AFD Sport and Development Inspection Mission Pays Courtesy Call on Deputy Minister

The Ministry of Youth and Sports on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 participated in a sport and development inspection mission by the Agence Francaise De Developpement (AFD) in Accra at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Officials of AFD were welcomed by the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto, who briefed them on various measures undertaken by Government to transform Ghana’s sporting ecosystem especially in the area of sport infrastructure development and support for Ghanaian athletes.

According to the Deputy Minister, Government has instituted various mechanisms to ensure Ghana derives the maximum benefit from sports not just as a tool for entertainment but also as an enabler for socio-economic development.

“We are doing things differently when it comes to sports development, for instance towards Ghana’s preparation for the African Games in Rabat, an International Games Committee has been set up to ensure that they secure and provide the needed support for all the athletes we will send to the competition”, the deputy minister indicated.

He applauded the AFD for expression interest in the development of sports in Ghana and called on more developmental organizations to get involve when it comes to matters of sports.

Discussions were held on Ghana’s strategy and institutional setup with regards to the development of sport in Ghana and the role of various stakeholders especially federations, NGO’s and association in the development of sports in Ghana.

Madam, Chaira Campanaro of AFD, in her remarks said the insight gathered at the meeting will feed into the plans of AFD to develop a global sport strategy for the AFD.

Officials of AFD present at the meeting were Chaira Campanaro, AFD Project Officer, Antoine Buge, AFD Project Official and Thibout Dussud of the French Embassy, sport mission. Also present was the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Dr Emmanuel Owusu Ansah

FORUM ON THE PROPOSED NATIONAL SPORTS DEVELOPMENT FUND HELD.

A stakeholder consultative Forum aimed at soliciting views and suggestions from industry players towards the establishment of the proposed National Sports Development Fund has been held at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The Forum which was under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) and the National Sports Authority (NSA) brought together representatives from recognized sports Federations and Associations to deliberate on the way forward for the yet to be established Sports Fund which has been widely touted as a lasting panacea to the challenges of sports development and promotion as well as increase and maintain sports infrastructure across the country.

Invited to the Forum to present papers on the need for the Sports Fund were representatives from the Attorney General’s Department, the Ghana Statistical Service and well-known experts in sports.

Key issues that were deliberated on during the Forum include how to identify revenue streams for the Fund, management and disbursement of the Fund when it is established and the legal basis or processes that would lead to the establishment of the Fund. Sports as a fully fledge industry was also explored and discussed during the Forum.

In a keynote address to open the Forum, the sector Minister, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah (MP) stated his commitment towards the realization of the Fund. The Minister noted that the establishment of the Fund which is solely geared towards bridging the financial deficit would be a legacy for the sports industry by the current administration.
Also present at the Forum were the Deputy Minister Pius Enam Hadzide, and the Director General of the NSA Robert Sarfo Mensah.
Moys sports forum
It would be recalled that in May this year, a 13-member Technical Committee headed by the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Pius Enam Hadzide was inaugurated to oversee the realization of the Fund.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCHES*

8th October 2017

*PRESS RELEASE*

 

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has given approval to the Ghana Football Association to honour two (2) international friendly matches.

The matches are:
1. *Ghana Black Stars vrs Saudi Arabia on 10th October, 2017 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia*

2. *Ghana Black Queens vrs France Female national team on 23rd October 2017 in Paris, France*.

The Ministry gave the approval based on the facts that the coach is in the progress of building a formidable national team for the future and he needs to give the new players a lot of playing time to evaluate their performances. It is therefore necessary to play many international friendly matches especially when it comes at no cost to Ghana.

With regard to the Black Queens, they have qualified to play in the AFCON Women’s Cup of Nations to be hosted by Ghana in 2018. As a host nation, the Black Queens will not participate in the qualifiers for the tournament. Therefore the only way to allow the coach to select a national team and keep them in shape is through national and international friendly matches. The France international match is also coming at no extra cost to the state.

The host nations for the friendly matches are providing air transportation to their countries and provide internal transportation, accommodation and feeding for the Ghanaian contingent.

The host nations financial commitment to Black Stars and the Black Queens are Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000) and Forty Thousand Euros (€40,000) respectively.

*SIGNED*
Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Ansah
Technical Advisor
For: Minister

SPORT’S DEVELOPMENT HIGH ON GOVERNMENT’S AGENDA.

The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has reiterated government’s commitment to the development of sports in the country, especially women’s football.

Dr Bawumia gave the assurance when he welcomed a delegation from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) led by Dr. Ahmad Ahmad to the Flagstaff House, Accra on Friday.

The CAF Executive Committee is in Ghana to deliberate on pressing football matters concerning
The Vice President congratulated the CAF President, Dr. Ahmad on his election as the confederation head, and assured CAF of government’s continued support as it seeks to develop the sport in the continent.

“Government will do all it can to support the development of sports, since sports is a passion of the nation. We live and breathe sports” he noted.

Ghana is to host the 2018 African Women’s Championship, and Dr Bawumia assured the Ministry of Youth and Sports and CAF partnering stakeholders of a successful tournament.

“We are privileged to be host of 2018 African Women’s Championship. It is great news and coincidentally, since our President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the African Union Gender Champion, we will do everything to ensure a great and memorable tournament” Dr. Bawumia indicated.

The CAF President, Dr Ahmad, thanked Dr. Bawumia and the people of Ghana for the warm hospitality accorded his delegation since they arrived in the country.

Dr. Ahmad again appreciated the support the government of Ghana gives to the football fraternity, especially the conducive environment afforded stakeholders in the sport.

He also praised the President of Ghana for his “splendid” maiden speech at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The delegation used the visit to invite the Vice President of Ghana to the grand finale of the West African Football Union (WAFU) tournament being played at Cape Coast between Ghana and Nigeria.

Present at the ceremony were Messrs Kwesi Nyantakyi; Ghana Football Association President and 1st Vice President of CAF; Constant Omari; 2nd Vice President of CAF, Hon. Isaac Asiamah; Minister for Youth and Sports and some GFA officials.

    Culled from :3news.com/sports-devt-high-govts-agenda-vice-president-bawumia/

Hon. Isaac Asiamah presents 2017 President’s cup to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon Isaac Asiamah, Wednesday afternoon led a team comprising leaders of the Ghana League Clubs Association and the National Sports Authority to present the trophy for Sunday’s President’s Cup match to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia at the Flagstaff House.

The President’s Cup was instituted in 2003 by the Ghana Football Association to honour the President.

This year’s game is between traditional giants Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak and takes place at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday July 2, 2017.

In a brief remark, Vice President Bawumia urged the players to view the match as one to honour the nation, as the President is the embodiment of the country.

“I expect the match to be as exciting as we have always seen them to be. ‘Ebe ye butubutu’ in a friendly way,” he quipped.

Culled from:
Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

GFA CALLS ON SPORTS MINISTER.

The Ghana Football Association ( GFA) has formally introduced Mr Kwesi Appiah as the newly appointed coach of the Senior National Soccer Team to the Minister, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah.

The Minister congratulated him and assured him of the needed Government’s support for him to succeed.

Hon. Asiamah urged Mr Appiah to be assertive, firm and fair and trusted him to improve the Ghana Premier League by giving chance to the home-based players.

Hon. Kwame Asiamah was hopeful that with majority of Ghanaians in support of his appointment, the coach would be able to win back the support of Ghanaians which has gone down for the Black Stars

Present during the Meeting are the Deputy Minister Mr. Pius Enam Hadzide, The Chief Director of the Ministry Mr Frank Quist, the GFA President Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi and his Vice Mr. George Afriyie.

PRESS STATEMENT : MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS CONGRATULATES MR. KWESI NYANTAKYI ON HIS RE- ELECTION TO THE FIFA COUNCIL

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah on behalf of the Ministry and Government of Ghana congratulates the President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi on his re-election to a four-year second term to the FIFA Council.

Your re-election to the FIFA Council is undoubtedly a testament of your commitment, dedication and contribution to the development of the game not only in Ghana but on the Africa continent.

As you embark upon your responsibilities on the Council, we wish to assure you of the much-needed support and hope that you will bring your diverse experience to bear on your new position to further develop the fortunes of Ghana football.

—–issued by——

Elvis Adjei-Baah
(Head, Public Relations)

TRIBUTE BY THE MINISTER FOR YOUTH AND SPORTS, HON. ISAAC ASIAMAH (MP) ON THE DEATHS OF THREE FORMER COACHES OF OUR NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAMS.

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In a spate of five months, Ghana has witnessed the sudden demise of three (3) of our National Sports Heroes who have served our country with admirable dedication and patriotism and in the process won a lot of Sporting laurels for our dear nation.
These fallen legends are:

1. Late Frederick Osam Duodu

2. Late Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie

3. Late Sam Arday

FREDERICK OSAM DUODU (1938-2016)
On Tuesday 4th October 2016, Mr. Frederick Osam Duodu passed on at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after a short illness.
The late Osam Duodu’s contributions to Ghana football is legendary and deserves great commendations. As a coach, he had stints with the Senior
National Team, the Black Stars at various periods from 1978 -1981; 1988- 1989 and also in 2002.

Having won the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil, Ghana, he went on to win gold with the Black Satellites at the Africa U-20 championships in Mauritius in 1993 as well as silver medal at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia.

As a matter of fact, Osam Duodu is the only coach to have won all the three main CAF national teams competitions. These are the CAF African Cup of Nations’ with the Black Stars, the CAF U-20 championships with the Black Satellites and the CAF U-17 championship as a coach of The Gambian U-17 national team in 2005.

Coach Osam Duodu also acted as a Technical Director and General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association and was the President of the National Football Coaches Association. He was also a CAF and FIFA Instructor.

EMMANUEL KWESI AFRANIE (1943-2016)
Coach Emmanuel Kwasi Afranie who is popularly known as Coach-Hene, is the only coach who has had the opportunity to handle all levels of the Ghana national football teams. He is also credited to have taken Ghana to four (4) different levels of world championships; winning one gold (1) with the Black Starlets in 1991 as an assistant coach and two (2) silver medals with the Black Satellites at Argentina in 2001 and the Black Starlets in 1997. Coach Hene is famed to have also qualified the Senior Women’s national football team (Black Queens) to their first World Cup in USA in 1999.

Coach Afranie’s remarkable knowledge of the game saw him unearthing talents such as Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, John Mensah, John Paintsil, Derrick Boateng, and the like who went on to form the key part of the Black Stars team that qualified Ghana to its first World Cup in Germany in 2006.
Coach EK Afranie also handled almost all the top football clubs at one point or the another during his coaching career. He indeed won the Ghana Premier League with Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak.

As a Chief Soccer Coach at the National Sports Council, Coach-hene’s belief in giving back to his country, saw him initiating programmes to train retired footballers across the country. It was through these coaching clinics that participating coaches conferred on him the title ‘Coach Hene’ (King of Coaches) for the impressive coaching programmes he organized for them.
SAM ARDAY (1945-2017)
Coach Sam Arday who was well known as the “multi-system man” was the Technical Director of Ghana Premier League side- West Africa Football Academy’ until his demise.

He was the coach of Ghana’s Olympic Soccer Bronze Medal winning team at Barcelona ’92, a feat which made Ghana the first African country to win an Olympic medal in football.

He then became head coach of the Ghana national Under-17 football team, the Black Starlets, who won the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship trophy in Ecuador and the African Under-17 Championship in Mali in 1995.
He also coached the national Under-20 football team and various club sides including Ashgold, Asante Kotoko and Feyenoord.
He was the coach of the Black Stars from 1996 to 1997, and again in 2004.

May their souls and the souls of other sports heroes and heroines rest in perfect peace.