Police Nationals win special tourney in Lome

Author: Emmanuel Oduro
The Ghana Police Nationals team

Ghana Division Two side, Ghana Police Nationals, have returned home from Togo after winning a four-team tournament organised to commemorate the 30th anniversary of a Tier I club side, Association Sportive  Des Jeunes D’Ave Pozo (ASJA), based at Avepozo, Lome.

The tournament , played in a round robin format, and which kicked off recently, saw Police Nationals as the only foreign club invited for the tournament. The other teams were Transa FC of Lome, Club of Avepozo-Lome and Akekle FC Baguida.

Police Nationals who also used the four-team tournament to further prepare for the eventual activation of competition at the local scene in Ghana, won all their matches to emerge the overall champions.

They won the first game 2-0 against Transa FC of Lome, with a brace from Prince Adjabeng.

In the second game, Police stepped up their game after a goalless first half to beat  the anniversary celebrants, ASJA of Avepozo-Lome, 4-0, with a brace each from  Alfred Awiah and Eric Akonnor.

With the other matches all ending in draws and a 2-1 win for ASJA over Transa FC, Police Nationals wrapped up victory with a 6-2 win against Akekle FC of Baguida in their final game.

The Police team used the tournament to prepare for the eventual activation of competition at the local scene in Ghana

The coach of Police Nationals, Eric Sasu, described the tournament as a good exercise for his team-building effort, and that while he was happy that they won, it was the team’s performance that was more important.

“For some time now, we have been trying to improve upon our performances, particularly in the area of scoring. I think the tournament in Lome gave us a good chance to assess what we have done so far. We wil not relent in our effort though. We will build on it so that ultimately it will help us to achieve our aim of eventually playing in the Division One League.”

Mr Daniel Boateng, the Director of Sports of the Ghana Police Service, was the leader of the team that travelled to Lome.