Chief of Tamale Naa Dakpema Alhassan Dawuni performing the official kick-off for the opening ceremony
Nyansegu emerged the kings of Tigo Community Soccer in Tamale after triumphing over hosts Water Works at the weekend.
Nyansegu, the very last community to register for the soccer event, were ranked outsiders and hardly believed in their own chances of winning the Tamale leg of Ghana’s most participatory soccer event.
Tamale paraded a host of soccer talents from the three biggest clubs in the region namely RTU, Guan United and FC Utrecht.
Nyansegu had none of these celebrated soccer players in their team, yet they managed with tenacity and perseverance to get to the semi-final where they beat the FUO community, who were bursting at the seams with about six RTU players in their line-up.
‘Persistence and belief won us this tournament,’ said Coach McCarthy, who described himself as the Director of Football in Nyansegu.
‘Nobody gave us a dog’s chance against Water Works in the final. But we believed in ourselves. My brother, I have heard about Tigo Community Soccer on Television, on the radio, on the internet and read about it in the newspapers.
‘This competition is tougher than even playing in the Division One and Division Two leagues. The players are many.’
Aside the thrills, Tigo’s Community Care effort at health screening residents of Tamale for free and encouraging them to donate blood was broadly welcomed and appreciated.
Mahmoud Tanko, who donated blood said, ‘I heard the advert on the radio and I said wow! Why don’t I come and check if I have diabetes or blood pressure. The nurses checked for me and they said I was in good health.’
The Territory Manager of Tigo in the Northern Region, Sir Louis Attibiga, was excited by the success of the Tamale leg of Tigo Community Soccer.
‘What we look for in Tigo community Soccer is an opportunity to impact Tamale positively.’
From The Sports Desk
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