Salah sets up win for Egypt over Senegal, Slimani stuns Cameroon

Prolific Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah was the architect of the only goal as Egypt edged Senegal 1-0 in Cairo on Friday in a high-profile World Cup play-off first leg.

Salah turned inside the box and slammed the ball against the crossbar with the rebound hitting Senegal defender Saliou Ciss and rolling into the net for an own-goal.

The eagerly awaited clash was a repeat of the Africa Cup of Nations final last month, which Senegal won 4-2 on penalties in Cameroon after 120 goalless minutes.

It was one of three first legs decided by a solitary goal with Algeria winning 1-0 against Cameroon in Douala and Tunisia achieving a similar result against Mali in Bamako.

Ghana and Nigeria played a 0-0 draw in Kumasi and Morocco came from behind to hold the Democratic Republic of Congo 1-1 in Kinshasa.

The five second legs are scheduled for Tuesday and the aggregate winners will represent Africa at the World Cup in Qatar from November 21.

Nigeria had to settle for a 0-0 draw in Ghana after VAR overruled a decision to award the visitors a penalty.

A review of the decision in the closing stages of the west African showdown found that Ghana midfielder Iddrisu Baba was fouled before he handled.

Ghana came closest to breaking the deadlock with Nigerian goalkeeper Francis Uzoho pulling off a superb save to deny Fatahu Ishaku in the first half.

Veteran Lyon forward Islam Slimani scored five minutes before half-time to give Algeria victory over Cameroon.

Slimani, 33, soared in a crowded goalmouth to head a Youcef Belaili free-kick powerfully past goalkeeper Andre Onana into the roof of the net.

Even 11 minutes of added time could not bring Cameroon an equaliser and they must win in Blida to avoid missing successive World Cups.

Cameroon hold the record for World Cup appearances by an African nation with seven and have not missed two in a row since first qualifying in 1982.

Success was particularly sweet for Algeria as they fared disastrously in the Atlantic port city of Douala when defending the Africa Cup of Nations title two months ago.

Humiliating exit

Algeria began the tournament boasting a 34-match unbeaten record only to draw with Sierra Leone and lose to Equatorial Guinea and the Ivory Coast to make a humiliating first-round exit.

Mali defender Moussa Sissako conceded an own-goal and was sent off within four minutes as they lost 1-0 to Tunisia.

Under pressure from Seifeddine Jaziri, Sissako pushed the ball toward his own goal on 36 minutes, unaware that goalkeeper Ibrahim Mounkoro had strayed off his line, and the ball landed in the net.

When Sissako committed a last-defender foul on Jaziri soon after he was shown a red card and although Mali created the better second-half chances, they failed to convert any into goals.

Mali gave a first cap to France-born Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, who had long hoped to play for his country of birth before agreeing to represent the homeland of his parents.

Tarik Tissoudali scored a brilliant equaliser as Morocco moved closer to a sixth World Cup appearance by drawing with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A move that began with a superb slide tackle by Moroccan defender Romain Saiss ended with Tissoudali rifling the ball into the net on 76 minutes.

Yoane Wissa had given DR Congo a 12th-minute lead, sprinting down the wing, cutting inside and unleashing a shot from just outside the box that brushed Saiss and beat goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

With away goals counting double if teams finish level on aggregate, a 0-0 draw in Casablanca would take Morocco to Qatar.

Morocco were unsettled after falling behind and Cedric Bakambu and Dieumerci Mbokani wasted chances to put the Congolese further ahead lead on a gloomy and windy evening.

The visitors squandered an early second-half chance to equalise when Ryan Mmaee blazed a penalty over the crossbar.

DR Congo were reduced to 10 men with five minutes remaining when Ngonda Muzinga was sent off after being yellow-carded twice. He will miss the return match.



Source: Modern Ghana

2022 World Cup playoffs: It was a fair result – Otto Addo please with draw against Nigeria

Coach Otto Addo says the Black Stars deserved a draw in the first leg of the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff games against Nigeria.

The four-time African champions on Friday hosted their rivals at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Friday night.

After 90 minutes of exciting football, the much-anticpated game ended 0-0.

Despite dominating the game in the first half and some aspects of the second, the Black Stars failed to take their chances and were let down by poor set-play throughout the game.

Addo after the game said his side followed instructions and deserved to walk away with a draw against Nigeria.

“I think the guys did well but under these circumstances, I can say they followed the plan and even though we made some mistakes, they stuck to plan. We had good positions, good runs,” he said.

“We created some chances and controlled the game in the first 30 minutes and there were some breaks and some fatigue, we couldn’t press like we would have wanted to, but in all, it was a deserved draw,” he added.

Ghana will play the Super Eagles of Nigeria again on Tuesday in Abuja at the Abiola National Stadium.

The winner of the tie will play in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year.



Source: Modern Ghana

2022 World Cup playoffs: What a talent – Otto Addo praises youngster Afena-Gyan after impressive debut against Nigeria

Black Stars head coach, Otto Addo has praised youngster, Felix Afena-Gyan following his impressive performance against Nigeria.

The 19-year-old forward on his was handed a starting berth against the Super Eagles in the first leg of the 2022 World Cup playoff games at the Baba Yara Stadium on Friday night.

Afena Gyan was a constant threat to the Nigeria backline, particularly Leon Balogun.

He held up play well and could have ended the day with an assist had Uzoho not kept out Issahaku’s powerful shot.

“Felix [Afena-Gyan] did very well, created a lot of chances, made good runs, gave his all in defensive situations, he did exactly what I wanted him to do.

“He is just 19, wow, what a talent he is,” Addo stated.

He was substituted in the second half after picking up a knock and was replaced by St. Pauli’s Daniel-Kofi Kyereh.

Ghana will play the Super Eagles of Nigeria again on Tuesday in Abuja at the Abiola National Stadium, with a place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup on the line.

The AS Roma forward has had a meteoric career, where he has quickly become an important part of José Mourinho’s team.



Source: Modern Ghana

I’m ok – Ghana striker Felix Afena-Gyan provides injury update ahead of trip to Nigeria

Ghana teenager, Felix Afena-Gyan has disclosed that he is doing well after sustaining a minor injury during the clash against Nigeria on Friday night.

The AS Roma forward started for the Black Stars last night when the side hosted the Super Eagles at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in the first leg of the playoff tie of the African qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

In the second half of the clash, Felix Afena-Gyan had to be substituted after going down with a muscle pull.

Today, he has taken to his social media to reveal that he is doing ‘okay’ and ready for the trip to Nigeria for the second leg of the playoff tie.

“Amazing crowd! Grateful for the show of love and support. I’m ok.

“We go again on Tuesday. Keep the faith,” the teenager posted on Twitter.

Ghana is expected to travel to Nigeria on Sunday to prepare for the final clash against Nigeria on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.



Source: Modern Ghana

C/R: Student attempts suicide after Taxi driver boyfriend threatened to ditch her

Seventeen-year-old Form Two student of Ajumako Bisease Senior High School in the Ajumako Enyan Essiam District of the Central Region has attempted to end her life after her taxi driver boyfriend threatened to dump her.

Information gathered by EIB Network Central Regional Correspondent, Yaw Boagyan indicates that the student, (name withheld) who’s said to have been in a relationship with the taxi driver since her Junior High School days on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, decided to drink a detergent to kill herself after her lover told her he’s walking out of the relationship because he’s found another woman he wants to settle down with.

Residents near a hostel where the student lives are said to have heard her screaming and calling for help following which they rushed to her room only to find her writhing in pain and foaming at the mouth with the substance lying beside her.

She was then rushed to the Ajumako Government hospital where she was attended to and her condition stabilized.

Upon interrogation, she revealed that she attempted suicide due to the crises in her relationship.

She is receiving counselling from the Bisease Senior High School Counseling Department while an official report has been made by her School Authorities to the Ajumako District Police.



Source: Modern Ghana

Video: I’m Disappointed In Ghanaians For Booing Jordan Ayew- Rahim Ayew

Brother of Black Stars striker Jordan Ayew, Rahim Ayew says he was disappointed by the reaction of the fans for Booing Jordan Ayew after alot of sacrifices he has done for the nation.

Jordan Ayew was booed by Ghanaian supporters after awful performance for the Black Stars against the Super Green Eagles of Nigeria in the 2022 World Cup Play off.

The boos were initially heard when the Crystal Palace forward was substituted in the 92minute.

Ayew was replaced in the 92nd minute by Kwasi Okyere Wriedt, who is based in Germany. Fans began booing as the Crystal Palace player made his way off the field, indicating that they were dissatisfied with Jordan’s performance.

According to Rahim Ayew, his brother has offered a lot of sacrifices for the nation hence he doesn’t deserve to be booed.

“Jordan Ayew has done a lot of sacrifices for the nation I was disappointed in the fans for Booing him but that is football you need to accept it like that, “Rahim Ayew told the media after Black Stars 0-0 stalemate score against Nigeria.

The four-time African champions hosted their rivals, the Super Eagles in the first leg of the 2022 World Cup playoff games at the Baba Yara Stadium on Friday night.

After an impressive start, the Black Stars who were eager to score failed to take their chances against the Eagles with the game ending 0-0.



Source: Modern Ghana

Amir of Qatar reiterates need for peaceful co-existence globally

Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, has reiterated the need for global peace and security for all.

“The new age that we dream of, and that I personally work for, is the era of peace, security, coexistence and social justice for all,” Sheikh Al-Thani said on Saturday in his remarks at the opening of the 20th edition of the Doha Forum in Doha, Qatar.

“For our part, we have chosen a path of rational dialogue that is simultaneously based on balancing common values and interests.”

The two-day Forum is being organised by the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the theme, “Transforming for a New Era”.

This year’s edition is focusing on four core areas- Geopolitical Alliances and International Relations; Financial System and Economic Development; Defense, Cyber, and Food Security; and Climate Change and Sustainability.

The Doha Forum is a global platform for dialogue, bringing together leaders in policy to build innovative and action driven networks.

Sheikh Al Thani mentioned the millions of Palestinians who had been suffering from the Israeli occupation and international neglect over several decades.

He said similarly, a lot of other people such as the Syrian people and the Afghan people, for whom the international community had failed to render them justice.

“This war reveals, beyond any doubt that the formulas upon which the international order was based in the aftermath of World War II – and after the end of the Cold War are changing,” the Amir said.

He said it was incumbent on all nations to take a serious stand to determine the future of the international order.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine, who was the special guest of honour to the 20th Doha Forum in a live video address to the Doha Forum, criticized Russia for the ongoing war in his country; declaring that Ukraine was for peace.

He urged petroleum producing countries, such as Qatar to increase their exports, especially natural gas, in order to help lessen the impact of the war on other countries.

At the event, Madam Roya Mahboob, the founder/Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Citizen Fund, received the 20th Doha Forum Award.

The annual Doha Forum Award recognizes individuals or organizations for outstanding achievement rooted in the core values of the Doha Forum – dialogue, diplomacy, and diversity.

Madam Mahboob, who is an Afghan entrepreneur and philanthropist was awarded for her efforts in building digital literacy for women and children in developing countries.

In her remarks, a visibly elated Madam Mahboob urged nations of the world to promote the girl child education.

Established in 2000, the Doha Forum is a platform for global dialogue on critical challenges facing our world.

Doha Forum promotes the interchange of ideas, discourse, policy making, and action-oriented recommendations.

Doha Forum reaches out to high level: policy makers, government leaders, private sector representatives, civil society, and non-governmental organizations with the belief that diversity in thought will enhance how they deal with their collective challenges.



Source: Modern Ghana

A country without skilled workers is doomed — Dr. Clint

Mr Clint Boa-Amponsem, Director of Administration, 2nd Image International College, says a country without skilled workers is doomed.

He said trained skilled workers increased productivity and innovation which were essential to the continued growth and development of a nation.

Mr Boa-Amponsem said this at the graduation ceremony of the College held in Accra on the theme: ”TVET: Life Possibilities Despite the Pandemic.”

2nd Image is a skills acquisition institution established in 1986, accredited by the Commission of Technical and Vocational Training (COTVET), Ghana Education Service (GES) and National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI).

It runs courses in Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Fashion Design Certification and Diploma.

The College has trained over 7000 students who are working in reputable salons and spas. Some have become experts in fashion design and successful entrepreneurs.

Mr Boa-Amponsem attributed the higher percentage of entrepreneurs in the country to skills development.

Many professionals, he noted, in industries, including fashion, beauty and construction had excelled because they took the technical or vocational study path.

“Thanks to TVET, a lot of Ghanaians have come to terms with acquiring skills to create income for themselves. That you do not only have to attend the university or have a tertiary education before you can create revenue for yourself,” he added.

Mr Boa-Amponsem urged the graduates to be confident, to “expect the unexpected,” embrace new challenges and opportunities. 2nd Image education certifies that you are ready for anything,”

The Director of Administration encouraged them to be exceptional in changing lives and shaping society positively as they had shown “excellent qualities” with the feat they had attained.



Source: Modern Ghana