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Ashanti Warriors made history over the weekend, becoming the first physically challenged team to win the maiden edition of the MTN Skate Soccer League having beaten Accra Giants in the finals.

Representing the Ashanti regional Skate Soccer team, Warriors took a commanding two goal lead through Jibril Dawud and Benjamin Abubakar before Sani Gariba pulled one back for the Giants through a brilliant individual effort.

Mallam Ahmed pulled parity for Accra Giants from the recess, but Mohammed Bello gave Ashanti Warriors the much needed win, converting a late spot kick to send the whole place into a rapturous delight.

On their road to the finals, Ashanti Warriors thumped Western Tigers 5-1 whilst Accra Giants accounted for Zongo Lions 2-0 to set the stage for the grand final.

Speaking at the launch of the event, Mr. Simon Amoh – Senior, General Trade of MTN Ghana expressed the sponsors’ delight in associating with skate soccer.

“MTN always seeks to promote a positive relationship between the brand and the customer by demonstrating unique understanding of customer need and therefore appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these unique and creative people,” he declared.

According to Mr. Amoh, heading the sponsorship of Skate Soccer is one of the exciting ways to help the physically challenged while he lives. He said MTN is inspired by the tenacity and strength of the players and pray and hope for the growth of the sport to attract more teams so that it will keep the physically challenged meaningfully engaged.

Mr. Amoh appreciated the Can-Do spirit displayed by both organizers and the players by embracing the idea that disability is not inability and desired that participants will be able to discover their dreams as well as inspire many people facing similar challenges in their lives. He commended the International Federation of Skate Soccer [IFSS] for championing the course of the physically challenged and assisting them to identify their talent in skate soccer.

“Together with the teams and IFSS, we hope that skate soccer will grow in Ghana and beyond and that in future, you will win for us to hold at the Olympic Games. Yes, you can,” Mr. Simon Amoh concluded.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive of the International Federation of Skate Soccer, Mr. Albert Frimpong said talks were ongoing with the headline sponsors, MTN Ghana to expand the game to cover the entire country.

“The idea of introducing the sport to the world was to discourage begging for alms by the physically challenged and to make them more relevant to the society and economically reliant. I also express my profound gratitude to Binatone for supporting us until MTN taking over”, Mr. Frimpong quipped.

By the arrangements, Ashanti Warriors will standby and await the winner in the next round of the competition scheduled for Accra on 29th June and 27th June respectively.

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