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The Ghanaian Football Association on Friday named a new president more than a year after a corruption scandal

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Newly elected President of Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kurt Okraku gives a speech after the GFA president's election at the Physicians and Surgeons Centre in Accra on October 25, 2019. (Photo by CRISTINA ALDEHUELA / AFP)

The Ghanaian Football Association on Friday named a new president more than a year after a corruption scandal forced a major shake-up of the game in the West African nation.

Kurt Okraku — chief executive of local Premier League club Dreams FC — filled the position left vacant since Kwesi Nyantakyi stepped down after an undercover documentary showed him soliciting kickbacks worth millions of dollars.

Okraku got the nod from the 120 delegates after beating former FA vice president George Afriyie at a second round of voting.

Newly elected President of Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kurt Okraku (R) is congratulated by a man after the GFA president's election at the Physicians and Surgeons Centre in Accra on October 25, 2019.
Newly elected President of Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kurt Okraku (R) is congratulated by a man after the GFA president’s election at the Physicians and Surgeons Centre in Accra on October 25, 2019. (Photo by CRISTINA ALDEHUELA / AFP)

The expose by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas rocked football in Ghana and led to the creation of a “normalisation committee” to lead reforms in the FA before a new president could be chosen. 

Ghana’s government said the revelations in 2018 had exposed “gross malfunctioning… characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery” at the country’s FA.

Read: FIFA bans ex-Nigeria football coach for match-fixing

Nyantakyi was banned from football for life by the sport’s world governing body FIFA last October after being found guilty of bribery and corruption. 

The sting also saw a string of referees banned for life in Ghana and football officials in a number of other African countries sanctioned. 

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Aston Villa sign Tanzania captain Mbwana Samatta

27-year-old becomes first Tanzanian to play in the English Premier League

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English Premier league side Aston Villa have completed the signing of Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta for £10m on a four-and-half-year deal, subject to a work permit and international clearance.

The 27-year-old scored 10 goals for Genk in all competitions this season including a goal against Liverpool at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Villa manager Dean Smith hailed the signing “I’m really pleased we have managed to bring Mbwana to the club, he has scored goals throughout his career and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Samatta makes history as the first Tanzanian to play in the Premier League but will be unavailable for Villa’s home match against Watford on Tuesday.

Samatta who is captain of the Tanzanian national side expressed his joy at making the move “I’m so excited, it’s a huge step for me in my career. It’s a big step for the country too. Everyone was looking for a Tanzanian to play in the Premier League.

“I know a lot about Aston Villa. I used to watch Gabby Agbonlahor when he was here.”

Samatta is Villa’s third signing of the January transfer window following loan signings of midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea and goalkeeper Pepe Reina from AC Milan.

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Kenyan U-20 rugby star Brighetti switches to Italy

Michele Brighetti set to feature in 6 Nations Tourney for European giants

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Kenya’s under-20 Michele Brighetti is set to switch sides and make his debut at the 2020 Six Nations U-20 Championships, following his call-up to the Italian 24-man Under 20 side. Brighetti has featured in the Kenya U-20 squad, known as Chipu, that played at the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy in Brazil in July 2019.

Brighetti’s Italian ancestry and the fact that he has not played for the Kenyan senior rugby team means that he enjoys some latitude to switch national sides. According to World Rugby regulations on switching unions (Regulation 8), a player who has not featured in a senior national side may appear for a different country if he meets the eligibility criteria to do so.

The player seeking to change national sides would need to be born in the country he seeks to play for or have at least one parent or grandparent born in the country in question. The third and last criteria would be that he has ‘completed thirty six consecutive months of residence immediately preceding the time of playing’.

Michele is the son of former Kenya Scorpions international and Nondies Rugby Club player, Marco Brighetti. The youngster left Kenya in 2019 to join the Accademia Nazionale “Ivan Francescato” in Italy.

The school is an elite player development rugby academy in Italy run within the Federazione Italiana Rugby: They customarily select the best U-16, U-18 and U-20 players who are considered good prospects and can eventually be developed into future senior national team players.

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Bayana Bayana star Janine Van Wyk leaves Denmark

The 32-year-old Bayana Bayana captain has contract terminated by Danish club Fortuna Hjorring

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Danish outfit Fortuna Hjorring have terminated the contract of South Africa captain Janine van Wyk due to injury.

The 32-year-old Bayana Bayana of South Africa captain was signed in August by Fortuna and became the first South African woman to play in Denmark.

Janine wrote on social media: “I have made a decision to return to South Africa to fully focus on the process of the rehab where I will get the best possible treatment in order for me to get back to playing football again,”.

“Sometimes are decisions aren’t east to make, especially when you are at the stage of your career when you question whether or not it’s the right decision to make, but it makes it easier when you accept the decision and are ready to face any consequences that come with it.

“I would like to thank Fortuna Hjorring for their tremendous support and guidance throughout this short journey at the club.

“It’s heart-warming to know that there are still clubs out there that take high interest in the players happiness and wellbeing.

“Wishing you all the best for the rest of the season.”

She picked up the knee injury while helping South Africa win the Cosafa Cup before signing for Fortuna and has struggled to recover. Van Wyk is the most capped footballer in South Africa, male or female; and the most-capped female player on the continent.

She is expected to return home to South Africa where she has her own football club JVW.

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