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AFCON 2023: Full list of all the 24 qualified teams

AFCON 2023: Full list of all the 24 qualified teams

Africa News, Sports
The full list of the 24 teams to participate in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been confirmed now. This was after the final round of qualifying games were concluded on Tuesday, with Cameroon and Namibia the last teams to book their slots. Cameroon scored three second half goals to win 3-0 against Burundi on Tuesday night and secure their place in the Ivory Coast tournament. Ghana’s Black Stars also confirmed their qualification in the final round of qualifying games by beating the Central African Republic 2-1 to top Group E. Next year’s tournament will not see any teams making their debut, with Gambia making a second consecutive appearance after making their debut in the last edition in Cameroon. Ivory Coast will host the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations from January ...
Mohammed Kudus flew mum and brothers from Accra for West Ham unveiling

Mohammed Kudus flew mum and brothers from Accra for West Ham unveiling

Ghana News, International, Sports
The Ghana international had his mother and two brothers fly from Ghana to East London to partake in the ceremony. Kudus has penned a five-year contract to join the Hammers from Dutch side Ajax for an undisclosed fee. He has been one of the sought-after player in Europe after after impressing with 18 goals and seven assists in all competitions last season. Kudus becomes the club’s fourth major summer signing after Edson Álvarez, Dinos Mavropanos and James Ward-Prowse. Manager David Moyes said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Mohammed to West Ham United,” said the manager. “He’s a terrific young talent, who has already shone at the very highest level for Ajax in the Champions League and made well over 150 senior appearances at the age of 23 – so it was no surprise t...
Not all professional players make good coaches – Michael Essien

Not all professional players make good coaches – Michael Essien

Ghana News, Sports
Former Black Stars midfielder, Michael Essien, has explained his decision not to rush into taking coaching jobs as he believes gaining more experience could be essential to his success in the role. Essien recently brushed aside talks of him becoming the head coach of the senior national team at some point in his coaching career, saying ‘he’s not interested.’ The former Chelsea man has been working on his coaching license since retiring from football and recently acquired his UEFA A and UEFA Elite Youth coaching licenses. Essien is also working towards his UEFA Pro license, a certificate that will cushion him to take up first-team coaching roles. Speaking to DW, the 40-year-old revealed the rationale behind his delay to get a coaching job. “People think that because you’ve been...
Otto Addo assures Ghanaians new Black Stars additions aren’t here just for the World Cup

Otto Addo assures Ghanaians new Black Stars additions aren’t here just for the World Cup

Ghana News, Sports
Black Stars head coach, Otto Addo, has dismissed the idea the new players who declare their readiness to play for the national team did so because of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Inaki Williams, Mohammed Salisu, Tariq Lamptey, Patrick Pfeiffer, Stephan Ambrosius and Ransford Yeboah are the six players to have been confirmed by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) earlier this month. Following the announcement from the Ghana FA, there have been mixed feelings among Ghanaians with some claiming their decision to play for the Black Stars is solely based on the team securing qualification to play at the World Cup. However, Addo has played down such claims, adding that their decision goes beyond the global showpiece. “It’s a tough decision and they know what they are getting into....
The pressure to score goals does not bother me – Jordan Ayew

The pressure to score goals does not bother me – Jordan Ayew

Ghana News, Sports
Ghana and Crystal Palace forward, Jordan Ayew, has brushed off concerns over his inconsistent run of form in front of goal for both club and country. The 30-year-old struggled to score goals for Palace in the 2021/22 season managing only three goals in thirty-one appearances. The forward also went on a year goal drought for the national team until he scored a screamer in the Black Stars’ 4-1 defeat to Japan in the Kirin Cup on June 10, 2022. Prior to this, his only goal came in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe at the Accra Sports Stadium on March 28, 2021. In an interview with Accra-based Radio Gold, Jordan stated that he is not bothered by the pressure he is getting for his lack of goals and that his only focus is to enjoy the game and ensure that...
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