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Antonio Hands West Ham 1-0 Derby Victory Over Tottenham

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West Ham United grabbed all three points against woeful London rivals Tottenham as Harry Kane put in another poor performance.

He was embarrassingly at fault as one-time rival for his England striking role Michail Antonio stabbed home yet another winning goal against Spurs.

Kane might have thought netting against Newcastle last week would lead to a glut of goals but he and his teammates delivered a truly toothless display against their rivals.

Bar a dominant spell towards the end of the first half Nuno Espirito Santo’s men offered nothing but pointless possession and failed counter attacks.

And in the end they were punished by Antonio, who now plays his international football for Jamaica, despite his six goals and three assists this campaign putting his opposite number to shame.

The icing on the cake for the Hammers star would have been beating Kane to the ball for his goal with the Tottenham man not even raising a leg as the ball fell in his direction.

Tottenham’s tepid start to the season continued at the London Stadium as they struggled to break down their hosts.

Dull football in midfield was occasionally interspersed with attempted switches of play, mainly to Sergio Reguilon, drifted aimlessly out of bounds.

All the while the Hammers offered a threat almost every time they reached the Spurs penalty area.

Pablo Fornals twice had Hugo Lloris sweating with shots, while Tomas Soucek nearly broke the deadlock with a backpost header.

The visitors could have had a penalty when Kurt Zouma clipped Tanguy Ndombele in the box, but VAR was unwilling to overturn the on-field decision.

Such was Spurs’ failure to truly trouble the West Ham defence in the first 30 minutes, talkSPORT reporter Ian Abrahams joked: “Harry Kane, I don’t even think he’s here.”

Kane did at least prompt a super save from Lukasz Fabianski close to half time but that was his only meaningful contribution in the first 45 minutes.

When play resumed Tottenham spurned another good chance to take the lead when midfielder Oliver Skipp failed to make contact with another good ball from the bright Reguilon.

If Spurs’ play lacked energy, West Ham were the opposite and a frontline led by Antonio bristled any time the ball came near them.

The striker’s battle with Cristian Romero was a fine derby tussle over the 90 minutes.

Kane’s first-half header didn’t have the morale boost he might have been hoping for and when he should have laid the ball on plate for Heung-Min Son he put the ball straight into Fabianski’s arms.

Fornals again brought the best from Lloris after a rare Reguilon error as West Ham sought to punish profligate Spurs.

And from the corner the Hammers found the inevitable breakthrough.

Being marked by Kane, Antonio was found by the ball over from Cresswell and when the England striker was slow to react, his opponent fired home to embarrass him further.

It’s a result which will see Spurs manager Nuno come under increasing pressure given his side’s awful displays this season.

Combined with shocking 3-0 losses to Crystal Palace and Arsenal, as well as a poor showing in the home defeat to Chelsea, his future already looks in doubt just five months into his tenure.

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‘Black Stars Coaches Are Afraid Of Andre Dede Ayew’ : Countryman Songo

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Controversial Ghanaian journalist, Patrick Osei Agyemang who is known as Countryman Songo has made a bold claim about Black Stars captain, Andre Dede Ayew.

He made this bold claim when he appeared on the flagship evening show, Good Evening Ghana aired on the popular Ghanaian television station, Metro TV.

During his submission, he was asked about the leadership of Dede Ayew in the Black Stars team, and answering this, he stated that there is no problem with the leadership of Dede, however, the coaches are afraid of the player.

According to him, as a coach, you must be able to control every player in your team, and in the case of Andre Ayew, he has declined in form so coaches must know when to play him, however, these coaches make the player dictate to them.

Watch the interview below;

He was in the studios of Metro TV to discuss the performance of the Black Stars at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon where the team failed to win any of their group matches and ended up at the bottom of the group.

They lost two matches against Morocco and Comoros and drew with Gabon.

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Mohammed Salisu Reportedly Agrees To Play In Ghana’s World Cup Playoffs Against Nigeria

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Ghanaians can express a sigh of relief as Southampton defender, Mohammed Salisu has at long last chosen to support Ghana in their FIFA World Cup campaign against adjoining nation, Nigeria, in the play-offs, his uncle Yakubu Ahmed revealed.

Mohammed Salisu affirmed his choice not to play Ghana at the international level when Alhaji Grusah reached out to him which turned into a subject of public interest.

Football administrative head, Alhaji Karim Grunsah revealed that Salisu requested that he “remain away” when he attempted to persuade the footballer to play for Ghana.

Mohammed has turned down innumerable Black Stars call up referring to reasons that he isn’t yet prepared but the uplifting news coming from his uncle has it that he has at long last acknowledged to address his country as the Black Stars are set for a vital season finisher game against West African opponents Nigeria, as the two groups mean to meet all requirements for the competition in Qatar.

Speaking on the subject, the player’s uncle said he has informed the family of his decision to finally play for the national team.

“He will be playing for Ghana soon. He has assured us that he will play in the World Cup qualifiers,” Yakubu Ahmed told Kumasi-based Sikka FM, as quoted by GhanaWeb.

“He cleared the air about his absence in the AFCON but assured of availability for the World Cup qualifiers.”

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Shatta Wale Is Fighting Nigeria Out Of Frustration : Sam George

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Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, disclosed that Shatta Wale animosity towards Nigerians is a result of frustrations from the system.

In an interview on Hitz FM, Sam George mentioned that Shatta Wale’s frustration comes from a poorly organized system.

“Shatta is fighting Nigeria. It’s a frustration of the system. We were in a world of our own, but again, what did we do? No conscious effort by the state or private capital to invest in that sector.”

According to Sam George, Ghanaians are selfish and will the fight progress of their own.

“Then again, it comes to what I think is a problem of our country. Ghanaians celebrate mediocrity. We are content with little. Ghanaians tag you as greedy when they see you pushing for more… Ghanaians will fight you. We fight our own. Nigerians celebrate their own.”

Sam George also revealed that in the late 70s, Ghanaian musicians have really enjoyed West Africa more than Nigerian music.

He said, “In the 70s Ghanaian music was the ish across West Africa, Highlife. In the early 2000s, our Hiplife was what it was and Nigerians didn’t have any response to us. They were still banging on Fela Kuti’s music to respond to our Hiplife. At the time, Obrafour and Lord Kenya were setting the place ablaze. At the time, Okomfuor Kwaadee came out with hits, Samini, then Batman, Kokovelli, KK Fosu, I mean Nigerians had absolutely no response to us.”

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