Redeem D/A Primary School from Nkwanta South in the Volta Region, winners of the 2018 Milo U-13 Champions League, will have the chance to defend their trophy against 64 schools in this year’s edition.
At the launch of the 5th edition of the talent discovery event last Friday at the Nestle Ghana Limited head office in Accra, it was announced that the number of schools have been increased from 48 to 64 to enable the organisers to select schools from the six news regions.
Speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Nestle Ghana, Philomena Tan, said it was necessary to invest in children to put them on a pedestal for greatness.
“Children are the future of this country. It is, therefore, essential to invest in them with the right knowledge, skills and resources to position them for greatness. Nestle has a firm conviction that with sports development programmes in schools, such as the Milo U-13 Champions League, we can help our children discover their talents while cultivating a healthy lifestyle," she noted.
For his part, the Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, said: “It is proven that playing sports reduces the chances of children dropping out of school. It also helps them to grow physically and intellectually while acquiring leadershipskills to aid them in their educational journey and future aspirations."
Former Black Stars skipper, Stephen Appiah, who is the icon of the competition, thanked Nestle and the GES for the competition as it had the capacity to raise children beyond boundaries.
He further noted that the Milo championship discovered Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, John Mensah, Majeed Waris and many others and would still continue to discover talents.
The competition, which starts from May 22 to August 2, will be held at the district, regional and national levels, with the 64 competing schools being grouped into four zones out of which 16 regional representatives will advance to the finals.