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Sulley Muntari confirms speaking with an agent over PSL Move

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Former Black Stars midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari has confirmed media reports linking him with a move to South Africa after he revealed holding talks with an agent.

Muntari has been without a club since leaving Spanish second-tier side Albacete in June 2019 after a six-month loan spell. He has since been keeping himself in shape by training alone in his native country.

“I spoke to an agent. He gave me a call. I have forgotten his name. Sipho…I don’t know how to pronounce his name,” Muntari told Marawa Sports Worldwide on Metro FM.

According to the reports, topsides, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, and Mamelodi Sundowns are the teams to have expressed interest in his services.

Muntari’s glittering career includes winning the English FA Cup with Portsmouth and also played for Premier League side Sunderland.

He started his career in Europe with Udinese and also featured for AC Milan in the Italian Serie A.

Sulley Ali Muntari also played one season for Saudi top-flight Al Ittihad.

 

Source: Ghana Soccernet

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FIFA to support Ghana Football Association with VAR technology

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The Ghana Football Association has announced that the world football governing body, Fifa has approved a project team for plans to implement a video assistant referee (VAR) technology in the country.

It is the latest step by Ghana to become the first country in West Africa to use the system. VAR, first written into the Laws of the Game by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in 2018, reviews decisions made by the center referee by the use of video footage and communication headsets.

“World football governing body Fifa has approved the Project Team for the implantation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in Ghana,” the GFA has announced on its official website.

“The decision was announced during a meeting held on Monday, April 12, 2021, on modalities for the implementation of VAR in Ghana. In the meeting, the Fifa Technical Team approved a project team for Ghana, which is the second key step in the implementation process of the Fifa-approved VAR.

“A Fifa VAR Project Team includes Project leader and officers with knowledge in Legal, Information Technology, Communication, Finance, Competition/Monitoring & Research, Club license and Security as well as Technical and Training areas.”

The project team is led by former Ghanaian Fifa referee Alex Kotey, with support from the likes of GFA general secretary Prosper Harrison-Addo and GFA communications director Henry Asante Twum.

Caf’s instructors in the team include Eddy Maillet (director of referees), Jerome Damon (Fifa/Caf VAR Instructor), and Desire Doue (Caf VAR Instructor).

“With the approval of the project team, a kick-off meeting will commence in three weeks to approve the timelines for all the various teams in the full implementation of VAR in the 2022/2023 season,” the GFA publication further stated.

As part of the kick-off meeting, the team will have the opportunity to select and appoint the VAR Technology Provider for the project in Ghana.

“The Referee Department of the Ghana Football Association is working with their colleagues at Fifa for a smooth implementation and execution of VAR in our domestic competitions.”

Morocco, Egypt, and South Africa are among the few African nations to have used VAR, which reviews decisions on goals, penalties, straight red cards, and mistaken identities.

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Christian Pulisic breaks Lionel Messi’s record after Chelsea progress into Champions League semi-finals

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Christian Pulisic broke Lionel Messi’s record for how many times he was fouled during Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final tie against FC Porto.

Thomas Tuchel’s side fell to a 1-0 defeat in Seville on Tuesday night but moved into the semi-finals with a 2-1 aggregate win.

Porto couldn’t find a goal until stoppage time, and instead of targeting a goal during the game, they looked at Pulisic and constantly hacked away at the 22-year-old.

He was fouled 11 times, and as per ESPN, that is the most in a single Champions League match since Messi back in 2011 against Real Madrid.

Pulisic also came away with the UEFA Man of the Match award in Seville as Chelsea set up a semi-final tie against either Real Madrid or Liverpool.

Pulisic’s boss Thomas Tuchel was delighted and hailed the ‘big achievement’ of reaching the semi-finals.

He said: “It is a very big achievement. You see when Chelsea was last in the semi final. We are not used to being there. Once you are there, you play for the final. This is clear.

“We take every minute to learn and grow. You cannot improve without these experiences so we are doing it now during the process, while we are playing it. Yes, it is nice being on the sideline because you see all the effort.

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“These games against Porto may not be the best to watch on TV but believe me it is a tough, tough side to play against.

“It is very physical, they hassle for every ball, they never let you turn or think for two seconds for other solutions. They put pressure on you, they are emotional so it is a lot to deal with and we went through.

“I am super happy, we will enjoy this evening.”

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Tiger Woods Involved In Deadly Car Crash

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 Golf Star Tiger woods has been said to have been involved in an accident while driving his SUV car to a  television shoot when the incident happened.

According to reports, woods car was said to have crashed into a median, rolled over, and ended up on its side near a steep road known for wrecks, authorities said.

The incident which almost took his life was said to have taken place on a downhill road in the Los Angels suburbs Tuesday morning and was removed from the car through the windscreen.

Doctors of the sports personality have revealed that he is currently been given medical care after he sustained “significant” injuries to his right leg which has been fixed with rods and a combination of screws and pins.

A chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Dr. Anish Mahajan in a tweet on Tiger Woods’s official Twitter handle stated that Tiger woods suffered serious injury as he shattered the tibia and fibula bones of his lower right leg in multiple locations. Those injuries were stabilized with a rod in the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones in the foot and ankle required screws and pins.

Dr. Anish Mahajan added that Tiger Woods is currently fine and out of danger and would soon be back to his daily activities.

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Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams in straight sets to reach finals

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Tennis superstar, Serena Williams was in tears at the Australian Open Press Conference after her defeat to Naomi Osaka in the semi-final.

Naomi Osaka claimed an impressive victory over Serena Williams to reach the Australian Open final and end the American’s latest quest for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title. Three-time Slam champion Osaka withstood early pressure from Williams to win 6-3 6-4.

Osaka is on a 20-match unbeaten streak and has never lost a Slam final. The Japanese will face either America’s Jennifer Brady or Czech Karolina Muchova in Saturday’s final.

“I was really nervous and scared in the beginning and then I sort of eased my way into it,” Osaka said.

“It’s just always an honor to play her and I just didn’t want to go out really dud. I just wanted to try my best.”

It is the first time Williams has lost a semi-final at the Australian Open in eight appearances in the last four. Williams will be left to rue the opportunities she let slip and once again wonder whether she will equal Margaret Court’s major record.

Source: www.theurbanafrica.com

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Thomas Partey picks maiden EPL assist as Arsenal hammer Newcastle United

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Thomas Partey provided his first Arsenal assist in the Premier League during their 3-0 victory against Newcastle United on Monday.

The Ghana international, who joined Arsenal from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window, after the Gunners triggered the £45million release clause in his contract, stepped off the bench for the final 21 minutes against Palace, handing a huge boost to Arteta ahead of a busy period of the season.

Having made his return to action via the bench against Palace, the midfield enforcer was named in the starting line-up for the Newcastle United encounter. Following a cagey first half, Arsenal opened the scoring through talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 50th minute.

The Gabon star was released with a vintage long pass by Partey before slotting his shot past Magpies goalkeeper Karl Darlow. After his goal contribution, manager Arteta replaced the versatile midfielder with Mohammed Elneny on the 60th-minute mark.

Arsenal went on to bag the maximum points through goals from Bukayo Saka and Aubameyang’s second strike. The win takes Arsenal to 10th on the standings with 27 points from 19 games.

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‘I would swap Dybala for Kane instead of Pogba’ – Capello

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The former Bianconeri boss doesn’t think it would make any sense for his old club to exchange the “special” Argentine for the midfielder, Pogba.

Fabio Capello has admitted he would like to see Harry Kane join Juventus, and that he’d swap Paulo Dybala for the Tottenham striker instead of Paul Pogba.

Dybala has been heavily linked with a move away from Juve in recent weeks, with the attacker yet to commit to fresh terms at the Allianz Stadium.

Goal has reported that the Argentine turned down the chance to extend his stay at the Allianz Stadium beyond 2022 over the summer, with the Bianconeri’s offer deemed too low by both the player and his representatives.

Source: Goal.com

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