It was an honor for the captains of the 3 zonal champions to receive their trophies from the Queen Mother of Akwamu traditional area, Nana Afrakoma II, in her royal palace at Akwamufie, on Friday, September 24, 2021.
In a colorful, yet short durbar, Nana Afrakoma II, under whose patronage the Eastern Region Cricket Association organized the Asuogyaman Girls U-17 Community Cricket league in April 2021, was delighted to have presented the trophies.
“I want to thank you for the good work you are doing. I want to congratulate the girls for winning. They should continue to improve on their performance and not be complacent, because nowadays, what a man can do, a woman can also do. So go and do better and we will also keep supporting you.”
Boso captain, Priscilla Oppongbea together with coaches received the trophy on behalf of the team that won in the Zone 1, while Tortibo captain, Sarah Narh also received on behalf of the entire team for zone 2. Ramatu Awudu, captain for Abuakwa team, did same with her coaches, receiving on behalf of the team in zone 3.
Secretary of the Association, Frederick Anim Lartey who extended greetings from the mother body, the Ghana Cricket Association, used the opportunity to announce to the Queen Mother, the beginning of the Asuogyaman Girls U-19 T20 Community League.
“We are once again grateful to you for your continuous support. We will be beginning another competition for the girls by Wednesday. The one we played was T10, now we’re playing T20 and it will consist 2 zones. Thankfully, some players from Akwamufie will be participating in this league. We want to also state, that those girls who do well in cricket and other sports from JHS can see us, so we help them get admission to SHS. As we speak, a girl in Akwamufie has been linked to get Legon admission, due to Cricket and we are just awaiting her results.”
Nana Afrakoma II donated a giant trophy to the Eastern Region Cricket Association, to be presented to the overall winner of the pending T20 competition which will begin from Zone 1 (Tortibo, Pupuni, Mangoase & Abuakwa and 2 teams from Senchi), before Zone 2, (Boso, Anum, Asikuma and Frankadua). Ensuring the players, coaches, as well as the executives are refreshed, Nana Afrakoma II also donated an amount of GH₵500.00 to the Eastern Cricket Association.
Treasurer of the Eastern Region Cricket Association, Francis Abeeku Donkor, who received the cash from the Queen Mother acknowledged that the Queen Mother has sowed a good seed.
“We are once again grateful and I want to state categorically, that you have sowed a good seed. We will ensure that we groom these girls and you will see them playing at the highest level on TV and you will be proud.”
Nana Afrakoma II was flagged by other Queen mothers and high-ranking members of the Akwamu traditional area. Aboabo Hene Boafo Addo, Saanehemea Aberewa Oforiwaa, Akamhemea, Daberehemea, and Bamuhemea Aberewa Tiyaa.
The Eastern Region Cricket Association executive also had in attendance the Vice Chairman, Foster Abornu, Organizer, Immanuel Narh, Executive member, Lydia Asamoah and were led by their good friend, Emmanuel Ansah Amadi, who is the protocol member to the paramount Chief, Nana Kwafo Akoto II.
A copy of the banner for the Asuogyaman Girls U-19 T20 Community League has been left at the Palace, after it was showed to the Queen Mother.
On Friday, July 16, Executives of the Eastern Cricket Association visited the Queen Mother to brief her on activities, deliberations and her suggestions on further development of the sport.