Community playing cards competition set for 2015

DJ LALOORGANISERS of the Greater Accra Regional Playing Cards competition have hinted of a community-based league next year.

The competition, which has been in existence for the past three years, has been played on invitational basis, but according to the Chief Executive Officer of Media 2 Concepts, Mr. Steve Bortier, also known as DJ Lalo, incessant pressure from communities who do not get the opportunity to participate, has brought about the expansion of the competition.

“As organisers together with Obonu FM, a Tema-based vernacular radio station, we had plans to expand the competition to all the communities in the Greater Accra Region and later to the whole country after last year’s event, but the lack of sponsorship forced us to hold on to that idea.”

Speaking to Times Sports at the end of the third edition of Greater Accra Regional Playing Cards competition held at the Trade Fair Centre at the weekend, he noted that playing cards serves as a good platform to exercise one’s mental faculty, bring the youth in the various communities together and aside the recreational benefits, it helps to instil discipline and other virtues in the community.

Throwing light on how it will spin out, Mr. Steve Bortier said 10 communities in the Greater Accra Region, namely Ga-Mashie, Osu, La, Teshie, Nungua, Tema, Mamprobi Kamara, Ada, Prampram and Gbawe will have the opportunity to start the league which he hopes will begin from March to October, next year.

According to him, eight teams from each of these communities will engage each other in a bi-weekly league competition from which the final two will qualify for the final of finals in November.

Touching on the challenges faced over the last three editions, the Media 2 Concepts boss revealed that the lack of corporate sponsorship had been their bane, adding that they most often end up with individual sponsorships; “and even with that when the time is due to honour their promises, many sponsors end up swerving us.”

“It has not been easy for us for the past three years in terms of sponsorship but once we have decided to help raise the level of the game within the region, we will keep trying and hoping for better days to come.”

By Raymond Ackumey

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