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Future of Ghana rugby looks good PDF Print E-mail
Source: ghanaweb   
Monday, 19 December 2011 01:28

Rugby as a developing sport in Ghana has chalked some remarkable successes over the last few years and it looks set to grow even feather with the coming into being of an organized league.

For the first time in the history of the sport in Ghana, a league was held this year for teams in the Greater Accra region with the Dansoman Hurricanes emerging winners after some tough battling duels.

The organization of the league has come a long way since the days of the discipline being played as a demonstration and leisure sport in Ghana with the teams made up of mostly foreign expatriates who imported the game.

Ghana has come a long way since then and the future can only look bright if true to their word, the Ghana Rugby Association (GRA) will carry out their laid down plan to make the sport as popular as football (soccer).

That includes an elaborate programme that would see the training of trainers and instructors who would be expected to impart the knowledge their have gained to their teams and especially at the grassroots level where talents could be spotted and developed into future stars.

Good coaching at any level in sport is crucial towards success and it is pleasing to here that the GRA is serious about this department of the game as it intends to organize a technical training programme for level one and two coaches as well as introductory courses for sports teachers and journalists nationwide.

Through this programme, participants would have been expected to gain a deep insight into rugby both in the technical aspect for coaches and reportage for journalists.

This initiative by the GRA, have led many to hold brief that the future outlook of the sport looks great as they have promised to do more in the coming year.

They closed the rugby season with a Rugby Sevens gala at the University of Ghana Ajax Park which saw the Cosmos Buffalos emerging winners to close their campaign on a high.

In summing up the rugby year, President of the GRA Gifty Annan-Myers said this year has been unique; for the first time we played a league which was by Dansoman Hurricanes and we also held this gala to bring everybody together.

True to her words, this year has been good as Ghana made waves in rugby circles home and abroad with the national team participating in a number of internationals events.

Next year will bring in more challenges for the GRA but Ms. Annan-Myers who is also an Executive Member of the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) does not anticipate any such fears.

She hopes with the barking of their sponsors they would overcome any challenge to move on to a different chapter in their development plan.

Sponsorship she adds has also been very supportive this year and expects many more to flow in. Some have started making noise already so next year certainly is going to be better.

They expect to take the game a step better next year with the league expected to improve and more efforts being geared towards taking the sport to schools nationwide.

More clubs are being formed with the vast majority of them at juvenile and youth level which is a good signal for future prospects with a place at the Olympics in 2016 in mind.

It should not be long before Ghana starts to produce the big name rugby players like, Jonah Lomu, Mike Cat, Johnny Wilkinson, François Peinaar, Carlos Spencer and Colin Meads among others on the world stage and the credit must go to the GRA.

Bayern Munich Make Kits Donation Towards Kuffour Testimonial PDF Print E-mail
Source: ghanaweb   
Monday, 19 December 2011 01:27

A full kit consignment has been received from Bayern Munich for use at the historic testimonial match in honour of Samuel Osei-Kuffour.

The consignment which includes, match jerseys, camp attire, hoses, boots and balls is one of other contributions being made to honour the ex Ghana defender who spent 12 years playing for the German giants.

Kuffour will lead a world select side including; Daniel Amokachi, Samuel Eto’o, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Patrick Mboma, Jay-Jay Okocha, Lothar Mattheus, Oliver Khan, Samuel Eto, Rigobert Song, Mohammed Kallon, Pablo Thiam amongst others against the Black Stars of Ghana.

The historic match will be played at Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on December 23.

Meanwhile, tickets prices have been reviewed with the aim of making it affordable for many Ghanaians to patronize.

VIP tickets now goes for 30.00 Ghana cedis from the previos 50.00 while Center Line and Popular stands go for 7.00 and 4.00 Ghana ceids from the previous 10.00 and 5.00 Ghana cedis respectively.

Congress won’t cause crack in NDC - Dela Coffie PDF Print E-mail
Source: joy-online   
Saturday, 21 August 2010 11:06

With 10 days to go for the July 9 Congress of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the spokesperson for Friends of Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings (FONKAR), Mr Dela Coffie, bas described as illusion claims within sections of the media that the congress to elect a flag bearer would cause a deep crack within the party and culminate in its defeat in the next general election.

"No matter our differences in opinion over who leads the NDC in 2012, we are one family. The NDC is resolved to offer a leadership that will decisively beat the NPP and form the next government, irrespective of who emerges as its leader in Sunyani," he added,

Mr Coffie, who was briefing the Daily Graphic about the preparations of the Nana Konadu camp towards the Sunyani congress noted that the recent developments in the NDC were purely a family matter, as well as a constitutional requirement that demanded that the party went to congress and elect a leader for the next elections.

He noted that the competition was also about affording the king makers of the NDC, the delegates, the opportunity to elect the person whom they believe will best represent their views, aspirations and stick religiously to the philosophy of the NDC.

He indicated that contrary to speculations by detractors and opponents that the NDC would come out of the congress badly bruised and divided, the party would prove its skeptics wrong and demonstrate that it was the architect of the current democratic dispensation.

Mr Coffie added that the NDC would emerge stronger and more united, determined to win the 2012 election with the highest margin ever recorded in the recent elections.

He indicated that there was every indication that President Mills had not kept faith with the grassroots members of the party and had also abandoned the philosophies of the NDC which included social justice, probity and truth.

Mr Coffie added that many of the party members believed that Nana Konadu would reposition the party as the organisation that gave birth to the government, a process the current Mills administration had woefully failed to recognise and implement.

He said the theme that had run through all the messages of Nana Konadu to all the delegates in the 230 constituencies she had visited was her quest to forge a united and stronger NDC family and vowed never to engage in any activity that would split the party she and her husband fought hard in bringing to being and power in 2008.

Mr Coffie said FONKA was more than convinced that Nana Konadu would win the delegates congress because the delegates had received the message of hope, revitalisation and revival of the party with enthusiasm; they also knew that Nana Konadu would uphold and defend the principles of the party to the hilt.

He denied accusations that Nana Konadu's team was using juju on the delegates and said those leveling those accusations were surprised at the rate at which the delegates were apprehending Nana Konadu’s message and buying into it.

According to him, FONKA decided to initiate the moves to impress upon Nana Konadu to vie for the flagbearership position because over the years, President Mills and his administration had not paid heed to constant reminders to uphold the tenets of the NDC.

"President Mills and the current administration had not done enough to maintain the credibility of the party in the eyes of most Ghanaians, the very people who worked assiduously to bring the party had been relegated to the back ground".

Mr Coffie said it was unbelievable that just after forming government, the grassroots members started, to demonstrate against some government appointees simply because most of the appointees, particularly the district chief executives, most of whom knew next to nothing with regard to the ideologies of the NDC, were also not known to the local party people who were in the trenches fighting for the party to come to power.

He expressed surprise at the level of acceptance and understanding demonstrated by the delegates at the various meetings, adding that even at places that some of the delegates had been prevented from meeting Madam, they had found other means of meeting her.

He said members of FONKA were not enthused that some current members of government had on several occasions, publicly questioned former President Rawlings’ status as the founder of the NDC, a position that was recognised by the NDC constitution.

Source: Daily Graphic

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2011 00:46
Congo Out Of Wold Cup PDF Print E-mail
Source: abc   
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 18:24

Congo's run at the U17 World Cup ended on Wednesday after a 2-1 defeat by Uruguay in the round of 16 in Mexico.

The Baby Red Devils were hoping to make the quarter-finals the third time round but found the task beyond them.

The Congolese lost all their three matches at the 1985 event in China and missed out on a place in the last eight by a whisker in Italy six years later.

Despite holding their own for much of the game, the Africans were undone by two well-taken goals.

After a goalless first half against the Uruguayans at the Estadio Morelos in Morelia, Congo took the lead through Hardy Binguila after 53 minutes.

The South Americans equalised 12 minutes later when Maximiliano Moreira beat goalkeeper Chill Ngakosso from close range.

Four minutes from time, with the match seemingly heading for extra-time, Gaston Silva pounced to send the Congolese home.

Uruguay will now take on Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals after the Asian newcomers routed Australia earlier in the day.

Source: BBC

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2011 02:35

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