Ghanaian-German superstar, Jerome Boateng has showed gratitude to the Organisers of the maiden Annual Ghana Sports Excellence Awards, for honouring him with the BEST DIASPORA ATHLETE 2014 award.

The Bayern Munchen and German International player was adjudged the best at the British Council, in Accra, Ghana, for his remarkable performance at the World Cup 2014 and the European Champions League 2014.

He beat the likes of Danny Welbeck of Arsenal and England, and Zardes Gyasi of LA Galaxy and USA, for the coveted accolade.

In a video message to Hallmark Plus Multimedia, organisers and founders of the Annual Ghana Sports Excellence Awards, Boateng said “I want to thank you so much for the award, it’s a big honour for me. It’s a really big honour for me to have an award from my fatherland”.

Although Boateng missed the awards ceremony because of Bayern Munchen’s pre-season training in Qatar, he extended greetings to the people of Ghana.

The 26-year-old receives the prize as a reward not just for his on-pitch performances, which have helped the Bavarians top the Bundesliga table last season, but also for his work with the Living a Dream project run by Pro Kinderhilfe, a children’s charity and associate organisation of the UNESCO foundation.

Boateng assisted in the building of a compound with a soccer pitch and educational facilities for impoverished children when Germany travelled to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup last summer, and he was in fact one of many figures from German soccer to make a charitable contribution to the country while it hosted the tournament.

He has made 17 appearances in all competitions this season and scored one goal, against former club Manchester City FC in the UEFA Champions League.

Jerome has already been awarded with the prestigious Audi Generation Award last month

 

Credit: Ghana Sports Excellence Awards

vincentenyeamalille_576x324The Guardian Sports has listed the top 10 goalkeepers in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. Vincent Enyeama Ranked 4th Best Goalkeeper In The World By FIFA.

Vincent Enyeama is a Nigerian football goalkeeper. Since 2002, he has played for the national team of Nigeria. He currently plays for Lille OSC who he signed for in June 2011. He was the goalkeeper for  the Super Eagles Goalkeeper FIFA 2014 World Cup.

Full List

  1. Manuel Neuer, Germany
  2. Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico
  3. Keylor Navas, Costa Rica
  4. Vincent Enyeama, Nigeria
  5. Tim Howard, USA
  6. Rais M’Bolhi, Algeria
  7. Júlio César, Brazil
  8. Thibaut Courtois, Belgium
  9. David Ospina, Colombia
  10. Tim Krul, Holland

Big Congrats!

black starsblack starsFIFA’s Technical Study Group has hailed Ghana’s display against Germany at the World Cup as the best match so far in the tournament inBrazil despite the Black Stars early elimination.

Ex-France and Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, who is the most experienced member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group at the tournament in Brazil, tacitly praised the tactics employed by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah in the match against Germany.

Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw in a match the Black Stars dominated which has been now been described as the best game of the tournament so far.

Source: ghanasoccernet.com

moses-vs-muntariMoses Armah says  ‘Muntari Slapped Me Twice And I Punched Him’.

Medeama SC President Moses Armah says he was provoked by Sulley Muntari to retaliate after he was attacked by the Black Stars midfielder during a meeting in Brasilia last week.

The usually calm Mr Armah, also known as Mospacka, a member of the FA Executive Committee, said he reluctantly hit back after he had received two slaps from the player.

“Initially, I didn’t want to touch him because he is a player, but I was compelled to defend myself when he slapped my face twice,” Mr Armah told the Graphic Sports.

Narrating his ordeal to the Graphic Sports on phone from the US, the Black Stars Management Committee member said he and his colleagues found Muntari’s behaviour very strange, as if he was possessed.

According to him, it all started when the players called the management members to a meeting regarding the team’s appearance fees last Tuesday following a sudden boycott of training earlier that day.

He said during the meeting the players were assured of payment of their money as promised by the government earlier.

“When it came to my turn to speak I urged the players to be patient while we all waited for the money in Brazil as promised by the President,” he recalled.

He said he had hardly finished speaking when Muntari rose up and shouted at him to keep quiet, to the surprise of everybody present.

“He then approached me and slapped me in the face. But because he is a player I hesitated to reply but he returned to give me another slap which infuriated me, and that compelled me to reply him with a heavy blow straight to his face,” he added.

The Medeama SC chief noted that the power behind the punch sent the player reeling on the floor, leaving him with a bloodied face.

It was then that people at the meeting stepped in to separate them and sent him to his hotel room.

But while thinking the fight was over, Muntari suddenly rushed into his room, wearing only his shorts and tried to attack him again but for the intervention of some national security officials present who whisked him to the porch while FA officials restrained the player in the room.

He said a few minutes later, an incensed Muntari got up, took hold of the FA man’s three mobile phones and laptop, and smashed them on the ground, damaging them in the process.

Mr Armah said could not fathom what came over the player to behave the way he did.

He said following the player’s behaviour he was impressed upon to relocate to another hotel, which he did.

He further disclosed that following the incident Muntari’s parents called him from Ghana to apologise for their son’s behaviour.

“I was also told that Muntari’s wife came looking for me to apologise on her husband’s behalf when I left the hotel,” he revealed.

He described what happened in the Stars campaign in Brazil as unfortunate but still believed that the team had a huge potential for the future.

Source: allsports.com.gh

 

Afriyie Ankrah Ghana’s President John Mahama has taken a bold decision by removing Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and his deputy in the wake of the country’s disastrous outing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  The decision to remove the minister and his deputy Joseph Yamin from their positions comes just 48 hours after the country crashed out of the World Cup amid chaos in the camp over long overdue appearance fees for players which drew some worldwide embarrassment for the country.The position will be taken over by Information Minister, Mahama Ayariga (MP) with a firebrand Vincent Oppong Asamoah named as his deputy as they seek to recover from the disgrace the bonus saga brought the country.Ankrah, who is a powerful member of the ruling NDC party and played the key role of being President Mahama’s successful election campaign, has been moved to the non-so-influential post of Minister at the Presidency while Yamin will go the the Ashanti Region as the deputy minister.“President John Mahama has reassigned Information Minister, Mahama Ayariga (MP), to the Ministry of Youth and Sports. He replaces Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah who moves to the Presidency as a Minister of State,” a statement from government communications exclusively seen by GHANAsoccernet.com read.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Black Stars midfielders, Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been sacked from the team camp in Brazil.

Gary Al-Smith who is in Brazil said  the two were sacked for fighting at the team’s training two days ago. There had been reports that Kevin Prince Boateng had exchanged words with the Coach Akwasi Appiah.

According to Al-Smith, Kevin Prince Boateng swore at the coach and that led to back and forth exchanges something Akwasi Appiah did not take lightly. The two were given 30 minutes to leave the team’s camp Brasilia.

It is unclear how the sacking of the two will impact on the rest of the team who will be playing a major game on Thursday. The team had earlier threatened to boycott the Ghana-Portugal match if their appearance fees were not paid on time.

Source: CitiSports Team

serey-die-cryingFor those who watched Colombia vs. Ivory Coast match, we noticed player number 20 from crying had an unusually high emotional response when the Ivoirien national anthem rang through the stadium in Brasilia. A notice went out that Serey Die had heard that his father had died two hours before the match which has is untrue.  Serey was just overwhelmed by being in Brazil and actually playing for his beloved Côte d’Ivoire. He cleared the air on his Instagram account.

“Hi, I just wanted to tell you that everything they’re saying about my dad’s passing is false my dad passed away in 2004. It was just the emotions of pride to be from Ivory Coast and serve my country that made me cry because I never thought to be at this level. I’m sorry for my mistake, I know that I’ve let you down but I will come back. May God bless you”

ibrahim Toure troureLebanese Premier League side Al-Safa’ SC striker Ibrahim Oyala Touré the younger brother of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré and Liverpool defender Kolo Touré has sadly passed away.

The Ivory Coast football federation announced the sad news on their official website FIF this morning.
“The football Ivory Coast federation president (FIF) and the Executive Committee announced to the entire family of Ivorian football the death of M.TOURE Oyala Ibrahim, the younger brother of TOURE Kolo Abib and TOURE Yaya Gnegneri, which happened on the 19th of June in Manchester (England),” the FIF statement continues.
“In such a sad situation, the players from the Ivory Coast national team, and the entire delegation here in Brazil, show their support to the Touré brothers and their whole family. The president of Football Ivory Coast Federation and the Executive Commitee ask Ivorians for their prayers.”
Ibrahim Toure, 28, played as a striker throughout his career, most recently with Lebanese team Al-Safa SC.

john-dumelo-jackie-appiah Ghanaian stars, Jackie Appiah and John Dumelo are official ambassadors to the World Cup for Ghana. The Ambassadors are 15  Jackie Appiah and John Dumelo represented Ghanaian actors. The ambassadors were to project the values and culture of Ghana in their numerous capacities to the world and also to campaign to raise funds to enable the supporters union of Ghana to travel to Brazil in order to support the Ghana Black Stars. Last week, John Dumelo revealed that so far, the ambassadors have solicited for over $2million.

John Dumelo and Jackie Appiah (1)