Grant: Villa struggles will affect Jordan

Ghana coach Avram Grant claims Aston Villa's poor form in the English Premier League will affect the psyche of Ghana international Jordan Ayew.

The 24-year-old, who joined the Villas from Lorient in August, suffered a poor start but seems to have found his rhythm in Remi Garde's side, who are struggling to survive relegation.

“It’s not good for Ayew,” Grant said on Sky Sports. “When you’re playing in a team that’s struggling, it’s not easy to perform, especially as a striker when the midfield doesn’t have a lot of confidence.

“I’m sure if the team was better, he would be better. It shows a lot about his character,” he added.

However, Grant lauded the former Marseille striker's talent, noting that he is a big potential who is progressing rapidly.

“He has big potential,” Grant added. “He’s a guy who controls the ball very well. He’s strong, has a lot of qualities and is doing very well.

“It’s not easy to perform well in a team that’s struggling, so the thing which is most important is all his progress – he keeps getting better and better. He’s a good striker.”

Ayew has scored three goals in 10 games and he is the joint top scorer of the club alongside Rudy Gestede.

 

Source: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/SportsArchive/Grant-Villa-struggles-will-affect-Jordan-397787

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'I started playing ball bootless'

Ghana left-back player, Baba Rahman, has revealed his first attempt at playing football was on the streets with 30 to 40 people at a time, without boots.

He said although it was tough it was fun.

“My mum told me that when I first set eyes on a football, and started kicking one, was when I started walking, so maybe one-and-a-half or two-years-old,” he told ChelseaFC.com.

The former Asante Kotoko defender said he loves Brazilian football, and, as a child, committed himself to learning the skills of Brazilians players.

In his view, it is awesome when a player makes a perfect long pass from one end of the pitch to the other, but bemoaned that people do not praise players that do so.

In response to a question about who his toughest opponents have been, outside Chelsea, Rahman said it was hard playing against Bayern Munich’s duo Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben.

The 21-year-old began his career at Dreams FC in the Ghana Division Two league. After impressive performances, he was transferred on loan to Asante Kotoko and subsequently moved to Greuther Furth in Germany in 2011.

He has played seven games in all competitions for Chelsea since his £21million transfer from German side FC Augsburg in August.

source:http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/SportsArchive/I-started-playing-ball-bootless-396967

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I never called Jon Benjamin an extortionist - Afriyie

The High Commissioner, Jon Benjamin in an interview on Joy Fm's Super Morning Show on Friday accused members of the GFA including Mr. Afriyie and Communications Director, Sanni Daara of personal attacks after his comments regarding the lack of development in football citing the use of words such as "stupendous" and "extortionist".

"They said I was sacked from my last job which is untrue.I was promoted to Ghana from Chile. This has gone on for weeks.I don't want to continue.I got hundreds of messages from Ghanaians in support" High Commissioner Benjamin said.

In an interview with Pulse Sports, however, Mr.Afriyie has denied ever calling the High Commissioner an extortionist.

" I was interviewed on Citi Fm, and there was no point in that conversation where I called Mr.Benjamin an extortionist. I don't think Mr.Benjamin heard the interview, and somebody might have misinformed him about what transpired that day" he said.

"It is disappointing when some of these things happen and lead to further complications, but we at the GFA are focused on our task of developing our game.

Today, for instance, we organized a seminar for local coaches that was led by Black Stars coach Avram Grant to share ideas, and we hope to have more of such activities."

source:http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/SportsArchive/I-never-called-Jon-Benjamin-an-extortionist-Afriyie-396989

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Nominees for 2014/15 GN Bank Division One League Awards

The Division One League Board (DOLB) has announced nominees for the first ever Awards ceremony which will be held on Saturday, 12th December,2015 at Coconut Groove Hotel in Accra.

The Awards ceremony is to reward and recognize Players, Officials and Clubs who excelled in the 2014/15 edition of the GN Bank Division One League.

Below are the nominees for the 2014/15 GN Bank Division One League ceremony:

A. PLAYER OF SEASON

Mohammed Yakubu- Esperance FC

Enoch Atta Agyei- Windy Profs

Samudeen Ibrahim- King Solomon FC

 

B.​MOST PROMISING PLAYER OF THE SEASON

Saliu Babawo - Hotsteel FC

Enoch Atta Agyei - Windy Profs

Joel Fameyeh - Asokwa Deportivo

 

C.​GOALKEEPER OF THE SEASON​

Razak Iddrisu - Techiman City FC

Joseph Essam - Elmina Sharks FC

Ishmael Yahaya - Dreams FC

 

D.​TOP GOAL SCORER OF THE SEASON​

Ebenezer Agyapong - Techiman CityFC

Bright Lukman - Ebusua Dwarfs SC

Isaac Amoah - Amidaus Profs

 

E.​BEST DEFENDER OF THE SEASON​​

Smith Abedu - Guan United FC

Ebenezer Coleman - Elmina Sharks FC

Jacob Laweh - Tema Youth FC

 

F.​FAIR PLAY CLUB OF THE SEASON

Arsenals -​Berekum (Zone 1)

Gold Stars FC - Bibiani (Zone 2)

Tema Youth FC - Tema (Zone 3)

 

G.​REFEREE OF THE SEASON​

Eric Owusu Prempeh - Kumasi

Charles Buluu - Tema

Selorm Yaw Bless - ​Peki

 

H.​MATCH COMMISSIONER OF THE SEASON​

Samuel Asa Aboagye​-Suhum

Frank Agyei -Kumasi

Seth A. Quaye​Accra

 

I.​ASSISTANT REFEREE OF THE SEASON​​

Gordon Cudjoe- ​Berekum

Sumani Abdul Kadri​- Buipe

Emmanuel Awotey - Ho

 

J.​HONORARY AWARDS​​

Douglas Djarbeng​

Ntow Fianko

Nana Ntiri Denkyi (Posthumous)

Prof. Mawusi Dake (Posthumous)

 
 
Source: http://ghanafa.org/pages/divisiononeleague/201511/11140.php

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John Terry: Chelsea hopeful on fitness for Tottenham clash

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says there is a chance captain John Terry will be fit to face Tottenham on Sunday.

The 34-year-old defender injured an ankle during Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League win at Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Mourinho had initially ruled him out of the game at White Hart lane but said on Friday: "Today he didn't train, but we have a little hope that it's possible.
"I don't want to say that it's impossible that he plays, because maybe he plays and you'll say I was hiding."
The Blues go into Sunday's game 10 points and 10 places behind their London rivals in the Premier League.
Spurs have a quick turn around for the 12:00 GMT kick-off, having endured a 2,500-mile return from Thursday night's 1-0 Europa League away win over Qarabag in Azerbaijan.
But Mourinho has shown little sympathy for Tottenham and recalled a hectic spell in April 2014, when his side played three key fixtures in nine days: facing Atletico Madrid in a two-legged Champions League semi-final either side of a league game against Liverpool.
"Our country decided that it was not a problem for us to play Saturday or Sunday, so we played Sunday, before the second leg of the Champions League, which is the biggest competition in the world," said Mourinho.
"If this country in that moment decided it was not a problem for Chelsea, why is it a problem now for Tottenham?
"It was not a problem for us. It's not a problem for Tottenham."

source:http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/34943664

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Ukraine punished by Uefa after fans' racist behaviour

Ukraine will play their next home game in Uefa competition in an empty stadium as punishment for their fans' racist behaviour in a Euro 2016 qualifier.
The Ukraine Football Federation was also fined 97,000 euros (£68,000) following crowd disturbances in a 1-0 defeat by Spain in Kiev in October.
Uefa's charge also related to the use of laser pointers and illicit banners.
Ukraine went on to reach next summer's tournament in France by beating Slovenia in a two-legged play-off.
They have already been ordered to play their next game in Fifa competition behind closed doors, and were last year forced to partially close their home stadium by Uefa for one match after similar disturbances.
On Wednesday, European football's governing body ordered Dynamo Kiev to play their next two European home games in an empty stadium after racist attacks on fans during a Champions League game against Chelsea.

source:http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/34949905

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Andy Murray levels Davis Cup final with win for Great Britain

Davis Cup final: Belgium v Great Britain
Venue: Flanders Expo, Ghent Dates: 27-29 November
BBC coverage: Watch on BBC television, BBC Sport website, Connected TVs, tablets, mobiles and app and listen on Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra. Full details.
Andy Murray brought Great Britain level at 1-1 against Belgium in the Davis Cup final with victory over Ruben Bemelmans in Ghent.

The world number two won a feisty encounter 6-3 6-2 7-5, after David Goffin had earlier beaten debutant Kyle Edmund 3-6 1-6 6-2 6-1 6-0.

Andy and Jamie Murray are set to team up in the doubles on Saturday, before the reverse singles on Sunday.

Britain are trying to win the team title for the first time since 1936.

"Obviously on paper it's what people would have expected," GB captain Leon Smith said of the day one score.

He will now hope that a combination of the Murray brothers in doubles, and Andy Murray in the reverse singles, will secure Britain's first Davis Cup victory for 79 years.

Smith retains the option of bringing in James Ward for Edmund, should the contest come down to a decisive fifth rubber on Sunday.

The best-of-five tie takes place over three days at the Flanders Expo, with around 1,300 travelling fans among 13,000 in the arena, and security tight following the recent high state of alert in Belgian capital Brussels.

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