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Sammy Heywood Okine

Sammy Heywood Okine

Naa Yaoley Atsiabroni 1, formerly known as Yarkor Chavez, the first professional female boxer in Ghana has hailed the Women In Sports Association (WISA) Achievers Awards as a positive initiative that must be supported by the sports authorities in Ghana.

Speaking to Yours Truly at the Accra Sports Stadium after the Awards ceremony, she thanked Madam Gloria Commodore and her staff who put the event together.

She said organizing such a prestigious programme for the seventh time deserves commendation and support from corporate Ghana.

She hailed the four female boxers who were recognized and honoured as well as the other winners.

USA based Dr. Ornella Sathoud, Priscilla Toffah, Janet Acquah and Osuman Fairuza were the female boxers who received certificated from WISA.

According to Naa Yaoley Atsiabroni 1, there are opportunities in sports, so females should be interested and try to practice their sports, to be among the best in the world.

WISA honoured 48 distinguished sports personalities on 25th September at the Media Center of the Accra Sports Stadium.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

 

New West African Bantamweight Champion, Jessie Manyo Plange aka "Black Flash" on Monday visited the office of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA).

The new Champion praised President Abraham Kotei Neequaye for his support towards the Gyms and his vision to change the face of boxing in Ghana by getting more world champions.

Manyo Plange was accompanied by his local manager Ahmed Samed.

He said the world bantamweight title is his current target, and wants to meet any of the champions at WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO.

The GBA President, Mr. Abraham Kotei Neequaye said previous presidents have been able to win 10 world champions and he hopes to add more before his term is over.

He assured the boxing fraternity of transparency, accountability and opportunities for best professional boxers.

He revealed that the GBA is coming up with a programme dubbed “Black Fighters” whereby the best boxers who are world title potentials would be camped and groomed for top world championships.

According to Mr. Neequaye, he wants the government and corporate Ghana to invest and reap the proceeds and profits in boxing.

He hinted that very soon the GBA TV and website will be functioning regularly, and urged all the staff to work hard for Ghana Boxing.

Manyo Plange presented his West African Flyweight and Bantamweight title belts to the staff at the GBA office.

Mr. Patrick Johnson, General Secretary and Golden Mike Tetteh congratulated Plange and inspired him to be focused and go for the world title.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

14th CANA African Swimming And Open Water Championship In Accra - South Africa Dominates

The 14th CANA African Swimming Championship has started at the Bukom International Pool at the Trust Sport Emporium in Accra.

Ghana is for the first time hosting the Championship in Accra at the Bukom International Pool from Monday 11th- 17th of October, 2021. 

The Honourable Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif and the President of the Ghana Olympics Committee (GOC), Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah were present for the opening ceremony. They welcomed the participants from 42 countries and hoped for a successful event.

Also in attendance is the President of African Swimming Confederation, Mr Sam Ramsamy of South Africa.

He expressed that the competition in Ghana is a dress rehearsal for the African Games in 2023.

The National Sports Authority was represented by Mr. Kwame Amponfi Jr.who commended the young swimmers from Ghana for their patriotism and determination to be among the best swimmers in Africa.

The 14th CANA African Swimming competition is taking place at the Bukom International Pool of the Trust Sports Emporium, while the Open Water Championship will be held at Akosombo.

President of the Ghana Swimming Association, Mrs Delphina Quaye said swimming is not all about winning medals, but the competition allows the competitors to perform better and fraternise with swimmers from other countries. She thanked the National Sports Authority and Ghana Olympic Committee for their support as well as Stanbic Bank and the media.

South Africa brought a large contingent of young swimmers to the 14th CANA African Championship in Accra and on the first day of competitions they are dominating the events with some challenge from Egypt.

Here are some pictures from the 14th CANA African Swimming Championship in Accra.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

MTN hopes to partner with the government of Ghana in driving digitalization and innovations in the country. The company started this with the Girls in ICT project which seeks to train 10,000 girls in ICT in the next 3 years.

Mr. Felix Addo, a board member of MTN who was addressing golfers at the Bok Nam Kin club at the Air Force Mess after the 2021 Invitational  Golf Tournament said the company is supporting the social development of the country.

He said the mega promo which was launched to reward customers with 25 brand new Hyundai Sonata cars is on-going on, and urged all customers to ensure that their sim cards are duly registered.

He expressed that after 25 years of introducing the GSM Technology in Ghana, the company is working to accelerate its growth and digitalization in accordance with the company’s Ambition 2025.

To demonstrate MTN commitment to the growth of this country, the company promised to continue to make significant investments into the network to ensure optimum performance and a distinct customer experience.

Mr. Eric Ofosuhene and Madam Leticia Amponsah Mensah won in the Men’s category A and Ladies respectively at the final MTN 2021 Invitational Golf Tournament.

The event which saw a total of 88 participants was one of the keenly contested with Mrs Helen Appiah winning the prize for closest to the pin in the female category while  Dr. Ernest Asimenu took the Men's Nearest To The Pin, and the  Longest Drive  Men went to Augustine' Menaseh. The Longest Drive Ladies prize was taken by Madam Mercy Werner.

The Men’s Category B head liners were third placed Michael Agbodja, Justice Martey in second and Victor Sarpong, the winner.

The Men's category A results were  3 Air Commodore Nana Kweku 2. Peter Ntiamoah Mensah 1 Eric Ofosuhene

The Ladies second runner up went to Elizabeth Essel Koomson, first runner up to Marlene Tonyegah and Leticia Amponsah Mensah was declared winner.

Mr. Felix Addo congratulated all the winners of the tournament for demonstrating resilience and tenacity.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

Mr. Sam Ramsamy, President of African Swimming Confederation from South Africa is in Ghana for the 14th continental championship.

He was welcomed at the airport by the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah, President of Ghana Swimming Association, Mrs. Delphina Quaye  Mrs. Helena Williams and Miss Farida Idriss (Treasurer), and some executive members of the Ghana Swimming Association.

Mr. Ramsamy prayed for a successful event which should be a dress rehearsal for the African Games to be held in Ghana in 2023.

He commended the Ghana Swimming Association for deciding to host the championship for the first time after the successful hosting of the junior championship.

Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah promised that Ghana will host one of the best competitions, and was convinced that Ghanaian swimmers will shine and win medals.

He called on people living in James Town, Korle Gonno, Mamprobi and Chorkor to patronize the event and appealed to parents to allow their children to learn how to swim.

Mrs Delphina Quaye commended the nations who have made it to Ghana, and prayed that the will enjoy the hospitality.

Miss Farida Iddriss said in spite of challenges in getting sponsors, they will organize one of the best competitions. She called on the media to support swimming.

The 14th African Swimming Championship comes up at the Trust Sport Emporium in Accra from October 11 to 17, 2021.

Over 30 countries are expected to participate, and Ghana's young swimmers led by Abeiku Jackson who competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are sure of robbing shoulders with the best in Africa, especially swimmers from South Africa, Egypt and Algeria.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

 

Mr. Eric Ofosuhene and Madam Leticia Amponsah Mensah were the happiest people to leave the Bok Nam Kin golf course at the Air Force Officers Mess on Saturday after the final MTN 2021 Invitational Golf Tournament. .

After tough competition from a total of 88 participants, they led the collection of prizes.

Mrs Helen Appiah won the prize for closesest to the pin in the female category while  Dr. Ernest Asimenu took the Men's Nearest To The Pin, and the  Longest Drive  Men  went to Augustine' Menaseh.

The Longest Drive Ladies prize was taken by Madam Mercy Werner.

The Mens category B. head liners were 3. Michael Agbodja, 2 Justice Martey and Victor Sarpong as the winner.

The Men's category A results were  3 Air Commodore Nana Kweku 2. Peter Ntiamoah Mensah 1 Eric Ofosuhene

The Ladies who received trophies for their hard work were second runner up Elizabeth Essel Koomson, first runner up Marlene Tonyegah and winner Leticia Amponsah Mensah.

Mr. Felix Addo, Board Member of MTN Ghana in a speech said it was a great delight to meet and interact with golfers after the last engagement at the Royal Golf Club to celebrate MTN’s 25th anniversary with the people of the Ashanti region.

He expressed excitement playing at Bok Nam Kim Golf Club for the first time, and commended all participants at the MTN Invitational Golf Tournament which has proven to be a worthy opportunity for networking and providing leads for business expansion.

“We started this year at Achimota, we went to Kumasi as indicated earlier and we couldn’t resist the invitation when BoK Nam Kim called on us to play here.  We have the opportunity to interact with another segment of our subscriber base from the Military. We are very confident that this is the beginning of a lasting relationship between MTN and Bok Nam Kim” he said.

He reminded guests that MTN Ghana is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. After 25 years of introducing the GSM Technology in Ghana, the company is working to accelerate its growth and digitalization in accordance with the company’s Ambition 2025.

To demonstrate MTN commitment to the growth of this country, the company promised to continue to make significant investments into the network to ensure optimum performance and a distinct customer experience.

MTN also hope to partner with government in driving digitalization and innovations in the country. MTN started this with the Girls in ICT project which seeks to train 10,000 girls in ICT in the next 3 years.

MTN is supporting the social development of the country as well. The mega promo which was launched to reward customers with 25 brand new Hyundai Sonata cars is on-going.

He  urged all customers to ensure that their sim cards are duly registered.

Mr. Felix Addo congratulated all the winners of the tournament for demonstrating resilience and tenacity.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

A bull adorned with a patchwork of multi-coloured hexagons called Perry has been revealed as the official mascot of next year's Commonwealth Games.

The mascot is based upon the design of 10-year-old Emma Lou, winner of a national design competition that took place last summer.

 

Former General Manager of Wa All Stars, now Legon Cities FC, Seth Panwum has been appointed Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA).

Seth Panwum, who served as a member of the Kwadwo Baah Agyemang led board at the NSA between 2017 and 2020, has been elevated to chair the board of the sports authority for the next four years.

The technical advisor to the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, will be joined by 14 others on the board including Naa Odofoley Nortey, a former member of the now-defunct Normalisation Committee of the Ghana FA. He has about 25 years of experience as a sports administrator.

Other members of the board include the director-general of the NSA, Professor Peter Twumasi, President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Ben Nunoo Mensah, and Samson Deen of the National Paralympic Committee.

The Security Services Sports Association and Tertiary institutions will be represented on the board by Col. Frank Kwesi Agyeman and Ahmed Jinapor Abdulai respectively.

Full membership of the board:

Seth Panwun – Chairman of the Board

Professor Peter Twumasi – Director-General of the National Sports Authority.

Noah Bagerbaseh Bukari – Director of the National Sports College, Winneba

Eric Mensah Bonsu – Ministry of Youth and Sports

Gladys Mamtee Osabutey – Ministry of Finance

Eric Nkansah – Ministry of Education

Col. Frank Kwesi Agyeman – Security Services Sports Association

Ahmed Jinapor Abdulai – Tertiary institutions

Samson Deen – President, National Paralympic Committee

Ben Nunoo Mensah – President, Ghana Olympic Committee

Stanley Blankson Jnr – Minister’s nominee

Emmanuel Tuffour – Minister’s nominee

Nana Yaw Sarkodie Aboagye – President’s nominee

Naa Odofoley Nortey QCL – President’s nominee

Johnso Kwaku Adu – President’s nominee.

A letter signed by Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare on October 4, 2021, tasked the Ministry of Youth and Sports to swear in the members into office.

From Sammy Heywood Okine

Mrs. Ekua Zara Awonana Ghartey-Tsagli who has been appointed Ambassador of the Women’s 5K Run which takes place in Accra has expressed her joy to be part of the programme and just waiting for October 30, 2021 to run to promote healthy living.

She has promised to make a donation towards the charity of Activly Sports’ event which is to improve upon the mental and maternal wellbeing of Ghanaian women.

She believes in making a meaningful impact in society through charities and advocacy for women empowerment and girl child education.

Her Philanthropic activities has been recognized and led her to winning a prestigious award,- the Millenium Excellence Award.

Women’s maternity and mental health is very close to her heart, so she was elated when invited, and feels really honoured to be part of the 2021 Women’s 5K Run.

She has supported and sponsored many charitable courses over the years and she hopes to add sports to her profile which include leisure activities.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

The Idrowhyt Events Centre at Akokofoto, Dansoman is ready to host the Big fight night on Saturday October 9, 2021.

Boxers on the bill weighed in today and it was exciting to see how some were bragging and boasting. However, the ring will decide.

Below are the parings:

  1. EMMANUEL QUAYE vrs BOATENG AGYEMANG

National Middleweight Championship (12 Rounds)

  1. MANYO PLANGE vrs ISAAC OWUSU

West Africa Bantamweight (WABU) Championship (10 Rounds)

  1. PATRICK ALOTEY vrs BEN ANKRAH

Super Welterweight (10 Rounds)

  1. MUBARAK-ABUBAKAR vrs ABDUL KARIM CHARLES

Middleweight Contest (8 Rounds)

  1. LESKO SOSSIYA vrs KWAKU AVOGAH

Light Middleweight Contest (8 Rounds)

  1. PHILIP NGWA vrs JOSEPH QUARCOO

Lightweight Contest (6 Rounds)

  1. FELIX NUNOO vrs GODWIN KOFI APPIAH

Super Lightweight Contest (6 Rounds)

  1. EMMANUEL QUARTEY vrs PROSPER QUAYE

Super Lightweight Contest (6 Rounds)

  1. MOHAMMED ARYEETEY vrs THOMAS QUANSAH

Flyweight Contest (6 Rounds)

  1. ISAAC ARYEETEY vrs BENJAMIN SACKEY

Flyweight Contest (6 Rounds)

By Sammy Heywood Okine

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