Blue heart: “New” Chelsea a delight to watch- Essien

AC Milan midfielder Michael Essien has his say on Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premier League title.

Jose Mourinho’s side suffered their first loss in the Premier League this season when they went down 2-1 to the Magpies at St. James’ Park.

“It’s too early to say they are racing to the Premier League but they have put themselves in a good position. I am sure they know nothing is won in December so they will keep going till the end,” Essien said.

“It’s a totally different team [to our team] as we were a destructive team. We had some flair players but not as many as the current team, and what we did well was destroy teams and made sure you never had a sniff of a chance.”

He added: “This team will get there at some point but they are a delight to watch and I am sure Chelsea fans are loving their play.”

Mukunzi wins best bowler award at African tourney Blue

Rwanda’s Betty Mukunzi was named the best bowler at the just concluded ICC Africa U-19 girls’ tournament in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The medium pace bowler picked nine wickets at the continental showpiece against Botswana (three), Mozambique (three) Uganda (two) and Tanzania (one). It was Rwanda’s only award at the threeday competition.

Rwanda finished in fifth position with four points after two wins and three losses same as Botswana, however, the latter had a better net run rate of 0.1183 as compared to Rwanda’s -0.5562.

“The games were really tough but the girls worked hard. It was a very good competition for our young players,” explained Joshua Mwanja Rwanda’s head coach.

Rwanda defeated Botswana by five wickets and won against Mozambique by 19 runs but struggled against eventual champions Uganda losing by 16 runs.

Captain Sarah Uwera was Rwanda’s highest runs scorer with 43 while Marie Raphaella Ganimana (38), Diane Bimenyimana (33) and Egidie Uwimana added 21 runs.

Against Kenya in the opening game, a side Rwanda defeated at last year’s edition, the latter lost by 66 runs. The national side was also defeated by hosts Tanzania by five runs.

Despite losing to Botswana, Uganda retained the continental title, which they have won for five years in a row. Kenya finished in second place. Both had eight points but Uganda (1.6069) had a better net run rate that Kenya’s 1.0500.

Tanzania finished third while winless Mozambique was the sixth.

Minister Lauds Adidas

Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports, Hon. Vincent Oppong-Asamoah has praised global sports kit maker, adidas, for supporting Ghana’s sports development over the years.

He revealed that some of Ghana’s greatest accomplishments in football and other sporting disciplines on the world stage were achieved with the players wearing adidas jerseys.

The deputy minister made these remarks at the launch in Accra of adidas, the leading global sports retailer.

In attendance were former Black Stars skipper Rev. Osei Kofi, Coach Ibrahim Sunday and some Ghanaian celebrities.

Hon. Vincent Oppong- Asamoah, who was the guest of honour, said: ‘In the 1990s especially, the Black Stars were kitted by adidas and when Ghana made exploits on the world stage, when Samuel Osei Kuffour and his Black Starlets teammates won the FIFA Under-17 Championship in Italy 23 years ago, they did so wearing adidas’.

He recounted how Ghana became the first African country to win an Olympic medal, after the Black Meteors won bronze at the Barcelona Olympics.

‘Three years later, Coach Sam Arday led the Starlets to conquer the world wearing adidas jersey and boots.’

The Retail Director of adidas Africa, Warren Bowers said, ‘Ghana as one of Africa’s most stable governments, has witnessed a growing economy and increased spending power, with the Ghanaian consumer becoming more sophisticated and opting for quality consumer goods, now more than ever before. This has attracted many foreign retailers to Ghana, who view the current modern retail penetration levels as an opportunity to offer the Ghanaian consumer world class goods and services’.

The Nester square store opened for operation on Monday 1st December.

Tom Close puts up a spectacular performance

Dr Thomas Muyombo aka Tom Close wowed concert goers at Kigali Serena Hotel, as he launched two new albums- Ihogora and Isi.

Music lovers from all over Kigali turned up in big numbers to enjoy the concert that started at 6pm.

The concert started with energetic performances by some of the country’s talented musicians such as Gaby Umutware, Peace Jolis and Hope Irakoze, the winner of Tusker Project Fame season 6, (TPF6). Umutware hit the stage first, performing his single Ayo bavuga. He was followed by Peace who was backed by Sauti Band. Irakoze rocked the stage with his powerful voice before teaming up with Peace for a duet.

Kina Music artistes Christopher Muneza, Dream Boys and Knowless also delivered energetic performances. Donning traditional Rwandan outfit, Muneza performed two singles, Agatima and Babyumva, while the duo of Dream Boys sang Uzahahe uronke. The crowd danced and chanted along. With his stylish outfit, beautiful sound, Tom Close, as he is affectionately known, kept the crowd on its feet. He gave a lively and entertaining 45-minute performance before making way again for the curtain-raisers. Tom Close was backed by the Nyundo School of Arts’ (WDA) band and the dancers. Other highlights of the evening included a comedy performance by Gilles Julius Niyitejeka. The 17-year-old presented unique and exciting jokes. At some point, Niyitejeka mimicked show-biz personalities and left the audience in a rib cracking laughter

The Ndacyagukunda singer said he was delighted after staging a successful concert.

“We prepared for a month. I am grateful for the fans and artists and sponsors that helped. I wouldn’t have achieved much by myself. I always kept in touch with the fans and it has paid off,” he said.

The concert also featured performances by Jules Sentore, Mani Martin, Jean-Claude, Michel Ngabo, and Cyusa.

Tanzania’s Idris wins BBA (Hotshots), Ghana loses out again

After 63 days of living in a confined house, Tanzania’s Idris has emerged winner of this year’s Big Brother Africa (Hotshots) reality show.

He amassed the highest number of votes to beat seven other finalists, JJ (Zimbabwe), Tayo (Nigeria), Butterphly (Zimbabwe), Macky2 (Zambia), Sipe (Malawi), Nhlanhla (South Africa) and Ghana’s M’am Bea to the title.

Idris thus wins the jackpot prize of $300,000 and the title as winner of the shortest season of the reality show with featured 26 housemates.

The finale night kicked off with an impressive performance from some evicted housemates of this season’s show. After a recap of the final week and exciting moments of this year’s show, and also the housemates presenting their last task extravaganza performance, host of the show, IK got down to business.

Butterphly and M’am Bea saw their hopes of winning the money dashed as they became the first two of the final eight housemates to be evicted. M’am Bea’s eviction meant that Ghana has to again wait for another year to see if her dream of winning the reality show for the first time will ever come to pass.

Last year, Elikem Kumordzie became the first Ghanaian to reach the reality show’s finale. He emerged third in the Big Brother Africa (The Chase) reality show .

M’am Bea: I have done so well Ghana’s two representatives – Kacey Moore and M’am Bea – for this season’s show were selected to represent the country through a special audition in South Africa. Organizers, Endemol selected representatives for Ghana in South Africa due to challenges with visa acquisition by the four Ghanaians selected in the Accra auditions .

The decision to select the Ghanaian candidates from South Africa generated a huge public debate with many concluding that the country’s representative will not be Ghanaian enough.

But making it to finale, M’am Bea, in spite of losing out on the grand prize believes that she has done very well.

The 25-year-old Ghanaian fashion designer told IK after her eviction that: “I think I have done so well. One thing I can say is I thank God for bringing me this far.”

M’am Bea was known as the mother of the house for her tender caring love and her passion for cooking. This, she said is due to the fact that, she has “a caring heart” a trait she picked from her mother.

Housemates JJ, Sipe, Nhlanhla and Macky2 were evicted subsequently leaving Tanzania’s Idris and Nigeria’s Tayo having their eyes on the grand prize.

After those evictions, Tayo and Idris were asked to report to the Diary Room where Big Brother, in a bid to calm their nerves, had a chit-chat with them and wished them well.

In the midst of fireworks, the two remaining housemates were rushed to evictions stage in a stretch limo. When they appeared on stage, Tayo disclosed that if he emerges winner, he will use the money to pay his tithe and also pay the bride price of the woman in his life.

Idris, on the other hand said if he wins the money, “ I will give it back to Africa, since the money came from Africa,”

After a few nerve-racking moments, IK declared Idris as the winner of this season’s show and as soon as that declaration was made, other housemates rushed to hug and congratulate him.

A very elated Idris simply told IK “I’m exhausted. It’s been a long way.”

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