Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Kenyan Alex Kimeli wins 26th Accra Milo Marathon

Kimeli in a pose with Mr. N.A Adjin Tettey

For the second time in the 26-year-old history of the prestigious Accra Milo Marathon, a non Ghanaian has laid claim to the title as king of Accra, beating a field of over  about 7,000 runners to win the  a 42.2km race held yesterday.
Not even a false start at the starting point “The Point”, Nungua, could distract the 27-year-old Kenyan businessman Alex Kimeli who until yesterday was doing mini marathon as a part-time job, as he took a time of 2h: 26mins to cross the finishing line at the Dansoman Keep Fit Club.
Kimeli thus equals the feat achieved by Nigerian Gideon Hagack who won the 1994 version of the marathon.
The Kenyan, a surprised package of this year’s event dubbed “champions run the city”, said it was his first time ever of running a marathon race of such distance in his life as the farthest he has run previously was a 25km road race.
Alex Kimeli, approaching the finishing line

According to the frequent visitor to the country, he got to know of the Accra Milo marathon last year while taking part in a smaller competition in Cote d’Ivoire and decided to give it a try this year.
 Although not happy about the time he recorded, which he says was due to the lack of potent and stiff challenge from his competitors, he was happy that his vigorous three months training schedule has paid off with the winner’s medal at his first attempt at the Accra Milo marathon.
For his reward, Kimeli went home with a cool GH¢10,000, a winner’s trophy, a medal , a monthly supply of six cartons of Voltic mineral water for one year plus Milo products and souvenirs.
Managing Director of Nestle Ghana Ltd., Mr. Moataz El Hout presenting Kimeli with the winners trophy

First and second runners up in the mass sports event Joseph Yandal of the Ghana Police Service and  Seth Nyamaa-Boadi from the Central region received cash prizes of GH¢ 7,000 and GH¢ 5,000 respectively runner up medals, monthly supply of cartons of Voltic mineral water for one year, Milo products as well as souvenirs.
Defending champion William Akuka Awunime could only manage sixth position, while the silver jubilee first runner up Kassim Mohamed of the Ghana Air Force came fifth this year - leaving Raja Lagble from the Volta Region in fourth position.
Highly-rated Godwin Adukpo, winner in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010 could not finish the race whilst the most decorated in the history of the annual competition with triumphs in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003and 2006 David Zigah settled for a disappointing ninth position - one place better than last year’s 10th position.
The ladies category saw last year’s runner up Elizabeth Bortsor from the Ghana Police Service taking a time of 3: 02:15secs to beat the second runner-up in the silver jubilee event last year and two-time champion in 1996 and 1999 Gifty Abbey of the Ghana Prisons Service to second place in a time of 3h: 08:21secs, while Josephine Kwakye also of the Police Service came in third place in a time of 3h: 13:33secs.
Bortsor receiving her trophy from Mr. El Hout,

Bortsor took home a GH¢ 10,000 cash reward, a trophy, medal, a monthly supply of five cartons of Voltic mineral water for one year plus Milo products and souvenirs, while Mrs. Abbey and Miss Kwakye received cash prizes of GH¢ 7,000 and GH¢ 5,000 respectively plus runner-up medals, monthly supply of cartons of Voltic mineral water for one year, Milo products and souvenirs.
The 5km Under-15 event saw 14-year-old Mustapha Alhassan beating Segbefia Seyeram and Philip Apuri to second and third place respectively to take home GH¢ 1,200 cash prize a trophy, medal, monthly supply of cartons of Voltic mineral water for one year, Milo products as well as souvenirs with GH¢ 800 and GH¢ 500 going for both runners up as well as monthly supplies of cartons of Voltic mineral water for one year, Milo products and souvenirs.
Bortsor displaying her trophy

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Ghana Wins 2nd ECOWAS Games......

                             Team Ghana celebrating their V-I-C-T-O-R-Y.....
Ghana finished first in the second edition of the ECOWAS Games, thereby maintaining the host and win tradition.
The hosts dislodged Nigeria after picking 37 medals as against the defending champions’ 35 in the seven-day competition, which ended on Friday at the El-Wak Stadium in Accra.
Senegal, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone followed in that order.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Hon Clement Kofi Humado pointed out that “as a way forward into the future of the Games, we need to sustain the noble idea of the biennial Games on rotation basis.
“We must continue to develop these sports and strive to be competitive at both local and international tournaments. We should continue to use sports as an important tool for peace and unity of the sub-region,” he added.
He revealed that the Games have also served as a test platform for the athletes who will be participating in the forthcoming London Olympics.
In his address, the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Dr Edward Omane Boamah mentioned that the just-ended Games has renewed his confidence and resolve in the integration agenda of our sub-region and the continent of Africa as a whole.
“Let us remove the barriers that impede the integration now. These barriers are part of the causative factors of our underdevelopment ,” said the LOC chief.
Ghana reigned supreme in amateur boxing with Benin and Niger trailing. It extended its dominance in handball for men with Benin and Togo following.
Cote d’Ivoire emerged winners in the female category, while Ghana and Burkina Faso followed.
Ghana again emerged tops in the men’s volleyball with Niger and Benin following. The ladies category saw Cote d’Ivoire finishing first , while Ghana and Sierra Leone placed second and third respectively.
Niger won gold in traditional wrestling, while Burkina Faso and Senegal finished second and third respectively.

......More pictures from the final day
                                                        Ghana's Volleyball Team

                                                          The Black Bombers
                                           Black Bombers celebrating with their coaches
                                               Black Bombers pose with their overall trophy
                                                     Black Bombers coach Ofori Asare
                   Sulemana Tetteh and Duke Micah pose with coaches of the Black Bombers
                                            Black Bombers team at the GAMES
                        Ghana's Sulemana Tetteh in a pose with his compatriotsin the Bantamweight division
                                          Ghana's Jessie Lartey pose with his compatriots in the lightweight division
                            Musah Rahman Lawson pose with his compatriots in the light welterweight
                                  Emmanuel Martey poses with fellow boxers in the light heavyweight
                             Duke Micah in a pose with fellow flyweight boxers
                                                           Emmanuel Martey
                                                             Musah Rahman Lawson
Captain Duke Micah
                                                                   Jessie Lartey
                                                              Isaac Dogbe
                                                        A happy coach Ofori Asare
                                                The Cultural Party was not left out.....
                                                          The Games Mascot
The Games Mascot

                                                                     Dancing Mascot
                                                               rlg Mascot
                                                                    rlg Mascot


Togolese born soccer star Emmanuel Adebayor on Friday night launched his Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor (SEA) Foundation at his plush Trasacco Valley mansion with the promise to harness all the resources and goodwill at his disposal to make a change in Africa for the better.
The heavily attended launch that came with the finest Pomp and pageantry had an array of celebrities made up of players of the Black Stars, boxers, musicians, chiefs and king makers of the Ga state, the national chief Iman and members of the diplomatic corps as well as the media.
The spacious ambience which was littered with a fleet of the finest automobiles around could have passed for an automobile showpiece but for the theme of the event.
Nickname "Baby Kanu" due to his resemblance to former Nigerian soccer star Nwankwo Kanu, whom Adebayor had idolised as a youth, the on-loan Tottenham Hotspur striker from Manchester City dressed in a brown suit over a purple shirt and tie with a brown Christian Louboutin Tasselissimo Suede Shoes to match, while popping Champagne to signify the outdooring, recounted how he met a little boy outside his house crying after the loss of his mother and later his father as well which saddened him so much to that he decided to take custody of the boy and his siblings, to cater for them.
“The event of that day has had massive influence on me till date and has pushed me to open my doors to support the poor and needy in society where he can with the little I have.”
With the mantra “changing lives”, the mission of SEA he revealed is to assist the destitute in society to survive, to transcend and enhance their lives for the better as well as helping people across a wide spectrum of life in terms of education, health, career and social life as well.

The SEA Foundation which has been in building up for the pass six year has on the quiet been supporting the poor and needy across the continent, the foundation in September  last year went on a “tour of hope” campaign which saw Adebayor meeting the chiefs and people of Sokode in the northern part of Togo making them have their fair share of his magnanimity as he donated thousands of dollars towards the enhancement of infrastructure and purchase of equipment for the Lycee de Sokode plus a truck full of medications to two under-funded hospitals in the same township.
Before that the Foundation in July built a couple of boreholes in Hamile and Koro in the Upper West region of Ghana to help solve the serious water problem affecting the area and later travelled to Kumasi to meet Asantehene before participating in a workshop on “education and sports, books and boots at the Prempeh Assembly hall and a soccer clinic with the Kumasi Senior Secondary School students.

He called on all to join forces with the S.E.A Foundation so that the mission that the foundation has set put smiles on the faces of the disenfranchised and to ensure that the youth who are the future leaders have a solid and sound foundation to build on is achieved.
On his part business manager of the player Mr. Terrence Eben said his client for the past six and more has single handedly support and brought joy onto the heart and faces of thousands of kids, parents and communities across the continent, which was borne out of his desire to see a suffering free society.
 “The foundations arms are widely opened to any institution, corporate bodies and individual who believes in the ideologies of the S.E.A Foundation to come on board and contribute generously in whatever way to help the changing lives dreams of Adebayor live forever”, he added.
The Foundation to the opportunity to honour deserving personalities who have in diverse ways helped shape the life of the 2008 African player of the year and the Foundation with Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss Kwasi Nyantakyi, ex Ghana international Nii Odartey Lamptey,  Foussena Leila Djagba, Adebayor’s communication director, GFA communications director Ibrahim Sannie-Daara and Terrence Eben , Adebayor’s business manager.
The rest are Mozino Agui, Adebayor’s childhood friend, Blaise Amedodji, sports journalist from Togo and the Adebayor Supporters Union. 
On Saturday at the Labadi Beach where Adebayor led a select side including Togolese international Frank Atsu, Black Stars player Prince Tagoe and Comedian Funny Face to beat a selected media side 4-3 on penalties after a 7-7 regulation time results in a beach soccer match.
The 3-day programme ended Sunday night at his Trasacco Valley Mansion with a pool party combined with some indoor and outdoor sporting activities including badmintion, table tennis, sack race etc with winner walking away with some exciting prizes from the player.