ADB donates GH¢ 100, 000 to GHALCA for women’s football

Accra, Nov 22, GNA-The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) has presented a cheque for One Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis GH¢ 100, 000.

00) to the Ghana League Clubs Association’s (GHALCA) in support of the development of women’s football in the country.

The donation was in fulfilment of the Bank’s pledge at a fund raising event under the auspices of the First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo for corporate Ghana to contribute towards the development of Women’s Football as well as the establishment of the First Women’s School of Soccer Excellence in West Africa and the inaugural edition of the First Lady’s Cup.

Presenting the cheque at the Bank’s Head Office in Accra, the ADB Managing Director, Dr. John Kofi Mensah said, the donation was part of the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility to support sports especially women sports to positively impact society.

“We support the call by the First Lady, for Corporate Ghana to support the development of women football in the country,” he said.

According to Dr. Kofi Mensah, women football equally deserved the same attention as men football since it was an avenue for more women to influence society and serve as role model in their various localities.

“Just as many young men have become impactful in society as a result of playing football, giving equal attention to female football will also create more role models in our society,” he said.

Dr Mensah pledged the commitment of the Bank to support other areas of interest to ensure female football also developed up to an enviable level just like that of their male counterparts.

The President of GHALCA, Mr. Kudjoe Fianoo commended the Bank for the gesture and assured the Management of the Bank that the funds would be utilized for its intended purpose.

“We are going to commit the funds into the development of women football in the country to make sure we reap from it as a nation,” he said.

At a ceremony last month, The First Lady raised over one million cedis (GH¢ 1,250,000) for the development of women’s football in the country through cash and pledges from Individuals and Corporate Organizations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Issahaku is the next Abedi-Pele, deserves protection – Zito

Accra,– Abdul Karim Zito Head Coach of Dreams FC has described attacking sensation Abdul Fatawu Issahaku as the next player Abedi Pele considering his startling prowess on the field of play.

Issahaku once again delivered a remarkable performance against Great Olympics which earned him the Man-of-the-Match accolade after scoring two stunning goals.

The footballing gem has four goals from four matches so far this season is concerned and all goals have been dispatched with some dazzling ruthlessness.

Speaking in a post-match interview after their 3-3 draw against Olympics, Coach Zito indicated that Issahaku had the talent to reach the heights of Abedi Pele who was arguably the best player Ghana had produced in its football history.

Coach Zito said that Issahaku had to be protected by match officials with most opponents normally devising strategies to get him injured which could be a big blow for the country as a whole.

“Fatawu is the next Abedi Pele and the referees have to guide him and this is what they do in Europe especially when a player comes out.

“Definitely clubs would come with a plan against him just to injure him and at the end of the day Ghana loses and I pray God to protect him from injuries,” he said.

Issahaku in an interview after bagging the brace against Olympics said he did not reach his best level of performance against Great Olympics despite scoring a brace but looks to improve in subsequent matches.

The young sensation would lead the charge for Dreams next week when they travel to Bechem to face Bechem United in match-week five.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Lariba Sakat, Amponsah shine in 2021 Good Day Energy Cross Country race

Accra,- Sakat Lariba, a 25-year old and University of Education student, William Amponsah excelled at the maiden Good Day Energy cross country race held on Sunday.

The 12-km race which began at the Brekusu-Ashesi University road and ended at the Peduase Lodge saw about 300 long-distance runners chasing for the ultimate prize.

In the end, it was Sakat and Amponsah who dominated the female and male category with a time of 47.47s and 38.40s respectively to emerge champions.

Amponsah, the 21-year old and Sakat who both won the 2021 Asante Akyem Marathon showed class again in their respective categories to beat all the competitors to walk away with the GH¢ 5,000 prize money.

He finished ahead of Koogo Attia who clocked 40.10s, and Atalar Samuel taking the third position with a time of 40.51. For their efforts, Attia and Awuni received GH¢ 3,000 and GH¢ 1,500 respectively, and products from Good Day Energy drinks.

In the Women’s category, Titi Rosina finished the race with 52.24s, whilst Sherifa Moro came third with a time of 53.05s.

The Ghana Armed Forces Team won the men’s team event with 18 points, ahead of Daakye Team from the Ashanti Region and High Moral Team from Ho came third whilst the Asante Team won the women’s division with 28 points followed by the Ghana Armed Forces and the Upper West Region.

Amponsah, told the media he had set sight on participating in next year’s Boston Marathon after missing out this year due to inadequate time.

He said the nature of the rough road was his only challenge but he focused to finish the race in grand style.

All the other participants were given a certificate of participation, and a carton of Good Day Energy Drink for their sweats.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Rehabilitation of Sunyani Coronation Park will cost GH¢ 45,000 – NSA

Sunyani,– The National Sports Authority (NSA) says it requires GH¢ 45, 000 for the rehabilitation of the Sunyani Coronation Park to host Division One League matches.

Mr. Foster Kwame Opoku Boateng, the Bono Regional Director of the NSA, therefore appealed to the general public to support the rehabilitation of the park to meet the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA’s) standard.

Tano Boafoakwa, B/United, and Young Apostles, Sunyani-based FCs as well as Baffour-Awuah Soccer Academy at Nsoatre in the Sunyani West Municipality have qualified to play Division One League matches at the Coronation Park.

But, the clubs are playing their matches at different venues because the Park is going through rehabilitation works to meet the GFA standard.

Speaking in an interview with the GNA Sports in Sunyani, Mr. Boateng said “a lot of work had to be done if the park can host the matches”.

“We have to raise wire meshes in and around the inner perimeters to ensure supporters and spectators can’t jump over unto the pitch.

“The tunnel which connects from the main entrance of the pitch to the dressing room must also be completed so that players can pass through without spectators having access to them”, he explained.

Mr. Boateng said additional works ought to be done at the VIP stance and the Press Box, and appealed to particularly sports enthusiasts and corporate bodies to come to their aid.

Meanwhile, rehabilitation of the Coronation Park has attracted the displeasure of some chiefs, residents and natives of Sunyani, who said they feared that would terminate the proposed construction of a standard stadium in Sunyani.

In an interview with the GNA Sports, Nana Kwame Addai Kuntuma IV, the Nifahene of Sunyani Traditional Area stressed “Sunyani deserves a standard sports stadium and we would not sit unconcerned for them to use this rehabilitation work to deceive us any longer”.

He said a new stadium would open up Sunyani and create huge economic opportunities for the local people, saying “this is our desire and nothing more nothing less”.

Mr. Ransford Antwi, a former Chief Executive Officer of B/A United FC, said “we can’t comprehend why the people of Sunyani are always treated as second class citizens in terms of development”.

“We have allocated a vast land for the proposed stadium project and this is what the government must concentrate on building the stadium”, he added.

Mr. Michael Asare Yeboah, the Board Chairman for McKenzie Ghana Limited, a Sunyani-based sportswear manufacturing company, said “Sunyani has produced and featured a lot of footballers in the national team, the Black Star.

“But it seems successive governments do not recognize our contributions to the growth and development of Ghana football”, he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Yahaya Mohammed unfit to play full time – Coach Asare Bediako

Joseph Asare Bediako Head Coach of Aduana Football Club, has explained that his decision to start striker Yahaya Mohammed in the second half of their game between Real Tamale United (RTU) is because “the player is not fit enough to start and play for 90”.

“Yahaya is not fit to start matches. It was only 34 minutes. He is not fit to play 90 minutes. We are managing Yahaya,” he added.

The coach did not establish the reasons behind his unfitness after a recent recovery from a shoulder injury he suffered during the first round of 2019/2020 premier league season, which kept him away for months but was quick to add, “we are managing him”.

Coach Asare Bediako was speaking in a post-match interview at the Nana Agyemang Badu I Sports Stadium in Dormaa-Ahenkro.

The game which was initially scheduled for Saturday 20th November was rained off following a heavy downpour in Dormaa-Ahenkro was postponed to Sunday 21st November during which the remaining 34 minutes was played.

The ‘Ogya’ lads beat RTU 5-1, meaning the four goals came within 34 minutes.

The Head Coach admitted the difficulty in overcoming the hurdle to win at home having suffered a bitter, surprising loss at home in their last game against King Faisal.

He said he told the boys to stick to their game plan playing possessive, total football for the game as “nothing has changed”.

On Farouk Adams and why he substituted him, he said the player was not psychologically sound, while Samuel Bioh was up for substitution.

He said he was tackling all matches with the seriousness it deserves and was particularly not going to lose away matches and ready to face Legon Cities in their next game.

“I don’t fear pressure and for a coach, i know it’s part of the game and you can die from that. I told the players to strike shots with accuracy before power.

Source: Ghana News Agency