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Former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan talks 2014 World Cup money controversies

After two successful World Cup appearances in 2006 and 2010 where the Black Stars progressed past the first round, the team however crashed out in the Group stage in 2014.

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Not only did they fail to advance, they exited in a rather bizarre way after issues of money controversies surrounded the team.

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For the first time, a country flew about $3million to be shared among players who had refused to train and consequently threatened to boycott a game at the World Cup.

Prior to Ghana’s final Group game against Portugal, the team’s camp was hit with issues between players and management members over non payments of bonuses.

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Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng, who were then key members of the team were both sacked from camp for what was described as misconduct.

Gyan, captain for the side at the tournament has revealed the reason which led to the agitation in camp.

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“This was not how the silent protest were supposed to end,” he revealed in his book.

“All I can say is that after repeated promises to pay at various times during pre-tournament camping, failing to meet their own deadlines, authorities had lost the trust of a lot of the players.

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“The players remained adamant about getting their payments and the government realised they had to save face quickly. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how we got the point where $3m in cash bonuses was airlifted to Brazil.”

Ghana could only manage to draw with eventual champions Germany and ended up losing to the USA and Portugal at the Group stage, failing to go beyond the Groups for the first time in the competition.

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MTN FA Cup: Hearts of Oak will defend title despite being underdogs – Opare Addo ahead of Bechem United clash

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Kwame Opare Addo, the Public Relations Officer [PRO] of Hearts of Oak says he’s confident his side will defend their MTN FA Cup title despite being underdogs.

Hearts of Oak who are the current Champions of the MTN FA Cup will take on Bechem United on June 26, 2022 at the Baba Yara Stadium.

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Ahead of the game on Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Opare Addo speaking in an interview admitted that Bechem United are on good form and will be touted by many to win the trophy.

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According to him, his side will be underdogs ahead of the game but he is convinced his outfit will prove their critics wrong.

“It is obvious that Bechem United are on a good form and they finished in a better position compared to ours,” he said on Asempa FM.

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“They had a good campaign and without a doubt, they have quality players. In the Premier League, they held us to a goalless game at the Accra Sports Stadium, and in Bechem, we played a 1-1 draw.

“But this is the FA and many have touted Bechem United to win the trophy because they are on good form. We are underdogs and we are fine with that but I believe the players will prove their critics wrong on Sunday.

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“I am confident we defend our trophy on Sunday despite the underdog tag,” he added.

The much-anticipated game has been scheduled to kick off at 17:00GMT

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Nsoatreman FC will strengthen squad before debut in GPL – Technical Adviser Kobina Amissah

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Nsoatreman on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, defeated Tamale FC 2-1 after extra time to secure promotion to the Ghanaian top-flight league.

Kobina Amissah in an interview with Original FM opened up on their plans.

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“I congratulate the entire technical team and playing body for fighting hard for Nsoatreman fc to qualify to the Ghana premier league

“We fight very hard yesterday to qualify the game was tough Tamale City FC was fantastic yesterday they played a good football but we were tactically good on the day,” Coach Kobina Amissah shared.

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According to the club’s Technical Advisor, some top players will be signed to bolster the squad of the team before next season starts.

“We have spotted good matured talented footballers in the division one, and we will fight hard to get some of them to strengthen our team for the Ghana Premier League,” Coach Kobina Amissah added.

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Ghanaian midfielder Kingsley Sarfo permanently joins APOEL Nicosia

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Ghanaian midfielder Kingsley Sarfo has joined APOEL Nicosia on a permanent deal from Olympiakos Nicosia according to reports.

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Sarfo spent half of the 2021/22 season on loan at APOEL and established himself as one of the key players for the club.

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It is said APOEL have triggered the release clause to sign the Ghanaian midfielder and will in the coming days announce his signing.

He was voted as the best midfielder in the Cypriot league due to his outstanding performance.

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Meanwhile, Olympiakos Nicosia have announced the departure of Kingsley Sarfo from the club ahead of the start of the 2022/23 season.

The 27-year-old joined Olympiakos Nicosia in 2021 on a two-year deal.

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The former Malmo FF star scored 2 goals in made 42 appearances during his spell with Olympiakos Nicosia.

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