Beleaguered Accra Hearts of Oak take on Liberty Professionals at the Carl Reindorf Park at Dansoman today in a make or break clash as the First Capital Plus Premier League enters its 26th week. 

The Phobians are in the worst stage of their over 100 years history as they battle relegation from their 15th position on the league log.

Their situation was made worse at the weekend following a 1-2 loss at home to their bitter rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko and the Phobians seek to extricate themselves from the claws of relegation with a victory in the duel.

In other games, Bechem United host the league leaders, Ashgold, at the Bechem Park in a game which has generated a lot of tension following outbursts by some officials of the hosts on the choice of Referee Amenya for the game. AshGold look to use this game to consolidate their position on top of the league log.

Aduana Stars clash with Sekondi Hasaacas at the Agyeman Badu Park at Dormaa while third placed Berekum Chelsea face Accra Great Olympics at the Berekum Golden City Park.

After losing to Wa AllStars over the weekend, New Edubiase United welcome Inter Allies to the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium while troubled Heart of Lions host Brong Ahafo United at the Kpando Park.

Medeama SC face West Africa Football Academy at the T/A Park while Kotoko engage Wa All Stars at the Baba Yara Stadium.

By: Happyghana.com/ Isaac Asempah

A man who saw his new wife for the first time without make up is reportedly SUING her for trauma, after being shocked at her appearance.

The unnamed couple had just got married in Algeria and after spending the night together, the husband woke up to find his wife bare faced.

But rather than admire her natural beauty, instead the man REFUSED to believe the woman was his wife, believing her to be a thief.

Finally realising that this was in fact the woman he loved, the man is now allegedly suing her for fraud and “psychological suffering”.

A source told Emirates 247: “He said he was deceived by her as she used to fill up her face with make up before their marriage.

“He said she looked very beautiful and attractive before marriage, but when he woke up in the morning and found that she had washed the make-up off her face, he was frightened as he thought she was a thief.”

The price of the husband’s “suffering” is £13,000.

Ghana international, Kevin Prince Boateng is set to join Portuguese giants, Sporting Lisbon in a two-year deal as he looks to get his career back on track after a torrid season last term.

Kevin is expected in Portugal today for his medical and subsequently sign the bumper two-year deal with more than one option available in the contract, according to leading Portuguese newspaper, A BOLA.

The Berlin born Ghanaian was subject of several transfer rumours with others linking him to Al Ittihad and AS Monaco.

The former AC Milan and Portsmouth playmaker was ditched by Schalke 04 later last season.

By: Happyghana.com/Isaac Asempah

Samini hours after Shatta Wale dropped his apologetic letter online took to twitter to highlight his love for his mother.

The award winning act who seems to be still hurt with words Shatta used against his mother in November 2013 in his Sixth Letter to Samini song wrote;

“#BreakingNews ..Careful of the them.They will implicate and stigmatize you with Fabrications and lies in their own interest.#stayfar from them

“I love my mother.

“#mymother raised me to respect myself and everyone around me. "don't insult da elderly no matter what"she told me.She also called me SPECIAL

“#mymother said to me "don't mind dem, keep calm and watch dem fall like rain. They will surely drain for the sun to shine again. #MumsWords."

YFMGhana.com      

Ghana international, Jordan Ayew has chosen to wear the iconic No: 10 jersey at his new club Aston Villa.

The former FC Lorient lynchpin settled on the No: 10 jersey because it was one of the few jerseys left for grabs.

“After signing, the next thing was to pick a jersey number. I asked about the 9 but it was not available so the only available number was 10 so I had to take it.”

“All the other numbers had been taken and the only available ones apart from the 10 were in the 30 and beyond”, Jordan mentioned in an interview.

By:happyghana.com/Isaac Asempah

The 36-year-old man who was arrested for wielding a loaded and cocked pistol in a church building will be put before court today.

 

Charles Antwi was picked up at the Ringway Gospel Centre branch of the Assemblies of God Church in Accra and is currently being detained by the National Security Secretariat.

 

National Security sources told the Daily Graphic that investigations were ongoing to establish Antwi’s motive, as well as how he got access to the weapon.

 

“Although we are still investigating, we intend to arraign him in order not to violate the rules which require us not to hold persons beyond 48 hours without a court warrant,” the source said.

 

“We are investigating the matter to establish the suspect’s motive for sending a loaded and cocked pistol to a packed church usually attended by the President and the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana,” it said

Background

Antwi was apprehended when a member of the congregation noticed his nervous and suspicious behaviour during the church service last Sunday.

 

According to the security source, a policeman and a member of the church escorted Antwi outside.

 

The loaded and cocked pistol was found following a search on him.

 

It was not immediately clear why he had carried the fully loaded gun into the church.

 

President John Dramani Mahama and his family worship regularly at the Ringway Gospel Centre but were not present in church last Sunday.

 

The richest people in Ghana have been revealed after extensive research by Ghanaian management and consulting firm, Goodman AMC.

 

Unlike their Nigerian counter-parts, wealthy Ghanaians are thought to be conservative in stating their actual wealth ostensibly due to tax obligations and other personal misgivings, but Goodman AMC appears to have gone behind the scene to extract that information and come out with the ‘Ghana Wealth Report’.

 

The report follows Goodman AMC tracking of successful entrepreneurs and investors in Ghana who have $100 million or more in assets and investments.

 

The findings reveal that the top 80 richest people in Ghana have a combined wealth of $29.3 billion and employ over 150,000 Ghanaians directly.

Goodman AMC's Ghana Wealth Report discovered 3 billionaires and 77 multimillionaires who all form part of a group of individuals called the Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals (UHNWI). 

 

The report identified Charles Ampofo as the richest man in Ghana with a net worth of $1.46 billion. Ampofo is said to have made his fortune through Kampac Oil, an oil and gas firm based in the business hub of Dubai.

 

The second richest man in Ghana, according to the report, is $1.3 billion rich Ernesto Taricone, who is said to have interests in real estate, aluminum, agriculture, construction and forestry. Taricone is the owner of Trassaco Valley.

 

The report also identified Patricia Poku-Diaby as the richest woman in Ghana with a net worth of $720 million. She is into the export of cocoa and cotton. Four other women - Theresa Oppong-Beeko, Kate Quartey-Papafio and Gifty Lamptey and Grace Amey-Obeng – also made the list of 80 Richest Ghanaians. Together, the five richest women in Ghana control $1.62 billion.

 

The report does not cover politicians who acquired their wealth by virtue of them being in active politics and monarchs who acquired their wealth through their royal status. Ownership of closely-held assets which could not be substantiated were also left out of the calculation.

How Net Worth Was Calculated

 

Goodman AMC says it calculated net worth by using some degree of estimation to value each person’s assets and properties as well as stakes in public and private firms, and performance on the Ghana Stock Exchange.  Read more about that here:

While Goodman AMC’s Ghana Wealth Report is comprehensive and compelling,Happyghana.comhas not independently authenticated the findings.

 

Indeed Good man AMC issues a caveat that: “The Ghana Wealth Report is for information purposes only. It is not investment advice…”

 

Find the list of the top 80 richest Ghanaians below:

 

#1 CHARLES AMPOFO                     
Est. Net Worth: $1.46 Billion            
Source: OIL & GAS        

#2 ERNESTO TARRICONE              
Est. Net Worth: $1.3 Billion             
Source: REAL ESTATE 

#3 SAM ESSON JONAH                 
Est. Net Worth: $1.2 Billion          
Source: INVESTMENTS

#4 NABIL EDMOND MOURKAZEL                   
Est. Net Worth: $900 Million            
Source: COMMODITIES

#5 MICHAEL IBRAHIM MAHAMA  
Est. Net Worth: $860 Million          
Source: MINING

#6 MOHAMMED AHMED ODAYMAT            
Est. Net Worth: $850 Million           
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#7 THE IRANI FAMILY                      
Est. Net Worth: $800 Million           
Source: FLOUR

#8 PATRICIA POKU-DIABY           
Est. Net Worth: $720 Million            
Source: COCOA, COTTON

#9 THE KALMONI FAMILY            
Est. Net Worth: $700 Million            

Source: DIVERSIFIED

#10 KWABENA DUFFUOR              
Est. Net Worth: $680 Million           
Source: FINANCE

#11 THE AWUAH-DARKO FAMILY  
Est. Net Worth: $650 Million          
Source: FINANCE

#12 MILAD MILLET & FAMILY         
Est. Net Worth: $620 Million 
Source: TEXTILES

#13 JOSEPH SIAW AGYEPONG      
Est. Net Worth: $600 Million          
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#14 RAMCHAND UDHARAM MOHINANI         
Est. Net Worth: $580 Million           
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#15 ADAMU IDDRISU                     
Est. Net Worth: $550 Million           
Source: FINANCE, COCOA

#16 THE HITTI FAMILY                 
Est. Net Worth: $540 Million              
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#17 THE AZAR FAMILY                  
Est. Net Worth: $520 Million               
Source: PAINTS

#18 KWABENA ADJARE DANQUAH        
Est. Net Worth: $500 Million               
Source: ENGINEERING

#19 GHASSAN YARED                   
Est. Net Worth: $480 Million               
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#20 SERGE BAKALIAN                 
Est. Net Worth: $460 Million                
Source: FLOUR

#21 THE BITAR FAMILY               
Est. Net Worth: $450 Million               
Source: LUMBER

#22 THOMAS SVANIKIER              
Est. Net Worth: $435 Million               
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#23 SAIED FAKHRY                        
Est. Net Worth: $430 Million             
Source: PLASTICS

#24 THERESA OPPONG-BEEKO    
Est. Net Worth: $420 Million           
Source: REAL ESTATE

#25 PAPA KWESI NDOUM              
Est. Net Worth: $410 Million            
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#26 KWABENA ADJEI                      
Est. Net Worth: $400 Million           
Source: ALCOHOL

#27 ENRICO DE SIMONE                 
Est. Net Worth: $400 Million          
Source: CONSTRUCTION

#28 B.K. AMANDI                              
Est. Net Worth: $400 Million            
Source: ENGINEERING

#29 BHAGWAN KHUBCHANDANI  
Est. Net Worth: $380 Million       
Source: RETAIL

#30 MACDONALD VASNANI              
Est. Net Worth: $360 Million       
Source: SHIPPING

#31 JOHN TAYLOR                                 
Est. Net Worth: $355 Million         
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#32 THE SOLOMON LABA FAMILY   
Est. Net Worth: $350 Million       
Source: MATTRESS

#33 KWAKU BEDIAKO                           
Est. Net Worth: $350 Million      
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#34 KOFI AMOAH                                    
Est. Net Worth: $341 Million       
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#35 CHRIS CHINEBUAH                       
Est. Net Worth: $330 Million        
Source: OIL & GAS

#36 OKO-NIKOI DZANI                         
Est. Net Worth: $324 Million       
Source: FINANCE

#37 KWAME BAWUAH-EDUSEI        
Est. Net Worth: $300 Million         
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#38 TONY OTENG-GYASI                    
Est. Net Worth: $300 Million         
Source: CABLES

#39 TOGBE AFEDE XIV                         
Est. Net Worth: $280 Million         
Source: INVESTMENTS

#40 GEORGE OWUSU                             
Est. Net Worth: $278 Million        
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#41 ERNEST BEDIAKO SAMPONG                  
Est. Net Worth: $276 Million          
Source: PHARMACEUTICALS

#42 FAWZI WOLLEY                                 
Est. Net Worth: $275 Million         
Source: RETAIL

#43 FRANK ACHAMPONG                     
Est. Net Worth: $275 Million        
Source: ROAD SIGNAGE

#44 MICHAEL AGYEKUM ADDO                            
Est. Net Worth: $270 Million          
Source: PHARMACEUTICALS

#45 KEN OFORI-ATTA                                   
Est. Net Worth: $260 Million         
Source: INVESTMENTS

#46 YUSIF IBRAHIM                                 
Est. Net Worth: $255 Million         
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#47 THE ADDISON FAMILY                    
Est. Net Worth: $250 Million         
Source: CEMENT

#48 KATE QUARTEY-PAPAFIO              
Est. Net Worth: $250 Million          
Source: CABLES

#49 KELI GADZEKPO                                           
Est. Net Worth: $235 Million          
Source: INVESTMENTS

#50 KWAME ACHAMPONG-KYEI        
Est. Net Worth: $233 Million           
Source: INSURANCE

#51 PAK-WO SHUM                                    
Est. Net Worth: $227 Million           
Source: AVIATION

#52 WILLIAM ATO ESSIEN                     
Est. Net Worth: $220 Million        
Source: FINANCE

#53 FRANK OWUSU SEKYERE                
Est. Net Worth: $213 Million        
Source: ALCOHOL

#54 TANAL GHANDOUR                            
Est. Net Worth: $200 Million      
Source: COSMETICS

#55 NENE DROLO BOSSO ADAMTEY   
Est. Net Worth: $200 Million          
Source: INVESTMENTS 

#56 THE PEPERA FAMILY                              
Est. Net Worth: $180 Million         
Source: AUTOMOBILE

#57 PRINCE KOFI AMOABENG               
Est. Net Worth: $170 Million         
Source: FINANCE

#58 KWAME OFOSU BAMFO                   
Est. Net Worth: $170 Million         
Source: PAINTS

#59 VICTOR ALHASSAN                              
Est. Net Worth: $167 Million           
Source: OIL & GA

#60 NIK AMARTEIFIO                                      
Est. Net Worth: $163 Million           
Source: INVESTMENTS

#61 KOFI NSIAH POKU                          
Est. Net Worth: $160 Million        
Source: PHARMACEUTICALS

#62 ERNEST OFORI SARPONG            
Est. Net Worth: $160 Million          
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#63 JOSEPH NSONAMOAH                   
Est. Net Worth: $155 Million            
Source: FINANCE

#64 EMMANUEL ABLEDU                       
Est. Net Worth: $152 Million           
Source: OIL & GAS

#65 QUINCY SINTIM-ABOAGYE               
Est. Net Worth: $150 Million           
Source: PETROLEUM

#66 YAW ADU-GYAMFI                   
Est. Net Worth: $144 Million         
Source: PHARMACEUTICALS

#67 OSEI KWAME   (Despite)                                       
Est. Net Worth: $142 Million          
Source: MEDIA

#68 SETH KWASI DEI                                      
Est. Net Worth: $140 Million          
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#69 GIFTY LAMPTEY                                        
Est. Net Worth: $135 Million          
Source: FERTILIZERS

#70 THE FRIMPONG-ANSAH FAMILY       
Est. Net Worth: $130 Million    
Source: TEXTILES

#71 JOHN SACKAH ADDO                             
Est. Net Worth: $128 Million           
Source: FINANCE

#72 MIKE NYINAKU                                         
Est. Net Worth: $125 Million            
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#73 JUSTICE TAYLOR                                      
Est. Net Worth: $125 Million           
Source: DIVERSIFIED

#74 TORGBOR MENSAH                                
Est. Net Worth: $120 Million           
Source: ADVERTISING

#75 EDWARD BOATENG                         
Est. Net Worth: $118 Million         
Source: MEDIA

#76 SAMIR KALMONI                 
Est. Net Worth: $115 Million           
Source: FAST FOOD  

#77 TUTU AGYARE                      
Est. Net Worth:  $110 Million          
Source: HEDGE FUND

#78 KWASI TWUM                       
Est. Net Worth: $110 Million            
Source: MEDIA

#79 GRACE AMEY-OBENG         
Est. Net Worth: $100 Million          
Source: COSMETICS

#80 SANDY OSEI-AGYEMAN   
Est. Net Worth: $100 Million          
Source: COSMETICS

Data Credit: Goodman AMC

 

An injunction has been placed on the Ghana Football Association presidential elections slated for August 18.

The application was granted by Justice Mustapha Loggo at the Fast Track High Court 3.

A legal practitioner, Lawyer John Quayson filed an ex-parte injunction application which was granted Thursday morning.

He is seeking an interpretation as to why the district level elections and the regional level elections wouldn't be held before the main FA presidential elections.

Among the exhibits presented to support the injunction application was the calendar of the Football Association.

The Ghana Football Association has ten days to make an appearance.

 

More to follow soon…

By: Happyghana.com/Isaac Asempah

The Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tioté is training back on Tyneside after being refused a visa to join the rest of the squad in the US.

The Ivory Coast international was not among the party that flew out at the weekend and the Newcastle head coach, Steve McClaren, has since confirmed the player did not travel because of an administrative issue.

McClaren told the Chronicle: “He has had visa complications and trying to get him over the visa issue has been difficult but it wasn’t successful. He is training back home.”

People with criminal convictions sometimes have problems in securing a visa for the US. Tioté was given a seven-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months and 180 hours community service in October 2013 after admitting possession of a fake driving licence.

Then Newcastle players Joey Barton and Nile Ranger, who both had criminal convictions, were refused entry during the summer of 2011, as was Yohan Cabaye, although the Frenchman’s issue was an unpaid dentist’s bill.

Meanwhile, McClaren has also confirmed that the midfielder Sylvain Marveaux will miss the start of the new season after undergoing surgery to repair a hernia. McClaren said: “He is in for a hernia operation, if not he’s had it already. It’s four to six weeks, I think.”

The new signing Georginio Wijnaldum is due to join his team-mates on the other side of the Atlantic on Wednesday after completing his move to St James’ Park from PSV Eindhoven on Saturday.

Black Stars captain and talismanAsamoah Gyanis set to become one of the highest paid players in world football.

The 29-year-old Ghanaian, who spent just one full season in the Premier League on the back of the 2010 World Cup, is on the brink of signing with Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, who are managed by ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The deal will see him earn $350,000-a-week (£227,000), a weekly amount only bettered by a handful of the planet's best players.

Gyan already earns $250,000-a-week at current side Al Ain, but where will his new deal place him alongside the sport's top earners?

Read on to find out (all reported salaries are before tax)....

 

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

Reported salary: £650,000-a-week

Denis Doyle

The reigning World Player of the Year is the highest paid footballer on the planet.

With an unbelievable goal record of 313 goals in 300 games since moving to Madrid in 2009, it's difficult to argue against him deserving it.

2. Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona

Reported salary: £645,000-a-week

The Argentine maestro earns over £600,000-a-week, but, like Ronaldo, sacrifices 52% of it in tax, ending up with just under £300,000 each week.

He and Ronaldo are streaks ahead of the rest of the field in terms of their club salary.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG

Reported salary: £410,000-a-week

ReutersParis St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibra has made a career out of big money transfers - and he can play a bit too.

The 33-year-old Swede has Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG on his CV.

He's been a revelation in France since moving to the Parc des Princes in 2012, scoring 106 goals in 126 games.

4. Gareth Bale, Real Madrid

Reported salary: £320,000-a-week

Reuters / Rebecca NadenWales V Belgium

You might well be celebrating given the size of your bank balance, Gareth.

Bale endured a poor season in Madrid last term but will undoubtedly be back to his best next term

5. James Rodriguez, Real Madrid

Reported salary: £305,000-a-week

 

GettyColombia's midfielder James Rodriguez passes the ball during the 2015 Copa America football championship match against Peru, in Temuco, Chile, on June 21, 2015

That is one valuable left boot. Rodriguez was handed a bumper salary by Los Blancos following his move from Monaco.

6. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Reported salary: £250,000-a-week

Reuters / Darren StaplesManchester United's Wayne Rooney in action with Manchester City's Martin Demichelis

The England captain isn't doing too badly for himself.

Critics would say he's held United to ransom for his last two contracts, but he remains a talisman for the Red Devils on the pitch and is a marketer's dream off it.

7. Robin van Persie, Manchester United

Reported salary: £250,000-a-week

Action ImagesManchester United's Robin Van Persie misses a penalty

The Dutchman moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal in 2013, penning a bumper deal.

He could be on his way out of Manchester this summer though, with Dutch side Fenerbahce interested in his services.

8. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Reported salary: £220,000-a-week

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game

City fans will tell you he's worth every penny - and they'll be right.

He's bagged 107 goals for the Citizens in 162 games since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

9. Yaya Toure, Manchester City

Reported salary: £210,000-a-week

Stu Forster

Toure didn't enjoy his best season last time out, as rumours surrounding his future at the Etihad refused to go away.

He has two years left to run on the four-year deal he signed in 2013, and has vowed to see them out.

10. Luis Suarez, FC Barcelona

Reported salary: £205,000-a-week

ReutersLuis Suarez celebrates scoring the second goal for Barcelona

Barcelona supporters already adore him, and it's easy to understand why.

He was hugely influential in the Blaugrana's treble triumph last season and has so far been worth every penny of the £75m Barca paid Liverpool for him last summer.

And so concludes our countdown of the top 10 highest earning footballers in the world.

However, this list is set to change soon. Gyan's move to China could see him bumped up to No 8 on the list, remarkably replacing Sergio Aguero and dumping his 2010 World Cup nemesis Luis Suarez out of the top 10.

Is he good value for it? We're not so sure...

Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari's contract with Italian club AC Milan has been ended by mutual consent.


The 30-year old joined the Rossoneri permanently in 2012 following a loan spell while he was at Inter Milan.
Muntari had one more year left on his contract that he signed in 2014.


"AC Milan and Sulley Muntari would like to announce they have reached agreement to dissolve the player's contract with the club as of today," a club statement read.


He fell out of favour after former boss Filippo Inzaghi replaced Clarence Seedorf as coach of the seven-time European champions, making just 16 Serie A appearances last season, scoring twice.


His future at the club has been in doubt since May when he asked to be left of the Milan squad for a Serie A match away to Palermo.


Milan paid tribute to the battling midfielder, adding: "AC Milan would like to thank Muntari for the commitment and professional attitude shown during his time playing in the Milan shirt and wish him all the very best for the future."


He has not played for Ghana since being sent home from the World Cup in Brazil last year for indiscipline.

The 2015 BET Awards ceremony came off at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.


In a very diverse field of winners, it was Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce who really stood out with their wins on the night.
Performers on the night included Diddy, Chris Brown, K.Dot, and Detroit’s Big Sean. The cast of Fox’s hit show Empire also made an appearance.


Below is the full list of winners at the 2015 BET Awards…


Best Actor                             - Terrence Howard


Best Actress                          - Taraji P. Henson


Best International Act UK       - Stormzy


Best International Act Africa    - Stonebwoy


Best Female Hip-Hop Artist      -Nicki Minaj


Best Male Hip-Hop Artist         -  Kendrick Lamar


Best New Artist                        - Sam Smith


Best Male R&B/Pop Artist        - Chris Brown


Best Female R&B/Pop Artist    - Beyoncé


Viewer’s Choice Award             - Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown “Only”


Best Group                                - Rae Sremmurd


Best Collaboration                     - Common and John Legend “Glory”


Video Of The Year                     - Beyoncé “7/11″

Video Director Of The Year        - Beyoncé, Ed Burke and Todd Tourso


YoungStars Award:                    - Mo’ne Davis


Best Movie                                  - “Selma”


Centric Award                             - The Weeknd


Best Gospel Artist                        - Lecrae


Fandemoniam Award                  - Beyoncè

Ghana international, Andre Ayew has rallied massive support for beleaguered captain and talisman of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, after the Justice Dzamefe led Presidential Commission of Inquiry recommended that Gyan should be taken for a leadership course because they deduce some leadership crisis erupted in Ghana’s camp during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Andre, who is the deputy captain of the Black Stars, expressed utmost surprise at the decision of the Commission and intimated that Gyan is doing well as captain of the team and the players are solidly behind him.

“I didn’t really know about it and I’m a bit shocked but I think we are in the football side and other people are in the other side so I think they have their way of seeing things. But as for me, from what I have seen internally- I have met different captains in the Black Stars and now there is Asamoah - I think he is doing well and we need to support him and not that when there’s any delays in the team then we go straight to him. He has the support of the players and we will do everything for him. I don’t really know the ins and outs of what they are saying but this is what I know and this is what I think. We are behind him and we will support him.” Andre told Happyghana.com.

Andre Ayew will be featuring for English Premier League side, Swansea in the coming season and will be playing his first game against champions Chelsea.

By: Happyghana.com/Isaac Asempah

Talented Ghana youth attacker, Yaw Yeboah has revealed exclusively to Happyghana.com that he is on the verge of playing on loan for FC Basel in Switzerland.

According to the silky, nimble-footed Manchester City playmaker, he has had several offers from some clubs in Europe including Lille in France and some other clubs in Spain.

“I have signed my professional contract with Manchester City so I’m now preparing to join them in pre-season. However, I have received offers from FC Basel, Lille and some other clubs in Spain but I’m keen on joining FC Basel because I trained with them for a week and they are really bent on snatching me. I want to join them because they will be playing in the UEFA Champions League.” Yaw Yeboah told Happyghana.com.

Yaw Yeboah won the Player of the Tournament in the 2015 Africa Youth Championship in Senegal and was also part of the Black Satellites squad who were bundled out of the FIFA World Under-20 Championship which was staged in New Zealand.

By: Happyghana.com/Isaac Asempah

The Secretary General of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwabena Agyepong has resigned.

In a statement to the media, the beleagured general secretary said: "It is extremely heart-breaking and deterring to learn that my own colleagues take to the media to belittle the General Secretary of their own Party. I do not regret any decision I have taken since I was elected as General Secretary as all decisions have been in the interest of the Party. However, I cannot continue to serve the Party in my capacity as General Secretary."

Below is his full statement:

RESIGNATION AS GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY

The past few days have been very tumultuous and I have taken some time to think about my political career and the fortunes of the New Patriotic Party, a party I have dedicated my life to serving. My campaign to be General Secretary of this great Party was built on togetherness and selfless service to the Party. I sought to encourage the spirit of volunteerism, which was very much alive during my days as a young patriot. Many will recall that my campaign resorted to pertinent slogans such as “Think Victory, Think Kwabena” and “Together, We Shall Rise Again.”

Indeed, when the delegates of my Party confirmed the trust they had in me at the Congress held in Tamale in April 2014, I was motivated that a day had arrived in the Party. I was confident that the general elections in 2016 will be won by the New Patriotic Party, and I still hold that conviction. I was determined to rally, together, those who supported me and those who did not support me. To that end, I organized a thanksgiving service and lunch, and invited all members in the Party. I believed that my colleagues shared the same passion for victory that I did.

I therefore hit the ground running and restructured the administration of the Party’s Headquarters. I instilled professionalism in the way we conducted our politics and encouraged our communicators to speak in a decorous manner when addressing the public. I successfully organized the most peaceful presidential primaries that our Party has seen, and under my leadership, the Party retained the best candidate to win the general elections in 2016.

I met our newly elected presidential candidate shortly after the presidential primaries and assured him of my unflinching support and commitment to the 2016 project. We shared ideas on how best to unite the Party for the imminent victory. Sadly, members of the Party have continuously sought to undermine each and every step I have taken in furtherance of the 2016 project. I have been humiliated, insulted, vilified and painted in a very unappealing light in the eyes of the public.

It is extremely heart-breaking and deterring to learn that my own colleagues take to the media to belittle the General Secretary of their own Party. I do not regret any decision I have taken since I was elected as General Secretary as all decisions have been in the interest of the Party. However, I cannot continue to serve the Party in my capacity as General Secretary.

By this statement, I hereby inform the Party and the general public that I have resigned as the General Secretary of the Party. This morning, I sent my formal resignation letter to the National Council of the Party. I, however, remain committed to serving the Party in my individual capacity as a member and it is my hope and prayer that we win the 2016 general elections to alleviate the economic hardship inflicted on Ghanaians by the incompetent and corrupt John Mahama Administration.

Thank you!

God bless the NPP. God bless Ghana.

…….SIGNED……

Kwabena Agyei Agyepong
Former General Secretary
New Patriotic Party

Chelsea are considering whether to rival Arsenal for the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin after making a check on the Southampton midfielder last weekend.

Chelsea sent scouts to watch Southampton’s defeat at Everton, with Schneiderlin and Manchester United target Nathaniel Clyne understood to be the two players they were primarily watching.

Jose Mourinho has highlighted his midfield as an area to strengthen this summer and has already identified Paul Pogba and Koke as two of his top targets.


Schneiderlin impressed during Southampton's game against Chelsea

But Chelsea face stern competition for £74million-rated Juventus star Pogbafrom all of Europe’s biggest clubs, while Atletico Madrid’s Koke, who the Blues enquired about last summer, has told friends that his preference would be to stay in Spain.

Arsenal have been confident of landing Schneiderlin in the summer and are sure to make a bid for the Frenchman at the end of the season.

But having watched the 25-year-old in action at Goodison Park, Chelsea are weighing up whether to make a rival offer and leave Schneiderlin with a difficult decision to make.


Ronald Koeman can expect bids for many of his best players this summer

Schneiderlin had an excellent game in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at Stamford Bridge in March.

Having rejected a £10million bid for Schneiderlin from Tottenham Hotspur last summer, Southampton are aware that they are unlikely to hang on to him this time around with Champions League qualification now looking unlikely.

Southampton are likely to demand around £25m for Schneiderlin, who last month reiterated his desire to play in the Champions League by saying: “In August, I wanted to take a move but the club had lost too many players to agree to sell me.

“Since then I have had discussions with the leaders and I want to play at the highest level: it is important at 25 years old to finally know the Champions League.

“Given that, late in the season, Southampton may qualify for the Champions League and I can stay, who knows. I have no desire to be in front of my TV on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Other than looking at his midfield, Mourinho also wants to sign at least one new defender with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane at the top of his list.

Chelsea are also interested in England right-back Clyne, which would allow Branislav Ivanovic to move inside and play more as a central defender.

Clyne’s current Southampton contract only has just over a year to run, which has sparked interest from United, Liverpool and now Chelsea.

Mourinho has made it clear that he is looking for a few key additions this summer, rather than any major overhaul. One big player who could leave is Oscar, who, together with Ramires, is attracting interest from Juventus.

“Everything starts with the squad we have and the players we want to keep,” said Mourinho. “And in that regard there is not a big space for new faces. The new faces will be a couple and will be a consequence of what the market can dictate.

“The team is good, the players are good, basically good. I try to be loyal to players. They deserve that loyalty for what they're giving. Even if direct competitors come in with huge amounts to buy top players, if my squad gives everything and gives us the Premier League title, loyalty will be stronger than a desire to buy new players. I would think the squad would be very, very similar to this one.”

SOURCE: Telegraph

After a barrage of criticisms and invectives cast on players of Kumasi Asante kotoko following their 2-1 home loss to El-Eulma of Algeria in their CAF Champions league second leg tie, famous football witch-doctor, Malam Wenchi has ascribed Asante Kotoko’s loss to Alhaji Lamin’s reluctance to heed to directions he gave the Kotoko financier.

According to Malam Wenchi, he told some supporters of Kotoko about what he had seen in the realms of the spirits concerning their game against Eulma and he was told to contact Alhaji Lamin but when he did, the staunch Kotoko supporter played down his requests and demanded that he, the Malam, should properly introduce himself, among others.

“I spoke to some supporters of Kotoko about what I had seen concerning their game and one guy told me he will speak to Alhaji Lamin about it. I then called Alhaji and told him the things I would need to exorcise the looming defeat but he was reluctant to assist me to perform the rites. He asked me to come and introduce myself to him and things like that. He showed no urgency in what I told him so they took no action and that led to their defeat,” Malam Wenchi told happyghana.com.

He further spoke about how he called Togbe Afede of Hearts of Oak before their game against Ngor in Senegal and even gave him the score-line of the game. He indicated that Togbe Afede later called to thank him after Hearts had won the game in Senegal.

“I called Hearts of Oak’s Board Chairman, Togbe Afede and told him that they were going to lose against Inter-Allies but they will win their game against Olympique De Ngor. After the game, he called to thank me.” Malam Wenchi bragged.

He concluded that it will be wrong for anyone to blame the players of Kotoko for their loss against El-Eulma but they should rather channel their grievances towards the hierarchy of the club and vent their spleen on them for not acting on the information he gave them.

The players of Asante Kotoko have been the target of attritions after Kotoko were bundled out of the CAF Champions League, with some accusing them of watching too much pornography when they were supposed to rest.

By: happyghana.com/Isaac Asempah

 

 

Despite losing their CAF Champions League second leg tie to Algerian side El-Eulma in Kumasi, Asante Kotoko is reported to have bagged a whooping two hundred and sixty thousand cedis as proceeds from the gate.

This amount is the gross and several deductions would have to be made before Kotoko can lay hands on what is due them as the net.

Thousands of fans thronged the Baba Yara Stadium to offer their unflinching support to the Porcupine Warriors but they went home disappointed as their beloved club got bundled out of the competition after losing to their Algerian counterparts by two goals to one.

The management of the club have however offered an unqualified apology to the supporters of the club.

Happyghana.com/Isaac Asempah

 

 

The Tema police have arrested three persons suspected to have stolen dried cocoa beans valued at GH¢72,100. The suspects — Frederick Baako, 30, a security guard working at the Cocoa Marketing Company; Moses Amoah, 35, a driver, and John Essiaw, 43, also a driver — are assisting the police in their investigations.

Briefing

The Tema Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Ms Juliana Obeng, told the Daily Graphic that about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015, a police patrol team intercepted a KIA truck, with registration number GC 7088-11, carrying cocoa beans in the Tema Heavy Industrial Area.

She said the police patrol team requested for the waybill covering the cocoa beans and when it was produced, the police detected that it had no date on it.

The waybill also indicated that the cocoa had been despatched from Oda and its destination was the Takoradi Port.

Initial investigations 

Ms Obeng said initial investigations revealed that the truck was carrying 206 bags of dried cocoa beans belonging to the Cocoa Marketing Company, valued at GH¢72,100.

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For about 10 years, Kiki Banson has acted in multiple capacities as far as Ghanaian musician-Becca is concerned—and apart from famously being Becca’s manager, it was alleged at a point that they had more than an ordinary working relationship going on.

GhanaCelebrities has learnt Kiki Banson and Becca have ended their working relationship and whatever there was to it in the minds of people. We reached out to Kiki Banson who confirmed the split; saying, everything that has a beginning must come to an end—and it is one of those things.

Kiki Banson and his EKB records had a 10 year contract with Becca; an agreement which ignited a controversy about two years ago when Becca’s father claimed Kiki fraudulently signed that contract with his daughter when she was a minor.
 
It seems like the 10 year contract has ended—and Becca has decided not to renew. We are told she is shopping for a new manager and a new record label to align her musical brand with.
 
Becca and Kiki made headlines a few years ago when Becca’s father alleged that Kiki had express a ‘weird’ intention to make the singer his wife—at the back of speculations that Kiki was messing with Becca while married and he ditched his wife so to be able to marry Becca.
 
Becca’s father even disowned her for this and he was reported to have said ; “Becca is no more my child and she can do whatever she pleases with her life. She is of no importance to me anymore. She is grown so if she thinks Kiki is the one she really wants to marry, she can go ahead and marry him. I have already disowned her.
 
I don’t care if the mother supports her or not. Looking at my health condition now, I wouldn’t want to do anything that will affect me and the rest of the family. Everything I gave her has been taken back. She is no more my child and will never be my child, not even when I’m dead.”
 
It became a media war with Kiki writing a long open letter to Becca’s father-Mr. Acheapong. 
 
For now, we can say what Kiki Banson and Becca never had just ended—officially!
 
 
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