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.
Senegal thrash Tunisia to reach AFCON finals
AFCON finals after emerging victorious against Tunisia.
Senegal reached their second Africa Cup of Nations final with an extra-time victory over Tunisia.
Both sides had penalties saved in normal time before Tunisia defender Dylan Bronn inadvertently headed the only goal of the game into his own net.
Mouez Hassen tipped Sadio Mane’s free-kick onto Bronn’s head as Senegal – who face Algeria or Nigeria – moved a step closer to their first Afcon title.
Clifford Aboagye joins Gallos de Querétaro from Atlas FC
Midfielder Clifford Aboagye will spend the 2019/20 season with Mexican side Gallos de Querétaro, completing a season-long loan move from Atlas FC.
“Looking ahead to the 2019 Apertura of Liga MX, we welcome the Ghanaian, Clifford Aboagye, who already has experience in Mexican soccer,” reads Querétaro’s statement.
Atlas FC also said in a Club statement: “Atlas FC reports that footballer Clifford Aboagye will go on loan to Club Querétaro.”
The Mexican Soccer Academy appreciates the time and effort they devoted during his stay at the club, wishing him success in the future.”
He played a very key role for Inter Allies, mastering a team to a debut Premier League qualification in 2013.
Later, he joined Granada CF in Spain and debuted with the first team on January 8, 2015 in a Cup match before making his debut in the La Liga.
In 2017, he arrived in Mexico and caught the attention of the national media, first spending a season on loan with Atlas and later permanent deal, thanks to the speed, technical conditions and vision of the game.
Aboagye won the Adidas Bronze Ball in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey in 2013, where Ghana grabbed bronze in the competition and also featured in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Kotoko turn down Orlando Pirates new bid for Songne Yacouba
Orlando Pirates have bid rejected by Asante Kotoko for Burkina Faso striker Songne Yacouba in the ongoing transfer window, Footballghana.com can report.
The management of the Porcupine Warriors have turned down a new offer from the South Africa Premier League giants.
According to reports, Orlando Pirates submitted a bid around $100,000 to sign Yacouba ahead of next season campaign.
Officials of Kotoko have asked the Buccaneers lads to table an improved bid around the region of $150,000 to $200,000 for the acquisition of the Burkina Faso import.
Yacouba emerged as a top transfer target for the Orlando Stadium outfit following his explosive performance at the Ghana Premier League heavyweights.
He is currently on holidays in his native country, Burkina Faso.
Footballghana.com understands that the Reds are willing to sell Yacouba following the arrival of George Abege, Adingra Moussa and Richard Arthur.
He scored two goals and provided five assists in his eight appearances for Asante Kotoko in their CAF Confederation Cup campaign last season.
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