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General Captain of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan has described Ghana’s campaign at the Africa Cup of Nations as a disappointing one after the team was eliminated in the round of 16.

Ghana lost to Tunisia 5-4 on penalties after the game had ended 1-1 after regulation time. The win granted the Carthage Eagles their first win over the Black Stars in the tournament and they will face Madagascar at the quarter-final stage on Thursday.

Gyan who was introduced into the game eight minutes to end was key to Ghana’s equalizing goal against Tunisia which sent the game into extra time. Speaking to the media after the disappointing exit from the tournament he said “our campaign has been disappointing; we have been to several semi-finals in the previous tournaments and it is bad to exit in the round of 16”.

“We dominated the game and had a lot of chances but we couldn’t take them”, he added.

Asamoah Gyan also hinted that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt is likely to be his last.

Speaking to journalists after the game, Gyan said the team will return home to prepare for the next Afcon qualifiers.

“We’re out, we’re sad, we’ve to go home and see what went wrong. We’ve got young players, hungry players… they’ve to go to their clubs, if they’re down here they will be mentally down in their clubs and we’ve to just psyche them up and they’ve to go to their clubs to prove that they can deliver and we will prepare for the qualifiers again.”

Asked if Egypt 2019 was his last Afcon, Gyan said: “Yes, it could be my last”, adding: “Many things happened but I have to go home and think about it well and then see what happens. This is my seventh Africa Cup of Nations, so, I’ll just have to go home and think about it well before I come out to say anything.”

Gyan has scored in six Afcon tournaments, a record currently held by him alongside Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o and Zambian Kalusha Bwalya.

Gyan is the all-time leading goal scorer of the Ghana national team.


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On July 4th 2019, the French Embassy organized an event themed « Women in sports: Inequalities, obstacles and reasons for hope » at Alliance Française. This event was a great opportunity to discuss issues regarding women’s sports.

Renowned guests to tackle a fundamental issue

A representative of the French Embassy recalled France’s commitment in promoting gender equality through sports development. The screening of a documentary on Women’s football in India permitted the introduction of some relevant issues such as position of women in sports, women’s potential in sports and obstacles that prevent their advancement in sports. Three panelists were given the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions regarding women in sports. Among them were, Madam Joyce Mahama, the President of Women in Sports Association of Ghana (WOSPAG), Eric Adoku, Activities Coordinator for Dunk Grassroots, an NGO aimed at empowering girls in underprivileged communities through sports (with future support of the French Embassy) and AmeleyTurkson, former boxer and acting head of Amateur Boxing Referees/Judges in Ghana. The discussion was moderated by Juliet Bawuah, sports journalist and founder of “Africa Women’s Sports Summit”, an event which took place this year and addressed issues regarding women’s place in the sports sector.

Deep topics discussed

During the discussion, the three panelists addressed different topics that led to an engaging discussion. The discussion first identified some obstacles that women face in the practice of sports (which is an image of what they are living in the society) and then suggested ways of solving them. Joyce Mahama, the WOSPAG president proposed the change of attitudes and mentalities, indicating that women should be given notable roles in Sport institutions: “We need to have more women holding important positions. In federations there are only men”. She said. AmeleyTurkson added, that with regards to education: “Women in sports: we need education, that’s all”. The discussion also focused on the need to do away with gender distinction in sports: “We are talking about Football, not only men or women football but only Football” stressed Juliet Bawuah.
At the end, possible remedies were discussed and the panelists also shared their experiences and aspirations. The audience also took part in the discussion, i.e. members of the civil society, such as : Right to Play, Care and Action for mental Health (supported by the Embassy in its Inclusion project to aid people with mental illness through sports) and sports specialized companies such as Decathlon.

Juliet Bawuah also invited the audience to go to the stadiums and arenas where women play high-level sports to support them in order to make them exist in the media and in the public policies of sport.

Sports and Gender: Important issues for the French Embassy

The Women’s World Cup organized in France (June 7th-July 7th) has permitted to turn the spotlight on women in sports and to show that this is an important issue for France. This was also an opportunity to discuss two themes which are part of the strategic vision of France in Ghana: Obstacles confronting Women in sports and more broadly on gender equality issues.
Indeed, it’s not the first time that the Embassy of France in Ghana is engaging in sports diplomacy and promotion of sports but also in the area of gender equality, a major focus of the Franco-Ghanaian cooperation.


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Paris St-Germain’s sporting director Leonardo Araujo has revealed that the Brazilian superstar would be allowed to leave should the club receive the right offer for him.

Neymar Jr failed to show up at the club’s pre-season training ground on Monday as planned, fuelling rumours he’s trying to engineer a move back to Spain.

The French League winners quickly issued a scathing statement blasting the former Santos star while promising to take “appropriate actions” against him.

PSG were thought to be unwilling to sell their star striker but in a sharp twist of event, the club’s sporting director has revealed that the Ligue 1 giants are open to offers from serious buyers of the player.

“Neymar can leave PSG, if there is an offer that suits everyone,” Leonardo told Le Parisien. “But to date, we do not know if anyone wants to buy him or at what price. All this is not done in a day, that’s for sure.

“It’s clear to everyone [that Neymar wants to leave], but in football, you say one thing today and tomorrow another. It’s amazing but it’s like that.

“We talked with his entourage too. Everyone knows everything. The position is clear for all participants. But one thing is concrete today: he still has three years of contract with us and since we have not received an offer, we cannot discuss anything.”

He added: “PSG wants to rely on players who want to stay and build something big. We do not need players who would do a favour for the club by staying here.”

Neymar Junior, still recuperating from an injury that ruled him out of Brazil’s victorious campaign at the Copa America, is reportedly unhappy in France and wants to return to Barcelona.

The 27 year-old joined PSG from Barcelona two years ago for 222 million euros and still has three years left on his contract.


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Ghana’s journey at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has ended at the round of 16 after losing on penalties to Tunisia on Monday evening.

The Carthage Eagles won the shootout 5-4 to set up a quarter-final date with Madagascar on Thursday.

An own goal by Rami Bedoui cancelled out Taha Khenissi’s second-half strike as the game went into the extra time and subsequently into the shootout.

Tunisians converted all their spot-kicks with Ghana’s only miss coming from striker Caleb Ekuban.

Following a dominant first half, Kassim Nuhu struck the post with a header. Andre Ayew’s rebound was parried by Tunisian goalkeeper.

Two minutes to halftime Black Stars took the lead when Andre Ayew backheeled the ball into the net but the goal was disallowed by the referee.

The referee insists the ball hit the hand of Thomas Partey in the build-up to the goal but television replays proved the decision was a wrong one.

Black Stars continued to dominate after the break with Jordan Ayew testing the goalkeeper with a header in the 53rd minute.

Tunisian, however, upped their game and began creating chances of their own.  In the 70th minute, Taha Khenissi controlled a fine pass into the box and takes a shot to the bottom left corner, but the ball was cleared.

Two minutes later, Khenissi again, this time he crashed the bar with a powerful header from a corner kick.

But it didn’t take long for Khenissi to redeem himself as he connected with a low cross to put Carthage Eagles in front in the 73rd minute.

On the 81st minute, Wakaso took a shot from around the penalty spot and aimed towards the left side of the target. Mouez Hassen was alert, made a superb save and parried the ball onto the post.

With the three minutes remaining, Black Stars equalised force the game into extra time. The goal coming off the head of Tunisian substitute defender Rami Bedoui.

Ghana were the better side in extra time. Jordan wasted glorious opportunity to seal the victory before Kwabena Owusu shot straight into the hands of goalkeeper with the last kick.

Black Stars converted four compared to Tunisians five as the Carthage Eagles overcame Black Stars for the first time in 56 years.


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Ivory Coast have booked a berth to the quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations after edging Mali 1-0 at the Suez Stadium on Monday.

Crystal Palace forward, Wilfried Zaha netted the vital goal in the 76th minutes to send their vociferous supporters into a frenzy.

The want-away Crystal Palace winger plundered home the match winner in favour of the Elephants after a long pass from the goalkeeper.

The two-time champions join Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal and Benin in the final eight.

The victory means the Elephant of Cote d’Ivoire will meet the Desert Foxes of Algeria in the quarter-final slated for Thursday.


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A staff of the Nsawam Branch of the GCB Bank Limited identified as Agnes Asempana has committed suicide by hanging, MyNewsGh.com has confirmed.

The partially naked body of the 42-year-old was found dangling in a room with a nylon rope fastened to her neck at Ayekotse, a suburb of the Suhum Municipality in the Eastern Region.

Sources reveal that the deceased last Friday, July 5, 2019 went to her two-bedroom apartment to pick some items only to commit suicide.

It was her younger brother, one Bajerisong Lazarus who found her in that state at about 4pm when he went to visit her.

Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Ebenezer Tetteh who confirmed the incident to MyNewsGh.com has revealed that no external marks of violence were detected to suggest foul play.

The body has since been deposited at the Suhum Government Hospital mortuary pending an autopsy, while the Police have commenced investigations into the incidents.

Colleagues are however shocked as to what could have triggered the deceased to take her own life in such a barbaric manner.

Close sources are pointing to the fact that it could be linked to a disappointment in relationship or job related challenges which she has concealed.

Source. MyNewsGh.com


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Mexico defeated the defending champions by the slimmest of margins to become Kings of the Concacaf Region for the eighth time.

Jonathan dos Santos was the hero early Monday morning grabbing the all important winner as El Tri shrugged of the challenge of the US Men’s National Team to claim the Gold Cup crown.

It was an intense, physical match from start to finish.

The pre-match build-up was focused on Chelsea’s new boy Christian Pulisic and he could have put the Americans ahead in the opening minutes but his goal-bound shot from a tight angle was well saved by Guillermo Ochoa in the Mexican goal.

Jozy Altidore also missed a glorious chance to score the opener before the break during a 30-minute spell when the Stars and Stripes were clearly the better side.

Clear chances dwindled for both sides after the break and it was an even, closely contested half before Jonathan dos Santos seized his moment. The midfielder started the move and then kept his cool to finish of a beautiful team goal that gave Mexico the lead.

The victory handed Mexico the bragging rights and the crown as the kings of the Gold Cup.


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Riyad Mahrez scored the pick of the goals as Algeria cruised past Guinea 3-0 to reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

The teams were playing for the chance to meet Madagascar in last eight, and Algeria were almost immediately on the back foot after Rais Mbolhi invited trouble as he dithered over a clearance. Minutes later, Kante may have had a penalty after being caught by Benamri.

However, it was Algeria who grew into the match and ultimately took the lead when Youcef Belaili played a neat one-two with Baghdad Bounedjah before curling into the far post.

In the second half, Riyad Mahrez doubled his side’s lead with an excellent piece of control before a ruthless finish.

Guinea’s confidence, already low after their initial bright start, fell to bits and for a while Algeria looked set to instigate a rout on their opponents.

Adam Ounas duly added a third for the game, and the third of his tournament.

That allowed Algeria to play out an easy ending to the game, and they will consider themselves heavy favourites in the quarter-final, and perhaps the whole tournament.


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Madagascar’s maiden African Cup of Nations campaign continues after they beat two-time winners DR Congo 4-2 on penalties, having shared four goals in 120 minutes.

Though strikes from Ibrahim Amada and Faneva Ima Andriatsima were each cancelled out by Cederic Bakambu and Chancel Mbemba, they held their nerve in the shootout to keep their dream alive as Yannick Bolasie cost his side in the end.

While Congo had more quality on paper, Madagascar had form on their side, and they started like a team unbeaten in the tournament so far. Amada’s excellent strike from distance gave them a deserved lead after nine minutes.

Their pressing was frustrating Congo, who couldn’t get going. But out of nothing 11 minutes later, after a pinpoint cross from Ngonda Muzinga, Bakambu snatched an equaliser and his third goal of the tournament.

Ngonda was again heavily involved as Congo missed a golden chance to take the lead; former Newcastle United  defender Mbemba couldn’t keep his effort down after he was found by the left-back’s cross at the back post.

The game followed a similar pattern in the second half and Madagascar thought they’d won it with 13 minutes remaining when Andriatsima headed home Romain Metanire’s cross, but third time lucky, Mbemba converted from a corner in the final minute to set up extra time.

He almost scored again early after the restart, but another header was saved by Melvin Adrien. The game ended in penalties, and Madagascar progressed to the quarter finals after Bolasie’s miss from the spot.


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FIFA Women’s World Cup ambassador Michael Essien has congratulated USA for winning the just ended FIFA Women’s World Cup.

USA defeated Netherlands in the finals on Sunday by 2-0 to defend the trophy they won from the previous tournament.

Michael Essien and Marcel Desailly and a host of other football stars  prior to the tournament were named by Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to promote the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 and the women’s game in general.

In a post on his official page the Chelsea legend stated, “Congratulations to the USA 2019 winners. Best team in the tournament so far. #Dare to shine a great game and advert for women’s football. Now is the time to move it to the next level”.



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