A high-powered delegation of the Ghana Football Association visited the family home of Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan on Wednesday to console the family following the death of his mother.The delegation led by the President of the GFA Kwesi Nyantakyi met elders and extended members of the family to mourn the death of Madam Cecilia Love Amoako.Gyan’s mother passed away at the Ridge Hospital on Tuesday following a motor accident in Accra.Several members of the Executive Committee including George Afriyie, Felix Ansong, Leanier Addy, Zida Salifu as well as Premier League Board chairman Welbeck Abra Appiah were part of the delegation.The General Secretary of the GFA Emmanuel Gyimah, Technical Director of the GFA Francis Oti Akenteng as well as Black Satellites management committee member Alhaji Hearts were also part of the delegation.Black Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu, team manager Sabahn Quaye and kit manager Ishmael Hamidu also visited the family home to mourn with them. Family elder Opanyin Kojo Ofosu thanked the GFA for their support since the death of Madam Amoako and the visit to officially mourn with the family.“We the family are grateful to the GFA and its President Mr Nyantakyi for helping us since the sad incident occurred,” Opanyin Kojo Ofosu told the delegation.“You were with us at the hospital and you were instrumental in getting doctors to attend to our late sister Madam Amoako. You also helped us to arrange for quick autopsy and many other things.“You did not stop there. You have come to our home to mourn with us and console the family which shows that you truly care about us. We can’t reward you enough for what you have done.”Nyantakyi paid tribute Madam Amoako, whose other son Baffour Gyan also played for the Black Stars. “She will always be remembered. She was a great person and a great teacher and I think everyone will agree she was an even better person and she will definitely be long in the memory of all of us,” Nyantakyi said.
Chile ended their 99-year wait for a Copa America title by beating Argentina 4-1 on penalties to win the tournament on home soil in Santiago.Jorge Sampaoli’s side denied Lionel Messi his first international honour by edging out La Albiceleste in the shootout, having dominated much of the contest in regular and extra time – despite failing to create much in the way of goalscoring opportunities.However, Gonzalo Higuain passed up a golden chance to claim victory for Argentina in stoppage time after 90 minutes – sending a tame shot from a tight angle into the side netting with the goal gaping. And the Napoli forward proved the villain in extra-time too, blazing Argentina’s second kick high over the bar to give Chile the advantage – which La Roja, having finally earned it, never relinquished.Ever Banega also missed in the shootout, with Messi the only Albiceleste player to find the net from the spot. Chile’s penalty kicks were flawless, and Alexis Sanchez delivered the decisive blow, clipping the ball coolly down the centre to spark wild celebrations in the host nation.Four-time runners-up Chile celebrated in style as Argentina were left to reflect on what might have been once again, as their 22-year wait for a major trophy goes on.Argentina have now lost two of the last three Copa finals and Lionel Messi – the only Argentina player to score in the shootout – is still to lift a major trophy at international level. – –