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04.11.2008 General News

Nana Butler: Create fortune from football pools

By The Statesman

Nana Sam Brew Butler, a former chairman of the Ghana Football Association has urged members of the football fraternity in Ghana to find ways of creating money in the industry which they control.

Speaking at the launch of Pinbridge Limited, the licensed operator of WINNER 1X2 Football Pools  in Ghana, he said Ghana Football has come a long way since 1994 when the country decided to commercialise the game and the Professional League board was established.

He said it is time that Ghana moves together with the world and do things right like it is done in other countries.

According to Nana Butler, the presence of Pinbridge should and value to the game in Ghana as they are a tested company in the business of sports betting and pools.

He noted the profits derived from the pools would be channelled to developing the game by building more facilities.

The chairman of the GFA business committee said all stake holders are expected to benefit from the deal which Pinbridge have ten years to operate.

The president of the GFA Kwesi Nyantakyi said he was happy with the deal because the operators are professionals in the industry of betting and pools.

From yesterday 12noon, the football fans in Ghana started playing the weekly football betting game that offers cash and lots of large jackpots.

Hezi Makmal, managing director of Pinbridge said the WINNER 1X2 is a game that requires little skill, judgement and some look to accurate predictions.

He noted that they expect to see a jackpot winner every week, but sometimes there may be no winners in which case the money in the jackpot will roll-over into the prize pool for the next week.

"The jack pot prize is guarantee to be at least GHC 7,000, and could grow to as much as GHC 35,000 or beyond.

Pinbridge Ltd . under the Winner brand recently sponsored the Footballer Discovery of the Year which was won by Hearts of Oak's Kofi Abanga.

The company would have it easy paying stakers with the support of the Ghana Commercial Bank and Agricultural Development bank

Another company supporting Pinbridge is G TECH , a leading gaming technology services provider with 5,900 people in 50 countries and providing creative content, and quality service delivery to effectively manage and grow gaming markets.

G TECH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lottomatica, one of the world"s largest commercial lottery operators and a market leader in the Italian gaming industry.

Brendan Burns of G TECH demonstrated to the media and invited guests how to enter to stake and win the new introduction into Ghana Football.

He announced the with only 25 Gp one can start the journey to fortune.

Every week, Pinbridge Ltd will publish a match list of 12 football matches from around t5he world, especially where Ghanaian stars are performing.

Players of the game have to select which teams they think will win by selecting either the home teams or away teams as the winning teams.

If they think the game may end in a draw, they may select that option, and can win on four levels of cash prizes.

The secretary general of the GFA Kofi Nsiah told the Statesports in an interview that the new development would make the league very competitive and exciting.

 He urged other companies to come on to support the most passionate game which is also the most entertaining.