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Confederation Cup Match Report: Ten-man Hearts of Oak crush Djoliba in Bamako  FIFA.com News

Hearts of Oak

Hearts of Oak

Ten-man Hearts of Oak gained first leg advantage by beating AC Djoliba 2-1 in Bamako in Friday night in their CAF Confederation Cup penultimate qualifying round tie.

The Phobians took a giant step towards reaching the final stage with the vital away win.

After a goalless first half, Hearts turned on the style by snatching the opener on 54 minute through leading scorer Gilbert Fiamenyo.

The burly striker walked the ball into a yawning after the Djoliba goalkeeper clashed with his defender.

Youngster Paul Acquah doubled the lead in the 63rd minute when he flicked the ball over an on-rushing defender before firing past the goalkeeper.

But Hearts were reduced to ten men when captain Robin Gnagne picked up his second yellow card for a high foot challenge.

Two minutes later, Djoliba reduced the deficit from the spot when goalkeeper Abdoualye Soulama felled a player inside the box.

The return leg will be played at the Accra Sports Stadium on 03 May.

Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng assertive of Eibar’s survival this season  FIFA.com News

Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng

Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng

By Rahman Osman

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Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng says he has no doubt his side Eibar will beat the drop this season.

The 31 year midfielder has come alive in the last three games and was given a run out in the 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid last weekend.

Boateng has played 7 games for Eibar this and has impressively enjoyed game time in the last three games.

With Eibar sitting on 14th place with 31 points after 31 games Boateng says he has no doubt his side will stay up.

“I have no doubt Eibar will stay up this season,” Boateng said

“We are not going down I am very certain that we are going to stay up.”

Derek’s return to competitive football should revive his international career after over two years in the wilderness.

Dreams FC midfielder Ebenezer Appiah-Kubi bewitches Local Black Stars coach to earn call-up  FIFA.com News

Ghana's 2013 home-based national team squad

Ghana’s 2013 home-based national team squad

Local Black Stars coach Maxwell Konadu has handed a late call-up to Dreams FC midfielder Ebenezer Appiah-Kubi after youngster impressed last Saturday in a Division One League match.

Konadu was in the stands when the 17-year-old put up an exhilarating performance in Dreams FC’s 1-0 win over King Solomon in the GN Bank Division One Zone III league clash.

“I felt excited for the call-up. It’s every footballer’s dream to represent his country at all levels. I was totally overwhelmed by the call up,” Appiah-Kubi told Goal.

“I had never met or seen coach Konadu before until last Saturday when I saw him watching our game. I always put up my best for my dear club in all competitions and I never realised my performance was catching an eye.”

Appiah-Kubi will get the chances to join other players in camp as the home-based national team prepare for the 2015 COSAFA Cup in South Africa next month.

The local Black Stars will only begin their qualifiers for the 2016 African Nations Championship this June.

Masahudu Alhassan: Latina defender fit to make injury return against Catania in Serie B  FIFA.com News

Masahudu Alhassan training with Latina.

Masahudu Alhassan training with Latina.

Ghana defender Masahudu Alhassan is set to play his first match for Serie B side Latina on Sunday after recovering from injury.

The left-back has been in the treatment room since suffering an illness last month.

Latina desperately need him as they host Catania.

Alhassan’s return is crucial as the on-loan Udinese player is great with his overlapping and tries to cross or dare to shoot.

He is unpredictable as the loose cannon who disorient opponents.

Ghanaian youngster Joachim Adukor to join Swedish third tier club Dalkurd  FIFA.com News

Joachim Adukor

Joachim Adukor

Ghanaian midfielder Joachim Adukor is set to join Swedish third tier club Dalkurd.

The 21-year-old will join the side having impressed on trial.

The Ghanaian youngster will be arriving from Portuguese club Trofense in the secondary transfer window on Sweden.

Dalkurd’s Sporting Director Adil Kizil revealed: “We have had contact with Adukor, he is coming from Trofense and he has played for Gefle IF, he had trial with us in March.”

Adukor had previously played for Gefle in Sweden.

He however failed to hold on to a regular starting place.

Ex Ghana captain CK Akonnor in Mexico to lead coaching clinic for Wolfsburg  FIFA.com News

CK Akonnor with the Wolfsburg team inn Mexico

CK Akonnor with the Wolfsburg team inn Mexico

Ex Ghana captain CK Akonnor has arrived in Mexico as one of the instructors for a coaching clinic for Wolfsburg.

The 41-year-old has for the past three weeks been working with his former German club.

Akonnor was amongst some of the former players invited to take part in several activities.

The club have now flown the Ghanaian alongside his former teammates and official to conduct a coaching clinic in one of their academies in Mexico.

The coaching clinic according to reports will last one week.

Akonnor played for Wolfsburg for five seasons where he eventually captained the side.

Ghanaian players in South Africa in danger as xenophobic attacks start, SAFA condemns act  FIFA.com News

John Arwuah of Bloemfontein Celtic looks on as referee Victor Gomes awards Leopards a penalty during the match between Black Leopards and Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa

John Arwuah of Bloemfontein Celtic looks on as referee Victor Gomes awards Leopards a penalty during the match between Black Leopards and Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa

The lives of Ghanaian players in South Africa are in danger following recent xenophobic attacks. 

Fives players namely: Mohammed Anas (Maritzburg United), John Arwuah (AmaZulu), John Pantsil (Maritzburg) and Kwabena Adusei and Edwin Gyimah (Mpumalanga Black Aces) are in the Premier Soccer League.

Former New Edubiase United player Mumunui Abubakar is with NFD side Black Leopards.

SAFA President, Dr. Danny Jordaan, feels the recent attacks are undoing the 2010 FIFA World Cup legacy, which is meant to unite the continent.

“What is happening in certain parts of the country whereby fellow Africans are being subjected to all sorts of hate and abuse is quite unacceptable,” Jordaan said in a statement released by SAFA.

“This is not what the 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy was all about. When we hosted the 2010 showpiece, it was an African World Cup, to unite the continent, speak and relate as a united family,”

“What is happening now in some parts of the country is quite the opposite. It is like undoing all the good work and legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. South Africa is part of this great continent and we should not alienate ourselves with these regrettable and barbaric actions.”

Jordaan added that these attacks were unacceptable and must be stopped.

“CAF and the entire continent were at the forefront of telling the world that apartheid had no place in the sport and that unless it was abolished, South Africa should remain isolated. If it was not for them, it could probably have taken many more years for this country to enjoy the fruits of the abolition of apartheid.

“So instead of embracing our brothers from across the continent as part of us, we are making them feel unwelcome. This is unfortunate and unacceptable. It must stop. Everyone must say no to xenophobia (where fellow Africans are being attacked) because it is some sort of apartheid in reverse. It has no place in modern society,” added the SAFA President.

The SAFA President has warned those promoting xenophobic attacks, as it puts various football sides in danger, especially with those taking part in the CAF club competitions.

“It is like saying to Africa it is us versus you. Such actions only help to isolate us from the rest of the continent. It goes against the spirit of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“We as SAFA are saying these barbaric actions must end; and end now. We fought against apartheid because it segregated society and xenophobia has the same apartheid tendencies.”

“As a country, we should never forget where we come from. During the days of the struggle, who took us in and accommodated us? Why are we today turning against the very same people who were vital in the fight against apartheid? Our leaders fled to Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Angola, among other countries and were treated well. We are humans before we are South Africans, and that must be in the forefront of our existence,” concluded Dr Jordaan.

Menaye heavily pregnant as Ghana star Sulley Muntari’s family expect their first child  FIFA.com News

Talk of Sulley Muntari and Menaye heading for a divorce because of his wife's alleged unwillingness to bear kids has been blown into shreds after the revelation on Friday that the model is heavily pregnant as the couple expect their first child.

Menay Donkor, Muntari’s wife is expecting their first child.

Talk of Sulley Muntari and Menaye heading for a divorce because of his wife’s alleged unwillingness to bear kids has been blown into shreds after the revelation on Friday that the model is heavily pregnant with couple expecting their first child.

Fans of the popular Ghanaian couple will be jumping for joy over the news as speculation of an impending divorce engulfed them late last year. Hurray!!!!!

The extensive claims of Menaye refusing to bear kids in pursuit of her modelling career looks to have sparked the lanky brunette into extensive bedroom action which has brought the joy.

This effectively puts to bed talk of a separation as they swap the negative talk with positivity in the best kept secret in Ghana for ages!!!

Pregnancy experts expect Muntari to have his first child within two months given the size of the belly of Menaye if the picture was taken recently.

The sex of the child has not been revealed even though doctors have told the family, GHANAsoccernet.com has been told.

Muntari taking his wife to their first public event since her bump showed

Muntari taking his wife to their first public event since her bump showed

Donkor, model and wife of Ghanaian AC Milan midfielder, Sulley Muntari bears her first baby bump for the husband and looks gorgeous even in pregnancy

Menaye took to instagram to share with us this great news. Captioned with joy and happiness running in her words, we guess Sulley feels the same.

We’re yet to hear any words from the soon-to-be father.

Be most definitely fans willadmit she still looks gorgeous even in pregnancy.

GHANAsoccernet.com congratulates the couple over this great news and wishes Menaye a safe delivery.

Ghanaian duo Balotelli, Welbeck receive most social media abuse in English Premier League  FIFA.com News

Ghanaian duo Balotelli, Welbeck receive most social media abuse in English Premier League

Ghanaian duo Balotelli, Welbeck receive most social media abuse

 82347353 ddf77a65 fd78 45dd 9ba5 08a135ba504b Mario Balotelli & Danny Welbeck receive most social media abuse, Chelsea top PL club chart

Two top players of Ghanaian heritage in the English Premier League, Mario Barwuah Balotelli of Liverpool and Arsenal’s Danny Nii Ayi Welbeck are the most abused players in the world’s most popular league, a study has shockingly revealed.

Sport’s Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out carried out a wide-ranging and important study on social media abuse, and produced the shocking results.

With most Premier League players, and all clubs now a presence on both Facebook and Twitter (plus Instagram), the level of abusive trolling has escalated in recent years.

The phenomenon of anonymously abusing people is one of the sad and depressing drawbacks to the generally positive soical media experience, and clubs are now having to put up with all kinds of hate, not just the players.

Kick It Out’s study has unearthed 134,400 abusive posts directed at Premier League players and clubs this season, which equates t 1 abusive mention every 2.6 minutes.

Racism accounts for 28% of all abusive posts, so it’s perhaps no surprise to learn that the two most targeted players, Mario Balotelli and Danny Welbeck, are also black, and hence from a racial minority group that it still depressingly prejudiced in the game.

50-52% of abusive posts aimed at both of those players are of racial nature, which again shows how linked racism is with online abuse.

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli has emerged as the most abused player in social media in the Premier League.

Trolling has become an increasing problem and anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has revealed there have been 130,000 abusive posts in the top flight.

Chelsea were the most targeted club but Italian striker Balotelli received more than 6,000 more abusive posts than any other player with 50 per cent racially motivated.

“The level of abuse is truly staggering,” said Kick It Out director Roisin Wood.

“We must do all we can as a collective to protect those who are on the receiving end of discriminatory abuse.

“This research shows the true extent of the issue we are dealing with. So far this season, we have received 140 complaints relating to football-based hate crime on social media, yet we can see from these findings that over 134,000 discriminatory posts have occurred just in relation to the Premier League.

“It is a huge volume to be looking at addressing but we must confront the problem head on.”

According to the figures there is an abusive mention every 2.6 minutes with race the biggest type of discrimination (28%) followed by gender (25%), sexual orientation (19%), disability (11%), anti-Semitism (9%) and other (8%).

Chelsea emerge as the most targetted club, closely followed by Liverpool.

Read the entire shocking study on the BBC.

AC Milan replacing ageing Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien with youngsters  FIFA.com News

Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari

Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari

Struggling Serie A side might be looking to start their rebuilding process with veterans like Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien set to leave the club at the end of the season. 

The Rossoneri are now tempting  midfield man to the San Siro.

Milan are set to lose both Essien and Nigel De Jong as their contracts are due to expire  at the end of the season and will also say goodbye to on-loan player Marco Van Ginkel who will to return to parent club Chelsea.

Muntari has withdrawn from the squad after dropping in the pecking order.

Tuttosport are reporting that Milan could make a move for the Brazilian midfielder, who is co-owned by both Napoli and Verona.

The deal might be made less complicated if, as the story suggests, Empoli’s Mirko Valdifiori is snapped up by the Partenopei, which will leave Jorginho surplus to requirements at the San Paolo.

Jorginho has found regular playing time hard to come by in Naples, featuring just 28 times since signing for the Azzurri in January 2014.

Everton fans want under-used Christian Atsu out of their club this summer  FIFA.com News

Christian Atsu being sacked from Everton by the fans

Christian Atsu being sacked from Everton by the fans

Everton fans have in a poll massively endorsed the departure of Ghana winger Christian Atsu just a season after arriving on loan from Chelsea even though he was the best player at the recent Africa Cup of Nations.

In a poll conducted by UK-based newspaper Echo, 80 percent of the 48,000 Toffees’ fans that took part in the survey involving 15 first team players say they want to see the back of the 23-year-old who emerged the Most Valuable Player at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Atsu has however struggled to assert himself at Goodison Park, starting just one Premier League game all-season-long as coach Martinez has not given him the playing time needed to prove his mettle.

The former FC Porto man was supposed to have blossomed when he arrived at the start of the season on loan from Chelsea.

Tagged at some point as one of the best young players coming through, Atus has depressingly been a major disappointment since joining Everton.

The winger signed by Chelsea last season pretty much excelled in his first loan stint in the Dutch top flight with Vitesse.

A combination of injuries and limited first team opportunities has now seen the Ghanaian youngster being considered as surplus to requirements by the club’s fans.

59 percent of the fans also think Gareth Barry should leave as is goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Mozambique Federation to report Burkinabe referee to CAF over defeat to Ghana U23 in All Africa Games qualifier  FIFA.com News

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Mozambique Football Federation says they will report Burkina Faso referee Tiame Seydou to CAF for allegedly helping Ghana’s U23 to eliminate them in the 2015 All Africa Games qualifier.

Mozambique lost 2-0 to the Black Meteors who advanced 2-1 on aggregate to qualify for the games in Brazzaville, Congo this September.

Local newspapers reported on Wednesday that Mozambique Federation president Faizal Sidat is incensed with the performance of the referee and wants to see punitive action taken against him.

He has requested for the video footage from Mozambique’s State Television TVM, which also covered the return leg match at the Tamale Sports Stadium last Sunday.

“There were so many mistakes that determined the final result. We want CAF to penalize the referee team for their bad performance, ” said Sidat.

“I will also file my complain to CAF when we go for the meetings. We were better than Ghana and we deserved to qualify.”

Black Stars keepers’ trainer claims there are a lot of quality goalkeepers in Ghana Premier League  FIFA.com News

Nassamu Yakubu

Nassamu Yakubu

Black Stars goalkeepers’ coach Nassam Yakubu says there are a lot of quality goalkeepers in the Ghana Premier League.

“We have good goalkeepers in the league. Wa All Stars have two very good goalkeepers namely Richard Ofori and Baba Musah while Kotoko have Eric Ofori Antwi and Ashgold have Robert Dabuo,” the Medeama SC goalkeepers coach told Starr FM.

“I think we have a couple of quality goalkeepers around but the problem is that they are yet to be given the opportunity to join the national team.”

But the irony is that,  AshantiGold goalkeeper Fatau Dauda has been the only gloves man to have earned a call-up from new coach Avram Grant since the Israeli took charge of the Black Stars late last year.

Confederation Cup Match Preview: Hearts of Oak hope to maintain better head-to-head record against Djoliba  FIFA.com News

Hearts of Oak line-up

Hearts of Oak line-up

Hearts of Oak will face Malian side AC Djoliba on this Friday in their 1/16th stage of the  CAF Confederation Cup at the Stade 26 Mars in Bamako.

The Phobians are at the penultimate stage of the competition having eliminated AS Police and Olympique Ngor in the previous rounds respectively.

AC Djoliba eliminated Egyptian side Petrojet in the previous round, winning 2-1 at home and fighting for a goalless draw game in Egypt in the return league.

The Malian giants were knocked out of the Confederation Cup by arch-rivals Real Bamako last year in the ultimate qualifying stage, and they will be going all out to make it to the Group Stage of the competition this year.

However, History is against the Malians, who have lost on all the occasions they have faced Hearts in Africa Club competitions.

They were defeated 2-1 on aggregate when they met Hearts in the second round of the Africa Club Champions Cup qualifier in 1980 after holding the Phobians to a scoreless game in Bamako.

The two sides met again in 1998, but again after holding Hearts to a goalless draw game in Mali, Joe Fameyeh netted in Accra to send Hearts to the group stages of the African Champions League.

Coach Herbert Addo believes his boys, after tasting the feel of a continental triumph on the road, will look to go one better again by finishing the job in Mali.

“If you are working with people who are not determined and not prepared to win, then you are wasting your time,” coach Addo said.

“But my boys have tasted victory – about five of them had never sat in planes before but they have tasted the air, enjoyed it; and tasted a few dollars and have enjoyed it more. So they want more dollars, more air and more playing time. I think they are determined and I wish the supporters could come there and see how we are going to go there. The boys have got a lot of confidence and we are going there [Mali] to win.”

AC Djoliba are placed sixth in the 12-match-old Mali Premier League with 20 points. They have won six, drawn two, and lost four times in the new season. But they have won four out of six games at home and drawn and lost the other.

Hearts are also struggling in the league, but have turned a corner with three consecutive home wins, despite a defeat to Inter Allies on either side of the wins.

Herbert Addo’s side have been hard to beat on the road in the CAF Confederation Cup, having won heroically in Senegal and drawn in Benin in the competition. They will be hoping to keep in touch their invincibility on the road when they met Djoliba on Friday.

Coach Addo has not got fond memories in Mali, having led Hearts to a 3-1 defeat to Stade de Malien in 2002. The veteran coach has a perfect opportunity to set things right, by snatching a win for the team in Bamako.

MATCH FACTS: Hearts have met Malian sides 10 in Africa Club competitions. Hearts have triumphed five times, drawn 4 times, and lost once in 10 games against Malian oppositions. They have also failed to progress on only one occasion against Malian sides. In Mali, the Phobians have lost only once in five trips, won once and drawn thrice.

1980      AC DJOLIBA 1 – 1 HEARTS [second round Africa Club Champions Cup]

1990      REAL BAMAKO 1 – 2 HEARTS [first round Cup Winners Cup]

1998    AC DJOLIBA 0 – 0 HEARTS [first round Africa Champions League]

2002   STADE MALIEN 3 – 1 HEARTS [first round Africa Champions League]

2004      STADE MALIEN 0 – 0 HEARTS [first round Africa Champions League]

2015      AC DJOLIBA ? – ? HEARTS [1/16th Confederation Cup]

 

Juventus line-up to prove age is just a number  FIFA.com News

The Juventus team that line up against Monaco in the Champions League

The Juventus team that line up against Monaco in the Champions League

Juventus are proving that experience is a vital ingredient in the quest for European glory as the Serie A giants named their second oldest side in Champions League history on Tuesday night.

Massimiliano Allegri’s starting line-up had an average age of 30years 64days during their slender 1-0 quarter-final first leg win over Monaco.

The Italian tactician named an experienced side with Gianluigi Buffon (37), Giorgio Chiellini (30), Stefan Lichtsteiner (31), Patrice Evra (33), Andrea Pirlo (35), Carlos Tevez (31) all starting the match at the Juventus Stadium.

The Juventus side which faced Monaco in the Champions League had an average age of 30 years and 64 days 

The Juventus side which faced Monaco in the Champions League had an average age of 30 years and 64 days

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon continues to impress in between the sticks at the age of 37 

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon continues to impress in between the sticks at the age of 37

Andrea Pirlo played 74 minutes against Monaco before being replaced by team-mate Andrea Barzagli

Andrea Pirlo played 74 minutes against Monaco before being replaced by team-mate Andrea Barzagli

Sportsmail’s Big Match Stats: Juventus 1-0 Monaco

JUVENTUS XI VS MONACO –     14/04/15

Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Chiellini, Bonucci, Evra, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, Pereyra, Morata, Tevez

Average age: 30years 64days

INTER MILAN XI VS MARSEILLE – 22/02/12

Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Walter Samuel, Chivu, Zanetti, Stankovic, Sneijder, Cambiasso, Forlan, Zarate

Average age: 31y 331d

AC MILAN VS LIVERPOOL –      23/05/07

Dida, Oddo, Nesta, Maldini, Jankulovski, Pirlo, Gattuso, Ambrosini, Kaka, Seedorf, Inzaghi

Average age: 31y 34d

Juventus, who are hoping to win the treble, showed no signs of slowing up during the Champions League encounter as Arturo Vidal scored a 57th-minute winner from the penalty spot.

The Old Lady’s Italian rivals Inter Milan hold the record for fielding the Champions League’s oldest starting line-up during their match against Marseille on February 22, 2012.

Inter’s side, which had an average age of 31y 331d, included the likes of Julio Cesar, Cristian Chivu and Esteban Cambiasso.

The oldest team to win the Champions League also hailed from Italy as the AC Milan starting line-up which successfully defeated Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 23, 2007 had an average age of 31y 34d.

Portsmouth hold the record for fielding the oldest starting line-up in the Barclays Premier League as the side which lost 2-0 against Tottenham on March 27, 2010 had an average age of 32y 105d.

Avram Grant, who was manager of Portsmouth at the time, handed starts to experienced veterans such as David James, Hermann Hreidarsson and Nwankwo Kanu.

Inter Milan fielded the oldest ever starting line-up in the Champions League back in February 2012

Inter Milan fielded the oldest ever starting line-up in the Champions League back in February 2012

The AC Milan side which started the 2007 Champions League final had an average age of 31y 34d

The AC Milan side which started the 2007 Champions League final had an average age of 31y 34d

Portsmouth's XI which faced Spurs in March 2007 is the oldest side to have been fielded in the Premier League

Portsmouth’s XI which faced Spurs in March 2007 is the oldest side to have been fielded in the Premier League

 

MLS, India offers arrive for AC Milan midfielder Essien  FIFA.com News

AC Milan midfielder Micheal Essien

AC Milan midfielder Micheal Essien

AC Milan midfielder Michael Essien is reported to be ready to quit Europe at the end of the season.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid comes off contract at Milan in June and won’t be offered new terms.

Reports say Essien is weighing up offers from MLS, but also has fielded interest from India.

The veteran Ghana international intends to play on next season but it is still unclear where he will be playing his football next season.

Swansea City boss Garry Monk tight-lipped over Andre Ayew interest  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

Swansea manager Garry Monk has remained tight-lipped about possible summer move for Ghana winger Andre Ayew.

The Swans have been linked to the Ghana international who is out of contract at Olympique Marseille this summer.

Ayew has since said he was keen to move to the Premier League and revealed he was big fan of Liverpool.

“We’ve been linked with every player and there’ll be more but it’s all speculation,” said Monk.

“You could name 40 players we’re supposed to be linked to. Of course we’re looking at and analysing players and if we can add to the quality here we will, we are shortlisting targets and will try to pursue them but it’s speculation.”

Ayew has been targeted by Italian Serie A giants AS Roma whose head coach Rudi Garcia is huge fan of the 25-year-old.

Newcastle, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Spartak Moscow

Ghana National Female Football Board gets 36,000 from GFA  FIFA.com News

The Ghana Football association

The Ghana Football association

Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Ibrahim Sannie Darra has announced that the National Female Football Board would benefit from an amount of 36,000 ghc from the Association.
Speaking at the media launch of the 2015 Ghana National Women’s League Season 3 at the headquarters of the FA, he said the amount is to cater for officiating fees and other expenditures that the clubs suffer to pay.
He noted that the money would solve many problems faced by the Women’s Board.
Sannie Darra who stood in for the GFA President Kwesi Nyantekyi said the Women’s game is on the rise as the nation continues to qualify for international tournaments. He congratulated the Black Queens for making it to the African Cup.
The GFA Deputy General Secretary in charge of Communications urged the media to critically analyze the operations of the FA and not report that every attention is on the Black Stars, which is the constant talk.
Linear Addy, Chairperson of the Women’s board appealed to the media to support the women’s game by frequent features in the press, online and the electronic media.
She urged the clubs to prepare adequately for the season and strive hard to train their players to attain the qualities of super stars.
Technical Director of the GFA, Francis Oti Akenteng congratulated the Black Queens and their organizers. He praised the clubs participating in the league for putting up splendid performances.
He noted that very soon courses and seminars would be organized for the clubs and wished that many people participate in the programmes to be supported by FIFA, such as the ‘Live Your Goals’ which would be held in June / July this year.
Rosalind Amoh, a journalist and member of the board also congratulated the media for their support for female football and prayed that more should be done. She presented a media kit and information/ profiles on the clubs and their officials to the media.
The league kicks off this weekend with 12 clubs made up of six in each zone. In the southern sector, Immigration Ladies play Blessed Ladies, Lady Strikers face Hasaacas Ladies as Soccer Intellectuals meet Police Ladies.
In the northern sector, Fabulous Ladies meet Apem Darkoa Ladies, Prisons Ladies face Dreamz Ladies whilst Lepo Ladies play Ashtown Ladies.

Source: Sammy Heywood Okine

Ghana striker Ransford Osei battling groin injury at Polokwane City  FIFA.com News

Ransford Osei

Ransford Osei

Ghana striker Ransford Osei’s progress at South African Premier Soccer League side Polokwane City is being slowed by a groin injury.

Osei has managed only two appearances for Limpopo outfit- all as a substitute- since joining in January this year.

The 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup silver shoe winner has been in the good books of Polokwane City coach Kostadin Papic.

“He’s got a groin injury that has been troubling him,” a source at the club Soccer Laduma.

Osei, a former Asante Kotoko striker, is trying to whip his career back on track after going off the radar.

Was Ayariga right after all to fume at a journalist who asked him to give account on live radio?  FIFA.com News

Former minister of Youth and Sports Mahama Ayariga

Former minister of Youth and Sports Mahama Ayariga

By Duodu Bimpong

I find it extremely difficult to reconcile myself with the notion that every governmental issue(s) must be deliberated upon in the public by the media under the pretext of ‘tax-payers money’ as it has of late become a parlance in this country. Indeed I shudder to deviate.

About a couple of months back, former Minister of Sports, Honourable Mahama Ayariga had scuffle with some radio personalities when the Honourable Minister was questioned about the accountability of the budget on 2015 Africa Cup of Nations at Equatorial Guinea. In an attempt by the Minister to outline certain procedural manner of proper accounting of the budget, the Honourable got incensed and used vulgar words which did not go down well with these radio Hosts.

In as much as I will not embrace Ministers or Politicians who spew invectives in their public discourse, radio Hosts must not be allowed to sit behind consoles and think that the airwaves is their bonafide property and as such Politicians and the general public are at their mercy. Politicians and radio Personalities are suppose to be role models, speak with decorum in a sobriety of tone and must adopt mild reasoning as well as decent presentation and must always refine their words before letting them out of their mouth. The watch words here are; avoidance of verbal showmanship and insults.

In any case, Honourable Mahama Ayariga by a strict procedure in administrative practices was right to say that, it is not on radio that accountability is done but rather a recognizable body as Auditor General. After Honourable Mahama Ayariga has accounted to the Auditor General, then, it becomes incumbent on them to make the final audit report available in the public domain for any further scrutiny by the media. Yet, you would find some radio Hosts crying foul as if every governmental issue must be discussed on radio because it is tax-payer money.
Every tax-payer’s money designated for a particular course should in every sense be duly accounted for. I am against despicable characters who dip their hands recklessly in the public kitty to prosecute their obnoxious and shameful political agenda at the detriment of the deprived masses.


The Ghanaian media especially radio have become a colony to the extent that when one radio Host or Presenter is criticized even constructively, then it affects the rest, this is totally unethical and unprofessional so to speak. In the case of Honourable Mahama Ayariga versus Kwame Sefa Kayi, Captain Smart and Afia Pokua, almost all radio Hosts and Presenters in the country spoke ill about the Minister without necessarily looking into the substance of the claims asserted by the Minister, they also joined the fray in spewing mendacious materials they call facts without cross-checking the factual issues.

Imagine a Sports Presenter labeling the Sports Ministry and Ghana Football Association as corrupt because they have refused to tell Ghanaians the monthly salary of Black Stars Coach Avram Grant, simply because the Coach is paid with tax-payers money. In the same measure, this Presenter must demand the monthly salaries of every public official since it is the same tax-payers money. Administratively, employees salaries are not disclose like that, it remains confidential between the employer and the employees.

I am against government appointees who spend quality production hours engaging in political discussions on radio, when they could have been in office brainstorming on national issues to promote the standard of living of individuals and the nation at large.
Honourable Mahama Ayariga’s behaviour was at best disrespectful and at worst despicable to haul insults on radio Personalities whilst radio Personalities must earnestly seek for the right information at the right quarters and must show respect for administrative procedures and should understand that, not all government businesses must be run in public especially on radio.
We all should be reminded that freedom of speech is not synonymous to freedom of abusive speech. People should not be encouraged to make unguarded and loose talks under the guise of freedom of speech in this era of press freedom.

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