GREATER ACCRA, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) – Bubba Jenkins, Ghanaian-American mixed martial artist and former collegiate wrestler has pledged his unflinching solidarity to the Ghana Mix Martial Arts Federation to help elevate the activities of the sporting discipline in the country, and advocating for the MMA sport in which he has achieved many successes to ignite the passion for future MMA superstars to emerge from his home country Ghana
According to the Mix Martial Arts World Champion, the discipline on the African continent , precisely Ghana, is fast deteriorating and needs an urgent rehabilitation. Seeing the potential of MMA in Ghana, the goals of Jenkins are to get all the traditional and English boxers of the area trained and involved to compete nationally and internationally.
Bubba Jenksins made this revealation during a press interaction on his visit to Ghana at the De’lish Restaurant, East Legon. He added that, his mission is to help the discipline in Ghana gain the required popularity, and watch it grow, most of all on the side of rules and regulations and how to embed it in our curricular activities.
He revealed that, he will be teaching and training officials to be able to handle any type of MMA competitive event that comes their way, adding that, he might organize MMA across the country that enable the young talents develop primary knowledge on the discipline is carried out. With hopes of finding the best fighters to compete abroad, hence represent Ghana internationally.
He arrived in Ghana on Tuesday, November 26 at about 4:00pm. The reigning brave combat champion, who has traced his roots back to this Nation [Ghana], is set to visit and reconnect with his “Lost” Heritage.
Bubba Jenkins aka the “badman” trip to Ghana is sponsored by the Togbui Afede Foundation with support from world trade center travel services. Kaya Tours will facilitate his trip from Accra to the Cape Coast castle. His travel arrangements were also sorted by Anomaa Travel &Tours Agency, all these are proud Ghanaian brands putting the spot on Ghana.
His great grandparents were part of the slaves taken from Ghana, worked hard and bought themselves out of slavery to be “Free-Men” in America. His dad who was also a Christian missionary, came to live in Ghana; Nungua to be precise until his passing. It is due to these facts about his family history that’s why he is coming to Ghana. He wants to reconnect himself to the land where most of his family members have lived before.
Mr Jenkins is currently embarking on several activities which include, a courtesy call visit on the Nungua Mants3, The chief of the town where his father lived. He will also visit the Forts and Castle in Cape Coast to learn more about Slavery and what happened on this side [Africa].
His record as an MMA fighter is 14 wins,. 6 of his wins came by Knockout, 3 came by submission and 5 came by way of unanimous decision.
The Most Contentious VAR Decisions Made In The Premier League So Far
As is quickly becoming the norm after a round of Premier League fixtures, we have seen yet more VAR controversy. The new technology continues to be one of the main talking points relating to top-flight football every week and that was no different after Man City’s 2-1 win over Everton on New Year’s Day.
In a series of strange events, the linesman flagged Riyhad Mahrez offside, even though it was a very close decision that he should have let go. Mahrez then controlled the ball, possibly with his arm, before going into the penalty area where it looked like he was fouled by Lucas Digne. VAR correctly identified that Mahrez was onside and then checked for the possible handball. It did look like a handball on the replay but, for some reason, the VAR went on to check for the penalty before going back and awarding the handball, which made absolutely no sense and left observers scratching their heads.
To add even more confusion, VAR is not allowed to check every offside decision, it can only check them when they lead directly to goals or penalties. Therefore play actually resumed with an Everton free-Kock from the point of the original, incorrect offside decision. In ‘honour’ of another VAR-centric incident in the Premier League, we have decided to take a look back at some of VAR’s most controversial moments of the season so far.
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GFA Disestablishes The Technical Side Of All National Teams
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA (www.goergebritton.com) - The governing body of association football in Ghana, Ghana Football Association has, in a news statement released on 2nd January, 2020, dissolved the technical teams of all the country’s national sides (men’s and women’s national teams.) with immediate effect, which abruptly ends the reign of current Black Stars boss Kwesi Appiah whose contract expired in December 2019.
Though the GFA has given no motives behind the taken decision to collapse the technical teams, given that some of the sides, most notably the Black Stars are in the middle of tournament qualifying campaigns, it is believed that, the Black Stars head coach, Kwesi Appiah’s tenure with the senior side had been the subject of intense speculation, particularly after the 2019 AFCON tournament.
There had been suggestions that the gaffer who was in his second spell with the Black Stars would be offered a new deal but it appears the GFA under new President, Kurt Okraku is looking in another direction. Some of the other coaches affected include the head coach of the U-23 Men’s side, Ibrahim Tanko, the local Black Stars coach, Maxwell Konadu, the U-20 Men’s coach, Yaw Preko and the Black Queens coach, Mercy Tagoe.
GPL/20: Shatta Wale To Usher Legon Cities FC To Their Debut Home Fixture
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) - Prior to their first home Ghana Premier League (GPL) fixture against Ghanaian giant, Kumasi Asante Kototo, management of Accra based football club, Legon Cities FC has announce reggae/ragga & dance-hall artiste, Shatta Wale as the recording and performing artiste to entertain fans and footballer lovers that will throng the Accra sports stadium on 3rd January 2020.
This announcement comes after the management of the Accra based football club conducted a poll on twitter for their fans to preferably select an artiste to perform at the stadium before their clash against the Kumasi based football club. The game will come off at exactly 6pm, with gate fees pricing from 10ghc – popular stand, 15 ghc, center line, and VIP 25 and 30 ghc respectively. This is going to be the first show for the Ghanaian musician in the year, 2020.
Legon Cities FC (formerly known as Wa All Stars FC) is a football club from Upper West, Ghana. The club won the 2016 Ghanaian Premier League The club was founded in January 2006 through investments by Kwesi Nyantakyi. There had been a number of First Division Clubs in the region notably Freedom Stars, Veterans and Wa United. They are a member of the Glo Premier League. The club played their home games at Wa Sports Stadium formerly played in the Golden City Park in Berekum. In December 2019, the club was renamed to Legon Cities F.C.
The team has been sold after he had issues with Ghana’s investigative journalist over corruption scandal which got him into troubles and got banned by FIFA for life. The new owners of the club changed the name and has moved it from WA the traditional home of the club to Accra where it would be for the rest of the club existence. The Ghana premier league started last week after over a year closure of football activities in the country due to some unforeseen circumstances that hit the firm.
The Ghana Premier League is the top professional football division of the football league system in Ghana. Formed officially in 1956, after the last Gold Coast Club Competition was held in 1953/1954, the league is organized by the Ghana Football Association and was ranked as the 11th best league in Africa by the IFFHS from 2001-2010, and the league was also ranked 65th in the IFFHS' Best Leagues of the World ranking, in the 1st Decade of the 21st Century (2001-2010). On 4 February 2014. It has been dominated by Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak. The league has been on hiatus since mid-June 2018 because of corruption issues but is due to return on December 28, 2019 after a crunch meeting with GHALCA.
Broadcasting Rights; In September 2013, SuperSport secured the television production and broadcast rights to the Ghana Premier League after signing a deal with the GFA.. In 2017, Pay-TV provider StarTimes became the official television production and broadcast rights holder for the Ghana Premier League.
LA LIGA: Barcelona And Real Madrid Set For Politically Charged Clasico.
The 2019/20 La Liga season will feature the world’s biggest club game on Wednesday 18 December 2019 when Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, with SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv set to be thrilled by the latest edition of ‘El Clasico’.
This match was originally scheduled to be played in late October, but La Liga took the decision to postpone the fixture due to safety fears surrounding violent protests which were ongoing in Catalonia at the time.
As ever, the meeting of Barca and Real is one which could have a major effect on the title race, with both clubs pushing hard to be placed at the summit of La Liga’s log table.
Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane has stated that his side must focus on dethroning champions Barcelona as they look to build back to their glory days, while the Blaugrana will be looking to take three points off their rivals and take a massive step toward a third straight title and a fifth in the last six La Liga seasons.
“We have 33 titles,” Zidane said. “Barca [26 titles] are doing well, I will admit when a rival is doing well, but in history, Real Madrid has more league titles. But they have been doing better lately and we need to change the dynamic.”
SuperSport viewers will also be keeping a keen eye on Lionel Messi, who is fresh from winning a sixth Ballon d’Or [world’s best player prize] and holds the all-time record for the most El Clasico goals, with 26 to his name.
“You are aware of the privilege you have [of coaching Messi], but sometimes the day to day doesn’t allow you to enjoy it,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “Over time you enjoy it more. I’m aware of it, I’m lucky enough to say that I’ve coached Leo.”
In addition, Real captain Sergio Ramos has the chance to make a record 43rd Clasico appearance, pushing ahead of Manuel Sanchis, Francisco Gento (both Real Madrid) and Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona) in the record books.
Barcelona have enjoyed recent dominance over Real in La Liga matches, stringing together a run of six unbeaten matches and completing a league ‘double’ over the capital club last season, with 5-1 home and 1-0 away wins.
Overall, the teams have met in 242 competitive matches, with Barca claiming 96 wins compared to 95 for Madrid. This evens out to 72 wins apiece in their 178 La Liga meetings.
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‘El Clasico’, broadcast details, 18 December
Wednesday 18 December
21:00: Barcelona v Real Madrid – LIVE on SuperSport Maximo 2, SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4 Go
Barcelona v Real Madrid – Last five La Liga meetings
2 March 2019: Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona
28 October 2018: Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid
6 May 2018: Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid
23 December 2017: Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona
23 April 2017: Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona
Barcelona v Real Madrid – Head-to-head, La Liga
Matches played 17
Barcelona wins 72
Madrid wins 72
Barcelona v Real Madrid – Head-to-head, all competitions (excludes friendlies and exhibition games)
Matches played 242
Barcelona wins 96
Madrid wins 95
Barcelona v Real Madrid – Key stats
First played: 13 May 1902
Most appearances: 42 – Manuel Sanchis, Francisco Gento, Sergio Ramos* (all Real Madrid); Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona)
Most goals: 26 – Lionel Messi* (Barcelona)
Most assists: 14 – Lionel Messi* (Barcelona)
Biggest win: Real Madrid 11-1 Barcelona, 19 June 194
Most consecutive wins: 6 – Barcelona (25 January 1948 – 15 January 1949) & Real Madrid (30 September 1962 – 28 February 1965)
Longest undefeated runs: 14 – Real Madrid (31 January 1931 – 3 February 1935) & Barcelona (1 November 1917 – 3 June 1928)
Most consecutive games scored: 23 – Barcelona (27 April 2011 – 13 August 2017)
*Player still active
Key players to watch
Barcelona: Lionel Messi
With a record 26 El Clasico goals (plus a record 14 assists), Lionel Messi has truly become a master of ‘El Clasico’ and is the player Real Madrid most fear – though he did not score in either of Barca’s La Liga wins over their arch rivals last season. The Argentine recently won a sixth Ballon d’Or title to further cement his status as one of the all-time greats of the game, but his hunger to help Barca defeat Real remains undimmed.
Real Madrid: Karim Benzema
Real Madrid have had a roller coaster season thus far, but throughout their ups and downs Karim Benzema has stepped forward to become their key figurehead in attack. The veteran French striker has been banging in the goals with regularity this season, carrying the heaviest burden in attack while the likes of Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Vinicius Junior have struggled to find consistency in their form.
Key battles to watch
Ernesto Valverde v Zinedine Zidane
The tactical battle of wits between Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde and Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane will be vital to deciding this edition of ‘El Clasico’. While Valverde will want to see his side control possession and feed plenty of passes to their deadly forward, Zidane’s ‘Los Blancos’ will set up to use their pace and power on the counter attack and make best use of set-piece scenarios.
Sergio Ramos v Luis Suarez
If Luis Suarez leads the line for Barcelona, he will come into direct contact with Real Madrid centre-back and captain Sergio Ramos. Suarez certainly got the better of this battle last time out at the Camp Nou, scoring a hat-trick to help his side to a 5-1 win. Ramos, who is set to make a record 43rd ‘El Clasico’ appearance will be determined to stymie the hosts.
Frenkie de Jong v Toni Kroos
This battle of elegant midfielders could fly under the radar given the stellar attacking power on display, but will be absolutely vital to the outcome of the game. Kroos’ passing range and dead-ball ability has been one of the best in Europe for almost a decade, but in de Jong Barca have a gifted young player who combines exquisite vision with quick feet and outstanding tactical nous.
(Source Ameyaw Debrah)