Troubled Ghana giants Accra Hearts of Oak announced their readiness for the Ghana Premier League with a 2 – 1 win over debutantes Dreams FC in a two-sided friendly at the Dawu Park.Isaac Oduro open scoring in the first half and assisted Kwame Kizito to make it two for the visitors in the first game.Eric Kumi made it three with the first in the second game when he coolly controlled a long pass from Owusu Bempah, skid past his marker and nutmegged goalkeeper Mozart Adjettey in the 23rd minute.Leonard Owusu fetched the consolation with to minutes inside the second half of the second game for Dreams FC.Mustapha Essuman increased the tally for the visitors with a clinical finish with fifteen minutes to end proceedings.It was Dreams FC that came closer to breaking the deadlock in the second game when Johnson Oppong had Soulama to his mercy but shot wide to the relief of the Phobians. Mozart Adjettey rose to the occasion blocking Mustapha Essuman’s 40-yarder shot and dramatically fkick away the rebound by Eric Kumi.Dreams FC had an opportunity to make amends but Eric Gawu mercifully gave the ball to Soulama Abdoulaye.Leonard Owusu welcomed Samuek Akurugu with a consolation under two minutes in the second half after Soulama Abdoulaye was substituted.Veteran Mustapha Essuman intelligently connected Thomas Abbey’s through pass, sped past his marker forcing Mozart Adjettey to chase his own shadow to make it four for the Phobians. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
MASON CITY — A Florida woman is due to make an appearance in a Cerro Gordo County courtroom later this week after being accused of cashing stolen checks. 30-year-old Christina Whitaker of Lantana Florida was accused of going to four different branches of First Citizens Bank in December of last year and cashing eight stolen checks with a total value of $16,300. Authorities say Whitaker used the stolen identity of a bank customer and impersonated the account holder. Whitaker has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, as well as identity theft involving over $10,000, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday. Whitaker was recently arrested in Ohio and was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on Thursday, where she continues to be held on a total of $50,000 bond.
Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux believes the Blues are currently suffering the worst run of form Jose Mourinho has EVER suffered as a manager.The Premier League champions have endured a dreadful start to their title defence, with the side currently in 14th place after winning just twice in their opening seven games of the season.Chelsea were unbeaten until December last season as they peeled away from the rest of the chasing pack on their way to the top flight crown, but early defeats to Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Everton have exposed some uncharacteristic defensive frailties in Mourinho’s team.They dropped more points on Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle, though the result could have been much worse, with Chelsea fighting back to rescue a point after finding themselves two goals down against the struggling Magpies.And former England defender Le Saux has suggested the ‘Special One’ could find himself in the firing line from club chiefs if Chelsea’s poor form continues for much longer.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, the Blues great said: “You only have to look at Chelsea’s history to see how quickly they change managers when they’re not happy with something… so watch this space.“They’re only eight points behind [league leaders Man United], so they’re still in there, but they could be out of sight had Man City continued with the form they showed at the start of the season.“They’re in the worst form a Jose Mourinho team has even been in, whether that’s at Chelsea or any other club he’s managed.“There are absolutely genuine causes for concern. They’ve had the worst start to a season I can remember, it’s been terrible.”Mourinho’s usually stubborn side have leaked a total of 14 goals in the early stages of the campaign, a tally it took 18 Premier League matches to reach last term.And Le Saux believes the whole squad are to blame for not playing to the high standards they set themselves in last season’s triumph.“When you think about Mourinho’s ethic and philosophy, it’s all about being defensively watertight,” he added.“But Chelsea have been so exposed as a team and as individuals as well at times this season.“In the first-half against Newcastle on Saturday, Newcastle cut through them really easily and thoroughly deserved to be ahead.“It was only because of Newcastle’s nervousness, because they’ve had such a poor start to the season, and a fantastic strike from Ramires that Chelsea got back into the game. I don’t think they would have against a more confident team.“Individually they’re struggling, too. [Cesc] Fabregas is playing so below par, but it’s not just him, I think all of them are playing way below the standard they set themselves last season.”