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2 local players, Waris dropped

Home-based players, Abdul Fatawu of Kotoko and Hearts of Oak’s Mohammed Alhassan failed to make Coach Kwesi Appiah’s final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt later this month.

The final list, which was confirmed to the Daily Graphic by Coach Kwesi Appiah yesterday, also saw striker Abdul Majeed Waris, Black Meteors skipper, Yaw Yeboah and US-based Ebenezer Ofori missing out.

This means both Fatawu and Alhassan could feature in Sunday’s Tier 1 semi-final clash between Hearts and Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The Stars coach settled on his final squad after the team’s first international friendly against the Brave Warriors of Namibia which saw the second string Ghanaian side losing 0-1 in Dubai last Sunday.

The 29 players who were in camp was first reduced when St Gallen defender, Nuhu Musah, was ruled out by a knee injury last week Wednesday.

Below is the final 23 players who will represent Ghana at Egypt 2019 scheduled for June 21 to July 19.

Goalkeepers

Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati Zigi (Sochaux, Montbeliard, France), and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).

Defenders

John Boye (Metz, France), Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Baba Rahman (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe A.S, Turkey), Kassim Nuhu, (Hoffeinham, Germany,) Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belguim), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey).

Midfielders

Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionle, Italy), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia).

Strikers

Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey and Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain).

The Stars will play their final pre-AFCON friendly against Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Saturday, before flying to Egypt for the tournament on June 20.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Tamale NPP boys lock up National Sports Authority office

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Tamale NPP boys lock up National Sports Authority office

Supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party have locked up the offices of the National Sports Authority (NSA) in the Northern regional capital, Tamale Monday morning.

Led by a man who identified himself as Karim Abdul Rafiq, the group of party youths say they oppose the supposed reinstatement of the NSA Director, Alhassan Salamatu.

According to Joy News’ Northern regional correspondent Martina Bugri, the Director was part of three other management members who were transferred out of the Northern Regional office of the NSA.

The group, Abdul Rafiq said, includes the notorious militia group, Kandahar Boys, which is affiliated to the governing New Patriotic Party.

The group which has accused the Director, Salamatu, of mismanagement claim they got wind that she has been reinstated.

“All we want is for her to honour her transfer and leave the office,” said Rafiq.

They are also accusing her of using political influence to getting her transfer revoked. “We do not want any of that,” Rafiq demanded.

The group told JoyNews that they would hold on to keys of the premises until the Director honours the transfer.

Martina also reported, the staff of NSA petitioned the Sports Minister and the President against reinstating the embattled Director.

The staff cited embezzlement of funds, fueling disunity among staff as part of the reasons for wanting Salamatu out.

Speaking to the media, the administrator of the NSA in Tamale, Samuel Nii Oblie described the circumstances in which he and the other staff were ousted from the premises.

“We were working and they asked us to get out and they locked the premises afterward,” Nii Oblie said.

According to him, they called the police and informed them about the attack at the offices but 45 minutes later, at the time of the report, the law enforcers were yet to arrive.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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Accra Sports Stadium to host Kotoko and Karela final on Sunday

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Accra Sports Stadium to host Kotoko and Karela final on Sunday

The final of the Tier I Special Competition between Asante Kotoko and Karela United will be played on Sunday, 23 June, 2019 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

”The final of the NC Special Competition tier one between Kotoko and Karela United will be played on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at the Accra Sports Stadium at 3:00PM,” spokesperson of the competition Kennedy Boakye Ansah told Takoradi-based Kingdom FM.

Asante Kotoko reached the final after securing a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over rivals Hearts of Oak in the derby clash.

Both teams tied 1-1 in regulation time.

At the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium, Karela United beat AshantiGold 1-0 in a shock result.

The winner of the final will represent Ghana in the 2019/2020 CAF Champions League.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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Winning NBA manager backs African basketball

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A man of Nigerian and Kenyan heritage has been at the forefront of the historic NBA championship win by the Toronto Raptors.

Masai Ujiri, whose mother is Kenyan and father Nigerian, is the Canadian side’s general manager – the most senior position in the team.

Overnight, the Raptors became the first Canadian team to win the championship, beating the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in the best of seven series.

Ujiri, who was born in Britain, has become a well-known figure in basketball development in Africa.

He set up the Giants of Africa programme which recruits young African basketball talent and secures scholarships in US universities.

The organisation has built courts in Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa. It is also working to develop coaching talent in Rwanda.

Before Wednesday night’s match, Giants of Africa posted a film on Instagram of Kenyan fans shouting: “Let’s go Raptors!”

On court, African players made a big contribution to the Raptors’ victory.

Cameroon’s Pascal Siakam was their top scorer with 26 points, and Congo-Brazzaville’s Serge Ibaka scored 15 points.

Source: BBC

 

 

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