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Ghana Clashes With Algeria In Pre-AFCON Friendly Today

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Ghana Clashes With Algeria In Pre-AFCON Friendly Today

The Black Stars of Ghana will face Algeria in a pre-AFCON friendly on Wednesday in Qatar as part of preparations for the tournament in Cameroon this month.

The four-times African champions have been camping in Doha for the past three weeks and will be rounding of preparations with a test game against the African champions at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

The Black Stars has an almost full set following the arrivals of EPL stars Daniel Amartey, Jordan Ayew, and Thomas Partey on Tuesday. Baba Rahman, Andy Yiadom, Kamaldeen Sulemana, and Mohammed Kudus are yet to join the team.

Ghana will come up against a very strong Algeria side that won the Arab Cup just some few weeks ago in Qatar.

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The last time the two side met was at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, with Asamoah Gyan netting a final minute winner.

The Desert Foxes have gone on to win the competition and are currently defending champions of AFCON while Ghana is yet to win the tournament since 1982.

Ghana has been placed in Group C alongside Morocco, Gabon and the Comoros Island at AFCON 2021.

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Algeria will be tested by Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast in Group E.

The game between Ghana and Algeria will be played at 4:00pm Ghana time.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Ex-GFA Boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi Reacts To Dede Ayew’s ‘Senior’ Players Comment

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Ex-GFA Boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi Reacts To Dede Ayew’s ‘Senior’ Players Comment

Former Ghana Football Association president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has stated that Black Stars captain Dede Ayew only expressed his opinion on senior players being selected for Ghana’s final World Cup squad.

According to Nyantakyi, who makes the squad is a decision made by the head coach, and Dede Ayew’s opinion has no bearing on that.

Nyantakyi explained to Kings TV that Ayew’s comment was not definitive because he used the word “may.”

“The coach has the final decision. What Dede Ayew said was just his opinion and it doesn’t mean that is what the coach will do. Because he(Dede) is not a coach. Even with what he said, he used ‘may’,” he said.

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” He(Dede) said the senior players ‘may’ be able to earn the coach’s selection. But it doesn’t mean it is automatic because there have been instances where senior players were dropped for younger players, while younger players have also been dropped for senior players. So, it all depends on the strategy of the coach. We don’t select players based on age or experience only, but the player’s performance in totality, that is what the coach will consider,” he added.

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Dede Ayew, in a previous interview with the Daily Graphic, stated that the current senior players in the squad may have an advantage when it comes to selection into the team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Dede Ayew said that selection into the team is based solely on merit and that no one is guaranteed a place in the team.

“The newcomers are talented, but we already have a strong team that qualified for the World Cup, so every position is competitive. Apart from senior players who may have an advantage, I believe no one is guaranteed a place in the squad just yet”.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Big Blow As Popular Black Stars Player Retires From Football Ahead of World Cup

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Big Blow As Popular Black Stars Player Retires From Football Ahead of World Cup

Former Black Stars regular, Kwadwo Asamoah who once played for Juventus has finally retired from playing football.

The midfielder who could also play as a left-wing-back is hanging his boots after playing at the top level for more than a decade.After a meeting with his agent Pastorello following the decision to retire, Kwadwo Asamoah took to social media to post, “Amazing time. Always a pleasure working with you Federico Pastorello.”
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The football agent in a post of his own wished the Ghanaian the best of luck in his next adventure as a football agent.

“Always the same amazing boy Kwadwo Asamoah!!! Good luck

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Ajax Want To Qualify From The Group Stage – Mohammed Kudus

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Ajax Want To Qualify From The Group Stage – Mohammed Kudus

Ajax midfielder, Mohammed Kudus, says the target for his side is to make it past the group stage of the UEFA Champions League this season.

Ajax started the 2022/23 season well, beating Rangers with a 3-0 scoreline in their opening game before losing to Liverpool in the second game.

The Eredivisie side current sits second in the group with three points, three behind Napoli who are top of the group after wins in their opening two games.

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But Kudus, who has scored in both games so far in the competition believes despite a good start, Ajax need to do more and qualify from Group A.

“We are not done yet, it’s a long way to go,” he told Ajax’s media team.

“Most importantly is about getting the three points and getting out of the group stage, so that is the team’s goal and when that happens, the individual stuff will come naturally so the target is to get out of the group stage for now.”

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With two goals in two games, the 22-year-old will look to continue that run when Ajax play host to Napoli in Tuesday’s fixture.

According to him, the Champions League is one of two competitions that every kid dreams to be involved in.

“Champions League and World Cup I think are the two biggest competitions we all dreamed about playing so it’s a dream come true but also having an impact and then trying to help the team,” he added.

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“I had a good start but I have more to show as well.”

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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