GUEDES RIBEIRO LOPES MACIEIRIHA LUIS PEDRO, a FIFA lawyer and the publisher of Football Legal, a journal dedicated to international football law is the official scout of the 2022 edition of the Duamenefa Regional Tournament of the Volta Region of Ghana.
Pedro who is coming to Ghana for the first time was attracted to the Duamenefa Regional Tournament through the kind introduction of Mr. Patrick Doamekpor and Mr. Michael Helegbe.
Patrick, a football expert and analyst based in the USA, is the International Coordinator of the Duamenefa Regional Tournament, while Michael, a former player of the Ghana Black Stars is the official player agent of the Duamenefa Regional Tournament.
The Duamenefa Regional Tournament is an initiative of Fafaa 100.3 Fm, a private commercial radio station in Dzodze Ketu North Municipality of the Volta Region with support from its NGO dubbed the Duamenefa Foundation.
The tournament was birthed in 2017 with 47 football teams. In 2018, 77 football teams participated. In 2019, 104 football teams competed in a 5 months tournament, the first of its kind in the history of football. The 2022 edition has 61 football teams on the field of football from the 7th of May to the 27th August.
The tournament was promoted to its current regional status by the immediate past Regional Director of the National Sports Authority, Mr. Amponfi Kwami Jnr.
“Duamenefa”, to wit, Let there be Peace in our communities, is a social intervention NGO made up of over 28,000 registered and certified volunteers scattered across various communities of the Volta Region with the mandate to promote peaceful coexistence, hence the tournament was launched in 2017 to unearth the hidden talents embedded in the youth and to promote same through national and international scouts to the next level.
The tournament enjoys the kind support and patronage of His Eminence Person Hon. Francis Albert Nyonyo, Council of States Member, office of the President, Dr. James Klutsey Avedzi, the Member of Parliament representing the Ketu North Constituency, Mr. Anthony Avorgbedor, the Municipal Chief Executive of Ketu North, Ghana Football Association, National Sports Authority, Regional Athletics Association, MMDCEs Traditional Rulers and the General Public.
Over 30,000 spectators made up of the 28, 000 volunteers of the Duamenefa Foundation and relevant stakeholders are always available to grace the occasion
Mr. Emmanuel Ketaman Evortepe, the Executive President of the Duamenefa Foundation and the Chief Executive Officer of Fafaa Fm, Dzodze told the press that this year’s edition of the tournament will be used to empower over 28,000 peace-building volunteers of the Foundation and their 1,200 officials who will serve on the board as community leaders in over 220 targeted communities of the Volta Region.
Mr. Gabriel Kwamigah Atokple, the CEO of Tanko Foundation is the headline sponsor of the 2022 edition, with support from Mr. Kwakuvi Houlesodji, the CEO of Infinity Stars Hotel and Infinity Den Enterprise.
Mr. Pedro’s visit will offer the NSA and GFA an opportunity to explore other avenues of sports development to the benefit of the Volta Region and Ghana.
Source: www.duamenefafoundation.org / news editor in chief