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Ghanaian Antalyaspor international football player Samuel Inkoom, who is known for his phenomenal technique and speed on the field is definitely excelling in the Turkish league!

The talented football player made more interceptions than any other player in the Turkish league during the Antalyaspor vs Galatasaray  game resulting in Antalyaspor winning by beating Galatasaray 4-2 on Saturday, 16 April at New Antalya Stadium…Samuel Inkoom

Making us all proud! Keep up the good game! 

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All you need to know about Samuel Inkoom

Samuel Inkoom began his career with Windy Professionals Football Academy, playing with them from 2000-2007. 2007 saw him transfer to Ghanaian PFA team Sekondi Hasaacas, spending a year there before transferring to Asante Kotoko in 2008. The Swiss Super League was next and, on 26th April 2009, Inkoom transferred to FC Basel on a three‐year contract, making his debut in the derby game against FC St. Gallenon. During his time there he remained a key player, playing an invaluable role in their golden season in 2010.

Samuel Inkoom

January of 2011 saw a move to fellow Swiss side FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, where he plied his trade for a year before a 6 month loan deal to SC Bastia. The following season Inkoom again moved on six‐month loan, this time to Platanias. A short stay with D.C. United in 2014 was the precursor to his summer 2015 signing with Portuguese Boavista FC. On 6th January 2016, Inkoom signed a contract with Turkish‐side Antalyaspor.

Samuel Inkoom

The right back honed his skills as a member of the Black Satellites, playing with the team at the 2009 African Youth Championships in Rwanda, which they won, as well as with the Black Stars’ U‐20 squad in several tournaments, including Tunisia and the 2009 FIFA U‐20 World Cup. Inkoom made his World Cup debut on 26 June 2010, starting on the right wing against the United States in a Last‐16 knockout game, with Ghana winning 2‐1 in extra time! In 2011 he played with a Black Stars team at AFCON in Gabon…..

Inkoom trains hard to keep fit!

Gym work

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Gone Too Soon! Heartbreaking News…University of Buffalo football player Solomon Jackson has sadly passed away aged just 21. According to reports, Solomon Jackson died exactly a week after he experienced what was described as a “medical emergency”during a team conditioning session.

solomon jackson                  (via Buffalo athletics)  UB athletic director Allen Greene gave a very touching and heartfelt statement below regarding the very sad news of   Jackson’s passing away. ”It is with deep sadness that I write to share that we have lost one of our own, UB football player Solomon Jackson, who passed away last night. Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Solomon’s family as together we mourn his tragic and untimely death. From the outpouring of prayers and support over the past week since Solomon was hospitalized, it has been abundantly clear just how many lives he touched on a daily basis through his contributions and character …. As Solomon’s family prepares to make memorial and funeral arrangements, we will share more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, I know I am joined by the entire Athletics family in expressing my deepest personal sympathies to Solomon’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.” C. Allen Greene

Our thoughts prayers are with Solomon’s family, coaches, teammates & friends during this difficult time. RIP

Source/Credit: Sports news/Buffalo athletics)

Félicitations! Ghanaian professional footballer/French Ligue 1 club Marseille midfielder  Andre Ayew  has been named top African player in France!

Andre Ayew posted this photo on his Instagram with this caption:

Andre Ayew

‘I am deeply honored to receive this award of best African player in France. I thank my family and team mates for the constant support. I thank God for bringing me this far. Most importantly I want to thank you my fans for making this happen. Thank you. God bless you. al hamdullah . #loveyoumum ❤️’

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Photo Credit: André Ayew Pelé Instagram


Former Ghana and Juventus midfielder, Stephen Appiah, has retired from professional football.

In a statement announcing the retirement Wednesday, Appiah said he was retiring with “a great measure of fulfillment”.

He added: “I wish this day never came because football was life- my life. It made me whole.”

In 2006, Appiah, as Captain of the national team, qualified Ghana to her first ever world cup in Germany.

Appiah led the Black Stars to the round of 16 of that tournament, where they lost 3-0 to Brazil.

Stephen Appiah

Four years later, at the South Africa 2010 World Cup, Appiah helped Ghana reach the quarter-final of the World Cup, becoming only the third African side to achieve that.

The 34-year-old also played for top European sides like Juventus, Brescia, Parma and Fenerbahce and Bologna.

He began his professional career with Hearts of Oak in 1995 and ended with Vojvodina in 2012.

To this day, one of my proudest achievements in my career is playing and captaining my country. Every time I wore the most inspiring jersey in the world ‘Black Stars shirt’, I realized how fortunate I was not to only follow in a long line of great players that have played for Ghana but also the joy of  representing every Ghanaian that cared passionately about their country. I’m honoured to represent Ghana both on and off the pitch.

Nothing can ever completely replace playing football. However I’m genuinely excited about what lies ahead. I am still open to possibilities with whatever football has to offer from now till when my maker decides to call me…Continue here

We wish

 

Source: Daily Graphic 

Senzo MeyiwaThousands of fans attended the funeral of South African football Captain Senzo Meyiwa in Durban. Meyiwa, 27, who was shot on Sunday, Meyiwa’s death shocked South Africa and has highlighted the high rates of violent crime in the country.

The funeral took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Meyiwa’s hometown of Durban.  According to reports Kelly Khumalo watched Senzo Meyiwa’s funeral on TV

Very Heart Breaking News …Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family

R.I.P Meyiwa your legacy will live on…

Arthur Wharton Arthur Wharton Arthur Wharton FA Unveil Statue Of Arthur Wharton the first black professional footballer…

Born in Jamestown on the Gold Coast – now Ghana in 1865, Wharton originally came to England in 1882 in order to train as a Christian missionary, but soon cast his holy ambitions aside and began playing as a goalkeeper/occasional auxiliary winger at an amateur level for Darlington and then Preston North End.

Purported to be the first man in England to have run 100 yards in 10 seconds at an Amateur Athletics Association meeting, Wharton (who was a man of mixed Scottish, Grenadian and Ghanaian descent) excelled at a number of sports but impressed on the football pitch to such a degree that, come 1889, Rotherham Town signed him to a professional contract and as such, history was made.

The statue, campaigned for by Darlington-based artist Shaun Campbell and produced by renowned sculptor Vivien Mallock, shows Wharton in full flight, stretching all of his 16-foot frame to tip the ball …

Great News!

Samuel Eto'oEverton have signed striker Samuel Eto’o on a two-year-deal after he was released by Chelsea last season.

The Cameroon international, 33, joins on a free transfer and links up with former Chelsea team-mate Romelu Lukaku, who signed for £28m this summer.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez said of Eto’o: “I met him and we had a very good chat. I was impressed about the hunger he still has.

“We are very excited and I think Everton is the perfect home for him.”

Eto’o’s contract with Chelsea expired at the start of July and he was not offered fresh terms by Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

Liverpool were in the running to sign him but instead opted for Mario Balotelli, leaving Martinez free to bring Eto’o to Goodison Park.

ChrisNBA Star Chris Bosh will be in Ghana from today July 10 – 14 the 2014 the Sprite Basketball Clinic scheduled to take place in Accra and Cape Coast.

Miami Heat star Chris Bosh  will visit Ghana for the first time on Thursday July 10 for the second edition of the Sprite Ball Clinic in the West African country.

Bosh, together with his wife and his team as well as key actors of NBA Africa will spend four days in the country where they will interact with promising basketball youngsters and impact his rich vein of knowledge on the players.

He will be the special guest of the American ambassador on Friday morning before he attends a scheduled press conference later in the day.

The visit of the NBA star has been hugely highlighted in the local media with expectations hitting roof top.

Ghana stands to reap massive promotional benefit from his visit and could serve as a springboard to catapult the sport into becoming the second most preferred sport in Ghana.

Basketball has been on the ascendency over the last couple of years and the visit of one of the finest basketball players in the country epitomizes the level of interest shown by the NBA.

The former Toronto Raptors ace will take the locals through several basketball drills at the Aviation Social Centre in Accra and the Adisadel College in Cape Coast on Friday July 11 and 12 respectively.

 

ToureFrontier market specialist Silk Invest has launched a fund offering African footballers wealth management solutions.  The African Opportunities for Footballers Fund, domiciled in Luxembourg, will primarily invest in African markets.    “Africa is at the heart of the investment thesis and we believe that African footballers have a big role to play in further developing the continent,” Zin Bekkali, group chief executive and CIO, said.   According to the company, the idea behind the fund is to help African football players benefit from growing African markets while building a savings plan for their post-career financial needs.    As part of the strategy, former Arsenal player Kolo Toure is collaborating on the new fund, working with the investment team that includes 11 different African nationalities across the continent.   “Kolo is keen on investing in Africa. Toure is currently the lead investor of the fund, with others expected to start investing.

While mainly targeted at African footballers, the fund is open to other high net worth investors.