KGL Foundation & GFA launch 2nd edition of KGL Foundation U-17 Champions League

Thursday 08 Sep, 2022

KGL Foundation, yesterday at the premises of the Ghana Football Association, launched the 2nd Edition of the KGL Foundation U-17 Champions League tournament.

In a speech read on behalf of the CEO of the KGL Foundation, a director of the KGL Group, Mr. Ken Mpare stated his desire to emphasize their commitment to the development of sports in the country, particularly grassroots football and as such have decided to spice up this year’s tournament with the provision of jerseys for all competing teams, medals, individual awards and a cup to crown it all.

Sports, according to the KGL Foundation, is critical to achieving national, long-term, and individual development and is clearly defined in one of the Foundation's topic areas, which aims at giving young people the option to channel their energies into positive activities rather than being involved in societal vices.

Mr Mpare went on to state that football is well renowned for instilling fundamental life qualities such as cooperation, sacrifice, dexterity, and devotion; which aligns perfectly with the KGL Foundation's main enabling pillars of collaboration, innovation, and empowerment.

In a nostalgic style, he recounted the good old days where Ghana was once the hub of young talented footballers with the likes of Odartey Lamptey, Daniel Addo, Awudu Issaka, Ali Jarra, Samuel Kuffour, Stephen Appiah and Michael Essien; whose careers at the juvenile level – Black Starlets as they were called, put Ghana on the global map.

GFA President, Mr. Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku, lauded the Foundation for taking the initiative to help revive juvenile football in Ghana stating the immense contributions given over the past year and the positive effect it has had on the image of football in the country.

Ken Mpare in his closing comments, expressed their expectation that this year’s competition will unearth brilliant talents who will go on to lift high the flag of Ghana at the juvenile and senior levels of football. The event, which drew a lot of media houses, was attended by some authorities of the GFA, FIFA reps, Corporate Ghana, former national men and women team players; and managements of various juvenile teams in Ghana.