Monkey chants were reported during last Thursday’s tie in Milan, which Spurs won on away goals, and an inflatable banana was also seen in the crowd. Inter have already been fined £43,000 (50,000 euros) by Serie A officials this season after their fans were found guilty of racially abusing former Inter players Mario Balotelli and Sulley Muntari.
“Go for such hungry players who are ready to die for the national cause,” cries Sarfo-Gyamfi. Alas, what national cause? Which players? Who has died more for country in modern times than Dede Ayew? Who has played on more legs than Dede Ayew?
After back-to-back wins over Barcelona in less than two weeks, the whites are fired up for this encounter. This marks the second time that the whites are coming to Manchester in this year’s Champions league after meeting Manchester City in the group stage. Essien has been instrumental in the Madrid team since his arrival on loan after he lost favour at Chelsea.
By ROB HUGHES: Two Ghanaians, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari, struck fine opportunist goals. No Barcelona player — not Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta or any of them — reached their level or was allowed to in A.C. Milan’s San Siro stadium on Wednesday.
Essien believes he won’t be in a position to warm the bench when he comes for national assignments to be ‘humiliated’ like other senior players and so prefers to enjoy his relative peace at Madrid where he has gradually warmed his way into the scheme of things at the Los blancos.
The tournament was being hosted in South Africa and the FA members took the team to U.A.E for acclimatization. For instance in 1992 the team went to Portugal ahead of Senegal games and that was better than U.A.E and South Africa.
Coach Kwesi Appiah's team are now ranked the second-best side on the continent behind the Elephants of the Ivory Coast. Mali are third on the African ranking table.
I can not hide my disappointment in Kwasi Appiah’s bench for such technical ineptitude and lack of foresight, especially in our last match against Burkina Faso. Right from the group stages to this disgraceful semi-final, our technical bench failed to see and read the opponents’ game plans and how to counter them.
National football coaching in a country like Ghana is serious business. It is not about having a pretty face, having friends in the right places, being “loved” by the players or being from the “right” tribe. The curriculum vitae of Kwesi Appiah at senior level reads as follows – Wins against the likes of Lesotho and Malawi, a World Cup campaign in peril, the worse performance by any Black Stars side in AFCON for several years.
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