The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif has launched the 7th edition of the annual Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup.

This year’s edition, which will be held on the weekend of 7th and 8th May 2022, has been increased to 28 participating Zongo communities.

The tournament, organised annually at the end of Ramadan as part of activities to mark the Eid, brings together youth from Zongo communities across the country.

The competition is also in honour of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, which highlights his acclaimed values of discipline, peace and togetherness, to inspire the youth.

Launching the 7th edition, the Sports Minister advised participating communities, especially the youth, not to see the tournament only as a means of recreation, but also a perfect platform for young players to showcase their talent to the watching world.

In view of this call, he advised the communities to give opportunities to young players who are looking for such national platforms to showcase their talent.

The Minister announced that in order to make the tournament more beneficial to the youth and participating communities, he has personally invited ten academies and scouts to observe the competition and give opportunities to young players.

The Presidential Coordinator for Zongo Development Fund, Ben Abdullah Bandah, delivered a special goodwill message to all participating communities from the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

He said the tournament, named after the National Chief Imam, should always serve as a reminder to all participants and the youth in general, to emulate the positive traits of the Chief Imam.

7th Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup launched: 28 Zongo communities to participate
Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif during the draw

Ben Abdallah Banda noted that government is aware that football talent abounds in Zongo communities, hence the investment in astro turfs in many Zongo communities to provide the needed infrastructure.

He also urged the youth to take advantage of these supports from the government, be more disciplined and also persevere in order to realise their full potentials in football, and other areas they are talented in.

The founder of the competition, Tamimu Issah, expressed gratitude to all stakeholders, including the tournament’s committed sponsors and community representatives, for contributing towards making it a formidable National event.

The competition, which started in 2015 with eight Zongo communities in Accra, has now grown into one of the biggest community football competitions in the country with 28 Zongo communities.

Present at the ceremony was also the Generali Secretary of the GFA Prosper Harrison Addo.

7th Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup launched: 28 Zongo communities to participate
Fixtures of the seventh edition of the Ramadan Cup

Below are the first round fixtures:

7th Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup

FIRST ROUND FIXTURES

  1. Anyaa Zongo vrs Cowlane

2: Ashale Botwe vrs Tudu

3: Oda Zongo vrs Darkuman

4: Nsawam Zongo vrs Accra New Town

5: Offie-Akuapem Zongo vrs Fadama

6: Adabraka vrs Mamobi

7: Tema Zongo vrs Kasoa

8: Alajo vrs Nungua Zongo

9; Salaga vrs Nima

10: Tunga vrs Koforidua Zongo

11: Suhum Zongo vrs Hohoe Zongo

12: Yendi vrs Ashaiman

13: Abeka vrs Madina

  1. Shukura vrs Sabon Zongo