Wasiru ‘Gyatabi’ Mohammed (right) with his manager, John ManfoGhana’s World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Global Super Bantamweight Champion, Wasiru ‘Gyatabi’ Mohammed, has been tasked to take over his division by storm after an impressive knockout win over John Amuzu last Friday.According to the manager of ‘Gyatabi’, John Manfo, the boxer was in a pole position to take over the world after an explosive fourth round victory in his title defence at the Bukom Boxing Arena.Gyatabi was in superb form when he out-classed Benin’s Amuzu with ferocious punches which led to his opponent being hospitalised at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra before departing to his country.The win has improved ‘Gyatabi’s’ WBO ratings, having moved to 10th in the latest ranking by the world sanctioning body and is expected to land him a world title shot soon. World title shot In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Mr Manfo explained that they were looking forward to fighting for the world championship by the end of the year but would consider making a second defence of the WBO Global, should the title shot delay.“He is in good shape and I want him to take the division by storm after destroying John Amuzu last Friday. This is the only way to improve on your records towards a world title shot.“From the way he is going, I think he is in a pole position to take over the world and that is what we are working towards. As it stands now, we will try to give him a second title defence if we are unable to secure him an immediate world title shot,” Mr Manfo said. Relocation to the US Talking about a possible relocation of ‘Gyatabi’ to the United States of America (USA) to continue with his development and quest for greatness, Mr Manfo said his outfit was looking at securing him a promotional outfit before deciding on that.He said his outfit would consider signing ‘Gyatabi’ on to the likes of Top Rank Promotions, Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Mayweather Promotions in order to give him the needed recognition in his career.“It will be great to relocate him to the US but we need to secure him a promotional outfit first before thinking of that so that he can build on his career while there,” he explained.
AshantiGold FC AshantiGold SC are set for tough away clash with Hearts of Oak this evening and ahead of the encounter head coach Kasim Gökyildiz has named his starting lineup. The Turkish trainer has made two changes to the team that beat Ebusua Dwarfs 1-0 last Sunday. The duo of Roland Amouzou and Emmanuel Osei Baffour are in the team as they make their first appearance in the starting eleven this season. Amouzou replaces the suspended James Akaminko while Osei Baffour comes in for the injured Amos Addai. Samed Ibrahim keeps his place in the team after netting the match winner in his first start of the season last weekend. Hearts vs Ashgold kicks off at 7pm GMT on Thursday. Find below the Ashgold starting lineup against Hearts of Oak ASHGOLD STARTING ELEVEN: Frank Boateng, Kwadwo Amoako, Samed Ibrahim, Mubarik Yussif, Roland Amouzu Kossivi, Abdul Latif Anabila, Emmanuel Owusu, Appiah McCarthy, Benedict Damlen Wobenu, Emmanuel Osei Baffour, Eric Donkor
Inter Allies defeated Techiman Eleven Wonders at homeSupporters of Eleven Wonders held officiating officials hostage for close to 30 minutes after the whistle was blown in their 3-0 defeat to Inter Allies in matchday eight of the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League on Wednesday.Inter Allies defeated Techiman Eleven Wonders at home which led to the fans agitating and complaining about poor officiating.In a video sighted by Happy Sports, the coach had to be escorted out of the field by heavily guarded Police officers after the game.Referee Alphonso Atiapa together with his assistants John Nyavor, Isaac Asante and Desmond Abbey were transported out of the venue well-guarded by the Police.More to follow….
Felix AnnanHead coach of Asante Kotoko Maxwell Konadu says Felix Annan remains the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.Annan has been demoted to the bench for the Porcupine Warriors last four league games including the famous Super Clash 2-1 victory against bitterest rivals Hearts of Oak in Accra.The former WAFA last appearance for the Reds came in the 1-0 loss against Medeama SC in early January.According to coach Konadu, Annan is still the side’s number 1 goalkeeper, insisting that his replacement Kwame Baah is being afforded run of games to build his confidence.
Leganes CEO with Kurt OkrakuThe President of Spanish La Liga side CD Leganes FC Felipe Moreno Romero led a delegation to the GFA Secretariat today February 6.The delegation was made up of the Club’s Sports Director Moreno Pavon, Juan Francisco Botron and other local representatives including Ghana legend Rev. Osei Kofi.President Kurt E.S Okraku welcomed the delegation to the GFA Secretariat and expressed delight for the visit and reiterated the GFA’s commitment to support any initiative that will lead to the development of football talents.He added that the Association welcomes any support and investment in youth football development.On his part, President Felipe Moreno Romero said that CD Leganes is in Ghana to set up an academy for youth football development and also to pursue other social projects in the country.He intimated that the club deems it fit and prudent to call on the GFA and to congratulate President Kurt Okraku on his election as well as identify ways they can collaborate with the GFA in other aspects of the game.He further stated that, CD Leganes doors are open to the GFA anytime the Association has an international assignment in Spain.Former Black stars player, Rev Osei Kofi also stated that CD Leganes will consider receiving some Ghanaian coaches for attachments and capacity building at the La Liga side.President Okraku lauded the Clubs willingness to support Ghana Football and added that, it will be very great to include the technical teams of the various national teams.General Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo and Head of National Teams Department Alex Asante were all present as the two parties exchanged gifts and firmed the mutual relationship between the GFA and the Club.
Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has floored a former communications director of the Ghana Football Association Ibrahim Sannie Daara in court. On Thursday, a Human Rights Court in Accra dismissed a case brought before it by the former journalist and slapped him with a cost of GhC10, 000 in favour of the award-winning undercover journalist. Daara filed a ¢20m defamation suit against Anas and his organisation Tiger Eye PI, which alleged he took a bribe to influence player selection. In an emphatic denial, his lawyer, Dominic Ayine told local media back in 2018 that the GFA Communications Director never requested or accepted any bribe from operatives of Tiger Eye PI who had feigned interest in helping a ‘brother’ to get a call-up into the Black Stars Team B. This interaction was captured in a video by Tiger Eye PI as part of its undercover investigations into corruption in sports administration which has shocked the country. Since the public airing of the video, more than 70 referees filmed taking “bribes” were sacked and the Premier League suspended until late 2019. Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi was also banned for life by FIFA upon his resignation. But Saanie Daara has fought back insisting his reputation has been unfairly damaged by the award-winning journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who owns the private investigations company. He said a careful review of the portion of the video relating to Daara shows his client did not accept any bribe. In the footage, Daara advised the agent to encourage his brother to work hard for a call-up because player selection is based on player performance. When ¢4,000 in cash is presented to him, Daara would not touch it or take it but directed it is given to a man standing next to him whose face was blurred in the footage. In a voice-over, Anas is heard alleging that Saanie Daara later took the bribe after he directed that it be given to the unidentified man. Counsel for Saani Daara insists the voiceover is an addition which defames his client because the video does not support the allegation of bribery. “That is the point of our focus,” he said. This unnamed person whom he asked the agent of Anas to give the money to, did not forward any such money to him, he said. TigerEye PI’s bid to get a player selected through undue influence also failed as he was not called up to the team.
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Visually impaired radio presenter, Selassie SikankuA visually impaired radio presenter at Uniiq FM has shared how he almost gave up his dream of being a radio presenter after school due to the frustrations he was facing in his quest to get a job.Selassie Sikanku says his disability almost cost him his hopes because many employers didn’t believe he can deliver.He said, “When I was looking for job and I couldn’t get and we had to go from one radio station to another which was a bit challenging because I felt my dream to be a presenter will be dashed but by God’s grace it didn’t.”DJ Odo, as most colleagues and listeners call him, is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon, and began his radio career as a service personnel at the school’s radio station, Radio Univers.“You go to look for job and people don’t take your certificate into consideration but they take your disability into consideration and they tell you, you can’t do the job… that’s very challenging because you will not know how to even prove yourself when they won’t give you the chance.”After trying without success to secure a job after school, he enrolled in GBC’s radio and television training school where his story took a turn.“After the radio and television training school, my former boss, Mr William Ampem-Darko saw the potential in me so I applied to be a staff of GBC and I was accepted,” he recounted in an interview with GhanaWeb’s ‘The Untold’ team.Selassie has since 2010, been an employee of GBC and has successfully hosted and served as a panelist on a number of shows. Currently, he hosts ‘Lunch of Uniq’ from 2pm to 3pm every Monday.He urged employees to give persons disability equal consideration they give to others as they can have what it takes to get the job done.“When a person with disability approaches you for employment, you need to check his certificate, find out to see what he says he can do and if his certificate qualifies him, you have to take him on.”
Female Genital Mutilation is a bad age-long practice that has affected many girlsShe thought it was normal because all her life, she had been bathing with girls with the same ‘look’. For her, the clitoris; the primary source of female sexual pleasure and the most sensitive part of the woman’s private part, was supposed to look cut, well at least until she met girls, mostly from urban areas in the country, whose private parts didn’t look like hers.Realising the difference, she had to ask her mother what accounted for her outlook, having being educated by her social studies teacher about the phenomenon of Female Genital Mutilation.The response from home wasn’t rational, sympathetic or even justified in any way. She was told she had to go through to help her celibacy course and because it had become custom.This is the story of Kurima, a victim of Female Genital Mutilation, who lives in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region.Kumira has decided to champion the course of creating awareness after suffering badly from the practice which has affected many other girls.“I got to realise I was a victim when I went to the boarding house in secondary school, because when I was home, all my mates, when we bath, I realise our clitoris was the same but I realized mine was different when I got to the boarding house because of these southerners coming in. I realized mine was short.“I was 15. Out of curiosity, I decided to ask my Social Studies teacher who I was so close to, he made me know that they had tampered with my clitoris.“I couldn’t sit back with it, I had to go back to ask my mum, at that time, my dad was late. I asked my mum why they had to do all this to me. What she told me was that, it was done on them, and I’m not that special so they wouldn’t do it on me, and that they’ll be doing it on others that are yet to come. That it is something they are doing and I can’t really stop it.“So, when I tried asking her the reasons, and she said when they perform it on you, it will help you stay with one man and it will help you keep your virginity till you are married.” She narrated to GhanaWeb in an exclusive interview.This information was a starting point for her to find out answers for herself. At 20, she decided to find out if indeed, the practice was to keep her from breaking her virginity.“So, when I tried asking her the reasons, she said when they perform it on you, it will help you stay with one man and it will help you keep your virginity till you are married.“As I’m speaking now, it is because of this particular thing I had to break my virginity before getting married because I needed to know if what they are saying is true or not.“I broke my virginity with not just one, but two people. After the first, I changed to another one to see if the pains will reduce. I was 20 years and at the time, I had finished SHS and doing my own things and so I decided to go and have a try.” She said.Today, she is married with three children. She is lucky to have found a man who is understanding, both during sex and about her situation, but the scars of the cut and the pain from the sore from years back remain, she explained. As a result, she has had to have all three children through a caesarean surgery process.“I have not been infected with any disease, but once it comes to making love or having intercourse, that is where the pains come in.“I’m 30 now, that pain will never go. The pains have reduced because I’m married and the man, I’m with really understands me. If you are with someone who understands you and respects you for who you are, it will go down.“I have 3 children. All my kids are caesarean because I wouldn’t want to go through bleeding and all that. When they cut it (the clitoris) off, the sore on the outside looks healed but the inside still stays, but once the man penetrates, there is pain.There are others when they go to give birth, one small link between your vagina to your anus, because of the FGM, sometimes when you go to give birth, it tears with force, and you will bleed a lot.”She urged other victims to come out and speak up and to share their story with the world to help others learn and to get the practice to stop.“Let’s stop it. They’ve mutilated us, but does it mean they should mutilate their own mouth and not come out to speak?“Government is not taking us seriously because they don’t want to talk about it. If you come out to talk about it, those people suffering in their marriages, the men trying to push them away because of this, will understand who we are and take us the way we are. But if you keep quiet, they’ll keep doing it.“If at that time, they were able to educate me, tell me, look, we will not cut you, but you need self-control, etc. at least I would have been a virgin till now” she said.Kurima, now, through her foundation, the Kurima FGM Foundation, advocates against FGM and helps victims through the trauma it comes with.In 2012, the UN General Assembly designated February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, with the aim of amplifying the efforts on the elimination of this practice.The Day focuses on mobilising youth around the eliminations of harmful practices, including female genital mutilation under the theme: “Unleashing Youth Power: One decade of accelerating actions for zero female genital mutilation.”
File photoThe Asante-Akim South Municipal Assembly has commissioned a six-unit classroom block at Komeso, a farming community in the Municipality, to replace the 70-year-old dilapidated block, which had become a death trap to both teachers and pupils.The new block had facilities such as office and staff common room, would enhance learning by the close to 600 pupils of the Komeso Presbyterian Primary School ‘A’.They had to share classroom with the Presbyterian Primary ‘B’ stream, when the Assembly decided to pull down the dilapidated structure to pave way for the construction of the new one. The Assembly, in collaboration with the Municipal Education Directorate, awarded the contract for the construction with funding from the District Development Fund (DDF). At a ceremony to commission the project, members of the community could not hide their joy as they praised the Assembly for addressing a critical challenge affecting academic work.Mr Alexander Frimpong, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), said the building was in a very deplorable state hence the Assembly’s action to prevent a potential disaster.He said the Government had demonstrated its commitment to making education accessible to Ghanaian children by introducing the Free Senior High School Policy. He gave the assurance that he would team up with the Member of Parliament to make the President’s vision a reality.Mr Frimpong said there were 110 primary schools in the Municipality out of which about 50 needed new classrooms and called for restraint as the Assembly addressed the problem gradually. Mr Kwaku Asante-Boateng, the Member of Parliament, said government’s policies on education was impacting lives at all levels and urged the people to rally behind it.He said more development projects were in the offing for Asante-Akim South and implored the people to keep faith with the New Patriotic Party ahead of the 2020 General Election.