A five (5) star performance from Accra Giants ensured victory over their rivals Ashanti Warriors to be crowned champions of the 2019 MTN Skate Soccer league following their emphatic 5-1 win in the finals on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium to lift the glittering trophy.
Accra Giants made their intentions clear right from the start of the game and were rewarded with a penalty which was decently converted by skipper Gariba Saani before scoring additional 2 goals leaving the scores 4-0 before recess.
Gariba and his teammates kept pushing until they had the 5th goal which put the seal on the triumph before a consolation goal from their opponent to end the game 5-1.
The president of International Federation of Skate Soccer, Albert Frimpong expressed his delight after the game.
“We wanted to see improvements in our previous events and I’m very elated that our efforts have caught the attention of corporate bodies like MTN and Binatone coming onboard to sponsor”.
“It hasn’t been easy all this while but we will do more to ensure we get to a level where we wanted that is getting these athletes off the streets”.
In the individual awards, Gariba Saani was adjudged the Most Valuable Player and also picked the top scorers awards after netting 9 goals throughout the competition. Ashanti Warriors safest pair of hands Rafiu Amidu took the best goalkeeper gong.
“We believe in touching the lives of people and the communities in which we operate and coming to sponsor these athletes who are under privileged and their sport forms part the less financed sport touching the lives”. Acting Marketing officer of MTN Guido Sopiimeh.
Under the auspices of the International Federation of Skate Soccer, the 2019 MTN Skate Soccer league is aimed at taking away physically challenged from the streets and to offer them the platform to exhibit their talents through the game of soccer.
Ghana is expected to host the Skate Soccer cup of nations next year and the technical handlers are expected to select players from the just ended champions to form the nucleus of the national team.
Story by Michael Okuley