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Andre Ayew confirmed as Ghana captain for Afcon

Ghana have officially named Andre Ayew the team's captain for the Africa Cup of Nations, with the Fenerbahce loanee replacing Asamoah Gyan as skipper.

Gyan, who retired last week after being told he would not be the captain for the tournament, and then unretired at the behest of the country's president, has been given the title of 'general captain'.

A statement on the Ghana FA website read: "This follows a meeting with the top brass of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalization Committee...

Gyan makes Ghana U-turn at president's asking

Asamoah Gyan, Kayserispor
Asamoah Gyan has made himself available for selection at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Asamoah Gyan has performed a U-turn and come out of international retirement at the request of the Ghana president.

The former Sunderland forward had said he would no longer be available for selection ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

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However, Gyan has gone back on his original decision after speaking to Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo.

"A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded," Gyan...

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan retires a month before Afcon

Ghana's all-time leading goal-scorer Asamoah Gyan announced his international retirement on Monday, less than a month before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The news followed shortly after he was removed as the national team's captain, a move more official than a shock as he'd not featured for the side in years.

Striker Gyan had not featured for the side since September 2017 after persistent injury problems, and has also battled for game-time with his Turkish club Kayserispor.

Despite this,...

Liverpool's Keita out for two months, will miss Africa Cup of Nations

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Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita will miss the rest of the season and the Africa Cup of Nations after being ruled out for two months with a groin injury, Jurgen Klopp said on Friday.

The Guinea international had to be substituted during the first half of Liverpool's 3-0 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday after going down following a challenge from Ivan Rakitic.

Keita, whose debut season at Anfield has been disrupted by injuries, was beginning to find form and had scored three goals in his previous...

Africa Cup of Nations draw reveals group pairings for Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal

Hosts Egypt were handed a favourable draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals on Friday, but continental powerhouses Morocco, Ivory Coast and South Africa were placed together in a tough group.

The draw for the expanded 24-team tournament, that runs from June 21 to July 19, was staged against the spectacular backdrop of the Sphinx and Pyramids on the Giza Plateau in Cairo.

Egypt will take on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in Group A, opening their campaign against the...