Romelu Lukaku: Striker says it is time to 'move on' from controversial chant

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he wants the club's fans to "move on" from their controversial chant about him.
Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out have described the lyrics, about the size of the 24-year-old's penis, as "offensive and discriminatory".
"Great backing since I joined #MUFC," Lukaku was quoted as saying on United's official Twitter account.
"Fans have meant well with their songs but let's move on together."
The tweet ends: "#RespectEachOther".
"Racist stereotypes are never acceptable, irrespective of any intention to show support for a player," said Kick It Out earlier this week.


WAFU Cup: Ghana to face Nigeria in final

The Black Stars of Ghana will face off with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the grand finale of the 2017 WAFU Cup after beating Niger 2-0 in the semi-final played this evening (Thursday, September 21, 2017).

Two goals from Ghana’s striking pair of Kwame Kizito and Stephen Sarfo ensured that the Stars will have another chance to avenge their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Nigeria.
The finale will come off at the Cape Coast stadium on Sunday, September 24.

In what was a frantic and physical battle, Niger came off the blocks from the blast of the whistle and asked a lot of questions off the Ghanaian defence.

Niger could and should have taken the lead in the opening stages of the game but profligacy on the part of their strikers meant all the decent chances they had went begging with their lead striker Adebayor the most guilty of all.
As the Niger side wasted their chances, the Black Stars grew into the game and found their rhythm.


Chelsea agree to sell Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid

Chelsea have agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of striker Diego Costa back to the Spanish club.

The move, which will be completed in January, is subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.

Atletico said the 28-year-old, who left the club to join Chelsea in 2014, would have a medical in the next few days.
Spain international Costa has not played for the Blues this season, and spent much of August in his native Brazil.

He cannot be registered as a player for the La Liga outfit until January, when the club's transfer window ban comes to an end. The two teams play each other next Wednesday in the Champions League.

Brazil-born Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico for a reported £32m three years ago.
He scored 58 goals in 120 appearances for the Blues, including 20 in the Premier League last season as Chelsea won the title.


WAFU Preview: Ghana vs Niger - Semi Final

The Black Stars B of Ghana will be at crossroads when they face Niger in the second semifinal of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations on Thursday evening at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.

Ghana topped Group A and despite losing their last match to Nigeria. The Black Stars B remain strong favourites to lift the coveted trophy having won the last edition of the WAFU Zone B tournament.

Maxwell Konadu in a post match interview after suffering defeat to Nigeria said:

“I think the game against Nigeria was a difficult one, but all the same I have to congratulate the boys for what they did even though we lost game, they played through a lot of difficulties.

“We have to congratulate Nigeria, they took their chances and played very well. It was a day, nothing really worked for us. We will go back, rest well and recover for Thursday and the semifinal.”


Official: Ghana's final squad for U-17 World Cup

Ghana U17 coach Paa Kwesi Fabin has named a strong final 21-man squad for next month's World Cup in India, dropping seven players who were part of the squad for the African championship.

According to the squad released by the Ghana FA on Thursday morning, all the key players who thrilled fans at the U17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament have been retained with goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad, striker Eric Ayiah and midfielders Gabriel Leveh and Ibrahim Sulley all maintaining their places.

Some of the new players added to the squad at talented teenage prodigy Aminu Mohammed of WAFA Academy and hugely talented Right to Dream U17 side captain Mohammed Kudus.

The players who were part of the African championship squad and excluded from the World Cup team are Kwadwo Opoku, Patmos Arhin, Samuel Mone Andoh, Kingsley Owusu, Abdul Razak Yusif, Faisal Osman and Isaac Antah.


Gyan to retire in 2019 - Coach Sarpong

Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan is considering retiring from international football after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. That’s according to his former coach J.E Sarpong who says he had a lengthy chat with the Ghana international recently.
Coach Sarpong speaking on Utv, said Gyan is aware that he cannot play forever and thus has a clear idea when he would hang his boots when it comes to the national team.
“During the recent World Cup qualifier against Congo in Kumasi I spoke to Gyan and he confirmed to me that he was going to play at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and after that he will retire from the national team. I think the calls by people that he should retire are unfortunate, he himself will go when the time is right so Ghanaians must be patient for a little while.”


Asamoah Gyan scores maiden competitive goal for Kayserispor

Asamoah Gyan scored his first goal in a competitive match for Turkish side Kayserispor who beat fourth-tier side Van BB on Tuesday in the Turkish Cup third round.

The Ghana striker was playing his first match after recovering from a thigh injury he picked up on international duty.

Gyan was an unused substitute in last Friday's 2-0 win over Antalyaspor.

The summer signing has managed just two league appearances so far due to his frequent injuries.


Credit Rafael Benitez for my form - Christian Atsu

In-form Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu says credit must be given to manager Rafael Benitez for finally being able to bring the best out of him.

Christian Atsu has hailed the role played by Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez in his development following his first English Premier League goal over the weekend.

The Ghana international who helped the Magpies secure promotion to the English elite division has spoken on the impact the tactician has had on his personal development as a player.

“I am very happy the team won and also happy to get my first Premier League goal,” Atsu told club website

“Three wins in a row is very good for the team.

“Rafa is always telling me to use my speed to run in behind the defense if I want to assist or score more goals and it has shown a lot.

“I think with Rafa, I have improved a lot, I have seen it for myself and a lot of people are also seeing it.


My celebration was just a banter - Lukaku

Manchester United romped to a 4-0 win over Everton on Sunday, with the Belgium international scoring against his former team in a late surge.

Romelu Lukaku said that his goal celebration which involved holding his ear to Everton fans after scoring in Manchester United's 4-0 win was just "banter".

United ended up blowing Everton away towards the end of Sunday's Premier League encounter, scoring three times after the substitution of former hero Wayne Rooney in the 82nd minute to add to Antonio Valencia's stunning early opener.

For United's late surge, Lukaku first set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan for their second goal, then netted from close range himself, before Anthony Martial wrapped things up from the penalty spot.

Lukaku cupped his ear in celebration after his 89th minute strike, which could have been perceived as goading Everton fans, though he insisted that was not the case.


WAFU Nations Cup: Maxwell Konadu eyes Nigeria scalp despite securing semifinal spot

Black Stars coach Maxwell Konadu has fired a warning shot at Nigeria ahead of tonight's clash in the WAFU Cup of Nations.

Ghana will go at loggerheads against sworn rivals Nigeria in the last match of Group A at the Ndoum Stadium.

The Black Stars have already booked their place in the semifinal stage following their two wins against Mali and Guinea respectively.

But speaking ahead of the game, coach Konadu insisted that they will be going all out against the Super Eagles despite clinching a place in the semifinal.

“We started well against Mali but it wasn’t the best, but we managed to sail past our first opponents Gambia, then Guinea and now Mali,” said the Black Stars coach.

“Coming to the Group stage, we managed to play better than we did in the first match and today again against Mali the boys proved that they are a very difficult side to beat.


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