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Arsenal beat Chelsea to win record 13th FA Cup

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Arsene Wenger secured his record seventh FA Cup final win as Arsenal produced a magnificent display to win a Wembley thriller against 10-man Chelsea.

Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in contentious fashion after only four minutes, when referee Anthony Taylor overruled his assistant after he had flagged for offside against Aaron Ramsey.

The Premier League champions also claimed Sanchez handled in the build-up. And their task became even harder when Victor Moses was correctly sent off by Taylor in the second half after receiving a second yellow card for diving.

Diego Costa revived Chelsea’s hopes of a repeat of their league and FA Cup double in 2010 when Arsenal keeper David Ospina failed to keep out his deflected shot with 14 minutes left.

Arsenal, outstanding throughout, refused to be denied and were back in front inside three minutes when Ramsey, who scored the FA Cup final winner against Hull City in 2014, did it again with a header from substitute Olivier Giroud’s cross.

Wenger pumped his fists in delight at the final whistle, as a season that has brought so much criticism for the 67-year-old ended in Wembley glory with a record 13th FA Cup win for the Gunners – and a record seventh for the Frenchman.

Source: BBC

GPL: Great Olympics begin 2nd round with 1-0 win over B. Chelsea

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Great Olympics had struggled in the League under player-coach Godwin Attram

Great Olympics began the second round of the Ghana Premier League strongly with a 1-0 win over Berekum Chelsea at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Substitute Coffie Bekoe hit the back of the net in the 66th minute to secure all the points for the Agorsu Boys on Saturday, May 27.

The Accra side had struggled in the first round but changed its managerial set up before the round ended.

With Tom Strand taking over from former player Godwin Attram, Olympics have improved significantly.

Strand had managed a 0-0 draw with Berekum Chelsea in the last game of the first round.

By the blast of referee Amorfa Sarkodie’s whistle to end proceedings at the Accra Sports Stadium, the 2010/2011 league champions were one man down too as Osei Bonsu received his second booking.

The win temporarily lifts Olympics out of the drop zone on the log above the likes of Liberty Professionals and Ashanti Gold ahead of Sunday’s fixtures.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

[Video] Floyd Mayweather Jnr announces Ghana visit on June 15

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Undisputed former world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jnr has announced that he will be in Ghana next month.

In a widely circulated video, the retired boxer says he will be in Ghana “the motherland” on June 15 & 16.

The former five-division champion paid his first visit to the African continent in 2014, when he travelled to South Africa for a tour.

He is expected to be in Ghana with The Money Team (TMT).

The itinerary of Mayweather was not revealed but he is expected to visit some tourist sites and meet dignitaries including sports personalities in the country.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Kotoko players wary about supporters’ crave for wins – Captain Amos Frimpong

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Asante Kotoko seem to have gotten a full house ahead of the second round of the 2016/2017 Ghana Premier League.

According to captain Amos Frimpong (AF), injury lay-offs contributed to the relatively poor showing in the first round.

All the injured players are back now, he told 3 Sports in an interview with Michael Oti Adjei (MA).

Find transcript of the interview below:

MA: Amos is there a lot of pressure on you guys?

AF: There is no pressure on us, it’s part of football, sometimes you win, sometimes you draw and sometimes you lose. The bad performance we had in the first round, we have kept it behind us. We are looking forward for the second round and we hope to do better.

MA: Is it a bit destabilizing for you players that you have had to go through with so many coaches already, three (3) in fact?

AF: The managers want the best for the team, for instance Coach Luga came and things didn’t go well for him and management decided to bring Coach Frimpong Manso. When he also came in, things weren’t so good for us. Now it’s Steve Pollack and with him I know with the experience he has, he will help us to do better in the second round as compared to the first round

MA: You mentioned 3 coaches now, some people think the problem is the players, and do you players feel you have the larger responsibility in fixing this challenge?

AF: Sometimes you play your best but your performance won’t show. In the first round, we had a couple of injury in our team. I can say that caused the team not to play the way we wanted to play. Coming into the second round most of the guys are around and we are praying for an injury free second round and I know with that we can do well.

MA: Do you players go out playing with the fear of almost losing because of the way people react?

AF: You know Kotoko is a result-oriented team and any time they want a win. Even in friendly matches, they demand results from us.  I think it’s part of the game they always want us to win. If we don’t win they put pressure on us. All the same we always have it in the back of our heads that we have to make them proud. If you win for them they will call you and give you sort of items. When the losses come, they will shout on you. I think it’s fairly normal. It’s part of the game and we are used to it. We know if we do better they will rather praise us.

Polack: Kotoko supporters have right to be angry but not abuse

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New coach for Asante Kotoko Steve Polack has already taken charge of the dressing room, preparing for his first major assignment on Sunday.

TV3’s Michael Oti Adjei caught up with him in a Q & A at the club’s training grounds.

Q. How massive a responsibility do you think switching it around will be?

A. First of all, I must say I love coming for it.  I love coming to work with a desire and passion. I give 110% in training and expect that from my players, I don’t take nonsense from my players, when we are working we are working and when we are having fun, we have fun. I just love the game of football, I have been in it since I was about 2 or 3 years old, and it’s in my blood, so every time I give 110%. I have seen a better change. I have been here for two weeks. Every training session is getting better and better. Players exhibit commitment, desire and passion at each moment.

Q. Do you think Kotoko will go back to the winning ways and climb up the table because ultimately that’s what every Kotoko fan want?

A. Yes Kotoko is a big club, if not the biggest club in Ghana. If you look at the titles they have won in the last couple of years. They had a bit of lapse in the last couple of years and hopefully I can help them get back to where they were in few years back. It is going to be difficult because it’s eleven points to the top but mathematically there is a chance, because it’s 45 points. We will play one match at a time and be positive in going in every match game to try and win it.

READ: Steven Polack confirmed new coach of Asante Kotoko

Q. This is the third club you are handling in Ghana, how does all this experience help in trying to solve this?

A. It is great because when I first came, thank you to Alhaji Grusah for bringing me here. I have a lot of respect for him, I always thank him, again and again because but for him I wouldn’t have been at Kotoko, but I did say that, 10 years ago that one day I will be here. It has come and its fun. I have grabbed it with both hands to show people what I can do. I know the task ahead and I have got experience. I think the players are buying into my principle, I know it’s going to take time. The last game we played we won one nil, it could have been more. The attitude was good and we are going to take that into the game on Sunday.

Q. You have lived in Kumasi for a while, having had knowledge about this club, does it make your job easier  or it piles up the pressure a bit more?

A. When I related with the supporters, I understood they pay a certain amount of money to watch the game which pays part of the players’ salaries. So I think as coaching staff we have the right to do the best we can on the day when we are playing. Sometimes our best may not be good enough. They have the right to be angry, they have a variety of opinions but I don’t necessarily like the abuse, that doesn’t work for me. First of all, it’s in Twi . I don’t understand in any way.  If you want to talk to me fine but you do not have to come to me and my players in an aggressive manner. The supporters must know I will give 110% everyday 24/7. I will make sure we work hard and hopefully we get the results we need.

Credit: Yaw Ofosu Larbi

Search for Ghana’s next football talent begins

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A leading sport betting company in Ghana, Betway, on Monday launched its talent search aimed at unearthing football talents in the country.

The thee-month project kicks off in July and ends in September with the age category ranging between 18years and 25 years.

The event witnessed the presence of several dignitaries including the Deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah, Assistant Coach of the Black Stars Maxwell Konadu and Communication Director of the Ghana Football Association Ibrahim Saanie Daara.

Kwabena Oppong Nkrumah in an interview with 3news.com stated that Betway was dedicated to developing football talents in the country.

“Betway is undertaking this project to show commitment to the people we are serving by giving opportunities to young talents in the country.

“This project is aimed at giving talented footballers the chance to exhibit what they have and gain opportunities to play for established football clubs.”

Former Black Stars skipper Appiah reiterated that Betway was committed to the project of unearthing future football talents in Ghana.

“I want to see the next Stephen Appiah’s, John Mensah’s, Asamoah Gyans and all the other great football guys and I am fully in support of this initiative.”

The project will see the Talent Search team sniff around the whole country to discover Ghana’s next football star.

By Nana Afrane Asante|3news.com|Ghana

Ronaldo faces possible tax fraud charges

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Cristiano Ronaldo is facing possible charges of tax fraud in Spain.

Prosecutors have passed a file to the country’s tax office, which will decide whether to press charges against the Portuguese Real Madrid striker.

Reports in Spain say Ronaldo, 32, is suspected of defrauding 15m euros (£13m) between 2011 and 2014.

In December, leaked documents suggested Ronaldo had avoided tax on income from image rights allegedly held in offshore accounts. He denied the claims.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was also implicated in those claims – published after an international consortium of journalists obtained a trove of about 18 million documents. He also denied the claims.

On Wednesday, Spain’s Supreme Court confirmed a 21-month jail term handed down last year to Lionel Messi – but the Barcelona and Argentina forward is unlikely to go to prison.

Messi and his father Jorge, who manages his finances, were both convicted in 2016 of defrauding Spain of 4.1m euros (£3.5m) in taxes.

Source: BBC

Akaminko returns to Black Stars as Kwesi Appiah names 30 for Afcon qualifier

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While Akaminko (R) returns after 3 years out, Kwadwo Asamoah (L) is yet to make a return

Coach Kwesi Appiah has announced a 30-man squad for Ghana’s upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Ethiopia.

Seven Ghana-based players have been handed call ups into the senior national team in Kwesi Appiah’s first major call up since he returned as head coach of the Black Stars.

Wa All Stars goalie Richard Ofori, Kotoko’s Felix Annan and Aduana’s Joseph Addo have all been named in the squad as well as Hearts of Oak midfielder Winful Cobinnah and Aduana defender Daniel Darkwah.

Liberty Professionals skipper Samuel Sarfo has also been handed a call up with Nicholas Opoku also named in the squad as coach Kwesi Appiah expects to use these matches to grant opportunities to new players to showcase their talents.

Defenders Rashid Sumaila and Jerry Akaminko have all returned to the side with Adam Kwarasey and Majeed Waris also named in the squad for next month’s games.

Also in the 30-man squad are new faces such as Lumor Agbenyenu, Isaac Sackey, Kingsley Sarfo and Thomas Agyepong.

The AFCON qualifier has been scheduled for Sunday June 11 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The team will travel two weeks later to the United States of America where the Black Stars will face Mexico in Houston, Texas on June 28 and USA in Connecticut on July 1.

The team is expected to assemble in Accra on next Monday to begin preparations for next month’s assignments.

Below is the 30-man squad:

Goalkeepers

Richard Ofori (Wa Allstars), Adam Kwarasey (Brondby, Denmark), Felix Annan (Kotoko), Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars)

Defenders

Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Lumor Agbenyenu (Munich 1860, Germany), Daniel Darkwah (Aduana Stars, Ghana), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumalia (Al Gharafa, Qatar), Nicholas Opoku  (B.Chelsea, Ghana), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA, Jerry Akaminko ( Eskiserhispor, Turkey), Samuel Sarfo (Liberty, Ghana)

Midfielders

Mohammed Abu (Columbus Crew, USA), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Ebenezer Ofori (Stuttgart, Germany), Kingsley Sarfo (Sirius, Sweden), Winful Cobbinah (Hearts of Oak), Yaw Yeboah (FC Twente, Holland),  Godsway Donyoh (Nordjaelland, Denmark), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland)

Attackers

Asamoah Gyan (Al Alhi, UAE),  Jordan Ayew (Swansea City, England),  Majeed Waris (Lorient FC, France), Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland)

Source: Ghanafa.org

Starlets to face defending champions Mali in U-17 Afcon

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Ghana failed to score against Mali’s neighbours in their final group game

Ghana’s Black Starlets will face the Eaglets of Mali in Sunday’s final of the 2017 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mali booked a ticket to their second consecutive final after beating Guinea 2-0 on penalties on Wednesday. The two neighbouring nations had played 0-0 in full regulation time.

Ghana had earlier beaten Niger 6-5 on penalties after also playing a goalless draw in full regulation time.

Though with two titles, the Starlets last played in the final 12 years ago in The Gambia, losing to the hosts in controversial fashion.

Their last title came in 1999.

The final to kick off at 5:30 Ghanaian time will be played at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville, Gabon.

A win for Ghana will make the nation the most successful in the history of the tournament.

Before that match, however, Niger and Guinea will battle out for Bronze.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

I haven’t felt this good in years – Tiger Woods says after 4th back operation

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Woods has not won a tournament since 2013 – and last won a major championship in 2008

Tiger Woods says he “hasn’t felt this good in years” after having a fourth operation on his back, but added he will not “hurry” to return to golf.

America’s 14-time major champion, 41, came back after 15 months out injured in December, but has not played since his back problems recurred in February.

Plans to compete at Augusta in April – on the 20th anniversary of his first Masters win – had to be abandoned.

“I want to play professional golf again but I’m not looking ahead,” he said.

“I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.”

Woods’ first return to competitive action came in December at the Hero World Challenge – an 18-man tournament in the Bahamas – and he finished 15th at the PGA Tour event.

He has not won a tournament anywhere since 2013, while his title drought in major championships dates back to 2008.

“It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel. It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years,” he wrote on his website.

“The long-term prognosis is positive. My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry.

“But I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.”

Source: BBC