News Release

Latter-day Saints Compete in Inter-Faith Games in Accra

Excitement ran high among two soccer teams vying for the championship in the first Republic Day Inter-Faith Games in July at the Nicholson Stadium in Burma Camp. 

A team of 40 talented young men representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints competed against the New Fadama Mosque team of Moslem youth, narrowly losing the final game by one goal. Final score was 1-0.

Hosted by Choco Industries Company, Ltd. and multi-media group owners of several television and FM radio stations in Ghana, the event brought together twelve religious denominations to compete in men’s soccer. A women’s “Tug of Peace” challenge was also part of the day’s activities. 

The women’s team representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Suhum Ahmadiyya Moslem Mission jointly won the “Tug of Peace” competition.

William Kassah, public affairs director in the Accra Christiansborg Stake (a stake is a group of Latter-day Saint congregations, similar to a diocese), said the activity encouraged positive relations between the different religious congregations.

“This event gave our Latter-day Saint team and its leaders the opportunity to meet with other religious youth and their leaders,” Kassah said. “The games will lead to a greater understanding among various faiths in Ghana.”

Other religious groups participating in the games were the Ahmadiya Mission, The Church of Pentecost, Christ for All Churches, Royal House Chapel International, Rastafarian Council, Seventh Day Adventists, Ghana Police Church, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Hare Krishna Faith and the Traditional Believers. 

The final matches were broadcast live on radio and TV stations.   

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