23
Sep

Asamoah Gyan to hold press conference denying he sacrificed rapper

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A truly bizarre story has gotten even weirder in Ghana, where national team star Asamoah Gyan will hold a press conference on Wednesday to quell rumors that he and his family killed a rap artist — as part of a ritual human sacrifice.

Yes, you read that right.

Ghanaian rapper Castro and Janet Bandu went missing on a trip they took together with Gyan’s family following the World Cup in July. Over two months later, no body has turned up, which has led to some suspecting (extremely) foul play on behalf of the striker - enough people to prompt a press conference, apparently.

Here is the official statement on Gyan’s website:

"The Gyan Family will hold a press conference on Wednesday address recent issues of public interest including the disappearance of musical icon Theophilus Tagoe (aka Castro).

The press conference which will take place at the Alisa Hotel will be addressed by counsel for the family Kissi Agyabeng.

It will be recalled that Theophilus Tagoe (aka Castro) and Janet Bandu went missing while on a holiday hangout with Family and Friends of the Gyan’s at a resort in Ada back in July.

Relentless efforts are still being made to find the missing duo.

The press conference will therefore seek to update the public through the media on the status of investigations so far.

The opportunity will also be used to officially respond to some allegations and untruths bundled about in the media over the role of Asamoah Gyan in the duo’s disappearance.

The press meeting will also touch on the recent court case instigated by the Ashanti Regional editor of Graphic Communications Group Daniel Kenu against Baffour Gyan and Samuel Anim Addo.

There will also be an opportunity for the press to ask related questions in a Q&A session during the press meeting.

All media houses are therefore invited to attend this press conference which will begin at 1pm (local time) at the Alisa Hotel in Accra on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.”

Let’s hope this ugly rumor gets put to rest soon.

H/T SBNation

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22
Jun

Ghana star Muntari hands out money to disadvantaged Brazilians

While Ghana’s efforts in holding World Cup favorites Germany to a draw in the group stages has granted them ‘hero’ status on the pitch, their recent excursions off the pitch deserve even more recognition.

After being given special permission from national team manager Kwesi Appiah, Ghana and AC Milan star Sulley Muntari was seen handing out money to one of Brazil’s poorest communities.

Muntari, a key fixture in the Black Stars side, also signed autographs and posed for photos in the Maceio neighborhood.

While Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup has come under question due to the rife poverty throughout the country, the efforts of Muntari and those alike will hopefully go towards highlighting one of the country’s biggest problems.

Thumbs up, Sulley!

(H/T Metro)

19
Jun

Penguins predict a Germany win over Ghana

We’re not sure what special knowledge these German penguins have, but they seem to have a preference when it comes to World Cup winners.

Given the choice between two green soccer balls marked with the Ghanaian and German flags, the penguins picked their favorite.

Meet Don Juan, the penguin oracle of Germany.

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Who knows if he’s got the gift, but he is really cute.

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But then again, since he and his friends are living in Germany, we shouldn’t be surprised that they picked the home team.

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(Images courtesy Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images)

We also wouldn’t be surprised if one of those balls was filled with a tasty snack.

And then there’s the Japanese World Cup predicting penguin named Aochan. 

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(Image: AP)

He predicted a draw for the Japan/Ivory Coast game by spinning a wheel.

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And, well, that didn’t work out so well. Japan lost 2-1.

(h/t For The Win)

16
Jun

Check out who’s showing their Team USA pride

Team USA makes their World Cup debut against Ghana and they’ve got fans far and wide.

Take a look at who’s rooting for the USA.

13
Jun

Today, in World Cup Selfies…

England:

Ghana:

Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Ghana wins, hands down.

5
Jun

This elephant thinks the USA and Ghana will beat Germany at the World Cup

There will never be another Paul the Octopus (RIP), but in the years since the famous creature correctly predicted the result of many World Cup matches in 2010, there have been plenty of animals that have tried to duplicate his success.

And of course, ahead of this summer’s tournament, another has taken on the World Cup prediction challenge. This time? An elephant in Germany.

Her compatriots won’t be very happy with the prediction, though. The elephant picks both Ghana and the United States to beat the Germans in group play. 

Let’s just say the odds aren’t exactly in her favor. Perhaps she’s not so clairvoyant after all.

4
Jun

Ghanaian witch doctor takes credit for Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury worries

imageNana Kwaku Bonsam, in action (Image: Facebook)

Cristiano Ronaldo is in danger of missing at least Portugal’s 2014 World Cup opener against Germany due to injury, and Ghana’s “most influential witch doctor” — yes, they still exist — has claimed responsibility for his ailment.

Nana Kwaku Bonsam — whose name translates as “Devil of Wednesday” according to The Guardian — predicted in February that the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner would miss the World Cup with a significant injury, and with the tournament just a week away, that is looking increasingly possible.

From The Guardian:

Ghana are set to meet Portugal in their final match of Group G in Brasilia on June 26 and Bonsam claims to have conjured a special powder from his gods, mixed with several leaves and concoctions which have been placed around an image and caricature of the former Manchester United player.

“I said it four months ago that I will work on Cristiano Ronaldo seriously and rule him out of the World up or at least prevent him from playing against Ghana and the best thing I can do is to keep him out through injury,” Bonsam says.

“This injury can never be cured by any medic, they can never see what is causing the injury because it is spiritual. Today, it is his knee, tomorrow it is his thigh, next day it is something else.”

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Image courtesy of Getty

You can cry to the heavens all you want, Ronaldo. But apparently, there is no cure to the curse Bonsam placed upon you.

16
Nov

Final countdown for African hopefuls

Africa will finally conclude its long, hard slog through qualifying and determine its five World Cup entrants over the next few days.

Perennial powers Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria all look well placed to secure their berths with a professional performance in the second leg of their ties. The remaining two spots, however, remain decidedly in the balance with four teams all harboring genuine hopes of progressing to the showcase in Brazil next summer.

Here is a brief look at the landscape ahead of the decisive fixtures poised to unfold across the continent:

Nigeria – Ethiopia (Saturday, 11:00a.m. ET in Calabar – Nigeria leads 2-1 on aggregate)

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Can Ethiopia withstand the pressure?: Nigeria isn’t a contemplative team. The Super Eagles want to obtain possession and transition quickly through the middle of the park toward Fenerbahçe forward Emmanuel Emenike (both goals in the first leg). It works well for this athletic group given its creative and technical limits. Ethiopia struggled to cope with those robust qualities in the first leg. Unless the rank outsiders (the lowest ranked side left in African qualifying) can slow the tempo on the break and snatch two goals against the run of play, their magical run toward Brazil will end at the last hurdle.

Senegal – Côte d’Ivoire (Saturday, 2:00p.m. ET in Casablanca, Morocco – Côte d’Ivoire leads 3-1 on aggregate)

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How much will the transgressions of the past harm Senegal in the present?: This match will take place on neutral soil after a fan riot in Dakar halted an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between these two sides 13 months ago. Côte d’Ivoire led that series 6-2 on aggregate at the time to provide a glimpse at the gulf between the two sides at that stage. Senegal boss Alain Giresse has inspired an improvement since taking charge earlier this year and Papiss Cissé did throw his side a lifeline with his second-half stoppage time goal in Abidjan, but the task against the continent’s best side looks a bit too daunting without the benefit of the home support.

Cameroon – Tunisia (Sunday, 9:00a.m. ET in Yaoundé – series tied 0-0 on aggregate)

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Can Cameroon produce the goal or two required to go through?: It isn’t the sort of question expected from a side led by Samuel Eto’o, but the Indomitable Lions often struggle to produce the required sharpness in front of goal. Eto’o needs more aid from Pierre Webó and more support from elsewhere (this isn’t the most creative of midfield groups with Jean Makoun leading the way) to ensure he receives the proper service. If Cameroon continues to flail around in front of goal and leave Eto’o adrift, then the Carthage Eagles – another side admittedly short in the final third – could nick this tie from a set piece.

Egypt – Ghana (Tuesday, 11:00a.m. ET in Cairo – Ghana leads 6-1 on aggregate)

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How will Bob Bradley’s tenure conclude?: Bradley deserves a decent parting gift for the commitment and the energy he devoted to the Egyptian national side over the the past couple of years. His stellar record – unblemished in World Cup qualifying despite the absence of a domestic league – did not earn him much latitude after the heavy defeat in Accra in the first leg. Ghana possesses all of the tools to replicate the feat against an Egyptian side incapable of matching that sort of tempo. But if the Egyptians can sort out their defensive issues and summon the usual magic from Mohamed Aboutrika and Mohamed Salah, then a cathartic result against a side all but qualified could reduce the damage and send Bradley off in style.

Algeria – Burkina Faso (Tuesday, 1:15p.m. ET in Blida – Burkina Faso leads 3-2 on aggregate)

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Will the return of Alain Traoré push the Burkinabé to their first World Cup?: A hotly debated late penalty decision in the first leg in Ouagadougou provided Burkina Faso with a narrow advantage to take into this leg. The likely return of Lorient striker Traoré offers a viable target up front to lead the break and play directly against a Desert Foxes side – presumably bolstered if injury doubt Hassan Yebda (calf) recovers in time – in need of a narrow victory on home soil to advance. Algeria scores with some regularity (16 goals during the group stage) despite the absence of a top striker. The home side will expect to tally at some stage and place the pressure squarely on the visitors to respond. The onus will fall on Traoré or Jonathan Pitropia to locate it in order to ensure those dreams come true.

Images provided by Getty.

7
Jun

Sudan goalkeeper drops opposing corner kick into goal

Sudan keeper Ehab Zohgber will be playing this back in his head for a long time.

In a World Cup Qualifier vs. Ghana, Sudan trailed 2-1 late and was looking to salvage the game with a draw. In the 83rd minute, Ghana set up for a routine corner kick where things got ‘out of hand’ quickly.

Ghana’s Sulley Muntari sent in the corner kick but it zipped straight to Zohgber for an easy stop, that is, until the keeper drops the ball into his own goal. Embarrassing.

Though Sudan’s World Cup qualifying chances were bleak to begin with, things have quickly shifted from bad to worse and he’s not likely to ever live this down in his country.