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Hearts midfielder Samudeen Ibrahim in Angola ahead of Petro Atletico Luanda switch

Hearts of Oak midfielder Samudeen Ibrahim has arrived in Angola ahead of his proposed move to Petro Atletico Luanda, according to kickgh.com sources.The source revealed the 22-year-old landed in the Central African a few weeks ago and is set to complete his dream move to the Luanda-based club in the ongoing January transfer window.He has been under indefinite suspension by Hearts of Oak since October last year. The skilful midfielder is likely to join his former Hearts teammates Isaac Mensah and Inusah Musah at Petro Atletico Luanda FC.The pair joined the Angolan top-flight club on a free transfer after ending their stints with the Ghana Premier League side in 2018 after their impressive display in the top flight.Samudeen made 11 appearances for Hearts of Oak during the 2018 Ghana Premier League which ended abruptly following the airing of Anas expose on corruption in Ghana football where some top GFA officials and referees were caught on camera taking bribe.

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Ghanaian prodigy Edmund Addo scores a brace in FK Senica friendly win over FC Petržalka

Ghanaian midfielder Edmund Addo bagged a brace in FK Senica's 3-2 friendly win over Slovakian lower-tier side FC Petržalka Akadémia.FC Petržalka Akadémia took the lead after their early dominance of the game through Jakub Nemec strike in the 17th minute before Boris Turcak extended their lead just a minute after the recess.However, Senica got back into the game courtesy substitute Edmund Addo in the 63rd minute. The Ghanaian youngster showed great calmness to bury his second chance of the game three minutes later to make the score line 2-2.Senica emerged victorious thanks to a fantastic strike by Benin international Desire Segbe Azankpo in the 82nd minute.The 18-year midfielder joined Slovakian top-flight side FK Senica from Ghanaian lower division side Mamprobi Mighty Cosmos on a three-year deal.He was a trialist at Ghana Premier League side West African Football Academy (WAFA) SC. He was impressive in his trials at the club. 

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Brazilian legend Rivaldo denies joining staff at Moroccan third-tier team

Brazilian former world footballer of the year Rivaldo has denied that he has been named as technical director of Moroccan third division side Chabab Mohammedia.The team's official Facebook page had announced the ex-Barcelona and Milan forward would be the team's coach from next season.Rivaldo, 46, has posted on social media to clarify the situation, hinting it may be something he would consider “in the future”.”I would like to thank the President of Sporting Club Chabab Mohammedia for the shirt and also the invitation but I am not coach yet, maybe in the future,” wrote Rivaldo.The 1980 Moroccan champions are currently top of the third division halfway through the season.Mohammedia last played in the Moroccan top-flight in 2009.The club is based 25km from Casablanca and was founded in 1948 making it one of the country's oldest clubs.The club is owned by one of the wealthiest men in the area Hicham Ait Menna, who is in the real estate business and hoping to return the club to some of its former glory.The team's most famous player is Ahmed Faras, who is the Moroccan national team's all-time leading scorer with 42 goals and the 1975…

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Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly to miss Lazio game after red card appeal fails

Napoli's Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly will miss Sunday's Serie A fixture at Lazio after the appeal against his red card in the defeat by Inter Milan was rejected.Napoli had contested the decision on the grounds of wrongful dismissal because Koulibaly, 27, was sent off after approaching the referee over alleged racist chanting.He missed the 3-2 victory over Bologna three days later as a result of the red card he was shown “for sarcastically applauding a referee's decision”.”The unacceptable atmosphere created inside the stadium during this match does not justify and cannot be used by an athlete to ridicule the referee or justify an act of violence,” the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said.A Napoli club statement said the FIGC had “missed a great opportunity” to fight racism and described the decision as a “sad defeat for football”.”After all these extraordinary events, the appeal was turned down,” the Napoli statement added. “A procedural rule was incapable of doing the only thing there was to do: give back to Kalidou Koulibaly – this Senegalese lad who, in light of these events, represents everything that is good and bad in Italy at the moment – the dignity he deserves….

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CAF Champions League: Match abandoned in Egypt because of crowd trouble

An African Champions League match was abandoned on Friday in Egypt because of crowd trouble, in a stadium likely to be one of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations venues.The Cameroonian referee halted the Group C match between hosts Ismaily and Tunisia's Club Africain in stoppage time after sections of the crowd threw water bottles onto the pitch.There had been a number of crowd-related stoppages at the Ismailia Stadium before the premature end, with Club Africain leading 2-1.Egypt were chosen this month as replacement Cup of Nations hosts after Cameroon were stripped of hosting rights due to poor preparation and security concerns.Ismaily, who lost their first group match last weekend, took an early lead when Namibian Benson Shilongo converted a low cross.But Ghazi Ayadi converted two penalties late in the opening half to turn the game in favour of Club Africain, who also lost their first group game.The second spot-kick infuriated the crowd as the referee initially awarded a free-kick before altering his decision after consulting with an assistant.Ismaily supporters became increasingly angry as the second half progressed and an assistant referee had to abandon his position with five minutes left after objects…

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CAF Champions League: Sundowns beat Wydad as Mazembe lose in Algeria

South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Wydad Casablanca 2-1 in their African Champions League Group A fixture on Saturday, in a clash of recent winners.Also on Saturday, AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo put on an emphatic display at home to dismiss Simba SC of Tanzania 5-0 in their second Group D match.And there was a big defeat for another DR Congo side, TP Mazembe, who went down 3-0 at CS Constantine in Algeria in Group C.Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Casablanca were meeting in the fifth match between the clubs in three seasons and each side has now won twice with one draw.The latest episode of the rivalry was the first in which a team scored twice.A brace from Themba Zwane for Sundowns proved decisive in the showdown between the 2016 champions Sundowns and 2017 trophy-holders Wydad.Having lost away to Lobi Stars of Nigeria in their first group match last weekend, Sundowns needed maximum points and began brightly with Zwane scoring from close range after eight minutes.The South Africans squandered several chances to extend their lead before Mohamed Nahiri silenced the home crowd by firing a 35th-minute equaliser.Zwane netted again…

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Kwadwo Asamoah discloses Inter Milan lacked cutting edge in goalless draw against Sassuolo

Inter Milan were unable to pick all three points against US Sassuolo due to the lack of cutting edge, reveals of Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah.Milan failed to find the back of the net and were matched by bogey side US Sassuolo in nearly an empty San Siro Stadium on Saturday following their ban on the alleged racist abuse of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.Sassuolo threatened the hosts on few occasions and could have gone ahead in the 55th minute through Kevin-Prince Boateng but goalkeeper Samir Handanovic reacted quickly to parry away the Ghanaian headed effort.The only clear chance Luciano Spalletti's men had was a late header by substitute Lautaro Martinez.”All that was missing from our game was the final pass, we made the wrong decision on a number of occasions,” Asamoah told Inter TV.”The coach asked us to remain calm, including in the final stages if the score remained goalless. We made a few mistakes on the ball and need to work on this.””When a goal doesn’t come, we have to concentrate on keeping the ball and attack at the right moment.”Inter Milan are currently 3rd on the league table with 40 points after…

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Black Satellites lose two consecutive friendlies before flying out to Niger

The Black Satellites of Ghana suffered a second successive friendly defeat to Hearts of Oak as they intensified preparations ahead of the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations which commences in February in Niger.Ghana U-20 lost 2-1 the Phobians on Saturday at the Tema Sports Stadium in a friendly game.All the three goals came after the recess with substitute Kofi Kordzi hitting a brace for the Accra based side. Kordzi connected home Benjamin Agyare's teed up assist from a Benjamin Afutu corner kick.He increased the tally shortly afterwards by capitalising on a failed clearance by Satellites captain Gideon Mensah. The Black Satellites got the consolation from substitute Nathaniel Adjei with a blistering header.Ghana's U20 will fly out to Niger on Monday to start preparations for the tournament scheduled for next month.On the other hand, coach Kim Grant's side are also preparing for the upcoming Special Competition which kicks off in February at various match venues. 

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FA accepts Ntow-Fianko, Sefa Kayi’s rejection of roles

A member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalisation Committee, Naa Odofoley Nortey, says the committee has accepted in good faith the rejection of roles by some appointees who were named last Tuesday to work on the ad-hoc committees to assist the FA caretaker to restructure Ghana football.Less than 48 hours after the announcement of the committees, former Division One League Board chairman, Mr Kwame Ntow-Fianko, and ace broadcast journalist, Mr Kwami Sefa Kayi, rejected their appointments to serve on the sub-committees saying they had not been consulted on their expected roles.Speaking to the Daily Graphic yesterday, Naa Odofoley noted that the Normalisation Committee understood the concerns of the two gentlemen and would go ahead to work with those available.“This is a national assignment so you either do it or leave it. It is normal that some people will welcome it while others will reject it for various reasons,” she said.“In the case of Kwame Sefa Kayi, he said he was not consulted prior to the announcement and he has a point because he was in South Africa at that time and we tried several times to get in touch with him but to no avail….

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Emmanuel Boateng rule out of Levante's clash with Valladolid clash due to muscle injury

Ghanaian international, Emmanuel Boateng has been ruled out of Levante's La Liga clash with Real Valladolid on Sunday.The 22-year-old picked up the knock during his side’s  3-0 defeat to Barcelona on Thursday which ensured they exited the Spanish Cup 4-2 on aggregate.Levante manager Paco Lopez confirmed Boateng’s injury;”The injuries of Postigo and Boateng are muscular, it is difficult for them to arrive on Sunday,” Lopez said.This season, Boateng has made 18 appearances in all competitions.