Dennis Osei Gyamfi
Accra, Sep 22, GNA – The Minister for Youth
and Sports (MOYS), Mr. Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, has said he was amazed at
the sublime performance of the National Under-19 Cricket team in the
International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa Division Two cricket tournament in
Mr Vandepuye who welcomed the team from South
Africa at the Kotoko International Airport on their arrival, said even though
he believed in the team, their performance was beyond his expectation and
congratulated them for their performance.
“When you were leaving we were very confident
in your ability. But you have proven beyond our expectations that given the
support and motivation you can rub shoulders with the world.
“We followed your performance and we are
impressed with it. We thought the last match against Nigeria was going to be
difficult but that proved to be the easiest of all your matches.” the
minister told the team on their arrival
He however admitted that, they were ashamed as
a ministry to have done little for the team but promised them of absolute
support in future.
“So far you have done things on your own and I
want take the opportunity to congratulate the Association and all the people
who have supported you especially your family and your schools.
“Let me concede that as a ministry we
have not done enough but your performance tells us that even in the midst of
nothing you are ready to give yourself the best shot for Ghana.
“Because you have shown yourself worthy
of support, I can assure you from today that we are going to do everything to
support you,” Mr Vanderpuye assured.
Ghana won gold in the week long tourney
following an unbeaten run where the team defeated Botswana, Sierra Leone,
Zambia, Rwanda, Tanzania before playing Nigeria in the final.
In the final game, Ghana impressively made 28
runs for zero in 4.3 overs in the second innings to outran Nigeria’s 27 runs
for 10 wickets in 15.4 overs to emerge as winners by 10 wickets.
Chief Operations Officer and team manager, Mr.
Henry Ackom told the GNA Sports that the achievement could make a strong
statement for cricket in Ghana.
“It was a very exciting experience. We think
that this is a testimony to the fact that we want to now grow Cricket as a
culture for people to have an alternative to football. We hope to qualify for
world league next year,” Mr. Ackom noted.
Ghana swept eight individual awards from the
tournament with Joseph Aboagye winning the Best Bowler award having bowled 294
balls, most valuable player, whilst other Kevin Marko Awala also won individual
Ghana with the victory has automatically
qualified from the ICC Africa Division Two on the Division One to be held next
year which will as subsequently serve as the qualification process for the
winner into the ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand next year.