Maradona appointed head coach of UAE’s Al-Fujairah

first_img(REUTERS)-Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona has ended a five-year absence from football to return as coach of Al-Fujairah FC, the United Arab Emirates club announced on Sunday.“I want to tell you that I am the new coach of Al-Fujairah SC, in the second division of the United Arab Emirates,” Maradona added on his Facebook page.The club posted a picture of the former Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona striker holding their red and white shirt with his name and No. 10 on the back.It marks a return to management after a five-year gap for the 56-year-old Argentina great, who as a player led his country to a 1986 World Cup title and runners-up spot four years later.player led his country to a 1986 World Cup title and runners-up spot four years later.Maradona, who took charge of Argentina in 2008 and led them to the World Cup two years later, last managed at another UAE club, Al Wasl in May 2011 but was sacked just over a year later.He was named a FIFA ambassador in February by the world governing body’s president Gianni Infantino.The news of his return to management came on the day that Jorge Cyterszpiler, Maradona’s first agent and friend for many years, died in Buenos Aires after a fall, Argentine news media reported.last_img read more

Black Stars now 20th on ranking table

Ghana drop down one place to 20th in the March edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released Thursday which revealed very few changes.The Black Stars who will resume their qualifying campaign for 2014 FIFA World Cup later this month with a home match against Sudan have been leapfrogged by Belgium.Despite the drop, Ghana now have 883 points, thus gaining 18 points more.Kwesi Appiah’s team are still ranked the second-best side on the African continent behind Ivory Coast. Mali are third on the African ranking table.New African champions, Nigeria are fourth.The top three in the World rankings remained unchanged as champions, Spain cling onto the number one spot ahead of Germany and Argentina. A total of 18 ‘A’ international matches were taken into account for the March edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Virtually all of the games in recent weeks have been played in the AFC, with 15 of the 18 games being AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers. read more

Lewis Hamilton stunned by viral video of Ghanaians celebrating his win

first_imgBritish racing driver Lewis Hamilton has been stunned by a video of Ghanaians celebrating his recent Formula 1 victory. In the video trending on social media, Ghanaian Formula 1 fans are seen jubilating after Hamilton staged a thrilling fightback to catch and pass Max Verstappen for victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.The video was taken at Formula 1 Ghana viewing party at the Multichoice head office in Accra on Sunday and shared on their page.However, Hamilton reposted on his Instagram page, Tuesday, with a heartfelt caption. He wrote; “I woke up this morning to this video and it brought tears to my eyes. I honestly never knew I had fans like this in Ghana but I am so grateful. The love is so appreciated and I’m sending you love right back. Thank you #teamlhghanafor supporting me and being with me on this journey. One love and blessings to you all. #medaase #ghana#teamlh #grateful” The video has also been shared by the Formula 1 on their official feed. The posts were also shared by Mercedes AMG, for whom Lewis Hamilton races, and the official F1 Instagram page, too.Big names such as Serena Williams and Kevin Hart weighed in on the champion racer’s post.This is huge boost for the sport’s following in Ghana which, until recently, was not done in an organized way. Vertical Limit Productions has been leading a silent revolution of gathering F1 fans in the country over the past two years, and Sunday’s viewing was one of a series of events on the racing calendar.The event was held at the offices of DStv, who are partners in this venture to make F1 a mainstream sport in Ghana with a dedicated fanbase.Joy FM has been a pioneering media partner as well, with a regular F1 segment now present on the station’s Saturday sports show, the JoySports Link.Together with brands such as Heineken, A1 Raceway, and Starbites, the racing experience is seeing clear and present growth.The F1 community in Ghana are working at being at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to bring the excitement closer to their teeming fans.last_img read more