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AFCON21: Ghana concede late goal to lose opener against Morocco

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The Atlas Lions of Morocco have stopped Ghana 1-0 in their opening Group C match at the on-going TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations 2021.

Sofiane Boufal netted the lone goal after 83 minutes at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

It was a mix-up in the Black Stars’ defending line that gave Boufal a chance to strike the ball past Ghana’s goalkeeper Joseph Luke Wollacot.

Paintsil Joseph of Ghana challenged by Zakaria Aboukhlal and Sofiane Boufal of Morocco during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals football Morocco and Ghana.

The game started with the two teams matching each other well, but Morocco’s veteran captain Ghanem Saiss had the first good chance when he headed the ball off target after 7 minutes. Zakaria Aboukhlal later had his long shot saved by the Black Stars goalkeeper after 14 minutes.

Ghana’s defending line marshaled by Alexander Djiru and Andrew Kyere-Yiadom remained tight, closing out the Moroccans. Ghana also had Thomas Teye Partey fire his free kick off target after 33 minutes.

Towards the interval Morocco failed to make use of a freekick taken from close range after Partey had pulled down Sofiane Boufal. But it was Joseph Paintsil’s last effort in the first half when he ran past two Moroccan defenders, but shot wide off target.

zz-Eddine of Morocco challenged by Kamal Deen Sulemana and Jordan Ayew of Ghana during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals football Morocco and Ghana

After recess the two teams stepped up in attack, but Ghana’s skipper Andre Ayew came close after 65 minutes but missed the target. The Black Stars again came close when Morocco’s goalkeeper punched for a corner a well taken Joseph Paintsil shot after 72 minutes.

But it was the more organized Morocco team that took advantage in the 83rd minute and netted the lone goal. The Atlas Lions continued to push forward and had another chance after 87 minutes, but they failed to connect from a well taken free kick.

Morocco who reached the group of 16 in the AFCON 2019 now top Group C before Comoros later face Gabon.

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Ghanaian Olympic medalist, Samuel Takyi, to receive a car and USD 10,000 from Prez. Akufo-Addo

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has charged the Ghana Olympic Committee and all stakeholders to ensure that the successes chalked at the Tokyo Olympic Games will be a springboard towards greater achievements.

This, according to the President, will allow the country “to regain its place of pride in sports on the continent and in the world.”  

With the 2022 Commonwealth games in Birmingham just around the corner, President Akufo-Addo charged the “Ministry of Youth and Sports and all stakeholders to put in the necessary measures to ensure that we improve on our performance over the Australia 2018 Commonwealth Games.”    

The President made this known when the Ghana Olympic team at the 2020 Tokyo Games called on him on Friday, August 20, 2021, to present the historic bronze medal, the first time the nation has won a medal in the history of this Fourth Republic, to him at the Jubilee House in Accra.   

Touting the country’s achievements at the Tokyo games, President Akufo-Addo said “despite being represented by 14 athletes, the individual performances you put up at the Tokyo Olympics have been one of the best in the nation’s history.”

“Our last medal was in 1992 when the Under-23 football team, the Black Meteors, won bronze at the Barcelona games. For the first time in 49 years, Ghana won a medal in boxing, with the last one won by Prince Amartey in the 1972 games in Munich”, he added. 

Continuing he disclosed further that, “for the first time in 25 years, our 4 by 100 relay team qualified for the finals at the Olympics. Four national records were broken at the games, that’s Joseph Amoah in the 200 metres race, the 4 by 100 team in the semi-finals, Abeiku Jackson in the 100 meters freestyle race in swimming, and Christian Amoah in weightlifting.”

He indicated that, “out of the 52 countries in the Olympic Games, Ghana placed 10th on the African standings and for the first time ever in the history of the Olympic Games, a Ghanaian athlete, Samuel Takyi, was selected to represent Africa at the closing ceremony of the Olympics.” 

Portraying a country that honours its heroes, the President noted that as a “show of modesty and our gratitude, and on the basis of your individual performances, I’m happy to announce that each member of the team will receive a reward of 5,000 Dollars.” 

“The medalist Samuel Takyi will receive a car, 10,000 Dollars plus an additional 20,000 Dollars put in a Career Development Fund. Aside these, the total in bonuses for the team amounting to a total of 150,000 Dollars,” he concluded.

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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.

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.

“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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