The manager of the reigning Munster Club football champions says he’s very impressed by the standard of club football in Tipperary at the moment.Clonmel Commercials boss Charlie McGeever believes most sides in the county have adopted a more positive approach to the game in recent years.The South Tipp club became the first from the Premier to win the provincial title when they beat Nemo Rangers last November. McGeever says he’s pleased to see coaches and players putting the emphasis on attacking play.
Former Ghana international Augustine Arhinful is tasking the Ghana Football Association to intensify scouting on opponents ahead of this month’s Nations Cup.With about fourteen days to the start of the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, in South Africa, Ghana FA has been silent on scouting strategies for Ghana’s group B opponents, Mali, Niger and DR Congo.Augustine Ahinful who serves as a member of the FA’s technical committee revealed on Saturday’s Joy Sports Link that he was unaware of the arrangements made by the FA for spying on Ghana’s Group B opponents.“I really don’t know if there is any scouting in place because I haven’t heard anyone going to spy on the Nigerians, the Malians or the Congolese. It will cost us some money but we need to do the scouting if really we want to achieve results. It is not all about leaving everything in the hands of the coach, thinking he knows it all. ”Reacting to Ahinful’s comments, the Ghana FA’s executive Committee Member, George Afriyie, said arrangements had been made for scouting. Though he did not mention the appointees, George Afriyie confirmed that two individuals had been tasked with the responsibility of gathering information on Black Stars’ opponents.“Some individuals have been selected to go and spy on Ghana’s group opponents. They were chosen from the technical committee of which Ahinful is a member, it’s just unfortunate that he (Ahinful) is not aware. For security reasons, we cannot disclose their identities.” The Black Stars team left Accra for Abu Dhabi on Friday night for a two-week training camp ahead of the start of the tournament. Ghana will be based in Port Elizabeth.
MASON CITY — A Mason City man who illegally purchased weapons at a local store has been given a federal prison sentence.Braiden Despenas was accused of buying four pistols and a rifle from Hart Brothers between October 2017 and May 2018, lying each time about being a marijuana user.Despenas pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a firearm by a drug user and making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm.He was sentenced on Thursday in US Federal Court in Cedar Rapids to two years and nine months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.