Award winning Ghanaian actress, Jackie Appiah has been invited to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Ghana’s dismal performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The popular actress was named as one of Ghana’s World Cup ambassadors paid over $20,000 each on a state-sponsored all-expenses paid trip to the global football tournament in the South American country in June.
They were tasked to lead cheering of the Black Stars and help brand the country at the World Cup in Brazil.
The erst while Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has already told the Commission that each of the ambassadors were paid $200 each during their stay in Brazil, even though many of them were not able to go and watch Ghana’s matches in Forta Leza against Germany and Brasilia versus Portugal.
A host of ambassadors comprising of showbiz and ex-sports stars including boxing legend, Azumah Nelson, Abedi Pele, Tony Baffoe, Augustine Ahinful, Jackie Appiah, Becca, John Dumelo, C. K. Akunnor and Grace Ashly were all unveiled weeks to the tournament to lead a supposed fund raising campaign to help sponsor more supporters to go and support the national team at the tournament.
Now Jackie Appiah is first on the list of movie stars who benefited from the trip to Brazil to answer many controversial issues that have arisen in the aftermath of the Black Stars poor showing at the World Cup.
Other persons appearing before the commission on Monday include Ghana Football Association (GFA) Vice President, Fred Crenstil and former national football team stars, CK Akunnor and Augustine Ahinful.
“The presidential commission of inquiry into Brazil 2014 resumes sitting tomorrow Monday 10.00 am at the Accra Sports Stadium. Expected to appear include Fred Crentsil, Augustine Ahinful, CK Akunnor, Litina Travel and Tours and actress Jackie Appiah,” said a statement by spokesperson of the Commission, Thomas Boakye Agyemang on Sunday.
Swansea City boss Garry Monk is confident Wilfried Bony will soon hit the goal trail.
The striker is available again after last season’s 25-goal marksman served his one-match suspension for being sent off against Southampton last weekend in midweek.
Bony has yet to score this season but Monk has faith the Ivory Coast forward will soon be on the scoresheet.
“I don’t put pressure on players, it’s about the contribution,” Monk said. “It’s good the goals are spread out. It’s good for strikers to score, but we don’t need to put pressure on.
“They’re good characters and it won’t be long before they’re scoring again.”
AS Roma winger Gervinho has called on Cote d’Ivoire to move on from the days of iconic striker Didier Drogba.
Drogba ended his international career after the World Cup this summer after scoring 65 goals in 104 games, making him the Elephants’ all-time leading goalscorer.
Gervinho acknowledges the huge contribution of Drogba to the success of the so-called ‘golden generation’ of Cote d’Ivoire but insists the current crop of players must look to the future.
“Drogba was my captain and he immensely helped the Ivorian national team to get to places, and I can say he cannot be replaced for now. I’m happy and proud to have played alongside him,” Gervinho told Fifa.
“However, we need to turn the page to move forward and overcome future challenges. We now have a new coach [Herve Renard] and we are competing in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. We have to adapt to the new situation and help ourselves book a place at the 2015 Afcon.”
Cote d’Ivoire struggled to defeat Sierra Leone in their first match of the qualifiers and were handed a 4-1 drubbing by Cameroon in the second encounter. They currently sit third in Group D with three points, behind DR Congo, whom the Elephants will face next.
Four coaches have been shortlisted by the Mauritania Football Federation (FFRIM) for the position of national team coach.
The list announced by the Federation following its meeting on Monday, 22 September 2014 include French trio, Pierre Lechantre, Corentin Martins and Sebastien Lechantre. Serbian Milovan Rajevac completes the quartet.
The four names will be reviewed by the selection committee headed by FFRIM President, Ahmed Ould Yahya, to decide on the best choice for onward submission to the Executive Committee for approval.
The federation has set a Monday, 29 September 2014 deadline to name a new coach.
Following the sack of Frenchman Patrice Neveu last month following the failure of Mauritania to reach the final phase of the qualifying series of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015, Moustapha Sall was named for the post in the interim.
Former Nigeria skipper, Joseph Yobo has said he is surprised to read reports linking him with a move to Arsenal, saying that the Gunners are could speaking with his representatives.
The former Everton and Norwich defender is on Arsene Wenger’s radar, as a short-term solution to Arsenal’s defensive woes. Yobo is a free agent and is available to pen a deal with the London outfit if a deal is struck.
“I read Arsenal was interested in me, it was news to me,” he told reporters. “There is no formal contact with anybody.
“If negotiations are taking place, I am not aware, maybe the club is speaking with my agent.”
Yobo was released by Fenerbache at the end of last season.
AC Milan midfielder Michael Essien has faith that Fernando Torres will rediscover his scoring touch with the Italian club.
The Spanish striker, who joined the Rossoneri on a two-year loan from Chelsea in the summer, opened his account for the Serie A outfit in Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Empoli in just his second appearance.
In the wake of the goalscoring performance, Essien said that he expects his former Blues teammate to get back to the consistent form that saw him arrive at Stamford Bridge from Liverpool for £50million in 2011.
“I really hope [Torres] does well for Milan and for himself,” Essien told FIFA’s official website.
“Because he is a top striker and we will benefit from his goals. He is a hard worker both in games and in training and that can also serve him well at Milan.
“One thing Milan can expect to see is 100% all the time from him. I am convinced we will see a lot of goals from Fernando.”
Guinea and Sierra Leone will host their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations 3 qualifiers in Morocco and Cameroon because of the Ebola outbreak in their countries.
A Confederation of African Football (CAF) statement said Guinea would play Ghana on Saturday, October 11, at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca (kick-off at 20:00 local time).
Guinea defeated Togo at the same venue this month in a previous Group E home match.
Sierra Leone will face Group D leaders Cameroon on Friday, October 10, at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde (15:00 local time), the home ground of their opponents.
The Leone Stars suffered a similar disadvantage this month – playing a home game against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Lubumbashi.
Nearly 3,000 people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia this year from the deadliest Ebola epidemic, according to the World Health Organisation.
Liberia were eliminated in the preliminary rounds of the Cup of Nations.
Super Eagles striker, Osaze Odemwingie, has undergone a successful surgery on his injured knee.
The former Lokomotiv Moscow and Cardiff City forward disclosed this on his official Twitter handle Tuesday.
“Heard we won and @ Muniesa92 scored twice! What a day and win!! More good news for us potters as MY SURGERY TODAY ALSO WENT WELL!” the Stoke City forward tweeted.
Odemwingie injured his knee while in action for Stoke City in a 1-0 win over Manchester City on August 30.
The striker played for only 15 minutes in that game.
He is expected to miss most of the English Premier League season on account of this injury setback.
Kenya defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama has expressed joy over scoring his first English Premier League goal.
Southampton clinched a 1-0 away win over Swansea City thanks to Wanyama’s 80th minute goal. In that same match, another African, Swansea’s Wilfried Bony, was sent off.
Wanyama also praised the travelling Saints fans for their overwhelming support. The 23-year-old joined Southampton last season for a £12.5 million fee from Celtic. This made him the first Kenyan to ever play in the Premier League.
“Am delighted to score my first EPL goal today. Three important points to keep us going. Great support from our fans they were fantastic.” Wanyama tweeted on his official Twitter page after the match.
South African forward Steven Pienaar will not be available for Everton’s Capital One Cup tie against Swansea City it has been confirmed.
The former Bafana Bafana international picked up an injury against Arsenal three weeks ago, and will not be back in time for the Toffee’s league cup clash boss Roberto Martinez confirmed.
“Steven Pienaar cannot make the squad and Seamus Coleman is not available, but I don’t expect any other players to be missing from the weekend,” the Spaniard confirmed in a pre-match press conference, as reported by Soccer Laduma.
The former Tottenham winger will hope he will be fit for a return in Saturday’s Merseyside derby away to Liverpool. However, it is uncertain whether the 32-year-old will make his return in time.
Pienaar will have a large part to play this season with Everton’s return to European football and Martinez believes the club’s cup tie will test his squad’s capabilities for the rest of the season ahead.
“I believe our squad is capable of coping with different line-ups and ways of playing. For me, this game is very important because it will give us a lot of information about this squad ahead of the nine months of competition.”