UEFA Champions League is here again

The 2019/2020 UCL kicks off today. This year's campaign seeks to be intriguing as always as new signings and alterations have been made by most big clubs in Europe's top flight leagues. Liverpool,the defending champions hope to retain the trophy but first have to battle it out with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, PSG, and the likes who are also seeking for a revengeful campaign. Recap of last season's breathtaking moments: Ajax's fairytale. Lucas Moura's 95th minute winner against Ajax. Messi's outstanding free kick. Liverpool's sensational comeback against Barcelona. Spurs and City thriller. Cr7'sridiculous hat-trick. Welcome back Champions League!!!

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GFA Elections: Afriyie seeks divine intervention

One of the leading contenders for next month's Ghana Football Association's (GFA) presidential race, Mr George Afriyie, was at the Unity Church in Kumasi yesterday to seek divine intervention ahead of the elections scheduled for October 25.

Afriyie, together with other contestants, are vying to occupy the 'hot seat' left vacant after last year's Anas Amereyaw Anas corruption exposé at the FA.

Much as he was so sure of taking over the reigns of implicated Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former All Blacks/Gamba All Blacks boss believes the ultimate decision over who would win the election rested with God.

He was the special guest of the church owner and bankroller of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Mr Kwame Kyei, who had also paraded his Kotoko players for prayers ahead of the team's second leg second round CAF Champions League match against Tunisian side, Etoile du Sahel.

Sounding so confident, Afriyie, one of seven candidates for the slot, urged his fellow candidates to concede and support him ahead of the contest.

Flanked by his team, including Mr Jeffrey Asare, a journalist, Mr Afriyie said he remained the most experienced and competent candidate having participated in the last three FA elections.

"I know delegates can change their mind at the last minute but I am confident they will not let me down," he said.

About 248 delegates who form the FA's electoral college are expected to cast their ballots to elect one of the seven candidates to rebuild Ghana's damaged football image and reactivate competitive domestic football.

By the close of filing of nomination last Friday, all the seven, including two of Afriyie's hottest rivals, Messrs Wilfried Kweku Osei (Palmer) and Fred Pappoe, had all filed their nominations.

 

 

News Source(Credits): www.graphic.com.gh

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UEFA Champions League is here again

The 2019/2020 UCL kicks off today. This year's campaign seeks to be intriguing as always as new signings and alterations have been made by most big clubs in Europe's top flight leagues. Liverpool,the defending champions hope to retain the trophy but first have to battle it out with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, PSG, and the likes who are also seeking for a revengeful campaign. Recap of last season's breathtaking moments: Ajax's fairytale. Lucas Moura's 95th minute winner against Ajax. Messi's outstanding free kick. Liverpool's sensational comeback against Barcelona. Spurs and City thriller. Cr7'sridiculous hat-trick. Welcome back Champions League!!!

Published By: Maxwell Tego



Ghana likely to play Algeria in friendly

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has disclosed that they are in talks with Algeria, the champions of the just ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON), to engage in a friendly next month.

It is known that the senior national team, the Black Stars, have been in contact with the Desert Foxes of Algeria pertaining to the upcoming friendly.

According to sources, the match could come off on either the 5th or 9th of September depending on which other opponents could be available for a match.

The Algerian Football Association does look forward to playing Ghana's Black Stars as it would serve as a good preparation towards the 2022 preliminary World Cup matches.

This could also serve as the Normalization Committee's first experience to be part of friendly match negotiation and subsequent fruitfullness within FIFA stipulated friendlies period if the deal pans out right.

 

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Asamoah Gyan Still Grappling With General Captaincy Position

It came as a shock for most Ghanaians when news broke that the coach of the senior national side, Kwesi Appiah, had given the captaincy of the team to Andre Dede Ayew but stressed that the former captain Asamoah Gyan was going to be given the role of a general captain.

The General Captaincy role is not known by most soccer or football fans and seem to have no specific role stipulated under that banner.

This angered the former skipper Asamoah Gyan, popularly known in the football circles as Baby Jet to the extent of refusing to show up for this year's African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019). It took the President of the Republic to intervene in the situation before Asamoah Gyan felt pacified.

The senior national football team, the Black Stars, however had a terrible AFCON run this year to the amazement of not only Ghanaian football lovers but also their fans from all over the world. They exited the tournament at the round of sixteen (16) at the hands of the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.

Asamoah Gyan stated in an interview on Joy FM based in Accra, “Since I got into football, since I became a professional, I don’t understand general captain. A captain is a captain. I don’t understand the meaning of general captain. It’s a title on me now but I don’t understand but I have to accept it. And I said ok, what is the captain gonna do?”, he concluded.

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah can do exploits for Black Stars

Fatau Dauda, a former Black Stars goalie has disclosed that Kwesi Appiah should be given the support to continue his role as head coach of the senior national side, the Black Stars.

Fatau who was omitted from the Black Stars squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations believes the Ghana gaffer can turn things out around when he is retained.

“Every Coach in the world is bond to fail in life, so we should all throw our support for Coach Akwasi Appiah and I know he can turn things around for Ghana", he told AshhFM.

He said that Ghana still stands a chance of winning the coveted Afcon title which has eluded the country for as much as 37 years.

"It is possible Ghana can win the Afcon trophy if we focus as a Nation and start preparing towards winning the trophy"

Fatau Dauda made his debut for Ghana at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as well as played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

 

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Laidout Format for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for Africa unveiled

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the format for the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup meant to be hosted by Qatar.

African countries will go through a three-staged qualifying process for the competition, which already has five slots alloted to Africa. Qatar will host 32 countries at the FIFA World Cup and that would be the end to the 32-country era.

Format for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022:

A- Preliminary Round: The 26 highest ranked teams, will be seeded and exempted from the preliminary round. This leaves 28 participating teams in that round. Out of these 28 teams, the 14 highest ranked teams will play against the least ranked teams (1st leg will be played at home of the lowest ranked teams).

B- Group stage: The 14 winning teams of the preliminary round will join the 26 exempted teams in the Group Stage and will be divided into 10 groups of 4 teams. The draw of the groups will be based on the seeding of the 40 teams into 4 levels according to the FIFA ranking. Each group will contain a team of each level.

C- Knock-out stage: Winners of the 10 groups will be divided into 2 levels according to the FIFA ranking. The 5 highest ranked teams will play against the lowest ranked teams (1st leg will be played at home of the lowest ranked teams).

 

Published By: John Arthur