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GFA appoints Professor Joseph Mintah as Director of Coaching Education

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has appointed Professor Joseph Mintah as the new Director of Coaching Education.

A statement from the Ghana FA reads, ” The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is delighted to announce that Prof. Joseph Kwame Mintah has been appointed as the Association’s Director of Coaching Education for a period of two years”

“Prof. Joseph Mintah who was recently attached to the National Teams Department as a psychologist comes to the new role with depth of experience in Coaching and Physical education”

“He holds a Doctorate degree in Education (Sport Psychology) and a Master of Arts Degree in Physical Education from the University of Northern Iowa, USA”

“The former Black Stars Team Psychologist holds an Elite CAF Instructors “A” License Certificate from the Confederation of African Football (CAF)”

“He served as an Interim Assistant Coach of the Ghana Black Stars during the 2014 CAF Qualifiers and was Head Coach of Ghana Premier League side, Cape Coast Mysterious Dwarfs from 2010 to 2014”

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“In addition to his on field coaching experience, Prof. Mintah is currently the Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology Education, College of Education Studies, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast Ghana.

“He played for the University of Cape Coast men soccer team between 1986-1990 after previous stints with Mysterious Dwarfs FC, Venomous Vipers FC, Diamond Stars FC and Hafiz Stars FC”

“Prof. Mintah will be a vital member of the GFA Technical Directorate working with the Technical Director to shape the technical direction of the Association.

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Akonnor to include ex-Lyon midfielder in squad for AFCON qualifier with Sudan

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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.

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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.

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Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan to play in India

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Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan has scored more goals at World Cups than any other African player

Former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is heading to the India Super League after joining NorthEast United on a free transfer.

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.

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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

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2019 AFCON: First batch of Black Stars land in Abu Dhabi

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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.

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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.

Source Ghanafa.org

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