• Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Young Team: Mogwai sponsors Glasgow school football strips

 

Rock band Mogwai have become the shirt sponsors of a primary school football team in Glasgow.

The band bought several sets of strips for youngsters at St Roch’s primary in Roystonhill.

The school tweeted a picture of the young players in their new kit with the message: “They look amazing. We can’t thank you enough.”

Mogwai guitarist and singer Stuart Braithwaite then replied: “So happy about this.”

The band formed in Glasgow in 1995 and have recorded nine albums, including last year’s release Every Country’s Son.

Their debut album was called Mogwai Young Team.

The school’s post on Twitter prompted requests from some fans about the strips being available to buy in adult sizes.

St Roch’s replied to say they were “exclusive to The Young Team of St Roch’s Primary”.

St Roch's Primary School strips

Mogwai

 

Source:bbc.com

Chelsea close in on double deal for Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri

Chelsea are close to completing a deal for Roma’s Edin Dzeko

Chelsea have moved closer to agreeing a deal for Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri, according to Sky sources.

Sky Sports News understands the deal is progressing and the two clubs are close to reaching an agreement.

Both Chelsea and Roma quickly came to an understanding of the value needed to make the transfers happen, with the Italian side putting a price tag in excess of £45m on the pair.

Antonio Conte is keen to bring Dzeko to Stamford Bridge to add power to his forward line, while the player has also expressed a desire to join Chelsea.

Roma want in excess of £45m for both Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri
                            Roma want in excess of £45m for both Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri

It would see a return to the Premier League for Dzeko, having spent five years at Manchester City.

As with all deals at Chelsea, the final decision on the transfer of the players will be left to director Marina Granovskaia.

 

Source:skysports.com/football

GFA Star Times Gala to be launched on Wednesday

 

The GFA 2017/18 Star Times Gala will be launched at the Conference room of the GFA Secretariat on Wednesday January 24.

The launch which will be held at 11:00hrs on Wednesday will see top GFA Officials and representatives of Star Times as well as participating clubs in attendance.

The GFA recently announced the list of clubs that will play in this year’s GFA Star Times Gala scheduled to be played on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th February, 2018.

The participating clubs include Premier League sides and teams from all three zones in the Division One League.

Below are the participating clubs in this year’s Invitational Gala:

  1. Berekum Chelsea FC
  2. Bechem United FC
  3. Accra Great Olympics FC
  4. Inter Allies FC
  5. Techiman Eleven Wonders FC
  6. Dreams FC
  7. Medeama SC
  8. Elmina Sharks FC
  9. Ebusua Dwarfs  FC
  10. Accra Hearts of Oak SC
  11. Wa All Stars FC
  12. NEA Salamina FC
  13. Vision FC
  14. New Edubiase FC
  15. FC Samartex
  16. Asante Kotoko SC

Source: GFA

Dreams FC Wins 2018 G8 Trophy.

 

Dreams FC beat ten-man Hearts of Oak 2-1 to win the 2018 Ghalca G8 tournament at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday. Hearts of Oak took the lead after only 12 minutes through Daniel Kodie when his booming strike from 30 yards outside the box found the back of the net.

Dreams FC nailed Hearts back with an equalizer in the 18th minute after Razak Cromwell danced his way through the defense and lifted the ball beautifully over the on rushing Benjamin Mensah. Both sides continued to press on for a second goal but the scores remained 1-1 at the end of an entertaining first half of football

Dreams started the second half, the livelier side and their persistence paid off in the 60th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Hearts goalkeeper Ben Mensah was adjudged to have brought down veteran striker Eric Gawu in the box. Skipper Leornard Owusu stepped up to convert the resultant penalty expertly to give the Dreams FC the lead.

Things moved from bad to worse for the Phobians in the 84th minute as defender Musah Inusah received his matching orders after attracting his second yellow card of the game. The dying minutes of the game was frantic with both sides guilty of missing easy chances, but there was not to be a late drama as Dreams held on to their advantage to win the tournament. The top-flight’s returnees shocked the Phobians to win the pre-season trophy.

Dreams FC were guided by experienced Coach Abdul Karim Zito whiles Accra Hearts of Oak went into the tournament with Coach Frank Nutall

Source:wisetvonline.com

Ghana Looks To Convert Grassroots Rugby Into Global Success

 

Ghana is focusing on its youngsters in a programme aimed at encouraging more people to play rugby

Some of the girls wear hijabs, others are barefoot and the sandy pitch is marked out in charcoal. But the 14 players could be Ghana’s rugby stars of the future.

One of them, Maimuna Dawda, used to watch matches on television before she got the chance to hold the oval ball for herself in 2016.

Now, the 14-year-old plays three games of short-format seven-a-side every week at the Kanda Cluster of Schools that she attends in the capital, Accra.

In places like Ghana, where society is still overwhelmingly male-dominated and gender roles remain traditionally assigned, rugby — where it’s played — is seen as a man’s game.

But Dawda wants to prove otherwise and represent her country at the highest level.

“I want to play in a national team and be the best rugby player for Ghana,” she told AFP on the sidelines of a schools sevens tournament.

– Increasing participation –

Ghanian society is still overwhelmingly male-dominated so rugby is seen as a man's game, but some girls play too

Ghanian society is still overwhelmingly male-dominated so rugby is seen as a man’s game, but some girls play too

Watching the students from the touchline is Rafatu Inusah, who has been playing rugby since 2009 and was one of the first women in Ghana to do so.

She now works for the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) as a development officer, helping to implement global governing body World Rugby’s “Get Into Rugby” programme.

The scheme is designed to increase the number of players, coaches and referees across the world and is helping the sport to reach more countries than ever before.

Like some of the girls she trains, Inusah, 28, also wears a hijab when she plays and laughs at the idea that Muslim women can’t play the sport.

In fact, she said she specifically targets Muslim girls.

“I decided to go into the Islamic school in order to change that perception they have when you are playing rugby (that) ‘rugby is not for ladies or girls to play’,” she said.

“It’s for everybody.”

– Gutter to gutter –

By aiming to make rugby as inclusive and accessible as possible in Ghana, the head of the Ghana Rugby Football Union, Herbert Mensah, hopes the country can one day vy with today's leading rugby playing African nations

By aiming to make rugby as inclusive and accessible as possible in Ghana, the head of the Ghana Rugby Football Union, Herbert Mensah, hopes the country can one day vy with today’s leading rugby playing African nations

Ghana is a member of Rugby Africa, one of the six regional associations of World Rugby, which organises games the length and breadth of the continent.

In 2016, nearly 400,000 African boys and girls took part in development programmes while just over 770,000 men, women and children played the sport.

At the last Olympics in 2016, established rugby giants South Africa and relative newcomers Kenya represented the continent at sevens, which was included at the Games for the first time.

The Springboks won bronze behind Great Britain who were beaten in the final by Fiji. Kenya — Africa Cup Sevens champions in 2013 and 2015 — placed 11th out of 12.

The president of the GRFU, Herbert Mensah, believes Ghana — a country better known for the exploits of its international footballers, the Black Stars — could become a new challenger.

He said his job often seemed to be “trying to do the impossible” but he wants the sport to be as inclusive and as accessible as possible.

One idea to increase participation is touch rugby on the streets, using the open drains on either side as natural touchlines.

“Gutter to gutter allows them to throw the ball and run in a straight line,” explained Mensah.

“If you don’t run in a straight line you end up in a gutter. Try to get fancy and you lacerate your face,” he says with a laugh.

– Climbing the rankings –

According to World Rugby, there were some 8.5 million registered and non-registered players in 121 countries across the world in 2016.

But over half of them were in just nine countries — the Six Nations of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy; South Africa; Australia; and New Zealand.

Ghana, which currently has only 13 clubs registered with the GRFU, wants 1,500 players and the game to be taught in 120 schools by 2020.

Yet, the country already has a national team — and even its own version of the haka, the traditional Maori war cry performed by New Zealand’s All Blacks before internationals.

The Ghana Eagles in October last year played in the Africa Cup Sevens Tournament held in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, and placed a creditable ninth out of 10.

Just months after becoming a full member of World Rugby, it also won its group in the Rugby Africa regional challenge event — the lowest tier of the sport on the continent.

That has taken the country into the third tier Bronze Cup for the men’s 15s in May this year, while they will try to improve on last year’s Africa Cup performance in October.

Longer term, the plan is to target the Olympics and World Cup.

“In five or seven years, I think we will be one of the best sevens sides in the world,” Mensah predicted.

“Now we have got to get the new group of younger players coming through who are 10, 11, 12 now, who will have learnt how to play the game from a very young age.”

 

Source:dailymail

Messi makes football better, says beaten Real Betis goalkeeper.

 

Lionel Messi makes football better, according to Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan, even after the Barcelona superstar piled misery upon him on Sunday.

Messi inspired a devastating second-half performance from Barcelona, scoring twice and creating another for Luis Suarez as Ernesto Valverde’s LaLiga leaders stormed to a 5-0 win at Estadio Benito Villamarin.

The result extended Barca’s advantage at the summit over Atletico Madrid to 11 points and Real Madrid youth graduate Adan was left in awe, having mistakenly felt his team-mates might have had Messi under control.

“It’s spectacular. In the first half he had not appeared. He seemed to be walking,” the 30-year-old told Cadena Ser.

“But he takes four balls to score two goals and give two assists. He makes this sport better.”

Betis vice president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer also felt it had been a privilege to witness Messi at his brilliant best.

“Messi deserves that because it is a show, what he has done in the second half,” he said.

“Not only in attack but claiming balls in their own half of the field.

“His humility and ability make him bigger and the public of the Villamarin has been able to appreciate the extraordinary player that is Leo Messi.”

Source:fourfourtwo.com

Mario Balotelli ‘close to agreeing’ free move to Juventus on a five-year deal this summer.

 

Juventus are preparing a stunning deal to bring Mario Balotelli back to Italy this summer.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker is in red-hot form in Ligue 1 after scoring 17 times for Nice already this season.

And his return to goalscoring form has caught the attention of Serie A champions Juve, according to The Sun.

The club’s relationship with the forward’s agent, Mino Raiola, is seen as key to the transfer.

Raiola also represents Blaise Matuidi and Moise Kean and a five-year contract has already been drawn up, with a sizeable signing-on bonus awaiting him.

The Italian giants believe he could play a key first-team role at the club, and not just serve as a back-up to first-choice striker Gonzalo Higuain.

In two seasons at Nice the 27-year-old has struck 35 times in 51 appearances, but his last season in Italy proved disastrous.

On loan from Liverpool he scored three goals in 23 games before securing his permanent departure from Anfield in the summer of 2016.

His return to goalscoring form has caught the attention of Serie A champions Juventus

Source:dailymail.co.uk/sport

Arsenal’s massive transfer offer is knocked back

Arsenal have received a knock-back in their pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners have been active in the transfer market, chasing former Borussia Dortmund duo Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Things were going well, however they’ve received bad news in their chase for the latter.

Borussia Dortmund are holding firm of their valuation for the Gabonese international. According to Daily Mail, Arsenal have opened the negotiations at £44m, but the German club are asking for at least £53m from Arsene Wenger and co.

Arsenal have a positive reputation with Borussia Dortmund, so they won’t take this too personally. £53m for a player of Aubameyang’s quality isn’t expensive by any means in today’s market. He’s a true asset to the Dortmund setup, and with three years left on his contract, they won’t let the star leave easily.

The Dortmund striker appears to be pushing for a move away to Arsenal, at least that’s what his recent actions would suggest. He was quick to take to Twitter to emphasise his bad boy reputation, by responding to criticism from Michael Makus.

Aubameyang was left out of Borussia Dortmund’s fixture with Hertha Berlin, as speculation surrounding his future remains up in the air. He has made it clear that he would like to join Arsenal, and he seems completely calm with the situation.

The Gabonese international has been in rapid form for his side this season, which is why BVB are holding a strong stance on letting him go. In 23 appearances this season, Aubameyang has scored 21 times and tallied a hat-trick of assists.

It was earlier reported that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had agreed personal terms with Arsenal, so if the Gunners can meet Borussia Dortmund’s valuation, they’ll surely land the star.

 

 

Source:playingfor90.com

GHALCA G8: Dreams FC beat Hearts of Oak to clinch trophy

Newly Promoted Dreams FC came from behind to beat Accra Hearts of Oak by 2-1 in the final of GHALCA G8 tournament at the Cape Coast Stadium.

The Phobians took the lead after only 12 minutes through Daniel Kodie when his thunderous strike from 30 yards out found the back of the net.

Dreams FC pegged Hearts back with an equaliser in the 18th minute after Razak Cromwell danced his way through the defense and lifted the ball beautifully over the on rushing Benjamin Mensah.

Both sides continued to press on for a second goal but the scores remained 1-1 at the end of an entertaining first half of football.

Dreams started the second half the livelier side and their persistence payed off in the 60th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Hearts goalkeeper Ben Mensah was adjudged to have brought down Veteran striker Eric Gawu in the box.

Skipper Leornard Owusu stepped up to convert the resulting Penalty expertly to give the ‘still believe’ club the lead.

Things moved from bad to worse for the Phobians in the 84th minute as defender Musah Inusah received his matching orders after attracting his second yellow card of the game.

The last minutes of the game was frantic with both side guilty of missing easy chances, but there was not to be a late drama as Dreams held on to their advantage to win the tournament.

 

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