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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Ghana set to play Namibia today in warm-up match

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Ghana set to play Namibia today in warm-up match

2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Ghana set to play Namibia today in warm-up match

The Black Stars will take on Namibia in their first pre-2019 Africa Cup of Nations friendly on Sunday June 9.

The match will be played in Dubai where the four-time African champions have been camping since Monday.

Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah will also get to see his players compete for a slot in the final squad which will be sent to CAF before midnight of Monday, 10 June, 2019.

Appiah is expected to name his final 23-man squad for the tournament after the friendly.

The Black Stars will take on South Africa in their second friendly game to be played four days later.

Ghana will begin their campaign against Benin on June 25, 2019 at the Ismaili Sports Stadium.

Below is the provisional 29-man squad for the tournament.

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), Nuhu Musa (St Gallen, Switzerland), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey), and Mohammed Alhassan (Hearts of Oak, Ghana)

Midfielders

Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionle, Italy), Ebenezer Ofori (New York FC, USA), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew ( Fenerbache, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland), Yaw Yeboah (Numancia, Spain), Abdul Fatawu (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).

Strikers

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

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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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

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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Winning NBA manager backs African basketball

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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