Monday, October 18, 2010


By Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi

KUMASI Asante Kotoko have been the proud recipient of a new 30-seater Hyundai County Bus as part of a deal with Smart TV.
The donation was in line with a three-year agreement under which the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) will broadcast the first ever football club television in Ghana.
The bus would be used by the Under 20 team, which the current management had sworn to build as a strong nursery grounds for the first team.
The deal between Kotoko and Smart TV gives the station the exclusive rights to air activities of the club on GBC’s digital terrestrial television.
Under the agreement, the station would start airing stories about Kotoko from November 30, 2010.
The package would include interviews with the coach, past and present players who made the club what it is today.
Kotoko TV would also show classic match actions that celebrate the club’s greatest moments such as the Miracle of Kumasi where Kotoko beat Zamalek 5-1 in a Champions League match.
Commenting on the deal, the Country Manager of Next Generation Broadcasting (Smart TV), Mrs Yvonne Osei-Tutu, expressed the hope that the bus would serve a useful purpose for the club.
She urged management to take good care of the vehicle so that it would last long.
Mrs Osei-Tutu gave the assurance that her outfit, as part of its social responsibility, would explore further platforms for creating similar opportunities for other clubs in the country.
The Executive Chairman of Asante Kotoko, Dr K.K. Sarpong, said the deal was a win-win affair.
The presentation of the bus, he noted, was part of the numerous interventions being brought on board by the Kotoko management to help raise the standard of the club.
Mr Philip Baidoo, Ashanti Regional Director of GBC, said GTV would play its part to ensure that the deal is successful.

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