• Monday, August 20, 2018

RAG MUST BE INDEPENDENT—– ATTIFUL

The Referees Association of Ghana (RAG), experienced a massive shake-up from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), when eight Ghanaian referees were banned as a result of collecting bribes and fixing of matches in the Anas’ expose’ (#Number 12) on June 6 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Technical instructor Joseph Wellington and women assistant referee Theresa Akongyam were given 10 years ban each as well as center referees Reginald Lathbridge, Cecil Fleischer and Dawood Ouedraogo have also received 10 years ban each.

To complicate issues, CAF have as well banned assistant referees Salifu Malik and Eric Nantiere for 10 years each with the worst hit going to assistant referee David Laryea, who has banned for life.

       David Laryea

Commenting on the issue, T .R. K Attiful (Deputy National Instructor of RAG) said it is unfortunate this has happened to referees of Ghana, “ but we still have competent referees who can stand in for those banned” he added.

He furthered by saying that he felt sorry for referee Wellington who to him, is highly decorated and has nothing at the moment to say than to wish him well in the face of difficulty.

    Joseph Wellington

“Referee Wellington is a highly decorated referee and instructor, who listens to all opinions to form his judgement and it is just unfortunate he has to bow out this way. I have nothing than to wish him well in his challenged situation” Mr. Attiful said.

“Anas’ documentary has helped us know the truth in Ghana football and it will help us bring good reforms which will enhance the growth of football in the country”

When asked of the solution for Referees Association of Ghana, the Deputy National Instructor said “RAG must be an independent body,  ‘If we do our appointments, they have to go through Premier League Board and Executive Committee for approval which does not help us”. He concluded.

Meanwhile, centre referees Nathan Anafo, Prosper Adii, Afful Isaka Ayensu and assistant referee Ibrahim Badiu have been “provisionally suspended pending their appearance in front of the next meeting of the Disciplinary Board”.

 

 

 

Source:Isaac Baiden/wisetvonline,com

Amuneke named Tanzania coach

Former Nigeria winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, has been named Tanzania national team coach on a two-year deal.

The 1994 African Cup of Nations winner was unveiled at a press conference by Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president, Wallace Karia on Monday in capital city, Dar es Salaam.

 

Karia said Amuneke will coach the senior team and all youth teams, assisted by local trainers for each category.

“Amuneke will be with us for two years but the contract is renewable if he meets the set targets,” said Karia.

The former Sporting and Barcelona winger, said that Tanzania like other African countries are full of talents but lacks good organization something that he will do for the country.

 

“All I need is support from all stakeholders to move Tanzania football to another step, it is possible because we have talents all of Africa,” said the former Zamalek winger.

Until recently, Amuneke was at the helm of Sudanese side, Al Khartoum Al Watan.

 

The 47-year old previously coached Al Hazim of Saudi Arabia as an assistant, Julius Berger and Ocean Boys of Nigeria and including a three year deal with the Nigeria U-17 te

 

 

 

Source:CAF

Ashanti Regional Sports Committee Inaugurated

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah has advised the new Ashanti Regional Sports Committee to discharge their duties and responsibility with all diligence, honesty and transparency.

According to the Minister, the committee members’ nomination is as a result of the confidence Ghanaians has reposed in them.

“You have been nominated because of the confidence reposed in you. Bring your experiences from your varied backgrounds to uplift the level of sports in the region”, Mr. Osei Mensah advised.

The new sports committee was inaugurated in accordance with the sports Act, 2016, Act 934 section 21 which mandate regions to constitute their respective sports committee with the unified responsibility of pushing forward the agenda of sports, for recreation, health, amateur and professional purposes.

The composition of the Regional Sports Committee is as follows: Samuel Ampadu Kyei –Chairperson, Edmund Appiah -Regional Sports Director and Stephen Ofori – KMA representative. The rest are Joseph Acquah – Obuasi Municipal representative, Nana Yaw Wiredu – Asukwa Municipal representative, Mr Kofi Agyei and Nana Ama Ampomah  both  Regional Minister’s nominee.

 

 

 

Source:Gideon Ansah/wisetvonline.com

Black Queens to Start Camping Tomorrow

Ahead of the 2018 African women’s championship tournament which will be played in Ghana from the 17th November to the 1st December, 2018, liaisons of the Federation International Football Association and the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) have called on the national women national football team, the Black Queens of Ghana to camp starting tomorrow Thursday, 2nd of August 2018.

In a statement signed by a member of the liaison team, Francis Oti-Akenteng, the liaison team has called 33 players to camp in order to prepare adequately for the upcoming tournament. They are:

Patricia Mantey

Nana Ama Asantewaa

Fafali Dumahili

Barikisu Assahaku

Ellen Coleman

Priscilla Lartey

Gladys Amfobea

Edem Atovor

Perpetual Agyekum

Rita Okyere

Linda Addae

Rosemary Ampem

Ellen Ampong

Julliet Acheampong

Mary Essiful

Leticia Zikpi

Mavis Owusu

Diana Wiegbe

Alberta Asante

Jane Ayieyam

Ernestina Tetteh

Alice Kusi

Lily Niber Lawrence

Ruth Appiah

Gifty Appiah

Stephanie Appiah

Portia Boakye

Priscilla Okyere

Faustina Ampah

Elizabeth Addo

Juliet Egyir

Linda Eshun

Markella Suka

 

 

 

Source:Gideon Ansah/Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

BLACK PRINCESSES HEADCOACH RELEASES FINAL LIST OF 21 MAN SQUAD FOR FRANCE 2018

Ghana’s U20 women football team, Black Princesses will be leaving Ghana for this year’s women’s world cup championship which will start on the 5th of August 2018, in France. Team is expected to leave Ghana this evening at 10:00pm VIA FRANCE AIR 6h 35m duration

Accra (ACC) to Paris, France.

Speaking to wisevonline.com in an interview, Head Coach, Yusif Basigi noted that Ghana has never gone beyond the group stage in the competition and has pledge to change the story this time around. “We will make it to the next round of the competition and this is a promise, since we started going to the competition we have never gone beyond the group stage and bring the cup to Ghana”.

Final List and team officials include:

  1. Martha Annan
  2. Esther Agyeman
  3. Kerrie Macathy
  4. Justice Tweneboah
  5. Cecilia Hagan
  6. Blessing Agbomazi
  7. Philicity Asuako
  8. Linda Amoako
  9. Kunduck Peterson
  10. Kate Agyemang
  11. Ernestina Abambilla
  12. Helena Obeng
  13. Grace Acheampong
  14. Grace Asantewaa
  15. Olivia Anokye
  16. Evelyn Badu
  17. Belinda Anane
  18. Sandra O. Ansah
  19. Ruth Anima
  20. Rafia Alhassan
  21. Joyce Asamoah

 

Head Coach (Black Princesses) Yusif Basigi

Assist Coach Dora Zuta

Goalkeepers’ Trainer: Raymond Fenny

Welfare Manager: Anita Wiredu Minta

Team Manager: Dr. Mabel Aboah

Physio: Asabea Opare

Kits Manager: Mary Hassord

Masseur: Susana Djoleto

 

 

Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

Ghana Tops African Arm-Wresting Championship

Golden Arms, the Ghana National Arm-wrestling team, have emerged winners at the just ended 2018 Arm-wrestling championship dubbed Go on Arm-wrestling with a total of 88 medals.

The competition which brought six African countries together saw Nigeria and Mali in second third positions with 14 and 10 medals respectively.

The two day event which was held at the Hathramani Hall at the Accra Sports Stadium for both the left and right arm challenges saw Ghana bagging in 31 gold medals, 32 silver medals and 25 bronze medals to crown the host and win slogan, with Nigeria taking home six gold medals, six silver medals and two bronze medals as Mali bagged in six gold medals and four silver.

Egypt, had two gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze to place fourth on the table with Togo taking home one gold medal, two silver medals and three bronze medals as against Cameroon’s one gold medal, one silver medal and zero bronze medal to complete the fourth to sixth positions respectively.

The ninth African Arm-wrestling challenge, which saw all countries competing in the para-Arm-wrestling, juniors as well as male and female categories in various weights, was more of friendship and cultural display, according to Mr. Charles Osei-Asibey, President for Ghana Arm-wrestling Federation.

The Ghana Arm-wrestling Federation’s president, Charles Osei-Asibey, described the competition as successful saying, “l must say it’s been a long journey, it hasn’t been easy, but it has been worthwhile. “I commend all the participants for demonstrating high level of professionalism from start to finish.”

Youth and Sports Ministry’s advisor, Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, who represented the Minister Of Youth And Sports,  Isaac Essimah, praised the leadership of Ghana arm wrestling for projecting the sport which was formed a little over a year.

 

 

 

Source:Ansah Gideon/Naayirma Dery/wisetvonline.com

Frederick Lawson targets WBC welterweight world title

Ghanaian welterweight boxer Frederick Lawson (27-1, 21 KO) will inch a step closer to the WBC welterweight world title if he defeats South Africa’s Chris Van Heerden (26-2-1) in the co-main event of Evander Holyfield’s Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament on Saturday, August 25th in Toronto, Canada.

According to Lawson whose only career loss was suffered at the hands of Kevin Bizier in 2015, even though he respects his opponent, he will be too strong and hungry for him.

The knockout artist has been on a three-fight winning streak since retiring against Bizier with a broken jaw. He has dispatched the likes of Baishanbo Nasiyiwula, Fidel Monterrosa Munoz and Sakima Mullings during that period.

“Ain’t no stopping Team Lawson now, we’re on the move. Nothing can change the course of my destiny. I respect Chris and his accomplishments but I’m just too strong and hungry for him. Watch me take him apart on fight night. General Okunka is coming to do battle and will surely prevail,” Lawson who now resides in The Bronx and has over 20 knockouts said at a press briefing.

The USA’s Brad Solomon (28-1) will face Mexico’s Francisco Santana (25-6-1) in the other headline bout of the tournament organised Holyfield’s The Real Deal Sports and Entertainment and Lee Baxter Promotions in association with Louisville Top Knotch and the World Boxing Council.

The two semi-final winners in August will move up the ranks again and then go head-to-head later this year in the finals. The overall winner of the Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament will be in a position to fight for the WBC Welterweight World Title in 2019.


Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament rules:

Judging & Scoring

To combat one of boxing’s biggest issues, inexplicable if not downright awful judging and scorecards, the tournament features 5 judges as opposed to the regular 3. One for each side of the ring as well as one judge who watches the fight on a monitor with no sound. Halfway through the fight, scorecards are announced to the audience and the fighters so everyone is aware of how the 5 judges are viewing the bout. The first round of the tournament did not have a single controversial decision in 5 back to back 10-round fights and several fights had distinct momentum shifts after the cards were announced at the halfway point. The Real Deal Boxing also developed a standardized scoring system that is given to judges in advance which clearly defines the way a round should be scored to eliminate any subjectivity from the equation. Last but not least, any bouts that end in a draw immediately head to an 11th and final round that judges must give to one of the fighters.

Instant Replay

A nearly universal request from fighters, fans and the entire boxing community, the tournament uses instant replay. In the case of a controversial or potentially wrong call, the incident in question is reviewed in between rounds, allowing officials to get it right every time. Instant replay helps assure the bout’s outcome and scorecards are never affected by a missed call, be it a slip ruled as a knockdown or a cut from an accidental headbutt ruled as punch or vice versa.

Fighter Safety

In the tournament’s first round fighters were required to undergo a pre-fight MRI and post-fight MRI (on the following day of the fight) regardless of the bout’s outcome. In addition, The Real Deal Boxing has it’s own internal team of physicians to oversee the health and safety of all the fighters on their roster, helping to address the inconsistent medical standards brought on by differing requirements from each regulatory authority. The expense of these additional medical and safety requirements is covered entirely by The Real Deal Boxing.

 

 

 

Source:graphic sports

Nestor Pitana to referee World Cup Final

Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana, along with his assistants Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti, will officiate the Final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ between France and Croatia on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Pitana, a 43-year-old physical education teacher, has already refereed four matches at Russia 2018, taking charge of Russia v Saudi Arabia (Opening Game) and Mexico v Sweden in the group stages, the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, as well as the quarter-final between Uruguay and France.

Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana, along with his assistants Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti, will officiate the Final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ between France and Croatia on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Pitana, a 43-year-old physical education teacher, has already refereed four matches at Russia 2018, taking charge of Russia v Saudi Arabia (Opening Game) and Mexico v Sweden in the group stages, the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, as well as the quarter-final between Uruguay and France.

Pitana has been an international referee since 2010. He is the second Argentinian referee to participate in two World Cups after Norberto Coerezza, who oversaw two games in 1970 and one in 1978. After Horacio Elizondo in 2006, he becomes the second Argentinian referee to officiate a World Cup Final.

Pitana is one of South America’s most experienced referees and also has playing experience at youth level. Three games an the U-17 World Cup in 2013 preceded a call-up the following year for the World Cup in Brazil, where Pitana supervised four fixtures, including France v Germany in the quarter-finals. In 2015, he was called up for his first, and so far only, Copa America, in addition to handling River Plate v Huracan in the final of the Supercopa Argentina.

Pitana returned to Brazil in 2016 for the Olympic Football Tournament, where he was the man in the middle for the semi-final between Germany and Nigeria. In 2017 he took charge of the Confederations Cup semi-final between Germany and Mexico.

 

 

 

Source:fifa.com

Antonio Conte no longer Chelsea head coach

Chelsea refusing to comment on reports that Conte is no longer in charge

Antonio Conte is no longer Chelsea head coach, according to Sky in Italy.

Conte now appears to have left Stamford Bridge after two years at the club, although Chelsea are refusing to comment on reports he is no longer in charge.

The Italian led the west London club to Premier League title glory in a successful first season at the helm but his second campaign proved far less harmonious and although they lifted the FA Cup in the spring, they could only finish fifth in the Premier League.

Conte is now understood to have left his post with 12 months remaining on his contract, with Maurizio Sarri set to take over from his Italian compatriot at Chelsea.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis announced on Wednesday that “Sarri is close to being new Chelsea manager. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.”

Former Chelsea captain John Terry has also posted a message on his Instagram account, saying: “Great man, Great manager. I wish you every success in the future.”

 

Maurizio Sarri is expected to take over from Antonio Conte at Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri is expected to take over from Antonio Conte at Chelsea

Chelsea are yet to make a move in the summer transfer market, with uncertainty over their management team delaying their dealings.

The Blues have, however, been linked with Napoli midfielder Jorginho, as well as CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin and Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, if Sarri does take over at Stamford Bridge.

Brazil international Willian could be on his way out of the club, though, with Barcelona understood to have returned with an improved £53m bid for him.

 

 

 

Source:skysports.com

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