Kotoko-CARA fixture makes history as ref. awards five penalties in regulation time

Kumasi- History was made in the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Confederation Cup competition as the 2018 preliminary match between Asante Kotoko S/C and Congo’s Club Athletique Rennaissance Aiglon (CARA) saw as many as five penalty kicks been awarded in regulation time by Senegalese referee, Issah Sy.

Kotoko eventually won the match 1-0 on the stroke of full time, as substitute Yakubu Mohammed converted a spot-kick after Sadique Adams was fouled in the penalty box.

The striker displaced Congolese goalie Odongo Bouegena in the process, and the wild jubilation that greeted the goal summed up the frustration of the supporters in the course of the match.

The Porcupine Warriors began the match on a vigourous note, putting intense pressure on the visitors and it came as no surprise as the homers were awarded their first penalty kick in the eight minute, but Adams would squander the glorious opportunity.

CARA responded briefly with some crisp inter-positional play by the players in their own half, and this kept the Kotoko attackers at bay, ending the first session barren.

In the 57th minute, Kotoko’s Kwame Boahen was brought down in the vital area for Kotoko’s second penalty-kick after Kwame Boahen was brought down, but the resultant kick wasted by skipper Amos Frimpong.

The Porcupine Warriors had their third penalty kick in the 69th minute which was also wasted by Baba Mahama, and in the course of the game, CARA had the chance to also convert a spot-kick, but as fate would have it, the visitors missed the opportunity after goalie Odongo Bouegena’s kick failed to enter the net.

Kotoko had the last laugh when substitute Yakubu finally scored from the spot-kick after Adams was brought down in the goal area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Al Tahaddy Beat Aduana Stars

Accra – Aduana Stars succumbed to a 1-0 loss to their Libyan counterparts Al Tahaddy in the first leg encounter in the first round of the Confederation of Africa Football (CaF) Champions League on Sunday.

A solitary strike by Mahmound Ali ensured a slim victory for the Libyan side, as they head into the second leg with the advantage over their Ghanaian counterparts.

Ali’s first half strike was enough for the Libyan giants as they secured the much needed victory with Aduana Stars unable to get unto the scoresheet but will fancy their chances in the second leg encounter.

The second leg encounter is slated for the Dormaa Park on 21st February, 2018.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GHANA: QATAR AIRWAYS, AIR NAMIBIA TO START OPERATIONS SOON

ACCRA– The Ghana government has signed an agreement with Doha-based Qatar Airways for the Middle Eastern airline to start scheduled flights between Accra and Doha, while Air Namibia � which pulled out of the country some four years ago � has started discussions to re-start operations this year.

Passengers travelling to the Middle East, Far East and South East Asian Countries are expected to benefit from reduced fares � given the anticipated competition between Qatar, Emirates and Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines.

Aviation Minister Cecilia A. Dapaah said: We have signed an agreement with Qatar Airways. Air Namibia wants to come back, and I believe other airlines are also considering coming over.

She was speaking at the 2nd Aviation Breakfast Meeting organised by AviationGhana, an aviation-oriented PR organisation and online news portal, in collaboration with the Board of Airlines under the auspices of the Aviation Ministry.

The start of scheduled flights into Accra will make it the second city in the West Africa sub-region, behind Lagos, that the government-owned Qatar Airways serves.

The airline already has deep footprints in East, South and North Africa. It offers flights between Doha and Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Entebbe, Kigali, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, and Khartoum among others � all in East Africa. In Southern Africa, the airline operates flights to and from Windhoek, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Maputo.

Windhoek-based Air Namibia, which started operations in Accra in 2009 but had to close shop in 2014, is making a comeback. Dapaah revealed that discussions are ongoing and the airline will soon re-start operations soon.

A major issue for the South African airline was the difficulty for passengers travelling from Ghana to obtain visas. Passengers hitherto had to obtain Namibian visas in Lagos. The Namibian High Commissioner to Ghana, Charles B. Josob, revealed that an Embassy has been established in Accra to process visas for travellers.

It is quite easy to get a Namibian visa once you fulfil the very simple requirements, so the issue has been dealt with, he said.

Support for AWA

Africa World Airlines (AWA) is now the only carrier providing domestic aviation services between the country’s capital Accra and major economic and commercial hubs such as Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale.

The huge demand for domestic air services that AWA has to meet forced the airline to increase its frequency on the Kumasi and Tamale routes.

AWA is also Ghana’s only home-based carrier operating regional flights from Accra to Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, and Monrovia in Liberia.

We now have a problem with our domestic airline provision. AWA is now saddled with the huge responsibility of meeting demand. I am sure it is affecting the big guys, as local airlines bring people to Accra for onward transport by the big, long-haul carriers.

We are looking at various ways to make sure we help AWA resolve this issue. Nobody wished the Starbow incident would happen, but it happened and we must deal with it. So, very soon, we will have some positive news, Dapaah said.

Source NAM NEWS NETWORK

Care givers under LEAP urged to use funds judiciously for children

Bolgatanga- Mr James Ayesake, the Acting Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, has called on caregivers under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme to ensure that funds for children was well utilized.

He said access to good nutrition, healthcare and education are crucial to the children under the programme and for the achievement of the intended purpose of LEAP.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga, Mr Ayesake said good education for the children under the programme would alleviate poverty and encourage long-term human capital development.

He called on the caregivers to ensure that the children are in school and remained in school until they completed their second cycle education.

We need to let the programme function well so that the poverty we are fighting against is reduced in households and communities he said.

He said plans were also afoot to start another cycle of payments for 2018 and stressed on efficient utilization of the funds.

He commended the LEAP programme and said it was making a good impact on the vulnerable people in the region.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GHANA: TULLOW OIL RECORDS $189M POST-TAX LOSS FOR 2017

ACCRA– Ghana’s oil exploration and production firm Tullow Oil recorded another loss in its operations for last year.

According to the 2017 financial results released by the company, it posted a tax loss of $189 million after write-offs and non-cash impairments; free cash flow of $543 million.

This, however, represents a significant reduction from the $597 million posted for last year.

The company has, however, announced that it is expected to commence fresh drillings on TEN oil fields possibly before the end of the first quarter of 2018.

This was after, it won the legal battle on the disputed area on the fields, after the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) made its decision with regard to the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast.

Source NAM NEWS NETWORK