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Former Black Stars Coach, CK Akonnor Pens Down Emotional Letter After His Sack

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Charles Akonnor has expressed his gratitude to Ghanaians for the ‘opportunity to serve’ as head coach of the Black Stars.

The appointment of the 47-year-old coach was terminated by the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in a meeting on Monday, September 13.

Akonnor, who was at the helms of the senior national team for 20 months, won just four out of his 10 games in charge.

Despite qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, Akonnor was at the center of intense criticisms for the performances against Ethiopia and South Africa.

The former Black Stars coach shared a tweet 16 hours after his sack stating that: “I’m grateful to H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,the Sports Ministry, my former boss Kwesi Appiah, the leadership of the GFA, colleagues I worked with, players and Ghanaians for the opportunity to serve.”

Akonnor ended his note with positivity “wishing the team all the best.”

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Sports Minister Meets Former Black Star Player; Celebrates The Team’s Most Successful Moments

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The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, has met with former players of the senior national team, Black Stars.

In attendance at the meeting were players from different generations of the Black Stars, notably from the 1960s to 2000s.

Wilberforce Mfum, Rev Osei Kofi, Ibrahim Sunday, Willie Klutse, Awuley Quaye of the 1960s and 1970s were at the meeting which also had Abedi Pele, Osei Kuffour, Anthony Baffoe, Ibrahim Tanko, Stephen Appiah, and many others.

Addressing the former players, the Minister said the meeting with them is part of a series of engagements to familiarise himself with those who have contributed immensely to the growth of Ghana football and tap into their experiences.

“As part of my stakeholder engagements as new Minister of Youth Sports, I have called this meeting to familiarise with you, our legends, thank you for your patriotic service to our nation and also seek your guidance and support for the new generation, as they strive to emulate your golden path,” said Mustapha Ussif in his welcome address.

“While I saw the exploits of some of you growing up as a child and later as an adult, I have also read about the incredible mark some of you made before some of were born.

“Standing before you, our legends gives me nostalgic memories, but it also gives much inspiration,” he stated.

Mustapha Ussif paid glowing tributes to the legends for their immense contributions to Ghana’s national teams, and Ghana football in general.

“The proudest moments of our nation’s football history, without doubt, were in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982 when the Black Stars won the African Cup,” the Sports Minister noted.

“We cannot also forget Ghana’s unforgettable maiden FIFA World Cup appearance in Germany, as well as your outstanding performance at the 2010 World Cup.

“We can’t also forget Ghana’s first Olympic medal in football and the exploits of some of you in giving the country so much to cheer about in age competitions; the FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Cups over the years.

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“The nation cannot also forget the beautiful memories you have given us in club football, and giving our clubs many continental honours, notably with Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak.’

“Ghana will forever be proud of you, and if I have invited you here today, it is to, once again, express the gratitude of the country, and that of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.”

The Minister urged the former players to come on board and continue to play a role as new generations of players try to emulate them.

“Beyond your glorious playing days, a number of you have served, and continue to serve our nation as coaches and in other capacities.”

“With much humility, I call on all of you to come on board and support us with your blessings and prayers.”

The Minister assured he will hold similar engagements with retired footballers in other parts of the country, as well us with retired sportsmen of other sports disciplines.

“Moving forward, I have decided to hold such interactions in zones across the country so that I can get to interact more with other legends in other parts of the country who could not make it to this meeting.”

“I will also be meeting with legends or retired athletes of other sporting disciplines, including boxing, athletics, etc, for a similar exercise.”

The meeting is expected to have the former footballers share their ideas on what is most appropriate for the administration of Ghana football.

 

 

 

 

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Watch Stephen Appiah Train His Son To Follow His Footsteps In Football

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Former Ghana captain, Stephen Appiah, is definitely molding his son, Rodney Appiah, into a star, after taking time to teach him some basic skills as a footballer.

Appiah’s son, Rodney, has decided to follow the footsteps of his father by becoming a footballer, having signed for Ghana Premier League side, Great Olympics.

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Stephen Appiah in an emotional interview on Tv3 some few months ago, confirmed his son has decided to pursue his dream of becoming a footballer after quitting school.

“If you want to quit school and play football, there will be nothing left for you. But at times I have to close my eyes and push him. So we took a decision that he will quit school and concentrate on football. And so far so good,” Appiah told Tv3. “Yes, [it makes me proud]…” [wipes tears]. Taking that decision was not easy. When you become a father, you know how it means. When he said he wanted to be better than me, I was happy, because there is no way I want to be better than my children, never!.”

Rodney Appiah joined Accra Great Olympics in the second round of the Ghana Premier League. Appiah and his son have formed a formidable bond, with the ex-player, spending most time with Rodney in the gym and exercising together.

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Rodney Appiah is yet to hit his father’s mark in football, but with the guidance of the legendary ex-Ghana captain, it is expected the youngster could be a star one day.

 

 

 

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Azumah Nelson Is 63 Years With A Physic Of A 40-year-old

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Ghanaian boxing legend Azumah Nelson, also known as Professor Zoom Zoom, has turned a year older.

The famous boxer who is a three-time world boxing champion, turned 63 years old on today, Monday, July 19, 2021. He was born in 1958.

Azumah Nelson is, without doubt, is one of Ghana’s most priced treasures.

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The world champion is not only Ghana’s pride but one of Africa’s greatest boxers of all time. He is a two-weight champion. He first won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight title in 1984 and held it for three years before moving up in weight.

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To mark his birthday, Many Ghanaians through social media have shared adorable photos and messages to celebrate the living legend.

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Here are some of pictures sighted by GhArticles on social media wishing the legend well.

 

Azumah Nelson at 63

Azumah Nelson at 63

Azumah Nelson at 63

Azumah Nelson at 63

 

 

Happy Birthday Legend 🎂

 

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