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CAF Confederation Cup: Abass in, Sefah out as C.K Akunnor makes one change against Coton Sport

Charles Akunnor has made one change to Asante Kotoko starting line up for the CAF Confederation Cup playoff clash against Coton Sport Garoua on Sunday.The Porcupine Warriors gaffer has chosen former inter Allies left-back Abass Mohammed as the man to replace Augustine Sefah who misses the game through suspension.The former Hearts of Oak coach has however kept faith with goalkeeper Felix Annan, captain Amos Frimpong, Agyemang Badu and Abdul Ganiu Ismail.Akunnor has stuck with skillful wingers Emmanuel Gyamfi and Maxwell Baakoh with support from Richard Senanu.Former Eleven Wonders forward Abdul Fatawu Safiu and Burkinabe Songné Yacouba will lead the attack.The match will be played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.Kotoko hold a slim advantage going into the game following their 3-2 win over their opponents last weekend.Asante Kotoko starting XI:Felix Annan (GK)-Amos Frimpong, Agyemang Badu, Abdul Ganiu Ismail, Abass Mohammed – Richard Senanu, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Maxwell Baakoh- Abdul Fatawu Safiu, Songné Yacouba, Kwame BonsuCK Akonnor makes one change to the starting-XI in the 3-2 win over Coton Sport in Cameroon last week. pic.twitter.com/3mQxwhyola— Asante Kotoko SC (@AsanteKotoko_SC) January 20, 2019

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Turkish giants Galatasaray reach agreement with Sparta Prague on Benjamin Tetteh – Report

Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray have reached an agreement with Sparta Prague over the transfer of Benjamin Tetteh, according to reports in Turkey.Tetteh has been linked with a switch to Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers following his impressive performance for Sparta Prague in the first half of the Czech top-flight campaign.However, reports from Turkey indicate that the Ghanaian will be heading to Galatasaray after the Istanbul-based side agreed to pay €7.5 million to the Czech giants.Galatarasary coach Fatih Terim is reported to be a huge admirer of the lanky poacher and is ready to make him his number one choice.The 21-year-old has netted 9 goals in 22 games for the Generali Arena outfit this term.Tetteh has represented Ghana at the U17 and U20 level.

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Alfred Duncan suffers minor injury in Sassuolo draw with Inter Milan

Alfred Duncan could spend some time on the sidelines after suffering a knock in US Sassuolo's goalless draw with Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A on Saturday evening.Duncan was once again impressive at the heart of midfield alongside Stefano Sensi as they put breaks on the Nerazzurri at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.But the Ghanaian hobbled off the pitch with an ankle injury after he was clipped from behind by compatriot Kwadwo Asamoah in the 70th minute.The 25-year-old was eventually replaced with Moroccan international Mehdi Bourabia two minutes later.Meanwhile, Asamoah went on to play full throttle for the hosts likewise Kevin Prince Boateng for the Neroverdi.

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Ex-England star Titus Bramble hails Right to Dream academy, wants to return

Former England defender Titus Bramble has praised the iconic Right to Dream Academy in Ghana and vowed to return to the famous football training school in future after observing their training methods.The ex-Newcastle player made his first visit to the acclaimed academy this week in the West African country following the rave reviews in the global media.The former centre-back, who also played for Wigan, Sunderland and Ipswich was on an official visit to acquaint himself with the operations of the academy.Attracted by how the school has impressively churned out intellectual footballers who play the game at the highest levels including Ghana internationals Majeed Waris, David Accam, Thomas Agyepong, Yaw Yeboah and many others, Bramble travelled to Akosombo.He observed how the players are trained to excel in football while combining it with their academic studies after being shown around by academy head coach Frazer Robertson.”Great to spend the afternoon at @right2dream. Thanks @Frazer81 for looking after us and showing us around,” the former England youth defender Bramble wrote on Twitter.”Look forward to coming back and spending more time at the Academy.”Great to spend the afternoon at @right2dream. Thanks @Frazer81 for looking after us and…

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Ghanaian youngster Edmund Addo climbs off the bench to score brace for FK Senica in friendly win over FC Petržalka

Ghanaian midfielder Edmund Addo came off the bench to bag a brace for FK Senica in their 3-2 friendly victory over Slovakian lower-tier side FC Petržalka Akadémia.Jakub Nemec opened the scoring for FC Petržalka Akadémia in the 17th minute before Boris Turcak extended their lead just a minute after the break.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.Addo joined FK Senica in the summer after signing a three-year deal from Ghanaian lower division side Mamprobi Mighty Cosmos.

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Normalisation Committee issues backing for Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah ahead of 2019 AFCON

Normalisation Committee of the Ghana Football Association has launched their staunch backing for head coach Kwesi Appiah ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Appiah's contract runs out in March this year and there are media reports he is not their favourite going into the tournament in Egypt.A statement by spokesperson of the Normalisation Committee read: ''The coach will be given every support possible, to enable him to function at the optimum as Ghana seek to win the AFCON for the first time in over three decades.''The GFA has no interest in putting pressure on Coach Appiah, but will rather provide the necessary mechanism to facilitate his role in achieving the nation's quest.''Performance clauses worldwide are acceptable in contracts, hence the introduction of same in Coach Kwasi Appiah’s.''While this is an international practice, the Normalization Committee believe in Coach Appiah’s ability to lead Ghana’s campaign to win AFCON 2019, a goal of H.E President Akufo Addo.''We wish to call on Ghanaians to throw every support spiritually and physically behind Coach Appiah and the team, to achieve the common goal of winning the trophy in Egypt.''

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Bristol Rovers striker Bernard Mensah heading to fifth-tier side Aldershot Town

Bristol Rovers striker Bernard Mensah is expected to train with Aldershot Town on Monday.Mensah is said to be interested in returning to north Hampshire just 12 months after leaving to sign for Rovers.Shots manager Gary Waddock did not deny the attacking midfielder was on his way back.”Sometimes I like to put people off the scent… is Bristol overseas?” he replied with a smile, before adding: “I thought Bristol was overseas.”Mensah made eight first team appearances for Bristol Rovers in the second half of the 2017-18 season after joining them last January.He then made one more appearance for the League One club at the start of this season before joining Lincoln City on loan.

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“Inter Milan lacked cutting edge against Sassuolo – Kwadwo Asamoah

Inter Milan left-back Kwadwo Asamoah admits his side were unable to pick maximum points against US Sassuolo due to their failure to adhere to the strategy of coach Luciano Spalletti.The Nerazzurri's were matched by bogey side US Sassuolo in nearly an empty San Siro Stadium on Saturday.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 will hope to return to winning ways when they plays as guests to Torino on Sunday, January 27.

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Ghana U20 suffer 2-1 defeat to Hearts of Oak in final friendly before flying out to Niger

Ghana U20 lost for the second time in a row after a 2-1 reverse to Hearts of Oak on Saturday at the Tema Sports Stadium in a friendlyAll the three goals came in the second half with substitute Kofi Kordzi bagging a brace for the Phobians.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.