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Local Organizing Committee for AWCON 2018 in Accra inaugurated

The Local Organizing Committee for the Africa Women's Champions in Accra has been inaugurated ahead of the competition scheduled for November. 

The LOC will constitute an eight member team led by  Hon Elizabeth Sackey as the Chairperson of the with Sophia Kokor serving as her vice.

Chief Supt. Kwesi Ofori, Dr. Prince David Pambo, Portia Tagoe, Grace Acheampong, Ivy Asamoah and Prince Obeng completes the list to ensure the organization of the competition in Accra.

The Cape Coast version of the local organizing committee was inaugurated last week.

Ghana will welcome defending Champions Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Zambia, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria and Mali for the 2018 Africa Women’s Championship.

The Black Queens however, are preparing for the competition and have embarked on a nationwide tour to ensure the team garners the support it needs to emerge victors of the tournament.

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Paa Kwesi Fabin denies claims of receiving $50,000 from mystery South African club

Former Asante Kotoko coach Samuel Kwesi Fabian has hinted he may take legal action against the club's chief executive George Amoako over claims he took a signing on fee of  $50,000 from an unnamed South African club - leading to his premature exit from the Ghanaian powerhouse. 

Amoako told Accra-based Asempa FM on Thursday that the former Ghana Under-17 coach took the amount to force his way out of the club.

He claims the unknown South African club have paid an initial $50,000 to the gaffer, leading to his shocking decision to resign from the Ghanaian giants.

But coach Samuel Fabin is fighting back, insisting the Kotoko CEO is lying about the deal.

" I have not taken $50,000 from any South African club. George Amoako should concentrate on his CEO business and stop lying about me," he told Kumasi-based Kessben FM

"Kotoko wrote to South African embassy to deny me traveling visa. They also wrote to South African Football Association that a South African club is stealing their coach all in a bid to prevent me from securing a job in SA.

"I have handed George Amoako to my lawyers. I have not signed any deal yet.

"I explained everything about my dealings with the South African club to Dr. Kyei when I met him. I did not hide anything."

Fabin resigned after just seven months in charge of the Porcupine Warriors.

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Fabin has received $50,000 from mystery South African club – Amoako

Asante Kotoko Chief Executive Officer George Amoako claims Paa Kwesi Fabin has received $50,000 as advanced payment for his new job with an unknown South African club.

Fabin surprisingly slapped in his resignation last week while talks were ongoing over his contract renewal.

Sources say the former national U-17 coach had sensed a sack on the horizon and decided to resign instead so as not to taint his record.

But Kotoko CEO George Amoako says he had knowledge the club’s former coach was deeply negotiating for a new job with an unknown South African club while still under contract with the Porcupine Warriors.

Negotiations, according to Amoako have been successful that Fabin has even received an advanced payment from the mystery South African club.

“Paa Kwesi Fabin received $50000 from that club in South Africa but he was on the media telling lies,” he told Happy FM.

The club has since set up a technical group task with appointing a substantive replacement for Paa Kwesi Fabin.

Assistant coach Akakpo Patron has since been handed temporary reigns of the team.

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Ghana drop to 51st in latest FIFA World Ranking

Ghana have dropped six places in the latest FIFA Ranking for August as the Black Stars ranked 51st position globally and 7th in Africa.

The biggest leap in terms of points is in Africa, however, with Kenya (107th, up 5) clinching 22 points – 17.9 of which thanks to a 1-0 win over Ghana in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

As a result of that defeat to Kenya, the Black Stars join Slovenia (61st, down 6), as the biggest fallers of the month.

Ghana’s highest ever performance since the ranking’s introduction in August 1993 remains a 14 place in February 2008, while their worst placement was an 89 position reached in June 2004.

Belgium climbed to the top of the ranking alongside 2018 World Cup winners France, which means that the top spot is currently being shared for the first time in the table’s 25-year history.

A pair of wins for the Red Devils (1st, up 1), including their first in the UEFA Nations League over Iceland (36th, down 4), has brought them level with Les Bleus (1st, unchanged) on 1,729 points. The only other change in the top ten sees Denmark (10th, down 1) slip below Spain (9th, unchanged).

Africa’s Top 10 on August’s FIFA rankings:

  1. Tunisia (23)
  2. Senegal (25)
  3. DR Congo (40)
  4. Morocco (45)
  5. Nigeria (48)
  6. Cameroon (50)
  7. Ghana (51)
  8. Burkina Faso (56)
  9. Mali (63)
  10. Egypt (64)
Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Abdul 'Golden Boy' Razak declares himself 'best man' for Asante Kotoko job

Celebrated coach Abdul Razak Abdul Karim has pitched himself for the vacant Asante Kotoko position. 

The 1978 African Footballer of the Year has described himself as the best man for the job.

Asante Kotoko are on the market shopping for a new coach after Paa Kwesi Fabin resigned last week.

''I’m always ready for Kotoko. No one has contacted me yet. But my doors are always open. If they want me they know were to find me,'' Razak told FootballmadeinGhana.

''Am the best man for the job. Going round and trying different coaches will not help the club. I know the ins and out of the club . I know what they want. I won’t say a lot about it. They know what I can do.''

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Asante Kotoko to name head coach at the end of September

Asante Kotoko spokesperson Sarfo Duku has dismissed media reports suggesting the club have engaged CK Akunnor as coach of the team.

Kotoko are in the market looking for a new coach following the resignation of coach Paa Kwasi Fabin.

Akunnor has already held talks with the club for the vacant coaching job but Sarfo Duku insists they have not concluded yet.

“We are in talks with coaches but we haven't settled on anyone yet hence the reports of we signing a two year contract with CK Akunnor is not true,” Lawyer Duku told Happy FM.

“In due time the team will come out with a name of the coach to manage Kotoko after we all agree on the terms and conditions.”

“We need a firm coach that everyone will have confidence in him.”

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Ethan Ampadu signs new five years contract with Chelsea

Welsh-born Ghanaian youngster Ethan Ampadu has signed a new contract keeping at Chelsea until June 2023, the Premier League leaders have announced.

The 18-year-old Wales international, with a Ghanaian heritage, is yet to feature this season under Blues new head coach Maurizio Sarri, but made seven appearances under his predecessor Antonio Conte last term.

"I'm really proud and happy," Ampadu told Chelsea's official website after signing his extension. "I'm looking forward to the next five years and all I have got to do now is continue to work hard, and hopefully good things will happen."

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia was equally as pleased.

"Ethan has shown great potential and unbelievable maturity since arriving at Chelsea a year ago," she added. "In this short time he convinced a lot of people with his exceptional quality and mentality and we look forward to watching him develop into a key player for the club over the coming years."

The son of Arsenal coach and former footballer Kwame Ampadu, he made his Chelsea first-team debut within months of arriving at the club from Exeter City in July 2017, coming on in the second half of a Carabao Cup third round tie against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.

Ampadu is one of the talented youngsters expected to be involved in a matchday squad for the first time under Maurizio Sarri when Chelsea begin their Europa League campaign away to PAOK Salonika on Thursday, along with winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and goalkeeper Marcin Bulka.

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo

Thomas Partey benched as Costa, Gimenez inspire Atletico Madrid fightback at Monaco

Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey was benched as his Atletico Madrid side got their Champions League campaign off to the perfect start as they beat Monaco 2-1 away in their first group stage game.

It had looked as if the club's rotten form was going to continue when Samuel Grandsir put Monaco ahead against the run of play after a comedy of errors from Saul Niguez and Angel Correa.

However Diego Costa equalised shortly after, before Jose Gimenez thumped home a header on the stroke of half-time.

The second half was largely a non-event, with a professional Rojiblancos outfit keeping the home side at arm's length and comfortably, deservedly, securing three precious points on the road to the Metropolitano next June.

Positives

The character the side showed to fight back from going 1-0 down was encouraging. It would have been easy for them to sulk.

Negatives

The shambolic nature of Monaco's goal will be cause for concern.

Written by Kelvin Agbanyo