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Absa Bank joins forces with Michael Essien for the EPL Ultimate Assist Challenge

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The new English Premier League season is here. Already, the heat is building up with the big teams finding their spots on the league log. Long way to go right?

As we wait for more surprises, Absa has announced a pan-African reward campaign with English Premier League Legend and former Black Stars midfielder, Michael Essien, to connect Ghanaians to the game they are most passionate and excited about.

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Known as the Absa Ultimate Assist, the campaign is aimed at engaging customers and potential customers with light-hearted Premier League content and rewarding them with exciting prizes.

The campaign which has a social media challenge “Give Michael Essien The Ultimate Assist” encourages Ghanaians to participate by demonstrating their skills to win special package. To participate, you must take the following steps:

Record yourself receiving the ball from (an imaginary) Michael Essien.
Show off your football skills and pass the ball back to him.
Upload your video using #TheUltimateAssist and tag Absa Bank Ghana.

Commenting on the campaign, Benjamin Dwummah-Adu, Marketing Manager at Absa Bank Ghana said beyond connecting people’s dreams to financial solution, services and opportunities, Absa is also committed to connecting the Ghanaians to things they love.

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“Football is a game that excites, thrills, stirs up hope and sometimes disappoints but always unites us. It’s a game that thrives on assisting each other to win. Through the Absa Ultimate Assist, we are demonstrating our commitment to supporting Ghanaians with financial solutions to get things done as well as connecting their passion to the beautiful game.”

In a twitter post on the campaign, Michael Essien wrote “I am excited to be partnering with Absa, the Official African Banking Partner of the Premier League, on their #AbsaAssist campaign. Keep a look out for exciting content coming to you this season.”

During his time at the English premiership, Michael Essien helped Chelsea to win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010, as well as three FA Cups and one League Cup. He won the UEFA Champions League in 2012. He has won the Chelsea Goal of the Season award twice, in the 2006-2007 and 2008–2009 seasons.

Absa Bank has been a long-standing banking partner of the English Premier League.

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Kotoko’s title ambition suffers another setback after losing to Brekum Chelsea in Kumasi

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, Kotoko’s title ambition suffers another setback after losing to Brekum Chelsea in Kumasi, GlitzEmpireKumasi Asante Kotoko’s title ambition suffered another setback at their own backyard on Sunday when Brekum Chelsea defeated them 1-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium in their match week 30 encounter.

The Porcupine Warriors who have been struggling to pick three maximum points at the Baba Yara Stadium since the commencement of the second round of the competition, displayed another shambolic performance to the displeasure of the home fans.

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After failing to beat Aduana Stars on match week 28 despite dominating the entire 90 minutes,  it was the expectation of their fans to make amends against Brekum Chelsea to enhance their chances of winning the league, but the fans left the stadium completely dejected.

It was a match that the Kotoko fans were full of expectations, especially when Medeama had cut down their lead to six points after beating Accra Great Olympics on Saturday.

Brekum Chelsea started the match on a brighter note and missed a glorious opportunity to draw first blood under one minute when their striker failed to connect a beautiful cross from the right side of attack.

Kotoko swiftly turned defence into attack as Stephen Amankona came close to scoring but fell in the penalty box after a challenge on him and an appeal for a penalty was ignored by referee Abdul-Latif Adaari.

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Few chances were created between the two teams after the early incursions until Christopher Nartey launched a ferocious strike from 25 yards, missing target narrowly in the 18th minute.

In the 30th minute the Porcupines were denied the opener by the goalkeeper of Brekum Chelsea, Gregory Obeng Sekyere who made double saves from the efforts of Franck Etouga Mbella.

Coach Christopher Ennin made two early substitutions in the 35th minute in an attempt to contain the home team who were probing for the first goal of the afternoon.

But for a brilliant save by Ibrahim Danlad, the visitors would have broken the deadlock on the stroke of the first half against the run of play.

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Four minutes after the restart, goalkeeper Sekyere was called to duty when he saved a header by Mbella from close range.

Coach Prosper Nartey Ogum introduced Richmond Lamptey and Samuel Boateng for Stephen Amankona and Fabio Gama respectively in te 50th in search of an early goal in the second half.

The substitutions brought a lot of pressure on the visitors who resorted delay tactics to slow down the tempo of the game.

Kofi Owusu of Brekum Chelsea took an early shower in the 67th minute when referee Adaari showed him the exit after he punched the face of Christopher Nartey in an off-the-ball incident.

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Kotoko took absolute control of the game and made several dangerous incursions into their opponent’s half but wasted the opportunities with Mbella being the worst culprit.

Despite Kotoko’s dominance and numerical advantage, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in the 78th minute through Kelvin Obeng.

Obeng took advantage of a defensive blunder by Andrews Appau, raced into the vital area before placing the ball beyond the onrushing goalkeeper Danlad.

The situation forced Coach Ogum to bring on Evans Adomako and Solomon Sarfo Taylor in his quest to salvage a point for the league leaders, but Chelsea held on to secure a famous victory at the Baba Yara Stadium.

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Hearts, Eleven Wonders game postponed after Ghana Health Service advice

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, Hearts, Eleven Wonders game postponed after Ghana Health Service advice, GlitzEmpireThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has postponed the match-day 30 encounter between Eleven Wonders and Hearts of Oak, slated for Monday, May 23, 2022.

The postponement comes after the Ghana Health Service (GHS) advised the GFA to reschedule the encounter, as it was still investigating an illness outbreak in the Hearts of Oak camp, of which 19 players have been reportedly affected.

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The Phobians were dealt a huge blow earlier in the week, with some key players being hospitalized due to an unknown illness.

Regardless of the unfortunate turn of events, Hearts managed to secure a 1-0 victory against Bibiani Gold Stars in a match-day 29 encounter.

A social media post from Accra Hearts of Oak said: Our match against Eleven Wonders has been postponed following an advice from the GHS.

“According to the GHS they are still investigating the cause of the illness that has affected the Hearts of Oak team.”

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