Ghana is expected be reinstated as a member of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after the national association received a donation of 10,000 US dollars from the CEO of McDan Shipping, Danny McKorley to settle arrears with the international body.Ghana was slapped with a ban by the ITF earlier this year after accruing three years of unpaid affiliation fees with the international body. Ghana was given a grace period which was stretched to this year.During the grace period youngster Isaac Nortey took part in the world junior championship in Switzerland while the junior national team also participated and excelled in an ITF West Central African tournament in Lome, Togo. The ban prevented Ghana from partcipating in any ITF-sanctioned activity after it was activated.This included administratve courses, tournaments and scholarship programmes for talented players.At a brief presentation ceremony at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr McKorley, who is a tennis enthusiast said “the decision to support the sport is inspired by my passion for the sport and I wanted to extend this gesture to support the national association to restore the image of the nation. There are many undiscovered tennis talents in the country which can be unearthed and when they are supported they can go places.” Mr McKorley also used the opportunity to announce his outfit’s plan to build an ultra-modern tennis arena in Accra as well as introduce the McDan Open tournament on the local tennis calendar. “Tennis is a big sport all over the world and its rather sad that Ghana has to experience this problem. At my company we are committed to fulfilling our social responsibility and also want to help the sport to develop,” Mr McKorley told Joy Sports. Youth and Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah who received the cheque on behalf of the GTA encouraged more corporate support for sports to enable non-football disciplines grow. Ghana tennis has seen major challenges over the last few years most of which are financial. Due to the lack of sponsorship, the Ghana Tennis Association (GTA) has had major challenges organising tournaments. This is also compounded with the nation’s inability to qualify from Euro-Africa Zone Three of the Davis Cup. The junior national teams have remained Ghana’s brightest spot in tennis with consistent medal-winning performances at major tournaments.
For Real Madrid this is the fifteenth Super Cup what dispute and for Atlético is the seventh, but before this exotic edition they had only seen their faces once. It was in 2014, that is, that Simeone was already on the red and white bench; while Ancelotti was the white coach. The trophy went to the Atleti showcases, then current League champion who took a small rematch of the Champions final lost just three months before with its neighbors in Lisbon. Atlético 1- Real Madrid 0Athletic: Moya; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira; Koke, Gabi, Tiago, Raúl García (Saúl 89 ’); Griezmann (Raúl Jiménez 57 ’) and Mandzukic (Onion 85’).Real Madrid: Boxes; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao (Marcelo 70 ’); Modric, Xabi Alonso, Kroos (Cristiano 46 ’); Bale, Benzema and James (Isco 65 ’).Goal: 1-0 (2 ‘): Mandzukic.Referee: Fernández Borbalán. He expelled Simeone (26 ’) and Modric (91’). He admonished the locals Tiago, Koke, Raúl Gª and Griezmann and the visitors Ramos, Alonso, Isco and Cristiano.Stadium: Vicente Calderón. 54,000 spectators The first leg at the Bernabéu finished 1-1, with goals from the brand new summer signing, James, and of Raúl García, almost at the end of a corner. All open for the return three days later. In the Calderón, the decisive goal marked him right after Mandzukic assisted by Griezmann, the pair that premiered in that Super Cup with the mission that Villa and Diego Costa should not be missed. That lap was also marked by the expulsion of Simeone for protesting in the first half. Before leaving and the more claims he gave a colleja to the fourth referee. He lost eight suspension matches as a sum of several penalties. If the punishment had not prescribed, he would not have been able to sit on the bench in Jeddah or in the semifinals or the final. It’s been more than five years and both templates have changed a lot. Especially that of Atlético. Of the players of that Super Cup, only Saul can repeat in Jeddah, because Koke is injured and Oblak and Giménez did not have minutes, because the holders in their positions were Moyá and Miranda. In Madrid there are many more and a few will form again in the eleven of Zidane: Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kroos and James continue, more Bale and Benzema, who stayed in Madrid low, and Nacho, yes in Arabia but in 2014 he did not even sit on the bench.Real Madrid 1 – Atlético 1Real Madrid: Boxes; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric (Di María 78 ’), Xabi Alonso, Kroos; Bale, Benzema and Cristiano (James 46 ’).Athletic: Moya; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira (Ansaldi 63 ’); Gabi, Mario Suarez; Koke, Saúl (Griezmann 57 ’), Raúl García; and Mandzukic (Raúl Jiménez 78 ’).Goals: 1-0 (81 ’): James. 1-1 (88 ’): Raúl García.Referee: Estrada Fernández. He warned the locals Alonso and Ramos and visitors Koke, Siqueira, Mario Suárez, Mandzukic and Raúl García.Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu. 78,000 spectators