GHANA WILL NOT BE AT RIO TO HOLIDAY.

Sports Minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has assured Ghanaians that the county’s athletes billed for the Rio Olympic Games will make a huge impression at the multi-sports events.

According to Vanderpuye, the track and field representatives numbering eight out of the total of 16 athletes will make a huge impact on the game in August.

The Sports Ministry has vowed to support team Ghana in order to deliver.

“Initially, we thought it would be difficult for the athletes to qualify for the Olympic Games, but today we have eight track and field athletes qualifying, and they are promising, especially the girls’ quartet team, the javelin thrower as well as Emmanuel Dasor.

“I have said we will not be at the Olympic Games for holidays. We will be there to impress. We shall support them, inspire them and motivate them to be able to make the impact in Brazil”, he told Starr Sports.

Rio 2016 Summer Games will start from 5 to 21 August in the Brazilian capital.

 

Culled from  Starrfmonline.com.

WE DON’T NEED EXPATRIATES TO HANDLE BLACK STARS.

Sports Minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has stirred the hornet’s nest, provoking debate over the country’s obsessive taste for foreign coaches over local ones.

The Minister is emphatic that the level of play at the senior side and quality of players points to the fact that any supported local coach can chalk laurels with the Black Stars.

“The coaches’ work is important, the coaches’ work is needed, but I will say at the level of the senior national team, for example, I don’t believe that we definitely need an expatriate in order to achieve,” Mr. Vanderpuye told Kwesi Pratt Jnr. on TV3’s Hot Issues to be aired on Saturday at 4pm.

He had early on explained: “The best of our achievements as a nation, have been under Ghanaian coaches…I always ask myself what is it that is in the brains, in the genes, of that white man that is not in the black man?

What we need may be investing a little bit more in them… “At the level of the national team, the Black Stars, whatever the coach teaches them is just about 5% of whatever they know. Because these players are already stars in their own right…”

Asked why the country keeps ‘importing’ expatriate coaches, the Minister blamed it on the Ghanaian misconception. “I think the problem has to do with the Ghanaian, the Ghanaian always have that feeling that something from outside is better than what you have … I don’t share that opinion”. According to the Sports Minister, when Ghanaian coaches are given the opportunity, they would be able to rise to the occasion.

“I believe somebody like Akwasi Appiah was a wonderful coach, I believe seriously we didn’t give him enough time, we didn’t come to understand him very well,” he stressed.

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye added that the lack of respect for local coaches, usually exhibited by the media, contributed to his inability to please Ghanaian fans. He also downplayed claims that Ghanaian coaches are prone to bribes.

In defence, he explained, every good coach wants to achieve results, and would therefore pick the best players to enable him win. He is hopeful the many former Black Stars players who are going into coaching would be able to take over the national teams so that a national identity can be established: in order that the juniors are not thought something almost different when they get to the senior level by an expatriate, depriving them of their Ghanaian identity.

Culled from Tv3network.com

PRINCE EDWARD PAY COURTESY CALL ON JAMES TOWN MANTSE.

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, has paid a courtesy call on Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, chief of James Town and president of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional area as part of the activities marking this year’s Head of State Awards.

The Prince and his delegation which included the Rt.Hon.Lord Paul Boateng, the British High Commissioner, Jon Benjamin and Peter Anum, Executive Director, Head of State Award Scheme were led on the visit by the Minister of Youth and Sports,Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpuye.

The visit which was heralded by a special durbar of chiefs and people of James Town at Mantse Agbonaa was attended by traditional authorities, government officials, students, the clergy, Head of State Award winners and diplomats.

Welcoming his august visitor, Nii Ababio said the visit was important because of the relationship that has existed between the people of James Town (formerly British Accra) and the British who lived with them.

He said that relationship dated as far back as the 18th century till around 1960 and recalled with nostalgia the good rapport that existed between them and noted that the visit was the evidence of that bond.

Speaking at the function,  Hon.Nii Lantey Vanderpuye gave a brief history of the relationship of the people of James Town with the British stressing on the importance of the visit of Prince Edward visit.

He lamented the fading nationalism in the youth and urged them to revive the attitude to work whole-heartedly for their country.

During the occasion, the Prince presented a special plaque to Nii Ababio from her mother whilst the James Town mantse reciprocated with traditional clothes.

Present at the ceremony  also was the Mayor of Accra, Hon. Oko Vanderpuye.

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GHANAIAN ATHLETES TO SOUTH KOREA PRESENTS MEDALS TO DR.MUSTAPHA AHMED

Three Ghanaian athletes who took part in the Dream Project 2016 in PyeongChang in South Korea, has presented the medals they won at the competition to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Mustapha Ahmed, at a brief ceremony in his office in Accra.
They are Hawa Kombat, Eliasu Alale, and Judith Balyeyel; all from Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region. They were led to the Ministry by John Ali Atia their coach and Philippina Frimpong, Secretary-General of the Ghana Athletics Association.
Briefing the Minister on the competition, John Ali Atia said even though this was the first time the children were competing in ice skating sports, they have really made an impact which in later years could help make them better . He said the children comported themselves well and that it was not surprising that they won medals.
Coach Atia said the children found ice skating a wonderful new experience which with time would improve their skills and expressed gratitude to the Korean Embassy in Ghana for sponsoring their trip.
Welcoming the young athletes to his office, Dr.Mustapha Ahmed said he was happy that the three young athletes had the opportunity to contest in such a competition abroad and praised them for their achievements.
The Minister said such training would go a long way to prepare such young athletes better for future competitions and mentioned that the Ministry was in collaboration with other countries for the training of our athletes outside the country and mentioned Colombia specifically as one of such countries.
He thanked them for coming to present their awards to him and assured them that the Ministry was ever ready to support them in similar future programmes.
Present during the presentation were the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Victor Xola Senaya, Director of Finance and Administration, Alhaji Rex Sumani, Mr. Seth Osei-Agyen, Director of Sports, Mr.Ernest Kwakuyi,Deputy Director in Charge of Sports and the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry.

JUSTICE DZAMEFE COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY REPORT PRESENTED TO PRESIDENT JOHN MAHAMA

(H.E Prez John Mahama in a pose with members of the commission after the presentation)

 

The Justice Dzamefe Commission of Enquiry set up to look into matters relating to the participation of the Black Stars at the World Cup in Brazil 2014 has finally presented their report to the President H.E John Dramani Mahama at the Flagstaff House in Accra Today.

Presenting the 400 page Report, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Dzamefe said they were grateful to the President for the trust reposed in the commission. He said in the course of the inquiry, Eighty-Seven (87) persons have so far appeared before the Commission both in public and in camera as well as regional tours.

The Committee was set up by the President following public outcry on the early exit of the National Football Team, The Black Stars from the 2014 World Cup Tournament in Brazil.

The 3-Member Commission is made up of Justice Senyo Dzamefe, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Chairman; Moses Foh-Amoaning Esq., Lawyer and Sports Administrator, Member, and Kofi Anokye Owusu Darko, Sports enthusiast, Member.

Justice Dzamefe paid glowing tribute to other members of the Commission for their contribution, to   Ernst and Young and other consulting firms for their free forensic audit and various sports administrators.

Receiving the report, President John Mahama was grateful to the Commission for the report and praised them for their high sense of patriotism .He thanked them and promised to work with the Commission to ensure all the recommendations are implemented.

The President later presented the report to the Attorney-General for study and advice. It was received by Hon.Dominic Ayine, Deputy Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.

Present at ceremony were Chief of Staff Mr. Ernest Debrah, Minister of Communications, Hon.Dr. Omane Boamah; Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Vincent Oppong Asamoah; Hon. Mahama Ayariga, former Minister of Youth and Sports. Also present were the Chief Director, Ministry of Youth and Sports and some officials of the Ministry.

The Justice Dzamefe Commission of Enquiry set up to look into matters relating to the participation of the Black Stars at the World Cup in Brazil 2014 has finally presented their report to the President H.E John Dramani Mahama at the Flagstaff House in Accra Today.

Presenting the 400 page Report, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Dzamefe said they were grateful to the President for the trust reposed in the commission. He said in the course of the inquiry, Eighty-Seven (87) persons have so far appeared before the Commission both in public and in camera as well as regional tours.

The Committee was set up by the President following public outcry on the early exit of the National Football Team, The Black Stars from the 2014 World Cup Tournament in Brazil.

The 3-Member Commission is made up of Justice Senyo Dzamefe, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Chairman; Moses Foh-Amoaning Esq., Lawyer and Sports Administrator, Member, and Kofi Anokye Owusu Darko, Sports enthusiast, Member.

Justice Dzamefe paid glowing tribute to other members of the Commission for their contribution, to   Ernst and Young and other consulting firms for their free forensic audit and various sports administrators.

Receiving the report, President John Mahama was grateful to the Commission for the report and praised them for their high sense of patriotism .He thanked them and promised to work with the Commission to ensure all the recommendations are implemented.

The President later presented the report to the Attorney-General for study and advice. It was received by Hon.Dominic Ayine, Deputy Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.

Present at ceremony were Chief of Staff Mr. Ernest Debrah, Minister of Communications, Hon.Dr. Omane Boamah; Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Vincent Oppong Asamoah; Hon. Mahama Ayariga, former Minister of Youth and Sports. Also present were the Chief Director, Ministry of Youth and Sports and some officials of the Ministry.

PREPARATION TOWARDS THE AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS (AFCON) EQUATORIAL GUINEA 17TH JANUARY-8TH FEBRUARY, 2015

18TH DECEMBER, 2014

TO: ALL SPORTS EDITORS

PRESS RELEASE

 PREPARATION TOWARDS THE AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS (AFCON) EQUATORIAL GUINEA 17TH JANUARY-8TH FEBRUARY, 2015

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has received a correspondence from the Ghana Embassy in Equatorial Guinea on their findings on accommodation, transportation and possible feeding costs for the Ghanaian officials and supporters who will be travelling to Equatorial Guinea for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) from 17th January to February, 2015.

 

Following the letter from our mission in Equatorial Guinea on their findings, the Ministry wishes to inform prospective Football officials and fans as follows:

 

  1. that according to the group arrangements, Ghana would be based at Mongomo which is located on the mainland and shares border with Gabon.

 

  1. that there are three major hotels in Mongomo i.e. Hotel Mongomo, Hotel Akoakam and Hotel Ovono Nfa. Information gathered indicates that the Football teams may be hosted in these three hotels.

 

  1. that our mission was able to make other arrangements for six houses of a total of fifty two (52) bedrooms with prices ranging from 50,000 (CFA) (US$100) to 80, 00 CFA (US$160) per room. The apartments are located on the same compound and its walled and gated. There is also Hotel Fabiola Mongomo with 76 rooms ranging from 40,000 CFA (US $80) to 100, 000 CFA (US$ 200) per room daily and Hotel plaza Mongomo with Twenty (20) bedrooms ranging from 30,000 CFA (US$ 60) to 45,000 CFA (US$ 90) per room.

 

  1. that the prices of rental cars range from 10,000 CFA (US$200) to 200,000 CFA (US$600) daily.
  2. Standard feeding per head daily would range from 15,000 CFA (US$30) to 30,000 CFA (US$60)

 

  1. that it is also possible that the Ghana Team would relocate to Malabo at a later stage.

 

On flight arrangements in Malabo, there are two main Airlines from Accra to Malabo i.e. Punto Azul Airlines and Ceiba airlines. On internal flight arrangements, there are three airlines i.e. Punto Azul Airlines, Ceiba Airlines and Cronos Airlines which fly from Malabo to Bata for approximately 55,000 CFA (US$110) one way and 110,000 CFA (US$220) return ticket. Ceiba Airlines also flies directly from Malabo to Mongomoyen Airport for approximately 65,000 CFA (US$130) one way.

 

Traveling by road from Mongomoyen Airport to Mongomo city is approximately 20 minutes. Travelling by road from Bata to Mongomo city is two hours approximately.

 

The Ministry wishes to advice all prospective Football Officials and supporters to make arrangements before the scheduled date considering that there are few hotels and private residences on rent in Mongomo with a high demand due to the influx of people during the football period.

 

As it is the practice, the quoted prices may shoot up as a result of such high demand, therefore it is advisable for one to consider making arrangements ahead of time to avoid any inconveniences.

 

 

MICHAEL FRIMPONG

HEAD, PUBLIC RELATIONS

For:    MINISTER

 

MINISTER LAUNCHES TORNADO BALL

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Mahama Ayariga has officially launched the ‘Tornado Ball’ at a colourful event held at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Accra yesterday.

The tornado ball, manufactured by Alive & Kicking, is named after Stephen Appiah, the ex-Captain of the senior national football team, the Black Stars.

Hon Ayariga expressed joy at the project, noting that all the materials used in the ball’s manufacture was locally acquired, adding that most of the labour force was physically challenged.

He pledged the Ministry’s support for the initiative and urged corporate Ghana to rally behind the made in Ghana campaign.

The Country Director of Alive & Kicking, Mr Chris Roe stated that company produces 3,000 balls per month adding that all the materials used in making the ball was tailored to suit the African condition.

The British High Commissioner, H.E. .Jon Benjamin expressed the hope that the ball will be used by all schools in the country.

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HON. AYARIGA LAUNCHES 2014 WORLD POPULATION REPORT

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Mahama Ayariga has launched the 2014 World Population Report at the Accra International Conference Centre today.

The Report has as its theme, “The Power of 1.8 Billion: Adolescents, Youth and the Transformation of the Future”.

Speaking as the Special Guest of Honour, Hon. Ayariga reiterated Governments commitment to pursue policies and programs central to the youth and youth related issues.

Hon. Ayariga stated that over the years Government had dedicated the highest budgetary allocation to the educational sector adding that most of the youth were in schools at the basic, secondary and tertiary levels.

The Minister said that programs such as the Youth Entrepreneurial Support,initiated by President John Dramani Mahama to assist young Ghanaians with creative and innovative business ideas and plans to achieve their full potential, were meant to empower the youth and provide them with skills of a varied nature.

Hon. Ayariga thanked the UNFPA for providing data and information that brought to bear on the quality of governance in the country adding that the Ministry would continue to support them in any capacity to highlight youth issues.

The UNESCO Representative in Ghana, Mr. Tirso Dos-Santos expressed delight at Government’s assurance to integrate the youth meaningfully into society and harness their contribution to national development.

Mr Dos-Santos called for more efforts to expand opportunities for the youth and improve their quality of employment.

Professor Stephen Kwakye of the University of Ghana did a presentation on the Highlights of the Global Report.

Present were Mr. Babatunde Ahonsi, UNFPA representative; and Mr. Ras Mubarak, Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority.

Source: ISD (Larry George Botchway)

 

MINISTER FORMALLY WELCOMES NEW GHANA COACH

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Mahama Ayariga has formally welcomed the newly appointed head coach of the senior national team, the Black Stars, Avram Grant at his offices today.

Hon. Ayariga expressed delight that Mr. Grant would not just to be the coach of the Black Stars but also would lend his technical expertise to all the national football teams.

He urged him to become the face of Ghana football in the world and assured him of the support of the Ministry to ensure that he succeeds and restores Ghana pedigree in football at the international level.

The Minister also indicated that he was happy the coach will be spending more time in the country thereby seeing to the development of football in Ghana.

Mr. Avram Grant expressed his delight to be in Ghana and indicated his readiness to fulfil the expectations of Ghanaians before his tenure ends.

He disclosed that Ghana had a lot of football talents adding that he knows a lot of Ghanaian footballers that would excel when called upon to play for any of the national teams.

Present were Mr. Fred Crentsil, Vice-President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA); Mr. George Afriyie, Chairman of the Black Stars Management Committee; Adam Mukaila, Member, Black Stars Management Committee; and Saif Rubie, Advisor to Avram Grant.

Deputy Minister urges schools to give more time to athletes

The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Vincent Oppong Asamoah (MP) has pleaded to the institutions of higher learning to design their curricula to suit athletes.

He said the curricula should be designed to give room for adequate training time alongside their academic work as it is practiced in the USA and other European countries.

The Deputy Minister made this appeal during the 4th edition of the Stellar Logistics Western Region Sports Awards night held at the plush Best Western Atlantic Hotel, Takoradi.

He said talents identified at the Senior High School who end up at the tertiary level and with a population of about 40,000 the country cannot boost of a single national champion.

He said this has been a great source of worry to the ministry which propelled the Hon. Sports Minister to meet the Director of Sports in the various tertiary institutions in that respect.

The Deputy Minister noted that University of Ghana has positively accepted this challenge and some successes are being recorded.

He therefore encouraged other universities and other tertiary institutions to give chances to talented students to develop their sporting talents to win laurels for the country and their livelihood.

Hon. Oppong Asamoah also added the ministry is feverishly working at providing additional sporting facilities to enhance access to sports infrastructure in the country.

He also touched on the 15,000 seating capacity stadium being constructed at Cape Coast with the support from the Chinese government saying it will be completed by August 2015.

He said work will also commence on the construction of a proposed districts sport arenas in some selected districts next year.

He explained that the arenas will have facilities for football, athletics and also multipurpose courts and sports halls for indoor games.

He again acknowledged that financing of sports in the country has always been a challenge to government for the past years and the ministry is making efforts to find alternatives of funding sports.

The ministry held a conference on sports financing where they invited about three hundred stakeholders to deliberate on the way forward and they agreed that there was the need for increased participation of corporate Ghana in financing sports.

He applauded the award winners and encouraged them not to rest on their oars and also assured the organizers of the ministry’s collaboration with them to ensure that the award is replicated in the other regions.