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Kotoko players. INSET: Dr. Emmanuel Borketey Bortey
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Charger Group, Dr. Emmanuel Borketey Bortey, has called on players of Asante Kotoko to win the Kumasi battle convincingly.
Kotoko are hosting Tunisian side, Étoile Sportive du Sahel, in their CAF Champions League first leg tomorrow.
And to the Charger Limited boss, nothing but a convincing win would see the Porcupine Warriors through.
To him, Étoile’s pedigree on the African terrain demands an emphatic win to make the return fixture a mere academic exercise.
He said ahead of the game, “l know Kotoko will win all being equal, but I’m actually urging them on to win big. Étoile, no doubt, is a big club and should be handled as such.”
“Kotoko will do themselves and the nation a lot of good if they beat them well. That will take a lot of pressure off their shoulders when they travel for the second leg. They should go all out and win for themselves and Ghana,” he added.
Kotoko advanced in the competition after going past Kano Pillars of Nigeria on a 4-3 aggregate.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Francis Eduku (R) presenting the cheque to Gifty Eugenia Kusi
Gold Fields Ghana Limited has presented a cheque of GH¢100, 000 to support the Western Region Invitational Tournament 2019, which took off yesterday.
The tournament, a brainchild of the Western Region Sports Committee (WRSC), is under the auspices of Western Regional Coordinating Council (WRCC).
With the donation, Gold Fields, thus, becomes the headline sponsor of the maiden edition of the soccer tournament.
Participating teams in Group A include Skyy FC, Kerala United, Sekondi Hassacas and Sekondi Eleven Wise, with Essipon as their venue.
Group B would feature Medeama FC, Samartex FC, Proud United and Nzema Kotoko would play at the Samreboi Stadium.
At stake are a silver cup and an undisclosed amount of money donated by WRCC .
Presenting the cheque, the Vice President of Gold Fields in charge of Human Resources, Francis Eduku, mentioned that soccer plays a significant role in the socio-economic development of the Western Region and pledged the company’s support for the game.
“We want to promote the economy of the Western Region through soccer and we are committed to support and improve the game. Indeed, we believe that there are huge opportunities in sports,” he added.
Receiving the cheque, the Deputy Western Regional Minister, Mrs. Gifty Eugenia Kusi, reminded the WRSC about the need to be transparent and accountable in their work to justify the investments made by Gold Fields and also to boost the confidence of all partners.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi
Dr Emmanuel Borketey Bortey
CEO of Charger Group, producers of Happy Man Bitters, Dr Emmanuel Borketey Bortey has presented hundred pieces of match tickets to fans of Asante Kotoko.
The gesture was to ensure that the Baba Yara Stadium is jam packed when the Porcupine Warriors host Etoile Sportive du Sahel in their CAF Champions League clash in Kumasi tomorrow.
And to the Charger Limited CEO, the gesture is his widow’s mite saying, ” This is just a token for fans of Kotoko. We believe if other corporate organizations support in this direction, it will help the club a great deal.
“Football and fans are bed fellows, and so management thought it prudent to contribute in this direction. We wish the team well.”
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Grace Obour (2nd R) with Reks Brobby and family at Mpasatia
The GNPC Ghana Fastest Human project has secured admission and a full scholarship tertiary education for Grace Obuor, African Games bronze medalist.
The athlete, one of the discoveries of the Ghana Fastest Human initiative ‒ a project that seeks to revive athletics in schools‒ is expected to be enrolled in the premier university, University of Ghana, Legon.
A few days ago, the founder of the Ghana Fastest Human, Reks Brobby, and his team travelled to a distant town of Mpasatia, near Baabiani in the Western Region, to pay a visit to Grace’s family.
The visit was to seek the multiple medal winning athlete’s family consent and approval for the release and blessing of Grace for her academic programme.
The 2018 U-18 GNPC Ghana’s fastest, brilliance on the tracks locally and internationally, stirred Brobby and his team to push for the athlete’s higher learning academic programme.
Indications are that the authorities of the University of Ghana are in full support of the athlete’s admission, having met the university’s requirement.
Mr. Brobby praised University of Ghana and GNPC for their support, saying, “I must thank our reliable sponsor, GNPC, for making this dream a reality. Certainly, this support will benefit Grace and the country as a whole taking into account the huge potential she has in the sport.”
The founder of Ghana Fastest Human, a former national sprinter and an athletics envoy of University of Ghana, expressed gross appreciation to the school for their support.
Grace Obuor, a product of TI Amass, Kumasi, made Ghana proud in the Niger meet this year by winning gold in 400m, silver in 200m, as well as a bronze in the Côte d’Ivoire competition.
She also won gold in the ECOWAS meet a few months ago and crowned her brilliance with gold medals in 200m, 400m and 4×100 relay in the inter-college event.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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President of the Coalition of Supporters’ Unions of Africa (COSUA) has congratulated the Black Meteors of Ghana for their impressive 1-0 victory over their Algerian counterparts to qualify for the U-23 AFCON in Egypt.
In a telephone interview with DAILY GUIDE SPORTS, Abebrese said the victory of the Meteors, which came against the background of recent downward trends in Ghana football, can and should serve as the motivating factor to kick-start the revival of Ghana football.
To this end, the former GTV sports commentator urged Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Ashgold to take inspiration from this all-important victory over Algeria as they face similar daunting North African opponents in their respective continental campaigns.
He also urged Ghanaian fans to change their recent abandonment of the national teams and troop to Egypt to support the Meteors to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Abebrese revealed that plans have been put in place for COSUA to secure funding to sponsor 100 members of each of the eight African teams to Egypt to support their respective countries, after which all African fans would be mobilised to Tokyo to support whoever emerges as Africa’s representatives in the Olympic Games.
Asante Kotoko and Ashgold would be engaging in their respective continental (CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup) campaigns this weekend.
Nana Yaw Amponsah
As the race for occupancy of the Ghana Football Association’s presidency heats up, a number of names ‒ confirmed or otherwise ‒ have emerged as Kwesi Nyantakyi’s successor.
One of those [confirmed] is Nana Yaw Amponsah, a young aspirant who is well-equipped and determined enough to reach and succeed in the high office. A previous piece on this platform profiled Amponsah; now, have a look at a summary of what he has to offer.
The Normalisation Committee ‒ with the approval of FIFA and the GFA Congress – has introduced some reforms to help Ghana football get back on track, but more would be required by the FA administration that takes over to build on that foundation ‒ and that’s just what a Nana Yaw Amponsah-led regime guarantees. Among other plans, there would be the establishment of an independent football tribunal to ensure just, effective and quicker adjudication of cases, while ‒ within two years ‒ the Premier League and Division One League should be made autonomous.
Regional/District Football Associations would be well-resourced to mirror the national body as fully as possible, with developmental projects tailor-made to suit a district or region’s peculiar needs. Such projects would be monitored, coordinated and supported by Regional Football Coordinators (RFCs). To ensure greater accountability and proper oversight, RFA and DFA chairpersons would be trained to provide quarterly reports on activities in their domain.
Grassroots football is the basis from which Ghana has sprung to global prominence, and a revival at that level would only reflect positively on the overall fortunes of our game. With that in mind, an FA presided over by Amponsah would rejuvenate juvenile leagues, train youth development coaches and physiotherapists, and also establish national colts/juvenile football awards. Regarding infrastructure, the FA would also collaborate with the relevant authorities to develop, improve and maintain venues for juvenile/colts football games.
In an era when many around the world continue to charge football authorities to bring the women’s game up to the status of its male counterpart, Ghana can’t be left behind. To make this possible, women’s football representatives would be given a greater say in Congress’ decision-making, along with the establishment of a department to promote, brand and market women’s football at all levels.
These days, it takes more than just a kick of the foot to set the ball rolling; money does much of the ‘kicking’, really. Toward placing Ghana in a position to tap into football’s ever-deepening pool of wealth, a dedicated branding and marketing department ‒ comprised of industry professionals and experts — would be set up to devise formulae for the aforementioned purpose. Credible data on Ghanaian leagues‒ and on their constituent clubs ‒ would be fed unto internationally recognised statistical and video analytical platforms like Transfermarkt to make them more easily visible and accessible to potential investors, scouts and others.
Football, of course, is primarily about footballers; without them, there is nothing to see or to talk about. Thus, the working conditions and interests of Ghanaian footballers ‒ hitherto not given much attention‒ will be a prime priority if Amponsah is elected FA president. Collaboration with the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG) would be key to achieving this, with special focus on establishing a respectable minimum wage structure for players at all levels. And with many reduced to penury after their playing careers end, the FA – working hand-in-hand with the PFAG ‒ would organise financing and post-career planning seminars.
If players are the essence of football, the media represents the sport’s very face, and not much could be achieved without the involvement and cooperation of such a major stakeholder. Forging a bond so strong would be required in the fight against ambush marketing, for one, while a quarterly ‘Meet the Press’ session would provide room for media input on other fronts. Sports media training courses would be subsidized for interested practitioners, and a move would also be made to grant the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) two non-voting observer rights at Congress. Also, at match centres, measures would be put in place to ensure effective security protection for media.
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Paul Pogba reportedly agreed a staggering £429,000-a-week deal with Paris Saint-Germain before deadline day but the move fell through because Neymar’s proposed return to Barcelona didn’t materialise.
The French midfielder, who has had a mixed few years at Old Trafford, was targeted by the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG over the summer.
And Italian outlet Calciomercato claim that United agreed a deal to sell him to the French champions days before the transfer window closed shut.
The Brazilian’s desired transfer ultimately collapsed as Barca couldn’t meet PSG’s valuation of him.
As a result, Pogba missed out on the the £22million annual salary that had been put on the table by Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Adidas are also believed to have played a major role in making sure Pogba remained in Manchester.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was reportedly open to the idea of selling Pogba, provided the transfer occurred at the start of the transfer window and the midfielder’s fee was used to bring in more signings.
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A line-up of the Black Meteors.
Black Meteors head trainer Ibrahim Tanko has heaped praises on his side for qualifying for the African Championship in Egypt.
The Olympic side posted a 1-0 stunner against their Algerian counterparts (Fennec Foxes) on foreign soil (Setif, Algeria) last Tuesday evening.
It was Celta Vigo forward Yaw Yeboah’s second half brilliant solo run that did the trick; ending Meteors’ over a decade drought qualification for tournaments.
Ghana needed a win at all cost after drawing 1-1 in the first leg in Accra last Friday.
Tanko showered special praise on the team as a whole, especially Yeboah,
saying, “You could see that the will was there, he took the ball from the
middle through to the goal even though he had a chance to fall down for a
penalty, but he didn’t.
“It’s not only about Yaw Yeboah, but we have to commend the rest of the guys, after the first game all of them were down and we had to psych and talk to them from Ghana to Algeria.
“I think today’s game the guys showed character and it’s only prudent for us to commend the players for that performance.”
He added, “Michael did very well
in the first half, but unfortunately, we had to change him because he had a
yellow card and we don’t want to play with one less, especially with this game.
“So, looking at the scoreline, we had to risk a little bit so we brought in Osman Bukari who’s more offensive and then we drew Yaw Yeboah back to play with Twum so this changes gave us more options upfront.”
The African U-23 Championship would come off in November in Egypt, with eight nations battling for the ultimate.
Meteors, who beat Togo and Gabon in the first and second qualifying, join six other teams and hosts Egypt for the final tournament between November 8 and 22.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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One of the spectators’ stands. INSET: Isaac Kwame Asiamah, his team and the contractor at the site
Youth & Sports Minister Isaac Kwame Asiamah has hailed the contractor working on the Nyinahin Multipurpose Youth & Resource Centre.
On Monday, the minister and his entourage visited the site in the Ashanti Region.
It was the minister’s second visit after cutting sod for the project.
He was highly impressed with the state of work done by the contractor and urged the rest of the contractors to follow suit.
“This is my second visit, and I commend the contractor for his high sense of creativity, innovation and enterprise. I saw a huge challenge during the first visit but the contractor has turned the challenges to a golden opportunity. I’ m very excited with his high sense of creativity. Also, I’m happy with the employment these multipurpose complexes are offering,” he indicated.
Mr. Asiamah added, “With the completion of the complex, school sports would be enhanced and the President believes in reviving sports across the country because these complexes can host the regional sports festivals. The President wants to use sports as a tool in crime prevention because sport is critical for national development.”
“I will urge the various contractors to emulate what the Nyinahyin contractor has done, and I’ m happy with the cooperation between the various contractors,” he said.
The 5,000- capacity sports complex would house a FIFA-standard football pitch, athletics tracks, court for volleyball and basketball, ICT and counseling centres, a restaurant and offices.
From The Sports Desk
Captain of the Ghana Chinese Golf Association, Wang Shu, expects the best form of golfing when the Celebrity Golf Club hosts this year’s Ghana-China Friendship Golf Invitational, which is scheduled for September 28.
The 18-hole event is in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Wang Shu said, “All is set for the competition which seeks to deepen the already healthy relationship between Ghana and China.
Sports and golf in particular has served as a useful platform to foster healthy friendship between these two countries.
“Previous China anniversary competitions have succeeded in taking the friendship between the two countries a notch higher.
We are expecting a great Ghana-China golf competition, and we believe we will put together a tournament befitting a 70th anniversary celebration.”
The competition has received support by way of sponsorship from Caitec Delta Limited, Tang Palace Hotel, Tsin Tao Hotel and Restaurant, Waylead Company Ghana Limited, Midea/MDV Air Condition Agency, Little Sky Limited, Han Palace Chinese Restaurant, Alustar Company Limited, King-Tech Limited, Unifa Brothers Ghana Limited, Savemore Ghana Company Limited, VVIP Transport Limited, Miaomiao Express Company Limited, Micasso Tiles Plaza & Twyford Tile, Li De Xiang, NT Currency Exchange Limited and Xingrui Construction Limited.
From The Sports Desk