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Photos: McDan Ga Adangme Cup revives community football

A carnival atmosphere, entertaining football and big rewards heralded the final of the McDan Ga Adangme Unity Cup at the La Park.

The tournament was specially put together by logistics giants McDan Group for Ghanaian players of Ga-Adanmge extraction.

The final of the month-long community football showpiece saw La beat Tema by a lone strike from Accra Hearts of Oak's Kwame Kizito. About 8000 football lovers including former president John Rawlings, Dr Daniel Mckorley and La Mantse, Nii Kpobi Tettey Tsuru and the Tema Mantse Nii Adjei Krakue thronged to the Park for the McDan Ga Adangbe Unity final.

It was La Town XI who emerged tops after defeating their Tema counterparts 1-0 in an exciting game.

Hearts of Oak’s and Black Stars B forward Kwame Kizito fetched the only goal of the game to hand the home side the trophy.

McDan Group chairman Dr McKorley described the tournament as huge success saying, “I must commend all who contributed in one way or the other for making this tournament a huge success. What we have witnessed here gives me enough reason to honour my word of giving you an astroturf.

“Indeed, it has served the intended purpose; you could feel the camaraderie spirit among the players and the fans and all gathered here-the very reason for instituting this tournament.

“I was here for some of the games building up to the final, and I must say the level of competitiveness was high. The large numbers and crowd here attest to the fact that community football is alive and not dead as perceived out there.”

Eight teams namely; Ga Mashie, La, Tema, Nungua, Teshie, Tema, Ada and Prampram started the competition in October after a grand launch.

Besides the mouth-watering cash prize of $2,000, the winners, La XI took the Best Goal Keeper and top scorers prizes, while Tema received $,1000. The official beverage sponsor, Twellium Industries, producers of Run Energy Drink, provided assorted products for the winners.

There were prizes for the Best Player, Best Goalkeeper and Best Team which consisted trophies and cash ranging from $150 to $200.

Other dignitaries that graced the event included former Youth and Sports Minister H.E. Amarkai Amarteifio, GIPC boss, Yoofi Grant, former Black Stars and Accra Hearts of Oak players, Stephen Appiah, Laryea Kingston, Emmanuel Armah ‘Senegal’, Ablade Kumah and Emmanuel Armah Dida and the Mayor of Tema.