Arsenal reject Wolves’ bid of below £20m for Ainsley Maitland-Niles

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Aug 2020 9:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Maitland-Niles claimed his first piece of silverware with the FA Cup win (Picture: Getty Images)As Arteta plots his summer overhaul, there are many in the squad that could make way to raise funds for further incoming signings.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners have a plethora of defenders on their books, with Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares and the injured Calum Chambers all able to play in the right-back position, where Maitland-Niles has mostly been deployed.According to the Athletic’s David Ornstein, Wolves tested the waters with an offer below £20 million for Maitland-Niles, which was swiftly rejected by Arsenal as they are looking for a higher price.Other interested parties are circling, with two clubs in Germany said to be preparing to launch bids for the England youth international.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMaitland-Niles’ versatility is a great asset, with the Gunners academy product able to play at right-back, left-back and in midfield.Despite the rumours surrounding his future, he featured in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over MK Dons on Tuesday, their first pre-season friendly match ahead of the upcoming 2020/21 campaign.MORE: Arsenal rebuff Monaco approach for Emile Smith Rowe with Mikel Arteta keen to work with midfielderMORE: Arsenal in the running to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare with Manchester United also interestedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Comment Advertisement The defender has attracted much interest (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have reportedly rebuffed Wolves’ offer of below £20 million for defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles, with other clubs also lining up bids.The 22-year-old joined Arsenal’s academy at the age of six and has risen through the ranks, becoming a key part of Mikel Arteta’s first team squad.Despite some early concerns over his work rate when the ex-Manchester City coach first took the job, Maitland-Niles stormed back to play pivotal roles in FA Cup wins over Manchester City in the semis and again in the final against Chelsea. Arsenal reject Wolves’ bid of below £20m for Ainsley Maitland-Niles Advertisementlast_img read more

Restored replica of Swiss chalet on the market complete with sauna

first_img80 Lowry Crt NeranwoodThe three-level cedar home overlooks the green hills and valleys of Mudgeeraba and according to RE/MAX Regency agent Taya Rich the property is a replica of the original owners house in Switzerland. “The house was built by a Swiss man and is identical to his chalet in Switzerland,” Mrs Rich said.“He lovingly recreated his house here on the Gold Coast so he wouldn’t get home sick.” 80 Lowry Crt is a little bit of Switzerland on the CoastTHE hills of the Gold Coast are alive with the sound of Switzerland in this chalet perched high on the Hinterland.Named after a Swiss village, the 1980s Grindalwald manor at 80 Lowry Crt is on the market for offers over $899,000. 80 Lowry Crt NeranwoodTimber features extensively throughout the house, with a kitchen that exudes cedar from top-to-bottom and a fireplace in the living room which soars 20m. Retro-style furniture including splashes of orange and blue combines with the timber to and creates an 80s flashback. 80 Lowry Crt NeranwoodThe property has been landscaped, the house repainted and the roof reappointed with its terracotta tiles restored.“An 83-year-old woman was living it and although she took care of it, the lantana was out of control and the curtains and plumbing needed upgrading,” Mrs Carrano said.“It was one of those homes where you had to understand the true beauty of it to really live in.“The wood work is magnificent. It is a real treasure.‘It was too good to rent out and we have been reluctant to sell it.“We haven’t got around to putting the pool in.” center_img 80 Lowry Crt NeranwoodThe home is poised on 3.38 ha and features a timber deck which frames the view of the green valley.A spa bath and sauna are some of the standout features. 80 Lowry Crt NeranwoodThe property was originally purchased by its Swiss maker for $62,000 in 1987. Owner Paris Carrano bought the home two years ago and said she and her father restored it back to its original integrity. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“Our family lived on the mountain at Neranwood and our house overlooked the chalet,” Mrs Carrano said.“We have been fixated on the deisgn since we laid eyes on it.“When it came on the market we had to have it.”last_img read more

Six IOC Women and Sport Awards winners revealed

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the winners of its six Women and Sport Awards, with one a world award and the others each representing one of the five Olympic regions. “Barriers are barriers if you let them be barriers to yourself,” the Australian said. “I believe that all of us, no matter our gender, no matter where we are, should just try to be the best person that you can be, and achieve and maximise whatever opportunities you’ve been given.” There will be a ceremony later in the year where the winners will collect their awards. We are so excited to hear that we were awarded the 2020 IOC Women and Sport Awards World Trophy. https://www.olympic.org/news/six-gender-equality-advocates-announced-as-winners-of-the-ioc-women-and-sport-awards-2020 … Salima Souakri, the first Algerian and Arab woman to compete in Judo at the Olympics, won the award for Africa. Having fought in four Olympic Games, she is now a member of the International Judo Federation’s Gender Equity Committee and a United Nations Children’s Fund Goodwill Ambassador. “This prize is a prize for women and sport of which I am so very proud,” Souakri said. Canada’s Dr Guylaine Demers, who chairs women’s studies research at Laval University in Quebec, won the Americas award. She co-founded the Conversations on Women in Sport conference in 2015 and is President of Égale-Action – Quebec’s Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport – as well as being involved in Sport Canada and the Federal Minister of Sport’s groups working on the roles women and girls play in sport. The European award went to Else Trangbæk. Having been the first woman to represent Denmark in gymnastics, she is now a university professor, a well-known voice in Danish sport and a regular advocate for the role women play in it. “The fight for equality is about gender, it is about class, it is about ethnicity,” Trangbæk said. Kim Jin-ho, the South Korean archer who won a bronze medal at Los Angeles 1984, received the Asian award following work advocating for better female representation within national governing bodies. She is additionally the founder of the Myeong-goong Council, a body giving free archery lessons and scholarships to children, many of whom are girls. Finally, Kitty Chiller was Oceania’s winner. Currently chief executive of Gymnastics Australia, Chiller was the country first female Chef de Mission for Rio 2016 and formerly competed in modern pentathlon. “Barriers are barriers if you let them be barriers to yourself,” the Australian said. Read Also:IOC approves new Tokyo 2020 qualification system for sport climbing “I believe that all of us, no matter our gender, no matter where we are, should just try to be the best person that you can be, and achieve and maximise whatever opportunities you’ve been given.” There will be a ceremony later in the year where the winners will collect their awards. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Shows That Overstayed Their Welcome2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Best Cars Of All TimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets The awards were given out just before International Women’s Day, which is tomorrow. Skateistan, a non-profit organisation using skateboarding and education to improve the lives of children, especially young girls, won the global award. More than 2,500 children in Cambodia, South Africa and Afghanistan have been reached by Skateistan programmes. “It was amazing when girls stepped on a skateboard because they didn’t ride bicycles, they didn’t play volleyball and they didn’t play football,” said Skateistan founder Oliver Percovich. “They weren’t allowed to do those things because they were seen as activities for boys, and skateboarding was new so it didn’t have these societal rules that said that girls couldn’t do it.” The IOC Women in Sport Commission chose the winners, with President Thomas Bach saying the IOC was “celebrating their great contributions in a year in which the Olympic Games will be gender balanced for the first time”. We are so excited to hear that we were awarded the 2020 IOC Women and Sport Awards World Trophy. https://www.olympic.org/news/six-gender-equality-advocates-announced-as-winners-of-the-ioc-women-and-sport-awards-2020 … Salima Souakri, the first Algerian and Arab woman to compete in Judo at the Olympics, won the award for Africa. Having fought in four Olympic Games, she is now a member of the International Judo Federation’s Gender Equity Committee and a United Nations Children’s Fund Goodwill Ambassador. “This prize is a prize for women and sport of which I am so very proud,” Souakri said. Canada’s Dr Guylaine Demers, who chairs women’s studies research at Laval University in Quebec, won the Americas award. She co-founded the Conversations on Women in Sport conference in 2015 and is President of Égale-Action – Quebec’s Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport – as well as being involved in Sport Canada and the Federal Minister of Sport’s groups working on the roles women and girls play in sport. The European award went to Else Trangbæk. Having been the first woman to represent Denmark in gymnastics, she is now a university professor, a well-known voice in Danish sport and a regular advocate for the role women play in it. “The fight for equality is about gender, it is about class, it is about ethnicity,” Trangbæk said. Kim Jin-ho, the South Korean archer who won a bronze medal at Los Angeles 1984, received the Asian award following work advocating for better female representation within national governing bodies. She is additionally the founder of the Myeong-goong Council, a body giving free archery lessons and scholarships to children, many of whom are girls. Finally, Kitty Chiller was Oceania’s winner. Currently chief executive of Gymnastics Australia, Chiller was the country first female Chef de Mission for Rio 2016 and formerly competed in modern pentathlon.last_img read more

Duke Energy provides update on progress to close coal ash basins

first_imgPlainfield, In. — Duke Energy today provided an update on the strong progress to permanently and safely close all the company’s remaining coal ash basins.The scope and scale of the company’s work to close 56 basins at 21 plants continues to move forward. Highlights of the progress include:More than 7 million work hours were logged in 2018 by expert teams focused on basin closure, demonstrating the company’s commitment to safely managing coal ash.Work to prepare basins for closure is underway across the fleet. By early 2019, the company will stop sending ash and wastewater to nearly all basins, well in advance of state and federal requirements. To accomplish this, the company constructed dry bottom ash handling systems, lined water treatment basins and new lined retention basins at a number of operating coal plants.Ash has been excavated from seven basins at the Asheville plant (Asheville, N.C.), Rogers Energy Complex (Mooresboro, N.C.), W.S. Lee facility (Belton, S.C.), Cayuga Generating Station (Cayuga, Ind), Gibson Generating Station (Owensville, Ind), and Gallagher Generating Station (New Albany, Ind).In the coming months, excavation will be completed at seven additional basins at the Dan River facility (Eden, N.C.), Riverbend Steam Station (Mount Holly, N.C.), Sutton Energy Complex (Wilmington, N.C.) and East Bend Station (Boone Co., KY). Approximately 22 million tons of ash have been excavated since basin closure began in recent years, with more than 5 million tons moved in 2018 alone.A vital step in closure is to remove the free water from the basins, which will happen at both excavated and capped facilities. That process is underway at many locations and is the most effective step in improving groundwater quality. In addition, the company has begun work to determine additional corrective actions to improve groundwater, and it will monitor groundwater for decades to ensure that the environment remains well protected.Company responds to Southern Environmental Law CenterAll utilities in the country are required to release information related to mandatory groundwater testing at their respective plants.Information posted to the company’s Coal Combustion Residuals rule compliance page shows that, in many cases, groundwater near the edges of ash basins does not meet federal standards, as expected. It is important to note that these are not drinking water well samples and the broader body of evidence tells us that drinking water around Duke Energy facilities remains well-protected from plant operations.In a December 18 news release, the Southern Environmental Law Center knowingly mischaracterizes yet another step in a comprehensive regulatory process to mislead the public. Despite the group’s false claims, the company is in full compliance with the federal law.The results the company posted are consistent with historic and ongoing sampling being conducted by the company and submitted to regulators over many years. The information is intended to help inform closure decisions, but Duke Energy has already made that commitment and the company is well down the path to safely closing all ash basins in ways that protect people and the environment.last_img read more

BCCI invites applications for men’s head coach

first_img(REUTERS) – India’s cricket board (BCCI) yesterday invited applications for the position of head coach and support staff for the men’s side, with incumbent Ravi Shastri and his team given automatic entry in the recruitment process.The contract of the current coaching staff is set to expire after the tour of the West Indies starting August 3, where India play three T20 internationals, three ODIs and two Tests.In a statement, BCCI said it was inviting applications for the positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach as well as an administrative manager.Former India all-rounder Shastri was appointed in 2017 and succeeded former captain Anil Kumble, who stepped down after falling out with skipper Virat Kohli despite a successful run while in charge of the team.Under Shastri’s guidance, India won a maiden Test series in Australia earlier this year and are ranked number one in the world in the format.They also reached the semi-finals of the 50-over World Cup where they were beaten by eventual runners-up New Zealand.last_img read more

Syracuse rugby plagued by injuries, misses out on postseason

first_img Published on October 29, 2014 at 12:04 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse sophomore captain Angus Bishop never leaves the field willingly. When a head-on collision with a Binghamton opponent left him stumbling and slow to get up, he wanted to keep playing.But with the Hammerheads fighting for a spot in the Empire Rugby Conference championships, Bishop did not want a potential concussion ruining his team’s chance to make the biggest game of the season.“I didn’t need to come off,” Bishop said. “I was a bit groggy when I got up and I stumbled over a bit and kind of fell back down but after that I was fine.”Despite his protests, Bishop was taken out for the remainder of the game, a 44-13 loss that all but shattered SU’s chances of winning the division.Along with Bishop, many of the Hammerheads have suffered the injury bug, with four upperclassmen being sidelined at some point in the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We sort of gave up on ourselves a little bit in the middle of games,” said junior second row Jack Faure, who was one of four upperclassmen that missed time due to injury. “We didn’t come out strong in a lot of games offensively and that killed us for the rest of the game.”Along with Faure, who missed two weeks due to a shoulder injury, senior flyhalf Raf Stit missed two games with an ankle injury, junior second row Dan Colantonio was out for the year with a leg injury and senior prop Brad Orr missed a game with a rotator cuff injury.Though some only missed a few games, the season is just six games long and each game is vital to make it to the championship. And those injuries might prove to be too much to overcome.One of the biggest losses was Stit, who as halfback ran the offense for the Hammerheads, who did not have a go-to replacement for him when he was injured in a preseason matchup.“Without (Stit) it was really tough,” Faure said. “It pretty much killed our entire offense without him.”To make up for gap at halfback, head coach Bob Wilson brought up sophomore Alex Sadler from the Hammerheads’ B-side and split play-calling duties between him and freshman wing Eddie McCarthy until Stit returned.Both players had previous rugby experience, with Sadler playing for SU’s B-side and McCarthy with powerhouse Xavier (New York) High School’s varsity rugby team, but a lack of familiarity with the Hammerheads’ offense showcased itself early, getting shut out in two of its first three games.His teammates’ injuries compelled Bishop to play through his own injury problems, but even he couldn’t stay on the field all the time. Along with the head injury against Binghamton, Bishop also sustained a shoulder injury in the previous game against Brockport that sidelined him for the remaining minutes.As SU has learned the hard way this season, the threat of injury is always present in rugby, a contact sport that lacks the pads and helmets of similarly physical sports such as lacrosse and football.“I don’t think you could find a contact sport where people could go through a whole season without being injured,” Bishop said. “I think it’s just the nature of the games that we play.” Commentslast_img read more

Football: Wisconsin battles Minnesota for Big Ten West crown, bragging rights in marquee matchup

first_imgThe No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) travel to Minneapolis Saturday to face the No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-1, 7-1) with the Big Ten West title and a possible Rose Bowl appearance on the line.The Badgers have the No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes to thank for the importance of this matchup, as the Hawkeyes ended the Gophers’ bid for an undefeated season with a 23–19 victory at home.If the Badgers didn’t have enough to play for already, Minnesota came into Madison a year ago and ended the Badgers’ 14-game win streak between the two rivals with a dominant 37–15 victory. The all-time series between these two schools now stands deadlocked at 60-60-8, so the winner of Saturday’s matchup will take home Paul Bunyan’s Axe with more than just bragging rights over their rival.It’s rivalry week, the axe is on the line and the winner goes on to face No. 2 The Ohio State University Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship. What more could you ask for?Football: Minnesota takes Paul Bunyan’s Axe on Badgers’ home turf in 37–15 lossThe University of Wisconsin football team (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) Read…Here’s how Head Coach Paul Chryst’s Badgers match up against Head Coach P.J. Fleck’s Golden Gophers.The two teams enter the matchup with nearly identical numbers on both sides of the football, with Minnesota gaining 431.8 yards per game on offense and allowing 300.1 ypg while the Badgers are averaging 442.3 ypg on offense and giving up 270.3 ypg on defense.With these two teams coming into the game with similar numbers on both sides of the football, where do the advantages and disadvantages lie?Both teams have NFL talent on both sides of the football, but what does differ between the two units, though, is where that talent can be found.Football: Wisconsin pulls away late, defeats Purdue in final home game of 2019The University of Wisconsin football team (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) defeated the Purdue Boilermakers (4-7, 3-5) in the final home Read…The Badgers, as everyone knows, boast NFL-caliber offensive linemen and the best running back in the nation in Jonathan Taylor.For the Gophers, conversely, that talent can be found on the outside.Fleck’s offensive unit is built around sophomore quarterback Tanner Morgan, someone who comes into Saturday’s game with just under 2700 yards, 26 touchdowns and a completion percentage just under 68%. Morgan is surrounded by a top-end receiving core, including NFL-bound players in Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman.Johnson and Bateman make Morgan’s job under center easy, and they come into Saturday with a combined tally of 117 catches for 2048 yards and 20 touchdowns. For perspective, the Badgers’ top receiving option Quintez Cephus enters Saturday with 40 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns. The defenses, again, enter Saturday with similar yardage numbers. What does differentiate the two units, though, are their interception and fumble numbers and how often each team gets to the opposing quarterback.Football: Three takeaways and some leftovers from Wisconsin’s win over PurdueThe No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) finished their 2019 home schedule undefeated Saturday with a decisive 45–24 Read…Fleck’s defense enters Saturday with 14 interceptions — half of which are recorded by defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. alone — and just three fumble recoveries.The Badgers, on the other hand, have recorded nine interceptions but have recovered eight fumbles.With each unit getting their turnovers via different methods but each having forced the same number of total turnovers, where does the Badgers’ defensive advantage lie? The answer is seen with how often each team pressures the opposing quarterback.The Gophers have sacked the opposing quarterback just 26 times this season. The Badgers, thanks to 20.5 alone from Chris Orr and Zack Baun, have recorded 38.The game being played in Minnesota will no doubt give an advantage to the Gophers. But in the end, the game will be decided by which team’s big-time players make big-time plays.For the Badgers, if Taylor and the offensive line dictate the game on offense and Orr and Baun disrupt Morgan’s rhythm on defense, they will come away with a victory.For the Gophers, if Johnson and Bateman dominate the Badgers’ secondary and Winfield is able to turn Jack Coan over, they will keep the axe in Minneapolis.Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday and will be televised on ABC in the biggest game of the season for both teams.last_img read more

Syracuse stays No. 32 in ITA rankings, multiple individual rankings change

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (10-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) stayed at No. 32 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Gabriela Knutson moved two spots up to No. 40 in singles, while her doubles partner, Miranda Ramirez, dropped to No. 90. As a doubles pairing, the two moved down one spot to No. 71.The Orange finally stabilized after dropping in rankings every week after reaching program-record No. 10 on Jan. 30. They went 3-1 on their last road trip before winning two of their three games during Syracuse’s spring break. Most recently, SU lost to then-No. 15 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, its last away game before a five-game home stand.Since the last singles rankings, Knutson has two ranked wins and one, three-set-unranked loss. Her 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 win against then-No. 101 Natalie Novotna was part of a 6-1 Syracuse win against Virginia Tech. She was one of two singles players, along with Ramirez, to win on Sunday against the Demon Deacons. She beat No. 46 Emma Davis in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.Ramirez moved down to No. 90 from No. 77 despite being unbeaten in her last four matches. She hasn’t played a ranked opponent since Jessica Failla of Pepperdine on Feb. 8, though, but remains 2-0 against such opponents this season. SU head coach Younes Limam moved her to the No. 2 singles slot on Sunday. It’s a spot she played while Sofya Golubovskaya was out with injury earlier this year, going 3-1 in that stretch.In their last three matches since the last doubles rankings, Knutson and Ramirez have won two, but lost against the only ranked opponent they faced, 7-6 (10-8). After an up-and-down start to the season, the top Syracuse pairing went unbeaten from Feb. 10 to March 15.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on March 19, 2019 at 3:56 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder center_img Commentslast_img read more

GFA is a Mafia Group – MP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Asante Akyem North in the Asante Region, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, has described the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as being made up of “a bunch of mafia group who are satisfying their own parochial interest.”The MP told Today that, Ghana football would have reached greater and better heights if certain untoward behaviours of some GFA executive members are curtailed.He took a swipe at the GFA president, Mr. Akwasi Nyantakyi, whom he said has taken over too many positions in Ghana football adding that “Mr. Nyantakyi must relinquish some of his positions to other persons to hold for he is not the only intelligent person to run Ghana football.”The MP who is also a member of Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) blamed the GFA president for Ghana’s poor performance in the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in South Africa, saying “the GFA management headed by Mr. Nyantakyi manipulated the technical team to the extent of influencing Coach Akwasi Appiah in player selection.”A trend he said “has gone on for some time but the GFA always turn around to blame the technical team when failures occur.”According to him, “Mr. Nyantakyi is not a good leader. There are many question marks about him as chairman of the Black Stars management team.” The MP chided the GFA for suggesting that the technical team of the Black Stars would be augmented after their abysmal show in the 2013 AFCON. According to him, “that means more money to pay more people and that is a financial loss to the country. The GFA spent GH¢300 million in excess of its budget in only the last quarter of 2012, but had nothing good to show for.”The MP, who is also a media consultant and highly tipped as a ranking member for youth and sports proposed that “the old chips at the GFA are causing problems. Let all Ghanaians check the Black Stars management team. Urgent overhauling is needed there before they finally kill football in Ghana.”KwasiNyantakyi, GFA PresidentHon. BaahAgyemang stressed that, the reason Andre DedeAyew and his younger brother gave as “taking a temporal leave from the black stars is a harsh one and a very big blow to the Black Stars.“This is the time Ghana needs the Ayews most to augment the team judging from the team’s poor performance in the AFCON tournament in South Africa.” According to him, beneath the temporal resignation letters, the Ayews have detected an orchestration by the GFA to push them out from the Black Stars.He pointed out two possible reasons why the Ayews were not added to the team. He said “prior to the AFCON 2013, there was a recording to the effect that the GFA, the technical and the management teams of the Black Stars would show AbediAyew Pele where power lies and that the Black Stars can succeed without his children.“Secondly, it might also be revenge from Coach Akwasi Appiah against Abedi Pele. This is when in Senegal 1992 AFCON, the former’s captainship was taken from him and given to the latter on the grounds of AkwasiAppiah’s inability to speak French.”The MP for Asante Akyem North noted that the Black Stars could have easily won the 2013 AFCON in South Africa if the coach had added the Ayew brothers and other experienced players who are in top form to the team.He said the reasons the coach gave in excluding the Ayews were “unjustifiable.” saying, “The coach’s reason that Jordan was not called because of football reasons was flimsy. Also Dede’s exclusion from the team because he said he could not arrive in camp on the day he was asked to, but a day later was also unconvincing.” He cited the days when Abedi Pele was flown from Europe to camp in a chartered flight few days to a match to buttress his point.“The GFA must know that God blessed every individual with special talents, thus trying to settle scores with the Ayews or any good player is detrimental to the whole country.” he advised.“The coach must also know that all the players do not come from the same background. Some of them are the street boys and the coach should know how to handle them.” the MP concluded. read more

Blog: Ghana Premier League Transfer Deadline as and how it happened

first_img00:20: GOODNIGHT EVERYONE!That is all for Joy Sports coverage. The biggest transfer today was Samudeen Ibrahim joining Hearts and Eric Bekoe joining Hasaacas.  We will bring you the full list of teams as and when we get them. Until then enjoy your night!!00:11: DENIALWinger Emmanuel Gyamfi has denied a move to Medeam00:05: NO MOVEMENTNo movement by Nathaniel Asamoah. 23:59 TIME’S UP*BELL RINGS* Time is up! Time is up! Ghana’s first ever transfer deadline day is up23:56 BOAMPONG SPEAKSPhilip Boampong has spoken to Aseda FM in Takoradi. He denies signing for Hasaacas but does not rule out a move. 23:50: TIME’S TICKING9 minutes more. Teams should be rounding up23:45: DONE DEAL:Berekum Chelsea have snared youngster Jabila Abdul Karim23:40 PRETTY QUIET It seems quiet on all fronts now. Are all the administrators behind their laptop?23:22: NAT ASAMOAH IS NOT ASLEEPTalks between Nathaniel Asamoah and Hearts have intensified. Can they strike a deal before the deadline?23: 05 HAYFORD IS A SON OF KWEIMANDreams FC have completed the signing of former Hearts midfielder Emmanuel Hayford. He joins on a three year deal. 22:59: ONE HOUR TO GOOne hour to go. Any last minute drama? Will any fax machine prove stubborn?22:07 DONE DEALDreams FC have signed Abbey Agbohzie from Ho Hunters. 21:59 NEWS ON TOUREFooty Ghana is reporting some news on Toure.21:45 DONE DEAL:Dreams FC have completed the signing of Prosper Donkor 21:30: DONE DEALHearts have completed the signing of Olympics forward Agbeshie Dotse on a two year deal.21:05 HEARTS CHASING ASAMOAHHearts are trying to lure Nathaniel Asamoah. Will he be interested in signing for the Phobians?20:30 DONE DEALBechem United have completed the signing of former Kotoko defender Akwasi Acheampong.20:15: FALSEOur man Ghale Salem has personally spoken to Moro Abubakr. According to the former Hearts captain he was contacted by ALhaji Akanbi to report for training without any contractual talks. He hasn’t ruled out a move to the Phobians since he is a free agent.20:06 DONE DEALWAFA SC have completed the signing Mighty Jets striker Ibrahim Tanko who had been on trial at the academy side.19:37 HOAXGhanasoccernet reports local Black Stars hero Joel Femeyeh is in France chasing a deal. Earlier reports claimed he was on the verge of signing for Asante Kotoko.19:00 DONE DEALMedeama have announced the signing of former All Stars defensive midfielder James Akaminko on a two-year deal.Akaminko, the junior brother of Ghana international Jerry Akaminko, is expected to bolster the squad ahead of the side’s busy schedule this season.18:56 WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES….ANOTHER DOOR OPENSSacked Hearts of Oak defender has penned a deal with Sekondi Hasaacas.18:21 DONE DEALAshantigold have completed the signing of defender Daniel Addo.18:19 ALL HEARTS AT THE MOMENTGhanasoccernet reports Moro Abubakar’s return to Hearts of Oak is imminent as the midfielder is on the verge of agreeing a deal with the Phobians.18:14  CONFIRMED SIGNINGSDespite all the names being throw around, Frank Akwasi Agyam can confirm only 8 players signed by Hearts of Oak. They are; Mustapha Essuman, Cosmos Dauda, Richard Akrofi (pictured below), Musah Ibrahim, Kennedy Appiah, Samuel Akurugu, Evans Gbeti, Samudeen Ibrahim.17:56 BOMBSHELL!Frank Akwasi Agyam reports a bombshell. According to him, talented holding midfielder Ebenezer Adjei’s dream of playing for Hearts could be shortlived. According to Frank,the player has failed a meical…17:55 CLARIFICATIONFrank Akwasi Agyam is back and he reports Hearts of Oak have signed Samudeen Ibrahim for GHC 25000 and not GHC 60000 as reported in the media.17:47 DONE DEALGhanasoccernet is reporting former Dwarfs and Inter Allies defender Faisal Gariba has signed for New Edubiase17:32 MORE FROM AKWASI AGYAMFrank is also reporting Hearts strategic management team are currently docked up in a crucial meeting to finalize some new signings. Will Ahmed Toure be part?17:30 REVEALEDOur man Frank Akwasi Agyam is getting warmed up as we reach the business end of the day. He reports Joshua Otoo’s reported move to Hearts fell through due to disagreement in payment. The Phobians were offering something relatively low.17:16 FAILED ITCOur man Frank Akwasi Agyam has reported Alfred Nelson’s move to Ashantigold has fallen thorugh. The former Liberty Professionals defender failed the seal the deal after a problem with his ITC from his club in Kuwait.17:12: BACK ON TRACK? Asante Kotoko are reportedly closing in on Local Black Stars hero Joel Fameyeh. The deal fell through a few months ago. Can Duncan add Fameyeh to his fearsome side?16:59 HASMAL GET BUSYGhanasoccernet reports Former Egyptian Premier League goal king Ernest Papa Akoh and Fatau Mohammed will also join Eric Bekoe at Hasaacas before the transfer deadline on Wednesday.16:22 ROMEO AGBAN JOINS DWARFSFormer Hearts of Oak attacking midfielder has joined new entrants Ebusua Dwarfs. Agban joins the Cape Coast side on a three year deal.16:15 MEDEAMA EYE WINGERMedeama SC are in talks with former Wa All Stars winger Emmanuel Gyamfi for a possible move transfer window shuts.15:37 MORE FROM BEKOE’S POTENTIAL MOVE TO HASMAL…Ghanasoccernet reports Eric Bekoe has told friends he has only agreed terms with Hasaacas but want firm assurances from the club chairman.15:20 ROLL CALL…WHERE IS AHMED TOURE?Ahmed Toure has been missing from all Kotoko squads this pre-season. Reports indicate he reported late for pre-season camp, others say he is nowhere to be found. Earlier last week Hearts PRO Kwame Opare Addo expressed interest in the Ivorian. Is there something behind the scenes or should we take this with a pinch of salt?`15:12 KOTOKO LEAD NAT RACEGhanasoccernet has revealed Asante Kotoko are leading the race to sign former striker Nathaniel Asamoah. Will he make a dramatic return to Kotoko?14:59 PRUNING Hearts of Oak have released striker Gerald Odupong Wellington and defender Hamza Fuseini.14:45 HEARTS CAPTURE KEEPERHearts of Oak have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Sylvannus Evans Gbeti from division one side Cornerstone FC. The 22-year-old has signed a 3-year deal with the Phobians13:39 KOFI THE GONER?2014/2015 goal king Kofi Owusu has reportedly left Cheslea for a stint abroad. The striker is currently in Egypt where he is undrgoing trials.Is the Premier League going to lose their top goalscorer for the fourth consecutive season?13:19 COULD THIS BE TRUE?Reports have emerged from Sekondi that striker Eric Bekoe is on the verge of signing for Sekondi Hasaacas. The former Kotoko man was heavily linked to an Accra club.  How true are these reports? We will bring you updates as and when we get them.12:58 WHERE IS HAYFORD HEADED?Ghanasoccernet reports Emmanuel Hayford likely to join Dreams FC before transfer deadline. The midfielder was released by Hearts of Oak. He was accused of faking injury and not up for the Phobian cause.12:28 KADRI MOHAMMED STAYING PUTKadri Mohammed is set to stay at Ashantigold despite putting in a transfer request earlier on in the window. The midfielder trained with the Miners yesterday and is expected to feature in their upcoming Champions League campaign.12:23: HASMAL SET FOR DOUBLE SWOOPSekondi Hasaacas are set to complete the double registration of former King Faisal midfielder George Ekow Annan and former Hearts of Oak midfielder James Bissue,GazzettaGhana.11:59 TWELVE HOURS TO GOTwelve hours to go to the end of the Ghanaian transfer window. Kotoko are arguably the biggest spenders and winners in this window so far. The Porcupines have signed as many as 12 players. Notable names are Bennet Ofori,Samuel Kyere and Richard Osei Agyeman from berekum Chelsea, Kwame Boateng(pictured below) from Olympics, Edwin Tuffour Gyimah from Liberty and Theophilus Nyame from Hasaacas.11:41 EDUBIASE SEAL ANOTHER STRIKERNew Edubiase have completed the signing of Abdul Wahab from BA United. The striker was one of the brightest spots in the Sunyani side who were relegated last season. Wahab is expected to add goals to the side.11:20 LATIF SET FOR EDUBIASEFormer Kotoko striker Latif Amadu is set to join New Edubiase.The striker was released on a free by Kotoko at the end of last season and he is set to replace the goals of Nuhu Fuseini.11:05 WHERE IS JOEL FAMEYEH?Asokwa Depotivo striker Joel Fameyeh had been in the news after his exploits with the local Black Stars and his goals for Asokwa Deportivo in last season’s division one league. Interest have however cooled in recent months. Could a team grab the goal poacher these last few hours?11:01 AKROFI REPLACEMENTWa All Stars have moved to replaced Richard Akrofi with the signing of defender Isaaku Kunda from Asokwa Deportivo. Kunda joins for an undisclosed fee.10:54 CONFIRMED!As reported an hour ago, AshantiGold have completed the signing of Emmanuel Nti Mensah, Godfred Rockson and Frederick Quayson.10:40 DANIEL ADDO BACK HOME?Ghanasoccernet are reporting AshantiGold are set to sign former King Faisal defender and 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup winner Daniel Addo.10:23: DONE DEALTechiman City have completed the signing of former Kotoko striker Stephen Manu. The lanky striker joins the potential new entrants on a year one deal.10:09: MORE FROM THE PHOBIAN CAMPImmortal Agyarkwah Acheampong expects more movement in the Hearts camp.He reports the Phobians may sign unattached Eric Bekoe, Isaac Osae of Lions and Bismark Idan of Edubiase if all they agree to their terns and conditions.10:01: INTER ALLIES REGISTER DUOGhanasoccernet reports Inter Allies have completed the registration of duo Paul Abanga, defender from Windy Professionals and Prince Baffoe on a free transfer after leaving Asante Kotoko.09:52: CHAMPIONS MAGIC?League champions Ashantigold have had a relatively quiet pre-season but are set to make a triple swoop for Emmanuel Nti Mebsah, Godfred Rockson and Freddie Quayson. Do they have enough funds to complete these deals? Time will tell.09:50 U-TURNWe reported earlier Joshua Otoo is on the verge of signing for Hearts of Oak but the left back has refused to agree to the payment conditions and is likely to start the season as a free agent.09:30: BIG SIGNING!Our reporter Immortal Agyarkwah Acheampong reports Accra Hearts of Oak havs captured dision one best player of King Solomon, Samudeen Ibrahim.He scored 4 goals, made 23 assist and won 8 man of the match in 30 games.09:25: WHERE WILL NAT PLAY?Nathaniel Asamoah is back in the country after a failed stint at Raja Cassablanca. The striker is rumored to favor a deal to either Kotoko or Medeama. Where will he end up?09:17: SET FREEHearts of Oak have parted ways with defender Philip Boampong. The center back has been deemed surplus to requirements after finding himself down the pecking order. Robin Gnagne, Richard Akrofi, Vincent Atinga and Inusah Musah are all above the former under 17 star.09:10: HEARTS OF OAK GET BUSYHearts of Oak are getting busy these last few days. The Phobians have completed the signing of striker Sam Yeboah and former Ashantigold defender Kennedy Appiah.09:05 DONE DEALInter Allies have completed the signing of young defender Uriah Kporvi from Tamale Utretcht.08:55: JOSHUA OTOO ON THE MOVE?Our man Immortal Agyarkwah Acheampong reports Hearts of Oak are on the verge of signing Joshua Otto of Wa All Stars.The player has received his floating from the FA.He is a free agent now.08:40: WHERE IS BEKOE HEADED?Former goal king Eric Bekoe is back in the country and is a free agent. The last Ghanaian club he played for was Berekum Chelsea.It is rumored Bekoe will favor an Accra club with Hearts of Oak as the frontrunners. Could he be a Phobian by the end of the day?08:35: GENTELE REMINDER TO ALL CLUBSThe registration of players and officials by Premier and Division One Clubs for the upcoming season will end today, Wednesday January 20, 2016 at exactly 23:59pm GMT.The GFA also reminds all clubs that today, January 20 is the deadline for the fulfillment of their pre-season obligations.Below are the pre-season obligations of the clubs:1. Venue (must be ready for inspection by the Club Licensing Board)2. Audited Account for 2013/14 season3. Strips Declaration4. Management and Authorized signatories5. Payment of affiliation feesIn addition to the above, Clubs are to submit all Club Licensing Board forms including venue for home matches, club office etc, as soon as possible.This information should be handed over to the Club Licensing office at the GFA by January 20.08:30: GOODMORNING ALLWe don’t know when the league is starting but we definitely know when the transfer deadline is.It is today, at exactly 23:59 GMT. All clubs are to register their players with the Ghana Football Association.It is expected to be an interesting day with lots of movement and deals. For those of us who can’t be at the GFA Secretariat, follow us hereWe’ll bring you developments on every move, rumor and much more right here.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img