Sports Min. endorses Tornado Ball

MINISTER of Youth and Sports Mr. Mahama Ayariga has endorsed the Tornado Ball as one of the best locally produced balls in the country that has the power to compete with any soccer ball produced outside the continent of Africa.

The hand made Tornado Ball, made entirely of local materials is named after the legendary former captain of the Black Stars Stephen Leroy Appiah, who is credited with leading Ghana to its first two World Cup appearance in Germany and South Africa, is produced by Alive and Kicking Ghana, a local charity organisation that uses sports to address social issues.

Taking a tour of the company’s factory on Wednesday to see at first hand how the balls are produced, the Sports Minister expressed surprise at seeing locals being able to produce balls of the highest quality that could match up to those produced outside while using local materials found here in Ghana.

Mr. Ayariga was beside himself with joy at seeing the workforce mostly made up of persons with disabilities, a phenomenon he noted that if embraced by all will help in eradicating the streets of disable persons begging for alms and have them gainfully employed.

He pledged his outfits support to Alive and Kicking stating that he will use his good office to help promote them to make sure that their products are consumed across the country and beyond to encourage them to expand and provide employment to young people and generate income for the country.

Mr. Ayariga revealed that the Ministry will further work hand-in-hand with Alive and Kicking Ghana in terms of purchasing ball for school sports and urged Ghanaians to also patronise the Tornado Balls and products from Alive and Kicking Ghana so that the factory can expand and employ a lot more Ghanaians for the skills of producing balls to be spread across the country.

Country Director of Alive and Kicking Ghana Mr. Chris Roe who took the minister round the factory said each Tornado Ball sold, a commission of that will go to the Stephen Appiah Foundation which will then be invested into health, education and supporting deprived communities as well as creating jobs around for Ghanaians.

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