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Prof. Twumasi, NSA Boss
The National Sports Authority (NSA) has rubbished results of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) elections held in Tamale recently.
“It has come to the notice of National Sports Authority (NAA) that Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) is purported to have announced new leaders of the Association following a certain Special Elective Congress last Saturday,” a release from the PR outfit of the NSA stated.
“The Authority in no uncertain terms condemns this irresponsible behaviour of certain individuals in GAA for disregarding the advice of the Authority and for disrespecting the Constitution ofthe GAA to go ahead and elect new officers. The NSA, therefore, does not recognise the said elections and the outcome of such illegality,” it added.
According to the release, the GAA breached its own constitution by disregarding Sections 13.3 and 13.8 which require the GAA to extend written notices to members for an annual general assembly (AGA) and special general assembly (SGA) not less than 42 days and 30 days respectively.
It indicated that similar regulations are contained in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Constitution in Articles 26, 30 and 32 which specify that written notices of ordinary meetings of congress must be issued not less than 12 months and special congress meetings written notices must be given not less than three months.
“This notice shall specify, if an election congress meeting, the positions to be elected and the date and time by which nominations for them shall be received by the chief executive officer/secretary general (being three (3) months prior to the election congress meeting,” Article 30.2(c) states.
The NSA learnt on August 15, through a letter dated August 14, written and signed by Fuseini Bawah announcing elective congress scheduled for August 17, three days notice before election (breaching their constitutional requirement of 42 days of advance notice); and without any prior meeting of the Association with the NSA, especially through the technical department which regulates services of secretary generals serving on associations and federations, to discuss roadmap for the election after eight months of litigation which saw extensive mediation efforts by the NSA to resolve matter.
Subsequently, the court ordered the Association to go to congress, according to their constitution.
The authority also noticed that the person who issued the notice happens to be staff of NSA who had already been transfered to another association as secretary general and replaced with another staff by name Rafique Arthur.
The Authority regularly transfers SGs who are non-elected members of the associations and federations.
The Authority established also that many members were absent from the congress and were not given the chance to file their nominations to contest the elections.
Subsequently, the Association was warned not to go ahead with the elections but rather follow the due process as specified in their own constitution and in the Sports Act 2016 (Act 934) which enjoins NSA to license and regulate sports associations and federations in Ghana. Thus, no official from the Authority observed the election which also did not take place in our facility as commonly done.
The Authority, therefore, cannot uphold the outcome of this illegal election and calls for fresh elections to be conducted within the confines of the law.
Newly-appointed Asante Kotoko skipper Felix Annan has appealed to the club’s faithful for heavy presence at the Baba Yara Stadium when they host Nigeria’s Kano Pillars this Sunday.
Besides the call for massive fans presence, the shot stopper has asked members of the Porcupine fraternity to throng to the stadium in total red apparels.
Annan believes filling the stands will complement the team’s comprehensive training programme they embarked on since returning from Kano last week.
Kotoko, who at a point in the first leg leading 2-1, managed a 2-3 loss, and have promised to tilt the scale against the visitors to progress to the next stage of the CAF Champions League.
And speaking ahead of the return leg fixture, he said, “We need the fans now than ever. At stages like this, we cannot do without their presence and support. One of the reasons we are feared and revered is because of our huge support base and the fact that we can make the Baba Yara Stadium an uncomfortable place.”
He added, “That is what we want to see on Sunday; the kind of noise that destabilises the opponent. The stadium was packed and also full of noise when we played Kano Pillars in Nigeria. The Sani Abacha Stadium is only 16, 000 capacity, while ours is nearly 40,000. We must paint Baba Yara red, make it noisier to show Kano Pillars that they don’t come close to us in terms of support.”
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Juventus are set to make a stunning late swoop for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar from under the nose of his former club Barcelona, according to reports.
The Brazilian talisman has been heavily linked with a return to La Liga with either Barca or Real Madrid, but a shock third option has now been mooted.
According to AS, Juventus are preparing a player-plus-cash offer involving Paulo Dybala that they hope will tempt PSG into selling.
The Spanish paper writes that Juve have already opened talks with PSG over a potential move, but they face serious competition from La Liga’s two top clubs.
Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici is said to be central to discussions over a potential deal, which would see Neymar link up with Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin.
It is not the first time Dybala, meanwhile, has been linked with a move away this summer, having previously turned down moves to Tottenham and Manchester United.
He could not agree personal terms with either side, and until now looked likely to continue his stint in Serie A with Juventus.
One stumbling block over any potential move for Neymar this summer is Financial Fair Play, and it is reported that the Italian giants would have to offload some players before signing him in order to comply with the rules.
Hasan Khrist (L), chief accountant at Electroland, presenting the ultimate trophy to the skipper of the winners
Marketing Manager of Electroland Ghana Limited (EGL), Adiza Ibrahim Sadiq, has drawn positives from the second edition of the EGL dealers’ football tournament held in Accra over the weekend.
To her, the tournament served its purpose of fostering close and cordial relationship between Electroland and its partners together, as well as to socialise and have fun outside away from the working environment.
And recounting her impression, she said, “It’s been successful, per what we have witnessed here, I can say it is an improvement of the maiden edition, and I believe we will fly on the wings of today’s success to make the subsequent editions more successful.”
Dealers like Robsied, Karoum Travel and Tour, Get4less, Samson Ventures (Volta), Melcom and Electroland battled for supremacy.
But it was the Volta Region-based dealer, Sampson Ventures, that lifted the ultimate after registering a 2-1 win over Melcom in the final.
It was Galeed Ventures that lifted the maiden edition.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Balinia Adda Aniakwo Asagpare (L) presenting the trophy to the skipper of the champions. With them is Dr. Bortey Borketey (L)
Mboma City have been crowned champions of the 2019 edition of the Happy Man Bitters inter-community soccer competition (HAMISOC) after they defeated Mighty Warriors 1-0, courtesy Wisdom Abochi in the first half.
Kajelo Holy Stars also defeated Mission Warriors for the third place.
The competition, which has grown to become the most prestigious soccer competition in the region, was graced by distinguished sports personalities, including Coach C.K Akonnor, Coach Samuel Boadu of Medeama FC and Coach Hamza Mohammed.
The tournament also had the Paramount Chief of the Navrongo Traditional area, Balinia Adda Aniakwo Asagpare II, as the special guest of honour.
In his key note address, he expressed gratitude to the CEO of Charger Limited, Dr. Bortey Borketey, for always investing in the youth of Navrongo.
He also charged everyone to always remember to say a prayer for the CEO and his businesses.
In his address read on his behalf, Dr. Borketey also expressed his appreciation to the paramount chief for the warm reception given to him and his team.
He also advised the youth to focus on developing their talents as the world now relies on talent as a mean to poverty alleviation.
He expressed his appreciation to the Fehna Entertainment for always putting in their best effort to having an exciting event.
The three-month long competition was themed ‘Rise As One, Win As All’, it and started with 12 teams from the two Kasena Nankana Districts divided into groups of two, playing in an away or home format.
The winners went home with a cash prize of GH¢3,000, a giant trophy for keep, a set of jerseys and medals. Mighty Warriors also went home with a cash prize of GH¢1,500, a set of jerseys and silver medals.
Kajelo Holy Stars went home with GH¢1,000, a set of jerseys and bronze medals while Mission Warriors went home with a set of jerseys. All the teams also had appearance fee and qualification fees.
Derhnick Coffie flanked by Akuoku and Sekina
Ghana’s duo Isaac Akuoku and Sekina Adams won silver in the boys U- 12 and girls U-14 singles event at the just-ended Champions Bowl Championship held at Luik tennis and recreational facility, Lekki-Nigeria.
The three-day tournament, according to the organisers, will serve as a qualifier into World Masters Championship Bowl, an international junior tennis tournament scheduled for Croatia.
It saw Ghanaian Sekina Adams losing in the final to Nigeria’s Blessing Otu 6-1, 6-1 in the girls U-14.
However, Isaac Akuoku 4-6, 7-5, 1-6 loss to Nigerian Michael Nekekpeme in the boys 12 finals meant Isaac Akuoku becomes the second Ghanaian to finish as runner-up.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zion Management Africa Limited, David Derhnick Coffie, said, “I brought this two (Isaac Akuoku and Sekina Adams) for them to get more exposure ahead of the main Champions Bowl Championship.”
He thanked Romeoville Properties Ghana Limited and Ice Up natural mineral water for the duo’s trip to Nigeria.
Derhnick Coffie further called on corporate bodies to support Ghana tennis players, “so we can bring the likes of Frank Ofori, Isaac Donkor, Roger Crawford and Henry Adjei Darko who lifted the flag of Ghana high. When we fail to support these children, we have disappointed our nation Ghana.”
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has joked that his team don’t want to play against Liverpool.
The Gunners were thrashed 5-1 away by Jurgen Klopp’s side in Emery’s first campaign in charge, but they will return to Anfield this Saturday with renewed confidence after winning their first two games of the season.
Emery is anticipating another hugely difficult encounter, but is looking forward to the challenge that Arsenal will face against the European champions.
He said, “For us we don’t want to play against Liverpool ever.
“We’d prefer not to play against them.
“That is really our challenge, a really good test. For the supporters, for all of us, going there with six points is good.
“Really our target is to reduce the distance to Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea.
“When we play against them it is a big challenge to show how we can be. Next week is going to be a very good match.”
Arsenal have secured victories away to Newcastle and at home to Burnley so far this season, but the clash against Liverpool, who have also taken maximum points so far, is a different proposition entirely.
Emery is eager to ensure that his side has a positive mentality going into the game.
He said, “We are going to prepare first with the adaptation to them, their game plan and individual players and after to impose our game plan and capacity.
“We are going to prepare both defensively and offensively.
“I think first is to be positive in our capacity and then work hard. I know my past is to work hard, the present and future is going to be the same.
“After we can win, we can lose. But above all is be positive and keep moving ahead.”
Arsenal will hope to avoid such a scoreline on this occasion, and will be boosted by their win against Burnley, when loan signing Dani Ceballos produced an excellent performance.
Salihamidzic welcoming Coutinho
Barcelona have confirmed that Philippe Coutinho has moved to Bayern Munich for the season on a loan deal worth £19million.
The German club claimed to have agreed not to disclose financial details of the deal but Barcelona revealed all.
They announced that Bayern snapped up Coutinho for the rest of the campaign and will pay his £11million-a-year wage on top of an initial £8m fee.
Bayern also have an option to sign Coutinho on a permanent deal at any stage of the loan for £110m (€120m).
The Brazilian only moved to the Nou Camp club in January 2018 but found himself surplus to requirements this summer after dropping out of Ernesto Valverde’s first-team plans.
A statement from Barcelona said that Bayern would pay just €8.5m (£7.75m) to bring him in for the season although a separate statement from the German club contradicted this, saying: ‘The parties have agreed not to divulge the financial details of the agreement.’
Having been unveiled by the German champions after completing his medical, Coutinho spoke for the first time since joining.
He told the club’s website, “For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe.
“I’m very much looking forward to that. Like Bayern, I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new team-mates.”
And Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added, “We’ve been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer.
“Our thanks go to Barcelona for agreeing to the transfer. With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack.”
Faith Temple, the Ofankor branch of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), has celebrated its 25th anniversary.
On Saturday, August 17, 2019, the Church held a number of fellowship games as part of activities to commemorate its silver jubilee.
The games included basketball, volleyball, handball, football, Scrabble, ludu, arm-wrestling, Oware, among others.
The various games were played at the St. John Senior High School from 7:00am.
Other branches of ICGC around Ofankor precisely from Taifa, Tantra Hills, among others, participated in the games.
Senior Pastor of Faith Temple, ICGC Ofankor, Rev. Nii Otabi Fiifi Wilson, told journalists on the sidelines of the games that Faith Temple started from a humble beginning and through hard work, it has grown.
He said the other participating branches were Strong Tower, Taifa Branch, Glorious Temple, Victory Temple, Achimota Branch, among others.
The games, he said, were also evangelical tools, calling on the other people in the church to reach out to the youth.
He urged the youth to be innovative and seek God for wisdom to solve their problems.
The Black Satellites on Saturday set off their campaign
at this year’s African Games on a good note defeating Burundi’s U-20 side 2-1.
Striker Awudu Tahiru scored a brace to dispatch the East African country in a difficult game.
The striker scored two successful first-half goals, which Ghana relied on to earn their first three points in Group B.
The 19-year-old found the back of the net after 16 minutes of play to put the Satellites in front before adding another just five minutes later with a brilliant goal.
Ghana, however, conceded a goal before the half-time, which derailed the Satellites dream of having a starting clean sheet.
The Satellites will face Senegal in their next game this Wednesday before facing Mali in the final Group game on August 24.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), on behalf of government and the good people of Ghana, wished ‘Team Ghana’ the very best of luck as they begin their quest to win laurels for the nation at the 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco.
The ministry is optimistic about a successful outcome after an impressive assignment by the International Games and Competitions Committee (IGCC).
The ministry appealed to Ghanaians to remember the team in support and prayers to propel them to victory as Ghana seeks to rewrite the scripts of sports on the continental front, a release signed by Isaac Kwame Asiamah, Youth & Sports Minister, stated.
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