July 1st, 2017-WEMBLEY SPORT STADIUM KOTOBABI ACCRA.
16 communities participated in this year`s Ramadan Gala Matches organised by the outfit of his Eminence Sheikh Doctor Alhaji Nuhu Sharubutu , the National Chief Imam of the republic of Ghana.
This is the 3rd Edition since its inception with the grand motive of promoting and fostering peace and unity among Muslims and the Zongo communities in Ghana.
The grand finale kicked off at the newly constructed astro turf football park named the Wembley Stadium in Kotobabi-Accra with 16 strong teams making it to this stage.
The teams represented their various Zongo communities, they include, Ashaiman, Madina, Ashale-Botwe, Kasoa, Shukura, Fadama, Mamobi, Nungua, Alajo, Koforidua, Accra New Town, Nsawam, Sabun Zongo, Darkuman, Nima and Tudu.
8 matches were played in the First game.
Ashaiman being the defending champion and the title holder for two consecutive times were matched boot for boot by the Madina boys who were obviously more prepared. Though Ashaiman took the lead in scoring the first goal, Madina equalised and won by a penalty shoot-out.
ASHALE-BOTWEvs KASOA ( 0: 3 )
Kasoa disciplined the boys from Ashale-Botwe with a 3:0 defeat after Anan Mensah topped the last and 3rd score at the last minute of the game.
SUKURAvs FADAMA ( 0:4 )
Shukura also lost miserably in the hands of the Fadamans, despite their formidable play, they missed so many chances to convert them into goals, but the Fadama boys who were more experienced showed that they were not here to only have fun, but had the ultimate price as their target. They were thrashed by Fadama 4:0 Shukura.
MAMOBIvs NUNGUA ZONGO
Nungua participating in this game for the first time have been impressive with their performance. Both teams recorded 2:2 to their credit. But luck eluded the Mamobi team; they lost to Nungua in a penalty shootout.
ALAJOvs KOFORIDUA-ZONGO ( 2:3 )
Alajo whose backyard is the field of play did not make enough use of their experience garnered from training on this field. They painfully lost to Koforidua Zongo who had travelled all the way from the Eastern region. They won by 3:2.
- ACCRA-NEWTOWN vs
NSAWAM( 2:1 )
This was one impressive and entertaining play. Accra Newtown sealed their lead in a last minute goal to win the match. 2 : 1 in favour of Accra New Town.
- SABUN ZONGO vs
DARKUMAN( 1:0 )
Darkuman lost to Sabun Zongo in a 1:Nil defeat, they were quicky out of the match to pave way for Sabun Zongo to make in to the next stage of the game.
TUDUvs NIMA ( 0:1 )
The boys from Nima taught the Tudu boys a lesson that ‘Monkeys play by their sizes’ indeed in a painful 1:0 defeat to qualify to the next stage.
THE QUARTER FINALS.
Koforidua Zongo 3:1
Accra Newtown Sabun Zongo 0:2 Tudu
Fadama 0:2 Madina Koforidua Zongo 0:1 Tudu
We can only say better luck to the team from the Eastern region. They did their best but were down to 1 Nil in the hands of the Tudu strong team.
THE MOST DECISIVE MATCH BETWEEN TEAMS FROM MADINA AND TUDU.
Madina 1:1 Tudu
Innially it was one draw at the end of the match but penalties had to be played to determine a winner. Madina home of the Minister of Inner city and Zongo Development Hon. Boniface Abubakar Siddique who represented fully to support his home team managed to thwart the success of Fadama who were coming from the home the National Chief Imam in the semi-Finals to make way to this stage.
The decisive match between Madina and Tudu was very impressive as well as entertaining. In the long run the Madina team proved that they were better prepared to lift this year`s cup with a whooping amount of GH¢ 2,000 to their credit and they went for it.
Congratulations to all the teams who participated, better luck next year.