Big match preview: Ghana v Mali

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgMali suffered a 4-3 defeat to Gabon last week Monday and the new group of the Eagles will also be fighting to impress returning head coach Alain Giresse who fully takes charge of office on April 1. Mali: L L D D L

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Mirandes, Spain), Fatau Dauda (AshGold)Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Gyimah Edwin (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Daniel Amartey, (FC Copenhagen, Denmark) He is expected to make changes in the starting line-up that was defeated 2-1 by Senegal.Fresh facesEvian TG centre-back Jonathan Mensah who got injured in the game is expected to have his place taken by Daniel Amartey while goalkeeper Razak Braimah could be made to start from the bench. “We have another game against Mali on Tuesday and I believe we can build on how we played the Senegal game and make things better,” he said. Ghana and Mali have 21 games played between them with the Black Stars coming out victors in 10 games, drawn 6 and lost to the Eagles 5 times.In their last encounter, Mali defeated Ghana 3-1 in the third place finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations held in South Africa. Ghana had early on won by a lone goal courtesy Mubarak Wakaso when the two sides met at the group stage. Mali Ghana coach Avram Grant described the performance against Senegal as “satisfactory” and hopes to build on the defeat. Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Sampdoria, Italy), Solomon Asante (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Christian Atsu (Everton, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Seidu Salifu (Club Africaine, Tunisia)Forwards: Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Kwesi Appiah (Crystal Palace, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion, Switzerland), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Atalanta, Italy), David Accam (Chicago Fire, U.S.A) Jonathan Mensah looks set to be rested from the Mali game after missing out on training on Monday. He is the only player in Avram Grant’s 22-man squad injured at the moment. Avram Grant has said he will play a 4-3-3 system, deaprting from the 4-4-2 used on Saturday.  The international encounter will be the second game in the past seven days by both sides who are shaping up their teams ahead of the upcoming Afcon and World Cup qualifiers. Aside Mali losing captain Seydou Keita, Diaby Abdoulaye and Mamoutou N’Diaye to various degrees of injuries, new striker Moussa Marega will not be available for the Eagles after he was recalled by his Portuguese club Maritimo for preparations towards a Portuguese Cup semifinals clash with FC Porto.His place has been taken by youngster Tiécoro Keita who plays for French third division side Paris FC. Forwards: Cheick Fantamady Diarra (Auxerre, France), Modibo Maïga (Metz, France), Mana Dembelé (Nancy, France), Tiécoro Keita (Paris FC, France)–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith Ghana: W W W L L read more


New NHA Managing Director Request Projects, Payroll, Financial Control Audits

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgNHA Managing Director Duannah Siryon institutes measures to ensure Robust Customer ServiceInstitutes 21st Century Technology, Robust Customer Service intended for efficiency  The newly-appointed Managing Director at the National Housing Authority (NHA), Duannah Siryon, has requested that the General Auditing Commission (GAC) conduct a comprehensive audit of the entity, a release has said.According o the release issued yesterday, quoted Siryon as saying that he has asked the GAC to audit the entity from fiscal year 2013 to January 30, 2018.“We want to know the status of the NHA regarding all projects that the entity had carried out from 2013, along with payroll audit, so that we know every employee is receiving his/her just salary and benefits,” Siryon said.He admitted that the NHA has received a Draft General Audit report from the General Auditing Commission, comprising FY2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016; but he has asked the GAC for an extended audit that covers up to FY2017 period.He said the audit report received covers NHA’s financial control analysis, which his administration is reviewing while at the same time has requested for an extended coverage.Siryon also revealed an introduction of an NHA’s biometric time sheet tracking system, intended to ensure that employees give their best to the entity.“In a government that is guided by a pro-poor agenda,” Siryon said, “it is necessary for employees of the NHA to become conscious of their responsibilities to the entity and to the Liberian people.”He added that his administration is introducing new measures that will include a robust customer service practice. Siryon promised to introduce a new and interactive NHA’s website that would contain documents about how clients could identify various NHA’s lands before illegal purchase.“We will be going digital,” Siryon said. “We want our people to have easy access to our website and to get the necessary information that can help them to make informed decisions about their investments.”The release quoted Siryon as saying that NHA’s development partners would underwrite the cost of the new measures at NHA.“In this pro-poor environment,” Siryon said, “we are making sure that our development partners provide us the means, and I am to state that we have received cooperation in that respect.”He said because of the poor financial standing of the country, “We are making sure that our actions are strategic and don’t bring an additional financial burden on the government.”Meanwhile, the release quoted Siryon as saying that his administration will reshuffle employees, to make them more effective and marketable in their areas of specialization.“What we are saying is that, for example, an employee in another department can be sent to a different department where he/she can have a crash course that could be added on the individual’s curriculum vitae, which is an added bonus for the individual for both internal and external promotion,” Siryon said.“Except otherwise, we don’t intend to fire any employee. This reshuffle exercise should not be misconstrued as a witch-hunt” he said. “We want our employees to be diversified on the job, which will increase their chances for promotion in the future. Employees should be an asset and not a liability to the taxpayers,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more