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Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s United show excites Grant

Ghana Coach Avram Grant is on his way to England to hold talks with Ghanaian-born Dutch youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah. GhanaSportsOnline.com can reveal.

The former Chelsea boss as part of his monitoring of Ghanaian players abroad has decided to visit the Manchester United youngster to persuade him to switch nationality.


 

Fosu-Mensah who is born to Ghanaian parents is eligible to feature for the Black Stars after featuring for Holland at the junior level.

Grant will be hoping to convince the 18-year-old defender to feature for his native country (Ghana).

The former Ajax player (Fosu-Mensah) has hogged the headlines in England and the Netherlands having made six appearances for Manchester United’s first team.

The versatile defender made his Premier League debut in February this year after coming on as a substitute in Manchester United’s 3-2 win at home over Arsenal.

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Neymar’s €190 million buy-out clause & €1.7m bonus leaked

The leaked documents confirm the 24-year-old has a €190 million buy-out clause at Camp Nou and could stand to earn a €1.7m bonus should his side win the treble this season.


 

Brazil international Neymar is the latest player to have details of his Barcelona contract revealed, after Football Leaks published his current Camp Nou deal.

The forward moved to the Catalan giants from Santos, signing the five-year deal in early June 2013, with his father named as his representative.

The contract states Neymar’s salary as €5 million a season, although there are numerous bonuses to be added, which ensure he will earn at least €49.5m over the duration of the deal.

The leaked documents also reveal the Brazil international also received an €8.5m signing on bonus and the contract confirms he has a buy-out clause of €190m.

Neymar, who finished third in the 2015 Ballon d’Or, also has a clause stipulating he shall receive €425,000 if he wins the award during his time at Barcelona.

There are various other clauses throughout the contract, with Neymar set to earn €637,500 each time Barcelona win La Liga, €850,000 for the Champions League and €850,000 for winning the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona remain on course to win three trophies this season and should they manage it Neymar will collect a cool €1.7m bonus and €1,062,500 if they win the Champions League and Copa del Rey.

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Arsenal stunned by Andy Carroll in drawn game

Have 10 minutes ever so encapsulated the failings of a Premier League football club?

Arsenal were cruising at Upton Park, 2-0 to the good after goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and keeping the ball from their opponents with the ease one has come to expect from Arsene Wenger’s flaky, if beautiful, team.


 

Then came the wrecking ball, ponytail swinging in the wind, to ruin the moment. Andy Carroll, the definition of a nuisance target man, planted a superb header past David Ospina, bafflingly selected ahead of Petr Cech despite the ex-Chelsea goalkeeper returning to fitness, from Aaron Cresswell’s pinpoint cross.

And then again. Carroll is equally adept at volleying the ball beyond the goalkeeper as he is at heading it and he proved that with a remarkable swinging strike after the Gunners failed to clear a corner.

From two goals up in the 44th minute to level at half-time, Arsenal had imploded. It got worse. Carroll, so abysmally marked by both Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny, rose high in the early stages of the second half to grab his hat-trick. He was Arsenal’s worst nightmares. Laurent Koscielny equalised, but the damage was done. They are now 10 points behind Leicester, and three behind Tottenham.

No matter how often Wenger talks of togetherness, or spirit, or desire the fact will always remain; he has presided over too many teams with a soft underbelly. Arsenal always fold when the going gets tough.

Can one envisage Leicester City throwing away such a lead in such comical fashion? They started the season as unfancied relegation fodder but are now careering towards the Premier League title and at the heart of their success lies a succession of 1-0 wins. Closing a game out is vital for any potential champion.

Arsenal, however, simply cannot do it. They played perfectly for those opening 44 minutes, moving the ball expertly, creating chances and then gobbling them up with ruthless efficiency. This appeared to be a statement of intent. They looked to be back in the title race, ready to breathe down the necks of Leicester and Tottenham for the remainder of this crazy season.

Every Wenger side since the Invincibles has had the same problem, though. Once exposed to the rarefied air of the Premier League summit they cower in fear and wish to climb back down whence they came. They need leaders, players who can calm the nerves and play sensibly.

Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin have both played well this season but they do not have the required voice to marshal the troops; one cannot imagine Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil doing so, nor Laurent Koscielny or the lumbering Gabriel.

Wenger knows of this weakness and has done nothing to fix it. It has cost his side for the umpteenth time.

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The fragile relationship between Pele and his hometown folks

The relationship between a king and his subjects can often be complex, and Pele's case is no exception. The legend is an illustrious citizen and the biggest gift Tres Coracoes has given to the world, but the greatest footballer of all time is not universally loved in his hometown. A daily topic in the municipality located in the interior of Minas Geraise, with around 77,000 inhabitants, the eternal Santos 10 is responsible for the city's biggest events of the past 50 years; but there is plenty of controversy around his name.


 

Besides Pele's home, another Tres Coracoes tourist attraction is a statue in homage to O Rei, smack bang in the centre of the city. The bust's unveiling in 1970 brought the city to a standstill. A friendly between Santos and Atletico Tres Coracoes (now Tricordiano) was organised to mark the occasion and ended in a 2-1 win for the hosts. It was the biggest celebration ever witnessed until his return in 2012, for the inauguration of a replica of his house.

The most popular site to stay in Tres Coracoes also catches the eye. During Goal's stay at Hotel Calabreza, the same lodgings Pele used to use on his rare visits to the city - for security reasons he tends to visit family members while avoiding staying in their homes - O Rei can be glimpsed everywhere. There is an enormous photograph in the lobby, while in the restaurant guests can take in more images and even a signed copy of his birth certificate.

The king of football is logically in the minds of the entire town and is both the main topic of conversation and a permanent source of controversy for the dwellers of Tres Coracoes. Goal spoke with several residents along the narrow streets of the town, as well as taxi drivers and store owners, and there is more than a little discontent in the air. Citizens complain that Pele abandoned Tres Coracoes and seldom visits his hometown.

Jorge Jeremias and Ana Maria, cousins of O Rei and Tres Coracoes residents, confirmed that he was scarcely to be seen in the streets of the city, but defended their relative; as did Silvia Novaes, history teacher at the Luiza Gomes school.

"People around here do not understand that he is a citizen of the world. He has a lot to do and he does not have much time to come here. He is not just ours, he is the whole world's, and he should be respected by the people because he is our greatest pride. When you talk about Tres Coracoes people remember Pele. If it was not for him, nobody would have heard of the city," she pointed out.

Fellow teacher Jose Maria agrees. "People believes that Pele does not care about the city, but he put Tres Coracoes on the map. He is a citizen of the world and that is what counts. He is a great figure and we should know how to use him, but we don't. People usually write letters asking for shirts and they do not get an answer, then they think it is because he didn't like the city, you see what I mean," he laughed.

In Varginha, for example, they throw a huge party for the 'Alien', which never goes there, here we have Pele, the best player in history and we have never fully realised it. Pele is a brand, everyone on earth knows who he is. If you travel and say you are from Pele's hometown that already stands out," he adds, referring to a rival city which claims to have seen an extra-terrestrial.

The teacher's complaint makes a lot of sense; the city government has never worked out how to make the best use out of their connection with O Rei. Usually when the municipality seeks out Pele, it is to plead for financial help. The image of the No. 10 was badly exploited by Tres Corocoes. The best ideas involving Edson Arantes do Nascimento, it might be added, were thought out with the help of Jose Maria himself.

"I am a huge admirer of our most illustrious neighbour, Pele, and a tourism enthusiast in Tres Coracoes. I carry the flag here and I have worked hard to change the mentality that persists in the city. I was part of the committee that welcomed him on his last visit, the unveiling of Casa Pele, and I started and was part of the project to create the replica of the house he grew up in. I also created projects in the school for the kids so they would have an idea of what he representes. We should give him the respect he deserves, and at the same time use his name and image to benefit Tres Coracoes, starting businesses and spreading the city's name across the world."

The love-hate relationship in Tres Coracoes with her most illustrious son seems to be related to longing. Pele moved to Bauru, in Sao Paulo, when he was just three and a half years old, according to his mother, but it was in the Mineiro town where it all began. The residents only want more visits from O Rei, something that now, at his advanced age and with his health problems, is even more difficult. The truth is that Pele deserves to be more loved across Brazil, just like Diego Maradona in Argentina. The eternal No. 10, the best player of all time, is ours, he is from Tres Coracoes, and his image should be used more by the city, which must welcome home its prodigal son.

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Bournemouth defeats Aston Villa despite Jordan Ayew goal

Ghana forward Jordan Ayew scored Aston Villa's first goal in five games as the Villans slipped to yet another defeat, losing 2-1 against Bournemouth at the Villa Park on Saturday.


 

The 24-year-old fired home to the top right corner from an acute angle in the 85th minute.

Steve Cook and King Joshua scored in either halves to put Bournemouth in firm control of the tie but Ayew pulled a goal back for Villa with five minutes left to play.

Villa should have pulled even late into the game but Kieran Richardson missed golden opportunity to equalise on the hour, failing to connect with Ayew's cross.

Jordan Ayew ran on to a Gana pass to give everybody at least something to cheer about, but it was scant consolation.

Villa's Premier League status for next season is now in serious doubt is over following the defeat.

Ayew has now scored 6 Premier League goals for Villa but would not play in the English Premier League season if he decides to stay at Villa.

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Mario Balotelli told to shine at club or loose position

On-loan Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli “does not deserve” to join AC Milan on a permanent basis, says the Italian club’s chief executive.

Balotelli, 25, has scored three goals in 17 appearances this season for Milan, who sold him to the Reds for £16m in 2014.


 

“He has an immense desire to stay at the club. I hope he shows that with his performances,” said Adriano Galliani.

“I’ve told him that based on what he’s shown, he doesn’t deserve to stay.”

Italy international Balotelli is set to return to Liverpool after his loan spell ends in June.

“I told him to convince me that he should stay, as we want the best for him,” added Galliani.

“He has promised me he will do that and I hope he does.”

On Saturday sixth-placed Milan host Serie A leaders Juventus, who are six points clear of second-placed Napoli with seven games of the season remaining.

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Swansea City beats Chelsea, Ayew given standing ovation

Ghana winger Andre Ayew received a standing ovation from Swansea City fans following his dominant display against Chelsea in a crucial 1-0 triumph at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.


 

The Ghana vice captain returned from a four week injury lay-off to start for Francesco Guidolin's side and he made an impact.

Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Francesco Guidolin's side the win with 25th minute left-footed volley from 12 yards and the victory has taken Swansea up to the magic 40-point mark as they extend their unbeaten run to three games.

Ayew had missed three of Swansea's previous games before the clash with injury but he returned with a strong performance against the dethroned Premier League champions.

The winger had scored against Chelsea in the opening game of the season at the Stamford Bridge. Though he failed to repeat his scoring performance against the Blues, he was given a standing ovation when he was replaced in 67 minute by Wayne Routledge.

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We shall offer Messi all the support he needs regarding the Panama Papers Leak - Barcelona

Leading European football club Barcelona has promised to give its star player Lionel Messi legal and financial support, as the Argentine international considers whether to sue after he was linked to the Panama Papers leak.


 

The papers -- released Sunday -- implicate several high-ranking government officials, including a member of FIFA's ethics committee as well as a number of prominent sport stars.

The more-than 11 million documents, which date back four decades, are allegedly connected to Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which published the 2.6 terabytes of leaked data, reports that the firm helped establish secret shell companies and offshore accounts for global power players.

CNN is unable to independently verify the reports and is seeking comment from the most prominent figures mentioned. They are spread across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

While owning an offshore account is not necessarily illegal, El Confidencial reports Messi, who is widely considered to be the world's best player, set up "a tax fraud network" by using Panama company Mega Star Enterprises to avoid paying tax on image rights deals. The Madrid-based newspaper was part of the ICIJ investigative team.

Documents posted online by the Spanish newspaper show both the signatures of Messi and his father, Jorge, in acquiring Mega Star.

Messi has been key to Barcelona's success over the past decade, and the club was quick to express its backing for its leading player.

"Since the very first moment that the 'Panama Papers' which accuse Leo Messi were released, FC Barcelona has sent its affection and support to the player and to his whole family," said Barcelona in a statement released Monday.

 

"The club makes all of its judicial means, fiscal and administrative, at the family's disposal in order to make his actions and honor clear in this case."

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Marc-Vivien Foe award committee nominates Ghana’s Abdul Majeed Waris, others for award

The Marc-Vivien Foe prize awarded to the best African Player in the french Ligue 1 would be held in May, but ahead of that event, the list of nominees have been released.


 

The list is dominated by 5 midfielders, two defenders are named, three forwards and the only goalkeeper being Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama.

Ivory Coast’s Serge Aurier, who was suspended by league champions Paris Saint Germain, following racist allegations he made against his colleagues is also listed along with Senegal’s Moustapha Bayal Sall of As Saint-Etienne.

Ghanaian Abdul Majeed Waris together with Cameroonian Benjamin Moukandjo – top African scorers in Ligue 1 with 12 goals – and Malian Cheick Diabaté are the listed forwards gunning for the award.

The nominees who are midfielders include Floyd Ayité (Togo / SC Bastia), Ryad Boudebouz (Algeria / Montpellier), Sofiane Boufal (Morocco / Lille), Rachid Ghezzal (Algeria / Olympique Lyonnais), Cheikh Ndoye (Senegal / SCO Angers).

About the Marc-Vivien Foe Award

Since 2009, the Marc-Vivien Foe prize has been awarded to the best African player playing in the Ligue 1. This award was created by RFI and now presented jointly with France 24 reward one of 110 African players who plays in France.

The 11-man shortlist was prepared by editors of Sports RFI and France 24. It will susbequently be submitted to a jury composed of 80 journalists at the end of the Ligue 1 season.

As in previous editions, the jury will choose three names and assign five points in the first, three in the second and third point. The player with the most points thus succeed André Ayew Ghanaian international who now plays in England.

Full list of nominees

Goalkeeper: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria / Lille)

Defenders: Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast / PSG), Moustapha Bayal Sall (Senegal / As Saint-Etienne)

Midfielders: Floyd Ayité (Togo / SC Bastia), Ryad Boudebouz (Algeria / Montpellier), Sofiane Boufal (Morocco / Lille), Rachid Ghezzal (Algeria / Olympique Lyonnais), Cheikh Ndoye (Senegal / SCO Angers)

Forwards: Cheick Diabaté (Mali / Bordeaux), Benjamain Moukandjo (Cameroon / FC Lorient), Abdul Majeed Waris (Ghana / FC Lorient)

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Photojournalist Senyuiedzorm Adadevoh shares her tale

Some go green with envy seeing her cover the Black Stars while others crave for a chance to travel the world recording people and events as she does in her photojournalism work but the tale of Senyuiedzorm Awusi Adadevoh is intriguing, remarkable as much as it’s fascinating.


 

When this writer caught up with her for a candid interview at her estate home at Adentan, Senyuiedzorm Ewe for favourable destiny or good fortune, watermarking pictures for onward transmission to the Ghana Football Association, she was in a good mood to bare her soul out even if for a brief moment.

For one who handles huge cameras while working, I asked if she always knew she would be a photojournalist. The 30 something year old damsel responded “I developed interest in photography as a child since my dad bought me my first camera but seeing an elderly photographer ride a bicycle to our house to snap us pictures on Sundays wasn’t an encouraging sight given my younger dad who was into real estate had a car.

“As a child I wanted to be a videographer but I come from an industrial home where lawyers and judges abound and it was trumpeted to us that you must own a business, to be a property owner so I loved pictures but also sought to make money from it” she added.

According to Senyuie, by age 14 she came across a book ‘Dazzle’ which had picture stories touching on food, automobile and social events  but it would be the pictures regarding food which exposed her to specialties involving photography for she became enchanted with the food shots regarding the golden chicken and others savories.

She also recounted being an introvert growing up and speaking little so she found a way to show her mum the misdeeds of her helps while she was away with photographs she took quietly and loved the instant impact when the pictures were developed.

“After my Senior Secondary School days at Aburi Girls, it became clear to me no would pay GH¢1000 for photos so I opted for videography which people relatively respected but even with that I leaked a lot of cash because even though I had made payments the light man would not show up, the director would be late all because I was tiny in both structure and age.

“I was generating programmes to be shown on TV stations but after a meet with TV directors my proposals were rejected but I would see variations on the same TV channel the next time” the rebel who chose a different path from the family business recounted.

According to the Black Stars photojournalist, in 2000 an auntie contracted her to cover the birthday party of her child as the professional set to do the gig failed to show up. “When I charged GH¢550.00 and she paid without qualms, I knew there was a future with the job.”

But the major breakthrough of this lovely lady with an infectious smile would come in 2005 during the charity match for Chelsea and France football icon Marcel Desailly at the Accra Sports Stadium. Upon appearing on the pitch to take shots, other photojournalists jeered, mocked or made irritating gestures aimed at reminding her she had no place there.

“Although they might not know it, I remain eternally grateful to three persons whose acts of kindness made me have self believe that my work was appreciated. It was Jerry Kwame Ackah Yensu who either was the organizer or part of the organizers who met me at the entrance and helped me with my bag onto the pitch and asked that I feel free to shoot. Another person who came in handy was Yaw Ampofo Ankrah who was near me on the pitch who passed a bottle of water to me and made me realize he would later check out my shots when he interjected with statements like (nice tackle, I trust you got it) and Tony Baffoe who came on to pitch to congratulate me adding he could see I was focused on the action.”

According to the Daavi, as she is fondly called by some of the Black Stars players, it was from this point onwards that she started getting detached from covering social events more so when at wedding receptions, she kept hearing nasty talk about the couples from supposed friends and relations who had just smiled and hugged them taking pictures.

“In contrast, the sports events are action packed as well as focused on the task at hand and reveal for the most part true emotions. When a boxer knocks an opponent and blood splashes, when a player receives a crunchy tackle the pain is real and when there is victory the joy is palpable.”

As is often the case, a good number of people do not make assessments based on materials before them and so it was that when Senyuiedzorm on one of the days presented another proposal to a TV director to have a spot on TV for her show, she was asked which school trained her disregarding the document at hand.

“I decided to enroll myself in school once again. At that time, the Ghana Institute of Journalism’s lesson time was not favourable but luckily my aunt Mrs. Chinery Hesse urged me on to enroll at Kojo Yankah’s school then African Institute of Journalism (AIJC) now African University College of Communications (AUCC).”

In 2005, Senyuiedzorm enrolled in AIJC and came out two years later bearing a Diploma in Communication Studies certificate. She had trained in Management Study at GIMPA obtaining a Certificate in Administration and Management in 2003 and was trained as a Computer Programmer to become a certified engineer obtaining a City and Guilds Technician Diploma in Computer Programming in 2000-2002.

“After 2005, I enrolled in a couple of schools but dropped out because I realized the schools were about theories having little regard for practical training. I eventually decided to train under veteran and acclaimed photographers including Henri whose done sports photojournalism over 30 years and whom I met in 2008.

“Of the 800 pictures I submitted for marking he only picked 100 but after a while when I submitted new work, he was delighted exclaiming “you want to compete with your professor ei” it was there I knew I had arrived” the award winning camera lady professed.

Another way of honing her shills is to befriend people in the arts like Nii Quartey who advised that since she sought for her works to be globally appreciated, there was need to subscribe to global journals and magazines keenly analyzing the amount of light in a shot, composition of images and the concept of the shots. Annie Leibovitz is one whose work she keenly follows.

According to Awusi, there is need to build the foundation when pursuing the arts contending that art is spiritual adding “not everyone loves to pass on knowledge, not everyone is gifted in teaching and for those gifted not everyone has the will power to transfer so in some cases you observe and pick what you can.”

The one school she would love to enroll in is the Hallmark Institute of Photography where the intro letter alone sets the tone ‘we are not here to teach you history of photography’ sounding the alarm that practical training is the pillar of the school.

Interestingly enough although her photos have been used by many, “It was when Citi FM’s tracker team used some of my photos of the Ghana-Mozambique qualifier in Maputo in underscoring the 4-4-3 system so effectively that I had an orgasm. That is the thrill that keeps me going even when challenges arise” Daavi disclosed.

According to Senyuiedzorm, she has been a professional photographer for 16 years and has been doing sports photography  for 11 years adding there was need for people to be careful how they conduct themselves because words could kill or dampen careers.

Being a business minded person, the brain behind Images Image, Sportsunlimited.com and Senyuiedzorm.com has had her fair share of investment losses.

She narrates “I went in for a credit facility using my cameras and other gadgets as collateral since I didn’t want to over burden my parents who have pumped huge cash over the years in my photography journey. Sadly the business fell apart and the bank seized my gadgets so for several months I was without any camera but I shrewdly didn’t mention this to others rather I lobbied for contracts, got them and then hired gadgets from the U.K executed jobs and sent them back so that if I charged $3,500, at the end of the day I made something like $400 which was better than nothing. Eventually I raised enough money to acquire new gadgets.”

According to the jolly Senyuie, she cuts off melancholic people as she easily pick vibes from those around her adding she is uncomfortable with people saying they want to be like her since everyone has his or her journey to undertake leading to self-discovery.

Asked what her worst experience has been, the acclaimed photojournalist opined “what really gets to me is not a loss but being one who has good intuition, inherited from my dad, to have a foreboding and ignore it for the thing to happen really affects me.

“When my gadgets went missing in Equatorial Guinea during the AFCON, the worst feeling was that I had a foreboding 7 times that such a thing would happen but I didn’t heed the warning. I am grateful to the concern and love shown by the players, president and technical staff which eventually led to the items being retrieved at the police station.”

Senyuiedzorm is aware she can’t afford to slack for her failure could impede the advancement of other females who might want to take photojournalism as their core work.

Due to her frequent travels, the lady on a mission affirms she has one assistant who helps out but also has standby professionals who are contracted to undertake roles when a gig is secured.

A firm believer that there is a supreme being who directs the affairs of man, Senyuedzorm observes that the more she travels the more she acknowledges such truth.  Although born into a Presbyterian home, Miss Adadevoh holds Pastor Mensa Otabil’s axiom that ‘nobody can imprison your power of imagination’ enabling her to fellowship with other bodies and tap into the wisdom they have to offer.

“I had accreditation to cover the Beijing Olympics but upon arrival realized that at the LOC office many journalists were in distress, upon enquiries it soon emerged that she also had a pass just to shoot in the town not at the games village and hosting venue. Thankfully on the second day of trying to correct the anomaly while many of the journalists from different countries had tried and failed to get a pass for the main event, a Chinese man emerged who opted to give me an email address to make a petition only to letter realize it was the head of the IOC’s address. Eventually the IOC’s special assistant was sent over to queue me into the system. There can be fewer greater miracles than that.”

The CEO, Director and artist reckons her style is influenced by need to be free and being comfortable be it in urban or traditional pieces.

“I have given them all red card” was the answer to the question ‘who was managing her heart’ stressing that although people associate her with toughness and shrewdness, she is all that on the field.

“When it comes to a relationship, when I see you want to put me in a certain zone I will make you loose my number. If you ask me out, I would think you are a man of such great integrity so you should know better so if soon afterwards you cause 1st blunder, second and third you are out. Mum says I should take it easy so am working on it.

“I like romance oh, you see once I was involved with a man and on his birthday I ordered a cake to be delivered to him from one coast to another. He was amazed I could do all that. I can be very sweet but I reckon I haven’t met my soul mate. Am not seeking perfection but when you have to make excuses for one whom you are involved with, then you ought to know you are not comfortable with that person. I am not the type to marry just for the sake of it. My parents are still married so when I do it, it’s for the long haul and I want my children to enjoy the best schools on offer because we were given the best.

“If I love a guy, I hesitate for him to cook for me because if you mess my food up you can be in trouble. I am an emotional cook and emotional about food but I enjoy simple dishes like kenkey and fried fish with grounded pepper and onions no tomatoes with a dash of salt. If its meat it should be well seasoned so that when I consume it, it tickles my taste buds. In fact I have friends in South Africa who vacate their kitchens for me once am in because the food must be right.

“Ultimately I would love to have a husband who owns his own job so that he can come over to the house to enjoy lunch I have prepared for him since I love cooking” Miss Adadevoh disclosed.

On favourite drinks, the well-travelled professional who has covered North, East, West, Central and Southern Africa as well as Eastern Europe, Europe, North and South America in addition to Asia says she enjoys Fazz German beer, Campari, Takai, red wine, Irish Cream while occasionally downing rum or whisky with coca cola.

Senyuiedzorm Adadevoh explained her commercial pictures go for anything in the bracket of $1500 to $2500. The ultimate advice she offers is “don’t try to be somebody else, learn from people if you can but advance the knowledge acquired and know that art is a spiritual work. Respect a good work.”

 

 

Kotoko Ask Coach Duncan To 'Step Aside', Michael Osei Takes Over

The management of Kotoko has asked Coach David Duncan to “step aside” following the string of poor results recorded by the Porcupines in the 2015/16 Premier League.

Kotoko lost 1-0 to Aduana Stars at Dormaa on match day six.

That was the team’s third away defeat since February 20, 2016 when they lost 2-0 to WAFA. The Porcupines have since drawn two times and won only once.

Communications Manager, Kwaku Ahenkorah, told Asantekotokosc.com that: “Management has asked Coach David Duncan to step aside until further notice and with immediate effect”.

“The decision has become necessary after the club’s abysmal performance in the ongoing Ghana Premier League where Kotoko lies an unprecedented last position” on the league table with five points.

“Assistant Coach Michael Osei takes over as head of the technical team in the interim. Management further apologises to the teeming fans of the club for the performance displayed so far” said Ahenkorah.

“We will endeavour to turn the tables and send the club where it duly belongs” he added.

GPL Week 6: Hearts Lose, Fans Go Wild; Kotoko Go Bottom + Full Results

Week six of the Ghana Premier League produced some surprises, Kumasi Asante Kotoko went bottom of the log after a 1-0 defeat to Aduana, defending champions AshantiGold were humiliated 5-1 at Liberty Professionals but the biggest of them all was Accra Hearts of Oak's 3-1 home defeat to Wa All Stars who themselves went top of the league. Some Hearts fans, not satisfied with the performance of the referee, Ernest Baafi and his assistants Eric O. Mensah and Freeman Anwulo, pelted them with bottled and sachet water.

 

Below are the full scores. Also click here to visit our photos for more from Hearts vs All Stars match

 

Dormaa: Aduana Stars (1) vs (0) Asante Kotoko

 

Dansoman: Liberty Professionals (5) vs (1) Ashantigold

 

Dawu: Dreams FC (1) vs (0) WAFA

 

Tarkwa: Medeama (2) vs (0) Bechem Utd

 

Obuasi: New Edubiase (2) vs (2) Techiman City

 

Accra: Hearts of Oak (1) vs (3) Wa All Stars

 

Sekondi: Hasaacas (2) vs (1) Chelsea

 

Cape Coast: Ebusua Dwarfs (3) vs (1) Inter Allies (Saturday).

 

Source: primenews.com.gh

Real Madrid stuns Barcelona with El Clasico win

Cristiano Ronaldo's late goal gave 10-man Real Madrid victory in El Clasico and ended La Liga leaders Barcelona's 39-match unbeaten run.

Gerard Pique's powerful downward header from a corner had given Barca a 56th-minute lead after a tense first half.


 

Karim Benzema's brilliant scissor kick made it 1-1, before Gareth Bale had a goal harshly ruled out for a push.

After Real captain Sergio Ramos was dismissed for receiving two bookings, Ronaldo's superb finish won the game.

Ronaldo's winner will undoubtedly grab the headlines, particularly as it has helped third-placed Real salvage some pride from a poor season to date, but the balance of the side was crucial to the victory.

Under Rafa Benitez, Real were overwhelmed 4-0 by Barcelona at the Bernabeu in November, but they showed far more steely edge at the Nou Camp.

Benitez was punished heavily for not picking Casemiro in midfield that night, an error that his successor Zinedine Zidane avoided repeating in his first El Clasico as a manager.

Casemiro's influence in breaking up Barcelona's attacks - and ensuring that Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were frustrated - was crucial.

Real's front trio of Benzema, Gareth Bale and Ronaldo, nicknamed the BBC, played their part in the win, though.

Benzema recovered from a bad first-half miss to score acrobatically from Toni Kroos' deflected cross, while Bale could count himself unfortunate to have a goal ruled out when he headed in Ronaldo's chip, with the officials judging that he had pushed Jordi Alba.

Ronaldo, having had little impact on the match until the closing stages, grabbed his 42nd goal of the season late on, chesting down Bale's cross at the far post before driving a shot between the legs of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

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Chelsea slams Aston Villa 4-0 in big win

Black Stars defender Baba Rahman excelled in defence for Chelsea as he lasted the entire duration of the game in the Blues's 4-0 hammering of relegation-bound Aston Villa in the English Premier League on Saturday.


 

Jordan Ayew played the entire minutes of the game for Villa who finished the game with ten men at the Villa Park.

Baba, 21, played his 9th league game of the season and excelled at his left-back role as Brazilian Alexander Pato scored on his debut with Spain international Pedro scoring a brace.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek's deflected shot and Pato's precise penalty had given the visitors a healthy half-time lead.

Both Rahman and Ayew were in the Ghana squad that played against Mozambique in a 2017 AFCON qualifying double-header last month.

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14 facts of Johan Cruyff the player and coach

The Dutchman had more luck as a player than as a coach against Real Madrid, never facing them in European competition.

Johan Cruyff’s first Clásico goal is one of the most memorable in Barça history. On 17 February 1974, the Dutchman scored his first against Real Madrid in the unforgettable 5-0 win in the Santiago Bernabéu.


 

Cruyff’s first goal against Barça’s eternal rivals at Camp Nou took a little longer to arrive, coming as it did in a 3-1 win in his fourth season at the Club with fellow Dutchman Rinus Michels as coach.

As a player he took part in a total of eight Clásicos, all of them in the league. His record: four wins, two draws and two defeats.

As a Barça coach his record against Real Madrid was nine victories, six draws and ten defeats in 25 matches.

A closer look reveals that 16 of those matches came in the league (seven wins, four draws and five defeats), three in the Copa del Rey (a win in the 1990 final, a draw and a defeat in the semi-final elimination in the season 1992/93), six in the Spanish Super Cup (a win, a draw and four defeats).

He lost the three meetings with Real Madrid in the competition.

During his time at Barça, Johan Cruyff never faced Real Madrid in European competition.

Cruyff as coach faced a total of eight different managers in his meetings with Real Madrid - John Toshack, Alfredo Di Stefano, Leo Beenhakker, Benito Flor, Vicente del Bosque, Jorge Valdano and Arsenio Iglesias. The coach he faced most was Benito Floro whom he came up against on seven occasions.

In his time as coach as many as 15 different players found the net against Real Madrid.

Top scorer for Cruyff the coach was José Mari Bakero with six goals, followed by Ronald Koeman (5), Salinas (4), Romario and Amor (3), Stoichkov, Laudrup, Kodro (2), Carrasco, Goikoetxea, Iván Iglesias, Nadal, Roger and Figo (1).

José Mari Bakero scored the first three goals against Real Madrid of the Cruyff coach era in 1988/89 with Meho Kodro scoring the final two in the season 1995/96.

The most common result in the Clásico with Cruyff as coach was 1-1, a scoreline that occurred on five occasions.

Barça’s 5-0 win on 8 January 1994 is surely one of the best games of the Cruyff era as coach. A year later came one of the worst with Real Madrid winning 5-0 against Barça in the Bernabéu.

Johan Cruyff, along with Josep Guardiola, is the only man to have beaten Real Madrid 5-0 as a player and as a coach.

Between his first Clásico as a player and his last as a coach, there was a total of 8,029 days, or put another way, 21 years, 11 months and 25 days.

 

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I Never Apologised Because I Didn't Insult Anybody - Grant

Head coach of the Black Stars Avram Grant has made it clear that he never apologised to Ghanaians for his bull***t comment because he didn’t insult anybody.

Speaking on Starr FM's Starr Drive, he said he only retracted the word bull***t after his attention was drawn that Ghanaians had taken offence to the word.

"I didn't apologise...because if you follow my career I have never insulted anybody", 

The former Chelsea manager had been heavily criticised after he in the post-match press conference of the Black Stars game against Mozambique in Accra in the 2017 Nations Cup qualifier  said “If this nation will concentrate on the football and not the bull***t, and just the football because there is a lot of passion, we can reach higher, high level. It is a long term target, but it’s achievable.”

Grant was on Thursday heard in an interview with GFA Spokesperson, Ibrahim Saanie Daara saying,  “First, I withdraw this word. Just the thing I will like to say is I love Ghana and I respect Ghanaians and I care about the Ghanaian team".

"What I wanted to say is we need everybody not to focus on the unnecessary thing[s], only to focus about the most important things. [let's] focus on the important things that can take us forward and not about negative things," he told Daara.

But in the interview, he told hosts Bola Ray and Anita Erskine, that his comments were taken out of context.

According to him, bull***t is a word he uses often in his punditry work and at home with his kids and did not mean to use it in a derogatory manner.

"There was no negative meaning behind it because I use it in punditry work and at home with my kids," Grant said, adding that, Ghanaians are "kind" and "very welcoming" and will never disrespect them in anyway.

Gary Neville Sacked As Valencia Coach

Spanish club, Valncia have sacked former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville just under four months into his first job as a full time manager, BBC Sports has reported.

The former Sky Sports pundit, who is part of Roy Hodgson's England coaching set-up, was appointed December and had first faced calls to quit after a 7-0 drubbing by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg in February.

Results during the 41-year-old's tenure had not been favourable as Valencia won three of their 16 league, leaving them 14th on the league log, six points clear of the relegation zone with eight games to the end of the season . He won 10 of 28 games overall.

The fate of his brother, Phil , who is also part of the coaching team, is not yet known.

Former Liverpool assistant manager Pako Ayestaran, 53, will take charge for the rest of the season.

Vanderpuye accused of smuggling fans to Mozambique for Stars game

Despite the fact that the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, had recommended that supporters must not be sponsored by the state to any Black Stars game outside the country, Sports Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye smuggled supporters to Mozambique to support the Black Stars during the second leg of the 2017 Afcon qualifier, GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal.


 

Supporters of the Millennium Supporters Union were carried to Mozambique to support the Black Stars during the game and investigations conducted by GHANAsoccernet.com has revealed that the 20-man contingent who went to Maputo were under the sponsorship of the Sports Minister.

A member of the Millennium Supporters Union who spoke to GHANAsoccernet.com on the basis of anonymity narrated that they were given the green light by the Sports Minister Hon. Nii Lante Vanderpuye to join the chattered flight for the trip.

“We went to the Ghana FA President to see whether we could get the chance to join the team for the trip. He told us that he was not in charge so we should talk to the Sports Minister,” the source said.

“So we went to the Minister and told him. He told us that we should wait for him to talk to the travel agent. Later we had a call that we should bring ten members. As for the ten other members we don’t know where they came from,” the source added.

The source went on further to reveal that the flight was delayed before they left Ghana for Maputo because the supporters were late.

Some members of the team affirmed the assertion of the source by saying that the Travel and Tour agent, Travel Matters Limited, had called on the contingent to exercise a bit of patience as they wait for the supporters since Minister had ordered him to take them along.

The agent Ivan, is reported to have said: “Please let’s wait for them for a while. I will be reprimanded by the Minister if we leave without them. He specifically called me to take them along.”

Further revelations were that each of the 20-man contingent who went on the trip was given $500 on the directive of the Minister to use for their upkeep for the two day stay in Maputo.

It, therefore, appears outrageously incredible with reports emerging that the Minister of Sports Hon. Nii Lante is claiming in a section of the media that he knew nothing about the supporters’ movement to Maputo.

GHANAsoccernet.com

60,000 capacity stadium soon to be erected in Tema

Ghana has reached a partnership agreement with US-based firm Transatlantic BDR to construct a 60,000 capacity stadium in Tema - the biggest in the country's history.


 

The deal facilitated by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly and the US-based investor group has the support of the Ghana government.

The ground-breaking project is an overall regional economic development plan designed to grow international tourism.

Aside the 60,000 edifice, the facility will come along with commercial retail and residential mixed-use accommodations targeting cross-border corporations and regional companies.

 

GHANAsoccernet.com

Hearts coach Kenichi told to rest after ‘fainting’ scare

Head coach of Accra Hearts of Oak Kenichi Yatsuhashi collapsed, Friday morning when he was having his usual early morning training in front of his hotel in Accra.

The coach who has won the hearts of many if not Phobia fans following the team’s blistering start to the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League, is a known workaholic who takes his job very serious, and so far the results are there for all to see.


 

According to Club sources who confirmed the story to ghanafootballnews.com, the coach who is said to have a habit of waking up very early in the morning daily to train in the car park of the hotel he is lodging, was doing same on Friday morning when he suddenly blacked out.

He was found on the floor by a staff of the hotel and was later rushed to the Ridge Hospital in Accra where he was admitted and given treatment.

Our sources say the coach was made to take some laboratory tests to ascertain why he suddenly went unconscious.

“According to the results and from what the doctors are saying it looks like he hardly rests and he is a human being like all of us, and definitely will breakdown at some point in time if he doesn’t get the needed rest that the body needs,” www.ghanafootballnews.com source who was with the coach at the Ridge hospital mentioned.

He is expected to be discharged tonight after which he will move straight to camp ahead of Hearts of Oak’s MTN FA Cup round of 64 clash with Wassaman United at the Accra sports stadium.

In his absence, assistant coach Yaw Preko took charge of Friday morning’s training.

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