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Soccer News of Wednesday, 16 January 2002

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Omanhene appeals for help to complete stadium

Tepa (Ashanti Region) 16 January 2002 - Nana Adusei Atwenewah Ampem 1, Omanhene of Tepa Traditional Area in the Ahafo Ano North district of Ashanti, has appealed to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to assist the district assembly complete the 3.13 billion-cedi sports stadium it was constructing at Tepa but which had come to a stand still due to lack of funds.

He said the completion of the stadium would go a long way to unearth sports talents in the district as well as motivate sportsmen to perform creditably to merit inclusion into the various national teams.

Nana Ampem made the appeal on Monday when the District's Under 12 Soccer team presented the championship trophy they won at the just ended Ashanti Regional Basic Schools Under-12 sports festival held at Toase near Nkawie in the Atwima District.

He said lack of good sports facilities such as stadiums had been a disincentive to the youth and hindered the unearthing of talents in the rural areas. The Omanhene advised the boys to be disciplined and to take their academic work seriously adding that education and sports go together to make a person's development complete.

He presented 200,000 cedis to the team for bringing honour to the district and 30,000 cedis to Master Daniel Amoako, who was adjudged the best player of the tournament.

Mr Mathew Dememkpee Gbaarah, the District's Physical Education Organiser, thanked the Omanhene for his interest in educational matters.

He appealed to the Ministry to complete the Tepa sports stadium. The Tepa stadium project was started in November 2000 by the Assembly but was abandoned last year due to lack of funds.