Posts Tagged ‘Philip Boampong

20
Oct
09

Glo Premier League 09/10 Preview: Round 2

ABRANKESE: Kessben FC-Great Olympics

 If you are a lover of beautiful football then this should be the game you are likely to be interested in. Home side Kessben are on a good run, beating King Faisal Babies 1-2 away from home in round 1. They will expect to produce another good result, but Accra Great Olympics are a difficult team to beat.

Players to watch Kessben: Richard Mpong, Prince Attakora Gyima and Bismark Idan

Players to watch Olympics: Muntari Tagoe, Malik Akowua, Eric Adjei

Prediction: Kessben 1:2 Great Olympics

  

WA PARK: All Stars-Ashanti Gold SC

 The Miners come to this game with an unconvincing home win against Bechem Chelsea while the Wa lads produced a spirited away draw down south. Quality wise, I rate All Stars above The Miners and I do not expect them to lose at home. However the Wa lads will have to find a good replacement for suspended Michael Ocansey.

Players to watch All Stars: Daniel Bomfa, Robert Dabuo, Kwame Nsor

Players to watch Ashgold: David Telfar, Fatau Dauda, Daniel Asamoah

Prediction: All Stars 2:0 AshGold

  Continue reading ‘Glo Premier League 09/10 Preview: Round 2’

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17
Oct
09

Ghana – World Youth Champions!

I wish I knew where to start from or where to take this article. But I will discipline myself. Black Satellites 2009, wow, what a team, what a spirit! And my word, can victory be sweeter? How do I choose the words to extol this history-making Black Satellites team? If there is anyone who doubts that dreams come true, that resilience is the fuel of success, that a successful person’s true strength is the person next to him, that prayers get answered, I hope the Black Satellites 2009 have given you the answers you are looking for. 

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The last time Ghana won anything at FIFA level was 14 years ago at Ecuador 95 FIFA Under 17 Championship. Now that is long ago. Little wonder the streets of Ghana were filled with chants, horn-tooting and instant parties on Friday night when the hero Daniel Adjei made that historic save against Brazil’s Maicon to make Ghana World Youth Champions. What other excuse can Ghanaians have to drink the Friday away? The Brazil of Africa has defeated the Brazil of the world! Holala!

I never for once doubted the ability of this team. From the foundations built by Bashir Hayford in 2005/2006 through the additional assistance of Osam Duodu to the capable hands of Sellas Tetteh, I have always had confidence in this  generation of Ghanaian footballers. Big congratulations to these boys and especially their management team led by Mr. Jordan Anagbla. They are heroes and ought to return home to a rousing welcome. Continue reading ‘Ghana – World Youth Champions!’

16
Oct
09

Glo Premier League 09/10: What to expect from the clubs

It is 15 Hours GMT on Sunday 16th October. Fired-up players troop to the pitch. Referee Reginald Latbridge looks at his watch seconds after he finishes counting the players. The atmosphere is charged with rhythmic ‘nsamanmo’ from different groups around the stadium together with never-ending beautiful noise of the from hundreds of vuvuzelas. The is anxiety, there are great expectations, there is excitement and then there is hope. The hope of going all the way to the top of table. Viva the Glo Premiership 2009/20010! 

Somewhere in the VIP section, a club official squirms uncomfortably in his seat. This is a make-or-break season. Somewhere at the popular stand there is an explosive argument about the abilities of the new coach which is deteriorating into near fisticuffs. One ‘nsamanmo-chanting’ choir is not about to stop circling the outer perimeter. A player prays against injuries this season. Another wonders if this is his year. The heat is on! 

Eight Glo Premier League venues will come alive each week this season with some of the best Football Made in Ghana.  Sixteen teams; 30 weeks and 240 exciting games – Only one club will see glory. That club which will display enough  mental toughness, technical superiority, tactical aptness and a lot of ‘ways and mean’ will be crowned champions of The Glo Premier League 2009/2010!  

I look forward to an exciting season. Of course, given that this is the Ghanaian league, I will not be in denial – there will be the usual troubles of board and court room wrangling;  bad officiating and crowd violence. Hopefully this year we will record the minimum of such vices. But let me take you through three things to expect from each of the 16 clubs. First, I tell you what to expect in general, then I mention three players you should look out for and then I make a prediction of the likely position of the team. Continue reading ‘Glo Premier League 09/10: What to expect from the clubs’

15
Oct
09

FIFA U-20: What makes Brazil so dangerous?

Daniel Addo will prove important in the finals. Credit: KHALED DESUKI/AFP/Getty Images

Black Satellites 2009. Credit: KHALED DESUKI/AFP/Getty Images

With the FIFA Youth Championship (Egypt 2009) drawing to a close, I have been spending some time looking at the possible performance the two nations (Ghana and Brazil) are going to put up. I have been looking for what it will take for one of these two football nations to outclass the other, and I must say I am struggling to produce a list. 

Surely I would want Ghana to win. Looking at the big picture, The Black Satellites have much more burning reason to win this tournament than Brazil – Vengeance! South Americans (especially Brazil and Argentina) have given Ghana too much trouble in FIFA tournaments. For this reason they have been perpetually placed on Ghana’s wanted list at any level of the beautiful game.

In Ghana, there is an unwritten command to any national team. Brazil and Argentina are to be marked, attacked, defeated and humiliated wherever and whenever any Ghanaian team comes across them. Chasing this instruction has proven to be a tall order some of the times. For instance, it was Brazil which killed Ghana’s hopes of lifting the U-20 cup in 1993 and I believe this might just be the year to execute the unwritten order.  Continue reading ‘FIFA U-20: What makes Brazil so dangerous?’

13
Oct
09

Who are the men? – Black Satellites class of 2009

Dominic Adiyiah (Photo credit should read CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Dominic Adiyiah (Photo credit should read CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Ghana has reached her third FIFA Youth Championship final since 1993. With this, coach Sellas Tetteh has joined Ghanaian coaching greats Osam Duodoo and E. K . Afranie as some of the best youth coaches to have evolved from Africa. Black Satellites 2009 have joined other great squads from 2001 and 1993 in the hall of U-20 fame.

Whereas some have weathered this important achievement as nothing new, others have said Ghana was just lucky. People must learn to be more thankful than this. Since the FIFA Youth Championship  commenced in 1977, only 13 countries have featured in the finals. Egypt 2009 inclusive, this is the third time Ghana has joined the 13-country club. Only Argentina and Brazil who have featured in the finals 7 and 8 times respectively played in more U-20 finals than Ghana (3 times in the finals).

  Continue reading ‘Who are the men? – Black Satellites class of 2009’

02
Feb
09

Meet The Glorious Black Satellites

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STANDING (L-R): David Nii Addy, Philip Boampong, James Adjei, Ransford Osei, Joseph Addo

SQUATTING (L-R): Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu, Andre Dede Ayew, Dominic Adiyiah, Gladson Awako, Abeiku Quansah, Samuel Inkoom

Continue reading ‘Meet The Glorious Black Satellites’




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