GUANGZHOU, China, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Football players representing 11 different countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Congo will compete in the first professional football tournament brought to the African communities by MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI).
"We are overwhelmed by the response to this tournament from the African communities. It's inspiring that so many teams have registered that we had to increase the number of participants. It shows the passion for football among the African communities living in Guangzhou," says Sabrina Chan, marketing director, Asia and China at MoneyGram. "At MoneyGram we constantly strive to 'bring people closer' through reliable money transfer services connecting families across geographies. With this tournament we are bringing together the African communities for something they all are passionate about - football," adds Chan.
Over 40 football teams had registered to showcase their skills in MoneyGram G.O.A.L., a new five-a-side football tournament, starting in Guangzhou, China. Guangzhou Open African League took place for the first time at the Act Club, Tianhebei Road and will run for three consecutive Saturdays to culminate in the Grand Finals on November 5, 2016. The teams will have an opportunity to showcase their skills on a professional football field and win the Grand Prize of $2,000 USD for the best team and $1,000 USD for the runner up.
"The excitement in MoneyGram G.O.A.L. shows not only the great interest in football but also how important it is for us at MoneyGram to engage with the African communities we serve. We look forward to seeing this tournament grow," said Sabine Bauchau, marketing director, Africa at MoneyGram.
MoneyGram G.O.A.L. will host its second weekend of qualifying matches on Saturday, October 29 with the Finals being held at 2pm on November 5 at the Act Club, Tianhebei Road, Guangzhou.
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