Beautifying Accra: AMA partners GFA to erect monuments, paint murals of football heroes.

first_img Source: AMA Mayor Sowah in welcoming the request said the idea forms part of the Accra for Art project an initiative to beautify the city to curb the indiscriminate posting of bills on public walls and to promote tourism adding that the assembly was in a hurry to set the ball rolling.He noted that the assembly was working with a team of graffiti experts.He also intimated that sports was a golden opportunity to turn-around the economies of local communities and urged the GFA to take advantage of the introduction of astroturf in communities to bring back the vibrancy and excitement associated with local football since the proximity of sporting facilities in communities goes a long way to encourage and unearth talents.“The introduction of astroturf in our communities has helped us to, first of all, to capture the open space people had encroached upon. It has provided a modern field for playing football and I think the GFA must capitalise on this golden opportunity to bring back the vibrancy and excitement of local football. This is because the proximity of sporting facilities in communities goes a long way to encourage and unearth talents,” he said.The GFA President, Kurt E.S. Okraku on his part said the AMA could use the association’s premier league platform among others to position its brand as well as embark on educational campaigns to help advance its cause.“From day one we have been looking for ways to build very good relationships with state and private institutions because football cannot be managed in isolation. Football, as we all know, is the passion of the nation and it permeates through every facet of our life. The football platform is huge and AMA can harness the potential on the football platform. AMA also has a huge platform where the football industry can also harness its potential and we think that we can do something together.” From your side, we believe you do engage the community a lot and you can use the football platform to do so. We use TV a lot and if you are embarking on educational campaigns you can use the football platform. We are strong on social media as well. It is a win-win partnership we looking for, you can use our premier league platform in your brand positioning, ” he added. The Ghana Football Association has entered into agreement with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly that will see the city of Accra beautified with the erection of monuments and the painting of murals of past Ghanaian football heroes.This follows a call by the Mayor to corporate bodies and individuals to adopt, green and beautify open spaces in the city in line with the project dubbed  #AccraforArt initiative which was launched in 2019.The idea which seeks to erect monuments and decorate public walls with colourful murals of football heroes both past and present was proposed on Friday when the newly elected President of the GFA, Kurt E.S. Okraku, accompanied by his Head of Marketing, Jamil Maraby called on the Mayor Sowah at the City Hall in Accra.last_img read more

Matt Kemp’s home run in World Series opener boosts case for Dodgers to DH him in Game 2

first_img“I thought offensively we had a great game plan, and to get Sale’s pitch count up and get him out of there to get to their ’pen, I thought we did a great job offensively,” Roberts said. “We really did.”After a regular season in which he contended for the American League Cy Young Award, Sale was perhaps Kemp’s toughest opponent so far. (His two NLCS strikeouts in two at-bats against Josh Hader might beg to differ). The Dodgers’ strategy worked. By the time Sale took the mound for the fifth inning, he had thrown 86 pitches. When Dozier drew a four-pitch walk, Boston manager Alex Cora went to his bullpen.Sale allowed five hits and three runs in four innings. He walked two batters and struck out seven.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The eighth and final pitch of Kemp’s at-bat was a 93.5-mph fastball, a pitch he had feasted on all season. He batted .389 and slugged .725 in at-bats ending in four-seam fastballs – both of which led all qualified hitters.The last home run Sale surrendered came Sept. 21, when Josh Donaldson took him deep at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. Prior to that blast, no one had hit a home run against Sale since May.“It was quality,” Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson said of Kemp’s home run. “We got their ace out of the game in four innings.”The long journey must have made the home run even more satisfying for Kemp. Including the playoffs, this was his 1,717th career game and his first ever in a World Series. He had not hit a home run since in the postseason a game-winning shot against St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek in Game 2 of the 2014 National League Division Series.Kemp was closer to his prime then, a 30-year-old in his first go-around with the Dodgers. After being traded three times in four years, Kemp was back to his old tricks in his old uniform for a day. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Kemp could at least take some solace in his first World Series at-bat, if not the game’s final score. His 389-foot fly ball would not have cleared most left field fences. In Fenway Park, it was enough to scale the Green Monster, cut the Dodgers’ deficit in half, and momentarily quiet the announced crowd of 38,454.It was Kemp’s only hit of the game and his first home run of these playoffs.“The first time you get one run, as an offense, you get relief as far as the pressure to score a run,” Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier said. “Especially after they (the Red Sox) put two (runs) up early.”Kemp began the day 3 for 14 with a walk in limited playing time in the postseason. His only starts have come against left-handed pitchers: Sean Newcomb in the Division Series, and Gio Gonzalez and Wade Miley in the NLCS.Against Price, another left-hander, Kemp becomes the likely play again Wednesday for Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. It bodes well that Kemp produced the longest at-bat (eight pitches) by any Dodgers hitter against Sale; the Dodgers will certainly try to drive up Price’s pitch count, too.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season BOSTON — When the Dodgers needed a designated hitter in the 2017 World Series, Joc Pederson filled the role against the Houston Astros’ right-handed starters. He hit a double and a home run in two games in Texas. In Game 5, the job fell to Justin Turner against Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel. Unlike some National League teams, finding a capable DH has never been a problem for the Dodgers.If Game 1 of the World Series was an audition for Matt Kemp to be the Dodgers’ designated hitter against Game 2 starter David Price, he almost certainly passed.Kemp opened the scoring against Chris Sale with a solo home run in the second inning – the Dodgers’ only home run in an 8-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox.“We got them right where we wanted them and they got the big hit when they needed it,” Kemp said after the game. “It’s going to be a battle. We are always fighting. We got guys on the bench ready to turn the game around. We got great pitchers. They got great pitchers. It’s going to be a fight.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more