Ghana agrees to work with FIFA to tackle corruption in football

Ghana’s attorney general had taken steps towards dissolving the embattled Ghana Football Association (GFA) after an explosive documentary in June showed officials allegedly soliciting bribes worth mil

Following a threat by FIFA to ban Ghana, the government on Thursday reached a deal with the global football governing body to clean up football administration in the country, effectiving shelving plans to dissolve its graft-ridden football federation.



Ghana’s attorney general had taken steps towards dissolving the embattled Ghana Football Association (GFA) after an explosive documentary in June showed officials allegedly soliciting bribes worth millions of dollars.



FIFA countered that it would work with Ghana to tackle corruption but would not allow the GFA’s hasty liquidation.



Fruitful negotiations between FIFA, Ghana gov’t



FIFA president Gianni Infantino met a senior delegation from Accra on Thursday with both sides agreeing to “establish a normalisation committee to replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association,” a FIFA statement said.



The committee will be staffed by people with “integrity and competence,” it added.



“Satisfied with the above measures, the Government of Ghana shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association,” FIFA further said.



Ghana’s attorney general Gloria Akuffo had said it June that “urgent measures” were needed to protect the public against the GFA, which she described as “an instrument for self-aggrandisement by people who run it to make themselves rich.”



Ghana’s football fortunes



Football is massively popular in the West African nation.



The graft revelations within the GFA sent shockwaves through the country just before the start of the World Cup in Russia. Ghana had failed to qualify for the tournament.



But the Black Stars captured fans across Africa during a thrilling run to the quarter-finals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.



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Tennis player Rafael Nadal opens tennis academy in Mexico

The sports facility has eight tennis courts with surface of clay and lightning. It also comes with a paddle court, a gymnasium and a shop for sports clothing and other items.

World’s number two tennis player, Rafael Nadal on Monday opened a summer academy of tennis in an exclusive resort of Cancun in Mexico.

This new academy is an extension of Nadal’s tennis academy in his native Mallorca, the largest Balearic Islands in Spain.

“There is no better place than Mexico, it is a place where we feel good, we have been here for years and we know the region well. We had the opportunity to create here the first Rafa Nadal Tennis Center outside Mallorca, in this totally innovative complex’‘, Nadal said.

The sports facility has eight tennis courts with surface of clay and lightning. It also comes with a paddle court, a gymnasium and a shop for sports clothing and other items.

Nadal said one of the long term goals of the facility is to contribute to the development to tennis in Mexico.

The 32 year old Spanish tennis player will take part in the Mexican Tennis Open in the southern resort of Acapulco next week.

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Ethiopian runner, 19, shocked he smashed Guerrouj's 22-year record

He beat fellow country man Yomif Kejelcha, who Tefera said he expected to win the race having come close to the the mile world record last week.

Aged 19, Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera raced across the line in Birmingham to break a world indoor record over 1,500m but he says he did not even originally plan to partake in the event let alone break the record.

The record is one that dates back to 1997 when Moroccan middle-distance great Hicham El-Guerrouj ran the distance of 3:31.18, set in Stuttgart.

He told the BBC: ‘‘Let alone breaking the world record. I had not planned to participate before,’’ but he relishes the moment, ‘‘I am very happy. Words can’t express my happiness.’’

He beat fellow country man Yomif Kejelcha, who Tefera said he expected to win the race having come close to the the mile world record last week.

Tefera overtook his compatriot with 200m to go and finished in three minutes 31.04 seconds.
‘‘I was expecting Yomif [to win] too,” Samuel said. Kejelcha, who was undefeated indoors this year, clocked 3:31.58.

AFCON U-20: Mali crowned champions

Mali beats Senegal at the finals of the U- 20 AFCON in Niger to back home her first continental title for the category.

Mali beats Senegal at the finals of the U- 20 AFCON in Niger
to back home her first continental title for the category.

Liverpool, Juventus, Barcelona and Fc Bayern all take center stage as the journey to unseat Real Madrid as Europe’s best continues with the 16th finals of the Uefa Champions League.

Ahead of the 2019 Afcon Yannick Bolasie of the DR Congo seeks play time in Belgian top flight, we shall be getting his reaction at the end of his first game with his new employers.

Uganda's Kiplimo eyes slot at IAAF Championships in Denmark

« I cannot fear anyone, » says Uganda’s teenage star, Jacob Kiplimo ahead of World Cross-country Championships in Denmark.

Uganda is looking to their in-form teenage star Jacob Kiplimo to challenge for the World Cross-country Championships title in Denmark on March 30.

After beating his experienced counterparts like Joshua Cheptegei and Stephen Kiprotich at national level, Kiplimo is going for the title at the World Cross-Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark next month.

Kiplimo was unmatched over the 10km race in Tororo Eastern Uganda, beating his seniors to take the national cross-country title.

“The race was very fantastic. It was good,” Kiplimo enthused after the race.

In 2017, Kiplimo won the nation’s first-ever individual World cross-country gold on home soil. He recently won five races on the IAAF World Cross Country Permit and has matured into a world beater.

“I cannot fear anyone. It is how you prepare yourself for training. I cannot fear anyone as long as you are prepared.”

Beppe Picotti, Kiplimo’s Manager believes that he can do “really good things.”
“Also (the) Uganda team will be very strong and has a big challenge to win something important as a team at World Cross-country,” said Picottti.
From Tororo, 30 runners will enter residential camp and work with the national coaches to hit the desired grade for Denmark.

“We are going to work on more endurance, the stamina and the speed and flexibility. Once we get the speed, and you combine all those, you will see them flying,” Uganda Athletics Coach, Nalis Bugingo said.

While Uganda fine-tunes its stars, powerhouses Kenya and Ethiopia remain the teams to beat at the global stage.

Kaepernick reaches deal with NFL - Lawyer

He was unsigned as a free agent through the fall of the season after he opted out of a contract with the San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick, one of the most visible players to protest against racial injustice during the U.S. national anthem, has resolved grievances with the National Football League.

His attorney, Mark Geragos said via Twitter on Friday that the resolution was subject to a confidentiality agreement and so the team said there would be no further comment by either party.

Kaepernick, 31, filed a collusion grievance against NFL owners in October 2017.

He was unsigned as a free agent through the fall of the season after he opted out of a contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Since then, the former NFL quarterback has been unable to find a team to play for.

Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl game in 2013.

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