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Government lifts restrictions on football

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has lifted the restrictions on football to allow fans to the stadium to watch the Ghana leagues with a capacity of 25 per cent.

It is recalled that, On Sunday, September 20, 2020 in his Update No. 17 on measures taken by Government to combat the spread of Coronavirus, the President announced the easing of restrictions on football stating that “With respect to football, after due consultations with the Ghana Football Association, it has been decided that the Ghana Premier League and the Division One Football League will restart on Friday, 30th October, with a full regime of
testing of the players, technical and management staff.

“No spectators will be allowed at the training centres, and, when actual competition resumes, seating at all stadia will be limited to twenty-five percent (25%) capacity to ensure social distancing. Wearing of masks by spectators at stadia will be mandatory.”

However, before November 2020, there was a spike in the country’s Coronavirus cases which necessitated the issuance of an administrative directive from the Ministry of Youth and Sports that the 25 per cent seating capacity announced earlier should be put on hold and that football matches should be played behind closed doors.

This administrative directive according to the Ministry of Youth and Sports was in consonance with the President’s desire to protect lives and livelihoods.

Ghana has made significant progress in combating the disease of late.

With this, Government has therefore eased the restriction of playing behind closed doors, with seating at all stadia limited to 25 per cent capacity as previously announced by the President.

It noted that all existing safety and hygiene protocols will still be in force.

It added that the Inter Ministerial Taskforce will continue to monitor the evolving Covid-19 situation and will advise when more spectators will be allowed to all stadia in the country.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports expressed gratitude to all stakeholders, particularly the Ghana Football Association for their cooperation.

Source:GNA

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NPP will work with the NDC to reflect the interest of Ghanaians

Mr.John Boadu, GS-NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is ready to work with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the minority in the 2021 House of Parliament to reflect the ‘skirt and blouse’ verdict of the people.

Mr John Boadu, the General Secretary of the NPP, stated this at a news conference in Accra on Tuesday and said the close parliamentary results indicated that Ghanaians wanted the two parties to work together.

“We will, therefore, work with the minority to reflect the interest of the people. But going forward, we will know our mistakes and what went wrong to correct them,” he said.

Mr Boadu said the NPP won in the Presidential in many constituencies but lost to the NDC in the parliamentary, a situation that called for the NPP to sit-up in the next tenure of administration.

He bemoaned the resistance by the NDC to file their grievances over the 2020 general election in court, if they disagreed with the verdict, and advised them to stop calling for attention on the street.

The General Secretary said the pink sheets were the platform where the fate of victors and vanquished were decided, hence, the victory of the Party reflected the desire of Ghanaians to have the Akufo-Addo-led administration to govern the nation for the second term.

“We, the NPPs have set up a transitional team as demanded by the Constitution to work for the nation and we shall not be distracted by anyone,” he stated.

Source :GNA

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UEFA Championships League round of 16 draw results

Last week saw the final round of group stage matches being played in the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League.

Fans of one of the biggest football competitions in the world can now decide which match they would be watching in the next stage of the competition.

All of the matches for the first leg of the Round of 16 would be played at the same time on the 16th of February in 2021 at 22:00 in the evening.

This year’s UEFA group stage round saw a few new teams making an appearance and also teams dropping out of the competition.

There were some upsets and most notably was the relegation of Manchester United to the Europa League. 16 Teams have now progressed to the last round of 16.

The draw to see which teams would be competing against each other was done at the UEFA Headquarter in Nyon, Switzerland earlier today.

Group stage winners were seeded and the runners up in the group stages were unseeded. All of the seeded teams will play away for the first leg of the round of 16.

Group stage winners Real Madrid would be playing away at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia the home stadium of the Atalanta for their first leg of the round.

Liverpool finished off as the group leader in group D, the team would be traveling to Germany to play against the RB Leipzig in their first encounter.

Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán is the ground of Sevilla and the Spanish would be hosting the German team of Dortmund. Unseeded Athletico Madrid would be hosting the winner of Group E, Chelsea.

Mönchengladbach made a great comeback to Champions League this year and made it through to the final round of 16.

The German team would be hosting Manchester City in their first clash in the tournament. Italian team Lazio will be hosting Bayern at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Lazio would have to prepare for this game as they take on one of the favourite teams to win the competition.

Portuguese giants Porto FC is scheduled to host the Italian giants Juventus at Estádio do Dragão. One of the most talked-about upcoming clashes in the final round of 16 is the match between Barcelona and PSG.

This is a match between the two strikers, as Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar will be facing his old teammate Lionel Messi. Betway has all of the odds on the upcoming Uefa Champions League matches as well as odds of football games from around the world

Source:GNA

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Premier League: Hearts of Oak record first win of the season

Hearts of Oak line up
Hearts of Oak line up

Youngster Michelle Sarpong starred with a brace on Sunday evening to inspire his Hearts of Oak side to a 3-0 win over Dreams FC in the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season.


Prior to today’s encounter against the Still Believe lads, the Phobians had played three matches in the ongoing season without recording a win.

Determined to turn things around, the capital-based club set up strong with coach Kosta Papic naming an attacking side to do battle for the team.

After a good showing in the first half, Hearts of Oak managed to go into the break with a deserved lead courtesy of an equalizer from striker Kwadwo Obeng Jnr.

In the second half, the forward continued with his dazzling displays and made a massive contribution to the team.

Just three minutes after recess, Michelle Sarpong scored with a fine effort to double the lead for the Phobians.

The attacker will later in the dying minutes of the match score again to complete a brace while sealing a big 3-0 win for Hearts of Oak against Dreams FC.

The win means that the team has climbed to 6th on the standings of the Ghana Premier League table with five points.

Source : Ghanaian Times

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