Dykyemso, a suburb of Kumasi over the weekend entered the Tigo Community Soccer Hall Of fame after winning the competition three times on the row in the Garden City.
The trinity heroic winners edged the Central Police Team in the finals by a lone goal and yet again lifted aloft the trophy and the cash at stake.
The popular suburb of Bantama placed third. At least two hundred and forty players played in the two-day competition which is in its third season running.
Kwame Acheampong aka Obosom who captained Dykyemso to its three peats said: “We knew we will be champions again. In Kumasi nobody can beat us.In fact we are now in the Tigo Community Soccer Hall Of Fame. I am proud of this team and we thank Tigo for organising this competition to help community football and unearth young talent.”
Indeed, this year’s Tigo Community Soccer competition, the most participatory football event in Ghana will do more than just organise football competitions and unearth young talent.
At the competition’s well attended launch in Kumasi, Head of Territory for Tigo in the Ashanti Region , Vivian Odametey said: “ This season, we want every beneficiary community to know that Tigo cares about their passion which is football and much more. Everywhere we go, we will either run a blood donation exercise, clean- up campaign or a health screening which will allow all members of the community to come and check for diseases like Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and other ailments for free.
In Kumasi, alone over 1000 people took part in the combined effort of the blood donation and health screening exercise.
The Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital blood transfusion unit which was in charge gathered forty pints of blood but after “disqualifying” many other potential blood donors due to ailments or complications. Health screening patients were in the majority numbering about 700 people.
At least 50 critical cases of High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Hepatitis B were immediately referred to the Komfo Anokye teaching Hospital for emergency treatment and attention.
Launching the soccer event, Ashanti Regional Police Commander DCOP Kofi Boakye advised the Youth to take football seriously and walk away from crime which can only destroy their future.
DCOP Kofi Boakye and Nana Memensahene of Otumfuo Osei Tutu performed joint kick-offs amidst excitement from the Ashtown and Manhyia Community, the host park and incidentally the birth place of the Regional Police capo.
From Kumasi the Tigo Community Soccer Train now heads to Mampong on the 5th and 6th of April where sixteen communities comprising 15 players each will again do battle for honors and community bragging rights.
Enest Agbedanu, the Brand Image Specialist at Tigo said: “This event has been very successful. Before now, Tigo Community Soccer emphasised only the fun bit of football. But now, the clean- up exercise, the blood donation and health screening campaigns are drawing even more people out. Watch Out for Tigo Community Soccer when it hits your area because it’s all for the benefit of the Community. That is why we say Smile, You’ve got Tigo” Agbedanu concluded.