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Oversight officials of the Ghana Rugby Board elections: Mr Ignatius Elletey⁠ (Ghana National Sports Authority) and Mr Marcellin Zahui (Rugby Afrique) with newly elected President and Chairman of the Board, Mr Herbert M

Ghana Rugby inaugurates Officers and Board

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Some newly elected Ghana Rugby Board, from left to right: Bismark Amponsah, Kobina Nyarko, Abdul-Aziz Issah, Herbert Mensah, Mr James Nunoo Mensah, Mr Michael Ako Wilson.

Some newly elected Ghana Rugby Board, from left to right: Bismark Amponsah, Kobina Nyarko, Abdul-Aziz Issah, Herbert Mensah, Mr James Nunoo Mensah, Mr Michael Ako Wilson.

The Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) has inaugurated a new Board and Officers in Accra on Monday 25 September 2017 following the adoption of a new Constitution on 17 July 2017 at its Annual General Meeting held in Accra.

The new Constitution was adopted to bring the governance structures of the GRFU in line with best practice governance whereby the role of the Board as strategic management organ is divorced from the operational administration of the Union.

Mr Herbert Mensah, was re-elected as President of the GRFU unopposed and was also elected as a Board Member. The newly elected Board subsequently appointed him as Chairman.

The other nominated Board Members who were elected include Mr Abdul-Aziz Issah, Mr Bismark Amponsah, Mr James Nunoo Mensah, Mr Kobina Nyarko, Mr Rian Malan (South Africa) and Mr Steve Noi.

In addition to the six elected Board Members, a Ghana Rugby Union Players Association (GRUPA) representative, Mr Michael Ako Wilson, was also elected uncontested to the newly formed Board.

The Board, at a special meeting after the elections, appointed Ms Rafatu Inusah to the Board as Women’s Representative.

The election of the Officers and Board was overseen by a Board representative of Rugby Afrique, Mr Marcellin Zahui, as well as by the National Sports Authority of Ghana.

Also present at the occasion was a film crew from World Rugby, who landed in Accra on Sunday night to compile features on Ghana Rugby for World Rugby TV.

The GRFU Constitution also provides for the appointment of four independent Directors. The newly elected Board will be responsible for identifying suitable candidates and for inviting them to apply for the positions.

Oversight officials of the Ghana Rugby Board elections: Mr Ignatius Elletey⁠ (Ghana National Sports Authority) and Mr Marcellin Zahui (Rugby Afrique) with newly elected President and Chairman of the Board, Mr Herbert M

Oversight officials of the Ghana Rugby Board elections: Mr Ignatius Elletey⁠ (Ghana National Sports Authority) and Mr Marcellin Zahui (Rugby Afrique) with newly elected President and Chairman of the Board, Mr Herbert M

According to Mr Herbert Mensah, now President and Chairman of the GRFU, the change in governance comes at a time when Ghana Rugby has managed to obtain Full Membership of World Rugby in an unprecedented time of fewer than three years since his previous administration took over the reins on 5 June 2014.

“The challenges Ghana Rugby are facing have changed dramatically since becoming full members of World Rugby as that has opened the doors for Ghana Rugby to enter the global stage of the Game. To meet these enormous challenges investments will be required regarding increasing the performance levels of our national teams,” Mensah said.

Mensah continued to say that the future of Ghana Rugby is still very much dependent on rolling out the grassroots youth development plans nationally, but that the need for increased participation in international match opportunities for the national teams will add enormous new pressure on the GRFU.

According to Mensah, “The new Ghana Rugby Board will have to guide the Union strategically to ensure the necessary resourcing while putting solid operational structures in place. Running a national federation is not dissimilar to running any big corporate body, and the Board will have its work cut out for them and for the operational units that they will put in place.”

About Ghana Rugby

Ghana Rugby is the official full member of both World Rugby and Rugby Afrique in Ghana-West Africa and is charged with the management and development of the game Rugby Union in the country.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Ghana consider CHAN 2018 host bid

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Ghana is considering a bid for the 2018 Championship of Africa Nations after Kenya were stripped of the hosting rights for the event.

Deputy Sports Minister Pious Hadzide told TV3 Sports that they are looking into the possibly of putting in a bid before the deadline of October 1st.

Ghanaian sports authorities are confident the country can put up a real show after hosting the 16 team West Africa Football Union Championship in Cape Coast and Elmina.

CHAN, another 16-team competition for home based players will require more stadiums, training pitches and hotels and basically more infrastructure.

Ghana is already billed to host the 2018 Africa Women Championship next year.

Ghana is proud of you – Nana Addo to Black Stars B

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has congratulated the Black Stars B team for annexing the 2017 West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup.

The locally based Black Stars beat their counterparts from Nigeria 4-1 in the final at the Cape Coast Stadium to emerge winners.

While two-goal hero on Sunday won the Golden Boot of the tournament, skipper Isaac Twum was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) with Nigeria’s goalie Izenwa Ikechukwu winning the Golden Goves.

After his return from the United States of America, from the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, President Akufo-Addo took to Twitter to congratulate the side.

Earlier in the day, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia had also congratulated the team.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

Federer & Nadal win as doubles partners

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal each won two of the four Grand Slams this year

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played as doubles partners for the first time on the second day of the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague.

Swiss Federer and Spaniard Nadal, who have won a combined 35 Grand Slam titles, are part of a Europe side playing a World team over three days.

They beat Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock 6-4 1-6 10-5 to give Team Europe a 9-3 lead.

The winner is the first to 13 points, with 12 points available on Sunday.

“We will always be rivals as long as we are active. And after this we will be rivals again,” said Federer. “But this was something very special. Knowing you can trust him in the big moments, seeing his decision-making, seeing his thought process, it was very interesting.”

Nadal called the experience “unforgettable” adding: “To have the possibility to have Roger next to me is a huge privilege… something I wanted to make happen at some point and today I made it happen.”

Team Europe’s players include world number four Alexander Zverev and seventh-ranked Dominic Thiem, while Nick Kyrgios and Denis Shapovalov, who impressed at the US Open, have represented Team World.

None of the matches played are part of the ATP Tour but they have attracted healthy crowds in the Czech capital.

Nadal won his Davis Cup doubles match for Spain this year, but it is the first time Federer has played doubles since 2015

Source: BBC

Kenya stripped of CHAN 2018 hosting rights

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The last African Nations Championship was successfully staged in Rwanda and won DRC

Kenya has been stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) following a Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee meeting in Accra.

The decision was announced at a media conference after a one-day meeting headed by Caf’s president Ahmad.

Caf announced that the decision to move the tournament was made “in light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country.”

The 16-team tournament for locally-based players only, is scheduled to take place between 12 January and 4 February 2018.

A Caf inspection team visited Kenya from 11 to 17 September 2017 and found that only one of the four venues was ready to stage the event.

Some Caf officials in Accra also expressed concern about the political situation in Kenya, where recently annulled presidential elections are set to be re-run next month.

It is the second time Kenya has lost the right to stage an African football competition after being replaced by South Africa as 1996 Africa Cup of Nations hosts.

Kenya would have been the second successive east African country to stage the CHAN after Rwanda in 2016.

There has been media speculation that Morocco or South Africa may replace Kenya, though Caf say a bidding process for new hosts will be opened immediately.

In other Caf decisions on Saturday, they announced that for now, Cameroon remain as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, though the organising committee must organise for an audit firm to carry out an inspection mission of the country’s infrastructure.

Caf also announced that Egypt have replaced Zambia as hosts of the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, which doubles as qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Zambia withdrew as hosts of the eight-nation competition on financial grounds.

Source: BBC

Asomdwee Ne Bohye Ministries march to keep fit

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The health walk was staged amid drumming and dancing

Members of Asomdwee Ne Bohye Ministries on Thursday embarked on a walk in an effort to keep fit.

Themed ‘Keeping Fit For Christ’, members walked over 4kilometers from Ritz Junction on the Accra-Aburi highway to Ablor-Adjei, where the central branch is located.

Amidst drumming and dancing, the walk attracted onlookers, some of whom joined in the procession to kick-start the Founder’s Day holiday.

After the almost 2-hour fitness walk, members gathered at the church auditorium for a quiz contest with questions drawn from the history of the church.

Members were also exhorted by founder and spiritual leader, Prophetess Cecilia Akua Awuraa.

Elders, deacons and deaconess also joined in the exercise.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

Ghana Premier League returns October 4

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Aduana Stars are the current league leaders

The Ghana Premier League returns on Wednesday October 4, after the Ghana 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations.

The Premier League has been on a nearly month break since the 26th week fixture to pave way for the West Africa sub-regional tournament, which is being held in Cape Coast.

The tournament will come to an end this Sunday, and the league will resume with the 27th week fixtures.

The match of the week will be the potentially title decider between Aduana Stars and WAFA in Dormaa Ahenkro.

Aduana lead WAFA on top of the table by just a point, and the winner of this match, without doubt, will take a giant step towards the title.

Title hopefuls, Accra Hearts, who still have a mathematical chance of winning the league, will travel to Wa to face All Stars, while Asante Kotoko will welcome Ashantigold in Obuasi.

In other games Dwarfs will host Inter Allies in Cape Coast, Chelsea versus Bechem United in Bechem, Tema Youth versus Elmina Sharks and Medeama versus Liberty Professionals in Tarkwa.

Source: GFA

Sports dev’t high on govt’s agenda – Vice President Bawumia

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The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has reiterated government’s commitment to the development of sports in the country, especially women’s football.

Dr Bawumia gave the assurance when he welcomed a delegation from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) led by Dr. Ahmad Ahmad to the Flagstaff House, Accra on Friday.

The CAF Executive Committee is in Ghana to deliberate on pressing football matters concerning Africa.

The Vice President congratulated the CAF President, Dr. Ahmad on his election as the confederation head, and assured CAF of government’s continued support as it seeks to develop the sport in the continent.

“Government will do all it can to support the development of sports, since sports is a passion of the nation. We live and breathe sports” he noted.

Ghana is to host the 2018 African Women’s Championship, and Dr Bawumia assured the Ministry of Youth and Sports and CAF partnering stakeholders of a successful tournament.

“We are privileged to be host of 2018 African Women’s Championship. It is great news and coincidentally, since our President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the African Union Gender Champion, we will do everything to ensure a great and memorable tournament” Dr. Bawumia indicated.

The CAF President, Dr Ahmad, thanked Dr. Bawumia and the people of Ghana for the warm hospitality accorded his delegation since they arrived in the country.

Dr. Ahmad again appreciated the support the government of Ghana gives to the football fraternity, especially the conducive environment afforded stakeholders in the sport.

He also praised the President of Ghana for his “splendid” maiden speech at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The delegation used the visit to invite the Vice President of Ghana to the grand finale of the West African Football Union (WAFU) tournament being played at Cape Coast between Ghana and Nigeria.

Present at the ceremony were Messrs Kwesi Nyantakyi; Ghana Football Association President and 1st Vice President of CAF; Constant Omari; 2nd Vice President of CAF, Hon. Isaac Asiamah; Minister for Youth and Sports and some GFA officials.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

2017 WAFU: Maxwell Konadu claims tactical superiority in Niger win

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Maxwell Konadu

Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu claims his superior tactics culminated in the 2-0 win over Niger on Thursday night to reach the final of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars B had the Menas in check for the entire duration and scored a goal in each half to set up a final clash with rivals Nigeria on Sunday.

After 31 minutes, striker Kwame Kizito powerfully headed home a corner-kick from six-yards to open the scoring.

Striker Stephen Sarfo then turned in a low right wing cross from Samuel Safro at close range on 79 minutes.

”It was a tactical game that we needed to be more patient and we were patient enough,” said Konadu.

”We started the build up gradually and we were very sure that we were going to make it but our opponent came out strongly.

”We knew that they were very good on the ball but we kept our shape till the very last minute of the game.

”I think that helped us to win the game today. We were very very tactful.”

Source: Ghanasoccernet

Ghana name final squad for FIFA U-17 World Cup

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The Black Starlets play hosts India, Colombia and USA in Group A

Ghana U-17 coach Paa Kwesi Fabin has named his strong final 21-man squad for the FIFA U17 World Cup to be held in India next month.

The Black Starlets boss named his final squad on Thursday morning just hours after playing Mali in a pre-World Cup friendly at their training base in Abu Dhabi.

The coach has strengthened his squad with seven new players who were not part of the squad that played at the U17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon.

This means seven players who were part of the team for the tournament in Gabon have been left out as the coach boosts his squad to challenge for the title in India.

All the key players who thrilled fans at the U17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament have been retained with goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad, striker Eric Ayiah and midfielders Gabriel Leveh and Ibrahim Sulley all maintaining their places.

Among the squad are seven players from Ghana Premier League clubs with the rest of players playing for lower tier sides.

Ghana, two-time champions at the FIFA  U-17 World Cup, are looking to end their 22-year trophy drought in a tricky group.

The Black Starlets are placed in Group A along with hosts India, Colombia and United States of America.

They will play their first group match against Colombia in the tournament opener on October 6 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

This will be Ghana’s ninth appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and are one of the favourities considering their performance in the CAF qualifiers.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ibrahim Danlad (Kotoko), Michael Acquaye (WAFA), Kwame Aziz (Mandela Soccer Academy)

Defenders: Najeeb Yakubu (New Town Youth), Gideon Mensah (Right to Dream), Bismark Terry Owusu(Mandela Soccer Academy), Edmund Arko-Mensah (Wa All Stars), Abdul Razak Yusif(Koforidua Youth), Gideon Acquah (Bofoakwa Tano), Rashid Alhassan (Aduana Stars), John Otu (Dreams FC)

Midfielders: Isaac Gyamfi (New Life FC), Gabriel Leveh (Tema Youth), Ibrahim Sulley (New Life FC), Mohammed Kudus (Right to Dream), Emmanuel Toku (Cheetah FC), Mohammed Iddriss  (Cheetah FC)

Strikers: Eric Ayiah (Charity Stars), Richard Danso (WAFA), Mohammed Aminu (WAFA), Ibrahim Sadiq (Right To Dream)

Source: GFA