|Dr Agyepong (right) presenting the dummy cheque to Dr. Omane Boamah(left) and Mr. Humado|
In response to a request from various Supporters Unions to the management of Zoomlion Ghana Limited for sponsorship to the African Cup of Nations in South Africa, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, CEO of ZoomLion and Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies has presented a cheque of $50,000 to help government air lift Ghanaian supporters to support the Black Stars to victory.
“Supporters play a very huge role in the success of a team and I believe this presentation will go a long way to help make the players feel at home and to play their hearts out and end our 31 years of trophy drought at the Nations Cup in South Africa.”
“The present crop of players are determined to write their names in gold and as supporters all we can do is to give them our fullest support to ensure they deliver on their promise.”
Dr. Agyepong said the presentation was also in response to the initiative to send supporters to the AFCON by the President John Mahama during the farewell visit by the Black Stars players to him at the Castle Osu.
Going by the mantra “uniting the nation through sports and sanitation” the 2011 best entrepreneur of the Year tasked the traveling supporters to exhibit a high level of cleanliness and help make South Africa a clean country during the tournament.
|The vociferous Supporters Union were also present at the ceremony|
He urged Ghanaians to give the Black Star their full backing during the tournament, saying they started very well during their training period in Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Omane Boamah coordinator for Ghana’s campaign at AFCON 2013 who received the cheque on behalf of the government commended Zoomlion for the gesture and called on other corporate bodies to follow of Zoomlion.
He further presented a 1000 pieces of Zoomlion branded polo shirts to the supporters and cautioned them to demonstrate the highest form of discipline while in South Africa.
"As responsible adults I expect you to be disciplined and to keep be good ambassadors of Ghana while in South Africa, he said
|Dr Agyepong present the polo shirt Dr. Omane Boamah|
He revealed that information he has received from South Africa showed that during the tournament it will be windy and called on traveling supporters to carry along protective clothes to be able to withstand the unfriendly weather in Port Elizabeth where the Black Stars would be based for their group games.Caretaker Minister of Youth and Sports Clement Humado said without the supporter’s morale would be very low in the Black Stars camp team and called upon the privileged 1000 supporters to be at their cheering best to push the team to the top.