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A delegation from the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) and their media Partners Imax Media Group paid a curtesy call on The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excel. Pres. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo at the Jubilee House.

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The delegation, comprising of six members of the Authority’s Executive board members and two Directors from their partners Imax Media Group, was jointly led by the Leader of the GBA, Mr. Abraham Kotei Neequaye.

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Welcoming the delegation to the Jubilee House, the Deputy Minister of Sports Mr. Evan Owusu Bobie intoned the importance of boxing as one of the national sporting disciplines which has over the years won global recognition and laurels for Ghana both at the amateur and professional levels.

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The GBA leader informed the President of the Republic that his new administration has been in office for only six (6) months, during which they have been able to organise a new flagship tournament dubbed, The DeLuxy Professional Boxing League’ in partnership with Imax Media Group.

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He further informed the President about Professional Boxing League which is currently being staged at the Accra Bukom Boxing Arena, and the need for the tournament to be supported with logistics to enable the tournament travel across the length and breadth of the whole country to unearth more talents for the sports of boxing. He therefore appealed to the Presidency for support in order for the league to be staged in other parts of the country.

In his response, Pres. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo expressed his excitement about the revival of boxing in Ghana and commended the GBA and Imax Media for their bold initiative to develop the juvenile, amateurs to the professional boxing in Ghana.

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The President further enquired about the format of the nouvelle boxing league and was informed by Mr. Neequaye on the modality and technical mechanics of the League. He informed President that the competition is staged between 12 selected boxing gymnasiums in Accra.

The President of the Land further enquired as to what is being done for the boxing trainers in the ongoing league, for which the Leader of GBA explained that plans are in place to organise boxing training clinics and workshops with experts invited to train our local Ghanaian coaches in the modern boxing trends.

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On behalf of The CEO of Imax Media Group, Mr. Maxwell Techie, who is unable to join for this visit, Mr. Fadi Fattal Group Director expressed Imax Media appreciation to the President for his warm reception of the GBA and Imax Media Delegation.

Mr. Fadi Fattal informed the President that Imax Media is investing approximately $1.700,000 over a 5 year’s period. The package of investment covers the staging of twenty (20) bi-weekly Fight Nights annually which will culminate into the penultimate Presidential Fight Night on the 26th of December Boxing Day every year to crown the entire boxing league season.

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Mr. Fattal also mentioned the eventual signing of the best boxers from the ongoing boxing league to the Imax Boxing Promotion brand to fast track their professional development into world boxing rankings and title fights.

He added The President was also briefed about the introduction of Intra-Ghana National Security Boxing Tournament during the De-Luxy Fight Nights. The security agencies to participate in this tournament comprises of the Army, Police, Prisons, Fire Service, Immigration and Customs services, which will culminate into a Presidential Fight Night Belt to crown the entire boxing league season which is to be held on the 26th of December (Boxing Day) every year and thanked the title sponsor Hexagon Industries Limited manufacturers of DE-LUXY quality Paint and Premium Motors who on their part giving 2 Brand New Renault KWID cars for the best Gym and the best Boxer of the League along other supporting sponsors Tecno Ghana, TCL Home appliances, Imax Electronics and MaxBuy.

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The President further tasked the Ministry of Youth and Sports to hold further discussion with the GBA and Imax Media on the issues relating to the Presidential Fight Night Belt.

The President of the Ghana Boxing Authority Acknowledge President Akufo Addo as one of their own and decorated him with a symbolic title belt during the visit.

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In accepting the gesture of the boxing delegation, President Akufo Addo thank the delegation for their kind gesture and promised to provide logistical support to the effort of Ghana Boxing Authority and its partner Imax Media Group are making and also thanked them for joining hands to do such a great project for the boxing in Ghana. He finally advised the partners to deal transparently and openly with each other in order to grow boxing all over again.

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Stay away from alcohol and women this off-season – Kobby Mensah to Karela United players

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Head Coach of Karela United Bismark Kobby Mensah has advised his players to stay aware from alcohol and women among others this off-season.

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In an send off address to the team, Kobby Mensah charged them to be discipline as they go back to have their break before the football season resumes.

“The season has ended and as you head home, this is a time of rest not indiscipline. Not a time for food, alcohol and women. Time of rest, especially to players who stay up late on Tik Tok + other social media platforms.’

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Karela United finished the Ghana Premier League season as high as 4th on the table with 52 points.

The Ghana FA has announced September 9-12 as the kick-off date for the 2022-23 Ghana Premier League season.

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The new season will start on a Friday September 9 with matches played across the various league centers.

Fixtures for the new season will be released on Tuesday July 26, 2022 to enable clubs prepare adequately for the season.

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2022 FIFA World Cup: FIFA Council gives approval for countries to present 26 players

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The Bureau of FIFA Council has given approval for qualified countries to proceed to the 2022 FIFA World Cup with 26 players.

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This is contained in an official communique published on the website of the world football government.

The squad size of 26 will be an increase from the usual 23-man squad used by national teams at the mundial in the past editions.

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Find more from the FIFA statement on the new amendment below:

The Bureau of the FIFA Council – composed of the FIFA President and the six confederation presidents – has addressed a number of key topics and taken the following decisions:

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73rd FIFA Congress

The 73rd FIFA Congress will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on 16 March 2023. The 2023 FIFA presidential election will take place at the 73rd FIFA Congress, the call for which was approved by the FIFA Council during its meeting on 30 March 2022.

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Kigali already hosted a meeting of the FIFA Council in October 2018.

Amendments to the Regulations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

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Given the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique timing of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ in the global calendar, as well as the broader context of the disruptive effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on squads before and during tournaments, the Bureau has decided the following: • The maximum number of players on the release list has been increased from 35 to 55. • The number of players to be included on the final list has been increased to at least 23 and a maximum of 26. • The final matchday at club level for the 23 to 26 players nominated on the final list will be 13 November 2022. • No more than 26 people (up to 15 substitutes and 11 team officials – one of these officials must be the team doctor) will be allowed to sit on the team bench.

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Following an in-depth review of the 2015 edition of the FIFA Equipment Regulations, which considered best practices in football and selected sports industry regulations, whilst also taking into account relevant provisions of the Laws of the Game and other FIFA regulations, the Bureau has decided to apply changes for the 2022 edition. The updated Equipment Regulations are available on FIFA.com.

FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023™

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In December 2020, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau decided to cancel the 2021 edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup™ and appointed the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) to host the competition in 2023. Following discussions with the PSSI, as well as consultations with all confederations, the Bureau has confirmed that the tournament will be played from 20 May to 11 June 2023.

Credit: FIFA

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AshGold’s Yaw Annor ranked 7th player with most Goals in World Football in 2022

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Ashanti Gold forward Yaw Annor has been named among players with most Goals so far in 2022.

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The winger is ranked 7th among a list of players around the World who have so far netted more goals for their Clubs.

Top on the list is PSG star Kylian Mbappe who is on 27 goals.

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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema follows with 25 goals.

Robert Lewandoski, Thiago Azulao and Germain Cano completes the top 5.

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Newly signed Bayern Munich and former Liverpool star Sadio Mane is 6th with 21 goals with Annor and Brazilian Hulk tied up with 20 goals each.

The Ghanaian has thus scored more goals in 2022 than Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jnr.

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Annor finished as the top scorer in the Ghana Premier League with 22 goals to his credit.

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