Civil Service Week Sports Tournament implements verification checks to prevent use of unqualified players

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The Inter-Ministerial Sports competition during the Civil Service Week Celebration this year has several verification checks in place to prevent the involvement of participants who are ineligible.

These inspections, which were instituted in response to claims that foreign athletes who weren’t employed by the civil service participated in the competition last year, involve the inspection of staff identification cards and facial verification.

At the tournament’s opening ceremony yesterday at Accra Stadium, Nana Kwasi Agyekum-Dwamena, the head of Ghana’s civil service, gave attendees the assurance that the mechanisms in place will reveal the presence of foreign players and safeguard the competition’s integrity.

“It is our tournament; we must protect it as such devoid of foreign influx. I wish all the participating teams a magnificent football performance, high sportsmanship full of joy and excitement,” he said.

He also encouraged all participants to uphold the values of the Civil Service, particularly professionalism, integrity, and fairness.


Both the newly added tennis competition and the newly introduced football league will feature female teams for the first time.

This choice, according to Nana Agyekum-Dwamena, was made to improve service delivery, create employee cohesion and networking, and help identify and develop potential.

The tennis and football tournaments’ championship matches are slated to take place on May 31 and June 1, respectively, in 2023.

Dr. Evans Aggrey-Darkoh, the chairman of the planning committee, expressed the hope that the competition would inspire excitement for the 2023 Civil Service Week and Awards ceremony and foster resilience and teamwork.

The Public Sector Reforms for Results Programme (PSRRP) was defeated 5-0 by the Ministry of Works and Housing in the tournament’s opening match.

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