Former Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has disclosed that about 10 clubs have enquired about his services.‘About 10 clubs want me but I’ve decided to step away from coaching’ – Kwesi Appiah

The 61-year-old, however, insists he’s currently not ready to take any offers, having decided to take a rest away from management.RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

Appiah was fired as Black Stars coach in 2014, following Ghana’s shambolic outing at the World Cup in Brazil.

Kwesi Appiah

However, he was reappointed Ghana coach in 2017, a post he held until his contract expired in December 2019.

“I have decided to step aside and rest from coaching now. If I want to coach, there are about ten clubs who are inquiring about my service. I think I need to rest to gain my strength with my age now,” Appiah told Rainbow Sports.

“I am independent, and I haven’t received any offer from any club in Ghana. Samatex and Bibiani Gold Stars haven’t sent me any offer, and I think it’s just a rumour.”

Appian further stated that he’s currently focused on resting, rather than getting back into football management.

“Coaching isn’t easy in Ghana, and it contains much pressure. Ghanaians always seek results, and it gives you the coach much pressure.

“I can decide to come back into coaching anytime but am not willing to come in now. It may be a call to work for the Football Association as a technical director, but I think I need to rest,” he added.

Ex-Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has been named as a special guest to assist in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League draw.Michael Essien selected to assist in Thursday’s UEFA Champions League draw

The former Chelsea star will be joined by former Blues teammate Branislav Ivanovic for the draw on Thursday, August 26, 2021.RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

Essien was part of the Chelsea team that won the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history in 2012.

Michael Essien

The Blues have since won a second European crown after defeating Manchester City in last season’s final.

Meanwhile, Thursday’s draw will see the 32 qualified teams across Europe paired into eight groups of four each.

The teams will be split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 will consist of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations who did not qualify via one of the 2020/21 continental titles; Pots 2 to 4 will be determined by the club coefficient rankings.

Also, no team can play a side from their own association. Any other restrictions will be announced ahead of the draw tomorrow’s ceremony.

Meanwhile, in the case of associations with two representatives, clubs will be paired in order to split their matches between Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

And when an association has four (or more) representatives, two pairings will be made. These pairings are to be based on TV audiences and will be confirmed before the draw ceremony.

Investigate all young men with expensive cars – Francis Dodovi advocates

Francis Dodovi, the Suame parliamentary candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress in the 2020 elections has called for the investigation of all young men who have expensive cars and live extravagant lifestyles.Investigate all young men with expensive cars – Francis Dodovi says it’s the only way to save society

According to him, the penchant for luxurious lifestyles is pushing young people to engage in all sorts of criminal acts, some of which lead t the death of others.RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

He bemoaned the appetite for “ill-gotten wealth” among the country’s young people which he said is disturbing and calls for urgent and drastic measures.

“The love for ill-gotten wealth is becoming too much. Nobody cares. There are people that through their sweat from humble beginnings. But you see some young men that want to be rich overnight. So that they can also be acknowledged as rich men. But we cannot build a society like that. All of a sudden, people want us to see that they are also rich. This person has bought a Maybach, then he goes and buys one too. But what work does he do that he can pay for a $200,000 Maybach? Someone who has not even reached the age of 30? Society must investigate all these things. That is the only way out,” Francis Dodovi is quoted as having said on Accra-based Peace FM.

He went further to decry the glorification of wealth without caring about its source, a practice he said does not augur well for the future of the country. He cited instances where some people exhibit wealth that does not match their earnings.

“Now in Ghana, the most glorified thing is a rich person. We are not worried about where they got the money from. Once they know that you have money, everyone, especially in Kumasi, would throng to that place. As to where the money is coming from, no one knows. Today, people don’t celebrate knowledge. All that we want is money.”

Your govt is the ‘most’ corrupt — Kwakye Ofosu jabs Nana Addo’s cousin

The former Deputy Minister of Communications, Felix Ofosu Kwakye, has said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo‘s failure to fight corruption is crippling the country.Nana Addo and John Mahama

Reacting to a comment by Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has no moral right to talk about corruption under the NPP government, Ofosu Kwakye said never has there been a more corrupt government in the country than the government led by Nana Addo.RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

Gabby said the NPP wants to break the 8-year election cycle in 2024 in order to protect Ghana and the gains being made for Ghanaians from the likes of “Mahama the Disaster”.

He stated that Mahama was a disaster and wondered how he would handle the COVID-19 crisis and its disastrous impact on the economy.

Kwakye Ofosu in a sharp rebuttal to Gabby in a Facebook post said “While Gabby’s misplaced angst is amusing, it is the delusional bubble he has ensconced himself in, that is most perplexing. The widespread belief among Ghanaians that his cousin, Akufo-Addo, helms the most corrupt government under the fourth republic is hardly the doing of President Mahama or anyone else for that matter. It is a direct product of the graft and governmental putrefaction that has been orchestrated and executed by the clannish cabal that runs the country at the moment.

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko

“It is not too difficult to glean the basis of Mr. Otchere Darko’s latest intervention and his obvious discomfort at the mention of accountability after the Akufo-Addo era.

“Despite the facade of being an outsider, Gabby’s centrality in the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government is the worst kept secret this side of the Sahara. It is also widely known that any accounting to be done by his cousin at the end of his tenure may involve him given that he is front and center of many of the things that have brought this government into public opprobrium.

“He deploys many ludicrous claims in his insipid defense but there are a few that provide the most vivid illustration yet of the futility of his latest attempt to prove his cousin against genuine criticism.

“He expresses bewilderment that the NPP is unable to fend off charges of corruption emanating from the NDC, yet evidence of his cousin’s affinity for and endorsement of corruption is legion. Only weeks ago, he laughed off the serious matter of the violation and vandalization of all relevant laws governing public procurement in Ghana by his Health Minister in the Sputnik V vaccine corruption scandal.

“Despite having removed a whole Electoral Commissioner and putting former government officials on trial for supposed procurement breaches, President Akufo-Addo has flatly refused to dismiss and or prosecute the offending Health Minister.Felix Kwakye OfosuFelix Kwakye Ofosu

“It would be cliche to provide the list of dozens of glaring cases of corruption that his cousin has swept under the carpet and failed to deal with. Those cases and the subsequent inaction put it beyond debate that President Akufo-Akufo leads the most corrupt government in our nation’s history.

“For more nuanced anti-corruption watchers, it is the outright war of attrition and retribution waged by President Akufo-Addo against Daniel Domelovo, whom he removed for daring to surcharge his Senior Minister over the Kroll corruption scandal and the deliberate interference in the work of Martin Amidu which led to his resignation as Special Prosecutor, that cement his legacy as the leader of Ghana’s most corrupt government ever.

“Mr. Otchere Darko also cites a GHS 20 billion debt service bill in 2016 as water-tight evidence of mismanagement of the economy under his cousin’s predecessor, President Mahama.

“The ace Akufo-Addo propaganda chief is blissfully unaware of course, that as far debt service bills go, this government has indicated in its own budget that as much as GHS 51 billion out of total tax revenue of GHS 55 billion will be used to service our debt this year. This represents 91% of tax revenue. So Gabby believes somehow that it is better to use 91% of tax revenue to service debt in 2021 than it is to use just around 30% of tax revenue to service debt in 2016.

“The crippling debt service burden is of course the direct product of the astronomical rise in the public debt which the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government has ballooned from GHS 120 billion in 2016 to GHS 334 billion in June 2021.

“Anecdotal to this horrendous debt burden is the unsettling display of nepotism, conflict of interest and insider dealing by the very man who contracts the loans responsible for the swelling of the debt, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta. Mr. Ofori Atta has tapped his own company, Data Bank as a transaction advisor for the issuance of bonds which have become a mainstay of this government’s strategy. In effect, the Finance Minister pays his own company millions of Ghana cedis to issue bonds on his behalf as Finance Minister.

“If ever evidence existed that the public purse has been treated as an Akufo-Addo family heirloom, this would be it.

“The biggest chink in Gabby’s defensive armor in the matter of Akufo-Addo’s corruption is the claim that his cousin is building District Hospitals for $17 million when they were built for $ 30 million under President Mahama.

“Here, he was simply displaying astonishing naïveté or he was feigning philistinism over the workings of a government he is overwhelmingly influential in.

“Surely, Gabby is aware that on the 19th of August,2020 his cousin the President, cut sod at Shama after awarding a contract for the construction of a 100 bed District Hospital at a cost of $ 41 million, which is $11 million higher than the 130 bed District hospitals John Mahama built at $30 million.

“There will be an accounting after the torrid Akufo-Addo years end in a little over three years from now and it is understandable that Gabby would have jitters at the prospect of he and his phalanx of cousins no longer ruling the roost as they do now.

“Placed within this context, it is perfectly understandable why Gabby would be so incensed at Mr. Mahama’s candid observation.”

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Felix Kwakye Ofosuon Monday

DELUSIONAL OTCHERE DARKO MUST GET REAL.

So,ubiquitous Gabby Asare Otchere Darko,cousin of President Akufo-Addo,appears rankled by comments made by President John Mahama on his “Thank You” tour which has seen him visit five regions so far.

Gabby is particularly irked that President Mahama stated that the NPP is desperate to continue in government after 2024 to cover up for their unprecedented corruption and looting.

In a rambling write-up on his Facebook page,the chief spin doctor of the Akufo-Addo government seeks to defend his cousin’s disastrous record amidst copious use of sophistry and thinly-veiled propaganda.

Gabby arrogates to himself the right to determine what the NDC can or cannot comment on when he asserts that CSOs,who themselves have been at the receiving end of attacks by his elderly cousin,the President,for seeking to hold him to account,are better placed to comment on corruption and not the NDC.

While Gabby’s misplaced angst is amusing,it is the delusional bubble he has ensconced himself in,that is most perplexing.The widespread belief among Ghanaians that his cousin,Akufo-Addo,helms the most corrupt government under the fourth republic is hardly the doing of President Mahama or anyone else for that matter.It is a direct product of the graft and governmental putrefaction that has been orchestrated and executed by the clannish cabal that runs the country at the moment.

It is not too difficult to glean the basis of Mr Otchere Darko’s latest intervention and his obvious discomfort at the mention of accountability after the Akufo-Addo era.

Despite the facade of being an outsider,Gabby’s centrality in the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government is the worst kept secret this side of the Sahara.It is also widely known that any accounting to be done by his cousin at the end of his tenure may involve him given that he is front and center of many of the things that have brought this government into public opprobrium.

He deploys many ludicrous claims in his insipid defense but there are a few that provide the most vivid illustration yet of the futility of his latest attempt to proof his cousin against genuine criticism.

He expresses bewilderment that the NPP is unable to fend off charges of corruption emanating from the NDC,yet evidence of his cousin’s affinity for and endorsement of corruption is legion.Only weeks ago,he laughed off the serious matter of the violation and vandalization of all relevant laws governing public procurement in Ghana by his Health Minister in the Sputnik V vaccine corruption scandal.

Despite having removed a whole Electoral Commissioner and putting former government officials on trial for supposed procurement breaches,President Akufo-Addo has flatly refused to dismiss and or prosecute the offending Health Minister.

It would be cliche to provide the list of dozens of glaring cases of corruption that his cousin has swept under the carpet and failed to deal with.Those cases and the subsequent inaction put it beyond debate that President Akufo-Akufo leads the most corrupt government in our nation’s history.

For more nuanced anti-corruption watchers,it is the outright war of attrition and retribution waged by President Akufo-Addo against Daniel Domelovo, whom he removed for daring to surcharge his Senior Minister over the Kroll corruption scandal and the deliberate interference in the work of Martin Amidu which led to his resignation as Special Prosecutor,that cement his legacy as the leader of Ghana’s most corrupt government ever.

Mr Otchere Darko also cites a GHS 20 billion debt service bill in 2016 as water-tight evidence of mismanagement of the economy under his cousin’s predecessor,President Mahama.

The ace Akufo-Addo propaganda chief,is blissfully unaware of course,that as far debt service bills go,this government has indicated in its own budget that as much as GHS 51 billion out of total tax revenue of GHS 55 billion will be used to service our debt this year.This represents 91% of tax revenue.So Gabby believes somehow that it is better to use 91% of tax revenue to service debt in 2021 than it is to use just around 30% of tax revenue to service debt in 2016.

The crippling debt service burden is of course the direct product of the astronomical rise in the public debt which the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government has ballooned from GHS 120 billion in 2016 to GHS 334 billion in June 2021.

Anecdotal to this horrendous debt burden is the unsettling display of nepotism,conflict of interest and insider dealing by the very man who contracts the loans responsible for the swelling of the debt,Finance Minister,Ken Ofori Atta.Mr Ofori Atta has tapped his own company,Data Bank as a transaction advisor for the issuance of bonds which have become a mainstay of this government’s strategy.In effect,the Finance Minister pays his own company millions of Ghana cedis to issue bonds on his behalf as Finace Minister.

If ever evidence existed that the public purse has been treated as an Akufo-Addo family heirloom,this would be it.

The biggest chink in Gabby’s defensive armor in the matter of Akufo-Addo’s corruption,is the claim that his cousin is building District Hospitals for $17 million when they were built for $ 30 million under President Mahama.

Here,he was simply displaying astonishing naïveté or he was feigning philistinism over the workings of a government he is overwhelmingly influential in.

Surely,Gabby is aware that on the 19th of August,2020 his cousin the President,cut sod at Shama after awarding a contract for the construction of a 100 bed District Hospital at a cost of $ 41 million,which is $11 million higher than the 130 bed District hospitals John Maham built at $30 million.

There will be an accounting after the torrid Akufo-Addo years end in a little over three years from now and it is understandable that Gabby would have jitters at the prospect of he and his phalanx of cousins no longer ruling the roost as they do now.

Placed within this context,it is perfectly understandable why Gabby would be so incensed at Mr Mahama’s candid observation.

A/R: RCC partners Zoomlion Ghana to ensure sustainable cleaning, greening in Ashanti

The Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council has launched a new strategy to drive environmental cleanliness and restore Kumasi to its pride as the Garden City of West Africa.A/R: RCC partners Zoomlion Ghana to ensure sustainable cleaning, greening in Ashanti

The exercise, to be known as ‘Sustainable Cleaning, Greening and Beautification project of Ashanti’ will involve planting of trees and the education of the public against indiscriminate disposal of waste.RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

As part of the efforts to achieve the objective, the Regional Coordinating Council is doing it in partnership with Zoomlion Ghana limited, an unexampled waste management company.

A/R: RCC partners Zoomlion Ghana to ensure sustainable cleaning, greening in Ashanti

Ashanti Regional Minister Hon Simmon Osei Mensah who launched the project on Tuesday August 24, 2021 explained that the move is to ensure that Kumasi regained its glory as the Garden City of West Africa and also restore order in the city.

He stated that, street sweepers will be employed from Zoomlion with their containers and trucks to help clear the waste generated by the city dwellers.

Hon Simmon Osei Mensah added that the council will sensitise the public for a period of time to the need to keep the city clean and stop the indiscriminate disposal of waste. He further remarked that, sanitation bye laws will also be intensified to check indiscriminate waste disposal and sanctions offenders.

A/R: RCC partners Zoomlion Ghana to ensure sustainable cleaning, greening in Ashanti

For her side, Managing Director, Zoomlion Ghana limited, Madam Gloria Anti in her interview with the media at the function pledged their support and commitment to make the exercise remarkable.

She said, the company has provided sanitation equipment and other requisite machines already, stressing that, they are fully prepared to execute the project decently to enhance hygienic living for residents.