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All Systems Go In Men’s Football Of 13th African Games, Accra 2023 –

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All Systems Go In Men’s Football Of 13th African Games, Accra 2023 -

The football edition of the 13th African Games, Accra 2023 is set to kick off this Thursday, with eight teams ready to do battle at the continental multi-coded sporting showpiece.

Dating back to 1965 when Congo hosted the maiden edition, the African Games (formerly All Africa Games) has grown into a giant continental multi-sport competition of repute.

Over the past years that it’s been running, it has become another symbol of Africa’s unique place in sports, particularly football.

The 13th edition of the continental competition will take place in Accra between 07 – 23 March.

Eight nations in the Men’s division including hosts Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, The Gambia, Congo, Uganda, South Sudan and Benin will take each other to be crowned champions of the competition.

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The men’s football competition kicks off on Thursday, 07 March, a day earlier than the opening ceremony with South Sudan coming up against Senegal in the first match of the day, while Nigeria will take on Uganda in the second game.

On Friday, 08 March, Ghana’s Black Satellites will test their might against Congo with The Gambia playing Benin in the second game of the day at 20:00 GMT.

All Day 1 and 2 matches will be played at the country’s national stadium, Accra Sports Stadium.

Thursday’s much-anticipated kick off in the men’s competition will come a little over a month after the draw for the football competition was held on the sidelines of the Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

The final of the men’s football competition will be played on Friday, 22 March at the Accra Sports Stadium.

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List of Teams for the Men’s Competition:

Ghana (Hosts), Benin, Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, The Gambia, Uganda,

13th African Games, Accra 2023 Men’s Football Match Day 1 Fixtures

Thursday, 07 March

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  • 17h00 GMT | South Sudan v Senegal
  • 20h00 GMT | Nigeria v Uganda

Friday, 08 March

  • 17h00 GMT | Ghana v Congo
  • 20h00 GMT | Gambia v Benin

 -CAF

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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BREAKING! Accra 2013 African Games Chieftain is dead

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Dr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, who superintended the 13th African Games held in Accra Ghana in February has died.

He was the Chief Operating Officer of the Accra 2023  Local Organising Committee (LOC).

According to sources in Ghana, Dr. Owusu-Ansah was a sports administrator and coach, and thus left behind, a significant legacy in the world of sports.

Dr Owusu-Ansah, a former Chief Executive of the National Sports Authority (NSA), was widely regarded as an encyclopaedia of sports knowledge.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Owusu-Ansah, a former national chief athletics coach, authored the best-selling book “Principles of Abundant Living.”

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He played a pivotal role in establishing the Department of Sports Studies at the College of Education at the University of Ghana. Additionally, he served as the Director of the Sports Directorate at the University of Ghana, Legon.

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ASFU mourns African Games 2023 chief executive, Owusu-Ansah  

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The Africa Students Football Union (ASFU) has expressed condolences over the passing of a  patron of the union, Dr Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, who served as the COO of the just concluded 13th Africa Games held in Ghana.

Dr. Owusu-Ansah’s death was announced on Tuesday, April 23, 2024.

According to a release by the executive secretary of the union, Femi Abioye, Owusu-Ansah until his death contributed immensely to sports development on the continent and the world at large.

He left an indelible impact on the lives of students-athletes coupled with sports administration across Africa countries.

The ASFU’s President, Prof. Oluwaseun Omotayo, who was shocked at the news of the demise of Dr. Owusu-Ansah described the deceased as a pillar, saying his departure has left a great vacuum in sports management.

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He relished the deceased contribution and unwavering dedication to ASFU, saying the Union would miss the deceased.

“We will miss Dr. Owusu-Ansah, whose contribution to sports, knew no bounds. He was always ready to serve. He helped build the Union and was pivotal to the Union programmes. We will surely miss him,” he said.

He extended the Union condolences to all those affected by this loss, praying God grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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A milestone as Egypt becomes the first country to get 100 gold medals in African Games

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A milestone as Egypt becomes the first country to get 100 gold medals in African Games

As the curtain is drawn on the 13th African Games in Egypt, the traditional overall winners, have this time hit a milestone.

They have become the first to hit a 100 gold medal mark in the 59 year history of the games.

As at Saturday morning, they have amassed 101 gold medals, 54 more than that of the second placed Nigeria

The biggest star of the Egyptian team  is swimmer Marwan Elkamash, who won five gold medals in the men’s 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 4x200m relays, all in freestyle.

But medal haul is still short that that of his compatriot, Faten Afifi who fished out seven gold medals from the pool.

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