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FLASHBACK: Dr. Kofi Amoah with some players of bone of the junior national teams
Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalization Committee (NC) chairman, Dr. Kofi Amoah, has drawn positives from the Black Stars’ recent international friendlies.
Ahead of this year’s African Cup of Nations, Kwasi Appiah’s men engaged their Namibian and South African counterparts losing 0-1 and drawing 0-0 respectively.
The not-too-impressive results have stoked argument in football circles, questioning the Stars’ capabilities.
But Dr. Amoah believes the positives drawn in the two games override what pertains to the face value.
He said in an interview “I perfectly understand what is racing through the minds of many Ghanaians because of the uninspiring results, but l can tell you for a fact that it was a good technical exercise.
“It presented the coach a good opportunity to really asses his squad ahead of the tournament. We should not forget every player wants to play in the championship, so going all out in a friendly and missing out in the real competition makes no sense.
“Of course, we needed a good result for ranking purposes, but I must say it was a good exercise. What the team needs from us is total support, even when the going gets tough‒ that is the real meaning of support.”
“I am confident the team will do well, we have done our bit as administrators, the technical team have assured me that the team is peaking in performance so we should rally behind the team to return home with what we have hankered for all these while,” the NC boss added.
Ghana is pitted in Group F with Cameroun, Benin and Guinea Bissau.
The Stars will begin the campaign with Benin next Tuesday in Ismailia.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Former Dreams FC forward Michael Sarpong is barely a year old in the Rwandan top flight league, but has already written his name in gold.
So far, the Rayon Sports FC striker has featured in 25 league games with an impressive record of 16 goals and 22 in all competitions.
Nicknamed Kofi Kigali, the 23-year-old has clawed two trophies ‒ a league title and the Agaciro Cup‒ as well as warming himself into the ongoing Peace Cup where he has struck once and provided an assist.
The attacker returns to Kigali today, and he is expected to join his mates when they face Gicumbi at the quarter final stage of the Peace Cup.
In an interview, the former Liberty Professional man said, “I must say it has been an impressive season, and I want to credit the technical team and my colleagues for their support, it has been a team work effort.
“I am striving to go the extra mile for club and country; of course, it has been my dream to feature for the Black Stars soon, I am seriously working at it, I know with determination, I will get there.”
“I have two trophies in my cabinet and gunning for the third and I am sure that will be possible with the Peace Cup,” he added.
Meanwhile, the fine striker has wished the Black Stars well in their African Cup of Nations campaign, which is scheduled for June 21 to July 19 in Egypt.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
line-up of Nkawkaw Methodist
Nkawkaw Methodist from the Eastern Region recorded a 5-4 penalty win over Krasec L/A to win the Nestle Milo U-13 Champions League Zone Four after a scoreless regulation results in Kpando.
The combatants displayed brilliance despite a heavy downpour, but failed in all their attempts to hit the back of the net.
Preceding the final was a special clinic conducted by the Technical Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Coach Oti Akenteng, Augustine Arhinful, ex-Black Stars striker and assistant coach of the female U-17 team, Coach Baba Huhu Mallan.
play prize went to the Redeem Primary School, while the
best goalkeeper award was handed to Francis Asamoah of Nkawkaw Methodist.
It was Jonathan Edwards (Nkawkaw Methodist) who picked the best player award, with Ibrahim Rashid (Krasec D/A) finishing as the top scorer.
The Paa Joe Park, KNUST, Kumasi will host the national finals of the Milo Champions League scheduled for June 2 to July 6.
Zone1 featuredKarni Primary School, Kaladan Primary School, Tanga Primary School, Walewale Primary School and Iddrisyya primary School.
Zone 2 comprised St. Joseph International, Amoawi Methodist Primary, Boda R/C Primary and Babato Kuma Primary.
In Zone 3, Talent Bridge Academy, Myohuang Forces and
Juaboso D/A Primary make up the group, while Zone 4 has
Nkawkaw Methodist Primary, Akweiman D/A Primary, Krasec L/A Primary and Wusuta L/A Primary.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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Frederick Darkwa (L), an aspiring assemblyman in the Alhajo North Electoral Area, in a handshake with the beauty queen
The Obaa Nao Foundation, a non-governmental organisation which seeks to carry out intensive campaign on behavioural change associated with Ghana’s HIV AIDS statistics and its stigma, has held a football gala competition.
Headed by 2018 Ghana’s Most Beautiful winner, Naomi Abena Obeng, the gala was used as an opportunity to create awareness on HIV /AIDS and encourage people to get tested in order to know their status.
It was Champion FC which emerged as winners of the competition.
Henry Quartey supported the worthy cause by donating 100 packs of Awake drinking water and an undisclosed amount of money.
In like manner, Kasapreko supported with Smart flavoured drinking water, Storm Energy drinks, Royal Apple and other soft drinks.
Indomie Instant noodles also supported the event.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Michel Platini, the former president of Uefa and head of European football, has been arrested over the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
The former France international captain was detained by French police on Tuesday morning in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris, as part of the investigation into corruption surrounding how the 2022 World Cup hosting rights were awarded.
The 63-year-old was Uefa president from January 2007 – when he replaced the late Lennart Johansson – until he stepped down in 2016 after being banned from football for six year, which was later reduced to four after appealing the sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
That ban expired in March this year, but investigators leading the fight against corruption within football have arrested him as part of the case looking into how Qatar won the right to host the next World Cup.
Platini was on the 1998 Fifa World Cup organising committee, and joined the Fifa executive committee in 2002 until he received his ban.
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Isaac Asiamah (with hand stretched) and Nana Dwum II at the site
Youth & Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah has instructed the contractor assigned for the construction of the New Edubiase Stadium, Nurudeen Shakibu, to redesign the facility.
As a result, he has tasked him to produce a new design to conform to the FIFA approved standard within seven days.
Work on the 30-acre of land started under former Sports Minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuye with a colossal amount of GH¢1.6m, but reporters who visited the site saw just an uncompleted dressing room and a wall.
The original design of the facility has positioned the structures facing east west direction instead of FIFA’s approved north-west direction specification.
The minister said government’s quest to improve sports in the country informed the ministry’s decision to construct the facility.
“Sports play key role in the socio-economic development of every country; government has provided such infrastructure across the nation to improve sports in the country.
“We have realised the design is in sharp contrast of FIFA’s specifications, so l have asked the contractor to redesign it in a week for work to start. I have also asked the contractor to include a hostel facility in the new design, “the minister said.
The queen mother of New Edubiase, Nana Akua Dwum II, praised the government and the minister for the project.
From Kofi Aduonum, New Edubiase
Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu (L) presenting the ultimate prize to the winners
The ‘headquarters’ of Zongos, Nima, defeated New Fadama 1:0 to lift the fifth edition of the annual Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup.
With the National Chief Imam himself, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu watching the finals and probably rooting for his base New Fadama for the trophy to go home, Nima continued their fine form throughout the tournament to deny Fadama the trophy.
It was a tough game, which the Fadama boys were slightly on top, but Nima struck late in the game to win the trophy for the first time, after losing the finals of the maiden edition to Ashaiman.
The Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup is organised by Crisp Communications in honour of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.
The tournament seeks to bring together youth from various Zongo communities after Ramadan each year to promote discipline, unity and peace in line with the acclaimed values of the National Chief Imam.
This year’s edition was special, as it was used to celebrate the centenary birthday of Sheikh Sharubutu.
As such, a special commemorative Chief Imam @100 jersey was used for the grand finale between New Fadama and Nima.
Sixteen Zongo communities participated in the tournament, and the winners received a brand new motorbike from Somoco Ghana Limited, who were one of the sponsors of the tournament.
Other Sponsors were Nasco, 5 Star Energy Drink, Afro Arab Group and Ashfoam.
From The Sports Desk
The Garden City of Kumasi will have its turn of this year’s Ghana’s Fastest Human (GFH) this Saturday at the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology (KNUST).
The founder and organiser of the competition, Reks Brobby, pointed out that the stage is set for athletes in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions.
Athletes are expected to compete in 100m sprint competitions for U-10, U-15 and U-18, as well as the seniors in both male and female categories.
The Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) is expected to provide an electronic timer for the competitions which are free to enter to, participate or watch.
Ghana Fastest Human is sponsored by GNPC, Indomie, GCB, Wrenco, Kriate Lync, Moringa King, Poppas Gym, Adidas and Global Media Alliance.
Already, two editions for 2019 have been organised in Tamale and Cape Coast.
It is aimed at preparing athletes to grab medals in 100m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“I feel proud that some previous participants of the GFH like Joseph Amoah have improved tremendously and already qualified for the Olympic Games,” Brobby said.
He indicated that there are many runners who must be unearthed and polished to become superstars.
The government of Ghana, Ministry of Youth & Sports, the National Sports Authority (NSA), GAA and the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) are supporting the GFH initiative.
So far, 125 have qualified for September’s final of final.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda on Wednesday evening crowned his great season in the Nigerian top flight league with a win.
And explaining what accounted for the successful season, the Enyimba FC man said in plain words ‒ ‘hard work pays’.
The feat makes him winner of three titles with three different clubs in three different countries within five years.
wrote his name in gold after winning the FA Cup while in action for South
Africa’s Orlando Pirates in South Africa in 2014.
A year on, the agile goalkeeper returned to Ghana and helped Obuasi Ashgold win the domestic league after over a decade of league title drought .
“It is done again by Allah, winning titles is my portion, next destination is loading. In fact, I will say this has to be Allah, of course, we put in so much by way of training by the entire team,” said elated Fatau.
He added, “Indeed, hard work pays, I have always been on my toes, I will keep working hard till I retire some day. Can’t talk about my future for now, but certainly there are offers on the table which my agent and I are weighing which one is best for us.”
The former Ghana number one failed to make the trip with the Black Stars to Egypt, but has wished them well and expressed the hope that they will go far and possibly return home with the ultimate.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
An action from the game
ASANTE KOTOKO yesterday posted a 5-4 penalty win over hearts of Oak in
the normalisation Committee (NC) special competition in Accra.
The win pits Kotoko against Karela FC, who won 1-0 against Ashgold in the
other semi-final game in Obuasi for the final clash.
Kotoko drew first blood when the game was developing
through Fatawu Nafiw, who struck brilliantly past goalkeeper Ben Mensah
in the fourth minute.
Hearts pressured for the equaliser but to no avail until the dying minutes,
when former Kotoko man Christopher Bonney cancelled the lead from the