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World Cup: No Ghanaian in qualifiers best eleven

World Cup: No Ghanaian in qualifiers best eleven

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No Ghanaian player was included in the best eleven of the Match Day 3 of the ongoing CAF 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The Black Stars drew 1-1 at home with the Red Devils of Congo last Friday. Ghana's group opponent Uganda's goalkeeper Denis Onyango’s match winning antics against Egypt on Thursday last week earned him a place in the Best eleven of Match Day 3 of the ongoing CAF 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The reigning African Player of the Year was in inspired form and helped Uganda earn a historic win over Egypt at Mandela National stadium, Namboole. In front of the Mamelodi Sundowns goalie is a three man back line that has Ivory Coast’s Serge Aurier, Mehd Benatia of Morocco and Nigeria’s Leon Balogun. The midfield has Cape Verde’s Nuno Rocha who was instrument
African Champions fail to qualify for World Cup

African Champions fail to qualify for World Cup

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African champions Cameroon cannot qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in Yaounde on Monday. The result means Cameroon have just three points from four matches and can no longer finish top of Group B. Nigeria took the lead after 30 minutes through Moses Simon after the ball broke to him in the area. Cameroon equalised in the 75th minute as substitute Vincent Aboubakar scored from the penalty spot. The other fourth round match in this group sees Algeria host Zambia in Constantine on Tuesday. A win for Zambia will take them to seven points just three behind Nigeria with two games to play while Algeria must win to keep alive any slim hopes they still have of going to Russia. Cameroon, the African Champions dominated the opening ex...
Broos admits Cameroon’s World Cup hopes are over after Nigeria defeat

Broos admits Cameroon’s World Cup hopes are over after Nigeria defeat

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Hugo Broos admitted that Cameroon's 2018 World Cup qualification hopes are all but over following their 4-0 defeat to Nigeria on Friday in Uyo. The Super Eagles are top of Group B on nine points after three matches, seven ahead of African champions Cameroon. They meet again in Yaounde on Monday, with Broos admitting there is nothing but pride at stake. "There is no pressure anymore on Monday, Nigeria have nine points, we have two points," Broos said. "But there is only an honour to defend, there is no importance to this. I just hope my players will have the same mentality that I have - that they will fight on Monday till the last minute - to beat Nigeria. "If we had won this game, we would have a chance, but we lost it and I hope everyone will learn from this." Goals from...
World Cup: Congo holds Ghana at home

World Cup: Congo holds Ghana at home

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The Ghana Black Stars were held to a 1-1 draw at home in their 2018 World Cup Qualifier game against Congo on Friday afternoon. Black Stars had high hopes coming into the game after the group became opened following Egypt's defeat against Uganda in Kampala. The game started well with the Ghanaians controlling the affairs of the game with passes in their half looking for the first goal. Ghana taught they have gotten the opener but a Jordan Ayew's free kick which resulted in a goal was flagged off side by the assistant referee. A defensive blunder from Joseph Attamah Lawal handed the visitors the opener in the game in the 18th minute which the home side failed to equalised ending the first half in a 1-0 win in favor of Congo. Back from recess, The Black Stars turn on the h...
Congo game Ghana names team for the tie

Congo game Ghana names team for the tie

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Captain Asamoah Gyan will lead the Black Stars in today's crucial World Cup qualifying match against Congo at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi. The Black Stars will need a win in today's game against the Congolese to revive Ghana's chances of making a fourth straight appearance at the World Cup. Former Wa All Stars goalkeeper Richard Ofori will keep the post for Ghana this afternoon after his impressive performance against Ethiopia in the last AFCON qualifier. Joseph Attamah Larweh will mark his Black Stars debut in defense for the Black Stars with Daniel Amartey, Jonathan Mensah and Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp forming the back four for Coach Kwesi Appiah side. Thomas Partey and Ebenezer Ofori will be in midfield with Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu on the flanks. Skip...
Denis Onyango warns Egypt to expect ‘fireworks’

Denis Onyango warns Egypt to expect ‘fireworks’

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Uganda captain Denis Onyango has warned Egypt to expect "fireworks" during their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Kampala on Thursday. The last time the two sides met, Egypt beat Uganda with an 89th minute goal at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The Cranes' goalkeeper says it adds extra spice to their Group E tie. "It's going to be fireworks in Kampala because they know what kind of a team we are," Onyango told BBC Sport. "They beat us at the Afcon in the last minute of the game, I think it shows their experience and we lost concentration at the back. "Winning the home game will set the pace for us before we travel for the return leg in Alexandria on September 5th," said Onyango, who plies his trade in South Africa with Mamelodi Sundowns. Egypt, record seven times Afr...
Attamah hopeful Ghana will qualify for World Cup

Attamah hopeful Ghana will qualify for World Cup

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Black Stars new entrant Joseph Attamah is hopeful Ghana can qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The former Ghana youth star, says if they work hard and believe in themselves, they can make it to the world's most biggest football festival. "I believe we can qualify for the World Cup if we believe in ourselves and work more harder" Attamah said. "It doesn't matter who plays or who don't play, the main thing is to believe in yourself and work towards it" he added. Attamah has earned his first Black Stars call up after an impressive performance in the Turkish league with Istabul Basaksehir. He has been included in the team for the upcoming World Cup qualifies with DR Congo on September 1.
Ola Aina: England youth international earns Nigeria call-up

Ola Aina: England youth international earns Nigeria call-up

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Chelsea's Ola Aina, currentlyon loan at championship club Hull City has been named in Nigeria's squad for next month's 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon. London-born Aina has played for England at youth level from under-16 through to under-20 level. Aina, 20, missed a friendly against Togo in June as his international switch had not been confirmed. He trained with Nigeria in March after a friendly against Senegal in London. Also named in the 23-man squad by coach Gernot Rohr is uncapped Israel-based striker Anthony Nwakaeme. Captain John Mikel Obi and Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses are both back after missing June's 2019 Nations Cup home defeat against South Africa with injury. Other experienced players making a return include defender Leon Balogun, in-form C...
Ghana announce squad for Congo game

Ghana announce squad for Congo game

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Black Stars Head coach Kwesi Appiah has named a 24-man squad for Ghana’s upcoming World Cup double legged qualifying games against Congo. The senior national team will host the Red Devils at the Baba Yara Stadium on September 1 before traveling to Brazzaville for the return encounter on September 5. Coach Appiah’s 24-man list includes debutantes Edwin Gyasi of Norwegian side Aalesund and Gideon Waja of WAFA. Former Ghana U-20 goalkeeper Lawrence Ati and Turkey-based duo Joseph Attamah Larweh and Isaac Sackey have also been named in the squad. Captain Asamoah Gyan and his deputy Andre Ayew have all made the squad for next month's matches. The invited players are expected to start arriving in Accra from Monday August 28 to commence preparations for the two matches against
No Ghanaian referee for U17 India World Cup

No Ghanaian referee for U17 India World Cup

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There will be no Ghanaian referee for the upcoming 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by India in October this year. No Ghanaian referee was name after FIFA, announced the list of officials and their assistants from all the six confederations. For FIFA, it is essential to ensure that the best match officials from all around the world are selected for FIFA competitions. For some of the selected match officials, India 2017 will be another important step in their preparations for FIFA’s flagship competition, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. At the same time, this competition in India will give other ambitious FIFA referees the opportunity to show their quality while taking another step forward in their career. In all, the FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 21 tri