The maiden edition of the Ghana Deaf Football Gala was launched yesterday at the media Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium.
The gala slated for August 8, at the Accra Sports Stadium, will have 16 teams from the 10 regions compete for the coveted trophy at stake.
The one-day gala is being organised by the Ghana Deaf Football Association (GDFA).
Some of the teams that would compete in the football competition include Red Stars from Asamankese, Golden Stars from Kade, Tema Hearts of Oak Sacred Hearts from Bolgatanga, Ambassadors Deaf Club from Accra and the Hearts of Wood Deaf Club from Madina.
According to the General Secretary of the Ghana Deaf Football Association, Mr. Benjamin Bekoe, the association is using the gala to help them establish a national league for the various deaf football clubs in the country.
Mr. Bekoe explained that balloting and parings for the gala would be done on Saturday as the teams would be arriving in Accra tomorrow.
He also noted that players that would put up a scintillating performance in the gala would be selected to represent the Ghana Deaf Football team at the upcoming West African Cup tournament for deaf football in Togo, Lome.
On his part, Mr. Saka Acquaye, the Chief Sports Development Officer of the National Sports Authority lauded the GDFA for putting together such a tournament which has the capacity to bring together the various deaf football teams in Ghana to compete for laurels.
“I assure you that with the efforts your association has put up for this gala the National Sports Authority (NSA), will not charge you for use of the stadium and other logistics that you might need for the gala.”
Mr. Acquaye called on corporate Ghana to come on board to support disability sports in Ghana.
The General Secretary of the Paralympics Committee, Mr. Ignatius Elletey assured the GDFA of the commitment of the NSA give them the necessary support to make sure they represent Ghana in Lome, and that the association should use the gala as a preparation ground for the upcoming tournament.
By Naa Kwaamah Ankrah