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Work to start on the New Edubiase Sports Stadium

After almost three years since work stalled on the construction of the New Edubiase Sports Stadium, owing to the unavailability of dedicated funds for the project, the Minister for Youth and Sports Hon Isaac Kwame Asiamah has today directed that work commence on the project.

This comes after the Ministry secured funds through the National Youth Authority (NYA) to ensure that the project is completed.

With the availability of funds, the Sports Minister also directed that the project be redesigned to include an athletic oval and multi-purpose sports courts.

These were disclosed when the Minister inspected the project today at New Edubiase in the Ashanti Region.

The redesigning of the project has become necessary as a result of challenges associated with the initial structural works.

The new design would make the stadium conform to world standard as well as come with additional facilities.

Currently, the phase one of the project, which is yet to be completed has a fence wall, an uncompleted dressing and washrooms for players and fans respectively and the graded area for the pitch.

It would be recalled that the New Edubiase stadium started in July 2016 but construction was suspended after it came to light that the project did not have the needed funds to see to its completion.

“Thirty Million Ghanaians Are Solidly Behind You” – President Akufo-Addo To Black Stars

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured the senior national football team, the Black Stars, of the unflinching support of government and the people of Ghana, ahead of their participation in the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

According to President Akufo-Addo “it sounds almost unbelievable when we think its 37 years since we last won it, especially since, from 2008 up to 2017 we hold the record of six consecutive semi-final appearances, which requires that we just need one more step to get over the barrier, and I think we are going to do it.”

The President made this known when the players, technical team and management committee members of the Black Stars called on him on Thursday, 30th May, 2019, at Jubilee House, to bid him farewell ahead of their final training tour in the United Arab Emirates and the 2019 AFCON.
Describing teamwork as “the heart of success in football”, President Akufo-Addo told the team that “you may have all the authority, but if the people working with you are not prepared to back you up with the effort and energy, you will not be able to succeed.”

He indicated further that “helping each other to win the trophy, that’s the teamwork that we are looking at, you are the Black Stars of Ghana. It doesn’t matter where you come from in this country, whether it is in Tamale or Jamestown or Kyebi, Nalerigu or wherever. It doesn’t matter, you are the Black Stars of Ghana.”

The President, thus, urged the playing body to write their own piece of history, and ensure that their names are written amongst the great names of Ghana’s footballing past, who brought honour and glory to the nation.

“I am determined to provide all the support government can give to sustain you, and give you the best opportunity to bring the cup home,” he stressed.

He continued, “I have no doubt, that you are among the best players on the continent and in the world. So, your slogan, the “Year of Return”, that’s the slogan of the year. This indeed is the year of return (of the AFCON trophy).”

The team was accompanied by the Minister and officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and members of the Normalisation Committee of the Ghana Football Association.

President Bids Black Stars Farewell Ahead Of The 2019 AFCON

The President H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged the senior national soccer team, the Black Stars to see this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt as a “year of return” for the trophy to Ghana.

According to the President, this year’s tournament affords the players the opportunity to write their names in gold and be counted among the football greats of our country.

The President made these remarks at a short ceremony at the Banquet Hall of the Jubilee House to bid farewell to the team as they leave for pre-tournament camping in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Having ensured that all resources are adequately available in breaking the 37-year jinx, the President however implored on the players to respect unreservedly the authority of the Coach and the skipper of the side, adding that teamwork is at the heart of success in football and all other enterprises.

The President stated that the support and affection of Ghanaians should spur the team on to deliver the ultimate, disclosing that he intends to be in attendance for the team’s opening game of the group.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah in his address assured that all arrangements to ensure the team delivers the trophy have been put in place.

He also advised the players to subdue their individual egos for the success of the team, adding that teamwork and commitment are critical towards winning the trophy.

The Coach of the Black Stars, Mr. Kwesi Appiah on behalf of the team and the Technical Committee thanked Government for their immense support towards ensuring that they deliver on their mandate. He assured of the team’s preparedness to make the nation proud.

Black Queens Receives $10,000 from Actress

The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Hon Perry Curtis Kwabla Okudzeto has commended actress Yvonne Okoro for fulfilling her promise to reward the Senior Women’s Soccer team, the Black Queens with an amount of $10,000 for winning bronze medal at the just ended WAFU Zone B tournament in Ivory Coast.

It was the hope of the Deputy Minister that the gesture will not only inspire the team to achieve more in future tournaments but also influence corporate institutions to come on board and support Government efforts in the development of women football.

Hon Okudzeto made this call when the actress presented a cheque of $10,000 to the team after the latter presented the bronze medals they won at the WAFU Zone B tournament.

Ms. Yvonne Okoro had earlier promised the Black Queens an amount $10, 000 token should the team get to the semi final stage of the WAFU tournament.

The Deputy Minister congratulated the team for the bronze winning feat and tasked the team to build on the performance for future tournaments.

Having been impressed by the performance exhibited by the team at the tournament, the Deputy Minister announced that “a package for the team” will soon be announced by the Ministry for the team for bringing home a medal.

On behalf of the playing Body, Captain Of the team, Dumehasi Fafali expressed the team’s gratitude to the ministry and Actress Yvonne Okoro for the support before and during the tournament.

Present at the short ceremony were the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Frank Quist, a member of the Normalization Committee, Mrs. Naa Odofoley, Head Coach Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo and other members of the technical team.

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Pays Courtesy Call on Hungarian Deputy State Secretary

The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto on Thursday, May 16, 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for Sports Facilities and Sports Relations, Mr. Peter Sarfalvi in Budapest, Hungary.

The courtesy call by the Deputy Minister forms part of series of programmes outlined by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to seek international collaborations as the nation prepares to host the 2023 African games.

Deliberations were held on issues of mutual interest particular matters of sports development for among both countries.

According to the Deputy Minister, the Ghana’s sport ecosystem is undergoing systematic and transformative reforms in areas of sports infrastructure, policy and human capacity building that will ensure that the nation is maximizing the benefits of sports as a tool for socio-economic development.

Hungarian Deputy State Secretary Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for Sports Facilities and Sports Relations, Mr. Peter Sarfalvi, in his remarks shared various insights on how the Hungarian Government is putting in a lot of efforts when it comes to sports facilities management.

The two countries are expected to participate in various sports exchange programs that will help in the development of sporting talents and also engage in various collaborations across the field of sports event management.

Present at the meeting was the Head of Department for the Deputy State Secretariat of the Hungarian Sport Facilities and Sports Relations, Mr. Ildiko Kmety, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr.Frank Qusit and Sports Business Consultant ,Magnus RexDanquah.

Ghana to commence competitive Teqball games soon

The International Teqball Federation in Hungary has expressed interest in starting competitive teqball games in Ghana.

This came to light when the Ghanaian delegation led by Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto visited the Teqball International Federation headquarters and interacted with officials on the possibility of introducing competitive Teqball to Ghana.

The Ghanaian delegation is in Hungary as part of an International engagement earmarked by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to attract partnership, sponsorship and to sell Ghana’s sporting ecosystem as the nation readies to host the African Games in 2023.

Teqball is a sport played between two players as a singles game or between four players as a doubles game, it is played on a curved table and with a ball similar to a football, it is played with different parts of the body except the hands.

The maiden Teqball World Cup was held in Budapest, Hungary in 2017 with more than 20 participating nations.

Other members of the delegation include, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and Sports Consultant, Mr. Magnus RexDanquah.

Ghana 2023 African Games: Ministry of Youth and Sports and Hungarian Olympic Committee Forge Partnership

Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Hungarian Olympic Committee on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 held deliberations in Budapest, Hungary, on the sidelines of the Ministry’s international engagements towards ensuring that the 2023 African games to be held in Ghana is a success.

The Ghanaian delegation led by the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto held series of meetings including one with the President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Mr. Krisztián Kulcsár as both parties explored best practices, partnerships and activities that can be deployed towards the organization of the African Games.

Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto thanked the Hungarian Olympic Committee for their readiness to support Ghana and indicated that the Ministry through the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), looks forward to working with them as they implement the various transformative proposals they have discussed.

Other members of the delegation include, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and Sports Consultant, Mr. Magnus RexDanquah.

Benfica to establish academy in Ghana

Portuguese soccer giant, Benfica is set to build a soccer academy in Ghana to unearth talents.

The project will be spearheaded by Ghanaian licensed FIFA agent, Seedorf Asante, who is partnering the club to undertake its first major work on the continent.

This came to light when Asante led a delegation which included the CEO of Global Football, Fernando Mendes; Benfica youth team Coach David Manuel and one of the club’s directors, Luis Miguel to meet the Minister of Youth and Sports (MoYS) Mr. Isaac Asiamah for a formal introduction and a briefing on the project.

He said the Academy will serve as a point of spotting talents and blend natural skills with the technical know-how to develop young players into great professionals.

Mr. Asiamah stated  that Ghana has a lot of talented youth yet to be identified and tasked the group to work hard to identify, train and nurture their skills to become world class players.

The government, he said, is committed to the development of the sporting infrastructure base of the country to help with talent development.

He said  the Ministry welcomes such initiatives which will go a long way to add to the existing infrastructure.

Mr. Asiamah pledged his outfit’s support and announced an action plan to engage all stakeholders and policy makers to ensure the academy dream becomes a reality.

The meeting also discussed how to promote soccer in children at younger ages and help them grow their talents professionally.

The team presented customized Benfica Jerseys to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and Mr. Asiamah.

Credit: Ghanaian Times

Ghana Deaf Sports Federation Pays Courtesy Call on Deputy Minister

Executives of the Ghana Deaf Sports federation on Friday, April 26, 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto.

The federation led by its Vice President; Mr. Kingsley Kweku Nkansah Asah used the opportunity to highlight various activities embarked on by the federation since the year began.

According to the federation, Ghana is set to host the 1st Africa deaf volleyball competition in July, an event which will give more prominence to the activities of the federation. The deaf sports federation will also embark on an exchange program with their counterparts in France to exchange ideas and skills.

On his Part, the Deputy Minister urged the executives of the federation to be diligent in the discharge of their duties and indicated the readiness of the Ministry to offer them the needed support.

Present at the meeting was the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and other executives of the federation.