Soccer Camp Will Emphasize Superior Ball Handling, Tactics

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Only weeks after visiting British professional players hosted a youth soccer camp in Payson, another international star arrives for a skills camp.

But this time out, the coach -- Peter Duah --epresents Ghana West Africa and will teach the art of African and Brazilian soccer.

Duah is a former head coach and general manager of the Arizona Sand Sharks and the former coach at Grand Canyon University. He was a staff member of the Ghana National Team in the 2003 Women's World Cup and is an inductee in the U.S. Youth Soccer Arizona Hall of Fame.

Former Payson High School soccer coach Roger Wholly calls Duah a master teacher and master motivator.

Duah arrives in Payson today, July 18, after spending a week hosting college prep camps at Camp Tontozona near Kohl's Ranch.

Among those who participated was PHS senior-to-be Brandon Moratti.

"It was a really good camp and he made it lots of fun," Moratti said.

The teen noticed during the camp that the Brazilian-African style of play that Duah teaches emphasizes superior ball handling skills and tactics.

"It's fast (paced)," he said.

Moratti was one of four Longhorn players who participated in the Tontozona camp.

The Payson camp, which is open to all aspiring high school-aged players, began at 9 a.m. today at Rumsey Park. The opening session wraps up at noon. The second session will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m.

"A third session will be held Sunday (July 20) from 5 to 8 p.m. Wholly said. "The cost is only $95 for all."

For more information or to enroll, call Matt Bullard at (602) 663-3816.

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