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06.11.2007 Sports News

GHALCA Unveils Ambitious Plans

The newly-elected Chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association, Mr Emmanuel Adotey, has projected an increase in the value of the Premier League from $2 million to $10 million by the end of his four-year term.

He noted that the fact that the value of the Premier League appreciated from $500,000 last year to $2 million this year was indicative of the fact that the value of Ghana football was beginning to unfold.

Mr Adotey, who revealed this when the new GHALCA executive paid a courtesy call on the General Manager of Coca-Cola, Mr Segun Ogunsanya last Friday, said the remarkable improvement in the league had attracted a $750,000 sponsorship from AfriSat, a satellite TV Company from South Africa.

He acknowledged Coca-Cola's contribution to the success of the GHALCA Top 4 over the years and solicited for more support from the company to help make the competition bigger and better in the coming years.

He appealed for further sponsorship from Coca-Cola and other corporate bodies for the 48-club Division One League (DOL), as well as the institution of another Top 4 tournament for that division.

Mr Adotey disclosed that GHALCA intended to develop a 10-acre land it had acquired at Dabanyin in the Central Region into a beautiful football village which would serve as a recreational, training and camping facility for both local and visiting clubs.

According to him the various clubs have resolved to assist the FA in the running of exciting leagues devoid of trouble, and therefore called for more corporate support.

Mr Ogunsanya, who was impressed with the gesture, reassured GHALCA of his outfit's continuous support since it regarded football as the most popular game in the world.

Other GHALCA officials present were vice chairman, Mr Kwame Ntow-Fiako, and Geoffrey Oteng-Arthur, Division Two representative.

Story by Samuel Ebo Kwaitoo

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