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, Hearts overcome early scare to defend FA Cup, GlitzEmpireAccra Hearts of Oak came from a goal down to overcome a stubborn 10-man Bechem United to  defend the MTN FA Cup they won last season at the Baba Yara Stadium.

A 45th minute goal by Emmanuel Avornyo broke the deadlock of a combative first half which saw both teams creating decent chances.

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The Phobians however, lived up to their “never say die” motto when they restored parity in additional time to end the first half without a deficit.

Hearts created the first chance after two minutes but goalkeeper Abdulai Idrissu of Bechem United came off his line to intercept a dangerous ball into the area.

Bechem took over the game in the next five minutes, bombarding the vital area of Hearts of Oak with series of attacks but failed to make the opportunities count.

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The Phobians, however, had the brightest chance to go ahead against the run of play in the 10th minute when Afriyie Barnie was released by a defence-splitting pass but he fluffed the glorious opportunity.

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On the 16th minute, Accra Hearts of Oak called for a penalty after Barnie was brought down in the box, but referee Abdul-Latif Adaari would have none of that as he waved play on.

The Hunters stole the lead on the brink of half time as the defence of the Phobians were caught ball watching.

It was a swift build up from the midfield as Bechem switched defence into attack with Augustine Okrah, Clinton Duodu, and Avornyo combining beautifully during the onslaught.

A first attempt at goal was saved by Richmond Ayi, but Avornyo was on hand to plant the rebound beyond the goalkeeper.

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Just when everyone thought the referee was about to end the half, Caleb Amankwah sent the Phobian fans into wild jubilation with a stunning equaliser.

The defender stylishly connected an inswinger from Samuel Inkoom, leaving both the backline of the Hunters and the goalkeeper in wonderland.

The second half resumed with both sides determined to annex the coveted trophy before an impressive spectators.

The Phobians took the lead for the first time in the game through Barnie who connected a beautiful cross from Gladson Awako.

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As the Hunters pressed for the equaliser, their leading marksman, Augustine Okrah took an early shower in the 64th after an altercation with  Assistant  Referee One, Stephen Balanguena.

The winger who was incensed by  a decision by the Assistant Referee headed him on the mouth, leaving Referee Adaari with no option than to show him the exit.

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Despite their numerical disadvantage, Bechem United pushed for the equaliser as they threw more men upfront.

Mohammed Alhassan almost gave away a goal with five minutes to end proceedings when he gifted an opponent the ball in the vital area only for the attacker to throw away the opportunity.

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Hearts managed to hold on for the remaining minutes of the game,  successfully defending the F A Cup for two consecutive seasons.

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Team Ghana arrives in UK for 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

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, Team Ghana arrives in UK for 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, GlitzEmpireThe first batch of Team Ghana arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games would begin on Thursday, July 28, and end on Monday, August 8.

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Ghana would be competing in 13 out of 31 sporting disciplines expected to be held at the Games.

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The team was led by Mr. Frederick Acheampong, who is the Treasurer of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and a member of the Ghana Football Association, as the Chef de Mission (CDM), with Mr. Henry Larbi, founding member of Wheelchair Tennis in Ghana as the deputy CDM.

Ghana would compete in athletics, badminton, boxing, beach volleyball, cycling (road race), field hockey, judo, table tennis, triathlon, para-cycling, weightlifting, and squash.

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The country has competed in 16 editions of the Games since its inception in 1954. Ghana only missed out in the 1986 Games held in Edinburgh.

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Kotoko withdraw from GHALCA’s top six tournament

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, Kotoko withdraw from GHALCA’s top six tournament, GlitzEmpireAsante Kotoko has announced that they will not compete in the Ghana League Club Association (GHALCA) top-six tournament this season.

The tournament was scheduled to be held at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in August, with the top six teams in the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League season expected to battle for the trophy.

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But Kotoko, in a social media post on Thursday, declared their intention of not competing in the tournament, saying that their withdrawal was for sporting reasons.

“We have this afternoon written officially to GHALCA, informing the welfare body of our decision not to partake in this year’s GHALCA Top Six tournament.”

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“Our decision was purely based on sporting reasons,” the social media post read.

Kotoko has been hit with a massive technical setback after their league-winning coach, Dr. Prosper Ogum Nartey, resigned from his position as head coach.

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