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30.11.2007 General News

Panasonic offers ¢960m sponsorship to Liberty

By The Statesman
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Alhaji Sly Tetteh, President of Dansoman Liberty Professionals, has called on his players to improve their performance to justify the ¢960 million sponsorship package from Kumesh Ghana Limited.

In an exclusive interview with the Statesports, he said the club's sponsors, Kumesh Ghana Limited, sole distributors of Panasonic products, were not impressed with their eighth positions in the 16-club league last season and that had put much pressure on the team to step up their training programmes for better results in the coming season.

"Our sponsors were not happy with our performance because they expected us to finish among the top four clubs, we therefore have to do well to impress them this time” he noted.

Alhaji Tetteh disclosed that the ¢960 million represented a 10 percent increase in last year"s ¢880 million offered by the sponsors two seasons ago to start the four-year sponsorship deal.

He was confident that the 15 newly recruited players would combine effectively with the old players to ensure the fulfillment of that ambition.

He said apart from the return of former skipper, Mustapha Essuman, the club had in its custody former Hearts of Oak defender Emmanuel Osei, popularly known as Obuor who has been released by Italian Serie A side Livorno.

According to the man who has exposed many young footballers to fame and fortune, two colts players, Mawuli and Latif would cause a stir in the league, adding that Udinese bound trio, Kwadwo Asamoah, Aziz Tetteh and Rabiu Alhassan, would be key players in their championship efforts.

Asked whether attachment of the club's coaches Jones Attuquayefio and Silas Tetteh to the national teams would affect them during the season, he noted: “We have other young coaches like Nii Noi Thompson and George Lamptey, who are doing very well in their absence. Moreover, we have some brilliant players, like Bawa Mumuni, in the national teams who are also doing very well”.

By Sammy Heywood Okine