News: Seabees play soccer with Ghanaians
TAKORADI, Ghana - Thirteen Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 Detachment Ghana played a soccer game with the Takoradi soccer club, June 17.
The game, which showcased approximately 150 soccer fans that braved the rain, was arranged by Dr. John Carol of the Ghanaian Naval Clinic.
“The sportsmanship was unbelievable,” said Chief Steelworker Mark Pembleton, the detachment’s officer in charge. “The people of Ghana welcomed us into their community and even cheered for our team.”
The Seabees managed to stay toe to toe with the Ghanaians for 90 minutes and the match ended with a 4-4 tie.
"It was very intimidating to play such an organized team, especially one that values the sport so much," said Builder Constructionman Zavier Favila.
Following the game, the Seabees and Ghanaians exchanged photographs and conversation.
Seabees deployed to Ghana in June to complete a variety of humanitarian and civic assistance construction projects in the region.
“This project has been needed for 10 years,” explained John Nii Ayitey Carrol, medical officer in charge for Garrison clinic in Takoradi. “We would not have survived with the shape the clinic was in.”
NMCB 3 is an expeditionary naval construction element assigned to U.S. 6th Fleet's commander, Task Force 68, to provide construction, engineering and security services.
Date Posted:06.27.2012 05:51
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