Soft drink giants, Coca-Cola, have given Play Soccer Ghana, an international child development organisation, a $10,000 boost to support their activities throughout the nation.
Mr Segun Ogunsanya, General Manager of Coca-Cola Bottling Company (Ghana), who presented the cheque at a colourful ceremony at the Gama Film Theatre yesterday, said his outfit recognised the role played by Play Soccer Ghana in the development of children.
“Our children are the future of our development, and for that matter football as a sport. So, it is necessary that we support all efforts oriented towards developing the talents of children while educating them,” he said.
Mr Ogunsanya said he looked forward to a day when some of the children at Play Soccer Ghana would take the positions of the likes of Michael Essien and Stephen Appiah who have risen through the international ranks to record huge successes, both in local and international football.
“Some weeks back we announced a sponsorship package for the local Premier League, so if we are doing this today it shows our commitment to laying the foundations, as well as support the growth process of the sport in Ghana,” he said.
Mr Philippe Ayivor, Franchise Manager of Equatorial Africa Franchise of the Coca-Cola Company, in another speech urged the children of Play Soccer Ghana to aim high and work tirelessly towards achieving their aims.
“We at Coca-Cola will support the children every step of the way because they are the future of Ghana,” he said.
Mr Nathaniel Sackey-Addo, the acting Country Director of Play Soccer Ghana, expressed his outfit's profound gratitude to Coca-Cola for the gesture, saying it was a great motivation for the children to develop their football and intellectual talents.
“With such support coming from Coca-Cola Ghanaians are assured that Play Soccer Ghana will be able to strengthen its efforts at providing soccer, social development and health skills for the children who are the future of the nation,” he said.
The ceremony was also attended by executives of Coca-Cola including Mr Kurt Ferguson, President of the North and West Africa Business Unit of the company.
Story by Nathaniel Attoh