The Frindo Soccer Board game has been launched in Accra to mark the graduation of a 47-year vision and 34 years continuous work of inventor, J.Y Frimpong Manso, at the Ghana International Press Centre (GIPC) last Tuesday.
The game, which could be played in singles with two players on each side or in groups of two or three on each side, was designed to assist the youth to learn the inter-personal changes in the game of soccer, as well as upgrade their knowledge academically using a quiz competition in all subjects, while playing their favourite game of soccer.
Mr Frimpong Manso, in an interview with the Daily Graphic after the launch, said the soccer board game would assist young ones to build their knowledge and thinking skills, as well as entertain people.
“The game is engaging throughout. You can use it for quizzes and even Bible studies. You know nowadays it’s difficult to convince children to study but this game would provide the platform for children to study and learn new things without even realising it. ” he explained.
“The game can also be played to ease tension and boredom in matrimonial homes. It’s intended to entertain the old, sick, married couples and inactive players,” he added.
He further stated that the game would assist teachers to introduce the probability theory in mathematics in a practical way as it also introduces the mathematical concept of probability in the course of playing the game.
Former Youth and Sports Minster, Mr E.T Mensah, who launched the first ever sports game, lauded Mr Frimpong Manso for working hard to achieve his long-term goal and advised the youth to learn from him and steadily create opportunities for themselves.
The chairperson of the launch, GOC President, Ben Nunoo Mensah, in his remarks at the occasion, congratulated the inventor and appealed to the media to help support and promote the product to be recognised all over the world.
The first Frindo soccer board game was purchased by the GOC President, Ben Nunoo Mensah, for his children’s school, Bishop Bowers at Laterbiokorshie, at an auction price of GHC5,000.
An executive member of GJA and Managing Editor of Ghanaian Times, Dave Agbenu, bought the second big board for GHC2,000 and donated it to the GJA and E.T. Mensah bought one for GHC1,000.