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Team Doctor for 1965 AFCON winning side rewarded GHC 3K by Sports Ministry

The team Doctor for the 1965 AFCON winning side Dr Kwamena Oboe Quansah has been rewarded an amount of GHC 3,000 by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Doctor was reportedly left out when the state rewarded the team for their success.Dr Kwamena Oboe Quansah was handed a cheque of GHC 3,000 by the sector minister, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah.Ghana won her second Nations Cup trophy in 1965 after winning the first title in 1963.The West African country has gone on to win the coveted trophy in 1978 and 1982.However, Ghana has now gone 37 years without winning Africa's premier competition.Coach Kwesi Appiah and his team are preparing feverishly in the United Arab Emirates with the hopes of ending the country's drought in Egypt.The Black Stars will play South Africa in a friendly on Saturday before embarking to Egypt a day before the start of the tournament.The four times African champions have been drawn in Group F alongside Cameroon, Guinea and Benin.By Lukman Evergreen Mumin 

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Kwabena Owusu reveals its “a dream come true” to make final squad

 Black Stars new boy Kwabena Owusu says it's a dream come true to make the final squad of Ghana for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt this summer. The 21-year old was a surprise inclusion in coach Kwesi Appiah's team after dropping the more experienced Majeed Abdul Waris.Owusu took to social media to express his excitement in making the team and also thanked his fans for the support.”It’s a dream for me, thank you for the support me and confidence,” he posted on Twitter.The Leganes attacker is coming off a fine season on loan at Salamanca, where he scored 10 goals in 25 appearances.He was immediately called by his parent club Leganes, who have drawn a program for him ahead of preseason.Owusu has also been the livewire of the Black Meteors in the CAF U-23 cup of nations qualifiers.He scored five goals in four appearances in the qualifiers and would be expected to play a key role in the final hurdle against Algeria.  It’s a dream for me, thank you for the support me and confidence pic.twitter.com/OvfgUtxOHs— Kwabena Owusu (@OwusuKwabena97) June 13, 2019By Lukman Evergreen Mumin 

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Dropped Black Stars forward Fatawu Safiu confident Ghana can end title drought in Egypt

Asante Kotoko forward Abdul Fatawu Safiu is very optimistic Ghana can end the 37-year wait for the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Egypt. Ghana has not win the competition since last lifting the coveted trophy in 1982.But Fatawu, who was a member of the 29-man squad camping in the United Arab Emirates is confident the team is poised for glory ahead of the Nations Cup.“I think the team is capable, all the guys are ready. This is the time we have to go for it. Ghanaian have waited for too long and I believe this the time for team to bring back the joy and happiness to the people,” Fatawu told footballmadeinghana.com.The former Inter Allies forward could not make the final squad that will be travelling to Egypt on June 20th.However, he is expected to join his Asante Kotoko teammates in Mampong as they prepare for the Tier I Special Competition semifinal clash against Hearts of Oak.The Black Stars have been drawn in group F alongside champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau.

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Red-Hot striker Fatawu Safiu reveals C.K Akonnor convinced him in leaving Denmark to join Kotoko

Asante Kotoko forward Abdul Fatawu Safiu says he had to leave Denmark to join the Porcupine Warriors after C.K Akonnor contacted him. The 24-year old revealed he was convinced by the former Asante Kotoko coach to end a trial in Europe to join the Kumasi based club.According to the in-form attacker, he did not hesitate following the call from the man he calls Daddy.“I was in Denmark, they wanted to give me a contract in January,” he told footballmadeinghana.com.“So C K Akonnor called my agent Chibsah and asked him where is Fatawu, he told him I was in Denmark doing trials and the club will sign me I January.“So C K called me directly and asked me to play for him.“To be honest, I didn’t want to come because I was in Denmark, why should I come home again.“But C K is like my Daddy that is why I came and I haven’t regretted,” he concluded.Fatawu Safiu has been the main man for the Porcupine Warriors in the GFA Special Competition after netting 8 goals in 11 appearances for the Reds.

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Special Competition: Gates proceeds from semifinals fixtures to be shared equally

The GFA Normalisation Committee has finally agreed on a fair share of gate proceeds from the semifinal fixtures of the Tier I special competition. This comes after there were changes to the fixture, where a two legged game was reduced to a one off game, with leaders of their Zone enjoying a home advantage.The NC has agree teams in the semi finals will each receive 45% of the gate proceeds with the GFA taking 10% of the share.Below is a statement released by the GFA:Equal disbursement of gate proceeds for clubsThe GFA-NC after carefully considering the concerns raised by clubs and appeals over the disbursement of gate proceeds, has decided to review the percentage stake of gate proceeds as follows;Home Team :  45%Away Team :   45%GFA             :    10%Explaining the rationale behind the review, the GFA-NC has shown it's commitment to empower local clubs to be self sufficient in all aspects and this includes strategies that would generate enough income to invest back into the clubs.The GFA-NC is of the view that without paying the key actors of football, the players, well, it would be very difficult to keep them in Ghana…

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FIFA Women's World Cup: Nigeria grab Africa's first win after beating South Korea

The Super Falcons of Nigeria are the first African country to win a game at the FIFA Women's World Cup in France, after beating South Korea on Wednesday. The West Africa bounced from an opening day defeat to Norway to beat the Asians 2-0 at the Parc de Princess.Nigeria went ahead when defender Kim Do-yeon volleyed past her own keeper.Barcelona femino striker Asisat Oshoala held off a defender before rounding the keeper to score Nigeria's second goal.Africa three representatives had all lost their opening day games, with South Africa- who are in the competition for the first falling to Spain and Cameroon going down to Canada.The victory should serve as morale booster for the Bayana Bayana of South Africa, who will play China on Thursday.Cameroon will take on the Netherlands on Saturday in their second group game.

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Ghanaian winger Braydon Manu reveals reason for joining SV Darmstadt

Ghanaian winger Braydon Manu says he joined Bundesliga II side SV Darmstadt because it will provide him the opportunity to develop as a young player. The 22 year old joined Darmstadt on a free transfer after terminating contract with third-tier side Hallescher FC.”The presented concept of the club as well as the game idea, especially in the last months of last season have promised me a lot,” he told the club's official website.”I see good prospects for my development here with the lilies and I am convinced that Darmstadt is the right club for me,” he added.The German born Ghanaian signed a deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022.Manu played 62 times for Hallescher FC scoring 6 goals and making eight assists in his two year stay in Southern Hasse.Manager of Darmstadt SV Carsten Wehlmann is delighted by the arrival of the speedy winger insisting his acquisition will add some quality to his side.”Braydon Manu brings a lot of pace and punch and has already played many professional games for his age. Braydon has become a regular in Halle last season, proving his qualities and talent. We believe…

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Normalisation Committee scribe Dan Kwaku Yeboah debunks Black Stars $8,000 appearance fee reports

Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalisation Committee, Dan Kwaku Yeboah has dismissed reports that the Black Stars will take home $8,000 each as an appearance fee for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.Reports went rife on Tuesday in the media that Kwesi Appiah’s men have reached an agreement with the Sports Ministry over an appearance fee of $8,000 ahead of the continental football showpiece.However, the interim nation’s football governing body scribe has come out to refute the reports making rounds on the airwaves – claiming that it should be treated as a rumour as there is no iota of truth in it.”There is no iota of truth that each Black Stars player will earn $80000 as appearance fee for the 2019 AFCON. I can say with an authority that such publications are fake,” Dan Kwaku Yeboah told Kickgh.com.”I believe the media want to know the budget for the tournament, that is why such false publications are being spread,” he ended.The Black Stars are currently sharpening their rough edges in Dubai ahead of the tournament.Ghana have been paired in Group F alongside Benin, Guinea-Bissau and defending champions Cameroon in a tournament which…

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BREAKING NEWS: Former Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi hearing set for July 4

Former president of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi will challenge his life ban from soccer for financial corruption at the Court of Arbitration for Sport next month.The court says the hearing is on July 4. Verdicts typically follow within a few months.Nyantakyi was captured in an undercover video by renowned investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas accepting $65,000 in cash from undercover reporters posing as businessmen seeking favors.He resigned days before the 2018 World Cup as the senior vice president of African soccer's governing body and president of Ghana's Football Association.Nyantakyi also left FIFA's ruling committee, which paid an annual $250,000 stipend. He was one of Africa's elected delegates since 2016.FIFA's ethics committee found him guilty last October on charges of bribery, corruption, and conflict of interest. Nyantakyi was also fined 500,000 Swiss francs ($504,000).

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BIG BLOW: FC St.Gallen defender Musah Nuhu sidelined for SEVEN months after successful ACL surgery

FC St.Gallen 1879 defender Musah Nuhu is expected to be sidelined for seven months after undergoing a successful knee ligament surgery in Switzerland.Nuhu suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in his left knee during a training session with the Black Stars in Dubai ahead of the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.The 22-year-old guardsman underwent a successful surgery at the Berit Clinic in Switzerland on Tuesday.But information reaching Ghana’s biggest football website, GHANASoccernet.com indicate that the former WAFA captain will be on the treatment table for seven months.Nuhu earned his debut call-up to the Black Stars ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations but failed to make the final list to the tournament due to the injury.He signed a permanent deal with FC St. Gallen after a successful loan stint where he scored one goal in 13 matches.