Ghana’s Para-Athletics to participate in World Para-Athletics qualifier

Ghana's Para Athletics team, has arrived in Paris, France, to participate in the final World Para Athletics-sanctioned event before the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. This event is the Paris 2024 WPA Grand Prix, which would be held between June 13 and 14, 2024. Emmanuel Kweku Acquah, a promising athlete, has successfully undergone classification in Paris ahead of the Grand Prix 2024. This process is crucial as it determines the athlete's eligibility and ensures fair competition. It's a significant step for Acquah as this is his first international Para-Athletics event for Ghana. Other members of the team include, Zinabu Issah, who won two gold medal in Marrakech, Morocco, Edmund Govina, who clinched one gold medal in Marrakech. The team is led by Mr. Henry Larbi, Chef de Mission for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, and Mr Ignatius Elletey, the African Paralympic Committee Administrator. A statement from the NPC expressed its appreciation to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, for the support. Source: Gha na News Agency

‘Ghana must improve in the long distances’ – GOC President

Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) has said there is the need to create more opportunities for the long-distance athletes in the country to unearth and groom more talents in the discipline. According to Mr. Nunoo Mensah, this had become necessary due to the stride countries like Uganda, Kenya who were noted for long distances are now making great strides in the sprints. 'These countries are now making great strides in the sprints in addition to the long-distances, hence Ghana which is also known for the sprints must up her game to catch up with the growing trends,' he noted. Mr. Nunoo Mensah said this at the launch of 3rd edition of the Accra Inter-City Homowo Marathon, on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. He said, the new development would go to the benefit of the countries that were already established in the long distances, as they would pick medals from both disciplines at international events. 'This why Ghana needs to have more competitions in the long distances to develop mor e athletes to compete at the international level. 'The likes of William Amponsah were able to make it to the top due to the availability of competitions like this. I am hopeful he would qualify to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games,' he added. He commended the organisers of the annual Accra Inter-City Homowo Marathon- Medivents Consult for the laudable initiative to organize such an event that promotes healthy living and an opportunity for long distance athletes to perform. He urged the indigenes in the Greater Accra Region to take advantage of the event in the capital which is to promote the festival and tourism in the region. The Accra Inter-City Homowo Marathon will be held on Saturday, August 3, with the start point at the Accra Sports Stadium and the finish point at Bukom Boxing Arena. Source: Ghana News Agency

Parliament to launch Democracy Cup on Thursday

The launch of the maiden edition of the Democracy Cup will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at the Justice D.F. Annan Auditorium, at Parliament House in Accra. The one-off cup match between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak scheduled for Friday, July 5, 2024, at the Accra Sports Stadium is part of activities to commemorate 30 years of Parliamentary Democracy in Ghana. The launch would be attended by Members of Parliament, the media, and officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) and other stakeholders. The winner of the match between the two premier giants would have the opportunity to play against United States-based club, DC United in Washington later in the year. There would also be a special curtain raiser between Members of Parliament and former Black Stars players. Parliament last year celebrated its 30th anniversary since its establishment in 1993. This follows the coming into effect of the 1992 Constitution and the return of the co untry into a democratic system of governance. Other activities earmarked to commemorate the anniversary include parliamentary sittings and debate, peace walks and fun games. Source: Ghana News Agency

Third edition of Accra Inter-City Homowo Marathon fixed for August 3, registration opens

The third edition of the Accra Inter-City Marathon has been successfully launched, with the race day fixed for Saturday, August 3, 2024. The race, which would start at Accra Sports Stadium and end at the Trust Sports Emporium (Bukom Boxing Arena), would see athletes from across the continent compete for various prizes. Registration has opened for athletes and organisations who intend to compete in 21-km, 10-km, 5-km, and a wheelchair race for the physically challenged as well as skaters. Speaking at the launch of the marathon in Accra, Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah, President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), was grateful to the organisers and sponsors for putting up such a competition. 'I want to thank all sponsors for the great things they are doing for Ghanaian sports. I also want to thank the media for giving our sports exposure, which attracts more sponsors. 'The kind of support from sponsors aids our sports development and really helps the progress of athletes, and I would thank Medivents for keeping th is event going over the years,' he said. He also urged athletes to capitalise on this platform and train hard to win the ultimate, which could open doors for them to represent Ghana internationally.  Mr. Henri Senyo Payin, General Manager of Medivents, said they were determined to host another classic event this year as part of activities marking the upcoming Homowo festival. He assured participants of an improved prize package coupled with the souvenirs from the sponsors of the marathon. Meanwhile, athletes and organisations interested in participating in this year's marathon can register at *380*21# and follow the instructions promptly. The 2024 Accra Inter-City Homowo Marathon would be preceded by a two-day pre-marathon sports expo where over 1000 athletes and sponsors will meet to discuss issues relating to the event. The Accra Inter-City Marathon is sponsored by Allied Consortium, Serene Insurance, Indomie, GWO Sevo, Healthy Life, Indomie, Parin Africa Ltd., Unichem Ghana Group, and Ethiopian Airli nes. The partners for the marathon include Ga Traditional Council, Ghana Athletics, the Ghana Paralympic Committee, and the GOC. Source: Ghana News Agency

‘I take responsibility for our first half performance’ – Coach Otto Addo

Otto Addo - Head Coach of the Black Stars, says he takes responsibility for the first half poor showing of his team during the World Cup Qualifier against Central African Republic (CAR) at the Baba Yara Stadium on Monday. 'We really had problems controlling the game in the first half, but I would take it upon myself because the way I was thinking we should play in the first half was a bit complicated,' he told the media at a post match conference. He said after the difficult first half, he had to make some adjustments in team's build-ups after the break before overcoming their opponents who he admitted were a very good team. 'Central African Republic have a very good team who are very good on counter, and we didn't protect our half well when we lost the ball and this is something we really have to improve on,' he acknowledged the opponents. Coach Addo said much as the team committed mistakes leading to the two first half goals they conceded, he was happy there was more positives especially how the team re sponded to the first half setback. He admitted that both the technical team and playing body needed to do more to reduce the number of goals the team was conceding ahead of subsequent matches. 'One thing we have to mention is the positive spirit. We were behind in Mali and came back to win and we have done it again today, and that is the reason we are grateful to the fans in Kumasi,' Coach Addo pointed out. He applauded his team for having the fighting spirit to come back in difficult games, assuring that steps would be taken to address the problem going forward. Responding to a question on why he pulled out players believed to posing threats to the opponents in the later stages of the match, the coach said he noticed some of them were fatigued and needed to introduce fresh limbs to sustain the energy. Jordan Ayew who faced the media alongside the coach, said he had been playing out of position at both club and national levels for a long time and that he was happy to have played in his favourite position yesterday. The three-goal hero, however, noted that he was always ready to give his best in whatever role he would be assigned by the coach. Source: Ghana News Agency

2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Jordan shines as Black Stars claim top spot

The Black Stars of Ghana needed an improved second half to overcome Central African Republic (CAR) in a thrilling world cup qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium on Monday night. It was a game of two halves for both sides which saw the Black Stars going into the break trailing the visitors by 1-2after Louis Mafouta overturned Jordan Ayew's opener. Two more goals from Ayew and another by Abdul-FataoIssahaku in the second half completed a perfect come back in front of a packed stadium. The Black Stars hit the ground running right from the start of the match, winning a penalty under three minutes when Issahaku was brought down in the box. Ayew beautifully converted from the spot, sending goalkeeper Dominique Youfeigane the wrong direction for the opener. The wild jubilation that greeted the goal was however short-lived when the visitors restored parity just five minutes after conceding the first goal. They switched defence into attack after Mohammed Kudus lost possession in midfield, and before the Stars coul d recover the ball was already at the back of their net. Loius Mafouta run between the two centre backs and calmly controlled a long ball from midfield before placing it beyond Lawrence Ati Zigi. They almost stole the lead on the 16th minute but for a swift recovery by Ati Zigi to prevent Mafouta from scoring after failing to grab the first ball. As the attacking threats of the visitors became evident, the Black Stars became jittery in their quest to stamp their authority. With five minutes to the end of the first half, the Wild Beasts scored their second against the run of play, capitalising on the poor showing of Alidu Seidu whose position appeared to be the weakest link of the Black Stars set up. Similar to their first goal, they stole the ball from Alidu and Abdul Samed and launched a swift attack which saw Alexander Djiku having the arduous task of stopping two attackers. With the other attacker serving as a decoy, Mafouta had enough space to enter the box to cause the damage. The Black Stars step ped up their performance in an attempt to restore parity before the break, but failed to make their dominance count before referee Ahmed Andurazg ended proceedings. They returned from the break determined to equalise within the first five minutes as they kept the visitors in their own half with series of incursions. The incessant attacks paid off 15 minutes into the half when Jordan headed home a cross from Gideon Mensah to bring the Stars on level terms. Issahaku put the Stars in the lead for the second time fewminutes later when his effort in the box directed at goal took a wicked deflection, leaving the goalkeeper no chance of saving the situation. The arrival of that all-important goal was the turning point for the Black Stars as they continued to dominate play with the backing of the fans who had rediscovered their voices which had been confiscated by the visitors in the first half. As their confidence increased amid the cheers from the fans ,Jordan had the easiest task of tapping the ball into the net after a goal-mouth melee to put the icing on the cake. After taking a commanding lead which appeared unassailable, the Stars adopted a game management strategy by holding on to the ball to while away time. Their lackadaisical approach paved way for their opponents to come into the game when Mafouta scored his third of the night to reduce the deficit to one on the stroke of full time. This set up a nervous six additional minutes during which the visitors came close to equalising twice, but the Stars stood firm to secure all three points. Source: Ghana News Agency

Kamzong Abessolo wins 20th edition of Cameroon International Cycling Tour

The yellow jersey of the 2024 Cameroon International Cycling Tour has been won by renowned Cameroonian cyclist, Kamzong Abessolo who led the competition from start to end. He finished first in the opening and fifth laps of the race and maintained a lead in the overall classification which summed up to 20 hours 59 mins 9 secs. The final stage of 107.7 km, run from Ngoulemakong in the Mvilla division of the South region to the 20th May Boulevard in Yaounde on Sunday, was won by Ivorian Cisse Issiaka. Issiaka won the yellow jersey in the previous edition in 2023. He finished fourth this year. The 20th edition of the Cameroon International Cycling Tour kicked off on May 31 in Maroua and ended on June 9 at the 20th May Boulevard in Yaounde. Source: Cameroon News Agency

Bawumia meets Black Stars players ahead of CAR clash

The Vice President and Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Monday visited the Black Stars ahead of the crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Central Africa Republic (CAR). Dr Bawumia is in the Ashanti Region for a three-day tour and took the opportunity to meet the players and technical team of the Black Stars to encourage them. Vice President Bawumia congratulated the players on their win against Mali last Thursday and charged them to beat the Central Africa Republic in today's encounter. The Black Stars arrived in Kumasi last Friday to prepare for the CAR after stunning Mali in Bamako on matchday 3 of the World Cup qualifiers. The Black Stars have accumulated six points from three matches and sit joint top of Group I with Madagascar and Comoros. The Vice President is expected to be at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium for the game tonight. Ghana hopes to make a return to the World Cup tournament for the fifth time in the United States, Mexico and Canada in 2026. Ghan a qualified for its maiden World Cup in 2006, where it reached the 1/16 stage, and qualified for the 2010, 2014 and 2022 respectively. The Black Stars best performance was in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where it reached the quarter final stage. It was eliminated in the group stages in both 2014 and 2022 World Cups. Vice-President Bawumia is a soccer enthusiast and has been mobilising support for the Black Stars in the past. Source: Ghana News Agency

Bawumia meets Black Stars players ahead of CAR clash

The Vice President and Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Monday visited the Black Stars ahead of the crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Central Africa Republic (CAR). Dr Bawumia is in the Ashanti Region for a three-day tour and took the opportunity to meet the players and technical team of the Black Stars to encourage them. Vice President Bawumia congratulated the players on their win against Mali last Thursday and charged them to beat the Central Africa Republic in today's encounter. The Black Stars arrived in Kumasi last Friday to prepare for the CAR after stunning Mali in Bamako on matchday 3 of the World Cup qualifiers. The Black Stars have accumulated six points from three matches and sit joint top of Group I with Madagascar and Comoros. The Vice President is expected to be at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium for the game tonight. Ghana hopes to make a return to the World Cup tournament for the fifth time in the United States, Mexico and Canada in 2026. Ghan a qualified for its maiden World Cup in 2006, where it reached the 1/16 stage, and qualified for the 2010, 2014 and 2022 respectively. The Black Stars best performance was in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where it reached the quarter final stage. It was eliminated in the group stages in both 2014 and 2022 World Cups. Vice-President Bawumia is a soccer enthusiast and has been mobilising support for the Black Stars in the past. Source: Ghana News Agency

Asher-Smith wins 100m gold at European athletics championships

Britain's Dina Asher-Smith, won gold in the women's 100 metre at the European athletics championships in Rome on Sunday. She got got off to a slow start, but powered through the final 50m to win it in 10.99 seconds and claim her second European 100m title. Silver went to Ewa Swoboda of Poland (11.03s), while Zaynbab Dosso of hosts Italy took bronze. In the 1,500m, Ireland's Ciara Mageean was crowned European champion, after bronze in 2016 and silver in 2022. Britain's Jemma Reekie had the lead ahead of compatriot Georgia Bell after 1,000m run. However, Mageean burst through and found the gap between the British pair, to make her move and finish in 4 minutes 04.66 seconds. Bell kept pace and picked up silver, while Agathe Guillemot of France took bronze. Reekie finished fifth after a disappointing conclusion to that race. Source: Ghana News Agency