Accra, Dec 4, GNA - Underdogs from the Central
region, Young Sharks defied per-tournament odds by beating the champions of
Accra, Sea Lions 2-1, in the final match of the CAL Bank sponsored tournament.
The tournament, which features 16 teams came to a thrilling end in the coastal town of Abuesi in the Western region of Ghana.
Nungua Beach Soccer Club from Accra and Western region based Shama Beach Soccer Club, were edged out during the uncompromising group fixtures.
In a post final interview, Kofi Siabi, CALBank Marketing Manager thanked Beach Soccer Ghana for their persistence and drive in keeping the game alive during difficult times.
He assured future support for the development and promotion of the sand based sports discipline and confirmed that further discussions would take place to look at events for 2019.
Mr. Siabi acknowledged the enthusiasm of the people of Abuesi and called on them to continue supporting their teams.
Meanwhile Coach Daniel Kotey, the head coach of the national Beach Soccer team "Black Sharks" expressed satisfaction at the high standard of play especially in the goalscoring department.
"Since Ghana would not be participating at the upcoming Beach Soccer AFCON in Egypt, tournaments such as these would keep the players busy and fit," he said.
Coach Kotey remained confident that, when Ghana returns to continental action next year, the desire to make up for missing Egypt 2019 would motivate his players to excel.
The tournament recorded some of the best crowds at recent beach soccer matches with 34 goals, four yellow cards and not a single red card.
The winners took home GH¢5,000.00 in addition to the giant trophy, whilst runners up Sea Lions were also awarded GH¢3,000.00, with striker Alexander Adjei emerged as goal-king with seven goals.
In a further boost for the sport, Alo Drink provided refreshment for the teams officials and fans during the tournament.
Alo Drink is set to formalize their relationship with Beach Soccer Ghana in the coming days.