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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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Commonwealth Games: Deborah Acquah wins Ghana’s first ever medal in long jump, boxer Abraham Mensah takes silver

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Deborah Acquah won Ghana’s first-ever Commonwealth Games medal in the women’s long jump after finishing third on Sunday evening.

Acquah, who arrived late in the United Kingdom due to visa issues, took bronze with a leap of 6.94m in the final, trailing only Australia’s Brooke Buschkuehl (silver) and Nigeria’s Ese Brume, who won gold with a leap of 6.99m.

Acquah arrived only 48 hours before her debut. She impressively advanced to the final, where she made history.

The 26-year-old missed the final of the women’s long jump event at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon in July, but she wasn’t going to be denied in Birmingham.

Earlier, boxer Abraham Mensah took silver in the Bantamweight division. The 19-year-old was defeated in the final by Northern Ireland’s Dylan James Eagleson, who won 5-0.

He is the second Ghanaian to win a silver medal, following fellow boxer Joseph Commey in the featherweight division.

Meanwhile, the women’s 4x100m relay team came seventh in their final.

Team Ghana have won five medals at the Games.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Black Galaxies ready for Nigeria test – Coach Walker

Annor Walker

Annor Walker, Head Coach of Ghana’s local based national team, the Black Galaxies, says his team will be well prepared for their clash against Nigeria in the final round qualifier of the 2023 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The Black Galaxies recorded an emphatic 4-0 aggregate victory in their two-legged encounters against Benin, progressing to the next round to face Nigeria.

Daniel Afriyie scored the only goal for Black Galaxies in the second leg encounter in Cotonou as they edged close to a return to the competition since 2014.

In a post-match press conference after the victory, Coach Annor Walker commended his team for their tactical discipline throughout the match.

The Accra Great Olympics gaffer was wary of the threat Nigeria would pose in the final qualifying round but said they would be well prepared for their arch-rivals.

According to Coach Walker, he had watched video clips involving the Nigerian counterparts together with his technical staff and would map out strategies to prevail in the clash.

“We have studied the way Nigeria play and we have monitored their games. So, we need to plan very well heading into the clash,” he said at the presser.

When asked what accounted for the resounding victory against Benin in both legs, Coach Walker revealed that they had put in place a strategy to stop their opponents from scoring, which worked for them.

“In the first match at Cape Coast, they didn’t allow us to play until we scored the two goals. We expected them to be physical and push more men forward in the second leg, but we were tactically better than them, “he said.

The Black Galaxies would take on their Nigerian counterparts in a first leg encounter to be played in Accra on August 26-28, 2022.

The second leg in Abuja would be played on September 2-4, 2022.

Source: GNA

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World Athletics Championships: Ghana finish fifth in 4x100m final; set new national record

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Ghana finished fifth in the final of the 4x100m event at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

In the process, the quartet of Sean Safo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati, Joseph Oduro Manu, and Joseph Paul Amoah set a new national record of 38.07s.

Having booked a fourth relays final in the last three years with a 38.58s run on Saturday, Ghana’s relay team now looked to medal when they took to the field in the early hours of Sunday, July 24.

In the end, however, the run could only ensure that they finished behind eventual winners Canada, silver-medalists United States, bronze-finishers Great Britain and fourth-placed Jamaica.

This rounds off Ghana’s participation in the Championships, where there was no medal to speak of.

Source: Myjoyonline. com

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