After three years of running Ghana football without a headline sponsor, the wait is over courtesy Nana Appiah Mensah´s Zylofon Cash; which has sealed a 5 year sponsorship deal with the Ghana Football Association to headline the league.
The deal which is worth a whopping 10 million dollars, was signed and sealed during a colourful event at the Movenpick Hotel.
Thus the Ghana Premier League will be known as the Zylofon Cash Premier League.
CEO of Zylofon Media and Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah, accompanied by some executives and staff of his outfits, were present to throw their support behind the signing.
Mr. Appiah Mensah was of the view that Ghanaians are not to sit aloof and watch from the fence, but put their shoulders to the wheels, and become citizens rather than spectators to push Ghana forward.
¨It is a good feeling witnessing the fruition of this deal. Football is undoubtedly the passion of the nation. It is the most loved sport in Ghana. When you travel around the world, the first question posed you is, whether you know Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah, Osei Kuffour, Asamoah Gyan, Dede Ayew and all the great footballers Ghana have produced¨, he said
¨We at Zylofon, decided to support this course. We believe our football can rise again if we all decide to help in our own small way. Hence, I must say that, Zylofon Cash will be sponsoring the league for the next 5 years¨, he added.
¨I want to thank all for coming to support this good move. And I want to also say that it is not right to divulge the contractual terms, since both parties have agreed to keep most of the terms secret¨, he concluded
On his part, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi expressed his delight at the signing of the deal, and also thanked Zylofon Cash for coming to the rescue of the league.
¨I want to show appreciation to Zylofon Cash for this kind gesture. The money will be channeled into developing the league, the clubs, management and players´ welfare. Zylofon Cash is not only performing their corporate objective but also contributing to football. The Executive Committee and owners of the clubs have reviewed this sponsorship and appreciate its details¨, he said.
Executive Committee member of the GFA, Frank Nelson was called upon by the MC Abigail Sena Sosu of Multimedia and her co-MC Laryea Kingston, to say the opening prayer.
Most of the Executive Members of the GFA, Technical Director of the FA, Francis Oti Akenten, Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah and his two assistants, Ibrahim Tanko and Maxwell Konadu were on present to offer their support.
Gospel songstress, Grace Ashley and Zylofon Media signee, Kumi Guitar thrilled the gathering to some of their popular tunes.
The Sports Minister, Hon. Isaac Asiamah was represented by the acting Director General of the National Sports Authority, Majid Bawa, who was also elated by the deal, and wished all went well with the sponsorship.