Ghana coach Avram Grant: We had to be ‘faultless’ to beat DR Congo

 

 

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Ghana coach Avram Grant says his side had to cut out all mistakes from their previous matches to dislodge 

The Black Stars posted a 2-1 win over the Leopards at the Stade d’Oyem to secure a semi-final berth.

It was an improved performance after losing 1-0 to Egypt last Wednesday in the final Group D match.

“We corrected mistakes we made and in the second period it was totally different,” Grant told reporters after the DR Congo game.

“We played good football. The two goals we scored were fantastic. And when we fell asleep, they (DR Congo) also scored a fantastic goal.”

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African Champs League: Zamalek, Zesco and Setif through

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Egypt’s Zamalek and former champions Entente Setif of Algeria have joined Zambia’s Zesco United in the group stages of the African Champions League.

Zamalek, coached by former Birmingham City and Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish, grabbed a late equaliser against Mouloudia Bejaia to progress 3-1 on aggregate.

The success eases some of the pressure on McLeish, who’s side are trailing their great rivals Al Ahly in the Egyptian league by 11 points.

Setif, African champions in 2014, were held to a goalless draw at home by Sudan’s Al Merreikh.

Coupled with a 2-2 draw from the first leg, that takes the Algerians through on away goals.

Earlier Zesco beat Mali’s Stade Malien 2-1 on Tuesday to complete a 5-2 victory on aggregate and become the first team to reach the Champions League group stage.

Zesco’s Jesse Were scored the opener for the hosts after five minutes.

Samake Issaka equalised after the break for visitors Mali, but an 80th-minute close-range effort from Maybin Mwaba made certain of their progress.

Malien’s misery was complete when Issaka was sent off on 89 minutes.

The losers get a second chance as they enter the draw for the play-offs in the second-tier Confederation Cup.

There are five more matches on Wednesday, while the draw for the group phase takes place on 24 May.

Source: BBC

Inside Ghana: ‘Afriyie Acquah is impotent’ – Amanda

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The controversy surrounding Black Stars midfielder, Afriyie Acquah’s marriage to Amanda deepens as some portions of the recent leaked audio reveals that Afriyie is impotent. According to Amanda, her inability to conceive is due to Afriyie’s infertility.

“If Afriyie is fertile, wouldn’t he have impregnated me by now? Should I bring you cupful of prescribed medications he is taking for three months?,” Amanda questions in the audio.

Less than two weeks after the footballer came out to declare his unflinching love for his wife amid rumours their marriage was on the brink of divorce over Amanda’s leaked photos to another lover, Acquah’s wife has been caught in the midst of scandalous revelations in the leaked audio.

Amanda can be heard in the audio talking about her past intimacy with her husband’s international teammate, Jordan Ayew and how that often infuriates Acquah.

“Jordan and I have been good friends since childhood. We were being mocked from childhood and tagged as ‘husband and wife’. Even Dede Ayew use to say ‘these people, don’t discuss their issues. They would fight today and you will see them together the next day,’” Amanda revealed in the audio.

“I have been with Jordan for four good years, not four days,” she added convincingly.

Amanda even went ahead to disclose that her husband knows about her past relationship with Ayew and how the Torino midfielder doesn’t get on well with the Aston Villa striker.

“Afriyie is very jealous, I swear. Whenever Afriyie sets his eyes on us (Amanda and Jordan) having a chat or hanging out, he quickly gets furious and stops talking to me until I apologise,” Mrs. Acquah said.

“But now, Afriyie use to complain about his ailing relationship with Jordan Ayew. Afriyie once recounted that they travelled to Amsterdam and only Dede spoke to him; Jordan didn’t. He asked for Jordan’s contact but he refused,” she added.


Afriyie Acquah and his wife Amanda

Source: Allsports.com.gh

IAAF: Two Kenyans fail drugs tests at Beijing worlds

Two Kenyans have failed pre-competition drugs tests at the world championships in Beijing and have been provisionally suspended, the IAAF announced Wednesday.

Koki Manunga and Joyce Zakary “have accepted provisional suspensions following positive samples provided in Beijing on the 20th and 21st of August respectively”, the IAAF said in a statement.

Track and field’s world governing body said the Kenyan pair had been tested at the athletes’ hotel before their competition started as part of “targeted tests”.

Zakary clocked a national record of 50.71 seconds in Monday’s first round of the women’s 400m at the Bird’s Nest, but did not start the semi-final on Tuesday for which she had qualified.

African silver medallist Manunga, however, failed to make it out of her first round of the 400m hurdles on Sunday, timing 58.96sec to finish 35th out of 37 athletes competing.

Athletics Kenya, the nation’s governing body, later confirmed that it had been “informed by the IAAF of the positive tests returned by two of its athletes, Koki Manunga and Joyce Zakary”.

“Athletics Kenya has already met with the IAAF and the athletes involved, and has begun investigating the situation which led to these results and appropriate follow-up action will be taken in Kenya,” track and field’s governing body in the east African running powerhouse added in a statement.

“In the meantime, Athletics Kenya will provide full support and cooperation to the IAAF during results management process.”

Kenya was rocked this year when marathon star Rita Jeptoo was banned for two years after being caught doping with the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO.

Jeptoo is the biggest name in Kenyan sports ever to have been caught, and the bust has been a major trauma for a country that idolises its medal-winning and record-breaking runners.

Top Kenyan athletes earlier this month called for the national governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federation and the world’s anti-doping body WADA to take action over reports of widespread doping.

Leaked results cited by German broadcaster ARD and the Sunday Times claimed that more than 800 athletes, including 18 Kenyans, had “suspicious blood test results” between 2001 and 2012.

ARD alleged doping was ongoing in Kenya, and claimed there was “massive corruption” within the Kenyan set-up and “a desire to cover-up doping… to the summit of the Kenyan athletics federation”.

Athletics Kenya said it had “watched with grave concern the German TV ARD documentary”, calling the broadcast, which coincided with the national trials for the world championships in Beijing, “extremely suspect and ill motivated”.

Source: AFP

Namibia wins rugby competition for fifth time

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Namibia’s senior national rugby team won the Africa Cup Division 1A Championships for the fifth time Saturday in the capital Windhoek after beating Zimbabwe 80-6.

The Welwitschias pipped Zimbabwe at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the 15th edition of the Africa Cup championships organised by Rugby Africa under the auspices of the International Rugby Union.

Although Zimbabwe started off on a promising note after Tichafara Makwanya’s penalty score 15 minutes into the game, Namibia equalized through Rohan Kitshoff eight minutes later.

Namibia however took the lead soon after when Theuns Kotze took a penalty that made the score 7-3.

Thirty minutes into the game, Zimbabwe made the scores 7-6 but this scoreline did not last after Renaldo Bothma and JC Greyling took two tries that were converted into scores by Kotze. Then came in Kitshoff just before half-time with a score pushing Namibia up to 28-6.

The second half belonged to the Welwitchias with Johan Deysel and Kotze scoring to put the team in the lead with 35-6. As if that was not enough, the Welwitschias ran in seven more tries that saw Russell van Wyk and Johnnie Redelinghuys scoring twice each.

Other Welwitchias players who contributed to the scoreline are Rathony Becker and Tinus du Plessis who helped Kotze to convert five of the tries.

Chung Mong-joon will effect change as FIFA president

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Chung is a former vice-president of world football’s governing body and the major shareholder of the industrial giant Hyundai.

He told the BBC’s World Football programme rival Michel Platini was not the right man for Fifa.

“If I get elected, my job is not to enjoy the luxury of the office. My job is to change it,” he added.

The 63-year-old, who is worth $1.2bn (£769m) according to Forbes, continued: “It will be very difficult for Mr Platini to have any meaningful reforms. Mr Platini enjoys institutional support from the current structure of Fifa. Mr Platini is very much a product of the current system.”

Platini declared his intention to run for the 26 February election on Wednesday, though candidates have until 26 October to be nominated.

Blatter, who has run Fifa since 1998, is standing down following a series of damaging corruption allegations against the organisation.

United States and Swiss authorities have launched separate criminal investigations into corruption at Fifa, with seven top officials indicted on bribery and racketeering charges in the US.

The Football Association has confirmed it will back Uefa president Platini’s bid for election.

However Chung, who believes he has a “good chance” of winning the election, said: “It is time that Fifa had a non-European leadership.

“Fifa became a closed organisation for President Blatter, his associates and his cronies and I want to change that.”

Chung lost his Fifa vice-presidency in 2010, to Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan – who unsuccessfully stood against Blatter in May’s presidential election.

Meanwhile, Argentina football great Diego Maradona has said he wants to fight the “mafia” behind the corruption in Fifa, but stopped short of saying he would run for president.

The 54-year-old former World Cup winner told local television channel America: “I have to fight the mafia that still remains inside Fifa. I have to fight those who have for a long time stolen from inside Fifa.”

When asked if he would run for the presidency, he said: “I really want to be in Fifa.”

Source: BBC

Jordan Ayew completes move to Aston Villa (Photos)

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Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of striker Jordan Ayew from Lorient for an undisclosed fee.
Goal revealed earlier this week that the two clubs had agreed a fee for Ayew, with the player subsequently travelling to Birmingham.

Villa have now confirmed the arrival of the 23-year-old, who has signed a five-year deal with the Midlands club after passing a medical on Monday, and manager Tim Sherwood believes he will adapt well to England.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m really pleased to bring Jordan to the football club.

“He is a fantastic young player who is perfectly suited to the Premier League.”

Ayew becomes Villa’s third summer signing from Ligue 1, following the arrival of left-back Jordan Amavi and midfielder Idrissa Gueye, as Sherwood embarks on his first full season in management.

The former Tottenham coach had been left with limited attacking options ahead of the new season following the £32.5 million departure of Belgium international Christian Benteke to Liverpool earlier in July.

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Source: Goal.com
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Pele leaves hospital to recuperate

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Brazil soccer legend Pele was discharged from hospital on Monday after back surgery.

The 74-year-old had been admitted to Sao Paulo’s Alberto Einstein hospital on Thursday for treatment on a trapped nerve.

“(We) inform that Edson Arantes do Nascimento was discharged today. The patient left hospital at 4 p.m.,” the hospital said in a statement.

The three-time World Cup winner, considered by many as the greatest ever footballer, had prostate surgery at the same hospital in May.

Last November he was hospitalized with a urinary infection after having kidney stones removed.

Source: News Ghana

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Volleyball in Africa: Botswana to participate in Africa volleyball championship

Botswana men volleyball national team departed for Cairo, Egypt on Monday morning confident of a good showing at the 2015 African championship to start on Monday until July 31.

The team is in good shape as they just came from a two week intense training camp in preparation to the championship, said Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) Sports Development Officer Peaceful Seleka.

It has been taken through its paces by expert Cuban coach Manuel Torres, who said he was satisfied with his team’s sharpness ahead of the championships.

“We are expecting competition to be very tough. The team is prepared both physically and psychologically, I am confident they will do well,” Torres told the media ahead of their departure.

In Egypt, Botswana will face stiff competition against the giants of African volleyball in the likes of the host Egypt, Tunisia and Cameroon.

The top two teams at the championships will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIVB men’s World Cup to be played in Japan from 8 to 23 on September.

The World Cup itself will form part of the qualification process to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Torres said they aim to go all the way and finish in the top two to fancy a chance to play against the world’s best in Japan. He said he has a very balanced squad of youngsters as well as very experienced players who have played many international tournaments before.
Veteran outsider Shadrack Kapeko will be expected to lead Botswana to victory. Torres said morale in the camp is high as players believe they have what it takes to prove they are among the continent’s best teams.

Botswana qualified for the African championships after winning the regional qualifier competition in 2014. The team is expected back home on July 31.

Source: News Ghana

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