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Medeama withdraw from Special Competition

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Medeama withdraw from Special Competition

Medeama withdraw from Special Competition

GHANAsoccernet.com understands Ghana Premier League side Medeama will not take part in the Ghana FA Special Competition set to kick start next weekend over untenable ‘fixture faux pas’.

The two-time FA Cup holders are livid after their petition to the Normalisation Committee on February 8 to revise the fixtures was ignored.

Medeama, which is the lowest lying Southern team have shockingly been maintained in the Northern zone following the latest fixtures released on Friday amid the huge protest from the club.

GHANAsoccernet.com understands the club is extremely unhappy with attempts to force the unpopular decision down their throat, vowing to pull the plugs on their involvement.

Per the Normalisation Committee’s own demarcation, the Mauve and Yellows appears justified in demanding for their team to be placed in the Southern zone.

GHANAsoccernet.com sources say the club’s top hierarchy feel disrespected after the FA failed to even acknowledge receipt of their petition on February 8.

“Medeama SC per its geographical location is based at the lowest part of southern Ghana and by proximity ought to be grouped in group B of the fixtures released yesterday. We are by this letter requesting your esteemed outfit to reconsider Medeama SC and place it at its rightful position if fairness and professionalism is anything to go by as far as this competition is concerned as indicated in Article 11(8) of the Regulations of GFA Special Competition.” part of the letter sent to the Ghana Football Association on February 8 read.

They feel there are underhand dealings to hand them a raw deal and won’t budge easily amid outrage among their teeming fans in Tarkwa.

Sources say the club is not interested in any financial enticement package to change their stance and want to be housed in their required grouping.

The 2014 and 2016 CAF Confederation Cup campaigners have insisted it will only participate in the competition if the “right thing is done”, GHANAsoccernet.com understands.

The club’s management have the full backing of the board and club owner Moses Armah, who are not happy with attempts to twist their hands and court public disaffection for the team.

The Mauve and Yellows have froth at the mouth after being housed in the Northern Zone, insisting the demarcation is untenable.

Medeama, who are based in the Western region, is geographically located in the Southern part of Ghana.

But the club has been placed among the Northern Zone teams which have angered the two-time FA Cup winners.

GHANAsoccernet.com understands the club will rescind their decision if they are re-categorized in the Southern sector.

It is unclear what led to the decision to place the club in the Northern zone but the current scenario threatens the competition which has suffered several postponements.

Per the current decision, Medeama must travel 145.2km to Obuasi, 205.4km to Kumasi, 298.4km to Bechem, 362.3km to Techiman, 328.8km to Berekum, 309.1km to Dorma Ahenkro and 664.6km to Wa to honour matches in the Northern zone.

The launch of the much-postponed competition will take place at the GFA Secretariat on Monday, March 25.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Portugal beat Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Portugal beat Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying

The Juventus forward has now scored 93 international goals, 16 behind Iran legend Ali Daei’s world record.

He scored an early penalty, before Vytautas Andriuskevicius equalised.

Ronaldo’s 20-yard shot went in off the head of Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus and he scored two more from Bernardo Silva passes, before William Carvalho’s injury-time fifth.

The result keeps Portugal in an automatic qualifying place, five points behind Group B leaders Ukraine.

It was an eighth international hat-trick for 34-year-old Ronaldo, who also scored four against Andorra in 2016.

Serbia moved up into third place in the group with a 3-1 win at Luxembourg, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring twice.

Source: bbc.com

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Kenya cannot stand in our way – Black Queens Coach

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Kenya cannot stand in our way - Black Queens Coach

Madam Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo Head Coach of the female national football team, the Black Queens has said Kenya, will not be a stumbling block to their quest of qualifying to the next round of matches for the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers.

Madam Tagoe made this known in an interview in Accra after the Queens did a double over their Gabonese counterparts 5-0 in aggregate over the two legs played.

According to her, though she is building a formidable team for the future, their aim of qualifying to the next Olympic Games still remained a priority and Kenya would not stand in their way.

“Kenya would not be a difficult game for us, we have played them in their backyard before and it ended in a draw.

“I believe with the crop of players I have put together coupled with a little more of camping time and the right blend, we would gel and Ghanaians would see good results.

“We have a target of qualifying to the Tokyo 2020 Games and we are determined to take each game at a time, so Kenya wound not stand in our way, they are women like us and we would see to them,” she said.

The coach said the team was well determined and focused and there is nothing like pressure to distract them.

A goal each from Queens captain Portia Boakye and Juliet Acheampong in the 16th and 75th minute helped Ghana to beat Gabon by 2:0 in Accra, after beating them 3:0 in the first leg in Libreville to book a date with Kenya in the next qualifying match.

Source: Ghananewsagency.org

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GFA Congress: Clubs adopts new statutes; elective congress imminent

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GFA Congress: Clubs adopts new statutes; elective congress imminent

The Ghana League clubs have today September 5, adopted new statues for the governing of Ghana Football Association at an Extraordinary Congress held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra.

After hours of deliberation upon the proposed Normalisation Committee statutes, the clubs finally accepted to go with the revised statutes.

Out of 123 Delegates present at the Congress, 115 voted “YES” in support of the adoption of new GFA statutes. More than 75% required and thus Statutes has been adopted.

Below are some of the changes made

– 12 members on the Executive Committee Members (ExCo)

– 120 delegates accepted (formally 123)

– a 2-term of office of 4 years for the President and 3 terms for other ExCo members

The NC President notified the Clubs they cannot have a board member which is more the company’s code of 12. The Clubs obliged and reduced their previous number (15) to 12.

Below is the breakdown

5 Premier League reps

3 DOL reps

2 RFA reps

1 Women’s League rep

1 President with an automatic vote

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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