FA launches national U-15 championship

George AfriyieThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has officially launched the National U-15 Championship.

This will be the first of it’s kind as the FA commences a four year agenda of youth development system.

Launching the championship, the Vice President of the GFA, George Afriyie made reference to the call by the substantive president’s vision of developing youth football when he was re-elected to the high GFA office last year in Tamale.

Mr. Afriyie disclosed that young referees will also be trained to officiate during the championship.

“This vision will see young referees who are almost of the same age with the players, trained to handle the matches when the championship kicks off,” Afriyie said.

In all, 16 teams will take part in the competition nationwide on regional basis in two zones.

The Northern Zone will be made up of teams from Ashanti A, Ashanti B, Brong Ahafo A, Brong Ahafo B, Upper East, Upper West, Northern and Utrecht Academy.

The following will also be teams from the Southern Zone; Greater Accra A, Greater Accra B, Central, Western, Eastern, Volta, Unistar Academy and Winneba Academy.

Chairman of the National Juvenile League and Vice Chairman of the Black Starlets management committee, Kweku Eyiah, said the Ghana FA conducted a nationwide tour to initiate the exercise.

Sources close to the FA have revealed that each participating team will receive the following from the FA ahead of the league; two Sets of jerseys, two goalkeepers gloves, 40 bibs, 40 shin guards, 40 pair of socks, 20 pair of boots, 15 balls and a ball bag.

About 50 coaches nationwide recently received training by the FA to coach the various teams that will be taking part in the league.


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