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Playing in Africa is a huge task – Annan

Felix Annan, the first choice goalkeeper of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, has said, the 2018/19 Confederation Cup test, remains a huge task, but they are optimistic of making it to the money zone.

Written by Gideon Sarpong
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How Isaac Dogboe lost his crown to Mexican boxer

Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe has lost his WBO world super bantamweight title to Mexican Emmanuel Navarette in the United States.

In his second title defence, Isaac Dogboe failed to produce the devastating skill and dexterity that saw him beat the likes of Magdaleno and Juarez earlier this year.

Dogboe who until now had gone 20 fights without defeat lasted the entire 12 rounds but he struggled for the majority of the rounds.

The taller Navarrete took the fight to Dogboe over the first half of the bout, but Dogboe came back after Navarrete injured his right hand. Navarrete had a big round ten, rocking Dogboe, and dominated the rest of the fight.

By unanimous decision, all the 3 judges scored the bout in favour of the Mexican.

Two of the judges scored the bout 116- 112 in favour of Navarette while the last judge scored it 115 -113 also in favour of the Mexican.

Dogboe who had a badly swollen face after the bout sad he will now take a break, regroup and aim to come back to the top again.

Written by Gideon Sarpong

Isaac Dogboe prepares in Las Vegas for final bout

WBO super bantamweight titlist, Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe, and his team have pitched camp in Las Vegas as they continue with preparations ahead of the boxer’s upcoming defence against Mexico’s Emanuel Navarette on December 8.

Written by Christine Dzakah
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Isaac Dogboe prepares in Las Vegas for final bout

WBO super bantamweight titlist, Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe, and his team have pitched camp in Las Vegas as they continue with preparations ahead of the boxer’s upcoming defence against Mexico’s Emanuel Navarette on December 8.

Written by Christine Dzakah
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Essien wants to take coaching lessons from Jose Mourinho

Chelsea legend Michael Essien says he will turn to Jose Mourinho for coaching advice as he considers a managerial career.

The 36-year-old is yet to call time on his illustrious career despite staying without football for more than a year.

The Ghana international has not played competitive football since he left Indonesian side Persib Bandung.

And the former Real Madrid and AC Milan ace has revealed he will take coaching advice from his 'daddy if he opts for the touchline.

“I’m still thinking about it, to be honest,” he tells The Independent. “I’ve been following some of the coaches, trying to get a little bit more experience, because coaching is very different from being a player. I’m trying to see that side of it, and taking in everything. And when I decide to hang up my shoes, hopefully, I know what I’m going to do.

“If I want to go into coaching, Jose would be the first person I would pick up the phone and call and get some advice. I played with some top managers, so I can pick up the phone and call any of them and I’m sure they would help me out, they would give me some guidance and take it from there.”

Written by Gideon Sarpong