Herbert Mensah Congratulates Rugby Africa And Khaled Babbou

Herbert Mensah Congratulates Rugby Africa And Khaled Babbou

15/10/2019, Ghana, Multi Sports, Daily Guide (Publication), Article # 29553891

Mr Khaled Babbou, President of Rugby Africa, with Mr Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby.

The management of the Rugby Africa has earned praises from Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby, for staging the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens tournament in Tunisia that also served as 2020 Olympic qualifier.

Mr Mensah specifically commended Khaled Babbou, President of Rugby Africa, for the inclusion of top African teams from the four Africa regions. Mensah said that, in light of the difficulties with finding sponsors, it was indeed a great achievement by Babbou and his team.

He noted that the U20 Barthes Cup and the women’s fifteens had been made possible under the administration of Mr Babbou.

According to Mensah World Rugby has an entrenched position yet the expectations of people was very high. He was of the view that rugby in Africa deserved better treatment.

With more than 30 unions in Africa involved the game requires tournaments for men and women in the sevens and fifteen formats, as well as a tournament for the youth. According to Mensah, this is not an easy task in light of the absence of sustainable sponsors at this stage.

Mensah also noted that Africa had gone a long way to follow guidelines and rules on what needed to be done and that it was complying in a commendable way.

“The reason that African rugby has gone this way is to be able to spread Rugby over a longer period and give greater equity to all nations,” he said

According to Mensah, the future of Rugby in Africa was dependent on the extent that Africa and its Unions embrace change and the extent to which they embrace the need to raise funds locally to make the game work.

Mensah, who also heads up the Sponsorship and Fundraising Committee of Rugby Africa, congratulated Mr Babbou and his team with Mrs Coralie van den berg as General Manager for their achievements thus far and expressed the hope that the Association will raise the necessary funding in 2020 to meet the expectations of all stakeholders.

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Supreme Gets Walk Over…  Into Prez Cricket Semis

Supreme Gets Walk Over… Into Prez Cricket Semis

15/10/2019, Ghana, Multi Sports, Daily Guide (Publication), Article # 29553892

As the morning downpour on Sunday subsided, the sunlight emerged and paved way for the last round of Pool matches of the ongoing Ghana Cricket Association President’s Invitational T20 Tournament at the Achimota Cricket Ovals.

On Oval A, Supreme Warriors Cricket Club had a walk over and topped Pool B with 8 points and +3.073 NRR after Kyebi Leopards boycotted the match.

The encounter which was expected to be tensed, had all hopes dashed when handlers of the Leopard’s felt the pitch was not good enough for Cricket despite Umpires decision to sanction both matches, having assessed the grounds.

Supreme has therefore set a clash with Carel Superkings, who are second in Pool A for the semi finals on Oval B.

Meanwhile, Pool A leaders, Everest Cricket Club, will play United Cricket Club in the first semi on Oval A this Sunday after edging out Salt ‘N’ Pepper on Oval B.

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Bechem, DAF Salute French Embassy

Bechem, DAF Salute French Embassy

15/10/2019, Ghana, Multi Sports, Daily Guide (Publication), Article # 29553893

Officials and players of the two sides in a pose with officials of French Embassy

Ghana’s Premier League side, Bechem United and the Diaspora African Forum (DAF), have thanked the French Embassy and Ambassador Anne Sophie Ave for aiding their mini European tour.

The club together with DAF embarked on an European tour that saw them travel to France, Italy, Denmark and Portugal.

The team led by Ambassador Erieka Bennett, expressed thanks to the embassy for allowing the boys to experience the world beyond their imagination.

Ambassador Ave was proud of the team and advised them to take their education seriously for it is the one thing they can rely on once their football career was over.

She also added that France President Emmanuel Macron has a policy to help the youth in Africa, hence the decision to help. She was glad the initiative was successful and thanked DAF for bringing France on board this wonderful project.

Bright Williams, of Bright Links Sports Consortium, the project consultant, also said thanks to all the staff of the French Embassy.

Some of the boys told interesting stories about their trip. All nine players have attracted interests from various countries.

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Senegal Claim WAFU Cup Of Nations Over Ghana On Penalty Shootout

Senegal Claim WAFU Cup Of Nations Over Ghana On Penalty Shootout

14/10/2019, Ghana, Multi Sports, Daily Guide (Publication), Article # 29551545

Senegal claim the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations after a penalty shootout over regional rivals Ghana. Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Hosts Senegal are the champions of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations after beating Ghana 3-1 in a penalty shootout following 120 minutes of football which ended 1-1 at the Stade Lat Dior in Thies on Sunday.

Ghana almost took the lead in the tenth minute when Habib Mohammed met a left-sided free-kick from Augustine Okrah, but his eight-yard header struck the post.

Senegal threatened next from a right-sided free-kick in the 13th minute when Ousseynou Niang’s cross picked out Philippe Paulin Keny, but he headed inches over under no pressure from the defence.

Two minutes later the Lions of Teranga caused more danger at a set-piece, this time Moustapha getting onto a pin-point corner-kick from Ibrahima Drama but the former headed just wide from 12-yards out.

Both sides tightened up their defence after that and looked a little timid in attack, which resulted in no more decent scoring chances before the break.

Senegal came out strong at the start of the second stanza and should have taken the lead in the 57th minute when Assane Mbodj met a corner-kick at the back post, but he headed wide from only a couple of yards out.

A minute later Mbodj was in the action again, this time with a fantastic turn on the edge of the box to beat his marker but he saw his shot skim the top of the crossbar.

Ghana finally created their first chance of the second half in the 68th minute when a powerful run from Okrah saw him burst through the middle of the defence, but the Senegalese keeper was quickly off his line to deny him.

The Black Stars nearly stole the victory in the 82nd minute when a corner-kick resulted in captain Shafiu Mumuni getting into space six-yards out, but his strong header was magnificently saved by Pape Ndiaye. That was the last decent chance of the half as regulation time ended goalless and the match moved into extra-time.

The Lions of Teranga came bitterly close to taking the lead in the 105th minute of extra time when swift work down the left resulted in substitute Youssouph Badji meeting a cross from Niang, but his eight-yard attempt struck the post. Two minutes into the second half of extra time the game finally got its first goal when Badji connected with another cross from Niang, but this time he turned the ball into the net from six-yards out, 1-0.

Ghana were not going down without a fight and equalised in the 110th minute when a right-sided free-kick resulted in a goalmouth scramble which concluded with Joseph Esso firing home from eight-yards out, 1-1.

Neither side could find the winner in the remaining ten minutes as they game ended 1-1 and went into penalties to decide the outcome.

In the shootout Senegal keeper Ndiaye made two saves to deny Okrah and Justice Blay while Ghana’s Fatawu Mohammed struck the crossbar to see the Lions of Teranga win on penalties.


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Kotoko Coach In Bribery Scandal?

Kotoko Coach In Bribery Scandal?

14/10/2019, Ghana, Multi Sports, Daily Guide (Publication), Article # 29551546

Kjetil Zachariassen

Asante Kotoko head trainer Kjetil Zachariassen has allegedly been embroiled in a bribery scandal.

Reports indicate that the expatriate has been taking kickbacks from players since his appointment following the departure of CK Akonnor.

It has also emerged that before the signing of  Musadiru Salifu, the Norwegian trainer agreed with the player that if the deal goes through, he (Kjetil) would take a share of GH¢2000 as an appreciation fee.

Ironically, Salifu, in fulfilling his part of the ‘contract’, mistakenly paid more than the actual amount of GH¢2000 to the trainer, and has since been demanding the remainder, but the coach has been reluctant to pay.

Consequently, the player’s agent has reported the coach’s behaviour to management, anticipating action.

Salifu, a former Berekum Chelsea player, joined Kotoko last July, following recommendation and approval by the Norwegian coach.

Since the Porcupine Warriors’ exit from this year’s CAF Champions League few weeks ago, Kjetil has been under intense pressure.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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Okyenhene Golf Rocks Tafo

Okyenhene Golf Rocks Tafo

14/10/2019, Ghana, Multi Sports, Daily Guide (Publication), Article # 29551519

Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amotia Ofori Panin at a recent golf tournament

The serene Cocoa Scientific Research Institute Golf Club at Tafo in the Eastern Region is expected to host the Okyenhene Invitational Tournament this Saturday.

The 9-hole event, which would draw over 80 crack golfers from across the country and beyond, marks the 20th anniversary celebration of the Okyehene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin.

Arranged to befit the avid golfer and traditional ruler, the anniversary marks 20 years of good leadership, innovation and conservation and acknowledges the role of chieftaincy in national and social development.

Officials of MTN, who are the organisers of the event, disclosed that it is an opportunity to engage its stakeholders, collect feedback, fraternise outside the office and getting the opportunity to go to their customers in a local setting.

“MTN deems it a great pleasure to share in the significant milestone in the reign of his majesty, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, who happens to be one of the key stakeholders and influencers in the country and particularly within the Eastern Regional Business District,” an official said.

“We wish to express their profound gratitude to him for his consistent support and guidance to the business over the years. MTN, through his royal majesty, has built and maintained a strong relationship with Ofori Panin fie, the Akyem community and the Abuakwa Traditional Council.”

He added, “MTN salutes Osagyefo’s consistent interventions in the areas of environment, health and education in the Akyem community. We are looking forward to enjoying continuous support and collaboration with Okyeman and all its stakeholders in the years to come.

“We wish Osagyefo many more years of peaceful transformational reign characterised by unprecedented economic development and commercial growth of Okyeman.”

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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Boy, 15, Stabs Player, 15

Boy, 15, Stabs Player, 15

14/10/2019, Ghana, Multi Sports, Daily Guide (Publication), Article # 29551520

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of another 15-year-old near a London shopping centre.

Baptista Adjei, from North Woolwich, was found critically injured on Stratford Broadway, east London, shortly after 15:20 BST on Thursday.

Police said a 15-year-old boy who handed himself in to a police station was charged with murder on Saturday.

He would appear in Stratford Youth Court today.

Scotland Yard previously said officers believed Baptista and a 15-year-old friend were either attacked on a bus, or shortly after getting off.

Baptista’s friends and members of the public provided first aid but he died at the scene at about 15:50, police said.

The teenager’s former football team, Mindset FC, tweeted that Baptista was a “very humble boy, with great manners and very talented”.

It added, “Dark moment at Mindset as one of our former players from the U16s last season went to sleep today at Stratford due to knife crime.

“All of us at Mindset have the family in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Bap.”

There have been more than 110 homicides in the capital this year, with about 70 of those being fatal stabbings.

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Swansea For Sale

Swansea For Sale

14/10/2019, Ghana, Multi Sports, Daily Guide (Publication), Article # 29551493

Swansea City FC

Swansea City’s owners are looking to sell the club for £38million, but could increase their asking price by £15m if they’re promoted to the Premier League.

American duo Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan bought the club in June 2016 but saw the club relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2017-18 season.

As a result, The Sun reports that Levien and Kaplan are now prepared to cash in on the club and recoup some of their investment after buying the club three years ago.

The American consortium in charge of Swansea has set an asking price of £38m but would add £15m to their valuation if the Swans go up this season.

Swansea have been forced to slash costs following relegation 12 months ago, with youngsters Daniel James and Oli McBurnie sold during the summer to raise funds.

However, the club have made a fine start to the season and are on course for a return to the Premier League, as they sit in second place in the Championship table.

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Ghana Rugby Woman Eagles Triumphant In Tunisia

Ghana Rugby Woman Eagles Triumphant In Tunisia

14/10/2019, Ghana, Multi Sports, Daily Guide (Publication), Article # 29551494

Monastir, Tunisia.  The Ghana Rugby Women’s Sevens national team, the Ghana Eagles, were triumphant in Monastir-Tunisia when they won the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Challenge Trophy by beating Zambia by 21 to 14 points.

The Cup was won by South Africa by beating Kenya, who automatically qualified for the 2020 Olympics Games in Japan, by 14 points to 10.

According to Mr Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby, the achievement by the young and inexperienced Ghana Women’s Eagles was unexpected but a well-deserved recognition for all the hard work the ladies have put in over the last few years.

“Our ladies Eagles have made Ghanaians proud and has built on the success of the men’s fifteens team who has won its competitions for the past consecutive two years. The future for women’s rugby in Ghana is indeed bright and it is not an impossible dream to aim for the top spot in next year’s Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens competition,” Mensah said.

Rafatu Inusah who lead the delegation said that the Ghana Women’s Eagles indeed went to Tunisia as underdogs.

“Participating and winning the Challenge Trophy in this tournament was a big achievement for us.  The positivity and attitude of the ladies played a big part in the victory and I’d like to congratulate the playing and the technical team on a job well done,” Inusah said.

The Ghana Women’s Sevens Eagles were pooled with Botswana, Kenya, and Senegal in Pool A of the competition.

In the first match against Kenya, the Women’s Eagles lost by 36 to 0 against last champions. The loss to Senegal by 17 points to 10 was described by many as a match that was lost due to inexperience. Ghana managed to beat Botswana narrowly by 12 points to 10 which placed them in the ninth position overall after the pool stages.

In the first of the Challenge Trophy semifinals, Ghana’s ladies faced Mauritius and emerged convincing winners by beating them 29 to 10.

Zambia managed to beat Botswana by 24 to 5 in their Challenge Trophy semifinal whereafter they lost out on silverware when the Ghana Women’s Eagles triumphed with 21 points to 14.

This was the first time that the Ghana women’s team took part in the Rugby Africa international tournament and few people gave them a chance to even reach the finals of the Challenge Trophy.

The win placed Ghana number 9 out of 12 on the overall log. This ranking ensured them a spot in next year’s competition.

The Ghana Women’s Eagles squad that will return tomorrow at 3:15 am from Tunis via Casablanca on Royal Air Maroc were: 

Anita Halm, Augusta Kwateng (Captain), Barikisu Abdul Rahman, Barkisu Abdul Mumin.

Hannah Osaebea  Danso, Mary Owusu Ansah, Nimatu Haruna, Paulina Yaa Mensah, Racheal Dede Nakie Tawiah, Rita Afelibiik, Sandra Odame Siawaa and Zuleiha Fuseini.

The squad was accompanied by Board Member Rafatu Inusah, Coaches Lover ‘Dallas’ Kuzorera and Clement Dennis and Team Manager Ernest Amewu.

Miss Tunisia also surprised the Ghana Women’s Eagles when she dropped in before the final of the Challenge Trophy to wish the Eagles well with the match.

Mensah also expressed his gratitude to all who put in an enormous effort to make the triumph in Tunisia possible. He also thanked sponsors and contributors such as the Panafrican Equipment Group, Komatsu, Interplast, Sunda International and the Gino Brands.

“Representing and making Ghana proud at the international level comes at a huge cost and without our sponsors and supporters, this triumph would not have been possible. We are about to embark on two more international missions in 2019 and we are appealing for more support to continue to fly Ghana’s flag high,” Mensah said.

About Ghana Rugby

Ghana Rugby is the official full member of both World Rugby (2017) and Rugby Africa in Ghana-West Africa and is responsible for the management and development of the Game Rugby Union in the country. The Union is governed by a Constitution and administers five KPAs (Key Performance Areas) namely: (1) Youth Development & Growth through the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme, (2) Women in Ghana Rugby, (3) Training & Education, (4) Domestic Competitions and (5) International Performance.

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