The Nestle Ghana Limited, Milo U-13 Champions League inter-school competition is gradually hitting its peak as two out of the four zonal qualifies have successfully come to an end.
St. Joseph International School, from Ahafo Region, were crowned champions of zone two after beating Boda R/C Primary School, Bono Region, by a lone goal in the second half of the final game to emerge champions.
The final game was full of amazement as both sides had brilliant young talents who exhibited great skills on the ball and won the admiration of all present. It was a great game and the kids displayed quality football techniques.
St. Joseph managed to beat tournament favourites Amoawi Methodist Primary in the semi-finals to qualify for the finals and so it was not a surprise to viewers when they finally emerged champions of the zone. A goal from their wonder kid, Mark Aboagye, who won the goal king, was the breakthrough.
ZONE two kicked-off with 16 participating schools from the Ashanti, Bono, Ahafo and the Bono East Regions competing for a place in the grand finale to be played in Kumasi.
The participating schools; St. Joseph International, Amoawi Methodist Primary, Sepe Tinpom M/A -A, Techimantia Methodist Primary, Boda R/C, Bebato Kuma Primary, and Ateco Demonstration Primary,
Other are; Abu Bonsra Primary, Nkonsia Primary, Buokrom Primary, Onyemsu D/A, Asuotiano Presby Primary, Anansu Primary, Brofoyedru D/A, and Dutch Presby Primary School.
Synonymous with this competition, day one saw both players and officials taken through soccer clinic led by Milo U13 icon and former Black stars captain, Stephen Appiah at the Sunyani Senior High School Park.
The soccer clinic football practice focused on developing skills, ball control, dribbling, attacking, defending, shooting and crossing.
The aim of the soccer clinic was to inculcate in the players; teamwork, determination, focus, respect, confidence and discipline on the field of play and in life.
Ashanti Region had eight competing schools and was grouped into A and B with Bono having four while both Bono East and Ahafo were represented by two each – they had to play a round robbing game (home and away) with the most wins and goals to go through to the semis.
Amoawi R/C, became the first to book a place in the national finals from zone two, followed by Boda R/C Primary, for the Bono Region, St. Joseph International School and Babato Kuma Primary from the Ahafo Region.
Various awards were given to outstanding performers from the zone including: Fair Play Team of the Year, Nsoatre Presby Primary; Best Goalkeeper, Theophilus Adu Benpah of Amoawi Methodist School; whilst the Goal King and Overall Best Player went to Mark Aboagye of St. Joseph International School.
All the sixteen participating teams at the competition were given 25 milo branded exercise books, 30 wristbands, six customized milo footballs, two boxes of Chocolim and 30 boxes of pencil.
The zonal qualifies will continue in zone three which takes place in Takoradi at Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) from 5th to 7th June 2019.