GBBA to organise Coaching Course online

Accra, Jan. 23, GNA – The Ghana Basketball Association (GBBA) in collaboration with the International Basketball University (IBU) is set to organise a free coaching course online.

The month-long course would form part of the new initiatives by the GBBA to build the capacity of players and to promote the sport in the country.

The free online coaching course would help close the wide gap between players and coaches.

The GBBA has also lined up activities for the calendar year, which includes the National Senior High School Championship, the National University 3×3 Championship, and National Championship for wheelchair, deaf and educational institutions.

The association also expected to participate in some friendlies and qualifiers ahead of some international tournaments.

Source: Ghana News Agency

ITF appoints Dr. Abena Tannor to handle classification for Africa Wheelchair Tennis in Abuja

Accra, Jan. 23, GNA – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has appointed Dr. Abena Tannor to perform a classification role at the Africa Wheelchair Tennis Championship for the upcoming ITF Wheelchair Tennis Classifier (WTC) qualifiers in Abuja, Nigeria.

Dr. Tannor a Certified Classifier Level One holder was part of the ITF WTC training workshop held in London, in December last year.

In an interview with the GNA Sports she commended the authorities for the opportunity to showcase her knowledge in the sport.

She added that she was ready to provide any form of assistance for Ghana Wheelchair Team when the need arises.

She said “I want to thank the ITF for the opportunity given me to perform a classification role in this year’s event.

“Last year I had an opportunity to attend a wheelchair workshop in London to acquire more knowledge about classification, I am happy that I would be sharing the knowledge at the programme,” she noted.

She called on government to invest in disability sports, saying “I want to appeal to government to support disabilities sports to grow because it would benefit the nation and persons with disability”.

Dr. Tandoh also called on corporate entities to support Ghana Wheelchair team to participate in international events.

The Africa Wheelchair Tennis Championship is scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria from February 8, to February 11, 2023.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Lawrence Adjei wins Ojatson Foundation Cycling Championship

Accra, Jan. 23, GNA – Lawrence Adjei overpowered national champion Anthony Boakye to win the maiden edition of Ojatson Sports Foundation Cycling Championship, held at the Accra Sports Stadium on last Sunday.

He made an astonishing sprint finish of 1:42:10 secs to emerge the winner in the competition.

Over one hundred cyclists registered and took part in the competition, especially with the tenacity and grit 66km distance in 20 laps.

However, in the first three laps were just to familiarise the road network in the starting line up with the likes Anthony Boakye, Lawrence Adjei, Frank Akuffo among others.

In the Men’s Elite category was a 66km distance of a brawling circuit amassing an average speed of 38.76km/hr.

In the female category, Erica Sedzro placed first, followed by Abigail Ayehkie Tetteh and Paulina Yaa Mensah placing third respectively.

All the participants were awarded a certificate and a cash prize for their efforts.

The Ojatson Sports Foundation Championship has injected some urgency into the riders especially as the country prepares to host the Africa Road Paracycling Championships next month.

Mr. Joseph Ojatson Chief Organiser of the event, was highly elated at the inaugural organisation of the race with the believe that the next edition would be greater.

Ghana would be hosting the rest of Africa for the 19th edition of the African Road Cycling Championship scheduled to take place at Ablekuma Ollebu in Accra.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Former President Kuffour courts support for Danny List Foundation

Accra, Jan. 23, GNA – Mr. John Agyekum Kuffour, former President of Ghana has thrown his weight behind the Danny List Foundation following its vision to establish a Golf Academy in Ghana.

The Danny List Fundraising ceremony, held in Accra yesterday, was targeted at supporting Danny List’s objective of nurturing young golfers to become champions shortly.

The former President speaking at the fundraiser said, “Danny List has proved himself to be a champion worthy of emulation by all, and I from my standpoint celebrate him as a very great leader in sports”.

According to Mr. Kuffour, the 24-year-old had grown in the sport for over a decade now and would make Ghana a hub of golf in the next few years, having been tagged as one of the best the continent had ever seen.

He described List as a sportsman who was committed to allowing the youth to realize their dreams of becoming international golfers, adding that, the 24-year-old needed support to make golf a household sport in Ghana.

“Whatever you can do to support Danny this vision and ambition, let’s do voluntarily and pray that he succeeds in this laudable venture for all of us,” he said.

Under the theme “Golf4Change”, the event saw renowned golfers and sports personalities around the world come together to support the young golf champion.

List has over the years risen as one of the best in the world, competing in the European and US tours as one of the best U-25 players.

The youngster intends to establish a Golf Academy in Ghana which would include a variety of targets, high-quality golf balls, and some other experienced coaches to train the players.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Average Antony? Why Man Utd’s £85m man could be the transfer flop of the season

Antony’s 2021-22 highlight reel became a viral hit overnight when he initially emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United last summer. The video, uploaded to YouTube by MShow, is packed full of his best moments for Ajax and Brazil, with a whole host of defenders left embarrassed by his outrageous skills.

The video portrays a player capable of changing a game in an instant – one who boasts a deadly left foot that can deliver spectacular goals and passes. Those who watched it certainly would not have batted an eye at the £85 million ($99m) fee United eventually paid Ajax to bring Antony to Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old also benefited from a glowing reference from Erik ten Hag, who spent two years helping him develop at Johan Cruyff ArenA. The former Ajax boss told MUTV after Antony’s unveiling: “He’s a fighter and someone who has a real willingness to win games, I like that.

“He likes to dribble, he sees the final pass, he can score a goal and I think the fans will be excited by him and the way he plays his game.”

Antony has since proven beyond all doubt, that a player should never be judged by a montage of his best bits. He may have recorded 24 goals and 22 assists in 82 games for Ajax, but United didn’t sign a winger who was even close to the finished article.

The Red Devils have made huge strides forward under Ten Hag, re-emerging as potential title contenders while also progressing to the Carabao Cup semi-finals and Europa League knockout phase. Antony has chipped in with a modest total of five goals, and has generally shown that he is indeed “a fighter”.

The Brazil international worked tirelessly out of possession in United’s 3-2 loss at Arsenal on Sunday, helping Aaron Wan-Bissaka cope with the threat of his compatriot Gabriel Martinelli on the left flank.

He was, however, completely ineffective at the other end of the pitch. A number of promising United attacks broke down because he either chose the wrong pass or turned back inside and slowed down the team’s forward momentum.

Arsenal didn’t need to worry about Antony in the same way United did Martinelli, because Oleksandr Zinchenko wasn’t even remotely tested at left-back. The former Ajax star seems to lack speed and rarely gets the better of his marker, making him an easy proposition for experienced full-backs to deal with.

“The concerning thing for me with somebody like Antony is that he can’t beat anyone – and for a Brazilian that’s surprising! I’ve seen clips of him when he was at Ajax and he was somebody who used to beat people,” United legend Rio Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel FIVE.

“I saw [Thomas] Partey – who I wouldn’t put down as like a roaster, a sprinter – absolutely burst past him, and I’m thinking, ‘Woah, he [Antony] hasn’t got much power in them legs!’

“When I played with Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Antonio Valencia, even Ji-Sung Park would get past the full-back. Not just by going past them but he’d play it and run and get the other side of them. I want to see that from Antony.”

Antony has shown glimpses of the dribbling ability that saw him make a name for himself at Ajax, but he rarely follows it up with a meaningful contribution. He was criticised for showboating in the early stages of the season, but now his all-round game is under the spotlight.

United desperately needed a right-winger, with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho both stronger coming in from the left, and opted for Antony ahead of Cody Gakpo, who ended up joining Liverpool from PSV earlier this month.

Gakpo only cost Liverpool £44m, almost half the amount United forked out for Antony, but there is no evident gulf in class between the pair. Ajax milked him for well beyond his real market value.

Indeed, it has been reported that United officials have privately admitted to overpaying for Antony, who is the fifth-most expensive player in the history of British football behind Jack Grealish, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Chelsea’s newest signing, Mykhailo Mudryk.

A source from the club told ESPN in December: “We’ve paid for the player we think he can become, not the one he is now.”

Antony’s over-reliance on his left foot is turning into a major issue for United, who have no other options on the right wing at present – though Sancho’s second chance could come in that position when he returns to the first-team fold after a self-inflicted period of absence.

Arjen Robben became one of the best wingers of all time despite being one-footed, as defenders never found a way to stop him from shifting the ball onto his left and finding the corner of the net from every possible angle, but it remains to be seen if Antony can follow a similar path.

The likes of Robin van Persie, Rivaldo and Roberto Carlos were all left-foot too. Even seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi only uses his right when he absolutely has to, so there is still hope for Antony.

The United attacker has insisted that he is his own harshest critic, but also says he pays no attention to any outside noise.

“I really demand a lot from myself regardless of what people say about me,” Antony told TNT Sports after ending an 11-game scoreless streak against Everton in the third-round FA Cup win. “I listen only to the helpful feedback, if not even Jesus Christ could please everyone, who am I to try to do so?”

Antony doesn’t have to please everyone, but to stay in Ten Hag’s starting XI and avoid going down as the biggest transfer flop of the 2022-23 season, he has to start proving that he is not just style over substance.

Source: Ghana Web

Inaugural Danny List Charity Golf Tournament ends in grand style

Accra, Jan.23, GNA – The maiden edition of the Danny List Foundation Charity Invitational Golf Tournament ended with some exciting results at the Achimota Golf Club over the weekend in Accra.

The competition was part of Danny List’s vision to develop the sport on the continent, most especially Ghana, to produce world champions for international competitions.

In the Under-18-14 boys’ category, 15-year-old Michael Nyarko of Tema made 38 points in nine holes, whiles David Keteku and Prince Adjei followed suit with 40 and 41 points respectively.

Togolese genius, Ahui Audrey was phenomenal in the U-18-14 girls’ category, as she triumphed over her opponents, making 49 points in nine holes.

The two others who finished second and third place were Harriet Dorlagbenu and Gloria Mensah who also made 50 and 53 points respectively.

Elsewhere in the U-13-10 category, Ghana’s Jacob Adongo from the Achimota Golf Club became a threat in the game after an impressive win over Ivorian Kouakou Ulrich and Joseph Adenyo.

Adongo won with a margin of seven, 37 points against his counterparts who equaled 44 points each.

The girls’ category was a tough one to witness, as Ellen Amezado and Queenie Ayitey gave Gianna Marie of Bok Nam Kim Golf Club a competitive match but still managed to make the best points.

At the end of the tournament, it was Marie who emerged victorious in the U-13-10 girls’ category with 48 points as Ellen and Queenie followed with 51 and 55 respectively.

In the Adult female category, Catherine Fabbi was able to prove a point, beating her opponents to a slight margin which saw her crowned champion with 38 points in 18 holes.

Phindo Mohala and Julienne Afi Amezado also finished in second and third place respectively with 37 and 35 points.

Golf Champion, Michael Hurtubise was awesome in the men’s category after making 39 points to surpass Dennis Addo and Jojo Ampadu who amassed 38 points each.

Yaw Dogbe and Cathrine Fabbi again won the closest to the pin category, hole 18 in the male and female categories while Francis Amuzu and Phindo Mohala also conquered the longest drive hole 17.

At the end of the tournament, winners were presented with medals and trophies as an honour for their remarkable performance.

Danny List has been a golf player for the past 19 years, winning medals on the African continent and also on the World stage.

His commitment to the sport has seen massive improvement as he yearns to build a golf academy in Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency

You can’t reduce my salary – Kwasi Appiah on contract renewal exchange with Dr. Kofi Amoah

Former Black Stars coach, James Kwasi Appiah has recounted reasons he didn’t enjoy working under Dr. Kofi Amoah’s tenure as the president of the Ghana Football Association’s Normalization Committee.

The renowned businessman was head of the committee set up by FIFA and government in 2018 to oversee football administration at a time Kwasi Appiah was manager of the Black Stars.

The former skipper of the team said he didn’t enjoy a good relationship with Dr. Amoah because the latter tried to force his wishes on him.

Upon his refusal to do Kofi Amoah’s bidding, Kwasi Appiah told Joys Sports in an interview that he was threatened with losing his job and a potential salary reduction.

“He threatened to sack me but I told him I am not afraid of being sacked. Those threats, I have heard them several times but I’m not the type that those threats get to me,” Appiah said on Prime Take with Muftawu Nabila Abdulai on the Joy News channel on January 22.

“He had a conversation with me about my contract and he was thinking of reducing my salary, but I told him look, you can’t reduce my salary, then he should take the job.

“He thought I didn’t deserve the [$35,000] salary I was on and when you do that, you are disrespecting whoever you are dealing with,” Kwasi Appiah added.

Meanwhile, James Kwasi Appiah has confirmed that he has applied for the vacant Black Stars coaching job as he hopes to handle the team for the third time in his career.

Source: Ghana Web

Check out Thomas Partey’s game by numbers against Manchester United

Black Stars midfielder, Thomas Partey, pulled the strings yet again as Arsenal beat Manchester United at the Emirates to continue their fine form.

Although Partey was not at his usual best, he played full throttle in the 3-2 win, ending with a FotMob rating of 7.8.

Despite having a fairly bad day, he completed 40 passes, made 9 passes into the final third, made 7 ball recoveries, won 5 ground duels, made 3 clearances, won 2 out of 2 attempted tackles, and completed an attempted dribble.

Partey is currently on a 16-match unbeaten streak with 14 wins and 2 draws. Arsenal are yet to lose a game he has featured in.

The Ghanaian was pivotal in the narrow win over Manchester United, restoring their 5-point lead at the top of the table.

Arsenal, following the win, lead the table with 50 points after 19 with a game in hand.

Source: Ghana Web