Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he expects Benin to give the Black Stars a tough match ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations Group F opener on Tuesday.

Ghana endured a difficult pre-tournament preparations in Dubai.

The Black Stars were pipped 1-0 by minnows Namibia in their first friendly game before drawing goalless with South Africa in the second encounter.

The results of the two matches prompted many connoisseurs of the game to question the four-time AFCON champions credentials to annex this year’s title.

Ghana will battle out with Benin in Group F opener at the Ismailia Stadium on Tuesday evening.

But during the team’s presser ahead of their opening fixture against the Squirrels, coach Appiah indicated that though it will be a tough match, his charges are well prepared to begin the tournament on a positive note.

“Since we arrived everything has been going well, I believe tomorrow’s game will be very competitive and we are fully prepared,” coach Appiah said.

Ghana will engage Guinea-Bissau in their next game before facing defending champions Cameroon in the final math of the group.



Benin gaffer Michel Dussuyer has bemoaned the absence of his talisman Stéphane Sessègnon in their Africa Cup of Nations Cup Group F opener against Ghana on Tuesday.

Benin will engage their West Africa counterparts in the opening game of Group F at the ongoing AFCON in Ismailia.

But the Squirrels will miss the services of star man and captain Sessègnon through suspension after being sent off against Algeria in their fourth math during the qualifying series.

However, the French trainer insists he has adequately prepared his side to cope in the former West Bromwich Albion star’s absence.

“Of course the absence of certain players in the team is affecting us but we know our first game is against Ghana and we are determined to give a good account of our game and we have prepared for that so that the absence won’t affect us” Michel told reporters in his pre-match presser.

Sessègnon will be available to face Guinea Bissau and Cameroon in their subsequent Group F fixtures in Egypt.



Anderlecht coach Vincent Kompany is in Italy to monitor Ghanaian players ahead of the new season.

The iconic former Manchester City captain wants to build a crack team for the Purple and Whites.

The City legend spent the last few days in Italy monitoring Ghanaian players and others.

Kompany has confirmed he will work with Ghanaian pair Francis Amuzu and Jeremy Doku.

However the future of youngster Dauda Mohammed while Dennis Appiah has joined French side Nantes on a four-year deal.



Tunisian referee Youssef Essrayri has been named to handle Ghana’s opening 2019 Africa Cup of Nations clash with Benin on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old is no stranger to the Black Stars as he was in charge when they were held to a shocking 1-1 draw by Congo in Kumasi in 2017 in a World Cup qualifier.

The result effectively ended Ghana’s chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup as he was strict with the home side despite playing at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.

During the match he flashed four yellow card on the Congolese as they fought gallantly to hold the Black Stars

He will act as the center referee for the game and he will assisted byhis compatriot Yamen Malloulchi who will be the Assistant Referee One.

Egyptian Ahmed Hossameldin Taha Ibrahim will be Assistant Two and his countryman Amin Mohamed Amin Mohamed Omar has been named as the fourth official.

Manuel Irenio Lopes Nascimento from Guinea Bissau as the Match Commissioner.

General Coordinator for the match is Titus Haimbili Kunamuene from Namibia.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 8pm at the Ismailia Stadium after African Champions Cameroon play Guinea Bissau earlier on Tuesday.



Ivory Coast defeated South Africa 1-0 in their first 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group D match at the Al Salam Stadium in Egypt on Monday afternoon.

The Elephants were the better side in the opening stages, but it was Bafana Bafana, who threatened first through Thulani Hlatshwayo.

The South Africa captain connected with Kamohelo Mokotjo’s cross which was well-saved by Sylvain Gbohouo in Ivory Coast goal-posts in the 19th minute.

Ivory Coast were awarded a free-kick in a promising area following a period of sustained pressure.

Nicolas Pepe then stepped up and hit the crossbar with Ronwen Williams well-beaten in South Africa goal-posts just before the half-hour mark.

The momentum was with the Elephants and Jonathan Kodjia was sent through on goal in the 32nd minute with the Bafana defence exposed.

However, Williams produced a great save to deny the Aston Villa player from a one-on-one situation as the shot-stopper kept the Ivorians at bay.

Ivory Coast and South Africa were locked at 0-0 at the interval.

Both teams launched attacks after the restart as they looked to open the scoring in the first 15 minutes of the second-half, but they were struggling to create clear-cut chances.

The deadlock was broken in the 65th minute after the South Africa defence was exposed and they were punished by Kodjia.

The experienced marksman found himself in a one-on-one situation with Williams and he beat the SuperSport United player with a low shot to make it 1-0 to Ivory Coast.

South Africa had to find a way to penetrate the Ivory Coast defence and level matters in the remaining minutes of the game.

Attack-minded duo Sibusiso Vilakazi and Lars Veldwijk were both introduced by Bafana coach Stuart Baxter with time running out.

However, the Elephants did not sit back and defend their slender lead as they pushed forward, and they were awarded a free-kick in a promising area.

Pepe stepped up and unleashed a powerful shot which was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by Williams in the last minute of the match.

South Africa then launched late attacks, but Ivory Coast stood firm at the back in the closing stages of the match and ultimately, the Elephants secured a 1-0 victory over Bafana.



Police investigators have begun looking into how scores of investors got their monies locked up with EL Real Estates and Tikowre Capital.

The owner of the two schemes, pastor Kelvin Kobiri who is the founder of the Zoe Outreach Embassy has been taken to the Police CID headquarters for interrogation.

This was after scores of aggrieved customers stormed his East Legon-based church for the second time in one week to demand locked up cash.

The customers were met with a security blockade of police and soldiers who denied them access to the church premises.

The security officials assaulted the customers who resisted attempts to stop them.

A Joy News cameraman was also assaulted while covering the fracas and his camera was temporarily seized.

After his church service, Pastor Kobiri was escorted to the CID headquarters along with some of the aggrieved customers.

How the investment worked

They customers, made up of Pastor Kobiri’s church members and some outsiders say they were convinced by the preacher and or his assigns to invest in the scheme for returns.

Many of them including Mustapha Alor and Thompson Agyeman who spoke to Joy News said they neither sought professional advice nor checked the registration status of EL Real Estates and Tikowre Capital with the regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) because their trust in the head pastor was sufficient.

They added that even when other microfinance institutions were going through crises, Pastor Kelvin Kobiri, owner of the companies and was able to honour his companies’ financial obligations to them by paying ¢90,000 of the invested capital,¢150,000.

However, for the past few months, things have come to a head and the customers have not been paid any interest or been able to retrieve their invested funds.



The Power Distribution Services (PDS) Ghana has embarked on expansion works in the Volta/Oti regions to cover some communities without electricity.

Between January and May 2019, the company is said to have spent a total of GH¢15,602,152.03 on improving its system and expansion projects in the region.

The amount represents the cost of major works, transformer injections and replacements carried out to extend supply to communities and improve the network serving customers within the 11 operational districts of the PDS in the Volta and Oti regions.

The communities that benefited from these projects, according to Mr Benjamin Obeng Antwi, the Public Relations Officer for Volta/Oti PDS, were in Ho, Hohoe, Kpeve, Kpando, Akatsi, Sogakope, Denu, Keta, Dambai, Nkwanta and Jasikan.

The others were Dzodze, Penyi, Ahamasu, Kpando Darfour, Sovie, Peki Dzake, Poase Cement, Dadiase, Kpando, Tadzinu and Gbi Akplamafu.

Major development

Giving a break down of activities, Mr Delali Oklu, General Manager for PDS, Volta/Oti regions, said “a sum of GH¢11, 472,069.29 was spent on 23 major development projects in all the 11 operational districts of the PDS in the Volta and Oti regions.

Some of these projects include upgrading the 33KV Nkonya feeder from Alavanyo Dzogbedze to Akplamafu, creating a link from Gbi-Akplamafu to Gbi-Wegbe and creating a separate mini hydro dam at Alavanyo Abeheniase to supply residents of the community”.

Mr Oklu said the expansion work was in line with the company’s mission to deliver quality and reliable electricity services backed by a customer-oriented workforce to propel Ghana’s socio-economic development.

He further disclosed that 36 Low Voltage extension works were carried out by the company in some communities within the Volta and Oti regions at a cost of GH¢3,044,717.89.

“The extensions were done in developing areas where people are now settling as well as communities without electricity”, he said, explaining that works carried out included planting of poles and stringing of Low Voltage lines for prospective customers to get power.

Overloaded transformers

Mr Jones Makumator, the Regional Engineer for PDS, Volta/Oti regions also mentioned that eight transformer injection, which works at a cost of GH¢692,260.95, were carried out by the PDS to relieve the capacity of some overloaded transformers leading to improved voltage profile and quality of supply to customers.

According to him, “the company has also spent GH¢393,103.9 on replacing burnt and damaged transformers due to lightening surges.

He, however, complained that nefarious activities like unlawful entry into the company’s networks and illegal connections by some recalcitrant customers had also caused damage to transformers in communities like Fodome Helo, Liati Wote, Dzorgbekope, Barracks Newtown, Akorme Gbogame, Toviga, Dodo Amanfrom Market, Kwame Akura and Nyagbo Sroe.

Mr Makumator warned the general public to desist from unlawful entry into our networks and illegal connections since these actions were criminal offences and punishable by law.

Fire resistant fabric

Outlining the company’s new approach in dealing with bush fires which often led to burnt poles, Mr Makumator said the company would engage in wrapping a fire retardant fabric (fire resistant fabric) around poles and a two meter (2m) radius fire belt around the poles during bush clearing activities.

He added that there were more investments lined up by the company to make its electricity network more robust and efficient, especially during rainstorms.



The Eastern Regional Police Command has initiated investigations into the circumstances leading to the death of a 21-year-old woman at Agormanor in Krobo-Odumase, whose lifeless body was found lying half-naked in a gutter on Sunday.

The deceased has been identified as Sandra Tetteh.

The body has since been conveyed to the Atua Government Hospital morgue for preservation and autopsy.

According to the Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ebenezer Tetteh, the police has picked up two suspects, Kwao Noah aged 20, boyfriend of the deceased and friend, Abass Teye, also aged 20 who allegedly came to call her the previous night.

They are currently in police custody assisting with investigations into the suspected murder case.


According to DSP Tetteh, a petty trader, Madam Gifty Yohunu of Agbom, a suburb of Odumase-Krobo, accompanied by Mr Eric Tetteh-Ku, reported to the Odumase-Krobo District Police Station that about 0540hrs, she had information that her cousin named Sandra Tetteh had been found lying dead in a gutter.

“Police immediately accompanied the Complainant to the scene of crime and found a lady aged about 21 lying dead on her left sideway position half naked wearing only white top dress.

He said even though nobody could give the police any information on the incident, it suspected a foul play as bruises were found on her neck after a careful inspection of the deceased body.

When contacted, Madam Yohunu told the Daily Graphic that her cousin had known one of the suspects, Kwao Noah for only two weeks.

She added that Kwao Noah accompanied by a friend came for her cousin at about 730 p.m last night and that was the last time they saw her alive.

Source: Graphic Online



Mali’s quest of winning its first continental trophy will come under scrutiny as the team face a less ‘fancy’ Mauritania in today’s Africa Cup of Nations Group E clash at the Suez Stadium.

The Eagles of Mali are pundits’ favorites to pick the three points against a Mauritania side known for its cagey style of play and expansive counter-attacking threat.

Yet to win the bi-annual competition, Mali will be hoping to crush their opponent in order to step up their chase for the title.

On the other hand, Mauritania may not really be among some of the flamboyant Africa teams, however, they have some array of star players capable of causing havoc whenever they are on the attack.

They will be banking on players such as Moulaye Ahmed Khalil “Bessam”, who play in the Tunisian league for AS Gabes, Ismail Diakhite and Adama Ba of Giresunspor Kulubu in Turkey.

Mali vs Mauritiana AFCON 2019

Venue: Suez Stadium



2004 Africa Cup of Nations champions, Tunisia will face a litmus test against Angola in group E of the tournament at the Suez Stadium on Monday.

Tunisia are looking fired up for this tournament after topping their qualifying group ahead of hosts, Egypt (prior to Cameroon being stripped of hosting the AFCON 2019).

The Eagles of Carthage won five of their six qualifying games, scoring 12 goals and conceding four times. They did, however, suffer defeat at the hands of Egypt, going down 3-2 in an epic five-goal thriller.

They will be depending on Wahbi KhazriNaim SlitiMarc LamtiYoussef Msakni in the attack to cause all sorts of a nightmare for Angola’s defence.

Meanwhile, Angola topped their qualifying group ahead of Mauritania (who are in Group E as well) but only due to their superior goal difference. The Southern Africans won four of their six qualifiers but fell to two defeats.

Looking at their danger men, Mateus Galiano is an obvious threat for the Angolans. The Boavista forward banged four goals in the qualifying round and will be hoping to get his team off to a winning start.

Gelson Dala will offer support in getting the job done. He is a quick and tricky player with the ability to glide past defenders.

Tunisia vs Angola AFCON 2019

Venue: Suez Stadium

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