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Fatau Dauda will opt for Nigeria switch

Despite playing for the Black Stars of Ghana at the AFCON and also at the 2016 World Cup in Brazil, Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda cannot hide his admiration for rival country Nigeria.

Written by Gideon Sarpong
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Bolga All Stars has been sold

Bolga All Stars, the newly relegated side has been sold due to financial problems confronting the club.

The Ghanaian club finished rock bottom of the Ghana Premier League in the 2016/2017 season and that was attributed to the facing some difficulties during the season.

The CEO of the club confirmed the sale of the club as he did tell Radio XYZ that club needed to sell the club due to financial constraints.

"Yes we have sold the club. You know the problems we face in this part of the region. The problem that we faced when we qualify to the premier division is still persisting here so we thought it is financially wise to release the club to somebody so that we wouldn’t have to suffer for the rest of the season."

Bolga All Stars were relegated with 12 points and Mr Basit said the current state of the club was so bad that it could have led them going to lower into the third tier of Ghana football

"I am sure you know that would have resulted in another relegation from division one to division 2”

Bolga All Stars made history by being the first club hailing from the Upper East Region to qualify for the Ghana Premier League.

 

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Hearts of Oak to spend over GHC 8million on player transfer

Majority shareholder of Hearts, Togbe Afede XIV, is expected to release over Ghc 8million to the six-member Committee who have been tasked to overlook player recruitment, Ghanacrusader.com can exclusively reveal.

The Phobians have been quite so far in the transfer market with no major signings ahead of the 2017/18 football season but have been linked with numerous players from within and outside Ghana.

A source close to the team told Ghanacrusader.com that, Hearts will make some recruitments ahead of the upcoming season as the coach is closely working with the six-member committee to ensure quality in recruitment.

“Togbe Afede XIV will release close to GHc8million – Ghc10million for the recruitment of players for the upcoming season, and the six-member committee are vigorously working hard with the head coach to secure the services of some listed players,” the source told Ghanacrusader.com.

Meanhwile, Hearts are keen on acquiring the services of former New Edubiase player, Aseidu Attobrah, who has emerged a top transfer target for the club.

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Kwadwo Asamoah - Juventus out to beat anyone

Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah reckons the Old Lady are up to the challenge after being pitted against English side Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 of the Uefa Champions League.

In their quest to rule Europe for the third time, Massimiliano Allegri's outfit will first host the Lilywhites on February 13 before travelling for the away fixture on March 7.

The last 16 draw was held on Monday.

"In the Champions League, Tottenham are a strong outfit who defend well," Asamoah told the club's official website.

"They got out of a strong group with good teams, but if you want to try to win the tournament, you have to be able to beat anyone. 

"All challenges are difficult."

In the domestic league, defending champions Juve currently trail leaders Inter Milan by two points after matchday 16.

It was an interesting fixture on Saturday when the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at the Allianz Stadium.

"We want to win, this is our goal," said, Asamoah, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Saturday.

"Against Inter it wasn't easy, we drew the match but the season is long. 

"We're thinking only of ourselves, there are many teams that want to win this year as in previous seasons, but we also play for the victory.

"We have worked hard to rediscover our unbeatable mentality, something that has always been a strong point for us. 

"We previously conceded a few too many goals, but we've worked hard on improving that, and we can do more to be even better."

By his unfortunate injury history, the season has so far been kind to Asamoah, who has tallied eight league appearances so far.

"I feel good right now," the Accra-born added.

"I play with determination and I always want to show my commitment, I'm available to the team at all times. 


"We need this in all areas of the pitch and all the players at their maximum levels." 

With his current contract set to run out at the end of the season, Goal understands Asamoah is likely to leave Juve in January as the Old Lady risk losing him on a free transfer in the summer.

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Aduana Stars to face Al Tahaddy in CAF Champions League preliminary stage

Ghanaian champions Aduana Stars will face Libyan side Al Tahaddy in the CAF Champions League preliminary round qualifier.

The first leg will be played between the weekend of 9-11 February 2018 and the return leg the following week.

The Benghazi-based side won the Libyan Premier League last season.

Aduana Stars are returning to the continent's flagship inter-clubs competition since 2011.

They suffered early elimination at the hands of Moroccan side WAC after losing 3-0 in Casablanca but managed a 1-0 home win.

El Tahaddy SC are coming back after 40 years with their last appearance in the CAF Champions League dating back to 1978.

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Kotoko to play Club Athlétique Renaissance in Confederation Cup prelims

Kumasi Asante Kotoko will face Congolese side Club Athlétique Renaissance Aiglon (CARA) in the preliminary stage of their CAF Confederation Cup.

Kotoko will play host to the 9 time Congolese Champions before travelling to Congo for the second enounter.

The first leg will be played on the weekend of 9-11 of February 2018. The second leg comes off on the 20-21 February 2018.

Asante Kotoko will be playing in the CAF Confederation Cup, having won the MTN FA Cup.

This will be their third time in the CAF Confederations Cup after being finalist in 2004 and a group stage finish in 2008.

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Michael Essien’s fate at Persib Bandung hanging

Newly appointed Persib Bandung coach Mario Gomez is unsure if Michael Essien will still be with his side next season though he commended the Ghanaian’s commitment.

The 34-year-old Essien joined Indonesian top flight side Persib Bandung on a one-year deal as a marquee player ahead of the start of the 2017 Liga 1 season and was given the option of extending his contract for a further year at the end of the 2017/2018 season depending on his performances.

However, the former Chelsea star was unable to lift the team into the top half of the table as they finished 13th on the standings despite being one of the five players with most playing minutes.

During Mario Gomez's presser, he was posed with questions about Essien’s fate in the team: "For a foreign player, Essien is a good player. He has a character, he can help the team, and he is senior. Therefore, we look first and we do not want to choose any foreign players too. We want to bring one striker and a foreign stopper, " Gomez said.

The sentiments of the Argentine trainer was echoed by his deputy, Fernando Soler, "We started working with local players first. Which is still less, we'll meet the boss to find other players. For foreign players, there must be two or three players. But do not know anyone yet. But we've chosen a local player, there are about 18 players," he said.

Essien's agent Amougou Mathieu stated last week that his client would want to continue his adventure at the Blue Prince next year.

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Christian Atsu labels Newcastle vs Everton clash 'must win'

Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu says their clash with Everton on Wednesday night is now a must-win following a run of bad results. 

The Ghana international has stated in no uncertain terms that the Magpies can no longer afford to drop points after sinking closer to the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Newcastle are without a win in their last seven games, including six defeats.

Atsu told the Evening Chronicle: “This is a must-win game for us.

“I know all the players will give everything in that game.

“We assure our fans that we will fight back and make sure we make them happy in the next game."

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Government spends GHC 100,000 to rename Tamale Sports Stadium

Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Hon Sports Minister Pius Hadzide has revealed that the renaming of the Tamale Sports Stadium cost government GHC 100,000.

The Tamale Sports Stadium which was built prior to the 2008 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been rechristened the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium to pay tribute to the late Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, who also served as director of Real Tamale United (RTU).

The Ministry of sports in renaming the stadium organised a football match between the Northern and Southern sectors and also bused school children to the grounds.

The deputy Sports Minister has disclosed that the cost of renaming the stadium cost government GHC 100,000.

 “Late Aliu Mahama paid his due to the development of sports and even in the construction of the former Tamale Sports Stadium, now Aliu Mahama Stadium. So there were a series of activities that were organized to honor the hero.

“Organizational cost, the Trophy, beyond the trophy GH¢50,000 was at stake as the cash prize but we were very modest in our expenditure,” Hadzide told starrsportsgh.com.

Reports claimed the activities had been sponsored by McDan Shipping but the Minister denies.

“McDan did not give the Ministry of Sports one penny for any of the activities organized.

“A contingent of about 50 men stayed in Tamale for about a week, transportation, feeding and accommodation. The cost is a little over GH¢100,000,” he added.

 

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo