AMA Boss pledges commitment to Women in Sports Network

Accra, Aug. 19, GNA – Mrs. Elizabeth Sackey, Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, has pledged her commitment to the work of Women in Sports Network Ghana (WISNETGH).

She said as a former athlete in her days at Junior and Senior High schools, she was touched by the works of the organisation and assured them of her support in developing the girlchild through sports.

The AMA leader made these comments when WISNETGH paid a courtesy call on her at her office in Accra on Thursday.

Leader and founder of the organisation, Madam Philippina Frimpong, explained that WISNETGH was aimed at keeping girls in schools through sports so they don’t become drop outs.

She said to achieve this they organize an annual camp dubbed WISNETGH Girls Camp where they train the young girls in sports like tennis, taekwondo, rugby, chess, as well other life lessons like career options, adolescent sexual health, online safety, and mind matters.

The founder said the camp which started in 2016 had improved the lives of the young girls because they use women in higher positions to motivate and inspire the kids to aim higher.

Mrs. Sackey who was pleased to welcome the kids urged them to be disciplined, prayerful and humble in all their doings adding “you should keep trying when you fail and never give up”.

She commended the coaches for their dedication and encouraged the children to keep up with their talents to become sports icons in future.

The MCE who would be marking 20 years in active politics in 2023 advised them not to rely on their beauty but rather focus on the books and sporting talents and be determined to make a name for themselves in a positive way.

She appealed to women not to be their own enemies but rather support each other to grow and develop to women of virtue and substance.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dortmund chief Watzke dismisses rumoured Ronaldo link

Berlin, Aug 19, (dpa/GNA) – Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke, has dismissed speculation the Bundesliga club could make a spectacular move for Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Cristiano Ronaldo and Borussia Dortmund is a charming idea at first glance,” he said Friday, as the club presented their annual financial report. “I love this player. He is the greatest player the world has ever produced.

“The problem is that there is no contact with the player. And therefore no transfer.”

US broadcaster CBS Sports, speculated this week that Dortmund was Ronaldo’s “last chance” to leave Manchester United this summer. According to the report, the 37-year-old Portuguese is determined to depart Old Trafford this summer.

The Spanish newspaper AS, had already reported Ronaldo still had two options, former club Sporting Lisbon or Dortmund. AS, however, which like CBS did not name a source, said there had already been contact between Dortmund and Ronaldo.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Olympic champions Italy flirt with relay exit without Jacobs

Munich, Aug 19, (dpa/GNA) – Olympic champions Italy, had a narrow escape into the men’s 4×100 metres relay final at the European Championships, after resting star runner Marcell Jacobs on Friday.

The Italian quartet of Lorenzo Patta, Hillary Polanco Roja, Matteo Melluzzo and Chituru Ali, finished only fifth in their heat, but advanced via their time of 39.02 seconds, escaping by nine hundredths of a second.

Jacobs, who won Olympic 100m and 4x100m gold last year in Tokyo and the 100m European title in Munich on Tuesday, is expected to be part of the team on Sunday.

Hosts Germany, led the heats with a national record 37.97 and three-time reigning champions Britain also safely made it.

Britain are also the title holders on the women’s 4x100m side, and dominated the heats 42.83 seconds, with Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita not running but expected in the Sunday final, just as Germany’s freshly crowned 100m champion Gina Lückenkemper.

Switzerland however paid the price for not running their 100m silver medallist Mujinga Kambundji, as the team crashed out.

The 4x400m races saw title holders the Polish women, and Belgian men advance into Saturday’s finals, Ukrainian world and Olympic silver medallist Yaroslava Mahuchikh, reached the women’s high jump final, a trio of British runners led by Keely Hodgkinson are in the 800m final, and Czech Jakub Vadlejch topped javelin qualifying.

The eight evening finals include the men’s and women’s 200m, as well as both 400m hurdles finals with Karsten Warholm and Femke Bol, as Dutchwoman Bol aims to complete a historic 400m/400m hurdles double.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Black Stars to engage Brazil in friendly ahead of 2022 World Cup

Accra, Aug. 19, GNA- The Black Stars of Ghana will engage the “Little Canary” of Brazil in a friendly encounter on September 23, 2022.

A statement released on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) website said the friendly was arranged due to the postponement of Ghana’s Africa 2023 qualifiers.

It added that the match would give coach Otto Addo the platform to continue the assessment of his players as Ghana prepares for the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the venue for the match is yet to be announced.

Ghana is in Group H of this year’s World Cup together with Portugal, South Korea, and Uruguay.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chale Wote Street Art Festival: Vendors anticipate high sales

Accra, Aug 19, GNA- Vendors on this year’s Chale Wote Street Art Festival grounds are expecting high sales compared to previous years, hoping that patrons will make up for the pandemic break.

Covid-19 had stalled the festival for two years – 2020 and 2021.

 The Ghana News Agency gathered that the number of vendors expected to participate in this year’s festival has soared so as their wares and is likely to boost sales.

Organisers of the festival say they have received vendors and exhibitors from Accra and other parts of the country.

Other African exhibitors have expressed interest in showcasing their artifacts and participating in activities earmarked for the festival this weekend.

Mantse Aryeequaye, Festival Director, Chale Wote Street Art Festival, told the Ghana News Agency the festival had been transformative for the over 10,000 businesses that had benefited from the festival activities over the period.

Mr Tafari Billa, a local accessories seller, expressed excitement about the euphoria so far and said he looked forward to patrons thronging Jamestown to have fun-filled festivals and purchase some products.

“I’m hoping that people will come in their numbers. The event will be big so we expect to make some good sales,” he said.

 “They should buy our products, especially the foreigners so that they will understand our craft and value our products even more,” he added.

Mr Christian Mensah, the operator of “Level 3” pub, said this year’s Chale Wote festival looked promising and he was optimistic that patrons would show up in their numbers.

 ”We have attended different festivals across the country.  That’s what we do, but this year’s Chale Wote is definitely big,” he said.

 Mr Mensah said lots of drinks had been stocked in anticipation of the ‘long weekend’, urging Ghanaians to come and have fun, socialise and network.

Mr Elvis Amoah, a barbecue vendor, advised the public to eat healthy and party in moderation.

 He said: “Covid-19 definitely has affected us, but now that everything seems okay, we hope that our customers will come all out and make purchases from us this year.”

Mr Amoah, however, called on patrons to adhere to some of the Covid-19 guidelines as the virus was looking for careless people to devour.

Source: Ghana News Agency