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Chris Hughton announces Ghana’s 24-man squad for the AFCON 2023 Qualifier match against Madagascar

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Chris Hughton announces Ghana's 24-man squad for the AFCON 2023 Qualifier match against Madagascar

Ghana’s team for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations Group E qualifier against Madagascar has been chosen by Chris Hughton.

The Black Stars Coach has chosen a 24-man squad to go to Antananarivo on Sunday, June 18, 2023.

Alidu Seidu and Kwasi Okyere Wreidt return to the squad, while Ernest Nuamah, based in Denmark, obtains his first senior national team call-up following an impressive performance with Nordsjaelland in the Danish Superliga.

Amiens defender Nicholas Opoku, Patrick Kpozo of Moldova, and Anderlecht midfielder Majeed Ashimeru have also been called up.

Ghana enters the game in June as the leader of their Africa Cup of Nations Cote D’Ivoire 2023 qualification group, with 8 points after two victories and two draws in the first four games.

The match will take place on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at 17H00 in Antananarivo’s Stade Kianja Barea.

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Chris Hughton announces Ghana’s 24-man squad for the AFCON 2023 Qualifier match against Madagascar

The squad:  

Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St. Gallen), Joseph Wollacott (Charlton Athletic), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (KAS Eupen)

Defenders: Denis Odoi (Club Brugge), Alidu Seidu (Clermont Foot), Gideon Mensah (Auxerre), Patrick Kpozo (Sheriff Tiraspol), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Nicholas Opoku (Amiens)

Midfielders: Thomas Partey (Arsenal FC), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Majeed Ashimeru (Anderlecht), Salis Abdul Samed (Lens), Edmund Addo (Spartak Subotica)

Wingers: Joseph Painstil (Genk), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade), KamalDeen Sulemana (Southampton), Ernest Nuamah (FC Nordsjaelland)

Attackers: Andre Ayew (Nottingham Forest), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Holstein Kiel).

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GFA fines Kotoko GHC 80k for property destruction at Dr Kwame Kyei Complex

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The inquiry by the Disciplinary Committee revealed a 'breach of Article 16(c) and Article 16(2)(f) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.' As a result, Asante Kotoko has been fined heavily, and the money will be given to Nations FC to compensate for the damages caused by the alleged Kotoko fans. Meanwhile, Kotoko returned to winning ways on Sunday, defeating Medeama SC at the Baba Yara Stadium due to Sherif Mohammed's penalty kick in the 60th minute.

Asante Kotoko is facing a GHC 80,000 fine from the Ghana Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee for their disruptive behaviour during a match against Nations FC.

The disciplinary punishment is the result of actions that occurred during their matchday 6 match at the Dr Kwame Kyei Sports Complex.

Dissatisfied with a penalty call by the referee in the last stages of the game, a group of irate supporters resorted to violent behaviour. In protest, chairs were allegedly smashed, and items were hurled into the pitch. Despite the fact that the game ended in a 2-2 tie, supporters proceeded to vent their rage by destroying artefacts at the stadium.

The inquiry by the Disciplinary Committee revealed a ‘breach of Article 16(c) and Article 16(2)(f) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.’ As a result, Asante Kotoko has been fined heavily, and the money will be given to Nations FC to compensate for the damages caused by the alleged Kotoko fans.

Meanwhile, Kotoko returned to winning ways on Sunday, defeating Medeama SC at the Baba Yara Stadium due to Sherif Mohammed’s penalty kick in the 60th minute.

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Hearts of Oak to play home games in Kumasi following the closure of Accra Sports Stadium

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The temporary location change was caused by the Accra Sports Stadium, which was overseen by event organisers for the Christmas festivities. Alhaji Brimah Moro Akambi, a Hearts of Oak Board Member, confirmed the decision, indicating that the Phobians will play their home games at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium for the rest of the year. However, beginning in 2023, the club is open to evaluating alternative locations.

According to Onua Sports, Hearts of Oak have opted to transfer their home games to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium following the shutdown of the Accra Sports Stadium due to scheduled Christmas celebrations.

The highly anticipated Ghana Premier League match between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, which was originally scheduled for Accra on December 8, will now be played in Kumasi, with Hearts of Oak designated as the home team.

The temporary location change was caused by the Accra Sports Stadium, which was overseen by event organisers for the Christmas festivities. Alhaji Brimah Moro Akambi, a Hearts of Oak Board Member, confirmed the decision, indicating that the Phobians will play their home games at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium for the rest of the year. However, beginning in 2023, the club is open to evaluating alternative locations.

Hearts of Oak are currently 14th in the league rankings with 12 points. Following the resignation of coach Martinus Koopman, assistant Abdul Rahim Bashiru has been named to handle the squad until a permanent replacement is found.

On Tuesday, they meet the Accra Lions, looking to get back on track after three straight draws.

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Maxwell Konadu released from hospital

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Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has announced the arrest of one individual engaged in Maxwell Konadu's attack and beating. The police are also on the lookout for another suspect who is presently on the run. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has banned the Sunyani Coronation Park, which serves as Bofoakwa Tano's home stadium. Meanwhile, in the matchday 12 games this weekend at Nana Kronmansah Park, Nsoatreman FC will host Heart of Lions.

Maxwell Konadu, the head coach of Nsoatreman FC, has been released from the hospital following an attack by Bofoakwa Tano fans.

The incident occurred on Sunday, following Nsoatreman FC’s 1-1 tie with Bofoakwa Tano in Week 11 of the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League season.

Konadu was rendered unconscious during the assault and was taken to Sunyani Teaching Hospital.

According to a club release, the former Black Stars assistant coach has been fired.

“Our coach Maxwell Konadu has been discharged from the hospital. We thank everyone who said a prayer for our coach during these difficult moments. Efiri Tete Amanaso,” a statement from Nsoatreman FC said on Monday evening.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has announced the arrest of one individual engaged in Maxwell Konadu’s attack and beating.

The police are also on the lookout for another suspect who is presently on the run.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has banned the Sunyani Coronation Park, which serves as Bofoakwa Tano’s home stadium.

Meanwhile, in the matchday 12 games this weekend at Nana Kronmansah Park, Nsoatreman FC will host Heart of Lions.

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