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Jordan Ayew Tests Positive For Coronav!rus

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The 29-year-old striker missed the Eagles’ draw against Brighton on Sunday due to the health update

Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew has contracted coronavirus and he has gone into self-isolation to treat himself.

The Ghana international revealed his health status on Sunday after missing Crystal Palace’s 1-1 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion at Selhurst Park.

Ayew recently returned to south London after going on international duty with the Black Stars in Turkey where he played in their international friendly fixtures against Qatar and Mali.

He has been a regular player in Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace set-up since the start of the season with four appearances in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old disclosed he is asymptomatic to Covid-19 but he has commenced the self-isolation at home.

“Sadly, I have tested positive for Covid-19 and have begun my quarantine in line with the health guidance,” Ayew tweeted.

“Thankfully, I am feeling fine and I do not have any symptoms. I will be cheering the boys on from home and look forward to being back on the pitch soon.”

After Wilfried Zaha’s strike earned them a point against Brighton, Crystal Palace took time to wish their frontman a speedy recovery on the sidelines.

However, Hodgson suspects he contracted Covid-19 in the Ghana camp and he does not know when Ayew will return to action.

“Unfortunately he tested positive for Covid in our last test on Friday,” Hodgson said, per Evening Standard.

“He’s been away with Ghana, which we weren’t exactly delighted to accept that he had to do. Like several other Ghanaian players, I believe when they have gone back to their clubs they have tested positive.

“Now we have to follow the relative government and Premier League guidelines before we see him again.

“I don’t know [when we’ll have him back]. Don’t ask me to stand here and explain all of the Premier League government guidelines when it comes to Covid.”

source: goal.com

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GFA Agrees For Kotoko And Other Clubs To Record Premier League Matches.

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The Ghana football Association has given the green light for Clubs participating in the Ghana Premier League to record matches they are involved in.

The clubs and the Football Association came to an amicable conclusion after the leadership of the Association met Chief Executive officer of the clubs.

The issues of clubs recording their matches became topical after the Ghana Football Association asked club not to record such matches due to contractual disagreements with StarTimes.

The new decision puts to rest the long standing disagreement that saw Kotoko demanding copies of the StarTimes agreement with the football Association.

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AshGold Name 20-Man Squad For Hearts Of Oak Clash

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AshGold have named a 20-man squad to face Hearts of Oak in match-day two of the Ghana Premier League.

The Miners make a trip to Accra to engage the Ghanaian giants at the Accra Sports Stadium Tonight.

Coach Milovan Cirkovic who will be taking charge of his second League game is chasing his first win with the Club after his side drew 2-2 with Karela United in the first game.

Richard Osei Agyemang, who missed the team’s opening game against Karela United with an injury makes a return to the squad.

Hans Kwofie, Yaw Annor, Empem Dacosta all made the 20-man squad named by the Coach.

The game will be Hearts of Oak’s first since the start of the season after their League opener against Aduana Stars was postponed.

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Slaven Bilic Fumes At VAR Penalty Decision As West Brom Suffer Agonising Defeat To Manchester United.

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Slaven Bilic saw his side suffer a double penalty frustration at Old Trafford as Manchester United recorded their first home league win of the campaign thanks to a Bruno Fernandes spot kick.

Albion, searching for their first victory since promotion last summer, were awarded a penalty of their own soon after the restart after Fernandes appeared to trip Conor Gallagher.

But, after awarding it, referee David Coote overturned himself after re-viewing the incident on the pitch side monitor.

To compound the injustice – in West Brom eyes – Coote soon handed United the deciding penalty after a handball by Darnell Furlong although replays suggested Bilic was correct in claiming that Gallagher had been fouled by Fred in the build-up to Juan Mata’s cross.

The fact that keeper Sam Johnstone saved Fernandes’s first kick, only for Coote to order it re-taken as he had moved off his line, just added to Bilic’s anger.

‘We started at the second half and they became a little bit nervous,’ he said. ‘They wanted to score and became a little bit stretched and suddenly we have a chance.

‘But instead of being, hopefully, 1-0 up, the penalty’s not given and, it’s not even 0-0, we’re one down. That basically kills you in any game, even in the Championship it’s hard to come back from that, let alone at Man United.

‘Nothing personal but I’m extremely disappointed in the VAR. I felt it was little West Brom and the big decisions went against us.

‘It was a penalty on Conor Gallagher and I was very disappointed he over-turned that and then it was a foul on us before their penalty.’

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer initially agreed that his side had been fortunate to escape the decision against them, that came just 50 seconds in the second half.

But, after reflection, Solskjaer credited Coote with getting his major decisions correct – although he was less kind about the display of his team as they recorded their first home league win since the start of July.

‘We’re delighted with the win,’ said Solskjaer. ‘They were very tight calls and I think he probably got the two decisions right with the penalties – well, three right because Sam was off his line.

‘But this is definitely not a step forward, performance-wise. We played really well against Everton last time but this one was way below par.

‘But we got the first win and sometimes three points is more important than the performance. Even though we need to get the points and move up the table we have to play better.

‘We know we can play better than this. We certainly could have made it more comfortable had we taken our chances earlier on.

‘Towards the end, when you don’t do that, there is always an edge to the game and we did seem edgy towards the end. It was important to get that win of course and you could see that – we never got the composure or quality to get that second goal.’

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African Soccer President Ahmad Ahmad Banned For 5 Years By FIFA.

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African soccer confederation president Ahmad Ahmad was banned for five years by FIFA on Monday for financial misconduct.

The ban was announced during the Madagascan official’s campaign to be re-elected for four more years as the head of African soccer. His position also makes him a FIFA vice president.

The FIFA ethics committee found “Ahmad had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President.”

Ahmad’s first four-year term was clouded with allegations of financial wrongdoing and misconduct at the Confederation of African Football headquarters in Cairo.

The CAF election is scheduled for March 12 in Rabat, Morocco.

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