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‘If Kurt Okraku provides buses, I will supply aeroplanes’ – George Afriyie exclaims

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'If Kurt Okraku provides buses, I will supply aeroplanes' - George Afriyie exclaims

Former Ghana Football Association (GFA) Vice President George Afriyie has raised scepticism about the effort launched by GFA President Kurt Okraku to supply 30 buses for the football ecosystem.

Okraku remarked during the GFA’s 29th convention in Kumasi that the GFA intends to invest in the game by purchasing 30 new buses. He stated that Division One and women’s club teams would be among those that will benefit.

“We plan to invest $30 million in the Ghana football ecosystem.” This technique will benefit division one teams as well as women’s club teams; this is a game changer.” He stated.

However, George Afriyie, who has stated his desire to run against Kurt Okraku in the next GFA presidential elections, feels the statement was only a ploy to attract support.

In a news conference following the congress, Afriyie emphasised the lack of a roadmap for the investment’s execution and the deployment of the promised buses.

He called the statement “empty promises” meant to rally support for the next elections. Afriyie remarked sarcastically that if Okraku is going to supply buses, he should also consider giving aeroplanes.

He criticised the ambiguous guarantee that buses would be provided, without stating who would get them or how they would be procured. He saw these utterances as meaningless campaign pledges, equating them to stating he would give away aeroplanes. Promises, he believes, should be accompanied by a precise strategy or action, rather than being generic and vague.

“Which of his previous promises has he kept?” he inquired. “When you make vague promises about providing buses. We don’t know who and who will be given it, or how they will get it; he has stated it since it is election season, and then I will hand out planes (Aeroplanes) if that is how it should be described. These are speculative promises. Promises must be backed up with a strategy or action plan, and they must be detailed,” Afriyie said.

Afriyie’s comments indicate his scepticism regarding Okraku’s initiative’s viability and sincerity, emphasising the necessity for a specific plan and execution strategy rather than mere campaign promises.

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2023/24 GHPL MD33 Wrap: Karela United stuns champions FC Samartex; Hearts and Olympics split spoils

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Karela United defeated previously anointed winners FC Samartex 4-2 at the Naa Sheriga Sports Complex on Sunday. Aduana FC, on the other hand, settled for a 2-2 draw with Nsoatreman FC at Nana Agyemang Badu Park in Dormaa. In other matches, Bibiani Gold Stars defeated reigning champions Medeama SC 2-0 at DUN's Park, while Heart of Lions easily defeated Legon Cities 2-0 at Kpando Sports Stadium. Bofoakwa Tano lost narrowly 1-0 to Berekum Chelsea at Sunyani Coronation Park, while Nations FC drew 1-1 at home with Bechem United.

Matchday 33 of the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League finished with a variety of exciting matchups at nine different sites.

On Saturday, Real Tamale United suffered a 2-0 defeat at the Naa Sheriga Sports Complex against Asante Kotoko. This defeat at home confirmed RTU’s destiny, sending them to the Division One League.

Meanwhile, the Accra Lions demonstrated their abilities in the Accra Sports Stadium, defeating Dreams FC 1-0 and extending their excellent record.

Karela United defeated previously anointed winners FC Samartex 4-2 at the Naa Sheriga Sports Complex on Sunday. Aduana FC, on the other hand, settled for a 2-2 draw with Nsoatreman FC at Nana Agyemang Badu Park in Dormaa.

In other matches, Bibiani Gold Stars defeated reigning champions Medeama SC 2-0 at DUN’s Park, while Heart of Lions easily defeated Legon Cities 2-0 at Kpando Sports Stadium.

Bofoakwa Tano lost narrowly 1-0 to Berekum Chelsea at Sunyani Coronation Park, while Nations FC drew 1-1 at home with Bechem United.

To cap off the weekend, Hearts of Oak and city rivals Great Olympics drew 0-0 at home in a thrilling relegation fight.

FC Samartex, Accra Lions, Aduana FC, and Berekum Chelsea now hold the top four league positions, while Great Olympics, Bofoakwa Tano, and Real Tamale United are relegated.

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Real Tamale United 0–2 Asante Kotoko

Accra Lions 1-0 Dreams FC

Karela United 4–2 FC Samartex

Aduana FC 2-2 Nsoatreman FC

Bibiani Gold Stars 2-0 Medeama SC

Heart of Lions 2-0 Legon Cities

Bofoakwa Tano 0-1 Berekum Chelsea

Nations FC 1-1 Bechem United

Hearts of Oak 0-0 Great Olympics

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Women’s FA Cup final: Army Ladies topples Police Ladies to clinch maiden title

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The initial move to disrupt the police midfield's ball control was undertaken by army women. After nine minutes, Adama Alhassan turned a low corner kick into Latifa Mohammed's 18-yard header, but the referee blew his whistle for offside. Adama Alhassan tried a terrible free kick outside the area inside the allocated 15 minutes. Sophia Agyakwaa's powerful free kick into the area is denied by a spectacular save by the Army goalie, keeping the Army ladies in the game.

In the 2023/2024 FA Cup final at the Legon Sports Stadium, Army Ladies defeated Police Ladies by a goal to nil to win their first-ever medal in the women’s division.

Ultimately in the first half, both teams had to settle for a draw, a test of strength as the two services prepared to fight on the pitch. Spectators liked seeing the exciting midfield action and the coaches’ tactical dexterities.

The first move to unsettle an opponent’s midfield’s ball control was undertaken by Army Ladies. After nine minutes, Latifa Mohammed’s 18-yard header from a low corner kick was ruled out for offside.

Adama Alhassan attempted a poor free kick outside the area within 15 minutes. However, Sophia Agyakwaa’s powerful free-kick into the area was denied by a spectacular save by the Army goalie, keeping the Army Ladies in the game.

On the 30th-minute mark, Mary Sasu made a fantastic save after Agyakwaa attempted a fast pass for Mawusi Agbeyo, but her run was cut short. Deborah Opoku surged past her opponents with fantastic talent, but in the 44th minute, the Police goalkeeper made a simple save that should have given them the lead in the first half.

The second half began well for both teams, with some excellent passes exchanged. Deborah Opoku broke the deadlock early in the second half after capitalizing on the goalkeeper’s error. Sophia’s aggressive press took the ball from her defender after a good run into the area and a pass to Mary Berko, however, the Army Ladies centre-backs blocked a strong shot she tried.

Deborah Opoku was sent off in the 75th minute after receiving a second warning for Army Ladies which gave her opponents a significant advantage. Mary Sasu dominated the post with tremendous dives in the 84th and 86th minutes to keep Army Ladies in the lead.

Bernice Arhinful’s unpardonable miss in the dying embers of the game may have taken the game to an extra time. Police Ladies’ last-minute attempt wasn’t enough to share spoils, as they were beaten by a goal to none.

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Steven Mukwala’s brace sinks Hearts of Oak into relegation battle

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Both clubs have suffered this season, but Kotoko came into the game with a two-point advantage over Hearts of Oak, and they demonstrated their supremacy with an outstanding performance. Mukwala scored the Porcupine Warriors' first goal in the eighth minute, surpassing his opponents to latch onto a long ball and handle it well before putting it in.

Ugandan striker Steven Mukwala scored two wonderful goals as Asante Kotoko defeated Hearts of Oak for the second time this season.

The victory completes Kotoko’s double against their arch-rivals, following a stunning 3-2 triumph earlier this season.

Mukwala, who was also on target in the last game, scored twice to help Kotoko win 2-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Both clubs have suffered this season, but Kotoko came into the game with a two-point advantage over Hearts of Oak, and they demonstrated their supremacy with an outstanding performance.

Mukwala scored the Porcupine Warriors’ first goal in the eighth minute, surpassing his opponents to latch onto a long ball and handle it well before putting it in.

He secured the victory in the 95th minute with a fantastic effort, cutting inside from the left and blasting a shot beyond the custodian.

After removing his jersey, the Ugandan striker drew a yellow card for excessive celebration.

The victory moves Kotoko into the top half of the standings, moving them up to ninth position and further away from the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Hearts of Oak find themselves in a difficult situation, 14th in the standings and only two points above the drop zone.

They face relegation if they do not improve in their next three games of the season, which is a stunning prospect for a club with such a long history as one of Africa’s top clubs.

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