The Chief Executive Officer of Charger Limited Dr. Emmanuel Borketey has disclosed plans from his company to sponsor the Ghana Premier League.
According to him, his outfit who are the producers of Happy Man Bitters, decided to sponsor the Ghana Premier League but before, had to sponsor some of the domestic clubs before taking the bold step to headline the league.
Dr. Borketey explained that, their plans for sponsoring the Ghana top-flight Football was hampered by the Anas Aremayaw Anas Number 12 expose.
“Before the Anas exposè, Happy Man Bitters as a brand, we had a management meeting to sponsor the Ghana premier league”, he told Eclipse Broadcasting Network in an interview.
“But we said, let’s start with some clubs, so we sponsored the National Circles Council of Asante Kotoko, Aduana Stars, Berekum Chelsea. We also sponsored local teams across the regions, which included Upper East, Kasana Nankana Football club,”
“They [Kasana Nankana] are doing well and I know a year or two, they will come to Ghana Premier League and win the Ghana Premiership title, that is where I will derive my joy.”
Despite their plans of sponsoring the Ghana Premier League is still hanging, Dr. Borketey believes the current Ghana FA are doing great in terms of administration.
“We were thinking of sponsoring half of the Premiership club before we sponsor the entire Premiership but it couldn’t happen,”
“When the new FA was set up and the Normalization Committee handed the affairs of football to them, we realized they were on course which we were happy as a brand, we are happy about it. Unfortunately, out of a blue, the Coronavirus came in.
He however added that, Happy Man Bitters are keen on sponsoring the Ghana Premier League on a long-term basis.
“Yes we plan to sponsor the GPL but we haven’t yet come to a finality on the decision, management have not really come out, it’s still on deliberation. So I don’t want to say anything about it now, but it’s our wish. Once we planned to do it, we can do it,” he stressed.
“But we try to see the avenues and modalities we can use to enter because, the brand Happy Man bitters, we don’t want to enter into a sponsorship or a project and do it a year or two and leave it, no that’s not our brand,” he added.
“We have this Happy Man Inter communities Gala which has been in existence for the past six years [2014 to 2019]. Last year we had an awesome finals where the likes of the current coach for Black Stars, coach CK Annokor, Hamza Mohammed, Meadeama coach, Samuel Boadu graced the finals and I was happy they were able to unearth some talents.