‘We deserved to be in the finals, not Nigeria’ – South Africa Coach

Abidjan: Hugo Broos Head Coach of South Africa has said his side deserved to be in the finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after losing to Nigeria on penalties.

The Bafana Bafana came back from a goal down to take the game to penalties but ended up losing.

Broos said his side played much better and deserved to win the game adding ‘Football can be hard sometimes, when you see the performance of my team today, and then there is penalties, and then you lose the penalties and you are not in the finals, it’s hard to accept that because we play very good game today.

‘I think we were the best team in the first half, we got the best chances, Nigeria didn’t have any chance. Second half they have few chances which resulted in a goal, and we changed something tactically, and we could comeback,’ he said.

He added, ‘We created more chances which means if we had scored, we would have been in the final and not Nigeria’.

The Belgian tactician hailed his team for what has been a great tournament for them.

It’s a big disappointment for everyone, we believe we played a very good game, not just today but throughout the tournament. I’m proud of my players, the disappointment is this but the proudness is that,’ he noted.

South Africa would now face D.R Congo in the third place playoff on Saturday, February 10.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stand-in Coach of Cote D’ Ivoire still ‘dreaming’ after reaching the finals

Abidjan: Emerse Fae Stand-in Coach of Cote D’ Ivoire guided his team to the finals of the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after the substantive head coach resigned from his position.

Coach Fae took over from Jean Louis Gasset after their disastrous outing in the group stages, which saw them lose 4-0 to Equatorial Guinea.

The Coach is a post-match interview described their recent feat as a ‘dream’.

‘I am very happy, very moved, it’s like a dream,’ he told the media after beating DR Congo 1-0.

‘I told the players: you are 27 players and I count on everyone.

‘If we want to win this competition, we would win it with all 27…I’ve been telling the players that everyone is important, including those in the stands, and they understood the message.’

Touching on the game against Nigeria in the finals, he said ‘We would take stock in the next two days, we will analyse Nigeria, even though we played them in the group stage, we will see the strategy to implement for the final,’.

Dreams may become reality if the
Elephants maintain this momentum.

Fae’s rescue mission could earn a fairytale ending by winning the AFCON on home soil.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Host nation Cote D’ Ivoire beats DR Congo

Abidjan: Cote D’ Ivoire cruised to the finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with a lone goal victory over DR Congo.

Sebastien Haller’s goal was the match winner after he flicked in Nicolas Pepe’s cross to break Congolese hearts.

Cote D’ Ivoire with this have now booked a place with Nigeria in an all West African finals on Sunday.

After struggling in their group, the Elephants have momentum despite unconvincing performances, but seems to have luck on their side as Cedric Bakambu had a goal disallowed.

But Haller’s quality shone through as he rifled home to book Cote d’Ivoire’s passage.

Nigeria would prove a sterner test, especially with Haller’s former teammates seeking vengeance.

But in this form, the striker threatens to inspire Ivory Coast to their first AFCON crown since 2015.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nigeria sets date with Cote D’ Ivoire after dumping South Africa

Abidjan: Nigeria proved to be dominant side in matches against South Africa, as they beat them on penalties to advance to the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)

After a one all game in regulation time, and an additional 30 minutes, the match was pushed to shootouts which saw Nigeria win 4-2.

Stanley Nwabali of Nigeria was the hero of the day as he made two saves in the shoot outs to see his side make progress.

His two saves booked the Super Eagles’ passage to Sunday’s final, whilst Bafana Bafana keeper Ronwen Williams – who saved four penalties last round – was inconsolable as his AFCON dream died.

Nigeria would face either Cote d’Ivoire DR Congo on Sunday, hoping to capture their fourth African crown.

Nigeria made the early running in a cagey first half. The lively Iwobi brought the best from Williams, whose reflex save kept things goalless.

South Africa responded in kind, Evidence Makgopa curling just wide before Percy Tau was thwarted when clean through.

The tension ratcheted after the
break as both keepers took center stage. Nwabali acrobatically denied Makgopa once more, while at the other end Williams stood firm to repel Osimhen.

That set the scene for high drama in the closing stages. Nigeria earned a 67th minute penalty when Osimhen was flattened, which Troost-Ekong converted emphatically.

South Africa were awarded a lifeline penalty instead, dispatched by Mokoena to end the game one all forcing it into extra time and penalty.

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You are a Co-Pilot, not mate – Dr Bawumia told

Accra: Dr Donald Agumenu, a leadership and governance expert , and a former Special Assistant to Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, has chastised Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for describing himself as ‘just a driver’s mate’ in the governance of the country.

He said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo had engaged him as his Co-Pilot to stear the affairs of the country and that he ought to take responsibility for the stewardship.

Dr Agumenu wss commenting on the Vice President’s address to the nation following his election as the Preaidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, in Accra.

Dr Bawumia’s address served as a precursor to his official campaign launch, following his election as Falgbearer of the New Patriotic Party in November 2023.

In the address, said he was only a driver’s mate in the government and that he would become the driver if elected President.

Dr Agumenu said Ghana was a serious business, which called for true accountability for stewardship and true service to the nation.

‘Mr Mate
, do you want to shift blame to the Driver? I don’t think that is just. Who is responsible for fuel, maintenance and other strategic roles in making sure the vehicle is safe as well as its passengers and the environment.

‘For a number 2 citizen with serious leadership expectations and acclaimed expert power in the maintenance of the health of the vehicle (the economy of Ghana) to speak in that manner is not only unfortunate, but very disappointing. Ghana deserves better leadership to champion the affairs of the State,’ he said.

The Vice President highlighted the major achievements of the Akufo-Addo-led Government over the past seven years and outlined his vision for Ghana should he be elected as the President on December 7.

Since becoming Flagbearer, Dr Bawumia has repeatedly articulated his intention to digitise Ghana’s economy, create sustainable jobs, and build an inclusive system that aligns with global demands.

‘My vision is to build an inclusive, food self-sufficiency, data-driven and systems-based
nation that will fully participate in the global digital revolution,’ he told supporters of the Party in his victory address on November 4, 2023.

Dr Bawumia pledged to unleash the ingenuity of the youth in various sectors such as information technology, robotics, entrepreneurship, creative arts, and sports, among others, to build a mighty nation.

On digitalisation, Dr Agumenu said ‘the evolution started with a solid telecommunications infrastructure over time, including the latest investments in the Accra Digital Centre, Rural Fibre Network, Metro Fibre Network and many others championed by President John Dramani Mahama.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana’s political party law deficient, needs urgent amendment – GACC

Accra: Mrs. Beauty Emefa Nartey, Executive Secretary of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), says that Ghana’s political party laws do not satisfy modern standards for political party financing.

She argued that Ghana’s political party law, specifically the Political Party Act 2005, fails to provide a transparent method for identifying political party financiers.

Mrs Nartey was speaking at a media capacity-building workshop organised by the coalition for journalists in Accra.

She stated that existing literature from the Centre for Democratic Governance indicates a correlation between political party financing and serious organised crime.

Thus, the capacity-building workshop was critical for journalists to understand the links between political party finance and organised crime.

‘We believe it is important for journalists to understand the relationships between political party financiers and serious organised crime, including illegal mining (galamsey).

‘We see how illegal mining is polluting our wa
ters, and we have to question ourselves: who are the financiers of the illegal mining, what are they doing with the proceeds, and how are they connected to political parties? So, we want our journalists to understand all these things given the upcoming elections,’ she said.

Mrs Nartey noted that the current political party laws required some changes to reflect modern patterns in political party financing.

She claimed that the law’s requirement for political parties to present audited accounts to the Electoral Commission was insufficient because financiers were unwilling to provide funding to political parties.

They did, however, provide the funds directly to the candidates with the expectation of future financial gain or criminal intent.

As a result, she said, the law must be amended to require political candidates, including presidents and parliamentary candidates, present audited record of donations made to them, as well as a list of their financiers.

Journalists from both the public and private media
attended the capacity-building programme. State institutions in charge of investigating and prosecuting corruption and organised crime took turns educating journalists on organised crime and its various forms, as well as corruption-related offences during elections.

The institutions included the Economic and Organised Crime, the Office of the Special Prosecutor, and the Media Foundation for West Africa.

Source: Ghana News Agency