Week 21 matches of the Ghana Premier league were played at seven league centres.Â Kotoko seem to have turned on a new leaf after picking their 2nd straight win of the league season by beating Medeama 3-1 at the Baba Yara Stadium.
This game was seen as the clash of the week due to Medeama's fine form at the Baba Yara Stadium over the years.Goals from Evans Quao, Ahmed Adams and Saddick Adams handed Kotoko all 3 points on the day.Â
At the Bechem Stadium it was a different game as Bechem United rub salt in the wounds of Hearts of Oak as they suffered a second straight defeat in the league.Â A lone goal from former Kotoko striker Ahmed Toure was enough to hand Bechem a 1-0 victory.Â
Aduana Stars also took advantage of the situation that group leaders WAFA were missing in action to move on same points with a hard fought 2-1 over Liberty Professionals in Dormaa
GHPLwk 21 results
Tema Youth FC 1-2 Ebusua DwarfsÂ
[Tawfik Mohammed || Nicholas Gyan, Joseph Esso]
Great Olympics 2-0 Wa All StarsÂ
[Benjamin Arthur, Cofie Bekoe]
Aduana Stars 2-1 Liberty Professionals
[Sam Adams (pen), Bright Adjei || Bernard Arthur]
Berekum Chelsea 1-1 Inter Allies FCÂ
[Alfred Okai Quaye || Abdul Nassiru Hamzah]
Elmina Sharks FC 3-1 Bolga All StarsÂ
[Eric Osei, Felix Addo || Latif Abubakar]
Bechem United 1-0 Hearts of Oak
[Amed Simba Toure (pen)]
Asante Kotoko SC 3-1 Medeama SCÂ
[Evans Quao, Ahmed Adams, Sadick Adams] Â Â [Oppong B
WAFA and Ashgold game was postponed by the FA due to seven of WAFA's players in camp for the local Black Stars.
Black Stars Captain Asamoah Gyan has been awarded a doctorate degree by the Alfred Noble University in Ukraine for his his excellence in football.
The ceremony which took place today at the Faculty of Law of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) saw lots of Sports enthusiasts who troop to School to support the skipper.
The honorary doctorate degree is for his achievements on the football field and his philanthropical works which include building an astro turf pitch worth USD$200,000 for Accra Academy.
Gyan's philanthropic activities also include financial support to hospital, ailing kidsâ€™ borehole projects for communities have all contributed to the award.
He is Ghanaâ€™s top scorer with 51 goals and African leading scorer at the FIFA World cup with 6 goals. His performances for Ghana, clubs in Italy, France, England, UAE and China have all contributed to the decision to give him the award.
Gyan 32, now joins an illustrious list of Ghanaians, including President Akuffo-Addo, Dr. Osei Kwame Despite, and Rev. Dr. Lawrence Tetteh who have been honored with doctorate degrees by the Alfred Nobel University.
He recently signed a 2-year contract with Turkish Side Kayserispor which could be his last spell outside the Country.
Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Everton over the transfer of Romelu Lukaku "subject to a medical and personal terms".
Sky Sports News HQ understands United will pay Â£75m up-front plus Â£15m of add-ons and Wayne Rooney will move to Goodison Park in the opposite direction.
United have declared they have got their man, despite Sky sources claiming a late intervention from Chelsea on Friday night in which they indicated to Everton they will match United's offer. The feeling at Stamford Bridge was that Lukaku's agent, Mino Raiola, wants him to go to United while the player himself preferred a move to Chelsea.
Sources in London indicated the decision was down to Lukaku choosing between suiting his agent's agenda or a sporting one to satisfy his long-held desire to return to Chelsea, who originally signed him from Anderlecht for Â£18m in August 2011.
But Lukaku is already in Los Angeles, where he has been training with prospective United team-mate Paul Pogba, and is expected to undergo a United medical ahead of their pre-season US tour.
Blues boss Antonio Conte is understood to have been frustrated at the prospect of missing out Lukaku, who had been his main target for a new striker this summer.
Conte is understood to want to sell Diego Costa, with Atletico Madrid interested in taking the player back to Spain, and he appears to have missed out on his chosen replacement to a potential Premier League title rival.
All the while, Alvaro Morata remains at Real Madrid, having seen United have a number of offers for him rejected earlier this summer and aware that Chelsea have also been interested in his services.
The rest of United's squad travel to the USA on Sunday, with their first friendly taking place against LA Galaxy on July 15.
Week 21 matches of the Ghana Premier League promises to be exciting and intriguing.
At the Baba Yara Sports Stadium this Weekend President Cup winners Kumasi Asante Kotoko will face one of their biggest test in the league as they face Tarkwa base side Medeama FC.
Kotoko striker Saddick Adams earlier this week said they are confident of snatching all 3 points against the mauves.
Medeama have always proved to be a handfull for Kotoko, managing to draw their last two meetings with Kotoko at the Baba Yara Stadium.
Kotoko lost 1-2 to Medeama at the Tarkwa T&A Park in the first leg of this fixture and will definitely have revenge at the back of their minds. Coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Steve Pollack, has won three of his last five games and will be expecting his charges to get all 3 points.
Kotoko lie 4th on the league table with 32 points with Medeama on 5th with 28 points.
Hearts of Oak will have to be tough as they travel to Bechem to play Bechem United, Hearts have had two loses on the bounce losing to Ashgold at home in The Premier League and to Kotoko in the President's Cup.
Bechem United have been a bit decent at home and Hearts will have to put in an improved display if they want to get all 3 points. The game between League leaders WAFA and Ashgold has been postponed because WAFA have seven of their players in the Local Black Stars Camp.
Aduana Stars will have the opportunity to be on same points with WAFA as they take on Liberty Professionals.
GPL Week 21 matches
Tema Youth vs DwarfsÂ Venue: Tema
Asante Kotoko vs Medeama Venue: Baba Yara
Berekum Chelsea vs Inter AlliesÂ Venue: Berekum
Bechem United vs Hearts of Oak Venue: Bechem
Aduana Stars vs Liberty Professionals Venue: Dormaa
Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old who captured the hearts of football fans, has died following a brave battle with cancer.
Lowery's family announced on their Facebook fundraising page, on which millions worldwide have followed his battle against neuroblastoma, that their "superhero" had died in the arms of his "heartbroken" family.
The family's words read: "My brave boy has went with the angels today 07/07/17 at 13:35, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family. He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed elsewhere. "There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words. Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels."
The six-year-old Sunderland fan has been battling the rare form of cancer since he was 18 months old but in fact beat the disease once only for it to return in July 2016.
His bravery in battling the disease with a huge smile on his face and his passion for football has touched millions around the world. Through his illness and his love of Sunderland, where he appeared as a mascot in the Premier League match against Chelsea in December 2016, he struck up a friendship with Sunderland and England striker Jermain Defoe.
He soon began to refer to Defoe as his "best mate" and the England star often visited him in hospital to comfort him through his treatment. Lowery was elated when Defoe was recalled to the England side in March 2017 for a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania and walked on to Wembley with his best mate as his mascot.
Defoe this week visited Lowery in hospital to say goodbye and later in a media conference at his new club Bournemouth talked about the friendship with a boy that would "always be in my heart" "He will always be in my heart for the rest of my life," he said. "We are there for the family, even going forward. It is difficult. It puts stuff into perspective.
"There is not a day that goes past where I do not wake up in the morning and check my phone or think about little Bradley because his love is genuine and I can see it in his eyes. It is special."
A minute's applause will be held for Bradley ahead of Friday's match between Sunderland and Bury Football club, with the players and fans paying their respects to the mascot and his family.
Throughout his illness, Bradley's family and friends have raised thousands of pounds to fight neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children, and will now set up a foundation in his name to offer help and support other children and parents facing the disease.
The Black Starlets have been drawn in Group A of the FIFA U17 World Cup alongside the United States of America, Columbia and host India.
The Starlets who finished 2nd in the African Championship behind Mali will be aiming to moveÂ a step further toÂ win the World Cup in October.
The Black Starlets of Ghana finished 2nd in the Africa Youth Championship
Group D, obviously the group of death comprisesÂ Â football power houses Brazil, Spain, African semi finalist Niger and Korea DPR.
African Champions Mali are in Group B with Turkey, New Zealand and Paraguay. The last edition of the tournament was played in 2015 in Chile and was won by Nigeria which failed to qualify to this year's tournament.
The tournament will begin on the 6th of October to the 28 of October Â Full draw Delhi Group (A) India USA Colombia Ghana
Mumbai Group (B) Mali New Zealand Turkey Paraguay
Goa Group (C) Germany Iran Costa Rica Guinea
Kochi Group (D) Brazil Spain Korea DPR Niger
Guwahati Group (E) France Japan Honduras New Caledonia
Lionel Messi will not spend any time in prison despite being found guilty of tax fraud after agreeing to pay an increased fine.
Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty in July 2016 of three counts of defrauding the Spanish tax authority of Â£3.59m - 4.1 million euros - by hiding earnings from image rights in offshore accounts in Uruguay and Belize from 2007 to 2009.
He was given 21 months in prison, but Spanish law sees all first time offenders given suspended sentences if the jail term is under two years.
Messi has therefore been spending the time on probation, but now the remainder of his sentence will be scrapped as he has agreed to pay an increased fine, rather than have the remaining months against his name.
The forward's sentence had previously been upheld on appeal in May, but now the unlikely possibility that he might have been forced to spend time behind bars has now been removed entirely.
Messi will pay 250,000 euros - the equivalent of Â£221,000 - while his father will pay 180,000 euros.
Earlier this week, Messi signed a new Â£500,000 a week deal with Barcelona until 2021 - meaning he only has to work three days to pay off his debt to the Spanish authorities.
Everton are waiting on Manchester United to meet their total demands over the sale of Romelu Lukaku, which could amount to Â£90m, according to Sky sources.
United are confident of landing the Belgium striker and have agreed an initial fee of Â£75m, but the Toffees want a number of add-ons that will take the total price even further.
Lukaku is currently in Los Angeles, where he has been training with United midfielder Paul Pogba and is expected to undergo a medical with his potential new club ahead of their US tour.
But Sky Sports News HQ understands Lukaku does not have permission to be away from Everton's training base at Finch Farm, and was supposed to report back for pre-season training on Thursday.
Lukaku's future at Goodison Park has been in doubt since he rejected a lucrative new contract offer back in March and said during duty with the Belgium national team that he knew where his future would be.
The 24-year-old has also been a target for Chelsea this summer but United boss Jose Mourinho has also been keen to add a new high-profile striker to his squad after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to injury.
United had been in talks with Real Madrid over a possible deal for Alvaro Morata and saw a number of offers rejected, but Sky Sports News HQ understands their interest in bringing the Spain international to Old Trafford has now come to an end.
There are also negotiations ongoing between the two north-west clubs over Wayne Rooney's potential return to Merseyside, with a willingness on all sides to get the deal done, according to Sky sources.
Reports emanating from England suggest that Stoke City are closer to signing Torino and Ghanaian midfielder Afriyie Acquah.
The midfielder has been linked with a move to England over the past two years and rumours suggest he has already agreed personal terms with the Potters.
The 25-year old was initially linked to Newcastle United where he would have played with Black Stars winger Christian Atsu but he quickly moved to quash those rumours.
Further report suggest that Stoke City are yet to reach an agreement with Torino and this could see Stoke pay between 7-10 million pounds for the signature of the Ghanaian.
Acquah figured 21 times for Torino last season, scoring two goals from midfield
Acquah is known for his robust nature and atletism on the pitch and has been likened to former Chelsea Star and Ghanaian Micheal Essien. He joined Torino from Hoffenheim for Â£2.3million in 2015 having previously had loan spells at Parma and Sampdoria.
The Local Black Stars will come upÂ against the Local Hawks of Togo on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
The match will be played in the Togolese capital of Lome, and will serve as preparatory match for Ghanaâ€™s home based side as they continue preparation towards the CHAN qualifiers and the upcoming WAFU competition.
The Local Stars have played series of friendly games and are currently being camped at the Ghanaman Soccer of Excellence in Prampram, where coach Maxwell Konadu is keeping the team in shape ahead of their CHAN qualifiers against Burkina Faso next month as well as the WAFU tourney in September.
This game will be a stambling block to some matches in the GPL this weekend with the clash between WAFA and Ashgold already postponed because WAFA have a number of their first team players in the Black Stars B team.
The Premier League Board(PLB) has postponed the Ghana Premier League week 21 clash between WAFA and Ashantigold.
The clash which was scheduled for Sunday has now been postponed because league leaders WAFA have as many as seven of their players in the Local Blackstars team whichÂ will play Togo in a friendly this weekend.
WAFA players in camp include Razak Abalora (GK), Gideon Waja, Majeed Ashimeru, Richmond Lamptey, Daniel Lomotey, Musah Nuhu and Caleb Amankwah are all expected to feature for the Local Stars.
The PLB will reschedule the game which is now deemed as an outstanding match to be played later. This move gives Aduana Stars, 2nd on the League table with 37 points an opportunity to be on same point with WAFA who lead the table with 40 points.
Meanwhile Coach Maxwell Konadu has handed Ghana National U17 Captain Eric Ayiah a call-up into the Local Black Stars for the Togo game.
The Ghana Football Association has ordered former Medeama SC Coach, Tom Christian Marcus Strand, to pay a compensation of GHâ‚µ34,000 to the Tarkwa based club for the illegal termination of his contract.
According to the GFA Player Status Committee, the Swede defaulted on his contractual agreement with Medeama when he walked out of the club without following due process.
Strand is currently the head Coach of Great Olympics. He went missing in South Africa after Medeama lost 3-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in a 2016 CAF Confederation Cup play-off tie in Pretoria. He had a 2-year contract with the miners.
He never came back to Ghana until after 10 months, to sign a contract with Great Olympics.
Medeama Officials wanted to solve the issue amicably but all efforts to get the Swede to negotiate proved futile, they had no option than to report to the FA.
Reports indicate that Medeama are still unhappy because they deem the fine as a meager amount and might appeal to demand Â an GHâ‚µ84,000 cedi payment.
Japanese top athlete Dae Tamasue,has said Ghana has what it takes to win medals at the Olympic Games especially in athletics.
The athlete who arrived in the country Thursday Â morning on a three-day tour would share his experience with Ghanaian athletes to encourage them to win laurels for the country.
He was met at the Kotoka International Airport by members of the Japanese community and the Director General, Technical, at the National Sports Authority, Saka Acquaye.Â
"Ghana has great potentials in sports and coming to Ghana, I would interact with several sporting personalities, share my experience and encourage them to excel at the world stage,"he stated.
The Olympic bronze medalist, who is visiting Ghana for the first time would also interact with the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee(GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah, Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah and executives of the NSA.
He would hold seminars for school children at the Accra Academy as well as the Accra Sports Stadium before departing on Saturday.
"I am very excited to be in the country and believe my visit would go a long way to develop sports and also improve the relationship between the two countries."he stated.
Sports he said is very good for developing the social skills of children and he would be teaching Ghanaian kids to help them understand the impact of sports in their lives.
Athletics he noted is currently huge in Japan and wish Ghana would also develop especially with regards to hurdling.
The track hero is the first ever Japanese sprinter to win a medal at the world championships and current Japanese record holder for the men's 400m hurdle as of July,2016.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko Striker Saddick Adams believes that the President Cup win over Accra Hearts of Oak will be a morale booster for his team as they prepare to face Medeama this Sunday in the Ghana Premier League super clash at the Baba Yara Stadium.
The Striker who scored Kotoko's last penalty to win them the President Cup with a cheecky chip over Hearts goalkeeper Ben Mensah says the win has come at a perfect time.
"Playing almost 90 minutes in two days against Hearts was not an easy game but we told ourselves that we had to win and this has given us a huge morale ahead of the game against Medeama."
Medeama have always given Kotoko a tough time at the Baba Yara Stadium and have not lost in their last 2 visits to Kumasi.
They beat Kotoko 2-1 in the first leg of this fixture at the Tarkwa T&A Park. Coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Steve Pollack has been able to restore some consistency in Kotoko's game after picking up 3 wins in their last 5 games.
Kotoko are now 4th on the league table with 32 points and Medeama lie 5th with 28 points.
Kotoko beat Hearts of Oak 4-1 on penalties to win the 2017 President Cup
Forty-one percent of African footballers receive their salaries late or are not paid at all, a study conducted by the international players union, FIFPro has revealed.
According to the Secretary General of the international players union, FIFPro, Theo van Seggelen, a labour market research of 14,000 players in 54 African countries found that 41% of football professionals do not get a salary and 45% earn less than $1,000 a month.
Mr van Seggelen made this known on Wednesday when he addressed the 2017 FIFPro Division Africa General Assembly at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra.
He said FIFPro finds the situation unacceptable and hopes to address it during talks with with Confederation of African Football vice president Kwesi Nyantakyi.
"I understand that we will meet the CAF vice president and the president of the Ghanaian federation, Kwesi Nyantakyi. I really look forward to speaking with him and I will like to confront him and you also with the facts, as you all know we have published our labour market research which shows that still, 41% of professional players in Africa do not receive their salaries on time or even are not paid at all," Mr van Seggelen said in an address to a gathering of FIFPro members from across Africa.
"This is something for FIFpro which is not acceptable and I really hope that we can convince FIFA, the clubs and also the leagues that we have to make an end of that it is our collective responsibility and we must not rest till we tackle it.
"The football player has a very short career which is his job and work and everybody working in the world has to be paid and why not our professional players and this a priority and we must stop this before the end of the year," he stressed.
His comments were re-echoed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah who advocated for the introduction of standardised contracts which will provide a basic salary for all players in the local league. who also addressed the Congress.
Mr Asiamah said the situation where footballers became destitute in retirement must be consigned to the past, stating that the MOYS was hoping to compliment the efforts of the PFAG by establishing a sports fund which will contribute a portion of its proceeds to cater for retired players.
He said, retired footballers must be role models to the youth of the country who must look to them for inspiration and not as cautionary tales.
The two-day FIFPro Division Africa General Assembly which ends today was addressed by Liberty Professionals and Black Stars defender, Samuel Sarfo, the General Secretary of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana, Tony Baffoe and the Chairman of the GFA Player Status Committee, Lawyer Opoku Agyemang who all pledged their commitment to the welfare of players in Africa.
Also present at the Congress was deputy Black Stars coach, Ibrahim Tanko, former Ghana internationals, Samuel Osei Kuffuor and Yussif Chibsah, Wa All Stars skipper, Hafiz Adams as well as former Cameroonian international, Geremi Njitap.
After a short break for interviews, the membership of the FIFpro Congress later held closed-door deliberations ahead of a scheduled unveiling of their offices later in the day.
Ashantigold Coack C.K Akunnor and goalkeeper George Owu have been named NASCO Coach and player of the month of June respectively.
Akunnor fend off competition from WAFA CoachÂ Klavs Rasmussen and Tema Youth coach Edward Odoom both of whom had led their sides to an impressive runs in the month of June.
C.K has done an incredible job so far at Ashgold by lifting them from the relegation zone of the Ghana Premier League.
Owu who many doubted becuase of his age, now 34 has been in fine form for the miners and has been part of their recent success that has seen them rise to 13th on the league table.
Ashgold have won 4 of their last 5 matches and their last victory came against Hearts of Oak at the Accra sports stadium.
Meanwhile George Owu becomes the first goalkeeper to win the monthly prize since its inception after being named ahead of his contenders; David Abagna of Wa All Stars and Joseph Paintsil of Tema Youth.
He registered an impressive four clean sheets in four matches in the month of June, helping his side move out of the relegation zone.
Sponsors of the Ghana Premier League's weekly Man of the Match awards and the monthly Player and Coach of the Month Awards, NASCO Electronics, will present its sleek Q6 mobile phones to the winners at their next league match in Obuasi this weekend when Ashantigold face leaders WAFA.
Everton have accepted a Â£75m bid from Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku, Sky sources understand.
Belgium international Lukaku had been linked with a move back to Chelsea this summer but it appears the 24-year-old will instead become a high-profile Jose Mourinho signing.
He rejected a lucrative contract offer from Everton back in March and said, somewhat cryptically, last month that a decision had been made over where he would be playing this season. Mourinho had been looking for a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and talks had been held with Real Madrid over a possible deal for Alvaro Morata.
But Sky Sports News HQ understands their interest in bringing Morata to Old Trafford has now come to an end.
Lukaku, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, is expected to have a medical later this week with the hope that he can join United for their tour of the United States next week.
United return to training on Saturday before flying off to Los Angeles on Sunday. Sky sources also understand the Lukaku deal is not linked to one which could see Wayne Rooney head in the opposite direction, moving back to Goodison Park and re-joining a club he left back in 2004 as a teenager.
Negotiations are continuing between the clubs and Rooney's representatives over his return to Merseyside.