The individual players who excelled at the just-concluded Ashantifest Football Tournament in Kumasi thanked the sponsors, MTN Ghana, for the opportunity given to them to showcase their talent and also being rewarded with prizes attractive.
The best player went to Issaka Konda of Asokwa, the best goalkeeper was won by Osei Kwame of Tafo, while the top scorer went to Ibrahim Wadudu who scored a hat trick in the final.
The Tafo community who won the trophy have added the Fair Play Team award to their collection.
Tournament MVP Issaka Konda said he was delighted to win the award and called for more such competitions to be held within communities.
He congratulated his colleagues on winning the cup, adding that they prepared well for the competition and would look forward to defending the title next year.
All winners thanked MTN for the opportunity to showcase their talents and be rewarded with great prizes.
The Old Tafo Community, a parade of talented young players, beat the Asokwa Community 4-1 to be declared the winners of the 2022 edition of the MTN Ashantifest Community Football Tournament.
The final game took place at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium as a curtain raiser to the MTN FA Cup final in which Accra Hearts of Oak beat Bechem United 2-1 to claim their 12th FA trophy.
Old Tafo star boy and striker Ibrahim Wawudu scored a hat-trick and an incredible goal from Richard Addai was enough for Old Tafo to lift the cup.
Asokwa got a consolation goal from Evans Sarfo to earn them second place.
Old Tafo received the trophy and an amount of 200,000 GHC. They also got gold medals, airtime, and GHC1000 appearance fees.
The Asokwa community won 10,000 GHC, silver medals, airtime and an appearance fee of 1000 GHC as prizes for the first runner-up.
Tech who dispatched Dichemso 2-1 to finish third also went home with GHC5000, bronze medals, airtime and the same appearance fee.
The 12 teams that participated in the tournament also received MTN Ghana shirts.
The teams came from the communities of Old Tafo, Tech, Abrepo, Asokore, Mampong, Fante New Town and Dichemso.
The other participants were Bantama, Asafo, Suame, Asokwa and Aboabo.
Old Tafo dominated the final match and entertained the fans with their fantastic display of football art. They also proved to be a disciplined team, and that was their magic.
The Ashantifest Community Football Tournament began with preliminaries at the Bantama and Atonsu Astroturfs before the grand final at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
Northern Business District General Manager Mr. Nii Adotey Mingle told reporters after the game that the tournament was very successful and very competitive.
He said this year’s event was an improvement on the 2021 edition with more enthusiasm shown by attendees.
“We look forward to involving more communities and making the event more popular to help unearth talent for Ghana’s national teams and Premier League,” he said.
He reiterated MTN’s determination to improve the standards of Ashantifest and make it more popular to attract natives both at home and abroad with a higher level of publicity.
He promised that MTN would work to make Ashantifest popular just like the Kwahu Easter Festival.
“This will boost tourism in the Ashanti region and help bring enormous economic value to the people,” he said.