Twenty-five players (beach-ballers) have been called to begin camping as the first official Ghana Beach Soccer national team.


The Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA) had tasked a national team selection committee, made up of coaches from both championship and division one beach soccer leagues, to produce a strong 25-man provisional squad to commence preparations towards the upcoming CAF beach soccer qualifiers in Morocco slated for May 22 to 26, 2013.

The committee members include Mr. Maxwell Kpeglo (coach ? Ada Assurance), Mr. Theophilus Nii Armah (coach ? Teshie United) and Mr. Johnny Heman Mawusi (coach ? Gulf Powers Bsc).

The team has been in a non-residential training for a week and will start camping from tomorrow in Accra until they head to Morocco to participate in the qualifiers on Monday May 20, two days before the opening game.

Through the support of the Ghana Football Association and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ghana?s participation in the qualifiers has been confirmed by Beach Soccer Worldwide, organizers of the tournament.

Ghana?s push for recognition was initiated by FIFA technical instructor Talib Hilal who coordinated the first ever FIFA Beach Soccer Coaches Course in Ghana from July 29 to August 2 in Prampram.

This will be the first time Ghana will be represented in a beach soccer event internationally since the start of ?organized? beach soccer initiated by the GBSA in 2007.

The GBSA has since rapidly made strides by staging pilot events in Keta, Senya Breku and Ada, just to name but a few.

The association also hosted a successful FIFA coaches? course organized by FIFA and the GFA in 2012.

The qualifiers in Morocco will be broadcast on networks such as Euro Sport, FOX watched by over 90 million in America, Al Jazeera Middle East and North Africa, and some major national TV stations in Europe.

In a related development, the second round of the 2012/2013 beach soccer league resumes tomorrow at the La beach soccer arena.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum


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