Ghanaian football Legend Asamoah Gyan is a year older Today! Join us in wishing this talented International football icon Gods blessings!

 


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Asamoah Gyan aka Baby Jet is a Ghanaian International football player who plays internationaly and for the Ghana Black Stars.

We can say with confident that, he has his used his status as a famous footballer to put Ghana and African on the map. And has in so many ways giving back to most communities in Ghana…

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He made his international debut at forward for Ghana at age 17. He scored his first goal against Somalia in 2003 in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier, making him the youngest player ever to score for Ghana and went on to score 4 goals in 7 games …

 

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Giving back to the community, be it in a form of money or time, is one of the most important and precious things anyone can do!  Asamoah Gyan gives back to the community through charity and more

We are very proud of you Gyan!

 

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HISTORY OF AFCON

Now that the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations is just around the corner let’s remember the birth of football in Africa.
Started in June 1956 at the FIFA congress in Lisbon.

The first African Cup of Nations was held the following year in Sudan, but it included only four nations: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, and South Africa. South Africa was struggling with the worldwide boycott due to its apartheid regime, which also explains why their team consisted of only white players.

The country was hence disqualified, leaving Ethiopia to the final match to play against Egypt. In the end, Egypt was the first champion. Egypt –as the winning team – hosted the next cup and won a second time.

The third AFCON was held in Addis Ababa with nine teams competing for qualification. The final four consisted of Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tunisia with Ethiopia winning the cup.

The 1960s marked the entrance of Ghana into the games. Their first appearance was in 1963, where they won against Sudan and became the champion for the first time. Two years later, they competed with a completely different team, yet they managed to win again.

In 1968, the quota of the final tournament was increased from 4 to 8 with 22 teams competing for qualification. Once qualified, the eight teams competed for the semifinals in two separate groups of four. The four winning teams then competed for the grand finale. DRC was the winner of 1968 after beating Ghana.

The matches were aired on TV for the first time in 1970. The 70s was the decade of the first time. The 1974 Cup was the first and only time the final game had to be repeated because the first game ended up in a tie.

Morocco won for the first time in 1976 while Ghana won for the third time in 1978. This victory made Ghana the first nation to win three championships. Also, DRC became the first African nation to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1974.

During the 1980s, Cameroon made a significant breakthrough, winning two of the five games and reaching the final in a third cup. Algeria was also dominant, reaching the semifinals in almost all of the games except the AFCON in 1986. They eventually won in 1990.

The 1990s was a turning point in AFCON because the concept of the quarterfinals was introduced, for which 12 teams qualified. Ivory Coast was the first winner of this new system.

Another major event of the 90s was the revival of South Africa since they made their first appearance after the boycott was lifted with the end of Apartheid in 1994. South Africa hosted the games in 1996, where the final tournament quota was increased to 16. They won the competition that year and reached the final the following year.

During the late 90s and the 00s, Egypt outshined by winning three more titles and having six in total. Egypt was also the first team to win three times in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

The 2000s was also the beginning of signing overseas players for the African teams; however, this caused severe time conflicts as the other continental football matches clashed with AFCON. Starting from 2013, the tournament has been held in only odd-numbered years to avoid time conflicts with the World Cup.

AFCON, Africa Cup of Nations 2019

There were several political conflicts in Africa in the 2010s that disrupted the tournament. The civil wars in North Africa prevented their teams from either hosting or joining the cups. Besides, the 2015 game suffered a few relocations and delays due to the Ebola virus epidemic.
Currently, AFCON continues without further disruption. The 2019 game going on in Egypt. Has 24 teams instead of 16.

 

Source: Research/Wiki/Ghana Education/African Studies

Akufo Addo Urges Asamoah Gyan To Reconsider Retiring from Football

Ghanaians have been dealing with the shockwave of the retirement of a successful striker Asamoah Gyan. Gyans decision to retire from his position at the Ghana National Team was met with mixed feelings, some people were upset and angered so many fans.

He must have gained so much value throughout his career that the president forced him back to the game. Let’s now talk about the protagonist of the story: Asamoah Gyan.

At the age of 17, he signed for the Italian football team Udinese while also temporarily playing at another Italian club called Modena. He appeared in the 2006 World Cup, which increased his fame and attracted the attention of other football clubs in Europe.

The Russian Lokomotiv Moscow was among the clubs that wanted to sign a deal with him. Instead, he decided to extend his stay at Udinese by signing a 5-year contract.

In 2008, he was transferred to the French football team Stade Rennais. He was more active in the season 2009-2010, scoring 13 league goals in 48 games. His stay in Stade Rennais was short-lived and he signed another deal with Sunderland, his first deal with a Premier League club.

The season 2010-2011 was a golden one for him since he scored the majority of the goals in the League Cup against Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and Stoke City.

He spent a temporary season in UAE’s Al Ain FC, during which he scored 22 goals. The following year, he signed another contract with Al Ain as the top goal-scorer. Although he had extended his stay until 2018, he decided to leave Al Ain for Chinese Super League club Shanghani SIPG.

His weekly salary made him one of the highest earning football players in the world. As of 2017, he was still a striker at the Turkish club Kayserispor.

His international career was just as bright and eventful. In 2006, he became the very first and the youngest player to score for Ghana in FIFA World Cup, with four goals in seven matches. He appeared in 2008 and 2010 African Cup of Nations and scored many penalties.

In 2010’s World Cup, he successfully scored against Serbia and Australia, carrying the team up the tournament’s quarter final, although the team got defeated by Uruguay later on. In 2014, he was the captain of Ghana’s Black Stars, the team played with United States, Portugal and a tie against Germany.

A few weeks ago, he was replaced by Andre Ayew as Ghana’s team captain by the coach. Gyan made a decision to retire from international football. Whatever his decision was based on, we’re not interested. We just don’t want him to retire.

Interestingly, he was later convinced by the President Nana Akufo-Addo to reverse his decision in less than 24 hours after his initial announcement. He is currently preparing for the next African Cup of Nations.

THE SHORTEST RETIREMENT IN THE WORLD

The football legend  took to his social media with the press release and  the message below

‘A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded. I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah to help win the AFCON trophy. 🙏🙏’  We’re glad he’s back!

 

Besides his football career, he has been hosting boxing events, encouraging young boxers from Ghana to participate the events. He loves singing as well. 

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Ghanaian-German superstar, Jerome Boateng has showed gratitude to the Organisers of the maiden Annual Ghana Sports Excellence Awards, for honouring him with the BEST DIASPORA ATHLETE 2014 award.

The Bayern Munchen and German International player was adjudged the best at the British Council, in Accra, Ghana, for his remarkable performance at the World Cup 2014 and the European Champions League 2014.

He beat the likes of Danny Welbeck of Arsenal and England, and Zardes Gyasi of LA Galaxy and USA, for the coveted accolade.

In a video message to Hallmark Plus Multimedia, organisers and founders of the Annual Ghana Sports Excellence Awards, Boateng said “I want to thank you so much for the award, it’s a big honour for me. It’s a really big honour for me to have an award from my fatherland”.

Although Boateng missed the awards ceremony because of Bayern Munchen’s pre-season training in Qatar, he extended greetings to the people of Ghana.

The 26-year-old receives the prize as a reward not just for his on-pitch performances, which have helped the Bavarians top the Bundesliga table last season, but also for his work with the Living a Dream project run by Pro Kinderhilfe, a children’s charity and associate organisation of the UNESCO foundation.

Boateng assisted in the building of a compound with a soccer pitch and educational facilities for impoverished children when Germany travelled to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup last summer, and he was in fact one of many figures from German soccer to make a charitable contribution to the country while it hosted the tournament.

He has made 17 appearances in all competitions this season and scored one goal, against former club Manchester City FC in the UEFA Champions League.

Jerome has already been awarded with the prestigious Audi Generation Award last month

 

Credit: Ghana Sports Excellence Awards

Jerome Boateng Germany defender Jerome Boateng admits to having a few mixed feelings ahead of tonight’s FIFA World Cup clash with Ghana. However, it is not so much his position which is causing Boateng such heartache, but the fact he will be up against his brother Kevin-Prince Boateng and his father’s homeland.

“My father tells me that games in Ghana are like bank holidays, and my family members from Germany say the same,” he said. “The whole family come together and have a good time. It’s very important for me to visit Ghana one day, and that makes it all the more regrettable that I’ve not managed to yet.

“Such a large part of my family lives there and it interests me to know how they play, what conditions the people have there. From my family members, I know that they all watch my games. I know how much they get involved.”

Boateng could prove quite unpopular among his family on Saturday with a win for Germany potentially enough to send Ghana home after just two matches. He has already cut off all contact with half-brother Kevin-Prince, the Schalke midfielder who may be lining up against him. That was more intentional, however.

“It is a bit strange but I’m not missing our regular contact,” he said on the website of the German federation. “The World Cup is a special situation and I think it just wouldn’t be right if we remained in touch with each other. I am with Germany and my full focus is on my tasks here.”

Brother Kevin-Prince is not a certainty to start having been left on the bench for Ghana’s first game – a 2-1 defeat to the United States.

It is the third time Germany have met Ghana