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Mr Charles Opoku in a chat with some players and the team manager

Football

The Chief Executive Officer of  Division One Club, Amidaus Professionals Football Club, Charles Opoku believes the club will make a return to the top flight next season after two years in the wilderness.

According to Mr Opoku, the club was going through restructuring to make it more professional, as well as a businesslike entity.

Ghanaian football legend, Abedi "Pele" Ayew, says he is not interested in becoming the next president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) but will be keen to see a former footballer take over from Kwesi Nyantakyi after 2019.

According to the former Black Stars captain, the new order is for former footballers who are competent and capable to assume the mantle of leadership in the sport and he is strongly in support of that being replicated in Ghana when Mr Nyantakyi’s term ends in 2019.

Ashford Tettey Oku (2nd right) addressing the media at the unveiling ceremony. He is flanked by Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah (right), and Vincent Azan-Gbiok of Electroland Ghana.

Football

Electroland Ghana Limited, producers of NASCO Electronics, has signed a four-year deal with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to sponsor Man-of-the-Match, Player of the Month and Coach of the Month awards in the Ghana Premier League.

Mr Aliu Adjetey (2nd left) receiving the citation from Mr Hermann Hesse while other members look on

Football

TalkHeartsofOakSC, a vibrant digital support base of Accra Hearts of Oak, last Saturday presented GH¢1,500, assorted drinks worth GH¢500 and a citation to Mr Aliu Adjetey, aka Ozi Ozaa, for being the most successful and longest-serving physiotherapist of the club.

The presentation, which was done at the Nmaanmonaa Central Mosque, near the Ghana Post Office in Accra, brought together family and friends of the recipient, who has been suffering from mild stroke for the past two years.

Ace striker, Hans Kwofie, employed his experience to his advantage when with his back to the post, he made a quick turn to outwit his marker and fetch AshantiGold the leader after 18th minutes and ended up as the only player who coverted his spot kick during the penalty shootout.

Football

Kumasi-based Asokwa Deportivo, eliminated premiership side, AshantiGold, for the second time in two years at the Round of 64 stage of the MTN FA Cup after defeating them 3-1 on penalties at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi last Saturday.

Hearts’ Sam Yeboah trying to be in control as his Mirren marker, Osman Abdulai closes in

Football

Accra Hearts of Oak yesterday secured a vital 2-1 win against Division One side Sporting Mirren at the Accra Stadium to book their ticket to the Round of 32 of the 2016/2017 MTN FA Cup competition.

Incoming Black Stars coach, James Kwasi Appiah has held closed-door talks with President Nana Akufo-Addo. The meeting precedes Appiah's official announcement as coach of the senior national team.

Wisdon Na-Adrago

Sports News

Former All Africa Games doubles gold medalist, Wisdom Na-Adrago, survived a scare to progress to the next stage of the ongoing McDan West African Open tennis competition after a hard-fought 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Benin's Theophile Sedogo.

The clash between Na-Adrago, who won gold at the 2015 AAG in Congo Brazzaville and his Beninois opponent lasted a gruelling two hours and 25 minutes under the scorching sun at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Tomas Setodji

Sports News

Men's top seed Tomas Setodji has already decided how he will spend the $3,000 cash prize if he wins the 2017 McDan West African Open Championship.

The confident Togolese says he came to Ghana to win the competition and will leave no stone unturned in his bid to win the 2017 McDan Open Championsip because he will use the money to fund his career as a budding tennis prospect.

Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah (arrowed) in a group photograph with officials of Vivo Energy, Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko during the presentation

Sports News

There will be a whopping GH¢50,000 cash prize at stake for the winner when bitter rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante clash for the [email protected] President's Cup in May.

According to the organisers, the latest instalment of the longstanding rivalry between Ghana's most successful clubs will be held over two legs, on May 1 and May 28 at the Accra Sports Stadium and Kumasi Sports Stadium respectively.

Reverend E.D. Nikoi, the president of the Netball Association of Ghana (NAG) says lack of funds has seriously affected the progress of the sport in the country despite the promise it holds to make inroads at the international level.

According to Reverend Nikoi, who has headed the sport for over two decades, the national team has not been able to participate in international competitions because the association is not able to raise funds for that purpose and the support from government, the owner of the national team, has also not been forthcoming.

The "Ghana: 60 Years On" Planning Committee has announced a GH₵50,000 cash prize for the winner of a two-leg match involving rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

Initially, the two teams were expected to receive only GH₵50,000 each as appearance fees for the "Ghana: 60 Years On" President's Cup slated for May 1 and May 28 at the Accra Sports Stadium and Kumasi Sports Stadium respectively.

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Instructor Charles Owusu Ansah

Athletics

A Ghanaian fitness instructor, Charles Owusu Ansah, says he is embarked on a mission to promote exercise as part of the everyday life of Ghanaians.

This, the fitness instructor says, will help create a natural healthy people as it has been established that regular exercises prevent more than half of the medical conditions that many people face.

Professor Francis Dodoo — president of GAA.

Athletics

Ghana’s female relay team failed to make it to the IAAF World Relay Championship slated for Bahamas this weekend following the association’s failure to raise a paltry $20,000. for the trip.

Team Ghana is ranked 11th on the continent and was expected to battle other 42 African countries in Nassau, Bahamas, in a qualification competition for the London World Championships in August this year.

Barely six months after enrolling at the Norfolk State University (NSU) on a sporting scholarship, former Youth Olympic gold medallist Martha Bissah has shone early after being adjudged Female Athlete of the Year at the Spartans’ athletics department’s end-of-year awards ceremony last Monday.

Meanwhile, the young athlete’s benefactor and former national athletics chief, George Haldane Lutterodt, has entreated the president of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah, to open an inquiry into the suspension of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics 800m gold medallist from the national team.

Joseph Awinongya (right) with his son Joseph Awinongya Jr.

Boxing

Former cruiserweight boxer, Joseph Awinongya, believes his nine-year-old son, Joseph "Jojo" Awinongya Jr, could become a world champion in the future if he maintains his current development in the United States.

Awinongya, who currently trains boxers in Will County Boxing Gym in Joliet, Illinois, expects young Jojo to take boxing by storm after being ranked number one in the USA after 16 fights.

Nii Commey

Boxing

Greater Accra Amateur Boxing Association (GAABA) President, Wallace Nii Tackie Commey, has appealed to delegates to retain him to help develop the sport in the upcoming GAABA elections slated for May 17 at the Accra City Engineers premises at James Town in Accra.

The veteran boxing administrator touted his achievements during his tenure in office and promised to do more when elected. He told the Graphic Sports in an interview in Accra that he secured a sponsorship from telecommunications company Vodafone to organise boxing tournament during the Homowo festival and also refurbished some boxing gyms at Bukom and James Town.

 

The acting President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation(GABF), George Lamptey, has told the Graphic Sports he would recall the nation’s only three-star amateur coach Ofori Asare into the federation.

Asare, 56, a veteran amateur and professional boxing trainer, was sidelined by the late Gideon Quartey after a frosty relationship between the two.