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VIDEO: Sad end of ex-Black Stars player Olabode’s football career

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Olabode Williams, retirerd footballer

Olabode Williams has not had a bright future after his retirement in football unlike his colleague Abedi Pele whom he played with in the same team at their youthful age before both players left to play for different clubs.

Olabode William was a talented player who emerged on the local scene in the late 1970s starting his career with Accra Great Olympics in 1979. He said due to his skills he was later introduced to play for Hassacas in the division one tournament. The ex-footballer said he started gaining fame when he had a call-up to play for the Black Meteors and subsequently, the Black Stars.

According to him, his career ended at Hearts Of Oak where he sustained a muscle pull and had to quit full-time football.

After his retirement, he tells crimecheckghana how he has been battling poverty.

“In those days many clubs were willing to sign me to play for them but I decided to play for Hassacas. The Chairman rewarded me with five Ghana cedis. These days the game has become attractive with players been paid huge amounts,” he said.

Williams said doctors asked him to undergo surgery to correct the injury he sustained when he was active but he has not been able to do so due to financial difficulties.

He said, efforts to get help from some people in authority to get a job have been futile and he is sad that his colleagues who are doing well don’t extend a helping hand to him.

“I have approached some football managers to at least give me a job but they disappoint me. They tell me they will call me but they never do. One thing I don’t do is to beg friends for help. I was hoping that since they are aware of my condition, they would willingly come to my aid,” he stated.

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Kotoko’s Emmanuel Gyamfi risks missing Hearts of Oak showdown

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Asante Kotoko winger, Emmanuel Gyamfi, has been slapped with a charge by the Ghana Football Association for stamping on the face of Inter Allies forward Andy Akpe.

The 26-year-old winger was captured on camera in the matchday 29 game at the Theatre of Dreams at Dawu stepping on the face of Akpe which was an off-the-ball incident.

In a statement released on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), said the winger has been charged for a breach of Article 34(6)(d) of the FA’s regulations.

“Emmanuel Gyamfi: You: on 14th of June 2021, during the match between Inter Allies FC and your team at the Theatre of Dreams, did stamp player number 45 of Inter Allies (Andy Okpe) in an off-ball situation around the 65th minute of the game, an action which in the opinion on the association is an improper and likely to bring the game into disrepute,” the statement said.

Asante Kotoko recorded a 3-2 win on Monday at Dawu to level up points with Hearts of Oak with 53 points.

Gyamfi, Evans Adomako, and Andrew Appau got the goals for Kotoko, while Alex Aso and Andy Opke scored the consolation goals for Inter Allies.

Gyamfi is yet to respond to the charge but he risks missing Kotoko’s huge title-decider against Accra Hearts of Oak on matchday 31.

The Porcupine Warriors are scheduled to play against their bitter rivals, Hearts of Oak on June 27, a game that has been touted to decide the winner of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League.

Source: footballghana.com

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Great Olympics CEO handed a one-match ban

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The Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has handed Mr. Olloboi Commodore a one-match ban and a fine of GHC2,000.

This follows an interview he granted to an Accra based radio station Happy FM where he said ‘if not for dubious officiating they (referring to Accra Hearts of Oak SC) wouldn’t be where they are now”.

According to the GFA, the comment was deemed to be ungentlemanly and likely to bring the game into disrepute adding that the comments made against the match officials were without proof.

Mr. Commodore in his written statement of defence pleaded guilty to the charge.

The punishments were in accordance with the Premier League Regulations, Article 38(8) (c) of the GFA Premier League Regulations,

He has also been asked to within three days use the same medium, to apologise to the Referees of the GFA and the entire Association, failing which he shall serve a further six months-ban.

Mr. Commodore has also been warned that any future misconduct shall receive a more severe punishment.

Source: GNA

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Ghana captain Andre Ayew, two others nominated for Player-Of-The-Year award

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Ghana’s captain, Andre Ayew has been named in a three-man shortlist for the Footballer of the Year award for 2021 in Ghana.

Ayew ended the championship season in England as top scorer for Swansea City FC with 17 goals and four assists in the 2020-21 campaign.

Ayew, for a second year running, took his team to the playoffs of the English Championship but came short against Brentford FC in the final at Wembley Stadium.

Mohammed Kudus who won the 2020-21 Dutch Eredivisie and KNVB Cup is the other player based in Europe to be recognized for the upcoming awards which was launched on Wednesday afternoon in Accra.

The 20-year-old Ghanaian prodigy scored four goals and gave three assists in 17 matches in a season that he spent months on the sickbed.

Accra Great Olympics star, Gladson Awako has been nominated for the Ghana Footballer of the Year award for 2021 and is the only home-based player gaining for the award.

The 30-year-old versatile midfielder will battle, Ghana’s Black Stars captain Andre Ayew and AFC Ajax Amsterdam star, Mohammed Kudus for the prestigious award.

Awako has been the face of the Ghana Premier League season with a lightening display which earned him a Black Stars call-up.

Source: dailymailgh.com

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