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.