The Essiama Secondary Technical School at Nkroful in the Western Region has won the 2016 Edition of the Annual Osagyefo Cup competitions, hosted by the Chiefs and people of Nzemaland.
The champions, Essiama Sectech, won the football category after beating their arch-rivals, Kikam Technical Institute, on a 4-3 penalty shootout after sixty minutes of goalless draw.
The champions were, therefore, awarded a giant trophy, cash prize of GH¢1,000, gold medals, a set of jersey, a football and certificates of honour.
The second position team, Kikam, also had silver medals, cash prize of GH¢700, a set of jersey, a football and certificates of honour.
Bonzo Kaku Senior High School (Bokass), who beat Nkroful Agricultural Senior 1-0 to place the third position, was presented with bronze medal, a set of jersey, football, a cash prize of GH¢500 and certificate of honour; whilst Nkroful Agricultural Senior High School, which placed fourth, were presented with a set of Jersey, a cash prize of GH¢300, certificate of honour and a football, respectively.
The 6th annual Osagyefo Cup, organised by Nzema Events Management was on the theme: “Consolidating Our Democratic Credentials through Elections 2016”.
Ten senior high schools from seven Municipal and District Assemblies in the Western Region participated in the competition.
The event, which was co-hosted by both Essiama Sechtech and Nkroful Agricultural Senior High School, both in the Ellembele District, comprised three major activities; soccer and quiz competitions as well as a durbar of chiefs, students and industry players.
Nkroful Agricultural SHS also won the Quiz Division with 48 points, while Essiama Sechtech again placed second with 24 points.
Meanwhile, Master Emmanuel Ackah from Nkroful Agricultural SHS was adjudged the Goal King with three goals, while Master Emmanuel Preprah of Essiama Sechtech who was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The Fair Play Award went to Half Assini SHS, Most Disciplined Team to Nsein SHS, and the Best Coach went to Mr Benjamin Akromah of Essiama Sechtech.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Daniel Eshun, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ellemebele, who represented the Member of Parliament for the area, and Minister of Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, in his remarks urged the participants to be serious with their academic work and remain focused on their future aspirations.
He advised them to desist from engaging in any violence activities before and during the December polls.
Mr Eshun commended the organisers for their good work and urged them to continue to promote education and sports in the Region, especially in the rural areas.
He said the MPs Office would continue to partner the organisers in their endeavours, aimed at projecting the area through education and sports.
Mr David Cobbina Brigidi, the Chairman of Nzema Events Management, promoters of the Annual Osagyefo Cup, entreated all community members and opinion leaders as well as the various stakeholders in society to ensure that the December Polls were devoid of violence.
He noted that his organisation, with focus on promoting rural events, would continue to bring to bear events that would seek to identify talents and bring the people together for a common goal.
Mr Brigidi expressed his appreciation to the sponsors of the competition, including Quantum/Sage Petroleum, Justmoh Construction Ltd, Karela Holdings, and the offices of MPs of Ellembele and Wassa East Constituencies respectively, for supporting the event.
Mr Koame Adonle Mieza, the Chief Executive Officer of Nzema Events Management Limited, advised participating schools to be ambassadors of peace and preach love and unity in this election year.