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Maxwell Konadu applies for the Black Stars coaching job

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When Appiah was fired in September 2014, Maxwell took over as interim manager and guided the side to qualification for the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea until being replaced by Avram Grant in December 2014. The 2012 Ghana Premier League champion with Asante Kotoko served as Grant's assistant until his departure in February 2017. From April 2017 until December 2019, Kwasi Appiah returned for a second term with the squad, and Maxwell Konadu joined with Ibrahim Tanko to help him.

Former Ghana assistant coach Maxwell Konadu has applied for the vacant Black Stars coaching position, JoySports reports.

The Nsoatreman FC manager, who served as the senior national team’s assistant coach from 2012 to 2022, is regarded as one of the country’s most experienced managers.

He has over ten years of experience as an assistant and interim coach for four World Cup participants.

The former Asante Kotoko coach was named Kwasi Appiah’s assistant in 2012, and he accompanied him to the 2013 AFCON in South Africa and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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When Appiah was fired in September 2014, Maxwell took over as interim manager and guided the side to qualification for the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea until being replaced by Avram Grant in December 2014.

The 2012 Ghana Premier League champion with Asante Kotoko served as Grant’s assistant until his departure in February 2017.

From April 2017 until December 2019, Kwasi Appiah returned for a second term with the squad, and Maxwell Konadu joined Ibrahim Tanko to help him.

He was absent from the squad from February 2020 until September 2021, but returned as Milovan Rajevac’s assistant on September 24, 2021, to replace CK Akonnor.

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Maxwell’s experience with the club is regarded as a valuable asset, and insiders indicate he feels he can successfully move into the post of head coach.

The Black Stars head coach position became open after Chris Hughton was fired following Ghana’s poor performance at AFCON 2023 in Cote d’Ivoire, where the team was eliminated in the group stage.

The football governing body solicited CVs from interested individuals by Friday, February 2, 2024, at 11:59 PM.

It is unknown when the GFA will select the coaches who applied, but according to JoySports sources, Maxwell and Michael Osei are the indigenous coaches who applied for the position.

The UEFA Pro coaching licence is one of the admission criteria for applications. Any coach who applies for the job without this licence is immediately rejected, which means Maxwell and Osei may not be considered.

According to reports, coaches and many other coaches on the continent hold the CAF licence A, the highest level necessary to lead a national team in its events.

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Rigobert Song steps down as Cameroon head coach

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"We have not achieved our objectives, and our executive committee and I do not see ourselves renewing the contract (with Song)," Eto'o was quoted as saying by France 24. Song, Eto'o's former international teammate, was named Cameroon manager in February 2022. Under his guidance, the Indomitable Lions qualified for the Qatar World Cup with a stunning extra-time victory over Algeria.

Rigobert Song has resigned as Cameroon’s head coach, according to Samuel Eto’o, president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot).

This follows Cameroon’s poor performance at the Africa Cup of Nations, where they were ousted in the final 16 by Nigeria.

Eto’o indicated that the decision to break ways with Song was based on the team’s inability to accomplish its goals and that the executive committee and he did not consider extending Song’s contract as an option.

“We have not achieved our objectives, and our executive committee and I do not see ourselves renewing the contract (with Song),” Eto’o was quoted as saying by France 24.

Song, Eto’o’s former international teammate, was named Cameroon manager in February 2022.

Under his guidance, the Indomitable Lions qualified for the Qatar World Cup with a stunning extra-time victory over Algeria.

Cameroon, on the other hand, struggled throughout the competition, finishing last in the group stage despite a surprise victory over Brazil in the last game.

Eto’o praised Song’s efforts to the team, stating, “Song brought a lot to this team.”

However, he stressed the need to look ahead and find a new coach who can assist the club succeed.

During his tenure, Song supervised 23 matches, winning only six of them. Despite his attempts, Cameroon’s performance under his leadership was judged inadequate, prompting his resignation from the position.

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Zambia crashes Black Queens’ Olympic dreams

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Gifty Assifuah cancelled out her goal 10 minutes later, and the Black Queens moved ahead with a second goal from Doris Boaduwaa to even the aggregate score. Kabange Mupopo forced an equaliser in the 61st minute, but Azumah Bugri scored four minutes later to restore Ghana's advantage and offer them another chance of qualifying.

Ghana’s Black Queens almost lost out on a ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, losing to Zambia in the third round of qualifying.

The second leg match finished in an exciting 3-3 tie, giving Zambia a 4-3 aggregate victory courtesy to their 1-0 triumph in the first leg in Accra.

Despite a strong showing by the Black Queens, Zambia’s Cooper Queens won, crushing Ghana’s chances of going to the next round.


Zambia advanced to the next round, where they will face either Morocco or Tunisia, after scoring a free-kick on the stroke of full time.

Zambia opened the scoring in the thrilling match at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, with Barbra Banda scoring after only 11 minutes.

Gifty Assifuah cancelled out her goal 10 minutes later, and the Black Queens moved ahead with a second goal from Doris Boaduwaa to even the aggregate score.


Kabange Mupopo forced an equaliser in the 61st minute, but Azumah Bugri scored four minutes later to restore Ghana’s advantage and offer them another chance of qualifying.

However, that hope was destroyed when Jennifer Cudjoe was sent off for a second yellow card, and the ensuing free kick found the back of the goal.

While the outcome is unfortunate for Ghana, the squad may be proud of their better performance over the first leg.

They will now turn their attention to the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place later this year.

Zambia, on the other hand, advanced to the last qualifying round with strong hopes of earning a place in Paris. Their outstanding performance against Ghana implies that they might be a serious contender in the competition.

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Jordan Ayew scores as Crystal Palace defeat Burnley

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Despite their numerical disadvantage, Burnley held on until the 68th minute, when Ayew sent a pinpoint precise cross that defender Chris Richards met with a thumping header into the bottom corner. Just three minutes later, replacement Matheus Franca linked nicely with Tyrick Mitchell down the left wing, and Ayew tapped in his low cross from close range to make it 2-0. After Vitinho fouled Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta comfortably took a penalty to secure the win.

Crystal Palace secured a crucial victory in their relegation struggle by overcoming 10-man Burnley 3-0 in new manager Oliver Glasner’s first game.

Ghana forward Jordan Ayew scored one of the goals, extending his impressive record in front of goal. He also assisted, bringing his total goal contributions to ten this season.

Palace controlled possession in the first half but were unable to produce clear-cut chances against a determined Burnley defence. The visitors were reduced to ten men just before halftime when Josh Brownhill was awarded a straight red card for taking down Jefferson Lerma when in on goal.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Burnley held on until the 68th minute, when Ayew sent a precise cross that defender Chris Richards met with a thumping header into the bottom corner.

Just three minutes later, replacement Matheus Franca linked nicely with Tyrick Mitchell down the left wing, and Ayew tapped in his low cross from close range to make it 2-0. After Vitinho fouled Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta comfortably took a penalty to secure the win.

As Palace grabbed a critical three points, Burnley striker David Datro Fofana had a late goal ruled out for offside. The victory lifts Palace eight points clear of the relegation zone and marks a successful debut for new boss Glasner, who becomes only the second Palace manager to win his first Premier League game in charge.

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