UCL: Juventus crash out on away goals despite 2-1 victory over Lyon – Citi Sports Online
Cristiano Ronaldo's two goals inspired Juventus to a 2-1 comeback victory over Lyon but it wasn't enough as a 2-2 aggregate draw saw them crash out of the Champions League on away goals. Trailing 1-0 from February's the first leg - which took place 163 days prior - recently-crowned Serie A champions Juve found themselves needing to score three goals after Memphis Depay's nonchalant 12th-minute Panenka penalty. Ronaldo reduced the arrears two minutes before the break with a penalty of his own and gave Juventus further hope when he rocketed his 130th Champions League goal into the top corner on the hour.
UCL: Manchester City through to quarter-finals after 2-1 win over Real Madrid – Citi Sports Online
Manchester City capitalised on two Raphael Varane errors as they made it through to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid at the Etihad. The hosts added to their first leg advantage early on as a lackadaisical Varane was caught in possession on his own byline by Gabriel Jesus, who squared for Raheem Sterling to tap home for his 100th Manchester City goal. It was chaos in the second period as Real continued to mess around with the ball deep in their half, and City eventually killed the tie off as Jesus nipped in to capitalise on a weak Varane header to brilliantly poke home from an angle. Pep Guardiola's City, chasing that elusive first Champions League crown, will now travel to Lisbon for the single-leg quarter-final against Lyon, on August 15.
UEFA punish Wolves for breaching financial rules – Citi Sports Online
Wolves have been punished for breaching UEFA's financial break-even requirements for the 2019/20 season. "Wolverhampton Wanderers FC undertakes to report a maximum break-even deficit of €30 million in the financial year ending in 2020 and to finally reach, in the 2021/22 season, an aggregate break-even result for the financial years ending in 2019, 2020 and 2021 within the acceptable deviation." "Wolverhampton Wanderers FC agrees to pay a total financial contribution up to €0.6 million, which will be withheld from any revenues it earns from participating in UEFA competitions."
‘We will create jobs for the youth of Asanteman' – New Kotoko CEO – Citi Sports Online
Newly-appointed Kumasi Asante Kotoko Chief Executive Officer, Nana Yaw Amponsah, says he plans to create jobs for the youth of Asanteman during his tenure. "We will create jobs for the youth of Asanteman, in particular, and Ghana." "Asante Kotoko has a huge potential to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive," he said.
Ghanaian professionals donate to Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital
Business Links Africa, a network of Ghanaian professionals, academicians, and entrepreneurs across the globe have presented Oxygen Concentrator and assorted personal protective equipment to the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi. "We know the government is doing its bit at the national level, but we also wanted to make a little bit of impact with the little that we have. So we decided to find a good regional hospital that is doing something significant for the area, and Effia-Nkwanta Hospital is what we chose. We came to the hospital to find out what was really needed and we were informed about the Oxygen Concentrator." The Medical Director of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Dr. Joseph Tambil, on behalf of the hospital expressed appreciation to the professionals that make up Business Links Africa for the support in this time of need.
“Asante Kotoko is bigger than NPP and NDC” – New Kotoko CEO – Citi Sports Online
Newly appointed Chief Executive of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Nana Yaw Amponsah, has described the club as 'easily the biggest club in Ghana' before claiming it is bigger than any political party in the country. "Asante Kotoko is the biggest club in Ghana, no doubt. And for me, it's the third biggest club in Africa, in structure. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of its content," Amponsah said in his address to the Board and fans. "I dare say that Asante Kotoko is bigger than NPP and NDC. Kotoko transcends boundaries. Kotoko is a culture."
Our principal, teachers did not order attack on WAEC officials
Bright Amponsah, has been accused of ordering students to attack officers of the West African Examinations Council, the school says WAEC officials prevented the principal from entering the school on Thursday, when the attack happened. Bright SHS in the statement maintained that "The principal and the teachers could not have instructed the students to stop writing the paper and leave the school premises as has been reported". Following the incident, WAEC has relocated the WASSCE at the Bright Senior High School in Kukurantumi to Ofori Panin Senior High School.
GES dismisses 14 students, bars them from writing ongoing WASSCE over violence
14 students in some Senior High Schools in the country have been dismissed following recent acts of indiscipline and vandalism recorded during the conduct of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination. These students have also been barred from writing their remaining papers in the ongoing examination organised by the West Africa Examination Council. Students at the Bright Senior High School at Kukurantumi also on Thursday, August 2020, also attacked some invigilators after allegedly being spurred on by their proprietor.
#UCLisBack: Betway predictions, odds for Bayern v Chelsea, Juventus v Lyon, Man City v Real, Barca v Napoli – Citi Sports Online
Juventus are fresh off a 9th consecutive Serie A win and the least expected from Maurizio Sarri's men is a place in the last 8 of the Europe's biggest competition. The odds for a Juventus handicap win is 2.47 odds on Betway. A Barcelona win stand at 1.62 odds on Betway.
FIFPro suspends Ivorian Footballers Association for not backing Drogba's FA presidency bid – Citi Sports Online
The International Federation of Professional Footballers has suspended the Ivorian Footballers Association for failing to endorse the candidature of FA Presidential aspirant, Didier Drogba. "Following the decision of the Board of the Association of Ivorian Footballers dated July 13, 2020, relating to the sponsorship of a candidate for the election of the president of the Ivorian Football Federation, a decision made public by means of a press release and since confirmed by you in the Ivorian media, as president of AFI, we, Philippe Piat, president of FIFPRO, and Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, general secretary of FIFPro, pronounce the suspension of the Association of Ivorian Footballers with immediate effect." According to FIFPro, AFI's decision "Testifies to a flagrant forgetting of this obligation and a total lack of consideration towards your members, other players playing in Ivorian Championships and Ivorian expatriate footballers, international or not. You cannot ignore the desire, expressed many times, to see AFI give its sponsorship to a former player, who is also a founding member and vice-president of their Association."
Holding 2020 polls without new register could've disenfranchised 800,000 eligible voters
The Electoral Commission has justified the compilation of the new voters' register insisting the 16.6 million voters captured in the new register so far is a fair count of voters. Over 19.8 million voters, the electoral management body says would have been recorded if an entirely new register was not prepared. "Potentially, without the compilation of a new voters' register, the Commission was on track to have almost 19 million people registered and another 800,000 denied the right to vote. With the compilation of this register, those on the duplicates and exceptions lists from 2012 have had the opportunity to register", Dr. Asare noted.
Zuckerberg now worth more than $100bn as Facebook stock rose due to release of TikTok rival, Instagram Reels – Citi Business News
Optimism in Facebook Inc. hit record levels following the release of the new Instagram feature which comes as TikTok faces a possible ban in the U.S. as the Trump administration cracks down on China. Stock in Facebook Inc. climbed by 6.5 per cent on Thursday, the day after it launched Reels on Instagram. In response to published reports that Instagram is paying TikTok influencers to join Reels, Instagram said in a statement that the company 'have a long history of reaching out to emerging creators and working to break new stars on Instagram.
Frank Nuttall's appeal against Hearts thrown out by GFA Appeals Committee – Citi Sports Online
The Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association has dismissed the appeal filed by former Hearts of Oak Head Coach, Frank Nuttall against the club. In their response, the Appeals Committee disclosed that there was enough evidence to show that Hearts of Oak confronted Nuttall about his conduct, and the Scot further issued an official apology to the club. The Appeals Committee further explained that Hearts of Oak could use other alternatives in dealing with the matter provided the essence of the said clause was met, which per their estimation was done, hence their dismissal of the appeal.
Konadu's NDP targets 15 parliamentary seats in Ashanti Region
The National Democratic Party says it is targeting to win 15 out of the 47 parliamentary seats in the Ashanti Region in the 2020 general elections. The party founded by former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings says members who picked nominations to contest for the parliamentary seats have begun engaging constituents ahead of the elections. The Ashanti Regional Youth Organizer for the party, Abdul-Rashid Muslim spoke to Citi News said the party saw some opportunities in the targeted constituencies.
Hearts of Oak part ways with Joseph Esso, Christopher Bonney on major clear out – Citi Sports Online
Hearts of Oak have mutually ended terms with star forward, Joseph Esso and right back Christopher Bonney in a major clear out ahead of the new Ghana Premier League season. The GHPL giants have opted not to extend the contracts of as many as five first team players, including Benjamin Agyare, Benard Arthur and Abubakar Traore. Esso joined Hearts in 2018 from after a stint with Ebusua Dwarfs, and was instrumental as the Phobians reached the semifinals of the Normalization Committee Special Competition in 2019.
ADB shows impressive half-year performance despite impact of COVID-19 – Citi Business News
The Agricultural Development Bank, has posted impressive financial growth in its half year results even in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc to all sectors of the economy including the financial sector. The unaudited half year results published by the Bank last week showed a growth in all key performances such as assets, deposits, loans, net interest income and others also saw an appreciable growth. According to Dr. Kofi Mensah, the Bank's digital banking products kept it in business during the period since customers could still do business without necessary being in the Banking halls.
WAEC relocates examination centre at Bright SHS after attack on invigilators
The West African Examinations Council has relocated the centre for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination at the Bright Senior High School in Kukurantumi to Ofori Panin Senior High School, following a recent attack on its officials. The students of Bright SHS launched the attack after allegedly being incited by their proprietor, Bright Amponsah who was reportedly upset WAEC officials had tightened security during the examination. WAEC in a statement said it had decided to relocate the examination centre to "Ensure the integrity of the examination and safeguard the lives of examination officials."
16.6 million persons captured in voter registration exercise
The Electoral Commission registered 16,663,699 persons during the mass voter registration exercise. Since the EC's last briefing, the four top regions in voter share remain the Greater Accra Region, Ashanti Region, Eastern Region and Central Region. "A Limited Registration Exercise that would have taken place in all Electoral Areas and Registration Centers across the country was estimated to conservatively add about 2million Ghanaians on to the existing register," it said.
Top 5 players to break the Arsenal-Chelsea divide – Citi Sports Online
With reports that Willian's move to Arsenal from Chelsea imminent, here is a look at the top 5 players to cross from one side of London to the other direction directly. The left-back left is the first player to leave Arsenal directly to Chelsea in a series of the saga and shocking incidents spanning from 2005. Looking back on his controversial decision to join Chelsea Cole said he had no regrets when speaking on Sky Sports in February 2020: "I was a little bit hot-headed and didn't realize what I was doing at the time as well, but I don't regret it. When I look back now, it was something maybe that was meant to happen."
Common Platform has saved Ghana GHS1.5bn in undeclared taxes by telcos – Ursula – Citi Business News
Government says it has made savings of GHc1.5 billion in under-declared taxes in the telecommunications sector since the implementation of the Common Platform in 2017. Answering questions on the floor of Parliament, the Minister said "An estimated amount of GHS 300 million in taxes was also saved between the first quarter of 2017 to date as a result of the announcement of the implementation of the CP on March 8th, 2017.". Under Section 14 of the Communications Services Tax Act 2008, as amended by Section 7 of the Communications Service Tax Act, 2013, Act 864 mandated the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Communications to establish a common platform as a mechanism for verifying the actual revenues that accrue to service providers for the purpose of computing taxes due to government under Act 864, and revenues accruing from levies under Act 775 as amended by Act 786 of 2009.