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Black Stars ‘B’ force to called off first training session

Black Stars ‘B’ force to called off first training session

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Ghana’s home-based Black Stars have been forced to call off their first training session in Ouagadougou following the Burkina Faso Federation’s inability to provide the team a training field. Huge uncertainty surrounded the first training session of Ghana’s home-based Black Stars as Burkina Faso officials kept tossing the team around from one training center to another. The technical team was forced to call off the session at 17:45 GMT and were compelled to rely on a 30-minute shakeup in the hotel after calling off the session. The team was scheduled to train on Thursday afternoon ahead of their mandatory training session at the match venue on Friday afternoon but the allocated venue was occupied when the Black Stars B arrived at the venue. The Black Stars B were ta
George Alhassan believes foreign base dominance in the Black Stars is the cause of low performance on the African stage

George Alhassan believes foreign base dominance in the Black Stars is the cause of low performance on the African stage

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Former Ghana International George Alhassan has blamed foreign based players for the Black Stars low performance in African competitions. The former national star said that the inclusion of too many foreign based players is the cause of Ghana's failure to perform well when it comes to competitions in Africa. He advised the GFA to reduce the number of foreign players invited for competitions based in Africa and involve more locally based players. “I believe the dominance of the foreign based players in the Black Stars is the reason for their consistently low performances on the African stage. Why don’t we choose only two or three foreign based players to join the team for AFCON qualifiers and then invite more to participate in the FIFA World Cup? I am saying this because the Gha
Parliament to GNPC: “Stop sponsoring Black Stars”

Parliament to GNPC: “Stop sponsoring Black Stars”

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The Parliament of Ghana has strongly advised the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation to stay away from activities outside its core mandate of matters relating to oil exploration. The nation’s legislature specifically pointed to sponsoring the Black Stars and handing out funds to certain state entities. The House’s recommendations followed discussions on Thursday concerning the report from the Public Accounts Committee on how GNPC managed revenues from ventures into oil exploration in 2015. The report was presented by the chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament, Hon. Kweku Kwarteng, MP for Obuasi West. “Mr. Speaker, this (report) is for the year 2015 and GNPC got into the business of being a bank lending money to TOR, BOST and giving money to the Black Stars. The qu
Kwesi Appiah’s goal saves Dons in Preseason friendly

Kwesi Appiah’s goal saves Dons in Preseason friendly

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Ghanaian forward Kwesi Appiah scored his first goal back in a Dons shirt in their 1-1 Pre season friendly game against Aldershot Town at the EBB Stadium. It took just 54 seconds for Aldershot to open up the Dons with a quick, flowing move that Bobby Joe-Taylor drove low across McDonnell for the opener. Seconds later the home side went close again as the Wimbledon made the worse possible start. Three minutes later though, Appiah saved Wimbledon's blushes as he fired in from close range to level the scores. Appiah is looking forward for a successful season with the Dons after returning to the club.  
Richard Ofori delighted with Maritzburg move

Richard Ofori delighted with Maritzburg move

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Maritzburg United newcomer Richard Ofori says he has been keeping tabs on the Team of Choice since last year. Ofori told the club’s website: “I’ve been following them since last year. The game in Cape Town against Cape Town City, I was there. When [Evans] Rusike scored that free-kick, I was there. They were playing very well and I said to myself I would love to be with this team. Here I am now with the team. I am hoping everything will go well for us.” The 23-year-old was part of Ghana’s 2013 Fifa Under-20 World Cup squad, as well as the 2015 All Africa Cup Games. He was called up for the 2016 CHAN qualifiers against Ivory Coast. Earlier this year, Ofori was part of Avram Grant’s 2017 African Nations Cup squad, but did not feature in the tournament which was hosted by Gabon. Ofor
Pius Hadzide: GNPC-GFA partnership no more

Pius Hadzide: GNPC-GFA partnership no more

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Deputy Sports Minister Pius Hadzide has disclosed to Citi-Sports that the sponsorship deal between the Ghana Football Association and GNPC has been terminated. This revelation follows the news of the nonpayment of the Black Stars technical team for over 2 months. GNPC was formerly in charge of the payment of the Black Stars back room staff, but deal between the two entities was reviewed after the new board of directors at the corporation took over affairs earlier this year. GNPC are no longer under obligation to pay the Back Stars coaching staff and the responsibility now solely lies on the Sports Ministry. According to the Deputy Minister, the Sports ministry will liaise with other sources to generate money to fund the senior national team. “We are told that the GNPC ar
Ghana’s Wakaso joins Alaves on a three-year deal

Ghana’s Wakaso joins Alaves on a three-year deal

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Ghana international midfielder Mubarak Wakaso has joined La Liga side Alaves on a three - year deal. The 26-year-old joins the Spanish side after leaving Panathinaikos in Greece. The midfielder has extensive experience of playing in Spain, having previously turned out for Granada, Las Palmas, Espanyol, Villareal and Elche. The player has played for the Black Stars since 2012 and played five matches at this year's Africa Cup of Nations. "Deportivo Alaves want to welcome Wakaso and wish him much luck in this new stage," the club said in a statement. He has also played in Russia, with Rubin Kazan, and Scotland, with reigning champions Celtic. Alaves finished in La Liga last season.
Raphael Dwamena wins 2016-17 Ballers In God best players

Raphael Dwamena wins 2016-17 Ballers In God best players

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Ghana Black Stars striker Raphael Dwamena has crowned the 2016/17 best footballer of the year by ’Ballers in God’ group. The player was awarded the accolade after his sterling performance for FC Zurich which saw them gain promotion into the Swiss top flight. The award which is initiated by a group of Christian footballers called ‘Ballers in God’ also has includes some of the big players across the world. Dwamena found the back of the net 12 times for FC Zurich and also helped his side win the league and also gain promotion for next season's Switzerland league. The 21 -year-old scored twice on his national team debut when Ghana thrashed Ethiopia by 5 - 0 in an African Cup qualification game played in Kumasi. Below are pictures the player with his award
Black Stars B thrash Vision FC in friendly game

Black Stars B thrash Vision FC in friendly game

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The local Black Stars today thrashed division one league side Vision FC by 4 - 0 in a friendly game played at the Ghanaman Soccer Center of Excellence in Prampram. The local stars as part of preparations ahead of their CHAN qualifies against neighbors Burkina Faso. Two goals from Tema Youth forward Joseph Painstil and a goal each from WAFA's Gideon Waja and guest player Yaw Yeboah handed the Black Stars B side a win over Vision FC. The team has been in camp for some time now with the aim of getting enough preparation for the task ahead.
Ghana suffer 1- 0 defeat against Mexico in friendly

Ghana suffer 1- 0 defeat against Mexico in friendly

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The Ghana Black Stars lost 1 - 0 to Mexico in an international friendly played in Houston in USA. Elias Hernandez’s opened the score for the Mexicans in the 32nd-minute with a penalty at the NRG stadium after Jesus Gallardo was fouled in the box by John Boye. Coach Kwesi Appiah made changes to the team which beat Ethiopia in Kumasi by handing Isaac Sackey his debut and also giving some players like Jonathan Mensah, Frank Acheampong and Majeed Waris a starting spot. Despite Ghana settling early in the game, Mexico soon found their rhythm as they wasted two good opportunities in the early minutes of the game. Ghana came close to getting a goal after Majeed Waris effort was saved by the Mexican goalkeeper within the course of the game. The second half was not as free-fl