The maiden edition of the Indomie Under-13 Football League kicked off at the Madina Lybia Quarters Park in Greater Accra with eight male and eight female teams contesting for honours, trophies, cash and products from sponsors Dufil Ghana, producers of Indomie noodles.
The all-play-all format will see teams drawn from the various public and private basic schools in Greater Accra battling for the GH¢4,000 prize money and GH¢6,000 worth of Indomie products.
The four-day competition, which climaxes tomorrow, began in September with 32 schools divided into eight zones. Eight male teams eventually qualified for the ongoing finals, while eight female teams were specially selected to join the final league.
The selected schools in the final league include Awopedec Basic School at Nungua, Adenta Basic School, Achimota Basic School and Coastal International.
At the opening ceremony, former Black Stars player, John Paintsil, entreated the pupils to be obedient, good listeners and disciplined to help them succeed in their future endeavours.
He charged them to take football seriously and carve a career out of it for better livelihood.
The chairman of the Greater Accra Regional Football Association, Mr Samuel Aboabire, also challenged the children to showcase their best talents to chart a good path for a career in football.
He gave an assurance that his outfit would continue to support grass roots football in the region and make the sport an attractive venture.
The Marketing Manager of Dufil Ghana, Akshay Kalra, disclosed that the competition was to harness young talents in football while using Indomie as a brand to draw adolescents closer to each other and unite the youth for the common good of society.