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Sammy Heywood Okine

Sammy Heywood Okine

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for African Games ‘Accra 2023’ met the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) on Friday October 1, 2021 at the media centre of the Accra Sports Stadium to let them know current situation on Ghana hosting the African Games in 2023.

Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the LOC briefed the SWAG from the genesis of how Ghana won the bid to now that the African Union AU has granted them the green light to operate with the mascot and logo of the Games to be launched very soon.

He said the Games will be held to avoid social, economic, environmental, political snags.

Dr. Kwaku Ofosu Asare, the chairman of the committee assured that government of Ghana is committed to hosting the African Games for the first time in Ghana, and has secured land at Borteyman to build some of the sports facilities, and later use the facility as a sports university.

He called on the media to present positive news on the 13th African Games, which is hosting at least 25 sports disciplines.

Reks Brobbey, an Olympian, accomplished sports event organizer and deputy Chief Operating Officer of the LOC hinted the the 2023 African Games will be a qualifier towards the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, so they expect the best of African athletes at the Games, and will serve as an opportunity to boast tourism in Ghana.

President of SWAG, Mr. Kwabena Yeboah promised the LOC that the media will support them fully.

He called for the capacity building of the young vibrant sports journalists to help them meet the standard reportage of the African Games, which is the biggest sports festival on the continent.

Ghana will be hosting 54 African countries and compete in at least 25 disciplines, at the ‘African Olympic Games’.

Present were other members of the LOC; Sports journalist Dan Kweku Yeboah and Miss Joyce Datsa, a Sports Administrator and PRO at the Ministry of Youth & Sports.

Others serving on the LOC are Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Dwumfour Williams, a Clinical Psychologist and University Lecturer and a Board Member of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Mr. Ahmed Osumanu, a Communication Consultant to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah, President, Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and Miss Eva Okyere, a Lawyer and Samseen Deen, President of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC).

Ghana will add up to Congo Brazzaville, Mali, Nigeria, Algeria, Kenya, Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique and Morocco as the only countries to have hosted the African Games.

By Sammy Heywood Okine


The Ghanaian Ministry of Youth and Sports has offered its support to the National Paralympic Committee of Ghana (NPC-Ghana) in hosting the 2023 African Paralympic Games.

The National Paralympic Committee of Ghana President Mr. Samson Deen has expressed interest in contesting for the Presidency during the 2021 General Assembly and Elective Congress of the African Paralympic Committee.

A statement from the Ministry of Youth and Sports reads: "the Ministry and government commit to offering all necessary support, logistics that will make hosting the African Para Games in 2023 possible as we believe the able leadership, we will be able to ensure a smooth and successful games experience if implemented."

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has endorsed the candidacy of Samson Deen, President of the NPC-Ghana, in contesting the Presidency of the African Paralympic Committee (APC). During the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games in Japan, the standard of Africa's performance sharply declined, causing a worrying situation for the African continent. Deen believes he holds the key to positively change the fortune of African nations at the level of the game. The interest in para games across Africa keeps rising, with nearly 250 million African viewers watching the recent games on television.

Source – NPC

Women’s World Boxing Championships to be held in Istanbul, AIBA confirms

Busenaz Sürmeneli of Turkey will be the defending champion in the welterweight category at the Women's World Boxing Championships, set to be held in her home country in early December ©Getty Images

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has confirmed that the Women’s World Boxing Championships will be held in Istanbul in Turkey.

The organisation’s President, Umar Kremlev, visited the city to sign an agreement between AIBA and the Turkish Boxing Federation.

Dates have yet to be confirmed but the championships are expected to be held in early December.

"I am glad to announce that the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will be held here in Istanbul," said Kremlev.

"Turkey is a big boxing country and has a rich history.

"I would like to thank all Turkish authorities as President of the country, Prime Minister, Minister of Sports, deputy minister of sports of Turkey, head of the Istanbul Sports Department, the Turkish Boxing Federation and others for support.

"AIBA is rapidly changing, we are on the way to big reform.

"We are doing a lot of work for the sake of National Federations, a large programme of assistance and financial support is implemented.

"We allocate budget and sport equipment, communicate with NFs directly.

"We will protect our boxers and coaches in every country of the world, AIBA is their home."

AIBA has announced that "significant" prize money will be awarded to medallists at the Women's World Championship, in line with the men's equivalent ©AIBA

The AIBA announced that "significant" prize money would be awarded to medallists at the Women’s World Boxing Championships, in line with what is awarded to victors at the men’s equivalent.

The prize fund has been set at $2.4 million (£1.7 million/€2.06 million), with $100,000 (£73,800/€86,230) for gold medallists, $50,000 (£37,000/€43,000) for silver medallists and $25,000 (£18,450/€21,560) for bronze medallists.

The AIBA is set to hold its Extraordinary Congress during the Women’s World Boxing Championships, with the organisation promising "major reforms."

President of the Turkish Boxing Federation Eyüp Gözgeç said: "I would like to thank Ministry of Sports of Turkey and Mr Kremlev for choosing our country and our Federation as a host of such significant event in the world of boxing."

This is scheduled to be the 12th edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championships, following the latest edition in Ulan-Ude in Russia in 2019.

The AIBA World Men’s Boxing Championships are set to be held in Belgrade in Serbia, from October 24 to November 6 this year.

By Neil Shefferd 

Agbeve Herbal Centre, the lead sponsor for the ACE Power Promotions 16th October Bout dubbed "The Danger Zone" has received the titles for the night.

Mr Abdul Wahab, General Manager of Agbeve Herbal Centre received the UBO International Super Lightweight Title from Mr Isaac Amankwaah General Manager of ACE Power Promotions.

Meanwhile, Holy Dorgbetor says he will stop Success Tetteh in round 5 for the UBO inter-continental and national featherweight title. He has also called out Alfred Lamptey for a fight since he believes he is the best in the division.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

The Big 6 of Bubuashie community football team are in trouble following their victory over the Kaneshie team during the Okaikoi Homowo El Classico.

The players who did the damage are Benjamin Barden, Patrick Johnson, Clifford Kwatia, Obed Ansah, Justice Ekow Ammissah and Emmanuel Ola Williams.

The goals came from Clifford Kwatia and Benjamin Baiden who have promised to repeat the dose.

They will clash with the Kaneshie Police team at the Accra Academy Park on 30th October, 2021 at 7pm.

According to the organisers, Dreamland Sports Plus, the Police do not understand why the Bubuashie team have to bury Kaneshie unlawfully by scoring them two solid unanswered goals to celebrate the Homowo Festival, and they want to revenge.

The Kaneshie Police team have intensified their training and are planning to use modern scientific football techniques and tactics to win over Bubuashie.

Mr. Olla Williams of Dreamland Sports Plus said the community football engagement is to foster unity, peace and love among the people of Okaikoi and its surrounding areas.

He called on business organizations in the community to support the youth who are talented in sports.

Meanwhile, the Bubuashie team are preparing for secret camping to strategise their game against the Police team.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

ACE Power Promotions have secured sponsorship from La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in the promotion of its boxing events.

The two parties jointly signed an MOU at the La Palm Hotel in a brief ceremony in Accra.

Commenting on this partnership, Marketing Manager of La Palm Hotel, Mr. Valentine Appiah was happy La Palm was the hotel of choice for APP promotions in Ghana and expressed his hotel’s willingness to do more to advance the course of boxing in Ghana. He called on more support for boxing by corporate Ghana.

Mr. Appiah and Mr. Amankwah sign the deal for La-Palm Royal Beach Hotel and ACE Power Promotions as partners

On his part, the General Manager of ACE Power Promotions (APP), Mr. Isaac Amankwah expressed his outfit’s appreciation to La Palm for accepting to partner APP to promote boxing in Ghana. He noted that, boxing promotion in Ghana is a very expensive business and needed the support of both fans and corporate Ghana alike.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kizito Akudago noted that, such partnership was necessary to give equal attention to other sports in Ghana and especially to boxing which has given so much more to Ghana sports. He expressed APP’s willingness ad readiness to support the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) lift the image of the sports in Ghana and beyond.

ACE Power Promotions will hold press conference for boxers at the La-Palm Royal Beach Hotel next Tuesday, 5 October, 2021

The first event resulting from this partnership will see APP promote a three title fights on the 16th October 2021 at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. These include a World Boxing Organisation (UBO) International Super Lightweight Title, UBO Inter-Continental Featherweight title and the maiden Ghana National Feather weight Title.

“It promises to be a night of pure entertainment and honour. All are cordially invited to attend. Thank you,” signed off Kizito Akudago, Legal head of ACE Power Promotions

Source: ACE Power Promotions


Former WBA Pan African Champion and a WBC World title challenger Maxwell Awuku has relaunch his world championship ambition and ready to relocate to the United States to follow his dream of becoming a world champion.

Awuku who was in a trying camp with Alfred Lamptey help the young lad with some good sparring to prepare for his (Lamptey's) success of winning the WBO Youth World/ WBC Youth World Silver against Iddi Kayumba on September 4, 2021 said he is still in a good shape to have one competitive fight on October 23, 2021 here in Ghana for International ratings before relocating to the US to chase his dream of becoming a world champion..

Rashid Lamptey - head trainer of Awuku spoke to Yours Truly about the current shape and form of Awuku which he believes could even win a world title if match against any of the current world champions any day.

He said they are in good shape and training camp has always been good and fun.

He believed after their failed attempt to annex the WBC International title  in Italy due to "bad" treatment of the promoter there has made them learned their lessons and therefore wouldn't wait till there's a fight to train but any day to be in good shape and ready to wait for the opportunity.

He reiterated the need to make sure they travel earlier whenever there is an international fight so the can acclimatized and to bring the best out.

Assistant trainer Abdul Rahman Dodoo added that, "to be a world champion is not an easy road but takes time, effort and dedication, some achieve it earlier in their career and some late but the most important thing is to focus and make sure to reach there no matter how earlier or later you achieve"

They're opponent for their 23rd October fight would be announced in a due course.

Source :Box Office

Ghanaian female sports administrator and Tourism Expert, Miss Sarah Lotus Asare has been appointed Executive Secretary Of WBC Cares Africa Chapter.

The hard working lady who is protocol administrator at the Wisdom Boxing Club in Accra, and had organised boxing events for amateurs, juveniles and females was appointed due to her hard work and dedication to the sport. She will manage her new office from Accra, Ghana.

Other members appointed to serve the NGO under the World Boxing Council (WBC) are Maureen Mulangira of Uganda, Chair and Dr. Larry Izamoje of Nigeria, Co Chair.

They are to promote the interest of boxing in Africa, and encourage more people to love the sport.

Sarah Asare is a daughter of Coach Dr. Ofori Asare, Ghana’s coach at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, who led Samuel Takyi to claim the first medal in almost 30 years.

Her dad said she is an epitome of this virtue, and committed to boxing development.

She is also committed to giving female boxing an important platform, and her achievement has seen more than 15 females who want to box to the highest level.

She was at the recent 2021 (7th) Women In Sports Association (WISA) Awards, and described the event as heartening.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) is in the process of choosing the Best SWAG Sports Journalist of the Year 2020/2021.

The SWAG Sports Journalist of the Year Award is one of the innovations President Kwabena Yeboah and his Executive Council have instituted to honor meticulous sports journalists who have excelled in the year under review.

Members of SWAG are required to nominate deserving sports journalists who excelled or were outstanding in the 2020/2021 year under review either from Radio, Television, Print, Online/New Media, or Photo Journalism.

Members of SWAG are to submit their nominations  to the secretary of the committee before 30th September 2021.

A shortlist of the top 5 will subsequently be presented to a panel that will independently review works done by the nominees and eventually determine the winner.

SWAG has since 1975 honored outstanding sports personalities, and it is now time to reward hard working sports journalists.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

21 year old Ghanaian footballer, Edmund Addo on Tuesday made his mark and presence felt in the 2021 UEFA Champions League when he put up an impressive performance for FC Sheriff to defeat Real Madrid 2-1 at their home, The Bernabeu in Spain.

Football fans of Chorkor and Korle Gonno who were ‘against’ Real Madrid took to the streets after the match to celebrate the new idol.

The former Korle Gonno based rising star started his trade as a footballer at the Indafa Park with Mighty Cosmos Colts Club, then he was spotted by Attram de Visser who were not able to register him, until he was seen by the ArthurLegacy Sports Limited who took him to Europe, and now he is a sensation in Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol.

Oliver Arthur, the man behind the move set up his own football agency and sport consultancy in 2014 after receiving his FIFA licence as an agent two years prior.

The agency provides end to end management of young gifted footballers and trains them for international clubs. By organizing trial tournaments, the agency has successfully placed young footballers in coveted clubs across Europe.

Addo is one of such players, and he is looking forward to hit the limelight and play for some of the popular and big clubs in Europe.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

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