Andre Ayew scored for the second weekend in a row but it was once again not enough as West Ham were beaten 3-2 at home by a resurgent Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez, Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy — three of the main protagonists of last season’s title triumph — stunned the Hammers with first-half goals.

The news that Michael Essien’s wife, Akosua Puni, had purchased the Italian third division side Como at an auction certainly raised a few eyebrows this week. She paid £206,000 to take control of the bankrupt club, facing no competition, and will try to lead the Lega Pro outfit back into the big time. But those who have had the pleasure of visiting Como and the club’s Giuseppe Sinigaglia stadium will immediately understand the appeal.

Ghana and Al Ahli star Asamoah Gyan has has vowed that persistent injury problems will not get the better of him. Gyan, 31, has started just six of the champions’ 14 Arabian Gulf League games he was eligible for in 2016/17.

Former Black Stars captain and coach, James Kwasi Appiah, could be returning to the job he quit over two years ago if the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) has its way following strong indications that he is the favourite of the ministry among the list of applicants to replace Avram Grant.

Former Ghana coach Avram Grant insists coaching Ghana is one of the most difficult task he has ever taken in his coaching career. The Israeli trainer was manager of the Ghana senior national team for two years- from December 2014 to January 2017 where he guided the Black Stars to finish second at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and fourth at the 2017 tournament in Gabon.

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