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Kwesi Nyantakyi: “I never said Akufo-Addo was in my pocket”

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"I said that I am a Ghanaian, I know politicians and once they want to invest I can lead them to these politicians and I don't think there was anything bad about that," Nyantakyi said in an interview. The former Wa All Stars owner stated that he did not engage in any unlawful activity and that the documentary unfairly attacked him. "These are people who falsely represented themselves as large business conglomerates and that they could build a refinery in Ghana, which cost over $2 billion and that is how it all came about," he said.

Former Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi has denied that President Nana Akufo-Addo was in his pocket, and has challenged investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas to present proof to back up his allegation.

Nyantakyi commented while speaking on Starr Chart about Anas’s controversial documentary, which led to his suspension from football.

“I never said [President Akufo-Addo] was in my pocket,” Nyantakyi remarked. “You notice the propaganda.” I never stated anything like that.”

He claimed that he had business meetings with persons posing as investors interested in constructing a $2 billion refinery in Ghana and that he saw nothing wrong with connecting them to politicians.

“I said that I am a Ghanaian, I know politicians and once they want to invest I can lead them to these politicians and I don’t think there was anything bad about that,” Nyantakyi said in an interview.

The former Wa All Stars owner stated that he did not engage in any unlawful activity and that the documentary unfairly attacked him.

“These are people who falsely represented themselves as large business conglomerates and that they could build a refinery in Ghana, which cost over $2 billion and that is how it all came about,” he said.

FIFA banned Nyantakyi for life for his role in the incident, but the punishment was eventually reduced to 15 years after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. President Akufo-Addo had ordered Nyantakyi’s arrest prior to the documentary’s publication, with then-Deputy Chief of Staff Samuel Abu Jinapor claiming on Peace FM that Nyantakyi had participated in influence peddling using the President’s name.

Nyantakyi is still fighting a legal struggle over the Number 12 documentary. In May 2023, the court ordered that Anas would testify in open court against Nyantakyi, albeit masked in his signature mask. However, before the hearing, Nyantakyi will have the opportunity to view Anas’ face in chambers, but Anas denied, claiming security concerns.

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Jordan Ayew scores as Crystal Palace defeat Burnley

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Despite their numerical disadvantage, Burnley held on until the 68th minute, when Ayew sent a pinpoint precise cross that defender Chris Richards met with a thumping header into the bottom corner. Just three minutes later, replacement Matheus Franca linked nicely with Tyrick Mitchell down the left wing, and Ayew tapped in his low cross from close range to make it 2-0. After Vitinho fouled Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta comfortably took a penalty to secure the win.

Crystal Palace secured a crucial victory in their relegation struggle by overcoming 10-man Burnley 3-0 in new manager Oliver Glasner’s first game.

Ghana forward Jordan Ayew scored one of the goals, extending his impressive record in front of goal. He also assisted, bringing his total goal contributions to ten this season.

Palace controlled possession in the first half but were unable to produce clear-cut chances against a determined Burnley defence. The visitors were reduced to ten men just before halftime when Josh Brownhill was awarded a straight red card for taking down Jefferson Lerma when in on goal.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Burnley held on until the 68th minute, when Ayew sent a precise cross that defender Chris Richards met with a thumping header into the bottom corner.

Just three minutes later, replacement Matheus Franca linked nicely with Tyrick Mitchell down the left wing, and Ayew tapped in his low cross from close range to make it 2-0. After Vitinho fouled Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta comfortably took a penalty to secure the win.

As Palace grabbed a critical three points, Burnley striker David Datro Fofana had a late goal ruled out for offside. The victory lifts Palace eight points clear of the relegation zone and marks a successful debut for new boss Glasner, who becomes only the second Palace manager to win his first Premier League game in charge.

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Tough test awaits Black Queens against Zambia in Olympics second-leg qualifier

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Notable efforts by players such as Doris Boaduwaa and Evelyn were inadequate to change the tide in favour of the Black Queens. With a 1-0 disadvantage, Ghana have a difficult mountain to climb in the return leg in Ndola if they are to keep their Olympic hopes alive. The vital second leg will take place on Tuesday.

Black Queens suffered a blow in their Olympic qualification campaign, losing 1-0 to Zambia at the Accra Sports Stadium.

In the highly anticipated match, Zambia’s Kundananji delivered the deciding strike with a brilliant chip in the 18th minute, giving the Copper Queens the lead.

Despite Ghana’s outstanding run, which included winning 10 of their past 11 matches, they were unable to overcome Zambia’s early lead.

Notable efforts by players such as Doris Boaduwaa and Evelyn were inadequate to change the tide in favour of the Black Queens.

With a 1-0 disadvantage, Ghana have a difficult mountain to climb in the return leg in Ndola if they are to keep their Olympic hopes alive. The vital second leg will take place on Tuesday.

To overcome the result and go to the next round of qualification for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Paris 2024, the squad must put up a stunning performance.

The winner of the Ghana-Zambia match will play the winner of Tunisia-Morocco in a vital duel for the coveted Olympic place.

As the stakes remain high, the Black Queens must get together and give an outstanding performance in Lusaka to keep their ambitions alive on the path to Paris 2024.

The game against Zambia proved to be the most difficult test for Nora Hauptle, who is credited for reshaping the squad to play entertaining football. Under the Swiss tactician, the squad has lost twice in 12 games.

The Black Queens lost only one other game, the final leg of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) versus Zambia. They lost 1-0 after defeating their opponents 3-1 in Accra.

With the unfortunate result, Hauptle is likely to reorganise the team for a comeback on Tuesday.

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Fire destroys portions of the Youth Resource Center in Navrongo

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The source of the fire has yet to be determined, but gatekeepers believe it devoured the facility through a damaged section of the fence wall. Ngosiwine Gideon, the project manager, provided further facts about the event to 3news.com.

Parts of the unfinished Youth Resource Centre in Navrongo, Kassena-Nankana municipality, Upper East Region, have been damaged by fire.

Several glass panes, PVC pipes, chairs, doors, and electric poles were among the items destroyed in the Sunday morning conflagration at the massive sports centre.

It needed the involvement of the Ghana National Fire Service to put out what could have been a terrible fire.

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The source of the fire has yet to be determined, but gatekeepers believe it devoured the facility through a damaged section of the fence wall.

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Ngosiwine Gideon, the project manager, provided further facts about the event to 3news.com.

“So, it was Monday in the morning, around 10:20 am thereabouts. Because it started from down there, we didn’t get to know it quickly. it was later that I realised it was from down there. Initially, we called the Fire Service, they came, and they put off the fire. When they left, about an hour or 30 minutes later, it started again. That was when we called them, and they said their car got stuck so they couldn’t come. so we had to watch helplessly for the fire to burn,” he recalled.

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