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RTU Coach Fumes at home match ban

first_imgHead Coach of Real Tamale United Mohammed Gargo says he is not pleased with the Ghana Football Association’s decision to suspend his team from playing the rest of their premier league games at the Tamale Stadium. The decision by the GFA to suspend the premier league returnees was arrived following two separate cases of violence exhibited by the management and supporters of Tamale based side during their premier league games with Aduana Stars and SC Medeama. But Coach Mohammed Gargo disagrees with the decision and says it’s unfair.“If you look at what is happening to RTU, i don’t think it is fair to ban us from playing at the Tamale Stadium”. He told JOY Sports“A similar incident happened in Kumasi during the Kotoko, Lions game, why is Kotoko not banned? But why with RTU is all over the country”.“They are making us work tirelessly for nothing and when you talk you become the number one enemy because you stand for the truth, i mean is not fair for something like this to happen in Ghana football”last_img read more

Ghana duo to officiate at World Swimming competition

first_imgTwo Ghanaian Swimming Officials would officiate in this year’s Federation International de Nation (FINA) World Junior Championships to be held in Dubai.The two are the current technical director of the Ghana Swimming Association, Kwame Kpodoh and its treasurer, Helena Williams.They become the first in the history of the country to officiate at a world swimming event.Kwame Kpodoh who doubles as a member of the technical swimming committee of the Africa swimming federation last officiated in the Africa junior championship zone 2 held in Akure Nigeria last year.Helena Williams, a lecturer at the University of Ghana and staunch member of the Ghana Swimming federation has been instrumental in organizing most swimming competitions in the country and on the continent.The duo came through a rather rigorous selection procedure by the Switzerland based Swimming Body unscathed with Kwame Kpodoh shared his excitement with Joy Sports. “For now am very delighted, I was not expecting it but I think it is good news for Ghana swimming. It is the first time we are having officials at a major world event. I think I was lucky because I was chosen from over three hundred officials,” he said.Helena Williams could not hide her joy either when JOY Sports caught up with her.“It’s the highest place I can be in my career. I am so excited and I think the country should be proud that we are representing them at such a level, I’m honored and grateful,” she said.The 15th edition of the World Junior Swimming Championship would be staged in Dubai from the August 26 to 31.last_img read more

Africa united behind Sepp Blatter for Fifa presidency, says CAF officials

first_imgAfrican countries will vote overwhelmingly for Sepp Blatter in this year’s Fifa presidential election, senior officials said on Tuesday.“Africa is solidly behind Blatter. You will find he is very popular on the continent,” said Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president of the Ghana FA and a Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee member.Blatter faces four challengers in his bid for re-election on 29 May, when he seeks a fifth term as president, which would take him past his 80th birthday.“The continent is united behind him,” added the former South African FA president Molefi Oliphant, who still serves on the Caf executive. “We made a formal endorsement of his candidacy last year at our meeting in Rio de Janeiro already.”Previous endorsements from Caf, however, have not necessarily translated into votes. African football’s controlling body promised Lennart Johansson a block of votes in 1998 but member associations took no heed and helped Blatter to victory. In 2002, the Caf president, Issa Hayatou, failed to muster significant support from his own continent and lost heavily by 139-56 votes at the Fifacongress in Seoul.Affection for Blatter stems from the generous financial assistance he has given Africa during his 17-year tenure. “He has done a lot for the continent. It is he who has set up the financial assistance programmes and who through the Goal project has built infrastructure in all of the countries,” added Nyantakyi. “The Europeans don’t understand that. They say it is not his own money but Fifa’s but that’s not the point. He is the one who set up all the assistance programmes that have helped boost African football.”Goal is Blatter’s pet project, inaugurated not long after he came to power in 1998. It has built training centres, accommodation, pitches and offices for cash-strapped associations.Under Fifa’s financial assistance programme, introduced in 2001, each of the ruling body’s 209 member associations receive generous grants with more than $1bn (£660m) paid out during Blatter’s tenure.The Dutch FA’s president, Michael van Praag, announced on Monday his intention to run following similar moves by the former Fifa deputy secretary general Jérôme Champagne and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.Prince Ali has welcomed Van Praag’s decision to enter the presidential race, describing him as a “credible candidate” who will add to the debate about the future of world football’s governing body. “We welcome other credible colleagues from the football family who want to join a genuine debate about the future of Fifa,” Prince Ali said in a statement on Tuesday. “This election campaign is not about personalities, it is about what is in the best interests of football and the world governing body of the game going forward. It is good for democracy that Michael van Praag has made this announcement.”The former France international David Ginola is also standing in what is widely regarded as being a publicity stunt. But Blatter’s prospective opponents are likely to get little support from the 53 African voters.last_img read more