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Ghana Breaks 40 Records At The 7th Africa Zone 2 Swimming Championship

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40 records were broken at the just ended 7th Africa zone 2 swimming championship held at the Bukom International Pool inside the Trust Sports Emporium in Accra.

Senegal topped the medals haul after beating Nigeria, host nation Ghana and Cameroun to win the 7th Africa Zone 2 Swimming and Open Water race which took place at the Aqua Safari Resort at Ada.

The tall lanky Senegalese were however surprised with the amazing performance of Ghana’s Abeiku Jackson who won the 100m freestyle in grand style.

Senegal took home 21 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze totalling 49 medals.

Nigeria, the runners up got 9 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze adding up to 31 medals, while Ghana placed third with 4 gold, 8 silver and 16 bronze medals totalling 28 medals.

Mali were fourth with 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze adding up to 7 medals, while Cameroon had 2 gold, 3 silver, and no bronze making 5 medals to place.

Niger placed sixth with no gold, no silver but one bronze.

The event saw an improvement in the performances of the zone’s swimmers as 40 records were shattered including Ghana’s Abeiku Gyekye Jackson who broke his own record and set a new one.

22 countries participated and 12 returned home with at least a medal.

President of the Ghana Swimming Association, Theo Wilson Edzie said he was happy for the organization of the championship and the splendid performances by everyone who was associated with the event.

“I am elated that many records were broken including Ghana’s Jackson, and we have done well to host this international swimming competition for the first time,” he said.

(By: Sammy Heywood Okine | Modern Ghana)

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Andre Ayew pays tribute to late Marseille President Pape Diouf

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Wednesday, April 1, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Sad news! Coronavirus strikes in Senegal and takes the life of Football Icon Pape Diouf. Mababa “Pape” Diouf was a Senegalese journalist and football agent, who was the president of French football club Olympique de Marseille between 2005 and 2009.

However, Ghana and Swansea City midfielder Andre Ayew has paid his tribute to his former club President. Ayew played professional football at Nania for two seasons before departing the club and returning to France to play for Marseille.

Diouf was hospitalized in Senegal after contracting the virus there and became the country’s first COVID-19 fatality on Tuesday night at the age of 68.

Ayew, 30 took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Senegalese following his sudden death.

“MON PAPA, GRAND PERE, MON MENTOR, RIP PAPE DIOUF,” he posted.

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Ministry Of Youth And Sports Sends Heartfelt Condolence To Families Of Late Opoku Afriyie And Kwasi Owusu

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Tuesday, March 31, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Ghana Football Association are still morning the death of two legends who departed the earth not long ago. Both deaths are heartfelt since both players helped raise the flag of the nation high.

However, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) has sent a heartfelt message of condolence to the families of late Ghana legends Opoku Afriyie and Kwasi Owusu.

Afriyie, died on Sunday, March 29 2020 after a short illness. He is remembered as a team member of Ghana’s 1978 and 1982 Africa Cup of Nations winning squad. He also featured for both Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak before he retired from football.

On the other hand, Kwasi Owusu nicknamed ‘Power House’ died at the age of 72 after battling ailment in Sunyani.

He was Black Stars skipper for several years during the 1960s and 70s era and the country’s leading international goal scorer with 36 goals until Asamoah Gyan recently took over the mantle.

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GHALCA President Disagrees With Slashing Players Salaries Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Tuesday, March 31, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) president Kudjoe Fianoo disagrees with calls to reduce players’ salaries following the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

As a result of the global pandemic Coronavirus which is also known as COVID-19, almost all activities have been brought to a standstill and the Ghanaian league is one.

The 2019/20 league season has been halted until further notice which has left many clubs finding it difficult to pay their players. The clubs want to slash the salaries of their players but the president of GHALCA has said no to that.

According to Kudjoe Fianoo, the salaries the players take in the local league are nothing to write home about hence, no need in slashing it.

“In calling for slashing of players’ salaries in our diaspora, we are all aware of the amount paid players which some of them are even owed for months. Will club executives even have the courage to say this to their players in this situation?” Fianoo said on Kumasi FM.

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Former Ghana Black Stars Player, Opoku Afriyie Dies

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ACCRA, GHANA, Sunday, March 29, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Ghanaian Football has lost a legend in the person of Opoku Afriyie who was popularly known as “Bayie”. Afriyie at the age of 75 has departed.

He was a former Asante Kotoko and Black Stars player who was part of the team that won the 1978 African Cup of Nations making Ghana the first team to win it thrice. He was also top scorer in the Ghanaian league twice, in the years 1979 and 1981 respectively.

Details leading to his death are unknown at the moment. May his soul rest in peace!

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