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Olympics ready to play in Division One League

Embattled Accra Great Olympics will return to competitive football this weekend in the Division One League, with their coach, Godwin Attram, expected to lead his players on Sunday as they battle Agbozume Weavers in the opening week clash of Zone Three fixtures at the Zaytuna Park at Ngleshie Amanfro, near Kasoa.

Written by Gideon Sarpong
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Match Officials for 2017/18 GPL Match day 2

Officials for Match day Two (2) of the 2017/18 Ghana Premier League have been announced.

Below are the Match officials for Match day 2:


Match: Karela F/C vs Eleven Wonders

Venue:  Anyinase

Referee: J.A Amenya

Asst 1: Freeman Anwulo

Asst 2: F.D Ocansey

4th Ref: Emmanuel Ansah

Match Commissioner: William Gidiglo


Match: Asante Kotoko vs Inter Allies

Venue: Kumasi

Referee: Kyeremeh Yeboah

Asst 1: Theresa Akongyam

Asst 2: Benjamin Samari

4th Ref: Kenny Padi

Match Commissioner: M.N Mohamed


Match: Elmina Sharks FC vs Aduana FC

Venue: Nduom Stadium

Referee: Cecil Fleisher

Asst 1: James Osafo

Asst 2: Jason Nunoo

4th Ref: A.D Mohamed

Match Commissioner: Omar Tanni


Match: Wa All Stars vs Ebusua Dwarfs (Saturday)

Venue: Wa

Referee: Ernest Baafi

Asst 1: Joseph Sey

Asst 2: A.F Zakari

4th Ref: O.B Amankwa

Match Commissioner: Salifu Zida


Match: Liberty Prof vs Wafa SC 

Venue: Dansoma

Referee: Timothy Obuobisa

Asst 1: B.A Crenstil

Asst 2: Samuel O Boateng

4th Ref: Amofa Sarkodie

Match Commissioner: A.A Lawal


Match: Berekum Chelsea FC vs Dreams FC

Venue: Berekum

Referee: Nuhu Limann

Asst 1: Richard Appiah

Asst 2: Alhassan Badiu

4th Ref: Awal Mohamed

Match Commissioner: Samuel Acheampong

Match: Hearts of Oak vs Ashanti Gold (Saturday)

Venue: Cape Coast Stadium

Referee: Prosper Adii

Asst 1: Bawa Haruna

Asst 2: Ben Vormawor

4th Ref: McLord Arhin

Match Commissioner: Andrews Tamakloe


Match: Bechem FC Medeama SC

Venue: Bechem

Referee: Emmauel E Boateng

Asst 1: Kenedy Bentil

Asst 2: Sumaila Salifu

4th Ref: Maxwel Hanson

Match Commissioner: J.B Yakubu

Written by Gideon Sarpong

2018 Women’s league to start in April

The 2018 National Women’s League will kick off on Saturday April 7, in what will be the 6th edition of the competition.

Sixteen clubs will be spilt into two zones, each comprising of eight clubs, with the winners of the two respective zones facing off in a grand finale at the end of the season to decide the winner. The teams in this year’s competition are:


Ashtown Ladies FC, Prisons Ladies FC, Pearl Pia Ladies FC, Fabulous Ladies FC, Supreme Ladies FC, Northern Ladies FC, Ampem Darkoa (defending champions) and Kumasi Sports Academy


Hasaacas Ladies, Halifax Ladies FC, Immigration Ladies, Sea Lions Ladies, Ladies Strikers, Samaria Ladies, Police Ladies and Soccer Intellectuals

According to the fixtures released on Tuesday, the first round will be completed within two weeks due to the delayed start of the league, with no breaks after the first round.

The date for the grand finale between winners of the respective zones was however not confirmed in the release by the Women’s League Board.

Ampem Darkoa Ladies go into the season as defending champions after defeating Prison Ladies in last year’s final.

Source: citisports

Written by Christine Dzakah

Sports Minister cuts sod for $2.4m Volta Region Youth Centre

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah has cut the sod for the commencement of work on a 10,000-seater multipurpose Youth Centre at Nuwunu, Ho in the Volta Region.
The $2.4 million project forms part of government's efforts to provide Ghanaian youth with opportunities to develop their talents.

Written by Gideon Sarpong
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Michael Essien's career has just taken a turn for the worse at the age of 36

What a player Michael Essien was in his prime.

Not many players can say that they’ve played for top clubs in France (Lyon), England (Chelsea), Spain (Real Madrid) and Italy (Milan).

In the process, he won four league titles - two for Lyon and two for Chelsea - as well as the Champions League in 2012 for the Stamford Bridge club.


At the age of 35, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Essien has already hung up his boots after such an illustrious career.

However, that’s not quite the case.


In March 2017, Essien took his career to Indonesia, joining Persib Bandung on a one-year contract with an option to extend it by a further year.

But it seems he hasn’t done quite enough to earn that further year, despite scoring five goals in 29 matches for the club last season.


That’s because the Persib have now released the Ghanian after filling their maximum quota of foreign players with several signings.

Club chief executive Zainuri Hasyim said: "Essien was not among the players we launched for the new season, because we wanted to fulfil the PSSI [Indonesian FA] regulation of four foreign players in a team.”

So they signed too many foreign players and, subsequently, released Essien.

The poor guy is now on the lookout for a new club.


But don’t feel too sorry for him. That’s because it’s being reported that he might join Persib’s main rivals Bali United.

We can imagine Bali is a very nice to play football and end your career.

It's been a tough old year for Essien, though.

In January, a statue was unveiled in his native country that was supposed to resemble the superstar.

However, it will go down as arguably the worst statue of all time.

Ah well, he will spend the next 12 months enjoying his time in Bali. 

Who's the real winner here?

Written by Gideon Sarpong