MTN para-skate soccer begins

Author: Kwame Larweh
A physically challenged on the skate board playing skate soccer

The maiden MTN Skate Soccer for the physically challenged will begin in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region on Saturday.

At the launch of the competition last Monday in Kumasi, Noel Kojo-Ganson, Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Ghana, expressed his outfit’s interest in supporting the physically challenged in the country.

“supporting the Skate Soccer is one of such exciting ways to help the physically challenged.  Our association with this game is mainly because of the uniqueness of the game and the players involved.

"The players, regardless of the challenges they face, continue to embrace the opportunities they find to showcase their strength, tenacity and talent. It is a game that reflects MTN’s can-do spirit and relationship values. It is simply amazing to watch them play.”

The competition will then move to Greater Accra on June 27 and 29, according to the organisers, International Federation of Skate Soccer (IFSS).
The games entails polio survivors to sit on a slightly larger skateboard and play association football.  The ball is controlled by their hands and the rules are very similar to regular association football.

The CEO of IFSS,  Albert Frimpongwas appreciative of MTN’S gesture and praised them at supporting the disabled

 “The support from MTN is timely and highly appreciated. I am delighted that the Federation is growing steadily and gaining more support.

"We will continue to demonstrate our commitment to the development of the physically challenged particularly polio victims through sports. Our aim is to include Skate Soccer in the Paralympics and we know we will succeed.”