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You should be Grateful that I’m Playing in Ghana Premier League – Asamoah Gyan

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You should be Grateful that I’m Playing in Ghana Premier League – Asamoah Gyan

The Legon Cities forward reacted to events of Saturday’s Ghana Premier League fixture at the Accra Sports Stadium
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan was unperturbed by hostility received from fans during Saturday’s Ghana Premier League encounter between his Legon Cities side and Asante Kotoko.

The veteran Black Stars forward was a second-half substitute as Emmanuel Gyamfi scored to give visiting Kotoko a 1-0 win at the Accra Sports Stadium.

He came on in the 75th minute, when Legon were desperately throwing everyone forward in search of an equaliser, and immediately drove a free-kick just over the bar with his first touch of the ball.

“There is only one Asamoah Gyan and they [fans] know it. They should even be grateful that I am playing in the Ghana Premier League,” Gyan, who has also been heavily criticised for putting on weight, said in response to the booing incident during the post-match press conference.

But why was Gyan, who is yet to score a goal in the GPL since joining Legon, booed and which group of fans were behind the act?

“It’s funny, when he was warming up, some of the fans were cheering him but when he was coming onto the pitch, then they started booing him. I was shocked,” Philip Sitsope Atsrim, a StarTimes commentator of the game, told Goal.

“I didn’t know why they were booing him. But the point is that there were a lot more Kotoko fans at the venue than Legon Cities fans. So the thinking here is that the Kotoko fans are seeing Gyan coming on at a time when they are winning and they were trying to maybe unsettle him even before he gets on the pitch, so that he doesn’t get the equaliser or the goal that level the tie. So maybe that’s it.

“But there is an untold side of this: Gyan is somewhat fast becoming unpopular with the Ghanaian fans. In recent times, he’s been in the news for some of the wrong reasons, had a fight at the tennis court, recently was caught on video confronting a fan who allegedly had rained insults on him. He left the inner perimeter to the stands to confront the fan, so there’s that aspect as well.

“But in the game, Kotoko fans were more, Gyan was coming on, they felt they could put him off by booing him, so he doesn’t get the leveler. So there are two sides of it.”

The decisive goal of the game came in the 13th minute when Gyamfi’s touch on Fabio Gama’s free-kick put the ball in the back of the net.

“We lost a bit of concentration in the first half and they were able to capitalise on it and they scored. I think we also had a couple of chances we could have buried,” former Sunderland, Rennes and Udinese striker Gyan said after Saturday’s game.

“The referees were making too many mistakes, I don’t blame them, they are human but you cannot make too many mistakes in such a very tough game. We are anxious, we want to take three points, we wanted to do something in the game.

“I think I had a clear penalty, the referee was about a hundred meters away which I think it’s not right for a referee to stay that far.

“Because with my experience, I think referees need to follow every situation, everywhere the ball is the referee should be about ten meters away. But the referee was I think far away.”

Gyan, a strong Kotoko fan, is certainly not the most likeable personality among Kotoko supporters as he swerved the Porcupine Warriors to sign for Legon on his return to the Ghana Premier League in October last year.

The 35-year-old had long before his return iterated a desire to fulfil a personal dream of playing for Kotoko before hanging up his boots.

He looked headed for Kotoko until Legon took over the move at the last hour to sign him on transfer deadline day.

Source: Goal

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World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Ghana To Miss Jordan Ayew And Amartey Against South Africa

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The Black Stars are set to do without some first team players for their upcoming back-to-back games against Ethiopia and South Africa.

Premier League clubs have decided against releasing players for September’s round of World Cup qualifiers which are due to take place in Covid-19 red-listed countries, ruling Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew, Leicester City centre-back Daniel Amartey and Brentford winger Tariqe Fosu out of Ghana’s showdown away against South Africa.

 

According to a statement by the FA, nearly 60 players from 19 clubs have been affected by the decision.

 

South Africa, who are on the UK’s coronavirus red list, are set to host Ghana for a Group G matchday two fixture in Johannesburg on September 6.

“Premier League clubs have today reluctantly but unanimously decided not to release players for international matches played in red-list countries next month,” the FA announced on their official website on Tuesday.

“The clubs’ decision, which is strongly supported by the Premier League, will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries in the September international window.

“This follows Fifa’s current position not to extend its temporary release exception for players required to quarantine on their return from international duty.

“Extensive discussions have taken place with both The FA and the Government to find a solution, but due to ongoing public health concerns relating to incoming travellers from red-list countries, no exemption has been granted

Ghana are set to open their World Cup qualifiers with a home clash with Ethiopia on September 3 before making the trip to South Africa.
Earlier this month, Black Stars coach CK Akonnor unveiled a provisional list of 30 players for the uncoming double-header, the roster including Ayew, Amartey and Fosu.

 

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UTAG is Setting A Bad Precedent For Disobeying Court Injunction – Kabila

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Former Acting General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bomfeh, has slammed the UTAG executives for not obeying the injunction order by a High Court regarding their industrial action.

UTAG has refused to call off their strike despite calls on them to return to work.

The National Labour Commission, in an attempt to compel them to resume work, secured an injunction from an Accra High Court but the University lecturers Association has defied the court ruling.

According to UTAG President, Prof. Charles Marfo, the injunction has rather worsened the case for the Labour Commission.

“We were almost reaching a consensus until the government’s court issue arose. Now, a whole new ballgame has started because we’re also asking our lawyers to go to court . . . We were getting there. We were pushing; now this argument I’m making is lost,” he said.

Addressing the issue during Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”, James Kwabena Bomfeh, popularly called Kabila, bemoaned the UTAG response to the Labour Commission’s injunction.

According to him, UTAG somehow disrespecting the injunction must be condemned in no uncertain terms stressing ”if care is not taken and we allow for positive defiance against a court ruling, we will be setting a certain bad precedent”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vote: KOTOKO vs HEARTS, Which Team Wins Today?

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Press on the Faint Circle before your preferred Team, then Press Vote to submit. Good luck!

 

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