After almost two years of hibernation, one of Ghana’s fast growing sports is back with a bang.
The Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA), has announced their return onto the sporting calendar with the launch of their annual flagship ‘Unity Cup’.
The 2018 Beach Soccer Unity Cup was launched in Accra and is set to be staged at the Laboma Beach Resort from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27.
Two teams have been added to this year’s participants as the Ashanti Region and the Eastern Region join to make it six teams for this year’s championship.
Greater Accra and the Volta regions, who were the finalists in the last edition would be seeded into two separate groups, whilst the Western Region, Central Region and the other two entrants would be balloted to add up to either of the two groups.
The two top teams from each group will play in the semi-finals for this year’s expanded version.
This year’s championship would have Kasapreko Company Limited headlining as sponsors whilst Calbank, Kwese TV, and YFM partners as sponsors.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Eddie Blay Junior, representative from YFM announced that, as partners they would make sure there is enough entertainment for all the audience, who would be at the championship.
He said there would be a host of surprise artists and celebrities passing through to spice up the program.
Mr Samuel Hall, from Cal Bank Ghana Limited, said the company was satisfied with the partnership with GBSA over the period. He assured that they will continue to partner with the GBSA as sponsors to help the sports grow.
He presented a cheque for GH¢2,500.00 to the Volta region for emerging as champions in the last edition.
Mr Yaw Ampofo Ankrah, president of the GBSA said at the launch that, the impression created in some sections of the media that Beach Soccer was dead in the country was untrue.
He explained that they were silent because of some financial challenges that confronted them.
He noted that the Association was in talks with the appropriate bodies including the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to accept the GBSA as part of it responsibilities.
Mr Isaac Addo, the General Secretary of the GFA also noted that, the Association was happy with the structures and organisation of the GBSA adding that the GFA were still considering the proposal from the GBSA adding that a response would be given soon.