Registered players for 2016/17 Ghana Premier League season

Ghana Premier League’s transfer window slammed shut last night at 23:59 (GMT) with several clubs completing last minute deals with the capture of top-notch players for the start of the league.

Below is the list of some registered players by the clubs…

HEARTS OF OAK

Cosmos Dauda (Mighty Jets)

Mustapha Essuman (Can Tho FC – Vietnam)

Gbeti Sylvanus Evans (Cornerstones)

Samuel Akurugu (Sekondi Hasaacas)

Benjamin Atiso Doe (Tudu Mighty Jets)

Richard Akrofi (Wa All Stars)

Kennedy Appiah (AshantiGold)

Samuuden Ibrahim (King Solomon)

Samuel Yeboah (Heart of Lions)

Agbesi Doetse (Great Olympics)

MEDEAMA SC

Enoch Atta Agyei (Windy Profs.)

Patrick Opoku (Bechem Utd.)

Bernard Ofori (New Edubiase)

James Akaminko (Wa All Stars)

ASANTE KOTOKO

Theophilus Nyame (Hasaacas)

Halipha Sedogo (Burkina Faso)

Aliassou Sanou (Burkina Faso)

Edwin Tuffour Frimpong (Liberty Profs)

Bennett Ofori (Berekum Chelsea)

Michael Yeboah (Cornerstone)

Evans Quao (Medeama SC)

Samuel Kyere (Berekum Chelsea)

Ernest Sowah (CS Don Bosco – DR Congo)

Stephen Nyarko (Wa All Stars)

Richard Osei (Berekum Chelsea)

Kwame Boateng (Great Olympics)

ADUANA STARS

Yakubu Mohammed

Richard Mpong (Asante Kotoko)

Yahaya Mohammed (Al-Ittihad Tripoli)

Stephen Anokye Badu (B.A United)

Ofoe Ofotsu (Great Olympics)

Noah Martey (Bechem United)

Joseph Addo (Asante Kotoko)

Sampson Boampong Wirekoh (Windy Professionals)

Zakaria Mumuni (WAFA)

Bright Adjei (Tema Youth)

WA ALL STARS

Gabriel Ayala (Berekum Chelsea/Rockets FC)

Sammy Adjei (Eleven Wise)

Isaaku Kunda (Asokwa Deportivo)

Joel Fameyeh

ASHANTI GOLD SC

Hudu Yakubu (Heart of Lions)

Dauda Mohammed (Dunkwa United)

Alhassan Nuhu (New Edubiase)

Fuseini Nuhu (New Edubiase)

Isaac Amoah (Amidaus Profs.)

Daniel Addo (FC Kairat)

Emmanuel Nti Mensah (New Edubiase)

Godfred Rockson

Frederick Quayson (Hasaacas)

NEW EDUBIASE UNITED

Joseph Halm (Great Olympics)

Kasiru Issah (Bekwai Youth Football Academy)

Anas Abidina (Bekwai Youth Football Academy)

Faisal Gariba (Dwarfs)

Abdul Wahab (BA United)

WEST AFRICA FOOTBALL ACADEMY

Shaun Mason October (Hearts of Oak)

Ibrahim Tanko (Mighty Jets)

INTER ALLIES FC

Isaac Twum (Heart of Lions)

Kwame Baah (Heart of Lions)

Prince Baffoe (Asante Kotoko)

Suad Bawa (Windy Professionals)

Uriah Kporvi (Tamale Utrecht)

Paul Abanga (Windy Professionals)

BEREKUM CHELSEA

Richard Oti (Asante Kotoko)

Stephen Owusu Kaakyire

Prince Bobby (Al Ahed Beirut – Lebanon)

Sadick Adams (Al Feiha FC – Saudi Arabia)

Karim Abedi (Buipe Riverpool FC)

Constant Kotoka (Vita Club)

BECHEM UNITED

Akwasi Acheampong (Asante Kotoko)

Emmanuel Allan Skido (Aduana Stars)

Abdullah Issahaku (Berekum)

Bismarck Akaminko (Russian Club)

Nana Bonsu (Heart of Lions)

Enoch Gyimah (B.A United)

EBUSUA DWARFS

Romeo Agban (Hearts of Oak)

SEKONDI HASAACAS

Philip Boampong (Free agent)

Eric Bekoe (Free agent)

Prince Papa Arko (Free agent)

Fatau Mohammed

Issahaku Mutala

Saliw Babawu

Eric Edu Poku

Nicholas Doku

Fauzy Mohammed

Stephen Ackah

Michael Abu

Justice Blay

TECHIMAN CITY FC

Stephen Manu (BSH, Laos)

Idrissu Yahaya (Edubiase United)

Issaka Ibrahim( Free agent)

Samuel Kyere (Berekum Chelsea)

LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS

Benjamin Eshun (Hasaacas)

DREAMS FC

Mozart Adjetey (Heart of Lions)

David ‘Smallboy’ Korbah (Asante Kotoko)

Emmanuel Eli Keke (Mighty Jets)

Alhassan Kalusha (Tamale Utrecht)

Isaac Akrong (Wassaman Utd.)

Aaron Amoah (CODM Meknes – Morocco)

Godfred Asante (Great Olympics)

Francis Teye Sanchez (Promos FC)

Emmanuel Hayford (Hearts of Oak)

Prosper Donkor (Bechem United)

Ronaldo statue vandalised with ‘Messi 10’ graffiti

The statue of the Real Madrid star in Madeira was desecrated as unknown assailants wrote “Messi” and drew a number 10 on his back after the Argentine beat him to the Ballon d’Or

 As if losing out to Lionel Messi in the race for the Ballon d’Or on Monday was not enough for Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid attacker was given another reminder of the Argentine star’s dominance over him in the wake of the award ceremony.

While Ronaldo hoped to draw level with his Barcelona counterpart and pick up the award for the fourth time in his career, he was left disappointed to see Messi swoop in and collect it for the fifth time.

To make matters worse, the star saw the statue which stands in his hometown of Madeira painted over with some unwelcome graffiti.

Real Madrid Ready for £100 million rated Hazard

The season just kicked off and the various leagues look set for more intriguing moments. Chelsea sacked Jose Mourinho, Rafa Benitez was as well given the marching orders by Real Madrid and more looks like coming our way with the surprises. The expectations do set tongues rolling and our sports desk would like to join the fray.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)

The Chelsea youngster, Ruben Loftus-Cheek was over looked by previous manager, Jose Mourinho and if life does not get better under Guus Hiddink, Loftus-Cheek could be heading away from the Stamford Bridge.

Emmanuel Adebayor

Former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, is eyeing offers from Watford but the Guardian reports that Crystal Palace could outdo them.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Real Madrid are said to pay the asking price in Eden Hazard’s buy-out clause of £100m to sign Chelsea’s play maker. The rumour is that, Chelsea could be prompted to bid for the signature of Real Madrid player, Gareth Bale now 26 years old despite Manchester United’s hope to sign the Wales international for £75m.

Joao Teixeira (Liverpool)

The Portuguese midfielder has not been used as any player his caliber would wish for. Having had a successful stint with Brighton last term, it all seemed like a good season with Liverpool’s first team was in the offing.  Teixeira moving away would be ideal for his fledgling career.

Patrick Bamford (Chelsea)

The Chelsea player who once described his time at Crystal Palace as ‘terrible’, but Patrick Bamford who had a wonderful time with Middlesbrough who he nearly catapulted to the EPL last season. That achievement won him the Championship Player of the Year last season and a similar move seems increasingly likely as the likes of Diego Costa, Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao at Chelsea looks a formidable trio to deter him to probably seek solace in a move away to a championship club.

Alex Pritchard (Tottenham)

Many are those who felt Pritchard would play a prominent part in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans this season but injuries and the emergence of Dele Alli have scattered his dreams. The star of last years’championships could be leaving Tottenham, for other opportunities.

Patrick Roberts (Manchester City)

Patrick Roberts has fallen victim to Manchester City’s strong foreign legion, has done little favour to Patrick Roberts who joined Manchester City at £11m from Fulham. A loan move to a Championship club would definitely seem sensible.

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)

Alex Iwobi had an excellent time in Arsenal’s pre-season tournaments but the swift winger definitely would have to rub shoulders with well established Arsenal players. Alex might need to move away to say, a championship club and come stronger later at the bigger boys in the Premier League.

Daily Express are also spinning it that, Manchester City are eager to bring in manager Pep Guardiola and sign Lionel Messi in the summer as they seek to reunite the two.

The spin is also green that Guardiola could get the nod over Jose Mourinho at Manchester United after the former Barcelona coach spoke to both Manchester United and Manchester City. He turned down a Chelsea offer and is opened to Arsenal as well.

Jose Mourinho pay-off: How much will the Special One receive after his Chelsea sacking?

Jose Mourinho is set to be paid for the remainder of his Chelsea contract after leaving the club on Thursday.

The Portuguese was axed with the club languishing at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

His departure comes less than seven months after lifting the Premier League table with Chelsea having lost nine times already.

Mourinho signed a bumper £30m four-year deal before the start of the season – securing his services until 2019.

It was thought that contract – and subsequent pay-off – was a decisive factor in Roman Abramovich not pulling the trigger before now.

However, the Portuguese is NOT set for a lucrative pay-off from the Stamford Bridge club.

Instead he will be paid for the remaining three-and-a-half years of his contract in west London – netting his £250,000-a-week salary until he lands another job.

If he decides against working for other clubs, it mean Abramovich could end up forking out £45.5million for him to do nothing.

Mourinho’s sacking came on Thursday afternoon, just hours after the he joined his players and staff for their annual Christmas lunch.

Chairman Bruce Buck and Eugene Tenenbaum arrived at around 2pm to deliver the news in a 10-minute meeting that Mourinho’s second reign as Blues boss was over.

Guus Hiddink is expected to be appointed as manager until the end of the season with Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone possible long-term replacements.

UCL Draw: Man City Faces Kiev

Arsenal will have to overcome Barcelona across two legs in order to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger’s side have been drawn the reigning champions, while their Premier League rivals Chelsea will face Paris Saint-Germain for the second season running.

The Gunners, who have not reached the quarter-finals since 2010, have faced the Catalan giants in the knockout rounds five times before.

Round 16 pairings below:

Gent(BEL)v Wolfsburg(GER)

Roma(ITA)v Real Madrid(ESP)

Paris(FRA)v Chelsea(ENG)

Arsenal(ENG) v Barcelona(ESP)

Juventus(ITA) v Bayern(GER)

PSV(NED)v Atlético(ESP)

Benfica(POR)v Zenit(RUS)

Dynamo Kyiv(UKR)v Man. City(ENG)

Black Friday: The Best and Worst Premier League Panic Buys

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, when bargain hunters try to grab themselves a great deal.

But one man who will not be joining the hordes of shoppers is Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal manager was not even aware of the phenomenon when asked at a news conference, but was against the concept of panic buying.

“If they need two TVs, yes. But if they don’t need one, why should they buy two?”, he said.

Wenger does, however, love getting a good deal for a player, saying: “I love a bargain. Who doesn’t love a bargain?”

But history suggests that Wenger does not always follow his own advice and has himself been partial to a panic buy on football’s own annual shopping phenomenon -transfer deadline day.

In honour of Black Friday, BBC Sport takes a look at the best and worst deadline-day buys. Did clubs get a bargain or did they end up being a Christmas pudding?

Wenger’s hits and misses

For every Patrick Vieira and Mesut Ozil that Wenger considers a “top bargain”, there is Kim Kallstrom and Andre Santos.

“What is a bargain for us is to buy players of top quality, because only top quality strengthens our squad,” said Wenger, in reference to the £2.5m he spent on Vieira and £42.4m on Ozil.

But rewind to 31 August 2011. With midfielders Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and defender Gael Clichy all leaving in the summer window, Wenger embarked on a deadline-day spending spree.

He spent £10m on Mikel Arteta from Everton while midfielder Yossi Benayoun arrived on loan from Chelsea with defenders Per Mertesacker and Santos also brought in.

Arteta and Mertesacker have proved their worth and longevity at Arsenal while the less said about £6.2m left-back Santos, the better. The Brazilian played just 33 times in two seasons at the Emirates, which included an ill-advised half-time shirt-swap with former Gunner Robin van Persie.

Then there is the curious case of Swedish midfielder Kallstrom who was signed on loan, albeit with an existing back injury, on 31 January 2014.

The Swede, then aged 31, was meant to provide cover for for the injured Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, but he himself was sidelined for six weeks and only made four appearances for Arsenal.

Verdict: Arteta and Mertesacker are Black Friday bargains. Kallstrom and Santos are Christmas puddings

How Manchester City could line up against Juventus

A number of first team regulars have been ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League clash in Turin, meaning Manuel Pellegrini must shuffle his pack

For the second time this season, Manchester City head into a Champions League away game needing to bounce back from a 4-1 thrashing.
In September, City responded to defeat at Tottenham by seeing off Borussia Monchengladbach with a last-minute penalty. This time, top spot in Group D is up for grabs as they meet Juventus, with Saturday’s humbling at the hands of Liverpool still fresh in the memory.

Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI will be under the spotlight. The manager was criticised at the weekend for leaving Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho on the bench against the Reds.

Pellegrini changed things up at half-time, but by then it was too late and he only caused more problems for himself after the match when he claimed he would pick exactly the same team if he had the chance to do so again.

Had he pointed out that both Otamendi and Fernandinho had travelled to South America and back for international duty during the week he would have been understood. Instead, he adopted a defensive stance and attracted more scorn from many City fans.

“We will pick the right team for Juventus, a team to try and get a result,” he said after the Liverpool game. “We have a tough game against Southampton the following Saturday and the recovery period will not be ideal, but when we go to Juventus we will be thinking only about making progress in Europe and not about the Premier League.”

But he will have to do so with an injury-ravaged squad: “We have a difficult situation because we have too many players injured,” he added on Tuesday. “In defence we have injured: Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany and Mangala; in midfield we have injured Samir Nasri and David Silva and attacking we have Wilfried Bony.”

The match will be an interesting challenge for City. In their last Champions League game they dispatched Sevilla 3-1 and produced the kind of display that suggested they could at last make real progress in the competition.

After that match captain Vincent Kompany pointed to the “British” style of football his side had adopted in Spain and Pellegrini emphasised the need to replicate that standard of performance.

“I think that [to progress further] first of all we need to play in Europe in the same way we did in Sevilla.

“I don’t think the word exactly is a formula, I think we played very well, we played as a consistent team, we didn’t allow Sevilla to have many chances on our goal, but more than that I think we played the same we as we did so many times in the Premier League: we had good possession, we didn’t lose easy balls, we had good chances to score.”

Source: Goal.com

We don’t want to go back to Paris- David Luiz and Cavani Cry

DAVID LUIZ has thrown his future at Paris Saint-Germain into doubt by claiming he does not want to return to the French capital.

The former Chelsea defender was on international duty with Brazil when the terrorist atrocities unfolded in France on Friday night.

At least 129 people were killed in a series of attacks — sparking shock and outrage across the globe.

 And Luiz, who was red-carded as his country drew 1-1 with Argentina, has been left fearing for his safety.

According to reports, the centre-back said: “I have my girlfriend and some family and friends in Paris.

“They were all very sad and scared. I don’t know what I’m going to do and whether I will head back [to Paris].

“Playing for PSG is my job but if it were up to me I would not go back.”

PSG return to action at Lorient on Saturday before a Champions League clash in Malmo four days later.

And Edinson Cavani is another player said to be reluctant to head back to France as scheduled.

Cavani, 28, is currently preparing for Uruguay’s World Cup qualifier against Chile on Tuesday night.

But international team-mate Alvaro Gonzales has confirmed the PSG striker is unsure what to do next.

Gonzalez said: “This is horrible, for football and for the city.

“They spoke of the fact that Luiz would not return to Paris and Edinson said he would rather not have to go either.”

While Luiz and Cavani are apparently reluctant to resume their PSG careers, team-mate Marco Verratti will be happy to go back after representing the Italian national team.

The midfielder’s agent Donato Di Campli said: “Verratti was not in France, but he’s not afraid to enter the country.

“We must return to normality.”

The Top 20 most expensive Football Teams in the World

UEFA’s annual Benchmarking Report for financial year 2014 has revealed some staggering figures on the most expensive football teams in Europe. When the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid meet, we have more than a billion worth of players playing. It’s indeed staggering.

20. Wolfsburg – €123m

 

Real Madrid reveal Cristiano Ronaldo Price Tag

Real Madrid has reportedly set a price tag on Cristiano Ronaldo, cleaning the path for a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the current season.

Los Blancos President Florentino Perez is demanding a staggering a 100 million Euro (£74 mil.) for the Portuguese ace, which has already put the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain on red alert.

Ronaldo became Real’s all-time record goalscorer in the weekend after netting a goal in their 3-0 win over Levante and he even insisted that he wants to finsih his career at the Spanish club.

But Perez is reluctant to enter into new contract negotiations with Ronaldo and is willing to sell if a team come forward and meet the price tag.

Various rumors cited the fall-out in relationship with Gareth Bale as one of the reasons that prompt the president to offload the 30-year old star striker.

Ronaldo, who turns 31 in February is under contract with Real Madrid until the 2017/18 season, €1 billion release clause attached to it and earns €21m in wages.

So far this season, Ronaldo has struggled to have an impact on matches and ESPNFC’s Dermot Corrigan compared his ball control to that of goalkeeper Keylor Navas against Levante.

He will turn 33 once his contract expires at Real Madrid, and doubts are already raised on whether he has past his prime.

Manchester United and PSG emerged are long-term interested parties for Cristiano Ronaldo, but the question still remains will they be ready to pay 100m Euro for a 31-year-old. This also reveals that Real Madrid are in no hurry to sell, and if they sell they will sell him only at the rice price.

Cristiano Ronaldo has grown into a ‘sort of brand’ in the recent years and even a 100m fee wont hurt the buyers, as the marketing potential he brings with is massive. which would easily return the paid sum in no time.

Source: Leaguelane.com