Kotoko confirm readiness to re-sign midfielder Adjei

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The midfielder could be staging a comeback to the Porcupine Warriors after the club’s chief confirmed their interest to sign him

Asante Kotoko are in the process of concluding terms with midfielder Daniel Nii Adjei, management member Nana Kwame Dankwah has confirmed.

The 30-year-old is currently in Ghana as a free agent after mutually terminating his contract with Moroccan giants Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca a couple of months ago.

He has been regarded as one of the options Kotoko can bring on board as they prepare for Caf inter-club competition.

“It’s true that we have started negotiations with the player and his agent and there could be a return for him,” Dankwah told Oyerepa FM.

“He is a good player and the trophies he has won throughout his career underline his quality but the technical team will meet and decide whether his arrival will help their course or not.

“The coach is in charge of player recruitment so although talks are ongoing, the final decision will be from him because at the end of the day, he will be measured based on his achievements at the club. We don’t want to impose players on him,” he added.

Adjei spent two seasons with Kotoko between 2006 and 2008 and won one league title. He later joined Congolese side T.P Mazembe and won the Caf Champions League, Confederation Cup and Super Cup.

Goal understands that Kotoko have proposed a two-year deal to the Adjei.

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France add to Germany’s woes as Griezmann leads comeback win

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Antoine Griezmann (right) celebrates a goal – his double overturned Toni Kroos’s opener in Saint Denis and consigned Germany to a sixth defeat in 10 matches. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Antoine Griezmann scored twice as France came from behind to claim a second Nations League victory and continue Germany’s abysmal run in 2018.

The visitors were eyeing just their second competitive win of the year when Toni Kroos scored from the penalty spot after Presnel Kimpembe had handled.

But Griezmann levelled for the world champions with a superb looping header from Lucas Hernandez’s cross.

He then scored the winner from the spot after a foul on Blaise Matuidi.

Didier Deschamps’ side remain unbeaten in the Nations League and top Group A1 with seven points from their three games. They are now unbeaten in 14 fixtures, including the seven that culminated in them lifting the World Cup in Russia this summer.

In contrast, Germany are in a rut unlike any they have previously experienced.

The result in Paris means they have now suffered six defeats in a calendar year for the first time and, following Saturday’s 3-0 humbling reversal in the Netherlands, have lost two consecutive competitive matches for the first time since 2000.

It is sure to further increase the pressure on boss Joachim Low, who oversaw their group-stage exit at the World Cup and now faces the very real possibility of his country being relegated to League B of the Nations League.

They are bottom of the group with just one point, having played a game more than the Netherlands.

Low’s side were actually the better in Paris in the first half on Tuesday. Utilising the speed of the recalled Leroy Sane, they counter-attacked superbly and deservedly led when Kimpembe blocked the Manchester City winger’s cross with his hand and Kroos converted the resulting penalty.

But for Hugo Lloris the lead would have been bigger at the break, with the Tottenham keeper showing awareness and speed to dive in and palm the ball away from the feet of Timo Werner in the box and then keep out Matthias Ginter’s low drive.

But Low’s side could not maintain their efforts, allowing France, and Griezmann in particular, to demonstrate the resilience and world-class attacking ability that served them so well in Russia.

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Brazil edge past Argentina with injury-time winner

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Neymar and Firmino celebrate with a trophy after beating Argentina. Photograph: Waleed Ali/Reuters

Miranda headed an injury-time winner as Brazil beat South American rivals Argentina to win a four-team friendly tournament in Saudi Arabia.

The defender was left unmarked at the near post to head home from a corner.

It was a dramatic finale to what had been a drab contest of few chances at King Abdullah Sports City stadium.

Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino all disappointed against an inexperienced Argentina side lacking star names, including Lionel Messi.

With Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria also absent, the game will be heartening for temporary boss Lionel Scaloni, despite defeat, after a defensive but disciplined and committed display from his young side.

His Brazilian counterpart Tite will have more concerns following a largely uninspiring and flat performance from a team with too much attacking talent to offer any convincing excuses.

It was Miranda who went closest throughout the game, heading over from a corner and seeing a shot blocked on the line by Nicolas Otamendi in the first half before making his decisive contribution in the second minute of added time in the second.

The closest Argentina came to a goal was a Paulo Dybala free-kick that cleared the crossbar by a foot.

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Ghana to host West African Zone One Championship on Nov. 11

The Dream has come into reality as Ghana host nine African Countries in the maiden edition of the West African Zone One Triathlon Championship from 9th to 11th November, 2018 at the University of Ghana Poolside.

Participating countries of the said championship will include, Nigeria, Benin, Niger Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Ivory coast, Senegal, Guinea and the host Ghana.

This historic championship will see the nine countries battling in the sprint race series which are 750m swimming competition, 20km biking, 5km run and also there will be competition for kids between the ages of 8-12 years, and with the kid’s category which is divided into two main groups that is kids and teens, the kids will battle in 200m swimming, 2.5km biking, 1km run whiles the teens will contest in 300m swimming, 5km biking race and 2.5km run.

According to the President of the Ghana Triathlon Federation Mr. Bawa Fuseini, their aim is to put Ghana on the global stage.

“Our main motive is to host a very colourful and successful event and project Ghana to the international standard, in fact next year if we get an approval from the ministry of Youth and Sports it will be a dream come true to host the 2019 African Triathlon championship here in Ghana and after this November event we will also organize one in Ada in December and early next year, we will storm Kumasi with another competition” Bawa Fuseini told Kasapa FM’s Alexander Anyankwaa.

In-addition there will a two-day training programme for officiating officials for the said championship.

The Ghana Triathlon Federation has made tremendous mark since it was established and has also organized many fruitful events shaping the dreams of many athletes.

Story by: Alexander Anyankwaa

Africa Cup of Nations: Madagascar qualify for first ever finals

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A goal from Thailand-based Njiva Rakotoharimalala sent Madagascar to their first ever Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The 26-year-old midfielder scored the only goal of the game just before half-time as the Malagasy beat visiting Equatorial Guinea.

The result puts Madagascar on ten points in Group A to guarantee them a place in Cameroon next year.

Senegal will join them in the finals if they can win in Sudan later on Tuesday.

The games was played in the city of Vontovorona after Madagascar were banned from using the Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo for “three matches or three months”.

The suspension was imposed by the Confederation of Africa Football following a stampede at the national stadium in September, when one person was killed and nearly 40 others were injured.

Madagascar become the 40th different nation to qualify for the Nations Cup finals.

In Group B Comoros grabbed a 2-2 against visiting Morocco.

El Fardou Ben Mohamed, who plays for Serbian side Red Star Belgrade, opened the scoring after just eight minutes to give Comoros a shock lead.

The Moroccans then fought back with two second-half goals from Khalid Boutaib and Nordin Amrabaat to take the lead.

The hosts kept battling and Ben Mohamed was on target again in injury time at the end of the match to earn a point for Comoros.

The result takes Morocco to seven points from four matches with Comoros on two.

There are two more qualifying rounds left to play one in November and the final matches will be in March next year.

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We’re reforming Ghana football – Normalization C’ttee to Sports Minister

The five-member Normalization Committee led by its chair, Dr Kofi Amoah has briefed the Minister for Youth & Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah, on the activities that the committee has been embarking on since its inauguration about a month ago.

He disclosed that the committee was putting everything in place to ensure that Ghana football was totally reformed for the benefit of Ghanaians who are the owners of the game.

He also stated that the Normalization Committee is setting up various ad hoc committees to help improve on its mandate.

Dr. Kofi Amoah further informed the Youth & Sports Minister that the Committee would be interacting with the various stakeholders of the game to solicit ideas for the growth of the game.

That notwithstanding, the Committee would also hold its maiden media engagement on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, to brief members of the inky fraternity of its activities.

On his part, Hon. Isaac Asiamah commended the Committee for its work so far and assured them of the ministry’s readiness to assist them to meet their goals.

He then appealed to Ghanaians to assist the Committee with cogent ideas and suggestions as part of the reform process.

He reminded the committee about the passion Ghanaians have for the game and urged them to work hard to accomplish what the nation expects from them.

UEFA Nations League: State of play for finals, promotion and relegation

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Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the first of his two goals. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

There are now just two rounds of games left in the UEFA Nations League, and the picture is becoming clearer about who will take part in the finals next June, as well as which nations will be promoted and relegated.

You can read a full explainer for the UEFA Nations League here.

– The group winners of League A go to the Nations League finals in June 2019
– The group winners of Leagues B, C and D are promoted
– The bottom teams in the groups of Leagues A and B are relegated
– The fourth placed teams, and the worst-performing third-placed team, in the groups of League C are relegated. Points against the team in fourth-place are removed to calculate the worst-performing third-placed team as Group 1 only has three teams.
– Final positions in the Nations League will also decided draw pots for Euro 2020 qualifying

This is what is still at stake in November’s final fixtures.

LEAGUE A

Qualified for Nations League: TBC
Relegated: Iceland, Poland
Euro 2020 qualifying draw pot 1: Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, 5 TBC
Euro 2020 qualifying draw pot 2: 2 TBC

Group 1

It’s all to play for with FranceNetherlands and Germany three points apart at the half-way stage. All three nations know they can top the group with two wins. Germany will be out of contention if they lose in France on Tuesday, a result which would see Joachim Low’s men in real danger of a surprise relegation.

Group 2

Belgium are in the box seat, level on points with Switzerland at the top of the table with a game extra to play. Added to that, they won their first meeting with Switzerland 3-0. It means that if Belgium win at home to already-relegated Iceland next time out, they will top the group unless they lose heavily in Lucerne with head-to-head the first tiebreaker.

Group 3

Portugal are very much in charge of this group, needing a draw from their trip to Italy on Nov. 17 to secure a place in the finals. Even if they lose in Milan, they will get a second chance and would still be top if they then win at home to Poland, who are already down, in the final match.

Group 4

All three teams are still in this group. Spain will be through to the finals if they win in Croatia on Nov. 15. However, if they fail to win then England would win the group with a home victory over Croatia on Nov. 18. Croatia must win both those matches to finish first, while England would definitely be relegated should they lose at home to Croatia.

LEAGUE B

Promoted: TBC
Relegated: TBC
Euro 2020 qualifying draw pot 2: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, 6 TBC
Euro 2020 qualifying draw pot 3: 4 TBC

Group 1

This group has a game to play on Tuesday, and Ukraine will secure promotion with a win at home to Czech RepublicSlovakia are bottom of the pile without a point, though would still be in contention for first place if Ukraine lose to the Czechs.

Group 2

Russia are almost home and dry, cannot be relegated and are guaranteed pot 2 in the Euro 2020 qualifying draw. Only Sweden, who only have one point, can stop them by winning in Turkey and at home to Russia.

Group 3

Bosnia and Herzegovina are another team on the brink of promotion. Austria must win at home to Bosnia and away in Northern Ireland to deny them top spot. Northern Ireland will be relegated if Austria avoid defeat against Bosnia.

Group 4

Republic of Ireland host Wales on Tuesday and that game will map out the rest of this group. If Ireland lose in Dublin they are facing relegation’ if Ireland win, the three nations will be separated by just a point. Wales know they will top the group with wins in Ireland and at home to Denmark.

LEAGUE C

Promoted: TBC
Relegated: TBC
Euro 2020 qualifying draw pot 3: 6 TBC
Euro 2020 qualifying draw pot 4: Lithuania, 7 TBC

Group 1

This group could go any way, with Israel top, three points ahead of Scotland and Albania. First up on Nov. 17, Albania must win at home to Scotland to stay in contention, any other result would mean they finish bottom. If Albania lose, they are in danger of being one of the worst-ranked third-placed teams and being relegated. For Scotland, they know a draw in Albania and a win at home to Israel on Nov. 20 will earn promotion. Israel only need a point for top spot. If Albania beat Scotland, and Scotland beat Israel, the group will be decided on goal difference, goals scored, or even away record.

Group 2

Finland have won all four of their Nations League games and only need a point in Greece on Nov. 15 to secure promotion and a Euro 2020 playoff. However, if they lose that game by more than two goals then they could be overhauled on the final day. Hungary can avoid bottom spot, and will probably be safe from relegation, with a point at home to Estonia in the next match.

Group 3

Bulgaria will be promoted on Tuesday if they win in Norway and Cyprus fail to beat Slovenia. Likewise, Slovenia will be relegated if they lose at home to Cyprus and Norway get a point against Bulgaria.

Group 4

Serbia and Montenegro are separated by just a point, with the two teams meeting in Belgrade on Nov. 17. But Romania (home to Lithuania and away to Montenegro) are only a point further back, so any of the three could win the group — though Montenegro appear to have the tougher fixtures (away to Serbia and home to Romania). Two home games for Serbia (Montenegro, Lithuania) suggests they are hot favourites. Lithuania will be relegated unless they win both of their games.

LEAGUE D

Promoted: TBC
Relegated: TBC
Euro 2020 qualifying draw pot 4: 1 TBC
Euro 2020 qualifying draw pot 5: 10 TBC
Euro 2020 qualifying draw pot 6: 5 TBC

Group 1

Georgia will be promoted on Tuesday with a win in Latvia, or with a draw if Kazakhstan vs.Andorra also finishes level.

Group 2

Luxembourg sit on top of the group and will be promoted with a win at home to Belarus on Nov. 15. A draw will also do for them in that game if they win in Moldova on the final day. Belarus know victory in Luxembourg should effectively win them the group, with a trip to San Marino on the final day. Moldova have to win both their remaining games and hope Luxembourg vs. Belarus is a draw.

Group 3

Kosovo are top of the group by two points, and victory in Malta on Nov. 17 will see them promoted if second-placed Azerbaijan do not win at home to Faroe Islands. Kosovo host Azerbaijan on the final day, and if both teams win their first match it’s set up for a winner-takes-all showdown. Faroe Islands are very much outsiders for top spot and would need to beat Azerbaijan and Malta, then hope Kosovo vs. Azerbaijan is a draw and Kosovo lose to Malta.

Group 4

Macedonia will go up on Tuesday with a win in Armenia if Gibraltar vs. Liechtenstein is a draw.

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Uefa Nations League: Sterling scores twice as England stun Spain

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Raheem Sterling scores his second, and England’s third, goal in front of a disbelieving crowd in Seville. Photograph: Eddie Keogh for The FA/Rex/Shutterstock

England won in Spain for the first time in 31 years as they recorded a memorable Uefa Nations League win over Spain in Seville.

Gareth Southgate’s side were 3-0 up after a sensational first half, Raheem Sterling ending a three-year and 27-game barren sequence with a thunderous early opener and he was on the mark from close range for the third before the interval, with a composed strike from Marcus Rashford sandwiched in between.

Spain, torn apart by England’s pace in those opening 45 minutes, responded in predictable fashion in a chaotic second period as Paco Alcacer pulled a goal back just before the hour with a near-post header.

England lived on their nerves, particularly goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, whose exceptional ability with the ball at his feet helped create their first two goals but was also lucky to survive a penalty appeal when he seemed to bring down Rodrigo after attempting to be too clever in his own area.

Spain hit the woodwork and Sergio Ramos scored with the final act of the game in the 97th minute – but England survived to secure a famous and deserved victory, their first here since a 4-2 win in 1987 and in a country that has rarely tasted defeat on its own turf.

This was their first loss at home in a competitive fixture since 2003.

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Mayweather responds to Khabib fight call

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather could be open to a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov after responding to the UFC fighter’s challenge by saying: “Get the chequebook out!”

On Sunday the 30-year-old Russian called out American Mayweather, who is also undefeated, adding: “In the jungle there is only one king.”

Mayweather, 41, beat Conor McGregor in a boxing bout in August 2017.

The Irishman’s return to UFC ended in defeat by Nurmagomedov on 6 October.

That extended Nurmagomedov’s unbeaten mixed martial arts record to 27-0.

Former five-weight world champion Mayweather, who is unbeaten in 50 fights, said on Twitter: “CBS, Showtime and MGM Grand get the chequebook out!”

It came after Nurmagomedov, in an Instagram video filmed with Leonard Ellerbe, the chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, said: “Let’s go, Floyd, we have to fight now,

“50-0 v 27-0 – two guys who never lose. Why not?”

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 Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor at UFC 229

Nurmagomedov, renowned for his wrestling skills, caught McGregor with a punch before winning their contest with a choke as he forced his opponent to tap out.

Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round in their fight, one of the richest bouts in boxing history.

“Of course I am the king because he could not drop McGregor and I dropped him easily,” added Nurmagomedov, who retained his UFC lightweight title against McGregor.

Mayweather, who has not fought since the McGregor bout, has said he will come out of retirement to fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch later this year.

Nurmagomedov and McGregor have both been temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission pending a full investigation into the scenes that marred the end of their fight in Las Vegas.

Following his victory, Nurmagomedov jumped the octagon fence and started fighting his rival’s team. McGregor then fought with the Russian’s camp as numerous brawls broke out.

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Messi is not a leader — Maradona

Argentina great Diego Maradona has told Fox Sports that Lionel Messi, who he coached at the 2010 World Cup, is not a leader and should not be considered a footballing god, KweseESPN reports.

Maradona, who along with Pele is widely considered to be one of the best players of all time, said Messi was one player at his club Barcelona and another with the national side.

“We shouldn’t deify Messi any longer,” he told Fox Sports. “He’s Messi when he plays for Barcelona. Messi is Messi when he wears that shirt, and he’s another Messi with Argentina.

“He’s a great player but he’s not a leader. It’s useless trying to make a leader out of a man who goes to the toilet 20 times before a game.”

That comment was believed to refer to Messi’s extreme nerves before games, which have seen him vomit ahead of some important matches.

Messi, 31, has claimed every possible honour with Barcelona and has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award five times. But he has struggled to reproduce the same scintillating form when wearing the blue and white of Argentina.

He has been on the losing side in all four of his finals with Argentina — three in the Copa America and at the 2014 World Cup – and has not scored in four World Cup knockout stages.

After a disappointing World Cup in Russia, where Argentina failed to get past the last 16, Messi opted to take a sabbatical from international football. Maradona, speaking from the Mexican state of Sinaloa where he coaches local second-tier side Dorados, said Messi’s break was sensible.

“I wouldn’t call him up right now, but never say never,” he said. “We have to take the pressure off him.”

Argentina beat Iraq 4-0 on Thursday with a new-look side, taking their unbeaten run since Russia to three games. A sterner test awaits on Tuesday, when they face Brazil in Saudi Arabia without Messi.

 

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