The ratings for EA Sports latest installment of the FIFA franchise, FIFA 21 has been leaked, and is created a lot of excitement on social media.Fans of the game are keen on which player or team has received upgrades or downgrades in the latest game.The ratings of the Ghanaian players in the game sees an interesting twist, with the Ayew brothers who had remarkable campaigns in 2019/2020 missing out on the top 5 despite sensational 2019/2020 campaigns respectively.Jordan Ayew finished as Crystal Palace’s top scorer, and picked up the Player of the season award at the club’s end of season awards.Andre Ayew was also named Swansea City’s player of the season and finished as top scorer also.Check out the top 10 rated Ghanaian players in the latest FIFA 21.1. Thomas ParteyThe Atletico Madrid midfielder has been linked with a move to Arsenal2. Kwadwo AsamoahAsamoah helped Inter to a 2nd place finish in the 2019/2020 Serie A season3. Kevin-Prince BoatengThe former Barcelona man featured for Turkish side Besiktas in the 2019/2020 campaign4. Emmanuel BoatengBoateng plays for Dalian Pro in the Chinese Super League5. Frank AcheampongThe former Ghana U-20 Star has been in fine form since his move to China in 20176. Jordan AyewJordan Ayew picked up Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season award for the 2019/2020 campaign7. Andre AyewThe Black Stars captain top scored for Swansea City last season as the Welsh side reached the EFL Championship playoffs8. Mohammed SalisuThe combative center back will feature for Premier League side Southampton in the coming season9. Joseph AidooAidoo was part of the Black Stars squad at the 2019 AFCON10. Alfred DuncanDuncan missed out on the 2019 AFCON due to injuryThe official game will be released on October 6, 2020.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — Folks caught a new sight at the Thunder Bay River in downtown Alpena on Monday.Bay City’s Appledore IV docked for two nights at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center just south of the Lady Michigan. The ship is a two-mast steel-hold schooner, originally created to sail around the world.Now, the ship is owned by BaySail, a nonprofit organization that aims to educate different ages on environmental education and sailing training for naval sea cadets. Since it’s foundation in 1998, over 44,000 young people have experienced one of the the educational programs provided by the nonprofit.“I’ve never sailed before so this is the first time for me and it’s been absolutely incredible,” said Naval Sea Cadet Kelsey Ampe.Naval Sea Cadets learn to sail the schooner without modern technology, utilizing old maritime techniques to navigate the rough waters of Lake Huron. In Alpena, four Naval Sea Cadets and their officer were able to stretch their legs on land. Ampe has enjoyed building not only her skills but a little community on board.“You see two different vibes when you’re in sea cadets,” said Ampe. “You see either closeness, togetherness, teamwork or you see the opposite which, thankfully we see more teamwork.”Cadets will use the time and skills from sailing aboard the Appledore IV as preparation for future careers on a vessel. The schooner is not new to Alpena’s waters. The ship last visited in 2016 with a different captain. As for new Captain Jesse Doucette, a return to Alpena will come very soon.“With our future voyages this summer, I really plan on making Alpena a good mid-voyage stop at least once or twice more.”No timetable is set for the next return at this time.For information on the schooner, visit https://www.baysailbaycity.org/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for June 18Next Classic Cars Roll into Town for ‘Back to the Bricks’ Tour
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — We have an update on yesterday’s story about two Saginaw men who drove to Alpena and were arrested after selling salt in place of methamphetamine.22–year–old John Harvey Gaddy and 17–year–old Duron Louis Lowe were arrested and lodged at the Alpena County Jail after a drug deal gone wrong.The two men traveled to Alpena to sell salt in place of meth to two Alpena females.The two women realized they were sold salt not meth and hunted down Lowe and Gaddy driving into the back of their car.According to Public Information Officer, Lt. Derrick Carroll, the investigation is still open and at this time the women are not being charged.Lowe and Gaddy remain lodged at the Alpena County Jail where they are awaiting representation.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Millage results in the 2020 Primary ElectionNext Marine researchers work together to map the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian club Flamengo may challenge Lionel Messi’s calendar year record, saying that former Brazil captain Zico scored 89 goals in 1979.Barcelona’s Messi scored his 87th and 88th goals of the year in Wednesday’s King’s Cup last-16 first leg at Cordoba having thought he had broken Gerd Mueller’s 1972 record of 85 on Sunday.“We are upset. Messi still hasn’t passed the milestone,” Bruno Lucena, head of Flamengo’s research and statistics department, told Brazilian sports daily Lance.Lucena calculated that Zico scored 81 goals for Flamengo in 1979, plus another seven for Brazil and one in a friendly between Argentina and a Rest of the World XI.He added that Zico missed two months of the season through injury between September and November.“If he had played for the whole year, he would have scored more than 100 goals,” he said. Lance produced a list of goals scored by Zico in 1979. According to the statistics, he hit six goals in a game on two occasions, four goals in a game once and five hat-tricks.
A total number of 223 goals has been recorded in 80 matches so far in the MTN FA Cup as eight teams make it to the quarter-final stage this weekend.All the goals were scored from the Preliminary round through to the last 16 stage.According to the scoring statistics, 192 players have all scored in the competition with Nania FC’s Maxwell Ashirefie and Robert Ghansah of Eleven Wise leading the charts with four goals apiece.Top scorersMaxwell Ashirefie (Nania FC) – 4Robert Ghansah (Eleven Wise) – 4Daniel Obeng (Dumas FC) – 3Raphael Y. Akoto (Westland FC) – 3Emmanuel Allan (Aduana) – 3Mohammed Musah (All Blacks) – 3Mallam Yussif Mohammed (Guan Utd) – 3Bernard Dolphine (Eleven Wise) – 3The quarter-finals will take place on the weekend of April 27-28. Quarter-final fixturesAsante Kotoko v Eleven WiseAmidaus v Aduana StarsMedeama v Heart of LionsHearts of Oak v Gold Stars
Korea Republic came from a goal down to start their FIFA U-20 World Cup in perfect fashion, beating debutants Cuba 2-1 in Kayseri.Maykel Reyes had got the islanders a lead after just seven minutes, but a penalty from Kwon Changhoon levelled the match, before Ryo Seungwoo gave the experienced U-20 nation a deserved win to open Turkey 2013.It was an early corner that saw Cuba get off to the perfect start. Reyes rose at the back post to head home after goalkeeper Lee Changguen raced off his line in vain, though Sim Sangmin came achingly close to clearing the effort off the line.It took Korea Republic until the half hour-mark to find their feet, but from then on they had Cuba rattled. They maybe should have drawn level when Cho Sukjae, Ryu Seungwoo and Kang Sangwoo all spurned good opportunities in quick succession to leave the East Asians trailing at the break.The trend continued as Sukjae had another effort two minutes into the second period, firing wide after a bursting run. However, they did not have to wait long to equalise, as Reyes cancelled out his fine work earlier on by bringing down Sangmin in the penalty area, allowing Kwon Changhoon to score from 12 yards.The game was then wrapped up when a delightful one-two between Sangwoo and Seungwoo saw the latter smash the ball home from eight yards. Abel Martinez almost earned a last-gasp point for the debutants with an audacious long-range effort in stoppage time, but a thankful Changguen watched it sail narrowly over the bar.
Banyana Banyana have extended their sponsorship deal with Sasol until 2017, the South African Football Association (SAFA) announced on Tuesday.The deal also meant the Sasol League would continue as the country’s premier women’s football league.“The Sasol sponsorship has played an integral role in what we have been trying to achieve with women’s football,” said SAFA president, Kirsten Nematandani.“It has allowed our ladies to participate in international competitions and that has helped develop the national team.”Nematandani said the sponsorship would pave the way for development.“We are excited by the renewal of the sponsorship as this allows us to extend the development opportunities to more female footballers and to continue our work in women’s football.” The Sasol League has 144 teams nationwide and with each province having 16 teams.The league has afforded many players the opportunity to further their studies at top tertiary institutions while still playing football.
Fred scored two goals and Neymar added another as host Brazil convincingly defeated world champion Spain 3-0 to win the Confederations Cup on Sunday as protesters clashed with riot police outside the Maracana Stadium.Fred put Brazil on the board less than two minutes into the match, Neymar added to the lead just before halftime and Fred netted his fifth goal in five matches early in the second half to give Brazil victory. The win for the host nation was surprisingly easy against the current world champion.Sergio Ramos missed a penalty kick for Spain in the 55th, sending his low shot wide.Spain defender Gerard Pique was sent off with a straight red card for fouling Neymar in the 68th.Brazil came in hoping a victory would help it regain its status as a global powerhouse after recent struggles. Brazil was eliminated in the quarterfinals in the last two World Cups and hadn’t won a significant title since the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa.“The champion is back,” chanted the crowd of more than 73,000 people at the renovated Maracana.It also didn’t take long before the fans — in a sea of yellow jerseys — started teasing the Spaniards, chanting “Wanna play, wanna play!? Brazil will teach you.” The title gives Brazilian fans hope that the five-time world champions have a chance to win the World Cup title next year, although no Confederations Cup champion has ever won football’s showcase event the following year.“We beat the world champions today, but we know that the tournament that we will be playing next year will be a lot more difficult,” Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “Now we have more confidence, that’s what we needed.”The Brazilian players huddled after the final whistle and started singing and jumping, then went toward the crowd near the sidelines and began celebrating. David Luiz kneeled down and raised both of his hands into the air.The result ended Spain’s 26-match unbeaten streak. It hadn’t lost since a 1-0 result England in a friendly in London in 2011. Its last loss in an official competition had happened 29 matches ago, in the 2010 World Cup opener against Switzerland.Spain badly wanted a victory against the five-time world champion, which was one of the few top teams it hadn’t faced since it began dominating international football. Spain won the 2010 World Cup along with the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. For Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque, the defeat was comprehensive. “There’s not much to say, they were superior on every way. They scored early. This is not an excuse but they had pressure on us all the time.”It was “a deserved defeat,” Del Bosque said.It was the first time the traditional football nations had met since a scoreless friendly in 1999. The last competitive match between the teams had been Brazil’s 1-0 win in the first round of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.Brazil scored early on Sunday and kept pressuring, but it didn’t take long for Spain to start taking control of the match. The Europeans were not able to create many dangerous opportunities, though, while Brazil kept threatening the most while relying on counterattacks.Fred opened the scoring after a cross into the area by Hulk in the second minute. The ball bounced off Neymar near the far post and Fred, who had fallen while trying to reach for the cross, fired it in with his right foot while still on the ground. Brazil added to the lead with Neymar’s fourth goal in five matches after an exchange of passes with Oscar in the 44th. The newly signed Barcelona striker, touted as the future of Brazilian football, fired a powerful left-footed shot into the top of the net.Neymar was voted the player of the tournament.Neymar and Daniel Alves took the time after the match to congratulate their Barcelona teammates, who looked desolate across the field.Fred closed the scoring in the 47th from just inside the area, sending a low shot to the far corner. Hulk started the move with a pass to Neymar, but the striker let it go as Fred came running behind him.Spain had the penalty kick after Marcelo fouled Jesus Navas inside the area, but Sergio Ramos sent his kick wide. Spain’s greatest chance before the penalty came with Pedro Rodriguez in the 41st, when he entered the area clear from defenders in a breakaway. His low shot beat Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but David Luiz came rushing in and slid in front of the goal line just in time to keep the ball from going in.Brazil won the its first Confederations Cup title in Saudi Arabia in 1997, then again in Germany in 2005 and in South Africa in 2009. Spain was trying to win the tournament for the first time.Brazil struggled after Scolari returned to the national team earlier this year, winning only one of its first six matches with him in command, but it has won six in a row now.The warm-up tournament, which gives the home country a chance to test its preparations for the World Cup, is played among continental champions plus the World Cup winner and the hosts.There were protests outside the stadium during the match, with police using rubber bullets and tear gas to keep demonstrators from getting too close. A wave of anti-government protests has swept across Brazil in recent weeks, and many affected the Confederations Cup host cities as demonstrators complained of the costs of hosting the World Cup. On the field, it was a heated match from the start, with players from both teams pushing and shoving each other a few times. Even the substitutes got into a shouting match.
Ghana striker Yakubu Mohammed is delighted and promised to score more goals after finding the back of the net on his PSL debut for Maritzburg United.The former Ashanti Gold striker scored the only goal which gave Ernst Middendorp’s side a 1-0 win over newly- promoted side Polokwane city on Saturday.In an exclusive interview with Joy sports, the 24-year-old noted that he is delighted to make a dream start to his life in the South African league.“Now that I have announced my presence here, I will make sure I continue working hard to be consistent in front of goal,” Mohammed told Joy Sports.“It was great scoring on my debut and I believe this will continue. The league here is different from that of Ghana but I’m glad I have been able to quickly adapt to the weather and their style of play.“I want to score more goals for the club but I know is a gradual process and can only work hard towards it.”
Chelsea FC have officially unveiled their latest signing Willian Borges Da Silva on a five year contract.The Blues on Sunday agreed to a reported £30 million fee to sign the Brazilian midfielder from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.ConfirmedThe club in a statement on its official website on Wednesday confirmed the signing of Willian who becomes Mourinho’s latest addition to the star studded Chelsea side.-Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Willian.-The 25-year-old Brazilian was today (Wednesday) granted a work permit and has signed a five-year contract, having moved to England from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. -He will wear the number 22 shirt. The statement reads as quoted on the club’s official website.-Born on 9 August 1988, in Ribeirao Pires, Willian played at Sao Paulo before moving to Corinthians at the age of nine.Youth CareerHaving made his way through the Brazilian club’s academy, Willian rose to prominence in 2005 at the prestigious Copa Sao Paulo de Futebol Junior tournament, which he won with Corinthians before being promoted to the first team where his impressive performances eventually earned him a move to Ukrainian top side Shakhtar Donetsk in August 2007.The attacking midfielder won four league titles, three Ukrainian Cups, three Ukrainian Super Cups and, most memorably, the 2009 UEFA Cup victory over Werder Bremen with the Ukraine based side.