Bepong Methodist Primary School from Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region has for the second time in three years won the Milo U-13 Champions League (MCL) organised by Nestle Ghana Limited in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service.
They defeated Redeem Methodist Primary by 4 goals to 1 in the final game of the competition.
The three-day event which was held at the Nduom Stadium in Elmina saw Bepong Methodist Primary from the Eastern Region and nine other schools drawn from the ten regions of Ghana battle for supremacy for the ultimate prize of a whooping amount of GHC 15,000, tablets for each player of the winning team, trophy, branded footballs, certificates and Milo products.
This year saw a gargantuan or increment in both the cash prizes and products given to winners and participants and the introduction of new prizes for the winning team.
The MCL National Champion was given GHC15,000 compared to the GHC10,000 received last year with the First and Second runners up receiving GHC10,000 and 5,000 respectively compared to the GHC3,000 and GHC2,000 the teams received in 2016.
Again, all participants in this year’s event went home with a certificate of participation signed by the MD of Nestle Ghana Ltd and Tournament icon – Stephen Appiah, they also go home with branded Milo footballs, jerseys and assorted souvenirs/Nestle products, trophies and cash prizes were given to Fair play winner, Goal King, Best Goalkeeper, and Golden boot.
Addressing the invited dignitaries and spectators ahead of the official kick-off of the final game, Mrs. Funmi Osineye Category Business Manager, Beverages at Nestle Ghana Limited expressed how remarkable the 2017 edition of the Milo Champions League has been for the brand.
She said “It has been a remarkable tourney for the brand this year as not less than 9,995 pupils participated in the championship across all the 10 regions” and further stated that “As a brand, Milo believes that sports is a great teacher, it has the qualities that set the foundations for a child’s future and it teaches positive values that build children of substance.
It is through participating in sports that children learn to find courage over fear, work as a team, be respectful and learn how to lead” and praised the Ghana Education Service for the support given to the brand all these years.
She said “It is noteworthy that Nestle and the Ghana Education Service have maintained strong relationship over the past decades through organization of various sporting events together and this is the demonstration of our relentless contribution to grassroots sports development”.
Bagabaga Primary from the Northern Region also defeated Dankwakrom from the Western Region to take the third place position. Jones Adjei from the winning school Bepong Methodist Primary won the best player of the tournament as well as the Goal King Award. He netted six goals.
Alhassan Bukari of Redeem Methodist also won the best goal keeper awards with the Upper West Region going home with the Fair Play Award.
Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, Bank roller of Elmina Sharks and owner of the Nduom stadium, Nana Kodwo Condua VI the Paramount Chief of Edina, officials from Nestle Ghana Limited, Central Regional Minister Hon. Duncan, officials of the Ghana Education Service, representatives from GFA and GOC as well as the Regional Coordinating Council were all present at the event.
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