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Ghana Amateur Boxing Team Train In Tokyo Ahead Of Olympics

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Ghana Amateur Boxing Team Train in Tokyo Ahead Of Olympics

The Ghana Amateur Boxing Team, Black Bombers, are to train with the national Japanese team ahead of the Olympics.

The Coach of the Ghana Amateur Team, Black Bombers, Ofori Asare, has expressed that the collaboration between his team and the Japanese national team to be of great benefit.

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The Ghanaian team started an earlier agreed co-operative training camp in Inawashiro, Fukushima with the Japanese team two days ago ahead of the multi-sport event. Interestingly Fukushima is the same region where renowned researcher Dr Hideoyo Nougouchi comes from. Nougoushi lived and worked in Ghana and was key in developing solutions to yellow fever and syphilis.

“We have sealed this and will be training with the Japanese national team. We look forward. So far it has gone well so far. It will help our boxers experience varied fight styles to equip them adequately for the games,” he added.

 

He is confident that the Black Bombers made of three qualified boxers will make bigger impact than previous years at the event. “The coincidence that the legendary Eddy Blay on his Olympic medal in Tokyo and our training base stationed in Dr Nougouchi’s hometown, is enough of a sign that we will be successful in this year’s Olympics. I am happy with our preparations so far. We will put in more and be ready for the action when the time comes,” Coach Asare added.

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The team captain, Sulemanu Tetteh, a light flyweight, who will be competing in his second Olympic Games event, leads the pack which is also made of featherweight, Samuel Takyi and Shakul Samir, a light heavyweight who has two elder siblings who are 2008 Olympians.

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Boxing is Ghana’s most successful sport from the Olympics with Clement Ike Quartey winning a silver medal at the 1960 event in Rome. Quartey, the elder brother of former WBA welterweight champion, Ike ‘Bazooka’ Quartey also added a commonwealth gold to his credentials in the sport. Prince Amartey won a bronze medal from the 1972 Munich Games in the middleweight division, Eddy Blay Snr winning the Bronze medal at light welterweight. Blay also added Commonwealth gold medals from the 1962 games in Perth Australia and 1966 edition in Kingston Jamaica.

Boxing is set to start-off on July 24, at the Kokugikan Arena a day after the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

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Baba Yara Sports Stadium Re-Opened For Use

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Baba Yara Sports Stadium Re-Opened For Use

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif has disclosed that the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, which was closed for renovations, is ready and will be open for use soon.

The Minister, during a press conference held at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium after inspecting the facility, said, “the decision to also close the stadium forms part of H. E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision and grand agenda to modernize all sports facilities across the country, including the Essipong Sports Stadium, Accra Sports Stadium, Baba Yara Sports Stadium, and the 10 multi-purpose youth resource centres to meet international standards and also serve as a platform for the nurturing of talents.”

“In the last five years, Ghana has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of sporting facilities,” he added.

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The Baba Yara Sports Stadium, which serves as home ground for Kumasi Asante Kotoko, King Faisal and other lower-division clubs was closed for renovation in February 2020.

Phase 1 of the project saw the grassing of the pitch, laying of tartan tracks, fixing of spectator seats, fixing of an underground pitch drainage system, installation of scoreboard and floodlights among others.

Baba Yara Sports Stadium Re-Opened For Use

Baba Yara Sports Stadium 

The facility, as indicated by the Minister is ready to be used for the local league which will commence next month, as well as for other sports events.

The Minister also disclosed during his address that, the facility will be under 24hrs CCTV surveillance. This he added, will “ensure the easy identification of unscrupulous persons who might cause damages during usage.”

Persons identified will be surcharged and made to face prosecution.

He added, “all these monumental infrastructure development executed within the first 4-years of Nana Addo’s government clearly demonstrate the President’s love for sports. We shall continue with it.”

In conclusion, he called on all stakeholders including the media, cooperate institutions and the general public to play their roles as responsible users of the facility.

The Minister will be embarking on a similar tour across the country to have first-hand information on the numerous infrastructure projects embarked on by the Akufo-Addo government.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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