Five talking points from this weekend’s football action in Ghana

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There’s never a weekend of football action without talking points and this weekend wasn’t any different.

Here, picks out five talking points from the action in Ghana.

1. FIFA throws out South Africa’s protest against Ghana

After a long wait, the World Football governing body, FIFA on Friday passed it verdict on the protest filed by South Africa against Ghana after their final group G game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup weeks ago at the Cape Coast Stadium.

FIFA threw out the protest indicating that the protest lodged is ‘inadmissible’ as it did not meet the basic requirements for filling protests. The protest did not meet the requirements under article 46 and 14 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and Regulations of the Preliminary Competition of the FIFA World Cup 2022 respectively.

2. Hearts of Oak bow out of the CAF Confederations Cup

Ghana Premier League title holders Hearts of Oak saw their hope of reaching the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup hit stumbling block after they lost 4-0 to Algerian side JS Sauora at the Stade 20 Août 1955 on Sunday.

The Phobians had won the first leg 2-0 in Accra and needed to avoid defeat or lose by a 1 goal margin to secure a place in the group stages. However, the script in Morocco against Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) rewrote itself as they lost 4-0. Oussama Bellatreche scored a brace, with Abdeljalil Saad and Aymen Aziz Lahmeri scoring a goal each.

3. Zubairu Ibrahim’s hat-trick condemns Asante Kotoko to their first defeat of the season

Asante Kotoko’s decent start to the season was hampered on Sunday as Zubairu Ibrahim scored a hat-trick to earn King Faisal a 3-2 victory against the Porcupine Warriors in the Kumasi derby.

Cameroonian import Georges Mfegue scored a brace for Asante Kotoko but that wasn’t enough as they lost their first game of the season.

4. Hasaacas Ladies clinch fourth trophy of the year

Hasaacas Ladies clinched their fourth trophy this year after defeating Lady Strikers 3-2 to win the maiden edition of the Women’s Premier League Super Cup on Sunday.

Veronica Appiah scored a brace and an own goal from Edith Ogbonna earned Hasaacas Ladies their goals. Gladys Amfobea and Ellen Coleman grabbed the face saving goals for Lady Strikers.

Hasaacas Ladies have now played 5 finals this year and won 4, scooping the Women’s Premier League title, FA Cup, WAFU Zone B CAF Champions League and the Women’s Super Cup.

5. A Techiman Eleven Wonders player and Team Manager arrested for allegedly assaulting a referee

Techiman Eleven Wonders defender Amin Adams and Team Manager Ernest Amo were arrested on Saturday after the club’s 1-0 defeat to Accra Lions at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Amin Adams and Ernest Amo were arrested for allegedly assaulting assistant referee Jasper Adenyo in the course of the game.

The duo appeared before court earlier today and have been remanded for the next two weeks.

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