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EXPOSED! Our Penalty Against South Africa Was ‘Soft’ – Black Stars Defender Confesses

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EXPOSED! Our Penalty Against South Africa Was ‘Soft’ - Black Stars Defender Confesses

Black Stars defender Andy Yiadom has admitted that the controversial penalty awarded to his Ghana side in their World Cup qualifying win over South Africa was ‘soft’.

The victory for the Black Stars saw them qualify for Africa’s World Cup play-offs at the expense of Bafana Bafana, who needed a draw to progress.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has asked for the match to be replayed after lodging a complaint with Fifa, citing among other things a spike in betting activity during the game.

Black Stars Defender Yiadom

“When I was on the pitch it looked like it was a penalty, but I have watched it back it was a little bit soft,” the Ghana defender told World Football on the BBC World Service.

“But it is football and I have had them given against me plenty of times and it is one of those things and it was about actually scoring the penalty which we did.

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“I have been the person who has just touched him and the other person has just fallen over. At the moment I know we won the game and that’s that,” Yiadom said.

The Reading defender added that he and his Ghana teammates have not been discussing the issue in light of recent comments from both Safa and the Ghana Football Association.

“We have a WhatsApp group but nothing has really been said in it and I haven’t really been following it – it has been pretty hectic and I have been travelling a lot and been in training and have to crack on with the game (for Reading against Nottingham Forest) on Saturday,” 29-year-old defender said.

The Black Stars defender feels that the return to Ghana through Milovan Rajevac was a good move for all concerned.

“It has been really good and I think he knows the logistics of Ghana and I think that’s helping and everyone’s taken to him and it is a good appointment,” he insisted.

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Ghana is one of 10 African nations to qualify for next March’s play-offs which will decide the continent’s five representatives at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has said that the date for the draw will be revealed next week following its Executive Committee meeting in Cairo on 25 November. Caf confirmed the teams will be seeded according to the Fifa rankings.

November’s Fifa rankings for teams in the playoffs:

  • 20 Senegal
  • 28 Morocco
  • 29 Tunisia
  • 32 Algeria
  • 36 Nigeria
  • 45 Egypt
  • 50 Cameroon
  • 52 Ghana
  • 53 Mali
  • 64 DR Congo

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‘I Want To Play Another World Cup’ – Asamoah Gyan

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Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has said he wishes to feature at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Gyan hasn’t played for the Black Stars since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and has been blighted by injuries.

The 36-year-old returned to the Ghana Premier League last season after signing for Legon Cities, but rarely played before parting ways with the club after just a year.

Currently promoting his autobiography, titled ‘Legyandary: the story of Asamoah Gyan’, the veteran striker said every player would love to play at the World Cup.

“Who doesn’t want to play at the World Cup? Every player wants to play at the World Cup,” he said on Citi TV, as quoted by Ghanaweb.

“Yes, I have tasted the World Cup three times and though I would love to play at this year’s World Cup, as I have always said, I am currently not fit enough to play active football but when I Start playing – who knows?”

The Black Stars booked their place at the quadrennial tournament on away goals following a 1-1 aggregate score against West African rivals Nigeria in March.
“I shall surely be in Qatar but maybe a pundit or let’s see,” Gyan added.

The striker’s book launch will come off on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the plush Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra.

 

 

 

 

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Dates For MTN FA Cup Semifinal Games Announced

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The MTN FA Cup semi-final fixtures have been scheduled for Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15 at the El Wak Stadium and Golden City Park in Berekum respectively.

Defending Champions Accra Hearts of Oak SC who eliminated Elmina Sharks FC in the quarterfinals stage will face Dreams FC at the El Wak Stadium on Saturday, May 14.

The Brong Ahafo Derby between Aduana Stars FC and former FA Cup winners Bechem United is also scheduled for the Golden City park on Sunday, May 15.

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Winners from the two matches will advance to the finals which will be played at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The final match will be played on Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Dates For MTN FA Cup Semifinal Games Announced

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I Have Not Had An Erection Since Awarding Penalty Against Hearts of Oak – Referee Padi

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I Have Not Had An Erection Since Awarding Penalty Against Hearts of Oak – Referee Padi

Ghanaian referee Kenney Padi says he is yet to have an erection since officiating in the Super Clash game between Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak in the Ghana Premier League Week 24 fixture.

The Class one referee awarded a controversial penalty to Asante Kotoko which enabled the league leaders to beat their arch-rivals by a lone goal at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The penalty decision generated a lot of talks and his performance also questioned on the day.

Hearts of Oak reported referee Kenney Padi to the Ghana Football Association over his performance.

Referee Padi in an interview on Wenchi-based Ewiase FM has revealed that he has been hunted by the decision to award the penalty and has not had an erection in bed since then.

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“I have not had erection since the day I awarded the penalty against Hearts of Oak.

“Sometimes I get strange and horrific nightmares, I can’t sleep,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Football Association Match Review Panel has suspended referee Kenny Padi for the rest of the season after he was found guilty of erring in the penalty decision in the league game between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.

Referee Padi was reported by Hearts of Oak for his role in their 1-0 loss to bitter rivals Kotoko in the Ghana Premier League.

Padi gave Kotoko a penalty in the first half, which Franck Mbella Etouga converted to secure the Porcupine Warriors’ victory.

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The Phobians insisted it was a dubious call, and they have been proven right by the Match Review who ruled that Padi will not officiate any match for the rest of the season.

 

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