30.03.2005 Football News

Kumasi Corners Babies wins Youth Challenge cup

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Ahenkro (Ash), March 30, GNA - Kumasi Corners Babies pipped Agona Nimak FC 1-0 in the finals of a gala competition to lift the National Youth Council (NYC) and African Youth Alliance (AYA) Youth Challenge Cup held at Ahenkro in the Afigya-Sekyere District on Easter Monday.

Twenty teams from Afigya-Sekyere, Atwima and the Kumasi Metropolis participated in the competition, which was played on a round-robin contest and formed part of a project jointly undertaken by NYC and AYA to sensitise the youth on HIV/AIDS through the game of soccer.

Corners Babies recieved 300,000 cedis and a football whilst Atwima Chelsea FC who placed second had 200,000 cedis and a football while Nimak received 100,000 cedis and a football for placing third.

Corners Babies who had earlier drawn 1-1 with Chelsea, had four points whilst the latter drew goalless with Nimak to get two points with Nimak settling for a point after losing their final match against Corners.

Osei Tutu of Corners gave his side the much-needed winner in the 88th minute after meandering his way through the defence of Nimak before lobbing the ball over on-rushing goalkeeper Martin Sarpong.

Mr Joe Mantey, National Co-ordinator of the NYC in his closing remark said studies have showed that investing in adolescent sexual reproductive health leads to positive results and as such the Council would strive to create conducive environment for young people to learn about their sexuality and that of the opposite sex.

Dr Robert Mensah, Country Co-ordinator of AYA said the Challenge Cup was a unique strategy of using sports to reach and address the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people and therefore entreated the youth to collaborate with them to achieve the desired objectives.

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