Isaac Asiamah captured on tape promising fans of a trip to tour sites in Egypt

Minister for Youth and Sports Hon Isaac Asiamah on Wednesday 24th July appeared before Parliament to disclose to them budget used at the just ended African Cup of Nations.

Among the issues he touched on included the performance of the team at the tournament, monies that were used to cater for the players, technical staff, fans and journalist among other people.

The Minister was asked about a purported state sponsored trip by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of supporters, journalist and the whole entourage to the pyramids and other tourist site in Egypt.

In parliament, the minister who appeared to be livid at the question posed brushed it aside stating the number of times he has been in Egypt and went further to state that the tour or excursion was catered for by FIFA/CAF.

“That I led an excursion in Egypt? That is neither here nor there.Mr Speaker It was a decision by CAF/FIFA to organize all supporters of countries that participated for an excursion so as a minister I was briefed and I communicated it to the supporters. That was what happened so the Minister never organized an excursion for the supporters.

And for your information Mr Speaker, I have been in Egypt for more than seven/eight ocassions and my last visit was four moths ago when I was there for the Arab/Africa Youth Conference in Aswan Egypt. Its not true so lets stop dwelling on these Social media discussions.” he fumed.

In the audio making rounds which was captured during a meeting of the minister with the various supporters union in Egypt, the minister is heading telling the supporters that their cry of boredom has reached his office and is therefore organizing a trip for them.

The Sports Minister could be heard calling the board chairman of the National Sports Authority Kwame Baah Agyemang and the deputy accountant of the Ministry who in the audio the minister referred to as the purse holder Hamidan to try and organize a trip for the supporters.

Legend Asamoah Gyan delivers motivational speech to Ghana U20 players

Ghana star Asamoah Gyan delivered a motivational lecture to the current U20 players preparing for next month’s African Games in Rabat, Morocco. 

The country’s all-time leading scorer was invited by head coach Yaw Preko to inspire the youngsters.

Gyan mentioned the need for the Black Satellites to work hard since talent alone could not guaranteed success.

Met my senior Yaw “RUSH” Preko and the U20 Satellites team at the Accra Sports Stadium when they played a friendly match with Shooting Stars in preparation for the All Afrcan games and shared few thoughts with them..@ghanafaofficial @MOYSGh lets support them…#proudGhanaian pic.twitter.com/Crw9l0bxFn

Andre Ayew congratulates brother Jordan on Crystal Palace move

Ghana captain Andre Ayew has congratulated his junior brother Jordan Ayew after the latter completed a move to join Premier League side Crystal Palace

The 27-year old has joined the London based club on a three-year deal from Championship side Swansea City.

Jordan Ayew joined Palace on loan in the 2018-2019 season but failed to make any impact due to lack of game time.

He played 20 matches and scored one goal in the Premier League in the 2018/2019 season.

The former Marseille striker had a decent tournament at the just ended Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt with Ghana were he scored two goals as well as won the man of the match award against Benin.

After his move was made official on Thursday, the Black Stars captain Andre Ayew on his official page congratulated his brother and wished him well ahead of the new season

“Congrats lil bro. Keep the fire burning love you have a great season”

Palace coach Roy Hodgson described Ghana International, Jordan Ayew, as a “dedicated and hard-working” player, after the club permanently secured the striker’s services for the next three years.

No Ghanaian player dead or alive can be compared to Asamoah Gyan – Kofi Manu

Football erudite Kofi Manu has eulogized Asamoah Gyan, insisting no Ghanaian footballer dead or alive can be compared to the iconic Black Stars striker.

The 33-year-old remains the undisputed king of the game in the West African nation after an illustrious and enviable career.

The former Sunderland hitman has been hailed for his work ethics, genuine heart and professionalism.

Gyan was sensationally stripped off the Ghana captaincy under bizarre circumstances by under-fire coach Kwesi Appiah to spark a wave of controversy before the country’s failed 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Gyan was left on the bench under shocking circumstances at a time that goal scoring had become difficult for the four-time African champions.

The diagnosis of the country’s failed attempt at ending an elusive 37-year-wait for an African crown has largely been blamed on the indecisiveness of coach Appiah and his backroom staff.

And experienced and hugely-read football administrator Kofi Manu, has criticized the poor treatment meted out to the famous striker by the Ghanaian gaffer.

He says the achievements of Gyan surpass any Ghanaian footballer dead or alive.

“You don’t treat a player like Asamoah Gyan like that. His track record both on and off the field is insurmountable,” he told Asempa FM

“Even those he has helped through his many charity organisations did not even wish the team well. It was an unfortunate decision to take the captaincy from him at that material time.

“You took him and didn’t allow him to play. His mere presence in the team was a scary factor for opposing players. These are facts.

“No Ghanaian player can be compared to Asamoah Gyan’s record in world football. He has set records at FIFA and CAF levels.

“He is the highest goal scoring African player at the World Cup and many other unaccountable achievements. You cant take that away from him. He is the real deal.”

Asamoah Gyan is Ghana’s record man. He is a legend. He is famous and the most iconic among this current generation. He has been the symbol of the Black Stars the last decade. At 33, he continues to break new barriers to further cement his legendary status.

He holds the record for the most goals by an African in the history of the FIFA World Cup – 6 goals in three editions (2006, 2010, 2014).

At the twilight of his career, Gyan made the AFCON finals for the seventh time in a row. He has been in the Black Stars squad at every edition since 2008, captaining the side in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

On his previous six appearances, ‘Baby Jet’ as he is fondly called has eight goals to name from 29 matches and reaching the final on two occasions – 2010 and 2015, losing to Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire respectively. He has scored in every edition he has featured equalling the record of Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya and Cameroon icon Samuel Eto’o.

His 29 matches at the AFCON is yet another Ghanaian record at the finals of the flagship continental event.

Government receives Black Stars after AFCON exist.

The Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS), welcomed the senior national team, Black Stars back to Accra, in the early hours of Thursday following their disappointing exit from the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. 

Professor Peter Twumasi, Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) led a delegation to welcome the team at the Kotoka International Airport on behalf of MOYS.

The team departed their base in Ismailia for the Cairo International Airport on Wednesday.

The travelling party was without Andy Yiadom and Caleb Ekuban who have already left for London and Milan respectively. 

Ghana was booted out of the tournament on Monday after losing 5-4 on penalties to Tunisia in the Round of 16 after playing out a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes. Having been to the semi-finals in the last six editions and in the finals on two occasions, this was the worst performance by the team in the tournament since 2006.

Build a strong local league for future Black Stars – Odartey Lamptey

Former Black Stars player and current assistant coach of Sekondi Wise Fighters, Nii Odartey Lamptey, believes the lack of proper attention on Ghana’s local league is a factor for the country’s inability to win any continental showpiece.

After the exit of the Black Stars from the ongoing Cup of Nations, discussions have occupied airwaves on how the country can learn from this elimination and start planning and building a team for the future.

Nii Odartey Lamptey has suggested that the country should take a critical look at the local league and address especially the salaries issues of players.

He said the issue is a major factor responsible for young talents not staying in the country for a considerable number of time before they leave for foreign teams.

Speaking on Kumasi based Nhyira FM, he said the country loses big time in the long run because the talents who will grow for the national team do not reach their full potential in order to survive in the global pressure to perform.

“If you look at our league, it is not attractive. So we must take a critical look at that. I think even how we pay, it has contributed to the players leaving the country to play in other countries even when they are not ripe.”

“The problem is, if you are not ripe or matured enough and you leave to go out and play, you may lose the talent that you have. I think this is a major issue we should look at.”

“If we are able to develop our league very well, our players can mature before they go out to the outside world,” he said.

NDC wants Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah fired

The opposition National Democratic Congress Deputy Regional Communications Officer, Eric Adjei wants the Youth and Sports Minister, Hon. Isaac Asiamah sacked before coach Kwesi Appiah.

His call follows the National team’s abysmal performance in the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament.

Ghana lost 5-4 to Tunisia in penalties on Monday in the round of 16 leaving the nation in shock.

Commenting on the Senior National Team the Black Stars of Ghana exit from the ongoing tournament, Eric Adjei said since the Sports Minister promised to win the tournament and couldn’t, he must be removed immediately for incompetence.

“The Minister promised to win the trophy so if the team could not win it then he must be sacked. The Minister also failed to disclose the budget to Ghanaians and you see these people, team that you were sent to play a tournament and you sent three times of budget without winning it, he must go”, he told O.B on Asempa FM late afternoon political show Eko Sii Sen on Tuesday monitored by Daniel Kaku.

He stated that if Ghanaians want to blame anybody it’s none but the Sports Minister.

“If we want to blame anybody then we should first blame the Sports Minister. The Minister should come and tell Ghanaians that was unity at the camp of Black Stars or not”, he emphasized.

He intimated that it is high time Ghana go for a foreign coach because as for foreign coach no Ghanaian can influence and control him adding that, “Influence in Black Stars by some politicians was too much”.

Mr. Adjei blames President Akufo-Addo for the Stars’ elimination who played a major role in the formation of the senior team prior to the tournament.

“Why should President Akufo-Addo spoke to Asamoah Gyan who announced that he would not play again for Black Stars to change his mind and join the team, President Akufo-Addo is part of our elimination?”, he quizzed.

Angry Eric Adjei also descended on some sports journalists in the country for failing to criticize the Sports Minister as they did to John Mahama-led Sports Ministers.

“Most of the journalists in this country are not fit for their jobs, you know the reason, anytime there is a new administration, look at how they behave, was it not these same people who were always on the neck of Kwesi Nyantakyi and today these journalists fear to criticize Isaac Asiamah and it seems they have something secret with him, look at them, their mouths are fulled, I am telling them”, he charged.

He added “…you just look, now that they are coming, they are coming to talk about the coach Kwesi Appiah but when NDC were in power, was Elvis Afriyie Ankrah an assistant coach, was Nii Lante a coach, they were all blamed by these journalists so if today something is not going well, you must also blame the current Sports Minister too,” he intimated.

Sports Minister to face Parliament over Ghana’s failed AFCON campaign

Youth and Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah, is expected to be hauled to Parliament, to answer why Ghana performed poorly at the 2019 AFCON tournament.

The MPs expressed concerns over the Black Stars’ disappointing performance which saw them exit the tournament after Monday’s defeat to Tunisia at Ismailia in Egypt.

Black Stars lost 5-4 on penalties to the Carthage Eagles following a 1-1 in 120 minutes of action.

It is the first time the team is exiting the tournament without reaching the semifinal stage since they were eliminated at the group stage in the 2006 tournament also staged in Egypt.

The team is expected to arrive at the Kotoka Airport in Accra, by Wednesday.

On Tuesday, members on the two sides of the House indicated that they have begun the process to get Mr. Asiamah to appear before them to respond to questions.

An urgent question has been filed by the Minority for the Minister to appear, Ranking member on the Sports Committee, Kwabena Woyome, has indicated.

Mr. Woyome says there are lots of questions requiring answers, hence the urgent question.

“We’d want the Minister to tell the country something through Parliament,” Mr. Woyome told JoyNews correspondent, Joseph Opoku Gakpo.

Mr. Woyome also wants to know what lessons have been learnt from the country’s abysmal performance while trying to juxtapose that with the ongoing process to normalise football in the country.

Chairman of the Youth and Sports Committee, Kofi Agyekum, disagrees with his colleague on the minority side for attempting to summon the minister to the floor to answer questions. He says the committee will rather invite him to come to brief them on the AFCON at a committee sitting.

Ghana’s fans and supporters during the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations football match, Ghana Vs Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on January 24, 2013. Ghana won 1-0. Photo by Christian Liewig/NCI//ABACAPRESS.COM

“…As representatives of the people, he has the duty to appear before us to answer those questions,” Mr. Agyekum stated.

He believes the current development “presents the country with an opportunity to tackle issues relating to football systematically and have them addressed.”

There was a leadership vacuum at the Black Stars hotel – Fred Pappoe

Former vice President of the Ghana Football Association Mr Fred Pappoe has blamed the lack of leadership as a probable cause of the poor showing of the Black Stars at the ongoing nations cup.

Ghana suffered the ignominy of been eliminated at the round of 16 stage 5-4 on penalties by Tunisia.

A lot of factors has since been blamed for the team’s poor showing and Fred Pappoe has added his voice.

In an interview with Accra based Happy Fm, the Great Olympics board member posits there was an apparent lack of control on visitors to the Black Stars camp this he blames on the leader of delegation for the tournament.

“There was apparent lack of control of visitors into the Stars camp and reports of players not resting enough and staying up into the early hours of the morning braiding hair and other banal stuff.

The question is who was the leader of delegation during the tournament? It can’t be Dr KK Sarpong because he wasn’t there throughout.

There was the need for an ever present and effective and visible leadership with the team. These are some of the lapses in the team that could contribute to our poor showing” he said

The experienced football administrator who once served as the management committee chairman of the team stressed that players respond to a command chain in place.

Mr Pappoe also pointed accusing fingers at the team’s management committee for their lapse in maintaining discipline in camp.

“Footballers will respond to what they see and feel. If there was a command chain, these issues won’t pop out. Some will misbehave if they noticed nobody was watching them .

If Dr KK Sarpong was busy and couldn’t be around, someone or officials firm enough should have been around.

If the report we are hearing is true, with all due respect to the management committee they didn’t do well. Things were better in Dubai but they lost control in Egypt” he added

The Black Stars of Ghana touched down at the Kotoka International airport 3 am this morning 11 July, 2019.

Lack of a substantive GFA cost us in Egypt – Rashid Pelpuo

RASHID PELPOU

Wa Central MP and former Sports Minister, Hon. Rashid Pelpuo, says that the absence of a substantive administrative body running Ghana football is one of the main causes of Ghana’s exit from the 2019 AFCON tournament.

Ghana lost 5-4 to Tunisia on penalties on Monday in the round of 16 leaving the nation to wait for the 2021 edition to see if a 5th Nations Cup title will be won.

Hon. Pelpuo believes that a more concrete and permanent GFA would have served the team better instead of the current Normalisation Committee which was set up to replace the Kwesi Nyantakyi-led administration.

“I think that the team did well. Individually, they tried their best but their best was not good enough but what happened in Egypt tells of a weakness in football administration in Ghana.

The exit of Kwesi Nyantakyi has created a big gap which we are unable to close. This is something that requires us to sit down and find a solution.

We cannot have an interim management again in the next tournament or before any major tournament. We need to have a strong, elected GFA that can perform the same way if not better than what Nyantakyi did.”

Ghana’s latest setback in the AFCON is the first time the team has missed the semi-finals since 2006. In that tournament, Ghana exited at the first round stage after losses to Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Coincidentally, that year’s tournament was played in Egypt.

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