Countryman Songo looses his job as presenter for ‘Fire for Fire’

An earlier report made by revealed that Countryman Songo rained insults on Kwesi Nyantakyi for destroying Ghana football in the wake of delay in the start of the 2018 Ghana Premier League due to a High Court injunction placed on by Accra Great Olympics.

A further report we gathered stated that the ‘Fire Man’ as he is affectionately called was stopped on the show by the management of Multimedia especially after they had to intervene for Kwesi Nyantakyi to drop GHC 2m defamatory case against Countryman Songo.

Unconfirmed reports reaching us has it that Countryman Songo has lost his job as presenter of ‘Fire for Fire’ on Adom TV. His alleged dismissal could be a means by which Multimedia seeks to prevent the issue from reoccurring.

Former Kitz FM Sports host, Kobby Stone, is reported to have taken over the mantle as the host of ‘Fire for Fire’ after he was prevented from further defaming Kwasi Nyantakyi.

4 players who could fill in for Andres Iniesta against Chelsea

FC Barcelona (Barca), the Spanish giants managed a 1-1 draw against Chelsea FC in the first leg of the UCL Round of 16 at Stamford Bridge. The second leg scheduled for March 15 will be a great treat for football fans.

Unfortunately, Barca has been struck with a major blow as club Captain Andres Iniesta has suffered an injury. Barcelona top the Spanish league with 69 points but Ernesto Valverde may not be happy because just before their clash with Chelsea the man in form, and Spanish legend Andres Iniesta has suffered a hamstring injury.

Barcelona may be eight points clear from Athletico Madrid in La Liga but the UCL is a different ball game entirely. It wont be that easy for Valverde to knock out Conte’s blue army. Whom can he rely on to hold the fort in midfield?

Listed below are four alternatives to Iniesta;

#4 Ousmane Dembele

The 20 year old Frenchman may not have the experience of Iniesta but he certainly has the talent to play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The erstwhile Borrusia Dortmund winger has so far played 11 games with four assists, one of these in the Champions League.

If Valverde entrusts the Frenchman with this huge responsibility, he certainly will be an asset in the massive encounter.

#3 Paulinho

Paulinho played in the first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian has played 38 games for Barcelona and been an important player for the club this season. Scoring 8 goals and providing 2 assists, he’s a man in form and certainly will be a threat to the London club.

He playing style differs from that of Iniseta but can play for 90 minutes and is capable of attacking from midfield, battling in the midfield and is solid defensively.

#2 Andre Gomes

Although Gomes is facing a backlash from the Barca faithful for a string of poor performances, this match against Chelsea provides a great opportunity for Gomes to convert whistles into applause.

The central midfielder is not at the top of his game at the moment but if Valverde shows interest in this man, he may prove his mettle in this encounter.

#1 Denis Suarez

Denis Suarez has played 18 games so far for the Spanish giants and has three goals and six assists to his name. The Spaniard plays exactly like Iniesta. Though a seemingly exact replica of Andres Iniesta, the Spaniard has played less football.

Lack of experience is a major stumbling block for him but if he is inspired, he has the technique and the ability to cause problems in the box for Chelsea. He certainly can be a threat to Chelsea at Camp Nou.

Heart of matter

Ernesto Valverde has a huge task ahead of him, he needs to carefully select Iniesta’s replacement on the day. Hopefully for him, Barca doesn’t fall at the hands of Chelsea as they did in the UCL 2012 edition.

5 Reasons why Barcelona will destroy Chelsea in the Champions League 2nd Round

Chelsea eliminated Barcelona from the Champions League when these two sides played against each other in the semifinals of 2011/12 competition. However, there is no Drogba, Lampard or John Terry this time around to save Chelsea and they face a herculean task to stop the Barcelona juggernaut.

On that note, let’s take a look at the reasons why Barcelona will destroy Chelsea.

#5 Lone warrior Hazard finds no support from his teammates

In the last six Premier League games, Chelsea has scored only 10 goals and 6 of them came from the Belgian, Eden Hazard. Victor Moses scored 2 while Marcos Alonso and Willian scored one each.

It’s been quite a while since Alvaro Morata found the back of the net for Chelsea. After a brilliant start to his life at the Stamford Bridge, Alvaro Morata is struggling at the moment.

He last scored for Chelsea in December 2017 and in his last 15 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, the Spaniard has scored only 4 goals. Giroud arrived from Arsenal last month but has made just one start for Chelsea so far.

The form of Pedro and Willian isn’t great either. Pedro has scored only 2 goals in his last 13 appearances for Chelsea while Willian has 2 from 10. If not for Eden Hazard’s brilliance, Chelsea’s season would have been a disaster. Hazard cannot single-handedly save Chelsea’s season and sooner or later, he needs some support from his teammates.

10 Players Arsenal Regret Selling

With the dust finally settling on Alexis Sanchez’s long drawn transfer saga, unexpectedly, Arsenal fans for a change have come out of the window satisfied and excited. The arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and their instant connection has given the Gooners plenty of reason to be positive.

There is substantial evidence that questions the transfer policies at the club over the past decade, however. Despite quashing the label of being ‘a feeder club’ to the European elite, Arsene Wenger has more than often found himself at the end of a selling decision that the club would come to regret.

#10 Robin van Persie

Whether Sanchez will be able to replicate his feat at the Theatre of Dreams remains to be seen, however, the transfer of Arsenal’s lethal marksmen, Robin van Persie, to Manchester United just when he hit his prime is arguably the most irksome transfers out of the club.

Van Persie would go on to net 26 league goals in the subsequent season to help Sir Alex Ferguson land his 13th league title. One is only left to wonder what the title challenge would have been like with the Dutch striker at the helm along with the addition of leading midfielders Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla.

#9 Alex Song

If there is one position on the field which Arsenal have still not been able to replenish with the same quality, it is the defensive midfield. Having to fill in the large boots of Patrick Viera, Alex Song had slowly but steadily established himself as the rock of a young Arsenal midfield developing all attributes that allowed others to express themselves while he would hold the fort.

His role in the team became even more critical when he added to attacking side of his game when he could find the space between the lines and be the extra man to play the final ball.

Post his departure to Barcelona, Arsenal have had a whole lot of options to try in the form of Abou Diaby, Francis Coquelin and more recently Granit Xhaka, but no one has been consistent enough to lay claim on it like the Cameroon international once did.

#8 Cesc Fabregas

It is not for all teenagers that Arsene Wenger would cut down his vacation time to ensure personally that the deal goes through. For Fabregas, one would say it was all worth it. To address the void in creativity left behind after the exit of Bergkamp, Pires, and Ljunberg, the club needed new blood and to that respect, Fabregas was the building block.

His vision, technical ability, and leadership glued Arsenal’s young squad together. Notably, in the five years leading up to 2011, Fàbregas created 466 goal-scoring chances, made 86 assists and scored 48 goals.

Just about hitting his best years, he was sold to Barcelona for a fee close to  €33 million. Three years on, Fabregas would return to London, albeit in the blue jersey of Chelsea, for his second stint in the premier league.

Despite cry outs from the fans and a buy-back clause, Arsenal chose to let him pass only to see him win two league titles in three years with their London rivals.

#7 Samir Nasri

For his short frame, Samir Nasri’s playing style came closest to his legendary compatriot Zinedine Zidane. Nasri’s slick passing, ability to play wide as well as centre and close control made him a quintessential Arsenal player.

After a start-stop life in the Arsenal colours in the first two seasons, the young French international, re-captured form in the 2010-11 season. His consistent performances were rewarded by three Fans’ Player of the Month awards and also earned him a place in the Team of the Year.

The inevitable happened again when cash-rich Manchester City would lay eyes on him and he was sold off to the Citizens for a reported £25 million. Plying his talent, Nasri would secure two Premier League titles with the blues of Manchester, presenting another case of lost opportunity for Arsenal.

#6 Serge Gnabry

Arsene Wenger’s much-known eye for talent under the scanner with the transfer of teenage German international Serge Gnabry to Werder Bremen for around £5 million.

The availability of competing players in a similar position might be the one argument in Wenger’s favour but the fact that Bayern Munich snapped him up at the first chance after his impressive haul of 11 goals in 27 appearances with Bremen speaks volumes of his qualities.

While there are claims that there were efforts to retain him and Bayern influence behind the scenes, Arsenal might be left kicking themselves as he takes up more prominent roles in Bayern and German national career.

#5 Ashley Cole

If selling to a title rival was not already highlighted as a frowned upon policy, Ashley Cole’s departure to Chelsea ends that argument. The talented full-back of England’s ‘Golden Generation’ left Arsenal in rather unceremonious circumstances considering he was an integral clog of the ‘Invincibles’ winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups on the way.

More than a decade has passed, yet Arsenal have not been able to satisfactorily able to plug the hole. Cole went on to win seven major honours with Chelsea including a Champions League winner’s medal.

In the meanwhile, his understudies namely Gael Clichy, Kieran Gibbs, and Armand Traore have all tried unsuccessfully to nail the spot down for themselves. In the more recent past, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac have arrested the fall to some extent but Cole’s services both in defence as well as in attack have been missed.

#3 Wojciech Szczesny

Once identified as a “future great, great goalkeeper” by Arsene Wenger, there seems to be little surprise in the fact that today, he is lined up as a potential long-term replacement for the legendary Gigi Buffon at Juventus.

One could argue that his concentration levels on the pitch and discipline off it always were a cause for concern, however, being loaned-out and subsequently sold right after jointly winning the Premier League Golden Glove award for 2013-14 season does question the management’s decision as well.

Putting in perspective that Cech is past his prime, Ospina’s inconsistencies and that Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet for over two months now, point to the fact that a keeper of Szczesny’s calibre could have been the answer to Arsenal’s defensive woes.

#2 Thierry Henry

Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer spent eight glorious years at the club where he won two league titles, three FA Cups and led the club to their one and only Champions League final.

He averaged an unbelievable 28 league goals a season for five consecutive seasons for the Gunners and looked set to stay at Arsenal when an unexpected turn of events saw him move to Barcelona for £21.60 million.

In some quarters one would suggest that it made business sense to cash in on a player entering the twilight of his career, but isn’t retaining the likes of Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs and John Terry that helps a club remain relevant.

The prodigal son did return for a short loan spell and rolled back the years with his first touch goal against Leeds in the FA Cup fixture. Its now only a figment of imagination what Arsenal could have achieved with him to build the team around with.

#1 Harry Kane

If only Arsenal could choose to undo one thing from their past, without doubt, it would be to not let go of a nine-year-old Harry Kane. Little did they know he would come back to haunt them as the most lethal striker across Europe and that as part of their greatest rivals Tottenham.

He has a 100% record against Arsenal and is at the heart of the power shift that North London is witnessing. Liam Brady, former academy chief and legend at Arsenal, admittedly said ‘it was a mistake’ when Arsenal let Kane go for his chubby physique.

Still only 24, Kane’s growing stature is next only to Messi and Ronaldo and the goal machine’s efforts in almost single-handedly leading Spurs resurgence is only going to grow more irksome for Arsenal fans.

4 reasons why Chelsea will beat Barcelona in the Champions League

Barcelona are unbeaten in the league although their performances haven’t been as convincing as in the past. They might have the upper hand over the Londoners in the current scenario, but there are a bunch of points that will help the Blues stay positive over the prospect of beating them.

That being said, let’s see four reasons why Antonio Conte’s men can pull off an upset in the round of 16.

History never really says goodbye, history says ,’See you later.’

They might be the better side at the moment, but Barca players need to understand the importance of this aforementioned quote by Eduardo Galeano. They will surely be walking down the memory lane of their miserable past in the tie.

In the last five games against Barcelona, Chelsea have won twice and drawn thrice. Barcelona have failed to win against them since March 2006, albeit they did trounce them on aggregate, eventually winning the competition that year. Chelsea’s stellar performance against the Spanish giants means they have a psychological edge over Ernesto Valverde’s men.

Even in the recent meetings in 2012, the Blues caused an upset with 10 men at the Nou Camp, not to mention a 1-0 shocker in the same edition at home.

They might not be having the best days of their life, but their history against Barca gives Conte’s men an undeniable right to stay optimistic prior to the fixture.

#3 Barcelona’s away form

Barcelona are almost impossible to beat when it comes to playing them at the Nou Camp. However, the story is far from the same when they play away from their home.

Let’s consider the club’s away form in the Champions League. Barca have won once and drawn twice in the three away games in the group stages.

Also, when it comes to playing big games as visitors this season, the Catalans haven’t been quite impressive. Since the start of the season, they have played Real Madrid, Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Juventus away from home. In the 6 away games that they have played, Valverde’s men have won only twice, lost once and drawn thrice.

Barcelona’s intermittent away form should serve enough advantage for Chelsea to turn up optimistically for the clash.

#2 Lionel Messi’s curse

The story of Lionel Messi’s curse against Chelsea is no secret to the football world. As good as he is against other sides, the Argentine maestro has failed to prove himself against Chelsea on multiple occasions.

In the eight games he has played against the Blues, the Blaugrana forward has failed to score even once from 29 attempts on goal! He also had his penalty denied by the woodwork back in April 2012; the miss proved fatal as Barca crashed out of the Champions League while Chelsea eventually won the competition.

Keeping Leo Messi quiet will be a challenge, but definitely not impossible for Antonio Conte. He has Gary Cahill and David Luiz in his ranks – the duo who successfully held him at bay in 2012. Certainly, he can count on his trusted defenders to do the same, can’t he?

#1 Chelsea’s strong areas

Chelsea have been under fire this season, but that doesn’t mean they cannot exploit Barcelona’s weaknesses. The Catalans have been weak in the air – exactly the area in which Chelsea have been top-notch this season.

Alvaro Morata might be off colour, but the Spaniard has been the second best in Premier League when it comes to converting aerial chances into goals. As of January, the striker has scored 6 goals from 19 headed attempts, notching a conversion rate of 31.6%.

Another factor that will seriously affect Barcelona’s chances are their weaknesses in the middle of the park. The Catalans fall behind Chelsea’s midfielders when it comes to creating chances. In La Liga, the trio of Busquets, Iniesta and Rakitic have created 070, 0.78 and 1.05 chances per game respectively. In contrast, the duo of Kante and Fabregas have created 1.33 and 2.91 chances per game.

Containing Eden Hazard will also be a tough challenge for Pique and Co. in the game. The Belgian has been in superb form and will be a cause of concern for Valverde since he will be playing against Barca’s weaker right flank.

As they did against Manchester United, a high pressing game could help Chelsea in neutralizing Barcelona’s threat. The midfield battle will definitely hold a great deal of importance in the outcome of the clash.

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FC Barcelona Signs Philippe Coutinho For an English Record Fee of £142Million

Barcelona FC have just signed Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in a club-record transfer. Mirror UK reports. According to the report, the English football club have settled on an agreement for the Brazilian for an initial fee of €120million (£106.4m), with a further €40m (£35.5m) in add-ons.

This is the second-most expensive transfer of all-time, trailing the £198million PSG paid for Neymar to Barcelona last summer – and it is the highest transfer fee ever received by an English Football club for a player.

Coutinho is billed to sign a five-year deal, with the possibility of the club giving him n extension in the summer to ensure his deal does not run out mid-season.

He was spotted in London on Saturday making final preparations to fly out to Barcelona and connect with his new club.

The World Cup Speaks ARABIC

With everything now sets for the world Cup to be held in Russia, one can now confidently say the world cup speaks Arabic as 4 Arabic dominated countries made it the finals.

After the qualification of Morocco and Tunisia to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Arabs now have 4 teams out of 32, which could possibly mean a better chance in going far in the biggest football tournament.

With draw for the group stages less than a month away, one really expects sterling performances from the Arabic nations.
The question which therefore raises eyebrows is, will they go far or will the 8-0 Saudi Arabia suffered at the hands of Germany sometime back be repeated?

Let just get our fingers crossed and then expect the best.

Focus on the Midfield Dynamo in Kojokrom: Gilbert Adams aka Nat

Talking of the best midfielder in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis, one name which is likely to soar really high is that of Gilbert Adams popularly known as Nat in Kojokrom. His precise passes are always pinpointed and the rate at which he displays his cleverness on the pitch leaves many to wonder where this lad comes from.

A search for the best and talented players in the whole of Ghana by Betway led by Stephen Appiah saw Nat making the 18 man list among thousands of players from the whole the country.

His displays and skills are something you can’t take away from the young midfield dynamo. Hence the main reason is throwing more light on our own.

Congratulations boss. We look forward to seeing you at the very top in no time.

Who won Mayweather vs McGregor fight: The result from Las Vegas last night

Floyd Mayweather won for the 50th time in his decorated career when the fantasy fight with Conor McGregor proved a mismatch and he stopped the Irishman in 10 rounds in Las Vegas.

The American has long vowed this would be his final fight, but even at the age of 40 and after almost two years of inactivity he showed few signs of decline in outclassing McGregor, who at the T-Mobile Arena was making his professional debut.

As had always appeared almost certain to be the case when interest in a match-up between the highest-profile figures from boxing and the UFC began building over a year ago, McGregor simply proved levels below perhaps the finest fighter of the modern era.

He remained game and began with confidence, but as with Mayweather’s opponents in his other 49 fights, swiftly learnt his skills were hugely inadequate as he became the first fighter to be stopped by him since Victor Ortiz in 2011.

McGregor’s greatest chance of success came in using his superior size and weight – he was 3.5lbs heavier at Friday’s weigh-in and bigger still in the ring – to smother Mayweather, set a high pace and deny him the time and space with which he excels.

A potential awkwardness at not having boxed professionally could also have threatened the American’s ability to read and time him as quickly as he had so many others, but that never proved the case and by the fourth he was taking control.

Beyond a reasonable left uppercut in the opening round as Mayweather chose to analyse his unusual opponent – who repeatedly switched his stance – the punches he threw proved how unsuited he is to boxing at this level and how the two should never have shared a ring.

A recurring theme throughout the fight began in the second, when referee Robert Byrd had to warn McGregor for punching behind the head. Mayweather’s defence nullified any potential sting in the Irishman’s punches and then responded with two sharp right hands of his own.

McGregor’s renewed aggression at the start of the fourth was swiftly turned against him as Mayweather began to read him, landing another big right on the counter after ensuring another remained out of range.

Thereafter, uncharacteristically he turned aggressor, attempting to walk his opponent down in a way he last regularly did while fighting at a far lighter weight.

In a farcical sixth-round moment Mayweather was turned and McGregor again went without punishment for punching behind the head, but by its conclusion he was showing significant signs of fatigue and unravelling amid numerous further right hands.

Any respect the American may have had for his opponent’s threat disappeared at the same rate McGregor tired, his sense of distance ensuring the biggest question became how long the 29-year-old would survive.

A low blow in the ninth on Mayweather also went unpunished, but he then similarly took advantage of McGregor’s lack of form to continue landing with the jab and right to leave him desperately clinging on.

The inevitable conclusion followed in the 10th when, with the stumbling McGregor unable to avoid Mayweather’s sharp accurate right hands, Byrd finally showed some conviction to rescue the resilient Irishman and wave the action over after one minute and five seconds.

With victory, Mayweather’s record surpassed that of the great Rocky Marciano by improving to 50-0.

He has earned so much money that, particularly with the minimum £78million he is reportedly guaranteed from defeating McGregor, he should never need to fight again.

McGregor’s minimum reported purse of £23million also represents his biggest day, but even despite this one-sided defeat his popularity within UFC means he can swiftly fight within it again.

How the judges scored it

Judge: Dave Moretti

Round 1: Mayweather 9 McGregor 10; R2 9-10; R3 9-10; R4 10-9; R5 10-9; R6 10-9; R7 10-9; R8 10-9; R9 10-8; Total 87-83

Judge: Burt Clements

Round 1: Mayweather 9 McGregor 10; R2 10-9; R3 10-9; R4 10-9; R5 10-9; R6 10-9; R7 10-9; R8 10-9; R9 10-9; Total 89-82

Judge: Guido Cavalleri

Round 1: Mayweather 9 McGregor 10; R2 10-9; R3 10-9; R4 10-9; R5 10-9; R6 10-9; R7 10-9; R8 10-9; R9 10-8; Total 89-81