UK-based sports-oriented Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Boots for Africa, is set to roll out its programmes in the country in the next few weeks to sustain the South Africa 2010 World Cup euphoria.

Under its local representative, Boots for Africa Ghana, a special soccer competition dubbed “Ghana Boot for Africa Cup” will be organised in the various communities with an objective to unearth talents and promote unity through sports.

According to a statement signed by the Country Representative of Boots for Africa Ghana, Juliet Love Kusi, the programme aims at spotting youth talent and football development in Ghana, as well as promoting the games in communities among the youth and the under-privileged in order to create a national football competition among states for under-17 players.

Boots for Africa is determined to distribute football boots to young players who participate in such communitiy games across Africa. It will liaise with the world’s oldest club, Sheffield FC, whose chairman, Richard Tims, launched the programme in 2008.

Tims initiated the ‘Boots for Africa’ programme in the UK on his return from a visit to SA where he saw children playing football with bare feet.

In practice, ‘Boots for Africa’ collect used football boots from across the United Kingdom from individuals, schools and especially football clubs after the FA seasons. These boots are cleaned and packed for children in Africa.

It is anticipated that Ghana would receive its share of the boots and other merchandise in line with Boots for Africa Ghana’s commitment to ensure that boots received would be the first pair worn by the children who hunger for the passion of the game, hoping that it will offer a generation of young people affected by poverty and lack of opportunity a renewed sense of hope and ambition for themselves and the country.

The NGO also expects organisations and companies in the country to get on board to contribute to the success of this lofty idea by promoting community and national cohesion through football.