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Cry, My Beloved GFA. Critical News, 14th September 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 15, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

The “dumsor” will be over by the end of this month, September. And that is because it was not promised by the President. Kirk Koffi, head of VRA says it will be over and you have to believe him.

Just five months ago he was convinced it would not be over until sometime in 2016, but now things have changed considerably and he is more promise-filled. Follow his comments in April this year from this link, http://www.dailyguideghana.com/energy-crisis-to-continue-until-2016/, and his latest predictions on the future of energy supply from this one, http://ghanavibes.com/load-shedding-dumsor-dumsor-end-month/.

Now if we don’t know anything, we know that no single person in any authority in this country has ever been able to stop “dumsor”. This triple-headed VRA-supplier, GRIDCO-transmitter and ECG-distributor has evaded all logic for decades. It does not even pay attention to the exhortations of JDM who has many times over “instructed” “dumsor” to recede.

Maybe we are now at the tipping point of topping the triple medusas of energy? Of delivering yet impossible promises, this time devoid of politics? Kirk Koffi says so, Ghana waits to see.

So you have not been following the recant of the issues around the Black Stars in Brazil? Shame on you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stealing Our Kra. Critical News, 5th July 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 6, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am on a morning run to Korle Bu hospital, my sixth run so far to give a basket of fruit to Arnold, a bosom buddy recuperating from minor surgery.  I have come to understand why everything is so underserved in this hospital, stories of horror float in the car park making the trip to the surgical ward one tentative step tripping after the next.

But that is not the story.  Wednesday, I decided to make a detour to avoid the early mortuary road traffic and bypassed through the suburbs of Chorkor.  It has been a while since I went that way and I was intrigued by the change.

I slowed down at “Naa Dede Best Tillapia” to buy credit and Kwei Fio (I only got to know his name later) was hollering, slaps to his backside, his teenage mother bent on marking his butt for life with a leather belt.  It was a bit too much and I stepped out of the car to reprieve (now) my boy and urge Ashikai to hold up a bit.

Well, Kwei Fio was on a “no one cedi, no school” protest and “authority mum” was damned if she would accept this challenge to her parenthood.  She had offered Kwei Fio fifty pesewas but he said the reduced “wage” would dent his toffee-acquiring image at school.

I pleaded, I succeeded and we came to a compromise.  Things were tough, sales were very slow and Ashikai needed her son to give her more time to resolve this.

So I offered to give Kwei Fio’s one cedi a day allowance a bump and help with the regular payments as long as he went to school everyday.  We agreed that I would send the money by mobile money and Kwei would go the MTN office just across the road with his mother’s phone every week and collect his allowance, which Ashikai would dish out by the day. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Cup Diary 8

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 29, 2014

From Kwasi Gyan Appenteng

The Mega-shambles in Brazil

As it was in the beginning, so it ended. There was a bit of brilliant football in between but who will remember that? Ghana in Brazil 2014 was a total shambles which we probably would wish to forget quickly. Unfortunately, and for completely wrong reasons not only will this mess stay long in our memory, it will cast a shadow on our sporting performances past and present. Let us look at the evidence.

In Ghana, we quickly find scapegoats for our failings and the culprit this time is our age old friend and enemy, money, described as the root of all evil. Mr. Kwasi Nyantakyi, the man who in any other country would have fallen on his sword has fingered money as the enemy within. It is not the last time money would get a bad press but on this occasion, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, may I plead that planning and not money should be in the dock.

Ghana qualified brilliantly doling out a magnificent victory over Egypt in Kumasi before finishing the job in Cairo. Between the qualification and the start of the tournament was sufficient time for planning. Not Ghana; we were not sure about anything including the final squad, friendly matches, money and of course officials and spectators. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ghana’s Black Stars: When football imitates life.

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 28, 2014

By Dr. T. P. Manus Ulzen, tulzen@yahoo.com

Our three matches have been renamed “should have,” could have” and “would have.” How could such a young, talented and the most admired team in all of Brazil have fallen so short of its goal?
We had barely finished bantering with the American fans close by, after our rendition of their national anthem. Before we could figure out which side was up or adjust to our seats, it was the debacle of Feyenoord Stadium all over again, only this time, in 34 seconds not 4 minutes.
Did the team and technical staff learn anything from the friendly with the Netherlands leading up to the battle of Natal? This is the World Cup but more importantly, this is Ghana v USA. This World Cup rivalry was a tournament all on its own and all of Brazil and the whole wide world was waiting with great anticipation for David of Ghana to fire his slingshot to fell the Goliath that was the US of A. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Cup Diary 7

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 26, 2014

From Kwasi Gyan Appenteng

Faith versus realism in a high stakes game

I have been warned by my friends Akos and Yaa not to be pessimistic, or as they put it, “realistic”. Akos is insistent that this is not the time for realism. She even went as far as accuse me of mocking faith. What is my crime? It is like this: I believe that the Black Stars will probably play their final World Cup match today because …I do not believe that one point from two matches, and eventually four from three at the World Cup is good enough to take us into the knockout phase. I know it has been done before, but facing Portugal in this kind of situation must be sufficient grounds for dog-faced pessimism.

Let me explain this before I am sent to some kind of national inquisition that I don’t want the Black Stars to win. I want our team to win. There are many reasons for this. After rushing three million cedis by special arrangement to the players it would be such an anti-climax if they returned home by the same plane that flew in the money. I want to believe that the money would act as the spur to fire them to glory. But my main reason for wanting a Black Star win is to bring joy to the land.  Read the rest of this entry »

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World Cup Diary 6

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 24, 2014

From Kwasi Gyan Appenteng

Clutching at mathematical straws

One of the most widespread phobias suffered in Ghana is arithmophobia – the fear of numbers and arithmetic. There are some people who like me have been terrorized by maths since their primary school days when each school day started with “mental”, a quick-fire round of questions in arithmetic. In our case, our primary Class Six teacher, a tall gangly man used the “mental” as the pretext to beat us every morning. His trick was not to allow you time to think before bringing his long cane down on the poor pupil. Instead of producing a class full of enlightened kids the effect of this brutality was a class full of wailing children, many gnashing their teeth as well.

I mention this because suddenly even my arithmophobic friends, and there are a few, have all become ardent mathematicians. At the drop of a coin, or scoring of a goal, they can do the math and tell you how many points Ghana needs at every step in order to escape from the hermetic embrace of the Group of Death into the open spaces of World Cup football. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Cup Diary 4

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2014

From Kwasi Gyan Appenteng

LET US WAVE THE FLAG FOR VICTORY

………as Spain’s exit gives us hope

Spare a thought for Spain. The European and World champions are the first reigning kings of world football to go out of the tournament so ignominiously. They lost both their opening matches with a collection of seven balls from their own net. In some ways their two nil defeat to Chile which effectively sealed their exit warrant must be more painful than the earlier five goals to one drubbing at the hands of the Dutch. At least, there was light at the end of the tunnel after the first match; Wednesday’s defeat meant lights out for Spain whose King Juan Carlos signed his own abdication warrant earlier that day in the national Parliament in Madrid.

One almost feels Spain’s pain; almost, but not quite because by some strange logic, Spain’s loss gives Ghana a glimmer of hope. This is how the roundabout logic works: this World Cup has been full of surprises. Apart from the fall of Spain, Brazil’s lucky draw against Mexico and Australia’s valiant loss by 2-3 to the Netherlands are part of the narrative of surprise which is becoming a dominant motif of the tournament. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Black Stars Of Africa Set To Shine In Brazil

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 4, 2014

By TP Magnus Ulzen

Ghana is the land of over 20 million unpaid football coaches and I confess, periodically I am one of them.

I have followed the Black Stars through the highs and lows of our football history since I was old enough to read the Daily Graphic and long before we had the benefit of television. Like many, I followed our team on radio, guided by the late Festus Addae and later, Joe Lartey.
What I can say of the Black Stars of old, who own our four continental titles, is that they had a winning attitude. They represented a republic that was unapologetically confident at that time in its history. They had a healthy respect for their opponents but entered every tournament to win.
Unfortunately, the first time Ghana qualified to play for the Jules Remit trophy in 1966 the Black Stars of old did not field a team because of the boycott of FIFA by Africa. This was because all of Africa played for 1 berth and then would have to play the highest ranked European loser. Today we have 5 spots against Europe’s 13, which still makes no sense.

The soccer dreams of three generations of Ghanaians have been rekindled steadily since our re-entry into the World Cup in 2006. (http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/SportsArchive/artikel.php?ID=105899) Read the rest of this entry »

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