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Nduom Slams GFA For Cancelling League

Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, the president and founder of Premier League side, Elmina Sharks, has slammed the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for terminating the 2019/20 football season without recourse to the club owners.

According to him the local football governing body had no locus to cancel the league without consulting the club owners and wondered why such a unilateral decision could be taken when the GFA was merely an administrative body.

“Who is this that is cancelling this league, and who is this that is considering the financial and the health impact of all of this?” he inquired during an interview with UK-based GN Radio and Channel 7 TV.

He noted that the FA should have contacted him first as a club owner before taking such a decision, but he was not involved during the decision-making, a practice he condemned.

“It is not the club owners, and strange enough in Ghana, it is not the club owners who are calling for the cancellation, and nobody called me as a club owner to ask me what is my opinion to be done.”

According to the businessman, football administrators were put in their positions by the clubs and do not invest anything into the game, and as such should not assume so much power to decide what should be done at any given time.

“We have people they’re calling as football administrators; a football administrator doesn’t have a penny or a pesewa in the game. Somebody who is elected by people we have employed to work for us cannot tell me, and shouldn’t be put in a position to tell me what I should and should not do,” he said.

Dr Ndoum, who was also the Presidential candidate for the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) during the 2016 general elections, also stated that the clubs were a private entity and knew how to run their business but it appeared government was interfering with their affairs this time around.

“It should not be up to government to tell a private enterprise what to do, except what the government is telling everybody else what to do.

 “It is about time that the people who have invested in football as private enterprises that we are should be the ones calling for the cancellation of football in Ghana, and that a league should be there that is owned, managed and controlled by those who have invested in football in Ghana.

“This is what happens in the UK and those administrators they’ve hired, they come and go, but it is the owners who make the decisions,” he noted.

“Owners of the big clubs in the English Premier League get together and they have a strong affiliation to help each other in terms of commercial, there’s nothing that stops Ghana from doing that same financial considerations.

“It is the owners who should have sat down to decide [whether] we can handle it this way or not, but nobody talked to us. I hear that there was a call among the managers of the teams but the managers that I have recruited and I pay cannot go and make decisions for me”, he stated.

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Clifford Aboagye thankful to everyone for support during accident

Ghanaian midfielder Clifford Aboagye has spoken for the first time after being involved in a fatal crush while driving on the streets of Mexico.

He shared an update on events that took place last Sunday when his yellow Chevrolet saloon car was involved in a crush.

Through the Twitter account of his club, Querétaro they published a video of the Ghanian midfielder in which he thanked the people who worried about his health.

“I want to thank you very much for your messages. Yes I had an accident, but there was no physical damage to me, people, I feel very well, thank you all very much,” he said.

Kotoko to pay Maxwell Konadu $5,000

Coach Maxwell Konadu is expected to pocket $5000 each month after agreeing to terms with Kumasi Asante Kotoko, according to media reports.

The Black Stars B coach landed the Porcupine Warrior job after Norwegian Kjetil Zachariassen was axed for poor performance.

According to reports, the new manager’s salary would be borne by both the club and the newly-elected National Chapters Committee (NCC) chairman, Christopher Demenya.

While the club would pay $3000 of the monthly salary, the NCC chairman would top it up with additional $2000 to make it complete.

The 47-year-old coach is reported to have been handed the Porcupine Warriors dug out on time for the start of the Ghana Premier League season scheduled for December 28.

Konadu would be returning to the same side he guided to win the league in 2011 and would be expected to inspire the club to clinch the title once more.

He would be taking over the dug out with an improved CV having worked as assistant to Coach Kwasi Appiah at the Black Stars job as well as leading to Black Stars B side to win the WAFU competition hosted in Ghana in 2017.

He also emerged as the best coach at the 2019 WAFU competition which was hosted in Senegal after leading the team to win silver.

Caroline Wozniacki announces she will retire after Australian Open

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has announced she will retire after the Australian Open in January.

The 29-year-old is currently ranked 37th in the world and last competed in the China Open in October.

Wozniacki, who enrolled at Harvard Business School in September, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018.

However, the Dane says her retirement has “nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye”.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, the 2018 Australian Open champion says she plans to focus on her life away from tennis, including plans to start a family with her former Golden State Warriors player husband David Lee.

Wozniacki’s career includes 30 WTA singles titles, reaching world number one in 2010, a WTA Finals victory and competing in three Olympics.

“I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realised that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court,” she wrote.