Gyan complains about the state of Accra pitch again


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Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan has called on the government to channel the needed funds into uplifting the state of the pitch at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The captain made these calls after Ghana’s opening game of the 2017 Afcon qualifiers against Mauritius.

“The pitch wasn’t good but we had to adapt so we can be able to get this victory that we all desired,” the Al Ain striker told the press after the 7-1 victory.

“We were aided by the weather which helped us a bit I am appealing to government to help improve the pitch here at the Accra sports stadium.”

There were major doubts on the readiness of the Accra stadium, which was renovated for the 2008 African Cup of Nations, prior to the game.

Gyan bagged a brace to help fire Ghana to the top of Group H.

Martha Bissah has rejected a scholarship to go to the United States


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Ghanaian Athlete Martha Bissah has rejected
a scholarship to go to the United States to
study and develop her sporting abilities.
President John Mahama said in the State of
the Nation address on the 26th of February
that Bissah was to be sent to the United
States to continue her education and athletic
training on a scholarship for winning a gold
medal in the women’s 800m event at the 2014
Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
According to the Ghana Athletics Association,
Bissah was due to leave Ghana earlier this
year after the necessary processes had been
completed but it seems the athlete has
decided to turn her back on the opportunity.
It is unclear whether Bissah’s decision is out
of her personal conviction or influence from
her family.
“The Association began the process and we
tried getting Martha to buy into the idea that
it was important for her to take up the
opening because it would help her attain
academic and sporting excellence.
However, she opted out and chose not to
pursue it at this point,” said Dominic Kankam
the General Secretary of the Ghana Athletics
Association, in an interview with Citi Sports on
Tuesday.
Kankam continued to say that even though
the Association was disappointed with the
development, it admitted that it could do
nothing since Bissah’s decision was personal.
“There is nothing we can do about it and we
have to respect what she is saying. We tried
to help her but it did not happen. Other
athletes like Solomon Afrul and Mike Bruce
have already left and Martha could have gone
with them but she refused to do so this year.”
He also mentioned that some athletes had
already gone to the United States to benefit
from their scholarships.
Martha won a Gold medal in the Girls’ 800m
race at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in
2014.
She was invited with her family by John
Mahama,the president of Ghana to the
flagstaff house and was given some amount of imoney.

Andre Ayew name Marseille player if the month


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ANDRE Ayew has been named Olympique
Marseille’s player of the month of February.
The 25-year-old beat Steve Mandanda and
Jeremy Morel to the coveted award.
Ayew swept 52% of the total votes cast by Les
Olympians fans while Steve Mandanda
received 15% and Jeremy Morel last with 11%.
The Ghanaian international scored twice in
February in the games against Stade Reims
and was target last Friday as Marseille threw
away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to
Caen.
After an early season disturbed by injuries, the
2010/11 Marseille player of the season is
picking up his fine form.
Ayew will receive the award when Marseille
play Toulouse on Friday.

Afcon finals, presidents message


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President John Dramani Mahama has charged
the Black Stars to make the nation proud by
winning the African Cup of Nations today.
The national team will battle the Elephants of
Côte d’Ivoire in what is expected to be an
explosive final at the Estadio de Bata in
Equatorial Guinea.
Speaking at the graduation of the 46th cadet
officers’ course of the Police Academy in Accra
on Friday, the President made reference to
that important game.
Rallying the nation
In typical fashion, he rallied the nation, which
had been starved of honours at the national
football level for 33 years, to continue to pray
for the team to win the ultimate trophy.
“We will continue to pray and hope the team
would make us proud and for the fifth time in
history, bring the African Cup of Nations
home,” Mr Mahama said.
He praised the team for the sterling
performance against Equatorial Guinea in the
semi-final match which saw the host nation
succumbing to a 3-0 scoreline before the
might of the Black Stars in that ill-tempered
game.
He said Ghanaians were gladdened by the
important victory and expressed the hope that
the team would clinch the trophy today.

Asamoah Gyan likely to miss First Afcon match


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Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan and defender
John Boye are both likely to miss for the
Black Stars’ opening game against Senegal on
Monday after they were both rushed to the
hospital over the weekend with illness.
Allsports reported that Al Ain striker Gyan, has
been unable to train with the team and was
taken to the hospital on Saturday, however the
player has since been discharged.
According to reports Gyan came down with a
mild case of Malaria but responded to
treatment because the infection was detected
at an early stage.
The sports website also reported that John
Boye was taken to the newly built Mongomo
Provincial Hospital after a suspected case of
fever..
Boye had reportedly not been well since
Saturday but his condition deteriorated on
Sunday prompting the medical tean to have
him admitted
Both players are now doubts for Ghana’s
group opener on Monday although there are
suggestions that Gyan might recover in time
to lead the line for the Black Stars.
Ghana face Algeria and South Africa in a
group that is widely considered the toughest
at the tournament.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.co

Ghanaian refree ready for First Afcon Assignment


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Referee Joseph O. Lamptey, one of Ghana’s
referees at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will
take up his first assignment at the
competition on Tuesday, January 20.
Referee Lamptey will be the fourth referee in
the Group D game between Mali and
Cameroon at the Estadio De Malabo, Malabo.
The match will be handled by Janny SikaweI of
Zambia, with assistance from Jerson Emiliano
Dos Santos – Angola and Oamogetse
Godisaman of Botswana.
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Also on duty on the same day are; Mutasim
Gaafar Sirelkhatim (Sudan) – Commissioner
Sudan, Marcel Njipendi Kuotu (Cameroon) –
Referee Assessor, Massa Diarra (Mauritania) –
General Coordinator, Mohamed Abdalla Ahmed
Magzoub (Sudan) – Technical Study Group,
Ricardo Sarille (USA) – Marketing Officer USA,
Ayishat Falode (Nigeria) Media Officer,
Medjiba Rashid (Algeria) – Security Officer,
Khaled Lemkecher (Tunisia)- Assistant General
Coordinator Tunisia and Zakia Bartagi
(Tunisia).

Source: citifmonline

Christian Atsu Poised Itching For Afcon Action


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Ghana winger Christian Atsu says he is itching
to get started at the 2015 Africa Cup of
Nations with the Black Stars.
Ghana opens its Group C campaign with a
tough match against Senegal on Monday
under new coach Avram Grant.
The Black Stars are only required to do well at
this year’s event being staged in Equatorial
Guinea.
But there are subtle high hopes of the side
despite their struggles throughout the
qualifiers.
Winger Christian Atsu who will be playing in
his second straight finals is buzzing ahead of
Ghana’s opening match against Senegal.
“Today the African Cup of Nations starts, I
can’t wait to play in this tournament along
with my great teammates,” the Everton loanee
Tweeted.
Ghana will also take on Algeria and then
South Africa in their subsequent Group C
games which will be played in Mongomo.

Source: ghanaweb

Banku and Ayitey Apologises to Afia Schwargeneger


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Boxer cum comedian, Michael Aryee Ayitey
a.k.a Ayitey Powers has revealed that he and
his compatriot, Braimah Kamoko a.k.a Bukom
Banku have apologized to Afia
Schwarzenegger.
The two in a highly publicized message to the
TV presenter took her to the cleaners for
daring to insult them.
Ayitey Powers said he would not have married
if Afia were the only lady in town while Bukom
Banku also used several unprinted words on
the TV presenter.
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But Ayitey revealed on Adom Fm news
interview that they have apologized to her.
He said the apology meant that a planned
music to dent the image of Afia has been
withheld.
He did not, however, tell what caused them to
apologise to the TV comedian.

Source: ghanaweb

Bokoum Banku and I have no future fights,Ayittey Powers


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Boxer cum comedian, Michael Aryee Aryitey,
also known as Ayitey Powers, has promised
not to fight his friend, Braimah Kamoko a.k.a
Bukom Banku again.
His reason, he said, stems from the fact that
they hardly make a substantial amount of
money from boxing bouts.
He cited incidents in which he had to chase
several promoters for his money after boxing
bouts with Bukom Banku.
The two Bukom based boxers shot to fame in
the first quarter of 2014 after their twice
rescheduled boxing bout became the toast of
Ghanaians.
When the bout finally came on, it was Bukom
Banku who emerged as the winner, sweeping
away the price money at stake.
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This has led to conclusions that Ayitey Powers
is never a match for Bukom Banku but he
insists he is just determined not to fight with
his ‘new friend’ again.
“Bukom Banku and me, we are now very close
and we would not like to fight each other
because we don’t get anything from our
fights…,” he told Adom fm’s Kofi Adomah
Nwanwani in an interview.

Source : ghanaweb

Stay Away from social Media


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Ghana international Laryea Kingston has
cautioned players of the Black Stars to stay
away from social media during the period of
the Africa Cup of Nations if they want to
succeed.
The mercurial advised the players to fully
concentrate on the tournament and stay away
from social media since they could be heavily
distracted by comments made about them on
such platforms.
“The players have to desist from social media
and concentrate fully on the tournament if
they want to win. Sometimes, we get
distracted by things people say about us on
such platforms so it will be prudent for the
players to stay away from social media during
the period of the AFCON,” Laryea told
happyghana.com in an exclusive interview.
Laryae added that as a footballer, he knew the
extent to which some vituperation of fans
could negatively affect the performance of
players on the field.
He was however very optimistic about the
chances of the team winning the trophy. “The
players we have currently are capable of
winning the trophy especially at this point
when expectation of Ghanaians is very low.
When Zambia won the trophy in 2012, no one
really expected them to but they managed to
do it because there wasn’t much pressure on
them. I see that there isn’t much pressure on
this Black Stars team because expectations
are low so they can equally stage a surprise
just as Zambia did,” Laryea stated.
They Black Stars are finalizing preparations in
Spain for the continent’s most prestigious
football showpiece.
***Watch out for the full interview with Laryae
Kingston in the Exclusive Interview spot.