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Brazil: Footballer Pele’s son Edinho in jail over drug trafficking charges

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Both Pele (left) and Edinho (right) played for Santos Football Club during most of their careers

The son of Brazil’s footballing legend, Pele, has handed himself in to complete his sentence for money laundering and drug trafficking.

Edinho, a former professional goalkeeper, was first arrested in 2005 over the charges, but appealed.

He remained free during the appeal but was sentenced in 2014 to 33 years.

The court has reduced that sentence to 12 years and 10 months, but ruled that he must be imprisoned while he appeals. Edinho denies all the charges.

As he arrived at a police station in the city of Santos, he said there was not a shred of evidence against him.

“I’m frustrated because I’m being massacred by the legal system,” he said.

“I never had any involvement with money laundering.”

Four other people have also been sentenced in the same case, including a man accused of controlling much of the drug trafficking in the Greater Santos region – Ronaldo Duarte Barsotti, known as Naldinho.

‘Justice will be done’

Edinho, whose real name is Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, admits that he once had a drug problem but says he has been clean for many years.

He played as goalkeeper in the 1990s for Santos, where his father spent all his professional career in Brazil.

He had been working as a manager of a small club in the state of Sao Paulo.

Pele, or Edson Arantes do Nascimento, retired in 1974, but made a comeback a year later for New York Cosmos.

Playing for Brazil, he won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and was acclaimed as the greatest footballer of his generation.

Edinho was five when Pele was signed to play for Cosmos and the family moved to New York. He is now 46.

When he returned to Brazil he decided to pursue a career in professional football – as a goalkeeper, much to his father’s surprise.

He was Santos’s goalkeeper in 1995 when the team reached the Brazilian league final, losing the title to Botafogo.

His detention and alleged involvement with drug gangs took most people in Brazil by surprise.

Pele, who is now 76, went to visit his son several times in jail.

“God willing, justice will be done. There is not a shred of evidence against my son,” he said in 2006.

Source: BBC

Interest in vacant Ghana job soars

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Glenn Hoddle, Harry Redknapp, and Zico are some of the names being linked with the Black Stars coaching job which gets grander by the day.

Officially, Ghana is not looking for a new coach. Unofficially, the Ghana Football Association is looking and many coaches around the world are leaking their interests through intermediaries to ensure that when the process becomes official, they will be there and about in the mix.

As the GFA considers its next step, the communication and PR machinery of many coaches are in full gear. Former French international Willy Sagnol claimed he was in advanced talks to replace Avram Grant. The GFA called that false.

Uganda coach Milutin Sreidojevic is considered firm favourite. Now media reports claim former England boss Glenn Hoddle is interested. An intermediary for former Tettenham manager Harry Redknap also claims he would be happy to become Ghana coach because he ‘feels he can win something’ with the Black Stars.

Brazil legend Zico has also been mentioned as a possible candidate.

Sports journalist Michael Oti Adjei says there are likely to be many more big names mentioned without much substance to it until a substantive boss is named.

Meanwhile, Gerrard Nus, who was one of Avram Grant’s assistant during the 2015 and 2017 tournaments says he feels he can fill the void created by his former boss.

“I don’t feel I should apply for the job because here everyone knows me and what I can do’, he said. I assisted Grant in reaching two Nations Cups, we reached one final which was great. In that sense, I know this Ghana team well and understand African football so I am ready to coach here or anywhere on the continent,” he told TV3.

The GFA has been silent on the process since Grant left. Ghana has no competitive game until June this year when the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers begin and the football association is confident it has enough time to be able to make a sound choice.

By TV3 Sports Desk|3news.com|Ghana

Grant’s backroom staff cry out over unpaid AFCON 2017 wages

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While Avram Grant has packed his bags and left Ghana as coach for the Black Stars, two of the backroom staff he employed during that period are still locked in a battle to get paid as Ghana racks up more bills on them.

The Ghana Football Association and the Ministry of Youth and Sports are still grappling with the fallout from that departure

Gerrard Nus, a Spaniard who worked as video analyst for Grant and Jamie Lawrence who was his physical trainer during the 2015 and 2017 Nations Cups are having a hard time getting paid.

They have remained at the Alisa Hotel at the expense of the Ghana Football Association, working the phones without any success. Nus and Lawrence were engaged by the Ghana Football Association on the recommendation of Grant to boost his backroom staff for the 2017 Nations Cup.

Nus says they have been told the Ministry of Youth and Sports will be responsible for their payment and says he simply wants to be paid like everyone else so he can return to base in Spain where he is assistant technical director at Rayo Vallecano.

“Well the situation is that, like any worker in the world you expect to get paid when you do a job. At this moment, we are now heading to the third week after AFCON when we arrived from Gabon to Accra.

I am confident that the GFA and the ministry are doing all they can to settle this bonus issue that at this point has not been sorted out yet. I have not been paid as we agreed and all I am doing is just to stay because I am looked forward to sort it out.

I am sure they will do it and I am sure all the nice people involved in this process are fighting to get it done.” Nus said in an exclusive interview with TV3’S Nana Kojo Afreh

Grant, his players and other members of the team have all left to their respective bases so there is an assumption that they have received their monies after the work done at AFCON 2017.

Nus who is still at the Alisa Hotel in Accra awaiting payment of his money says “ I understand that I am not the only one in this state. Avram told me he still has some issues he needs to sort out basically that he has not received all that he is supposed to receive from the GFA.

I have been told that with the new minister, there is a process and that everyone needs some time to get in line. I have also been told that the budget of the GFA comes from the Ministry so I am waiting. They have given me so many possibilities of which I can get the money and I am just waiting for them to sort it out” he added.

By TV3 Sports Desk|3news.com|Ghana

4 talking points as GPL builds up steam; Phobians the draw kings, same old Olympics

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The early signs for the Ghana Premier League are promising and on Wednesday, the league served even more drama, plenty goals and talking points. Here are the four main talking points from the day’s action. 

Kotoko and Aduana set for another battle

Aduana Stars have become regulars at battling for the league title since their shock triumph in 2010 and despite losing the one man goal machine that was Yahaya Mohammed, it seems obvious that they would have a lot to say in this year’s race.

Their 4-0 demolition of Bolga All Stars was emphatic and they would have been particularly pleased with the fact that the goals were spread among four players (Mumuni Zakaria, Nathaniel Asamoah, Noah Martey and Tanko Ibrahim).

The performance leaves them with a 100% record in the league so far; nine points from three games, six goals scored and none conceded.

The only side that has managed to keep up to them is Asante Kotoko and even they are two points behind.

The Porcupine Warriors have left it late in their two home games and needed penalties on both occasions to win but they have seven points and look like sticking around for long after Abeiku Ainooson’s effort gave them all three points in Kumasi against Bechem United.

Same old Olympics, different day

At half time, Accra Great Olympics were flying and the famous accolades was dominating social media. But after the break, Olympics resorted to type, allowing new boys Elmina Sharks to claw back the two goal deficit and earn a point at against the Agosu boys.

If there is one thing we have learned about Great Olympics, it is that they would blow hot and cold always. But even though would hope Abel Manoney does not stick to type after his brace for them against Sharks. They desperately need a goal scoring striker for what would be a long season.

Hearts are still draw kings

Last season, Hearts of Oak had to endure a lot of taunts about how they could only draw games. This season, it has been pretty much the same story. When Hearts took an early lead in Cape Coast, the hope of many Phobians would have been that they would hold on.

Instead they were pegged back. If Scotsman Frank Nuttal was in any doubt about what he needs to do urgently with the Phobians, then he knows now; they need to be shutting out games or risk getting left behind by the leading pack.

Home advantage no guarantee for wins again

There was a time when a home game often meant wins. These days, it is no longer the case. True, many of the home sides won and some by big margins but increasingly, the games in the Ghana Premier League are getting tighter than ever.

Olympics lost a two goal advantage at home, Tema Youth could not shut out theirs and Kotoko laboured before making it count.  In Tarkwa, Inter Allies came back from a goal down to draw with Medeama. There were no away wins but four of the seven games ended in draws.

Maybe the theory that the home team always wins in the Ghana Premier League is not cast in stone.

 By TV3 Sports Desk|3news.com|Ghana

Essien eyes Croatian club

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Former Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien, is in talks with Croatian club HNK Rijeka over a possible move.

The 34-year-old is in advanced talks with the European club as he seeks to resurrect his career.

Essien has been a free agent since he was released by Greek giants Panathinaikos.

The Ghana international is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the Greens after he filed a case earlier this month for €651,000 as severance package.

Panathinaikos’ lawyer, John Carmona, however, claimed he was blackmailing the club saying: “He [Essien] came here, he left and he is blackmailing us at the moment. Of the 45 games, he could only play 17.”

Injuries hindered his opportunities in Greece, but it appears he has now found a new club in Croatian league leaders Rijeka, who are six points ahead of second placed Dinamo Zagreb.

Essien won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League trophy in his eight season spell with Chelsea.

He previously played for Lyon, AC Milan and Real Madrid.

By 3news.com|Ghana

Conquerors triumph again in Ghana Rugby Championship

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Conquerors SC from Accra successfully defended their 2015/16 crown in the 2016/17 Ghana Rugby Club Championship when they beat old rivals Cosmos Buffalos by 24 to 3 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday 18 February 2017.

The conquering team scored four tries and converted two while the runners up, Cosmos Buffalos, was only able to convert one penalty kick. The tries for Conquerors were scored by Jalilu Yusif, Theophilus Opai, Aminu Nasiru and Jason Dzata while Rabiu Mohammed converted two of the four tries.

In a post match interview Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby, said that he was satisfied with the progress in the quality of Rugby played since last year’s GRCC Tournament.

“Rugby has come a long way since my Administration took over in June 2014 and, although there will always be room for improvement, I am satisfied that the development of our senior men’s 15s teams have seen dramatic improvements,” Mensah said.

The head coach of the winning team, Mr Lovemore Kuzorera, said that he promised before the match that the Conquerors will go full out to win and retain the Rugby Championship and that they indeed did that.

Mr Kuzorera continued to say, “We made too many very basic mistakes and conceded too many penalties and the win gives no reason for complacency. My congratulations go to the Buffalos team who was a tough and worthy opponent on the day.”

The losing team’s head coach, Mr Amuzuloh Salim, said that the loss was a big disappointment to him and his team but assured they will be back in 2017/18 with a better and better prepared squad to regain old glories.

Mr. Omar Shariff Captan, PRO and Board Member of the Greater Accra Rugby Association, expressed his wishes that everybody will seriously look at the safety aspects of Rugby in line with the new emphasis placed on that aspect of Rugby by the governing body, World Rugby.

In the 3rd Place Playoffs Griffons RFC from Cape Coast managed to beat Lions RFC by 42 points to 0 to take hold of the bronze medals.

The event was also enhanced with a sevens match between both a ladies and a youth team before the finals in the afternoon.

Mr Mensah also mentioned that Ghana Rugby’s application to become a Full Member of World Rugby is currently in the process of review and, should the application be successful, that it will help the development of Rugby in Ghana tremendously.

He also announced that the bid to host the World Rugby Africa Cup 1D – West 1 tournament between Benin, Ghana and Mali towards the end of April 2017 has been successful.

Mr Mensah reiterated that a successful hosting will have many benefits for Ghana, Ghana Rugby and corporate and other sponsors.

“It will provide an opportunity to showcase Ghana as the true beacon in Africa and to exceed global expectations in terms of Ghana as a progressive and extremely hospitable country with world-class people, abilities and facilities to host an international tournament of this nature as good, if not better, as anyone else can,” he said.

Mensah continued to say, “This World Rugby tournament provides an ideal opportunity for corporate and other sponsors and supporters to not only showcase their brands and products or services in Ghana, but to the whole West African Community and indeed to the world at large.”

He also said that, In order to reap these benefits, Ghana Rugby will need the support of Ghana – both government and corporate – in the form of both financial contributions, sponsorships and in-kind contributions.

eVerpure, a major water manufacturer and distributor in Ghana, sponsored the water for the Rugby Club Championship finals and Mr. Mensah expressed his gratitude for their support.

According to a spokesperson for eVerpure the company is in discussions for possible further involvement with Rugby in Ghana and details on that will be made known in due course.

Rugby Union is the second biggest sport in the world after football. The Rugby World Cup in 2015 enjoyed a global audience of 120 million plus viewers and more than 6.6 million players across 120 countries participate in rugby on a regular basis.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Bechem Utd knocked out of Caf Confed Cup by MC Algers

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Ghana Premier League side Bechem United have been eliminated from the 2017 Caf Confederation Cup qualifiers.

The Hunters were beaten 4-1 at the July 5 Stadium in Algiers by MC Alger, who qualify on a 5-3 aggregate.

The Ghanaian side had beaten the Algerians 2-1 in the first leg of the preliminary round played at the Accra Sports Stadium.

That match was the first continental outing for the Brong Ahafo Region club, who had made it to represent Ghana after winning the 2016 FA Cup.

Two goals from Abdulrahman Hachoud and one each from Mohamed Segeur and Zakaria Mansouri ensured that MCA overturned the first leg defeat.

Ahmed Toure got the consolation for Bechem United.

MCA will play Renaissance du Congo of DR Congo next in first round qualifiers.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Ghana FA delegation visits Baba Rahman in Germany

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A high-powered two-man delegation from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has visited injured Black Stars defender Baba Abdul-Rahman in Germany.

The delegation, led by the federation’s vice-president George Afriyie, arrived in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday morning to check on the Schalke player’s injury recovery.

Rahman, who suffered a knee injury while playing for Ghana at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, received the delegation at his home near Dusseldorf.

Afriyie, who was accompanied by follow Emergency Committee member Kweku Eyiah, also conveyed best wishes message from the Executive Committee of the GFA, Black Stars Management Committee and the entire football fraternity of Ghana.

The delegation was delighted with the progress of Rahman who is recovering after undergoing surgery over the injury he suffered in the game against Uganda.

“We are happy to see that there’s been continued improvement since Baba had the surgery,” Afriyie told Ghanafa.org.

“Where he is today, with regards to when he suffered the injury, is huge. We have to thank everybody particularly the Schalke medical staff for their care.

“Baba was also grateful for the support he has had from the GFA and we assured him that we will continue to support him to get back on his feet stronger.”

The left-back’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign ended prematurely due to the knee injury he sustained during Ghana’s opening 1-0 win over Uganda.

He twisted his knee and left the field on a stretcher in the first-half of the Group D clash and he is confident he will return stronger.

“I have some months ahead of me to return to full fitness and I am sure I will get there,” Baba told the delegation from the GFA.

“The kind messages and support I have received from the GFA and my Black Stars team-mates have been a great source of strength and energy for me.

“Let me thank the GFA and my team-mates for the support I have received since suffering the injury.

“Ghanaians and many have also used social media to tell me of their prayers and support for me to recover fully. Let me thank all of them for their kind gesture.”

The 22-year-old left-back returned to his German club Schalke during the tournament in Gabon to undergo surgery over the bruised meniscus.

Source: Ghana FA

Sports writer eats own paper after losing bet

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Mr Fedorenkov told the assembled media that he made the promise in February 2016, and was eating an issue from that month

A sports editor in Belarus has kept a promise to eat his own newspaper after incorrectly predicting the fortunes of a local ice hockey team.

Vyacheslav Fedorenkov, who writes for the major Belarusian sports paper Pressball, had said that Dinamo Minsk wouldn’t make it to the play-offs in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), an international league dominated by Russian teams. But the team proved him wrong, leaving Mr Fedorenkov to eat his words.

He arrived at Minsk Arena’s press centre with a copy of the paper, a bowl of soup to make it more palatable and a can of fizzy pop, the Naviny.by website reports. Unfortunately he was a bit short on soup, so only managed to eat half of the pages.

Mr Fedorenkov was in good spirits despite his unappetising meal, jokingly telling reporters: “I would do anything for my favourite team”. But he added that he would think twice before making any similar commitments in the future. “I will be frank with you lads,” he said. “Don’t joke like this and don’t make such promises, because they are pretty difficult to deliver.”

The was no pressure on the journalist from Dinamo Minsk, but team coach Craig Woodcroft was still impressed with the effort, telling Naviny.by: “I will remember his deed every time I enter this room.”

Source: BBC

I will manage next season – Wenger

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Arsene Wenger says he will definitely be managing next season, whether at Arsenal “or somewhere else”.

Wenger, 67, was speaking at the end of one of the most turbulent weeks of his two-decade tenure as Gunners boss.

After Wednesday’s 5-1 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich, several ex-players said they believed his time in charge was coming to an end.

The Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of this season and he said he would decide on a new deal in March or April.

“No matter what happens I will manage for another season. Whether it’s here or somewhere else, that is for sure,” Wenger said on Friday.

“If I said March or April it is because I didn’t know. I do not want to come back on that.

“I am used to the criticism. I think in life it’s important to do what you think is right and all the rest is judgement. I am in a public job and I have to accept that, but I have to behave with my values.”

Wenger’s main quotes

Wenger, who has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996, said: “We let everyone judge and criticise, we have to deal with that. We have to bounce back, that is what life is about.

“Even if I go, Arsenal will not win every single game in the future. It is not like before I arrived Arsenal had won five times in the European Cup.

“What is important is that the club makes the right decision for the future. I care about this club and its future and it is very important the club is in safe hands.

“The main emotion is everyone has a big disappointment. We have to regroup and refocus on the next game, and to take care of the consequences a disappointing result can have on everyone’s spirit.

“We have to focus on the real problems and they are the way we play football, not my future.

“It is always important not to look for wrong excuses in life.”

Wenger’s ‘lowest point’?

Arsenal have not won the Premier League since 2004, with FA Cups in 2005, 2014 and 2015 the only major silverware Wenger has secured since.

However, he has consistently qualified for the lucrative Champions League and the club has continued to grow financially, despite the pressures of building a new stadium.

The Gunners reached the knockout stage of Europe’s elite club competition for a 14th year in a row this season, but the last-16 first-leg thrashing at German champions Bayern leaves them with little hope of progressing.

The performance, coupled with earlier damaging league defeats by Chelsea and Watford, prompted several former Arsenal players – some of whom played under Wenger – to suggest his time was up.

Former Gunners captain Martin Keown described the defeat as Wenger’s “lowest point”, while ex-defender Lee Dixon said: “This team is getting no response from him. I’ve never seen him like that.”

In the Premier League, they are 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea. After the Blues beat them 3-1 on 4 February, ex-England defender Danny Mills said Arsenal “have settled for fourth again”.

Earlier, former striker Ian Wright, who scored 185 goals for the club between 1991 and 1998, said he believed Wenger’s time as Arsenal boss was “coming to the end”, although the Frenchman later denied giving any indication of his future plans

Source: BBC