Emmanuel Keyekeh not transferred – FC Samartex 1996


Reigning Ghana Premier League Champions FC Samartex 1996 have denied the transfer of star midfielder, Emmanuel Keyekeh.

According to reports, Keyekeh, who was named the best local player this season, has signed for Tanzanian top-flight club Singida Black Stars and has already made his cup debut.

However, in a club statement, FC Samartex 1996 stated that the aforementioned player was still under contract and remained an important component of their plans for the coming season. 

 

‘The Management of FC Samartex 1996 hereby notifies the sporting fraternity and the general public that player Emmanuel Keyekeh has not been transferred to any club.

‘The midfielder continues to be under a valid contract with us and remains an integral part of our team,’ the statement said.

Samartex 1996 further confirmed that their midfielder Seidu Dauda Yussif was the only player who had officially departed from the club.

‘We would like to reassure our supporters to remain calm, as all matters are being handled with the utmos
t care and diligence, and the management is diligently preparing for the upcoming 

season,’ the statement added.

FC Samartex 1996 are expected to begin their 2024-25 CAF Champions League campaign in the coming weeks as they set to know their preliminary opponent after today’s draw.

Source: Ghana News Agency

FC Samartex, Nsoatreman handed tough opponents in preliminary round


Ghana Premier League (GPL) champions FC Samartex 1996 will face Cameroonian team Victoria United in the first preliminary round of the 2024/2025 TotalEnergies CAF Champions League.

With the first round set to begin in August 2024, FC Samartex 1996 would be making their debut in the Africa Elite Club competition against Victoria United, who won the Cameroonian Elite 1 Championship last season.

The Samreboi-based side would be seeking to replicate the group stage berth achieved by former GPL Champions Medeama in the last edition of the CAF Champions League.

The winner of FC Samartex 1996 vs. Victoria United would play against Morocco’s Raja Casablanca or Niger’s AS GNN in the second round.

On the other hand, reigning MTN FA Cup champions Nsoatreman FC would face Chad-based side Elect-Sport FC in the preliminary round of the 2024-2025 CAF Confederations Cup.

The Nsoatre-based side will be making their debut in the CAF Confederations Cup after beating Bofoakwa Tano in the FA Cup finals to win their first maj
or title.

New coach Yaw Preko, who has been tasked with reaching the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup, would be seeking to urge their Chadian counterparts to progress to the next round.

If Nsoatreman FC should progress, they would either face Algeria’s CS Constantine or Police FC of Rwanda in the second round later in September 2024.

The first round of the preliminary round is expected to be played between August 16 and 25, 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Richmond Lamptey aims for success with Rwandan side APR FC


Ghana international Richmond Lamptey is hoping for a successful outing with Rwandan champions APR ahead of the 2024-25 football season.

Lamptey, who just left Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko, was unveiled by Rwandan champions APR after signing a two-year deal.

The former WAFA player took to social media to express his excitement over the move and his desire to achieve more success with his new team.

‘I am thrilled and honoured to join APR FC, a club with a rich history and a winning tradition. I am eager to contribute to the team’s success and bring my best to every game.

‘I look forward to working with my new teammates and coaches and to the incredible support from the fans. Let’s achieve great things together,’ he said.

Lamptey joined Asante Kotoko from Inter Allies in September 2021 and helped them to a Ghana Premier League triumph in his first season.

He also played for the West African Football Academy and was part of the Black Stars squad at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Côte d’Ivoire.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Paris Olympics: First contingent of Team Ghana lands in France for pre-camping


The first batch of athletes and team officials for Team Ghana have arrived in Francis ahead of the Olympics, which begins on July 26, 2024.

Rose Yeboah, a national high-record holder, Fuseini Ibrahim, a member of the 4x100m relay squad, and swimmer Harry Stacey would all begin pre-camp in Strasbourg. 

Ghana’s team doctor, nurse, and physiotherapist were among the team officials who have also landed in the French capital as they prepare for the Olympics.

Other qualified athletes, including Joseph Paul Amoah (4×100), Isaac Botsio (4×100), Benjamin Azamati (4×100, 100m), Edwin Gadayi (4×100),  Abdul Rasheed Saminu (200m), and  Joselle Mensah (swimming), are expected to join the team in the coming days.

Team Ghana is expected to present a 21-man contingent for the games, which start on Friday, July 26, 2024, and end on Sunday, August 11, 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Take us to the group stages of CAF Confederation Cup’ – Nsoatreman FC owner tasks Yaw Preko 


Mr. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, Nsoatreman FC’s owner and Member of Parliament for Sunyani West Constituency, has tasked new coach Yaw Preko with leading the club to the 2024-25 CAF Confederations Cup group stages.

Nsoatreman FC would represent Ghana in this year’s CAF Confederations Cup after defeating Bofoakwa Tano in a penalty shootout in the finals of MTN FA Cup at the University of Ghana Stadium last month.

It was a historic triumph for the Nsoatre-based side, who won their maiden FA Cup trophy under former coach Maxwell Konadu.  

Speaking at Yaw Preko’s unveiling ceremony, Mr. Baffour-Awuah, who is the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, said they wouldn’t put too many expectations on the new coach, but expect him to thrive at the continental level.

‘Just like we agreed with Maxwell Konadu that in his first season, we are not expecting much from him but expect him to win the league in his second season, we are also not expecting that much from [Yaw Preko] in his first season.

‘However, as for
Africa, at least he should take us to the group stage, and for the rest, in the course of the league season, we would review our positions.’

Yaw Preko, on his part, said his team would be under pressure to perform considering the recent success of the club.

‘Coming here was destined, and considering the significant work Maxwell Konadu did, we are under pressure to perform. That shows how big this team is. I promise you, with my boys, we would do whatever it takes to continue from where Maxwell left off and take it to the next level,’ he said.

With the draw for the 2024-25 Confederations Cup set to be held in the coming days, Nsoatreman FC would begin the quest for qualification to the group stages in August 2024. 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Beach Soccer AFCON qualifiers: Ghana to host Ivory Coast on July 21 at keta 


Emancipation Beach Soccer Arena at Keta in the Volta Region will host the highly anticipated Beach Soccer African Cup of Nations (AFCON) match between the Black Sharks of Ghana and Sand Elephants of Ivory Coast on July 21 at 1500 hours. 

 

The winner of the two leg matches would have the opportunity to participate in this year’s Beach Soccer AFCON that would be hosted in Cairo, Egypt, from August 26 to 31. 

 

Mr. Yaw Ampofo Ankrah, National Beach Soccer Committee Chairman, in an earlier interview with the GNA Sports, stated that the Black Shark would commence camping as soon as possible.

 

‘Due to the limited time remaining for the preparations the last weekend matches were also factored into the final team selection for camping,’ he stated. 

 

It was also revealed that the Beach Soccer Premiere League would therefore continue at the various venue except the weekend of the AFCON qualifiers. 

 

‘The ongoing Beach Soccer League would continue as scheduled and it would only break weekend of July 20/21
and July 27/28 respectively.’ 

 

Mr Samuel Dovlo, a Sports Journalist at a Keta-based Jubilee Radio, told the GNA that the fans and other beach soccer enthusiasts have welcomed the idea by Ghana Football Association (GFA) for the opportunity to host the AFCON.  

 

He expressed satisfaction about the hosting right Keta had and urged all beach soccer lovers to come out in their numbers and support the national team to qualify for the AFCON. 

 

Some fans GNA interacted with thanked GFA for the moves and pledged to support the team to victory.  

 

The Black Sharks is expected to travel to Ivory Coast for the return leg between July 26-28 after the first leg at Keta Emancipation Beach.  

 

The Black Sharks are hoping to qualify for this year’s Beach Soccer AFCON after they have failed in 2022 edition, which they lost to the Sand Pharaohs of Egypt. 

 

Meanwhile, the Coaches and the technical team have announced a 16-man squad for camping and preparations ahead of the games. 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Beach Soccer AFCON qualifiers: Ghana to host Ivory Coast on July 21 at keta 


Emancipation Beach Soccer Arena at Keta in the Volta Region will host the highly anticipated Beach Soccer African Cup of Nations (AFCON) match between the Black Sharks of Ghana and Sand Elephants of Ivory Coast on July 21 at 1500 hours. 

 

The winner of the two leg matches would have the opportunity to participate in this year’s Beach Soccer AFCON that would be hosted in Cairo, Egypt, from August 26 to 31. 

 

Mr. Yaw Ampofo Ankrah, National Beach Soccer Committee Chairman, in an earlier interview with the GNA Sports, stated that the Black Shark would commence camping as soon as possible.

 

‘Due to the limited time remaining for the preparations the last weekend matches were also factored into the final team selection for camping,’ he stated. 

 

It was also revealed that the Beach Soccer Premiere League would therefore continue at the various venue except the weekend of the AFCON qualifiers. 

 

‘The ongoing Beach Soccer League would continue as scheduled and it would only break weekend of July 20/21
and July 27/28 respectively.’ 

 

Mr Samuel Dovlo, a Sports Journalist at a Keta-based Jubilee Radio, told the GNA that the fans and other beach soccer enthusiasts have welcomed the idea by Ghana Football Association (GFA) for the opportunity to host the AFCON.  

 

He expressed satisfaction about the hosting right Keta had and urged all beach soccer lovers to come out in their numbers and support the national team to qualify for the AFCON. 

 

Some fans GNA interacted with thanked GFA for the moves and pledged to support the team to victory.  

 

The Black Sharks is expected to travel to Ivory Coast for the return leg between July 26-28 after the first leg at Keta Emancipation Beach.  

 

The Black Sharks are hoping to qualify for this year’s Beach Soccer AFCON after they have failed in 2022 edition, which they lost to the Sand Pharaohs of Egypt. 

 

Meanwhile, the Coaches and the technical team have announced a 16-man squad for camping and preparations ahead of the games. 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Youngster Paul Umune Chinenye secures move to Saudi side Al Adalah FC


23-year-old striker Paul Umune Chinenye has secured a move to Saudi Arabian side Al Adalah Football Club ahead of the 2024/25 season.

The young prodigy previously featured for Faxmas FC, Sports City International Club and Rangers FC.

At Rangers FC, the Nigerian became a top star in the local league, netting 12 goals in two seasons.

The striker, who also plays as a winger is targeting to top charts in the first division as well as adding more attacking powers to his side’s front line as they eye a place in the Saudi Professional League.

Paul Umune Chinenye, speaking in an interview with the GNA Sports expressed excitement on his new move to Al Adalah FC.

‘I am happy to sign this contract with one of the best teams in the league and I am expecting to win more trophies for them.’

He said despite the tough assignment ahead of him, he was convinced that he would emerge as one of the top scorers by the end of the season.

Al Adalah finished fifth in the 2023/24 Saudi Arabia Division One league.

Source: Ghan
a News Agency