Ghana defender Abdul Baba Rahman has thanked the 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.Baba, 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.”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 Cip of Nations in Egypt.
Former Right to Dream Academy duo Kudus Mohammed and Ibrahim Sadiq fired FC Nordsjaelland as they stunned FC Copenhagen in the Danish Super League.Both teams went into the game on the back a three-match winless run.But it was the Wild Tigers who exhibited urgency and nearly opened the scoring in the early parts of the game but FC Copenhagen goalkeeper Jesse Joronen thwarted Andreas Skov Olsen‘s effort.FC Nordsjaelland incessant pressure paid off in the 43rd minute after Mohammed Kudus put them into the driving seat with a close range finish.FC Copenhagen however came back strongly in the second half and pulled level through Robert Skov in the 60th minute.But FC Nordsjaelland soon themselves ahead again after Andreas Skov planted his smart effort into the top corner.Coach Flemming Pedersen brought on Ibrahim Sadiq in place of Andreas Skov in the 81st minute as they went in search of the killer goal.Sadiq repaid the faith shown in him by the coach and deservedly grabbed a goal in the 92nd minute.
Ghana midfielder Bernard Mensah has completed a three-year deal with Turkish SupaLiga side Kayserispor.Last week, Kayserispor agreed terms with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid to sign the Ghana midfielder on permanent basis.Mensah 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.
Ghana U-20 winger Ibrahim Sadiq has expressed delight in scoring his first senior goal for Danish side FC Nordsjælland in their victory over giants FC Copenhagen. The Right to Dream Academy graduate climbed off the bench to score in injury time to seal a 3-1 victory for the Wild Tigers at the Telia Parken.Compatriot Mohammed Kudus had opened the scoring just at the stroke of half time before Robert Skov leveled for the home side.Andreas Skov Olsen scored in the 72nd minute to put Nordsjælland in the lead before Ibrahim Sadiq, who replaced the Danish attacker confirmed victory with a sublime finish.”I am very happy to have scored,” Sadiq said after the game. “We played as a team and it was great to come in and participate. It was a perfect ball I got from Dams (Mikkel Damgaard), and I had to score it,” he added.Mohammed Kudus, Godsway Donyoh and Ibrahim Sadiq played vital roles as FC Nordsjælland finished the season in 6th place.
Former Ghana attacker Baba Armando Adamu believes André Ayew has what it takes to lead the Black Stars to end their 37-year trophy drought after the Fenerbahce star was named the team's substantive captain.On Friday, Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah appointed Ayew 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 all areas for him to succeed.”Armando…
Ghana youth striker Joel Fameyeh was on target for Dinamo Brest as they walloped Neman 6-1 in the Belarusian top flight league on Saturday.Brest started the game on the front foot and deservedly shot into the lead in the 36th minute through Denis Laptev.Four minutes later, the hosts extended their advantage via Fameyeh's sleek finish before Ukrainian forward Oleyiy Khoblenko put the game beyond the visitors six minutes after the break.Further goals from Oleksandr Noyok and Denis Duarte in the 59th and 68th respective minutes stretched Brest lead before Mikhail Babichev pulled a goal back for Neman in the 74th minute.Pavel Savitskiy sealed the win for the Blue and White lads with a 83rd minute cannon strike.Fameyeh lasted the entire duration of the game.He has scored 4 goals in 9 games for the side in the ongoing campaign.
Issah Ibrahim's first half goal ensured Dreams FC ended the GFA Special Competition with victory over Zone B leaders Hearts of Oak in Dawu. The Phobians who fielded a second string team after confirming their position at the top of the table last week in their 3-1 victory over Elmina Sharks, had little to offer against the home side.The game began in a slow pace but it was the away side who were controlling affairs in the first 20 minutes and could have gone ahead but a Kwadwo Obeng weaving pass was too quick for Anthony Quayson, leaving Dreams goalkeeper Isaac Amoako to collect.Two minutes later, the Phobians were forced into an early substitution after Quayson picked up an injury and was replaced by Sellassie Bakai.The changes seemed to have distracted the flow of the Phobians, and Issah Ibrahim took advantage of that to fire from the box and send Dreams FC into the lead with 8 minutes left to the break.Hearts were pushing for an equalizer in the second half, bringing in Joseph Esso and Michelle Sarpong but it was a strike from Malik Akowuah that troubled Isaac Amoako.Dreams FC made their first change…
Ghana winger Christian Atsu has already began personal training ahead of the Black Stars trip to Dubai to begin the pre-AFCON camping. The Newcastle United star- who early in the week quizzed the public about when the Black Stars are beginning training for the Nations Cup- looks poised for the tournament.Having returned from England after another excellent season with the magpies, Atsu will be looking at replicating his form at the Cup of Nations in Egypt.Ghana has not won the competition since 1982 despite reaching the finals three times losing in 1992, 2010 and 2015.Coach Kwesi Appiah has however named a 29-man squad for camping in the United Arab Emirates next month.The Black Stars have been drawn in group A alongside champions Cameroon, Guinea Bissau and Benin. If you’ve never been there before, never say it’s easy #GodWin #AFCON #Preparation #Ghana pic.twitter.com/u8R1CYvPdM— Christian Atsu (@ChristianAtsu20) May 25, 2019
Ghana youth forward Dauda Mohammed has expressed his excitement after registering an assist for Vitesse Arnhem in their first leg Eredivisie Europa League playoff final 1-1 draw against FC Utrecht on Friday night.Dutch midfielder Sander van de Streek sent the vociferous fans at the Stadion Galgenwaard into wild celebration when he fetched the opener for FC Utrecht with just 18 minutes on the clock.The lead did not last as Vitesse pulled parity courtesy Tim Matavz on the 31st minute mark. The Slovenian forward knew nothing about the goal as Dauda's glancing header came off his tight to beat goalkeeper Nick Marsman.Dauda could not hide his delight after taking to his twitter handle to celebrate the display of his team.Important away point in the first leg of the play offs final. Good to assist our goal Still Believe ☝ pic.twitter.com/HgXZKpZ78b— Mohammed dauda (@mo_dauda) May 25, 2019The two teams are scheduled to meet for the return encounter on Tuesday, 28 May, 2019.
Ghanaian striker Bernard Tekpetey has expressed gratitude to Paderborn teammates and staff after following his transfer to Schalke 04 on Saturday. Schalke activated the buy-back clause to resign inform striker.I will like to thank the coaching staff, Management team, players, Physio/team doctors God bless everyone and will miss everyone, hope we see us again pic.twitter.com/553X3o2n3q— Bernard Tekpetey (@BTekpetey32) May 25, 2019The 21-year-old left the Royal Blues last summer to join SC Paderborn and play in Germany’s second tier but returns to the club after just one season.But following a successful season in which he scored ten goals and provided six assists in 32 appearances to help Paderborn qualify, he has been rewarded with a place in Schalke's team for next season.Despite his exploits, Tekpetey failed to make Kwesi Appiah's Black Stars squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.