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Steven Gerrard Confirmed As New Aston Villa Manager

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Steven Gerrard has been confirmed as the new Aston Villa manager, replacing Dean Smith following his departure earlier this month.

Smith oversaw a run of five straight defeats in the Premier League which ultimately cost him his job, and those in charge at Villa Park quickly identified Gerrard as their preferred replacement.

A deal was soon struck with Gerrard’s former side Rangers, and Villa took to their official website to confirm his appointment.

“Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new Head Coach,” Gerrard said.

“In my conversations with Nassef, Wes and the rest of the Board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club. Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart. I would like to wish the players, staff and supporters the very best for the future.”

CEO Christian Purslow added: “The Board of Aston Villa are delighted to appoint Steven as our new Head Coach.

“Since moving into coaching after his illustrious playing career, Steven began by managing and developing top young players in the Liverpool FC Academy which is experience we value highly at Aston Villa.

“He then took the brave decision to test himself in the intense and high pressured environment of the Scottish Old Firm. His subsequent achievement in winning the Premiership title with Glasgow Rangers really caught our eye as did his experience in Europe.

“It has been very clear in our discussions with him that Steven’s coaching ambitions, philosophy and values entirely match those of Aston Villa. We are excited he has agreed to lead us in the next phase of our ambitious plans as we look to build on the progress made since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens took over the club in 2018.”

Gerrard joins with Villa 16th in the Premier League table and he will hope to end the team’s run of defeats in his first game, a visit from Brighton and Hove Albion on November 20.

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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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