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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Ex-Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper Razak Brimah backs Ghana to unite at tournament

Ghana international Razak Brimah says the players named in the final 23-man squad must be united if they want to succeed at 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.The 31-year-old believes Ghana has a good team and he is expecting all the players selected by head coach James Kwesi Appiah to give out their best when the tournament commences on June 21.“They (the fine 23-man squad) are the right people but still anyone that will be there will have to defend the national flag. I think they will give their best because this is the national flag so any Ghanaian that will be there will give his best”, former Mamelodi Sundowns FC told Joy FM.He added, “They should give their best and they should make sure that they will sweat the jersey, the national colour. They should support each other and be like brothers like the way we do before and go out there and make us proud”.Ghana have been drawn in Group F alongside defending champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau.

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: I can't wait to see Samuel Owusu playing for Ghana – Osei Kuffour

Former Black Stars defender, Samuel Osei Kuffour has reiterated that he can't wait to see Samuel Kwame Owusu playing at the Africa Cup of Nations.The Ghanaian youngster has been named in Ghana's final 23 man squad for the tournament which has been scheduled to start on June 21 to July 19.Owusu has been tipped by many to shine at the tournament due to his sharpness and the pace he has.”Wow, this boy is brilliant. I don't need to see him play any further,” the former Bayern Munich defender said when he first witnessed Black Stars training in Dubai.Owusu, however, will be hoping to feature against South Africa on Friday before the team fly to Egypt on June 20 for the tournament.

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Roger Milla backs Cameroon to qualify from easy Group F

African and Cameroonian legend Roger Milla has backed his country to qualify from Group F of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.The defending champions are in the same group as Ghana, Benin and Guinea Bissau.According to the 67-year-old, all the countries in the Group are beatable and his charges must have an easy run to the second round of the competition.”The group stage shouldn’t be challenging for the Lions. Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau are teams we’ve beaten in the past – be it during the Nations Cup or in qualifiers,” Milla told BBC”We shouldn’t be afraid of anyone. It’s up to Seedorf and Kluivert to build a good team for the various games. So far, Seedorf has done a good job with qualifying the team but now is the most crucial part and he needs to live up to expectations.””The ideal scenario will be for Cameroon to win their sixth trophy in Egypt and clinch a seventh in 2021 when the country stages the Africa Cup of Nations. This will be tough – but it’s possible,” he added.Cameroon beat Ghana in the semi-finals en route to their fifth title two years ago.

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Thomas Agyepong hoping to gain AFCON experience after making Black Stars final 23 man squad

Ghana midfielder, Thomas Agyepong is hoping to gather experience from his impending maiden Africa Cup of Nations tournament.The Hibernian star was named in Ghana's final 23 man squad for the tournament in Egypt.He is one of seven debutants named in Coach Kwesi Appiah’s squad for the tournament.Having played just one game for Ghana in the qualifiers, Agyepong looks to be one of the favourites of Coach Appiah who could hand him a big opportunity when the tournament kicks start.Agyepong, former captain of Ghana’s U-17 and U-23 team wants to learn more as he embarks on his first major tournament.“As a player, you look forward to step-up in the next level of your career,” he spoke to TV3.“I really want to be there, I really want to have the experience because this is my first time in a major tournament and as a young player to be part of it even if not to play a major part of it but to be part of it I think will be a great experience for me.“As a young player graduating through the youth ranks and then coming to the senior team,” he added.Coach Kwesi…

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Former U-20 player Bright Addae close to joining Juve Stabia

Former Ghana u-20 player, Bright Addae is close to joining newly promoted Serie B side Juve Stabia, according to reports in the local Italian media. The defender who is currently not attached to any club is highly regarded by Juve Stabia. They are looking to inforce their squad for what will be a difficult season for them and has listed Addae as one of the players who can help their course.The former Ascoli player is in advanced talks with Juve Stabia and is expected to sign a contract with the outfit in the coming says.The players has vast experience in the lower division of the Italian league having spent five seasons with his former employers Ascoli. Whiles playing for the side, he managed to make 155 appearance and found the back of the net 8 times.If Juve Stabia manage to get his signature, he will be a good addition especially with the stability he will provide for the team’s backline next season. 

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I'm ready to represent Ghana – IFK Kalmar forward Christabel Oduro

Ghanaian-born Christabel Oduro has expressed his eagerness to represent the West African country despite playing for Canada at the youth level.The 26-year-old is eligible to feature for the Black Queens of Ghana even though she has featured for Canada at the senior level in non-competitive games.“I'm hoping to get a chance to represent my heritage, my home country Ghana,” the IFK Kalmar striker spoke to Ghanasportsonline.com.“I am born Canadian and capped by the youth national teams and few for the senior National team but stuff has changed for myself and I believe is time for me to put my head up and represent the country I love so much.“Been always proud to be a Ghanaian, in 2010 I cried when we lost to Uruguay at the World Cup and I really believe now is the time and am ready to do everything I can to represent the Black Queens.”Oduro, cousin of Ghanaian attacker Dominic Oduro represented Canada at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.She has made 11 appearances and scored seven goals for IFK Kalmar in the Swedish Women’s second tier.

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Overlooked XI

Itumeleng KhuneSouth Africa will be counting on their superb defensive record as they look to escape the Group of Death after being pooled with Morocco, the Ivory Coast and Namibia.However, they’ll have to do so without the Kaizer Chiefs stopper Khune, who was ruled out due to shoulder problems.Defensively, it’s a massive blow for Bafana, while Khune’s pinpoint kicking is also a major offensive asset for Stuart Baxter’s side.Joel MatipMatip has come into his own at Liverpool this season and ends the campaign as first choice to partner Virgil Van Dijk, having begun the campaign as fourth-choice centre-back.The defender ended the year with a Champions League winner’s medal, having shone in the Reds’ final victory over Tottenham Hotspur, but has refused to end his international retirement to join Cameroon’s campaign.Eric BaillyThe Ivorian centre-back was ruled out after damaging his knee ligaments following a collision with Mateo Kovacic as Manchester United drew 1-1 with Chelsea in Premier League action.While his Red Devils career has taken a turn for the worse, 2015 winner Bailly is a key man for the West Africans, and will be missed in Egypt.It remains to be seen…

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Internal unity will help Black Stars to win AFCON – Dr Kofi Amoah

Chairman of the Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association, Dr Kofi Amoah has reiterated that Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan are working tirelessly to ensure the country end its 37 years trophy drought.The team is currently in the United Arab Emirates as they prepare for the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Ghana are struggled to win Africa's finest tournament after winning the ultimate in 1982 in Libya.However, the team have been charged to win the upcoming tournament in Egypt.Ghana lost to Namibia in a warm-up game on Sunday afternoon at the Jeber Ali Training Centre but will play South Africa in their final warm-up game.However, Dr Amoah says the defeat the team suffered on Sunday is good for the team insisting the unity at the camp of the team is strong with the captain and the general captain working together to win the Africa Cup of Nations.”The players are happy with the tour so far and the internal unity is very strong,” he told Asempa FM.”Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew are working hard to make sure Ghana win the Africa Cup of Nations.”The Namibia friendly was good…

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Ghanaian defender Wahab Ackwei named in USL team of the week for the fourth time

Ghanaian defender, Wahab Ackwei has been named in USL League One team of the week for the fourth time.The 22-year-old together with teammate Akira Fitzgerald were the two Richmond Kickers players to make the team of the week.The former Inter Allies star had previously been named among the best players in week 2, 4 and 5.Ackwei put in a strong defensive shift for the Kickers as he recorded 10 recoveries, three interceptions and six clearances in Richmond’s 0-0 draw with FC Tucson over the weekend.His vital block in stoppage time held on for the club’s fifth shutout this season.Check out the full team! #WeAreOne | https://t.co/ttvrsFIOdy pic.twitter.com/k3yek9AILL— USL League One (@USLLeagueOne) June 11, 2019

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Algeria dismiss midfielder from AFCON squad over nudity

Harris Belkebla has blown his chance of representing Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations as the midfielder was sent home a week before the tournament starts in bizarre circumstances.The 25-year-old incredibly flashed his bum on a Fortnite live stream to thousands of viewers.Algeria’s substitute goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja was playing the popular game and was broadcasting his match on streaming platform Twitch.Belkebla pulled down his trousers in the background and showed off his backside, as can be seen in the above image.Algeria manager Djamel Belmadi axed the midfielder from his 23-man squad once he found out about the incident.He has since been replaced by Mohamed Benkhemassa.Belkebla has never represented Algeria before and it was the first time he had been called up to the senior national team.He had even performed in an initiation ceremony after joining up with the squad.He had previously played for his country at the 2016 Olympics and for the Under-23s.The 25-year-old currently plays for Brest and helped them finish second in Ligue 2 to get promoted back to the French top flight for the first time in six years.