When love meets sports: Ghana’s football couple walk down the isle

I know you are used to hearing the phrase, ‘Love is in the air’ but what if a couple never met on an aircraft?, hot air balloon or even in an airport?.

Anyway, it is rare we hear news of two footballers tying the knot as many footballers settle for models and vice versa, till a Ghanaian football couple walked down the isle this past Thursday, January 5, 2019.

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Ghana men’s national team ‘Black Stars’ forward, David Accam and women’s national team ‘Black Queens’ striker Florence Dadson started the year with a bang by saying ‘I do’ in an invites-only  traditional ceremony held in Cape Coast.

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The two birds are based in the United States of America and have been dating for more than an year.

28-year-old Accam, plays for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer (MLS) while 26-year-old Dadson plays for Gulf Coast Texans.

The couple’s white wedding is expected to be held in Accra in March.

We from Radiojambo.co.ke wish the two love birds all the best in their marriage.

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Ghanaian man drowns during baptism

A 20-year-old man drowned on Wednesday while being baptised by a pastor in a river south of Ghana’s capital, Accra.

In a video circulating on social media, Yaw Kyeremeh is seen stationed at the banks of River Densu together with a pastor who immersed him in the water.

Then after brief prayers, he was immersed a second time, but he did not emerge from the waters.

Accra Regional Police Command spokeswoman Afia Tenge told the BBC a junior pastor had been arrested at the scene while police were still searching for the head pastor of the church involved in the baptism.

The drowning, which happened on Sunday, has led many people to question why a life should be lost during a religious ritual.

The man’s family is quoted by local media as saying that it does not blame anyone for the drowning.

Police said the 20-year-old’s body was in a mortuary, and an autopsy still needed to be done before it was given to the family for burial.

Fit Gyan to face Ivory Coast in final

Ghana star Asamoah Gyan has recovered from a hip injury and will face Ivory Coast later Sunday in the Africa Cup of Nations final in Bata, officials said.

The striker was injured when fouled by Guinea goalkeeper Naby Yattara in a 3-0 quarter-final triumph last weekend.

He was among the substitutes as Ghana overwhelmed hosts Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in a midweek semi-final, but not used.

Gyan replaces semi-final scorer Jordan Ayew in a team otherwise unchanged from that which started against Equatorial Guinea.

Teams

Ghana: Razak Braimah; Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Abdul Rahman Baba; Christian Atsu, Afriyie Acquah, Mubarak Wakaso, Andre Ayew; Kwesi Appiah, Asamoah Gyan (capt)

Coach: Avram Grant (ISR)

Ivory Coast: Boubacar Barry; Eric Bailly, Serge Wilfried Kanon, Kolo Toure; Serge Aurier, Yaya Toure (capt), Serey Die, Siaka Tiene; Gervinho, Wilfried Bony, Max-Alain Gradel

Coach: Herve Renard (FRA)

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Favoured Ivory Coast face Ghana in ‘dream’ Cup of Nations final

Ivory Coast face what is likely to be their sternest test of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations when they tackle Ghana Sunday in what has been dubbed the ‘dream’ final.

Two of Africa’s football powerhouses are in dire need of a continental trophy after long, frustrating waits.

Ghana have won the Cup of Nations four times but their last conquest was 33 years ago, while the Ivorians only triumph was in 1992 and, ironically, it was at the expense of Ghana.

Ivory Coast beat their west African neighbours 11-10 on penalties after 120 minutes of action did not produce any goals in Dakar.

In the absence of defending champions Nigeria and record seven-time winners Egypt, two of the continent’s most consistent teams will clash for African football’s biggest prize.

Both started this tournament slowly – the Ivorians needed to win their last group game against Cameroon to reach the knockout stage, while Ghana fought back from an opening-day loss to Senegal to make the final.

Former Nigeria skipper Sunday Oliseh, who won the Cup of Nations in 1994 and came close to another title in 2000, has tipped Ivory Coast to win, but also warned Ghana are capable of causing an upset.

“Ivory Coast is clear favourite to win the final,” said Oliseh on his website.

“Player for player, Ivory Coast has better individuals than Ghana and they are playing better as a team now, especially when not in possession.

“Ghana are quite impressive and, with (Christian) Atsu and the Ayew brothers (Andre and Jordan), are becoming unpredictable and champion material.

“They go into this final as underdogs but with less pressure, unlike Ivory Coast, due to the fact that not many would have bet on them coming this far when the tournament kicked off.”

The “new generation” Black Stars have flourished under former Chelsea manager Avram Grant and displayed strong character throughout this campaign.

“The boys do not give up, they have fought till the end of every match,” remarked skipper Asamoah Gyan, who remains an injury doubt after sustaining an abdominal injury in the quarter-final against Guinea.

Ivory Coast, on the other hand, have been tactically shrewd and well organised when they do not have the ball.

They have been able to combine talented stars like Yaya Toure and Gervinho with hard-working team-mates.

Gervinho said they are gunning for history against Ghana.

“It has been a long time since we have had a final between Ghana and Ivory Coast and we want to write our history too. This is our chance and we hope to take it,” the Roma forward told AFP.

“We are very motivated. From the beginning of this competition, we said we have six games to play — we have played five and there is one remaining.”

Tallo Gadji Celi was born in 1992, the year his uncle Gadji Celi led the Elephants to Cup of Nations glory and now hopes he can write his own name into history.

The Bastia striker said victory in the final will be dedicated to Ivorian legend Didier Drogba, who retired from international football last year.

“Didier Drogba, our model, our strength, we love you. It will also be for you if we make it,” said the player who wears the No.11 shirt worn with distinction by Drogba.

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Ghana coach Grant unsure on Gyan fitness for final

Ghana coach Avram Grant is unsure whether injured skipper Asamoah Gyan will be fit for Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final against Ivory Coast in Bata.

Gyan is nursing a pelvic injury received during a collision with Guinea goalkeeper Naby Yattara in the quarter-finals last Sunday and he missed stormy Thursday’s semi-final win over hosts Equatorial Guinea.

Former Chelsea manager Grant said the Black Stars did not train in Bata Friday so he could not assess Gyan’s recovery.

“We can’t say how he is because we could not even train (in Bata),” lamented Grant.

However, the coach said the Black Stars are motivated to rewrite history against the Ivory Coast on Sunday after losing the 1992 final to their west African neighbours on penalties in Dakar.

“They are very motivated, they do not need any speeches because we have come a long way as nobody gave us a chance. They will show this on Sunday,” he promised.

“We have improved with every game. Algeria and Senegal were considered better than us and this was a challenge for us.

“There is one more challenge — the last one in this tournament.

“They (Ghana) know how to fight and play football.”

Stand-in Ghana skipper and midfielder Andre Ayew said inexperience cost the team the 2010 Nations Cup final, which they lost 1-0 to Egypt in Luanda.

“For the 2010 final, we had about 14 players from the U20 World Cup (of the previous year). In that final we were attacking and attacking, but we couldn’t score. We lacked experience,” he recalled.

“But Sunday’s final will be a good one for us. When you get to the final, you need to do everything to win.”

The 25-year-old forward has shone at this competition, scoring three goals. He attributes this to confidence boosts from his team-mates and the coach.

“I have tried to raise my game because I have been given responsibilities both on and off the pitch. It is due to the group and the confidence from the coach,” he said.

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Ghana act over Gyan hip injury

Ghana star Asamoah Gyan arrived in the Equatorial Guinea town of Mongomo Monday to check the extent of a hip injury ahead of an African Cup of Nations semi-final with the hosts.

A Ghanaian official confirmed that the 29-year-old striker and captain of the Black Stars flew from capital Malabo to the eastern town because the hospital there can perform MRI scans.

United Arab Emirates-based Gyan injured his hip Sunday after being fouled deep in stoppage time by Guinea goalkeeper Naby Yattara, who was red-carded for the offence.

Gyan missed the opening group game against Senegal in mid-January owing to a mild bout of malaria, then struck a stoppage-time winner past Algeria four days later.

He did not score in the victory over South Africa that secured Ghana top place in Group C, nor did he find the net in a three-goal quarter-final humbling of Guinea.

Ghana face giant-killers Equatorial Guinea in Malabo Thursday — 24 hours after the first semi-final in port city Bata pits the Democratic Republic of Congo against Ivory Coast.

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Premier League duo help take Ghana, Ivorians through

Premier League stars Christian Atsu and Wilfried Bony both scored twice on Sunday to help Ghana and the Ivory Coast complete the semi-final line-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Atsu got his brace in Ghana’s ruthless 3-0 win against Guinea before Bony netted two headers as the Ivorians won 3-1 in a heavyweight showdown with Algeria that completed a double-header at the Estadio de Malabo.

The second encounter had the potential to be one of the games of the tournament so far and it didn’t disappoint.

The Elephants were looking for revenge for their dramatic defeat to Algeria after extra time at the same stage of the 2010 tournament in Angola and, after Serge Aurier headed off the woodwork, it was they who opened the scoring.

To the gentle rhythm of the drums coming from the swaying Ivorian fans, all clad in orange, Max-Alain Gradel swung a pinpoint cross from the right towards the far post and Bony headed home his first goal of the competition.

Algeria, Africa’s top side according to the FIFA rankings, were level six minutes after the interval when Hilal Soudani netted from inside the area.

However, Bony headed home a free-kick from his new City colleague Yaya Toure to put the Ivorians back in front and Gervinho wrapped up the win at the death.

“I think we have beaten the best team in the tournament,” said Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard.

“In terms of football and ball control they were better than us but we countered them with players like Gradel and Gervinho and with the support of Bony.”

Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff replied: “It was not the best team that won. I can’t reproach the players for anything. If we played the same game 10 times we wouldn’t lose it 10 times.”

While Algeria go home, the Ivorians will now prepare for a semi-final against DR Congo in Bata on Wednesday as they continue their quest for a first Cup of Nations crown since 1992.

– Stunning strike –

Ghana’s Black Stars can look forward to a semi-final in Equatorial Guinea’s capital Malabo on Thursday against the host nation after destroying the Cup of Nations dream of Guinea on a typically warm and humid afternoon.

They needed just four minutes to open the scoring courtesy of Atsu, the winger who is on loan at Everton from their English rivals Chelsea.

Kwesi Appiah, who belongs to Crystal Palace but has been on loan at lower-league English side Cambridge United, then made it 2-0 just before the break after pouncing on poor defending.

But Atsu saved the best for last, with a stunning strike from wide on the right just after the hour mark that dipped under the bar and into the net at the far post.

That killed off the contest, and a miserable day for Guinea was completed when their goalkeeper Naby Yattara was sent off for bringing down Asamoah Gyan on the edge of the box in stoppage time.

“Our first goal was very good and the third goal was fantastic from Atsu. I don’t know if he meant it,” joked Ghana coach Avram Grant after the Black Stars made it through to their fifth consecutive semi-final at the Cup of Nations as they look to win the trophy for the first time since 1982.

“We are on the right way to being even better than today. Expectations of this team were not high but that doesn’t matter.”

His opposite number Michel Dussuyer was gracious in defeat, saying: “We know Ghana have players who can make the difference, and when you concede a second goal just before half-time it becomes nearly impossible.

“We didn’t play as we hoped, but let’s look to the future and think about the work we need to do to compete with the best teams in Africa.”

Organisers will be relieved that all the headlines on Sunday were made on the pitch after events of Saturday, when Tunisian players tried to attack the Mauritian referee who awarded a contentious penalty that helped Equatorial Guinea come from behind to beat the Carthage Eagles.

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Best still to come from Ghana – Grant

Ghana coach Avram Grant believes his side are only going to get better after they crushed Guinea 3-0 on Sunday to cruise into the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

“We are on the right way to being even better than today. Expectations of this team were not high but that doesn’t matter,” said the Israeli after the Black Stars won thanks to a brace from Christian Atsu either side of a Kwesi Appiah strike.

“Guinea are a very strong team technically, with lots of quick players in attack. Just as in every game we tried to stop them from playing their game and play ours.

“Our first goal was very good and the third goal was fantastic from Atsu. I don’t know if he meant it,” added Grant.

Atsu’s spectacular cross-cum-shot found the net to clinch the win and take Ghana into the semi-finals for the fifth successive Cup of Nations, and they will now take on the hosts Equatorial Guinea on Thursday for a place in the final itself.

“We prepare game by game. We did a lot of preparation for this game, and now we start to prepare for Equatorial Guinea,” added Grant.

“In a tournament like this it is very difficult to play against the home team, but every game is a challenge. I think they will feel good because they are playing at home.”

“I think we need to do much better than against Guinea. Anything can happen in football but we are prepared for any difficulties,” added two-goal hero Atsu.

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AFCON 2015: Ghana into semi-finals with Atsu at double

Christian Atsu scored twice as Ghana beat Guinea 3-0 in Malabo on Sunday to ease into their fifth successive Africa Cup of Nations semi-final.

Atsu set the Black Stars on their way to a comfortable quarter-final victory when he opened the scoring in the fourth minute in Equatorial Guinea’s capital, before Kwesi Appiah increased their advantage a minute before the interval.

And Atsu, the winger on loan at Everton from their English Premier League rivals Chelsea, then saw his cross-cum-shot find the net on 61 minutes to take Ghana through to a last-four showdown with the hosts on Thursday.

While Avram Grant’s side keep alive their hopes of a first continental crown since 1982, Guinea’s Cup of Nations adventure ends without them winning a game at the finals.

They also ended the match with 10 men after goalkeeper Naby Yattara was sent off just before the final whistle.

The Syli Nationale only made it into the knockout stage at Mali’s expense via a drawing of lots after drawing all three of their group games, and Michel Dussuyer’s side never looked like causing an upset here.

Ghana took the lead from their first attack, working the ball into the area from the left before Andre Ayew’s backheel allowed Atsu to apply an easy finish.

The onus was now on Guinea to try and find a way back into the match, but they created next to nothing, with stand-in captain Ibrahima Traore unable to influence proceedings from the right flank as he had in the group stage.

With half-time approaching, Yattara in the Guinea goal saved from Asamoah Gyan, but Ghana made it 2-0 shortly after with the help of some dreadful defending.

Appiah, who was preferred to Jordan Ayew in attack, pounced on a poor clearance by Baissama Sankoh and slotted home under Yattara.

There was a clear gulf in class between the teams and Ghana put any doubts as to the final outcome to bed when Atsu struck again just after the hour mark.

Collecting possession wide on the right, he shuffled the ball onto his left foot before whipping what looked to be a cross towards the far post only to see it drop under the bar and into the net.

Guinea’s misery was compounded right at the death when goalkeeper Yattara was shown a straight red card for bringing down Gyan on the edge of the penalty box as the Ghana skipper hurtled towards goal.

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AFCON 2015: Equatorial Guinea stun Tunisia to reach semis

Former Real Madrid winger Javier Balboa scored twice as hosts Equatorial Guinea reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals with a stunning 2-1 extra-time victory over Tunisia on Saturday.

The quarter-final winner came 12 minutes into extra time in port city Bata when Balboa superbly curled a free-kick into the top corner of the net past goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi.

The result was among the greatest upsets in the 58-year competition with Tunisia 96 places above Equatorial Guinea in the FIFA world rankings.

Ahmed Akaichi put Tunisia ahead on 70 minutes with a close-range shot and Balboa levelled in stoppage time by converting a controversially awarded penalty.

Furious Tunisians protested for several minutes over what appeared a soft decision by the Mauritian referee as Ivan Bolado fell after being challenged by Hamza Mathlouthi.

The reward for 28-1 pre-tournament long shots Equatorial Guinea is a semi-final with Ghana or Guinea in capital Malabo next Thursday.

Earlier, the Democratic Republic of Congo staged a stunning comeback in the first match of a Bata double-header to defeat Congo Brazzaville 4-2 and secure a last-four showdown with Algeria or the Ivory Coast.

Aymen Mathlouthi was a virtual spectator during a goalless opening half largely bossed by the Carthage Eagles.

The hosts survived an early scare when the ball flashed menacingly across the goalmouth of Equatorial Guinea shot-stopper Felipe Ovono without anyone getting a touch.

Midfield enforcer Houcine Ragued was yellow-carded on nine minutes for fouling Ellong Doualla as the North Africans made their physical presence felt.

Ovono dropped a corner and needed medical attention after being challenged for the loose ball by Tunisian defence marshal Aymen Abdennour.

A wild swing at the ball by Wahbi Khazri saw the ball fly wide and a few minutes later his close-range shot was deflected for a corner.

The best Tunisian chance of the half came on the half-hour when Ferjani Sassi evaded several defenders only to nod an Akaichi cross wide.

Equatorial Guinea finally troubled Aymen Mathlouthi six minutes before half-time and his weak punched clearance almost led to a goal.

Balboa pounced on the loose ball just outside the box and his low, goal-bound shot was cleared by Syam Ben Youssef.

Tunisia finished the half stronger with Akaichi delivering another good cross that captain Yassine Chikhaoui handled as he battled for possession.

Akaichi brought out the best in Ovono soon after half-time with a snap shot that the young goalkeeper tipped over.

The goal that ended the stalemate stemmed from a midfield pass by Chikhaoui to Mohamed Yaakoubi on the right wing.

His cross was aimed at Akaichi, who got in front of Diosdado Mbele and steered the ball past Ovono to stun the crowd.

But two minutes into stoppage time home supporters erupted in joy as Balboa sent Aymen Mathlouthi the wrong way from the spot.

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Ghana and Algeria keep title dream alive

A late diving header by Andre Ayew took Ghana through to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday alongside favourites Algeria in a dramatic denouement to Group C.

Ghana came from behind to beat South Africa 2-1 in Mongomo to secure their berth in the quarter-finals as winners of the group, having looked set to finish bottom with barely 20 minutes to play.

Meanwhile, the Algerians beat Senegal 2-0 in Malabo thanks to a goal in each half from Premier League stars Riyad Mahrez and Nabil Bentaleb to go through in second place at the expense of the Lions of Teranga.

The Black Stars of Ghana, who have reached at least the semi-finals of each of the last four tournaments, were heading out when Mandla Masango smashed home on 17 minutes in Mongomo to give South Africa the lead.

However, their hopes were revived when defender John Boye equalised on 73 minutes, and with the momentum behind them, Avram Grant’s side went on to get the win they required when Marseille winger Andre Ayew headed home with seven minutes to go from a cross by Abdul Rahman Baba.

“We deserve it because South Africa were not better than us. We have finished first in the group of death, which is not bad,” said Ghana’s Israeli coach Grant.

Algeria also had to win against Senegal to be sure of going through and Christian Gourcuff’s team were on their way when Leicester City winger Mahrez slotted home on 11 minutes.

At 1-0, both sides were going through until events of the final 10 minutes in Equatorial Guinea. First, Sofiane Feghouli set up Bentaleb to lash home and put Algeria 2-0 up, and then Ghana’s winning goal in the other game condemned Senegal to an early exit.

“It was an excessively difficult game physically. The ball was almost always in the air, which is not an advantage for us,” said Algeria coach Gourcuff, who is now looking forward to a quarter-final tie this weekend.

“It was not easy to get out of this group. We don’t choose our opponents. Of course we’ll follow the games with lots of interest tomorrow (Wednesday) and we’ll see what happens,” he added.

– Senegal fail again –

While Algeria, who last won the competition in 1990, and Ghana can look forward to the knockout stage, Senegal and South Africa are left to wonder what might have been.

Bafana Bafana go home with just one point after throwing away the lead in all three of their matches, although their coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba remained upbeat at how his team performed.

“We played well in qualifying against some very strong teams, and we played well here too,” he said.

However, Senegal coach Alain Giresse was not able to praise his side, who came up short despite only requiring a draw to progress.

And as the Lions of Teranga were left to contemplate another failed attempt to finally get their hands on the continental trophy, Giresse was urged to step down by the Senegalese media.

“My contract has finished,” he reminded them. “The road ends here for Senegal. There will be a lot of changes in and around the team. What happens next I don’t know, but I know what I am going to do.”

Algeria and Ghana will find out their last-eight opponents on Wednesday, when Group D concludes with Cameroon and the Ivory Coast clashing in Malabo while Guinea and Mali meet in Mongomo.

All four sides are currently deadlocked with identical records, with every game thus far in the section having finished 1-1.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, organisers announced that the quarter-finals due to be played in Ebebiyin and Mongomo would be moved to Bata and Malabo respectively.

The decision means that hosts Equatorial Guinea will meet Tunisia in Bata on Saturday rather than in the tiny 5,000-seat Ebebiyin stadium.

In addition, Sunday’s scheduled quarter-final between Ghana and the runners-up in Group D will now be played in Malabo rather than in Mongomo.

Organisers said deteriorating pitches in the towns in question were behind the decision.

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Ghana take aim at South Africa after big Cup win

Ghana’s Black Stars are keeping their feet on the ground ahead of Tuesday’s decisive Africa Cup of Nations Group C clash against South Africa after a dramatic win over Algeria.

On Friday, skipper Asamoah Gyan returned from a bout of malaria to sink tournament favourites Algeria in stoppage time in Mongomo as the Black Stars bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Senegal with a 1-0 success against the continent’s best team.

A win over South Africa on Tuesday will guarantee the four-time African champions passage to the last-eight of the competition, while a draw and Algeria failing to beat Senegal on the same night could also get them past the group stage.

However, Ghana coach Avram Grant said his “new generation” of Black Stars aim to do the business against a South African team who have impressed him.

“Nothing has been decided yet in this group,” insisted former Chelsea manager Grant.

“Yes, we may have beaten the number one team in Africa, but we now face South Africa, who qualified for this tournament ahead of a big team like Nigeria.

“They played very well in their first game even though they eventually lost (3-1) to Algeria. They are a fantastic team.

“We are a young team who have shown we do not give up and so we will come into any game to win it.”

The returning Gyan proved to be Ghana’s hero despite admitting to having “some physical problems”, and now the striker is looking ahead to the next game.

“South Africa have shown they are a very good side right from the qualifiers and so we do not expect an easy match against them,” he said.

“It was a team effort against Algeria, everybody working for everybody, and we will count on this again against South Africa.”

Meanwhile, Marseille star Andre Ayew declared that Ghana should not be written off as genuine contenders at this Cup of Nations despite not yet finding their best form.

“This is not the best Ghana, many of us like Gyan and I are not 100 percent fit, but we can do a lot more,” he said.

“Even after the win against Algeria, we cannot afford to get over-confident. We’re happy, but won’t take anything for granted. Algeria is past and next is South Africa. It will be a very tough battle on Tuesday.”

He added: “Expectations back at home must now have risen, but Ghana have always dealt with the pressure even though it could be difficult.”

The Black Stars last won the Cup of Nations in 1982, although they have reached the last four of the previous four editions, even losing in the final to Egypt in 2010 in Angola.

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Avram Grant appointed Ghana coach

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has been appointed the new coach of Ghana.

The 59-year-old has signed a 27-month deal to take over from Maxwell Konadu, who had been in temporary charge since  Kwesi Appiah left in September.

He will start work on Monday and his contract will finish at the end of February 2017 – after that year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Israeli Grant has only six weeks to prepare the Black Stars for the 2015 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.

The Ghana Football Association have given Grant a target of “doing well” at the upcoming tournament – given his short time with the team – and to win the event two years later.

Ghana, who topped their qualification group for next year’s showpiece, will find out their opponents in Equatorial Guinea when the draw is made on 3 December.

The tournament will be held between 17 January and 8 February.

Source : BBC 

Ghana misses chance to play in the AFCON

Avram Grant is reportedly set to take charge of the Black Stars and will be concerned with what he what he saw as they crashed to a disastrous defeat

​Ghana missed the chance to seal their place at the Africa Cup of Nations as they suffered a 1-0 away defeat to Uganda in qualifying.

The build-up to Sunday’s match had been dominated by reports that former Chelsea manager Avram Grant is set to take the Ghana job.

However, if that is the case then Grant will not have been impressed with the performance of the four-time Afcon champions, who were kept at bay by a well organised Uganda side.

Needing a win on Saturday to secure a spot at the 2015 tournament, which is now being held in Equatorial Guinea instead of Morocco, Ghana instead fell behind to an early header from Savio Kabugo at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.

And, despite enjoying plenty of possession, Ghana could not produce the required turnaround, Milutin Sredojevic’s men standing firm to claim all three points.

Uganda have now taken seven points from their five Group E games and are one point behind Ghana, keeping their hopes of reaching the finals very much intact ahead of the final round of qualifiers next Wednesday.

Source : Goal.com