Sunday, 23 February 2014

Didi Dramani aims to set the pace with his pursuit of perfection

By Fiifi Anaman 

BABA YARA STADIUM, Kumasi - Mas-Ud Didi Dramani is standing in the middle of the pitch on a warm Saturday morning, surrounded by his players. They are practicing, and he’s observing intently, barking orders in between. His concentration is noticeably engrossing, his gaze philosophical. There’s a peculiar sense of an obsession with being meticulous: he wants everything to be perfect, and he signals them to repeat every drill if he notices the slightest compromise.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Ghana qualifies for a third straight World Cup

By Fiifi Anaman

2014 World Cup Qualifier, 2nd leg of play-off, 30 June Air Defence Stadium, Cairo: 

Egypt 2-1 Ghana [Amr Zaki 24, Mohammed Nagy 83, Kevin Prince Boateng 88']

The first time, in 2006, was laced with ecstatic relief. After conquering the continent on four different occasions in the space of 19 years, the Black Stars of Ghana had finally, finally, qualified for a FIFA World Cup. It was a dream that had outlived most of it's cherished proponents, an obsession that had proved chronically elusive.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Interview with an African football coaching legend

Fiifi Anaman | Ghanaian Football Writer

 NORTH KANESHIE, Accra - Ghana’s first  African Cup triumph occurred almost 50 years ago.

The man who was in charge of that team went on to win it a further two times, in 1965 and 1982, making it a then record hat trick of triumphs, cementing his place in the pantheon of not only African but world football coaching legends.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

From Bawku to Buenos Aires - The inspiring story of young Bayan Mahmud


By Fiifi Anaman | Ghanaian Football Writer

Bayan Mahmud is a Ghanaian footballer whose trajectory has been special. A boy whose innate will to endure has seen him triumph against the odds.

The 18-year-old now trains with Boca Juniors’ youth side and gets to watch every single game of Los Xeneizes every single week. And it has come with its perks, like personally meeting great names and famous stars such as Juan Roman Riquelme, Ariel Ortega, Juan Sebastien Veron, Fernando Gago and the great Diego Maradona,

Monday, 1 July 2013

Analysis: Medeama and what could have been

Moses "Mospacka" Armah, Owner of Medeama Sporting Club

Medeama SC had a largely blissful season that ended in despair. A season that ended contrary to the plan.