Sports Xtra

Hearts beat Liberty Professionals in NC Competition

A 42nd minute headed goal from Kwadwo Obeng Junior handed Accra Hearts of Oak a narrow 1-0 win over city rivals Liberty Professionals 1-0 yesterday in the week five game of the Normalisation Committee Special Cup at the Dansoman Carl Reindhorf Park.

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C. K. Akonnor to face his former team Ashanti Gold in NC Special Competition

Kumasi Asante Kotoko will host their regional rivals Ashanti Gold in the Match Day 4 of the Normalization Committee Special Competition.

A lot has happened between the two clubs in the last 365 days and it’s likely to add more bite in the clash on Wednesday.

The animosity between these two clubs raised to a different level after management of Ashanti Gold refused to release their players to the Porcupine Warriors during their Confederation Cup campaign.

On the pitch, they have a score to settle after the rescheduling of their President Kuffour Ceremonial Cup few months ago.

Kotoko’s coach C K Akonnor will have something to prove to his former club when they lock horns on Wednesday.

Saddick Adams, Eric Donkor and Richard Osei Agyemang who were declared surplus to requirement at Kumasi Asante Kotoko have since rediscovered their form and will be determined to prove something against their former employers.

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Kotoko is bigger than Yacouba – George Amoako

Chief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko George Amoako has insisted the club is bigger than Songne Yacouba following the striker’s quest to leave.

The Porcupine Warriors on Monday announced they have opened negotiations with Zambian giant Zesco United for the sale of their top marksman Songne Yacouba after the player insisted the club must sell him.

Reacting to the news, Chief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko George Amoako insisted he is not bothered about losing the player, vowing to bring someone better than him.

“No player is bigger than Asante Kotoko, Yacouba or no Yacouba Kotoko is still Kotoko,” he told Kessben FM Sports

“What I want to tell the fans is, they should come and cheer the team. They will get a better Yacouba in the squad in no time. They should mark it on the wall.”

Kotoko are likely to lose key members of their squad after the club announced the beginning of negotiations with the Zambians club.

Written by Gideon Sarpong

We can win the AFCON title with a united front - Maxwell Konadu

Assistant Headcoach of the Black Stars, Maxwell Konadu, has indicated, that the team only needs a united front in order to win the Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON).

Egypt will host this year's Africa Cup of Nations which has been scheduled for June and July as well as expanded to 24 teams.

The Black Stars have already booked a place in the AFCON.

According to Konadu who also doubles as the Black Stars B head coach, Ghana can win the 2019 AFCON because the team has the quality to.

"Winning the cup, we have what it takes, we need a united front. We have all the players, we have the technical know-how, he told the media.

The Black Stars have a game to play in the qualifiers against Kenya next month.

Ghana has not won the AFCON title since 1982 and have been in two finals in the last decade.

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DNA confirms Asamoah Gyan is father of Gifty’s children

Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan, is indeed the father of his three children after a paternity test was conducted, Ghanaweb can confirm.

The footballer, after filing for divorce from his wife, Gifty Gyan, late last year allegedly denied fathering their three children demanding a DNA test to be carried out on all three to ascertain if he is the father of the children.

However a reliable source has confirmed that the DNA results turned out positive hence all the children are his.

Background

Ghanaian footballer and captain of the Ghana Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan has allegedly filed for divorce from his wife, Gifty Gyan, at the Divorce and Matrimonial Division of the High Court, Accra.

The footballer has also denied fathering their three children and is demanding a DNA test to be carried out on all three to ascertain if he is the father of the children.

GhanaWeb.com is reliably informed that Gyan and his wife Gifty have not seen eye to eye in the last few months, but the desire of the Black Stars captain to officially terminate the five-year marriage is a clear indication that their differences have now become irreconcilable.

The news outlet is also reliably informed that the footballer, who filed for divorce in August this year is currently making preparation to marry an Accra-based business woman, once his marriage to Gifty is annulled by the court.

Although Gyan has had a ‘scandal-laden’ career, he has successfully shielded his wife and three children from the public eye and media scrutiny.

Details of why Asamoah Gyan’s marriage to Gifty has hit the rocks are unknown but sources close to the estranged wife say Gyan grew cold towards Gifty after another woman came into his life.

The said woman was in June this year mistaken for Asamoah Gyan’s wife at the grand opening of his new sports bar located in Osu, Accra.

Interestingly, the same lady was mentioned as Asamoah Gyan’s wife when Emmanuel ‘Game Boy’ Tagoe fought his last bout in defense of his IBO World title this month.

She was also spotted in town with the footballer when he came to Ghana recently for his summer vacation.

When rumors started making the rounds earlier this year about a possible love-affair between Gyan and the said woman, the business woman denied it.

She explained that her relationship with Gyan was purely professional as she owns a property that houses one of Gyan’s companies. But investigation by GhanaWeb reveals that the relationship between the business woman and Asamoah Gyan is beyond ‘landlord- tenant’ relationship as the two are currently courting and set to marry after his divorce to his current wife Gifty Gyan.

The latest indication of the current troubles in the marriage was the alleged seizure of Gifty’s passport by Baffour Gyan, who is the elder brother of Asamoah Gyan, to supposedly prevent her from returning to Asamoah’s residence in the United Kingdom.

Gyan and Gifty have been together since 2003 and got married in 2013 after their second child was born.

Sources close to Asamoah Gyan confirmed GhanaWeb’s story but declined to comment publicly.

Written by Gideon Sarpong

Winning 2019 AFCON will be difficult for Ghana - Kwabena Yeboah

The Black Stars of Ghana will not have a smooth ride in their attempt to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations according to ace sports writer Kwabena Yeboah.

According to the SWAG President, Ghana’s chances of winning the trophy has not only been made difficult by the expansion of the tournament but also the positive strides made by some countries who previously were no match for the country.

Speaking to pressmen at the launch of the 44th edition of the SWAG Awards, Kwabena Yeboah admitted that the quality of players in the Black Stars has waned and the team will have to punch above its weight if they are to win the tournament which will be held in Egypt.

“There are going to be 24 countries that are going to compete at the AFCON and I think that sometimes we tend to be a bit arrogant that once Ghana is participating we have a birthright to go and win the trophy. It is my sincere and candid wish and hope that we would win the trophy because it has eluded us for a very long time”.

“Winning the Africa Cup of Nations is getting more difficult by the year so I do not think that it is going to be easy. I do not think that we can boast of a team that is extraordinarily talented for us to put our hands on our chest and say we going to win the Africa Cup of Nations”, he said.

The Black Stars have already qualified for the tournament which is slated for June 21 to July 19, 2019.

With Ghana’s last AFCON glory coming in 1982, Ghanaians are expectant coach Kwesi Appiah and his charges will refresh Ghana’s trophy cabinet with 2019 AFCON title.

Written by Gideon Sarpong