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Nana Yaw Amponsah To Be Named As New Kotoko CEO

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Board of Directors of Asante Kotoko will soon hold talks with Phar Rangers president, Nana Yaw Amponsah, over the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) job.

The management team of the club, which was led by George Amoako, has been dissolved following the inauguration of the new nine-member Board.

The CEO position has since become vacant following the exit of Mr. Amoako.

Reports available to Adomonline indicate that the Board will hold a meeting in Accra on Tuesday, June 23.

The hierarchy of the club has identified the former Ghana Football Association (GFA) presidential candidate as the man to be the new CEO of the club.

Should he be named, the Kotoko job will hand him a major selling tool to build his credibility and image in local football.

Last week, former GFA vice president, George Afriyie, who was also linked to the job, denied being interested in the job as was previously thought.

In a wave of new changes, the incoming CEO is expected to work closely with the Board, which was constituted recently at the instance of the club’s life patron Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Nana Yaw Amponsah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Law and Practices from the Leicester DE Monort University, United Kingdom.

He will pursue a Ph.D. in Sports Leadership at Concordia University in the United States of America.

Mr. Amponsah became a Licensed FIFA Player Agent/Intermediary from 2008 to 2018, transferring over 100 players, 50 of which came from Ghana.

He is the Chairman of Division One Club Phar Rangers FC, a Director of Football for Phar Partnerships as well as the Founder and CEO of Cornny Drinks Limited.

A growing name in local football administration, he is an expert in the areas of Commercial Aspects of Sports, Sports and Ethics, Sports Governance, Representing the Athlete/Player and Sports Regulatory Regimes and Sports Rights, and ambush marketing.

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Asante Kotoko to represent Ghana in CAF Champions League while Ashantigold plays in CAF Confederations Cup

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Asante Kotoko has been given the right to represent Ghana in CAF Champions League while Ashantigold plays in the CAF Confederations Cup.

Kotoko will be representing Ghana in CAF Champions League while Ashantigold plays in the Confederations Cup, an official report has it.

The Communication Director of the Ghana FA, Henry Asante Twum said in an interview that the Executive Council have settled on the two clubs to represent the West African nation in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Henry Asante stated that the decision was made by the Executive Council of the Ghana FA after a marathon meeting held on Tuesday which has resulted in the cancellation of the 2019/20 football season.

“The decision to end the season was made today by the Executive Council of the FA. Asante Kotoko and Ashanti Gold SC are Ghana’s representatives for the 2020/21 CAF Inter-club competitions,” Asante told Accra-based radio station Angel 102.9 FM

“The Executive Council settled on the two clubs after the truncation of the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League season today”

“We will communicate the decision to the two clubs tommorow [Wednesday]. The runner-ups of the GFA Normalization Committee Special Competitions will be considered should any of the club decides not to play”.

Meanwhile, the entire Ghana Football Season has been cancelled by the Ghana FA Executive Council because of the impact of COVID-19.

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Jordan Ayew will become a much better footballer when he joins Chelsea – Marcel Desailly

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French international and 1994 World Cup winner, Marcel Desailly, has said a move by Ghana and Crystal Palace forward, Jordan Ayew, to Chelsea will be a great push to his footballing career.

Desailly, who played for Chelsea from 1998 to 2004 believes the club has what it takes t help Jodan Ayew becomes that one prolific striker he ought to be.

Speaking in an interview with FootballMadeInGhana, Dasailly said the time is up for Jordan Ayew to move to Chelsea Football Club in London.

“It’s time for him [to step up],” Desailly. He’s 28-years-old now and he has reached a very high level, as well as being quite consistent in his performances,

“We need him to have more hunger. We want him to become a killer. You can see in his face that he is not really a killer, but he is showing great ability, and being at Chelsea can bring him to the level that we all know that he can get to because he is a very good player,” the former France international added.

Jordan Ayew is currently the top score for Crystal Place this season with 9 goals after little hopes were banked on him after he was signed last summer.

He club is at the 10th position on the league table with every member of the team relying on the prowess of Jordan Ayew week in and week out.

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GFA gets $1.5 billion COVID-19 relief fund from FIFA

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The Ghana Football Association is set to receive $1 million in grants from  FIFA after the world football governing body approved a $1.5 billion relief fund to help member associations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The GFA will receive an extra $500,000 to support women’s football.

The GFA has already benefited $500,000 from FIFA’s early release of FIFA Forward Funds.

Gianni Infantino, the Fifa president, said the relief fund had been “unanimously approved” by the members of its council and insisted there would be “strict controls” on how the money is spent.

All 211 member associations will be entitled to a “basic solidarity grant” of $1m each as well as $500,000 which must be invested in women’s football.

Also, member associations can apply for a COVID-19 relief loan worth 35% of their revenue up to a maximum of $5 million each. Continental governing bodies will get $2 million as a relief grant, and can also apply for an extra $4 million relief loan.

Infantino promised “strict controls on the use of the funds, with audits”, and said there would be “very clear conditions” for how loans are repaid.

Fifa is financing the enormous relief fund by dipping into its reserves, with $328 million covering grants and $556 million to finance loans, Infantino said.

“Clubs and federations are in real danger. In some parts of the world, football has not restarted. We need to help them,” he said.

The creation of the relief fund had been announced by Fifa in March when football across much of the globe was halted as the pandemic spread.

The Zurich-based body had already announced in April that it would free up $150 million in subsidies to member associations to help deal with the consequences of the crisis.

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