Cabinet Approves Nearly $10 Million (Gh¢24 Million) as Ghana’s World Cup Budget

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Ghana Blackstar

With a proposal of $20 million having been presented, the Cabinet seems to have done a good cut down by only approving about $10 million as Ghana’s World Cup Budget, considering the fact that $19 million was approved for the last World Cup held in South Africa.

Nevertheless, the nearly US$10 million (Gh¢24,677,025) approved budget is pretty high compared to  the US football Federation’s World Cup budget for Brazil which is listed at US$2 million although the amount may increase. Algeria has proposed US$5.8 million; One million of the mount will be received from sponsorship and Belgium on December 12 announced an allocation of €4.5 million for the national team for Brazil 2014.

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Footballer-John Mensah’s Wife Says She Has Not Received Any Payment From John Since Divorce & Confirms Sale of New Trassaco Valley House

John Mensah and Wife

 

Few weeks ago, it was reported that to enable a proper divorce  settlement between Henrietta Ama Mensah and Ghanaian footballer-John Mensah, the latter has been forced to put his Trassaco Valley house on sale—from which the proceeds will be equally shared.

With rumours flying around that Henrietta has received some sort of payment from the footballer for herself and the children since the divorce, Henrietta has come out to say; she has not received a penny from his former husband yet.

She has also confirmed the sale of their posh Trassaco Valley house, saying, she has moved out of the house with the children to a rented apartment at Adjiriganor in Accra to enable the sale of the property…

Late last year, John Mensah’s now divorced wife- Henrietta filed for divorce to end their 10 years marriage, citing infidelity alongside John Mensah having neglected his fatherly responsibilities by leaving the total upkeep of their children to her alone as reasons

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According to GhanaSportsonline;

Henrietta Ama Mensah, the distressed former wife of Ghanaian soccer star, John Mensah, has stated categorically that she had not as yet received any financial benefits from the player since their divorce settlement took place a few weeks ago.

Henrietta, who was reacting publications that created the impression that she had, perhaps, received some money and property from the former Black Stars skipper, which was not the case.

‘The whole issue is as if I have received some money from John which is not the case. The truth of the matter is that I have not received any money for myself nor the children since the settlement,’ she stressed.

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Divorce Forces John Mensah to Put His Trassaco Valley Mansion on Sale

John Mensah and Wife

 

This is going to make our rich footballers and even the not so rich ones think twice before leaving their wives behind—and going the divorce route.

It has emerged that, former Black Stars defender-John Mensah has been forced to put his plush Trassaco Valley Estates mansion in Accra on sale per the orders of an Accra High Court, for divorce settlement.

Late last year, John Mensah’s now divorced wife- Henrietta filed for divorce to end their 10 years marriage, citing infidelity alongside John Mensah having neglected his fatherly responsibilities by leaving the total upkeep of their children to her alone as reasons.

The divorce was granted on 14th January, 2014 and since the two former lovers cannot agree on properties share, an Accra High Court has ordered the sale of certain properties including the above mansion—on the basis that proceedings will be equally shared.

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According to Graphic Sports;

The repercussions of divorce have compelled former Black Stars defender, John Mensah, to put up for sale his plush Trassaco Valley Estates mansion in Accra on the orders of an Accra High Court.

The shocking sale of the state-of- the-art facility, and other properties belonging to Mensah and his wife Henrietta, are some of the fallouts from an agreement reached by the court following a divorce suit filed by the latter last October.

Proceeds from the sale of the house are to be shared equally between the couple.

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Chelsea Star Striker-Samuel Eto’o Is 39 Not 32 Says The Mother Of His Daughter

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Samuel Eto

A former lover of Chelsea footballer Samuel Eto’o has accused the striker or being seven years older than he claims to be.

Just a day after Chelsea boss-Jose Mourinho said Eto’o was probably older than 32. Samuel Eto’s former lover and mother of his daughter-Annie has accused the striker of being 39, instead of 32.

Anna Barranca, 43,  has joined the debate telling The Sun that ‘I think Samuel is not 35 he is more 39.Samuel was born in 1974 and so that makes him 39 now.’

The Italian hairdresser says she was informed of the sport stars true age by a friend who grew up with Eto’o in Cameroon, west Africa.

Just a little over 24 hours ago, Jose Mourinho was caught in conversation with the boss of Swiss watch-makers Hublot, saying that Chelsea did not have anyone to score goals.

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VIDEO: Racist Chants Did Not Get Mario Balotelli Crying?

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli

Saying Mario Balotteli should have played for Ghana and not Italy because of the extreme racism he is constantly experiencing there will amount to running away from racism and not tackling this diabolical practice…

Despite the many years Mario Balotelli has spent in Italy, he continues to be racially abused and therefore when he was spotted crying yesterday, many thought he was doing so because of racial chants.

Initially, some thought Balotelli was crying because he was substituted, followed by others saying he was crying because he was racially abused but it turns out the tears were just “tears of a sportsman”.

After the match, Clarence Seedorf  dismissed rumours Mario Balotelli’s tears were down to racist abuse. “It was actually beautiful” he said.

“What can I say about Balotelli’s tears? They were the tears of a sportsman,” said Coach Seedorf in a Press conference.

In an interview with Mediaset Premium Seedorf also said “Mario is human. These are things that happen many times in football and sport in general. I’d say it was actually beautiful, but I’d prefer to talk about the game.”

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Emmanuel Adebayor Says He Will Definetly Play For Hearts of Oak Before Ending His Football Career

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Emmanuel Adebayor

For anyone who calls himself an avid supporter of the Tottenham Hotspur’s key striker Emmanuel Adebayor, that person must know Adebayor was raised in Accra, Ghana. Originally from Togo, the winner of the BBC’s African Footballer of the year award in 2007 has openly and proudly stated his plans to play for the professional Ghanaian football club, Accra Hearts of Oak before he hangs up his football boots and retires.

Often described by the media as ‘The lanky goal-getter’, he stands tall at 6”3 and prides himself for playing for his native national team ‘The Sparrow Hawks’, locally called Les Eperviers  and is responsible for helping the team qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 when he scored 11 goals during the qualifiers. This result was said to be more than any other player that played in the African qualifiers. As the team’s top striker, scoring 27 goals to date and with such a track record, this is a man to have as player on your team.

Adebayor says the decision to one day play for the Phobians  has always been in his plans and has talked to the media on many occasion about his great admiration for the teams ‘never say die’ attitude. The striker, recently spotted rocking a top with the Phobian emblem on it, was asked about this and was quoted as saying:

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John Mensah, 31, Joins Asante Kotoko on A Short Term Deal

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John Mensah

According to reports, former Ghana Black Star-captain John Mensah has sealed a deal to join Ghana Premier League side-Asante Kotoko on a short term deal.

John Mensah’s was recently granted a licences as a free man to go back onto the market, following a termination of his over 10 years marriage by an Accra High Court.

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GhanaSportsOnline writes;

The 31-year-old has been without a club since leaving French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes at the end of last season but is eager to regain his form to earn a place in the Ghana squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Though Kotoko are yet to officially announce the deal, the towering former Sunderland defender has reportedly agreed a six-month deal with the Porcupine Warriors. 

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Contrary to Italian Media Reports, Michael Essien Says He Has Passed AC Milan Medicals

Contrary to reports in the Italian media that Michael Essien, 31 failed tests related to an old knee injury, Essien, who arrived in Milan on Friday evening, has now said that the medical was completed as a success. Essien took to twitter less than a hour ago to say; “Haters will broadcast your failure but … Read more

Michael Essien Fails Medicals At AC Milan

Michael Essien,31,  is reported to have failed a medical with AC Milan and will be returning to Chelsea… Apparently, the Ghana international failed tests related to an old knee injury. The test results showed that Essien is still suffering from a knee injury that he suffered in the past. It is understood that there are … Read more

Michael Essien Has Moved to AC Milan

After weeks of speculation, Ghanaian football star-Michael Essien,31 has moved from Chelsea to join AC Milan… Chelsea Football Club and AC Milan have reached an agreement for the transfer of Michael Essien to the Serie A side. A transfer which many think will determine the football life of Michael Essien in the next few months … Read more

John Mensah Is Back Unto The Market, Court Grants Divorce!

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John Mensah and Wife

After having been a given a wife by his pastor, John Mensah could not stick to the popular vow ‘till death do us apart’.

Late last year, John Mensah’s now divorced wife- Henrietta filed for divorce, citing infidelity alongside John Mensah having neglected his fatherly responsibilities by leaving the total upkeep of their children to her alone as reasons.

Today, an Accra High Court has finally granted the couple a divorce, terminating their over a 10 years of marriage.

During the divorce proceeding, a GhanaCelebrities.Com staff writer noted in an article, that the fact that John Mensah did not go through the usual courtship and had his marriage arranged for him by his pastor in this 21st century shows there was some sort of missing link. The write asked; Arranged marriage in the 21st century? What happened to friendship, dating and courtship?

She continued “For me, I doubted from that day if there was any real relationship between the two. I found it unbelievable, that John with all his escapades around the world and all over Ghana could not find someone to settle down with and had to resort to a choice made by his pastor, to a woman he knew nothing about.

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Ghanaian Midfielder-Mubarak Wakaso Loses 4 Months Baby

Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso who recently got the attention of many Ghanaians with his excellent play in the various matches leading to Ghana’s world cup qualification has been struck with tragedy… Mubarak Wakaso has lost a 4 months old baby. The baby-Mubarak Wakaso Jnr died yesterday in Tamale-Northern Region. In line with Islamic tradition, the … Read more

Yaya Toure Is Confederation of African Football Player Of The Year

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure

After winning BBC’s Africa footballer of the year in December, Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure has today been named Confederation of African Football (Caf) Footballer of the Year…

Yaya Toure was up against fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba, of Galatasaray, and Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi.

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According to BBC;

Toure, 30, emulates Abedi Pele and Samuel Eto’o with a hat-trick of wins…

Ghanaian Abedi Pele won three in a row between 1991-93 while Cameroonian Eto’o took the award from 2003-05.

Toure may not have won a major trophy for club and country last year but his class has shone through at both domestic level and for the Elephants of Ivory Coast.

He was honoured at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, on Thursday.

Toure’s form also led to him being the only African to be included on the 23-man shortlist for Fifa’s World Player of the Year.

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Former Aston Villa player- Thomas Hitzlsperger Makes History As First Premier League Player To Come Out As Gay

Thomas Hitzlsperger
Thomas Hitzlsperger

Thomas Hitzlsperger,31, has become the first Premier League footballer to come out as gay. The German international midfielder, who ended his playing career in September due to persistent injuries, said he came out in a bid to break the taboo of homosexuality in sport.

Thomas Hitzlsperger told Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper that now is ‘a good time’ for him to reveal his sexuality…

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According to BBC Sports;

Former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has revealed he is gay.

The 31-year-old, who won 52 caps for Germany and also played for West Ham and Everton, made the announcement in newspaper Die Zeit. 

He is the most prominent footballer to publicly reveal his homosexuality and said it was “a good time” to do so.

“I’m coming out about my homosexuality because I want to move the discussion about homosexuality among professional sportspeople forwards,” he added.

The midfielder said he has only realised “in the past few years” that he would “prefer to live together with another man”, adding: “I’ve never been ashamed of the way I am.”

However, he said the issue is taboo inside the dressing room and it had not always been easy to live with some of the comments dished out on the subject.

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Michael Essien Leaving Chelsea To Join Asamoah Gyan At Al Ain For Some Of The ‘ARAB’ Money?

Michael Essien
Michael Essien

Reports say, the UAE soccer club-Al Ain which plays host to Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan has launched an ambitious bid to sign the Ghana superstar Michael Essien who is struggling with play time at Chelsea.

With about $200,000 dollars tax free salary and constant playing opportunity on the table, Michael Essien will have a lot to gain should he say YES to the bid…

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According to GhanaSoccerNet;

This comes after Jose Mourinho said he could not guarantee Essien a starting place in Chelsea which has prompted his decision to leave the club to look elsewhere for playing opportunities ahead of the World Cup in June An Al Ain spokesman refused to comment on the possibility of Essien joining the UAE champions, but also did not deny the team’s pursuit.

Sources close to the midfielder have told Ghana’s leading football news outfit Ghanasoccernet.com that Al Ain directors have made initial inquiries about signing the want-away player from the Blues.

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Asamoah Gyan Shortlisted For CAF’s Africa Player of The Year Award

Asamoah Gyan At GUBA

 

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released a shortlist of the 2013 African Player of the Year award and after the cut down, Asamoah Gyan will be competing with John Obi Mikel, Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and others…

With Yaya Toure having been named BBC’s African player of the year-2013, and having won CAF’s player of the year in 2012, it is more likely he will take home the award this year too.

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According to Goal.Com;

Caf has released the shortlists for the 2013 African Player of the Year and the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) awards
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is one of 10 players who have been shortlisted for the 2013 Caf Africa Player of the Year.

Members of the Technical & Development and the Media Committees from the initial list of nominees have voted, bringing down the shortlists from 25 to 10 in the Player of the Year list and from 21 to five for the players based in Africa category.

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Yaya Toure Named 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year

Yaya Toure

 

After about 5 nominations, Ivory Voast and Manchester City midfielder-Yaya Toure has won the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the year award, beating Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah and several other top African players who were nominated…

Ghana’s Michael Essien (2006), Sammy Kuffour (2001), Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew (2011) and Asamoah Gyan (2010) have all won the the award in the past.

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According to BBC;

Yaya Toure has won the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

The Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder, who had had been nominated in each of the past four years, beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi and Jonathan Pitroipa to this year’s crown.

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Just Like Michael Essien Is Rumoured To Have Taken His BMW X5 From Nadia Buari, John Mensah Tried Taking His SUV From Wife Who Is Seeking Divorce But Court Says NO

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There were rumours that when Michael Essien broke up with Nadia Buari, he took from her his BMW X5 which Nadia Buari was using during their relationship. At the time, many said Essien could have just left the car for her—after all, he didn’t need it much…

It seems some of our Ghanaian footballers can go pretty crazy on their assets when relationships break down—leaving their wives or partners with nothing.

Reports say, Ghanaian defender-John Mensah who is currently in Court over divorce with his wife-Henrietta Mensah tried doing exactly what Essien is rumoured to have done to Nadia Buari. But an Accra Court has said NO—ordering John Mensah to return an SUV vehicle he took from his wife back, which he has complied…

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HURRAH!!! Ghana Has Qualified To 2014 World Cup In Brazil

  Ghana has sailed through smoothly and will be competing at next year’s world cup to be held in Brazil… Despite the Pharoahs of Egypt beating Ghana by 2 goals to 1 this evening at the 30th June Air Defence Stadium in Cairo, for the third consecutive time, Ghana is heading to the world cup. … Read more

Ghana Vrs Egypt: Check Out Those Who Will Be Playing + What Is Your Prediction?

Ahead of today’s 4pm kick off between Ghana’s Black Stars and the Pharoahs of Egypt, we have Ghana’s full line-up for you. The much talked about- Kevin-Prince Boateng will start from the bench as Majeed Waris takes his position, upfront. Samuel Inkoom has also given way to Harrison Afful in the right full back position. … Read more

Asamoah Gyan and Kwadwo Asamoah Nomimated For 2013 African Player of The Year Award

Kwadwo Asamoah and Asamoah Gyan

 

Ghanaian football stars-Asamoah Gyan and Kwadwo Asamoah have been nominated for this year’s Confederation of African Football Player of the Year award…

The two Black Star players who have been instrumental this year in the team’s numerous success join 23 players from other African countries to compete for this year’s Best African Player.

With players like Didier Drogba, John Mikel Obi, Seydou Keita and Yaya Toure in the list, it will surely be a difficult one for the two Ghanaians—-but nothing is impossible.

The winner will be announced at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Check out the nominees below…

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Kevin Prince Boateng Loses Child Custody Battle | Told To Keep To Seeing Child Once Every 2 Weeks

  Even though Kevin Prince Boateng has moved on with his beautiful fiancée Melissa SatTa (picture below), his ex-wife-Jennifer, mother of his son-Jermaine continues to give him off the pitch headache over their child… According to reports, Kevin Prince Boateng was in court this week in attempt to win a full custody of Jermaine, 5, … Read more

Michael Essien Says He Is Scared To Play In Egypt Next Week

  Ahead of Ghana’s clash against Egypt next week, Michael Essien has stated that like many other Ghanaian players, he is scared. Surely, the players are not scared to play Egypt as a team but playing in Cairo is pretty scary—considering the city’s current political hostility. Despite attempts by Ghanaian officials to have the match … Read more