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Hernandez converts the penalty

A second string Ghana side put up an impressive display but suffered a 1-0 defeat in the friendly against Mexico in Houston on Wednesday night.

A first-half penalty converted by Elias Hernandez helped the Mexicans to the victory at the NRG Stadium.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah gave several players on the fringes of the squad the chance to impress before the 37,617 fans who watched the game at the stadium.

The Black Stars fluffed five scoring chances with Frank Acheampong, Majeed Waris and Rahpael Dwamena all had the opportunities of drawing the West Africans level.

The Interior Ministry will roll out a plan to drastically transform the Ghana Police Service, which is targeting 8000 new recruits this year.

According to the Interior Minister, Mr. Ambrose Dery, the move will give the service a holistic facelift which includes the provision of logistics and recruitment of about 8000 new officers.

“The Transformation Agenda of the Police is not just building Police Stations, so part of it has to do with establishing more points which has officers,” he said.

The President of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, has reiterated his and the commitment of the Zambian people to developing strong bilateral ties and exploring areas of co-operation with Ghana, under the leadership of its President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to the mutual benefit of the two countries.

According to President Lungu, the margin of victory chalked by President Akufo-Addo in the 2016 election “was a true reflection of the confidence the people of Ghana have in your vision, and for that reason, we look forward to working closely with you during your tenure of office.”

The Zambian President noted further that “there are a lot of things you (Ghana) are doing in mining, agriculture, infrastructure development, amongst others, which can benefit Zambia, by being emulated. It is about common, good practices, Mr. President, and what you do better, we should not hesitate to emulate.”

Ghana has been named among the top transit points for cocaine in the world according to a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

According to the World Drug Report 2016, the West African region in general had become a major passage point for cocaine from South America en route to Europe.

The report said between the five year period; 2009-2014, “the proportion of the total cocaine seizures in Africa accounted for by West Africa rose to 78 per cent.”