31.7.10

Ghana Wins 2 More Medals In Kenya

Ghana clinched two more medals at the ongoing Africa Athletics Championship in Kenya. The men and women’s 4 by 100 meter relay teams both won bronze in the finals respectively.
Aziz Zakari anchored the men’s relay team to third place with a time of 39.31 seconds behind Nigeria and South Africa. The women’s relay quartet made up of Rosina Amenebede, Elizabeth Amolofo, Beatrice Gyaman and Flings Owusu Agyapong, similarly came third in a time of 45.40 seconds behind Cameroun and Nigeria.

Ghana therefore has won three medals at the Championship so far. Sprinter Aziz Zakari earlier won silver in the men’s 100 meters.

Meanwhile, Heptathlete Margaret Simpson is poised to win a Gold medal following the completion of four out of the seven-event competition. The Mauritius based athlete leads the overall table rankings with 3,497 points. She is followed by Janet Wienand of South Africa with 3,289 points and Nigeria’s Patience Okoro in third with 3,277 points.

3.7.10

Message from the President to the Black Stars

The Black Stars have done Ghana and Africa proud and on behalf of the people and Government of Ghana, I congratulate Stephen Appiah and his teammates for a job well done.

In yesterday’s match, there was going to be only one winner, and unfortunately, it was not the Black Stars.

Despite the heartbreaking loss, as a nation, we must not lose sight of the fact that the Black Stars flew high the flag of Ghana and we must be proud of our senior national football team for the honour done us.

We must not nail them for what happened yesterday, rather, let us continue to support them and show our appreciation for what they have achieved.

This team certainly has character and fortitude and there is no gainsaying the fact that they will continue to bring laurels to Mother Ghana.

Coach Rajevac and his technical team gave off their best and Ghana is grateful to them.

Let us rejoice in what we have achieved believing that there are better and joyous days ahead.

To you my fellow Ghanaians, I say a big ayekoo for your excellent and nation-loving support.

The star of Ghana is shining bright and we must take collective pride in putting our nation on a high pedestal.

Stephen Appiah and his teammates have made Ghana proud and we must accord them a heroic welcome, for, they deserve it.


John Evans Atta Mills
(President, Republic of Ghana)

2.7.10

Uruguay beat Ghana 4-2 on penalties

The Black Stars of Ghana faltered and bowed out of the 2010 World Cup after going down 2:4 to Uruguay in a penalty shootout and denying themselves a place in history.

In so doing, the Stars who had played rather gallantly in their second ever World Cup, broke the hearts of millions all over Africa who had supported the team all the way.

90 minutes of regular play plus 30 more in extra time ended in a pulsating one-all, and as though destined to bow out, a 120th minute attack by the Ghanaians had seen a desperate Luis Suarez, with his goalkeeper beaten, push the ball with the hand off the goal line to deny Ghana a winning goal. He took the red card and conceded a penalty for his efforts.

History beckoned, and the Stars’ most potent striker, Asamoah Gyan, who had previously converted twice from the spot in the same tournament, this time lifted his kick and grazed the bar. It was unbelieveable, and just after the miss, Japanese Yuichi Nishimura ended the game.

Asamoah however returned to scoring ways moments later as he opened Ghana’s penalty kicks with a well taken shot.

Skipper John Mensah missed, and so was youngster Dominic Adiyiah whose not so good kicks were saved. And so ended an otherwise sweet story for Ghana and Africa, who will have to wait for the next edition of the tournament to attempt to break the jinx of never going beyond the quarter finals.

Sulley Ali Muntari, making his first starting line-up for the Black Stars, had put Ghana ahead just on the stroke of half-time with a well taken left-footed 39-yard shotat the Soccer City Stadium before Diego Forlan levelled up in the nail-biting encounter. Uruguay will thus play Holland, who defeated Brazil 2:1 early in the day, in the semi finals.