Medeama SC strengthens squad with the signing of highly-rated defender Kwadwo Amoako

Medeama SC are building a strong squad as part of preparations for the 2022/23 football season.

After making several signings in the last couple of days, the club has today announced that a deal has been completed for the acquisition of highly-rated defender Kwadwo Amoako.

The defender has signed a three-year deal to join Medeama SC on a free transfer.

“Medeama is pleased to confirm that Kwadwo Amoako has joined the club, signing a contract until August 2025.

“The defender joins on a free transfer after leaving AshantiGold.

“Amoako, 23, has joined the Mauve and Yellows as a marquee signing following his departure from the miners.

“The versatile former Techiman Eleven Wonders player is the latest addition to the two-time FA Champions and will be expected to provide massive cover for the club,” a club statement from Medeama SC said on Friday evening.

Speaking in his first interview, an elated Kwadwo Asamoah says he is eager to get going at the new club.

“Medeama is a special club, and I cannot wait to get started. I am very happy to join this team finally and look forward to working with the coach, his backroom staff, and my teammates,” the youngster told the media team of his new club.

Source: Modern Ghana

Best beach soccer nations qualify for Beach Soccer African Cup

Senegal has joined host nation, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Malawi, Madagascar, Morocco, and Egypt to qualify for the 2022 Beach Soccer AFCON.

A list of 25 Africa Beach Soccer Referees, 3 Instructor, and 3 CAF officials have been selected by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) referees committee to take part in a referees course ahead of the 2022 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations in Mozambique.

A list of 25 referees has been generated and the final names after the course will earn a chance to officiate the final tournament in October.

Source: Modern Ghana

Qualifying draw made for U23 Cup of Nations in Morocco

Former winners Nigeria, Gabon and Egypt are three of 10 teams to be given a bye into the second round of qualifying for the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco.

Twenty countries, including Togo and Tanzania, will enter the first round where ties will be played over two legs between 19-27 September.

Thursday’s qualifying draw produced 10 first round match-ups including Ethiopia facing DR Congo and Angola up against Namibia.

The other teams set to skip the first round are Ivory Coast, South Africa, Algeria, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon and Mali.

Four of the 14 second round fixtures have already been drawn: Sudan vs Benin, Guinea vs Uganda, Sierra Leone vs Zambia, Congo vs Tunisia. Those ties will be played over two legs from 21-23 October and 28-30 October.

The 14 winners will then move into the third round of qualifying, scheduled for March 2023, to determine the seven teams that will join hosts Morocco for next year’s continental event.

And there is an added incentive to reach June’s finals as the top three from the tournament will qualify to represent Africa in men’s football at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Below are the full results:

First Round

• M. 1 & 2: Guinea-Bissau vs Niger

• M. 3 & 4: Tanzania vs South Sudan

• M. 5 & 6: Eswatini vs Botswana

• M. 7 & 8: Mauritania vs Togo

• M. 9 & 10: Ethiopia vs DR Congo

• M. 11 & 12: Mozambique vs Mauritius

• M. 13 & 14: Burkina Faso vs Gambia

• M. 15 & 16: Libya vs Rwanda

• M. 17 & 18: Madagascar vs Seychelles

• M. 19 & 20: Angola vs Namibia

Second Round

• M. 21 & 22: Winner 1 & 2 / Côte d’Ivoire

• M. 23 & 24: Sudan vs Benin

• M. 25 & 26: Winner 3 & 4 vs Nigeria

• M. 27 & 28: Guinea vs Uganda

• M. 29 & 30: Winner 5 & 6 vs Egypt

• M. 31 & 32: Sierra Leone vs Zambia

• M. 33 & 34: Winner 7 & 8 vs South Africa

• M. 35 & 36: Congo vs Tunisia

• M. 37 & 38: Winner 9 & 10 vs Algeria

• M. 39 & 40: Winner 11 & 12 vs Ghana

• M. 41 & 42: Winner 13 & 14 vs Senegal

• M. 43 & 44: Winner 15 & 16 vs Mali

• M. 45 & 46: Winner 17 & 18 vs Gabon

• M. 47 & 48: Winner 19 & 20 vs Cameroon

Third Round

• M. 49 & 50: Winner 21/22 vs winner 23/24

• M. 51 & 52: Winner 25/26 vs winner 27/28

• M. 53 & 54: Winner 29/30 vs winner 31/32

• M. 55 & 56: Winner 33/34 vs winner 35/36

• M. 57 & 58: Winner 37/38 vs winner 39/40

• M. 59 & 60: Winner 41/42 vs winner 43/44

• M. 61 & 62: Winner 45/46 vs winner 47/48

Source: Modern Ghana

Ghana face winner of Mauritius vs. Mozambique in next round of CAF U-23 Cup of Nations qualifiers

Ghana will play the winner of the match between Mauritius and Mozambique in the 2nd round of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2023 qualifiers.

This was revealed during the draw in Cairo on Thursday, August 18, 2022. Thirty-nine African countries will take part in the qualifiers with 7 qualified teams joining host Morocco for the tournament next year.

Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, South Africa, and Zambia will be on standby for winners of the 20 least ranked teams who qualifiers from the 1st round.

The 14 teams qualified from the 2nd round will play the 3rd round (knock out from home & away matches) qualifying 7 teams to the final tournament in addition to host Morocco.

The final tournament of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations will serve as the final qualifier round for the Men Olympic Football tournament.

The Black Meteors missed out on the 2020 Olympics in Japan after finishing 4th at the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt – in 2019. Ghana have yet to play at the Olympic Games since 2004 in Greece.

Source: Modern Ghana

OFFICIAL: Eric Esso completes Hearts of Oak from AshantiGold SC

Hearts of Oak have confirmed the signing of midfielder Eric Esso from AshantiGold SC ahead of the 2022/23 Ghana football season.

The 28-year-old has penned a three-year deal that will keep him in the capital until 2025.

“We are happy to announce the signing of our latest addition to the Phobia squad. Welcome, Eric Esso,” a club statement read.

Esso becomes the ‘Phobians’ sixth signing so far after Junior Kaaba, Eric Ofori Antwi, Zakari Yakubu, Wisdom Bumekpor, and Central African International Yassan Ouatching.

The enterprising midfielder has been outstanding for AshantiGold SC since joining them in 2020 and the just-ended season was no exception.

He will join the team’s preseason very soon and is expected to serve as a replacement for Abdul Aziz Nurudeen who is currently injured.

Hearts of Oak are hoping to build a very formidable side for the new season as they set sights on a decent campaign in both the league and CAF Confederations Cup.

The Phobian Club open their Ghana Premier League season with an away game against Aduana Stars.

Source: Modern Ghana

Military, technology should be inseparable – Bawumia

Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said the military and technology should be inseparable.

To this end, he has called on the authorities of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) to develop Modules focusing on the ongoing digitalisation awareness and cyber security issues to add to the tools in the fight against terrorism.

Dr Bawumia said this as a Guest of Honour at the Joint Graduation Ceremony for Senior Command and Staff Course 43 and the Master of Science in Defence and International Politics Class of 2022 of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) on Friday, 19 August 2022.

He urged the graduates, made up of Officers from 11 sister African countries including Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo, to leverage the networks developed in the course of training to collaborate effectively and ensure enhanced security and development on the continent.

Source: Modern Ghana

Campus rivalry must be about intellectual acumen, not violence – Nana Yaw Akwada

The Chief of Party at the Bureau of Public Safety, Nana Yaw Akwada has called on students in Ghana’s universities to elevate campus rivalry to the level of intellectual prowess rather than violence.

Twelve students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology are receiving treatment at the Komfo Anokye teaching hospital after sustaining varying degrees of injuries.

This follows violent clashes which occurred on campus on August 18, 2022 at the Kwame Nkrumah between resident students of University Hall, popularly known as Katanga, and Unity Hall, also referred to as Conti.

This rival clash comes just weeks after a similar incident occurred at the University of Ghana campus between students of Commonwealth and Mensah-Sarbah Halls.

Police have since commenced investigations into the matter with the campus of the university reportedly under heavy security presence.

All student gatherings and activities of same have also been suspended indefinitely by the university’s management.

Speaking on Class 91.3 FM’s Flagship news program 505 with Korku Lumor, Mr. Akwada stressed that campus rivalry must be centered on competition of capabilities, not on vandalism.

“Campus rivalry is not a new phenomenon. It is something that should be centered on intellectual acumen rather than violence. Competition of capabilities, instead of demonstration of primitive vandalism, but what we see today in campus protest, has become a competition of which group of people can be more violent,” he stated.

Mr. Akwada is, therefore, calling on the investigative committee looking into the matter to recommend punitive measures that will bite hard, to serve as a deterrent to students who may want to engage in similar acts in the future.

“The investigative committee that’s going to look at this, must bite and bite hard. If he knows that if he takes part in a riot on campus destroying properties, riots that may sometimes even lead to a close down of the university’s system, he may be rusticated and that will be a common beat of riotous students, he is going to sit up,” Mr. Akwada suggested.

“If he knows that eventually, someday, if his name comes up as being part of a riot, it may even go as far as affecting his employability, he’s going to sit up…” he concluded.

Source: Modern Ghana

MCG grateful for State’s acknowledgement of partnership in national development?

The Methodist Church Ghana (MCG) has expressed gratitude to the Government for acknowledging the Church’s partnership in national development, especially in education.

The State acknowledged the contributions of the Methodist Church to education, healthcare, social welfare and financial development, which continues to merit the unalloyed gratitude of the Ghanaian people.

The collaboration between the State and Church, in mutual respect and in the promotion of religious liberty, in both colonial and post-colonial times, has been an essential feature of Ghanaian governance, which has inured to the benefit of the people.

Most Reverend Dr Paul K. Boafo, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana, said the wholistic training and the Church’s policy were to make its schools the preferred institutions of choice.?

Most Rev. Boafo made the commendation at the opening of the 12th Biennial and Golden Jubilee Conference of the Church in Winneba in the Central Region.

The Conference is on the theme: ” Discipleship: Living the Transformed Life in Jesus Christ (Romans 12:1-2).

He said statistics available under review indicated that MCG was doing well in the establishment of basic schools in the country.

“We have 3,229 basic schools throughout the Connexion and the total enrolment in these schools stands at 58,2608,” he said.

Most Rev.? Boafo said the Church had?31 second cycle schools with a total student population of 64,728 which were doing well in all spheres.

He said the Church opened a new Vocational Institute at Mampong?Akwapim in the Koforidua Diocese to contribute to the training of students in the?Technical and Vocational space.?

The Presiding Bishop said the Methodist University College has grown over the years and making?phenomenal contributions to the manpower needs of the nation.?

The MUCG has?held on to its motto of Morality, Service and Excellence and?had fulfilled all the requirements to be given?a Charter by the President soon to award her own degrees.?

He said the?Church was living up to her mandate of spreading scriptural?holiness and reforming the land.?

“We have not relented in our social interventions and the communities continue to request for the establishment of schools, basic and secondary, in?their respective areas,” he added.?

Most Rev Boafo said the Methodist Church had the goodwill of the Chiefs and people and must use every opportunity to remain relevant.?

He said reports indicated that there was increased indiscipline and vandalism in schools and “l

will like to remind members that the Methodist Church Ghana’s policy on education lays great emphasis on the development of the individual to reflect the character of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

The Presiding said, hence to curb indiscipline and vandalism in schools, the Heads of schools were reminded to continue to ensure?parents and guardians, together with their wards, sign an undertaken that students would be of good behaviour throughout their stay in the schools.?

He said this was to ensure that the Church?upheld its cherished Christian ethos, values, and discipline.

Awards were presented members, who have contributed in diverse ways to the growth and development of the Church.

Source: Ghana News Agency