GOODWILL MESSAGE TO BLACK STARS

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Mahama Ayariga on behalf of

Government and the people of Ghana sends a goodwill message to the Senior

National Football Team, The Black Stars, ahead of their campaign in the 2015

African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea which runs from January

17 to February 8, 2015.

In his message to the team, the Hon. Minister calls on all to put behind the past

psyche themselves up for the task ahead and use this tournament to end the

trophy drought that Ghana has experienced for the past three decades.

“Ghana needs to re-establish itself as Africa’s football giant and the whole world

is looking up to us. Let us renew our determination to succeed this time round,

since this tournament presents a perfect opportunity for us to do so.” Hon.

Ayariga said.

The Minister also took the opportunity to urge the technical and management

team of the Black Stars to ensure that the playing body is well conditioned and

prepared physically, mentally and psychologically ahead of the competition.

Finally, Hon. Mahama Ayariga requests Ghanaians to remember the Black Stars

in their prayers as they seek a fifth AFCON trophy.

 

DEPUTY MINISTER VISITS BLACK STARS

The deputy minister for youth and sports Hon. Vincent Oppong Asamoah has paid a working visit to the senior men’s football team, the black stars at their tarining session on seville, spain.

Hon. Asamoah stated that he was highly impressed with the work rate of the players at their training, adding that the government as well as the people of Ghana were solidly behind them.

He said that the players should translate their positive attitude into victory at the tournament, since they all believed that the trophy would come to Ghana.

The Black Stars, are preparing for the 2015 African Cup Of Nations in Equitorial Guinea, which kicks off on saturday 17th January,2015.

The team leaves Seville today for Equitorial Guinea, where they play their first grioup match against Senegal on monday 19th January 2015 at the Estadio de Mongomo

President Mahama to launch Youth Policy Implementation Plan Thursday

President John Mahama will on Thursday, January 15, 2015 launch a strategy framework to guide and direct the efforts of all stakeholders towards youth empowerment in Ghana.

The National Youth Policy Implementation Policy provides a comprehensive rollout scheme to deliver the policy programs purposed to empower Ghanaian youths for more meaningful participation in national development.

The NYPIP which will be launched at the Headquarters of National Youth Authority at the Azumah Nelson Sports, Kaneshie at 9am, will bring together key stakeholders in the execution of the national youth development program.

Prior to the preparation of the National Youth Policy Implementation Program in 2014, the quest to centralize youth development programs into a single, comprehensive and accessible action plan for all stakeholders remained largely elusive in spite of numerous commendable efforts by successive governments.

Chief Executive Officer for the NYA Ras Mubarak in a statement noted: “The 2010 Housing and Population Census put nearly 75% of Ghana’s population at being 35 years old and younger”.

“The youth by this census, unequivocally represent the largest human resource base of Ghana, and necessitates that the overall object of the NYPIP be to make a realistic improvement in the lives of this dominant constituency of our nation, through their involvement and ownership, so that they can contribute meaningfully to the national development agenda,” Mr. Mubarak added.

Priority areas

Ghana’s National Youth Policy sets the tone for youth mainstreaming as and outlines clear objectives for each of the priority areas.

In all, seventeen(17) priority areas have been identified as follows: Education and Skills Training; Science, Research and Technology; Information and Communication Technology (ICT); Youth and Employment; Entrepreneurial Development in addition to Youth in Modern Agriculture.

Others include Gender Mainstreaming; the Environment; Health, HIV and AIDS; Networking and Partnership; Mentoring; Arts and Culture; Governance, Democracy, and Leadership as well as Sports and Recreation.

The rest are Youth in Conflict Prevention and Peace Building and National Youth Week.

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy | jerry.mordy@myjoyonline.com

MINISTRY PAYS OUTSTANDING WINNING BONUSES

22ND DECEMBER, 2014

TO: ALL SPORTS EDITORS

PRESS RELEASE

 MINISTRY PAYS OUTSTANDING WINNING BONUSES

The Ministry of Youth and Sports wishes to inform the general public that it has since Friday, 19th December, 2014, paid all outstanding winning bonuses owed the players, technical and management teams of the various National Football Team.

The teams under consideration are the Black Queens, the Black Princesses, the Black Maidens, the Local Black Stars, the Black Satellites and the Black Starlets.

The delay in paying the winning bonuses was due to some circumstances beyond the control of the Ministry and is very much regretted.

NATIONAL SPORTS LOTTERY LAUNCHED

The National Sports Lottery and Mobile Platform, which seeks to raise revenue to fund the promotion and development of sports in the country has been launched at the Brennan Hall in Accra today.

The lottery is a collaboration between the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as the National Lottery Authority.

In his address, The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Mahama Ayariga stated that sports was now a major industry bringing in millions of dollars in revenue worldwide.

He said that Ghana abounds in sporting talents that needed the necessary infrastructure; basic support and training to enable the country attract a significant share of the global sports revenue.

Hon. Ayariga indicated that there was the inherent need to raise funds to invest in basic sports infrastructure such as playgrounds, promote the local league; promote sports in the basic schools, as well as invest in sports medicine, the sports media and sports marketing companies.

He appealed to the media to assist in promoting the venture since it was going to be a significant source of revenue for sports development in Ghana and assured of the Ministry’s co-operation in making the project a resounding success.

The acting Director-General of the NLA, Brigadier General Martin Ahiaglo stated that the collaboration between them and MOYS involved the introduction of a Football lotto Game, dubbed ‘Sports Lottery’.

He said the NLA had developed this new channel to sell sports lottery because football was arguably Ghana’s favourite sport adding that sports-based gaming products were becoming extremely popular today.

Brigadier General Ahiaglo said his outfit had gained an overwhelming experience in the lottery business and had a large retailer base thus enabling the introduction of sports related products at the Lotto Marketing Companies and retail points much easier.

He indicated that the focus of the NLA was to operate a sports product themed around the character of lottery rather than betting since the intention was to keep the predictability and odds high and still maintain a high level of interest.

The sports lottery is a pool of 12 – 16 football matches created in advance involving Local, Regional and International matches.

The Game involves selection of the ‘Home Team’ or ‘Away Team’ winning or the match ending in a Draw.

As the matches progress, results are declared and the excitement builds up as predictions for the lucky patrons come true.

 

Source: ISD (Larry George Botchway)

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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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.