Accra, 15 May, GNA – Mr. Kurt E.S Okraku, chairman of the FA Cup Committee has urged corporate bodies to partner the yearly FA Cup competition, as it represents a unique and thriving product of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The FA Cup competition remains one of the most prestigious football competitions since its inception in 1958, with Hearts winning the competition 10 times with their arch-rivals Asante Kotoko winning it nine times.
Speaking at the round of 64 draw held at the secretariat of the GFA on Tuesday, the astute football administrator highlighted the significant role played by MTN in rejuvenating the competition with other stakeholders playing their respective roles in making the competition a success.
''I'm sure you will agree with me that this product has been successful over the years especially during its rebirth in the year 2010, not only because we have had a very hard working team but because the FA believes this is a key product of the association and also the support from MTN a proud title sponsors.
''Through the support of MTN, we continue to offer opportunity to all our clubs, referees and our media partners, the entire media landscape and this product has had more leverage by StarTimes. The FA is grateful to MTN and StarTimes and it other corporate bodies to join this amazing story of the FA Cup.
Mr. Okraku who doubles as the President of Dreams FC, also stated the need to give this year's competition the maximum attention especially with the 2018 FIFA World Cup around the corner.
''At this time of the year, where the whole world is getting ready for the world cup in Russia, it's imperative that we keep our local products alive and this where I will plead and entreat the media to continue to give us support perhaps more than before as we continue with the FA Cup and other products of the Football Association.
All the 64 teams in this year's FA Cup competition would earn a basic amount of Gh¢1500.00 with various away teams also supported in their travels to enable them honour the respective matches.