Betway Talent Search: Eight GPL contracts up for grabs

BY: Kweku Zurek
Betway Talent Search: Four GPL contracts up for grabs
Betway Talent Search: Four GPL contracts up for grabs

Eight aspiring professional footballers will land guaranteed contracts with four Ghana Premier League clubs if they impress former Black Stars skipper Stephen Appiah and his team of six scouts during the second edition of the Betway Talent Search which gets underway on August 4.

The novelty event which sets out to unearth rising talents across the country was introduced last year by betting company, Betway and this year’s hunt cuts across the length and breadth of the country in search of young footballers between the ages of 18 and 25.

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According to the organisers, those who excel in the trial period will later be recruited after being tried and tested through a series of screening exercises by an experienced scouting team led by the current technical coordinator of the Black Stars, Stephen Appiah.

Others on the scouting team include current Black Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu, Coach Eric Antwi and Twumasi Forkuoh of Lizzy Sports Complex, Godfried Adoube, Sam Johnson and Mohammed Gargo, all former Black Stars who have coaching badges.

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The BTS trials will take place over a 5-week period commencing from August 4 to September 8, 2018. Talented players can join the trials in Tamale on August 4 at the Nabisco Park, Sunyani on the August 11 at the Coronation Park, Kumasi at the Opoku Ware Park on August 18, Cape Coast at the Adisadel Park on August 25 and Accra on the September 1 at the University of Ghana Stadium.

Last year’s winner, Obed Appiah, earned a six-month trial contract with Premier League club, Ashanti Gold S.C, while runner-ups Douglas Armaning and Mukaila Ahmed were offered a three-month and a month’s trial contract for placing second and third respectively.

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This year the players will vie for eight professional contracts with the four Ghana Premier League clubs sponsored by Betway; Ashgold, Aduana Stars, Medeama SC and Liberty Professionals.

Scout lead, Stephen Appiah in an interview at a press briefing last Friday in Accra to launch the search, urged all the trialists to be disciplined and performed to the best of their abilities during the competition.