Sports News of Sunday, 30 July 2017
The quest of renowned betting firm, Betway to find and harness the next biggest football star in the country took another step on Saturday July 29 as they concluded the preliminary stage of the search with the Greater Accra tryouts.
Hundreds of aspiring footballers turned up at the Legon Presec Park to showcase their talent and appease the technical team which is led by Ex-Black Stars captain, Stephen Appiah.
The over 400 players which included midfielders, defenders, goalkeepers and strikers made the tryout an exciting and competitive one which made it difficult for the technical team to select the final 17 to represent Greater Accra in the finals.
Speaking to pressmen after the tryout session, Stephen Appiah expressed his happiness with the program which he believes has afforded him a rare opportunity to see some of the numerous talents this country boast of.
Appiah also thanked Betway for giving him the opportunity to lead the technical team and also encouraged the players who were dropped not to give up but rather use the setback as a springboard.
“It’s been great so far. We have seen so many talents which has made it difficult for us to drop some. Whenever we get to the stage of selecting the players I get emotional because all the players are good and deserve to make it to the next stage but we obviously have to cut down the numbers. I want to thank Betway for giving me the opportunity to be part of this initiative”.
The Betway Talent Search continues today with a clash of the four regional (Eastern, Western Ashanti and Greater Accra) teams after which the 16 most outstanding players will be picked for the one week camping
The Betway Talent search, aside offering footballers the opportunity to showcase their skills to the coaching team, the Talent Search also offers players the opportunity to play before a number of football agents and scouts.
The Betway Talent Search has former Black Stars captain and the Technical Coordinator for the national football team, Stephen Appiah, as its icon. Other members of the scouting team include Maxwell Konadu, Eric Antwi Ofori, Coach Eben, Ben Adjei, Twumasi Forkuoh, Prince Odei and Godfried Aduobe.
The Betway Talent Search sits alongside the Betway sponsorship of Ashanti Gold S.C as part of Betway’s commitment to driving interest and support in Ghanaian football.