Top African coach Mosimane joins Saudi club

South African Pitso Mosimane, the most successful coach in Confederation of African Football (CAF) club competitions, has joined Saudi Arabian second division side Al Ahli Saudi.

A close associate of Mosimane on Sunday confirmed to AFP the deal with the team based in Jeddah, but did not reveal the length of the contract or financial details.

Mosimane left Egyptian club Al Ahly in June, citing the mental pressure of handling the most decorated club in CAF competitions with 23 titles.

Under Mosimane, the Cairo Red Devils won the Champions League in 2020 and 2021 and were runners-up to Wydad Casablanca this year.

The 58-year-old South African also guided Ahly to two victories in the Super Cup, an annual match between the winners of the Champions League and the second-tier Confederation Cup.

Mosimane also won the Champions League and Super Cup with Pretoria outfit Mamelodi Sundowns, and his six CAF club titles is one more than veteran Tunisian coach Faouzi Benzarti.

 

Source: Modern Ghana

 

We missed Barnieh, Mohammed Alhassan and Eric Ofori Antwi – Samuel Boadu after Kotoko stalemate

Hearts of Oak head coach, Samuel Boadu has admitted the absence of Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, Mohammed Alhassan, and Eric Ofori Antwi was felt in their 1-1 draw against Asante Kotoko.

Alhassan and Ofori lost the game due to illness and striker, Barnieh is at the camp of the Black Stars.

Caleb Amankwah scored late to give Hearts of Oak a point against the Asante Kotoko in the first Super Clash of the season on Sunday at the Baba Yara Stadium in the matchday 3 games.

In the 57th minute, Yussif Mubarik reacted quickly in the box to scramble home to give Kotoko the lead.

At the post-match conference, Samuel Boadu admitted that the team missed Afriyie Barnieh, Mohammed Alhassan, and Eric Ofori in the game.

“We missed all of them, the absence of them brought the spirit of the team down but with them in subsequent games, people will see different Hearts of Oak,” he said.

Hearts of Oak are without a win three games into the season while Kotoko have one point after their first game.

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana

I am worried, says Hearts of Oak coach Samuel Boadu after playing three matches without a win

Hearts of Oak head coach, Samuel Boadu has admitted that he is worried after playing three games without a win.

The Phobians opened their 2022/23 Ghana Premier League season with a defeat against Aduana Stars in Dormaa.

In their second home game against Great Olympics, Boadu’s side were held to a 1-1 draw.

In the week three games, Hearts of Oak were hosted by their rivals, Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara Stadium and after 90 minutes of action, the game ended 1-1.

Speaking after the stalemate with Kotoko, the former Medeama coach expressed displeasure about the side’s winless run.

“I’m worried about the club’s winless run this season, this is not what I want things to be but we should also know that all three games we have played are difficult. We will know how to move match after match,” he said after the game.

The FA Cup champions sit on the 13th position with just 2 points.

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Argentina slam referee after four yellow cards and 22 penalties

 

Argentina coach Michael Cheika has slammed Australian referee Damon Murphy after four of his players were yellow-carded and they conceded 22 penalties in a weekend loss to South Africa.

Two penalty tries were also awarded against the South Americans when they attempted to stop driving mauls by the reigning world champions during the second half.

The Springboks beat the Pumas 38-21 on Saturday in a scrappy, penalty-riddled final round Rugby Championship match at Kings Park in Durban.

South Africa finished second, one point behind eight-time champions New Zealand, while Argentina came last with nine points, one less than Australia.

Cheika hinted last weekend that he was unhappy with the refereeing of New Zealander James Doleman in a 36-20 home loss to South Africa, but stopped shot of criticising him publicly.

“I promised my mother not to talk about referees anymore and I cannot lie to my mother,” the Australian told reporters in Buenos Aires.

Cheika broke his silence about officiating, though, after his side suffered a third straight loss in the southern hemisphere championship after winning two of the first three matches.

“After the first three rounds of the Rugby Championship, we were the least penalised team. It is not clear to us what we are suddenly doing wrong.

“It is very difficult to win games when decisions are made like this,” he said, referring to the 17-point defeat in Durban.

‘We need respect’

“At one point the referee told our captain (Julian Montoya) he has empathy for him. We do not need empathy, we need respect.”

Reflecting on the Championship campaign, which included a stunning first victory for Argentina in New Zealand, Cheika said they should have won at least two more matches

“We could have beaten Australia twice at home, instead of once, and after coming within two points of South Africa in Buenos Aires, we should have gone on to win.

“I also do not think the score in Durban was a true reflection of that match.

‘The lesson we take from our latest game is that it is very important to make good decisions at key moments.”

Cheika said Argentina are improving but must develop a winning mentality ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, where they will play England, Samoa, Chile and Japan in Pool D.

“Argentina are good enough to win more Tests than we do. We have to get rid of this notion that just competing is sufficient. We must win regularly.

“We have learnt many lessons from this Rugby Championship and must take them into our November tour of Europe.”

Argentina are scheduled to play England at Twickenham on November 6, Wales at the Principality Stadium six days later and Scotland at Murrayfield on November 19.

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana

I was impressed with the performance of my team – Asante Kotoko coach Seydou Zerbo after draw with Hearts of Oak

Asante Kotoko coach, Seydou Zerbo has said he was impressed with the performance of his side in their stalemate against Hearts of Oak.

In the matchday 3 games, the Porcupine Warriors hosted their rivals at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday and were hoping to secure their first win of the season.

In the 57th minute, Yussif Mubarik reacted quickly in the box to scramble home to give Kotoko the lead.

However, Caleb Amankwah scored late to give Hearts of Oak a point in the first Super Clash of the season.

At the post-match conference, the Burkinabe trainer expressed delight about the performance of the team despite failing to win.

“I saw a very good match and the rhythm of the game was very active, in fact, I am very impressed about today’s game,” he said.

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana

We will improve our finishing – Asante Kotoko coach Seydou Zerbo after 1-1 draw with Hearts of Oak

Asante Kotoko head coach, Seydou Zerbo has vowed to improve his striker after a 1-1 draw with Hearts of Oak in the matchday 3 games at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday.

The Porcupine Warriors put out a spirited performance when they shared the spoils with their sworn rivals at the Baba Yara stadium.

Yussif Mubarik scored on the 57th minute before Caleb Amankwah scored late to snatch a point for the Phobians.

Kotoko despite the numerous chances created failed to find the back of the net.

At the post-match conference, the Burkinabe trainer rue missed chances in the game, saying they must work to improve on their scoring ability.

“Yes last week, we all saw the performance of the players it was very disappointing but today, they showed that indeed they are here for action,” he said.

“We still need to work on our finishing, you saw that we had a lot of chances but unfortunately we couldn’t use them but we will go back and work to utilize our chances in subsequent games,” he added.

 

Source: Modern Ghana

EC, NPP plotting to rig election 2024 – General Mosquito reveals

 

General Secretary for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah is alleging there are moves by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Electoral Commission to rig the 2024 elections.

He claims the Commission’s insistence on using the Ghana card which 3 million Ghanaians do not have as a form of identification for registering for a voter’s ID card is an indication of the plot to rig.

“The EC acknowledges that 3 million Ghanaians don’t have the Ghana card but still insists on its usage as a form of identification for a voters ID card.

They are being supported by the NPP and this should tell you that the NPP is afraid of the 2024 elections. They know if everything is genuine, they will be booted out of government so they want to use clandestine means to stay in power,” he said on Okay FM in Accra.

He continued ” the NPP is hiding behind the electoral commission to disenfranchise some Ghanaians because if all Ghanaians of voting age vote, the NPP will be booted out and will experience the worst defeat in Ghana’s history”.

 

 

Source: Ghana Web

Asiedu Nketiah to be NDC flagbearer in 2028? – Ben Ephson drops hints

Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch newspaper, Ben Ephson, has stated that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) intends to put forward an Akan flagbearer in the 2028 general elections.

In an interview with Metro TV on September 22, the pollster said per his observation, whoever emerges victorious in the upcoming NDC Chairmanship race will likely succeed former President John Dramani Mahama as the party’s flagbearer.

His comments come on the back of reports that the chairmanship race is going to be between incumbent Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and current General Secretary, Asiedu Nketiah (alias General Mosquito).

He said of Mosquito’s decision to not contest for another term: “I’m not too surprised. My intel has been that the NDC is targeting to have an Akan flagbearer for 2028 and it’s likely that post-John Mahama…these two are Akans and I suspect that the one who becomes the Chairman of the party will be in pole position to be the flagbearer.

“I have also had credible intelligence that Asiedu Nketiah has met some regional executives and has told them he’s going to contest for the national chairmanship. In fact, they will be three. Incumbent Ofosu Ampofo, Asiedu Nketiah, now leaving the General Secretary position and a former Member of Parliament, Nii Armah Ashitey. So, these three I believe are the ones who will be contesting for the NDC chairmanship slot,” Ben Ephson said.

Asiedu Nketiah – Ofosu Ampofo contest and what it means for the Chairmanship race

The pollster added that the likely contest between Asiedu Nketia and Samuel Ofosu Ampofo will either spell doom for the party ahead of the 2024 elections or vice versa.

Ben Ephson indicated that the conduct of the party and John Dramani Mahama will be the determinant factor, stating that the NDC’s 2020 flagbearer should at best be neutral.

“I think that how the party conducts itself will put the party in a good shape or not towards 2024. I think that crucial to this [is] the impact…. whether peaceful or not, whether it won’t affect the unity of the party will be the role of John Mahama,” he said.

Speaking on Accra-based Radio Gold on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Asiedu Nketiah declared that he will not seek re-election for the current position which he has held since 2005.

According to him, his options include retirement or contesting for National Chairman slot.

“I will not contest the general secretary position for the NDC. I have two other options at hand; Either I go for the chairmanship or retire from politics,” he said.

The NDC is expected to elect it national executives on December 17.

 

 

Source: Ghana Web