Hockey: Africa Road to Tokyo 2020 qualifier: Ghana meet South Africa in must-win clash

Ghana’s male hockey team returns to action today after a day’s rest to face a tough encounter against hosts South Africa as they chase a qualification ticket for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Today’s clash at the hockey stadium of the Stellenbosch University in South Africa pits two sides with a perfect run in the competition, but for Ghana, it is a chance to claim maximum points and also end their opponent’s dominance over them at major international competitions.

Must-win affair

After victories over Kenya and Namibia, the Ghanaian side are geared up for their toughest test yet against a free-scoring South African side who were on rampage with a 9-0 drubbing of Zimbabwe on Tuesday, August 13 having earlier beaten Namibia 3-1 a day before in their opening fixture of the African 2020 Olympic Games qualifying competition.

The last time the two sides clashed at the 2017 Africa Nations Hockey Cup in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, South Africa ran away with the maximum points with a 3-2 victory and went ahead to win the continental competition.

Incidentally, all the players who scored in that match -South Africa’s Taine Paton and Ntuli Nqobile, Ghana’s Michael Baiden and Ernest Opoku – are expected to feature in today’s must-win clash.

With just one slot up for grabs, today’s game is a win-or-bust affair for either side, especially as group leaders Egypt are also in a good position to qualify for next year’s summer Olympics.

Ghana coach confident

Ghana’s Head Coach, Ebenezer Frimpong, told Graphic Sports Online via telephone from their Stellenbosch base that his players were confident they would turn the tables against their highly-rated opponents no matter the resistance they may pose.

Coach Frimpong’s side have been dealt a big blow going into today’s clash after losing two key players through injuries, while two others are also in a race to recover from knocks they sustained in the competition.

“We lost one of our best players, Emmanuel Ankomah, through an ankle injury during one of our training sessions in South Africa and another quality player, Christopher Dobge also sustained a head injury and ruled out of the tournament.

“Christopher was replaced by Sylvester Apronti, while Francis Tettey replaced Emmanuel Ankomah, but in our opening match against Kenya, Francis was carried off the pitch after he was hit by a stick, while Michael Baiden was also carried off for thigh injury,” bemoaned the Ghana coach.

“The team is well settled now and getting used to the bouncy turf, and against South Africa, we will not only control our balls, but also carry the game to them and manage each quarter as it comes.”

In the other matches, Kenya and Zimbabwe will be eyeing their first win of the competition when they clash, with table-topping Egypt tipped to put fourth-placed Namibia to the sword.

Karela United duo Keyekeh, Taylor arrive in Hungary

Ghana Premier League side Karela United midfielder Emmanuel Keyekeh and striker Diawise Taylor have touched down in Hungary to begin trials with Hungarian first Division side Nemzet Bajnoksag Footballmadeinghana can exclusively confirm.

The duo left the shores of Ghana to Hungary on Tuesday and touched down on Wednesday.

Keyeke and Taylor were explosive figures in the Karela United set up in the NC Special Competition.

They finished second in the competition after they suffered defeat in the hands of Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

The players were left out from Karela United preseason squad preparing for the upcoming Ghana Premier League.

Kelvin Ofori scores a brace in Fortuna Dusseldorf heavy win over TSV Bockum

Ghanaian foward Kelvin Ofori continued his fine form for Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusselddorf as they walloped TSV Krefeld-Bockum 7-0 in their final pre season game ahead of the start of the German Bundesliga.

The former Right to Dream Academy Player scored twice in the game as the Bundesliga side cruised to victory.

Ofori netted his first in the 6th minute before adding his second in the 68th minute.

He has now scored three goals for the club since joining the side in the summer transfer window.

Ghanaian defender Kassim Nuhu Adams who joined the club last week also made his debut in that game, with Bernard Tekpetey also featuring in the game.

Injured Nana Ampomah was missing in action as he continue to work his way back to full fitness.

Fortuna Dusseldorf will open their Bundesliga season on Sarturday away at Werder Bremen.

Coach Kwesi Appiah to get 2-year contract extension – Reports

Despite many pleas amidst anger that the Black Stars coach should be sacked, Coach Kwesi Appiah is set to be given a new contract which will see him stay with the team until after the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, Ghanacrusader sources have confirmed.

According to our trusted sources, a recent meeting between President Akufo-Addo and coach James Kwesi Appiah proved productive.

The President of Ghana will direct the Ghana Football Association’s Normalisation Committee to maintain Kwesi Appiah, our sources said.


Our Jubilee House sources revealed that the discussion the Coach had with the President on July 30, 2019 was centred on the coach’s long-term future with the national team following the country’s calamitous campaign in Egypt. And the coach will be given a new contract before his contract runs out in December 2019.

In the midst of intense bashing on his technical abilities, Kwesi Appiah has received some backing from some football handlers and pundits who have called for him to be maintained.

Deputy Minister for Transport, Nii Kwartei Titus Glove believes coach Kwesi Appiah after failing to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations should be given another chance for him to put measures in place to end Ghana’s trophy drought spanning over three decades.

Kofi Asamoah spoke the truth, whites have sense than blacks – Moesha Boduong

Actress Moesha Bodoung has expressed her support for movie producer Kofi Asamoah’s very controversial comment about black mentality.

Kofi Asamoah in an Instagram video said whites were wiser and sensible than blacks and that is why their countries are developed and Africans continue to live in poverty.

This sparked public outcry with many people including actor Van Vicker calling him out.

Commenting on an Instagram post by zionfelix about the video, Moesha admitted that what Kofi said wasn’t far from the truth and queried why people would attack the Kofas Media boss for saying the obvious truth.

The bootylicious actress branded people condemning Kofi as hypocrites who hide and make the same utterances.

Nana Ama McBrown turns 42, gives praises to God and her husband

Talented Ghanaian actress Nana Ama McBrown celebrates her 42nd birthday today, 15th August 2019.

The versatile actress who couldn’t hide her joy took to Instagram to give praises to the Almighty God for blessing her with a child after struggling for 20 years to conceive.

Nana Ama McBrown who was in tears also expressed appreciation to her husband, Maxwell Mawu Mensah who has encouraged and supported her all these years despite the struggles they encountered.

“Today as I celebrate my 42nd birthday, I give thanks to God. It is said that ‘Life begins at 40’ but as for me, God has completed my life at age 42.

I also thank God for the life of my husband because, without him, I doubt if I would have given birth. My husband has been very patient with me all these years and has been my greatest pillar of strength and support.

I want to use this opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ to my husband. Maxwell, God bless you”, Nana Ama McBrown stated.

The actress who was full of praises to God explained how she has struggled since 1999 to have a child.

According to the mother of one, she has never undergone an abortion and also went through all clinical procedures to conceive but all proved futile.

Thankfully, Nana Ama McBrown welcomed her first child, Maxin Mawushi Mensah with her husband in March 2019 in Canada.

The beautiful and talented actress and husband, Maxwell Mensah got married in a private plush ceremony in 2016.

I don’t repeat what I wear – Fella Makafui brags

Ghanaian actress and philanthropist, Fella Makafui has revealed a huge portion of her earnings goes into what she wears.

In a video obtained by Zionfelix.net, Fella boasted of she not repeating what she wears.

She disclosed that she mostly gives them out and buy different dresses often.

The YOLO actress admitted that her actions are influenced by what the public would say.

She is afraid of being mocked for repeating clothes due to her popularity.

Fella Makafui gave a hint of how difficult it is to be a public figure—because of public pressure.

Fella added that she always put a limit to her movement due to the popularity she has amassed for herself.

Stonebwoy and manager spotted hanging out with Jamaican singer, Chronixx

Celebrated Dancehall Star has recently been giving us hints of international collaborations as he has been sighted with notable reggae/Dancehall acts from the Carribeans, they include Buju Banton.

Recent act to be spotted hanging with Stonebwoy and his formidable manager is Jamaican musician, Chronixx.

The duo met Chronixx in London for his Boomtown Festival which is part of his Shuga Europe Tour.

Chronixx whose real name is Jamar McNaughton, is a Jamaican reggae artist. His new stage name Chronixx replaced the name “Little Chronicle” a given because of his father, the singer “Chronicle”.

Fans of Stonebwoy are anticipating a collaboration from the duo. They expect the product of their collaboration to be a sure global banger as the duo are very talented.

I’m too young to sign any artiste – Kuami Eugene

Highlife musician, Kuami Eugene has said that he is too young to sign on and manage another artiste.

According to him, he has not reached the level where he can take on the responsibility of managing someone else as he himself is still being trained.

Kuami Eugene’s comments come after his fans asked him to sign a young boy who sings just like him. In a video which went viral, the boy is seen singing Kuami Eugene’s latest song, Ohemaa featuring his Lynx Entertainment label mate, KiDi.

The Angela hitmaker himself was surprised at how well the boy could sing but said he cannot sign him on explaining that he was still learning.

“This guy is talented and I must say I was very surprised at the energy he displayed singing my song Ohemaa but I disagree with people when they say he sings like me. He sounds like himself and that is what I admire about him.

“I had people contacting me, especially my fans asking me to sign the guy. I feel I am too young to sign or train any artiste because I am also being trained by my record label Lynx Entertainment so how can I train another person?

“That is not possible. I have a long road ahead of me and there are lots of things I still need to learn in the music industry,” he told Showbiz recently.

Kuami Eugene said the best he could do for the boy was collaborate with him on a song.

“The farthest I can go for him is teach him one or two things I have learnt as an artiste and feature him, that is if only the song is good. This can give him the necessary foundation that he needs to do music.

“There are young talented musicians out there who need a little motivation to get to the top. They should be determined and not let the struggles of life bring them down because one day they going to make it,” he stated.

Known for songs such as Wish Me Well, Confusion, Fadama Boy and Walaahi, the Highlife Artiste of the Year at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards this year, said he was currently working on his new single with one of the top notch musicians in the country.

Sex and sexuality in our jails: A tale of the predator and the prey

Sex plays an important role in our social lives. Apart from procreation, it brings to the participating individuals emotional and physical fulfilment required to keep them hale and hearty. A good sex life is believed to bring to the individual benefits such as lower blood pressure, reduced stress, improved mood, enhanced immune function, general fitness among others.

Sexuality, the way people express themselves sexually, is a subject which arouses diverse opinions in Ghana. This is because, the Ghanaian, traditionally, recognizes heterosexual relationships as the accepted form of sexuality. Homosexual relationships, though abhorred by the greater populace, is creeping into the Ghanaian society. Regardless the sexual orientation of an individual, sexual satisfaction remains the ultimate goal.

Prisons in Ghana house only adults, making it easy to assert that most incarcerated persons are sexually active. Among the many deprivations prisoners in Ghana endure is sex, as prison rules disallow all forms of sexual acts. Additionally, prison regulations make no provision for conjugal visits which permit spouses of incarcerated persons to spend intimate moments with their partners. Some prisoners, in the circumstance, resort to same-sex relationships to feed their sexual cravings.

How effective is the ‘no sex’ regulation?

Ghana, like other jurisdictions, house male and female prisoners in different facilities preventing any contact between the two sexes.

To alleviate the pains of imprisonment, some prisoners risk the consequences and engage in sexual acts as asserted in Erving Goffman’s 1969 work, ‘The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life’. He posited that, inmates may have to adjust their sexual practices while incarcerated by engaging in illegal methods in order to obtain certain forms of satisfaction.

The issue of same-sex relationships in our prisons is gradually becoming topical as prisons mirror the wider society. There have even been claims by some ex-convicts to the effect that same-sex relationships and rape exist in our facilities. Though most of these claims are blown out of proportion, there are certain levels of truth in them. An incident at the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison in June 2016 where a male prisoner slashed the penis of another prisoner who attempted to rape him paints a picture of how the act is viewed by a majority of prisoners. The practice, nicknamed ‘Kpee’, is treated as a taboo throughout Ghana’s prisons. That notwithstanding, there are few instances where prisoners report attempted rape by fellow prisoners to prison staff. These reports are swiftly investigated and appropriate sanctions handed to sex predators.

Who is at risk of being preyed on?

A number of inmates who have suffered sexual harassment in our jails are from poor homes and or receive little or no family support during their jail terms. Prison ration, which mostly is insufficient, becomes their only means of survival.

The overcrowding rate in our facilities stand at 52.87% with 15,203 prisoners struggling for 9,945 spaces. This gives little room for prison administrators to do a proper classification of inmates to either prevent contamination or limit the exposure of low risk prisoners to hardened ones. First offenders who find themselves in same cells as powerful recidivists are sometimes coerced to trade their bodies for sleeping spaces.

Challenges faced in the area of feeding still exist. The feeding rate of GH 1.80 per prisoner daily has stagnated for close to a decade making it almost impossible to provide three wholesome meals. The quest to keep body and soul together in some circumstances result in poor prisoners kowtowing to the pressures of their rich colleagues. Affluent prisoners in search of sexual gratification sometimes resort to these weaklings as the provision of food and other necessities, sometimes, is more than enough to lure them into same-sex relationships.

Prison staff mostly have difficulty in detecting these relationships since most sex offenders employ coercive and non-violent tactics to win over partners. Additionally, prisoners often underreport overtures for fear of being labeled as informants or becoming subjects of physical abuse.

Are conjugal visits the way to go?

In looking for a solution to the emerging scourge of sexual relationships behind bars, conjugal visits come to mind. The system, which runs in some prisons around the world, permits prisoners to host their spouses in specially built quarters for specific periods. The key to these special quarters, in most cases, is good conduct. Apart from the emotional and physical need of sex that the system presents, prison authorities use it as a bait to enforce prisoner discipline.

Ghana’s prison system in my estimation, is still some miles away from being ripe for such an intervention.

Deficiencies as regards feeding, overcrowding, inadequate reformation and rehabilitation modules and others that the Service currently endures need to be given needed attention as they together possess, though indirectly, an antidote to fighting sex predators.

The fact is, if prisons are not resourced to correct the offending behaviours of prisoners, they are sure to return to haunt society. This confirms the saying of Marquis de Sade, a French author, that “any punishment that does not correct is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.”

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