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Jordan Ayew voted Crystal Palace player for the month of August

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Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been voted as the Crystal Palace’s ManBetX Player of the Month for August.

The 28-year-old bagged two goals from his three appearances in the league so far, scoring the winner in the Eagles’ last league outing against Aston Villa.

He also scored the opener is the big game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The ex-Ason Villa man has been man of the match for crystal palace in all three games in the EPL.

Winning the award with an 84% majority from more than 1,000 fans who voted on the club’s official app, the Ghanaian forward was a hugely important figure in helping push Palace into 4th in the Premier League table after four games in August.

Ayew was quick to share his appreciation towards the fans for their support: “I want to thank them, and everyone at the football club. I am grateful and this is a good thing, but it is just the beginning. It gives me more energy and desire to work harder for this football club.”

Source: Ghanasoccernet.com

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Nigerian striker breaks Hazard’s record at Chelsea

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Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, broke a record held by Eden Hazard at the club, by becoming the youngest player to score a hat-trick at the club.

The 21-year-old Nigerian-eligible striker was on fire against Wolves in a 5-2 victory, netting his first on the 34-minute mark before bagging two more either side of the half time break.

Hazard previously held the record, after netting three times against Newcastle back in 2014.

But Hazard was 23 at the time in the 3-0 win, meaning Abraham has beaten the record by two years.

Abraham has also become the first English player to score a hat-trick for Chelsea, since Frank Lampard all the way back in 2011.

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Essien, Kuffour in Africa all-time best XI

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Ghana’s duo of Michael Essien and Samuel Osei Kuffour have been named in The Sun Football all-time Africa best XI. 

Essien, a once stalwart in the midfield of Chelsea earned the nomination following his impressive performance with the Stamford Bridge club for close to a decade. 

Similarly, Kuffour was an influential player for Bundesliga side, Bayern Munich, a club he signed for between 1993 to 2005 before moving to AS Roma in the Italian Serie A. 

Both players also made important contribution to the national team including helping in Ghana’s debut appearance at the World Cup in Germany 2006.

Kuffour won six Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich (1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05), the Champions League in 2000–01 as well as several other trophies and also the BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2001. 

Essien also helped Chelsea to win two Premier League titles (2005–06, 2009–10) and several other club titles and was also the BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2006. 

Other players who made the list include four-time Africa Footballer of the Year and Samuel Eto’o, five-time Africa Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure. 

Also in the list are George Weah, the 1995 World Footballer of The Year, Ivorian legend Didier Drogba and Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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‘I Wish Black Players Quit Serie A’ – Demba Ba

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Demba Ba has called on all black players to leave Serie A in light of the most recent racist incident in Italy, revealing that the country’s woeful record on discrimination has seen him turn down chances to move there in the past.

Ba was responding to an open letter written by Inter’s Curva Nord ultras to Romelu Lukaku addressing the horrific scenes from Sunday night when he was targeted with monkey noises by Cagliari fans. 

In it, the supporters incredibly insisted that the chants, aimed at the former Manchester United striker, were not racist and suggested the player should interpret the abuse as a ‘form of respect’. 

Picking up on the astonishing explanation which appeared on Facebook, an incensed Ba made his feelings known about the attempts to excuse their fellow Italian supporters.

“And here’s the reason why I decided not to play there when I could… And at that point I wish all the black players would get out of this league!” he wrote on Twitter.

“Surely it won’t stop their stupidity and hate but at least they won’t affect other races.” 

Lukaku had responded to the abuse he received before his match winning penalty on Instagram on Monday.

In his post, he wrote, “Many players in the last month have suffered from racial abuse. I did yesterday too. Football is a game to be enjoyed by everyone and we shouldn’t accept any form of discrimination that will put our game in shame. 

“I hope the football federations all over the world react strongly on all cases of discrimination!!!

“Social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook…) need to work better as well with football clubs because every day you see at least a racist comment under a post of a person or colour… we’ve been saying it for years and still no action…

“Ladies and gentlemen it’s 2019. Instead of going forward we’re going backwards and I think as players we need to unify and make a statement on this matter to keep this game clean and enjoyable for everyone.”

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17,350 have lost their jobs after the closure of 347 microfinance institutions – Minority

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The minority caucus in parliament has said that the recent closure of banks and microfinance institutions have created economic hardship for many Ghanaians in the country. 

According to them, per their gathered evidence, over 17,000 workers have lost their jobs as a result of the closure of 347 microfinance institutions. 

Speaking at a press conference addressed by the Member of Parliament for Bolga Central, Isaac Adongo, he added that the financial crisis in the banking sector clean-up is serving more as a threat to the livelihoods of many people in the country than fulfilling its intended aim. 

“Anecdotal evidence suggests that over 4,500 people lost their jobs as a result of the closure of the universal banks alone. Another 4000 just lost their jobs as well, due to the closure of 23 savings and loans institutions and finance houses; while a whopping 17,350 people are estimated to have also lost their jobs as a result of the closure of the 347 microfinance institutions.

“It is therefore that the crisis has created deep problems only for banks, businesses and depositors but also created a threat to the livelihoods of many of our people”. 

The Minority also indicated that government is handling the banking sector reforms without proper directions and focus; failing to consider the outcome of their reform implementation. 

“The chaotic and often self-inflicting posturing of the Central Bank in handling the banking sector reforms showed a complete lack of direction and focus in the whole exercise” 

“The BoG didn’t seem to have a clear strategy blueprint and implementation outcomes of the various elements of the financial sector. A very basic question such as what type of financial system they intended to achieve and the measurable indicators of the implementation outcome was not considered.”

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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