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Report: Safiatu Salifu’s Last-Minute Penalty Save Earns Ampem Darkoa Champions League Slot In Morocco

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Ghana Women’s Premier League champions Ampem Darkoah walked through the valley and shadow of tiredness to seal qualification to the CAF Champions League over Africa Sports of Ivory Coast in a dramatic [6-5]penalties shootout in Yamoussoukro.

The Ivorian champions unsettled the Ghanaian side as early as the second minutes of the game, following the dribbling of numerous defenders in the box after which they tossed a powerful curling shot into the left corner of the Ghanaian champions and kept dominating, winning most 50-50 balls in midfield, while Ampem Darkoa remained compact in defense.

Ampem Darkoa warmed into the game on the 28th-minute were forced to settle for a 1 goal to nil in the favor of the Ivory Coast giants in halftime.

The ‘Nananom’ ladies picked up the pieces after recess, dominated every department of the game. In the 60th minute, former Ladies Striker player Gladys Anfobea got the equaliser.

After the level peaked in the second half, both teams thrilled their fans with an exciting football display. However, Ophelia Amponsah of Darkoa ladies was shown the exit in the 66th minute following a verbal exchange with the center referee.

The game kept going whiles the Ghanaian ambassadors stood their grounds till the end of the game which resulted in a 1-1 stalemate.

Shot stopper Safiatu Salifu stole the headlines with a save of the last penalty to book her side the qualification to the CAF Champions League in Morocco. Meanwhile, Ampem Darkoa Ladies will be waiting for the winner between Bayelsa Queens FC and Espoir FC de Cotonou in the final of CAF Champions League qualifiers.

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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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