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National teams needed new direction – GFA boss Kurt Okraku on technical team clearout

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GFA boss, Kurt Okraku, has revealed that a new direction was needed in the running of the various national teams thus, the decision to dissolve the technical wings of those teams.

On January 3, the FA announced that the technical handlers of the national teams were no longer in employment after the dissolution.

The statement from the FA clearly indicated that all the various male and female national teams had been affected by the dissolution.

Speaking in Joy FM on January 4, Kurt Okraku explained that the teams needed something new in terms of their direction and so, the dissolution sought to ignite the process of change in the running of the various national teams.

“We needed to find a new direction for our national teams in terms of the technical aspect. People are speaking about only one of the national teams which is the Black Stars.

For me, the most important national teams are the U-17, U-20, U-23, the local Black Stars team and the main Black Stars. We have changed the direction of these teams and we want to take them from gear one to gear two.”

Okraku went ahead to state that the GFA Executive Council would meet to decide on the new coaches who would run the various teams. He added that the Council was well aware of the ongoing assignments of some of the national teams and it would work with that in mind.

“In the coming week, we will have a clear direction. These things are decisions of the council and it will meet to discuss issues affecting these national teams.

Concerning the assignments, the Black Stars are not the only ones who have them. The male and female U-20 teams have assignments too and we are aware of those.”

The Black Stars will resume their AFCON 2021 qualifiers and also, begin the campaign to play in the 2022 World Cup in March.

The male and female U-20 teams will begin the process of qualifying for the African Championships in 2021 and the Women’s U-20 World Cup respectively.

Source: citisportsonline.com

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I will make sure some individuals at Sports Ministry go to jail – Isaac Dogboe

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Former Bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe has sworn to cause the imprisonment of some officials at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Dogboe in social media post vowed to ensure the said persons go to jail.

“I’m going to make sure some individuals at the Ministry of Sports Go to Jail. Mark It On The Wall!!!” Dogboe tweeted.

Dogboe’s post was however silent on the reasons for which he would institute legal action against the persons. No name was also mentioned in the short post made on Twitter.

Dogboe recently confirmed that his father Paul Dogboe is no longer part of his management team.

In a Starr FM interview that Dogboe confirmed that he has made changes to backroom staff and his father was a victim of the changes.

“Right now I’m self-managed, no more managed by my dad, a lot happened over the years and since I took control I said to myself, It’s time to restructure and rebuild some of the bridges that were broken.”

He stated further that no malice involved and that he still has a very good relationship with his father.

“A lot of people are putting our situation in a negative light. The only thing happening between my father and me is that he’s no more training and managing me and I don’t see anything negative about that”, he said.

“I informed him of my decision to want to be in charge and everything is fine, I hold my family in very high esteem. I believe if there’s any problem between myself and my father, I believe he can call and sit me down as a son and talk to me.”

 

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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Magical Messi Fire Barcelona past Elche

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Argentine superstar Lionel Messi brought his A game to fire Barcelona past Elche in the Spanish Laliga Santerder.

The five time Ballon D’Or winner scored twice to help his club return to winning ways. After a boring goalless draw in the first 45 minutes it looks like the Catalan giants were heading for another disastrous result.

Messi stepped up to put his side in front from a Martin Braithwaite assist just minutes into the first half, he doubled his team’s lead with his second of the game before Spanish left back, Jordi Alba put the visitors to the sword.

His two goals means, he is now the leading top scorer in Laliga, 2 more than his former teammate and now Atletico Madrid striker, Luis Suarez.

 

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U-20 Afcon: Ghana to face Cameroon in quarterfinals despite finishing third

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Ghana has qualified to the quarter-finals of the 2021 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations despite losing their final group game 2-1 against Gambia on Monday night.

The Black Satellites qualify as one of the two best third-placed teams and will face Cameroon in the knockout stage.

Karim Zito’s side started brightly. Abdul Fatawu Issahaku fired the ball brilliantly into the net from about 25 yards in the 9th minute.

Gambia pushed for the equalizer and earned it in the 16th minute. Kajally Drammeh smartly got on the blindside of Ghana’s centre-backs and nodded in a perfectly weighted cross.

After drawing level, Gambia took control of the match and created a number of chances.

In the 34th minute, Lamarana Jallow completed the turnaround with a low-driven free-kick from the edge of the area.

Ghana got close to levelling matters a few minutes later. A good cut back found an open Percious Boah who fired straight at the opposition goalkeeper.

In the latter part of the second half, the Black Satellites pushed forward desperately for a goal.

They were given a lifeline after Camara was sent off in the 83rd minute for time-wasting.

Despite a strong push from Ghana after the incident, Gambia was able to hold on for the victory.

Ghana has secured qualification to the quarterfinals as one of the best third placed teams. Gambia has also qualified in second place.

 

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