The Liverpool squad and the entire city have been in a celebratory mood since their 2 – 0 triumph over Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League Final.Midfielder Giorginio Wijnaldum however did not forget to share this valuable piece of history with his grandmother,Francina Wijnaldum.The 85 year old Francina nurtured the young midfielder from age five and made the forty five minute walk from home with him to training everyday during Ginny’s time at home town club Sparta Rotterdam.She would always make sure that he arrived safely.Wijnaldum in 2015 delivered an emotional 20 minute speech about the woman who raised him when he was awarded Dutch footballer of the year.Thus it wasn’t strange when Francina was seen in a hearty pose with her grandson’s gold medal.She seemed pleased to have raised an European Champion.
Pro Basketball Association has launched the maiden edition of the Ghana Diaspora Allstar games.The event will be held at the Lincoln Community School on Sunday, 29th December 2019.PBA partners with the Office of the President, Diaspora Affairs for the inaugural basketball festival.Addressing the media, the Operations Manager of the Pro Basketball Association (PBA) said the event is geared towards the development of basketball in the country.“We are partnering with the Office of the President, Diaspora Affairs because is the year of return. We want to use basketball to promote the development and as such we will be soliciting for funds for the renovation of community basketball courts and supplying items to the less privilege.”PBA unveiled the kits for the two competing sides. Team Ghana will face off with Team World on the day of the event.The Ghanaian team consists of players living in the country whereas Team World comprises Ghanaians living in the diaspora.
Kotoko winger, Matthew Cudjoe, has flown to Germany to have trials with German side, Bayern Munich, and some other teams in the country this week.The player’s manager, Samuel Anim Addo, confirmed to Citi Sports on Sunday on their arrival in Europe.Matthew Cudjoe has been a topic for discussion since the start of the 2019/ 2020 Ghana Premier League season.The 17-year-old has been described as the next big thing in Ghana football and his manager at Kotoko, Maxwell Konadu as well as Asamoah Gyan have all spoken highly of the talented winger and his what his potential but his says he will not rush Cudjoe into big things just yet.Reports have linked the player to trials with some big European clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich but Anim Addo says he will not be enticed by money to send the player away. Rather, he will ensure that Cudjoe is properly groomed for the big time.“Matthew Cudjoe is on a development programme that we, Young Apostles, have with Asante Kotoko and so, we are making sure that we are developing him properly.“If I had wanted to send him to Europe, I would have done so when we went to Italy for a scouting programme after the Baby Jet Football Tournament in 2018. He was the best player and the top scorer in that competition.“People have approached me with money to let the player go but I am not interested in that. I want to see that he develops gradually and I have the patience for that.“What makes me happy is that we are all seeing his potential and I am happy for the support and encouragement he is getting. If Brazil and the other leading footballing countries did it with Neymar, Mbappe and co, why should we not do the same with Matthew Cudjoe?”So far, Cudjoe has played four games for Kotoko. Featuring against Legon Cities, Berekum Chelsea, Ebusua Dwarfs and Hearts of Oak in the Ghana Premier League.Asante Kotoko have netted three goals in 79 minutes with Matthew Cudjoe on the field in the Ghana Premier League so far.In the other 461 minutes without the winger, the Porcupine Warriors have scored five goals.
The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association has approved an amount of $100,000 to purchase six thousand (6,000) footballs for grassroot football development via the FIFA Forward 1.0 programme.This was announced by President Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku on Thursday, August 13, 2020 when he met Executives of the Greater Accra Regional Football Association during a working visit at the Accra Sports Stadium.These footballs will be distributed to the 10 Regional Football Associations for use at Juvenile League game centers, Women’s Division One Clubs, Second and Third Division Clubs and the Juvenile U-17 inter club champions league.This is one of the landmark projects earmarked under the FIFA Forward 1.0 programme.The decision is to make a greater amount of footballs available to the Regional Football Associations (RFAs) for their competitions and for the development and forward marching of football at the Regional and District level.“What is very clear is that we have grassroots football at heart.“If we place premium on grassroots football our League will get better and that will have an effect on our National teams,” Okraku said“Let’s bear in mind that in the period where our youth teams were dominant on the International stage, our Black Stars was always strong.“Indeed, we still believe that this is not enough but this is a big statement from the football Association.“This, we know, will help grassroots football especially at your game centres for your Juvenile games, Women’s games.“I am excited about this day, because this a big commitment from the GFA.“We will continue to work with CAF, FIFA and the government to make sure that we get the best for grassroots football,” he concluded.It would be recalled that the GFA, on Thursday, August 06, 2020 announced that a decision had been taken to construct two Astro Turfs , one in Prampram and the other at Bolgatanga.The federation has also announced the decision to invest $280,000 into a strategy to improve competitions via the provision of boreholes at game centres across the country with funding from the FIFA Forward 1.0 programme. Source: ghanafa.org Tags: Ghana Football AssociationKurt Okraku
Ghana Football Association President Kwasi Nyantakyi has been elected unto the Confederation of Africa Football Executive Committee.Nyantakyi is reported to have polled 34 votes to win from a close competitor, Anjorin Moucharaf, president of the Beninois FA.Sports journalist Yaw Ampofo Ankrah who is in Sudan where the poll was held reports the result put the Ghana FA President in poll position to become Vice-President of the continental football body, Caf.Mr Nyantakyi, according to Yaw, was emotional after the declaration of the results.Below is the full results announced by CAF on WednesdayNorthern ZoneTarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia) – elected unopposed Zone West AAlmamy Kabele Camara (Guinea) – elected unopposedZone West BAnjorin Moucharafou (Benin) – 19 votesKwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana) – 34 votesTata Adaglo Avlessi (Togo) – withdrewHima Souley (Niger) – withdrewCentral ZoneOmari Constant (DR Congo) – elected unopposedCentral-East ZoneCelestin Musabyimana (Rwanda) – 19 votesLeodegar Tenga (Tanzania) – 34 votesSouthern ZoneAdam Mthethwa (Swaziland) – 3 votesKalusha Bwalya (Zambia) – 38 votesWalter Nyamilandu (Malawi)- 6 votesJohn Muinjo (Namibia) – 5 votesJustino Fernandes (Angola) – withdrewDanny Jordan (South Africa) – withdrew Source: Myjoyonline.com
Didier Drogba showed misfiring Chelsea team-mate Fernando Torres the route to goal as he spearheaded a dominant Blues side to victory at West Brom.Peter Odemwingie raced clear and dinked the ball over Petr Cech for the Baggies before Drogba drove in a shot to level.Home keeper Scott Carson could only parry a Drogba strike to Salomon Kalou, who sidefooted in a second for Chelsea.And Frank Lampard guided in a third for the visitors, who also hit the crossbar through a deflected Kalou shot.Torres came on for Drogba after 82 minutes but his goalscoring drought continued as he had a goal ruled out for offside, as well as mistiming a shot when unmarked 15 yards out.Drogba had played a part in each of Chelsea’s goals and the striker’s performance will only heighten the belief that Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti made the wrong decision in preferring Torres to him in the Champions League defeat at Manchester United in midweek. Torres was hauled off for Drogba at half-time at Old Trafford as he extended his time without a goal to 862 minutes in total and 693 minutes in a Chelsea shirt.Drogba scored to no avail at United and, despite fresh speculation linking the 33-year-old with a departure from Stamford Bridge, he started at the Hawthorns on Saturday.The fact that the Ivory Coast international had scored seven career Premier League goals against West Brom might have had a bearing on Ancelotti’s decision as his side tried to recover from their Champions League hangover.They were facing a Baggies outfit who went into the match on the back of a seven game unbeaten run which had lifted them seven points clear of the drop zone, and the hosts continued their recent good form as they started with confidence.This was epitomised when James Morrison, Jermoe Thomas and Odemwingie combined after 17 minutes, with the latter nonchalantly finishing the move to give the Midlands club the lead. The advantage lasted a mere five minutes as some shoddy defending and poor goalkeeping contributed to Chelsea’s equaliser.Diving Baggies keeper Carson failed to reach a Malouda ball across his six-yard box and left-back Nicky Shorey could only poke a clearance straight to Drogba, who fired in the leveller.Carson again failed to cover himself in glory four minutes later when he parried a long range Drogba shot to Kalou, who angled an effort straight back past the Baggies keeper to give Chelsea the lead.Lampard had a 30-yarder tipped over before he extended the visitors’ lead.Drogba released Malouda down the left flank and the winger pulled the ball back for Lampard to pick his spot for Chelsea’s third just before half-time.Chelsea had reverted to a 4-3-3 formation for the game, with wingers Malouda and Kalou flanking striker Drogba, and the formation was pivotal in Chelsea’s domination. Drogba led the line with power as well as a degree of panache, and even found time to block a goalbound Jonas Olsson header at the other end.Chelsea should have put the game out of West Brom’s reach as they continued to carve out a number of chances.But Malouda had a shot fended away by Carson and a deflected strike by Kalou came back off the crossbar, while the visitors also squandered some promising situations.Torres eventually came on and thought he had scored his first Chelsea goal when he latched on to a Malouda pass, rounded Carson and slotted in, only for the offside flag to deny him.The striker also had a chance when he was found unmarked by a Malouda free-kick but the Spaniard horribly sliced his shot. Nevertheless, Chelsea moved to within eight points of Premier League leaders Manchester United as they inflicted a first defeat for Roy Hodgson since he took over at West Brom.Source: BBC
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Yesterday the cities of Alpena and East Tawas got a special visit.U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was in town. Senator Stabenow toured small business operations as part of her statewide local small business tour. She first met with business owners and employees in East Tawas at Branham’s Jewelry and Tawas Tools.Afterwards she headed north to Alpena, stopping at Stoney Acres Winery and Omni Metalcraft. Senator Stabenow has visited over 80 small businesses across the state as a part of her small business tour.According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan’s small businesses employed over half or 1.8 million of the state’s private work force in 2012.After hearing about the need for skilled workers and continued partnerships, Stabenow is now working to change tax laws so that incentives will be given to companies to remain stateside. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Outstanding Older Citizen of the Year’ Goes to Mr. Jim MottNext Alpena Recognizes World MS Day
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — After months of research, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released its final report on testing per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances in deer. The health department says 128 bucks and does were tested for contaminants across the state.Only one deer, near Clark’s Marsh, turned up with elevated levels of the perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) contaminant in its muscle tissue. There’s a ‘do not eat’ deer advisory within a 5–mile radius of Wurtsmith Air Force Base and Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township.Experts say there’s little scientific information on PFAS mounting up in deer. If exposed, deer may not show any signs or symptoms of sickness.Visit michigan.gov/pfasresponse for more information about PFAS in wild game and fish. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Traffic stop leads to meth bust in Roscommon TownshipNext Photo of the Day for Thursday, January 24
Shehu Bamidale defied the odds and defeated all in his way to emerge the 2013 National Pool tournament winner at the grand finale last Thursday, Boxing Day December 26 at the Accra Sports Stadium.Bamidale took home a pool table set, a trophy and Hunter’s Gold souvenirs as his prize for emerging the Ghana Pool champion. Runner-up was Victor Myers who received a 32″ flat screen TV and souvenirs from Hunter’s Gold whilst Samuel Noah got a table-top refrigerator and Hunter’s Gold souvenirs for finishing 3rd.For Nudzor Agbanu, CEO of the Afrodigital Productions organisers of the annual event, staging the final at the nation’s number one sports facility was a clear indication that the sport overseen by the 2009 founded Ghana Snooker Players Association, is finally gaining grounds and national recognition.He confirmed that the finalists will form the core of the national team that would be selected via justify-your-inclusion exercise for international competitions in Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya next year.“It’s been very successful I can say that 99.9% of our targets have been met. It’s great especially today that for the first time we are playing at the Accra Sports Stadium which gives the tournament a truly national character,” Mr. Agbanu said in his closing remarks.He added: “This is the beginning of real development of pool as a big sport in Ghana. It’s going to be held every year thanks to the continued support of companies like Pitsea Ways, Hunter’s Gold and Citizens Concepts who have found it useful to sponsor us. Kwabena Appiah, Managing Director of Pitsea Ways, your number one cash emergency service, assured the National Pool tournament organisers of their commitment to the sport and has further pledged extending such benevolence to other sporting disciplines.“We are here to help, support and promote pool playing in Ghana, it’s good to give pool players a competition. Every now and then we help out with sports programmes and pool is one of them. Hopefully next year it will be even bigget than this and we promise to come and help again,” Mr. Appiah told www.sportsinghana.com exclusively.
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday he would stand for the presidency of world soccer’s governing body FIFA later this year.The current FIFA vice-president and head of the Jordanian and West Asian Football Federations said he had been encouraged to stand in the May elections in Zurich against incumbent Sepp Blatter and challenges Jerome Champagne.”I am seeking the presidency of FIFA because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from an administrative controversy and back to the sport,” Prince Ali said in a statement on Tuesday.”This was not an easy decision. It came after careful consideration and many discussions with respected FIFA colleagues over the last few months.”The message I heard, over and over, was that it is time for a change. The world game deserves a world-class governing body – an International Federation that is a service organization and a model of ethics, transparency and good governance.”