The Wassa Nkonya community has emerged as the winner of the 2023 inter-community football gala, which was organized by Perseus Mining Ghana Limited (PMGL) in Ayanfuri, in the Central Region. They defeated Breman-Brofoyedru with a score of 1-0 in the final match to claim the top spot in the competition.
The tournament featured six teams comprising PMGL's football team and five communities from the catchment area which were drawn from Ayanfuri, Abenabena, Wassa Nkonya, Breman-Brofoyedru, and Denkyira Gyaman.
According to PMGL, the tournament was aimed at promoting peace, unity, and togetherness among the residents of the catchment communities and the company.
The participating communities received cash prizes and certificates of participation, with PMGL sponsoring all the teams with football jerseys, boots, and socks for the tournament.
Dr Stephen Kofi Ndede, the General Manager of PMGL, said that the tournament was geared towards unveiling the talents of the people to improve education for growth and development.
He also announced that PMGL is working towards providing and improving existing football fields in the various catchment communities to support the initiative.
During the tournament, the communities had massive support from their residents, who cheered the players with songs, reigniting the healthy rivalry between Upper Denkyira West District and the Wassa Amenfi East Municipality in the Central and Western regions, respectively.
In addition to receiving a giant trophy and gold medals, the Wassa Nkonya community received a cash prize of GHS 2,000.00, while Breman-Brofoyedru, which placed second, received silver medals and GH¢1,500.00.
PMGL contributes $300,000.00 USD annually to its Edikan Trust Fund to aid the provision of classrooms, health centres, water projects, teacher's quarters, community centres, ICT laboratories, scholarships, and bursaries for tertiary institutions within the communities.
Dr Ndede expressed regret over the siltation of a canal dug through galamsey activities, which the company continued to spend huge sums of money to desilt, that could have been injected into developmental projects.
However, all efforts to halt the influx of illegal miners to the mining areas had proved futile, and he pleaded with the communities to end such activities to avoid further destruction and damage to the environment.