Twenty-six players (beach-ballers) have been called to begin camping for the first official Ghana Beach Soccer national team.The Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA) has tasked a national team selection committee, made up of coaches from both championship and division one beach soccer leagues to produce a strong 25-man provisional squad to commence preparations towards the upcoming CAF beach soccer qualifiers in Morocco slated for the 22nd-26th of May 2013.The committee members include; Mr. Maxwell Kpeglo (coach – Ada Assurance), Mr. Theophilus Nii Armah (coach – Teshie United) and Mr. Johnny Heman Mawusi (coach – Gulf Powers Bsc).The team has been in non residential training for a week and will start camping from Saturday 11th May 2013 in Accra until they head to Morocco to participate in the qualifiers on Monday 20th May; two days before the opening game.Through the support of the Ghana Football Association and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ghana’s participation in the qualifiers has been confirmed by Beach Soccer Worldwide; organizers of the tournament.Ghana’s push for recognition was initiated by Fifa technical instructor Talib Hilal who coordinated the first ever FIFA Beach Soccer Coaches Course in Ghana from the 29th of July to the 2nd of August 2012 in Prampram. This will be the first time Ghana will be represented in a beach soccer event internationally since the start of ‘organized’ beach soccer initiated by the GBSA in 2007.The GBSA has since rapidly made strides by staging pilot events in Keta, Senya Breku and Ada to name but a few. The association has also hosted a successful FIFA coaches course organized by FIFA and the GFA in 2012.The qualifiers in Morocco will be broadcast globally on networks such as Euro Sport, FOX Sports (watched by over 90 million in America) Al Jazeera in the Middle East and North Africa and Supersport to be confirmed in addition to some major national TV stations from Europe.In a related development, the second round of the 2012/2013 CAL Bank Beach Soccer League resumes on Saturday 11th May at the La beach soccer arena. Admission is free.
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Air Astana takes delivery of first Airbus A321neoAir Astana takes delivery of first Airbus A321neoAir Astana, the award-winning Kazakh flag carrier, has taken delivery of the first A321neo at the Airbus facility in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is on an operating lease from Aercap, with the deal including two further A321neo and one A320neo aircraft for delivery planned in 2018.The Air Astana A321neo is configured with 28 Business Class and 151 Economy class seats, all of which are equipped with personal IFE systems. The A321neo is powered by the latest generation Pratt & Whitney engines, which together with aerodynamic improvements, make it the quietest aircraft in its class and also delivers fuel consumption 15% lower than the previous model. The cabin features larger overhead-bin capacity and a new mood-lighting system with LED technology.The aircraft will be operated on Air Astana’s network of domestic and regional routes.Air Astana currently operates 13 A320 aircraft and one A320neo, which was delivered in 2016. The carrier plans to increase the fleet of A320neo family aircraft to 17 by 2020.About Air AstanaAir Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, operates flights to over 60 domestic and international routes from hubs in Astana and Almaty. The company was incorporated in late 2001 and commenced operations on 15 May 2002. Air Astana fleet consists of Boeing 767, 757, Airbus A319, A320, A320neo, A321 and Embraer 190 aircraft. Air Astana became the first carrier from Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (the CIS) and Eastern Europe to be awarded the prestigious 4-Star rating by Skytrax at its World Airline Awards 2012 and was also named ‘The Best Airline in Central Asia and India’ that year. Both achievements were repeated in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.Source = Air Astana