Betway Talents Search gets underway in Tamale

BY: Kweku Zurek
Country Manager (Operations) of Betway, Magnus Rex Danquah Jnr. addressing a press briefing.
Country Manager (Operations) of Betway, Magnus Rex Danquah Jnr. addressing a press briefing.

The Betway Talent Search scouts led by Black Stars skipper Stephen Appiah have touched down in Tamale for the first scouting mission of the second edition of the talent hunt.

The Betway Talent Search is a football scouting initiative aimed at unearthing football talent in up and coming footballers between the ages of 18 and 25. The first stop - the northern capital of Tamale - takes place over the weekend at the Nabisco Park.

Appiah, Technical Coordinator of the Black Stars and a Betway Ambassador will be bringing his rich experience as a former footballer and coach to bear on the contest to unearth the best footballers in the region. Other members of the scouting team include Maxwell Konadu, Eric Antwi Ofori, Mohammed Gargo, Twumasi Forkuoh, Sam Johnson and Godfried Aduobe.

The Betway Talent Search aims to attract 500 football hopefuls, of which 24 will be selected by our panel of coaches and scouts.

According to Betway Ghana brand ambassador Stephen Appiah, his motivation for being part of this initiative and endorsing it stems from his desire to see grassroots football revived in Ghana and is reminiscent of how he was discovered as a footballer.

Speaking ahead of the Talent Search trials in Tamale, Mohammed Gargo, an ex-international who is part of the scouting team indicated that, "projects like these give aspiring professional footballers the opportunity to exhibit their talents and make it to the top".

The Betway Talent Search train will head to Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region on Saturday, August 11 then to the Ashanti capital of Kumasi on August 18, move to the Cape Coast on August 25 and lastly to Accra on Saturday, September 1, 2018.

A total of eight players are expected to be drafted into the four Ghana Premier League clubs (Aduana Stars, Medeama SC, Liberty Professionals and Ashgold) sponsored by Betway.