Heart of Lions returns to betPawa Premier League

Kpando Hearts of Lions have returned to the betPawa Premier League with six matches to end the Access Bank Division One League. The Coronation ceremony for Heart of Lions would be held at the Kpando Park after they play A5 Rences FC on Sunday, May 7, 2023. Heart of Lions sealed promotion on Saturday after close contenders Vision FC lost 2-0 to Attram De Visser while Semper FI fell 2-0 to Na God FC. Heart of Lions have won 19, drawn two, and lost four of their 25 League matches to top the Zone Three table with 59 points. Lions hold a 19-point advantage over the chasing pack who still have five League games to play. The former Premier League side is staging a comeback to elite football after being relegated in the 2014/15 season. Members of the Division One League Board will present them a trophy, medals, and prize money after the Matchday 26 game against A5 Rences FC at Kpando Park.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Malta Guinness WPL: Ampem Darkoa Ladies book WPL final against Hasaacas Ladies

Ampem Darkoa Ladies has booked a third consecutive Women’s Premier League (WPL) playoff final against rivals Hasaacas Ladies in the 2022/23 league season. Defending champions Ampem Darkoa Ladies sealed a final berth after thrashing AshTown Ladies 5-1 over the weekend in a fierce and eye-catching encounter. Hasaacas Ladies on the other hand managed to triumph over the nine other Premier League sides to top the Southern Zone with 39 points. The two sides would be facing each other for the fifth time since 2015. Ampem Darkoa Ladies now hold a record as three-time WPL champions, having won the title in 2015/2016, 2016/2017, and the 2021/2022 season, whiles Hasaacas also holds a record as four-time winners, winning the trophy in 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2020/21, and the Normalisation Committee Cup. This would be a clash of the titans between the two sides who had dominated the Premier League over the years. Yusif Basigi, head coach of Hasaacas Ladies would lead his team hoping for revenge against Joe Nana Adarkwah’s Ampem Darkoa Ladies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Heart of Lions President Randy Abbey never influenced officiating,’ says Coach Fatawu Salifu

Heart of Lions coach Fatawu Salifu has come out in defense of the club’s president, Dr. Randy Abbey, against claims of influencing officiating to favor the Lions.

The accusations arose after the club’s recent qualification to the Ghana Premier League.

Heart of Lions were declared champions on Sunday with five matches to spare after their competitors Vision FC and Koforidua Semper Fi dropped points on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Despite allegations of favorable officiating due to the club president’s position in the executive council of the Ghana Football Association, Salifu stated emphatically that Dr. Abbey never interfered with the team’s performance or channeled his finances to influence officiating.

“Dr. Randy Abbey doesn’t interfere with my job. He has made it known that he will never pay players and coaches and go on to pay a referee. I think the guys did well and we are champions because we prepared well. It has nothing to do with favorable officiating,” said Salifu on Asempa FM.

Accra Lions’ return to the topflight will end an eight-year spell in the lower tier after getting relegated at the end of the 2014/2015 season.

Source: Ghana Web

‘The records are there’ – Dr. Duffuor questions John Mahama’s competence to lead Ghana

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Flagbearer Hopeful, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, is of the opinion that it does not lie in his purview to “pass a vote of no confidence” in John Dramani Mahama’s competence, but believes Ghanaians can best assess the performance of the former president as a leader, relative to the latter’s management of the country’s economy.

Dr. Duffuor, who was Finance Minister under the Mills administration between 2009 and 2012, compared the economic indicators under the Mills administration to the Mahama administration, purportedly averring that economic indicators under Mahama as President were terrible.

“…The records are there. You are a Ghanaian. Look at the records; from 2009 to 2016. You want to have the figures? The figures speak for themselves not me,” Dr. Duffuor said in a sarcastic dig at the former President in an interview.

Dr. Duffuor added that it is not for him to pass a vote of no confidence in Mahama but his records are obvious.

“I cannot pass a vote of no confidence in him; the figures will speak for themselves. If the figures are terrible, then the figures are telling you that there was a failure somewhere.

“I’m talking about the figures on the ground. I’m not talking about the personality. Who was in charge? If you are happy with the figures, then you must ask as well, who was in charge? He did a good job? Look at the figures and speak to the figures,” Dr. Duffour asserted in an interview with TV3.

Source: Ghana Web