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All hail Samuel Takyi! Ghana’s first Olympic medalist in almost 30yrs

Featherweight boxer Samuel Takyi is set to win Ghana’s first Olympics medal in almost three decades after beating Colombian Ceiber Avila in his quarter-final bout on Sunday, August 1.

Takyi, 20, booked a place in the quarter-final after beating Ecuador’s Jean Carlos Caicedo Pachito last Wednesday in his debut fight.

On Sunday, August 1, Takyi won two of the three rounds over the experienced Colombian fighter to win at least Bronze for the country at ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games.

It will be the first Olympics medal for the country since the Bronze medal won in Men’s Football at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and the first in boxing since Prince Amartey’s Bronze at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

He will also join the likes of Clement Quartey (Rome 1960) and Eddie Blay (Tokyo 1964) who also won boxing medals for Ghana.

The 20-year-old will, however, aim to become the first Olympic Gold medalist for the country as he fights Duke Ragan of the USA on Tuesday, August 3 for a historic shot at the most precious medal.

Source:3 News

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GFA Sacks CK Akonnor as Black Stars coach

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Black Stars head coach Charles Kwabla Akonnor has been sacked.

Akonnor, who previously captained the senior national men’s soccer team, was appointed head coach in January 2020 following the departure of James Kwasi Appiah.

He was Appiah’s assistant in his last three months before he was sacked.

After 20 months in charge, the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has taken a decision to terminate his appointment.

He managed 10 games with the last being a 0-1 loss to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in a Group G 2022 World Cup qualifier.

Akonnor was sacked together with his two assistants including David Duncan.

The Executive Council of the Ghana FA has formed a three-member committee made up of Vice President Mark Addo, Upper East Regional Football Association Chairman Alhaji Salifu Zida and Randy Abbey to find a Head Coach and Assistant Coaches for the Black Stars within the next 72 hours.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Ugandan weightlifter deported from Japan after going missing

Julius Ssekitoleko was pictured on arrival from Japan
Julius Ssekitoleko was pictured on arrival from Japan

A Ugandan weightlifter who went missing from a pre-Olympics camp in western Japan has been flown home a few hours before the official start of the Games.

Julius Ssekitoleko is currently being held at Uganda police headquarters to determine whether or not he had committed a crime, CID Spokesperson Charles Twino said.

He left the camp a week ago and was later found by the authorities buying a railway ticket.

Ssekitoleko’s mother, pregnant wife and government officials who had travelled to Uganda’s Entebbe airport to meet him on Friday morning did not get an opportunity to greet him on arrival.

In a statement, the ministry of foreign affairs said the athlete was being “rehabilitated”.

It said the government would “help him understand how such acts of misconduct cannot only affect him as an athlete but also other athletes in the sports sector and the nation at large”.

When he disappeared, Ssekitoleko had left a note saying he wanted to stay in Japan and work.

Source: The BBC

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André Ayew wins Footballer of the Year award

André Ayew wins Footballer of the Year award

André Morgan Rami Ayew was named the Footballer of the Year at the 2021 Ghana Football Award held last Saturday in Accra.

The Black Stars captain and former Swansea City midfielder, 31, beat Black Stars teammates Kudus Mohammed of Ajax Amsterdam and Gladson Awako of Accra Great Olympics to the award.

Ayew’s 17-goal haul over the 2020/2021 football season powered Swansea to the brink of English Premier League qualification but they fell short against Brentford FC in the Promotion Play-offs final.

Now a free agent after his contract with Swansea expired, Ayew scored twice to help the Black Stars secure qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

“I am very honoured and proud to receive this award. It’s been a difficult season, not just in football but the world with this COVID-19 so being able to stay strong mentally to do what I have to do mentally, today getting this is a good sign of hard work and I need to continue because there’s a lot more to do,” he said.

“It means that I can’t hide behind the fact that the entire nation has a lot of hopes in me to do something to make sure that we qualify for the World Cup and try and bring a trophy home, I can’t hide from that”.

Speaking about his three-year stint at Swansea, Ayew said he was grateful to Swansea fans for their support but was saddened that the club fell short twice in the play-offs.

He said those losses now serve as a motivation to win more finals and trophies.

Black Maidens and Ampem Darkoa Ladies forward Ophelia Serwaa Amponsah won the Women’s Footballer of the Year award.

Ghana Premier League leaders, Accra Hearts of Oak were named the Male Team of the Year as two of their staff coach Samuel Boadu won the Men Coach of the Year award and midfielder Ibrahim Salifu who has won seven Man of the Match awards claimed the home-based Player of the Year award.

Other winners included, Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo of Berry Ladies who was named the Female Coach of the Year, wonderkid Abdul Fatawu Issahaku who won the Odartey Lamptey Future Star award, former Black Stars General Captain claimed the Player of the Decade award, Kumasi Asante Kotoko CEO, Nana Yaw Amponsah clinched the Best Ghanaian Club CEO and Senega; goalie Edouard Mendy was named the Best African International for his exploits with Chelsea.

See the list of winners for the various categories below:
FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR – Andre Ayew

WOMEN’S FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR – Ophelia Amponsah

MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR – Samuel Boadu

WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR – Mercy Tagoe

ODARTEY LAMPTEY FUTURE STAR AWARD – Abdul Fatawu Issahaku

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR – Danlad Ibrahim

HOME-BASED FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR – Ibrahim Salifu

GOAL OF THE YEAR – Nasiru Moro (Legon Cities v Ashanti Gold)

BEST GHANAIAN CLUB CEO – Nana Yaw Amponsah (Asante Kotoko)

MALE TEAM OF THE YEAR – Hearts of Oak

FEMALE TEAM OF THE YEAR – Hassacas Ladies

BEST AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL – Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)

MOST VIBRANT CLUB ON SOCIAL MEDIA – Great Olympics

PLAYER OF THE DECADE AWARD – Asamoah Gyan

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