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Ghana unveils a final 23-man AFCON 2019 squad list

Ghana’s Black Stars team for the Africa Cup of Nations has been unveiled with Abdul Majeed Waris the biggest exclusion

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Ghana AFCON 2019 Squad list released

Ghana’s Black Stars team for the Africa Cup of Nations has been unveiled with FC Porto striker Abdul Majeed Waris the biggest exclusion from the Ghana AFCON 2019 squad list. The striker spent last season on loan with Nantes and is one of five players cut from 28 players currently in camp in the United Arab Emirates.

Ebenezer Ofori who plays in the USA and also played at the 2017 AFCON, Ghana U-23 captain Yaw Yeboah and the local-based duo of Mohammed Alhassan (Hearts of Oak) and Abdul Safiu Fatawu (Asante Kotoko) were all dropped.

Asamaoh Gyan also makes final Ghana 2019 AFCON Squad
In this file photo taken on January 21, 2017 Ghana’s forward Asamoah Gyan celebrates after scoring a goal during the last Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Ghana and Mali in Port-Gentil. – Asamoah Gyan was included in Ghana’s squad for the Africa Cup Nations on June 10, 2019 after reverting his decision to retire from international duty having lost the captaincy. (Photo by Justin TALLIS / AFP)

On Thursday, St. Gallen Centre-back Musah Nuhu returned to his Swiss club following an injury. Captain Andre Ayew, deputy skipper Kwadwo Asamoah, veteran striker Asamoah Gyan and Thomas Partey are all included in the 23-man list.

Related: African teams set the stage for AFCON 2019 with friendlies

Ghana lost to Namibia 1-0 in a pre-tournament friendly on Sunday. Ghana will play South Africa in a second friendly game on Saturday before departing for Egypt five days later.

The four-time champions are in Group F and play against cup holders Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.

Ghana’s AFCON 2019 squad list

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (Sochaux, France), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)

Defenders: Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Rahman Baba (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe, Turkey), Kasim Nuhu Adams (Hoffenheim, Germany,) John Boye (Metz, France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belgium), Joseph Attamah (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey)

Jordan Pierre Ayew during the last Africa Cup of Nations
Jordan Pierre Ayew during the last Africa Cup of Nations 3rd place match in Port Gentile, Gabon on 4/2/2017 (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto)

Midfielders Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Teye Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionale, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland)

Attackers: Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey), Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain)

Related: South Africa releases AFCON 2019 squad list

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FIFA bans ex-Nigeria football coach for match fixing

Siasia was also handed a fine of 50,000 US dollars

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FIFA on Friday banned former Nigeria Football Federation official Samson Siasia for life after the body’s ethics panel found him guilty of taking bribes in connection with match fixing. 

In a statement, the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s independent ethics committee said the probe targeting Siasia stemmed from a wider investigation involving Wilson Raj Perumal, who has confessed to international match-fixing.

The probe that began in February found Siasia “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” the statement said.

In addition to being banned from all football related activity for life, Siasia was also handed a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000, 46,000 euros).

Siasia, a former striker, also briefly coached Nigeria’s men’s national football team. 

FIFA did not detail the nature of ties to Perumal, a Singaporean national who was arrested and jailed in Finland in 2011 for fixing top-tier football games there. 

Perumal later collaborated with match fixing investigators.

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Sebastien Migne resigns as coach of Kenya’s national football team

Frenchman Migne took charge of the team in May 2018 and took Kenya to their first AFCON finals appearance in 15 years

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Kenya's coach (now-former) Sebastian Migne. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Kenya’s football federation said on Monday coach Sebastien Migne was leaving by “mutual consent” eight days after his team were eliminated from qualifying for the 2020 African Nations Championship.

Kenya were knocked out of the tournament, for teams made up only of African-based players, on penalties on August 4 after both legs of their first-round tie with neighbours and arch-rivals Tanzania ended goalless. 

Frenchman Migne took charge of the Harambee Stars in May 2018 and steered the side to a first African Cup of Nations finals appearance in 15 years.

Hampered by injuries to key players, Kenya were eliminated at the group stage despite beating Tanzania, 3-2.

“Football Kenya Federation and Harambee Stars head coach Sebastian Migne have agreed to terminate the coach’s contract on mutual consent” said  Barry Otieno, the federation’s acting general secretary.

“Consequently, FKF and Migne have agreed on a settlement for the coach, over a period of time.”

Otieno said the re-organisation and appointment for a new coaching team was already underway.

Kenya play Egypt in the preliminary round of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo in November.

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South Africa appoints Enoch Nkwe as Proteas’ interim coach

Enoch Nkwe had a moderate first-class playing record, scoring three centuries and averaging 28.06 with the bat in 42 matches

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Enoch Nkwe was named Friday as the Proteas’ interim team director for a tour of India next month.

“It is a tremendous honour and privilege to lead the Proteas as the interim team director,” the 36-year-old former all-rounder told the Cricket South Africa (CSA). 

“It is a special moment for me and my family and I will do my best to make a difference in this interim period.”

Nkwe collected two trophies in his first season in charge of the Gauteng Lions franchise, as well as coaching the Jozi Stars T20 team which won the inaugural Mzansi Super League. 

He was named coach of the year at last weekend’s annual awards function.

He takes over from Ottis Gibson, whose contract as head coach was not renewed after South Africa’s poor World Cup campaign earlier this year.

CSA announced last Sunday that the position of team director, with responsibilities for all aspects of the national team, would replace that of a head coach. The team director will report to a director of cricket. 

It is hoped that permanent appointments in both positions will be made before England tour South Africa at the end of the year.

Acting director of cricket Corrie van Zyl said Nkwe’s appointment was “a result of his merits and balanced approach”.

“He is someone who complements the direction that will be taken by the team going forward,” said Van Zyl.

Nkwe had a moderate first-class playing record, scoring three centuries and averaging 28.06 with the bat in 42 matches. 

He also took 29 wickets before a wrist injury ended his playing career. 

He has coached the Gauteng provincial team and been an assistant coach to the Dutch national team and the South African women’s team.

The tour includes South Africa’s first three Test matches in the newly-created Test championship when the team will be captained by Faf du Plessis who was named SA Cricketer of the Year last weekend. 

The Tests will be preceded by three Twenty20 internationals for which no captain has yet been named.

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