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Avram Grant steps down as Ghana coach after AFCON 2017 failure

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Avram Grant has resigned from his post as Ghana coach, few days after they left the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon without a medal.

Grant replaced Kwesi Appiah in December 2014 and guided the Black Stars to a second-place at the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.

This year, he lost 2-0 in the semi-finals to eventual champions Cameroon and failed to win the bronze medal match against Burkina Faso.

“After an extremely amicable meeting with the president of Ghana FA, and following more than two successful years in charge of the national team, I’ve informed Mr Nyantakyi that time is right for me to move on to a new challenge and I thank him for the opportunity,” Grant told Sky Sports.

“I’ve hugely enjoyed my time in Ghana, taking over after the disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign and rebuilding the squad to reach the final in the Africa Cup of Nations for only the second time in 23 years, and also the semi final of this year’s competition.”

He added: “I’m proud of the fact that I’m leaving an extremely professional, strong squad of players of a good age, who I’m sure will go on to achieve great success in the future.

“The passion and loyalty of the supporters is something I’ll always remember.”


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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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