Management of the Night Street Soccer League will mark first anniversary of the league on Monday, May 18, 2020 in Ho with pictographs on social media.
Due to the ban on football activities following President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo’s directive stopping social gatherings and sporting activities, management have decided to mark the day with pictographs on social media illustrating precautionary measures in a bid to educate the masses on the need to stay safe.
The initiator of the Night Street Soccer League, Tilda Elinam Acorlor, three-time GJA Volta Region Sports Journalist of the Year said: “A photoshoot will take place at the Nfodzo Park, with demonstrations about hand washing with soap under running water as well as the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers among other safety protocols.”
Miss Acorlor added, ”in the mean time I would like to urge the public to use face masks all the time and cover their mouths and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue, when coughing or sneezing, and throw away the tissue into a closed bin”
Miss Tilda Elinam Acorlor - Founder Night Street Soccer League
The Night Street Soccer
The league is an initiative to help curb social vices among the youth in the Ho Municipality.
Every Thursday night, Patrons, converge at the Nfodzo Park at Anlokodzi, an area noted for notoriety, especially among youth.
Teams from six communities namely Vanakpoe, Anlokodzi, Bankoe, Housing, Anagokodzi, and Barracks face each other in a Five-A-Side community football gala.
Players display amazing football skills trying to find the back of the net in a 5 feet goal post which is usually difficult scoring at any giving angle.
Vanakpoe FC, winners of the maiden edition accumulated 19 points after ten-match days after going past rivals Bankoe FC with a goal difference as both teams finished the league with 19 points.
The Night Street Soccer League began at a point where football was missed in Ghana and the Volta region due to the Tiger Eye PI investigative piece the ”Number 12”, which brought football games in the country to a halt.
Miss enumerated the success story of the initiative saying: "it’s overly achieved, if you should ask me”.
She continued: “The people of Anlokodzi embraced the league, invited communities embraced it and spectators were awesome as they always made it a point to be present at the games venue on Thursday evenings just to catch a glimpse of a night community 5 A-side league”.
"Our aim was to organize a football league in the community to change the narrative and negative perception about the people and truly we used football to achieve that". Miss Acorlor said.
Commenting on the challenges they have encountered so far, she said: “It was difficult getting sponsorships for the maiden season, getting sponsorships is a regional challenge, we are hopeful our second season would get the necessary backing that we are expecting.”
“As we await the deadly pandemic, coronavirus to leave us, hopefully the Night Street Soccer League will return bigger and better next season.”
The next season is expected to kick start in earnest immediately the President gives the green light for sporting activities to begin in the country.