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Chelsea beat Man City to win Champions League

Chelsea players lift the Champions League trophy, their second Champions League win after winning the title in 2012

Chelsea won the Champions League for the second time with a fully deserved victory over Manchester City in an all-Premier League confrontation in Porto.

Thomas Tuchel got the better of his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola for the third time since succeeding sacked Frank Lampard in January to bring European club football’s biggest prize back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2012.

Kai Havertz, blossoming after a slow start to his Chelsea career, got the winner three minutes before half-time when he collected a defence-splitting pass from Mason Mount to round City goalkeeper Ederson and score.

It leaves City still searching for the Champions League, the trophy that has always eluded them, and Guardiola cannot escape scrutiny for his part in this defeat after taking a tactical gamble which backfired.

Guardiola surprisingly decided against utilising either Rodri or Fernandinho as a defensive midfielder, leaving City with a muddled game plan that reduced their effectiveness and rarely presented Chelsea with any problems.

Chelsea had the better opportunities throughout, Timo Werner wasting two good chances before Havertz struck and substitute Christian Pulisic squandering another in the second half.

City, who lost Kevin De Bruyne to injury midway through the second half, threw on Sergio Aguero for his final appearance but there was no fairytale ending for the club’s greatest goalscorer as Chelsea closed out the win.

And for Tuchel it was elation after the disappointment of losing last year’s final as manager of Paris St-Germain.

Source:Graphiconline

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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

Source:Graphiconline

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Jamaican Sprinter Veronica Brown Hangs Spikes with fountain of emotions

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Veronica Campbell Brown

A celebrated Jamaican Sprinter, Veronica Campbell Brown has finally bided a goodbye after years of impactful performance.

The Queen of trucks has disclosed this via her Facebook wall in which post she recounted with nostalgia, the numerous successes as well as challenges in her sporting trajectory.

“I take off my spikes never to put them on again, this girl from Clarks Town walks away happy contended with a race will run.” Madam Brown posted.

The 39-year year old athlete will be remembered for her astonishing performance during her hey days in both 100 and 200 metres.

She is an Olympic medalist and an athlete who has won two consecutive 200 metres event in Olympics5.

Veronica Brown was full of laudation to her husband, Omar Brown who doubled as her career coach. She praised her agent and fans for their support in her outstanding career.

“All glory to the Lord for my success, He blessed me with the talent, the will to stay focused and the requisite work ethics. Additionally, He placed authentic and supportive people in my life who served as pillars of strength as I maneuvered the highs and lows which littered my athletic career.” Veronica Brown stated.

Story: Mohammed Rabiu Adam/Nationalistgh.com

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Isaac Dogboe defeats Lopez after 10 rounds

Former Boxing champion threatens some ‘individuals’ at Ministry of Youth & Sports

Former featherweight champion Isaac ‘The Royal Storm’ Dogboe won his second consecutive bout following his return to the ring as he won a majority decision in his fight against Adam Lopez at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on Saturday.

Judge Dave Moreti scored the bout even at 95-95 but judges Chris Migliore (97-93) and Don Trella (96/94) scored in favour of the Ghanaian in a fight that had little to separate the two.

The win comes almost a year after Dogboe knocked out Chris Avalos in his return bout after successive defeats to Mexican Emanuel Navarrete.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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