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2017 AFCON: Ghana FA boss calls for support for Black Stars

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President of Ghana FA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has called on fans in the country to support the Black Stars, ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Avram Grant’s men are seeking to win their first major title since 1982.

Ghana almost won it in 2015, but were defeated in a penalty shoot-out by Ivory Coast in the final.

The long wait for silverware has left many supporters unexcited, but Nyantakyi insists the interest is coming back.

“I did not get that impression that Ghanaians are still disappointed when I attended the team’s training sessions at the St. Thomas Aquinas Park. Well they were disappointed in 2014, 2015 or 2016 but I believe that Ghanaians have forgiven the team now,” he was quoted by the Ghana News Agency.

“The interest is now coming back. I can see a renewed interest from Ghanaians and that was demonstrated by the level of attendance at the training grounds and it shows that if the team does well, we will win back everybody, I can say convincingly that majority of Ghanaians will be back to support the Black Stars.

“I will want to appeal to my fellow Ghanaians to forgive the team for the mistakes of Brazil 2014 and rally behind the team as we head to Gabon for AFCON 2017. It is the expectation of every Ghanaian that we will win this trophy but that will not happen with a divided front.

“We all saw what happened in AFCON 2015, we were very close but unlucky. Now we have to work on the psychological build-up of the team, good preparation and motivation for the squad. We need to build a strong team to win the cup. That’s the wish of every Ghanaian.

“We need your support, we need the prayers of everyone regardless of where you come from, where you live or what you do. We need a united Ghana behind the team to win the Africa Cup of Nations.”


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Akufo-Addo suspends confirmation of Bawku MCE

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has ordered the suspension of the confirmation of the Municipal Chief Executive, MCE, nominee for Bawku in the Upper East Region, Amadu Moqtar Bagaya, indefinitely.

Though no reason was given for the suspension, the Presiding Member of the Bawku Municipal Assembly, Hon David Adoliba, in a letter dated May 13, confirmed that the special meeting for Bagaya’s confirmation slated for May 17 has been put off on the strength of the suspension order.

The letter reads in part: “This office has received instructions from the Upper East Regional Minister upon a directive from the office of the President to Suspend the Special Meeting of the Assembly slated for Wednesday 17th May 2017 to confirm the President’s nominee for the position of the Bawku Municipal Chief Executive. Further instructions on the meeting will be communicated to you in due course”


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Amewu sacks mining company from site

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The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Peter Amewu, has ordered the Okobeng Mining company to immediately cease operation in the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region.

The minister gave the order when he discovered that the company was mining close to the Ankobra River.

Amewu, who visited the site, also directed managers of the company report to the ministry in Accra to shed light on how they acquired a prospecting mining license without his knowledge.

“The prospecting license was given to the company three months ago when I was the substantive minister, but how come I do not know about it, when I have to sign before this license is given”, he queried.


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NPP denies authorizing Delta Force attack in Ashanti

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The ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP, in Ashanti Region has denied authorizing the attack carried out by its affiliate vigilantee group, Delta Force on the region’s security coordinator, George Adjei.

The leadership of the party, which condemned the attack, said the development requires the attention of National Security and not the party since the victim of the attack is a government appointee.

Speaking in an interview with 3News, the Regional Secretary of the NPP, Sam Pyne said: “It is not a party matter because it is not a party appointment. The person was appointed by the president to work for the nation Ghana. He wasn’t appointed to be an NPP officer. The group that went there was not authorised by the party to do that. The national security that is supposed to deal with that matter should deal with it. I condemn that action by the group but national security should take it up.

“I’m going to have a discussion with leaders of the group and also the Regional Security Council are going to meet on that too,” he said.


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