16 teams for maiden Beach Soccer Super Cup

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Yaw Ampofo Ankrah (third right) speaking at the launch while others look on

Sixteen teams from the Greater Accra Region, Volta, Central and Western Regions of Ghana will vie for the ultimate in the CalBank-sponsored Beach Soccer Super Cup which takes off from Saturday, November 10 at the various centres in the regions.

The competition, an initiative of the Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA), will see the teams divided into Zone A and B compete in the regions before the winners in each zone will vie for the ultimate at the Laboma Beach Resort on December 2.

The schedule for the matches are November 10 to 11 for teams in Zone A (Greater Accra and Volta) and November 16 to 17 for those in Zone B (Central and Western).

Some of the teams expected to contest in the competition are Dansoman Beach Soccer Club, Wuorgbee Beach Soccer Club, Nungua Beach Soccer Club, Sea Lions, Sunset Beach Soccer Club, Havedzi Mighty Royals, Iron Breakers, Ada Assurance, Shamaakpor Beach Soccer Club and Elembele Golden Sharks.

Launching the competition last Friday at the Laboma Beach Resort, president of the GBSA, Yaw Ampofo Ankrah noted that his outfit had faced several challenges in the past but they had reviewed their activities and after a few negotiations decided to organise the Super Cup for the teams.

Mr Ankrah also mentioned that beyond the Super Cup, the GBSA will put in place structures that will ensure that they bring back the Super League and also ensure that beach soccer is played beyond Accra.

“We have been through a lot of challenges at Ghana Beach Soccer Association but thankfully, over the years, CalBank has been consistent with their support and they came back and said they want to continue with that relationship which we are very happy about.

Thankfully, we have been negotiating back and forth for quite some time now and the first step in going back to revamp beach soccer is the CalBank Super Cup which will be played in the coastal regions and we are very happy that CalBank continues to show commitment to the beach soccer vision in Ghana, he said.

For his part, the head of Marketing for CalBank, Kofi Siabi said his outfit would continue to invest in the sport and ensure that the right structures are built to help the game attain the highest standards.

“Our objective has always been to build beach soccer into a very exciting and competitive sport where Ghanaians will see the value in beach soccer. We have wide shores across the country, we have the required talents and we believe that those resources have been given to us for free but the most important thing is investing in it and building the institutions regarding the sport.

With that said, we should be able to go far and compete in the world because we have the talents to do so. As a bank, we will continue to invest in beach soccer and continue to ensure that the right thing is done to build up beach soccer by insisting on the executives that the right structures are built to ensure beach soccer is sustained.