The headline sponsor of the Ghana Beach Soccer league, CAL Bank is set to revive the sport with the unveiling and organization of the maiden edition of the Beach Soccer Super Cup.
The tournament which is billed to take place in November will be played over the course of 3 weekends with Accra and Takoradi confirmed as the host cities.
According to the Beach Soccer Coordinator Nana Poku Amankwah, a total of 16 teams will participate in the tournament with 4 each team from, Western, Volta, Central and Greater Accra regions battle ready for honours.
The CAL Bank tournament forms part of long-term plans by wholly Ghanaian owned Bank to reignite the game of Beach Soccer in the country.
The head of Marketing at CAL Bank, Kofi Siabi in confirmation of the tournament, has indicated that the financial institution remains resolute behind the development and promotion of emerging sports such as Beach soccer.
“We have met the Beach Soccer executive to discuss the resumption of the tournament we have been doing over the last 5 years and we have made some headway, especially coming to the review of the challenges that made us suspend the tournament. We will be having the tournament in the Western region and Greater Accra region in November barring any challenges. We are currently working on the paperwork and should execute this project before the end of the year, once we agree on the details of the contract. As we said earlier, we are ready to support the development and promotion of Beach Soccer and other emerging sporting disciplines.”
He also added that a media launch would be held to furnish all stakeholders with full details of CAL Bank’s sponsorship package.
This new development is a massive boost to the sport following a series of setbacks including the missing out of the Black Sharks at Egypt 2018 slated for Sharm El Sheikh in December. Ghana will not present a team at the next Beach Soccer Afcon due to the inability of the disbanded GFA to meet a CAF deadline for the Black Sharks participation. The Sharks are currently ranked 9th in Africa by CAF and 69th by FIFA.
Beach Soccer was last played in May 2018, when Team Volta successfully defeated defending champions Greater Accra 4-3 on penalties in the Unity Cup to mark the AU Day.
It is however believed that the exciting league which went 4 consecutive seasons will bounce back with headline sponsors.