Jordan Ayew tops list as most fouled player in the Premiership since 2023/23


Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew has been the most fouled player since the 2022/23 season to date.



Ayew, 31, is not lauded for tricks, speed or even taking on opposition defenders, but have set a mark as the player who have won the most fouls in the top flight since August 2022.



Since his debut for Palace in 2018, only three players can boast a higher tally of fouls than Ayew’s 364: Maddison (377), Grealish (415) and another Palace player, Wilfried Zaha (488), who is now at Galatasaray.



From the 2022/23 season, Ayew has the most fouls 105, while Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimares at 96, with James Maddison of Tottenham and Man City’s Jack Grealish with 90 and 93 respectively.



Former teammate Wilfred Zaha has won 77 fouls, Ivan Toney of Brentford with 74, while West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen, Bukayo Saka of Arsenal, and Aston Villa’s John McGinn all have won 72 fouls respectively.



In the ongoing 2023/24 season, Ayew is yet to register his name on the scorer’s chart, The Ghanaian international has two assists to his credit in four games, earning him the Crystal Palace Player of the Month for August.



He played a part in Ghana’s 2-1 win over the Central African Republic on Thursday, September 7 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. The victory secured Ghana’s qualification to the 2023 African Cup of Nations to be held in Ivory Coast next year.



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Rectify the mistakes before 2023 AFCON – Deputy Sports Minister tells Black Stars coaches


The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Evans Bobie Ansah, says he is confident Ghana will make a strong impact in Ivory Coast during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.



He proposes that some technical mistakes in the Black Stars should be rectified to make the Black Stars a formidable side before the upcoming continental tournament.



“It was very difficult but at the end we managed to secure qualification. I believe the technical team will assess the team and make the necessary corrections going into next year’s AFCON so we can have a formidable team.



“With Good preparations and rectifying some few technical mistakes in our team, I believe strongly that we can make a very good impact at AFCON 2023,” Deputy Sports Minister Evans Bobie Ansah said in an interview with Akoma FM.



Ghana secured qualification for the 2023 AFCON on Thursday after coming from behind to beat the Central African Republic 2-1.



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Adjetey Sowah narrates how he won the World Dance Championship in 1986


Veteran Ghanaian dancer, Adjetey Sowah, has narrated how he emerged as the winner of the World Dance Championship in 1986.



He revealed that a total of thirty-two countries were involved in the competition which took place in the United Kingdom (UK), London to be precise.



Adjetey Sowah disclosed that going into the competition, his priority was to make it to the finals but he ended up clinching the ultimate by emerging as the overall winner.



Speaking in an interview with Joy FM on Showbiz A-Z, on Saturday, September 9, 2023, Adjetey Sowah recounted how he won the contest in the year 1986 during his prime days.



“It was 32 participating countries and they were doing it in different clubs first, like four clubs. Finally, they called the eight (8) finalists. And even the eighth, I was the final guy to perform.



“So after I did my thing [dance moves] and later on they started mentioning names, I was back there. I was the first guy to come out with a song like ten artist song and we put it together.



“It wasn’t just one song, but different, different kinds of music. So let’s say we perform at another club.



“In the finals, they whittle down to 8 out of 32 [participants].



“All they do is just introduce you and that’s it. They don’t see your moves and whatever you have to do. So after everything, I won,” he narrated.



Adjetey Sowah further revealed that he was skeptical about his chances of winning the world dancing championship but he ended up clinching the title.



“I was just going there to be part of the finals, not to win, but just to be part of it because when you are part of the finals, that’s how people get to know you.



“So for me, I was just going there to be part of this so that Ghanaians can see me, that I’m there, because, for me, I was like, no, there’s no way I’m going to win these people,” he added.



Adjetey Sowah is one of the most celebrated Ghanaians when it comes to dancing in the creative art industry.



His dancing exploits both internationally and locally have earned him a legendary status in Ghana.



Source: Ghana Web

Thomas Partey named in Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League squad


Ghana star, Thomas Partey will be part of the Arsenal squad that takes part in the 2023/24 Uefa Champions League campaign.



The midfielder suffered an injury setback before the September international break but is expected to recover in the next couple of weeks.



Although he is expected to miss the first match of Arsenal in the Uefa Champions League, club manager Mikel Arteta has included him in his squad for the campaign.



Thomas Partey, 30, is one of 8 midfielders named as Arsenal midfielder for the elite European inter-club competition.



Arsenal opens their campaign in this season’s Uefa Champions League in a clash against PSV on September 20. The Group B encounter is scheduled to be played at Emirates Stadium.



The game is sandwiched between matches against Everton and Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.



Goalkeepers: Aaron Ramsdale, David Raya, James Hillson



Defenders: Cedric, Lino Sousa, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ben White, Gabriel, Jakub Kiwior, William Saliba



Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny, Jorginho, Thomas Partey, Declan Rice, Martin Odegaard, Kai Havertz, Fabio Vieira, Emile Smith Rowe



Forwards: Leandro Trossard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Jesus



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The lonely life of the foreign-based Ghanaian footballer


The Ghanaian footballer playing abroad may be earning huge sums of money from salaries, bonuses or endorsement deals, making him the envy of many and the breadwinner of a lot.



But there is a silent aspect of their lives that is hidden from all – their private lives.



Imagine an 18-year-old footballer from Wa, trekking all the way to Accra through to Lisbon to the open gates of Switzerland or the Netherlands to start a new life.



Just visualise how the feeling is like when you arrive at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle for the first time from your village, knowing no one and having no one to speak to.



It becomes more worrying when you can’t speak the language of the people close to you – a real dilemma of a young ambitious footballer. But when they look back and see the hundreds waiting to be fed from their football cup, there is no turning back.



I recall the late Atsu revealing how challenging it was for him, resorting to staying indoors for more than a year before he could interact with his team mates.



“I couldn’t speak their language and I had no one to speak to. So, after training or games, I just go inside my room and lock myself there.



“I was not speaking to anyone and they felt I am anti-social. But later they understood me,” he told footballmadeinghana.com.



“It was really challenging for me in Portugal. I didn’t know anyone there. The food was alien but I had to eat and get used to it,” he added.



Other Ghanaian footballer are faced with worse, and this appears the real experience of most African footballers plying their trade in Europe.



Just imagine being used to Tuo Zaafi and Ayoyo Soup, or Fufu and Light Soup, but here you are, confronted with sea food spaghetti or frog limbs or the French vegetarian pizza.



Just imagine the culture shock and how long it will take the footballer to adjust.



There comes the weather, a difficult aspect of the whole situation.



You are used to an average temperature of 26°C but you are confronted with 0° or even -5°C or even worse.



It takes a strong personality with a determined mindset to adopt and stay, just to make money and be a breadwinner.



But the worse is perhaps yet to come.



You play in a club that is dominated by home-based Europeans, you are the only expatriate in there.



Instructions are through the local language, tactics and strategies are explained in the same language. How do you understand? And you need to understand the coach, execute actions on the field to be part of his team.



But here you are, as green as a young virgin, watching sheepishly without comprehension.



Imagine how long it will take the young footballer from Kpaliwogor to survive such an environment.



Wait a minute, racism and frustrations from coaches make it worse when you are the best in the team but you are treated like a misfit.



That is where the real deal comes in – who do you speak to?



The footballer lives in a nice mansion, 3- or 4-bedroom apartment alone and after going through all these frustrations, must stay alone and deal with the situation alone.



You will now appreciate why many African footballers suffer high rates of depression.



But that’s even not over.



Despite all these, friends and family members will be expecting the usual dollars or euros to drop at the end of the month regardless of whatever is happening.



You will have a better appreciation of why many African footballers take to clubbing, womanizing and becoming addicted to music.



When there is a national team assignment and a player is invited, the excitement is amazing. You need to be a footballer to experience that feeling. The player is not only happy because he’s been honoured by his country. He’s excited to be meeting his own people who understand him, where he can share jokes, where he can eat what he is used to and where he shares his challenges.



The life of the Ghanaian/African footballer is a mystery yet to be unravelled because they are pregnant with too much loneliness.



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Warm reactions on social media as NFL Owusu Koramoah rocks Kente, dances adowa to NFL match


Ghanaian NFL star Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah stole the show in the opening match of the 2023/24 NFL season as he proudly flaunted his Ghanaian heritage with a traditional Kente outfit for the Cleveland Browns’ match against the Cincinnati Bengals.



Owusu-Koramoah turned heads by rocking a vibrant Kente outfit. The NFL star walked majestically in the traditional attire with local sandals to match which showcased his Ghanaian connection.



Owusu-Koramoah also delighted the audience by showcasing the Adowa dance, a cherished part of Ashanti tradition as he made his way to the locker room before the match.



As the game unfolded, Owusu-Koramoah’s passion and pride seemed to inspire his team.



The Cleveland Browns took control against the Cincinnati Bengals, building a commanding 24-3 lead as the fourth quarter neared.



For the Cleveland Browns, this season represents a fresh start. They aim to rebound from their previous struggles as they finished at the bottom of the AFC North table in the regular season.



Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah arriving in style ahead of the Cleveland Browns’ season opener today in the NFL.



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Those who say I am anti-Mahama are envious of my relationship with Mahama – Elvis Afriyie Ankrah


Former Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has strongly refuted claims that he holds an anti-Mahama stance, asserting that he maintains a profoundly close relationship with John Mahama.



According to him, he believes that those who label him as anti-Mahama are merely envious of their strong rapport.



In an exclusive interview with GhanaWeb’s Nimatu Yakubu Atouyese, he passionately stated that;



“I announced Mahama as the running mate in 2008 and served as the campaign manager, so when did I become anti-Mahama? It just does not make sense. Sometimes I even think people envy us because I am one of the few ministers who has represented Mahama worldwide more than anybody.”



Afriyie Ankrah addressed these allegations in light of speculations that one of the reasons for his defeat in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) General Secretary election was his perceived animosity towards John Mahama.



He elaborated on his candidacy, explaining that despite entering the contest late, he was confident of victory due to his extensive contributions to the party.



“But many things happened on the election day itself, and I can’t delve into all the specifics. My coordinators called me about some issues, but I have moved on. It’s just like having a bad day at work. Even Ronaldo and Messi miss penalties; that result does not define who I am. I am now working closely with the other executives for the betterment of the party,” he disclosed



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In an unexpected turn of events, Afriyie Ankrah narrowly missed clinching the position of General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) during the 2022 NDC national executives’ elections.



Fifi Fiavi Kwetey emerged as the winner, while Peter Boamah secured the runner-up position in the election, which took place at the Accra Sports Stadium.



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Watch highlight of Ibrahim Tanko’s goal for BVB Legends in a ceremonial match in Indonesia


Former Black Stars striker, Ibrahim Tanko, scored a superb goal in Borussia Dortmund Legends’ game against Persib All Stars in Bandung, Indonesia.



The BVB legends wallopped the Persib All-Star team 4-0 in the game that forms part of the latter’s four days of activities and tour in Indonesia.



Tanko scored the second goal of the night with a sweet left-foot finish from inside the box.



Dortmund legends who featured include, Roman Weidenfeller, Marcel Schmelzer, Kevin Großkreutz, David Odonkor, Paul Lambert, Florian Kringe, Jörg Heinrich, Toni da Silva, Patrick Owomoyela, Dede, Mladen Petric, Jan Koller, Mo Zidan, and Ibrahim Tanko.



The game was the climax of various activities aimed at promoting football development, cultural exchange, and community engagement.



Source: Ghana Web