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Annan to stay with Ghana after mother dies

A Ghana team spokesman says midfielder Anthony Annan will remain with the squad at the African Cup of Nations after his mother died

AP, Friday 3 Feb 2012
Anthony Annan
Ghana's Anthony controls the ball during their African Cup of Nations Group D soccer match against Guinea at Franceville stadium (Photo: Reuters)
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Ibrahim Sannie tells The Associated Press that Annan has decided to stay in Gabon as Ghana prepares for Sunday’s quarterfinal match against Tunisia in Franceville. 

The Ghana Football Association says it was “deeply saddened to hear of the death of the mother of Anthony Annan, Madam Sophia Sampson.”

The GFA says Annan’s mother died Thursday night after falling sick earlier in the day. It says “the coaches, players and staff will continue to offer him (Annan) our constant support.”

Annan started in Ghana’s 1-1 draw with Guinea on Wednesday. 

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