Jeffrey Sarpong (23) got married to his girlfriend Stacey on May 24.The NAC Breda midfielder (on loan from Real Sociedad) represented the Netherlands in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru, where the team finished third.

”Greatt my father is here now,, we are ready for the wedding, a great dayy ! Thankk Goddd !!- Jeffrey Sarpong (@JeffreySarpong) via twitter.

Here are some of the wedding pictures:

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Edwin Gyasi seizes his chance to shine in Enschede

The Ghanaian-Dutch prodigy has had a difficult last eight months but his move to Enschede will put a smile back on his face.

Easter has come at a right time for Edwin Gyasi. His move to FC Twente has resurrected his career. Edwin is still only 20 years of age, something which is hard to believe considering the wave of publicity which has surrounded his time at AZ, SC Telstar and de Graafschap. The attacker had been little more than a bit-part player at Alkmaar, unable to convince Gertjan Verbeek that he merited a consistent first-team run. He had been loaned out to SC Telstar, AZ’s feeder team the previous season and returned the following year. Edwin was desperate to leave Alkmaar after clashes with Gertjan Verbeek. He declined to extend his contract and after several clubless months he joined Eredivisie strugglers de Graafschap.

“The story about my contract not being extended is not true. I decided to leave the club because I had a clash with Gert Jan Verbeek [AZ Alkmaar coach],” Gyasi says. “When I didn’t extend my contract it hurt me a lot. I had played there for a very long time and my friends also played there but I had to do what was best for me. I had a lot of problems with Verbeek.’’

A few weeks ago, Edwin was removed from de Graafschap’s first team and demoted to the reserves. A run of good performances for the Graafschap meant Edwin had been catapulted into FC Twente’s thoughts, with the attacker impressing in a reserve game for de Graafschap by scoring a hat trick.

A second potential change in destiny has thereby occurred for Edwin who was playing for the ‘Superboeren’ on an amateur basis.On Wednesday, the 20 year old attacker signed a two year contract with FC Twente.

The 20-year-old spoke to Soccer in Ghana on a range of issues including his move to FC Twente, his ups and downs  and his desire to represent Ghana.

I understand that FC Twente had been following for quite some time now. How true is that?

Edwin: Yes, it’s true.

So when Twente contacted you this week did you immediately think you had to sign for them?

Edwin:[Hmmm] not exactly. I had to think about it first because a lot of clubs wanted me to sign for them.

Will your former clubs (AZ and De Graafschap) benefit from your transfer to Twente?

Edwin: I don’t really know the arrangements made concerning the transfer.

How did De Graafschap react when they got to know you were moving to Enschede?

Edwin: They were sad I was leaving but very happy for me. They understood my situation.

What shirt number are you going to wear?

Edwin: Not yet known

Do you need time to settle?

Edwin: If I need time to settle? Yet to see

Were you already aware you would earn a living with football early on in your career?

Edwin: No, not really. Initially I never thought it was going to be this way. But thanks to my dad I realised that I could earn a living with football.

How did you feel when your contract with AZ wasn’t extended?

Edwin: The story about my contract not being extended is not true. I decided to leave the club because I had a clash with Gertjan Verbeek [AZ Alkmaar coach].

Did you have a feeling you were not going to progress at AZ?  The club has one of the best academies in the world.

Edwin: When I didn’t extend my contract it hurt me a lot. I had played there for a very long time and my friends also played there but I had to do what was best for me. I had a lot of problems with Verbeek. Yes, their youth setup is very good.
Have you had low point(s) in your life?

Edwin:  Not really. I think  I was very disappointed when I decided to quit AZ.

Did you doubt your football abilities when everything seemed not to go your way?

Edwin: No. I have never really had doubts about my talent. My family and friends especially Hellen,Nicolas and my brother Raymond always encouraged me and told me not to give up.

You’re soft on the outside, but a very strong personality?

Edwin: Yes  [He pauses] I’m very strong on the inside but I’ve developed mentally.

How important is religion to you?

Edwin: Religion is very important to me because I was brought up in a Christian home.

Do people recognize you when they see you outside?

Edwin: Yes almost everyone in Doetinchem knows me especially when I’m with my friend and teammate Ziguy Badibanga .

Have youexperiencedhypearound you before?

Edwin: Hmm yes especially when I decided to leave AZ. It was on most football websites in the Netherlands. No one seemed to understand why I did that. This time around a lot will be expected from me after my transfer to FC Twente .

Was this transfer easier than the one from AZ to De Graafschap in terms of decision making?

Edwin:Can’t really tell.

Do you still feel that you have the potential to reach the top?

Edwin:Yes I have a lot of potential and I can still get better. I know my qualities.

You have to fight for a spot in Twente’s starting XI with the likes of Ola John,Chadli and  Bajrami. Are you scared?

Edwin: [He laughs]. I’ve never been afraid

Last year you said:‘My dream is to play for Manchester United. I wish to succeed Ryan Giggs’ What is your next dream?

Edwin:I wish to play alongside my brother [Raymond] at a big club and represent the Black Stars together. That would be fantastic.

Is it too early for a foreign league?

Edwin:Yes I’m only 20 years old.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Edwin:I would have won a lot of prizes with my team in 5 years time. I would also have won individual prizes and seen as one of the best Ghanaian footballers ever. No the best player in the world rather. [ He laughs].

It’s PSV vs. Heracles this Sunday. Who will lift the KNVB-beker ?


Do you have anything else you want to tell the readers of Soccer in Ghana?

Edwin: Yes. Never doubt yourself and always work hard because you might never know when your blessing will come.

One final question,what do you enjoy the most? scoring for your club or country?

Edwin: [He laughs]. Both

The time has surely arrived for Edwin’s talk to take place on the pitch.

Interview by Nana Abiri (@NOKA88)

Annan 2 Quansah 0 in the Eredivisie

Anthony Annan’s Vitesse Arnhem beat Kwame Quansah’s Heracles Almelo 2-0 in the Eredivisie on Friday night.Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast) scored the first goal of the game but missed a penalty later on.

Vitesse coach John van den Brom started the game with the same eleven players who played last week’s game.Wilfried Bony scored the first goal of the game after 22 minutes from a  Marco van Ginkel assist.Bony has scored the first goal in a game for the 6th time this season.Only Malki (Roda) and Dost (Heerenveen) have done that more times: 7.

Kwame Quansah did not have one of his best games as he lost possession resulting in Remko Pasveer bringing down Renato Ibarra in the penalty box.Referee Reinold Wiedemeijer sent the goalkeeper off and Vitesse were awarded a penalty. Remko Pasveer received Heracles’ 25th red card of the season. Martin Pieckenhagen was the first Heracles player to be sent off this season.

Kwame Quansah and Van Ginkel

Dennis Telgenkamp replaced the keeper and the first thing he had to do was to save Bony’s penalty. Bony missed it.Vitesse has missed 3 penalties this season,one less than the club record in the  78/79, 79/80 and 01/02 seasons.The very impressive winger Ibarra,my man of the match made it 2-0 for Vitesse in the 67th minute.It was the Ecuadorian’s first goal of the season.

We might see Annan in the Europa League next season (if he stays at Vitesse) .Vitesse has 41 points after 26 games. Quansah’s Heracles Almelo has 30 points (12th).Vitesse has won 3 consecutive  Eredivisie games this season.The last time they did that was  April-May 2009. They won 4 successive games that season.

Mario’s brother Enoch ‘Luigi’, is on trial at Sunderland

Mario Balotelli’s brother Enoch, is off to Sunderland on a trial – a footballing one and not a criminal one. Perhaps he is represented by the agent who had a rather unnecessary go at referee Howard Webb.

The younger brother of Manchester City striker Mario previously had trials at Stoke City and Napoli. The 19-year-old forward played for the Potters’ reserves at Burton Albion.He’s a good boy but a little bit raw at the moment. Enoch was linked with a move to Napoli last summer.

Barwuah family

If  Enoch does sign for Sunderland, they will become the latest  brothers to play in the English Premier League.


Italian football’s Oscar del Calcio awards were held on Monday night as Milan dominated the proceedings.There were nine categories awarded in the 15th edition of Serie A’s annual Player of the Year awards held in Milan, with the winners chosen from a confirmed list of nominees announced in December.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the Best Foreign Player and Best Player, while Thiago Silva won Best Defender and Massimiliano Allegri Best Coach. Stephan El Shaarawy, currently at Milan, was awarded the Best Serie B Player prize for his spell at Padova and the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza outfit had the most players in the team of the year.

Kwadwo Asamoah’s Udinese’s stellar 2011 was highlighted with the Best Club award, while Samir Handanovic won Best Goalkeeper.Fabio Cannavaro and Alessandro Del Piero were crowned with a special lifetime achievement award whilst Fabio Capello was given a special Critics Award.

Controversial Kevin Prince Boateng made the team of the year.

Team of the Year: Samir Handanovic; Christian Maggio, Thiago Silva, Alessandro Nesta (tied with Andrea Ranocchia), Pablo Armero; Marek Hamsik, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Thiago Motta (tied with Claudio Marchisio); Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, Antonio Di Natale.


Asare is like a brother to me.The first time we met  at FC Utrecht we had this bond.We are both Africans,have gone through almost the same things,know how it feels like leaving your family behind to start a career in Europe.Outside football,Nana [Asare] and I are always together,we are both bachelors.We go out to eat together very often.We’ve got a strong passion for food.We’ve visited almost every restaurant in Utrecht.We always help each other.- Jacob Mulenga

Manchester United’s John Cofie joins Belgian side Antwerp on loan.

DONE DEAL: Manchester United have confirmed that John Cofie has joined Belgian side Antwerp on loan.

A tall and very powerful centre-forward with a keen eye for goal, John Cofie is a very bright prospect indeed.

Cofie joined United from Burnley after a host of top clubs had shown an interest in signing him. Born in Aboso, Ghana, Cofie is eligible to play for three national sides – Ghana, Germany and England, but has chosen the latter and has been regularly called up for international duty at youth level just like his United team mate Danny Welbeck (also from Ghana).

Cofie will turn 19 in 8 days time.His strength and pace are two of his main assets and he has already put them to good use as he has impressed for Paul McGuinness’ Under-18s side.

Cofie made his first tentative steps into United’s youth team in the 2008/09 campaign, before more regular involvement in 2009/10.  John signed professional forms with United on 1 July 2010. In the 2010/11 campaign he had a prolific scoring rate for the U18s and Reserves before a knee injury hampered his season.

Returning towards the end of the successful FA Youth Cup-winning campaign, he started scoring regularly for the Reserves during the pre-season in 2011.




Schalke legend Asamoah joins Bundesliga 2. side

Schalke legend Gerald Asamoah is going to try his luck in the Bundesliga 2. The 33 year old striker hopes to fire his new side Greuther Furth to glory by scoring goals.

Gerald Asamoah bids farewell to the Schalke fans

The 43-times capped German international has been without a club since June 2011 because his contract at FC St. Pauli (relegated from the Bundesliga last season),who are currently 4th in the Bundesliga 2. ,was not extended. The player born in Mampong,Ghana  has a contract with Greuther Furth till the summer of 2013. His team  team are currently 2nd in the Bundesliga 2. Asamoah’s goals and experience will earn the team a place in next season’s Bundesliga.

Asamoah played for Hannover 96 between 1996 and 1999 before he moved to Schalke to play eleven seasons for the team based in Gelsenkirchen .The striker scored 44 goals in 279 games for Die Königsblauen (The Royal Blues) t. He won the German DFB Pokal twice.

League leaders Fortuna Dusseldorf have 42 points in the Bundesliga 2. Greuther Fürth is the closest challenger with forty points, one point more than Eintracht Frankfurt, St. Pauli and Paderborn.

Manu trains with Feyenoord’s first team.

Last week Wednesday,Elvis Manu had the chance of training with the Feyenoord first team . The Dutch youth international has been promoted to the senior team with five other players (Anass Achahbar, Matthew Steenvoorden, Tonny Trindade De Vilhena, Mats van Huijgevoort and Terence Kongolo).Coach Ronald Koeman has confidence in Feyernoord’s youngsters and believes they can fulfill their potentials.The sextet are part of the first team’s training camp in Marbella,Spain.Former academy players like Jordy Clasie and Jerson Cabral ,who are currently key players in the Feyernoord set-up have been exceptional this season.

Manu recently signed a three-and-half year contract extension at Feyenoord. The Netherlands under 19 attacker has already sat on the bench for Feyernoord (Feyernoord-Heracles Almelo) this season.