The soldiers are not part of security of Speaker, MPs – Gov’t

The Ministry of National Security has said the news about the withdrawal of the four soldiers attached to the Office of the Speaker has been given misinterpretations by a section of the Ghanaian public.


The Ministry said in a statement that soldiers do not form part of the security arrangement of the Speaker and Members of Parliament.


They only come in a need-basis in accordance with stated state protocols, the Ministry explained.


The statement added that the security of the speaker is intact, no changes have been made to it.


“The Ministry of National Security would like to place on record that contrary to the aforesaid misrepresentations, all requisite resources including logistics and personnel required for full protection of the Speaker have been provided.


“It is worth noting that for the first time since 2017, the security arrangements for both the Speaker and Members of Parliament have been significantly enhanced.


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“It also needs stating that personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces do not form part of the security detail for the Speaker and Parliament as Parliamentary security support is provided by the Ghana Police Service. Any need for specific agency support is typically executed on the need-basis in accordance with stated state protocols.”


The clarification comes after Member of Parliament for Banda and Deputy Minority Whip, Ahmed Ibrahim, has claimed that the removal of the soldiers who were attached to the Office of the Speaker, was on the orders of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo.


Speaking on the News 360 on TV3 Saturday January 15, the Member on the Defence Committee said the news of the removal came at a shock to the Minority in Parliament.


“This came to us a great shock,” he said, adding that “this is the time we all need to come together to work on security.


“We are surprised as a minority to hear government withdrawing the military detachment of the speaker. The speaker is number three, even the EC chair is using about ten Military personnel. So if the Speaker duly requested for four and they have been on duty for over one year, the questions is what has changed? It raises security questions.”


He added “It is president Akufo-Addo who has withdrawn the military detachment, he is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. The Minority will meet on Monday.”


The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has said that the four soldiers who have been withdrawn from the Office of the Speaker of Parliament were attached to that particular office without proper procedure.


This resulted in the decision to withdraw them while efforts are made to regularise their attachment, a statement said.


“The under-named military personnel were attached to the Office of the Rt Honourable Speaker of Parliament without the proper procedure,” the statement signed by the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, NP Andoh to the Speaker said.

“It is humbly requested that the personnel are withdrawn with effect from 14 January 2022 while efforts are made to regularise their attachment,”


Source: Modern Ghana

PL: Everton sack manager Rafael Benitez after less than seven months in charge

Rafael Benitez has been sacked as Everton manager after less than seven months in charge.


The Toffees appointed the former Liverpool manager, 61, as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor in June.


Everton, who lost 2-1 to Norwich City on Saturday, have won only one of their last 13 Premier League games and sit 16th in the table, six points above the relegation places.


The club say an update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.


Former Everton striker Wayne Rooney, now manager at Derby County, has already been linked with the job.


Another potential candidate is Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. He was the first Everton manager sacked by owner Farhad Moshiri in 2016 but BBC Sport understands he still has admirers among the club’s hierarchy.


Everton held an emergency board meeting on Saturday to discuss Benitez’s future following the defeat at Carrow Road, which was a ninth loss in the club’s past 12 league games.


Everton’s travelling contingent demanded Benitez “get out of our club”, while a supporter invaded the pitch in an attempt to confront the Spaniard.


Benitez, whose previous job in the Premier League was at Newcastle United, leaves Everton with an overall win percentage of 31.8% – his lowest record in charge of an English club.


Everton have 19 points after 19 games and only twice previously have the Toffees had fewer points at this stage of a Premier League campaign (17 in 1997-98 and 2005-06).


Source: Modern Ghana

2021/22 GPL Week 13: Kofi Kordzi’s brace helps Hearts of Oak to maul Wonders 4-1

Striker Kofi Kordzi netted a fantastic brace on Sunday afternoon to help Hearts of Oak to maul Techiman Eleven Wonders 4-1 in the Ghana Premier League.


Although the Phobians only won the Ghana Premier League title last season, the team is struggling to secure needed results in the ongoing 2021/22 campaign.


Not giving up on challenging for the title, Hearts of Oak today set up strong at the Accra Sports Stadium when the team faced off with Techiman Eleven Wonders.


Fortunately, Coach Samuel Boadu got his selections and tactics right with the team running riot to brush aside the opponent with ease.


Talented midfielder Salim Adams scored to give Hearts of Oak the lead after 19 minutes in the first half, before an early second half brace from striker Kofi Kordzi in the second half put the hosts in control with a 3-goal lead.


Later on, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh equalized with a fine effort but with 6 minutes to end proceedings, a Tetteh Nortey strike meant that the game ended 4-1 in favour of Hearts of Oak.


From today’s result, Hearts of Oak have moved to 6th on the Ghana Premier League table with Eleven Wonders 17th on the log.


Source: Modern Ghana

Novak Djokovic ‘extremely disappointed’ with Australia court decision

Novak Djokovic says he is “extremely disappointed” with a court decision to deport him from Australia and prevent his defence of the Australian Open.


Serb Djokovic, who is unvaccinated against Covid-19, failed to overturn a decision from the government to cancel his visa on public health grounds.


The world number one, 34, boarded a flight bound for Dubai from Melbourne on Sunday.


“I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate,” he said.


Djokovic was bidding to have the chance to win a record 21st men’s Grand Slam title, moving him clear of Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Switzerland’s Roger Federer for the first time.


Djokovic’s deportation means 35-year-old Nadal is the only one of the trio playing at Melbourne Park. Federer, 40, is out with a long-term knee injury.


The decision ends an 11-day legal dispute over whether Djokovic would be able to play.


He had his visa cancelled when he landed in Melbourne on 5 January and was then detained in an immigration hotel. Although that decision was overturned on procedural grounds, Australia immigration minister Alex Hawke cancelled his visa again on Friday.


Britain’s Andy Murray told the BBC he hoped the sport could move on from the saga and learn lessons for the future.


The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) – the men’s governing body – said Sunday’s court decision marked the end of “a deeply regrettable series of events”.


It wished Djokovic well and added it continued to “strongly recommend” all players were vaccinated.


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The court’s decision also sees Djokovic’s recent domination at the opening Grand Slam of the season come to an end.


The Serb had won the past three Australian Open titles and was hoping to triumph for a record-extending 10th in total this year.


“I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this,” he said.


“I am extremely disappointed with the ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.


“I respect the court’s ruling and I’ll cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from Australia.


“I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love.


“I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.


“Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength to me.”


Source: Modern Ghana

PL: Liverpool hammer Brentford to go secind

Jurgen Klopp sealed a win in his 350th match in charge of Liverpool as his side moved up to second in the Premier League after a 3-0 victory over Brentford at Anfield.


Despite dominating possession, Liverpool struggled to make the breakthrough during the first half as Brentford sat back in a compact low block shape to try and frustrate the hosts.


Just as Brentford were gaining more of a foothold in the game, Liverpool struck moments before the break as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner was headed in at the far-post by Fabinho, with the visitors allowing the ball to bounce in the six-yard box.


Liverpool had their second in the 69th minute, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed in Andrew Robertson’s whipped cross.


The win was sealed for Klopp’s side seven minutes later, with Brentford getting caught playing the ball out from the back. Roberto Firmino capitalised on Alvaro Fernandez’s loose pass and laid it off to Takumi Minamino, who scored an easy tap-in shortly after coming on as a substitute.


Source: Modern Ghana

PL: Jack Harrison nets a hat-trick as Leeds United beat West Ham

Jack Harrison scored his first career hat-trick for Leeds United as they defeated West Ham in a thrilling 3-2 victory in the Premier League.


The visitors lost 2-0 against the same opponents in the FA Cup a week ago but dug deep for their win.


It was a back-and-forth affair, with the Hammers equalising twice before Harrison scored his third, a lovely chip over Lukasz Fabianski on the hour mark.


Both sides had goals chalked off as well with Mateusz Klich and Andriy Yarmolenko’s efforts ruled offside.


Marcelo Bielsa’s side move up into 15th, nine points clear of the relegation zone, while the Hammers remain fourth ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham.


West Ham head to Old Trafford next to take on Manchester United, while Leeds host Newcastle.


Source: Modern Ghana

2021 AFCON: Black Stars arrive in Garoua for final Group C tie against Comoros

The Black Stars have arrived in Garoua for their final Group C game against Comoros.


Ghana have been playing at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé since the beginning of the Africa Cup of Nations – Cameroon 2021 tournament on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Players, Technical and administrative staff of the team touched down at the Garoua International Airport around 1:35pm on Sunday, January 16, ahead of the tie on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Ghana have yet to win a match at the ongoing competition following a 1-0 loss to Morocco in the opening match and a 1-1 draw against Gabon in their second Group C game. A win on Tuesday would be all but enough to take Ghana through to the knockout stage as one of the third best finishers in the competition.

Coach Milovan Rajevac and his backroom staff will seek to improve upon the team’s performance by recording a resounding victory against Comoros on Tuesday.

The match is scheduled for the Roumdé Adjia stadium in Garoua at 20:00 Hrs. on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Source: Modern Ghana

2021 AFCON: Ghana train at Roumde Adjia Stadium on Monday ahead of Comoros tie

The Black Stars will hold their official training session at the Roumde Adjia stadium annex in Garoua on Monday, January 17, 2022, at 18:3000Hrs.


The training will be preceded by the official Press Conference at 13:00Hrs at the same venue.


The Black Stars arrived in Garoua on Sunday afternoon for their final Group C game against Comoros on Tuesday.


Ghana have yet to win a match at the on-going competition following a 1-0 loss to Morocco in the opening match and a 1-1 draw against Gabon in their second Group C game.


A win on Tuesday would be all but enough to take Ghana through to the knockout stage as one of the third best finishers in the competition.


The match is scheduled for the Roumdé Adjia stadium in Garoua at 20:00 Hrs. on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.


The first fifteen minutes of the training will be open to the press.


Source: Modern Ghana