Monthly Archives: May 2014

Cycling administration usher in new leaders

The administration of the sport of cycling in this country has entered a new era following the election of a President, Vice, General Secretary, treasurer and three executive members to govern the Ghana Cycling Federation.

Incumbent President, Mohammed Sahnoon was retained unopposed at the association’s 2 delegates congress on Saturday as Teye Doku and Dennis Moore also went unopposed to become the Vice President and General Secretary, all on four year mandates.

Ali Umar is the treasurer after polling 14 votes to the seven of Sefa Bamfo for the only contested position whereas Hassan Musa, Amen Ametor and Nathaniel Agoe got elected as executive members, also all unopposed.

The new executives jump straight into action with the impending Commonwealth Games in July on the horizon. 3 officials are expected the 6-man cycling team that leaves Accra headed for neighbouring Ivory Coast for a 10-nation African tournament spearheading Commonwealth Games preparations.

Samuel Anim, Godwin Dzeha, Isaac Sackey, Anthony Boakye, Abdul Razak Umar and Aminu Mohammed will do battle for Ghana in Abidjan ahead of the Glasgow Games.

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Airtel Rising Stars tourney to start in July

This year’s edition of the annual Airtel Rising Stars will start at the end of next month and will run for over two months, according to Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa).

Over 100 teams have registered but Ferwafa is still veting all the players to make sure they fall within the required age group. Players eligible to compete in the tournament must be under the age of 17.

“We need to check their dates of birth because we want players of the right age, we don’t want old players because it has been happening in Rwanda for many years,” said Alloys Kanamugire, one of the members on the organising committee.

Kanamugire noted that it will be good to have players, who fall in the required age bracket to help the federation get players, who will feature for the national junior teams.

Two weeks ago, Rwanda held the Airtel-Arsenal football clinic which attracted 28 selected youngsters from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda.

The youngsters got a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the ‘Arsenal way of playing’. Arsenal football club legend Tony Adams was also in Kigali to inspire the players.

Daniel Sturridge to play with a smile on his face at World Cup

After an excellent season at Liverpool, in which Sturridge scored 21 Premier League goals, the 24-year-old looks certain to lead the frontline for his country alongside Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.

Roy Hodgson’s men have been drawn in Group D with Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica, and Sturridge intends to make the most of his first World Cup.

“I’m very excited,” he told Liverpool’s official website. “I think players wait their whole careers to have this opportunity to go to a World Cup and I’m one of those players.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to the training camps just as much as playing the first game. I’m going to soak up everything and be like a sponge when I’m out there, and just take everything in. “It’s important for me and the other players to understand that it’s a great occasion and to embrace it. I don’t feel there should be any form of pressure on us.

“It should be about enjoyment and about playing with smiles on our faces. I’m doing cartwheels and front-flips inside but I’m not going to show it.”

10-year-old Layola makes Olympiad chess team

Ten-year old Murara Umuhoza Layola defied odds to earn a slot on the national team which will represent Rwanda at the 41stWorld Chess Olympiad slated for August 1-15 in Tromso, Norway. Layola won the ladies’ chess tournament to book a place as Rwanda’s Board 1 member at the Olympiad later this year.

She finished top after a head to head contest with four other players to score 4.5 points out of 5. Other members of the women team include Christella Rugabira (4 points), Marie Faustine Shimwa and Monique Uwinkesha (3 points each) and Aline Niyonsaba with 2.5 points.

Layola, the youngest player in the squad will be making her debut in the main world tournament. Last year, she failed to qualify for the World Youth Chess Championship in United Arab Emirates after finishing second behind her 11-year elder brother Ian Murara Uwintwari who represented Rwanda at the Al Ain edition.

Like daughter like father, Maxence Murara the father to Layola also secured a national slot as he finished third, tied on seven points with Eugene Kagabo and Alain Patience Niyibizi to seal the national team slots.

Candidate master Godfrey Kabeera who won the men’s chess tournament after securing 12.5 points out of 14 and Alex Ruzigura who finished second with 8 points are the other members on the men’s team.

The ten chess players will now have to mentally prepare excellently with two months to go so as to register outstanding performance in Tromso.

Rwanda has previously participated in several Chess Olympiads but failed to impress – and the country is currently ranked 145th in World ranking behind regional giants Uganda at 105, Burundi at 128 and Kenya at 139.

Castro Promises Good Show @ ‘Ghana Meets Naija’ Concert

The 2014 Highlife Song of the Year award winner, Castro, has promised to give out his best at the much awaited ‘Ghana Meets Naija’ musical concert slated for May 24 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).

The hiplife artiste, who would leave no stone unturned in his bid to make the shows grand, disclosed that he would turn the venue upside down with an extraordinary performance.

He promised to make the event unique, adding that he would perform a number of his hit songs to entertain his numerous fans who would troop to the venue.

The ‘Odo Pa’ hit-maker, who would be performing alongside his Ghanaian artistes like Sarkodie, Guru, Lil win, Shatta Wale and a host of Ghanaian icons said in a chat with BEATWAVES that ‘over the years, I have never disappointed my fans, and this event will not be different. This will be my second time of performing at this event and I want to use this opportunity to tell my fans to come to the event in their numbers and catch a maximum fun.

‘I’m ready to unleash an extraordinary performance on the night; one that my fans have never witnessed before,’ he said.

‘Ghana Meets Naija’, an event powered by Empire Entertainment has been rated as a major concert in West Africa which, on a yearly basis, brings on one stage, star artistes from Nigeria and Ghana to doll out outstanding performances.

Nigerian superstars such as Davido, Kcee Wizboyy of ‘Wizolingo’ fame and a few others would represent Nigeria at this year’s event.

The organiser of the event, Bola Ray, also promised that the event which is in its fourth edition of the event would be nothing less than spectacular performances and an absolutely exciting show.

The 4th edition of ‘Ghana Meets Naija’ is proudly sponsored by the nations’ leading telecommunication network, MTN, with support from Unibankthe official sponsor of the Black Stars, and other sponsors such as Smirnoff, Vodka, Africa World Airlines, Oak Plaza Hotel and Atlas Rent A Car.