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Thomas Partey Starts In Poor Game As Ghana Lose 3-0 To Mali

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The Arsenal midfielder played the full 90 minutes but was unable to stop his side losing to the nation ranked 11 places below them in the FIFA rankings.

The Ghana FA wrote in their match report, “Thomas Partey, Alexander Djiku and Bernard Mensah appeared very heavy and delicate as they lost almost every onslaught from the Mali trio Cheick Doucoure, Fofana Mamadou Haidara Amadou and Toni Kevin.”

In player ratings he received a 3 (from 5) as it was added, “Despite having a poor game by his standards, he was trying to make things happen. The Arsenal man drove the ball forward a few times and had some attempts but failed to trouble the goalkeeper.”

Troubling goalkeepers isn’t really Thomas’s job, if we’re honest.

It was the Ghana coach, Charles Akonnor’s first match in charge after being given the position in January. Goals from El Bilal Toure, Hamari Traore and Amadou Haidara made sure it was not a successful one.

Today Ghana face Qatar in another friendly. It will also take place in Turkey at the Titanic sports complex in Antalya on 12 October.

Full Ghana starting lineup

Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Gideon Mensah, Tarique Fosu-Henry, Nicholas Opoku, Kassim Nuhu, Bernard Mensah, Thomas Partey, Jordan Ayew, Andre Ayew, Eugene Ansah.

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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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