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CK Akonnor records first victory as Black Stars stun Qatar 5:1

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CK Akonnor recorded his first win as Black Stars coach after his side stunned Asian champions, Qatar 5:1 in a friendly in Turkey.

The West African country bounced back after a disappointing 3:0 defeat to the Eagles of Mali on Friday.

Defender Tarique opened the scoreline for the Black Stars in the 22nd-minute as he capitalised on a loose ball following an impressive show of strength and grit by Jordan Ayew but Ali Almoez scored to end the first half 1:1.

The Black Stars maintained control of the game for long spells as Thomas Partey and Andre Ayew came close to giving Ghana the advantage.

In the second half, Swansea City forward, grabbed his first goal of the game as he collected a pass from Thomas Partey which he placed beyond the reach of Al Sheeb.

Winger Samuel Owusu was rewarded for his hard work as he extended the lead of the Black Stars of Ghana.

With 10 minutes remaining, Andre Ayew, who is the captain of the side bagged a brace before Trabzonspor forward, Caleb Ekuban buried the game with Ghana’s fifth of the night.

Akonnor and his players will now turn their attention on the upcoming 2022 Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] double-header qualifiers against Sudan next month.

 

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Jordan Ayew Returns To Training After Covid-19

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Ghanaian international and Crystal Palace striker, Jordan Ayew has bounced back in grand style weeks after testing positive for covid-19.

The Ghana forward tested positive for the novel days after returning to his club (Crystal Palace) following the international break with the Black Stars.

Jordan had been out on quarantine for a few days but after testing negative for the virus, the striker is back in training with his teammates.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson made the announcement at a presser for this weekend’s game and further stated that Jordan is in contention for a place in the starting team for the game against Wolves.

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Bartomeu finally resigns as Barcelona president

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned, with the entire board also stepping down from their posts.

Bartomeu’s decision comes after several months of criticism in the wake of Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich, as well as Lionel Messi’s shock request to leave the club shortly after.

Although the club was able to keep hold of Messi, with the longtime Barca star staying to avoid having to take the club to court, Bartomeu’s position has been under scrutiny for months.

The president had been due to officially end his tenure next year, with elections called for March, but the club’s members called for a vote of no confidence in an effort to get Bartomeu out immediately.

A total of 20,687 votes were gathered for the motion against Bartomeu, passing the threshold of 16,250 signatures required for the vote to go ahead.

The Barca board repeatedly tried to postpone the vote but, on Monday, local authorities rejected the club’s push to delay the proceedings.

As a result, the vote was set to go ahead in the coming weeks, but will no longer be necessary as Bartomeu and the board have stepped down.

Bartomeu originally joined Barca during Joan Laporta’s presidency and ascended to that role himself in January 2014.

He replaced Sandro Rosell, becoming the 40th President of Barcelona as he signed on to complete the rest of Rosell’s tenure following his resignation.

During his time in charge, Barca won La Liga four times as well as the 2014-15 Champions League, but his time in charge will largely be defined by the club’s failings in his final seasons.

Having struggled to find value in the transfer market since Neymar’s departure to join Paris Saint-Germain, Barca finished the 2019-20 season trophyless.

Their 8-2 loss to Bayern only furthered unrest, with Messi’s request to leave proving the final straw for the president.

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FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino tests positive for coronavirus

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FIFA president, Gianni Infantino is reported to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The leader of the global football governing body is said to have shown mild symptoms pertaining to the virus.

The 50-year-old soccer governor is currently observing self-isolation and will be in quarantine for at least 10 days, according to a report released by FIFA.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received confirmation today that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The FIFA President, who has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days.

“All people who came into contact with the FIFA President during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps.

“FIFA sincerely wishes President Infantino a speedy recovery.”

 

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