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Libya is Not a Place to Play Football – Ex-Hearts of Oak Striker Kwame Kizito

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Ghanaian international Kwame Kizito has stressed that Libya is not a safe place to play football.

The striker moved to Libyan club Al-Ittihad Tripoli in 2018 on the back of an outstanding spell with Ghana Premier League giants Accra Hearts of Oak.

After one season in the country, Kwame Kizito was offered a contract extension but he declined.

According to him, he could not stay in the country after all the horror he had witnessed due to the violence in that part of the African continent.

Now playing his football in Sweden with Falkengberg FF, the former Phobian says Libya is not a place to play football.

“Sweden is a perfect country. It is very nice, everyone is very helpful. It is not at all like in Libya. Libya is not a country to play football in”, the striker said in an interview with Football Channel.

Opening up on life in Libya, Kizito shared, “It was really bad. After the matches, you could see the fight. I was a foreigner so I definitely didn’t want to be involved. They were outside the arenas and fought. It’s crazy. After the matches, you have to be together and have a good time, but when it was over there could be fights and sometimes it was shooting. I decided not to go back to Libya. There is nothing good there”.

Source: Footballghana.com

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Gh¢10 million stadium funds missing at National Sports Authority – AG’s report

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The Auditor General’s report on the Sustainability of Sports Stadia in Ghana has revealed that Internally Generated Funds (IGF) for the year 2015-2016 for the Accra Sports Stadium and for the year 2012-2013 for the Baba Yara Sports Stadium were not accounted for by the National Sports Authority (NSA).

The audit, carried out between August 2017 and December 2018 at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and the National Sports Authority, covered the period between 2012 and 2018.

The report saw a total amount of Ghc10,683,044 generated as internal funds from the five stadia in the country (Accra, Kumasi, Essipong, Tamale and Cape Coast) even though there were no revenue targets or strategies in place.

Assistant Auditor General for Performance and Special Audit, Lawrence Ayagiba, in an interview with Ghana’s number one Sports Station Happy 98.9FM disclosed that they were propelled to conduct the audit due to media reports on the deteriorating state of the various stadia across the country.

“The audit was to find out whether the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and the National Sports Authority (NSA) have carried out their oversight responsibilities and implemented measures to ensure the physical and financial sustainability of sports stadia”.

He mentioned that the NSA was unable to provide any documentation for IGF for the period stated in the report.

He told Ohene-Bampoe Brenya on Happy Sports on Happy 98.9FM:

“The NSA does not have any document on their internal generated funds for the years which have been stated in the report.”

He added that the Auditor General has the power to surcharge all those involved in accounting for the internally generated funds.

National Sports Authority boss, Professor Peter Twumasi, in his response on Happy 98.9FM on the missing funds for the years stated in the report said the Auditor’s General will write to those responsible for answers.

The reports also revealed that the management of Accra Sports Stadium could not provide the audit team with any information on rent owed by tenants.

Also, there were no documents or tenancy agreements between NSA and the tenants to indicate the rent to be paid, dates, terms and conditions for occupying the shops to enable them to ascertain rent outstanding.

Peter Twumasi revealed that all tenancy agreements under his administration have been renewed.

He noted:

“We have renewed and given out contracts to all our tenants at the Accra Sports Stadium. The report is good to identify some of the problems the NSA is facing so we can correct them. But it doesn’t mean we should also write off all the good works of the NSA.”

The audit also focused on the following areas; vi Performance Audit Report of the Auditor General on the Sustainability of Sports Stadia in Ghana on oversight responsibilities, maintenance of stadia and revenue generation.

Source: HappyGhana.com

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FIFA Sets New Date For U-17 Women’s World Cup

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Football’s world governing body FIFA has announced new dates for the U-17 Women’s World Cup which was postponed due to Coronavirus .

The new dates for the tournament to be hosted by India will be from February 17 to March 7, 2021.

The competition was originally scheduled for November 2 to November 21, 2020, but changes had to be made following the impact of COVID-19 on sports forcing all qualifying games to be postponed.

Meanwhile, the eligibility criteria for the tournament still remains the same with players born on or after 1 January 2003 and on or before 31 December 2005 cleared to compete.

The Black Maidens of Ghana will now wait on the Confederation of Africa football for it’s final round qualifiers against Nigeria.

Ghana reached the final round of qualifiers after beating Liberia 10-0 on aggregate.

Source: Ghana Soccernet

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Mexican footballer Dos Santos posts na-ked photos of himself in bed with popular Instagram model

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Mexican footballer, Jonathan Dos Santos who plays as a midfielder for LA Galaxy left many of his fans shocked after he posted a naked selfie of himself in bed with a popular Instagram model during an apparent romp.

The 30-year-old brother of former Tottenham star Giovani dos Santos, later took down the photo five minutes after it ended up on his Instagram Live.

 

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