Techiman Chief wants to use women's league to improve area
Owner of Ampim Darkoah Ladies is looking to use football to improve the livelihood of girls in the Techiman area.
Nana Poku Fosu Gyeabour, a Chief in the Techiman Traditional area, raised the women’s team which is named after the area’s queen mother to compete in the first ever National Women’s League which starts on December 16.
Ampim Darkoah Ladies is one of the 12 teams which will compete in a two-zonal league system of six teams each; Northern and Southern.
And while hopeful of his team’s success in the women’s top flight, Nana Gyeabour is also looking to use the powerful tool of football to curb some of the social problems in his area in particular, the rate of teenage pregnancy.
“I decided to raise this team as part of efforts to find a source of livelihood for the girls and also to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in my area,” the Chief told GHANAsoccernet.com.
“Most of the girls are not equipped with the requisite skills to work, they therefore fall pray to some of the social vices thus the need to find something for them to do.
“And I thought to myself football could be a powerful tool to help improve the fortunes of the young girls in Techiman.
“The girls in the past have showed interest in it (football) but because there was no clear cut stages of enhancement in the game, they are often seen as social rejects and some of them get pregnant along the way.
“So we look to take full advantage of the women’s league to give our young girls another professional option while reducing the social vices in the area.”
Nana Gyeabour adds his team will be very competitive in the new championships despite its short time in existence.
“This is a new team, some of the teams have played for a long time but so far as we have qualified for the league, we are in it to win it,” he adds.