The 2019 CalBank Beach Soccer Super League has kicked off in the fishing town of Abuesi in the Western region of Ghana.
After an elimination preliminary round, four teams representing the top four beach soccer playing districts locked horns on Saturday October 19th as the action produced a total of 36 goals on day one.
Shama Beach Soccer Club (Bsc), Nzema East Bsc, Jomoro Bsc and Ellembele Bsc did not disappoint in skill, sheer energy, determination and goals.
The hosts, Shama Bsc kicked off with a gritty 6-4 victory over Jomoro
before walloping Nzema East 8-1 in their second game of the day.
Ellembele also produced a solid performance with a 6-2 win over Nzema East.
However Ellembele went down to Jomoro bsc as they were thrashed 7-2 .
The novel league format attracted one of the best turnouts for a beach soccer opening day from kick off to the final whistle.
Host team shama continued their impressive run when they routed Ellembele 9-4 on the second day to qualify for the finals with 9 points and 14 goals.
Jomoro on the other hand placed second on goal difference to Ellembele and Nzema East respectively as they all finished with 3 points each.
Excitement and surprise welcomed the arrival of Gfa Presidential candidate Nana Yaw Amponsah who drove to the venue from his ongoing Gfa Presidential campaign of the voting regions.
Mr Amponsah joined elders from Kese Wo Kan traditional area, the President of Cheetah FC Abdul Hay Yartey and team CalBank led by Marketing executive Peter Hall.
The tournament had some outstanding performances as Gabriel Assilfi of Shama bsc topped the goal chart with 9 goals to earn the most valuable player of the tournament (MVP).
Razak Ibrahim of Jomoro bsc who was also enterprising place second on the goal chart with 6 goals.
Best goalkeeper of the tournament went Emmanuel Abban of Shama bsc who conceded only 7 goals through out the entire competition.
Meanwhile, the competition has recorded an impressive total of 52 goals.
7 yellow cards were produced but players coaches and officials generally exhibited professional and healthy sportsmanship.
Week 2 of the CalBank Beach Soccer League resumes on Saturday 26th October in Cape Coast – Central region.
You can follow all the action on Facebook, Twitter and IG @beachsoccerghana
Report: Dennis Mensah