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24.04.2009 Football News

GFA, OMP sign broadcast rights…For Glo premier league

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle
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In its bid to push Ghana's league to a higher level, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Optimum Media Prime (OMP) have signed a three-season broadcast right for the Glo premier league.

By the terms of the contract, OMP-Optimizing would inject a total of GH¢1.7m for the second round of the league, till 2011.

To begin with, the PR giants, OMP presented an initial installment cheque of GH¢200,000.00 to the FA and pledged to pay the rest as soon as practicable.

And in subsequent seasons, OMP will add GH¢600,000.00 for the second year and then GH¢800,000.00

In a short signing ceremony at the FA Secretariat in Accra, yesterday, the President of GFA, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi lauded OMP for coming to the rescue of the Glo premier league which suffered shipwreck following the termination of the GBS contract.

“Having dealt with you for sometime now, we have no doubt about your competence and professionalism in this regard,” the FA boss said in plain words.

He noted that: “I believe this relationship will open a new chapter in Ghana's Premier League, in fact I am looking forward to seeing our league rise to the position of the English Premier league, the Italian Seria A and the German Bundesliga among others.

He added: “I am sure the signing of this agreement which will enable OMP telecast our local league via Metro TV, is a stepping stone to the realization of our goal of attaining a high profile league.”

He thanked OMP for jumping to the country rescue in football.

The Chief Executive Officer of OMP, Mr. Fadi Fattal revealed that the promotion of players in the local league stirred his outfit to come on board. He said already, Mr Talal Fattal, MD of Metro TV has succeeded in roping in DSTV, South Africa.

In like manner, the MD of OMP, Mr. Ken Ashigbey pointed out that the contract will present players the opportunity to advertise their potential to the outside world.

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