FULL TIME: GHANA 1-1 MALI
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Ghana suffered another penalty heartbreak to miss out on qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Black Meteors failed to take bronze at the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations tournament as they were beaten by South Africa 6-5 on penalties after the game finished 2-2 on Friday.
This is the second time in four days Ghana failed to win a penalty shootout. The Meteors lost on penalties to Ivory Coast in the semi-final.
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The Botswana National Men’s 15s Team, the Botswana Vultures, arrived in Ghana and was whisked off to Cape Coast for final preparations for a crucial Rugby Africa Cup (RAC) against the Ghana National Men’s 15s team, the Ghana Eagles.
The match has been dubbed the “Battle Of The Birds Of Prey” due to the respective teams’ logos and names – the Ghana Eagles and Botswana Vultures.
The President of Ghana Rugby, Mr Herbert Mensah today announced the squad in Accra Ghana.
GHANA RUGBY MEN’S 15s EAGLES SQUAD FOR THE GHANA VS BOTSWANA CLASH
1 – Amissah / Andrews Kwamena 2 – Hunt / William Elliott 3 – Boamah / Prince 4 – Bosoka / Calestus 5 – Arthur / Michael 6 – Klugey / Gideon 7 – Dorpenyo / Alexander 8 – Yaya / Lukman 9 – Botchi / Richard Kossivi 10 – Mensah-Donkor / Francis Kweku 11 – Montchon / Kofi 12 – Gavor / Selom 13 – Acquaye / Michael 14 – Yussif / Abdul Jalilu 15 – Acquaah / Alexander George
16 – Rabiu / Mohammed 17 – Illiasu / Abdul Wahid 18 – Adamson / Christian Percy 19 – Addison / Ka-Cie Jonathan 20 – Dzata / Jason Kweku 21 – Donkoh / John 22 – Terakuu / Emmanuel 23 – Amuzuloh / Suwabiru Salim
Coach – Lovemore ‘Dallas’ Kuzorera
Assistant Coach – Collin Osborne
Team Manager – Salisu Abdul Rahman
In a message from Accra Mensah said that this very-first match of the Rugby Africa CUP is a significant moment in the history of Rugby Africa.
Rugby Africa scrapped the Bronze, Silver and Gold Cups in 2019 due to financial constraints and introduced the new Rugby Africa Cup that will give the top sixteen nations in Africa to compete for the honours of “African Champion”.
The first four elimination matches will be played this and next weekend with the very first RAC match being the one between Ghana and Botswana on Saturday 23 November 2019 in Elmina-Ghana at 11 am.
On the same day Neighbour, Ivory Coast will take on Rwanda in the Ivory Coast while Madagascar and Nigeria will play their elimination match next weekend in Madagascar. Senegal and Mauritius will also play next weekend.
Winners of these four matches will proceed to the pool stages of the 2020 RAC while the losers will have to wait another year to get a shot at the Cup.
The team that wins the RAC encounter between Ghana and Botswana will proceed to the pool stage of the RAC and will face Zimbabwe and Tunisia in Pool D towards the middle of 2020.
This will be the third Rugby Africa tournament hosted by Ghana and should Ghana beat Botswana it will also be the third time that Ghana wins a tournament on home ground.
In 2017 Ghana hosted and won the Regional Challenge
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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The National Vice President and Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF), Kofi Addo-Agyekum, has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Africa Pharmaceutical Distribution Association (APDA).
His sheer brilliance in administration has seen the GAF grab several trophies and medals locally and internationally, making the federation one of the viable ones in the country.
The Chief Executive of Kofikrom Pharmacy, a founding member/national executive council member of the Chamber of Pharmacy, Ghana was elected at the end of APDA’s 3rd Constituent Assembly in Casablanca, Morocco.
The appointment of Addo-Agyekum was unanimous based on his rich experience in the pharmaceutical business. As a former Managing Director of Kama Health Services and General Manager of the Kama Group, he led the former company to become a Ghana Club 100 company.
He has delivered key presentations and led many pharmaceutical symposia across the globe championing the course of the industry and has 31 branded generic pharmaceutical products registered under the FDA which are accessible nationwide.
Addo-Agyekum was adjudged the Most Promising Entrepreneur 2018 at the Ghana Entrepreneur and Corporate Awards and was also honoured with a special award and citation by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) at the recently held SWAG Awards night.
The GAF veep is a founding member and national executive council member of the Chamber of Pharmacy Ghana. He is the Chairman of the Global Fund Initiative of the Private Sector Co-payment Mechanism for Malaria Management.
Tottenham’s new head coach Jose Mourinho promised plenty of passion in his return to club management and said one of his priorities will be putting smiles back on supporters’ faces.
Spurs, who have slipped to 14th place in the Premier League after a poor start to the season, sacked Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday before entrusting Mourinho with the task of reviving their fortunes.
“What can I promise? Passion‒ for my job, but also passion for my club… I couldn’t be happier and if I was not as happy as I am, I wouldn’t be here,” Mourinho said in his first interview on the club’s website.
“In relation to the Premier League we know where we are and we know that we don’t belong there. We should just play match after match, the next match we want to win and that’s the same about the next, and the next, and the next until the last.
“At the end of the season we’ll see where we are, but I know we’re going to be in a different position to where we are now… I look forward to the challenge, to the responsibility to bring happiness to everyone that loves the club.”
The former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United boss said he was pleased with Tottenham’s players after his first training session on Wednesday.
Mourinho has inherited a squad that finished in the Premier League’s top four in four consecutive seasons and were runners-up to Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final.
“I always told about the club’s potential. I always told about the qualities of players. I always told the magnificent work of the club was doing,” Mourinho said.
Veteran Ghana Premier League midfielder Jordan Opoku says he is the best player in the current squad of Asante Kotoko and no one can force him to retire or leave the club.
Various media reports from Kumasi indicate that the Porcupine Warriors are not ready to renew Jordan’s current contract which ends in December 2019, but the midfielder is optimistic of staying at the club for the upcoming league campaign.
The reports further stated that the Kumasi-based club is planning to organise a farewell match for Jordan Opoku, but speaking on the Accra-based Angel FM, he denied those rumours.
“Kotoko cannot organise a testimonial match for me when I have not told them that I am retiring from football. I am the best player in Kotoko now.”
“I have a month-and-half contract with them and they told me that they are not ready to extend it, but I don’t have a problem with it,” he added.
Chris and Colin Weir
Euro Millions lottery winner Colin Weir has completed his takeover of Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle and said he intends to hand over ownership to supporters in 2020.
Weir‒ a lifelong Thistle fan‒ has bought a majority shareholding and a holding in land at Firhill Stadium, where his team play, but would give the land back to the club.
The 71-year-old would also give his 55 per cent shareholding to a fan group that is in development, with the free transfer of shares taking place “no later than March 30, 2020,” according to Weir.
Weir, who won the lottery in 2011, has already invested approximately £2.5 million of his £161m prize money in the Glasgow club.
He previously pledged £6m towards a new training ground before withdrawing his support in August due to “uncertainties” about a potential takeover by a foreign consortium.
An interim board “comprising a mix of experienced business people and fan representatives” would be formed and a working group is to be established jointly by the PTFC Trust and Thistle for Ever organisations. The move would create a body to receive the shareholding.
“Thistle for Ever planted the thought of fan ownership as a real option in my mind,” Weir said in a statement.
“But this has all happened quicker than anyone might have anticipated. That’s why I have offered a three-to-four-month window for fans to get everything in place before handing over shares.
“They want to get it right and I want to be sure that when the new entity is operational, there is a structure that will allow for a smooth transfer of ownership. This is a major financial commitment on my part as fan owners will not need to repay a penny‒ but I believe this gives fan ownership the best possible start.”
Ahmad Ahmad with Kurt Okraku (R)
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has
congratulated GFA President Kurt E.S. Okraku on his election as GFA President
and also assured him of his total support to help him realise his vision for
The GFA president is in Egypt to support the Black Meteors towards their mission of ending Ghana’s 50-year Olympic football hiatus.
He took the opportunity to call on the CAF president at the CAF headquarters in Cairo.
At the meeting, the CAF boss expressed his personal support as well as the support of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to Okraku towards achieving his vision of igniting passion and creating wealth for all in Ghana football.
Ahmad, who has a very good relationship with the Ghana FA, also commended the Ghana FA for a successful election leading to the election of Okraku.
He also lauded the GFA president for his vision for Ghana football, adding that the continent’s football controlling body would offer him and the GFA the needed support for the continuous development of football in Ghana.
The GFA president thanked President Ahmad for the warm welcome, and also expressed his sincere gratitude to President Ahmad for his assurance of support.
Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new Tottenham Hotspur head coach, the club announced early on Wednesday morning.
The former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager would take over at Spurs on a deal that runs until the end of the 2022-23 season. Sources have told ESPN that the deal is worth around £15 million a year.
Sources told ESPN on Tuesday that Mourinho was the club’s No.1 candidate after they sacked Mauricio Pochettino following a poor start to the Premier League season with no other candidates seriously considered.
Just hours later, Tottenham confirmed Mourinho as Pochettino’s successor.
“In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football,” Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement.
“He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”
Mourinho is expected to meet the players at the Tottenham training ground on Wednesday although sources told ESPN that the Spurs squad had no knowledge of plans to sack Pochettino or replace him with the Portuguese.
The 56-year-old would assume full control immediately and is expected to pick the team to face West Ham for his first game on Saturday.
Sources have told ESPN that Mourinho has begun a major shake-up of Tottenham’s backroom staff, who all left the club along with Pochettino. Joao Sacramento would arrive from Lille as Mourinho’s assistant while goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos would join from the Ligue 1 side as well. Mourinho is also said to be keen on bringing in Lille sporting director Luis Campos.
The job at Spurs represents the third Premier League club of Mourinho’s career. He won three Premier League titles (2004-05, 2005-06, 2014 -15) across two stints at Chelsea. From 2016-2018, he was in charge of Manchester United, winning the 2016-17 Europa League crown.
“I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters,” Mourinho said of his appointment. “The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”
Overall, Mourinho has managed 305 games in the Premier League ‒212 with Chelsea and 93 with Manchester United.
Mourinho won the Champions League at Porto in 2003 and Inter Milan in 2010 before taking on the Real Madrid job. He failed to win the Champions League trophy with Madrid despite achieving domestic glory in 2011-12.
The Ghana Minigolf Federation (GMF) successfully teed off their third edition of Clubs League last Sunday at the Caesars Court Minigolf Course at Ridge, Accra.
The five-week competition dubbed ‘Caesars Court 2019 Clubs League’ is made up of six minigolf leading clubs in Ghana; all vying for the ultimate 2019 cup on December 15, including Forbes, Black Putters, Kama, Power, Nutterz Putterz and Golden Putters Minigolf Clubs.
Each club would compete with three teams and is required to play six matches on each of the five match days that saw defending champions (Forbes Club) lead the league table on match day one with 14 points after total score of 505.
Golden Putterz came second with 13 points and 512 total score, while Nutterz Putterz followed up closely in third position with same 13 points and 514 points.
Kama, Black Putters and Power Minigolf Clubs came in fourth, fifth and sixth position with 12, 10 and nine points each respectively.
For best stroke play on match day 1, Ruben Minko of Kama Minigolf Club recorded lowest with 75 points for his two games while Nutterz Putterz Club duo of Enock Nyarko & Hicham Chihadeh logged best combined score of 159 points.
They were trailed closely by Forbes duo Bright Frimpong and Philip Selassie with 162 points.
Emelda Bempong of Black Putterz Club putted seven holes in one in her first game, recording a GMF Minigolf National & African record.
The five-week Minigolf Clubs League is being sponsored by Caesars Court Ridge, and it is expected to have a total of over 100 matches by the end of the league on December 15.
Later, the champion club would be crowned along with individual players who have demonstrated excellence throughout the five week-competition.
The 2019 Caesars Court Clubs League tees off on the heels of Team Ghana’s participation at the recently ended 2019 World Minigolf Championships in China, where Africa’s best minigolfer Enock Nyarko found himself on the 101st position from a total of 230 players from 26 countries.
The GMF Clubs League match day two continues this Sunday at Caesars Court Ridge Minigolf Course with competitive fixtures that would tee off at 3:00 pm.
From The Sports Desk
Coach Victoria Dowuona, a beneficiary of the items
Michael Nortey, a former national tennis star, has donated tennis equipment to some selected tennis clubs in Accra, which is aimed at reviving the sport in the country.
National tennis coach Henry Quansah and Aviation Tennis Club coach Richard Ayi Dartey and presented the items on behalf of Nortey.
Worth thousands of cedis, the items comprised rackets, balls, several pairs of shoes, among many others, were handed to the Korle-Bu Tennis Club, St. Francis Foundation (Ashaiman), Vicky Palo Tennis Academy, Shishijee Shade Tennis Academy, Tesano Tennis Club and the Stadium Tennis Club.
According to Nortey, the donation was to ensure that young tennis players are offered the opportunity to further and improve their training.
Coaches of the various clubs expressed appreciation to Nortey for the gesture and promised to put it to good use.
From The Sports Desk