New talents continue to emerge from the juvenile leagues in the country season after season but much focus will be placed on a new generation of players that will come out at the National Under-13 Milo Championship.
When the competition starts this month at the Paa Joe Park in Kumasi, coaches will be on the look out for players with the potential to replicate the success of stars like Stephen Appiah, Sulley Muntari, Majeed Waris and Laryea Kingston.
All this players are alumni of the Milo Championship.
For Stephen Appiah, the tournament which over the years has helped shaped the careers of players is key to the development of the game but he insists that emphasis should also be focused on the importance of education in modern football.
“My junior brothers who will be partaking in this tournament, there is the need for you to know that the game is transforming and there is no way you can break the barriers of modern football if you don’t aspire to get some appreciable level of education,” Appiah said.
The former Black Stars captain, who has been named as brand ambassador for Ghana at this year’s Milo U-13 Africa Football Championship says, years of work had gone into their achievement as stars who played at the world stage.
“As a former professional footballer I do have a responsibility to be a good role model and a mentor for this generation and many more generations to come.”
This year’s championship would kick off on 19th to 21st February, 2014 in the Ashanti Region at the Paa Joe Park with the winner going on to represent Ghana at the African Champions later in April in Kenya.