AFA Sports Becomes Official Apparel Sponsor of Ghana Basketball

first_img“This collaboration is the best we’ve had in years and it’s a win-win for both organizations. Ghana Basketball Association will take advantage of this partnership to propel us forward in becoming a leading basketball organization in Africa.”Community is at the core of AFA’s brand. The company, which started operations in 2017, started with a quest to empower local communities and athletes. AFA Sports is the official apparel sponsor of the Nigerian Women’s Basketball Team and has supported the team through their 2 time Afrobasketball win and earning a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.AFA Sports has also supported the Nigerian Parapowerlifting team in their efforts to become world champions.Ugo Udezue, CEO and Co-founder of AFA Sports has dedicated his 17 year long career to the advancement of athletes in the industry, first as an ex-NBA agent and then as the CEO of various sporting companies. He came back to his country, Nigeria to focus on the growing potential in the sporting industry.“We hope to keep adding value to the system and also show the world the greatness Africans have to offer through our community engagement.”AFA Sports in partnership with Ghana Basketball Association intends to grow and solidify the Ghana basketball team to be among the top ranking basketball teams in the world.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFA Sports has signed on the Ghana Basketball Association to be the official apparel sponsor for the men and women’s basketball teams. AFA Sports continues its support of African teams and leads the way in Africa’s sports apparel market. The brand is staying true to their support of grassroots communities through the support of local and national teams.“This partnership is milestone collaboration because the Ghana basketball teams have immense potential and talent to become a basketball powerhouse in Africa. It is also a step ahead for AFA in our standing collaborations and empowerment of African athletes,” the CEO of AFA Sports, Ugo Udezue, says.The president of Ghana Basketball Association Iddrisu Gamel Ayambire remarked on the fruitful collaboration by assuring that AFA is the best to handle the task of providing quality apparel to the team and help in the task of building grassroots basketball in Ghana.last_img read more

PRESS RELEASE: Hearts regret fans’ behaviour

first_imgThe Management of Accra Hearts of Oak, having reviewed the 10th Premier League match against King Faisal at the Accra Sports stadium, wishes to make the following remarks: We regret the conduct of a section of our fans who invaded the pitch a while after the final whistle to remonstrate with our team for perceived below-par performance. While the overall performance of the Hearts team and that of the centre referee indeed gave cause for some concern, we believe the pitch invasion was a rather anachronistic way of expressing their displeasure, and we do condemn it in no uncertain terms.We also wish to express our dismay at the apparent serious security lapse that allowed the fans onto the pitch. Given the palpable wave of anger and agitation among our fans against perceived biased officiating by the match officials, we believe the security services should have been more alert and alive to their duties on the day in question. We would have wished to have been commending our fans for the impressive attendance at the said match despite the previous reverse against Ashgold coupled with hikes in gate fees: Unfortunately, we are forced to condemn the errant few rather than commend all of them for their loyalty. All the same, we commend the larger body of our fans who turned up at the Accra Sports Stadium last Sunday and who maintained discipline.Having made the foregoing declarations, we wish to raise a few concerns about certain aspects of the performance of Referee Otis Oppong in the said match. The centre referee inexplicably allowed the persistent, farcical time-wasting tactics of our opponents. We counted 12 incidents of King Faisal players feigning injury and slumping onto the pitch to hold up play for a minimum of one minute on each occasion. Around the 65th minute, with our team about to effect a corner kick, the King Faisal goal keeper carried the time-wasting gimmick to ridiculous limits when he fell and got up in succession like a person seized by epilepsy; and worse still, he got the benefit of the referee pausing play and ordering a retake when our player was in a good position to pull the trigger to score. His decision to play only five minutes injury time after all these happenings was unfathomable.Around the 76th minute, Gabriel Darko’s shot struck the arm of a Faisal defender in the vital area. Here again, the referee waved away our penalty appeal. These incidents created a perception of bias.Nonetheless, we are not seeking any vengeance or endorsing the behavior of our fans. On the contrary, we believe that human as they are, referees cannot get it right all time, and we always have to allow them a certain reasonable margin of error. We therefore deplore the reaction of the fringe elements among our fans and express our deep regrets for their unsporting conduct.  In raising these concerns therefore, we are only seeking to stimulate all concerned to reflect on how we discharge our respective responsibilities and pick useful lessons from the lapses recorded at the said match so that we can all make amends in future. We wish to reiterate our commitment to the continued education of soccer fans in the country in order to sanitize our game. As a club with a key stake in Ghana football, we believe that collaboration, rather than confrontation among all stakeholders is the way to go.SignedMuheeb SaeedPublic Relations Officerlast_img read more

Sports Today: Lots of it

first_imgPlace S Haven 44 Oxford 22 Nutt Independent, home CONWAY SPRINGS Sept. 11 Next 7th & 8th Grade meet will be Tuesday, October 6th – El Dorado at Wartick Farm – 4 p.m. Med. Lodge 52 B. Plaine 0 A&A 56 Sedan 12 TIME Wellington Middle School Cross Country 2015 results: Bluestem 36 B. Plaine 20 Wylee 7th Grade Girls 1 mile Oxford 62 Flinthills 14 PR Pers.Rec. TIME Games to watch out for tonight: Belle Plaine and Douglass could be a good game as both are eager to break their losing streaks. Oxford has a tough one on the road at Cedar Vale-Dexter. South Barber travels to South Haven which could be an interesting game as well.•••••WMS football: ThursdaySeventh grade football: Clearwater 32 Wellington 6.Eighth grade football: Wellington 30 Clearwater 16.———––––––WMS volleyball: 7th grade girlsOctober 2nd Vs. Clearwater7th Grade A25-22 Win25-15 Win7th Grade B15-25 Loss22-25 Loss Quote from Hannah Shuck: The girls fought hard and played really well. Monday vs. Mulvane and Circle: A team won both and B team lost both7th Grade A vs. Circle WIN25-18 win25-9 win.7th Grade A vs. Mulvane WIN25-9 win.25-16 win. 7th Grade B vs. Circle Loss12-25 loss.6-25 loss.7th Grade B vs. Mulvane Loss18-25 loss.21-25 loss. 8th grade girlsThursday vs. ClearwaterA Team 25-22 Win.25-17 Win.Gracie Rausch  1 kill, 1 ace, 8 assists, 11 digsJennifer Jensen  5 kills, 5 aces, 3 digsLindsey Scheufler  8 kills, 1 blockHanna Hawks  11 assists, 5 digsElise LeGrand   5 kills, 1 ace, 1 assist, 2 digsHope Maxwell   1 ace, 6 digs Cassandra Moody 1 kill League Record: 2-1Season Record: 6-5B Team 25-22 Win21-25 Loss15-5   Win.Hunter Hain       4 kills, 1 assist, 1 digMaggie McMinn      1 kill, 6 aces, 1 digKylie Lloyd       1 kill, 3 acesLexi Jimenez      2 kills, 2 assistsMackenzie Heacock      2 digsKameryn Gerten      2 kills, 1 ace, 1 assistMakenna Pingry      3 acesKierra Sanders     2 digsTori Washington    1 dig League Record: 2-1Season Record:  8-8. Monday vs. Circle A team25 – 22 win.25 – 16 win.Gracie Rausch   3 assists, 3 acesJennifer Jensen  1 kill, 1 aceLindsey Scheufler  4 kills, 4 acesHanna Hawks   4 assists, 5 acesElise LeGrand  4 kills Hope Maxwell   1 ace.Monday vs. Mulvane5  –  25 loss. 21 – 25 loss.Gracie Rausch    1 kill, 2 assists, 3 digs, 2 acesJennifer Jensen   1 kill, 2 digsLindsey Scheufler  2 kills, 2 digsHanna Hawks   1 kill, 2 assists, 1 dig, 2 acesElise LeGrand  2 kills Hope Maxwell   2 digs Cassandra Moody 2 kill, 1 assist B Team vs. Circle 25 – 22 win.  9 – 25 loss. 15 – 8  win. vs. Mulvane 25 – 18 win. 21 – 25 loss. 12 – 15 loss. ———–––––––––––WMS girls tennisThursday: The Wellington Middle School Tennis Team hosted their final dual match Thursday against Derby.  The Lady Knights dominated their opponent, winning every match except one.  Next match is Tuesday at Pioneer League tournament.The Wellington Middle School Girls Tennis Team participated in the 10-team Hutchinson Invitational on Sept. 29.  Team scores are not yet available, Wellington individual finishes are as follows:No.1 Singles:  Kylie Aufdengarten 3rd placeNo.1 Doubles:  Rylee Rusk and Calli Hatfield  2nd placeNo.2 Singles:  Tori Lewellen   4th placeNo.2 Doubles  Natalie Henning and Olivia Brand  4th placeNo.3 Singles:  Payton Ginter  4th placeNo.3 Doubles:  Jocey Hook and Emberly Gonzalez   8th placeNo.4 Singles:  Jordyn Jackson  10th place.———––––––– YES Tyler 8th Grade Girls 1.5 miles 14th Sept. 18 9.26 Bryant Udall 56 Oxford 26 32nd C. Burden 70 S. Haven 28 at CV-Dexter 6.58 C. Springs 60 Douglass 14 CV-Dexter 58 Caldwell 50 7.42 Eldridge Medal SOUTH HAVEN C. Springs 53 Bluestem 8 Oct. 2 6.28 G.Plain 54 B. Plaine 8 OXFORD Meyer Abbey TIME West Elk 52 Caldwell 30 Daniel 9/29/15 Wyatt 57th Booth 13.32 G. Plain 27 C. Springs 12 8th Grade Boys 1.5 miles Raeawna Tredway Place Trinity Brown Pers.Rec. Sedan 36 S. Haven 20 ———––––––––Wellington High School tennis:Tournament of Champions – Collegiate last Saturday featuring some of the top teams in the state.Featured #1 ranked Blue Valley North in 6A, #3 ranked Blue Valley in 6A, #5 Blue Valley West in 6A, #6 Blue Valley Northwest in 6A, #1 Andover in 5A, #2 Bishop Carroll in 5A, #3 Ark City in 5A, #8 Kapaun in 5A, #1 Collegiate, #2 McPherson, #5 Independence all in 4A, #1 Hesston, #2 Independent, #5 Conway Springs all in 3A.  Plus many other good teams. There were 40 singles and 40 doubles teams. with 16 singles and 16 doubles teams had to play feeder matches to even make the main draw.  Wellington’s top performance was Madison Adams and Mekenna Adams in doubles finishing 23rd.  They opened things up against Ivers/Corrigan from McPherson and came up a bit short losing a tiebreak match.  McPherson has a solid team, Ivers was fifth at state last year in doubles.  “This might have been our best performance of the year so far,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head tennis coach. The pair then beat a team from Maize 8-2, then lost to Decker/Shrock from Hesston in another tiebreak match.  The Adams girls then lost another close match to Independent 8-5.  The finished the day off beating Derby 8-1.In only their second meet together Dietra Sober and Madi Lewellen had to play to get in the tournament and beat a solid Conway Spring team in a tiebreak match.  Then they played Mindt/Baldwin from Kapaun and lost 8-3.  Mindt won state two years ago in doubles and was hurt in the postseason last year.  The pair then lost to a state qualifying Blue Valley West team 8-4.  The pair had another tough match against Parsons and lost 8-4, but in their next match they beat a good team from Independence 8-4.  In their 6th match of the day they got beat by a Maize team.  “Going 2-4 for them on the day was good, there was some very tough teams and never got blown out and had some good wins,” Aufdengarten said. Singles player Abby Lowe also had to qualify in a feeder match and won over an Ark City girl in a tiebreak match.  Lowe then lost to Staats 8-0, Staats finished 11th in 5A last year.  Lowe then lost to Ford from Parsons 8-2 and lost to Gemperli from Blue Valley 8-5.  Lowe then beat Jiang in a come from behind match where she was down 6-1 and Lowe won in a another tiebreak match.  In her final match Lowe lost to McChristian from Ark City 8-6.  She also finished 30th on the day.  “Abby did well she just fell behind early in some matches and made good comebacks against players,”Singles player Lexi Saffell finished 35th but had some solid performances going 2-2.  She lost her opening match to McChristian from Ark City 7-4, then she beat Sherron from Blue Valley West 8-2.  Her best match on the day came against Arteburn from Kapaun but she came up short losing 8-6.  “Lexi really played well against a decent player,” Aufdengarten said. In her final match she beat Floyd from Ark City 8-5.Wellington took an extra doubles team of Noelle Wright and Jaylynn Luna.  The pair also had to play a feeder match and lost to Kapaun 7-4.  Then the pair ran into Independence’s #1 team and lost 8-0.  They then beat a team from Lee Summit North 8-6, then lost their final match to another Lee Summit North team 8-3.  Kingman Invitational on TuesdayBuhler     46Wellington  45Valley Center   29Haven    17Nickerson   8Kingman    5#1 Singles Abby Lowe 2-1, second place.#2 Singles Jaylynn Luna  2-0, second place match suspended because of rain.#1 Doubles Madison Adams and Mekenna Adams, 2-1, second place.#2 Doubles Dietra Sober and Madi Lewellen, 3-0, first place.————SPORTS SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY AND NEXT WEEK: Saturday, Oct. 3 WHS VOLLEYBALL: Valley Center, away. 8 a.m.Monday, Oct. 5 WHS GIRLS TENNIS: AV-CTL tournament at McPherson, 9 a.m.WHS FRESHMAN/JV FOOTBALL: Andale, home, 5/6:30 p.m.WMS VOLLEYBALL: 8th at Haysville West, 7th triangular at home.Tuesday, Oct. 6 WHS VOLLEYBALL: Triangular at Wichita Collegiate with Rose Hill, 5, 6 p.m.WMS TENNIS: Pioneer League Tournament, Ark City, 3:30 p.m.WMS CROSS COUNTRY: at El Dorado Wartick Farm, 4 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 8WHS CROSS COUNTRY: El Dorado Wartick Farm, 4 p.m.WHS VOLLEYBALL: C-team quad at Wichita Collegiate, 5 p.m.WMS FOOTBALL: Winfield, home, 5/6:30 p.m.WMS VOLLEYBALL: Winfield, home, 5/6 p.m.Football Friday, Oct. 9Collegiate at Wellington.Pretty Prarie at A&A in Attica.Chaparral at Belle Plaine.South Barber at CaldwellConway Springs at CheneySedan at OxfordSouth Haven at Norwich.Friday, Oct. 9WHS TENNIS — Class 4A Regional at Pratt, all day.Saturday, Oct. 10WHS TENNIS — Class 4A Regional at Pratt, all day.WHS VOLLEYBALL — Girls JV Tournament at Chaparral, 9 a.m.Follow us on Twitter. Central 66 Caldwell 42 South Barber, home TIME MEET: 9.20 S. Haven 60 CV-Dex. 52 15th 8.37 McCue By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Football Friday, Wellington Middle School results for the week, updates on tennis and cross country, and schedules for next week makes for a very busy time on the Sumner County sports landscape…Football Friday: Wellington is traveling to Andale. See preview here. Here is a schedule and updated scores for the other Sumner County teams. Sumner Newscow will be at Belle Plaine tonight. 23rd Caldwell at Argonia Goddard 11.22 10.38 A&A 58 C-Burden 6 John 9th S. Barber 54 Oxford 6 13.35 40th Michaela Hunter 45th Sept. 4 Date: Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Plaine 14 YES 60th PR Adkins BELLE PLAINE PR PR A&A at Argonia C. Springs 34 Med. Lodge 7 Tanner Medal Aryanna ARGONIA-ATTICA YES Medal 7th Grade Boys 1 mile 14.23 Place YES Where: Lake Afton Quinn A&A 56 Pratt Skyline 0 6.20 Long A&A 60 CV-Dex 14 PR S. Haven 44 Oxford 22 41st Medal Stone 36th Mason Douglass, home Atkinsonlast_img read more