Ghana Shall Overtake Egypt – Kwesi Appiah

The manager of Ghana’s national team, Kwesi Appiah still insists that promotion in his side’s World Cup qualifier group cannot be decided yet and believes any team in the group can still qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

During an exclusive interview with FIFA, Appiah recognized the fact that Ghana is on a tough spot in the qualifiers, as they have only one point, while Egypt the group toppers have six, however, that will not discourage them from winning their upcoming matches and overtake Egypt.

The Black Stars are expected to encounter Congo on the 1st and 5th of September in the third and fourth round of the qualifier matches. Even though Congo are currently at the bottom of the group, Appiah is not going to let his guard down and get caught unaware. “We’re sitting on a point, while Egypt possesses six. However, we shall win our upcoming matches and overtake them,” Appiah said to FIFA.com. “Congo are a group of good players. No team in this group can be underrated; therefore, we have to approach every match in the same manner, with unquenchable desire.

The Ghana coach stated that he is satisfied with the squad he has got. He also just wants to help them compete better in the remainder of the qualifying campaign and beyond. Egypt are currently flying on the top of the group with six points, leading the second position Uganda with two points, while Ghana sit third with only one point and Congo languish at the bottom of the group with no point.

The Black Stars got four more games to secure their move to Russia 2018. They seem set to face Congo in consecutive games, and then Uganda on the 2nd of October, and finally Egypt on the 6th of November, before the dream comes true.

FABREGAS SAYS MANY MORE YEARS TO COME

Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas says he is not worried one bit about his age. The aging midfielder has been in the spotlight for long. He started out early at Arsenal despite being a product of the popular La Masis academy. He became a leader at a young age until he went in search of trophies at the Nou Camp. He returned to England where he has been prolific at Stamford Bridge.

The Spanish star has a year left on his deal but there are no talks yet for an extension. If talks begin, it would likely not be more than a year addition. At 30 years, Fabregas might soon start slowing down but he has dismissed such thoughts.
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Conte wants Fabregas to improve

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told Cesc Fabregas that he wants him to improve the defensive side of his game.


He said that the player is a great playmaker and that he is an instrumental player for Chelsea when going forward but he needs to improve a lot when it comes to winning the ball back.

He said that the player will have to learn from his midfield partner Kante and that he will have to contribute defensively to the team.

Antonio Conte said that Fabregas had been an important player so far this season as he is the one creating chances in the absence of Hazard. He said that there is no doubt that Fabregas is a great offensive midfielder, but there are games where he will be required to tackle a bit more. He said that it is on this aspect of his game that he wants him to work on. Continue reading Conte wants Fabregas to improve

MBAPPE TO MADRID WILL BE THE FINAL NAIL ON MORATA

The amount being reported as the fee to be paid by anyone in need of the latest French youngster to grow from the famed talent mill of Monaco KylianMbappe may be downright depressing.


Still suitors obsession with the young man is not far from valid justification

In leading the line of the team that managed to shame the elite club of France and the rest of the European free spenders that doing the dirty work of getting your studs down the mud of youths can still bring success, the 18-year old proved that he was one for the future.

As the summer wars linger around waiting for the transfer window to open, the figures flying around are sure not to go away quietly. What is mostly reported is the benchmark of€113 million tabled by Real Madrid.

When Alvaro Morata was brought back from Juventus last summer many expected him to be a great contributory factor in Zinedine Zidane’s first full season as coach. Continue reading MBAPPE TO MADRID WILL BE THE FINAL NAIL ON MORATA

Cesc Fabregas also praises Eden Hazard highly

Ray Wilkins just like Cesc Fabregas also rates Eden Hazard highly and reckons that there is not a big difference between him and Lionel Messi if one compares the sheer footballing skills of the two players.


Wilkins reckons that it can’t be said at this stage that Hazard 100% matches Messi as a player, but, the Belgian is surely there and thereabouts and is not lying behind by a big margin.

Fabregas had recently suggested that apart from Messi, there is no other player in the world who has got more potential than Hazard, but, the only problem with Hazard is that he is not as selfish as he should be.

According to Fabregas, rather than finding the net himself, Hazard tends to make opportunities for the others to score and that is why, he has not been able to make as big a name for himself as he could have.

Fabregas revealed that he had advised Hazard to get a little selfish on certain occasions and try and register the goal to his own name rather than just assisting it because it’s the number of goals only which would get him into the list of elite footballers. Continue reading Cesc Fabregas also praises Eden Hazard highly

Fabregas wants to stay

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has stated that he wants to remain at Chelsea next season and that he has no intention of leaving the London club.


He said that he would have wanted to have more game time on the pitch, but he recognizes that this is the manager’s decision.

Despite that, he stated that he is happy in London and that he would want to remain at the club next season. This comes after increasing speculation that the player might ask for a transfer next season as he fails to get enough playing time on the pitch.

The Spanish international said that Chelsea are a club on the rise and they are probably one of the best clubs in Europe at the moment. He stated that he wants to continue this adventure under Antonio Conte and feels that he can get enough playing time next season. Continue reading Fabregas wants to stay

FABREGAS TO JOIN OSCAR IN CHINA?

With the much-publicised move of Brazilian playmaker Oscar from top Premier League side Chelsea to the Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, there have been rumours that struggling Cesc Fabregas might exit as well next term.


There is still a strong link to veteran defender John Terry finishing his career in China, particularly with the huge figures involved. There are reports that former Chelsea boss Luis Felipe Scolari, who manages Guangzhou Evergrande, wants the Spain international but it would be hard convincing the player who is keen on working his way back into the national team after losing invitations recently Evergrande is willing to splash £40 million on Fabregas, according to reports. There are reports that Fabregas has been getting action in the Premier League in bid to make him attractive again in the transfer market. Continue reading FABREGAS TO JOIN OSCAR IN CHINA?

Fabregas to City

There are reports that Manchester City might make a move for Chelsea and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas.


The midfielder has already played under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and might be interested in meeting with his former manager again.

Manchester City who has failed to win a game for 5 matches now are looking for players that can strengthen the team. It is believed that Pep Guardiola wants to sign Cesc Fabregas who seems to be unsettled at Chelsea.  The player has failed to adapt to Antonio Conte system and seemed to be only a fringe player for the Chelsea team.

Cesc Fabregas will feel that moving to Manchester City can provide him with more playing time and give him a career boost.

However, some pundits believe that Cesc Fabregas is not the right player for Manchester City. They believe that the team needs defensive reinforcement and that Fabregas is not really a defensive midfielder. Continue reading Fabregas to City

FABREGAS AND CASILLAS MISSING FROM SPAIN’S LIST

Chelsea play maker Cesc Fabregas and Spanish veteran Iker Casillas were notable name missing from the players’ list released by Vincent del Bosque’s replacement.


Manager Julen Lopetegui released his first invitation to players this week as Spain is trying to restore itself as the best after their 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 stumble.

Spain were a real dominant force with their talented player and unique style of play from 2008-2012. They won the 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2008 and 2012. Lopetegui has been handed a critical task of returning the country to winning ways. Hence, the start is to get the best players to feature in games. He decided to leave out Spain’s most capped player in Casillas. Casillas has 167 caps for Spain, while Fabregas has featured 110 times for his country.

Spain is set to play against Belgium and Liechtenstein during the international window in a bid to get a ticket to Moscow. Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Manchester United’s Juan Mata got a recall to the national team after being left out of the Euro 2016 squad. David de Gea is set to appear in goal, as he did during the tournament in Brazil. Adrian of West Ham and Pepe Reina of Napoli are the spare goalkeepers.
Regulars Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, and Jordi Alba got a call to the team, with Borussia Dortmund’s Marc Bartra, Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and Javi Martinez completing the list of defenders.
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CESC FABREGAS ENDS HOLIDAY, RESUMES TRAINING

Spain international and Chelsea play maker Cesc Fabregas has returned to training after ending his holiday.


Chelsea have a huge task ahead this season, especially with the efforts made by their core rivals in strengthening their squads. Fabregas was reported to have gone to Baleric island Formentera, near Ibiza with his woman Daniella Semaan this week, barely a week before their first fixture in the English Premier League. However, the player has now returned to serious training as Chelsea prepare for their first fixture in the new season this weekend.

There will be changes as new boss Antonio Conte brought in N’Golo Kante from Leicester City and Micht Batshuayi, after his decent show at the Euro 2016. This means increased competition for first team and regular action in the middle for the former Arsenal and Barcelona player. Continue reading CESC FABREGAS ENDS HOLIDAY, RESUMES TRAINING