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FIFA auditors arrive to scrutinise GFA 2020 expenditure

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Kurt Okraku is President of the Ghana Football Association

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) will be receiving auditors from the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Saturday, May 15, 2021 as the world sport governing body embarks on the Central Review for the 2020 financial year spanning January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

The arrival of the FIFA appointed audit firm follows a successful Financial Reporting by the GFA on all FIFA Funds received during the period under review, including the FIFA COVID-19 Relief Funds and an Audit Kickoff Meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, via Microsoft Teams.

The FIFA Audit Kickoff Meeting focused on the arrival of the audit team, period of stay and areas to cover while the team also sought to clarity some specific areas of the Report including the FIFA Forward Reports.

It would be recalled that last year the GFA had a successful FIFA Audit for the period 2019 though there was no on-site assessment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.

For that period all the auditing works were done virtually using online audit tools because of the COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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We are focused – Kotoko warn rivals

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Ghana Premier League side Asante Kotoko have sent some words of caution to their rivals as the campaign gradually reaches its conclusion.

The Ghanaian giants go into the weekend on the back of a 3-2 win over Inter Allies which moved them on par with arch rivals Hearts of Oak on 53 points.

They are expected to face Karela United in the following week after battling it out with Thunderbolt FC in the MTN FA Cup.

Ahead of the title run in, they sent words of warning to other teams.

 

Source: footballghana.com

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‘Grateful’ Andre Ayew bids farewell to Swansea City fans

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Andre Ayew has expressed his gratitude to English Championship side Swansea City as the Ghana international leaves the club.

Ayew leaves the Liberty Stadium despite ending the previous two seasons under Steve Cooper as Swansea’s top scorer.

He was unable to produce the moment of magic Swansea City required as they were beaten by Brentford in the Championship play-off final.

The 31-year-old has scored 35 goals in 106 appearances since rejoining Swansea from West Ham for an initial £18m in January 2018.

Ayew originally joined Swansea on a free transfer from Marseille back in 2015 scoring 12 goals in 35 appearances in the Premier League, before joining West Ham for £20.5m a season later.

The forward has been linked with a return to Turkish giants Fenerbahce in the ongoing transfer market.

He has also been reported to be closing in on a move to re-unite with Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United.

 

Source: ghanasoccernet.com

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PHOTOS: Suspected car bomb found near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico ahead of Italy’s Euro 2020

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There were doubts over Wednesday night’s Euro 2020 clash between Italy and Switzerland after a suspected bomb was discovered near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, just before kick-off.

Italian security forces were called to the scene after a passerby spotted a suspicious item inside a parked car while headed for the Euro 2020 match.

The suspected bomb was found near the Piazza Mancini area of the capital, just a few kilometres away from the stadium at around 5.40pm, reported Corriere dello Sport. 

 Suspected car bomb found near Rome?s Stadio Olimpico ahead of Italy?s Euro 2020 (Photo)

The road surrounding the car was blocked by security officials to allow the bomb squad to carry out operations to diffuse the explosive.

According to reports, the bomb appeared to be homemade with gunpowder, bolts and electric wires. The police have not yet officially confirmed the device as a bomb.

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi said the bomb was found attached to an official’s car, while noting the seriousness of the situation and expressing solidarity. She did not, however, link the bomb threat to the match.

“A bomb was found in the car of Marco Doria, president of the Table for the redevelopment of parks and historic villas in Rome. A very serious fact, I express my full solidarity,” Ms. Raggi wrote on Twitter.

Italian politician, Carlo Calenda said the official in whose car the bomb was found was allegedly targeted following the redevelopment of historic Roman villas in the city.

Mr. Doria had faced threats in the past over reforms of park services. Investigations have been launched by the police in the case.

The match kicked off at 8 pm as Italy and Switzerland clashed for their Group A game. The host won by 3-0 over Switzerland in their second match and became the first team to enter round 16 of Euro 2020.

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