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Twenty-eight Black Stars ‘B’ players have resumed camping at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence in Prampram to continue with preparations for their CHAN qualifying match against Burkina Faso and the upcoming WAFU tournament.

The home-based senior national team will take on Burkina Faso on August 11, in Ouagadougou before hosting their opponents in the return leg on August 18.

UK-based Sync Sports Group (SSG), headed by Ghanaian Jason Kwasi Siaw, has signed in-form Wa All Stars midfielder, David Abagna, as their first Ghana-based client.

A group of registered FA intermediaries, sport consultants and highly skilled recruitment personnel, SSG started full operations in the UK back in July last year and boasts 15 footballers and boxers, including Saido Berahino of Stoke City, Ravel Morrison of Lazio, Bassala Sambou of Everton, Mathias Pogba (Sparta Rotterdam), Taylor Richards of Manchester City, as well as boxing sensation of Ghanaian descent, Junior Benjamin Saba, who makes his professional debut in Las Vegas on September 26.

Coach Polack (on bed) receiving the cheques from the former Kotoko board member

Football

A former board member of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Mr Kofi Boakye-Yiadom, made two separate donations to the club and the widow of the late Deputy Equipment Manager of the club, Mr Thomas Asare, at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) yesterday.

Mr Boakye-Yiadom, fondly called Ricky, in the company of an avid fan of the club, Nana Acheampong, doled out a cheque for GH¢5,000 to the club and GH¢1,000 to the widow to defray the medical bills of the club, as well as give a head start to the woman.

Medeama’s Bismark Oppong shield the ball from his marker. Picture by: Ebow Hanson

Football

Accra Great Olympics yesterday suffered a setback in their fight against relegation when they lost 0-3 to visiting Medeama Sporting Club at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Albert Commey

Football

Chief Executive Officer of Aduana Stars, Albert Commey, believes his side can still wrest the Premier League title from leaders WAFA at the end of the season.

Commey explained that Aduana Stars only need to focus on winning the rest of their six matches in order to challenge WAFA for the trophy.

Ghana international Frank Acheampong

Football

Ghana international Frank Acheampong has joined China's Tianjin Teda on loan from Anderlecht.

The Belgian champions say the move to the club in northern China is for six months only.

Asamoah Gyan

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Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan says he joined Kayserispor to help the club win trophies and not to compete for individual honours.

Gyan, 31, joined Turkish SuperLig Kayerispor earlier this month on a two-year deal with the option of extending his contract for a further season.

BGC’s James Vifah receives the Man of the Match

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BGC and GTA both kept their places in the ongoing Greater Accra Cricket League after victories over Dilmah and City CC respectively at the Achimota Cricket Oval over the weekend.

BGC, playing Dilmah on Oval A, had to bat first after winning the toss. Their innings recorded 163-7 with James Vifah scoring Half a century (50), off 57 balls. In the bowling figures, Renju took 3-35 in six overs while Mukesh took 2-31 in six overs.

Hearts vs Kotoko

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Hearts August 6 THE Ghana Premier League is to go on a month’s break and resume on August 27 to allow the quarter finals of the MTN FA Cup to be honoured, as well as pave way for handlers of the Black Stars Team B to prepare adequately for the 2018 CAF CHAN qualifiers with Burkina Faso.

The Black Stars B Team, which is made up of players from the domestic league, will commence a one-week residential camping ahead of their two-leg qualifiers with Burkina Faso which will be played over a two-week period in August.

StarTimes, Africa's leading pay TV operator, has acquired exclusive media rights in Sub-Saharan Africa for FIBA's national team competitions during the period 2017-2021, including the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.

Basketball's world governing body awarded StarTimes exclusive free and pay transmission rights across all territories of Sub-Saharan Africa for its leading tournaments.

Kylian Mbappe

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The football transfer world record is set to be smashed as Real Madrid are understood to have agreed a 180 million euro deal with Monaco for Kylian Mbappe.

Pending the potential 222m euro transfer of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, this move would beat the 105m euro record set by Paul Pogba last year as Los Blancos hope to seal the striker's signature in a matter of days.Set at 180m euros, Mbappe's fee will be split down to 160m euros up front with 20m euros worth of add-ons as the Frenchman pursues his career at Madrid, although the value of those variables may be higher, towards 30m euros.

Chelsea have sent Kenedy home from their pre-season tour following the Brazilian's social media comments before a match in China.

The club had "solemnly and sincerely" apologised after fans accused the 21-year-old of xenophobia and racism.

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Samuel Asare of Prempeh College won the 100m race with a time of 10.78s in the 2017 GNPC Ghana’s Fastest Human held at the University of Ghana Athletics Stadium last Saturday.

Charles Bilson of Cape Coast clocked 10.79 s. to take the second position in the keenly contested race with Charles Korsah of Winneba clocking 10.83s. to take the third position.

Nadia Chika Eke in action during the Trinidad & Tobago competition

Athletics

US-based Ghanaian athlete, Nadia Chika Eke, has made a passionate appeal to corporate bodies, institutions, philanthropists and individuals to support her financially to enable her prepare adequately to participate in international athletic competitions, particularly, next month’s Athletics World Championship in London.

There was a major upset in Kumasi last Saturday as a student of the University of Ghana, Desmond Aryee, beat home favourite Charles Okyere to win the men’s 100m race in the Ashanti zone of the GNPC Ghana Fastest Human in a time 10.41 sec.

Okyere, the Ashanti Region-based sprinter who was highly tipped by the local fans to carry the day, crossed the finish line 0.09 seconds later much to the dismay of the fans.

Isaac Dogboe catches Argentine Javier Chacon off guard with a left hook

Boxing

Isaac Dogboe last Saturday paved way for the  road to stardom when he stopped the Argentine fighter,  Javier Chacon, in the sixth round via a technical knockout to retain his WBO International Super Bantamweight at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra.

In the presence of a sizeable number of boxing fans, including former President Jerry John Rawlings, Dogbe  jabbed his way to victory in a one-sided bout to improve on his record to 17-0, 11 KOs.

Referee Roger Barnor debunks Obodai Sai’s robbery claim

Boxing

Top Ghanaian boxing referee, Roger Barnor, has debunked claims linking him to robbing middleweight pugilist, Obodai Sai, by ending his recent fight against Namibia’s Walter Kautondokwa prematurely, stating that anything could have happened in the next round.

Referee Barnor, who was accused of robbery by Sai in the world title elminator against Kautondokwa at the Bukom Boxing Arena last month, explained that he chose to stop the fight due to what he saw in the ring.

Renowned international boxing referee and judge, Tony Weeks, has called on Ghanaian officials to be abreast of the rules of the sport to prevent tragedies in the ring.

Weeks, who is in the country to officiate the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) super bantamweight championship fight between Ghana's Isaac Dogboe and Javier Chacon of Argentina, advised participants to broaden their minds on the rules of boxing during a workshop organised by the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) at the Kempiski Gold Coast City Hotel in Accra last Wednesday.