A special three day football tournament aimed at demonstrating the skills of players in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region will end today at the new Adjiringanor Astro Turf, East Legon, with a class for the Great Olympics.
With senior, U23 and U18 teams as well as players from other West African countries, the first annual football tournament entitled “Education through Sport” created a tension of thrill and excitement.
Players who prevail are expected to be enrolled in colleges abroad and also have the opportunity to continue their football careers, said a source from Ghana’s elite team Bechem United FC, which organized the event in partnership with the Diaspora Africa Forum ( DAF) and Miracle Africa organized International Foundation (MAIF).
On the opening day of the festival, Bechem United pounded the African Youth Academy 3-1. Emmanuel Avonyor opened the gate for Bechem as returnees Augustine Okrah scored the second goal and Kofi Agbesimah scored the third.
The Accra Great Olympics youth team drew goalless in their second game against second division AC Sondisco, while first division Tudu Mighty Jets shared the booty with Bechem United ‘B’ in a very fiery duel.
Yesterday the Olympics won 1-0 against Bechem, while Soccer Bridge and Power Stars drew 0-0 and Mighty Jets beat their opponents 2-1. The U18 tournament of the tournament is expected to start this morning.
The Head of Mission of DAF, Ambassador Dr. Erieka Bennett, was positively optimistic about the project and believed it would provide a solid foundation for the youth.
The purpose of the tournament is to give young footballers the opportunity to show their talent and also to offer educational scholarships for young African football talents – and to make them competitive on the world stage.
“We firmly believe in education and at the same time try to offer young people a sporting future.
“Indeed, combining sport and education can help young footballers develop a self-motivating mind to do many positive things on their own,” she said.
Scouts from Europe and mainly Francophone West African countries have already entered the country to “catch” some talent.
Assistant to the DAF Ambassador, Ms. Abigail Asante Okyere, said DAF launched the Education Through Sport football tournament to make a difference in society and show what young Africans have to offer.
The initiative aims, among other things, to empower young and talented players and equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to make them competitive on the world stage.
Assistant to DAF Ambassador Abigail Asantewaa Okyere said the event will “showcase and promote some of the best and best talent in Ghana and West Africa in terms of sport”.
The highlight of the tournament was a dinner at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel yesterday, where awards were presented to deserving players.
BY JOHN VIGAH & LINUS NARTEY SIAW