Francis Ngannou’s revelation of unwellness before encounter with Joshua sparks controversy


By Charity Nginyu

Former UFC World Heavyweight Champion and mixed martial artist, Francis Ngannou, has ignited a contentious debate after opening up about his health struggles before his fight with Anthony Joshua.

The Cameroonian Champion encountered the British boxer in a Ten-round boxing match in which he was beaten in round Two, on March 9th, 2024, in Saudi Arabia.

‘It’s true that everything didn’t go as planned. The battle itself didn’t go as planned since already, it was a very weird day‚Ķ The whole day I wasn’t there. I arrived at about 11 pm and I had to start the fight at about 3 am. I can recall, while exercising, I was sweating and feeling sleepy,’ Ngannou disclosed in a recent outing.

The controversy surrounding Ngannou’s revelation stems from conflicting interpretations. Some speculate that Ngannou’s subpar performance may have been attributed to external factors, suggesting the possibility of drugging.

However, others argue that Ngannou should accept his defeat gracefully and refrain from pub
lic commentary, dismissing his outing as unnecessary.

Ngannou, who began his journey into boxing in October 2023, has so far faced two of the top three heavyweights in the world, including a match against Tyson Fury on Oct 29th, 2023.

The debate has had opinions divided on whether Ngannou’s disclosure sheds light on potential foul play or simply serves as an excuse for his loss.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

European clubs not accepting African players above 23 years reason for age fraud – Ernest Obama


The spokesperson of the Cameroon Football Federation, Ernest Obama, has said the desire to play in Europe is one of the major factors behind age manipulation in Cameroon.

In an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, Obama said a player who is not detected at a young age, is likely to modify their birthdate.

‘For a player who was not detected early due to the absence of youth championships, he gets to the first division at 24, 25, 26 years, and that’s already too late for him’ the former Vision 4 journalist highlighted.

He further indicated that the current FECAFOOT administration is engaged in an intensive verification of birth certificates of Cameroon footballers. ‘It was noticed after Samuel Eto’o arrived in 2021 that over 60 percent of players in the Elite One and Two had manipulated their ages’ Ernest Obama noted.

Over 60 players were provisionally excluded from the 2024 Elite One playoffs and are awaiting the final verdict before the competition begins on March 16. The FA official indicated that g
uilty players will be automatically suspended for 6 matches and will be obliged to use their real ages.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Synafoc calls for postponement of playoffs over age fraud allegations


By Biwah Bryan

Following several age fraud allegations in the Elite one and two championships in Cameroon, the Cameroon footballer’s Syndicate SYNAFOC in a communique called for a postponement of the playoffs, so that a thorough investigation into the claims can be conducted.

The allegations of age fraud have implicated 15 out of the 19 clubs in Elite One championship including about 62 players in the top tier league which may hamper the flow of the competition.

According to SYNAFOC the playoffs should have a 10-day delay in the start of the playoffs in order to ensure a comprehensive investigation into the allegations.

The Syndicate also suggests a joint investigation commission consisting of players, club representatives, and law enforcement professionals should be established with a primary objective to identify those responsible

The union believes that a comprehensive investigation will not only help to identify those responsible but also help to establish a fair and just solution, which will put an
end to these fraudulent practices within the football ecosystem.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Shu wins Celebrity President’s Putter


Hwan Shu returned a net score of 67 to win this year’s Celebrity Golf Club President’s Putter Open Championship played at Sakumono, near Tema on Sunday.

He was followed by Edwin Osei Kufuour with 68 net while Eliksis Zigkan took the third position with 71 net.

In the Group ‘B’ segment, Josph Boatey, Captain of the Tafo Golf Club came first with 63 net, James, Otoo, Captain of Centre of the World Golf Club, Tema took the second position with 67net while Aziz Amankwaah of Celebrity placed third with 68 net.

In the Ladies category, Afi Amexando came first with 74 net, while Catherine Fabbi placed second with 75 net, beating Hawa Britu on count-back.

Augustine Manasseh won the Professoinal’s event with 277 gross, Maxxwell Owusu came second with 282 gross while Yaw Barry placed third with 285 g ross.

The one-day championship which was sponsored by Giti Tires and Tang Palace Hotel attracted over 120 golfers.

Mr. Tang Hong, P resident of the Celebrity Golf Club commended the participants for the honour done hi
m and called on golfers to help nurture the youth.

Mr. Hong who is also the Managing Director of Tang Palace Hotel was assisted by Mr. Kweku Okyere, President of the Ghana Golf Association to present prizes to the winners.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Synafoc calls for postponement of playoffs over age fraud allegationsKotoko’s title ambition suffers setback as Lions beat them in five-goal thriller ?

By Biwah Bryan

Following several age fraud allegations in the Elite one and two championships in Cameroon, the Cameroon footballer’s Syndicate SYNAFOC in a communique called for a postponement of the playoffs, so that a thorough investigation into the claims can be conducted.

The allegations of age fraud have implicated 15 out of the 19 clubs in Elite One championship including about 62 players in the top tier league which may hamper the flow of the competition.

According to SYNAFOC the playoffs should have a 10-day delay in the start of the playoffs in order to ensure a comprehensive investigation into the allegations.

The Syndicate also suggests a joint investigation commission consisting of players, club representatives, and law enforcement professionals should be established with a primary objective to identify those responsible

The union believes that a comprehensive investigation will not only help to identify those responsible but also help to establish a fair and just solution, which will put an
end to these fraudulent practices within the football ecosystem.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Asante Kotoko’s poor run in the second round of the Ghana Premier League continued on Wednesday night at the Baba Yara Stadium where they succumbed to a 2-3 defeat in a match week 21 encounter with Accra Lions. ??

The Porcupine Warriors who had the chance to move to the second spot to keep up the chase for the title were a pale shadow of themselves as the youthful Lions devoured them at their own backyard. ??It was a total dominance by the Accra-based team who recorded their first victory against Kotoko at the Baba Yara Stadium.

Having lost on the road again Karela United on Saturday, the home fans were expectant that their warriors would bounce back to keep their title aspirations alive, but they were left fuming after 90 minutes ??The early exchanges was more of an end-to-end action as both teams made their attacking intents clear right from the blast of the whistle.

But it was the visitors who broke the deadlock on the 10th minute through Blessing Dankwah who calmly slotted home a cross from the side of
attack.

The goal was heralded by a swift transition from their own half, having dispossessed Kotoko who were on the offensive, before raiding the box of the porcupines with the speed of light.

Daniel Awuni spotted the run of Dankwah and sent him a tailor-measured cross which the 17-year-old controlled with so much composure before placing it beyond Moise Pouatey for the opener.

As Kotoko fought back for the equaliser, the Lions intermittently caught them on the break with Awuni and Dankwah being the main architects.

The Porcupines’ probe to restore parity would however pay off on the 30th minute when Kalou Outarra found the back of the net from close range.

The former Berekum Chelsea Attacker received a long cross from Yussif Nurudeen, controlled the ball with his chest and sent it to the bottom corner of the post.

With both teams being on level terms after the half-hour mark, they stepped up their performance in search of the next goal, thereby increasing the tempo of the game.

They kept pushing each
other for the lead which eluded them until referee Awurisa Andrews ended proceeding for the first half.

The visitors restored their lead just three minutes after the restart following a poor clearance by Justice Blay who gave the ball to their opponents on a silver platter.

?Dankwah who had been a torn in the flesh of Blay all evening took off in anticipation of the ball which he received in the box and chipped it over the onrushing Pouatey.

After going behind for the second time on the night, Kotoko threw more men forward in their quest to pull parity but it was the visitors who deepened their woes when Dominic Amponsah fetch the third goal for the visitors.

They would continue to torment Kotoko who in their desperation to come back into the game gave away possessing needlessly.

The Porcupines however reduced the deficit to one on the 85th minute against the run of play when substitute Bernard Somuah hit a thunderous drive from 20 yards beyond goalkeeper Andrews Owusu.

From that point, it was all Asant
e Kotoko as they launched series of incursions into the goal area of Lions who gallantly defended their lines to secure their first victory at the Baba Yara Stadium since joining the premiership.?

Source: Ghana News Agency

Eritrea bags gold, silver medals in Cycling men’s Elite/U-23


The Red Sea Camels of Eritrea bagged two gold medals and a silver medal in day-three of the on-going 13th Africa Gams held at Olebu-Ablekuma route in Accra.

The Red Sea Camels of Eritrea headed by Sprinter Nahom Zeray Araya exhibited power, pace, and precision in the 84 kilometers men’s elite race over 30 laps.

He came first followed by his country man Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedlein and South African Blaine Conrad finished third to place the medal’s zones.

In the U-23 category, it was Nahom Zeray Araya again who won the first position followed by De Comarmond Aurelie of Mauritius and Blaine Conrad of South Africa.

In all, 96 riders took part in the men’s elite where 34 dropped along the way including Ghana’s contingents with 31 riders completing the task.

In the women’s category of 56km race over 20 laps, South African Hayley Preen won gold medal followed by Greff Anri Krugel of Namibia and Diane Ingabre of Rwanda placing third.

A total of 44 female riders started but 22 pulled out of the race including Gh
ana’s sole representatives.

The competition would continue on Thursday and Friday with Time Trials and would be climaxed with the Mixed Relay on Saturday.

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Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana’s Black Satellites go top of Group A after comfortable win over Gambia


The Black Satellites of Ghana recorded their first in the men’s football competition at the ongoing African Games.

The win for the Black Satellites puts Ghana’s U-20 football team on the verge of qualification for the next round, as they now top Group A with four points.

The other group encounter between Benin and Congo ended in a scoreless stalemate, with both having accumulated two points each from the first two matches while Gambia is rock bottom with a point.

Black Satellites talisman Musibau Aziz put Ghana ahead in the 13th minute with a superb strike to ease the nerves of the home supporters.

The Black Satellites, despite their dominance in the first half, couldn’t capitalise on the numerous opportunities that fell for them but maintained their lead into halftime.

Abdul Aziz Issah doubled the lead for Ghana in the early stages of the second half with a cool, composed finish from close range, much to the delight of the fans at Accra Sports Stadium.

Musibau Aziz had a great opportunity to make it th
ree for the host after the referee awarded them a penalty, but the prodigy missed from 12 yards.

Things became a little nerve-wracking for the host country after Gambia pulled a goal back through Ebima Ceesay in the 83rd minute.

But substitute Jerry Afriyie ensured Ghana secured all three points after he delivered a stunning strike on the 90th minute mark.

Ghana would face Benin in their last group encounter as a win or draw would secure a spot in the next round of the competition.

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Source: Ghana News Agency

Black Princesses complete comeback victory over Tanzania


The Black Princesses of Ghana have recorded their second consecutive win at the ongoing African Games after handing the Twiga Stars of Tanzania a 2-1 defeat at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

A goal each from Tracey Twum and Mukarama Abdulai completed the mission for the home side who have secured a comfortable lead heading into the next round.

The Princesses were dominant in the early stages of the game as they kept their composure high, sharing passes like it was nobody’s business.

Tanzania responded with a beautiful goal 22 minutes into the game, giving the Ghanaians a tough assignment to accomplish.

The ladies in white, Ghana kept their heads up in search of that all important equalizer.

It was Twum who rose up as the heroine of the night to level scores for the Ghanaians few minutes into the half time.

Ghana came back into the second half well composed as all eyes were staged on them to put up an impressive show.

Tanzania, despite being tagged as the weaker side managed to hold the Princ
esses until Abdulai slotted in that solid finish in the 64th minute to seal Ghana’s win.

Both teams had a fair share of possession in the dying minutes as Ghana defended their lead to end the game 2-1.

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Source: Ghana News Agency