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Kotoko knock out Hearts, meet Karela in grand final of NC Tier 1

Kumasi Asante Kotoko crushed rival Hearts of Oak’s dream of representing Ghana in next year’s CAF Champions League when they gained a 5-4 penalty win over their bitter opponents in their semi-final Normalisation Committee Special Tier 1 competition at the Accra Sports stadium.

Written by Gideon Sarpong
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Ghana Football Awards: Thomas Partey, Felix Annan and Mukarama Abdulai vie for footballer of the year

Thomas Partey, Mukarama Abdulai and Felix Annan have been nominated for the flagship award for the 2019 Ghana Football Awards.

Partey earned the nomination after excelling with Atletico Madrid and the Black Stars, registering some sensational goals with his trademark long-rangers

While Felix Annan was instrumental as Asante Kotoko booked their place in the CAF Confederation Cup group stage of the competition. He made several point-blank saves to keep the Porcupine Warriors going.

And Mukarama put Ghana on the world map again when he emerged as the top scorer of the 2018 FIFA U-17 World Cup, bagging eight goals.

 The three will be on the podium and go head to head for the gong in July this year.

Partey, who won the top award at the maiden edition last year, has been nominated alongside Black Maidens striker Mukarama Abdulai and Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Felix Annan.

The Atletico Madrid midfield enforcer and the Asante Kotoko goalie were also shortlisted for the foreign-based player of the year and the local-based player of the year, respectively.

Whereas Mukarama Abdulai is tipped as favourite to win women’s footballer of the year award as she comes up against Black Queens duo Janet Egyir and Grace Asantewaa. 

The awards will be staged on 22nd July 2019 at the Marriott Hotel in Accra.

Below is the full list of the nominations

Goalkeeper of the Year

Felix Annan - Asante Kotoko

Nana Bonsu - Enugu Rangers

Richard Ofori - Maritzburg United

Coach of the Year

Johnson Smith - Karela United

Charles Akonnor - Asante Kotoko

Augustine Adotey - Black Maidens

Home-based Footballer of the Year

Felix Annan - Asante Kotoko Abdul

Fatawu Shafiu- Asante Kotoko

Mohammed Alhassan- Hearts of Oak

Foreign-based Player of the Year

Thomas Partey- Atletico Madrid

Kwadwo Asamoah- Inter Milan

Joseph Aidoo - KRC Genk

Rising Star of the Year 

Diawisie Taylor - Karela United

Grace Animah - Black Maidens

Mukurama Abdulai- Black Maidens

Women's Footballer of the Year

Grace Asantewaa - Black Queens

 

Janet Egyir - Black Queens

Abdulai Mukurama - Black Maidens

Footballer of the Year

Thomas Partey - Atletico Madrid

Abdulai Mukurama - Black Maidens

Felix Annan - Asante Kotoko

Written by Gideon Sarpong

Normalisation Committee rubbishes report of Nyantakyi exoneration

The Normalisation Committee has disputed a claim that FIFA has cleared former GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi of all financial impropriety.

Ghanasoccernet on Monday revealed that Mr Nyantakyi and members of the Executive Committee under his tenure have all been exonerated from all counts of corruption after FIFA forensic audit.

It said a forensic audit conducted by FIFA on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has found no acts corruption or financial impropriety on Kwesi Nyantakyi during his tenure,

But member of the NC Naa Adofoley Nortey rubbished the claim, denying any knowledge of such a report at the office of the committee.

"I was very surprised when I read that FIFA has finished with their forensic audit and there was no charges against Mr Nyantakyi, she said as quoted by modernghana.com.

"The Normalization Committee have not received anything from FIFA.

"We know how FIFA works when it comes to communicating to the public. Visit the website of FIFA and check if there is anything like that.

Naa Adofoley has categorically falsified the report, urging the public to disregard it.

"There is nothing like that there and I can confirm to you that we have not received anything like that," she said.

"The publication was false and I will urge the public not to pay attention to it."

"We were even discussing when FIFA will give us the feedback on the forensic audit and as a I speak nothing has been communicated to us from FIFA. The media is there to give accurate information and not to tell lies about the Normalization Committee."

Mr Nyantakyi resigned as the president of the Ghana Football Association after he was captured in the 'Number 12' investigative video.

He is however challenging his lifetime ban from football-related activities at the Court of Arbitration of Sports.

He has also sent Anas to court in Ghana claiming the violation of his human rights and also seeking damages for defamation.

Written by Gideon Sarpong

Kwasi Appiah, Gyan to smoke peace pipe

Embattled Black Stars coach, James Kwasi Appiah, and striker Asamoah Gyan are set to smoke the peace pipe after a four-day crossfire turned the two pals into sworn enemies.

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