Ghana Black Stars placed their chances of World Cup Qualifications to Russia 2018 in the hands of fate as they blew their chance of reviving and improving their chances by refusing to get all three point at home against Congo.
Uganda defeated Egypt and that blew the group wide open but Ghana just couldn’t capitalize — limiting our chances. Ghana still have hopes because as it stands — out of four matches Egypt are leading the group with nine points, followed by Uganda with seven, Ghana lies third with 5 points and Congo is gasping for air at the bottom with 1 point.
The only way Ghana could qualify is just by focusing on winning the last two games against Egypt and Uganda respectively, while relying on luck, grace or whatever you will call it for things to go wrong for their counterparts. Ghana’s next match is against Egypt, if Ghana wins, Uganda should at least draw against Congo.
If that happens, Egypt will still lead the group with 9, Ghana and Uganda will have 8 points each. Egypt will their play last match at home against Congo, and it is only if they lose or draw that Ghana will have a chance of qualification, if only they are able to beat Uganda at their backyard.
Essien, Derek To Return To Ghana Premier League
Former Ghana international, Derek Boateng says he and his former colleague Michael Essien have had discussions concerning the possibility of returning and playing in the Ghana Premier League before they retire from active football.
Derek Boateng and Michael Essien both played for Dansoman-based Liberty Professionals before a career breakthrough came when they played for the Black Starlets and Black Satellites in 1999 and 2001 respectively.
Despite playing only a handful of games in the Ghana Premier League when they started off, both Essien and Derek went on to have hugely successful careers- even if Derek in particular didn’t reach the heights many expected him to.
Essien on the other hand played for some of the biggest teams in the World, including Real Madrid and AC Milan, but it was at Chelsea that the ‘Bison’ as he was affectionately called, made his name and won the UEFA Champions League.
Both players are in their twilights now, with Essien playing for Indonesian side Persib Bandung while Boateng is without a club, but says his agent is working on a deal which will see him return to club football soon.
When asked if playing in the Ghana league now that he is clubless is a possibility, Boateng answered in the affirmative and said it is something he and his childhood friend Essien have discussed in the past.
Speaking on the sideline of the recently held Celebrity Workout, Boateng said “Oh yeah, why not? I don’t have a problem playing in the Ghana Premier League, in fact it is something me and Essien have talked about before. That we should come back home and play for Liberty Professionals before we retire because we really didn’t have a feel of the Ghana league before leaving the shores of Ghana to play in Europe.”
Derek, 34, who won 47 caps for Ghana played for several top teams in Europe, including Fulham in England, Panathinaikos in Greece, Getafe in Spain, and FC Koln in Germany.
Derek was a member of the Black Stars squad that participated in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup.Essien also played in two FIFA World Cups for Ghana (2006, 2014).
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