The Black Stars will renew their rivalry with Super Eagles of Nigeria for a place in the 2022 World Cup when the two teams clash later in March to secure a spot at the global showpiece.
The two West African nations were paired for the third and final round of the African qualifiers for the World Cup held today, Saturday, 22 January 2022.
The draw held in Douala, Cameroon was conducted by CAF Competitions Director Samson Adamu, assisted by CAF legends El Hadji Diouf and Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Black Stars have been in a poor shape exiting the ongoing Afcon competition at the group stages without a win.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have been in great shape being the only country to have won all three group stage matches securing the maximum nine points for qualification to the round 16th stage.
In other parings, Mohammed Salah’s Egypt will play Sadio Mane’s Senegal.
Cameroon will face Algeria, Dr Congo plays Morocco whilst Mali plays Tunisia
Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac said on Sunday that his team has no Covid positive case ahead of their opening match at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Rajevac disclosed this at press conference for the clash against Morocco on Monday in Yaoundé.
“Covid is a serious issue these days and I see some of the teams have problems and for us we did our PCR test and all players and officials are ok and we hope it stays like that throughout,” Rajevac said.
Some teams have seen their preparations disrupted by Covid with CAF saying countries suffering outbreaks will have to play their matches even if they have only 11 players available.
The Ghanaian side lived dangerously at the back in the first 20 minutes but ASFAR could not punish them due to their indecisiveness.
However, Hasaacas Ladies looked good in attack and opened the scoring in the 36th minute when lanky attacker Doris Boaduwaa headed in a corner.
It took just nine minutes for the Moroccans to draw level with midfielder Najat Badri scoring on the stroke of halftime.
Hasaacas squandered a golden opportunity to go ahead in the 64th minute as Perpetual Agyekum failed to score a penalty. She hit the post before an opportunity to hit the rebound was cleared by the Moroccan defence.
The penalty miss didn’t affect Hasaacas as they kept playing at a high level.
They were rewarded in the 77th minute when midfielder Badu carefully guided her header from close range into the net after a brilliant cross from the right, recording her fifth goal of the tournament.
Yussif Basigi’s ladies defended well to seal their progression to the final, where they will face either Mamelodi Sundowns or Malabo Kings on Friday.
Hasaacas Ladies are seeking to end the year with four trophies, having already captured the Women’s Premier League, FA Cup and WAFU Zone B championship
The meeting which was held at the headquarters of the Ghana Police Service on Friday 5 November 2021, brought together top officials of the police service, executive council members of the GFA and representatives of Premier League Clubs.
The police team was led by the Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, Director General of Public Affairs ACP Kwesi Ofori, COP Kofi Boakye of the Legal and Prosecution Department, ACP Lydia Donkor – Head of Legal and Prosecution, Greater Accra Regional Commander DCOP Iddi Lansah Seidu, and DCOP Mrs. Habiba Akyere Twumasi-Sarpong.
The GFA also had Executive Council Members Nana Sarfo Oduro, Dr. Tony Aubynn, Samuel Anim Addo and General Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo (Esq.) in attendance.
Others included Nana Yaw Amponsah, CEO of Asante Kotoko SC, Patrick Akoto, Director of Communications of Medeama, Fred Tindan, Management Member of Bibiani Gold Stars, Nana Obiri Yeboah, Management Member of Accra Lions, Emmanuel Osei, Public Relations Officer of Accra Great Olympics and Eleony Amande, CEO of Karela United FC.
Accra Hearts of Oak was represented by Operations Manager Desmond Amenuu while Enoch Agyare-Addo, Kwabena Asenso, Kasim Perez and Elvis Osei Poku represented Dreams FC and Legon Cities, Real Tamale United and Aduana FC respectively.
The IGP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare and his team took time to listen to concerns and challenges facing clubs at League Centres and how to deal with them. They included combating crime at League centres, dealing with hooliganism and crowed violence and clamping down on faceless people who bet away matches in the football eco-system.
President of the GFA Kurt Edwin Simeon Okraku re-iterated the need for the Police Service to consider forming a special Sports Policing unit within the Police service to provide security at League centres as he believes this will curb the rampant crowed violence and hooliganism that have characterized the domestic game.
President Simeon Okraku also thanked the IGP for the invitation and his desire to support football operations and match day security across League centres
Kenya’s Agnes Tirop broke the world record for a women’s 10km road race in Germany in September
Kenyan world record holder Agnes Tirop has been found dead at her home in the western town of Iten, a training hub for many athletes.
The two-time World Athletics Championships bronze medallist, who finished fourth in the Olympic 5,000m final two months ago, was 25.
Kenyan police have told BBC Sport Africa they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, with crime scene investigators at her house on Wednesday.
Last month, Tirop set the world record for a women’s only 10km road race in Germany.
“Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop,” the country’s athletics body said in a statement.
“We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise. Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.”
At the 2020 Olympic Games in August, Tirop finished just outside the medal places for the women’s 5,000m, trailing Ethiopia’s bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay by 0.75 seconds.
As well as her 10,000m bronze medals at both the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships, Tirop also impressed off the track.
In September, she set a time of 30 minutes and one second in Herzogenaurach, Germany, as she took 28 seconds off the old 10km road race record set in 2002.
Tirop began her career as a junior athlete in 2011, winning two bronze medal in the 5,000m at that year’s world junior championships.
Four years later, during a rapid ascent, she won the senior World Cross Country championships in China – becoming the second youngest medallist at that level.
In its statement, Athletics Kenya wished “strength to [Tirop’s] family and friends at this difficult time”.
Fury delivered the knockout blow in the 11th round
Tyson Fury recovers from two knockdowns in the fourth round to complete a stunning knockout victory over Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury delivered a thrilling 11th-round knockout of Deontay Wilder to retain his WBC heavyweight crown as their trilogy bout produced another classic on an electric night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Twenty months since Fury dethroned the American, the 33-year-old had to show all his resolve and resilience to extend his undefeated professional record to 32 fights after twice being floored in the fourth round.Fury sent his opponent sprawling in an explosive third, only to see Wilder recover and the Briton found himself on the end of the Bronze Bomber’s huge right hand twice in quick succession.Wilder was hanging on by the end of the seventh but was still in a gruelling fight come the 10th, when Fury knocked him down once more, before delivering the final blow in the 11th to bring this particular chapter of heavyweight boxing to a close.Fury celebrates in the ring with his belt and his entourage, including wife Paris
“I was down a couple of times, I was hurt, Wilder is a strong puncher,” said Fury.
“It was a great fight. I will not make any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter, he gave me a run for my money. I always say I am the best fighter in the world and he is the second best.
“Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down I can always deliver.”
Fury shows he is never beaten
This might not have been the fight Fury wanted but, after a controversial draw in their first meeting in 2018 and seventh-round stoppage from Fury last time out, it again delivered the blockbuster battle the Las Vegas crowd was craving.
Tensions had been simmering throughout fight week and only continued to bubble as Wilder’s delayed entrance left the arena waiting, before the lights finally went down and the American, who listed his elaborate and heavy ring-walk outfit as one of the excuses for his loss to Fury last year, emerged in a more understated fur-lined gown.
But what’s a few minutes when this classic tussle was more than a year in the making?
Fury, dressed as a Roman centurion, followed to a backdrop of AC/DC as both fighters stepped inside the ropes for the first time since their explosive meeting at the MGM Grand in February 2020.
That was pre-pandemic and the Morecambe-based boxer was buoyed by the thousands of UK fans who had flooded to Las Vegas to support their charge, although travel restrictions meant there was never going to be the boisterous following for the British hopeful this time.
But the local support could not help but be wowed by Fury once more as he again proved that, despite finding himself on the canvas, you can never write this man off.
Wilder came out looking to dictate from the opening bell with a series of jabs to the body as Fury took his time to size up a remodelled opponent, one new trainer Malik Scott says has more in his tool box than previously shown.
Wilder’s new regime came amid question marks around Fury’s own preparation – the original summer fight date was scrapped when he contracted Covid-19 and quickly rescheduled for October and Fury then had to rush home to the UK to be with wife Paris for the birth of their sixth child, Athena.
The American had also closed the gap in terms of weight, and despite Fury carrying 39lbs more than his opponent both were the heaviest of their professional careers at 19st 11lbs to Wilder’s 17st.
But it was Fury who then began to dominate after Wilder’s brisk opening exchange and a huge left-right combination sent the Alabaman to the ground.
The 35-year-old survived the count and, rejuvenated by the bell, felled Fury with a mammoth right of his own in the fourth and followed with another to send the champion tumbling twice in the same round for the first time in his career, as the anticipation of an upset grew.
Fury, though, rose from there on and a determined Wilder had been hanging on for several rounds when he was knocked down again in the 10th, before the champion finally landed a right that ended the fight after 11 enthralling rounds.
‘I am the greatest heavyweight champion of my era’
Fury has passed every challenge thrown his way but to become the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000 he will need to take the titles held by Oleksandr Usyk.
The Ukrainian looks set to face Anthony Joshua in a rematch first to see if the Briton can win back his WBF, IBF and WBO crowns, but in Fury’s mind there is no doubt as to who is the greatest heavyweight of this enticing era.
“I have proved time and again that I can never be written off,” he added. “I didn’t have my best performance but I pulled it out of the bag when it needed to be done.
“He did keep getting up but it was that final right hand to the side of the head that finished him.
“I wasn’t hurt. You get hit, you wake up on the floor. I got up and was very conscious the whole time. I was one punch away from knocking him out in the whole fight.
“I am the greatest heavyweight champion of my era, without a doubt. Number one. If you play with fire long enough you will get burned
Oleksandr Usyk is the new unified heavyweight world champion after dethroning Anthony Joshua with an incredible performance in London.
The Ukrainian put on a masterclass in front of 65,000 fans inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, outclassing Joshua over 12 rounds, and hurting the defending champion on numerous occasions.
The scorecards – 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 – were all for Usyk and there was a mere shrug of the shoulders from Joshua as the second defeat of his professional career was confirmed.
Having seen a fight with fellow Briton Tyson Fury collapse last summer, Joshua opted to face his WBO mandatory challenger and former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk instead.
It appeared the easier fight for Joshua, but boxing’s triumphant return to stadium nights was soured for the home crowd by a truly exceptional performance from the challenger.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn suggested his fighter may have suffered a broken eye socket and would need to go to hospital.
“I don’t know if he has broken his eye socket, it doesn’t look great,” he said. “He said he couldn’t see after the ninth round, obviously he was getting tagged a lot as well.”
A devastated Joshua left the ring immediately after the decision but later posted a short message on Twitter, saying: “Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you! London I love you & thank you each and every time!”
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has unveiled Milovan Rajevac as the new coach of the senior national team, Black Stars.
His contract is for a year.
The tenure “automatically” extends to the end of February 2023 if he is able to qualify the team to the World Cup.
Rajevac will be paid $30,000 as salary.
He will be assisted by Ghanaian coaches Maxwell Konadu and Otto Addo.
The Executive Council of the GFA formed a three-member committee made up of Vice-president Mark Addo, Upper East Regional Football Association Chairman Salifu Zida and Dr Randy Abbey, to find a Head Coach and Assistant Coaches for the Black Stars following the exit of Coach C.K Akonnor.
Akonnor was sacked after Ghana lost 0-1 to South Africa in a World Cup qualifying match and beat Ethiopia 1-0 in an unconvincing home match.
About Milovan Rajaevac
He becameGhanamanager in August 2008 wherehe continued the Black Stars’ qualificationto the2010 World Cup in South Africa.
In the tournament, Ghana almost reached the semi-final.
They narrowly lost to Uruguayin the quarter-final via penalties.
Rajevac quit Ghana after the World Cup on 8 September 2010 and took up a position with Saudi Arabian teamAl-Ahlia day later.
On 15 June 2016, he was officially appointed as manager of Rudar Velenjein Slovenia.
However, on 26 June 2016, he was appointed as manager of theAlgerian national team.
He resigned from the position in October 2016 after two matches.
Rajevac has coached a number of clubs.
He was adjudged Serbian Coach of the Year in 2010 and African Coach of the year in the same year
Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo was full of joy after scoring two goals during their English Premier League match against Newcastle at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.
Ronaldo now has 120 United goals to his name, but scored his first since leaving for Real Madrid 12 years ago to take Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men top of the Premier League table.
United were made to work harder than expected for the three points, but were able to rely on Ronaldo’s predatory instincts to strike twice either side of Javier Manquillo’s well-worked equaliser
Bruno Fernandes then sealed a day where Portuguese stars shone with a stunning long-range effort 10 minutes from time before Jesse Lingard rounded off the scoring in stoppage time.
Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a dream return as a Manchester United player with a double as the Red Devils beat Newcastle 4-1 in front of a rocking Old Trafford on Saturday.
United’s fortunes on the field have declined dramatically since Ronaldo’s departure with no Premier League or Champions League success since Alex Ferguson retired as manager in 2013.
His return was enough to generate a feverish atmosphere among 74,000 in attendance not seen at Old Trafford for many years.
The 36-year-old was serenaded with songs in his honour long before kick-off and even received celebrations of the goals he scored in a shooting drill in the warm-up.
Ronaldo’s arrival has added even more firepower to an already loaded selection of attacking options on offer to Solskjaer.
Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood flanked Ronaldo in a front three with Fernandes and Paul Pogba supplying the ammunition from midfield.
The crowd who had come for a party were starting to get restless as Newcastle held out relatively comfortably until Ronaldo’s first big moment arrived in first-half stoppage time.
Greenwood had scored in all of United’s first three Premier League games before the international break and provided the spark once more as Freddie Woodman spilled his deflected effort and the ball fell perfectly for Ronaldo to smash home.
Rather than opening the floodgates for a comfortable win, Newcastle emerged for the second-half with a far more potent threat and cut United open to stun the home support 10 minutes into the second-half.
Miguel Almiron, who was only cleared to play on Friday after the Paraguayan football federation withdrew a case for him to be banned for not being released for international duty, burst through midfield and released Allan Saint-Maximin.
The Frenchman then rolled the ball perfectly into the path of Manquillo to slot home his first Newcastle goal in 85 appearances.
United on the other hand now have one of the deadliest finishers in the history of the game and Ronaldo ensured the day would be all about him on 62 minutes.
Despite his advancing years, Ronaldo showed no shortage of pace to burst away from Isaac Hayden to latch onto Luke Shaw’s pass and his powerful strike went straight through Woodman’s grasp.
United still needed the intervention of David de Gea to secure the win as the Spaniard brilliantly turned behind Joelinton’s shot that was destined for the top corner.
Fernandes has been United’s talisman for the majority of the 20 months since he joined from Sporting Lisbon, just as Ronaldo did in 2003.
And the midfielder ensured he was not completely overshadowed by his compatriot with a sensational strike into the top corner from Paul Pogba’s pass.
Pogba was also involved in the fourth as Lingard turned onto his pass and curled into the far corner
Head Coach of the Black Stars Charles Kwablan Akonnor has picked a provisional 30-man squad for the cracking game in Cape Coast and Johannesburg, handing a call up to Sturm Graz Kelvin Yeboah.
Ghana will begin her FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa in September.
The list includes five home based players Richard Atta (Hearts of Oak), Philemon Baffuor (Dreams FC), Ismail Ganiyu (Asante Kotoko), Issahaku Abdul Fatawu (Steadfast FC) and Afriyie Barnieh of Accra Hearts of Oak. Orlando Pirates shot stopper Richard Ofori who hasn’t played for Ghana since November last year following a muscle injury is in line to make his first appearance in 11 months after recovering from the setback.
There are also recalls for Majeed Ashimeru and Jonathan Mensah who had been in the international wilderness but are back in favour.
Ghana is expected to take on the Walias of Ethiopia at the Cape Coast stadium on Friday, September 3, before playing South Africa on Monday, September 6, 2021 in Johannesburg.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has sent a letter to Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kurt ES Okraku, congratulating Accra Hearts of Oak for emerging as Champions of the 2020-21 Ghana Premier League.
In his letter, the FIFA President hailed Hearts of Oak’s victory, putting it down to the hard work, passion, and commitment exhibited by every member of the team towards their triumph.
“Please allow me to congratulate Hearts of Oak for having been crowned 2020/21 champions of Ghana!
This title is, no doubt, the result of hard work, passion, and commitment, and everyone at the club can be proud of this important achievement. I would be grateful if you could please extend my congratulations to everybody involved, whom I encourage to continue working with team spirit, passion, and determination.
On behalf of the international football community, I finally take this opportunity to thank you and your Association for your contribution to the development and the prosperity of football in Ghana, in your region, and around the world.
I look forward to seeing you again soon”,the FIFA President wrote.
Hearts of Oak were handed the league trophy at the WAFA Park in Sogakope on Saturday despite their 1-0 loss to WAFA in the last round of matches
Asamoah Gyan, over the past 10 years, has been one of the top players for Ghana after becoming the all-time top scorer for the Black Stars and Africa at the FIFA World Cup stage.null
The former BBC African Footballer of the Year was honoured at the 3rd edition of the Ghana Football Awards held in Accra on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at the Grand Arena.
Asamoah Gyan currently plies his trade for Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities FC, after leaving India’s Northeast United.
Gyan was also the first player in the history of football to score in nine consecutive international tournaments before Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo equaled the feat at the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament.
Nana Yaw Amponsah is set to step down as the CEO of Ghanaian football giant Kumasi Asante Kotoko with immediate effect after he was slapped with a five-year ban by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The decision by the Disciplinary Committee means that the former football agent will not be able to hold his position as the CEO of the Kumasi-based club.
Amponsah has three days to appeal the decision at the Appeals Committee of the GFA.
Nana Yaw Amponsah, who doubles as a Director of division One club Phar Rangers FC, is suffering the consequences of the decision of the club to pull out of the league without a just cause.
Phar Rangers announced their decision to pull out of the Division One League early this month as well as withdrawing from all GFA Competitions with immediate effect.
The Disciplinary Committee deliberated the matter before coming to the conclusion that all provisions of the GFA regulations must be enforced including banning their directors for five years.
“That the Shareholders and Directors of Phar Rangers FC on the records are hereby also banned from all football activities for a period of five (5) years effective from this 2020/2021 football season in accordance with Article 13(3) of the GFA Division One League Regulations,” the ruling from the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA read on Wednesday.
Attached is the full verdict of the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA.
Kwesi Nyantakyi was slapped with charges of fraud and corruption after he was captured in an investigative piece by Anas Aremeyaw dubbed Number 12.
The former Vice President of CAF together with former President of the Northern Regional Football Association, Abdullai Alhassan are also facing charges of conspiracy to commit fraud.null
Nyantakyi as per a report by Kasapa FM pleaded not guilty to the above-mentioned charges and was thus slapped with a bail condition of GH¢1million with three sureties.
He is also supposed to report to the investigator of the case until a judgement is made on the case.
These conditions also apply to Abdullai Alhasssan who has also pleaded not guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit crime.
The High Court presided by Justice El-Freda Denkyi turned down pleas by Nyantakyi’s counsel to grant himself recognizance bail. Instead, he referred him to his previous bail terms.
The case has been adjourned to July 23, for Case Management Conference.null
Kwesi Nyantayi, it will be recalled was arrested after an investigative piece by Anas Aremeyaw Anas implicated him.
Nyantakyi who is a member of the FIFA Executive Council, CAF first vice-chair and President of the West Africa Football Union lost all these positions after the expose.
Nyantakyi was in 2018 banned from “all football-related activities at both national and international level” by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA for breaking their statutes that border on fraud and corruption.
He appealed the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) but no official ruling has come out yet.