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GFA releases 2022/23 league fixtures; Kotoko to face Hearts on matchday 3

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The fixtures were officially announced on Thursday, with the season also scheduled to start on the weekend of Friday, September 9 to Monday, September 12.

Defending champions Asante Kotoko will open their season with a home game against newly-promoted Nsoatreman FC.

FA Cup winners Hearts of Oak will also travel to Dormaa to face Aduana FC in their first game of the season, while Accra Great Olympics will welcome Bechem United.

Also, the first Super Clash of the season will take place on matchday three, as Kotoko host their bitter rivals Hearts in Kumasi.

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Meanwhile, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has granted a stay on the ban slapped on the players of Ashanti Gold and Inter Allies over match manipulation.

In portions of its ruling, CAS said the suspensions of the players be lifted with immediate effect until the substantive case is heard.

This means all the players involved can now be registered by clubs for the upcoming 2022/23 football season.

It will be recalled that in May, the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) ruled that the high-scoring matchday 34 game between the Ashanti Gold and Inter Allies during the 2020/21 season was fixed.

This followed Ashanti Gold’s emphatic 7-0 win over Allies at the Len Clay Stadium on the final day of that campaign.

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Video highlights of the match added fuel to the suspicions of most fans after the away side’s Hashmin Musah deliberately scored two own goals in the game.

Several players from both teams, who were involved in the game in question, were also banned from all football related activities for between six and 24 months.

Both teams appealed their demotions but, in July, the Appeals Committee of the GFA dismissed their appeal cases.

The Professional Football Association of Ghana (PFAG) subsequently decided to file an appeal at CAS through the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) to overturn the ban slapped on the players.

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CAS has now granted a stay, which allows all 21 players whose bans were appealed to get registered for the upcoming season, until the substantive case is heard.

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Portable declares self police ambassador days after his arrest

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Controversial musician, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, has declared himself police ambassador a few days after causing a stir while evading arrest by police officers.

Portable made this known in a post on his Instagram page, where he shared photos of himself with his father and other high-ranking officers in the Lagos police headquarters on Tuesday evening.
Portable, his father, and other high-ranking police officers at police headquarters in Lagos State.

The Zazoo crooner regained his freedom the following day after being arrested for incurring a debt on the Mercedes Benz GLE he bought from a car dealer in Lagos.

The singer further went to his social media page to explain what transpired between him and the car dealer, alleging that he had spent more than required on the vehicle because it was faulty.

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Portable, his father, and other high-ranking police officers are at police headquarters in Lagos State.

Meanwhile, reaffirming his relationship with the police, he announced that he is now a police ambassador while adopting the oft-used phrase – ‘Police is your friend’.

He wrote, “ZAzuu Federal Government liability. Ọmọ ijoba Police Ambassador. I do music for a living ….Star don’t beg to shine. Akoi Grace Wey No Dey disgrace.
Portable, his father, and other high-ranking police officers are at police headquarters in Lagos State.

“I no fit run from God that’s all my believing God is over everything after God na government Police is our friends I believe in God my phone and sub any disappointment is a blessing. ZEHNATION many many inspiration.”

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However, netizens have begun to praise the singer for always taking advantage of every opportunity, whether good or bad. Some even call him an influencer who knows his onions in the field.

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A user who identifies as Alao Funmi on Instagram wrote, “This portable GRACE will only be Disgracing his haters. Son of GRACE.”

Another user, Jepptha Ogudu said, “One minute Zazuu de inside Wahala, the next minute, he is dining with kings and queens. Honestly, we have come to accept who he is.”

Toyin Black said, “Clear road for my one and only mentor. Konibaje fun e babami the sky is your limit seh, Akoi Grace.”

“REAL niggas understand. Anytime I fall I come back stronger. I too love GOD. Mercy too much KABIESI ELEDUMARE OBA ARA. SHINE ON OKIKIOLA,” Gbegesi wrote.

DJ Magic Beats said, “Smart musician.”
Portable, his father, and other high-ranking police officers are at police headquarters in Lagos State.

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One Babawale said, “The only person left for Portable to meet now is Tinubu. It is interesting how he throws every problem to opportunity. Give it to him. No one does it better.”

Recall that after spending 24 hours in custody, the “Zazuu” crooner shared a snippet of his new song – “Spiderman” in response to his arrest for defaulting on the payment plan for his car.

Produced by 2tuponthebeat, the song alludes to the singer’s flying power, referencing how he jumped over a gate to evade arrest.

The incident was captured in a video that circulated on Tuesday. The singer, dressed in a white and black stripe shirt, stood alongside eight other people and was seen climbing over a nearby gate before taking to his heels.

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I’m a proud Nigerian, not from Gabon – Zack Orji

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Nollywood actor Zack Orji has denied claims that he stated he is from Gabon, following a podcast video that went viral on Monday.

The video appeared to show the actor revealing that he was born in Gabon, which would make him a citizen of the Central African nation

According to Orji, his father’s job required him to travel extensively to various countries, resulting in Zack’s birth occurring in Gabon.

However, Orji has issued a strong disclaimer, affirming his Nigerian heritage and rejecting the fact that he is from Gabon.

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In a statement sent to Theheute on Tuesday, Orji said, “Not long ago, they said I was dead, and, by God’s grace and mercy, it eventually turned out to be a lie from the pit of hell.

“Now, another lie from the pit of hell has emerged, claiming that I said, “I’m from Gabon, I’m not a Nigerian”.

“I hereby issue a disclaimer dissociating myself from that lie. I am a full-blooded Nigerian, both of my parents are Nigerians.

“I am from Enugu State, the Coal City State. I am proudly Nigerian, and I am equally proud of my Nigerian heritage.

“God almighty will deal with whoever originated that lie as he dims fit.”

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Juju music sensation Dele Taiwo’s star-studded birthday bash in Lagos to hold on Sunday

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The cozy Avalanche Club is set to become the epicenter of a grand celebration this Sunday as renowned Juju musician, Asiwaju Dele Taiwo, affectionately known as Dele Taiwo, commemorates his birthday with a star-studded event dubbed “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo and Friends Live In Lagos.”

This highly anticipated celebration, powered by Otunba Femi Davies of Metronews and Otunba Bestman Nze Jumbo of Team Nigeria for Change, promises to be an unforgettable evening, featuring performances from top Juju musicians such as Queen Ayo Balogun, Hessking, Fuji rave, Alh Wasiu Haruna Ishola son of the Apapa legend, Haruna Ishola. Boye Best is also top on the list of artistes that will thrill the birthday celebration audience.

The event is surely a testament of the profound respect and admiration the Nigerian music community holds for Dele Taiwo, a prominent figure in the industry.

Otunba Bestman, expressing his excitement, shared, “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo is my friend and a force to reckon with in the Nigerian music space. It is our style in Team Nigeria for Change to identify and celebrate such outstanding acts. So, myself and some friends believe it is not too much to celebrate such a person who has made huge impacts on his birthday.”

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The venue for this exclusive birthday celebration, Avalanche Restaurant and Lounge, is strategically chosen for its cozy and pleasurable ambiance.

Owned by Hon. Kehinde Paul Bankole, this upscale venue is located at 5, Bamako Estate, Opposite Omole Phase I, in Lagos.

Hon. Bankole emphasized the special nature of this event, stating, “Gentleman Dele Taiwo’s birthday celebration is a special appearance for me personally and I can assure our guests that the best treatment in terms of hospitality awaits them at Avalanche this Sunday.”

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Guests attending the event can look forward to a glamorous evening starting with a red carpet reception at 4:00 PM, setting the tone for a night filled with music, celebration, and high spirits.

Asiwaju Dele Taiwo’s birthday bash is not just a celebration of his life but also a tribute to his contributions to the Juju music genre, bringing together friends, fans, and fellow musicians in an evening of joy and festivity.

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