GPL: Hearts of Oak escape relegation, Sarmatex 1996 marks title coronation with win over Accra Lions


Accra Hearts of Oak needed to stage a comeback to beat Bechem United 3-2 at Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park in the last match of the 2023-24 Ghana Premier League season on Sunday.

Goals from Kofi Agbesimah, Kelvin Osei Asibey, and Yaw Amankwah Baafi were enough to secure all three points for the Phobians, who avoided dropping into the second tier of Ghana football.

Emmanuel Owusu and Bismark Edjeodji scored the consolation goals for Bechem United, who dropped to 10th position on the league table.

FC Samartex 1996 cemented their position at the top of the league after a 2-0 win over Accra Lions at Nsenkyire Sports Arena in Samreboi with goals from Emmanuel Mamah and Ebenezer Ocran.

FC Samartex 1996, who were already champions with two games to spare, finished the season with 61 points to claim their historic first title win.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko also finished the season on a strong note after beating already-relegated Bofoakwa United 3-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Goals from Kalo Ouattara, Baba Yahaya, and
Peter Amidu Acquah ensured an emphatic win for the Porcupine Warriors, who finished the season in 7th position.

Kpando Hearts of Lions came back from two goals down to secure a point against Berekum Chelsea in a pulsating 2-2 encounter at the Golden City Park.

The point gained by Heart of Lions helps them maintain their Premier League status, while Berekum Chelsea maintains third place on the table.

Stephen Amankona scored twice to move his tally to 19 goals for the season and clinch the ultimate golden boot at the end of the season.

Great Olympics have been relegated from the league despite being awarded  three points and three goals after RTU failed to show up at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The ‘Dade Boys’ were relegated despite getting 44 points, as they were narrowly edged by Hearts of Lions and Legon Cities, who secured 45 points.

Scores from week 34: 

Bechem United 2-3 Hearts of Oak

Berekum Chelsea 2-2 Heart of Lions

Dreams FC 2-1 Aduana Stars

FC Samartex 1996 2-0 Accra Lions FC

Great Olympics
3-0 W.O. Real Tamale United

Legon Cities 1-1 Gold Stars FC

Medeama SC 0-1 Karela United

Nsoatreman FC 1-0 Nations FC

Asante Kotoko 3-1 Bofoakwa

Source: Ghana News Agency

GPL: Hearts of Oak escape relegation, Sarmatex 1996 marks title coronation with win over Accra Lions


Accra Hearts of Oak needed to stage a comeback to beat Bechem United 3-2 at Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park in the last match of the 2023-24 Ghana Premier League season on Sunday.

Goals from Kofi Agbesimah, Kelvin Osei Asibey, and Yaw Amankwah Baafi were enough to secure all three points for the Phobians, who avoided dropping into the second tier of Ghana football.

Emmanuel Owusu and Bismark Edjeodji scored the consolation goals for Bechem United, who dropped to 10th position on the league table.

FC Samartex 1996 cemented their position at the top of the league after a 2-0 win over Accra Lions at Nsenkyire Sports Arena in Samreboi with goals from Emmanuel Mamah and Ebenezer Ocran.

FC Samartex 1996, who were already champions with two games to spare, finished the season with 61 points to claim their historic first title win.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko also finished the season on a strong note after beating already-relegated Bofoakwa United 3-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Goals from Kalo Ouattara, Baba Yahaya, and
Peter Amidu Acquah ensured an emphatic win for the Porcupine Warriors, who finished the season in 7th position.

Kpando Hearts of Lions came back from two goals down to secure a point against Berekum Chelsea in a pulsating 2-2 encounter at the Golden City Park.

The point gained by Heart of Lions helps them maintain their Premier League status, while Berekum Chelsea maintains third place on the table.

Stephen Amankona scored twice to move his tally to 19 goals for the season and clinch the ultimate golden boot at the end of the season.

Great Olympics have been relegated from the league despite being awarded  three points and three goals after RTU failed to show up at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The ‘Dade Boys’ were relegated despite getting 44 points, as they were narrowly edged by Hearts of Lions and Legon Cities, who secured 45 points.

Scores from week 34: 

Bechem United 2-3 Hearts of Oak

Berekum Chelsea 2-2 Heart of Lions

Dreams FC 2-1 Aduana Stars

FC Samartex 1996 2-0 Accra Lions FC

Great Olympics
3-0 W.O. Real Tamale United

Legon Cities 1-1 Gold Stars FC

Medeama SC 0-1 Karela United

Nsoatreman FC 1-0 Nations FC

Asante Kotoko 3-1 Bofoakwa

Source: Ghana News Agency

Legon Cities mourns passing of goalkeeper Essu


Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities have mourned the passing of their goalkeeper, William Essu.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper died on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at the University of Cape Coast Hospital in the Central Region.

Essu, who previously played for Ghana’s U-23 team, had been battling illness for some months and was thought to be making a recovery until last Saturday’s tragic death.

Legon Cities, in a statement, said, ‘We all at Legon Cities Football Club mourn the loss of a talented goalkeeper and a beloved member of our team.

‘Essu was a hugely popular figure at our club. He always went about his duties with amazing positivity.

‘We were hopeful that Essu would be back to join his teammates as he started making a steady recovery during his illness, but unfortunately, we lost him to the cold hands of death.

‘Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. May his memory continue to inspire us on and off the pitch.’

Legon Cities have been dealt
a huge blow in recent months after another goalkeeper, Sylvester Sackey, passed away in September 2023.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Legon Cities mourns passing of goalkeeper Essu


Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities have mourned the passing of their goalkeeper, William Essu.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper died on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at the University of Cape Coast Hospital in the Central Region.

Essu, who previously played for Ghana’s U-23 team, had been battling illness for some months and was thought to be making a recovery until last Saturday’s tragic death.

Legon Cities, in a statement, said, ‘We all at Legon Cities Football Club mourn the loss of a talented goalkeeper and a beloved member of our team.

‘Essu was a hugely popular figure at our club. He always went about his duties with amazing positivity.

‘We were hopeful that Essu would be back to join his teammates as he started making a steady recovery during his illness, but unfortunately, we lost him to the cold hands of death.

‘Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. May his memory continue to inspire us on and off the pitch.’

Legon Cities have been dealt
a huge blow in recent months after another goalkeeper, Sylvester Sackey, passed away in September 2023.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Check out the players of Ghanaian descent who are playing in Euro 2024


Euro 2024, hosted in Germany, began on Friday, featuring a match between Germany and Scotland.

The tournament, which garners global attention, will see numerous players of Ghanaian descent representing European teams. Previous winners of the UEFA European Championship include Italy (2020), Portugal (2016), and Spain (2008 and 2012).

Several notable players of Ghanaian heritage are expected to make a significant impact:

Netherlands: Memphis Depay, Jeremie Frimpong, Cody Gakpo, and Brian Brobbey.

Depay, a former Manchester United forward, debuted internationally in 2013. Frimpong, born to Ghanaian parents, has played for the Netherlands at various youth levels and made his senior debut in 2021.

Gakpo, with Ghanaian roots through his father, debuted in the Netherlands squad at UEFA Euro 2020. Brobbey has represented the Netherlands at U17 and U19 levels, recently earning his first senior call-up in October 2023.

England: Kobbie Mainoo, a promising young midfielder for Manchester United, has represented Eng
land at U17 and U18 levels. Despite strong interest from the Ghanaian FA, Mainoo has chosen to play for the Three Lions.

Spain: Nico Williams, an Athletic Bilbao star, will feature for Spain. His brother, Inaki, plays for Ghana. Nico debuted for Spain in 2022 and participated in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Austria: Kevin Danso, a defender for RC Lens, began his career in Austria’s youth teams and made his senior debut in 2017. Under the guidance of manager Ralf Rangnick, Danso aims to replicate his impressive Ligue 1 form at Euro 2024.

Switzerland: Kwadwo Duah, recently named in Switzerland’s final squad, will represent the team. Duah, who plays alongside Ghanaian winger Bernard Tekpetey at Ludogorets in Bulgaria, was born in London.

Source: Ghana Web

Stonebwoy defends Mohammed Kudus after clash with social media users


Celebrated dancehall artist Stonebwoy has offered public support and defense of Black Stars midfielder Mohammed Kudus, who came under heavy criticism following Ghana’s 4-3 defeat to the Central African Republic.

Mohammed Kudus clashed with some social media users who were unhappy with his performance and took to various platforms to vent their frustrations.

In an interview with Okay FM, Stonebwoy supported Kudus, stating that the footballer might have been overwhelmed by the criticism.

Stonebwoy stated that due to some deliberate attempts by social media users to tarnish the image of celebrities, it is difficult to decipher honest criticism from what he terms an agenda.

‘I felt sad with what happened on Twitter because Kudus is a footballer, not like us musicians who are used to these controversies. Kudus does his job on the pitch, so he is new to these things.

‘The problem is there is too much agenda on social media. People can just fabricate things that will hurt you, and sometimes you are forced to re
act in a certain way. I’ll urge all of us to construct our criticism in a respectful and decorous manner,’ he said.

Meanwhile, ace sports journalist Jeffrey Asare did not mince words in his condemnation of Mohammed Kudus’ social media activities following Ghana’s victory over the Central African Republic on Monday, June 10, 2024.

In Jeffrey Asare’s view, Kudus risks not fulfilling his potential if he does not remain humble and show respect to Ghanaians.

Jeffrey Asare reminded Kudus that the Black Stars have seen far more superior talents than him and that the likes of Stephen Appiah, who, in his view, achieved more in football than Kudus, never disrespected Ghanaians.

“Kudus is average with the potential to be a top player in the future. He can only become a top player if he has a good attitude. The national team belongs to Ghanaians, and none of the national team players can match Abedi Pele’s talent.

“You have the audacity to insult fans who criticize and appeal to you to release the ball early. The Bl
ack Stars have seen far better players than Kudus who never insulted fans who criticized them. If people are criticizing you and you are a professional player worth your salt, you keep quiet.

“Stephen Appiah has never spoken back at Ghanaians because he is a mature player. Those who are advising him should counsel him well; otherwise, he won’t reach his full potential,” he said.

Source: Ghana Web

Ghanaian defender Nathaniel Adjei completes permanent move to FC Lorient


Ghanaian defender Nathaniel Adjei has finalized a permanent transfer to French club FC Lorient from Swedish side Hammarby IF.

Adjei initially joined Lorient on loan during the January transfer window with an option for a permanent deal contingent on Lorient’s league status.

Despite Lorient’s relegation from the French top flight, the club has exercised the purchase option before its expiration on June 15, 2024.

The deal, valued at approximately pound 5.1 million, includes an additional pound 2 million in potential bonuses, making it the most expensive transfer involving a player from the Swedish league to date, totaling pound 7.1 million.

Adjei, who showcased impressive performances throughout the season despite his team’s relegation, made 15 appearances for Lorient.

Unfortunately, an injury prevented him from participating in the club’s final match of the season.

This setback also ruled him out of contention for Ghana’s 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Mali and the Central African Republic.

The 23-ye
ar-old defender’s versatility and solid contributions on the field have now secured his future at FC Lorient, marking a significant milestone in his career as he looks ahead to further achievements in European football.

Source: Ghana Web

Togbe Afede must award Hearts of Oak players if they avoid relegation – Harry Zakour


Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hearts of Oak, Harry Zakour, has implored the Executive Board Chairman of the club, Togbe Afede XIV, to award the playing body special winning bonuses should they avoid relegation.

The Phobians sit 15th in the Premier League with 43 points after 33 games and will be hosted by Bechem United in their final game of the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League season.

Hearts of Oak need a win to keep them in the top flight. With the game set to be staged at Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park on Sunday, Zakour believes the players must be awarded special winning bonuses should they secure a win to keep them in the Ghana Premier League.

‘I am hoping that Hearts of Oak survive relegation. It is sad the club is in this state,’ he told Asempa FM, as monitored by Footballghana.com.

‘We have to leave everything to God, and I hope the club survives. The players must beat Bechem United so that we stay in the league. If the club stays in the Ghana Premier League, I think Togbe Afede XIV should reward t
he players with a special winning bonus,’ he added.

The much-anticipated game has been scheduled to kick off at 15:00 GMT.

Source: Ghana Web