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Brentford winger Tarique Fosu thrown out of Ghana camp



Brentford winger,  Tarique Fosu

Brentford winger Tarique Fosu has been sacked from the Ghana camp after failing to report ahead of international friendly matches against Morocco and Ivory Coast.

The 25-year-old has been left out of the squad which travelled to Rabat on the morning of Monday, June 7 for the first of two matches on Tuesday, June 8.

He becomes the second player to be sacked from the team after Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey was yanked from camp over failure to report to camp on time.

Ghana coach CK Akonnor has yanked the wideman in his squad after he reportedly failed to turn up for training despite arriving in his native country for holidays.

The London-born winger refused to travel to the team’s camping base in Cape Coast after being pictured partying in Accra following a long-winding campaign in the English Championship.

Fosu helped Brentford secure promotion to the top division of English football for the first time in 74 years after securing promotion to the Premier League, seeing off Swansea City in the Play-Off Final at Wembley to cap off an incredible season for the club.

The four-time African Champions are billed to play Morocco in Rabat on June 8 before facing Ivory Coast on June 12 at the Cape Coast Stadium.


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Abedi and other African footballers who played under assumed identities




Silas Katompa Mvumpa

VfB Stuttgart forward Silas made headlines last week when it was revealed that he had been played under a false identity and with a falsified age.

Formerly known as Silas Wamangituka, the entertaining forward netted 11 goals in the German top flight last term, only for his season to be curtailed due to injury.

Subsequently, he admitted—with the support of his club—that his former agent changed his age and name in order to help his career prospects.

“I have lived in constant fear in recent years and I was also very worried about my family in the Congo. It was a difficult step for me to reveal my story,” Silas told journalists.

“I only dared to do this with the support of my new consultants,” he added. “I realised that I no longer have to be afraid and that we can put everything on the table together.”

Amad Diallo

A similar story to Silas, Manchester United wonderkid Diallo was also penalised for fabricating an identity in order to facilitate a move to Europe.

Earlier this year, the starlet was found guilty of violating the Italian Sports Justice Code by falsifying documents to present himself as ‘Diallo Amad Traore’ in order to suggest a relationship with an Ivorian resident in Italy.

He was ultimately fined €48,000, and—in July last year—changed his Facebook name from Amad Traore to his birth name Amad Diallo.

Guelor Kanga

Currently the subject of an allegation by the Congolese Football Federation, the DRC have filed a lawsuit suggesting that Gabon are guilty of falsifying Kanga’s true identity.

While the player has been a Gabon international since 2012, Congo claim that he is actually four years older than his stated age of 30, and that his real name is Kiaku-Kiaku Kianga.

Their allegation is that Gabon gave the player—who was originally born in Congo—Gabonese citizenship and a fake birth certificate in order to represent the Panthers, and that his mother died four years before his registered date of birth.

Jay-Jay Okocha

So good, they named him twice—according to Bolton Wanderers fans—but Okocha actually took on another name earlier in his career.

During his time in Turkish football with Fenerbahce, the playmaker acquired Turkish citizenship and opted for a different name while playing in the Super Lig.

Muhammed Yavuz was the attacker’s name when he was in the Turkish top flight, although it doesn’t quite lend itself to terrace chants in the same way as his original moniker!

Jabu Pule

Former South African wonderkid Pule changed his name in 2006, when he dropped the surname upon which he built his career and altered his name to Jabu Mahlangu.

According to reports, the decision was taken by the player in order to honour his late father, who was named Mahlangu.

The 40-year-old was a sensation during the early part of his career at Kaizer Chiefs, but struggled to adapt to a move to SV Mattersburg in Germany, with controversial issues and disciplinary problems ultimately engulfing his carer.

Abedi Pele

Born Abedi Ayew—the surname still carried by his sons Jordan and Andre—the legendary Ghana forward is better known by the name ‘Abedi Pele’.

The attacker was given the nickname Pele while at school in Ghana—a reference to the Brazil great—and ‘Abedi Pele’ became the name upon which he built his career.

Ali Dia

Widely considered as the worst player ever to play in the Premier League, Dia featured for 53 minutes of Southampton’s defeat by Leeds United in November 1996, and his cameo was described by Matt Le Tissier as “like Bambi on ice.”

Subbed on his Saints debut, Dia was so terribly he never featured for the club again, and was released two weeks into his contract.

‘How’, you may ask, ‘did a player so hapless manage to play in the Premier League?’

Well, this is where the assumed identity comes in, with Dia only getting a contract with Southampton after a man claiming to be George Weah—he later turned out to be Dia’s agent—called then-Saints boss Graeme Souness offering the Scottish coach the chance to sign Weah’s cousin.

One can understand why Souness took the bait, but Weah, Ali Dia was not, and he was later named—by The Times—as the worst Prem footballer ever.


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Explore the possibility of having Callum switch nationality – President Akufo-Addo charges Sports Minister




Callum Hudson-Odoi President Nana Akufo-Addo and Mustapha Ussif

Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has charged the Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, to ensure that Chelsea star, Callum Hudson-Odoi, soon becomes a player of the Black Stars.

Hudson-Odoi on Monday paid a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his office at the Jubilee House in Accra.

His meeting with President Akufo-Addo was to deliberate on issues concerning his possible switch to play for Ghana.

Odoi who played for England’s youth side and their senior national team missed out on coach Gareth Southgate’s recent call ups for the Euro’s.

Despite having played for England’s Three Lions, Odoi is still eligible to play for Ghana because FIFA’s new rule allows a player to switch his nationalities if he has not made three appearances for the national team.

In a statement released by President Akufo-Addo available to Ghanaweb, he confirmed the meeting with the Champions League winner and stated that he has urged the Sports Minister to commence Odoi’s nationality switch.

“On Monday, 7 June 2021, Ghanaian-born Chelsea footballer, Callum Hudson-Odoi paid a courtesy call on me at Jubilee House, the seat of our nation’s presidency.

Amongst others, I urged the Minister for Youth and Sports to explore the possibility of having Callum switch nationality, and play for the Black Stars.”

Since arriving in Ghana on Thursday, June 3, Hudson-Odoi has been spotted playing football with some friends and was recently at the Accra Sports Stadium to watch his dad’s former club, Accra Hearts of Oak, play against Great Olympics.

Callum’s father, Bismark Odoi, was a Ghanaian player who plied his trade with Ghanaian football giants, Accra Hearts of Oak in the 1980s.


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Pitso Mosimane leads Red Devils to record-extending seventh CAF Super Cup win




Pitso celebrating with his players

Al Ahly were crowned 2020/21 Caf Super Cup champions after securing a 2-0 win over RS Berkane at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Friday evening.

Two second-half goals from Mohamed Sherif and Salah Mohsen inspired the Egyptian champions to a well-deserved victory over their Moroccan opponents.

Al Ahly were brimming with confidence having booked their place in this season’s Caf Champions League semi-finals after defeating South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 on aggregate last weekend.

Coach Pitso Mosimane named a strong starting line-up with Mohamed El Shenawy keeping his place in goal, while Aliou Dieng was partnered with Amr Al Sulaya in midfield and Sherif led the attack.

On the other hand, Berkane were looking to return to winning ways having failed to win their last two matches, against Rapide Oued Zem and Maghreb Fes in the Moroccan Botola League.

Burkina Faso international Issoufou Dayo led the defence for Juan Pedro’s side, while experienced attackers Hamdi Laachir and Mouhssine Iajour started upfront.

Al Ahly dominated possession from the first whistle with Dieng pulling the strings from midfield and he was looking to unlock Berkane’s tight defence with some defence-splitting passes.

However, the Oranges’ backline which was marshalled by Dayo, was able to make some important interventions and clearances which frustrated the likes of Sherif, Mohamed Magdi Kadisha and Taher Mohamed.

Berkane grew in confidence as the game progressed and they had an opportunity to open the scoring when Mohamed Farehane found himself in a one-on-one situation with El Shenawy.

Somehow Farehane hit the side-netting and the Red Devils survived a scare and the score was 0-0 at half-time, following a first-half which saw Al Ahly fail to turn plenty of possession into clear-cut chances.

Ali Maaloul and Rami Rabia were both introduced by Mosimane prior to the start of the second-half as Al Ahly looked to break the deadlock and the 2019/20 Champions League winners managed to open the scoring.

Hussein El Shahat played a pass to Sherif, who turned inside the box, before firing past goalkeeper Zouhair Laaroubi to hand Al Ahly 1-0 the lead three minutes before the hour-mark.

Zakaria Hadraf and Abdelkarim Baadi were introduced by Pedro with the Oranges searching for the equalising goal, and they pushed forward in numbers, but the reigning Confederation Cup champions were left vulnerable at the back.

Taher’s superb pass found Mohsen, who made no mistake as he rounded Laaroubi before hitting the back of the net in the 82nd minute to seal Al Ahly’s 2-0 victory over Berkane.

Therefore, Al Ahly clinched a record-extending seventh Caf Super Cup win and Mosimane won the trophy for the second time in his career having lifted it with Sundowns in 2017.


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