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Olivier Giroud Encourages Chelsea Team-mate Hakim Ziyech To Join him At AC Milan

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Olivier Giroud wants Hakim Ziyech setting him up for his debut AC Milan campaign after getting a taste of the Moroccan’s left foot magic at Chelsea last season.

The Frenchman has moved out of west London as a Blues cult hero after 39 goals in 119 games, joining the historic Serie A side for a bargain of £855,000.

Between them, Giroud and Ziyech only managed 25 starts for Chelsea last season, with their appearances dropping off after Thomas Tuchel’s arrival.

The winger showed flashes of the brilliance Blues fans watched on his Ajax highlight reel last summer but he couldn’t find his rhythm. Now there are reports Chelsea are willing to sell the 28-year-old, with Milan among those who are interested.

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‘Ziyech is a great player,’ Giroud told a press conference.

‘We have had a great connection even though we have played few games together.

‘He has a top left foot, has experience and he is very good technically. It would be nice to play with him again.’

Giroud always wanted to nail down the center-forward spot at Chelsea but never quite gained Mauricio Sarri, Frank Lampard nor Tuchel’s trust at Stamford Bridge.

The striker had some stunning highlights, such as his four-goal masterclass against Sevilla and overhead kick past Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last season.

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However, Giroud admitted he realised he had to leave after the Blues launched their pursuit of a new striker to challenge Timo Werner this summer.

‘I have always said that when I was little I had the dream of playing in the Premier League but I think it was time to discover a new culture and a new country,’ France’s third-highest all-time scorer added.

‘Milan was the best option for me and I am grateful to be able to wear the Rossoneri colours. I’m happy to be here.

‘My time at Chelsea was over also because the manager wanted to play with other players, spending a lot of money in the transfer market.

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‘There I realised I had to leave the club and I received a great welcome from Maldini. I’m a Christian and I think God wanted me to move to Milan this season and not Inter the last one and I’m happy with that.’

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Performance Of Ghanaian Players In Europe’s Major Leagues Wrap-up

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Performance Of Ghanaian Players In Europe’s Major Leagues Wrap-up

GhanaCNN.com brings you a comprehensive report on the Performance of Ghanaian Players Abroad.

Our reporter Herbert Boakye Yiadom details how the players performed over the weekend at their respective clubs.

Players to have scored over the weekend.

Osman Bukari scored his third league goal of the season in Red Star Belgrade 4-0 win  against FK Vozdovac in the Serbian league

Dauda Mohammed scored his first goal for  Tenerife as they lost 1-0 against Eibar in Spanish Segunda

Godsway Donyoh scored his first goal for Neftci Baku in their 5-2 win against Kapaz in the Azerbaijani top-flight league

David Atanga scored in Oostende 3-1 defeat to Gent at home in the Jupiler Pro League

Jude Arthur was on the scoresheet for Haka as they won 3-2 against AC Oulu in the Finnish league

Kwadwo Asamoah scored for Spartaks in their 3-2 defeat against FK Leipaja in Latvia top-flight league

Michael Baidoo scored for Elfsborg in their 1-1 draw against Norrkoping in Sweden

 

ENGLAND

In Premier League, Thomas Partey played 90 minutes for Arsenal in their 4-2 win against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Daniel Amartey lasted 62 minutes in the game for Leicester

Tariq Lamptey came on as a substitute to play 16 minutes for Brighton against Newcastle United which ended in a draw

Mohammed Salisu improved on his performance for Southampton against Leeds United which ended 2-2

In English Championship, Andy Yiadom was in action for Reading as they lost 4-0 against Rotherham

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Kelvin Abrefa was on the bench

Albert Adomah lasted 45 minutes in the game for QPR in their 2-2 draw against Sunderland

In League One, Jojo Wollacott was in post as Charlton lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday

SPAIN

In La Liga, Joseph Aidoo lasted the entire duration for Celta Vigo against Espanyol as they played a 2-2 draw

In Segunda division, Dauda Mohammed scored his first goal for  Tenerife as they lost 1-0 against Eibar

ITALY

In Serie A, Alfred Duncan was an unused substitute in Fiorentina’s 3-2 win against Cremonese

Felix Afena-Gyan was on the bench as AS Roma beat Salernitana 1-0

Emmanuel Gyasi saw 74 minutes of action in Spezia 1-0 win against Empoli

In Serie B, Caleb Ekuban lasted 71 minutes for Genoa in their 2-1 win against Venezia

FRANCE

In Ligue 1, Kamaldeen Sulemana saw 11 minutes of action for Rennes in their 1-1 draw against Monaco

Alidu Seidu was in action for Clermont in their 5-0 defeat to PSG

Abdul Samed Salis played 90 minutes for Lens against AC Ajaccio

Alexander Djiku lasted 74 minutes in Strasbourg’s 1-1 draw against Nice

In Ligue 2, Godwin Kobby Bentil saw 61 minutes of action for Niort against Bordeaux

Nicholas Opoku was in action for Amiens as they defeated Sochaux by a lone goal

GERMANY

In Bundesliga, Daniel Kofi Kyereh came on as a substitute to play six minutes for Freiburg against Dortmund which ended 3-1

Kevin-Prince Boateng was on the bench in Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt

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AUSTRIA

Frank Amankwah came on as a substitute for Altach against Sturm Graz as they lost 4-0

Seth Paintsil came on as a substitute to play 21 minutes for Hartberg as they 4-1 against A.Lustenau

 

AZERBAIJAN

Kwabena Owusu was in action for Qarabag in their 2-0 win against Sumqayit

Godsway Donyoh scored his first goal for Neftci Baku in their 5-2 win against Kapaz

 

BELARUS

Fard Ibrahim was in action for Isloch Minsk as they lost 2-1 to Dynamo Brest

 

BELGIUM

In Jupiler Pro League, David Atanga scored in Oostende 3-1 defeat to Gent at home

Elisha Owusu missed the game due to injury

Daniel Opare lasted 88 minutes in the game for Seraing against Charleroi which the lost by a lone goal

Francis Amuzu played 80 minutes for Anderlecht in their 3-0 win against St.Truiden

Isaac Nuhu was in action for Eupen as they lost 1-0 to Antwerp

Abdul Nurudeen was on the bench for  Eupen

Kamal Sowah helped Club Brugge to a 3-0 win against Leuven

Joseph Paintsil lasted the entire duration in Genk’s  4-1 win against Waregem

 

BULGARIA

Emmanuel Toku played the full throttle for Botev Plovdiv against Beroe which ended 1-1

 

CROATIA

Prince Obeng Ampem lasted 36 minutes in the game for Rijeka in their 1-0 defeat to Slaven Belupo

DENMARK

In SuperLig, Lasso Coulibaly, Ernest Nuamah played the full throttle in Nordsjaelland game against Aalborg which ended in a draw.

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Abu Francis was on the bench

In First Division, Ebenezer Ofori was in action for Velje in their 1-0 win against Fredericia

ESTONIA

Abdul Razak Yusif played 90 minutes for Paide against Kuressaare which ended in a draw

FINLAND

Jude Arthur was on the scoresheet for Haka as they won 3-2 against AC Oulu

Edmund Arko-Mensah played for Honka in their 4-0 win against Ilves

Eric Oteng came on as a substitute to play 30 minutes

Prosper Ahiabu was in action for VPS in their 1-1 draw against Inter Tuku

David Accam came on as a substitute to play 14 minutes for Inter Tuku

Musah Nuhu lasted 60 minutes in the game for KuPS as they won 1-0 against Mariehamn

Baba Mensah saw 11 minutes in the game for Mariehamn after coming on as a substitute

LATVIA

Kwadwo Asamoah scored for Spartaks in their 3-2 defeat against FK Leipaja

LITHUANIA

Michael Anaba and Divine Naah saw 90 minutes of action for FK Kauno Zalgiris in their 2-1 win against Jonava

Francis Kyeremeh saw 28 minutes of action for Zalgiris in their 5-1 win against Riteriai

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Tamale City Promoted To The Ghana Premier League After Defeating Ebusua Dwarfs In Playoffs

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Tamale City Promoted To The Ghana Premier League After Defeating Ebusua Dwarfs In Playoffs

Tamale City have been promoted to the Ghana Premier League after holding Ebusua Dwarfs to a 1-1 draw at the Accra Sports Stadium in the GPL playoffs.

The Northern-based side won their first playoff game against Liberty Professionals by a lone goal at the same venue on Saturday.

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The Division One League Zone one runners-up needed just a draw against Ebusua Dwarfs to secure qualification to the betpawa Ghana Premier League next season.

Ebusua Dwarfs lost their first playoff game against Liberty Professionals ruling them out of the race in this fixture.

Tamale City secured qualification with four points after the two games in the playoffs and will replace AshantiGold SC next season.

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2022 World Cup: Black Stars Goalkeeping Needs Improvement – Coach J.E Sarpong

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Veteran Ghanaian coach Joseph Emmanuel Sarpong believes the Black Stars’ goalkeeping department needs to improve before the 2022 World Cup.

According to Sarpong, it has been stable but believes more can be done especially heading to a difficult tournament such as the World Cup.

The first choice is currently for England-based Jojo Wollacott, who since September last year has been Black Stars trusted number one and played a key role in the team’s qualification to the 2022 World Cup with an impressive performance against Nigeria in Abuja.

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His deputies are Richard Ofori, who was the first choice until a serious injury ruled him out of action for almost a year, Nurudeen Abdul Manaf, and Lawrence Ati-Zigi.

“Our defence has stood the test of time and is likely to improve as time goes on. Goalkeeping is quite stable but needs improvement,” he told Graphic Sports.

Ghana will kick off their campaign against Portugal on November 24 at Stadium 974 in Doha.

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Four days later, the Black Stars return to action against South Korea at Al Rayyan’s Education City Stadium.

Ghana will conclude their group stage campaign with a highly anticipated match against Uruguay at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.

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