Rousing welcome for Okwahu United

Hundreds of fans greeted Okwahu United in Nkawkaw late Sunday evening after the team secured a vital 3-2 penalty victory over Premier League side, Liberty Professionals in the semi final of the MTN FA Cup game played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

The win takes them to the final of the competition against another surprise package, Bechem United to be played at the newly built Cape Coast Sports Stadium.

The ‘Soccer Mountaineers’ headed straight home from Kumasi where they were met on arrival by a large number of fans who defied the cold Kwahu weather to meet their heroes.

As late as 11 pm, the fans created a carnival mood for the players who responded by waving to the fans.

This is the first time the Division One League (DOL) side has come close to winning the title after lifting it for the first time in 1986 where they defeated Real Tamale United.

Speaking in an interview, Chief Executive Officer of the, club Francis Anum (François) revealed the excitement the victory has brought to the Kwahu people and everyone around the club.

“From what I heard from my colleagues and the Players, hundreds of fans stood beside the road to cheer the team for the victory over Liberty with others following the team to their base”.

François urged the players not to be swollen headed but concentrate on winning the ultimate when they face Bechem United in the final.

In another development, Managing Director of Green Grass Technology, Frank Boahene has expressed delight at the Ghana Football Association partnership with FIFA to train grounds men in a bid to improve the nation’s pitches. According to him, the move was a laudable one that will bring the best out of sports men.

“A journey of a thousand mile begins with a step. It is good that the GFA has taken the initiative to bring somebody from FIFA to impart his knowledge to my fellow Ghanaians,” he told Class Sports.

“With education and by bringing other sectors on board such as agronomist and agriculturalist, this initiative will bring the other agencies to help develop world class pitches in the country,” he noted.

 By Enoch Ntiamoah

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