The 2019 edition of the annual Milo under-13 Champions League was launched on Friday, May 10 at the Nestle Ghana head office in Accra with a call on upcoming footballers to eschew selfishness and embrace teamwork and unity in their pursuit of greatness.
The competition which aims to discover budding soccer talents in the country will be played in three major stages namely; district, regional and national levels.
Speaking during the launch at the head office of Nestle Ghana in Accra, The Managing Director of Nestle Ghana, Mrs Philomena Tan, emphasised the need to invest in the youth and announced her outfit’s objective of aiding more than 50 million children to live healthy lifestyles by 2030 which she believes can be attained through initiatives such as the Milo under-13 Champions League.
“Children are the future of this country. It is therefore essential to invest in them with the right knowledge, skills and resources to position them for greatness,” Ms. Tan said.
“Nestle, with the firm conviction that with sports development programmes in schools such as the Milo U-13 Champions League, we can help our children discover their talents while cultivating healthier lifestyle.”
Former Balck Stars skipper, Stephen Appiah, who is a tournament icon for the Milo U-13 Champions League, said the tournament presents the perfect opportunity to inspire children to take sports seriously.
He urged the young players to cultivate the habit of teamwork, adding that he hopes to see more youth players progress to become mega football stars. Appiah further called on football clubs, corporate bodies and the media to support this initiative by Nestle Ghana.
Also in attendance at the event were former Black Stars players, John Paintsil and Augustine Arhinful as well as the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa.
Mr. Amankwa heightened the importance of sports in the lives of children.
He said engaging in sports helps to reduce the chances of children dropping out of school or getting involved in other social vices.
This year, 64 schools will compete in four zones of which 16 schools will advance to the finals. The qualified schools represent the 16 regions of Ghana.
Zone 1 has schools from the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Savannah and North East regions.
Zone 2 consists of schools from the Bono East, Ahafo, Ashanti and Bono regions.
Zone 3 includes schools from the Central, Western North and Western regions.
Zone 4 also has schools from the Greater Accra, Volta, Eastern and Oti regions.
The theme for the 2019 Milo U-13 Champions League is “Team Makes Me”.
The finals of the 2019 Milo U-13 Champions League will be played at the Paa Joe Park, KNUST in the Ashanti region.