St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister charts new trajectory for twin-island nation at an exclusive event in Dubai

Dubai, Dec. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Terrance Drew, set the tone for the direction his country will be taking at a recent exclusive invite-only event in Dubai.

The event was one of many engagements undertaken by the Prime Minister and his delegation which included the country’s tourism minister Marsha Henderson, Attorney-General Garth Wilkin and cabinet secretaries, Dr. Marcus Natta, Sylvester Anthony and Veira Galloway.

The new administration has been leading the country since August this year following a snap election and have set bold ambitions for the twin-island federation to become a premium business hub in the Caribbean that caters to intelligent and discerning investors.

Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most notable success stories, Prime Minister Terrance Drew’s first visit to Dubai, signalled his intention to drive economic growth that will make the country a notable contender on the global stage.

Much of this growth will be financed by St Kitts and Nevis’ citizenship by investment programme – the oldest programme of its kind in the world.

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Drew said, “Since Dubai is such an important financial hub and is swiftly becoming an epicentre for the global citizen, it is fitting that I am here this evening to discuss the attributes of my special nation, and more particularly our renowned citizenship by investment programme that stands apart from others.”

“In this ever-changing and unpredictable world, it is imperative that the government of St Kitts and Nevis and its citizenship by investment programme continue to adapt to the needs of our people and to attract the right kind of international investment necessary to uplift our country.”

For nearly 40 years, the citizenship by investment programme of St Kitts and Nevis has had a remarkable impact on the country, generating funds that have built and upgraded hospitals, schools, roads and diversified the economy from one mainly rooted in agriculture and tourism to a fledgling manufacturing and finance-centered one.

Dubai has emerged as one of the world’s most favourite economic destination for investors, consumers as well as job seekers and tourists. The resource deficient nation has galloped from a primitive social milieu and pre-industrial economic structure to reach what many have called the pinnacle of success.

Dubai derives just 6% of its GDP from oil and gas yet it has grown its economy’s size, start­ing around the year 2000, displaying annual monetary de­velopment rates higher than even China or the Asian tiger economies.

These are some of the insights the St Kitts and Nevis delegation sought to glean from the visit. This year, St Kitts and Nevis’ gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 13.39% compared to last year.

The economy of St Kitts and Nevis was traditionally depended on the growing and processing of sugar cane but decreasing world prices have hurt the industry in recent years. Tourism, export-oriented manufacturing, and offshore banking activity have assumed larger roles in the country.

The citizenship by investment programme has been a way for the government to hedge against and revitalize the faltering sugar sector while also bolstering revenue collection to better fund social programs.

With the current global environment asking more of governments around the world, the Drew administration has realized that to meet the needs of both locals and investors it needed to upgrade the programme which has been a financial pillar for the nation.

“The vision to use economic citizenship to attract international investment was innovative in 1984. The citizenship by investment programme’s first major evolution 27 years later in 2011 was bold and creative. Now, in the third iteration of its evolution, in 2022, after four decades of erudition and development, we must use that same creativity and boldness to ensure that the programme transcends to the modern age; and the security infrastructure is enhanced and strengthened.

“We need to ensure that our treasured citizenship by investment programme is mutually beneficial for all stakeholders, from the people of St Kitts and Nevis, the investors themselves, to the developers, to the local service providers and the international marketing agents.

“While we have always been the benchmark of the global investor immigration industry, we understand that in order to remain as one of the most sought-after economic citizenship programmes in the world, we need to continue to evolve and forge a path for ourselves that is sustainable in the long term,” added Prime Minister Drew.

The Prime Minister has been laser focused and hard at work since taking the helm and has had numerous consultations with stakeholders including local communities, developers, government officials, businesses and investors to understand where the programme was lacking and where updates needed to be made to ensure that the programme continues to meet the needs of an intelligent investment minded person looking for an enriching base for their families and businesses while also, more importantly, uplifting the Kittitian and Nevisian society through beneficial investment options that bring tangible value.

Prime Minister Drew also reassured guests at the event, which included high-level government officials, global investors, government approved agents and promoters, that stakeholders need not be apprehensive of the upcoming changes and that the programme would be guided by three fundamental principles: Sustainability, good governance and pragmatism.

The government has crafted a sustainable model that will continue to be the envy of the international community by injecting high levels of integrity. The programme has also been structured in such a way that it will allow for greater transparency and accountability, the hallmarks of the good governance framework that solidifies the foundation of any successful endeavour. And lastly, the government has tailored investment options to align with market realities while preserving the platinum brand that St Kitts and Nevis has nurtured for four decades.

Bold and innovative strides have been made to strengthen the legislative and administrative structures of the programme and to ensure that real estate projects funded by the programme are completed – “To this end, let it be known worldwide, that St Kitts and Nevis is seeking well respected and serious investors who see the potential of our nation and who are prepared to put capital behind innovative projects, investments and industries that will enhance our palatability to global immigration investors.”

Exact changes and information around the programme will be communicated in 2023.

The visit shows the world that St Kitts and Nevis is open for business and the Prime Minister has identified and discussed new areas of collaboration in advancing economic recovery, stability and reaffirming the solid foundation between St Kitts and Nevis and Dubai.

PR St Kitts and Nevis
Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
mildred.thabane@csglobalpartners.com

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Leading Global Operator Selects Synchronoss to Deliver Personal Cloud Offering

Leading Provider of Mobile, Telecommunications and ISP Services Rolling Out Personal Cloud Offering to Safeguard Files, Photos, Videos, and Other Digital Content

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Dec. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (“Synchronoss” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SNCR), a global leader and innovator in cloud, messaging and digital products and platforms, today announced a multi-year agreement with one of the largest global operators to deploy Synchronoss Personal Cloud to tens of millions of subscribers on its network. This agreement will contribute to Synchronoss’s financial results this quarter, as deployment preparations are underway, and transition into primarily a SaaS-based revenue model as subscribers adopt the service.

As one of the world’s top providers of mobile devices and communications services, this international customer is partnering with Synchronoss to offer an array of value-added services, including the ability to backup and manage files, photos, videos, and digital content stored on mobile phones and other devices. Thanks to the scale and market reach of this service provider, the Company estimates this customer will become one of its largest cloud deployments over the next three to five years. The rollout of the Synchronoss-powered personal cloud solution enables operators to generate new revenue opportunities, improve ARPU, and reduce churn through improved engagement.

“This agreement represents a major milestone in the continued expansion of our cloud business. We continue to empower mobile service providers worldwide with strategic tools to improve customer value,” said Jeff Miller, President and CEO of Synchronoss. “This multi-year agreement exemplifies the increasing importance of cloud offerings to leading operators and further extends our global footprint, representing new growth opportunities for the Synchronoss Personal Cloud platform. Most importantly, the launch of a customer-branded personal cloud solution will enable this operator to form deeper connections with its subscribers and improve key business metrics.”

About Synchronoss
Synchronoss Technologies (Nasdaq: SNCR) builds software that empowers companies around the world to connect with their subscribers in trusted and meaningful ways. The company’s collection of products helps streamline networks, simplify onboarding, and engage subscribers to unleash new revenue streams, reduce costs and increase speed to market. Hundreds of millions of subscribers trust Synchronoss products to stay in sync with the people, services, and content they love. Learn more at www.synchronoss.com.

Media Relations Contact:
Domenick Cilea
Springboard
dcilea@springboardpr.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Matt Glover / Tom Colton
Gateway Group, Inc.
SNCR@gatewayir.com

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Francisco Oliva Named Business Development Manager, South America for Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases Group

TEMECULA, Calif., Dec. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries’ Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (“Group”), a part of the Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan) group of companies, is pleased to announce that Francisco Oliva has been named Business Development Manager for South America.

Francisco has both a Mechanical Engineering and MBA degree and brings over 30 years’ experience in the Industrial Gas industry working with Air Products (previously Indura) in South America. He has been instrumental in implementation and optimization of business development, processes, and project management for national and multinational companies in the areas of acquisitions, business development and procurement in South America.

Based in Santiago, Chile, he will manage and develop business opportunities there and in the entire South American territory, and will report to Emile Bado, Executive Vice President, Sales and Business Development and George Pappagelis, President of Nikkiso Cosmodyne.

“We look forward to be able to grow and expand our support of this important market with Francisco’s industry and market knowledge, and to further develop opportunities in this region” according to Emile Bado.

With this addition, Nikkiso continues their commitment to be both a global and local presence for their customers.

ABOUT CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIES
Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (now a member of Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) member companies manufacture and service engineered cryogenic gas processing equipment (pumps, turboexpanders, heat exchangers, etc.), and process plants for Industrial Gases, Natural gas Liquefaction (LNG), Hydrogen Liquefaction (LH2) and Organic Rankine Cycle for Waste Heat Recovery. Founded over 50 years ago, Cryogenic Industries is the parent company of ACD, Nikkiso Cryo, Nikkiso Integrated Cryogenic Solutions, Cosmodyne and Cryoquip and a commonly controlled group of approximately 20 operating entities.

For more information, please visit www.nikkisoCEIG.com and www.nikkiso.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Anna Quigley
+1.951.383.3314
aquigley@cryoind.com

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Water For People Expands Country Programs in East Africa to Include Tanzania

Water For People Tanzania is the first program expansion in 10 years

Denver, CO & Dodoma, Tanzania, Dec. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This fall, Water For People launched Water For People Tanzania, the first new country program in ten years and the fourth in Africa. Program expansions like this are critical for reaching the organization’s 2030 goals of bringing bring clean water and sanitation to 200 million people. These goals support U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6 which ensures the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

“Tanzania has had comprehensive sector development plans since 2008,” says Co-CEO Samson Bekele.  “The national government’s desire for accountable and effective services mean means our ability to collaborate in the districts we serve will be much more fruitful. Because Water For People plans to eventually exit countries, partnering with governments and strengthening national systems is vital for sustainable access.” Additionally, Tanzania’s proximity to the successful Water For People programs in Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda creates a unique opportunity to use shared learnings.

The opening of the Tanzania program office in Dodoma will initially support regionwide WASH planning capacity with a special focus on the Mpwapwa district. Mpwapwa, one of the seven districts of Dodoma region, has a population of 375,523. There are 57 registered Community Based Water Supply Organizations that are unable to meet all operation and maintenance costs, and of the 119 public schools, 62 don’t have water.

Historically, Mpwapwa received a sizeable share of investment for water supply and the mix of rural and urban settlements mean that a range of WASH management institutions are present in the district; however, many installed/developed water infrastructure are no longer working and access to improved water supply coverage in the rural part of the district has remained below 40%.

“Collaborating in Mpwapwa gives us a chance to understand and address sector sustainability challenges firsthand,” says Country Director Rehema Tukai, “Sustainability is critical for making sure communities have access to safe water and sanitation forever.”

Water For People Tanzania:

P.O. Box 2120 | Plot No.12 / Block F/ House No.1 , Medeli/ Mazengo Street, Kisasa – Dodoma

Mobile No. +255 784 635245

About Water For People:

Water For People, motivated by the fact that water is a human right, is a nonprofit working across nine countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa to address the global water crisis. In bringing together communities, local businesses, and governments to build, operate, and maintain their own systems, Water For People’s approach ensures that every family, health clinic, and school has lasting access to safe water and sanitation.  This model, called Everyone Forever, secures sustainability for generations. Learn more at waterforpeople.org.

Hope Voelkel
Water For People
+1 (434) 409-2492
hvoelkel@waterforpeople.org

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PowerChina achieves common development through diversified cultural integration with countries across Southeast Africa

BEIJING, Dec. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A report form CRIOnline:

Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina), one of the first batch of Chinese companies to expand their international business into Africa, has implemented many large-scale infrastructure construction projects in multiple countries across the southeastern part of the continent, making positive contributions to African economic development and the improvement in the livelihoods of local populations.

Karuma Hydropower Station, the largest such station under construction in Uganda, makes full use of water resources from the upper Nile River and will give a strong impetus to the country’s economic development once completed. Prior to commencing the project, PowerChina undertook eight impact studies during which experts were invited to evaluate the local biological environment and help decide the construction model, before finally deciding in tandem with the station owner to bury the generator set, large transformer and other equipment in an underground space. In addition, during the construction process, all work will be handled in such a way that all the original ground vegetation will be preserved to the greatest extent possible for peaceful coexistence with local indigenous wildlife.

In Zimbabwe, a country rich with local traditions and cultures, PowerChina conducted a series of systematic surveys with the local population before building the Hwange Thermal Power Station, the largest ever such facility in the country. To avoid conflicts due to misunderstandings, all Chinese employees were required to receive cultural competency training to respect local customs, while Chinese management concepts and systems were  made fully transparent to Zimbabwean employees.

Since the establishment of the project team for the Andekaleka Power Plant in Madagascar in 2018, PowerChina has pulled out all the stops to overcome the obstacles due to cultural, habitual and professional differences, and finally succeeded in implementing the project. The facility is expected to meet 50% of the electricity demand for the country’s capital of Antananarivo once it is put into operation by the end of 2022.

Despite the cultural differences, people have the same thoughts and aspirations everywhere. Every employee at PowerChina firmly believes that only by proactively engaging with the world’s many diversified cultures and interacting with the many social groups of every country and region in which they operate, can they inject lasting vitality into their international business and achieve common development with all customers, partners, stakeholders and local residents.

Supreme Dynamic Talent Academy Awards 2022 launched, nominations now open

Accra, Dec. 2, GNA – The Global & Prestigious Leading Awards Organization from Africa; Supreme Dynamic Talent Academy Awards (SDTA AWARDS 2022) has been launched and Brand Ambassador unveiled.

A formal call to enter for the nomination stage of the World’s Most Uniting and Prestigious Awards, for the Creative Arts & Entertainment Industry Professionals & Rookies, has been launched on the Awards official website; www.sdtaawards.com

Therefore, eligible Artistes, Talents, Creatives, Brands, Philanthropists, Organizations and individuals, can proceed to submit their entries as nominations deadline is on the 4th of December 2022 at exactly 11:59 hours.

The Official launch of SDTA Awards 2022 & the Unveiling ceremony of Actor Prince David Osei, took place at the Lapalm Royal Beach Hotel and at CEEJAY Multimedia respectively, in Accra Ghana, It was a Private Exclusive Virtual event, Covered by the Media.

ABOUT SUPREME DYNAMIC TALENT ACADEMY AWARDS (SDTA AWARDS)

The Supreme Dynamic Talent Academy Awards® (SDTA AWARDS, pronounced as STAR AWARDS for the initials ) is the first Prestigious and Global Awards Organization from Africa to Celebrate & honor the Supremacy & Dynamism Of Both African & International Creatives &

Talents in the Creative or Entertainment Industry, whose works have projected Arts and Entertainment sector.

SDTA AWARDS also has a SPECIAL RECOGNITION Category which spotlights on all aspects of life to celebrate and honour personalities from around the globe with long standing service to the development of their respective fields and also to humanity, for creative and Innovative Contributions.

The SDTA Awards Motto is; CELEBRATING THE GLOBAL SUPREMACY OF TALENT & CREATIVITY.

While the 2022 theme is: UNITY IN DIVERSITY!

The SDTA Awards Second Edition, will give the following Awards;

PAGEANT CATEGORY

(1) SUPREME AFRICAN BEAUTY QUEEN OF THE YEAR

MODELING CATEGORY

(2) SUPREME AFRICAN FEMALE MODEL OF THE YEAR

(3) SUPREME AFRICAN MALE MODEL OF THE YEAR

(4) SUPREME AFRICAN PROMISING MODEL OF THE YEAR

(5) SUPREME AFRICAN CATWALK COACH OF THE YEAR

(6) SUPREME GLOBAL CATWALK COACH

FILM CATEGORY

(7) SUPREME AFRICAN ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

(8)SUPREME AFRICAN SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

(9) SUPREME AFRICAN PROMISING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

(10) SUPREME AFRICAN ACTOR OF THE YEAR

(11) SUPREME AFRICAN SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR

(12) SUPREME AFRICAN PROMISING ACTOR OF THE YEAR

(13) SUPREME AFRICAN FILM DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

(14) SUPREME AFRICAN FILM PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

TALENT MANAGER CATEGORY

(15) SUPREME AFRICAN CELEBRITY MANAGER

MUSIC CATEGORY

(16) SUPREME AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

(17) SUPREME AFRICAN PROMISING ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

(18) SUPREME GLOBAL PROMISING ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

DANCE CATEGORY

(19) SUPREME DANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR

(20) SUPREME DANCER OF THE YEAR

TV HOST CATEGORY

(21) SUPREME AFRICAN FEMALE TV HOST OF THE YEAR

(22) SUPREME AFRICAN MALE TV HOST OF THE YEAR

BLOGGER CATEGORY

(23) SUPREME AFRICAN BLOGGER OF THE YEAR

((24) SUPREME AFRICAN PROMISING BLOGGER OF THE YEAR

EVENT HOST CATEGORY

(25) SUPREME AFRICAN EVENT HOST OF THE YEAR

TV REALITY SHOW CATEGORY

(26) SUPREME AFRICAN TV REALITY SHOW STAR OF THE YEAR

COMEDY CATEGORY

(27) SUPREME AFRICAN COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR

(28) SUPREME AFRICAN COMIC ACTOR OF THE YEAR

SOCIAL STAR CATEGORY

(29) SUPREME AFRICAN SOCIAL STAR

PHOTOGRAPHY CATEGORY

(30) SUPREME AFRICAN FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

(31) SUPREME AFRICAN PROMISING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

FASHION DESIGNER CATEGORY

(32) SUPREME AFRICAN FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

(33) SUPREME AFRICAN PROMISING FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

(34) LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN MUSIC

(35) LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN FILM

(36)LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN JOURNALISM

SPECIAL RECOGNITION/HONORARY CATEGORY

(37) SUPREME DIPLOMAT OF THE YEAR

(38) SUPREME AFRICAN YOUTH ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR

(39) SUPREME GLOBAL CHILD PRODIGY

(40) SUPREME AFRICAN MEDIA MOGUL

(41) SUPREME GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR

(42) SUPREME AFRICAN HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR

(43) SUPREME AFRICAN FASHIONPRENEUR

(44) SUPREME AFRICAN ROYAL ROLE MODEL COUPLE

(45) SUPREME AFRICAN MUSIC GENUIS

(46) SUPREME AFRICAN FILM MAKER

(47) SUPREME AFRICAN CHARITABLE QUEEN

(48) SUPREME AFRICAN ENTERTAINMENT GURU

(49) SUPREME AFRICAN CSR COMPANY OF THE YEAR

(50) SUPREME AFRICAN SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

(51) SUPREME AFRICAN FASHION ICON OF THE YEAR

(52) SHARON D. MEMORIAL VALEDICTORIAN OF THE YEAR

(53) SUPREME AFRICAN OUTDOOR LOCATION

(54) SUPREME AFRICAN PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

Speaking at the Press launch, Ms Zino Lexili Ogazi said, “It gives me supreme joy to state that SDTA Awards is Straight From Africa to the world,

It’s not just an Awards Scheme, we are bridging the gap & bringing the world together, For what we choose to build today will contribute to a better world tomorrow, It’s about unity, Diversity & Inclusion, we are one world & We are very Elated to Unveil Actor, Prince David Osei as our SDTA Awards 2022 Brand Ambassador, So welcome to Supreme Dynamic Talent Academy Awards 2022, IT’S TIME TO MEET THE BEST OF THE BEST!”

Supreme Dynamic Talent Academy Awards is proudly powered by Supreme Dynamic Talent Academy & Black Beauty Africa TV.

“Lastly, make sure to follow on Instagram & turn on notification Bell as to catch the buzz for all the SDTA AWARDS Communique, you won’t find anywhere else!,

Source: Ghana News Agency

2022 World Cup: Uruguay exit with Ghana despite win as Andre Ayew disappoints

The Black Stars of Ghana have been eliminated from the ongoing 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The West African country were hoping to secure a place in the last 16 after recording a hard-fought win against South Korea in the second group game at the Education City Stadium.

In the final group game, Ghana faced Uruguay at the Janoub Stadium. Otto Addo paraded a squad that left Ghanaians raising questions, especially with the return of Baba Rahman’s return to the squad.

The Black Stars started the game on a bright note and were awarded a spot kick in their first attempt on goal.

Mohammed Kudus was brought down in the box of the South Americans by Sergio Rochet Alvarez. However, Andre Ayew failed to convert the spot kick.

But Georgian De Arrascaeta scored twice in the first half but it wasn’t enough to send them to the last 16.

The midfielder opened the scoring after 26 minutes wider close-range header as he followed up Luis Suarez’s saved effort.

Suarez, who was inevitably involved in a replay of the controversial 2010 South Africa World Cup tie, set up De Arrascaeta excellently for his second as he clipped a ball over the top of the Ghana defense for De Arrascaeta to latch onto and fire home.

After recess, Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew we’re substituted with Osman Bukari and Kamaldeen Suelemana taking up their place.

Ghana attacked the box of the Uruguayans but lacked the cutting edge to find the back of the net.

Mohammed Kudus came close but his effort was punched away. Sulemana and Semenyo all came close but could not find the back of the net.

As the match entered the final ten minutes Uruguay thought they had done enough to reach the knockouts, only for South Korea to score a late winner against group winners Portugal to clinch the second spot.

The result means Uruguay and Ghana are both eliminated from the World Cup.

This is the second time Ghana has failed to qualify for the last 16 of the Fifa World Cup. The Black Stars exited the 2014 Mundial at the group phase.

Source: Modern Ghana

2022 World Cup: South Korea through after dramatic late win

Hwang Hee-Chan provided late drama for South Korea, as his late goal earned his country a 2-1 win over Portugal – and a place in the World Cup knock out stages.

Paolo Bento’s side did it the hard way as they were forced to come from behind, but in the end the Wolves striker’s goal in second half injury time saw his side beat Uruguay to secure second place in Group H on goals scored.

Fernando Santos made six changes as, with their passage to the round-of-16 already confirmed, he rested some of his senior players, including Bruno Fernandes. They still made an electric start though, netting after just five minutes as Ricardo Horta converted from Diogo Dalot’s low cross.

A superb stop from Diogo Costa, diving full stretch to his right to keep out Cho Gue-Sung’s header, prevented South Korea from equalising, but they got their goal just before the half hour mark as Kim Young-Gwon acrobatically slid home from close range.

Chances were more sparse in the second half, although Costa made one excellent reaction save from a thumping Hwang In-Beom effort. There was the feeling that Bento’s side needed to take the handbrake off though as they searched for the goal they needed to go through.

Time appeared to be running out, as did South Korea’s chances as they struggled to get hold of the ball, but a rapid counter-attack from a Portugal corner led to Son Heung-Min feeding Hwang, who slotted home a dramatic winner, leading to jubilant scenes at the Education City Stadium.

Source: Modern Ghana