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Ghana Beach Soccer Presents Historic “Sand To Gold” Document To FIFA



A 61-page beach soccer industry blueprint for Ghana has been presented to FIFA and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in Accra.

The impressive document which was put together by the executive committee of beach soccer is titled “SAND TO GOLD – Ghana Beach Soccer Industry” (2019-2029).

The proposed ten years road map tables guidelines to transform the struggling sport into a multi-million dollar franchise based on research conducted over five years. It was presented to Luca Nicola, Manager of Governance Services – FIFA.

A copy was also presented to the GFA at the end of the biggest gathering of Ghanaian football stakeholders.

The symbolic document has been crafted after a decade of trial and error, failures and frustrations but ultimately hard progress following the official introduction of the sport in Ghana back in 2009.

“Today, Beach Soccer has been accepted as a member of the Ghana football family and so from today, we must work even harder than ever before to help strengthen this family and build an industry that every Ghanaian, everywhere would be proud to call their own”.

Those were the words of Yaw Ampofo Ankrah; a founding member and elected President of the Ghana Beach Soccer Association following the presentation.

The historic breakthrough for the fast-growing sport, came at the GFA Extraordinary Congress held in Accra on Thursday 5th September 2019 and attended by almost every stakeholder of the game.

A unanimous vote by Congress to adopt new and amended statutes of the football association already approved by FIFA received universal applause in what was also a historic day for the FIFA backed Normalization Committee led by Dr Kofi Amoah.

It has been a long campaign to get the sand-based sport full recognition and support as pertains elsewhere on the African continent thanks to FIFA and CAF affiliations.

A formal presentation by Ghana Beach Soccer would be made to delegates at the elective Congress on a date yet to be confirmed.

Also approved for final adoption at the elective GFA Congress were Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG) and FUTSAL.

The “Sand to Gold” document contains a strategic plan for Beach Soccer as a sports tourism industry beyond just a game with infrastructural investment by the state and corporates.

The document looks at nationwide talent identification, training of referees and coaches, media, marketing, and corporate partnerships and also provides a road map for sanitation officers and volunteers to be trained to combat coastal degradation.

In a complete overhaul and expansion of what currently exists, local artisans, vendors, musicians, and tourism service providers would also be engaged as part of a beach Soccer Sports Tourism project.

A chapter also details how fishing communities and schools along the coastal belt would be engaged extensively to combat marine pollution.

Sustainable income generation for coastal communities is addressed in the document through proposed partnerships with the tourism industry, hospitality and related sectors aimed at also selling Ghanaian festivals globally.

Meanwhile the national beach soccer team Black Sharks are expected to in Liberia to play against the Beach Lone Star in a Unity Cup match in honor of President George Weah next in October.

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Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal: Captain Bellerin Saves 10-Man Gunners In Intense Derby Draw



Arsenal overcame David Luiz’s dismissal against his old club to twice come from behind against Chelsea in an eventful London derby.

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After six weeks out with a hamstring injury, Bellerin – named captain for the game by Mikel Arteta – curled home from 18 yards with three minutes remaining after Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had won the game for the Blues.

Chelsea took the lead in the 28th minute when Jorginho slotted home a penalty after David Luiz was shown a red card for bundling over Tammy Abraham in his attempt to bail Shkodran Mustafi out for a loose pass.

Arsenal did well to stay in the game and after Gabriel Martinelli cancelled out the opener, and Bellerin ensured Chelsea’s jubilation following Azpilicueta’s 84th-minute volley was short-lived.

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7′ Kovacic’s shot blocked by Mustafi

Chelsea open up the Arsenal backline as Hudson-Odoi and Azpilicueta combine to tee up Kovacic in the box. The midfielder stabs an effort towards goal, only to be denied by a block from Mustafi.

10′ CLOSE! Christensen’s header wide out

Emerson lifts a good cross into the middle from the right flank and the ball travels towards Christensen. However, the Dane can only glance his effort wide of the post, although Rudiger could have distracted his team-mate by jumping in front of him

15′ CHANCE! Abraham’s header saved

Abraham has to score. Hudson-Odoi turns Martinelli inside and out and delivers a dangerous cross to the back post. Rudiger heads it back into the middle where Abraham meets the ball, only to guide a tame effort straight into the hands of Leno.

17′ CLOSE! Hudson-Odoi hits the crossbar

Hudson-Odoi collects and he tries to curl an effort over the top of Leno to surprise the Arsenal keeper. The ball does loop over Leno, but it strikes the top of the bar before bouncing over.

26′ Red Card! David Luiz sent off

Mustafi has a nightmare as he plays a short backpass to Leno and Abraham races on to the loose ball. The striker rounds Leno and charges into the box. David Luiz takes action and brings down Abraham to deny him the scoring opportunity. The referee does not hesitate in pointing to the spot.

28′ Penalty Goal! Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal (Jorginho)

Chelsea take the lead from the penalty spot as Jorginho holds his composure from 12 yards. The Brazilian places his effort into the bottom-right corner far enough away from the dive of Leno to find the back of the net. A super spot-kick from the Chelsea midfielder.

59′ Yellow Card! Christensen booked

Christensen lunges in on Lacazette and goes into the book.

63′ GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal (Martinelli)

Martinelli bundles the ball away from a Chelsea corner on the edge of the box and keeps on running. Kante slips on the half-way line and it allows Martinelli a clear path towards goal. He surges into the box and slots a low effort to the right of Kepa to find the back of the net. A super run and finish from the Brazilian.

72′ OFFSIDE! Lacazette’s goal disallowed

Pepe works the ball through three Chelsea defenders to Lacazette, who collects in acres of space, but the Frenchman is ruled offside as he buries his strike.

84′ GOAL! Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal (Azpilicueta)

Chelsea take the corner short and Hudson-Odoi curls a right-footed cross in from the left flank. The Arsenal defensive line is caught out by the presence of Abraham hobbling back into the middle. They switch off for a second and allow Azpilicueta to guide a low strike with his right boot into the bottom-left corner.

87′ GOAL! Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal (Bellerin)

The Gunners fight back for the second time in the contest to level the scores. Bellerin collects a lay-off from Torreira and cuts inside from the right flank. He shoots on his left foot after being afforded space and time, and he curls his effort beyond the reach of Kepa into the bottom-left corner. What a moment in the game.

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Manchester United Hit With FA Charge For Surrounding Referee Craig Pawson During Liverpool Clash



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Manchester United have been charged by the Football Association for failing to “conduct themselves in an orderly fashion” during their 2 – 0 Premier League defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

The incident happened after Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk challenged goalkeeper David De Gea, which led to Roberto Firmino’s goal but it was later disallowed and free-kick was given to Manchester United.

Before the goal was disallowed, about seven United’s players were seen surrounding referee Craig Pawson to confront him for not disallowing the goal initially.

 Manchester United hit with FA charge for surrounding referee Craig Pawson during Liverpool clash

A statement from the FA read: “Manchester United FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20(a).

“It is alleged that the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 26th minute of the Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on Sunday (19/1/20).”

 Manchester United hit with FA charge for surrounding referee Craig Pawson during Liverpool clash

Speaking about the charge today, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Maybe I shouldn’t talk too much about that. Let’s get that decision done. The goal – it’s overturned. I reacted myself because everybody could see it was a foul.”

United have until Thursday to respond to the charge.

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Football Fan Who Was Caught Looking Guilty After He Was Filmed Kissing Another Woman At A Match Has Been Dumped By His Girlfriend



A football fan who was caught looking very guilty when he was filmed kissing a woman next to him at a match has reportedly admitted that he was cheating on his partner.

The awkward moment was captured by cameras at half-time of the friendly between Barcelona SC and Delfin in Ecuador on Saturday.

The man, who The Metro identified as Deyvi Andrade was filmed cuddling close to the woman before he then shared a kiss with her, but as soon as he noticed the kiss cam were on them, he reacted very sheepishly and composed himself.

Mexican sports paper Record said: ‘If you’re thinking of cheating on your other half, a football match in a stadium with thousands of people in the stands and millions more watching on TV would be the last place you’d go…unless you’re this nice Barcelona SC fan in Ecuador.’

Andrade has since taken to his Facebook and Instagram pages to defend his actions and also revealed that his relationship has been destroyed.

‘If it was a woman in my place what would you do?’ he wrote as reported by The Metro.

‘Various videos have been circulating of unfaithful women but they haven’t been made fun of as much as me. I hope you never have to be in my position.

‘I’m going to defend my honour and my pride as a man until the end… We all fail and we all repent, thank you to those who have invited me to church and if I go it is so I can heal my family.

‘No one is going to be able to damage my image, God is big and strong and these women who are criticising me, I know too have cheated but they still comment.

‘You’ve already destroyed my relationship, what more do you want? I hope this doesn’t serve you in any way because you are only hurting a son of God.

‘You don’t know the psychological damage you have caused with your hatred directed at me. Everyone fails and we can forgive from our hearts. God give me strength!’

He also apolosgied to his partner and asked her to take him back, writing, ‘I want to go back to living these moments by your side.

‘I am really sorry and this is why I’ve come out in public to comment on this nonsense, so I can ask you to forgive me.

‘I’m so confused but I want to get you back.’

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