Ghana’s fastest rising boxing star and E&J Boxing Promotions’ golden boy, Wasiru Mohammed a.k.a Gyata Bi, in a Facebook post, has announced he will return to fight Loren Japhet from Tanzania in a story sourced by KBOXtv.
The post reads; “The moment of truth is here now. I’m happy to announce to you all my next fight, which comes off in 3 weeks. I will be fighting for the WBO Global Championship, against Loren Japhet of Tanzania. Stay tuned for more details, as I ascend my throne and roar again!” The post stated.
Wasiru became the WBO Africa Super Bantamweight Champion after defeating former Champion Isaac Sackey in October last year. The victory, immediately took him to number 14th (#14) position on the WBO World Rankings and Ghana’s number 1 in the Super Bantamweight Division.
According to the post, he fights on 15th June at the Accra Sports Hall in the Accra Sports Stadium, and at stake is the WBO Global Title.
Wasiru ( 10 -0, 9KOs) has so far fought 10 bouts in 33 rounds of boxing with an admirable percentage ratio of 90, against Loren Japhet (9-2-2, 2 KOs) 13 bouts in 73 rounds of boxing with KOs percentage of 15.
Could Wasiru be the first Ghanaian Boxer to win a WBO Global Title in the bantamweight division since it was introduced last year? I guess your guess is as good as mine. We will find out on June 15th.
Hearts of Oak became the first club to book a place in the semi-finals of the Ghana Football Association Special Cup.
The Phobians defeated Karela United by 1-0 on match day 12 to stretch their lead on the table.
Christopher Bonney’s goal of the day ensured Hearts booked a place in the semi-finals. The Phobians have taken four points lead on the table as they have accrued 25 points with second place Karela United on 21 points in Group B.
The game played on Wednesday lived to the hype as it was contested between the two clubs as the battled for the top spot.
Hearts will host Elmina Sharks on match day 13 and play away to Dreams FC in their final game of the competition.
Elsewhere, Asante Kotoko returned to winning ways as they picked a vital win against Eleven Wonders on match day 12 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
Abdul Ganiu only goal of the game secured the win for the Porcupine Warriors who were frustrated on the day by a determined Wonders side.
It was a vital win for the Porcupine Warriors in their quest to qualify to the semi-finals of the competition. The win puts Kotoko second on the league log with 18 points. Kotoko cannot afford to drop points in their next two games as AshantiGold are on the chase with 17 points in third position while Medeama occupies top spot with 19 points.
Asante Kotoko have games against Medeama and Aduana Stars which will define their campaign should they seek to qualify out of the group.
At the Red Bull Arena in Sogakope, Elmina Sharks defeated West Africa Football Academy by 1-0 to end their unbeaten run at home in this competition. George Amonoo scored the only goal of the game for Sharks.
The win squares Elmina Sharks and WAFA on 18 points after this result.
Week 12 Results below
Inter Allies 0-2 Liberty
Kotoko 1-0 XI Wonders
WAFA 0-1 Elmina Sharks
Chelsea 1-3 Bechem United
Hearts 1-0 Karela
Source: Ghana Soccernet
The management of Tema Youth Football Club has decided to enquire from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as to whether it indeed mandated lawyer Frank Davis to demand a 10 per cent share of Joseph Paintsil’s €3million transfer fee.
The decision was taken barely 24 hours after FIFA had written to the GFA to seek clarification on the matter, following a Graphic Sports publication last Monday.
The Daily Graphic learnt that a local journalist wrote to FIFA when the story broke to seek an interpretation on the matter.
However, FIFA, upon receipt of the said letter from the anonymous journalist, also wrote to the GFA to ascertain the truth of the matter.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic yesterday, the founder of Tema Youth, Wilfred Kweku Osei, aka Palmer, disclosed that the club, upon consultation with its lawyer, Mr Sarfo Buabeng, had decided to write to the FA to seek clarification regarding the role of Mr Frank Davis of Davis and Davis law firm, who purportedly wrote to the club on behalf of the GFA.
According to Mr Osei, apart from the fact that the 10 per cent share of the 3million euros transfer fee being demanded by the FA is illegal, it was also unconventional for the GFA to write to the club through a private lawyer without a Power of Attorney.
He explained that as a matter of procedure, the GFA should have used its internal structures to resolve the issue instead of mandating a private lawyer to act for the FA.
The FA is demanding a 10 per cent share of the landmark local transfer fee of Tema Youth player, Joseph Paintsil, to Belgian side, Genk, last year.
Meanwhile, the GFA has since been tight lipped on the issue.
Father and trainer of Isaac Dogboe, Paul Dogboe, has announced his retirement from the sport after his son lost consecutively to Mexico’s Emanuel Navarrete in their WBO super bantamweight championship at the Convention Centre in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday.
Paul confirmed to the Graphic Sports that he was ready to move on from being a boxing coach having being unsuccessful with Dogboe in their bid to reclaim the title from Navarrete.
Dogboe (20-2, 14 KOs) lost again to Navarrete (27-1, 23 KOs) via a 12th round stoppage when his father threw in the towel to avoid further punishment from the Mexican.
Navarrete had dominated the entire bout with another unanimous decision victory looming only for Paul to halt the continuation of the bout following a knockdown by the Mexican in the early minutes of the final round.
“I am done with this job after failing to beat Navarrete with all the hard work we put in to ensure we come out victorious.
“It is time for me to move on from the sport as a trainer because I have done my bit and had enough,” Paul told the Graphic Sports in an interview.
Dogboe failed to live up to the billing after he was outclassed by a taller opponent in Navarrete who utilised his height and reach to earn a deserving knockout win over the Ghanaian.
Source: Graphic Sports
The Vice Chairperson of the Normalisation Committee of the Ghana FA, Lucy Quist, has suddenly resigned her from the caretaker body citing personal reasons.
The experienced change administrator, who is seen as the calming influence in the Normalisation Committee, threw in the towel on Friday after just eight months in the job.
Her decision to leave comes just hours after the chairman Dr Kofi Amoah granted a wide-ranging interview on policy, sparking suspicion of tensions within the Committee.
She is the second person to leave the committee after lawyer Dua Donteng was fired and replaced with former Ghana international Sammy Kuffuor just two months ago.
Quist’s leaves her position is believed to be in her line with her her strong convictions even though she will lose her monthly $4,500 salary from FIFA over the caretaker job.
Her decision to leave throws the already-underfire committee into disarray as her qualities were said to have calmed serious trouble the body would have run into.
“I would like to express my profound gratitude to my colleagues on the Normalisation Committee, FIFA, the State and people of Ghana for the opportunity to serve in the capacity of the Vice President of the NC for the last 8 months since inauguration in September 2018,” Quist wrote on Friday.
“For personal reasons, it is now time for me to leave the committee.”
Quist was expected to bring her rich experience in corporate governance and administration to bear in the day-to-day running of the GFA but that has been truncated.
She is known as a trailblazer in the Ghanaian telecommunications sector having become the first Ghanaian woman to lead a multinational telecom company (Airtel) in April 2014 although a lot is not known about her involvement in sports asides CSR activities including the Airtel Rising Stars competition during her time at Airtel.
The Airtel Rising Stars was a youth football initiative undertaken by Airtel Africa. The programme, launched in 2011 focused on identifying and nurturing budding soccer talent from the grassroots onto an international stage. It targeted both boys and girls between the ages of 13 – 17.
Born in 1974, Lucy is the founder and CEO of Quist Blue Diamond – a company that leverages technology, engineering, data science to transform business models – and a co-founder of FreshBakery, the parent company of the FreshPay payment platform in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
She also serves as the President of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Ghana. She is a technology professional who advocates for greater participation of young people in STEM for development.
Source: Ghana Soccernet
24-year-old Ghanaian super bantamweight former world champion Isaac “the Royal Storm” Dogboe entertains Mexican Emanuel Navarrete for the second time in Arizona State Convention Center, USA for the opportunity to re-claim the belt he lost on December 8, 2018.
The Ghanaian will be making his first fight in the year 2019 against the Mexican who surprisingly managed to get one past his counterpart via a unanimous points decision.
The pay-per-view star is relishing a massive comeback against his old nemesis and is optimistic of setting the records straight “I am going to set the record straight on May 11.”
Isaac Dogboe (20-1, 14 KO) was outboxed by Emanuel Navarrete (26-1, 22 KO) in his last show when he got carried away over his back to back knockouts which predominantly symbolizes his industrious career.
“I am ready to show the world that our first fight was no accident, I am the better fighter, and I will show that again. Dogboe made a mistake in taking this rematch.” Navarrete stated ahead of their second encounter.
The World Boxing Organisation World Super Bantamweight Title is there for the claims with both pugilists poised to bring out their best on the night. Dogboe in his 21 bouts, commands 122 rounds of boxing with a KO ratio of 67%. A height of 5′ 2″ and a reach disadvantage of 157cm. He comes up against the self styled ‘Vasquero’ Emanuel Navarrete Martinez who has 27 bouts in 113 rounds of boxing with a 81% KOs ratio and a height 5′ 7″ and a reach advantage of 183cm.
But Saul Canelo Alvarez versus Rocky Fielding plus many other examples have taught us that those things are semantics.
Come Saturday the 11th of May, the world must be ready for a blockbuster of a fight at the State Convention Center in Arizona, USA
Referees officiating games in the GFA Special Competition have announced the suspension of work following the unpaid allowances due them.
According to a statement released by the referees, the Referees Association of Ghana failed to redeem all outstanding debt promised them before the end of April.
The failure on the part of the Association has forced the officials to suspend activities in the remaining games.
Below is the statement from the referees:
SUSPENSION OF MATCH OFFICIATING BY REFEREES
We write to inform you that the Referees Association of Ghana after carefully deliberating on your failure to redeem your promise of paying all outstanding officiating fees owed our members before close of April 2019, we decided to call on all our members to suspend handling all football match officiating at all levels and at all league centers from tomorrow, 7th May 2019.
RAG is compelled to take this tough decision because several letters were written drawing your attention to the unpaid officiating allowances and other things which were consistently not attended to. All RAG members owed are finding it difficult to travel to match venues due to the unpaid allowances.
Apart from this, RAG National Executives also placed several calls to various Executive Members of the Normalization Committee without any favorable feedback.
As a result of the above, members of Referees Association of Ghana have the firm instruction to SUSPEND all activities relating to match officiating from tomorrow until all issues relating to outstanding unpaid officiating fees and other Referee challenges are immediately resolved.
By a copy of this notice, all Referees Association of Ghana, Regional Chairmen are to immediately notify all Referees within their Regions about this suspension immediately until otherwise advised by the RAG, National Secretariat.
Black Queens head coach, Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo, has named her final 20 players for this year’s West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone B tournament scheduled for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, from May 8 to 18.
Coach Tagoe-Quarcoo picked her team from 25 players who had been in camp in Cape Coast, having earlier dropped five players from the original 30 last week.
The final list confirmed Graphic Sports’ prediction last Monday of the probable squad, except for Evelyn Owusuaa who missed out.The five players who failed to make the WAFU squad are: Faustina Kyeremeh, Leticia Adjei, Veronica Darkwa, Abigail Tawiah Owusu and Elizabeth Owusuaa.
The final list has all the 11 players who featured for the Queens side which won the 2018 tournament in Abidjan, with goalkeeper Fafali Dumehasi set to be handed the No.1 role.
Also on the list are FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup top scorer, Mukarama Abdulai, and Grace Animah.
Explaining the choice of the final squad to the Daily Graphic, the coach who led the Queens to win the maiden tournament last year, said the players had been chosen due to the skill, talent and experience they would bring to the team.
“We wanted to take 21 players to Abidjan but the tournament rules allow for only 20 players.The final list selected is made up of players who have the experience, drive and talent to help us retain the title we won last year,” she revealed.
The Queens are scheduled to leave for Abidjan on Friday and begin their title defence on May 9 against Mali in Group B, which also has Nigeria and Niger.
Goalkeepers: Fafali Dumehasi (Police Ladies), Azume Adams (Prisons Ladies), Barikisu Isshaku (Northern Ladies)
Defenders: Janet Agyir (Hasaacas Ladies), Gladys Amfobea (LadyStrikers FC), Justice Tweneboa (Ampem Darkoa), Ellen Coleman (Ladystrikers FC), Anatasia Akyaa (Sea Lions FC), Blessing Agbomadzi (Sea Lions Ladies), Rita Okyere ( Prisons Ladies)
Midfielders: Grace Asantewaa (Ampem Darkoaa Ladies), Diana Weige (Halifax Ladies), Juliet Acheampong (Prisons Ladies), Grace Animah (Police Ladies), Evelyn Badu (Hasaacas Ladies), Linda Addai (Soccer Intellectuals)
Forwards: Mavis Owusu (Ampem Darkoaa Ladies), Alice Kusi (Fabulous Ladies), Mukarama Abdulai (Northern Ladies), Jane Ayieyam (Police Ladies).
6 foot 10 inch Ghanaian Center Ebenezer Dowuona has received multiple university scholarship offers and Basketballghana.com gathers the number of offers is in the “double digit” range.
Dowuona, younger brother of Purdue University Center Emmanuel Dowuona, is ranked the 16 best Center and 123 overall prospect in the Class of 2020.
Older brother Emmanuel redshirted his first year at Purdue and is set to play at the collegiate level for the first time next season.
Ebenezer is at The Heritage School in Newnan, Georgia and is attracting a lot of interest from several universities due to his top performances.
According to elevenwarriors, Dowuona has strong interests from Ohio State University, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Minnesota, Kansas State Universityand Auburn University.
The younger Dowuona is 16 years old and turns 17 later this year and in an unofficial visit to Ohio State, he said, “How they play, they really (distribute) the ball a lot. It’s not about just one person. It’s about the whole team”.