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Chris Hughton urges Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi to play for Ghana

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Chris Hughton urges Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi to play for Ghana

Chris Hughton, the head coach of the Black Stars, has disclosed that he has spoken to Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi about switching allegiance to Ghana.

The two youngsters have already represented England at various age groups, with Hudson-Odoi even playing at the senior level.

In all, the Chelsea star has three caps for the Three Lions, all of which he earned in competitive matches.

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Meanwhile, Nketiah is England’s all-time leading scorer at Under-21 level, with 16 goals in 17 matches.

Both might yet move to Ghana after being overlooked by Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate in recent years.

The Ghanaian champions, who are presently preparing for their CAF Champions League match against Remo Stars, are looking forward to the friendly, appreciating its potential to boost their brand and awareness on the international scene.

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“I have an Irish mother, Ghanaian father, and chose to play for Ireland at that particular time.

“These are two players that have represented England at quite a few of the underage teams.

“So some of it is understandable. We have been in contact with them. Not just in my time, I think from before as well. It is a process.

“But ultimately it will be about both of them making the decision that they want to play. But we have had good dialogue with them.”

Despite playing competitively for England, Hudson-Odoi has long been linked with an international move.

He did it for the first time at the age of 18 years and 135 days, beating Duncan Edwards’ 1955 record for the youngest-ever player to make his competitive debut by 40 days.

That happened against the Czech Republic in March 2019, and he went on to play twice more for the Three Lions.

However, following an ACL injury that has harmed his first-team chances at both club and national levels, he now appears likely to join Fulham on a cheap deal.

Meanwhile, Nketiah just signed a new deal with Arsenal worth £100,000 per week and is regarded as Mikel Arteta’s backup striker to Gabriel Jesus.

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Maybe he wants an autograph – Asamoah Gyan hits back at NDC MP

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Speaking to Radio XYZ, Mr. Dafeamekpor said that the former Black Stars captain was a longtime follower of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who did not desire glory for their opponents. In reaction, Asamoah Gyan stated that the NDC MP is only seeking attention for his autograph. "Perhaps he wants an autograph. Do not worry. "I will sign one for him soon," the former Sunderland attacker joked on X (previously Twitter).

Asamoah Gyan, former Black Stars captain, has replied to charges made by Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, that he purposely missed a penalty during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He claimed that Gyan’s vital miss in the quarter-final match against Uruguay, which would have made Ghana the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals, was politically motivated.

Speaking to Radio XYZ, Mr Dafeamekpor said that the former Black Stars captain was a longtime follower of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who did not desire glory for their opponents.

In reaction, Asamoah Gyan stated that the NDC MP is only seeking attention for his autograph.

“Maybe he wants an autograph. Do not worry. “I will sign one for him soon,” the former Sunderland attacker joked on X (previously Twitter).

The former Black Stars captain has faced a storm of criticism after being selected to the NPP manifesto committee.

The 38-year-old will lead the party’s Youth and Sports subcommittee, reporting to Vice President and NPP flagbearer Dr Bawumia.

Despite the attacks, Asamoah Gyan says he is motivated and ready to give his share to country building.

As Africa’s leading World Cup scorer with six goals, he is determined to use his knowledge to restore Ghanaian football.

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Jose Peseiro has resigned as Nigeria’s head coach

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He agreed to an extension till the end of the tournament after lowering his compensation from $70,000 to $50,000. Despite guiding Nigeria to the AFCON final, which they lost 2-1 to host country Ivory Coast, both sides chose to separate ways. Peseiro congratulated the NFF and those who helped make his term unforgettable, including Sir Amaju Pinnick, President Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, Secretary Dayo Enebi, and all of the staff and players.

José Peseiro, the head coach of Nigeria’s national side, the Super Eagles, has stepped down after his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation expired.

In a statement posted on X, the Portuguese coach acknowledged his thanks for the chance, saying, “We completed our deal with the NFF yesterday. It was an honour and privilege to coach the Super Eagles. It’s been 22 months of incredible devotion, sacrifice, emotion, and enthusiasm. We feel fulfilled.”

Peseiro’s original contract with the NFF expired shortly before the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

He agreed to an extension till the end of the tournament after lowering his compensation from $70,000 to $50,000.

Despite guiding Nigeria to the AFCON final, which they lost 2-1 to host country Ivory Coast, both sides chose to separate ways.

Peseiro congratulated the NFF and those who helped make his term unforgettable, including Sir Amaju Pinnick, President Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, Secretary Dayo Enebi, and all of the staff and players.

“We would like to express our gratitude to Sir Amaju Pinnick (the president who signed us), President Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, Secretary Dayo Enebi, the NFF, all the Staff, and especially all the PLAYERS, with whom leading has been a great pleasure.

“Guys, we are thankful; it has been a privilege to be part of this family. We will miss you, but we will always be there for you, no matter where you are. A big hug to all of you.”

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NDC MP claims Asamoah Gyan deliberately missed 2010 World Cup penalty

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Mr. Dafeamekpor, a member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), indicated that Gyan's alleged purposeful miss was motivated by his political affiliation with the New Patriotic Party. Speaking to Radio XYZ, Dafeamekpor stated, "I feel Asamoah Gyan purposefully wasted that penalty since it was during the NDC's regime. It is now evident to me that he missed the penalty in the 2010 World Cup and the African Cup on purpose so that the NDC administration would not earn recognition."

Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, a Member of Parliament for South Dayi, has accused Asamoah Gyan of purposefully missing a critical penalty in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal against Uruguay.

The Black Stars had a chance to move to the semi-finals in their second World Cup participation, with the score locked at 1-1.

However, Gyan’s penalty hit the crossbar, resulting in Ghana’s defeat in the subsequent penalty shootout.

Mr Dafeamekpor, a member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), indicated that Gyan’s alleged purposeful miss was motivated by his political affiliation with the New Patriotic Party.

Speaking to Radio XYZ, Dafeamekpor stated, “I feel Asamoah Gyan purposefully wasted that penalty since it was during the NDC’s regime. It is now evident to me that he missed the penalty in the 2010 World Cup and the African Cup on purpose so that the NDC administration would not earn recognition.”

He went on to say, “Asamoah Gyan has joined the Bawumia campaign team. That’s an important problem because when a public figure turns politicised, I can confidently claim it was for political reasons that he missed the penalty, guaranteeing the NDC administration did not earn credit. It’s very disturbing.”

Mr. Dafeamekpor’s statements come after Gyan was recently selected to the New Patriotic Party’s 2024 manifesto committee.

These statements have reinforced continued allegations of Gyan’s impartiality since joining Dr Bawumia’s campaign team.

Despite the controversy, Gyan has an amazing record, including being Africa’s all-time highest scorer at the World Cup with six goals and the Black Stars’ all-time leading scorer with 51.

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