LeGyanDary (Hardcover)

In July 2010, Asamoah Gyan had the chance to join football immortality – and missed it. The scars of that World Cup penalty will remain for years. Remarkably, it does not define him.

Instead, drawing strength from his difficult career beginnings, Gyan will go on to become a history-making Ghana captain – breaking record after record for club and country along the way.

Yet, the quest for greatness sees Gyan make some costly mistakes, which he recounts in sobering detail. He owns up to them, sharing how they affected his family and career, as well as lessons learned.

What was said in dressing rooms across his storied career? How did he handle the mysterious disappearance of his friend Castro and other scandals? What are his plans after football?

In this book, Gyan bares his soul. He seeks no sympathy; he simply wants his side of an often-one-sided story to be heard, introducing us to names, people and influences we did not know before.

LeGyanDary is not only for football fanatics. It is written to challenge those who fear their dreams, to empathize with the misunderstood, and to start a conversation about how we treat our icons – for good, and for bad.

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Leaders Don’t Have to Yell: National Team Coach on Leading High-Performing Teams

Ghana’s Coach James Kwasi Appiah highlights experiences from his international playing and coaching career, and showcases his thoughts on Ghana football’s past, present and future. Appiah also discusses major events during his time as a player, his journey to becoming an international coach, qualifying the national team to the World Cup, his teams preparations and participation in the 2019 African Cup of Nations, Ghana’s Best XI, and leaving a legacy.

The book is divided into four parts:

Part 1 – From Boy to Man, about his childhood through to his days with Kumasi Asante Kotoko;

Part 2 – A Leader of Men and Teams, about becoming a coach and eventually the coach of the Black Stars;

Part 3 – Champions Always Play to Win, about key events in his playing and coaching career; and

Part 4 – Leaving a Legacy, about money, Ghana’s Best XI, and the future of Ghana football.

Appiah gives his account of Senegal ’92, which includes an eye-witness account of the Black Stars’ painful loss of an AFCON final after the marathon penalty shootout, as well as about the captaincy controversy at that tournament that involved Kwasi Appiah, Abedi Pele, Tony Baffoe and Tony Yeboah. He also shares about the Brazil 2014 World Cup events, AFCON 2019 (which has three chapters dedicated to it), about making money and investing wisely, and his list of Ghana’s all-time best players.

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Polo the Magnificent: The Story of the Dribbling Magician

Nii Odai Anidaso Laryea is a product of a number of academic institutions including Prempeh College (completed in 1974/5), Tarkwa Secondary School (1977), the University of Ghana, Legon (1980) and the then University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (1985).

Nii Odai fell in love with Ahmed Polo when the youngster burst onto the turf in the early and mid-1980s in Ghana. According to the author, he has not come across a finer footballer on the African continent of Polo’s ilk. Even beyond the shores of Africa, the only soccer gem, he opines, whose skills surpass that of Mohammed Polo is Diego ‘Armando’ Maradona.

The book attempts to recollect some of the memorable matches he played and gleans perspectives from some sportswriters who watched him play in his hey-days. The book also takes the reader back into days of yore and helps in recollecting the ‘good old days’ of the 1970s and 1980s when Ghana could boast of quality soccer stars. It is also to get the current generation to appreciate the fact that once upon a time, Ghana produced a soccer prodigy whose magic and wizardry were almost equal to that of Maradona.

It is the expectation of the author that perhaps God, in His infinite mercy might one day embellish the soccer landscape of Ghana with a similar, if not greater soccer genius.

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The Black Star: The Autobiography of C.K. Gyamfi (Hardcover)

Over 60 years ago, Ghana’s national football team was rechristened Black Stars: a homage to the star in the middle of the Ghana national flag, a symbolic projection of black excellence.

Charles Kumi Gyamfi, the team’s founding captain, would later coach it to three Africa Cup titles. In his autobiography, written in collaboration with Fiifi Anaman, Gyamfi chronicles his seminal career. If this book reads like a history of Ghana football, then it probably is: C.K. Gyamfi and Ghana football are consubstantial, as rarely has a country’s football story been dominated by one man.

This is the story of the archetypal Black Star, whose pioneering achievements and expansive influence – on the pitch and from the dugout – changed a nation and impacted a continent.

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Mulgheta: A Day in the Life of a Blind Football (Hardcover)

Age Range: 7 – 12 years

Mulgheta is one of the best blind footballers, fitness trainers and masseurs in Germany.

We will accompany this master in the art of life through a day which is just like any other day for him. We will read Braille with him, hear the signals for the blind at a pedestrian crossing, taste luscious tomatoes and smell the trash cans.

Patricia Thoma opens up a new way of looking at our environment with her picture book — the “gaze” of a blind person.

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