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JUST IN: Some Old Players Out, New Players In : Ghana’s 40-man Squad for 2023 AFCON Qualifiers – Reports

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JUST IN: Some Old Players Out, New Players In : Ghana’s 40-man Squad for 2023 AFCON Qualifiers – Reports

Black Stars head coach, Otto Addo is set to announce his squad for the 2023 African Cup of Nations.

According to a list revealed by sports journalist Saddick Adams, a 40-man provisional squad would be named with many new faces before trimming it down to 35.

Among the fresh names are Mohammed Salisu and Tariq Lamptey while Bernard Mensah and Majeed Ashimeru who would be making a long return.

Ghana will begin their qualifiers against Madagascar on June 1, 2022, before playing the Central African Republic four days later.

Ghana are in Group E for the qualifiers alongside, Angola, Madagascar, and the Central African Republic.

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The four-time AFCON champions will play their final game of the first round of the qualifiers against Angola in September 2022.

In addition to the qualifiers in June, Ghana will play two international friendlies against Japan and Chile ahead of the World Cup.

Below is the rumoured Black Stars squad for the upcoming international break

Goalkeeper

Dandlad Ibrahim – Asante Kotoko
Richard Ofori – Orlando Pirates
David Akologo – Club Aurora
Jojo Wollacott – Swindon Town
Abdul Manaf Nurudeen – Eupen

Defenders

Tariq Lamptey – Brighton and Hove Albion
Dennis Odoi – Club Brugge
Jan Gyamerah – Hamburger SV
Enoch Kwarteng – Bordeux
Jeffrey Schlupp – Crystal Palace
Derrick Arthur Köhn – Willem II
Baba Rahman – Reading
Gideon Mensah – Bordeux
Alexander Djiku – Strasbourg
Daniel Amartey – Leicester City
Mohammed Salisu – Southampton
Patric Pfeiffer – SV Darmstadt 98
Joseph Aidoo – Celta Vigo
Jonathan Mensah – Columbus Crew
Stephan Ambrosio – SV Humburger
Abdul Mumin – Victoria Guimereas

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Midfielders

Alfred Duncan – Fiorentina
Baba Iddrisu – Real Mallorca
Elisha Owusu – Gent
Salis Abdul Samed – Clermont Foot
Edmund Addo – Sheriff Tiraspol
Majeed Ashmeru – Anderlecht
Daniel Kofi Kyere – St Pauli
Kudus Mohammed – Ajax
Yaw Yeboah – Columbus Crew
Benard Mensah – Kaysiraspor

Forwards

Antoine Semenyor – Bristol City
Kamaldeen Sulemana – Stade Rennes
Andre Dede Ayew – Al Sadd
Felix Afeana-Gyan – AS Roma
Joseph Paintsil – Genk
Fatawu Issahaku – Sporting Lisbon
Jodan Ayew – Crystal Palace
Dauda Mohammed – Cartagena
Emmanuel Gyasi – Spezia

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Ghana Black Stars Can’t Win Any Match In Their World Cup Group – Bright Kankam Boadu

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Ghana Black Stars Can’t Win Any Match In Their World Cup Group – Bright Kankam Boadu

Many Ghanaians expected that the Coach would not commit the same error another time and would teach his strikers how to score more goals in a game.

On Thursday, 27th September 2022, Black Stars finally met Nicaragua for the friendly match. Many football experts believe that the Black Stars has what it takes to score more than 3 goals.

However, Black Star managed to score only 1 goal in their match against Nicaragua. The goal was scored in the first half, in the 35th minute by Fatawu Issahaku.

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Reacting to the performance of Black Stars in the studios of Pure FM, Bright Kankan Boadu is a firm believer that looking at the performance of Coach Otto Addo and the players at hand, it’ll be very difficult for Black Stars to win a match in their World Cup group.

As a reminder, Group is in group H and will open its campaign against Portugal on November 24 at Stadium 974 in Doha.

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Four days later, the Black Stars return to action with a clash with South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Ghana will wrap up their group stage adventure with their much-anticipated encounter with Uruguay at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Coach Samuel Boadu Bio, Education, Previous Teams Coached, Wife, Achievements

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Coach Samuel Boadu Bio, Education, Previous Teams Coached, Wife, Achievements

Samuel Boadu is a Ghanaian professional footballer and former coach of Accra Hearts of Oak S.C. in the Ghana Premier League and the assistant coach of the Ghana national U-20 team.

He previously coached Tarkwa-based club Medeama S.C. and the Ghana national U-15 team.

His most successful years as a coach, his glorious years were with Hearts of Oak, where he won five trophies out of available seven in 18 months.

The Ghanaian giants parted ways with him on September 27, 2022, after a poor start to the 2022/23 season.

Personal details

Samuel Boadu was born on February 24, 1996 (36 years), in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He is a native of Tepa – a neighbourhood in the Ashanti Region.

Education

Boadu had his basic and secondary education at the Adum Presbyterian Basic School and Kumasi High School. He was a key figure of the football teams at all these levels.

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He holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate in Purchasing and Supply from the Kumasi Polytechnic (now Kumasi Technical University).

Playing career

Amateur career

Real Ambassadors, Tema

RTU Colts Club, Kumasi

Ahmadiyya Stars

Ashanti Heroes

Professional career

Team                                                               Years

Bibiani GoldStars                                             —–

GHAPOHA, Tema                               2000–2001

Berekum Arsenal, Berekum                      2001–2003

Prestea Mine Stars, Prestea                    2003–2007

ASFA Yennenga, Burkina Faso                   2007–2008

Coaching career

COACHING CERTIFICATES

  1. CAF Coaching Licence “A”
  2. CAF Participation “A”
  3. Coaching License “CAF Coaching License “B”
  4. CAF Participation “B”
  5. CAF Coaching License “C”
  6. CAF Participation “C”
  7. Coaches across the Continent seminar
  8. Intermediate Coaching “Grade B”
  9. Ghana Football Association Soccer Coaching Course
  10. Ghana Football Association and Four Years Business Development/Intermediate Coaching Certificate
  11. Ashanti Region Football Association Soccer Coaching Workshop (GFA)
  12. Ashanti Regional Soccer Coaches Association Soccer Coaching (ARSCA-UNITY)
  13. Ashanti Regional Football Soccer Coaching Course
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Samuel Boadu started his coaching career with Fantomas FC in 2008, a colts club in Kumasi, after suffering an injury that means he had to retire from football.

Below are the clubs he has previously coached;

2008  Fantomas FC

2008–2009  FC Porto (Ghana)

2015  Honeymoon FC

2015  Latex Foam FC

2017  Shooting Stars FC

2013–2018  Asokwa Deportivo

2018–2021  Medeama S.C.

2018–2021  Ghana U-15

2021–2022  Accra Hearts of Oak

2021– Ghana U-20 (Assistant Coach)

Boadu’s coaching career peaked at Hearts of Oak after being unlucky to have two if his seasons at Medeama truncated; in those seasons, he looked like he had teams that can win the league but they were called off because of the number 12 expose and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honours

With Accra Hearts of Oak

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Ghana Premier League: 2020/21

Ghanaian FA Cup: 2021 and 2022

Ghana Super Cup: 2021

President’s Cup: 2022

Individual

GPL NASCO Coach of the Month: May 2021, June 2021

Ghana Football Awards Men’s Coach of the Year: 2021

GPL NASCO Coach of the Season: 2020/21

Wife

Samuel Boadu married Felicia Apimpanta in August 2021. He made history by becoming the first Ghanaian coach to have his wedding broadcast live on national television, Ghana Television.

The couple is blessed with a son.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Otto Addo Hints At Mass Changes For Nicaragua Friendly Match Tonight

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Otto Addo Hints At Mass Changes For Nicaragua Friendly Match Tonight

Black Stars head coach, Otto Addo, has given hints the Black Stars could have a new look in their pre-World Cup friendly with the Los Pinoleros of Nicaragua on Tuesday evening.

Ghana’s starting team versus Brazil in their last friendly sparked controversy across social media and numerous football communities, as Addo started Cremonese forward, Felix Afena-Gyan as striker with captain, Andre Ayew deployed in midfield.

The team have since been in Spain, where they held a final training session on Monday ahead of Tuesday evening’s game. However, after the loss to Brazil, the gaffer, indicated he had ‘learnt a lot’ about his players, and coupled with fitness doubts of a few key players, the Black Stars could look different when they line up against Nicaragua.

“We are using these matches to try a lot of things – not only the players, also on systems. We have to find it together, this is very important for us as a team. We have new players to integrate – a whole lot of things, and I also want to use these games to give players a platform to show themselves. I am not worried, we have to take the right conclusions from every match and prepare for the World Cup, that’s the most important thing,” Addo said to the press ahead of the game.

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It was not until the second half versus Brazil, the Black Stars carried an offensive threat. The Brazilians’ very-offensive approach plus Ghana’s poor defensive application meant the Samba boys submerged the Black Stars under pressure, consequently scoring three in forty minutes.

And coming up against the Los Pinoleros, an encounter Addo has described as ‘less difficult‘, he is expecting Ghana carries more attacking threat.

“We want to have a lot of connections, it’s a different game. We are favourites so it demands different things from us, and we trained and spoke about it in the last days. So hopefully we can see a lot of offensive patterns in the game.”

How should Ghana approach Nicaragua?

After the second-half versus Brazil which saw the Black Stars adjust to a 3-4-1-2, many have called on the Black Stars technical handlers to make the approach a main-say going forward. However, this is a game where the Black Stars’ more front-foot approach with two attacking midfielders will work, and Addo admitted same in the Nicaragua pre-match press conference.

“It’s a different game, this game we are the favourites so it demands different things from us.”

Ghana, versus Brazil, lined up in a 4-3-3 – Addo playing his usual double 8s system, and it is the same approach which the Black Stars could start in versus Nicaragua. What will make the difference this time though, will be the profiles named in the lineup.

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Daniel-Kofi Kyereh replacing Dede Ayew in the number 8 role will have Ghana start with two of their most technically gifted midfielders, as Mohammed Kudus could be one of the first names on the team sheet. In the holding midfield role, Elisha Owusu could be a more pronounced option to Baba Iddrisu, who for the Black Stars has often shown some weakness on the ball.

Although Owusu has played only two games this season – after recently making an injury return, he boasted of better passing statistics as compared to that of Iddrisu’s last season. While Iddrisu completed 80% of his attempted passes, Owusu, recorded an 87% completion rate.

As admitted by Addo, the Black Stars are favourites for this game, and it is expected much of the game will be played in Nicaragua’s half. Last season, Owusu completed 82% of attempted passes in the opposition half, while Iddrisu managed 72%.

With Alexander Djiku a doubt due to injury, Mohammed Salisu partnering Daniel Amartey will not only be a mean partnership but will also offer the Black Stars more ball progression on the left. Meanwhile, Osman Bukari could replace Kamaldeen Sulemana who failed to impress versus Brazil. Inaki Williams starting over Felix Afena-Gyan should be a no brainer and Jordan Ayew will most likely start.

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These new adjustments will also help the Black Stars maintain their attacking shape of a 3-1-4-2, as Odoi can tuck in as a 3rd centre-back with Bukari holding width on the right.

A converse attacking approach the Black Stars can adopt will be to have a double pivot of Kyereh and Owusu. Jordan can take a new role, roaming in the half-space with Kudus as double 8s, shifting the Black Stars into a new shape of 3-2-4-1.

Conclusion

Besides these, there are many other approaches Addo can use versus Nicaragua. For instance, instead of playing Odoi, a more traditional fullback can be deployed to keep the width, while a different profile of a right winger is deployed.

Nevertheless, this is a game the Black Stars will have to make a statement, by scoring nothing short of three goals.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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