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Zainab Alema (middle)
A United Kingdom-based Ghanaian rugby player Zainab Alema is aiming to support Ghana rugby at the grassroots level in a project she calls “studs in the mud.”
The project also aims to instil rugby values in children in some selected schools. Through the ‘studs in the mud’ project, she has been able to buy 18 pairs of brand new firm ground rugby boots using money donated by individual donors including rugby fans, friends and family.
“So my project aims to support Ghana rugby at grassroots level thus installing rugby values into the community whilst also promoting good physical and mental health,” she said.
She added that it is her personal aim to change perceptions about women in rugby through the project.
“My aim is to send a message to woman that they can play sports and whilst living their normal lives,” she said adding that, “sport is good for the body and mind and I want people to identify with me thus have the belief they can play too.”
“Women rugby in Ghana is slowly developing so hopefully with my story it may boost recruitment into the sport for the women’s side. Aside from all that rugby is not merely a game but it has character building values such as respect, passion, discipline etc which has positive influence on people that take part in the sport.”
Zainab, who is a mother, a nurse and a Muslim, has also received 42 rugby tops and shirts from the HSBC bank, sponsors of world rugby 7s series while her club, the Millwall rugby club in east London UK, has donated some balls and bibs.
As part of her outreach to give back to society, Zainab has donated some of that equipment to the Kanda Cluster of Government School and the Aggrey Memorial International Schools located in the capital city of Accra.
At brief ceremonies at the two schools, Aggrey Memorial International School received 3 balls, 7 bibs and 4 boots while the Kanda Cluster of Government School received 14 boots, 20 Rugby HSBC shirts, 5 balls and 25 bibs.
Zainab revealed that the University of Hertfordshire Rugby Club in UK hosted a Returners vs Current rugby player charity game which raised £350 for ‘studs in the mud’.
According to her, the money was given to women’s rugby Development Officer Rafatu Inusah who has used it to organise the rugby fun games events at the two schools.
Following the two donations, Zainab announced she would be presenting some HSBC t-shirts to the champions of this year’s women’s league. She added, “The project is a rolling one and we aim to be sending rugby goods over to Ghana every year.”
Meanwhile, Ghana rugby has achieved some encouraging milestones in the recent past led by the exploits of the male national team, the Eagles.
Ghana won its first major trophy in Rugby after securing the 2018 Africa Bronze Cup on home soil in 2018. The Eagles are scheduled to take part in the 2019 Rugby Africa international tournament after being promoted to the 2019 Rugby Africa Silver Cup.
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TWO ENGLISH Premier League clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea, have made it to the semifinals round of the UEFA Europa League.
Arsenal won 1-0 away from home at Napoli, progressing to the semifinals on a 3-0 aggregate.
Chelsea qualified on a 5-3 aggregate after winning home 4-3 to Slavia Prague.
The Gunners are to face Spanish La Liga side, FC Valencia while the Blues would take on Eintract Frankfurt.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea have a slimmer chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League through the Premiership as they keep falling from the top four spots on the league table.
That means one of them has to win the Europa title at all cost to be sure of next season’s Champions League qualification.
BY Melvin Tarlue
The President of Rugby Africa, Mr. Khaled Babbou, attended meetings in London on the 16th of April, with his counterpart from Rugby Europe, Mr. Octavian Morariu, and members of World Rugby to discuss the project of a World Rugby Nations Championship and its implications for Tier 2 and Tier 3 countries.
Mr. Babbou, accompanied by the President of Ghana Rugby and Member of the Rugby Africa EXCO, Mr. Herbert Mensah, met with the President of World Rugby, Sir Bill Beaumont and the CEO of World Rugby, Mr. Brett Gosper, David Carrigy and other World Rugby executives ahead of the meeting on the World Rugby Nations Championship.
The discussions touched on the future of Rugby in Africa, its immense potential and the strategies to keep growing the game in Africa and improving performance at the same time.
According to Mr. Babbou, the encounter was a good platform to give his vision for the growth and development of Rugby in Africa as well as the challenges to Mr. Beaumont and Mr. Gosper, and to touch base on the shared mission and vision of both rugby bodies to grow the global rugby family and to make it a sport for all, true to its values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect.
“As one of the fastest growing Regional Associations of World Rugby, the meeting served to confirm Rugby Africa’s commitment to grow and develop rugby on the African continent with its huge untapped potential despite the challenges it is facing,” Babbou said.
Mr. Herbert Mensah was invited to join the Rugby Africa EXCO in Marrakesh, Morocco, at its 13th General Assembly to contribute his experience in building commercial value for Rugby Africa.
“Both the formal and informal discussions laid the platform for Rugby Africa to work closely with its governing body, World Rugby, in chasing shared objectives and to open the doors for further discussions on support for a continent that has enormous scope for growth,” Babbou said
Both Babbou and Mensah believe the major challenge is and will be to establish sustainable funding for the development and tournament programmes of Rugby Africa as well as funding that will go beyond that to support its high-performance Unions to excel once it enters the global stage of Rugby.
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Minister of Youth and Sports Isaac Asiamah (middle)
Following discussions between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ghana Gas company Limited, the latter has agreed to refurbish the Theodosia Okoh National hockey pitch in Accra.
Aside that, Ghana Gas is also prepared to construct four (4) additional pitches at the major public universities in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Company Dr. Ben K. D. Asante disclosed these when he called on the Minister,
Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah yesterday.
Dr. Asante explained that these interventions form part of Ghana Gas’ corporate social responsibilities and were arrived at after discussions with the sector Minister in his pursuit to overhaul the country’s sports infrastructure.
He also commended the Minister for his massive contribution to the growth and promotion of sports since his appointment by the President H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah expressed his gratitude to the management of Ghana Gas for coming on board to complement his vision of changing and improving the phase of sports facilities in the country.
The Minister observed that the renovation and construction of sports infrastructures will go a long way to expand the frontiers of sports and other recreational activities in the country.
With the country currently preparing to host the 2023 African Games, the Minister stated that the provision of additional sporting facilities will make a strong case for our preparedness to host the rest of the continent come 2023 and further rank Ghana as one of the suitable countries to host any sporting event of any magnitude.
By Kofi Aduonun
Prof. Menyeh (2nd L) presenting the report to Prof. Twumasi. With them is Richard Quarshie, a member of the committee
The committee tasked to mediate in the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) impasse on Monday presented its report to the Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Prof. Peter Twumasi.
The three-member committee chaired by Prof. Menyeh was assigned the role of finding a solution to the impasse that has delayed the GAA’s congress, as well as make recommendations to serve as a guide for the association’s future operations.
And presenting the report to the NSA boss at its Accra office, the committee chairman pointed out that hearing the two aggrieved parties informed its outcomes and recommendations.
It recommended that persons nominated for more than one position should be informed about it to settle on one, after which a publication be effected by the secretary general for delegates to become fully aware of persons running for the various positions.
The committee proposed that ex-presidents or chairmen can be made ordinary members without voting rights but that will be subject to Congress approval.
And to the committee chairman, it will give due recognition to past officials and also allow for them to bring on board their experience for the further development of athletics.
The committee stated that the secretary general should provide that information to the nominated persons early enough to afford them adequate time to prepare for congress and also canvass for votes, even though the GAA constitution gives exclusive power to the executives to decide on date, venue and time of congress,
It also advised that the secretary general should send members’ minutes of the general assembly few days before congress.
The committee called on the GAA to fix the election date for not less than a month from the date the parties reach an agreement and have terms of settlement entered in court.
The NSA boss commended the committee members for completing the work ahead of the GAA’s next appearance in court on April 29.
Richard Quarshie and Akua Pokuaa Kwarteng supported Prof. Menyeh as members.
Managing Director of Geoyan Enterprise, dealers in cornmill, concrete mixer and hardware, George Yaw Nkansah, says all is set for the Geoyan-Kwahuman health walk this Saturday.
Participants are expected to meet at the Obo Central Market at 5:00am, and it will start from Nkawkaw to Nyarkoa Ba Nyarko Royal Hotel.
“All is set for the event; it is another opportune time to stretch, burn calories and network. We have been working all year, and so we decided to put this together to promote health awareness,” Yaw Nkansah said in an interview.
“We want to inculcate the habit of regular exercise in society, so we are urging all Kwahuman and all those coming for the Easter festivities to join in the exercise. It’s going to be fun. We have arranged for health screening and refreshment,” he added.
The event has received support by way of sponsorship from Geoyan Enterprise, SP Mineral Water Nkawkaw, East Cantonment Pharmacy, Bedita Pharmacy, Nyarkoa Ba Nyarko Royal Hotel and Renie Chemist.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Hope Avayevu Kodzo
Bechem United U-17 on Monday began their quest for glory in Dallas rightly when they recorded an emphatic 5-0 win over their counterparts, The Sports Factory Academy (TSF).
Hope Avayevu Kodzo opened the scoring with a spot kick, had another disallowed and later added two more, after which Michael Ankomah-Bempong and a superb free-kick from Razak Abubakar made it five.
Ranked 15th in New Jersey, TSF had no control of the game as their side was totally outclassed on the day.
Coach Freddie Etsiakoh said, “It was a fantastic start to the competition winning by five goals, but we can improve our game. Tomorrow is another day we will rest, recover and take on new challenges as it comes.”
“It’s a great feeling to score three goals. I thank my teammates and the coaches for their good work,” Hope Avayevu Kodzo added.
Victor Asante, who was judged man of the match, attributed his feat to team work. He thanked God and called for Ghanaians to support the team.
The team faced Solar South from Texas yesterday, but the result was not available at press time.
Senegal goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye suffers horrific double leg break during game
Senegal international goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye has suffered a double leg break after colliding with his teammate during a Champions League clash for club side Horoya AC against Wydad Casablanca and will miss this summer’s the African Nations Cup.
Ndiaye, 34, who started all three of Senegal’s matches at the 2018 World Cup, suffered the horrific injury during the second leg of the quarterfinal, where his side were beaten 5-0 to crash out of the competition following a 0-0 draw in the first leg.
“The results [of the surgery] concerning our goalkeeper are reassuring,” a post on the club’s Instagram page read. “No open fracture.
“He was operated on successfully at the Cheick Zaidi University clinic in Rabat, where he will continue to be cared for, Thank you for all your messages of support.”
Ndiaye is set to miss six to nine months.
TWO SUPERB goals from Argentina’s soccer star, Lionel Messi, on Tuesday night against Manchester United, helped La Liga giant, FC Barcelona to progress to the semin-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Messi opened the scoreline against the English Premier League side on the 16th minute of the first half.
Four minutes later, he doubled the score, increasing his Champions League goals for this season to 10.
After suffering a 1-0 home defeat in the first leg played on Old Trafford, Man United was down 3-0 aggregate in the first half of the second leg, making their chances of progressing to the semifinals an elusive venture.
Brazilian international, P. Coutinho worsened the case for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United side when he increased the Camp Nou scoreline to 3-0 on the 61th minute.
Man United succeeded in performing magic in Paris against PSG in the second leg of the round of 16 but Camp Nou was a no magic ground for the English side as the Talisman, Messi, inspired a convincing victory for Barcelona.
Barcelona would face either Liverpool or FC Porto in the semifinals.
In Italy, Portuguese’s international, Cristiano Ronaldo had his dream of reaching the Champions League final with Juventus brought to a sad end as Dutch side,Ajax defeated Juve 2-1, progressing to the semifinals on an aggregate of 3-2.
Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the Champions League, gave Juventus the lead from a first-half corner on the 28th minute.
But Ajax leveled, thanks to a goal from Donny van de Beek who controlled Hakim Ziyech’s shot and slotted past Wojciech Szczesny on the 34th minute.
Ziyech came close to doubling the scoreline for Ajax shortly after the break before De Ligt, up from the back, scored a decisive, powerful header.
The away-goals rule left Juventus needing two in the remaining 23 minutes.
However, it could have been more comfortable for the Dutch team in the closing stages with David Neres shooting wide and Ziyech flagged offside after whipping a smart shot into the top corner.
BY Melvin Tarlue
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he does not believe in fate, but admits “sometimes things are meant to be” as he gets ready to return to the Nou Camp this week.
The United squad, including former boss Sir Alex Ferguson and chief executive David Gill, arrived at Manchester airport on Monday morning having earlier driven into training.
They fly out to Spain at midday before a press-conference at the ground, followed by training on the pitch.
Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez are set to travel, but it is unlikely that Ander Herrera will feature.
They arrived at Carrington training ground on Monday morning ahead of making their way to the airport ahead of catching the flight.
On returning to the scene of the final in 1999, where he and Teddy Sheringham swung the game in injury time, Solskajer admits to ESPN: “I don’t believe in fate but I do believe that you get what you deserve.
“Sometimes things are meant to be if you really go it.
“I’m not the type to think: “This makes me proud.” I will feel the butterflies, I will be excited. I cannot wait to get going because it’s the biggest stage.
“It’s against the best club of the last 10 or 15 years. Since [Pep] Guardiola took over they have been absolutely brilliant.’
The United manager believes he can replicate his treble success now he is at the wheel at Old Trafford.