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Five changes Ghanaians would love to see in Ghana’s game against Nicaragua

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Against a less-fancied opponent in Nicaragua, coach Otto Addo has a perfect chance to convince Ghanaians of how his team could look at the World Cup.

If Brazil were too big a team for him to implement his plans to perfection, a Nicaraguan side that lie 139th on the World Ranking should give him no such headache.

Following the disastrous display against Brazil, there have been calls for changes, and GhanaWeb highlights five things Otto Addo must do in Tuesday’s game.

Change the system

Ghana found some stability in the second half against Brazil when Otto Addo switched to the three-back system.

Many believed that the players in camp are more suited to the three-back system with wings backs and three forwards.

It is the expectation of many that Otto Addo will go for a 3:4:3 formation.

Change the goalkeeper

Though he cannot be solely blamed for the goals conceded against Brazil, there is a feeling that Jojo Wollacott is not really up to scratch.

He appears to lack the confidence and presence to command the goal areas. With the game being a test match, Otto Addo should try Richard Ofori and Manaf in the post.

Protect Ayews and Baba Rahman from further abuse

Baba Rahman and the Ayew brothers were the most vilified in the aftermath of Ghana’s drubbing at the hands of Brazil.

Many believe that the three players do not deserve to be in the starting team as they have consistently failed to perform in Ghana jersey.

Whiles some disagree, it will be right that Otto Addo protects from the public attack by not playing or starting them.

Learn to defend and score from set-pieces

Two of the goals that Ghana conceded against Brazil were from set-pieces. The mistakes were elementary as on both occasions, the Brazil attacks had a free run to attack the ball.

Otto Addo must show that it has taken notice of that by working on it in training and showing the result during matches.

Additionally, the team must also learn to create chances from set pieces they get. Set-pieces have now become an important avenue for goals.

Give Elisha Owusu, and Afriyie Barnieh a chance

In his brief cameo against Nigeria in March, Elisha Owusu gave an indication of what he could bring to the team.

He has however not had enough time to fully convince Ghanaians that he merits his call-up.

Afriyie Barnieh also deserves his chance to show that he was not just called up to make the numbers but as a potential candidate for the World Cup.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Newly-wedded couple go viral on social media over ‘aggressive’ kiss

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On the day of most holy matrimonies, sharing a kiss has become a rather symbolic activity which is conducted after the wedding vows have been read.

While every tradition displays affection in their own varied ways, the wedding kiss in the Ghanaian culture has persisted and serves as a representation of love and devotion between the couple which often leaves wedding guests with beaming smiles and cheers.

On Saturday September 24, a viral video emerged on social media platform, Twitter showing a newly-wedded couple kissing passionately at their ceremony.

The post which was shared by @__theSeyram captured the pair dancing to R2Bees and Wande Coal’s ‘Kiss Your Hand’ hit song and suddenly lean for a passionate kiss which got a section of the guests cheering on while others watched on in shock.

The salivating kiss which could be described as a lengthy one has gotten varied social media reactions and memes to that effect.

Checks indicate that the bride is a social media influencer who goes by the name AkosuaMay.

She is said to have tied the knot to a gentleman named Andy at a ceremony held in Accra.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Hooting at Global Citizen Festival: A Plus pokes Akufo-Addo

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Social commentator, Kwame A Plus, has blamed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the embarrassment the latter faced at the Global Citizens Concert held at the Black Star Square in Accra.

President Akufo-Addo in a quest to deliver a speech at the event held on Saturday, September 24, 2022, was booed by the teaming crowd and A Plus believes that he caused his own predicament.

According to the musician cum political activist, had the president paid heed to the cry of citizens or perhaps accepted criticisms relating to the country’s seemingly poor governance and dwindling economy, things wouldn’t have escalated to the point of being booed on stage.

Sharing excerpts of the hooting video on his Instagram page, the popular political activist threw a jab at the president while speaking in parables. He indicated that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia would have experienced worse.

“The king who doesn’t listen takes his dirty cloth to a durbar. Akufo-Addo mpo nie na Bawumia.”

How the president was heckled

The president who commenced his speech was met with loud clapping and chanting of “Away, Away” by the large crowd who was uninterested in his presentation.

Social media churned similar reactions as excerpts of the video went viral.

The Global Citizen Concert

Meanwhile, the 2022 Global Citizen Festival has received massive reviews from patrons, who were physically present and those who joined online from their homes.

It has been touted as by far, the most well-organized public concert in Ghana.

The event saw the likes of Stormzy, Sarkodie, Usher, Gyakie, Stonebwoy and others who left massive footprints on Ghana’s memory with groundbreaking stage performances.

 

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Agya Koo in trouble

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Some social media users have descended on Agya Koo after the Kumawood actor made a claim that no government has performed better than Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s administration, not even Kwame Nkrumah.

“Akufo-Addo’s administration is the only one that has worked hard and kept its promises. Kufour took action. He made us value the concept of majority rule. I travel extensively throughout this country and have witnessed the enormous improvement in the person, thus I wonder why communicators are failing to project.

“Although Ghanaians sometimes offend me, no government has performed as well as the one led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. If you know history, you’ll realize Kwame Nkrumah didn’t accomplish anything,” he said speaking with Kwaku Manu.

This utterance by the actor has angered some Ghanaians who have taken it to bird app, Twitter, to share their thoughts.

According to some social media users, it is evident the actor can only pass as a comedian and nothing more than that. They have argued that Akufo-Addo’s performance is abysmal and comes nowhere close to Nkrumah’s.

In a post shared by a user, said, “Mr prez @NAkufoAddo it’s very painful not to allow this idiot called Agya Koo not to benefit the free education some. See mumu comparing a failed prez like Nana Addo to Dr Kwame Nkrumah!! Ah!!.”

Another user said, “No wonder Lil win and Kweku Manu are clear, I knew Agya Koo’s fooling for the camera was real and it wasn’t acting naaa. I blame Kuffour too tsw.”

“I never commented on Agya Koo’s interview because I thought, it was one of his comedies. You will lose your credibility and mind when you follow this useless government,” another added.

Read more reactions below:

 

Kenya open to buying fuel from Russia – President Ruto

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Kenyan president, William Ruto, has disclosed that the East African country is open to buying fuel from Russia.

He told the BBC in an interview that Kenya will consider the option of turning to Moscow for fuel needs in order to drive down prices of the commodity at home.

“I am now going to move on to the agenda of making sure that we have government-to-government relationships that will progressively now begin the journey to bring the prices of fuel down,” President Ruto said.

“All options are available to us as a country.”

Most African countries have condemned Russian aggression of Ukraine with the African Union, AU, calling for a cessation of hostilities and commitment to peace talks.

Kenya, like most African countries, is facing an economic crisis partly blamed on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The end result has been high cost of living especially with galloping inflation affecting food and fuel.

Ruto, barely two weeks in office, has removed subsidies on fuel and also subsidized fertilizers, two of the earliest moves by his administration.

Teachers’ request for closure of schools in Bawku referred to MUSEC

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The Bawku Educational Directorate in the Upper East Region has referred to the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) a request by teachers to close down schools in the Municipality.

The Conference of Head of Basic Schools in the Region has called on the Ghana Education Service to shut down schools following recent series of attacks and killings of persons in the area due to a protracted chieftaincy dispute.

Sources at the Bawku education directorate indicate that the request has been forwarded to MUSEC for deliberation and recommendation.

But the Executive Director for the education think tank, Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare urged MUSEC to take a decision that would be in the best interest of both the public and the teachers.

“Closing schools at this time should be the last consideration because final year students are writing their BECE except that the lives of students and teachers are paramount than any other thing. So I expect the Municipal Chief Executive and his security team to act with expedition and take the necessary action”, he advised.

source:citinews

Leave dead Rawlings alone; Dela Coffie tells Afriyie Ankrah

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A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Dela Coffie has asked Elvis Afriyie Ankrah to focus on his message to get the backing of the party to lead it as General Secretary.

According to him, it’s of no use talking about the late former President’s strained relationship with a political party he founded with his sweat because the party and its current leadership pushed him out.

He was reacting to a recent interview by Elvis Afriyie Ankrah where he spoke about the late former President of Ghana and founder of the NDC.

Read His Statement Below

Okay, while I have great sympathy with Afriyie-Ankrah’s totally understandable commentary, I feel the need to call for caution and a smarter, more sophisticated approach to matters relating to chairman Rawlings.

Elvis and his likes should take a trip back and have a look through the Adabraka headquarters window. The view – at least as described by the lily-livered elements in the NDC leadership hasn’t changed, or? We were told Rawlings had outlived his relevance in the NDC, or? So, why would anyone even be bothered he cozied up to Akufo-Addo when indeed his own folks had no difficulty in attempting to ostracise him?

I think Afriyie-Ankrah needs to zone in on the weightier matters relating to the contest and provide a convincing narrative for all, that inspires even the non-believers and makes them want to be led by him in the event he wins the race.

Good morning, good people.

 

Source: www.mynewsgh.com

IMF negotiations begin today

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Negotiations for an enhanced domestic programme (EDP) for Ghana after the country applied for bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are scheduled to begin today, Monday, September 26.

The Mission from IMF led by Stéphane Roudet arrived in Ghana over the weekend for the discussions to begin.

Ghana’s team will be led by Finance Minister Kenneth Nana Yaw Ofori-Atta.

The IMF Mission will be in the country for the next two weeks with the discussions scheduled to end on Friday, October 7.

The EDP Ghana is seeking is to restore macro-economic stability and debt sustainability.

The IMF has assured that the $3-billion deal will be sealed by year-end.

In a closed-door meeting with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo earlier this month, on the sidelines of the Africa Adaptation Summit in Rotterdam, Netherlands, IMF’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva told him “we understand the urgency, and we will move as quickly as possible”.

“We have started very constructive discussions already and to the people of Ghana, like everybody on this planet, you have been hurt by exogenous shocks,” she said.

The Mission is expected to meet major stakeholders including officials from the Bank of Ghana, Finance Ministry, industry and others in the next two weeks.

A team led by Carlo Sdralevich was in the country in July to engage this same stakeholders on the perfect deal for Ghana.

The team concluded thus:

“Ghana is facing a challenging economic and social situation amid an increasingly difficult global environment. The fiscal and debt situation has severely worsened following the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, investors’ concerns have triggered credit rating downgrades, capital outflows, loss of external market access, and rising domestic borrowing costs.

“In addition, the global economic shock caused by the war in Ukraine is hitting Ghana at a time when the country is still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic shock and with limited room for maneuver. These adverse developments have contributed to slowing economic growth, accumulation of unpaid bills, a large exchange rate depreciation, and a surge in inflation.”

source:3news

Ablakwa confers with 111-year-old constituent

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Member of Parliament for North Tongu in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has celebrated a senior citizen in his constituency.

The MP disclosed having hanged out with 111-year-old Madam Mabel Adjo Nyagah, believed to he the oldest constituent.

In a post on his verified social media pages, Ablakwa shared photos of his time with Madam Nyagah stressing that it was a “blessing hanging out with her and tapping rare wisdom.”

He captioned the posts as follows: “Today I paid a special visit to Grandma Mabel Adjo Nyagah, aged 111 years.

“She lives in the holy village of Aveyime in my beloved constituency, and is believed to be my oldest constituent. It’s been a blessing hanging out with her and tapping rare wisdom.

Education Minister visits his primary 1 teacher

In July this year, MP for Bosomtwe and Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, also revealed meeting a senior citizen but i his case, it was his 96-year-old primary 1 teacher.

“I visited and honoured Ms Clara Oppong at her residence in Jachie. 96-year-old Ms. Clara was my primary 1 teacher at Jachie Anglican Primary School. In addition to her commitment to teaching, her kind words and motivation built a solid foundation for me,” he said in a social media post accompanied by pictures of his visit.

See his tweets below:

You can also watch the latest episode of People & Places here:

 

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Global Citizen Festival boos are ‘the truest voice of the people’ – Manasseh tells Akufo-Addo

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Investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, has reacted to an incident in Accra where President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was booed by patrons at a music festival.

Manasseh said what happened at the Black Star Square during the 2022 Global Citizen Festival was the truest voice of people unlike that of paid praise singers and sycophants who will see nothing wrong with the current state of governance.

He added that, President Akufo-Addo being booed when he arrived to deliver a speech was a referendum on his tenure and that he had two years to salvage a referendum on his regime.

His post on Sunday, September 25 read: “Mr President , for their selfish goals, chiefs, paid praise singers and sycophants will continue to sing insincere praises of you. But what you heard at the #globalcitizensfestival is the truest voice of the people, a referendum on your regime. You have two years to salvage it.”

Exactly what happened?

Thousands of patrons were at the venue to witness the Global Citizen festival which had a number of local and international artistes performing.

As host of the event, the president was called upon to give his remarks, which happened to be a prepared speech that lasted over six minutes.

The booing happened when he started his speech saying: “The whole world is in Ghana today.”

What started initially as people showing their disapproval of his presence on the stage, turned into loud clapping and chanting of the words: “away, away…,” the president, however, stayed the course and delivered his full speech.

As if that was not enough, people on social media latched on to the development to mock the president.

About the Global Citizen group and its festival

Global Citizen is the world’s largest movement of action takers and impact makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty NOW.

The voices of millions of Global Citizens around the world are driving lasting change towards sustainability, equality, and humanity by taking action every day.

The Global Citizen Festival started as a music festival where fans take actions to end extreme poverty in order to earn free tickets to attend. 

Source: www.ghanaweb.com