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Fourteen of the 16 teams who reached next year's African Cup of Nations will start their final preparations this week in far-flung friendly internationals across three continents, stretching from the United States to Portugal and South Africa.
Defending champion Zambia is in Johannesburg to play next year's tournament host South Africa at FNB Stadium, formerly Soccer City, with both hoping they will be returning to the 2010 World Cup final venue for the last game of the African Cup next February.
Ivory Coast, the continent's top-ranked team and perennial favorite for the title, is away to Austria in Wednesday's matches, while Ghana plays first-time finalist Cape Verde in Lisbon.
Nigeria faces Venezuela in Miami without Chelsea pair Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel, but Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is set for a long-awaited international debut.
Ghana also will be missing a key foreign-based player with captain Asamoah Gyan granted leave to be with family after hi...
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Adebayor's mother Alice meets with Asamoah Gyan and Baffour Gyan
By Ameenu Shardow
Mother of Togolese football star Emmanuel Adebayor mourned with Asamoah Gyan and his family on Sunday.
Madam Alice Adebayor drove into town from her Togo base to represent her son in paying respect to the grieving family.
Asamoah Gyan who will be captaining Ghana at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations...
Hundreds of people have thronged the family residence of Asamoah Gyan to mark the one-week celebration of his late mother.
Mrs Cecilia Gyan, 60, died through a motor accident on Tuesday November 6 in Accra.
Ghana FA vice-president Fred Crentsil led a high-powered delegation from the Association that included Premier League Board Chairman, Welbeck Abra-Appiah and member of the Executive...
Asamoah Gyan will no longer take penalties for Ghana
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has decided against taking penalties for the Black Stars as a mark of respect to his late mother.
The 26-year-old striker has been Ghana’s number one penalty taker since 2006 although he has missed two crucial kicks in recent times.
Gyan missed a last minute penalty at the 2010 FIFA World Cup which...
Asamoah Gyan wants to revive boxing in Ghana
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is poised to continue with his Boxing promotions.
This follows the huge success of his maiden bout on Saturday which is already being touted as the most patronised fight in Ghana’s history.
Gyan with his Baby Jet Promotions managed to set up the clash which has been on the cards for the past six years between...
Asamoah Gyan’s mum will be laid to rest on April 6, 2013 in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
The 60-year-old passed away through a tragic accident last week.
She will be buried two months after the 2013 African Cup of Nations to be held in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea.
The Black Skipper, credited with his high level of mental toughness will now turn out for his country at the time that...
The Professional Footballers Association of Ghana has sent words of condolence to bereaved Black Stars players; Asamoah Gyan and John Boye.
Gyan’s mother, Cecilia Love Amoako, died in a car crash in Accra while Boye’s father succumbed to a short illness – all within a week.
The unfortunate developments have seen solidarity messages pouring in from all angles.
And now the PFAG...
Richmond-Boakye Yiadom must fight for a place in Ghan's AFCOn squad
Several players on the fringes of the Ghana squad will be fighting on Wednesday to get places in the country’s squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Coach Kwesi Appiah has invited several players who have not featured prominently in squad ahead of the friendly against Cape Verde in Portugal.
Lee Addy has been drafted into the Black Stars ahead of Cape Verde game
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has handed late call-ups to the Black Stars squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Cape Verde.
Midfielder Afriyie Acquah and China-based defender Lee Addy have been called up to replace two players who have pulled out of the game.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has been withdrawn to allow...