Counntryman Songo Opens 'Fire' On President Akufo Addo (Video)

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Controversial sports journalist, Patrick Osei Agyeman, well known as Countryman Songo on Wednesday opened ‘fire’ on President Akufo Addo over the 2014 World Cup probe.
Countryman Songo who is the host of popular TV sports show, ‘Fire for For’ took everyone by surprise when he mounted to ask questions regarding the commission of enquiry’s probe into the 2014 World Cup brouhaha.

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2014 Brazil World Cup: Gotze’s Extra Time Goal Crowns Germany New World Champions

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Gotze

A gruelling 120 minutes ended with a narrow 1-0 victory for Germany as the world cup drew to a close with a glamorous final at the Maracana.

Mario Gotze’s 113th minute goal gave Germany their fourth title, drawing at par with Italy and remaining just one shy of Brazil total of five.

Substitutes Schurrle and Gotze combined for the goal, Schurrle’s cross finding Gotze in the box, who controlled with his chest and hit a first time volley past Argentina keeper Sergi Romero.

Germany and Argentina remained the last two standing at the end of a gruelling thirty days of action and the two sides locked horns in the iconic Maracana stadium for the honour of being addressed as world champions.

It did not take long for the game to heat up, a headed back pass from Toni Kroos intercepted by an unmarked Higuain. The forward incredulously dragged his shot wide, with Manuel Neuer at his mercy.

Germany kept the bulk of possession, whilst Argentina defended gallantly and hit on the counter, the pace of Higuain, Messi, and Lavessi causing the German defence all sorts of problems.

A similar fast break led to Argentina breaking the deadlock in the 30th minute, but Higuain was offside when he turned in Lavessi’s cross, leaving the scores unchanged.

Germany lifted up their game as the half wore on, particularly after Andre Schurrle was brought on for the injured Kramer. The Chelsea forward hit a thunderbolt towards goal in the 31st minute, but Romero was alert to turn it aside.

A crazy last five minutes of the half first saw Messi rampage down the right flank, but Boateng stuck to him like glue and finally managed to clear; before Howedes saw his header strike the bar just before halftime to end the first half goalless.

The second half commenced with a change from Sabella, Aguero coming on for Lavessi. And Argentina began the half with renewed purpose, Messi getting himself free down the right in the 47th, but he dragged his shot wide across the face of goal.

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Brazil World Cup 2014: Argentina Powers Past Netherlands to world cup Finals via Penalties

Argentina Vrs Netherlands
Argentina Vrs Netherlands

Argentina gained a 4-2 penalty victory over the Netherlands to book their passage into the world cup finals on the soil of archenemies Brazil, setting up a repeat of the final of the 1990 world cup.

A tight 120 minutes of football, often dour and uninspiring, meant for their second consecutive game the Dutch needed penalties to settle their tie. Unlike against Costa Rica, though, there was no Tim Krul to pull of heroics, rather it was Argentina goalie Sergio Romero stealing all the headlines with two penalty saves.

The two world cup heavyweights locked horns in a tight cagey game, Argentina carrying the South American mantle after Brazil’s humiliation at the hands of Germany in the first semi final.

There was little to differentiate the two sides in the first, neither side able to settle on the ball for a long period. Both midfields remained particularly tight, giving nothing away.

Argentina threatened first, a swung in free kick falling to Perez, but his effort was wayward. The game remained cagey, the first real chance falling to Leo Messi a few minutes later.

Enzo Perez was keeping himself busy in the middle, and in the 15th minute he won a free kick off Ron Vlaar. Messi stepped up to the plate, but his effort sailed straight into the hands of Dutch goalie Cillessen.

Garay had an even better one in the 24th minute, a corner finding its way to him in a great position, yet he turned his header wide under pressure from Vlaar.

The Netherlands also did very little, Van Persie getting their only real chance which he spurned. A Rojo cross to an unmarked Higuain in injury time looked dangerous, but the ball was too long and an extremely forgettable half of football was brought to a close.

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Germany 7-1 Brazil: Ruthless Germany Embarrass Hapless Brazil

Brazil vs Germany
Brazil vs Germany

A ruthless Germany hammered hosts Brazil 7-1 in their world cup semi final game in Belo Horizonte.

Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle grabbed braces, whilst Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose, and Sami Khedira grabbed lone strikes. Oscar got the consolation for Brazil a little too late to be of any good to anyone.

The two world superpowers met for the chance to pick up the sole ticket for the final, Brazil on the hunt for their sixth title, Germany their fourth.

The build up to the game had been dominated by Neymar’s injury which ruled him out of the tournament, and Brazil appeared fired up to get the job done even without their poster boy in attendance. Defender Thiago Silva was also missing the game through suspension.

The game started at a pleasant pace, with no inkling of the unpleasant events about to unfold for the capacity filled crowd in the Estadio Mineiro.

The 11th minute was the beginning of the decimation to come, a Kroos corner evading the entire Brazilian defence to an unmarked Muller who easily tapped in.

Brazil was shell shocked, and what followed was a master class in counter attacking football such as only Die Mannschaft could serve.

First off was Klose, who got the ball off Muller from a neat little through ball from Kroos. Cesar saved the first effort, but Klose scored the rebound for his record breaking 16th world cup goal.

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Netherlands 4-2 Costa Rica: Tim Krul Sends the Netherlands Through to Semi Finals

Netherlands vrs Costa Rica-Substitute Goalkeeper Tim Krul
Netherlands vrs Costa Rica-Substitute Goalkeeper Tim Krul

Substitute Goalkeeper Tim Krul saved two Costa Rican penalties as Netherlands won a tight contest 4-2 on penalties after 120 minutes of gruelling action.

The Newcastle United goalkeeper was a substitute in the last minute of the second half of extra time, and he repaid his manger’s faith by saving Ruiz and Umana’s penalties to send his side through.

Costa Rica stubbornly held on amidst a relentless Dutch onslaught, Wesley Sneidjer hitting the bar twice,and Costa Rica coming very close to winning it deep into extra time, Umana’s shot saved from point blank by Dutch goalkeeper Cillessen.

European giants Netherlands squared up against the tournament’s surprise package knowing that underestimating their opponents might leave them victim of a smash and grab robbery such as Italy and Uruguay can attest to.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal lined his team up in their now familiar 3-4-3 formation, heavily reliant on the wing play of Arjen Robben and Memphis Depay.

The goalless opening 45 minutes belied an intriguing game that featured lots of running and little clear cut chances.

The game started at a blistering pace, both sides having pacy players very comfortable on the ball, but despite a lot of running from both sides little clear cut chances were being created.

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Brazil 2-1 Columbia: Brazil Survives Columbia’s Onslaught to Win Quarter Final Clash

Brazil Vrs Columbia
Brazil Vrs Columbia

A fierce onslaught on the Brazilian goal in the last ten minutes failed to yield results as Brazil advanced with a 2-1 win.

Centre backs Thiago Silva and David Luiz gave Brazil a seemingly unassailable 2-0 lead, but a James Rodriguez penalty set up a tense final fifteen minutes, Brazil holding on to send the capacity crowd in Fortaleza home ecstatic.

The hosts came up against their South American counterparts with a place in the last four at stake, with expectations lying high on Brazil and poster boy Neymar.

The remarkably open game did not take long to heat up. Brazil won a corner in the 6th minute, from which Thiago Silva turned in Neymar’s cross with his knee, unmarked at the far post.

Brazil created several opportunities, keeping Columbia on the back foot as Neymar, Hulk, and Oscar combined flawlessly behind lone striker Fred.

Columbia’s first effort was a free kick from Inter midfielder Freddy Guarin, which he hit horribly over.

Cuadrado came closer minutes later, cutting in over Marcelo onto his left foot, then hitting a venomous strike which Julio Cesar did well to get down to punch to corner.

That was the extent of Cesar’s involvement in the half, as from then it was all Brazil, with David Ospina in the Columbian goal having to be on top form to keep his side in the game.

Twice Hulk weaved his way into the box, hitting those fierce shots he’s well known for; and twice David Ospina saved well. Off the second shot, Oscar hit a rebound from outside the box which Ospina duly saved.

Columbia had a great chance in the 22nd, after James Rodriguez went on a mazy run, setting up Cuadrado on the right; but the Fiorentina midfielder’s return pass was poor, Thiago Silva getting back to clear when Columbia had a three-on-two advantage.

The half was closed with a Neymar free kick, hit way over the bar.

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Brazil World Cup 2014: Early Germany Goal Knocks out Les Bleus

Germany Vrs France
Germany Vrs France

A 12th minute Matt Hummels header was enough for Germany as they scraped past France 1-0 to become the first side to reach the semi finals in Brazil.

The two European heavyweights clashed under a scorching sun in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana, the largest stadium in the world to slug it out for a place in the semi finals.

The first half was a tame affair, with Germany the better side taking a deserved lead, whilst a docile French side looked out of their depth. A second half resurgence however, saw the French nearly forcing extra time, Manuel Neuer saving a fierce Karem Benzema shot at the death to give Die Mannschaft the win.

Both sides made some changes to their line-ups from the Round of 16. German skipper Lahm went back to his favoured right back role for the first time in this tournament, whilst upfront Miroslav Klose started as he searched for his 16th world cup goal to eclipse Ronaldo. Griezman started for France, after his second half introduction worked wonders in their last game against Nigeria.

Germany was the better side for the entire first half, keeping the ball impressively whilst trying to break France down with quick one-twos around the French box. France relied on the break, wingers Valbuena and Griezman always in place to receive diagonal balls from the French midfield.

France threatened first, Karem Benzema’s volley just wide after a cross from Mathieu Valbuena. Germany’s delivery into the box from out wide was poor, seeing some headed clearances, whilst at the other end Valbuena’s cross on the counter was just a little behind Griezman, being cleared with a sliding tackle from Lahm.

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2014 Brazil World Cup: Brave USA Falls to Belgium

Belgium Vrs USA
Belgium Vrs USA

The open and highly entertaining game ended 2-1 to the Europeans as Jurgen Klinsmann’s charges bowed out with pride after a hard fought contest.

Kevin De Bruyne and Lukaku’s goals were followed by Julian Green’s for the USA, but it turned out too little too late for the USMNT.

Once again extra time was called upon, but the two goals in quick succession seemed to have won the game for Belgium. The US had other ideas, pulling a goal back and putting Belgium under tremendous pressure for the final ten minutes, but they held out to progress to the next round.

The last quarter final game proved to be far more evenly matched than anticipated, and unbridled attacking intent from the sides ensured a game that flowed nonstop from end to end in a thrilling manner.

Belgium was slightly the better side in the first half, but their profligacy kept the United States in the game, giving them the opportunity to miss some chances of their own.

Under a minute a long ball split the US defence, sending youngster Onigi free in the box but Tim Howard pulled a stunning save.

USA responded down the other end, Damarcus Beasley going on a run, but his cross just found the wrong side of the net.

There were wide gaps in the USA defence that Belgium exploited wonderfully with through balls, but finishing let them down time and time again.

De Bruyne got in behind the US defence, but despite being 1-on-1 with Tim Howard skewed his shot wide. Eden Hazard tried his luck from distance, but Tim Howard was equal to the task.

The Stars and Stripes were not to be left behind, Jermain Jones had a shot nicely set for him in the 33rd minute but he sent it wide.

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2014 Brazil World Cup: Germany in Hard Fought Victory Over Algeria After Extra Time

Germany Vrs Algeria
Germany Vrs Algeria

An enthralling 120 minutes of action ended in a 2-1 win for the Europeans in one of the better games so far of this year’s world cup.

Extra time goals from Andre Schurrle and Mezut Ozil gave Germany a comfortable 2-1 win over the North African side. Algeria’s goal, scored by Abdelmoumene Djabou in the final minute of extra time, was a tad too late and served as nothing more than a consolation as the final African side was knocked out from the world cup.

Algeria had an axe to grind against the Germans who got them eliminated in 1982, and the second Euro-African clash of the day kicked off at a blistering pace which was maintained throughout the initial 90 minutes of the tie.

Despite being heavy favourites it was Die Mannschaft who found themselves on the back-foot early in the game as Algeria took the game onto their more illustrious opponents.

Manuel Neuer was called upon twice to clear behind his defence who were playing an uncomfortably high line, the first ball found Slimani down the left flank, and he marginally got around Neuer but the keeper got back well to block the shot.

The second happened in the 29th minute, as Neuer again had to rush off his line to get the ball of the feet of Feghouli, who had dispossessed Per Mertesacker for the chance.

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2014 World Cup: Nigeria’s Super Eagles Fall to France Despite Gallant Display

Nigeria vrs France

 

France dispatched African champions Nigeria 2-0 in stifling heat in the world cup second round game at the Estadio Nacionale in Brasilia.

The first of two Europe vs. Africa challenges was pretty evenly matched for much of the first half, before Nigeria dominated the early part of the second but failure to convert their chances led to their eventual defeat.

Midfielder Paul Pogba’s header in the 79th minute gave France the lead, before a Joseph Yobo own goal sealed Nigeria’s fate just on the 90th minute mark.

The first half was a closely matched affair, with both keepers forced into terrific saves to keep their side in the game.

Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike had a goal disallowed for offside in the 18th minute, tapping in after a great cross from Ahmed Musa. Replays showed he was fractionally offside.

The game started at a dull pace, both sides uninterested in expending too much energy under the midday Brazilian sun. With both sides fielding dangerous wingers, the game was mostly played out wide.

Patrice Evra got away cleanly down the left flank in the 4th minute, but his low cross could not reach Giroud in the middle as Joseph Yobo cut it out for a corner.

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2014 Brazil World Cup: Africa’s Hope Lies with Super Eagles & Desert Foxes

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles

It’s all or nothing for the remaining African sides in the FIFA world cup tonight when they take to the field for their Round of 16 ties against European opposition.

Nigeria take on Les Bleus of France hoping their superb run so far does not get halted against one of the competition’s most in-form sides. Kickoff is at 16:00 GMT at the Estadio Nacionale in Brasilia.

Algeria’s Desert Foxes have no less a formidable task, billed to face Ghana’s Group G winners Germany at the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, kickoff is at 20:00 GMT.

Nigeria has been the best African side at the competition so far, getting through their group with four points after a win over Bosnia-Herzegovina and a draw with Iran. Their only setback was a hard fought 3-2 loss to Argentina, a game in which they pegged back the South American side twice.

Ahmed Musa has been their most exciting player, with the CSKA Moscow winger scoring twice against Argentina, but this Nigerian side are much more than the sum of its parts. Stephen Keshi has built a well-oiled machine which won the 2013 African Cup of Nations and continues to defy the odds.

Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi pulls his side’s strings from deep in midfield, whilst on the flanks Odemwingie and Musa work hard to supply their bull of a centre forward, Emmanuel Emenike.

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2014 Brazil World Cup: Late Win for Netherlands Against Stubborn Mexico Puts Them Through to Quarter Finals

Sneijder-Netherlands

 

Netherlands rallied late to mastermind a come from behind 2-1 victory over Mexico to book their place in the quarter finals.

An uneventful first half ended goalless, but three goals in the 2nd half, two from the Dutch in the last ten minutes; turned the game on its head to ensure they became the first European side to make the quarter finals in Brazil.

World cup finalists in 2010, the Netherlands are gunning for their first world cup title but the odds were not in their favour; the world cup is in South America and no European side have ever won the competition on that subcontinent.

European sides have been dropping like flies at this world cup, and Mexico looked like sending another one on their way as they did most of the early attacking for the better part of the second half.

Left back Miguel Layun had two early shots, either of which barely tested Netherlands goalie Jasper Cillessen.

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Brazil 2014 World Cup: Brazil Edge Past Chile on Penalties into World Cup Quarter Finals

Brazil beats Chile
Brazil beats Chile

A tense 3-2 penalty victory over Chile sent the Selecao into the quarter finals of the 2014 world cup after an enthralling 120 minutes of action which ended 1-1.

The first Round of 16 game commenced at 16:00 GMT and pitted the two South American combatants against each other.

Brazil took first spot in Group A, and their reward was a game against the side they had knocked out at the same stage in their last two world cup meetings.

A David Luiz connection from a Thiago Silva flicked header from a corner had given Brazil the early lead, but Alexis Sanchez pulled Chile level in the 32nd minute after a sublime ball from Vargas split the Brazil defence for a cool finish from the Barcelona forward.

After all 120 minutes of action had been exhausted, Brazil won the penalty shootout after Jara struck his final spot kick hard against the post.

As is typical of South American sides, the game started at a brisk pace, with Brazil starting on the front foot and Chile relying on long balls from defence to catch Brazil on the break.

The game’s first glaring chance fell to left back Marcelo, whose shot narrowly whisked past the post of Claudio Bravo.

Chile’s impressive defending restricted Brazil to long shots and crosses into the box but new Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was in impressive form for Chile.

The pace of the game meant players often went to ground under little challenges, and this led to both sides entreating for penalties, but both appeals were waved away by referee Howard Webb after Sanchez and Hulk both went to ground in the other side’s penalty area.

As always Brazil’s most creative outlet, Neymar went on a good run into the Chilean area in the 16th minute, but after beating one man he delayed just a little too long for the ball to be cleared.

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Black Stars World Cup Exit: Off Pitch Drama, On Pitch Circus

Celebrating the BlackStars Win In Ghana
Black Star Fan

The Black Stars ill-fated world cup campaign stemmed from several factors, a tough group, poor tactics, poor defending, and profligacy upfront. These are the footballing reasons, but beyond that the Stars were kicked out due to the circus that the team’s camp was turned into.

Events that have transpired around the Stars since they touched down in Brazil has been so unbelievable that you would be forgiven if you thought you were following one of those poorly written Mexican soap operas. There was violence, money issues, verbal disparagement, and my personal favourite; tears.

Amidst all these, is it any wonder that the team have been kicked out of the first round for the first time in their history? Above everything else, teamwork is the secret ingredient of football sides. Teamwork is what leads to improbable victories like Zambia at CAN 2012, Chelsea and Liverpool in the 2012 and 2005 UEFA Champions League, and the Black Satellites in Egypt 2009.

After the shambles that was CAN 2012, when the spirit in camp resembled what you would find in an internment camp filled with Americans and Russians, one would have thought lessons had been learned. But no, events in Brazil have shown that once again short-sightedness is the bane of African administrators.

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FIFA Will Make About $2.61 Billion Profit from the 2014 Brazil World Cup

2014 FIFA World Cup
2014 FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest football tournament in the world and having come across the fact that, FIFA gave each participating country $8 million for the group stage, we decided to find out how much FIFA makes from the World Cup.

According to FIFA’s financial documents, the 2010 World Cup which took place in South Africa generated $3.66 billion in revenue for FIFA with $1.30 billion as its expenditure. FIFA therefore made a profit of $2.36 billion, up 7.3% from 2006 and 22.8% from 2002.

Looking at the nearly $4 billion in revenue from the 2010 World Cup, 65.9% came from the sale of television rights ($2.41 billion) and 29.3% came from the sale of marketing rights ($1.07 billion). The remaining revenue came from the sale of hospitality rights and licensing rights.

On the other hand, FIFA’s expenditure included $348 million in prize money for the participating countries and member associations, followed by $326 million to South Africa for their organizing committee and a World Cup legacy program, and $214 million in TV production costs.

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UPDATE: Sulley Muntari & Kevin Prince Boateng Suspended INDFINETELY From Ghana Black Stars

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Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari

After sacking Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng from the Black Star’s camp few hours ago, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has approved coach Kwesi Appiah’s decision to suspend both Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng indefinitely from the Black Stars.

The suspension takes immediate effect. According to GFA, Kevin Prince Boateng’s indefinite suspension is due to vulgar verbal insults he threw at the Black Stars coach-Kwesi Appiah during the team’s training session in Maceio this week.

Kevin Prince Boateng who has already left the team’s camp have had his accreditation for the 2014 World Cup withdrawn with immediate effect.

Kevin Prince Boateng has confirmed he has been sent home but denied the charges, telling the German magazine Sport-Bild: “Sulley Muntari and I were just joking around, and the coach stopped the session and sent us back to the changing room.

“Afterwards I went to him and asked what he had against me and he started yelling. He insulted me. There were words like: ‘Fuck off’.”

Boateng added he “absolutely accepts” his suspension, but added: “No-one should think I insulted the coach. I’m travelling now, and I wish my colleagues all the best for the match against Portugal.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Kevin Prince Boateng & Sulley Muntari SACKED From Camp

Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari
Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari

Ghanaian footballers-Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng has been SACKED from Black Stars camp. The two were asked to leave by 8am… This comes ahead of Ghana’s match with Portugal tonight. We are not certain if the two will play tonight following the SACK…

Though what must have caused the Sacking of Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng has not been confirmed yet, we hear Sulley Muntari’s assault on the owner of Medeama-Moses Parker Armah (Black Stars committee member) over a confrontation is what fetched him the boot.

Ghanaian international and AC Milan star-Sulley Muntari was earlier today reported to have SLAPPED one of the Black Stars committee members during an altercation at the Black Stars camp in Brasilia.

During a back and forth confrontation between Medeama owner-Moses Parker Armah and Sulley Muntari, “Sulley, who overly got furious over Moses Parker’s comment on an issue they were discussing, rushed on the Medama bankroller and punched him on the face”.

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Black Stars Have Finally Received Their Cash | Photos & Video of Them Kissing Bundle of Cash

 

Black Stars Money 3

 

We know money does a lot of MAGIC but considering how much most of these players are paid, we did not expect them to act like a bunch of broke men having been given some cash—but reports say some did.

Ahead of Ghana vrs Portugal match tonight, Brazilian TV channel ‘Globo’ has published photos and videos of Ghana players being paid in Brasilia—and some of the players were seen kissing bundle of cash. Before that, the broadcast showed the monies being escorted by a police convey…

We heard yesterday that the Government of Ghana had airlifted 3 million dollar cash via a chartered plane to Brazil, to pay the players their appearances fees and bonuses, which has become a trending issue in the last few days.

Prior to this, the players had threatened to boycott the Ghana vrs Portugal World Cup match should they not receive their payments before the match—and had gone ahead to even boycott training sessions as an indicator of how serious and upset they are…

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CONFIRMED: Angry Sulley Muntari SLAPS A Management Committee Member of the Black Stars in Brazil…

Sulley Muntari
Sulley Muntari

We are hearing a lot of nasty happenings at the Black Stars’ camp in Brazil and the latest confirmed report says, Ghanaian international and AC Milan star-Sulley Muntari SLAPPED one of the Black Stars committee members during an altercation at the Black Stars camp in Brasilia.

During a back and forth confrontation between Medeama owner-Moses Parker Armah and Sulley Muntari, “Sulley, who overly got furious over Moses Parker’s comment on an issue they were discussing, rushed on the Medama bankroller and punched him on the face” GhanaSportsOnline.Com reports..

“It is true Muntari punched Moses Parker on the face but no one can tell exactly what Moses said that led to the altercation during the meeting”, a source tells the website.

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VIDEO: A Prophet Says Ghana Will Score Portugal Today!

Ghana Vrs Portugal prediction
Ghana Vrs Portugal prediction

First of all, it is highly probably that God exists. On a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 meaning God exists and 7 meaning God does not exist—all the existing evidence point to 6, it is highly probable there is God.

Secondly, even if it so happens that God exists or you believe HE does exist, it will be absurd, irrational and utterly displaced of priority to think that God will be interested in 22 men chasing a round object around a pitch in the face of pressing needs such as, countless children dying in Iraq, in Somalia, in Syria and other parts of the world.

All the same, a Ghanaian white gown wearing prophet has come to say, Ghana will beat Portugal tonight—and if it happens, people will say the prophet was right and God exists. However, if it does not happen, same people will say, the prophet is false—this does not mean God does not exist. You can never win with believers on any indicator (after all, it is about faith—believing without evidence)…

Anyway, watch the video below and since the prophesy is favourable to what I want to happen, I will also shout AMEN! Pure nonsense though…

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Ghana Vrs Portugal | All You Need to Know About Ghana’s Next World Cup Opponent-Portugal

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For 90 minutes on Sunday night, all Ghanaians were fans of the Portuguese national side. They were playing the USA, and for Ghana to have any chance of making it out of group G, Portugal had to win.

They couldn’t quite manage it, but the 95th minute equaliser and the 2-2 draw gave Ghana a small lifeline, and on Thursday the two will lock horns to determine who qualifies, hopefully with a little help from Germany.

‘A Selecao’, or ‘The Selection’ is how the Portuguese national team is known. Currently ranked no.4 in the world, they were supposed to be one of the heavyweights in this year’s world cup. After the group stage draw as well, they alongside Germany were the obvious picks from the group; yet after two games all they have to show is a measly point and even victory against Ghana on Thursday might not be enough to send them through.

Portugal qualified for the world cup via the European play-offs, beating Sweden 4-2 on aggregate in a spectacular 2-legged tie that saw Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic score all six goals between them.

The second leg game, which Portugal won 3-2, was a tour de force from Ronaldo. In that 90 minutes in Lisbon Ronaldo single-handedly annihilated the Swedish side, giving the world a taste of what they should expect come this mundial.

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Brazil 2014 World Cup | Fighting Over TV Remote…Boys Abr3

World Cup
World Cup

So for the last 2 days, I have had to watch the World Cup matches on my laptop and if things do not change, I will be forced to bring out the new TV I bought to send home to Ghana—simply because the Mrs won’t let me have the TV all by myself.

It all started well without complaints but watching 3 matches a day means, she cannot watch any of her TV programmes. I succeeded for some days, paying her 2 pounds to miss her TV programmes (which she can watch later via TV Catch-Up or record them) so I can watch the World Cup but she has gotten wiser—and wants more than 2 pounds (which I cannot afford) or we share the TV time equally…

I have put up all the threats, ranging from I will go to my friend’s house each evening to watch the soccer matches—to— I will go on unplanned holidays for a month so I can enjoy all the matches in peace and she doesn’t seem to be moved.

All she wants is a fair share of the TV. Even though I have just ordered a new cable from Amazon, intending to open the new TV bought for Ghana and connect it somewhere near my working desk to enjoy the world Cup in peace, I still don’t understand why the women can’t leave the men to enjoy just a month of TV when they always have the TV.

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Update on Black Stars Threat to Boycott World Cup Match | Gov’t Charters Airline to Send $3M Cash to Players

Ghana Black Stars
Ghana Black Stars

It looks like to even get what you are rightly due in Ghana, you have to protest or make strong threats—when it should not be the case.

Following threats to boycott tomorrow’s Ghana Vrs Portugal match by the Ghana national team-the Black Stars due to unpaid agreed appearance fees and bonuses, the President of the Republic of Ghana-John Dramini Mahama stepped him to promise the players that, their monies will be received before the above match.

It emerged yesterday that, since the World Cup started, the Black Stars have not been paid any monies (appearance fees and bonuses) and the players were losing their patience, boycotting yesterday’s training session—with threats to boycott the Portugal vrs Ghana match. Even though these fees were to be paid by the large sum FIFA gave to Ghana for qualifying for the World Cup, somehow, the players have not been paid after two weeks into the tournament.

According to reports, when the President of Ghana spoke to players and promised to ensure that they get their payments as soon as possible, the players insisted they wanted cash as they are tired of the many stories of electronic transfers they’ve been told in the last few days.

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VIDEO: Luis Suarez BITES Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup?

Suarez bites Giorgio Chiellini
Suarez bites Giorgio Chiellini

It appears Luis Suarez has a BIG problem with his teeth as the just ended Uruguay vrs Italy match was shadowed by what seems like another bite—-Suarez was seen biting Giorgio Chiellini as the pair tussled in the box.

Though Uruguay won the match to send Italy home, Suarez has become the dirty man of the game for his biting and now faces a lengthy ban – if FIFA decide to act upon the incident.

This is not the first time Suarez has been accused of intentionally using his teeth during a football match, he’s already been involved in two biting rows during his career so far…

Check below for the video of the bite…

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Black Stars Threaten to Boycott Match Against Portugal Over Delayed Monies + President Mahama intervenes

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Accordingly to multiple reports, Ghana’s national team-the Black Stars who are currently in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, expecting to play Portugal on Thursday have threatened to boycott the match over the fact that their bonuses and appearance fees have not been paid yet…

It is understood that some senior members of the team led by Captain Asamoah Gyan have held series of meetings with the management and over sight committee members of the team in relation to the unpaid monies and boycott—and the management has sought to explain why the delay.

The football players were promised $75,000 each as an appearance fee and this money was to be taken from a large amount FIFA paid to Ghana for qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. However, the players have not been given any appearance fees, two weeks after the World Cup started—contrary to the GFA’s promise.

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New Record on the Horizon for Ghana’s Black Stars | Boye and Boateng Return to Training

Ghana Black Stars
Ghana Black Stars

The Black Stars of Ghana could become the first African nation to reach the world cup knockout stage three times in a row if they defeat Portugal on Thursday and other results go their way.

Ghana reached the knockout stage in Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010, and should they qualify this time round, would have gotten out of their group for the third consecutive time; a feat never achieved by any African nation at the world cup.

Africa’s participation on the world stage has never been uplifting as one would hope. Since the continent was first represented on the world stage by Egypt in 1934, it has been difficult to make a lasting impression on the larger stage. Until 1986, no African side had ever made it out of the group stages, whilst Italia 90’ saw Cameroon’s sublime run to the quarter-finals, a move emulated by Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.

Despite all this, the one thing that had plagued the continent was consistency, as no one team could make their mark and return to subsequent mundials and stay at that top level. After reaching the quarter-finals in 1990, Cameroon crashed out of the group stages in 1994. The sad truth is whilst there has been as African side in the second round of every world cup since 1986, its only on two occasions that the same side has reached that stage consecutively;   Nigeria in USA 94’ and France 98’, and Ghana in 2006 and 2010.

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This should be a testament to the great work the Black Stars have been doing since first qualifying for the world cup in 2006. In both 2006 and 2010, Ghana was the only African side to reach the second round, and everyone knows what happened in 2010 and how close the Stars’ came to becoming the first African side to ever make the world cup semi finals.

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USA 2-2 Portugal: Late Silvestre Varela Goal Keeps Black Stars in The Competition | Permutations for Ghana to Qualify

Ghana Black Star
Ghana Black Star

The Black Stars came within 60 seconds of elimination as Portugal needed a 5th minute stoppage time equaliser to draw 2-2 with the USA.

In the 4th game of Group G, Ghana needed Portugal to beat the USA but it turned out nearly the opposite and now Group G’s last round of games would contain several permutations on who is likely to qualify.

Portugal took the lead as early as the fifth minute when Nani pounced on a defensive error to slot home past Tim Howard.

Portugal remained on the ascendancy but failed to add to their tally until the USA took over the game in the second half.

Goals from Jermain Jones and skipper Clint Dempsey meant that all of a sudden everything was going off-script for the Black Stars.

It took until the 95th minute, when a curling Cristiano Ronaldo cross was met by the powerful head of Silvestre Varela to keep the stakes as high as it gets heading into the final Group G games on Thursday.

Now a win would have suited the Black Stars much more but minus that, the draw is not a bad result and it requires certain swings in the last game for Ghana to make the Round of 16.

The FIFA rules stipulate that the criteria for qualification go hierarchically, Points, Goals Difference, Goals scored, then head-to-head.

As it stands, Germany has 4pts and a +4 goal difference. USA has 4pts and +1, Ghana 1pt and -1, Portugal 1pt and -4.

For Ghana to qualify, we need to beat Portugal, Germany beats the USA, and the goal differential should swing in our favour. Between the two games there should be a three goal swing; so Ghana win by two goals and USA lose by one, or we win by one goal and they lose by two.

A draw between Germany and USA means Ghana and Portugal will be both out. One thing we should note is the Germans have history with this kind of situation, as they beat Austria 1-0 in 1982 to eliminate Algeria with both sides barely playing after the goal in the 10th minute. The US coach is also German legend-Jurgen Klinsmann.

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