GPL Week 30: Samartex 1996 edge close to league triumph, Aduana sinks Hearts of Oak

The 2023-24 Ghana Premier League entered week 30 with various teams battling for survival while others chased the league title with four matches remaining.

Samartex 1996 maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the table after an emphatic 3-0 win over relegation-threatening Bofoakwa Tano at the Nsenkyire Sports Arena.

Evans Osei-Wusu and Baba Musa were on target for Samartex 1996, as they are only two wins away from their first league triumph following the promotion two seasons ago.

Accra Hearts of Oak failed to build on their surprising win against Berekum Chelsea last week as they stumbled to a 1-0 defeat against Aduana Stars at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Kelvin Obeng’s 10th-minute strike was enough for the ‘Ogyaa Boys,’ who climbed to third on the league table with 46 points, the same as second-placed Nations FC.

Despite the defeat, the Phobians remain five points clear of the relegation zone as the Premier League enters its crucial phase.

Berekum Chelsea secured an impressive comeback victory
against Kumasi Asante Kotoko at Sunyani Coronation Park on Saturday.

Steven Mukwala gave Asante Kotoko an early lead, but two goals from Stephen Amankona and Mizack Afriyie secured all three points for Berekum Chelsea.

The most surprising result of the week came at the Theatre of Dreams in Dawu after Heart of Lions beat Dreams FC 2-1.

Mustapha Yakubu and Ebenezer were on the scoresheet for the Voltarian giant, while Joseph Esso’s goal could only serve as consolation.

Bottom-placed Real Tamale United suffered a 1-0 defeat against defending GPL Champions Medeama, while Great Olympics also stayed in the relegation zone after their 2-1 loss against Legon Cities.

Below are the results for week 30:   

Hearts of Oak 0-1 Aduana Stars

Bechem United 3-1 Karela United

Dreams FC 1-2 Heart of Lions

FC Samartex 1996 3-0 Bofoakwa Tano FC

Medeama SC 1-0 Real Tamale United

Nsoatreman FC 4-0 Bibiani Gold Stars FC

Berekum Chelsea 2-1 Asante Kotoko

Legon Cities 2-1 Great Olympics

Source: Ghana News Agency

Captain One’s Ayisha Aminu wins first major competition

Young female golfer, Ayishatu Aminu, has won her first trophy in a major competition after emerging as Group B winner of the recently held Latex Foam May Medal at the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi.

The golfer from the Captain One Golf Society’s Kids Project aimed at nurturing young golfers from deprived backgrounds, recorded 67 points to win the keenly contested category.

She was followed by Theophilus Bruce who had 69 points to clinch the second position while Mark Tweneboah Asiamah recorded 70 points to settle for the third position.

It was Ayisha’s first major win outside the Captain One Kids Competition in which she is currently the defending champion.

Eighteen-year-old Ayisha, who is the captain of the Captain One Kids Project is from Safe Child Advocacy, a non-governmental organisation that upholds safe childhood for all children.

Captain One brings together Kids from orphanages and care homes in Kumasi, Tarkwa, Shama, and Obuasi to learn how to play golf and subsequently build a career and compete at
the highest level.

Speaking after her exploits, a delighted Ayisha said it was a dream come through to compete on a big stage and win the category.

‘I am glad to compete with other golfers and win this trophy. It was very tough but I’m glad to emerge winner,’ she stated.

The win, she said, would serve as a huge boost going into other major competitions as she would continue working to become the best female golfer in Ghana.

She expressed appreciation to Captain One Golf Society for the support and opportunity to play golf and become successful and appreciated the guidance from her coach, Yaw Barimah.

Captain One Golf Society through its president, Pius Ayeh Appiah, is appealing to well-meaning Ghanaians and corporate organisations to support their programs to give alternative livelihood to young talented Ghanaian children.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Khadija Cares Golf Tournament raises funds for menstrual products for 10,000 women

The inaugural Khadija Cares Invitational Golf Tournament raised over GH? 400,000 to provide menstrual hygiene products to over 10,000 girls and women in impoverished communities across Ghana.

The ‘Khadija Cares Foundation’ has over the years provided easy access to eco-friendly menstrual products for some girls and women.

Over 80 golfers participated in different exciting contests at the Achimota Golf Club, including ‘Beat the Pro,’ ‘Longest Drive,’ and ‘Closest to the Pin,’ among others.

At the end of a very fascinating contest, Juliet Darkwah emerged as the overall winner of the inaugural Khadija Cares Invitational Golf Tournament.

She dominated the women’s contest, having carded an impressive 47 points, and also won the ‘Closest to the Pin’ contest.

Charity Vogel (40 points), Vastie Amoafo-Yeboah, and LiPing Wang (tied for 3rd with 34 points each) rounded out the top finishers in the Ladies Group.

In the men’s Group A competition, Ofori Boateng (44 points, handicap 12) edged Philip Ayesu (36 points,
handicap 7) for the top spot, while Kojo Ansah (34 points, handicap 11) secured third place.

Papa Otoo (44 points, handicap 17) triumphed in Men’s Group B, followed by Yannik Awuah-Darko (37 points, handicap 20) and Nathan Donkor (36 points, handicap 39) in second and third place, respectively.

In the men’s senior division, K. Duker (39 points, handicap 22) emerged victorious, while Elizabeth Essel-Koomson (15 points, handicap 20) claimed the top spot in the women’s senior division.

Speaking after the tournament, Khadija Duker, founded of the foundation, expressed immense gratitude to all donors and said all funds raised will be used to purchase sustainable menstrual products for the less-privileged women across the country.

‘We are hoping to go to more regions, but in the coming weeks we look to offer these products to 600 girls at a school in the Volta Region and make some trips to the Upper East and West to donate thousands of the menstrual products.

‘We are looking to cover even more women and girls
because purchasing pads and other menstrual products is very expensive for some of these ladies, and we are poised to help them have easy access to them,’ she said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Malaria: Do MDAs contribute to transmission through their activities?

Malaria is endemic in Nigeria and a leading cause of death in many countries. Children and pregnant women are the most affected groups.

To achieve more significant progress in the fight against malaria in Nigeria, analysts believe that there should be changes in approach.

According to Dr Akpaka Kalu, there is also the need to adopt technologies to look at how best to maximise investment efficiency and impact.

Kalu is the Team Lead, Strategic Planning and Policy, Communicable and Non Communicable Cluster (UHC/CND), World Health Organisation (WHO), African Region.

Kalu argues that activities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) contribute to malaria transmission.

‘To make more impact in the war against malaria, there is need to have rethink of our model and adopt technologies to look at how best to maximise investment efficiency and impact.

‘We need to do more and achieve more with available resources, and it is possible because technology is available, resources are limited.

‘We have the motivation to maximise technology to also maximise efficiency of our investment.

‘We also need to leverage resources from the private sector and non-health sector,” he advises.

Kalu argues that some MDAs, in carrying out their activities, contribute to transmission of malaria.

‘For instance, ministries of works are involved in road constructions. When they are doing those road constructions, the earthworks they do, create breeding sites.

‘Ministries of works may not know that they are aiding in transmission of malaria through their very good initiatives, ‘ he argues.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Repair works on damaged subsea cables completed – NCA

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has disclosed that repairs to the recently broken undersea cables that caused the country’s total internet outage last March have been completed.

Dr. Joe Anokye, Director-General of the NCA, stated that work on all four damaged cables was completed between April 6 and May 8, 2024.

He made the announcement on Friday during the 2024 World Telecommunications and Information Society Day celebration in Accra.

The Day was on the theme: ”Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development.’

On March 14, this year, Ghana’s data services were disrupted due to underwater cable damage.

All four undersea cable landing service providers in Ghana (ACR, MainOne, SAT-3, and WACS) were disconnected from international data services, resulting in a complete internet shutdown.

Dr. Anokye said that the repair work on the broken cables was complete, and internet services were fully restored.

According to the subsea cable service providers, all four cable faults were discovered near th
e crossing with Le Trou Sans Fond Canyon, an underwater canyon off the coast of Abidjan.

Dr. Anokye stated that the SAT-3 cable was restored on April 6 and the ACE cable on April 17, 2024.

‘The WACS cable was repaired on 29th April 2024 and the MainOne cable repairs were completed on May 8, 2024,’ he added.

Dr. Anokye indicated that the Authority had begun implementing the country’s satellite services policy framework to mitigate the effects of recent disruptions caused by damaged undersea cables.

This would enable the public to access innovative satellite services in addition to those available on the ground.

‘This will enhance the connectivity resilience of the country considering the recent disruption of undersea fine optics cables on 14th March 2024,’ he stressed.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalization, called for collaboration among institutions like the Bank of Ghana, NCA, NITA, and Data Protection Commission to address identified challenges and strengthen the digi
tal environment.

‘Meaningful digital innovation does not happen in isolation. It thrives on collaboration. None of us can do it alone, we need each other and so together let us forge a path towards a brighter, more connected future for generations to come,’ she charged.

Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful Minister of Communications and Digitalisation speaking at the 2024 WTISD.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said the government was on track to make Ghana the ICT hub of West Africa, emphasising that it had adopted some critical steps that would serve as the foundation for achieving that target.

This includes the construction of extensive in-country fiberoptic cables to complement those laid by the private sector and the construction of rural telephony sites to extend voice and data connectivity to underserved and unserved communities.

The Minister said the government would complete the construction of the remaining 1,006 rural telephony sites by September of this year, after having already built 1,010 facilities nationwide.

She s
aid this would extend data connectivity to the 20 per cent of the population who were currently unconnected.

‘We’re also implementing a national roaming policy where networks can roam on each other’s network where necessary to benefit from to benefit the consumer seamlessly.

‘We’re hopeful that that will also enable us to bridge some of the connectivity gaps that we have in the country,’ the Minister added.

The World Technology and Information Day is observed on May 17 every year to raise awareness of the benefits citizens and economies could derive from the use of the internet and communication technologies (ICT) to bridge the digital divide.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Africa a crucial partner to achieving Global Pivotal State – South Korea

Although economic cooperation between Korea and Africa is currently limited, the continent is considered a crucial partner for the realisation of Korea’s vision of becoming a Global Pivotal State (GPS).

Consequently, the Korean Government is actively pursuing Trade and Investment Promotion Frameworks (TIPFs), Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), and other agreements with African countries to expand economic cooperation by establishing a Foundation for trade collaboration.

The initiative will make African countries trading allies of Korea for mutual benefits.

Mr Jung Kihong, Government Representative for the 2024 Korea-Africa Summit, told journalists at Seoul, Korea, ahead of the maiden Korea-Africa Summit scheduled for 4th and 5th June.

The engagement was part of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Journalists Invitation Program.

Mr Jung said the Summit would build a new frame of cooperation to pave way for Korea to invest in Africa ‘so we can grow together’.

He said Korea would transfer
knowledge in digital education, technology, digitalisation, and agriculture, among others, to Africa’s growing young population.

Mr Jung noted that diversification was the key to sustainable development and that with Africa’s 1.4 billion population, Korea needed Africa to fix global challenges together.

Ms. Myunglae Choi, Director, Investment Public Relations Team, Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), said the Korea government would offer 50 per cent cash grant and 50 per cent tax credit for foreign investors as incentives.

The economy of South Korea recorded a ‘Textbook recovery’ in 1999 after it went for IMF bailout programme in 1997 following the Asian financial crisis.

The country’s FDI surged after the crisis, with accumulated amount of FDI as of 2017 coming to USD 22.9 billion.

The annual trade volume between Korea and Africa increased by 23-fold from around 890 million US Dollars in 1998 to around 20.45 billion US Dollars in 2022, according to the Korea International Trade Association.

The Korea-Africa Investment Amount has also gone up from 63 million US Dollars in 1998 to around 700 million US Dollars in 2019.

This feat has been attributed to government policies and targeted interventions to transform the economy.

A key initiative by the government to create a favourable environment for FDI is the hosting of regular Foreign Investment Weeks.

The event provides a ‘Red Carpet Service’ for foreign investors.

Apart from tax reductions and exemptions, the country also designates notable citizens in some countries as Public Relations Ambassadors for FDI.

The government provides land and capital for foreign businesses that display excellent technological prowess and obeys local content laws.

The Summit in June was heralded by Africa Film and Cultural Festivals and an Exhibition.

It would be the largest multilateral summit hosted under the Yoon Suk Yeol Administration to elevate the relationship between Korea and Africa.

The Summit is expected to serve as a ‘cooperative platform for mutua
l prosperity, where Korea’s development experience do not only contribute to Africa’s development, but also where the dynamism of Africa enhances the growth of Korea’.

It will be on the theme: ‘The future we make together: Shared growth, sustainability, and solidarity’.

Africa is considered the continent of the future, with 60 per cent under the age of 25.

The establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is also making the continent a global economic powerhouse with population of 1.4 billion and GDP of 3.4 trillion US Dollars.

The Journalists Invitational Program offered opportunity to journalists from Africa to experience Korea.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Christian Council elects new Vice Chairman

The Christian Council of Ghana has elected Reverend Enoch Thompson, Executive President of the Ghana Baptist Convention, as its new Vice Chairman.

This was during the Council’s Annual General Meeting.

Rev. Thompson succeeded Bishop Justice K. A Lawson for a two-year term.

Meanwhile, Reverend Dr. Hilliard Della Dogbe of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was re-elected as Chairman of the Council.

In his acceptance address, Reverend Thompson expressed gratitude to the council members for their trust in him.

He urged members to support his tenure and emphasized the need for collective prayer and financial support for the Council’s work.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Zuma takes election battle cry to ANC’s heartland

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma put on a show of strength in the historic township of Soweto as he campaigned for votes in the build-up to the 29 May general election.

Zulu warriors marched around Orlando Stadium with their spears and shields, men in camouflage sang and danced to revolutionary songs, while some of South Africa’s famous singers – including rapper Big Zulu – provided entertainment to the near capacity crowd at Saturday’s rally.

For Mr Zuma’s supporters a major coup was the presence of the man known as a disco king, Papa Penny.

Having announced his resignation from the governing African National Congress (ANC) last week, he has now joined the former president’s new party, uMkhonto weSizwe, which translates as Spear of the Nation.

‘Unite Africa. Unite South Africa,’ he said in a short address to the crowd, adding: ‘Phansi [Down with] tribalism.’

Mr Zuma’s supporters saw Papa Penny’s presence – he hails from the small Tsonga community – as significant as it challenged perceptions t
hat the former president’s support only comes from his Zulu ethnic group, the biggest in South Africa.

But the star attraction at the rally was none other than the 82-year-old former president.

The crowd burst into chants of ‘Zuma, Zuma’ as he walked into the stadium, while his increasingly influential daughter, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, knelt in front of him and hugged him before he took his seat on the stage.

She serves on what is called the ‘national core’ of the party, recently telling The Shady PHodcast: ‘My father is obviously the head, and I’m the neck.’

Mr Zuma’s decision to hold his biggest campaign rally in Soweto was significant because it is a stronghold of the ANC in South Africa’s economic heartland of Gauteng.

Soweto also has deep political symbolism as it was at the forefront of the struggle against the racist system of apartheid, which ended with the ANC’s rise to power in 1994.

But now, 30 years later, the ANC risks losing its outright majority as it faces a threat from Zuma’s breakaway
party, as well as other opposition parties.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Presidential Convoy Accident: Driver confirmed dead, several others injured

Mr Kwesi Atta, a driver, has been identified as the casualty in the fatal accident involving the Presidential Convoy on Sunday.

Several others, including close protection and police officers, sustained various degrees of injuries following the accident along the Bunso-Akyem-Asafo stretch of the Accra-Kumasi Highway.

The convoy was returning from Kumasi, after accompanying the President for a series of events over the weekend.

A statement issued by the Communications Directorate, Office of the President, said the President was ‘safe and unharmed, as he travelled to Accra via a military aircraft’.

‘Several vehicles in the convoy have been completely wrecked a as a result of the accident,’ the statement, signed by the Director, Mr Eugene Arhin. noted.

The injured, who received initial treatment at the Suhum Government Hospital, are being evacuated to the University of Ghana Medical Centre for further treatment and observation.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, and we wish a spe
edy recovery to the injured officers,’ the statement noted.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Usyk beats Fury to become undisputed champion

Tyson Fury suffered a split-decision points defeat on a dramatic night in Saudi Arabia as Oleksandr Usyk became boxing’s first four-belt undisputed heavyweight champion.

On a grand stage and on a legacy-defining night, Briton Fury began well but was given a standing 10 count and saved by the bell after an Usyk onslaught in the ninth round.

In a tense wait for the scorecards to be read out, Fury appeared convinced of victory before a stony-faced Usyk broke down in tears when he was confirmed as the winner.

The scorecards read 115-112 and 114-113 for the Ukrainian, with a third judge scoring it 114-113 to Fury.

It meant Fury, 35, lost for the first time in a 16-year professional career. He will get an immediate opportunity for revenge with a rematch planned for later this year.

‘I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority,’ a defiant Fury said in the ring.

‘His country is at war, so people are siding with the country at war. Make no mistake, I won that fight in my opinion.’

‘It was one o
f the daftest decisions in boxing. I’ll be back.’

Usyk takes the WBC belt from Fury, to add to his WBA, WBO and IBF collection.

The 37-year-old remains unbeaten and is the first boxer in almost 25 years to stand tall as the sport’s sole heavyweight world champion.

‘Thank you so much to my team. It’s a big opportunity for my family, for me, for my country. It’s a great time, it’s a great day,’ Usyk said.

‘I am ready for a rematch.’

Source: Ghana News Agency