Black Meteors escapes plane crash on their way to Gabon

Ghana U-23 team escapes plane crash on their way to GabonGhana’s U-23 side The Black Meteors have arrived safely in Gabon for the return leg of the U-23 AFCON qualifier but not without some scary moments after their flight failed to land in Gabon on arrival.

With a contingent of 33, Ghana would have been thrown into a state of national mourning after the Askyy Airline on which the team was travelling could not land due to bad weather.

The flight kept hovering over the airport in Gabon for two hours but could not land.

Following the scary moment, the pilot was forced to move to Cameroon for a safe landing while waiting for a message from Gabon before returning.

The contingent spent an extra hour at the airport in Duoala before finally returning to Gabon where they were able to land safely in their second attempt.

In an exclusive chat with FootballMadeInGhana.com, head coach Ibrahim Tanko revealed the ordeal of the team and how scary the experience was.

“We arrived in Gabon safely but very scary. We were in the sky for almost two hours but couldn’t land because of bad weather and had to go to Douala, Cameroon instead of Libreville, Gabon and wait for more than one hour, before trying again. Thank God for travelling mercy. We are now in our hotel,” he revealed.

Ghana will take on Gabon in the second leg on Tuesday to determine who will qualify for the 2019 U23 AFCON.

Ghana took first-leg advantage after beating Gabon 4-0 on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium in their CAF U23 Cup of Nations penultimate qualifying round.

Goals from Kwabena Owusu, Bernard Tekpertey and a brace from Osman Bukari has secured the chances of the team making into the final round of the qualifiers despite a game to play.

Gabon will have a mountain to climb in this encounter as they have to defeat Ghana by five unanswered goals should they aim to qualify in the reverse fixture which is scheduled for Tuesday March 26, 2019.

Egypt confirmed as hosts of AFCON 2019

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Egypt confirmed as hosts of AFCON 2019The upcoming Total African Cup of Nations, AFCON, will be hosted by Egypt, the Confederation of African Football, CAF; announced on Tuesday after a high level meeting.

The race was between Egypt and South Africa.

The two countries submitted candidacies late last year after CAF stripped Cameroon of the hosting rights.

Cameroon was stripped of the rights because of their inability to put together infrastructure in time and also due to security threats in parts of the country.

CAF Executive Committee members were initially set to vote in Dakar on Wednesday but opted to do so 24 hours earlier and hours to the 2018 CAF Awards also taking place in the Senegalese capital today, January 8.

South Africa has extensive infrastructure built when they hosted the first World Cup in Africa in 2010. Watchers however expressed reservations about the low South African patronage of other teams.

Egypt also has extensive football facilities, although in recent years attendances at local matches have been restricted because of security concerns in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution and Tahir Square demonstrations.

Morocco had been the favourite to step in after repeatedly promising to do so if needed but then surprisingly said it was not interested once Cameroon was stripped of hosting rights.

It is the first time the tournament will be played mid-year away from the traditional January – February date. It will last between June 15 to July 13, 2019. It will also be the first time there will be 24 participating teams.

Namboole Stadium withdraws support for Bobi Wine’s Kyarenga Concert

Namboole Stadium withdraws support for Bobi Wine’s Kyarenga ConcertUgandan singer, businessman and politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu best known as Bobi Wine has once again been denied access to the Mandela National Stadium.

The singer’s  preparations to hold his much anticipated Kyarenga Concert have been frustrated once again after Mandela National Stadium also known as Namboole Stadium withdrew their offer to host him on November 9 2018 as agreed a week ago.

Namboole management was forced to breach the contract they signed with Emma Sseruga, Director of Emma Promotions and Marketing Agency that is organizing the concert, by Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).

The concert promoters were informed through a letter from Namboole management signed by General Manager Jamil Sewanyana Mpagi dated October 19 2018, in which they expressed their regret at not being able to host the show on November 9.

Namboole cited what they termed as a complaint from ‘our stakeholder in sports development-FUFA that raised concerns of national character.

“Mandela National Stadium is under a ‘red flag’. Confederation of African Football (CAF) is keenly observing the condition of the stadium as a key competition for the forthcoming AFCON Camroon-2019 qualifier football match.

Should the event be hosted, the stadium will be put into unacceptable standard that may result into CAF docking points from Uganda Cranes and hence failing to qualify for the AFCON Cameroon-2019 finals as well as being banned from hosting international football matches” reads a statement from Namboole to organizers of Kyarenga Concert who have been advised to seen an alternative.

On 17 October 2018, FUFA CEO Edgar Watson Suubi wrote to Management of the facility urging them to call off hosting the rescheduled show to avoid sabotaging Uganda Cranes’ chances of qualifying for AFCON finals next year.

“It has come to the Federation notice, that Mandela national stadium management has entered into an engagement to have a public event take place on 9th November 2018 within the stadium.” reads the FUFA letter signed by Edgar Watson.

Meanwhile Bobi Wine has used social media site Twitter to warn FUFA and Namboole that Ugandans are watching the ‘dirty games’ they are playing.

“To Namboole stadium admins, FUFA officials used in such dirty games, know that Ugandans are watching. NO matter how much pressure you get from the regime, always do your job without fear or favor. Positions you hold are public ones & you must never use them against the people” Bobi Wine Twitted.

The singer turned legislator has since vowed not to let this put him down as he and his team are exploring other options (venue) to host the concert.

“Regarding the concert, the good news is that we are actively looking at different options and will communicate very soon. What I know is that whether Namboole or not, we shall hold the KYARENGA album launch pretty soon,” Bobi Wine is quoted to have said.