Ghana Football Association bigwig George Afriyie believes Tigo Community Soccer will become a major contributor in Ghana’s continues upswing in world football.
Tigo Community Soccer which is in its third season is the most participatory football competition in Ghana.
This year, the competition will involve at least 2,640 players and it’s geared at grass roots community football where the passion is raw and heroes are made for the first time.
As a scouting platform, Tigo Community Soccer has produced Ghana premier league outfit Bechem United’s Noah Martey who is now a member of the National Under 20 Team.
Other nationally known players like Abeiku Ainooson of Asante Kotoko who represented Ghana at the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) also played in the Tigo Community Soccer.
George Afriyie a member of the Executive Committee of the GFA who is also the Chairman of the Ghana Under 20 National Team is optimistic that the momentum of Tigo Community Soccer will greatly increase the talent pool in Ghanaian football hence improve the fortunes of the sport in the country.
“I believe in Tigo Community Soccer. After a few matches, you can tell that there will be many players discovered here. Last year, I got about three players from this competition and they are all doing extremely well.”
“This year,” George Afriyie told the players at the Launch of Tigo Community Soccer before kick off:
“ If we see a very good player, We will make sure he gets premiership experience. If you are super good, we would take a look you for the national Under 20 team” George said to massive applause in Kumasi.
For the inaugural event in Kumasi , Dekyemso, the defending Champions won the competition for the third straight edition and demanded that a Hall Of Fame be created for them.
The Central Police Team came in second place while Bantama finished third. About five players form the competition were selected to either play for clubs or the junior national teams.
Perhaps the thrill of the launch was when Nana Mamensahene of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and DCOP Kofi Boakye, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander performed the ceremonial Kick off.
Nana Mamensahene had a powerful royal kick while DCOP Kofi Boakye displayed and captured the crowd with a “gargantuan” shot of target.
The kicks set the tone for the soccer event which also attracted at least one thousand people to take part in either a health screening campaign or a blood donation exercise.
The next stop for Tigo Community Soccer is Mampong for the weekend of 5th to 6th April.
Yet again sixteen teams comprising fifteen players each will engage each other in battle for honors and bragging rights.