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
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.
List of scorers
- Richard Addai 4
- Peter Essien 3
- Eric Fordjour 1
- Peter Ofori-Quaye 1
Lowly Bechem United FC has 11 points from 14 games (14th).There are several interesting players in the team, Princebell Addico (17) is a lanky central midfielder. Central defender Bismark Yaw Osei, right-winger Peter Essien and left-back Rashid Abdul are definitely good enough for this level. In Richard Addai (25) and Peter Ofori Quaye the club has experienced frontmen who know what it’s all about.
Record:Ofori-Quaye is known for being the youngest player ever to have scored in the UEFA Champions League. He was just 17 years and 194 days old when he scored for Olympiacos against Rosenborg on 1 October 1997.
Strugglers Bechem United managed to hold Hearts of Oak to a pulsating 0-0 draw on Wednesday.The ‘Phobians’ had hope to up the pressure on joint leaders Kotoko with a win but failed to score despite dominating in midfield.Bechem United had scanty scoring opportunities to threaten Sammy Adjei’s goal but the few times they did, the experienced glovesman showed great agility to deny the hosts.Peter Essien came closer to scoring for Bechem United but saw his effort expertly palmed away by Sammy Adjei just before the break.
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.
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.
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.
Goals for Zlaten Ibrahimovic, from the penalty spot, and Kevin-Prince Boateng were enough to send AC Milan back to the top of Serie A with a win at Atalanta, having been temporarily knocked off by Udinese.
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