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




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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Namibia wins rugby competition for fifth time


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.

National Badminton Team For Lagos International Championship


The national Badminton team, will engage in the 2015 Lagos International Badminton Championship, in Nigeria.

The championship, fixed for July 15-18th, forms part of preparations towards the 2015 All Africa Games (AAG) in Congo, later in the year.

Information gathered from the secretariat of the Badminton Association of Ghana (BAG), indicate that, the event will see eight players making the trip to the West African country.

According to the information, the team will depart on Monday July 13, for the competition with Abraham Aryitey leading the male team with the likes Micheal Sam, Daniel Sam and Emmanuel Donkor.

The female team will comprise Gifty Mensah, Eunice Tetteh, Victoria Asmah and Grace Atipaka.

The team is expected in Ghana on July 19, to continue with their preparations for the Pan African sports festival.

Badminton is one of the 16 disciplines selected by the National Sports Authority (NSA) for the All Africa Games (AAG).

Source: GNA

World Sports: Van Persie Arrives in Istanbul

Van Persie

Fenerbahce fans have shown up in vast numbers to welcome the Dutch forward Robin van Persie who arrived in Istanbul on Sunday night to sign with the Turkish club.

Speaking to the club’s official television upon landing, van Persie said, “I am very happy to be here and join the wonderful fans.”

The runner-up of last Turkish super league season will pay Manchester United 6.5 million pounds, while the Dutch international will get more than 240,000 pounds weekly wage he had at Old Trafford.

The Dutch star underwent a medical check on Thursday afternoon in London.

Source: News Ghana

World Sport: US has made a Fifa extradition request on top executives


Formal extradition requests were submitted on Wednesday, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said.

The seven top Fifa executives arrested in Zurich are among 14 Fifa officials indicted on charges of “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted” corruption.

The charges follow a major inquiry by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FOJ said Zurich police, acting on its behalf, would give the seven Fifa officials a hearing over the extradition requests.

The officials and their lawyers would have 14 days to respond to the request, which could be extended “if sufficient grounds exist”, the FOJ statement said.

After that, the FOJ would give its decision “within a few weeks”, but that warned any ruling could be challenged in both the federal criminal court and the federal supreme court.

Jeffrey Webb, Fifa vice-president in charge of North and Central America, was among seven top officials arrested by Swiss police in a raid on a luxury hotel in the early hours of 27 May.

They are currently being held in prisons around the Zurich region.

The suspects are among 14 defendants the US has charged with racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies.

In a 47-count indictment unveiled in a US federal court in New York, they were accused of participating “in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer”.

Of the 14 charged, nine are Fifa officials and five are corporate executives.

Source: BBC

Stephen Appiah officially ends football career in Ghana

Stephen Appiah

Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has officially ended his illustrious playing career for Ghana with a testimonial game played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

The game which ended with 2-2 featured most of the soccer greats and Stars of old in the country and the world at large.

Appiah opened the scoring for the Appiah XI side in the first half but his predecessor Asamoah Gyan pulled even for the Black Stars side later on.

Frank Acheampong and Baffour Gyan also scored for their respective sides after coming on much later in the game.

Stephen Appiah 2

Avram Grant made a strange touchline disappearance on Sunday

Avram Grant made a strange touchline disappearance on Sunday

Retired FIFA referee Joseph Wellington insists Avram Grant broke now football law by dashing into the dressing room while Ghana thrashed Mauritius in the opening 2017 AFCON qualifier.

The former Chelsea boss stepped into the dressing room early in the first half when his side went 4-0 up against the islanders on Sunday.

Grant’s strange disappearance from the touchline caused a lot of stir amongst onlookers at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The 60-year-old re-emerged to Ghana’s solitary concession.

Grant later on revealed he had to dash into the dressing room to take his medication as he wasn’t feeling well ahead of the game.

Retired Ghanaian FIFA referee Joseph Wellington says no laws were broken by the strange act of Avram Grant.

“The framers of the football laws know that human beings may need emergencies, so it is perfectly legal for Avram to have done that,” Wellington told Asempa FM.

“And it’s not just coaches, even referees can leave the pitch and come back if they really have to.”

Ghana went on to beat Mauritius 7-1 in perhaps one of the most one-sided football match in history.

The Black Stars will next face Rwanda when the qualifiers resume in September.