A Leader Must Be A Man Of Conviction

A leader is a man of conviction! Be a leader with conviction! Be driven by your convictions and beliefs!

The Apostle Paul was a man of conviction. He was a man with a strong belief in God and he was ready to die for his beliefs. At one point he said openly, “I am ready to die.”

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

2 Timothy 4:6

If you really consider yourself a leader, you must have a conviction about something! A leader without a conviction is a lifeless personality. Note that people who have convictions rule the world. Men of conviction are difficult to contain. You cannot put them in a box. You cannot tie them down. You cannot keep them still. You cannot de-motivate them. They are spurred on and driven by their convictions.

Be a leader with conviction. Do not dryly read out your speeches. Learn to speak to people out of your heart. A leader without convictions is a lifeless and emotionless puppet. Nobody takes any notice of him. Nobody believes his words. Nobody follows him. Do you sometimes wonder why people are not following you? It may be because you are not a man of conviction.

Be a leader with conviction and make sacrifices for what you believe. When you believe strongly in something, you make sacrifices for it. A man of conviction is prepared to sacrifice many things for his conviction. When I see people who claim to be called by God but are not prepared to sacrifice anything for their calling, I wonder if they are really called. A calling is a conviction to work for the Lord. In the political world, the masses will follow someone who seems to have a conviction. They will follow someone who speaks from his heart. They will follow someone who is prepared to go all the way for his beliefs.

Be a leader with conviction and think about judgment. To be a leader with conviction, you must think about your day of accountability. Take some time and read a lot about Heaven and Hell. Why do I do the things I do? I do them because of my convictions. I believe in Heaven and Hell. I have a conviction that one day Christ will reward me for all my labour on this earth. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He rose from the dead. I believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. I do not just give mental assent to these facts. I believe them with all my heart! That is the driving force that made me abandon my medical career. What do you believe in? What are you convicted about? If you want to be a good leader, think about your day of judgment. What are your convictions about your day of accountability and reward? Think about it. it will encourage you to do your work well.

Be a leader with conviction and think deeply about everything. You must ruminate about your life. You must meditate on your calling. You must think deeply about your purpose on earth. You must think deeply about events that occur around you. You must think deeply about history. Your convictions will be born out of your deep thoughts.

Are you a real leader? Decide to be a man of conviction. “Conviction of what,” you may ask? Have conviction about the things you believe God has called you to do. Have a conviction about the things you are supposed to accomplish in your lifetime. Have a conviction about the things that God has told you.

Live by these convictions! Be prepared to give up anything so that you can fulfil your conviction. Be a leader with conviction by showing emotions. Jesus showed emotion. Do not take on a dry and stiff posture. That does not reveal any conviction. Be like Jesus! Have emotions about your convictions! Be passionate about your beliefs. Jesus wept.

John 11:35

Be a leader with conviction who is zealously affected always in a good thing. When a person maintains his zeal for something, it shows that he is a man of convictions. Most people are emotionally excited about something for a short while. But to maintain zeal and to be zealously affected always reveals that you are a man of great conviction.

But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. Galatians 4:18

Be a man who is constant, steadfast and persistent in his convictions and beliefs. Remember that after the emotional excitement is over, a person still stands by what he believes. Be zealously affected always in your good convictions! May you have amazing convictions that will lead you to a good place this year!

Culled from “The Art of Leadership”


Source: Modern Ghana

Djokovic could play at French Open under latest Covid vaccine rules

Novak Djokovic could be allowed to defend his French Open title under the latest Covid-19 rules adopted by the French government last week, even if he is still not vaccinated when the clay-court Grand Slam starts in May.

Djokovic was deported from Australia and barred from playing in the Australian Open this month for not meeting the country’s strict Covid-19 vaccination rules.

It initially appeared that the Serb tennis star would not be welcomed at Roland Garros either under a new law intended to exclude the unvaccinated from stadiums, restaurants, bars and other public places.

As questions quickly arose about Djokovic’s status in France following his deportation from Australia, Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu previously said that as soon as the law was passed the country’s vaccine pass would become compulsory to enter stadiums, theater or exhibitions, “for all spectators, practitioners, French or foreign professionals.”

But the new vaccine pass is not restricted to vaccination.

Under the law that took effect on Monday, anyone who has proof they tested positive within the previous six months is exempt from having to show a vaccine pass.

That suggests Djokovic could play in the French Open in May and June, the next Grand Slam tournament, because he has said he tested positive in mid-December.

French Open organisers have previously said it’s too early to comment since virus restrictions could change between now and May depending on the situation.


Source: Modern Ghana

I am capable of managing Black Stars but the system will not allow to succeed – Augustine Ahinful

Former Ghana striker, Augustine Ahinful has reiterated that he has the requisite qualities to coach the Black Stars but the system will not permit him to succeed.

Following Ghana’s abysmal performance at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON], Milovan Rajevac, who is the head coach of the team has come under massive pressure to leave his job.

Ahinful, quizzed in an interview if he is capable of managing the Black Stars admitted that he has the qualities to be in the dugout but was quick to add that the system will frustrate him to fail.

“I am capable of coaching Black Stars because I have the certificate that merits to coach any team,” the former Ashgold striker told Kumasi based Wontumi Radio.

“I know my qualities as a person and as a coach but I prefer to stay focused and do what I love doing because the mentality of our administrators in the country is poor and they can frustrate you to fail and that is ruining our football,” he added.

The Black Stars exited the AFCON at the group for the first time since 2006. The team finished bottom in Group C without a win.


Source: Modern Ghana

AFCON quarter-final moved to another stadium after deadly crush

The Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final due to be played at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde will be switched to another stadium after Monday’s tragedy left eight people dead, African football supremo Patrice Motsepe said.

Sunday’s quarter-final will instead be played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, also in Yaounde, which was already being used for the tournament.

“The game that is scheduled for Olembe Stadium on Sunday…is going to take place at Ahmadou Ahidjo,” said Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Motsepe at a press conference in Yaounde.

Eight people died and 38 were injured as fans attempted to enter the Olembe Stadium where hosts Cameroon were playing the Comoros according to the country’s health ministry.

“I need a report into what happened, what should have happened, and the circumstances that led to people being injured,” added Motsepe, who called for “urgent measures to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

Motsepe also paid tribute to those who lost their lives.

“I ask that we all observe a moment of silence and prayer for the eight people who lost their lives,” he said.

“Let me start by expressing our deep condolences to the families of the spectators who came to Olembe Stadium and have passed on.”


Source: Modern Ghana

2021 AFCON: Quarter-final game scheduled for Olembe Stadium moved after stampede

The quarter-final game(s) scheduled to take place at the Olembe Stadium on Sunday in the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been moved to the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium following the stampede that occurred during Monday night’s game between Cameroon and Comoros.

Eight persons have been confirmed dead while close to 40 people were injured after the crush outside the Stadium.

The crush happened as crowds struggled to get access to the Olembe Stadium in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde for the game.

According to multiple reports, children were among those caught up in the crush, while others also said it happened when stadium stewards closed the gates and stopped allowing people in.

In a press conference held by Patrice Motsepe, who is the president of CAF asked that the game be moved to the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium while demanding a detailed report of what might have led to the happenings outside the stadium.


Source: Modern Ghana

Senegal scrape past Cape Verde to reach last eight at Cup of Nations

Tournament favourites Senegal advanced to the last eight at the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday following a laboured 2-0 win over nine-man Cape Verde at the Stade Kouekong in Bafoussam.

Senegal striker Sadio Mané rattled the post with a shot in the first minute and Aliou Cissé’s men maintained the forward thrust.

Cape Verde, who qualified for the last-16 as one of the best four third-placed teams, failed to settle under the blitz.

And in the 21st minute, they paid the price for their lack of composure. Patrick Andrade challenged Pape Alassane Gueye for the ball but his studs went over the top of the ball and into the shins of the Senegalese midfielder.

Referee Lahlou Benbraham initially showed a yellow card but after reviewing the tackle on the touchline monitors returned to the field to brandish a red.

Rather like the last-16 tie on Monday night in Yaoundé where Comoros lost a man early in their encounter against Cameroon, the numerically disadvantaged side reconfigured and held firm.

But 12 minutes after the pause, Cape Verde hit the self-destruct button;

Goalkeeper Vozinha rushed out of his area and smashed into Mané who was chasing a through ball.

After treatment on the field, Vozinha was shown a red card as he was  ushered off the pitch. The 35-year-old was eventually stretchered away.

Mané remained on the park long enough to score his seond goal of the tournament before he succumbed to his pains and went off with an ice pack on his head.

Still Senegal could not break through the depleted ranks and the victory was only sealed in stoppge time.

As Cape Verde pressed for a shock equaliser at a corner kick, the ball broke to Bamba Dieng who set off with Famara Diedhiou on a counterattack.

As the pair approached the box, Diedhiou slid the ball through to his strike partner who gleefully slotted home past the reserve goalkeeper Marcio.


Source: Modern Ghana

Midfielder Justice Blay begins training with Asante Kotoko

Midfielder Justice Blay has trained for the first time with Asante Kotoko.

The enterprising join the Porcupine Warriors on a two year deal from Medeama SC.

Blay was officially introduced to the fans of the club on Sunday before their 1-0 win over Medeama at the Baba Yara Stadium in the matchday 14 games.

On Tuesday afternoon, Blay joined his teammates at the Adako Jachie training grounds for his first training.

Blay was impressive during his loan spell with the club during the 2019/20 season, scoring seven goals for the Reds during his stay with the club and will be hoping to win the heart of the fans again.

He will be expected to feature against Great Olympics on Sunday.


Source: Modern Ghana

Game’s up: Egyptian arrested for taking footballer’s place at exam

A young Egyptian man scored an own goal by pretending to take a university exam for professional footballer Mostafa Mohamed, currently playing for the Pharaohs in the Africa Cup of Nations, state media said.

The imposter was arrested.

Mohamed, 24, is in Cameroon with the Egyptian national team which has made it to the last-16 stage of the African competition, while back home national exams are taking place this week.

Mohamed, a forward for Turkey’s Galatasaray, is registered at the Cairo institution. But a campus official noticed that Mohamed wasn’t the one sitting the exam and filed a judicial complaint.

State media quoted the impersonator, whose true identity has yet to be revealed, as saying that he was merely “helping a friend” and had “already taken three exams instead of Mostafa Mohamed”.

Many on social media in football-mad Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation, poked fun at the incident.

One Twitter user called it “the stupidest crime in the 20th and 21st century” and said: “The 100 million Egyptians following football across the continent know that Mostafa Mohamed is in Cameroon.”

It was unclear if the footballer had asked the other man to take his place, or what the penalty would be.


Source: Modern Ghana