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2022 WCQ: Govt Will Ensure Successful Campaign – Mustapha Ussif

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2022 WCQ: Govt Will Ensure Successful Campaign – Mustapha Ussif

Ghana’s Youth and Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif, has stressed on government’s commitment to ensure that the Black Stars qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Ghana, which missed the ticket to the last World Cup in Russia, is in search of a record fourth World Cup appearance after making her debut appearance in Germany in 2006.

The team made history by being the only African side to move to the second of the quadrennial competition – but suffered a 3-0 loss to Brazil to exit at the round of 16.

Ghana came close to making it to the semi-final appearance but a shootout defeat to Uruguay ended Ghana’s near-perfect campaign in South Africa in 2010.

The Black Stars qualified for a third straight World Cup in Brazil in 2014 but this time the team crashed out of the competition at the Group stages.

Speaking to the players on Tuesday morning, Mustapha Ussif emphasised on the need for the players to fight hard to lift the flag of Ghana very high.

“I bring you greetings from H.E. President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, the man who himself is a sports enthusiast. Everybody knows that he likes football and as you embark on this journey, a journey that every single Ghanaian is looking forward to,’’ the Yabaga-Kubore lawmaker said.

“The campaign that you are about to launch – he said I should bring his goodwill message and best wishes to you before you embark on this journey and that is why I am here to deliver that message. You can’t send the Army to the battle without ammunition – they will be defeated, so the campaign we are going to embark on, on the Government side we are going to ensure that everything is done so that you will have a very fruitful campaign.

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“We know, we cherish each and every one of you, to have the opportunity of wearing the colours of the Black Stars is a pride and we know that the calibre of people sitting in this room – going to represent us both in the World Cup qualifiers and the AFCON, we have no doubt at all that we going to perform and deliver and lift the flag of Ghana very high.

“Anytime the Black Stars qualify and participate in the World Cup the whole continent looks up to Ghana. You can talk of what happened in Germany and South Africa so we have a rich history when it comes to the World Cup.

“What you have done in the past left a big hole for you to come and fill and I have no doubt you are going to deliver,” Mr Mustapha Ussif added.

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GFA Postpones Match Between Hearts Of Oak And Asante Kotoko

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The Ghana Football Association has announced that the Ghana Premier League Match Day 7 fixture between Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko has been rescheduled.

Information gathered by GhArticles.com indicates that the rescheduling  of the match is due to the itinerary of Hearts of Oak in respect of the 2nd leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-off tie against JS Souara which makes them unable to return in good time to honour the fixture.

The Ghanaian Champions are expected to return home on Friday, December 10, 2021 – making it impossible to play the match on Sunday, December 12.

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The almighty Accra Hearts of Oak were scheduled to play their arch rivals Asante Kotoko on Match Day 7 of the Premier League on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at the Accra Sports stadium.

A new date would be communicated in due course.

 

 

 

 

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Afena-Gyan Will Surely Play For Black Stars, But….– Agent Oliver Arthur

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Oliver Arthur, the agent of Felix Afena-Gyan, has said the AS Roma youngster will honour Black Stars call up at the right time.

The 18-year-old was named in Ghana’s 28-man squad for the final round of games of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa early this month.

However, the promising forward failed to show up for the games.

Arthur, who is the head of Arthur Legacy, in an interview revealed that Gyan failed to show for the games due to development plans Roma has put in place to ensure his development.

According to him, the youngster has the country at heart and will surely play for the country.

“Afena Gyan was happy with the invitation to Black Stars but should he have honoured the invitation, it would have distorted the plans Roma has put in place for his development,” he said on Asempa FM on the Ultimate Sports Show.

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“He has been in Europe for barely six months and we did not even dream that his call up to the Black Stars will emerge that early.

“When Afena-Gyan decided not to show, the Ghana Football Association [GFA] was informed and they wrote to Roma and that indicates professionalism.

“I have heard a lot after Afena Gyan turned down the invitation but the truth is that Afena-Gyan will surely play for Ghana in the future because these are the players we want for our national teams,” he added.

Afena-Gyan has scored two goals for Roma in the ongoing Serie A season.

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Hearts of Oak Beat 10-man JS Saoura To Gain First-leg Advantage

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After recording a 2-0 win at the Accra Sports Stadium, Ghana Premier League champions, Accra Hearts of Oak gained a first-leg advantage in the CAF Confederations Cup play-off game against JS Saoura.

Ibrahim Salifu and substitute Isaac Agyenim Boateng were on the scoresheet for the Rainbow club in each half of the game to give the team the needed momentum after a poor start to the season.

Samuel Boadu named a strong starting lineup for Sunday’s game with Frederick Ansah Botchway, Salim Adams and Isaac Mensah all receiving starting berths in the game.

Hearts started the game as they meant to go on, and they were unfortunate to see Kofi Kordzi’s strike from within the six-yard box go over the crossbar for the first clear cut chance of the game.

However, the Phobians were rewarded for their impressive start to the game, when Daniel Afriyie-Barnieh teed up Salifu in the 17th minute to break the deadlock and give the home side the deserving lead.

Hearts created quite a number of chances in the opening 45 minutes but could only manage a goal as the opportunities went begging heading into the break.

After the recess, Hearts continued to press for their second of the game as their Algerian counterparts looked content with just a goal conceded with no clear intentions to attack the Phobians.

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Goalscorer, Salifu Ibrahim had to be substituted just five minutes into the second period of the game with what seemed like a muscle injury for the Hearts talisman, with Agyenim Boateng taking his place.

Afriyie-Barnieh, who had a good afternoon should have doubled Hearts’ lead after 53 minutes but his header from a Fatawu Mohammed cross could only go into the side net of goalkeeper, Zakria Saidi’s post.

Agyenim Boateng then finished things off for Boadu’s side in the 73rd minute as he tapped into the net after the net after a cut back from left-back, William Denkyi. His goal made it 2-0 for the reigning Ghana Premier League champions.

The Saoura keeper, Saidi, was sent off with 15 minutes to go for a foul on Barnieh after failing to get to the ball before the Hearts forward. But the home team could do very little to add to their two-goal advantage as a referee, Abdel Hussein blew his whistle for full time.

Hearts will go into the second leg with a two-goal advantage and hope not to repeat the same mistakes they did against Wydad Athletic Club in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.

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