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DNA confirms Asamoah Gyan is father of Gifty’s children

Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan, is indeed the father of his three children after a paternity test was conducted, Ghanaweb can confirm.

The footballer, after filing for divorce from his wife, Gifty Gyan, late last year allegedly denied fathering their three children demanding a DNA test to be carried out on all three to ascertain if he is the father of the children.

However a reliable source has confirmed that the DNA results turned out positive hence all the children are his.

Background

Ghanaian footballer and captain of the Ghana Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan has allegedly filed for divorce from his wife, Gifty Gyan, at the Divorce and Matrimonial Division of the High Court, Accra.

The footballer has also denied fathering their three children and is demanding a DNA test to be carried out on all three to ascertain if he is the father of the children.

GhanaWeb.com is reliably informed that Gyan and his wife Gifty have not seen eye to eye in the last few months, but the desire of the Black Stars captain to officially terminate the five-year marriage is a clear indication that their differences have now become irreconcilable.

The news outlet is also reliably informed that the footballer, who filed for divorce in August this year is currently making preparation to marry an Accra-based business woman, once his marriage to Gifty is annulled by the court.

Although Gyan has had a ‘scandal-laden’ career, he has successfully shielded his wife and three children from the public eye and media scrutiny.

Details of why Asamoah Gyan’s marriage to Gifty has hit the rocks are unknown but sources close to the estranged wife say Gyan grew cold towards Gifty after another woman came into his life.

The said woman was in June this year mistaken for Asamoah Gyan’s wife at the grand opening of his new sports bar located in Osu, Accra.

Interestingly, the same lady was mentioned as Asamoah Gyan’s wife when Emmanuel ‘Game Boy’ Tagoe fought his last bout in defense of his IBO World title this month.

She was also spotted in town with the footballer when he came to Ghana recently for his summer vacation.

When rumors started making the rounds earlier this year about a possible love-affair between Gyan and the said woman, the business woman denied it.

She explained that her relationship with Gyan was purely professional as she owns a property that houses one of Gyan’s companies. But investigation by GhanaWeb reveals that the relationship between the business woman and Asamoah Gyan is beyond ‘landlord- tenant’ relationship as the two are currently courting and set to marry after his divorce to his current wife Gifty Gyan.

The latest indication of the current troubles in the marriage was the alleged seizure of Gifty’s passport by Baffour Gyan, who is the elder brother of Asamoah Gyan, to supposedly prevent her from returning to Asamoah’s residence in the United Kingdom.

Gyan and Gifty have been together since 2003 and got married in 2013 after their second child was born.

Sources close to Asamoah Gyan confirmed GhanaWeb’s story but declined to comment publicly.

Written by Gideon Sarpong

Winning 2019 AFCON will be difficult for Ghana - Kwabena Yeboah

The Black Stars of Ghana will not have a smooth ride in their attempt to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations according to ace sports writer Kwabena Yeboah.

According to the SWAG President, Ghana’s chances of winning the trophy has not only been made difficult by the expansion of the tournament but also the positive strides made by some countries who previously were no match for the country.

Speaking to pressmen at the launch of the 44th edition of the SWAG Awards, Kwabena Yeboah admitted that the quality of players in the Black Stars has waned and the team will have to punch above its weight if they are to win the tournament which will be held in Egypt.

“There are going to be 24 countries that are going to compete at the AFCON and I think that sometimes we tend to be a bit arrogant that once Ghana is participating we have a birthright to go and win the trophy. It is my sincere and candid wish and hope that we would win the trophy because it has eluded us for a very long time”.

“Winning the Africa Cup of Nations is getting more difficult by the year so I do not think that it is going to be easy. I do not think that we can boast of a team that is extraordinarily talented for us to put our hands on our chest and say we going to win the Africa Cup of Nations”, he said.

The Black Stars have already qualified for the tournament which is slated for June 21 to July 19, 2019.

With Ghana’s last AFCON glory coming in 1982, Ghanaians are expectant coach Kwesi Appiah and his charges will refresh Ghana’s trophy cabinet with 2019 AFCON title.

Written by Gideon Sarpong

Kevin-Prince Boateng joins Barcelona on loan from Sassuolo

Former Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has joined Barcelona on loan for the remainder of the season.

The La Liga leaders have the option to sign the 31-year-old from Serie A side Sassuolo for a £7.1m fee in the summer.

Boateng joined Spurs from Hertha Berlin in 2007, but was soon sent on loan to Dortmund, then moved to Portsmouth.

The German-born ex-Ghana international also had two spells at AC Milan, and has also played for Schalke, Las Palmas and Frankfurt.

Written by Gideon Sarpong

Barcelona close to signing Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo

Barcelona are close to the surprise signing of former Tottenham and Portsmouth forward Kevin-Prince Boateng, with the former Ghana international’s representative’s having agreed terms with the reigning Spanish champions over an initial loan move.

Boateng, who spent two seasons at White Hart Lane before moving to Fratton Park in 2009, signed for Sassuolo in the summer having left Eintracht Frankfurt and has starred for Roberto De Zerbi’s side as they have cemented a midtable position in Serie A. The 31-year-old has scored five league goals so far despite missing several weeks due to injury, with Barça understood to have been impressed with his performances in a false 9 role.

Boateng is expected to fly to Barcelona on Monday to complete his move, which is expected to include an option for Barcelona to purchase him for €8m at the end of the season.

Written by Gideon Sarpong

CAF Confed Cup: Kotoko players to receive $500 qualification bonus each

Players of Asante Kotoko will receive $500 each for successfully reaching the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup after dispatching Coton Sport de Garoua.

Kotoko completed the double over the Cameroonian Champions after a 2-1 victory at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.

Special Assistant to the Executive Chairman of the club, Nana Akwasi Gyembibi promised the players that each will be taking an amount of $ 500 for the success on Sunday.

According to Mr. Gyembibi the said the package is to motivate the players to work harder in the group stage of the competition.

Captain Amos Frimpong converted a penalty on the stroke of half time before Maxwell Baakoh doubled their lead in the 53rd minute to effectively killed the tie.

The visitors reduced the deficit through Oumar Sali in the 81st minute but C.K Akunnor’s men held on to take the win.

The result meant that Kotoko have finally secured a long awaited progress to the Group stage of CAF’s second tier competition for the first time since 2008.

Written by Gideon Sarpong

Column: Is redemption imminent for Ghana football?

 

By Gideon BAIDEN


When Emmanuel Agyemang Badu converted Ghana’s winning spot kick in the 2009 U-20 World Cup final against Brazil, “hell broke loose” in Ghana.

There was joy unspeakable. Multitudes of Ghanaians lined the principal streets in the country to celebrate the historic victory. To journalists and football enthusiasts, that World Cup victory was not a one-off, but tangible proof that Ghana’s football had come of age and the West African giant was ready to be a world-beater.

A year later, the Black Stars made it to the quarter final of the World Cup and, bar Luis Suarez’s hand-ball and the consequent penalty miss from Asamoah Gyan (a memory Ghanaians wish they could abolish from their hippocampus) the narrative would have been different. The handwriting on the football wall was crystal clear; Ghana was building (or seemed to be building) something spectacular.

Four years later, the Black Stars qualified for the World Cup (for the third consecutive time). Expectations were enormous, and reasonably so! This time, we were poised for at least a semi-final exit.

But alas: The Black Stars’ output in the 2014 world cup, contrary to expectations was nothing to write home about.

The campaign in Brazil gained infamy for its concentration of controversy: alleged arrogance, conspiracies against co-players and love for money were the “laurels” our national team players brought back home. It was a debacle.

After the 2014 World Cup, the team, its spark stolen by the well-documented disgrace, underwent a steady decline, one that culminated in failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Like the cruel kick whilst on the ground, the Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposé on football corruption followed on the heels of the Russia 2018 fiasco. The investigation, dubbed “Number 12: When Greed and misconduct become the norm”, swept through the nation and beyond like a wildfire in the bush during the dry season.

The government of Ghana and FIFA moved to and fro like a simple pendulum which had gained momentum in order to arrive at the best way to restore Ghana’s football to normalcy. FIFA emerged victorious in the “tussle” with Ghana’s government and a Normalization Committee (NC), comprising of Dr. Kofi Amoah, Lucy Quist, Lawyer Duah Adonten and Naa Adofoley Nortey was put in place to run Ghana’s football.

In the middle of September, the NC was unveiled and began its work. When the NC staged its maiden press conference, Lawyer Duah Adonten – in an incident that later became a cause célèbre in the Ghanaian sporting press and beyond - arrived an hour late. He was accosted by veteran journalist Ekow Asmah, and a rather ugly altercation ensued that marred proceedings. Though apologies were later rendered, the mannerisms and general body language of the other NC members during that confrontation left a lot to be desired – Lucy Quist and Naa Nortey were guilty of cheekily answering questions posed to them by journalists, while President Dr. Kofi Amoah condescendingly ordered for the microphone to be snatched away from Asmah, while the latter was question the lateness of Lawyer Adonten.

Months later, the NC announced a Special Championship comprising of all sixteen Premier League clubs and forty eight Division One League clubs to commence on the 26th of January, 2019. This announcement had been long overdue and was indeed received with gladness – the majority of the Ghanaian football fandom had vehemently clamoured for the return of football as the months post-Number 12 continued to elapse in inactivity.

However, it seems, the lack of transparency and accountability which characterized the erstwhile Nyantakyi administration has reared its ugly head again, this time in the dealings of the NC and the clubs.

At a meeting to brief the clubs on the tournament, the NC failed (or maybe didn’t want to) tell the clubs the entire amount which was to go into the new venture.

It was later reported that the government had coughed up $800,000 for the tournament.

Reports gathered also indicated that Oduro Sarfo, the leader of the representatives of the various clubs, was unhappy about the NC’s communication about the proposed competition. And indeed, but for the intervention of Togbe Afede, Oduro Sarfo and Dr. Kofi Amoah could have engaged in a fight.

The bottom line is that the collapse of Ghana’s football was caused by the insatiable love for money and a total disregard for proven tenets of leadership such as transparency and accountability (you can add to the list).

We are not asking for the heavens if we ask that the NC be more transparent and show a little bit of humility in their dealings with the media and other stakeholders in Ghana’s football, are we?

We are hungry to be served our local football meals but we want the meals served on clean plates with clean cutlery, and on a dining table. The NC as our chef must not see this request as burdensome.

A crucial element within the mandate of the NC is to enforce a review of the GFA’s statutes so as to ensure compliance with the requirements of FIFA and CAF; how far along are they on this? And what about the conduction of elections to usher in new leadership too?

If after all the happenings in Ghana’s football, we haven’t learnt the lessons which caused the crumble of our football cookie in the first place, then we must sit tight, because our footballing redemption isn’t as imminent as we thought with the NC struggling to deal with the media and the clubs.

 

 

Written by Fiifi Anaman

Agyemang-Badu optimistic about Asante Kotoko Confederation Cup group stage berth

Asante Kotoko defender Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is upbeat about their chances of progressing to the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup.

After beating Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya 2-1 on aggregate in the first round, the Porcupine Warriors have been pitted against the Cameroonians for a ticket to the group stage.

Coton Sport, who have moved into the Confederation Cup following their elimination from the CAF Champions League, will host the first leg between January 11 and 13 next year before visiting Kumasi for the second leg between January 18 and 20.

"The fans should keep supporting us as we travel to Cameroon for the first leg tie next month," Agyemang-Badu told Kickgh.com

"We'll strive to do our best to qualify to the next round of the competition [CAF Confederation Cup]"

"Our dream is to eliminate Coton Sport in the playoff round to make it to the group stages"

Agyemang-Badu joined Kotoko from second-tier side Phar Rangers this year.

Written by Gideon Sarpong