A former president of the Ghana Football Association Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has called on the state to honour ex-Black Stars player Stephen Appiah with a coaching course in a “very good footballing institution” that, according to him, will prepare the player to take up an appointment as Black Stars coach in the foreseeable future.“The state must reward Appiah and this must take the form of a sponsorship for a coaching course in a very good football institution to learn contemporary football management. He has done a lot for Ghana football. This obviously will make him better when he is done and maybe get to follow in the footsteps of C.K Gyamfi as coach of the Black Stars,” he said.On whether he thinks it was right for the player to announce his retirement from international football at this time of his career, he said: “taking timely and critical decisions in a way that would please everybody, is the hallmark of any good leader. A good leader knows when to leave the scene and that is what Appiah has just made”.He was of particular praise for the selfless dedication of Appiah towards the national team during his captainship, adding that aside the numerous benefits he enjoyed as captain, he gained a considerable amount of goodwill across board.“This is someone who was respected throughout: from coaches, players, football fans and the FA leadership. He qualified us for all our two consecutive World Cups including our first in Germany. He stands tall among his peers and more than anything, set a very good precedent for future captains of the Black Stars to follow. His outstanding quality on and off the field enabled him to blend with the old and new faces in the team. He was a devoted footballer who will do anything for his country to the extent that even on occasions when it seemed he was done, he came back so strong. This is an enviable feat. Not all captains are able to do that,” he concluded.Source: Myjoyonline.com/Ghana
Gennadiy Golovkin kicked off his DAZN debut in raucous fashion by delivering a fourth-round KO of Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden in New York City this past June.Now, the former unified middleweight champion returns to the Garden, looking to produce another “Big Drama Show” on Saturday night, and live on DAZN, when he faces Sergiy Derevyanchenko with the vacant IBF title up for grabs. Derevyanchenko was the mandatory challenger to face Canelo Alvarez, but Alvarez was stripped of the IBF belt over his failure to reach a purse bid during talks with the Ukrainian fighter. That’s what set up Golovkin vs. Derevyanchenko with the championship strap on the line.Join DAZN to watch GGG vs. Derevyanchenko & 100+ fight nights a yearThe 37-year-old Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs) responded to a disappointing majority decision loss to Canelo last September by flattening the virtually-unknown Rolls nearly nine months later. The 33-year-old Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) fought for the IBF title before, having lost a split decision to Daniel Jacobs last October in his first pro loss. He rebounded from that defeat by scoring a unanimous decision over Jack Culcay in April.Both GGG and Derevyanchenko are set to be paid handsomely for this title fight. Here’s a breakdown of that purse, including how much each fighter is expected to make.GGG vs. Derevyanchenko fight purseThis will mark the second bout of Golovkin’s three-year, six-fight deal, worth a reported $100 million, that he inked with DAZN in March.That means this fight against Derevyanchenko will likely pay him eight figures and possibly even set up a larger payday if a trilogy fight with Canelo is secured thereafter. However, that last prospect seems bleak for now, with Alvarez voicing his disinterest in a third fight with his rival.Meanwhile, Derevyanchenko is set to earn $5 million for this fight, as reported by ESPN. That’s easily the largest payday of his career, as “The Technician” received a reported $462,500 for his only other world title shot — against Jacobs last fall.What is GGG’s net worth?According to Forbes, Golovkin has a net worth upward of $25 million. That was reported just after his victory over Rolls in June. His fight purse winnings are slated at $23 million, while GGG also has sponsorship deals with the likes of Nike’s Jordan Brand, Hublot, Tecate, and Chivas Regal worth an estimated $2.5 million. Gennadiy Golovkin career recordA split draw and majority loss to Canelo serve as the only blemishes on GGG’s otherwise dominant 39-1-1 pro ledger, and both of those verdicts remain highly controversial.Many boxing fans and experts believe that Golovkin did enough to defeat Canelo in their initial September 2017 meeting, but judge Adalaide Byrd’s 118-110 scorecard in favor of Alvarez left the Kazakh warrior without a win. A sizable share of boxing pundits also believe that Golovkin did enough to defeat Canelo in their September 2018 rematch, although a sharper, more aggressive Alvarez got the majority decision nod.As a former unified world middleweight champion, Golovkin was long considered the boogeyman of the division, before the run-ins with Alvarez. Perhaps a new title reign will return the veteran to that status, especially while Canelo momentarily moves up two weight classes to face Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight championship on Nov. 2.