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Dean Smith Has Won The Premier League’s Manager Of The Month Award For December



The Aston Villa head coach beat Everton’s Carlo Ancelotti, Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to win the accolade after masterminding a five-game unbeaten run.

Smith and his backroom team oversaw three victories and two draws as the club ended 2020 in fifth place.

Adding to the unbeaten run, Smith’s side scored eight goals and conceded just once during the month – keeping a league-high four clean sheets.

Back-to-back 3-0 victories against Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion helped catapult the team up the table.

It’s the third time that the Villa boss has been nominated for the award this season after he was among the nominees in September and November, eventually missing out to Ancelotti to Nuno Espirito Santo respectively.

Smith’s win sees him become just the fourth Villa manager to claim the award, following in the footsteps of Brian Little (Jan 1995), John Gregory (Sep 1998 and Sep 2001) and Martin O’Neill (Apr 2007, Nov 2007, Dec 2008 and April 2010


Asante Kotoko Recieves Tempting $1m Offer From USM Alger For Kwame Poku



The Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 club are reportedly in advance talks to sign the proven goal poacher from Asante Kotoko.

Asante Kotoko have commenced negotiations with Algerian giants USM Alger over the possible transfer of Kwame Opoku in the ongoing transfer window.

According to a report filed by Ashh FM, the management of the Kumasi-based club are in advanced talks with USM  Alger who have expressed the former Nkoranza Warriors attacker following his exploits in the Ghanaian top-flight league.

Opoku has been an instant hit for the Porcupine Warriors since the commencement of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season.

It is believed that USM Alger are ready to spend $1 million to acquire the services of the 21-year-old striker who is yet to complete a full season at the Porcupine Warriors.

His explosive performance at Asante Kotoko has attracted him interest from several clubs including Qatari side Al Sadd and Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Zamalek.

Opoku joined Asante Kotoko on a three-year deal from second-tier club Nkoranza Warriors last year.

His debut for the Ghanaian giants delayed following the cancellation of the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Opoku has so far scored eight (8) in his 15 Ghana Premier League appearances for Asante Kotoko in his debut season at the club.

His contract with Asante Kotoko will expire in 2023.

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Done Deal: Former Aduana and Medeama Defender Join King Faisal



King Faisal have signed former Aduana defender Paul Aidoo till the end of the current Campaign.

After his contract with Aduana run out last year, Faisal have captured the experienced defender on a free transfer.

The club via the twitter handle announced their first singing of since the second transfer window opened last month.

King Faisal have the worst defence team this season, conceding 26 goals in 15 matches.

Therefore, Aidoo’s inclusion is to curb tighten their loose backline with his experience.

The Inshall Allah will play host to Liberty Professionals today in a late afternoon kick-off time.

At the moment, the Kumasi-based team are 15th on the log and would want to boost their chances of surviving with a win.

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Elmina Sharks 1-0 Kotoko: Alhaji Mustapha End Porcupines’ Unbeaten Away Run



Alhaji Mustapha scored the only goal for Elmina Sharks FC against Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC on Friday night in Elmina.

The last game of the first round of the Ghana Premier League between the two teams was full of excitement and fireworks as Elmina Sharks FC becomes first team to defeat the Red and Whites on the road.

In the first 45 minutes of the match, the game was a fairly balanced one as both teams pushed for the first goal but it was the host who had many chances and were ignored three times by the center referee after penalty shouts.

Striker Kwame Opoku came close to scoring the opener after beating the goalkeeper but his effort was cleared off the line by the defense men of the Green and Whites.

In the second half, Alhaji Mustapha went past left-back Imoro Ibrahim before slotting home the only goal of the match to secure a vital home win over the Porcupines for Elmina Sharks who won their first game in seven matches to end their three matches losing streak in the game.

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Former Exco Memeber Highly Rates Kurt Okraku’s Administration After 17 months



Former Ghana Football Association executive member Albert Commey has spoken high of Kurt Okraku led administration.

Kurt Okraku has spent almost 17 months in office as the President of the Association since winning the election in October 2019.

Commey, who is the CEO for Eleven Wonders says he is impressed with the work Kurt has done thus far and will rate the administration 8 our of 10.

“On a scale of 1-10, I will rate Kurt Okraku and his administration at the GFA 8 because the COVID-19 has really not helped.” He told Gye Nyame FM

“It shows that he has the administration acumen and he understands the game.”

“At least certain things have changed; for the first time the women’s league is being streamed live on Facebook, the pitches they are playing on are very wonderful with some playing on AstroTurfs.”

“With the Division one league, they’ve been given some money with some games being streamed live and the competitiveness shows that we want to go places.”

“When you come to the premiership, the least said about it, there have been a lot of positives around it.”

“Despite the COVID-19 they’ve never stopped working. Kurt Okraku and his council members have exhibited that giving the time they will take Ghana football high.”

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