Cristiano Ronaldo starts Manchester United’s final pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano

Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to mark his return to action with a goal as Manchester United ended their pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo’s United future has been the subject of intense debate this summer.

The 37-year-old is keen to move away from the club to pursue his desire to compete in the Champions League.

And he was allowed to miss United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia for personal reasons.

Ronaldo made a point of applauding fans on both sides of the stadium as he led the outfield players out for their warm-up before kick-off, with the supporters reciprocating to show there is no lingering ill-feeling despite the summer speculation.

The Portuguese had one clear chance during his 45-minute appearance against the La Liga side but drove over after running on to Donny van de Beek’s lay-off.

Although Ronaldo seems certain to still be a United player when his club open their Premier League campaign against Brighton on 7 August, it is doubtful whether this cameo will get him a starting slot against Graham Potter’s men.

New signings Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez both featured for an hour in a game set up by new manager Erik ten Hag for the players who were not involved extensively in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid in Oslo.

In Ten Hag’s first game in charge at Old Trafford, Ronaldo was upstaged by 18-year-old Argentine Alejandro Garnacho.

In a goalless first-half, Garnacho carried the greatest threat, cutting in from the left-wing to cause the visitors problems.

Garnacho is one of a number of young players Ten Hag is still to decide whether to keep or allow to leave on loan.

Ivorian Amad Diallo is another after spending last season at Rangers.

And it was the 20-year-old who put the hosts in front at the start of the second half when he turned home the rebound after Alex Telles’ shot had been saved.

United’s lead lasted just nine minutes before Alvaro Garcia equalised in similar fashion after Tom Heaton had saved Isaac Palazon Camacho’s initial effort.

Source: Modern Ghana

England beat Germany to win first major women’s trophy

England created history by winning their first major women’s tournament in a dramatic Euro 2022 final against old rivals and eight-time champions Germany at Wembley.

Substitute Chloe Kelly poked home a loose ball from a corner to send the raucous record crowd of 87,192 into a frenzy with ten minutes of extra time remaining.

She waited for confirmation of the goal before taking off her shirt and waving it around her head while being lifted by her teammates in a moment of pure elation.

On a monumental day in the history of English football, Sarina Wiegman’s side showed they were equal to anything a strong and physical German team threw at them.

Ella Toone had earlier come off the bench to score the opener in normal time before Germany’s Lina Magull set up a nervous ending when she equalized in the 79th minute.

There were scenes of jubilation in the stands and an outpouring of emotion by players on the pitch at full-time as the magnitude of their achievement began to sink in.

The final was advertised as a battle between the competition’s two best-performing sides, and for large parts, they canceled each other out – but the biggest crowd in the history of a men’s or women’s Euros was given their money’s worth.

Striker Ellen White missed a few chances in the first half, Lucy Bronze was denied with a header, Germany’s Maghull struck wide and England defender Leah Williamson had to scramble a corner off the line before Toone was introduced to break the deadlock.

She had given England fans the winning taste before Magull stunned the home crowd, though it would only delay the celebrations that Kelly, who only returned to football in April after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, gave them.

England did what no other nation had done before – beat serial winners Germany in a European Women’s Championship final, and the feeling was sweet.

It comes 56 years after England’s men beat West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final, the only previous major trophy won by a men’s or women’s England senior team.

The players fell to the ground at full-time in tears of joy, in scenes which will be remembered and replayed for years to come on one of the greatest nights in English sport.

Source: Modern Ghana

2023 CHANQ: Watch Daniel Afriyie Barnieh’s strike against Benin in second leg

Hearts of Oak striker, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh scored the only goal of the game as the Black Galaxies of Ghana beat Benin in their backyard in the second leg of the 2023 CHAN qualifiers.

Ghana has qualified for the next round of qualifiers on a 4-0 aggregate after two legs.

Barnieh calmly slotted home to ensure the Black Galaxies sailed to victory at the Stade de l’Amitie in Benin on Saturday evening.

The Black Galaxies will now face Nigeria in the final round of the qualifiers for a place in the main tournament which is scheduled for January 2023 in Algeria.

The first leg of the game against Nigeria will take place between August 26-August 28, with the second leg coming off between September 2 – September 4, 2022.

Source: Modern Ghana

South Africa legend Benni McCarthy joins Manchester United coaching staff

Benni McCarthy has joined the Manchester United coaching staff ahead of the new football season under Erik ten Hag.

The 44-year-old is a lifelong long Manchester United fan.

McCarthy speaks four languages and has been working as a manager in South Africa’s top division at Cape Town City and Amazulu.

He was named 2020-21 South African Premier League Coach of the Year and in May of 2021 was offered — and turned down — the job as head coach of the South African senior national team.

As a striker, he played for Seven Stars in his native Cape Town, Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham, and Orlando Pirates. He played 79 times for South Africa and is the country’s all-time leading scorer, as well as being the only South African to win the Champions League.

In 2004, McCarthy scored two spectacular goals for Jose Mourinho’s Porto side to knock United out of that competition.

“I support Man United and always wanted to play for them,” the South Africa legend said. “I loved players like Mark Hughes, Andy Cole, and Ryan Giggs.

“So I was heartbroken to score twice. My dream was to score once at Old Trafford, not to knock United out of the Champions League. I got hammered after the game by Jose Mourinho because I wasn’t very happy. He told me that if I didn’t cheer up then I’d never play in his team again.”

McCarthy is familiar with the Manchester area having lived there when he played for Blackburn. During that time, he also had a good relationship with the then-young United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

Source: Modern Ghana

Moldova: Ex-Asante Kotoko midfielder Mudasiru Salifu makes debut for FC Sheriff

Midfielder Mudasiru Salifu made his debut for FC Sheriff against Zimbru in Moldova’s top flight on Saturday.

The former Asante Kotoko star was handed a starting role and played the entire throttle at the Zimbru Stadium.

The tie which ended 1-1 saw the 25-year-old put up a splendid performance. Salifu came close to scoring before Sheriff took the lead in the 63rd minute through defender Keston Julien scored.

However, five minutes later Eugen Sidorenco levelled for the home team.

Mudasiru joined Sheriff on loan from Asante Kotoko recently and has already earned the trust of manager Stjepan Tomas to start the club’s first competitive match of the season.

He is expected to get more playing time in the coming games after impressing on his debut.

He played an extraordinary role, helping Kotoko to win the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League.

He scored two goals in 28 appearances for the Porcupine Warriors in the title success last season.

He is one of the highly-rated midfielders in Ghana and is tipped to have a successful time in Moldova.

Source: Modern Ghana

Majority may go to court for ruling on Sarah Adwoa Safo’s absenteeism – K.T Hammond

Members of the Majority caucus in Parliament may resort to court to decide the fate of the Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo.

Adansi Asokwa Member of Parliament, K.T Hammond, who disclosed this on Citi TV/Citi FM’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue, said the court’s involvement may be the best option for the caucus, following the Speaker of Parliament’s decision to defer his ruling on Adwoa Safo.

“It seems to me that ultimately we will end up in the Supreme Court on this matter,” the MP said.

The Privileges Committee had delivered a split decision on the fate of Adwoa Safo who has been absent in Parliament beyond the mandatory 15 days without permission.

According to a copy of the report, the Majority wants the seat declared vacant while the Minority jumped to the defence of the absentee MP, saying she still needed to be given a chance to explain herself.

The Majority MPs on the committee cited Article 97 (1) (c) of the 1992 Constitution and the Court of Appeal decision in the case of Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare v the Attorney General & 3 Ors, in this regard.

Mr. Hammond rehashed the Majority MPs’ position, saying the Privileges Committee could have delivered a ruling without the Speaker’s involvement.

“My point was that 97 (1) c does not look at things as it is. It was not a matter for the plenary to decide.

It is for the Privileges Committee to make their pronouncement and then forward it to the Speaker.”

But Ranking Member on the Privileges Committee, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan disagreed with his position.

“You have to take 97 1 (c) with 1125 which says when the seat is declared vacant, the clerk of Parliament should inform EC so the bye-election happens.”

“Until the seat is declared vacant, we ,the privileges committee, have no authority to inform the clerk of Parliament to inform the EC that Adwoa Safo’s seat is vacant. It is based on that, that we say we do not have the authority to declare the seat vacant,” he explained.

Parliament watchdog Odekro’s analysis pegs Sarah Adwoa Safo’s absence at 40 missed sittings.

Speaking to Joy News from the US, back in May 2022, she attributed her long absence from Parliament to family issues, saying, among others, that her son was unwell .

Sarah Adwoa Safo also accused some Minority MPs members and a number of her colleague Majority MPs of engaging in a political witch hunt with her as the target.

Source: Modern Ghana

Messi, Neymar score as PSG hammer Nantes to win first trophy of the season

Paris Saint-Germain beat 10-man Nantes 4-0 to claim their 15th Trophee des Champions and deliver an ominous warning to their domestic challengers.

The reigning Ligue 1 champions were dominant from start to finish and Lionel Messi gave perhaps his best performance yet in a PSG shirt.

Despite PSG racking up 85% possession, Nantes had the two best chances in the opening 20 minutes with Ludovic Blas and Moses Simon going close, but there was no surprise when Lionel Messi opened the scoring.

Messi had been at the heart of every PSG attack and on 22 minutes, Neymar drifted in off the left and looked for his ex-Barcelona team mate with a through ball. The Brazilian’s pass took a kind deflection into Messi’s path and the Argentinian raced into the box, rounding goalkeeper Alban Lafont before hammering his right-footed shot into the empty net.

PSG continued to dominate and the Messi-Neymar connection produced some delightful interplay but it was still only 1-0 until moments before half-time.

When Moussa Sissoko clattered Neymar on the edge of the box, the Brazilian stepped up to take the resulting free kick and delivered an unstoppable strike to double PSG’s lead.

Sergio Ramos made it 3-0 with a back-heeled finish from close range after Verratti chipped it to Pablo Sarabia.

Messi sparked a late counter which ended with Neymar being rugby tackled and awarded a penalty which he impudently dispatched for 4-0.

Nantes defender Jean-Charles Castelletto was also sent off in the same incident.

Even at 4-0 up, PSG continued to attack with energy and numbers. Messi went close to a fifth with a cheeky chip, while Neymar also looked likely to add another before full-time.

In the end, PSG had to settle for a 4-0 win, and a trophy to start the new season.

Source: Modern Ghana

NPA boss to drive downstream optimization dialogue at Africa Energy Week

Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority of Ghana, will be discussing trends across Ghana’s downstream sector at this year’s Africa Energy Week (AEW).

The conference and exhibition will take place from 18 – 21 October 2022, in Cape Town.

Representing one of Africa’s rapidly expanding hydrocarbon markets, Dr. Abdul-Hamid will lead a delegation from NPA at Africa’s premier event for the oil and gas industry, driving critical discussions around boosting investment across the downstream sector, strategies for improving energy security, making energy poverty history and driving socioeconomic development on the back of oil and gas.

Established with the aim of regulating the petroleum downstream industry in Ghana, the NPA governs commercial activities across the sector including the importation and refining of crude oil as well as the sale, marketing and distribution of refined petroleum products. Since its establishment in 2005, the NPA has prioritized efficiency and productivity in Ghana’s downstream sector, paving the way for increased investment as well as the participation of the private sector, resulting in the growth of the market into a $2 billion industry, which represents about 6% of the country’s GDP.

Under the leadership of Dr. Abdul-Hamid, the NPA continues to optimize operations across the oil and gas downstream sector through supervising the acceleration of storage and transportation infrastructure whilst ensuring fair energy trading as the country seeks to become a regional energy hub. With energy poverty increasing across the African continent due to various issues including limited investment in the hydrocarbons sector, the COVID-19 pandemic and global geopolitical tensions, Ghana is one of the African countries at the forefront of maximizing the exploitation of hydrocarbons to address energy access, affordability and reliability constraints.

Ghana’s 0.8 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas reserves and 660 million barrels of oil reserves provide an opportunity for the country to address its energy problems and achieve its 2030 target of 100% universal access to electricity. While efforts to maximize the exploitation of local energy resources are underway, the NPA has managed to leverage Ghana’s strategic location, positioning the country as a reliable regional point for energy exportation whilst additionally taking advantage of petroleum imports to secure energy supply and drive economic growth.

At AEW 2022, Dr. Abdul-Hamid will promote investment opportunities across Ghana’s downstream sector, discussing the vital role Africa’s 600 tcf of gas reserves and 125.3 billion barrels of crude oil reserves will play in diversifying the energy mix, securing energy supply and lifting the over 600 million Africans out of energy poverty whilst driving industrialization and positioning the continent ahead of the energy transition.

With African countries optimizing gas production to drive these socioeconomic benefits, Ghana is leading the race, with the country implementing a series of market-driven policy reforms, driving massive oil and gas infrastructure projects. With the NPA overseeing these energy optimization projects including the development of gas processing, storage, transmission and distribution, at AEW 2022, Dr. Abdul-Hamid will provide an update on experiences and innovations from within Ghana that can be replicated continent-wide.

“The Chamber is honored to host Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid at AEW 2022 as we expand on the discussion around how Africa can accelerate investment as well as the exploitation of oil and gas to enhance energy security. The strengthening of Africa’s downstream industry is key to ending energy poverty and for enhancing bilateral trade relations and boosting economic development in Africa,” states NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the AEC, adding that, “We are very impressed with Dr. Abdul-Hamid’s leadership at the NPA in facilitating a resilient downstream sector. This is what Africa needs to achieve energy independence and reliability.”

As the global focus shifts towards cleaner and sustainable energy, the NPA firmly believes in the need to strengthen energy security in Africa, specifically through the maximization of the continent’s oil and gas, so that self-reliance is achieved, and economic development ensured, while at the same time providing capacity to prospect and develop future alternatives. At AEW 2022, Dr. Abdul-Hamid will participate in high-level meetings and panel discussions to drive dialogue around boosting the oil and gas downstream industry for energy security whilst promoting investment opportunities within the Ghana’s hydrocarbons sector.

AEW 2022 is the AEC’s annual conference, exhibition and networking event. AEW 2022 unites African energy stakeholders with investors and international partners to drive industry growth and development and promote Africa as the destination for energy investments. Key organizations such as the African Petroleum Producers Organization, as well as African heavyweights including Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria, have partnered with AEW, strengthening the role the event will play in Africa’s energy future.

Source: Modern Ghana