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Egypt knock Uganda out of Afcon

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A last-minute goal by Abdallah El Said ensured that Egypt pick their first win in an Africa Cup of Nations after seven years.

The last came in 2010, when they beat Ghana 1-0 in Luanda, Angola to win the 2010 edition.

They beat Uganda 1-0 on Saturday in their second Group D game played at Port-Gentil, Gabon.

With the Cranes the hungrier of the two sides going into the match following their 1-0 loss to Ghana on the opening day, Egypt had to do more defensive work in the incipient stages of the game.

But it ended all square in the first half and most of the second half.

With a minute for Senegalese referee Malang Diedhiou to end proceedings at the Stade de Port-Gentil, the Pharaohs took advantage of a quick counter, taking the ball as far as into the Cranes’ penalty area.

AS Roma attacker Mohamed Salah’s selfless play in the box found him dummying the Ugandan defence and sending a sublime pass to the Al Ahly striker, who hit the ball through the legs of Africa’s best continent-based player Dennis Onyango.

The result gives Egypt four points, just behind Ghana, while it sends the East Africans packing out of the tournament.

They will, however, play Mali in the final group game on Wednesday.

Egypt will face Ghana in what could be a reminiscence of the 2010 finals.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Asamoah Gyan scored the only goal of the game

Ghana through to Afcon quarters with Mali win

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Asamoah Gyan scored the only goal of the game

Asamoah Gyan scored the only goal of the game

Ghana’s Black Stars booked a place in the quarter-finals of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations with a game in Group D to spare after beating Mali 1-0 on Saturday.

An Asamoah Gyan goal in the 20th minute ensured that Ghana sail through after their second group game at the tournament.

The Stars dominated the early exchanges with Christian Atsu’s incursion on the right side of attack a mouthful for the Malian defenders.

One of such incursions in the 16th minute presented West Ham United’s Andre Ayew a begging chance to put the 2015 finalists ahead.

But Ayew’s left foot sent the shot wide off the goal.

The Stars recovered from that miss four minutes later when Wakaso sent a searching cross to Ayew’s brother, Jordan, whose pinpoint cross found Gyan in the penalty area.

The United Arab Emirates-based striker headed home what became the winner. That goal was Gyan’s sixth consecutive tournament goal, having scored at Ghana 2008, Angola 2010, Equatorial Guinea/Gabon 2012, South Africa 2013 and Equatorial Guinea 2015 previously.

Two big saves from goalkeeper Razak Braimah in the dying minutes of the game ensured that the Stars went home with all three points.

Ghana have six points from their two games in the tournament.

They will next play record title holders Egypt on Wednesday, January 25 while Mali play Uganda’s Cranes. Those two will be final group matches of the tournament.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Alfred Agbesi Woyome

Woyome file to be reviewed, Attorney General-designate hints

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Ms Gloria Akuffo

Ms Gloria Akuffo will be AG if approved by the Appointments Committee

Attorney General-designate Gloria Akuffo says she will take a second look at the file of businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome as regards the GH¢52.1 million judgement debt case of 2012 if her nomination is approved.

“When I get there, I will study the file and see how quickly we can get the money,” Ms Akuffo said.

She was answering a question posed by Member of Parliament for Tamale North Constituency during her vetting on Saturday, January 21.

The former Aviation Minister acknowledged the stage of the case so far and says she will do her best in the interest of Ghanaians.

“I will put my best foot forward and look at the matter and do what is best.”

Mr Woyome’s judgement debt case is the most popular among other cases over the past five years.

The Attorney General-designate, who will also become Minister of Justice if approved, said she has asked for a comprehensive list of all judgement debt cases from the Solicitor-General.

“This is to help strategise on the recovery of these debts,” she noted, adding that interests accrued will also be collected.

Asked about timelines, the Aburi Girls’ SHS alumna said she cannot “make categorical undertakings that if you give me approval tomorrow I can recover the money”.

“That is a matter subject to litigation.”

Woyome’s case has seen a number of Attorneys General including the immediate past Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, who has been accused of not doing much to retrieve the money.

Pressure groups like Occupy Ghana have been hard on her over the issue.

Mr Woyome himself has accused some elements including a former Attorney General, Martin Amidu, of ill-intention against his person.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


AFCON 2017: Algeria on the shoulders of Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez

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One would be certainly bold to believe Riyad Mahrez and Algeria would struggle at this year’s AFCON tournament. With Mahrez scooping up two titles (BBC and CAF African Footballer of the Year Awards) after a brilliant 2015-2016 season, a few would have predicted the lackluster showing the Desert Foxes have displayed thus far in the competition. Playing alongside a collection of top performing players in some of Europe’s big leagues including Soufiane Feghouli, Yacine Brahimi and Nabil Bentaleb, meant Mahrez had enough ammo to make this tournament his own.

Until recently, Algeria was Africa’s highest rated country on the FIFA rankings; the North African country was replaced at the top spot by Senegal mere weeks to the tournament. But two games into the competition, very little has gone right for Algeria. Yes, their top gun has been on target as Mahrez has bagged two goals in the matchup against the Warriors of Zimbabwe. However, those goals have had little meaning to address the flagging fortunes of the team in Gabon as a 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe was quickly followed by a 1-2 loss to Tunisia.

Heading into the final round of games, the Desert Warriors need a big win over already qualified Senegal whilst looking out for a draw or a narrow win from Zimbabwe to stand a chance of qualifying from the group. Up to this point, Riyad Mahrez has largely disappointed and it shouldn’t surprise many considering how things are panning out at his club Leicester City. Light years far away from clinching a title, the Foxes won arguably the biggest but definitely the richest of all titles in England by lifting the Premier League last season.

Riyad helped Leicester City to their maiden English Premier League title last season

Riyad helped Leicester City to their maiden English Premier League title last season

The achievement was so astonishing Coach Claudio Ranieri was named Best Coach at FIFA’s annual award ceremony despite Zinedine Zidane winning the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup. With nine games left to play, the Premier League’s defending champions lie 15th with just five points separating them from relegation candidate Hull City who have 16 points and lie 18th. There was this feeling ahead of the season, Leicester would not match the heroics of last season as teams in the division would look at them in a different way than they did for a major part of the last campaign.

Though the club lost midfield enforcer N’Golo Kante, reputable reinforcements came in the shape of Nampalys Mendy and Wilfred Ndidi roped in whilst Daniel Amartey benefitted from an in-house development, Leicester has struggled this season. Its latest loss, a 0-3 hammering at the hands of Chelsea worsened the indignation of the Foxes campaign as the worst performing defense of the league title. Curiously, that title belonged to Chelsea following an abysmal season that had Jose Mourinho dismissed as Coach.

Truth be told, the club is suffering from dealing with a phenomenon is it not used to-big expectations and unfortunately for Mahrez and Slimani-who joined Leicester ahead of this season-it is the same for their country. Algeria is unchartered waters; the country has not featured this prominently on the African scene since winning the AFCON in 1990. However, the stellar collection of players that match those of Ivory Coast’s Golden Generation coupled with the side’s impressive performance at the 2014 World Cup naturally put Algeria in the spotlight. As the only African side to make it to the knockout stage of the World Cup, the Warriors lost to eventual World Champions Germany after extra time.

That display earned rave reviews for the side and two years on after an average quarter final stint at the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea, everything else seem to come together for the side to win it all in Gabon. Like, Leicester City, Algeria isn’t particularly used to such expectations and like Leicester, it has unsurprisingly struggled. Against Senegal, some magic must come from Mahrez, Slimani or pretty much anyone in this deep team to possibly rescue what has been a disappointing start to life as a heavy weight on the continent.


The tournament itself has slowly taken off as a barrage of goals have replaced the dull, nonchalant ambience of the low scoring round of games in the first round and Algeria must replicate that trajectory to stand a chance of fulfilling the basic requirement of qualifying out of the group. Failure to do so though, will mean Leicester gets it star winger back early to help spring themselves up the standings in a disappointing campaign.

By Yaw Adjei Mintah

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Twitter: @YawMintYM

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Grant names barely unchanged side for Mali game

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Ghana Afcon 2017

Ghana beat Uganda 1-0 in the first game

Black Stars coach Avram Grant has named a fairly same side for Ghana’s Group D game against Mali.

Injured Baba Rahman’s place has been taken by Frank Opoku Acheampong just like in the 1-0 win over Uganda last Tuesday.

The Black Stars are looking for a win in Saturday’s game at Stade de Port-Gentil in order to book a place in the quarter-final of the tournament.

The team will be led by Captain Asamoah Gyan.

Andre Dede Ayew and Harrison Afful, who were reported indisposed with Malaria, have recovered to play in the game, which kicks off at 1600GMT.

Grant, in his pre-match press conference, said he knows Alain Giresse’s team quite well.

“We played a friendly against Mali that ended in a 1-1 draw in Paris,” he said. “They are a good and well-organised team but we know what we want to do.”

He said Mali “is a good and very physical team but I don’t think we are a weak one either”.

Ghana XI v Mali:

Goalkeeper: Razak Braimah

Defenders: Harrison Afful, John Boye, Daniel Amartey and Frank Acheampong

Midfielders: Andre Ayew, Mubarak Wakaso, Thomas Partey and Christian Atsu

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan and Jordan Ayew

Group D


By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


GCNet adjudged Most Dependable Partner

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The Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) has been acknowledged by the Tema Sector of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) as the Most Dependable Partner in 2016.

A citation accompanying the award announced at the 2016 End of Year Award ceremony by the Tema Sector commended GCNet for its invaluable partnership to strengthening capacity of the Sector to improve revenue collection and enhance trade in the country.

The Tema Sector Commander, Confidence Nyadzi, noted that GCNet’s services and support for the entire Customs Division and especially the Tema Sector have translated into trade facilitation and enhanced revenue mobilisation.

“Apart from being a key service provider in Customs operation, you also distinguished yourself as an invaluable partner in many ways. Your prompt responses to operational challenges and prompt solutions such as the new warehousing and COR modules in the GCMS among others is highly commendable,” Mr. Nyadzi observed.

The citation further read: “Your training programmes for officers and free access to your facilities when we need venue for meetings among others are well appreciated”.

Commenting on the award, General Manager of GCNet Alwin Hoegerle commended the Tema Sector of the Customs Division of GRA for the recognition and noted that GCNet had accepted the challenge thrown and would remain fully committed to improving its service delivery and enable the Customs Division exceed its target in the coming years.

“We are in the process of rolling out GCMS III which is an upgrade of the current GCMS II. This demonstrates the continuous heavy investments GCNet makes in renewing and improving our applications and platforms, which ensures alignment with the latest developments in the world of information technology, that is, cloud computing, mobile applications and improved security that will enhance the user friendliness of our e-solutions to deepen trade activities and enhance revenue collection needed for accelerated economic development in the country,” Mr. Hoegerle hinted.

He also reiterated GCNet’s resolve to continuously support GRA with services in data warehousing and data analytics in its risk management processes as well as the Ministries of Trade and Finance and Ministries Department & Agencies (MDAs) in their efforts to promote trade facilitation, transparency in revenue mobilization while positioning Ghana as the Trade hub and preferred investment destination in the sub region.

A Deputy Manager of Transit Operations of GCNet, Nicholas Ofei, received the award on behalf of GCNet.

The ceremony was also to honour staff, key partners and stakeholders of the Tema Sector of the Customs Division of GRA.



Trump takes first steps as president

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Donald Trump has taken his first steps as president, signing an executive order which targets the signature health care reforms of his predecessor.

His proclamation ordered agencies to ease the economic burden of the laws known as Obamacare.

In Friday’s inaugural address he pledged to put “America first” and to end the “American carnage” of abandoned factories and rampant crime.

Later, about 200,000 people are due to join a Women’s March in Washington.

Organisers say they want to highlight racial and gender equality and other issues perceived to be under threat from Mr Trump’s administration.

Similar marches are already taking place in Australia and New Zealand and many others are planned around the world.

BBC Washington correspondent Barbara Plett-Usher says Mr Trump has vowed to do what he can immediately using executive action, chalking up early victories before he has to turn to the grinding work of getting bills through Congress.

His team quickly overhauled the White House website to include his pledge to roll back Barack Obama’s strategy on climate change.

Shortly after taking office as the 45th US president, Mr Trump sent his Cabinet nominations to the Senate.

Trump sworn

He signed a waiver to allow retired General James Mattis to serve as defence secretary, even though he left the military less than the required seven years ago.

Gen Mattis, whose appointment has been approved by the Senate, was later sworn in by Vice-President Mike Pence.

Mr Pence also swore in John Kelly as head of Homeland Security.

The revamped White House website replaces Mr Obama’s policies with Mr Trump’s new agenda.

The new administration lists only six issues on the website – energy, foreign policy, jobs and growth, military, law enforcement and trade deals.

Critics point out that it makes no mention of civil rights, LGBT rights, healthcare or climate change.

‘A beautiful day’

One of Mr Trump’s key election pledges was to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said President Trump’s executive order was for federal departments to “minimise the economic burden”‘ of the act, but he gave no details.

Mr Trump also signed a proclamation declaring a national day of patriotism.

Asked about his first day, which was capped by a dance with First Lady Melania to My Way, Mr Trump said “it was busy but good – a beautiful day.”

In his inaugural address, Mr Trump, 70, struck a nationalist, protectionist tone.

“From this moment on, it’s going to be America First. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American,” he said.

Mr Trump accused Washington politicians of abandoning citizens to industrial decline and spiralling rates of crime.

“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” he said.

“Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”

Following the ceremony, some protesters took to the streets in Washington, smashing windows of businesses and denouncing capitalism and the new president.

Police in riot gear dispersed them using pepper spray.

More than 200 arrests were made and six officers were hurt. At least one vehicle was set on fire, police said.

Source: BBC

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AFCON 2017: Algerian to officiate Ghana-Mali clash

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Algerian referee

Mehdi Abid (middle) will be assisted by Algeria’s Abdelhak Etchali and Mozambique’s Chadreque Marengula

Algeria’s Mehdi Abid Charef will be the knight of the whistle on Saturday when Ghana take on West African neighbours Mali in Group D of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars need a win to book a place in the next round of the tournament. The match kicks off at 1600GMT at the Stade de Port-Gentil in Gabon.

The Algerian will be assisted by compatriot Abdelhak Etchiali and Mozambican Chadreque Marengula.

The 36-year-old referee was at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and officiated Cote d’Ivoire’s 1-1 draw with Guinea.

Saturday’s game will be his first at the 2017 edition.

Meanwhile, Senegal’s Malang Diedhiou will officiate the second game of the day between Egypt and Uganda.

Both sides are hoping to win to stand a chance of making it out of the group.

While Egypt drew on the first day, Uganda lost to Ghana and, so, will be the hungrier of the two.

A loss will see them out of the tournament, which they are returning to after 39 years of absence.

Group D


By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana


Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh says he will step down

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 Mr Jammeh had said there were irregularities in the presidential election

Mr Jammeh had said there were irregularities in the presidential election

The Gambia’s long-term leader Yahya Jammeh says he will step down, after refusing to accept defeat in elections.

In an announcement on state TV, he said it was “not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed”.

The statement followed hours of talks between Mr Jammeh and West African mediators. He gave no details of what deal might have been struck.

Mr Jammeh has led the country for 22 years but was defeated in December’s election by Adama Barrow.

Mr Barrow has been in neighbouring Senegal for days and was inaugurated as president in the Gambian embassy there on Thursday.

Troops from several West African nations, including Senegal, have been deployed in The Gambia, threatening to drive Mr Jammeh out of office if he did not agree to go.

 The new president, Adama Barrow, was sworn in in Senegal on Thursday

The new president, Adama Barrow, was sworn in in Senegal on Thursday

Mr Jammeh’s decision to quit came after talks with the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania.

“I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation with infinite gratitude to all Gambians,” he said.

“I promise before Allah and the entire nation that all the issues we currently face will be resolved peacefully.”

Shortly before the TV address, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said that a deal had been struck and that Mr Jammeh would leave the country. He gave no further details.

Mr Jammeh was given an ultimatum to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed troops, which expired at 16:00 GMT on Friday.

The deadline was set by the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), a regional grouping backed by the United Nations.

The first signs of a breakthrough came on Friday when a senior aide to the new president told the BBC’s Umaru Fofana that Mr Jammeh had agreed to step down.

Mr Jammeh had at first accepted defeat in the election but then reversed his position and said he would not step down.

He declared a 90-day state of emergency, blaming irregularities in the electoral process.

The electoral commission accepted that some of its early results had contained errors but said they would not have affected Mr Barrow’s win.

Mr Jammeh had vowed to stay in office until new elections were held.

Source: BBC

Bony with the flying header for the Elephants

AFCON 2017: Champions held again as Morocco win big on Day 7

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Bony with the flying header for the Elephants

Bony with the flying header for the Elephants

African champions La Cote d’Ivoire had to come from behind twice on Friday to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in Group C’s second round of matches at the ongoing Cup of Nations.

Fulham’s Neeskens Kebano had opened the scoring at the Stade d’Oyem for the Leopards under 10 minutes but Stoke City striker Wilfried Bony headed home an equaliser a few minutes later.

But the Congolese went ahead again before the break. Astana’s Junior Kabananga gave them the lead for the second time in the game.

It took Captain Serey Dié, the eventual Man of the Match, to secure another point for the Elephants. They had drawn 0-0 with Togo in their first game.

In the second group game of the day, Morocco recovered from their Day 1 defeat to beat the Hawks of Togo 3-1.

Coincidentally, they recovered from a Mathieu Dossevi goal to win the match, moving them 2nd in the group.

Hervé Renard’s side will next come against the side he led to the trophy two years ago.

The Atlas Lions will need at least a draw in that match against Ivory Coast to stand a chance of making it to the knockout round.

Group C

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By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana