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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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2020 CHAN qualifier: Black Stars B fail to qualify for third straight CHAN tournament

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2020 CHAN qualifier: Black Stars B fail to qualify for third straight CHAN tournament

Ghana missed on qualification to the 2020 African Nations Championship on Sunday after drawing 0-0 with Burkina Faso in the final round qualifier.

The result meant the Black Stars B got eliminated 1-0 on aggregate after suffering defeat at home in the first leg tie at the Baba Yara Stadium.

The Local Black Stars beat the Stallions 4-1 on penalties two weeks ago en route to reaching the final of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations in Senegal.

But Maxwell Konadu and his charges could not replicate that feat and got knocked out of the competition.

Since losing the 2014 finals in South Africa, Ghana have now failed to qualify for the last two tournaments played in Rwanda (2016) and Morocco (2018).

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Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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Hearts beat Olympics on penalties to win 2019 Homowo Cup

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Hearts beat Olympics on penalties to win 2019 Homowo Cup

Accra Hearts of Oak prevailed on penalties to beat city rivals, Great Olympics, to win the 2019 Homowo Cup played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The teams were playing in the second leg of the match after last week’s goalless first leg and a winner needed to be found.

Hearts started well and went close in the 10th and 15th minutes of the first half with attempts from Emmanuel Mintah and Kofi Kordzi but they could not find the net until the 70th minute.

Mitchelle Sarpong scored for Hearts but two minutes later, Olympics were back in the game with a goal from Iddrisu Saler.

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There were no more goals in regulation time and so, penalties were needed to find a winner.

Hearts were perfect from the spot with their first three kicks but Olympics only scored one of their first three kicks and that gave the trophy to Hearts of Oak.

Source: citisportsonline.com

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Wafu Cup: We want to make Ghanaians happy by scoring Senegal in the final – Maxwell Konadu

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Wafu Cup: We want to make Ghanaians happy by scoring Senegal in the final – Maxwell Konadu

The Black Stars boss looks ahead to the tournament’s climax against the hosts.

Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu has set his sights on beating Senegal in the final of the Wafu Cup of Nations to re-affirm their status as the West African powerhouse on Sunday.

The most successful team in the history of the tournament with two titles, the home-based Black Stars are set for a showdown with the hosts at Stade Lat-Dior in Thies.

Ghana’s run to the final has come as a surprise to many considering the side’s pre-tournament preparation challenges and a 1-0 home loss to Burkina Faso in a 2020 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier two weeks to kick-off.

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“We have to thank the Ghanaian public for giving us their support,” Konadu said in a Facebook video.

“We started this campaign two weeks ago and in our run-up to the competition, we lost to Burkina Faso which wasn’t the best for our image but we did our best to rally the boys back, to motivate them and lift their spirit high.

“I think the loss [to Burkina Faso], although painful, told us a lot, that we needed to come here and fight it out.

“Yes we have made history but that is behind us now. We just want to go for the cup and make sure we make Ghanaians happy. We have to stay focused.

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“That is what we want to do. Yes, if we win it, we will make history.”

Ghana are defending champions of the tournament, the last triumph coming under Konadu when they hosted the competition two years ago.

The Black Stars had beaten Cote d’Ivoire 3-1 in the semi-final to make Sunday’s final.

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