GHANA’s Intellectually disabled football team last Saturday overpowered their Uganda counterparts to win 3-1 in a friendly match organised in Umm Al Quwain in Abu Dhabi to test the strength and level of preparedness of the two sides.
The match played at the Al Arabi Sports Stadium as part of the preparation by the two teams billed to participate in the seven -a -side football tournament in the Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Games, saw Ghana’s Sulemana Ibrahim of Twin City Special School in Takoradi scoring a brace to prove his worth as one of the strikers to watch during the tournament.
Constance Hevi also from Twin City Special School added his name to the score sheet later in the game to wrap up the match.
Speaking to the Graphic Sports Online in an interview, the head of the delegation, Nana Wereko-Ampim Opoku said the team was adequately motivated to play above themselves to win medals during the tournament which would kick off on Friday March 15.
“We played a very good game in our friendly against Uganda and this has boosted the morale of the athletes who are so keen on making a mark at this tournament,” Nana Wereko-Ampim noted.
He said already they were enjoying the hospitality of the host nation as they had visited many interesting places, including the palace of the King of Umm Al Quwain, His Highness Sheikh Soud bin Rashid Almualla, who gave them a heartfelt welcome.
“Besides engaging us with friendly chats, Shaikh Rashid also presented medals to all the entourage, as well as a plague of the games’ logo.
His Highness Shaikh Soud bin Rashid Almualla poses with team Ghana, officials and Board members of Special Olympics Ghana during the visit.