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The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, has met with former players of the senior national team, Black Stars.

In attendance at the meeting were players from different generations of the Black Stars, notably from the 1960s to 2000s.

Wilberforce Mfum, Rev Osei Kofi, Ibrahim Sunday, Willie Klutse, Awuley Quaye of the 1960s and 1970s were at the meeting which also had Abedi Pele, Osei Kuffour, Anthony Baffoe, Ibrahim Tanko, Stephen Appiah, and many others.

Addressing the former players, the Minister said the meeting with them is part of a series of engagements to familiarise himself with those who have contributed immensely to the growth of Ghana football and tap into their experiences.

“As part of my stakeholder engagements as new Minister of Youth Sports, I have called this meeting to familiarise with you, our legends, thank you for your patriotic service to our nation and also seek your guidance and support for the new generation, as they strive to emulate your golden path,” said Mustapha Ussif in his welcome address.

“While I saw the exploits of some of you growing up as a child and later as an adult, I have also read about the incredible mark some of you made before some of were born.

“Standing before you, our legends gives me nostalgic memories, but it also gives much inspiration,” he stated.

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Mustapha Ussif paid glowing tributes to the legends for their immense contributions to Ghana’s national teams, and Ghana football in general.

“The proudest moments of our nation’s football history, without doubt, were in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982 when the Black Stars won the African Cup,” the Sports Minister noted.

“We cannot also forget Ghana’s unforgettable maiden FIFA World Cup appearance in Germany, as well as your outstanding performance at the 2010 World Cup.

“We can’t also forget Ghana’s first Olympic medal in football and the exploits of some of you in giving the country so much to cheer about in age competitions; the FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Cups over the years.

“The nation cannot also forget the beautiful memories you have given us in club football, and giving our clubs many continental honours, notably with Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak.’

“Ghana will forever be proud of you, and if I have invited you here today, it is to, once again, express the gratitude of the country, and that of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.”

The Minister urged the former players to come on board and continue to play a role as new generations of players try to emulate them.

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“Beyond your glorious playing days, a number of you have served, and continue to serve our nation as coaches and in other capacities.”

“With much humility, I call on all of you to come on board and support us with your blessings and prayers.”

The Minister assured he will hold similar engagements with retired footballers in other parts of the country, as well us with retired sportsmen of other sports disciplines.

“Moving forward, I have decided to hold such interactions in zones across the country so that I can get to interact more with other legends in other parts of the country who could not make it to this meeting.”

“I will also be meeting with legends or retired athletes of other sporting disciplines, including boxing, athletics, etc, for a similar exercise.”

The meeting is expected to have the former footballers share their ideas on what is most appropriate for the administration of Ghana football.

 

 

 

 

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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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Will Callum Hudson-Odoi Play For Ghana In the World Cup?

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Information reaching GhArticles.com from GOAL.com can reveals that Callum Hudson-Odoi is contemplating switching from England to Ghana.

On March 29, Ghana defeated Nigeria in two legs to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 21-year-old hasn’t played for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions in almost two years, and he’s rejected down recent Under-21 call-ups.

Despite winning three caps for England, Hudson-Odoi is still free to switch nationalities.

This follows a FIFA rule change in September 2020 that allowed players with three or less caps to move once they turned 21.

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The dual nationality of Hudson-Odoi comes from his father Bismark, who played football for Hearts of Oak in Ghana.

Hudson-Odoi has been to Ghana on vacation recently, in January 2022 and last summer.

When asked whether he was considering switching, he answered, “We will wait till that moment comes.”

Hudson-Odoi has reportedly met with President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Ghana Football Association.

 

 

 

 

 

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All You Need To Know About Chris Hughton

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This article seeks to unveil all you need to know about the former Newcastle United and West Ham United manage, Chris Hughton.

The past week has been dominated by talks over who becomes Ghana’s new head coach. The top job became vacant following the sacking of Milovan Rajevac last Tuesday.

The Serbian coach led the Black Stars to the FIFA World Cup play-offs but supervised one of the country’s worst-ever campaigns during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

A largely disorganised Ghanaian team finished bottom of Group C after drawing with Gabon and losing to Morocco and Comoros.

Two names have so far been mooted as the possible replacements for Rajevac. Chris Hughton is believed to be the government’s choice for the role, but the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is also believed to favour Borussia Dortmund’s trainer scout Otto Addo.

But who is Hughton?

Hughton the footballer

Hughton started as a footballer after coming through the ranks at Tottenham. He was born in Forest Gate, Essex, England to a Ghanaian father, Willie, and an Irish mother, Christine.

At 13, he joined Tottenham’s academy where he rose to become a first-team player. He eventually made his debut for Spurs in the 1977 season. Despite being born in England, Hughton represented the country of his mother, the Republic of Ireland, at international level.

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With that, he became the first mixed-race player to represent the Republic of Ireland and went on to play 53 times for the country.

As a full-back, he played for 13 years at Tottenham where he attained cult status, making 297 appearances and scoring 12 goals.

In 1990, Hughton swapped Spurs for fellow London club West Ham United and spent two years with the Hammers before crossing carpets to another London-based club, Brentford.

Hughton the manager

For a man whose playing career revolved around London, he became the caretaker manager of Tottenham after hanging his boots. It was his first managerial job but he showed signs of promise and was kept on for a year.

Hughton went on to serve under different managers at Tottenham and combined his role with being an assistant coach of the Republic of Ireland.

In 2008, Hughton was announced as the first-team coach of Newcastle United under Kevin Keegan. By September that year, he was made caretaker manager following Keegan’s exit.

The highs and lows

Hughton has since managed Birmingham City, Norwich City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest, in what has been a great managerial career thus far.

And winning Premier League promotion with Newcastle ranks among his best achievements. At Birmingham City, he led the team to the group stages of the Europa League, and guided Norwich City to an 11th-place finish in the 2012/13 Premier League season.

Hughton was also the manager who led Brighton to gain Premier League promotion for the first time in the club’s history and reached the FA Cup semi-final with the Seagulls.

But just like any other manager, the 63-year-old has had his lows. He left Norwich with the club sitting just one place above the relegation zone.

He also left Nottingham Forest in September 2021 after gaining just one point from their opening seven matches in the Championship – the club’s worst start to a season since 1913.

Hughton has been without a club since then and it remains to be seen if he’ll be appointed as the next Ghana coach.

 

 

 

 

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