Betway Ghana, a leading betting company on Monday launched its “talent search”, geared towards unearthing football talents in the country.
The age category for this concept is open to aspiring footballers aged between 18 and 25, and the selected players would be camped and guided by coaches to harness their talents.
The three month event starts in July and ends in September.
According to the organisers, by law, a betting company is not allowed to engage persons below 18 years, hence the age category.
Speaking at the launch held at the Alisa hotel in Accra, the Country Manager of Betway Ghana, Kwabena Nkrumah, said Ghana abounds with untapped talents and that the concept aims at identifying and developing such talents.
To be a participant, the Country Manager said one needs to pick a form at Spice FM in Takoradi, Green FM in Koforidua, Kesben FM and Luv FM in Kumasi and Asempa and Citi Fm in Accra to register for free.
According to Mr. Nkrumah, football is loved by Ghanaians and the best way to give back to society is to introduce the “Talent Search” initiative to help realize the dreams of talented young footballers.
“This is one of many projects we have undertaken to show our commitment to the people we serve. We want to give opportunities to players, who hitherto, would not get the chance to showcase their talent.”
Stephen Appiah, former captain of the Black Stars, who is the event Ambassador and head of the talent hunt team, admonished the youth to be confident, determined, positive and focused to enable them to achieve their dreams.
The Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association, Ibrahim Saanie Daara welcomed the initiative and assured the betting company of his outfit’s unflinching support.
The Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) President Kudjo Fianoo, thanked the betting company for the concept and commended them for selecting Appiah as the Ambassador, adding that, “the beginning of everything is a good foundation and I believe choosing Appiah is a call in the right direction”.
He assured the event organisers of his unwavering support.
Betway is the official principal sponsor of English Premeir League Football club, West Ham United, the UK Premier League Darts, UK Snooker Championships and Ghana Premier League club, AshGold.
GNA