Other Sports of Monday, 24 February 2014
Source: Nii Armah Ashong Katai
The national championship of the Under 13 Milo African championship ended last Friday with Zogbeli L/A Primary School from Tamale defeating Fawohoyeden D/A Primary School from the Brong Ahafo region to win championship.
The three-day event which was held at the Paa Joe Park at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) saw ten schools drawn from the ten regions of Ghana battle for supremacy for the ultimate prize of representing Ghana in the African Championship in Nairobi, Kenya later in the year.
Patrons of the champions which included dignitaries including Deputy Sports Minister, Joseph Yammin, Moataz El Hout, Managing Director of Nestle Ghana Limited, Stephen Appiah, the Brand Ambassador for the championship, a delegation from the Manhyia Palace led by Nana Baffour Kwame Kusi the Ankobeahene of his royal majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, representatives from the Ghana Education Service as well as many school children and football fanatics were treated to excellent soccer artistry from the twinkle twinkle little stars.
Speakers at the event congratulated Nestle Ghana Limited through its brand Milo for their continuous support for grass root soccer in Ghana. In his speech, Stephen Appiah the brand ambassador for the Championship said “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. You need to take seriously your books and make sure you do not let playing football affect your education in any way”.
Appiah who is expected to hold a football clinic for the kids before they enplane to Kenya to represent Ghana in the African Championship admonished the kids to be disciplined since the game requires a lot of discipline.
He said “to make it to the top, you need to discipline yourself not only on the field but anywhere you find yourself. To win, you must always play fairly according to the spirit and letter of the rules, stay calm under difficult conditions, support and encourage your teammates at all times, play as hard as you can in practice and in games, show respect to your coaches, referees, and your opponents whether win or lose and last but not the least drink a lot of MILO”.
Zogbeli defeated Fawohoyeden D/A Primary School from the Brong Agafo Region by a lone goal in the finals after beating Oblogo from the Gt. Accra Region by four (4) goals to 0, Central Region by 9 goals to 0, Tumu United from the Upper West Region by 5-1 and Shweeshwee by 3 goals to Fatau Issahaku from Zogbeli L/A Primary won MVP and the golden boot awards with Sulemana Farouk of the Bolgatanga Primary School winning the best goalkeeper award.
Zogbeli by this success has replicated the performance of their predecessors SOS primary also from Tamale who won the last event.