Ghana Boxing Federation set December 18 for the elective congress

Accra,- The Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) has announced Saturday, December 18, 2021, as the new date to elect new officials to spearhead its affairs for the next four years.

The elective congress should have been held last year but was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from the federation said the positions of the President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, Treasurer, and two Executive members would be up for grabs to form the governing body of the federation.

Nominations for the aforementioned positions were opened on November 8 with the deadline for submission being November 25.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Seychelles’ cricket team playing in World Cup Africa qualifier in Rwanda this weekend

A cricket team from Seychelles will participate in the T20 World Cup Africa qualifier tournament in Kigali, Rwanda from October 16 to 17.

Team Seychelles left the country on Wednesday for the seven-day tournament in which the island nation will play in the sub regional Africa A qualifier alongside Rwanda, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini and Uganda.

The chairman of the Seychelles Cricket Association, Jonathan Paul, said: “I am confident that we will do well as this selection is very good.”

Paul said that the Seychelles’ team has the qualities needed to qualify for the T20 World Cup in 2022.

The team received its official kits earlier this week sponsored by a number of local companies including Eden Island Development company, Vijay Construction, Mohan Shopping Centre and Avani Barbarons among others.

In 2011, Seychelles was promoted to Africa division two of the former qualifying tournament for the ICC T20 World cup and Paul says that he believes the island nation has come a long way since then.

Although the preparation for the Seychelles’ selection was hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul told SNA that the team managed to find ways to train.

“We have trained in groups for the past weeks and despite this, we feel that the players are in a good state of mind and should give a good account of themselves in Rwanda,” said Paul.

The sub-regional tournament, which serves as a qualifier for the 2022 T20 World Cup, is being organised by the Rwanda Cricket Association in collaboration with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Africa regional finals.

The matches will be played at the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium and the Integrated Polytechnic Regional College (IPRC).

Botswana, Cameroon, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Tanzania will play the group B qualifier from October 31 to November 8.

The top team from both groups will advance to Africa regional finals, where they will compete with Nigeria and Kenya for the lone qualification spot in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifier in 2022.

If the team from Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, gets through this round, it will head back to Rwanda in November to continue its qualifying campaign.

Cricket in Seychelles remains a sport practiced mostly by Seychellois of Indian origin but Paul said that the teams now have other Seychellois players joining.

He said that the Association will continue to bring cricket to more young children, although in recent years it has been difficult to retain their interest in the sport once they get older.  

“We want to develop an interest in the sport and we think that if we can get the youth to enjoy cricket, then we will have more people wanting to join,” said Paul.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

“Our focus now is on the play-offs” – Milovan Rajevac

Milovan Rajevac Head Coach of the senior national team, the Black Stars has said they have to intensify their preparations for the play-off of the 2022 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualifiers.

According to the Coach, the competition would get tougher at the next stage hence the need to ensure that, all errors and weaknesses in the team were corrected before they take on their next opponents.

The Coach said his greatest desire was to see Ghana at the 2022 World Cup hence the need to remain focused and prepare adequately for the task ahead.

He however commended the playing body for working hard to secure the much-needed victory for the team.

“We expected the tough nature of the game and we prepared for it and ensured we delivered.

“We created a lot of chances and could have scored more in the game, but the most important thing is that we have won and we would plan to improve more,” he added

The Black Stars would wait for the next phase of the qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Veep salutes Black Stars’ hard-fought victory over South Africa

Accra,- Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has congratulated the Black Stars of Ghana on their hard-fought 1-0 victory over South Africa in the penultimate stage of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup on Sunday evening at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.

Andre Dede Ayew’s expertly taken spot-kick in the 33rd minute was enough to hand Ghana a place in the playoffs to chase for a slot in the Mundial next year in Qatar.

“Congratulations to the Black Stars for topping Group G to qualify for the World Cup play-offs following a hard-fought victory over South Africa.”

Going into the game, the Bafana Bafana lads only needed a draw or avoid defeat having topped the group with 13 points to progress to the next stage but were denied by Ghana away from home.

He said, “Sorry to Bafana Bafana for missing the play-off by a whisker.”

Ghana advanced over South Africa with a goal advantage and would be among the ten countries that would slug it out in the play-offs.

In a related development, he sent a goodwill message to Sekondi-based club, Hasaacas Ladies as they take on ASFAR of Morocco in the 2021 CAF Women’s Champions League on Monday, November 15 in Cairo, Egypt.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dede Ayew praises Jordan on his performance against South Africa

Accra,- Captain of the Black Stars, Andre Dede Ayew has heaped praises on his brother, Jordan Ayew for his performance against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) 2022 World Cup qualifier.

The match played on Sunday evening at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium saw Ghana beat South Africa by a lone goal courtesy Ayew’s penalty kick to cruise to the playoffs stage of the qualifiers.

Jordan Ayew, at the end of the match, has adjudged the Man of the Match for his contribution towards Ghana’s victory.

His elder brother, Ayew at the post-match conference praised his display on the field saying, “Jordan was unbelievable in the game. Am I the only one who saw him to be the Man of the Match?

“If we had two Jordans on the pitch, things would have been different,” he added.

According to the captain, his younger brother was the only one who could hold onto the ball and run at defenders adding that he caused so many problems to their opponents.

Meanwhile, Dede Ayew, yesterday marked his 100th appearance in the senior national team scoring 22 goals.

Source: Ghana News Agency

SAFA to protest against Senegalese referee

Accra,– The South African Football Association (SAFA) has decided to lodge a formal complaint against the Senegalese referee who handled the crucial 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ghana at the Cape Coast Stadium last Sunday.

Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye, awarded a 33rd penalty to Ghana which was converted by Andre Ayew, to give Ghana the chance to progress to the next stage of the 2022 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualifiers.

In a post-match interview with the media, Mr. Tebogo Motlanthe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SAFA said they were unhappy with the conduct of the match officials hence their decision to protest.

“We want the conduct of the match officials closely investigated by both the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) and FIFA.

“We would be having a press conference soon to announce our next line of action as well as our future plans,” he added.

Ghana beat South Africa by a lone goal to top Group G with a superior goal aggregate and advance to the next stage of the qualifiers.

Both countries were tied at the top with 13 points but Ghana qualified with a superior goal difference.

Source: Ghana News Agency

South Africa Coach unhappy with Senegalese referee

Hugo Broos Head Coach of the senior national team of South Africa, Bafana Bafana, has expressed his dissatisfaction with the performance of the center referee who handled their last World Cup qualifier against the Black Stars of Ghana at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye awarded a 33rd penalty to Ghana which was converted by Andre Ayew, which give Ghana the chance to progress to the next stage of the 2022 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualifiers.

According to Broos, he was in doubt over the decision of the referee since it was not a clear penalty, hence his disappointment.

Coach Broos at a post-match press conference said the performance of the referee was not up to standard and it contributed to the defeat of his side.

He however blamed the inability of his side to score enough goals against Zimbabwe in the penultimate match of the qualifiers for the misfortune.

“It was the only game we did not play to our level in the qualifiers. We missed the chance to score more against Zimbabwe that would have made it more difficult for Ghana to qualify.

“If we had scored more against Zimbabwe, I’m very sure we would have been smiling by now and make progress to the playoffs,” he added.

Coach Broos however expressed confidence in the ability of Ghana to qualify for the world cup adding that they had enough quality to make progress.

“Ghana has a lot of quality players, most of them play top leagues in Europe and I have no doubt that they can qualify to the world cup,” he added.

The Black Stars defeated South Africa by a lone goal to make progress to the next stage of the qualifiers of the 2022 World Cup.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Group Managing Director of KSK Group of Companies enskinned as Mion Soya Naa

The Paramount Chief of Mion Traditional Area in the Dagbon Kingdom, Mion Lana Abdulai Mahamadu has enskinned the Group Managing Director of KSK Group of Companies, Kamalrideen Ibn Farid Bagonluri as the Mion Soya Naa, in the Northern Region.

Traditional and other cultural activities of the area were in full display during the coronation at the Mion Palace amid the firing of musketry to signal his acceptance as the Soya Naa.

Chief Kamalrideen Ibn Farid Bagonluri is a royal who is the grandson of the late Ollo Naa Bagonluri, the first of the Saatignee Section of the Nayiri Gate in the Upper West Region of Ghana.

With his title as Soya Naa, which literally means the custodian of paths, Chief Bagonluri is expected to bring employment opportunities to the youth in the Mion traditional area as well as development.

The Mion Lana has been an advocate for job creation and development since becoming the ruler of the traditional area and the creation of the chieftaincy title Soya Naa came as no surprise.

Speaking to journalists after his enskinment, the Mion Soya Naa I, Chief Kamalrideen Ibn Farid Bagonluri expressed his joy for the honor and promised to help the Mion Lana Abdulai Mahamadu succeed by creating job opportunities and bringing development to the area.

“Having been the custodian of paths, my main responsibility is to make sure the Mion Lana succeeds in his development agenda and I am ready in my capacity as the Soya Naa to make sure that his developmental agenda that he has for people of Mion and Dagbon as a whole will be achieved”, he said.

He said skill development is going to be key to being able to empower the youth to get jobs. He revealed that, as a farming area, an avenue would be created to encourage the youth to enter into farming by supporting them with the necessary tools and agricultural best practices to succeed.

The Mion Soya Naa also indicated his preparedness to promote the level of education in the traditional area by supporting schools in computer education, science, and mathematics.

“We are witness that in the rural areas, they write the same exams with the people in the city but they don’t have the same educational materials and tools to be able to bridge the gap and my intention is to support the education structure within the community so that so they would be able to match the students in the cities”, he said.

With respect to the increased rate of the abuse of social media in the Northern Region, Chief Bagonluri assured to partner with other Chiefs in the area to stop the canker. He said, most of the people who abused social media are not aware of the danger involved and his outfit would partner with the Chiefs in the Dagbon area to educate them.

About Chief Kamalrideen Ibn Farid Bagonluri and KSK Group of companies
He’s the Founder of KSK Group of Companies and also doubles as the Group Managing Director. Chief Kamalrideen is an astute and experienced business executive whose expertise spans the fields of construction, real estate, entrepreneurship, and venture capital.

He provides strategic leadership to the group. He has a unique ability to find solutions to challenging construction issues and is involved in detailed feasibility and strategy development as well as liaison with statutory authorities, design consultants, and sub-contractors ensuring the best buildability solutions are designed and engineered into projects at early stages.

Prior to setting up the Group, he was the sole proprietor of IBN FARID VENTURES, steering and competently managing IBN FARID VENTURES for about five years and transforming it into KSK BUILDERS NETWORK LTD.

Following his Management and leadership skills, he was appointed as the Executive Director in 2016 by the Executive Council of LA- Wougon Muslims Trust a nonprofit organization that has been in existence for over 20 years to transform and manage it for the benefit of the people in the rural communities within Ghana in the areas of education, skill development and women empowerment.

Source: Ghana Web