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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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Black Stars captaincy rift triggers 'bring back Stephen Appiah spirit'

Gyan would later do a u-turn after President, Nana Akufo-Addo intervened. Kwesi Appiah has named him in his 29-man squad and confirmed the 33-year old striker won’t captain the team after a seven-year hold on the role.The controversy has raised concerns the team to conquer Africa at AFCON tournament in Egypt has not conquered its internal rifts.Discussing the controversy on JoyNews analysis program, Newsfile Saturday, Randy Abbey expressed disappointed in the unfolding events.The football insider and one-time member of the Black Stars management team revealed managing the players has always been a herculean task.‘It is about egos’, he said and warned Ghanaians would learn to their shock, player issues, management have to deal with within the Black Stars.But he doffed his hat to former Juventus player, Stephen Appiah who captained the Black Stars to Ghana’s first-ever appearance at a World Cup.He said as his career petered out, Stephen Appiah still captain of the Black Stars would be sitting on the bench while his compatriots battled on the field.When he would be called in to make a contribution as a substitute during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Stephen Appiah would not insist…

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Bernard Tekpetey rejoins Schalke 04 from SC Paderborn

Schalke 04 have activated the buy-back clause to sign Ghana youth forward Bernard Tekpetey ahead of their next season's campaign after a successful stint with SC Paderborn 07.The Ghanaian forward joined SC Paderborn from Schalke and played in Bundesliga second tier but returns to the club after just one season.He joined the Royal Blues in 2016 from the UniStar Soccer Academy and featured for the club’s U-23s side.Tekpetey then moved up to the first team squad in the summer of 2016, going on to make two Bundesliga appearances and one Europa League appearance for the club.He joined Austrian top tier side SCR Altach for the 2017/18 season and made ten league appearances, scoring one goal.The club's official statement reads “After a very successful season for SC Paderborn 07 in the 2. Bundesliga, FC Schalke 04 have activated a buy-back clause to re-sign Bernard Tekpetey from the newly promoted Bundesliga side.)””The Ghanaian will rejoin the Royal Blues on 1st July 2019 and the club hierarchy are currently discussing his sporting future at the club.”Tekpetey scored ten goals and provided six assists in 32 appearances in eastern Westphalia to help Paderborn secure back-to-back promotions.

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Asamoah Gyan urged to decline Black Stars 'General Captain' post

Deposed skipper of the national football team, the Black Star, has been urged to decline a new position created for him within the team he has led for seven years.Veteran journalist Kweku Baako Jnr has described the post of ‘General Captain’ as “an animal of no value” and has shared an expectation that the 2010 BBC African Footballer would reject the position.Already the decision to name Ghana’s most lethal goal scorer as a General Captain has been met with derision from wide sections of social media.Coach Kwesi Appiah gave him the post after stripping Gyan of the captaincy, handing it over to former U-20 World Cup winner, 29-year old Dede Ayew.The General Captaincy position was first created for John Mensah when Asamoah Gyan was set to take over from Black Stars defender John Mensah.But persisting with the position in 2019 has been seen as an attempt to placate Gyan after he announced pulling out of the squad as the decision to strip him of the captaincy loomed. Asamoah Gyan once carved his image on the captain’s band.“Asamoah Gyan should have rejected it….I expect him to reject it,” Baako said on JoyNews analysis show Newsfile…

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Ghanaian footballer Osei Omari drowns in the United States

Ghanaian footballer Osei Omari has been found dead in California’s San Francisco Bay.While the medical examiner’s report has not been released, published reports indicated he drowned.The 25-year-old at the time was visiting friends in California. On May 20 family and friends remembered his life during a memorial service at Calgary St. George’s Episcopal Anglican Church in Bridgeport, the city where Omari was born.He is survived by his parents, a brother and several relatives in Ghana and abroad.The former Central High School football and lacrosse star will be remembered at the annual June 15 football camp Christon Gill operates at the school.

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Mohammed Salis extends contract at Spanish side Real Valladolid

Real Valladolid have extended the contract of Ghanaian youngster Mohammed Salisu Abdul Karim till 2022.The 20-year-old joined the U19 side of the La Liga side in 2017 and has since been improving every season.The centre back was sent to the Real Valladolid B where he played 26 matches in the Spanish third-tier league this season.Salisu was given the opportunity in the first team on two occasions as he featured in two Copa Del Rey matches against Getafe.He was also on the bench in four La Liga games.Salisu who can also play as a left-back is expected to see more first-team action in the 2019/2020 campaign.

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David Luis sad over Hudson-Odoi's injury ahead of Europa League final

Chelsea centre back, David Luis has expressed disappointment over the injury Calum Hudson-Odoi suffered at the tail end of the season. The Ghanaian youngster suffered an achilles injury which has ruled him out for the rest of the season and would miss the Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal in Baku next week.Ahead of their Europa League game against Arsenal on Wednesday, the former PSG and Brazil defender disclosed the winger will be missed but the Blues will put on a good show against their London rivals.”I'm so sad for Callum and Ruben because they are in the best moments of their careers and they have injuries,” he told the London Evening Standard.”I'm sad also for 'Toni Rudiger because he's injured and I know how much he wants to play a final, but it's a different moment of his career than the other two so I just wish for the three of them to be good soon – we need them.”I am comfortable and happy with my team because my team has qualities enough to be there and try and win the final.”