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Arsenal shock Chelsea to win FA Cup

Arsenal confirmed their position as FA Cup specialists with a 2-1 win over league champions Chelsea in the finals at Wembley on Saturday.

Local Black Stars still learning-Samuel Sarfo

Liberty Professionals Captain and Local Black Stars defender, Samuel Sarfo, says the team is still trying to find their rythm after they drew 1-1 with Benin at the Accra Sports satdium.

Mayweather visits Ghana next month

Former welterweight world champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be visiting Ghana next month as part of a planned tour of Africa.

Jose Mourinho targets four summer signings for Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is targeting four top signings at Manchester United this summer, with Antoine Griezmann the primary target.

Mourinho has also made signing a central defender a priority, with Michael Keane, Virgil van Dijk and Victor Lindelof the three options United are considering at the position.

In addition, United are also looking to add a central midfielder and a versatile defender capable of playing either right or left back.

United finished the season on a high with victory in the Europa League but Mourinho wants to significantly strengthen the squad this summer as he looks to build a team capable of challenging in both the Premier League and the Champions League.

Mourinho was decisive in the market last summer as he provided chief executive Ed Woodward with a list of targets from which Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly were signed.

And the United boss has handed Woodward a similar list of targets for this summer.

United want Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann to help address a goal-scoring shortfall that saw them manage just 54 in the Premier League last season, 32 less than top scorers Tottenham.

Ibrahimovic, the club's top scorer last season with 28 goals, faces an uncertain future as he continues his recovery from ruptured knee ligaments and he was coy about his plans when speaking to reporters after the Europa League final.

His departure would leave a void up front for United and it is unclear whether Mourinho is ready to trust 19-year-old Marcus Rashford to fill it.

Wayne Rooney's 13-year tenure at the club looks to be coming to an end after he confirmed he has received offers from other clubs in England and abroad, with the club captain admitting he "more or less" decided his future.

Michael Carrick, 35, will be offered a new one-year contract by the club but Mourinho is keen to have another option in midfield after allowing Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave during the season.

Sky Sports News HQ understands United are confident of fighting off interest from Real Madrid in David de Gea after securing Champions League qualification for next season.


McDan donates GHC10,000 towards SWAG awards.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of McDan Group of Companies, Daniel McKorley has presented an amount of  GHC10, 000 to the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) in support of this year’s SWAG Awards Night scheduled for Saturday, at the Banquet Hall of the State House.

Willian staying at Chelsea

Willian has dismissed suggestions that he could leave Chelsea this summer, saying he is "very happy" at Stamford Bridge.

GPL officiating quiet decent-Saanie Daara

Communications director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ibrahim Saanie Darra has praised the level of officiating in the Ghana Premier league, describing it as decent.

China's transfer tax

The Chinese FA has announced a shock new 100% tax on the signing of foreign players, making it less likely that players such as Diego Costa and Wayne Rooney will move to Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs this summer.

Rooney out of England squad

Wayne Rooney has been left out of Gareth Southgate's latest England squad, but Kieran Trippier is included.

England's record goalscorer misses out, as expected, on a 25-man group for next month's World Cup Qualifier in Scotland and a friendly against France three days later.

Southgate did not select Rooney in his last squad and warned at the time the captain would find it hard to regain his spot unless he was playing "regularly in the biggest possible matches".

And, although Jose Mourinho has used Rooney more frequently at Manchester United since injury ended Zlatan Ibrahimovic's season, the 31-year-old was left on the bench until the last minute of Wednesday's Europa league final.

Tottenham right-back Trippier is the one new face in the squad, but uncapped Ben Gibson retains his place after his late call-up for March's win over Lithuania and West Ham's Aaron Cresswell is also included.

Jermain Defoe, a scorer against Lithuania on his return to the side, keeps his place as one of four strikers and goalkeeper Jack Butland is back after injury.

Squad: Butland, Forster, Hart, Heaton, Bertrand, Cahill, Clyne, Cresswell, Gibson, Jones, Smalling, Stones, Trippier, Walker, Alli, Dier, Lallana, Lingard, Livermore, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sterling, Defoe, Kane, Rashford, Vardy.


AshGold will not be relegated-Kudjoe Fianoo

Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of AshantiGold Football Club, Kudjoe  Fianoo has said the club will not be relegated after the second round of the Ghana Premier League.

Man United XI cost 14 times more than Europa League final opponents Ajax

Manchester United are heavy favourites to win the Europa League final. Jose Mourinho's team have been fancied for the competition since the start; in contrast, even the Dutch journalists who follow Ajax regularly admitted at a prematch news conference last week they are surprised Peter Bosz's side have made it to Stockholm.

All the pressure is on United. There is a European trophy on the line -- the only one the club have never won -- and a place in next season's Champions League too. Mourinho and a number of his players have already admitted in the build-up that the success or failure of this season is dependent on the result at the Friends Arena on Wednesday night.

The game has already been billed as Ajax's young, energetic underdogs against United's financial might and established stars. Here's how the two teams compare.


Average age of predicted starting XI: 26
Total career games: 3,052
Total cost: £229.5m

United are a team of expensive and experienced players. Only two of the XI likely to start against Ajax have played fewer than 200 first-team games -- Jesse Lingard (132) and Marcus Rashford (70).

The pair, both academy graduates, and Paul Pogba, the most expensive footballer in the world with a price tag of £89.3m, are set to be the only players in Mourinho's side under the age of 25. Two of the expected team, goalkeeper Sergio Romero and right-back Antonio Valencia, are over 30.

The cost of Mourinho's likely team is nearly £230m. And that's without adding in Juan Mata (£37.1m) and Anthony Martial (£36m), who are set to be named among the substitutes.

Predicted XI (name; age; transfer fee; games): Sergio Romero: 30, N/A, 224. Antonio Valencia: 31, £16m, 481. Matteo Darmian: 27, £12.7m, 263. Phil Jones: 25, £16.5m, 208. Daley Blind: 27, £13.8m, 285. Ander Herrera: 27, £24m, 345. Paul Pogba: 24, £89.3m, 235. Marouane Fellaini: 29, £27.5m, 391. Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 28, £30m, 418. Jesse Lingard: 24, N/A, 132. Marcus Rashford: 19, N/A, 70.


Average age of predicted starting XI: 22
Total career games: 1,405
Total cost: £16.08m

If Mourinho's United team is full of star names with years of big-game experience under their belts, then Ajax are the opposite. The average age of the side expected to start in Stockholm is a little over 22 -- lower than the average age of the youngest United team in Premier League history (the one Mourinho picked to play Crystal Palace on Sunday.)

Together, they have made 1,405 senior appearances, fewer than half the number United's team have racked up. Midfielder Lasse Schone is the only player expected to start over the age of 30. Six of the 11 could be 21 or under.

It is a team that has been put together on a budget and has been assembled for little more than £16m -- roughly what United paid Blackburn for Phil Jones in 2011.

Six of the team have come through the academy, been signed on a free transfer or on loan. Their most expensive player, Hakim Ziyech, cost £9.35m from FC Twente.

Predicted XI (name; age; transfer fee; games): Andre Onana: 21, £128k, 38. Joel Veltman: 25, N/A, 165. Jairo Riedewald: 20, N/A, 84. Davinson Sanchez: 20, £4.25m, 88. Matthijs De Ligt: 17, N/A, 22. Bertrand Traore: 21, loan, 103. Davy Klassen: 24, N/A, 180. Amin Younes: 23, £2.13m, 122. Lasse Schone: 30, N/A, 393. Hakim Ziyech: 24, £9.35m, 160. Kasper Dolberg: 19, £230k, 50.

Source: The Wires