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FIFA U-17 WWC: Black Maidens are unstoppable — Coach

Despite firmly securing a place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, the coach of Ghana’s Black Maidens insists there is no stopping the team now as they head into the final group match and ahead of the knockout stages.Tomorrow, the Maidens will face New Zealand in the final Group A game and then possibly face either Japan or Mexico in the quarter-finals on Sunday.Though both Ghana and New Zealand have qualified for the quarter-finals from Group A, there is still a lot to play for as the final positions are yet to be decided.With both on six points from two games, the Maidens lead with their seven goals aggregate and a draw in tomorrow’s final game will be good enough to keep them at the top. On the other hand, a win for New Zealand will see them overtake Ghana at the top.Coach Evans Adotey, knowing the permutations, says that they are not taking chances and will go all out as they have done in their previous matches.“We are in Uruguay with a mission. To win and qualify from our group to the quarter-finals first. We are almost there and on…

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Visa signs as Payments Technology Sponsor for Total Africa Cup of Nations

Visa (NYSE: V), the global leader in payments, will bring its global brand and technology to African football this summer as it officially announced its partnership with the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) as a sponsor of the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in 2019 and 2021.The sponsorship deal will make the payments giant the exclusive payment services provider at all venues during the Total AFCON tournaments in 2019 and 2021 and will be the preferred payment option for tickets bought both in-person and online. In addition, Visa will be the official partner of the player escort program, giving over 1,100 children the opportunity to lead their football heroes out at the Total AFCON matches.Visa has a long and proud history of supporting football, having been a sponsor of the FIFA World Cup since 2007. Coming off the back of a successful 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia and with preparations underway for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, this association builds on Visa’s strategy to bring the best of their sponsorship experience on the global stage to regional tournaments.Ahmad Ahmad, President, Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) said: “The benefits of investing…

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AWCON 2018: Bashiru Hayford confident of victory over Mali on Tuesday

Coach Bashir Hayford has reiterated that he is sure of recording his second victory over Mali on Tuesday in the second Group A match of the ongoing 2018 Total African Women’s Championships.The Black Queens are seeking for a second group stage victory which will give them a place in the semi-finals and closer to the final and a place in the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.The former Ashgold trainer is well aware of the task but he remains very confident in the players and their ability to deliver against the Malians.“The morale in the team camp is very high and the players realise the importance of the second match and they are all meditating on how to battle their opponents and get a victory.”The players saw the match between Mali and Cameroon and I think it is not beyond the ladies. They are prepared to fight for the win and there are no problems at all,” he said at Monday’s pre-match press conference.Hayford’s confidence was shared by midfielder Priscilla Okyere who revealed their familiarity of the opponent and the situation at hand.“We saw the Malians on Saturday and they are a good side….

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2018 AWCON: Zambia thrash Equatorial Guinea 5-0

Zambia pulled one of the biggest surprises in the history of the competition after beating Equatorial Guinea by 5-0 in a Group B clash in Cape Coast, to record their first ever win.The She-polopolo set the ball rolling with an early lead courtesy an excellent free-kick from Grace Chanda seven minutes after kick-off.Equatorial Guinea, reinstated after the winning appeal against Kenya, nearly levelled in the 24th minute but Zambia's goalkeeper Hazel Nathasha Nali made a wonderful save to stop it.Irene Lungu doubled Zambia's lead on the stroke of halftime with a sublime free-kick. Equatorial Guinea kept pushing for a consolation and a boost but failed to break the defence of Zambia.Racheal Kundananji pounced on a rebound to make it 3-0 for Zambia in the 57th minute. Mary Mwakapila added another ten minutes later from the spot after she was fouled inside the box.Nali made another huge save to prevent a consolation from Equatorial Guinea a minute later to keep her side in the driving seat.Kundananji could have gotten the first hat-trick of the tournament but failed to convert a penalty in the 76th minute. She completed the rout with her second of the night…

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2019 AFCON qualifier: The pitch affected Ghana's play – Andre Ayew

Ghana deputy skipper Andre Ayew has disclosed why the team struggled in the second half of the game against Ethiopia in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier following the poor state of the pitch. The Black Stars defeated the Walias of Ethiopia 2-0 on Sunday in Addis Ababa to enhance their chances of the qualifying to their eighth straight AFCON tournament.Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew strike twice in the first half of the game, however, in the second half coach Kwesi Appiah and his lads had to stay back and soak in waves of pressure from the Eastern Africans.Ayew, who led the side in place of Asamoah Gyan says the nature of the pitch did not help their style of play.”The pitch was difficult to play on, we knew that at the start of the game that due to our coach's tactics, we needed to score a goal in the first 30 minutes and we did our best to do that and we got the second after a counter attack,” he said after the game.”I think it affected our play, Ghana is a team who like to posses and play football but the pitch was…

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2019 AFCON Qualifiers: Asamoah Gyan hails Black Stars fighting spirit against Ethiopia

Asamoah Gyan has stated that he is impressed with the performance of the side that beat the Walias of Ethiopia by two goals to nothing.The country's top goalscorer in a post-match interview says he was particularly impressed with the fighting spirit of the players despite playing in harsh weather conditions.“The fighting spirit among the players is very tough. There was a time we were struggling but they kept fighting and defending and you could see they are really a team”, skipper Asamoah Gyan shared.The win puts Ghana in pole position to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which will be staged in Cameroon. Ghana has six points from three matches with two outstanding matches pending a decision from CAF.Gyan has called on the entire populace to remember the team in prayers to ensure when they go to Cameroon next year they will be able to perform well and win the trophy for the country.“Now that we have qualified let’s wait on God and see because what I saw today I was very impressed and it has motivated us. Ghanaians should pray for us so that everything goes on well because what I…

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Prez. Nana Addo call on Black Stars to win 2019 AFCON in Cameroon

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, president of Ghana has urged the senior national team the Black Stars of Ghana to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.The Black Stars are yet to win a major trophy since 1982 in Lybia after Ghana defeated Algeria on penalties.Ghana are currently occupying the 2nd position with 6 points after beating Ethiopia in Addis Ababa in the round five of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.But ahead of the much-anticipated tournament, Nana Addo has called on the playing body to do anything in their power to end the 36 years trophyless jinx.”It been a long time we won the AFCON trophy,” he told the playing body in Ethiopia.”We won our last AFCON trophy in 1982 so let us all try and do what we can to bring the trophy home and I know we can do that.”Kwesi Appiah is one of the famous coaches around so I wish you all good luck and always remember to hold up the flag of Ghana,” he added.Ghana will host Kenya in the final round of games.

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Jordan Ayew hopes to carry national team form to club level

Crystal Palace forward, Jordan Ayew hopes to carry his form for Ghana in Sunday's 2-0 win over Ethiopia in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier to club level.The 27-year-old, who returned to the squad after over a year absence grabbed a brace as the Blacks Stars boosted their chances of qualifying for the continent’s biggest showdown in Cameroon.However, Jordan has struggled to replicate his goal-poaching at the Selhurst Park this campaign.He is yet to find the back of the net for Crystal Palace since his summer move from Swansea City.The Ghanaian forward remains confident his hard work will start paying soon.''I thank the fans for their support and I will keep on working hard and I want to take this to the club level as well so they should keep supporting me and the Black Stars team as well because we need their support because that’s something that’s really important,'' he told Ghana Sports Online.

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President Nana Addo praises Black Stars, Black Queens and Black Maidens win

President Nana Akufo-Addo has hailed the Black Maidens, Black Queens and Black Stars for their victories over the weekend.The Maidens made it to the next round of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup after beating Finland 3-1 on Friday.Black Queens on other hand defeated their Algerian counterparts in the opening match of the Women’s Cup of Nations tournament on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium whiles the Black Stars brightened their chances of participating in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after they defeated Ethiopia 2:0 in Addis Ababa.President Nana Addo has congratulated the teams for winning their respective matches.Great weekend for Ghana football. Congratulations to the Black Stars, Black Queens and the Maidens. Best of luck in the upcoming matches.— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) November 18, 2018

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Ghanaian youngster David Boateng on the radar of Arsenal

According to reports, Arsenal has expressed interest in Ghanaian youngster David Boateng who plays for Crystal Palace U23 in the English Professional Development League.Unai Emery, who is the head coach of Arsenal is believed to have tasked scouts from the Emirates Stadium to monitor the 17-year-old utility player who is an expert in the middle.Arsenal joins Italian powerhouse AC Milan who has also shown interest in signing the youngster.The 19-year-old has suggested he is open to a move away from the Selhurst Park to experience fresh challenges.Boateng has been a scholar at Crystal Palace over the last 7 years, playing through various youth ranks at the club.