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Ghanaian midfielder shown red card for displaying “Jesus loves you” after scoring



A Ghanaian midfielder, Samuel Asamoah, who plays for Belgian side St. Truiden, received his marching orders after scoring a hatrick and partially taking off his jersey.

The 25-year-old footballer who is in ecstatic form for the Belgian side was the hero for his team after pulling a goal back whiles they were down and added 2 more goals to bring the score to 5-2.

Samuel Asamoah however could not see out the entire match as he was shown his second yellow card 12 minutes apart.

As is traditional in football, a second yellow card equates to a red card and causes the player to take an early shower.

In Asamoah’s case, his third goal got him overly excited and so emotional that he partially took off his shirt showing an inner shirt which had the inscription, “Jesus loves you”.

The central man indicated that he was aware that taking off one’s jersey was not allowed but he was carried away in the moment.

“Of course I knew that I was not allowed to do that. It was from sheer emotion that I did it. I am especially happy for our team and staff that we are playing such a good game and getting the three points,” he said.

He went on to also indicate that even though he was going to miss his team’s next fixture, he was sure his other teammates would see out a good result come the end of the day.

“I can’t remember when I scored three more times. It must have been a long time ago. I like it. It is a shame that I will have to miss next week’s game, but I have every confidence in our team.”

Samuel Asamoah has played 4 games so far for St. Truiden and has scored 4 goals.

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Izwe Savings and Loans belongs to me – Abedi Pele reveals



Izwe Savings and Loans belongs to me

Izwe Savings and Loans belongs to me – Abedi Pele reveals

Abedi Pele owns Izwe savings and loans: Former Ghana star, Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew has revealed that he owns the biggest microfinance company in the West African country.

According to the Olympique Marseille legend, he is the owner of Izwe Savings and Loans, a microfinance company that has been in existence since 2011.

Speaking to the French ambassador to Ghana, Anne Sophie, he said his decision to set up a microfinance business was to lessen the burden on the ordinary Ghanaian.

“I have done so many things but my character is very calm, I am always in the dark and I believe in that,” he said.

“I have been in the country working very hard, I have a microfinance company which is very huge and number one in the country called Izwe Loans.”

“We give loans to teachers, military, police to support them in their daily lives.

“They have to send their children to school and so we give them these loans to manage and buy things for their children,” he stated.

Pele is one of the best footballers to have ever emerged from the country. He was part of the 1982 squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations.

He also won the Champions League with Marseille and also emerged as Africa’s best player of the year four times.

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Remembering May 9th Stadium Disaster: Official line-up of Hearts and Kotoko on May 9, 2001



Remembering May 9th Stadium Disaster: Official line-up of Hearts and Kotoko on May 9, 2001

Today marks exactly 19 years of the dreadful May 9th stadium disaster at the Accra Sports Stadium when Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko Football clubs were playing their GPL finals.

The incident killed 127 football fans when the police fired tear gas into the stands in their efforts to control rioting fans, resulting in a stampede during which the fans lost their lives while attempting to escape.

Hundreds of fans were also seriously injured during the incident, which has been called Africa’s worst-ever stadium disaster.

In commemorating the 19th anniversary in Accra, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) said it remains committed to honoring the memory of the fallen by continuing its efforts to improve safety standards at match venues.

It appealed to all football administrators, security officers, medicals and football-loving Ghanaians to cooperate with the federation to ensure the nation doesn’t experience such incidents in the game again.

“Let us constantly remind ourselves that never again should such a tragedy befall our beautiful game and our beloved nation,” said the statement.

What really happened?

Ghana’s two most successful football teams played that day, the Accra Hearts of Oak (The Phobians) Sporting Club and the Asante Kotoko (Porcupine Warriors) Sporting Club.

Officials were anticipating crowd disturbances and had taken extra security measures. Hearts of Oak scored two late goals, and the referee called 2–1 in favor of Hearts, resulting in disappointed Kotoko fans throwing plastic seats and bottles onto the pitch.

The police responded by firing tear gas into the crowd. Panic and a stampede ensued as fans tried to escape. Gates were locked and the stadium’s compromised design left a bottleneck, with fewer exits than originally planned. Ghana Institute of Architects called the stadium a “death trap.” After the hour-long ordeal, it was found that 116 deaths resulted from compressive asphyxia and 10 fans died from trauma.

A fan, Abdul Mohammed, had passed out from the tear gas and was moved to a morgue, thought to be dead. He regained consciousness after someone stepped on his foot, narrowly missing being buried alive.

Reports claim that medical staff had already left the stadium, as the incident happened near the end of the match. Some gates were locked, preventing escape


Here is the Official line-up of Hearts and Kotoko on that faithful day May 9, 2001

Match day 4: Ghana Premier League, May 9, 2001

Venue: Accra Sports Stadium
Day: Wednesday
Time: 5pm

Full Time: Hearts 2-1 Kotoko (Scorers: Ishmael Addo (2x) 77′ 81′ ; Lawrence Adjei 60′)


Hearts of Oka  Line-up

1. Sammy Adjei (GK)
2. Amankwah Mireku
3. Jacob Nettey (C)
4. Dan Quaye
5. Stephen Tetteh
6. Joe Ansah
7. Charles Allotey
8. Lawrence Adjah Tetteh
9. Ismael Addo
10. Emmanuel Osei Kuffour
11. Charles Taylor

1. Eben Dida (GK)
2. Richard Nii Noi
3. Dan Oppong
4. Edmund Copson
5. George Eranio
6. Kenneth Sarpong
7. Bernard Don Bortey

Hearts Coach: Cecil Jones Attuquayefio (Dead: May 12, 2015)


Kotoko Line-up

1. Osei Boateng (GK)
2. Kwaku Duah ‘Cashbola’
3. Godfred Yeboah
4. Dan Acquah
5. Joe Hendricks
6. Joe Sam
7. Lawrence Adjei
8. Godwin Ablordey (C)
9. Shilla Alhassan
10. Nana Frimpong
11. Frank Asowah

1. Louis Quainoo (GK)
2. Kwaku Kyere ‘Puma’
3. Anas Mohammed
4. Stephen Oduro
5. Abedi Sarfo
6. Patrick Duodu
7. Angelo Dedon

1. Joe Okyere (Not in Jersey)
2. Fuseini Adams (Not in Jersey)

Kotoko Coach: Ernst Middendorf


May 9th Match Referees

Centre Referee
Joseph Wilson Sey

Assistant Referees
F. B. Arthur – Line 1
M. D. Arthur – Line 2



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Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe will collapse Hearts of Oak – Charles Taylor



Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe will collapse Hearts of Oak – Charles Taylor

Former Hearts of Oak forward Charles Taylor has slammed Board Member Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe for his comments on players seeking to relaunch their careers in the Ghana Premier League.

Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe, in an interview last week, revealed that Hearts of Oak have received several offers from some of their former players to be allowed to return to the club after failed stints abroad.

However, noted that the leadership of the club will not open their arms wide to welcome every player but will rather evaluate their impact before giving them a second chance.

“We have numerous offers from boys who have been outside the country and they revealed that they are coming home. These include former Hearts of Oak players.

“The leadership of Hearts of Oak will not just jump to take them but we know they are better,” Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe told Asempa FM.

He added, “What must be done now is to explain things to these boys that in any profession you just don’t jump from point one to point million, you start gradually.”

In response to that, Charles Taylor, who played for Hears between 2000 and 2003, has accused Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe of being capable of collapsing the club.

“How much does he contribute to Hearts of Oak, he and his cohorts have become archaic,” Taylor criticized.

He added; “If a player has returned from abroad to relaunch his career, you have to pamper him so he returns to the club.

“These old administrators whose time is up, they want everyone’s downfall, the don’t want others to attain higher heights”

“How can he deny someone the chance to play for the club, Is Hearts of Oak for him, they just say anything and when you return fire they will tag you as indiscipline”

“Does he buy a player for Hearts of Oak, he’s capable of collapsing the club. [Dr] Nyaho-Tamakloe will collapse Hearts because all his utterances are unfortunate. I will say it bluntly they can kill me, I am not afraid of them

“I don’t even listen to his likes again, because it is infuriating. If someone wants to relaunch his career, it’s up to the coach to observe him. How can you deny him that chance? Where should he go,” he quizzed.

Charles Taylor won African Champions League and Super Cup plus three Ghana Premier League titles with the Phobians before sealing a then-record move to bitter rivals Asante Kotoko in 2003.



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