Skating: Ghana whips Togo to win Unity Cup

•  Skipper Gariba Sani receiving the trophy from IFSS boss Albert Frimpong, while MD of Binatone, Mr Venu Babu (left) looks on

• Skipper Gariba Sani receiving the trophy from IFSS boss Albert Frimpong, while MD of Binatone, Mr Venu Babu (left) looks on

Ghana skate soccer team, the Rolling Rockets, on Saturday walloped their Togolese counterparts, the Hawks, 5-1 to win the second edition of the International Unity Skate Soccer Cup played at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Put together by the International Federation of Skate Soccer (IFSS), an NGO committed to the development of the physically challenged members of the society (particularly polio victims) through sports with Binatone as headline sponsor, the entertaining game saw the Ghanaian side take a 3-0 commanding lead at half time with goals from Aminu Almu, Gariba Sani and Nasiru Abdulai.

Back from recess, the Togolese coach Kaoute Nourdine introduced the trio of Abdoul Abdoulaye, Idrissa Nouhou and Mohaled Djafarou whose presence brought some bite into their play, but before they could settle into the game skilful Umar Amadu, who was a torn in the flesh of the visitors, put two goals past goalkeeper Alkassoum Issifou in the 41st and 51st minutes of the game.

In the 61st minute, the Hawks were awarded a penalty which was converted by substitute Abdoulaye after which he again came close to reducing the deficit for his side but failed to connect on two occasions.

The superior tactical Ghanaian side resorted to entertaining the crowd rather than scoring more as they began to string passes among themselves, leaving the Togolese to chase their shadows for the rest of the game.

Captain of the Rolling Rockets, Gariba Sani, ended the game as the goal-king with two goals, while Mansir Salisu was adjudged the best goalkeeper. The best defender went to Mohammed Awalu with the most valuable player award going the way of Aminu Almu.

BY RAYMOND ACKUMEY

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