshow, here are the midfielders who just missed out from this list.Honorable mentions: Thiago Alcantara ( Bayern Munich), Casemiro ( Real Madrid), Luka Modric ( Real Madrid), Thomas Partey ( Atletico Madrid), Miralem Pjanic ( Juventus), Piotr Zielinski ( Napoli), Marco Verrati ( Paris Saint-Germain), Lucas Torreira ( Arsenal).All the above players were considered, but they just didn't cut into the top 10 in the world according to me. This list is purely based on performances this season and not…

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Ghanaian midfielder Isaac Twum unhappy about lack of football activities in Ghana

Ghana international Inter Allies midfielder Isaac Twum has expressed his unhappiness about the inactive of football activities in Ghana.The 21-year-old has pleaded with the GFA Normalization Committee to put measures in place for the return of football activities after the airing of the Anas expose on corruption in Ghana football.Football fans have only been relying on National team duties as well as Kotoko’s campaign in Africa as the source of entertainment in the country for the past nine months.Speaking to Happy FM, the skipper of the Black Meteors of Ghana says he wants to see football back in the country.“It is very worrying, I know how it feels because I was once a local player, is frustrating and I sometimes talk to some of the guys,” the former U-17 midfielder said.“The Normalization Committee should try and make football return so these players would get active.“Because they are not playing most of them are not being paid and is very worrying.”Twum who plays for Swedish top-flight side IK Start is expected to lead the Black Meteors team on Saturday in the Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon.