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FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, Kurt Okraku, Isha Johansen, Others For Africa Women’s Sports Summit On Wednesday

FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, has been announced as Special Guest Speaker for the 2020 edition of the Africa Women’s Sports Summit.

The event, which goes virtual this year, comes off on Wednesday, September 2.

Other Speakers announced for the 2020 edition include President of the Sierra Leone Football Association and CAF Executive Committee Member, Isha Johansen, President of the Nigeria Women’s Football League, Aisha Falode, and Ghana Football Association President Kurt Okraku.

This year’s event has Sports Leadership as its focus area and is being held under the theme “Shifting Mindsets”.

Started last year, the Africa Women’s Sports Summit brings together hundreds of leading women in sports to deliberate on critical strands that matter in the sports scene, particularly where African women are concerned.

The summit is a global platform for mentorship, training and championing greater female inclusion in the African sports ecosystem.

This year’s event will bring together women in various sports leadership roles connected by their combined experiences.

“Effective and efficient leadership plays a critical role in the corporate sports governance. The call for resolute systems has become even more important in the face of existing global trends. We are confident that our line-up of speakers will offer some useful experiences and practical guidance,” said Juliet Bawuah, Founder, Africa Women’s Sports Summit.

Participants will join live keynote sessions, interviews and panel sessions via an online livestream feed.

These sessions the organizers believe will position participants for future leadership roles in sports.

Register NOW via www.awsportssummit.com.

2020 AFRICA WOMEN’S SPORTS SUMMIT ON SEPTEMBER 2

The second edition of the Africa Women’s Sports Summit returns on Tuesday, September 2, 2020. The summit is a global platform for mentorship, training and championing greater female inclusion in the African sports ecosystem.

This year’s event will bring together women in various sports leadership roles connected by their vast experiences in the space.

“This year, our theme, Shifting Mindsets, is important for everything that leadership requires of frontrunners in Africa’s dynamic sports scene. The coronavirus pandemic has tested the quality of leadership in sports and exposed gaps that need to be plugged if we are to build resolute sports systems and organisations on the continent. We are confident that our line-up of speakers for this year will offer some useful experiences and practical guidance,” said Juliet Bawuah, Founder – Africa Women’s Sports Summit.

Participants will join live keynote sessions, interviews and panel sessions via an online livestream feed, positioning them to take on leadership roles in sports.

“The 2020 edition of the Africa Women’s Sports Summit will be held at a time when global sports has been impacted by COVID-19. Together, we have shown resilience, found friendship and solace in each other. This year’s event will inspire more of this as we seek to foster partnerships around the theme,” Juliet added.

Registration and join-in details will be announced soon.

Juliet Bawuah Appointed New Group Head Of Sports At Media General

Juliet Bawuah is the new Group Head of Sports at Media General, the parent company of TV3, 3FM, Onua TV, Onua FM, Akoma FM, and Connect FM.

Her appointment took effect July 1, 2020. She replaces Michael Oti Adjei, who has moved on to head the group’s Digital division.

Juliet is expected to bring her years of experience to bear on the new role.

In the last few years that she has practiced, she has built an enviable brand that is credible and alluring.

Juliet holds a Masters from the Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom, and is an alumna of the US State Department-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is also a Fellow of the Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC).

She holds other certificates from two of Ghana’s prestigious Journalism institutions, the Ghana Institute of Journalism and the African University College of Communications.

She has also worked with other reputable Ghanaian media brands including CITI FM, ETV, and Metro TV.

Juliet is a former employee of the Euronews-run Pan-African news channel, Africanews. She has also worked for the global football website GOAL as well as the website of the Confederation of African Football.

Regularly, she contributes for the BBC, TRT World, Premier League TV, La Liga TV and DW.

Over the years, she’s sat on judging panels for CAF (African Footballer of the Year), and the Ballon d’Or, where she helps to choose the winner in the Women’s category.

A role model with a heart for bigger ambitions, Juliet is the Founder of the Africa Women’s Sports Summit, a platform designed to encourage greater inclusion, longevity and excellence for the African woman in sports.

Beach Soccer Sanitation And Hygiene Ambassador, Araba Sey To Intensify Education Campaign

Ghana Beach Soccer Sanitation and Hygiene Ambassador, Miss Araba Sey has stressed the need for continuous observance and adherence to social protocols including social distancing, wearing face masks in public, washing of hands and using of sanitizers amongst others.

Miss Sey, who was appointed “Ambassador” in 2019, has been working with a number of agencies, NGOs and groups as well as educating her followers on hygiene protocols through her various platforms on social media and main stream media.

The international model, who is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology (KNUST), has said that she will intensify her campaign with the team once the beach soccer season starts but before then, she continues to use her various networks to reach out to as many people as possible.

She stressed the need to engage children especially because they are most vulnerable and once we teach them how to observe hygiene, sanitation protocols, personal hygiene, home sanitation and environmental hygiene protocols, they will grow with it and become examples of how one should carry him or herself especially in these times of the coronavirus pandemic.

Miss Sey has been travelling with the Ghana beach soccer team executives across different coastal regions to directly engage, educate and talk about the importance of sanitation and hygiene.

She confirms that she will soon kick start a radio and TV campaign to highlight these.

Arsenal fans react to reports of Partey wanting Emirates transfer

Arsenal fans have taken to social media to give their reaction to the rumours making round that Thomas Partey has decided to join the club in the summer.

The Atletico Madrid ace has been heavily linked with a transfer to Arsenal and Manchester United in the upcoming summer transfer window.

But according to a report on The Telegraph, the Ghana midfielder has informed his close friends that he prefers a move to the Emirates Stadium ahead of Old Trafford.

Some Arsenal fans have given their take on the reports that Partey wants to make the switch to the North London outfit.

Source: Ghana Soccernet

FIFA clears Asante Kotoko

World football governing body, FIFA has closed its file on the issues relating to player, Kwame Bonsu, Asante Kotoko and Esperance.

In a letter dated May 4, 2020 and signed Head of Players’ Status at FIFA, Erika Montemor Ferreira; FIFA said it would “proceed to the closure of the file” after the amicable agreement between the two clubs.

FIFA’s correspondence came two days after it received a communication from Closemarking Consult, the firm that aided Kotoko in the matter, explaining that the two clubs have successfully resolved the issue.

Esperance had earlier delayed in paying Bonsu’s transfer fee in view of the unresolved issues around the signing of Emmanuel Clottey. Kotoko would subsequently be fined US$240,000 by FIFA with the breakdown as follows – transfer fee US$180,000; accrued interest, US$45,000 and legal charges – US$15,000.

A pact was however reached between Kotoko and Esperance to waive the US$45,000 accrued interest; US$150,000 being Bonsu transfer fee paid as part payment to offset the US$180,000 debt with the remaining US$30,000 rather paid by Kotoko.

With the necessary payments thus made and acknowledged by Esperance and FIFA, Kotoko now have a clean bill of health and would suffer no transfer ban in consequence.

Source: akscgh.com

Dr Nyaho Tamakloe resurrects Sulley Muntari rumours

Hearts of Oak board member Dr Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe seems to revived Sulley Muntari’s move to the club after revealing ‘we’ve reserved a jersey for him’.

The Phobians released a statement last week to quash rumours the former Inter Milan and Portsmouth star had signed for them to revive his career.

Muntari has been without a club since leaving Spanish second-tier side Albacete in the summer of June, 2019.

The former Ghana international training in Accra to maintain his fitness as he looks to relaunch his career.

It looks like Hearts are ready to offer him a route.

”For the past two years, Hearts of Oak have been telling Sulley Ali Muntari that we’ve reserved a jersey for him. Anytime he’s ready to play, he knows what to do,” Dr. Tamakloe told Accra-based Angel FM.

Source: Ghana Soccernet

Why Ivory Coast ex-footballers snubbed Didier Drogba and voted massively for Sory Diabaté

Shockwaves spread like wildfire when news emerged on Sunday that Ivory Coast former footballers snubbed their own colleague Didier Drogba by voting massively for long-standing FA loyalist Sory Diabate in the FA presidential elections.

The Chelsea great and former African Footballer of the Year had ZERO votes in the first phase of the election for the person to take over from Sidy Diallo as the FA President.

All the votes went to Diabate, who had served for years as the assistant to Diallo, as the little known but influential figure went on to humiliate the legend with a thumping him in the highly symbolic votes.

It was expected that Drogba’s team-mates would overwhelmingly vote for their famous colleague but soon it became clear that the ex-players preferred the experienced football administrator.

Why Didier Zokora didn’t vote for Didier Drogba and why Drogba had zero votes from the Association of former players. Some little facts to let you understand the story better.

It is not envy. The old players don’t hate the Chelsea legend. What happened was natural and backed by common sense. You would do same if you were in the same scenario.

In September 2019 Didier Zokora – who played with Drogba in the national team for 12 good years – was appointed to the Technical Directorate of the Ivory Coast Football Association.

The man behind this appointment was the vice president of the Ivory Coast FA (pictured) named Sory Diabaté who is also the Ivory Coast League boss.

In fact, nine other former footballers including the great Abdoulaye Traore, Youssouf Fofana, Ibrahim Bakayoko, Kone Ibrahim and others were appointed into similar positions by the FA.

By so doing most of them became engaged and found jobs in football as ex-national stars. At least they are salaried staff of the Ivory Coast FA and they won’t be “begging around”.

Again this man – Sorry Diabaté – was key in helping at least 10 former footballers acquire their coaching license free of charge. None of them paid a penny.

So in 2020, this same man Diabaté declares intention to be Ivory Coast FA president and the Association of Former footballers go to the election room to decide which candidate to support and you want that to be Drogba? Because he belongs to them? Hell no. That would have been a cruel way to pay Diabaté back. What the former players did was the sensible thing to do. I will do same.

Other factors worked against Drogba. He is not liked in the Ivorian media as a criticism of his knowledge of domestic football grew. He is accused of not having an interest in domestic football. He has not watched even one match locally. He launched his Presidential campaign via an interview with a French television station. It did not go down well with many Ivorians.

He was in Egypt for the recent AFCON but didn’t visit the Ivorian team in camp. His cardinal sin with his team-mates is that he didn’t even inform the former players that he was contesting for the position.

They don’t hate Drogba. It was a hard decision and they decided this way. The ex-footballers voted to support somebody who was at their services about one year ago. This is only natural and common sense support this decision.

Zokora played with Drogba. Yes, that is true but he didn’t vote for him and he could not have voted for him. Diabaté won over his heart long ago.

Source: dailymailgh.com

Myron Boadu is Dutch top-flight’s best player for 2019/20 season

Statistics have shown that Ghanaian striker Myron Boadu is the best player of the Dutch top-flight league before it was recently halted by Coronavirus.

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, most of European football’s top leagues have ceased play. Should that instigate the cancellation of the leagues, the Player of the Year award will go to the AZ Alkmaar attacker.

The youthful and exciting AZ Alkmaar are level on points with Ajax after 25 matches, and their central striker is arguably the top performer in Eredivisie.

AZ’s midfield stalwart Teun Koopmeiners, Ajax stars Hakim Ziyech and Dusan Tadic, and Feyenoord’s Steven Berghuis are all in with a shout, but the 19-year-old self-confessed Manchester United fan Myron Boadu has been the best so far.

Boadu has had to overcome two serious injuries in his young career, with the previous two campaigns being ruined by spells on the sidelines.

Thus, 2019/20 is his first full season, and he is proving to be a brilliant, versatile performer, who is equally dangerous around the penalty area as inside it.

With 14 goals and six assists, his contribution is massive – and he is a big game player too.

He scored the last-minute winner against Ajax in December, and netted early against the champions again in AZ’s 2-0 win at Johan Cruyff Arena in March.

Those goals enabled the underdogs to dream of a sensational title triumph if the season is to be completed.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Best African Players From The Weekend

SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv enjoyed another great weekend of football action, with the continuation of the 2019/20 Premier League, La Liga and Serie A campaigns.

The best African footballers from the weekend must surely include Liverpool’s African attacking duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who each scored as the Reds came from a goal down to defeat Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The victory not only saw Jurgen Klopp’s charges return to winning form (following a shock defeat to Watford in the previous round) but also brought them closer to a first title in the Premier League era: following Manchester City’s defeat to Manchester United in the derby on Sunday, Liverpool need just six points from their remaining nine matches to claim league glory.

Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Jordan Ayew scored a goal to see Crystal Palace defeat Watford 1-0 and virtually secure survival in the top flight, while poor Moussa Djenepo was sent off in Southampton’s 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle United.

Italy’s Serie A continues to be disrupted by the spread of the Coronavirus, but the league at least managed to complete five matches – the pick of which saw Juventus defeat Internazionale in the ‘Derby d’Italia’ on Sunday night.

Elsewhere in Serie A, Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer were unable to prevent AC Milan falling to a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Genoa, while Mohamed Fares helped SPAL claim a 1-0 win at Parma to lift themselves off the foot of the table.

In Spain’s La Liga, the Ghanaian pair of Lumor Agbenyenu and Baba Mohammed, as well as Ivorian Junior Lago, helped Mallorca to a 2-1 win at Eibar which boosts their survival hopes, while Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo and Roger Assale helped Leganes win 2-1 away to a Villarreal team which featured Samuel Chukwueze and Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa.

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