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Day: February 12, 2021

Sports

Football games to be played behind closed doors

The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has decided to restrict fan patronage at all football games for the next four weeks. This directive is with immediate effect, beginning from Saturday, February 13, 2021. This according to the Executive Council, will afford the GFA enough time to put in place remedial measures to make the various stadia safe for fans and consumers of football in our bid to help the government in the fight against the pandemic. As a s result, the GFA intends to use the four-week period to strategize and re-engage before opening up the various centres to the public. Clubs are encouraged to use the period to train stewards who will be directly responsible for fan conduct in our quest to observe the social distancing protocol. The public...
Black Stars coach CK Akonnor names 32 home base players for Afcon qualifiers
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Black Stars coach CK Akonnor names 32 home base players for Afcon qualifiers

Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor has invited 32 home-based players to start preparations for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe. Ghana are scheduled to take on the Bafana Bafana in round five of the qualifiers before tackling Sao Tome and Principe in the final qualifier. The Black Stars are tied on 9 points at the top of the standings in Group C after four matches with two games left. The team will later be joined by other foreign-based players. The home-based players are to report to the M Plaza Hotel in Accra on Monday, February 15, 2021. See list below Goalkeepers: Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars), Razak Abalora (Asante Kotoko), Bawa Lord Martey (Elmina Sharks), Eric Ofori Antwi (Medeama SC) Central Defende...
Hearts midfielder Michelle Sarpong resumes training
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Hearts midfielder Michelle Sarpong resumes training

Accra Hearts of Oak midfielder Michelle Sarpong has resumed training after a spell on the sidelines. The midfielder joined his teammates at training today after recovering from an injury which has kept him out of the team for some time now. Michelle Sarpong's return will be big boost for Hearts of Oak as they seek to rediscover their lost form in the ongoing Ghana Premier league. Hearts of Oak have step up preparation for their 14th Week fixture against arch rivals Asante Kotoko. Even though the game has been postponed due to the former's participation in the CAF Confederations Cup competition, the Phobians are leaving no stone unturned.
Army female pilot dies in helicopter mishap
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Army female pilot dies in helicopter mishap

The Uganda army spokesperson has confirmed that one pilot died from a mishap involving a jet ranger on Thursday during a flight training session. The deceased was identified as Captain Caroline Busingye. She was involved in the incident along with another trainee, whose status has not been disclosed. “It is with sadness that we announce the passing on of Capt Caroline Busingye after she was involved in a plane crush today Afternoon in Entebbe. We Commiserate with the family of the late and the UPDF Airforce fraternity during this very difficult moment,” UPDF spokesperson, Brig-Gen Byekwaso tweeted. A Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) jet ranger on Thursday crashed in Entebbe, near Lido beach moments after takeoff. Witnesses said there were two occupants in the helicopt...
Asante Kotoko opponents ES Setif arrive in Ghana
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Asante Kotoko opponents ES Setif arrive in Ghana

Algerian giants ES Setif have landed in Accra ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup first leg tie against Asante Kotoko.  The Algerians upon their arrival have undergone a mandatory COVID-19 test at the Kotoko International Airport. Setif will train at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday ahead of the encounter. The team arrived in town with their newly signed Ghanaian striker Daniel Lomotey who could play against Kotoko on Sunday.
Australian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Taylor Fritz despite struggling with injury
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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Taylor Fritz despite struggling with injury

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is unsure if he will be able to play in the fourth round of the Australian Open after he survived an injury scare to battle past American Taylor Fritz. World number one Djokovic was hampered by a side injury that restricted his movement, although he still recorded a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-2 victory. Djokovic is set to meet 14th seed Milos Raonic in the next round, but said: "I know it's a tear and I don't know if I will recover from that in two days. I don't know if I will step on court." The Serb, who is chasing a record-extending ninth men's singles title in Melbourne and a third in a row, added: "This is one of the most special wins in my life. "It doesn't matter who I was up against or at what round, to pull this through is something ...
Australian Open: Crowds sent home as Melbourne lockdown begins
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Australian Open: Crowds sent home as Melbourne lockdown begins

Australian Open crowds were sent home during Novak Djokovic's match as Melbourne began a snap five-day lockdown. At 11.30pm local time fans were asked to leave Rod Laver Arena - where Djokovic was locked in a fourth set with Taylor Fritz - after the Victoria government had earlier announced a lockdown from midnight. Players had savoured the atmosphere of a crowd in the preceding hours before Melbourne Park closed its doors until at least Thursday. The sight of unmasked spectators and the sound of raucous cheers at the Grand Slam this week has been a glorious reminder of the best parts of live sport at a time when empty stadiums and piped fan noise on TV are the norm. But it was always a fragile privilege. Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said a "short, sharp circuit bre...
Neymar to miss Paris St-Germain’s trip to Barcelona
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Neymar to miss Paris St-Germain’s trip to Barcelona

Neymar will miss the first leg of Paris St-Germain's last-16 Champions League tie against his former club Barcelona with a thigh injury. The Brazil forward was injured in PSG's French Cup victory over Caen on Wednesday. Mauricio Pochettino's side travel to the Nou Camp on Tuesday (20:00 GMT). PSG say they expect Neymar, 29, to recover in around four weeks, which could see him return for the second leg on 10 March. Writing on his Instagram page on Thursday Neymar said: "The sadness is great, the pain is immense and the crying is constant. "Once again, for a while, I will stop doing what I love most in life, which is playing football. "Sometimes I feel uncomfortable because of my style of play, because I dribble and constantly get fouled, I don't know if the probl...
Arsenal: Athens to host Gunners’ Europa League last-32 ‘home’ game against Benfica
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Arsenal: Athens to host Gunners’ Europa League last-32 ‘home’ game against Benfica

Arsenal's home leg of their Europa League last-32 tie against Portuguese side Benfica will be played in Athens because of Covid-19 restrictions. The match, which takes place on 25 February, will be played at Olympiakos' Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis in Athens. It was switched after the UK government imposed strict travel restrictions on arrivals from Portugal. The first leg of the fixture, on 18 February, was moved to Rome's Stadio Olimpico earlier this week. Manchester United's last-32 first-leg match, away to Spanish side Real Sociedad, was also moved this week to Juventus' Allianz Stadium. The second leg will take place at Old Trafford as planned.
Nollywood meets Bollywood in love tale ‘Namaste Wahala’
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Nollywood meets Bollywood in love tale ‘Namaste Wahala’

Indian-Nigerian restaurant owner Hamisha Daryani Ahuja gave up her long-running business to pursue her dream of making movies. Two years later, the 36-year-old will see her first feature film, the cross-cultural love story “Namaste Wahala”, debut on Valentine’s Day on Netflix. The film, whose title translates in Hindi and Nigerian pidgin as ‘Hello trouble’, tells the tale of a Nigerian woman who falls in love with an Indian investment banker living in Lagos. The young couple face a series of challenges - including their families - to be together. “I wanted to do something that will be more relatable so it is a full-on Nollywood movie, but I brought in some Indian actors to make it a little bit more fun,” Daryani Ahuja, who directed, executive produced and acted in the movie, ...
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