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Ghana Was Not Recognised Until 2006 World Cup – Kwesi Nyantakyi

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Ghana Was Not Recognised Until 2006 World Cup – Kwesi Nyantakyi

A former Ghana Football Association [GFA] President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has implored the government to prioritise supporting football because of the mileage it gives the country.

According to the former CAF 1st vice president, the Black Stars have single-handedly promoted the brand Ghana more than the entire tourism ministry and industry have done, hence the need for government to pay more attention to football.

He added that the country will benefit immensely if the government invests a reciprocal amount of the capital injected into the tourism ministry.

“What football is doing for this country, if the government invests a reciprocal amount of the tourism budget, it will help the nation to rake in more benefits. I do not subscribe to the government giving cash to football but the government can invest in the form of infrastructure,” he said on GTV Sports Plus.

“When the Black Stars play in the Africa Cup of Nations, the eyeballs that it attracts gives the country more publicity than what the state agencies responsible for tourism probably have done for the country,” he said.

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Mr Nyantakyi added that many people in the other parts of the world like Asia got to know the brand Ghana when the Black Stars qualified to the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament in Germany.

“I remember that when I went to Korea and Japan in 2006, I met a lot of people who said that they didn’t know Ghana until the Black Stars qualified to the FIFA World Cup. They said that previously when they heard Ghana, they thought it was Guyana in the Caribbean,” Mr Nyantakyi added.

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‘I Want To Play Another World Cup’ – Asamoah Gyan

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Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has said he wishes to feature at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Gyan hasn’t played for the Black Stars since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and has been blighted by injuries.

The 36-year-old returned to the Ghana Premier League last season after signing for Legon Cities, but rarely played before parting ways with the club after just a year.

Currently promoting his autobiography, titled ‘Legyandary: the story of Asamoah Gyan’, the veteran striker said every player would love to play at the World Cup.

“Who doesn’t want to play at the World Cup? Every player wants to play at the World Cup,” he said on Citi TV, as quoted by Ghanaweb.

“Yes, I have tasted the World Cup three times and though I would love to play at this year’s World Cup, as I have always said, I am currently not fit enough to play active football but when I Start playing – who knows?”

The Black Stars booked their place at the quadrennial tournament on away goals following a 1-1 aggregate score against West African rivals Nigeria in March.
“I shall surely be in Qatar but maybe a pundit or let’s see,” Gyan added.

The striker’s book launch will come off on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the plush Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra.

 

 

 

 

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Dates For MTN FA Cup Semifinal Games Announced

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The MTN FA Cup semi-final fixtures have been scheduled for Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15 at the El Wak Stadium and Golden City Park in Berekum respectively.

Defending Champions Accra Hearts of Oak SC who eliminated Elmina Sharks FC in the quarterfinals stage will face Dreams FC at the El Wak Stadium on Saturday, May 14.

The Brong Ahafo Derby between Aduana Stars FC and former FA Cup winners Bechem United is also scheduled for the Golden City park on Sunday, May 15.

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Winners from the two matches will advance to the finals which will be played at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The final match will be played on Sunday, June 26, 2022.

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I Have Not Had An Erection Since Awarding Penalty Against Hearts of Oak – Referee Padi

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I Have Not Had An Erection Since Awarding Penalty Against Hearts of Oak – Referee Padi

Ghanaian referee Kenney Padi says he is yet to have an erection since officiating in the Super Clash game between Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak in the Ghana Premier League Week 24 fixture.

The Class one referee awarded a controversial penalty to Asante Kotoko which enabled the league leaders to beat their arch-rivals by a lone goal at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The penalty decision generated a lot of talks and his performance also questioned on the day.

Hearts of Oak reported referee Kenney Padi to the Ghana Football Association over his performance.

Referee Padi in an interview on Wenchi-based Ewiase FM has revealed that he has been hunted by the decision to award the penalty and has not had an erection in bed since then.

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“I have not had erection since the day I awarded the penalty against Hearts of Oak.

“Sometimes I get strange and horrific nightmares, I can’t sleep,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Football Association Match Review Panel has suspended referee Kenny Padi for the rest of the season after he was found guilty of erring in the penalty decision in the league game between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.

Referee Padi was reported by Hearts of Oak for his role in their 1-0 loss to bitter rivals Kotoko in the Ghana Premier League.

Padi gave Kotoko a penalty in the first half, which Franck Mbella Etouga converted to secure the Porcupine Warriors’ victory.

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The Phobians insisted it was a dubious call, and they have been proven right by the Match Review who ruled that Padi will not officiate any match for the rest of the season.

 

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