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‘My parents always told me to shoot and stop passing the ball.’ – Partey, Thomas

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'My parents always told me to shoot and stop passing the ball.' - Partey, Thomas

Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey claims his parents asked him to stop always passing the ball to his teammates at Arsenal in England.

The midfielder stated that his father chastised him for not taking chances and shooting whenever he was in a good position to do so.

Asked how often he communicates with his parents in an interview on SuperSports, the Black Stars midfielder said,” Both my parents are my coaches. There are instances during a game when I feel I can just chip ball but she(Mum) would be like why don’t I just attempt shooting often”.

Partey said, “There are situations in the game where things are different on the pitch than they seem on the pitch and in such situations, being on the pitch I feel there are too many bodies on the line if I shoot so I would rather look to give a pass which would create space and that is how it feels”.

He had a word of advice for the north London side.

“I think the team is working hard. We go game after game and every game is important for us, trying to give our best and try to win every game as we have done.”

“At the end, we need to earn the right to win and the team is working hard to be able to win the games.”

Source: sportsworldghana.com

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Kylian Mbappe named new France captain as he replaces retired Hugo Lloris

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Kylian Mbappe named new France captain as he replaces retired Hugo Lloris

Kylian Mbappe of Paris St-Germain has been named the new captain of the France national team.

He takes over for Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who announced his retirement from international football in January.

On Tuesday, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed Deschamps’ selection of Mbappe as captain and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann as vice-captain via social media.

“Kylian meets all the requirements to have this responsibility,” France manager Didier Deschamps told French TV channel TF1 in an interview to be aired on Sunday.

“On the field as in the life of the group, by being a unifying element.”

On Tuesday, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed Deschamps’ selection of Mbappe as captain and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann as vice-captain via social media.

Mbappe was the top scorer at last year’s World Cup, helping France to a second consecutive World Cup final, which they lost to Argentina.

He scored two goals against Croatia in the 2018 final and was named the tournament’s best young player as France won the World Cup for the second time.

Deschamps’ team faces the Netherlands in their first Euro 2024 qualifier at the Stade de France on Friday, before facing the Republic of Ireland on Monday.

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Joseph Amoako has returned to Asante Kotoko following his release from prison in Sweden

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Joseph Amoako has returned to Asante Kotoko following his release from prison in Sweden

After being released from prison in Sweden earlier this month, Asante Kotoko winger Joseph Amoako has returned to the club.

Amoako, who was on loan at relegated Swedish Allsvenskan club Helsingborgs IF for the season, was reportedly found guilty of statutory rape of a minor in Sweden and sentenced to two years in prison.

After being charged with having sexual relations with a minor, the 20-year-old was detained in Swedish Police custody in November 2022 for a court trial.

Due to the rape allegations, Helsingborgs IF cancelled his loan deal before the contract with his parent club, Asante Kotoko, expired in January 2023.

The Helsingborgs District Court initially found the talented young winger guilty on two counts and sentenced him to 24 months in prison, but the charges were dropped after an appeal.

Amoako, who arrived in Ghana last week, paid a visit to his teammates on Wednesday morning at the Adako Jachie Training Complex in Kumasi.

Joseph Amoako has returned to Asante Kotoko following his release from prison in Sweden

After Kingsley Sarfo and Kwame Bonsu, he was the third Ghanaian footballer to be wrongfully imprisoned in Sweden on rape charges.

Amoako struggled for playing time at Helsingborgs IF, where he appeared in only ten (10) games — 295 minutes — across all competitions.

Asante Kotoko did not register him for this season, so he is ineligible to play for the Porcupine Warriors in the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League.

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Black Stars Head Coach Chris Hughton to be unveiled in Kumasi today

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'Hughton is at work.' - Prosper Addo, General Secretary of the GFA

Chris Hughton, the new head coach of the Black Stars, will be introduced today in Kumasi at the SG Mall in Ayigya.

Following successful negotiations with the Sports Ministry and the Ghana Football Association, the 64-year-old who replaced Otto Addo has been in charge of the team since last month.

Hughton’s contract details and other pertinent information will be revealed at the unveiling.

Ghana will play Angola in a double header AFCON Qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium on Thursday, March 23, 2023, before travelling to Luanda for the rematch on March 27.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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