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George Boateng’s Aston Villa U23s Top Group With League One Teams In EFL Cup

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George Boateng’s Aston Villa U23s Top Group With League One Teams In EFL Cup

George Boateng’s Aston Villa U23s have completed the group stage of the Papa John’s Trophy, topping their group after the Ghanaian’s side beat MK Dons 4-2 in the final group game.

Aston Villa U23s were drafted in a group with the first teams of Wycombe Wanderers, Burton Albion and MK Dons – EFL League One clubs.

The 4-2 score in the final group game captured a picture of Aston Villa’s U23s journey so far, as they successfully meandered their way through tough opposition.

Prior to the MK Dons encounter, A comeback inspired by a Cameron Archer hat-trick, was what Boateng’s Aston Villa U23s required to overcome Burton Albion and put themselves top of the group.

Former Chelsea striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was in the dugout for Albion as Boateng engineered his team’s comeback from 2 goals down.

The 46-year-old, who was tipped to take over from Akonnor after his dismissal as Black Stars manager, edged MK Dons in the final game of the group.

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Archer scored twice with Keinan Davis and Aaron Ramsey chipped in with goals as Boateng’s side rallied to a victory.

Aston Villa’s U23s, who played all games of the group stage away from home, have now qualified to the knockout stages of the competition.

Boateng was appointed as head coach of the Aston Villa U23 side in 2020 and has since promoted about nine players from the U23 to the first team of Villa. One of the players he promoted in CameronArcher scored a hat trick in the team’s recent triumph in the EFL Cup against Burton Albion.

 

 

 

 

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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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