The rest of Africa has overtaken Ghana in football – Kwabena Yeboah

Veteran sports journalist, Kwabena Yeboah has observed that Ghana has fallen down the pecking order when it comes to football on the African continent.

The president of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana [SWAG] opined that Ghana used to be a powerhouse when it comes to football on the continent but have retrogressed in recent times.

According to him, it’s been decades since he saw any club in Ghana or the national team win major international trophy.

He stated that, whereas the senior national team is struggling to win a trophy, clubs like Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko have also failed to live up to the standards of the past.

Speaking at the 47th SWAG awards, Kwabena Yeboah said, “it’s been 41 years since Ghana won the AFCON, it been 40 years since Kotoko ruled Africa, it been 23 years since the glorious Hearts of Oak dominated the continent.”

The veteran sports journalist opined that Ghana can only catch up with the rest of the continent and hopefully overtake if the leaders in football are audacious in their attempt to revive Ghana’s lost glory.

“The rest of Africa has taken over as we now play catch-up, we need to work smart and invest meaningfully in our sport,” Kwabena Yeboah stated.

Source: Ghana Web

Kwame Poku swerves Asante Kotoko to complete move to Olympique Khouribga

USM Alger striker, Kwame Opoku is close to joining Moroccan top-flight side Olympique Khouribga.

Opoku, who had said that he was 80% close to joining former side Asante Kotoko Porcupine Warriors, is reportedly a step away from completing his new club.

The 23-year-old’s move from USM Alger comes after his struggling in his second season and an unsuccessful loan spell at Saudi Arabian side, Najran SC.

The striker in a previous interview disclosed that he has received several offers including Kotoko’s fierce rival Hearts of Oak.

“I have a lot of offers including Hearts of Oak, they talked to my agent some time ago but for now I can confirm Kotoko is leading almost 80% done I can assure you of that,” he said as quoted by footballghana.

He also asserted that he has an unfinished business at Kotoko.

“When I was leaving Kotoko I said I have unfinished business with the fans so if there’s an opportunity to serve again why not ” He concluded

Kwame Opoku joined USM Alger midway through the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season for a fee of 350,000 euros.

He had scored 7 goals in 16 matches and was second on the top scorers’ chat. During his first season in the Algerian top flight, he scored five goals and provided six assists in 33 matches.

Source: Ghana Web

FIFA orders Medeama to pay GH?100k to Ahmed Toure

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) have ordered Ghana Premier League side Medeama SC to pay over GH?100,000 to Ivorian international, Ahmed Youre.

Medeama have been given up to 45 days to make the payments to their former striker over breach of contract or face a transfer ban.

According to reports, GH?60,900 of the total amount is for outstanding remunerations while the remaining GH?40,600 is supposed to be paid as compensation for breach of contract.

“Pursuant to art. 24 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, if full payment (including all applicable interest) is not made within 45 days of notification of this decision, the following consequences shall apply:

“1. The Respondent [Medeama] shall be banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, up until the due amount is paid. The maximum duration of the ban shall be of up to three entire and consecutive registration periods.

“2. The present matter shall be submitted, upon request, to the search FIFA Disciplinary Committee if full payment (including all applicable interest) is still not made by the end of the three entire and consecutive registration periods,” part of the ruling sighted by GhanaWeb Sports read.

Ahmed Toure joined Medeama SC before the start of the 2021/2022 Ghana Premier League, scored 5 goals in 7 games but his stay was cut short prematurely.

Source: Ghana Web

King Faisal skipper Samuel Kusi eyes win over Medeama in Ghana Premier League

King Faisal captain Samuel Kusi has targeted a win over Medeama on matchday 15 of the Ghana Premier League at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The two struggling sides, who last played their respective matchday 14 fixtures, will go head-to-head on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

Samuel Kusi, speaking in an interview, predicted a difficult game against the Tarkwa-based side.

“We are preparing very well for the Medeama game because they are not a smaller side. We all suffered defeats in our last games, so it’s going to be a difficult game.

He was, however, optimistic about winning the game and moving up the table.

“We lost to Samartex while Medeama lost to Hearts of Oak at home. We are hoping to beat Medeama so King Faisal can move up on the league log”

King Faisal, 14th on the table, is on the same point total as Medeama, who is 13th on the log.

Source: Ghana Web