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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana Go To Fifa With Protest Over Ethiopia’s South Africa Decision

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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana Go To Fifa With Protest Over Ethiopia's South Africa Decision

Ghana has launched a protest with Fifa over Ethiopia’s decision to host their 2022 World Cup qualifying matchday five fixture in South Africa.

Second in qualifying Group G ahead of the last two rounds of matches, the Black Stars, as things stand, are set for a second game in South Africa in two months as Ethiopia, whose original home ground of Bahir Dar Stadium has been banned from hosting anymore international games, have chosen to host their penultimate round clash with the Black Stars at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on November 11.

In a fierce race with group leaders South Africa, who sit only one point ahead of Ghana, the West Africans have expressed concerns about the appropriateness of the Walias’ chosen venue, considering it stands to possibly benefit Bafana Bafana, who have a strong interest in the game ahead of their final matchday decider in Ghana three days later.

“Following Ethiopia Football Association request to have their World Cup qualifier against Ghana in South Africa, the Ghana Football Association last Friday wrote to the world’s football governing body to ensure that there is fair play in the last two matches,” the GFA announced on its official website on Tuesday.

“Ghana and South Africa are separated by one point leading to the last two World Cup group matches. It is therefore shocking that the Ethiopia Football Association will seek to take their home match against Ghana to South Africa.

“The Ghana Football Association has indicated to Fifa that the sporting integrity of the World Cup matches must not be compromised and must ensure that fairness prevail in the remaining two group matches.”

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A positive result for Ghana against Ethiopia could set things up for a final day showdown with South Africa.

Only the group winners qualify from the group to the third and final round.

“The GFA is of the view that it is wrong for a game of this magnitude to be played in a country which is in the same group and in contention for the top spot and urge Caf and Fifa to ensure that fair play is practiced to the latter in this matter,” the GFA added.

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“The Ghana Football Association will continue to engage Fifa/Caf to ensure that the right thing is done so that the competitive nature of the qualifiers is maintained.

“Finally, due to the complexity surrounding this match, Fifa/Caf have been urged to confirm as soon as possible the venue of the match to enable us to plan our logistics especially player call ups and visa acquisition for the players who are scattered across the world.”

Ghana seek a return to the World Cup after missing out of the 2018 edition in Russia, while South Africa have not competed on the world stage since 2010 at home.

 

 

 

 

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Running stomach reason behind my absence – Awako after returning to Hearts of Oak training

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Former Great Olympics captain Gladson Awako, has opened up on the reason why he hasn’t made his Hearts of Oak debut yet.

The 30-year-old signed for the reigning champions in August this year for a fee of GH₵100,000 in a two-year deal but left the team’s camp after three weeks.

Local reports claimed that the players’ act was due to spiritual problems he encountered signing his two-year deal with the Phobians.

However, the U-20 World Cup winner resumed training on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, joining his teammates in camp ahead of their CAF Confederations Cup match against Saoura FC.

In an interview on TV3’s GPL express, Awako disclosed what accounted for his absence.

The former Great Olympics playmaker disclosed that ill health was to account for his absence from the camp of the Ghanaian Premier League champions.

He said ‘running stomach’ caused his surprise three months absence from the club.

“When I joined, I wasn’t well, which my teammates were all aware, the team manager was aware as well, the coaches were all aware that I wasn’t well because I was having serious running stomach and other things.

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“I asked for permission from the club and they granted me that permission to go and treat myself. I don’t believe there was any other thing like what people were saying was totally different.

“I have not been able to say anything since this speculation came out that ‘I said this, I said that. I never ever said I’m having these problems or I’m having this and that. I’ve never said anything. So I’m sorry I don’t know where these speculations were coming from,” he said.

Awako could make his debut for Hearts of Oak against JS Saoura on Sunday, November 28.

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He Is The Future For Black Stars – Asamoah Praises Young Afena-Gyan

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Ghanaian football legend, Asamoah Gyan, has eulogized Felix Afena-Gyan, suggesting the young footballer is a big prospect for the Black Stars.

The 18-year-old turned down a chance to feature for the Black Stars in the final round of games of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia and South Africa earlier this month.

He has, however, dominated the international and local media following his audacious two goals for AS Roma against Genoa last weekend in the Serie A.

However, Gyan, who has scored a record 51 goals for Ghana, said the youngster has the qualities to lead the Black Stars attack in the future and has advised that he is not rushed into the team.

“He is a very good player,” Gyan admitted in an interview with Asempa FM on the Ultimate Sports Show.

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“I have watched all the games he has played for Roma and I think he is the future for the Black Stars but we must admit that he is young and we must not rush him.

“Let us allow him to join the team at the right time. He has been impressive but rushing him into the Black Stars will not be helpful.

“I think he not joining the Black Stars was not based on bad intention because I think he wants to develop himself and stay focused as well but I believe he will surely join the team at the right time with proper integration,” he added.

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I Will Quit Hearts of Oak If … – Samuel Boadu Says As Pressure Mounts

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I Will Quit Hearts of Oak If … - Samuel Boadu Says As Pressure Mounts

Hearts of Oak head coach, Samuel Boadu, has said he is not scared to be shown the exit door after a difficult start of the 2021/22 football season.

The Phobians are yet to record a single win after four matches, drawing three and losing one.

The reigning champions suffered a 2-0 defeat at the Len Clay Stadium at Obuasi to AshantiGold SC on Sunday which made things difficult for the club.

“There is no pressure on me at all. This is the nature of our job, coaches are hired to be fired,” the former Medeama SC boss told reporters.

“So if the team is underperforming, I don’t think the management will be happy to see the team go down.

“If there is the need for someone to take over and do well then so be it,” Samuel Boadu added.

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Two second-half goals from Yaw Annor and Abdul Salam ensured the Phobians tasted their first defeat of the campaign.

Hearts of Oak are currently sitting at the 15th position on the league standings with three points, nine points behind rivals and leaders Asante Kotoko.

The Rainbow club will take on Algerian side JS Saoura in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-offs next Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium before hosting Medeama SC.

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