“Wizkid breached his contractual obligation” – Organisers

Accra – Live Hub Entertainment, the organisers of the “Wizkid Live in Accra” concert, has said that Nigerian music superstar Wizkid breached some contractual obligations by failing to show up for the concert.

Thousands of fans were left gutted as the Afrobeat icon could not perform at the highly publicized music event that took place at the nation’s Wembley, the Accra Sports Stadium, on Saturday.

Fans were made to wait for more than 10 hours as they anticipated a music experience from the “Star Boy,” which never happened.

However, organizers, in a social media post on Sunday, promised to refund persons who paid for the tickets, which were selling from GHC 275 to more than GHC 700.

“Wizkid breached his contractual obligation last night. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.

“We will issue full refunds to all who paid for tickets. Please send your barcode to thelivehubinfo@gmail.com,” the statement said.

Wizkid has yet to comment on the issue but is billed to perform at another show in Abidjan later on Sunday, December 11, 2022.

Source: Ghana News Agency

France Battles Past England as Morocco Makes World Cup History

Defending champions France edged past England 2-1 on Saturday as Harry Kane missed a late penalty in the World Cup quarterfinals, after Morocco became the first African team ever to reach the last four.

France will face the surprising north Africans in a semifinal on Wednesday, earning their place when Olivier Giroud’s header proved the difference at Al Bayt Stadium.

In a tense match, Aurelien Tchouameni’s strike opened the scoring with 17 minutes gone, but Kane brought England level from the penalty spot early in the second half.

England were the best side for large parts of the match, but Giroud scored when it mattered most, rising above Harry Maguire to nod the ball into the net on 78 minutes for his 53rd goal for France.

As England desperately searched for an equalizer, they were thrown a late lifeline when Theo Hernandez needlessly shoved over Mason Mount and the referee gave a spot-kick following a VAR review.

But Kane blasted his kick high over the crossbar, spurning the chance to send the game into extra time.

He was the first England player to sink to his knees at the final whistle, his head in his hands.

“We gave them a little ammunition with two penalties, but it is with hearts and guts that we held onto this result,” France coach Didier Deschamps said.

“It’s fabulous because it was a big match against a very good English team.

“We responded once again, it’s wonderful to reach the last four again, you have to savor it, a World Cup semifinal is quite something.”

England coach Gareth Southgate said he had told his players, “I don’t think they could have given any more.”

“They’ve played really well against a top team. It’s fine margins and things at both ends that have decided the game,” Southgate added.

Moroccan joy

Only the most fervent Morocco fan would have bet on their side reaching the World Cup semifinals before the tournament kicked off.

On Saturday, they beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal 1-0 thanks to Youssef En-Nesyri’s first-half header to go further than any African team ever has at a World Cup.

Morocco, ranked 22 in the world before the tournament started, have surpassed the three other African sides to reach the quarterfinals — Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.

Ronaldo, who came on as a second-half substitute, was unable to rescue his side and at the final whistle walked off down the tunnel wiping away tears without acknowledging either his teammates or the victorious Moroccans.

Ronaldo, 37, who with Lionel Messi has dominated world football for the past two decades, has likely played his last World Cup match after making a world record-equaling 196th international appearance at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.

The Moroccans have wildly surpassed expectations in Qatar and coach Walid Regragui lauded the battling spirit of his injury-hit side.

“We’re drawing on all we have, we still have guys injured. I told the guys before the match we had to write history for Africa. I’m very, very happy,” Regragui said.

As their national team made history, crowds gathered in Casablanca and chanted “Qualified! Qualified!”

There were also celebrations across the Arab world and in Europe as Morocco are also the first Arab team to reach a World Cup semifinal.

“My heart will stop, what a team, what stamina, what an achievement,” Ilham El Idrissi, a 34-year-old woman, told AFP in Casablanca.

Argentina and Lionel Messi will face 2018 losing finalists Croatia in the other semifinal after the Croatians dumped out pre-tournament favorites Brazil on Friday.

The five-time champions crashed out in dramatic fashion, losing on penalties after a 1-1 draw, while Argentina survived a fightback from the Netherlands to also win in a shootout.

Brazil star Neymar said he was contemplating retiring from international football after the crushing loss, but on Saturday Brazilian legend Pele urged him to “keep inspiring us.”

“I’m 82 years old, and after all this time, I hope I’ve inspired you in some way to get this far … Your legacy is far from over,” Pele wrote on Instagram.

Neymar had equaled Pele’s official Brazil scoring record of 77 international goals in Friday’s match.

Source: Voice of America

2022 World Cup: France faces Morocco in semi-finals, Argentina up against Croatia

All is set for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to enter the semi-final stage as four countries continue their journey to conquer the world.

After a two-day break for the tournament, the global showpiece resumed on Friday with two quarter-final matches.

Croatia displayed resilience in the first match to beat Brazil on penalties to send the record-winners home.

In the second game of the matchday, the Netherlands and Argentina locked horns in a pulsating encounter that ended 2-2 at the end of the 90 minutes.

With no goal in extra time, it was Argentina that triumphed to knock out the Netherlands.

Today, Saturday, December 10, the final two matches in the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup have been cleared.

In the afternoon, Morocco made Africa proud when the Atlas Lions put up another outstanding performance.

At the end of their quarter-final match against Portugal, Morocco fought to secure a narrow 1-0 win to break the hearts of the Portuguese.

To finish the last eight stage, defending World Champions France has cruised past England with a 2-1 win.

A second-half strike from Les Bleus all-time top scorer Olivier Giroud helped the side to knock out the Three Lions after Harry Kane scored one and wasted one penalty.

From the results in the quarter-finals, Croatia will be facing Argentina in the semi-finals while France takes on Morocco.

The game between France and Morocco is scheduled to be played on Wednesday, December 14.

Before that match, Argentina and Croatia will settle their contest on Tuesday, December 14.

All two semi-final matches will kick off at 19:00GMT.

Source: Modern Ghana

George Opare Addo floors Brogya Genfi to retain NDC National Youth Organizer job

George Opare Addo has been reelected National Youth Organizer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The former Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Akuapem North staved off stiff competition from Yaw Brogya Genfi his sole opponent in the election that took place at the Examination Hall of the University of Cape Coast.

At the end of the voting and counting of ballots, Opare Addo alias Pablo garnered 533 votes as against Brogya Genfi’s 508. Results were declared in the wee hours of Saturday, December 11, 2022.

There was a tense moment during the counting of votes as supporters of both candidates sang and danced amid claims of having won the vote.

This becomes the second straight defeat Genfi is suffering at the hands of Opare Addo who first defeated him in 2018. Opare Addo’s elected deputies are Osman Abdulai Ayariga and Ruth Dela Sedorm.

The National Youth Organizer and Women’s Organizer Conference takes place a week clear from the National Executives Congress that will see to the election of officers to run the affairs of the party into the 2024 elections.

Source: Ghana Web

Hannah Bissiw beats Magoo to retain NDC Women’s Organizer job

Dr. Louisa Hannah Bissiw has been reelected National Women’s Organizer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The former Member of Parliament for Tano South staved off competition from Margaret Ansei her sole opponent in the election that took place on December 10, 2022 at the Examination Hall of the University of Cape Coast.

The venue hosted the National Youth and Women’s Conference of the NDC ahead of the main National Executive Congress slated for December 17.

At the end of the voting and counting of ballots, Hannah Bissiw garnered 433 votes as against Ansei’s 362. Results were declared in the wee hours of Sunday, December 11, 2022.

There were tense moments during the counting of votes as supporters of both candidates sang and danced amid claims of having won the vote.

Bissiw, a one-time deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture has thus retained her position after first winning it in 2018. She will be deputized by Abigail Elorm Mensah and Felicia Dzifa Tegah, who polled 348 and 260 respectively in the deputy Women’s Organizer race.

Party faithful will now turn their attention to the National Executives Congress that will see to the election of officers to run the affairs of the party into the 2024 elections.

Source: Ghana Web

Work assiduously to rescue Ghana from the shackles of Akufo-Addo govt – Ofosu Ampofo to NDC members

The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has called on members of his party to commit to ensuring that it wins the 2024 general elections.

He asked that the party members make it a point to ensure that they push for their support in bringing this dream to pass.

Speaking at the 10th National Youth and Women’s Conference held at Cape Coast on Saturday, December 11, 2022, he admonished “all party faithful to work assiduously to help rescue the country from the shackles of bad governance visited upon us by the Nana Addo-Bawumia government.”

He used the occasion to thank all the party delegates, constituency, regional, and national executives, former appointees, Members of Parliament, as well as the community in the diaspora for travelling far and near to make the conference a successful one.

At the end of the conference, Dr. Hannah Bissiw and George Opare Addo were retained as National Women’s Organiser and National Youth Organiser respectively.

Source: Ghana Web

Asiedu Nketiah should be made NDC Campaign Manager for 2024 election – Amb Victor Smith

Former High Commissioner to the UK & Ireland, and former Special aide to Ex-President Rawlings, Ambassador Victor Smith, has urged the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to make the outgoing General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the party’s Campaign Manager for the 2024 elections.

According to him, Asiedu Nketiah should be made Campaign Manager for the 2024 election because he is well suited for the position than the chairman position he has decided to compete for.

“He (Asiedu Nketaih) said he has the courage to take us to war. He said he is fearless. The campaign manager is well suited for him.

“Look, we are very close to the election, 2024 will soon come. So, they make you the Campaign Manager, you will move the machine. Because that is what you are telling us you are capable of doing. But not as chairman.

“You are looking the wrong direction unless you have an ulterior motive,” he said in Twi in an Ahotor TV interview monitored by GhanaWeb.

Amb Smith also suggested that the decision of Asiedu Nketiah to leave his General Secretary position to contest for the chairmanship position of the party was wrong because the General Secretary is the one in charge of running the party while the Chairman only chairs meetings to make decisions.

He added that once Asiedu Nketia did not file for the General Secretary position in the upcoming national election of the party the only position opened to him now is the Campaign Manager position.

The party’s national elections are slated for Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Candidates will be contesting for various positions, including the National Chairman, National Vice-Chairmen, General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, National Organiser, and Deputy National Organiser, as well as the National Treasurer and Deputy National Treasurer.

Others are the National Communications Officer and Deputy, and the National Zongo Caucus Coordinator.

The current National Chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, is expected to face stiff competition from the outgoing General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, for the chairmanship position.

Also, Dr. Louisa Hannah Bissiw and George Opare Addo have been re-elected as the National Women’s Organizer and National Youth Organizer of the party respectively at the NDC 10th Women and Youth Conference which was held on December 10 at the University of Cape Coast.

Source: Ghana Web

NDC elections: ‘Stinking and filthy monies could not buy victory for the scavengers’ – Anyidoho

Former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Samuel Koku Anyidoho, has reacted to the re-election of Dr. Louisa Hannah Bissiw and George Opare Addo as the National Women’s Organizer and National Youth Organizer of the party, respectively.

In a tweet shared on Sunday, December 11, 2022, Koku Anyidoho said that the results of the NDC women’s and youth’s elections give hope to the party.

He added that the victory of Dr Hannah Bissiw and Opare Addo shows that the party’s delegate could not be bribed.

“Yesterday’s NDC Youth & Women’s Wings election results give me hope: the ill-gotten, stinking, & filthy monies could not buy victory for the scavengers & hijackers,” parts of the tweet read.

Koku Anyidoho went on to predict that the General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, will lose his national chairmanship bid in the upcoming national elections.

“A week hence, we would have gotten rid of Asiedu-Nketiah, & NDC will begin to shine again. Revo Revo,” he said.

Dr. Louisa Hannah Bissiw and George Opare Addo fought off competition from Margaret Ansei and Yaw Brogya Genfi to retain their positions at the 10th NDC Women and Youth Conference, which was held at the Examination Hall of the University of Cape Coast.

The party’s national elections are slated for Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Candidates will be contesting for various positions, including the National Chairman, National Vice-Chairmen, General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, National Organiser, and Deputy National Organiser, as well as the National Treasurer and Deputy National Treasurer.

Others are the National Communications Officer and Deputy, and the National Zongo Caucus Coordinator.

The current National Chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, is expected to face stiff competition from the outgoing General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, for the chairmanship position.

Source: Ghana Web