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U-20 WWC: African Origin Travels and Sports Tourism appointed official travel and hospitality agency

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has officially appointed African Origin travel and tours as the authorized ticket and hospitality agent for Ghana’s participation in the impending FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

African Origin Travel and Sports tourism, who have a track record of managing worldwide events, including world cups and the recent AFCON in Cameroon, are expected to ensure the smooth handling of officials, fans, players, and other critical stakeholders during and after the three-week tournament.

Ghana’s Black Princesses will compete at this level for a record sixth time and hope to make it out of the group for the first time despite drawing the USA, The Netherlands, and Korea.

Meanwhile, African Origin travel and Sports Tourism are to liaise with the Sports Ministry and the Ghana Football Association and provide complete logistics and travel services.

In the coming days, packages will be available for many fans who plan to join the Black Princesses in North America for the Mundial.

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Clearing post-AshGold match-fixing ruling mess entails less stress

So there is a team that has been demoted to Division Two football for allegedly fixing a match in Ghana and continues to accumulate points in a league it won’t compete in again at least for the next two seasons? Yes, and the name of the team is Ashanti Gold Football Club and its peculiar state thanks to the Ghana Football Association’s “hung” ruling in the aftermath of its investigations into the alleged fixed match against Inter Allies still places the Ghana Premier League in a very bad state.

Inroads betting syndicates have made in the Ghanaian and to a large extent, the African club football scene is reportedly at alarming levels to the point where football game results simply can’t be trusted as genuine. Negative perceptions have clouded Ghana Premier League game results, especially in the latter rounds of league seasons and AshGold and Inter Allies did themselves no favours by playing out a game fraught with questionable in-game sequences.

Suspected own goals, suspected goalkeeping and suspected ambience at the Len Clay Stadium as video footage shows fans at the stadium mentioning a specific scoreline before the game’s commencement. In the face of widespread criticism for its passiveness to address the state of club football in Ghana including a conscientious effort to rid the league of fixed games, the GFA reacted in a well by processing the Ash Gold-Inter Allies case and coming out with solid findings and pronouncements.

However, like so many other legally inclined declarations governing Ghana, the implementation or execution of these powerful words has been a challenge. In the case of the GFA, it goes beyond a challenge because it is messy and makes it difficult to fully go in on applauding them for a good job done. It is not necessarily what you say but how you say it is what counts because people can forget what you say they never forget how you made them feel.

The confused state of the league in connection to AshGold’s situation makes it look like the GFA only published the details of the investigations to avoid taking heat in the face of a handful of poor results on the Association’s path. Prior to the release of the investigations, Ghana’s Under 20 Male side failed to progress from the West African Championship to compete at the continental level and be eligible to defend its title.

The Black Satellites bowed out of the WAFU tournament minus a win and scored just a goal in two games while playing an uninspired brand of football to boot. On the administrative side, GFA President Kurt Okraku was reportedly co-opted to CAF’s Executive Committee but that is yet to be determined leaving the Association in a bad spot public relations wise.

With Ash Gold beating Elmina Sharks 3-1 and set to play Asante Kotoko in spite of its fate, maybe certain quarters that believe the GFA published the investigation findings only to paper over their latest shortcomings have a legitimate argument to make. Beyond Kotoko, the Adansi team plays Bechem United and Dreams FC with the former in the thick of a title challenge and the latter battling to avoid a drop into the relegation zone.

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EPL: Abramovich finally walks away as UK government approves new owner

Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich has finally hands off Chelsea Football Club.

The UK Government on Wednesday morning finally approved the sale of the west London club to Todd Boehly’s consortium.

The Consortium has now bought the Premier League club from Abramovich.

A government spokesperson said: “Late last night, the UK Government reached a position where we could issue a licence that permits the sale of Chelsea Football Club.

“Following the sanctioning of Roman Abramovich, the Government has worked hard to ensure Chelsea Football Club has been able to continue to play football.

“But we have always been clear that the long-term future of the club could only be secured under a new owner. Following extensive work, we are now satisfied that the full proceeds of the sale will not benefit Roman Abramovich or any other sanctioned individual.

“We will now begin the process of ensuring the proceeds of the sale are used for humanitarian causes in Ukraine, supporting victims of the war.

“The steps today will secure the future of this important cultural asset and protect fans and the wider football community. We have been in discussions with relevant international partners for necessary licences required and we thank them for all their cooperation.”

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Premier League approves Todd Boehly’s takeover of Chelsea

 

Todd Boehly’s proposed takeover of Chelsea moved a step closer to completion on Tuesday when the Premier League board announced it had approved his purchase of the London club.

A consortium led by Boehly, a co-owner of baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, had already agreed a £4.25 billion ($5.3 billion) deal to buy the Premier League club from owner Roman Abramovich on May 7.

And a Premier League statement said Tuesday, “The Premier League Board has today approved the proposed takeover of Chelsea Football Club by the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Consortium.

“The purchase remains subject to the (British) Government issuing the required sale licence and the satisfactory completion of the final stages of the transaction.”

Russian billionaire Abramovich put Chelsea on the market in early March, just before he was sanctioned by the British government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Completing the purchase has been a lengthy process due to government concerns over the potential for Abramovich to profit from the sale.

There had been fears the takeover would collapse because of the £1.5 billion debt owed by Chelsea’s parent company, Fordstam Ltd, to Camberley International Investments, a Jersey-based company with suspected links to Abramovich.

Abramovich, who has said he has not asked for his loan to be repaid, is understood to have provided confirmation to the government that his associate, Demetris Ioannides, has resigned from the trust owning Camberley International.

Earlier on Tuesday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the government were working with “international partners” to get the deal done.

The Premier League statement added: “The board has applied the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test (OADT) to all prospective directors, and undertaken the necessary due diligence.

“The members of the Consortium purchasing the club are affiliates of the Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., Todd Boehly, Hansjorg Wyss and Mark Walter.

“Chelsea FC will now work with the relevant Governments to secure the necessary licences to complete the takeover.”

Chelsea have been forced to operate under a special licence from the UK government since Abramovich, who bought the club in 2003, was sanctioned.

Under the terms of the licence, Chelsea were unable to offer new contracts to existing players or sign players from other clubs.

The sale of the European champions brings the curtain down on 19 years of nearly unbroken success under the 55-year-old Abramovich, who has overseen five Premier League titles and two Champions League triumphs.

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GFA maintain Otto Addo as head coach; Boateng, Dramani and Hughton also stay at post

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) have confirmed the re-appointment of Otto Addo as the head coach of the Black Stars ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Just the like the technical team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier playoff against Nigeria, Addo will be assisted by George Boateng, Mas-Ud Didi Dramani while Chris Hughton will continue to work as the technical advisor for the team.

The four coaches, who played a key role to Ghana securing qualification to the global showpiece will stay on the technical team of the Black Stars as they prepare for the AFCON qualifiers as well as the World Cup to be staged in Qatar.

According to the Ghana FA, the decision to maintain the four comes after various engagements with all relevant stakeholders as well as the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Addo, Boateng, Dramani and Hughton will stay on as the technical team until December 2022. 

They are expected to name their squad in the coming days for the qualifiers against Madagascar and Central African Republic. 

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Premier League approves Todd Boehly’s takeover of Chelsea

 

Todd Boehly’s proposed takeover of Chelsea moved a step closer to completion on Tuesday when the Premier League board announced it had approved his purchase of the London club.

A consortium led by Boehly, a co-owner of baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, had already agreed a £4.25 billion ($5.3 billion) deal to buy the Premier League club from owner Roman Abramovich on May 7.

And a Premier League statement said Tuesday, “The Premier League Board has today approved the proposed takeover of Chelsea Football Club by the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Consortium.

“The purchase remains subject to the (British) Government issuing the required sale licence and the satisfactory completion of the final stages of the transaction.”

Russian billionaire Abramovich put Chelsea on the market in early March, just before he was sanctioned by the British government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Completing the purchase has been a lengthy process due to government concerns over the potential for Abramovich to profit from the sale.

There had been fears the takeover would collapse because of the £1.5 billion debt owed by Chelsea’s parent company, Fordstam Ltd, to Camberley International Investments, a Jersey-based company with suspected links to Abramovich.

Abramovich, who has said he has not asked for his loan to be repaid, is understood to have provided confirmation to the government that his associate, Demetris Ioannides, has resigned from the trust owning Camberley International.

Earlier on Tuesday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the government were working with “international partners” to get the deal done.

The Premier League statement added: “The board has applied the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test (OADT) to all prospective directors, and undertaken the necessary due diligence.

“The members of the Consortium purchasing the club are affiliates of the Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., Todd Boehly, Hansjorg Wyss and Mark Walter.

“Chelsea FC will now work with the relevant Governments to secure the necessary licences to complete the takeover.”

Chelsea have been forced to operate under a special licence from the UK government since Abramovich, who bought the club in 2003, was sanctioned.

Under the terms of the licence, Chelsea were unable to offer new contracts to existing players or sign players from other clubs.

The sale of the European champions brings the curtain down on 19 years of nearly unbroken success under the 55-year-old Abramovich, who has overseen five Premier League titles and two Champions League triumphs.

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Premier League approves Todd Boehly’s takeover of Chelsea

 

Todd Boehly’s proposed takeover of Chelsea moved a step closer to completion on Tuesday when the Premier League board announced it had approved his purchase of the London club.

A consortium led by Boehly, a co-owner of baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, had already agreed a £4.25 billion ($5.3 billion) deal to buy the Premier League club from owner Roman Abramovich on May 7.

And a Premier League statement said Tuesday, “The Premier League Board has today approved the proposed takeover of Chelsea Football Club by the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Consortium.

“The purchase remains subject to the (British) Government issuing the required sale licence and the satisfactory completion of the final stages of the transaction.”

Russian billionaire Abramovich put Chelsea on the market in early March, just before he was sanctioned by the British government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Completing the purchase has been a lengthy process due to government concerns over the potential for Abramovich to profit from the sale.

There had been fears the takeover would collapse because of the £1.5 billion debt owed by Chelsea’s parent company, Fordstam Ltd, to Camberley International Investments, a Jersey-based company with suspected links to Abramovich.

Abramovich, who has said he has not asked for his loan to be repaid, is understood to have provided confirmation to the government that his associate, Demetris Ioannides, has resigned from the trust owning Camberley International.

Earlier on Tuesday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the government were working with “international partners” to get the deal done.

The Premier League statement added: “The board has applied the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test (OADT) to all prospective directors, and undertaken the necessary due diligence.

“The members of the Consortium purchasing the club are affiliates of the Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., Todd Boehly, Hansjorg Wyss and Mark Walter.

“Chelsea FC will now work with the relevant Governments to secure the necessary licences to complete the takeover.”

Chelsea have been forced to operate under a special licence from the UK government since Abramovich, who bought the club in 2003, was sanctioned.

Under the terms of the licence, Chelsea were unable to offer new contracts to existing players or sign players from other clubs.

The sale of the European champions brings the curtain down on 19 years of nearly unbroken success under the 55-year-old Abramovich, who has overseen five Premier League titles and two Champions League triumphs.

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Premier League approves Chelsea takeover deal by Todd Boehly consortium

Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale on 2 March, five days after Russia invaded Ukraine

The Premier League has approved the £4.25bn takeover of Chelsea by a consortium led by LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly.

The league says the consortium has passed its owner’s and directors test.

The Premier League club was put up for sale before owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned over his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The purchase remains subject to the Government issuing the required sale licence.

The final stages of the transaction will then need to be completed.

The government does not want Abramovich to make any proceeds from the sale.

Earlier this month the deal had seemed close to collapse over concerns proceeds would not reach good causes as promised by Abramovich.

Abramovich denied that he had asked for his £1.5bn loan to Chelsea be repaid when the club was sold.

Several parties expressed an interest but Chelsea agreed to sell to the Boehly-led consortium earlier in May.

The consortium is led by Boehly but Clearlake Capital, a Californian private equity firm, would own a majority of the shares in Chelsea. Other investors include US billionaire Mark Walter, also a co-owner of the LA Dodgers, and Swiss billionaire Hansjoerg Wyss.

Chelsea have been allowed to continue operating under a special government licence which expires on 31 May.

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Francis Amuzu reveals why he would play for Belgium ahead of Ghana

Anderlecht forward, Francis Amuzu, says it would be a better opportunity to play with Belgium at the World Cup than don the Black Stars jersey.

The 22-year-old is said to be one of the players the Ghana Football Association (GFA) are looking to convince to represent Ghana ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be stages in Qatar.

However, Amuzu has ended the Ghana FA’s chances of further pursuit, stating he would prefer to play with the Red Devils at the global showpiece as there is a better chance of getting to the latter stages of the competition.

“They [GFA] call my broker [agent] every day, but I keep it [the decision] off,” Amuzu told Het Nieuwsblad.

“Look, I was born in Ghana and when I’m there, I feel at home there because of the African atmosphere. My sporty heart lies with Belgium. With Belgium you can go very far at such a World Cup, with Ghana there is a real chance that you will be out quickly.”

Amuzu has nine goals and three assists in 37 appearances in the 2021/22 season for Anderlecht.

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Ballon d’ Or 2022: Organizers announce date to unveil Messi’s successor, others

 

Ballon d’Or organizers, France Football, have announced this year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony will be held on October 17, 2022.

 

It also announced that the lists of candidates for the succession of Lionel Messi and Alexia Putellas would be unveiled on August 12.

 

The Ballon d’ Or organizers disclosed this in a post via its website on Tuesday.

 

Recall that Messi won the Men’s Ballon d’ Or last year, while Putellas won the female’s award.

 

Meanwhile, the Kopa Trophy for the best young player and the Yachine Trophy for the best goalkeeper will be revealed on August 12.

 

Recall that Barcelona’s Pedri and Paris-Saint-Germain’s Gianluigi Donnarumma won the awards last year.

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Uzoho dispels Super Eagles quit rumour

Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has debunked reports that he is not willing to represent his country again.

Uzoho came under intense criticism after he committed a blunder in Nigeria’s 1-1 home draw against eternal rivals, Ghana in a 2022 FIFA World Cup playoffs in March.

The Omonia Nicosia of Cyprus goalie allowed Thomas Partey’s long-range effort to slip through his hand early in the first half.

Although the Super Eagles rallied back with defender William Troost-Ekong equalising from the penalty spot, they were eliminated on the away goal rule.

There were reports in the media on Monday that Uzoho, who was left out of Nigeria’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Mexico and Ecuador, has quit international football.

The former Deportivo La Coruna star has however poured cold water on the speculation.

“I’m committed to playing for my dear country anytime I’m called up,” Uzoho told the Super Eagles media team.

The 23-year-old has 18 caps for the Super Eagles.

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CAF expels Kenya, Zimbabwe from AFCON 2023 qualifiers

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that both the Harambee Star, Kenya and Warriors of Zimbabwe will not participate in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The race for Cote d’Ivoire 2023 will begin on June 1.

Kenya and Zimbabwe were suspended by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) for political interference.

They were included in the official draw by CAF on the condition that the suspension must be lifted two weeks before their first games in the qualifiers.

The two countries has, however, failed to meet the criteria required by the FIFA Congress as a prerequisite for lifting their suspension.

“The two associations: Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) will be considered losers and eliminated from the competition,”CAF said in a statement on their official website.

“Groups C and K will be composed only of three teams and the order of the matches will be maintained in accordance with the match schedule that has been communicated to the teams after the draw.

“The first and runner-up teams of those groups will qualify to the final tournament,” it said.

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Football is the only sport that has the power to transmit emotions and give desire – Edouard Mendy

Senegal and Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, says football has the power to transmit and instil values in young people.

According to the shot-stopper, the sport brings lots of people together at a given time more than any other sport.

Mendy was speaking during a panel session at the World Economic Forum annual meeting which happened in Davos, Switzerland.

“Football is a sport which brings together more people than any onetime than any other sport. I think we’ve all seen that as you said, football has the power to transmit and instil values in young people,” he said.

“They see us like some example, as role models and so I think when you see African players – people like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, who really play at the highest possible level, we talk about the world’s best players, not the best African players and I think this is what we need to focus on.

“These are true examples, true role models and they give hope to young people. They give them the desire and they transmit emotions. It’s football which has that power and it is the only sport that has that power.”

The panel was moderated by CAF president and FIFA vice-president, Patrice Motsepe and also included, two-time FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldo, Arsenal Wenger, Jill Ellis and Hassan Al Thawadi.

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DOL: Heart of Lions blame poor internet for fielding unqualified player against Kotoku Royals

Oda-based side, Kotoku Royals have moved to the top spot in Zone Three of Ghana’s Division One League after being awarded three points and three goals following their protest win against Heart of Lions.

According to Heart of Lions, poor internet connectivity forced them to field an unqualified player in their game with Kotoku Royals two months ago.

Lions pleaded guilty to the offence and asked for leniency per the words of the Ghana Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee.

Kotoku Royals, who are backed by Eastern Region RFA chairman, Linford Asamoah Boadu, petitioned the Ghana FA to take action against Lions for fielding Abdul Mohammed Musah – an unqualified player – in their Division One League matchday 18 meeting in Zone Three.

Kotoku Royals lost 1-0 at home to the Lions, who were in serious contention for promotion back to the top division.

In their defence, Lions admitted: ” that the player was suspended for the said match and the Club was duly noted that he was unavailable for the match. The club further stated that they unintentionally selected the player and couldn’t edit the team sheet because of internet challenges in Akyem Oda and were forced to use the player.”

But, the Disciplinary Committee didn’t admit their defence and found them guilty of the offence.

The decisions of the DC read as follows.

1. That the protest filed by Kotoku Royals FC shall succeed.

2. That having been found to have forfeited the match, Heart of Lions FC shall
be considered as having lost the match in accordance with Articles 33(2)
and 34(12) and accordingly, three points and three (3) goals are hereby
awarded in favour of Kotoku Royals FC.

3. That in addition, being the defaulting club, Heart of Lions FC shall lose
three (3) points from the club’s accumulated points from their previous
matches pursuant to Article 33(5)(a) of the Division One League
Regulations.

4. That in addition, being the defaulting club, Heart of Lions FC is hereby
fined Two Thousand and Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢2,500.00) payable
to the GFA, 50% of which shall be paid to Kotoku Royals FC pursuant to
Article 33(5)(b) of the Division One League Regulations.

5. That the fines mentioned above, shall be paid to the GFA within fourteen
(14) days upon receipt of this Ruling, failing which Heart of Lions FC shall
forfeit their subsequent matches after the said deadline.

6. That should any party be dissatisfied with or aggrieved by this Decision,
the party has within one (1) day of being notified of this Ruling to appeal to
the Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association.

The ruling now means, Kotoku Royals now move to 56 points, a point above Tema Youth and Liberty Professionals on the league table in the chase for promotion.

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Football is the only sport that has the power to transmit emotions and give desire – Edouard Mendy

Senegal and Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, says football has the power to transmit and instil values in young people.

According to the shot-stopper, the sport brings lots of people together at a given time more than any other sport.

Mendy was speaking during a panel session at the World Economic Forum annual meeting which happened in Davos, Switzerland.

“Football is a sport which brings together more people than any onetime than any other sport. I think we’ve all seen that as you said, football has the power to transmit and instil values in young people,” he said.

“They see us like some example, as role models and so I think when you see African players – people like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, who really play at the highest possible level, we talk about the world’s best players, not the best African players and I think this is what we need to focus on.

“These are true examples, true role models and they give hope to young people. They give them the desire and they transmit emotions. It’s football which has that power and it is the only sport that has that power.”

The panel was moderated by CAF president and FIFA vice-president, Patrice Motsepe and also included, two-time FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldo, Arsenal Wenger, Jill Ellis and Hassan Al Thawadi.

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DOL: Heart of Lions blame poor internet for fielding unqualified player against Kotoku Royals

Oda-based side, Kotoku Royals have moved to the top spot in Zone Three of Ghana’s Division One League after being awarded three points and three goals following their protest win against Heart of Lions.

According to Heart of Lions, poor internet connectivity forced them to field an unqualified player in their game with Kotoku Royals two months ago.

Lions pleaded guilty to the offence and asked for leniency per the words of the Ghana Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee.

Kotoku Royals, who are backed by Eastern Region RFA chairman, Linford Asamoah Boadu, petitioned the Ghana FA to take action against Lions for fielding Abdul Mohammed Musah – an unqualified player – in their Division One League matchday 18 meeting in Zone Three.

Kotoku Royals lost 1-0 at home to the Lions, who were in serious contention for promotion back to the top division.

In their defence, Lions admitted: ” that the player was suspended for the said match and the Club was duly noted that he was unavailable for the match. The club further stated that they unintentionally selected the player and couldn’t edit the team sheet because of internet challenges in Akyem Oda and were forced to use the player.”

But, the Disciplinary Committee didn’t admit their defence and found them guilty of the offence.

The decisions of the DC read as follows.

1. That the protest filed by Kotoku Royals FC shall succeed.

2. That having been found to have forfeited the match, Heart of Lions FC shall
be considered as having lost the match in accordance with Articles 33(2)
and 34(12) and accordingly, three points and three (3) goals are hereby
awarded in favour of Kotoku Royals FC.

3. That in addition, being the defaulting club, Heart of Lions FC shall lose
three (3) points from the club’s accumulated points from their previous
matches pursuant to Article 33(5)(a) of the Division One League
Regulations.

4. That in addition, being the defaulting club, Heart of Lions FC is hereby
fined Two Thousand and Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢2,500.00) payable
to the GFA, 50% of which shall be paid to Kotoku Royals FC pursuant to
Article 33(5)(b) of the Division One League Regulations.

5. That the fines mentioned above, shall be paid to the GFA within fourteen
(14) days upon receipt of this Ruling, failing which Heart of Lions FC shall
forfeit their subsequent matches after the said deadline.

6. That should any party be dissatisfied with or aggrieved by this Decision,
the party has within one (1) day of being notified of this Ruling to appeal to
the Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association.

The ruling now means, Kotoku Royals now move to 56 points, a point above Tema Youth and Liberty Professionals on the league table in the chase for promotion.

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DOL: Kotoku Royals go top of Zone Three after winning protest against Heart of Lions

Oda-based side, Kotoku Royals have moved to the top of the table of Zone Three of Ghana’s Division One League after being awarded three points and three goals following their protest win against Heart of Lions.

According to Heart of Lions, poor internet connectivity forced them to field an unqualified player in their game with Kotoku Royals two months ago.

 Lions pleaded guilty to the offence and asked for leniency per the words of the Ghana Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee.

Kotoku Royals, who are backed by Eastern Region RFA chairman, Linford Asamoah Boadu, petitioned the Ghana FA to take action against Lions for fielding Abdul Mohammed Musah – an unqualified player – in their Division One League matchday 18 meeting in Zone Three.

Kotoku Royals lost 1-0 at home to the Lions, who were in serious contention for promotion back to the top division.

In their defence, Lions admitted: ” that the player was suspended for the said match and the Club was duly noted that he was unavailable for the match. The club further stated that they unintentionally selected the player and couldn’t edit the team sheet because of internet challenges in Akyem Oda and were forced to use the player.”

But, the Disciplinary Committee didn’t admit their defence and found them guilty of the offence.

The decisions of the DC read as follows.

1. That the protest filed by Kotoku Royals FC shall succeed.

2. That having been found to have forfeited the match, Heart of Lions FC shall
be considered as having lost the match in accordance with Articles 33(2)
and 34(12) and accordingly, three points and three (3) goals are hereby
awarded in favour of Kotoku Royals FC.

3. That in addition, being the defaulting club, Heart of Lions FC shall lose
three (3) points from the club’s accumulated points from their previous
matches pursuant to Article 33(5)(a) of the Division One League
Regulations.

4. That in addition, being the defaulting club, Heart of Lions FC is hereby
fined Two Thousand and Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢2,500.00) payable
to the GFA, 50% of which shall be paid to Kotoku Royals FC pursuant to
Article 33(5)(b) of the Division One League Regulations.

5. That the fines mentioned above, shall be paid to the GFA within fourteen
(14) days upon receipt of this Ruling, failing which Heart of Lions FC shall
forfeit their subsequent matches after the said deadline.

6. That should any party be dissatisfied with or aggrieved by this Decision,
the party has within one (1) day of being notified of this Ruling to appeal to
the Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association.

The ruling now means, Kotoku Royals now move to 56 points, a point above Tema Youth and Liberty Professionals on the league table in the chase for promotion.

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Five key moments that won Man City the Premier League

Manchester City are champions of England for a fourth time in five years after holding off Liverpool in a titanic tussle for the Premier League title.

City’s failure to land a natural striker to replace Sergio Aguero cast doubt on their title credentials as Liverpool and Chelsea strengthened their squads with eyes on the crown.

Pep Guardiola’s men again proved to be well-suited to the marathon grind of a 38-game season, but needed to summon the spirit of champions to seal the deal on the final day.

Trailing 2-0 to Aston Villa with 14 minutes remaining, City needed to score three times to avoid a trophyless season and pulled it off thanks to Ilkay Gundogan’s double either side of Rodri’s strike.

SuperSport.com looks at five defining moments that swung the title race City’s way:

CHELSEA PUT IN THEIR PLACE

Chelsea had City’s number towards the end of last season, beating them three times in three different competitions, culminating in lifting the Champions League in Porto.

The Blues were expected to carry that momentum into a title challenge and started the season strongly.

City were three points behind Chelsea and Liverpool when they travelled to Stamford Bridge in early September having dropped points in two of their first five games.

However, Guardiola’s men laid down a marker with a dominant display that deserved a more comprehensive result than their 1-0 victory.

The same day, Liverpool were held 3-3 at Brentford to nullify the impact of City’s slow start.

WINTER WINS

Fans were back in the stands all season but coronavirus still had a major impact as outbreaks among squads led to mass postponements in the winter months.

City were one of the few clubs to escape without a single match being rearranged and produced a 12-game winning run between November and February that took the title race away from the chasing pack.

Rodri’s 92nd-minute winner at Arsenal in an early kick-off on January 1 amid a packed schedule was the stuff that champions are made of.

But there was plenty of the exhilarating football Guardiola’s sides are synonymous with too as Leeds were dispatched 7-0, Leicester hit for six and Newcastle and Norwich thrashed 4-0.

LIVERPOOL PAY PENALTY AT LEICESTER

As City motored through the festive period, Liverpool’s title bid came off the rails.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have lost just three of 62 games all season that kept their bid for an unprecedented quadruple alive into the final week of the campaign.

However, one of them came in the most unlikely circumstances at Leicester on December 28.

The postponement of Liverpool’s Boxing Day game with Leeds had given Klopp’s men a rare six-day rest amid the busiest time of the English football calendar.

Leicester, by contrast, had lost 6-3 at City only 48 hours previously and were severely weakened by injuries and Covid cases.

Mohamed Salah missed a Premier League penalty for the first time in four years before Ademola Lookman gave Leicester an unlikely 1-0 win.

Draws at Tottenham and Chelsea either side of Liverpool’s trip to the King Power allowed City to move 12 points ahead on New Year’s Day.

‘TITLE DECIDER’ STALEMATE SUITS CITY

Liverpool’s stunning form in 2022 gave Klopp’s men the chance to leapfrog City when the top two faced off at the Etihad in early April.

But City maintained a one-point lead at the top after a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Guardiola bemoaned his side had left the Reds “alive” after missing the best chances to win the game.

However, ultimately it proved to be a vital point in retaining the title.

NO HAMMER BLOW

Liverpool’s first dropped points at Anfield since October in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham allowed City to extend their lead to three points going into the final two games of the season.

But they twice nearly threw it away by falling behind 2-0 to both West Ham and Aston Villa.

Jarrod Bowen punished an injury-decimated City defence scoring twice for the Hammers before Jack Grealish and Vladimir Coufal’s own goal did enough to salvage a point and keep the destiny of the title in their own hands.

City did not learn their lesson as Villa also counter-attacked to good effect to take a 2-0 lead at the Etihad on Sunday.

This time Gundogan was the hero off the bench to spark scenes reminiscent of Aguero’s 93rd minute title winner to start City’s era of dominance 10 years ago.

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DOL: Samartex secures Premier League qualification with three games to spare

Samartex 1996 FC gained qualification to the Ghana Premier League (GPL) for the 2022/2022 season after finishing as Zone Two winners following a 0-0 stalemate against Swedru All Blacks in match week 27 of the 2021/22 league season.

Samartex has 58 points from 26 matches prior to match week 27, with a game in hand for which the points have been forfeited in their favor pending official confirmation. The table-toppers were reportedly awarded the points after their opponents failed to show up for the game which was scheduled to be played at Samereboi.

With just three games to go, Samartex will boast 61 points should they officially be awarded points for the forfeited game.

Samartex currently leads the Zone Two league standings with 58 points, but ruling from the game in hand will take them to a total of 61 points in 27 games before the last three games. With 51 points from 26 games, the Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs are presently second on the log.

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Gundogan at the double as Man City win Premier League title

Manchester City staged a stunning late comeback with three goals in five minutes to beat Aston Villa and win the Premier League as their title chances looked to be slipping away amid dramatic scenes at Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side needed victory to secure their fourth title in five seasons but were facing the prospect of ending the season empty-handed as goals either side of the interval from Matty Cash and Philippe Coutinho put Villa 2-0 ahead and in control.

It looked as if Villa manager Steven Gerrard might help his former club Liverpool secure the title – until City turned the game on its head in at atmosphere bordering on hysteria.

Ilkay Gundogan, on as a substitute for Bernardo Silva, gave City hope with a far-post header in the 76th minute, and Etihad Stadium was a wall of noise when Rodri drove a low finish past Villa keeper Robin Olsen two minutes later.

The title-winning recovery was complete with nine minutes left as Gundogan once again arrived at the far post to put City in front, the decisive contribution on this nerve-shredding final day.

City did need those three points as Liverpool beat Wolverhampton Wanderers – with City boss Guardiola overcome with emotion and breaking down in tears at the final whistle.