Former Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi celebrates Kennedy Agyapong on his court victory over Anas
Former Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi has expressed satisfaction with the dismissal of a GHC25 million defamatory suit filed against Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, an investigative journalist, filed the suit in 2018, alleging that Agyapong had defamed him. Anas sought GHC25 million in aggravated damages, claiming that Agyapong had published defamatory material about him.
Justice Eric Baah ruled on Wednesday (15 March 2023) that Anas had failed to prove that Agyapong had defamed him by airing the documentary ‘Who Watches the Watchman?’.
On the contrary, the judge ruled that the documentary revealed corrupt practices by Anas and his associates. The court also decided that Agyapong had presented enough evidence to show that Anas had used his findings to solicit money from individuals implicated in the evidence he had gathered.
“From the above, I hold that the plaintiff is a blackmailer who uses blackmail to extort money from his opponents and people he does not like. What the plaintiff is doing is not investigative journalism but investigative terrorism,” the judge said, awarding a cost of GH¢50,000 against Anas.
Kennedy Agyapong dedicated his victory to Nyantakyi, who lost all of his positions, including CAF Vice President, in the aftermath of Anas’ contentious football documentary in 2018.
“We have to be bold to speak the truth. Anas goes ahead to [allegedly] defame people and gets away,” Agyapong said, as quoted by TV3. “It is only in this country that a journalist covers his face to go and give witness while Supreme Court judges are sitting there… Anas has to come out and apologize. All I am saying is the victory is for Kwasi Nyantakyi.”
“The high court’s decision testifies to the truth that Anas Aremwyaw Anas is not honest, but as described by the court, he is a blackmailer and an extortionist,” said Nyantakyi, who was in court. He also stated that “The judge also referred to himself as an investigative terrorist rather than an investigative journalist. He has completely disgraced himself. He used to portray himself as an angel, but I’m not even sure he’s reached the devil’s level yet.”
Nyantakyi’s lifetime ban was reduced to 15 years in 2020.
AFCON 2023 Qualifiers: Jojo Wollacott suffers injury during Black Stars training ahead of Angola clash
On Tuesday evening, Ghana goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott suffered a new injury during a Black Stars training session in Kumasi.
Wollacott was injured during training at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium when a goalpost fell on him.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper, who recently recovered from a finger injury that kept him out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, was helped to his feet before limping off the pitch.
Wollacott will have a scan to determine the extent of his injury before the Angola doubleheader.
The first leg will take place on March 23 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, with the second leg scheduled for March 27 in Luanda.
Ghana is currently tied for first place in Group E, with four points earned from their previous two matches, which included a 3-0 win over Madagascar and a 1-1 draw with the Central African Republic in June of last year.
Jerome Otchere’s Take: Why Hughton impressed me
Black Stars coach Chris Hughton lived up to expectation at the press conference in Kumasi, which officially unveiled him to the Ghanaian. Some have argued that for a coach of his make, he wouldn’t underperform at a press event. I agree with that.
For any candid review, too, Chris Hughton’s responses to questions, his depth of knowledge and composure wouldn’t also escape attention. I believe he’s the coach Ghana should’ve had a year back but there’s no need elaborating on that point.
I take a leaf from a decent answer Hughton gave on the issue of interference in selection to say, we must leave the past behind and focus on the future. “All I can say is, I am the new head coach. Anything you speak of before my time here is very much something you’re bringing up. It’s in the past,” said Chris Hughton.
An AFCON qualifier awaits us on Thursday against Angola. Hughton has already named his squad. What lies ahead is what presently matters. Thus, in our forward march, Hughton made modest promises.
“I will be spending more time in Ghana. I will be watching more games. I am constantly being made aware of players who are doing well. I’ll be paying more attention to [GPL] games because it is important that we have a strong national league” he said.
“No coach can sit here and guarantee a trophy buy what I can guarantee is a strong team. We want to see a winning team”. In all, relevant questions were asked, and Hughton answered them well like the one concerning his contract. It’s been argued that discussions on his contract are needless, but that position is flawed.
When we’ve not kept a coach for long in recent years, there’s every need to ask what Hughton makes of his 21-month contract. “I have to get the right balance of what’s short-term, what’s medium term, and what’s long term. At this moment, always the most important is short-term. Winning football matches that’ll get you into a better position to when the other games come around.
“The medium term of course is making sure that you all qualify and do well in the competition itself. The longer term, of course, is about developing players and bringing players through the system and that takes time. There’s no doubt, as a team that played in the World Cup with the youngest team, we’ve to have an eye on development.
“And development can take time and sometimes this is where you need that little bit of patience from the likes of yourself, the journalists, the supporters” said Hughton. “So, the length of my contact is probably the correct length”.
That enlightened answer on his contract is why Hughton impressed me. We’ve been on this short-term Black Stars coaching business. The responses you get from people you expect to know better, is as if you’re an enemy of state who hates progress. Hughton, by that informed response and the others he gave showed why we must support him.
AFCON 2023 Qualifiers: Koln winger Kingsley Schindler replaces injured Tariq Lamptey
Black Stars coach Chris Hughton has called up German-born Ghanaian winger Kingsley Schindler for the game against Angola.
Tariq Lamptey, who is out with an injury, was replaced by the 29-year-old.
The Koln winger is making his first national team appearance and could make his debut against Angola on Thursday.
This season, the former Holstein Kiel winger has been consistent for FC Koln, appearing in 20 Bundesliga games.
Schindler arrived in Ghana on Monday and began training with the rest of the team as preparations for the game in Kumasi began.
Meanwhile, seventeen players arrived at camp, with the remainder of the team expected to arrive today before the squad departs for Kumasi on Tuesday.
Abdul Manaf Nurudeen, Joseph Wollacott, Alexander Djiku, Denis Odoi, Kingsley Schindler, Patrick Kpozo, Daniel Amartey, Joseph Aidoo, Andre Ayew, Joseph Painstil, Ransford Yeboah, Inaki Williams, Antoine Semenyo, Jordan Ayew, Mohammed Salisu, Majeed Ashimeru and Edmund Addo were the players in camp.
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