2021 in review: Hearts win double, Samuel Takyi wins Olympic medal, match fixing allegations, hooliganism and more – Sports stories that made massive headlines

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In some few hours, we will bid farewell to 2021. And just like previous years, this one has been characterised by numerous incidents and events.

The stories brought with them a mix of emotions. Some we received with broad smiles; others were unpleasant.

Here, MahamaShaibu.com brings some of the biggest sports stories of 2021:

6 March: Ghana win the Total U-20 African Cup of Nations

The Black Satellites marched on against Uganda on Independence Day to win the African Youth Championship in Mauritania.

Skipper Daniel Afriyie scored twice in each half of the final to hand the Black Satellites a 2-0 victory against Uganda, winning the competition for the first time since 1999.

June 15: Black Meteors end Asian tour with 15-2 aggregate defeat

The Black Meteors (U-23) in June ended their Asian tour with a 15-2 aggregate score line. The Ghana U-23 team was involved in friendly games against the Japan Olympic team and the South Korea Olympic team.

Ghana lost 6-0 to Japan in the first game. They again lost 4-0 to their Japanese counterparts days later, ending the games against Japan with a 10-0 aggregate score line.

The Black Meteors team then travelled to Jeju to play the South Korea Olympic team. The games between the two sides ended 3-1 and 2-1, all in favor of South Korea. Ending Ghana’s Asian tour with a 15-2 aggregate defeat.

4 July: Berserk fans of BA United chase Referee Maxwell Hanson like a thief

The beauty of Ghana football was marred by an incident of hooliganism in the Division One League in a game between Brong Ahafo (BA) United and Real Tamale United (RTU) at the Sunyani Coronation park.

The game ended abruptly after the fans of BA United violently pursued referee Maxwell Hanson for awarding RTU a penalty.

The aftermath of the incident saw BA United banned from using the Sunyani Coronation Park. They were fined GH¢3,000.00 and further deducted three (3) points and three (3) goals. RTU on the other hand were awarded three (3) points and three (3) goals.

18 July: Liberty Professionals relegated from the Premier League

After 22 years in the Ghana Premier League, Liberty Professionals was relegated from the Premier League following a 0-0 draw with King Faisal on the final day of the 2020/21 season.

Marking an end of over two decades in the elite league, one which was associated with the production of some of Ghana’s finest footballers to ever grace the beautiful game. Talking of the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah, John Painstil, Derek Boateng and so on.

Liberty Professionals were joined in Division One by Ebusua Dwarfs and Inter Allies.

19 July: AshantiGold and Inter Allies allegedly involved in match fixing

The 2020/21 Ghana Premier League attracted attention globally but the beauty of the League was marred on the final day of the season in the game involving Inter Allies and Ashanti Gold.

The game between the two sides ended 7-0 in favor of AshantiGold. Isaac Osei Agyemang scored a hat trick, Amos Addai scored a brace and Hashmin Musah scored two deliberate own goals.

In the wake of the game, a shred of video evidence emerged on the internet indicating that match was fixed.

After investigations into the acts of misconduct, the GFA Prosecutor charged the two clubs. Some Players and Officials of both Clubs were also charged.

1 August: Samuel Takyi wins Ghana’s first Olympic medal since 1992

Burgeoning boxer Samuel Takyi secured a place in the semifinal of the Men’s featherweight Division (54-57 kg) at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after beating Columbia’s 32-year-old southpaw David Ceiber Avila.

Samuel Takyi fought Duke Ragan of United States of America (USA) in the the semifinal and lost.

Nevertheless, the young boxer guaranteed himself and Ghana a medal for reaching the semifinal. Ghana’s first Olympic medal for in 29 years, the first since the football team won bronze at Barcelona 1992.

The medal was also Ghana’s first boxing medal at the Olympics since middleweight boxer Prince Amartey won bronze in Munich 1972.

Takyi joined Ghanaian Olympic greats Clement Quartey, a light welterweight who won silver in Rome 1960, Eddie Blay a bronze light welterweight medalist from Tokyo 1964 and Prince Amartey who made history in Munich 1972.

8 August: Hearts of Oak defeat AshantiGold on penalties to win the FA cup and wrap-up the domestic double

In August, Hearts of Oak defeated AshantiGold 8-7 on penalty shootouts after a scoreless game to win the MTN FA Cup for a record 11th time and in the process complete the double.

The Phobians had won the Premier League title weeks ago, ending a run of 11 years without a trophy.

13 September: Ghana sack CK Akonnor

Just hours after losing 1-0 to South Africa in the 2nd group game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) announced that it has decided to part ways with CK Akonnor, ending his 17 months stint with the team.

CK Akonnor managed the Black Stars in 10 games, winning 4 of those games, losing 4 and drawing 2.

24 September: Ghana reappoint Milovan Rajevac as Head Coach of the Black Stars

After nearly two weeks of searching for a new Head Coach, the Ghana FA settled on Milovan Rajevac as new Head Coach, making a return to the team after a decade.

Milovan Rajevac signed a year contract with an option to extend to another year.

The experienced gaffer made instant impact by rescuing Ghana’s hopes of securing a place at the 2022 World Cup to be played in Qatar.

26 September: Mizak Asante scores puskas worthy goal in the final of the GARFA Division Two middle league

In the final of the GARFA Division Two middle league between Golden Kick and Mobile Phone People at the Accra Sports Stadium in September, Golden Kick youngster Mizak Asante stole the headlines with a puskas worthy goal.

With Golden Kick losing the game 1-0 in the 82nd minute, Mizak Asante sent the entire stadium gay with a goal even the great Lionel Messi will be proud of.

He picked up a loose ball at the edge of the 18-yard box, breezed pass 5 players including the goalkeeper from a tight angle before slamming the ball into the net.

Mizak Asante’s goal ensured that the game ended 1-1 and went into penalties. Golden Kick won the shootouts 7-6 and secured a place in the Division One league.

24 October: Hearts of Oak bow out of the Caf Champions League after horror show in morocco

Hearts of Oak were humiliated in the 2nd leg of the 2nd preliminary round of the CAF Champions League against Moroccan giants Wydad Atletic Club competition at the Stade Mohammed V.

Having won the first leg 1-0 in Accra, the Phobians went into the game with the slight advantage and hopes of hoisting the flag of Ghana high.

However, the unthinkable happened as Hearts of Oak lost the game 6-1 and bowed out of the Champions League.

16 November: South Africa FA file protest against Ghana for alleged match fixing and manipulation

The Black Stars defeated South Africa 1-0 in the final group G game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to secure a place in the final qualifying stage.

The South African FA filed a protest on suspicion of match fixing and manipulation. SAFA wanted the game to be replayed at a neutral venue and for action to be taken against Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye and his assistants.

However, FIFA dismissed the protest, indicating that the protest lodged is ‘inadmissible’ as it did not meet the basic requirements for filling protests.

10 December: Hasaacas Ladies win 5th trophy of the year

Hasaacas Ladies in 2021 made history by winning 5 trophies. The Doo ladies won the Women’s Premier League, FA Cup, WAFU Zone B Champions League, Women’s Super Cup and the First Lady’s Cup.

The team as well played in the final of the maiden edition of the CAF Women’s Champion’s league, losing by 2-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns ladies.

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