Ghana head coach Charles Akonnor will include former Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Elisha Owusu in his 24-man squad for next month’s AFCON qualifier against Sudan, according to Ghana – Sunyani-based Radio Station Nimdi3 FM.
The new Black Stars coach flown to Belgium to hold a meeting with the defensive midfielder who plays for KAA Gent in the Jupiler League.
Owusu, 22, had previously met with Akonnor’s predecessor Kwasi Appiah who was told to hold on with plans to invite him into his squad for the double-header against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.
The 1,82 m midfielder holds both Ghanaian and French passports and eligible to represent either countries but has finally opted to play for the four-time AFCON winners.
Owusu grew through the youth ranks at Lyonnais and appeared on the bench of the French giants in September 2017 in a game that ended 3-3.
He went on to make 33 league appearances for Sochaux in the Ligue 2 in a loan spell before completing a €1.25m switch to Belgian giants Gent.
Owusu’s pending call up would come as no surprise to most Ghanaian fans who have gotten wind of the news that Akonnor has plans of gradually phasing out most of the old faces from the Black Stars.
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan to play in India
Gyan will travel to Guwahati this weekend to begin the latest leg of a career that has spanned ten clubs and three continents already and he says he is looking forward to it.
“I am extremely excited to start this new chapter in my career,” the 33-year-old said.
“I have heard great things about NorthEast United FC and the Indian Super League and I am thrilled to be a part of it for the upcoming season.
“I am confident that we can better the wonderful season the club had last year.”
He moves to India with a massive reputation honed at international level and during spells at clubs around the world particularly in the United Arab Emirates.
Ghana’s record international goal scorer and the leading African scorer at the World Cup has also played in the top leagues in England, France and Italy as well as China.
NorthEast Executive DirectorPriya Runchal is hopeful those credentials would reflect in Gyan’s performance at the club.
“We are thrilled to have a player of Gyan’s calibre and experience join our squad,” Runchal said.
“He has continuously delivered excellence at the highest of levels of world football and we are confident that he will add a lot of firepower on the pitch here.”
The club was only formed in 2014 and their highest finish in the Indian Super League was last season as they claimed fourth place.
Gyan will hope to replace NorthEast’s top scorer from last season Nigeria Bartholomew Ogbeche, who scored 12 goals before leaving to join Indian rivals the Kerala Blasters.
Source : www.bbc.com
2019 AFCON: First batch of Black Stars land in Abu Dhabi
The first batch of the Black Stars squad have arrived at the team’s base in Abu Dhabi as they begin the final phase of preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament which will be held in Egypt from June 21-July 19.
A contingent led by the Acting GFA General Secretary Mr. Alex Asante which included some players and members of the Technical team arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday morning.
The rest of the squad are expected to arrive in the team’s camp on Monday morning as Coach Kwesi Appiah and his side prepare for the Africa continent’s flagship football competition.
The team will be in UAE for three weeks before departing to Egypt for the tournament.
The senior national team will play two friendly matches in Dubai between June 10-15 with South Africa as one of Ghana’s opponents in the Pre-tournament friendly matches.
Team Ghana is expected to arrive in Egypt for the tournament on June 20, five days before their opening Group F match against the Squirrels of Benin at the Ismailia Stadium.
The Black Stars will play reigning African Champions Cameroon in their second group match in Ismailia before they face Guinea Bissau in the final group match at the Suez Stadium.
Ghana is poised to end its 37 year African trophy drought and win its 5th continental title at this year’s edition of the competition.
John Paintsil threatens court action over Wa All Stars; My Lawyers are stand-by
Ex-Black Stars defender John Paintsil has threatened to suit any person caught for parading as WA ALL stars communication member or management member.
Paintsil’s threat comes after some persons within the aforementioned club portrayed as communication member and management members, reporting that the former West Ham and Fulham player failed to purchase the Wa-based team due to failure to meet the payment deadline.
Asuch, the takeover by NDC Member of Parliament, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu.
John Paintsil and his new members set to buy the former Ghana Premier League champions has released statement denying any case or whatsoever of takeover from Hon. Haruna Iddrisu since the club has been renamed at the Registrar General Department.
Adding up, is a court action should any member of the club report the takeover by a different agency.
“We have warned persons still parading themselves as Communications Members and Management of Wa All Stars”.
“My lawyers are on stand-by and any person who purports to act on behalf of Wa All Stars will be dragged to court henceforth. I won’t mention names but whoever want to dare should try”, John Paintsil told AtinkaTotal Sports.
Story by Kolog Bonaventure
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