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Ghana FA Executive Council elections candidate Evelyn Asare reveals strong support for Black Queens and Black Princesses

Ghana Football Association Executive Council elections candidate Madam Evelyn Nsiah Asare has revealed how she led campaign to save Ghana’s Black Queens and Black Princesses from a financial trauma before a major tournament.

The sports marketing and brands guru is in the race for a slot to be on the next Ghana FA ExCo and she has been touting her credentials ahead of the pools.

Nsiah, a former team manager of Ghana’s senior female national team – the Black Queens, has risen through the ranks starting as an athlete to reach the heights of a football administrator.

“I was once listening to a sports show and I heard that the Black Queens and Black Princesses had to leave camp and go home the reason being that they don’t have money to continue with preparations. So I contacted my chairman and he asked what I can do for the team and I had to move from Sunyani to Kumasi to Accra and within three weeks – one month I was able to raise GHS300,000 to support the team,” she revealed in an exclusive interview with Ghana Sports.

Madam Nsiah Asare is among the leading football administrators in the West African nation after acting in several capacities to help in the development of women’s football.

By El Akyereko

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Japan 93 star Yoshida supports George Afriyie to become Ghana FA President

  • Oct 15, 2019

1993 FIFA U17 World Cup Japan star-man Takayuki Yoshida has expressed massive backing for George Afriyie to become the next Ghana FA President.

The 42-year-old, who faced the likes of the legendary Samuel Osei Kuffour and Ali Jarra, has risen through the ranks to become a director and a former manager of Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

During the Japan 93 World Cup which Ghana won silver the then young George Afriyie dedicated himself to the Ghana team serving as a porter for the contingent and rewarding the team following their sterling display.

Yoshida and George Afriyie’s path crossed in the areas of development grassroots and infrastructure as well as women’s football.

Yoshida has waded into the electioneering conversation and has pledged his support for the former Ghana FA Veep to win the race.

“To everyone who sees this video, I’m Yasumoto, president of INAC Kobe.

I am Yoshida, former director of VISSEL Kobe.
This time, GEORGE has stood for as president of the Ghana Football Association, and we are supporting him from far away JAPAN .
And, we would like to deepen football exchanges between GHANA and JAPAN with GEORGE who loves Japan. Let’s support him together. Goodluck. GEORGE Ganbatte ne!”

One hundred and twenty delegates of the football association in the West African nation goes to the polls on October 25th with George Afriyie widely tipped to win by a landslide margin.

The ex-Ghana FA Veep has an array of business connections and influencers to turn round the fortunes of football for the good in the country.

Renowned global football personalities who have endorsed the candidature of George Afriyie includes former Tottenham Hotspur and Swiss international Ramon Vega and FIFA World Cup legendary coach Bora Milutinovic who has achieved five consecutive qualifications for five different countries at the world cup.

By El Akyereko

Follow the writer on Twitter: @akwasiakyereko

EXCLUSIVE: Kobe President Yasumoto to offer support for women’s football under George Afriyie’s Presidency

  • Oct 15, 2019

Women’s football in Ghana is set to experience bloom and flourish as President of Japanese club INAC Kobe is ready to offer support to the subsector to improve the underdevelopment challenges if George Afriyie becomes the next Ghana FA President.

Many established and successful businessmen and club owners and administrators are ready to commit their resources to help restore, revive and redeem football in the country.

Black Stars B arrive after missing out on WAFU title

  • Oct 14, 2019

Ghana’s Black Stars B have arrived from Senegal after missing out on the WAFU Cup of Nations title.

The Black Stars could not defend the trophy after losing 3-1 on penalties to the host (Senegal) in the finals on Sunday.

The team touched down in the country on Monday evening where they are expected to regroup and prepare for the second leg of the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) qualifier against Burkina Faso.

Maxwell Konadu and his men are chasing their first CHAN appearance since 2014 and would have to do that by beating Burkina Faso away from home after losing the first leg 1-0 in Kumasi.

By Frank Darkwah

Black Stars B striker Joseph Esso happy with WAFU Cup of Nations experience

  • Oct 14, 2019

Black Stars B striker Joseph Esso is elated to play in the WAFU 2019 Cup of Nations tournament.

The Hearts of Oak forward was handed an opportunity to feature in his first major competition with the National team.

Esso emerged one of Ghana’s most outstanding players in this year’s competition scoring two goals in four matches.

The former Ebusua Dwarfs attacker is looking forward to build on the experience gained in Senegal.

“As an upcoming player, getting to play in my first international tournament says a lot. It will improve me and it will enhance my career going forward,” he told ESPN Africa.

“I look at the team and I can say that we gave off our best during the competition.”

Coach Maxwell Konadu will fall on the 23-year-old in the return leg of the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) qualifier against Burkina Faso, a game the Black Stars must win to qualify for the competition in Cameroon. Ghana lost 1-0 at home in the first leg match.

By Frank Darkwah

 

Kotoko throw support behind Justice Blay after penalty miss against Senegal in WAFU finals

  • Oct 14, 2019

Kotoko have thrown their weight behind midfielder Justice Blay after the player missed a penalty in Ghana’s defeat to Senegal in the finals of the WAFU Cup of Nations.

The midfielder after an impressive performance in the game stunned everyone during the penalty shootouts when he shoot feebly at the Senegalese goalkeeper to see the host win the trophy.

Blay needed to score his kick to keep Ghana in the shootouts after earlier misses from Augustine Okrah and Fatawu Mohammed, but the former Sekondi Hasaacas man went in for a Jorginho like penalty, eventually missing his kick.

Many however expressed shock at the penalty of the 23-year-old who had scored in a similar way against Burkina Faso in the quarterfinal match.

Despite the constant lamentation over the midfielder’s kick, Kotoko have come out to support their own insisting he “fought gallantly in the game”.

 

Coach Maxwell Konadu and his team will now shift their focus to the second leg of the Championship of African Nations qualifier against Burkinas Faso.

By Frank Darkwah

WAFU 2019: Black Stars captain Shafiu Mumuni grabs top scorer award

  • Oct 13, 2019

Shafiu Mumuni scored four goals to finish as top scorer for the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations tournament.

The Ashanti Gold captain led the Black Stars to the finals of the competition only to lose on penalties to Senegal.

Shafiu scored against Burkina Faso in the quarterfinals and got three goals against Cote d’ Ivoire in the semi-finals.

Despite Ghana’s failure to defend the title, the 24-year-old came out with honors by winning the top scorer accolade and also making history as the first player to score a hat-trick in the WAFU Cup of Nations tournament.

By Frank Darkwah

 

WAFU 2019: Ghana fails to defend title after losing on penalties to host Senegal

  • Oct 13, 2019

Ghana failed to win the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations after losing 4-1 on penalties to Senegal in the finals.

The game had to travel to penalty shootouts following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Both team’s failed to produce a goal in regulation time forcing the game into extra time.

Substitute Mamou Badji scored for Senegal after connecting a cross to beat Eric Ofori Antwi. Joseph Esso got Ghana level with a wonderful effort following a free kick from Augustine Okrah as the game moved further to shootouts.

Misses from Augustine Okrah, Fatawu Mohammed and Justice Blay saw the Black Stars miss an opportunity to defend their title.

The Black Stars prior to the finals had won the tournament in 2013 and 2017 and were hoping to clinch the trophy for the third successive time.

Senegal thus win their first major trophy having lost in the finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

By Frank Darkwah

 

Ghana Sports boss Kwaku Yeboah crowned best sports host in Ghana

  • Oct 13, 2019

Captivating Ghana Sports newspaper and Ghana Sports Online bankroller Dan Kwaku Yeboah has added the 2019 Radio and Television Personality Radio Sports Show Host Of The Year to his medal haul.

The multiple award winning broadcaster  beat off competition from Kessben FM’s Joe Lakar, Henry Asante Twum and Michael Darko among others to claim the prestigious award.

WAFU 2019: Ghana forced to dress in team bus, prevented from using changing room ahead of finals

  • Oct 13, 2019

The Black Stars were prevented from using the dressing room ahead of this evening’s WAFU Cup of Nations finals in Senegal.

Reports from Senegal indicate the home team (Senegal) prevented Maxwell Konadu and his men from using their mandated dressing room forcing the two-time Champions to dress in their bus.

Ghana according to a report by the team’s media officer are playing as the home team hence were mandated to use the dressing room assigned to home teams, however the host (Senegal) refused to allow the defending Champions entry.

The Black Stars are hoping to win the title for the third time.

By Frank Darkwah