GOC sends goodwill message to Black Bombers


The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) has sent a goodwill message to the national amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers as they seek qualification to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The seven members of the Bombers are currently in Bangkok, Thailand, seeking Olympic slots ‘2nd World Qualifying Tournament’.

A statement signed by Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah President of the GOC said though it had not been easy for the boxers, after failing in Senegal to Italy, Thailand presents them with a perfect opportunity to make it to the global sports festival.

‘Ghana can not go to the 2024 Olympic Games without boxing, which had over the years given the nation hope and glory.

‘You must be disciplined and work hard to attain your personal ambition and meet the expectations of Ghanaians,’ he stated.

The seven boxers, six male and one female are Flyweight Theo Allotey, Featherweight Amadu Mohammed, Light Welterweight Joseph Commey, Light Middleweight Henry Malm, Light Heavyweight Jonathan Tetteh, UK based Super Heavyweight Mark Ko
djovi Ahondjo and USA based Middleweight Onella Sathoud.

The five-member technical staff is led by Coach Dr. Ofori Asare with his two able assistants, Vincent Akai Nettey and Elvis Robertson, Edward Kwabena Asante, Team Doctor, and Daniel Quartey, Physiotherapist.

Vice President of the Ghana Boxing Federation, Mr. Dauda Fuseni is leader of the team.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Maiden Democracy Cup to be launched on June 6


Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, has disclosed that the maiden Democracy Cup, instituted to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the legislature will be launched on Thursday, June 6, 2024

The game, set to take place on Friday, July 5, 2024, would see Accra Hearts of Oak take on Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The Speaker disclosed that as part of the activities for the day, Members of Parliament would also lock horns with former Black Stars players in a curtain raiser.

He said the winner of the game between the two premier league sides would have the opportunity to play against United States-based club, DC United in Washington.

Parliament last year celebrated its 30th anniversary since its establishment in 1993.

This follows the coming into effect the 1992 Constitution and the retain of the country into a democratic system of governance.

Other activities earmarked to commemorate the anniversary include parliamentary sittings and debate, peace walks and fun games.

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ource: Ghana News Agency

RTU management pays courtesy call on former President Mahama


The management of Real Tamale United (RTU) has paid a courtesy call on former President, John Dramani Mahama, at his residence in Accra.

The meeting offered the management of the club the opportunity to present to Mr. Mahama the state of the club and the efforts that were being made to restore the club’s lost glory.

Former President Mahama, who is also the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2024 elections, was elated with the call.

During the meeting, Mr Mahama recounted his engagements with the previous management club in ways of enhancing the fortunes of the club.

He pledged his support to the current management and the Acting Board Chairman, Pishigu Lana Alhassan Andani, as they facilitate the restructuring of the club in order to make it more viable and vibrant in Ghanaian football.

Former President Mahama also donated a cash amount of GHC 100,000.00 to the club.

Mr. Zakaria Safianu, the Chief Executive Officer of RTU, thanked the former President Mahama for the cash donati
on, which he said will support the club in honouring its outstanding matches.

He was accompanied by Acting Board Secretary Arc Jawahri Baba Duah and Sporting Director, Mr. Muaz Abdulai Choo.

Meanwhile, RTU, who are currently bottom of the league standings, would be looking to stage a magnificent ending to the 2023-24 season in their quest to avoid relegation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2022 World Cup: Qatar donates equipment to Ghana


The State of Qatar, as part of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Legacy project has donated equipment to the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS).

The gesture also comes in support of Ghana’s organisation and hosting of the just-ended 13th African Games, Accra 2023, which was a resounding success.

The equipment included Samsung mobile phones, HP Laptops, media working tables, office desks, swivel chairs and task chairs.

Mr. Mohammed Hamad Al Marri, the Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of Qatar, at the presentation ceremony, underscored the need to strengthen the bond between the two countries, and expressed willingness to continue with the excellent cooperation.

He said Qatar had great interest in sports and other sectors, whiles stressing that the value of sports to national, regional and international development could not be overemphasized.

He also revealed that the donation was to help develop sports infrastructure, especially in the organisation and hosting of the African Games.

The Charge d’affaires of the
Embassy of Qatar congratulated Ghana for hosting a successful event and wished for further progress and prosperity in the area of sports development.

Receiving the equipment, Mr. Mustapha Ussif, Minister for Youth and Sports, expressed his profound gratitude to the Emir of Qatar, the Minister of Culture and Sports of Qatar and other key players for the kind gesture in supporting Ghana with various equipment.

He indicated that Ghana and Qatar had enjoyed mutual and long lasting relationship which the donation was a testament.

The Minister added that, he had submitted a proposal to the Qatari people to scale up cooperation among the two states and to establish the Ghana -Qatar legacy project which would in turn help to enhance Ghana’s sports infrastructure.

Source: Ghana News Agency

WAFU B: Unbeaten Black Starlets stun Benin to book semifinal spot


The Black Starlets of Ghana secured their place in the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) B Championship after beating Benin by two unanswered goals.

The hosts, who recorded a 5-1 victory over Cote D’ Ivoire in their opening campaign of the sub-regional championship needed a draw to sail through to the next stage of the competition.

Goals from Mark Kagawa and Ayamga Theophilus completed the mission for Coach Laryea Kingston’s side who were in search of a place in the 2025 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana managed the game effectively to mount pressure on the defensive line of Benin in the early minutes.

It was Kagawa who broke the deadlock for the Starlets in the 19th minute after dancing through the opponent’s wall to finish off the task beautifully.

The boys in red, Ghana kept their line clean, giving the visitors no advantage to pull an equalizer.

Ayamga was in a perfect position to cement the win for the hosts with a long-range shot in the 22nd minute.

After recess, both sides created some goal-scor
ing chances but could not find the back of the net after several attempts.

The Starlets are now unbeaten after two games with seven goals to their credit.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Black Starlets Coach confident of beating Benin


Laryea Kingston – Head Coach of the national under-17 team, the Black Starlets has said they will approach their game against Benin, this evening withal the seriousness it deserves.

The Starlets would take on Benin in the second group game of the 2024 WAFU Zone B Under-17 Championship at the University of Ghana Sports Stadium.

The Black Starlets defeated Cote D’ Ivoire 5-1 in their opening game of the tournament and would be looking forward to seal qualification to the next stage when they Benin.

‘As for the Ivory Coast game, it’s past and gone and we’ve forgotten about it. The most important game for us now is Benin and we will approach it with all the necessary seriousness,’ Laryea added after his side’s final training session on Monday.

He noted that, the team would guard against complacency adding that ‘Complacency? Oh no! It’s not in our dictionary.

‘We have our style and that is what we hope to show. We aim to dominate the game in terms of possession and win and that’s what we would be doing on Tue
sday,’ Coach Kingston noted.

The Starlets are seeking qualification to the Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations in Morocco next year.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Hearts, Kotoko to battle in maiden Democracy Cup


Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko have been selected by Parliament to battle in its maiden Democracy Cup instituted to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the legislature.

 The game, set to take place on Friday, July 5, 2024, would also see Members of Parliament lock horns with former Black Stars players in a curtain raiser, at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, who made the announcement in Parliament, also disclosed that the winner of the Hearts vrs Kotoko game, would have the opportunity to play against United States-based club, DC United in Washington. 

Parliament last year celebrated its 30th anniversary since its establishment in 1993.

This follows the coming into effect the 1992 Constitution and the return of the country into a democratic system of governance. 

Mr. Bagbin said; ‘Due to the good works of this parliament, a few partners and stakeholders decided to support our work, and proposed to us the establishment of what they refer
to us as the Democracy Cup, which would spice up the celebration of our 30th anniversary of the 1992 constitution and this parliament of the Fourth Republic’. 

Other activities earmarked to commemorate the anniversary include parliamentary sittings and debate, peace walks and fun games.  

Source: Ghana News Agency

Black Bombers off to Bangkok for Olympic Games qualifiers


The national amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers on Monday evening, departed Accra for Bangkok, Thailand, for the last qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

The qualifiers slated for May 22, to June 4, would see the Bombers seeking a place in the global festival after failed attempts in Senegal and Italy earlier years.

Mr. Dauda Fuseini – Vice President of the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) would lead the team of six male boxers and a female to pluck some Olympic slots after gaining experience in previous qualifiers.

Leading the team of boxers for qualifiers were Theophilus Kpakpo Allotey – Flyweight, Mohamed Amadu – Featherweight, Henry Malm – Light Middleweight, Joseph Commey – Light Welterweight, Jonathn Tetteh – Light Heavy weight, Mark Kodjovi Ahondjo – Super Heavy weight and Sathoud Ornella -Middleweight.

Coach Ofori Asare would be the technical lead of the team with assistance from Vincent Akai Nettey and Robertson Elvis.

Daniel Quartey would be the Team Physio with Edward Kwabene Asante
as the Team Doctor.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Club Licensing System will create competitive football environment in Africa’-GFA President


Mr. Kurt Okraku, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) says the club licensing system has a role in making football in Africa very competitive.

The Club licensing system, under the Confederation of African Football (CAF), uses principles-based criteria to set minimum standards for clubs to be licensed and, consequently, be able to participate in competitions. 

The GFA President, speaking at the opening of the Club Licensing Regional Workshop in Accra said ‘Licensing drives professionalism, and improves the quality of administration, coaching, and overall club management. It is indeed the cornerstone for creating a sustainable and competitive football environment’.

He said club licensing was a key element of the developmental agenda of the continent’s football body.

Mr Kurt Okraku highlighted that the system would also monitor various clubs in the area of infrastructure, financial stability, and player development’.

He said the level of participation of member associations was a reflection of
the collective efforts to develop football on the continent.

‘The progress of African football relies on our collective efforts and collaboration. Together, we can achieve the goals of the club licensing system and enhance the quality of football across the African continent,’ he urged. 

Mr Sadit Mohammed, Head of Professional Football for CAF speaking at the Club Licensing Regional Workshop which opened on Monday said: ‘From now, clubs for the 2024/25 season would have to apply for a license or better submit their documents through this online platform which the member associations will approve or reject’.

He said the workshop in Ghana was to complete the series of regional workshops with some member associations ahead of the upcoming season.

The Head of Professional Football for CAF said the association had also trained club licensing managers and other decision-making bodies on how to run the newly-introduced system.

Mr Mohammed said in order to ensure the smooth running of the platform, it was necess
ary to equip clubs with the needed electronic tools.

The 15 Member Associations attending the workshop include Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria, Liberia, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, South Africa, Eswatini, Botswana, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CAF engages member associations on mandatory Club Licensing Online Platform ahead of 2024/25 season


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is in its final stage of engaging member associations on the newly introduced Club licensing Online Platforms (CLOP).

CLOP, launched in 2022, is an electronic tool system designed to manage the licensing process and stadium inspections for continental and domestic competitions.

CAF in its quest to educate its 54 members, has organised regional workshops in Mauritania, Algeria, Ethiopia and Ghana to discuss the goals regarding the Club Licensing System.

Mr. Sadit Mohammed, Head of Professional Football for CAF speaking at the Club Licensing Regional Workshop which opened on Monday said ‘From now, clubs for the 2024/25 season will have to apply for a license or better submit their documents through this online platform which the member associations will approve or reject.’

He said the workshop in Ghana was to complete the series of regional workshops with some member associations ahead of the upcoming season.

The Head of Professional Football for CAF said the ass
ociation had also trained club licensing managers and other decision-making bodies on how to run the newly-introduced system.

Mr. Mohammed said in order to ensure the smooth running of the platform, it was necessary to equip clubs with the needed electronic tools.

Mr. Kurt Edwin Okraku, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) emphasized that club licensing was a key element of the developmental agenda of CAF.

‘I am very happy to welcome all of you to this special city called Accra, I count Ghana as a blessed country to be given this opportunity to host all of you on behalf of the Confederation of African Football.

I know our President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe is watching us closely because club licensing is a key part of the many things on his heart,’ he said.

He said the level of participation of member associations was a reflection of the collective efforts to develop football on the continent.

The GFA President said ‘Licensing drives professionalism, improves the quality of administration, coac
hing and overall club management. It is indeed the cornerstone for creating a sustainable and competitive football environment.’

Mr. Kurt Okraku expressed optimism about the future of the Club Licensing Online Platform.

The system is also extended to all the CAF national associations in order to be used for continental and domestic license types.

The 15 Member Associations attending the workshop include Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria, Liberia, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, South Africa, Eswatini, Botswana, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe.

Source: Ghana News Agency