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Ghana are on the verge of being knocked out of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations after suffering a damaging defeat against host Egypt on Monday night.
Black Meteors threw away the lead twice to lose 3-2 to the Olympic Pharaohs at the Cairo International Stadium.
The defeat put the team in a difficult position to make the semi-finals. They have one point and are third behind leaders Egypt (6 points) and Cameroon (4 points).
Ghana can qualify if they beat already-eliminated Mali and Egypt win against Cameroon.
Black Meteors stunned Egypt in just the sixth minute when captain Yaw Yeboah prod home the opener from close range.
The lead lasted until the 17th-minute mark as Egypt equalised through striker Moustafa who headed home Ahmed Mohamed’s fine cross.
Ghana were back on top, a minute into the second half, this time through Samuel Obeng who capitalised on a weak back pass from Egypt centre-back Mohamed Abdelsalam to round the goalkeeper and put the ball into the back of the net.
Egypt appeared to have drawn level in the 55th minute but Sobhi’s rebound header was ruled out for offside.
They finally drew level on 82 minutes when Sobhi reacted quickly to slot home a rebound after poor goalkeeping from Kwame Baah.
The host continued to pile on the pressure and they deservedly fetched a deserved winner through Rayyan who rose high to head home from a Sobhi corner in the 88th minute.
Ghana tried to stage a last-minute fight-back but Egypt defended very well to claim three points and qualify for the last four.
The Black Meteors final group game is on Thursday against Mali.
This tournament is the final leg of qualifiers to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top three finishers at the tournament will represent Africa in Japan.
Ghana last featured at the Olympic Games in 2004.
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Asante Kotoko ‘run away’ coach Kjetil Zachariassen arrived in Ghana after a week’s sojourn in French country Côte d’lvoire.
The Norwegian trainer did not return with the team after their CAF Confederations Cup fiasco in Abidjan last week.
The coach who arrived in Kumasi over the weekend is expected to hold a crunch meeting with management today.
Agent for the coach, Charles Kouadio, stated after the Kotoko-San Pedro return leg that his client would not return to Ghana with the team due to security issues.
Indications are that Executive Chairman of Kotoko, Dr. Kyei, instructed him to inform his client that his (Kjetil) safety cannot be guaranteed on their return to Ghana.
“Management of Asante Kotoko asked me to tell the coach that they cannot guarantee his safety so he has left to his (Kjetil) house in Abidjan.
“It’s not true he was missing but rather Dr. Kyei and Nana Coker told me I should tell him they can’t guarantee his safety looking at what has happened and what the supporters did,” he said in an interview.
The coach’s failure to guide the team to the next stage of the competition incensed some members of the Porcupine Warriors to call for Kjetil’s head.
However, Kouadio insists his client has no intention of resigning from his post unless Kotoko terminates his contract.
According to the agent, the coach is bent on honouring his three-year mandate given last July, saying, “I repeat Kjetil will not resign today or tomorrow. He has a three-year contract and will not resign unless Kotoko wants to sack him.”
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Arsenal fell to their third Premier League defeat of the season as Leicester’s second-half surge secured a 2-0 win for the hosts at the King Power Stadium.
After a goalless opening 55 minutes, in which both sides had chances, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a goal chalked off for offside, which was the cue for Leicester to take charge. Jamie Vardy opened the scoring and then laid on a second for James Maddison.
The form and confidence of Mesut Ozil will please many fans, and perhaps even his manager Unai Emery. Playing in an advanced central role, Ozil looked dangerous and creative, providing some consolation to those who have been calling for him to be more involved in recent weeks.
Agyaba, one of the opinion leaders at Ash Town, cutting the tape to open the project as Napo looks on
The Manhyia South Constituency is set to benefit from three different modern Astro Turf facilities soon to help promote sporting activities, especially football.
One of the Astro Turfs has already been completed at the famous Abbey’s Park, which is located at Ash Town, which is the heart of the constituency.
The two other Astro Turf projects, whose construction works would start soon, would be located at the Konadu Yiadom School and Dichemso.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh (Napo), the Manhyia South lawmaker, made the announcement during the opening of the Abbey’s Park project on Sunday morning.
As part of the programme, a football gala was played among the six electoral areas in the constituency. A trophy and other prizes were at stake.
Napo said the constituency has a lot of football talents, so as the Member of Parliament (MP) of the area, he thought it wise to invest in sporting facilities to help produce football stars.
The Abbey’s Park facility, a brainchild of Napo, boasts of an Astro Turf, an open gym, children’s playing ground, flood lights, stands for spectators, among other amenities.
Napo, who is passionate about the transformation of Manhyia South Constituency, admonished residents of Ash Town to uphold a high maintenance culture.
He also announced that Seth Twumasi, a former Kumasi Asante Kotoko player and an executive of the NPP in the constituency, would chair a committee to manage the park.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
The Ghana Rugby Football Union team, Eagles team returned to Ghana after beating Morocco 33-10 to win Rugby Africa Men’s 7s 2019 challenge Trophy
The coach of the Eagles team coach Lovemore Dallars Kuzorera said, he is happy about his team performance at the tournament. “The format of this year’s tournament is more challenging, if you play one game and loss, you are out of contesting for the main qualifiers. We are used in playing in groups”.
After we lost our first match, we said to ourselves let win the Challenge Tropy which we did. Dough it wasn’t easy, playing team like Tunisia, Morocco Ivory Coast who have prepared very well for this tournament but yet still we managed to win the Challenge Tropy.
We have also prepared for the past six weeks for this tournament thanks to the President of Ghana Rugby Union Mr. Herbert Mensah. But going forward we need cooperate bodies to support us to prepare very well like Kanye. Prior to this tournament, Kanye have played in six different tournaments before this tournament, it is not easy to compete with such countries. We need to also play in different tournaments before a main tournaments, so we appealing to Cooperate world to come and support us.
Below are the results of the finals Rugby Africa Men’s Seven Championship 2019
Trophy Challenge – Ghana
3rd place playoff – Zimbabwe
Cup Finals -Kenya
Ghana Eagles will be at Nduom sports Stadium – Elmina Ghana for the “Battle of the Birds of Prey” with Botswana Vultures for Africa Cup Elimination on 3rd November. 2019 at 11am.
President of the Ghana Rugby Association, Herbert Mensah, has expressed his profound gratitude to a number of corporate organizations for their support towards the Ghana Rugby, especially the Men’s 7s triumph recently.
The Men’s 7s squad won the Challenge trophy in South Africa at the Olympic Quality.
Kenya emerged the ultimate winner of the tournament.
But Mr. Mensah believes the Ghanaian rugby team was able to put up an excellent performance in South Africa because of the immense financial and logistical supports from such organizations like Sunda, and the Twyyford Group.
“We are long way short of where we want to be. But it’s so important that I raise my hat and give thanks first to Sunda, the Sunda Twyyford Group has stepped in where we really needed to,” he said. The cost of the advance party, preparation matches etc would not have been possible without their kind intervention.
He also thanked the PanAfrican Group, Societie Generale, Interplast and Gino, among others, for their immense support toward the Men’s 7.
Touching on the positive impacts their supports were making to the development of Ghana rugby, he said, “we can’t balance our budget but it is a movement in the right direction.”
He bemoaned how it is difficult to raise money in Africa for the development of other sports if one is not in football or politics.
“Sport is big business. We push as much as we can to get sponsors and people involved in the game,” according to him
He added that “we understand this is Africa. It’s not easy to raise if you are not involved in football or you are not involved in politics. When you are involved in minority sport, it’s always difficult.”
Mr. Mensah explained that “we understand that sport is not about us, it’s about the people. And the only way you are going to work, if you want to compete is to raise money.”
Rugby is the second biggest sport in the world.
Ghana’s ranking in Africa has gone up to nine and Mr. Mensah is strongly convinced that without the support of those organizations the country’s rugby teams would not have made the progress they have chalked in recent times.
Meanwhile, he has congratulated the Men’s 7s for their victory and for making Ghana proud in the international rugby arena. In the last four years Ghana has been admitted as full members of World Rugby, Hosted and won the 1D W. African Competition, Hosted and won the Bronze Cup, qualified to participate in the Men’s and Women’s 7s, Won the Challenge Trophy for both Women and Men and have now extended Getting into Rugby training for more than 4,500 school children in Ghana
He observed how each player on the team very committed to succeed, pointing out physical training has been one of the major hallmarks of the team.
In concluding Herbert extended notable praise to Coach Dallas Kuzorera, Team Manager Hakim and Captain Alex Dorpenyo.
Ghana now plays Botswana in the Nations Cup at Elmina on November 23rd with the winner going on to play with World renowned Zimbabwe!
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FORMER PRESIDENT of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, will soon be sent to court for prosecution after an official complaint made by President Akufo-Addo over the Tiger Eye P.I Number 12 undercover investigations.
The Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Gloria Akufo-Addo, who made this known in Parliament yesterday, noted that the untimely death of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale seriously affected the completion of investigation into the case since he (Suale) was a principal witness in the case.
The Attorney-General said Ahmed Suale’s death in May this year unavoidably stalled the preparation of Nyantakyi’s case.
The minister was answering a question from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Mion, Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, who wanted to know the status of investigation of the complaint made by President Nana Akufo-Addo against Mr. Nyantakyi.
According to the Attorney-General, the prosecutors were directly dealing with the late Ahmed Suale in the preparation of the case until his untimely death in May, which seriously affected the work of the prosecutors.
She, however, said despite the hindrance, a review of the docket has been completed and would soon be presented to court for prosecution to take place.
Giving a background to the case, the Attorney-General explained that on November 2, 2018, the Office of the Attorney-General received a duplicate docket numbered RO 93/2018 from the headquarters of the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service on a case entitled ‘The Republic Versus Kwesi Nyantakyi’ under cover of a letter dated November 1, 2018.
According to her, the letter indicated that suspect Nyantakyi, who had been secretly recorded by undercover private investigator, Tiger Eye P.I. (Tiger Eye), had engaged in alleged corrupt conduct.
She said after an initial review of the docket by a team of investigators, the police were requested on January 10, 2019 to furnish the Office of the Attorney-General with some further documents to facilitate the completion of the review, stressing that in March 2019, Tiger Eye was also requested to furnish the team with an updated report covering all videos submitted to the Office of the Attorney-General.
She added that the documents requested from the police and the updated report from Tiger Eye were submitted by the police in May 2019, but the death of Suale in the same month affected the investigations.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr
HE Tsutomu Himeno (L) speaking with a journalist
The Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Tsutomu Himeno, is calling on government and other stakeholders to collaborate with the embassy to promote least financed sports, particularly karate-do, judo and kendo.
His call for the construction of Japanese martial arts stems from values such as discipline, respect, self-defence and confidence.
To the Japanese envoy, the above listed virtues are very crucial to the development of young people in the country.
Speaking ahead of the Japan Week Celebration, an annual occasion designed to celebrate Japan culture, scheduled for today, he commended Ghana for her brilliance in karate and judo.
He, however, stated that Ghana should go the extra mile regarding engaging children in the sports, as well as government’s involvement in providing the right infrastructure for the sport.
“With a proper collaboration between Japan and the government of Ghana, we could construct an ultramodern sports facility specifically for Judo, Karate and Kendo which would go a long way to help promote the sport,” he said.
Mr. Himeno bemoaned the non-availability of space for sports infrastructure as a challenge that could have a telling effect on sports in the country.
He mentioned that the Hathramani Hall at the Accra Sports Stadium used for such disciplines appears not very conducive and overly used.
“These sports are very crucial to the growth of young people and must be encouraged, especially in schools. That could be achieved if stakeholders work together to achieve that purpose,” the Japanese ambassador said.
The Japan Week Celebration begins today with some workshops with the Japanese ambassador’s judo championship scheduled for the Accra Sports Stadium tomorrow.
He added, “We are committed to developing these disciplines in Ghana as the country has great potentials and could excel if the right measures were put in place.”
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
PIX: JAPAN JAPAN ENVO
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Dinamo Zagreb boss Nenad Bjelica has blasted the introduction of VAR following their frustrating draw with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Zagreb let a two-goal lead slip to draw 3-3 during injury-time in the Champions League on Wednesday night, with the leveller coming after a lengthy VAR review.
And following the final whistle, the Zagreb manager ripped into VAR, claiming it is spoiling the game.
He said. “I don’t want to see what VAR did to us. VAR is a piece of s***! Kills emotions, kills the game! It’s a circus that doesn’t help us at all!
“Look at England, look at Italy, look what’s going on there! I am absolutely against it!”
Donetsk came from 3-1 behind to draw 3-3 in Zagreb right at the death. Junior Moraes gave them hope with a header three minutes into added time.
That set the stage for Tete to slot home from the penalty spot after a VAR review deemed Kevin Theophile-Catherine to have fouled Andriy Pyatov, who had come forward for a corner.
Dalian Atkinson, the former Aston Villa striker, died in 2016.
A police officer has been charged with murder following the death of former Premier League footballer Dalian Atkinson.
The ex-Aston Villa striker, 48, died in 2016 after being tasered by officers at his father’s house in Telford on Aug. 15.
At the time of the incident, West Mercia Police said officers were called amid concerns “for the safety of an individual” and deployed taser.
A spokesperson for the Atkinson family said, “Dalian’s family welcomes the decision to put the conduct of police officers before a jury but regrets that already more than three years have passed since Dalian died.
“They ask for their privacy to be respected and press for the criminal proceedings to progress without delay or obstruction.”
A second police officer has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm. Both will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court later on Thursday.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in England pressed charges following an investigation into the incident by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Jenny Hopkins, from the CPS, said in a statement, “Following the death of Dalian Atkinson in Telford on Aug. 15 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised a charge of murder against a West Mercia police constable.
“A second police constable, from the same force, has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm. Mr. Atkinson’s family has been informed.”
Atkinson scored 25 goals in 87 league appearances for Aston Villa between 1991-95 and earned one cap for the England B team. He finished his playing career in South Korea in 2001.