Italy-based Ghanaian striker, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, has commended his Black Stars colleague, AsamoahGyan, on his elevation as captain of the national team urging him to build on the spirit of unity within the rank and file of the playing body.
Former Ashantigold coach David Duncan could soon take charge of struggling Accra Hearts of Oak following the decision by the Phobians to dispense with the services of Charles Kwabla Akonnor who has supervised the club’s slump in the Glo Premier League.
Veteran midfielder, Laryea Kingston, is set to make a return to Accra Hearts of Oak, having been reprieved by the authorities in recognition of his apology letter asking to be pardoned for his excesses in camp during their pre-season training at Takoradi.
The true character of league leaders, Medeama Sporting Club, and champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko will be put to a severe test on Sunday when the two tough customers battle for supremacy in a sixth week Glo Premier League thriller at Tarkwa.
A UK-based Ghanaian legal firm with specialty in sports law is set to establish a branch in Ghana to help revolutionise the sports industry, especially the business of football and administration in the country.
It was a remarkable spectacle to behold when versatile Akwasi Bobie Ansah made a surprise appearance at the Kumasi Asante Kotoko training grounds last Wednesday to have his first training session with the reigning league champions at a time Hearts of Oak were dying to have him back in their fold.
Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion, Joseph King Kong Agbeko, will mount the ring next month in Accra in a title fight against Filipino Ray Las Pinas as the Ghanaian begins a journey towards reclaiming his place as a world champion.
Tension is mounting among the Ghana Tennis Association, Ghana Handball Association and the Ghana Volleyball Association over who has the right to use the tennis courts at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The three bodies are laying claim to the three-court facility as their permanent venue for training and hosting of their respective league matches after using the courts for training and hosting of the Under-20 handball championships, ECOWAS Games and Security Services Games.
But the Ghana Tennis Association (GTA) is claiming exclusiveand unfettered right to the use of the courts.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic, the acting Public Relations Officer of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Hamid Issaka, cautioned all three parties to exercise restraint since consultations were going on among the top hierarchy of the associations and the NSA to ensure an amicable settlement.
He said the problem arose when the facility was temporarily given to the Handball and Volleyball associations to use for practicein preparation for major competitions such asthe ECOWAS Games.
According to Mr Issaka,some alterations and ground work were done to alter the structure of the court to fit the style and nature of handball and volleyball which had contributed to the two disciplines claiming the right to use the tennis courts.
However, he stated that the court actually belonged to the tennis association which had the right to restore the facility to its former state while noting that the NSA would look for a place for the two other disciplines to train.
However, the vice-president of the handball association, Nortey Dowuona, is adamant that his outfit would not vacate the courts anytime soon, insisting that “since it is a state structure and belongs to the NSA, all other associations have the right to train there,” he stressed.
He noted that for sometime now volleyball and handball players had struggled to find a training ground and sometimes ended up not training at all to the detriment of the nation. He applauded the retrofitting of the facility to suit the style and nature of volleyball and handball was in the right direction since it would afford the other two associations the chance to also have a place to train.
Liberty Professionals goalie, Daniel Adjei, has vowed to topple Adam Kwarasey as Ghana’s number one goalie in a move that is set to introduce stronger competition between the two in the Black Stars ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Defending champions, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, restored the smiles on the faces of their long-suffering fans by whacking visiting 2-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium, while the reverse was the case for rivals Hearts of Oak whose woes were deepened by former champions, Berekum Chelsea, via a 2-0 drubbing at the Golden City Park.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed there is more variety to his side's game since the departure of captain Robin van Persie. Van Persie hit 30 Premier League goals for the Gunners last season as he inspired the side to a third placed finish, following their disastrous start.
The Netherlands international was sold to rivals Manchester United over the summer, which left many believing Arsenal would struggle this campaign.
Yet despite losing the 29-year-old, Wenger believes the departure has enabled his side to mix up their style while also creating a strong team spirit.
"Sometimes an individual grows up and becomes the main charisma and carrier of the team and then people notice only him," Wenger said. "Robin van Persie scored 30 goals and when you score 30 goals everyone gives you the ball. That's as simple as that. Our game at the moment is a little bit more diversified.
"We have a spirit, a desire to play together and the strength of depth. The vibes coming out are that we look like a real team and we enjoy to play together. That's a good basis and is interesting."
Arsenal have got off to a positive start to the season, currently lying third in the table, having only conceded one goal and still remaining undefeated. Their 6-1 trouncing of Southampton on Saturday, along with the way new signings Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski have bedded in, has left people claiming they could be title challengers this year.
Wenger believes his side can challenge but wants to see some consistency first before getting too carried away. "I think we have a chance to be title contenders," he said. "We will know that after 10 games. We have the quality to do it but we have to show how much we want it.
The Malawi FA has announced that the second leg of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana will be played in the capital city, Lilongwe. But Flames coach Kinnah Phiri immediately condemned the decision, saying it gives the advantage to the Black Stars.
"We are used to the artificial turf at the Kamuzu Stadium and the change of venue will give the advantage to Ghana because their players pry their trade in Europe where they mostly play on natural grass," Phiri told BBC Sport on Monday.
The former national team striker added: "There's nothing much we can do apart from shifting our camping next week to Lilongwe." Malawi lost the first leg in Accra 2-0 and need to win by three clear goals to book their place at the finals in South Africa next year.
Malawi FA president Walter Nyamilandu said the decision to shift the tie from Blantyre was reached after a meeting with government officials at the weekend.
The Kamuzu Stadium, the cathedral of the game in Malawi, was closed three weeks ago on safety grounds. "We had no choice but to choose Civo," said Nyamilandu.
As Civo stadium only has room for 20,000 fans, the Malawi FA has resolved to control the numbers by hiking gate charges.
Olympique Marseille won 1-0 at Nancy last Sunday to stay top of Ligue 1 and extend their best ever league start to five consecutive wins. Jordan Ayew's header in the 54th minute lifted a dominant Marseille to 15 points from five games, two ahead of Olympique Lyon who beat Ajaccio 2-0 thanks to goals in each half by Dejan Lovren and Lisandro Lopez.
Marseille, who had never previously won their five opening league matches, outclassed their lowly hosts in the first half but lacked sharpness.