CAF CL: Medeama edges Guinea’s Horoya AC to secure healthy first-leg win

Reigning Ghana Premier League Champions Medeama SC defeated their Guinea counterparts Horoya AC 3-1 in the second preliminary round of the 2023/24 CAF Champions League.Goals from Nana Kofi Babil, Nurudeen Abdulai, and Kofi Asmah ensured the win for the ‘Mauve and Yellow\ heading into the second leg encounter on September 29, 2023.

The win thus boosts their chances of getting into the group stages of the CAF Champions for the first time in the club’s history and the first time in 12 years for any Ghanaian club.

It was a torrid start for the coach’s Evans Adotey side as they struggled to beat the Horoya defence in the first half.Medeama had countless chances to go ahead in the first half, but the Horoya side proved a difficult nut to crack.But the ‘Mauve and Yellow’ were very ruthless in the second half, as Kofi Babil opened the scoring in the 48th minute with a spectacular strike inside the penalty box.

Abdulai scored the second for Medeama in the 65th minute with a powerful header from close range, while Asmah added the third a few minutes later with a stunning strike.

Despite their dominance, Medeama SC could keep a clean sheet as the visitors scored a late consolation goal through Mohamed Lamine Fofona.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Awinongya to meet New Lenox Mayor to discuss inspiring youth through boxing

Joseph Awinongya Jr., one of the the rising stars in the world of boxing, is set to meet with New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann on Tuesday, September 19, 2023.

The meeting will center around Awinongya’s passion for boxing and his commitment to inspiring the youth in his community.

Awinongya Jr., affectionately known as Jojo, has been a beacon of inspiration for many young individuals in his community. His journey, guided by mentors like former Will County Clerk Nancy Voots, former Secretary of State Jesse White, and former Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar, reflects his dedication to the betterment of his community.

Awinongya firmly believes in the power of an open-door policy, a principle he has embraced throughout his life. In addition to his remarkable achievements in boxing, it is noteworthy that Joseph Awinongya received a full-ride scholarship to St. Francis University, Joliet IL. at the young age of 16, as a junior in college.

This accomplishment underscores his commitment to academic excellence alongside his sporting achievements.

Jojo boasts an impressive 19-time National Champion wins and ranking first in the USA, showcasing his remarkable skill and dedication to his craft.

This meeting with Mayor Tim Baldermann signifies Jojo’s commitment to introducing himself to the mayors in his community, fostering positive connections, and furthering his mission to inspire local youth through the sport of boxing.

Source: Ghana News Agency

SIC sponsors the 5th Otumfuo Invitational Golf Championship

The SIC Insurance Company was the headline sponsor for the 5th Otumfuo Invitational Golf Tournament held at the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi on Saturday.

The move by the insurance giants was part of efforts to support the growth of golf in Ghana.

The 5th Otumfuo Invitational Golf championship was held to honour the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

The SIC Managing Director, Mr. Stephen Oduro said ‘Otumfuo is an institution that has serious integrity surrounding his throne and must be honoured with a well-organised golf event.

‘We did not have to think twice about supporting this tournament because of the personality involved. The integrity is absolute and my company also stands for integrity so it was a wonderful platform for auxiliary business.’

He reiterated that the company was sponsoring the event for the second time and plans were far advanced to sponsor another tournament at the Tema Golf Course in the future.

Mr. Oduro added that SIC had been supporting sports for many years in the country, and cited the famous Milo Marathon, H P Nyemitei Swag Cup, and the National Sports Festival as activities the company played in the promotion of sports.

He disclosed that his company used golf tournaments to engage, foster, and deepen their already strong relationship with their high-value customers and key stakeholders.

‘Our efforts have been rewarded and golfers from all over the country and every sector of the economy have always waited with bated breath for these Invitational Tournaments,’ he mentioned.

He said, the enthusiasm shown by participants truly exhibited their acceptance of the role this event played in the business sector.

Prof. Bernard Kofi Baiden, Operations Manager of the Kumasi Royal Golf Club, said the tournament was very prestigious as it was Asantehene’s way of appreciating golfers around the country for their efforts to sustain and promote the game in the country.

He commended golfers for their professionalism adding that they were committed to sustaining the competition.

At the end of the competition, sensational golfer Lesley Boakye-Yiadom put up an incredible performance to beat some of the best golfers in the country to emerge the overall winner.

Boakye-Yiadom secured 39 points to beat close contender Isaac Simpson for the ultimate prize and bragging rights in the Men’s Group A event.

Simpson settled for the second position with 38 points while Bernard Kofi Baiden went home with the third position with 37 points.

In the Ladies’ event, Vivian Dick was in her best form as she came out tops with 37 points while Constance Awuni and Louise Serfontein recorded 33 points and 28 points respectively to clinch the second and third positions respectively.

Seth Bekoe Apeadu was the overall winner in the Senior’s event with 35 points while Richard Osei-Boakye and Kwaku Boachie Sarpong were second and third with 32 and 30 points in that order.

In the Men’s Group B event, Dominic Darkwa won with 39 points while Jojo Ampadu followed with 37 points for the second position with John Akoto Inkum coming third with 36 points.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghanaian women receive less pay than their men – GSS

Women earn an average of 34.2 per cent less than men in Ghana, according to the First quarter data from the 2022 Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) Annual Household Income and Expenditure Survey (AHIES).

This finding comes as Ghana joins the rest of the world to mark the 2023 International Equal Pay Day – commemorated annually on September 18, to promote efforts towards the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value.

The estimated gender wage gap adjusts for age, approximate years of work experience, highest level of education attended, main occupation, industry, employment sector, and region of residence.

According to the GSS data, the gender wage gap was lowest among paid workers with tertiary education, where women earn 12.7 per cent less than their male counterparts.

Meanwhile, wage gap was highest among workers with basic education (60.1 per cent) followed by workers with no education (54.0 per cent).

With respect to sectors of employment, the data showed that the gender wage gap was highest in the private informal sector, where women were paid 58.7 per cent less than men.

This was followed by the private formal sector with a wage gap of 29.9 per cent.

However, in the public sector, women were paid 10.5 per cent less than men, which was the lowest gender wage gap.

Among the population aged 36 to 60 years, women were paid 33.4 per cent less than men.

That represented a wage differential of 3.0 percentage points higher for the age group 15 to 35 years, where women were paid 30.7 per cent less than their male counterparts.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Navy continues search for Ada canoe accident victims – NADMO

The Ghana Navy continued its search and rescue mission for missing persons in last Tuesday’s boat accident at Ada.

Two canoes capsized in the estuary at Kewunor in the Ada East District, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) said.

Two canoes, one named Barcelona from Tema, capsized in the Ada estuary on Tuesday, which is noted for a number of accidents, leading to the missing of the fishermen on board.

Mr. Ebenezer Dan Doe, the Ada East NADMO Public Relations Officer, disclosed in an interview to the Ghana News Agency that so far, one person has been found dead and 15 have been rescued out of a total of 19 fishermen who were onboard the two canoes at the time of the incident.

He said NADMO and the Navy had intensified the search to find the other three persons and called on all other stakeholders to help find the missing fishermen.

He said the search for others was still being carried out by a combined team of NADMO officials and men from the Ghana Navy, adding that local fishermen were also helping.

He advised fishermen to study the weather before embarking on fishing expeditions as a measure against such incidents.

Mr. Daniel Ameduame Sotie, the National Financial Secretary of the Canoe and Fishing Gear Owners Association of Ghana (CaFGOAG), reacting to the incident, said the association provided its members with a daily weather report from the Ghana Meteorological Agency on the condition of the sea.

Mr. Sotie, however, stated that they had realised that there might be some challenges with the medium of communication for fishermen and they were considering employing some form of community-to-community education on the issue to help curb such accidents.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Doli stretch on Bole – Wa road washed away

The Doli stretch on the Bole to Wa Road, which was under heavy flood, has been washed away cutting off motorists from both ends.

Travellers were stranded on both sides since the incident happened around 1100 hours on Sunday.

Source: Ghana News Agency