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Groin injury forces sprinter Benjamin Azamati to withdraw from 2023 World Athletics Championships

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Groin injury forces sprinter Benjamin Azamati to withdraw from 2023 World Athletics Championships

Due to a groin injury, Ghana sprinter Benjamin Azamati has withdrawn from the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

With less than two weeks until the commencement of the championship, the national 100-meter record holder has stated that he will be unable to run in the prestigious event.

The 25-year-old has proven in recent years via remarkable achievements that he is one of Ghana’s and Africa’s top athletes. He broke a national record that had been held for 22 years and has garnered numerous honours.

He beat Leo Myles Mills’ 9.98-second mark twice, the first time with a time of 9.97 and the second time in the Texas Relays with a run of 9.90.

Edwin Gadayi will now replace Azamati, who was due to represent Ghana in the 4x00m relays after failing to qualify for the solo 100m event.

“Due to a severe groin injury, I sustained during my outdoor season in Europe about a month and a half ago, I am forced to withdraw from the highly anticipated 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Additionally, the stress of traveling between continents to obtain a working US visa in Barbados while competing at a high level exacerbated the injury.

“Unfortunately, the injury did not heal as anticipated, and medical advice suggests I take time off running. While I would have loved to represent my country and compete on the world stage, my management team and I have unanimously decided against competing in the championship for fear of exacerbating the injury and jeopardizing my long-term potential,” parts of a statement from Azamati read.

The 19th World Athletics Championships will be held between August 19 and August 27.

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Zinedine Zidane to join Bayern Munich at the end of season

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He just returned to the Bernabeu in some form, playing a legends match against Porto last month, and explained his departure from the Spanish capital, paving the door for current manager Carlo Ancelotti to take over. In recent weeks, Zidane has been extensively connected with a return to management, with Bayern Munich being mentioned as a possible next destination. The Bavarians and Thomas Tuchel have already agreed to split ways on June 30, and Xabi Alonso, a prospective replacement, was removed off the table when the Spaniard renewed his contract with Bayern's Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane is “one step away” from taking over as head coach of Champions League semifinalist Bayern Munich.

According to anonymous sources “familiar with the talks” between Bayern and Zidane, negotiations are “practically done” to the point that the Frenchman has already requested additional additions.

Zidane has been out of a job since he left Madrid as manager for the second time, in 2021.

He just returned to the Bernabeu in some form, playing a legends match against Porto last month, and explained his departure from the Spanish capital, paving the door for current manager Carlo Ancelotti to take over.

In recent weeks, Zidane has been extensively connected with a return to management, with Bayern Munich being mentioned as a possible next destination.

The Bavarians and Thomas Tuchel have already agreed to split ways on June 30, and Xabi Alonso, a prospective replacement, was removed from the table when the Spaniard renewed his contract with Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

During a tremendously spectacular campaign in which his club went undefeated, Bayern and Real Madrid icon Alonso won Bayer’s first German championship, ending Bayern’s 11-year supremacy.

In 2024/2025, it appears that Zidane will be the guy in charge of restoring Bayern to their domestic league dominance.

This is because, according to Mundo Deportivo, Zidane is only “one step away” from manning their bench, a formal signing away.

The former Ballon d’Or winner and Julian Nagelsmann were in a two-horse race for the Allianz position, but Nagelsmann renewed his contract with the German national team until after the 2026 World Cup, ending the contest sooner than planned.

MD talked with unnamed people “familiar with the talks” between Bayern and Zidane, and while nothing has been inked, they are “practically done”.

Zidane has allegedly requested reinforcements throughout a team in need of a facelift, with a particular emphasis on defence.

This is one area where Zidane may lose Alphonso Davies, a well-known Madrid target, this summer.

The Canadian’s contract does not expire until 2025, so he might stay for at least one season before moving to the Spanish capital on a free transfer.

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Ghana’s 4x100m relay squad aims for Olympic qualifying against strong competition

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Ghana and Nigeria, along with the other African countries who competed in the event, are among the few nations in the world to have participated in a competitive relay race. This implies that, as the outdoor season advances, the ranking may alter. Other countries may come in with superior times and leapfrog Ghana to qualify.

Team Ghana’s 4×100 relay performance of 38.43 seconds in the 2023 African Games qualifies them for the Olympic Games this year. However, there are several technicalities and a long way to go.

That time, however, puts Ghana in 15th place in the world relay rankings, a very excellent position.

All of this may be null and invalid by the time the Olympics arrive, given this is merely the beginning of the Athletics outdoor season.

Ghana and Nigeria, along with the other African countries who competed in the event, are among the few nations in the world to have participated in a competitive relay race.

This implies that, as the outdoor season advances, the ranking may alter.

Other countries may come in with superior times and leapfrog Ghana to qualify.

Ghana’s relay time falls within a range that several other countries have run or might run before the qualification window closes later this year.

However, the Penn Relays later this month provide Ghana with the potential to improve on their performance in the African Games and remain in respectable positions on the rankings.

The Ghana Athletics Association has already won a berth at the Penn Relays, which begin on April 25.

Ghana will have to stay in the 38-second region since it will be extremely tough considering that there will be many other countries vying for a chance to have a strong position in the rankings.

Many other relay teams will be participating in their first outdoor event of the year. Joseph Paul Amoah, Benjamin Azamati, Edwin Gadayi, and Solomon Hammond’s experience at the African Games might benefit the team.

On May 4, however, the World Relay Championships will take place in the Bahamas. This tournament will be the primary qualification for the Olympic Games. The eight teams that make it to the final will qualify to run in Paris, regardless of their timings.

To ensure a spot in the Games, Ghana must first qualify for the final in the Bahamas. The Bahamas will be a sure bet to qualify. If Team Ghana does not go to the global Relays final, it will be decided based on global rankings and timings accumulated throughout the outdoor season. The top timings will then join the core eight who have qualified for the global relays in the Bahamas.

Ghana may have a terrific race time and is now ranked in the top 15 in the world, but this is not cause for jubilation. There is still a lot of work to be done before we can book a flight to Paris.

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Asamoah Gyan explains why he declined national team appointment

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"The timing was wrong, but let us see what happens in the future," Asamoah Gyan remarked during the interview, adding that everyone has a different strategy to dealing with such possibilities. Asamoah Gyan, known for his prodigious goal-scoring ability, is Ghana's all-time leading goal-scorer and holds the record for the most goals scored by an African player in the FIFA World Cup. Throughout his remarkable playing career, he represented Ghana in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 FIFA World Cups in Germany, South Africa, and Brazil, respectively, demonstrating his brilliance on a worldwide scale.

Ghana great Asamoah Gyan has revealed that he refused a coaching position with the national team.

Gyan, who holds a UEFA Licence B coaching qualification, said this during an interview with Asempa FM’s Ultimate Sports Show on Wednesday.

Gyan explained his choice, saying that while he was grateful for the opportunity, he thought the timing was not right to accept the position.

However, he would not rule out future coaching possibilities with the national team.

“The timing was wrong, but let us see what happens in the future,” Asamoah Gyan remarked during the interview, adding that everyone has a different strategy for dealing with such possibilities.

Asamoah Gyan, known for his prodigious goal-scoring ability, is Ghana’s all-time leading goal-scorer and holds the record for the most goals scored by an African player in the FIFA World Cup.

Throughout his remarkable playing career, he represented Ghana in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 FIFA World Cups in Germany, South Africa, and Brazil, respectively, demonstrating his brilliance on a worldwide scale.

Gyan played for a number of clubs throughout the world, including Liberty Professionals, Stade Rennes, Udinese, Sunderland, Al Ain, Shanghai SIPG, Kayerispior, North East United, and Legon Cities, before formally retiring from professional football in June 2023.

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