Sponsored by shipping giant, McDan shipping Company Limited, in a bid to promote peace ahead of the general elections in December, the tournament brought together teams from La, Osu, Teshie and Nungua to vie for the peace cup at stake and a cash amount of one thousand dollars.
Five teams from La; namely Aviation Stars XI, Court Stars XI, Gormli Stars XI, Kaklamadu Stars XI and Salem Stars XI will come up against Osu XI, Teshie XI and Nungua XI to compete for honours, whilst peace is preached to the youth of these communities.
Playing on every other Monday, teams would engage each other on knockout bases with the winners moving to the semi-final to be played on November 28, while the finals take place on December 5 at the same venue.
Mr. Adjetey Adjei (Dormon), chairman of La United and head of the organising committee, speaking at a jersey presentation event to all the teams last week, noted that each of the eight participating team will receive an appearance fee of GH¢150, jerseys and balls while the winner would walk home with a $1,000 cash, a giant trophy plus medals with the runner-up taking home $500 plus medals.
There would be a cash prize of GH¢500 plus a trophy each for the best player and goal-king of the tournament.
He disclosed that the tournament would be used to commit opinion leaders from the participating communities to sign and send peace messages across the communities they come from, while committing to maintain the peace within these communities before, during and after the elections.
“We want to use this tournament to let the youth know that they should rather be agents of peace and say no to electoral violence. They are the productive force for the future and must not yield to any inducement to commit acts that could cause them to lose their lives or fall foul of the law during the elections.”
By Raymond Ackumey