Sports News of Saturday, 1 July 2017
All is set for the 3rd edition of the Royal-Bank sponsored Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup at the Wembley Sports Complex in Accra on Saturday.
The tournament brings together youth from various Zongo communities to climax the end of Ramadan.
In the preliminary stage, defending champions Ashaiman will lock horns with Madina in the opening match.
Ashaiman, who have won the first two editions of the competition, were incredibly drawn to play the opening match for the third successive time, having faced New Fadama in the opening matches of the previous editions.
After the opening match, Kasoa Zongo will face Ashaley Botwe Zongo in the battle of debutants as both are participating for the first time.
Next game will be Sukura versus New Fadama, the base of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.
Mamobi will then face another new entrant Nungua Zongo, while Alajo will battle with debutants Koforidua Zongo for a place in the next stage of the competition. Accra New Town will face Nsawam Zongo while last year’s losing finalists, Sabon Zongo, will play Darkuman.
The final match of the preliminary round will be between Tudu and Nima.
Winners of the preliminary matches will progress to the quarter finals and the four respective winners of the quarter finals will play in the semi finals for a place in the finals.
The Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup is named in honour of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu. It is also aimed at strengthening existing bond amongst the youth of the various communities.
This year’s edition will kick off at 8:00 a.m. and the National Chief Imam is scheduled to open the competition as well as watch the finals and present the trophy to the winners.