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Mixed reactions as first VAR review on Ghana soil overturns Nigeria penalty

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, Mixed reactions as first VAR review on Ghana soil overturns Nigeria penalty, Frederick Nuetei

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were denied a penalty after a VAR check.

Redouane Jiyed, the Moroccan referee who officiated the match between Ghana and Nigeria in the World Cup Qualifier first leg is certain that the plea for a penalty for the Super Eagles was baseless.

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After checking the video assistant referee (VAR), the referee was certain that he shouldn’t award a penalty after Ghanaian player, Iddrisu Baba touched the ball with his hands when he went on the ground.

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According to the referee, Iheanacho fouled Iddrisu Baba in the 76th minute hence, a penalty could not be awarded. This, hence, ended the match in a goalless draw.

The decision has sparked reactions from social media. While some think the decision was unfair to the Nigerian team, others think the decision was in the right direction.

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Frederick Nuetei Nortey known professionally as Frederick Nortey is a Ghanaian Celebrity Blogger and publicist.He founded fredericknuetei.com an entertainment website and blog that primarily publishes news about Ghanaian Celebrities.

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Former Bayern Munich Defender Samuel Osei Kuffour Opens Up on How He Sold ‘Weed’ to Survive

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Samuel Osei Kuffour has revealed how he used to sell hard drugs while also working as a shoeshine boy in his early days.

Kuffour opened up on how he used to indulge in various vices in order to survive as a young boy growing up before his breakthrough in football. The 45-year-old took a journey down memory lane recounting how he peddled drugs as well as engaged in petty business prior to his rise as a football colossus.

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, Former Bayern Munich Defender Samuel Osei Kuffour Opens Up on How He Sold ‘Weed’ to Survive, Frederick Nuetei

“I was a bad boy, I was a shoeshine boy, I was a weed seller, I was doing a lot of horrible things as a young boy”, he told LifeStyle TV as quoted by Ghanaweb. 

, Former Bayern Munich Defender Samuel Osei Kuffour Opens Up on How He Sold ‘Weed’ to Survive, Frederick Nuetei

Osei Kuffour, who was a member of the Black Stars team that represented Ghana at its maiden World Cup in Germany, also disclosed how his mother had to sell the family’s television in order to purchase his football boots. “My mum stood behind me and lied to my sisters that the TV was with the repairers, but the TV was sold and I got the money to buy the boots. She saw something in me even though, at the time, football was not that big.” He said. Currently, the president of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG), Kuffour had a stellar career with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, where he won the UEFA Champions League in 2001 and a long list of trophies with the Bavarians. 

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Government appoints Asamoah Gyan as tourism ambassador for Ghana

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Ex-Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has been named as tourism ambassador for the country by the government of Ghana.

The honour was conferred on Gyan by the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ibrahim Awal, during the launch of the footballer’s autobiography titled ‘Legyandary’.

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The Minister urged the veteran striker to use his brand and experience to promote Ghana during the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

“We are conferring on you by the courtesy of the President, a tourism ambassador for this country. For the 2022 World Cup, we want you to be an ambassador,” Mr. Awal said.

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“Use your experiences to promote Ghana. Ghana is not only the most beautiful country in Africa, it’s also the most attractive. Our sports legends help make Ghana the most popular brand in Africa. Asamoah Gyan, we start with you to lead the charge and make Ghana a very successful brand.”

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He added: “The President launched the Beyond the Return project in 2019 which led to over one million people coming to Ghana. Asamoah Gyan, help us get 2 million people to come to Ghana this year as tourists.”

Gyan successfully launched his memoir titled ‘Legyandary’ on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.

The event was attended by several football legends, including Stephen Appiah, Abedi Pele, Anthony Baffoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and El Hadji Diouf.

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Some astute politicians were also present, including President Nana Akufo-Addo, E.T. Mensah, Kennedy Agyapong and Mahama Ayariga.

Businessman Dr. Ernest Ofori Sarpong bought the first copy of the book for a whopping GHc100,000, with the MP for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong also picking the second copy for the same amount.

Freedom Jabon Cesar and GFA President Kurt Okraku also splashed GHc50,000 to acquire a copy of the book at the event.

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