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Asamoah Gyan joins Legon Cities on a four-year deal

The General Captain of Ghana Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, has joined the Ghanaian Premier League side Legon Cities FC on a four-year deal and expected to be announced in the coming hours.

Gyan, who has been without a club since January, has agreed on a deal with the Accra-based club after Asante Kotoko failed to meet his demands.

According to sources, the four-year deal is worth US$250,000 a year, meaning the former Sunderland strike will earn about $1 million dollars in salary in the period – this is a record in the local transfer.

Gyan also pocketed $150k as an appearance fee at the meeting.

The 34-year-old has signed a contract with the Royals after reaching successful negotiations with Board Chairman of Legon Cities and Lemla Group Mr. Richard Kings Atikpo.

As part of the deal, Gyan has asked the Ghana Premier League side to sign teenage sensation Mathew Cudjoe.

Cudjoe played on loan last season at Kotoko but the Porcupine Warriors could not sign him on a permanent deal.

The 34-year-old is returned to the local league, 17 years after leaving Liberty Professionals.

He has gone on to play in the Premier League with Sunderland and dominated United Arab Emirates league. The Al Ain striker won the league’s golden boot three times.

Gyan has scored 51 goals for the Black Stars since his debut in 2003.

Gyan who was heavily linked with a move to giants Kumasi Asante Kotoko has rather swerved and accepted a juicy deal from Accra-based Legon Cities FC.

A move to his childhood dream club, Asante Kotoko never went through after both parties failed to agree on terms.

Gyan has been without a club since 2019 after ending his stay at Indian club NorthEast United.

Gyan began his career in 2003 with Ghanaian Premier League club Liberty Professionals scoring ten goals in sixteen matches then spent three seasons with Serie A club Udinese.

Though there has not been an official announcement, Legon Cities tweeted a while ago that something big is coming up.

Here is their tweet

Man Utd Women beat Tottenham Women 1-0: Millie Turner’s header sends visitors top of Super League

Manchester United Women beat Tottenham Women 1-0 thanks to Millie Turner’s second-half header, a result that saw Casey Stoney’s side go top of the Women’s Super League.

In a tightly fought contest, it was Turner’s looping header – the defender’s first goal since April – after 67 minutes that ultimately proved the difference between the two sides.

As a result, United have gone a point clear of both Arsenal and Everton at the top of the standings ahead of their games on Sunday, while Spurs stay eighth after a third loss of the season.

Read also Marcus Rashford receives Most Excellence Order of the British Empire Award for services to vulnerable children

United head coach Stoney made four changes to the team that lost 3-1 to Liverpool in the League Cup in midweek, with American World Cup-winning duo Christen Press and Tobin Heath both starting.

The hosts, though, were still unable to call upon fellow US international Alex Morgan, who watched on from the stands while working her way back to full fitness, and they could have done with some of her quality in the first half.

Both teams squandered good openings as Rosella Ayane and Heath were given clear sights of goal, only to fluff their lines, before Rebecca Spencer was called upon to make a brilliant one-handed reaction save right at the end of the half to keep the score goalless.

Read also Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka hints at representing Congo over England

However, it was United who stepped up the pace after half-time, eventually taking a deserved lead when Turner managed to loop a header into the net after being picked out from Heath’s right-wing corner.

And that was enough to maintain United’s unbeaten start to the new campaign, while also extending their club-record unbeaten run to eight games in total.

Read also Paul Pogba admits he dreams of future Real Madrid move but he loves United

Marcus Rashford receives Most Excellence Order of the British Empire Award for services to vulnerable children

Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to vulnerable children in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, to give the honour its full title, has been awarded to the United Academy graduate as reward for his extraordinary efforts to publicise and address social inequality, in particular his success in helping to extend the free school-meals scheme over the summer.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service.

It was established on 4th June 1917 by King George V and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female. There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of the order.

The five classes of appointment to the Order are, in descending order of precedence:

  • GBE – Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire[b]
  • KBE or DBE – Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • OBE – Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • MBE – Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

The 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list was due to be published in June, but was pushed back to enable nominations for people playing crucial roles during the first months of the crisis.

Rashford, 22, successfully lobbied the Government into a U-turn over its free school meals policy during lockdown, ensuring children in need would receive meals across the summer.

The England international has since formed a child food poverty task force, linking up with some of the nation’s biggest supermarkets and food brands.

Read also Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka hints at representing Congo over England

Other former Manchester United employees to receive the MBE include the likes of Viv Anderson, Peter Beardsley, Eric Harrison, David Healy, Henrik Larsson, Jim Leighton, Peter Schmeichel, Teddy Sheringham, Nobby Stiles, Casey Stoney and Ray Wilkins.

However, none of them were as young as Marcus when being awarded the honour as the Reds and England forward is still only 22 years old.

In a statement confirming the honour, Rashford said: “I’m incredibly honoured and humbled,” said Marcus. “As a young black man from Wythenshawe, never did I think I would be accepting an MBE, never mind an MBE at the age of 22. This is a very special moment for myself and my family, but particularly my mum who is the real deserving recipient of the honour.

“The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over. I would be doing my community, and the families I have met and spoken with, an injustice if I didn’t use this opportunity to respectfully urge the Prime Minister, who recommended me for this honour, to support our children during the October half-term with an extension of the voucher scheme, as the furlough scheme comes to an end and we face increased unemployment.

“Another sticking plaster, but one that will give the parents of millions of children in the UK just one less thing to worry about,” he added.

He continued “Let’s stand together in saying that no children in the UK should be going to bed hungry. As I have said many times before, no matter your feeling or opinion, not having access to food is NEVER the child’s fault.”

Read also Paul Pogba admits he dreams of future Real Madrid move but he loves United

A spokesman for Manchester United said: “Everyone at Manchester United is hugely proud of Marcus for the work he has been doing to tackle food poverty among vulnerable children. His campaigning has raised awareness of a crucial issue and made a positive difference, and we are delighted to see his efforts being recognised with this honour.”

In related story Former athlete Brendan Foster awarded knighthood for services to international and national sport and culture in north-east England; Warren Gatland awarded CBE for services to rugby union in Wales; Eve Muirhead awarded MBE for services to curling.

Former England cricketer Darren Gough has been made an MBE for services to the sport and charity, while World Athletics’ executive director communications Jacqueline Anne Brock-Doyle receives a CBE.

Former Scottish Football Association president Alan McRae is awarded an OBE for services to grassroots and professional football, Table Tennis England chief executive Sara Jane Sutcliffe and retired Northern Irish World Cup referee Alan Snodd receive MBEs, while Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace has been honoured with a British Empire Medal for services to football and the community in Hertfordshire.

Congratulations Marcus and all the other awardees, from all of us at myaimreport.com.

Paul Pogba admits he dreams of future Real Madrid move but he loves United

The year 2020 for Paul Pogba has been ravished by injury but his reintroduction to the Manchester United team saw his side flaunt their best form since his arrival in 2016.

Paul Pogba has said he would love to play for Real Madrid one day but his focus is on helping Manchester United improve on their poor start to the Premier League season.

With less than one year remaining on his contract, although Manchester United have the option to extend it for a further year, Pogba has opened up on a possible contract extension with the club but also left the door open for a move to Real Madrid.

“I’m in Manchester. A lot has been said, but I haven’t,” Pogba told RMC, via Sport Witness.

“I heard a lot of noise like I was going to leave and that I should go to this or that club. Today, I’m still in Manchester, and I’m fighting to bring the club back to the highest level.”

“I prefer to focus on the ball and especially my comeback. I haven’t been told anything. I haven’t spoken with Ed Woodward. We haven’t spoken about a renewal. For now, I’m in Manchester and I’m especially thinking about coming back to the best of my ability.

“I think there will then be a time when the club will come to speak to me and maybe offer me something, or not. For now, nothing has happened. I can’t tell you something I don’t know. I’m thinking about myself, coming back and putting good performances for my club.”

Read also Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka hints at representing Congo over England

Pogba has continuously been placed at Real Madrid and has himself pushed for a move in the summers of 2018 and 2019 but a transfer has never materialized.

The Los Blancos were said to be interested this summer, with manager Zinedine Zidane being a fan of the midfielder, but the coronavirus pandemic is thought to have impacted the Spanish capital club.

“Zidane? We all heard it, things were said. My reply? Yes, every football player would like to play at Real Madrid. It may be a dream. It’s a dream for me, why not one day.

“As I said, I’m in Manchester and I love my club. I’m performing in Manchester, I’m enjoying myself and I want to do everything to put the club back where it deserves to be. I’ll give my all, just like my teammates.”

Pogba has performed poorly since returning to training after testing positive for coronavirus and he gave away a penalty in his side’s humiliating 6-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Read also Ghana Football Association appoints Bernhard Lippert as GFA Technical Director

The defeat, United’s joint-worst in the Premier League, increased the gloom for the 20-times English champions after they lost their opening game 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace before scraping a 3-2 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

“Every player goes through difficult periods but you have to be strong mentally and we all need to try and get the team back to where it belongs,” Pogba said. “It belongs at the top, fighting for trophies, that’s the club’s ambition. We know it’s not easy, but that remains our objective. We are fighting for that.”

Pogba, who joined United from Juventus in 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89m is out of contract in June, though there is the option to extend for a further year.

Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka hints at representing Congo over England

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

For the past decade, the means of getting news has been shifting from the traditional media to the new media. The same can be said about the modern-day of football, where supporters of various clubs across the world like to read from social media.

It’s where we gather all the information and latest news around our clubs, and also the place where we can gain close interaction from the players themselves – many of whom have used such online platforms to send out symbolic messages down the years.

A fan favourite has to be ‘whose followed who’, particularly when it comes to transfer rumours. This is usually done across Instagram, with eagle-eyed watchers keeping close tabs on certain following lists.

The latest player to cause quite the stir via his Instagram actions is Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but for reasons out of the ordinary.

The defender has recently changed the England flag in his bio to a Congo one, a nation he has represented once at the U20 level.

As he has not made a senior appearance for either country yet, he is still able to choose which he wishes to represent.

His changing of the flag on his social media page though would suggest that his mind is made up. Wan-Bissaka has seemingly fallen down the pecking order under Gareth Southgate, with Kieran Trippier and Reece James being recently preferred.

The 22-year-old will want to be playing international football, and this is a strong hint that he could well be doing so, just not for England.

Ghana Football Association appoints Bernhard Lippert as GFA Technical Director

Bernhard Lippert

FIFA Coaching Instructor, Bernhard Lippert, has been appointed as Technical Director of the Ghana Football Association for a period of two years.

The 58-year-old German trainer is a FIFA expert in instructing and training coaches and coach trainers.

Until this appointment, Lippert was Technical Director of the Associations of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA), a position he’s occupied for 12 years (2008-20).

He was also the Head Coach of Azerbaijan’s U17, U19 and U21 National teams and he played a vital role in qualifying Azerbaijan for the first time in the country’s history to the Elite round of their respective European competitions.

He also achieved the best result with the U21 in the history of the country during the European qualifiers.

Lippert was Head Coach of Eintracht Frankfurt between 1998-99 where he also served as Assistant coach, Youth Education Supervisor and Head Coach of Eintracht Frankfurt U23 at different occasions.

At Eintracht Frankfurt, he trained and developed over 20 players in the youth system of the club to become regular players in the Bundesliga.

At the early stages of his coaching career, he had brief coaching stints with German football giants Bayern Munich, English side Leeds United and Spanish club, .

As Technical Director of the Ghana FA, he will head the Technical Directorate and formulate guidelines, strategies and policies for the training and the technical development of coaches of Ghana football, to provide advice to the Executive Council on coaching and technical development matters in general and the supervision of national football team coaches, to which the Technical Director may be assigned by the Association.

Bernhard Lippert will be responsible for the strategy, development and technical direction of the Technical Directorate, the preparation and implementation of technical programmes at the grassroots, juvenile, and National Teams thereby preparing football coaches and footballers for the future.

He shall be required to build the capacity of the of Technical Directorate of the Association that will include but not limited to the following departments; Coach Education, Referee Education, Talent Identification, Performance Analysis, Technical Studies and Video Analysis, Health and Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Strength and Conditioning and Sports Medicine.

As part of his functions, the Technical Director will arrange courses and conferences for Match Officials, Team Officials, Instructors, Trainers and Administrators.

He is also expected to assess the training programme of the National Teams, examine Reports on players made by the Handlers (Team Managers, Coaches and the Welfare Officers), analyse International Matches and advise the Association.

The former footballer and highly respected coaches’ trainer is fluent in English, Spanish and German.

Bernhard Lippert has been appointed as the Technical Director after a process that saw over one hundred coaches applying for the job with six technical personalities being shortlisted for interviews (three Ghanaian Coachs and three foreign coaches).

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot joins Italian giant AC Milan on loan

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot will spend the rest of the 2020/21 season gaining invaluable experience in Italy, after completing a temporary transfer to AC Milan.

It’s the first time the 21-year-old has been out on loan since signing for the Reds from Porto in the summer of 2018. The Portuguese full-back has made 35 appearances for United so far, most recently as a starter in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Earlier this year, he scored his first goal for the club, in January’s 6-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers in the Emirates FA Cup.
Andreas Pereira and Diogo Dalot at the Aon Training Complex.

Dalot will find a number of familiar faces in Serie A, as current team-mate Andreas Pereira has just embarked on a loan spell with Lazio, and former Reds trio Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young all made permanent moves to AC Milan’s great local rivals, Internazionale, last season.

Matteo Darmian also joined an Italian club from United in 2019/20, signing for Parma just over a year ago, while Chris Smalling spent the last campaign on loan to Roma.

When Diogo makes his debut, he’ll become the latest player to have represented both the Reds and the Rossoneri, following the likes of Joe Jordan, Ray Wilkins, Jesper Blomqvist, Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Massimo Taibi, Darmian and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic, who celebrated his 39th birthday on Saturday, is now in his second spell in Milan, after stints with Paris Saint-Germain, United and LA Galaxy.

Everyone at United wishes Diogo the best of luck for his stay in Italy.

Source: manutd.com

Nemanja Matic talks about Tottenham clash at Old Trafford

Manchester United will face Tottenham on Sunday at Old Trafford with José Mourinho hoping it will be second time lucky – the former United boss suffered his first defeat in charge of Spurs on his return to United almost one year ago.

Nemanja Matic has been speaking to Manchester United’s matchday programme, United Review, in advance of the home game against Spurs at Old Trafford on Sunday.

He said, “We know they play many games, especially in this last week. It’s hard for them but we have also played a difficult game in the week as well. It’s going to be hard, when you play Tottenham it always is. They have a great squad and also a great manager who we know very well. We will do our best to win.

“I think everybody has to defend. As I said football is a team sport. When you concede a goal, not only does the goalkeeper and defenders concede it, everyone needs to take responsibility. And also when we score everyone is involved. We have to start the action from the back – we defend together and we attack together. In my position my job is more to help give the balance to the team especially when we defend and we will all take responsibility.”

A shock opening day defeat meant United’s preparations suffered a setback but three wins on the spin since the loss to Crystal Palace means that Solskjær’s side have the chance to build some momentum ahead of next weeks international break.

“I always like to say the team who is fighting for the title needs to have that run always of five/six games before you drop some points, that’s normal, no team can win every game.

“We’ve already dropped some points at home in the first game so now we need to make a run of five/six games winning, winning, winning because then we will have a chance to win some trophies. That’s exactly how we finished last season as you said. We know what we did well and we have to practice that and try to repeat that again so we have more belief and more confidence to go into the next games.”

Fans can pre-order a digital issue of the Spurs programme, at a special introductory price of 99p and which will be available to access on Friday evening, by visiting http://www.ManUtd.com/buydigitalUR.

Nemanja Matic praises Donny van de Beek whiles previewing Tottenham clash

Nemanja Matic’s resurgence in 2020 has been remarkable – the former Serbian international was written off at the turn of the year and reportedly had a rocky relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Injuries forced the managers hand but the midfielders impressive performances saw him retain his place when Scott McTominay returned from his troublesome ankle injury.

The competition for one position in midfield is as fierce as it’s been for Manchester United: “We have a big squad, and especially in midfield we are very strong and it’s always good to have good competition,” Matic told United Review, the official Manchester United matchday programme.

“Healthy competition is always good for the team so we are here to challenge. The manager of course is going to decide who is going to play because when you play for Manchester United you have to win your games to win trophies and to fight for the title. We will see if we have enough quality for that. I’m sure that we have.”

Donny van de Beek has been added to bolster United’s growing midfield and Matic was complimentary of the 23-year-old after his first month with the team.

Matic has this to say, “Off the pitch I think he’s a great guy. On the pitch I think he brings a lot of quality with the ball, his movements around the box are great. I think this season and in the future he will be a very important player. He’s still young and he can still improve and I’m happy that we have him in the team.”

Romelu Lukaku hits hard on critics during his time Manchester United

A year on from Romelu Lukaku leaving Manchester United and we now have the beauty of hindsight to judge whether this piece of transfer business was the right call. In a nutshell, both sets of parties have certainly benefited.

The Red Devils have formed a free-flowing attacking trio, with Anthony Martial flourishing in his new responsibilities as the number nine. Meanwhile, the Belgian has looked rejuvenated in Italy, leading the line of a well-oiled Inter Milan side.

Lukaku did enjoy some success with United – his record on paper of 42 goals in 96 games will certainly make some Premier League strikers envious, but yet, he never seemed the ideal fit.

As a club that still finds itself in transition nearly a decade on from Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, the decision was made to move the forward on, with Solskjaer opting to rebuild his squad with a different kind of profile – younger, fresher talents, placing emphasis on a British core.

Despite some frustrating times, many fans won’t identify their relationship with Lukaku as distasteful. In fact, the 27-year-old did endure some unjust criticism during his time in England, often becoming the scapegoat in teams that were widely underperforming.

Reflecting on his treatment in the media, the striker has hit back in an interview with The Times: “A year ago, when I was in England, it was ‘lazy, I didn’t run, I didn’t do this and that.’ If you look at me now you see a different outcome, you see the full person, you see the full potential. You see what I could have been doing in England.

“They will call me slow and I’m like, “Slow? Me, slow? I cannot keep up with the fast pace game of Man U?” Lukaku continued.

The striker evidently feels as though such criticism is ‘lazy journalism’, with their words not holding any weight: “‘There were too many little things where I thought, “This is not right”. If you call me slow I would not score a goal like I scored the second against Shakhtar Donetsk in the [Europa League] semi-final.

“If I was slow I would not have got the penalty like I did against Sevilla in the final. That’s two years after.

“Are you going to say me at 27 is faster than I was at 25? That’s what I’m trying to say. It’s just little things. I was like, You know what? Eff this. I’m out”.’

Speaking about the current United side now though, he holds no resentment towards the club. Instead, he appreciates what Solskjaer is trying to build, and even played down the need for transfers: “If you buy another striker, what are you going to do with Anthony [Martial]?’ Lukaku said. ‘He’s not being the No 9 at a great club.

“Give him the full season to confirm what he did last year instead of bringing in someone big to disrupt the chemistry in the dressing room.

‘Then you have Mason’s transition that is going to happen any time soon from right wing to No 9, and Mason is a killer. I’ve seen him first hand. He’s got something.”

Perhaps such words stem from his own experience, with the striker always flourishing as his team’s starting number nine. At Everton and now at Inter Milan, he was/is rarely challenged for his position, a factor that helps Lukaku feel more at home and subsequently, put in better performances.

Read also Edwin van der Sar compares Donny van de Beek to Paul Scholes

Credit: united report

Sadia Mané confirms he has tested positive for COVID-19

Sadia Mané has also confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

In twitter post the striker said, “Hello, I´ve been tested positive but I am feeling good and not showing heavy symptoms. I will begin my quarantine and recovery process immediately.

Make sure that you stay safe and follow all rules to protect yourself and your loved ones, to avoid a second wave of the COVID-19″

Read also COVID-19: Sadio Mane becomes latest Liverpool player to test positive

Here is his tweet:

COVID-19: Sadio Mane becomes latest Liverpool player to test positive

Liverpool’s Senegalese attacker, Sadio Mané has become the latest Liverpool player to test positive for the deadly Coronavirus disease.

This was made known by a statement made by the club. The statement added that Mané is self-isolating and per the statement, his symptoms are mild.

The statement read:

“Sadio Mané has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently self-isolating according to the necessary guidelines.

The forward, who started and scored in Monday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal, has displayed minor symptoms of the virus but feels in good health overall.

However, like with Thiago Alcântara, Liverpool Football Club are – and will continue to – follow all protocols relating to Covid-19 and Mané will self-isolate for the required period of time.”

Check out the club’s twitter announcement below:

Phil Jones likely to stay with Manchester United until January

Manchester United have struggled and continue to struggle to offload their deadwood from the team.

The only outgoing has been Alexis Sanchez on a free, a stark contrast to last year, when five senior names walked out the Old Trafford exit doors.

Teams are clearly reluctant to splash the cash on United’s high-earners, with the Red Devils also being stubborn over their asking prices.

Read also How Donny van de Beek was discovered

Chris Smalling is currently only with the club because of the latter, with Roma yet to meet Ed Woodward’s £20m valuation of the player.

The Englishman isn’t the only central defender that would be free to leave United either, should a satisfactory offer come to the table. Forgotten man Marcos Rojo is also surplus to requirements, with Phil Jones being granted a licence to depart too.

Bids have been few and far between, and with just one week of the window left, an influx of player sales looks unlikely.

Read also “… right now, I feel the best I’ve felt in my career” – David De Gea

The MEN have already reported that Jones looks set to remain at United until at least January, due to an injury. The 28-year-old featured just twice in the Premier League last season, and currently finds himself behind Eric Bailly and newly-promoted Teden Mengi in the pecking order.

Removing stagnating figures has been a key part of Solskjaer’s rebuild at the club, but such progression looks set to come to a streaking halt this summer. The inability to move players on is out of the manager’s hands, but it is himself that will be held back from such poor business dealings.

Jones’ career at Old Trafford has been overshadowed by injuries, and ironically, it is the only thing keeping him employed by the club.

Read also Ghana Football Association appoints Julius Ben Emunah as club licensing manager

Ghana Football Association appoints Julius Ben Emunah as club licensing manager

The Ghana Football Association has appointed Julius Ben Emunah as Club Licensing Manager.

The Takoradi based football administrator replaces Emmanuel Newton Dasoberi who resigned on September 14, 2020.

Read also C. K. Akonnor names squad for Mali friendly

Emunah is currently the GFA’s Safety and Security Officer and Secretary to the Safety and Security Committee.

The former Secretary and administrative head of the Western Regional Football Association is also a CAF Safety and Security Officer. He was instrumental in the 2019/2020 CAF Inter-Club competitions handling matches in Nigeria.

Read also John Antwi deserves Ghana Black Star call up – C. K. Akonnor

He served as Deputy Administrative Manager for the National Sports Authority in the Central Region for about two years before moving to the Western Regional capital.

He holds a CAF Safety and Security Officers training workshop certificate and a CAF National Safety and Security officers training workshop certificate respectively.

Read also Ghana Football: Macron footballs arrive for new season

Julius Ben Emunah read Environmental Science at the University of Cape Coast. He has also previously worked for Yes FM, Cape FM and the EIB Network’s Empire FM.

Source: GFA Communications

Read also “Pempem”, Ini Edo dares Funke Akindele

John Antwi deserves Ghana Black Star call up – C. K. Akonnor

Ghana coach Charles Akonnor says Pyramids FC striker John Antwi deserves a call-up into the national team for next month’s international friendly against Mali.

The 28-year-old has had rear game time with the Black Stars despite his prolific goal scoring prowess in the Egyptian league.

Akonnor unearthed him during his stint with second-tier side Eleven Wise in 2011.

Read also Ghana Football: Macron footballs arrive for new season

In an interview with ghanafa.org on Friday, Akonnor says Antwi deserves a chance in the team.

“John Antwi, Odartey and I unearthed him at Eleven Wise and since then, he has done well for himself. The last time we had the call-Ups, he was not part of the team because I was not personally too convinced, he should be a part of the team at that time.”

He continued, “I am looking at consistency with the team and now I think he has proven beyond doubt he is good, scored over 100 goals, now I think 102.”

Read also C. K. Akonnor names squad for Mali friendly

“He deserves a chance because he has done well. The Egyptian league is not an easy league that you can just ignore. He has done well and deserves a chance.

CK said, “All these new guys have the chance; we want people who can help us improve and also win the AFCON.”

Source: GFA Communications

Read also Ghana’s International Friendly opponent Equatorial Guinea pulls out of game

Ghana Football: Macron footballs arrive for new season

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has announced that the Macron footballs and bibs for the new season have arrived from Italy.

The GFA in July, secured a sponsorship deal worth One Million and Six Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc1,600,000) to make Macron the Official Match ball sponsor for the Premier League, MTN FA Cup and the National Division One League for the next three (3) seasons.

A total of Five Thousand (5,000) footballs and One Thousand, five hundred (1,500) bibs will be supplied to the GFA every season for the three competitions.

The deal will help the GFA and the clubs cut cost as allocation for football and bibs will be taken care of.

The GFA will in the coming days distribute the Macron footballs to clubs for the commencement of the new season.

Source: GFA Communications

Check out what Ole Gunnar Solskjær said on BT Sport after his side won over Brighton

Here is a conversation between BT sport presenter and Ole Gunnar Solskjær after the match against Brighton & Hove Albion.

How do you sum that up?
“You can’t sum it up at all really. Emotions, drama. We got away with one, to be fair. I have to say.”

Did you think the chance had gone?
“When they equalised you thought that’s two points lost. Maybe one point was what we deserved. I don’t think we deserved more, but that character they showed deserved more. As in the reaction to the first goal, we started playing, the reaction to the second goal. We went straight to the other end and created a corner. That’s a big thing for us compared to last season. We had too many draws. We were the team that had the fewest defeats apart from Liverpool. So that’s a big plus for us.”

Read also Video: Ole Gunner Solskjaer reflects to the dramatic victory over Brighton

They hit the post five times – were you expecting more from your side?
“First of all, you have to be happy Jose’s not here to measure the goal posts! It might have been a smaller goal! They created too much for my liking. They’re a difficult team to play against. We tried to press but they’ve got really good ball-players at the back. They played really well so we didn’t get there. When we’re low, you can see we don’t have the legs and sharpness still. But we’ll get there.”

Read also Bruno Fernandes and Solskjær react to thrilling away win over Brighton

One key moment – the penalty claim when Connolly went down. That decision changed the game in many respects…
“That was early on in the second half. Whatever happened there, it wouldn’t be the defining moment. Yes it’s in front of him. Paul [Pogba]’s running behind him but he’s not attempting to get on to the lad so, for me, there’s no contact there.”

You got the result but there’s a lot of work still to be done?
“Plenty of work. The players know that. We got away with one. Sometimes you’ve just got to take the points and know we need to improve a lot. Last week was very disappointing, we didn’t get anything from the game. Today, we showed character, the response a couple of times. That’s big pluses and the lads showed quality: strikers, forwards, creating chances. David’s making an important save from Trossard. There were some pluses as well.”

Read also Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises his players for their fighting spirit against Brighton & Hove Albion

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises his players for their fighting spirit against Brighton & Hove Albion

The slow start for Manchester United’s 2020/21 season lingered on Saturday’s game against Brighton but Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side fought till the end.

Accordingly the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised his players for the fighting spirit shown against Brighton & Hove Albion, after the Reds dramatically won 3-2 at the Amex Stadium.

Neal Maupay put the hosts in front from the penalty spot on 40 minutes and United equalised almost straight away, via an own goal from Lewis Dunk, which was first attributed to Harry Maguire.

Marcus Rashford then put us 2-1 up midway through the second half but, frustratingly, it looked like three points had been taken away when Solly March levelled in the 95th minute.

In a remarkable conclusion, VAR awarded United a penalty after Maguire’s header struck the hand of Maupay and Bruno Fernandes duly scored to clinch an unpredictable victory on the south coast.

Read also Video: Ole Gunner Solskjaer reflects to the dramatic victory over Brighton

While Solskajer was not pleased with United’s overall performance, the manager was delighted by the never-say-die attitude on display and commended his players for fighting until the very end…

Here’s our interview with the boss…

Ole, we thought the end to PSG was dramatic, but it was nothing compared to this…
“The consequences of the PSG were maybe more severe but, at this point of the season, it’s vital for us to get three points. It’s been a long, long time since we’ve won a game at the end, maybe towards the PSG game? Last season, we had so many draws. Was it 12 or something? I can’t remember how many, but we didn’t win late on in games like we used to do at this club. It’s a part of the history of this club, so I’m very happy and pleased with that.”

It was a rollercoaster of emotions though, because when that goal goes in for 2-2, we’re all flattened by that, aren’t we?
“Of course, they’ve dug in, they worked hard. We know we’re not fit yet. You can see they’re fitter than us. They are one of the fittest teams in the league, so we knew it was going to be a difficult game physically because we’re not there yet. We’ll get there but the reaction was brilliant to both goals. We didn’t play before the first goal and that’s something we need to address. The reaction to the last one as well was great.”

Bruno is fantastic from the spot. He had so long to think about it but you’d never have known…
“He’s very strong mentally. That’s a big part of being a penalty-taker. Goalkeepers and penalty-takers need to keep their focus and concentration and be mentally strong. Bruno has got one of the strongest mentalities I’ve come across.”

It was a great strike from Marcus as well…
“I’m very happy for Marcus to get that goal. He was just a couple of inches offside on a counter-attack we had, with a great cross from Mason [Greenwood]. We did see some moments that we didn’t see last week. We’re getting a little bit better but I think we need to admit sometimes you get away with one, and today we probably didn’t deserve more than one point.”

Were you concerned by the number of chances they ended up having?
“Of course you are. We need to stop crosses better. We need to block off in the box better, of course [they hit the] crossbar a few times. David [De Gea] had most under control but they did create chances and, with better finishing ,they would have had three points.”

You come back here on Wednesday, it’s not going to be like that is it?
“I wouldn’t mind, however we win in the cup. You just want to go through. We’re looking forward to Wednesday again.”

Read also Bruno Fernandes and Solskjær react to thrilling away win over Brighton

Bruno Fernandes and Solskjær react to thrilling away win over Brighton

The 2020/21 season has been a slow start for Manchester United and this continued in today’s game, but Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side were able to just squeeze over the line at the death with a dramatic 3-2 victory away to Brighton.

Historically, particularly recently, United’s trips to the Amex have not been a piece of cake. A chilly weekend opener to this week’s fixtures too was more of the same.

“We got away with one to be fair,” Ole said with relief shortly after the game concluded.

He added, “After they equalized I thought that was two points lost, but the character they showed after going down and conceding the equalizer deserved more.”

“That’s a big thing for us. Last season, we had too many draws. So getting the win today is a big plus for us,” Ole added.

Brighton were stubborn, well drilled and adventurous and caused the Reds a number of problems. The hosts went ahead early and then equalized very late on — either side of a goal from Marcus Rashford and a Lewis Dunk own goal — but somehow, someway, United managed to scrape the full prize.

United put on a display that looked eerily similar to the subpar performance against Crystal Palace last week. Flat and uninspired, the visitors were kept in the game by the watchful eyes of the woodwork protecting David De Gea.

“We left so much space for them to play in,” said Bruno Fernandes when reflecting on the match with BT. “We are not as aggressive, we gave away two goals. We have to do much better.”

He continued, “They did very well, but maybe because we are not aggressive enough. We need to recover more balls, press better, lose less possession.”

Ole’s reflection of United being saved by the woodwork on five occasions was a tad bit more humorous than that of United’s No. 18.

“First of all, we have to be thankful that Jose (Mourinho) isn’t here to measure the goalposts, otherwise we’d have been in trouble,” Ole said, referring to Mourinho’s recent Europa League theatrics with Tottenham Hotspur.

Though there were also signs of promise at the beginning of the second half as United looked sharper en route to a 2-1 lead, the all around performances left a lot to be desired for.

But in truly typical United fashion, Ole’s side secured the win via a spot kick that was given after referee Chris Kavanagh sounded the full time whistle.

A sloppy handball from Neal Maupay following United’s Hail Mary attempt to salvage a victory put the ball on the spot and Bruno Fernandes, as per, made no mistake.

Looking at the bigger picture, the three points were more important than anything on Saturday. But moving forward and with fixtures set to gradually increase in difficulty, United need to shake off the cobwebs and hit the levels that they were at during last season’s crucial league run in.

Read also Video: Ole Gunner Solskjaer reflects to the dramatic victory over Brighton

Video: Ole Gunner Solskjaer reflects to the dramatic victory over Brighton

Manchester United’s boss Ole has reflects on the dramatic afternoon game against Brighton in South Coast. The reds had a drilling 3:2 victory over Brighton.

Watch the video below:

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