Ghana beats its close counterparts, the Nigerians 3 to 2 goals in the Binatone Skate Soccer 2017 competition held over the weekend at the Independent Square in Accra.
Skate Soccer is a riveting sport played by the physically challenged individuals, especially polio survivors.
The players sit on small handmade skateboard with wheels and play a game very similar to association football, except that the ball is played with hands with a team made up of seven players.
The most appealing thing about this sport is the incredible skills and talents the players exhibited as they overcome their challenges to play a sport that bring spectators to the edge of their seats.
The sport has generated a lot of interests and a year ago, friendly games were played on a weekly basis on a smaller scale.
As a result, Binatone discovered its uniqueness and collaborated with the International Federation of Skate Soccer (IFSS), the organizers of the game and has supported the game for a year to train the players and build teams.
Over 1000 people watched the game and the spectators became completely involved and excited which spurs the desire to take this further with an international match.
Co-Founder of the International Federation of Skate Soccer, Mr. Albert Frimpong said the objective of the IFSS is to promote the sport and build an audience as large as possible with a large geographic spread as possible.
He added that the purpose is to utilize the popularity built to garner funds from corporate sponsors to aid the physically challenge in leaving the streets and providing them dignified living conditions.
According to him, is to further assist those physically challenged in finding full time work and earning a steady sustainable income.
Mr. Sunil Lalvani, the Group CEO for Binatone and a Co-Founder of International Federation of Skate Soccer (IFSS) noted that Binatone, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSRs) has taken the initiative to be the principal sponsor of the Binatone International Unity Skate Soccer 2017 dedicated to the development of physically challenged members of the society.
He indicated that Binatone will be 60years globally next year and has decided to honour Ghana’s 60thIndependent Anniversary Celebrations by organizing such an event to deepen unity of purpose among the physically challenged in the country.