The participating teams include last season’s Premier League Champions, Ashgold and FA Cup Champions Medeama Sporting Club, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Accra Hearts of Oak, Aduana Stars and Berekum Chelsea Football Club.
The Director of the Tournament, Mr. John Ansah, told the media in Takoradi, ahead of the tournament today that all the teams were poised for action, and that, the organisers had paid the 50 per cent appearance fees to the teams in order to prepare adequately for the tournament.
The competition, which is being sponsored by First Trust Savings and Loans, would kick off at 1600 today Thursday January 7, with Ashgold and Berekum Chelsea playing the opening match.
All the six teams have already arrived in the twin city and held training sessions to to acquaint themselves with the pitch.
Mr. Ansah said two matches would be played each day whiles the final match would be played on Sunday, January 10.
The teams have been divided into two groups with group “A” comprising Accra Hearts of Oak, Medeama SC and Aduana Stars whiles group “B” is made up of Ashgold, Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea.
There would be a round robin matches for the three teams in each group and the teams that comes top in each group would play in the grand finale on Sunday at the Essipong Sports Stadium..
Mr. Ansah indicated that the tournament organisers had made arrangement with the Metro.Mass Transit (MMT) to release buses for the supporters and sympathizers of the participating teams, which would be stationed at the various lorry terminals in the metropolis to provide affordable transport fares for people who would be watching the matches.
He said the tournament organizers are charging GHc3, GHc5 and GHc10 rates for the various stands at the stadium and that Junior High School students would watch the matches free whilst Senior High School students would be required to show their identity cards before being allowed to enter the stadium.
The Director of the Tournament believed that the affordable rates would motivate more people to patronize the matches to ensure a successful tournament.