Ghanaian FA names new boss after graft scam

first_img0Shares0000Kurt Okraku (R) was elected the new head of the Ghanaian FA after the body was rocked by a corruption scandal © AFP / CRISTINA ALDEHUELAACCRA, Ghana, Oct 25 – The Ghanaian Football Association on Friday named a new president more than a year after a corruption scandal forced a major shake-up of the game in the West African nation.Kurt Okraku — chief executive of local Premier League club Dreams FC — filled the position left vacant since Kwesi Nyantakyi stepped down after an undercover documentary showed him soliciting kickbacks worth millions of dollars. Okraku got the nod from the 120 delegates after beating former FA vice president George Afriyie at a second round of voting.The expose by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas rocked football in Ghana and led to the creation of a “normalisation committee” to lead reforms in the FA before a new president could be chosen.Ghana’s government said the revelations in 2018 had exposed “gross malfunctioning… characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery” at the country’s FA.Nyantakyi was banned from football for life by the sport’s world governing body FIFA last October after being found guilty of bribery and corruption.The sting also saw a string of referees banned for life in Ghana and football officials in a number of other African countries sanctioned.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: During the week I was on my way through town and I got stopped in my tracks.I met a family coming towards me comprising of 3 young boys, all under the age of 7 and their parents.What stopped me was the time and the situation. It was 10am and the children were walking along eating a bag of chips.Two things sprang to mind while looking at this.1. Where the hell do you get chips at 10am on a Tuesday morning?2. Are we that far removed from what is going on around us, that we think this is acceptable?Call it an over-reaction or call it whatever you like, there is absolutely zero excuse for feeding 3 young children rubbish at 10am.The reason I ask are we removed from what is going on around us is this; we are in the middle of an obesity epidemic and our children are fast becoming collateral damage. As it stands 31.8% of 7-year-old children are either overweight or obese.In Ireland, 300,000 children are overweight and 100,000 children are obese.Ireland currently has the 5th highest rate in Europe for childhood obesity.The cost of tackling this problem can be around €600 per child per year and around €5,000 per year for obesity related diseases.Yet this scene that I came upon isn’t an isolated one and I’m sure that we have all come across things like this before. I have seen children getting sweets and chocolate even earlier than 10am while queuing for my morning coffee.I have watched children eating breakfast rolls and drinking Lucozade at 8am.I have seen children sitting beside their parents eating crisps at 9am and overheard the parents telling them to hurry up and finish their ‘breakfast’ or they will be late for school.Then we wonder why our children can’t concentrate at school. If you are reading this and thinking ‘it’s their choice what they give their kids, why not mind your own business?!’ then you are part of the problem.We are in an age where the P.C pendulum has swung off of its hinges.The offence that people take to things at the moment and people’s outrage to ‘sensitive’ issues, has caused people to defend actions that shouldn’t be deemed acceptable.The OECD has recorded that 1 in 4 Irish adults are obese (30+lbs over a normal weight).2 in every 3 Irish women and 1 in 2 Irish men are classed as overweight (10% above a normal weight).We have the 2nd highest obesity rates in Europe for adults, with the UK being the highest.The total cost to the country is around €1.6 billion per year for obesity related diseases.A study from the Irish Universities Nutritional Alliance has shown that in adults aged 18-64:
39% of Irish people were of a normal weight.
37% were overweight and 24% were obese.In adults aged 65 years and older 49% of women and 59% of men were overweight, 
24% of women and 25% of men were obese.Everyone has the right to live as they choose, that is our rights as adults.But we do not have the right to burden our children with the same issues and obesity related diseases that the list above will face later in life.It is wrong. It is borderline child abuse.It is not socially acceptable for us to underfeed our children. So why is it OK to overfeed them?Feeding your children poor food choices on a daily basis, is wrong.Allowing them to be sedentary and sit in front of a computer screen as their only form of activity, is wrong.We have to wake up to the facts that this problem is getting worse year after year and the main reason for the problem is the only reason that it will be solved.The parents.You choose to ignore it. You can choose to hide away from the fact that you are responsible for your children’s health and wellbeing, but you can’t choose to ignore the fact that this includes what you are feeding them and how you teaching them to be active is having a direct impact on their weight and their health in the future.Sooner or later you are going to have to face up to these facts, I just hope that when that time comes, the person asking you how you let this happen, isn’t your child.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness LTDEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ARE WE FAILING OUR KIDS? was last modified: July 21st, 2016 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more