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AFCON 2017: Senegal qualifies to quarters as favourite Algeria crumbles

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senegalSenegal became the first team to book a place in the quarterfinal of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations after beating Zimbabwe 2-1 on Thursday in Group B.

It was their second win at the tournament after beating Tunisia 2-0 in their opening game.

Liverpool talisman Sadio Mané opened the score in the 9th minute with Saint-Étienne’s Henri Saivet doubling the lead four minutes later.

The Warriors could not replicate their first game performance at the Stade de Franveville against the Teranga Lions, who are yet to concede at the tournament.Algeria-vs-TunisiaEarlier on in the day, favourites Algeria had their hopes of making it to the next round blighted a little after being beaten 2-1 by Tunisia.

An own goal by Aissa Mandi and a nicely converted penalty by Naïm Sliti felt like the Carthage Eagles had put their first game defeat behind them.

Not even Sofiane Hanni’s goal in injury time could stop the 2004 champions from running away with the maximum points.

With Senegal guaranteed a place in the knockout round, it will be a scramble for the other ticket among Tunisia, Algeria and Zimbabwe in Group B on Monday, January 23, when the group’s final games are played.


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Man United top football rich list worldwide

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Man UManchester United generated the most revenue of any football club in the world last season, according to a report published by Deloitte.

United dethrone Real Madrid – who held top spot for 11 years – after accumulating a record revenue of 689m euros (£515m) during the 2015-16 term.

The Premier League club saw commercial revenue grow by 100m euros (£71m).

Combined revenue for the top 20 clubs during the 2015-16 season grew 12% to 7.4bn euros (£6.41bn) – a new record.

It is the first time Manchester United have topped the annual Deloitte Football Money League since the 2003-04 season.

Real drop down to third, behind Spanish rivals Barcelona, who remain in second spot.

German giants Bayern Munich move up a position to fourth and Manchester City also climb a spot to fifth – having generated 524.9 euros (£392.6m) – up from 463.5 euros (£352.6m) during the previous season.

It is the first time they have reached the top five of the annual list.

Eight Premier League clubs make the top 20, with revenues totalling nearly 3.2bn euros (£2.4bn).

Champions Leicester City (20th) enter the top 20 for the first time. They produced a revenue of 172m euros (£128m) – which is almost five times the revenue generated two seasons before in 2013-14.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham remain in seventh, eighth, ninth and 12th place, with West Ham in 18th position.

Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said Manchester United’s record revenues were achieved by “phenomenal commercial revenue growth”.

He added: “In recent years, their ability to secure commercial partnerships with value in excess of that achievable by their peers has been the crucial factor in enabling the club to regain their place at the top of the money league.

“That said, they’ll face strong competition from Barcelona and Real Madrid to retain the top spot in next year’s edition, due to the lack of Champions League football, the weakening of the pound against the euro and, over the longer term, as other clubs enter the commercial market demanding similar deals, using United as the precedent.”

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Baba Rahman out of 2017 AFCON with knee injury

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Baba Rahman injured

Rahman was stretchered off in Ghana’s 1-0 over Uganda

Black Stars defender Baba Abdul Rahman may not play any part in the team’s campaign at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

He has travelled to Germany to undergo further tests over the injury he picked up in Ghana’s 1-0 win over Uganda.

Baba Rahman went down in the 37th minute and had to be stretchered off after an earlier challenge had seen him twist his knee.

He was substituted by Frank Acheampong.

On Wednesday, Black Stars’ doctor Adam Baba travelled with the player from Port-Gentil to Gabon’s capital town Libbreville for MRI scans.

A statement on the website of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) said the Schalke 04 on loan from Chelsea will be in Germany “to undergo further tests and possible surgery over a knee injury”.

“Ghana Football Association (GFA) took the decision in consultation with his club Schalke after tests were carried out on the injury in the Gabonese capital of Libreville on Wednesday.”

A team official is expected to accompany the defender to Germany on Thursday, January 19.

“The GFA will offer all the support to the dedicated and hardworking Baba Rahman on his road to recovery,” the Association assured.


By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

midfielder Sebastien Cameroon's Siani celebrates with Vincent Aboubakar (L)

AFCON 2017: Cameroon go top of Group A as hosts draw 1-1 again

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midfielder Sebastien Cameroon's Siani celebrates with Vincent Aboubakar (L)

Cameroon’s midfielder Sebastien Siani celebrates with Vincent Aboubakar (L)

Four-time champions Cameroon have picked the fourth win of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon after coming from a goal down to beat Guinea-Bissau 2-1 on Wednesday.

It was the second Group A game on the day.

The debutants had opened the score in the first half after a solo run by Piqueti saw him beat former Barcelona goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa in post for Cameroon.

But the Lions came back strongly in the second half as Sebastien Siani and Czech Republic-based Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui ensured that they picked their first win of the tournament.

Pierre Aubameyang of Gabon fouled by Herve Koffi of Burkina Faso resulting in penalty

Pierre Aubameyang of Gabon fouled by Herve Koffi of Burkina Faso resulting in penalty

Earlier, hosts Gabon had been held 1-1 by 2013 finalists Burkina Faso.

Prejudice Nakoulma had put the Stallions in the lead but poster boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised from the spot in what became his second goal of the tourney.

The result makes the final round of matches for the two sides must-wins after drawing by the same scoreline in the inaugural games.

While Gabon take on Cameroon in their final group game, Burkina Faso will play debutants Guinea-Bissau, who could make it to the quarter-final with a win in that match.



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Avram Grant is a teacher – Asamoah Gyan

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Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has described Coach Avram Grant as a teacher who has what it takes to motivate his players.

The four-time champions kick-started their campaign with a 1-0 victory against the Cranes of Uganda on Tuesday courtesy a Dede Ayew penalty.

The Black Stars lost the final on penalties to Ivory Coast two years ago, denying them a first title since 1982.

The Israeli coach, who is looking to improve upon his first outing with the team two years ago, wants his players to be in the moment at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and not be distracted by the past.

Asamoah Gyan believes Avram Grant has the right mentality to take the Stars all the way.

“We started working with him two years ago and everybody knows who Avram is and although coach I call him a teacher.

“He is somebody who tries to motivate his players with the legends in different sports so believes we can learn how they got there”.

He went on to praise his coach and commended him for his motivation methods which he believes motivates his players

“We feel motivated anytime we are with him watching the videos and he is a very jovial man and I can say one of the funniest men I have ever met”.

Ghana will play her next game against Mali on Saturday and the last group match on nextweek Wednesday against the Pharaohs of Egypt

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Five takeaways from Ghana’s 1-0 win over Uganda

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Ghana began their campaign at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Uganda. The win was courtesy a first-half penalty by Andre Dede Ayew.

TV3‘s Yaw Ofosu Larbi takes an analysing look at what transpired at the Stade de Port-Gentil.

Uganda’s strength lies in teamwork

Crowned Africa’s National team of the year prior to the tournament, there was no doubt that the match against the Black Stars was going to be a difficult one. All through the game, there was just one running theme: Teamwork is key! From organisation to team spirit, the Cranes ticked all the boxes of a team brimming with confidence and ready to fight till the end. In the first half, it all didn’t go well. The Black Stars dominated as they should, running free from defenders Isinde and Wasswa but still couldn’t find a way past goalkeeper Denis Onyango who was just voted best African based player. The second half though, had a different story. The Ugandans came on as an improved side hurting the Black Stars with their physicality. Farouk Miya the brightest of spots for the Cranes and the 19-year-old Shaban were just too tough to handle in the area. But in all, it was a disappointing return for Uganda, who played at their first Nations Cup since 1978 when they lost in the final to then-hosts Ghana. The Cranes created few opportunities of note and struggled against the Black Stars, who were happy to defend their lead but there is no doubt that the Cranes can come back with a solid performance against Egypt to aid their qualification hopes. It can only get better for Micho and his side.

Atsu, still the main man

It has become an increasingly similar story for Ghana at Afcon. When Christian Atsu has a good game, we win. It told in 2013 and in 2015 when he won the Most Valuable Player award albeit losing to Ivory Coast in the final. Atsu was menacing on the right hand side of attack for the Black Stars. The man with 49 caps and 10 goals has been Ghana’s main man at Afcon in recent editions. The 25-year-old’s club career has never taken off as he would have expected- signing for Chelsea at an early age, being shoved around clubs on loan spells and has just found solace at Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle- but his performances for his country have never changed. Atsu for club is almost like Clark Kent while for Ghana is the superman. If there was an audition of footballers, Atsu would only reel tapes from his international games to get a slot. His performance against Uganda on Tuesday was nothing short of spectacular- earning him the man of the match award. His shot that was saved by Onyango was one of best chances and I spared a thought for defender Isaac Isinde who he toyed around all through the game. Every team needs good ethos, understanding and a better organization. The Black Stars have all of that, but will still need Atsu at his utmost best to earn results.

PARTEY could become heir to Essien’s throne

For the skeptics, Grant had gotten it wrong when he decided to include Partey in his team. The Athletico Madrid midfielder played a big role in maintaining Ghana’s 1-0 lead. The 24 year old who has already made five caps for the Black Stars has been touted as one of the best midfielders of his generation and probably the long term heir to Essien’s throne in midfield. His simple passes, bursting runs and persistence to get the ball when it is with an opponent typifies his performance yesterday and how easily he is seeping into the Essien role for the team- although in defensive midfield. Most of his passes yesterday were suspect but in his defense, it is his first major tournament and thus there could be a few jittery moments. But he was very solid. Solid enough to keep Afriyie Acquah and Agyemang Badu out of the team. Partey is not there yet but the signs show he could be an integral figure for the Stars. 

Black Stars goal drought

After the game last night, I saw a tweet that said the Black Stars love to score just one goal and it made me think. In the last five matches before the game against Uganda, Ghana had score only TWO GOALS against South Africa and Rwanda. It was not different yesterday. Attack look sharp but they just couldn’t get the finish to provide extra celebration. That brings us back to the question of why Grant axed Majeed Waris and Rapheal Dwamena out of his side when clearly they had scored so many goals for their clubs this season. Waris answered his snub with a brace last weekend for Lorient to remind Mr. Grant of what he could be missing at the tournament. I’m banishing any thoughts that the strikers we have are not capable. I would like to think and maybe I could be accused of naivety that the ones we have now are only on rough patch. They might need something to spur them on. The goals will come yes, but it should be soon enough because that game against Mali will be a proper litmus test.

Change of defensive partnership, no problem

John Boye and Daniel Amartey were superb in defense for the Black Stars. The centre back pairing of the team worked to perfection and according to plan. Jonathan Mensah’s absence was not felt so much. John Boye physical presence and aerial ability makes up for what he lacks in pace and reading the game. It was therefore a masterstroke for Grant to have paired him with Amartey whose experience in the English Premier came to bare again. Always keen to initiate an attack when he gets the ball. Ochaya’s crosses were almost always very deadly but Boye did enough to ward off Miya and Shaban who were looking to pounce and cause mayhem. The confidence amongst the two and the fact that Jonathan Mensah is waiting in the reins to displace anyone who doesn’t perform will ginger them to give out 110%.

By Yaw Ofosu Larbi||TV3|Ghana

Mohamed Aboutrika alienated some of his fans when he publicly endorsed Mohamed Morsi's 2012 presidential bid photo: GETTY IMAGES

Egypt’s Mohamed Aboutrika added to terror list

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Mohamed Aboutrika alienated some of his fans when he publicly endorsed Mohamed Morsi's 2012 presidential bid photo: GETTY IMAGES

Mohamed Aboutrika alienated some of his fans when he publicly endorsed Mohamed Morsi’s 2012 presidential bid photo: GETTY IMAGES

Egypt has added ex-football star Mohamed Aboutrika to a terror list for his alleged links with the banned Muslim Brotherhood, his lawyer says.

Mr Aboutrika is accused of financially supporting the Brotherhood, which Egypt considers a terrorist organisation.

In 2012, he endorsed the successful presidential bid by Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood member.

The move by the 2008 BBC African Footballer of the Year alienated some of his fans.

Any person named on the country’s terror list is subject to a travel ban and faces having their passport and assets frozen.

Mr Aboutrika’s lawyer, Mohamed Osman, said the move was “contrary to the law”, adding that his client had “not been convicted or formally notified of any of the charges against him”.

“We will appeal this decision,” Mr Osman said. Mr Aboutrika has strenuously denied the allegations.

Causing a division

A former star of Cairo’s al-Ahly club and the national team, Mr Aboutrika was dubbed The Prince of Hearts, The Magician and The Saint during his playing days.

But his decision to publicly support Mr Morsi, who lasted just one year in power, split opinion.

In 2015, he had a string of assets, including shares in a number of companies, seized by the Egyptian authorities.

The army’s crackdown on Brotherhood members, left hundreds of people dead and thousands in jail.

Mr Morsi was ousted following days of mass anti-government protests in 2013.

Mr Aboutrika, one of the most successful African footballers of his generation, retired from football in the same year.

Source: BBC


AFCON 2017: Egypt-Mali complete 1st round matches with 0-0 draw

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Egypt and Mali capped a first round of group matches at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with a goalless draw on Tuesday.

Though chances came the way of the two sides, nothing could separate them at the Stade de Port-Gentil.

The two sides, as a result, earn a point each ahead of their second round game on Saturday.

The major highlight of the match is Pharaohs’ goalkeeper of 24 years, Essam El-Hadary, becoming the oldest player to play at a Cup of Nations, at 44 years.

Group D had earlier been opened on the day by a 1-0 Ghana win over Uganda.

West Ham United’s Andre Ayew scored from the spot to give the Black Stars the maximum points.

With Tuesday’s matches played, all 16 teams at the tournament have been seen.

The attention returns to Group A on Wednesday as hosts Gabon play Burkina Faso while  Cameroon lock horns with Guinea Bissau.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|


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Black Stars pip Uganda 1-0 in AFCON opener

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Dede Ayew scored the only goal of the game from the spot

Ghana kicked off their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in a flying start after an Andre Ayew penalty in the first half gave the Black Stars a 1-0 win over Uganda.

The match played at the Stade de Port-Gentil in Port-Gentil, Gabon was the first game in Group D.

The Cranes dominated the early exchanges but the tables turned after half-an-hour of play.

Black Stars Captain Asamoah Gyan’s attempt to take advantage of an elementary error by Ethiopia-based Isaac Isinde saw him brought down in the penalty area.

Deputy Captain Andre Dede Ayew stepped up to convert the resultant penalty kick, sending Africa’s 2016 best player on the continent, Dennis Onyango, in the wrong direction.

The goal was the second consecutive from-the-spot goal the Black Stars have scored against the Ugandans in their past three meetings. Ayew scored one in 2014 in a 1-1 draw at the Kumasi Sports Stadium in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The half ended 1-0. However, Schalke 04’s Baba Rahman picked up an injury, forcing Stars’ coach Avram Grant into a forced substitution.

He brought on Belgium-based Frank Acheampong before the break.

The second half saw Cranes’ coach Milutin ‘Michu’ Sredojevic push in more strikers in search of an equaliser.

Rio Ave’s Luwata Kizito as well as 19-year-old Muhammad Shaban, adjudged Uganda’s Best Player in 2016, were some of the players thrown into the action.

Grant’s substitutions came in the form of defensive midfielders Agyemang Badu and Afriyie Acquah coming on for strikers Asamoah Gyan and Jordan Ayew respectively.

A clear chance for Christian Atsu, later adjudged Man of the Match, saw him hit the ball straight at the Mamelodi Sundowns goalie.

The Stars kept pressure from the Cranes at bay in the dying embers of the game, keeping the score also at 1-0.

Marking his Cup of Nations debut for Ghana, Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey gave a good account of himself, controlling the midfield and winning almost every possession.

Ghana next play Mali on Saturday, January 21 while the Ugandan’s take on record champions Egypt, who also open their campaign with Mali.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana



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Partey, Amartey in Grant’s starting line-up

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey will mark is debut in the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday, when the Black Stars take on Uganda’s Cranes at the Stade de Port-Gentil.

It will be the first Group D match at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Partey has won a starting place in Avram Grant’s team since making his debut less than a year ago in Ghana’s 2-0 win over Mauritius.

Tuesday’s starting line-up sees an experienced squad with captain Asamoah Gyan going to lead the charge.

Ghana XI:

Goalkeeper: Razak Braimah

Defenders: Afful Harrison, John Boye, Daniel Amartey and Baba Rahman

Midfielders: Mubarak Wakaso, Andre Dede Ayew, Thomas Partey and Christian Atsu

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan and Jordan Ayew

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana