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Sammy Heywood Okine

Sammy Heywood Okine

The Ghana Football Association is delighted to announce the dates for the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League football season. The competition which kicks off on Friday, October 29, 2021 is expected to round up on the weekend of June 17-20, 2022.

The first round of the season will end on the weekend of 11-14 February 2022 while the second round kicks off on Friday, February 25, 2022.

Defending Champions Accra Hearts of Oak will commence their title defence against Legon Cities at the Accra sports stadium before trekking to Sogakope to play WAFA on Match Day Two.

Mrs. Ekua Zara Awonana Ghartey-Tsagli has been appointed Ambassador of the Women’s 5K Run which takes place in Accra on October 30, 2021.

She was born on November 29th, 1967 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where her father was serving in the United Nations as a Director (International Labor Organization - ILO).

She began her primary education at St. Saviors’ School in Ikoyi, Lagos -Nigeria and continued to the British International School in Geneva, Switzerland. She proceeded to England to commence her secondary education at St. Andrews school, North Harrow, London. Her parents decided to bring her to Ghana to continue her secondary education in Achimota Secondary School where she completed her General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level (O’Levels) certificate Examination. This decision was to enable their daughter to integrate within the Ghanaian system, learn a local language and make friends.

She left back to England for her General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level (A'Levels) at Farringtons, a girl’s boarding School in Chislehurst, Kent. Thereafter, she entered West London College and Southgate University where she studied Hotel Management & Tourism.

Upon completion of her education, she was employed in 1991 into Ghana's only 5 Star Labadi Beach Hotel by Metropole Hotels, Lonrho. Her ice breaking practical and training experience began in the same year at the London Metropole Hotel for nine (9) months and the Birmingham Metropole Hotel for a further period of time before assuming duties as the Assistant Food and Beverage Manager complementing the few expatriate staff at the time.

With dexterity, Ekua has since developed a rare niche for herself in the country's hospitality space through her creativity and penchant for excellence. These distinctive qualities and attributes make her stand out like an ‘ornament’ at the top of a Christmas tree.

Presently the Deputy Food and Beverage Manager, she has been quite instrumental and contributed significantly to the immense growth and transformation of the Labadi Hotel operated by Legacy Hotel and Resorts of South Africa.

Driven by purpose and intimate desire in satisfying her customers and clients at all times, translating into increasing the bottom-line of her organization, Ekua additionally believes in making a meaningful impact in society through charities and advocacy for women empowerment and girl child education. To  this end, she has supported and sponsored many charitable courses over the years.

Source: Activly Sports

VRA Ladies have announced their participate in this year’s Women’s 5K Virtual Walk / Run which comes of on October 30, 2021 in Accra.

The event will be a hybrid of a virtual and in person race with a selected number doing the race in person, and it promises to be a unique and special activity as attractive prizes are at stake for winners and exciting performances.

The slogan for the Walk / Run is  "Together we run the world", and the program is also to promote women's maternal and mental health, aside the fun and leisure, as well as making friends and business contacts.

Mrs. Catherine Morton, inventor of the event said they are striving to achieve wellness and goodness in women and girls.

She said every woman deserves a life of goodness which includes a balance in their physical, spiritual, financial, emotional, mental and maternal health etc.

The Women's 5K Run is an annual non profit women's only event, by Activly Sports that brings together women to walk and run with the aim of throwing light on social issues affecting women and supporting women charities in Ghana.

She urged women in keep fit clubs to join the virtual event.

Meanwhile, newly  appointed Women’s 5K Run Ambassador Mrs. Ekua Zara Awonana Ghartey-Tsagli is supporting the Run with a donation towards mental health charity project of Activly Sports.

By Sammy Heywood Okine


Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey have agreed to a deal for a Dec. 11 fight at Madison Square Garden, multiple sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

The clash of former lightweight champions will air following the Heisman Trophy presentation, one of the most coveted dates and time slots on Top Rank’s programming schedule.

Lomachenko, the former three-division champion, lost his three 135-pound titles to Teofimo Lopez in October in a closely contested fight for the undisputed championship.

Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff following the bout and returned in June with a ninth-round stoppage of Masayoshi Nakatani.

The 33-year-old Ukrainian was hoping to land a rematch with Lopez later in the year, but Lopez’s June 19 title fight with mandatory challenger George Kambosos was postponed after the champion tested positive for COVID-19.

Lopez and Kambosos still do not have a date or location for their fight following a dispute with Triller that involved numerous date changes.

The date for Loma’s second bout of 2021 has always been the same, though, and it is a familiar one.

He has competed on Heisman night twice: a 2017 TKO victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux and a 2018 decision win vs. Jose Pedraza.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist is ESPN’s No. 2 lightweight and No. 8 pound-for-pound boxer.

Commey, ESPN’s No. 6 lightweight, has fought on Heisman Trophy night as well. In a December 2019 bout at MSG, Lopez scored a second-round TKO of Commey to win the only 135-pound title Lomachenko did not hold.

The 34-year-old Ghanaian rebounded with a sixth-round KO of Jackson Marinez in February and will now seek to become a two-time champion.

The pressure fighter won the title in his second bid, an eighth-round KO of Ray Beltran in June 2019.

In 2016, Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) dropped a disputed decision to Robert Easter in his first title shot.


The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) has announced renowned journalists and experienced practitioners within the industry to serve as vetting committee panel for the SWAG Sports Journalist of the Year Award, a novelty and introduction into the 46th edition of the prestigious SWAG Awards.

The vetting committee is chaired by Mawuko Afadzinu, a patron of SWAG, former journalism lecturer and Head of Marketing & PR at Stanbic Bank, Broadcast Journalist and lecturer Karl Tufuoh as Vice Chairman, Rosalind Koramah Amoh, Deputy Editor for Daily Graphic as secretary, Michael Oti Adjei, General Manager for News at Media General and Emmanuel Essel, a communications lecturer as members.

Nominations are ongoing by SWAG members for deserving sports journalists who excelled or was outstanding in the 2020/2021 year under review either from Radio, Television,  Print, Online/New Media or Photo Journalism.

A shortlist of top the 5 will subsequently be presented to the vetting committee who will independently review works done by the nominees and eventually submit results to the General Assembly of SWAG.

SWAG has since 1975 unabated been honouring high level performers through the SWAG Awards and will this year name and honour SWAG Sports Journalist of the year who will be decorated on the night of the SWAG Awards in Accra.


Boxers featuring on the upcoming Ace Boxing Promotions bill at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel have promised to put up explosive shows.

While some say it would be a thriller, others said it is going to be a action packed.

According to the promoters, gates for the packed bill will open at 2pm on Saturday October 16, 2021, and boxing fans will see real action from the big boys from 7pm.

At a press briefing to introduce the boxers, they all promised to put up good fights to raise the standard of boxing in Ghana once again.

The main bout will be between Robert Quaye aka ‘Stopper’ and Nathaniel Nukpe for the UBO International  super lightweight title, boxers boxers have bragged on winning.

Nukpe (13-7-1), a southpaw who comes from Aflao and has fans in Ho, Denu and other places in the Volta Region said he is not intimidated by the 19-0 record of Robert Quaye and will surprise boxing fans.

“Stopper cannot stop me, I am not afraid of him and I will shock him” he said.

Undefeated Holy Dorgbetor who faces Success Tetteh for the National and UBO Intercontinental featherweight titles said he is looking beyond for bigger challenges and bigger titles.

Also on the bill is Emmanuel Quartey aka ‘ Akufo Addo’ versus Joshua Owusu, and Raphael King against Emmanuel Allotey.

Tickets can be obtained at www.acepowerpromotions.com/tickets or call 0552222801.

Ace Promotions have been able to attract sponsorship and support from Agbeve Herbal Center, Decathlon, Sintex, Accra Brewery Ltd, La Palm Royal Beach Hotel GIHOC Distilleries and others.

Meanwhile, Mr. John Manfo, a member of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) board has commended the promoter and match maker for getting quality boxers for the bill dubbed ‘Danger Zone’.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

Godwin Alabi won the Boys U21 category of the Talents meets Opportunity championship at the D G Hathiramani Sports Hall last Saturday against Desmond Osei in the final match.

The Ghana Table Tennis Association organized the successful National Youth Championship dubbed Talents meets Opportunity at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The competition was for males and females U11, U15, U18 and U21.

In the boys U11 final between Frank Aduhene vs Israel Aklie, Frank won by 3 sets to 1 against Israel, while Juanita Borteley from Nungua beat Jessica Dzrah by 3-1 to be crowned the winner.

Francis Antwi won the Boys U18 after beating James Yeboah by 3 sets to 1 in the final game, as Judith Acheampong also won by beating Diana Opoku.

The winners were awarded with cash prizes, medals, trophies and souvenirs from the Ghana Table Tennis Association and their sponsors.

the championship  was organized to prepare and organize the players for future tournaments and also to hunt for worthy players for the national teams from across the country to meet and show off their talents and what they are made off.

President Mawuko Afadzinu acknowledged Cowbell, Asky Airlines, Stanbic Bank, Lucozade, Ecobank, Goil and Prudential Bank for their support towards the championship.

From Sammy Heywood Okine


The Minifootball Association of Ghana (MAG) has organized their Annual General Meeting in Accra at the Saarland View hotel in Tantra Hill, with the attendance of national and regional executives as well as the national team players.

Mr. Emmanuel Anyetei, 2nd Vice president / General Secretary welcomed new members into the young sports association.

President of the Association, Mr. Andrews Ako Nai educated members of the rules of the game, brief history of the Association, the mission and vision as well as the achievement of MAG.

Mr. Salim Hassan Salim, the Program Manager of the touched on the challenges of the Association and briefed the members on the just ended 2nd edition of Minifootball Nations Cup in Nigeria this year. Chairman of the League board, Justice Anane informed the members on the upcoming League early next year.

MAG will soon form the Women national team and the female rep. of the Association, Madam Dzormor Adzekwei appealed to members to get more women to embrace the game.

Mr. Abdul Rahman Tackie, coordinator of the association later introduced all the executives to the members and guests.

From Sammy Heywood Okine


The newly constructed Cocoase AstroTurf  Pitch in Bantama in the Ashanti region has been commissioned by HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who was Special Guest over the weekend.

Some ex-Black Stars players helped commission the New Cocoase Astro-turf at Bantama with the support of MP for the area, Hon. Francis Asenso - Boakye who is also the Minister for Works and Housing.

In a football match between Accra based Stars and Kumasi (Bantama) based Stars to grace the occasion, Accra Stars won 4-3 over the Kumasi Bantama All Stars.

The Accra Old Black Stars lined up as Richard Kingson, Sammy Adjei, John Paintsil, Sam Johnson, Jerry Akaminko, Emmanuel Armah, Laryea Kingston, Sulley Muntari, Derrick Boateng and Godwin Attram.

Others were Agyeman Badu, Stephen Appiah, Augustine Arhinful, Peter Ofori Quaye, Yussif Chibsah and Razak Ibrahim.

The line - up of the Bantama All Stars was Prince Opoku Polley, Aboagye Dacosta, Akwasi Appiah, Opoku Nti, Owusu Sekyere, Thomas Duah, Osei Akoto, Stephen Owusu, Michael Adusei, Joe Okyere, Anokye, Ibrahim Tanko, Anane Kobo, Michael Osei and Iddrisu Yahaya.

The turf construction was sponsored by National Lotteries Authority (NLA) and built by Wembley Sport Construction Ltd.

By Sammy Heywood Okine


Ali Royals Soccer Academy has won the Central Regional Third Division Football League.

They will now play in the Central Division Two League and the GFA Knock Out competition sponsored by MTN.

Founder and technical director of the team, Coach Ali Yakubu gave big thanks to the Almighty Allah for their achievement and promisd that they will train hard and play better to be in the first division and climb to the premier division.

He appealed to companies and individulals in the Central Region to sponsor and support the team.

Coach Yakubu who has a surfing team said Ghana is blessed with sports talents, so the sports authorities must encourage people to venture into sports.

He thanked the media who have supported Ali Royals from nowhere to somewhere, and promised that they will be the most popular club in the Central Region very soon.

We wish them the best. Congrats to Coach Ali Yakubu and the entire team.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

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