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.
BREAKING: Ghana to face Nigeria in FIFA World Cup playoff
The Blacks Stars of Ghana will play the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the last round of qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be played in Qatar.
The fixture between the two West African giants was determined at a draw held by CAF in Cameroon on Saturday, January 22, 2022.
After two initial stages of qualifiers, the possible contingents for Africa were pruned to 10 teams made up of Egypt, Cameroon, Senegal, DR Congo, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia, Algeria, Mali, and Ghana
A team emerging as a winner of the five fixtures drawn on Saturday will automatically gain a ticket to the 2022 Qatar World Cup as a representative of Africa.
Having put up a 100% win rate in the group stages of the ongoing AFCON being held in Cameroon, Nigeria are in the right position to be seen as favorites in their upcoming fixture against Ghana.
The Black Stars of Ghana on the other hand will have to ensure they have their team reorganized and prepared for the qualifier after putting up an abysmal performance at the ongoing AFCON leading to their exit in the group stages.
Ahead of the draw, the Ghana Football Association was reported in the early hours of Saturday to have sacked the head coach of the Black Stars, Milovan Rajevac.
The Serbian gaffer leading Ghana to the tournament in Cameroon oversaw what has now become the worst performance of the national team in the history of the continental showpiece.
The play-off games to be staged on a home and away basis will be played between March 24 and 29, with the Black Stars playing home first.
See the full 2022 World Cup Play-offs Draw below:
Ghana vs Nigeria
Egypt x Senegal
Cameroon x Algeria
DR Congo x Morocco
Mali x Tunisia
BREAKING: Black Stars Coach Milo sacked
The coach of the Black Stars Milovan Rajevac has been sacked following the humiliation the team suffered in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.
The discussions, according to the Ministry, was frank and forward-looking, and they have asked the GFA to review the work of under-fire coach Milovan Rajevac and reconstitute the Black Stars management committee.
“Following the meeting, the Ministry, in accordance with its mandate, asked the Ghana Football Association to reconstitute the Black Stars management committee,” a statement signed by Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif read.
“The Ministry made it clear to the GFA that the people of Ghana had lost confidence in the capacity of the technical team of the Black Stars to deliver success.
“The Ministry, therefore, asked the GFA to review the work and capacity of the Black Stars’ technical team, led by head coach, Milovan Rajevac.”
Ghana lost 0-2 to Morocco in their opening game and went ahead to share the spoils with Gabon.
They lost 3-2 to Comoros Islands in a match that the four-time champions needed to win to stay in the competition.
Scores of livid Ghanaians called for the sacking of the coach.
For instance, a former President of the GFA, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe called for the dissolution of the entire team.
He also called for the appointment of a new coach who should be given the space to work and select the players he believes can deliver.
Asked whether Ghana should get new set of players for the Black Stars, Dr Nayho Nyaho-Tamakloe answered” Absolutely. That is what should be done now because what I saw this evening was so disturbing.
“You can see that for the first time we have players who were not focusing on what they were doing because some of the goals that came in are very disturbing. If you have a good defense and you are really focused some of the balls will not get in the net at all.”
“I believe strongly the Black Stars itself should be dissolved completely and then we hire a very competent coach. Such competent coach should be given the opportunity to select the boys himself and also this must be done very quickly because I believe next year, we are going to have another AFCON,” he said on Ghana programme Tuesday January 18.
AFCON 2021: Ghana makes history, sets new record despite premature Cup of Nations exit
Ghana marked their 23rd Africa Cup of Nations campaign with glimpses of hope for Ghanaians, but their second-rate performance leaves the thirty million Ghanaian population with nothing but an unpleasing history to forget.
Ghana was faced by a scare of exiting the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon with the worst ever campaign tag in their 58-year AFCON campaign, should they fail to win against Comoros in their last game in Group C on Tuesday. Ghana indeed did fail to prove superior over the tournament debutants as they are left stunned by a 3-2 defeat to The Coelacanths.
The scoreline means Ghana have failed to advance from the group stage of the AFCON tournament for the fifth (5th) time in history. In the years 1980, 1984, 1998, 2006 and now 2021, Ghana failed to go past the group stages.
Meanwhile, in their previous 22 times appearances at the AFCON, Ghana had never exited the tournament without winning a single game, or without amassing at least 2 points to their credit. However, the early exit of the Black Stars from the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon means a new record has been set, and history has been made, one that is of no value to the proud Ghanaian.
In 1980 Africa Cup of Nations staged in Nigeria, Ghana played 3 matches in the group stage, won 1, drew 1 and lost 1 and exited the tournament with 3 points.
Similarly, Ghana produced another low output at the 1984 AFCON in Ivory Coast, where they played three matches at the group stage, won 1, lost 2 and exited the tournament with 2 points. In Burkina Faso 1998 tournament, Ghana played 3 matches at the group stage, won 1, lost 2 and exited with 3 points. The last time Ghana failed to progress from the group stage of the AFCON was in Egypt 2006 where 16 teams competed. In 2006, Ghana played three matches, won one and lost two, exiting with 3 points.
From the above statistics, Ghana has always managed to win at least one game at the group stages of the Cup of Nations, where they progress from the group or otherwise. However, this record which has stood for the past 58 years (since 1963 when Ghana made a debut in the tournament) has now been broken following their exit from the current edition.
Ghana suffered a humiliating 3-2 loss to debutants Comoros on Tuesday during their last game in Group C of the 2021 AFCON, which means Ghana have, for the first time, exited the tournament with just 1 point in 3 matches after losing to Morocco, drawing with Gabon and falling to Comoros. Captain Andre Ayew was dismissed in the early stages of the game following a tackle on the Comoros goalkeeper, which after watching the playback, the VAR ruled that to be an offence enough worth of a dismissal. The 2021 Ghana’s AFCON campaign has now been confirmed as the worst ever in the history of the country – a new record.
The Black Stars are due back home while the tournament continues. Comoros are now part of the best third placed ranked teams, and stand a chance of qualifying to the last 16 depending on the results from games that will be played on this day, January 19.
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