Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Once in a while, PR people working in a small agency or team will feel overwhelmed. Occasionally, the workload or new task assigned a bigger team may often require an extra push from an external party. That is where seeking the services of a PR Agency may come in handy.

Organizations sometimes need more time, diverse ideas and more resources to organize a successful publicity campaign. It’s better for them to seek competent, professional advice from an external agency. Such external help brings onboard a more objective approach to the issues at hand. Hiring the services of a Public Relations firm/communications consultant also allows you to focus on your day-to-day operations, and handle much of the work involved in running an efficient campaign.

Here are some four (4) ideas a scaling business should consider when investing in Public Relations:

1. DELIVERING COMPETITIVE EDGE

You see competitors’ news and social media footprint for a reason; it simply means they’re working the public relations better than you. Barbara Corcoran, celebritybusiness mogul on Shark Tank, once opined: “If you’re not being quoted in the press, you’re losing market share by losing limelight.” It’s that simple.

An experienced communications agency is usually an extension of your brand; delivering insight, media monitoring, reporting and strategy in the competitive industry landscape. At the end of the day, your need an ally to help you answer these salient questions:

On what key themes are your competitors hanging their hats in both the press and other marketing strategies?

Are there gaps in competitor messaging that your brand can fill?

Have competitors amped up their press and announcement strategy recently? Why and how can your brand enter the conversation?

Is there an opportunity for your brand to take a contrarian stance and stand out from the noise competitors are creating?

This kind of insight helps you create a stronger content strategy to win at media coverage, Return on Investment (ROI) and brand visibility.



2. RETAINER NEGOTIATION THAT KEEP YOU TOP OF MIND

Hiring a Public Relations firm for a short-term period and letting them go once the job is done is one of the worst things a company can do. Once newsmakers, key stakeholders and customers don’t hear from you that much, your relevance dwindles.
PR can keep your firm top of mind through thought leadership opportunities to give credibility to your executive staff, creating videos or podcasts on peripheral but relevant subjects to garner attention and conversation around your leadership and company.

3. DAMAGE CONTROL

Many companies (even the experienced ones) may not be fully equipped to handle crisis situations; disgruntled outpour of consumer feedback, due to a fault in the production or manufacture in some of their products and so on. PR firms, on the other hand, are better experienced and specially trained to handle and prevent crisis- like situations which can have disastrous consequences in the long run. An experienced PR agency can swiftly tackle the situation; provide a proper action plan so that maximum damage control can be achieved in minimum time.


4. GAIN CREDIBILITY

Reviewing the success stories of most brands in Ghana and beyond, it is evident that a brand is a marathon and not a sprint; in other words, the long-term effects of media visibility grow over time; in fact, years and this creates amplification.
PR people, work in conjunction with social media, events or charity, develop layers of conversation about product over many years. When you look at the changes the company makes, let’s say over a three-year period, which is a good time to measure, there will be a trajectory. And if that trajectory trends up, you’ve done something right.

CONCLUSION:

Hire a PR firm based on these four items;

Experience.
Experience of PR firm or PR professionals or experience in a PR industry.

Case studies.
Case studies are a great way to confirm a PR firm’s experience.

Testimonials & recommendation
Speak with current and past clients to hear their feedback from working with the PR firm.


By Paa Kwesi Forson

About writer : Paa Kwesi Forson is the Head of Public Relations at Global Media Alliance and Blogger at www.paakwesiforson.com



Monday, May 6, 2019

Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame” has officially surpassed the $2 billion mark in its second weekend in theaters, obliterating the record for the fastest film to reach that milestone.

“Avengers: Endgame” is now the second-highest grossing movie of all time with $2.188 billion globally, passing “Titanic” in just 11 days. It took “Avatar,” the previous record-holder for quickest film to $2 billion, 47 days to reach that benchmark.

“Avengers: Endgame” is one of only five films to ever cross $2 billion in ticket sales, joining the company of “Avatar” ($2.78 billion), “Titanic” ($2.187 billion), “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($2.06 billion), and “Avengers: Infinity War” ($2.04 billion).



The tentpole has earned $620 million at the domestic box office, becoming the 9th biggest title ever in North America. Overseas, “Endgame” has amassed a monster $1.56 billion, with $575 million of that bounty coming from China.

The epic finale to the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe got off to a record-breaking start last weekend when it debuted with a stunning $1.2 billion worldwide, including $357 million in North America.

Anthony and Joe Russo returned to direct “Avengers: Endgame,” the 22nd installment in the MCU. It picks up directly following “Avengers: Infinity War,” another box office behemoth that left Earth’s Mightiest Heroes scrambling after Thanos (Josh Brolin) eliminated half of life in the universe.

The superhero blockbuster stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Paul Rudd as Ant-Man.

Source: Variety.com

Monday, April 15, 2019

A new version of your favorite game has been released, but does your computer show a slide show instead of an exciting experience? You need to deal with professional graphics software, but does the machine's slowness make you less productive? So it's time to update your video card. In this article, you will know 3 factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a new graphics card.

1. WHAT ARE YOUR NEEDS?

In most cases, the middle line - that is, graphics cards in the range of $ 800.00 - are more than enough for the average consumer. With them, you can play  most current games on your PC in a good configuration, and you can improve the performance of software such as Photoshop. Our indication today for video card for gaming is the GTX 1050 4GB IT, a video card that has a great cost benefit and already allows to run almost all games.

But if you're keen to play the latest games in full quality games, a high-end video card is the best option. The extra expense may startle at first glance, but it is largely offset by the longevity of the hardware, which often outgrows the cycle of the most modern video game consoles.
Now if you are a professional who needs to deal with heavy graphics software such as AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks, After Effects and many others, the best choice is undoubtedly the video cards of the Quadro line from Nvidia. Developed in conjunction with the world's largest software companies, they deliver superior performance, high accuracy and durability.

2. WHAT DOES THE VIDEO CARD OFFER?

Currently, the companies that dominate the market for graphics cards are AMD and Nvidia. Both produce good options for both work and fun purposes - and the choice of the brand does not make so much difference if the models are equivalent.

Of all the elements that configure a graphics card, what you should take into account is the number of processing cores (CUDA Cores in the case of Nvidia or Stream Processors in AMD models).
The more  RAM your video card has, the more data and textures will be processed by the graphics chip. However, be aware of factors such as  - 256-bit interfaces outweigh 128-bit interfaces - and the RAM type - DDR3 models have lower performance than GDDR5.

Do not be fooled by older video cards, always strive to acquire a state-of-the-art model, many companies still advertise old boards with a high bandwidth (128, 256, 384 bits) as if they were still powerful.

Also note the differences in hardware between Quadro and Geforce video cards, often frames have a lower number of cuda colors compared to Geforce video cards.

But that's not to say that professional boards have poor performance, as their drivers are optimized for professional applications such as AutoCAD, Revit, SolidWorks (among many other software), it can deliver far superior performance with lower hardware, allowing -to be more warm up less and be more stable.

In some software, such as the Siemens NX, a 2GB P600 Quadro can deliver 3x performance over an 11GB Geforce GTX 1080 video card, so it's always good to check which video card is recommended by the software manufacturer or ask for help from our experts to help you choose the best option. Already software with Lumion, which has a game graphics engine, has superior performance with a Geforce GTX 1070 TI compared to a P4000 Quadro.

Finally, note the outputs that the card offers to connect the computer to an external monitor. Most current models have HDMI and DVI connections, but some already offer DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort output. Escape models that offer only the old VGA output: the technology is already outdated and transmits only the analogue image, with a considerable quality loss in the image.

3. IS YOUR HARDWARE COMPATIBLE?

Any video card may have compatibility issues, especially if your machine is older. Common problems include such things as the power supply and the size of the board itself - it may not even fit in your cabinet.

Overall, intermediate video cards of the moment require a PCI Express x16 slot, and you'll have to measure the distance from that slot to any component that might interfere with your graphics card. So check the GPU dimensions, which can be checked on the manufacturer's website, and make sure you have a little extra space around.

Also check if the board will need an external power supply. Some low-cost boards get enough power from the PCI port on your motherboard, while others require you to connect to the power supply of the machine. If you need to use more power, your source will need to use the proper cables or you will have to find an adapter.

Finally, make sure that there is enough power to maintain good computer performance . Depending on your choice, you may need to replace your power supply with a more powerful one.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Happy FM, Ghana’s number one sports station, has presented a proposed amendment to the status of football administration in Ghana to the Normalization Committee.

This forms part of the station’s efforts to sensitize, demystify and ensure the smooth running of sports administration in Ghana.

The delegation, made up of Ohene Bampoe Brenya, host of Happy FM’s ‘Anopa Bosuo’ morning sports show; Austin Ampim, Director of Finance at Global Media Alliance Broadcasting Company (GMABC); Jerry Ofori, Head of Events at GMABC and Nii Ogbamey Tetteh, Public Relations Account Manager at GMABC, on March 20, 2019 presented the proposed amendment to Alex Asante, Ag. FA General Secretary at the GFA office in Accra.

Presenting the report to the Ag. FA General Secretary, who received it on behalf of the chairman of the Normalization Committee, Dr. Kofi Amoah,  Ohene Bampoe Brenya stated that for close to 9months, Happy FM’s ‘Anopa Bosuo Sports’ has been championing a campaign dubbed ‘Nkontabuo’. This campaign focuses on promoting transparency and accountability in sports,  following the famous  Number 12  exposé by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

He added that the recommendation forms part of the findings from the project.

“As part of the ‘Nkontabuo’ campaign, Happy FM recently had a public forum with some stakeholders in the sporting fraternity to deliberate on issues affecting the game and how these issues can be addressed. As the number one sports station in Ghana, we thought it wise to sum up all the recommendations that have been made during this 9-month project and submit it to the Normalization Committee with the hope that it will go a long way to change the sport in Ghana,” Brenya said.

On his part,  Alex Asante, Ag. FA General Secretary commended the station for its bold step to put together the document and urged other stakeholders in the sporting fraternity to emulate the gesture.

“This is what the NC has been saying every time. Bring your recommendations and let us deliberate on them in order to make football administration in Ghana strong again. This document has been received and the NC will definitely look at it,” Mr. Asante said.

As part of its mandate from FIFA, the NC has been tasked to review the status of the FA.

The ‘Nkontabuo’ project is sponsored by StarGhana with funding from UK aid (DFID), DANIDA and EU.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

US based gospel singer and minister, Herty Corgie made a donation to the Dzorwulu Special School on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in a bit to lend support to the government run facility which caters to the needs of students with special needs.
Corgie, who is a budding musician is based in the US state of Maryland with her husband and children but keeps keen interest in happenings in her Ghana home country.
It is on her recent visit that she opted to lend a helping hand to the Dzorwulu Special School based in Dzorwulu where she resided while in Ghana.
Items presented to the school include packs of fizzy drinks, gallons of cooking oil, bags of rice, bags of sachet water, detergents, toilet papers, cartons of canned tomatoes, canned fish and a few other items.
Assistant headmaster of the school, Freddie Tetteh who received the items expressed gratitude calling on other non-governmental organisations and philanthropists to support the school with nutritious items and educational materials.
He submitted the 160 students in the school are trained to possess skills they can use to earn a keep when they graduate from the school adding the students are trained in agriculture, carpentry, car washing, sewing, bead making and cooking of local dishes.
The special educators who instruct the students in education are drawn from the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba – UEW.
Mr. Freddie Tetteh of the school receiving the donated items from Madam Herty Corgie 
Mr. Tetteh stated as a government run boarding facility, they enjoy subvention from the state as well as a beneficiary of the free education scheme. He however pointed out that the school could do with instructional materials as the students require a one-on-one interactional mode of knowledge transfer as they don’t fare well with abstract teaching. The teaching and non-teaching staff number about 45 and while some stated they had apprehension dealing with the students, they’ve since learned to adapt and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Intellectual disability (ID) is characterized by below-average intelligence or mental ability and a lack of skills necessary for day-to-day living. People with intellectual disabilities can and do learn new skills, but they learn them more slowly.
Herty Corgie supported by her Herty Corgie Music team after the donation mentioned her ‘GraceFoundMe’ nonprofit organisation registered in the US about the two years ago supports humanitarian projects both in Ghana, the US and other countries like Haiti. The Ghanaian coordinators; Faustina Ofori Armstrong and Lebene Adjoyi were in session for the donation as was emerging music act, Carl Clottey.
Corgie in the weeks ahead will release two new tunes whiles staging the Overflow Concert on June 2, 2019 at the Grace2Grace Centre in Maryland, USA.
Source: www.blakkpepper.com

Friday, February 22, 2019

Celebrating a decade since the launch of the first Galaxy S, Samsung introduces a new line of premium smartphones: Galaxy S10. With three unique devices, the Galaxy S10 line is engineered to meet the distinct needs of today’s smartphone market, so consumers can do more of what they love. Each device delivers a next-generation experience in the categories consumers care about most: ground-breaking innovations in display, camera and performance.

As testament to a decade of innovations, Galaxy S10 is designed for those who want a premium smartphone with powerful performance and sets the stage for the next generation of mobile experiences. For consumers looking for a supercharged device, Galaxy S10+ takes every spec – from display, to camera, to performance – to the next level. Galaxy S10e is built for those who want all the premium essentials in a compact package on a flat screen.

“Since its launch ten years ago, the Galaxy S series has stood for premium innovation – offering consumers an incredible experience, and the ability to find the device that’s right for them,” Dudu Mokholo, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Central Africa. “Galaxy S10 builds on that incredible legacy, and delivers breakthrough display, camera, and performance innovations. With three premium devices, each built for a unique consumer in mind, Samsung is leveraging a decade of industry leadership to usher in a new era of smartphone technology.”

The technology giant is also unfolding the future with a whole new mobile category by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

The highly anticipated Galaxy Fold is a new foldable device that features the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which folds into a compact device with a cover display. Galaxy Fold offers a powerful new way to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more – bringing to life new experiences and possibilities years in the making.

“Today, Samsung is writing the next chapter in mobile innovation history by changing what’s possible in a smartphone. Galaxy Fold introduces a completely new category that unlocks new capabilities never seen before with our Infinity Flex Display.” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “We created Galaxy Fold for those that want to experience what a premium foldable device can do, beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone.”

Galaxy Fold is in a category of its own. It delivers a new kind of mobile experience allowing users to do things they couldn’t do with an ordinary smartphone. Users now have the best of both worlds; a compact device that unfolds to reveal Samsung’s largest-ever smartphone display.

Galaxy Fold will be released unto the market in the second quarter of 2019.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Bernard Oduro Takyi 
Presiding Member for Sunyani West District Assembly and Lead Advocate for the Assembly Members Common Fund initiative, Bernard Oduro Takyi has reiterated the strategic role Assembly Members play and the need for a fund.


In a recent interview on Happy FM’s “Epa Hoa Daben” current affairs show, the Presiding Member stressed that Assembly members were the foundation of the local governance system and therefore critical that they are resourced like any other Officer of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and added that such measures will equip them to deliver their mandate adequately in accordance with Chapter 20 of the 1992 Constitution and the Local Governance Act, Act 936. 


In the past weeks, Mr. Oduro Takyi and other Assembly Members have been on national radio and television stations explaining the rationale for their proposal. Their approach and advocacy seek to plead with the key Stakeholders in the Local Governance set up through to find a more sustainable way of empowering Assembly members to deliver on their mandate to their Electoral Areas.


In calling for this fund, the Assembly Members are not asking for a source of fund but a restructuring of the current 5% earmarked for Community Initiated Projects under the District Assemblies Common Fund. To ensure accountability and efficient use of state funds, a proposed financial framework with checks, balances and sanctions was mentioned as a step to ensure that funds are directed to the right plans and initiatives. Details of their proposal including usage, systems etc. are to be developed, deliberately and discussed with State officials responsible for local governance. 


Commenting on the duties of an Assembly Member, Mr. Oduro Takyi stressed that Assembly Members are the bedrock of national development.  “A wise, experienced and professional Assembly Member with the right resources would be able to mobilize, initiate and ensure government policy and strategies are fully absorbed by their respectively communities. “We live, sleep, eat and drink in our local communities, we are the first point of call for any celebration or sorrow in our communities. Why can’t we then be conduit for policy success? It is an easy thing to do if the structures are enhanced”. 


He commended the government’s commitment in ensuring that MMDCEs are elected and added that it was a bold step to ensuring grassroot accountability and transparency. 

Story by : Timothy Kwakye Karikari

Monday, November 19, 2018

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) – Beijing Chapter in collaboration with Zhogguancun the Belt and Road Initiative Promotional Association (ZBRA); an independent nonprofit social organization which aims to integrate China’s innovative technology in the development of China’s Belt and Road Initiative organized the maiden edition of a leadership and development forum dubbed “Global Leadership Forum” in Beijing; China.

The forum, which aimed at providing a platform for international youth to communicate and cooperate in diversity, was patronized and had participants from leaders, youth and students from diverse backgrounds and nationalities residing in China.

Mr. Zhang Xiadong; President of ZBRA highlighted the impact of ZBRA on the development and nurturing of innovative ideas. He encouraged participants and international students to take advantage of his organization’s platform to launch their ideas and set up businesses in China.

Mr. Sylvester Akyereku; Ghana's Embassy in Beijing
Explaining his organization’s impact, he mentioned that ZBRA trains brilliant international students in business and ideas development, assist international students in setting up businesses in China by providing space, research and professional guidance, searches and places international students in companies in need of interns and other provides services available to students without discrimination. His organization exists to assist students in integrating and gaining access to Chinese leading multinationals to know more about China’s innovation and development.

To share China’s impressive growth and opportunities available, the forum had Dr. Hu Biliang; Executive Dean of the Beijing Normal University The Belt and Road School delivering the keynote speech. Dr. Biliang took participants through China’s 40 years of reform and opening up to the world and explained factors that contributed to China’s rise to global success and power.

Participants at the forum
He listed China’s unique economic model and ability to blend the formal and informal systems such as culture and traditions in its development. He noted “Everywhere, social networking is very important but in China, it is particularly important” when speaking about the role culture played in the development of the country.

To enhance the image of Africa and tell the compelling African story, representatives from African Missions in China including Ghana and Kenya took turns in sharing their country’s development trajectory. Mr. Sylvester Kofi Akyereku; Minister/Consular from Ghana’s Embassy in Beijing spoke on Ghana’s development, successes and learnings and from Kenya, Mr. Zachary Bosire Omariba from the Kenyan Embassy in Beijing did same.

On his part, Ahmed Abdul Basit Sofo; President of the National Union of Ghana Students Beijing Chapter, encouraged participants to take advantage of their presence in China, develop networks and meaningful relationships with like-minded Chinese national and other international students for future collaborations.

Participants at the forum were excited and had their passions re-ignited to achieve success in today’s competitive global world. A participant remarked “We rarely get opportunities to attend free leadership and development seminars with participants and speakers from diverse and experienced backgrounds in Beijing. It is therefore commendable that NUGS put this together with ZBRA at no cost to participants and we hope that subsequent sessions will be held with new speakers”.

Following the success of the maiden edition, participants are expectant and anxious for subsequent editions.

By: Timothy Kwakye Karikari

Thursday, November 8, 2018


Not a single footbridge (from Madina Firestone to Adenta) has been completed since the construction of the Madina – Adenta – Aburi Highway.

What shocks me is that the uncompleted footbridges have become advertising sites for politicians (incumbent and aspiring MPs) and some organizations among others.

Before you think of politicizing this post, let me remind you that both political parties have sat unconcerned as innocent Ghanaians die trying to cross this highway. Corporate Ghana also looks at these structures that have become ‘white elephants’ and see an avenue to sell their brands by advertising on them and I believe government also makes money from this by charging these organizations money before they advertise on the uncompleted footbridges.

According to reports, more than 190 deaths have occurred on that highway as pedestrians are forced to compete with speeding drivers to be able to cross to the other side of the road. Just last night, a friend told me of another death that occurred on that same stretch.

For once, I think people need to be angry enough and tell those in authority to fix these bridges immediately else we might wakeup someday and the worse would have happened.

For those who ‘had’ and ‘have’ the opportunity to fix these footbridges on the Madina – Adenta – Aburi Highway but ‘turned’ or ‘turn’ a ‘blind eye’, I dedicate Damian Marley’s ‘Sabali’ and Worlasi’s ‘You Saw Me’ songs to you. #fixourfootbridgesnow .

By Nii Ogbamey Tetteh (email: ogbameytetteh@gmail.com)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

European football specialist, Reuben Obodai brings you a comprehensive update on how Ghanaian players performed in abroad this weekend.

Solomon Asante’s impressive debut season with Phoenix Rising was rewarded with a silverware as they defeated Orange County to clinch the Western Conference playoff Cup.

Samuel Owusu was at his usual best for Cucaricki as he provided an assist and scored in their win over Mladost.

Benjamin Tetteh 8th strike for Sparta Prague in the Czech League could not come at a better time than in the Prague Derby as they drew with Slavia Prague.

Abraham Frimpong returned from a long injury lay-off to cameo for Ferencvarosi in the Hungarian League.

Reuben Obodai gives you a lowdown on how the players fared in abroad..

ENGLAND

Daniel Amartey missed Leicester City 1-0 win at Cardiff City through injury.

Christian Atsu was an unused substitute for Newcastle United as they recorded their first win of the season against Watford. They won 1-0.

Jordan Ayew and Jeffery Schlupp came on in the second half for Crystal Palace when they lost 3-1 against Chelsea.

In the premier league 2, English born Ghanaian Jerome Opoku was not in the team for Fulham when they won 2-0 against Southampton.

Joseph Annang was between the sticks for West Ham United when they lost 2-0 to Derby.

English-born Ghanaian striker Eddie Nketia scored a brace but it wasn’t enough to save Arsenal’s U-23 side from slipping to their first defeat in eight Premier League 2 fixtures on Saturday, as Chelsea ran out 5-4 winners. Callum Hudson Odoi played full throttle for Chelsea. Ethan Ampaduwas substituted in the 46th minute while Tariq Lamptey also cameoed for the Blues.

In the Championship, Albert Adomah played 73 minutes for Aston Villa when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-0.

Andy Yiadom played 90 minutes and was booked for Reading FC when they won 3-2 against Bristol City.

In League One, Kwesi Appiah cameoed for AFC Wimbledon when they lost 2-1 against Shrewsbury Town.

Joe Dodoo was a 79th minute substitute for Blackpool against Bristol Rovers. They lost 3-0.

Tarique Fosu was an unused substitute for Charlton Athletic when they lost 2-0 to Doncaster Rovers.

Abu Ogogo played 69 minutes for Coventry City against Accrington Stanley. The game ended 1-1.

In League Two, Alex Addai played the last 12 minutes for Cheltenham when they played a 2-2 draw with Mansfield.

English born Ghanaian Bernard Mensah warmed the bench for Lincoln City when they won 2-1 against Forest Green Rovers.

Kobby Arthur played the last 25 minutes for Macclesfield in their 4-1 loss to Bury.

Hiram Boateng was not part of Exeter City’s squad that that lost 2-0 to Tranmere Rovers.

In the National League, Nana Ofori Twumasi warmed the bench for Maidstone in their 2-0 win against Barnet.

Dover Athletic beat Maidenhead 2-0. Nortei Nortey cameoed for the victors while Harold Odametey played 90 minutes and received a booking for Maidenhead. Nana Owusu also played the last 15 minutes for the losers.

Kwame Thomas came on in the 22nd minute for Solihull Moors against Boreham Wood. They game did not produce any goal.

SPAIN

Atletico Madrid played a 1-1 draw with CD Leganes. Thomas Partey was a 72nd minute substitute.

Deportivo Alaves lost 2-1 to Eiber. Mubarak Wakaso missed the match doe the losers through injury while Patrick Twumasi was left out of their matchday squad.

Emmanuel Boateng was an unused substitute for UD Levante in their 1-1 draw with Villarreal. Raphael Dwamena was not included in the squad

In the Segunda Division, Yaw Yeboah was substituted in the 78 minutes for CD Numancia when they won 2-0 against Tenerife.

Richard Boateng was a second half substitute for R.Oviedo in their 1-1 stalemate with Mallorca. Baba iddrisu was an unused substitute for Real Mallorca,

Isaac Cofie was an unused substitute for Sporting Gijon in their 2-1 lost to UD Almeria.

FRANCE

Nantes beat Guingamp 5-0. Majeed Waris came on in the 79th minute for them while French born Ghanaian Enoch Kwateng played full throttle.

In the Ligue 2, Lawrence Ati-Zigi was on the bench for Sochaux when they played goalless draw with Paris FC.

Ebenezer Assifuah cameoed for Le Havre when they lost 1-0 to Niort

Emmanuel Ntim watched from the bench when his side Valenciennes lost 4-2 to Troyes.

Kyei Grejohn was not in the squad for Lens when they lost 1-0 to Chatearoux.

ITALY

Kwadwo Asamoah was an unused substitute for Inter Milan when they thrashed Genoa 5-0.

Afriyie Acquah was substituted in the 67th minute for Empoli when they lost 5-1 at SS Napoli.

US Sassuolo won 2-0 at Chievo Verona. Both Kevin Prince Boateng and Alfred Duncan started for the winners but were substituted in the second half.

Rahman Chibsah was substituted in the 70th minute for Frosinone Calcio when they played goalless draw with Parma.

Godfred Donsah was left out of Bologna’s team that lost 2-1 to Atalanta.

Nicholas Opoku played full throttle for Udinese when they lost 1-0 at home to AC Milan

In the Serie B, Bright Addae played full throttle for Ascoli when they beat Benevento Calcio 2-1. Bright Gyamfi lasted 90 minutes for the losers.

Moses Odjer was introduced early in the second half for Salernitana but they lost 1-0 to Venezia

GERMANY

Derrick Luckassen was left out of Hertha Berlin squad that were white-washed 3-0 at home by RB Leipzig.

Kasim Nuhu played 90 minutes and was booked for TSG Hoffenheim when they thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 4-1.

Baba Abdul-Rahman was once again not included in the Schalke 04 team that won 3-1 against Hannover 96.

Hans Nunoo Sarpei warmed the bench for VfB Stuttgart when the lost 3-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Isaah Abass was not added to Mainz 05 squad that defeated Werder Bremen 2-1 at home.

In the Bundesliga II, David Atanga and Jan Gyamarah all played 90 minutes for their respective side when Greuther Furth and Bochum played a pulsating 2-2 draw. Gyamarah picked a booking in the game.

Bernard Tepketey played full throttle and was booked for SC Paderborn 07 when they lost 2-0 to Duisburg. Christopher Adjei-Antwi came on in the 60th minute. Claude Gyau didn’t make the victors match day team.

Noah Awuku was absent for Holstein Kiel when they drew 2-2 with Inglostadt. Kingsley Schindler grabbed a goal for Kiel.

Steffan Nkansah played 90 minutes and was booked for Braunschweig when they played a 1-1 draw with Grossaspach

Daniel Kofi Kyere played 90 minutes for SV Wehen when they thrashed Fortuna Koln 7-0. Bernard Kyere was a second half substitute for the losers. Kwame Yeboah also played 29 minutes for the losers.

German-born Ghanaian Anton-Leander Donkor warmed the bench for Hansa Rostock when played a 1-1 draw with Jena. Phil Ofosu-Ayeh was left out of Rostock matchday squad.

AUSTRIA

Seth Paintsil missed Admira Wacker 3-2 defeat to Hartberg through injury.

Samuel Tetteh came on in the 57 minute for LASK Linz in their 2-2 draw with St. Polten.

In the Bundesliga 2, Kennedy Boateng played full throttle for Ried when they played goalless draw with Austria Klagenfurt.

Felix Adjei scored for Wattens in their 4-0 smashing of Liefering FC. Gideon Mensah cameoed for the losers.

FC Juniors thrashed Kapfenberg 4-0. Paul Mensah played full throttle for the losers. Reuben Acquah was not in the victors match day squad.

BELGIUM

Joseph Aidoo played 90 minutes for Genk while Joseph Painstil was an unused substitute when they played a pulsating 1-1 draw with Club Brugge.

Nana Kwesi Asare played full throttle for Gent when they won 3-1 against Kortrijk. Bernard Kumordzi was an unused substitute for the losers.

Daniel Opare started for Royal Antwerp but was substituted as early as the 13th minute with an injury. William Owusu also came on in the 75th minute for them. Antwerp won 2-0 against St. Liege

Eric Ocansey was substituted at the beginning of the second half when his side KAS Eupen lost 2-0 to Sporting Lokeren.

Samuel Asamoah played full throttle for Sint Truiden as they beat Zulte Waregem 2-1.

In the Proximus League, Edwin Egyere scored the only goal for Tubize when they got thrashed 4-1 by OH Leuven. Divine Naah played full throttle for the losers. Kamal Sowah was left out of the victors matchday squad.

BULGARIA

Edwin Gyasi watched from the bench as his side CSKA Sofia won 1-0 against Lokomotive Plovdiv.

Ishmael Baidu played 90 minutes for Septemvri Sofia when they piped Vereya 1-0. Micheal Tawiah played 75 minutes for the losers.

BELARUS

Yahaya Seidu played full throttle for Dinamo Minsk when they piped Vitebsk 1-0.

Joel Fameyeh warmed the bench for Dinamo Brest in their 3-1 win over Isloch Minsk.

CROATIA

Obeng Regan played 90 minutes and was booked for Istra 1961 against Lokomotiva Zagreb. They lost by a lone goal.

Ahmed Said played full throttle for Hajduk Split when they drew 1-1 with NK Gorica. Nasiru Moro was an unused substitute for Gorica.

CHINA

Frank Acheampong lasted 90 minutes for Tianjin Teda in their 1-1 draw at Chongqing Lifan.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Benjamin Tetteh hit the back of the net for Sparta Prague in their 2-2 draw in the Prague Derby against Slavia Prague.

Emmanuel Antwi played full period of action for Pribram in their 3-0 home loss to Slovacko.

DENMARK

Collins Tanor was not in the squad for Hobro when they lost 1-0 to OB Odense.

Godway Donyoh was on the score sheet for FC Nordsjaelland when they played a 1-1 draw with Aalborg. Mohammed Kudus came on in the 72nd minute while Ibrahim Sadiq was an unused substitute and Clinton Antwi left out of their squad.

Emmanuel Oti was substituted in the 79th minute for FB Esbjerg when they played a pulsating 2-2 draw with Midtjylland.

HUNGARY

Abraham Frimpong returned from a long layoff to cameo for Ferencvaros when they won 2-0 against MTK Budapest.

KAZAKHSTAN

David Mawutor enjoyed full throttle for Zhetysu Taldykorgan in their 1-0 loss at Kaisar Kyzylorda.

KOSOVO

Khalid Abdul Basit hit the winner for FK Prishtina in their 1-0 win over Drecina.

NETHERLANDS

Dutch born Ghanaian Cody Gakpo was an unused substitute for PSV when they piped Vitesse 1-0.

Myron Boadu missed AZ Alkmaar 1-0 win over De Graafschap through injury.

In the Eerste Division, Rodney Antwi cameoed for Volendam in their 2-1 win at Dordrecht.

Kelvin Luckassen was not included in Almere City matchday squad that beat Helmond 2-1.

Asumah Abubakar cameoed for Maastricht in their 2-0 home loss to Sparta Rotterdam.

MALTA

Isaac Ntow was not included in the match day team of Hibernians when they won 4-0 against Mosta.

MEXICO

Joseph Akrong played 90 minutes for Zacaptec in their 2-0 defeat at Cimarrones de Sonora.

NORWAY

Adam Larson Kwarasey captained Valerenga to 0-0 draw against Sarpsborg 08. Mohammed Abu was missing in Valeranga matchday squad.

Dennis Antwi was a 59th minute substitute for Asane when they lost 5-0 to Strommen.

Finnish-born Ghanaian Solomon Duah was not in the Levanger side that lost 4-0 to Aelesund.

Gilbert Koomson played 90 minutes for SK Brann in their 3-1 win against Stromsgodset.

Enoch Kwakwa played the entire game for Falkenbergs when they drew 2-2 with Norrby.

PORTUGAL

Lumor Agbenyenu played the entire game for Sporting Lisbon when the won 2-1 against Santa Clara.

Alhassan Wakaso played full throttle and was booked when his side Vitoria Guimaraes played 0-0 with Boavista. Henry Medariouse couldn’t travel with Guimaraes due to injury.

Emmanuel Hackman was unused substitute for Portimonense in their 1-1 draw with Belenenses.

SAUDI ARABIA

Carlos Ohene enjoyed full period of action for SC Ohod in their 1-0 win over Al Taawon.

SERBIA

Red Star Belgrade won 2-0 against Proleter. Richmond Boakye Yiadom and Rashid Sumaila were all out of the team for victors.

Francis Kyeremeh played 76 minutes for Radnik in their 2-0 win against Dinamo Vranje. Zakaria Suraka played full throttle for the losers.

Samuel Owusu registered an assist and scored for NK Cukaricki in their 2-1 win over Mladost.

Samuel Affum was not in Spartak Subotica’s team that drew 1-1 with Rad Beograd.

SCOTLAND

Thomas Agyepong missed Hibernian 1-0 home loss to St Johnstone through injury.

SLOVAKIA

Benson Annang watched from the bench as his side MSK Zilina thrashed Ruzomberok 3-0.

Patrick Asmah was missing in FK Senica matchday team that won 3-0 against ZiON Moravce.

Osman Bukari was substituted in the 58 minute for Trencin when they lost 3-1 to Sered

Mitch Apaw played 90 minutes for Slovan Bratislava when they thrashed Michalovce 6-0. Sadam Sulley was substituted in the half time for the losers.

SLOVENIA

Eric Boakye played full throttle for NK Olimpija Ljubljana in their 4-4 draw with Domzale

SWEDEN

AIK Stockholm drew goalless with Sundsvall. Enoch Adu missed the game for AIK through suspension.

Thomas Boakye was substituted at the start of the second half for Halmstad when they lost 2-1 to Orgryt.

IF Gefle lost 4-0 to Degerfors. Isaac Shaze played 76 minutes for the losers.

Sadam Karim played 90 minutes for Landskrona BOis when they lost 2-1 to Jonkopings.

Lawson Sabah played full throttle for Linkoping City when they won 3-0 against Rynninge.

Emmanuel Yeboah was not in the squad for Umea FC when they lost 2-1 to Nykopings.

SWITZERLAND

Majeed Ashimeru was brought on in the 71st minute and got booked in the 72nd minute for St. Gallen when they pipped Sion 1-0.

Gregory Kwesi Wuthrich missed FC Basel 3-2 win over Lugano through injury.

RUSSIA

Aziz Tetteh played 62 minutes for Dynamo Moscow against CSKA Moscow. The game ended goalless.

ROMANIA

Isaac Donkor played full throttle for U Craiova 1948 CV when they beat Poli lasi 3-0.

Joseph Mensah was a 74th minute substitute for Sepsi in their 3-1 loss to FC Hermannstadt.

TURKEY

Fenerbache played a pulsating 2-2 draw with Galatasaray. Andre Ayew played full throttle for Fenerbahce.

Elvis Manu picked a booking for Akhisar Genclik Spor in their 1-1 stalemate with Erzurum BB.

Attamah Lawerh cameoed for Istanbul Basaksehir as they pipped Besiktas 1-0 at home.

Bernard Mensah was introduced in the 68th minute while Asamoah Gyan cameoed for Keyserispor when they lost 3-1 to Ankaragucu.

Isaac Sackey played full throttle for Alanyaspor but they lost 1-0 to Yeni Malatyaspor. Muniru Sulley came on in the 31st minute for the winners.

Caleb Ekuban cameoed for Trabzonspor in their 1-1 stalemate with Bursaspor.

Kamal Issah missed Eskisehirspor 1-0 win over Osmanlispor through injury.

QATAR

Lawrence Quaye played 75 minutes for Umm Salal when they lost 5-1 to Al-Sadd.

Al Ahli Doha won 2-0 against Al Khor. John Benson lasted the entire duration of the game for them.

George Kwesi played full throttle for Al Sailiya when they thrashed Al-Kharitiyath 5-0.

UKRAINE

Najeeb Yakubu grabbed his debut goal for Vorskla Poltava in their 2-0 win over FK Lviv.

USA

Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah enjoyed 90 minutes for Columbus Crew as they pipped New York Red Bulls to seal a semi-final place in the MLS playoffs. Lalas Abubakar cameoed for the victors.

Gladson Awako and Solomon Asante featured as Phoenix Rising defeated Orange County 2-1 to clinch the Western Conference play-off final.

By: Reuben Obodai @ReubenObodai on Twitter

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