Deduako win Aboagye Contractor Uniik Xmas Gala

Author: Oscar Mohaammed
A player of Deduako gains the upper hand over his Reggae Stars challenger during a battle for the ball in the final

Deduako stunned Reggae Boys 3-2 to win the special Aboagye Contractor Uniik Xmas football gala played at Kotei, a suburb of Kumasi.

Oforikrom defeated a representative side of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology (KNUST) 2-0 to win the third place.

The two-week competition was sponsored by MMANAB Construction Limited, otherwise known as Aboagye Contractor, and involved 16 teams drawn from Kotei and communities around the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The captains of the finalists and match officials before kick-off

In the final played on January 1, free-scoring Reggae Boys took an early lead and looked set for victory until the dying minutes of the game when Deduako scored the equalising goal to send the game into a tie-breaking shootout, which Deduako won 3-2 to claim the trophy at stake in addition GH¢2,500 prize money.

The chief of Kotei, Nana Kofi Adu, presented the winner's trophy to the captain of Deduako after the final.

Reggae Boys took home GH¢2,000 as runners-up, Oforikrom won GH¢1,500 for finishing third, while fourth-placed KNUST took away a cash prize of GH¢500.

Nana Kofi Adu presenting the trophy to the captain of Deduako

The gala attracted a large turnout and brought the Kotei community alive as it featured stars from some Premier League sides and players from other divisional who resided in the areas, as well as students from the prestigious university.

Mr Jones Peprah and other organisers watching the final

Among famous players who featured in the December 19 -- January 1 competition were Osei Agyeman and Joseph Gordon of AshantiGold, Michael Yeboah of Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Aduana Stars’ Cleb Amankwa.

The annual gala was the eighth gala organised by Anthony Sampane and Jones Peprah, a director of Uniik Pub in Kumasi, to use the power of football to bring the youth together, as well as serve as a hunting ground for talents.

The final match was closely fought

After the competition, Mr Emmanuel Aboagye, CEO of MMANAB Construction, told Graphic Sports Online that he was satisfied with the level of the competition and the excitement it brought to the participating teams and the entire Kotei community.

 Mr Aboagye, who claimed he invested GH¢30,000 into the competition, promised to construct a stadium for the community to make the annual competition bigger and better as it attracts football scouts from Germany and Ghana looking for some of the outstanding talents on display during the annual gala.

Mr Emmanuel Aboagye of MMANAB Construction (right) Mr Jones