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Sammy Heywood Okine

Sammy Heywood Okine

AIBA three star rated boxing instructor / coach, Dr. Akwasi Ofori Asare has commended the current Black Bombers team for their hard work, determination, dedication and support for each other.

Speaking to Yours Truly in an exclusive interview, the four time Olympian said the Bombers have been doing well at various international tournaments since 2018, but many people have not observed.

He expressed that Jessie Lartey exceled and won a bronze medal for Ghana at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

According to Coach Asare, young Samuel Takyi who won the only bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games did well at his first outing outside Ghana, when he qualified to represent Ghana at the biggest sports festival in Dakar, Senegal together with skipper Suleimanu Tetteh who was the pace setter and inspired the team a lot.

Asare noted that Shakul Samed also performed well at the 2019 African Games where he also won a bronze medal, and that enabled him to qualify to the Olympic Games.

The much decorated coach said there are many hidden talents in Ghana who must be identified and given the opportunity, as they can also do well for the nation.

He disclosed that there are 15 female boxers who are training daily in preparation for international bouts, and he wants them to be assisted by the sports authorities so that they can gain experience and exposure.

“Ghana is blessed with boxing talents, and we need to give them chances and opportunities to come up and be seen, the local coaches are doing well, and need to be congratulated” he expressed.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

 

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) to support the Ghana Hockey Association to oversee the hosting of two championships in Ghana - Club Championship and continental Nations Cup in December 2021 and January 2022 respectively have been sworn in.

The renovated Theodosia Okoh National Hockey Stadium, which forms part of government's mega sports infrastructure development, will serve as venue for both competitions.

Mrs Elizabeth King, Vice President of Ghana Hockey Association, who represented the President, Dr. Ben Asante, assured the National Sports Authority of a successful organization of the competitions and praised government for its continuous support for the development of the sport.

Currently, three other hockey stadia at UG, KNUST and UDS are under construction.

From Sammy Heywood Okine

Homebase TV have pledged to support the 2020/ 2021 edition of the Women In Sports Association (WISA) Awards which comes off on September 25 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Hard working sports presenter, Emmanuel Bortey aka ‘Capito’ assured WISA of full media support when he hosted the president / founder, Madam Gloria Commodore on his Breakfast Show on Friday.

He commended WISA for maintaining and sustaining the awards programme for the past seven years, and urged corporate Ghana to support women and girls doing sports.

According to Capito, females need to be encouraged and WISA can not do it alone.

He commended the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), the National Sports Authority (NSA) and the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) for supporting WISA.

Madam Commodore hinted that 48 sports personalities including journalists, coaches, administrators and athletes would be rewarded at the ceremony on September 25, and she thanked Ghandour Cosmetics for backing the initiative to encourage females participating in sports.

Meanwhile, Karim Yawo, a staunch fan of Accra Hearts of Oak has also commended WISA for their vision to motivate females doing sports.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

 

The Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) has signed a three-year renewable partnership agreement with a Ghanaian beverage company, Tema Craft Brewery (TCB), manufacturers of the Django Brothers range of beverages.

The partnership will see Django Brothers sponsor, at least, one National Athletics Championship every year, as well as support developmental and administrative activities of the GAA during the duration of the deal.

Although the details of the agreement were not disclosed at the signing ceremony yesterday, the Chief Marketing Officer of TCB, Mr Christopher Opara, said the agreement had a largely cash-based component and that his outfit would set aside at least GH¢100,000 for the organisation of a Django Brothers-themed event yearly.

Mr Opara noted that since the two organisations already share similar values, including excellence and self-belief, the agreement was a no-brainer.

"We hope that this partnership brings us a lot of good tidings, a lot of medals and, most especially, a lot of great athletes from Ghana," he said.

TCB is Ghana’s first microbrewery and is known for its flagship brand, Django Brothers, a non-alcoholic beverage, as well as still and sparkling water.

GAA President, Mr Afelibiek Ababu, said the partnership agreement was initiated by his predecessor, Prof. Francis Dodoo, stressing that it was subject to review after three years.

"Tema Craft Brewery is going to support us to organise athletics activities in the country and every year they are going to sponsor one major event, which will be termed Django Brothers National Athletics Championship,” he said.

"Aside from the yearly major championship, they will also support the Ghana Athletics Association in developmental activities, administrative activities and then activities towards the development of our athletes, especially their preparation and sponsorship for international activities," he added.

The Deputy Director (Technical) of the National Sports Authority, Mr Kwame Amponfi Jnr, assured TCB that Ghanaian athletes were worth investing in, given their exploits at the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

He said the government-endorsed such investments in the Ghana athletics brand and urged more corporate bodies to invest in Ghana sports.

From Elizabeth Alhassan

Seiko Hashimoto, President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, spoke about her pride in hosting the Olympics and Paralympics despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

As the Paralympics reached its finale yesterday, Hashimoto discussed the feat of staging the world's largest sporting event after a one-year postponement without major problems.

"I am proud of (Japan) having hosted the Olympics and Paralympics, the first global events in the world since the pandemic, and pass the baton to Paris," Hashimoto said, per Kyodo News.

"As we were not able to host the Tokyo Games in a complete form, I cannot say that they were a 100 per cent success.

"I think history will determine whether they were a success or not."

The Olympics and Paralympics featured a total of about 15,000 athletes from around the world but were staged under extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Spectators were not in attendance for almost every event, with all fans banned in any prefecture in a state of emergency.

Since the Olympics began on July 23, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Tokyo and other parts of Japan hit record highs multiple times, sparking concerns that the Games may have underestimated the severity of infections.

There were widespread protests against the Games going ahead, with large swathes of the Japanese public nervous about their impact.

On July 23. the day of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, Japan recorded 5,529 COVID-19 cases.

New daily cases peaked at over 26,000, while Japan never had more than 8,000 new daily cases prior to the Olympics.

Hashimoto took over from Yoshirō Mori as President of the Organising Committee after he resigned for making sexist comments.

As the Paralympic Flame was extinguished, Hashimoto signalled her desire to see Japan host the 2030 Winter Olympics, pledging her support for a potential Sapporo bid.

"In 2030 with Sapporo we have definitely got the candidate for the Winter Games," said Hashimoto.

"I would hope this would become a reality.

"If possible in the very near future we would hope that Japan could host the Summer Games as well."

Sapporo staged the Winter Olympics in 1972 while Nagano staged Japan's second edition of the event in 1998.

By Owen Lloyd 

Denk Pharma Ghana has honored Samuel Takyi, Ghana’s only medalist at the just ended Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the Black Bombers with a $1000.00 personalized gift package.

20 year old Samuel Takyi aka ‘Ring Warrior’ won a bronze medal in the men’s featherweight division at the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. This was Ghana’s first Olympic medal in any sport since Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.

The Country Manager of Denk Pharma Ghana, Naa Okailey Adamafio-Manteau, presented the package which included a pair of retro leather boxing gloves autographed by the legendary Ike “Bazooka” Quartey, selected products from the Denk Nutrition portfolio and a cash donation to the Ghana Boxing Federation.

In her presentation message she said, “Samuel Takyi’s accomplishment was a matter of immense pride for every Ghanaian and the medal was evidence of Samuel’s hard work, dedication and determination to succeed.”

The Olympic Bronze Medalist, on behalf of the Olympic boxing team, thanked Denk Pharma Ghana for the kind gesture.

Also present was the President of the Ghana Boxing Federation, Mr. George Lamptey, Head Coach Ofori Asare, Assistant Coach Vincent Akai Nettey, Black Bombers Team Captain Sulemanu Tetteh and fellow Olympian boxer, Shakul Sameed.

Source: GBF

MTN Ghana, as part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, has committed an amount of GHc10 million to the Ministry of Communication and Digitization in support of the Girls in ICT project.   Girls in ICT program is an international initiative adopted in 2012 by all ITU Member States including Ghana. The program is aimed at exposing young girls to opportunities in the ICT sector through the mentorship workshop and open day programs to prepare them for ICT related professions in future.

The first part of the funds was presented to the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful at a presentation ceremony in Accra.

The funding is to cover the cost of the project over a three-year period to support government’s efforts to empower and encourage girls to consider studies and careers in ICT.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Chief Corporate Service Officer of MTN Ghana, Samuel Koranteng, said “The MTN Group is a signatory to the United Nations Women Empowerment Principles and by this, the company has pledged its commitment to the advancement of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. It is part of the company’s core beliefs that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern, connected life and therefore strive to ensure that men and women benefit equally from ICT.”

 “Gender Empowerment is a key strategic component of MTN’s Corporate Social Investment and over the years we have made significant contributions in this regard and because of that, we do not wait until precocious young girls become seasoned women professionals before taking an interest in them.  Our contributions start from the grassroots level,” Mr. Koranteng added.

The Chief Capital Projects officer, William Tetteh speaking on behalf of the CEO of MTN Ghana said “MTN Ghana remains committed in supporting government development agenda and this presentation is a demonstration of that commitment”.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the government, Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, thanked MTN Ghana for joining other corporate organizations to support the government’s initiative to empower girls in ICT.

She said “The ICT world provides great career opportunities for girls if they are given the needed support and mentorship. The initiative for this year includes a bootcamp for girls from rural communities in the Western North region who are already undergoing programming and coding training. The Ministry will consider expanding the programme to reach more girls in other regions.”

The initiative falls in line with MTN’s vision to lead the delivery of bold new digital world and its core beliefs that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern, connected life. In view of that, MTN Ghana has supported the programme since its inception with mentorship programs as well as cash and kind donations.

Source- MTN

Champion club, Accra Hearts of Oak swept most of the honors at the maiden Universal Premier League awards held on 4th September 2021, in Accra at the Omanye Aba Auditorium inside the AMA building.

The occasion was MCed by Agboyibor Francis Blackgate, CEO of Rising Sports Network and Abigail Sena Sosu, a presenter at GTV Sports plus .

MynahOfficial gave guests, including Olympians, boxer Samuel Takyi and journalist Sammy Heywood Okine lovely entertainment with her sweet voice.

Also in attendance were football administrators, coaches, players and media men.

Gladson Awako, formerly of Great Olympics who has joined the Phobians  and Coach Annor Walker won the best player of the season and coach of the season respectively.

The new Hearts competed with his new teammate Ibrahim Salifu, Ismail Ganiyu  (Kotoko) and Augustine Boakye (WAFA).

The Ghana Premier League (GPL) champions Accra Hearts of Oak dominated the awards scheme on the night winning 7 accolades. Below are the list of winners .

Male Categories

Best Goal : James Bissue (Elmina Sharks), Best Goalkeeper: Richard Attah  (Hearts of Oak), Best lateral defender: Raddy Ovouka  (Hearts of Oak), Best Defender: Rashid Mohammed (Eleven Wonders), Best Defensive midfielder : Ben Afutu Kottey (Hearts of Oak), Best Attacking midfielder: Rashid Nortey  (Medeama SC), Discovery of the season: Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak), Best Forward: Kwajo Obeng Jnr  (Hearts of Oak), Best Coach: Annor Walker  (Great Olympics), Fans of the season: Hearts of Oak Referee of the season: Selorm Yao Bless

Female Categories

Best Player: Jafar Rahama (Northern Ladies), Best Goal: Jane Ayieyam (Police Ladies),Best Coach: Usif Basigi (Hasaacas Ladies), Best Goalkeeper: Abigail Tawiah (Berry Ladies), Best Midfielder: Grace Animah (Police Ladies), Best Defender: Beatrice Sasu (Police Ladies), Best Forward: Doris Boaduwa (Hasaacas Ladies), and Referee of the season - Barikisu Salifu.

Sports Photographer of the season went to Samuel Buckman aka ‘Dada Oliseh’ of  Oliseh photos, while Celebrity fan of the season was taken by Serwah Amihere  (Kotoko).

The event was sponsored by Macron balls, Greenfield Scientific Herbal Clinic, Happyman Bitters, Ntim Travel Agency and others.

By Elizabeth Alhassan

 

MTN Ghana has appointed Mr. Shaibu Haruna as Chief Sales and Distribution Officer with the responsibility of providing strategic direction for MTN’s Sales Strategy, Operating Model, Channels distribution as well as digital sales infrastructure. He will also support MTN accelerate growth and digitalization in accordance with the company’s Ambition 2025.

Shaibu is a visionary and results oriented executive with proven commercial experience in a career spanning over two decades in multinational businesses across Africa and the Middle-East. He successfully executed channel/business turnaround strategies in the Telecoms, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Automobile and Financial Services businesses in diverse markets. He was a co-founder and a board member of a number of businesses in e-commerce, telecoms, education, agrobusiness and hospitality.

Commenting on the appointment of Shaibu Haruna, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh said, “I am excited to welcome Shaibu back to the Y’ello family and I am confident his expertise gained over the years will further enhance the MTN Brand as we work towards building the largest and most valuable platform business with a clear focus on Africa.

Shaibu has worked with reputable organizations throughout his career. He began his career in Sales at Unilever as Acting Sales Executive and later joined Ghana Breweries Limited as Regional Account Manager. In 2005, Shaibu joined Toyota Ghana Limited as Deputy Head of Sales where he led the execution of a strategy to grow consumer and SME sales, which led to partnerships with financial institutions. This led to the development of auto loan and leasing products for its target market.

In 2006, Shaibu joined the Y’ello Family, MTN, as Senior Manager for Sales where he managed indirect sales channels across all markets in Ghana. He then became a General Manager in 2008 where he led a number of senior commercial roles in Sales, Mobile Financial Services, Customer Experience and MTN Business in a number of MTN Operations including MTN Group, Ghana, Uganda and South Africa.

In November 2015, Shaibu left the shores of Africa to join Etihad Etisalat Mobily in Saudi Arabia as Executive General Manager. He later joined the largest distributor for MTN Ghana, Izone as its Chief Executive Officer in April 2017 where he delivered a successful turnaround from a period of flat growth to double digit growth.

Shaibu is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, United Kingdom and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School and is a recipient of Holger Enberg prize for the Best Graduating Student in Business Policy (Strategic Management) at University of Ghana Business School.

From Sammy Heywood Okine

The Eastern regional footvolley is currently one of the strongest legs of the game in the country. Footvolley was created by Octavio de Moraes in 1965 in  Rio de Janeiro Copacabana Beach. Footvolley is simply  a combination of volleyball and association football .Players are to use all part of their body with the exception of their hand. In footvolley the foot replaces the hand. Footvolley Ghana which was founded by it current national president  Mr. Mustapha Mohammed, started gaining ground in Ghana since 2014. Today , footvolley  is one of the fastest growing sport in the country.

The aim of this event is to promote Footvolley and use sports as a tool /enabler to achieve sustainability by improving waste management systems along in Ghana  specifically Accra. The Association was created to develop Footvolley in Ghana and positively influence the Sporting Industry and the society especially the coast to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) 6 through the Clean Beach initiative. We believe this project will help the nation economically, as it is geared towards empowering the youth, recycling of waste, educating and creating awareness through community-based initiatives.

This game through clean beach has embarked on many cleanup exercises along the coast and Ghana at large.

The region has been able to raise so far three teams in three districts namely: Koforidua, Asuogyaman and Nsawam.

These teams have been very active and involved in various competition organized in the country and have been successful.

As part of our developmental plans to increase the sport participation in the region, the region would organize the second edition of footvolley clinic and cleanup exercise under the auspices of Ghana Footvolley Association and on the  same platform the regional executives will be unveiled. We are very proud to be associated with Alkamin Mineral water to organizing footvolley clinic at Eastern region on the 21st of September, 2021 at Koforidua Secondary Technical School ( KOFORIDUA SEC-TECH) Galloway, Koforidua. This event welcomes all ages and genders to  experience this amazing and enjoyable sport in Koforidua said by Mr. Bowky Acheampong the Eastern Regional Footvolley President.

The region intends to extend it's tentacles to make sure that each district in the region has a team.

We also intend to introduce the game to Senior High Schools in the region to serve as a the foundation to the raising of district teams.

When we are able to get up to 10 districts in the region having footvolley teams, the region would start a footvolley league in 2023.

The region also plans to get in touch with individuals and cooperate bodies that would present a unique opportunity to enhance the tourism’s Industry and the economy of Ghana through a strategic, deliberate, and conscious effort by reducing government expenses on waste management in the country and make Ghana one of the cleanest cities in the world.

By Mustapha Mohammed

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