Ghana: Tuesday’s Local Sports Tidbits

Veteran Football Administrator Jonathan Abbey Pobi has expressed his displeasure about the Ghana Football Association( GFA) failure to Ghana Premier League referees after day 15 in full. Mr. Pobi rated the performance of GFA low as he believes they have not lined up to expectations. Bribery in our game bound down to referees because during Mr Kwasi Nyantakyi’s era, referees were not paid and I think that propelled them to take bribe. We have played 15 league matches and so for GFA President Kurt Okraku to pay only 4 match days means he is encouraging bribery and corruption back into our game.

Asante Kotoko legend Malik Jabir has blast the club for doing little to honour their ex- players. Club’s elsewhere cherish their former players, bring them near the current players ahead of matches but what do see with our Kotoko? He could have been given a role in the team but they should not think about the old players of the club. Kotoko should know how to honour their heroes.

Former Asante Kotoko and Black Stars goalkeeper Joseph Carr has appealed to Ghanaians to honour their Sporting Heroes before they pass on to the next life. Ghanaians didn’t honour Opoku Afriyie well. I was shock when I heard the news that Opoku has passed away. I started playing with him in 1972 when we went to Under 20 and the Senior side Black Stars of Ghana.

Technical Director of the Ghana Football Association, Francis Oti Akenten has paid a glowing tribute to the late of Ghanaian footballer Opoku Afriyie. The Late Opoku was a unifier. I had problem with Samuel Osei Kuffour at the AFCON in 2002( Mali) and were not in talking terms, Opoku called me and Kuffour and settled the issues between us. He also bought a car for the Late Uncle Ben Koufie. Ghana football has lost a great footballer.

The President of Kumasi based sensational King Faisal, Alhaji Karim Grusah has taken a swipe at “Modern day footballers, describing them as ” Greedy and Ungrateful”. He said this when he offered his condolence to the family of the late Opoku Afriyie. The Black Stars, Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak striker, Opoku has showed a lot of gratitude to him as a person and his club, King Faisal.

Ghana Black Stars captain Andre Dede Morgan Ayew has donated :
4000 Hand Sanitizers, 25 sets of handwashing bins and tissue paper to the Tamale Metropolis to help fight against the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

Myron Boadu has revealed that he was never approached by Ghana before making his Netherlands debut earlier in the season. In an interview, he was asked if he was ever approached by Ghana, he replied: “No, actually not”. Me, my parents and my agent have never had a call or anything. So I didn’t have to choose. He was named in the Netherlands Provisional squad for Euro 2020 which have been pushed back a year.

Elmina Sharks have completed the signing of talented midfielder Amissah Anfoh Assan on a free transfer after turning down a contract extension with Iraq club side Al – Kahrabaa.

Accra Hearts of Oak has stressed that they are saddened by the passing of former Black Stars greats Opoku Afriyie and Kwasi Owusu. Our thought and prayers are with the bereaved families in these difficult times.

Finally, Asante Kotoko have opted to loan out 5 players to other clubs:
Mathew Kelvin Andoh
Maxwell Baakoh
Richard Arthur
Douglas Owusu Ansah and Evan Owusu.

Medeama SC head coach Samuel Boadu has denied contacts with Accra Hearts of Oak. Officials of the club were reported to have linked up with the coach over a possible take over from Edward Odoom.

Asante Kotoko management member Nana Kwame Dankwah has dispelled ( dismisses) reports that the club will be offloaded 5 players. We are critically monitoring the situation of offloading and signing players wisely which will help the course of the club. Currently, our signed players are Kwame Poku and Emmanuel Sarkodie.

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