Family of the late Awuley Quaye Snr. calls on GOC

The family of Emmanuel Awuley Quaye Snr. Former Captain of the senior national team, the Black Stars have called on the leadership of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC). This is to inform the GOC of the death of the former Awuley Quaye Snr as well funeral and burial arrangement for the former player who led Ghana to win the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations. Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah - President of the GOC welcomed them and shared his sympathy and condolences on behalf of all sports federations and sportsmen and women in Ghana. He narrated some experiences with the former defender and other retired footballers. He said the late Awuley Quaye was a great man who left a legacy because many leant a lot from him and his inspirational role that led Ghana to win the 1978 AFCON for keeps. He urged the children to be strong and focused adding that God knows best. 'Your dad's passing leaves an irreplaceable void in Ghanaian football, but his legacy would continue to inspire generations to come, he was indeed a great star from Korle Gonno, and his leadership was unique,' he expressed. Rev. Awuley Quaye Junior, who played for the Black Starlets, Black Satellites, Black Meteors and Black Stars introduced his siblings, Naa Adu, Abdullah, and Lawrencia. He announced that the burial has been fixed for June 8, 2024, at the forecourt of the State House. Source: Ghana News Agency

Rejuvenated Kotoko defeats Legon Cities in Kumasi

Two goals from Steve Dese Mukwala and Mohammed Yussif Nurudeen were all Asante Kotoko needed to secure their second successive win over Legon Cities since their meeting with the Life Patron over poor run of results. The pride of Asanteman had gone seven matches without a win, prompting Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to summon a crunch meeting with the playing body and technical team to discuss possible solutions to the problem. Since that crucial meeting, the team has not lost a match, winning two at the Baba Yara Stadium and drawing one on the road. Legon Cities was their latest casualty at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday when they defeated the Accra-based club by two unanswered goals to climb to 9th position on the league table. The Porcupines started on a flying note and almost stole the lead after two minutes when Mukwala was released by Baya Yahaya, but the slippery striker sent the ball into the waiting hands of goalkeeper Kwame Aziz. The Ugandan sprinted towards the vital area five minutes later after recei ving a similar pass, but his pass meant for a colleague in the box was intercepted by a defender of Legon Cities. Asante Kotoko continued to probe for the opener, delivering long balls to the final third but Mukwala who was their target man was mostly caught in offside traps of the visitors. He would however make amends on the 32nd minute when he converted from the spot after Yahaya was fouled in the box. With their noses in front, Kotoko's performance dropped a bit compared to their display before the half hour mark as they allowed Legon Cities to dictate the pace for some time. They almost pulled parity on the stroke of half time when Albert Yeboah's thunderous strike from a free kick hit the woodwork. That effort turned out to be the last major incident of the half as referee Jacob Aduntera brought proceedings to an end. Kotoko doubled their lead three minutes into the second half when defender Nurudeen capitalised on a goal-mouth melee following a corner kick. As expected, the visitors lifted their performance and fought back with passion determined not to leave Kumasi without a point. As they raced against time to make an impact, Coach Paa Kwasi Fabian made three quick substitutions with the intention of strengthening his attack which had been wasteful the few times they went close. Their involvement brought some sense of urgency in their play but it was not enough to break the Kotoko defence which was determined to protect their two-goal lead. The Porcupines held on to secure all three points to maintain their unbeaten run since their engagement with the life. Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana’s bronze medallist narrates how he became a para-athlete

Edmund Govina - bronze medalist at the 2024 World Para Athletics Grand Prix Marrakech in Morocco, has narrated how he became a para- athlete. Govina, a first timer track and field para-athlete from Ghana, placed third at the F46 Men's Discuss throw with a Personal Best (PB) distance of 18.04 meters at the competition, which also served as a qualifier event to Paris 2024 in France. In interview with the media, he said, he was not born a disabled but had his right arm amputated after a gory accident in Suhum, in the Eastern Region. 'Sports is Life!. I lost hope and never believed sports could give me exposure. I was involved in a traumatic amputation at Suhum in a car accident in September 2018. 'During the rehabilitation, I discovered a program organised by the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) called Para Sports Against Stigma - PSaS. 'I contacted the NPC Ghana, and today, I am a proud national athlete. My target is to represent Ghana at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games,' he added. He called on author ities and corporate bodies to encourage and motivate para-athletes to bring more laurels to the nation. Source: Ghana News Agency

Champions of Champions match fixed for September 1

The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has announced September 1, as the date for the Champion of Champions match. The Champion of Champions match would herald the start of the 2024/25 Premier League season. The one-off game would be played between the 2023-24 Premier League champions and the MTN FA Cup winners, in line with the Premier League Regulations (Article 9). Medeama Sporting Club, current holders of the Premier League beat Dreams FC, winners of the MTN FA Cup, 2-1 to secure the Champion of Champions title at the Cape Coast Stadium on September 3, 2023. A Jonathan Sowah brace was enough to hand the Mauve and Yellow their second Super Cup with Dreams getting a consolation goal through Agyenim Boateng. The Ghana Football Association expects that this official announcement would put all relevant stakeholders on notice so as to ensure the successful organisation and execution of this traditional season opening match. Source: Ghana News Agency

GFA sets date for 2024/2025 football season

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has fixed September 6, for the commencement of the 2024/2025 Ghana Premier League (GPL) season. The ongoing season is expected to end on June 16, 20204. According to the GFA, the opening matches would take place on the weekend starting Friday, September 6, 2024, to Monday, September 9, 2024, across all nine Premier League centers. The publication of this year's calendar follows the approval of the plan for the 2024-25 football season sanctioned by the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA). In keeping with previous commitments made to clubs, the new date falls in line with the GFA's planned kick-off Month as it would be recalled that the current football season (2022/24) kicked off during the weekend of Friday, September 15 to Monday September 18, 2023. The early announcement of the start date for the league is to give Clubs, Players and all stakeholders ample time to prepare for the upcoming season which promises to be thrilling and action-packed. T he GFA would, in due course, release the full calendar and fixtures for the entire season. Source: Ghana News Agency