Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has been named brand ambassador for the 2014 Nestle Under-13 football tournament.
The juvenile tournament is targeted at unearthing talents across the country, especially from primary schools in the rural areas.
Appiah, who played for all of Ghanaâ€™s junior national teams in his glittering international career, advised the youngsters to take their education serious.
â€œMy junior brothers who will be partaking in this tournament, there is the need for you to know that the game is transforming and there is no way you can break the barriers of modern football if you donâ€™t aspire to get some appreciable level of education,â€ the former Juventus star said.
â€œAs a former professional footballer I do have a responsibility to be a good role model and a mentor for this generation and many more generations to come.â€™
This yearâ€™s championship will be played from 19-21 February at the Paa Joe Park in Kumasi.
The winner would travel to Kenya to represent the nation in the African Championship this April.