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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ghana Men's National Soccer Team News

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September 5, 2015 - Wakaso Mubarak scores in win over Rwanda
"A late free-kick from Wakaso Mubarak made it two wins from two for Ghana as they beat Rwanda 1-0 away from home in qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Avram Grant's men had begun their campaign with a 7-1 win over Mauritius but were frustrated by Rwanda for much of Saturday's match. Ghana struggled to create chances on a dreadful pitch at the Stade Amahoro in Kigali before Wakaso curled home the winner from the edge of the area two minutes from time." - FourFourTwo

September 2, 2015 - roster named for AFCON qualifier
  • Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Fatau Dauda (AshGold), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars) 
  • Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Baba Rahman (Chelsea, England), Gyimah Edwin (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Daniel Amartey, (FC Copenhagen, Denmark) 
  • Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Solomon Asante (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Christian Atsu (Bournemouth, England), Andre Ayew (Swansea City, UK) Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Bernard Mensah (Getafe, Spain), Godfred Donsah (Bologna, Italy) 
  • Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (SIPG Shanghai, China), Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), David Accam (Chicago Fire, USA), Richmond Boakye Yiadom(Atalanta, Italy)
September 1, 2015 - Jordan Ayew scores game winner over Congo
"Ghana stepped up preparations for their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda with a 3-2 win over Congo in an exhibition encounter on Tuesday. Sagesse Babele scored twice, one into his own net, while goals from Richmond Boakye-Yiadom and Jordan Ayew ensured a Hardy Binguila effort counted little at the new Kintele Stadium." - Goal

June 14, 2015 - Asamoah Gyan & Jordan Ayew eacgh scores braces in win over Mauritius
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan scored twice to help his side secure a huge 7-1 victory over Mauritius in their opening 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday. All the Black Stars' big names lived up to their reputations, with Jordan Ayew also scoring twice and Christian Atsu adding one. Jeffrey Schlupp was also on the scoresheet and David Accam struck Ghana's final goal. J. Sophie scored for Mauritius but the visitors were already 4-0 down by then and were never going to get anything out of the Group H tie." - BBC

June 8, 2015 - Bernard Mensah scores in win over Togo
"Ghana have beaten Togo 1-0 in an international friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium. Vitoria Guimaraes midfielder, Bernard Mensah, scored on his debut for Ghana with a 30-yard shot in the first half which left Togo keeper Cedric Mensah with no chance." - Graphic Online

March 25, 2015 - Stephen Baffour scores in win over Namibia
Ghana’s home-based national team struck at the death to beat Namibia 1-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in an international friendly. Berekum Chelsea striker Stephen Baffour climbed off the bench to score late on for the local Black Stars who were second best on the day. It was goalmouth melee and the opportunistic striker trapped the ball before firing home for the winner." - Ghana Soccernet

March 19, 2015 - roster named for Senegal &Mali friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Razak Brimah, Fatau Dauda, Ernest Sowah
  • Defenders: Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman, Edwin Gyimah, John Boye, Daniel Amartey, Jonathan Mensah, Jeffrey Schlupp
  • Midifleders: Rabiu Mohammed, Afriyie Acquah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Solomon Asante, Christian Atsu, Frank Acheampong, Mubarak Wakasu, Andre Ayew, David Accam, Alfred Duncan, Siedu Salifu.
  • Strikers: Asamoah Gyan, Jordan Ayew, Mahatma Otoo, Kwesi Appiah, Ebenezer Assifuah, Bernard Mensah
February 5, 2015 - Jordan Ayew, Wakaso Mubarak & Andre Ayew score in win over Equatorial Guinea
"Ghana defeated Equatorial Guinea 3-0 to secure a spot in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.... The game sprung into life in the 40th minute, as Jordan Ayew converted from the penalty spot, after Kwesi Appiah was brought down by Ovono. The Black Stars doubled their lead minutes later courtesy of composed finish from Mubarak Wakaso, following a brilliant counter attack.... The win was sealed in the 74th minute, Appiah broke free once again but was pushed wide, however picked out Andre Ayew, who slotted into an empty." - Soccer Laduma

February 1, 2015 - Christian Atsu scores brace in win over Guinea
"Christian Atsu scored a goal-of-the-tournament contender as his double helped Ghana stroll past Guinea 3-0 to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals. The winger let fly with an unstoppable left-foot effort just after the hour in Sunday's quarter-final tie in Malabo to put the icing on the cake for Avram Grant's men, who had already seized control of the contest. Guinea's spot in the last eight was confirmed via the drawing of lots at the expense of Mali, but their luck ran out as early as the fourth minute when Atsu scored his first from Andre Ayew's superb assist. Ghana were two goals to the good on the stroke of half-time as Kwesi Appiah showed his predatory instincts to capitalise on a horrendous error from Guinea's Baissama Sankoh for his first international goal." - Goal

January 27, 2015 - John Boye & Andre Ayew score in win over South Africa
"Second-half goals from John Boye and Andre Ayew saw Ghana come from behind to beat South Africa 2-1 in their final 2015 African Cup of Nations Group C match at the Estadio De Mongomo on Tuesday to secure a place in the quarterfinals of the competition.... In the 17th minute South Africa took the lead despite not seeing much of the ball when Mandla Masango superbly volleyed home from 22 yards out.... Finally, in the 72nd minute Ghana found their just reward when a goalmouth scramble inside the South African box was turned home by John Boye from 12-yards out.... In the 83rd minute Ghana did find their second goal, and it proved to be the winner, when an inch perfect cross from Baba Rahman was superbly headed home by Andre Ayew." - SuperSport

January 23, 2014 - Asamoah Gyan kicks extra-time winner over Algeria
"Asamoah Gyan returned from a bout of malaria to score a stoppage-time winner and keep Ghana's African Cup hopes alive with a 1-0 win over tournament favorite Algeria on Friday. Desperately needing a win to revive its campaign, Ghana appeared set to slip to the brink of elimination before Gyan ran onto a desperate long ball right at the end and scored past Rais Mbolhi in the Algerian goal." - The State

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January 7, 2015 - AFCON roster named
"Ghana coach Avram Grant has named his final 23-man squad that will travel to Equatorial Guinea to participate in this month's Africa Cup of Nations. The squad, which is dominated by foreign-based players, sees several players named for their maiden appearances in African football's flagship event. Youngsters Baba Rahman, Daniel Amartey, Frank Acheampong David Accam and Kwesi Appiah will all be making their first appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations. Injury to striker Abdul-Majeed Waris means Norway-based attacker Mahatma Otoo has been given a late call-up to join the squad.... The Black Stars will be led at the tournament by captain Asamoah Gyan who joins Andre Ayew, Jonathan Mensah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Mubarak Wakaso will provide the needed exeperience for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea." - Ghana Football Association

December 2, 2014 - injured Kwadwo Asamoah out for three months
"Juventus and Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah will be out of action for at least three months after undergoing keyhole surgery on Tuesday, ruling him out of the African Nations Cup in January. The Serie A champions and current leaders said the surgery was necessary because of a cartilage problem in the 25-year-old's left knee. "The recovery time is estimated at not less than three to four months," said the Turin club in a statement. Asamoah, a left-sided midfielder who can also play at left back, has been a Ghana regular for the past five years and played at the World Cup." - Eurosport

November 19, 2014 - Waris, Wakaso & Agyemang-Badu score in win over Togo
"Wakaso Mubarak starred as Ghana beat Togo 3-1 on Wednesday to book their place in the Africa Cup of Nations finals.... The Celtic winger first provided the assist for Abdul Majeed Waris to head home his first international goal in 13 months, before doubling the lead with a superb long-range effort to help the hosts lead 2-0 at the break. Togo, who could have qualified with a win, threatened a comeback when Jonathan Ayite headed home in the 47th minute, but Ghana's stand-in captain Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu made sure of the win with just over 20 minutes remaining. The home team started strongly and John Boye and Agyemang-Badu both saw headers go narrowly wide, before the pressure finally told in the 23rd minute when Waris nodded home Wakaso's superb cross from the right. Wakaso then produced a moment of brilliance three minutes later with a left-footed thunderbolt from 35 yards that nestled in the top right corner. Having seldom threatened in the first half, Togo needed a quick response and Ayite duly delivered when he planted a firm header home from eight yards two minutes after the break. The match continued in end-to-end fashion, but Agyemang-Badu's deflected shot in the 69th minute took the game away from Togo and ensured Ghana of top spot." - Sportal

November 17, 2014 - injury updates
"Andre Ayew will miss Wednesday's CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Togo, the Ghana Football Federation said on Monday. The Marseille midfielder was injured in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Uganda and is expected to be out for two weeks. However, Ghana could welcome back Asamoah Gyan, who missed the Uganda match through injury." - FIFA

November 10, 2014 - Banahene replaces injured Gyan
"Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan and Juventus midfielder, Kwadwo Asamoah were the notable absentees in Ghana’s 23-man squad for next weekend’s 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Black Stars will face the Cranes of Uganda on Saturday, 15 November 2014 in Kampala before returning to the northern Ghanaian city of Tamale four days later for the ultimate Group E fixture against neighbours, Hawks of Togo. Gyan, who plays for United Arab Emirates outfit, Al Ain, is ruled out of the two games due to injury just as the Italian-based Asamoah. In the place of Gyan, who is Ghana’s top scorer in the campaign with three goals, coach Maxwell Konadu has called up Emmanuel Osei Banahene of Saudi Arabian side, Al Orobah." - CAF

October 15, 2014 - Gyan, Ayew & Agyemang-Badu score in win over Guinea
"Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu's injury-time strike secured all three points for Ghana as the Black Stars beat Guinea 3-1 in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Wednesday.... Both teams looked dangerous in the opening stages, but unsurprisingly it was Ghana who broke the deadlock in the 13th minute. Solomon Asante did well to find the run of Jordan Ayew, who in turn slipped the ball into the area for Asamoah Gyan to slot into the net in routine fashion to follow up his goal in Saturday's draw. Guinea were level before the break, though, as Mohamed Yattara pounced on Ibrahima Traore's deflected free kick before stabbing home.... And the hosts eventually edged ahead just before the hour mark, as Andre Ayew converted a penalty after Gyan saw an effort blocked with a hand. The visitors ensured a nervous end to the match, but Ghana did eventually put the match beyond Guinea as substitute Agyemang-Badu coolly slotted in from the edge of the area, sending Konadu's men on to eight points in Group E." - Goal

September 10, 2014 - Gyan, Agyemang-Badu& Atsu score in win over Togo
"Christian Atsu scored a late winner as Ghana claimed a dramatic first victory of Africa Cup of Nations qualification, beating Togo 3-2. The winger, on loan at Everton from Premier League rivals Chelsea, hit home the winner five minutes from time to give Kwesi Appiah's men victory in the Group E clash in Lome.... First-half goals from Asamoah Gyan and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu quickly turned things around for Ghana, only for Emmanuel Adebayor to seemingly rescue a point for Togo 13 minutes from time.... Yet Togo's lead lasted just 12 minutes, striker Gyan levelling matters with a towering header into the bottom corner, before midfielder Agyemang-Badu completed the turnaround in the 34th minute. The Udinese man was left unmarked by the Togo defence and made no mistake as he nodded home Abdul Rahman's low cross at the near post. Ghana held out for much of the second half with little difficulty, however, Adebayor set the stage for a frantic finale when he netted with a towering header. But it was Atsu who had the final say, the 22-year-old using his pace to break free from the defence, confidently slotting home to seal all three points for Ghana." - Sport Live

August 30, 2014 - Brian Majwegas doubtful for qualifer
"Uganda Cranes playmaker Brian Majwega is doubtful for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier away to Ghana onSeptember 6th. Head Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic told on Saturday that Majwega has a muscle problem and might miss the trip to West Africa. “Let us wait and see what the doctors will decide,” added Sredojevic.... Majwega pulled a muscle while featuring for KCCA FC last weekend in a play-off game against Rwanda’s Police FC in the Cecafa Kagame Club Championship in Kigali. Majwega who scored one of the goals in Uganda’s 2-0 win over Mauritania in the qualifiers has been a pillar in the Cranes attack.Sredojevic said the team medical doctor will decide if the player can make the trip or stay in Kampala." - African Football

June 26, 2014 - Sulley Muntari & Kevin-Prince Boateng suspended
"Ghana are due to play Portugal tonight in a game they must win to have a chance of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup but their preparations have been thrown into chaos. Muntari, who plays for AC Milan, and Boateng, who represents Schalke, have both been dismissed by coach Kwesi Appiah for disciplinary reasons and have been suspended "indefinitely" by the country.... Muntari is alleged to have slapped Ghana management committee member Moses Armah Parker.... Boateng is alleged to have insulted coach Appiah during a training session." - Yahoo

June 21, 2014 - Andre Ayew & Asamoah Gyan score in draw with Germany
"After a cautious, evenly-balanced first half, the match came alive in the 51st minute with Goezte putting the Germans ahead with a downward header that came off his knee before beating Fatawu Dauda in the Ghanaian goal. But the Africans hit straight back, Andre Ayew outleaping the towering figure of Per Mertesacker in the German defence to head his side level on 54. Nine minutes later, Ghana took the lead with Asamoah Gyan breaching the German back line and firing a right foot shot past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Germany coach Joachim Loew turned to experience, throwing on Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger and it proved an inspired switch with Klose netting the goal that keeps the Germans in contention to reach the second round for a remarkable 16th consecutive World Cup. Ghana sit third in the group on one point with United States (three points), playing bottom side Portugal on Sunday."- Chicago Tribune

June 9, 2014 - Jordan Ayew scores hat trick in win over South Korea
"Striker Jordan Ayew scored a hat trick after entering the game as a substitute on Monday as Ghana won their warmup match for the 2014 World Cup by beating South Korea 4-0. Forward Abdul Majeed Waris left the game in the fourth minute with a left leg injury and was replaced by Ayew, who scored in the 13th minute when his shot from 15 yards deflected off defender Ki Sung-yueng and past goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong. Ayew sent a strike into the corner of the net from 23 yards in the 53rd minute, and scored from close range in the 89th off a pass from Albert Adomah. Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan, who scored the goal that clinched Ghana’s win over the Americans four years ago, stole the ball from Kwak Taehwi near midfield, dribbled 20 yards past Kim Young-gwon and scored from 15 yards in the 44th minute." - The National

June 1, 2014 - World Cup roster named
  • Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates)
  • Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset)
  • Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)
  • Samuel Inkoom (Platanias)
  • Daniel Opare (Standard Liege/Porto)
  • Harrison Afful (Esperance)
  • John Boye (Rennes)
  • Jonathan Mensah (Evian)
  • Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns)
  • Michael Essien (AC Milan)
  • Sulley Muntari (AC Milan)
  • Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar)
  • Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus)
  • Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese)
  • Afriyie Acquah (Parma)
  • Christian Atsu (Vitesse)
  • Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough)
  • Andre Ayew (Marseille)
  • Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan)
  • Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain)
  • Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke 04)
  • Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes)
  • Jordan Ayew (Sochaux)
May 31, 2014 - injured Jerry Akaminko to miss World Cup
"Ghana centre-back Jerry Akaminko will miss the World Cup after suffering an ankle injury in the friendly against Netherlands on Saturday. The 26-year-old was taken off during his side's 1-0 defeat in Rotterdam and will undergo surgery that will keep him out of action for about three months. The Eskisehirspor player landed awkwardly on an ankle after an aerial challenge and could not continue the game in the dying embers of the match against Louis van Gaal's side. Ghana team doctor Adam Baba confirmed that Akaminko will miss the finals in Brazil." - Goal

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