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Ghana FA React To Allegations Of Match-fixing

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Ghana FA React To Allegations Of Match-fixing

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has responded in the strongest terms to accusations and allegations levelled at it by their South African counterparts regarding their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final Group “G” game.

The GFA, while responding to the allegations, also took time to suggest that their counterparts have peddled falsehoods and were probably inept in their preparations for the game.

Below is the FA’s full statement:

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has closely monitored developments in South Africa, both by the Football Association and the media after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final Group “G” game between the four-time African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Winners and three-time World Cup participants and World Cup Quarterfinalists, the Black Stars, and the South Africa national team, Bafana Bafana at the Cape Coast stadium.

It is shocking, irresponsible, and outright disrespect to note that our colleagues from South Africa Football Association (with whom we have good relationships and mutual sporting respect) have chosen to spread falsehoods to the media rather than project the real picture of events before, during and after the game.

First and foremost, before the game itself, lies about the distance between Accra and Cape Coast were released to the extent that it was alleged that the South African football team took nine (9) hours to make the journey from Accra to Cape Coast after they arrived in Ghana. Then again, the official handle also tweeted during the match that the South African team was being intimidated, molested, and robbed in Cape Coast.

The truth:

The truth is that the distance from Accra to Cape Coast is only 79 miles (127 km). Unfortunately for our colleagues, Cape Coast is a tourist city and many people across the world have been to Cape Coast and would be shocked to hear such a blatant lie from no less a Football Association than the SAFA. Our colleagues forgot that we defeated them 2-0 in Cape Coast in November 2019 in a Cup of Nations qualifier.

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The total driving time is just over two (2) hours and not 7 or 9 hours. Kindly note that the South African Team was led to Cape Coast by Police escort and motorcade. In fact, the South African team got to Cape Coast before the Black Stars got to Cape Coast. We urge every South African and all well-meaning football followers to google the distance from Accra to Cape Coast.

Thus, the SAFA started creating a foundation for a mountain of lies even before the game day itself.

Out of respect and sportsmanship, the Ghana Football Association kept its focus on the match itself unlike our colleagues at SAFA. Then again, these allegations cast a doubt on the good job done by the officials of the South African Embassy in Ghana. In fact, FIFA and its regulations does not allow any team to travel on road for six (6) hours or nine (9) hours within a country. One may ask, why didn’t the SAFA report this to FIFA or CAF. (The FIFA standard is 200 km warrant a flight).

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GFA Postpones Match Between Hearts Of Oak And Asante Kotoko

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GFA Postpones Match Between Hearts Of Oak And Asante Kotoko

The Ghana Football Association has announced that the Ghana Premier League Match Day 7 fixture between Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko has been rescheduled.

Information gathered by GhArticles.com indicates that the rescheduling  of the match is due to the itinerary of Hearts of Oak in respect of the 2nd leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-off tie against JS Souara which makes them unable to return in good time to honour the fixture.

The Ghanaian Champions are expected to return home on Friday, December 10, 2021 – making it impossible to play the match on Sunday, December 12.

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The almighty Accra Hearts of Oak were scheduled to play their arch rivals Asante Kotoko on Match Day 7 of the Premier League on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at the Accra Sports stadium.

A new date would be communicated in due course.

 

 

 

 

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Afena-Gyan Will Surely Play For Black Stars, But….– Agent Oliver Arthur

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Afena-Gyan Will Surely Play For Black Stars, But....– Agent Oliver Arthur

Oliver Arthur, the agent of Felix Afena-Gyan, has said the AS Roma youngster will honour Black Stars call up at the right time.

The 18-year-old was named in Ghana’s 28-man squad for the final round of games of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa early this month.

However, the promising forward failed to show up for the games.

Arthur, who is the head of Arthur Legacy, in an interview revealed that Gyan failed to show for the games due to development plans Roma has put in place to ensure his development.

According to him, the youngster has the country at heart and will surely play for the country.

“Afena Gyan was happy with the invitation to Black Stars but should he have honoured the invitation, it would have distorted the plans Roma has put in place for his development,” he said on Asempa FM on the Ultimate Sports Show.

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“He has been in Europe for barely six months and we did not even dream that his call up to the Black Stars will emerge that early.

“When Afena-Gyan decided not to show, the Ghana Football Association [GFA] was informed and they wrote to Roma and that indicates professionalism.

“I have heard a lot after Afena Gyan turned down the invitation but the truth is that Afena-Gyan will surely play for Ghana in the future because these are the players we want for our national teams,” he added.

Afena-Gyan has scored two goals for Roma in the ongoing Serie A season.

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Hearts of Oak Beat 10-man JS Saoura To Gain First-leg Advantage

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Hearts of Oak Beat 10-man Saoura To Gain First-leg Advantage

After recording a 2-0 win at the Accra Sports Stadium, Ghana Premier League champions, Accra Hearts of Oak gained a first-leg advantage in the CAF Confederations Cup play-off game against JS Saoura.

Ibrahim Salifu and substitute Isaac Agyenim Boateng were on the scoresheet for the Rainbow club in each half of the game to give the team the needed momentum after a poor start to the season.

Samuel Boadu named a strong starting lineup for Sunday’s game with Frederick Ansah Botchway, Salim Adams and Isaac Mensah all receiving starting berths in the game.

Hearts started the game as they meant to go on, and they were unfortunate to see Kofi Kordzi’s strike from within the six-yard box go over the crossbar for the first clear cut chance of the game.

However, the Phobians were rewarded for their impressive start to the game, when Daniel Afriyie-Barnieh teed up Salifu in the 17th minute to break the deadlock and give the home side the deserving lead.

Hearts created quite a number of chances in the opening 45 minutes but could only manage a goal as the opportunities went begging heading into the break.

After the recess, Hearts continued to press for their second of the game as their Algerian counterparts looked content with just a goal conceded with no clear intentions to attack the Phobians.

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Goalscorer, Salifu Ibrahim had to be substituted just five minutes into the second period of the game with what seemed like a muscle injury for the Hearts talisman, with Agyenim Boateng taking his place.

Afriyie-Barnieh, who had a good afternoon should have doubled Hearts’ lead after 53 minutes but his header from a Fatawu Mohammed cross could only go into the side net of goalkeeper, Zakria Saidi’s post.

Agyenim Boateng then finished things off for Boadu’s side in the 73rd minute as he tapped into the net after the net after a cut back from left-back, William Denkyi. His goal made it 2-0 for the reigning Ghana Premier League champions.

The Saoura keeper, Saidi, was sent off with 15 minutes to go for a foul on Barnieh after failing to get to the ball before the Hearts forward. But the home team could do very little to add to their two-goal advantage as a referee, Abdel Hussein blew his whistle for full time.

Hearts will go into the second leg with a two-goal advantage and hope not to repeat the same mistakes they did against Wydad Athletic Club in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.

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